Continuing a great off-road season for Queensbury Chris Williams took 5th place overall on a twisting, hilly course at Over the Odda on 16 May. Lee Hipwell and Graham Jowett showed terrific form in the same race.
Mick Coe represented the club strongly at the Austick Amble, covering the 8 mile 1,200ft course in 1:00:47 to take 41st place. Then on a windy day he took 3 minutes off his 2014 time at the Wharfedale Half Marathon, finishing in 1:49:47. Matt Fielding also made the trip to the Dales and completed the same tough route in a time of 2:08:18. These are impressive results on very varied and demanding routes. Well done everyone.
Mick and Graham are placed fourth and fifth in the individual league. The next events are Reservoir Bogs (Hebden Bridge, 20 June), the Baildon Canter (11 July) and Widdop (15 July). Full points and the fixture list are here.
Over 400 runners took part in the Apperley Bridge Canter hosted by Horsforth Harriers five Queensbury runners took part in the race the weather turned out to be just right for the evening race. First home for Queensbury was Chris Williams in a time of 35.54 and 2nd overall a fantastic achievement.
Peter Hughes was 40th overall in a time of 41.09 Peter was the first vet 60 .
Father and daughter team Mick and Hannah Coe spent their bank-holiday Monday competing in the Austwick Amble fell race, just on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Proud father Mick watched his daughter Hannah come in 3rd in the “Under 14 Girls” junior fell race, bagging herself a well deserved prize. Hannah, who runs for Queensbury RC, has been slowly building up her training using the Parkruns, where she has been getting fitter and faster, culminating in today’s fantastic result. Well done, Hannah!
Father Mick ran the 8-mile fell race and finished in 41st position out of 170 runners and in a time of 1:00:47. Will we see a sub 60-minute time next time around? Mick needs to keep up his good form and Hannah is slowly catching him. Well done to both.
This week saw 10 Queensbury RC runners participate at 3 different courses. Next week, Bradford will see another Parkrun course added to its portfolio – Horton Park. The course should provide a good challenge as runners make their way 3.5 times around the undulating course. Well done to all that took part.
Last weekend saw the third iteration of the Over the Odda 10k in Hawksworth, a race which is increasing in popularity year-on-year. The race is part of the Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer Challenge and takes in some of the stunning views to be had over the Aire and Wharf valleys.
Congratulations to all runners, especially Chris for coming 5th out of a field of 236 runners and to Graham for coming first in his age category.
With high Joker points scores from competitive runs at the Bluebell Trail Peter May and Graham Jowett are sixth and seventh in the individual league after three races. Queensbury is fifth in the club league, close behind Skyrac. Full points details are here. Over The Odda scores still to come.
The next fixtures are the Austwick Amble, a bank holiday race in the Dales, on 25 May and the Wharfedale Off-Road Half Marathon, also over beautiful Dales scenery, on 6 June. Very good luck if you are running.
Yesterday evening saw the third and final race of the John Carr series (all together now: “awwwwwwh!”), but cry not fellow runners, for there are only about 349 days until we can revisit our favourite waste water treatment works to compete in the 2016 edition. Queensbury Running Club had a truly fantastic turnout to the event, so to all those who took part: thank you for doing our club proud!
To the runners who took part, a special congratulations goes out to:
Chris Williams: For setting the fastest time (15:42) in the club for this series and for coming 2nd overall in the series and for being 1st overall in his category (MO) in the series.
Andy Smith and Sharan Loughran: For improving their times over all 3 runs.
Bronte Simpson: For being the 1st in her category (FJ) in the 1st race and 1st overall in her category in the series.
Abbie Cleal: For being the 1st in her category (FJ) in the 2nd and 3rd races.
Sunday morning. It’s that time of the week when it’s practically the law to take an extra hour or two in bed. When one finally does rise for the day, the next custom is to source a bacon sandwich, chased down with a freshly brewed coffee.
A hardy bunch of Queensbury runners had some very different ideas indeed. At the unearthly time of 05:00, the first of 12 QRC competitors crawled out of bed and sacrificed their Sunday morning ritual to race their way across some of the finest countryside in the land. The event? The Calderdale Way Relay kindly hosted by the Halifax Harriers. There are 6 legs in total, with a cumulative distance of over 50 miles. Each leg is run in pairs and competitors must follow strict safety requirements which define the equipment that is to be carried (compass, map and gloves, for example).
Carl Heron took it in his stride to organise QRC’s involvement in the relay, and after some chopping and changing of the original teams due to injuries and other commitments, the final victims competitors were selected. Carl and Peter May were the first pair to represent the club in a total of 6 legs. So how did we get on?
After a fantastic day of racing, the club finished in 27th position with a total time of 7:24:22. This is a new club record by 3 minutes and 53 seconds; a time which was set in 2013. A big well done to all competitors and in particular to Darren and Andy who set a new club record for leg 5 and also to Matt Thornton, for which this event was his first foray into racing. Now is a very exciting time for the club, which seems to be developing in leaps and bounds and we can only wait with baited breath until the next opportunity to compete in this fantastic event comes around in 2016.
Watch this space for the addition of some photos of the club, or if you manage to shoot some photos yourself that you’d like to send across, please send these in an email to email@example.com.