The Eccup 10 Mile Road Race, organised by Abbey Runners, took place on Sunday 7th July in blazing sunshine. More than 750 runners and several litres of sun cream hit the road in a highly competitive race which incorporates both the YCAA and the YVAA 10 Mile Championships for Men and Women. Shade was hard to find and quite a few runners either dropped out or fell back in temperatures well about 20°C. Otley AC had a fine day in the sun with Matt John winning the men’s race in 55.07 (he was 28th in the 2013 London Marathon) followed home in second place by team mate Scott Harrington in 56.40. Unsurprisingly Otley won the men’s team prize. In third place winning the 1st M50 prize was Carl Thackery (alas not Carl Heron) of Hallamshire Harriers. If you don’t know this guy’s credentials then, amongst many career highlights, he was 20th in the 1987 World Cross Country championships and third at the World half-marathon in 1993 in a time of 61.13! The first lady was Pauline Munro (Wetherby) in a terrific ninth position overall in 59.43.
Carl Heron, QRC’s only entry, finished in 69.23 in 87th place. Other notable performances from Bradford-based runners were Quentin Lewis (Baildon, 6th in 58.59) and Donna Edmondson-Booker (Idle, 1st F35 in 66.54). All in all it was one of those days when you felt really pleased to get around without succumbing to the heat.
The 57th Chevy Chase….
See Anna’s race report here: http://www.queensburyrc.co.uk/?p=924
Full Results: Full results can be found here: http://results.sportident.co.uk/home/event.html?eventid=9bc668de-ed69-4e2b-b822-e137e3ce94fd&mobile=false
Heptonstall Fell Race…
Four Queensbury runners took part in the Heptonstall Fell Race this weekend. A brutal 6.5 mile fell race with 1500 feet of ascent! With the sun baking down, the task looked daunting and proved too much for one runner who collapsed over the finish line suffering from dehydration and was subsequently taken to hospital in an Ambulance. A number of retirees from the race also highlighted how tough the race was.
Some gritty performances from Peter Hughes, Ben Clare, Mick Coe & Graham Jowett who all showed they could put it in right to the end, taking a number of places in the final climb up the last field. Full results not yet published.
Two Queensbury finishers in the top 5 this weekened at Bradford Parkrun. Martin continues his recovery from a niggling injury and almost reached his personal best, whilst Steve W and Darren both completed their 37th Bradford parkrun. Full Results: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bradford/results/latestresults/
Carl Heron had the perfect excuse to miss the Heptonstall race and ran the Eccup 10 race on Sunday finishing in 87th 1:09:23 from 751 runners! Also making good progress on his way back from an injury. Full Results: https://racebest.com/results/ring-automotive-eccup-10
A few photos from Heptonstall, more can be found: https://plus.google.com/photos/101187694012691540324/albums/5898261064482343185?authkey=CMP9rPXi4JyjtQE