Our Beginners’ Group once again had the chance to conquer the none-too-flat Pit Lane, for the second week in a row , in the training session of 26/06/14. The out-and-back course down Pit Lane, onto the Great North Trail to the bottom of Station Road, Queensbury, was again selected so that our intrepid runners could try to pace themselves more efficiently on a course that they were familiar with. As a result , the Intermediate section ran further than the previous week and finished much stronger! – and enjoyed themselves much more! Our “Beginners” section also practiced pacing, on the same route, and covered an amazing 20% more ground than last week! It is little wonder that our regular “park runners” within the overall group are recording new personal bests at Lister Park, on Saturday mornings, with great regularity! Well done to EVERYBODY! You are truly inspirational and have achieved an enormous amount in just 7 weeks!! Thanks to Jo, Steve, Karl and Craig for supervising and encouraging our runners! ps. Queensbury Running Club Beginners’ Group now has its own Facebook page!
Martin, Carl & Peter Hughes entered a 3 man relay team into the Yorkshire Road Relay Championship M50 category. Finishing an impressive 4th from 10 teams of quality runners. Peter Hughes also clocked the 4th fastest M50 lap of the day!
M50 Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14ChRRM50.html
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/ChampionshipRaces.htm
Once again, the Beginners’ Group was blessed with a beautiful summer’s evening for week 6 of the 10 week training course..and graced with just one hill!..but it was a LONG hill, stretching down onto the Great North Trail!! A dozen of our enthusiasts volunteered to run in the Intermediate Group, under the guidance of Craig and Karl, and had a steady run down Pit Lane, then onto the Great North Trail, reaching the base of Station Road, 2 miles from the club H/Q before re-grouping and then returning up “that hill” to the club H/Q…and did so most strongly and with determined style – and without stopping to re-group!! Martin guided the 8 runners who preferred a “gentler” run, half way down the same hill – we then tackled the ascent carefully AND extremely enthusiastically, trying to make it as much fun as possible!! Both groups showed incredible courage and determination on one of our toughest local hills…and the rate of improvement in everyone was very evident. Such has been the immense enthusiasm and desire of the whole group that we have decided to extend the 10 week course INDEFINITELY!! …such has been the great success enjoyed so far! Thank you everyone and well done!! (from all at Queensbury Running Club, and ,especially, from Running Group Leader Martin!)
This was only my second visit to the Lake District so it was an adventure to arrive and be ready for the start on the north west side of Derwent Water. Reassuringly familiar faces and vests appeared as we gathered at the lakeside and the race began comfortably enough with a few miles of steady running next to the water on soft tracks shadowed by woods. This was not to last as the route offered very varied terrain. The next section to the south of the lake featured tough climbs with rocky stepped descents to follow and a long run to the finish on narrow paths cut into the steep Eastern banks. I’d underestimated the difficulties of the second half of the race and was overtaken by a number of runners, but held on to win the F50 category in spite of a strong late challenge. So my visit ended very happily and I felt that I’d made friends. I’d been able to run in the Lake District on a marked route, but going home in the train those huge fells still seemed as distant as if they’d been photographs.
Carl Heron was racing for the 3rd time in a week at the Otley 10, an undulating 10 miler finishiing 81st 1:09:42. The winner was Nathaniel Williams in 55:34, with 8 runners breaking the 1 hour mark highlighting what a quality field the race attracts.
Anna Smith was the only Queensbury runner in the Borrowdale Trail race. A 21km trail race. Anna came out on top of a close run battle to win her age category, narrowly beating Henrietta Bolton Carter of Tweed Triathlon Club, in 2:09:41.
Glorious early summer weather (for a change!) greeted our Queensbury Beginners’ Running Group on the evening of Thursday June 12. After initial warm up exercises, all 24 were taken towards the top of Bradshaw Lane and Soil Hill for a second consecutive week of “gentle” hill work, in intermediate and beginner groups! Warm conditions made for a more exerting session, which was directed by Running Leader Martin, most ably assisted by Craig, Steve, Carl, Peter and Andy. We warmly welcomed RunEngland representative Holly Williams, without whom the Beginners’ Group would never have got off the ground – she hurried around at great speed taking action photos and video clips, and offering very timely encouragement – and conducted interviews of group members after training! Several runners commented on how useful the hill work was for the free weekly Saturday Lister Park park run!…apparently, Soil Hill made the park’s “teeny tiny hill” look as flat as a pancake!! What was most striking about the session was the VERY noticeable improvement in all our runners since last week’s session!! Well done to all of you!!
Well done to Craig Richardson ran a PB in the Edinburgh Marathon, he reports:
“I woke up on Sunday morning 25/5/14 and looked out of my hotel window, the weather was not what you can call the best for running a marathon, wet and cloudy.
After a breakfast of porridge and banana I set off for the start, a short bus ride saw me join the thousands of other runners competing in the marathon.
I must admit that on the way to the start my mind was not on the race and I felt a little disinterested, but once at the start the atmosphere changed everything, I was now looking forward to the race.
At 9:55 the race got underway to what was now clearing skies and no rain. The marathon course makes its way out of the city centre to the coast at Leith, then it follows the coast to the 17 mile point where it loops around the grounds of Gosforth House to join the coast road again and finish at Mussleborough.
I crossed the start line and felt in good form, as the miles passed I felt good. We hit the coast and there was a slight head on crosswind but nothing too hard to deal with. The 10K marker came and went and so did the half way, still felt good, making use of the water and energy stations really helped make sure I kept hydrated and carbs topped up.
I had a finish target of 3hrs 30mins which worked out at 8mins per mile, as we went through the 18 mile mark the sun came out and gave us perfect running conditions. A quick check of my watch gave me the info I wanted, still on for the 3:30:00.
Coming back down the coast towards Cockensie and Prestonpans the crosswind I was hoping would give us a slight push had dropped completely. Now coming up to 23 miles and I noticed my pace had dropped slightly and negative thoughts started to enter my head, but a quick telling off of myself soon got them out of my head.
Approaching the outskirts of Mussleborough and the crowds started to build, at one point the road became very narrow due to the amount of people watching.
Running past the race course we took a left turn and there was the finish line in site, this gave me an extra boost of energy and I headed for the line picking up more pace as I went.
I crossed the line with a time of 3:33:27 a new PB, knocking 5 mins of my previous PB (London 2012) and knocking 11 mins off my previous Edinburgh Marathon time in 2011.
The Edinburgh Marathon is really well organised with a great atmosphere, the locals come out in force to cheer you on. I would recommend Edinburgh to anyone looking for a PB or running a first marathon.”
Thursday saw the Full Bronte race, up in Haworth, it’s an undulating 5 mile road race, with two laps around Penistone Hill. Chris Williams’ fine form continued with a 2nd place, beaten by a strong late burst from Will Smith of host club Keighley & Craven. It was a tactical race with a good group of 6 or 7 runners vying to keep out of the strong wind hitting the front of the group, it wasn’t until the last 3/4 of a mile when the attacks started with Will Smith running clear of the group, Chris tried to hold onto him but had to settle for second. Carl Heron was next back for Queensbury in 37th (34:40) and Peter May finished 53rd (36:08) from 133 club runners.
Excellent photos can be found on the Woodentops site, click here
Carl Heron was back racing on Saturday in the Warfedale Off Road Half Marathon. Finishing this undulating off road half in 1:51:45 and coming home in 60th position. Mick Coe was hot on Carl’s heels, finishing just over a minute behind in 69th, 1:52:57 from over 350 runners.