We had absolutely fabulous efforts from EVERYONE, tonight, in both the Beginners’ and Intermediate sections! The Intermediate route down Pit Lane onto Thornton Viaduct (famed for the ghost of “Fair Becca”!!!), then up to Keelham Corner , followed by the gradual but tough mile long climb back on the Brighouse & Denholme Road to the clubhouse, was tackled with immense resolution, spirit and unyielding enthusiasm. Not to be outdone, the Beginners’ section tackled equally well the route of Pit Lane and the deceptive inclines of Deep Lane (and the car park of Sandal’s Farm Restaurant for a bit of fun!!), before the gentle rise to the clubhouse, again via the Brighouse & Denholme Road..wonderful effort!! What a pleasure to see the week on week improvement of everyone, and the visible pleasure on all faces at the end of our training runs! Our Beginners’ should hold their heads high and be very proud of their achievements in the 8 weeks since forming!
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.
On Saturday 18 January runners and walkers set off from Mytholmroyd in the early morning half light, heading up to the mill buildings at Old Town to continue – after refreshment – along the 22 mile route to Hardcastle Crags, Blackshaw Head and Cragg Vale before a final descent to very welcome hospitality in the church hall at Mytholmroyd again. The route was intricate, needing either good map reading skills at speed or a recce beforehand but it was a friendly, well-organised event and people helped each other out. One to look forward to next year.
Last Sunday’s Woodland Challenge attracted a field of 285 (including a competitor who had cycled from Manchester) and the front runners set a devastating pace. The course was twisty and fast. Representing Queensbury Mick Coe (44:01) and Graham Jowett (52:39) finished well up the field and they both battled out close finishes in the final yards. The Woodland Challenge was the first fixture in the Airedale Athletics Off-Road Winter Challenge, where Graham’s points give him the lead in the individual challenge. Mick is the second individual and Queensbury is second in the club league.
Full results here.
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.
QRC had 8 bunnies in action on Tuesday 16th – Chris, Darren, Ben, Peter, Graham, Hannah, Mick and SteveW – gale force winds, blinding sun and a near death experience hampered some more than others! Results for QRC bunnies now on the results page and full results on Woodentops website.