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