The annual Horsforth 10k, with it’s new start time was run this weekend, October 5th. The field was down slightly, probably due to the change in start time, now kicking off at 3pm but there were still 335 taking part with six Queensbury Runners involved , new members Bronte (1:09:38) & Diane Simpson (1:04:24) ran the course for the first time, and proved they are proper Queensbury Runners complaining at the lack of hills in the route which has a 2 mile stretch along the canal!! Zoe Hipwell (54:15) wasn’t too far behind husband Lee (50:21). Darren Midgely improved from his last outing in this race and was 2nd V40 in 37:38 and Chris Williams ran 35:27 for 5th place.
Steve Wilby completed his second 10k in two weeks at Netherthong this weekend completing the hilly course in 58:08. The previous weekend Steve ran in Southports Natterjack 10k and finished in 53:21, 306th from over 650 finishers.
Netherthong Full Results: http://netherthongprimary.kgfl.dbprimary.com/kgfl/primary/netherthongprimary/web/201310kresults(1).xls
Natterjack Full Results: http://www.natterjackseaside10k.com/Results/2013 Saturday saw the last race in the
Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer League at Thieveley Pike. Final results pending for the off road challenge. Anna was the only Queensbury Runner to take on the race and sent in a brief report:
Early cloud lifted and it was sunny with perfect visibility by the time the race started. The steep climb was early in the race and runners used grassy handholds to scramble past each other. The turn to the pike itself meant heading into a stiff easterly wind before rounding the trig point and racing back down to the line at the end of the finishing field. Provisional results are that I was 90th of 135 finishers in 46.42 and 1st FV50 (except the first lady, who was in the same category).
# Still awaiting full results
Sunday was the Horsforth 10k from Woodhouse Grove School. A fast, uphill start for 3km and then some nice steady downhill followed by a long stretch back on the canal before finishing in the playing fields. A big turn out packed with top runners made for a competitive race. Phillip Tedd who works at Woodhouse Grove, also a member of Sale Harriers, won the race in 33:18 just ahead of Ian Fisher of Otley AC. Chris Williams finished 10th in 35:34, Darren Midgely 30th in 37:39, Curtis Brennan, on his was back from Illness put in an excellent time of 42:01 and Richard Brook finished in 44:37.
Ben Clare added another of the classic endurance races to his CV on Sunday by entering the famous 3 Peaks Cyclocross Race, a 36 mile off road bike ride taking in the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire, Whernside, Ingleborough & Pen-Y-Ghent. For more info on this race have a look at the website: http://www.3peakscyclocross.org.uk/.
Ben finished in 5:21:25, impressive considering he only got his bike a month ago and has spent more time carrying it around than riding it to get used to hauling it up the steep faces he faced on Sunday.