Ilkley Harriers news archive 2012

Harrier of the Month, June

Nominations were:
sponsors 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

The HoM awards went to Bradley Chapman, and Nick Richardson. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running gear from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Eldwick Gala fell race, Sat 30 June

(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.

Graham Weston's photos

Yorkshire selection, Sat 30 June

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.

Castles & Islands, 29/30 June

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.

Parkruns, Sat 30 June

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

HDSRL 5, Nidd Valley, Thu 28 June

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

(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

Trail Race Cheque, Tue 26 June

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.

Platfields 10k, Sun 24 June

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

runSunday, Sun 24 June

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 Aquathon, Sat 23 June

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.

Clougha Pike Junior English Fell Championship, Sat 23 June

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

68 51:05 Diane Haggar 4th lady
3  8:22 Emily Elmes
8  9:32 Molly Pearson
9  9:39 Poppy Anderson
9 16:51 Euan Brennan
5 31:38 Georgia Malir

ParkRuns, Sat 23 June

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

HDSRL 4, East Harsley, Thu 21 June

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 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

Beamsley Beacon fell race, Thu 21 June

Results from

(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

Mob Match, Tue 19 June

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.

Hawkswick Dash, Sun 17 June

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 ...

Sutton Pinnacles, Sun 17 June

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

Great Lakes Race, Sat 16 June

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.

Buckden Pike fell race, Sat 16 June

(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

Photos from Dave and Eileen Woodhead, and Graham Weston.

Cononley Gala fell race, Sat 16 June

(1 26:06 Joe Crossfield, Halufax)
9  31:10 Toni Melechi
17 35:34 Tilly Melechi
24 38:15 Graham Breeze
30 finished

Otley 10, Wed 13 June

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.

Holcombe Two Towers race, Wed 13 June

(1  34:33 Ashley Holt, Rossendale H)
61 49:00 Graham Breeze
98 finished

YVAA Grand Prix - Pudsey, Tue 12 June

Alison Eagle reports ... A lovely muddy 4.6m course - my first race as Vet50!

22 34:08 Ian Rowbotham

5  39:26 Alison Eagle 1st LV50
54 54:45 Emma Payne

Bradford Millenium Way Relay, Sun 10 June

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

Kettlewell race, Sun 10 June

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 ...

Two Castles Run, Sun 10 June

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!

Morecambe 10K, Sun 10 June

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

LAMM, Sat/Sun 9/10 June

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 ...

10 18h09:03 Helene Whitaker and Andrea Priestley

15 11h07:38 Outi Kamairanen and partner

45 270 points Kevin & Rachael Gooch

Any more?

Duddon Valley fell race, Sat 9 June

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

Graham's photos

Weets fell race, Sat 9 June

(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

Abbey Anniversary fell race, Fri 8 June

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

Otley Chevin fell race, Wed 6 June

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

Ilkley Harriers Trail Race, Mon 4 June

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.

Kirby Gala fell race, Mon 4 June

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.

Austwick Amble, Mon 4 June

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

Coniston Old Man triathlon, Sun 3 June

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.

Northern Vets track & field championships, Sun 3 June

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

LDWA Games 100, Sat/Sun 2/3 June

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.

Sedbergh, UK European Championship Trial, Sat 2 June

Tom Adams was invited to run in this top quality selection race, finishing 13th in 51:01

Wharfedale Marathon, and Half, Sat 2 June

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

(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

Ennerdale Horseshoe, Sat 2 June

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

Pen y Ghent fell race, Sat 2 June

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.

Kelbrook fell race, Sat 2 June

(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)

Parkrun, Sat 2 June

Hyde Park Leeds
152  25:44 Rhiannon Turner

The Wrigley River Run and Tadpole Trot, Sat 2nd June

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.

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