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Hot off the press!!!



Our committee recently agreed that we should have an “open” night for all our Beginners’ Group members, whereby we meet at the Half Way House Pub, Sandbeds, Queensbury, at @ 7pm.(ALL full club members are encouraged to attend too!). It will be on Thursday October 2nd! It’s basically about reinforcing that we are ALL members of the same club (Queensbury Running Club), by getting to know each other and ensuring our group knows our committee members and regular members. Sandwiches and snacks will be laid on! During the evening, our committee will present the benefits of club membership, as well as getting together an order for club running vests, especially for new members wishing to take part in the forthcoming West Yorkshire Winter League.Anyone wishing to become a full member just needs to bring along £10 and their date of birth, and our Secretary will do the rest! Now we have darkness to contend with for training nights, we shall cover running safely in the dark. I’ll also be mentioning the Bradford City Runs, Oct 26..maybe we could have a club “outing” that morning, if enough of us are free, seeing it’s in our “own back yard” (oh..we need to provide ONE marshall for the event!!..any volunteers?), trying to get as many as possible to either run or, if not doing so, to turn up and support. It will help to publicise our club further – our profile has heightened immensely since we began our Beginners’ Group!! Naturally, you will be able to ask any questions you wish, and make any suggestions you feel will benefit the club and all of us who are part of it!

To compensate for “losing” our training night on Oct 2nd,our football landlords have been approached for us to “switch” to Tuesday September 30th , for that week only, for our usual training – they were able to most kindly oblige! Hope you can make it to both occasions!

Yet more parkrun fun..!

Congratulations to all our Group members on another fab turnout in last Saturday’s park run, at Bardford’s Lister Park. The morning’s impressive “roll of honour” reads as follows!!… Declan Craven 19.54 (impressive!..and came 8th, too!),Chris Hanson 24.31 (PB!), Stacey Cleal 25.07 (very consistent running, week in, week out!), Abbie Cleal also a consistent 28.57 (her brother Jacob ran 36.07, and Holly and David 54.35 and 54.40 respectively..impressive family turnout!), Glenn Thornton 29.57 (a very speedy 1st parkrun!), Dianne Simpson 30.02 (PB!..and OH SO close to sub-30!!), Steve Brook (one of our Assistant Leaders) and granddaughter Katie 32.48, Laura Jowett 32.55 (just ONE second outside her best!), Maria Rhodes 36.07 – had her hands full as sons Preston ran 36.06 and Dexter 36.07!!, Zoë Hipwell 40.07 and daughter Jessica 40.06, Lorna Jack 44.09 (PB!!) – husband Darren a super 27.40 for his first parkrun, Vikki Bean 47.43 and son Samuel 47.42 (his face was a picture of concentration!).Thank you for trying so hard..each and every one of you…the above super results directly arise from the hard work YOU put into your training, and we know a lot of you train on other days than on our Thursday evening session..you get out precisely what you put in with running!!..you’ve proved that!.GREAT work everyone!!

…dashing through the dark, round bonny Bradshaw!…

We had more super running last night from our extremely enthusiastic, supremely keen and very talented Beginners’ Groups!. The route for our two Intermediates’ Groups was a touch longer than usual, with the “killer” climb up through “bonny Bradshaw” to contend with, after a mainly downhill 3 miles via the end of Thornton Road to Causeway Footf!!! …our  Nursery Group also had a tough route..to Bradshaw War Memorial , then back up that same demanding climb!!! One advantage of running in the dark is that you can’t see the hills looming in the distance!! From now on, our training runs will be increasingly in dark conditions….suitably lit routes will be selected, so we can see where we are putting our feet, as runner safety is paramount! Great effort, everyone!!

..we really ARE becoming popular!!

We had one of our biggest ever turnouts last Thursday, Sept 11, at Pit Lane for our Beginners’ Running group training session.!!.it incuded SEVEN new members!! The group’s enthusiasm is becoming legendary!..the progress made each week is remarkable, and very noticeable!! We hope everyone had a really enjoyable outing session. It was a pleasant change to run around the relatively flat “Mountain” area of Queensbury, with large hills, many already conquered, never too far away!! Thank you to Carl Heron and Steve Wilby for being Assistant Leaders this evening..and to Bev Morritt for becoming an impromptu but extremely effective Assistant Leader whilst en route!! Great work EVERYONE who came along …and huge thanks to our absent members, too, for your tremendous encouragement via Facebook!

Pit Lane Re-Visited!

More fabulous, enthusiastic, energetic and determined running from our marvelous Beginners’ Group, last Thursday 28 August!…a case of “Pit Lane Re-visited”!…hopefully a little easier to ascend than 6 weeks ago!! Our Beginners’ section headed off towards Keelham Farm Shop, turned down delightful Deep Lane, along the flat Malt Kiln Lane to a welcome resting point, before a “gentle” jaunt up Pit Lane to the clubhouse! The Intermediates had a lovely downhill run to Keelham Corner, then down Thornton Road, taking, at Thornton Primary School, a right turn along a particularly scenic part of the Great North Trail, before facing the testing ascent of Headley Lane and Pit Lane! From the looks on everyone’s faces, that was a demanding finish!! ..but, remember, in running, you get out what you put in, even if a week or two later!! Well done to everyone!…and congratulations to Stacey Cleal on her first, and extremely successful, run out with our regular club members!!

Welcome to more new beginners!!..and to our hills!

Thursday  August 7th saw another super night of running by all the incredibly enthusiastic and talented members of our group!!..We welcomed FIVE newcomers this evening!!..our fame appears to be spreading far and wide!! The pleasure the Intermediates had of running DOWN Soil Hill was perhaps tempered by the long haul back up through Bradshaw to the clubhouse!! Well done!! ..AND well done to our Beginners section, who had the double pleasure of ascending Perseverance Lane plus half of the hill out of Bradshaw!..and a “gentle” stroll down scenic Taylor Lane!! Our groups are all amazingly inspirational runners, and a credit to the sport of running and to our club!!

Weekend Report

Martin Firth powering to 9th place (1st M55) in the Saltaire Shaker at the weekend


It’s great to see so many Queensbury RC runners taking part in the Bradford Park run these days. Congratulations to Diane McDonnell, Jo Robinson, Diane Simpson, Bronte Simpson, Abbie Cleal, Stacey Cleal, Andy Tempest-Mitchell, Peter May and Chris Williams who all completed the course on Saturday 26th July. Chris was the race winner in 17.24 finishing over a minute quicker than the second placed runner, and only three seconds outside his park run personal best.



The second Saltaire Shaker took place on Sunday 27th July. The 15 km route is mostly flat along the canal and river with a detour up a hill and into the woods. It was warm and sunny especially on the outward section with a welcome breeze on the return section to Roberts Park.

Martin Firth had a great run coming home in 9th position (1st M55) and getting under an hour in an excellent time of 59.27. Carl Heron knocked a minute off his time last year finishing 18th in 64.27. Declan Craven who has been training with us was 32nd in 69.05. Richard Brook took two minutes from his 2013 time finishing in 35th in 70.38. Congratulations to club newcomer Simon Thomas who was 3rd M60 in 89.29 in 102nd place. If there was a team prize then Queensbury would have shared it with Kirkstall Harriers!

The men’s race was won by Scott Harrington (Otley AC) in 53.39; the first lady home was unattached runner Sophie Garrad in 68.23.

There are some great photos of the race on the Woodentops.org.uk page at http://woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos. Thanks to Dave and Eileen Woodhead for capturing all this.

Soil Hill Conquered!!

ENTHUSIASTIC!!!…AMAZING!!!…FANTASTIC!..DEDICATED!!…that’s our beginners!!..After 10 weeks of careful build-up, our groups finally faced up to the Soil Hill area! Our Intermediates braved the full hill, and fair sped up it, by all accounts. Our Beginners’ section had a shorter route, but had the tougher Taylor Lane to contend with to get to the top of the hill…and handled it superbly. The evening was a true test of the stamina and fitness built up over the previous 10 weeks..and our groups, including our 6 newcomers, showed immense skill and coolness in dealing with the hills and the hot conditions. Holly, the RunEngland rep was EXTREMELY impressed!! Well done EVERYONE, and THANK YOU for your continued enthusiasm, endeavours and support!You are brilliant!!!

Beginners’ Group make “cool” work of hot weather!

The evening of Thursday July 17 was very warm and humid…very testing conditions for runners of any standard. Our Beginners’ Group handled the weather extremely well, and had an excellent work out. The Intermediates, as in the previous week, ran to Keelham Corner, then down Thornton Road, onto the scenic Great North Trail, and returned to the clubhouse up notorious Pit Lane! As a result of additional assistance on the night from Queensbury Running Club’s regular athletes, this run was differentiated, with several sub-groups being catered for according to ability. Our Beginners’ Section had a lovely downhill jog/walk/run to Thornton Viaduct, then, after a little breather, worked extremely hard in returning to the clubhouse via Headley Lane and Pit Lane – a continuous climb of 1.1 miles! The evening’s runs marked week 10, for our beginners, who are coming on in leaps and bounds, and are as enthusiastic as ever! Well done everyone, and special thanks to all our assistant run leaders!!

..Pit Lane Re-visited!!

The evening of July 10th was bathed in beautiful sunshine, with a hint of thundery clouds in the distance to keep everyone on their toes!! Conditions were muggy, but did not appear to pose too many difficulties for our rapidly improving Beginners’ Group! The courses chosen for both the Intermediate and Beginners’ sections were last week’s routes  – in reverse! It meant a pleasant downhill meander to Keelham Corner, for our Intermediates,to be followed by interval work along Thornton Road to the Great North Trail – a  mere warm up for the subsequent climb to the clubhouse at the top of Pit Lane!! Our Beginners’ section had an equally pleasant and scenic jog and walk towards Keelham Farm Shop, then turned down the quite steep Deep Lane, and practised interval running to the bottom of Pit Lane, which, just as the Intermediates did, they then ascended majestically. Our 25 runners had a very worthwhile workout, and continue to improve week by week – and also keep on posting personal bests in the Bradford park run! Well done everyone!