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QRC Thursday night runs to resume; limited capacity – details here

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After three-and-a-half months we’re happy to announce that Thursday night runs are to resume, with some changes and restrictions due to the current guidance to running clubs.

Booking your place on our weekly runs

Due to current COVID-19 guidelines we require members wanting to run as part of our Thursday night groups to pre-register due to limited spaces. The process for booking on is explained below.

How to book on

  • Please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/queensburyrc-30187523760 and choose the Thursday run you’re wanting to take part in
  • Please read the risk assessment linked from the description
  • To book your place click the green ‘register’ button
  • Pick the running group you would like to run with. In the description you’ll see the distance, meeting point and meeting time. The number that follows the ‘G’ is the average minutes/mile pace
  • Please complete your details and answer the two questions
  • You should then receive a confirmation e-mail on completion of the booking

Notes

  • If you are unwell, injured or have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been in contact with someone with symptoms, do not take part.
  • You must book onto a group before 3pm on the relevant Thursday. This gives us time to notify the run leaders of who will be in their group
  • If you can no longer take part in a run you’re booking on, please cancel your ticket as soon as you can by following the Eventbrite refund process accessible in your e-mail, or by e-mailing us at queensburyrc@gmail.com. This is due to the limited places we can currently offer
  • Positions are available to members who paid from April 2019 onwards
  • If you have any issues after 3pm please use what’s app to contact QRC who can pass on updates to the run leaders
  • All runners taking part in QRC running groups must pre-register; run leaders will not be able to accommodate individuals turning up without booking on the night

This process is new to us so if you have any issues or feedback for improvement, please e-mail queensburyrc@gmail.com

Click here to view our COVID-19 risk assessment.

Queensbury Running Club raises over £2,750 for charity as its members climb the world’s highest mountain over 23 times in May COVID-19 challenge

The members of Queensbury Running Club have run, climbed and powered upwards to complete their May challenge of climbing the equivalent of 10 Everests, smashing through the initial goal, and the extended milestone, to complete 23.9 mountainous climbs over 31 days.

The Running Club, which proudly boasts that it’s “the highest running club in England, probably” certainly had plenty of opportunity to tackle the height with many challenging hills within Queensbury and the local areas.

With ninety-five members contributing to the incredible achievement, 694,278 feet of elevation were completed in May and saw three members – Andy Smith, Julie Hepworth and Matt Fielding – climbing their own personal Everests, with Andy coming out on top with an impressive solo climb of 43,020feet, or almost 1.5 climbs of the world’s highest mountain.

There was even support from family members in raising money. Sam Hipwell, son of two QRC members, also completed his own marathon during the time, which though not included in the members-only elevation figure, helped bring in some extra charity funds.

There were further statistics pulled out of the data by club member and chief statistician Rob Glover, with four members climbing higher than Kilimanjaro during the month of May; three mastering the equivalent of Mont Blanc; and a further three ruling over Mount Rainier. Drawing on his personal love of all things space, currently a hot topic, Rob worked out that the expended energy of the Queensbury Running Club over the month was the equivalent of being able to accelerate a human up to Mach 6, or enough to send a 2kg sack of potatoes to the moon!

The challenge, which comes as the running club has had to postpone its regular Thursday night meetings, away parkruns and other group gatherings due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, was set-up by members Julie Hepworth and Joanne Fortune to inspire the members in this down time and to raise money. The members were polled on who to support and they chose to help raise money for local hospice Sue Ryder Manorlands. At the time of writing the running group’s members and supporters have raised £2,785 for the charity, beating their initial target of £1000 and their extended goal of £2,500.

Julie Hepworth:
“In late April Joanne Fortune and I decided that we wanted to do something to help those affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Those that know me, know that I am partial to the odd hill or two during my runs!

“My logic was that if 50% of members ran up 5,000ft during May (plus a little bit more!), we should be OK.  I never imagined that we’d be doubling our challenge only 12 days into our target.

“All of these efforts were for the wonderful local charity, Manorlands Hospice.  I’ve been in awe and inspired by the personal challenges that everyone has set themselves, pushing themselves out of their comfort zones, tacking hills that they’d otherwise avoid.  Watching how our membership has achieved something so magnificent has been nothing short of spectacular.”

Further support in the challenge came from Tom Collinge, who created a list of the steepest hills in Queensbury for members to tackle; and Jane Glover who managed the fundraising side.

You can find out more about Queensbury Running Club, and how to become a member, by visiting our website. You can still donate to the challenge at justgiving.com/fundraising/qrc10everests.

Horton Park Virtual Parkrun 25Th April

In Horton’s 2nd week of virtual 5k’s, it was left to Queensbury to take the podium with a 1, 2, 3 finish, well done to all who took part with 5 Queensbury runners in the top 12. If you fancy a mention run a 5k anytime on a Saturday and post your strava/other platform time on their fb in their post and they’ll do the rest, happy running.

Strava Segment Challenge #5

Had a bit of a problem with this week’s segment “Westminster Gardens Climb” not registering some runners, probably those running up the left side of The Avenue. Any ways, I created a new segment “The Avenue climb”, based on my run, which is virtually identical, and picked up more runners – https://www.strava.com/segments/23603606

Think Vicki’s might have been a walk…

04:03 Lynne Robinson (PR & CR)
04:03 Peter Hughes
04:13 Andy young
04:15 Chris Lane QRC (PR)
04:15 Phillip Whettlock QRC
04:16 Richard Brook
04:16 Neil Windle QRC (PR)
04:21 Andrew Paterson
04:45 Zoe Hipwell QRC (PR & 4th overall)
05:37 Phil Lee (PR)
05:52 Rob Glover (PR)
05:53 Michelle Greenwood (PR)
13:58 Vicki O’Connell*

Strava Segment Challenge #4

This week’s results for “Pavement on sprint” – https://www.strava.com/segments/7410683

How many goes did you have Neil … ?

02:15 Lynne Robinson (PR & CR)
02:19 Andrew Stott (PR & 7th overall)
02:30 Neil Windle QRC (2nd best)
02:32 Lynn Hurst (PR & 2nd overall)
02:37 Phillip Whettlock QRC
02:45 Andy young (PR)
02:57 Zoe Hipwell QRC (PR & 5th overall)
03:43 Sharon Elliott QRC (3rd best)
03:51 Phil Lee (PR)
05:17 Andy Smith
??:?? Andrew Paterson (Garmin fail)