Some excellent runs by club members in the Liversedge Half Marathon.
Martin Firth led the club home in 22nd place overall and 1st place in his category, Peter May was next, leading home four Queensbury runners, all closely grouped together, with some achieving PB’s for the distance, Andrew Stott, Richard Brook and Jo Choran all finishing within 4 minutes of each other.
Well done to everyone who ran at the WYWL in Temple Newsam. The Vets team is currently in second place overall. A nice mention in the T&A about how well the club is doing in the competition, read here:
Sorry, my dear Beginners’ running family!!…training’s off tonight. Just had the pleasure of running home from the city centre….too risky, unless you have metal portable ice grips to put on your trainers’ soles! Being caught in these heavy haily snowy showers is no fun, either!..I now know from experience!!. Missing you all.. Martin
Good evening all..from very snowy Queensbury!! Having just been for an 8 mile “run”, and checked tomorrow’s forecast, I’m having to cancel our Beginners’ Groups training sessions due tomorrow evening (Thursday 22 Jan) Once again, it’s down to health and safety considerations – the pavements are almost impossible to run on in many places, and side roads still have ice beneath this fresh snow (same with many pavements too).Tomorrow will barely be above freezing, so no thaw is in immediate prospect!
On Sunday, It’s the 3rd race (of 5) in the West Yorkshire Winter League – a multi-terrain 4.7 mile course around Cliffe Castle, Keighley, starting at 10am, with parking at nearby UKA Academy (former Greenhead Grammar School)..details are on this site .http://www.wymedia.co.uk/wywl/ EVERYONE is welcome to come along and have a go at it, whatever your standard..it’s free! Club members finishing positions count for our club, whereas non-members (who would run as “guests”, therefore no need to wear a club vest) would not count….but would get useful experience!There’s food and drinks on sale afterwards at the academy, and a decent raffle.Take care! Martin
The Giants Tooth was run on New Years day, a local 3 mile fell race run from the Causeway Foot at Ogden. Queensbury had plenty of runners there with Pete Hughes back first to claim the V60 position.
Full Results: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2709
The following week was the 2nd XC at Stainland. Another tough route of approx 4.5 undulating and quite technical miles. The results proved to be as difficult as the course with a record turnout and an error with the ‘lollipop’ sticks. The electronic system helped to patch up the results in the end after a lot of work from the team. We are doing very well in the competition and the Stainland race saw a record number of runners for Queensbury. We hope to continue this in the next race, see the following details provided by WYWL.
WYWL event 3 – Craven Energy Cross Country – 25th January 2015
Course: 4.7 miles, undulating, fields and woodland track. There is a bit of hardcore and some Tarmac paths to cross so unfortunately not suitable for spikes.
Venue: is UAK (formerly Greenhead school). There are showers, toilets, changing room, car park.
There will be pie and peas and hot drinks and cakes for sale after.
Postcode is BD20 6EB (or google UAK Keighley).
Course is in the park next to the school.
Finally, the Stanbury Splash, which actually turned into the The Stoop due to the snow, ice and all round bad conditions the race in renowned for was run on Sunday. Just two Queensbury Runners braved the conditions, all out action man Lee Hipwell ran well and finished in 49 mins 34 seconds and Ben Clare put in a great performance after taking some time out for work commitments and finished 44th in 41:53.
Good evening all …sorry but will to have to cancel our groups’ sessions this evening.The promised bad weather has arrived, and is forecasted to worsen…as if the strong bitterly cold winds aren’t bad enough, it’s also sleeting, hailing and snowing.. your health and safety dictate my decision. I know what it’s like out there..just run home from Bradford city centre….not very pleasant, and getting worse. My apologies…Martin
It’s the end of an excellent year for the club…by far one of it’s biggest in terms of numbers. The new beginners group has been made an absolute success by everyone involved, all the new runners, the club members helping out with training runs and supervision and not least Martin’s commitment and enthusiasm. There’s been some great individual performances in various races throughout the year mixed in with excellent team performances in relays at both the Calderdale Way back in May and more recently the Gathering Winter Fools have shown the club’s growth in numbers and quality. Great turn outs and results for Yorkshire Vets race all year long and in the WYWL X-Country series which has just begun again (Next Fixture 4th Jan at Stainland).
The years finished with the Auld Lang Syne fell race up on the Bronte Moors which Anna Smith ran in and will begin again tomorrow with the Giants Tooth fell race around Ogden Reservoir which will no doubt be run by a number of our members.
Well done to everyone and good luck with your goals for 2015
I’ll leave you with a short clip I took of the Auld Lang Syne Fell Race from this morning….
We had 4 representatives at the Bradford Airedale club’s 4 mile road handicap race, last Sunday December 21- Dianne and Brontë Simpson, Maria Rhodes, and myself (Martin). The handicapper based our staggered setting off times on this year’s race form, so, in theory, we should all have crossed the finish line together! Well..the event was won …by DIANNE!!!!!! Huge congratulations to her!!..Maria came 3rd, brilliantly holding me off at the finish (legally!) – I was 4th – and Brontë came in very strongly not many metres at all behind me in 6th – had she been aware of me closing her down, I’m certain she would have held me off!!!! This was great day for our club, and spoke volumes for our Beginners’ Group – the event reflected the superb progression we see, week in week out, within it. Well done Brontë, Maria and Dianne!…you did us proud!
AND….today, Boxing Day, we had ELEVEN of our Beginners Group come along for training!!…maybe to escape the kitchen/husband/kids??!!….NO!!!!…NEVER!!!! …to end the year on a high note with some serious training! Our main group ran a summer favourite…down to Keelham Corner, down Thornton Road, Great North Trail (did anyone come across the ghost of “Fair Becca”, whilst crossing Thornton Viaduct!!?), and the delightfully rural, if somewhat notoriously hilly, Pit Lane! Our novice group (who have improved out of all sight since summer ended) ran down Pit Lane onto Thornton Viaduct, then did the route in reverse up to the clubhouse…some action pics are on our Facebook page, “Queensbury Running Club Beginners’ Group”…please visit and “like” if you have not done so already!
For those that use Strava, check out the new Club Group. If you don’t use it, have a look, it’s a good way to record your progress and can add a hint of competitiveness to an otherwise mundane training run using your smart phone or GPS watch
Many races having taking place recently, a brief summary of Queensbury RC’s latest sucesses:
The first West Yorkshire Winter League was help on a tough, hilly course in Mirfield. Some excellent performances from Jo Choran who was 12th lady overall in a very competitive field, and from Andy Dovoner & Diane Simpson on the début in the series.
The Gathering Winter Fools Relay was held last Saturday in icy conditions. Queensbury ‘Rams’ took the 1st place mixed team and 6th overall on the 35 mile off road loop starting and finishing in Keighley. Queensbury ‘Ewes’ provided a second entry, the first time the club has managed to enter two teams into a relay.
Pete Hughesm after running leg 1 on Saturday in the GWF Relay, went on to race in the Mytholmroyd Fell Race and celebrated turning 60 with a win for category! There’ll’ be a lot of relived V55’s celebrating his 60th birthday for him!