Jenny Dybeck, XC inter-counties selection,
Sally Malir, 1st lady at Liversedge Half, and contribution to Marathon 'wee gathering',
Amanda Parnaby, long distance events and supporting fellow members,
Bob Payne, 29min off PB at Rombalds,
Kay Pearce, 3rd lady Rombalds (1st long race of this sort),
Justin Phillips, consistently good results incl. Dewsbury 10k and Tokyo 10k,
Malcolm Pickering, great XC captaincy and results,
Ewan Welsh, organising the 'wee gathering' socials,
Andy Wiggans, results incl 1st V45 in 80 minutes at NW Half,
Dave Wilby, 35.06 Dewsbury 10k plus Ilkley Moor and Noon Stone results
Justin Phillips reports ... in the opportunity of a life time Ash and I were lucky enough to experience
one of the planet's greatest running spectacles. In only its fourth year this big city marathon already sits up there with
London and New York as one of the finest in the world whilst in true Japanese style the organisation of the event was
immaculate and the streets the entire length of the course were lined three rows deep with spectators.
I’ve since learned that running is a national obsession in Japan which is illustrated by the statistic that over 300,000 people applied for the 33,000 places available. We chickened out of running the full 26 and a bit miles opting instead for the 10k event held over the same course.
The pre race exhibition was simply massive with every manufacture under the sun peddling their goods and it represented an interesting opportunity to meet and swap stories with fellow runners from around the globe in pigeon English.
The combination of jet lag, extensive sightseeing and the inability to find anything other than raw fish to eat beforehand kinda rules this event out of being a particularly fast course but what an amazing experience. For the record I think I finished about 9th in the 10k event in a time of 38.40 and Ash finished in 59.21 although now back at my desk with yet more jet lag I slightly regret not tackling the whole distance.
If you’re thinking about embarking on an adventure for 2011 then you could do a whole lot worse than heading East.
Gaenor Coy reports ... PB’s for Nigel Tapper, Paul Sugden and Jacqui Weston. First 10 miler for me. Great race and excellent results for windy conditions. Nice mug at finish. Note for future years - organisers made an announcement before race regarding swapped numbers asking people to make themselves known so that they could do accurate results.
Nigel's report here ...
Results from ukresults.net:
(1 53.00 Stephen Hepples, Newham & Essex Beagles) 26 60:29 Nick Richardson 148 69:29 Nigel Tapper PB 420 83:55 Paul Sugden PB 493 87:46 Gaenor Coy PB 534 91:20 Jacqui Weston PB 666 finished (spooky)
Malcolm Pickering reports ... the atmosphere was great, the mud deep in parts and hill 66 steeper than ever but all our Harriers saw it to the finish line of this inspiring event. Great running everyone !!!!
Womens results (8k) (1 27:52 Stephie Twell Aldershot and Farnham) 218 36:18 Alison Bennett 255 37:08 Diane Haggar 429 42:16 Diane Kitchen 506 47:16 Bernie Gibbons 543 finished Team 45th out of 61 Mens results (12k) (1 38:01 Andy Vernon Aldershot and Farnham 196 44:23 Tom Adams 669 51:11 Malcolm Pickering 745 52:21 Mark Iley 907 54:39 Arthur Reilly 1172 59:34 Steve Weston 1228 62:02 Peter Shields 1298 63:37 Paul Wood 1428 finished Team 82nd out of 107
In the Junior Womens (U20 race Jenny Dybeck produced another top class result to finish 37th in a field of 91, and there were great results from younger juniors too.
Full results on englishcrosscountry.co.uk
Dave Wilby reports ...
The first round of this year's English Fell Championships took place today at the Noon Stone event near Todmorden. (9m/2300')
First mention has to go to the organisers for putting on a fantastic route,
an event with great infrastructure, great organisation & a free race Buff. So good it could have been a Harriers event.
Weather was dry at the start with reasonably low temperatures, but up on the tops it was bitterly cold and trying its best to snow. The going underfoot was mostly on the muddy side with a side order of snow, apart from the couple of miles of unmarked terrain in the 2nd half of the race. This was just a boggy hell with the heather hiding the faint trod, and a healthy covering of icy slush hiding everything else, very tough going and I suspect a lot of races may have been made or dashed on that stretch. A good showing of Harriers despite the clash with National XC today & Snake Lane tomorrow, the results were:
(1 68.16 Matthew Speake, Dark Peak) 39 76.24 Dave Wilby (70 78.56 Olivia Walwyn, Altrincham & District) 86 80.29 Steve Turland 102 81.31 Ian Rowbotham 108 81.53 Martin Archer 118 82.40 Jim Ryder 144 84.48 Nick Pearce 2nd V55 157 86.48 Tracey Greenway 1st LV45 197 90.05 Duncan Cooper 224 92.43 Norman Bush 2nd V65 235 93.50 Geoff Howard 3rd V65 274 98.35 Kelly Harrison 289 99.45 Paul Stephens 300 101.28 Graham Breeze 331 104.43 Ed Brougham 361 109.06 Jo Foster 396 117.39 Sophie Brown 423 finishers
Results from www.todharriers.co.uk. Team results later.
This is a counter in the Harriers Race League.
Paul Stephens adds .. This was hard, or at least I found it hard. Struggling on the ups, which are usually my stronger point, no pace on the rough stuff, and overtaken all the time on the descents. The photos on the Sport Sunday site aren't flattering, and the guy behind me at the end was worried he'd been beaten by another over 60. Made my day! I reckon I should have been about 5 minutes faster, but it still wouldn't have been a good time. Next year..... Thanks to Nick for the lift.
Amanda Parnaby reports ... Emma Payne and I took part in the Myrtle Meander, 24.7 miles and 2,700 ft of climb starting and finishing in Bingley and visiting Egypt (in the snow ), Worlds End, Queensbury and Haworth. Lots of home made cakes available on route and stew with Yorkshire puddings at the finish. We spent most of the day talking and finished in 6 hrs 36 mins.
Henry Heavisides reports ..
Not the highest profile event today, but I ran 18:54 to finish 6th out of 200 runners at the 5k time trial in Hyde Park, Leeds this morning.
It was very muddy in places, so not ideal for fast running, but it's always an enjoyable experience. As a reminder these time trials take place every Saturday morning at
9:00 & are free to enter.
Nearly 400 children ran in today's XC hosted by All Saints Primary School, with many Harriers competing and helping woth the organisation. Results soon.,
Full results and photos of the fell race are here.
A great turnout of Harriers, racing and helping. Ilkley won the ladies team prize and weren't too far off the men's team prize. Ilkley results:
1 39:52 Graham Pearce, P&B 3 43:04 Tom Adams 9 43:42 Dave Wilby 19 47:04 Derek Fuller 21 47:21 Stuart Pitches 23 47:24 Ralph Tench 25 47:40 Jamie Hutchinson 27 48:03 Jim Ryder 31 48:34 Nick Pearce 34 48:47 Richard Joel 39 49:50 Dave Cummings 46 52:16 Neil Smith 62 54:19 Alison Eagle 63 54:20 Paddy Hagan 66 54:29 Alistair Barlow 68 54:38 Heather Dawe 74 55:01 Mike Baldwin 76 55:13 Bob Hamilton 80 55:46 Jenny Dybeck 86 56:40 Paul Stephens 89 56:55 Alison Weston 90 57:01 Antonio Melechi 92 57:19 Ed Brougham 96 57:38 Stephen Coy 98 57:53 Chris Oxlade 99 57:54 Graham Breeze 106 58:32 John Hayes 108 59:15 Kelly Harrison 114 59:28 Jane McCarthy 124 61:02 Rebecca Mon-Williams 132 62:05 Arthur Reilly 135 62:31 Steven Weston 138 62:38 Michael Waterhouse 165 66:40 Sophie Brown 170 66:55 Alison Bennett 172 67:22 John Pickering 175 67:39 John Coates 176 67:46 Ian Marshall 177 67:47 Sarah Fuller 182 68:57 Natalie Curtis 184 70:11 Andrew Jackson 187 71:38 Bob Payne 199 75:25 Alison Frost 205 76:57 Sue Morley 208 77:32 Joanna Murphy 215 91:25 Andrew Bennett
I said a quick thank-you in the forums, but it is worth repeating here. Over 30 volunteers turned out to help with the fell race today in tough conditions. Without you all the race would not have gone ahead. With a reduced field because of travel difficulties, the Club will have made very little financial profit from this event, but we have made a real contribution to the local fell-running scene and we have given something back to our fellow runners today. Thank you all.
1 69:36 Stuart Robinson Blackpool & Fylde 18 80:09 Andy Wiggans 1st V45 PB 205 96:27 Jann Smith PB 881 finished
Andy's report here ...
Some photos on www.sportsunday.co.uk
Diane Haggar reports ... only 3 ladies turned out today but there was much to cheer about as Jenny Dybeck took 2nd Junior Lady and gained selection for the Yorkshire team to run in the Inter-Counties event on 13th March. Lyn Eden's stirling effort towards the back of the field meant that the Ilkley ladies continued to fly the flag by completing a team.
Malcom adds ... The ladies team team was in 11th place overall. Fell runner Ian Rowbotham led the Harriers men home to finish 71st and was followed by Malcolm Pickering 113th, Mark Iley 114th, Jim Towers 198th and Eric Morley 200th.
Charles Oxtoby was the winner of a bottle of fine wine in Richard Gray's Handicap event tonight. He was followed in by Karen Lambe, new member Steve Newall, Diane Haggar, Kevin Wardale, Phil Chappell, James Pickersgill, and Mike Bryant, then a veritable flood of finishers. Thanks to Richard for working out the handicaps and organising the event.
Sally Malir was 1st lady, and 46th overall in 91.33 - www.roberttownroadrunners.co.uk
Nick Pearce reports ... three Harriers I think in this 11 mile 2750' classic promoted by Horwich RMI. Frozen ground made for some fast times, with the first three Rob and Danny Hope and Graham Pearce all well inside Simon Bailey's 2009 sub 1hr 30 minute record.
1 1h26.54 Rob Hope, P&B 21 1h44.21 Steve Turland 3rd V40 (Graham has a voucher for you) 39 1h52.19 Nick Pearce 1st V55 (2nd V50) 119 2h17.01 Graham Breeze
Jez Hellewell reports ... a cracking little fell race in Heartbeat country. 101 runners, 8 miles & 1000 feet of steady climbing. Came 24th in 1.09. The winning time being 58 mins. Very boggy with no obvious paths at times, a thoroughly enjoyable morning out!
Amanda Parnaby reports ... this event is organised by Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, and originally stated as 23 miles from Ravenscar and via Harwood Dale to the North Yorks Moors and back over to Robins Hoods Bay and return to Ravenscar. However the Cleveland Way is eroding between Robins Hood Bay and Ravenscar and the route back was therefore diverted along the old railway line, this added an extra 2 miles but this was partly compensated by it being much flatter. The day began wet but brightened up in the afternoon. Finished in 6 hours 18 minutes.
Henry Heavisides reports ..
I ran the Parkrun 5k time trial at Hyde Park in Leeds this morning. It was my first visit this year to this race which
takes place every Saturday morning. It's not a very fast course, mainly on tarmac paths in the park, but with a few very
muddy sections, plenty of twists & turns and ups & downs. Today there were 201 runners taking part with times ranging from
16:58 to 43:47, so there was a wide range of abilities.
My time was 18:34, which was my fastest time on this course & I finished in 9th place.
Tracey Greenway reports ..
Well it would have been a nice day if you could have seen it! Strident kit checks were going on, however that didn't
deter 212 brave souls who set off on what was the 24th running of the Longmynd Valley's Race. Having run this race many
times in the past, I knew exactly what a testing course it could be at 11.5 miles and 4500 ft of accent. Most of the
climbing is in the last 3rd of the race within 4 miles of the finish! Ouch!!
It's very easy to set off fast with the first 10k being run over fairly undulating ground and good paths you could easily be on for a PB. However the wise know to hold back and keep something for the "sting in the tail" and the final climb to Yearlet's summit. There are optimal route choices however i seem to do something different and un- optimal each year!
With the ascents being a hands and knees job (well nearly) the descending is great fun and lots take the very un-glamorous option of bum skimming all the way down with some spectacular shows! When you can see the views I have to say that this race is one of the prettiest around - but not today.
The finish was a close call with 8 seconds separating the winner Andrew Davies from Simon Bailey, Pete Vale was a further 5 seconds behind Simon, making it a one, two, three for Mercia Fell runners. In the ladies race Kate Bailey won in a time of 2.02.08 coming in 23rd overall. I finished happily as 3rd lady, 1st LV45 in a time of 2.07.30 40th overall.
As always Mercia fell runners host and organise another great race providing all the competitors with a excellent post race food, hot showers/ changing and bar facilities. There is even a massage table for those with weary legs, this year I took that added option and it was heaven sent. I woke the next day with legs as fresh as a spring chicken! well almost!! Next year will be the 25th Running of the Longmynd Valleys Race, As it is a special year I am informed there will plenty of surprises, don't miss it, put it in your diary now.
Henry Heavisides reports ... Conditions were near perfect for this morning's Dewsbury 10k and there were some fast times recorded, with the winner running under 30 minutes. Dave Wilby running his first ever road 10k led home the Ilkley Harriers, I think that he was surprised that there weren't any mountains, streams, mud or rocks on the route. Justin Phillips did another fine run only a fraction slower than his recent time at Ribble Valley. Jane Bryant won the prize for 2nd F40, with Alison Bennett 4th F45, Nick Pearce 3rd M55 & I managed to get 1st M55. Comparing pre race preparation was quite interesting, Vic doing a variety of swimming & cycling activities, Justin's preparation was at the Ilkley Beer Festival, and I managed to survive on a combination of Lemsips, Lockets & Sinex (not sure if these are illegal substances dope testing purposes). It should be interesting when the Power of Ten UK rankings are updated, as Jane, Alison, Nick & myself should all have qualifying times.
Henry's time beat Dave Matthews 2005 V55 Club Record
Vic's report here ...
1 29.55 Mark Buckingham. Holmfirth 38 35.06 Dave Wilby 58 36.08 Justin Phillips 76 37.04 Henry Heavisides 1st M55 97 38.13 Nick Pearce 126 39.12 Richard Hinsley 196 41.04 Adrian Bastow 207 41.30 Jane Bryant 2nd F40 214 41.34 Alison Bennett 335 45.23 Vic Verecondi 501 49.44 Martin Wright 515 50.46 Paul Sugden 529 51.07 Fiona Schneider 801 finished
Results are chip times from www.dewsburyroadrunners.co.uk
In the Ilkley Harriers Race League, Henry is leading the road rankings whilst Nick Pearce retains his overall lead.
Dougie Scarfe reports ... the rearranged race took place along the country roads around Catforth on Sunday. Although it was certainly chilly, the small field (235 runners, almost all from local clubs) enjoyed perfect running conditions and the course is virtually flat except for small undulations as you cross over the M55 four times! Delighted to do a PB, helped no doubt by our few weeks as members of the Harriers!
107 Dougie Scarfe 1:44:07 (PB by almost 6 minutes) 196 Judith Scarfe 2:02:46
1 2h38:31 Graham Pearce (P&B) 11 3h09:39 Jim Ryder 12 3h10:37 Mark Mon-Williams 13 3h16:31 Ralph Tench 20 3h26:09 Neil Smith 27 3h34:24 Alison Eagle 2nd lady 40 3h43:11 Kay Pearce 3rd lady 55 3h54:22 John Hayes 63 3h57:57 Paul Stephens 69 4h01:39 Toni Melechi 70 4h01:39 Jez Hellewell 82 4h07:05 Joyce Marshall 83 4h07:35 Nigel Tapper 90 4h10:41 Val Kerr 91 4h10:41 Ewan Welsh 106 4h14:28 Dave Taylor 115 4h24:27 Ian Marshall 131 4h34:05 Graham Breeze 133 4h35:34 Sharon Meadows 134 4h35:34 Keith Wood 137 4h38:29 Neil Chapman 167 4h58:25 Nick Mellor 175 5h07:24 Bob Payne PB 29 mins 207 5h39:26 Andrew Bennett 224 5h55:18 Amanda Parnaby 267 6h23:00 Elizabeth McCann 268 6h23:00 Andy Sarah 351 7h44:22 Sue Lugton 351 7h44:22 Colin Lugton
In the Ilkley Harriers Race League, Mark Mon-Williams and Alison Eagle are now leading the XC/Trail category, with Nick Pearce still leading overall.
From Jez ... Thoroughly enjoyed this race, despite the fog hiding all visible landmarks. Still, myself and fellow Harrier Toni Melechi, only slipped up the once, on Ilkley Moor of all places. Had we negotiated this better then we would have surely been sub 4 hour, as hoped.
Geoff Howard reports ... it was a good job that the Start was next to the changing pavilion in fog-bound Graves Park, Sheffield, otherwise we might not have able to find it. However the performances of the five Ilkley Harriers were far from gloomy. All our runners ran the same course even though the event was split into under 50 and 50+ races for logistical reasons. The fastest Harrier was Ian Rowbotham then Paul O'Looney. Our vet60 team (135 points) kept ahead of Leeds City (144) to take bronze medals and were close to second placed Bingley (130).
50+ Race 7 Ian Rowbotham (6th v50) 40.03 35 Geoff Howard (2nd v65) 44.02 42 Norman Bush (4th v65) 44.56 58 Graham Arthur (13th v60) 47.52 Under 50 Race 31 Paul O'Looney (9th v40) 41.24
Steve Turland reports on the Half Trog ... Richard Joel and I tackled the Half Trog yesterday. With practically zero visibility and featureless terrain it made for an interesting race with plenty of runners (including myself) going well astray. At times there were runners approaching checkpoints from all directions. I finished 10th in 1hr 38 with Richard close behind in 13th place. One thing's for sure, at over double the distance, they would have had twice as much fun.
See Steve Turland and Bob Wightman amongst Eileen's pictures.
Results from www.cvfr.co.uk
Full Trog, 20m/4000' 1 180.24 Tom Brunt Holmfirth 46 247.39 Alistair Barlow 62 265.12 Nicky Jacquiery 73 267.45 Bob Wightman 118 finished Half Trog 1 86.13 Lee Athersmith, Holmfirth 10 98.54 Steve Turland 13 100.02 Richard Joel 46 finished
Alistair Barlow reports on the Full Trog ...
Nicky Jacquiery, Bob Wightman and I took on the Full Trog on Saturday. The route takes on the full spectrum of terrain from
terrible tarmac to really terrible tussock. In between there’s tracks, decent trails, greasy paved paths, heather, mud and bogs.
Capping it all was a thick layer of mist.
After a disorientating start (how many fell races have a downhill start and then return to the start area 10 minutes later?) the internal compass was rendered useless by the trackless and fog bound crossing of Oxenhope Moor. No problem ... I reverted to my tried and tested navigation skills – follow the more experienced runner in front. Twenty minutes later I emerged on the Oxenhope – Hebden Bridge road without a checkpoint in sight. Not quite sure which way to turn the fell runner's instinct kicked in ... up hill! Half a mile later I was back on track.
After an enjoyable, easy angled descent into Crimsworth Dean, road then track gives way to bog and heather all the way to a paved section of the Pennine Way and the half way point at Withins. Treacherous flagged paths lead down to Walshaw reservoir before the route cuts against the grain of the land and heads back to the Oxenhope – Hebden Bridge road ... and the last section back across the featureless moor. Given my previous ineptitude in the clag I was worried about this last bit. However, using map and compass I managed to find my way home without mishap only to be faced with a cruel uphill finish and unexpected loop of Old Town cricket pitch. I managed 4:07, Nicky 4:25, Bob 4:27