All posts by Neil Windle

Wakefield Half 18th June 2017

Well done to Jo Fortune who braved the warmest day so far this year to compete in the Wakefield Half Marathon, an undulating, one lap route (2 for the marathon) around the surrounding area’s. Unfortunately Julie Hepworth had to pull out through injury, but I’m sure she’ll be back  as soon as possible (Sunday).

Jo managed a time of 2:22:12 and considering the hot conditions a fantastic time. 

Well done Jo and great running

Jo crossing the line
Jo crossing the line

Columbia Threadneedle Triathlon Leeds 11th June 2017

Whilst the Brownlee brothers were making all the headlines last Sunday, our very own Simon Thomas was making waves of his own taking on the Olympic length race in Leeds. Moving up from the Sprint triathlon that Simon raced back in April to Olympic length is a great achievement and Simon raced with all guns a blazing.

Simon finished in a respectable 836th out of 874 and 12/14 in the 65-70 age category. Swimming in windy conditions Simon breezed through 1500m in 41:20, followed by a 40km cycle in 1:33:11 finishing with a 10km run in 1:01:21. With a total finish time of 3:30:38 (full results below).

Simon thoroughly encourages anyone thinking of trying a Triathlon to go for it and I’m sure this won’t be Simon’s last.

Well done Simon keep at it, you’re going great.

Full results and splits
Full results and splits

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Northawram Burner 11th June 2017

Just 4 QRCers headed to Northawram last Sunday for the 2nd running of the Burner formally held in Sowerby Bridge. A tough off/on road 10k taking Tan House Lane, Green Lane, Deanstones and Whiskers Lane making a total assent of over 800ft, 

Well organised by the Puma’s, a good tough race.

29th Carl Heron 48.13 (2nd M50)

88th Craig Bingham 58.39

113th Darren Jack 1:02:20

152nd Daniel Moore 1:09:42

Well done lads great running on a hilly course. 

Photo’s to follow

Full Bronte 5 8th June 2017

Over in Haworth last night Chris Williams was leading the way in the Bronte 5, a road race around Pennistone Hill, a 2 lapper finishing in the grounds of Haworth cricket club. 

The race starts just below Haworth Primary School (well it did last year) out onto West Lane passing the Sun Hotel and bearing left onto Cemetery Rd for 0.7 miles before turning left up the hill,  then its a left turn after the climb, heading round the moor, down the hill for the 2nd lap, afetr the 2nd decsent of Dimples Lane its a right turn heading back to the cricket club with a lap of the pitch and into the finish.

Chris ran blinder finishing in 1st place with a lead of 20 seconds, well done Chris fantastic running, I bet you were buzzing mate.

1st Chris Williams 29:26

15th Immy Asghar 32:15

21st Lee ‘all the 3’s’ Shaw 33:33

33rd Andy Stott 34:37

76th Peter May 39:43

Well done guys superb running,  wish I could of been there to support you all in.

Chris looking under control
Chris looking under control
Andy 'don't take my picture' Stott
Andy ‘don’t take my picture’ Stott
Celebrating 1st place
Celebrating 1st place

Otley 10 mile 7th June 2017

Graham Rhodes and I headed over to Otley on Wednesday night, luckily for there was a break in the bad weather that we’ve been having, which meant a decent night for racing maybe a bit warm but better than getting soaked.

The race started out of a new housing development and out onto the main road towards Harrogate, turning left at approx 2 mile onto a quiet country lane, it was at 3.5 mile things got interesting with the road turning vertical, after this 1km climb we headed down to Lindley Bridge at 6.5 mile (with a time cut off of 90 mins) and our 2nd water station. For those of you who know me, apparently I only have ‘one hill’ in me so the next 600 metres are best forgotten about, with a nice descent back into Otley the pace quickened from everybody, a quick lap of the cricket pitch and over the finishing line.

A great race and very well organised.

91st Neil Windle (me) 1:13:40

111th Graham Rhodes 1:1549


A tip for anybody wanting to do it next year, get out of the blocks quick because the 1st 2 miles are run along narrow paths and overtaking is difficult.

Wakefield Triathlon 3rd June 2017

Well done to Andy Dovenor competing in this Olympic Length Triathlon. Consisting of a 1 mile swim, 25 mile cycle followed by 6.2 mile run (10km for you youngsters). Andy raced superbly finishing in 5th place overall out of 31 competitors in a total time of 2:32:09. I don’t have his exact timings for each leg but according to Strava where everything happens, he completed each phase as below.

Swim 47:23

Cycle 1:21:26

Run 41:28

Well done Andy nice work.

YVAA Lythe Race 3 of 9 4th June 2017

Race 3 got under way in Lythe near Whitby with a fantastic club turnout, I hope the mini bus could get everybody on!! Mick Coe and Andy Stott made the journey over and with Mick Coe having run the Wharfedale Half the day before I’m surprised his legs were up for it. Nevertheless he put in a superb performance coming home in 18th place in the mens catagory and 2nd M50 in a time of 46:15, closely followed by Andy in 25th place in 47:42 and 6th M45.


Wharfedale Half Marathon 2nd June 2017

The Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon is a 13.2 mile trail race flagged throughout the entire course. It affords participants and their families the opportunity to enjoy a great day out in some of Wharfedale’s finest scenery with over 2,000 feet of ascents the route follows well established footpaths, including the Dalesway and Mastiles Lane and for those with time to take in the fabulous scenery the views from Scott Gate, Mastiles and Boss Moor are quite breathtaking.

Mick Coe, Chris Williams, Chris Rushworth and Carl Heron all made their way up to North Yorkshire for the race, a good enough reason for their no show at Shroggs for our Parkrun takeover. Well done to all 4 of you superb running and it’s great to see Chris Rushworth back racing, well done guys.

15th Chris Williams 1:37:43

=46th Carl Heron 1:47:02

48th Mick Coe 1:47:25

226th Chris Rushworth 2:16:35


Calderdale Way Ultra 3rd June 2017

Famed for its iconic landmarks, immense scenery and runnable hills, the trails and fells of the Calderdale Way is a favourite among runners and walkers from the North of England. It offers stunning views and takes on the best parts of the Pennine Way. 

You may have experienced parts of the course in The Calderdale Way Relays, or perhaps it’s part of your favourite training runs – up to Stoodley Pike for example. Be one of the few runners to complete the full Calderdale Way route in one go in our 50.5 mile Ultra-marathon.

The 28.5 mile option is a great introduction for runners looking to make the step-up into running and competing in Ultra-marathons.  For those familiar with the Calderdale Way Relay, its basically legs 6,1 & 2 combined.  

2 of our members entered the races with both doing extremely well over such long distances, So well done Matt and Leanne this really is awe inspiring stuff.

Leanne competed in the 28.5 mile distance finishing in 7:41:05 with Matt running the 55.5 miles in 12:58:40, well done to you both for competing in your 1st Ultra.





Apperley Bridge Canter 1st June 2017

The Apperley Bridge Canter (more commonly known as the ‘ABC’) is a challenging race of approximately 10km, largely off road along woodland tracks in a rural part of the Aire valley. It attracts runners from clubs across Yorkshire, as well as an increasing number of unattached runners. The race is organised annually by the Horsforth Harriers from its established base at Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge.

4 QRCers made the trip over to race and all did really well

104th Peter May 47:10

128th Stacey Cleal 48:43

163rd Craig Bingham 50:54

184th Joanna Lockwood 51:59