Ilkley Harriers news archive 2012

Harrier of the Month, January

Nominations were:
sponsors 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.

The HoM awards went to Nigel Tapper and Kate Archer. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running gear from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Tigger Tor fell race, Sun 29 Jan

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)

Northern XC, Sat 28 Jan

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

Parkrun 5k's, Sat 28 Jan

Harrogate Stray
24 22:49 Dave Tait

Leeds Hyde Park
114 24:05 John Marshall

Presentation Evening, Fri 27 Jan

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$Shoes; the biggest Club raffle ever with masses of prizes including a weekend in a holiday cottage in Northumberland (see, 2 good tickets to Opera North's new production of Carousel, running prizes from Complete Runner and Dobson & Robinson; and finally more live music from Five$Shoes and dancing late into the night. See the photos.

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Ilkley Harriers Awards for 2011

AwardWinnerOther nominees
Best Runner, MaleTom AdamsDave Wilby, Jamie Hutchinson, David Westhead, Martin Archer
Best Runner, FemaleSally MorleyEmma Barclay, Tracey Greenway, Jane Bryant, Helene Whitaker
Most Improved Runner, MaleAndrew MerrickDave Cummings, David Westhead, Andrew Jackson
Most Improved Runner, FemaleJann SmithRebecca Mon-Williams, Christine Cox, Diane Haggar, Helen Thurston
Best Endurance Runner, MaleDave WilbyMartin Wright, Jez Hellewell, Brian Melia, Paul Sowden, Eddie Winslow, Stuart Pitches, Neil Smith, Morgan Willliams
Best Endurance Runner, FemaleHelene WhitakerNicky Jaquiery, Sharon Meadows, Rebecca Mon-Williams, Sally Malir
Best Runner, Under 23, MaleJack WoodHector Haines, Alexander Sinclair
Best Runner, Under 23, FemaleFlorence Haines 
Contribution to the club, MaleNeil ChapmanPaul Wood, Peter Shields, Vic Verecondi, Richard Reeve, Andrew Bennett
Contribution to the club, FemaleShirley WoodAlison Bennett, Chris Matthews, Abigail Bailey
Captains' Award, MaleMalcolm PickeringMark Mon-Williams, Vince Gibbons, Paul Wood
Captains' Award, FemaleBernie GibbonsEmma Barclay, Alison Bennett, Rebecca Mon-Williams, Lyn Eden

Ilkley Harriers Running League 2011

League Champions

Overall: Mark Mon-Williams
Road: Andrew Merrick
Fell: Mark Mon-Williams
Trail/XC: Mark Mon-Williams

The final results of the 2011 League are here: PDF format or MS Excel format.

The dates for the 2012 League are available on the League page.

Soreen Stanbury Splash, Sun 22 Jan

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 ...

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

Brass Monkey Half Marathon, Sun 22 Jan

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 ...

(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

Parkruns, Sat 21 Jan

Leeds Hyde Park
79  24:26 John Marshall

Harrogate Stray (new)
33 24:29 Jim Towers
93 31:29 Lyn Towers

PECO XC 3, Temple Newsam, Sun 15 Jan

Results (unofficial times) from

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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

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 ...

Tod MMM, Sun 15 Jan

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.

Country to Capital 45 Miles Trail Run, Sat 14 Jan

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

Leeds Hyde Park Parkrun, Sat 14 Jan

Will Buckton was 29th in 20:21

Harrier of the Month, December

Nominations were:
sponsors 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

The HoM awards went to Norman Bush and Lee Morley. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running gear from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Yorkshire XC Championships, Sat 7 Jan

Knobbly Knees

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 ...

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

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

Ovenden Fell Race, Sat 7 Jan

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

Parkruns, Sat 7 Jan

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

Filey Flyer, Sat 7 Jan

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.

Ilkley Harrier Phil Chappell in New Year's Honours List

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.

Gloucester New Year Day 5 Mile Road Race, Sun 1 Jan

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

Giants Tooth fell race, Sun 1 Jan

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

Silsden New Year's Day Run

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

Older News, December 2011