Thursday May 29th finally saw the mist lift from Queensbury after several days’ residence…much to the delight of our Beginners’ Group, for the Week 3 training session! We had another amazing turnout of 26 braves sampling the delights of Old Guy Road and part of Roper Lane, after an initial indoor warm up, for an out and back route of 10 minutes each way at the pace of one’s desires! There was incredible enthusiasm and endeavour shown once again, plus a great deal of improvement on show, too, since the course began!! Thank you to all for a super evening..and to Jo, Craig and Graham for assisting
For anyone who hasn’t seen this feature on the the beginners group, have a look here on the T & A website…
Queensbury Beginners’ ladies and gents, WELL DONE!!!! I am SO proud of you ALL..each and EVERY one of you!! Last Thursday evening was the experience of a lifetime for me..it was a huge pleasure to journey with you, and my regular runner helpers, Carl, Craig and Graham, echo that very sentiment! Your enthusiasm was amazing!!..even after that “gentle” run/jog/walk!! Together we can, indeed, achieve a huge amount…you will all surely do so given your incredible keenness to embrace outdoor exercise in our beautiful local countryside!We made a lot of people notice what was going on!!..I think we have started a local “fashion”!! I can’t wait for next Thursday’s session!! THANK YOU. all of you..you have more than made my day.
Not long to go to the first of 10 weekly training sessions for our beginners’ group! I’ve asked for fine weather to be provided this Thursday evening! I’ll be at Queensbury Celtic Football Club’s Pit Lane headquarters from 1830 onwards. We will meet up in the clubhouse for registration, then, after some gentle mobilising exercises, take a 5 minute walk to the nice and flat Old Guy Road for fully supervised walking/jogging/running, for roughly one mile or 15 minutes. Please note that a lockable changing room will be provided each week, along with showers. See you on Thursday!
Martin Firth is behind the new Queensbury “Walk-Chat-Jog” group, which is aimed at people in Queensbury who have never run before, but fancy having a go .The group will be hosted by Queensbury Running Club, under the guidance of England Athletics, and be run by myself with help from colleagues from the club. We are providing a 10 week course, on Thursday evenings, FREE OF CHARGE, aimed at taking beginners gradually from walking to running…anyone is welcome,whether they have run before or never at all, or have just started, or do “just a bit”! The course starts at 7pm, May 15th, from Queensbury Celtic Football Club, Pit Lane . All who are interested can contact Martin on 07724 127743 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org to put their name down. Thank you.
I’ve now 30 eager people signed up for our new venture into the realms of better health!..that’s now our limit. The local England Athletics rep was extremely impressed with the take up, when I met her last night. Another course will be set up to follow this one, probably for late August, to help to inspire more of our community with our lovely scenery and fresh air! If I may be permitted, I’ll post updates to here for the start of the 1st course on May 15th…there will also be details on the Queensbury Running Club website…www.Queensburyrc.co.uk .THANK YOU!!! See you all on the 15th!!….6.30pm to 6.45pm. if poss., as there’s a lot of you to enrol! …..Martin Firth
Pete Hughes and Andy Stott ran in the Guiseley Gallop on Easter Sunday. Pete Hughes took the honours with a 1st place V55 in 42:12, Andy Stott completed the undulating 10k in 48:23 as did Steve Wilby in 1:00:33. Overall winner was Tom Adams of Ilkley, showing his international class with almost a 2 minute lead over Otleys in form Scott Harrington.
The Great Northern Trail Triathlon, a new & local event was also run on Easter Sunday. An 800m swim in Queensbury pool, followed by a tricky decent on the bike down the notorious, pot holed Station Road at the start of a 15k bike ride along the Great Northern Trail, Thornton Road & Cragg Road and finished with a fast 5km run along the Great Northern Trail & back.
Chris Williams made this his first triathlon and was well supported by many of the club, out watching on the trail. Chris finished 5th overall in a time of 1:03:49, especially pleased with the time considering a mechanical problem on Station Road, one of many for the day, with a number of unfortunate punctures. Andy Dovernor, who has run with Queensbury before but is a member of Wakefield Triathlon club finished 3rd in 01:00:48. First lady, Angela Hannon, was an impressive 8th overall, finishing in 01:34:08.
Full Results Triathlon Final Results
There’s some great local events coming up in the next couple of months. Have a look and see if you fancy them, links with further info provided:
Ovenden Fell Race : February 22nd
Register in the Causeway Foot pub for this great fell race. Starts at 11:30. Category BM. 8.1 Miles over the moors, around the windmills. Challenging terrain but no problems navigating this one. Full Kit will be required. For full info have a look here: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3203
Great Northern Trail Triathlon : April 20th
A new event, run from Queensbury Swimming Pool. Includes a cycle and run along the Great Northern Trail. Ideal for people looking to try Triathlon for the first time. Full details found here: http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/leisure_and_culture/sports_and_leisure/triathlon