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Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer Challenge

With high Joker points scores from competitive runs at the Bluebell Trail Peter May and Graham Jowett are sixth and seventh in the individual league after three races.  Queensbury is fifth in the club league, close behind Skyrac. Full points details are here. Over The Odda scores still to come.

The next fixtures are the Austwick Amble, a bank holiday race in the Dales, on 25 May and the Wharfedale Off-Road Half Marathon, also over beautiful Dales scenery, on 6 June.  Very good luck if you are running.

Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer Challenge


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.

Runner Club  Points
Ian Hartman Baildon 1701
Gareth Holme Baildon 1680
Amy Francis Skyrac 983
Tracy Foy Saltaire 978
George Dey Skyrac 973
Kirstie Holmes Saltaire 929
Chris Dove Skyrac 913
Stacey Cleal Queensbury 912
Stuart Dunbar Saltaire 894
Neil Fairburn Baildon 893

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!

Airedale Athletics Off-Road Challenge

Winter Challenge

At the end of the winter season Queensbury were second of the six Airedale Athletics clubs with only Baildon on a higher score.  Mick Coe, Peter Hughes and Lee Hipwell were all among the top ten individuals – great running on some really tough courses.


Emma Stoney Baildon 6332
Ian Hartman Baildon 6316
Rob Myers Baildon 5449
Kate Walter Baildon 5396
Jim Goddard Baildon 5073
Mick Coe Queensbury 5002
Linda Carey Baildon 4966
Peter Hughes Queensbury 4922
Neil Fairburn Baildon 4766
Lee Hipwell Queensbury 4323

You can download the full winter results here.

Summer Challenge

The fixtures are up for the summer season beginning this week with the first Bunny Run at Haworth.  These sprints are a brilliant way to start the spring and there is plenty to enjoy after the race.  Then a whole summer of offroad running to look forward to …


31/03/2015 Bunny Run 1 http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=bunny
18/04/2015 Meanwood Valley Trail http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/trail.htm
03/05/2015 Bluebell Trail Joker http://www.stainlandlions.com/
16/05/2015 Over the Odda https://bookitzone.com/emma_stoney/nz2FFX
25/05/2015 Austwick Amble http://austwick.org/fell-race-2014/
06/06/2015 Wharfedale Off-Road Half Marathon Joker http://www.wharfedalemarathonevents.com/
20/06/2015 Reservoir Bogs http://www.cvfr.co.uk/races/reservoir-bogs/
28/06/2015 Millennium Relay (team points) http://saltairestriders.org.uk/site/bradford-millennium-way-relay/
11/07/2015 Baildon Canter http://baildonrunners.co.uk/#/carnival-canter/4533727598
15/07/2015 Widdop Joker http://www.cvfr.co.uk/races/widdop/
19/07/2015 Holme Moss Joker http://www.holmfirthharriers.com/joomla-pages-iii/category-list/26-fell/651-event-information
22/08/2015 Pendle 3 Peaks http://cannonballevents.co.uk/pendle-3-peaks/
30/08/2015 Tour of Norland Moor http://www.halifaxharriers.co.uk/club/club-races/tour-of-norland-moor/
13/09/2015 Yorkshireman Off-Road Half Marathon Joker http://kcac.co.uk/kcac-events/yorkshireman/
13/09/2015 Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon Joker http://kcac.co.uk/kcac-events/yorkshireman/
20/09/2015 Beefy’s Nab http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3796


Airedale Athletics Off-Road Winter Challenge update

Lee Hipwell headed to Lancashire on 7th March tackling tough gradients and navigation at the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round to finish in 1:45:13.  He moves into 7th individual place adding to Queensbury’s margin over Saltaire for second team place.

There is a choice of fixtures for the last weekend of the season: Heptonstall (offering Joker points) or the shorter race at Rivock Edge. Links to more information are on the Fixtures tab.

The first of the year’s evening races is the first fixture for the Summer Challenge – the Bunny Run in Haworth on 31 March. Good luck if you are planning to run!

Winter Challenge points and fixtures

Summer Challenge fixtures

Woodland Challenge

Last Sunday’s Woodland Challenge attracted a field of 285 (including a competitor who had cycled from Manchester) and the front runners set a devastating pace.  The course was twisty and fast.  Representing Queensbury Mick Coe (44:01) and Graham Jowett (52:39) finished well up the field and they both battled out close finishes in the final yards.  The Woodland Challenge was the first fixture in the Airedale Athletics Off-Road Winter Challenge, where Graham’s points give him the lead in the individual challenge.  Mick is the second individual and Queensbury is second in the club league.

Full results here.

Leeds Country Way Relay

Queensbury RC contributed 4 runners to the Airedale Athletics Mens team for the Leeds Country Way on Sunday. A 70 mile, 6 legged race around Leeds, run in pairs. Chris Williams ran with Andy Bedford of Saltaire Striders on leg 3, a 9.8 mile route from Scotchman Lane in Morely through to Thornbury, Anna Smith was also running this leg with Ian Ferris of Baildon Runners in a mixed team. Both pairs picked up the fastest times of the leg in the mens and the mixed team races.

Peter Hughes & Darren Midgely ran leg 5 together, just over 10 miles from Golden Acre Park to Thorner Lane in Scarcroft, taking an impressive 3rd place on the leg and Martin Firth ran with Peter Hopson of Bradford Airedale on the anchor leg, taking over from Pete & Darren at Thorner Lane and making the 9.7 mile run back to the start at Garforth Sports Centre who got the 2nd fastest time on their leg as well!

Overall the Airedale team finished 2nd from 49 teams, just over 9 minutes behind winners Valley Striders, a slow start due to an injury of an Airedale runner on leg 1 saw an 18 minute deficit open up, which was gradually shut down over the rest of the course, with 3 fastest legs, one 2nd fastest and one 3rd fastest all going to Airedale, but was unfortunately too much to overturn completely. Pudsey & Bramley finished 3rd and an impressive 4th place overall for the 1st place mixed team Pudsey Pacers.


There’s an aritcle in todays T&A on the team: http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/sportother/sport_other_outdoor/sport_ath/10649876.Airedale_Athletics_team_forced_to_play_catch_up_after_relay_injury_blow/



Full Results: http://www.kippaxharriers.org.uk/LCW2013/Summary_Results_2013.pdf

Trophy Winners: http://www.kippaxharriers.org.uk/LCW2013/Trophy_Winners_Per_Leg_2013.pdf