It was 5 AM and a blanket of tranquility rested gently over the city of Bradford. Dawn broke whilst most slept, unaware of its resident birds beginning to sing their songs with the most sedulous care; the birds themselves, in turn, blissfully unaware that the forthcoming day would be host to the second John Carr 5k race. Had they known, they would have fallen straight off their perches.
As the day progressed and the event drew ever closer, many competitors would be beginning to experience the onset of pre-race nerves: a racing heart, sweating, the shakes… The explosive start to the first race of the series would have done nothing to help, nor would the flashbacks of a stiff headwind. PBs were however plentiful and aspirations were consequently set high for the following two runs.
But wait: #ConeTooClose! It has transpired that the course of the first race was shy of the full 5 km and the halfway-cone was to be set a few paces further out to compensate, extending the course by 100 metres by my reckoning, which is an additional 20 seconds of running at a 20:00 5k pace. With the calmer conditions but a longer course, how would the Queensbury runners fare?
+ 20 s
− 1 s
− 3 s
+ 55 s
+ 9 s
+ 10 s
+ 6 s
+ 16 s
− 74 s
− 5 s
− 7 s
− 31 s
+ 37 s
Fantastically well, it seems. Congratulations to all and especially to Abbie Cleal for being the first female junior pass the finish line. Many thanks to the Saltaire Striders for organising the event. The third and final race will take place on next Wednesday 20th May. As always, please advise of any missing or incorrect results at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week saw 10 Queensbury RC runners participate at 2 courses.
This week also saw Bradford parkrun host the annual tribute run in memory of Arthur James. Arthur was well known for his dedication to raising funds for charitable causes and this altruism is continuing in his honour. An impressive 414 runners turned up and a total of £295.04 was raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The full story can be read here.
Well done to all that took part. If you ran the Parkrun but aren’t included in these results, please ensure your Running Club is set to Queensbury RC on your Parkrun athlete profile.
Good luck to all the Queensbury runners racing at the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday. Have a great time, enjoy, and please email me with your results so that I can put them on the web page. email@example.com
Queensbury runners were off to a blistering start at the first of three 5k races in the John Carr series hosted by Saltaire Striders. We were well represented and PBs were being achieved left, right and centre in the fast-paced course around the Yorkshire Water estate in Esholt, which boasts just 79 feet of climbing.
Runners were encouraged by a stiff tailwind off the start line, but were victim to its full force in the final kilometer or two to the finish. Conditions next week may see participants shed the odd second to hopefully achieve a fresh round of personal bests.
The next race will take place on Wednesday 13th May on the same course. A very well done to all and if anyone has been missed off the results list, please accept my apologies and email your result through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Queensbury runners ran the infamous Bluebell Trail. The conditions cleared up for the start of the race but in the days leading up to the race, it had rained enough for the organisers to divert the course away from the river crossing at the very end and instead go further on the canal and back on the road, making the distance 11.3 mi instead of 10.3 mi. The route was heavy going but overall a superb race organised by the Stainland Lions.
Peter May finished in 1:31:03 in 38th position.
Andrew Stott finished in 1:39:02 in 83rd position.
Graham Jowett finished in 1:46:04 in 136th position.
Anna Smith ran at the cake race this weekend this race is a brilliant route taking in moorland terrain,peat tracks,and reservoir roads the race is 9.9 miles long and includes 1699ft of climbing and a mile downhill to the finish you have to be a strong runner to get round this course Anna completed the run in 1-38-14 a fantastic effort Anna complimented Saddleworth Runners for taking good care of every runner providing plenty of marshals flags and a rope to get across the weir and the tea and cakes at the finish.
Chris Williams ran the London Marathon his aim was to try and go below a time of three hours this is a time most runners try to achieve to do this time you need to get plenty of consistent training done and then get the race pace right on the day Chris did both and ran a superb time of 2-47-47 a big congratulations to him from all the club well done.
With the first two fixtures run Stacey Cleal is the leading individual runner for Queensbury after placing well in her category in the first Bunny Run at Haworth. Declan Craven and Abbie Cleal both ran well in the same race against very competitive junior fields, while Mick Coe and Lee Hipwell showed good early season form at the Meanwood Valley Trail.
As the summer starts Queensbury are fourth in the team league. The full points listings at this stage are here.
Next come the Stainland Bluebell Trail (3 May), a tough Joker race offering double points, the shorter but very scenic Over the Odda (16 May) and a fell race in the Dales, the Austwick Amble on 25 May.Very good luck if you are planning to run!