A Quick Catch Up…

Many races having taking place recently, a brief summary of Queensbury RC’s latest sucesses:

The first West Yorkshire Winter League was help on a tough, hilly course in Mirfield. Some excellent performances from Jo Choran who was 12th lady overall in a very competitive field, and from Andy Dovoner & Diane Simpson on the début in the series.

Full Results: http://wymedia.co.uk/wywl/results.html

The Gathering Winter Fools Relay was held last Saturday in icy conditions. Queensbury ‘Rams’ took the 1st place mixed team and 6th overall on the 35 mile off road loop starting and finishing in Keighley. Queensbury ‘Ewes’ provided a second entry, the first time the club has managed to enter two teams into a relay.

Full Results: http://kcac.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/14_gwf.html


Pete Hughesm after running leg 1 on Saturday in the GWF Relay, went on to race in the Mytholmroyd Fell Race and celebrated turning 60 with a win for category! There’ll’ be a lot of relived V55’s celebrating his 60th birthday for him!

Full Results: http://www.halifaxharriers.co.uk/results/mytholmroyd-fell/2014-3/


[important]Excellent photos of the GWF Relay Leg 1 and of Mytholmroyd Fell Race are available on the Woodentops Webiste: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos[/important]

Pete & Mick on leg 1 of the GWF Relay - Thanks to Woodentops for the photo.
Pete & Mick on leg 1 of the GWF Relay – Thanks to Woodentops for the photo.

Xmas Arrangements!

Congratulations to all our runners who took part in the West Yorkshire Winter League off-road “mudbath” at Mirfield, and in the Reindeer Run in Saltaire (hope it was snow-free!). Just wish to point out that we are having to cancel training this coming Thursday, December 11th, as 26 of us will be at a  Xmas meal and disco at Sandal’s Farm. We shall resume on Thursday December 18th, and then re-convene, for those who wish to, on Boxing day morning, meeting at 10.00am.Thanks, Martin.

..after the Xmas party comes the exercise!!

Looking ahead, slightly, Jo Bottomley has come up with a great idea for burning off those excess Xmas Day calories (and a chance to escape from the family for a while!!) …a Boxing Day morning training run , from the clubhouse (to replace our Thursday evening run falling on Xmas Day). Possibly 10/10-30am? Gives everyone a lie in & chance for the excesses of Christmas Day to settle, we’d still be done for lunchtime so everyone can go to Boxing Day teas still . Jo was also thinking that for routes we all choose the “favourites” from the year? As it’ll be daylight it would give us chance to revisit some of the summer favourites that we can’t do at the minute. We will have the football facilities all to ourselves – I have the necessary keys (including the one for the car park gate lock) ! If you are not on facebook, just let Martin know your thoughts/ideas next time you attend training. The run is open to EVERYONE at Queensbury Running Club (and anyone else who wishes to come along!), and we will operate our usual range of ability groups.

WYWL X-Country

The West Yorkshire Winter League X-Country is almost upon us. All club members can take part in these races for free as the club covers the cost of entry. The races are inclusive of all abilities and a good way to improve your speed, strength and confidence. Please find the following details regarding the first race and out it in your calendar for Sunday 7th December.

Venue: Hopton Mills Cricket Club
Date: Sunday 7/12/14 Time: 10:00am
Address: 18 Woodbottom, Mirfield, WF14 8HG
Parking: Ample parking is available within the mill complex although please travel together if possible.
Course: 4.2 hilly miles with 2 main hills.
Shoes: Trail or fell shoes are required for this course, spikes are not suitable.
Facilities: The cricket club will be open at the start/finish.
Pie & peas £2
Toilets and showers available.

Christmas Party!!..and club t-shirts!!

Vikki Bean has very kindly checked out things for a Xmas party for us! At training last Thursday, it was decided to book at Sandal’s Farm (meal + disco), just a short hop down the road from our headquarters, for Thursday evening December 11th..cost is £17.99 per person. If interested, please let Martin Firth know (nemesis2011@hotmail.co.uk, or mobile 07724127743)  and bring Vikki a £10 deposit per person next Thursday November 27th at training. Our club t-shirts have also arrived ..£6 for club members, £9 for non-members….we will have them available for purchase from next Thursday onwards!

Tour of Pendle


The ups and downs of this 16.8m 4800′ route get tougher and steeper as the race goes on but the spot-on organisation was clear from the first.  We arrived in Barley to find bunches of numbered tags set out ready in meticulous order, maps, previous times, tea, coffee, T shirts and more.  As the race wore on jokes gradually gave way to a different kind of comradeship as runners paused to help others who fell or stopped, and friendly marshalls waited hours to collect the numbered tags at checkpoints.  The descents are precipitous but mossy and muddy, and sap strength from the legs.  Route-finding was a challenge in the mist although not being able to see down did prevent dizziness on the scrambles to the top.

Several runners from local clubs travelled to Pendle this year and had excellent races.  It was Anna’s second shot and her finish time of 3:49:10 was good enough for 2nd F50 (overall second place in the women’s race also being F50, an incredible 3:01:48 by Deborah Gowans of Accrington).  Full results here.

Harriers V. Cyclists & Abbey Dash

Saturday was Bingley Harriers famous Harriers V. Cyclists race, a 6 mile fell race up over Baildon Moor contested by both runners and cyclists. The course is evenly balanced for both as the cyclists have a tough time getting the bikes up the big, muddy hills but then have to take advantage on the rideable and downhill sections…. easier said than done as Ben Clare, one of our runners found out by competing on his bike this year. Just staying on the bike proved difficult, never mind racing it down hill and then hauling it back up the next climb! Excellent runs from Chris Williams, Martin Firth & Mick Coe and a top ride from Ben on the bike made it a good show for the club. Nice to have the support out on the course too from other club members and family

Full Results: http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/static/results/hvc/hvc_14.pdf

Excellent pictures from Woodentops can be found here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos


Leeds Abbey Dash 10k was run on Sunday. The race attracts the top road runners from all over the North of England as well as thousands of club and fun runners. Famous for being a flat and fast course, the race is a great one from targeting a PB. Richard Brook continued his show of good form finishing in 42:36, also excellent performance from Maria Rhodes in her first 10k – 53:49. Darren Jack also ran for Queensbury, finishing in 58:49.

Full Results: https://www.raceplus.co.uk/raceplus-index.php?content=1&race=47598&show_type=Top%2010&event_id=LAD14&event_id=LAD14

YVAA Final Race…

The YVAA season drew to a close on remembrance Sunday at Spenborough. A big turnout from the club and some excellent performances. Club chairman Peter Hughes cemented his V55 series win. Stacey Cleal finished strongly after joining the club mid season and getting the last three races in. Anna Smith was 5th lady overall and Darren Midgley 8th.

For full results : http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP10-Spen.htm

Final Tables: Grand Prix Races & Results


The West Yorkshire Winter League starts on December 7th at Dewsbury. Full race details will be posted shortly. For those new to the club and not familiar with the competition, it is a series of 5 off road races of approximately 5-6 miles each. All full club members can run in these races for free and score points for the club. No pre registration is needed so it is just a case of turning up on the day and running. Off road shoes are definitely recommended as the races do get muddy! Prizes are broken down into categories between men, women, teams and split by ages so the races are competitive but well spirited and a great way to get involved with the club.

The highest running club in England, probably.