Last Wednesday was the YVAA race at Knavesmire. A flat and dry course proved to be a very fast paced 5.8 mile race starting from York Race Course. A strong turn out from Queensbury coupled with some great runs saw the club regain 3rd place in the 1st 4 to count competition. 13 QRC runners took part, Anna Smith, 3rd in category & Cathrine Robinson in the ladies race. Darren Midgley beat rival Allan Dodds of Roundhay Runners by one position to ensure the battle in the M35 category goes down to the last race with both tied on equal points going into the race at Spenborough. Peter Huges, Carl Heron & Mick Coe completed the first four. Phil Robinson & Karl Chamberlain were again close, with Phil just 12 seconds ahead of Karl. Graham Jowett was next in followed by an appearance from recently retired chairman of the club, Steve Jones. Andrew Tempest-Mitchell and Steve Wilby completed the team along with non-counting Chris Williams.
Great to have so many club runners out, especially on a Wednesday night and in particular to see Steve Jones in his now local race.
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13GP7-Knavesmire.htm
The revived West Yorkshire 5, put on jointly by Bradford-Airedale AC & West Yorkshire Fire Service was on Sunday. The race has been missing from the Calendar for the last 5 years but has a long history dating back 40 years. An undulating 5 mile course, starting & finishing at the Fire Service HQ in Birkenshaw. The wind proved to make the race very tactical at the front with runners jostling for position all the way to the 4 mile marker before Willy Smith of KCAC pulled away once the wind was behind him to take the victory. Chris Williams battled on for 3rd place just behind Peter Hopson of Bradford-Airedale who took 2nd. Martin Firth was following close behind and finished 10th overall.
Full Results: https://racebest.com/results/west-yorkshire-5
Sorry the website was not working over the weekend. Slight technical problem with the ‘Members’ section. Still working on fixing this. Rest of the site is working as normal
Ben Clare was the only Queensbury Runner to brave the brutal Borrowdale Fell Race this weekend. Featuring a 17 mile route with 6500 feet of climbing, Ben finished in the middle of a very talented field in a time of 4:20:32. The race was won by Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough Athletic Club in 2:51:24.
For a detailled race report, have a read of the Mud, Sweat & Tears page here: http://www.mudsweatandtears.co.uk/2013/08/05/ricky-makes-light-work-of-borrowdale/
Full Results: http://www.borrowdalefellrunners.co.uk/uploads/3/2/4/9/3249346/borrowdale_2013_results.pdf
Some excellent race pictures by Paul Dobson: https://plus.google.com/photos/112660024446587293959/albums/5908381709762604561?banner=pwa
Saltaire: Spring view from Roberts’ Park
Painting by David Starley (http://www.davidstarleyartist.com)
The inaugural Saltaire Shaker took place on a sunny and breezy 4th August. The race was organized by Otley Chevin Flyers who also host a free weekly 3 mile trail run in the Otley Chevin Forest Park (http://www.runsunday.com).
The unusual distance of 15 km, a flat, off-road course and picturesque location drew a good mix of club and unattached runners. The course took in a long stretch of the canal out and back with a loop in the woods. Seasoned off-roaders may have found it rather non-technical. The start time of 10.30 also meant that the towpath was shared with healthy numbers of walkers, cyclists and other runners. This proved only a minor issue for me at least and the absence of climbs, apart from the haul in the woods, was welcome (I may get booted out of QRC for such heresy).
The race was won by Mike Jefferies in 56.22, a top-class athlete who has won several competitive races this year including the Humber Bridge Half Marathon and the Otley 10. Baildon’s Steve Watkins came in second in 57.10 and some way ahead of Franco Pardini running for Leeds club Valley Striders who was third in 59.11. The ladies race was won by Idle AC runner Donna Edmondson-Booker in 64.45.
Thanks to the organizers and marshals and to Steve Brook and Phil Robinson for turning out to support the runners. There was a charity contribution (Yorkshire Air Ambulance) in the race fee and the results were posted and emailed out later in the day.
QRC results – full results at: http://www.runsunday.com/resources/Final%20Saltaire%20Shaker%20Results.pdf
Carl Heron 65.26 (17th and 1st M50)
Richard Brook 72.04 (54th and 4th M35)
Tuesday evening saw the YVAA at Crossgates, the 6th of the series. Anna Smith finished 4th lady and top of her category, making a real challenge for overall victory in her category for the series, currently lying 3rd but with a race in hand. Darren was first back for the men in 10th place and also battling for a category vicyory in the overall stadings, just 1 point behind leader Allan Dodds of Roundhay Runners. Peter was next in 15th place and 1st in his category, extending his lead in the overall standings and looking to have all but secured his reign in the V55. Carl Heron and Phil Robinson completed the first four Queensbury Runners, keeping Queensbury close to Stainland and ahead of 5th place Horsforth in the Mens Team league table. Karl Chamberlain closely followed.
The next and penultimate race is at Knavesmire at 19.30 on August 7th
In other news, Ben Clare & Anna Smith are also featured in an article on the T&A website as they are leading the Airedale Athletics Summer League: http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/sportother/sport_other_outdoor/sport_ath/10580068.Oldroyd_cops_for_victory_in_10K/
Saturday saw the Bingley Show Trail Race, back for 2013 after the show was cancelled last year due to the weather. Darren was 3rd overall, full results yet to be released, check here for news: http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/events/bingley-show-trail-race/
Martin raced in the Oxenhope Village Fete Race, as well as running too and from the event he came 11th place, full results: http://kcac.co.uk/events/oxenhope/13_oxenhope.html
Inglebourgh Gala Mountain Race was Saturday afternoon at the Ingleton Gala. Ben Clare ran a strong race and was first back for Queensbury, Chris Williams stumbled in shortly afterwards followed by Mick Coe and Anna Smith. Full results yet to be released, check here for news: http://www.ingletongala.org.uk/ingalamountainrace.htm
Jo Horan – making her debut for Queensbury along with Richard Brook, Steve Wilby, Ben Clare ran Harrogate 10k on Sunday. Full Results: http://www.harrogate-harriers.co.uk/harrogate-town-centre-10k-2013-final-results/