Ilkley Harriers is a friendly running club based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
We welcome runners of all abilities and running interests and the club provides training and group runs as well as social events for members.
Ilkley Harriers compete in a whole range of running events and our Club League encourages friendly competition between members.
The Club organises races too.
Runners 8-16 are catered for by our thriving junior section.
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From the Committee ...
Helen Waddington and team for the Incline race organisation
Caroline Howe for organising teams for Leeds County Way relays
Jack Wood 6 first places this month
Alison Weston FV50 FRA Fell Champion
Steve Turland 3rd ROC Mountain Marathon
Peter Haines 1st Lakeland District Mountain Trial
Nathan Edmonton 1st Stainland Trail, 2nd Evensplits 5k
Dave Raynier Cumbrian Way ultra gaining enough points for UTMB third year in a row
Oscar Street parkruns and training performances
From Helen Waddington ... Congratulations to all who took part, but particularly to the Harriers who opted for the marathon distance - it really was exceptionally wet and I'm sure those of us doing the 10 Mile felt humbled to think of you all battling it out! I suspect support on the course was depleted as a consequence of the predicted rain and the mental battle for all will have been that much harder. Some first time marathoners (Harry and Clare I know of) so a huge High Five to them, a baptism of, well, WATER I guess! Another impressive time from Derek Oliver, who was 5th in his age category. I did spot at least one other IH vest (lady) but couldn't find their name on the results, so apologies if I have left anyone out! Please send your result in.
10 Mile (1 51:38 Joshua Rowe, Leeds Uni AC/CCC) 694 1:24:43 Helen Waddington 985 1:28:42 Stephanie Fox 1048 1:29:37 Andrew McCallion 1082 1:30:21 Sheena Pickersgill 2155 1;44:43 Rachel Corrigan 3037 finished Marathon (1 2:15:12 Chris Nash_ 343 3:16:31 Derek Oliver (5th V55) 1398 3:52:17 Simon Jenkins 1783 4:04:04 Harry Sime 2322 4:22:59 Clare Boyle 4232 finished
(1 50:39 Alasdair McLeod, Leeds City) 2 50:40 Jack Wood 6 59:04 Ben Sheppard 9 59:56 Jeff Green 31 68:50 Colin Williams 53 76:04 Duncan Cooper 95 finished
From Will Buckton... This was a classic fell race in the Langdale valley with heavy rain, strong wind and poor visibility making the going tough over Thunacar Knott, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and Pike of Blisco. The RO said at the start that less than half of the 520 who had entered turned up and by the finish 62 had retired or missed checkpoints. Ambleside AC did a great job to put on the full route in extreme weather conditions.
(1 2h25:23 Rhys Findlay-Robinson, Dark Peak) 3 2h31:39 Jack Wood 53 3h05:38 Steve Turland 92 3h27:12 Roy Ruddle 125 3h49:28 Will Buckton 180 finished
From Dick Waddington...Adventures into Wonderland is a new series of trail races (a half marathon, marathon and a 64km ultra) in Perthshire, just north of Edinburgh. I was on the hunt for some more points for a UTMB-series race in the Alps next year and the ultra fitted the bill nicely. The climbing of 2000m was a bit less than I am used to, which was good given a current lack of fitness. Watching the forecast the week before was a bit dispiriting - they were adamant is would rain A LOT on Saturday. It started raining at about 6:45, just before the start, so I put my waterproofs on. The variety of terrain was amazing though, starting off on woodland trails and then climbing onto sketchy moorland trods, dropping through forestry land and down into an RSPB reserve (with a mandated walking section for a few hundred metres - a first for me). The 20,000 pink-footed geese that spend the winter there were very vocal! More moors and woodland and some lovely low angled descents on very runnable tracks were satisfying. A housing estate at the far end of the course made for a pleasant change. Farm land with impressive castle and very butch sheep led back to the RSPB reserve and the finish - still raining, still in full waterproofs. The marshals were all very enthusiastic and helpful, the race organisers dressed as the mad hatter and there was even a white rabbit marshal out on the course. The finishers medal is a Queen of Hearts playing card - what else?
(1 6h36:34 James Crozier) 13 8h23:47 Dick Waddington 34 finished
From Andrew Merrick ...
Having enjoyed the experience in 2016, I went back for another attempt this year.
The logistics of this well organised North to South run are best handled by staying in Cartmel on the Friday night and catching the early coach to Caldbeck for the run South, an 8am start. It is the first time I have hired a camper van for that purpose, which I would definitely do again.
It was also a first for me that I have done a long race during which it has rained the entire time, necessitating a rope guide line for the river crossing before the climb up Blencathra, and making Halls Fell Ridge (even) less pleasant than usual. I wasn't expecting to describe the descent off Blencathra as the highlight of my day.....
And the final first ... I bailed at the second check point, almost 11 hours and as many falls into the race. 11 hours in which I had completed 29 miles..... My first DNF, but it was the right call, despite having done all the hard work, the route becoming somewhat flatter after Ambleside.
From below Blencathra, the route takes you up Clough Head for a run across the tops before descending to check point 2 in Ambleside. Whilst the incessant rain was manageable, the wind from Clough Head onwards was really challenging, the particular low light being the battle up Fairfield, before a slippery run down to sanctuary. As I search for the positives from yesterday, the camper van was a definite success, dampened only by having to wade through a flooded camp site to get back to it yesterday evening.... ... And only one of my cuts required a dressing, applied by a member of the very helpful support team, who also very kindly found me a mug, mine having succumbed in another fall... A race that I would still recommend, despite this experience!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:52 Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners) 3 18:41 Steven Gott 4 19:23 Michael Lomas 11 20:43 Steve Murray 52 24:02 Martyn Stocker 313 ran Harrogate (1 17:46 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers) 8 19:20 Helen Thurston 1st F 369 ran Portrush (1 17:15 Jamie McKee, U/A) 71 29:02 Hilda Coulsey 132 ran Krakow (1 15:37 Daniel Mikielski, U/A) 73 23:42 Tom Worboys 169 ran Skipton (1 18:12 Luke Moses, Telford AC) 11 20:59 Jonathan Schneider 15 21:23 Martin Archer 139 ran Fulham Palace (1 17:12 Vincent Riviere, U/A) 17 19:30 Rob Cunningham 459 ran Llanerchaeron (1 22:52 Lorne Kerr, Kilmarnock Harriers) 5 27:33 Mike Baldwin 22 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:53 Christian Holmes, Wharfedale Harriers) 45 26:44 Oscar Street 76 29:54 Paula Reynier 139 41:20 Dave Reynier 161 ran
From Caroline Howe ... Petra has been telling us for years what a fantastic race this is, and I can now corroborate that claim!! This was such a beautiful course that I found myself regretting halfway round that I hadn't entered the full marathon... I truly didn't want the race to end! Undulating, but in the good sort of way where you feel the benefit of the downhills more than the struggle of the uphills. Mainly nice spongy forest trails, with some gravelly bits and a tiny bit of road. Incredible views across Kielder Water while winding through the trees, in serene forest surroundings. A freezing cold start warmed up a little to make for good running conditions. I set out steady - it was quite congested for the first few miles - and then found some rhythm. After a hilly mid-section I was pleased to finish strongly. But in all honesty, this was a race to simply enjoy, and not one in which to chase down a pb. I snuck in just under 1:45 and just outside the top 10 females. It was great to see the only other Harrier, Petra, at the start but sadly her calf injury got the better of her and she had to retire. David didn't even get that far unfortunately... an illness over the past few weeks meant he didn't make it to the start line of the marathon, but I think we will both return to this beautiful part of the world for the race next year and I encourage all Harriers to consider this one... as well as the half and full marathons, there's also a 10k and run-bike-run on the Saturday, so something for everyone!!
(1 1:15:57 Luke Adams, South Shields) 116 1:44:38 Caroline Howe 894 finished
From Colin Williams ... as Caroline said about the Kielder Half Marathon, the Kielder Marathon is a fantastic race with a route around Kielder Water with lots of ups and downs on good forest tracks, I too would recommend it to other Harriers. A great event and very well organised. I ran the Marathon in a time of 3hr 33 min 20 second earning 49th position. It was won by Russell Maddams of Keswick AC for a second year running in a time of 2hr 46 min 24 seconds (6 seconds slower than last year)... 648 ran.
(1 41:51 Callum Davidson, Ribble Valley) 2 42:22 Nathan Edmondson 134 60:51 Darryl Stead 158 63:26 Robert Budding 246 finished
(1 3:30:23 Keswick AC) 29 4:47:39 Ilkley men 60 5:28:08 Ilkley ladies 70 teams completed
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Richmond (1 16:53 Martin Shore, Thames Hare and Hounds) 6 19:17 Rob Cunningham 429 ran Bradford (1 17:47 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners) 12 20:17 Rhys Jones 401 ran Skipton (1 17:56 Samuel William, U/A) 16 21:50 Malcolm Pickering 18 22:04 Jonathan Schneider 72 26:37 Anna Pickering 165 ran Keswick (1 17:54 Steve Halsall, Westerlands XC Club) 37 23:10 Geoff Howard 204 ran Bramley (1 17:16 Patrick Vis, Southport Waterloo) 3 18:38 Steven Gott 129 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:17 Andrew Humphries, Airecentre Pacers) 40 24:58 Oscar Street 56 26:08 Will Worboys 92 29:10 Paula Reynier 234 ran
From Malcolm Pickering ... Anna Pickering ran a PB.
1 2:22:24 Jack Wood 77 finished
From Caroline Howe...
This run is organised by Yorkshire Water and raises money for Water Aid. This was the 6th running of it but first time at Swinsty Reservoir. The fact that I finished 3rd lady gives an indication of the size of the field... just 119 finishers. It was twice round Swinsty rather than one lap round both - probably to halve the number of marshalls needed! A very pleasant affair supporting a good cause!
(1 36:39 Alex Robinson) 17 47:43 Caroline Howe 119 finished
From Sally Armitage ... results ...
(1 33:38 Chris Livesey, Salford Harriers) 121 44:36 Sally Armitage 1428 ran
From Peter Shields ... very well organised at not an extortionate entry fee! I had a good tussle with a fellow V70, who eventually got the better of me in the last km. Interestingly I have been running against this chap for 50+ years over various distances and never got within 2 mins of him, today I thought was going to be my day, but still some consolation I got 31secs nearer to him, must try harder!! There was a field of 343 runners of which 152 were females and 191 were males.
(1 33:04 Mathew Hill, Wakefield and District AC) 130 49:20 Peter Shields
From Steve Turland ... I did the long score ROC mountain marathon at the weekend based in the north Lakes. After 7 hours on the first day I was in 6th position overnight, but managed to pick up 3 places on day 2, finishing 3rd overall and 1st vet. Really well planned course over some difficult terrain.
From Adrian Hall ...
A well-organised set of races beginning and ending in Ravenscar and taking in sections of the Cleveland Way and Robin Hood's Bay. Despite a cold start the blue skies, sun and predominantly dry course made for a very enjoyable race of c 26.8 miles / 3600 ft. The '10 k' (7.1 miles), 'half marathon' (15.1 miles) and ultra (33.6 miles) courses are run over the same area and timed for a mass finish making for a great event.
Marathon results ...
(1 3:29:40 David Boulton) 5 3:56:54 Adrian Hall 66 Finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:44 Andrew Humphries, Airecentre Pacers) 7 20:00 Steve Murray 396 ran Krakow (1 17:34 Pawel Strekowski ITMBW Krakow) 30 21:25 Sally Malir 164 ran Skipton (1 17:15 Andrew Cairns, Skipton AC) 5 19:23 Will Buckton 8 20:00 Colin Williams 15 20:38 Kate Archer 1st F 22 21:31 Malcolm Pickering 65 25:16 Rachel Carter 102 27:16 Anna Pickering 198 ran Lancaster (1 17:50 Sam Harrison,Bowland Fell Runners) 145 28:44 Karen Lambe 288 ran Middleton Woods (1 17:21 Jonathan Walton, Leeds City AC) 17 22:59 Geoff Howard 90 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:19 Matthew Warters, U/A) 61 26:26 Will Worboys 266 ran
From Hilda Coulsey...
There were fewer runners, it seemed, this month, race 8 in this 5k series at the Brownlee Centre. An exciting finish ended the A race with Nathan Edmondson coming in second in a fantastic time of 15:55 losing by a second to John Hobbs, Valley Striders, and beating Joe Sagar, Spenborough, into third by 3 seconds! Congratulations to Harry Stead finishing under 20 mins for the first time.
(1 15:54 John Hobbs, Valley Striders) 2 15:55 Nathan Edmondson 52 19:51 Harry Stead 59 20:23 Catherine Westhead 66 20:39 Robert Budding 108 23:37 Nicola Budding 121 24:49 Hilda Coulsey
From Gavin Lamb ...
Inaugural race which may not have quite advertised itself quite enough (based on my finishing position!) 18 mile trail race
(1 2:03:45 Ben Hamilton) 2 2:23:49 Gavin Lamb 42 finished
From John Hayes ...
There was a good turnout from the Harriers at the Ilkley Duathlon. When we entered back in May (in a mad online scramble for places) it was called the Ilkley Triathlon. But ongoing repairs to the roof of Ilkley indoor pool meant they had to replace the swim leg with another run.
I did ask one of the marshals if the organisers had pondered using the lido. Apparently they did, but this would have meant compulsory wetsuits which some entrants would not have had. I can understand this, although as an avid fan of the lido (without a wetsuit) I was rather sad to miss that opportunity, not least as it may have given me an advantage! For those who have never entered the event, it is great fun. Brilliantly organised and catering for all abilities, it is one of my favourite events on the race calendar. I hope to be back next year, by which time I assume that the indoor pool roof will have been fixed.
From Jonathan Sinclair... Perhaps not surprisingly so far from home I think I was the only Harrier (running with my daughter Zoe who lives in Bristol). Rained all the way through the race turning blue and sunny immediately afterwards. The course goes up the gorge and back then takes a labyrinthine route through the city centre for the second half. No proper hills but a bit of undulation. About the same entry as the Leeds Half. 241st and 3rd in my age category in 1:26:42.
From Will Buckton ... Fairly dry for this year's run up and down Great Whernside from Kettlewell. AS 6.5km 475m Good turnout from Harriers for the league.
(1 29:40 Joe Baxter Pudsey & Bramley) 14 35:55 Istvan Jacso 28 38:39 Jim Ryder 42 40:18 Will Buckton 44 40:31 Colin Williams 45 40:37 Peter Shelley 48 41:01 Helen Thurston 56 42:23 Alistair Barlow 77 45:17 Chantal Busby 78 46:15 Alison Weston 87 48:01 Jo Foster 126 finished
From Hilda Coulsey ... It has been confirmed that Alison Weston is the 2018 FV50 Fell champion (FRA)
Neil Chapman's circuit training starts tonight, 7pm at IGS gym. £2. Details on the training page.
From Steve Brennan ... Euan Brennan ran for GBR this weekend in the World Mountain Running Championships in Andorra. This year's event was uphill only. Euan finished in 29th position with the team of Junior Men winning the Silver medal.
1 17:29 Jack Wood 5 18:54 Jack Cummings 20 20:50 Jeff Green 26 21:31 Iain Gibbons 48 23:25 Paul Calderbank 141 finished
1 41:07 Nathan Edmondson 148 finished
From Peter Shields ... Spent Greenway 10k including the Northern Masters 10k Champs. Sally Malir 44th, 1st VW50 and VW50 Northern Champ-44:01; Peter Shields 71st, 1st V70, 50:10; 140 ran.
From Alison Weston...A great run up from Hathersage village along Stanage Edge and back through fields organised by the Fat Boys running club. Won by Thomas Bond from Dark Park in 40.37 mins Alison Weston 140th in 58.26
From Simon Jenkins...
3 Harriers set off to tackle the epic and iconic 3 Shires rammed into a small Toyota. It looked to be a nice sunny day but as soon as the runners started to ascend a thick mist cut visibility down to just a few meters.
Jack Wood set off at an incredible pace with only the 5 times winner Ricky Lightfoot able to stay with him. They ran together battling for the lead and were still neck and neck with 150 meters to go. Jack found the inner strength to just push harder and out sprinted Ricky for an incredible win.
Helen Wood put in another brilliant performance. Having never ran anywhere near this distance or been in a fell race, she ran fantastically to be the 2nd lady.
I had several navigational errors but managed to get round the course which was an achievement for me. But I reckon my fmotivational banter in the car helped Jack and Helen to their great performances.
1 1:54:30 Jack Wood 92 2:48:55 Helen Wood 2nd Lady 196 3:41:23 Simon Jenkins 233 Ran
From Geoff Howard... For the second year running (and second in fifty four years) I ran a mile on a track at Leeds Beckett Carnegie campus on Saturday. A hundred and eighteen others did likewise distributed over thirteen 'heats' in sequence from anticipated slowest to fastest. Called the Leeds Golden Mile, the event was organised by EvenSplits who provided times to the nearest 1/10th of a second seemingly from two guys with stopwatches stood on the same stepladder (Roger Bannister at Iffley Road 1954 style) which seemed odd given that their website extols the virtues of all the super duper latest electronic equipment they can supply for customers' events. Still it was a very well organised, friendly and enjoyable occasion - maybe I'm just a little miffed at being timed 0.5 of a second slower than last year. By the time the creme de la creme ran I was well away on the bus back to Ilkley which, in retrospect, was a pity because of the stellar top end performances (six runners under five minutes, 45 year old Martin Fillingham of Saltaire Striders blowing everyone else away with his 85.92% age graded performance in fifth place & Ilkley Harrier's Steven Gott in twelfth place).
(1 4:41.4 Peter Surennen, ADD 12 5:06.6 Steven Gott 84 6:30.2 Geoff Howard 119 ran
From Hilda Coulsey...
The thing about a parkrun totally on the beach is that times depend significantly on conditions so that there are only 5 men under 17 mins and 11 women under 20 mins in its 320 event history. I thought that beating the FV 65 record of 27:00 set in 2014 was surely doable! This is my 4th attempt this year, reasons to visit entirely independent from tide and weather, and with tide half way back in, a "moderate" wind and squally drizzle I did it. Stunning scenery on the north coast of Northern Ireland.
From Steve Murray ...
Six Harriers headed over the hills to Keighley for the inaugural parkrun at Cliff Castle on Sat 15th Sept, to make up the 453 runners! It was a great atmosphere, with organisers, volunteers and runners excited to get underway on the 3 and a bit lap course. A picturesque start in front of the museum with a nice fast downhill, followed by a long flat section should have given away what was coming. A sharp left and into a steep hill on a narrow path, followed by another sharp left and another uneven hill section, before a flat and twisty downhill back to the start. Three laps later and a hard left after the downhill section for an uphill sprint to the finish. A tough and challenging 5k addition to the parkrun series, not for the PB hunters but one to feel you've earned the coffee! Great performance by Lucy Williamson who was 16th overall and 1st lady.
From Roy Ruddle ... Unfortunately conditions meant that this first running of the Ben Nevis Ultra took place on the bad weather route (51 km 1700m ascent), which featured about 40 km of trail/valley running and only 15 km on the mountains. The proper route included the Carn Mor Dearg arete and parts of the Ring of Steall, and would have been much more enjoyable. That said, the race organisation and en-route support was fantastic, particularly from Brian Melia who was manning check point 2!
(1 3:48:02 Jonathan Albon, UK) 211 6:35:30 Roy Ruddle 287 7:18:48 Jamie Hutchinson 368 ran
From Jane McCarthy...
Six more great races in the Harriers League since June, and with some clever Wildcard scores the standings are as follows: Hilda Coulsey leads the overall League with 911 points from a maximum of 10 scoring races after a superb 109 points from Skipton Park Run as her Wildcard entry. With only 6 more races remaining in the 2018 League Hilda will be difficult to beat, but hot on her heels are Trail League leader Jonathan Turner (814 points from 9 races) and Road League leader Colin Williams (726 points from 8 races) - both of whom can still declare a Wildcard. All runners can still improve their average points in the final races as the League takes the best scores over a maximum of 3 races in each discipline (or 4 races for the individual Leagues).
In fourth place overall is Alison Weston (613 points), fifth placed is Jean Sullivan (561 points) and sixth placed is Fiona Schneider (538 points) - all from 7 races. Fell League leader Jack Cummings is in seventh place overall, scoring in 5 races, but leads the Fell standings with an almighty 396 points from 4 races - a maximum 100 points earned in his win at Addingham Gala. The remaining races are Great Wherneside (Fell) on 24th September, Bradford Park Run (Road) on 3rd November, Burley Moor (Fell) on 10th November, PECO (Trail) end Nov. TBC, The Stoop (Fell) on 16th December and finally Ribble Valley 10K - a great PB course finishing the year on 29th December. Happy Racing!!!!
As always, any mistakes, please contact Jane McCarthy at email@example.com
Results and remaining events on the League page.
From Steve Murray ... A small group of 4 Harriers ran the Vale of York half marathon on Sunday morning. A very flat course looked like a great choice for my first half marathon race when I finally signed up on Thursday. On a warm and cloudy day the first 8 miles went according to plan but then the tailwind no one realised we had became a headwind for most of the race back and things got a bit tougher. The planned speedy finish never materialised but was pleased with the time and to get the first one under the belt. Excellent performance by Will Simmons who came home 23rd.
(1 1:11:48 Kev Jeffress,Sunderland Harriers & AC) 23 1:18:28 Will Simmons 107 1:26:21 David Westhead 227 1:33:47 Steve Murray 388 1:40:31 Michael Abrams-Cohen 1542 finished
From Caroline Howe... A rare fell race for me, but a doable and enjoyable one! Jann Smith and Steve Gott were the other Harriers who took part.
(1 24:44 Luke Maude, Barlick) 4 26:36 Steven Gott 33 35:28 Jann Smith 47 37:42 Caroline Howe 70 finished
From Ben Sheppard... There was a good turnout of Harriers for the Yorkshireman off-road marathon (26.2 miles and 3,200 ft) and half marathon (14.6 miles and 1,800 ft). A nice mixed terrain race with some remote moorland and not too much tarmac. Great runs on the Half included Istvan Jacso coming 3rd, Martin Archer and Gavin Lamb getting under 2 hours and Paul Castle close behind. Adela Reperecki completed the marathon, as did Colin Williams in around 4 hours - an improvement of around 30 minutes on last year. Not knowing the way, I worked hard in the middle of the race to go with the leading pack who were pulling away. It worked for me until the last few miles when I was dropped by the front three and had to get the map out and fumble my way home on an empty tank.
Marathon (1 3:23:03 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate) 4 3:36:35 Ben Sheppard 18 4:01:31 Colin Williams 80 5:04:52 Adela Reperecki 146 finished Half (1 1:40:08 Robi Howie, Wharfedale) 3 1:47:14 Istvan Jacso 22 1:56:49 Martin Archer 25 1:59:48 Gavin Lamb 40 2:03:07 Paul Castle 50 2:07:03 Pauline Munro 61 2:08:22 Lucy Williamson 105 2:24:23 Simon Jenkins 172 2:46:33 Elizabeth Price 252 finished
From Jack Wood... Me and Will Buckton drove to Grasmere this morning for the 64th Lake District Mountain Trial. This event tests your speed, stamina and ability to navigate through the mountains. The 'Classic' course has been won numerous times by fell running legends Joss Naylor and Billy Bland. Today the route covered over 20 miles and 2000m climb with 11 checkpoints to find. After a slow start I was happy to stretch my legs on the more runnable section from Steel Fell towards the Langdale Pikes. However as running time passed 4 hours I started to get tired and was overtaken on Silver Howe by eventual winner Nic Barber who had started 4 minutes behind me (the race is run in time trial format). Will did well to find the first few 5 checkpoints considering he's still learning how to map read but nobly retired at Dunmail Raise when he realised he didn't pack his headtorch. He is keen to return for another attempt next year. Pete Haines of Ilkley ran well to win the short course.
Classic (1 4:21:02 Nicholas Barber, Pennine) 2 4:33:07 Jack Wood 67 finished Short 1 3:34:06 Peter Haines 68 finished
6444 1:55:42 Charlotte Smithson 11543 2:06:48 Chris Cunningham 18939 2:19:32 Jo Pattinson 19769 2:20:52 Alec StanleyHyde
1 10:39 Jack Wood 33 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:28 Jack Kelly, U/A) 99 25:47 Will Worboys 112 26:15 Oscar Street 127 26:56 Paula Reynier 391 ran Harrogate (1 17:36 Matthew Wilkinson, Nidd Valley RR) 110 24:11 Alison Weston 432 ran Skipton 1 16:48 Jack Wood 12 21:11 Jonathan Schneider 78 26:58 Fiona Schneider 108 29:25 Bernie Gibbons 182 ran Clapham Common (1 15:32 unknown) 12 18:59 Rob Cunningham 513 ran
From Helen Waddington... Another successful Ilkley Incline due, as always, to the tremendous effort from all the helpers, Marshalls and runners who took park. The atmosphere is always great for this event with lots of Harriers taking part (28 - many of whom won their age category and 1st Male and 2nd Female going to the Wood family!).. It was another high quality field - 14 runners making it under 9 minutes and 18 going under the magic 10! But all runners who tackle this course are to be congratulated - I have never done it and dread the day I have to give it a go! We have an amazing team of people who each year give their time to make it all work like clockwork. We would like to thank Neil Chapman for timing and setting up, Jann Smith, Paul Carman and Sarah Hayes helping man the registration which is crucial, Julie Melechi who always controls the traffic for us on the road, Sarah for sweeping, Rob King and Andrew McCarthy who get the results down in double quick time on their MTBs, John Hayes and Toni Melechi who helped Dick and Neil out at the finish funnel and also packing up. We had Graham Weston who was taking photos - can't wait to see them, and Jane McCarthy in her usual vital role of finalising the results and prizes. I would also like to thank Caroline Howe for being a general helper and assistant. It is truly a team effort and makes our lives so much easier on the night so THANK YOU!!!
More photos on Facebook.
(1 12:00 Ted Mason, Wharfedale 12 14:20 Iain Gibbons 47 18:34 Jann Smith 68 finished
From Sally Armitage... I'd been looking forward to this race for months and, having been injured on and off for much off the year, was super excited to be able to run on Sunday. However, the hot weather made it challenging and after setting off too fast I really struggled. It's a lovely course though and the atmosphere is fantastic, already excited for next year!
(1 33:35 Callum Elson, Roundhay Runners) 138 47:08 Sally Armitage 312 54:12 Charlotte Smithson 318 54:23 Chris Cunningham 427 58:22 Sheena Pickersgill 436 58:41 Jonathan Turner 438 58:42 Dawn Turner 462 59:22 Alex Stanley-Hyde 581 64:02 Emma Curren 873 ran
(1 13:42 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 10 16:40 Iain Gibbons 13 16:49 Steven Gott 25 19:13 Roy Ruddle 66 finished
From Caroline Howe ... The Leeds Country Way relay, organised by Kippax Harriers since 1990, starts and finishes in Garforth, circumnavigating Leeds in six 10-12 mile legs via Wakefield, Morley, Thornbury, Golden Acre Park and Thorner.
Jonathan Turner and Steve Murray got the team off to a solid start on leg 1, finishing the 11.75 miles in 1:26, in 19th position (out of 58 teams). Steve deserves a special mention for willingly taking on this leg, which meant a 5.45am alarm call, having just returned from a 2 week holiday late the previous evening - that is commitment! Huge kudos to Jonathan too who subsequently ran the Wetherby 10k in the afternoon!
Leg 2, 11 miles from Stanley to Morley, was run by Mike Abrams Cohen and Will Buckton who discovered new levels of usefulness of a Garmin, following the .gpx trail of this very tough and tricksy route in South Leeds. Mike and Will were 19th fastest in 1:32, and managed to gain a couple of places to hand over the baton in 17th.
A superb performance by Michael Lomas and Andrew Overend on the 9.8 mile hilly leg 3 saw them post the 8th fastest time of 1:13, gaining the team another four places in the process, to hand over to Jack Wood and Istvan Jacso at Thornbury in 13th position.
Jack and Istvan's route was an 11.5 mile convoluted course from Thornbury to Golden Acre Park - considered by many the toughest leg - and the pair gave a storming performance of 1:20, which was the second fastest time, and saw them overtake five teams before handing over the baton in 8th place.
Jean and I were soon on our way out of Golden Acre. However, the downside to a 1:30pm start soon became apparent, as the sun beat down hard on us. The scenic route was largely over open fields, exposed to the heat with very little shade, and by the time we got to halfway, we were flagging. It soon became about just getting round. Despite having diligently reccied the course (most of it twice) in our exhaustion we almost went the wrong way near the end - but mercifully a kind dog walker kept us right. It's no exaggeration to say these were the hottest conditions I have run in, and our finishing time was 1:38. However, we were pleased to discover that we were the 6th fastest ladies pair out of 24 (31st place overall on the leg). On finishing, we had dropped several places, handing over in 14th position.
With Jean and I collapsed in a heap in Thorner, Malcolm Pickering and David Howe set off on the 10 miles to the finish, and managed a solid leg of 1:24, only dropping one further place, to carry the team over the line in 15th position out of 58 (24th fastest on the leg), and a total time of 8 hours and 35 minutes.
This was a fantastic event to be a part of, and the feedback from the team has been universally positive, and enthusiastic about returning next year. Running in an event like this is a different experience with different challenges to a normal race (running as a pair, navigating the unmarked route, the logistics of dropping off cars!) but the reward is great - you get a real buzz from being part of a team, eagerly awaiting the text updates from the other runners, and the excitement of awaiting the baton at the crossover point where there is a great atmosphere. This and similar relays like BMW are suitable for all runners at the club, and are as a competitive or as fun as you want to make them, so please do consider taking part next year when the call comes - it would be great to get more teams out there in 2019!
From Jann Smith ... Paul Carman completed another ultra event which starts North of Skiddaw above Caldbeck running along the Cumbria Way to Latrigg , then up Skiddaw and back to the start. 45.9 miles / 7000 feet. He came 11th in 8 hours and 40 minutes.
(1 1:27:35 Finlay Wild, Lochaber) 165 2:04:52 Steve Turland 349 2:30:03 Alison Weston 488 finished
From Colin Williams... At 12:00 on Saturday I set off with 220 other runners and walkers to try my luck at the 43 Bullock Smithy Race. Run by 3rd Hazel Grove scout group, the circular route covers a distance of 56 miles and around 8,100 feet of climb, competitors need to visit 14 checkpoints in turn, the route between them is up to you, the route finding is a little complicated in places so reviewing the route before the day would have been useful. The weather forecast for Saturday was overcast, but on the day the sun shone all afternoon making the running very hard going. This is a great event with some fantastic support at each of the checkpoints and when you finish you get served a full breakfast. The full results aren't available yet, but I finished in equal 10th place in a time of 13 hour 16 minutes, the race was won by Rory Harris in a time of 8 hours 52 minutes.
At the event presentation I was awarded the Axe Edge trophy, for the fastest time by a adult member of the scout association.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Cardiff (1 16:25 Daniel Hamilton, Abingdon AC) 4 17:09 Alex Hirst 576 ran Halifax (1 17:42 Harry Johnson, Halifax Harriers) 64 27:26 Tim Buckingham 126 ran Bradford (1 17:00 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders) 68 23:41 Oscar Street 125 26:35 Paula Reynier 427 ran Harrogate (1 16:01 Andy Grant, Leeds City AC) 10 19:12 Pauline Munro 1st F 457 ran Clumber Park (1 19:11 Jake Wilson, U/A) 83 25:44 Stephanie Fox 320 ran Skipton 1 17:38 Jack Wood 10 20:08 Mark Mon-Williams 30 22:52 Rebecca Mon-Williams 206 ran Clapham Common (1 16:48 Nic Errol, U/A) 19 19:00 Rob Cunningham 491 ran Dishley, Loughborough (1 16:29 Mark Powell, Leicester Coritanian AC) 3 18:04 Stephen Coy 100 25:24 Gaenor Coy 347 ran