Queensbury RC contributed 4 runners to the Airedale Athletics Mens team for the Leeds Country Way on Sunday. A 70 mile, 6 legged race around Leeds, run in pairs. Chris Williams ran with Andy Bedford of Saltaire Striders on leg 3, a 9.8 mile route from Scotchman Lane in Morely through to Thornbury, Anna Smith was also running this leg with Ian Ferris of Baildon Runners in a mixed team. Both pairs picked up the fastest times of the leg in the mens and the mixed team races.
Peter Hughes & Darren Midgely ran leg 5 together, just over 10 miles from Golden Acre Park to Thorner Lane in Scarcroft, taking an impressive 3rd place on the leg and Martin Firth ran with Peter Hopson of Bradford Airedale on the anchor leg, taking over from Pete & Darren at Thorner Lane and making the 9.7 mile run back to the start at Garforth Sports Centre who got the 2nd fastest time on their leg as well!
Overall the Airedale team finished 2nd from 49 teams, just over 9 minutes behind winners Valley Striders, a slow start due to an injury of an Airedale runner on leg 1 saw an 18 minute deficit open up, which was gradually shut down over the rest of the course, with 3 fastest legs, one 2nd fastest and one 3rd fastest all going to Airedale, but was unfortunately too much to overturn completely. Pudsey & Bramley finished 3rd and an impressive 4th place overall for the 1st place mixed team Pudsey Pacers.
There’s an aritcle in todays T&A on the team: http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/sportother/sport_other_outdoor/sport_ath/10649876.Airedale_Athletics_team_forced_to_play_catch_up_after_relay_injury_blow/
Full Results: http://www.kippaxharriers.org.uk/LCW2013/Summary_Results_2013.pdf
Trophy Winners: http://www.kippaxharriers.org.uk/LCW2013/Trophy_Winners_Per_Leg_2013.pdf
Last Wednesday was the YVAA race at Knavesmire. A flat and dry course proved to be a very fast paced 5.8 mile race starting from York Race Course. A strong turn out from Queensbury coupled with some great runs saw the club regain 3rd place in the 1st 4 to count competition. 13 QRC runners took part, Anna Smith, 3rd in category & Cathrine Robinson in the ladies race. Darren Midgley beat rival Allan Dodds of Roundhay Runners by one position to ensure the battle in the M35 category goes down to the last race with both tied on equal points going into the race at Spenborough. Peter Huges, Carl Heron & Mick Coe completed the first four. Phil Robinson & Karl Chamberlain were again close, with Phil just 12 seconds ahead of Karl. Graham Jowett was next in followed by an appearance from recently retired chairman of the club, Steve Jones. Andrew Tempest-Mitchell and Steve Wilby completed the team along with non-counting Chris Williams.
Great to have so many club runners out, especially on a Wednesday night and in particular to see Steve Jones in his now local race.
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13GP7-Knavesmire.htm
The revived West Yorkshire 5, put on jointly by Bradford-Airedale AC & West Yorkshire Fire Service was on Sunday. The race has been missing from the Calendar for the last 5 years but has a long history dating back 40 years. An undulating 5 mile course, starting & finishing at the Fire Service HQ in Birkenshaw. The wind proved to make the race very tactical at the front with runners jostling for position all the way to the 4 mile marker before Willy Smith of KCAC pulled away once the wind was behind him to take the victory. Chris Williams battled on for 3rd place just behind Peter Hopson of Bradford-Airedale who took 2nd. Martin Firth was following close behind and finished 10th overall.
Full Results: https://racebest.com/results/west-yorkshire-5
Ben Clare was the only Queensbury Runner to brave the brutal Borrowdale Fell Race this weekend. Featuring a 17 mile route with 6500 feet of climbing, Ben finished in the middle of a very talented field in a time of 4:20:32. The race was won by Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough Athletic Club in 2:51:24.
For a detailled race report, have a read of the Mud, Sweat & Tears page here: http://www.mudsweatandtears.co.uk/2013/08/05/ricky-makes-light-work-of-borrowdale/
Full Results: http://www.borrowdalefellrunners.co.uk/uploads/3/2/4/9/3249346/borrowdale_2013_results.pdf
Some excellent race pictures by Paul Dobson: https://plus.google.com/photos/112660024446587293959/albums/5908381709762604561?banner=pwa
Tuesday evening saw the YVAA at Crossgates, the 6th of the series. Anna Smith finished 4th lady and top of her category, making a real challenge for overall victory in her category for the series, currently lying 3rd but with a race in hand. Darren was first back for the men in 10th place and also battling for a category vicyory in the overall stadings, just 1 point behind leader Allan Dodds of Roundhay Runners. Peter was next in 15th place and 1st in his category, extending his lead in the overall standings and looking to have all but secured his reign in the V55. Carl Heron and Phil Robinson completed the first four Queensbury Runners, keeping Queensbury close to Stainland and ahead of 5th place Horsforth in the Mens Team league table. Karl Chamberlain closely followed.
The next and penultimate race is at Knavesmire at 19.30 on August 7th
In other news, Ben Clare & Anna Smith are also featured in an article on the T&A website as they are leading the Airedale Athletics Summer League: http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/sportother/sport_other_outdoor/sport_ath/10580068.Oldroyd_cops_for_victory_in_10K/
Saturday saw the Bingley Show Trail Race, back for 2013 after the show was cancelled last year due to the weather. Darren was 3rd overall, full results yet to be released, check here for news: http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/events/bingley-show-trail-race/
Martin raced in the Oxenhope Village Fete Race, as well as running too and from the event he came 11th place, full results: http://kcac.co.uk/events/oxenhope/13_oxenhope.html
Inglebourgh Gala Mountain Race was Saturday afternoon at the Ingleton Gala. Ben Clare ran a strong race and was first back for Queensbury, Chris Williams stumbled in shortly afterwards followed by Mick Coe and Anna Smith. Full results yet to be released, check here for news: http://www.ingletongala.org.uk/ingalamountainrace.htm
Jo Horan – making her debut for Queensbury along with Richard Brook, Steve Wilby, Ben Clare ran Harrogate 10k on Sunday. Full Results: http://www.harrogate-harriers.co.uk/harrogate-town-centre-10k-2013-final-results/
The Eccup 10 Mile Road Race, organised by Abbey Runners, took place on Sunday 7th July in blazing sunshine. More than 750 runners and several litres of sun cream hit the road in a highly competitive race which incorporates both the YCAA and the YVAA 10 Mile Championships for Men and Women. Shade was hard to find and quite a few runners either dropped out or fell back in temperatures well about 20°C. Otley AC had a fine day in the sun with Matt John winning the men’s race in 55.07 (he was 28th in the 2013 London Marathon) followed home in second place by team mate Scott Harrington in 56.40. Unsurprisingly Otley won the men’s team prize. In third place winning the 1st M50 prize was Carl Thackery (alas not Carl Heron) of Hallamshire Harriers. If you don’t know this guy’s credentials then, amongst many career highlights, he was 20th in the 1987 World Cross Country championships and third at the World half-marathon in 1993 in a time of 61.13! The first lady was Pauline Munro (Wetherby) in a terrific ninth position overall in 59.43.
Carl Heron, QRC’s only entry, finished in 69.23 in 87th place. Other notable performances from Bradford-based runners were Quentin Lewis (Baildon, 6th in 58.59) and Donna Edmondson-Booker (Idle, 1st F35 in 66.54). All in all it was one of those days when you felt really pleased to get around without succumbing to the heat.
Mick Coe, Ben Clare and Karl Chamberlain were 3 of 187 running the Stoodley Pike Fell race on Tuesday evening. Warm conditions won’t have made this short but tough fell race any easier!
Full results can be seen here http://www.todharriers.co.uk/stoodley_pike/stoodleyres2013.htm
The 57th Chevy Chase….
See Anna’s race report here: https://www.queensburyrc.co.uk/?p=924
Full Results: Full results can be found here: http://results.sportident.co.uk/home/event.html?eventid=9bc668de-ed69-4e2b-b822-e137e3ce94fd&mobile=false
Heptonstall Fell Race…
Four Queensbury runners took part in the Heptonstall Fell Race this weekend. A brutal 6.5 mile fell race with 1500 feet of ascent! With the sun baking down, the task looked daunting and proved too much for one runner who collapsed over the finish line suffering from dehydration and was subsequently taken to hospital in an Ambulance. A number of retirees from the race also highlighted how tough the race was.
Some gritty performances from Peter Hughes, Ben Clare, Mick Coe & Graham Jowett who all showed they could put it in right to the end, taking a number of places in the final climb up the last field. Full results not yet published.
Two Queensbury finishers in the top 5 this weekened at Bradford Parkrun. Martin continues his recovery from a niggling injury and almost reached his personal best, whilst Steve W and Darren both completed their 37th Bradford parkrun. Full Results: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bradford/results/latestresults/
Carl Heron had the perfect excuse to miss the Heptonstall race and ran the Eccup 10 race on Sunday finishing in 87th 1:09:23 from 751 runners! Also making good progress on his way back from an injury. Full Results: https://racebest.com/results/ring-automotive-eccup-10
A few photos from Heptonstall, more can be found: https://plus.google.com/photos/101187694012691540324/albums/5898261064482343185?authkey=CMP9rPXi4JyjtQE
This was a really friendly and enjoyable event with breathtaking views of hills covered with heather and bilberries from two of the highest summits in the Cheviots. There was an ear-popping descent from the Great Cheviot before climbing back up Hedgehope Hill, and little shelter from the heat in spite of a cool wind on the high ground and clear streams in the valleys. Amazingly the organisers had managed to transport water to all but one of the checkpoints!
Results are at: http://results.sportident.co.uk/home/event.html?eventid=9bc668de-ed69-4e2b-b822-e137e3ce94fd
As reported by Anna Smith
(43rd overall and 5th lady out of 130 finishers in 4:25:55)
Since the YVAA at Pudsey there has been another instalment of the series at Meanwood. Anna Smith took 5th spot in the ladies race whilst in the mens race Darren Midgely finished 10th, Peter Hughes 15th, Mick Coe 33rd, Phil Robinson 58th, Graham Jowett 83rd. Full Results can be found here: http://www.yvaa.org/2013/13GP5-Meanwood.htm
Steve Wilby was the only Queensbury runner to attend the Penistone Road Race, finishing 192nd from almost 300 runners in a time of 54:06. Full results here: http://pfrac.co.uk/docs/10K%20results%202013.pdf
The Helen Windsor 10k was well attended by Queensbury, a tough 10k run with quite a few small but draining climbs. Darren Midgely narrowly missed a top 10 spot, Peter Hughes claimed another top spot in the V55 category, Carl Heron on his way back to full fitness put in a good run, Phil Robinson was next with Richard Brook chasing just behind, a small stretch of downhill would surely have seen him catch him and Steve Wilby completed the team. Full results: http://www.halifaxharriers.co.uk/results/helen-windsor/road-2013/