Lee Hipwell and Anna Smith ventured to the high Peak District to compete in the Holme Moss fell race. The weather was changeable and the route over 17 miles with at least four enormous climbs including the precipitous descent from Bareholme Moss to Crowden Brook and the scramble up Laddow Rocks the other side. The terrain varied between deep bogs, grassland, peat and the familiar flags of the Pennine Way. After the last climb the race finished with a long mile of road back to the cricket club. The winners, who recorded astounding times, were Matt Lalor of Barlick (2:44:21) and Holmfirth’s Helen Berry (2:56:57). Lee and Anna both did well in a competitive field with Lee finishing in 4:25:47 and Anna close behind in 4:26:08.
Queensbury is third in the team league behind Baildon and Saltaire. Mick Coe and Lee are fourth and fifth in the individual league with Graham Jowett, Matt Fielding and Anna also in the top ten. The Pendle 3 Peaks (22 August) and the Tour of Norland Moor (30 August) are both coming up later this month, and training for September’s Yorkshireman is in full swing. For links to the websites please check the Fixtures tab on the points file here.
The 4th Saltaire Shaker took place on Sunday 26th July. There was a fantastic turnout from the club for the 15km race, mainly along the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath but with a couple of detours along wooded paths.
Leading the team home was Matt Thornton in 1.09:34 (34th), followed by Neil Windle in 1.13:03 (53rd), Ben Charlesworth in 1.16:53 (77th), Glenn Thornton in 1.24:41 (114th), Daniel Moore in 1.31:53 (148th), Sharon Loughran in 1.36:24 (173rd), Dianne Simpson in 1.37:28 (175th) and Andy Smith in 1.39:32 (182nd). Mary Saunders, who has been training with the club, was 147th in 1.30:47. Well done to everyone for some great performances.
The race was won by Rob James in 54:48 who finished just ahead of some of Otley AC’s best runners. He is listed as unattached but he’s a class athlete who has competed internationally at the 110 metre hurdles in the past. The first female runner was Jennie Guard (Leeds City AC) who was 14th overall in 1.04:09.
Chris williams raced at the podium 10k Saturday night this race is fast and flat so good for getting a 10k pb Chris was just shy of his pb the wind in the second half of the race was in his face and also he was on his own so had to work through the wind but still got a brilliant time 33.27 well done.
Anna Smith was the only runner for Queensbury at this race Queensbury runners have been racing all over the place this last two weeks Anna ran a great race and finished 7th lady overall in a time of 26-08 Anna said the run was lovely and started in the middle of the carnival all the way up to the trig point and back there is also a junior race well done Anna.
Four Queensbury runners completed the Leeds 10k in very warm conditions there was plenty of support especially from Alice on the right the daughter of Helen and Lily daughter of Michelle all four deserve there medals so a big well done.
Sharon Loughran ran a time of 57-19 position 3781 out of 7178 runners and was 1078 in her gender position.
Michelle Greenwood ran a time of 58-19 position 3905 and was 1144 in her gender position.
Helen Hellawell ran a time of 1-06-37 position 5847 and was 1771 in her gender position.
Darren Jack ran a time of 55.25 position 2063 five minutes faster than last years Abbey Dash.
Matt Fielding and Lee Hipwell both ran excellent times in misty conditions at Reservoir Bogs (20 June), a Calder Valley race which can only be navigated on the hoof because the route is changed each year. Lee ran strongly throughout to finish in 1:20:34 and Matt made up more than 20 places between the first checkpoint and the finish to complete the course in 1:06:59. The winner (James Logue, 0:50:27) was 8 minutes ahead of a group of ten finishing together, so the Queensbury times are a fantastic achievement.
Matt and Lee are 17th and 18th individuals in the challenge (Mick Coe and Graham Jowett 4th and 5th). The next fixtures are the Baildon Canter (11 July), Widdop (15 July) and Holme Moss (19 July). They’re very different races – details are on the fixtures tab with the full points table here. Baildon is a lovely three mile run over the moor followed by a junior race on a bracken-covered slope. The junior event is great for all from keen, fast junior runners to younger children who can go round with their parents. Please click here for details.
What can I say amazing brilliant fantastic Dianne Simpson Andy Smith and Carl Heron ran an unbelievable race at the Eccup 10 on Sunday Dianne in a time of 1.44.42 Andy 1.52.30 and Carl 1.09.40 Diane who started running under the guidance of Martin Firth in the beginners group one year ago as gone from jog walk to running winter league races park runs 10k and now 10 miles in a great time.
Also Andy Smith another one of Martin Firths beginners group as in the last twelve months gone from running quarter of a mile to running Park Runs Hard 10ks [Pudsey] and now ten miles races and not only that Andy as lost three stones within that year.fantastic.
Carl Heron one of our experienced runners and club secretary also ran a superb race considering all the travelling he as been doing and a few niggles in his legs to contend with ended up with a great time.
The Oxenhope Straw Race is a annual charity event raising money for the Sue Rider Manorlands Hospice the race is 2.6 miles long and is run in pairs you can take part in fancy dress but Chris and Mark decided not to you start by sharing a pint of beer and then run like hell to the first pub and pick up a bale of straw weighing some 40 lbs they both then carry the bale to the next pub which is up a very steep hill and share a pint this is repeated at five pubs in total so they both share five pints run as hard as they can up hill with a 40 lb bale its not easy to keep the beer down they not only kept the beer down and got the bale round they ran the race in a great time 21.20 well done to you both.