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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

Warrington half 17th Sept 2017

Well done to Darren Jack who took part in his 1st half marathon down in Warrington at the English Half Marathon event. Darren finished in 2:02:48 and well done to Gillian Jago for helping Darren achieve his dream.

The race started at 9am in Winmarleigh Street and the route took the runners across Bridgefoot and east along Knutsford Road, before heading south through Grappenhall and Appleton Thorn.

The second half of the course returned to the town centre via Lumb Brook Road and Knutsford Road, then passing through the town centre and finished by running up Winmarleigh Street to the Golden Gates.

Once again well done Darren and I’m sure it wont be your last.

Post race photo before bedtime

Ladybower 20 17th September 2017

Descibed by the organisers as the friendliest and most beautiful Ultra marathon in the North of England. This was their 4th year running this event and it has become one of the most talked about ultras of the year

It is extremely popular with runners, cyclists and walkers alike. The route, a looped circuit of the Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs.  1 x 5 mile and 3 x 15 mile. The route was well marshalled and signed. The rest is a mixture of trail, track and a small section of country road (hardly used). Although the elevation of the route was mainly flat, there were some undulations. 

Advertised as a 50 + 20 miler the actual distance of each of the routes was 50.9 miles and 20.7 miles respectively.

Well done to our very own super women Julie Hepworth and and Laeane Alston who stormed around the course in super quick times, no messing around from 2 of our on form runners, well done ladies you’re both going great keep it up.

Julie 3:15:59

Leanne 3:23:00

Leanne getting cheered by Julie
Golden girls

Spen Greenway 10k 17th September 2017

This race run over 10km on tarmac from the Princess Mary Athletics track home of SpenAC, an out and back course run on a disused railway line therefore flat and fast giving the opportunity for a PB.

Steve and Richard Brook entered with Richard finishing in 26th place in a time of 42:33, unfortunatly Steve picked up an injury and limped home in 105th place in a time of 68:08

Well done lads, and get well soon Steve

The headband returns

Kirkstall Abbey 7 17th September 2017

A 7 mile multi-terrain, mostly flat course which started and finished within the spectacular grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. The route took in riverside paths and the canal towpath as well as road and the grounds of the Abbey. In support of Wheatfields and in memory of Stephen Blades and Paul Reynard. This year the course was made 7 miles and chip timed.

Well done to Immy our only entrant who finished in 7th place in a time of 44:04. 

Well done pal great running