Two more mid-week races in quick succession with the Apperly Bridge Canter and the YVAA at Bingley.
Peter Hughes was first back for Queensbury at the ABC, taking first place V55 in an impressive 37:46. Next home was recent recruit Ben Clare, whose been impressing with his improving times and finished this 10k under the benchmark 40 minutes in 39:24. Mick Coe was not far behind in 40:45 closely followed by Carl Heron 41:02, Richard Brook 43:22 on the back of a John Carr 5k the previous night, Anna Smith 45:42 and Lee Hipwell 46:36. Full results: http://www.horsforthharriers.co.uk/results/abc2013resultv1.htm
The Bingley Vets race was on Tuesday evening, and I imagine was a very wet course? Anna Smith scored well with an 11th place finish and 2nd F45. Darren Midgely was first back for the men in 38:20 and 2nd in his V35 category, Pete Hughes again took 1st V55 in 39:28, Mick Coe 41:30, Carl Heron 47:16 and Graham Jowett 48:19 made up the rest of the team. Full results: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13GP3-Bingley.htm
The John Carr Series consists of three 5k races held on Wednesdays during May in memory of a former member of Saltaire Striders (then St Bedes) who tragically died aged 30. The races are popular and competitive and one of them doubles up as the Yorkshire veterans 5K championship. The cumulative times for the three races are determined and a final listing produced.
In May 2012 Richard Brook was our only member to complete all three races with a cumulative time of 62.40. This year Richard managed 61.50 and finished 73rd in the men’s category – a big improvement resulting no doubt from his London marathon training. Steve Wilby also completed the series in 1.15.25 finishing 5th fastest in the M60 category.
Two other members completed all three races this year and produced top-quality performances. Chris Williams was 7th overall with a cumulative time of 49.19. His three times were within three seconds of each other including a fantastic personal best of 16.25 in the final race of the series. Chris is in tremendous form and in the last 12 months he has shown he can excel on road, trail and fell. Darren Midgley also produced three fantastic times finishing 20th overall in a cumulative time of 52.04. He also left his best time to Race 3 finishing in 17.17.
Thanks for Saltaire Striders for organising a successful series.
Over 100 runners set out on a cold and wet Saturday morning to run the Sowerby Scorcher Trail race. With heavy rain falling the previous night and constant rain Saturday morning conditions under foot were very wet and muddy on all of the off road sections.
Craig Richardson was Queensbury’s only representative and finished in 52:46, coming 40th out of 101.
A well deserved tea and cake was had in the church hall afterwards.
As reported by Craig.
The results have now been posted at:
Queensbury managed a magnificent 20th place out of 83 teams on the day. We finished just behind big clubs such as Halifax Harriers A and Valley Striders making us the highest placed Bradford-based club!
Congratulations to everyone who ran. Chris and Darren got us off to a terrific start and Peter and Martin kept us right up there. Ben ran a superb Leg 3 taking five teams on the hard climb to put us in 6th place. Phil and Karl were in the top half of the teams on Leg 4 and Lee and Graham were just outside the top half on the demanding climbs of Leg 5. Mick and Carl got caught up in a manic mass start on Leg 6. The first mile and half in the woods was frantic but we got ourselves into a good position and starting taking teams ahead of us on the roads and canals. I hope you all enjoyed your runs as much as I did. It was great to see everyone at the end for a pint in the sunshine.
Well done to Anna who ran in Leg 4 for Baildon and was only a few seconds behind Phil and Karl’s time.
A special thanks to Carl Heron, a fantastic team captain, who organised everything and everyone and was only 1 minute 41 seconds off with his predicted finishing time for the team.
Also thanks to Martin for the photos:
Well done everybody on today’s performance in the Calderdale Way Relay. More details to follow….
Due to popular demand… Training this Thursday (23/05) will be replaced with the 10k ABC race, full details of the race can be found here : http://www.horsforthharriers.co.uk/abc.php
The John Carr 5k Series, is 3 Wednesday evening 5k races in May, the 1st one was on Weds 8th May. Chris, Darren, Richard and Steve W ran, full results can be found here: http://johncarr5k.org.uk/site/john-carr-5k-series-2013-race-1/ and some race photos: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=377240302384812&set=a.377240175718158.1073741829.100002965376189&type=1&theater
It’s not too late to enter the 2nd race for Weds 15h May for anyone who fancies a good chance at a new pb on a fast and flat course: http://johncarr5k.org.uk/site/johncarr/registration/
Anna Smith finished 4th Lady in the very tough Pendle Cloughs fell race on Saturday. The race is 14 miles with 4101 feet of climbing!!
Darren had a good second place in the Bradford parkrun, just 4 seconds behind 1st in a fast 18:22.
The ever popular 10 mile Bluebell Trail Race attracted a big turn out with double figures from Queensbury. Excellent weather and a tough course featuring the infamous Trooper Lane brought out Top performances from Peter Hughes claiming 1st place in V55 (1:16:41) and Mick Coe taking a big chunk off last years time and finishing in 1:21:00. Debutants to the race Curtis Brennan (1:24:41) and Karl Chamberlain (1:26:48) also put in solid performances. Steve Jones (1:39:15) also made the trip over from York to remind himself what hills are!
Chris Williams (1:19:33), Carl Heron (1:23:54), Phil Robinson (1:25:48), Graham Jowett (1:35:24), Craig Richardson (1:40:04) Full Results
Lee Hipwell ‘ran’ the Mad Monk obstacle race in Derby. A 10k multi challenge race including a swim in the river Derwent! Finishing 99th out of 966 in 1:02:55. Full Results