Malcolm Pickering - XC Captaincy, organisation, encouragement, and results, plus work with juniors
Mark Mon-Williams – Pennine Bridleway Relay team organisation
Jane Bryant – sub 90m half marathon at Brass Monkey
Steve Coy – Brass Monkey 1st Harrier and 5km time
Andrew Merrick – pacing at the Brass Monkey
Dave Wilby – Ireland fell race result
Ralph Tench - Clwydian Hangover Hobble 1st Vet
Malcolm Pickering reports ... a total of 29 Harriers, 14 seniors and 15 juniors, ran in the 4th Peco cross country league race at
John Smeaton sports centre. In the Under 11's Euan Brennan was 4th, Robbie Matthews 6th, Alessandra Ricci =8th, Jess Hirst 13th,
Jessica Burgress 16th, and Emily Elmes 22nd.
In the 11-16 years race Sarah Pickering was 4th, Lucy Williamson 8th, James Pickering 10th, Callan Parker Wells 11th, Lucy Jacques 15th, Iso Hirst 16th, Harriet Jackson 18th, Joanne Williamson 22nd and Anna Pickering 24th.
Senior race results Women 48 Louise Jackson 50 Alison Ricci 62 Bernie Gibbons 99 Sally Pickering 105 Lyn Eden Men 14 Jim Ryder 28 Malcolm Pickering 34 Dave Cummings 83 Andrew Sheldon 129 Andy Jackson 145 Jim Towers 149 Nick Mellor 170 Don McRae 187 Vince Gibbons
Full results on www.pecoxc.co.uk
Paul Stephens reports ... Kelly and I had a good run on leg 3 of today's Pennine Bridleway relay, completing it in about 1hr 10 and gaining about 4 places. It could have been a disaster as I took the wrong road in Haworth and we ended up nearly in Colne before doubling back. But we made it and even had time to stand around, have a chat with Steve Weston and get cold before Paddy and Neil came in - leg 2 was the longest leg but they both looked in good shape. It was a hard start to our leg - a long uphill slog, but after that a lot of flatish running round the base of Studley Pike and through Mankinholes. There was a sting in the tail at the end with a steep uphill out of the valley bottom before a quick descent down the track to the changeover and a handover to Rachael and Amanda. I couldn't keep up with Kelly on that final descent. A satisfying run, and a lift back to the car from a couple of Wharfedale Harriers.
From Alison Eagle: 55th team overall out of 104 starters, overall time: 6.28, think we were about 7th mixed team but our sheet had not arrived before we left. Winning team was 4.49 - Salford Harriers, Ladies winner - Calder Valley, Mixed - Accrington Road Runners
Leg 1: 1.14 8.5 miles Andy Wiggans & Steve Weston Leg 2: 1.46 12.5 miles Paddy Hagan & Neil Smith Leg 3: 1.10 9 miles Kelly Harrison & Paul Stephens Leg 4: 57m 5.5 miles Rachael Gooch & Amanda Newham leg 5: 1.19 9.5 miles Alison Eagle & Nicky Jaquiery
Nicki and I felt we had a good run at this stage in the season, very cold but clear day with ice on the paths.
We were steadily catching teams and managed to get round with no mistakes, which was pleasing as we were unable to recce and at
times there were signposts pointing and paths in all directions. Not sure if I would agree with the course directions
when they claim the views are good from the highest point of the Mary Townley Loop, Rowley Moor Top, perhaps we were not in the right
frame of mind after the two mile uphill slog, as horrid as it sounds!
Well done to Mark Mon-Williams, who not only got a team out when he was not taking part but correctly predicted our change over time, virtually to 1 minute! He must be onto a winner at the next Club Handicap race and Richard's bottle of wine!!
From our leg changeover it seemed well organised, esp the signs showing the route through the houses and back allies to the finish. Free tea and coffee was provided for all at the finish and a nice warm school to sit in and use the faciities, results were out quickly helped by dibbers being used.
Paddy Hagan says: Leg 2 was as painful as I remember the last time I was dragged (sympathetically) round it. It starts gently enough but (as with leg 3 by the sound of it) gets tough at the end when you could really do without it, including a couple of rotten "hands on legs" ups before a final helter skelter descent. Welcome words of encouragement from Neil were met with increasingly desparate responses from me ("yes, but I'm dead"). Overall we seemed to just about hold ground as we gained on some and lost on others - with a few pairs remaining enticingly close, but not close enough for my sore legs to catch. (According to the provisional results we gained 8 places - I really can't remember that happening).
Official results on SportIdent
Two Harriers ran:
20 23:43 Chris Cunningham 38 27:58 Carole Cunningham
Just under 400! youngsters ran, results on the Junior Pages.
It was another super Presentations Evening, with some 90 people enjoying a curry supper, socialising, and dancing 'til late.
Thanks to Jacqui Weston the organiser; to Piccolino,
Dobson & Robinson, and Neil
for the prizes for the Grand Raffle; and to the ILT&SC café-bar staff for all their hard work.
See the photos in next week's newsletter ...
|Best Runner, Male||Tom Adams||Norman Bush, Henry Heavisides, Dave Wilby|
|Best Runner, Female||Sally Morley||Tracey Greenway, Sally Malir|
|Most Improved Runner, Male||Henry Heavisides||Martin Archer, Andrew Bennett, Julian Carter, Rob Cunningham, Paul Sugden, Dave Wilby|
|Most Improved Runner, Female||Rachel Carter||Kate Archer, Jane Bryant, Christine Cox, Sharon Fuller, Val Kerr, Chris Matthews, Rebecca Mon-Williams, Alison Ricci, Jannn Smith, Sharon Williams|
|Best Endurance Runner, Male||Derek Fuller||Jeff Paget, Stuart Pitches, Jonathan Sinclair, Morgan Williams, Martin Wright|
|Best Endurance Runner, Female||Nicky Jaquiery||Janet Grace, Sally Malir, Amanda Parnaby, Alison Weston, Helene Whitaker|
|Best Runner, Under 20, Male||Adam Bennett||Bradley Chapman|
|Best Runner, Under 20, Female||Brit Tate||Jenny Dybeck|
|Contribution to the club, Male||Neil Chapman/ Paul Wood||Tom Adams, Malcom Pickering|
|Contribution to the club, Female||Jane Bryant||Emma O'Looney, Alison Weston, Shirley Wood|
|Captains' Award, Male||Paul Stephens||Dom MacRae, Malcolm Pickering, Richard Reeve|
|Captains' Award, Female||Jann Smith|
The winners of the Ilkley Harriers Race League were also announced:
Full results on the the Ilkley Harriers Race League page.
Henry Heavisides reports ... Today's Brass Monkey was again very popular with Ilkley Harriers. Conditions were very good with no wind,
slightly milder temperatures than we've had recently and a fast flat course. Steve Coy managed to pip Steve Weston on the line for the honour of being first Ilkley runner to finish.
Jane Bryant was paced by Andrew Merrick to her first ever sub 90 minute half marathon. Jane also won the prize for 2nd F40 & received a bottle of champagne from Andrew
so it was a good day for her. I was content to nurse my sore hamstring around the course 3 minutes slower than last year, but was still able to win the M55 prize.
All finishers received a smart technical running top.
Mark your diaries for next year (but entries filled up in less than 4 hours this year).
Stephen Coy adds ... As ever a fast course – good weather but deceptively breezy when exposed (on way back in) – results below on chip times and PB for me and I am sure others too: Winner Paul Martelletti was nearly 4 mins ahead of 2nd place in 1:05:21 !! Full results at ukresults.net
76 1:20:44 Stephen Coy PB 80 1:21:06 Steve Weston PB 116 1:23:30 Richard Reeve PB 123 1:24:13 Henry Heavisides 1st V55 125 1:24:15 Jon Sinclair 148 1:25:06 Rob Cunningham 153 1:25:03 Andy Wiggans 156 1:25:24 David Brown 198 1:27:29 Neil Chapman 253 1:29:25 Jane Bryant PB 254 1:29:25 Andrew Merrick 398 1:34:35 Nigel Tapper 563 1:39:10 Jann Smith 589 1:39:39 Helen Horton 628 1:40:51 Vic Verecondi 1123 1:55:51 John Brown 1148 1:57:16 Gaenor Coy
From Steve Weston ... This race is quick but is not exactly flat and there is a steady incline on the way back from the lollipop, to say nothing of two overbridges. I started off steady and managed to settle into a group of strong runners. Struggled with the breeze in the last few miles and faded int the last half as Stephen Coy passed me on the last bridge. A good performance all round with 10 Harriers under 90 minutes, including Jane Bryant who gets a well deserved place in the UK rankings.
Results from woodentops.org.uk...
(1 42:30 Chris Steele, Borrowdale) 5 44:03 Tom Adams 19 48:20 Lee Morley 21 48:32 Martin Archer 46 51:31 Jim Ryder 52 51:47 Steve Turland 74 53:35 Ian Rowbotham 88 54:52 Richard Joel 116 57:19 Duncan Cooper 135 59:12 Neil Smith 138 59:22 Kelly Harrison 171 61:42 Sally Malir 226 65:22 Diane Haggar 232 65:50 Alison Weston 251 67:38 Clare Smith 264 68:16 Jim Towers 291 69:41 Val Kerr 313 71:30 Sophie Brown 332 73:21 Sue Morley 342 75:29 Ann Stead 348 76:12 Bernie Gibbons 365 77:49 Amanda Newham 382 83:56 Vince Gibbons 398 92:27 Lyn Eden The Ilkley ladies won the team prize
Dave Wilby reports ... in an effort to maintain motivation during the long dark days of winter training, a change of scenery & a new race
seemed like the ideal solution and so it was that I made my European(!) debut at the weekend. The race of choice was Ticknock, part of the Irish Winter
League (more details at www.imra.ie), which coincided ever so nicely with my next door neighbour's trip home for the weekend, and Ryanair's January sale.
So it was that we both caught a Friday night flight out of Leeds/Bradford, and lined up in a frost covered forest just south of Dublin on Saturday
morning with 228 other like-minded individuals. The route itself was interesting and varied, definitely falling in to the 'trail' rather
than 'fell' category, but a very good mix of technical natural trails, fire roads & man-made singletrack. A group of 4 of us made an early break,
and after the first couple of technical sections we were down to 3, with the Irish Ultra Running international & Adventure Racer Eoin Keith
leading the way. Me and my neighbour Liam of Otley AC (boo, hiss) traded the minor places a few times before his superior reserves of Guinness &
his mum's home cooking paid dividends, and he broke the elastic. I couldn't get back on, and as he chased Eoin all the way in to finish 2nd by just 6secs,
I came home 19secs further back for 3rd place, and over 2 minutes clear of the next finisher. A good weekend all round, sealed with a training run
around the Slieve Bloom hills, and a few Jamesons nightcaps for good luck.
Everyone was very welcoming, and very pleased to have a couple of 'outsiders' adding to the competition. It's a developing scene in Ireland and if you feel the urge, I can't recommend it enough.
1 43:58 Eoin Keith
2 44:04 Liam Dunne
3 44:23 Dave Wilby
Rachel Cunningham was 57th in 29:58 at Lister Park
The theme of this week's social Gathering was RELAYS. There was a overview of the Relay racing opportunities available (lots of them! see our Relay Page), some recommendations on which ones to do from Captains and relay veterans, a bit of reminescing from those who have done them, and a discussion of how we promote them and how we encourage/select runners. See the Forum note.
Malcolm reports - results of the 3rd Peco race, with any luck we should have pulled some points back! Full results on www.pecoxc.co.uk
Women 37 Clare Smith 48 Louise Jackson 52 Bernie Gibbons 58 Sheena Pickersgill 64 Alison Ricci 105 Lyn Eden 6th team, 3rd lady vets team Men 18 Mark Mon-Williams 27 Malcolm Pickering 34 Nick Pearce 39 Richard Reeve 49 Henry Heavisides 54 Michael Pearce brilliant run by mike - his first ever race... 56 Neil Smith 118 Andy Jackson 121 Jim Towers 159 Paul Sugden 175 Don McRae 185 Vince Gibbons 4th team, 2nd Vets' team
15 Harriers ran in the Junior races, results on the Junior pages
Amandy Parnaby reports on this EYLDWA event, 25 miles and over 3,000 ft of climb. Starts at Scalby on the Whitby Road then into Scarborough, along the sea front, out over Oliver's Mount and out into the countryside around Hackness, Forge Valley and Burniston. Windy but mild day. Finished back at Scalby in 6 hrs 40 mins.
Pete Shields reports ...I have been managing/coaching the Northern Counties XC squad. We had an inter area match in Cardiff over the weekend and I took a mens and ladies team to compete. Local interest to us in the ladies team was Jo Buckley latterley of Calder Vally and now Bingley, she came into the team after a good showing in the Yorkshire X/C's and finished a really strong 5th in a quality field. These squads are also used for developing athletes, giving them the opportunity to experience elite competition. Ilkley's Tom Adams was given the opportunity to run following the withdrawl of an athlete from the initial team. Tom conducted himself very well and certainly earned his North vest, he finished 26th, again in a very strong field, it was great to see Ilkley Harriers getting some representation at this level.
Results from Northern Athletics:
Senior Women 18 24:38 Sally Morley 43 26:58 Emma Barclay 50 27:24 Diane Haggar 61 28:38 Sally Malir 91 40:43 Lyn Eden 7th team Senior men 33 41:20 Tom Adams 80 44:20 David Westhead 106 46:36 Dave Wilby 123 47:34 Ian Rowbotham 125 47:40 Nick Pearce 134 48:05 Malcolm Pickering 149 49:12 Steve Weston 183 52:17 John Tate 221 58:45 Jim Towers 7th team
In addition Brit Tate was 10th in the U17 race in 20:04, and we had a super turnout of younger juniors with 6th U13 boys team; and 4th, 8th, and 12th U13 girls teams. More soon on the Junior pages.
Dave Taylor braved fresh snow and ice to complete the postponed Hexhamshire Hobble. This is a 10.5 mile category C fell race over Hexhamshire Common from Allendale Town in Northumberland. Beautiful blue skies gave great views to spectators who made it up on to the fell, but competitors were mainly looking at their feet with sheet ice leading to many falls. This was the third year that this historic race has been organised by the Allen Valley Striders and the first year it has been dedicated to the memory of local fell-running hero Angus Tait. Organisation was smooth, with quick results, supportive and efficient marshalls, no route-finding difficulties and superb (free) tea and cakes in the school afterwards. Despite a strong field with several local clubs using the race as a counter in their leagues, the atmosphere at the front and the back of the field was uniformly friendly. Results:
1 1:11:27 James Buis 52 1:37:22 Dave Taylor 122 finished
Steve Coy was 2nd, by just 8s, on 18:26, for this 5k run.
Ralph Tench reports ... surprisingly good day on the Welsh Fells in cold, wet and quite miserable start to the year. However came 5th out of field of 80, picking up the MV40 first prize, in 41:32
26 20:30 Toni Melechi 83 27:20 Peter Lewis