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Weekend Report

Martin Firth powering to 9th place (1st M55) in the Saltaire Shaker at the weekend


It’s great to see so many Queensbury RC runners taking part in the Bradford Park run these days. Congratulations to Diane McDonnell, Jo Robinson, Diane Simpson, Bronte Simpson, Abbie Cleal, Stacey Cleal, Andy Tempest-Mitchell, Peter May and Chris Williams who all completed the course on Saturday 26th July. Chris was the race winner in 17.24 finishing over a minute quicker than the second placed runner, and only three seconds outside his park run personal best.



The second Saltaire Shaker took place on Sunday 27th July. The 15 km route is mostly flat along the canal and river with a detour up a hill and into the woods. It was warm and sunny especially on the outward section with a welcome breeze on the return section to Roberts Park.

Martin Firth had a great run coming home in 9th position (1st M55) and getting under an hour in an excellent time of 59.27. Carl Heron knocked a minute off his time last year finishing 18th in 64.27. Declan Craven who has been training with us was 32nd in 69.05. Richard Brook took two minutes from his 2013 time finishing in 35th in 70.38. Congratulations to club newcomer Simon Thomas who was 3rd M60 in 89.29 in 102nd place. If there was a team prize then Queensbury would have shared it with Kirkstall Harriers!

The men’s race was won by Scott Harrington (Otley AC) in 53.39; the first lady home was unattached runner Sophie Garrad in 68.23.

There are some great photos of the race on the page at Thanks to Dave and Eileen Woodhead for capturing all this.

Soil Hill Conquered!!

ENTHUSIASTIC!!!…AMAZING!!!…FANTASTIC!..DEDICATED!!…that’s our beginners!!..After 10 weeks of careful build-up, our groups finally faced up to the Soil Hill area! Our Intermediates braved the full hill, and fair sped up it, by all accounts. Our Beginners’ section had a shorter route, but had the tougher Taylor Lane to contend with to get to the top of the hill…and handled it superbly. The evening was a true test of the stamina and fitness built up over the previous 10 weeks..and our groups, including our 6 newcomers, showed immense skill and coolness in dealing with the hills and the hot conditions. Holly, the RunEngland rep was EXTREMELY impressed!! Well done EVERYONE, and THANK YOU for your continued enthusiasm, endeavours and support!You are brilliant!!!


Congratulations to Phil Robinson & Karl Chamberlain on becoming Ironmen. Both completed the gruelling Ironman event in Bolton on Sunday 20th July. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is a triathlon style event taken to the extreme, with it comprising a 2.4 mile open water swim, which was in Pennington Flash, near Leigh, a quick transition onto the bike to begin the 112m loop around Bolton and Greater Manchester followed by a marathon (26.2 miles) which took place around Bolton’s Reebok stadium and the town centre. Large crowds watched including a few friends from Queensbury.

Karl was first out of the water after the swim, taking 1:17:21, Phil 5 minutes adrift in 1:22:31. The first man out of the water took just less than 47 minutes, showing the quality of the elite competitors in the race. Karl’s first transition (7mins 40 secs) was marginally quicker than Phil’s (8:23) extending his lead by a few seconds. Once the bike ride was underway, Phil started closing the gap between the two and around 70km into the ride Phil went past Karl. Both keeping a good average pace for the entire 180km ride, they finished 35 minutes apart, Karl in 7hrs 21 seconds taking his total race time to 8:25:22 and Phil in 6:17:54 taking his total race time to 7:48:48. Another transition and the marathon began. Karl began clawing back the gap Phil had opened up on the bike, and with each time split closed the gap a little more. somewhere around 35km into the 42km run Karl finally caught Phil. Both carried on a consistent pace and finished the race with less than 20 minutes from a full days racing separating them. Karl came in at 12 hours 50 minutes 56 seconds and Phil at 13 hours 8 minutes and 45 seconds. Fantastic effort and achievement from both. Surely worthy of the hard training and commitment both have shown in the 4-5 months since they registered for the event.

Karl ironman

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Beginners’ Group make “cool” work of hot weather!

The evening of Thursday July 17 was very warm and humid…very testing conditions for runners of any standard. Our Beginners’ Group handled the weather extremely well, and had an excellent work out. The Intermediates, as in the previous week, ran to Keelham Corner, then down Thornton Road, onto the scenic Great North Trail, and returned to the clubhouse up notorious Pit Lane! As a result of additional assistance on the night from Queensbury Running Club’s regular athletes, this run was differentiated, with several sub-groups being catered for according to ability. Our Beginners’ Section had a lovely downhill jog/walk/run to Thornton Viaduct, then, after a little breather, worked extremely hard in returning to the clubhouse via Headley Lane and Pit Lane – a continuous climb of 1.1 miles! The evening’s runs marked week 10, for our beginners, who are coming on in leaps and bounds, and are as enthusiastic as ever! Well done everyone, and special thanks to all our assistant run leaders!!

Baildon Carnival Canter


Stacey and Abbie Cleal were Queensbury’s representatives at the Carnival Canter, a 3.5 mile course on the open moor involving rough terrain, a sharp climb and a fast descent to the finish.  Stacey and Abbie turned in excellent performances to finish within half a minute of each other in 37th and 38th places, gaining valuable points in the off-road league.  Full results and more photographs are at links from the Baildon Runners home page.

..Pit Lane Re-visited!!

The evening of July 10th was bathed in beautiful sunshine, with a hint of thundery clouds in the distance to keep everyone on their toes!! Conditions were muggy, but did not appear to pose too many difficulties for our rapidly improving Beginners’ Group! The courses chosen for both the Intermediate and Beginners’ sections were last week’s routes  – in reverse! It meant a pleasant downhill meander to Keelham Corner, for our Intermediates,to be followed by interval work along Thornton Road to the Great North Trail – a  mere warm up for the subsequent climb to the clubhouse at the top of Pit Lane!! Our Beginners’ section had an equally pleasant and scenic jog and walk towards Keelham Farm Shop, then turned down the quite steep Deep Lane, and practised interval running to the bottom of Pit Lane, which, just as the Intermediates did, they then ascended majestically. Our 25 runners had a very worthwhile workout, and continue to improve week by week – and also keep on posting personal bests in the Bradford park run! Well done everyone!

Yorkshire Vets

Two evening races over the last two weeks, firstly at Meanwood on June 24th…

Anna Smith was 5th lady overall and narrowly missed out on a category win, taken by Sharon Williams of Abbey runners, just 31 seconds in front of Anna. Darren Midgely was 1st man back for Queensbury in 7th, followed by Pete Hughes who won his V55 category, Mick Coe was next and then Pete May and Andy Stott who were separated by just two other runners. Chris Rushworth was involved with his first vets race for Queensbury finishing in front of Graham Jowett who took 2nd in his V60 category.

Full Results:

Stainland put on the next vets race on  9/7/14, following a course familiar to many of our runners from the WYWL XC series, a technical and undulating route. Anna Smith put in a great performace to finish 3rd lady overall and bag herself a category win. Darren Midgely was 6th overall, followed by Pete Hughes who narrowly missed out on another category win, pipped by Marc Crabtree of Halifax Harriers, next was Mick Coe, closely followed by Pete May and then Chris Rushworth completing the team for Queensbury.

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Queensbury remain 3rd in the Mens 1st 4 to count table, and 6th in the overall table.

..another hill conquered!!…by our Beginners.

We had absolutely fabulous efforts from EVERYONE, tonight, in both the Beginners’ and Intermediate sections! The Intermediate route down Pit Lane onto Thornton Viaduct (famed for the ghost of “Fair Becca”!!!), then up to Keelham Corner , followed by the gradual but tough mile long climb back on the Brighouse & Denholme Road to the clubhouse, was tackled with immense resolution, spirit and unyielding enthusiasm. Not to be outdone, the Beginners’ section tackled equally well the route of Pit Lane and the deceptive inclines of Deep Lane (and the car park of Sandal’s Farm Restaurant for a bit of fun!!), before the gentle rise to the clubhouse, again via the Brighouse & Denholme Road..wonderful effort!! What a pleasure to see the week on week improvement of everyone, and the visible pleasure on all faces at the end of our training runs! Our Beginners’ should hold their heads high and be very proud of their achievements in the 8 weeks since forming!

Beginners’ Running Group tackle Pit Lane again! ..26/6/14

Our Beginners’ Group once again had the chance to conquer the none-too-flat Pit Lane, for the second week in a row , in the training session of 26/06/14. The out-and-back course down Pit Lane, onto the Great North Trail to the bottom of Station Road, Queensbury, was again selected so that our intrepid runners could try to pace themselves more efficiently on a course that they were familiar with. As a result , the Intermediate section ran further than the previous week and finished much stronger! – and enjoyed themselves much more! Our “Beginners” section also practiced pacing, on the same route, and covered an amazing 20% more ground than last week! It is little wonder that our regular “park runners” within the overall group are recording new personal bests at Lister Park, on Saturday mornings, with great regularity! Well done to EVERYBODY! You are truly inspirational and have achieved an enormous amount in just 7 weeks!! Thanks to Jo, Steve, Karl and Craig for supervising and encouraging our runners! ps. Queensbury Running Club Beginners’ Group now has its own Facebook page!

YVAA Road Relay Championship

Martin, Carl & Peter Hughes entered a 3 man relay team into the Yorkshire Road Relay Championship M50 category. Finishing an impressive 4th from 10 teams of quality runners. Peter Hughes also clocked the 4th fastest M50 lap of the day!

M50 Results:

Full Results:


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