After a recent trip away to discover and learn more about Fell running Matt Fielding entered himself into the Inaugural Hebden Bridge Mini Mountain Marathon, obviously to put what he had learnt to the test.
The event is a 3 hour running score event over some of West Yorkshire’s finest countryside and moorland. With Orienteering/Nav/Score event experience preferred and with full FRA kit requirement & checks on the day, Matt certainly was going to be tested on what turned out to be a scorcher of a day.
Matt’s navigation went well apart from a few mistakes giving him barbed wire fences and walls to negotiate, Matt found Wandsworth moor slow going due to tussocks and bogs, his last climb up Spring Woods slowed him down a fair bit, thus costing him penalty points for exceeding the 3 hour time limit. Unfortunately there are no official results listed online but Matt assure’s me that he will be the 1st to enter next years event.
The QRC fun bus left HQ at 7.15am minus 1 passenger due to an alarm malfunction (yes I drove there) causing me to sleep in, I was soon up and on my way. it certainly was to be a hot one as the clouds disappeared leaving bright sunshine, ideal for the spectators but not the best conditions for running. After collecting our numbers and milling about for roughly 50 minutes it was time for the 9.30am start. Race day instructions were quickly disposed of by the organisers and we were on our way. After a quick scenic 1st mile up and down the runway it was out onto the closed roads surrounding the Gliding Centre and into some beautiful villages where the locals gave us fantastic support. There was no shortage of water on route with adequate water stations every 3 miles or so which certainly helped keep everybody hydrated in the soaring temperatures.
All of us did extremely well considering the heat and we were all relieved to cross the finishing line which can be summed up with the picture of the day of our Jo Bottomley.
Well done to everybody you were all fab and a special thank you to the organisers and marshals who made this race a success.
Results as follows:-
41st Immy Asghar 1:03:38
134th Neil Windle 1:11:38
234th Michael Peel 1:17:52
348th Joanna Lockwood 1:22:56
448th Leanne Alston 1:27:36
493rd Rachel Kendall 1:29:34
523rd Gary Morritt 1:30:36
607th Dianne Simpson 1:34:38
667th Joanna Robinson 1:36:44
688th Craig Smith 1:37:32
720th Michelle Greenwood 1:38:40
727th Sue Tozer 1:38:39
740th Jo Bottomley 1:39:39
865th Jodie Ansell 1:48:07
920th Elspeth Whittaker 1:52:53
934th Tracey Roper 1:53:29
947th Maria Keating 1:54:46
998th Sam Lawton 2:08:31
1001st Helen Gibbons 2:09:16
On Sunday Simon Thomas took part in the 12th running of the Skipton Triathlon, this race is the 1st of the season – a pool based sprint triathlon and the perfect introduction to the sport made famous by the Brownlee brothers! Ideal for competitors of all ages and abilities.
The race itself consisted of a 400 metre swim, 22 km circuit of the Skipton area finishing with a 2 lap 5 km run around Aireville Park.
Simon finished in 332nd place, 10th in his age category in an overall time of 1:33:40
Individual splits were Swim 12:44, Bike 50:12, Run 26:52.
A huge well done to one of our runners Steve (Mctavish Gapchenko) Searle who completed the Brighton Marathon last Sunday, Steve by his own admission hit the wall at 17 miles and struggled through the last 8 miles but still managed a remarkable time of 3:55:34 averaging 8:53/mile.
If you want an introduction to off road running/fell running, there could be no better race to enter than the Bunny Runs in Haworth. These races, organised by Woodentops offer you the chance to test yourselves on gravel tracks and muddy climbs, at 4.8km long with just 100m of climbing they are well within reach of most abilities, don’t get me wrong they are not as easy as you may imagine given that the field consists of anybody aged 12 upwards and all are good club runners but as a short distance race and a relatively small amount of climbing, what have you got to lose.
The series consists of 3 races Starting at Dimples Lane Quarry on 3 consecutive Tuesday’s with the 1st race last night 4th April, the next on the 11th at 7.15pm and the 3rd the 18th at 7.30pm. Race HQ is the Old Sun Hotel, Haworth, 10mins from the start, where you need to register, pay your £2.50 race fee, where you will receive your race number and a cream egg.
With prize giving back race HQ afterwards along with free soup and bread you surely can’t get better value for money, plus you’ll get the chance to witness the sweet throwing in the pub, just try not to get hit by an Easter Egg.
4 of us entered last night
18th Tom Collinge 17:07
101st Richard brook 21:32
115th Neil Windle 22:15
251st Stephen Wilby 30.33
Just to help you decide if you think you may be out of your depth the last runner back, finished in 38:52
QRC did a pretty good job of trying take over the day as over 25 of us took part in the Overgate races from Trinity School on Sunday, it all kicked off at 9.30am but for some of our runners it started earlier with the usual photo session.
So as races go, the 10km is a race of 2 halves, the 1st 5km is an uphill slog through Bradshaw, up to the Ragalds, taking a left to climb yet again up the aptly named Perseverance Road. As the road flattens out, the 5km marker comes into sight which means only one thing it’s all downhill (yippee!!!) where you can really let go and make up for lost time. Not really a PB course but still very enjoyable and well organised.
Well done to all who took part and in particular to any of you who are just starting out with your racing.
A huge congratulations goes out to Joanne Horan who today completed her 1st Marathon in a super fast time of 3:29:29, finishing 1788th overall and 25th in her age category. A fantastic run Jo and a huge WELL DONE from all at QRC (although we all knew deep down that you would smash it anyway).
Maybe now we’ll see you back up at the club on a Thursday again.
Starting at Baildon Cricket and Rugby club this half marathon takes you through Esholt (it was here I caught a glimpse of Jonnie Brownlee as I went past him), into the water works and out along a woodland path before heading back onto the canal and into Saltaire, after what seemed an eternity we swung a right over a foot bridge crossing the river Aire and on to the 2nd drinks station. At 8 miles things started to get serious as we negotiated a steep muddy climb back up to the top of the moor and onto the 3rd water station, we then took a left along some boggy paths. At 11 miles we came across the sandy gallops of Harvey Smith fame, down a gravel track leading us back the main road, from here we had our last short climb followed by a short 60 metre sprint finish. The hardest climb of all for was trying to get out of the shower block, a 3 foot high tiled wall and no steps.
All 7 of us had great runs and luckily for us the rain stayed away.
If you thought it was wet and windy in Bradford yesterday, spare a thought for 3 of our runners Ben Clare, Mick Coe and Chris Williams who decided the best way to spend a morning in the rain was to compete in a fell race around Heptonstall in the upper Calder Valley. Taking in mixture of steep sided wooded valleys, upland pasture and pathless moorland. The race is classed as Cat B, 15.4 miles long with 3170 feet of climbing, navigational skills required, with a course only partially marked and full kit required as is the norm in fell races. Basically meaning ‘TOUGH AS’
All 3 runners did exceptionally well just to complete this gruelling race considering the conditions with Chris Williams leading the trio home in 2:32:52 (67th), closely followed by Ben in 2:34:50 (73rd) followed by Mick in 2:44:48 (111th).