The annual haul up Trooper Lane, under taken in the Bluebell Trail Race was on Sunday. Seven Queensbury Runners took part in this well organised, scenic 10 mile race hosted by Stainland Lions. Mick Coe was first back for Queensbury, 1:23:53, finishing 64th from an entry of almost 500. Richard Brook was next in 1:26:31, being chased by Phil Robinson who was next just 1 place and only 12 seconds behind, Andrew Stott was next in 1:28:20, Jo then in 1:32:56, Graham was next in 1:33:12, and Steve Jones, making his way over from York for one of his favourite races, 1:46:22.
Martin Firth is behind the new Queensbury “Walk-Chat-Jog” group, which is aimed at people in Queensbury who have never run before, but fancy having a go .The group will be hosted by Queensbury Running Club, under the guidance of England Athletics, and be run by myself with help from colleagues from the club. We are providing a 10 week course, on Thursday evenings, FREE OF CHARGE, aimed at taking beginners gradually from walking to running…anyone is welcome,whether they have run before or never at all, or have just started, or do “just a bit”! The course starts at 7pm, May 15th, from Queensbury Celtic Football Club, Pit Lane . All who are interested can contact Martin on 07724 127743 or email on email@example.com to put their name down. Thank you.
I’ve now 30 eager people signed up for our new venture into the realms of better health!..that’s now our limit. The local England Athletics rep was extremely impressed with the take up, when I met her last night. Another course will be set up to follow this one, probably for late August, to help to inspire more of our community with our lovely scenery and fresh air! If I may be permitted, I’ll post updates to here for the start of the 1st course on May 15th…there will also be details on the Queensbury Running Club website…www.Queensburyrc.co.uk .THANK YOU!!! See you all on the 15th!!….6.30pm to 6.45pm. if poss., as there’s a lot of you to enrol! …..Martin Firth
Carl ran in the Bergen half-marathon in Norway on Saturday 26th April in a time of 1.31:42. The course involves some tough climbs into the hills above the beautiful city.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
Good luck to our Manchester Marathon runners this Sunday. Martin & Jo have both been racking up the miles in preparation ! Have a good run & enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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!