All posts by Neil Windle

Lakeland Four passes 29th Sept 2019

The Four Passes is an absolutely classic 19(ish) mile route, with 5300ft of ascent taking in four of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining passes.

It is a circular route which starts and finishes at Rosthwaite Village Hall in Borrowdale, at the southern end of Derwentwater.

Vikki Bean continued her love of off roading and ran in this tough challenge. Vikki finished 118th in a time of 6:27:30.

Well done Vikki great running.

Berlin Marathon 29Th Sept 2019

Kenenisa Bekele missed out on the world record by just two seconds as he completed a remarkable comeback to win the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, crossing the line in 2:01:41, in the women’s race Ashete Bekere won in a sprint finish against her compatriot Mare Dibaba in 2:20:41.

But never mind those 2, not to be outdone Julie Hepworth and Gillian Jago had fantastic races with Julie managing a sub 4 hour PB of 3:56:52 followed over the line by Gillian 4:30:09.

A brilliant achievement by both of you, I hope the alcohol free months were worth it, well done girls.


Reservoir Dogs Ultra 28Th Sept 2019

Reservoir Dogs is a tour around 7 of the reservoirs that serve the Leeds area, starting with Lindley Wood Reservoir in North Yorkshire, the route then goes to Swinsty and Fewston Reservoir before heading over to John O’Gaunt, Beaver Dyke, Scargill Reservoirs before returning to West Yorkshire via Stainburn Forest and Almscliffe Crag to Eccup Reservoir before finishing in Pool-in-Wharfedale.

The legend that is Carl Heron took on this huge challenge of over 36 miles with a massive 3200 foot of climbing running extremely well finishing 1st M50 and a superb 3rd place overall.

Carl you’re a star and an inspiration to us all at QRC and we are in awe of all your achievements.

Well done.

Stairway to Heaven 28Th Sept 2019

Stairway To Heaven is a challenging, hilly course towards Ramsden reservoir and the forested paths around Hade Edge. Climb from the reservoirs of Holmbridge to Elysium farm and down to Holme Styes before climbing back up and home. Approx 13km (8 miles). The event HQ is Holmbridge Church Hall. 

Racing for QRC was Joanna Lockwood finishing well in 45th place and 2nd FV45 in a time of 1:22:17 

Well done Joanna, sorry for the lack of pictures but I can’t find any.

Pontefract Half 29Th Sept 2019

Pontefract Half Marathon was back for it’s 3rd year last Sunday after the success of the 1st+2nd instalment!

Whether you are a seasoned runner, taking on your first half marathon or raising money for a charity close to your heart – the Pontefract Half is a perfect fit for all. With the race starting and finishing in the town centre, it’s a great place to bring all of the family to cheer you on. Well done to the 2 QRC runners who took on the challenge

Joanne fortune 1:57:56 PB

Dianne Simpson 2:39:08 (1st FV50)

Well done on your PB Jo and congrats on your age category win Dianne. Awesome running girls.

Scarborough 10k 29th Sept 2019

A 10k race which is almost flat with a massive 25m of climb throughout, starting at the Spa Complex in Scarborough, heading North around the the Castle Headland, past the miniture railway station, turning at the Sea Life Centre runners then headed back to the Spa Complex to finish.  

The weekend also featured 2 fun run courses of 2.5km and 1.6km allowing all the family to take part and enjoy the atmosphere.

Richard Brook 43:06

Matt Dodds 48:40

Craig Bentall 52:46

Steve Brook 54:48

Well done lads, great stuff.

They’re in there somewhere

Littleborough 10k 28Th Sept 2019

The Littleborough 10k returns with a familiar, yet optimised route for 2019. With a new start location, the out-and-back section after the lakeside path has been removed. With no dead turn to negotiate at the far end of the course, it was easier to maintain your pace into the return leg and assist you in chasing down a PB or position.

Starting with a 1.5km gradual climb, followed by 2 flat and scenic laps of Hollingworth Lake, before enjoying the final 1km back down the hill for a fast finish by the canalside.

Like most races over the weekend conditions were not ideal with the course littered with puddles and floods around the lake.

47th Jo Horan 44:57 (3rd F35)

53rd Neil Windle 45:50

Well done us.

Kirkstall 7 29Th Sept 2019

A 7 mile, chip timed, multi-terrain, mostly flat course starting and finishing within the spectacular grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. The route takes in riverside paths and the canal towpath as well as road and the grounds of the Abbey. In support of Wheatfields Hospice and in memory of Stephen Blades and Paul Reynard. The course is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Well done to Kevin Murray and Andrew Patterson who braved the wet weather and raced for Queensbury

71st Andrew 52:23

146th Kevin 59:06

Well done lads

Great Scotish Run 29th Sept 2019

Half Marathon

The course once again passed many of the iconic venues that feature in Scotland’s biggest city, including Nelson’s Monument, the Clyde Arc and the Finnieston Crane.

Starting in George Square in the heart of the city centre. Runners crossed the Clyde twice using the Kingston Bridge and Clyde Arc. From the city centre streets to the peace of Pollok Park – every mile was different.

Awesome running from Philip Whettlock saw him finish with a pretty impressive 1:42:29 easily managing a sub 8/mile pace.

Well done Philip