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.
Interested in joining us?
Details on the Social page
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Please send any Harriers results to firstname.lastname@example.org - they'll be forwarded to Paul for this web site and to Jonathan T for the newspaper report.
From the Committee ...
Jean Sullivan for compiling the monthly summaries of Outstanding Achievements
Jack Wood for organising the Calderdale Way Relay teams.
Brian Melia and Justin Ions for completing the Dragon's Back
Rachel Carter for race win at the Ilkley Trail
Jack Wood for winning the British Championship race at Ras Y Moelwyn
Jemmima Elgood for setting a new IH ladies 5k record of 16:54
Geoff Howard for setting a new MV75 10k record of 43:19
Andrew Merrick the Devon Coast to Coast ultra
Nick Helliwell sub 40mins 10k PB at Piling.
Tuesday evening session: with the tennis club managing their LTA tournament it is unavailable to us. Instead join the summer away run which starts from Skipton - see the detail on the social page. Otherwise meet at the old bridge.
From Hilda Coulsey ...
Another 5k race for me this week this time at the British Masters event at Horwich. The winners of the age categories are very much in the top few of the respective runbritain rankings and their times are amazing. Chatting before and after was interesting and enjoyable. The course itself is 3 laps of closed road; up then down, then flat and up to the finish.
(1 15:36 Mick Hill, Leeds) 118 25:20 Hilda Coulsey 3rd F65 128 completed
From John Hayes ...
I hadn't run this classic fell race before. I mentioned this to Jack Cummings shortly before the start. "Is it brutal?" I asked. "Yes" he replied cheerfully (and it was!)
As we congregated at the start line, I couldn't understand why Jack was standing at the back near to me. And then I realised the race went the other way to what I had assumed. I tried to take up my rightful place, but before I knew it we were off. Early on is an exciting river crossing. And then the race goes up .. and up ... and up. Jack took the lead and soon vanished into the mist. I tried to keep up with Helen (all the while with a nagging feeling that this was over-ambitious on my part). On the downhill section, Helen moved up a gear and I gave up trying to catch her and concentrated instead on not falling over. On the steepest part of the descent, at least one runner overtook me sliding on his bottom!
1 36:18 Jack Cummings 21 48:27 Helen Wood (2nd female) 29 50:06 John Hayes 62 ran
From Colin Williams ...
I was looking for a marathon to run this weekend and settled on the local "Grim up North, Canal Canter Summer Extravaganza", but as I left it very late to book, the Marathon was full, but there was spaces on the Ultra so I went for that instead.
I was lucky with the weather, a lot better than we have been getting for the last week and I finished 10 minutes before the rain started.
The ultra and the marathon start together. The course starts in Kirkstall and follows the Leeds Liverpool canal, fist to Leeds the turns and runs back along the canal to past the start to Saltaire then back to the start where the marathon finishes, the ultra continues back to Leeds for one last 6 mile loop.
Only about half the ultra runners finished the race, I was pleased to finish in third place in a PB of 4:40:09
(1 4:09:11 Dave Teggart, Bradford Airedale AC) 3 4:40:09 Colin Williams 8 finished
From Hilda Coulsey...
Having taken part in the Leeds Evensplits 5k series I decided to try York. It is entirely on the cycle circuit at the University of York Heslington East Sport Village, 5 laps of 1k. It's pretty flat and hence its a potential pb course with more than half of the runners on the night under 20 mins.
(1 16:17 Thomas Holloway, Rotherham Harriers) 80 24:22 Hilda Coulsey 91 finished
From Rachel Carter... A few of us made the short journey on Wednesday evening to take part in the Otley 10, a long standing road race organised by Otley AC for more than 30 years. It has a fast 3 miles to start, followed by some testing hills crossing the Washburn valley north of the town. Conditions were good with the long hill climb good for distracting from the slight breeze. This year the race was part of the Hilly Running Festival with all finishers receiving a free pair of socks alongside a bottle of beer. Jack comfortably took 1st place, being 40 seconds ahead of 2nd. I was 4th lady and 1st FV40.
Provisional results ...
1 54:46 Jack Wood 41 1:07:12 David Foyston 59 1:09:55 Rachel Carter 118 1:17:56 Stephen Newell 186 1:24:28 Michael Ho 244 1:32:07 Clare Boyle 288 1:41:49 Janet Smith 310 finished
From Ben Sheppard... As its name suggests, the Settle Saunter is your typical "old man's walking race" - a 23 mile trundle (10k and half marathon versions are available) along trails, trods and lanes in the Dales, chewing the cud and admiring the views between food stations with fellow stroller Dan McKeown. Map, directions and GPS on my watch notwithstanding, we managed to make a couple of 'navigation' errors in the latter stages to add to the fun. Dan and I ran round together almost the whole way until we got lost in the woods and ended up separated, after which Dan got misdirected onto the 10k course for a little extra distance at the end while I made directly for the pie and peas and mug of tea, finishing in around 3 hrs 35. Nice to see some friendly Ilkley Harriers faces at the finish having done the 10k or half marathon courses, including Jayne Norman and Chantal Busby.
From Jayne Norman ... I did the 13.1 mile option, a great course, which does need some navigational schemes, but compared to other races this is more social run without the competitive nature, making it a fantastic race for new (or experienced) half marathon runners. Excellent value for money as free pie and peas, and cups of tea/coffee at the end. I finished in 2hrs 40 (beating my PB by 12 mins)
We hear Beth Massey was 1st F45, 3rd lady. Awaiting results.
Jack may have been 4th, but he was the first runner, 9 minutes clar of 5th place.
4 2:23:39 Jack Wood 767 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Oxford (1 16:45 James Eve, Headington RRC) 14 19:13 James Ryder 103 24:43 Jo Foster 311 ran Bradford (1 18:47 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 22 22:06 Dave Reynier 173 28:56 Paula Reynier 338 ran Skipton (1 16:26, Joe Hudson, KCAC) 5 19:57 Kate Archer 1st F 167 ran
From Steve Brennan ... Euan Brennan took third place on Sunday at the Trial Race for the European Mountain Running Championships.
The trial was held on a wet and windy course up Skiddaw with 660 metres of elevation over 5.2 km.
British Athletics announced today his inclusion in the GB & NI U20 team that will compete at the European Mountain Running Championships to be held on an Uphill Only course in Zermatt, Switzerland on 7th July 2019.
Euan was part of the winning GB team from last years European Championships in Macedonia.
Link to BA announcement.
From Jann Smith ...
7.6miles / 2864 ft
Englands 9th highest mountain was wet and clagged in for this summer evening race, a lovely circular route approaching from the village of Mungrisedale in the East and touching the summit.
(1 1:01:10 Brennan Townsend, Keswick) 137 1:36:03 Jann Smith 1st F50 179 finished
1 17:26 Jack Wood 4 18:16 Jack Cummings 18 20:50 Dan Mckeown 36 21:58 Lucy Williamson 41 22:18 Jonathan Turner 43 22:23 Kate Archer 64 23:32 Richard Joel 73 24:26 Bob Hamilton 106 27:07 Alison Weston 127 29:09 Helen Waddington 160 finished
From Caroline Howe ... Racing in monsoon conditions for the second Harrogate Summer Race League event at Ripon. A mainly off-road course across fields, farm tracks and through woods around Studley Park, the torrential rain meant we we were literally running through rivers, mud, and ankle deep puddles for the entire course. All in all conditions made for a very memorable evening, helped by great hosting by Ripon Runners who put on a great spread and awesome bunnage afterwards! Great performances from the 19 Harriers who made the trip... Jack Wood won the race by almost a minute; Sarah Pickering and Sally Armitage were in the top 10 female finishers; and Malcolm Pickering was first V65. The next race at Yeadon is a Harriers league counter so looking forward to a good turnout!
1 29:55 Jack Wood 47 36:58 Jonathan Turner 114 40:57 Sarah Pickering 115 41:06 Sally Armitage 155 43:00 Caroline Howe 209 45:22 Tom Lally 210 45:24 Paul Stephens 213 45:29 Jane Bryant 218 45:57 Emily Elmes 230 46:34 Malcolm Pickering 240 47:05 Geoffrey White 274 48:53 David Ibbotson 341 53:36 Dawn Turner 350 54:20 Anna Pickering 352 54:28 Sally Pickering 385 57:35 Amelia Miles 398 58:42 Sue Verspyck 413 62:39 Tracy Russell 423 68:35 David Millson 433 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
I looked for an Alpine race to fit in with my holiday plans, and this event in Switzerland just north east of Lake Geneva appeared to fit the bill just perfectly. Given the options of a 17k, 27k or 42k course I immediately chose the longest, thinking that more than 8000 feet of ascent to add to the distance can't be too bad if you say it quickly enough! Training had gone well and I had the benefit of spending my final tapering week in the Alps so could do my last runs at greater altitude. As the day approached the weather got hotter and a forecasted 25 degrees made me worry about heat exhaustion, so a last minute purchase of a bright white baseball cap ensued, which I think helped as I possibly suffered less from the heat than normal.
Race morning saw a collection of very fit looking alpine mountain runners assemble at the start in Les Paccots. No fun runners here! From the entry list I had gleaned that 98% of runners were fairly local, but I had previously made contact with a Dutch compatriot, Mieke, and I was pleased to see her at the start. As it turned out we would meet each other many times during the race.
The course is a mixture of trails through forests, meadows, along (or up) steep mountain sides, across a few snow fields, and there were 2 river crossings. To add a bit of stress there were 3 time cut-offs and I was worried about having to travel back on the bus of shame (thankfully this did not happen)! 8247 feet of ascent obviously means a lot of climbing, what I had not expected was the steepness of 2 of the long climbs which felt almost vertical, the first one at mile 8 had me near fainting and I had to sit down 3 times on a rock with my head down. Many calls of 'ca va?' and 'courage' from passing runners ensued. After taking in some more calories, despite feeling very nauseous, this thankfully did not happen again. At mile 9 the 27k course parted from the 42k and I found myself entirely alone. Thankfully the course was well marked, and at least I did not have to keep stopping now to let faster 27k runners go past. I caught up with Mieke and a French woman runner at the 13 mile feed station and together we climbed the long ascent (5 miles) to the top of Le Moleson (2000m), where we met 3 male runners who had reached the top just ahead of us. The two sweepers had caught up with us and as I am the world's worst descender I then knew I would be the last finisher. Being last, and still worrying about being timed out at the final cut-off, were my only stressors, apart from that I managed to enjoy the final miles despite increasing fatigue, occasionally meeting Mieke at water stations as she was only just ahead, and calling out encouragement in Dutch. The only part which made me really unhappy was an additional uphill stretch of tarmac to make up the distance whilst the finish was actually in sight and along the flat. Like the final lap around a field but ten times worse. Still I did not cry!
I was indeed the 162nd and final finisher in 9 hours 10 minutes, but pleased to see that the 5 runners I had been with on Le Moleson had arrived no more than 10 minutes ahead of me. 20 runners had abandoned the race. I met up with Mieke once more as we tucked into the generous free meal we were given.
I loved the entire experience and could not fault the event organization. Such friendly marshals and volunteers (benevoles) at the feed stations and also friendly local and tourist support along the course. I felt obliged to thank all marshals more profusely as I was last! Excellent provisions at the feed stations including Gruyere cheese (my body really craved salt) and flat Coke. Encouragingly this race was almost entirely plastic free and every runner had to carry their own cup. Despite being last I would do this race, or a similar Alpine event, again as soon as the opportunity arises! Perhaps with less heat I could even be a little faster......
(1 4:19:30 Remi Francais, Ski-Club Les Diablerets) 162 9:10:02 Petra Bijsterveld 162 finished
From Helen Waddington ...
Great to see two other Ilkley Harriers at this event. Paul Sugden and Nicky Liptrot took on the half marathon Challenge event which takes in the first 17 km/1200 ft of the full marathon course as far as Tarn Hows before returning to Coniston. I completed the full Marathon which is a full circuit of Coniston with just shy of 3,000 feet overall ascent and all the usual Lakeland terrain boxes ticked including forest trails, moorland bogs, rocky tracks and a lovely run in along the shoreline before a lap of the finish field thrown in for good measure, which we always enjoy don't we . . .
Half Marathon Challenge (1 1:33:16 Ian Roberts, Liverpool and Sefton Harriers) 32 1:59:04 Nicky Liptrot (4th lady) 232 2:34:09 Paul Sugden 344 ran Marathon Race (1 3:03:20 Joel Jameson, Team Jameson) 156 5:12:16 Helen Waddington 210 ran
From Hilda Coulsey...
I ventured east on the M62 to run the Hull half marathon. I believe I was the only Ilkley Harrier, not surprisingly as the Wharfedale half usually attracts me and is more attractive in many ways! It was well organised and friendly, as expected from the Jane Tomlinson Runforall events, and I hadn't done this one before so I felt it was worth a shot. I'm disappointed with my time I have never experienced the drop off the in pace I did today to achieve my personal worst road half marathon performance. I have to blame the weather, it was hot and humid, and talking to others afterwards I wasn't the only one finding it hard. Others might say I ought to train more however I did manage 2nd in my age category! Grassington will be in the diary for me next year, however the Hull half is definitely a good race to do - it's fairly flat with lots of support.
(1 1:08:41 Mohammad Aburezeq, Altringham) 721 2:06:45 Hilda Coulsey 1289 finished
From Colin Williams ...
A few months ago I signed up to run the Huddersfield Marathon, how hard could it be to run a marathon the day after the Wharfedale Trail Half and the same week as the Ilkley trail? Well know I know, pretty tough.
The Huddersfield road marathon and Half marathon run on a 13.1mile route around Huddersfield, the Marathon runs the same route twice. The route has a lot of climb, I clocked 3,406 ft according to my Garmin, 400 ft of that in the last mile.
The organisers say it is one of the toughest road marathon in the UK, and having run the Langdale marathon last year, who also say that, I would have to agree.
The winner Simon Courtney had a fantastic race, beating the second place runner by nearly 40 mins.
A small event (130 ran the half and 58 the full), but very friendly and well organised, give it a go next year, but not after running the Wharfedale half.
(1 3:14:23 Simon Courtney) 7 4:19:50 Colin Williams 58 finished
(1 1:25:15 Phil Marsden, Horwich) 26 1:43:25 Dave Robson 36 1:45:30 Rachel Carter 40 1:46:20 Jonathan Turner 44 1:47:25 Colin Williams 79 1:54:45 Derek Oliver 113 2:01:21 Peter Roll 126 2:03:53 Paddy Hagan 134 2:04:51 Peter Ferguson 136 2:05:02 Oli Street 254 2:24:12 Jill Ezzard 286 2:29:20 Jayne Norman 320 2:39:45 Fiona Schneider 366 2:52:48 Penelope Coulthard 367 2:52:51 Jo Pattinson 378 2:57:14 Sue Williamson 405 finished
From Will Buckton ... Duddon Valley fell race was the first of this year's Lakeland 'super long' races, starting from the village of Seathwaite near Coniston. There were six major climbs including Little Stand and Swirl How which are relentless. The 2019 race was run in low visibility which led to navigational errors for the three Ilkley Harriers but we all got round in respectable times.
(1 2h59:15 Rhys Findlay-Robinson Dark Peak) 18 3h48:36 Jack Wood 75 4h48:56 Roy Ruddle 77 4h49:22 Will Buckton 117 finished 10 dnf
From Dawn Turner ...
Jonathan and I were the only Harriers at this very enjoyable 10k, which is based at Woodhouse Grove School. Organised by Horsforth Harriers, it's a multi-terrain race heading up through the woods and looping back round along tracks, gravel paths, roads and fields. A very well organised, friendly event - parking and facilities are excellent - I'd highly recommend it for next year.
(1 35:03 John Hobbs, Valley Striders) 35 40:28 Jonathan Turner 310 58:28 Dawn Turner 462 finished
Full results and photos on the Trail Race page.
(1 41:18 Matthew John, North Leeds Fell Runners) 2 41:58 Cameron Reilly 3 42:12 Jack Cummings 8 44:46 Dan McKeown - 1st MV40 9 45:02 Martin Archer 11 45:46 Ben Shepherd 20 48:05 Paul Castle 25 48:40 Dave Foyston 31 49:09 Rachel Carter - 1st lady 32 49:23 Will Buckton 34 49:27 Jonathan Turner 39 49:58 Jonathan Sinclair 40 50:14 John Hayes 42 50:43 Colin Williams 50 52:08 Nick Helliwell 54 52:59 Michael Abrams-Cohen 57 53:21 Michael Duffield 63 54:12 Sally Armitage 69 55:12 Sally Malir - 1st FV50 85 57:06 Mark Judkowski 88 57:24 Geoff Howard - 1st MV70 91 57:29 Craig Berry 111 59:36 Abi Swales 115 59:59 Caroline Howe 150 65:26 Helen Doyle 163 68:36 Donna Jackson 168 69:37 Alex Stanley-Hyde 185 73:55 Karen Lambe 191 75:14 Paula Reynier 192 75:15 Dave Reynier 194 75:21 Amanda Newham 202 80:13 Sue Williamson 203 80:27 Sue Verspyck 214 finished *Ilkley won both the men's and women's team prizes*
From Jann Smith ... The village is closed and the fell race is run in conjunction with the street festival so a great atmosphere. The route climbs up through limestone pavements to meet the 3 Peaks race route on the gnarly bit down to Sulber Nick then heads back down to Austwick. The field was quality due to cash payments being offered for the course records to be broken.
(1 48:41 Tm Stratton, City of York) 14 56:33 Paul Carman 93 1:10:24 Jann Smith 169 ran
From Kate Archer ... I decided to enter Edinburgh marathon last minute. Starting in the city centre, the first couple of miles are downhill (finishing 7 miles from the start means you don't have to run back up the hill), then it's an out and back course along the coast. Nice to run by the sea and with a breeze on the way out the pace seemed easy. Then at mile 18 we turned back towards the city and into a brutal headwind. From then on it was a battle to maintain any sort of pace. But still a PB for me. I crossed the line in 3:09:57. The race was won by Dan Tanui in a time of 2:30:13.
Edinburgh Marathon (1 2:30:13 Dan Tanui) 247 3:09:57 Kate Archer 2342 3:59:13 Michael Ho 7301 finishers Edinburgh Half Marathon (1 1:07:40 Karl Darcy) 4056 1:58:31 Sheena Pickersgill 10,964 finishers
(1 32:47 Callum Elson, Roundhay Runners) 429 58:39 John Marshall 838 finished
Jack Wood won this British Championship fell race in 1:21:03. 252 ran. Results ....
From Alison Weston ... - managed the Jura fell race in 5 hrs 31 (winner Tim Morgan in 3 hr 20!) only 16 miles but pretty tough with seven tops including the 3 Paps and 7500 ft climbing. Despite the wet and misty conditions a really great event with a tremendous atmosphere.
Two Harriers have just tackled what is billed as the toughest five-day mountain running race in the world - the legendary Dragon's Back Race which follows the mountainous spine of Wales from north to south, covering 315 kilometres and featuring 15,500 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. And both the experienced Brian Melia and Justin Ions, who was taking on this sort of challenge for the first time, did superbly to finish 75th and 135th respectively out of the 251 who managed to complete this epic ultra test.
(1 37:48:06 Galen Reynolds, Canada) 75 56:07:41 Brian Melia 135 61:48:23 Justin Ions 251 finished
From Brian Melia ...
I first ran the Dragons Back in 2015 and thought that it was so difficult I would not return. I am not sure why I entered again, but I found that I had.
It is an incredible event dating back to 1992 when Diamntides and Stone won. The course begins in Conwy Castle(see picture) and finishes in Llandelio after 315 km and 15,500 metres of ascent.It sounds bad , but if you divide it up in to days it sounds better.
After a welsh male voice choir got the emotions going we left the Castle. My sister wished me well and I left for day one which takes the Carneddau, the Glyderau and then scary Crib Goch and over Snowdon for the first over night in Nant Gywnant. I ran with Tom Hollins well till Tryfan in poor visibility, in around 40th place. I stopped to change socks, but Tom wanted to push on. There was a great buzz at the mid point. The temperature dramatically increased over the Glyderau and was too hot over Crib Goch to the finish.
You stay in these brilliant 8 man tents. There is enough room to get yourself sorted for each day. There was great banter.
Day 2 is over Cnict the Moelwynions and Rhinogydds. It is a tough day of 55 km. It was too hot for me. And I struggled to hydrate. I ran into th mid point with Tom again, but started being sick I think I picked a bug up through the streams. I finished the day I thought I would drop out as I could not eat. I knew day 3 was super tough with 69 km so I was intending to go home, but I found myself walking up Cadar Idris. I settled in to a steady pace till the half way point at Machynlleth where I was able to stop and find some food . Feeling more normal I trotted up and over Pumlumon Fawr to the overnight camp feeling better.
Day 4 goes through Elan valley then up and over Drygarn Fawr with probably too much road running for my likes. I was happy to finish but had lost lots of hours over the previous 3 days. Day 5 is a blast over the Black Mountains. There was real excitement over the front runners with Sabrina chasing the lead with only around a minute to catch Lisa Watson and Jim Mann chasing Galen Reynolds with a 42 minute deficit. One of the beautiful aspects of the Dragons Back is the faster runners set off later. So everyday you are passed by the faster runners. It is super friendly and by the finish line there is a great feeling of unity to all who have travelled down Wales. It is a lot of money to enter however, there is no better way to visit the mountains tops and valleys than this race. Everything is included. Food accommodation and finally transport back to the start, if you finish.
I have two Dragons now and am proud to have finished, even though I wanted to run much quicker. Quite a few did not make it for lots of reasons, mainly fatigue or foot problems. Galen Reynolds from Canada was overall winner in 37 hrs 48 minutes ahead of 2015 winner Jim Mann. Lisa Watson from Dark Peak was First Lady on 44 hours 33 minutes beating Sabrina Verjee.
It is a great event to challenge every part of your body. I saw some sad sights with friends dropping and injuries and hill incidents, but there were some special moments I will treasure. Mum was at the finish line to surprise me which was special, but I felt slightly guilty as I was on empty with a hurting leg.
A win for Jack Wood
1 31:52 Jack Wood 169 45:31 Malcolm Pickering 1st M65 187 46:14 Mark Judkowski 200 46:48 Jane Bryant 218 47:36 Catherine Gibbons 233 48:01 Paul Stephens 248 48:41 Tom Lally 321 52:05 Dave Ibbotson 344 52:58 Emily Elmes 362 53:56 Di Kitchen 376 54:40 Sheena Pickersgill 383 54:58 Sally Pickering 390 55:17 Anna Pickering 417 56:42 Amelia Miles 487 62:57 Tracy Russell 493 63:16 Sally Wright 526 73:23 David Millson 531 finished
From Caroline Howe... The Calderdale Way Relay is the UK's largest off-road relay, organised by Halifax Harriers, attracting teams from all across Yorkshire and Lancashire. This was the first year since 2014 that Ilkley Harriers were represented at the event, as 12 of us paired off to run sections of varying lengths. We were a mixed team and our primary aims were i) to complete the distance, and ii) to enjoy it! Both objectives were successfully achieved, and the team finished in 55th place out of 97, and 10th mixed team out of 19.
All legs are tough, with considerable amounts of climb, but the payoff is wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Conditions were good on the day - not too warm, and nice and dry. Everyone managed make it to their starts on time (just!) and performed fantastically well. There was also a great atmosphere, with so many teams competing and lots of familiar faces from local clubs!
These events are brilliant to be part of, and hopefully the fact that our team contained people of all different standards will encourage more participation in future - these relays really are open to all, and it is a great buzz being part of a team, and representing the club, while challenging yourself on an individual level. It's also a great way to get to know other Harriers, and to experience routes you wouldn't normally run.
A lot goes on behind the scenes in terms of team organisation and logistics, so big thanks to Jack for sorting the whole thing out. Also thanks to Rachel, Dan and Keith who all stepped in at the last minute due to injuries, to ensure we could field a full team. Special mention to Jayne also for assisting others with last minute recces. Events like these do take commitment from everyone involved, so big thanks and well done to all!
Leg 1 (10.55 miles) Jack Wood, Dan McKeown 15(15) 1:20:33 Leg 2 (8.46 miles) Caroline Howe, Nicky Liptrot 41(69) 1:25:24 Leg 3 (4.8 miles) Rachel Carter, Peter Shelley 35(16) 0:43:43 Leg 4 (9.4 miles) Keith Wood, Anna Nolan 57(94) 2:05:42 Leg 5 (7.44 miles) Petra Bijsterveld, Jayne Norman 62(80) 1:27:47 Leg 6 (10.6 miles) Ben Sheppard, Mike Abrams Cohen 55(42) 1:31:52 (figure in brackets is where each pair placed on their leg)
From Jean Sullivan ... Having realised that it was 20 years since I did my one and only marathon (London 1999), I wondered if I would manage another, so I signed up to do this years Windermere marathon, billed as 'the UK's most scenic marathon'. What a fantastic event it was to be part of!! It started in the grounds of the lovely Brathay Hall in Ambleside, whose gardens slope down to the banks of Lake Windermere. The atmosphere was incredible, especially as the Windermere marathon is the last day for those completing the Brathay 10 in 10, one of the UK's toughest running events, which involves running the Windermere marathon 10 times over 10 consecutive days.
Having been led to the start by a brass band, this road run involves an anti-clockwise circuit of Lake Windermere. Running down the west side of the lake is mainly on traffic free roads. It is busier running up the east side, especially trying to dodge all the tourists in Bowness on Windermere! The crowd support is fantastic on the route, with lots of cow bells to be heard, and jelly babies and Kendal mint cake on offer! It is a challenging race in view of not only the distance, but the constant hills. I was very pleased to arrive back to Brathay Hall in one piece!
(1 2:29:55 Rob Corney, Reading Roadrunners) 441 4:24:22 Jean Sullivan 964 finishers
From Fiona Schneider ... Jemma Basham and I took on the Harrogate Rotary Club challenge of the Nidderdale Marathon on Sunday. There were many easier options of short runs, long walks, short walks. It is a great scenic route on the Nidderdale Way north from Pateley Bridge and back. 42 km peppered with plenty of climbing (885 metres in all), plenty of gates and stiles and a few water stations. We both managed to smile at the end! Not officially timed Jemma was out of view after 1km and flying whilst I took my place close to the last but not last of about 40 runners.
5hr 15min Jemma Basham 6hr 18min Fiona Schneider
From Nick Helliwell ... Flat, fast and relentless, Pilling is a perfect PB course. I went out fast, hung onto a group and just dug in for the second half. It hurt terribly, but I came away with a huge PB, and managed to finally break 40 minutes, something I've been trying to do for 20 years. Pilling is a bit of a drive, but recommended for anyone that wants a 10k personal record; they organise this race regularly across each summer.
(1 33:08 Raymond Edgar, Lancaster & Morecambe) 17 39:40 Nick Helliwell 102 finished
From Will Buckton ... Jack and I travelled to Ambleside for the classic Fairfield Horseshoe race which starts in the grounds of Rydal Hall. Chip timing was used for the 2019 event and the route was a bit slower as the route to the right of the wall after Dove Crag was out of bounds.
(1 1h20:15 Carl Bell Keswick AC) 2 1h23:06 Jack Wood 89 1h49:52 Will Buckton 232 finished
From Dick Waddington...The Old County Tops (37 miles, 10,000ft) takes in the highest summits of the former counties of Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire - namely Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and The Old Man of Coniston. Paul Carman and I thought we would give it a go; my third time and Paul's first. The weather forecast had been pretty poor all week, but we were treated to bright weather, not too hot and little wind - perfect! The only bit of low cloud was on Helvellyn, but we'd both taken the grassy line down before, so we managed that well. After egg sandwiches at the feed station we went up the Wythburn valley, where I aptly fell in a bog up to my waist at a spot call 'The Bog' on the OS map. Paul kindly pulled me out. Scafell Pike had the usual crowds, but the descent into Eskdale was wild and beautiful as ever. A feed stop at Cockley Beck staffed by the same crew as before (very efficient) was welcome before the slog up towards Swirl How. Last year I made an exhausting nav error by taking Richard Joel to Dow Crag instead of Coniston Old Man (sorry Richard!). Well I didn't make that mistake again. A good run in saw us pick up a few places on the way to the Three Shires stone and back via Blea Tarn. Paul did some good coaxing to get me through the last mile as it all got a bit tiring. All in all a great day out. We finished in 9:14. Results to follow.
From Andrew Merrick... When I was growing up, my mum's parents were living in Torquay and we spent a few weeks of every Easter and Summer holiday in the red soiled, narrow laned world of Devon. It was this connection that prompted me to sign up for the Devon C2C - a "117.5" mile journey from Wembury (near Plymouth) in the South to Lynmouth in the North.
A campsite at South Molton (about 45 mins drive from the finish) coupled with an early morning coach was the suggested approach to logistics, which didn't seem the ideal plan. So my ultra running friend and I left a car there and Airbnb'd in Wembury, allowing a 6am alarm on the Saturday morning in advance of an 8am start. A select gang of about 70 set off from alongside the beach at about 8.15am, the coach having been slightly delayed.
A cloudy, wind free Saturday made for pretty ideal running conditions and excellent views over Dartmoor. There were 10 check points along the way at reasonably regular intervals, with one bag drop for the half way point. I took the opportunity here to change my very wet socks which were causing my feet to blister far more than any previous ultra experience. It helped in the short term, but the rest of the journey did leave me with very sore feet despite extensive use of running poles on both up and downhill sections. I spent a few minutes concluding a little after half way I had about another 90,000 steps to take, had a brief "chat" with my grandad and carried on.....
The organisers and check point/feed station staff were all cheerful and supportive throughout our route, although I was disappointed with the facilities on offer. There was one hot meal but otherwise virtually all check points were outside (even during the night stages) and had fairly basic provisions - water, tea, and a small range of snacks, fruit appearing only twice. I suspect the low numbers did impact on the infrastructure although there was a 4 day C2C walk happening at the same time.
Otherwise, there was more road than I was expecting and the navigation was significantly more difficult. The two USB chargers I had with me were saved to keep my running friend's phone going since regular access to routefinder was essential......
At the pre-race safety briefing, the organiser did warn us about the last climb before reaching Lynmouth, but it did still come as a surprise, arriving half way through what I had assumed was the final descent. A low key finish in Lynmouth just before 3pm on Sunday was followed by the logistical challenge of getting home, which involved the organiser's transport back to South Molton, a lift to Exeter, a train to Plymouth and a taxi back to my car in Wembury. The drive back did still feel in some way part of the ultra challenge, although the M5, M42 and M1 "feed stations" were better stocked....
I limped back through the front door just before 4am on Monday morning, pleased to have finished what must have been nearer to 120 miles in a little under 31 hours, inside the top quarter of the field. A break now before deciding on my next adventure, and looking forward to my now guaranteed UTMB place for August 2020. I am sure my feet will forgive me in time.....
Despite the views and helpful support staff, not one I would plan to do again.....
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
Great to see Tom Adams back racing (though parkrun is 'a run not a race') and being first finisher at Oakwell Hall. Geoff Howard visited the inaugural parkrun at Conyngham Hall (Knaresborough). Fiona Schneider celebrated her birthday by asking lots of friends to join her in doing a parkrun today, either at Skipton or elsewhere (and sharing on Facebook), a great idea!
Woodhouse Moor (1 16:07 Marcos Angel Valero Palacios, U/A) 12 18:38 Tim Ashelford 378 28:36 Karen Lambe 645 ran Skipton (1 17:05 Chris Ovenden, U/A) 20 22:49 Catherine Gibbons 57 25:59 Andrew Wilson 58 26:08 Fiona Schneider 92 28:18 Ruth Jones 96 28:35 Andy Wolfenden 208 ran Oakwell Hall 1 16:31 Tom Adams 267 ran Keswick (1 17:35 Stefanos Stephanou, Richmond and Zetland) 225 33:26 Jonathan Sinclair 274 ran Tyne Green (1 17:50 Patrick Craig, Harrogate Tri Club) 5 18:57 Adam Rhodes 296 ran Conyngham Hall (1 17:43 Rob Scott, Richmond and Zetland) 25 23:27 Geoff Howard 137 ran Harrogate (1 17:38 Mark Bailey, Leeds and Bradford Tri) 234 26:21 Petra Bijsterveld 521 ran
From Helen Waddington... Congratulations to Jane Mccarthy on a decisive overall win at the all-new John Carr Series. Saltaire Striders have done an amazing job at re-inventing these races. Each week has been a different course - all have been lovely and the last race was particularly enjoyable. The finale was a relay event with many teams cobbled together on the night from different clubs. It sounded like a recipe for organised chaos but it all worked and resulted in a really sociable event with lots of intermingling fun at the handover/finish point. An off-road mixed terrain course which introduced us to more of the lovely trails around the Saltaire/Eldwick/Baildon area. Steady uphill on the way out through fields and woods and tracks before returning along Shipley Glen and finally a short sharp descent to the finish. Fantastic marshalling and organisation with a bottle of beer for all finishers and great series prizes at 5 year age categories, this really is one to put in the diary next year.
Race 3 (1 18:14 Joe Baxter, Pudsey and Bramley) 23 23:11 Jane McCarthy 69 29:29 Helen Waddington 85 ran Overall series results (1 1:02:09 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners) 17 1:15:20 Jane McCarthy 1st L 41 1:33:41 Helen Waddington 1st V50
Congratulations to Jemima Elgood who broke the women's record by 9 seconds, and Jack Wood who won for the 5th year in a row.
1 38:52 Jack Wood 14 44:36 Martin Archer 17 45:19 Jemima Elgood (Leeds Uni) 20 45:35 Paul Carman 30 46:54 Daniel Mckeown 37 47:26 Dave Robson 43 48:20 Dave Wilby 48 48:53 Jim Ryder 49 48:55 Gavin Lamb 50 49:25 David Foyston 57 50:56 David Westhead 66 51:53 Richard Joel 67 51:55 Rachel Carter 1st FV40 72 52:20 John Hayes 82 53:01 Colin Williams 89 53:50 Duncan Cooper 93 54:09 Andrew Overend 98 54:37 Michael Duffield 99 55:11 Helen Wood 121 57:12 Joyce Marshall 1st FV50 127 57:24 Jann Smith 128 57:29 Paddy Hagan 141 58:23 Alison Weston 154 59:52 Steve Newell 164 62:19 Mary Gibbons 175 63:22 Geoffrey White 189 65:10 Caroline Howe 217 72:49 Helen Doyle 228 87:25 Amelia Miles 233 109:42 Tracy Russell 234 109:44 David Millson 235 finished Ilkley had 2nd team and 3rd ladies team
From Jonathan Turner ...
There were medals for both Bethan Morley and Istvan Jacso at the Yorkshire Track & Field Championships.
Bethan claimed silver in the women's U20 800m in 2:12:35 while Istvan was third in the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:25.79
(1 1:07:56 808 1:42:08 Michael Ho 1240 1;50:18 Tom Lally 2767 2:00:16 Alex Hyde 2800 2:02:41 Dave Ibbotson 5812 finished
From Rachel Carter ...
13 Harriers took part in the Malhamdale Trail Challenge, described as a demanding half marathon, with approx. 1650ft of ascent, taking in landmarks such as Pikedaw, Malham Tarn, Goredale Scar and Janet's Foss. The event was very well organised with good and easy parking, registration and food provided afterwards in Kirby Malham village hall as part of the entry fee. The worst of the ascent came after a couple of miles - up Pikedaw, with much of the rest of the miles undulating on broad grassy paths, except for a steep descent round Gordale Scar. The course was marshalled and flagged but a few of us took a wrong turn (with some affected more than others) around mile 6 before cutting back to the course. There were some good performances across the age categories with Dave Robson and Kate Archer being the 1st Harriers home in this league race, in 4th and 7th place (2nd lady) respectively, and Colin Williams 1st MV50.
(1 1:34:31 Julian Hood, Skipton AC) 4 1:43:44 Dave Robson 7 1:47:00 Kate Archer (2nd lady) 12 1:48:29 Rachel Carter (3rd lady) 13 1:48:49 Jonathan Turner 15 1:51:01 Colin Williams (1st V50) 39 1:59:50 Mike Duffield 48 2:01:36 Derek Oliver 60 2:06:49 Mark Judkowski 76 2:11:00 Peter Fergerson 109 2:24:47 Adela Reperecki 109 2:24:47 Elizabeth Price 144 2:36:46 Hilda Coulsey 159 2:47:23 Fiona Schneider
Yorkshire selecton for Jack, who helped the team to 4th place.
(1 54:16 Max Nicholls, Kent) 16 56:12 Jack Wood 166 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results...
York (1 15:48 Tim Stratton, City of York AC) 78 21:11 Geoffrey Howard 574 ran Bradford (1 17:22 Andy Burn, Jarrow and Hebburn AC) 151 27:34 Stephanie Fox 442 ran Skipton (1 18:06 Mike Crosby, U/A) 8 20:18 Will Buckton 25 23:25 Catherine Gibbons 36 25:09 Will Worboys 173 ran Wetherby (1 18:00 Daniel Linstrum, Wetherby Runners) 6 19:42 Nick Helliwell 96 ran Whinlatter Forest (1 19:36 Lewis Hinchcliffe, Rochdale Harriers) 3 22:12 Rob Cunningham 75 ran Crissy Field (USA) 1 16:39 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 135 ran
Geoff Howard's time beats his own club v75 record.
From Caroline Howe... A drizzly night in Saltaire for the second in the new John Carr trail series. A nice multi-terrain 5k along the canal tow path. Well done to Jane on finishing 2nd lady and Jonathan for a pb!
(1 16:40 Michael Mayton, Baildon) 24 18:53 Jonathan Turner 34 20:20 Jane McCarthy 37 20:57 Tom Worboys 59 22:17 Jann Smith 60 22:21 Caroline Howe 76 24:03 Alison Bennett 81 24:24 Helen Waddington 120 finished
(1 14:13 Adam Hickey, Southend) 69 16:54 Jemima Elgood 1328 finished
From Geoff Howard ... it may be small but its chip timing, excellent organisation and digital clock lead car show its aspirations aren't. In good conditions I managed to improve on my last 10k (Bradford) time, and the club v75 record, in 43m 19s and 57th place (358 finished). Aaron Scott of Hepston Harriers was first in a new course record on 30m 57s.
1 37:20 Nathan Edmondson 31 48:21 Rob Budding 149 68:21 Sue Williamson 169 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results...
Eastbourne (1 16:50 Richard Jones, Eastbourne Rovers) 23 21:19 Andrew Merrick 361 ran York (1 16:01 Graham Rush, U/A) 25 20:03 Rhys Jones 550 ran Bradford (1 17:03 Huseen Usuie, Bingley Harriers) 160 26:29 Oscar Street 239 28:53 Paula Reynier 521 ran Harrogate (1 16:50 Chris Miller, Harrogate Harriers) 53 21:13 Tom Worboys 517 ran Barnsley (1 17:12 Gareth Cooke, Penistone Footpath Runners) 24 21:48 Beth Massey 187 ran Cheltenham (1 17:21 Matthew Rawlings, Reading AC) 8 18:49 Adam Rhodes 595 ran Skipton (1 17:42 Samuel William, Skipton AC) 27 22:41 Catherine Gibbons 61 25:43 Fiona Schneider 104 28:32 Andy Wolfenden 223 ran Stretford (1 16:54 Ben Hobson, Chorlton Runners) 54 20:17 Mike Abrams-Cohen 702 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:04 Rob Byers, U/A) 5 20:08 Rob Cunningham 60 27:47 Chris Cunningham 191 ran Centre Vale (1 17:21 Andrew Worster, Vegan Runners) 52 25:37 Will Worboys 188 ran
From Jann Smith ...
7 miles / 1100ft A great concept ...start at the bottom of the track to White Wells ...take any route over to Dick Hudsons, touch the gate and come back any way you like. It was raining and a bit claggy leading to quite a lot of wrong route choices, slippy paving slabs and people getting a bit lost (including Istvan !) .. all adding to the fun.
(1 48:45 Adam Stirk, Wharfedale) 3 51:16 Paul Carman 5 52:28 Ben Sheppard 7 53:28 Dave Robson 10 54:32 Dave Foyston 20 57:54 Roy Ruddle 24 1:00:21 Helen Wood (2nd lady) 28 1:01:06 Istvan Jacso 33 1:01:11 Robert Hamilton (1st MV60) 40 1:04:09 Jann Smith (1st LV40) 56 1:06:20 Mark Judowski 69 1:09:19 Paul Stephens 72 1:10:02 Matt Dodd 79 1:11:07 Geoff White 80 1:11:19 Keith Wood 123 finished Ilkley men were first team
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
The relaunched John Carr series started tonight with 'The Trig', an approximately 4 mile multi-terrain circular route from near Roberts Park in Saltaire, over fields, tracks, woods & moor to Baildon Trig point and back down. Perhaps the new format had made runners a little hesitant to enter this series, which has previously been a fast and furious 5k road race. Only 100 runners took part on what turned out to be a lovely evening for this quick jaunt up and down Baildon Moor with 700 feet of ascent. Immaculately organized by Saltaire Striders and Racebest, with dry underfoot conditions and a lovely sunset over the moor there was nothing to dislike. This was a counter in our race league and of the 9 Harriers taking part 4 won prizes!
The next race is a flat 5K and the 3rd one a relay race, entries still available via Racebest.
(1 24:53 Joe Baxter, Pudsey and Bramley AC) 2 25:44 Jack Wood 16 30:03 Jonathan Turner 18 30:12 David Westhead 1st MV50 26 31:49 Jane McCarthy 1st F 74 39:48 Helen Waddington 1st FV50 78 40:13 Alison Bennett 92 43:14 Hilda Coulsey 98 46:32 Petra Bijsterveld 99 46:38 Dawn Turner 110 ran