A race run over the ‘classic’ 5 mile distance. The race tackles a circular, undulating route which starts and finishes at the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters in Birkenshaw.
Beautiful sunshine welcomed everybody into Birkenshaw for the annual running of this event with a sell out 300 runners in attendance. There was 3 of us from Queensbury Jo Horan, Pete May and myself (Neil), it was fantastic to see Pete back racing after a long injury lay off and also getting back to some decent form.
So with a slight route change due to building works it was 2 laps of the headquarters, before heading out on to the main road with an opening 1.5 mile a long steady uphill, a nice decent took us back down and over the motorway to end with an uphill finish for the last 1.5 miles.
All 3 of us did well in the heat, with Pete taking the lead with 400 metres to go and Jo pipping me to the line.
Sorry for the delay, I was waiting for some photo’s but none have appeared anywhere.
Race 6 of the series brought out 236 runners to the latest race over in Bingley, hosted by Saltaire Striders race HQ was the rugby club on Wagon Lane.
The race started a short walk away on the canal towpath, where runners headed off in the direction of Saltaire, taking in a loop of Roberts Park before heading back and then taking a right and up the steep climb to Shipley Glen, looping around Baildon Moor before returning in the same direction and back to the start finish on the canal.
Congrats to the 26 runners who made their way to a Parkrun event yesterday, particularly the 11 members who made the effort to attend our awayday at Myrtle Park in Bingley, a tight, twisty 4 lapper with a bit of off road thrown in.
Congrats to Paul Greenwood for the only PB this weekend at Halifax,
The EvenSplits Leeds 5K Race Series is staged at the Brownlee Centre Cycle Circuit in Leeds. The series consists of ten, monthly, 5K road races split into an A race and a B race. The A race is for those who expect to run sub-22:30 and the B race for those who expect to run 22:30 or above.
Huge congrats to Kevin Murray who romped round the 5k course in a PB of 23:32 finishing 10th in Heat B and 2nd in his age category.
Well done Kevin and maybe if you keep up the great running you’ll be in Heat A next month.
The 24h Conti Thunder Run was held at its regular venue Catton Park, Walton on Trent. The Conti Thunder Run is a 24 hour relay race where running is tested against the clock, putting your tactics, endurance and speed and teamwork to the ultimate test.
Well done to Chris King for completing 4 laps at approx 6 miles per lap (starva), not really sure if Chris ran as part of a team or solo, but well done anyway.
The Denholme Doddle is a challenge walk and trail running event that revives the Harden Hard’un. It follows almost the same 27 mile route but starts and finishes in the village of Denholme three miles from Harden and seven miles west of Bradford. Half of the route is on open moorland with outstanding views. It passes Top Withins (Wuthering Heights) and other well known beauty spots in the Bronte Country.
All proceeds from the event go directly to Mpika Village of Hope, a registered charity which cares for orphaned children in Zambia.
Distances are 27 miles, 21 miles or 17 miles. The time limit for all distances is 11.5 hours.
There are six checkpoints with good refreshments spaced throughout the route.
Big shout out to Carl Heron on his joint 1st place, after running most of the race with a runner from Northampton they decided to cross the line together.
Carl Heron 4hrs 42min for 27 miles
Andy Smith 4hrs 49 for the 17 mile route
Vicki Bean 5hrs 03 for the 17 mile route
Matt Fielding (walker) 6hrs 24 for the 21 mile route.