Today saw off the final race of the West Yorkshire Winter League. Another great turn out by Queensbury and well done to everyone who ran through the series. Queensbury finished an impressive 4th overall out of a field of 11 teams.
Thirty-nine club members ran in the 3rd cross-country race in the West Yorkshire Winter League series on Sunday 31st January. In short we emerged as the overall winners on the day for the very first time in our history! There were many outstanding performances. Chris Williams, in his first race in the series, was 2nd overall to the regular winner of the men’s event (Ben Mounsey, Stainland). Tom Collinge has competed in every race so far and he managed his best performance taking 3rd place from Julian Hood (Skipton). New member, Alistair Galt, proved his ability crossing the line in 26th place. There then followed a remarkable sequence of finishers, including our top veteran runners: Andy Dovernor (32nd), Mick Coe (33), Martin Firth (36), Ben Clare (40), Peter Hughes (42). This ensured a fantastic first place in the men’s event on the day by 40 points over Baildon in 2nd place. A further 21 men completed the course. The women’s team finished 4th on the day with excellent performances by Anna Smith (13th), Jo Horan (16th albeit carrying an injury), Stacey Cleal (17th), Lynne Robinson (26th), Maria Rhodes (37th), Zoe Hipwell (48th), Julie Hepworth (54th), Rachel Kendall (65th), Dianne Simpson (78th) and Sharan Loughran (83rd). The combined efforts of the men and women meant that Queensbury was placed 1st overall on the day, a single point ahead of Stainland Lions in 2nd place and eight points ahead of Baildon Runners.
Queensbury was invited to join the West Yorkshire Winter League in the 2012-13 season. At the time the men formed a small but strong team and they finished the season in the 4th place. However, in our inaugural season there was no women’s team at all. It was not until the 2013-14 season when Anna and Jo started representing the club. By the end of the 2014-15 season the women, now joined by Stacey and Zoe, were placed 7th out of ten teams. This season, with one race to go, the women are 4th out of eleven teams in the same position as the men’s team. Given the competitive nature of the WYWL this is a remarkable leap forward for the club.
The achievements at the club have drawn admiration from others throughout the season. The team spirit is exceptional and we celebrate every runner’s achievement. Thanks to those who put on an excellent race at Temple Newsam and to the WYWL organisers for their hard work. Thanks also to Graham Cecil Halstead for the excellent photos.
A club record of 31 runners turned out for the 1st race in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League on Sunday 13th December. The first fixture at Stainland was postponed due to torrential rain in the days before and the skies opened again on the day before the Dewsbury race. The course was very muddy with some tough climbs and tricky descents. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Many runners were participating in the WYWL for the first time. The support for everyone was fantastic with many of those who had already crossed the line stayed on to cheer on the rest of the team as they rushed for the line.
First home for QRC was Tom Collinge in 9th. Tom comfortably in 4th place at the end of the final climb but he took a wrong turn in the woods and slipped a few places. It was still a fine run Tom! The male vets competed amongst themselves for the next QRC places. Mick Coe timed his move to perfection and just edged past Martin Firth and Peter Hughes. Jo Horan was the first female home for Queensbury coming home in 10th place. Anna Smith crossed the line soon after and Stacey Cleal came in in 23rd place.
The outstanding team performance on the day was the Female team (4th overall). The Male team was 6th, the Vets team 7th and the overall position at the end of the first race is 5th. There is much to look forward to at the second race in Idle on January 3rd.
The quality of the Queensbury veteran runners was again evident with four absolutely fantastic age-category wins (Anna Smith, Martin Firth, Peter Hughes and Graham Jowett). Jo Horan and Stacey Cleal were 3rd and 4th in their respective categories and Mick Coe was 5th in the exceptional M50 group.
Well done to all. A real credit to Queensbury Running Club and living proof of the great strides the club has made in the last year.
The first West Yorkshire Winter League race, hosted by Dewsbury Road Runners, took place on Sunday 13th December with a HUGE QRC turnout. The results are not available yet but here’s a slideshow of images taken at the race. Pump up the volume and enjoy!
After the first race,the Withins Skyline, Queensbury are second in the team league to Baildon. The Baildon team was particularly impressive at Withins: one of their runners was so determined to finish that she completed the last half of the course with a broken leg and their large points score could not be better deserved. Nevertheless all three Queensbury competitors did well, with Alistair Gale and Lynne Robinson making impressive debuts for the club.
The next races are Cop Hill (1 November) and the Wadsworth Half Trog, an opportunity for Joker double points on 8 November. Please click here for full club and individual scores and the complete list of fixtures. There’s a variety of races through the winter on trail and fell; If you do any of them your points will automatically count in both the club and individual leagues.
Many congratulations to Mick Coe, who won the individual trophy for the summer season.
Airedale Athletics Offroad fixtures to the end of November are:
Wadsworth Half Trog
Harriers v Cyclists
For a full list of fixtures to the end of March, links to more information and details of points workings please follow this link. We hope there will be something here for everyone over the winter season.
Congratulations to Mick Coe, who has won the Airedale Athletics Offroad Trophy for the summer season. After running six tough races including the Wharfedale Half Marathon and Pendle Three Peaks he consolidated his win with sixth place at Beefy’s Nab on 20 September. It was no easy victory, with fewer than 70 points separating the leading three at the finish. Matt Fielding, Stacey Cleal, Lee Hipwell and Anna Smith were also among the first ten individual league runners and Queensbury finished a good third in the team league behind Baildon and Saltaire Striders. In all 17 Queensbury runners put the team points together, a terrific turnout for some beautiful but challenging events.
Five Queensbury runners took part in Beefy’s Nab, short but with a hard climb at the start and a rough descent to the finish. Declan Craven was in third place at the top of the Nab, finishing an excellent fifth overall. Matt Fielding was just outside the top ten in 11th place after the rigours of the the Yorkshireman marathon the previous weekend. Stacey Cleal at 18th narrowly missed a category prize and Abbie Cleal (24th) ran a good confident race to finish minutes ahead of her 2014 time.
The final points for the Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer Challenge are here.
If you do any of the Airedale Athletics offroad fixtures your points are automatically added to the individual and team league tables. These are the first fixtures for the winter season – there will be about 15 between October and March so you can choose events that suit you and your best six scores count. More details will be out soon but meanwhile please check online for information including kit requirements.
Four QRC members joined a small cohort of 87 for the Tour of Norland Moor on Sunday. Congratulations to Stacey who was the 3rd placed female runner and 1st in the F45 category. All those long training runs are paying off. After a niggling injury, Mick had a good run and he was only 30 seconds behind last year’s time. Matt was not far behind and Mary, recovering from illness, came in just over the hour.
The men’s race was won by Rob James (Royton Road Runners) in 37.51. The women’s race was won by Stainland Lions’ Tanya Seager in 40.21. Tanya was placed 6th overall and is running so well that only the best male runners can beat her in her current form.
46.24 (2nd M50)
53.03 (3rd Female and 1st F45)
The 10K Tour of Norland Moor fell/trail race is organized by Halifax Harriers and is a category BM race (according to the FRA, a category B race should average not less than 25 metres climb per kilometer and should not have more than 30% of the race distance on road; the M stands for Medium distance of 10-20 km).
Updated Airedale Athletics points are here. As the season enters its final month Mick has a narrow lead in the individual points table with Lee Hipwell and Matt Fielding also among the first ten runners. Many congratulations.
Fourteen park runners took part in four local runs on Saturday. Two fine personal bests by Rocky Brook and Simon Thomas at Halifax. Karol Whettlock completed her 99th park run and Stacey Cleal chalked up her 129th. For those of us still to reach double figures those are remarkable achievements.
Manycongratulations to Mick Coe for his run at the very tough Pendle Three Peaks on 22 August. His time of 2:08:16 over the 9.8 mile, 2,800ft course shows how challenging the event was: after an arduous route over terrain that is unlike anything in the local area the final ascent was the enormously steep Big End of Pendle Hill.
Mick is second in the individual league with an event in hand and several other Queensbury runners, especially Lee Hipwell, Graham Jowett and Matt Fielding, have had excellent races to move Queensbury into third team place as the season enters its final weeks. Full results are here.
Draft winter fixtures
If you’d like to include other events or if you have any other suggestions please let Anna Smith know.