Phil Robinson battled the tough conditions on Sunday in the Shibden Spinner Sportive, a 90 mile cycle starting from Shibden with the first climb being Lee Lane! He finished 3rd place after 6:32:38 on the bike! Conditions were so tough, Phil said he was out of the seat pedalling hard on a gradual incline near Scammonden Dam and was still only hitting 4mph! Although he made up for this reaching 48mph downhill with the following tailwinds!
Queensbury had two runners in the Great North Run, Ben Clare, who finished in 1:31:30 & Andrew Tempest-Mitchell who finished 2:04:16. Both said the huge crowds of runners made the race difficult but enjoyed the event!
Picture thanks to Marathon-photos.com
Five Queensbury runners took part in the out and back Spen Greenway 10k. Darren Midgely just missed out on breaking the 37 minute barrier, finishing 8th in 37:06, very closely followed by Martin Firth, who despite his impressive time of 37:22 was still pushed back to 3rd in the V50 category! Carl Heron was back in slightly over 40 minutes, finishing 26th in 40:39. Richard Brook achieved a new personal best for the distance in 42:53, taking a big chunk from his last time round, completing the team was Steve Wilby in 96th in 53:05
Full Results: http://spenac.co.uk/Greenway%20Results%202013.pdf
Runners from the north of England and further afield met at Haworth Primary School on a bright morning with almost no wind. Times were fast in the good conditions and Mick Coe made quick work of the half marathon route finishing 21st of 246 in the excellent time of 2:00:52. The full marathon was also competitive with an exceptionally strong vets field. Carl Heron improved on a time set in the extreme heat of 2012 to finish 47th of 179 in 4:10:09 while Anna Smith felt better after some biscuits at mile 21 and went on to finish 110th in 5:02:48. As usual all aspects of the event were superbly organised and competitors enjoyed routes over some of the most beautiful local landscape.
Photos by Ilkley Harriers
Two Queensbury Runners ran in Epilepsy Action’s Alices Run on Sunday from Mytholmroyd. Jo Horan had a great race and finished 4th lady and 43rd overall in 48:22 and Steve Wilby was 94th in 55:46 from over 200 runners. Well done to both!!
Photos By Epilepsy Action
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.
There’s an aritcle in todays T&A on the team: http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/sportother/sport_other_outdoor/sport_ath/10649876.Airedale_Athletics_team_forced_to_play_catch_up_after_relay_injury_blow/