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