Queensbury RC contributed 4 runners to the Airedale Athletics Mens team for the Leeds Country Way on Sunday. A 70 mile, 6 legged race around Leeds, run in pairs. Chris Williams ran with Andy Bedford of Saltaire Striders on leg 3, a 9.8 mile route from Scotchman Lane in Morely through to Thornbury, Anna Smith was also running this leg with Ian Ferris of Baildon Runners in a mixed team. Both pairs picked up the fastest times of the leg in the mens and the mixed team races.
Peter Hughes & Darren Midgely ran leg 5 together, just over 10 miles from Golden Acre Park to Thorner Lane in Scarcroft, taking an impressive 3rd place on the leg and Martin Firth ran with Peter Hopson of Bradford Airedale on the anchor leg, taking over from Pete & Darren at Thorner Lane and making the 9.7 mile run back to the start at Garforth Sports Centre who got the 2nd fastest time on their leg as well!
Overall the Airedale team finished 2nd from 49 teams, just over 9 minutes behind winners Valley Striders, a slow start due to an injury of an Airedale runner on leg 1 saw an 18 minute deficit open up, which was gradually shut down over the rest of the course, with 3 fastest legs, one 2nd fastest and one 3rd fastest all going to Airedale, but was unfortunately too much to overturn completely. Pudsey & Bramley finished 3rd and an impressive 4th place overall for the 1st place mixed team Pudsey Pacers.
Richard ran in the Spoffoth Gala 10k race on Monday 26th August. A hot day proved to make the undulating course even tougher, finishing 80th from over 400 in 50:25. An unusual event occured at around 4km when a hornets nest was disturbed and lots of runners were stung, some quite badly with the air ambulance called out!
The Tour Of Norland Moor hosted by Halifax Harriers is a fell race starting from Copley Cricket Club. A food & music festival was also staged and provided some good food and beer after the race. Some excellent runs from Queensbury resulted in the team prize, with Chris Williams 3rd (38:49) , Martin First 8th (41:44), Mick Coe 24th (44:42), Graham Jowett 69th (52:50) & Jo 72nd (53:05). An excellent achievement given the strong turn out from much bigger clubs such as Calder Valley. Martin was also 1st in his age category, so a very good day for Queensbury RC. The race was won by Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers, recently selected to represent England in the World Mountain Running Championships which take place in Poland next month.
Chris Williams ran in the Cilcain Mountain Race down in Flintshire, Wales, also known as Moel Famau on bank holiday Monday. The race is run in conjuction with the Cilcain Village Show and route takes you from the local church in Cilcain, straight up to Moel Famau where there is a an iron-age hill fort, a loop brings you back around to join in the path you ascended and its straight back to the church, approx 4.5 miles with 1300 feet of climbing. A top 10 place not a bad result after the previous days work on the Tour of Norland Moor. Lloyd Tagart of Dark Peak won the race in 31:28
Last Wednesday was the YVAA race at Knavesmire. A flat and dry course proved to be a very fast paced 5.8 mile race starting from York Race Course. A strong turn out from Queensbury coupled with some great runs saw the club regain 3rd place in the 1st 4 to count competition. 13 QRC runners took part, Anna Smith, 3rd in category & Cathrine Robinson in the ladies race. Darren Midgley beat rival Allan Dodds of Roundhay Runners by one position to ensure the battle in the M35 category goes down to the last race with both tied on equal points going into the race at Spenborough. Peter Huges, Carl Heron & Mick Coe completed the first four. Phil Robinson & Karl Chamberlain were again close, with Phil just 12 seconds ahead of Karl. Graham Jowett was next in followed by an appearance from recently retired chairman of the club, Steve Jones. Andrew Tempest-Mitchell and Steve Wilby completed the team along with non-counting Chris Williams.
Great to have so many club runners out, especially on a Wednesday night and in particular to see Steve Jones in his now local race.
The revived West Yorkshire 5, put on jointly by Bradford-Airedale AC & West Yorkshire Fire Service was on Sunday. The race has been missing from the Calendar for the last 5 years but has a long history dating back 40 years. An undulating 5 mile course, starting & finishing at the Fire Service HQ in Birkenshaw. The wind proved to make the race very tactical at the front with runners jostling for position all the way to the 4 mile marker before Willy Smith of KCAC pulled away once the wind was behind him to take the victory. Chris Williams battled on for 3rd place just behind Peter Hopson of Bradford-Airedale who took 2nd. Martin Firth was following close behind and finished 10th overall.