|Kate Archer||For continuing good race results on the fells||Other nominations were:
Sharon Meadows - for her Lakeland 100/50 race
Neil Smith - for training hard & completing the Lakeland 100/50 and continuing good results in long races
Neil & Clare Smith - for their performances in the Lakeland 100/50
Rob Cunningham - for numerous good race results
|David Westhead||For his sub 36min 10k at the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k|
Earlier Harriers of the Month ...
From Dave Iibbotson... this new race starts on the beach at low tide on the west end of Hayle beach, St Ives, Cornwall. The course takes you along the length of the beach before turning into the sand dunes at Hayle Towans. Beautiful scenery surrounds you as you follow well trodden paths and you are eventually faced with the 'Big Dune' – a very steep intimidating dune of soft loose sand. Once over this, you descend back to the beach for a long last mile slog to the finish. I did 51 minutes 54th out of 115 entrants. Winner Ben Price Cheltenham 35:39
Please note there is no training at ILTSC this week as there is a major tennis tournament on. There is an Away Run as described in
See also the Google Calendar and training page for details of any training sessions taking a "summer break".
From Clare Smith... Provisional results for this English Championships Short counter:
Men 102 51:44 Nick Pearce (1st M60) 138 55:26 Will Buckton 147 55:50 Bradley Chapman Ladies 22 56:01 Kate Archer 34 58:21 Alison Weston (3rd LV45) 39 58:51 Jann Smith 65 67:13 Sue Booth
From Clare Smith... Neil Smith finished 51st out of 274 starters (174 finishers) in the Lakeland 100 event in a time of 32:25:13. Clare Smith finished 201st out of 583 starters (482 finishers) in the Lakeland 50 in a time of 13:28:50.
From Beth Massey ...
Unable to resist another opportunity to race over 5km I headed off into Lancashire for the 3rd of the Lancaster Summer 5km series. Not going to be caught out again by a 5km race being marked out in miles I'd worked out my pace beforehand! Unfortunately, I forgot to tell my legs and I was off the pace from the start going though the first 2 miles well off target and on course for a 20min+ time. My legs finally got the message and did the final mile at my target pace! I crossed the line in 19mins 44secs finishing 3rd lady (1st F40) a bit slower than I'd hoped for but a good effort! This is genuinely a PB course as it is run on a flat, traffic free circuit, although it would benefit from a bigger field as it can be a bit of time trial. Having said that, the first 9 men and 1st lady were all under 17mins with James Reed of Altrincham & District winning in the very swift time of 15mins 14secs.
If you're on form and running well it's certainly worth making the effort to travel to Lancaster to take part in this friendly series.
Bradford Lister Park 54 23:37 Joe Reynier Harrogate Stray 147 25:35 Emily Elmes 152 25:44 Julie Elmes Leeds Hyde Park 84 22:54 Cameron Reilly 85 22:54 Arthur Reilly Wimbledon Common 5 17:45 Dave Wilby 274 29:41 Kelly Harrison
BOFRA Championship race ...
(1 20:54 James Hall, Wharfedale) 15 24:07 Bradley Chapman 19 24:39 Steve Turland 21 24:53 Iain Gibbons 49 29:21 Jann Smith 95 finished
From Henry Heavisides ... The course for the Harrogate Town Centre 10k is 2 laps of a residential area. It is undulating with lots of twists & turns. The weather was overcast & not as hot in recent days which made it quite pleasant for running a 10k. Rob Cunningham continued his fine run of recent form with a time of 36:13 for 13th place. 11 runners from Ilkley Harriers took part in the race. Results ...
(1 32:18 David Turnbull, Homfirth) 13 36:13 Rob Cunningham 40 39:29 Henry Heavisides 120 44:20 Michael Duffield 137 45:23 Neil Bloor 138 45:29 Philip Hirst 157 46:27 Chris Cunningham 243 50:38 Karen Lambe 286 52:56 Allison Ricci 346 56:01 Julie Elmes 351 56:27 Emma Payne 360 57:01 Sally Wright 378 59:05 Carole Cunningham 440 finished
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League ...
From Paul Stephens... I like this race. It's a varied course, half off-road with some steep hills. Staring from the Cenotaph in Pudsey it plunges down into the Fulneck Valley, climbs out on the Bradford side, loops round and descends again with a steep ascent back up to Pudsey and a 3km finish along the roads, the last 800m uphill and into the park. There was a great crowd all the way around and plenty of marshals. I was the only Harrier, and was reasonably happy with my time of 47.10 and 76 place out of 351. It was a minute or two slower than in 2010, and a few places down, but a good friendly race. Results ...
(1 36:14 Christian Holmes, Wharfedale) 76 47:10 Paul Stephens 351 finished
From David Green ... this was my first half marathon and I can thoroughly recommend it as a course for the half marathon novice. The race starts and finishes at Arley Hall and is flat, well marshalled and takes in the best of rural Cheshire. The flat course and cooler conditions helped towards a sub-2 hour finishing time. A second Cheshire half marathon is held is in November at Capesthorn Hall.
(1 1:09:07 Tarus Elly, Salford Harriers) 213 1:53:07 David Green 379 finished
Weekly 3 mile timed run on Otley Chevin. Results:
(1 19:38 Simon Anderson, Otley AC) 4 21:48 Tilly Melechi 23 finished
More from Will Buckton ... I followed Ingleborough by completing my 25th FRA fell race of 2013 on Sunday at the Kentmere Horseshoe (AM 19.8km/1006m). A classic race taking in the summits of Ill Bell, High Street and Kentmere Pike with some excellent grassy ridge running and fast descents. Although my legs were pretty tired in the first couple of miles, I soon got going and had a reasonable run to finish 38th out of a field of 214 in 1h53. Met a new Ilkley Harrier called Dan who I chased round and he finished strongly just ahead in 1h52.
(1 1h32:33 Rob Jebb, Bingley) 38 1h53:58 Will Buckton 212 finished
From Will Buckton ... There was a great turnout of Harriers on Saturday at the Ingleborough Mountain Race (AM 11km/600m). It's a huge climb from Ingleton and a flying descent. Good to see Martin Archer back on the fells and first Harrier home. Ilkley cleared up four prizes with Jane McCarthy taking 1st Lady and LV40, Ian Rowbotham 1st V50 and Nick Pearce 1st V60. I needed a sprint finish to sneak under an hour in 59:58 according to my watch! Results ...
(1 50:08 Benjamin Riddell, Salford Harriers) 15 58:09 Martin Archer 23 59:58 Will Buckton 26 60:38 Ian Rowbotham 1st V50 28 61:40 Nick Pearce 1st V60 38 63:16 Jane McCarthy 1st Lady and LV40 39 63:28 Dick Waddington 80 70:52 Geoff Howard 87 72:26 Outi Kamarainen 138 91:59 Sue Morley 140 finished
See Pete Shields in this video
Caz Farrow ran in the new Snowdon Super Cup (uphill only race to tie in with the full Snowdon Race), 24th in a quality field.
(1 68:50 Andi Jones) 440 2:06:10 Pete Shields 529 finished Snowdon Super Cup (1 40:53 Wegene Tefese) 24 60:02 Caz Farrow 28 finished
Bradford Lister Parkrun 43 23:13 Joe Reynier 222 37:08 Abbie Reynier Walsall Arboretum 84 27:15 Emma O'Looney
Jeff Green reports... the race used to be called Gargrave Cross Country and according to my calculations, it wouldn’t count as a category “C” under FRA rules. But who cares?! This was a BOFRA race and a very friendly, low key one on a beautiful summer evening. There wasn’t a huge turnout and it would have helped to have had a few more runners who knew the route, especially near the front. I think the eventual winner ran the furthest as well as the fastest. There was some enthusiastic junior racing too with an excellent 3rd place for Max Bradley in the Boys U12s race. Results ...
(1 36:06 Craig Shearer, KCAC) 3 37:19 Jeff Green 30 finished
Lynn Donohue reports ... A beautiful summers' evening at Golden Acre, lots of teams - 113 in total and three Harriers teams: Junior girls, ladies team and a mixed team. Teams of three each running about 2.75 miles each, largely based on the PECO cross country course, a mixture of parkland, woods and fields. Won by a junior boys team from City of York in a new course record 44:22, in fact City of York had a brilliant evening wining the Junior girls and Ladies teams. Our junior girls of Tilly Melechi, Iso Hirst and Joanne Williamson had a good run finishing 50th in 59:18. It was very last minute making up the mixed team with only 2 runners until 5 minutes beforehand but we managed to borrow a young man from Abbey Runners and Keith was very pleased as he managed to finish in a faster time than the youngster! Results ...
(1 44:22 City of Yorks boys, new course record) 50 59:18 Team Robbie (Ilkley Junior girls) Tilly Melechi, Iso Hirst, Joanne Williamson 82 67:10 Ilkley old 'uns and a young 'un (Mixed) Keith Wood, Lynn Donohue, Edward Thirkell 101 73:15 Young & Old (Ilkley Ladies Vets) Sue Williamson, Kate Lofthouse, Sarah Hayes 113 teams finished
Georgia Malir ran another 3000m PB l, her time was 9:44.02 placing her now 10th U20 in the UK.
Kate Archer, leading lady at Holme Moss. Results ...
(1 2h23:19 Karl Gray) 29 3h47:51 Kate Archer 66 finished
Dave Westhead reports ... a sweltering 10k round a new course. Results ...
(1 30:41 Tesfaye Debele, Bradford Airedale) 26 35:53 David Westhead (1st V45) 131 40:51 Sally Malir (1st F45) 878 47:55 Kevin Lawson 839 49:04 Andrew Mitchell 1646 53:38 Charlotte Smithson 2225 54:05 John Marshall 2480 55:09 Emma Curran 3283 58:25 Sally Wright 5072 67:43 Andrea Westhead 7028 finished (finish order, chip time)
Ilkley Harriers regained the Mob Match trophy, narrowly defeating Bingley Harriers 1381 points to 1355, every runner counting as both clubs fielded 16 runners.
Super results all round, especially considering it was the hottest day of the year so far! A big thank you to all those who marshalled and helped out. This race is going from strength to strength, with a record field of 81 runners even on a day when it would've been nice to just sit in the beer garden!
(1 43:44 Gareth Hird, Wharfedale) 4 46:01 Rob Cunningham 8 47:46 Ben Sheppard 10 48:19 Alistair McInnes 13 48:29 Ian Rowbotham 18 50:54 Mark Mon-Williams 24 52:28 Geoffrey Howard 26 52:43 Rebecca Mon-Williams 1st lady 27 53:02 Ali Wood 36 56:17 John Hayes 42 58:18 Steve Weston 48 59:14 Paul Stephens 51 60:44 Philip Hirst 70 68:03 Lynn Donohue 76 76:17 Peter Lewis 77 77:52 Paul Sugden 59 63:42 David Ibbotson 79 finished
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League ...
Dave Wilby reports on this English Championships counter, 21 miles with 9000' of climb...
the toughest fell race in the calendar certainly wasn't made any easier by a late morning start on the hottest day of the year so far, but a good number of Harriers put in some fantastic performances to conquer the course in fine style. Steve Turland showed an excellent return to form to lead home the travelling contingent, and was followed home by the ice cool Will Buckton who knocked over an hour off his time of last year, despite conditions meaning times in general were slower by at least 10-15 minutes. Nick Pearce took on Wasdale for the first time, and despite doing the 120 mile White Rose cycle ride last weekend still had the legs to come home 3rd in his age group. Alison Weston ran brilliantly to lead home our ladies and maintain her consistent run of times, despite the conditions. Also completing in very fine style were Jann Smith, Neil Smith, Duncan Cooper & Clare Smith. Despite pre-race fears of missing the tough time limits, Clare raced through the final cut-off at Great Gable in good time, and kicked on to finish well inside 7hrs.
from Alison W... thanks to all who ran in such hot conditions. We got both men and ladies teams round this really gruelling race. And a very BIG thanks to all the supporters too especially Helen Waddington who carried bottles and bottles of water up to Styhead Tarn which was most appreciated and to Dave who helped Joss Naylor give out water at the road crossing, amidst lots of requests from runners for photos with Joss!
(1 3:55:19 Ben Abdelnoor, Keswick) 53 5:07:06 Steve Turland 76 5:22:17 Will Buckton 99 5:38:17 Nick Pearce 3rd MV60 108 5:50:42 Alison Weston 2nd LV45 113 5:52:29 Jann Smith 139 6:07:16 Neil Smith 146 6:12:44 Duncan Cooper 188 6:53:49 Clare Smith 192 finished 4th ladies team, and 3rd LV40 team
BOFRA Championship race ...
(1 21:26 Alastair Dunn, Helm Hill) 19 27:25 Iain Gibbons 67 finished
Bradford Lister Park 35 22:04 Oscar Stapleton
Ben Sheppard reports ... Good Ilkley performances across the board on a lovely night for picnicking. Which, incidentally, is what Malcolm was doing when he should have been at the prize giving as part of the winning men's team. All were spared the spectacle of us celebrating like we'd taken gold in the Olympic 4x100 by the fact we were oblivious to our momentous victory until the organisers pointed out the team home before us were a mixed team. We were further denied the opportunity to over-celebrate with trophy waving by the fact the organisers had 'temporarily mis-placed' (lost) the 'trophy' (shiny plastic egg cup with handles). Meanwhile the ladies' excellent run was edged out only by another team of talented youngsters, running in Yorkshire vests. Despite another good performance the mixed team could not match Baildon's mixed team, which finished first overall. Thanks to Neil for organising us.
Results from organising club Otley AC ...
(1 64:31 Baildon (mixed)) 2 64:43 20:57 Malcolm Pickering 24:21 Ben Sheppard 19:25 Rob Cunningham (fastest on leg 3) 8 67:52 Harrogate (1st ladies) 10 69:00 20:40 Beth Massey 27:11 Caz Farrow 21:09 Sally Morley 36 86:38 26:52 Allison Ricci 37:45 Julie Elmes 22:01 Alistair Wood 39 86:55 30:19 Sally Wright 29:10 Rachel Carter 27:26 Lynn Donohue 49 teams finished
Loads of junior teams out too, and Ilkley brought home the trophy for first junior team!
Next local relay is the Golden Acre Relay next Wednesday 17th July.
The finale of the 2013 Harrogate District Summer Race League was staged this year at Thirsk. Both Don and Petra beat scratch runner Ian Fisher in the handicap race, Don was just 1 second away from a trophy for 3rd place! And another race with free beer, plus an excellent supper and the presentations of the League trophies and medals (alas no silver-ware for Ilkley this year!)
Handicap positions, race times 4 50:07 Don Macrae 110 51:38 Petra Bijsterveld 133 31:31 Ian Fisher, Otley AC, fastest time) 162 finished
From Paul stephens ... A lovely little race, a beautiful evening, a little cooler than Tuesday, and a bottle of beer for all finishers. I thought I'd done the race before - back in the 1990s. But I was mistaken. I had raced in the area before - in 1993 and 1995. But it was called Airdale Pikes in those days and organised I believe by 264 (Skipton) Air Training Corps or possibly Clayton-Le-Moors Harriers. Judging from the times it was probably a similar distance but I'm sure the course was different.
(1 37:04 Stephen Chew, Barlick Fell Runners) 15 42:06 Bradley Chapman 23 44:17 Will Buckton 33 45:39 Richard Joel 45 47:31 Paul Stephens 96 63:05 Sue Morley 98 finished
From Sally Malir ... Georgia and Sally Malir ran this well organised 2 lap mile race last Wednesday. Georgia was 3rd woman over all in 5:05.8 (actually breaking last year's record) and Sally was 13th (think first old woman) in 6:00.8. After the race walking event there were 10 waves of runners organised on predicted times which meant that you could spectate as well as participate! There was also supper (chilli and cakes) included in the race entry of £5. We had a great time and recommend this race to anyone.
From Will Buckton... Enjoyed a nice run (BS 5km/213m) up and down Stoodley Pike on a beautiful Tuesday evening in Calderdale.
(1 18:59 Rob Hope, Pudsey & Bramley) 56 25:45 Will Buckton 186 finished
From Brian Melia ... a beautiful ultra trail race set in and around Verbier, Switzerland, with constant views of the magnificent Grand Combins. The event covered some very high cols which were covered in deep snow making racing very difficult in extreme heat. I finished 26th in 19hrs 38 mins and was pleased to have run so well. Not sure I will attempt it again as the final climb from Loutier to La Chaux is one of the most difficult climbs I have encountered. www.trailvsb.ch
From Ben Sheppard ...
A breathtakingly picturesque circuit of Coniston Water on footpaths and bridleways taking in Tarn Hows and the Beacon Tarn, with views of the lake and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags. One other harrier, Ewan Welsh, was up for it too after a spell on the sidelines of late.
Fully marked, well supported, well organised and friendly (the race, not me), highly recommended for trail runners who like to be pampered, road marathoners who fancy a change, and even hard-as-nails fell runners who fancy a soft option.
The heatwave took its toll, the last 7 miles a real slog on an undulating course, but held it together for a PB (it being my first marathon) of 3 hours 43.
Read Ewan Welsh's bit ...
From Ewan Welsh ... As Ben has mentioned I did indeed return to duty after a year on the sidelines (knee op), doing a trail marathon in July after a year off seemed like a good idea 5 months ago! Ben's description of the race is spot on although I could elaborate on how the heat took its toll! As it was the first race back and a long one to boot I decided to take it even more steady than the normal steady approach, however at about 30k I realised I had lost that much fluid that the end was inevitable, plus the intake of more fluid just seemed to result in me bringing said fluid back up, some casual passer-by did ask if I had already gone for a swim in the lake ... hey, funny guy out walking with your laminated map, not that I'm bitter!
I recognised the tell tale sign of failure in the heat from previous disasters in the heat, so I stopped at the 32K water station and chilled out for a bit in the shade, and also helped a fellow runner with cramp (there for the grace of god). I walked over the next 'undulating' 7k and managed to shuffle over the last 3k, I would like to say I finished like a trans-euro trendy trail runner honed over the hours of mountain pass running, however I felt more like a combusting teletubby, so as I finished (in just under 5 hours, PBs don't factor into it these days !) I walked straight into Lake Coniston and sat submerged for a good half hour, an action which I had been obsessing about for the previous 60 minutes, I have to say that was one of the most blissful experiences of my life and one that made the day worthwhile.
The race itself is a wonderful route, there's always the chance it'll be hot, but that's all part of the gig, very friendly atmosphere, they put on two marathons on the day incidentally, the first one is open to walkers and runners, the 2nd one is the race as such, apparently a few changed from the race to the earlier event to avoid the heat (one starts at 7am the other at 9am), perhaps that should have been my ploy, however then I wouldn't have enjoyed the swim in the lake so much.
...also, I have to say, I enjoyed just being back out and happy that I finished in a mechanically sound state.
(1 2h54:21 Marcuss Scotney, Howgill Harriers) 21 3h43:24 Ben Sheppard 188 5h07:16 Ewan Welsh 259 finished
From Beth Massey ...
The Eccup 10m took place on what must have been the hottest day of the year so far! Not the easiest of courses at the best of times, the undulating route and excessive heat certainly took its toll! The race incorporated the Yorkshire Open and Yorkshire Veterans AA Championships so attracted a good quality field and a record number of entries. It was great to see eight Harriers representing the club in the race and the ladies in particular were well placed in the YVAA Championships. I was first Harrier home in 67mins 40secs finishing 2nd FV40 in the Yorkshire Champs. Caz Farrow also ran well taking 1st FV35 in 69mins 50secs, and Emma Barclay taking 1st FV45 in 70mins 44secs. Martin Archer finished in 69mins 32secs, Anthony Swanepoel 85mins 59secs, David Green 94mins 15secs, Petra Bijsterveld 104mins and Donna Hattersley 104mins 41secs, all really good efforts in tough conditions.
Results c/o David Green...
(1 55:07 Matthew John, Otley AC) 70 1h07:40 Beth Massey 88 1h09:32 Martin Archer 90 1h09:50 Catherine Farrow 106 1h10:44 Emma Barclay 376 1h25:59 Anthony Swanepoel 502 1h34:15 David Green 628 1h44:00 Petra Bijsterveld 637 1h44:41 Donna Hattersley 751 finished
From George Elmes... 8 juniors made the trip across to the lakes to compete in the final round of the championship in the stunning setting of the Langdale Valley. In scorching weather all performed fantastically well to ensure Ilkley finished 6th in the 2013 club championship
out of over 70 clubs competing. The future is looking bright!
A fantastic effort by all that have put on an Ikley vest and competed at the highest level in the championship this year.
Full report and results soon.
Weekly 3 mile timed run on Otley Chevin. Results:
(1 19:34 James Tarran, Valley Striders) 4 21:25 Toni Melechi 6 21:58 Tilly Melechi 16 finished
From Paul Stephens ... An unexplored part of the Lake District with superb views out to sea, and across the Duddon Sands, Corney Fell was the location for this years Saunders. And we escaped the worst of the heat both days, although Sunday was a little more humid. This was the 10th SLMM my brother and I had competed in. I guess we were slightly disappointed with our result - 53rd out of 130 finishers in the Carrock Fell category - 20km and 805m on the Saturday and 17km and 840m on the Sunday. Our excuse was that the weather was too good, and the checkpoints too easy to find. But it was still a great weekend, and no injuries or stiffness afterwards. We obviously didn't try hard enough. Other Harriers included John and Sarah Hayes, and Gavin Burgess in the Harter Fell, Rachael and Kevin Gooch in the Kirkfell, and Outi Kamarainen in the Scafell.
Read John Hayes' report ..,From John Hayes ...For some reason, we've never done the Saunders Mountain Marathon before. Well, in fact, there is a reason. It is always held on the first weekend in July and therefore clashes with Sarah's birthday. I've never managed to persuade Sarah that there could be nothing more romantic than running round the Lake District, drinking from streams, running over never-ending tussocks, climbing unfeasibly steep hills, squashing into a small tent and queueing with hundreds of other smelly fell-runners for a woefully inadequate number of portaloos. But this year, we decided to enter. It is a great event. I particularly like the old-fashioned approach of dishing out a map and making you mark on your own route with a red pen. This adds to the excitement of the whole thing (with the added tension that you might mark the control in the wrong place). If only they adopted the same old-fashioned attitude to the toilets (in the good old days, there was never a queue for the communal trench...) Another novelty is the provision of milk, soft drinks, beer and cider at the half way camp. After picking up our modest one can of cider (to share) I watched in awe as the woman behind me loaded up with 8 cans. The supply of drinks was particularly welcome as we enjoyed a glorious weekend of blue sky and sunshine. In fact, it was so hot that (in a curious reversal of how I normally feel on these events) I poked my head out of the tent on day 2 hoping to be greeted with thick mist. But it was not to be. This made navigation relatively easy as you could spot the orienteering controls from miles away (when in misty conditions you might run within a few feet of the same flag, not see it and head off 200 yards downstream looking for an hour in the wrong place). I suspect this made people's times a bit faster than usual. This was no bad thing as, after finishing and scoffing down the sausages, mash and mushy peas and drinking gallons of tea, we hopped in the car and got back home in time to watch the latter half of Andy Murray winning Wimbledon. What a weekend of sporting glory ... although I suspect that our result will not quite secure a nomination for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
From Henry Heavisides ... The Isle of Harris half marathon was a new experience for me in many respects. Firstly it was a point to point race, starting by the beach on the west coast of Harris with waves crashing in off the Atlantic & finishing in the village of Tarbert 13.1 miles away over several hills (including one big one). Secondly I've never run a half marathon in a howling gale with horizontal rain (fortunately the wind was behind us most of the way). The temperature was only about 12 degrees, yes I know that it's been more than double that at home, so it felt more like mid winter than mid summer. The main hill resembled running up to Langbar, only much bleaker. Apparently there was a record entry for the race today, not sure how many ran, but normally it's about 100. I managed to finish in 1:27:02 which is difficult to judge given the terrain, the weather & the following gale. I ran the second half more than two minutes faster than the first half, reflecting most of the uphill sections being before halfway. From Dave Wilby ...
A nice low key, fairly local race (5m/650ft) as part of the Oakworth village gala. The terrain takes in plenty of tracks, trails & fields with a few undulations thrown in for good measure on a 'lollipop' style course. I started off well enough and led until just over half way but then detonated in the unrelenting heat (I'd spent the hour before the race praying for snow!) and wobbled home a shabby wreck in 2nd place. Sue Morley faired much better in the heat and had an excellent run to claim 1st place in her age group. A good turnout of approximately 40 runners despite there being loads of higher profile events on across the weekend. Jann Smith reports on ... this BOFRA Championship race ... Our team of Will Buckton, Bradley Chapman, and Rob Cunningham, was 6th in 63:22 (winning team 58:22, 41 teams completing).
Results From Rob Cunningham ... Results (with a family theme!) from a bumper field ...
Carrock Fell Class:
(1 6h04 Keith Masson & Alistair Masson
53 8h17 Paul Stephens & Graham Stephens
Harter Fell Class
(1 6h32 Thomas Pomfrett & Mark Pniewski)
43 8h33 Gavin Burgess & Alex Miller
45 8h40 John Hayes & Sarah Hayes
International 10k success for Tom, Sat 6 July
Georgia 3rd Brit at Euro Mountain Running Champs, Sat 6 July
Harris half marathon, Sat 6 July
If you're ever in the Western Isles in the summer(?) look out for half marathons organised by Stornoway AC, they promote a series of 5 races on different islands from May to July. This race was very well organised with lots of food for runners at the finish.
(1 1:11:23 Keith Hood, Corstophine AAC?)
19 1:27:03 Henry Heavisides
Oakworth Haul, Sat 6 July
Kirkby Gala fell race, Sat 6 July
(1 30:31 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
31 42:48 Jann Smith 2nd Lady
62 70:18 Julie Elmes
Parkrun results, Sat 6 July
Bradford Lister Park
11 20:12 Steve Turland
280 39:11 Abbie Reynier
Leeds Hyde Park
15 19:29 Arthur Reilly
67 23:12 Cameron Reilly
125 25:53 John Marshall
Danefield Relays, Wed 3 July
Rochdale 10k, Tue 2 July
(1 32:16 Ian McBride, Royton Road Runners)
13 36:39 Rob Cunningham
162 47:20 Chris Cunningham
306 58:51 Carole Cunningham
From Henry Heavisides ... The Isle of Harris half marathon was a new experience for me in many respects. Firstly it was a point to point race, starting by the beach on the west coast of Harris with waves crashing in off the Atlantic & finishing in the village of Tarbert 13.1 miles away over several hills (including one big one). Secondly I've never run a half marathon in a howling gale with horizontal rain (fortunately the wind was behind us most of the way). The temperature was only about 12 degrees, yes I know that it's been more than double that at home, so it felt more like mid winter than mid summer. The main hill resembled running up to Langbar, only much bleaker. Apparently there was a record entry for the race today, not sure how many ran, but normally it's about 100. I managed to finish in 1:27:02 which is difficult to judge given the terrain, the weather & the following gale. I ran the second half more than two minutes faster than the first half, reflecting most of the uphill sections being before halfway.
From Dave Wilby ...
A nice low key, fairly local race (5m/650ft) as part of the Oakworth village gala. The terrain takes in plenty of tracks, trails & fields with a few undulations thrown in for good measure on a 'lollipop' style course. I started off well enough and led until just over half way but then detonated in the unrelenting heat (I'd spent the hour before the race praying for snow!) and wobbled home a shabby wreck in 2nd place. Sue Morley faired much better in the heat and had an excellent run to claim 1st place in her age group. A good turnout of approximately 40 runners despite there being loads of higher profile events on across the weekend.
Jann Smith reports on ... this BOFRA Championship race ...
Our team of Will Buckton, Bradley Chapman, and Rob Cunningham, was 6th in 63:22 (winning team 58:22, 41 teams completing). Results
From Rob Cunningham ... Results (with a family theme!) from a bumper field ...