All posts by Neil Windle

Shepherds Skyline 2nd Nov 2019

As requested Stacey, how could I forget you and Andy

The race race featuring 10km of fells with more ups and downs than a roller coaster attracts athletes from of some of the area’s top fell and road running clubs. Starting at the Shepherds Rest Inn Todmorden it’s an uphill start to Gaddings Dam across the Skyline, around Stoodley Pike down into the valley followed by a killer climb back upto to meet the outgoing path to follow the same route back towards the finish. 

Stacey Cleal and Andy Smith represented Queensbury with both making improvements on previous course times.

82nd Stacey 64:34 (1st FV50)

164th Andy 80:55

Awesome running in wet and muddy conditions. Well done, sorry but there’s no photo’s which isn’t a bad thing.

Bolton Abbey 10k Trail Race 10Th Nov 2019

There was a choice of distances to suit all abilities of runners – a 10K, 10 mile, half marathon and a 2-mile fun run. Nordic walkers were welcomed on the 10K event.

This was a unique opportunity to run on parts of the estate not usually accessible to the public.

The routes were on a mixture of paths, tracks, woodland trails and open land, through Strid Wood, over Dicken Dike, climb the Valley of Desolation and the Launde Plantation and take on a stretch of Barden Fell.

Amy and David Mckechnie took on the 10k challenge with Amy 1st lady home in a superb 13th position.

Amy 53:10

David 1:07:08

Well done to you both awesome running, unfortunatly we are unable post photo’s.

Lakeland Trail Running Festival 26Th+27Th Oct 2019


Starting and finishing at Jenkins Field on the shores of Ullswater in Glenridding, the 5K Helvellyn Sport Trail, 10K Helvellyn Trail Run, 15K Helvellyn Trail Challenge and 15K Helvellyn Trail Race follow circuits along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways that take you into the foothills of Helvellyn, with elevated panoramic views of Ullswater, and dramatic vistas of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks. Underfoot conditions are generally good for those used to off road running, but can be tricky in places.


Starting from the Ullswater Pier at Glenridding your journey starts with a beautiful half hour cruise aboard the Ullswater Steamer “Raven”, which takes you to the start in the hamlet of Howtown, whilst being serenaded by singer/songwriter Pete Lashley. The 10K Ullswater Trail Run, 14K Ullswater Trail Challenge and 14K Ullswater Trail Race follow well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways along the lake shore, giving panoramic views of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks, finishing in Jenkins Field, next to the Ullswater Pier. Much of the course passes through ancient woodland, which will be at its autumnal best. Underfoot conditions can be tricky at times, especially if wet.

Phillip Whettlock took on the 15k Helvellyn Trail Race on the Saturday and the 14k Ulswater Trail Race on the Sunday nicknamed the ‘dirty double’.

Phillip had an awesome weekend, which reading the website does sound good fun (club trip??)

Phillip finish Saturdays race in 1:23:50 in 141st position and Sunday’s race in 1:30:27 in 101st place, well done Philip great stuff.

Burley Moor Fell Race 9Th Nov 2019

This was the tenth year of the Burley Run. The course remained the same as previous years; because of the constricted nature of some of the paths the entries were limited to 300.

The run will started at Scalebor Park Pavilion at 10am and and ran onto Burley Moor, an off road course of about 11K and has a main ascent of some 800ft. The course used well trodden paths and tracks, but by the very nature of moor land, some sections were steep and uneven.

Well done to Ben Clare for managing to enter a race this season. Ben finished in a time of 58.33 (strava)

Bradford City Runs 3Rd Nov 2019

Bradford City Runs is a festival of running with a unique format: one 5K loop to create 4 race distances. The 5K loop of Bradford city centre takes in City Park, Bradford University, the Broadway and Little Germany. One lap gets you 5K, two gets you 10K and 4 (and an extra bit) gets you a haf marathon. For 2019, there’s a new 10 mile distance (3 and a bit laps). Choose your distance and enter now!

Some fantastic running over each distance with Martin Firth turning back the years finishing 6th in the half, Tom Collinge smashing the 10 mile opposition by 5 minutes to take1st place, A huge congrats to everybody who took part in whichever distance you chose.


23rd Kevin Murray 23:17

40th Steve Brook 26:28

41st Peter Wood 26:53


18th Jonathon Mason 44:00

19th Andrew Paterson 44:02

41st Karl Holmes 47:20

117th Daniel Holt 57:10

122nd Glenn Thornton 57:34

144th Vikki Bean 59:31

152nd Sharan Loughran 1:00:44

187th Elizabeth Bagheri 1:07:04

189th Louise Foxhall 1:07:39

10 mile

1st Tom Collinge 58:12

5th Richard Brook 1:11:29

15th Joanna Lockwood 1:22:35

32nd Victoria Trudgil 1:33:43

37th Rob Glover 1:36:02

41st Michelle Greenwood 1:37:07

50th Tracey Stewart 1:49:30


6th Martin Firth 1:30:16

22nd Graham Rhodes 1:40:04

23rd Jo Horan 1:40:38

26th Andy Young 1:42:02

37th Phil Lickley 1:47:26

You’ve all seen the photo’s on FB, so that’s it from me and well done to everybody racing for the club.

Mansfield National XC 2Nd Nov 2019

The Saucony English Cross Country Relays

The Saucony English Cross Country Relays went ahead on Saturday 2nd November at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield where they have been staged since 1989. Again over a 1000 teams had entered over the 10 Races with 205 in the Senior Men’s event and 145 in the Senior Women’s.

This event is now part of the build up to the Trials at the end of November to get into the GB Team for the European Cross Country Championships so many a potential athlete for that Team will be in action.

With such a top elite field expected Queensbury’s fastest ladies and our fastest available gents were sent to scare the opposition and they certainly did that that with a top 100 finish for the guys but more impressive was the 55th place finish for our 3 ladies.

55th Ladies team overall 40:07:20

Raced over 3 legs of 3km each

Amy Mckechnie 12:39:40

Jo Horan 13:47:45

Lynn Robinson 13:40:35

99th guys team overall 1:25:23

Raced over 4 legs of 5km each

Alistair Galt 20:12:35

David Hunt 21:22:75

Andy Dovernor 22:49:60

Gary Rowling 21:28:30

Well done to you all and it’s fantastic that as a small local club we can enter these national events and put Queensbury on the map.

Leeds Abbey dash 27th Oct 2019

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 race, which incorporated the 2019 England Athletics 10km Championships, continued its reputation as one of the best-quality 10km events in Britain as the first 29 men broke 30 minutes on chip time. while the 1st 26 ladies all ran sub 35 minutes, just astonishing!!

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 8 members involved with Gary Rowling leading the pack home, with Martin Firth just 21 seconds adrift.

Gary Rowling 38:57

Martin Firth 39:18

Helen Trevisani 55:11

Rob Glover 55:37

Phillip Lee 55:44

Charlotte Charlesworth 56:02 PB

Jane Skudder 64:57

Nicola Smith 73:55

Well done to you all, sorry I’m struggling to find unofficial photo’s i’m afraid