Two evening races over the last two weeks, firstly at Meanwood on June 24th…
Anna Smith was 5th lady overall and narrowly missed out on a category win, taken by Sharon Williams of Abbey runners, just 31 seconds in front of Anna. Darren Midgely was 1st man back for Queensbury in 7th, followed by Pete Hughes who won his V55 category, Mick Coe was next and then Pete May and Andy Stott who were separated by just two other runners. Chris Rushworth was involved with his first vets race for Queensbury finishing in front of Graham Jowett who took 2nd in his V60 category.
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP4-Meanwood.htm
Stainland put on the next vets race on 9/7/14, following a course familiar to many of our runners from the WYWL XC series, a technical and undulating route. Anna Smith put in a great performace to finish 3rd lady overall and bag herself a category win. Darren Midgely was 6th overall, followed by Pete Hughes who narrowly missed out on another category win, pipped by Marc Crabtree of Halifax Harriers, next was Mick Coe, closely followed by Pete May and then Chris Rushworth completing the team for Queensbury.
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP5-WestVale.htm
Queensbury remain 3rd in the Mens 1st 4 to count table, and 6th in the overall table.
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!
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!)
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!!
Our extremely enthusiastic and talented Beginners’ Group had the rare pleasure of sunshine for the week 4 training session, on June 5!! The theme of the evening was “hill work”! Such has been the progress within the group, that, of the 28 who attended, one ran with the Queensbury Running Club weekly group of advanced runners, and a group of 8 were formed into a fully supervised intermediate group – all with success! Running Leader Martin Firth and his assistants from the running club, were VERY impressed by the effort shown – and by the wonderful progress that has been evident since week 1! All were rewarded, after warming down exercises, with birthday sweets from Lynn Hill!…happy birthday, Lynn, from all at Queensbury Running Club!!
Well done to the following members of the Beginners’ Group,who took part in the Lister Park parkrun , Saturday May 24th.
Jo Robinson 34.31 PERSONAL BEST!! 291st (out of 384 finishers)
Brontë Simpson 32.30 PERSONAL BEST!! 258th ” “
Diane Simpson 32.34 PERSONAL BEST!! 259th ” “
Zoë Hipwell 47.05 PERSONAL BEST!! 375th ” “
Stacey Cleal 26.32 very near PB! 135th ” “
Abbie Cleal 31.22 coming back to good form after injury! 234th
Declan Craven 20.31 very speedy run!! a super 15th!!
What a superb set of performances!! The first two weeks of the beginners’ course are clearly reaping early dividends!!
A big thanks to Steve Jones for his many years work as club chairman. Very much appreciated by everyone at Queensbury RC. Now an honorary member, all the best for your future in York.