All posts by Neil Windle

Burnsall Trail Half 17th April 2021

The first race in the Due North Race Series was set in the beautiful riverside location of Burnsall. Taking in several sections of the Dales Way footpath with around 500m of ascent. Climbs rewarded with 360 degree views of the Yorkshire Dales. Riverside paths, stone tracks and open fields provided a great mix of terrain suitable for those new to trail running but also plenty of challenges and interest for the more experienced trail runner.

We had 6 members in the mix enjoying the scenery and enjoying the lovely weather, all had a great race with some eye catching results.

51st Mick Coe 1:51:12

66th Carl Heron 1:53:39

82nd Simon Brady 1:57:24

188th Zoe Hipwell 2:19:29

218th Pauline Naylor 2:24:56 (3rd in age cat)

298th Vicky Bean 2:47:30

Well done to you all

Brighouse 5k 17th April 2021

Starting on Bank Street this little 5k+10k race organised by RunAble went out along Elland Road before dropping down to the canal side, then up a steep path and back down to the finish. A great little race which goes ahead every Saturday at 9am throughout April+May.

3 of us entered with Paul Greenwood storming to 1st place, I finished 6th with Matt Dodds in 9th smashing his PB.

Paul – 17:35
Neil – 20:15
Matt – 22:05

Tatton Park 10k 10Th April 2021

This fast, undulating, road closed 10k race set at the beautiful Tatton Park in Cheshire was a perfect opportunity to set yourself a personal best over the 10k distance at the start of the year!

The race started and ran around the roads inside and finished within the parks grounds, an accurately measured and chip timed 10k.

Steve Brook once again was up early and out of the door dragging Rocky with him to race in damp conditions, both raced well with a large field of 695 runners

132nd Richard Brook 42:18

349th Stephen Brook 52:01 (1st MV70)

Well done to you both

Carlisle 10K 4th APril 2021

Not being one to hang about waiting for a local race to happen Steve Brook decided to take a trip to Carlisle to celebrate Easter, not sure if this was a planned day trip out for Rocky’s mum but nonetheless Steve was on his way. An advertised flat 10k with slight undulations on country Lanes finishing in front of the grandstand at the racecourse.

Steve raced well finishing as 1st MV70 with a time of 51:15

Well done Steve

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Where’s Wally Weekender

The National Literacy Trust was thrilled to organise their first ever virtual Where’s Wally? Weekender over the weekend.

‘Don the classic Where’s Wally? red and white stripes and run, walk or jog your own 1k, 5k or 10k route to help support the literacy of disadvantaged children”

Everyone who took part got a free Where’s Wally? costume, a medal and virtual goody bag once they had completed their route.

The Where’s Wally Weekender was open to everyone, whether you were a seasoned runner, wanting to take on a new challenge, or fancied a fun walk! All you needed to do was show off your stripes, choose your route and track your distance and be encouraged to raise money for the work of the National Literacy Trust. In total the trust managed to raise over £46000 from race fees.

Well done to all who took part, here’s a few snaps of the QRC ladies (and Phil) having fun. What a set of Wally’s

St Helens Virtual 10k

HUNDREDS of runners have been hitting the streets this weekend for St Helens’ Virtual 10k.

The coronavirus pandemic means organisers of the GPW Recruitment St Helens 10k have had to switch from a traditional race to a “virtual one”, with participants given the choice of running their own course on Saturday, March 6 or Sunday, March 7.

Well done to our club secretary Lynne for taking on the challenge, Lynne had a belting run achieving a new PB of 1:05:39 and 118th lady, well done Lynne great stuff and when the normal racing starts you might get that sub 60.


QRC Virual 5k Race (Jan/Feb 2021)

Firstly a special thanks to Glenn Thornton for setting up our virtual 5k, a bit of fun he said (yeah whatever Glenn), the idea was to invite our members to sign up for the event and then Glenn would sort each member into groups of 7 per team equally and fairly on their given 5k predicted time, each team was also allocated a team leader.

So well done to the 28 members who did sign up giving Glenn an easy start, the race started and finished at the rugby club and the idea was that the each teams leader would send their 1st runner off on one day then each member would complete their race on the following consecutive days, unfortunately the Queensbury weather played its part and Glenn managed to get the race licence extended with RunBritain to allow us to have over 5 weeks to complete finishing on the 14th Feb.

The winning team was the ‘Relay-istic Winners’ consisting of Mick Coe, Chris Hilliam, Jo Fortune, Graham Rhodes, Laura Taylor, Zoe Hipwell and Jane Passey.

A prize for the winning team was a free 40 minute physio session with Terri Mason for each member (thankyou Terri), Mick Coe and Terri also won a bottle of beer from Glenn’s vast stash for the fastest final sprint to the finish line.

Well done to all and we can look forward to the next one soon.

December Marcothon

Set up by a few Scottish folk last year the Marcothon is a challenge of determination and dedication to run(no walking allowed) every day in December for at least 25mins or 3 miles, there’s no medals, no prizes, just the satisfaction that you’ve achieved the end goal.

Michelle Shepherd took on the challenge and managed to finish on the 31st December roared home by all her running friends who joined her on her last run.

Well done Michelle that’s truly awesome, YOU GO GIRL!!

Achieved something running related you’re proud off, let us know and I’ll make you famous


Lynne, Dianne, Sue and Jo cheering our Michelle on
Lynne, Dianne, Sue and Jo cheering on our Michelle

Aintree 10k 13th Dec 2020

Aintree is home of the iconic Grand Nation, the world’s most famous steeplechase. The race started and finished alongside the grandstand  overlooking the finish line of ‘The National’.  

The course followed the course around and visited the motor circuit on the inside of the race track.  

With the option of a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon Steve Brook chose the 10k and ran a great race finishing 158th in a speedy 51.11 and 2nd V70.

Well done Steve