Leeds Even splits 5k + Salford Media City 5k

The EvenSplits Leeds 5K Race Series is staged at the Brownlee Centre Cycle Circuit in Leeds. In 2021 the series will consist of 8, monthly, 5K road races split into separate waves/heats depending on your predicted time.

Dylan Naylor, Richard Brook and Steve Brook all headed out for a quick blast around the cycle track with Dylan leading the trio home with a fine performance

14th Dylan 17:14

63rd Rocky 20:33

123rd Steve 25:15

The previous evening Steve was also out in Salford, for the Media City 5k, more to support his grand daughter Katie in achieving another 5k PB (but enough about the Harriers) and back to Steve who ran a great race finishing 49th and 1st MV70 with a cracking time of 24:53.

Well done to you all

RunAintree 25th July 2021

The RunAintree 5k, 10k or Half Marathon at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, best known for annually holding the world-famous Grand National steeplechase.

There were plenty of helpers on hand to keep runners literally on track and to encourage them on their way to that chequered flag finish.

The race involved laps around the circuit, the course is flat and quick, the 1ok course was a 2 lapper with Stephen and Richard Brook racing for QRC, with Richards daughter Katie racing in the 5k.

18th Richard 42:28 (1st MV45)

53rd Steve 49:25 (1st MV70)

Well done chaps

Parkrun 24th July 2021

After 70 Saturdays of no Parkruns and lazy Saturday lie ins, Parkrun made its welcome return and what a fantastic turnout for QRC at all our local events. We had PB’s galore showing the great effort in training over the last 16 months that our members have put in.

As always these events could not go ahead without the volunteers so well done to them too.

At Shroggs we had 4 PB’s and a club V40 record (17:24) from Paul Greenwood. In Brighouse we had Doddy 1st lady and another club record in the open category (20:16). At Horton Park Chris Lane booked his taxi early and I bet he’s glad he did achieving a 1st place finish and a PB of 20:05.

Well done to everybody who got up early to enjoy their local Parkrun and lets hope they can continue. All results can be found on the Parkrun website

Denholme Doddle 24th July 2021

The Denholme Doddle caters for both walkers and runners with the proceeds going to charity. Those taking part can opt for a 17, 21 or 27-mile distance – these are conservative figures as we all recorded around a mile more than the numbers advertised. It’s a hilly one, taking in parts of the Yorkshireman and Heptonstall 15 routes, with several demanding V-shaped descents and climbs. There is a lot of moorland running but the trails are not too technical. However, as the miles build up energy levels decline and it becomes increasingly challenging.

The conditions were good for running, cloudy with a cool breeze and dry underfoot. Three QRC runners took part. The ever-improving Pauline Naylor took on the 21-mile course (1083 metres ascent) and finished in a brilliant time of 4 hours 50. Those opting for the 27-mile run have to cope with the psychology of reaching the 21-mile checkpoint back in Denholme and close to the run HQ. Instead of finishing though, you must plough on and negotiate the six-mile Harden loop, including the tricky trail in Goitstock Wood and the climb back to race end.

Simon Brady and Carl Heron ran the longer route (1268 metres ascent). It was Carl’s 4th Doddle and Simon’s first and the first time he has exceeded marathon distance. Regulars on Sunday off-road training runs, they ran most of the course together. Both took turns to blow-up in the last few miles. Simon recovered quickly and could have pushed on to the end alone but in the end the two crossed the finish line together in 5 hours 06 and, in lieu of any results, in joint 2nd place overall.

Well done to all.

Thanks to Carl for the write up

It’s Grim up North 17th/18th July 2021

Dylan Naylor raced for QRC in the 10 mile event. Starting near Roberts Park in Saltaire the route was an out and back heading out towards Riddlesden along the Leeds/Liverpool canal.

Dylan ran a blinder managing a 1st place finishing in 1:02:11

In Saturdays 10k race Louise Innes also ran a super race finishing with a fantastic 1:24:32.

Well done Louise, keep up the good training.

Well done to you both, no photo’s as with most of Grim up North events they are not free

Blackpool Music 10k 17th July 2021

Known as Blackpool’s most entertaining fun run, the Blackpool Music Run is the perfect opportunity to get outside and experience the latest upcoming talent from all over the UK.

The course was a closed-road loop, with performance stages lining the promenade, keeping runners bouncing and bopping all the way through to the finish line.

Dave Rhodes was our sole entrant racing round and smashing a new PB for 10k finishing 272nd in a time of 1:03:41

Well done Dave

Restarting parkrun

You will notice some things are a little different since your last parkrun:

  • The start and finish areas may have been adjusted, to minimise the amount of time participants spend in proximity to each other
  • The pre-event briefing will only contain information critical to the safety of participants, and the smooth running of the event
  • Participants will be asked to seed themselves appropriately, with faster runners towards the front, and slower runners/walkers towards the back
  • All event timing and scanning will be carried out using the parkrun Virtual Volunteer mobile application, which has replaced the traditional stopwatches and scanners

Please be patient with the volunteers, as all this is new to them too, and observe the parkrun code below.

COVID-19 Walker and Runner Code

Heaton Park 5k 14th July 2021

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 fast 5k race. Running on the paths within Heaton Park, this race is a great opportunity for a chip timed personal best.

Steve brook raced for QRC and finished 1st MV70 with a time of 25:43

Well done Steve

Cookridge 10k 11th July 2021

A multi-terrain course containing one grass hill half way round the route. Starting at the Cookridge Village Scout Hall on Pinfold Lane, the run goes down the Lane and around Paul’s Pond in an anti-clockwise direction. The route takes you into Golden Acre Park, following the path in an anti-clockwise direction and passes the nature reserve on your right. The route continues on this path and then moves onto the grassed area and up the hill towards the Arthington Road car park, through the woods and back to the finish via a lap of the lake.

Giles Cook raced for QRC racing round in 55:51 in 103rd position well in the top half of the field.

Well done Giles