David Westhead, PECO XC result, supporting juniors
Henry Heavisides, Brass Monkey 1st V55 and Club records
Justin Phillips, Brass Monkey sub-80
Paul O'Looney, Brass Monkey, PECO XC
the organisers of t'Do
Diane Haggar, Northern XC
Lyn Eden, 65@65
Sue Bickerdike, newsletter
Paul Sugden, consistently achieving PBs,
Kelly Harrison, PECO XC & Northern XC
Malcolm Pickering reports ... a grand total of 21 Ilkley Harriers made it to the startline of the 4th PECO cross country race at John Smeaton Sports Centre. Tom Adams, the newly crowned best male Harrier of 2009, showed his form by leading the race from the start to win by a record margin. He was well supported over a dry and frosty course by;
8 Dave Wilby 19 Ian Rowbotham 26 Malcolm Pickering 31 Dave Cummings 36 Henry Heaviside 62 Ed Brougham 63 Paul Stephens 103 Andy Jackson 111 Eric Morley 115 Graham Stead 117 Jim Towers 130 Don McRae 136 Paul Sugden 2nd team
In the women's race Emma O'Looney led the charge home by finishing 55th and was well supported in
56 Louise Jackson 62 Alison Ricci 70 Ann Stead 82 Sally Pickering 92 Lyn Eden 102 Amanda Parnaby 5th team
There was a great turnout of 15 junior Harriers.
Henry H reports ... It was a bright & sunny day for today's Peco cross country organised by STAC. Conditions were very firm as a result of the severe overnight frost, it was a nice change from the mud at Nell Bank. Tom Adams had a fine win in the race, finishing well clear of the rest of the runners, despite wearing spikes, which were not recommended for the concrete bridges.
WELL DONE to all our runners at this event today. It was tough fielding a team with the popular PECO XC on that day (sorry, Malcolm!) and some Rombalds reccies going on too, but we put out a great team. In this very competitive relay we finished 66th overall. Results from www.penninebridlewayrelay.co.uk
Kate and Martin Archer 1:11:24 Heather Dawe and Brian Melia 1:56:31 Natalie Curtis and Sharon Meadows 1:26:36 Jo Foster and Kelly Harrison 50:29 Sue Bickerdike and Keith Wood 1:46:41
Thanks to Kelly for taking on the final organisation of the team.
More info on relays on our Relay Page
This is a favorite with Pete & Neil ...
93 68.53 Neil Chapman 207 76.28 Peter Shields
Rob Cunningham was 10th in 19.16 ... www.parkrun.org.uk/leeds
The Presentation Evening was great fun, with 116 tickets sold and most of those people there it was a great social event. Thanks to Neil and Chris the organisers; to Complete Runner, Dobson & Robinson, Facewest, Cherie's Cakes, and Up & Running for the prizes for the Grand Raffle; and to the ILT&SC café-bar staff for all their hard work.
See Brian's photos.
|Best Runner, Male||Tom Adams||Geoff Howard, Jeff Paget, Ian Rowbotham, Steve Turland, Dave Wilby|
|Best Runner, Female||Sally Morley||Jane Bryant, Jenny Dybeck, Sally Malir|
|Most Improved Runner, Male||Richard Reeve||Bob Payne, Justin Phillips, Henry Heavisides, Andy Wiggans|
|Most Improved Runner, Female||Jane Bryant||Jenny Dybeck, Kelly Harrison, Sue Morley, Jann Smith|
|Best Endurance Runner, Male||Graham Arthur||Geoff Howard, Brian Melia, Jeff Paget|
|Best Endurance Runner, Female||Sally Malir, Helene Whitaker||Lyn Eden, Nicky Jaquiery, Amanda Parnaby|
|Best Runner, Under 20, Male||Adam Bennett||Simon Chapman|
|Best Runner, Under 20, Female||Jenny Dybeck||Catherine Gibbons, Brit Tate|
|Contribution to the club, Male||Neil Chapman||Vince Gibbons, Pete Shields, Brian Sweet, Nigel Tapper, Andy Wolfenden, Paul Wood|
|Contribution to the club, Female||Shirley Wood||Sue Bickerdike, Ros Blackburn, Jane Bryant, Alison Eagle, Jacqui Weston, Emily Wood|
|Captains' Award, Male||Vic Verecondi||Paul Stephens|
|Captains' Award, Female||Christine Matthews||Jann Smith, Amanda Parnaby, Jackie Weston|
|U20:||Adam Bennett, Catherine Gibbons|
At last we can reveal the results of the 2009 League, with Kevin Gooch the overall winner crowned at the Presentation evening. Top 50 overall, road, fell, trail/xc, and for the real statos the full Excel sheet to pore over.
Ilkley ladies got the team prize, and Ilkley's men were 2nd team by just 1 point to Bingley
1 43.17 Ian Holmes, Bingley 3 45.54 Tom Adams 25 51.00 Jamie Hutchinson 26 51.04 Jim Ryder 54 54.01 Nick Pearce 86 56.24 Duncan Cooper 102 58.36 Neil Smith 109 59.23 Norman Bush 110 59.28 Paul Stephens 115 59.50 Kay Pearce 5th lady 126 60.37 Alison Eagle 138 61.45 Ed Brougham 147 62.48 Graham Breeze 167 64.02 Kate Archer 172 64.12 Ian Marshall 176 64.41 Chris Oxlade 179 65.13 Alison Weston 185 65.44 Joyce Marshall 199 66.59 Jann Smith (in her 1st fell race!) 218 68.40 Jo Foster 219 68.41 Val Kerr 221 68.55 Jim Towers 236 70.36 John Pickering 249 72.21 Eric Morley 258 72.48 Sophie Brown 266 76.01 Bob Payne 297 94.44 Lyn Eden
Congratulations to Lyn Eden for whom this was the final race in her '65@65' Challenge.
We had 11 juniors racing too.
Lots more photos on woodentops.org.uk
This was the first fell counter in the 2010 Running League. Norman Bush and Nick Pearce scored top points on the fell, with Tom Adams just behind. Full results on the League Page
48 1:19:21 Justin Phillips 58 1:20:17 Jonathan Sinclair 76 1:21:17 Stephen Coy PB 79 1:21:22 Paul O'Looney PB 81 1:21:31 Henry Heavisides 1st M55 83 1:21:34 Andy Wiggans PB 131 1:24:27 David Brown PB 173 1:26:44 Neil Chapman 207 1:28:06 Sally Malir 3rd F45? 283 1:30:34 Jane Bryant PB 288 1:30:39 Sean Murphy 462 1:36:45 Keith Wood 575 1:39:32 Helen Horton PB 577 1:39:32? Nigel Tapper 688 1:43:02 Nick Mellor 737 1:43:56 Peter Shields 757 1:45:32 Catherine Gibbons 819 1:47:20 Simon Chapman 927 1:49:53 Christopher Brown 1002 1:51:57 Paul Sugden PB 1146 1:57:33 Sheena Pickersgill 1147 1:57:33 James Pickersgill 1168 1:58:12 Bernadette Gibbons 1246 2:00:30 Ashleigh Brownhill 1283 2:02:00 Michael Picken 1284 2:02:10 Jacqui Weston
Full results at www.ukresults.net/2010/brass.html
Some snapshots Adrienne Heavisides here here.
From Henry Heavisides ... there was a really good turnout of Ilkley Harriers at the Brass Monkey. It is one of the fastest half marathons around, with near perfect conditions today. We had 6 runners quicker than 82 minutes, led home by Justin Phillips who beat 80 minutes for the first time. Several of us were running close together which helped all of us to achive faster times than we might have expected. Many Harriers ran PBs, including Stephen Coy, Paul O'Looney, Andy Wiggans & Jane Bryant. I was pleased to finish first M55 and Sally Malir was 2nd F45.
Andy Wiggans adds ... What a race! Absolutely one of my races of the year, I was lucky enough to get a place alongside a number of red and green vests, many of whom were starting frighteningly close to the front. (more ... )
Steve Coy adds ... First time at this fast and flat event and 4th half marathon. Henry and PaulO set off like whippets into the distance after the first few miles but kept them in sight and managed to reel them in by 11 mile mark pushed on by a couple of tri club mates and keep going to the end as I was expecting Andy W to appear on my shoulder. Crossed with a 7 min PB and Henry must have got a club record with him storming run and very good times by quite a few others on a cold and damp day but loads of support. PS tri club mate Tom split Paul and Henry at the end (of www.marathontalk.com fame)
A few hardy souls have kept their cross-country racing going long enough to run in the Northern Championships at Witton Park in Blackburn.
Diane Haggar reports ... I have certainly "kept cross country running going long enough" in the sense that it is now 27 years since i started taking part in XC. The trip to Blackburn was a nostalgic one as i had last ran there in the Women's (yep, no men's races in those days) National in 1994. Arriving a little late I decided to forgo walking the course and rely on a 15 year memory!! A pity 15 years had erased the memory of the huge and multiple hills to be tackled on each of the 3 laps. However my attempts at fell running in the intervening years stood me in good stead and I came away very pleased with 84th. Interestingly close to the 86th I got on the same course 15 years ago, albeit in a larger National field. Showing how the sport has moved on for women I took 39.03 over a tough 8K course this time, but previously only 24.44 over what must have been a far shorter course in 1994.
Kelly and Dave ran superbly, again showing how fell running makes you stronger on the country and, as Dave said, Cross Country makes you faster on the fells. A truth demonstated by Andi Jones (Salford, 2nd man) who regularly performs to a high level on Fell, Country and Road.
Results from Northern Athletics ...
Senior Women 74 38.25 Kelly Harrison 84 39.03 Diane Haggar Senior Men 196 50.30 Dave Wilby
We had 7 junior runners - more on the Junior Pages
A fab turnout of 75 Harriers (37 senior, 38 junior) in today's very tough XC. We had 2nd men's team (to Abbey) and 1st Ladies team. The course was tough going and the stream crossing may be talked about for some time to come... Thanks to Neil and Shirley for organising, to the famous Ilkley Ladies Catering Team who fed the 300, to the many, many marshals and helpers on the day. And a big thank you to the Nell Bank Centre whose fantastic facilities we enjoyed and to Mr Boothman whose fields we enjoyed.
1 27.59 Graham Pearce 2 28.33 Tom Adams 11 31.03 Dave Wilby 18 31.46 Dave Westhead 19 31.54 Ian Rowbotham 21 32.07 Paul O'Looney 22 32.12 Malcolm Pickering 29 32.50 Justin Phillips 32 33.07 Mark Mon-Williams 33 33.12 Richard Joel 34 33.14 Mark Iley 40 33.33 Nick Pearce 42 33.45 Henry Heavisides 49 34.16 Arthur Reilly 56 34.56 Duncan Cooper 68 35.59 Paddy Hagan 67 36.00 Kevin Gooch 3 36.04 Sally Malir 76 36.32 Ed Brougham 77 36.35 Paul Stephens 5 36.47 Kelly Harrison 7 37.43 Alison Bennett 10 38.18 Diana Haggar 103 38.51 Ian Marshall 17 39.41 Jann Smith 19 40.13 Rebecca Mon-Williams 117 40.59 Eric Morley 118 41.06 Andrew Jackson 121 41.45 Nick Mellor 37 43.09 Sophie Brown 39 43.29 Di Kitchen 151 46.09 Don MacRae 156 46.58 Andy Kitchen 160 47.39 Paul Sugden 55 48.01 Alison Ricci 72 51.03 Louise Jackson 77 52.32 Sally Pickering
This was the first counter in the 2010 Running League. XC Hero Malcolm scored a Herculean 103 points! Full results on the League Page
Lots of photos on our PECO race page.
Lost property: Small IH jacket (see Neil), STAC vest (club advised), 1 Specialized cycling glove
Lyn Eden reports ... After so many fell runs being cancelled since New Yearís Day because of weather I have been stuck on 63 fell runs in my attempt to complete 65 fell races in my 65th year. I must admit I was beginning to panic bcause I was so near yet so far and my birthday fast approaching on 7 Feb. The last straw was Ashurst Becon and White Holme Circular both being cancelled yesterday. But a window of opportunity arose today with the running of Firbank Fell Race, part of the Kendal Winter League series. It's approx 4 miles, 300ft climb. This has put me back on track to complete my 65th fell race next Sunday at the Stanbury Splash, which has always been my goal. Unfortunately it meant missing the Ilkley PECO, and apologies, but you seem to have had a superb turnout, and congratulations.
Firbank Fell Race, like PECO had a bit of everything, boggy, icy, snowy and a stream crossing. It was just great to be out running again, as most of the other runners agreed.
Jim Towers 32.09 Lyn Eden 42.15
Tracey Greenway reports ... whilst most of the x country and fell races were cancelled this weekend Mercia Fell Runners decided to go forward with The Trig Point Race which is normally a 15 mile CL category fell race with around 1500ft of accent. This year due to the adverse weather they did shorten the course to around 12 miles, however thanks have to go out for deciding to go ahead when the pressure was on to cancel.
144 runners lined up for the snowy, icy start and each and all were counted though a start up funnel before the race proper got off to its official start!
The Trig Point race covers an optimal route of around 15 miles from trig point to trig point around Cannock Chase and there is no marked route, however there are lots of people to follow who choose to just stick on the main gravel paths, a good look at the map is advised if you are looking for a fast time! I think I ended up taking a couple of poor options but some good ones too so I don't feel hard done by.
It is at a great time in the year to get some undulating miles in and I will definitely do it next year and recommend it for anyone to get back into racing for the New Year especially if you are looking for something a little longer. On a personal note I was pleased with my run finishing 21st overall and 2nd lady in a time of 1hour 36 mins narrowly missing out on 1st lady on the run in, more speed work needed! The Race was won by Pete Vale of Mercia in a time of 1 hour and 19 mins.
It's really well organised, well marshalled, with drink stations, and soup, tea and cakes at the finish that never run out.
Conclusion - Highly recommended.
23 96.01 Tracey Greenway, 1st L40, 2nd lady
Lyn Eden reports on the Giantís Tooth Fell Race, Ogden Reservoir, 3miles, 400ft of climb. Lovely day, very cold, overnight snow meant we had a bit of grip most of the way round except for one exposed icy climb. More a question of getting round in one piece rather than racing. Jim kindly ran with me.
Eric Morley 27.38 Lyn Eden 35.17 Jim Towers 35.17
Andrew Bennett reports ... About 90 runners of all ages took part in this friendly 3 mile road race/ fun run and with nobody called Brownlee in the entries I thought I was in with a chance. Bob Payne had let me know about this antidote to over indulgence and I wrongly assumed he had run it before so what seemed like 4000ft of climbing came as a surprise to him too. Needless to say my earlier optimism was misplaced and I was the last of a select bunch of Harriers home. The after race presentations were very democratic based on the 'bring a prize get a prize' model.
9 20.37 Mike Baldwin 14 21.11 Alison Bennett 19 21.31 Adam Bennett 42 24.59 Bob Payne 45 25.33 Tom Bennett 54 28.02 Andrew Bennett