Scarborough 10k & Withins Skyline

Richard Brook ran in the Scarborough 10k on Sunday, completing in 44:10

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The Withins Skyline Fell Race, first of the Airedale Athletics Winter League races also took part on Sunday from Penistone Hill, Haworth. Fine conditions prevailed for this 6.5 mile race over the moors. Chris Williams was first back for Queensbury in 9th place overall, Pete Hughes followed in 53rd in a time of 53:53! Mick Coe was next along with Anna Smith (2nd LV50) and Chris Rushworth, who amazingly managed to get around the wet and slippy moors in his road shoes! The are some excellent photos as always on the Woodentops website

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..Queensbury is flat????..Sure is..on t’Mountain top!!

We had yet another excellent display of enthusiastic and mutually supportive running from everyone in our 24-strong group yesterday evening…perhaps the fact that the selected routes were relatively flat  contributed in some part!!!! Even the weather stopped its recent foulness to “admire”!! Our Higher and Lower Intermediate groups ran “out and back” (4 miles in total) – the turnaround point being the top of notorious Windy Bank Lane for the Lower Intermediates, and the top of Swalesmoor Road for the Higher group – Windy bank Lane is definitely on the menu for these groups before long, such has been their tremendous progress! Our 14 strong “Novice” group had a 2.5 mile tour of the Mountain and Foxhill areas of the village – lovely and flat, believe it or not!!! – and quite peaceful! Super efforts were put in by everyone in all three groups! Very well done to all!!

Horsforth 10k

The annual Horsforth 10k, with it’s new start time was run this weekend, October 5th. The field was down slightly, probably due to the change in start time, now kicking off at 3pm but there were still 335 taking part with six Queensbury Runners involved , new members Bronte (1:09:38) & Diane Simpson (1:04:24) ran the course for the first time, and proved they are proper Queensbury Runners complaining at the lack of hills in the route which has a 2 mile stretch along the canal!! Zoe Hipwell (54:15) wasn’t too far behind husband Lee (50:21). Darren Midgely improved from his last outing in this race and was 2nd V40 in 37:38 and Chris Williams ran 35:27 for 5th place.

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..and we power on..and on!!

It’s been quite a busy week at the club! was switched to Tuesday night just for the week, to allow for a “social” evening 2 days later. We had a very healthy turnout of 20 runners of all abilities, with specific emphasis on hill work (as usual!)..mainly because we can’t avoid them in our part of the world!! It’s amazing and very heartening, as well as very rewarding, to hear comments like” I never thought I’d run up that!”, and “Did I REALLY run up there!”. Great effort and enthusiasm was displayed, yet again, in abundance, by all our groups!

Last Thursday, the club hosted a social evening at the half Way House pub, in Queensbury .We had a phenomenal turnout!..and we filled the pub!! The club’s committee formally welcomed all our beginners, stressing that they and the full members were all part of the same running club, then explained to our beginners the benefits of becoming full members of Queensbury Running Club. By the end of a very successful evening, 15 of our beginners had become full members, pushing the club membership to 53 – we have tripled in size this year!! We also had a very healthy set of orders for club running vests, T-shirts and hoodies! It was marvelous to see so many of our beginners present, and to experience their now legendary enthusiasm for running!

This weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the first ever UK parkrun, held in Bushy Park, Richmond-upon-Thames! We had another very healthy turnout overall as a club, at Bradford’s Lister Park event, despite the wet, cool weather. The results were – in reverse order for a change!…Holly Cleal 51.08, Rebecca Calvert 42.17 (her 1st park run..very good time!), Dianne McDonnell 42.01 (a PB by 77 seconds!), Zoë Hipwell 37.35 (ran with daughter Jessica, who ran 37.34; husband Lee did 24.27!), Jayne Passey 33.59 (husband Tony ran 31.53!), Nicole Jagger 31.43 (very impressive 1st parkrun!), Abbie Cleal 29.03, Maria Rhodes 27.22 (very near her PB!), Craig Hawes 26.07, and Stacey Cleal 25.24. Declan Craven ran a very quick lap of 5.54, before heading off to assist with scanning! Three of our regular Assistant Run Leaders also competed – Andrew tempest-Mitchell ran 26.00, Steve Wilby 26.44 and Steve Brooke 33.56 (granddaughter Katie ran 33.55!). ..and Run Leader, Martin Firth, did 19.04 (2nd place!). Over in Huddersfield, at Greenhead Park, Caroline Whelan (36.25) and Kathryn Webb (36.00), most admirably flew the flag for Queensbury, doing their first ever park runs in exceedingly respectable times! Very well done to everyone!!..conditions were not too easy!


..more super parkrun results!!

Congratulations to all members of our Beginners’ Group for truly inspirational performances in yesterday’s Lister Park parkrun! Your training is definitely paying off! ..and so to the “scores on the doors”!! :- Declan Craven 19.42 (11th!), Stacey Cleal 25.04, Claire Baggley 25.58 (3rd PB in succession!), Zoë Hipwell 26.03 (PB by over a minute!), Dianne Simpson 30.19, Brontë Simpson 30.25, Abbie Cleal 32.32, Kate Hartley 33.09 (just a few seconds outside her PB!), Assistant Run Leader Steve Brook ran 29.25, and Richard, his son and club member too, ran a PB of 21.34. Great performances!!! Well done!

Lubeck 10K

Carl represented the club in Germany at the weekend joining 550 runners in the Lubeck 10K. The centre of Lubeck is a World Heritage Site and the amazing sights on a sunny day were very welcome. The organisers describe the course as undulating but in Queensbury we would call it flat. Carl was 31st overall and 2nd M50 in 38.43 beating his personal best set several years ago at the (flat) Bradford 10K. Great fun, a silver medal and certificate presented on stage and free beer – it took a few moments to realise that it was alcohol-free……


Beefy’s Nab


Queensbury also had a good day at Beefy’s Nab, a short fast fell race from Oxenhope with a steep descent over rough ground.  Declan Craven ran hard to the summit of Nab Hill, reaching it in third place overall.  Losing time after a wrong turn on the descent he finished 12th in the excellent time of 25:52 to take the M23 prize.  The F23 prize went to Abbie Cleal, Anna Smith won the overall women’s race and Lee Hipwell, Stacey Cleal and Zoe Hipwell all ran well on the challenging course.  A terrific local route.

Photo by Phil Bland.  Full results are here.

Hot off the press!!!



Our committee recently agreed that we should have an “open” night for all our Beginners’ Group members, whereby we meet at the Half Way House Pub, Sandbeds, Queensbury, at @ 7pm.(ALL full club members are encouraged to attend too!). It will be on Thursday October 2nd! It’s basically about reinforcing that we are ALL members of the same club (Queensbury Running Club), by getting to know each other and ensuring our group knows our committee members and regular members. Sandwiches and snacks will be laid on! During the evening, our committee will present the benefits of club membership, as well as getting together an order for club running vests, especially for new members wishing to take part in the forthcoming West Yorkshire Winter League.Anyone wishing to become a full member just needs to bring along £10 and their date of birth, and our Secretary will do the rest! Now we have darkness to contend with for training nights, we shall cover running safely in the dark. I’ll also be mentioning the Bradford City Runs, Oct 26..maybe we could have a club “outing” that morning, if enough of us are free, seeing it’s in our “own back yard” (oh..we need to provide ONE marshall for the event!!..any volunteers?), trying to get as many as possible to either run or, if not doing so, to turn up and support. It will help to publicise our club further – our profile has heightened immensely since we began our Beginners’ Group!! Naturally, you will be able to ask any questions you wish, and make any suggestions you feel will benefit the club and all of us who are part of it!

To compensate for “losing” our training night on Oct 2nd,our football landlords have been approached for us to “switch” to Tuesday September 30th , for that week only, for our usual training – they were able to most kindly oblige! Hope you can make it to both occasions!

The highest running club in England, probably.