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 Petra Bijsterveld...
Helen Waddington and I were the only two Harriers running at the
annual Summer Mile in Hyde Park, efficiently and cheerfully organised
by Hyde Park Harriers. Tom Adams was prevented from defending his 2015
win by being in Italy for the European Mountain Running Championships.
The mile is run over an almost flat two lap course on the tarmac
paths, with chip timing and a beautiful medal for all. We were set off
in 14 consecutive heats of about 20 runners each, matched for
predicted pace and gradually getting faster. There was also a heat of
race walkers (winning time 6:08!!). After heavy rain much of the
afternoon we had a lovely sunny evening which made the whole event
very pleasant, apart from the small inconvenience of having to run
How hard can it be? Though I had never raced a mile before I was under no illusions that it was going to be anything other than very unpleasant. And I was right. The start was just ever so slightly uphill and after about 200 meters I already felt like stopping and lying down. However, by focussing on overtaking one of my office colleagues I managed to gain momentum, and by the second lap it actually felt slightly easier, within the spectrum of terrible agony that is. The going was not entirely without hazard as it was slippery after the rain, the tarmac was broken and uneven in some places, there were a few corners to negotiate and the setting sun was in our eyes. All good excuses! Helen ran a fantastic 7:02 to come second in her category and I was pleased enough with 7:48. I also managed to stay ahead of my colleague so the office hierarchy has been maintained. Thanks to Neil Chapman for coming down especially to support and encourage us from the sidelines which I am sure knocked a couple of seconds off.
(1 4:48 Adam Stacey, U/A) 135 7:02 Helen Waddington 170 7:48 Petra Bijsterveld 216 ran
(1 44:27 Kevin-Malachy Murphy, Harrogate Harriers, first finisher) (132 30:05 Paul Millgate, Wetherby, fastest runnner) 43 35:22 Steve Murray 58 42:08 Geoffrey White 110 51:46 Tracy Russell 111 51:46 Sally Wright 203 42:04 Sarah Hayes 208 51:39 Laura Dawes 215 37:50 Lucy Williamson 218 51:27 Donald Macrae 232 53:23 Sue Williamson 240 finished
From Val Kerr ... I had decided to enter this 13.5 mile event (run by the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association) as a road back to fitness as it was billed as a challenge rather than a race and I knew that I could always walk if the going got tough. Adela Reperecki had also entered so we decided to go round together. The first part of the challenge involved a very hot 2 mile run along the Dales Way footpath from Kettlewell to Starbottom. This was followed by a long, hot ascent of Buckden Pike via the lead mine path and an extremely boggy descent down past the war memorial to Cam Gill Road. After drinking copious amounts of water at the refreshment station we headed up Great Whernside and finished off with a lovely run down through the grassy fields back into Kettlewell. A paddle in the river, pie and peas and lovely cakes greated us in Kettlewell village hall. Our finishing time was not impressive (3:22:00) but was immaterial as we had both enjoyed being back on the fells again.
From Jack Wood ...
Me and Dan took on the Daz Holloway Buttermere race on Saturday and were beaten! The route is a 22mile (2500m climb) horseshoe going up one side of the Buttermere valley to Honister Pass and coming back the other. I felt fine for the first couple of hours but then the wheels started coming off and spent much of the second half walking. Dan made it to Newlands Hause but the refreshments put on there by the marshals were so good he just couldn't go on. A great selection of cakes were a consolation at the finish.
(1 4:18:06 Simon Booth, Borrowdale) 18 5:14:03 Jack Wood 76 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:30 John Hobbs, Valley Striders AC) 29 20:35 Tom Worboys 346 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 16:51 Craig Shearer, KCAC) 95 25:37 Alex Stanley-Hyde 352 ran Harrogate Stray (1 16:25 Andy Grant, Harrogate Harriers) 184 25:58 Julie Elmes 369 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:12 Jake Ridding, U/A) 5 18:59 Paul Carman 31 21:44 Jann Smith 108 27:43 Polly Crawley (junior) 181 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:12 Jonathan Tipper, U/A) 4 18:05 Alex Hirst 205 ran
(1 36:47 Ali Burns, Valley Striders) 7 38:00 Matthew Cox 10 38:36 Jack Cummings 13 39:50 Paul Carman 15 40:35 Ben Sheppard 36 43:01 Paul Calderbank 40 44:07 John Hayes 45 44:48 David Fotsyon 48 44:59 Jane McCarthy 2nd lady 72 48:36 Chantel Busby 83 49:08 Lucy Williamson 88 49:42 Mary Gibbons 89 49:46 Jann Smith 91 50:11 Paul Stephens 93 50:17 Outi Kamarainen 103 54:19 Alison Weston 115 58:12 Peter Lewis 124 63:51 Amanda Newham 128 finished
From Alex Hyde ... A beautiful evening on the longest day saw the inaugural Solstice Saunter 5 mile race at Bolton Abbey. A challenging course with some serious slopes through Strid Wood out to Barden bridge and back finishing opposite the Cav Pav. The small matter of a clash with England v Slovakia meant that the field was 75% female which gave me a rather flattering finishing place of 98th out of 457 in a time of 47:01 .... but I'll take that!! Great organisation, lovely atmosphere and a medal and bottle of Timothy Taylor's at the finish made it all worthwhile.
From Paul Stephens ... A superb multi-terrain 10k which I first ran in 1994 although the course has changed a couple of times since. Well organised and friendly with markers every kilometre and plenty of marshalls and spectators. I was a couple of minutes off the pace this year and finished 116 out of 476 in 49:22. The first 2km are on the road followed by about 5km on rough tracks and a muddy footpath through the woods in the Fulneck valley before a steep climb back into Pudsey and the final 3km on the road. At the finish, fruit - I had a banana - and a flourescent orange technical t-shirt. Sue Williamson was the only other Harrier there. Her first time. I hope she enjoyed it.
(1 35:26 Tesfaye Debele, Leeds) 116 49:22 Paul Stephens 386 67:50 Sue Williamson 476 finished
From Sarah Edwards ... This was a short 4 mile fell race but threw as much as they could at us in that distance (including 1500ft of climb): very steep scramble up from the start, not so steep runnable up, a bit of flat then a runnable descent followed by a leg wobbling final downhill. Throw in a river crossing, stile and a wall to jump over at the end and there's nothing more a fell race needs. Except tea and ice cream afterwards (which was available at the gala)! Great afternoon. Results ...
(1 34:17 Jamie Parkinson, P&B) 2 34:51 Jack Wood 8 38:52 Jack Cummings 9 39:05 Paul Carman 14 42:14 Alex Hirst 18 43:56 David Robinson 27 45:28 Nick Pearce 29 45:32 Richard Joel 55 49:31 Norman Bush 57 49:48 Mary Gibbons 63 51:09 Jann Smith 73 52:43 Sarah Edwards 98 finished Ilkley had 1st and 4th men's teams and 1st ladies team
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 15:50 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC) 31 20:14 Tom Worboys 355 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 16:48 Sam Clegg, Idle AC) 274 31:29 Alex Stanley-Hyde 408 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:02 unknown) 209 26:45 Julie Elmes 357 ran Rushcliffe (1 17:31 Oliver Matharu, U/A) 11 19:29 Adam Rhodes 358 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:27 Tom Pratt, Leeds and Bradford Tri Club) 99 27:11 Hilda Coulsey 101 27:24 Polly Crawley (junior) 186 ran
A race (1 14:59 Ben Fish, Blackburn) 2 15:02 Tom Adama 19 16:08 Matt Newell 22 16:12 Cameron Reilly 37 ran B race (1 17:05 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire) 41 19:17 Mark Iley 62 ran
From Pete Shields ...
Mark Iley ran well in the B race as 3rd V50. In the A race Ilkley had Tom Adams, Matt Newell and Cameron Reilly on the start line. Tom was looking to get under 15 mins, he very nearly succeeded running a very close second to Ben Fish of Blackburn Harriers in 15:02, the sub 15 is not far away from him on this form. The other Ilkley interests both ran very mature races in top class company, both got PB's - Cameron was timed at 16:12 which still keeps him as 2nd fastest for his age in the country.
Ilkley have hit a rich seam of young male athletes alongside tonight's three runners there is Jack Wood, Ruaridh Mon-Williams, Oscar Stapelton and others who can hold their own in any company, relays come to mind!!
Applause must go to Steve and Arthur the supportive fathers and Tom's wife for adding to the Ilkley presence in the inclement conditions.
(1 26:16 Jamil Parapia, Otley) 28 30:13 Daniel Hayes 75 33:35 Steve Murray 86 34:07 Sally Malir 105 35:01 Lucy Williamson 132 36:19 Sarah Edwards 164 37:43 Sarah Hayes 197 39:53 Geoffrey White 241 41:46 Hilda Coulsey 243 41:49 Peter Lewis 256 42:47 Julie Elmes 287 45:04 Donald Macrae 299 46:22 Sue Williamson 306 46:49 Kate Lofthouse 317 48:12 Laura Dawes 319 48:45 Sally Wright 337 finished
Report from Alison Weston ... I decided to enter the LDWA Swaledale marathon this year, getting close on 20 years since I last ran it! A lovely route from Fremington near Reeth climbing 4,000ft in 23 miles on mainly gradual ascents. Unfortunately the mist was down at Great Punchard Gill where the only tricky navigation bit is and I did a rather long detour on tussocks with 10 other runners to find the path again!
Over 400 runners/walkers with good meal at the end and endless cups of tea. My final time was 4hrs 33 and the winner was just under 3 hours.
From Dan Wilkinson ... lovely low key long race on the eastern fells from Howtown, this race was rescued from the brink of cancellation this year. £3 gets you 14 miles and 4,200ft of climb and more cake than you can shake a stick at. Super day and I managed 4th and 1st M40, a trend for the week.
(1 2:12:35 Matk McGoldrick Wharfedale & Phil Winskill Keswick) 4 2:15:17 Dan Wilkinson 68 finished
From Paddy Hagan ...
As steep as the last time I tried it...just as you reach the top (having scrambled up on all fours) and think you can finally stretch out, it turns out your legs have deserted you. Gravity does the rest.
(1 11:23 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 9 13:21 Jack Cummings 13 14:02 Iain Gibbons 37 16:33 Paddy Hagan 44 17:41 Mary Gibbons 73 finishers
(1 38:08 Thomas Corrigan, Barlick) 33 49:00 Kate Archer 137 finished
From Steve Turland ... as preparation for my forthcoming BG attempt, I did the Ennerdale race at the weekend. At 23m with 7500ft of climb it was the first time the full route had been run in the last 3 years due to previous bad weather. However, the weather didn't disappoint with low cloud for much of the route making the navigation 'interesting' although spirits were high on the first summit with Joss Naylor manning the checkpoint and offering words of encouragement. A small field of 65 (due to the British Champs that day), and I finished in 20th position in just over 5 hours.
From Outi Kamarainen ... I got an entry to the Jura fell race this year and was very excited to head up to the island after all the tales of great racing and atmosphere from Dave Wilby. I had decided to cut the drive North short and left the car in the port of Ardrossan and boarded the ferry with my bike. I cycled across to the North of Isle of Arran, a short ferry ride and a cycle across Mull of Kintyre and two more ferries later, I landed in Jura on late Friday afternoon. My 'shortcut' saved about 100 miles and quite a few hours of driving in favour of nice scenery and just over 20 miles of cycling which was a good warm up for bigger things to come. The Jura fell race starts at the Jura distillery before climbing up to the Paps of Jura and then back along the seashore and the route is 28 km long with just under 2400 m of climb. The race day dawned slightly overcast but the cloud soon lifted to reveal the rocky tops in all their glory. I had been warned of the rough terrain and steep ascents and descents so took the start steady and still felt to have something left on my legs for the last decent towards the seashore 4 hours later. That feeling soon disappeared, especially once I hit the tarmac after nice and long springy descent and the last 5 kilometres on the shore road towards the finish felt really long and tough. Finlay Wild was fastest around the course in 3:09 and Jasmin Paris was the first female in 3:41 but I was very pleased that I got around succesfully in 5h 19 minutes with still being able to walk the day after. Some of the descents were very rocky as well as steep and you had to concentrate hard not to dislodge any large boulders as there were lots of runners below as you were sliding down scree. That night there were lot of happy and slightly sunburned people in the pub and later in ceilidh too and Dave was definitely right about the great atmosphere.
I spent the rest of the week cycling across Islay and Arran and visiting friends close to Edinburgh before heading up towards Cannich by Lochness for the Highlander Mountain marathon (this time in my car). It was the 10th and last edition of the race, which is a shame as it was once again a great weekend. I ran with Kirsty Bryan-Jones from Dark Peak and after slightly bad start on Saturday when we were trying to find a random boulder in hillside with only 5 meter visibility, we picked up the pace and lots of more controls to finish first day as first females and 13th position on the Score course. The mid camp had a marquee again and lots of food to buy as well as a ceilidh band but this time I managed to restrain myself to only a handful of dances as my legs were feeling the 7 hours spent running around the hills. Sunday morning was misty first thing like the day before but this time we managed to find the early controls without any problems and there was a fantastic cloud inversion once we got on top of the first peak of the day. The cloud soon cleared completely and we were trying to hunt streams for water as well as controls under the relentless sun. My legs were feeling very tired by mid day and bit later I could feel my whole body flagging, probably partly due to the heat and our progress was steady but navigation remained spot on. We decided to go for one more 15 point control with 20 minutes before our 6 hour time limit was up and ended up having to sprint the last 2 kilometres in order of not to get any time penalties. Despite not feeling that fast, we were pleasently surprised to discovere that we were 7th overall on second day's course, which also got us a first female pair and 7th overall place in the whole score class of 89 teams with some good runners behind. A great week away with two fantastic races, though I do feel like I may need another holiday to recover...
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
A first finish this week for junior Oscar Stapleton at Skipton!
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 15:57 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC) 45 21:03 Tom Worboys 409 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:05 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 31 21:34 Rhys Jones 394 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:54 Stephen Ellison, U/A) 30 21:16 Helen Thurston 342 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:23 Hugh Salway, U/A) 2 17:33 Alex Hirst 274 ran Skipton Aireville Park 1 18:15 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 3 19:05 Paul Carman 20 21:59 Jann Smith 64 26:14 Polly Crawley 130 ran
From Jane McCarthy ...
After 9 races the league competition is hotting up! Over 100 Harriers have run in at least one League race and over 50 have run at least two. In May there were 5 races on the League calendar and some fabulous performances including wins for Jack Wood at Jack Bloor, and two wins for Tom Adams, in John Carr (1) and Ilkley Trail Race (in which a fantastic 46 Harriers ran!).
In the Overall League Competition Lucy Williamson continues to lead with 588 points from 7 races. Last year's winner Michael Duffield is in close second with 574 points, also from 7 races. Adela Reperecki and Steve Murray are currently in 3rd and 4th place. Only Matthew Cox - winner of Dick Hudson's Fell Race - has so far posted his wildcard result, gaining him 106 points.
Jack Wood leads the Fell League, Adela Reperecki the Trail League and Michael Duffield the Road League.
After the Wharfedale Half Marathon which was on June 4th the next league counter is the HDSRL Race in Thirsk on the 16th June.
Full results, calendar, and wildcard information on the Ilkley Harriers Race League page.
|Runner of the month:
|for her first sub 2 hour HM at Leeds, after trying for several years, and training very hard recently||Other nominations were:
Steve Murray, a relatively new member, for dedication to racing (10 races in May!)
Dave Robson, for improving times (Wharfedale HM, Jack Bloor)
Paul Sugden, for improving times (Wharfedale HM, Over the Odda)
Tom Adams, for outstanding results (John Carr, Ilkley Trail Race, European Trials)
Adela Reperecki, for excellent results (John Carr, Over the Odda, Ilkley Trail Race)
|Volunteer of the month:
|for taking the Saturday morning session in Neil's absence||Other nominations were:
Neil Chapman, for organization of the HDRSL race
Jan Carrier, for taking special care of a new runner when help was required
From Dan Wilkinson ...
Lovely evening race from Kettlewell, well supported by Harriers, if there was a ladies prize I think Ilkley would have won it. Chantale Busby was 3rd lady and there were vet prizes for Paul Calderbank and myself.
(1 36:44 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 4 39:37 Dan Wilkinson 10 41:44 Paul Carmen 21 47:33 Paul Calderbank 35 50:58 Chantale Busby 38 51:03 Jann Smith 40 51:41 Mary Gibbons 72 finished
From Mark Mon-Williams ... A great night of racing - many thanks to everyone who made it happen (named in the attached report). It was a great night for Ilkley Harriers and it was wonderful to see the three young and upcoming male Harriers show a clean pair of heels to Pudsey and Bramley. It's the first time in a long time that an IH team has managed to get its name on the WRBR trophy... too many P&B entries for my liking! The IH female team have had more recent success but it was great to see them complete the IH winning streak and ensure that IH won the male and female team prize in the trail race and the WRBR. Hopefully an omen for the FRA relays and the Hodgson brother relays? Special mention needs to be made of Mary Gibbons as this was her first victory - but I am sure that she will have many more wins notched against her name before long. Thanks to all runners and volunteers for making this such a special evening.
Ilkley had first men's team Ruaridh Mon-Williams, Dan Hayes, and Jack Cummings; and fastest ladies' team Alison Weston, Jann Smith, and Mary Gibbons.
Archive results etc. on the Badger Stone Relays page
From Helen Waddington ... perfect conditions and another great result for Jack Wood and plenty of PBs . . .
(1 55:23 Jason Cherriman, Leeds City AC) 2 56:41 Jack Wood PB 48 68:33 Michael Lomas PB 77 71:37 Jane McCarthy PB 78 71:45 Paul Calderbank 93 73:25 Tom Worboys PB 168 81:16 Martyn Stocker 180 82:45 Helen Waddington PB 210 84:53 Jean Sullivan 367 ran
(1 11:33 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 11 13:57 Iain Gibbons 49 16:58 Kate Archer 102 finished
From Paddy Hagan ... Run under clear blue skies: sun tan cream the main requirement!
Graham Weston's photos
(1 49:59 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 24 59:47 Steve Turland 53 66:35 Kate Archer 66 68:44 Paddy Hagan 82 72:03 Alison Weston 91 73:32 Jann Smith 164 finishers
From Hilda Coulsey... an amazing 25 Harriers ran the Wharfedale Half this year. Wow it was hot, slowing most of us but, on the very positive side, the views were stunning. Congratulations to all who finished. Mathew Cox was 3rd and 1st MV40, Nick Pearce was 1st MV60 and Hilda Coulsey 1st FV60. I was held a couple of minutes 400m from the end by the ambulance but a great job done by the finished Harrier who supported the unfortunate passenger.
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League, calcs soon ....
(1 1;28:31 Harry Coates, Wallsend) 3 1:31:56 Matthew Cox 30 1:48:16 Dave Robson 32 1:49:22 Nick Pearce 40 1:50:07 John Hayes 42 1:50:23 Paul Calderbank 63 1:54:17 Michael Duffield 97 2:02:22 Andrew Merrick 116 2:04:58 David Howe 168 2:13:48 Richard Morris 182 2:15:47 Sarah Edwards 197 2:17:57 Helen Horton 212 2:20:05 Eleanor Bradley 242 2:26:08 Sarah Hayes 243 2:26:22 Chantal Busby 249 2:27:30 David Taylor 263 2:30:06 Geoffrey White 274 2:31:16 Jan Carrier 281 2:32:55 Paul Sugden 293 2:35:43 Alison Dawson 296 2:37:13 Hilda Coulsey 324 2:45:30 Jayne Fort 346 2:53:01 Sally Wright 352 2:57:50 Joanna Taylor 364 3:07:05 Sue Williamson 365 3:07:07 Julie Elmes 389 finished
From Alison Weston ... Jack Wood was a very impressive 3rd overall in the long event (29km / 1830 m) in 3:11:17 and Mary Gibbons was 20th in the medium event (14km / 900m) in 2:23:37. Great runs by both.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 15:41 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC) 27 19:42 Adrian Bastow 421 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:07 Stephen Ellison, U/A) 337 34:03 Lyn Towers 376 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:20 Robert Laing, Kent AC) 2 17:25 Alex Hirst 214 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:18 Jake Ridding, U/A) 30 23:33 Will Worboys 65 26:36 Polly Crawley (junior) 157 ran
From Ali McInnes ... A great run from Jack Wood to win the 40th Otley Chevin fell race. There was a few tired legs around after the Ilkley Trail race on Monday (mainly mine) and swaledale the night before so Numbers were a little down on previous years. Great little local race well done to all the Harriers that finished. Results ...
1 17:45 Jack Wood 14 20:51 Alistair McInnes 40 22:45 Paul Calderbank 1st V50 43 23:11 Nick Pearce 1st V60 65 24:30 Mary Gibbons 69 25:20 Mike Baldwin 83 26:47 Alison Weston 1st LV50 104 finished
(1 31:54 Marc Scott, RZH) 70 41:43 Lucy Williamson 81 42:08 Sally Malir 84 42:18 Steve Murray 230 53:37 Julie Elmes 257 57:21 Donald Macrae 285 finished
Hilda Coulsey reports ... Stunning performances by so many Harriers today. Congratulations to Tom Adams who won in a new record time of 38:44. Ilkley Harriers took both men's and ladies' team prizes with Tom Adams, Ruardith Mon-Williams, Ben Shepherd and Jack Cummings for the men and Rachel Carter, Jann Smith and Lucy Williamson for the ladies. Ruardith was 1st U23, Nick Pearce was 1st V60. Rachel Carter took 1st V40, Jann Smith 1st V45, Adela Reperecki 1st V55 and Hilda Coulsey 1st V60. Lots of Harriers took part in this League counter, a special mention for Ruth Jones in her first race. The weather was not too hot, it was dry underfoot. A great race again and a good social occasion. Thank you to Lawrence and all the helpers.
Photos on the Woodentops website.
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League, calcs soon ....
From Fiona Schneider ... We had a very sunny weekend in Edinburgh, really enjoying the course. This was my second marathon this year with a son. After Paris with David, it only seemed right to join Edinbugh with Jonathan. It was a first marathon for them, but this has brought me up to finish a tenth. I didn't see any other Harriers ? Results ...
(1 2h19L53 Boaz Kiprono) 1018 3h35:45 Jonathan Schneider 4525 441m:00 Fiona Schneider 6568 finished
(1 50:24 Andrew Douglas) 8 52:10 Tom Adams 11 53:29 Jack Wood 21 finished
Jann Smith reports ... Great cakes! Results ...
(1 51:06 Adam Osborne, Leeds City) 19 59:19 Paul Carman 141 75:33 Jann Smith 293 ran
1 29:03 Jack Wood 3 29:16 Matthew Cox 15 31:59 Daniel Hayes 46 34:58 Ben Joynson 80 36:21 Steve Murray 89 37:10 Lucy Williamson 92 37:24 Sally Malir 121 38:57 Paul Stephens 153 40:49 Philip Hirst 169 41:32 Sarah Hayes 184 42:28 Geoffrey White 198 43:00 Alison Bennett 269 47:15 Julie Elmes 298 49:30 Donald Macrae 318 51:08 Tracy Russell 323 51:30 Laura Dawes 325 51:56 Bernadette Gibbons 329 52:27 Sue Williamson 330 52:27 Kate Lofthouse 333 53:02 Sally Wright 352 finished
From Dan Wilkinson ... A great evening race up Yorkshire's own Matterhorn, Roseberry Topping, quite popular this year with a field of over 150. I found some surprising good form and managed 2nd place.
(1 34:28 Harry Hiolmes, York Knavesmire) 2 34:52 Dan Wilkinson 153 finished
From Kate Archer ... Brian Melia and I decided to have a go at this 37 mile race with 10,000 feet of climb. A lovely route taking in Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Old Man of Coniston. It's a pairs race. Brian had done the race a few times before and trotted off at the start and I spent most of the day trying to keep up. The morning was wet and tough going with little to be seen from the tops. At one point I fell into a bog up to my middle and had to be pulled out by Brian (to much laughter from other runners)! But by the afternoon the rain had cleared and with two peaks done we had a welcome stop at the Cockley Beck checkpoint for sandwiches and cake before tackling the climb up to Coniston Old Man. From this last hill the views were amazing and well worth the hard work and aching legs! We completed the course in 61st place in 10hrs 25 mins. Results ...
(1 6h53:51 Paul Tierney & Matt Reedy, Ambleside) 61 10h25:10 Kate Archer & Brian Melia 93 teams finished
(1 1:29:52 Carl bell, Keswick) 108 2:17:21 Alison Weston 175 finished
From Ben Joynson ... Results ...
(1 1:51:15 Eoin Lennon, Team Mountain Fuel) 26 2:24:42 Ben Joynson 419 finished
Jann Smith reports ... Appletreewick to Simons Seat and back and you must down a pint of beer before you go through the finish line! Results ...
(1 36:31 Ian Holmes, Bingley) 14 43:21 Paul Carman 53 51:35 Norman Bush 70 55:28 Jann Smith 118 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bushy (1 16:47 Matt Atkins, Kingston AC) 101 20:40 Neil Thurston 1136 ran Hilly Fields 1 17:45 Alex Hirst 232 ran Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:47 Dale Worton, Wakefield Harriers) 30 20:08 Adrian Bastow 466 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 16:55 unknown) 80 27:06 Polly Crawley (junior) 112 21:09 Bradley Brennand (junior) 192 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:58 Ben Pease, Ripon Runners) 54 23:05 Neil Bloor 161 28:27 Alison Bloor 238 ran
From Geoffrey Howard...The European Masters' Road (officially "Non Stadia") Championships are usually hosted each year by different countries. Vila Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal must have done a good job in 2005 because it was given the job again this year (or maybe its just that it's a very pleasant place for all concerned - officials, competitors and supporters). The runners who enter these events (no selection is involved and the field included an 85+ German guy) tend to be those who fancy their chances of a medal and those who see it as a part of a longer holiday in the competition area. My only previous participation was in fact in 2005, and I knew that Santo Antonio would fit in well with a walking holiday the previous week along Portugal's Alentajo coast during its peak wildflower period. I entered the flat two lap10k race which was held at 7.20 on the evening of 20 May when the day should supposedly have cooled to about 20C. In reality it was still 25C. Everyone seemed anxious to get on with it and, to me, the first lap was fast and furious so I found myself going stride for stride with a couple of v60s completing 5k in about 20m 30s but feeling like a steaming pressure cooker and wondering if another lap at that pace was possible. Unfortunately, however, this question turned out to entirely hypothetical as, just re-passing the start my hamstring went and I had to drop out. A disappointing outcome regarding the race but still it was exhilarating while it lasted and great to be a part of what in reality is a festival of running. I would normally recommend to anyone thinking of having a go in this type of event to do so and I have never (in about a dozen events) had any problems re entry, accommodation, transfers etc. until this year when going through the officially designated travel company for the World Masters' Mountain Running Championships in Susa, Italy. If any Harrier is thinking of going to Susa and using this company I would be happy to explain the difficulties I have had with the company.
(1 26:17 Sam Watson, Wharfedale) 6 28:21 Paul Carman 11 29:03 Gavin Lamb 65 35:39 Chantal Busby 68 36:28 Jann Smith 116 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
The ever popular John Carr 5k race series in Esholt was run on a new course this year. Efficiently organized by Saltaire Striders and held on closed roads within the Yorkshire Water estate, the race (which has previously been a net downhill course) is now an out and back course, starting and finishing in the same place at Apperley Bridge. Still fairly flat with only 84 ft of elevation to contend with, but without the fast downhill finish of previous years. Chip timing had been introduced for the first time this year. The only downsides to the venue are the unmistakable odour of the water treatment works and the plentiful midges. Ilkley Harriers were present in large numbers, especially for the first race which was a club league counter. Tom Adams won race 1 in 15:06, thereby making the record for the new course a tough one to beat straightaway. He also equalled our 5K club record which has been set in 1990 by Jack Brown on the track.
Cameron Reilly came first in his category (Junior M11) at each of the 3 races. Bethan Morley and Lucy Haines came first in their respective categories (Junior F11 and F16) in races 1 and 3, both missed race 2 and could therefore not compete for the series wins. Geoff Howard, last year's V70 trophy winner, won his category in race 1 but missed races 2 and 3. Perhaps Geoff is running out of space in his trophy cabinet by now anyway!
Taking part in all 3 races means, apart from collecting a nice bottle of ale, a chance of winning a series trophy, and we saw some excellent Ilkley performances here. Cameron Reilly and Oscar Stapleton were 1st and 2nd in their category (Junior M11) and Ella Shouler-Harris 3rd (Junior F11). For the seniors, Lucy Williamson was 3rd FSEN, Mark Iley 3rd M50, and Adela Reperecki 2nd F55.
Trophies aside there was a lot of dedicated, eyeballs-out, lactate-zone racing from all, resulting in several new 5K PB's, amongst others for Helen Waddington and Steve Murray. On the lighter side, Tom Worboys still ran a good time in race 1 despite setting off several minutes late, unable to find the relocated start (hurrah for chip timing at least). Peter Lewis and myself ran with matching right arms in plaster, which I am certainly using as my excuse for being a little slower than I would have liked. The Saltaire Amarillo Gold Ale will surely taste good regardless. Thanks must also go to several Harriers who came along to offer support and cheer from the roadside which is much valued.
Final positions (runners taking part in 3 races) by category:...
Junior M11 1 Cameron Reilly 2 Oscar Stapleton Junior F11 3 Ella Shouler-Harris MSEN 5 Jack Cummings 20 Robert Sime FSEN 3 Lucy Williamson M35 9 Tom Worboys M45 5 Steve Murray F45 5 Jean Sullivan 6 Helen Waddington 7 Julie Elmes M50 3 Mark Iley 11 Harry Sime F50 7 Sue Williamson M55 7 Phil Hirst F55 2 Adela Reperecki M65 5 Peter Lewis
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
(1 15:58 Matthew Grieve, Border Harriers) 7 16:20 Matt Newell 10 16:27 Cameron Reilly 14 16:43 Euan Brennan 17 16:57 Jack Cummings 47 18:08 Oscar Stapleton 62 18:29 Francis Westhead 85 18:59 Mark Iley 96 19:08 Bethan Morley 106 19:27 Lucy Williamson 110 19:34 Steve Murray 139 20:23 Tom Worboys 148 20:38 Lucy Haines 195 22:05 Harry Sime 196 21:56 Robert Sime 199 22:02 Harry Stead 203 22:09 Helen Waddington 216 22:28 Jean Sullivan 217 22:26 Phil Hirst 220 22:34 Adela Reperecki 240 23:07 Ella Shouler-Harris 249 23:36 Stephanie Fox 276 25:01 Julie Elmes 283 25:14 Peter Lewis 296 25:50 Petra Bijsterveld 329 27:49 Sue Williamson 354 29:39 Sally Wright 391 ran
Tom Adams and Jack Wood were representing Yorkshire at the Inter-county FRA championship race at Moel Eilio 12.8km, 915m on Saturday 14th May. Yorkshire claimed 1st position with Tom Adams 5th overall in 62:15 and Jack Wood 22nd in 65:45.
David Green reports ... My first attempt at this hilly off road 10k. The race starts near Hawksworth Primary School and is well organised and marshalled. The course is hilly but thankfully and perhaps unusually was dry underfoot, taking in picturesque land south of Hawksworth village, before turning back again for a long climb back up the hill, past the start line and continuing up the Odda. From there the course runs to the rear of High Royds, crossing Mire Beck before another climb past Tranmere Park, back up the Odda before a final fast descent through woodlands and finishing in Hawksworth School. First Harrier home was Robin Nicholson in 44.37 with Lucy Williamson third female in 50.42.
From Hilda Coulsey ... What a super Saturday morning; the weather was good and the trail was dry for this friendly, local, approx 10k run over the fields from Hawksworth with plenty of challenge. Robin Nicholson was first Harrier home, Lucy Williamson 3rd Lady and Adela Reperecki 1st F55 (beating 1st F50 and F35 times!). I was savagely beaten to the post by Paul Sugden who had been reeling me in for the last mile and if I'd known I'd have had a go at reeling in the lady ahead of us, beating me to 1st F60 by 8secs - aargh! Ho ho what fun.
(1 39:31 Michael Malyon, Baildon) 10 44.37 Robin Nicholson 28 48.30 Michael Duffield 34 49.20 Steve Murray 43 50.42 Lucy Williamson 3rd Female 64 54.13 Sarah Edwards 81 55.49 Adela Reperecki 1st F55 82 56.24 Philip Hirst 89 57.45 Jonathan Fountain 126 63.01 Liz Price 133 63:43 David Green 134 63:44 Peter Lewis 142 64;44 Paul Sugden 143 64:45 Hilda Coulsey 185 70:08 Deborah Nicholson 206 74:04 Julie Elmes 207 74:04 Sue Williamson 251 ran
(1 22:06 Jack Hindle, Blackburn) 2 22:31 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 4 24:12 Paul Carman 36 30:28 Norman Bush 1st V70 38 31:25 Alison Weston 2nd lady 40 32:05 Jann Smith 3rd lady 58 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:40 Ben Rhodes, Heanor RC) 43 20:28 Adrian Bastow 492 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 18:59 Andrew Dovernor, Queensbury RC) 79 23:41 Tom Worboys 211 27:38 Petra Bijsterveld 465 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:02 Graham Powell, U/A) 76 22:42 Neil Bloor 252 28:26 Alison Bloor 387 ran
(1 15:41 Scott Harrington, Otley) 9 16:35 Cameron Reilly 13 16:51 Euan Brennan 18 17:15 Jack Cummings 33 17:58 Oscar Stapleton 55 18:36 Francis Westhead 87 19:38 Lucy Williamson 95 20:00 Steve Murray 99 20:09 Mark Iley 127 20:59 Tom Worboys 166 22:02 Harry Sime 167 22:02 Robert Sime 182 22:34 Jean Sullivan 183 22:37 Helen Waddington 190 22:43 Adela Reperecki 201 23:10 Philip Hirst 213 23:34 Ella Shouler-Harris 222 23:52 Stephanie Fox 224 24:03 Emily Elmes 242 25:14 Julie Elmes 252 25:50 Peter Lewis 266 26:13 Petra Bijsterveld 294 28:15 Sue Williamson 333 finished
Congratulations to Jack Wood on his 2nd consecutive win and Lucy Haines on 2nd lady. The men were first male team with Jack, Matt Cox, Dan Wilkinson and Jack Cummings to count. Results ...
1 39:26 Jack Wood 5 42:07 Matt Cox 10 43:19 Dan Wilkinson 15 44:33 Jack Cummings 16 44:40 Paul Carman 23 45:56 Daniel Hayes 24 46:07 Gavin Lamb 31 47:38 Michael Lomas 44 49:17 John Hayes 45 49:20 Dave Robson 46 49:31 Richard Joel 49 49:39 Ben Joynson 53 50:10 Lucy Haines 2nd lady 56 50:22 David Foyston 59 50:34 Nick Pearce 78 52:59 Michael Duffield 85 53:31 Steve Murray 88 53:55 Paddy Hagan 99 54:58 Lucy Williamson 101 55:02 Laura King 111 55:58 Mary Gibbons 113 56:13 Outi Kamarainen 120 57:18 Paul Stephens 124 57:52 Jann Smith 127 58:12 Alison Weston 128 58:42 Robert Budding 136 61:04 Ian Marshall 143 62:14 Philip Hirst 148 62:44 Joyce Marshall 158 65:35 Geoffrey White 164 66:47 Rose Hagan 176 71:39 Sophie Brown 187 80:32 Sally Wright 198 finished
Tom Adams and Jack Wood have been selected to run for Yorkshire in the Fell Inter Counties at Moel Eilio, North Wales on 14th May.
(1 1:07:12 Mohammed Aburezeq, U/A) 62 1:24:22 David Westhead 121 1:27:46 Jonathan Sinclair 448 1:36:27 Andrew Merrick 799 1:42:48 David Howe 1351 1:49:13 Caroline Howe 1413 1:50:23 David Ibbotson 1717 1:47:48 Rhys Jones 2002 1:58:38 Donna Hattersley PB 2050 2:00:43 Charlotte Smithson 2051 1:59:36 Elizabeth Westhead 3688 2:10:13 William Woodhead 4053 2:06:39 Sally Lynch 4777 2:28:21 Emma Curran 6334 finished
From Jann Smith ... Results ...
(1 33:19 Ashley Holt, Rosssendale) 4 34:41 Paul Carman 14 38:14 Steve Turland 23 39:47 Kate Archer (2nd lady) 46 46:15 Jann Smith 61 finished
This was also the Yorkshire Junior Championships, with many good Ilkley results.
From Paul Sugden ... If you like the Wharfedale half then this is a must for you. This is a well organised and excellent event around Malham. Starting in Kirkby Malham with a flat mile, then a steep climb of 1100 feet up Predaw Hill to to the top of Kirkby fell. This gave excellent views of Malham Tarn in the distance. It was then downhill to Malham Cove and then through Janets Foss into Malham and back into Kirkby Malham. To finish off there was cake and meat pies. An excellent day out. May be next year we may think about the 22 mile route. Results ...
(1 1:08:05 Julian Hood, Barlick Fell Runners) 4 1:17:2 Jamie Hutchinson 11 1:29:42 Stuart Herrington 28 1:44:50 David Taylor 37 1:51:42 Paul Sugden 38 1:51:46 Jan Carrier 56 1:57:04 Joanna Taylor
From Ben Joynson ... A glorious sunny day in the Lakes for a very hard race. There were 3 other races before mine and spotted a few Harriers in there. I had a good start up the 2 mile road section with the front end of the race and kept up with a front group. I was aware I had maybe not done enough miles for the task in hand but thought to give it a go. Plenty of climbing in this race and nice trails to run on. Enjoyed most of the race until the wheels fell off with about 2 miles to go. Put this down to not enough water and a empty stomach!. It was amazing how quickly I dropped down the field :(. The ice cream and food at the end was welcomed. Recommend the trail race series and well done to the other Harriers who made the other races. Results ...
17k Trail Race (1 1:08:56 Ben Livesey, Lincolnshire) 63 1:37:09 Ben Joynson 191 finished 17k Trail Challenge (1 1:26:35 Andy Rees, U/A) 85 1:52:32 Neil Pomfret 464 finished
From Dan Wilkinson ... Congratulations to Jack again, 6th at the English Championship race Up the Nab, beating lots of fell running's big names again! Results ...
(1 34:04 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 6 35:06 Jack Wood 72 39:49 Dan Wilkinson 267 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 17:28 Will Smith, Keighley and Craven AC) 43 23:00 Tom Worboys 444 54:11 Amy Del Sol Brown Carrera (junior) 452 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 16:33 David Morgan, Serpentine RC) 4 18:06 Alex Hirst 241 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:45 Shaun Lawson, Easingwold RC) 51 22:59 Norman Bush 278 ran
Great feedback on the race we hosted, the first of this year's League, with comments on friendly marshals and good organisation. Thanks to Neil Chapman and anyone who helped. Results ...
(1 26:16 Jamil Parapia, Otley AC) 4 27:18 Matthew Cox 16 29:14 Jack Cummings 20 29:25 Daniel Hayes 44 31:29 Adrian Hall 60 32:27 Mark Iley 69 33:01 Alex Murphy 70 33:12 Lucy Williamson 2nd lady 115 35:13 Steve Murray 135 36:16 Mary Gibbons 153 36:56 Paul Stephens 179 38:22 Philip Hirst 193 39:06 Sarah Hayes 231 40:42 Jane Bryant 245 41:20 Geoffrey White 308 44:53 Julie Elmes 324 46:13 Donald Macrae 326 46:27 Laura Dawes 347 49:01 Bernadette Gibbons 357 50:54 Tracy Russell 359 51:09 Kate Lofthouse 378 finished
From Jann Smith ... results ...
(1 23:27 Jack Smith, Wharfedale) 2 26:07 Paul Carman 31 32:14 Paddy Hagan 43 33:37 Jann Smith 82 ran
From Petra ... Tom Adams equalled the (1990!) club record for 5K in 15:06, results ...
1 15:06 Tom Adams 17 16:39 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 18 16:48 Cameron Reilly 29 17:22 Jack Cummings 38 17:57 Oscar Stapleton 80 18:59 Mark Iley 95 19:35 Bethan Morley 102 19:46 Lucy Williamson 105 19:54 Steve Murray 116 20:17 Michael Duffield 123 20:34 lucy Haines 147 21:22 Geoffrey Howard 164 21:43 Harry Sime 165 21:43 Robert Sime 179 22:12 Sarah Edwards 192 22:36 Jean Sullivan 200 22:57 Philip Hirst 208 23:04 Helen Waddington 209 22:58 Adela Reperecki 214 23:18 Joanne Williamson 221 23:28 Alison Bennett 226 23:53 Ella Shouler-Harris 234 24:16 Tom Worboys 265 25:15 Julie Elmes 268 25:37 Kate Wilkinson 292 26:54 Peter Lewis 318 28:08 Sue Williamson 339 29:58 Sally Wright 371 finished
Starting Tuesday 3rd May 2016, Ilkley Harriers are starting a six week beginners' running course. The aim of the course is to introduce others to the joys of running and show that everyone can run and enjoy it! More info and application form.
A great start, with over 70 new runners taking part, welcome!
|Runner of the month:
|for his 3 marathons this spring plus 3 last autumn for charity||Other nominations were:
Alex Hyde for Paris and London
Jane McCarthy for Open 5
Jack Wood for 3 Peaks
Alison Weston for Anniversary Waltz and3 Peaks
Ruaridh Mon-Wiliams for Pendle
Matt Cox for Dick Hudsons
Mary Gibbons for Dick Hudsons
Outi Kamarainen for Teenager with Altitude
Jann Smith for Blubberhouses
DanWilkinson for Blubberhouses
Tom Adams for Baildon Boundary Way
|Volunteer of the month:
|Newsletter||Other nominations were:
Hilda Coulsey for committee work
Petra Bijsterveld for social media
From Petra ... We would like to give a special mention to Jack Wood for an astounding result of 3:02 at his first 3 Peaks Race, coming 6th in an elite field, and winning a silver Yorkshire Championship medal at the same time
From Jack Wood ... hanks to all the people supporting the Three Peaks on Saturday, it gives you a boost when you hear your name or see someone you know. One of the highlights from my race was running down the track after Penyghent and being encouraged by runners who were on their way up. Enjoyed the run and happy with my result, the beers at the end tasted good. Well done to the other Harriers who ran, especially those with PB's and Alison who was 2nd V50 in her 17th Three Peaks!
From Alison Weston ... A good turn out at the 62nd Yorkshire 3 Peaks Race on Saturday and I think every Harrier with the exception of Jack Wood found the race hard going this year with frequent hail showers and snow on the tops. It was Jack's first 3 Peak's race and he came an amazing 6th position in a very competitive field in an incredible elite time of 3:02 hours, also claiming a silver Yorkshire medal as the race was also the Yorkshire Championship race for 2016. Next Harrier home was Michael Lomas (PB) closely followed by Steve Turland. Dick Waddington, Richard Joel and John Hayes finished within 4hrs 30 and great run by Dave Robson and Michael Duffield in their first 3 Peak's race, closely followed by Michael Duffield, Martyn Stocker, Richard Morris, David Chandler (first 3 peaks race) and Paul Langan. Unfortunately due to recent injuries there were fewer Ilkley ladies this year. Alison Weston came in 4:36 hrs (2 nd LV50) followed by Caz Farrow and Chantal Busby. This year there was a long queue to cross the fence before the climb up Whernside and Sarah Hayes, though running well to Hill Inn did not quite make the tight cut-off time. Hopefully she will be back next year.
(1 2:48:58 Marc Lauenstein, Team Salomon) 6 3:02:32 Jack Wood 264 4:13:50 Michael Lomas 267 4:14:06 Steve Turland 340 4:25:38 Dick Waddington 365 4:28:49 Richard Joel 347 4:29:56 John Hayes 409 4:36:47 Alison Weston 533 4:55:13 Dave Robson 538 4:55:53 Michael Duffield 606 5:07:54 Martyn Stocker 675 5:23:15 Richard Morris 679 5:24:19 David Chandler 693 5:31:04 Chantal Busby 698 5:36:48 Paul Langan 703 finished
From Robin Nicholson ... I ran Coniston fell race on Saturday. Alternate course due to heavy snow on the peaks.
(1 60:08 Carl Bell, Keswick) 43 75:37 Robin Nicholson 180 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:33 James Raven, Cardiff AAC) 5 19:26 Paul Carman 18 21:16 Tom Worboys 69 25:46 Polly Crawley (junior) 192 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 15:59 Shaun Dixon, Highgate Harriers) 4 17:37 Alex Hirst 218 ran
From Matt Cox ... A chilly start to Dick Hudson's race which now starts form the barrier at White Wells car park. A hailstorm greeted us as we registered, and continued until just after the race started. This meant for a difficult clothing choice - full hat, Jacket and leggings were appropriate when we set off, but 10 minutes in the sun came out and we were greeted with a snowy but sunny moor on the climb up. I opted for long sleeves and bottoms, I could have done with shorts in the end!
I followed Dan Wilkinson off at the start, taking a line up the side of the waterfall and on to the top of the moor. A few followed us, some went up the main path past White Wells and on up the steps -a longer line in my opinion! Once on top, the snow made it difficult to see the sheep track that provided the best line to the main flagged path, so after some slight deliberation I chose a line and made the best of it. The others seemed to follow ...!
I led up the main flagged path to the 12 Apostles, but was passed by another runner once we were on top. It seemed however that he was unsure of the route. I managed to keep 2nd place up to the turn, and on heading back saw that there were a couple of other runners hot on my heels... Dan Wilkinson was in about 6th / 7th place at this point. Heading back, the leader was running strongly and pulled away, and was 4-500 yards in front by the time we got back up to the 12 Apostles, but he failed to make the right turn back down on to the Millennium Way flagged path towards the finish. After a quick shout fell on deaf ears (honest!), I found myself leading once again, with Ali Burns of Valley Striders hot on my heels.
I stretched out on the descent, managed to open up the gap on Ali, and led home for my first race win in a long time. Very happy.
The rest of the field took varying route choices back down to the finish, with a number of others carrying straight on along the top of the moor, and missing the turn back towards Ilkley. This worked to Dan Wilkinson's advantage, finding himself finishing in 3rd. Great race, well done to all that braved the weather.
1 49.59 Matt Cox 3 51:45 Dan Wilkinson 4 52:53 Martin Archer 5 53:03 Paul Carman 18 58:07 Ben Joynson 20 58:38 David Foyston 31 62:45 Paddy Hagan 34 63:46 Mary Gibbons 39 64:46 Alison Eagle 49 68:08 Paul Stephens 53 70:59 Helen Waddington 55 73:50 Phil Hirst 65 84:35 Petra Bijsterveld 66 finished
From Petra ... the building work at ILTSC has almost been completed but the car park will be out of bounds on Tuesday April 26th. We will meet at the Old Bridge at 7 pm for the Tuesday night club runs once more..
From Alex Hyde ...
I was lucky enough to be one of the thousands running London on Sunday and eventually came in as the last Harrier in 4:46:13, critically a full 59 seconds quicker than my Paris time 3 weeks ago! Conditions were pretty much perfect - cool and dry except for a light flurry of snow early on - but my legs were telling me that 3 weeks between marathons isn't long enough for an old boy!! The atmosphere was absolutely amazing - I thought Paris was good but London trumped that many times over and the noise from the crowds throughout was awesome.
(1 2:03:05 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya) 2703 3:06:08 Steve Weston 3669 3:13:14 Derek Oliver 5395 3:24:33 Steve Newell 12155 3:53:52 Claire McLoughlin 13955 3:59:02 Tom Worboys 15963 4:06:47 Caroline Howe 23086 4:34:08 William Woodhead 25967 4:46:13 Alex Hyde
From Alison Eagle ... First race of the Grand Prix series and a good race for me as mainly off road, with short hills up and down. Not bad weather or underfoot conditions. Feel as though finally may be on way back to racing, hopeful the result will motivate to get back to speed training, need it!
Well organised race as usual and great food after, lots of great tray bakes! These are well worth doing next one is at West Park Tues 24th May.
Ladies (1 40:57 Tanya Seager, Stainland) 7 50:32 Alison Eagle 1st LVet 50 49 65:20 Amanda Newham 62 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... A first-place finish this week for Jack Wood at Skipton. Results ...
Skipton Aireville Park 1 16:45 Jack Wood 5 18:39 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 92 27:14 Polly Crawley (junior) 191 ran Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:50 Daryl Hibberd, Valley Striders) 176 25:51 Gaenor Coy 445 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 18:20 Graham Corbett, Saltaire Striders) 37 22:39 Ethan Thompson (junior) 78 24:16 Stephanie Fox 406 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:50 Stephen Ellison, U/A) 71 23:18 Phil Hirst 197 26:54 Julie Elmes 349 ran Mile End (1 16:44 Rick Weston, Serpentine RC) 115 24:17 Tom Worboys 314 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:53 Thomas Humphrey, Plymouth Harriers) 2 17:56 Alex Hirst 227 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:43 Daniel Holdsworth, Richmond & Zetland Harriers) 61 23:17 Norman Bush 287 ran Horton (1 18:40 Al Chapman, Pudsey Pacers) 11 22:32 Harry Stead (junior) 68 ran Lancaster (1 17:26 Ewen Malloch, Team Bath AC) 73 25:11 Alison Bennett 280 ran
From Alison Weston... Two great races from Newlands valley in the Lakes on Saturday. Jack Wood came an amazing 3rd overall in the gruelling Teenager with Altitude (15.4 miles with 7600 foot of ascent). Outi Kamarainen also successfully completed the race and finished well in the ladies results.
A good turn out in the shorter Anniversary Waltz (a mere 11.5 miles with 3600 foot of ascent) with Dan Wilkinson first Harrier home followed by Jane McCarthy (1st LV40), Dick Waddington, Kate Archer, Alison Weston (1st LV50) and Mary Gibbons (as her first lakeland race!). It was a beautiful day with stunning views, making all the climbing well worthwhile.
Dick Waddington adds ... The Anniversary Waltz takes a turn around the Newlands valley over peaks including Robinson, Hindscarth, Dale Head and Catbells. It is about 11 miles long with 3500ft of climbing. The Teenager adds about 4 miles and doubles the climbing, taking in Grassmoor, Whiteless, High Snock Rigg before going the Waltz at Robinson. It is a very pretty route with something for everyone - a flat mile on a nice track at the start, a steep path, then a steeper Whernside-like heather slope, smooth moorland, rocky outcrops to scramble up and down, very steep grass down Dale Head, then a few tourists to dodge on Catbells.
Ilkley put in a good number of runners with Outi Kamarainen and Jack Wood taking on the Teenager and Kate Archer, Mary Gibbons, Jane McCarthy, Alison Weston, Dan Wilkinson and me taking on the Waltz.
Jack was 3rd in the Teenager with Altitude. Jane was 1st FV40 and Alison 1st FV50 in the Anniversary Waltz. Well done everyone!
Tom Adams 12th Bunny and 18th Egg Stage - matching Ian Holmes' 18 Egg Stage wins. Ilkley's men won the team prize. Photos and results ...
1 15:55 Tom Adams 5 16:48 Jack Wood 18 18:15 Dan Wilkinson 19 18:17 Paul Carman 32 19:08 Oscar Stapleton 58 20:25 Ben Joynson 61 20:33 Richard Joel 76 21:15 Lucy Williamson 80 21:18 James Pickering 96 22:00 Charlie Tiger Smith 98 22:02 Poppy Anderson 100 22:13 Malcolm Pickering 103 22:24 Mary Gibbons 122 23:10 Bernadette Raven 128 23:30 Tom Jackson 129 23:34 Andrew Jackson 134 23:42 Joanne Williamson 139 24:14 Alison Weston 157 25:33 Helen Waddington 158 25:34 Geoffrey White 217 30:57 Anna Pickering 223 31:35 Sally Wright 243 finished Overall results (all 3 races) 1 Tom Adams 7 Paul Carman Female 11 Mary Gibbons U16 7 Charlie Tiger Smith
From Tim Buckingham ... I completed the Greater Manchester Marathon in 3h29m30s Really happy with the run and really recommend the Manchester Marathon to anyone interested as a good alternative to London!
From Tom Worboys ... This month I completed the second set of three marathons for the Huntington's Disease Association, the first three being in October. Manchester was incredibly tough, a struggle from 16 miles in but something managed to keep me running. Brighton was much better with excellent support and sunshine, an excellent race except for the somewhat soul destroying lap of the power station towards the end. London was bloody marvelous and the most fun I've had running despite it being my slowest ever marathon. Just under 4 hours of high fives and tomfoolery. Over £800 raised for charity and all the marathons under four hours, though the times weren't all that important.
(1 2:22:34 Steven Bayton, Hallamshire Harriers) 1781 3:39:30 Tim Buckingham 3952 3:56:38 Tom Worboys 15149 finished
From Jane McCarthy ... A few Harriers (Sue Booth, Paul Sugden, Dick Waddington and I) travelled to Todmorden on Sunday to take part in the final Open 5 in the Series, enjoying beautiful sunshine and stunning course scenery covering Stoodley Pike and parts of the Calderdale Way/Pennine Way. Sue Booth and her partner Louise Hanley had an excellent day out, winning the female pairs category. Paul Sugden finished a tough course with his second highest score of the Series, and Dick and I partnered in a mixed pair and had a good day out!
There have been six events in the Open 5 Series (November - April), in which competitors have 5 hours to visit as many checkpoints as possible, either by bike or on foot. There is a map for each course, and it is entirely up to you to decide route and split between run and MTB. The scores for the checkpoints are only released as you start the event, normally requiring some quick re-planning of route. These are excellent events for runners looking to improve navigation whilst enjoying some fantastic courses put together by the Open Adventure Team. Also great training for longer events and a great, fun atmosphere.
In the Overall Series, Outi Kamarainen finished 2nd overall in the Female Solo Category, only narrowly behind me. Sue Booth and Louise Hanley were 2nd in the Female Pairs, John Houlihan and his partner were 1st in the Male Pairs category, Helen and Dick Waddington competed in 2 events in the Mixed Pairs and Harriers were represented by Paul Sugden, Dick W and Jamie Hutchinson in the Male Solos. Apologies if I have missed anyone. Check the www.openadventure.com website if interested for next year!
Jo Taylor adds: ... Can't resist adding to the Open 5 report as this was mine and Dave's 16th event and having accumulated a career 5000 points so far we were delighted to pick up certificates and champagne for our effort. The weather was kind but the terrain was a horror and it was notable how many teams lost points going over the 5 hour limit. We managed to come in on time for 9th mixed pair and 9th mixed pair in the series overall this year. The atmosphere at these events is second to none and the score format makes them especially suitable for those wanting to try a longer event but nervous about finishing a long event at the back.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 17:15 unknown) 29 20:25 Adrian Bastow 95 23:31 Ethan Thompson (junior) 404 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:25 Nathan Martin, Wharfedale Harriers) 387 36:38 Abbie Reynier (junior) 446 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:30 Tom Mitchell, U/A) 153 27:18 Julie Elmes 293 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham 1 18:13 Alex Hirst 168 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:14 Neil Maloney, Skipton AC) 11 21:04 Lewis Carr (junior) 111 28:45 Dylan Carr (junior) 181 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:52 Nathan Smith, City of York) 60 23:07 Norman Bush 319 ran Bramley (1 20:27 Duncan Spence, U/A) 24 24:14 Harry Stead (junior) 134 ran Lancaster (1 18:49 Harvey Lord, Black Combe Runners) 5 19:35 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 231 ran
From Jane McCarthy ... After 4 races in the Harriers League Lucy Williamson is at the top of the Leaderboard with 245 points from 3 races. Michael Duffield, last year's winner, is in second place having also raced in 3 events. The next 3 races are all in May, starting with Road with the first John Carr 5K on 4th May, Fell with the Jack Bloor on 10th May, and Trail with Over the Odda on the 14th May. John Carr Series is pre-entry only from Saltaire Striders.
Updated 2016 League results after 4 races
More on the League page.
Well done to Tom Adams who won his 11th Bunny and 17th Egg Stage - can Tom match Ian Holmes' 18 Egg Stage wins next week (no pressure!). Photos and results ...
1 15:22 Tom Adams 22 18:16 Paul Carman 62 20:17 Ben Joynson 80 20:57 Jane McCarthy 109 22:11 Mary Gibbons 111 22:15 Poppy Anderson 125 22:54 Bernadette Raven 151 24:11 Andrew Jackson 167 25:04 Adela Reperecki 175 25:21 Tom Jackson 178 25:28 Helen Waddington 189 25:28 Ella Shouler Harris 278 finished
From Steve Weston ...
Steve Newell and I travelled over to Cheshire for the Wilmslow Half Marathon, a large event for 5000 runners run on entirely closed roads.
On the trip over the weather the weather was a bit grim but thankfully the drizzle cleared below the M62 to allow the race to be run in sunshine with a little bit of breeze, almost perfect conditions. The course follows a gently undulating route around the Wilmslow lanes.
I started off well running what seemed like a comfortable pace of 6.10 and had Rob Cunningham in my sights for half of the race before overhauling him at around mile 7. Unfortunately it all went south then, with wheels coming off at mile 10 and Rob pushing on into the distance after 11. Steve Newell ran a great race despite less than ideal prep to come in well within his expected time.
(1 1:04:59 Josphat Kipkemoi, Run Fast) 165 1:24:52 Rob Cunningham 184 1:25:50 Steve Weston 255 1:28:37 Andrew Overend 415 1:33:24 Steve Newell 3796 finished
Dave Woodhead reports ... Tom Adams won by an astonishing 15 minutes - results ...
1 1:16:41 Tom Adams 38 1:43:44 Richard Joel 153 2:05:01 Neil Bloor 173 2:09:11 Adela Reperecki 252 2:22:28 Helen Horton 254 2:22:38 Nigel Tapper 280 2:29:54 Stephanie Fox 288 2:33:02 Jayne Fort 331 2:51:44 Julie Elmes 345 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
I signed up for Paris with several other Harriers. Only my 2nd marathon and my 1st one on road. Warm sunny weather had been predicted for Sunday and the forecast, sadly, turned out to be very accurate, a stunning day for spectators but it made it hard for runners having trained in the Yorkshire winter.
The race is huge with over 40.000 finishers, starting and finishing near the Arc de Triomphe and taking in many of the major sights of Paris as well as going out into the Bois des Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne. The atmosphere was really positive, the route lined with spectators and bands providing music and especially lots of drumming, which is great when you are running. There were massive water stations every 5km with fresh oranges, bananas, dried fruit and sugar cubes. Les pompiers de Paris (fire brigade) also provided additional water stations and had their hoses out providing a welcome spray.
The entire course was quite congested with so many runners, many were walking quite early on and one had to weave in and out a lot which was tiring. Parisian spectators have an interesting way of just carrying on with their normal Sunday morning routine, and there was a constant stream of little old ladies and families with prams tackling the zebra crossings in the face of thousands of runners. I just mumbled 'vous etes fou' under my breath hundreds of times.
I had planned to do 10 minute miles all the way and this worked very well for the first half, but just as I was beginning to get quite impressed with my pacing (fatal) the wheels gradually came off as the heat and the relentlessness of the road running (and some cobbles!) caught up with me. The slopes out of the underpasses were becoming a problem that I had to walk, much as I was trying to tell myself they were barely worthy of the name hill and that I am from Ilkley after all! The last 6 miles I had to run/walk and was not fun, finishing eventually in 4:49, disappointed as I had hoped for 4:20. However, having seen several collapsed runners along the course being attended to by de Croix Rouge I was glad to finish in one piece. More fresh fruit on offer at the finish, and a very shiny large medal. There were some excellent results from other Harriers; Dave Ibbotson and Alex both struggled with cramp hampering their times which was likely related to the heat.
For anyone wanting to run a big city marathon I can very much recommend Paris, it is easy to enter, no ballot, just pay your money and you are in. The organization was faultless without losing its french relaxed character, and very friendly. Just hope for an overcast day.
(1 2:07:11 Cybrian Kotut) 9697 3:47:16 David Schneider 12313 3:54:57 Stuart Herrington 12587 3:55:40 Erin Keating 17518 4:08:52 Jan Carrier 25841 4:32:17 Dave Ibbotson 30454 4:47:12 Alex Stanley-Hyde 31163 4:49:53 Petra Bijsterveld 31810 4:52:34 Fiona Schneider 41708 finished
From Dan Wilkinson ...
This really well organised LDWA event seemed to be well attended by Harriers, I saw several at the start. I was hoping for a good run after completing my recovery from injury and a group of 4 of us, including Ben Sheppard set off together and opened up an early lead. We ran together for the first 15 miles or so and at Beamsley Beacon I could tell the other guys were working a bit harder than me so I decided to see if I could open up a lead. It worked and I managed to drop Ben and the others to come home first in 3:06, despite getting momentarily lost on the run in (something I seem prone to in recent months!). Ben Was 3rd and John Hayes was 3rd Harrier home in around 3:25.
From Jann Smith ... A great route which takes in Beamsley Beacon, Round Hill, Rocking Moor, Timble and the all the Washburn reservoirs with an interesting section of bog around 8 miles in length ! Lots of Harriers there. I was doing well up to mile 23 when my calf popped and ruptured. The man behind basically told me to man up and jog it out so I hobbled to the finish. 1st lady.
1 3:06 Dan Wilkinson 3 3:12 Ben Sheppard 10 3:31 John Hayes 27 3:49 Jann Smith 1st lady 34 3:58 Andrew Merrick 38 4:02 Paul Calderbank 46 4:17 Chantal Busby 56 4:42 Sarah Hayes 65 4:52 Richard Morris 179 finished
(1 33:46 Sam Tosh, Rossendale) 5 36:12 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 23 40:55 Martin Archer 95 51:23 Norman Bush 172 finished
From Geoffrey Howard ... A sunny day in London town, and an inspiring setting, for the latest race in a monthly summer series of 10k races. The occasion last Saturday (2nd April) also doubled as this year's BMAF 10k Championship. The start was from the Podium Cafe next to the controversial Orbit sculpture in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (set between the Olympic Stadium to the West across a stretch of water and the Olympic Pool to the East also across a waterway). The three lap, mainly flat but loopy, course soon had us having to look out for locals out enjoying an early morning constitutional with the overall atmosphere very similar to that of a Park Run. There were 505 finishers with Tom Payn (unattached) winning in 31m 16s. I managed 93rd in 42m 40s as second v70 well behind Martin Ford of Cheltenham (72nd and first v70 in 41m 16s) who has been virtually untouchable in his age group in road races over at least a decade. For anyone fancying trying the event during a weekend trip to the capital, it can be reached from St Pancras in only 15 mins, has chip timing and ritual goodie bag but weighs in at a hefty £15 entry fee.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 16:26 Scott Harrington) 19 20:12 Tom Worboys 272 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 18:08 Michael King, Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 15 20:54 Theo Clay (junior) 290 35:08 Abbie Reynier (junior) 348 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:48 Noah Armitage-Hookes, U/A) 2 18:57 Alex Hirst 183 ran Fingal Bay (1 19:39 Daniel Hutchinson, U/A) 7 22:25 Eve Whitaker (junior) 1st female 36 27:02 Alexandra Whitaker (junior) 44 27:50 Helene Whitaker 92 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:07 Joe Mercer, Horwich RMI Harriers) 5 19:26 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 25 22:05 Lucy Jacques 67 26:00 David Taylor 94 27:40 Polly Crawley (junior) 110 28:50 Neve Tennant (junior) 129 30:44 Jo Taylor 171 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:58 Ben Pease, Ripon Runners) 88 25:56 Emily Elmes (junior) 123 27:36 Julie Elmes 236 ran