|Dave Wilby||great results in the Peak District and Chevin Chase PB||Also nominated:
Bradley Chapman for his fantastic PB at the Ribble Valley 10k, good results at Parkrun 5k and The Stoop, a great improvement recently with lots of hard training.
Will Buckton for race results
|Vince & Bernie Gibbons||for organising the Christmas Relays and quiz night|
Well done to Dave and Vince and Bernie, this month's winners.
Earlier Harriers of the Month ...
A pretty tough course on a tough day, but a great turnout of Harriers at the traditional end of year race. Results from woodentops.org.uk
(1 43:10 Jonny Brownlee, Bingley) 16 49:02 Lee Morley 51 54:29 Martin Archer 63 55:32 Jez Hellewell 96 58:54 Alistair Barlow 103 59:37 Steve Weston 108 59:53 Nick Pearce 152 62:47 Jann Smith 169 64:31 Adam Bennett 177 64:58 Richard Morris 178 65:03 Sam Wood 207 67:40 Andrew Jackson 211 68:00 John Coates 221 69:21 Norman Bush 1st V70 260 73:27 Alison Ricci 300 78:22 Sue Morley 318 82:31 Emily Wood 334 85:58 Julie Elmes 340 88:11 Paul Sugden 348 91:40 Sophie Brown 376 ran
From Henry Heavisides ... There was the usual very high quality field for the Ribble Valley 10k at Clitheroe, which includes the Northern Championships. The winner's time was a minute slower than last year which shows that the conditions were tough: cold, strong wind & driving rain. Fortunately the wind was mostly behind us for the second half. Beth was 2nd F40 & I was 2nd M55. Bradley Chapman improved his time from last year by 12 minutes reflecting the progress that he has made recently.
Results from www.ukresults.net
(1 30:02 Dave Bishop, Bristol & West) 164 37:36 Henry Heavisides 173 37:58 Mark Iley 190 38:22 Bradley Chapman PB by 9:40 225 39:16 Steve Morley 226 39:30 Ben Joynson 277 40:39 Beth Massey 376 42:43 Will Buckton 386 42:55 Neil Chapman 392 43:05 Adam Bennett 457 44:10 Simon Jenkins 468 44:32 Alison Bennett 656 48:31 Ruth Kitchen 737 50:31 John Marshall 754 50:43 Hilda Coulsey 778 51:57 Sheena Pickersgill 825 52:54 Diane Kitchen 899 55:08 Janet Smith 1070 finished
Some photos from Andrew Bennett here.
This was the final counter in the 2012 IH Race League.
Results from Ripon Runners ...
(1 36:30 Lee Dalton, Nidd Valley RR) 23 40:57 Jamie Hutchinson 152 50:43 Geoff Howard 536 finished
From Diane Haggar ... on the spur of the moment I decided to test out my post injury fitness at Todmorden and I came away very pleased with 4th lady and 1st LV50 in a time of 39:35 for a 8.9km hilly course.
From Dave Wilby ... Myself and Kelly headed down to the Peak District for this one in order to bag a bit of navigation practice. There were 2 courses on offer, a 'short' of 8 miles across fairly runnable but hilly terrain, and then a reduced 'long' of closer to 10 miles which took in some of the more desolate local delights, and plenty of peat hags, tussocks & bracken. All controls on each course had to be collected, but the order was up to you. Kelly had a great run on the short to finish first lady in 1:44 (men's winner ran 1:26), and I was really pleased (and surprised) to finish 2nd on the long in 1:38, behind the winner Tom Brunt (1:29). There were about 70 entries across the 2 courses, and some great food afterwards in the pub. We both came away with a large box of chocolates to enhance our already impressive 'christmas physiques'.
Bradford Lister Kark 33 23:51 William Worboys Harrogate Stray 5 19:22 Stephen Coy 6 19:41 Andy Brook-Dobson 10 21:01 Alex Hirst 45 23:58 Phil Hirst 51 24:25 Dominic Coy (junior) 81 26:04 Emily Elmes (junior) 85 27:02 Nathan Coy (junior) 87 27:08 Julie Elmes Leeds Hyde Park 52 25:03 John Marshall
From Jamie Hutchinson... A tough two lap race covering 5.5 miles, mainly on tracks. The winner, James Bulman from New Marske Harriers, managed 44:48. I came in 18th in 49:34, with Ian Rowbotham not far behind in 28th and 51:40. 145 hardy souls competed!
From Dave Wilby ... great Harriers turnout as usual, first back for the men was Ben Stevens inside the top 10, then myself 13th (best ever placing and a new PB) & Jack Wood. Not sure for the ladies, Emma Barclay, Sally Malir & Kate Archer all in attendance so probably close between those 3. Double 1st's for Bingley with Jonny Brownlee & Vic Wilkinson taking easy wins. Thanks to all the on-course supporters, fab as always.
John Hayes adds... this year I went to the Chevin Chase with a plan. I would line up at the start next to Jonny Brownlee, sprint ahead of him for the first 20 yards, then collapse. Back home I would post a video of my exploits on YouTube....
This plan had one flaw. Arriving at the start, I saw that Jonny Brownlee was surrounded by an array of admiring runners, many wearing fancy dress. It was plain that great minds think alike and I wandered away forlornly taking my rightful place in the middle of the crowd.
My YouTube plan abandoned, I concentrated instead on trying to keep up with a man dressed as an Elf. This was no mean feat. Although my Ilkley vest secured its fair share of "Come on Ilkley!!" shouts, everyone - and I mean everyone - shouted "Come on Elf!!" And what a speedy Elf he turned out to be. I was hoping the outfit would slow him down. It was full length and he was weighed down with tinkling bells. But no. On and on he went buoyed on - no doubt - by the cheering crowd. On the last big climb, his tinkling bells were fading. But not behind me. He was ahead. And then a Christmas miracle occurred. Another Elf (aka Paul Stephens) overtook me. Paul Stephens has a habit of doing this and always greets me with a friendly "hello John". This year, however, he spurred me into action. I chased after him, overtook him, and spent the rest of the race making sure he didn't catch me. It is amazing what this can do. As I ran like mad trying to keep ahead of Paul Stephens, I ran past the tinkling Elf too. And so I stumbled over the finish line happy. With hindsight, I was never going to beat Jonny Brownlee. But beating the tinkling Elf (and Paul Stephens) made my Christmas.
(1 39:03 Jonny Brownlee, Bingley) 8 43:35 Ben Stevens 13 44:16 Dave Wilby 20 45:02 Jack Wood 89 50:27 Rob Cunningham 90 50:28 Dick Waddington 99 50:46 Steve Coy 100 50:47 Nick Pearce 110 51:05 George Stevens 113 51:31 Andrew Merrick 120 51:41 Alistair Wood 128 52:04 Emma Barclay 135 52:26 Sally Malir 141 52:50 Richard Reeve 176 54:19 John Hayes 187 54:48 Paul Stephens 195 55:04 Kate Archer 222 56:19 Peter Haines 225 56:22 Roddy Macdonald 226 56:26 Kelly Harrison 250 57:15 Tim Brear 279 58:28 Andrew Jackson 285 58:36 Chris Cunningham 287 58:44 Victoria Stevens 331 61:10 Dave Ibbotson 347 61:54 Adela Reperecki 348 61:55 Dougie Scarfe 349 61:57 Jane McCarthy 352 62:01 Florence Haines 362 62:19 William Worboys 370 62:46 Andrew Wilson 382 63:25 Nigel Tapper 402 64:38 Charles Oxtoby 413 65:12 Martin Wright 420 65:35 Helen Horton 434 66:16 Sharon Meadows 438 66:21 Andrew Mitchell 455 67:30 Nicole Dillon 456 67:31 Jon Dillon 500 69:26 Sheena Pickersgill 512 70:30 Allison Ricci 518 70:38 Hilda Coulsey 518 70:44 Cathy Brown 519 70:45 Di Kitchen 542 71:58 Keith Wood 544 72:05 Jane Guillard 557 72:49 Chloe Haines 580 74:19 Julie Elmes 583 74:24 Sophie Brown 586 74:35 Paul Sugden 607 75:53 Judith Scarfe 616 76:22 Sarah Hayes 617 76:26 David Green 639 78:13 Elaine Cossins 661 79:35 Sally Wright 676 81:00 Andy Kitchen 730 84:22 Sue Stevens 766 87:31 Emma O'Looney 767 87:37 Paul O'Looney 768 88:01 Emma Payne 787 89:52 Matt Rutter 788 89:53 Nick Page 825 finished
This was a IH Race League counter, and the final trail/XC race in the 2012 League.
From Lee Morley ... a trip back to visit family over Christmas gave me the chance to run this 4 mile up and downer. I blame the wet conditions for the slower time than last year - not the eating like a pig the day before. Wishing for some dry weather soon! Results from Rossendale Harriers
(1 25:27 Doni Clarke) 2 26:10 Lee Morley 203 finished
Henry Heavisides reports not many of us made it to Lister Park for the Bradford Parkrun in unpleasant conditions, lots of rain & windy. Not a day for fast times. Results ...
(1 17:13 Kevin Ogden, Spenborough) 8 18:56 Henry Heavisides 9 19:03 Bradley Chapman 13 19:39 Will Buckton 77 25:39 Paul Sugden 84 25:56 Hilda Coulsey 162 finished
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League ... young guns Bradley and Will both improved by 2 places, and Paul Sugden is up to 4th place ...
From George Elmes ... Julie and Emily did the Harrogate Parkrun in very wet/muddy/slippy conditions today. The fact that large parts of it were underwater meant that it was not a day for PBs (More like Wellies!)
68 26:20 Emily Elmes (Junior) 75 27:05 Julie Elmes
Thanks to the Gibbons family and friends for organising tonight's super festive social: fancy dress relays (with many amazing costumes including penguins, angels, and a full Christmas dinner, see some of them in John's photos) followed by a Christmas Quiz and buffet supper with loads of Harriers of all ages at ILTSC. And £163.33 was raised for Cancer Research UK.
A grand day out on The Stoop, with lots of good results from juniors and seniors. Results from woodentops.org.uk...
1 31:30 Tom Adams 17 36:34 Jack Wood 21 37:16 Mattthew Cox 50 40:26 Ben Joynson 57 40:47 Will Buckton 63 41:17 Dick Waddington 75 42:15 Bradley Chapman 129 46:25 Sam Wood 139 47:26 Alison Weston 140 47:32 Diane Haggar 150 48:18 John Coates 154 48:24 Sarah Haines 173 49:40 Dave Ibbotson 187 50:45 Natalie Curtis 189 50:51 Norman Bush 204 52:06 Val Kerr 213 54:07 Jan Carrier 217 54:31 Adela Reperecki 220 55:41 Helen Waddington 221 55:47 Martin Wright 222 56:13 Abi Bailey 231 57:20 Sophie Brown 232 57:30 Sue Bickerdike 241 61:03 Mark Kerr 245 62:22 Paul Sugden 248 63:53 Julie Elmes 265 73:32 Jacqui Weston 266 73:33 Jane McCarthy 270 finished
Just heard we missed a (first ever?) men's team prize by ONE POINT!. Oooh!
This was a IH Race League counter, Tom's 4th perfect 100-point run has secured him the fell category prize: can anyone catch Henry in the overall competition with three races to go? Come to the Bradford Parkrun this Saturday and bag some League points!
From Henry Heavisides ... It was a mild sunny day for the Peco race at Middleton Park & less muddy than I expected. Dave Westhead was first Ilkley Harrier to finish in the senior race. I managed to outsprint Steve Coy who was expecting another lap. Nick Pearce & Kate Archer weren't far behind. I had to leave before everyone had finished, so I don't have the full results. There were quite a few Ilkley Harriers in the junior races who all ran well.
Thanks to Dave Westhead for these results from pecoxc.co.uk ...
Senior Men 26 Dave Westhead 46 Henry Heavysides 50 Stephen Coy 77 Nick Pearce 167 Andy Jackson 177 Eric Morley 211 Don MacRae Senior Ladies 14 Kate Archer 75 Gaenor Coy 83 Sue Morley 108 Sally Wright Juniors 8-10 4 Dominic Coy 7 Catherine Westhead 13 Nathan Coy 15 Matthew Lansbury Juniors 11-16 18 Elizabeth Westhead 21 Harriet Jackson
Dave Wilby bagged 6th place with 365 points in 3h51:22, from 169 finsihers, at the final event in the series. Details
Results from this weekly* 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com. *NB there's a Christmas break now with the next event on 6th January.
3 24:08 William Worboys 12 finished
Ilkley fielded a team in KCAC's Gathering Winter Fools Relay, a bit of festive fun around the paths and trails around Keighley, with most runners in fancy dress. We finished 15th out of 26 teams, 3rd mixed team (and 1st team 'with dogs'). Here Alison, Clare, and Betty dress for a manger scene, ready for Leg 3.
15th 5h18:41 1 9M 1h41:15 Abi Bailey, Sue Bickerdike, and Bailey 2 9.5M 1:25:27 Steve Weston and Jann Smith 3 6M 56:08 Claire Smith, Alison Bennett, and Betty (paced by Tom Adams and Dylan!) 4 7M 1:15:51 Paul Sugden & Emma O'Looney
And remember, we have our own Xmas Fancy Dress Relays on Tuesday, followed by the Christmas Quiz with a Christmas buffet at ILTSC. More details here. And at the Quiz you'll be able to buy tickets for the Annual Presentation Evening on 18th January, £12.
From Stewart Taylor ... the route is an undulating run from the New Dungeon Ghyll to Elterwater and back. A great day out, an Xmas Pudding for all finishers, and I completed in 53 mins and 34 secs.
Bradford Lister Park 12 21:05 Lucy Haines junior 30 22:56 Oscar Stapleton junior 37 23:56 Sarah Haines Leeds Hyde Park 20 19:59 Will Buckton Harrogate Stray 54 24:59 John Marshall
Remember, Bradford Lister Park Parkrun on 22 December is a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League - let's see lots of Harriers there!
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From Peter Shields
The weather was certainly a little more uplifting for the final counter for this year's West Yorkshire XC at Wakefield than the previous meet at Huddersfield, it was glorious sunshine with a bitter easterly wind. Ground conditions were also a little different from the festival of mud we had at Huddersfield, in horse racing terms the going was 'heavy'!
Nevertheless, 46 junior and senior athletes turned up for the challenge, 32 competing in the various junior races, 6 in the senior ladies and 8 in the senior males races - a wonderful turn out.
The Ilkley spectators were treated to athletes running in nearly all the age group races, we had one winner on the day Georgia Malir who ran away with a very powerful victory by 40 secs. Tom Adams ran his only League race this year keeping well in the mix with the leaders finishing in a great 6th place.
This being the last race in the 4-race league Ilkey's senior men finished 10th team in what is a very competitive league. The senior ladies had a really good year finishing 4th team overall. Individual positions overall in the league went to Georgia Malir who won the under 17 ladies competition, Beth Massey was pipped to third place in the ladies 40+. Sally Malir was 2nd overall in the ladies 45+ and Nick Pearce who was unfortunately sidelined for today's race came 2nd in the male 55+. Having had to spectate for all 4 races because of an injury it was great to have the opportunity to see the wealth of talent we have at the Club, the energy and enthusiasm shown by the athletes and support was fabulous, Ilkley as a club is not in bad health, well done all.
Results from westyorkshireathletics.org.uk ...
Men (1 32:35 James Walsh, Leeds City) 6 34:04 Tom Adams 54 38:11 Lee Morley 81 39:35 Martin Archer 88 39:56 Jim Ryder 93 40:11 Steve Weston 105 40:44 Mark Iley 132 43:17 Arthur Reilly 189 ran 10th team out of 14, 10th team in the League Ladies (1 20:25 Charlene Thomas, Wakefield) 28 24:12 Beth Massey 32 24:34 Sally Malir 49 25:35 Kate Archer 57 26:13 Kelly Harrison 95 30:18 Diane Kitchen 102 33:43 Julie Elmes 104 ran 9th team out of 13, 4th team in the League
Many excellent junior results too, including U17 results Ed Bickerdike 25th and Georgia Malir who enjoyed a superb 40-second WIN.
From Mark Hall... I was down in the Midlands so decided to meet up with former club mates from Tipton Harriers and do a local race. The race was the Sneyd 10m, near to Walsall, not a place to dwell so producing fast times generally! The course is 2 laps, not a PB course but reasonable.
However, once again the wind was not a welcome friend and slowed times for all. The winner was Gordon Lee Leicester Cor, 52:47, best vet 45 in UK. I did 56:19 to finish 9th and 1st v50. Again it was disappointing.
There were 478 finishers, first woman was Olympic triathlon competitor Jodie Stimpson in 57:19.
Henry adds ... Mark's time was another Club Record (beating his own 56:57 at Askern), & also the 6th fastest M50 10 mile time in the UK this year.
From Will Buckton ... the full B Medium 11.3km/411m race went ahead after the icy conditions thawed last night, meaning the usual Calderdale mudfest!
(1 55:02 Chris Williams, Queensbury RR) 21 60:51 Will Buckton 101 finished
From John Marshall
(1 Matthew Thompson, Southport Waterloo AC) 139 63:24 John Marshall 213 finished
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
2 22:00 Jacob Hellewell junior 14 31:11 Emma Payne 14 finished
Will Buckton reports ... Went up to Sedbergh for this A Short 8km/427m. Full winter conditions made the going tough with deep snow and an icy wind on Wild Boar fell.
(1 52:27 Rob Hope P&B) 48 61:02 Will Buckton 102 finished
Bradford Lister Park 11 20:45 Lucy Haines junior 32 23:25 Oscar Stapleton junior 34 23:44 Sarah Haines Leeds Hyde Park 86 24:19 John Marshall
From Simon Jenkins ... it was a fantastic day for the race in Bradford. Bright sun but freezing cold! Unfortunately a steward made a mistake and we only ran about 9k.
Results from www.bradfordcityrun.com.
(1 27:55 Mike Burrett, Leeds City) 10 31:12 Martin Archer 26 33:29 Rob Cunningham 64 36:10 Derek Oliver 89 37:32 Simon Jenkins 134 39:37 Chris Cunningham 309 45:28 Janet Smith 538 finished
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
8 22:47 Tilly Melechi junior 9 22:48 Toni Melechi 14 23:46 William Worboys 17 27:57 Peter Lewis 20 finished
Bradford Lister Park 27 22:14 Oscar Stapleton Harrogate Stray 107 26:11 Julie Elmes 160 29:28 Andy Brook-Dobson
|Beth Massey||F40 Club record & best 10k female time this year at the Abbey Dash & really good cross country results; 1st lady at the Preston 5km||Also nominated:
Sheena Pickersgill - fantastic PB at the Abbey Dash 10k of 48.42, and her commitment, hard work and dedication to Wednesday night track training in order to achieve her goal of breaking 50 minutes at the Abbey Dash
Peter Shields - excellent coaching & commitment to the Wednesday night track sessions which has seen all his regular group achieve PBs or SBs in recent races and also for his support and encouragement at races.
Rebecca Moores - commitment to training and resulting improvement
Alison Eagle - successful YVAA Grand Prix league and becoming the overall FV45 Champion (as a FV50)
Nicole Dillon - Burley Moor run
|Julie Elmes||XC racing, and tremendous improvement in running times|
Earlier Harriers of the Month ...
The first PECO race is the most distant and difficult to go to, well done to those who made it (especially Ben, Will, and Julie who ran two days of XC in a row to enjoy double-helpings of mud!). Plscings from
Placings from www.pecoxc.co.uk, our recorded times ...
(1 32:09 Simon Pass, Saltaire Striders) 31 35:54 Bradley Chapman 46 36:57 Ben Joynson 47 36:59 Will Buckton 50 37:08 Steve Coy 51 37:17 Henry Heavisides 124 41:54 Sam Wood 158 44:13 Andy Jackson 191 48:40 Eric Morley 64 48:59 Gaenor Coy 81 50:56 Sue Morley 204 51:01 Paul Sugden 86 51:43 Sue Williamson 94 52:56 Sue Bickerdike 217 53:41 Don Macray 100 53:46 Julie Elmes 123 56:27 Kate Lofthouse 229 men (2nd team!), 143 ladies (5th team)
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League, with some good points up for grabs!
Another excellent turnout from the junior section, too!
From Mark Iley ... Beth and I set off for another venture into Lancashire in search of a good time on this what appeared to be a fast and flat 5k course. This was effectively a Park Run aside of Preston North Ends football ground. We were both expecting to do year best times following recent good performances at 10k in the last couple of weeks.
The weather was the only thing that could really stop us from achieving and sure enough it did the job! With the overnight rain this had left several sections of the course waterlogged and what looked like a series of lakes and swimming pools on course. More of an Aquathon! The first mile went well as it was water free, but then we encountered the lake which we had to avoid by going on the grass which was of course very muddy and slippy to say the least. Then a number of swimming pool like puddles that you had to go straight through or avoid by going on the muddy grass verges basically ensured that any thought of fast times went out the window.
We both finished very wet and with disappointing times but were cheered up by both the high placing and both getting prizes. On a better day this could be a fast course.
(1 15:51 Danny Parkinson, Kendal AC) 9 18:38 Mark Iley 1st V50 22 20:03 Beth Massey 1st Lady 178 ran
From Mark Hall ... I took part in the Clowne half marathon which is near to Chesterfield, Derbyshire. I had run this race twice before in 2005/6 each time recording good times and results. I had forgotten just how tough this event is, certainly not PB terrain but the clue is in the name of the county, Derbyshire! The rain had stopped before the start, unfortunately the wind continued to blow and was so strong it took away any possibility of recording a good time ( I have run 5 minutes faster on this course!) I managed 4th in 77.43, which was disappointing but given the conditions was ok. The winner was S Spencer Notts AC 72.09, which was an exceptional run on such a tough day. There were 559 finishers.
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
2 21:27 Jacob Hellewell junior, new category record 3 23:16 Tilly Melechi junior 4 23:34 William Worboys 7 finished
Read Pete Shields' write-up on our XC heroes here.
Results from westyorkshireathletics.org.uk ...
(1 30:58 Alan Buckley, Leeds City) 24 34:11 Jack Wood 52 36:01 Dave Wilby 85 37:52 Steve Weston 87 38:02 Jim Ryder 110 39:32 Ben Joynson 115 39:46 Nick Pearce 126 41:29 Will Buckton 129 41:37 Arthur Reilly 172 finished 10th team of 15 Ladies (1 23:51 Helen Berry, Holmfirth) 23 26:58 Beth Massey 32 27:44 Kelly Harrison 44 28:41 Kate Archer 54 29:32 Alison Bennett 86 34:05 Diane Kitchen 93 36:58 Julie Elmes 98 finished 5th team out of 9
In addition there were 19 Harriers in the junior races.
From Sally Malir ... Georgia Malir set herself a stern challenge to compete in the second McCain UK Cross Challenge, which was also a trial race for selection for the GB and NI team for the European Cross Country Championships in Poland. The race was held in Sefton Park Liverpool. The rain throughout this week made for heavy underfoot conditions. Georgia had a storming run to come in equal 13th (17 mins). The winner of Georgia's race was Bobby Clay, Invictia East Kent AC, (15:33), and the race featured many of the UK' s top athletes in this age group which makes this a very pleasing result for Georgia.
Over 400 children ran in today's race organised by Ashlands School, results on the junior pages.
Harrogate 11 19:59 David Brown 103 26:21 Rosalind Brown Leeds Hyde Park 111 24:00 John Marshall
From Henry Heavisides ... Perfect conditions again this year for the Abbey Dash, a little bit cold, but dry, sunny & no wind. Mark Hall ran another great 10k beating his club M50 Club Record (set at Accrington) & recording one of the fastest M50 times in the UK this year (3rd quickest, I think). Beth Massey also set a new club F40 record in 38:29 (beating Amanda Oddie's 38:55 from the 2008 Rothwell 10k). There were lots of Ilkley vests to be seen in the race & we also got lots of support from the spectators, thanks for all of the support. Amongst the results, Mark was 2nd M50, Geoff Howard was 2nd M65 (with the 5th fastest M65 10k this year in the UK), Beth was 3rd F40 & I was 3rd M55 (just 3s outside H's own Club record! Paul).
From George Elmes ... due to my long standing injury I once again went across In my now semi-official bag carrying position to support Julie. A really beautiful morning awaited us in Leeds with around 9,000 runners of all abilities taking part. A historically quick course, powder blue sky, no wind and a real nip in air made it a perfect day for fast results. A pretty large number of Ilkley vests on show in the senior race and at least one JIH, Poppy Anderson ran in the Junior race. Julie took 4 mins off her previous PB.
(1 29:30 Luke Cragg, Leeds City) 112 33:30 Mark Hall 301 36:56 Henry Heavisides 409 38:10 Rob Cunningham 390 38:29 Beth Massey 442 38:49 Richard Reeve 453 38:54 David Brown 521 38:55 Ben Joynson 543 39:16 Geoffrey Howard 722 41:05 Andrew Sheldon 1192 42:55 Crispian Batstone 1033 43:06 Michael Duffield 982 43:29 Jane Bryant 1022 43:41 Alison Bennett 1730 44:11 Dan Ibbotson 1129 44:20 Chris Cunningham 1450 45:06 Keith Wood 1568 45:41 Martin Wright 2169 46:37 David Ibbotson 2012 46:44 Michael Baldwin 1784 48:42 Sheena Pickersgill 2118 49:07 Cherie Wright 2074 49:10 Rebecca Moores 2214 49:28 Sue Bickerdike 2250 49:32 Catherine Brown 2026 49:37 John Marshall 651 49:43 Andrew Merrick 2690 49:58 Karen Lambe 2441 50:31 Allison Ricci 4480 51:29 Sue Williamson 2791 52:23 Julie Elmes 3067 52:48 Alison Frost 4497 53:50 Donna Hattersley 3231 54:52 Jacqui Weston 4211 54:57 Greg Wright 3606 56:15 Sally Wright 7378 finished (finish positions, chip times shown)
From Dougie Scarfe ... First Dorset race today, beautiful day for a mainly flat country lane course. I was first Harrier home in 1:18 and Judith second in 1:31
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
3 21:53 Tilly Melechi junior, but set a new ladies record 9 31:22 Lyn Eden 12 finished
From Steve Weston ... Eight harriers made the trip out to Barley for a great day round Pendle. The weather was kind with just a bit of cold, wind and fog to contend with, but the going was tough in places. Great results from Jann Smith (3h04 3rd lady) and rising star Will Buckden (3h06). Good performances all round from Jonathan Sinclair, Steve Weston, John Hayes, Neil Smith, Dan (Short?) and Alison Weston.
John Hayes adds ... I had not run the Tour of Pendle race before. Now I have (as my sore legs keep reminding me). Pendle Hill is a great mountain (not a "hill" in my view despite its name). From a distance it is an imposing sight. It looks bit like one of the Three Peaks - similar both in size and appearance. But there is only one mountain not three. So how is it that a fell race which only goes over one mountain is so tough? After all, it is 18 miles long and involves nearly 5000 feet of climbing. The answer to this conundrum lies with the person who devised the route. With some ingenuity, the course of 11 controls makes the runners zig zag across the summit and up and down the sides (some of which are very steep). Six times one has to drop down a descent and then go up again. It is the fell running equivalent of a roller coaster. But in place of the roller coaster track is lots of mud to slide around on. All great fun even if (like a roller coaster) you are left feeling a bit wobbly and sick by the end of it all. I really enjoyed it and hope to be back again next year. It was good to see other Harriers there too. We had a good chat at the start but (apologies) I had to leave quickly at the end as I had a children's party to attend to. I was caked head to foot in mud and I thought I had better get home first for a shower otherwise I would be very muddy and smelly at the party. As it was, I arrived clean and the other parents looked on sympathetically as I hobbled around and took pity on me by feeding me lots of tea and lovely cakes - Just what I needed after a hard day in the fells...
And from Will Buckton the final A Long fell race of 2012, and marking the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials when 10 local people were executed for witchcraft. The clag was down for the start of the race, creating a haunting atmosphere! For the second half of the race the clouds dispersed leaving great views for miles around from the top of Pendle Hill. Thanks to Di Haggar for supporting at various points on the course with jelly babies and water and great to see a good number of Harriers out on the fells.
Results from CleM.
(1 2:27:01 Carl Bell, Howgill H) 92 3:04:22 Jann Smith 3rd lady 107 3:06:33 Will Buckton 151 3:16:16 Jonathan Sinclair 165 3:20:34 Steve Weston 196 3:27:58 Neil Smith 220 3:32:02 John Hayes 236 3:34:24 Alison Weston 239 3;34:58 Dan Hill 362 finished
Harrogate Stray 44 22:45 Norman Bush 94 26:49 Julie Elmes
Alison Eagle reports ... a lovely sunny day for Race 10, the last YVAA Grand Prix at Spenborough, 5 miles along fields and tracks
(1 34:79 Jacqui Khoueiry) 4 37:35 Alison Eagle 1st LV50
Congratulations to Alison who is the LV45 Champion in the 2012 YVAA Grand Prix
A report from Duncan Cooper ... The Lakeland Classics competition is based on the best three performances from 6 long and super long Cumbrian fell races, all of them toughies. There was a strong performance from Ilkley Harriers this year finishing 11th in the team competition. We also had 5 finishers in the individual competition with only two other clubs managing this many. A good base to build on for next year. Full results below.
Team: 1 Dark Peak, 287 pts 11 Ilkley, 172 pts Individual: 1 Rhys Findley-Robinson (Dark Peak) 64 Duncan Cooper 67 Alison Weston 72 Neil Smith 73 Brian Melia 84 Will Buckton
Spot the Harriers in these super piccies ... Jann Smith, Mark and Rebecca Mon-Williams, and Iain Gibbons...
Also great contributions to the team competition from Dave Wilby, Dick Waddington, Clare Smith, Bob Hamilton, Steve Weston, Chris Oxlake, Andrew Wilson, Alistair Barlow, Jonathan Sinclair and John Hayes.
From Mark Iley ... a trio of Harriers set off for another venture into Lancashire for a low key 10k race. It was a fine day as we set off and it turned out to be ideal conditions when we arrived for the race. A clear day, with some sunshine which helped to improve the temperature. We were expecting there to be a fair breeze as we were at the coast, but fortunately the breeze was only light.
The course was very flat as most of this was on the coastal path and promenade road, some would say ideal for racing and fast times. Unfortunately, a mix up on the entry meant that Eddie Irving did not take part in the race but did enjoy a leisurely stroll with an ex Harrier taking in the varied and pleasant scenery en-route. After the two minutes silence which followed a sermon like introduction David Brown and myself were off, along the coastal path. I set off at a decent pace looking like I was well up in the field, which give me a lift, I ran alongside a fellow V50 runner and kept tight with him for the first 4 miles and then started to pay for the fast early pace, having to let him get away, I tried to dig in to keep going to try and get a decent time, and some reward for the hard training which has been done in the past couple of months. I managed to hold on, the finish line couldn't come soon enough but a respectable and pleasing time was just reward.
David on the other hand had a struggle all the way, and on his pre Abbey Dash trial was disappointed in his time being just over 40 minutes. Better luck next week!
The trip was still enjoyed by all, and the talk was to come again next year to try to improve on this ideal fast course. Recommended to all Harriers.
(1 31:38 Paul Lockwood, Wakefield H) 12 37:52 Mark Iley 2nd V50 21 40:06 David Brown 3rd V45 552 ran
Results from CVFR:
(1 1:15:55 Tim Black, Calder Valley) 109 2:34:43 Graham Breeze 112 finished
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
1 18:08 Dave Wilby 5 22:28 Jacob Hellewell Jun MJ12 record 16 26:38 Jim Towers 22 32:14 Lyn Eden 23 finished
From Diane Haggar ...
A beautiful Autumn day in Nunroyd Park made for a very pleasant day of racing. However muddy conditions on the back field of the course made it a tough race. Despite a slightly depleted turn out the ladies managed to repeat 5th team placing. Sally Morley again led us in with 11th, Beth ran well to take 38th and Kate had a great run raising her position by 17 places to 45th. Sally Malir completed the scorers with a repeat of her previous position of 52nd. Alison B, Kelly and Julie E completed the line up.
Of the 6 entered ladies who did not run, only one contacted me with an apology. Could i take this opportunity to remind entered runners that this is a team event for which the club hjas paid your entry fee. If you can't run please contact Dave W or myself to offer your apologies. Next race Sat 24th Nov at Huddersfield.
Results from westyorkshireathletics.org.uk
Ladies (1 23:03 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth) 11 25:06 Sally Morley 38 27:18 Beth Massey 45 27:43 Kate Archer 52 28:15 Sally Malir 67 29:03 Kelly Harrison 69 29:09 Alison Bennett 130 36:13 Julie Elmes 135 finished 5th team out of 16 Men (1 32:45 James Walsh, Leeds City) 47 38:19 Lee Morley 50 38:22 Dave Wilby 108 41:20 Jim Ryder 119 42:05 Martin Archer 126 42:32 Nick Pearce 136 42:50 Ben Joynson 167 45:19 Arthur Reilly 184 46:49 Will Buckton 218 finished 14th team out of 21
A good turnout of juniors too and some excellent results again.
2 34:02 Tom Adams 39 45:46 Duncan Cooper 123 finished, riders and runners
We had quite a few Harriers in this, some photos on Woodentops.
(1 47:33 Liam Dunne, Otley) 2 48:29 Martin Archer 5 52:49 Richard Joel 7 53:31 Will Buckton 8 53:37 Bradley Chapman 10 54:05 Dick Waddington 17 58:05 John Hayes 26 59:34 Paul Stephens 36 62:20 Ian Marshall 38 62:28 Jon Dillon 51 66:09 Nicole Dillon 57 68:34 Martin Wright 75 73:03 Peter Lewis 97 79:09 Paul Sugden 103 81:05 Sue Bickerdike 119 finished
Another bumper turnout of 600+ children, in the 2nd race in the series, this one hosted by Westville House School, at the Rugby Club. Results on our Junior Pages.
From Henry Heavisides ... the course for the Bradford Lister Park Parkrun is very different to the one at Leeds Hyde Park which I ran last week. It has wide well surfaced paths so congestion isn't a problem & there's no mud. The main challenge however is the hill which is climbed 3 times, then an extra uphill section at the end. I finished 5th a few seconds slower than last week.
Quick reminder that this course is a IH Race League counter, on 22 Dec
Bradford Lister Park 5 19:09 Henry Heavisides Leeds Hyde Park 306 31:25 Lyn Towers South Manchester 4 9:05 Rob Cunningham
From George Elmes ... went across to watch Julie run this morning. It was absolutely freezing but very picturesque around the castle with the thick mist swirling around it. Saw a number of Ikley vests out competing.
Julie again continued her steady improvement during the course of this year knocking off nearly 8mins of her previous PB on this course.
Results from ukresults.net ...
(1 54:56 Jack Simpson, Leeds) 46 1:05:53 Jamie Hutchinson 59 1:07:32 Jonathan Sinclair 1st V50 78 1:09:20 Andrew Merrick 307 1:23:13 William Worboys 382 1:26:50 Helen Horton 383 1:26:50 Nigel Tapper 478 1:32:27 Sue Bickerdike 562 1:36:44 Julie Elmes 577 1:37:15 Judith Scarfe 632 1:40:19 Michelle Snow 794 finished
See the IH Race League update.
From Andrew Sheldon ... Went across for this race quite hopeful following on from Berlin. The conditions on the day were excellent, sunny, cold air, with hardly any wind. Most of the race was on dry road and path, although there is a mile or so of slightly muddy trail that had to be traversed on the way out and again on the return. It is mostly flat, a bit of incline between 6 and 8 miles but it's okay. My time cut half a minute or so off previous best, but I found it much harder going than expected, finishing in 1.37.58
(1 1:11:32 Iain Quinn, Barrow & Furness Striders AC) 115 1:37:58 Andrew Sheldon
Ben Joynson reports ... I finished 16th out of 46 in the male solo class with a score of 475. The results were very close with only a few check points separating the top 20. A good first race and looking forward to the next. Open 5
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
1 18:40 Dave Wilby 3 19:29 Euan Brennan Jun MJ11 record 8 22:15 Kelly Harrison record 9 22:33 Jacob Hellewell Jun MJ12 record 11 22:54 Tilly Melechi Jun 24 29:06 Lana Melechi Jun FJ10 record 25 29:06 Toni Melechi 28 30:31 Emma Payne 37 finished
From Will Buckton ... B Short - 10km/350m climb A fast muddy run out to Stoodley Pike and back, with a big climb on the way back! Results from Tod Harriers ...
(1 44:56 Karl Gray CVFR) 20 50:39 Martin Archer 59 56:23 Jim Ryder 60 56:27 Will Buckton 195 1h09:52 Graham Breeze 206 1h11:03 Kelly Harrison 264 finished
From Henry Heavisides ... Parkruns continue to grow. At Leeds Hyde Park this morning there were 361 runners and there are now more than 150 Parkruns around the country, all offering free 5k races at 9am. In addition there are Parkruns in 9 other countries. Conditions weren't ideal today in Leeds, it was cold, wet & muddy underfoot in places & so many runners on narrow paths making it very congested. I finished 15th in 19:00.
Bradford Lister Park 34 22:18 Chris Cunningham 93 25:28 Tom Jackson 129 27:29 Janet Smith 214 33:17 Lauren Jackson Burnley 41 23:51 Diane Haggar Harrogate Stray 87 25:49 Eric Morley Leeds Hyde Park 15 19:00 Henry Heavisides 144 24:14 John Marshall Leeds Roundhay 19 21:14 Geoffrey Howard
|Caz Farrow||1st lady at Rivington Trail Half marathon then ran in our Ian Hodgson team the next day||Also nominated:
Tilly Melechi - first lady at Beefy's Nab fell race and setting a new ladies record at Run Sunday! (NB HoM rules do not allow juniors to receive the award, and we needed to consider recent precedents for this, but congratulations on her nomination.)
Helen Horton - fabulous FV50 time for her first marathon in Berlin 3.47.54 which will earn her a good for age place in London Marathon. Solid commitment to training and great determination despite injuries. (September)
Ian Rowbotham - 4th in the Para P Company Challenge (September)
Jamie Hutchinson - won the Harewood 5
Lee Morley - top results incl, 8th Gt Whernside, 19th Withins, 57th WYXC, FRA and Ian Hodgson Relays
Bradley Chapman - strong team runs at FRA and Ian Hodgson Relays
|Will Buckton||For steadily-improving results incl, 30th Gt Whernside, 49th Withins, 116th WYXC, Langdale Horseshoe|
Earlier Harriers of the Month ...
From Henry Heavisides ... There was lots of mud and also a few hills for the Harewood trail races, there were 2 miles, 5 miles & 10 miles options. Ben Joynson was first Ilkley Harrier to finish in the 10 miles race, with a few of us getting bogged down somewhere behind him. Provisional results from Valley Striders
10 mile (1 59:36 Daniel Jenkin, Durham City Harriers) 40 71:04 Ben Joynson 63 74:02 Henry Heavisides 93 76:59 Richard Reeve 122 79:37 Kate Archer 167 84:38 Andrew Jackson 181 85:48 Alison Bennett 245 94:12 Paul Sugden 363 finished 5 mile 1 32:22 Jamie Hutchinson 6 36:04 Geoff Howard 65 50:30 Sally Wright 82 53:47 Andrew Bennett 107 finished 2 mile (juniors) 1 12:27 Euan Brennan 6 13:25 Dominic Coy 30 15:43 Jordan Ince 31 15:43 Jeremy Ince 41 16:21 Poppy Anderson 53 17:16 Molly Pearson 125 finished
The 10 mile race was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League
Martin Wright reports ... When the organisers say a course is undulating and the weathermen say there will be heavy rain and wind, perhaps you should listen. However, with the lactic and the hypothermia now abated, I would say it was well organised and surprising well supported. Good day out but no surprise that it was won by a fish!
( 1 2:21:33 Ben Fish Blackburn Harriers) 415 3:53:01 Martin Wright 776 4:27:27 John Marshall 1132 finished
Mark Hall reports ... this week I headed south to take part in the well established Worksop Half Marathon. With more than 2000 runners it attracts a quality field. Once again, this is not a PB course, with a big part of the route taking in the undulating Clumber Park. I finished 14th overall in a time of 75 mins and 39 seconds (1st MV50). The race was won by Stuart Spencer of Notts AC in 69mins 13seconds.
Mark's run beats the Club V50 Club Record of 81:31 set by Henry Heavisides at the 2010 Brass Monkey, and the 79:21 V45 record set by Jonathan Sinclair at the 2007 GNR.
Just a few Harriers in this KCAC event:
(1 52:51 Lee Athersmith, Bingley 96 77:09 John Coates 110 80:46 Graham Breeze 168 finished
From Dave Wilby ... I was fortunate enough to team up with Steve Birkinshaw for this years OMM. Steve won the Dragons Back race in September and has a very long list of previous KIMM/OMM Elite podium finishes including 7 wins, so I knew I was in for a hard time. Setting off at a good pace we made pretty good progress early on, as we attempted to negotiate the 39km/3100m (Elite Course, Ed) Day 1 route via long grassy contours, steep climbs and some frozen tussocks. For the first few hours I was holding my own and I was shovelling chocolate bars down my neck at a rate of knots trying to fuel the fire, but once we'd gone past half way and crossed Wild Boar Fell, I was struggling to hold on up the long tussocky climbs. Finally with just 20 minutes left to the finish the elastic snapped for good, my body started to give up and I couldn't even see straight. Steve took both packs while I flailed behind desperately trying not to hold him up too much. Our efforts had left us in a not too bad 4th place after 6:48hrs, but with a disappointing gap of 40 minutes to the leading pair. However, overnight Steve's knee swelled up worryingly and by the morning he could barely hobble round the camp. We did set off but retired within a few hundred yards, neither of us wanting to risk pushing on only to see him end up with a more serious injury. Although it was really disappointing not to get the opportunity to press on for a high place finish, it was a great experience competing with Steve, and opened my eyes to what's required to really make that next step up in MM's. Hopefully next year will bring another opportunity.
From John Hayes ...
Sarah and I last ran the OMM together (then, of course, the KIMM) back in 1989. We were students at the time. By coincidence, it was in the Howgill Fells then also. One thing I remember very clearly is both of us resolving at the end NEVER to run it TOGETHER again. I don't remember this being the consequence of squabbling. Rather, it was the pain, the horrid weather and the endless contouring.
23 years later, we broke our (very sensible) pact and headed up to this year's event to do the medium score. Some things don't change. It was freezing cold on the first day and wet and misty on day two. The endless contouring was still there to haunt us. Either that or you had to go up and over - just as bad. But despite this we had a great time and surprised ourselves by coming 85th. And in the process I have discovered something that has eluded me all these years - the secret of successful navigation. It is to go slowly. Years and years of running around like a maniac have done me no good at all in orienteering events. I overshoot flags, get lost or run 180 degrees in the wrong direction. But when forced to go at a more steady pace I concentrate on the map. And - hey presto - we never got lost at all.
There are some other changes since 1989. Portaloos instead of a communal trench. Competitors crammed into tiny weeny tents made out of (?) crepe paper and weighing not much more than a Mars bar. And (an unwelcome change) the sound of pop music from an iPhone carried by "Wayne", our "neighbour" at the overnight camp. Wayne, it turned out, was doing the medium score too. Whilst Sarah asked him politely to switch his music off, I just scowled at him. We don't cover ourselves in mud, get exhausted, put a tent up in the rain on a slope and sit eating packet soup only to experience the same kind of pop music you find blaring out (sadly) on most modern day campsites. And so when poor Wayne got disqualified on day 2, I wasn't too sad. Was this wrong of me? Probably.
From Rachel Hagan ...
The last time Paddy and I entered a mountain marathon together was in 2008, the ill-fated Lake District OMM when we'd struggled through gale-force winds and nearly been washed away in a swollen river – only to arrive at the overnight camp to find that the event had been abandoned. So we were in no hurry to do another one, until we heard this year's OMM was in those lovely, almost local, Howgills. That'll be a nice couple of days away, we thought.
What we'd forgotten was that the Howgills are extremely steep, smooth-sided, and have very few paths - with controls fiendishly placed to make competitors do the maximum up and down in order to gain any points!
We'd entered the medium score, on the understanding that we could at least keep going even if we were dead slow. As it was, the weather was beautiful on Day 1 and we had quite a spring in our step as we yomped across the frosty slopes, admiring the stunning views across to the Lakes. We even managed to run for the last half-hour to make it to the overnight camp in time.
Day 2 dawned murky and drizzly, and we spent what felt like hours sinking in bogs and trying to avoid the steeper hills (fat chance). After 4 hours, I'd had enough, and Paddy was literally having to haul me up the slopes with a handy piece of rope he'd found on the hillside. We finished early, legs like boards, and depressed to see that everyone else seemed to be moving much faster.
Revived by a cup of soup and warm bus ride to the event centre, we were delighted to discover we had finished 4th mixed vets. We might even be persuaded to do another one now!
Some results below ... any other Harriers in the full results?
B class 27 12:42:45 Outi Kamarainen + 1, 2nd female pair C Class 4 9:08:53 Peter & Florence Haines, 1st mixed pair, 1st parent/child Medium Score class 64 10:21:18 365 points Rachel & Paddy Hagan 85 10:17:19 325 John & Sarah Hayes 111 12:04:05 303 Rachael & Kevin Gooch
(1 32:20 Ian Holmes, Bingley) 8 34:22 Lee Morley 30 40:50 Will Buckton 32 41:01 Bradley Chapman 43 42:44 Richard Joel 65 45:19 Bob Hamilton 88 50:58 Alison Weston 116 finished
Bradford Lister Park 20 21:24 Richard Hinsley 44 23:39 William Worboys 138 30:36 Charlie Smith 140 30:41 Janet Smith
Thanks to Paul O'Looney for organising an exploratory run over the new slab paths on Ilkley Moor this morning. The two Ilkley Cycling Club members who joined us (welcome!) ran well, must be something in this cycling lark ... Lots of photos on our Facebook Group page.
After feedback at last week's social we'll try to introduce a little more order to affairs on Tuesday nights ...
We'll try rolling out these changes over the next few weeks, but will do what we can tonight.
Will Buckton reports ... another glorious day and an excellent turnout of Harriers for the first Woodentops fell race of the season. Quite a few were running on the back of the WYXC with Jack Wood again taking 1st Harrier, with more tape required for his shoes! Lee Morley also made the top 20 and Jann Smith continued her run of form with 3rd lady. Bradley finished covered head to toe in mud after falling into all the bogs! Great support on the course for the 300+ runners with a Curly Wurly for everyone.
Results from woodentops.org.uk ... (photos too).
(1 42:32 Ian Holmes, Bingley) 10 47:56 Jack Wood 19 49:27 Lee Morley 49 54:16 Will Buckton 68 56:03 Nick Pearce 73 56:20 Steve Weston 74 56:21 Toni Melechi 107 58:43 Bradley Chapman 115 59:26 Jann Smith 3rd lady 124 59:59 Neil Smith 156 62:40 Sarah Haines 164 63:20 Alistair Wood 190 65:13 Alison Weston 260 74:09 Sue Morley 268 76:03 Sophie Brown 301 93:12 Julie Elmes 303 finished
Ilkley's ladies took the team prize!
Lots of good junior results too, with 25 children running, more details on the junior pages.
From Mark Hall ... we travelled into Lancashire today to try a new event, the Accrington 10k road race, which according to the entry form was fast. Beth informed me that this was very unlikely due to the fact that it was in Accrington. Choosing to ignore her (I should have known better as women are always right!!!) we went ahead anyway. To briefly sum up the course, 4 miles uphill, 2 miles downhill - no fast bits! Beth (Massey) had a very good run to finish 2nd lady (1st FV40) in 40:42 and Mark finished 2nd male (1st MV50) in a disappointing 34:56 having hoped for a faster run out in preparation for the Abbey Dash.
(1 34:44 Jonathan Ferguson, Rossendale Tri) 2 34:56 Mark Hall 24 40:42 Beth Massey 189 finished
Henry Heavisides comments ... this has broken one of the longer-standing Club records, Paddy Holmes' 35.25 from the 1989 Ribble Valley race.
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
(1 19:05 Duncan Burgess, Skyrac) 8 23:44 Graham Breeze 24 finished
From Dave Westhead ... A sunny afternoon for the first cross country of the season in Wetherby, and an excellent turn out from Ilkley runners. With one or two of the regulars for this series out injured it was great to see some new young runners and some fell runners who don't normally turn out in muddy parks. A great team result and an excellent start to the season.
Will Buckton adds ... A great turnout of Harriers for the first XC of the season and my first one ever! It was very warm for late October with good conditions underfoot. Two short laps of a rugby field sorted the pack into order before three long undulating laps of the bigger field. Well done to everyone who ran for Ilkley especially Jack Wood who was first Harrier in the men's race in his old taped up fell shoes! It was a great experience to take part in such a big event and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Results from westyorkshireathletics.org.uk:
Ladies (1 20:25 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth) 9 21:50 Sally Morley 32 23:38 Beth Massey 34 23:51 Emma Barclay 52 24:55 Sally Malir 60 25:20 Alison Eagle 62 25:22 Kate Archer 80 26:42 Kelly Harrison 122 32:40 Julie Elmes 126 37:40 Lyn Eden 126 finished 5th out of 16 teams Men (1 28:36 James Walsh, Leeds City) 32 32:17 Jack Wood 48 33:00 Dave Wilby 57 33:19 Lee Morley 105 35:40 Steve Weston 106 35:43 Mark Iley 116 36:11 Will Buckton 124 36:27 Nick Pearce 143 37:50 Ben Joynson 172 40:03 Bradley Chapman 208 52:49 Jim Towers 209 finished 11th out of 17 teams
In addition 32 juniors ran, with some excellent team results.
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League
Harrogate 22 20:41 Geoff Howard 98 25:27 Eric Morley Leeds Hyde Park 118 23:18 William Worboys Bradford Lister Park 48 22:29 Chris Cunningham
From Clare Smith ...
We were lucky to have another fantastic sunny day for the relays in Church
Stretton today. Our 3 teams ran really well and there was a wonderful
atmosphere, with everyone being very supportive of all their team mates.
Thanks to all who ran for the Club!.
Results from Sportident.
(1 3:16:25 Mercia FR) 21 4:00:20 Bradley Chapman/Dave Wilby/Mark Mon-Williams/Jack Wood/ Lee Morley/Martin Archer 91 4:55:56 Alison Eagle/Kate Archer/Jann Smith/Alison Weston/ Rebecca Mon-Williams/Sally Morley 130 5:40:17 Alison Bennett/Outi Kamarainen/Natalie Curtiss/Val Kerr/ Clare Smith/Kelly Harrison 151 teams finished
Photos by Alison Weston and others on FlickR
Heavisides Henry reports ... three of us travelled over to Selby for what I believe was the first running of the Wistow 10k. The course is totally flat on very quiet country lanes, the only thing that stopped it being a fast 10k was the wind that seemed to appear from nowhere halfway through the race. Beth Massey was 3rd lady.
(1 33:23 Darran Bilton, Leeds) 19 37:58 Henry Heavisides 2nd V50 32 40:05 Nick Pearce 33 40:15 Beth Massey 2nd F40 214 finished
Sally Wright reports ... I travelled back to my home town for my first half marathon. Was a surprisingly scenic course mainly on country lanes except the beginning and end but lots of hills provided a challenge along the way. Anyway finished in 2hours 13
Hector Haines won this 16 mile/6,200' Scottish race, though in the colours of his Scottish club. Results ...
1 2:27:37 Hector Haines 143 3:46:42 Peter Haines 200 4:10:06 Sarah Haines 250 finished
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
(1 18:31 Jonathan Forey) 6 19:57 Toni Melechi 9 22:18 Tilly Melechi New Ladies Record! 13 24:09 Graham Breeze 42 finished
Alistair Barlow reports ...
Had a fantastic day in the Lakes running in the Langdale Horseshoe along with several other Harriers. After a grey and misty start we emerged into the sunshine and glorious views on Thunacar Knott. Conditions improved through the race although the perfect visibility didn't stop me falling waist deep into a mossy bog on the way to Stake Pass ... all part of the fun! I made it a hat trick of falls with two further stumbles on the tough going from Esk Hause to Ore gap. I just about managed to keep the legs going on the long and sunny descent from Pike O' Blisco to finish in 2:55. Dick Waddington, utilising some running lines he'd reccied the week before, finished shortly after in 3:02 - 30 minutes quicker than last year. Will Buckton and Jonathan Sinclair finished in about 3:15, Will after an unintended excursion around Crinkle Crags.
At the start there was a minute's silence followed by applause in memory of Darren Holloway ... a nice touch.
John Hayes adds ...
This is a great race. It has big climbs, some interesting route choice and a friendly atmosphere amongst the runners. Most of the route is on classic mountain terrain with only a few sections spoiled by paved footways. But I will say no more about them (please add your comments to the forum if - like me - you are dismayed by those intent on paving over our favourite fell-running routes).
In the race I set off slowly and having stumbled up the long climb for the first few miles I then plunged into a bog. This seems to happen to me each time I'm up there. I may wear swimming trunks next year. Feeling cold and wet my spirits lifted when I noticed almost the entire field was off course whilst snaking up the steep valley side towards Angle Tarn. I took the better line and cheered up considerably as I overtook all of the runners who had passed me when I was waist deep in the bog... After then I felt much better. I didn't get lost (like last year) on Crinkle Crags and (being a wimp) I avoided the "bad step" completely - a good move as not only is it scary but it had a queue. At Red Tarn there was one climb to go (over Pike O'Blisco). Special thanks go here to Helen Waddington and Jane McCarthy who were there cheering on myself and other Ilkley runners (including Dick Waddington who had a brilliant race). Jane offered me an energy gel (that I had given her at the start) which I politely declined. However, the runner behind me gratefully took it from her. Unfortunately, these gels seem to have magic effects and he skipped past me on the way to the finish. In some small way, therefore, I contributed to my relatively lowly finishing position!
Results from the Ambleside AC website ...
(1 2:13:14 Ben Abdelnoor, Ambleside) 68 2:55:40 Alistair Barlow 85 3:02:37 Dick Waddington 114 3:09:49 Jonathan Sinclair 144 3:21:28 Will Buckton 207 3:35:08 John Hayes 249 3:53:42 Andrew Wilson 291 finished
From Jann Smith ... this was the last BOFRA Championship race of a season of 16 races which runs from May to October. A brutal climb up and back down the extremely steep and rocky Kirk Fell next to Scafell Pike. BOFRA take the results of your best 8 races to calculate overall Championship points. Mark Mon-Williams was also there but unfortunately had to pull out due to bad asthma near the top. This was my first year attempting these short and very sharp technical races. Kirsty Hall from Wharfedale won the senior women's title overall with me 2nd and Rebecca Mon-Williams 3rd. Both Iain Gibbons and Mark Mon-Williams were around the top ten mark in the men's and the juniors were well represented, so overall some great results for the Club.
(1 37:19 Alastair Dunn, Helm Hill) 6 40:34 Iain Gibbons 24 54:14 Jann Smith 2nd lady, 1st F40 46 finished
Well done to Jann who followed this with a run in our team at the UKA Relays in Shropshire, what a star! Paul
Well done to Julie Elmes whose Harrogate Parkrun 25:31 was a PB by 34s!
Harrogate 41 21:52 Norman Bush 110 25:31 Julie Elmes Leeds Hyde Park 163 24:41 John Marshall Bradford Lister Park 174 29:42 Martyn Pearson 183 30:37 Molly Pearson 184 30:38 Debbie Pearson
At the 2012 Annual General Meeting (postponed from 25th September) a new Committee was elected for 2012-2013, and the proposal to increase membership subs for 2012/2013 by £5/person (and £15 if you wish to compete on track or field) was agreed.
Quick report from Clare Smith ... a fantastic day in the Lakes at the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relays where our
men's team came in 10th overall, and the girls were 4th ladies' team.
Superb! Thanks to everyone for running.
Results on Sportident
1 3:37:44 Borrowdale 10 4:10:47 Bradley Chapman & Martin Archer, Lee Morley & Jack Wood, Iain Gibbons & Mark Mon-Williams, Dave Wilby & Tom Adams 38 5:01:23 Sally Morley & Caz Farrow, Kate Archer & Jann Smith, Alison Weston & Nicky Jaquiery, Andrea Priestley & Tracey Greenway 64 teams
More of Alison Weston's photos on FlickR
Spotted just one Harrier, Norman Bush, but he was in the (mixed club) winning team in this BOFRA event
(1 21:19 Joseph Crossfiled, Halifax) 12 23:58 Toni Melechi 27 27:43 Tilly Melechi 36 30:06 Graham Breeze 48 finishers
(1 1:12:32 Martyn Bean, Help A Capital Child) 4400 1:56:05 Alison Ricci 11762 finished
Alison Eagle reports ... a lovely start uphill in muddy woods onto road & track then back into the muddy woods. As usual well organised, friendly race. One more to go! yvaa.org
(1 41:18 Julie Field, Stainland) 3 43:11 Alison Eagle, 1st LV50 81 finished
From Rob Cunningham ... a really well organised event, course takes you round the city before heading out onto mainly country lanes, crossing the border into Wales before returning along the River Dee to a grandstand finish at the racecourse. Near perfect conditions on the day, results ...
(1 2:28:46 Ray Ward, Hunters Bog Trotters) 143 3:08:20 Rob Cunningham 727 3:45:15 Crispian Batstone? 3199 finished
Interesting note ... Ray Ward's wife Clare used to be in t'Harriers!
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
(1 17:52 Thomas Midgley, Otley AC) 3 22:16 Andrew Jackson 39 ran
Rebecca Mon-Williams reports ... Mountain Marathons held in October are usually (in my mind) associated with grey skies, lashing rain and swirling mist ... this was NOT the case with this weekend's RAB held in the Cheviots, Northumberland. Two days of glorious sunshine with magnificent scenery and beautiful running made for a great event. The overnight campsite was huddled in the midst of tall, soft, rounded hills and the hard frost in the morning was a small price to pay (now!) for the wonderful sunset and sunrise in clear skies. Competent but relaxed organisation and friendly atmosphere make this an event which many would enjoy.
Standard Class (1 680 10:39:30 Daniel Gooch) 57 425 10:48:48 Sue Booth and Rebecca Mon-Williams (1st Ladies team) 100 370 11:02:46 Kevin and Rachael Gooch 231 teams
Mark Iley reports ...
Three fine and svelte-like Ilkley Veterans travelled down to Graves Park, Sheffield for the Northern Athletics XC championship fresh from their recent success in the Road Relay event in Saltaire hoping for another podium placing.
Conditions were perfect on this fine afternoon. First to set off was new recruit to the team, Nick Pearce, who ran a fine first leg for this 2 mile cross country park run, placing the team 6th in our V50 category with his time of 13:30. Nick handed over to Mark Iley who ran a fast leg at 13:10 improving the team to 5th, handing over to anchorman, Eddie Irving, who ran a good leg too, finishing in 13:12 and improving us to 4th, and only 2 secs behind the 3rd place. So close! A good trip nevertheless.
V50 category 1 37:09 Sheffield AC 2 38:23 Loftus & Whitby 3 39:50 Rotherham 4 39:52 Ilkley Harriers
From Caz Farrow ... I was first lady in 1hr 40mins (no official results yet) Would have been fairly good hilly trail, were it not for the huge amounts of recent rain reducing it to bog in part!
Ben Joynson was 37th from 279 finishers, time 1h12.
Harrogate Stray 17 20:20 Geoff Howard 39 22:61 Phil Hirst Bradford Lister Park 126 27:22 Janet Smith Leeds Hyde Park 31 19:59 Will Buckton 32 20:01 Ken Souyave
Over 600 Primary School chlidren ran in the first race in this year's League, co-ordinated by Ilkley Harriers' Shirley Wood, and with many Harriers parents and grandparents! involved. Results on the junior pages
|Helene Whittaker||For her Dragon's Back achievement! 200 miles & 50,000ft of ascent - 4th overall||Also nominated: Dave Wilby for 4th in the Three Shires fell race; Jamie Hutchinson for a great effort in his first Ironman; Gaenor Coy for her first Half Ironman; Paul Sugden for his impressive PB at the Berlin Marathon and structured training regime.|
|Sue Bickerdike||For her sub 4 hour Berlin Marathon (PB) and her dedication and her walk/run strategy in achieving it|
Earlier Harriers of the Month ...
Good luck to the many Harriers running! Results from www.bmw-berlin-marathon.com
5487 3:27:21 David Brown 5863 3:28:34 Paul O'Looney 6127 3:29:18 Alex Hirst 7951 3:36:53 Nigel Tapper 8512 3:39:08 Stephen Rhodes 8731 3:39:54 Andrew Sheldon 8934 3:40:51 Keith Wood F1042 3:45:55 Jane Bryant F1184 3:47:54 Helen Horton 10768 3:47:54 Andrew Merrick F1195 3:48:07 Jane McCarthy 11194 3:49:27 David Howe 13707 3:57:27 Dougie Scarfe F2080 3:59:32 Sue Bickerdike 14797 4:00:23 Martin Wright F2330 4:02:41 Anna Nolan 16901 4:10:10 Paul Sugden PB 15377 4:02:39 Phil Hirst F5150 4:38:33 Jacqui Weston F6785 5:09:29 Emma O'Looney
Results from Horsforth Harriers ...
(1 33:59 Shaun Dimelow, Barnsley) 16 36:57 Matthew Cox 68 41:28 Caz Farrow 594 finished
Jamie Hutchinson reports on ... my first iron distance triathlon. Based in Campo di Marina, Elba off the Tuscan coast. Starting at 7am with a 2.4 mile swim, two laps of the bay including a short run onto the beach after the first lap. Really enjoyed the swim, just beautiful setting off in semi darkness, then sun rising on the second lap. Onto the bike and 3 laps of the western part of the island, with two substantial climbs thrown in for extra fun, making 112 miles. Off the bike and just the marathon to do, five laps and thankfully pretty flat. After lap 1 we were treated to a thunderstorm and downpour lasting until the start of my last lap and flooding part of the course! Finished just before 8pm - 12 hours 50 mins.
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
(1 19:02 Jonathan Forey) 5 22:01 Andrew Jackson, V50 Run Sunday record 19 ran
From Mark Iley Eddie Irving and I headed off late afternoon to go to this fast and flat 5k over the border, in Lancahire. Conditions were good, dry and only a little breeze. A small but select and good quality field was there including some excellent vets, who were well up the field well ahead of myself and Eddie.
Eddie ran solidly but was suffering from the speed session on Thursday, so there was no second gear tonight! I ran steadily keeping Eddie in my sights for just about the whole race, and also trying to beat the time I did last month on the same course, which I achieved, but by only 1 second.
Decent times were achieved, but definitely a "can do better next time" was said by both. Results:
1 14:56 Danny Parkinson, Kendal AC) 28 18:23 Eddie Irving 29 18:28 Mark Iley 71 ran
Results from CleM
(1 35:53 Andy Brown, Clayton) 73 48:27 Graham Breeze 1st V65 110 53:58 Sue Morley 1st F55 118 finished
See the Woodentops photos
Harrogate Stray 97 26:18 Julie Elmes Bradford Lister Park 115 27:56 Janet Smith Middlesborough Albert Park 80 24:57 John Marshall
The Tennis Club closed mid-morning because Stourton Road and the back car park were flooded. By late afternoon the flooding had reached a peak (see photo). Thanks to those who organised alternative Tuesday night runs. To avoid causing damage, Neil's Thursday night training will be on the football fields on Denton Rd instead - see forums.
Ee, the nights are drawing in, so the Thursday 7pm session has moved down off the moor on to the grass at ILT&SC this week 20th September.
A quick reminder that you need to wear something bright/white/reflective on the evening training runs to make yourself as visible as possible to vehicle drivers. Course, you all know that ...
NEW! See the new 'strength, conditioning and flexibility course' run by Nikos starting 3rd October, details on the forums
Aged 15-18? Check out the details here for new training sessions on Tuesday nights from September 11 for young runners aged 15+, with a roundup of all the training opportunities available to you.
From John Hayes ...
Another large turnout from Ilkley Harriers for the UK's premier triathlon event.
This is always a great day out with many spectators lining the route and cheering people on.
Every year I ponder buying a road bike to improve my cycle time (my weakest event). But then I wonder if I would go any faster down Curly Hill as (unlike other riders who whizz past me at high speed) I apply my brakes most of the way down. Put simply, I am a bit of a wimp on my bike.
This year, my brother Peter suffered a last minute bike malfunction. This was caused by my dad "helping" him shortly before the start by blowing up his tyres very hard (so hard that they popped!). This resulted in Peter borrowing Sarah's road bike. In consequence, his cycle time was much faster than previous years and he beat me (although I confess his swim and run time were also better and I don't think he used the road bike for them). Intense sibling rivalry, therefore, will enter the equation when I ponder the "road bike purchase question" as next year's race approaches. JD Cycles take note...
The only other way of improving my chances overall would be to shift the swim from the indoor pool to the wonderful refreshing waters of the Lido, That change - combined with a strict "no wetsuit" rule - would suit me fine as a Lido enthusiast. I also think that using the Lido would add further to the excitement for the spectators who could line the Lido edges cheering rather than (as now) cramming into the tiny viewing area inside.
Anyway, here are the results from www.lbt.org.uk (quite a few other Harriers there running under Tri club names etc.):
Teams: (1 53:54 All Terrain Cycles) 5 1:02:04 Team Miley incl. Mark Iley 17 1:17:07 JLI - juniors Joanne and Lucy Williamson & Iso Hirst Individuals (1 55:21 Jonathan Dudley, LBT) 91 1:11:10 Phil Judd 116 1:14:05 John Hayes 124 1:15:44 Anna Barlow 170 1:19:37 Richard Shuttleworth 182 1:20:26 Naomi Elliott 225 1:26:18 Alison Frost 228 1:26:41 Hilda Coulsey 241 1:29:34 Sarah Hayes 274 1:36:29 Helen Culshaw 281 1:38:11 Stewart Taylor 297 1:43:53 Sue Morley 312 teams and individuals finished
From Mark Iley ... Team Miley (Melissa Iley, Bob Hamilton and Mark Iley - 2 M Iley's and Bob) were out again in force for the team's 3rd running in this popular event. My daughter Melissa (16) was first off in the swim, with big expectations, she swam slightly faster than last year doing 8:26 for the swim and pool exit, she handed over to super vet, and action man, Bob Hamilton, who set off for the bike ride with the drizzle beginning to fall. This hampered Bob's efforts particularly on the downhill sections of Curly Hill, with care required. Despite this Bob's time was only a minute slower than last year, at 32:31, he then handed over to me, for the anchor leg of the run which was one lap of the bike course. A solid leg was run bringing the threesome home for a gallant effort. Finishing 5th team and 19th overall, a good effort by all - bring it on for next year!
Newsflash (more later, on the Junior pages): our juniors won 3 medals at the Yorkshire Combined Championships in track and field. ('Combined' means multiple T&F events.) In the U17's (8 events) Harry Maslen is Yorkshire Champion and Gold medallist, Dan Judkowski was Silver medallist. Roisin Ramage was U13 Yorkshire Champion and Gold medallist, with 3 events. Superb!
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
(1 19:17 Duncan Burgess, Skyrac) 2 19:47 Will Buckton 17 28:29 Emma Payne 27 ran
Nick Pearce reports from ... the 2012 running of this classic race up England's highest peak. The course this year was altered because of access problems on the fields around Wasdale head, adding over a km to the normal 7.2km course with 914m of ascent. I was 30th and second V55 in a time of 1:22:40, with winner Martin Mikkelson-Baron finishing in 1:03:53, 99 finished.
I was pleased to finish 3rd in the 2012 "King of the Mountains" competition for the fastest runners in the Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike races, behind Mark McGoldrick of Wharfedale and Stephen Smithies of Calder Valley. www.cfra.co.uk
Will Buckton reports ... on this BM 19.5km/906m fell race. A lovely clear, sunny day for Yorkshire's highest mountain race with stunning views of the Dales and beyond. After Whernside the route takes in a steep climb up Great Coum before a great run in back to Dent. I just missed out on a sub 2 hour run by 10 seconds.
Alistair Barlow adds ... Several Harriers out in beautiful Dentdale today for the Whernside race - a 12 mile route over very runnable ground (for those good enough!). Fantastic conditions with stunning views over the Dales, Howgills and Morecambe Bay made it a day to remember. Will Buckton, Jack Wood and I all finished around the 2 hour mark, one or two other Harriers also there. This was Will's first fell race a year ago and he was a full 10 mins quicker this year - chapeau! Full results here, Woodheads also spotted so some photos here.
(1 1h37:49 Paul Webb, U/A) 36 1h58:03 Alistair Barlow 43 2h00:10 Will Buckton 47 2h00:57 Jack Wood 54 2h02:05 Daniel Hill 131 finished
From Jez Hellewell... A beautiful day for the inaugural running of this event. Taking in the various reservoirs up The Washburn Valley. The 2 things I learnt today were:
1. Always do a recce.
2. Never throw the towel in!
I got horribly lost very early on with another small group of runners. They were doing the 14 & me the 20. I ended up doing 21.62 miles. I was very tempted to drop down to the 14 & wait for my wife & Jacob who were doing the 14. Instead, I decided to push hard & try to claw back as many places as possible. I eventually took the lead with about 4 miles to go & managed a very unexpected win in 2H46! Saw quite a few Harriers out at the start, my 12 year old son included. Results fom RunAlong.net ...
20 mile run 1 2:46:47 Jez Hellewell 49 3:41:35 Adela Reperecki 56 3:58:00 John Coates 67 ran 14 mile run (1 2:08:37 Simon Barker, Valley Striders) 29 2:43:28 Kate Archer 51 ran
Harrogate Stray 101 26:11 Julie Elmes Leeds Hyde Park 41 20:02 Ken Souyave 51 20:18 Geoffrey Howard Roundhay Park 38 22:48 Graham Breeze
(1 59:06 Wilson Kipsang, Kenya) 359 1:24:48 Rob Cunningham 2809 1:38:47 David Howe 3797 1:41:26 Chris Cunningham 5031 1:44:15 Tim Ratcliffe 5303 1:44:53 Hilda Coulsey 6186 1:46:37 Christine Cox 6225 1:46:43 Dougie Scarfe 11361 1:55:23 Caroline Morley 12140 1:56:27 Mollie Robinson 15165 2:00:38 Charlotte Smithson 15212 2:00:41 Robert Morse 18099 2:05:24 Judith Scarfe 18188 2:05:32 Sue Williamson 20820 2:09:40 Sam Gibbons 30195 2:27:36 Mike Picken 33819 2:38:27 Rachel Cunningham
Results of this local BOFRA race ...
(1 19:08 Jack Simpson, Leeds) 18 22:19 Iain Gibbons 23 22:53 Mark Mon-Williams 24 23:00 Bradley Chapman 33 24:15 Will Buckton 39 24:54 Ben Joynson 43 25:42 Rebecca Mon-Williams 1st lady 44 25:45 Jann Smith 2nd lady 68 29:26 Graham Breeze 80 31:49 Peter Lewis 85 finished
Some great junior results too.
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
(1 19:04 Jonathan Forey) 7 23:18 Adela Reperecki 17 27:25 Jim Towers 22 31:03 Lyn Eden 29 ran
A good turnout of Harriers for this epic long race (20km/1220m climb), read Bob's report on Blipfoto (worth following some links there for other reports and photos).
(1 1:59:44 Rhys Findlay-Robinson, Dark Peak) 4 2:04:42 Dave Wilby 85 2:37:03 Duncan Cooper 110 2:43:01 Alison Weston 123 2:48:30 Bob Hamilton 142 2:53:59 Neil Smith 167 3:00:32 Steve Weston 173 3:01:34 Chris Oxlade 217 3:33:54 Clare Smith 228 3:40:46 Andrew Wilson 256 finished
Graham's photos here.
Abbey Runners' unique event gives the runners fell (F) or trail (T) course options. This year two thirds of the runners, and nearly all Harriers, took the fell option.
(1 43:54 Quentin Lewis, Baildon, T) 8 51:07 Lee Morley F 9 51:14 Jack Wood 12 52:38 Martin Archer 33 56:07 Jez Hellewell 38 57:17 Will Buckton 52 1:00:00 Ben Joynson 61 1:01:43 Toni Melechi 63 1:01:45 Dick Waddington 77 1:04:10 Paul Stephens 84 1:05:09 Alison Eagle 98 1:07:00 Adela Reperecki (Trail) 102 1:07:36 John Coates 122 1:12:44 Graham Breeze 138 1:19:44 Sue Morley 152 finished
Bradford Lister Park 120 27:42 Janet Smith Leeds Hyde Park 29 20:29 Ken Souyave Roundhay 15 21:06 Geoff Howard
From Mark Iley ... A fine morning at Saltaire for the Yorkshire Veterans' Athletic Association Road Relay. The M50 team set out to see how they could fare against their felow Yorkshire competitors.
Andrew Merrick led the way setting a good pace for the 4.8k course round the park and along the canal and back into the park (16:52). He handed over to Mark Iley for the middle leg, who ran a similar time to Andrew's leg (16:56) bringing the team placing up to 5th and keeping a solid position, and setting up Eddie Irving to bring the team home for a big finish. He didn't disappoint and ran the 7th fastest leg of the day in the age group at 16:32 and brought the team home is a very creditable 3rd place and Bronze. Well done to all 3.
Full results on www.yvaa.org ...
M50 - 14 teams 1 48:55 Sheffield A 2 49:49 Rotherham 3 50:20 Ilkley Bronze!
(1 32:45 Darran Bilton, Leeds City) 26 39:00 Rob Cunningham 70 42:35 Sally Malir 71 42:31 Ken Souyave 157 46:19 Chris Cunningham 187 47:40 Andrew Jackson 207 48:02 Christine Cox 406 54:56 Alison Ricci 512 58:20 Julie Elmes 548 58:58 Sally Wright 789 finished
Results from this BOFRA race ...
(1 14:21 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 8 16:08 Lee Morley 9 16:26 Iain Gibbons 15 17:14 Mark Mon-Williams 20 17:44 Bradley Chapman 26 18:45 Will Buckton 35 21:01 Jann Smith 3rd lady, 1st F40 40 21:35 Rebecca Mon-Williams 45 22:00 Norman Bush 74 finished
KCAC's off-road marathon and half-marathon races ...
Full (1 3h16:57 Richard Pattinson, P&B) 116 5h53:27 Debbie Lewis 137 7h10:07 Amanda Parnaby 143 finished Half (1 1h41:58 Ben Mounsey, CVFR) 87 2h30:44 John Coates 101 2h33:41 Adela Reperecki 112 2h39:15 Anthony Swanepoel 228 finished
Some fab photos from the Woodentops here.
From Val Kerr ... This was my first LDMT and a chance to test my navigation skills on a fine Lakeland day in clear visibility. I chose to do the Short course (8 Miles, 5220 ft) as I had never done one of these events before and was told that this course was meant for inexperienced orienteers and the over 50s!
Unfortunately, although my naviagtion was good and I found all 6 checkpoints easily, my choice of route between checkpoints left a lot to be desired. I'm currently nursing heavily grazed legs after trying to haul my way up Causey Pike through deep heather (the direct route), a bee sting and awful blisters (if there's one thing I will remember next time it's "if there's a path, use it"). Alison Weston had a great run on the Medium course finishing in 9th place overall and as 3rd lady. Outi Kamarinen also had a good run, the times of these two more experienced navigators over a longer course putting me to shame. For the first time ever the medium course was actually won by a female runner, Tessa Hill, from Hunters Bog Trotters who was apparently seen running up almost vertical mountainsides.
Short course (8 miles, 5220 ft) (1 2:41:15 Mark Graham) 43 5:03:13 Val Kerr Medium course (9.6 miles, 6610 ft) (1 3:03:48 Tessa Hill) 9 3:34:53 Alison Weston 26 4:08:51 Outi Kamarinen
Graham's photos here.
(1 1:15:34 Mike Ellicock, Lewes) 4 1:25:34 Ian Rowbotham 803 finished
From Dave Wilby ... based from the same spot as the Vets Road Relays, Airienteers hosted the UK Cup Long-O competition from Titus Salt school, taking in local areas such as Buck Wood, Esholt Woods, Baildon Moor, Shipley Glen plus others. The course was 21.5km straight line and incuded 44 controls across a range of terrains including urban, woodland & moorland.
(1 2:08:33 Oli Johnson, SYO) 3 2:31:40 Ben Stevens 4 2:58:00 Jack Wood 9 3:14:59 Dave Wilby 10 3:15:54 Eddie Winslow
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
(1 19:09 Jonathan Forey) 21 31:18 Lyn Eden 24 ran
Gaenor Coy reports ... I took part in the Vitruvian Triathlon, my first middle distance triathlon at Rutland Waterand finished the 1.9 km swim, 85 Km bike and 21 km run in 6:12:31
From Dave Wilby ... Becketts Park did its bit for the Olympic spirit on Saturday when it hosted the Leeds Golden Mile. A fantastic event with official UKA timing and really well supported by local athletes, it gave a rare opportunity to compete over the mile distance on a good standard track. Athletes were grouped into heats according to their predicted times so it was open to all abilities. There were 3 Harriers racing in the evening sun:
(1 4:20.1 James Boxall, unattached) 13 4:50.6 Jack Wood 19 4:58.4 Dave Wilby 58 6:02.6 Andrew Wilson
From Caz Farrow ... Whilst I didn't have my best run (results N/A yet) I have to recommend this approx 7-mile trail race on very runnable paths in the Howgills. Organised by Howgill Harriers, it is extremely well organised and friendly with a free afternoon tea for all competitors and loads of spot prizes. Well worth the trip.
Bradford Lister Park 109 27:58 Janet Smith Harrogate Stray 65 22:48 Phil Hirst 143 27:07 Julie Elmes Leeds Hyde Park 27 20:03 Will Buckton Roundhay 44 23:43 Graham Breeze
From Dave Wilby ... Helene Whitaker has finished as first lady and an amazing 4th overall after 5 brutal days racing at the Dragons Back race in Wales. 200 miles & 50,000ft of ascent, she was 2hrs clear of her nearest female challenger. For much of the week it looked like she might even get on the overall podium, and she only missed it by minutes in the end. Less than 30 finishers from 150 entrants. Billed as the toughest race in the world, loads of ultra trail runners under-estimated it and got blown out on the 1st day, definitely one for the seasoned long distance fell runners!! Well done to all who completed, but especially Helene and emphatic men's winner Steve Birkinshaw.
78 runners faced the 1 mile uphill challenge of the Ilkley Incline including a good number of
Harriers. Well done to them, to all the helpers, and to race organiser Geoff Howard.
Results and photos on the Ilkley Incline Page
The Junior Sprint Fell Relays had a record-equalling 19 teams - results and photos on the junior pages.
(1 7.29 James Hall, Wharfedale) 4 7.58 Jack Wood 12 8.30 Bradley Chapman 16 8.52 Eddie Irving 20 9.06 Duncan Cooper 21 9.09 Steve Weston 26 9.23 Rob Cunningham 28 9.29 Bob Hamilton 30 9.40 Alistair Barlow 32 9.47 Jack Cummings 33 9.56 Peter Haines 34 10.01 Ben Joynson 36 10.03 Arthur Reilly 38 10.06 John Lumbus 39 10.10 Paul Stephens 40 10.11 Mike Baldwin 46 10.40 John Hayes 50 11.00 Chris Cunningham 53 11.20 Chloe Haines 54 11.21 Alison Bennett 57 11.37 Graham Breeze 58 11.40 Nick Page 59 11.50 Alison Weston 61 12.11 Peter Lewis 65 12.31 Emma Fotherby 66 12.33 Hilda Coulsey 67 12.59 Rebecca Moores 68 13.20 Andrew Bennett 76 17.18 David Millson 78 ran
(1 11:13 Joe Forrest, U/A) 14 13:42 Iain Gibbons 19 14:05 Mark Mon-Williams 1st V45 34 15:54 Rebecca Mon-Williams 3rd L, 1st F40 37 16:16 Jann Smith 61 finished
Will Buckton reports ... on this AS 4.2km/305m fell race, results from c-f-r.org.uk ...
(1 23:43 Simon Booth, Borrowdale) 13 29:26 Will Buckton 38 finished
Henry Heavisides reports ... Beth Massey was 1st lady at the Tholthorpe 10k. The course, described as gently undulating is on quiet country lanes, conditions seemed to be quite pleasant to me, but most people complained that it was too hot (it was at least 15 degrees cooler than my previous race in Poland!). I was towed around the course by Eddie Irving, but managed to outsprint him at the finish, we were 1st & 2nd M50s, with Mark Iley shortly behind.
Results from ukresults.net
(1 35:17 Michael Appleton, Ripon Runners) 10 38:05 Henry Heavisides 12 38:11 Eddie Irving 19 40:49 Beth Massey 21 41:07 Mark Iley 223 finished
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League, Henry's result giving him the overall lead in the League!
(1 1:14:52 Ben Douglas, Durham University) 169 1:46:08 Martin Wright 179 1:47:03 Elaine Cossins 3rd F45 531 finished
Results from this BOFRA race.
(1 26:55 Luke Maude, Skipton) 7 29:53 Iain Rowbotham 1st V50 12 31:07 Bradley Chapman 15 31:41 Duncan Cooper 23 32:26 Emma Barclay 2nd L, 1st F40 26 33:00 Geoff Howard 1st V60 28 33:25 Malcolm Pickering 38 36:05 Sally Malir 65 finished
Some great photos from the Woodentops here.
Many super junior results too incl. Ruaridh Mon-Williams 3rd U17, Georgia Malir and Lucy Williamson 1st and 2nd GU17, and many more.
Steve Coy took part in the Rubicon Middle Distance Triathlon at Newby Hall. He finished 14th overall in a time of 4:48:26.
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run which has recommenced... www.runsunday.com
(1 19:35 Duncan Burgess, Skyrac) 4 23:38 Adela Reperecki 15 30:23 Emma Payne 17 31:19 Lyn Eden 23 ran
Roundup from Alison Eagle ... the races were disrupted again by bad weather, not least the UTMB itself, which was effectively scrapped and replaced with a new course entirely within France at more moderate altitudes. There was heavy snow down to 1,700 metres which meant that committing 2,300 runners to crossing multiple Cols at around 2,500 metres was deemed impossible. The CCC was reduced in length and climb. The TDS went ahead unchanged but the checkpoint at Cormet de Roseland alone witnessed almost 500 retirements! The weather for all 3 races was shocking!
Read Morgan's report here.
Sur Les Traces des Ducs de Savoie - 111km/7130m 267= 26h09:28 Nicky Jaquiery 3rd LV40 (1,400 started) Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix - 88km/5000m 1115 21h28:36 Ken Jaquiery (1,800 started) UTMB - 103km/5860m 983 20h10:19 Morgan Williams (2,300 started)
(1 35:35 Jurav Gavura, Unattached) 58 48:13 Martin Wright 293 finished
Nick Pearce reports ... Pete and Nick completed their 2012 summer adventure, walking and wild camping the 96 mile West Highland Way over 5 days, and running Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis on Saturday - a brutal race. More about the adventure, battles with continual Scottish rain and midges, and Pete's feet later.
Full results ...
(1 1:29:56 Finlay Wild, Lochaber) 98 2h04:31 Nick Pearce 441 3:11:16 Peter Shields 457 finished
Bradford Lister Park 17 20:41 Caz Farrow 140 30:16 Charlie Smith 147 31:05 Janet Smith Harrogate Stray 41 22:53 Phil Hirst Leeds Hyde Park 140 25:03 John Marsall Roundhay 32 23:11 Graham Breeze
|David Millson||Supporting Tuesday night groups with dedication and enthusiasm||Also nominated: Mark Hall and Beth Massey for outstanding results - pretty much from the moment they joined IH!; Hector Haines for top class fell results; Sharon Meadows for her 50-mile Ridgeway Challenge; Rebecca Mon-Williams for BOFRA race results; Nicky Jaquiery, 3rd LV40 in the UTMB 111km race|
|Mark Hall||For his club age records and title winning performances at 5km, 10km & 10m.|
Earlier Harriers of the Month ...
Results from this BOFRA race.
(1 16:13 Joe Forrest) 5 19:02 Mark Mon-Williams 14 22:16 Rebecca Mon-Williams 1st lady 32 finished
Ruaridh Mon-Williams was 5th in the U17 race.
We hear that Hector Haines was 4th, awaiting full results.
It looks from Dave Woodhead's photos that Hector Haines may have won, and Jann Smith was 3rd Lady / 1st F40, awaiting full results.
Mark Hall reports ... Beth Massey and I travelled across to South Yorkshire today to do the Askern 10m (near Doncaster), an undulating course run mainly on country lanes. The race attracts a good field as it incorporates the South Yorkshire 10m championships. Conditions were overcast and windy. I finished in 5th place (1st V50) in 56mins 57secs, Beth finished in 14th place (1st FV40) in 69mins 17 secs. The race was won by Carl Ryde of Doncaster AC in 54mins 27secs. This is a well supported, long established event and whilst not a PB course it is worth the relatively short journey across to South Yorkshire.
Results from www.ukresults.net
(1 1:10:13 Anthony Valentine, Bolton United Harriers) 48 1:32:11 David Brown 178 1:47:09 Mike Baldwin 230 1:52:07 Paul Sugden 416 finished
From the photos it looks like Hector Haines was 8th in the senior race.
Awaiting full results, Jann Smith was 4th lady
From Sharon Meadows ...
The Ridgeway Challenge is an 85 mile trail race along a 5,000 year old trackway containing 9,000ft of ascent. It starts at the top of Ivinghoe Beacon and passes through the Chiltern Hills, North Wessex Downs and follows Grims Ditch for several miles. It also passes Barbury and Liddington Castle before finally finishing in Avebury.
This was my first attempt at a distance over 50 miles and I was very apprehensive beforehand. The first 4 hours passed nicely in beautiful sunshine with amazing views of the countryside. Then came the thunder and lightning and torrential rain, which stayed with us for the next few hours. Unfortunately my left knee decided to play up and the pain would not leave me for the rest of the run. At 42 miles there was a bag drop off which was a Godsend. We had a complete change of kit, reapplied blister plasters and gaffer tape and strapped my knee up. There was also hot food and tea. After this checkpoint the rain stopped and the night was much calmer weather wise. I really did not know how I would continue, we had such a long way to go and my knee was so bad I could barely walk let alone run, so I had to adopt a sort of sideways shuffle. It helped by thinking of the route in smaller chunks and not the thing as a whole.
Eventually the dawn came and it was a beautiful morning. At the next checkpont the lovely marshalls fed and watered us and said nearly 50 people had dropped out. We had our last 5.5 miles to go and I have never felt so happy. When the finish came in to sight I had to try really hard not to cry, just because I was so pleased to stop!
The event was very well organised and all the marshalls were very friendly and helpful. Most of the feed stations were manned by local running clubs and the food and drink provided was exceptional.
1st male 13h34
1st female 16h50
Sharon Meadows 25h05
Well done to Hector Haines who won the Burnsall Classic fell race, beating Ted Mason and Ian Holmes in the process, and leading Ilkley's men to a 2nd team place (with plenty of other young runners in that team!)
1 15:03 Hector Haines 9 16:58 Jack Wood 13 17:39 Dave Wilby 26 19:16 Bradley Chapman 49 21:00 Richard Joel 56 21:32 Will Buckton 96 24:47 Geoff Howard 128 finished in the men's race
We had no counters in the ladies' fell race, but Natalie Curtis finished 58th out of 74 in 1h25:27 in the tough 10 mile road race (won in 54:56 by Leeds' Adam Osborne). Results from www.race-results.co.uk
Beth Massey reports ... Mark Iley and I made the journey across to Lancaster yesterday evening to take part in this low key 5km race. The race is run on a traffic free, flat, fast course and conditions, although wet, were perfect for racing. I finished 2nd FV40 in a new PB of 19mins 23secs and Mark was 1st V50 in 18mins 29secs. This is a well organised race and well worth the journey.
5M/1500' Results from this CleM race.
(1 39:48 James Titmuss, P&B) 27 46:42 Mark Beorgeois 79 finished
Mark Mon-Williams writes ... You think that Burnsall has history... this was the 171st Lonach Highland Gathering hill race. There were three Ilkley Harrier representatives at Lonach who took their place in the ring after the march of the Lonach Highlanders. It’s a good occasion if you like starting a race to the sounds of the pipes and drums and you enjoy being cheered by 8000 spectators (including Billy Connolly who lives down the road and his celebrity friends – Robin Williams sometimes does the race but not this year)...
It’s a fantastic 3.5 mile course around Strathdon – it was Ruaridh’s first adult hill race (no fells in Scotland) and he had an outstanding run for a 14 year old (my days of being ahead of him are numbered....).
(1st 24:38 Drew Tivendale) 3rd 24:58 Mark Mon-Williams 7th 26:04 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 2nd lady 28:37 Rebecca Mon-Williams 80+ finishers
Amanda Parnaby reports ... 27 miles starting & finishing at Robin Hoods Bay with a circular route over the North Yorks Moors. Although the rain held off it was still extremely wet underfoot. A friendly event organised by East Yorks LDWA.
Bradford Lister Park 104 28:48 Charlie Smith 116 29:30 Janet Smith Leeds Hyde Park 126 25:31 John Marshall Roundhay 38 23:55 Graham Breeze
Full results from this BOFRA race still awaited, to include ...
Jann Smith 2nd Lady Diane Haggar - 4th Lady Val Kerr
From Henry Heavisides...
The temperature was in the mid 30s for the M55 10,000m race at the EVACS championships in Zgorzelec (Poland). The track was being sprayed with hosepipes to cool runners a bit, but in the preceeding M50 race a competitor was taken away by ambulance suffering with heatstroke & cardiac problems........so I decided to take it steady, rather than aiming for a fast time. Out of 26 starters from 14 countries, I finished 12th in 39:07.45 and was first GB runner to finish. The winner was from Finland (results here).
Overall it was a really good experience to be involved in an international championship, although the logistics were a bit challenging with events spread between small border towns in Germany, Czech Republic & Poland. More than 3800 competitors are taking part.
Will Buckton reports ... AL (Cat A, Long, fell race) 22.5km/1830m climb. A nice run round the Howgill fells from the Dalesway village of Sedbergh. A lot of very steep ups and downs and tricky contouring. I was the only Harrier in this probably due to the Championship race the day before although I did meet an unattached runner from Ilkley called Mark.
(1 2h22:06 Andy Brown, Clayton-le-Moors) 75 3h16:46 Will Buckton 120 finished
Results of this English Champs counter from Howgill Harriers ...
Men's race (1 55:09 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 181 1h36:17 Graham Breeze 201 finishers (1 1h04:35 Olivia Walwyn-Bush, Altrincham & D) 33 1h24:56 Alison Weston 71 1h41:10 Sue Morley 75 finished
Results of this BOFRA fell race ...
(1 23:14 Jack Simpson, Leeds) 9 27:17 Mark Mon-Williams 10 27:21 Ian Rowbotham 24 31:13 Jann Smith 2nd lady 29 32:21 Geoff Howard 40 34:10 Natalie Curtis 67 finished
Lucy Williamson was 1st GU17
Bradford Lister Park 50 24:32 Richard Hinsley Harrogate Stray 25 20:41 Geoffrey Howard 110 26:44 Julie Elmes Leeds Hyde Park 131 25:15 John Marshall 296 35:27 Linda Marshall
Beth Massey and Mark Hall report ... we travelled to York to compete in the York Millenium Bridge 5km road race. The course is fast and flat, starting and finishing by the river near Skeldergate Bridge, going out to do 2 laps of Rowntree Park and crossing the Millenium Bridge to return to the finish. The race was run in excellent conditions and Mark finished in 16:23, 13th overall and 1st V50, I finished in 19:26, 10th lady and 3rd FV40.
The race attracts a lot of younger runners, the first lady being Bronwen Owen of Scarborough (U15) in 16.28!! The race was won overall by Dan Garbutt of Durham in 15:30
Mark's time is a Club Record Henry reports, beating Richard Reeve's 17:23 from a 2010 John Carr race, as well as Nick Pearce's V45 17:07 from the John Carr race on 9 May 2001!
Beth Massey and Mark Hall report ... we did our first race for Ilkley Harriers today, competing in the Northern Veterans 10k Champs at Bispham, Blackpool, and we were both pleased to win our categories - Beth (FV40) in 38:40 and Mark (V50) in 32:55. Beth finished 5th lady overall and Mark was 4th overall.
Conditions on the day were perfect and the course is very fast being mostly flat and downhill, apart from a slightly undulating last mile, along the North Promenade starting at Bispham and going out towards the Tower.
The race was won in 30:46 by Anthony Valentine of Bolton United Harriers.
Results of this BOFRA fell race ...
(1 23:34 Sam Watson, Wharfedale Harriers) 13 31:55 Mark Bourgeois 14 32:21 Steve Weston 25 finished U9 6 4:37 Georgia Weston 7 8:10 Felix Weston
Results of this BOFRA Championship fell race ...
(1 10:54 Duncan Birtwhistle, Harrogate) 23 12:39 Mark Mon-Williams 24 12:44 Iain Gibbons 44 14:39 Rebecca Mon-Williams 2nd lady, 1st F40 52 15:07 Jann Smith 89 20:20 Bradley Chapman 92 finished
Ruaridh Mon-Williams was 4th in 13:17 in the U17 race, Lucy Williamson was first FU17 in 14:40; and a bunch of Harriers ran well in the younger races.
Two of Ilkley's Super-Vets were well-placed in today's 5k run at Harrogate Stray, Geoff Howard (V65) was 27th in 20:41, Norman Bush (V70) was 45th in 21:46, out of 184 finishers.
From George Elmes ... Julie Elmes ran on a very warm and sunny York race course - came in at 93rd in 26:05 which was another 5k PB - knocking 26 seconds of her prevous best. Look out Mo!
At Leeds Hyde Park, John Marshall was 141st in 24:59; and at Roundhay Graham Breeze was 34th in 23:59.
Alison Eagle reports ... in the bright evening sunlight a perfectly flat course mainly along the river I was 4th Lady and 1st LV50 in 41:51 www.yvaa.org
A whole bunch of Harriers joined other Brownlee fans for a special short fell race on Penistone, then retired to the pub for the main event - watching the Brownlee brothers win Olympic Triathlon Gold and Bronze on the telly. And in between there was a big prize draw with lots of Brownlee-signed Olympic memoriblia! Full results and photos on woodentops.org.uk.
(1 10:29 Tom Brunt, Homfirth) 22 12:02 Steve Coy 23 12:13 Adam Bennett 38 13:03 Sarah Pickering 43 13:11 Josh Crane 46 13:16 Malcolm Pickering 51 13:34 Alison Eagle 57 13:42 Robbie Matthews 60 13:47 James Pickering 71 14:08 Sam Wood 78 14:17 Alison Bennett 94 15:00 Adela Reperecki 107 15:31 Charlie Tiger Smith 108 15:31 Jann Smith 109 15:32 Beth Morley 125 16:07 Gaenor Coy 138 17:08 Sophie Brown 139 17:09 Andrew Bennett 140 17:11 Emma O'Looney 150 18:58 Julie Elmes 152 19:34 Diane Kitchen 154 19:49 Andrew Kitchen 155 19:53 Sally Pickering 161 20:25 Anna Pickering 170 finished
And 11 junior Harriers ran in the U10 race.
From Michael Duffield ...
(1 30:49 Ben Livesey, Birchfield Harriers) 83 39:45 Rob Cunningham 157 42:18 Michael Duffield 286 44:51 Chris Cunningham 4103 Finished
Diane Haggar reports ... in Olympic style, "Team Ilkley" took ladies Gold, Silver & Bronze. We packed superbly until the killer second ascent sorted our positions out. Well done to Becky & Jann. Would be good to see more Harriers, and particularly more Juniors, at these BOFRA races. The August bank holiday has 5 events in the Dales in the space of 5 days! Check out the BOFRA website.
(1 38:28 Todd Oates, Ambleside) 8 41:52 Mark Mon-Williams 1st V45 14 44:50 Bradley Chapman 22 47:24 Rebecca Mon-Williams 1st lady 26 48:14 Jann Smith 2nd lady 29 49:03 Diane Haggar 3rd lady 46 finished
Sally Malir reports ... Emma Barclay and I made the jouney to Lancaster for Emma's debut in a 10 mile road race. We had a sucessful trip with Emma coming in 2nd lady in 67:14 (PB) and myself 5th lady in 68:23 (SB). The course was not as flat as we had hoped it would be with a couple of tough hills included, but it was well orgainsed mainly on traffic free cycle routes. Well worth the trip.
AL English Championships counter, 26km with 2000m of climb. Results from www.borrowdale-fell-runners.org,
(1 2h49:20 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough) 59 3h42:15 Dave Wilby 171 4h24:16 Brian Melia 203 4h34.15 Dick Waddington 372 finished
George Elmes reports ... 8 Junior Ilkley Harriers made the trip up to Hellifield for the Junior Yorkshire Fell championships where again we had a number of strong performances. Top of the pile was an outstanding performance from Lucy Williamson resulting in her being crowned GU16 Yorkshire champion. (And picking up a magnificent trophy).
Well done to all that competed - Poppy Anderson, Molly Pearson, Emily Elmes, Robbie Matthews, Euan Brennan, Tilly Melechi, Joanne & Lucy Williamson.
Full results and photos on woodentops.org.uk
(1 56:26 Richard Pattinson, P&B) 2 60:03 Martin Archer 20 71:48 Ben Joynson 23 72:50 Alistair Wood 1st V60 24 72:57 Diane Haggar 2nd lady, 1st F50 26 73:40 Henry Heavisides 91 126.27 Amanda Parnaby 91 finished
See Otley AC's web site for full results and photos.
This was also a Ilkley Harriers Race League event - Martin Archer has edged out Ali B in the Fell competition ...
Harrogate Stray 18 20:27 Geoff Howard v65 rec 60 24:24 Jim Towers 80 26:45 Julie Elmes Leeds Roundhay 35 23:25 Graham Breeze
Clare and Neil Smith for their Lakeland 100
Rebecca Moores for her dedication to training and huge transformation since April as well as her winning mind that inspires us all, no challenge scares her!
Alison Eagle for Mont Blanc Marathon, 2nd LV50
Paul Wood for his organization of the successful Addingham Gala race, even arranging for some sunshine, and for being so actively involved in the Harrogate Race League series as Secretary and being at every one of the races to register, support and take photos
Nikos Georgiadis for training sessions
Lynn Donohue for her Lakeland 50
Martin Archer, 5th at Idle Trail Race & other race results
(1 37:24 Quentin Lewis, Baildon) 5 39:16 Martin Archer 27 44:26 Rob Cunningham 41 46:34 Duncan Cooper 71 50:29 Chris Cunningham 101 54:04 Christine Cox 212 66:51 Carole Cunningham 245 finished
Alison Eagle reports ... basically an extended cross country course round endless fields, virtually flat, I was 8th Lady and 1st LV50 in 44:27 www.yvaa.org
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run ... www.runsunday.com
1 18:15 Dave Wilby 18 19:11 Emma Payne 23 ran
Leeds Roundhay 1 18:13 Dave Wilby 25 23:28 Graham Breeze 31 24:12 Kelly Harrison Harrogate Stray 23 20:47 Geoffrey Howard PB, V65 record 67 24:28 Emily Elmes Junior 96 26:32 Julie Elmes PB Bradford Lister Park 97 20:48 Charlie Smith, Junior 100 29:02 Janet Smith
The 20 Junior Harriers and parents at the regular Saturday track session at Keighley found themselves training alongside the Vietnamese Olympic athletes! (Just a reminder that the track is open to any Ilkley Harriers 10am-11am, see earlier Forums post for more information.)
From Clare Smith ... too exhausted to write much yet but Neil and I were 1st mixed pair - delighted! I think I was 8th lady. Going to bed now. Can barely walk! Lynn Donohue and Sharon Meadows took part in the 50 mile Montane Ultra.
They both looked fresh and bright when they passed us en route to Howtown from Dalemain.
From Sharon ... Absolutely well done to Clare and Neil on their amazing Lakeland 100 results!!! You both looked very relaxed when I saw you, your achievement is amazing especially on that course, how you got down the final descent I do not know.
This year I did the 50 mile course (10,000 feet) again, having enjoyed it so much last year. It's a really well organised race and the feed stations and all the marshalls are brilliant. The weather was OK, bit rainy/bit sunny so difficult to judge what to wear. The course starts at Dalemain estate and continues to Howtown (965 ft of ascent) then on to Mardale Head (2510 ft of ascent), then Kentmere (1677 ft), Ambleside (1611 ft), then Chapel Stile (768 ft), Tiberthwaite (1270 ft) and finally Coniston (928 ft). Some very difficult climbs but also some good running across the open fells. But the descents are a different matter, very steep, rocky and slippy. Made even more difficult in the night sections. The final descent is really hard on the 50 so how anyone gets down on the 100 I do not know, incredible. I'm sure Lynn will agree with me who was also doing the 50.
I finished in 13 hours 28 minutes, a PB of 2 hours 29 minutes, so quite pleased with that. Managed to get a good blister this year so hope its sunny all week as I cant get my shoes on!
100 miles (1 19:50:37 Terry Conway, Ambleside AC) 102 37:56:58 Clare Smith 103 37:56:59 Neil Smith 136 finished from 263 starters 50 miles (1 8:30:51 Steve Angus) 195 13:28:53 Sharon Meadows 328 16:32:18 Lynn Donohue 453 finished from 481 starters
Sue B reports ... two teams went to the Thunder Run this weekend. Well done to all who ran. Needless to say a fab time was had by all - and we weren't last......report soon.
Results of this BOFRA fell race ...
(1 14:31 Rob Jebb, Bingley) 16 17:55 Iain Gibbons 52 23:28 Diane Haggar 81 finished
Results from Abbey Runners
21 53:56 Ilkley Men Jack Wood 15:53; Tony Melechi 17:55; Neil Chapman 20:08 59 1:02:46 Teen Dream (Juniors) Tilly Melechi 19:47; Lucy Jacques 20:38; Joanne Williamson 22:21 79 1:08:56 Scampi (Juniors) Elizabeth Westhead 21:25; Harriet Jackson 22:53; Josie Clarke 24:38 90 1:16:28 Ask Ilkley (Ladies Vets) Sue Williamson 24:17; Andrea Westhead 26:17; Kate Lofthouse 25:54 97 teams finished
Results of this Harrogate Harriers race ...
(1 30:45 Matthew Hynes, NYMAC) 26 37:49 Edward Irving 60 40:57 Emma Barclay 146 45:10 Chris Cunningham 217 47:56 Christine Cox 235 48:48 Catherine Gibbons 247 49:15 Phillip Hirst 409 56:54 Bernie Gibbons 452 60:07 Carole Cunningham 501 finished
Results of this Pudsey Pacers race ...
(1 36:18 Jamie Noon, P&B) 183 56:13 Elaine Cossins 349 finished
Diane Haggar reports it was great to see Jenny Dybeck, back home from University, at this BOFRA race. She had a fantastic run to win the ladies race by some margin. Jann Smith took second after a close finish with Kirsty Hall of Wharefedale. I managed 1st V45. Iain Gibbons and Bradley Chapman were also in good form.
(1 21:57 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 11 25:12 Martin Archer 12 25:20 Iain Gibbons 17 27:01 Bradley Chapman 19 27:48 Jenny Dybeck 1st lady 22 28:14 Jann Smith 2nd lady, 1s5 F40 36 32:43 Diane Haggar 1st F45 57 finished
Good to see some juniors in the results too, including Lucy Williamson 3rd GU17. For the seniors this was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League
After 55 days and 7,377 miles of running, including Ilkley Harriers' 15 miles from Skipton to Menston, the Endurancelife Real Relay baton arrived at the gates of the Olympic Park on Sunday 22nd July. Nikos, who brought the baton down from Scafell with John Coates and who paced our local leg so well, was in at the finish too carrying the baton to Tower Bridge before picking up another 200 Real Relay runners for the final leg.
Henry Heavisides reports
after the relative success of yesterday's 1500m, today's 5000m was a real struggle.
I set off too fast in very warm windy conditions & struggled to finish 5th in 18:37.5.
I was pleased to run under 5 minutes (4:58.55) for 1500m at the British Masters championships in Derby to win the bronze medal for 3rd place in the M55 age group.
Alison Weston says ... what a fantastic day to run up Snowdon! Lots of support from spectators and amazing views. Dave Wilby, Nick Pearce and myself (+ any others?) raced. I was pleased to do 1hr 46 (5 mins quicker then last time and 1st in my old lady category LV45) and Dave did a brilliant 1hr 24.
Results from TDL ...
(1 1:05:10 Murray Strain) 64 1:24:37 Dave Wilby 117 1:31:57 Nick Pearce 2nd V55 256 1:46:24 Alison Weston 1st F45 503 finished
Will Buckton reports on this AM 11km/600m race.... part of the annual Ingleton Gala, the runners climb 600m in 3.5 miles before an exhilarating descent back to the finish.
(1 48:08 Simon Bailey Mercia FR) 24 57:51 Ian Rowbotham 2nd V50 50 63:11 Dick Waddington 55 63:31 Will Buckton 61 64:11 Kate Archer 166 81:31 Sue Morley 187 finished
Geoff Howard was 30th from 174 participants in 21:08
Results of this BOFRA fell! race ...
(1 33:20 James Hall, Wharfedale) 5 42:18 Mike Baldwin 1st V50 6 42:58 Diane Haggar 1st lady 29 finished
From John Coates ... First time on this AL route for me, the hills are certainly steep and long and lots of them, the worst of all being a steep hands and feet climb one mile from the finish, just to sap the last bit of energy I had left after hauling through the bogs across the long moor section. Funniest moment was having to stop for 20 minutes on the farm lane down to the finish whilst the farmer tried to get his sheep through the gate! Results from www.holmfirthharriers.com
(1 2h41:38 Neil Northrop, Dark Peak) 103 4h37:55 John Coates 115 finished
Results from Abbey Runners ...
(1 55:42 Nick Hooker, Leeds City) 85 67:33 Rob Cunningham 96 68:11 Andrew Merrick 112 69:24 Sally Malir 2nd F45 136 71:13 Caz Farrow 208 75:08 Chris Cunningham 243 77:12 Jane Bryant 251 77:24 Andrew Jackson 255 77:49 Hannah Partner 327 81:41 Hilda Coulsey 2nd F55 360 83:30 Elaine Cossins 437 87:37 Allison Ricci 645 ran
Results from www.runsunday.com...
(1 22:36 Jason King, U/A) 10 29:26 Gemma Carpenter 16 ran
A good turnout of 16 Harriers at our own Addingham Gala fell race and big thanks to all those Harriers who helped make the day a success. Another cracking Ilkley Harriers event!
(1 42:02 Chris Smale, Bingley Harriers) 3 43.02 Martin Archer 4 43.45 Jack Wood 6 44.26 Lee Morley 10 45.49 Ian Rowbotham 19 48.54 Bradley Chapman 23 50.27 Dan Hill 25 50.51 Mark Bourgeois 28 51.13 Dave Cummings 29 51.27 Rob Cunningham 30 52.04 Ben Joynson 32 52.41 Kate Archer 34 52.52 Henry Heavisides 39 54.48 Alison Eagle 50 57.32 Alison Bennett 57 60.15 David Ibbotson 67 63.36 Sue Morley 75 finished
From Alison Weston .... Will, Brian, Duncan and myself travelled to the Lakes for Wasdale Fell race this weekend. It's a tough 20 mile race with 8,000' climbing and the the hard stuff in the second half of the race.
This was Will's third long Lakeland race in 5 weeks and after buying a last minute pair of insoles (his own left at home!) from Pete Bland's he ran well and finished with a big grin on his face! Brian decided what better way to celebrate his birthday than to run this race and seemed to enjoy every minute of it. It was Duncan's first attempt at Wasdale and he cruised round easily in 5 1/2 hours. I was pleased to finish but am incredibly stiff today!! Results from cfra.co.uk
(1 3h44:40 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough) 64 5h32:13 Duncan Cooper 87 5h51:30 Alison Weston 93 5h59:03 Brian Melia 109 6h21:17 Will Buckton 144 ran
No results yet, but spot the Harriers red and green in these videos ... this video.
Results from bofra.co.uk ...
(1 21:04 Alastair Dunn, Helm Hill) 9 23:24 Iain Gibbons 14 26:00 Mark Mon-Williams 27 28:52 Rebecca Mon-Williams 1st FV40 32 30:44 Jann Smith 58 ran
Harrogate Stray 59 24:36 Jim Towers 161 37:35 Karen Lambe Leeds Hyde Par 93 25:05 John Marshall Wimbledon Common 3 18? Dave Wilby 102 25:23 Kelly Harrison
From Paul Stephens ... 3 senior Harriers teams enjoyed the run around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs on a cold July evening. The men's team of Dave Westhead, Jack Wood and Nick Pearce, had a superb run. Dave Westhead was fastest by 50 seconds on the first leg, but Otley's Ian Fisher was 1.5 mins faster than anybody else on leg 2 and at the finish we were 4th overall. An excellent result.
Ilkley's ladies Alison Eagle, Caz Farrow and Alison Bennett were 2nd ladies team home and 23rd overall, whilst our third team of Andrea Westhead, Kate Lofthouse and Andrew Bennett were 56th.
Thankyou to all the runners.
And I believe the junior teams took the first 4 places. Brilliant.
Results showing 'rank' on each leg (Leg 1 is 3.0 miles, Leg 2 is 4.0 miles. Leg 3 is 3.3 miles) from Otley AC's web site where there are also some photos ...
4 62:54 Ilkley Red 1 18:22 Dave Westhead, 3 23:25 Jack Wood, 15 21:07 Nick Pearce 23 73:11 Ilkley Green 28 22:26 Alison Eagle, 21 27:36 Caz Farrow, 28 23:09 Alison Bennett 56 98:30 Ilkey White 56 30:52 Andrea Westhead, 52 37:52 Kate Lofthouse, 53 29:46 Andrew Bennett
This race was the finale of the 2012 Harrogate Race League, and if you didn't go then you missed a treat! A glorious sunny evening, a scenic course, and the amazing spectacle of most of the 150 runners finishing within just a few minutes. Plus of course the usual HDSRL slap-up tea afterwards. Second-claim member Antonio Cardinale well-and-truly beat the handicapper to claim the magnificent cup. The fastest time was fittingly from the League Champion, Wetherby's Ben Pye, 30:22 (44th finisher) but a couple of Harriers beat him in including new member Julie Elmes.
(Fastest 30:22 Ben Pye) 1 52:39 Antonio Cardinale 24 33:56 Ian Rowbotham 39 49:45 Julie Elmes 55 32:05 Nick Richardson 61 47:14 Don Macrae 63 38:16 Michael Duffield 77 46:27 Andrew Bennett 96 46:43 Sue Williamson 146 39:32 Alison Bennett 150 finished
Looks like the handicapper was a little tough on Alison, with Andrew winning the Battle of the Bennetts, but Alison got a great round of applause when she was awarded the prize for League Champion FV50 at the end-of-season presentations after the race.
Results from www.raceplus.co.uk
(1 30:48 Brett Crossley) 42 39:28 Rob Cunningham 552 48:22 Hilda Coulsey 806 49:12 Nicole Dillon 975 52:27 John Marshall 1482 54:17 Sue Williamson 2249 58:38 Kate Lofthouse 2831 59:45 Abigail Bailey 2495 60:44 Sally Wright 3208 64:52 Linda Marshall 3651 65:11 Sue Bickerdike 5404 finished
Diane Haggar reports ... rather unusually for any fell race the first 5 ladies took consecutive overall positions with Jann 1st, myself 3rd and Rebecca 5th. Sandwiched between us were the ladies of the home club, Helm Hill. The race included three painfully steep climbs through bracken that, on a warm night, caused the air to be totally devoid of oxygen! Within our pack, positions switched a number of times yet we reached the final climb together. Jann got the better of us all over the last peak and I was involved in a mad hurtle to the line with the Helm Hill ladies. Overall an excellent Ilkley performance...pity no team championship in BOFRA!
Results from bofra.co.uk ...
(1 22:31 Tom Addison, Helm Hill) 17 27:27 Iain Gibbons 20 27:38 Mark Mon-Williams 1st V45 36 30:42 Jann Smith 1st Lady 38 31:04 Diane Haggar 1st LV45 40 31:22 Rebecca Mon-Williams 76 finished U17 7 13:26 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 8 15:38 Lucy Williamson 1st girl U12 42 9:06 Molly Pearson
Results from the third runSunday event, a new free weekly timed 5k run in Otley Chevin Forest Park...
(1 18:39 Liam Dunne, Otley AC) 6 24:40 Graham Breeze 7 25:33 Jim Towers 17 28:58 Emma Payne 18 29:01 Gemma Carpenter 23 33:20 Lyn Eden 24 ran
There are always a few Harriers in the
Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, this year in Wasdale. Amongst the results we spotted:
32nd in the Bowfell class, 14h35:57, Kevin and Rachael Gooch
60th in the Carrock Fell class, 12h37:19, Sue Booth and Natalie Curtis
83rd in the Carrock Fell class, 13h53:54 John Pickering and Chris Oxlade
From Dave Wilby ... Arrochar Alps (25km, 2400m) done and dusted, had an averagely good run rather than anything spectacular but still inside top 40 in British Champs. Toughest course I've ever done, knocks Wasdale & Ennerdale into a cocked hat!! Haven't tried stairs yet, walking brings tears to my eyes :o)
Amanda Paranby reports ... My first time at this event and I was not expecting such an undulating route. There is a choice of 17, 26 or 33 miles and I had intended to do the 33 mile option but a combination of the amount of rain that has fallen and the advice of my fellow competitors persuaded me to opt for the 26 mile option and while I might have lost some 'street cred' I am glad I took this option. There was a lot of low cloud and mist in the morning but the weather improved as the day went on despite one shower in the afternoon. I hope to take part again next year and not only because of the lovely home made cakes and the hope of drier conditions underfoot. Finished in 7 hrs 20 mins.
From Sue B Abi and I did a mammoth 9hrs 20 for Osmotherley. Debbie Lewis ran with us for the most part - she finished 9.13 I think. John Coates ran with us but opted to change to the 26 route at the last point of no return.
More results soon, in the meanwhile spot the Harriers in the event video.
William Buckton reports on this AS - 9.5km/496m fell race... Heptonstall Festival Race is a short, adrenalin rush of a route, dropping 500 feet in the first mile, before cimbing 1000 feet in 2 miles to High Brown Knoll; there's then a quick loop on the moor, before you leg it back to the village the way you came, meaning a 500ft climb in the last mile! This was only the second running of the Heptonstall Festival Race and me and Sue are the first Harriers to take part. Results from www.heptonstallfestivalrace.org.uk
(1 52:09 Christopher Smale, Bingley Harriers) 26 1h03:01 Will Buckton 96 1h22:40 Sue Morley 111 finished
A KCAC race ...
(1 38:04 Joseph Crossfield, Halifax Harriers) 11 45:49 Toni Melechi 35 ran
We hear Jack Wood won the Murder Mile in Silsden, Sarah Pickering was 2nd lady, plenty of other Harriers there ...
1 7:25 Jack Wood 8 8:14 Mark Mon-Williams 22 8:55 Euan Brennan 23 8:58 Sarah Pickering 1st GU14 70 10:55 Graham Breeze 226! finishers
Heavisides Henry reports ... As an alternative to the weekly track training at Leeds Carnegie, Mark Iley and I travelled to Cleckheaton to run the NVAC track league. Running 3 races in less than an hour is certainly not recommended, but it was a good variation from a normal session. Mark ran the 800m (2:31), 1500m (5:05) & 400m (71 seconds). I ran the 800m (2:33), 3000m (10:47) & 1500m (5:22)
Neil Chapman reports ... Ilkley Harriers had 6 teams out at Danefield, including 2 junior teams, in very muddy conditions. Our first team were our men's vets in 7th place 67:32, but our junior boys team pushed them all way finishing 9th only 23 seconds behind them in 67:55. Our junior girls were our next team in 81:29, with our mixed team finishing in 86:14, and our remaining 2 ladies teams doing 94:13 and 106:52.
Strangely enough the performance of the night came from a spectator. Heather Cummings had come along to support Dave and Jack, and in a moment of madness agreed to run the final leg to make up a team with Rebecca and Sue. Hardly dressed for running on a warm night Heather swapped her Hunter wellies for Jack's fell shoes and then went on to complete her first ever race, in fact possibly her first ever run, in a very respectable 36:21, well supported by Jack who ran with her. Some of you will know the tough climb at the finish, which Dave doubted Heather would run all the way to the line (tut! tut!). But she proved him wrong, and Dave is on washing up duties for the next 3 months.
Jack Wood was also there finishing the 1st leg in 1st place for local orienteering club Aire, before handing over to sister Helen, a former Harrier, who battled round and only dropped one place. Unfortunately there were some quick guys out on the last leg, so they were pushed back a place.
1 64:18 7 67:32 Toni Melechi, Jez Hellewell, Dave Cummings (2nd V40 team) 9 67:55 Jack Cummings, Ruaridh Mon-Williams, Tom Kerr (1st Juniors) 31 81:29 Tilly Melechi, Joanne Williamson, Lucy Williamson 35 86:14 Alison Ricci, Sophie Brown, Andy Jackson 43 94:13 Rebecca Mon-Williams, Sue Williamson, Heather Cummings (2nd Ladies Vets) 46 106:52 Sally Wright, Emma Payne, Andrea Westhead 46 teams
The next relay is the Washburn Valley Relays organised by Otley AC on Friday 13th July. We have 5 teams to register by next Wednesday. Paul Stephens is co-ordinating IH teams this year so will shortly post something on our Forums. 3 legs, each of about 3-4 miles. So, have a chat with your running mates and get some teams together for Paul S, please. (The juniors have their own relay at this event, teams organised by Shirley.)
Big congratulations to Tom Adams, selected to run for England at the International Snowdon Race. EA Newsflash
From Alison Eagle To celebrate being 50 I decided to return to the Alps and the Marathon du Mont Blanc; aims to achieve a podium finish and break 6 hours. I succeeded with the former but the long Alpine climbs and the heat defeated me in the latter. Even over there the rain made its appearance with the uphill finish becoming slippy. I had forgotten how hard this race is (Simon's Seat not great prep for those hills) and was very pleased to finish. Though there is photographic proof that at times I appeared to be enjoying myself! 6hrs 15mins 2nd LV50
Today the Club joined in 'The Real Relay' following the path of the Olympic torch relay but running every step (barring sea-crossings!) Like the Olympic torch relay, this is another inspired celebration of the Olympics. We picked up the baton from KCAC in the middle of Skipton Sheep Fair, and were heralded and rung out by the Skipton Town Cryer. Over 20 Harriers helped carry it to Menston (see the map), with Nikos and Sharon running the whole length, and Nikos setting the pace perfectly.
A section of the route in Addingham was on paths and quieter roads so that junior Ilkley Harriers could take part too, and over 20 joined in.
(Additionally, Nikos Georgiadis and John Coates saved the day the Scafell/Ambleside leg on Friday, more on this epic tale later.)
(1 30:48 Brad Traviss, Calder Valley) 44 41:14 Diane Haggar 1st F45 46 41:19 Kate Archer 65 46:44 Graham Breeze 75 finished
George Elmes reports ... an impressive 15 Junior Ilkley Harriers made the trip into the Dales as this was race 5 of the English Junior Fell Championship. Some great individual performances from all on a very demanding course with podium places for Emily Elmes 2nd GU10 and Georgia Malir 3rd GU16. More on the Junior Pages.
Caz Farrow reports ... I competed in my fist uphill mountain race today in Austria. Fortunately it was a bit cooler than the 35 degrees it was yesterday. Provisional results - 5th V35 female. It was an 8.7km uphill only race.
From Jo Foster ... I ran the Coniston Trail Marathon in the Lake District. It's the full marathon distance (42.2km / 26.2 miles) - they make you do a couple of laps of the sports field to make sure of it! They advertise it as the most scenic marathon in Britain but it wasn't ideal conditions for views as it was driving horizontal rain for much of it. I haven't been that wet for a while but at least it wasn't too hot. A great, really varied course that ranges from run able trail to fell runner's bog and rocky bits and has plenty of hill. I finished in 4:26:10 in 160th place.
More results from Fiona:
Marathon (1 2:53:50 Ben Abdelnoor, Ambleside) 263 5:14:10 Martin Wright 308 finished Half marathon (1 1:25:31 Steve Brennan, Glaxo) 47 1:45:51 Lawrence Basham 147 2:01:31 Jonathan Schneider (PB) 350 2:47:09 Fiona Schneider 382 finished
From Adela Reperecki ... I took part in the Burn Valley Half Marathon which starts in the village of Masham. The run has a very scenic and undulating route mostly on road with a small off road section, enjoyed the run, conditions were cool and breezy, keep finding myself on the start line of this one each year, was the only Ilkley Harrier to take part came in at 1.55.55
Results from the second runSunday event, a new free weekly timed 5k run in Otley Chevin Forest Park...
(1 18:40 Andy Bedford) 25 28:47 John Marshall 28 30:54 Gemma Carpenter 34 ran
Dave Wilby for a top top class performance coming 14th at the English fell champs Great Lakes Race
Rebecca Mon-Williams for her excellent organisation of the Aquathon
Nikos Georgiadis, who has organised some superb new training sessions, a BMW Relay team, and with John Coates saved the day on Scafell in the Real Relay
Diane Haggar for brilliant fell results at Penyghent - 3rd lady, Austwick - 1st Lady, Kettlewell -1st FV45, Beamsley 2nd lady
Bradley Chapman for recent great fell results and dedication improvements in training. Great run at Kettlewell and then improving at the next race to take the 2 evasive scalps at Hawkswick! Bradley is now a formidable challenger to our senior men and a great asset to the club.
Nick Richardson for his results and commitment in the HDSRL races
Neil Smith for completing a hat-trick of Lakeland fell races. Ennerdale, Duddon and Great Lakes on consecutive Saturdays
Paul Wood for Club support
Caz Farrow for race results: 1st lady Wharfedale off-road half, Mob Match, and HDSRL 5
(1 17:48 Fred Slemick, P&B) 6 19:09 Martin Archer 19 21:20 Will Buckton 43 24:01 Toni Melechi 46 24:11 Tilly melechi 1st GU16 48 24:41 Alsion Weston 2nd F40
Ilkley had 1st and 2nd GU10 with Molly Pearson and Poppy Anderson.
Sally Malir reports ... Georgia Malir was selected to run 3000m for Yorkshire in The Northern Intercounties, in Wigan. The weather was not the best for fast times with a massive headwind down the finishing straight making 3000m difficult as this difficult stretch has to be run 8 times. Georgia had a great run to come in 3rd. We are not yet sure of the exact time as there were technical difficulties which has meant that the results are delayed. Yorkshire won the event overall on the day with lots of fantastic results from local athletes and there was a great team spirit amongst all in the Yorkshire team.
Dave Wilby asks ... what did you do this weekend? Me and Jamie Hutchinson spent the weekend on a blind date with 3 sailors!! If that sounds odd, well, it probably should but the reality was slightly less 'YMCA' and more about racing this year's Castles & Islands challenge. After we lost our pre-arranged boat & crew with last minute rudder problems, we were put in touch with a replacement boat & crew who were hoping to avoid the running legs of the race, and having already booked the day off work we happily obliged. The race is based on the same principle of the Three Peaks Yacht Race & Scottish Islands Race, but is a much quicker format having a 24hr time limit. Based on the Northumbrian coast, runners set off at 8pm on Friday from the gates of Alnwick Castle and spent the next 10 miles racing along roads and tracks, through fields and woods, and running round Warkworth Castle to finish up at the marina in Amble where we picked up our boat. We then sailed up the coast to Low Newton where we jumped in the dinghy and rowed ashore for a beach landing, followed by a torchlit 4 mile run to Dunstanburgh Castle and back. The next sailing leg took us up the coast to Seahouses where once again we were dropped off in darkness just outside the harbour walls and rowed in to secure our boat at the pier. A beautiful torchlit run along the huge beach to Bamburgh Castle followed, with a trek through the dunes to get up to and back from the castle. The final section took us in the early morning light to Holy Island where we had an orienteering style lap of the island to complete followed by the long sail home. Jamie's sealegs were evident throughout as he enjoyed time on deck and plenty of banter with the crew, while I had to lay flat and still for the entire time onboard. Overall though, a great experience and one we'd both happily do again. We finished 2nd overall, and were 3rd quickest pair for the combined running times. Our race time was approx 16 hours, and our running time for the combined 30 miles was 3:50hrs.
Bradford Lister Park 102 29:11 Janet Smith Harrogate Stray 102 27:08 Julie Elmes Leeds Hyde Parkrun 70 23:25 Hilda Coulsey 98 24:57 John Marshall
The final race in this year's League, on a beautiful sunny evening in Harrogate. Our lady vets team won on the night, and our ladies were 2nd team on the night. Full results on harrogate-league.org.uk
(1 28.26 Ian Fisher, Otley AC) 12 31.50 Nick Richardson 21 33.01 Mark Mon-Williams 26 33.34 Sally Morley 44 34.36 Mark Iley 53 35.41 Will Buckton 56 35.47 Andrew Merrick 63 36.06 John Lumbus 64 36.08 Ben Joynson 66 36.16 Andrew Sheldon 68 36.26 Caz Farrow 79 37.28 Rebecca Mon-Williams 83 37.47 Paul Stephens 85 37.48 Alison Bennett 93 38.26 Michael Duffield 115 40.40 Nicole Dillon 145 43.09 Sue Morley 146 43.11 Adela Reperecki 172 45.06 Allison Ricci 186 47.06 Sue Williamson 189 47.20 Don Macrae 193 47.33 Andrew Bennett 203 49.21 Mark Kerr 207 49.49 David Green 212 50.01 Julie Elmes 232 finished
Pastor Ivan accepts a cheque for £985 from Ilkley Harriers, from the proceeds of the Trail Race a few weeks ago, which was organised by Lawrence Basham to raise funds for the Revival Centre and Orphanage in Matugga, Ugunda. Presenting the cheque is Ilkley Harrier Phil Chappell who is involved with the charity, photo taken by David Green at the Ilkley Harriers club night.
Report from Chris Cunningham on this Manchester race:
(1 35:00 Ian Jackson, Salford) 17 39:53 Rob Cunningham 41 45:23 Chris Cunningham 86 finished
Jim Towers ran in the inaugural runSunday event, a new free weekly timed 5k run in Otley Chevin Forest Park, finishing 10th in 25:37
Ilkley Harriers AC & Ilkley Swimming Club celebrated the Olympics in Ilkley, with the inaugural Ilkley Aquathon.
97 competitors swam then ran, the younger ones doing laps of the field outside the Lido, the older ones venturing into the woods.
Lots of volunteers from both clubs made this event a huge success.
Results and lots of photos on the aquathon page.
George Elmes reports ... 5 JIH's made the trip across to the Forest of Bowland to compete in the fourth English Junior Fell Championship race. Unfortunately the associated Gala and Sports day was cancelled as a result of the atrocious weather, but typically the fell races went ahead. (One comment on the Fell Runner Association Forum made the accurate statement that perhaps the Juniors should bring water wings as well?!)
On the day whilst the ground underfoot was very wet and boggy in certain sections, luckily the rain held off for the races. The race organiser stated that the courses were all demanding and at the top end of distances allowed for juniors but encouragingly again we had some good performances.
Results from www.bowlandfellrunners.org.uk
U18/seniors 68 51:05 Diane Haggar 4th lady GU10 3 8:22 Emily Elmes 8 9:32 Molly Pearson 9 9:39 Poppy Anderson BU12 9 16:51 Euan Brennan GU16 5 31:38 Georgia Malir
Leeds Hyde Park 24 19:52 Will Buckton Bradford Lister Park 60 25:19 Allison Ricci 95 26:52 Samuel Craske Jun 108 28:05 Alessandra Ricci Jun Harrogate Stray 24 21:58 Dave Tait
Thanks to all those who represented the club at East Harsley, they were bountifully rewarded with a rain-free race on an excellent course in beautiful surroundings. And the usual amazing HDSRL post-race supper. Full results on harrogate-league.org.uk. NB the final HDSRL race is next Thursday and nearby at Starbeck - let's have a great turnout there!
(1 32:48 Ian Fisher, Otley AC) 16 37:54 Nick Richardson 17 38:03 Mark Mon-Williams 19 38:24 Henry Heavisides 49 41:11 Andrew Merrick 53 41:36 Andrew Sheldon 62 42:10 Stephen Rhodes 65 42:43 John Lumbus 72 43:16 Alison Bennett 95 45:39 Michael Duffield 119 47:43 Val Kerr 147 52:35 Sue Williamson 157 54:20 Andrew Bennett 169 55:37 Don Macrae 176 57:14 Mike Picken 191 finished
This was also a Ilkley Harriers Race League event
Results from bofra.co.uk
(1 36:26 Ted Mason, Wharfedale H) 5 38:05 Jack Wood 9 40:13 Martin Archer 31 46:04 Will Buckton 32 46:11 Steve Weston 36 47:38 Diane Haggar 2nd lady, 1st LV40 44 49:00 Jann Smith 2nd LV40 48 49:33 Mike Baldwin 51 49:45 Paddy Hagan 57 50:45 Paul Stephens 59 50:47 Alison Weston 60 50:49 Tilly Melechi 1st LU17 61 50:57 Chris Oxlade 100 finished
Reminder that our own race 'up Beamsley Beacon', the Addingham Gala fell race is on Saturday 14th July. We can almost guarantee better weather! NB we have changed the course this year to more of an out-and-back route, avoiding the infamous 'ginnel'. Details
Ilkley Harriers finally succumbed to Bingley Harriers, after beating them for 4 years in a row at the Mob Match staged at Bingley Harriers' St Ives Trail Race: There were 23 Harriers (plus juniors) in the field of 68, only just more than Bingley's 22 runners. Bingley scored 1942 points under the age/gender handicap system, Ilkley's best 22 scores totalled 1805 points. Well done to Bingley!
(1 35:24 James Hall, Wharfedale H) 4 37:41 Jamie Hutchinson 17 42:20 Henry Heavisides 18 43:01 Toni Melechi 20 43:19 Ben Joynson 22 44:03 Caz Farrow 24 45:02 Stephen Rhodes 28 46:21 Alison Eagle 30 47:01 John Coates 48:19 Tilly Melechi 33 48:20 Andrew Jackson 35 48:58 Graham Arthur 41 50:49 Chris Cunningham 45 51:51 Adela Reperecki 46 52:30 Keith Wood 48 53:38 Sue Bickerdike 50 54:22 Debbie Lewis 52 54:41 Emily Kerr 53 54:41 Val Kerr 55 55:10 Sophie Brown 57 56:17 Ken Souyave 59 57:20 Paul Sugden 61 58:06 Emma O'Looney 63 58:25 Mark Kerr 64 59:16 Mike Picken 68 finished Junior race 2 33:48 Ed Bickerdike
The much-reduced turnout of Harriers at this year's race seems to back up what was discussed last week at Committee, that it is time for a change here and next year we will instead challenge Bingley to a Mob Match at our own Addingham Gala fell race instead.
This was also a Ilkley Harriers Race League event.
1.2m/600' a BOFRA Championship race...
(1 11:33 Matt Lockyer, P&B) 9 12:15 Iain Gibbons 1st V40 16 13:26 Bradley Chapman 21 15:39 Mark Mon-Williams 24 14:23 Dave Cummings 41 15:59 Rebecca Mon-Williams 3rd F, 1st FV40 47 16:20 Jann Smith 77 finished
A good showing of junior Harriers too ...
Duncan Cooper reports ... I swapped Lake District rain for Yorkshire sunshine in this friendly local race over 5 or 6 miles, with beer for all finishers. I was awarded 1st MV60 which was a surprise given I'm in my 40s!
(1 40:11 Steve Brock, KCAC) 7 46:35 Duncan Cooper 41 ran
Dave Wilby reports ... 15th (14th!) today in the English Fell Champs at Great Lakes Race, 13m, 7000ft. Tough course, foul weather, low visibility on the tops, deep & fast river crossings, lethal underfoot, 2 lost toenails, few gashes and 1 swollen nose from a very violent face plant.....but it was absolutely worth all 3hr 6min of pushing it to the limit!!! Best ever position and absolutely over the moon. Walking like John Wayne now and may not manage steps for a few days but who cares.
From Clare Smith ... Dave Wilby, Neil Smith, Will Buckton and I endured the first English Championships 'long' category race for 2012. Although only 13 miles long, there is 7000ft of climb and the weather was attrocious, with very poor visibility on the heights of Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Scafell Pike, Scafell, Slight Side and Pike O'Blisco. I got swept away in the rapids of Lingcove Gill and saw my life flash before my eyes as I went under. Not a pleasant outing but glad to finish.
Will Buckton adds... This was a test of everything. Navigation, scrambling and even river crossing! After Scafell Pike we had to ascend a waterfall to Scafell. I had to wait ten minutes for the next group to help me cross the River Esk then I became lost on the way to the Pike of Blisco in the clouds. After using my whistle some walkers came and helped me find the way. The final descent was very steep and I overtook a few people by sitting down and sliding past them!!! Congratulations to Dave, 14th at a championship race is truly great.
(1 2:48:45 Ben Abdelnoor, Ambleside AC) 14 3:06:53 Dave Wilby 198 5:25:41 Will Buckton 245 6:03:02 Clare Smith 246 6:03:04 Neil Smith 273 finished, 29 dnf.
(1 34:49 Sam Tosh, Rossendale) 9 42:02 Mark Mon-Williams 43 49:15 Dick Waddington 51 50:48 Alison Weston 81 51:52 Sue Morley 90 67:57 Amanda Newham 95 finished
(1 26:06 Joe Crossfield, Halufax) 9 31:10 Toni Melechi 17 35:34 Tilly Melechi 24 38:15 Graham Breeze 30 finished
Henry Heavisides reports ... the Ilkley Harriers Ladies team (Sally Malir, Kate Archer & Sue Bickerdike) had a great result winning the 1st Ladies team prize. Ilkley's men were 4th team. Results from Otley AC ...
(1 56:00 Matthew John, Otley AC) 13 62:32 Nick Richardson 18 63:48 David Westhead 30 65:35 Henry Heavisides 1st V55 42 67:02 Rob Cunningham 68 70:16 Sally Malir 2nd FV45 72 70:34 Kate Archer 97 72:28 Stephen Rhodes PB 139 77:58 Chris Cunningham 146 78:20 Andrew Jackson 184 81:33 Simon Jenkins 185 81:37 Martin Wright 200 83:36 Sue Bickerdike 254 91:55 Paul Sugden 255 91:56 Emma O'looney 279 97:12 Janet Smith 299 105:21 Michael Picken 310 finished
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
(1 34:33 Ashley Holt, Rossendale H) 61 49:00 Graham Breeze 98 finished
Alison Eagle reports ... A lovely muddy 4.6m course - my first race as Vet50!
Men 22 34:08 Ian Rowbotham Ladies 5 39:26 Alison Eagle 1st LV50 54 54:45 Emma Payne
Well done to Nikos, Abi, and Sue for organising two teams in this popular event. Results from Saltaire Striders web site.
29 7h45:11 Nikos's team Leg 1 32 1h40:53 Will Buckton and Neil Chapman Leg 2 31 1h37:18 Dougie Scarfe and Chris Oxlade Leg 3 33 1h20:24 Stephen Rhodes and Debbie Lewis Leg 4 27 1h33:14 Clare Smith and Elle Bradley Leg 5 19 1h33:22 Nikos Georgiadis and John Hayes 46 9h39:06 Sue and Abi's team Leg 1 43 1h54:53 Sue Bickerdike and Keith Wood Leg 2 46 2h00:51 Nick Page and Louise Burdett Leg 3 47 1h39:50 Judith Scarfe and Lynn Donahue Leg 4 47 2h03:57 Annabel Bailey and Rebecca Moores Leg 5 45 1h59:35 Martin Wright and Paul Sugden
Results from the BOFRA race...
(1 11:48 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 13 13:33 Iain Gibbons 1st V40 23 14:42 Mark Mon-Williams 26 14:51 Dave Cummings 28 15:08 Bradley Chapman 42 17:00 Rebecca Mon-Williams 1st FV40 48 17:26 Jann Smith 49 17:28 Diane Haggar 1st F4V5 91 finished
A good showing of junior Harriers too ...
Andrew Merrick reports ... I finished 94th in 40:28 in a delightful if warm and slightly uphill 10k between two of Warwickshire's finest castle. An event that attracted 4,000 entries!
Alison Bennett reports ... previous trips across the Pennines to this event have been held in glorious sunshine and this year was no exception. 276 runners completed this flat-ish course which starts and finishes along a good stretch of the promenade with an undulating loop around Heysham in the middle for some variety.
(1 35:54 David Browne, Lancaster and Morecambe AC) 48 45:04 Alison Bennett 3rd Lady 138 55:11 Andrew Bennett
Quite a few Harriers do the Lowe Alpine Mounntain Marathon each year, this year at Ben Cruachan 2 hrs north of Glasgow. In the results we spotted ...
Elite 10 18h09:03 Helene Whitaker and Andrea Priestley B 15 11h07:38 Outi Kamairanen and partner Score 45 270 points Kevin & Rachael Gooch
Duncan Cooper reports ...
A wise man told me before the Duddon Valley Fell Race to trust my instinct, use my compass, and to not blindly follow the guy in front. So what did I do on top of the first misty peak? Why follow the guy in front, down into Eskdale, in completely the wrong direction. Two hours later and with another route fiasco on Little Stand under my belt I came across Alison and Neil on Brim fell. I've never been more pleased to see a couple of Ilkley Harriers in my life. Down to Neil and Alison's superior navigation skills we all finished safely in about 5 hours. It was a tough day in the fells with the mist low all day and the rain and wind an added hindrance. Thanks go out to the unnamed family on Pike'o'Bliso who showed me their detailed map and to the inventor of the chunky kitkat.
Congratulation to Alison who finished 3rd lady and to 1st lady vet in the long race (the order on the race web site is wrong) and to Val for a great run in shorter race picking up first lady and first lady vet.
from Alison... definitely an Ilkley Harriers team effort, with particular thanks to Neil's navigation skills or we might still be there trying to find the last summit 'Caw'!! Note of warning - don't lose your dipper in a race (as I did on final descent) - or £30 to pay!! And Val Kerr did really well to come 1st Lady in the short race (but still a long way) at Duddon. The short course covers very rough and difficult terrain to navigate in mist. Well done!!
Long Duddon, 18 miles, 6000ft (1 3h08 Carl Bell - Howgill Harriers) 51 5h05 Alison Weston 52 5h05 Duncan Cooper 54 5h05 Neil Smith 82 finished Short Duddon, 9 miles, 3000ft (1 1h58:30 Dave Soles, Pennine) 14 2h28:16 Val Kerr 1st lady 24 finished
(1 39:47 Mark McGoldrick, Wharfedale) 8 45:00 Mark Mon-Williams 23 50:59 Jann Smith 1st lady 44 59:23 Graham Breeze 60 ran
Alistair Barlow reports ...
about 50 water resistant runners set out on the Abbey Anniversary race (AS 5m 1800ft). The race starts in Kettlewell and climbs steeply before dropping into Littondale above Arncliffe. Then comes the climb back over Old Cote Moor and the long descent back to Kettlewell. It's a great route on good paths/tracks with superb scenery and views - we got a few glimpses through the rain clouds last night!
Results from Abbey Runners
( 1 38:15 Matt John, Otley AC) 14 48:24 Alistair Barlow 34 58:37 Graham Breeze 42 ran
From Neil Chapman ... Ilkley Harriers making the short steep local race at Otley on Wednesday in generally good temperatures, but a little slippery after the rain, were led in by Tom Adams a minute ahead of the second place runner, in great form winning his second race in 3 days. There were also some good results from all the remaining Harriers, particularly Sue Morley 1st LV55 running faster than last year, and Peter Lewis 1st V60.
1 17:38 Tom Adams 5 19:25 Dave Wilby 15 21:33 Bradley Chapman 29 23:02 Alastair Barlow 43 24:17 Kate Archer 75 28:04 John Laurie 76 28:34 Sue Morley 1st LV55 80 29:17 Sharron Meadows 81 29:19 Peter Lewis 1st V60
With some 220 runners on the day, a Jubilee theme, expert organisation by Lawrence and his team, and a lovely sunny day, this event went very well indeed. Another great Harriers event, thanks to everyone who contributed.
Full senior and junior results, photos, and video on our Trail Race page.
Tom Adams won in 40:09, leading Ilkley to the men's team prize. First Ilkley lady was Emma Barclay, 2nd lady and winner of the FV40 prize, leading the Ilkley ladies' team to a win.
1 40:09 Tom Adams 14 48:22 Dave Cummings 16 48:42 Jonathan Sinclair 17 49:23 Ben Sheppard 18 49:28 Rob Cunningham 22 50:09 Andrew Merrick 24 50:18 Henry Heavisides 1st V55 25 50:28 Emma Barclay 2nd lady, 1st F40 30 51:25 Rachel Carter 1st F35 41 52:27 Sally Malir 1st F45 47 53:57 John Hayes 49 54:07 Ben Joynson 56 55:01 Nikos Georgiadis 65 55:27 Alison Bennett 72 56:17 Richard Morris 78 57:14 Chris Cunningham 83 57:21 Andrew Jackson 87 57:48 John Coates 94 59:06 Martin Wright 95 59:08 Nigel Tapper 99 59:37 Dougie Scarfe 105 60:02 David Howe 109 60:10 Keith Wood 112 60:13 Elle Bradley 116 60:29 Anna Barlow 118 60:45 Helen Horton 149 64:32 Hilda Coulsey 1st F55 153 65:34 Sue Bickerdike 154 65:36 Sharon Meadows 157 65:57 Rhiannon Turner 168 67:33 Liz Price 170 67:47 Andrew Bennett 180 69:38 Don Macrae 182 70:00 Sophie Brown 184 70:11 Emma O'Looney 185 70:13 Paul O'Looney 192 72:48 Judith Scarfe 197 75:26 Julie Elmes 219 finished
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
Jann Smith was 1st lady at this 4.3miles/1300' BOFRA race...
(1 31:47 Alistair Dunn, Helm Hill) 15 35:36 Iain Gibbons 31 41:15 Jann Smith 1st lady 59 finished
Charlie and Summer Smith also ran in junior races.
From Diane Haggar ... I managed to be 1st Lady over the line at this lovely 8 mile Dales race, after a tussle with Molly from Trawden who had go the better of me 2 days earlier at Pen y Ghent. Graham Breeze also ran.
Eric Morley adds ... wih The Austwick Cuckoo Festival and Street Party, the Austwick Amble fell face was 8 miles and 1,200ft. The street party was great, bands, lots of stall and other entertainment plus loads of friendly folk. Three Harriers competed, all did well on a marshalled course that took runners as far as Nick Pot and Sulber Nick on the three peaks route. Diane Haggar excelled and was 1st Lady home.
(1 52:26 Dominic Raby, Chorley Harriers) 23 63:00 Diane Haggar 1st Lady 67 76:22 Graham Breeze 72 84:05 Sue Morley
From Jamie Hutchinson ... this has to be one of the toughest triathlons, so good to make it first one of the season! Swim in Coniston Water was reduced from 2k to 1.5k due to temperature of 12.5c. Considering the temperature I managed a reasonable swim. The 70k bike taking in Wrynose Pass followed, really tough and suffered with mechanical problems. Then finally run/walk up Wetherlam, Swirl How and Coniston Old Man. Great descent off the Old Man and a finish in just over 6 hours and 14th out of 60 finishers.
Henry Heavisides reports ... it was very cold, wet & windy for the Northern vets track & field championships in Leigh. Despite the adverse conditions I was pleased to run PBs in both the 1500m & 3000m to win two gold medals in the M55 age group. I ran 5:03.9 in the 1500m & 10:41.7 in the 3000m
Eddie Winslow reports ... this year the annual LDWA 100 miler linked some of the Olympic sites with the Jubilee in a journey from the Olympic Park at Stratford in East London to Windsor. Initially heading South East it linked canal towpaths and London parks as it traveled to the Dome, along the Thames to the Barrier and then South to Farnborough and Biggin Hill. Turning West the route skirted the M25 and then worked along the North Downs, taking in Box Hill before heading South West to Pitch Hill. From here it headed North West and then North around the edges of Guildford and Woking to approach the finish through Windsor Great Park.
I had hoped to get round in under 24 hours and was on schedule for the first half. Overnight, the North Downs became very slippery as heavy rain turned the footpaths to mud and I began to get problems with blisters. I was still on for around 25 hours early on Sunday morning but my feet deteriorated badly over the last 20 miles. Blistering under both sets of toes and to the soles of both heels began to slow me down and reduced me to a hobble for the final ten miles and I eventually finished in a time of 26 hours and 29 minutes, still one of the quickest times.
Apart from the blisters to my feet everything else is fine and doesn't feel as if I've done 10 miles, let alone 100 so I'm hoping to be out running again very soon – at least I didn't need to wear slippers in work today unlike one of my colleagues who also did the event.
Tom Adams was invited to run in this top quality selection race, finishing 13th in 51:01
Off-road, results from Sportident...
Half Marathon (1 1h25:07 Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners) 5 1h36:40 Mark Mon-Williams 26 1h46:56 Caz Farrow 1st lady 34 1h49:11 Rebecca Mon-Williams 2nd lady 48 1h55:39 Kate Archer 51 1h56:14 Alison Eagle 70 2h00:50 Jo Foster 112 2h09:24 John Fenwick 125 2h14:24 Elaine Cossins 128 2h14:58 Nick Mellor 175 2h29:12 Emma O'Looney 176 2h29:14 Paul Sugden 199 finished Marathon (1 2h48:11 Richard Pattinson, Pudsey & Bramley) 63 4h38:22 Adela Reperecki 64 4h38:26 Debbie Lewis 72 4h52:41 Lynn Donahue 73 4h52:43 Keith Wood 78 5h11:03 Bridget Doherty 82 finished
Will Buckton reports ... a lovely day in the Lakes for me, Clare, Neil and Brian. I thought the Three Peaks was hard until I completed my first Lakeland race this weekend! The terrain was completely different to the Dales with scree slope descents, sharp rocks and rubble filled valleys. 37km/2290m.
Provisional results Brian Melia 5h44 Neil Smith 6h Will Buckton 6h28 Clare Smith 7h
Diane Haggar reports ... having completed the 3 Peaks for the first time this April, I turned up for this one feeling it was a relatively easy option to just do 1 Peak. How wrong I was! As the route differs considerably from that of the Peaks and the clag was down, I was basically running (or rather walking) blind to the summit. After a poor ascent I made up most of the lost places on the descent and managed to take 3rd Lady and 1st LV40. Martin Archer led our small contingent of Harriers in and Ian Rowbotham ran well to take 2nd V50.
(3.4 miles, 700 ft, or 5.5 km, 213 m)
Val Kerr reports ... A nice little fell race this one with a bit of everything: short steep ascent, long fast downhill and two stream crossings (and fast !). Not many Harriers here given all the other races happening this weekend but Jann Smith had an excellent run finishing 4th lady and 1st LV40.
(1 20:53 Sam Tosh, Rossendale (new course record)) 43 27:59 Jann Smith 76 31:36 Val Kerr 78 31:59 Graham Breeze (98 ran)
Hyde Park Leeds 152 25:44 Rhiannon Turner
Gaenor Coy writes from the US of A .... a lovely friendly community/family event on closed roads in Wrigley Village, Long Beach, LA. I did the 10km run finishing in 49:48 a PB by 1:50. Ended up 11th lady and 2nd V35. Steve did the 5km in 18:07 and was 10th overall and 2nd V35. Kids all did the 1km fun run with Dominic and Nathan finishing 1st and 2nd.
Alison Bennett for her brilliant marathon result at Windermere Marathon (new club V50 marathon record) and Jack Bloor race
Alison Weston and Clare Smith for organising the Calderdale Way Relay teams
David Westhead for sub 17min 5k at John Carr Race 3
Bradley Chapman for his effort in training and BOFRA races
John Coates for his 50 races in his 50th year
Sheena Pickersgill for completing her first ever marathon in Edinburgh and for her motivation and organisation of marathon training runs for some of her other running colleagues
29 Harriers were out racing on a golden Summer's evening in the third race in the Harrogate League at Yeadon and Esholt. Our lady vets' team beat all comers, our ladies were 2nd in a close competition with Wetherby and Otley, and overall we were 4th team.
(1 30:54 Douglas Roberts, RZH) 15 34:44 Nick Richardson 17 34:56 Mark Mon-Williams 43 37:51 Mark Iley 48 38:49 Rachel Carter 54 39:09 Caz Farrow 55 39:10 Andrew Sheldon 61 39:38 Ben Joynson 69 40:08 Sally Malir 70 40:15 John Lumbus 71 40:16 John Dillon 74 40:32 Rebecca Mon-Williams 83 41:01 Stephen Rhodes 97 42:08 Nikos Georgiadis 101 42:23 Alison Bennett 120 44:01 Nicole Dillon 138 45:14 Andrew Jackson 152 46:00 Val Kerr 181 48:11 Karen Lambe 183 48:16 Sharon Meadows 184 48:25 Allison Ricci 211 50:58 Sophie Brown 218 51:25 Sue Williamson 219 51:37 Rhiannon Turner 220 51:53 Andrew Bennett 227 52:56 Don Macrae 236 54:03 Emma Payne 237 54:10 Vincent Gibbons 239 54:45 Mark Kerr 245 55:55 Sue Verspyck 260 finished
Eric Morley reports ... two Harriers raced the Ossy Oiks fell race on the Cleveland Hills. It was an AS run-5.3 miles and 1,804 ft, parts of which were on the Cleveland Way. Both aquitted themselves well.
(1 37:17 Cameron Taylor, Esk Valley) 4 42:07 Ian Rowbotham 1st MV50 90 68:18 Sue Morley
The first of the Summer's Away Runs, led by Andy Woldfenden up Sharpo Haw, went very well with about 30 runners taking part on a beautiful sunny evening with fantastic views.
Alison Eagle reports ... a 5.5 mile course which combined the Harriers v Cyclist race and part of Leg 5 Millenium Way; very very dry underfoot which caused probs with rutted fields and slippy sandy paths but I enjoyed the route though may enjoy it even more when muddy! Again well organised: Recommend these low key races - not as many entries as last week's race but still warm: Next one is at Pudsey, on the 12th June - 2 laps of a woodland route (4:6m) followed by chips butties (worth running for just for that!) - see YVAA website for details. (But NB there's a cracking 'Away Run' that night. Paul)
Ladies race 5 44:54 Alison Eagle 2nd V45 (TBC)
Scotland's biggest running festival celebrated its 10th anniversary with a record-breaking 23,000 taking part; Ilkley Harriers joined with runners from more than 100 countries to take on the UK's fastest marathon course. Results:
Marathon 2793 4h00.29 Simon Jenkins 4097 4h21:33 Sheena Pickersgill (1st marathon) 5120 4h37:14 Nick Page (1st marathon) 6815 5h12:51 Janet Smith (1st marathon) Half Marathon 1010 1h43:02 Alex Bailey 3410 2h04:38 Georgina Earle (1st half marathon) 4522 2h15:48 Annabel Bailey (1st half marathon) 4524 2h15:49 Sue Bickerdike Any more? (slightly tricky results system!)
A number of Harriers travelled to the Lakes for this extremely short and sharp (1m/900') BOFRA Championship race...
(1 14:45 Alistair Dunn, Helm Hill) 18 17:40 Iain Gibbons 21 18:28 Dave Cummings 29 20:12 Bradley Chapman 42 22:29 Jann Smith 2rd L, 1st LV40 70 ran
Some good Ilkley Junior results too.
Dave Wilby reports ... 16 miles, 7500ft, 4 hours, 30 degrees.....hard, hard, hard. Did I mention it was hard? Did I also mention it's the best race in the world, ever.....hard too!! Results from the Scottish Hill Runners web site, and of course the race was organised by Ilkley Harrier Graham Arthur ...
(1 3h17:39 Rob Jebb, Bingley) 28 4h08:03 Dave Wilby 191 finished
From Eric Morley ... the Hutton Roof Crags race saw two Ilkley lady vets complete 7 miles and 1,320 feet in very hot conditions.
(1 49:23 Craig Roberts, Kendal Amateur AC) 170 1h30:38 Sue Morley 172 1h31:14 Ann Stead 203 finished
Ewan Welsh ... ran the Kentmere Lakeland 17K trail race on Saturday, starting and finishing in Staveley, great day if somewhat warm in parts, just happy to get around the course in a mechanically sound manner, this was the first race back after a 5 month lay off with a knee injury (I tripped on the stairs and ended up with strained ligaments and damaged the cartridge, just in case anyone thinks knee injuries is a recurring theme of running!), so I was pretty happy just to be back out. Good course with varied terrain, a bit of road, bridlepath, single tracks and a couple of good long uphill sections with sharp descents. The race is part of the Lakeland Trail series, really well organised (and family friendly) and have a bit of everything. I would take them as they come (rather than get into any comparison between road/fell). They tend to have several races on the day, a shorter route, a 'challenge' race which is open to runners/walkers , and then the 'race' over the same course, so the overall numbers are well spread out over the day. I've now entered the Coniston Trail Marathon in July which is part of the same series.
17K race, 228 ran, (1 1h09:25 Chris Steele, Borrowdale Fell Runners) 74 1h36:54 Ewan Welsh 113 1h42:47 Michael Duffield 17K Challenge, 331 ran 107 1h59:04 Stuart Herrington (in his first ever race)
George Elmes reports ... we had 9 JIH's across to Lancashire for the above, highlights being Emily Elmes 3rd U10G and Georgia Malir 4th U16G, fuller report on the junior pages.
Hyde Park Leeds 150 25:35 Rhiannon Turner
We had a record 67 teams for our 3rd hosting of these relays. A big Thank You to the many helpers who helped make it a great evening for everyone. There are full results and photos on the Badger Stone Relays page.
From the Ilkley results perspective, there was a great turnout of Harriers of all ages; and many quality results with Tom Adams blazing a new record of 12:53 and leading our men to 2nd team place, and Ilkley's ladies winning with a new team record, and taking 2nd team place too.
The next Ilkley Harriers event is our Trail Race on Monday 4th June - info here.
Mark Mon-Williams reports ... the data have now been collated and the statistical analyses completed for the double race winner - the search for the best performance over Wednesday's Will Ramsbotham Badgerstone Relay and Thursday's Cow and Calf orienteering sprint race.
The winner of the men's competition was Jack Wood who just snuck victory from Alun Powell with Steve Watkins in hot pursuit. Al had a great run at Thursday's orienteering (finishing second with Jack in fourth and Steve in third) but had left just too much work after running 17 min on Wednesday to Jack's outstanding 14:37 min run. It was great to see Al Powell at these events as he was Will's partner on mountain marathons.
The winner of the women's competition was Annie Brown who had a brilliant run on her first orange orienteering course and finished in second place giving her an excellent victory in the double competition.
It was great to see fell running and orienteering combining to give a great week of sport in Wharfedale. The double race was particularly fitting as Will Ramsbotham was a keen fell runner and orienteer and loved to encourage participation in these sports.
There were lots of serendipitous reminders of the close relationship between fell running and orienteering over the races. The orienteering courses were planned by Ruaridh Mon-Williams who loves fell running and orienteering. The prizes at the Badgerstone Relays were presented by a sporting legend Jack Maitland who was an international orienteer and fell runner. Jack Wood and Annie Brown are both members of Ilkley Harriers and Airienteers.
Fantastic to see so many Ilkley Harriers and Airienteers at the two events. Let's hope these links between two fantastic sports grow even stronger over the forthcoming years!
Alison Eagle reports ... 5.8 miles, a course for the road runners - flat out along the A65, along the canal, couple of small hills, back along the canal and A65 - my worst nightmare but good training. The hot weather brought out a record entry causing a 15 mins delay to the start from Kirkstall Abbey for registration of all the runners! Not done these for a while, lovely low key events, well organised and marshalled. (Forgotten how much it hurts to try and run as fast as you can, too many steady long runs not quite the best preparation!)
Ladies race 7 43:37 Alison Eagle 3rd LV45 81 57:23 Amanda Newham
Andrew Bennett reports ... Alison's result was 3:25:40 9th lady, 2nd LV50, a new LV50 club record.
Alison Bennett reports ... the organizers politely described this course as "undulating" with a hill to watch out for at 7 miles. Perhaps it would have more accurate for them to have highlighted the rarer flat sections. Nevertheless, in a state of naivety or madness I entered my first marathon based on the fact that it was in a nice location, would be a pleasant family day out and feeling that at some time, I had to confront my nemesis.
This was the day that summer decided to arrive and from the onset the Lakes were bathed in sunshine. With fellow Harriers, Dave Ibbotson, Martin Wright, Dougie Scarfe, Keith Wood and his brother Andrew, we were led by a band to the start and off! Sustained around the course by regular drinks stations also supplying Kendal mint cake I was relieved some 3 1/2 hours later to have completed the course feeling nothing but total admiration for the 10 in 10 group who were completing 10 marathons in ten days following the same course.
For non runners there was a Family Fun Day with canoeing, tethered hot air ballooning, a zip wire and plenty of bits and pieces to see and do. All in all, a grand day out!
Official results from www.brathaywindermeremarathon.org.uk...
(1 2h45:30 Mike Jefferies, Swaledale RR) 62 3h25:40 Alison Bennett 208 3h52:54 Keith Wood 333 4h06:47 Andy Webster 466 4h24:35 Dave Ibbotson 550 4h39:17 Martin Wright 773 finished
From www.ukresults.net ..
(1 36:41 Mark Livesey, Army) 52 46:16 Chris Cunningham 87 49:35 John Fenwick 158 53:19 Christine Cox 179 55:30 Helen Culshaw 306 62:33 Carole Cunningham 361 63:38 Rachel Cunningham 386 finished
267 38:32 Rob Cunningham 15548 59:51 Natalie York
From Amanda Parnaby ... 23 miles based in and around Sledmere organised by East Yorkshire LDWA. A fine well organised event taking in ice age Wolds valleys and ancient beech woods. The recent rain had accentuated the growth of nettles and grass which made the tracks difficult to distinguish. Finished in 5 hours 30 mins
This race had a 'chase the bride' theme (do read the full report on wharfedaleharriers.org.uk), with the 'bride' having a 20 minute head start and 7 runners catching her over the 8.2km/366m ups Simons Seat.
(1 38:03 Ian Holmes, Bingley) (4 40:09 Nick Charlesworth, Wharfedale, The Groom) (8 61:31 Sarah Martin, Wharfedale, The Bride) 9 42:34 Dave Wilby 21 45:43 Ian Rowbotham 1st V50 28 47:51 Duncan Cooper 45 51:48 Diane Haggar 56 53:01 Jann Smith 70 57:12 Andrew Wilson 79 59:40 Graham Breeze 87 63:08 Jim Towers 88 63:34 Kelly Harrison 109 finished
Well done to our two runners selected to run in Yorkshire colours: Tom Adams was 7th in 48:11 helping Yorkshire to team Silver; Florence Haines was 5th U18 lady in 39:35, helping Yorksire to another team Silver. (Other news - Yorkshire ladies won team Gold in the senior race - more).
Georgia Malir had a great run coming 4th in the U16 womens' race in 37:22
From Jamie Hutchinson ... Brian Melia and I did the Old Counties Tops, 37 miles starting in Langdale and taking in Helvellyn, Scafell and Coniston Old Man. It's a long walk, run and crawl!
The day started cool and we were greeted by a thin covering of snow on top of Helvellyn. The weather gradually improved as the day progressed. We headed up to summit Scafell without too much bother. Climbing up towards Coniston Old Man and six hours in I found the going really tough as Brian really got into his stride. I felt a little better after the summit and we headed back to Langdale and the finish! We got round in 8hrs 45 and 17th overall.
Andy Wolfenden reports ... Christine Cox did about 54.00. I did about 58.00 and Otley's Ian Fisher won in 35 something, knocking nearly 5 minutes off the course record. Scorcher? we all but froze to death it was only 4 degrees up there.
Alison Weston reports... a few Harriers ran in this delightful 6km/244m race from Kildwick up a very steep road to a double loop on open moor before coming back down again. A beautiful evening and a really lovely course. (Would make a good training run!)
(1 24:31 Ian Holmes, Bingley) 46 32:52 Di Haggar 3rd lady, 1st F45 55 34:56 Alison Weston 58 35:07 John Coates 61 35:10 Chris Oxlade 73 37:41 Graham Breeze
Junior races also looked good fun and Nea Weston ran well in the under 12's coming 7th girl.
Photos at woodentops.org.uk
A glorious evening for the final race in the series, again with many young Harriers running (marked J). Results from Saltaire Striders' web site:
(1 15.46 Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners) 15 16.55 David Westhead 26 17.20 Mark Mon-Williams 32 17.47 Dave Cummings 37 17.56 Henry Heavisides 42 18.08 Sally Morley 51 18.28 Francis Westhead J 58 18.35 Mark Iley 65 18.53 Ruaridh Mon-Williams J 68 19.07 Bradley Chapman 71 19.15 Jack Cummings J 75 19.22 Toni Melechi 76 19.25 Edward Bickerdike J 78 19.26 Neil Chapman 81 19.28 Alison Bennett 90 19.41 Lucy Williamson J 95 19.50 Emma Barclay 102 19.57 Rebecca Mon-Williams 104 20.04 Sally Malir 122 20.48 Adrian Bastow 126 20.51 Tilly Melechi J 139 21.27 Jacob Hellewell J 151 21.55 Andrew Jackson 159 22.25 Lucy Jacques J 162 22.27 Catherine Westhead J 175 22.47 Joanne Williamson J 180 22.55 Nick Mellor 193 23.48 Harriet Jackson J 195 23.58 Alessandra Ricci J 198 24.05 Allison Ricci 220 25.08 Catherine Brown 228 25.45 Andrew Bennett 230 25.47 Sue Williamson 250 26.47 Andrea Westhead 258 28.04 Sally Wright 268 29.58 Bridget Taylor J 269 29.59 Dave Taylor 308 finished
Lots of Harriers were well placed in the overall series results, including: Alison Bennett 1st F50, Lucy Williamson first FY (Ilkley had the top 7 runners in this category!), Henry Heavisides 2nd V55, Bradley Chapman 2nd MJ, and Ruaridh Mon-Williams 2nd MY (with 5 Ilkley runners in the top 7).
For the 3rd time in 3 weeks! Alison Bennett broke the F50+ Club Record
Results from www.harrogate-league.org.uk.
(1 28.23 Marc Scott, RZH) 20 32.29 Nick Richardson 29 33.15 Dave Wilby 66 35.40 Andrew Sheldon 75 36.17 Ben Joynson 78 36.27 Will Buckton 93 37.21 Alison Bennett 94 37.23 John Lumbus 98 37.32 John Dillon 104 37.38 Paul Stephens 212 43.24 Christine Cox 216 43.33 Adela Reperecki 249 46.22 Paul Sugden 253 46.50 Don Macrae 264 47.42 Andrew Bennett 311 52.56 David Millson 315 53.12 Natalie York
Captain Clare says ... A super day for Ilkley Harriers. Well done to everyone who ran - there was a great team spirit! Results from www.halifaxharriers.co.uk ...
(1 6:18:49 Wharfedale Harriers) 11 7:00:08 Ilkley Harriers A Mixed 2nd Mixed team! Mark Mon Williams, Jez Hellewell 1:28:36 (19) Emma Barclay, Sally Morley 1:10:44 (21) Kate Archer, Alison Weston 47:06 (28) Jack Wood, Jamie Hutchinson 1:13:34 (9) Jann Smith, Alison Bennett 1:06:50 (28) Lee Morley, Dave Wilby 1:13:18 (7) 49 8:20:25 Ilkley Harriers B Mixed Will Buckton, Paul Stephens 1:42:33 (54) Amanda Newham, Andrew Bennett 1:40:40 (75) Kay Pearce, Andrew Merrick 45:20 (19) Jo Foster, Jane McCarthy 1:32:54 (52) Alison Eagle, Nicky Jacquiery 1:06:31 (26) Gavin Burgess, Nikos Georgiadis 1:32:27 (50) 80 teams finished
Dave Wilby reports ... our first Mixed Team recorded a new club record time, taking over 13 minutes off the 2003 record of 7:13:41. We didn't break any individual leg records, although Sally & Emma on Leg 2, and Jack & Jamie on Leg 4 each came within less than a minute of taking the Harriers leg records.
Will Buckton reports..., leg 1 Paul Stephens and Will Buckton 9.8 miles 1h42. Lovely weather for the start and after we dodged the drunk getting out of the taxi and nearly scuppering the car we had a good run. A nice route lots of ups and downs passing through the lovely village of Ripponden. Don't always follow the people in front even if they look like they know the way!
From Jamie Hutchinson ... Jack Wood and I had leg 4 from Blackshaw Head to Wainstalls. A really lovely leg on a great day. We were fortunate to have a few teams around us helping to keep the pace up. A great run around the moors and then descending through Jerusalem farm before the final (tough) ascent to Wainstalls – Jack put in a supreme effort, allowing us to overtake three teams! Well done to all who took part! We completed the leg in around 74 mins.
From Dave Wilby ... Lee Morley & I took on the final leg which consisted of lots of fast running through woodland, fields and along quiet roads. Not knowing for sure, but sensing we might be leading the mixed team standings as Alison & Jann came flying in to the handover, Lee gave it full beans for the whole leg while I cursed quietly from the back. We gradually reeled in maybe 4 or 5 teams, but with 2 miles to go were caught by Calder Valley's Mixed Team. We're not sure yet who they were but they were obviously seasoned international runners, there's no other explanation for it!! Provisionally we finished in roughly 70-72 minutes very tired, but very pleased with the final position of 12th overall and 2nd Mixed team. A great effort from all involved.
Nikos on Leg 6 says ... ...watches were synchronised with Gavin (by the way he loves his high tech and watches, I only had a string around my wrist) on Saturday night him in Ilkley and me at the Lake District ... read more ...
From Alison Weston big thanks to Clare/Dave for organising the teams and to Clare for supporting and following the relay from a very early start to the finish (and making it for a drink in the evening!)
Christine Cox finished 112th in 1h23:24
Results from www.raceplus.co.uk
(1 1h13:54 Owen Beilby, Wharfedale) 27 1:22:01 Nick Richardson 445 1:38:43 Michael Duffield 696 1:43:16 Martin Wright PB 3s! 812 1:41:35 Jon Dillon 894 1:43:08 Chris Cunningham 1093 1:45:29 Nicole Dillon 1232 1:47:27 Stephen Rhodes 1750 1:54:55 Allison Ricci PB 13 mins 1839 1:50:37 Sue Bickerdike 2097 1:59:47 Stephanie Millward 2278 2:00:27 Sophie Brown 2327 1:55:36 Abigail Bailey 2530 1:56:57 Anthony Swanepoel 2609 2:02:44 Michael Picken 2656 2:03:20 Charlotte Smithson 2770 2:05:25 Janet Smith 2898 2:02:05 Paul Sugden 2979 2:06:26 Donna Hattersley 3067 2:06:26 Michelle Snow 4565 finished
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
Rebecca Mon-Williams reports ...
Val and I had a lovely trip out to do the Fairfield Horseshoe – flying the flag for Ilkley Harriers. Great conditions for a beautiful race: a big climb to get your teeth into at the start followed by some less severe ascents to gain the main summit. Fast grassy slopes made for a lovely descent. The only down side to this race was the unavoidable pass through knee-high manure little after 5min of racing (at least it kept walkers at bay!) and facing the 1km slightly up-hill track at the end after that speedy descent. Both were swiftly forgotten whilst washing down in the river at the finish and admiring the wonderful views. Thanks to Mark Kerr and dog Cleo for their support en route!
Winner: Rhys from Dark Peak in a blistering 1.19
Rebecca Mon-Williams 1.51 6th lady 2nd LV40
Val Kerr 2.17 high up the LV50
The BOFRA Championship season kicked off with this race, with some good results from Harriers ....
(1 20:43 Matt Lockyer, P&B) 15 23:01 Ian Gibbons 22 24:20 Dave Cummings 34 26:03 Bradley Chapman 38 27:17 Toni Melechi 74 finished
Some excellent junior results too.
Harrogate 32 22:32 John Fenwick 49 24:25 Jim Towers Bradford Lister Park 19 21:29 Lucy Haines (U14) 2nd lady 35 22:53 Florence Haines Leeds Hyde Park 99 24:34 John Marshall 208 29:26 Linda Marshall
Amanda Parnaby reports ... 23 miles from Kirkby Malham taking in Pike Daw, Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Malham Moor. This is a well run event with home made food and I only have one reservation and that is climbing Gordale Scar which I never relish. However, despite my worries because of the amount of rain which fell last week, I was pleased to see a notice advising participants to use the alternative route around Gordale Scar. After the recent poor weather the event was blessed with warm sunny conditions. I finished in 5 hours 56 minutes. I saw Debbie Lewis, Adele Reperecki and John Coates who finished in 5 hours 50 minutes after having taken a slight detour.
John Coates reports ... it's the first time this race has run and it's organized by the National Trust, there were about 40 runners I think. For anyone that has done any of the Guisborough Four Seasons series and is familiar with the Cleveland Matterhorn, which is Roseberry Topping they will know how sharp the final ascent is to the top. This run starts from the Great Ayton side and pretty much starts to climb from the start, up through lovely woods with a carpet of bluebells, then onto the summit, which because of the bad weather on Thursday was covered in cloud. The run down is great though as it wind its way off the summit and down to the finish, hope to do it again next year. This was the 47th race in my challenge to do 50 while I'm 50, hoping to complete it at the Ilkley Trail Race next month. Results soon ...
Another super turnout with many young Harriers running (marked J). Results from Saltaire Striders' web site:
(1 14.53 Jonathon Wills, Bristol & West) 20 17.07 David Westhead 30 17.28 Mark Mon-Williams 41 17.54 Henry Heavisides 44 18.02 Dave Cummings 49 18.14 Sally Morley 2nd lady, 1st F35 53 18.29 Andrew Sheldon 54 18.30 Mark Iley 58 18.33 Ruaridh Mon-Williams J 66 18.47 Francis Westhead J 73 18.59 Jack Cummings J 84 19.28 Bradley Chapman 93 19.49 Edward Bickerdike J 94 19.52 Lucy Williamson J 104 20.04 Alison Bennett 105 20.05 Rebecca Mon-Williams 108 20.19 Neil Chapman 116 20.37 Toni Melechi 118 20.38 Tilly Melechi J 119 20.46 Andrew Jackson PB 128 21.09 Adrian Bastow 131 21.21 Jacob Hellewell J 153 22.14 Jeremy Ince 163 22.45 Elizabeth Westhead J 169 23.00 Joanne Williamson J 175 23.20 Nick Mellor 190 23.58 Catherine Westhead J 197 24.14 Michael Picken 203 24.39 Alessandra Ricci J 207 24.56 Harriet Jackson J 220 25.42 Catherine Brown 223 25.52 Andrew Bennett 246 27.07 Andrea Westhead 256 28.09 Sally Wright 261 29.11 Bridget Taylor J 262 29.12 Dave Taylor MV45 278 finished
Alison Bennett broke the F50+ Club Record (as she did last week too, sorry we missed that Alison!)
Ilkley's men were 3rd team, with a good win for Tom over 2½ minutes clear of 2nd place, and Ilkley's ladies were 2nd team. Results:
1 39:03 Tom Adams 11 43:34 Lee Morley 18 45:08 Dave Wilby 21 45:17 Stuart Pitches 25 45:56 Nick Richardson 34 47:00 Ian Rowbotham 39 47:20 Dave Cummings 52 48:57 Brian Melia 54 49:03 Ben Sheppard 56 49:12 Duncan Cooper 57 49:32 Richard Joel 58 50:18 Alistair Barlow 69 51:44 Will Buckton 77 52:16 Bradley Chapman 78 52:22 Ben Joynson 81 52:39 Paddy Hagan 82 52:53 Richard Reeve 87 53:17 Peter Haines 90 53:29 Kate Archer 96 53:54 Rachel Carter 98 54:04 Paul Stephens 106 54:52 Alison Weston 110 55:26 Chris Oxlade 114 56:18 Alison Bennett 1st F50 122 57:44 Steve Newell 125 58:24 Sue Booth 127 58:27 John Coates 134 60:06 Ian Marshall 149 62:37 Gavin Burgess 151 62:57 Joyce Marshall 155 63:18 Martin Wright 161 64:04 Sue Morley 166 67:38 Andrew Bennett 171 68:07 Gemma Carpenter 175 70:04 Sophie Brown 186 73:59 Rachel Hagan 194 finished
The senior race was preceded by junior races also well represented by IH (special mention to Max Bryant U8 winner!!) - full results on www.jackbloor.co.uk
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
Congratulations to Tom Adams and Florence Haines (U18) who have been selected to run for Yorkshire in the UKA Inter-Counties Championships to be held at the Shining Tor race on Saturday 19th May. More on woodentops.org.uk
(1 52:23 Andy Lamont, Macclesfield) 40 1h10:05 Alison Eagle 4th lady 46 1h12:33 John Coates 73 finished
Photos at woodentops.org.uk
Jonathan Sinclair reports ... a new and flat race. Well organised and supported. Field about 600 finishing in Scunthorpe Football stadium.
(1 1h13:35 Gavin Felton, Barnsley Athletic Club 13 1h22:44 Jonathan Sinclair (1st MV 50
Lynn Donohue reports ... my first marathon, a low key trail event in Suffolk - the Heritage trail coastal marathon incorporating a long distance walk, full and half marathons and a 6 mile event. A cold, windy and wet day taking in a variety of countryside from dunes, a very windy stretch along the coast and past Sizewell nuclear plant, heathland, through the marshes and the Minsmere RSPB reserve. My one and only chance of saying I was the first Harrier home! Finished in 4:33.
139 57:58 Graham Breeze 1st M65 161 62:21 Sue Morley 1st F55
Photos at woodentops.org.uk
We had a few Harriers in this, results from Stainland Lions web site ...
(1 1h05:00 Ben Mounset, Stainland Lions) 72 1h22:22 Caz Farrow 2nd F35 154 1h34:37 Dougie Scarfe 206 1h41:28 Adela Reperecki 227 1h42:52 Debbie Lewis 340 2h04:25 Judith Scarfe 384 finished
From Chris Oxlade ... Three Harriers completed Pendle Cloughs (a 14-mile, 4100-foot romp over and around Pendle Hill). A low-key event (just 80 starters) organised by Wharfedale Harriers, starting and finishing in the picture-perfect village of Downham, north the Hill. Results were:
(1 2:04:20 Tom Brunt, Holfmirth) 8 2:25:51 Ian Rowbotham 49 3:16:31 Chris Oxlade 67 3:31:36 Graham Arthur 78 finished
Photos at woodentops.org.uk
Harrogate Stray 68 24:18 Jim Towers Leeds Hyde Park 322 29:36 Linda Marshall
(1 23:12 James Hall, Wharfedale) 15 27:31 Ian Rowbotham 2nd V50 37 30:43 Mike Baldwin 38 31:01 Diane Haggar 1st lady 66 35:07 Graham Breeze 1st V60 77 36:39 Sue Morley 95 finished
Photos at woodentops.org.uk
(1 15.35 Paul Marchant, Rothwell) 37 17.22 Mark Mon-Williams 47 17.48 Henry Heavisides 48 17.53 Steve Weston 55 18.08 Dave Cummings 57 18.18 Andrew Sheldon 61 18.27 Mark Iley 70 18.42 Ruaridh Mon-Williams J 78 18.51 Jack Cummings J 84 18.59 Arthur Reilly 86 19.01 Francis Westhead J 92 19.24 Toni Melechi 98 19.35 Lucy Williamson J 1st FJ 100 19.38 Bradley Chapman 109 19.50 Jeremy Ince 112 19.56 Edward Bickerdike J 116 20.02 Rebecca Mon-Williams 3rd F40 132 20.34 Tilly Melechi J 133 20.34 Neil Chapman 134 20.35 Alison Bennett 1st F50 146 21.05 Andrew Jackson 153 21.23 Jacob Hellewell J 179 22.25 Elizabeth Westhead J 181 22.31 Lucy Jacques J 183 22.37 Nick Mellor 204 23.14 Joanne Williamson J 212 23.25 Hilda Coulsey 226 23.54 Cathrine Westhead J 228 23.56 Harriet Jackson J 237 24.25 Allison Ricci 255 25.32 Alessandra Ricci J 262 25.52 Cathrine Brown 266 25.58 Andrea Westhead 267 26.00 Sue Williamson 268 26.01 Andrew Bennett 291 27.36 Sally Wright 294 27.48 Bridget Taylor J 303 29.56 Dave Taylor 318 finished
Ilkley Harriers kicked off the Harrogate Race League 2012 in style with a record-breaking event.
361 runners far exceeds the previous League record (324, also at our race, in 2008). But Neil & Clare's organisation and the many marshals and helpers ensured that everything ran smoothly and safely. The number of runners enjoying the supper afterwards must also have been a League record so thank you to Chris Matthews and her catering team, and the many Harriers who provided food.
On the results front, we had 51 runners out and we are leading the lady and lady vets team competitions, a great way to start the League. Full results and photos on www.harrogate-league.org.uk.
(1 26.09 Marc Scott, RZH) 18 29.01 Mark Mon-Williams 22 29.18 Nick Richardson 29 29.50 Jim Ryder 32 30.03 Sally Morley 48 31.01 Dave Wilby 49 31.03 Dave Cummings 75 32.30 Will Buckton 79 32.40 Rachel Carter 82 32.55 Caz Farrow 83 32.58 Steve Newell 87 33.06 Ben Joynson 99 33.34 John Dillon 102 33.40 Richard Falls 106 33.57 Kate Archer 110 34.06 Alison Bennett 112 34.08 John Lumbus 124 34.30 Michael Duffield 131 34.36 Kay Pearce 143 35.06 Bradley Chapman 153 35.44 Paul Stephens 155 35.48 Keith Wood 157 36.00 Nicole Dillon 171 36.55 David Ibbotson 181 37.10 Val Kerr 200 38.06 Nick Page 208 38.35 Christine Cox 231 39.27 Elaine Cossins 250 40.34 Sophie Brown 257 40.57 Allison Ricci 264 41.17 Andrew Bennett 270 41.47 Paul Sugden 279 42.40 David Green 280 42.40 Georgina Earle 283 42.44 Mike Picken 291 43.12 Rhiannon Turner 294 43.23 Wendy Newell 295 43.32 Sue Williamson 300 43.48 Bernie Gibbons 304 44.09 Janet Smith 311 44.31 Gemma Carpenter 313 44.34 Vincent Gibbons 318 44.50 Mark Kerr 320 45.01 Steve Jordan 326 45.27 Janet Bairstow 327 45.30 Charlotte Smithson 330 45.49 Don Macrae 338 47.10 Sue Verspyck 341 47.27 Mike Noble 344 47.40 David Millson 347 48.44 Natalie York 356 53.57 Colin Lugton 357 54.16 Rachel Wade Smith 361 finished
Jez Hellewell - 3 Peaks results - nearly 5 minutes quicker than last year!
Sally Malir for her outstanding Marathon time at Manchester in appalling conditions, 2nd lady, breaking club age group record at same time; and 1st LV45 in Guiseley Gallop. These results are the result of months of focussed training, dedication and hard work!.
The ladies 3 Peaks team
Clare Smith, Alison Weston and Dave Wilby for being great fell captains, Clare for organising Calder relay, Alison for 3Ps time and encouragement, Dave for recent race results and for handing out food and drink near the top of Ingleborough
Clare and Neil Smith for tackling the Fellsman challenge and Clare for organising events and relays
Alison Weston for her 14th 3 Peaks race!
Rebecca Moores for knocking an amazing 40 mins off her marathon time in London, a fantastic and beautifully paced race, training really hard, and leading a group on a Tuesday
Jonathan Sinclair for a terrific run and PB at London Marathon run, 746th place, setting a new club record & a very high placing in his age group.
Liz Price for her commitment to training, determination, perseverance and fantastic attitude in her 3P training
Jann Smith and the Three Peaks girls for their performances and achieving a top place in the Yorkshire Championships, and Jann's Coledale result .
Nicky Jaquiery for her ultra race in Mallorca
John Coates for all his training, hard work and continuous dedication and commitment to 3 Peaks
Eddie Winslow on his first Ultra win
Rob Cunningham for a great Manchester Marathon time.
Two superb results: Rob Cunningham 132nd in 3h06:14; and Sally Malir, 2nd lady in 3h10:40 and 182nd overall amongst over 4,700 finishers and breaking the Club FV45 record.
Sally Malir reports Well, what can I say? Probably the worst conditions I have ever run in! Preparation had gone well and each time I trained my times were getting better so I revised my target time of 3.15 to 3.10. But the weather forecast was not good and when I woke on Sunday morning bright and early the rain had started, it was blowing a gale and the maximum temperature was due to be 4!..... GREAT
I met up with Rob on the start line, we were both shivering and were keen to get going so that we would warm up. We discussed that we were aiming for around the same time but from the gun he disappeared into the distance.
I seemed to be running fairly easily so set off quicker than target pace as I was aware that we were due to have the lovely Easterly headwind for the second half of the race. Unfortunately this proved to be true and my pace slowed in the second half. On the positive side at half way I was 5th lady but ended up 2nd lady by the end so obviously the wind got to some more than me. All in all a great fast course. the only complaint I have was the baggage return at the end, I nearly ended up with hypothermia waiting for it.
I am pleased with my result both the time and position but just wondering slightly what might have been if the weather had been better.
Congratulations to our winning ladies team of Jann Smith, Alison Weston, and Diane Haggar! And of course they are also the Yorkshire ladies team champions, with Jann Smith also winning Yorkshire individial bronze! It was Alison's 14th 3-Peaks, and Mike's 20th!
Ben Sheppard says ... A cruel and merciless swine of a race. Strictly for accomplished fell runners, masochists and those who are seriously deluded about their abilities or the magnitude of the challenge or (like me) both. Hats off to a host of tremendous Harrier performances throughout the field.
John Hayes adds... What is it about the Three Peaks Race that makes it such a classic? I can think of 5 things that I particularly like about it: (1) The Route. The Three Peaks is the original and by far the best three mountain route in the UK. The view from each summit is superb (albeit that the distance from Pen-y-ghent to Whernside is a little dispiriting!); (2) The Spectator Support: This is one of my all-time favourite races because of the number of people who come out and watch (whatever the weather) and cheer everyone on enthusiastically. Thanks to all those who yelled "Come on Ilkley!!" as I ran past. It really made a difference. Which leads me on to ... (3) The Jelly Babies. This year I noticed a phenomenon, There were plastic boxes of jelly babies held out by eager supporters all along the route. After a while, I felt a bit rude declining them. By the end, I was shovelling them down me as I stumbled down the final path to the finish. (4) The Little Spring on Ingleborough. If you are feeling thirsty coming down from the summit, take a slight detour to the right of the path. You will find a beautiful little spring with pure water bubbling out of it. Don't be put off a visit to the spring by all those sweaty runners overtaking you swigging their energy drinks. You will be spiritually uplifted and will skip down to the finish like a happy Spring lamb. Which takes me to (5) The Finish. The best bit of all!!
Results from Sportident
(1 2h55:58 Joe Symonds, Hunters Bog Trotters) 72 3h44:51 Lee Morley 116 3h54:32 Jamie Hutchinson 119 3h54:40 Jez Hellewell 146 3h59:46 Ralph Tench 184 4h07:10 Duncan Cooper 186 4h07:19 Jann Smith 13th lady 239 4h16:17 Brian Melia 288 4h24:05 Justin Phillips 305 4h26:11 Alison Weston 309 4h26:33 Mike Baldwin 327 4h29:40 Dick Waddington 333 4h30:54 Diane Haggar 346 4h32:51 John Hayes 395 4h38:31 Jane McCarthy 410 4h40:01 Will Buckton 414 4h40:51 Ben Sheppard 439 4h46:03 Dave Cummings 564 5h06:04 Richard Morris 577 5h08:29 John Coates 619 5h20:36 Nikos Georgiadis 625 5h24:01 David Howe 636 5h30:16 Helen Horton 637 5h30:17 Andrew Merrick 637 5h30:17 Nigel Tapper 641 finished in time
Clare Smith is glad to report that Neil and I completed the 61 mile/12000 ft event (not without incident however) in 19 hours 45 mins. Due to the severe weather conditions, which left several competitors suffering from hypothermia, runners behind us were forced to retire when the event was cancelled in the early hours of this morning so we were lucky to be allowed to finish.
Eddie Winslow reports ...
Straight after last year's poor run in the April heat, I pencilled in a return to the Woldsman. The fixtures clash with the 3 peaks and the Fellsman was disappointing as I had also intended to do one or both of these but in the circumstances the clash did me a favour as it probably weakened the top end of the field at the Woldsman.
Conditions were overcast with temperatures more to my liking than last year and from the start two of us moved clear with one person pursuing closely and then a gap developing. At the 12 mile checkpoint we were still together when my fellow competitor announced that an old foot injury was starting to play up and he was retiring. This left me on my own in the lead with 38 miles to go and one person about 1 minute behind. Over the next 13 miles to half way I got occasional glimpses of my pursuer who seemed to close up a bit on the climbs but then drop back on the levels and descents. He entered the mid-way checkpoint as I was leaving so I estimated that I might have extended my lead to about 3 minutes, although my time of 4 hours to half way was too fast - the last time I did a 50 miler was 10 months ago and I was running pb pace which I knew I couldn't maintain as my quads were starting to scream and I'd had one vicious cramp in my hamstring already.
Fortunately the next 6 miles were over ground with no serious climbs or descents and I was able to tick along at a steady pace with nothing worse than stiffening muscles. At 31 miles there is a dog-leg to a checkpoint and I was just leaving the dog-leg when my pursuer entered it - a lead of half a mile so I was gradually pulling away but the next 6 miles are the hilliest on the entire course. I was trying to concentrate on my running and not look behind but from the summit of one of the climbs I was able to get a view that probably covered the previous 20 minutes - no-one in sight. There was a chance that if I could keep everything together for 15 miles that I could be first home but by now the lack of distance in my legs was hurting.
The last 12 miles are virtually flat and head due East. Although still dry, it was now very cold with a strong head wind blowing directly against me. It was only the knowledge that I was leading that stopped me from dropping to a walk for the entire distance; as it was, I was now walking any incline however shallow. With a mile to go I could see no-one within ? mile and finally decided that I was not going to be caught and was able to enjoy the final run in to be 1st home in a time of 9h 35m.
The second man in was 10 minutes behind me, having been third at half way. He had been 22 minutes behind at that point and had the advantage of seeing an ever decreasing gap over the second half but was not able to pick up his pace sufficiently to catch me and stop me taking my first 1st place in an ultra.
Leeds Hyde Park 164 26:21 Emma Payne Harrogate 5 18:53 Ian Rowbotham 59 23:01 John Fenwick
The first BOFRA race of the season, on a dark and wet evening on Ilkley Moor. A good turnout given the weather, and a fair number of Harriers.Tom Adams won it by some 3 minutes from Wharfedale's James Hall.
Paddy & Rachel Hagan report ... Not the best conditions for a PB and so it turned out. Heavy rain created bogs and rivers where they have rarely been, the return leg was into rather nasty weather, and fading light towards the end, all provided a challenge (the wise backmarkers Rachel 1 and Rachel 2 had headtorches, and as the times show, kept close together to the end). So not the best year to attempt it on a bike. However, the race retained the advantage of a there and back race in that you get to see other runners at least once (in fact I passed and was passed by Alison E and her brother several times due to our different means of travel). And the old adage held good - by turning up you've beaten all those who didn't. With all trains from Leeds cancelled due to flooding this may have been a factor in race numbers. So I was fifteen or so minutes slower than usual but came home 1st cyclist and 1st V45. This is not a familiar position and, to be fair, I was also last cyclist and, yes, last V45. Well done Tom for another win. Ilkley times:
1 46:34 Tom Adams 18 60:57 Tony Melechi 23 63:38 Ben Joynson 35 69:28 Mike Baldwin 1st MV55 39 ? Natalie Curtis 1st FV45 42 74:17 Alison Eagle 44 75:07 Paddy Hagan bike, 1st MV45 49 88:30 Gemma Carpenter 55 99:56 Rachel Hagan 56 99:56 Rachel Websdale 56 finished
Lots of Harriers young and old amongst the 86 teams at this fun event, and from the photo Christmas seems to have come early for Andy! Full results and photos on woodentops.org.uk ...
Report from Jonathan Sinclair a hot day but the spectator support as usual was fantastic and an incredible experience. Started alongside the 'Blackpool Tower' (an attempt on the record for worlds tallest fancy dress) and finished with Nell McAndrew. Alex and I were hoping to break the father and son world record but this had come down between us applying to challenge it and running by 16mins to 5:47:48 combined so we knew it was going to be a real long shot. We were still just about on track at mile 22 but unknown to me Alex ran into problems at mile 23 (ok after some treatment and crossed the line in 3.30 - great effort in first marathon at 19). I had some cramp from mile 24 and thought it was all over but pulled through and was surprised to get a PB. Good to see Steve Weston at the end looking a lot more together than I think I was.
745 2h54:41 Jonathan Sinclair 2584 3h14:37 Steve Weston ? 3h30 Alex Sinclair 5323 3h34:18 Jane Bryant 11860 4h03:26 Simon Darley 13425 4h09:22 Brenda Ogden 13246 4h09:23 Alison Stretton 14899 4h16:00 Juliet Muirhead 23868 4h51:00 Rebecca Moores
Jonathan's time sets a new V45 and V50 Club record.
In the Mini Marathon Regional Challenge races, Sarah Pickering was 59th U13 girl in 20:40, and Georgia Malir was 48th U17 girl in 19:07
Jamie Hutchinson reports ... competing for third year in this great event in the Newlands valley (nr Keswick). A 8k trail run around Catbells, followed by a 44k road bike taking in Whinlatter and Honister passes finished off ! with a 4k run. The event was won by Phil Addyman in 2hrs24 and I managed 9th overall in 2 hrs 37 - a few minutes quicker than last year. 53 completed the course.
Results from www.anniversarywaltz.co.uk
(1 1h33:46 Carl Bell, Howhill Harriers) 47 2h04:54 Steve Turland 249 2h50:38 John Pickering 289 finished
4 juniors made the journey to the Lake District for the Anniversary Wa! Fell race which is race 2 in the Junior English Fell Championship. Robyn Anderson ran in the GU8 and Poppy Anderson, Molly Pearson and Emily Elmes ran in the GU10s. 4 strong performances culminating in two great podium finishes with Robyn and Emily finishing 2nd in GU8 and GU10 respectively.
Morgan Williams reports on Ultra Trail Serra De Tramuntana, Mallorca - 107 kms with 4,500 metres of climb. The Tramuntana is a range of big, steep, rocky mountains, comprised entirely of limestone, running close to the north coast for pretty much the full length of the island. The race route follows parts of the recently devised GR221 long distance footpath starting in Andratx and finishing in Pollensa. The scenery is beautiful, sometimes lush and verdant, at other times quite severe, and the ground reasonably testing for long distance running.
My preparation for this race, the first of only 2 planned events this year, was rudely interrupted at the end of February by a back injury, which lead to a number of knock-on complications. I struggled to get ready for the race and the 8 weeks prior featured regular visits for chiropractic and sports massage assistance but very little of the necessary training to prepare for running 66.5 miles in the mountains in under 24 hours. But there was a good base under all that trouble. Still, 2 weeks before the event I was far from convinced I would start the race. A couple of 20 milers in the Lakes over the Easter weekend gave a glimmer of hope and for the first time ever I tapered for an ultra by doing exactly nothing!
A midnight start on Friday was something of an unwelcome novelty (not since my Bob Graham in 1985 have I started any kind of event on so little rest) but there was a certain elegance in knowing that the relevant ground had to be covered before midnight struck on Saturday. Did those still out at that time turn into pumpkins I wonder?
My primary recollections are of moderate heat (low 20s C), beautiful villages, incredible mountain scenery, the hardest ground I have ever covered on foot (limestone cobbled paths and tracks abound), wonderful sea views, occasional doubts about the route (never having been over almost all of the route, though the marking was first class), frustration with a couple of lengthy road sections, good care from aid station helpers, grumbles about some of the food on offer (no ramen noodle soup), and great comradeship from fellow competitors (mostly Spaniards). A shorter 62 km race, the one Alison was scheduled to run, started at 8.00am to cover the Valldemossa to Pollensa section and I was passed by the leader on a steep, rocky section high above the village of Deia, about 45 kms in for me. He was absolutely flying and his clear and simple enjoyment of his downhill speed brought a big smile to my face. (He covered the 62 kms in 5.40.56 and won by 58 minutes!)
I lost sight of Nicky after about the first half mile; it was dark of course. She ran on with Mark Townsend with whom she ran UTMB in 2011. Ken flew past me on the first long descent making use of his Petzl Ultra lamp, but I caught him at checkpoint 1 at Estellencs. We departed together but that was the last I saw of him.
There were many highlights along the way, too many to recount, but some dips too, none deeper than on the final 3 miles of road into Pollensa which was purgatory as the feet finally succumbed to the twin enemies of the very hard ground and the heat. The welcome at the finish was both enthusiastic and generous. Nicky had an excellent run. Performance of the day though, no doubt, was from Ken 'the Hat' Jaquiery who on very limited training posted a very decent time and was nowhere near the back of the field. I was very happy with my own race, bearing in mind the poor preparation, and impressed with my reserves of strength and stamina.
(1 11h51:59 Miquel Capo Soler) 106 18h23:46 Nicky Jaquiery 6th lady and 1st lady veteran 143 19h28:59 Morgan Williams 223 21h33:04 Ken Jaquiery 296 finished from 440 starters
Harrogate Stray 20 20:56 Dave Tait 44 22:59 Phil Hirst 66 23:58 Jim Towers 103 27:19 Nathanie Richardson JM14 Leeds Hyde Park 129 24:50 John Marshall Finsbury Park, London 3 19:86 Rob Cunningham
We hear Tom Adams pulled off the "egg stage" and "race win" double again, supported by a whole host of Harriers, full results and photos on woodentops.org.uk ...
1 15:35 Tom Adams 42 18:38 Mark Mon Williams 44 18:48 Dave Cummings 64 19:23 Sally Morley 71 19:40 Mark Iley 73 19:43 Ruaridh Mon Williams U16 81 20:02 Andrew Sheldon 83 20:07 Richard Joel 93 20:31 Edward Bickerdike U16 96 20:36 Jack Cummings U16 110 21:09 Lucy Williamson FU16 117 21:21 Florence Haines 119 21:24 Toni Melechi 122 21:30 Diane Haggar 124 21:36 Tilly Melechi FU14 136 22:00 Alison Bennett 153 22:25 Ben Jacques U16 163 22:57 Jacob Hellewell U14 176 23:25 Andrew Jackson 178 23:26 Catherine Gibbons 199 24:30 Dave Taylor 221 25:33 Sophie Brown 225 25:42 Alison Ricci 227 25:48 Ben Morley U14 228 25:48 Lee Morley 234 26:41 Gaenor Coy 238 26:50 Harriet Jackson U14 244 27:37 Andrew Bennett 255 28:43 David Green 259 28:52 Amanda Newham 260 28:57 Alessandra Ricci U14 262 29:01 Sue Williamson 264 29:25 Bernie Gibbons
Overall, all 3 races counting, Diane Haggar was best F40 and Alison Bennett best F50
From John Coates ... The Trunce is a great event with a real mix of people from road racers to joggers, 3 stream crossings and a long down hill to the finish over the four or so miles I think I was 149th in 35:15. Next race 30th April.
From Clare Smith ... Tom Adams was the first Harrier, followed by Lee Morley, Dick Waddington and Neil Smith. The ladies set off 15 minutes ahead of the men (though I was then overtaken by many of them!) and Jann Smith was our first lady, then Alison Weston, me and Jane McCarthy. This was the 2nd race in the English Fell Championships, a very tough 13.7km/915m AM race.
(1 1h07:45 Joe Symonds, Kendal) 38 1h16:43 Tom Adams 113 1h25:34 Lee Morley 255 1h41:48 Dick Waddington 287 1h47:28 Neil Smith Ladies (1 1h22:40 Lauren Jeska, Todmorden) 39 1h41:09 Jann Smith 41 1h42:38 Alison Weston 86 1h56:16 Clare Smith 91 1h58:00 Jane McCarthy
From John Coates ... there was a good turnout as I think it was a counter in the local series, lovely run taking in three summits including the interestingly named Rosebury Topping. It's a 12.5 mile run with about 2700' feet of climb, we even had a snow storm half way round. 160th in 2h03
88 63:15 John Coates 141 69:59 Graham Breeze 168 74:01 Sue Morley
Provisional results from Valley Striders ...
(1 43:16 Greg Hull, Leeds) 10 47:02 Jamie Hutchinson 3rd M40 20 49:16 Ian Rowbotham 2nd M50 33 51:42 Mark Iley 67 56:53 Rebecca Mon-Williams 86 59:28 Andrew Jackson 136 63:53 Martin Wright 153 62:59 Hilda Coulsey 180 68:50 Abigail Bailey 181 68:53 Sue Bickerdike 218 73:36 Amanda Newham 227 72:53 Sue Williamson 277 finished
Some race photos here.
Good results in the junior races included Dominic Coy 2nd U10 in the 1 mile race and Lucy Williamson 1st gorl in the 2 mile race.
Henry Heavisides reports ... I was pleased to run my fastest time on this course, finishing 11th at today's Parkrun in Leeds in 18:32. Don't forget that the Parkruns are free and are held every Saturday at venues around the UK & abroad, local races are held in Bradford, Leeds (Hyde Park & Roundhay Park), Harrogate & York.
Jim Towers was 89th in 25:33 at the Harrogate Stray Parkrun.
From George Elmes ...
Whilst on holiday in the Lakes this week we took the opportunity to run the Loughrigg Fell race ( 4m 1100 ft) at Ambleside on the evening of Wed 11th. The climb out of Ambleside was pretty demanding but more than rewarded on reaching the trig point on the top. The view was fantastic across the fells with crystal clear visibility and bathed in evening sunshine. I personally acheived 2 firsts - first race as a V50 and first Harrier back (can I omit the fact that I was the only Harrier actually running?!!!! :-) ) Final position was 102 out of I believe 130 who ran.
Emily earlier ran in the junior race at the same event which was up a steep climb to Todd Craig and back down to Ambleside. They combined the U10 and U12 race and as a 10 year old she was up against a lot of physically stronger runners. She really enjoyed the experiance however and finished 21st (11th girl) in the combined results.
A cracking event and well worth a look if you find yourselvs in the Lakes at this time of the year.
Results from woodentops.org.uk (photos there too ...) ...
(1 15:59 Ian Holmes, Bingley) 32 18:45 Stuart Pitches 55 19:32 Dave Cummings 72 20:25 Georgia Malir 73 20:26 Jack Cummings 100 21:39 Ben Johnson 103 21:46 Tilly Melechi 105 21:47 Diane Haggar 113 22:04 Alison Bennett 114 22:09 Dominic Coy 125 22:23 John Coates 130 22:34 Lucy Williamson 141 23:01 Lucy Jacques 145 23:07 Jacob Hellewell 146 23:08 Michael Duffield 156 23:26 Sam Wood 172 24:01 Andrew Jackson 208 25:05 Adela Reperecki 209 25:06 Isobel Hirst 221 25:56 Joanne Williamson 223 26:11 Sophie Brown 230 26:44 Nathan Coy 231 26:49 Gaenor Coy 234 26:51 Gemma Carpenter 235 26:54 Andrew Bennett 242 27:31 Paul Sugden 249 27:51 Harriet Jackson 251 27:54 Debbie Lewsis 254 28:04 Amanda Newham 276 30:03 Sue Williamson 293 35:58 Harriet Flesher
Results from ukresults.net
(1 35:01 Jack Simpson, U/A) 32 42:52 Mark Iley 3rd M50 52 44:35 Rob Cunningham 73 45:46 Sally Malir 1st F45 87 46:39 Helen Thurston 92 47:10 Adam Bennett 1st JM 146 50:33 Julie Harvey 3rd F45 148 50:36 Chris Cunningham 165 51:39 Martin Wright 187 52:42 Michael Duffield 222 54:33 James Dunne 231 54:51 Thomas Dunne 243 55:40 Ruth Kitchen 1st FJ 245 55:56 Sue Bickerdike 289 58:56 Abigail Bailey 319 61:12 Bernadette Gibbons 2nd F55 333 62:09 Andrew Bennett 353 63:52 Judith Scarfe 354 63:52 Douglas Scarfe 421 71:02 Andrew Kitchen 445 finished
Results from fellrunner.org.uk ...
(1 31:20 Rob Jebb, Bingley) 50 39:28 Ian Rowbotham 93 42:47 Alistair Barlow 228 55:47 Sue Morley
This was an English Junior Championship race and we had 10 Ilkley juniors running, with Emily Elmes 3rd U10 and Georgia Malir 3rd U10, more on the junior pages.
Mark Iley reports ... the trio set off again in search of another good 10k, this time crossing the border into Lancashire, Salford to be exact.
Conditions were ideal, cold, but very little wind, looked a good 2 lap course.
Not much time between the three of us only 34 seconds. But this time first Harrier home was Andy with yet another fantastic PB, beating his Dewsbury time by almost 50 seconds, which was only 4 weeks ago! A great result!!
He was closely followed by me just 4 seconds behind and David a further 30 seconds behind, both who recorded very similar times to Dewsbury.
(1 29:50 Jack Martin, Stockport) 130 38:25 Andy Sheldon PB 131 38:29 Mark Iley 142 38:59 David Brown 532 ran
Andrew Sheldon adds ... this was a fast two lap road course with hardly any gradient save for a couple of bridges. Great conditions on the day, cool, no wind. As a group we were always in sight, and having already run around the first lap, we had the benefit of a long but familiar finishing straight.
For the next few weeks, we will be shortening Tuesday night "talkie bits" to get you out of the door quicker to make the most of the available light.
The Thursday session has moved on to the moor (meet on the grass beyond the cattle grid, moor side).
Last week's circuit training was the last until September. Thanks to Neil, Roy, and Pete for leading sessions.
There is exciting news of some new strength and flexibility sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays on the Training Page ...
Results from woodentops.org.uk (photos there too ...) ...
1 15:20 Tom Adams Egg Stage win 3:25 54 19:18 Ruaridh Mon-Williams U16 59 19:28 Sally Morley 98 20:43 Henry Heavisides 107 21:15 Ed Bickerdike U16 110 21:21 Diane Haggar 119 21:38 Robbie Mathews U14 129 22:03 Alison Bennett 1st F50 133 22:09 Tilly Melechi U14 135 22:13 Jann Smith 164 23:15 Phil Hirst 167 23:24 Sam Wood 170 23:31 Jacob Hellewell U14 174 23:40 Michael Dufffield 175 23:44 John Coates 183 24:03 Andrew Jackson 188 24:15 Catherine Gibbons 191 24:25 Martin Wright 203 24:56 Bethan Morley U14 210 25:10 Adela Reperecki 212 25:12 Alison Ricci 226 25:45 Sophie Brown 233 26:00 Andrew Bennett 240 26:16 Debbie Lewis 243 26:25 Sue Bickerdike 244 26:32 Gemma Carpenter 245 26:35 Mike Picken 252 27:01 David Green 265 28:08 Bernie Gibbons 266 28:10 Ashleigh Brownhill 271 28:25 Paul Sugden 274 28:48 Harriet Jackson U14 276 29:01 Emma O'Looney 296 finished
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
Jez Hellewell ... had a little trot over the moors to the Weecher/Sconce Lane section of The Baildon Boundary Way this morning to cheer on all the Harriers. Tom was quite literally on fire ! When I saw him, with less than 2 miles to go, he was at least 6 minutes in front & looking fantastic! He could have sat down for a cup of tea & a slice of cake & still won. Plenty of Harriers out, smiling in the beautiful sunshine. I tried to capture everybody on my phone, so apologies if I missed anyone. Not many takers for my jelly babies...
Some photos from Jez (right, Tom as seen by the other runners)
More photos on woodentops.org.uk
Results from Baildon Runners ...
1 1h14:32 Tom Adams (winning by over 5 minutes) 9 1h26:07 Martin Archer 20 1h29:14 Justin Phillips 25 1h31:16 Jamie Hutchinson 38 1h35:41 Steve Coy 48 1h37:52 Andrew Merrick 131 1h48:51 David Howe 137 1h49:13 Alison Bennett 142 1h49:45 Natalie Curtis 154 1h51:42 Tim Brear 159 1h52:25 Jane McCarthy 164 1h53:01 Andrew Jackson 180 1h55:08 Keith Wood 205 1h58:27 Sue Bickerdike 209 1h59:00 Martin Wright 244 2h04:02 Liz Price 246 2h04:23 Eric Hawthorn 299 2h14:05 Ashleigh Brownhill 306 2h14:55 John Marshall 307 2h14:55 Andy Sarah 351 2h37:50 Michael Picken 352 2h37:51 Rebecca Picken 375 finished
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
Andrew Bennett reports... Extensive research, careful planning, guile, cunning but mostly luck saw me in with a chance of being first Harrier home in this fast and mostly flat 10K.The race starts midway between Lancaster and Morecambe and involves crossing the River Lune four times via the Millennium footbridge (twice), Skerton road bridge and the Lancaster Canal aqueduct. The ascent to the canal requires a climb of 60 feet on what used to be a narrow and uneven stairway but this has now been widened and improved following a £2 million renovation project. Once across the aqueduct the gentle descent on the road and path on the north side of the river enables a faster pace. This is followed by two more straightforward and flat bridge crossings then onto the tarmac footpath that leads to the finish at the athletics track and HQ of Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club. I finished 158 out of 240 runners in 53:23
Morecambe 10K, another fast and flattish race takes place on Sunday 10 June and like the 3 Bridges costs less than £1 a kilometre to enter!
The finale to the PECO XC League series, we hear that Gaenor Coy was 1st F35 (winning her first race prize!). In the PECO XC League presentations, Sue Morley was 1st F55 and Lyn Eden 1st F65.
Results from fellrunner.org.uk ...
(1 3h00 Andrew Dobby) 14 3h35 Mike Baldwin 64 4h43 Adela Reperecki 65 4h43 Debbie Lewis 67 4h43 John Coates 143 6h17 Amanda Parnaby 224 completed
Peter Shields reports got my first race in as a V65 today at the Snowdonia Half Marathon on what was probably the hardest course I've ever encountered got the first V65 prize in a time of 1hr 48mins.
Rebecca and Mark Mon-Williams for organizing from scratch the new Ilkley Harriers Weekend away in the Lake Distric, incorporating fun, running, Black Combe and orienteering events - excellent.
Andrew Sheldon for his 10k PB at Dewsbury, under the elusive 40 mins and for his 10 mile PB at Thirsk in 66 mins, for flying in training and continued improvement.
Sue Morley for dedication to Cross Country 2011/12 season: completing all the West Yorkshire League races, and all the Peco League Races and being 1st Lady Vet 55 in both leagues plus completing the Northerns and Yorkshire Championships.
Nikos who has gone way above the call of duty with his new training classes and suggestions for future runs etc not to mention his enthusiasm and cooking!
Jack Wood, 6th @ Dainfield PECO, 4th Windmill Whizz and winning his orienteering event from an arch rival by a few seconds.
Dave Westhead for his sub 36 mins in the Bradford 10k.
Alison and Andrew Bennett for the Dales Way Relay. They did a fabulous job organising everyone, driving in between relay points, running some of the legs, taking photos and providing cake!
From Ben Sheppard ...
Another well organised and fun Coniston 14, this year back to 14 miles after two years of an extended course of 16.8m. Spells of sunny weather and very little breeze meant near perfect conditions, making a mockery of my decision to wear long sleeves under my Harriers vest. Three miles at a steady pace convinced me to cast off a layer in a lay-by for safe collection on the drive home a couple of hours later; it would have been easier had I not inadvertently safety-pinned my vest to my base layer as well as race number. The shorter course this year was good for in-race morale but brought the end to this scenic race around the lake to a seemingly premature end. Not quite a sprint finish but just enough in the tank to finish faster than average pace and find the formidable father-son "Team Sinclair" socialising the right side of the finishing line having predictably been there a good few minutes each, Alex taking the spoils on this occasion. A top event - recommended to all Harriers.
Results from www.tdl.ltd.uk
(1 1h16:03 John Herbert, Nene Valley H) 18 1h26:07 Alexander Sinclair 31 1h27:56 Jonathan Sinclair 1st V50 74 1h33:47 Ben Sheppard 556 1h54:00 Andrew Wilson 666 1h58:23 Dave Ibbotson 684 1h59:11 Val Kerr 707 1h58:21 Nick Page PB 1493 runners
Nick Mellor reports ... I was lucky to gain an entry to The National Lottery Olympic Park Run, held in the Olympic Park. The race was started by Princess Beatrice, (who later joined in the run) from just outside the Olympic Stadium and wound its way round the Basketball Arena, Velodrome, Riverbank Arena, Copper Box and Aquatics Centre before ending with the last 300 metres on the track inside the Stadium. With the theme from Chariots of Fire playing and about 12,000 people cheering us on, it made for a great experience. The course contained several tight hairpin bends and had 1 or 2 inclines which was a bit of a surprise. No spectators were allowed on the course which made it feel as if you were running around a giant building site at times. The race was won by Tommy Davies in a very speedy 25:11, which apparently is quicker than the existing Olympic 5 mile record. (The event was last held in 1908.) I was a bit disappointed with my time, but later found that it was the same as ex Olympic medallist Roger Black, so felt happy with that.
(1 25:11 Tommy Davies) 1290 38:44 Nick Mellor 4907 54:33 Matt Rutter 4951 54:52 Rachel Cunningham 5707 finished
Any more Harriers? I can't get 'search by club' to work in the results.
Henry Heavisides was 3rd in 19:06 at Bradford Lister Park
In the last newsletter (Jan-March, p11) we encouraged people to think about getting their first running coaching qualification, by attending a Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) course. If you are interested in this, please read the information I have put on the forum, here and get in contact with me by this Friday 30th March, please.
(1 31:01 Joe Johnstone, Rossendale H) 80 43:35 John Coates 174 finished
Results from dpfr.org.uk
(1 2h41:55 Carl Bell, Howgill H) 90 3h45:10 Jamie Hutchinson 143 3h59:52 Brian Melia 299 finished
From Henry Heavisides there was a good contingent of Ilkley Harriers at this morning's Bradford 10k. Dave Westhead, making a rare appearance in a 10k, was first Ilkley runner home in 35:58. Alison Bennett was 1st F50 & set a new
club record in 42:13.
Results from www.raceplus.co.uk ...
(1 33:52 Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners) 14 35:58 David Westhead 30 38:59 Henry Heavisides 57 40:56 Adrian Bastow 79 42:13 Alison Bennett 119 43:42 Chris Cunningham PB 1min+ 166 44:54 Michael Duffield 195 46:44 John Fenwick 232 47:16 Martin Wright 233 47:13 Dave Taylor 264 48:39 Hilda Coulsey 312 49:53 John Marshall 349 50:16 Paul Sugden 444 52:52 Sue Bickerdike 462 53:18 Michael Picken 515 54:19 Andrew Bennett 551 55:25 Michelle Snow 662 59:29 Greg Wright 670 59:33 Linda Marshall 689 1:00:10 Sally Wright 866 1:12:06 Rachel Cunningham 917 finished
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
Results from ukresults.net
(1 49:40 Yared Hagos, Wallsend Harriers) 111 1h06:30 Andrew Sheldon PB 179 1h11:40 Jane Bryant 532 finished
From Paul Stephens ... where were all the Harriers? Did some people put their clocks back rather than forward? The mist had cleared, it was dry underfoot, and I would have guessed times were fast, although the start and finish were slightly different from previous years which makes comparisons more difficult. A tad easier than last week at Heptonstall, and I was feeling comfortable enough to admire the view. (Don't believe all you read in the press!) The only other Harrier was Sue Morley. I was about 33rd in 1:03:35, which once again was similar to previous years. An enjoyable run out.
(1 51:38 Chris Loftus, KCAC) 32 1h03:35 Paul Stephens 95 1h22:06 Sue Morley 105 finished
167 1h25:01 Rob Cunningham
Christine Cox finished 223rd in 1h48:46, 2nd LV55 on a hilly course.
Clare Smith reports ... What great weather for this well-organised 25 mile LDWA challenge event in good old Lancashire. Having set off from Ilkley at 6.15 am ('new time') in dense fog, it was reassuring that the visibility improved dramatically once we crossed the border! Despite already having cycled from Otley to Ilkley in the dark, Dave Wilby came in at the front of the runners in a time of 3 hrs 48 minutes, whilst Neil, Betty and I appeared at the finish an hour later, though still ahead of many others. With plenty of friendly marshals out on the course (there was an 18 mile option too), a great mid-way feeding station with delights such as Greek salad, jelly, sandwiches and cakes on offer and a choice of several delicious soups at the finish, this is an LDWA event to be recommended. Betty was first dog home!
Leeds Hyde Park 160 25:56 Emma Payne
Jonathan Sinclair reports ... Flat as a pancake - it is Hull after all - even the "hill" at the end was more of a small bump in the road to Ilkley dwellers. Attractive course largely on rural roads and amazing spread of food at the end. Alex and I were the only Harriers in field of around 500. He disappeared into the distance after a mile and I lost sight of him altogether at 3 miles. But 300 yards before the end I unexpectedly caught him up for the first time for a couple of years - if he had seen me coming it would have been another story but in the event it was a last hurrah for the dinosaurs.
(1 1h45:17 John Beattie) 30 2h09:53 Jonathan Sinclair 33 2h10:09 Alex Sinclair
Will Buckton reports ... Heptonstall is a tough B Long at 15 miles with 1000 metres of climbing. It has a nice variety of terrain to keep it interesting from open moorland and tussocks to steep, rocky descents and forest trails. Perfect weather although recent rainfall still meant wading through bogs and falling over in the mud! The big climbs are in the second half of the race with the finish at the top of a 500ft 'stairway to heaven' as the locals like to call it! A really well organised event with most of the course flagged and even a blessing from the village reverend on the start line! In just its second year it is already a firm favourite amongst fell runners and highly recommended.
Results from www.heptonstallfellrace.org.uk ...
(1 2h08:05 Tim Midgley, Horsforth Harriers) 33 2h28:11 Steve Turland 79 2h42:56 Will Buckton 94 2h46:53 Paul Stephens 145 3h14:00 Graham Arthur
Results from www.bigK10k.org.uk
(1 35:59 Ryan Buck) 27 41:08 Rob Cunningham 121 47:11 Ed Bickerdike 132 47:34 Chris Cunningham 165 48:59 Christine Cox 1st F50 907 finished Any more Harriers? (Results did not include Club this year.)
Hilda Coulsey reports ... I ran in the first wrap up and run age uk race at Harewood, 10k on trails in the estate, 1500 starters apparently, lovely day but muddy in places. I came 1st FV55.
205 50:31 Nic Mellor 244 52:06 Hilda Coulsey 1st LV55 555 58:45 Stephanie Millward
(1 33:16 Gary Hughes, Dursley & District AC) 35 47:26 John Fenwick 41 48:08 Martin Wright
Henry Heavisides reports ...
I won a silver medal for 2nd place in the M55 3000m at the British Masters Indoor Track Championships at Lee Valley, London with a time of 10:41.93. I was a bit short of pace in the sprint finish as I was still level with the eventual winner with 100m to go. In the 1500m I finished 5th in 5:04.70.
The Indoor Championships are a really good event, over 2 days, with more than 600 athletes taking part. There were several new British, European & World records set with some very impressive performances. Competitors included former Olympic & Commonwealth medalists. They are open to all runners over the age of 35 & so it's a good opportunity for us 'average' club runners to compete alongside well known names in a championship event (even if they might have grey hair these days!).
Now in its fifth year, this super social relay had nearly 40 Harriers taking part, on a super day organised by Andrew and Alison Benett. Click on these links for photos from Andrew Bennett, Paul Sugden, and Graham Weston.
Well done to Tom Adams, 5th in the first Fell Championship race of 2012 ... provisional results ...
(1 44:16 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 5 45:02 Tom Adams 73 52:41 Dave Wilby 94 54:13 Lee Morley 308 finished Ladies (1 52:35 Emma Clayton, Bingley) 12 58:23 Tracey Greenway 18 60:05 Sally Morley 46 67:47 Alison Weston 82 76:01 Val Kerr 112 123:25 Lyn Eden
From Brian Melia What an excellent event. It begins at Helmsley swimming pool going along the Cleveland way and takes in the White Horse on the Sutton Bank escarpment. It then courses over some excellent paths passing through Carlton Bank at 29 miles, then Wainstones 3 miles later and Roseberry topping at 47 miles with a great trail over Nab Cliff and Wood to finish in Alison Weston's home town of Guisborough. I was joint 11th(tbc) in 10hrs 6 mins. The checkpoints were well organized with plenty of food/drink also pleasingly the summit checkpoints had food and drink which although a novelty actually helped me later on as the miles ticked away. Quality event!! Incidentally there are Hardmoors 110 (yes miles!!), Hardmoors 30 and 60. Take a look especially if interested in UTMB qualifying events!!
Ilkley juniors Sarah Pickering (Ilkley Grammar) and Georgia Malir (St. Mary's, Menston) ran for the West Yorkshire Schools team in the English Schools Cross Country championships at Iton, Somerset.
John Marshall completed his 50th Parkrun, 114th at Leeds Hyde Park in 24:31
Adam Bennett, right, entered his first Parkrun, at York and finished 20th in 19:59; winning a prize for the best fancy dress - green for St Patricks day!
And at Harrogate Stray, Emma Barclay was 12th and 1st lady in 20:32
A beautiful day for the final PECO XC League race, on an interesting new course at Danefield. Final results for the day and overall League results are now available at www.pecoxc.co.uk
6 Jack Wood 11 Martin Archer 14 Dave Wilby 44 Steve Coy 111 George Elmes 123 Andrew Jackson 127 Dougie Scarfe 172 Paul Sugden 179 Vince Gibbons 180 Andrew Bennett Ladies 19 Alison Bennett 37 Alison Ricci 45 Sue Morley 60 Sophie Brown 64 Gaenor Coy 85 Gemma Carpenter 93 Bernie Gibbons 99 Sue Williamson 107 Emma Payne 115 Kate Lofthouse 123 Julie Elmes 127 Lyn Eden
A good turnout of 15 red and green vests in the junior races, with Euan Brennan winning the 1 mile race.
Lots of photos on woodentops.org.uk
From Steve Weston ... lovely day at the Spen 20, a hilly road race with 1100 feet of climbing. It starts at the track in Cleckheaton, goes out through Scholes, a loop over Hartshead moor before returning.
Slight confusion at the start as I thought the race started at 10.30, but everybody suddenly disappeared from the car park, so I ventured back to the track only to find that they'd already started and had just set off on a lap. I let the leaders go and then started my race approximately 40 seconds after everybody else! I spent the first 10 miles picking people off before settling into a rhythm. Pacing is difficult on a course like Spen because there are hardly any level bits, I tried to maintain a constant effort with pace fluctuating between 5.50 and 7.50 as we went up and down. In the end I had a good day finishing in 2.17.53 which will be a bit longer when the official results come out!
Results from ukresults.net ..
22 2:19:29 Steve Weston 38 2:26:15 Sally Malir 4th lady
Ilkley juniors Sarah Pickering U13 and Georgia Malir U17 represented Yorkshire in the Inter-Counties cross country championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, their runs helping Yorkshire win the combined teams overall trophy.
Jez Hellewell reports ... a wild & wet morning/afternoon spent "hobbling" round the moors & towns around Haworth today. 32 miles of paths, trails, bogs & even some road sections (unfortunately). Didn't spot any Harriers as most people had their vests covered with waterproof jackets & my facial recognition is not good! I finished in 5.22 & ran with the winner of the 2010 Kabul Marathon!
(1 4:18:30 Duncan Harris, Chester Tri) 47 5:22:24 Jez Hellewell 70 5:39:48 Eddie Winslow 76 5:42:52 Helene Whitaker 223 7:19:54 Adela Reperecki & Debbie Lewis 275 8:52:50 Amanda Parnaby 271 ran
A host of Harriers on this, results from Runalong.
(1 3h01:43 Andrew Dobby) 19 3h41:50 Jann Smith 1st lady 44 4h07:10 Nigel Tapper 45 4h07:10 Jane McCarthy 46 4h07:15 Dick Waddington 59 4h13:00 John Hayes 89 4h32:30 Nicky Jaquiery 90 4h32:30 Alison Eagle 91 4h32:30 Clare Smith 92 4h32:30 Neil Smith 100 4h37:00 John Coates 110 4h40:00 Helen Horton 111 4h40:00 Andrew Merrick 137 4h49:00 Sharon Meadows 138 4h49:00 Elizabeth Price 164 5h06 Martin Wright ? 5h15? Abi Bailey 177 5h16 Sue Bickerdike 266 6h55 Mark Kerr 274 7h12 Rebecca Moores 317 finished
Paul Stephens reports ... Prizes galore for Harriers at this morning's Windmill Whizz over at Ogden Water. As well as Tom Adams having a comfortable win, Jack Wood was 4th and Martin Archer 11th (I think). And this meant the men's team prize. Rebecca Mon-Williams won the ladies V40 category, Alison Bennett the ladies V50, and together with Val Kerr, they picked up the ladies team prize. I won a spot prize! Andrew Bennett and Mark Mon-Williams were the other Harriers running. It was mild but windy, and luckily the wind was to the side and behind on the long road section uphill and around the side of the hill. A long fast descent from the top back to the finish, and for a change I only lost one place on the downhill. It was my fourth Whizz and apart from a fluke result back in 2009 when many people went the wrong way, I've had consistent results. 40th, 38th and this year 39th, out of a field of around 100. A nice little race. Full results from fellrunner.org.uk....
1 37:20 Tom Adams 4 41:04 Jack Wood 11 42:24 Martin Archer 25 45:53 Mark Mon-Williams 39 50:19 Paul Stephens 49 51:37 Rebecca Mon-Williams 50 51:56 Alison Bennett 94 58:15 Val Kerr 108 68:15 Andrew Bennett 111 finished
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
60 teams (of 3) took part in today's relay races at Nell Bank, the grand finale of the League season with the presentation of League awards afterwards. Results on the junior pages.
151 1:56:15 Crispian Batstone 258 2:10:55 John Marshall
Harrogate Stray 23 21:09 Dave Tait Leeds Hyde Park 114 24:11 Hilda Coulsey 1st Parkrun
Starting this week, there are two alternative training sessions on offer.
A new Monday session for beginners/improvers is a warm-up, run, and strength training session.
A new Friday session is an outdoor strength training/core/stability workout.
Details on both these on the forums
Jane Bryant reports ... I went over to a cold Lancaster for this 20 miler. It was a small field of 350ish would be marathoners. It's a well organized, low-key race with good facilities. The route is flat along the River Lune and therefore fast with the fast boys finishing in well under 2hrs, I ran to my planned marathon pace and finished in a sedate 2hrs 36mins. Would definitely do it again, should the need arise!!
Mark Iley reports ...
A small and select group ventured out at the crack of dawn for this classic road race, rearranged because of the snow on the earlier date of 5th Feb.
Conditions were ideal for running, on this almost flat course, it was cold and with an annoying drizzle but no wind to hamper. Only 48 seconds separated the first four runners, good grouping! Mark Iley coming in a rare first Harrier, closely followed by Sally Morley, with David Brown, coming back to form next and Andy (PB) Sheldon coming in fourth, but importantly best of the bunch with a PB by 1min 1 sec from his Abbey Dash time from Nove last year! Well done Andy. Wendy Newell and Janet Smith also ran and came in with credible times. All this and back in Ilkley by 11.15 !
(1 29:58 Matthew Bowser, Lincoln Wellington AC) 83 38:26 Mark Iley 87 38:36 Sally Morley 94 39:03 David Brown 101 39:14 Andrew Sheldon PB 459 54:35 Wendy Newell 480 55:53 Janet Smith 586 finished
Andrew Sheldon adds ... Chatting to other runners we agreed this is an excellent track, although the field was much reduced due to the re-scheduled date. Personally very pleased to PB by just over a minute, big thanks to Pete Shields Carnegie sessions and Jane and Mike's Thursday speed sessions.
(1 35:00 David Hamilton, Southport Waterloo AC) 59 47:28 Martin Wright
Results from yvaa.org
Ladies race 49 56:05 Emma Payne Men's race 85 45:40 Phil Hirst
A number of Harriers had a taste of their first AM (Category A, Medium length) fell race with this 8 mile toughie with 3400' of climb. The race started in blazing sunshine, peppered the runners with 20mph hailstones on top, and gently baked the runners on the second big climb. This was part of the Ilkley Harriers 'away weekend' organised by Mark & Rebecca Mon-Williams, a great social experience, and I think it's safe to say that some of us may not have had the nerve to enter a race like this otherwise.
Bob offers a super review of the race and an outstanding photo (taken during his race!) here. Lots more photos on Facebook, and see Ken's photos here.
Results from Black Combe Runners ...
(1 1:07:15 Rob Jebb, Bingley) 24 1:19:28 Jack Wood 43 1:25:51 Mark Mon-Williams 81 1:36:01 Justin Phillips 95 1:40:13 Alison Weston 2nd LV40 132 1:48:36 Kelly Harrison 141 1:50:40 Bob Hamilton 152 1:53:12 Simon Darley 172 2:04:08 Paul Wood 181 2:10:55 Nikos Georgiadis 190 2:22:52 Amanda Newham 193 2:35:46 Rhiannon Turner 194 2:35:47 Alison Bennett 195 2:35:50 Rebecca Mon-Williams 196 2:35:55 Val Kerr 197 finished
Harrogate Stray 10 20:10 Emma Barclay 54 24:37 Sue Morley Middlesborough Albert Park 116 23:50 John Marshall
This time it was the turn of All Saints Primary School to organise a race and it was another superb event, with Ilkley Harriers there helping with the organisation and of course as parents and supporters for all the super little runners, over 450 of them! Results on the junior pages.
Jann Smith, Rombalds Stride result
Christine Cox, Great NW Half in 1h45, a PB by 5 minutes
Andy Jackson, Rombalds Stride, PECO XC performances, and improvement in the last year
Peter Shields, Rombalds Stride and commitment to training for others and himself in his 65th year
Tom Adams, winner at Ilkley Moor fell race, and PECO XC
Nikos Georgiadis, for showing great enthusiasm for the club and encouraging beginners by setting up new training sessions
Paul & Shirley Wood, for organising the Ilkley Moor fell races
The Committee also made an "Outstanding Achievement" award to Tom Adams for these race wins in aadition to earlier ones.
Thank you to the very many Harriers who helped stage the fell race.
The results and plenty of photos are here (junior results available here).
There were strong performances from Ilkley runners: Tom Adams winning in a very fast time; the ladies' team winning for the 6th time in succession; and the men's team missing out on victory by just one point ...
1 36:18 Tom Adams 10 41:14 Lee Morley 14 41:58 Dave Wilby 17 42:41 Jack Wood 23 43:16 Martin Archer 33 44:54 Ralph Tench 36 45:24 Dave Cummings 44 46:28 Jamie Hutchinson 55 48:04 Richard Joel 57 48:20 Sally Morley 62 48:54 Mike Baldwin 69 49:32 Emma Barclay 73 49:45 Alistair Barlow 80 50:24 Bob Hamilton 97 51:47 Kate Archer 106 52:37 Dan Hill 107 52:46 John Hayes 113 53:24 Chris Oxlade 119 53:48 Will Buckton 121 53:52 Alison Weston 124 54:07 Jann Smith 151 57:16 David Howe 154 58:12 John Coates 159 58:29 Sue Booth 164 58:52 Ben Swinton 185 61:05 Adam Swinton 187 61:12 Andrew Jackson 211 64:43 Sue Morley 212 63:44 John Pickering 215 64:59 Sophie Brown 221 66:05 Jim Towers 225 66:38 Sharon Meadows 231 68:06 Gemma Carpenter 239 69:24 Andrew Bennett 255 83:38 Lyn Eden
Chris Cunningham reports ... that the amazing Mrs Cox knocked 6 mins plus off previous PB and was second in her category! I managed a new PB too by a more modest 2 and a half mins. Results from ukresults.net
78 1:26:44 Rob Cunningham 365 1:42:19 Chris Cunningham PB 456 1:45:12 Christine Cox PB
Steve Weston reports ...
Lovely run today around the Wolds north of Pocklington for the Snake Lane 10. An undulating course with a few testing drags. The Snake of the title is on the second half of the course and is a winding road on a plain so you can easily see runners ahead of you going this way and that.
There was a false start and we all set off only to be recalled and set off a few minutes later. Unfortunately I was in a much worse position for the 2nd start and spent the first mile getting upto pace and picking off runners..
Results from ukresults.net
(1 50:28 Andy Norman, Altrincham) 30 59:31 Steve Weston PB 412 1:21:29 John Fenwick
A few words from pete Shields ...
A small group of Harriers and their supporters attended the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath, London yesterday. This was the 125th running of the event, which has really encapsulated English athletics throughout this period. The National pre-dates all the big road races that have sprung up since the early eighties. Following the last war every February or March Pathe News or black and white tv would show on the cinema screens or 12 inch tv sets: 2000 plus eccentric people running in shorts and vests in rain and snow through mud and mud. It was the only time such large athletic groups got together, as it was very rare you saw people running the streets like we do today.
The National was held in such high esteem by athletes then that if asked what their highest achievement would be, they would say to win the 'National'above all else, I had my dreams about that as no doubt Malcolm Pickering did. With the growth of running the race has lost a little of its kudos but it is still up there as Saturday's event showed, there were 1800 male runners in the senior race and well over 600 in the ladies race plus all the junior events. It is a fabulous event that attracts thousands of people to spectate, it is a real celebration of running and extremely well organised.
The weather for this years event was very kind and un-seasonally warm, this made the going firm in places, although it would not be the race it is without there being some mud! I noticed the ice cream van that pulled into the park was never without a long queue the whole day its owner probably having to be kept in a darkened room now!
If you have never been to a National the start of the men's senior race is always the highlight, mainly because of the numbers that run. The Parliament Hill Fields start is extra special because it is a long uphill start and the crowds congregate here in their thousands to cheer the runners on. There is always a great silence before the gun goes, once it does the place erupts but then goes silent and all you hear are the thousands of feet thudding the floor its like a cavalry charge with horses, the noise is phenomenol and a true highlight in the athletics calendar the atmoshere certainly gets charged.
Parliament Hill Fields was a good choice for this years anniversary race, everyone likes the place the vista over London is fabulous where you see everything from Canary Wharfe through to St Paul's Cathedral, the Gherkin, the Shard to the BT Tower, a real theatre of dreams. The course is 12km long comprising two laps for the senior mens race, hard with several hills to contend with. In previous visits to this course you have had to deal with mud up to your arm pits, this year there has been a dearth of water falling on London so it did make the going a little better but there were odd spots that just reminded you of races gone by.
Elizabeth Westhead was the first Ilkley Harrier to run, she was in the under 13 girls race. It was a very big field and as with all the races very competetive she handled the occasion very well finishing in 289th position with a time of 15:14. We had two boys in the boys under 13 race, their race came late in the programe, so they had to deal with their nerves for quite a long time. Euan Brennan ran exceptionally well finishing in 226th position in a time of 13:06, Frances Westhead finished in 163rd position, looking very strong throughout in a time of 12:41. The Westhead and Brennan families were there in numbers to support their charges and it was fabulous to hear Ilkley's name being shouted out at a junior level, I just hope these athletes get a little something from the experience and it bring's them back to it next year.
Sadly there were no senior ladies to cheer on but what was interesting was that the lady winner of our fell race this Sunday, Emma Clayton ran and finished in 14th place in a real Olympic field. She looked so easy at the fell race following that effort? Dave Westhead and Peter Shields were are two entries in the senior race. This being the culmination of a great x/c season for Dave and he did not let us down: he was placed 653 in a time of 47:16, that position in such a high quality field was fantastic. Peter besides loving the event had other reasons to run he is 65 next Friday and he saw this as his last opportunity to run as a young man before his pension drops through the door! He certainly had a better second lap than the first finishing in a rather faster time of 59:08 than he wanted to; being that Sheila his wife and life coach! was 300 mtrs from the finish giving him some of the verbal motivation that he has subjected many of the Ilkley Athletes too over the years, those last 300mtrs were done in 44 secs! The support on the course from the Ilkley contingent was fab and a real lift but it was also nice to get support from many people seeing the Ilkley name then connecting with it and shouting us on. A final touch to the day was all finishers were given a special pin to celebrate the races 125th running. The national used to close the domestic x/c season, not so these days we have one more to run and it could not be closer to our base, Otley.... hope to see all of you there. Once again thanks to Malcolm and Di for their organization.
From David Westhead: a lovely sunny day with near perfect running conditions. The drought in the South East was obvious but there was still enough mud to keep you concentrating. The course was a classic, undulating and grassy cross country with spectacular views of London from the top of hill. Ilkley was represented by the small contingent of Pete Shields and Dave Westhead, with Euan Brennan and Francis Westhead in the U13 boys (both only just 11!) and Elizabeth Westhead in the U13 girls. We all had good runs. For the senior men 1688 finished the race and the start line was the length of a football pitch. I started too far back and as the course narrowed quite soon after the start I quickly got caught up in slow moving traffic which took nearly 5km to clear. After that I was working my way up the field all the way and it was an enjoyable run. Finishing places and times below.
Senior men (12k) 653 Dave Westhead 47:16 1457 Pete Shields 59:08 U13 Girls (3k) 289 Elizabeth Westhead 15:14 U13 boys 163 Francis Westhead 12:41 226 Euan Brennan 13:06
Ian Rowbotham was 21st, and 1st V50, in 1h13:17
Bradford Lister Park 9 20:01 Paul O'Looney 26 21:49 Richard Morris Harrogate Stray 57 23:41 Jim Towers Leeds Hyde Park 119 24:44 John Marshall
A reet good turnout for what was a fabulous event at Golden Acre Park. Tom Adams won by a good margin, Euan Brennan won the 1 mile race, and there were many other good Harriers results.
Word is the new start makes the course 5.6 miles.
Results from www.pecoxc.co.uk ...
1 Tom Adams 15 Jack Wood 36 Dave Cummings 40 Steve Coy 52 Justin Phillips 132 George Elmes 134 Neil Chapman 139 Dougie Scarfe 146 Pete Shields 151 Andy Jackson 170 Jim Towers 171 Paul Wood 182 Mike Picken 195 David Green 201 Peter Lewis 202 Don Macrae 209 Andrew Bennett 4th team, 9th Vet team Ladies 5 Emma Barclay 8 Caz Farrow 25 Allison Bennett 60 Allison Ricci 71 Sue Morley 72 Sue Bickerdike 76 Lyn Donahue 88 Gaenor Coy 121 Emma Payne 125 Sue Williamson 129 Kate Lofthouse 142 Julie Elmes 145 Lyn Eden 1st team in the First Division, 1st Vet team
14 juniors raced, results here, then enthusiastically supported the senior race.
The next PECO Xc race is at Otley Chevin on 11th March.
Harriet 'Spielberg' Jackson's video ...
Henry Heavisides, our Antipdean correspondent, reports ... I ran the Woodman Point 10k this morning organised by Western Australia Masters Athletics. It was already 25 degrees for the 7am start. There were 5k & 10k options on paths through the sand dunes alongside the Indian Ocean. The 10k was 2 laps of the 5k course. In total about 60 people ran the two races (both starting at the same time). I finished 2nd in 40:06, 15 seconds behind the winner.
Harrogate Stray 14 22:03 Dave Tait 54 26:06 Jim Towers 114 31:38 Lyn Towers Leeds Hyde Park 126 24:40 John Marshall
5 Harriers turned out for this first race in the YVAA Grand Prix, results and photos on yvaa.org
20 33:47 Dave Cummings 37 34:52 Mark Iley 105 42:46 Phil Hirst 107 42:58 Jim Towers Ladies race 72 57:18 Lyn Eden
Sally Malir was 67th in 92:32, 1st F45 - results link.
Alison Weston says ... I will never complain about mud again!
It was exciting conditions for this year's Trog and we all found out the hard way not to trust our feet on anything that wasn't green or white. All mud, tarmac, stones and stiles were covered with a lethal layer of ice and only those wearing the fell-shoe crampons (can't remember the proper name!) made quick progress.
Jamie did amazing after running Rombalds last week too and Brian ran most of the race with a dislocated finger!! They both had to wait a good while for me who was much slower and struggling to find the penultimate check point 13 (and it wasn't even misty!)
Results from cvfr.co.uk ...
(1 2:47:01 James Logue, CVFR) 35 3:35:36 Jamie Hutchinson 43 3:42:31 Brian Melia 58 4:10:12 Alison Weston 6th lady 123 finishers
We have the first few photos from Dave Woodhead (more later) here, featuring ladies fell captain Alison out for a chilly 20-mile 'trog'.
Quite a few Ilkley runners at Harrogate Stray ...
4 19:04 Steve Coy 11 20:23 Emma Barclay 1st lady 16 21:02 George Elmes 25 22:02 Dave Tait 45 23:35 Dominic Coy 52 24:03 Jim Towers 89 27:11 Nathan Coy
Henry Heavisides reports from the ...
Western Australia Masters Athletics organise weekly track meetings in Perth. The conditions were very different to our normal sessions at Carnegie track with the temperature almost 40 degrees and no snow. In the 800m there were about 25 runners who took part (in 3 separate heats), I recorded the 4th fastest time overall with 2:35.0. A similar number took part in the 3000m, all in one race, I finished 2nd in 10:51.4
There were no monkeys on the track today (or kangaroos), but birds which looked like parrots were flying around.
Henry Heavisides reports ... no snow or ice here, although hazards in this 5k trail race through the rain forest included 34 degree temperatures, 100% humidity and monkeys on the path. Not a course for a PB, but I finished 8th out of about 100 runners in 20:08. If you're ever in Singapore, the Macritchie Runners organise races in the forest the first Sunday of every month.
From Clare Smith ... Excellent conditions for running led to some great finish times on the Rombalds Stride, including Graham Pearce who won in 2hrs 27 mins. (A record time. It's Graham's 4th win in a row, getting faster every year, and 8 mins clear of 2nd place this year. Paul)
1 2:27:05 Graham Pearce, P&B 3 2:40:00 Lee Morley 7 2:52:56 Dave Wilby 9 2:59:11 Mark Mon-Williams 14 3:02:37 Ralph Tench 17 3:05:34 Jez Hellewell 24 3:10:37 Jamie Hutchinson 27 3:12:57 Derek Fuller 30 3:16:01 Dave Cummings 31 3:17:41 Jann Smith 3rd lady 40 3:19:13 Dick Waddington 42 3:21:06 Kate Archer 44 3:21:06 Ben Sheppard 57 3:30:22 Helene Whitaker 71 3:34:21 John Hayes 72 3:35:05 Rebecca Mon-Williams 73 3:35:05 Jane McCarthy 83 3:39:58 Paul Stephens 86 3:42:35 Peter Shields 1st Vet 60 87 3:43:11 Will Buckton 89 3:43:50 Alison Bennett PB by 39 mins 96 3:48:19 Nigel Tapper 97 3:48:42 Clare Smith 98 3:48:42 Neil Smith 102 3:51:41 Nikos Georgiadis 103 3:51:41 Alison Eagle 110 3:54:42 Chris Oxlade 114 3:55:51 Joyce Marshall 121 3:59:11 Keith Wood 127 4:04:51 Dave Taylor 128 4:04:51 Neil Chapman 130 4:07:25 John Coates 132 4:11:38 Sharon Meadows 134 4:11:38 Adela Reperecki 138 4:13:03 Debbie Lewis 148 4:17:13 Helen Horton 149 4:17:13 Andrew Merrick 175 4:31:19 Bridget Doherty 177 4:35:13 Abigail Bailey 178 4:35:13 Sue Bickerdike 179 4:35:13 Liz Price 187 4:44:52 Andrew Jackson 188 4:44:52 Sophie Brown 193 4:44:52 Dave Ibbotson 197 4:46:13 Brenda Ogden 214 5:00:01 Rebecca Picken 215 5:00:01 Mike Picken 216 5:02:32 Gaenor Coy 220 5:04:50 Sarah Hayes 222 5:05:55 Lynn Donahue 226 5:07:13 John Tate 230 5:08:10 Sheena Pickersgill 237 5:18:22 Andrew Bennett PB 19 mins 254 5:49:35 Amanda Parnaby 264 5:53:52 Emma Payne 276 6:00:02 Rebecca Moores 305 6:28:44 Sue Stevens 403 8:10:29 Rachel Hagan 404 8:10:29 Rachel Websdale
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
From Sue Bickerdike...
My Mum came round on Sunday. Not usually newsworthy, but it prompted a moment.
"Well, I wasn't expecting snow," she said. "I was." "Really?" "Yes, it's Rombalds Stride
weekend, it always snows."
Such a simple conversation, conducted so glibly and without hesitation or pre-amble that it got me thinking. Does it always snow on Rombalds Stride weekend? Is it always boiling hot for the Bradford Millenium Way? Is it always a balmy evening for the Bingley St Ives Mob Match? Do midges ever die?
The answer to all these questions apart from the one that we want to be in the affirmative is yes.
This is what I love about running. It's constancy. It will snow at Rombalds. It will be hot for BMW. It will be a beautiful evening for the Mob Match. And if midges did Jane's speed session they wouldn't die, they'd just push for the line and be too tired to eat anyone.
Now, you all know me. I don't do hills. I don't do weather. I don't do early starts on a weekend. I don't do cold. I don't do long. I don't do ice. I certainly don't do mini glacier- inspired ruts set at a shoe size of 4 1/2 to ensnare your unsuspecting foot and trap it at such an angle that your big toe is wrenched from the rest of your being.
So how come over the last few months I've done all of these? I don't know. Looking back, I've spent every weekend either running up a hill in snow, skating down a hill in snow, running up a hill into a force 160 million mile/hr hail-filled head wind, or marvelling at the fact that I'm still alive. And yet I still do it.
I suppose it's pay-back. It's knowing that for every minute spent running gives you two in the pub. It's knowing that someone faster than you will have got to the pub and ordered emergency chips. It's knowing that deep down it's good for you. It's that feeling of satisfaction that you've done it, maybe not fast enough to have won, but you've beaten your inner demons that tell you it's duvet time. It's not letting your running pals down. It's knowing that somewhere, someone will take a photo of you looking rubbish.
Running is all things to all people. For me, it's the cameraderie, having a laugh, the chips and the wine. Once we get this horrible 3 peaks thing out the way we can concentrate on the fun stuff, the stuff where we don't have to wear multiple layers, where we don't risk our lives, where we only have to run 5 miles ...
And it will be sunny.
Peter Shields says ... what a great start to the year for all the Ilkley Harriers who competed in the Rombalds Stride. This is a really well run event, that first and foremost looks after its competitors and I'm sure all that were there would agree. A great event with a super atmosphere, created from the moment you walk into the race headquarters until you've eaten the meal they provide when you have finished. We can all learn a little more about how to put on a top ranking event from their example. As for the Ilkley athletes (of which there seemed to be the whole club there!) they certainly stepped up to the plate in effort and overall performance. We have real depth of talent in the club and whether this event was a training run or competitive attempt let's build on this and take it into our future events. Firstly there is the PECO X/C which is begging for a good Ilkley turnout to raise our points total for the league. There is also the Harrogate league to compete for and now with a good endurance base, adding a little quality will bring lots of benefits.
Some 450 Primary School children enjoyed the races at Ashlands, with some very competitive runners! Race results ad League updates on the junior site
Harrogate Stray 15 20:15 Emma Barclay 1st lady 27 22:01 Dave Tait 41 23:55 Jim Towers 106 31:15 Lyn Towers Leeds Hyde Park 102 24:04 John Marshall 194 28L17 Linda Marshall
Tom Adams for his Stanbury Splash beating Rob Jebb, the best ever result by a male IH fell runner? Also for his 1st place at the Peco, results at Yorkshire and Northern XC and 2nd place on New Year's day in Gloucestershire.
Dave Westhead for his performance in the Yorkshire & Northern XC
Kate Archer for tremendous results in Jan
Nigel Tapper, who has led groups on a Tuesday and organised reccies of the 3 peaks and Rombalds Stride and has been totally inclusive of abilities, age and number of legs - Betty and Bailey have been accommodated at all times. "He is very encouraging and is dragging all of us reluctant fell runners towards the hardest race we will ever do - the 3 peaks." It's not just the organising but the encouraging texts through the week, the words of solace when we are crying with cold and his general good nature that makes him a fab 'motley crew' leader.
Steve Coy for his Saturday coaching programme and PECO results.
Sue Bickerdyke for her enthusiasm, participation, and encouragement of others.
Report from Alison Weston ... A lovely fell race from outskirts of Sheffield organised by Totley Athletics club running over Burbage Edges and on to Tigger Tor. Despite the cold weather the ground was very wet and muddy but the good views of Derbyshire made up for it!! 10 miles.
(1 1h08 Fred Slemeck, P&B) 167 1h34 Alison Weston (3rd LV40)
Peter Shields reports ... The Northern Counties X/C were held at Pontefract race course this year on a course that in horse racing parlance would be termed good to firm. In fact the venue was superb, the course was fast, the weather was great and the competition as good as you can get re athletic clubs. The juniors started the race programme off and all who competed under the Ilkley colours did the club proud, which must give all those that coach and support them a real boost to see the fruition of the work they put in, as a people watcher I was quite moved by their support and obvious pride in the way their athletes performed.
The adults were equally youthful in their approach and commitment to the event and it was great to be part of it, for those of you who have not tried x/c as part of your running you should, not only for the athletic benefits you gain but also the comradeship it brings. The ladies got a team out, Di Haggar in the middle of a hard training regime for the three peaks ran really well as did Kate Archer who is running the Rombalds Stride next Saturday. They were ably supported by Sue Morley and Lyn Eden. I have to give a big well done to Di who has organised the ladies this year while house moving and getting that extra training in for the 3 PPP's and also to Sue Morley who has turned up for all the x/c events and worn the club colours with pride. The men were well represented by Tom Adams, Dave Wilby, Dave Westhead who has had an excellent season, Jim Ryder, Mark Iley, Peter Shields, a team counter for the first time in fifteen years, Jim Towers and Eric Morley. A bit of a traditionalist as I am, when I was at 59 years ago school x/c was called a paper chase, to long to explain but look at the history books!, try to get involved it really is good fun, it might get a bit wet and muddy but the benefits outweigh all that. Your next opportunity is the PECO event at Golden Acre Park on 19 Feb, a great starting point if you have not tried it. A final thanks to Malcolm Pickering for getting the men together.
Nic Mellor has spotted some good coverage on the athleticos web site.
Results from Northern Athletics
Senior men 48 43:14 Tom Adams 224 49:01 Dave Wilby 261 49:57 David Westhead 271 50:10 Jim Ryder 370 52:44 Mark Iley 596 61:47 Peter Shields 659 67:13 Jim Towers 664 66:10 Eric Morley 27th team Senior women 70 36:49 Diane Haggar 80 37:45 Kate Archer 175 43:43 Sue Morley 232 58:40 Lyn Eden 17th team U17 women 6 18:04 Georgia Malir U15 boys 122 18:17 Thomas Kerr 123 18:18 Ruaridh Mon-Williams U15 girls 48 19:04 Lucy Williamson U13 boys 82 12:52 Francis Westhead 105 13:19 Tom Cross 135 13:45 James Pickering U13 girls 8 12:25 Sarah Pickering 48 13:32 Lucy Haines 73 13:53 Zoe Judkowski 82 14:04 Josie Clarke 101 14:36 Elizabeth Westhead 110 14:49 Lucy Jacques 149 15:52 Alessandra Ricci 152 16:02 Jessica Burgess 7th team
Harrogate Stray 24 22:49 Dave Tait Leeds Hyde Park 114 24:05 John Marshall
This year's event was bigger and better than ever with a great crowd enjoying the evening at Ilkley Rugby Club with a hot buffet; the presentation of the Sports Leaders Awards to 13 of our younger members; the presentation of Annual Awards and Harriers Race League winners (below) for 2011; outstanding live music from Five$Shoes; the biggest Club raffle ever with masses of prizes including a weekend in a holiday cottage in Northumberland (see www.twoscotsgap.co.uk), 2 good tickets to Opera North's new production of Carousel, running prizes from Complete Runner and Dobson & Robinson; and finally more live music from Five$Shoes and dancing late into the night. See the photos.
|Best Runner, Male||Tom Adams||Dave Wilby, Jamie Hutchinson, David Westhead, Martin Archer|
|Best Runner, Female||Sally Morley||Emma Barclay, Tracey Greenway, Jane Bryant, Helene Whitaker|
|Most Improved Runner, Male||Andrew Merrick||Dave Cummings, David Westhead, Andrew Jackson|
|Most Improved Runner, Female||Jann Smith||Rebecca Mon-Williams, Christine Cox, Diane Haggar, Helen Thurston|
|Best Endurance Runner, Male||Dave Wilby||Martin Wright, Jez Hellewell, Brian Melia, Paul Sowden, Eddie Winslow, Stuart Pitches, Neil Smith, Morgan Willliams|
|Best Endurance Runner, Female||Helene Whitaker||Nicky Jaquiery, Sharon Meadows, Rebecca Mon-Williams, Sally Malir|
|Best Runner, Under 23, Male||Jack Wood||Hector Haines, Alexander Sinclair|
|Best Runner, Under 23, Female||Florence Haines|
|Contribution to the club, Male||Neil Chapman||Paul Wood, Peter Shields, Vic Verecondi, Richard Reeve, Andrew Bennett|
|Contribution to the club, Female||Shirley Wood||Alison Bennett, Chris Matthews, Abigail Bailey|
|Captains' Award, Male||Malcolm Pickering||Mark Mon-Williams, Vince Gibbons, Paul Wood|
|Captains' Award, Female||Bernie Gibbons||Emma Barclay, Alison Bennett, Rebecca Mon-Williams, Lyn Eden|
Overall: Mark Mon-Williams
Road: Andrew Merrick
Fell: Mark Mon-Williams
Trail/XC: Mark Mon-Williams
The dates for the 2012 League are available on the League page.
Another very windy race, and some brave performances from the 13 juniors who had the worst of the weather. In the senior race, Tom had a good win over Bingley's Rob Jebb, and Jann reports that our ladies won the team prize. Photos and results on woodentops.org.uk ...
1 45:45 Tom Adams (2 45:55 Rob Jebb, Bingley 3 46:13 Graham Pearce, P&B, 2nd claim Ilkley) 22 51:40 Lee Morley 82 59:16 Toni Melechi 87 59:40 Richard Joel 107 62:06 Kate Archer 123 63:04 Mike Baldwin 148 64:53 Helen Thurston 154 65:28 Jann Smith 174 67:12 Alison Weston 180 67:35 George Elmes 294 77:30 Sue Morley 330 83:23 Gemma Carpenter 348 87:28 David Green 369 finished
Heavisides Henry reports ... the very strong winds made for a tough Brass Monkey race, with most of us were several minutes slower than we would normally expect on this course. Steve Weston was the fastest Ilkley Harrier, with Jonathan Sinclair not far behind. I did manage to get a prize for 2nd M55, so at least there was some reward for the hard work on the day.
Results from ukresults.net ...
(1 1h06:42 Yared Hagus, Wallsend Harriers & AC) 77 1h23:12 Steve Weston 85 1h23:55 Jonathan Sinclair 140 1h26:10 Justin Phillips 151 1h26:53 John Atkinson 222 1h29:38 Henry Heavisides 346 1h32:26 Rob Cunningham 399 1h34:05 Steve Newell 428 1h35:45 Jane Bryant 435 1h35:03 Adrian Bastow 634 1h41:39 Peter Shields 833 1h46:34 Chris Cunningham 1578 2h13:51 Michael Picken 1683 finished
Leeds Hyde Park 79 24:26 John Marshall Harrogate Stray (new) 33 24:29 Jim Towers 93 31:29 Lyn Towers
Results (unofficial times) from pecoxc.co.uk.
1 26:24 Tom Adams 27 30:24 Jamie Hutchinson 41 31:30 Steve Coy 137 36:26 Ben Joynson 170 39:07 Andy Jackson 194 41:13 Paul Wood 200 41:50 Jim Towers 226 45:01 Eric Morley 229 45:36 David Green 244 48:15 Don Macrae 269 finished 5th team Ladies 31 38:55 Kelly Harrison 65 43:41 Sue Morley 85 46:13 Gaenor Coy 99 47:53 Gemma Carpenter 136 51:39 Kate Lofthouse 148 54:51 Lyn Eden 151 55:12 Julie Elmes 162 finished 5th team
Some great junior results including a win for Euan Brennan in the 8-10yrs race,
This was the final counter in the 2011 Harriers Race League (in place of PECO 2) - calcs here soon ...
Graham Arthur reports ... Phil Hodgson and Tod Harriers organised the extremely pleasant Tod Mini Mountain Marathon on Sunday. This is a 3-hour score event, and the controls were scattered around the moors and countryside to the NW of Todmorden. Freezing crystal clear sunny weather all day meant that navigation should never have been a problem. However, there were some prominent new walls which were not on the map, several non-existent walls (and many tracks) which were on the map, and a very helpful ‘beautiful' line of pylons which often aided orientation. An excellent little local event and great fun – about 70 competitors I think. Did not even notice that most of my route was in Lancashire until later. Still, the hot soup and sandwiches made up for that.
Sharon Meadows reports ...
What a beautiful day. Very lucky with the weather, crisp blue skies but a bit chilly to start at -6.5, couldn't talk much for the first hour as my face was frozen. This was a Go Beyond event and so very well organised. The race started from Wendover, Buckinghamshire and for the first half went over the Chilterns, so some very pretty views (but not as good as Yorkshire) and then onto the Grand Union Canal for the second half which was not quite as inspiring. Due to the flatness of the second half my running pals and I had an 8/2 strategy (8 minutes jog, 2 minutes walk and eat), which worked well. Was a lovely day out but a long way to go for a race unless you are making a weekend out of it.
1st Male 5.22 hours
1st Female 6.49 hours
Me 8.30 hours
Will Buckton was 29th in 20:21
Gemma Carpenter: new(ish) member but has shown great commitment in turning up to races throughout the year and has shown improvement over 2011. Good results in Dec include WYXC, Stoop, and Giants Tooth
David Westhead: 1st Harrier at WYXC Wayfield, and overall V40 Champ
Norman Bush: 4 good race results incl V70 record Stoop and 1st V70 at Auld Lang Syne Hector Haines: 4th at Chevin Chase
Lee Morley: Whinberry Naze and Cowm Reservoir race wins and good results at Auld Lang Syne
Diane Haggar reports ... A great result from the ladies today. Thankfully the weather was dry albeit very windy. The courses were rerouted due to muddy conditions. On the day there seemed very little mud, in fact I've never finished a mid winter race cleaner!! Having taken 3rd in the Complete Runner WY League the ladies were keen to maintain their standing. With solid runs from Sally, Diane and Emma backed up yet again by the ever improving Helen we took 4th in relation to the other CR league clubs, due to Bingley bringing out their top runners. Overall a really pleasing season, next year we have Holmfirth and Leeds City to aim at!!
Results from the Northern Athletics web site are ...
Men 22 38:12 Tom Adams 76 42:08 David Westhead 78 42:14 Jim Ryder 89 42:53 Dave Wilby 133 45:26 Mark Iley 134 45:28 Nick Pearce 153 46:47 Mark Mon-Williams 212 55:18 Pete Shields 9th team Women 15 22:47 Sally Morley 38 24:01 Diane Haggar 40 24:10 Emma Barclay 57 25:24 Helen Thurston 89 27:37 Florence Haines 107 30:09 Sue Morley 7th team
Some superb junior results including 3rd U17 Georgia Malir, Georgia and Sarah Pickering earning Yorkshire selection for the forthcoming inter-regionals, 4th GU13 team (and 8th and 10th teams!), and many more.
Lots of photos on woodentops.org.uk.
Paul Stephens reports ... A record field for this 8 mile fell race from Ogden Water, a good course - hard in the strong wind - with some superb views across the moors. It was cold as well, though the rain did stay away. I'd done this race twice before - in 1996 when I was 38th out of 74 and in 1997 when the course was shortened because of the snow. This time I came in in the top half - around 80th I think in about 1hr 14, and then it was back to the decorating.
1 57:49 Karl Gray, Calder Valley 78 75:02 Paul Stephens 124 82:53 John Coates 152 88:12 Graham Breeze 192 finishers
Bradford Lister Park 53 26:19 Sue Bickerdike 61 27:19 Emma Olooney 68 28:52 Jacqui Weston Leeds Hyde Park 64 22:55 Will Buckton 96 24:57 John Marshall 175 28:48 Linda Marshall
Amanda Parnaby reports ... 23 miles setting off in Filey and onto the Cleveland Way before heading inland and returning to Filey. Tremendous weather for time of year despite a cool wind off the North Sea. Finished in 5 hours 2 mins.
Congratulations to Phil on being awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours list, for charitable services. Many Harriers will be familiar with Phil's work for The Revival Centre and Orphanage in Matugga, Ugunda as this charity is the beneficiary of our Trail Race.
Justin Phillips reports ... After welcoming in the New Year in Tewkesbury I couldn't resist the opportunity to have a go at a local race and it didn't take much to persuade Tom to join me for only his 2nd ever outing on the black stuff. An out and back course on flat, traffic free roads it was a road runners' paradise. Tom ran shoulder to shoulder with the local superstar until mile 4 when the excesses of new year's eve caught up with him. I had a good run and am looking forward to several hundred more in 2012!
1 26:16 2 26:36 Tom Adams 12 30:26 Justin Phillips
1 17:18 Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners 14 19:28 Ian Rowbotham 52 23:43 Toni Melechi 53 23:47 Tilly Melechi 104 29:17 Gemma Carpenter
Bernie Gibbons was the lone Ilkley Harrier out in the blizzards for the Silsden New Year's Day Run. Some 75 hardy souls decided to rise, shine and race for the New Year.
Runners assembled at The Green in Silsden to begin the ascent of Bradley Road and Hole Lane, a climb of some 500'. They then had a very wet cruise along Heights Lane before the tumultuous descent down Horn Lane and Bradley Road. The race was won by Dave Kirkham of Wharfedale Harriers in 17:07, with Bernie finishing 48th in 27:19