The Green Drive Five is a fast and accurately measured five mile race in Lytham St. Anne’s, suitable for both elite and slower runners. Starting and finishing in the attractive surroundings of Green Drive enhanced by the autumn colours, the course continues along Preston Road to reach the rural lanes around Warton. A flat course, this is a race that has allowed many to achieve PBs and this year it is incorporating the Lanchashire Championships.
With that in mind we set off and duly accepted the PB challenge.
One of the UK’s well known, popular 10k’s, the Leeds Abbey Dash was back for its 34th year of running and the organisers were hoping for it to be the best yet. The 10k route is perfect for beginners and experienced runners alike, due to it’s flat, PB busting course.
The course, starting on Wellington Street heads out of the city along Kirkstall Rd to the Abbey, where runners turn and head back past the TV studio’s, over the flyover and onto the Headrow to finish in front of the town hall steps cheered on by hundreds of spectators lining the finish area.
We had 3 runners involved
Dylan Naylor 34:12 (PB)
Jo Horan 42:49
Rob Glover 57:41
Well done to all 3 of you and also well done for avoiding all the photographers, the only running picture I managed to find was of Dylan
The 10K course starts are the Scarborough SPA at 10am. It then routes round South Bay, past the harbour, round the headland and into North Bay. You get to run through the Open Air Theatre where there was a water stop and out to the Sea Life Center, Its then back along the coast road all the way back to the SPA and into the finish area.
Several runners made their way up to race and even though Matt Dodds decided to stay up and watch the hotel entertainment the previous evening he still had a decent run.
Leading everybody home was Rocky with a fine run followed by Matt in tricky conditions, well done to you all great stuff.
Lindley 10K starts in the centre of Lindley village near Huddersfield. The race starts and finishes on Lidget Street near Lindley library, the route rises 70 metres at 3k, then back down at the finish.
Michelle Chew was our only entrant managing to get round the course in 1:21:32.
Better late than never folks but beKos I’ve been away I wanted to make it special for all of you fantastic marathon runners.
Thousands of runners came together in Manchester last Sunday (10th) for the Therme Manchester Marathon and Manchester Half, for a truly memorable (and sunny!) day. We saw runners of all abilities lace up to tackle either a 13.1 mile or 26.2 mile course, some of whom were taking on their first event and others who were fundraising for incredibly important charities. After so many cancellations and postponements, we’re sure we all can agree it was very special to see these events finally come to life in 2021.
We had 8 QRC members on the start line with some exceptional performances and superb PB’s, but as with all these types of events the main focus is all about the 1000’s of pounds raised for some wonderful charities (nah I lied it’s all about QRC)
Chris Lane 3:37:56 (Massive PB)
Jo Fortune 3:57:03 (Massive PB)
Julie Hepworth 4:13:14
Jo Bottomley 6:14:11 (Massive PB)
Simon Taylor 1:27:46
Glenn Thornton 2:05:50
Claire Walker 2:17:56
Dina Patel 2:31:56
Jen Luwaji 2:52:35
Fantastic running from all 8 of you, well done and we hope your all fully recovered and back running the shorter stuff.
Hope I haven’t missed anybody but if I have apologies in advance
This large park, just north of Manchester and home to a Grade 1 listed neoclassical 18th century house, is the perfect setting for a fun and frantic day out. Running on the paths within Heaton Park, this race is a great opportunity for a chip timed personal best.
Amy Mckechnie was out racing for QRC and raced a blinder finishing 5th overall and 1st lady with a time of 42:12.
It started with despair for Charlotte Purdue, the marathon runner saying she was “thrown under a bus” when she was omitted from the Great Britain squad for the rearranged Tokyo Olympics, despite ticking off the required qualification time.
But 2021 is ending on a high, smashing her personal best by more than two minutes at the London Marathon to cement her place as the third-fastest British woman in history, following victory at the Big Half in August and a third-place finish at the Great North Run.
1st male Brit to finish was Junior doctor Phil Sesemann with a remarkable seventh-place finish, Sesemann, who trains with a dog called Kipchoge and describes himself as an “occasional GB distance athlete” on social media, crossing the line just one place behind defending champion Shura Kitata of Ethiopia.
Best known as a track specialist, the Yorkshireman only completed his first half-marathon six weeks ago and inevitably tired in the closing stages of Sunday’s race, but dug deep to finish in two hours, 12 minutes and 58 seconds.
Back to Queensbury’s elite and it was Glenn Thornton and Kaela Thurston running the race for Queensbury. Glenn was 1st back with a cracking time 4:20:17 followed by Kaela in 5:29:22 both great performances well done to you both very inspiring.
Well done to you both, we hope you enjoyed the experience, now you can sit back and cheer on this weekends Manchester Marathon runners.