The Yorkshireman


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.

…dashing through the dark, round bonny Bradshaw!…

We had more super running last night from our extremely enthusiastic, supremely keen and very talented Beginners’ Groups!. The route for our two Intermediates’ Groups was a touch longer than usual, with the “killer” climb up through “bonny Bradshaw” to contend with, after a mainly downhill 3 miles via the end of Thornton Road to Causeway Footf!!! …our  Nursery Group also had a tough Bradshaw War Memorial , then back up that same demanding climb!!! One advantage of running in the dark is that you can’t see the hills looming in the distance!! From now on, our training runs will be increasingly in dark conditions….suitably lit routes will be selected, so we can see where we are putting our feet, as runner safety is paramount! Great effort, everyone!!

..we really ARE becoming popular!!

We had one of our biggest ever turnouts last Thursday, Sept 11, at Pit Lane for our Beginners’ Running group training session.!!.it incuded SEVEN new members!! The group’s enthusiasm is becoming legendary!..the progress made each week is remarkable, and very noticeable!! We hope everyone had a really enjoyable outing session. It was a pleasant change to run around the relatively flat “Mountain” area of Queensbury, with large hills, many already conquered, never too far away!! Thank you to Carl Heron and Steve Wilby for being Assistant Leaders this evening..and to Bev Morritt for becoming an impromptu but extremely effective Assistant Leader whilst en route!! Great work EVERYONE who came along …and huge thanks to our absent members, too, for your tremendous encouragement via Facebook!

Leeds Country Way Relay

There were three Queensbury members running for Airedale Athletics in the Leeds Country Way Relay and Anna Smith was running second claim for Baildon in their mixed team. The race is a 65 mile loop around Leeds, consisting of 6 pairs of runners doing legs between 9.5 & 12 miles each. Much like the Calderdale way relay, only flatter! Overall Airedale finished 3rd, 7 minutes behind eventual winners Valley Striders in a battle between Valley, Airedale & Abbey Runners which lasted throughout the day. Here’s a brief summary of Airedale’s race from team captain Will Kerr

A solid start from Quentin Lewis and Simon Pass on leg one put us in 2nd just a minute behind Valley and arguablly there best pairing on the relay. We were also a minute clear of the next team.
Onto leg 2 with Marcin and Gerard. Unfortunately we slipped back to 6th and lost some time but still had a good chance of recovering.
Leg 3 saw Martin Firth and Pete Hughes take over and had possibly the best performance of the day as they were 2nd quickest on there leg overall and just missed out on the leg trophy by 14 seconds!! They also put Airedale back into 3rd. Martin and Pete would probably admit that over 5k, the majority of our team, if not ALL, could beat these guys over the distance. However, when it comes to the off road relays, despite there ages, they show that they have the experience and knowledge of how to pace a race.
So me and Matt Nowell took over on leg 4, about 5 minutes behind Valleys pairing of Gwilym Thomas and Paul Kaiser and 2 minutes behind Abbeys pairing which included Matt John. At Golden acre we were still in 3rd but had closed the gap to within 1 minute 41 behind Valley and 43 seconds behind Abbey.  The P&B pairing of Colin Walker and Neil Armitage then rocked up in 4th, 12 minutes behind us. We knew that the winning team would come from one of the teams currently hosting the top 3 positions!!
Chris Dove and Martin Fillingham made a good start on leg 5 and by 5 miles had got within 100m of 2nd and the leaders werent to far in front of that. Unfortunately i think it was a step to far as the pace then slowed down a little.
Pete Hopson and Chris Williams took over on leg 6 and with 2 miles to go and had put us in 2nd and just 2mins 30 behind Valley. They were also odds on favourites to scoop the fastest leg trophy. Unfortunately, one wrong turn later saw us finish 3rd and roughly 7 minutes back on Valley.
Good running by all. Better luck next year! (my new motto!)

Pit Lane Re-Visited!

More fabulous, enthusiastic, energetic and determined running from our marvelous Beginners’ Group, last Thursday 28 August!…a case of “Pit Lane Re-visited”!…hopefully a little easier to ascend than 6 weeks ago!! Our Beginners’ section headed off towards Keelham Farm Shop, turned down delightful Deep Lane, along the flat Malt Kiln Lane to a welcome resting point, before a “gentle” jaunt up Pit Lane to the clubhouse! The Intermediates had a lovely downhill run to Keelham Corner, then down Thornton Road, taking, at Thornton Primary School, a right turn along a particularly scenic part of the Great North Trail, before facing the testing ascent of Headley Lane and Pit Lane! From the looks on everyone’s faces, that was a demanding finish!! ..but, remember, in running, you get out what you put in, even if a week or two later!! Well done to everyone!…and congratulations to Stacey Cleal on her first, and extremely successful, run out with our regular club members!!

Yorkshire Vets and Tour of Norland Moor

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.

Crow Hill Reverse

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.