St Helens Virtual 10k

HUNDREDS of runners have been hitting the streets this weekend for St Helens’ Virtual 10k.

The coronavirus pandemic means organisers of the GPW Recruitment St Helens 10k have had to switch from a traditional race to a “virtual one”, with participants given the choice of running their own course on Saturday, March 6 or Sunday, March 7.

Well done to our club secretary Lynne for taking on the challenge, Lynne had a belting run achieving a new PB of 1:05:39 and 118th lady, well done Lynne great stuff and when the normal racing starts you might get that sub 60.


Election nominations open

Calling all members! Shape QRC for the next year by standing for a committee or supporting position!

Nominations for those wishing to stand are open now, and close on Thursday 11th March at 7pm.

Details of the roles and what they involve can be found at, or if you have any specific questions you can e-mail them to

Any paid-up member for this year is eligible to stand.

To nominate yourself, please send your name as you’d like it to appear on the ballot, with your contact e-mail and a short statement about why you should be elected (no more than 100 words) to by the date above.

The statements will be made available for members to read on the QRC website shortly after nominations close.

Candidates will be invited to speak for up to two-minutes at the AGM if they wish. Voting will take place during the AGM, which takes place online on Thursday 18th March at 7pm.

Nominate members for awards

The deadline is approaching for nominating members for the following categories for the Awards.

We all know it’s been a difficult year for our Members but that’s no excuse not to nominate who you think deserves an award!

Thanks to those of you who have nominated already!

The awards are:
Runner of The Year – Male
Runner of the Year – Female
Most Improved – Male
Most improved – Female
Outstanding performance or dedication to running
Best picture – chosen from pictures taken during lockdown on our virtual running challenges.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

QRC Virual 5k Race (Jan/Feb 2021)

Firstly a special thanks to Glenn Thornton for setting up our virtual 5k, a bit of fun he said (yeah whatever Glenn), the idea was to invite our members to sign up for the event and then Glenn would sort each member into groups of 7 per team equally and fairly on their given 5k predicted time, each team was also allocated a team leader.

So well done to the 28 members who did sign up giving Glenn an easy start, the race started and finished at the rugby club and the idea was that the each teams leader would send their 1st runner off on one day then each member would complete their race on the following consecutive days, unfortunately the Queensbury weather played its part and Glenn managed to get the race licence extended with RunBritain to allow us to have over 5 weeks to complete finishing on the 14th Feb.

The winning team was the ‘Relay-istic Winners’ consisting of Mick Coe, Chris Hilliam, Jo Fortune, Graham Rhodes, Laura Taylor, Zoe Hipwell and Jane Passey.

A prize for the winning team was a free 40 minute physio session with Terri Mason for each member (thankyou Terri), Mick Coe and Terri also won a bottle of beer from Glenn’s vast stash for the fastest final sprint to the finish line.

Well done to all and we can look forward to the next one soon.

Queensbury Running Club raises over £240 for Trussell Trust with Christmas Cracker runs

Members Karol and Phillip Whettlock, who ran the 5k version of the Christmas Cracker, alongside their Christmas Tree Strava Art (See below)

Queensbury Running Club held its first annual ‘Christmas Cracker’ in December, a virtual run where its members could run either 5k or 10k around Queensbury, on the outskirts of Bradford and Halifax. Profits from the entry fees for the challenge went on to support the Trussell Trust, with over £240 raised.

As well as running the distances, several members tackled the Strava Art challenge, to create festive-themed designs using the GPS recording, with members Karol and Phillip Whettlock, and Andy Young, designing their own Christmas tree pattern, and there were selfies a plenty from many of the other runners!

For the men, Martin Firth, member and run leader, proved to be the fastest 5k runner with a time of 23:55, whilst Andy Young came top as he tackled the 10k, with a time of 50:11.

For the women, Laura Taylor came first in 5k with 30:40 and for the 10k, it was a tremendous time for Charlotte Taylor, with 52:47.

Glenn Thornton, Race Director, said:
“It was great to see 36 of our members braving the challenging hills and weather of Queensbury during a snowy December, but it was all to raise money for such a great and important cause in these difficult times. We hope that the money we have raised will help provide much needed food to those who are struggling during the pandemic.”

December Marcothon

Set up by a few Scottish folk last year the Marcothon is a challenge of determination and dedication to run(no walking allowed) every day in December for at least 25mins or 3 miles, there’s no medals, no prizes, just the satisfaction that you’ve achieved the end goal.

Michelle Shepherd took on the challenge and managed to finish on the 31st December roared home by all her running friends who joined her on her last run.

Well done Michelle that’s truly awesome, YOU GO GIRL!!

Achieved something running related you’re proud off, let us know and I’ll make you famous


Lynne, Dianne, Sue and Jo cheering our Michelle on
Lynne, Dianne, Sue and Jo cheering on our Michelle

Running track sessions start in the new year

QRC have secured a 10 week training block at the Springhall Running Track at the Shay Stadium, Halifax.

Sessions will start on Monday 4th January 2021 at18.30 and finish at 19.30.

These sessions will be open to all QRC Members regardless of speed. Entry is free to members, or £2 to non-members.

A training schedule will be set for each evening which will be designed to increase your speed and endurance.

A running rack is important for all runners and distances as muscle fibres are strengthened, which are subsequently utilised for stability, endurance and speed at different points in a run, therefore should be beneficial for all.

For more information please e-mail

QRC Virtual 5K Relay

The Queensbury Virtual 5K relay is run over 7 days with 7 members in each team. Each member will run on a separate day, meaning by the end of the week you will completed your relay of seven 5k runs.

The relay will start and finish is at Queensbury ARLFC (Albert Road, Queensbury). When you register you will asked for your recent 5k pace so we can put you in the appropriate team, so that all teams are equal.

You can run any time on your allocated day. Please register your run on Strava so that we can total the run times for each team to find the winning team.

There is NO COST and NO TROPHY, but there will be an online certificate for the winning team to print!

The relay will begin on Sunday 10th January 2021.

Book your free place on Eventbrite.

If you have any questions, please e-mail