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Airedale Athletics Winter off road season 2017/18

These are the proposed races for the upcoming Winter off road series (the 2018 dates are provisional since the websites don’t provide dates yet)

  1. Withins Skyline, Haworth, 12k – Sun Oct 8 –
  2. Leeds Tough 10, Roundhay 10M [NEW] – Sat Oct 21 –
  3. Bronte Way, Wycoller, 12k – Sun Oct 29 –
  4. Shepherds Skyline, Todmorden, 10k – Sat Nov 4 –
  5. Cop Hill, Meltham, 7M – Sun Nov 5 –
  6. Harriers vs Cyclists, Bingley, 8.5k [JOKER] – Sat Nov 14 –
  7. Wadsworth Half Trog, Hebden Bridge, 15k [JOKER] – Sun Dec 3 –
  8. The Stoop, Haworth, 5M [NEW] – Sun Dec 17 –
  9. Chevin Chase, Guiseley, 7M [register early!] – Boxing Day –
  10. Coley Canter, Shelf, 8M [NEW, JOKER] – Sat Dec 30 –
  11. Giants Tooth, Ogden Water, 3M – Mon Jan 1
  12. Stanbury Splash, Haworth, 12k – Sun Jan 14 TBC
  13. Wadsworth Trog, Hebden Bridge, 19M [JOKER] – Sat Feb 3 TBC
  14. St Wilfreds Muddy Boots, Ripon, 10k [NEW] – Sun Feb 4 –
  15. Heptonstall Fell Race, Heptonstall, 15M [JOKER] – Sun Mar 18 TBC.                       

Happy running and don’t forget all the results and applicable points for each race will be calculated by Airedale Athletics.

Womens running 10k Temple Newsome 1st Oct 2017

Hundreds of women who love to run, ran on Sunday 1st October in the picturesque setting of Leeds popular Temple Newsam Park. With three race options; the original women’s-only 10K, an entry-level 5K, and new one-mile race option- suitable for the whole family, there was something for everyone!

With their renown local pacers on hand to help you achieve your race day goal, every finisher received a fab medal, t-shirt and goody bag worth up to £40. 

Well done to all 3 of you ,great running keep it up.

Jodie Ansell 1:16:10

Michelle Chew 1:16:10

Penny Cliffe 1:22:15

Littleborough 10k 1st Oct 2017

Littleborough is a place made for running and many do not realise some of the great runs that can be had around it. A fast and picturesque course that is run on good runnable roads, paths and some country lanes. The course, after the first start section is on a small gradual decline in terms of elevation. This makes the race feel down hill and makes for a really enjoyable running experience.

4 of you turned up to race, with some according to Strava more then happy than others with their performance, even so congratulations to you all for taking part and showing off the club colours and a big well done to Chris Williams for a top 3 finish. 

3rd Chris Williams 35:23

53rd Mark Wright 43:48

184th Stephen Brook 57:46

251st Heidi Nellis 1:25:26


Airedale Athletics Summer off road series

This race series is put together by Airedale Athletics which is a joint venture between 5 local running clubs, Baildon, Eccleshill, Bradford Airedale, Saltaire Striders and ourselves QueensburyRC formed many years ago to give all 5 clubs help and advice when needed.

The Airedale Athletics AGM is held twice a year, with last one on Wednesday just gone, which was attended by representatives of each club, the only thing they do ask for are marshals at Bradford run events such as the City Runs and the Epilepsy 10k.

Each season (summer+winter) they organise a series of races that anybody affiliated to each club can enter, points are scored by adding up the times of the 1st 3 runners home and then taking an average, thus giving all other finishers points based on a percentage of the average (don’t ask).

We feel this would be a good way of using the races as a Queensbury club championship as well as been able to compete against other runners in our perspective age categories. 

Last year’s winter seasons offerings were as follows

A: Withins Skyline (Oct 9), B: Great Whernside (Oct 22) JOKER, C: Cop Hill (Nov 6), D: Harriers vs Cyclists (Nov 12), E: Wadsworth Half Trog (Nov 13) JOKER, F: Chevin Chase (Dec 26), G: Giants Tooth (Jan 1), H: Stanbury Splash (Jan 15), I: Wadsworth Trog (Feb 4) JOKER, J: Windy Hill Fell Race (Feb 12), K: Midgley Moor (Feb 25) JOKER, L: Heptonstall (Mar 19) JOKER. 

Watch this space for when this year’s winter season kicks off.

In the recent summer season that has just finished top scores for Queensbury were Peter May, Carl Heron, Mick Coe, with Stacey Cleal finishing 2nd female, I’ll keep you informed of any prizes on their way.  Well done to all 4 of you.  




After 13 races the series has now finished and the results are in

Berlin marathon 24th Sept 2017

The Berlin marathon is one of the largest and most popular road races in the world. In 2016, the race had 46,950 entrants (41,283 runners, 5,445 inline skaters, 185 hand bikers, 37 wheel-chairers) from 122 countries, 

The most marathon world records for men and women have been set at the Berlin course, which is known for its flat profile, even surface, cheering spectators, and frequently mild autumn temperatures, last Sunday’s race was a damp affair meaning ideal running conditions.

This course was where Dennis Kimettoran ran a 2:02:57 three years ago. Only now the field included former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang (2:03:23, Berlin 2013), 5,000 and 10,000-metre world-record holder Kenenisa Bekele, and the incomparable Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge scored a commanding victory in the in 2016 Rio Olympic Marathon and then ran that astonishing 2:00:25 this May in Nike’s Breaking2 time-trial in Monza, Italy. 

Not to be outdone by the elites, Queensbury’s own speed queen Lynne ‘the rocket’ Robinson stormed to a marathon PB in swift a 3:16:05.

Split time of day time diff min/km km/h
5 km 09:42:42 00:22:52 22:52 04:35 13.12
10 km 10:05:24 00:45:34 22:43 04:33 13.21
15 km 10:28:08 01:08:19 22:45 04:33 13.19
20 km 10:51:01 01:31:11 22:53 04:35 13.11
Half 10:56:04 01:36:14 05:04 04:37 13.04
25 km 11:14:32 01:54:42 18:28 04:44 12.68
30 km 11:38:11 02:18:22 23:40 04:44 12.68
35 km 12:01:33 02:41:43 23:22 04:41 12.84
40 km 12:26:01 03:06:11 24:28 04:54 12.26
Finish 12:35:55 03:16:05 09:55 04:31 13.30

Well done Lynne awesome performance.

3 peaks Cyclo-Cross 24th Sept 2017

Sunday 24th September 2017

The 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross is staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park every year at the end of September. Starting and finishing at Helwith Bridge, 2 miles south of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the 38 miles race of which 34 are rideable (20 cross and 18 road) along with over 5000 feet of climbing, makes this the toughest and biggest Cyclo-Cross event in the UK! What else can be said? Great spectacle. Unique event – well worth a visit even if you don’t take part! Excellent range of prizes.

Ben Clare once again stepped up to the challenge and beat last years time by over a minute, (must be all the hard training Ben), with several checkpoints and cut off points throughout the 38 miles there was to be no mucking about.

Ben finished in speedy 4:29:14 well done from all at QRC.

Stainland Trail 24th Sept 2017

A 10km multi-terrain race through the stunning West Yorkshire countryside. Starting and finishing at Stainland Recreation Ground, the race runs through woods and beautiful rural roads and trails around Stainland Dean. 144 club runners entered so the pace was always going to be quick.

The 4 QRCers who entered all did marvellous and came away with 1st+2nd female overall, with Joanne coming home as 1st FV40. Well to you all, keep it up.

25th Graham Rhodes 54:14

35th Joanne Horan 57:25 1st Female

44th Stacey Cleal 59:43 2nd Female

59th Joanne Lockwood 1:03:12 1st 

Graham, Jo, Stacey and Joanne


2017 Sandman Full Triathlon 17th September

The Sandman Triathlon race venue is in the incredible Newborough Forest, the start and finish is set in an exclusive area within the 700ha woods adjacent to the world famous Llanddwyn Beach. 

The full distance incorporated a 1000m swim, 60km bike ending with a 10k trail run,

Well done to our very own Brownlee’s Andy Dovernor and Terri Mason.


Andy –  Swim 23:56 Bike 1:48:44 Run 45:07 = Total 3:02:34

Terri – Swim 28:06 Bike 2:23:54 Run 1:03:17  = Total 4:01:15

Well done to you both, great stuff