|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 ...
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.
We hear that Hector Haines was 4th, awaiting full results.
It looks from Dave Woodhead's photos that Hector Haines may have won, and Jann Smith was 3rd Lady / 1st F40, awaiting full results.
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.
Results from www.ukresults.net
(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
From the photos it looks like Hector Haines was 8th in the senior race.
Awaiting full results, Jann Smith was 4th lady
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
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 www.race-results.co.uk
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.
5M/1500' Results from this CleM race.
(1 39:48 James Titmuss, P&B) 27 46:42 Mark Beorgeois 79 finished
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
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.
Bradford Lister Park 104 28:48 Charlie Smith 116 29:30 Janet Smith Leeds Hyde Park 126 25:31 John Marshall Roundhay 38 23:55 Graham Breeze
Full results from this BOFRA race still awaited, to include ...
Jann Smith 2nd Lady Diane Haggar - 4th Lady Val Kerr
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 problems........so 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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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 U9 6 4:37 Georgia Weston 7 8:10 Felix Weston
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.
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.
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 www.yvaa.org
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 woodentops.org.uk.
(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.
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
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
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.
AL English Championships counter, 26km with 2000m of climb. Results from www.borrowdale-fell-runners.org,
(1 2h49:20 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough) 59 3h42:15 Dave Wilby 171 4h24:16 Brian Melia 203 4h34.15 Dick Waddington 372 finished
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 woodentops.org.uk
(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 ...
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