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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Please send any Harriers results to email@example.com - they'll be forwarded to Paul for this web site and to Jonathan T for the newspaper report.
From the Committee ...
Jayne Norman for prolific running as well as prolific volunteering
Jack Cummings for winning the Ilkley half marathon and Nick Helliwell for organising it
Jemima Elgood, England vest and 10th at International Snowdon Mountain Race
Jann Smith, Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge
Jack Wood for winning the HDSRL series, 3rd at Snowdon Trail Marathon
Geoff Howard 1st in UK V75 rankings half marathon
Roy Ruddle for completing Abraham's Tea round
Alison Weston for completing her 1st Sky race, the Pinnacle Ridge Extreme Sky Race
Euan Brennan for finishing 5th at the European Mountains running championships
Paul Stephens, organising entries to the HDSRL
Dan McKeown, organising Washburn Valley Relay teams
Jack Wood and team, organising the Addingham Gala fell race
8:30pm at ILTSC
Come along to catch up on activities over the last year, to contribute ideas, ask questions and discuss.
Plus of course to meet up with Harriers friends and enjoy the evening.
Papers: Agenda Draft minutes 2018 AGM Committee nomination form
Congratulations to Tom Adams and Jemima Elgood for their @EnglandAthletic call-ups for the Senior Home International Mountain race on 21 September in Llanberis! More
1 32:37 Cam Reilly 1606 finished
1 2:00:31 Leeds City AC 'A' 54 2:21:21 Ilkley Harriers AC 1 20:40 Jack Wood (19) 2 24:00 Steven Gott (41) 3 25:33 Jaysson Sawyer (60) 4 25:28 Steve Murray (67) 5 22:52 Istvan Jacso (58) 6 22:48 Matthew Cox (54) 106 teams
From Rachel Carter... Jack and I were the only Harriers to undertake the BOFRA senior fell race at Embasy today - 2.75 miles, 625ft. Undulating fields at the start were followed by a slight downhill before the climb to the crag, Then it was a quick run across the heathery moor top, before a fast paced descent.
(1 17:32 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 3 19:04 Jack Cummings 35 24:42 Rachel Carter (1st lady) 118 finished
From Nick Helliwell ... This popular half marathon for PB chasers followed a new route for 2019. Still extremely flat, but exposed, and a stiff breeze took away a little from the otherwise ideal conditions. It's essentially a figure of eight course, so we found ourselves running against the wind several times. Of the around 1500 that started, five were Ilkley Harriers. The relentless flat tarmac suited some more than others, and there was a mix of fortunes on the day. The race is back in April, and is recommended for anyone focused on recording a quick time, if you can face the boredom!
(1 1:07:45 Dominic Shaw, New Marske) 137 1:28:19 Nick Helliwell 176 1:31:16 David Foyston 207 1:33:17 Derek Oliver 277 1:36:20 Daryl King 337 1:39:37 Sally Malir 1449 finished
From Steve Turland ... This is an annual mountain running orienteering event in the Lakes, this year starting in Langdale. There were short and medium courses , but I did the Classic, covering around 22miles with 8,000ft of climb. What makes this interesting is the route choice, constantly trying to choose the best lines between checkpoints weighing up elevation, distance and terrain. Terrain was hard too, from the rocky contours of the Crinkles and Bowfell to the endless tussocks west of Scafell - rarely on paths. I finished in 6hr 24 in 35th position. Well worth a go if you fancy something a bit different.
From Jim Ryder ... The Hodder Valley Show fell race was at Newton-in-Bowland this year. A small field of around 40 gathered in the show field. A tough out-and-back course over a small then large hill - 1500 feet climbing overall. Great views from the top - the small hill felt tough on the way back.
Haven't seen official results yet but I was 6th.
From petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:31 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders) 22 21:18 Beth Massey 2nd F 103 24:29 Phil Hirst 275 30:28 Paula Reynier 475 ran Harrogate (1 17:00 Philip Wright, Central AC) 126 24:41 Emily Elmes 487 ran Chester 1 16:03 Jack Wood 317 ran Skipton (1 17:40 Samuel William, Skipton AC) 10 20:38 Oscar Stapleton 19 22:06 Catherine Gibbons 112 30:12 Bernie Gibbons 201 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:55 David Goadby, Helm Hill Runners) 51 22:41 Malcolm Pickering 155 26:46 Sally Pickering 392 ran Conyngham Hall (1 19:06 Tom Harris, Harrogate Harriers) 44 28:37 Petra Bijsterveld 101 ran
From Alex Hyde ...
For anyone who enjoys road races, big crowds and an awesome atmosphere, you need to try the GNR at least once. The support from the spectators is quite humbling from the crowds on the motorway bridges at the start line, packed either side as you cross the Tyne Bridge and then on every road-side all the way to the masses cheering everyone on to a grandstand finish and offering the usual jelly babies, orange segments, ice-pops and even beer all the way along! As I'm sure you are all aware, the course follows a linear route from Newcastle to South Shields which presents it's own challenges such as whether to park at the start or finish and how to get from one to the other before and/or after the race. I chose to park at the finish and take a bus to Newcastle (there were about a dozen lined up on the coast road waiting for runners) and the walk from where you are dropped off to the start line is where you really get an appreciation of just how big this race is and is also where the atmosphere starts to kick in.
And so to the race. With a field of 50,000 or so, starting is always tricky but the organisation is superb with each pen funnelled down as you get to the start line so that at least you can start at running pace. I was in pen F which took us almost 20 minutes to get to the start, but then I was always planning to give Mo Farah a head start! The majority of the race was under a cloudless sky and whilst the temperature itself wasn't that high, the sun was very strong and did start to take effect. I set off well enough for me, going through 5k in 26 mins and 10k in 54 mins but soon after the wheels started to fall off and my 15k time slipped to 87mins. As you pass the 8 mile marker the course starts to climb for the next 3 miles - no massive gradient, but strength sapping, particularly in the heat and I quickly realised that my dreams of a sub-2 hour race were not going to be realised. As you approach South Shields, you reach the brow of a hill and then see the North Sea and the finish straight laid out below. The last mile or so is along the coast road with massed crowds encouraging everyone to use the last ounce of energy and then you are done! 2:10:28 for me, 10 minutes slower than I had hoped for but at least a course PB and a placing of 16,716th out of 42,970 finishers so there were more behind me than in front of me!!
(1 59:07 Mo Farah) 3280 1:42:34 Oliver Street 4266 1:46:54 Tom Lally 11360 2:00:44 Charlotte Smithson 16773 2:10:28 Alex Stanley-Hyde
From Lucy Williamson ... A warm, clear, sunny day for the mixed terrain race starting in Haworth. There is a marathon option to be run in pairs or solo and a half marathon (14.6 miles!) There was a great atmosphere amongst the runners with huge amounts of food at the finish!
Half: (1 23:06 Joe Hudson, KCAC) 5 27:04 Steven Gott 33 36:12 Matthew Snow 52 finished
(1 7:53 Nick Swinburn, Northumberland) 6 8:40 Jack Wood 42 11:48 Helen Wood 53 12:26 Roy Ruddle 100 finished
From Alison Weston ...
Ilkley Harriers had a good ladies team in the penultimate English Championship race this weekend - the Grisedale Horseshoe. Beautiful weather for this classic fell race starting from Glenridding and climbing up Helvellyn via Swirrell edge, then down to Grisedale tarn before climbing again up to St Sunday Crag. A very steep descent before the final tortuous climb over Grisedale Brow and back down to the start.
The winner was Brennan Townsend from Keswick AC in 01:44:49. Jack Wood in great form was 14th in 01:55:40, Kate Archer 15th lady in 02:26:44, Helen Wood 29th In 2:34:40 and Alison Weston 54th In 02:50:04.
(1 1:44:49 Brennan Townshend, Keswick) 14 1:55:40 Jack Wood 233 finished Women (1 2:01:23 Kelli Roberts, Helm Hill) 15 2:26:44 Kate Archer 29 2:34:40 Helen Wood 54 2:50:04 Alison Weston 78 finished
From Sally Armitage ... Based on the track at Headingley and ran in heats of about 8 people of similar ability, this is a great local event for a fast mile.
(1 4:25 Callum Elson, Roundhay Runners) 50 5:45 Paul Calderbank 54 5:50 Sally Armitage 81 6:40 Chantal Busby
From petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor 1 16:09 Nathan Edmondson 514 ran Bradford 1 15:50 Tom Adams 2 17:24 Istvan Jacso 5 18:17 Steven Gott 10 18:56 David Westhead 16 19:29 Jonathan Turner 19 19:47 Steve Murray 29 21:13 Beth Massey 37 21:33 Oscar Street 67 23:11 Catherine Westhead 86 24:24 Philip Hirst 99 24:46 Hilda Coulsey 121 26:02 Stephanie Fox 173 28:03 Dawn Turner 185 28:17 Paula Reynier 371 37:20 Sally Armitage 435 ran Skipton (1 17:48 Tom Barrett, KCAC) 13 21:56 Craig Berry 18 22:33 Catherine Gibbons 60 26:05 Fiona Schneider 205 ran Tooting Common (1 16:42 Nicholas Thomas, Fulham RC) 28 19:27 Rob Cunningham 692 ran Conyngham Hall (1 19:26 Chris Tinker, LBT) 36 24:01 Malcolm Pickering 82 28:29 Sally Pickering 179 ran
From Caroline Howe ...
Despite a wild and windy evening, lots of Harriers turned out for this year's Ilkley Incline race, making up around half the field of 72. Nathan Edmonson stormed to first place, followed by Cam Reilly in second and Jack Wood making up a Harriers top three. First woman was Ailish Graham of Wharfedale, with Kate Archer and Rachel Carter in 2nd and third. Lots of great Harrier performances in this unique(ly brutal) one mile race, all scoring Harriers league points.
Huge thanks to the fab team of volunteers for helping to make the event a success - Neil Chapman, Jann Smith, Paul Carman, Alison Weston, Sarah and John Hayes, Jane and Andrew McCarthy, Julie Melechi, Rob King and David Howe. Also to Helen and Dick who had already done a lot of the organisation before handing over the reins.
Finally, a big thanks to our sponsors, Appleyard Lees, Complete Runner, and this year, Saltaire Brewery (thanks Nick!) who ensured lots of people went home with beer prizes to celebrate their efforts!
From Dawn Turner ...
What a difference a year makes. Last year this race was run in 27 degrees and was a real slog (for me, anyway) in the heat. Cut to 2019 and it was a breezy, sunny but not too hot day - ideal running conditions.
Wetherby 10k is classed as a mixed terrain race and with tarmac roads, single track through fields, cycle paths and the racecourse, it's certainly varied. Numbers were handed out on the day this year for the first time and the queues were a little longer for those arriving nearer the deadline but on the whole this is a well organised, friendly and accessible fixture.
A good day for Ilkley saw Lucy Williamson the first Harrier home and 4th lady, with Sally Armitage 2nd in the F40 category.
(1 32:21 Callum Elson, Roundhay Runners) 47 38:53 Lucy Williamson 50 39:08 Jonathan Turner 64 39:51 Steve Murray 101 42:04 Sally Armitage 143 44:11 Craig Berry 411 52:46 Alex Stanley-Hyde 467 55:45 Dawn Turner 608 59:32 Emma Cole 638 61:42 Sue Williamson 865 ran
From Hilda Coulsey ... I had a super day. What an honour to take part in an England vest in a Celtic nations international hosted together with the Maidenhead half marathon. I enjoyed meeting others and the competition. Times for the top international runners were amazing and inspirational. The race itself was two laps from the town centre to Cookham, a pleasant village, flattish. The weather promised overcast but was sunny, early twenties but an occasional welcome breeze. Race organisation left a lot to be desired, some marshals missing hence traffic chaos on route and well over an hour to retrieve bags at the end (luckily I hadn't left one). England Athletics did a good job of hosting the international and I have lots of pictures and great memories. I also took the opportunity of lowering my age PB and the Harriers record by a couple of minutes. A good day all round!
(1 1:07:53 Rob Corney, Reading Road Runners) 951 1:56:04 Hilda Coulsey 1569 ran
Hilda's time beats her own LV65 club record of 1:58:33 set at Wilmslow on 24 March.
From Dick Waddington... Running along the South Downs Way sounded good fun and filled a gap left by not being able to start the Dales Way Challenge a couple of weeks ago. The publicity shots of running along the top of the towering white cliffs of the famous Seven Sisters were all accurate and very pretty. The South Coast Challenge offers 25k, 50k and 100k walking and running and can even be split into two days, if you fancy it, by camping at half way (sounds harder to me). This is very well organised and professionally run, with plenty of people (and food) at the checkpoints (although I won't go for chilli ragout after 50k again!). A dawn start near Eastbourne was beautifully atmospheric and took us to the coastal path with stunning views over bright white cliffs and a shimmering sea. We followed a winding river inland with plenty of wildlife to keep me interested as we pulled up on to the South Downs. Brighton was just before the half way point and made for an interesting contrast as we ran a few kilometres on the sea front passed the pier and the crowds - there were plenty of kiosks to get a can of coke though (I did). Beautiful hamlets, country churches and even a wedding party peppered the path up and down the chalk hills. The last checkpoint was only 8km before the finish, so some coke and Jaffa cakes fuelled the lovely run in down the river to Arundel. Great fun.
(1 10:48 James Carr) 26 13:41 Dick Waddington 502 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld...
The Nendaz Trail 'Petit Parcours' is a 30 km mountain trail race from Haute-Nendaz in the Valais region of Switzerland taking in 5,820 ft of ascent. Other distances on offer are 17 and 70 km. Starting out under a bright blue sky from the ski resort Haute-Nendaz (1300 m) we took 9 km to climb to the highest point of the race, le Basso d'Alou at 2337 m, descended, climbed a bit more to just over 2000 m, and descended again. The last 8 km were spent running back along the 'bisses', ancient small artificial waterways carved into the mountainside. The footpaths alongside these are fairly level, which should have made for easier moving, but I found the endless tree roots and small rocks a challenge for my two left feet which by now were a little tired, and I managed to go flying in the last mile resulting in a bloodied knee and elbow but no worse. Once we reached more even ground I had enough energy left for a determined sprint on approaching the finish to just gain a couple of extra places. When you are at the back end of a race you have to cherish the small triumphs!
This was my second Alpine race this summer and again I had a fantastic day out, with such a friendly atmosphere amongst the runners, lots of helpful volunteers, great feed stations along the way (cheese, bananas and cola rule OK for me!) and a lovely bowl of pasta at the end.
(1 3:10:23 Antoine Piatti, Team Cristal Sport (SUI)) 302 6:11:46 Petra Bijsterveld 344 finished
From Jonathan Turner ...
There were ideal conditions at the latest Evensplits 5k at the Brownlee Centre - with the winning time of 15:32 just two seconds off the event record and solid runs again from the Harriers contingent.
(1 15:32 Marcos Angel Valero Palacios, Roundhay Runners) 24 17:42 Dan McKeown 39 18:27 Dave Foyston 43 18:34 Jonathan Turner 56 19:07 Mike Abrams-Cohen 83 20:39 Daryl King 105 21:42 James Greenlay (Junior) 177 ran
(1 7:53 Nick Swinburn, Northumberland) 6 8:40 Jack Wood 42 11:48 Helen Wood 53 12:26 Roy Ruddle 100 finished
(1 16:05 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 5 18:31 Iain Gibbons 1st V45 86 finished
A win for Jack Wood we hear, and Helen Wood well up in the results. More soon.
(1 15:28 Robin Howie, Wharfedale) 57 22:28 Peter Shelley 140 finished
1 56:27 Jack Cummings 18 69:09 Lawrence Basham 21 69:25 Nick Helliwell 35 75:02 Steve Murray 52 80:00 Daryl King 74 85:01 Catherine Crawley 95 90:50 Mark Judkowski 119 97:18 Hilda Coulsey 126 99:07 Nicole Liptrot 155 finished
(1 18:28 Adam Osborne, CVFR) 2 19:24 Jack Wood 19 24:51 Helen Wood 3rd lady 51 finished
From Dan McKeown ...
Ilkeston RC's 'Double or Quit' race offers a choice of one, two or (for the first time this year) three 5-mile laps of Shipley Country Park in the blazing late afternoon Bank Holiday Saturday sun. In keeping with the faintly sadistic concept behind the race, all finishers received a packet of crumpets.
So long as you're within the time cut-offs, you don't have to decide whether you're continuing or quitting until the end of each lap. Having resisted temptation twice, I came second overall in the 15-mile event, sufficiently far behind the winner that he could probably have toasted his crumpets on the bonnet of his car and eaten them before I arrived. This was, however, good enough to secure the rather blingy vet MV40 trophy and a voucher for Derbyshire Runner.
Double or Quit 5 / 10 / 15-mile race (Ilkeston, Derbyshire) (1 1:35:11 James Caldon, Benfleet Running Club) 2 1:39:53 Dan McKeown - 1st MV40 21 finished 15-mile race
(1 2:22:21 James Harris, Ambleside) 3 2:29:11 Nathan Edmondson 105 finished
From Geoff Howard... History had provided a target for my only go at a 10 miler this year (Tynedale 10 at Ovingham village) in that my times at ages 60, 65 & 70 were within seconds of 61m, 65m & 70m respectively. So hoping for 75m or so to maintain the trend, I was pleased to finish in exactly 100th place with 73m 46s. 407 ran with Dominic Shaw of New Marske Harriers first in 52m 7s. Supposedly flat, the out and back route actually had 450' of ascent (about 2/3rds of the Ilkley 1/2). The only race I've run that had compulsory jelly and tea at the end.
From Alison Weston... I went to a traditional Lakeland fair in Torver on Sunday which had a fell race to the top of Coniston Old Man - a lovely route up but sadly no views due to mist.
The winner was Tom Simpson from Ambleside in 47:27 minutes in a small field of 40 runners and I was 31st (5th lady) in 1:10:23.
Highly recommended race!
From Adrian Hall ... An 82 mile ultramarathon to celebrate 50 years of the Dales Way. A challenging run from Bowness-in-Windermere back to Ilkley with aid stations every 9 - 12 miles and a gear drop at 40 miles. About 150 competitors set off from the Lakes. Whilst the going was boggy for large sections, the threatened rain never materialised which made the event more pleasant than expected.
I had wanted to complete the Dales Way for nearly 20 years during which time the length seems to have increased significantly. I was fortunate to have piggy-backed on the IH relay two weeks earlier which allowed a long section to be reccied that I wasn't familiar with - many thanks to the Harriers on Legs 2 and 3 for their patience. After boggy sections it was a relief to reach Buckden and Wharfedale in daylight having passed one of the trickier sections. I finished along with friend, Mike Bottomley in 20 hrs 5 mins having completed nearly 83 miles, with no navigation errors. It was a relief to survive with nothing more than a couple of blisters.
(1 14h35 Keith Wigley) 6 17h44 Ben Shepherd 2nd V40 18 19h56 Andrew Merrick 3rd V50 20 20h11 Adrian Hall 55 24h20 Oscar Stapleton 109 completed
From Andrew Merrick ... the opportunity to run the Dales Way with logistical support and a finish location which made for an easy journey home was too good to miss.....
Organised by the local ultra organisers Punkpanther, we were coached to the start from Ilkley Tennis Club, with a vaguely civilised 6am departure allowing plenty of faffing time in Bowness prior to the 8:30 start time. I was slightly concerned I might not see my drop bag again as I stuffed it in the back of an estate car along with everyone else's - approximate 200 in total I think!
The race itself started about half a mile up the hill from the lake - ie the actual start of the Dales Way - which did make for early stile queuing.
The checkpoints were pretty well stocked although not the largest I have come across, with a couple being small gazebos, and only the drop bag checkpoint (and the end) offering hot drinks. At this station, although there was only just room to swing a compeed, there was a very wide range of hot food options, which numbered more than the available chairs. Our "chef" seemed slightly disappointed with my choice of a plate of baked beans.... ("you lot have strange appetites") I couldn't fault the level of support we received from all the volunteers along the way. A thank you also to the other runners' support teams who were well organised in finding appropriate locations to cheer us on and offer support.
A couple of small navigational errors, despite the GPX file provided by Punkpanther, my incompetence not theirs; their file even included the sections off the Dales Way to the various checkpoints which was helpful additional reassurance.
As Adrian mentioned we were very fortunate with the weather having swerved the heavy rain of Friday at the cost of some very soggy going in places.... wet feet is not the best for long distance running, but my feet survived better on this run than my previous outing in Devon. I spent much of the run with Chris Smith having got chatting about 25 miles or so into the route. We were both glad of my local knowledge over the last 20 miles of the route as we headed back to Ilkley in darkness - a moonlit Wharfe will be an abiding memory of that section. At the end, to prove we had completed the full route we had to go past the Tennis Club to the official finish of the Dales Way at the Old Bridge and then go back to the club to tell the organisers the letter on the sign hung there (Fittingly a "Y" for the end of the Dales Way). I bumped into Adrian as I headed home after a quick cup of tea at the finish tent outside the tennis club entrance, and offered to show him where the Old Bridge was - he very politely indicated he knew.......
Overall, a well organised race and a great opportunity to run our local ultra footpath with friendly, enthusiastic support. I understand there is a plan to do it again next year. Give it a go - what's the worst that could happen?!
(1 22:37 Joe Hudsoon, KCAC) 4 23:50 Jack Cummings 78 finished
From Sally Armitage ... This was my 4th trip to Podium 5k in Barrowford for yet another bid for a personal best over the 5k distance. 4 and 3/4 laps of a totally flat cycle track. The wind was not anticipated and definitely made it more challenging, I was joined by Euan Brennan and Mark Iley. Euan put in a stonking performance for 3rd place in the 'A' race, Mark and myself were also pleased with our performances in the 'B' race.
'A' race (1 14:17 Charlie Hulson, Liverpool Harriers) 3 14:52 Euan Brennan (PB) 23 15:55 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 58 ran 'B' race (1 16:33 Ian Carruthers, unattached) 22 19:44 Sally Armitage (PB) 30 20:27 Mark Iley 45 ran
Euan's time is a new club record, beating Tom Adams' 15:02 at Barrowford on 17/6/16.
From Gavin Lamb ... 39km Didn't spot any more Harriers here, sorry if I missed you! First time I have ever seen one of the competitors stub out a cigarette on the way to the start line (he beat me I think!) - only in France!
(1 2:49:54 Pierre Provest) 18 3:34:52 Gavin Lamb 54 finishers
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
Hilda Coulsey claimed the age category record at Portrush this Saturday and came top of the age grade table! Well done Hilda! Tom Worboys found himself in Frankfurt but had some problem finding the parkrun venue. Not easily deterred he still ran even though he had arrived well after the start!
Bradford (1 17:37 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders) 84 24:44 Phil Hirst 142 27:13 Petra Bijsterveld 236 30:30 Paula Reynier 427 ran Dulwich (1 16:34 Nick Bester, Herne Hill Harriers) 16 19:10 Rob Cunningham 354 ran Portrush (1 18:47 unknown athlete) 112 25:31 Hilda Coulsey 338 ran Skipton (1 19:01 Ed Newbould, Horsforth Harriers) 20 22:37 Catherine Gibbons 64 26:14 Robin Nicholson 204 ran Pendle (1 20:13 Shaun Heys, Trawden AC) 56 34:28 Andrew Wilson 70 ran Nidda (Frankfurt) (1 16:35 Nikita Golowizin, U/A) 50 37:36 Tom Worboys 55 ran Mole Valley (1 16:56 unknown athlete) 41 22:14 Peter Roll 373 ran Centre Vale (1 19:02 James Franklin, U/A) 26 25:05 Will Worboys 90 ran
1 51:41 Tom Adams New record 10 65:58 Jim Ryder 48 77:23 John Hayes 49 77:55 Colin Williams 88 95:39 Dan Simmons 109 finished
From Caroline Howe... The club was pleased to be able to support Sue Ryder Manorlands in hosting a new 5k and 10k race at Bolton Abbey, with a team of 8 of us going along to marshall on the day. The event was a big success, and adds to the Sue Ryder calendar of runs which also includes another series at Bolton Abbey in November and the Solstice Saunter in June. Well done to the Harriers who took on the tough route on a hot morning, and thanks to Petra, Jayne, Nicky, Istvan, Mike, David and Sue for helping out - a lovely morning out!
(1 40:50 Lee Athersmith) 34 55:09 Oliver Stoker 239 85:34 Jill Roberts 240 85:34 Emma Roberts 261 finished
From Sally Armitage... A 5 mile hilly road race in Birkenshaw hosted by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Bradford Airedale Athletics Club. I ran this race 2 years ago so knew the course (albeit it was slightly tweaked this year), which has a total of 400 metres on the 'flat' and a brutal 1 mile climb to the finish. I was super happy to be 1st lady and much to my delight there was another Harrier there too, Robin Nicholson, who came 2nd out of the Fire Service runners. It's a nice small field and chip timed.
(1 26:54 Joe Sagar, Spenborough AC) 14 32:23 Robin Nicholson 32 34:59 Sally Armitage 275 ran
From William Buckton... Organised by Borrowdale Fell Runners the Borrowdale Fell Race is one of the classic Lake District races. Starting from the village of Rosthwaite the route takes in 27km of the roughest terrain in the Lakes including Scafell Pike and Great Gable, and with 2,000m ascent it is right up there with Wasdale and Ennerdale. It was a hot day on Saturday and I was happy to get round and survive the scree descent from Scafell Pike!
(1 3h03:57 Ricky Lightfoot Ellenborough AC) 199 5h20:52 Will Buckton 237 finished
From Jayne Norman ... After an absence of 6 years, we held a relay run along the Dalesway from Bowness on Windermere to Ilkley, a total of 81 miles.
Starting at 5am, and completing by 8:30pm carrying a rock as a baton along the way. Everyone enjoyed their leg/s running through beautiful countryside and amazing views. Followed by a few social drinks in the Vaults after. Hopefully this has helped revive this relay and many more years of running to come.
Thank you to all runners that took part, it is much appreciated to allow this great Relay to take place again. Watch this space for details of next years run, a great event that any in the club can take part in, fast and slow runners alike. It really is a run for all, and the more on each leg the merrier.
More pictures can be found on our facebook page.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 16:59 Tim Baldwin, Saltaire Striders) 4 18:52 Alex Hirst 6 19:06 Adam Rhodes 35 22:35 Oscar Street 72 24:49 Philip Hirst 197 30:14 Paula Reynier 399 ran Sale Water (1 17:36 James Hutchison, Eton Manor AC) 30 22:06 Catherine Gibbons 204 ran Clapham Common (1 16:34 Joe Toomey, Hercules Wimbledon AC) 22 18:34 Rob Cunningham 602 ran Conyngham Hall (1 18:56 Cal Mills, U/A) 34 24:23 Malcolm Pickering 86 28:51 Sally Pickering 200 ran
1 31:34 Tom Adams 7 36:02 Steve Gott 13 36:57 Dan Wilkinson 21 39:09 Lucy Williamson 2nd lady 79 finished Ilkley took the men's team prize
From Jim Ryder ... I think I was the only Ilkley Harrier in the James Herriot Country Trail Race from Castle Bolton - 8.7m, 1120ft. The weather stayed dry with some sun at the start. The race has a long grassy climb on to the fell side and then follows farm tracks along the top and back down then through fields to the finish. Very well organised by the Rotary Club of Wensleydale, with a great view over the valley from the race field.
(1 57:37 Tom Levi) 18 64:38 Jim Ryder around 200 in the field
1 32:54 Tom Adams 246 finished
From Hilda Coulsey...
Unashamedly searching for an age PB under 51 mins I entered the Piling 10k, a series of 10ks through the summer months in quiet country roads near Lancaster. It was as billed and definitely has PB potential. I didn't make it this time but would definitely recommend the event, based in the local rural pub, very friendly, and I will do it again.
(1 33:31 Ross Campbell Barrow in Furness Striders) 50 51:38 Hilda Coulsey 86 ran
(1 14:00 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 11 17:36 Iain Gibbons 84 finished
From Hilda Coulsey ...
This evening was hot at 27 deg, there was a noticeable breeze but no shade. It certainly discouraged many and the turn out was meagre. Nevertheless I was ok with my time and I quite enjoyed the challenge of the heat.
(1 16:11 Jonny Johnson Rotherham Harriers) 6 16:45 Nathan Edmonson 53 20:57 James Greenlay (Junior) 102 25:38 Hilda Coulsey 135 ran
1 1:10:43 Grant Johnson (Salford Harriers) 44 1:34:52 Daryl King 435 finished
(1 20:34 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 9 25:40 Iain Gibbons 76 finished
Female results (1 1:14:49 Sarah McCormack 10 1:28:04 Jemima Elgood 137 finished
From Will Buckton ...
Ingleton hosted its own mountain race this weekend and a good field of runners set off from the Gala to the top of Ingleborough and back including three Ilkley Harriers. Kate was 15 seconds behind the 1st lady Linda Hardaker of Keighley who finished 35th.
(1 48:02 Hector Haines HBT) 36 1h00:21 Kate Archer 2nd lady 42 1h01:27 Roy Ruddle 53 1h03:33 Will Buckton 164 finished
From Helen Waddington ... This is an LDWA Challenge Event which was formerly the Harden Hard'un. A few route changes have been made since the event was revived two years ago, but in essentials it is the same. A 28 mile circuit with 4,000+ feet of ascent encompassing open moorland, steep-sided Pennine valleys, meandering woodland trails and numerous reservoirs. The route gives awesome views and takes in historic landmarks including Top Withens and the spectacular Hewenden Viaduct. It's quite a handful in terms of route finding and with so many criss cross footpaths, ways and trails (Pennine, Millennium, Senior, Great Northern, Calder Aire Link etc etc) it was a challenge to stay on track, especially with a small field of runners which very quickly thinned out. It's billed as 27 miles but most of us recorded 28+ which could be due to the many small navigational errors we all seemed to have made. The first runners finished around the 5 hour mark and I managed to drag it out to 7 hours 10 mins. When renaming the event, the Denholme Demon and Bronte B****** were suggested, but this is Yorkshire after all.
From Hilda Cousley ... Portrush parkrun. Woman cycles to parkrun! Hardly unusual however in this case it's because the road is closed to traffic as it passes the entrances to Royal Portrush where The Open golf tournament is on and the car park is closed due to Sky tv, NTL and many other tv channels (mostly American) parking their paraphernalia. The run is along the beach, the golf is on the cliffs and dunes directly above. The run itself coincided exactly with high tide hence soft sand and a "brisk" westerly therefore I can't imagine times were any good but it was fun chatting to various visitors from around the globe. And yes we on Sky TV .. much more entertaining than the golf obviously ... and more challenging...? Having seen Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods crash out of the tournament yesterday I was expecting to see them on the run this morning!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 16:45 Matthew Merrick, Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) 4 18:59 Steven Gott 7 19:54 Jonathan Turner 173 28:52 Dawn Turner 292 35:04 Dave Reynier 380 ran Harrogate (1 17:42 Tom Moulson, U/A) 189 27:07 Chris Cunningham 449 ran Portrush (1 17:58 Scott Rankin, Foyle Valley AC) 121 28:18 Hilda Coulsey 252 ran Skipton (1 17:48 Julian Hood, Skipton AC) 21 23:05 Catherine Gibbons 1st F 190 ran Whinlatter Forest (1 18:44 Mark Lamb, Keswick AC) 36 26:59 Geoff Howard 119 ran Bakewell (1 16:31 Ben Hague, Rotherham Harriers) 37 21:25 Steve Newell 267 ran Clapham Common (1 17:21 James Ralston, Southville RC) 30 19:36 Rob Cunningham 557 ran Centre Vale (1 16:26 Max Wharton, Halifax Harriers) 44 24:50 Will Worboys 146 ran California Country Park (1 17:00 Daniel Brookling, Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC) 50 24:50 Emily Elmes 184 ran Middleton Woods (1 18:06 Calum Clark, Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club) 59 27:38 Petra Bijsterveld 158 ran
From Geoff Howard ... Just a minor clarification of mention on the Twitter feed and in the Gazette that my Ilkley 1/2 time placed me second in the national v75 rankings. The time actually equalled the existing leading time (Graham Smith, Scottish Vets, 26 May) and RunBritain list us both as 1= (with Graham's name first as he did it first).
This weekend's Whinlatter parkrun was something completely different (and different from most other parkruns in ascending over 1,000') and I was pleased to squeeze in a just over 70% age graded result. Although a complex route, only two marshals were used because the run mainly follows a permanent 5k trail. Beforehand, it was interesting to meet a 48 year old Italian from Norfolk who after only a year's fell-running was, later in the day, going to attempt the Bob Graham Round.
1 55:50 Roundhay 17 68:35 Jonathan Turner 19:15, Craig Mainprize 27:21, Daryl King 21:49 18 68:42 Dan Mckeown 18:07, Peter Roll 28:59; Sally Armitage 21:36 22 72:24 Mike Duffield 20:59, Michael Ho 30:27, Mike Abrams-Cohen 20:58 54 teams finished
Huge congratulations to our fantastic Jann Smith who completed the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge in tough conditions! 48 miles, 17000ft and 30 summits... with the legend Joss himself waiting for her at the end.
From Jonathan Turner ...
A great end to this season's Harrogate District Summer Race League, with a handicap finale at Sicklinghall, thanks to Wetherby Runners.
It was slightly disconcerting when speedier runners from behind flew past early on, but it all came together later as virtually everyone finished within a few minutes of each other - top marks to the handicapper.
Jack Wood was the overall winner of the series with a perfect record of three wins out of three, and Malcolm Pickering was almost as dominant in the MV65 category. This is an excellent series - and surely one of the best value ones around at just £13 for five really well-run races, plus free food afterwards - and a bottle of beer tonight!
Massive thanks to Paul Stephens for organising everything again this year.
(1 32:30 Jonny Johnson, Harrogate Harriers) 28 38:57 Jonathan Turner 84 44:35 Sarah Pickering 100 45:49 Malcolm Pickering 141 48:31 Tom Lally 234 55:17 Sally PIckering 245 56:15 Anna Pickering 251 56:35 Dawn Turner 280 61:43 Sally Wright 301 71:17 David Millson
(1 3:18:10 Nick Swinburn, Northumberland FR) 3 3:23:10 Jack Wood 11 3:37:30 Tom Adams 638 finished
1 1:11:24 Jack Cummings 21 1:23:07 Alex Hirst 30 1:25:25 Rob Cunningham 33 1:26:12 Lucy Williamson 2nd lady 38 1:27:08 David Foyston 42 1:27:18 Andrew Overend 58 1:29:43 Jim Ryder 59 1:29:56 Rachel Carter 3rd lady, 1st LV40 63 1:30:13 Jonathan Turner 80 1:32:19 Sara Mclean 83 1:32:40 Rhys Jones 84 1:32:34 Jane Mccarthy 2nd LV40 115 1:34:32 John Hayes 116 1:34:53 Derek Oliver 119 1:34:55 Michael Duffield 144 1:35:56 Michael Abrams-Cohen 154 1:36:57 Andrew Marshall 173 1:38:39 Steve Newell 186 1:39:17 Daryl King 203 1:39:46 Richard Reeve 1st V60 209 1:40:20 Peter Roll 212 1:39:53 Geoffrey Howard 1st V70 236 1:41:12 Colin Williams 247 1:41:55 Robert Budding 265 1:42:43 Mary Fairclough 284 1:42:59 Mark Judkowski 285 1:43:22 Martyn Stocker 301 1:43:54 Steve Murray 318 1:44:34 Nicky Liptrot 324 1:45:05 Kay Pearce 339 1:44:48 Rebecca Mon-Williams 344 1:45:22 Harry Sime 361 1:45:35 Nigel Tapper 390 1:47:23 Craig Berry 419 1:48:14 Simon Jenkins 430 1:47:53 Oli Street 432 1:47:54 Oscar Street 480 1:50:11 Keith Wood 542 1:52:18 Tom Lally 598 1:53:47 Philip Hirst 601 1:53:54 Geoffrey White 602 1:54:08 Lucy Jacques 642 1:54:39 Michael Eardley 722 1:57:40 Joe Rigby 724 1:57:59 Charlotte Smithson 732 1:57:40 Jane Thomas 754 1:58:39 Adrian Weatherly 789 1:58:55 Andrew Merrick 811 1:59:48 Clare Boyle 824 2:00:27 Sally Westlake 826 1:59:27 Ros Brown 831 1:59:50 Stephanie Fox 835 2:00:40 Bess Sturman 867 2:01:56 Will Worboys 877 2:02:04 Alex Stanley-Hyde 898 2:02:51 Hilda Coulsey 918 2:03:09 Jill Ezard 967 2:04:21 Andrew Wilson 992 2:05:53 Sarah Hayes 995 2:05:55 David Ibbotson 1001 2:06:00 Lisa Mcdonell 1003 2:05:59 Peter Tapper 1008 2:06:14 Barbara Bullock 1010 2:05:40 Andrew Mccallion 1084 2:08:01 Dawn Turner 1092 2:08:26 Paul Sugden 1102 2:08:25 Fiona Schneider 1106 2:09:25 Melanie Edwards 1124 2:10:38 Ian Conyers 1131 2:10:56 Sheena Pickersgill 1138 2:10:29 Amelia Miles 1139 2:11:13 Donna Jackson 1163 2:11:27 Claire Greenwood 1164 2:11:12 Rachel Corrigan 1208 2:13:10 John Marshall 1223 2:13:28 Ruth Jones 1232 2:13:57 Sue Harris 1245 2:16:05 Paula Reynier 1246 2:15:09 Bernadette Gibbons 1253 2:15:30 Nicola Budding 1316 2:19:00 Natalie York 1318 2:18:27 Abigail Bailey 1334 2:20:10 Jo Pattinson 1359 2:21:33 Sue Verspyck 1413 2:25:00 Diane Ollier 1439 2:26:25 Sue Williamson 1466 2:28:51 Elaine Ibbotson 1469 2:29:03 Tracy Russell 1519 2:34:24 Emma Roberts 1520 2:34:25 Jill Roberts 1529 2:35:53 Christine Airey 1626 finished Ilkley Harriers took the men's and ladies' team prizes.
Well doine to Geoff Howard who as well as setting a V75 club record, is now equal-first in the national v75 rankings.
(1 38:53 Gary Priestley, Salford) 9 45:43 John Denniss 11 46:44 Paul Castle 13 47:11 Dave Robson 16 48:58 Kate Archer 1st lady 20 51:29 Will Buckton 34 58:31 Paul Stephens 36 59:02 Norman Bush 47 66:50 Helen Waddington 53 89:22 Peter Lewis 54 finished
(1 18:58 Josh Tighe, Salford) 6 20:27 Steven Gott 1st V40 92 finished
(1 18:59 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 11 24:24 Iain Gibbons 82 finished
From Roy Ruddle ... 30 miles, 12,000 feet of ascent. I needed a long training run, so decided to try this round (https://www.georgefisher.co.uk/community/abrahams-tea-round/) instead of running the Wasdale race. Perfect weather - dry and warm (perhaps a little too warm given the 4 litres I drank during the day) - and a very welcome stop for tea and a scone at the Croft House Farm Cafe in Buttermere (much more civilised than racing!). 9 hrs 24 followed by a pleasant swim in Derwentwater and then driving home (phew, that was some day-trip).
From Alison Weston... my first attempt at a Sky Race - the new Pinnacle Ridge Extreme Sky race, shorter than the norm but requiring climbing experience to get an entry. The route 28 km with 2700m ascent started from Patterdale over Sticks pass down to Thirlmere, up Helvellyn via Browncove Crag scramble, down Swirral Edge, up Striding Edge, down Nethermost Pike East ridge, then up St Sunday Crag via Pinnacle Ridge with a final short scramble on the way back down to Patterdale.
The winner was Rob Sinclair 50 minutes clear of second position. I was pleased to finish in 15th position and 4th female in 6.14 hrs in a small field (25 runners completed the race)
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 16:17 Matthew Merrick, Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) 164 28:44 Paula Reynier 165 28:45 Dave Reynier 380 ran Skipton (1 18:19 Samuel Williams, Skipton AC) 21 22:28 Catherine Gibbons 74 26:09 Joanne Williamson 219 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:44 Christopher Loftus, KCAC) 34 28:13 Fiona Schneider 134 ran Teignmouth Promenade (1 18:30 Shaun Yeoman, U/A) 2 18:58 Michael Lomas 213 ran Woodhouse Moor (1 17:17 Sam Robbins, Chapel Allerton Runners) 206 26:54 Petra Bijsterveld 497 ran
From Steve Brennan ... Euan finished in 5th place at the European Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt today. The GB team retained their title as team champions with Joe Dugdale winning the race overall.
We hear Tom Adams won with Jack Wood 2nd in this Yorkshire Championships and English Championships race at Kettlewell.
Jack Cummings was 2nd U23 in the Yorkshire Championships. The three together were Yorkshire team champions! More soon.
1 1:14:28 Tom Adams (course record time) 2 1:17:50 Jack Wood 18 1:20:26 Jack Cummings - 2nd Yorkshire MU23 92 1:33:01 Paul Carman 111 1:36:00 Kate Archer - 1st FV40 212 1:58:39 Jann Smith - 3rd Yorkshire FV50 227 2:02:41 Alison Weston *Ilkley won men's team prize*
From Michael Abrams-Cohen ...
Today was the Leeds 10k race- a fast flat race along Kirkstall Road.
3 Harriers raced the course today in quite hot conditions .
Michael AC was first Harrier to finish with 42:29 (251) before Alex Hyde came in at 53:21 (1721) and Abigail Bailey finished off the trio with a time of 1:13:47 (4919)
5,705 people raced today
From John Hayes ...
The Howgill Fells are - for many - the perfect location for a Mountain Marathon. I'm not sure I shared that viewpoint as I descended what seemed like a near vertical slope down to a particularly difficult control. Oliver (14) and I had entered the parent & child course (Bedafell) and it was his first taste of the challenges of this type of event. On the up side, the weather was magnificent and the overnight camp was fabulous as people collapsed by their tents drinking tea and eating varieties of (revolting) dried food as if they were tucking into some gourmet delight. In the Carrock Fell class, many congratulations to Ruaridh Mon-Williams and Daniel Hayes for coming third and picking up a prize and a place on the podium. Well done too to Mark and Rebecca Mon-Williams who were 20th and 3rd Mix Vet team also in the Carrick Fell class. In fact, with their vets handicap time calculated their adjusted time wasn't far behind Ruaridh and Daniel. Oliver and I were also pleased with our 26th in the Bedafell class. For me, possibly for the first time ever in my entire fell-running and orienteering career, I managed to navigate the entire route knowing where I was. As I remarked wisely to Ruaridh and Daniel just before the start, "Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare". "Yes", Ruaridh replied, "... the hare always wins". And with that he sped off.
From Helen Waddington ...
One of the races provided by It's Grim up North who seem to put on a huge number of events, offering summer and winter editions of most of them. Starting in the centre of Pateley Bridge Pie 'n' Pint heads out along the river through fields and trails before heading up one generous hill giving on to a gradual downhill to the finish. There were 5 distances to choose from, starting at 5 miles and going up to an ultra distance, with runners doing laps of the 5 mile circuit. Pete Shields and I opted for the 10 miler and set off together but Pete very soon drifted off in to the distance finishing comfortably ahead and 3rd male overall. I was pleased to be third lady in a small field of runners. We both took away a nice little trophy for our efforts as well as the promised Pie 'n' Pint. It couldn't really have been nicer, with the Dales looking at their best in the lovely sunshine and day trippers eating ice-creams amongst tired runners sitting on the grass munching their pies. The flavour of these races is friendly and low key, but well organised with plenty of water/snack stops and marshals cheering you on. I think we will be back.
(1 1:14:10 Martyn Wilson) 4 1:34:24 Pete Shields 7 1:37:38 Helen Waddington 28 ran
(1 51:35 Neal Crampton, P&B) 38 62:58 Paul Calderebank 64 73:28 Chantal Busby 102 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:25 Leon Foster, Leeds City AC) 122 27:44 Stephanie Fox 412 ran Roundhay (1 18:14 Huw Lippiatt, Valley Striders AC) 34 22:19 Geoff Howard 331 ran Skipton (1 18:16 Jack Leafe, South Derbyshire Road Runners) 8 20:08 Rachel Carter (2nd F) 212 ran Barry Island (1 19:10 Andy Pearce, Penarth and Dinas Runners) 2 19:13 Michael Lomas 185 ran Bramley 1 18:27 Steven Gott 147 ran Centre Vale (1 18:24 Daniel Bennett, Rochdale Harriers) 28 24:57 Will Worboys 100 ran Woehrder See (GER) (1 17:17 Chris Smith, Wirral AC) 25 22:23 Caroline Howe 66 ran
From Caroline Howe ... A pleasant sunny evening in Knaresborough for the fourth Harrogate Summer Race League installment. With the past couple of races having been unseasonably wet and muddy affairs, this was run in the conditions one would expect of a summer league series! It was also back to tarmac with the last two having been off-road routes. An out-and-back route with a downhill final mile providing a fast finish. Jonathan Turner was first Harrier home, and Kate Archer was second lady. This was the final race to count towards the overall standings which take individuals' best three results out of four races. On that basis Jack Wood has already won the series with three wins, and Malcolm Pickering has won the MV65 category. A good show of Harriers this year across the series and lots of excellent performances!
(1 31:02 Rob Scott, RZH) 41 36:49 Jonathan Turner 46 37:01 Kate Archer 132 42:38 Caroline Howe 133 42:41 Malcolm Pickering 161 44:10 Sarah Pickering 164 44:23 Jane Bryan 177 44:44 Tom Lally 236 47:29 Geoffrey White 317 52:09 Amelia Miles 319 52:29 Sally Pickering 325 52:52 Dawn Turner 369 57:05 Sue Verspyck 379 58:52 Sally Wright 380 58:52 Tracy Russell 409 finished