Individual and team points so far are here. The file also has links to details of forthcoming fixtures, and two great local races are heading our way. Harriers v Cyclists at Bingley (21 November) was run in thick mist last year with runners sprinting uphill away from the cyclists, who came powering back on the downward slopes. Then on New Year’s Day the Giant’s Tooth is raced round Ogden with warmth and hot drinks in the Causeway Foot afterwards.
The Boxing Day Chevin Chase is full but for another festive race you can still enter online for the Jolly Holly Jog in Ripon (27 December).
Good luck if you are planning to run any of these races. Scores are added automatically, so check the points file between now and March for updated individual and team tables.
After the first race,the Withins Skyline, Queensbury are second in the team league to Baildon. The Baildon team was particularly impressive at Withins: one of their runners was so determined to finish that she completed the last half of the course with a broken leg and their large points score could not be better deserved. Nevertheless all three Queensbury competitors did well, with Alistair Gale and Lynne Robinson making impressive debuts for the club.
The next races are Cop Hill (1 November) and the Wadsworth Half Trog, an opportunity for Joker double points on 8 November. Please click here for full club and individual scores and the complete list of fixtures. There’s a variety of races through the winter on trail and fell; If you do any of them your points will automatically count in both the club and individual leagues.
Many congratulations to Mick Coe, who won the individual trophy for the summer season.
Airedale Athletics Offroad fixtures to the end of November are:
Wadsworth Half Trog
Harriers v Cyclists
For a full list of fixtures to the end of March, links to more information and details of points workings please follow this link. We hope there will be something here for everyone over the winter season.
Four QRC members joined a small cohort of 87 for the Tour of Norland Moor on Sunday. Congratulations to Stacey who was the 3rd placed female runner and 1st in the F45 category. All those long training runs are paying off. After a niggling injury, Mick had a good run and he was only 30 seconds behind last year’s time. Matt was not far behind and Mary, recovering from illness, came in just over the hour.
The men’s race was won by Rob James (Royton Road Runners) in 37.51. The women’s race was won by Stainland Lions’ Tanya Seager in 40.21. Tanya was placed 6th overall and is running so well that only the best male runners can beat her in her current form.
46.24 (2nd M50)
53.03 (3rd Female and 1st F45)
The 10K Tour of Norland Moor fell/trail race is organized by Halifax Harriers and is a category BM race (according to the FRA, a category B race should average not less than 25 metres climb per kilometer and should not have more than 30% of the race distance on road; the M stands for Medium distance of 10-20 km).
Updated Airedale Athletics points are here. As the season enters its final month Mick has a narrow lead in the individual points table with Lee Hipwell and Matt Fielding also among the first ten runners. Many congratulations.
Manycongratulations to Mick Coe for his run at the very tough Pendle Three Peaks on 22 August. His time of 2:08:16 over the 9.8 mile, 2,800ft course shows how challenging the event was: after an arduous route over terrain that is unlike anything in the local area the final ascent was the enormously steep Big End of Pendle Hill.
Mick is second in the individual league with an event in hand and several other Queensbury runners, especially Lee Hipwell, Graham Jowett and Matt Fielding, have had excellent races to move Queensbury into third team place as the season enters its final weeks. Full results are here.
Draft winter fixtures
If you’d like to include other events or if you have any other suggestions please let Anna Smith know.
Lee Hipwell and Anna Smith ventured to the high Peak District to compete in the Holme Moss fell race. The weather was changeable and the route over 17 miles with at least four enormous climbs including the precipitous descent from Bareholme Moss to Crowden Brook and the scramble up Laddow Rocks the other side. The terrain varied between deep bogs, grassland, peat and the familiar flags of the Pennine Way. After the last climb the race finished with a long mile of road back to the cricket club. The winners, who recorded astounding times, were Matt Lalor of Barlick (2:44:21) and Holmfirth’s Helen Berry (2:56:57). Lee and Anna both did well in a competitive field with Lee finishing in 4:25:47 and Anna close behind in 4:26:08.
Queensbury is third in the team league behind Baildon and Saltaire. Mick Coe and Lee are fourth and fifth in the individual league with Graham Jowett, Matt Fielding and Anna also in the top ten. The Pendle 3 Peaks (22 August) and the Tour of Norland Moor (30 August) are both coming up later this month, and training for September’s Yorkshireman is in full swing. For links to the websites please check the Fixtures tab on the points file here.
Queensbury are third in the team league after Anna Smith finished 7th lady at the Baildon Canter and Matt Fielding, Mick Coe and Lee Hipwell counted as 8th club team at Widdop with Mick also finishing third in his age category. All three, along with Graham Jowett, are well placed in the leading ten individuals. Full details of points and the next fixtures are here.
Matt Fielding and Lee Hipwell both ran excellent times in misty conditions at Reservoir Bogs (20 June), a Calder Valley race which can only be navigated on the hoof because the route is changed each year. Lee ran strongly throughout to finish in 1:20:34 and Matt made up more than 20 places between the first checkpoint and the finish to complete the course in 1:06:59. The winner (James Logue, 0:50:27) was 8 minutes ahead of a group of ten finishing together, so the Queensbury times are a fantastic achievement.
Matt and Lee are 17th and 18th individuals in the challenge (Mick Coe and Graham Jowett 4th and 5th). The next fixtures are the Baildon Canter (11 July), Widdop (15 July) and Holme Moss (19 July). They’re very different races – details are on the fixtures tab with the full points table here. Baildon is a lovely three mile run over the moor followed by a junior race on a bracken-covered slope. The junior event is great for all from keen, fast junior runners to younger children who can go round with their parents. Please click here for details.
Father and daughter team Mick and Hannah Coe spent their bank-holiday Monday competing in the Austwick Amble fell race, just on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Proud father Mick watched his daughter Hannah come in 3rd in the “Under 14 Girls” junior fell race, bagging herself a well deserved prize. Hannah, who runs for Queensbury RC, has been slowly building up her training using the Parkruns, where she has been getting fitter and faster, culminating in today’s fantastic result. Well done, Hannah!
Father Mick ran the 8-mile fell race and finished in 41st position out of 170 runners and in a time of 1:00:47. Will we see a sub 60-minute time next time around? Mick needs to keep up his good form and Hannah is slowly catching him. Well done to both.
At the end of the winter season Queensbury were second of the six Airedale Athletics clubs with only Baildon on a higher score. Mick Coe, Peter Hughes and Lee Hipwell were all among the top ten individuals – great running on some really tough courses.
The fixtures are up for the summer season beginning this week with the first Bunny Run at Haworth. These sprints are a brilliant way to start the spring and there is plenty to enjoy after the race. Then a whole summer of offroad running to look forward to …