The annual running of this race was able to go ahead with some modifications to the start area, (well done to Keighley and Craven AC for managing to get the go-ahead) with the option of the full marathon distance or the shorter half(???) entrants had plenty to aim for.
The route has plenty to offer everyone but this race is not for the faint hearted, taking in tarmac, grass, moorland and gravel tracks the route passes through many local villages and moorland including Haworth Moor, Ovenden Moor, Denholme, Cullingworth and Harden Moor to name but a few.
With checkpoints throughout the route and with full kit required to be carried runners need to be ready for anything thing.
Starting and finishing at Fitz Park, in Keswick, the 5K Derwentwater Sport Trail, 10K Derwentwater Trail Run, 15K Derwentwater Trail Race and 15K Derwentwater Trail Challenge are circuits along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of Derwentwater, the surrounding peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra and the northern fells. Underfoot conditions are generally good for those used to trail running, but expect a bit of everything! The course has no stiles, so there is nothing but the hills and the infamous Bottomless Bogs of the Glenderaterra Valley to break up your rhythm.
A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish.
The Whettlocks travelled up to Keswick for the weekend with Phillip taking on the 15k and Karol the 5k.
Phillip romped home in 103rd place with a cracking time of 1:34:11, with Karol finishing in 39:11 (1st FV60).
I thought it best to crack on and let you know how the championship finally finished back in March. We started out with 13 races but, obviously due to Covid19, this was cut short to 11 with your best 5 races to count. Thank you to all who helped with this year’s championship: I couldn’t have done it without you.
In total we had 39 men and 17 women take part in at least 1 race, which is a drop of about 20 runners from the first season; hopefully you will all be wanting to get back out racing and be in with a chance of some superb prizes when this year’s competition gets underway in October (hopefully).
In the battle for the women’s title Joanna Lockwood once again finished in 1st place and therefore defended her crown from the previous year. 2nd, 3rd and 4th was a tight contest between Lynne Robinson, Vicky Trudgill and Michelle Greenwood battling it out for glory rights.
Trophies will be presented to the winners as well as a bottle of the finest bubbly for 2nd and 3rd places.
In the Men’s battle we had a reverse of last year’s top 3, with Paul Greenwood, finding some fast form to overcome the old timers of Simon Brady and Andy Dovernor, to finish top of the pile in a very close competition thus snatching the trophy away from Simon.
1st Paul 383.82 pts 2nd Andy 383.11 pts 3rd Simon 382.43 pts 4th Steve Brook 345.45
If anybody is wondering I came 5th.
Well done to you all! There was some fantastic running from everybody. Let’s keep up the motivation and prepare for when the racing can begin again.
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.
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.
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.