Continuing a great off-road season for Queensbury Chris Williams took 5th place overall on a twisting, hilly course at Over the Odda on 16 May. Lee Hipwell and Graham Jowett showed terrific form in the same race.
Mick Coe represented the club strongly at the Austick Amble, covering the 8 mile 1,200ft course in 1:00:47 to take 41st place. Then on a windy day he took 3 minutes off his 2014 time at the Wharfedale Half Marathon, finishing in 1:49:47. Matt Fielding also made the trip to the Dales and completed the same tough route in a time of 2:08:18. These are impressive results on very varied and demanding routes. Well done everyone.
Mick and Graham are placed fourth and fifth in the individual league. The next events are Reservoir Bogs (Hebden Bridge, 20 June), the Baildon Canter (11 July) and Widdop (15 July). Full points and the fixture list are here.
Some excellent runs by club members in the Liversedge Half Marathon.
Martin Firth led the club home in 22nd place overall and 1st place in his category, Peter May was next, leading home four Queensbury runners, all closely grouped together, with some achieving PB’s for the distance, Andrew Stott, Richard Brook and Jo Choran all finishing within 4 minutes of each other.
Well done to everyone who ran at the WYWL in Temple Newsam. The Vets team is currently in second place overall. A nice mention in the T&A about how well the club is doing in the competition, read here:
A classic offroad half marathon and marathon on our doorstep: Oxenhope moor for the half, on to Wainstalls, Denholme and Harden for the full, with both routes starting at Haworth and finishing up the steep cobbles from Haworth Station. Lining up on 14 September for this year’s races were Chris Rushworth, Peter May, Mick Coe, Anna Smith and Carl Heron. There was very welcome support around the course from Graham Jowett, Phil Robinson, Karl Chamberlain and Peter Hughes. Many thanks to Graham for the photos.
In spite of an easterly breeze over Oxenhope conditions were good and the half marathon was a fast race seeing Stainland’s Tanya Seager set a new female record with a 7th place overall finish. The winner of the men’s race, Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley), was just outside his own 2009 record. The only Queensbury runner in the half, Mick Coe, had another strong run to finish 23rd of 244 in 2:03:33.
Carl Heron continued an excellent series of performances over the full marathon route and kept a good pace in the final miles to finish 27th in 4:07:28, improving on his 2013 time by nearly three minutes. Running impressively over the course for the first time were Peter May (4:24:04) and Chris Rushworth (4:48:03) while Anna Smith tok more than 20 minutes off her 2013 time to finish in 4:40:50. Thanks to Keighley and Craven for organising another great race. Full results here.
Thursday saw the Full Bronte race, up in Haworth, it’s an undulating 5 mile road race, with two laps around Penistone Hill. Chris Williams’ fine form continued with a 2nd place, beaten by a strong late burst from Will Smith of host club Keighley & Craven. It was a tactical race with a good group of 6 or 7 runners vying to keep out of the strong wind hitting the front of the group, it wasn’t until the last 3/4 of a mile when the attacks started with Will Smith running clear of the group, Chris tried to hold onto him but had to settle for second. Carl Heron was next back for Queensbury in 37th (34:40) and Peter May finished 53rd (36:08) from 133 club runners.
Carl Heron was back racing on Saturday in the Warfedale Off Road Half Marathon. Finishing this undulating off road half in 1:51:45 and coming home in 60th position. Mick Coe was hot on Carl’s heels, finishing just over a minute behind in 69th, 1:52:57 from over 350 runners.
The Bunny Run series is almost complete for this year, just the relay to go next Tuesday, it’s team of 3 and entry on the night if anybody wants to organise a team together for 3x 1.5 mile lap. Steve Wilby was the only Queensbury runner to complete the series this year, getting his best time in near peffect conditions in the final run. Still awaiting full results but Chris Williams, Richard Brook and Anna Smith also ran in the third race. Ben Clare did the first two races as well.
The Wardle Skyline fell race proved to be problematic in terms of navigation with several of the front runners getting lost. Chris Williams for fortunate enough to spot someone with a map out and and snook in for a nice 3rd place. Mike Fanning of Borrowdale, after showing some top navigational skills, went on to claim a deserved win.
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.