A big well done to Keith Hayes, who completed his 1st half marathon in the Queensbury colours. Keith only joined the club in December with the intention of improving his speed over the distance, but certainly picked a toughy with this half.
Keith still managed a respectable 623rd place in a time of 2:22:49, this on a tough course with over 850ft of climbing.
I’m sure on a flat course through the summer you’ll smash that time Keith.
With ideal running conditions 4 QRCers took on this undulating half marathon, with a start time of 11am all entrants had a nice relaxed build up to the race.
The race run by Roberttown Road Runners is run annually in mid February and is also on the list for my proposed winter club champs starting in October. Runners leave the picturesque village green of Roberttown heading towards Liversedge before turning left and onto the main road crossing over the M62, then heading down to Balliff Bridge, before climbing back into Clifton and onto the long ascent back to the main road over the M62 taking a right and following the last 3 miles on country lanes and back in the village green.
With Peter and Richard pretty much neck and neck, it was Peter who managed to open up a gap on the climbs to finish 1st for QRC.
This event starting at 10.30 was delayed due Steve Bower allowing a 1 minute silence followed by a 1 minute applause in memory of Gary Morritt who sadly passed away the previous weekend.
Even though running round in circles didn’t appeal to some, the majority turned up in Skipton and were given 3 laps of pure mud filled fun. The front runners would have had a good 1st lap but after that everybody was slipping all over, added to that a couple of short steep climbs some even took to crawling, but more importantly the racing was still good with some good performances throughout the Queensbury team. Well done all.
With Chris, Tom and Alistair finishing in the top 8, hopes of a 1st place finish for the men were dashed as Baildon took the honours, but nonetheless QRC on the day took 2nd place overall, just piping Stainland, our best result of the season so far, well done to everybody.
Full results can be found on the WYWL facebook page under the files tab.
Our only entrant over in Dewsbury last Sunday saw Wasim Hussain storm round the course for a blistering PB of 46:31. The course which has good PB potential is an out and back flat course heading out of the town towards Batley and back.
Wasim one of our newer members is running really well and picking up some good speed and it shouldn’t be long before we see him moving up to the next group so he can improve even further.
Well done Wasim and you can also wear your finishers T-shirt with pride.
Steve Brook once again didn’t fail in finding another 10k race to enter. Having stormed round Meltham in 56 minutes the week before, Steve finished another toughy in 52:54 placing 285th but more importantly following up 1st place at Meltham he finished as 2nd MV70 from 7 runners.
Well done ‘stormin’ Steve, keep it up and you never know, there maybe more awards to come.
Starting from Meltham Community Sports Centre this race described as ‘Tough’ in its title certainly lived up to its name, with a field of 330ish runners toeing the start line we were soon off and out of the sport centre grounds, at approximately 100 metres came the 1st of many uphill sections, taking us up to the main road.
A kilometre in and things started to get real serious, as the leaders sped off into the distance us mere age groupers were left to tackle the next 2 miles of climb taking us past Blackmoorfoot Resevoir and on towards the golf club. After a few more steady ascents and descents in a headwind that left everybody looking for the wide guy in an attempt to get some drafting in, it was onto the final downhill 1.5 km back into Meltham and back to the Sports Centre.
Run of the day goes to Steve Brook for his 1st place in the MV70
A great race, well organised by MelthamAC and great support from all the marshalls on the course.
Surprising how quickly you forget the pain of running uphill, so I’d like you all to experience it, so next year this race will included in my proposed Winter Club Champs Season. How lucky you are !!
Our very own Tom ‘Tom’ Collinge took the trip to Harewood House yesterday to take on some of the regions top runners.
An off road 12km race featuring 2 laps of the grounds of Harewood House was waiting for Tom, with a start time of 3pm he had plenty of time to recover from his one pint the night before (that’s commitment) at our ROTS award night.
A top class field put Tom in a position that most of us feel every weekend, but that is no mean feat as Tom finished in a very respectable 45:46 placed 110th from a field of 1100 runners, just showing the calibre of some of the athletes in attendance.
Well done Tom you are an inspiration to us all and remarkable asset for our club and long may it continue. BOOM!!!!
Here we have another one of Steve Brook’s random races that he seems very good at finding out about. Nevertheless Steve ran superbly on an undulating course over in Blackburn. This was the 5th annual running of the event featuring cycle tracks, the old railway and a canal towpath, with all monies raised going towards the hospice.
Steve finished in 215th place in a time 53:13, but more importantly this puts him 20th MV70 in the country for a 10k according to the latest run britain rankings.
Firstly a massive thank you to all the marshall’s who stood out in the freezing cold last Sunday, I hope you all survived the snowy conditions, with out you all the race could not have gone ahead. Big cheer to our neighbours the Puma’s
With a start time of 10am it was into Shelf Park for the placing of the security flag, meaning we could now leave our bags in the middle of field in the safe knowledge that our QRC banner would protect our valuables, after the usual team photo’s it was time to head the start point.
Off we went with one and a half laps of the football pitch to thin the crowds, we exited the Park and into the woods, down the steps and up the hill, with a last minute route change due to over night frost we exited left and onto Green Lane, reaching Village Sreet runners took the track leading to Judy Woods, unfortunately at this point Jo Horan came a cropper with a badly twisted ankle, luckily for her there was no shortage of male runners queuing up to offer their assistance, with the bragging rights going to a runner from Todmorden, who also was covered in blood, many thanks to him we hope you’re both OK, best wishes also to Terri who pulled out injured at the halfway point.
Back into Judy Woods at the Kissing Gate, slushy mud, steps and water were waiting for all as we descended the steep hill before gazing up at the climb back into Shelf Park.
With Adrian Holiday(Crossgates) taking the victory, our own Tom Collinge had a superb race finishing 3rd ahead of Gavin Mulholland. Alistair Gate also having fine run finishing in 8th, a fantastic performance from both. Well done to who braved the snow from QRC and lets put in another good turn out at Skipton on the 11th February.
Brief results Men 3rd, Female 7th.
Full results can be found on the WYWL facebook page under the files tab.
The race starts in the quarry at the bottom of Penistone Hill and circuits the upper reaches of Ponden Clough and Stanbury Moor. The Wharfedale Harriers website describes the route as follows: ‘Starting from the quarry bottom on Penistone, turn right onto the road and then left onto the Bronte Way track. Just past the ruins of Middle Intake Farm it turns right through a gate and down through the fields to cross Sladen Beck, the first of many times for wet feet. It’s then an inevitably muddy climb, back up the other side to reach the track continuing from Back Lane. Turn left, uphill, on a good track, to Upper Heights Farm where the route branches right on a narrow footpath to circuit Ponden Clough and passing by Ponden Kirk. On a clear day there are magnificent views down the Clough, but on a misty day it can be quite bleak. After circuiting the Clough, with several more beck crossings and even more wet feet, you will meet back with the outgoing course, when you will retake the route back towards the start. Careful as you descend back to cross Sladen Beck as it can be hard to stay upright, then climb back through the fields. Just after you pass Middle Intake farm, bear right off the track and onto the path to take the shortest way back to the finish line on the cricket pitch.’
Alistair Gate and Stacey Cleal took on the Splash covering 6.7 miles and over 1200ft of climbing with Stacey seeking those all important points towards the AA winter off road series competition.