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West Yorkshire winter league 2021-22 #5

Mud, mud, glorious mud…..

Pudsey Pacers hosted the fifth cross country race of the 2021-22 West Yorkshire Winter League series on Sunday 9th January at the extensive grounds of Parkwood Outdoor venue near Tong. The 5-mile course followed loops along forest trails and a wide grassy hill with a very large amount of mud and slippery grass to test the field of nearly 400 runners.

A sprint over the final 100 metres saw Queensbury’s Dylan Naylor first across the line, with Tom Collinge not far behind in 8th place. All in all a magnificent performance by the 19 runners representing QRC, with each one showing real grit and determination to overcome the conditions underfoot. Thanks as well to QRC Race director, Glenn Thornton for his support for the Queensbury crew.

Giant’s Tooth Fell Race

New Year’s Day 2022 saw a good crowd of QRC runners take on the Giant’s Tooth Fell Race. Starting from Ogden Water car park the 3-mile route climbed 120 metres from the reservoir, through the woods to the Giant’s Tooth, with some sharp ascent and descent plus mud and slippery roots thrown in for good measure. Queensbury’s Dylan Naylor came in first place by a decent margin with Paul Greenwood and Tom Collinge following up in 3rd and 4th places. And another excellent performance by Lorna Dodd who took first ladies’ place. Well done all QRC runners who took part.

Dylan Naylor
Paul Greenwood & Tom Collinge (Photo L. Hill)
Lorna Dodd (Photo L. Hill)

West Yorkshire Winter League at Queensbury

Queensbury RC hosted the 4th race of the 2021/22 West Yorkshire Winter League series on 19th December. Excellent running on a muddy course by all who competed wearing Queensbury colours. Well done everyone who took part, from Queensbury and the other clubs. And the fancy dress was awesome across all the clubs, topped off by the inflatable snowman! The running was followed by a sociable, well-attended post-race gathering at the Mez café, with drinks, pie ‘n’ peas, and a good raffle. The club currently stands in second place in the league.

Langdale Christmas pudding 10k

On 11th December, after a meet-up at the Junction Inn, a QRC coach-load headed up to Cumbria for the 2021 Langdale Christmas Pudding race. Following an undulating route through the stunning Great Langdale valley, the race ends with a Christmas pudding for all participants. There was a field of over 660, with 15 Queensbury runners on the start line. Paul Greenwood headed the Queensbury crew back across the finish line in a very respectable 5th place. Lorna Dodd also had a great race coming home as 6th female. Well done also to Pete Hughes and Steve Brooks who came first in their respective age categories, and indeed to all who ran for all-round strong performances. Many thanks to Neil Windle for organizing the trip. Hope you all enjoyed the puds!

Everests challege

QRC Fundraiser for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

The Challenge

Queensbury Running Club is (probably) the highest running club in England so it seems apt that we use our beloved hills that surround us to pull together as a club and raise some much-needed funds for the devasting impact of Coronavirus.

Mount Everest stands at 29029 feet / 8,848 metres so during the month of May, the challenge is for club members to collectively climb the equivalent of 10 Everests!  That’s 290,290 feet / 88,480 metres.

UPDATE: As of 13th May we’ve hit 10 Everests – so now we’re heading for 20!

The Charity

Sue Ryder, which runs Manorlands Hospice, relies on public donations to maintain its services.  The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that they have had to close their shops and cancel fundraising events meaning income sources have dried up.  Without immediate financial support, it will be forced to close.  Club members voted overwhelmingly for Manorlands as our chosen charity for its Coronavirus fundraiser.

Donation Platform

The Club has set up a fundraising site on Justgiving, for each member to share with their family, friends, colleagues and anyone else you can think of that may wish to support the cause.  The JustGiving page can be accessed online.  Please share far and wide. 

Tracking Method

Having explored the different methods available, the Club will be using the QRC Club on Strava to track our collective progress.  Therefore, if you’re not already a member of Strava, please could you join Strava and then join the QRC Club.  On the Strava app, go to ‘explore’, then ‘Clubs’ and type in ‘Queensbury RC’, click onto the club and then click ‘join’. Your request to join will then be reviewed and approved by an Administrator of the Strava Club and you will receive a notification when your request has been approved.

Important Note:

It is the Club’s intention to extract the Strava data to a separate record to enable tracking to take place in a usable format.  This will help us to provide regular updates such as the number of Everests climbed and the amount of elevation we have left to climb.  If you do not consent to your data being used in this way or stored for future reference related to this challenge, please let the club know by emailing Rob Glover so that we can remove your data from the challenge.


Each week as a minimum, we will provide a progress update detailing how far we’ve climbed and how far we’ve got left to go ensuring that we remain on target to achieve our goal of climbing Everest 10 times.


1. When does the challenge start and finish?
The challenge starts on 1st May and will finish at midnight on 31st May.

2. I was a fully paid up member during the 19/20 membership year but I haven’t paid my fees yet for the 20/21 membership year.  Can I participate?
Yes.  Everyone who was a member in the 19/20 membership year are invited to join in this challenge.

3. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to achieve much elevation as I don’t have much time for running during May, is it worth me participating?
Absolutely, every foot/metre climbed counts and helps towards the Club achieving its target of 10 Everests and raising funds for Manorlands.

4. Does my walking elevation count?
Yes, but please record your walks as runs on Strava, as this ensures we capture your activity properly.

5. Do I have to achieve a certain amount of elevation each week?
No, we are just asking members to build in as much elevation as they can sensibly and safely do, to their runs throughout May to help the Club achieve its target and raise funds for Manorlands.

6. I’m not a Strava user, do I have to join Strava to participate in the challenge?
Collating the data to monitor the Club’s progress is a big task. The QRC Club on Strava will assist hugely with reducing the amount of work required by automatically tracking and aggregating each member’s cumulative elevation throughout May.  We would therefore ask that you join Strava and then join the QRC Club on Strava to make the administration of the challenge as efficient as possible.  If you strongly object to joining Strava, or you record your runs via a method that does not link to Strava, you will need to inform us of your weekly elevation by emailing Rob Glover by 10pm each Sunday throughout May but we would ask that this is on an exception basis only.

Winter Championship 2019/20 UPDATE

This years champs was originally planned as 13 races with your best 6 to count, after careful consideration the organiser has just left the latest Covid19 meeting and the following will now apply.

With the last 2 races cancelled results will now be taken over 11 races with your best 5 to count, age graded as usual with male and female trophies for the winners.

With a turnout topping last year’s championship over 80 members took part in at least 1 race.

Thankyou for your participation this year and hopefully come October we can have a full schedule for next season.

Should you have a race in mind that you’d like to be included please let me know over the next few months. Suggestions should be sent to Neil.

TTFN enjoy your Easter