Our extremely enthusiastic and talented Beginners’ Group had the rare pleasure of sunshine for the week 4 training session, on June 5!! The theme of the evening was “hill work”! Such has been the progress within the group, that, of the 28 who attended, one ran with the Queensbury Running Club weekly group of advanced runners, and a group of 8 were formed into a fully supervised intermediate group – all with success! Running Leader Martin Firth and his assistants from the running club, were VERY impressed by the effort shown – and by the wonderful progress that has been evident since week 1! All were rewarded, after warming down exercises, with birthday sweets from Lynn Hill!…happy birthday, Lynn, from all at Queensbury Running Club!!
Thursday May 29th finally saw the mist lift from Queensbury after several days’ residence…much to the delight of our Beginners’ Group, for the Week 3 training session! We had another amazing turnout of 26 braves sampling the delights of Old Guy Road and part of Roper Lane, after an initial indoor warm up, for an out and back route of 10 minutes each way at the pace of one’s desires! There was incredible enthusiasm and endeavour shown once again, plus a great deal of improvement on show, too, since the course began!! Thank you to all for a super evening..and to Jo, Craig and Graham for assisting
For anyone who hasn’t seen this feature on the the beginners group, have a look here on the T & A website…
Last Thursday was the Apperly Bridge Canter, a new route, starting and finishing in the same place as the old one, due to works on the canal. Much more interesting than the last, with barely a flat stretch to mention in the 8.3k. Local teacher and Thames Hare & Hounds runner Phillip Tedd won in 28:35, followed by Queensbury’s Chris Williams in 2nd place with Leeds City’s Peter Branney 3rd. Ben Clare, still contending with injury niggles put in a fine performance and finished 58th in 35:19 and Richard Brook was 97th in 37:09 from 375 club runners.
Bank Holiday Monday was the Ilkley Trail Race. Queensbury’s Anna Smith was our only runner in this one, and took her category 1st place. Anna reports:
There was no shade from the bank holiday sun for runners in the Ilkley Trail Race circling the moor above Middleton Woods, but thankfully the 6.9m route passed a well-positioned water station twice. Once back under the trees there were tree roots, mud and two-at-a-time steps on the downhill chase home. The organisation and holiday atmosphere were great; thank you to Darren and others for the very welcome support. Anna Smith finished in 56:07 and was delighted to win the F50 category.
Kirkstall Vets race was the first in a flurry of mid-week races coming up over the summer months. Eight runners took part from Queensbury with Darren Midgely continuing his fine run of form with a 5th place finish. Pete Hughes came in to take his category win in 15th place, Mick Coe 31st and Carl Heron 43rd completed the mens first 4 to count team, putting Queensbury an impressive 3rd place and only 4 points off Stainland in 2nd, Pudsey are a clear 1st place. Andrew Stott closely followed in 48th, Peter May 61st, Graham Jowett 96th and Steve Wilby 129th completed the outfit for Queensbury. The next race in the series is Meanwood on June 24th.
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP3-Kirkstall.htm
Darren & Richard have all run the full series of three races this year whilst Steve Wilby also got the first two races in but unfortunately missed the 3rd due to injury. It’s a fast, flat route around Esholt hosted by Saltaire Striders. Perfect conditions on the evening of the second race helped many runners product new PB’s or certainly there best time of the series. Richard’s best time of the series and new PB was 20:12, Steve Wilby’s was 25:29, Darren Midgelys was 17:06 and also a new PB and Chris Williams, who only ran the 2nd race was 16:01. Cumatively Darren finished 19th & Richard 90th.
Chris Williams & Darren Midgely also both ran the Sowerby Scorcher on Saturday. A 10k multi terrain race with approx 600ft of climbing. First place for Chris & third for Darren looked very well for Queensbury Running Club at the presentation afterwards.
Full Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2014/sowerby.html
Queensbury Beginners’ ladies and gents, WELL DONE!!!! I am SO proud of you ALL..each and EVERY one of you!! Last Thursday evening was the experience of a lifetime for me..it was a huge pleasure to journey with you, and my regular runner helpers, Carl, Craig and Graham, echo that very sentiment! Your enthusiasm was amazing!!..even after that “gentle” run/jog/walk!! Together we can, indeed, achieve a huge amount…you will all surely do so given your incredible keenness to embrace outdoor exercise in our beautiful local countryside!We made a lot of people notice what was going on!!..I think we have started a local “fashion”!! I can’t wait for next Thursday’s session!! THANK YOU. all of you..you have more than made my day.
Not long to go to the first of 10 weekly training sessions for our beginners’ group! I’ve asked for fine weather to be provided this Thursday evening! I’ll be at Queensbury Celtic Football Club’s Pit Lane headquarters from 1830 onwards. We will meet up in the clubhouse for registration, then, after some gentle mobilising exercises, take a 5 minute walk to the nice and flat Old Guy Road for fully supervised walking/jogging/running, for roughly one mile or 15 minutes. Please note that a lockable changing room will be provided each week, along with showers. See you on Thursday!
Queensbury’s second attempt in one of the biggest races in the fell running calendar. Over 1000 runner’s were involved in the 30th edition of the Calderdale Way Relay. After an excellent display last year, finishing 20th in 7 hours 28 mins 19 seconds, the club had a tall order to meet and was hit with a number of injuries in the final week. Team captain, Carl Heron, had a real job on to fit together a team capable of navigating the 52 mile unflagged route. Actually been able to fill these positions showed how much the club has improved its strength & depth over the last 12 months. Some final tweeks made as late as Saturday, including Martin Firth been set of for a double leg (1 & 3) the team was finalised. An overall time of 7:41:34, just 13 minutes down on the previous year, in much tougher conditions (muddy, wet & windy) showed how well the club pulled together.
The full results can be downloaded here: http://www.halifaxharriers.co.uk/file/CWR2014Printrev1.xls
Below: Andy & Anna on leg 5 pulling up local favourite Crooked Lane