Three Peaks Race

Anna Smith travelled to Horton-in Ribblesdale for the 60th Three Peaks fell race.  There was a tremendous atmosphere from the time registration opened with spot on organisation at race HQ and all the way round the course.  Light rain cleared as 782 starters headed up Pen-y-Ghent and there were clear skies and sun from then on.  A breeze helped runners on the steep ascent of Whernside but became a headwind adding to the difficulties of the long rocky stretch from Ingleborough back to Horton. Loose stone and slippery mud combined with gradients, about a mile of road, a boggy section heading into Whernside and limestone outcrops made the terrain tough on the feet but there was a great atmosphere all the way round and just over the finish line was a marquee with friendly faces, great live music and a hot meal. Anna was 584 of 704 finishers in 5:07:40.

 

Full Results: http://live.sportident.co.uk/home/event/coursecontrolsummary/resultsatcontrol.html?eventid=38d99033-1890-4df7-bca4-49c5e4a8e016&mobile=false&controlnumber=1000

Weekend Report

Pete Hughes and Andy Stott ran in the Guiseley Gallop on Easter Sunday. Pete Hughes took the honours with a 1st place V55 in 42:12, Andy Stott completed the undulating 10k in 48:23 as did Steve Wilby in 1:00:33. Overall winner was Tom Adams of Ilkley, showing his international class with almost a 2 minute lead over Otleys in form Scott Harrington.

Full Results: http://www.skyrac.co.uk/results-19th-guiseley-gallop-sunday-20th-april-2014/

 

The Great Northern Trail Triathlon, a new & local event was also run on Easter Sunday. An 800m swim in Queensbury pool, followed by a tricky decent on the bike down the notorious, pot holed Station Road at the start of a 15k bike ride along the Great Northern Trail, Thornton Road & Cragg Road and finished with a fast 5km run along the Great Northern Trail & back.

Chris Williams made this his first triathlon and was well supported by many of the club, out watching on the trail. Chris finished 5th overall in a time of 1:03:49, especially pleased with the time considering a mechanical problem on Station Road, one of many for the day, with a number of unfortunate punctures. Andy Dovernor, who has run with Queensbury before but is a member of Wakefield Triathlon club finished 3rd in 01:00:48. First lady, Angela Hannon, was an impressive 8th overall, finishing in 01:34:08.

Full Results Triathlon Final Results

Bunny Runs, Wardle & Blackpool Half

The Bunny Run series is almost complete for this year, just the relay to go next Tuesday, it’s team of 3 and entry on the night if anybody wants to organise a team together for 3x 1.5 mile lap. Steve Wilby was the only Queensbury runner to complete the series this year, getting his best time in near peffect conditions in the final run. Still awaiting full results but Chris Williams, Richard Brook and Anna Smith also ran in the third race. Ben Clare did the first two races as well.

Results will appear here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=bunny&subtopic=home

Andrew Tempest-Mitchell continues his recovery back to full fitness, putting in a good run at the Blackpool half marathon, finishing in 2:01:48

Full Results: http://www.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=61&RId=94

 

The Wardle Skyline fell race proved to be problematic in terms of navigation with several of the front runners getting lost. Chris Williams for fortunate enough to spot someone with a map out and and snook in for a nice 3rd place. Mike Fanning of Borrowdale, after showing some top navigational skills, went on to claim a deserved win.

Full Results not yet available

Weekend Report

Firsty, congatulations to Martin & Jo on the Manchester Marathon. Martin put in an incredible performance to win his age category, finishing in 2:55:10 by the gun. Jo broke the 4 hour barrier and finished in an excellent 3:56:03. Great runs from the pair of you!

Full Results: http://www.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=38&RId=645

The Baildon Boundary Way, popular off road half marathon, was also on the same day. Carl Heron ran for Queensbury, finishing 34th 1:40:51. Graham Jowett, also on the back of a tough run at Heptonstall finished in 1:59:20.

Full Results: http://baildonrunners.co.uk/#/bbw-2014-runners-results/4583897191

Harewood House 10k, also on the Sunday was run by Andy Stott. Finishing 70th from 1000+ in 45:28 for this undulating 10k trail race.

Full results: https://www.raceplus.co.uk/raceplus-index.php?content=1&race=47515&show_type=All&event_id=HH1014&event_id=HH1014

Weekend Report

The Heptonstall Fell Race, a Queensbury favourite, the 15 miler takes in over 3000 feet of climbing around some of the areas finest spots. The race got off to a tricky start for some, with problems navigating the woods early on. Last years winner, Adam Osbourne of Leeds City AC returned to the race and set a new course record, an amazing 1:54:10, well clear of the two persuing Horwich Harriers who completed the top three. Pete Hughes put in an excellent performance to take 13 minutes from his time last year and finish in 2:25:16, his best time yet! Ben Clare was following closely behind in 2:26:26, also taking 10 minutes from last years race. Carl Heron was next 2:41:02, Mick Coe 2:47:20, Anna Smith was in just under 3 hours to take her category first place and followed by Phil Robinson 2:59:40. Graham Jowett completed the Queensbury line up and added to the honours list with a 1st V60 in 3:03:08.

Full Results: http://heptonstallfellrace.wordpress.com/results-2014/

 

Excellent photos as always on the Woodentops website: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos

 

The second race in the YVAA season at Honley. The previous days Heptonstall race telling on the turnout. Carl Heron was the only one to battle through both races and finished well on the day at Honley finishing 39th. Darren Midgely put in a cracking perfoamcne to take 8th place in 43:10 on the hilly route. Andy Stott was 46t and Peter May 56th to add to the points in the first four to count table. Andy Mitchell and Steve Wilby cane in within seconds of each other to add the last of the points to Queensburys total for the day.

Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP2-Honley.htm

 

Keighly’s BigK 10k was also on Mother’s Sunday, with Helen Collins recording a new PB for the distance on a far from perfect pb course, 1:00:44. Finishing in the top half of the 1,200 competitors. Local runner Will Smith of KCAC took the honours in 34:27.

Photos also on the Woodentops site.

Full Results: http://go.trumin.com/online/result.ctrl?cmd=soloLaps&event=280002549&locale=&clazz=

PECO Vs WYWL & Midgely Moor Fell Race

Friday night was the West Yorkshire Winter League (WYWL) presentation. Another great season for Queensbury, as highlighted by the individuals who collected trophies on the night. Pete Hughes retained his V55 1st place and Martin Firth did the same with the V50 category, both making it two consecutive years. Anna Smith also took her category 1st place and Graham Jowett took the honours in 3rd in the V60 category.

 

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The weekend provided a couple of races for Queensbury members. Firstly the end of season PECO vs WYWL Relay. A head to head competition consisting of teams (M open, F Open, Vets & Super Vets) selected from the clubs involved with each league. Queensbury contributed two members to the Male Super Vets (Peter Hughes & Martin Firth, Rob Samuels of Pudsey completed the trio) and Anna Smith raced for the Womens Super Vets. WYWL had the quickest team on the day, made up of Quentin Lewis (Baildon), Gary Bailey (Pudsey) & Ben Mounsey (Stainland). It was actually PECO’s Vets team that pushed them closest, outdoing their younger counter parts who finished in 4th place behind the WYWL vets team. PECO’s super vets team put in an excellent performance finishing ahead of WYWL’s and in 5th place overall. Anna Smith’s ladies team finished above their PECO equivialnts in a close battle.

Full results: http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/Results/relay/Relay%20Results%202014.pdf

 

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Midgely Moor fell race attracted our other runners on the day, must have been the 1250ft of climbing in approx 5 miles that they couldn’t resist! (Or perhaps that it had been sold as only just over 1000ft by Mick!?). Also, unbeknown to some, it was a self navigation through 6 check points resulting in a detours and back tracking for some. Mick Coe was first back for Queensbury, breaking 50 minutes in 31st place, followed by Darren Midgely 36th, Richard Brook 62nd and Andrew Stott 73rd. Queensbury did finish 6th in the team competition (1st three to count) which they can all be pleased with as these races are always well represented by the biggest fell running clubs!

Full Results: http://www.cvfr.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Midgley-Moor-2014.pdf

Bradford 10k 2014

Clear but windy conditions for the Bradford 10k this weekend made the flat route a little more testing and hindered some attempts at personal bests, but the course does lend itself to a quick 10k time even if the route is a little dull – mainly along Canal Road towards Shipley & back. An excellent overall turnout of around 1,500 runners made the event a good and competitive field although last years winner Tesfaye Debele was clear winner again in this years race in31:42, followed by Scott Harrington of Otley, 33:21 and Kevin Ogden of Spen AC in 33:41. First lady wasDanielle Hodgkinson, coming in an impressive 22nd overall in 35:32. The first 20 positions were all closely contested with a good turn out from all the elite local runners. First back for Queensbury was the vastly improving Andy Stott in 42:48, followed closely by Richard Brook in 43:05, then came Phil Robinson 44:22, Graham Jowett 46:34, Steve Wilby 53:43 & Andrew Tempest-Mitchell

 

And Photos Here: https://plus.google.com/photos/101187694012691540324/albums/5991760439589162241?authkey=CL6Ao4S7p_-TgAEDCIM103GOPRO

 

 

Woodentops also have three excellent photo galleries:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110439573756197443848/Bradford10kSet12014

https://picasaweb.google.com/110439573756197443848/Bradford10kSet22014

https://plus.google.com/photos/110439573756197443848/albums/5991475948814420849?banner=pwa

Flaming Photos : http://www.flamingphotography.co.uk/epilepsy-action-bradford-10k

 

Full Results: http://www.chiptiming.co.uk/results/?sport=1&year=2014&event=178&race=92

The highest running club in England, probably.