Weekend Report

Ben Clare was the only Queensbury runner in the Pen Y Ghent fell race. Returning for some more punishment after his recent 3 Peaks, finishing 38th in 58:28, making up a hard fought place on the tricky and technical descent. Full results: http://www.settleharriers.org/results/res_penyghent.htm

Anna Smith put in a great performance in the Wharfedale Off Road Half Marathon. Again Queenbsury’s only representative, Anna finished 83rd overall in 2:06:11. Full results: http://results.sportident.co.uk/home/event.html?eventid=5ee563a5-a266-4fce-992e-cac023119f17&mobile=false

ABC & YVAA Bingley…

Two more mid-week races in quick succession with the Apperly Bridge Canter and the YVAA at Bingley.

Peter Hughes was first back for Queensbury at the ABC, taking first place V55 in an impressive 37:46. Next home was recent recruit Ben Clare, whose been impressing with his improving times and finished this 10k under the benchmark 40 minutes in 39:24. Mick Coe was not far behind in 40:45 closely followed by Carl Heron 41:02, Richard Brook 43:22 on the back of a John Carr 5k the previous night, Anna Smith 45:42 and Lee Hipwell 46:36. Full results: http://www.horsforthharriers.co.uk/results/abc2013resultv1.htm

The Bingley Vets race was on Tuesday evening, and I imagine was a very wet course? Anna Smith scored well with an 11th place finish and 2nd F45. Darren Midgely was first back for the men in 38:20 and 2nd in his V35 category, Pete Hughes again took 1st V55 in 39:28, Mick Coe 41:30, Carl Heron 47:16 and Graham Jowett  48:19 made up the rest of the team. Full results: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13GP3-Bingley.htm

John Carr 5K series

The John Carr Series consists of three 5k races held on Wednesdays during May in memory of a former member of Saltaire Striders (then St Bedes) who tragically died aged 30. The races are popular and competitive and one of them doubles up as the Yorkshire veterans 5K championship. The cumulative times for the three races are determined and a final listing produced.

In May 2012 Richard Brook was our only member to complete all three races with a cumulative time of 62.40. This year Richard managed 61.50 and finished 73rd in the men’s category – a big improvement resulting no doubt from his London marathon training. Steve Wilby also completed the series in 1.15.25 finishing 5th fastest in the M60 category.

Two other members completed all three races this year and produced top-quality performances. Chris Williams was 7th overall with a cumulative time of 49.19. His three times were within three seconds of each other including a fantastic personal best of 16.25 in the final race of the series. Chris is in tremendous form and in the last 12 months he has shown he can excel on road, trail and fell. Darren Midgley also produced three fantastic times finishing 20th overall in a cumulative time of 52.04. He also left his best time to Race 3 finishing in 17.17.

Thanks for Saltaire Striders for organising a successful series.

 

Sowerby Scorcher

Over 100 runners set out on a cold and wet Saturday morning to run the Sowerby Scorcher Trail race. With heavy rain falling the previous night and constant rain Saturday morning conditions under foot were very wet and muddy on all of the off road sections.

Craig Richardson was Queensbury’s only representative and finished in 52:46, coming 40th out of 101.

A well deserved tea and cake was had in the church hall afterwards.

As reported by Craig.

Calderdale Way Relay

The results have now been posted at:
http://www.halifaxharriers.co.uk/results/calderdale/relay-2013/

Queensbury managed a magnificent 20th place out of 83 teams on the day. We finished just behind big clubs such as Halifax Harriers A and Valley Striders making us the highest placed Bradford-based club!

Congratulations to everyone who ran. Chris and Darren got us off to a terrific start and Peter and Martin kept us right up there. Ben ran a superb Leg 3 taking five teams on the hard climb to put us in 6th place. Phil and Karl were in the top half of the teams on Leg 4 and Lee and Graham were just outside the top half on the demanding climbs of Leg 5. Mick and Carl got caught up in a manic mass start on Leg 6. The first mile and half in the woods was frantic but we got ourselves into a good position and starting taking teams ahead of us on the roads and canals. I hope you all enjoyed your runs as much as I did. It was great to see everyone at the end for a pint in the sunshine.

Well done to Anna who ran in Leg 4 for Baildon and was only a few seconds behind Phil and Karl’s time.

A special thanks to Carl Heron, a fantastic team captain, who organised everything and everyone and was only 1 minute 41 seconds off with his predicted finishing time for the team.

Also thanks to Martin for the photos:

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The highest running club in England, probably.