All posts by Neil Windle

Vale of York Half Marathon 15Th Sept 2019

The Vale of York Half Marathon, the fast, flat, PB-loving half marathon in aid of Sue Ryder has regenerated (just like Dr Who)!

There’s a new race start and finish but there’s still most of the same tarmac. It’s just that you run it in a different order!

So for 2019, the race starts and finishes just outside Wistow, but still runs 13.1 flat miles on scenic closed roads south of York and north of Selby.

For the novice runner this is still the perfect introduction to a longer distance. For the more seasoned racer it remains a genuine PB opportunity. And for those training for an autumn marathon it fits perfectly into your training schedule.

There was just Wasim racing this year in York and Wasim followed his 1:44 in Newcastle with another fine run finishing 453rd with a time of 1:44:32.

Stainland Trail 10k 15Th Sept 2019

The 7th annual Stainland Trail Race, a 10km multi-terrain race through the stunning West Yorkshire countryside.
Starting and finishing at the Stainland Recreation Ground, the race runs through Fall Spring Wood, Milner Wood, Beestonley Wood, Whittle Wood, Firth House Wood, Crow Wood and beautiful rural roads and trails around Stainland Dean.

3 QRCers took on the challenge

13th Pete Hughes 51:36 (2nd MV60)

21st Mick Coe 53:56 (3rd MV50)

96th Andy Smith 1:14:14

Well done lads

lad and dad

Switchback Valley Trail Race 11th Sept 2019

The second race in the Inov8 Pennine Trails September Series starting from Hurstwood itself the race goes up through the woods, racing past Hurstwood reservoir, and returning back over the Alpinesque switchbacks towards Thursden Valley with a fast paced descent to the finish, raced over 5 miles with over 840ft ou’d climbing.

Andy Smith finished 93rd out of 128 runners in a time of 54:50.

Well done once again.

Great North Run 8th Sept 2019

Around 57,000 people took to the streets in the Great North Run, won by Mo Farah for the sixth time in a row.

The annual half marathon between Newcastle and South Shields is the UK’s biggest running event. Four-time Olympic champion Farah won the elite men’s race in 59 minutes and seven seconds. Brigid Kosgei beat the women’s course record – and the world half marathon record.

Among the masses were 12 runners from QRC, proudly running for charity and the sheer enjoyment of the event, well done to you all it’s a great event and well supported by the local community.

Wasim Hussain 1:44:44

Gillian Jago 1:59:31

Richard Kent 2:05:29

Helen Trevisani 2:10:18

Mike Peel 2:16:28

Rachel Archer Smith 2:38:24

Claire Marshall-Swales 2:40:04

Shelley Ferneyhough 2:41:40

Sharan Loughran 2:41:40

Craig Smith 3:00:10

Louise Hayton 3:05:28

Helen Gibbons 3:10:44

Fantastic, well done to you all great stuff.

UK Fast Salford 10k 8th Sept 2019

This race Starts and finishes in the MediaCityUK Piazza . The course goes through the Lowry Plaza and the Imperial Museum. On a route around Trafford before returning to MediaCityUk outside the BBC buildings to finish.

Great running from Amy Mckechnie saw her finish 112th overall, 3rd in her age category with a super quick 40:52, a great result from our leading lady.

Well done Amy

Yorkshire Off Road full + Half Marathon 8th Sept 2019

The annual running of this race once again set off from Haworth on a dry Sunday morning, with the option of the full marathon distance or the shorter half(14.7mile) entrants had plenty to aim for.

The route has plenty to offer everyone but this race is not for the faint hearted, taking in tarmac, grass, moorland and gravel tracks the route passes through many local villages and moorland including Haworth Moor, Ovenden Moor, Denholme, Cullingworth and Harden Moor to name but a few. 

With checkpoints throughout the route and with kit required to be carried runners needed to be ready for anything thing.

So if you like off road running give this race a go next year, I don’t want to put anybody off, but this was the most challenging race I have ever done. All our runners ran well (6 of them anyway), all with some fab times. 


19th Carl Heron 3:57:58 (1st MV50)

49th Simon Brady 4:38:43

74th Chris King 5:18:15


47th Stacey Cleal 2:15:45 (2nd FV50)

130th Neil Windle 2:39:58

176th Kevin Murray 3:01:58

184th Vikki Bean 3:05:06

Well done everybody

Hades Hill Fell race 5th september 2019

‘Last one till next week. I’m knackered’ said Andy. Hades Hill is a 5 mile fell race with 1181ft of climbing.

Starting at the Red Lion at Whitworth the race takes runners on a steep ascent to the moors over to Hades Hill with an equally challenging return on the same route. With plenty of mud and bogs Andy Smith went over and finished 53rd out of 59 in a time of 58:25.

Once again well done lad, nothing to write about for a week, I wish.

Gorple Rocks Fell Race 3rd September 2019

Part of the Inov8 midweek Pennine Trail Series, Gorple Rocks is 9.3km long with 255m of climbing. The race goes from the village of Worsthorne in Lancashire climbing up to the Gorple Rocks at the summit before a fast descent back to Worsthorne.

Andy Smith made the trip over finishing 90th out of 131 runners in a time of 58:28.

Fell running machine at it again, well done pal.