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.
Well done to Craig Richardson ran a PB in the Edinburgh Marathon, he reports:
“I woke up on Sunday morning 25/5/14 and looked out of my hotel window, the weather was not what you can call the best for running a marathon, wet and cloudy.
After a breakfast of porridge and banana I set off for the start, a short bus ride saw me join the thousands of other runners competing in the marathon.
I must admit that on the way to the start my mind was not on the race and I felt a little disinterested, but once at the start the atmosphere changed everything, I was now looking forward to the race.
At 9:55 the race got underway to what was now clearing skies and no rain. The marathon course makes its way out of the city centre to the coast at Leith, then it follows the coast to the 17 mile point where it loops around the grounds of Gosforth House to join the coast road again and finish at Mussleborough.
I crossed the start line and felt in good form, as the miles passed I felt good. We hit the coast and there was a slight head on crosswind but nothing too hard to deal with. The 10K marker came and went and so did the half way, still felt good, making use of the water and energy stations really helped make sure I kept hydrated and carbs topped up.
I had a finish target of 3hrs 30mins which worked out at 8mins per mile, as we went through the 18 mile mark the sun came out and gave us perfect running conditions. A quick check of my watch gave me the info I wanted, still on for the 3:30:00.
Coming back down the coast towards Cockensie and Prestonpans the crosswind I was hoping would give us a slight push had dropped completely. Now coming up to 23 miles and I noticed my pace had dropped slightly and negative thoughts started to enter my head, but a quick telling off of myself soon got them out of my head.
Approaching the outskirts of Mussleborough and the crowds started to build, at one point the road became very narrow due to the amount of people watching.
Running past the race course we took a left turn and there was the finish line in site, this gave me an extra boost of energy and I headed for the line picking up more pace as I went.
I crossed the line with a time of 3:33:27 a new PB, knocking 5 mins of my previous PB (London 2012) and knocking 11 mins off my previous Edinburgh Marathon time in 2011.
The Edinburgh Marathon is really well organised with a great atmosphere, the locals come out in force to cheer you on. I would recommend Edinburgh to anyone looking for a PB or running a first marathon.”
Firsty, congatulations to Martin & Jo on the Manchester Marathon. Martin put in an incredible performance to win his age category, finishing in 2:55:10 by the gun. Jo broke the 4 hour barrier and finished in an excellent 3:56:03. Great runs from the pair of you!
The Baildon Boundary Way, popular off road half marathon, was also on the same day. Carl Heron ran for Queensbury, finishing 34th 1:40:51. Graham Jowett, also on the back of a tough run at Heptonstall finished in 1:59:20.
Harewood House 10k, also on the Sunday was run by Andy Stott. Finishing 70th from 1000+ in 45:28 for this undulating 10k trail race.
Good luck to our Manchester Marathon runners this Sunday. Martin & Jo have both been racking up the miles in preparation ! Have a good run & enjoy!
Another busy weekend for Queensbury RC and another excellent set of results, starting on Saturday with the Three Peaks Fell Race. Ben Clare was the only Queensbury Runner to compete, and completed in an impressive 4:15:37, you can see full results here: http://live.sportident.co.uk/home/event/coursecontrolsummary/resultsatcontrol.html?eventid=74131a6d-753b-4e11-bd8b-7952932c0326&mobile=false&controlnumber=1000
Martin Firth completed his 41st Marathon in Manchester on Sunday morning. Finishing 2nd in his age category and comfortably under the 3 hour mark in 2:55:14. Well done Martin, cracking run! Full results: http://www.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=38&RId=421
The Bradford 10k featured Carl Heron (40:27) who was 1st place in his age category and his son Lucien (54:18), Chris Williams (34:41) who ran a pb to finish 6th, Phil Robinson (43:22) and Craig Richardson (45:43) and Helen Collins (1:07:19). Full results: http://www.chiptiming.co.uk/pdf/EAB10k_13.pdf
The YVAA race at Honley was also well attended with Darren Midgley (5th) finishing in 42:26 and 1st M35, Peter Hughers also 1st in his category and 9th overall in 43:14, Mick Coe (45:13), Karl Chamberlain (50:02), Graham Jowett (52:52), Steve Wilby (61:41) and Anna Smith finishing 6th lady and 2nd place in her category in 52:21, certainly a 1st for Queensbury! After 2 races this leaves Queensbury an impressive 3rd in the 1st 4 to count table and 6th overall showing how well attended the series is by the club. Full results: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13GP2-Honley.htm
Congratulations to Richard Brook on completing the London Marathon in 3 hours 44 minutes and forty seconds – through half way in 1:48:41 – to finish 7274th overall, 5955th male runner and 3123rd in his age category.
Good luck to all those running the London Marathon tomorrow including Queensbury’s Richard Brook.
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