Andy Wiggans - 5 PBs in May at various distances - Rothwell 10k, Leeds 1/2marathon, and at each 5k in John Carr Series
Rachel and Brian Websdale - Organization of Junior Ilkley Trail Race
Ian Hargreaves - for fitting own time in Leeds 1/2 marathon to encourage and assist a fellow IH achieve a PB
Fiona Jordan - 300m Hurdles Gold medal in Yorkshire Champs
Tom Adams - 2nd at Kildwick Fell race and Winner of Ilkley Trail Race
Richard Reeve - Great runs in HRL Thirsk race and Leeds 1/2 marathon
Lee Morley - John Carr 5k PB
Sally Morley - John Carr 5k PB
Emma Barclay - Fairfield Horseshoe
Jo Prowse will receive the Outstanding Achievement award for setting a new LV55 5K Club Record 22:55
Jo Prowse ran her first race back for 14 months and came first lady vet55 at the Halifax 5k and ran 22 mins 55 secs. This is a new club record.
Morgan reports ... I haven't run a fell race since September last year. Having been under the weather for what feels like months, I wanted to remind myself what a fell race was all about. There was no better race to chose than Coniston Gullies; one of those races that every fell runner should do in their racing careers.
The race is 1 mile (maybe) and 900 feet so that's 900 feet of climb in half a mile. And yes, it goes up one gully, across a bit then down another gully. It's very steep, up and down, and the descent gully is interrupted with patches of scree which have worn over the years making some parts of the descent really quite exciting.
Rowbo was up for it (racing monster at the moment) and so was Jenny Dybeck, looking to follow up on her excellent second place at the first BOFRA Championship race a few weeks ago at Sedbergh. The 2 Williams children came along for the ride.
Dave Cummings was there too, with young Jack Cummings running in the under 12s.
It was very hot, so much sweat was shed on the climb. Having had some breathing problems recently, I was happy not to expire on the way up and to reach the turn about 20 yards behind Dave and a smidge in front of Jenny. No sign of Rowbo, I think he was nearly at the finish.
The descent was as manic as forecast and Dave pulled well away from me going down. Bouncing boulders from above were a particular feature of the descent, but no blood was spilt.
A quick prize giving, followed by ice creams all round then back to the Consiton Sports and Social Club where we had parked for a dip in the river and a quick drink before the trip back home.
A great day out and Jenny took another 2nd place. Not bad for a young 'un.
Results from www.bofra.co.uk:
17 17.56 Ian Rowbotham 35 20.41 Dave Cummings 41 21.45 Morgan Williams 44 22.06 Jenny Dybeck 2nd lady Plus 3 Harriers in the junior races
From Graham Arthur Third race in the Scottish Long Classics series, and another survival exercise (after Jura) – this time to make it to the finish without dying of heat exhaustion. There was no shortage of streams to douse yourself from, but the heat and a distinct shortage of oxygen soon turned legs into jelly. Saturdays’s Edinburgh-based newspaper, “The Scotsman”, has the headline “The Costa del Kinlochewe as Scots bask in 26C heatwave” And that was Friday – Saturday was rather hotter.
What a nice surprise to see another Ilkley vest: Heather Dawe and Aidan popped up for the weekend to join in with this lovely social occasion. Heather will also vouch for the penury of the four mile “run” in to the finish, all at sea level. Results from the SHR site:
1 2:10:23 Brian Marshall 28 3:02:17 Graham Arthur 32 3:04:54 Heather Dawe 51 runners.
Emma Payne reports ... A small but select group of Harriers competed in the Duddon Valley Fell races on Saturday 30th May. The long route covers 18 miles and 6000 ft of climb taking in the delights of Harter fell, Hardknott, Little Stand, Swirl How, Dow Crag, White Pike and Caw.
22nd Jonathan Whitaker, 3:34:04 63rd Dave Tait (Dark Peak) 3:55:49
The short route covers 11miles and 3000ft of climb taking in Dow Crag, White Pike and Caw.
24 Jim Towers, 2:19:34 40 Sue Morley, 2:48:11 48 Emma Payne, 3:24:50 48 Sharon Fuller, 3:24:50 50 Lyn Eden, 3:41:39
Ilkley Ladies (Sue, Emma and Sharon) won 1st place ladies team in the short race.
John Coates was 60th in 76:15
A super turnout of 46 Harriers with Tom Adams winning the race! Thanks to the many Harriers who helped on the day.
1 42.18 Tom Adams 14 46.10 Jim Ryder 15 46.36 Nick Richardson 18 46.51 Ian Rowbotham 21 47.29 Jonathan Sinclair 30 48.56 John Atkinson 37 49.54 Kevin Gooch 41 50.15 Eddie Irving 44 50.37 Richard Reeve 48 50.53 Dave Jepson 52 51.10 Dave Cummings 58 51.35 Duncan Cooper 76 53.26 Dave Lewis 79 53.43 Henry Heavisides 92 54.27 Rachel Wolfenden 93 54.30 Alison Eagle 98 55.04 Norman Bush 104 55.21 Nigel Tapper 107 55.31 Diane Haggar 114 56.04 Alison Bennett 122 57.15 John Woodward 129 57.29 Neil Chapman 138 57.53 Val Kerr 141 58.07 Helen Horton 142 58.12 Keith Wood 149 58.53 Michael Waterhouse 158 59.14 Jann Smith 168 60.38 John Pickering 169 60.41 Eric Hawthorn 182 61.59 Andrew Jackson 193 62.55 John Marshall 206 63.53 Rachael Gooch 207 63.56 Colin Lugton 222 65.00 Sharon Meadows 230 65.42 Roberto Payne 233 65.58 Gaenor Coy 238 66.30 Alison Stretton 241 66.36 Donald Macrae 243 66.59 Sophie Brown 247 67.44 Paul Sugden 251 68.07 Jane Guillard 254 68.23 James Pickersgill 256 68.28 Fiona Schneider 262 69.00 Sheena Pickersgill 293 73.04 Andrew Bennett 294 73.39 Mark Kerr
Full results and photos on the Trail Race page.
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Running League.
Chris Gale was 46th in 2h10:13
Ewan Welsh reports ... A select six teams turned up for the Badger Stone Relays. Can't rightly remember the results (even though there were only six teams). I think first team consisted of Alex (bar of chocolate for quickest leg of the day) and John Sinclair plus Lawrence, 4th team consisted of Steve 'long route down' Weston, Mike Baldwin and Ewan Welsh, Morgan and his hordes were there as well and came away with the first 'family' team. There were junior races as well.
Complete results from David Hird ... 1 Skipley A.C 58:31 Alex Sinclair 18:59, Lawrence Basham 19:31, Jonathan Sinclair 20:01 2 Valley Fellrunners 61:14 Anthony Fryer 19:17, Matt Allen 21:13, Eirik Stangnes 20:44 3 `Wat Ever' 63:08 Jonathan Gibson 22:21, Andrew Robertshaw 19:14, Marcus Rae 21:33. 4 Baldwins Bounders 67:52 Steve Weston 22:48, Mike Baldwin 22:40, Ewan Welsh 22:24 5 Igs Storms 69:46 Bradley Chapman 23:26, Jack Cummings 22:57, Bradley Chapman 23:23 6 B`aht Atters 70:36 Josh Crane 24:15, Alison Eagle 22:48, Morgan Williams 23:33 U9's 1 Charles Smith 3:58 2 Cameron Reilly 4:32 3 Logan Hargreaves-Madhas 4:36 4 Georgia Gray 4:40 5 Shona Hastings 4:50 6 Max Shaw 5:30 7 Lana Melechi 6:01 U12's 1 Tomas Szajdzicki 6:17 2 Jack Cummings 6:50 3 Lewis Gray 7:03 4 Tom Bennett 7:06 5 Tilly Melechi DNF
See David Hird's photos on Picasa
Graham Arthur reports ... The conditions were the worst for many years, with low cloud, strong winds, rain and low temperatures. Most people got more or less lost at some stage. Even Ian Holmes, who won it for about the sixth time, took the leading group on walkabouts for about fifteen minutes, and was about half an hour down on his usual time. So Helene’s and Jonathan’s time should be seen in this context. Helene was even ahead of Angela Mudge at one point, due to the latter’s slight navigational error. Personally, I became totally and seriously lost on leg 2, wandering back and forth, up and down through the mist on a silent hillside for what seemed like half an hour. I was certain of being timed out at the next checkpoint, but pressed on upwards anyway, and made it with about ten seconds to spare. When the marshals came into sight through the mist about twenty metres away they were shouting to sprint for it, or be timed out. The rest, as has been reported, was a survival exercise, with very little chance of seeing anyone ahead, let alone the trods through the heather and screes. I used and was grateful for the full obligatory waterproof gear.
Helene was second lady after Angela Mudge. Jonathan was fifth V40. I was second V60 (9 entered, don’t know how many started, 3 finished). So we all won a prize!
182 started, a remarkable 151 finished, and everyone was accounted for.
14 4h31.36 Jonathan Whitaker 15 4h31.36 Helene Whitaker 2nd lady, 1st LV40 125 6h09.32 Graham Arthur
New member Andrew Jackson reports ... Very Wet & Muddy in places. I did a PB in 52:17 finishing 154th, but this was only my 2nd 10k trail race!
27 42.46 Dave Jepson 101 48.55 Angela Srivastava 154 52.17 Andrew Jackson
Read Dave Jepson's report here.
Diane Haggar reports ... Continuing my low key approach to racing, Sam and I meandered along to Kildwick. We were so laid back we managed to miss the junior races, so Sam (an U14) ran as an U16 in the senior race. He aquitted himself well, down the field but 7th U16 behind a talented pack of Juniors that headed the race and gave Tom Adams a real run for his money. Tom took 2nd place, just 2 seconds behind young Jonathan Bradshaw from Wharfedale. Although I could not catch my Sam I managed to fend off a strong finishing John Coates.
1st Jonathan Bradshaw. Wharfedale (U16) 26:02 2nd Tom Adams 26:04 18th Ian Rowbotham (2nd V50) 29:30 28th Dave Cummings (2nd V45) 31:35 29th Mike Baldwin (3rd V50) 31:38 63rd Sam Haggar (U16) 35:24 64th Diane Haggar (2nd LV45) 35:39 65th John Coates 35:40 74th Jim Towers 36:31 (2nd V55) 98th Sue Morley 39:13 (1st LV50) Plus a host of Ilkley juniors in their races.
Results from www.harrogate-league.org.uk
1 30.15 IAN FISHER, OTLEY AC 19 33.45 STEVE WESTON 23 33.56 STEVE TURLAND 30 34.34 NICK RICHARDSON 41 35.01 PAUL O'LOONEY 43 35.07 JOHN ATKINSON 45 35.10 DAVID BROWN 57 35.57 KEVIN GOOCH 97 37.59 ANDREW SHELDON 106 38.49 JANE BRYANT 128 40.20 KEITH WOOD 133 40.35 CAROLINE BELL 146 41.25 JANN SMITH 150 41.44 JEFF PAGET * 151 41.46 RICHARD JOEL * 154 41.52 PAUL STEPHENS * 165 42.23 VAL KERR 184 43.49 KAREN LAMBE 187 44.02 JOHN MARSHALL 193 45.07 PAUL SUGDEN 198 45.24 ERIC MONTEIRO 206 46.40 DONALD MACRAE 210 46.50 ANDY WOLFENDEN 216 47.45 ROBERT PAYNE 218 47.52 SHEENA PICKERSGILL 234 49.00 ADELE MITCHELL 239 49.31 EMMA O'LOONEY 244 49.58 MARGOT DALE 249 50.14 FIONA SCHNEIDER 269 53.42 DAVID MILLSON 276 57.20 JO GRAY 277 57.36 HEATHER DUKE * late start
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Running League.
Henry Heavisides says ...
Ilkley Harriers were well represented in the prizes for the John Carr series. Sally Morley(F35), Jenny Dybeck (FJ), Brit Tate (FY) & Pete Shields (M60) all won their age categories, I was second in the M50s and Sue Bickerdike and Alison Bennett also won prizes (apologies if I've missed anyone!).
For race 3 there were some really good performances, Lawrence Basham & Lee Morley (running his first ever 5k) were very close for 1st Ilkley Harrier to finish. Andy Wiggans did another good run and Sally Morley, Stephen Coy, Dave Jepson & myself all finished within a few seconds of each other....a frantic last 200 metres saw us overtaking each other several times. I was pleased to record another PB
Results from St. Bedes AC web site:
1 15.16 James Walsh, Leeds City 32 17.06 Lee Morley 33 17.14 Lawrence Basham 42 17.54 Andy Wiggans PB 56 18.13 Sally Morley 57 18.14 Dave Jepson 59 18.15 Stephen Coy 60 18.16 Henry Heavisides 72 18.37 Mark Iley 75 18.43 Simon Chapman 91 19.23 Brit Tate 94 19.32 Jenny Dybeck 108 19.50 Neil Chapman 123 20.19 Alison Bennett 133 20.53 Peter Shields 139 21.08 Adam Bennett 149 21.21 Edward Bickerdike 154 21.43 Peter Bedwell 156 21.51 Christopher Brown 170 22.34 Nick Mellor 176 22.46 Sue Bickerdike 186 23.23 Gaenor Coy 189 23.25 Clare Smith 198 23.54 Ian Hargreaves 226 24.51 Tom Bennett 227 24.51 Bradley Chapman 242 25.26 Sue Stevens 246 25.35 Colin Lugton 249 25.49 Andrew Bennett
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Running League.
From www.etapedudales.co.uk, 111 hilly cycling miles around the Dales ...
77 7h02:41 Silver Richard Malir 146 7h28:02 Silver Bob Hamilton 153 7h29:27 Silver Alistair Barlow 326 8h12.46 Bronze Steve Weston
From Heather ... I rode around with my brother in just over seven and a half hours. A grand day out if a little windy!
As long bike events seem to be in vogue with Harriers at the moment, Andrew "The Herb" Herbert and I, along with 3 mates from Knaresborough/Harrogate (the posh lads) drove up to Pitlochry on Saturday to take part in the UK's only closed road sportive, the Etape Caledonia. At quarter to seven on Sunday morning 3,495 other people were also there, looking anxiously at the greying skies as we set off from the main street. Having said we'd try to stick together, as you'd expect that was the last we saw of each other. I shot up the road trying to catch one of the lads, who apparently I passed within 200m of the start, but quickly realised I'd missed him. Once it became obvious I was on my own (as much as you can be surrounded by three and a half thousand people on bikes) I set about finding a chain gang to latch onto. After about 10 miles I hooked onto a group of about 10 guys travelling about my pace and stuck with them to the foot of the only real climb, Schiehallion, at about 45 miles.
This was the point that, as has been widely reported, some disgruntled local, annoyed at having the roads closed for three or four hours once a year in exchange for half a million quid into the local economy and about the same into cancer research, decided to scatter the road with tacks. It was carnage - dozens and dozens of cyclists changing tubes, spread all the way up the 5 mile climb. Unbelievably I managed to get through without a single puncture, which meant that I got over the top of the climb before they stopped the event and managed to complete the course. I was pleased to get round the 81 miles in 4 hrs 10 minutes, averaging about 19.5mph - the placing is irrelevant really, but because of the delays to most people I ended up 66th out of 2,700 finishers - but of course there were probably several hundred cyclists stuck out on the course who would've been in front of me in normal circumstances. The winner was Veli-Matti Raikkonen in 3:44.
The Herb wasn't so lucky, puncturing three times, and having already given one of his spare tubes to one of our mates had to wait 40 minutes to beg one. He also got held up for an hour at the top of the climb. He came in in 6:08 in 1770th place - but you can take at least an hour and three quarters off that for delays.
This is a really well organised ride, and it's such a shame it was ruined (and could have been far worse had someone punctured at 45mph on the descent) by the actions of one selfish NIMBY protester (most of whom appear to be English "white settlers" as they're known in the area). Entries have opened for next year at www.etapecaledonia.co.uk, and I reckon that everyone should support this and show them that we won't let them ruin a great event.
Fiona Schneider reports ... a constantly undulating course with some steep climbs. Good for all those bored with the standard marathons. Could that be why I had a PW? Lunch was chocolate Kendal mint cake and water which served the purpose well. We were fortunate the rain held off until my last 3 miles and then it just poured. Time 4.46.27, 13th in my brand new age category of my F50...what a celebration. To donate to Brathay outdoor centre click here
Kevin Wardale finished 3438th (out of 33,000) in 48.11
From Lee Morley ... a great day out on Saturday, where for the most part the weather held off and we had perfect conditions. First Harrier home was Hector Haines who had a good strong run. Emma was first lady with Helen second, Laura Martin (Otley) spoiled Ilkey’s clear sweep in third with Alison fourth giving Ilkley ladies the team prize. Looked like a battle was had with first five ladies coming in on the 1hr 47min mark. A late prizegiving with few runners left was well supported by the Ilkley contingent, whose ladies seemed to pick up all the prizes.
Morgan adds ... 291 runners started and 289 finished the Fairfield Horseshoe, one of the classic Lakes medium category races on a blustery day with a real mix of weather. It was cold, windy and misty on top. There were plenty of cagoules and long tights visible amongst the finishers.
Watching and supporting duties again for me, with the children in tow, but we shot up to Heron Pike to watch the runners on the long climb to Fairfield and managed to get back nicely in time to see Rob Jebb of Bingley win comfortably by over 4 minutes from Morgan Donnelly of Borrowdale and Karl Gray of Calder Valley.
Hector Haines and Lee Morley were prominent in the leading men, and held their positions well, but the best sight of the run out was 4 Ilkley ladies well up in the ladies race, over whom one could have thrown the proverbial blanket.
Whilst you would have thought 9 miles would have separated them a bit (and rumour has it that some odd lines of descent nearly did the job for them), the spectators at the finish must have been impressed to see 4 Ilkley ladies finishing in the top 5 in the ladies race and all within 47 seconds of each other (see below!) Congratulations to Emma Barclay on another fine win. Helen Ilsley is returning to form, moving from third to second on the run in (which as those who have run Fairfield will know only too well, does go on a bit). Alison Eagle forced her way past Holly Williamson along the same stretch.
The ladies swept up at the prize-giving which was sadly only sparsely attended. Nice (free) flapjack at the finish and a (not free) restoring cup of tea and a slice of cake at the Rydal Hall tea room afterwards.
Steve Barclay's photos here.
Results from www.amblesideac.org.uk
1 1h16.01 Robb Jebb 7 1h26.13 Hector Haines 14 1h32.48 Lee Morley 79 1h47.11 Emma Barclay 1st lady/1st LV40 80 1h47.18 Roy Ruddle 82 1h47.32 Helen Ilsley 2nd lady 87 1h47.51 Alison Eagle 4th lady/3rd LV40/1st LV45 88 1h47.58 Holly Williamson 5th lady 95 1h49.10 Geoffrey Howard 156 1h58 Alison Weston 222 2h08.16 Chloe Haines 235 2h15.51 Jim Towers 289 completed
From Stuart Pitches ...
Saturday saw me competing with fellow Ilkley Harrier Brian Melia in the Old County Tops Fell Race. At 34 miles and 3400m of climbing it’s a seriously long Lakeland Fell race and definitely blurs the boundary between a fell race and a day out in the mountains. The race starts at the New Dungeon Gill in Langdale and then goes to Helvellyn (top of Westmorland), Scafell Pike (Cumberland), Coniston Old Man (Lancashire) and then back to NDG.
The Weather was very changeable but generally rubbish at the start and improved as the day progressed. The weather, terrain and distance meant you needed a lot more gear than the 3 peaks last month. The good advice (from Nicky, Morgan and Alison) is to take it steady to Cockley Beck (20 something miles and 2 peaks done) and then if you can push on from there. We followed this plan as the over optimism of those around us began to show. We were midfield (out of 70ish) at Grisedale Tarn, 18th at Angle Tarn but 9th at the finish in a time of 8 hours 41 minutes. 8th was within our grasp except for my navigational error on Coniston Old Man where a lack of concentration and a bit of lovely sun lead to me leading us down to Goat’s hause and than back up.
A great race run with very little hype or ceremony where Arthur the organiser shakes your hand and hands you, your hard earned shirt at the finish. If you are good enough to win a category you get a tea mug as well!
One last thing that I wouldn’t be without is my bag of chocolate coated coffee beans (legal stimulants) and jelly babies. I was in a bit of a hole coming off Coniston Old Man so I had a big handful of choc covered coffee beans followed 10 minutes later by a big handful of jelly babies. Another 5 minutes and we were back in business.
All in all a fantastic race that I would recommend to anyone. Full results on www.fellrunner.org.uk
From Dave Wilby ... Saturday saw the first ever running of an Open5+ by the Open Adventure crew, and was the first counter in this year's Endurance Series, with the 12 hour & 24 hour events to come in the summer! Run along the lines of the usual Open 5 events which many of you have done before, but with an added sense of of adventure and 'trouser filler' moments usually associated with the longer races. The major difference was a mass start which was in Whinlatter Forest on the bikes, and competitors had to race along fire roads and the southern loop of the new man made singletrack, before collecting control descriptions & values, and heading off on a 'score' basis.
I was racing with regular sidekick Adrian Hall as Team Moosey & Dibber Boy (don't ask!) and we opted to get the majority of the mountain biking out of the way first. After descending out of Grizedale we covered some great trails around Borrowdale via Ashness Bridge, Watendlath & the fantastic swooping trail along the foot of Catbells, back to a transition area in Stair village. From here we were out on the run down the Newlands Valley, before a climb over Cat Bells and back down in to Borrowdale. This is where a lot of the 'fun' was as we negotiated checkpoints based in a mine tunnel, and at the top of a 9ft wall at an outdoor centre; but the real challenge was the one situated 200m off shore on an island in Derwent Water. With all equipment having to be carried for the full run section, we didn't have the luxury of a wet suit or a kayak so it was a case of stripping down to our minimalist lycra cycling shorts (steady girls!!) and taking the plunge. We'd opted to do this one at the end of the run as we'd guessed that our leg and brain capacity would be severely reduced after 10 minutes of swimming in 13 degree water. We weren't far wrong either and we shivered and shook our way back to the transition area for the final twist. Out once again on the bikes, we headed up to the lower slopes of Barrow/Causey Pike, for a timed out section of canyoning/ghyll scrambling. Negotiating a number of rock slides, chutes, pools, rapids and jumps, we made it to the bottom in one piece, and then had 9 minutes in which to get back to the finish in the centre of Keswick. Hammering back we got there 7 minutes late which fortunately didn't affect our overall position, and were elated to find we'd finished 4th Male Pair, which sets us up nicely for the series. A really great event, fantastic fun and the usual high standard of organisation you expect from James & Lisa Thurlow. One of my favourite events of the year so far, and there's still another 36 hours of fun to come!!
Ewan Welsh ventured up to the Isle of Arran and ran in the Goatfell hill race. 8 miles and 2900ft, straight up and down, managed to reach the top and return in one piece, finished in 41st place out of 86 in a time of 1h48
Results from Valley Striders web site:
1 43.13 Joshua Whitehead, Leeds City 8 45.32 Jamie Hutchinson 60 54.25 Sally Malir 124 60.44 Angela Srivastava 331 86.13 Amanda Parnaby
From Heather Dawe ... a great course and the weather just about held off. I was first lady in 2:26. As Dave W has already mentioned, Derwent Water was cold!
Results from St. Bedes AC:
1 15.39 Aidan Johnson, Bingley 27 17.22 Lawrence Basham 28 17.25 Steve Weston 39 17.55 Andy Wiggans PB 45 18.11 Sally Morley PB 50 18.21 Mark Iley 56 18.49 Henry Heavisides 58 18.52 Dave Jepson 76 19.30 John Tate 80 19.37 Neil Chapman 91 20.06 Brit Tate 94 20.10 Jenny Dybeck 101 20.24 Alison Bennett 107 20.37 Keith Wood 111 20.43 Adam Bennett PB 116 20.53 Ed Bickerdike PB 119 20.59 Pete Shields 128 21.24 Jann Smith PB 133 21.31 Pete Bedwell PB 140 21.45 Angela Srivastava 157 22.23 Bradley Chapman 160 22.28 Simon Chapman 164 22.34 Nick Mellor 175 23.14 Sue Bickerdike 178 23.23 Gaenor Coy PB 203 24.43 Tom Bennett PB 221 25.23 Andrew Bennett PB 230 25.56 Sue Stevens
Senior results from www.jackbloor.co.uk
1 41.33 Graham Pearce, P&B 10 43.58 Lee Morley 17 45.02 Steve Turland 19 45.14 Jamie Hutchinson 21 45.27 Dave Wilby 24 45.34 Jim Ryder 28 46.17 Ian Rowbotham 34 46.40 Adrian Hall 39 47.15 Ralph Tench 44 47.45 Malcolm Pickering 46 47.51 Brian Melia 64 50.35 Mike Baldwin 67 50.51 Heather Dawe 72 51.06 Duncan Cooper 77 51.29 Emma Barclay 79 51.35 Jenny Dybeck 80 51.37 P Sowsden? 88 52.20 Kevin Gooch 93 53.09 Paddy Hagan 94 53.10 Dave Taylor 97 53.30 Paul Stephens 99 53.42 Alison Weston 100 53.43 Dave Cummings 103 54.16 Michael Waterhouse 111 54.52 Bob Wightman 116 55.29 Chris Oxlade 122 56.31 Ian Marshall 138 58.15 Alison Bennett 150 59.53 Sue? Booth 167 61.41 Rob King 171 61.54 Keith Wood 177 62.53 Sophie Brown 180 63.11 Amanda Newham 183 63.40 Sue Morley 186 64.07 Rachael Gooch 189 64.11 Bob Payne 191 64.45 Sarah Fuller 195 65.20 Vic Verecondi 196 65.21 John Pickering 197 65.22 Rachel Hagan 206 68.17 Lindsey King 212 71.15 Andrew Bennett 217 71.53 Alison Stretton 227 83.30 Steve? Weston
There were many excellent runs from junior Harriers too.
Congratulations to Neil Smith who completed the 47th Fellsman Hike. 61m/11,0000' over the Dales, in 16h30mins. Nicky Jaquiery completed it in 21h40mins, results and details on www.fellsman.org.uk
Diane Haggar reports ... I had my first venture into AM fell racing at Buttermere. Thankfully the torrential rain cleared for the start and conditions were really good. I set off cautiously and was just pleased to finish in a modest 2 hours 28 ish and 140th.
A few Harriers take cross training to the limits, with events like the Fred Whitton Challenge, a 112 mile sportive ride around the Lake District. Bob Hamilton did this in 7h19
Andy Wiggans reports ... Just back from Leeds Half marathon on the most perfect day for running – about 10º, no wind and free of precipitation. Lots and lots of red and green vests in evidence, one of which clad the lengthy frame of Nick Richardson, who led the Ilkley contingent home with a chip time of 1:21:49 and 50th place. Because Nick’s so tall I was just about able to keep him in sight all the way round whilst never actually getting close enough to catch him – however I must admit to being enormously chuffed with 53rd place in 1:22:03, giving me my third PB (by 2:15) in 7 days – time to do some bike riding methinks, as I'm at risk of taking this all a bit too seriously. Next home and another PB with 1:23:31 was Richard Reeve in 69th place. Richard and I both appear to have inadvertently found ourselves in the prizes, as he was 3rd M50 and I was 3rd M45. It was a good day for Harriers in the prizes - Jane Bryant was 3rd F40 with 257th place in 1:33:05, and Pete Shields was 2nd M60 with 1:34:57 and 314th overall. The next PB was Paul O’Looney in 1:24:00 in 74th. The other PBs I’m definitely aware of was Sean Murphy with 1:31:10, with 2 minutes off his best in 212th place, and Paul Sugden running 1:52:31 in his first half marathon – another great effort.
The full Harriers results from www.racelive.co.uk (and sure there’s more PBs, so apologies for those I’ve missed/got wrong) were:
Colin Lugton adds ... Ideal weather conditions helped runners achieve some fast times in Sunday’s Leeds 1/2 Marathon, with the winner smashing last year’s winning time by 90 seconds. Meanwhile, all four Ilkley Harriers who ran in last year’s event improved their own times by even greater margins – Janet Bairstow (9mins), Paul Stephens (8mins), Colin Lugton (4mins), and Sean Murphy (2mins). Harriers were well represented in the prize categories. A brilliant run by Pete Shields gave him second place in the MV60 category, whilst great runs earned third places for Jane Bryant FV40, Andy Wiggans MV45, And Richard Reeve MV50. Paul Sugden’s consistent training showed through in his first ½ marathon as he turned on the pace, overtaking me at the 8 miles marker, and cruised to the finish.
This was a well organised event with clear mile markers, plenty of drinks and first aid stations, the all important toilet facilities, together with road closures and excellent marshalling. Oh, yes, I almost forgot, a goody bag including a medal and another Tee shirt for all finishers. Overall 21 Harriers took part to earn points for the IH Running League, whilst Sue Bickerdike competed in the Corporate Challenge. Some excellent runs and I suspect several PBs, but I don’t have the details.
Gun positions, chip times 1 1.07.45 Andrew Pearson (Longwood) 19 1.18.04 Sue Harrison (Leamington) 50 1.21.49 Nick Richardson 53 1.22.03 Andy Wiggans 3rd V45 PB 69 1.23.31 Richard Reeve 3rd V50 PB 74 1.24.00 Paul O’Looney PB 120 1.26.47 John Atkinson 177 1.29.35 Paul Stephens 212 1.31.10 Sean Murphy 257 1.33.05 Jane Bryant 3rd FV40 PB 2 mins 314 1.34.57 Pete Shields 2nd V60 536 1.39.57 Angela Strivastava 691 1.41.13 John Brown 814 1.42.21 Graham Corbett 1108 1.47.02 Nick Mellor 1407 1.52.31 Paul Sugden 1489 1.54.03 Colin Lugton 1516 1.55.56 Fiona Schneider PB 1750 1.56.47 David Cockshott 1874 2.00.05 Ian Hargreaves 1878 2.00.17 Jacqui Weston PB 12 mins! 1979 2.00.46 Janet Bairstow 2071 2.03.47 Emma O’Looney 2875 Finishers
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Running League
Helen Ilsley was 2nd lady and 37th overall in 59:00, 93 ran.
From the Southern Adrian Hall ... This race series was new to me and always involves concurrent “marathon”, “half-marathon” and “10k” courses although it appears that the distances covered are normally 1 – 2 miles longer than the title suggests. Each of the event categories started from the Hunters Inn at Parracombe and took place over a wide variety of terrain including uplands, wooded combes, woodlands and dramatic cliff-top trails and some short sections through the towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. Billed by the organisers as the most challenging of the series of 7 events, the “marathon” stretched over 27 miles and incorporated 2500 m of ascent along a marked route which some found difficult to follow. The events were relatively well-organised, however, last minute changes to kit lists and a chaotic finish area (with no actual finish line) left a few areas for improvement before next year. The drinks stations were well-manned and provided water, squash and jelly sweets. A free meal was also provided at the finish if you were patient enough to queue up for it. A free T-shirt and bland dog tag-style medal were provided at the finish although the novelty of the latter wasn’t appreciated by all.
Having not completed one of these events before I set off slowly with the aim of finishing what Runner’s World had described as a “gruelling” event in about 5h 30m. After a comfortable run using pacing and nutrition tips given to me by Eddie Winslow after his LDWA 100 miler (Eddie – many thanks!) I was shocked to have finished 7th in 4h25.29 All in all, a pleasant undulating run in the sunshine.
Results from Wharfedale Harriers:
7 2h28:54 Ian Rowbotham 46 3h35:00 Sophie Brown
Jim Towers reports on ... 5 miles/700ft of climb. Straight up and down fell race, mixture of road, track and open moorland, all runnable, a nice little race.
Jim Towers 42 mins 43 secs Sue Morley 46 mins 04 secs Lyn Eden 58 mins 07 secs.
The first race in the Harrogate District Sumnmer Race League, at Thirsk, had a good turnout of Harriers, but as far as team results went it would be safe to say we made a 'steady' start. There were some sterling individual performances though, with Jane Bryant well placed and Kevin Gooch leading the Supervets ...
full results on www.harrogate-league.org.uk.
1 25.16 IAN FISHER, OTLEY 14 28.26 JAMIE HUTCHINSON 23 29.07 STEVE TURLAND 28 29.24 RICHARD REEVE 39 29.56 JOHN LUMBUS 41 30.01 DAVID BROWN 43 30.04 MARK ILEY 49 30.23 PAUL O'LOONEY 51 30.34 HENRY HEAVISIDES 75 31.13 DAVE JEPSON 84 31.39 KEVIN GOOCH 89 31.48 SIMON CHAPMAN 91 31.52 ANDREW SHELDON 101 32.12 PAUL STEPHENS 104 32.18 NEIL CHAPMAN 116 33.09 JANE BRYANT 121 33.26 ALISON BENNETT 140 34.46 KEITH WOOD 164 35.54 JOYCE MARSHALL 172 36.29 VAL KERR 189 37.22 JOHN MARSHALL 208 38.51 CLARE SMITH 216 39.24 COLIN LUGTON 235 40.31 EMMA PAYNE 238 40.39 ROBERT PAYNE 246 41.29 DONALD MACRAE 248 41.39 LOUISE CARTLEDGE 254 42.04 MARGOT DALE 255 42.05 ANDREW BENNETT 262 42.59 ADELE MITCHELL 290 46.26 DAVID MILLSON 293 47.17 MANDY CHAPMAN
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Running League
Malcolm Pickering reports ... A great turnout of 12 Ilkley juniors toed the line at the Lothersdale fell race. In the U/8 Logan Hargreaves-Madhas was 1st 3:45, and Evie Malir 1st girl, 4:48
In the U/10 race Charles Smith was 1st in 5:15, Sarah Pickering 4th overall and 1st girl, 5:56; Tassy Heslop 7th 6:21, James Pickering 11th, 6:37 and Jemima Elgood 15th 6:53
In the U/12's Jack Cummings was 4th in 14:22, Elizabeth Westhead 6th overall and 1st girl 15:37, Grace Malir 10th 17:06, and Anna Pickering 13th 21:45
With the U/14's running in the senior race, Sam Haggar ran a storming race finishing 62nd overall, 3rd in his age group in 32:59
Clare Smith has sent in senior results ...
11 27:28 Ian Rowbotham 21 28:42 Jonathan Whitaker 22 28:45 Helen Whitaker 28 29:55 Mike Baldwin 36 30:24 Emma Barclay 38 30:32 Neil Smith 53 31:59 Norman Bush 56 32:10 Bob Weightman 61 32:46 Sally Malir 62 32:59 Sam Hagger 65 33:14 Jim Towers 66 33:18 Dianne Hagger 97 37:09 Sue Morley 117 47:52 Lynn Eden
Roy Ruddle says ... 4 miles, 1400 feet. Beautiful race - short, steep and very runnable. Go do it next year!
1st Alex Whittem 30.34 22nd Roy Ruddle 37.03 102 ran
Henry Heavisides reports ...
The John Carr 5k series at Esholt are fast and furious races around the scenic sewage works, it's a fast course, despite an uphill 4th kilometre (1st & 5th are downhill). There were lots of Ilkley Harriers at the first race, using it as a warm up for the Harrogate League race at Thirsk, a warm down from the 10k at Rothwell or preparation for the 3rd race, which is a counter in the Harriers league. It was great to see many junior Harriers running.
Steve Weston was first Ilkley runner to finish. There were many very good performances, Sally Morley was much faster than last year in 18:26, Kevin Gooch ran his first ever 5k race on the road and there were some really good times from the juniors.
I managed to do 18:36, which was 15 seconds better than my best time from last year, so I'm quite pleased with that. It's a PB for a 5k race, although I have run faster for half of a 10k, so not sure if it really counts.
Andy Wiggans adds ... a fast, slightly smelly whizz round the sewage works last night, now including a short offroad section. Lots of red and green vests in evidence - my 18:18 was my second PB of the week following Rothwell on Monday, 55 seconds off my previous 5k best. Lawrence B was there too and ran a PB of 17 point something although I can't find him on the results. Interestingly at the finish I found myself following the same bloke from Valley Striders across the line that I failed to catch on Monday at Rothwell - either a strange coincidence or I have the world's fastest stalker...
From Sue B, a very proud mummy ... Just a little note from me to say that whilst I posted a PW for this race (I blame the 3 Peaks and all that long run training) Edward posted a PB, although technically, as this was his first 5K race, this was a given. But, he has beaten my PB for a 5K, so, I am no longer the fastest Bickerdike. I still reckon I'd have him over 26.2m though ...
Results from St. Bedes AC:
1 15.14 Chris Birchall, Leeds City 27 17.20 Lawrence Basham PB 37 17.46 Steve Weston 52 18.18 Andy Wiggans PB 56 18.26 Sally Morley 58 18.29 Mark Iley 62 18.36 Henry Heavisides PB 79 19.04 Dave Jepson 81 19.07 Simon Chapman 83 19.10 Kevin Gooch 112 20.07 Jenny Dybeck 116 20.16 John Tate 123 20.30 Brit Tate 125 20.33 Neil Chapman 142 21.06 Peter Shields 154 21.33 Adam Bennett 156 21.34 Angela Srivastava 158 21.40 Ed Bickerdike 165 21.49 Pete Bedwell 204 23.11 Sue Bickerdike 216 23.41 Gaenor Coy 221 23.49 Bradley Chapman 228 24.08 Ian Hargreaves 241 24.58 Tom Bennett 242 24.59 Alison Bennett 258 25.54 Andrew Bennett 262 26.08 Sue Stevens
Quite a few Harriers were running in horrible conditions. The Pearces were 1st family team, the 'Stormers' first BU16 team.
Photos and full results on woodentops.org.uk
9 36.03 PLUCKY PEARCE PACERS FAMILY GRAHAM PEARCE 2 10.25, KAY PEARCE 5 13.02, NICK PEARCE 12.36 29 41.47 B'AHT 'ATTERS FAMILY JOSH CRANE 26 13.06, ALISON EAGLE 23 13.52, MORGAN WILLIAMS 14.49 31 42.07 ILKLEY GRAM. STORMERS BU16 SAM HAGGAR 34 13.53, SAM WOOD 30 14.03 BRADLEY CHAPMAN 14.11 36 43.31 CHEEKY BOYS BU14 CHARLIE LOWRIE 31 13.37, LOGAN HARGREAVES-MADHAS 40 16.03 CHARLES SMITH 13.51 38 44.04 THE SWIFTS BU14 ELLIOT DOWLEY 37 13.59, MARCUS SWIFT 36 14.22 GEORGE HERBERT 15.43 40 44.14 CADENCE MIXED ADAM BENNETT 29 13.25, PATRICK GIBBONS 27 14.04 BERNIE GIBBONS 16.45 41 44.17 FLOPSY, MOPSY & COTTON TAIL FAMILY AL POWELL 11 11.47, SIMA GOLDSMITH 39 17.31, SOPHIE BROWN 14.59 42 44.28 HAIR BEAR BUNCH JON TINDALL 38 13.59, CHRIS DEWHIRST 34 14.15, JOSEPH TINDALL 16.13 52 48.07 RAINBOW BEATLES BU14 BEN CHEETHAM 48 14.59, GREG SMITH 55 17.43, WILL GILES 15.25
Andy Wiggans reports ... good performances from Harriers:
42 35:11 Lee Morley 65 36:14 Lawrence Basham 75 36:32 Justin Phillips 86 37:16 Sally Morley (2 F35) 107 38:02 Andy Wiggans (PB) 237 42:27 Pete Shields 246 42:46 Vic Verecondi (PB) 252 42:52 Terry Lonergan 415 47:32 Nick Mellor 650 54:48 Andrew Bennett 660 55:15 Pat Lonergan
796 finished. The race was won by Andrew Pearson from Longwood Harriers in 30:35.
More on Andy's forum thread.
7miles/1100ft Ian Rowbotham reports ...
Cragg Vale is a peaceful Pennine valley, once the site of a Norman deer park, later in the Middle Ages the centre of a thriving iron smelting industry and centuries later, during the Industrial Revolution, home to around a dozen cotton mills. It runs off the Calder Valley from the village of Mytholmroyd, near Hebden Bridge, and climbs steadily up the hillside to the moors atop Blackstone Edge, where one of England's most dramatic Roman roads can still be seen, majestic amidst the heather.
In the second half of the 18th century, Cragg Vale was an isolated and lonely place that few outside the immediate area had heard of - and yet the name became infamous throughout England for the operations of a notorious gang of counterfeiters known as the Cragg Vale Coiners. So damaging were their activities that it was said they came close to wrecking the currency of Britain. At this time the inhabitants of the valley operated a dual economy, eking out a bare subsistence living by weaving cloth in their little cottages and lonely farms and also keeping a few animals to produce milk, butter and eggs to keep themselves and their families alive. Some men sold their labour on farms and in mills and quarries, working in appalling conditions and incredibly long hours. A gang of them got together and determined to improve their lot by counterfeiting gold coins. Their leader was a man known as "King David" Hartley, who lived at a medieval farmhouse in Cragg Vale called Bell House. The gang operated with the connivance of local publicans, who were needed to take genuine gold coins out of circulation.
The coins were clipped or filed, so that some of the gold was sheared off, and a new edge was then milled back onto them. The effect was to make the gold coins marginally smaller but unnoticeable to the naked eye. The clippings were carefully accumulated and melted down to produce new blank coins, which then had new "head" and "tail" faces stamped onto them with metal dies which had been engraved by skilled craftsmen. A heavy hammer was used to punch the engravings onto the faces of the coins, which were then given to the publicans to casually pass back into circulation.
Named after these activities is a fell race which on Monday also included a set of well organised English Championship Juniors races. In the senior race Ian Rowbotham reports " amongst dramatic sets of showers the senior race started with a steep sloped wooded section onto old tracks that then led gently up in increasingly tiring gentle slopes to Stoodley Pike. Local runners must run round this a few times each year as a lot of races seem to pass by this sticking monument. Beware this is not half way. A rough section leads to woodland plantation and after a few miles it starts to get booby as emerging into fields most of the field ended up to their waists. Gently down and some long contouring pack horse routes there was a fast grassy decent to the finish. A fast course with good organisation together with a drink with Keighley and Craven in the Wagon and Horses up above Oxenhope meant David Tait (1st vet 60) and I returned home having had another grand day out. You always get more than a fell race at a fell race.
Senior Race (129)
1st Chris Smale Unattached 47:51
17th Ian Rowbotham Ilkley 53:03 1st vet 50
From Jez Hellewell ... What a fantastic little race this is! Equally as enjoyable as last year & seemed just as tough as I remember, especially that 1st mile climb up to Gillamoor & Fadmoor. Delighted to have recorded a P.B of 39.54, my 1st sub 40 min for a 10k & a placing of 23rd. Arthur Wilson finished 135th in 46.52, well done & apologies for not spotting you. I did look out for fellow Harriers! I implore all Harriers to give this tough little course a crack next year.
Janet Grace reports ... There were about 500 runners in this year's field and the weather was kind to us - mostly sunny and not too windy. The men's race was won in 1:12:30 ... I was a little way behind, finishing 321st in 1h55:25, but I took some comfort in having run slightly faster than I did in the Coniston 14 in March. I didn't see any other Harriers this year, but I would recommend the Keswick half marathon to anyone who fancies a very scenic and "undulating" road race.
Jim Towers reports ... From the Peel Park Pub in Accrington, six miles, 1100foot of climb. Lovely little fell race. Part of the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix Race Series. Sunny start with a hailstorm halfway round, but a thoroughly enjoyable run.
Jim Towers 54:27 Sue Morley 57:55 Lyn Eden 74:37
Next race in the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix series is on Friday 8 May, Pinhaw Moor, 5 miles, 700ft climb, 7pm, registration at Earby Cricket Club. Another nice little fell race. Anyone who has run the Lothersdale Fell Race which is on Wed 6 May, it's the same summit but from the opposite site, [Yes, from Lancashire]. Both races well worth doing. As a bonus for Pinhaw, fish and chips from Kelbrook fish and chip shop after the race are a must.
Graham Arthur reports ... Three Ilkley vests were sported at this first Scottish AL (14 miles, 5000 feet) of the season, which was also a British and SHR Championship counter. The weather was kind with sun most of the time, and only a very few wintry showers. The terrain was real hill race country; apart from the initial forestry track, the rest was steep heather, rocks, peat and normal bogs, and tussocks. Great! And lots of up and down. Pretty tough going on the whole. Lots of big names at the top: results at www.shr.uk.com
1 Jon Duncan M 2:05:19 138 Holly Williamson F 2:58:52 13th F 171 Graham Arthur MV60 3:09:46 8th MV60 187 Alison Eagle FV 3:13:36 7th FV 318 finished.
Alison Eagle's report ...
As I hit the forest track for the last 2 miles of this race I came to 2 conclusions: firstly wearing Swoops for a Scottish hill race was a serious mistake (my recent foot problem had made me go for comfort); and secondly only completing 1 training session/race over 2 hours since January (Anniversary Waltz 3 weeks earlier) was not good preparation for 14 miles/500ft! My inability to descend in Swoops however did leave with something left to chase down the track and catch the legendary Wendy Dodds!
I had been warned that Stuc 'Chroin would be tough and after heavy rains the week before the Scottish hills would be at their best (worse?)! The race begins with 2 miles up hill on the same forest track you follow down at the end of the race, then into the forest and up hill onto the fell via a steep slippery slope. I did not know then how I would yearn to be back on that track, on terra firma! Contouring along the fell side, in and out of the bogs until you descend into the bottom of a valley ready for a steep climb. This was basically a vertical climb in a line, through the heather, using the fence and fence post to pull you up. A couple of drops down broke the endless climb until we reached the top. Felt I was climbing well, having a little battle with Graham - he overtaking me on the downs and I overtaking on the ups. From the top we hit the real down, straight down and I realised my big mistake in choice of footwear! I slid virtually the whole way, breaking my descent speed by hanging onto the heather. In the distance I could see figures as far as the eye could see on their way to the furthest checkpoint of Stuc a'Chroin itself. Ups, downs, rock, mud, slowly I got nearer to that final outward point. At this point I should say a huge thank you to the many marshalls (and I mean many) who constantly gave out water, jelly babies and encouragement - they were so supportive and appeared not only at checkpoints but inbetween as well! The front runners past me on their return journey from the Stuc (good I thought that meant I was getting there), shouting encouragement to those I knew helped keep me going. Holly passed me looking in good form. As I hit the top of Stuc I was greeted by a hail storm so ignored the offer of more water, jbs and even chocolate at the checkpoint, and set off for the return leg. Unfortunately this meant more downhill. Graham managed to sneak past me (well fly past looking good in fact) and I never saw him again until the end (- amazing run after his Three Peaks last week). I then began my battle with Wendy Dodds, all the way back. Was feeling not too bad until we hit the final hill, the one I had struggled to come down early on and lack of training hit me, after 2.5 hours - my legs just did not want to work! Eventually to more encouragement from the marshall, still handing out water and jbs, I got to the top and the long slog back to the forst via contouring bogs, spending a fair bit of time not on my feet but rolling on my side.
Morgan Williams’ support, as at the 3P, was much appreciated. Hope he is back running again soon.
Sarah Fuller reports ... A few Harriers were in Coniston to enjoy the good weather that always seems to bless this race! This was my first Lakeland fell race (last year) – I naively thought it would seem easier this year! The course (9 miles, 3,500 ft accent) is stunning – a long never-ending slog up Wetherlam followed by some nice ridge running to the bottom of the ‘prison band’ on swirl how. My legs suffered on this next section and having not raced for 6 months I was starting to wonder if this was a good choice for first race back! The top of swirl how brought some relief and some lovely high level running (or in my case painful shuffling) along to the old man summit. The decent in this race is always a matter of take your brain out and hurl yourself down the mountain (which some folk do far more effectively and some with spectacular consequences) – its steep and unforgiving but kind of fun. I went a bit off route and took a (thankfully small and unseen!) tumble but managed to gain a few places I had lost on Swirl how. A fast run in then to the village to finish 12 minutes faster than last year so pleased with that! Heather Dawe ran a blinder also taking 10 minutes off her best time to come in second lady in 1.33. Dave Wilby was first Harrier home. It's alright this fell running lark ...!!
Emma Payne has sent results from the fell race website.
1 1.09.41 Ian Holmes (Bingley) 18 1.22.08 Dave Wilby 31 1.25.33 Jonathan Whitaker 53 1.29.37 Ralph Tench 71 1.33.09 Kirsten Bailey (Bingley) 73 1.33.24 Heather Dawe (Second Lady) 216 1.56.45 John Coates 224 2.01.03 Amanda Newman 232 2.03.38 Sarah Fuller 283 2.44.04 Emma Payne Ilkley Harriers ladies won the team prize