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/