Ilkley Harriers news archive 2012

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, August

David Millson Supporting Tuesday night groups with dedication and enthusiasm Also nominated: Mark Hall and Beth Massey for outstanding results - pretty much from the moment they joined IH!; Hector Haines for top class fell results; Sharon Meadows for her 50-mile Ridgeway Challenge; Rebecca Mon-Williams for BOFRA race results; Nicky Jaquiery, 3rd LV40 in the UTMB 111km race
Mark Hall For his club age records and title winning performances at 5km, 10km & 10m.

Earlier Harriers of the Month ...

Reeth Show fell race, Wed 29 Aug

Results from this BOFRA race.

(1 16:13 Joe Forrest)
5  19:02 Mark Mon-Williams
14 22:16 Rebecca Mon-Williams 1st lady
32 finished

Ruaridh Mon-Williams was 5th in the U17 race.

Kilnsey Show, Tue 28 Aug

We hear that Hector Haines was 4th, awaiting full results.

Hebden Sports, Mon 27 Aug

It looks from Dave Woodhead's photos that Hector Haines may have won, and Jann Smith was 3rd Lady / 1st F40, awaiting full results.

Askern 10m, Mon 27 Aug

Mark Hall reports ... Beth Massey and I travelled across to South Yorkshire today to do the Askern 10m (near Doncaster), an undulating course run mainly on country lanes. The race attracts a good field as it incorporates the South Yorkshire 10m championships. Conditions were overcast and windy. I finished in 5th place (1st V50) in 56mins 57secs, Beth finished in 14th place (1st FV40) in 69mins 17 secs. The race was won by Carl Ryde of Doncaster AC in 54mins 27secs. This is a well supported, long established event and whilst not a PB course it is worth the relatively short journey across to South Yorkshire.

Mark's time is a Club Record beating Eddie Irving's 60:10 at Lytham St Annes last year. 302 finishers, full results on

Fleetwood Half Marathon, Sun 26 Aug

Results from

(1  1:10:13 Anthony Valentine, Bolton United Harriers)
48  1:32:11 David Brown
178 1:47:09 Mike Baldwin
230 1:52:07 Paul Sugden
416 finished

Grasmere Show, Sun 26 Aug

From the photos it looks like Hector Haines was 8th in the senior race.

Halton Gill fell race, Sun 26 Aug

Awaiting full results, Jann Smith was 4th lady

9th TRA Ridgeway Challenge, 25/26 Aug

From Sharon Meadows ... The Ridgeway Challenge is an 85 mile trail race along a 5,000 year old trackway containing 9,000ft of ascent. It starts at the top of Ivinghoe Beacon and passes through the Chiltern Hills, North Wessex Downs and follows Grims Ditch for several miles. It also passes Barbury and Liddington Castle before finally finishing in Avebury.
This was my first attempt at a distance over 50 miles and I was very apprehensive beforehand. The first 4 hours passed nicely in beautiful sunshine with amazing views of the countryside. Then came the thunder and lightning and torrential rain, which stayed with us for the next few hours. Unfortunately my left knee decided to play up and the pain would not leave me for the rest of the run. At 42 miles there was a bag drop off which was a Godsend. We had a complete change of kit, reapplied blister plasters and gaffer tape and strapped my knee up. There was also hot food and tea. After this checkpoint the rain stopped and the night was much calmer weather wise. I really did not know how I would continue, we had such a long way to go and my knee was so bad I could barely walk let alone run, so I had to adopt a sort of sideways shuffle. It helped by thinking of the route in smaller chunks and not the thing as a whole.
Eventually the dawn came and it was a beautiful morning. At the next checkpont the lovely marshalls fed and watered us and said nearly 50 people had dropped out. We had our last 5.5 miles to go and I have never felt so happy. When the finish came in to sight I had to try really hard not to cry, just because I was so pleased to stop!
The event was very well organised and all the marshalls were very friendly and helpful. Most of the feed stations were manned by local running clubs and the food and drink provided was exceptional.

1st male 13h34
1st female 16h50
Sharon Meadows 25h05

Burnsall Feast, Sat 25 August

Well done to Hector Haines who won the Burnsall Classic fell race, beating Ted Mason and Ian Holmes in the process, and leading Ilkley's men to a 2nd team place (with plenty of other young runners in that team!)

1  15:03 Hector Haines
9  16:58 Jack Wood
13 17:39 Dave Wilby
26 19:16 Bradley Chapman
49 21:00 Richard Joel
56 21:32 Will Buckton
96 24:47 Geoff Howard
128 finished in the men's race

We had no counters in the ladies' fell race, but Natalie Curtis finished 58th out of 74 in 1h25:27 in the tough 10 mile road race (won in 54:56 by Leeds' Adam Osborne). Results from

Lancaster 5km, Sat 25 Aug

Beth Massey reports ... Mark Iley and I made the journey across to Lancaster yesterday evening to take part in this low key 5km race. The race is run on a traffic free, flat, fast course and conditions, although wet, were perfect for racing. I finished 2nd FV40 in a new PB of 19mins 23secs and Mark was 1st V50 in 18mins 29secs. This is a well organised race and well worth the journey.

Pendleton fell race, Sat 25 Aug

5M/1500' Results from this CleM race.

(1 39:48 James Titmuss, P&B)
27 46:42 Mark Beorgeois
79 finished

Lonach Games, Sat 25 Aug

Mark Mon-Williams writes ... You think that Burnsall has history... this was the 171st Lonach Highland Gathering hill race. There were three Ilkley Harrier representatives at Lonach who took their place in the ring after the march of the Lonach Highlanders. ItÕs a good occasion if you like starting a race to the sounds of the pipes and drums and you enjoy being cheered by 8000 spectators (including Billy Connolly who lives down the road and his celebrity friends Š Robin Williams sometimes does the race but not this year)...
ItÕs a fantastic 3.5 mile course around Strathdon Š it was RuaridhÕs first adult hill race (no fells in Scotland) and he had an outstanding run for a 14 year old (my days of being ahead of him are numbered....).

(1st 24:38 Drew Tivendale)
3rd  24:58 Mark Mon-Williams
7th  26:04 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
2nd lady 28:37 Rebecca Mon-Williams
80+ finishers

Smugglers Trod, Sat 25 Aug

Amanda Parnaby reports ... 27 miles starting & finishing at Robin Hoods Bay with a circular route over the North Yorks Moors. Although the rain held off it was still extremely wet underfoot. A friendly event organised by East Yorks LDWA.

Parkruns, Sat 25 Aug

Bradford Lister Park
104 28:48 Charlie Smith
116 29:30 Janet Smith

Leeds Hyde Park
126 25:31 John Marshall

38 23:55 Graham Breeze

Malham Show fell race, Sat 25 Aug

Full results from this BOFRA race still awaited, to include ...

Jann Smith 2nd Lady
Diane Haggar - 4th Lady
Val Kerr

European Veterans Athletics Championships, Sun 19 Aug

From Henry Heavisides... The temperature was in the mid 30s for the M55 10,000m race at the EVACS championships in Zgorzelec (Poland). The track was being sprayed with hosepipes to cool runners a bit, but in the preceeding M50 race a competitor was taken away by ambulance suffering with heatstroke & cardiac I decided to take it steady, rather than aiming for a fast time. Out of 26 starters from 14 countries, I finished 12th in 39:07.45 and was first GB runner to finish. The winner was from Finland (results here).
Overall it was a really good experience to be involved in an international championship, although the logistics were a bit challenging with events spread between small border towns in Germany, Czech Republic & Poland. More than 3800 competitors are taking part.

Sedbergh Hills fell race, Sun 19 Aug

Will Buckton reports ... AL (Cat A, Long, fell race) 22.5km/1830m climb. A nice run round the Howgill fells from the Dalesway village of Sedbergh. A lot of very steep ups and downs and tricky contouring. I was the only Harrier in this probably due to the Championship race the day before although I did meet an unattached runner from Ilkley called Mark.

(1 2h22:06 Andy Brown, Clayton-le-Moors)
75 3h16:46 Will Buckton
120 finished

Weasdale Horseshoe, Sat 18 Aug

Results of this English Champs counter from Howgill Harriers ...

Men's race
(1    55:09 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
181 1h36:17 Graham Breeze
201 finishers

(1 1h04:35 Olivia Walwyn-Bush, Altrincham & D)
33 1h24:56 Alison Weston
71 1h41:10 Sue Morley
75 finished

Cargrave Show, Sat 18 Aug

Results of this BOFRA fell race ...

(1 23:14 Jack Simpson, Leeds)
9  27:17 Mark Mon-Williams
10 27:21 Ian Rowbotham
24 31:13 Jann Smith 2nd lady
29 32:21 Geoff Howard
40 34:10 Natalie Curtis
67 finished

Lucy Williamson was 1st GU17

Parkruns, Sat 18 Aug

Bradford Lister Park
50 24:32 Richard Hinsley

Harrogate Stray
25  20:41 Geoffrey Howard
110 26:44 Julie Elmes

Leeds Hyde Park
131 25:15 John Marshall
296 35:27 Linda Marshall

York Millenium Bridge 5km, Tue 14 Aug

Beth Massey and Mark Hall report ... we travelled to York to compete in the York Millenium Bridge 5km road race. The course is fast and flat, starting and finishing by the river near Skeldergate Bridge, going out to do 2 laps of Rowntree Park and crossing the Millenium Bridge to return to the finish. The race was run in excellent conditions and Mark finished in 16:23, 13th overall and 1st V50, I finished in 19:26, 10th lady and 3rd FV40.
The race attracts a lot of younger runners, the first lady being Bronwen Owen of Scarborough (U15) in 16.28!! The race was won overall by Dan Garbutt of Durham in 15:30

Mark's time is a Club Record Henry reports, beating Richard Reeve's 17:23 from a 2010 John Carr race, as well as Nick Pearce's V45 17:07 from the John Carr race on 9 May 2001!

Northern Veterans 10k, Sun 12 Aug

Beth Massey and Mark Hall report ... we did our first race for Ilkley Harriers today, competing in the Northern Veterans 10k Champs at Bispham, Blackpool, and we were both pleased to win our categories - Beth (FV40) in 38:40 and Mark (V50) in 32:55. Beth finished 5th lady overall and Mark was 4th overall.
Conditions on the day were perfect and the course is very fast being mostly flat and downhill, apart from a slightly undulating last mile, along the North Promenade starting at Bispham and going out towards the Tower.
The race was won in 30:46 by Anthony Valentine of Bolton United Harriers.

Cray, Sun 12 Aug

Results of this BOFRA fell race ...

(1 23:34 Sam Watson, Wharfedale Harriers)
13 31:55 Mark Bourgeois
14 32:21 Steve Weston
25 finished

6 4:37 Georgia Weston
7 8:10 Felix Weston

Arncliff Gala, Sat 11 Aug

Results of this BOFRA Championship fell race ...

(1 10:54 Duncan Birtwhistle, Harrogate)
23 12:39 Mark Mon-Williams
24 12:44 Iain Gibbons
44 14:39 Rebecca Mon-Williams 2nd lady, 1st F40
52 15:07 Jann Smith
89 20:20 Bradley Chapman
92 finished

Ruaridh Mon-Williams was 4th in 13:17 in the U17 race, Lucy Williamson was first FU17 in 14:40; and a bunch of Harriers ran well in the younger races.

Parkruns, Sat 11 Aug

Two of Ilkley's Super-Vets were well-placed in today's 5k run at Harrogate Stray, Geoff Howard (V65) was 27th in 20:41, Norman Bush (V70) was 45th in 21:46, out of 184 finishers.

From George Elmes ... Julie Elmes ran on a very warm and sunny York race course - came in at 93rd in 26:05 which was another 5k PB - knocking 26 seconds of her prevous best. Look out Mo!

At Leeds Hyde Park, John Marshall was 141st in 24:59; and at Roundhay Graham Breeze was 34th in 23:59.

YVAA Grand Prix, Knavesmire, Wed 8 Aug

Alison Eagle reports ... in the bright evening sunlight a perfectly flat course mainly along the river I was 4th Lady and 1st LV50 in 41:51

Brownlee Gold Run, Tue 7 August

A whole bunch of Harriers joined other Brownlee fans for a special short fell race on Penistone, then retired to the pub for the main event - watching the Brownlee brothers win Olympic Triathlon Gold and Bronze on the telly. And in between there was a big prize draw with lots of Brownlee-signed Olympic memoriblia! Full results and photos on

(1  10:29 Tom Brunt, Homfirth)
22  12:02 Steve Coy
23  12:13 Adam Bennett
38  13:03 Sarah Pickering
43  13:11 Josh Crane
46  13:16 Malcolm Pickering
51  13:34 Alison Eagle
57  13:42 Robbie Matthews
60  13:47 James Pickering
71  14:08 Sam Wood
78  14:17 Alison Bennett
94  15:00 Adela Reperecki
107 15:31 Charlie Tiger Smith
108 15:31 Jann Smith
109 15:32 Beth Morley
125 16:07 Gaenor Coy
138 17:08 Sophie Brown
139 17:09 Andrew Bennett
140 17:11 Emma O'Looney
150 18:58 Julie Elmes
152 19:34 Diane Kitchen
154 19:49 Andrew Kitchen
155 19:53 Sally Pickering
161 20:25 Anna Pickering
170 finished

And 11 junior Harriers ran in the U10 race.

Jane Tomlinson York 10k, Sun 5 Aug

From Michael Duffield ...

(1   30:49 Ben Livesey, Birchfield Harriers)
83   39:45 Rob Cunningham
157  42:18 Michael Duffield
286  44:51 Chris Cunningham
4103 Finished

Farleton Knott, Sun 5 August

Diane Haggar reports ... in Olympic style, "Team Ilkley" took ladies Gold, Silver & Bronze. We packed superbly until the killer second ascent sorted our positions out. Well done to Becky & Jann. Would be good to see more Harriers, and particularly more Juniors, at these BOFRA races. The August bank holiday has 5 events in the Dales in the space of 5 days! Check out the BOFRA website.

(1 38:28 Todd Oates, Ambleside)
8  41:52 Mark Mon-Williams 1st V45
14 44:50 Bradley Chapman
22 47:24 Rebecca Mon-Williams  1st lady
26 48:14 Jann Smith  2nd lady
29 49:03 Diane Haggar  3rd lady
46 finished

Wagon and Horses Lancaster 10 mile, Sun 5 August

Sally Malir reports ... Emma Barclay and I made the jouney to Lancaster for Emma's debut in a 10 mile road race. We had a sucessful trip with Emma coming in 2nd lady in 67:14 (PB) and myself 5th lady in 68:23 (SB). The course was not as flat as we had hoped it would be with a couple of tough hills included, but it was well orgainsed mainly on traffic free cycle routes. Well worth the trip.

Borrowdale fell race, Sat 4 August

AL English Championships counter, 26km with 2000m of climb. Results from,

(1  2h49:20 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough)
59  3h42:15 Dave Wilby
171 4h24:16 Brian Melia
203 4h34.15 Dick Waddington
372 finished

Hellifield Gala fell race, Sat 4 August

George Elmes reports ... 8 Junior Ilkley Harriers made the trip up to Hellifield for the Junior Yorkshire Fell championships where again we had a number of strong performances. Top of the pile was an outstanding performance from Lucy Williamson resulting in her being crowned GU16 Yorkshire champion. (And picking up a magnificent trophy).
Well done to all that competed - Poppy Anderson, Molly Pearson, Emily Elmes, Robbie Matthews, Euan Brennan, Tilly Melechi, Joanne & Lucy Williamson.

Full results and photos on

Photo George Elmes

Round Hill fell race, Sat 4 August

(1 56:26 Richard Pattinson, P&B)
2  60:03 Martin Archer
20 71:48 Ben Joynson
23 72:50 Alistair Wood  1st V60
24 72:57 Diane Haggar 2nd lady, 1st F50
26 73:40 Henry Heavisides
91 126.27 Amanda Parnaby
91 finished

See Otley AC's web site for full results and photos.

This was also a Ilkley Harriers Race League event - Martin Archer has edged out Ali B in the Fell competition ...

Parkruns, Sat 4 Aug

Harrogate Stray
18 20:27 Geoff Howard v65 rec
60 24:24 Jim Towers
80 26:45 Julie Elmes

Leeds Roundhay
35 23:25 Graham Breeze

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