Carl represented the club in Germany at the weekend joining 550 runners in the Lubeck 10K. The centre of Lubeck is a World Heritage Site and the amazing sights on a sunny day were very welcome. The organisers describe the course as undulating but in Queensbury we would call it flat. Carl was 31st overall and 2nd M50 in 38.43 beating his personal best set several years ago at the (flat) Bradford 10K. Great fun, a silver medal and certificate presented on stage and free beer – it took a few moments to realise that it was alcohol-free……
Queensbury also had a good day at Beefy’s Nab, a short fast fell race from Oxenhope with a steep descent over rough ground. Declan Craven ran hard to the summit of Nab Hill, reaching it in third place overall. Losing time after a wrong turn on the descent he finished 12th in the excellent time of 25:52 to take the M23 prize. The F23 prize went to Abbie Cleal, Anna Smith won the overall women’s race and Lee Hipwell, Stacey Cleal and Zoe Hipwell all ran well on the challenging course. A terrific local route.
Photo by Phil Bland. Full results are here.
Our committee recently agreed that we should have an “open” night for all our Beginners’ Group members, whereby we meet at the Half Way House Pub, Sandbeds, Queensbury, at @ 7pm.(ALL full club members are encouraged to attend too!). It will be on Thursday October 2nd! It’s basically about reinforcing that we are ALL members of the same club (Queensbury Running Club), by getting to know each other and ensuring our group knows our committee members and regular members. Sandwiches and snacks will be laid on! During the evening, our committee will present the benefits of club membership, as well as getting together an order for club running vests, especially for new members wishing to take part in the forthcoming West Yorkshire Winter League.Anyone wishing to become a full member just needs to bring along £10 and their date of birth, and our Secretary will do the rest! Now we have darkness to contend with for training nights, we shall cover running safely in the dark. I’ll also be mentioning the Bradford City Runs, Oct 26..maybe we could have a club “outing” that morning, if enough of us are free, seeing it’s in our “own back yard” (oh..we need to provide ONE marshall for the event!!..any volunteers?), trying to get as many as possible to either run or, if not doing so, to turn up and support. It will help to publicise our club further – our profile has heightened immensely since we began our Beginners’ Group!! Naturally, you will be able to ask any questions you wish, and make any suggestions you feel will benefit the club and all of us who are part of it!
To compensate for “losing” our training night on Oct 2nd,our football landlords have been approached for us to “switch” to Tuesday September 30th , for that week only, for our usual training – they were able to most kindly oblige! Hope you can make it to both occasions!
Queensbury Runners were entered into various races across the weekend. Stainland Trail Race in it’s second year, proved popular and attracted a larger,stronger field than last year. Queensbury had six runners taking part, Chris Williams was first back in 7th place (43:28), next was Pete Hughes (47:21), Mick Coe (50:59), Chris Rushworth (54:44), Jo Horan (56:53) & Graham Jowet (58:46). The were just short of 200 entries this year for probably the toughest 10k route you could race, with only two runners (Ben Mounsey & Gavin Mullholland) breaking the 40 minuter barrier.
Full Results: http://www.stainlandlions.com/Results/2014/StainlandTrail210914.pdf
Steve Wilby ran in the Kirkstall Abbey 7, finishing 193th in 1:00:28. He was the only runner from Queensbury in the popular seven mile road race with 280 entrants.
Full Results: https://racebest.com/results/kirkstall-abbey-7
Darren Midgely was competing in the Ilkley Triathlon as part of a 3 man team organised by his work. With each disciple taken on by a team member, Darren was on the run, a 5k loop with a large 200+ ft hill in mile 2. Darren clocked the 3rd fastest time on the run for the day (over 300 competitors) and with this clinched overall team victory for his ‘3 in a tub’ team.
Full Results: http://www.lbt.org.uk/Portals/0/Ilkley/Results%202014.pdf
Chris Williams also ran in the Leeds Golden Mile on Saturday, a 1 mile race around the track, winning his heat and producing the fastest mile of the day, 4 minutes 41 seconds.
Full Results: https://racebest.com/results/leeds-golden-mile
Congratulations to all our Group members on another fab turnout in last Saturday’s park run, at Bardford’s Lister Park. The morning’s impressive “roll of honour” reads as follows!!… Declan Craven 19.54 (impressive!..and came 8th, too!),Chris Hanson 24.31 (PB!), Stacey Cleal 25.07 (very consistent running, week in, week out!), Abbie Cleal also a consistent 28.57 (her brother Jacob ran 36.07, and Holly and David 54.35 and 54.40 respectively..impressive family turnout!), Glenn Thornton 29.57 (a very speedy 1st parkrun!), Dianne Simpson 30.02 (PB!..and OH SO close to sub-30!!), Steve Brook (one of our Assistant Leaders) and granddaughter Katie 32.48, Laura Jowett 32.55 (just ONE second outside her best!), Maria Rhodes 36.07 – had her hands full as sons Preston ran 36.06 and Dexter 36.07!!, Zoë Hipwell 40.07 and daughter Jessica 40.06, Lorna Jack 44.09 (PB!!) – husband Darren a super 27.40 for his first parkrun, Vikki Bean 47.43 and son Samuel 47.42 (his face was a picture of concentration!).Thank you for trying so hard..each and every one of you…the above super results directly arise from the hard work YOU put into your training, and we know a lot of you train on other days than on our Thursday evening session..you get out precisely what you put in with running!!..you’ve proved that!.GREAT work everyone!!
Martin Firth won his age category in the Spen Greenway 10k on September 14th finishing 20th overall in 38:36. Steve Wilby And Richard Brook also raced, Richard did suffer a slight injury which affected his time on this relatively flat out and back course.
Full Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2014/greenway.html
Some excellent photos courtesy of Graham Jowett. Click photo for link to Flikr photo stream.
Ben Clare battled through injury to compete in The Ben Nevis Race on September 6th. A race straight up and back down Britain’s highest peak. Taking a time of 2:18:10 and finishing 197th from just short of 500 runners
Full Results: http://www.bennevisrace.co.uk/pdf/Results_List2014.pdf
Cross country dates for 2014/15. Look out for details on WYWL website.
7 December: Dewsbury
4 January: Stainland
25 January: Skipton
8 February: LBT
1 March: Baildon
A classic offroad half marathon and marathon on our doorstep: Oxenhope moor for the half, on to Wainstalls, Denholme and Harden for the full, with both routes starting at Haworth and finishing up the steep cobbles from Haworth Station. Lining up on 14 September for this year’s races were Chris Rushworth, Peter May, Mick Coe, Anna Smith and Carl Heron. There was very welcome support around the course from Graham Jowett, Phil Robinson, Karl Chamberlain and Peter Hughes. Many thanks to Graham for the photos.
In spite of an easterly breeze over Oxenhope conditions were good and the half marathon was a fast race seeing Stainland’s Tanya Seager set a new female record with a 7th place overall finish. The winner of the men’s race, Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley), was just outside his own 2009 record. The only Queensbury runner in the half, Mick Coe, had another strong run to finish 23rd of 244 in 2:03:33.
Carl Heron continued an excellent series of performances over the full marathon route and kept a good pace in the final miles to finish 27th in 4:07:28, improving on his 2013 time by nearly three minutes. Running impressively over the course for the first time were Peter May (4:24:04) and Chris Rushworth (4:48:03) while Anna Smith tok more than 20 minutes off her 2013 time to finish in 4:40:50. Thanks to Keighley and Craven for organising another great race. Full results here.