Saltaire: Spring view from Roberts’ Park
Painting by David Starley (http://www.davidstarleyartist.com)
The inaugural Saltaire Shaker took place on a sunny and breezy 4th August. The race was organized by Otley Chevin Flyers who also host a free weekly 3 mile trail run in the Otley Chevin Forest Park (http://www.runsunday.com).
The unusual distance of 15 km, a flat, off-road course and picturesque location drew a good mix of club and unattached runners. The course took in a long stretch of the canal out and back with a loop in the woods. Seasoned off-roaders may have found it rather non-technical. The start time of 10.30 also meant that the towpath was shared with healthy numbers of walkers, cyclists and other runners. This proved only a minor issue for me at least and the absence of climbs, apart from the haul in the woods, was welcome (I may get booted out of QRC for such heresy).
The race was won by Mike Jefferies in 56.22, a top-class athlete who has won several competitive races this year including the Humber Bridge Half Marathon and the Otley 10. Baildon’s Steve Watkins came in second in 57.10 and some way ahead of Franco Pardini running for Leeds club Valley Striders who was third in 59.11. The ladies race was won by Idle AC runner Donna Edmondson-Booker in 64.45.
Thanks to the organizers and marshals and to Steve Brook and Phil Robinson for turning out to support the runners. There was a charity contribution (Yorkshire Air Ambulance) in the race fee and the results were posted and emailed out later in the day.
QRC results – full results at: http://www.runsunday.com/resources/Final%20Saltaire%20Shaker%20Results.pdf
Carl Heron 65.26 (17th and 1st M50)
Richard Brook 72.04 (54th and 4th M35)
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