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WYWL X-Country

The West Yorkshire Winter League X-Country is almost upon us. All club members can take part in these races for free as the club covers the cost of entry. The races are inclusive of all abilities and a good way to improve your speed, strength and confidence. Please find the following details regarding the first race and out it in your calendar for Sunday 7th December.

Venue: Hopton Mills Cricket Club
Date: Sunday 7/12/14 Time: 10:00am
Address: 18 Woodbottom, Mirfield, WF14 8HG
Parking: Ample parking is available within the mill complex although please travel together if possible.
Course: 4.2 hilly miles with 2 main hills.
Shoes: Trail or fell shoes are required for this course, spikes are not suitable.
Facilities: The cricket club will be open at the start/finish.
Pie & peas £2
Toilets and showers available.

Christmas Party!!..and club t-shirts!!

Vikki Bean has very kindly checked out things for a Xmas party for us! At training last Thursday, it was decided to book at Sandal’s Farm (meal + disco), just a short hop down the road from our headquarters, for Thursday evening December 11th..cost is £17.99 per person. If interested, please let Martin Firth know (, or mobile 07724127743)  and bring Vikki a £10 deposit per person next Thursday November 27th at training. Our club t-shirts have also arrived ..£6 for club members, £9 for non-members….we will have them available for purchase from next Thursday onwards!

Tour of Pendle


The ups and downs of this 16.8m 4800′ route get tougher and steeper as the race goes on but the spot-on organisation was clear from the first.  We arrived in Barley to find bunches of numbered tags set out ready in meticulous order, maps, previous times, tea, coffee, T shirts and more.  As the race wore on jokes gradually gave way to a different kind of comradeship as runners paused to help others who fell or stopped, and friendly marshalls waited hours to collect the numbered tags at checkpoints.  The descents are precipitous but mossy and muddy, and sap strength from the legs.  Route-finding was a challenge in the mist although not being able to see down did prevent dizziness on the scrambles to the top.

Several runners from local clubs travelled to Pendle this year and had excellent races.  It was Anna’s second shot and her finish time of 3:49:10 was good enough for 2nd F50 (overall second place in the women’s race also being F50, an incredible 3:01:48 by Deborah Gowans of Accrington).  Full results here.

Harriers V. Cyclists & Abbey Dash

Saturday was Bingley Harriers famous Harriers V. Cyclists race, a 6 mile fell race up over Baildon Moor contested by both runners and cyclists. The course is evenly balanced for both as the cyclists have a tough time getting the bikes up the big, muddy hills but then have to take advantage on the rideable and downhill sections…. easier said than done as Ben Clare, one of our runners found out by competing on his bike this year. Just staying on the bike proved difficult, never mind racing it down hill and then hauling it back up the next climb! Excellent runs from Chris Williams, Martin Firth & Mick Coe and a top ride from Ben on the bike made it a good show for the club. Nice to have the support out on the course too from other club members and family

Full Results:

Excellent pictures from Woodentops can be found here:


Leeds Abbey Dash 10k was run on Sunday. The race attracts the top road runners from all over the North of England as well as thousands of club and fun runners. Famous for being a flat and fast course, the race is a great one from targeting a PB. Richard Brook continued his show of good form finishing in 42:36, also excellent performance from Maria Rhodes in her first 10k – 53:49. Darren Jack also ran for Queensbury, finishing in 58:49.

Full Results:

YVAA Final Race…

The YVAA season drew to a close on remembrance Sunday at Spenborough. A big turnout from the club and some excellent performances. Club chairman Peter Hughes cemented his V55 series win. Stacey Cleal finished strongly after joining the club mid season and getting the last three races in. Anna Smith was 5th lady overall and Darren Midgley 8th.

For full results :

Final Tables: Grand Prix Races & Results


The West Yorkshire Winter League starts on December 7th at Dewsbury. Full race details will be posted shortly. For those new to the club and not familiar with the competition, it is a series of 5 off road races of approximately 5-6 miles each. All full club members can run in these races for free and score points for the club. No pre registration is needed so it is just a case of turning up on the day and running. Off road shoes are definitely recommended as the races do get muddy! Prizes are broken down into categories between men, women, teams and split by ages so the races are competitive but well spirited and a great way to get involved with the club.

More autumn parkrun successes in Lister Park!

The threat of heavy mid-morning rain at this morning’s park run, at Lister Park, failed to put off our members!!…in fact, we had a very healthy turnout and a whole host of super times!! Our training routes can be a touch severe, at times, but they give ideal preparation for race day, especially if a race is on a none-too-flat course!(Lister Park??). Here’s today’s “roll of honour” :- Declan Craven 19.20 (a great 10th, and his 2nd best ever time!!); Craig Richardson 22.32 (.. = Assistant Run Leader Craig!..his début parkrun..very good time!); Aiden Cunningham 23.25 (Claire Baggley’s speedy son, on his first ever parkrun!); Matt Thornton 23.59 (a very quick PB by over a minute!!); Stacey Cleal 25.31 (her 11th best time in a whopping 93 parkruns!); Claire Baggley 26.01 (just 3 seconds outside her 2nd best ever time!); Glenn Thornton, aka Mr. PB!! (his FOURTH PB on the trot, and by 19 seconds!..PB’s seem to run in his family!!); Steve Brook 27.19 (his 3rd best time in 35 park runs!); Abbie Cleal 28.29 (her fastest time since July!); Maria Rhodes 30.03 – did her 4th best time chasing young son Preston round in a PB of 30.01 (his best time by 87 seconds, and 3rd PB in succession!!) – his brother Dexter ran a super 37.07 (2 mins 23 secs quicker than his last run) and pulled his Dad Kevin round in his 2nd best time of 37.09!! (two speedy sons, there…..great prospects!!) ; Brontë Simpson 30.27 (very consistent – her 5th best time in an amazing 47 parkruns!!); Dianne Simpson 31.01 (two and a half minutes QUICKER than when she joined our group 6 months ago!!); Leona Mydlowski 34.37 (her 2nd best ever time!!..only 11 seconds outside her PB!!), and Holly Cleal 47.36 (her 2nd best ever time..just 28 seconds outside her PB!!). Oh, and I ran 19.07, 8th (Martin Firth!)….rapidly becoming a “marker” for our quicker runners!! Apologies for all the details, but they show just how well we are performing and progressing, irrespective of ability level…the figures are suitable proof! Well done everybody!!

Gisborough Three Tops & The Guy Fawkes 10

Esk Valley Fell Club host some great races on the North Yorkshire Moors. The Gisborough Three Tops fell race was put on by them this weekend and is a race which has become a favourite within the club, not least for its accent and descent of Roseberry Topping. Mick, Pete, Anna & Chris Rushworth all made the trip up to take part this time around with both Pete and Anna winning their age categories meaning they brought back a boot full of wine too! Perhaps this is why it’s become a favourite!

Full Results:

Chris Williams ran in the Guy Fawkes 10 on the same day, an undulating 10 mile route starting in the picturesque Ripley,  finishing 5th and happily breaking the hour barrier by 4 seconds!

Full Results:

Queensbury were also represented well in the 5k held on the local Great Northern Trail, put on by Thornton Recreation Centre


There is a local race this coming Sunday, 2nd November that some of you may be interested in, Mick Long has sent through the following details:


Sunday 2 November 9.30am.

Starts at Thornton Viaduct. Behind Thornton School, opp Gt Northern Pub, down Thornton Road. Out and back on Great Northern Trail.

All on tarmac.

In aid of charity – so make a small donation.

Run it, jog it, walk it. All welcome, all ages.[/important]

Also, Stainland have invited us to join their ‘away run’ in Northowram, see the details below for people that are interested
[important]Thursday 13th November. Meet at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start from:

Northowram Community & Sports
Northowram Fields Cricket Club,
Westercroft Lane

We’re re-visiting one of our favourites from last year with some cracking routes then back to our own private function room at Northowram CC with loads of room, widescreen TV & a well-stocked bar!
I can’t promise but we may even have some JT’s Lion Beer available on hand pull

2 large changing rooms – one for males – one for females – both with hot showers!
Please respect the club and have a change of dry footwear/clothing etc if weather is bad.

If we revisit JP’s devilish route from last year I can guarantee it WILL be muddy and you WILL need a head-torch!

We’ll have our usual different paced groups and being the social club that we are, we”ll be inviting our local colleagues from Queensbury Running Club to come along with us

Food will be a choice of Beef Chilli or Veg Chilli, both with pitta bread & rice at just £3.50

Please place your food orders on here stating meat or veggie by Mon 10th.

As always with ever-increasing numbers, parking is limited so please car-share wherever possible.


John T



Bradford City Runs

Well done to everyone who ran in the Bradford City Runs on Sunday. The club had an excellent turn out and was really well represented by all our members, 25 of you no less!

Martin Firth led the club home in the half marathon with a fine performance, winning his age category and taking 6th place overall.

Darren Midgley took a podium position in the 5k, finishing 3rd in 18:06 whilst Richard Brook led the 12 Queensbury Runners home in the 10k.

Full Results:

Queensbury Results:


162 144 HELEN NEALE QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB F35 00:37:04 00:36:38


22 344 RICHARD BROOK QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB MSEN 00:44:41 00:44:39 00:21:48
72 425 LEE HIPWELL QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB M40 00:50:24 00:50:04 00:24:50
88 426 ZOE HIPWELL QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB F35 00:51:25 00:51:05 00:25:35
116 597 STEPHEN WILBY QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB M60 00:54:10 00:54:02 00:26:28
141 631 GLENN THORNTON QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB M60 00:56:29 00:56:04 00:27:29
166 550 BRONTE SIMPSON QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB FSEN 00:58:54 00:58:31 00:28:53
200 551 DIANNE SIMPSON QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB F45 01:01:55 01:01:32 00:29:52
213 446 NICOLE JAGGER QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB FSEN 01:03:09 01:02:45 00:31:19
267 334 JO BOTTOMLEY QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB FSEN 01:12:39 01:12:15 00:35:10
268 408 VIKKI HALLIDAY QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB FSEN 01:12:40 01:12:16 00:35:11
284 442 LORNA JACK QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB FSEN 01:32:14 01:31:49 00:43:27
285 441 DARREN JACK QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB MSEN 01:32:16 01:31:51 00:43:27

Half Marathon

6 754 MARTIN FIRTH QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB M55 01:24:57 01:24:53 00:23:56 00:20:10 00:20:23
10 1001 PETER HUGHES QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB M55 01:28:47 01:28:44 00:25:53 00:21:05 00:20:51
13 789 CARL HERON QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB M50 01:30:59 01:30:55 00:25:13 00:21:24 00:21:59
45 803 JOANNE HORAN QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB FSEN 01:41:55 01:41:51 00:28:41 00:24:11 00:24:40
48 912 CRAIG RICHARDSON QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB M50 01:42:11 01:41:59 00:27:44 00:23:49 00:24:59
166 716 HELEN COLLINS QUEENSBURY RUNNING CLUB F35 02:06:05 02:05:55 00:32:59 00:29:17 00:31:17

..more great parkrun performances and PB’s!!!

Well done to our five intrepid park runners, at Lister park, this blustery and damp autumn morning! I know several of us are saving our legs for the Bradford City Runs, in the morning, but we still had a very good representation, all considered! The results of the “Famous Five” are :- Declan (Super-Consistent) Craven a speedy 19.50 and a super 7th!!; Claire Baggley 25.53 (her PB by some 25 seconds!!); Glenn Thornton 27.52 (his PB by 39 seconds!!), Brontë Simpson 30.04 (her PB by 9 seconds!!), and Dianne McDonnell 43.14 (her 2nd best ever time!!). Congratulations to all of you on such amazing performances…all the indications are that 1. our training sessions are working, and 2. that you are also training in addition to our Thursday evenings!! Keep up the wonderful work!!