Ilkley Harriers news archive 2012

Harrier of the Month, May

Nominations were:
sponsors 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

HDSRL, Yeadon, Thu 31 May

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

Ossy Oiks fell race, Thu 31 May

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

Away Run, Tue 29 May

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.

YVAA Grand Prix 4, Bingley, Tue 29 May

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)

Edinburgh Marathon, and Half Marathon, Sun 27 May

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:

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!)

Coniston Gullies fell race, Sun 27 May

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.

Isle of Jura Fell Race, Sat 26 May

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

Hutton Roof fell race, Sat 26 May

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

Kentmere Lakeland 17K Trail Race and Kentmere 17K Trail Challenge, Sat 26 May

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)

Cowpe, FRA Junior English Championships round 3, Sat 26 May

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.

Park run, Sat 26 May

Hyde Park Leeds
150  25:35 Rhiannon Turner

Will Ramsbotham Badger Stone Relays, Wed 23 May

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.

The double, 23-24 May

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!

YVAA Grand Prix 3, Kirkstall, Tue 22 May

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

Windermere Marathon, Sun 20 May

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

(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

Some photos from Andrew Bennett.

Yorkshire 10k, Newby Hall, Sun 20 May

From ..

(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

Great Manchester 10k, Sun 20 May

267   38:32 Rob Cunningham
15548 59:51 Natalie York

Capabilities Overview, Sun 20 May

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

Charlesworth Chase, Sat 19 May

This race had a 'chase the bride' theme (do read the full report on, 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

FRA Inter-Counties, Goyt Valley, Sat 19 May

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

Old Counties Tops Sat 19 May

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.

Sowerby Scorcher, Sat 19 May

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.

Kildwick fell race, Wed 16 May

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

John Carr #3 5k, Wed 16 May

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

HDSRL Thirsk, Tue 15 May

Results from

(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

Calderdale Way Relay, Sun 13 May

Captain Clare says ... A super day for Ilkley Harriers. Well done to everyone who ran - there was a great team spirit! Results from ...

(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

Some photos from Andrew Bennett, leg 4 photos at, and some more from Graham.

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 ... 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!)

Ripon 10, Sun 13 May

Christine Cox finished 112th in 1h23:24

Leeds Half Marathon, Sun 13 May

Results from

(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.

Fairfield Horseshoe, Sat 12 May

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

Sedbergh Gala, Sat 12 May

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.

Parkruns, Sat 12 May

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

Malhamdale Meander, Sat 12 May

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.

Roseberry Romp, Thu 10 May

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 ...

John Carr #2 5k, Wed 9 May

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!)

Jack Bloor Races, Tue 8 May

Photos (all runners): after Badger Stone, near Finish, Prizes, some nice photos from Bethan, here (juniors then seniors), and some junior race photos from Graham on FlickR, and Terry's movie.

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

This was a counter in the IH Race League.

Yorkshire Selection

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

Coiners fell race, Mon 7 May

(1   52:23 Andy Lamont, Macclesfield)
40 1h10:05 Alison Eagle 4th lady
46 1h12:33 John Coates
73 finished

Photos at

North Lincs Half Marathon - Scunthorpe, Sun 6 May

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

Heritage trail coastal marathon, Sun 6 May

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.

Great Hameldon Hill Race, Accrington, Sun 6 May

139 57:58 Graham Breeze	1st M65
161 62:21 Sue Morley 1st F55

Photos at

Bluebell Trail, Sun 6 May

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

Pendle Cloughs, Sat 5 May

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

Parkruns, Sat 5 May

Harrogate Stray
68  24:18 Jim Towers

Leeds Hyde Park
322 29:36 Linda Marshall

Lothersdale fell race, Wed 2 May

(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

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John Carr #1 5k, Wed 2 May

A great turnout with our vets chasing the YVAA 5k Championships, and chasing the many young Harriers running (marked J). Results from Saltaire Striders' web site:

(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

Our HDSRL race, Tue 1 May

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.

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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

(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

Older News, April 2012