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New Halifax parkrun a huge success!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!…on a wonderful turnout in today’s parkruns!! We helped to swell the numbers at Lister Park, Bradford, to over 500, and at the first ever Shroggs Park parkrun, Halifax, to almost 300 –  far exceeding what the organisers hoped for!!!! The results for our club and running group members were….at Lister park – Declan Craven 19.40 (brilliant 9th!); Abbie Cleal 26.37; Maria Rhodes 34.35, and sons Preston 34.20 and Dexter 34.21 (plus their friend Alex 34.18!); Stacey Cleal 40.54 (pushing grandson Oscar along!), and Holly Cleal 42.30 (her PB by 18 seconds!).

..and now to Shroggs Park (where everyone ran a PB on this course !!) :-Tom Collinge 17.30 and a super 2nd!; Martin Firth 19.50; Craig Phillips 22.14; Craig Richardson 22.47; Matt Thornton 24.47; Claire Baggley 27.24; Dianne Simpson 30.08 (her 2nd best time anywhere!!); Brontë Simpson 31.07; Glenn Thornton 31.29; Gary Morritt 32.19; Katie Brook 32.58; Steve Brook 32.59; Kathryn Webb 34.32 (her PB anywhere by 15 seconds!!); Sharan Loughran (joined us last Thursday!!) 34.46; Caroline Whelan 38.16; Bev Morritt 40.08; Jessica Hipwell 40.09; Lynn Hill 40.26; Zoë Hipwell and son Samuel both 41.13, and Andy Smith 45.22!!

And well done to Lee Hipwell on his race up and down what looks like a mountain, somewhere in deepest Lancashire!!

Well done everyone!!…this was another momentous day for our club and our running groups!!..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

***Beginners’ Group training cancelled for 15/01/2015 ***

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

Pre-Xmas Success!!!!!…and Post-Xmas Training!!

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!


Merry Christmas!!

Xmas Arrangements!

Congratulations to all our runners who took part in the West Yorkshire Winter League off-road “mudbath” at Mirfield, and in the Reindeer Run in Saltaire (hope it was snow-free!). Just wish to point out that we are having to cancel training this coming Thursday, December 11th, as 26 of us will be at a  Xmas meal and disco at Sandal’s Farm. We shall resume on Thursday December 18th, and then re-convene, for those who wish to, on Boxing day morning, meeting at 10.00am.Thanks, Martin.

..after the Xmas party comes the exercise!!

Looking ahead, slightly, Jo Bottomley has come up with a great idea for burning off those excess Xmas Day calories (and a chance to escape from the family for a while!!) …a Boxing Day morning training run , from the clubhouse (to replace our Thursday evening run falling on Xmas Day). Possibly 10/10-30am? Gives everyone a lie in & chance for the excesses of Christmas Day to settle, we’d still be done for lunchtime so everyone can go to Boxing Day teas still . Jo was also thinking that for routes we all choose the “favourites” from the year? As it’ll be daylight it would give us chance to revisit some of the summer favourites that we can’t do at the minute. We will have the football facilities all to ourselves – I have the necessary keys (including the one for the car park gate lock) ! If you are not on facebook, just let Martin know your thoughts/ideas next time you attend training. The run is open to EVERYONE at Queensbury Running Club (and anyone else who wishes to come along!), and we will operate our usual range of ability groups.

Christmas Party!!..and club t-shirts!!

Vikki Bean has very kindly checked out things for a Xmas party for us! At training last Thursday, it was decided to book at Sandal’s Farm (meal + disco), just a short hop down the road from our headquarters, for Thursday evening December 11th..cost is £17.99 per person. If interested, please let Martin Firth know (nemesis2011@hotmail.co.uk, or mobile 07724127743)  and bring Vikki a £10 deposit per person next Thursday November 27th at training. Our club t-shirts have also arrived ..£6 for club members, £9 for non-members….we will have them available for purchase from next Thursday onwards!