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!
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: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP4-Meanwood.htm
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.
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP5-WestVale.htm
Queensbury remain 3rd in the Mens 1st 4 to count table, and 6th in the overall table.
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!
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!
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: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14ChRRM50.html
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/ChampionshipRaces.htm
Once again, the Beginners’ Group was blessed with a beautiful summer’s evening for week 6 of the 10 week training course..and graced with just one hill!..but it was a LONG hill, stretching down onto the Great North Trail!! A dozen of our enthusiasts volunteered to run in the Intermediate Group, under the guidance of Craig and Karl, and had a steady run down Pit Lane, then onto the Great North Trail, reaching the base of Station Road, 2 miles from the club H/Q before re-grouping and then returning up “that hill” to the club H/Q…and did so most strongly and with determined style – and without stopping to re-group!! Martin guided the 8 runners who preferred a “gentler” run, half way down the same hill – we then tackled the ascent carefully AND extremely enthusiastically, trying to make it as much fun as possible!! Both groups showed incredible courage and determination on one of our toughest local hills…and the rate of improvement in everyone was very evident. Such has been the immense enthusiasm and desire of the whole group that we have decided to extend the 10 week course INDEFINITELY!! …such has been the great success enjoyed so far! Thank you everyone and well done!! (from all at Queensbury Running Club, and ,especially, from Running Group Leader Martin!)
This was only my second visit to the Lake District so it was an adventure to arrive and be ready for the start on the north west side of Derwent Water. Reassuringly familiar faces and vests appeared as we gathered at the lakeside and the race began comfortably enough with a few miles of steady running next to the water on soft tracks shadowed by woods. This was not to last as the route offered very varied terrain. The next section to the south of the lake featured tough climbs with rocky stepped descents to follow and a long run to the finish on narrow paths cut into the steep Eastern banks. I’d underestimated the difficulties of the second half of the race and was overtaken by a number of runners, but held on to win the F50 category in spite of a strong late challenge. So my visit ended very happily and I felt that I’d made friends. I’d been able to run in the Lake District on a marked route, but going home in the train those huge fells still seemed as distant as if they’d been photographs.
Carl Heron was racing for the 3rd time in a week at the Otley 10, an undulating 10 miler finishiing 81st 1:09:42. The winner was Nathaniel Williams in 55:34, with 8 runners breaking the 1 hour mark highlighting what a quality field the race attracts.
Anna Smith was the only Queensbury runner in the Borrowdale Trail race. A 21km trail race. Anna came out on top of a close run battle to win her age category, narrowly beating Henrietta Bolton Carter of Tweed Triathlon Club, in 2:09:41.