After 70 Saturdays of no Parkruns and lazy Saturday lie ins, Parkrun made its welcome return and what a fantastic turnout for QRC at all our local events. We had PB’s galore showing the great effort in training over the last 16 months that our members have put in.
As always these events could not go ahead without the volunteers so well done to them too.
At Shroggs we had 4 PB’s and a club V40 record (17:24) from Paul Greenwood. In Brighouse we had Doddy 1st lady and another club record in the open category (20:16). At Horton Park Chris Lane booked his taxi early and I bet he’s glad he did achieving a 1st place finish and a PB of 20:05.
Well done to everybody who got up early to enjoy their local Parkrun and lets hope they can continue. All results can be found on the Parkrun website
The Denholme Doddle caters for both walkers and runners with the proceeds going to charity. Those taking part can opt for a 17, 21 or 27-mile distance – these are conservative figures as we all recorded around a mile more than the numbers advertised. It’s a hilly one, taking in parts of the Yorkshireman and Heptonstall 15 routes, with several demanding V-shaped descents and climbs. There is a lot of moorland running but the trails are not too technical. However, as the miles build up energy levels decline and it becomes increasingly challenging.
The conditions were good for running, cloudy with a cool breeze and dry underfoot. Three QRC runners took part. The ever-improving Pauline Naylor took on the 21-mile course (1083 metres ascent) and finished in a brilliant time of 4 hours 50. Those opting for the 27-mile run have to cope with the psychology of reaching the 21-mile checkpoint back in Denholme and close to the run HQ. Instead of finishing though, you must plough on and negotiate the six-mile Harden loop, including the tricky trail in Goitstock Wood and the climb back to race end.
Simon Brady and Carl Heron ran the longer route (1268 metres ascent). It was Carl’s 4th Doddle and Simon’s first and the first time he has exceeded marathon distance. Regulars on Sunday off-road training runs, they ran most of the course together. Both took turns to blow-up in the last few miles. Simon recovered quickly and could have pushed on to the end alone but in the end the two crossed the finish line together in 5 hours 06 and, in lieu of any results, in joint 2nd place overall.
This large park, just north of Manchester and home to a Grade 1 listed neoclassical 18th century house, is the perfect setting for a fun and fast 5k race. Running on the paths within Heaton Park, this race is a great opportunity for a chip timed personal best.
Steve brook raced for QRC and finished 1st MV70 with a time of 25:43
A multi-terrain course containing one grass hill half way round the route. Starting at the Cookridge Village Scout Hall on Pinfold Lane, the run goes down the Lane and around Paul’s Pond in an anti-clockwise direction. The route takes you into Golden Acre Park, following the path in an anti-clockwise direction and passes the nature reserve on your right. The route continues on this path and then moves onto the grassed area and up the hill towards the Arthington Road car park, through the woods and back to the finish via a lap of the lake.
Giles Cook raced for QRC racing round in 55:51 in 103rd position well in the top half of the field.
One week on from the Endure 24 and Branham Park welcomed back runners for this years Total Warrior, postponed last year due to the lack of mud (Covid) we were treated to some great muddy obstacles, running as a team there was no place for heroes but just a lorra lorra laughs. I think I can safely say that the water slide was everybody’s favourite.
I can’t speak for everyone else but around 4 hours after the event the aching unusually kicked in 2 days early and I as I write this my fingers are going into spasms roll on tonights track session.
Well done teamy’s we had a ball made better by the great teamwork
The Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon is a 13.2 mile trail race flagged throughout the entire course. It affords participants and their families the opportunity to enjoy a great day out in some of Wharfedale’s finest scenery with over 2,000 feet of ascents the route follows well established footpaths, including the Dalesway and Mastiles Lane and for those with time to take in the fabulous scenery the views from Scott Gate, Mastiles and Boss Moor are quite breathtaking.
Simon Brady, Carl Heron, Chris King and Richard Brook raced for QRC with Simon leading them home in a 1st place in the MV55.
Starting in the town centre of Wilmslow this one lap course is perfect for fast times ran on scenic country roads, before finishing on Mobberley Road/Sandy Lane (just over 1-mile away). The perfect mix of flat running and countryside scenery. The lightening quick first 5k sets you up perfectly for a personal best attempt. Runners were warned to save some strength for just one hill within the 8th kilometre!
Dylan Naylor and Steve Brook raced for QRC with Steve managing one of his quickest times this year racing to 3rd MV70, with Dylan storming round finishing in 36 minutes and 88th place proving what a quality field was out racing