|Dave Wilby||great results in the Peak District and Chevin Chase PB||Also nominated:
Bradley Chapman for his fantastic PB at the Ribble Valley 10k, good results at Parkrun 5k and The Stoop, a great improvement recently with lots of hard training.
Will Buckton for race results
|Vince & Bernie Gibbons||for organising the Christmas Relays and quiz night|
Well done to Dave and Vince and Bernie, this month's winners.
Earlier Harriers of the Month ...
A pretty tough course on a tough day, but a great turnout of Harriers at the traditional end of year race. Results from woodentops.org.uk
(1 43:10 Jonny Brownlee, Bingley) 16 49:02 Lee Morley 51 54:29 Martin Archer 63 55:32 Jez Hellewell 96 58:54 Alistair Barlow 103 59:37 Steve Weston 108 59:53 Nick Pearce 152 62:47 Jann Smith 169 64:31 Adam Bennett 177 64:58 Richard Morris 178 65:03 Sam Wood 207 67:40 Andrew Jackson 211 68:00 John Coates 221 69:21 Norman Bush 1st V70 260 73:27 Alison Ricci 300 78:22 Sue Morley 318 82:31 Emily Wood 334 85:58 Julie Elmes 340 88:11 Paul Sugden 348 91:40 Sophie Brown 376 ran
From Henry Heavisides ... There was the usual very high quality field for the Ribble Valley 10k at Clitheroe, which includes the Northern Championships. The winner's time was a minute slower than last year which shows that the conditions were tough: cold, strong wind & driving rain. Fortunately the wind was mostly behind us for the second half. Beth was 2nd F40 & I was 2nd M55. Bradley Chapman improved his time from last year by 12 minutes reflecting the progress that he has made recently.
Results from www.ukresults.net
(1 30:02 Dave Bishop, Bristol & West) 164 37:36 Henry Heavisides 173 37:58 Mark Iley 190 38:22 Bradley Chapman PB by 9:40 225 39:16 Steve Morley 226 39:30 Ben Joynson 277 40:39 Beth Massey 376 42:43 Will Buckton 386 42:55 Neil Chapman 392 43:05 Adam Bennett 457 44:10 Simon Jenkins 468 44:32 Alison Bennett 656 48:31 Ruth Kitchen 737 50:31 John Marshall 754 50:43 Hilda Coulsey 778 51:57 Sheena Pickersgill 825 52:54 Diane Kitchen 899 55:08 Janet Smith 1070 finished
Some photos from Andrew Bennett here.
This was the final counter in the 2012 IH Race League.
Results from Ripon Runners ...
(1 36:30 Lee Dalton, Nidd Valley RR) 23 40:57 Jamie Hutchinson 152 50:43 Geoff Howard 536 finished
From Diane Haggar ... on the spur of the moment I decided to test out my post injury fitness at Todmorden and I came away very pleased with 4th lady and 1st LV50 in a time of 39:35 for a 8.9km hilly course.
From Dave Wilby ... Myself and Kelly headed down to the Peak District for this one in order to bag a bit of navigation practice. There were 2 courses on offer, a 'short' of 8 miles across fairly runnable but hilly terrain, and then a reduced 'long' of closer to 10 miles which took in some of the more desolate local delights, and plenty of peat hags, tussocks & bracken. All controls on each course had to be collected, but the order was up to you. Kelly had a great run on the short to finish first lady in 1:44 (men's winner ran 1:26), and I was really pleased (and surprised) to finish 2nd on the long in 1:38, behind the winner Tom Brunt (1:29). There were about 70 entries across the 2 courses, and some great food afterwards in the pub. We both came away with a large box of chocolates to enhance our already impressive 'christmas physiques'.
Bradford Lister Kark 33 23:51 William Worboys Harrogate Stray 5 19:22 Stephen Coy 6 19:41 Andy Brook-Dobson 10 21:01 Alex Hirst 45 23:58 Phil Hirst 51 24:25 Dominic Coy (junior) 81 26:04 Emily Elmes (junior) 85 27:02 Nathan Coy (junior) 87 27:08 Julie Elmes Leeds Hyde Park 52 25:03 John Marshall
From Jamie Hutchinson... A tough two lap race covering 5.5 miles, mainly on tracks. The winner, James Bulman from New Marske Harriers, managed 44:48. I came in 18th in 49:34, with Ian Rowbotham not far behind in 28th and 51:40. 145 hardy souls competed!
From Dave Wilby ... great Harriers turnout as usual, first back for the men was Ben Stevens inside the top 10, then myself 13th (best ever placing and a new PB) & Jack Wood. Not sure for the ladies, Emma Barclay, Sally Malir & Kate Archer all in attendance so probably close between those 3. Double 1st's for Bingley with Jonny Brownlee & Vic Wilkinson taking easy wins. Thanks to all the on-course supporters, fab as always.
John Hayes adds... this year I went to the Chevin Chase with a plan. I would line up at the start next to Jonny Brownlee, sprint ahead of him for the first 20 yards, then collapse. Back home I would post a video of my exploits on YouTube....
This plan had one flaw. Arriving at the start, I saw that Jonny Brownlee was surrounded by an array of admiring runners, many wearing fancy dress. It was plain that great minds think alike and I wandered away forlornly taking my rightful place in the middle of the crowd.
My YouTube plan abandoned, I concentrated instead on trying to keep up with a man dressed as an Elf. This was no mean feat. Although my Ilkley vest secured its fair share of "Come on Ilkley!!" shouts, everyone - and I mean everyone - shouted "Come on Elf!!" And what a speedy Elf he turned out to be. I was hoping the outfit would slow him down. It was full length and he was weighed down with tinkling bells. But no. On and on he went buoyed on - no doubt - by the cheering crowd. On the last big climb, his tinkling bells were fading. But not behind me. He was ahead. And then a Christmas miracle occurred. Another Elf (aka Paul Stephens) overtook me. Paul Stephens has a habit of doing this and always greets me with a friendly "hello John". This year, however, he spurred me into action. I chased after him, overtook him, and spent the rest of the race making sure he didn't catch me. It is amazing what this can do. As I ran like mad trying to keep ahead of Paul Stephens, I ran past the tinkling Elf too. And so I stumbled over the finish line happy. With hindsight, I was never going to beat Jonny Brownlee. But beating the tinkling Elf (and Paul Stephens) made my Christmas.
(1 39:03 Jonny Brownlee, Bingley) 8 43:35 Ben Stevens 13 44:16 Dave Wilby 20 45:02 Jack Wood 89 50:27 Rob Cunningham 90 50:28 Dick Waddington 99 50:46 Steve Coy 100 50:47 Nick Pearce 110 51:05 George Stevens 113 51:31 Andrew Merrick 120 51:41 Alistair Wood 128 52:04 Emma Barclay 135 52:26 Sally Malir 141 52:50 Richard Reeve 176 54:19 John Hayes 187 54:48 Paul Stephens 195 55:04 Kate Archer 222 56:19 Peter Haines 225 56:22 Roddy Macdonald 226 56:26 Kelly Harrison 250 57:15 Tim Brear 279 58:28 Andrew Jackson 285 58:36 Chris Cunningham 287 58:44 Victoria Stevens 331 61:10 Dave Ibbotson 347 61:54 Adela Reperecki 348 61:55 Dougie Scarfe 349 61:57 Jane McCarthy 352 62:01 Florence Haines 362 62:19 William Worboys 370 62:46 Andrew Wilson 382 63:25 Nigel Tapper 402 64:38 Charles Oxtoby 413 65:12 Martin Wright 420 65:35 Helen Horton 434 66:16 Sharon Meadows 438 66:21 Andrew Mitchell 455 67:30 Nicole Dillon 456 67:31 Jon Dillon 500 69:26 Sheena Pickersgill 512 70:30 Allison Ricci 518 70:38 Hilda Coulsey 518 70:44 Cathy Brown 519 70:45 Di Kitchen 542 71:58 Keith Wood 544 72:05 Jane Guillard 557 72:49 Chloe Haines 580 74:19 Julie Elmes 583 74:24 Sophie Brown 586 74:35 Paul Sugden 607 75:53 Judith Scarfe 616 76:22 Sarah Hayes 617 76:26 David Green 639 78:13 Elaine Cossins 661 79:35 Sally Wright 676 81:00 Andy Kitchen 730 84:22 Sue Stevens 766 87:31 Emma O'Looney 767 87:37 Paul O'Looney 768 88:01 Emma Payne 787 89:52 Matt Rutter 788 89:53 Nick Page 825 finished
This was a IH Race League counter, and the final trail/XC race in the 2012 League.
From Lee Morley ... a trip back to visit family over Christmas gave me the chance to run this 4 mile up and downer. I blame the wet conditions for the slower time than last year - not the eating like a pig the day before. Wishing for some dry weather soon! Results from Rossendale Harriers
(1 25:27 Doni Clarke) 2 26:10 Lee Morley 203 finished
Henry Heavisides reports not many of us made it to Lister Park for the Bradford Parkrun in unpleasant conditions, lots of rain & windy. Not a day for fast times. Results ...
(1 17:13 Kevin Ogden, Spenborough) 8 18:56 Henry Heavisides 9 19:03 Bradley Chapman 13 19:39 Will Buckton 77 25:39 Paul Sugden 84 25:56 Hilda Coulsey 162 finished
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League ... young guns Bradley and Will both improved by 2 places, and Paul Sugden is up to 4th place ...
From George Elmes ... Julie and Emily did the Harrogate Parkrun in very wet/muddy/slippy conditions today. The fact that large parts of it were underwater meant that it was not a day for PBs (More like Wellies!)
68 26:20 Emily Elmes (Junior) 75 27:05 Julie Elmes
Thanks to the Gibbons family and friends for organising tonight's super festive social: fancy dress relays (with many amazing costumes including penguins, angels, and a full Christmas dinner, see some of them in John's photos) followed by a Christmas Quiz and buffet supper with loads of Harriers of all ages at ILTSC. And £163.33 was raised for Cancer Research UK.
A grand day out on The Stoop, with lots of good results from juniors and seniors. Results from woodentops.org.uk...
1 31:30 Tom Adams 17 36:34 Jack Wood 21 37:16 Mattthew Cox 50 40:26 Ben Joynson 57 40:47 Will Buckton 63 41:17 Dick Waddington 75 42:15 Bradley Chapman 129 46:25 Sam Wood 139 47:26 Alison Weston 140 47:32 Diane Haggar 150 48:18 John Coates 154 48:24 Sarah Haines 173 49:40 Dave Ibbotson 187 50:45 Natalie Curtis 189 50:51 Norman Bush 204 52:06 Val Kerr 213 54:07 Jan Carrier 217 54:31 Adela Reperecki 220 55:41 Helen Waddington 221 55:47 Martin Wright 222 56:13 Abi Bailey 231 57:20 Sophie Brown 232 57:30 Sue Bickerdike 241 61:03 Mark Kerr 245 62:22 Paul Sugden 248 63:53 Julie Elmes 265 73:32 Jacqui Weston 266 73:33 Jane McCarthy 270 finished
Just heard we missed a (first ever?) men's team prize by ONE POINT!. Oooh!
This was a IH Race League counter, Tom's 4th perfect 100-point run has secured him the fell category prize: can anyone catch Henry in the overall competition with three races to go? Come to the Bradford Parkrun this Saturday and bag some League points!
From Henry Heavisides ... It was a mild sunny day for the Peco race at Middleton Park & less muddy than I expected. Dave Westhead was first Ilkley Harrier to finish in the senior race. I managed to outsprint Steve Coy who was expecting another lap. Nick Pearce & Kate Archer weren't far behind. I had to leave before everyone had finished, so I don't have the full results. There were quite a few Ilkley Harriers in the junior races who all ran well.
Thanks to Dave Westhead for these results from pecoxc.co.uk ...
Senior Men 26 Dave Westhead 46 Henry Heavysides 50 Stephen Coy 77 Nick Pearce 167 Andy Jackson 177 Eric Morley 211 Don MacRae Senior Ladies 14 Kate Archer 75 Gaenor Coy 83 Sue Morley 108 Sally Wright Juniors 8-10 4 Dominic Coy 7 Catherine Westhead 13 Nathan Coy 15 Matthew Lansbury Juniors 11-16 18 Elizabeth Westhead 21 Harriet Jackson
Dave Wilby bagged 6th place with 365 points in 3h51:22, from 169 finsihers, at the final event in the series. Details
Results from this weekly* 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com. *NB there's a Christmas break now with the next event on 6th January.
3 24:08 William Worboys 12 finished
Ilkley fielded a team in KCAC's Gathering Winter Fools Relay, a bit of festive fun around the paths and trails around Keighley, with most runners in fancy dress. We finished 15th out of 26 teams, 3rd mixed team (and 1st team 'with dogs'). Here Alison, Clare, and Betty dress for a manger scene, ready for Leg 3.
15th 5h18:41 1 9M 1h41:15 Abi Bailey, Sue Bickerdike, and Bailey 2 9.5M 1:25:27 Steve Weston and Jann Smith 3 6M 56:08 Claire Smith, Alison Bennett, and Betty (paced by Tom Adams and Dylan!) 4 7M 1:15:51 Paul Sugden & Emma O'Looney
And remember, we have our own Xmas Fancy Dress Relays on Tuesday, followed by the Christmas Quiz with a Christmas buffet at ILTSC. More details here. And at the Quiz you'll be able to buy tickets for the Annual Presentation Evening on 18th January, £12.
From Stewart Taylor ... the route is an undulating run from the New Dungeon Ghyll to Elterwater and back. A great day out, an Xmas Pudding for all finishers, and I completed in 53 mins and 34 secs.
Bradford Lister Park 12 21:05 Lucy Haines junior 30 22:56 Oscar Stapleton junior 37 23:56 Sarah Haines Leeds Hyde Park 20 19:59 Will Buckton Harrogate Stray 54 24:59 John Marshall
Remember, Bradford Lister Park Parkrun on 22 December is a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League - let's see lots of Harriers there!
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From Peter Shields
The weather was certainly a little more uplifting for the final counter for this year's West Yorkshire XC at Wakefield than the previous meet at Huddersfield, it was glorious sunshine with a bitter easterly wind. Ground conditions were also a little different from the festival of mud we had at Huddersfield, in horse racing terms the going was 'heavy'!
Nevertheless, 46 junior and senior athletes turned up for the challenge, 32 competing in the various junior races, 6 in the senior ladies and 8 in the senior males races - a wonderful turn out.
The Ilkley spectators were treated to athletes running in nearly all the age group races, we had one winner on the day Georgia Malir who ran away with a very powerful victory by 40 secs. Tom Adams ran his only League race this year keeping well in the mix with the leaders finishing in a great 6th place.
This being the last race in the 4-race league Ilkey's senior men finished 10th team in what is a very competitive league. The senior ladies had a really good year finishing 4th team overall. Individual positions overall in the league went to Georgia Malir who won the under 17 ladies competition, Beth Massey was pipped to third place in the ladies 40+. Sally Malir was 2nd overall in the ladies 45+ and Nick Pearce who was unfortunately sidelined for today's race came 2nd in the male 55+. Having had to spectate for all 4 races because of an injury it was great to have the opportunity to see the wealth of talent we have at the Club, the energy and enthusiasm shown by the athletes and support was fabulous, Ilkley as a club is not in bad health, well done all.
Results from westyorkshireathletics.org.uk ...
Men (1 32:35 James Walsh, Leeds City) 6 34:04 Tom Adams 54 38:11 Lee Morley 81 39:35 Martin Archer 88 39:56 Jim Ryder 93 40:11 Steve Weston 105 40:44 Mark Iley 132 43:17 Arthur Reilly 189 ran 10th team out of 14, 10th team in the League Ladies (1 20:25 Charlene Thomas, Wakefield) 28 24:12 Beth Massey 32 24:34 Sally Malir 49 25:35 Kate Archer 57 26:13 Kelly Harrison 95 30:18 Diane Kitchen 102 33:43 Julie Elmes 104 ran 9th team out of 13, 4th team in the League
Many excellent junior results too, including U17 results Ed Bickerdike 25th and Georgia Malir who enjoyed a superb 40-second WIN.
From Mark Hall... I was down in the Midlands so decided to meet up with former club mates from Tipton Harriers and do a local race. The race was the Sneyd 10m, near to Walsall, not a place to dwell so producing fast times generally! The course is 2 laps, not a PB course but reasonable.
However, once again the wind was not a welcome friend and slowed times for all. The winner was Gordon Lee Leicester Cor, 52:47, best vet 45 in UK. I did 56:19 to finish 9th and 1st v50. Again it was disappointing.
There were 478 finishers, first woman was Olympic triathlon competitor Jodie Stimpson in 57:19.
Henry adds ... Mark's time was another Club Record (beating his own 56:57 at Askern), & also the 6th fastest M50 10 mile time in the UK this year.
From Will Buckton ... the full B Medium 11.3km/411m race went ahead after the icy conditions thawed last night, meaning the usual Calderdale mudfest!
(1 55:02 Chris Williams, Queensbury RR) 21 60:51 Will Buckton 101 finished
From John Marshall
(1 Matthew Thompson, Southport Waterloo AC) 139 63:24 John Marshall 213 finished
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
2 22:00 Jacob Hellewell junior 14 31:11 Emma Payne 14 finished
Will Buckton reports ... Went up to Sedbergh for this A Short 8km/427m. Full winter conditions made the going tough with deep snow and an icy wind on Wild Boar fell.
(1 52:27 Rob Hope P&B) 48 61:02 Will Buckton 102 finished
Bradford Lister Park 11 20:45 Lucy Haines junior 32 23:25 Oscar Stapleton junior 34 23:44 Sarah Haines Leeds Hyde Park 86 24:19 John Marshall
From Simon Jenkins ... it was a fantastic day for the race in Bradford. Bright sun but freezing cold! Unfortunately a steward made a mistake and we only ran about 9k.
Results from www.bradfordcityrun.com.
(1 27:55 Mike Burrett, Leeds City) 10 31:12 Martin Archer 26 33:29 Rob Cunningham 64 36:10 Derek Oliver 89 37:32 Simon Jenkins 134 39:37 Chris Cunningham 309 45:28 Janet Smith 538 finished
Results from this weekly 3 mile timed run... www.runsunday.com
8 22:47 Tilly Melechi junior 9 22:48 Toni Melechi 14 23:46 William Worboys 17 27:57 Peter Lewis 20 finished
Bradford Lister Park 27 22:14 Oscar Stapleton Harrogate Stray 107 26:11 Julie Elmes 160 29:28 Andy Brook-Dobson