The annual Horsforth 10k, with it’s new start time was run this weekend, October 5th. The field was down slightly, probably due to the change in start time, now kicking off at 3pm but there were still 335 taking part with six Queensbury Runners involved , new members Bronte (1:09:38) & Diane Simpson (1:04:24) ran the course for the first time, and proved they are proper Queensbury Runners complaining at the lack of hills in the route which has a 2 mile stretch along the canal!! Zoe Hipwell (54:15) wasn’t too far behind husband Lee (50:21). Darren Midgely improved from his last outing in this race and was 2nd V40 in 37:38 and Chris Williams ran 35:27 for 5th place.
Carl represented the club in Germany at the weekend joining 550 runners in the Lubeck 10K. The centre of Lubeck is a World Heritage Site and the amazing sights on a sunny day were very welcome. The organisers describe the course as undulating but in Queensbury we would call it flat. Carl was 31st overall and 2nd M50 in 38.43 beating his personal best set several years ago at the (flat) Bradford 10K. Great fun, a silver medal and certificate presented on stage and free beer – it took a few moments to realise that it was alcohol-free……
Queensbury also had a good day at Beefy’s Nab, a short fast fell race from Oxenhope with a steep descent over rough ground. Declan Craven ran hard to the summit of Nab Hill, reaching it in third place overall. Losing time after a wrong turn on the descent he finished 12th in the excellent time of 25:52 to take the M23 prize. The F23 prize went to Abbie Cleal, Anna Smith won the overall women’s race and Lee Hipwell, Stacey Cleal and Zoe Hipwell all ran well on the challenging course. A terrific local route.
Photo by Phil Bland. Full results are here.
Queensbury Runners were entered into various races across the weekend. Stainland Trail Race in it’s second year, proved popular and attracted a larger,stronger field than last year. Queensbury had six runners taking part, Chris Williams was first back in 7th place (43:28), next was Pete Hughes (47:21), Mick Coe (50:59), Chris Rushworth (54:44), Jo Horan (56:53) & Graham Jowet (58:46). The were just short of 200 entries this year for probably the toughest 10k route you could race, with only two runners (Ben Mounsey & Gavin Mullholland) breaking the 40 minuter barrier.
Steve Wilby ran in the Kirkstall Abbey 7, finishing 193th in 1:00:28. He was the only runner from Queensbury in the popular seven mile road race with 280 entrants.
Full Results: https://racebest.com/results/kirkstall-abbey-7
Darren Midgely was competing in the Ilkley Triathlon as part of a 3 man team organised by his work. With each disciple taken on by a team member, Darren was on the run, a 5k loop with a large 200+ ft hill in mile 2. Darren clocked the 3rd fastest time on the run for the day (over 300 competitors) and with this clinched overall team victory for his ‘3 in a tub’ team.
Chris Williams also ran in the Leeds Golden Mile on Saturday, a 1 mile race around the track, winning his heat and producing the fastest mile of the day, 4 minutes 41 seconds.
Full Results: https://racebest.com/results/leeds-golden-mile
Martin Firth won his age category in the Spen Greenway 10k on September 14th finishing 20th overall in 38:36. Steve Wilby And Richard Brook also raced, Richard did suffer a slight injury which affected his time on this relatively flat out and back course.
Full Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2014/greenway.html
Ben Clare battled through injury to compete in The Ben Nevis Race on September 6th. A race straight up and back down Britain’s highest peak. Taking a time of 2:18:10 and finishing 197th from just short of 500 runners
Full Results: http://www.bennevisrace.co.uk/pdf/Results_List2014.pdf
A classic offroad half marathon and marathon on our doorstep: Oxenhope moor for the half, on to Wainstalls, Denholme and Harden for the full, with both routes starting at Haworth and finishing up the steep cobbles from Haworth Station. Lining up on 14 September for this year’s races were Chris Rushworth, Peter May, Mick Coe, Anna Smith and Carl Heron. There was very welcome support around the course from Graham Jowett, Phil Robinson, Karl Chamberlain and Peter Hughes. Many thanks to Graham for the photos.
In spite of an easterly breeze over Oxenhope conditions were good and the half marathon was a fast race seeing Stainland’s Tanya Seager set a new female record with a 7th place overall finish. The winner of the men’s race, Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley), was just outside his own 2009 record. The only Queensbury runner in the half, Mick Coe, had another strong run to finish 23rd of 244 in 2:03:33.
Carl Heron continued an excellent series of performances over the full marathon route and kept a good pace in the final miles to finish 27th in 4:07:28, improving on his 2013 time by nearly three minutes. Running impressively over the course for the first time were Peter May (4:24:04) and Chris Rushworth (4:48:03) while Anna Smith tok more than 20 minutes off her 2013 time to finish in 4:40:50. Thanks to Keighley and Craven for organising another great race. Full results here.
Fellrunners enjoyed the Bingley YVAA race on 12 August with its combination of hills, mud and steep downhill finish. The next week’s event at West Park, Leeds was a faster run for many on parkland with short woodland sections. Darren Midgley made a welcome return from injury to cross the line in 7th place while Peter Hughes was13th and first M55. Zoe Hipwell, Stacey Cleal and Anna Smith moved Queensbury into 13th place of 21 in the All to Count women’s team event and were joined by Abbie Cleal for the West Park race. After a strong showing by Kirkstall at West Park and with one fixture to go, the men’s team have run strongly all season to stand 5th in the All to Count table and 4th, just 36 points behind Horsforth, in the First 4 to Count.
At the Tour of Norland Moor on 24 August (6.5m, 800ft ascent) Graham Jowett and Joanne Horan both improved on their times from last year, Jo by the impressive margin of three and a half minutes to finish sixth lady and second in her category. Peter Hughes finished 11th overall taking 2nd M55 and missing the category win to Thornton Taylor of Rossendale by just 8 seconds, with Mick Coe and Richard Brook also in the thick of the race to finish 27th and 43rd.
Queensbury RC was well represented in the Crow Hill Reverse fell race at Mytholmroyd on Tuesday evening. Taking on a course with steep climbs and an experienced field from top fellrunning clubs Stacey Cleal, Abbie Cleal and Zoe Hipwell all ran extremely competitively and posted excellent results. Great work, and it’s great news for the future.
BRADFORD PARK RUN
It’s great to see so many Queensbury RC runners taking part in the Bradford Park run these days. Congratulations to Diane McDonnell, Jo Robinson, Diane Simpson, Bronte Simpson, Abbie Cleal, Stacey Cleal, Andy Tempest-Mitchell, Peter May and Chris Williams who all completed the course on Saturday 26th July. Chris was the race winner in 17.24 finishing over a minute quicker than the second placed runner, and only three seconds outside his park run personal best.
The second Saltaire Shaker took place on Sunday 27th July. The 15 km route is mostly flat along the canal and river with a detour up a hill and into the woods. It was warm and sunny especially on the outward section with a welcome breeze on the return section to Roberts Park.
Martin Firth had a great run coming home in 9th position (1st M55) and getting under an hour in an excellent time of 59.27. Carl Heron knocked a minute off his time last year finishing 18th in 64.27. Declan Craven who has been training with us was 32nd in 69.05. Richard Brook took two minutes from his 2013 time finishing in 35th in 70.38. Congratulations to club newcomer Simon Thomas who was 3rd M60 in 89.29 in 102nd place. If there was a team prize then Queensbury would have shared it with Kirkstall Harriers!
The men’s race was won by Scott Harrington (Otley AC) in 53.39; the first lady home was unattached runner Sophie Garrad in 68.23.
There are some great photos of the race on the Woodentops.org.uk page at http://woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos. Thanks to Dave and Eileen Woodhead for capturing all this.