Have a look for Ben Clare keeping us entertained around 8 minutes and Alistair Brownlee is in there somewhere!
A busy Christmas period saw plenty of action for Queensbury Runners. Steve Wilby & Peter Hughes ran in the Hot Toddy on the 29th December. Full results can be found here: http://www.todharriers.co.uk/hot_toddy/hottoddy2013res.htm
Then there was the Auld Lang Syne fell race on New Years Eve, a popular Woodentops event that attracts a lot of big names. In the end it was won by Tom Addison from Helm Hill, although Alistar Brownlee used it as a training run joining in at the back of pack and working his way up before casually stopping for a chat with some spectators before the finish, after having caught 90% of the runners, Ben Clare included. Full results can be found here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/assets/results/13ALS2.pdf
The Giant’s Tooth was on New Years Day and has always been popular amongst QRC Runners as it’s a very local race for us, starting from the Causeway Foot and of course the first race of 2014! Still awaiting full results but Peter Hughes won his age Category as did Anna Smith. Darren Midgely was 12th and 3rd V40. Full results to follow….
Ben Clare & Anna Smith ran in ‘The Stoop’ fell race. A popular Woodentops race held a the end of December, some very windy conditions made this short but brutal fell race even tougher. Full results: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/assets/results/13stoop.pdf
The Chevin Chase on a boxing day was again won by Jonny Brownlee.Fine weather, large crowds and a good, undulating route made for an excellent race. Ben Clare, Chris Williams & Darren Midgely all ran in what was a very competitive field. Full results can be found here: http://www.sportstimingsolutions.co.uk/running_results_master.php?recordID=The Chevin Chase 2013
Many people have asked about the The Giants Tooth fell race, annually held on New Years Day from the Causeway Foot. It is apparently on but I haven’t seen anything official regarding the race only by word of mouth.
Well done to everyone who ran in the Gathering Winter Fools Relay. Finishing 7th this year, a place down on last but a huge 20+ minutes was taken from our time last year, finishing under the 4 hour mark in 3:59:37!
Full Results Can Be Seen Here : http://kcac.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/13_GWF.html
This Saturday, 14th December. Please check the KCAC website here for full up to date information on your leg:
4:22:12 is the time to beat from last year. Good luck!
The first race of the West Yorkshire Winter League was on Sunday, hosted by Dewsbury. A 5 mile course consisting of two reasonably flat laps, just a couple of small climbs and some winding trails. We were 8th in the Mens Competition, 4th in the Vets Competition and 9th in the ladies competition. Some excellent performances and with a few injuries and and absences due to enter the fray in the next race as Pudsey we should be able to climb the overall standings!
Next race is at Pudsey, a week on Sunday (December 8th)
The mens team points were scored as follows:
And the ladies…
And the vets
Last weekend was the annual Harriers vs Cyclists race held by Bingley Harriers. This event is a competition between runners and cyclists with (usually) the first 10 in each category to score. The winning team holds the Fisherman Trophy for one year. The trophy is named after The Fisherman Inn from where the race starts and where the prizegiving takes place afterwards.
There was an excellent field turned out for a competitive race in conditions more suitable ‘dry’ for the cyclists than the previous year. Martin First was first back for Queensbury, narrowly missing out on an age category win, finishing 61st overl in 42:16, Ben Clare was next in 76th 43:53, then Mick Coe 82nd 44:15 finally followed by Chris Williams in 102nd 45:56
There is an excellent video on YouTube of the race, see below:
The last race in the YVAA grand prix was run at Spenborough last Sunday. Starting with the M35 category and Darren was equal points with Allan Dodds of Roundhay Runners going into the last race. Darren ran an excellent race and finished 10th overall in 33 minutes, well ahead of his rival and secured 2nd place in the M35 for the season. Richard Brook and Lee Hipwell also both ran well in the Spen race but had not run enough races to qualify for the seasons placings.
Karl Chamberlain finished 10th overall in the most competive V40 category, putting in a time of 40.12 even after a while off training.
Mick Coe finished the off in 4th overall in the V45 after a good run at Spen alongside Phil Robinson, 6th overall.
Carl Heron split the two in the race at spen with a decent run in 35:57 but had not run enough vets race to compete in his category this season. Andy was also in the M50 category but being a newer member only managed the one race this season in the completion.
Pete Hughes had already secured 1st place this season to retain the V55 trophy but put in another top performance and again won his category on the day and finished 15th overall at Spen. Steve Jones, also in the V55 category just got his one local race in over at York this year in the YVAA comp.
Graham Jowett finished 6th overall in the V60 category after getting his 6th counting race in at Spen, finishing in 41:17. Steve Wilby came in 10th for the season after also getting in his 6th race of the competition at Spen.
Anna Smith finished 5th lady overall for the season and 2nd in his category after a good performance at Spen finishing 10th lady overall on the day.
Some great performances over the season and a consistently good turnout from the club meant Queensbury took 3rd team place in the 1st 4 to count beating much larger clubs such as Stainland Lions & Horsforth Harriers, something everyone can be proud of achieving. Queensbury was 6th place in the ‘All to count’ highlighting how many points we have picked up for a small club. Well done to everyone and look forward to another good season next year.
Spen Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13GP8-Spen.htm
Mens Season Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13MI.htm
Ladies Season Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13FI.htm
Team Season Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13T.htm