What’s been enjoyable about this year’s Yorkshire Veterans AA races is that, in addition to the familiar Winter League runners and their vests – Lions, Pacers, Pumas, Lakers, Breezers, Energy and the like – there are runners representing clubs from further afield – Doncaster, Selby, Wharfedale and York. The standard is high but the races are not as congested.
Sunday’s 5th outing of the season at West Vale drew a small field of around 130 runners. Due to holidays, injuries and marathon training, QRC numbers were down to three. Two won their age category – Charlotte Taylor won 1st F50 and leads the age group overall after five races with two victories and three second placings. Pauline Naylor won impressively too in the F60 category in her first vets race of the season. Two fantastic performances. Jo Horan, busy winning 1st prize in the Accrington 10K on Sunday, remains in 3rd place overall in the F40 category although only having run four races. I may be getting ahead of myself here but add the rest of our speedy women into the mix and the team should have a storming Winter League in a few months.
In the men’s race, Carl Heron came in 28th overall and 4th M60 quickly followed by dedicated QRC second-claimer, Mark Crabtree, in 33rd place running in his Harriers vest. Mark is in 3rd place overall for the season so far in the M60 category.
Thanks to Stainland Lions for hosting the race. The course was varied, taking in some of the Calderdale Way and Winter League routes, and a lot of fun. The next race will be hosted by QRC on Tuesday 23rd August. It’s a chance to turn out in force to marshal, support, cheer and run. Words by Carl Heron
The Flatcap 5 is an annual 5 mile trail race to celebrate Yorkshire Day with free pie ‘n peas – Bring Your Flat Caps !
The course is multi terrain, slightly undulating, finishing at the picturesque Leggers Inn pub and canal boat yard close to Dewsbury town centre. The route takes in the Dewsbury-Ossett greenway, off road paths and the canal towpath. All race proceeds are donated to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Richard Brook -M45 35:44 33 of 251 Charlotte Taylor – F45 37:53 50 of 251 (6th lady 1st F45-55) David Bean – M35 44:09 124 of 251 Philip Lickley – M35 47:34 155 of 251 Rob Glover – M55 48:18 162 of 251 Stephen Brook – M65 50:11 189 of 251
Laura Taylor and Terri Mason headed over to Media City last night to run the 5k. Fantastic atmosphere and a lovely flat route. Terri finished first female in 21.55 and Laura achieved a huge 5k PB finishing 11th female in 26.04
The 5th running of the Denholme Doddle took place on Saturday 23rd July. All proceeds go towards the Mpika Village of Hope in Zambia. The charity sends supplies, including refurbished bikes, to the village and aims to provide the children with a safe, inclusive and caring home environment, an education, and hope for the future.
The Doddle is an informal and relaxed event. Runners and walkers get to choose whether they take on the 17, 21 or 27-mile routes. The route is demanding with lots of climbs and moorland trails but the views are spectacular.
Robin Naylor was first home in the 17 mile race in 3 hours 28. Fantastic running Robin. You are following in Dylan and Pauline’s footsteps by winning races!
Carl Heron ran the 27 mile route for the 5th year in succession. He finished in 2nd place in 5 hours 27. It was Carl’s second long distance race in two weeks having run in the Verbier 50K mountain race in Switzerland – although with over 4000 metres of climb and tricky descents off the mountains, he spent most of his time walking. But it was worth it. Alpine mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and a lot of camaraderie between the competitors from many different countries
Thank you Carl for the words and photos and well done all!! – GC
Part of the Summer Wine Series, the 5 mile race starts from the village of Hepworth near Holmfirth. The route involves a mix of steep grassy climbs on footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes. Lovely scenic run with a tough climb near the start.
QRC was represented by; Charlotte Taylor – 44.49, 4th Lady, 1st F50
Beautiful run through the gardens and parkland of this popular National Trust property
The event is held within the grounds and parkland of Nostell, a magnificient Georgian property owned by the National Trust. Runners will visit much of the beautiful landscaped gardens, lakeside walks and meadowland with the start and finish right in front of the house. It is a multi-terrain, undulating course with a variety of surfaces including tarmac, well surfaced paths and a section following a grass track. Unfortunately it is unsuitable for wheelchair entries. The course is 2 laps, the second shorter than the first! A great event for spectators who can see runners pass 3 times without moving far from the facilities at the Stables block.
The Ilkley Half Marathon is a closed road, chip-timed race, following a delightful route shared between picturesque Yorkshire towns and villages, and beautiful dales countryside and is mildly undulating for the most part except for a couple of short steep hills, one at about mile two and another around mile eleven. The good weather brought out the supporters and all credit to the fantastic marshals along the way. The event started and finished at West Holmes fields on Middleton avenue Ilkley, this is also where the event village could also be found. With four water points along the route in an attempt at keeping the runners suitably refreshed QRC were represented by the following;
Martin Firth – V60 2/56 01:35:47 David Faulkner – V50 59/151 01:53:49 Giles Cook – V50 120/151 02:18:12 Carl Carver – SNR 325/337 02:41:50