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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

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.

Chester 10k 8th March 2020

This fast course starts from the iconic Chester Racecourse and heads north-west out of the City along wide roads allowing runners to rapidly settle into race pace, then passing close to the picturesque village of Mollington, before returning to the heart of Chester City centre passing the historic Victorian town hall and Medieval Cathedral, before finishing on Eastgate Street with a spectacular backdrop of the Eastgate Clock.

Well done to Jonathon Mason who ran a quick 42.21 following his PB at Trafford the week before. 


Red Hot Toddy 8Th March 2020

In the 11th race of our championship a disappointing 4 QRCers turned up to support the club with Simon Brady leading the quartet home.

Well done to you all, in what looked a tough race in the puddles and floods.

37th Simon Brady 44.41 (2ndMV55)

117th Matt Dodds 54.06

119th Steve Brook 54.38

129th Joanna Lockwood 55.30

Well done guys awesome stuff.

Trafford 10k 1St March 2020

Run North West is delighted to continue the legacy of the Trafford 10k, one of the UK’s most popular and quickest 10k’s.

The flat one lap course promised fast times for club and fun runners alike and was perfect for beginner runners or elite runners looking for a new personal best with road closures in operation across the entire course, limited to 950 entries this race sold out in quick time.

The promise of a PB didn’t slip the mind of Jonathon Mason who smashed his PB and raced round in a superb 41.48 and a chip position of 281st well within the 1st 3rd of all runners.

Well done Jonathon.

Accrington 10k 1St March 2020

Cannonball Events latest race was to be organising this fantastic race named in honour of Accrington’s (and probably Lancashire’s) most famous athlete Ron Hill. Ron, who was born in Accrington and won the Commonwealth Games and European Championship marathons. 

After a last minute decision, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and gave Stormin Brook a call to see where the Corsa was heading at the weekend, after a prompt pick up at 7.45 off we went and on arrival we soon met up with Andy Young for his 1st road race since recovery from injury, they say road race but 2 miles of it was on the local trail greenway but we still all had a decent race considering the windy conditions.

49th Neil Windle 44.14

77th Andy Young 47.01

144th Steve Brook 52.24 (2ndMV70)

Well done us 3

Bennidorm 10k 29Th Feb 2020

Mr International was taking a different approach to his latest trip to Bennidorm, gone was the 4 pints of San Miguel in the airport bar with the lads, in favour of a pleasant meander around the shopping malls of Terminal 3 with the wife, after several hours in Boots Paul finally got to Benners for an evening 10k along the promanade.

Expecting a small hidden race Paul was gobsmacked by the size of the event which took over the who area.

Paul ran another blinder finishing 22nd and 3rd in age catagory with a fantastic 35.55.

Another great race, well done lad.

Evensplits 5k 26th Feb 2020

It’s that time of year again!

The EvenSplits Leeds 5K Race Series is staged at the Brownlee Centre Cycle Circuit in Leeds. The series consists of ten, monthly, 5K road races split into an A race and a B race. The A race is for those who expect to run sub-22:30 and the B race for those who expect to run 22:30 or above.

In race A we had Karl Holmes who finished 68th in 20:45

In race B we had Steve Brook finishing 139th in 25.12 1st MV70 and Kevin Murray finishing 99th in 22.05.

Well done guys.

Parkrun 29Th Feb 2020

Bowling Park was the venue of today’s awayday and an awesome 20 of us turned up for that all important raffle ticket from Steve. Today was their 6th Parkrun and what a great course it is, pretty tough with a short steep climb.

With 3 PB’s and a course record to boot it was a great morning for QRC so well done to Phil Lickley (24.09), Steve Brook (25.36), Steve Wilby (31.51) and Tom Collinge (16.25 CR)

In other news

No other PB’s, you should’ve come to Bowling 😀😀

Huddersfield 10k 23rd Feb 2020

Ooopsy!! just like my running better late than never

Run under ARC rules, the Huddersfield 10k is an outstanding value for money chip-timed race set in the shadow of the majestic Lockwood Viaduct. A beautiful undulating course with a fast finish, the race offers an extensive prize list and tech t-shirts. Held since 1990, the race sees runners return year after year.

Well done to Paul Greenwood who ran a blinder last Sunday storming round the course in a super quick 37.19 finishing as 1st MV35 and 4th overall from a field of 568 runners, taking home a nice little £50 voucher.

Well done, this weekend Paul is going international and racing in the Bennidorm 10k on Saturaday evening, good luck and enjoy your alcohol free flight.