Good luck to our Manchester Marathon runners this Sunday. Martin & Jo have both been racking up the miles in preparation ! Have a good run & enjoy!
The Heptonstall Fell Race, a Queensbury favourite, the 15 miler takes in over 3000 feet of climbing around some of the areas finest spots. The race got off to a tricky start for some, with problems navigating the woods early on. Last years winner, Adam Osbourne of Leeds City AC returned to the race and set a new course record, an amazing 1:54:10, well clear of the two persuing Horwich Harriers who completed the top three. Pete Hughes put in an excellent performance to take 13 minutes from his time last year and finish in 2:25:16, his best time yet! Ben Clare was following closely behind in 2:26:26, also taking 10 minutes from last years race. Carl Heron was next 2:41:02, Mick Coe 2:47:20, Anna Smith was in just under 3 hours to take her category first place and followed by Phil Robinson 2:59:40. Graham Jowett completed the Queensbury line up and added to the honours list with a 1st V60 in 3:03:08.
Full Results: http://heptonstallfellrace.wordpress.com/results-2014/
Excellent photos as always on the Woodentops website: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos
The second race in the YVAA season at Honley. The previous days Heptonstall race telling on the turnout. Carl Heron was the only one to battle through both races and finished well on the day at Honley finishing 39th. Darren Midgely put in a cracking perfoamcne to take 8th place in 43:10 on the hilly route. Andy Stott was 46t and Peter May 56th to add to the points in the first four to count table. Andy Mitchell and Steve Wilby cane in within seconds of each other to add the last of the points to Queensburys total for the day.
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP2-Honley.htm
Keighly’s BigK 10k was also on Mother’s Sunday, with Helen Collins recording a new PB for the distance on a far from perfect pb course, 1:00:44. Finishing in the top half of the 1,200 competitors. Local runner Will Smith of KCAC took the honours in 34:27.
Photos also on the Woodentops site.
Friday night was the West Yorkshire Winter League (WYWL) presentation. Another great season for Queensbury, as highlighted by the individuals who collected trophies on the night. Pete Hughes retained his V55 1st place and Martin Firth did the same with the V50 category, both making it two consecutive years. Anna Smith also took her category 1st place and Graham Jowett took the honours in 3rd in the V60 category.
The weekend provided a couple of races for Queensbury members. Firstly the end of season PECO vs WYWL Relay. A head to head competition consisting of teams (M open, F Open, Vets & Super Vets) selected from the clubs involved with each league. Queensbury contributed two members to the Male Super Vets (Peter Hughes & Martin Firth, Rob Samuels of Pudsey completed the trio) and Anna Smith raced for the Womens Super Vets. WYWL had the quickest team on the day, made up of Quentin Lewis (Baildon), Gary Bailey (Pudsey) & Ben Mounsey (Stainland). It was actually PECO’s Vets team that pushed them closest, outdoing their younger counter parts who finished in 4th place behind the WYWL vets team. PECO’s super vets team put in an excellent performance finishing ahead of WYWL’s and in 5th place overall. Anna Smith’s ladies team finished above their PECO equivialnts in a close battle.
Midgely Moor fell race attracted our other runners on the day, must have been the 1250ft of climbing in approx 5 miles that they couldn’t resist! (Or perhaps that it had been sold as only just over 1000ft by Mick!?). Also, unbeknown to some, it was a self navigation through 6 check points resulting in a detours and back tracking for some. Mick Coe was first back for Queensbury, breaking 50 minutes in 31st place, followed by Darren Midgely 36th, Richard Brook 62nd and Andrew Stott 73rd. Queensbury did finish 6th in the team competition (1st three to count) which they can all be pleased with as these races are always well represented by the biggest fell running clubs!
Clear but windy conditions for the Bradford 10k this weekend made the flat route a little more testing and hindered some attempts at personal bests, but the course does lend itself to a quick 10k time even if the route is a little dull – mainly along Canal Road towards Shipley & back. An excellent overall turnout of around 1,500 runners made the event a good and competitive field although last years winner Tesfaye Debele was clear winner again in this years race in31:42, followed by Scott Harrington of Otley, 33:21 and Kevin Ogden of Spen AC in 33:41. First lady wasDanielle Hodgkinson, coming in an impressive 22nd overall in 35:32. The first 20 positions were all closely contested with a good turn out from all the elite local runners. First back for Queensbury was the vastly improving Andy Stott in 42:48, followed closely by Richard Brook in 43:05, then came Phil Robinson 44:22, Graham Jowett 46:34, Steve Wilby 53:43 & Andrew Tempest-Mitchell
Woodentops also have three excellent photo galleries:
Flaming Photos : http://www.flamingphotography.co.uk/epilepsy-action-bradford-10k
Fine and reasonably warm weather prevailed this year for the Spen 20, in stark contrast to last years conditions! Martin First continued his excellent marathon preparations with a 1st place V55 finish in 2:09:37. Karl Chamberlain in 2:41:22 and Phil Robinson in 2 :47:40 both showing their extra training is paying off already. Craig Richardson was the 4th team member back in 3:01:38
Full Results: http://spenac.co.uk/Spen%2020%20Results%202014.pdf
Pete Hughes went over to Marsden to do the Ian Roberts Fell Race, finishing the 6.4mile / 853ft course in 57:42 (35th place).
Full Results: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2243
Well done to everyone who ran in the series over winter. Some excellent individual performances but more importantly a great showing from the whole club at each event. The final race was at Stainland on a tough and technical route. It resulted with our best ladies finish of the season so well done to the girls on constantly improving their scores this year.
Overall we finished
Ladies: 9th (despite being one lady short of a full team!)
Individually, Martin Firth took 1st place V50 for the series, Pete Hughes 1st place V55, Anna Smith 1st F50 & Graham Jowett 3rd M60 so some nice awards to collect, well done!
Hopefully everyone who ran all five races received their WYWL buff and the presentation doo which I think everyone knows about is on the 21st March in Baildon. Arrangements for transport being made!
You can download the full results here: http://wymedia.co.uk/wywl/Results/WYWL%20Results%202013-14_NEW%207.3.14.xls
Clear and calm conditions prevailed on Saturday for the Ovenden Fell Race. A local fell race, starting at Ogden Reservoir. Eight runners from Queensbury took part and some much appreciated support from others out and about on the route! Chris Williams was first back for the club in 6th place, despite getting lost in the last mile on a well known local route! Confusion was caused due to some flags been incorrectly placed resulting in part of the field taking a slightly confusing detour. Ben Clare, also caught up in the confusion towards the end finished in an excellent 16th spot, Pete Hughes 24th and within the same minute Mick Coe 31st, our next four runners were all grouped within a few places including Graham Jowett 73rd, Anna Smith 74th, Andrew Stott marking his debut in a Queensbury Vest 76th and Lee Hipwell 80th.
There are two excellent photo galleries on the Woodentops webiste, have a look here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos
Full Results are on the FRA website: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2238
[important]Don’t forget the final XC is at Stainland this Sunday! [/important]
Widely regarded as one of the toughest fell races in the calendar, especially locally, Anna Smith was the only member of Queensbury to brave the tough conditions and get around the 21 mile route featuring 4000 feet of ascent. Gale force winds and knee deep, strength sapping bogs and tussocks for the duration as well! Full details of the race can be found on the Calder Valley website as well as full results: http://www.cvfr.co.uk/races/wadsworth-trog/
Some excellent photos by Woodentops be found here: https://plus.google.com/photos/110439573756197443848/albums/5978100642586947249?banner=pwa
The Liversedge Half Marathon, organised by Roberttown Road Runners, is a very popular, well-organized and friendly local run. On 9th February 2014 the race celebrated its 19th year and, once again, drew runners from a wide catchment well beyond West Yorkshire. The course is demanding with a few tough climbs and drags. In 2013 there was snow and freezing conditions; this year some high winds and rain greeted the runners although most of the clouds had emptied by the time the race started.
Queensbury runners had a good day despite the conditions. Jo Horan showed what a fine runner she is with an excellent time of 1.48:39. Richard Brook was consistent finishing within 30 seconds of his 2013 time in 1.43:53. Peter May, returning to running after a lay off, made it around in 1.53:36; he will get much faster as the year progresses. Only four of the five registered QRC runners made it to the start line. Unfortunately Martin Firth (first M50 in the race in 2013; now M55) was unwell and decided not to run. Martin is on great form though and he is likely be among the highest-ranked M55 road runners in the country in 2014. Carl Heron decided to run despite straining a calf muscle in a desperate attempt to extract his leg from the slimy mud at Pudsey in the Yorkshire Vets race the previous Sunday. He managed to get around in 1.34:08, slower by two and a half minutes from his 2013 time (I was in pain throughout though…..honest).
The support from Peter Hughes, on Bradford Road at 6 miles and then at the top of the climb from Clifton at around 10 miles was very welcome as was Steve Brook’s presence at the end. The next best club to our own, Stainland Lions, had runners who put in fine performances too as well as shouting out support along the way.
The men’s race was won for the second time in a row by Holmfirth’s Matthew Pierson beating his 2013 time by four seconds! Scott Harrington (Otley) and Andrew Fuller (Shepshed) followed next almost exactly a minute apart from each other. The women’s race was won by Myra Jones (Valley Striders) with unattached runners Helen Waugh and Chloe Wood in 2nd and 3rd respectively.