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.
Full Results: http://live.sportident.co.uk/home/event/coursecontrolsummary/resultsatcontrol.html?eventid=38d99033-1890-4df7-bca4-49c5e4a8e016&mobile=false&controlnumber=1000
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.
Full Results: http://www.skyrac.co.uk/results-19th-guiseley-gallop-sunday-20th-april-2014/
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
Fine and reasonably warm weather prevailed this year for the Spen 20, in stark contrast to last years conditions! Martin First continued his excellent marathon preparations with a 1st place V55 finish in 2:09:37. Karl Chamberlain in 2:41:22 and Phil Robinson in 2 :47:40 both showing their extra training is paying off already. Craig Richardson was the 4th team member back in 3:01:38
Full Results: http://spenac.co.uk/Spen%2020%20Results%202014.pdf
Pete Hughes went over to Marsden to do the Ian Roberts Fell Race, finishing the 6.4mile / 853ft course in 57:42 (35th place).
Full Results: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2243
Clear and calm conditions prevailed on Saturday for the Ovenden Fell Race. A local fell race, starting at Ogden Reservoir. Eight runners from Queensbury took part and some much appreciated support from others out and about on the route! Chris Williams was first back for the club in 6th place, despite getting lost in the last mile on a well known local route! Confusion was caused due to some flags been incorrectly placed resulting in part of the field taking a slightly confusing detour. Ben Clare, also caught up in the confusion towards the end finished in an excellent 16th spot, Pete Hughes 24th and within the same minute Mick Coe 31st, our next four runners were all grouped within a few places including Graham Jowett 73rd, Anna Smith 74th, Andrew Stott marking his debut in a Queensbury Vest 76th and Lee Hipwell 80th.
There are two excellent photo galleries on the Woodentops webiste, have a look here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos
Full Results are on the FRA website: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2238
[important]Don’t forget the final XC is at Stainland this Sunday! [/important]
Widely regarded as one of the toughest fell races in the calendar, especially locally, Anna Smith was the only member of Queensbury to brave the tough conditions and get around the 21 mile route featuring 4000 feet of ascent. Gale force winds and knee deep, strength sapping bogs and tussocks for the duration as well! Full details of the race can be found on the Calder Valley website as well as full results: http://www.cvfr.co.uk/races/wadsworth-trog/
Some excellent photos by Woodentops be found here: https://plus.google.com/photos/110439573756197443848/albums/5978100642586947249?banner=pwa
The Liversedge Half Marathon, organised by Roberttown Road Runners, is a very popular, well-organized and friendly local run. On 9th February 2014 the race celebrated its 19th year and, once again, drew runners from a wide catchment well beyond West Yorkshire. The course is demanding with a few tough climbs and drags. In 2013 there was snow and freezing conditions; this year some high winds and rain greeted the runners although most of the clouds had emptied by the time the race started.
Queensbury runners had a good day despite the conditions. Jo Horan showed what a fine runner she is with an excellent time of 1.48:39. Richard Brook was consistent finishing within 30 seconds of his 2013 time in 1.43:53. Peter May, returning to running after a lay off, made it around in 1.53:36; he will get much faster as the year progresses. Only four of the five registered QRC runners made it to the start line. Unfortunately Martin Firth (first M50 in the race in 2013; now M55) was unwell and decided not to run. Martin is on great form though and he is likely be among the highest-ranked M55 road runners in the country in 2014. Carl Heron decided to run despite straining a calf muscle in a desperate attempt to extract his leg from the slimy mud at Pudsey in the Yorkshire Vets race the previous Sunday. He managed to get around in 1.34:08, slower by two and a half minutes from his 2013 time (I was in pain throughout though…..honest).
The support from Peter Hughes, on Bradford Road at 6 miles and then at the top of the climb from Clifton at around 10 miles was very welcome as was Steve Brook’s presence at the end. The next best club to our own, Stainland Lions, had runners who put in fine performances too as well as shouting out support along the way.
The men’s race was won for the second time in a row by Holmfirth’s Matthew Pierson beating his 2013 time by four seconds! Scott Harrington (Otley) and Andrew Fuller (Shepshed) followed next almost exactly a minute apart from each other. The women’s race was won by Myra Jones (Valley Striders) with unattached runners Helen Waugh and Chloe Wood in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The 31st Stanbury Splash was run on Sunday in near perfect, if muddy conditions. Some good times were put in by Queensbury Chris, Ben, Pete, Mick, Carl, Lee and Andy – on his first fell race! Full results and plenty of good photos can be found on the Woodentops website here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=stanbury
The full results are now available here: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2194
Well done to Pete, Darren, Steve, Carl, Steve, Anna & Graham and thanks to the organisers & marshals for managing to get the race on!
Ben Clare & Anna Smith ran in ‘The Stoop’ fell race. A popular Woodentops race held a the end of December, some very windy conditions made this short but brutal fell race even tougher. Full results: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/assets/results/13stoop.pdf
The Chevin Chase on a boxing day was again won by Jonny Brownlee.Fine weather, large crowds and a good, undulating route made for an excellent race. Ben Clare, Chris Williams & Darren Midgely all ran in what was a very competitive field. Full results can be found here: http://www.sportstimingsolutions.co.uk/running_results_master.php?recordID=The Chevin Chase 2013
Many people have asked about the The Giants Tooth fell race, annually held on New Years Day from the Causeway Foot. It is apparently on but I haven’t seen anything official regarding the race only by word of mouth.
Well done to everyone who ran in the Gathering Winter Fools Relay. Finishing 7th this year, a place down on last but a huge 20+ minutes was taken from our time last year, finishing under the 4 hour mark in 3:59:37!
Full Results Can Be Seen Here : http://kcac.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/13_GWF.html