All posts by Neil Windle

Bunny Run 2. 11th April 2017

Last night saw the 2nd of 3 Bunny Runs in Haworth, the last been next Tuesday at 7.30pm. 3 hardy QRCers braved the strong winds to finish in good times. 

101st Richard Brook 20:58

169th Stacey Cleal 23:17

26th Stephen Wilby 27:49



Well done all and I’ll be back next week






Vale of York 10 mile Road Race

QRC team photo

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.

Jo Bottomley
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. 

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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 

Skipton Triathlon 9th April 2017

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.


Well done Simon

Brighton Marathon

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.

Well done Steve excellent running.

Bunny Run 1st race 4th April 2017

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

Overgate 10k+5k 2nd April 2017

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.

Those smiles will not last long
Those smiles will not last long 
Neither will yours
Neither will yours
The last time Andy saw Lynne that morning
The last time Andy saw Lynne that morning

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.


FB_IMG_1491219744808 Tom   FB_IMG_1491219810763Richard 

FB_IMG_1491219828839Gary  FB_IMG_1491219845967Jo 


Results as follows 10k 1st

3rd Tom Collinge 38:53                    

4th David Hunt 40:04                     

8th Imran Asgnar 41:13                  

12th Lee Shaw 42:35                         

15th Martin Firth 42:54                  

24th Lynne Robinson 44.47          

27th Richard Brook 45:43          

29th Andrew Stott 46.06               

40th Graham Rhodes 47.14         

63rd Richard Newberry 48.56   

119th Glenn Thornton 53:58

138th Darren Jack 55.55

162nd Zoe Hipwell 57:34

176th Stephen Brook 58.46

194th Gary Morrit 60.24

198th Dianne Simpson 60:36

246th Sue Tozer 65:18

 249th Jo Bottomley 65:32

254th Craig Smith 65:52

258th Becci Smith 66.10

297th Sam Lawton 70:48

306th ElspethWhittaker 72:30

332nd Julie Bower 76:23

347th Megan Cliffe 81.09

349th Joanne Punt 85:21

354th Hannah Cliffe 87.31

355th Beverley Morrit 87:57

356th Penny Cliffe 87.57

360th Lynn Hill 92:10

362nd Lizzie Wharton 93:23


And in the 5km race

12th Racheal Kendall 25.48

53rd Shelley Ferneyhough 32:13

81st Maria Keating 35:30




ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

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.

A few stats for you

Splits:- 10km 48.48

                 Half 1:43:19

                 30km 2:27:18

                 Finish 3:29:29


Baildon Boundary Way

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.

 21st Emmot Parr-Gallagher 1:34:39

30th Carl Heron  1:37:01

32nd Mick Coe 1:37:31

46th Simon Brady 1:40:29

123rd Neil Windle (me) 1:52:56

151st Peter May 1:56:25

156th Stacey Cleal 1:57:04

226th Joanna Lockwood TBC (sorry Joanne)

Heptonstall 15 19/03/2017

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).

Well done to you all.

FB_IMG_1490029245110[1] Ben and Chris

FB_IMG_1490029235261[1] Our Chairman Mick

Thirsk 10 mile 19/03/2017

Seeking something a little longer than the Bradford 10k, 2 of our members headed over to Thirsk for the annual running of a 10 mile road race hosted by the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers, a race which has been running for over 30 years. A fast, flat course finishing in front of the main grandstand at Thirsk race course, the potential for a PB would be an attractive selling point.

David Hunt and Lynne Robinson arguably 2 of our most on form club members in recent months both ran fantastically well and did the club proud finishing 24th in 58.22 and 121st in 67.05 (3rd in Cat) respectively.


Well done to you both