Ilkley Harriers news archive 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, December

Runner of the month:
Jemima Elgood
for excellent performances at the Stoop and Auld Lang Syne Other nominations were:
Will Worboys for supreme effort to get to the Chevin Chase,
Kate Archer for 1st F35 at the Chevin Chase,
and Alex Hirst for ongoing excellent results at parkrun
Volunteer of the month:
Helen and Dick Waddington
for providing wine and mince pies at the Xmas Relays Other nominations were:
Peter Lewis for ongoing commitment to producing the newsletter

More Harriers of the Month ...

Auld Lang Syne, Thu 31 Dec

Results ...

(1  41:19 Chris Farrell, Horwich)
2   41:35 Tom Adams
35  50:01 Paul Carman
45  51:06 Martin Archer
72  53:52 Jemima Elgood
80  54:52 Jamie Hutchinson
95  55:54 Kate Archer
112 57:03 Malcolm Pickering 
142 58:38 David Chandler
149 58:59 Sarah Pickering
176 61:04 Jann Smith
193 62:39 James Pickering
235 65:46 Adela Reperecki
276 68:30 David Ibbotson
387 83:51 Julie Elmes
396 89:16 Sophie Brown
413 finished
Woodentops photos

Chevin Chase, Sat 26 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ...Inhabitants of Ilkley found themselves cut off from the rest of civilization this morning due to the floods. A source of great frustration for those who had been looking forward to the Chevin Chase. A few Ilkley folk still made it to Guiseley via ingenious routes. Special mention must be made of Will Worboys who ran from Ilkley to Burley. Finding Manor Bends impassable, even on foot, he diverted to the railway line (don't try this at home children) which was of course free of trains today. David Green and I picked him up from Sun Lane and on we drove to Guiseley.
The race was more akin to a swimathon than a running course. Downhill paths on the Chevin had been transformed into deep rocky torrents. With no chance of seeing where you put your feet this certainly separated the sheep from the goats. Unsurprisingly I found myself to be a slow and careful sheep on these stretches whilst many sprinted past me in true fell running style.
It didn't spoil any of the fun for me. I thought if push came to shove my elf's tutu could double as a flotation aid, but in the end no actual swimming was required. The marshals and plentiful spectators were all cheering us on and there was a brilliant atmosphere.
Without the Brownlees or Tom Adams taking part the race was won by John Franklin from the Serpentine Club. Kate Archer came first in her category, and there were some excellent Harrier results with 3 finishing in the first 50. Nice to see Georgia Malir, now running for Leeds City, win for the second year in a row. We went home with another one of the good quality Chevin Chase long-sleeved t-shirts, and a bottle of water which was rather surplus to requirements today. As the road situation had not improved there was nothing for it but to drop Will at Stead Farm to run back to Ilkley. What a hero!
Results ...

photo: Scott Weston
(1  40:39 John Franklin, Serpentine RC)
10  43:45 Ben Stevens
28  47:00 Martin Archer
33  47:19 Gavin Lamb
88  51:37 Kate Archer 1st F35
111 52:47 David Chandler
153 54:59 Ben Joynson
257 59:43 Will Worboys
296 60:55 Adela Reperecki
305 61:22 Andrew Jackson
317 61:23 Victoria Stevens
398 64:49 David Green
548 70:33 Petra Bijsterveld
579 71:58 Eric Monteiro
673 78:33 Sally Wright
788 finished

parkruns, Sat 26 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:37 Mark Mon-Williams
3   19:26 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
5   21:10 Malcolm Pickering
34  30:36 Anna Pickering
46 ran

Gnoll
(1  18:11 Andrew Reynolds, Neath Harriers)
5   21:07 Dave Robson
53 ran

Forest of Dean 
A problem with the times at this parkrun but
Dave Wilby was 5th and Kelly Wilby 33rd, 131 ran

parkruns, Fri 25 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Skipton Aireville Park
(1   18:14 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners)
2   18:19 Mark Mon Williams
21  21:11 Tom Worboys
26  21:26 Lewis Carr (junior)
42  22:50 Archie Budding (junior)
44  22:55 Rebecca Mon-Williams
136 ran

Christmas Relays, Tue 22 Dec

photo John Hayes

From John Hayes ... The Christmas Relay winning team in leg order (from right to left)
1. Ruaridh Mon-Williams
2. John Hayes
3. Mark Mon-Williams
4. Dan Hayes

Thanks to all who helped at a great race, served lovely mulled wine & mince pies, dished up tasty food and followed it all up with an entertaining quiz. Happy Christmas everyone!

Many thanks to everyone who made a donation in aid of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association at the Christmas relays/quiz. Following the collection we have raised a sum of £40

The Stoop, Sun 20 Dec

photo David Chandler

Second place for Tom Adams, and Jemima Elgood 3rd lady. Jemima beat Emma Clayton's FU18 2004 record by 2.32 Ilkley were first ladies' team! Results ...

(1  31:08 Rob Hope, P&B)
2   31:12 Tom Adams
4   33:31 Jack Wood
35  37:43 Daniel Hayes
37  37:54 Paul Carman
46  38:32 Mark Mon-Williams
64  39:42 Jemima Elgood
65  39:47 Michael Lomas
94  41:38 Daniel Chandler
99  42:01 Richard Joel
109 42:56 Dave Robson
122 43:29 Rob Cunningham
124 43:31 Dick Waddington
127 43:40 Kate Archer
130 43:51 Malcolm Pickering
139 44:50 Ben Joynson
141 45:07 Paddy Hagan
148 45:56 Lucy Haines
166 46:52 Michael Duffield
174 47:12 Jann Smith
183 47:28 Lucy Jacques
210 49:10 Rebecca Mon-Williams
226 50:10 Will Worboys
227 50:12 Steve Weston
228 50:14 Mary Gibbons
248 50:59 Phil Hirst
253 51:12 Chris Oxlade
257 51:21 Sarah Haines
275 52:34 Geoffrey White
291 53:41 Martin Stocker
302 54:15 Peter Lewis
322 55:28 Neil Pomfret
374 59:08 Amanda Newham
411 64:19 Paul Sugden
418 65:02 Sally Wright
429 68:33 Julie Elmes
431 68:59 Jacqui Weston
445 74:04 Laura Dawes
454 finished

parkruns, Sat 19 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1  19:21 Stephen Ellison, U/A)
38  23:42 Phil Hirst
125 28:56 Julie Elmes
193 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1 16:43 Jonathan Tipper, U/A)
4   18:22 Alex Hirst
145 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   19:01 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
50  27:28 Janet Grace
112 ran

Ilkley Harriers Race League update

Results after 23 races from Martin Wright. With just the Stoop race left to go, there's some close competition!

PECO XC race 2, Sun 13 Dec

Results ...

Men's results later ...

Ladies results
(1  33:21 Claire Green, P&B)
11  36:00 Lucy Williamson
72  42:45 Joanne Williamson
96  44:33 Helen Horton
104 45:12 Gaenor Coy
123 46:47 Stephanie Fox
131 47:31 Petra Bijsterveld
158 49:17 Julie Elmes
195 51:58 Sue Williamson
209 53:32 Jacqui Weston
212 54:01 Kate Lofthouse
283 finished
1st team in the 2nd Division

Mytholmroyd fell race, Sun 13 Dec

Woodentops photos

From Jamie ... Was a very cold morning but a tough uphill start meant we all warmed up quickly! 6.2m with 411m climbing (BM). Very muddy but also some nice runnable sections. Will certainly try for a Bbtter time next year!
Results ...

(1  50:35 Neal Crampton, P&B)
65 74:26 Jamie Partovi
83 finished

Hurst Green Turkey Trot, Sun 13 Dec

Results ... a win for Tom Adams in 27:48, 281 finishers.

parkruns, Sat 12 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A win for Alex Hirst this week at Hilly Fields down in Lewisham. Tom Worboys came 3rd at Bramley parkrun but forgot his barcode so has not been listed. We have seen Strava evidence though! Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:01 Ciaran Forde, Swim 1st Triathlon Club)
7   18:15 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
8   18:20 Cameron Reilly (junior)
27  20:11 Adrian Bastow
240 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:32 Graham Corbett, Saltaire Striders)
97  27:28 Petra Bijsterveld
215 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:52 unknown)
111 27:26 Julie Elmes
196 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
1   18:12 Alex Hirst
126 ran

The New Style Harriers Social & Awards Do
Tuesday 26 January 2016 at 7pm

Come and join us for a 5k timed run around Rupert Road (suitable for all abilities, race it or jog it!), then back to the Tennis Club for showers, drinks, hot food (chili/veggie chili), and presentation of the Annual Awards at 8.30 pm.

More info and order form

WYXC, Nunroyd Park, Sun 6 Dec

Woodentops photos

Results of the fourth and final race.

Frostbite 30, Sun 6 Dec

Freom Ben Sheppard ... This year's Frostbite 30 could well have been renamed Mudbath 34. They change the route each year and this year's felt like the toughest of the three successive ones I have run. Race director said that in trying to shorten it (last year's was 34 miles too) he ended up making it harder. The extremely wet conditions didn't help either, with large parts of the lower level and woodland sections being sloppy underfoot, and a headwind making the long slog up the Nidderdale Way rather hard work. Add to those excuses my lack of training this Autumn and that's my take on why I was around 45 minutes slower than last year over a similar distance, coming in somewhere around the top 15 in six hours plus small change. I don't believe there were any other Ilkley harriers there but there was some quality in the field, the winning time being something like 5 hours.

Neil Bloor adds ... I was a couple of hours or so behind Ben on my first Frostbite and yes it certainly was tough going! The climbs were slippy, the flat parts plagued with strength sapping bog, puddles often at knee height. Paths had become streams and the rivers needed ropes to help make a safe crossing in leg high strong currents. Finishing my last hour or so in the dark I was glad of a good headtorch but still difficult to spot safe places to put your feet and keep on an even keel. I was very pleased to keep going till the end as there looked to be quite a few dropped out.

parkruns, Sat 5 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:48 Lee Kaznowski, Baildon Runners)
28  23:10 Henry Heavysides
190 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  19:36 Phil Rogers, Harrogate Harriers)
104 28:17 Julie Elmes
163 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:40 Logan Hargreaves-Madhas, Wharfedale Harriers)
7   21:13 Michael Duffield
14  22:50 Will Worboys
82 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:26 Ben Pease, U/A)
43  23:46 Norman Bush
161 ran

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, November

Runner of the month:
Dan Hayes
for great times at Burley Moor, Abbey Dash and 1st at Skipton parkrun Other nominations were:
Tom Adams for wins at Burley Moor, WYXC, Harriers v Cyclists
Jane McCarthy for Tour of Pendle
Sarah Hayes for Abbey Dash 10k PB
John Hayes for great results
Jemima Elgood for great results
Volunteer of the month:
Alison Weston
for the Gazette reports Other nominations were:
Neil Chapman for continued coaching commitment

More Harriers of the Month ...

Skipton Santa Fun Run, Sun 29 Nov

Photos, Graham Weston

From Alison Weston ... Over 1,500 Santas took part in the Skipton Santa Fun Run, 5k around Skipton raising money for charity on Sunday from Aireville Park. Nea, Lyra and Alison Weston ran as a team in approximately 37 minutes. It took several minutes to reach the start line and then we followed the line of Santas along the route including road and canal, and returning on a track through the park. Very wild and windy in places with hats and beards disappearing along the way!

Get in the Christmas mood, sign up for our Christmas Relays on 22nd December - see forum and Facebook posts!

parkruns, Sat 28 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:29 John Tayleur, Herne Hill Harriers)
43  20:15 Michael Duffield
329 ran

Leeds Roundhay
(1  17:09 Ben Douglas, Durham University AC)
24  20:45 Tom Worboys
281 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:31 Sam Clegg, U/A)
11  20:09 Theo Clay (junior)
22  20:51 David Chandler
98  25:20 Alex Hyde
328 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:52 Ed Beecher, Harrogate Harriers)
47  23:18 Phil Hirst
146 27:09 Julie Elmes
283 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:34 Dan Hayes
55  25:34 Paul Sugden
79  28:44 Sarah Hayes
116 ran

Hilly Field Lewisham
(1  17:41 Chis Ho, U/A)
2   18:38 Alex Hirst
148 ran

Little Stoke
(1  15:13 Patrick Martin, U/A)
7   18:11 Mark Mon-Williams
61  21:42 Rebecca Mon-Williams
220 ran

PECO XC, Sun 22 Nov

From Gaenor & Steve Coy ... Well done to all the Harriers in a chilly but surprisingly not too boggy 1st PECO race of the year and in particular enduring the draining last 300m
Thanks to all who got their early enough to collect their numbers and pay the £3 for them well in advance. Remember to keep your numbers for the remainder of the series and bring along to the next race.
We do however have quite a few numbers left and it would be appreciated if you could arrange collection and payment before the 2nd race on the 13th December at West Park.
Thanks and hope to see even more of your there next time.
We hear it was another win for Tom Adams. Results ...

1   25:12 Tom Adams
26  28:27 Matt Cox
49  29:33 Steve Coy
83  30:45 Gavin Lamb
88  30:52 Steve Weston
126 31L42 Mark Iley
146 32:32 Dave Chandler
176 33:24 Andrew Sheldon
185 33:40 Henry Heavisides 1st M60
203 34:11 Malcolm Pickering
269 36:21 Will Worboys
284 36:45 Phil Hirst
288 36:54 Nigel Tapper
300 37:18 Andrew Jackson
316 37:57 Neil Bloor
372 40:42 Peter Lewis
405 42:25 Ed Bickerdike
413 43:03 Paul Sugden
422 44:16 Lee Wilkinson
456 finished
Illkey men's team 2nd place out of 8 teams (2nd division)
Ilkley men's vets team 1st place out of 11 teams

Ladies
(1  30:35 Bethany Garland, Leeds Uni)
68  37:50 Joanne Williamson
73  38:05 Adela Reperecki
136 41:36 Gaenor Coy
137 41:40 Hilda Coulsey
179 43:26 Petra Bijsterveld
237 47:00 Sue Williamson
331 61:55 Clare Shouler
341 finished
Ilkley ladies' team 2nd place out of 8 teams (2nd division)
Ilkley ladies' vets team 4th place out of 11 teams

This was a Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Harriers v Cyclists, Sat 21 Nov

Woodentops photos

Results ...

1   34:35 Tom Adams  Course Record
5   38:23 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
71  46:05 Paul Calderbank
84  47:11 Michael Lomas
103 48:45 Malcolm Pickering
158 52:47 Dave Wilby  Cycle
184 54:40 James Pickering  Cycle
207 57:25 Neil Bloor
220 59:34 Nicky Hopwood
255 64:59 Amanda Newham
281 finished

Badger Bar Blast, Sat 21 Nov

From Sarah Hayes ... John and I had a day trip to the Lakes to run this one off AM fell race starting and finishing near Rydal. It was a beautiful if bitterly cold day. The views were spectacular with the tops covered with a dusting of snow. The route was essentially out and back. It was a fixed route up to Loughrigg Fell summit but from there you could choose your route up to Silver How, doing the same on the way back. John kindly agreed to run with me and he was very encouraging (mostly).
As I watched everyone warming up at the start I realised that I was a little out of my league. I adopted the race strategy of trying not finishing last which was successful - but only just!

(1   59:09 Carl Bell, Keswick)
111 115:57 Sarah Hayes
112 115:58 John Hayes 
120 finished

parkruns, Sat 21 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:25 Graham Corbett, Saltaire Striders)
11  20:45 Theo Clay (junior)
73  25:42 Stephanie Fox
293 ran

Bracknell
(1  18:43 Pedro Upton, Bracknell Forest Runners)
59  26:12 Emily Elmes (junior)
81  28:28 Julie Elmes
165 ran

Concord, Sheffield
(1  19:54 Kevin Doyle, Kimberworth Striders)
10  23:02 Phil Hirst
48 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:16 Julian Hood, Skipton AC)
72  29:08 Neve Tennant (junior)
118 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:01 Ben Pease, U/A)
3   17:41 Euan Brennan (junior)
230 ran

Leeds Abbey Dash, Sun 15 Nov

From Hilda Coulsey ... 23 Harriers fought their way through the floods. Geoff Howard was 1st M70. Lots of impressive times.
Results ...

(1   00:29:43 Can Studley, Bristol & West)
592  00:37:52 Daniel Hayes
599  00:38:34 Rob Cunningham
913  00:40:56 David Chandler
1218 00:43:01 Dave Robson
1241 00:42:01 Geoffrey Howard 1st V70
1494 00:44:25 Rachel Carter
1731 00:44:55 Harry Sime
1873 00:47:00 Eric Hawthorn
2205 00:48:59 Chris Cunningham
2390 00:48:35 David Ibbotson
2479 00:47:29 Philip Hirst
2590 00:49:18 David Green
2601 00:42:41 Lucy Williamson
3004 00:48:30 Sarah Hayes
4051 00:50:49 Alex Hyde
3038 00:52:08 Hilda Coulsey
3205 00:51:32 Paul Sugden
3924 00:54:22 Julie Elmes
4105 00:57:25 Jacqui Weston
4124 00:58:29 Emma Curran
4153 00:55:58 Sheena Pickersgill
4403 01:00:07 Charlote Smithson
5559 01:01:43 Elaine Ibbotson
5956 01:00:58 Sue Williamson
9034 finished

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

West Yorkshire XC, Sat 14 Nov

Woodentops photos

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Senior Men
1   23:24 Tom Adams
47  28:04 Dave Westhead
77  30:01 Mark Iley
94  31:37 Malcolm Pickering
109 34:30 Arthur Reilly
129 ran

Senior Women
(1  19:33 Alex Bell, Pudsey and Bramley AC)
51  27:24 Nicky Hopwood
59  28:58 Gaenor Coy
65  30:10 Petra Bijsterveld
77  32:14 Julie Elmes
81 ran

And there were a record 59 junior Ilkley Harriers running!

Tour of Pendle fell race, Sat 14 Nov

From John Hayes ... The British people are often sceptical of the weather forecast. But the forecast for Saturday 14th November was hard to ignore. A deluge of rain was predicted to fall as the last remnants of a hurricane swept eastwards from the Atlantic across the UK. But fell runners are a funny bunch. The thing is most of them like running in awful weather. It is all part of the challenge/fun. So when the race organiser, on safety grounds, decided to shorten the course, one of two reactions was possible amongst the 422 runners who had showed up for the race:-
(A) A ready acceptance of the decision, tinged with a little regret that the run would be a bit less of a challenge than normal. Most runners, I sensed, fell into this category.
(B) Relief that the last two big climbs would not, after all, have to be done. Added to this was the prospect of getting home earlier than usual on Saturday afternoon to languish in the bath indulging in excessive consumption of food and drink. (I fell into category B).
Having said all this, the race was still a classic. We had plenty of mud, a bitterly cold wind, mist, rain, rocks etc. And there were still 4 big hill climbs to do. The marshals were out in force, cheerful as ever and seemingly impervious to the weather. There were some excellent Harriers performances with Ilkley ladies team running brilliantly and scooping up 1st prize so many congratulations to them! A special mention also for our new recruit, Paul Carman, who came 33rd and was the first Harrier home. I had wondered - vainly - if I might have (finally) managed to achieve that elusive honour. But as I sprinted to the finish line holding off the tenacious Jane McCarthy, there was Paul who'd had time to finish the race, go to his car, pick up his very cute little dog and wander back to clap in his new team mates!

From the results ... "This year the race was run over the Bad Weather Course following a route through Check points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and back to the finish. The last 2 climbs where excluded due to a forecast of heavy rain, high winds and low temperatures peaking in the area at 15:00. The estimated Bad Weather Course is 14 miles (22.4km) and 2700 feet (823m) making it a Category BL."
Results ...

(1  1:46:30 Rob Hope, P&B)
33  2:03:07 Paul Carman
86  2:16:52 John Hayes
88  2:17:03 Jane McCarthy  4th lady, 1st W40
121 2:21:22 Kate Archer
132 2:22:31 Michael Lomas
145 2:25:34 Paul Calderbank
160 2:28:08 Jann Smith
194 2:33:45 Steve Weston
310 2:50:09 Chantal Busby
327 2:52:27 Adela Reperecki
409 finished
1st ladies team!

parkruns, Sat 14 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:11 Daniel Lawton, Stockposrt Harriers)
16  19:56 Tom Worboys
295 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:29 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
66  25:10 Alex Hyde
285 ran

Lewisham Hilly Fields
(1  16:45 Mark Hall, Kent AC)
3   18:32 Alex Hirst
165 ran

Harewood 10, Sun 8 Nov

From Michael Duffield ... It was a good decision to go with trail shoes for the Harewood 10M trail race. The rain lashing on Saturday meant that the paths and fields that could be affected by the rain, were, considerably. One or two runners who had opted for road shoes were doing Bambi on ice. The scenic course undulated around the Harewood estate, through woods and across fields with a significant climb in the last mile. Apparently, if you looked up, you could get a good view of the house at one point. Tea and soup in the hall afterwards was very welcome.
From Hilda Coulsey ... Continuing the wet, muddy kit theme after yesterday's Burley Moor run 319 runners turned out at Harewood for the 10 mile and 117 for the 5 mile, as well as lots of 2 milers and juniors. Although the hills were not as severe or numerous as Guy Fawkes last week the terrain was quite muddy and slippery, certainly by the time I reached them! This led to the faster bits being quite treacherous and hence not fast and the overall times later on reflected this, although the first 2 runners in the 10 mile stormed through, with 3rd place 7 mins behind. Daniel Hayes was 4th in the 5 mile race and first Harrier home in the 10 mile was Gavin Lamb, in 23rd place. Bearing in mind the conditions I was pleased with my 2nd F55. The bonus for me was that my husband was power washing the steps when I returned, hence I could place my shoes just in front and head to the shower! Results ...

(1   55:35 Daniel Jenkin, Durham City Harriers & AC)
23   68:07 Gavin Lamb
44   72:08 David Chandler
51   72:36 Michael Duffield
62   74:00 Dave Robson
65   74:28 Duncan Cooper
93   78:22 Derek Oliver
172  86:39 Sarah Hayes
174  86:45 Nigel Tapper
216  92:50 Helen Horton
231  95:05 Hilda Coulsey
274 102:28 Julie Elmes
319 finished

5 mile race
(1 29:43 Toby Hillery, Wetherby)
4  33:16 Daniel Hayes
117 finished

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Open 5, Sun 8 Nov

Not a mainstream Harriers activity, 5 hours of navigational running and biking, but we see Jane McCarthy was 1st lady and plenty of other Harriers there. Results ...

Burley Moor run, Sat 7 Nov

John Hayes reports ... One word to sum up the Burley Moor Run? "Muddy" must be a strong candidate. Not that this seemed to put off any Harriers who turned out in force at the race. The route is cleverly devised. After a long slog uphill, runners start to perk up with a speedy descent down the wide track beside the 3 reservoirs. But then they are presented with a steep climb back up the Moor edge before a final mad chase through the bracken and slippy mud back to Burley. Tom Adams came in first with a new course record and Jemima Elgood was the first lady. There were lots of other fabulous Harriers results. One of these was Daniel Hayes who came 12th and - more importantly (for him at least) - won the son -v- dad battle. I'll get over this soon I hope. Those who have hinted that this is the end of my running career are, I might add, being rather over-dramatic!
Results ...

1   42:00 Tom Adams  New course record
3   46:57 Jack Wood
6   49:47 Ben Sheppard
8   50:44 Martin Archer
10  50:59 Jack Cummings
12  52:15 Daniel Hayes
15  52:55 Justin Plillips
16  52:58 John Hayes
18  53:17 Steve Turland
19  53:24 David Foyston
20  52:38 Michael Lomas
24  54:03 David Chandler
26  54:14 Richard Joel
27  54:17 Jemima Elgood 1st lady
38  56:26 Dave Robson
47  58:54 Jann Smith
59  61:26 Rebecca Mon-Williams
61  62:20 Derek Oliver
86  66:01 Phil Hirst
97  68:54 Adela Reperecki
104 70:30 Geoffrey White
107 70:48 Peter Lewis
122 74:28 Nicky Hopwood
123 75:23 David Green
143 85:41 Sally Wright
Any more?
150 finished

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Primary Schools XC, Sat 7 Nov

Hundreds of children raced in the second Wharfedale Schools XC event hosted by Westville House School at Ilkley Rugby Club. Results soon (a bit waterlogged).

parkruns, Sat 7 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:04 Richard Allen, Bracknell AC)
56  21:23 Geoff Howard
305 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1 18:34 Mark Bryant, U/A)
55  24:24 Eve Whitaker (junior)
134 28:22 Julie Elmes
138 28:28 Alexandra Whitaker (junior)
142 28:39 Helene Whitaker
234 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  18:04 Hugh Salway, U/A)
2   18:49 Alex Hirst
155 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:53 Joe Hudson, Keighley and Craven AC)
31  23:04 Lewis Carr (junior)
113 ran

League Latest

Heads up, the last XC/trail race to count in our Ilkley Harriers Race League is confirmed now as the Peco XC on Sunday November 22nd at Temple Newsam. The last date to apply for numbers is 8th. If you haven't done so do it now to Gaenor and Steve Coy.

Guy Fawkes 10, Sun 1 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... 10 Harriers made it to the Guy Fawkes 10 mile road race. A foggy start to the day made way for sunshine and unseasonably high temperatures. It all made for a lovely autumnal day but uncomfortably warm for racing.
This year the race had a new route and it felt harder. The Birstwith Brute, 4 miles in, has now been extended to climb even further. Comparing the Strava record with 2014 the total elevation gain was virtually the same, but the fact that the winner took a couple of minutes more than previous years made me feel marginally better about my personal worst time in this race.
There were some excellent results for other Harriers, with Jonathan Sinclair and Nick Richardson finishing under 70 minutes and Jane McCarthy hot on their heels only 3 weeks after her marathon, to finish 1st in her age category.
Results ...

1     58:22 John Clifford, Evenwood RR)
31  1:08:06 Jonathan Sinclair
41  1:09:08 Nick Richardson
51  1:10:26 Jane McCarthy 1st F40
57  1:11:20 David Chandler
255 1:22:09 Will Worboys
334 1:26:11 Jean Sullivan
409 1:30:04 Dave Ibbotson
490 1:34:26 Hilda Coulsey
617 1:42:20 Petra Bijsterveld
652 1:44:43 Julie Elmes
807 finished

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.


Older News, November 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, November

Runner of the month:
Dan Hayes
for great times at Burley Moor, Abbey Dash and 1st at Skipton parkrun Other nominations were:
Tom Adams for wins at Burley Moor, WYXC, Harriers v Cyclists
Jane McCarthy for Tour of Pendle
Sarah Hayes for Abbey Dash 10k PB
John Hayes for great results
Jemima Elgood for great results
Volunteer of the month:
Alison Weston
for the Gazette reports Other nominations were:
Neil Chapman for continued coaching commitment

More Harriers of the Month ...

Skipton Santa Fun Run, Sun 29 Nov

Photos, Graham Weston

From Alison Weston ... Over 1,500 Santas took part in the Skipton Santa Fun Run, 5k around Skipton raising money for charity on Sunday from Aireville Park. Nea, Lyra and Alison Weston ran as a team in approximately 37 minutes. It took several minutes to reach the start line and then we followed the line of Santas along the route including road and canal, and returning on a track through the park. Very wild and windy in places with hats and beards disappearing along the way!

Get in the Christmas mood, sign up for our Christmas Relays on 22nd December - see forum and Facebook posts!

parkruns, Sat 28 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:29 John Tayleur, Herne Hill Harriers)
43  20:15 Michael Duffield
329 ran

Leeds Roundhay
(1  17:09 Ben Douglas, Durham University AC)
24  20:45 Tom Worboys
281 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:31 Sam Clegg, U/A)
11  20:09 Theo Clay (junior)
22  20:51 David Chandler
98  25:20 Alex Hyde
328 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:52 Ed Beecher, Harrogate Harriers)
47  23:18 Phil Hirst
146 27:09 Julie Elmes
283 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:34 Dan Hayes
55  25:34 Paul Sugden
79  28:44 Sarah Hayes
116 ran

Hilly Field Lewisham
(1  17:41 Chis Ho, U/A)
2   18:38 Alex Hirst
148 ran

Little Stoke
(1  15:13 Patrick Martin, U/A)
7   18:11 Mark Mon-Williams
61  21:42 Rebecca Mon-Williams
220 ran

PECO XC, Sun 22 Nov

From Gaenor & Steve Coy ... Well done to all the Harriers in a chilly but surprisingly not too boggy 1st PECO race of the year and in particular enduring the draining last 300m
Thanks to all who got their early enough to collect their numbers and pay the £3 for them well in advance. Remember to keep your numbers for the remainder of the series and bring along to the next race.
We do however have quite a few numbers left and it would be appreciated if you could arrange collection and payment before the 2nd race on the 13th December at West Park.
Thanks and hope to see even more of your there next time.
We hear it was another win for Tom Adams. Results ...

1   25:12 Tom Adams
26  28:27 Matt Cox
49  29:33 Steve Coy
83  30:45 Gavin Lamb
88  30:52 Steve Weston
126 31L42 Mark Iley
146 32:32 Dave Chandler
176 33:24 Andrew Sheldon
185 33:40 Henry Heavisides 1st M60
203 34:11 Malcolm Pickering
269 36:21 Will Worboys
284 36:45 Phil Hirst
288 36:54 Nigel Tapper
300 37:18 Andrew Jackson
316 37:57 Neil Bloor
372 40:42 Peter Lewis
405 42:25 Ed Bickerdike
413 43:03 Paul Sugden
422 44:16 Lee Wilkinson
456 finished
Illkey men's team 2nd place out of 8 teams (2nd division)
Ilkley men's vets team 1st place out of 11 teams

Ladies
(1  30:35 Bethany Garland, Leeds Uni)
68  37:50 Joanne Williamson
73  38:05 Adela Reperecki
136 41:36 Gaenor Coy
137 41:40 Hilda Coulsey
179 43:26 Petra Bijsterveld
237 47:00 Sue Williamson
331 61:55 Clare Shouler
341 finished
Ilkley ladies' team 2nd place out of 8 teams (2nd division)
Ilkley ladies' vets team 4th place out of 11 teams

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Harriers v Cyclists, Sat 21 Nov

Woodentops photos

Results ...

1   34:35 Tom Adams  Course Record
5   38:23 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
71  46:05 Paul Calderbank
84  47:11 Michael Lomas
103 48:45 Malcolm Pickering
158 52:47 Dave Wilby  Cycle
184 54:40 James Pickering  Cycle
207 57:25 Neil Bloor
220 59:34 Nicky Hopwood
255 64:59 Amanda Newham
281 finished

Badger Bar Blast, Sat 21 Nov

From Sarah Hayes ... John and I had a day trip to the Lakes to run this one off AM fell race starting and finishing near Rydal. It was a beautiful if bitterly cold day. The views were spectacular with the tops covered with a dusting of snow. The route was essentially out and back. It was a fixed route up to Loughrigg Fell summit but from there you could choose your route up to Silver How, doing the same on the way back. John kindly agreed to run with me and he was very encouraging (mostly).
As I watched everyone warming up at the start I realised that I was a little out of my league. I adopted the race strategy of trying not finishing last which was successful - but only just!

(1   59:09 Carl Bell, Keswick)
111 115:57 Sarah Hayes
112 115:58 John Hayes 
120 finished

parkruns, Sat 21 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:25 Graham Corbett, Saltaire Striders)
11  20:45 Theo Clay (junior)
73  25:42 Stephanie Fox
293 ran

Bracknell
(1  18:43 Pedro Upton, Bracknell Forest Runners)
59  26:12 Emily Elmes (junior)
81  28:28 Julie Elmes
165 ran

Concord, Sheffield
(1  19:54 Kevin Doyle, Kimberworth Striders)
10  23:02 Phil Hirst
48 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:16 Julian Hood, Skipton AC)
72  29:08 Neve Tennant (junior)
118 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:01 Ben Pease, U/A)
3   17:41 Euan Brennan (junior)
230 ran

Leeds Abbey Dash, Sun 15 Nov

From Hilda Coulsey ... 23 Harriers fought their way through the floods. Geoff Howard was 1st M70. Lots of impressive times.
Results ...

(1   00:29:43 Can Studley, Bristol & West)
592  00:37:52 Daniel Hayes
599  00:38:34 Rob Cunningham
913  00:40:56 David Chandler
1218 00:43:01 Dave Robson
1241 00:42:01 Geoffrey Howard 1st V70
1494 00:44:25 Rachel Carter
1731 00:44:55 Harry Sime
1873 00:47:00 Eric Hawthorn
2205 00:48:59 Chris Cunningham
2390 00:48:35 David Ibbotson
2479 00:47:29 Philip Hirst
2590 00:49:18 David Green
2601 00:42:41 Lucy Williamson
3004 00:48:30 Sarah Hayes
4051 00:50:49 Alex Hyde
3038 00:52:08 Hilda Coulsey
3205 00:51:32 Paul Sugden
3924 00:54:22 Julie Elmes
4105 00:57:25 Jacqui Weston
4124 00:58:29 Emma Curran
4153 00:55:58 Sheena Pickersgill
4403 01:00:07 Charlote Smithson
5559 01:01:43 Elaine Ibbotson
5956 01:00:58 Sue Williamson
9034 finished

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West Yorkshire XC, Sat 14 Nov

Woodentops photos

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Senior Men
1   23:24 Tom Adams
47  28:04 Dave Westhead
77  30:01 Mark Iley
94  31:37 Malcolm Pickering
109 34:30 Arthur Reilly
129 ran

Senior Women
(1  19:33 Alex Bell, Pudsey and Bramley AC)
51  27:24 Nicky Hopwood
59  28:58 Gaenor Coy
65  30:10 Petra Bijsterveld
77  32:14 Julie Elmes
81 ran

And there were a record 59 junior Ilkley Harriers running!

Tour of Pendle fell race, Sat 14 Nov

From John Hayes ... The British people are often sceptical of the weather forecast. But the forecast for Saturday 14th November was hard to ignore. A deluge of rain was predicted to fall as the last remnants of a hurricane swept eastwards from the Atlantic across the UK. But fell runners are a funny bunch. The thing is most of them like running in awful weather. It is all part of the challenge/fun. So when the race organiser, on safety grounds, decided to shorten the course, one of two reactions was possible amongst the 422 runners who had showed up for the race:-
(A) A ready acceptance of the decision, tinged with a little regret that the run would be a bit less of a challenge than normal. Most runners, I sensed, fell into this category.
(B) Relief that the last two big climbs would not, after all, have to be done. Added to this was the prospect of getting home earlier than usual on Saturday afternoon to languish in the bath indulging in excessive consumption of food and drink. (I fell into category B).
Having said all this, the race was still a classic. We had plenty of mud, a bitterly cold wind, mist, rain, rocks etc. And there were still 4 big hill climbs to do. The marshals were out in force, cheerful as ever and seemingly impervious to the weather. There were some excellent Harriers performances with Ilkley ladies team running brilliantly and scooping up 1st prize so many congratulations to them! A special mention also for our new recruit, Paul Carman, who came 33rd and was the first Harrier home. I had wondered - vainly - if I might have (finally) managed to achieve that elusive honour. But as I sprinted to the finish line holding off the tenacious Jane McCarthy, there was Paul who'd had time to finish the race, go to his car, pick up his very cute little dog and wander back to clap in his new team mates!

From the results ... "This year the race was run over the Bad Weather Course following a route through Check points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and back to the finish. The last 2 climbs where excluded due to a forecast of heavy rain, high winds and low temperatures peaking in the area at 15:00. The estimated Bad Weather Course is 14 miles (22.4km) and 2700 feet (823m) making it a Category BL."
Results ...

(1  1:46:30 Rob Hope, P&B)
33  2:03:07 Paul Carman
86  2:16:52 John Hayes
88  2:17:03 Jane McCarthy  4th lady, 1st W40
121 2:21:22 Kate Archer
132 2:22:31 Michael Lomas
145 2:25:34 Paul Calderbank
160 2:28:08 Jann Smith
194 2:33:45 Steve Weston
310 2:50:09 Chantal Busby
327 2:52:27 Adela Reperecki
409 finished
1st ladies team!

parkruns, Sat 14 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:11 Daniel Lawton, Stockposrt Harriers)
16  19:56 Tom Worboys
295 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:29 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
66  25:10 Alex Hyde
285 ran

Lewisham Hilly Fields
(1  16:45 Mark Hall, Kent AC)
3   18:32 Alex Hirst
165 ran

Harewood 10, Sun 8 Nov

From Michael Duffield ... It was a good decision to go with trail shoes for the Harewood 10M trail race. The rain lashing on Saturday meant that the paths and fields that could be affected by the rain, were, considerably. One or two runners who had opted for road shoes were doing Bambi on ice. The scenic course undulated around the Harewood estate, through woods and across fields with a significant climb in the last mile. Apparently, if you looked up, you could get a good view of the house at one point. Tea and soup in the hall afterwards was very welcome.
From Hilda Coulsey ... Continuing the wet, muddy kit theme after yesterday's Burley Moor run 319 runners turned out at Harewood for the 10 mile and 117 for the 5 mile, as well as lots of 2 milers and juniors. Although the hills were not as severe or numerous as Guy Fawkes last week the terrain was quite muddy and slippery, certainly by the time I reached them! This led to the faster bits being quite treacherous and hence not fast and the overall times later on reflected this, although the first 2 runners in the 10 mile stormed through, with 3rd place 7 mins behind. Daniel Hayes was 4th in the 5 mile race and first Harrier home in the 10 mile was Gavin Lamb, in 23rd place. Bearing in mind the conditions I was pleased with my 2nd F55. The bonus for me was that my husband was power washing the steps when I returned, hence I could place my shoes just in front and head to the shower! Results ...

(1   55:35 Daniel Jenkin, Durham City Harriers & AC)
23   68:07 Gavin Lamb
44   72:08 David Chandler
51   72:36 Michael Duffield
62   74:00 Dave Robson
65   74:28 Duncan Cooper
93   78:22 Derek Oliver
172  86:39 Sarah Hayes
174  86:45 Nigel Tapper
216  92:50 Helen Horton
231  95:05 Hilda Coulsey
274 102:28 Julie Elmes
319 finished

5 mile race
(1 29:43 Toby Hillery, Wetherby)
4  33:16 Daniel Hayes
117 finished

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Open 5, Sun 8 Nov

Not a mainstream Harriers activity, 5 hours of navigational running and biking, but we see Jane McCarthy was 1st lady and plenty of other Harriers there. Results ...

Burley Moor run, Sat 7 Nov

John Hayes reports ... One word to sum up the Burley Moor Run? "Muddy" must be a strong candidate. Not that this seemed to put off any Harriers who turned out in force at the race. The route is cleverly devised. After a long slog uphill, runners start to perk up with a speedy descent down the wide track beside the 3 reservoirs. But then they are presented with a steep climb back up the Moor edge before a final mad chase through the bracken and slippy mud back to Burley. Tom Adams came in first with a new course record and Jemima Elgood was the first lady. There were lots of other fabulous Harriers results. One of these was Daniel Hayes who came 12th and - more importantly (for him at least) - won the son -v- dad battle. I'll get over this soon I hope. Those who have hinted that this is the end of my running career are, I might add, being rather over-dramatic!
Results ...

1   42:00 Tom Adams  New course record
3   46:57 Jack Wood
6   49:47 Ben Sheppard
8   50:44 Martin Archer
10  50:59 Jack Cummings
12  52:15 Daniel Hayes
15  52:55 Justin Plillips
16  52:58 John Hayes
18  53:17 Steve Turland
19  53:24 David Foyston
20  52:38 Michael Lomas
24  54:03 David Chandler
26  54:14 Richard Joel
27  54:17 Jemima Elgood 1st lady
38  56:26 Dave Robson
47  58:54 Jann Smith
59  61:26 Rebecca Mon-Williams
61  62:20 Derek Oliver
86  66:01 Phil Hirst
97  68:54 Adela Reperecki
104 70:30 Geoffrey White
107 70:48 Peter Lewis
122 74:28 Nicky Hopwood
123 75:23 David Green
143 85:41 Sally Wright
Any more?
150 finished

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Primary Schools XC, Sat 7 Nov

Hundreds of children raced in the second Wharfedale Schools XC event hosted by Westville House School at Ilkley Rugby Club. Results soon (a bit waterlogged).

parkruns, Sat 7 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:04 Richard Allen, Bracknell AC)
56  21:23 Geoff Howard
305 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1 18:34 Mark Bryant, U/A)
55  24:24 Eve Whitaker (junior)
134 28:22 Julie Elmes
138 28:28 Alexandra Whitaker (junior)
142 28:39 Helene Whitaker
234 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  18:04 Hugh Salway, U/A)
2   18:49 Alex Hirst
155 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:53 Joe Hudson, Keighley and Craven AC)
31  23:04 Lewis Carr (junior)
113 ran

League Latest

Heads up, the last XC/trail race to count in our Ilkley Harriers Race League is confirmed now as the Peco XC on Sunday November 22nd at Temple Newsam. The last date to apply for numbers is 8th. If you haven't done so do it now to Gaenor and Steve Coy.

Guy Fawkes 10, Sun 1 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... 10 Harriers made it to the Guy Fawkes 10 mile road race. A foggy start to the day made way for sunshine and unseasonably high temperatures. It all made for a lovely autumnal day but uncomfortably warm for racing.
This year the race had a new route and it felt harder. The Birstwith Brute, 4 miles in, has now been extended to climb even further. Comparing the Strava record with 2014 the total elevation gain was virtually the same, but the fact that the winner took a couple of minutes more than previous years made me feel marginally better about my personal worst time in this race.
There were some excellent results for other Harriers, with Jonathan Sinclair and Nick Richardson finishing under 70 minutes and Jane McCarthy hot on their heels only 3 weeks after her marathon, to finish 1st in her age category.
Results ...

1     58:22 John Clifford, Evenwood RR)
31  1:08:06 Jonathan Sinclair
41  1:09:08 Nick Richardson
51  1:10:26 Jane McCarthy 1st F40
57  1:11:20 David Chandler
255 1:22:09 Will Worboys
334 1:26:11 Jean Sullivan
409 1:30:04 Dave Ibbotson
490 1:34:26 Hilda Coulsey
617 1:42:20 Petra Bijsterveld
652 1:44:43 Julie Elmes
807 finished

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Older News, October 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, October

Runner of the month:
Jane McCarthy
Yorkshire Marathon Other nominations were:
Andrew Merrick for Yorkshire Marathon
Lucy Williamson for Bradford 10k
Petra Bijsterveld for Kielder Marathon
Ruaridh Mon-Williams for Fell relays
Jemina Elgood for Fell Relays
Steve Weston for Yorkshire Marathon
Tom Worboys for 3 marathons in 3 weeks
Dave Robson for Langdale Horseshoe
Hilda Coulsey for holding all LV60 records at once
Volunteer of the month:
Steve and Gaenor Coy
for getting XCs off to a good start

More Harriers of the Month ...

WYXC 2, Huddersfield, Sat 31 Oct

Results ...

Senior ladies
(1 21:33 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth)
23 25:00 Lucy Williamson
57 28:38 Joanne Williamson
61 29:16 Nicky Hopwood
77 32:16 Gaenor Coy
84 33:22 Petra Bijsterveld
83 35:00 Julie Elmes
97 37:47 Kate Lofthouse
98 finished
11th team

Senior men
1   32:37 Tom Adams
47  38:41 Dave Westhead
64  40:18 Stephen Coy
78  41:18 Rob Cunningham
91  42:21 Mark Iley
110 44:41 Malcolm Pickering
153 finished
8th team

Ilkley had 48 juniors racing - some great individual and team placings and everyone gaining in confidence and racing strong. 1st team placings for U11 and U17 girls; 2nd team for U11 and U15 boys; 3rd team for U13 girls; 5th team for U15 girls and 6th for U13 boys.

parkruns, Sat 31 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:38 Jonny McKenna, Clayton-le-Moors)
55  20:21 Adrian Bastow
165 24:06 Richard Morris
415 ran

York
(1  17:05 Philip Mackie, Epson and Ewell Harriers)
63  21:01 Geoff Howard
513 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:04 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
17  20:49 David Chandler
97  25:10 Sarah Haines
168 27:39 Ethan Thompson (junior)
439 ran

Cannon Hill Birmingham
(1  16:48 unknown)
112 22:58 Harry Sime
113 23:02 Robert Sime
550 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:21 Matty Smith (Scunthorpe and District AC)
48  23:07 Phil Hirst
239 30:44 Jacqui Weston
321 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
1   17:52 Alex Hirst
203 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:39 Tom Brewster, Clayton-le-Moors)
15  21:10 Derek Oliver
106 28:51 Michelle Snow
180 ran

Druridge Bay
(1  17:02 John Butters, Morpeth Harriers)
40  23:56 Sarah Hayes
162 ran

Bronte Way, Sun 25 Oct

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1    51:17 Jack Smith, Wharfedale)
45  1:05:03 Rob Cunningham
135 1:19:51 Adela Reperecki
210 finished

Bradford City 10k, Sun 25 Oct

From Sue Williamson ... two Ilkley Harriers took part in the Bradford City 10k run. Other races on the day were a kids race, 5k, and half marathon. Results

(1  33:51 Joe Sagar, Spenborough)	
21  41;28 Lucy Williamson 2nd female, PB
167 57:26 Sue Williamson 
320 finished

Fairclough 5, Sun 25 Oct

From Hilda Coulsey ... a friendly race on local quiet roads by the river Wyre near Blackpool where I was made very welcome. It is described as undulating although it wasn't relatively bad at all. Results

(1 27:11 Liam Craine Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde)
68 41:55 Hilda Coulsey 
109 ran

This sets a LV60 Club Record, beating Chris Porritt's 43:08 from South Leeds Stadium in 2004.

Great Whernside, Sat 24 Oct

Photos. Results ...

(1 31:11 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
35 39:38 Jonathan Whitaker
48 41:29 Kate Archer 2nd lady
54 42:32 Duncan Cooper
136 finished

Snowdonia Marathon, Sat 24 Oct

Michael Lomas reports ... Saturday started out how Friday left off, very wet but fortunately not too cold. After deciding many months ago that it would be a good idea to camp the night before on the side of a Welsh hillside with my friend who was running as well we arrived at the start line, very wet and very sleep deprived. This being my first marathon I was quite apprehensive of how I would fair over the 26.2m of mostly tarmac, especially with the added challenge of 3 of Snowdonia's mountain passes to conquer. The first of which came after 2m and lasted nearly 4, a steady climb where maintaining rhythm was key. The second climb at Beddgelert 13m in where the local support really helped as this was another long climb. A long section of what felt like never ending flat preceded the last hill and being a 'fell' runner I found this section the hardest mentally but I just had to take a look around and take in the stunning scenery complete with raging waterfalls to quickly change that. I was aiming for sub 4hrs but without knowing any split pace times I wasn't sure of my progress. Having overheard a runner say if you get to mile 21 in sub 3hrs then you've got a chance of finishing in under 4hrs, being 3 mins late at that point I thought it was possible, although I wasn't sure how my legs would react to the final and steepest climb of 3m. Fortunately my legs found form and the hill gave me something to focus the mind on, up I trudged passing 10's of runners ... walking. At the 2 to go marker just before the top of the climb and having 30mins to do it in I knew as long as I stayed up right it was in the bag. Coming down the last decent was treacherous in places with plenty of 'green ice' to come a cropper on wearing roadies, fortunately I was able to hang on to myself and finished comfortably within 4hrs. It was a great race with breath taking scenery and so much local support all the way round and healthy dose of Autumnal Welsh weather. Lots of respect to my mate Martyn Stocker who I entered with, he finished which is a great achievement considering his training, or lack of and even bigger respect to Lois Scott (who I think is known to some IH) who made me sign up and for finishing in 4:01, 17th in FV40. My motivation going round was helped not least by the amazing generosity of family and friends who have helped us raise over £1000 for Alzheimer's Research.
Results ...

(1  2:33:38 John Gilbert, Kent)
466 3:50:31 Michael Lomas
1883 finished

parkruns, Sat 24 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Quite a few Harriers out parkrunning this weekend and a lot of excellent results. Jane McCarthy was 1st lady at Skipton and the Coys staged a family takeover at Fountains Abbey, with Dominic coming home in 2nd place.
Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:24 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
29  21:22 Dave Robson
162 27:02 Petra Bijsterveld
382 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:09 Mark Bryant, Leeds City AC)
60  23:04 Phil Hirst
173 27:15 Julie Elmes
316 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:27 Chris Ho, U/A)
2   18:12 Alex Hirst
161 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:28 Richard Butterwick, Todmorden Harriers)
8   20:21 Jane McCarthy 1st F
12  21:28 Tom Worboys
16  21:38 Geoff Howard
20  22:27 Harry Sime
44  24:43 Josh Waddington (junior)
62  26:22 Ethan Thompson (junior)
164 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:21 Andrew Stenson, RAF Cosford)
2   17:39 Dominic Coy (junior)
6   18:19 Stephen Coy
48  22:35 Nathan Coy (junior)
232 33:12 Helena Coy (junior)
233 33:12 Gaenor Coy 
288 ran

Ilkley Harriers Race League

Where are you in the Ilkley Harriers Race League? All up to date now, thanks to Martin Wright. There's still a chance to count, next races Guy Fawkes 10 and Burley Moor Run, and don't forget to use your 'wild card'.

West Yorkshire XC, Sun 18 Oct

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1  33:02 Joshua Woodcock-Shaw, Leeds)
54  38:16 Dave Westhead
73  39:19 Steve Coy
122 44:09 Arthur Reilly
125 44:15 Malcolm Pickering
134 45:33 Mark Iley
171 finished

Senior women
(1  20:40 Alex Bell, PB)
44  25:40 Sally Malir
56  27:09 Nicky Hopwood
63  27:47 Jane Bryant
86  30:35 Gaenor Coy
97  33:06 Julie Elmes
102 34:18 Kate Lofthouse
103 finished
9th team

A record 58 Ilkley juniors raced!

Amsterdam Marathon, Sun 18 Oct

From Tom Worboys ... This was my 3rd marathon in consecutive weekends, part of a somewhat daft charity challenge I'm doing to run 6 marathons (the remaining 3 are in April). The Amsterdam Marathon is surprisingly flat. The race started and finished at the Olympic Stadium, used to host in games in 1928. From there it headed out to the east and then south along the banks of the Amstel (the river not the beer). It wasn't the most exciting of routes but was well supported and to have Will randomly appearing at various points along the route on a bike certainly helped. Looking forward to a nice rest now until doing it all again in April.
Results ...

(1   2:06:19 Bernard Kipyego, Kenya)
4669 3:48:08 Tom Worboys
12357 finished

FRA Relays, Sat 17 Oct

Alison W's photos

From Dan Wilkinson ... The British Fell Running Relay Championship was held on Pendle Hill this year, a superb location but one that limited the number of teams meaning we were unable to enter a male vets team despite huge interest. The competition consists of a 4 leg relay, 2 solo legs and 2 paired legs, one of which is a navigational challenge. After several last minute injury woes we managed to pull a great team together and big thanks to the subs (there were several people on standby over the preceding weeks) for making themselves available to run at late notice! Notable performances on the day from Ruaridh Mon-Williams 18th on leg one. Super strong running from a Junior! Tom Adams, 1st on leg 4 and masterful navigation by Jack Wood to bring us up 17 positions to 19th on leg 3. A superb day out and result. Well done team!

From Val Kerr ... A great turnout from the ladies who managed to put out two teams for this very well organised event on a day that was perfect for fell running; mainly dry underfoot with great visibility. It was fantastic to see several ladies running who had not taken part in this event previously.
The ladies Open team were led off by Jemima Elgood who stood in at the last minute as an injury replacement and ran brilliantly in only her second senior event to finish in 74th place. She was followed by Jann Smith and Kate Archer on leg 2 (88th), Alison Weston and Outi Kamarienen tackled the navigation on leg 3 (96th) and finally Sarah Edwards (120th) who brought the team home to finish in 93rd place overall.
The ladies Vets team got off to a great start with Jane McCarthy who, despite running a 3 hour flat road marathon last Sunday, took to the fells again like a duck to water finishing her leg in an impressive 84th place. She was followed by Sarah Hayes and Chantal Busby running in their first ever FRA relays (136th), Val Kerr and Adela Reperecki who successfully tackled the navigation on leg 3 without getting lost and even managed to claw back two places (134th) and finally Helen Waddington who unfortunately had to go off with the mass start and finished in 136th place.
A great result from all three IH teams against stiff opposition.

Photos from Alison Weston and the Woodentops.

Results ...

(1    3:29:19 Calder Valley)

15    3:46:56 Ilkley
Leg 1   39:06 Ruaridh Mon-Williams (18=)
Leg 2 1:21:05 Ben Sheppard + Steve Turland (55th)
Leg 3 1:07:25 Dan Wilkinson + Jack Wood (9th)
Leg 4   39:20 Tom Adams (1st) 
 
84    4:53:13 Ilkley Ladies (11th FOPEN team) 
Leg 1   45:17 Jemima Elgood (74)
Leg 2 1:29:51 Jann Smith + Kate Archer (88)
Leg 3 1:36:18 Alison Weston + Outi Kamarainen (96)
Leg 4 1:01:47 Sarah Edwards (120)

93    5:54:15 Ilkley Ladies Vets team
Leg 1   46:16 Jane McCarthy  (84=)
Leg 2 1:50:48 Sarah Hayes + Chantal Busby (136)
Leg 3 2:07:09 Val Kerr + Adela Reperecki (134)
Leg 4 1:10:02 Helen Waddington (136)

147 teams

Stadshagenrun 5K, Sat 17 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... I joined my friends in this local, flat as a pancake, 5K race whilst I was spending time in Zwolle in the Netherlands. I was outside my PB but glad to discover my post-marathon legs could still find some pace. Results ...

(1  16:35 Simon Vos)
218 25:37 Petra Bijsterveld
757 ran

parkruns, Sat 17 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:09 Matthew Hallam, Valley Striders AC)
293 31:36 Eve Whitaker (junior)
294 31:40 Helene Whitaker
357 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:05 Stephen Skinner, U/A)
3   18:04 Alex Hirst
183 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:07 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners)
104 28:56 Michelle Snow
175 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:07 Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners)
17  19:33 Ethan Thompson (junior)
31  21:19 Geoff Howard
227 ran

Yorkshire Marathon, Sun 11 Oct

Photo: Jane Bryant

From Jane Bryant ... Amazing Harrier results today. Andrew Merrick and Steve Weston both sub 3hr (finally) and a fantastic 3.02 for Jane McCarthy.

From Jane McCarthy ... A beautiful day for running a marathon dawned on Sunday morning for the 3rd Yorkshire Marathon, setting off past the stunning York Minster to the ring of bells and a large crowd at 9.30am. The adrenaline kicked in fairly early so I showed unusual restraint (as per pre-marathon plan) and held back a little. The course is largely flat, along country roads and through picturesque villages with plenty of support and drink/feed stations along the way. A few inclines at the 7,18 and 25 (so cruel!) mile marks provided some variety, and a couple of loop backs at the halfway and 18 mile mark allowed a view of the runners ahead and behind. I was delighted to see Andrew Merrick and Steve Weston both sticking to the 3 hr pacers at both points (also as per pre-marathon plan!). My halfway split was a little over 1hr 31mins and I was delighted to do an almost identical second half time to finish in 3hrs 02mins. My previous PB at the Berlin Marathon 3 years ago was 3hrs 48mins so a satisfying improvement! Even more satisfying though was seeing both Andrew and Steve at the end with BIG THUMBS UP having BOTH finished in 2hr 59mins - a fantastic result - and just goes to show that the best things come to those who wait (and train very hard).
While it doesn't have the glamour of VLM or the same crowds, personally speaking, having your breakfast at home and back before 3 makes for a happy marathon day out and comes highly recommended. Pre-register NOW if interested in entering the 2016 event.

Results ...

(1  2:15:06 Edwin Korir)
79  2:59:17 Andrew Merrick
86  2:59:43 Steve Weston
103 3:02:24 Jane McCarthy 10th lady
824 3:40:50 Tom Worboys
3951 finished

10 mile
(1  53:54   Mike Burrett, Leeds)
29  1:04:14 Rob Cunningham
175 1:15:36 Chris Cunningham
179 1:15:43 Will Worboys
285 1:18:45 Jane Bryant
1598 finished

Withins fell race, Sun 11 Oct

A win for Tom Adams, and a new course record. Results and photos ...

1   38:49 Tom Adama
15  45:42 Matthew Cox
80  52:43 Kate Archer
103 54:53 Jann Smith
164 59:38 Alison Weston
217 64:30 Adela Reperecki
304 79:01 Sophie Brown
313 finished
Woodentops photos

Langdale Horseshoe, Sat 10 Oct

From Ben Sheppard... The weather gods gave us 12.3 miles and 1450 metres of climb of vests weather for this classic AL race, with no sign of last year's treacherous slippery rocks on Bowfell. Times may have been a few minutes quicker as a result. Harriers turned out in force, it being a Ilkley Harriers Race League counter. First times (I think) for Richard Joel, Mike Duffield, David Robson and David Chandler. Some impressive performances including a typically strong run from Jack Wood and a large PB for John Hayes. Next year's edition will be an English Fell Championships counter.

From John Hayes ... Bogs, rocks, steep climbs, hidden hazards, clambering over tricky obstacles ... Some people pay ridiculous money for this sort of thing in "Tough Mudder" etc. But I must say that type of event has never appealed to me, especially when for £8 and a suitable donation to the Mountain Rescue you can get all this and more by entering the Langdale Horseshoe. And by "more" I mean the stunning views, the glistening tarns, the blue sky, the camaraderie of the competitors and the hot Cornish pasty and pint (well, coke for me) at the finish. Having avoided tripping up on the difficult bits and taken my, now customary, "cowardly route" to avoid the Bad Step on Crinkle Crags, I crashed to the ground on the path to the finish. I figured it would be a bit embarrassing to be picked up by a helicopter only half a mile or so from the end of the race and it would wipe out all the generous donations entrants had made if the Mountain Rescue had to carry me down. So I picked myself up and joined the group around me all sprinting to beat 3 hours. I told the ambulance men at the finish that I'd banged my head and hurt my thumb but they didn't seem too worried about me (as other finishers wandered by covered in blood and mud but left them alone). Lots of Harriers were there notching up great times as you'll see when the results come in later.

(1  2:11.57 Sam Tosh, Rossendale)
28  2:29:31 Jack Wood
62  2:40.33 Ben Sheppherd
91  2:48.09 Jonathon Whitaker  
112 2:53.50 John Houlihan  
134 2:56.20 Richard Joel  
137 2:56.31 John Hayes  
147 2:57.48 Paul Calderbank 
157 3:00.43 David Chandler  
164 3:04.00 Duncan Copper 
261 3:24.41 Michael Duffield  
269 3:25.53 Dave Robson 
347 3:50.48 Chantal Busby  
387 finished

Wasdale show fell race, Sat 10 Oct

The last BOFRA race of the year. Results ...

(1 36:44 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
17 45:40 Steve Turland
24 48:265 Mark Mon-Williams
69 finished

YVAA Road Relay, Sat 10 Oct

Results..

V50 class
1 47:50 Valley Striders
6 53:37 Ilkley
  16:13 Mark Iley
  19:53 Phil Hirst
  17:31 Andrew Sheldon
10 teams

parkruns, Sat 10 Oct

Results ...

Woodhouse Moor, Leeds
(1 17:03 Phil Livermore, Abbey Runners)
31 19:38 Tom Worboys
441 runners

Bradford Lister Park
(1 18:36 Taylor Waddell, Eccleshill Road Runners)
8  20:05 Sarah Pickering 1st lady (junior)
10 20:49 Ethan Thompson (junior)
15 21:14 Malcolm Pickering
421 runners

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:11 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers & AC)
107 24:11 Eve Whitaker (junior)
114 24:19 Helene Whitaker
180 26:32 Julie Elmes
359 runners

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
1  18:06 Alex Hirst
196 runners

Primary Schools XC, Sat 10 Oct

621 children raced in the first Wharfedale Schools XC event at Ghyll Royd School. Results.

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relays, Sun 4 Oct

From Dan Wilkinson ... A really close race at the front of this great mountain relay event this year and a superb performance by Ilkley ladies who improved their finishing time by 3 minutes on last year to finish 5th ladies team overall. Ultimately a disappointing day for the mens team with a couple of nasty injuries to key runners meaning we really struggled compared to previous years and finished 44th. However kudos does go to the injured runners Dave Wilby and Jack Wood for completing their legs in some pain so the rest of the team could complete their legs and the team the event.

From Jann Smith ... a lack of rain and fog this year meant our experienced team couldn't create any advantage on navigation but all runners nailed the route choices really well and the ladies team ran seamlessly to finish overall faster than last year and in the top five. Well done to Sally Malir for running so fast despite an injury and to Jemima Elgood in her first run for the senior team (hopefully the first of many), it was great to see Helene Whitaker back and Alison, Outi, Jann, Kate and Rebecca made up the team. Commiserations for the men who had a great team but had two injuries, both Dave Wilby (paired with Dan) and Jack Wood (paired with Steve Turland) being forced to walk parts of their legs. Hope they recover quickly!

Results ...

(1 3:34:53 Borrowdale)
44 4:57:25 Ilkley men
50 5:08:23 Ilkley ladies (5th ladies team)
70 teams finished
Photo: Outi

Kielder Marathon, Sun 4 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... I chose Kielder for my first ever marathon because it looked beautiful and it certainly did not disappoint. Marketed as 'Britain's Most Beautiful Marathon' the route is one lap of Kielder Water on good wide trails which are often covered in pine needles, making it very pleasant underfoot. The trade-off is that is 'undulating'; I would say hilly. There is very little flat terrain apart from the dam!
Well organized and friendly, there was very little fault to find, apart from a short delay to the start due to a problem with one of the shuttle buses. As it was not cold this was a minor thing. Otherwise lots of water stations, plentiful toilets, t-shirt, goody bag, a truly beautiful medal, and the option of a sports massage at the end which could be pre-booked and which I took advantage of.
A lot of runners' names were called out at the finish over the PA system and I got the comment that there probably were not a lot of Bijsterveld's in Ilkley which was quite funny.
I had imagined that a time between 4 1/2 and 5 hours would be realistic for me on this sort of course. Irritatingly my garmin froze halfway round and by the time I was shuffling along the final miles I felt I had been running for an eternity and had no idea of the time elapsed. I was therefore more than happy to find myself crossing the line in just over 4 3/4 hours.
I am planning to go back next year and I can recommend this to any Harrier who wants to join me.
Results ...

(1  2:43:02 Matthew Jones, U/A)
450 4:47:57 Petra Bijsterveld
621 finished

parkruns, Sat 3 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  15:57 Richard Allen, Bracknell AC)
33  19:43 Ben Joynson
54  20:54 Will Worboys
435 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:28 Rosie Smith, Durham City AC)
47  21:42 Geoffrey Howard
330 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:53 Hugh Salway, U/A)
2   17:58 Alex Hirst
179 ran

Leeds Temple Newsam
(1  17:34 Dan Grant, U/A)
49  25:23 Sue Morley
72  28:09 Eric Morley
142 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:04 Will Rowe, U/A)
2   18:12 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
3   18:36 Mark Mon-Williams
106 28:51 Michelle Snow
178 ran

Older News, September 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, September

Runner of the month:
Dick Waddington
Berlin Marathon Other nominations were:
Norman Bush and Geoff Howard for performances in the World Masters Mountain Champs
Tom Adams for England at World Mountain Champs
Helen and Dick Waddington for Berlin
Jane McCarthy for Bradford 10K PB
David Chandler for organising the navigation courses
Helen and Dick Waddington for organising the Incline
Gaenor and Steve Coy for the Aquathon
Jane McCarthy for organising the Junior Sprint Relays
Volunteer of the month:
Paul Stephens & Jane Bryant
Services as committee officers

More Harriers of the Month ...

Bradford 10k, Sun 27 Sep

Woodentops photos

A win for Tom Adams, and Jane McCarthy 2nd lady with a PB, in this Ilkley Harriers Race League counter. Tom then went on to present the prizes at the English Schools Fell Championships, where Ilkley Harriers runners competed for Ilkley Grammar School.

Bradford results

1   31:28 Tom Adams
40  38:40 Jane McCarthy 1st F40 PB!
62  40:13 Ben Joynson
69  40:49 Michael Duffield
124 44:03 Harry Sime
115 43:37 Will Worboys
458 57:52 Michelle Snow
683 finished

Berlin Marathon, Sun 27 Sep

From Dick Waddington ... Helen and I signed up for this our first marathon about 6 months ago (a 25th anniversary "present" to each other!) and set about changing our training to roads rather than fells. It turns out you have to run faster on roads, so speedwork was the order of the day. Unfortunately Helen's calf gave up 7 weeks ago, so she took to the purgatory that is a turbo trainer in the garage whilst it healed - which it did in the nick of time. Watching Everest the day before the race put everything into perspective nicely; exposure, frostbite and big falls seemed unlikely. My race went well and I was very pleased to finish in just over 3 hours, despite being tripped up and landed on by another runner after 15km. The 3 hour pacer just crept away from me in the last couple of miles. Helen was delighted just to get round without having to bail out and negotiate Berlin's subway. To top it all off, running through the Brandenburg Gate must be one of the best finishing straights anywhere. At the airport on the way home we saw a runner with bandaged knee and broken arm - marathon running isn't as safe as you might think.

Results

(1   2:04:00 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya)
1832 3:00:40 Dick Waddington
3558 4:12:27 Helen Waddington
41224 runners registered

Rab Mountain Marathon, 26/27 Sept

From John Hayes... This year's Rab Mountain Marathon was in North Wales. The terrain was tough - a mixture of rocks, heather, crags and steep mountain ridges. But it was all worth it for the amazing scenery and blazing sunshine. The format is a score event over two days and the tactical route choice was interesting as a new rule meant you couldn't score points on day 2 from a control you had visited on day 1. The aim of that rule was to make competitors go to the northern area on one day and the southern area on the next day. But we worked out a different plan which seemed to work. Daniel and I were 39th out of 174 in the short score and picked up the prize for coming 1st in the parent and child category.

Results

parkruns, Sat 26 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:31 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
10  20:28 Tom Worboys
340 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:08 Oliver Watson-Sweeney, Giffnock North AAC)
164 26:14 Julie Elmes
368 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:23 Danny Kendall, Cambridge Harriers)
3   17:41 Alex Hirst
181 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:05 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
4   19:19 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
165 ran

2015 AGM, Tue 22 Sep

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of Ilkley Harriers Athletic Club was held at Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club starting at 8.40pm after the Tuesday night run. All members of Ilkley Harriers were welcome at the AGM.

A new committee was elected, subs were reduced and membership categories changed and a small change made to the Constitution as described in the Agenda.

We are currently without a Chairperson, so if anyone is interested in this position please contact Hilda Coulsey, the new Secretary, or any committee member.

Beefy's Nab fell race, Sun 20 Sep

From Richard Joel... a fairly low-key race with a field of just 32. Steep climbing to the top and some rough pathless descending (with a bit of route confusion thrown in for good measure). Results ...

(1 21:22 Joseph Crossfield, CVFR)
4  26:42 Richard Joel
32 finished

Embsay fell race, Sun 20 Sep

Results ...

(1 18:53 Jomm Craig, Barlick)
37 26:11 Paddy Hagen
61 30:14 Sue Morley
82 37:48 Eric Morley
83 finished

Vale of York HM, Sun 20 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld... My training plan tells me to 'race a half marathon' on week 14, and this road race just fell on the right day. Only in its second year, the Vale of York HM starts and finishes at Sherburn Aerodrome and takes you along closed roads through flat and rather uninspiring countryside. Even for a roadie like me it was rather grim, with the only tiny incline being provided by a bridge over the railway, twice. A misty morning made way for beautiful sunshine which on this sort of race was not particularly welcome.
Well organized with excellent parking, 3 water stations, and a nice medal and T-shirt at the end, I could recommend this to anyone who needs a flat road race, as it does exactly what it says on the tin.
I used this as a training run and did not look at the time until I crossed the finish line, instead I tried to run on heart rate and perceived effort. I struggled with a hamstring niggle, perhaps that is my excuse for being 3 minutes outside my best time, as I had quietly hoped to do better after a summer of marathon training.
Nice to see Sue Williamson, no other Harriers there today.
Results ...

(1   1:07:44 Dominic Shaw, New Marske Harriers) 
770  2:02:18 Petra Bijsterveld
1013 2:16:48 Sue Williamson
1218 ran

Ilkley Aquathlon, Sat 19 Sep

Well done to Gaenor & Steve Coy, and all the helpers who made the 4th Ilkley Aquathlon, jointly organiesed by us and Ilkley Swimming Club another great success for the Club. Results

World Mountain Running Championships, Sat 19 Sep

Well done to Tom Adams, part of England's Bronze medal winning team at the World Championshiops, held this year in Snowdonia. Other Harriers results later ....

Three Shires fell race, Sat 19 Sep

Results

(1  1:56:44 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough)
25  2:14:52 Dave Wilby
57  2:30:51 Dan Wilkinson
96  2:44:21 Helene Whitaker
105 2:45:50 Kate Archer
150 2:58:46 Paul Calderbank
234 3:29:17 Chantal Busby
270 finished

parkruns, Sat 19 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Albert parkrun, Middlesbrough
(1  16:38 unknown)
53  23:03 John Marshall
261 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:32 Mark Bryant, Leeds City)
171 26:10 Julie Elmes
377 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1  17:34 Chis Ho, U/A)
2   17:52 Alex Hirst
198 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:12 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners)
60  26:51 Kathryn Sugden
88  29:23 Michelle Snow
146 ran

Yorkshireman, Sun 13 Sep

Or rather Half-Yorkshireman, 4 Harriers in the shorter race (BL fell, 14.8M/1750'). Results ...

(1  1:37:22 Joe Baxter, P&B)
17  1:54:13 Nick Richardson
142 2:39:25 Richard Morris
236 3:31:57 Sue Williamson
237 3:31:58 Julie Elmes
254 finished

Budapest Half Marathon, Sun 13 Sep

Results ...

(1   1:06:27 Henry Kemboi, Kenya)
89   1:21:15 Alex Hirst
19   1:28:08 Jane McCarthy
1479 1:45:37 Phil Hirst
425  1:53:04 Jane Bryant
1800 2:12:13 Jacqui Weston
9074 finished

Great North Run, Sun 13 Sep

Results ...

(1      59:22 Mo Farah)
2527  1:39:32 David Howe
6169  1:50:03 Christine Cox
6509  1:50:50 Chris Cunningham
9509  1:56:51 Robert Meadows
10289 1:58:08 Gemma Buckley
12748 2:02:14 Nicky Hopwwod
14350 2:05:07 Charlotte Smithson
24730 2:23:37 Sarah Lewthwaite
50,000+ finished

World Masters Mountain Running Championships, Sat 12 Sep

Woodentops photos

Ilkley Harriers now has TWO WORLD CHAMPIONS from the WMRC's World Masters Championship in Snowdonia! Norman Bush in the V75 class, and Geoff Howard V70. Results ...

8.7km 55+
(1 40:35  Franz Prager, Ger, M55)
55 48:57 Norman Bush 1st V75
56 48:57 Geoff Howard 1st V70
205 finished

10.6km 35+
(1  42:04 Zac Freudenberg, AV23)
71  50:36 Mark Mon-Williams 15th V50
147 58:15 Sally Malir 5th F50
158 59:32 Jann Smith 12th F45 
217 finished

Rombalds Romp, Sat 12 Sep

From Dan Wilkinson ... Some great results with Kelly Wilby 3rd and Sarah Edwards getting 3rd open prize. David Foyston was 6th in the trail race and John and Dan Hayes battled it out finishing a minute apart and both in the top 20. I managed 2nd place but didn't quite have the legs or lungs to match Wharfedale's Lee Athersmith. Results ...

(1 45:30 Lee Athersmith, Wharfedale)
2  46:12 Dan Wilkinson
12 50:49 Jamie Hutchinson
15 52:09 John Hayes
18 53:06 Daniel Hayes
33 58:05 David Foyston
48 64:11 Kelly Wilby
65 67:11 Sarah Edwards
80 72:07 Sue Morley
114 finished

Great Westmorland Trail Race, Sat 12 Sep

From David Chandler ... A great trail race through the rolling Cumbrian hills, the early wind and rain gave way to blue skies and a beautiful afternoon. After a few weeks out this certainly blew away the cobwebs with 7 miles of very runnable undulating trail and a superb 'Westmorland afternoon tea' at the finish. Many thanks to the Howgill Harriers!
Results to follow, provisionally 20th in around 54:24.

Marathon Du Medoc, Sat 12 Sep

From Neil Bloor, 7th Nov ... Just sobered up enough to write a report from this very different running (ahem) event. Given that it fell the day before my 50th birthday I persuaded Alison to join me in this adventure and was lucky to get places for us both as it sells out very quickly. Having fuelled up the previous night with pizza and a couple of glasses of Pauillac (acclimatization) we approached the start line with none of the usual pre-race nerves, yes 26 miles is still a long way but it is different when you have no time expectations - the only target is to beat the official back markers to ensure that you get a medal and finishers bottle of wine. The atmosphere at the start was great, everyone in fancy dress ('dressed to the nines' was this year's theme) and people from many different countries. The first refreshment stop was Chateau Laffite Rothschild which created a real scrum - too good a wine to miss but the race had not thinned out at all. For anyone who doesn't know, yes this run really does give out glasses of wine, 20 tastings featured this year, served at magnificent chateaux, usually accompanied by a band, lots of food, and some water for good measure. We managed about half of the wine tastings, enjoyed the oysters around mile 20, missed the steak at mile 24, and finished 'in time' :-)
Clearly all about fun and not a PB race, the course had no real hills (to Yorkshire people), row upon row of vines, and this year had some quite muddy sections. We were glad of the rain that came for much of the course as the humidity felt draining in the first few miles - apparently last year was 37deg which would have been very hard ! We had a really good time and would certainly suggest it is one for the bucket list - if anyone wants any tips about entering etc happy to be contacted (hic).

parkruns, Sat 12 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A long awaited win at Skipton for junior Oscar Stapleton this week! Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:24 unknown)
131 25:28 Tom Worboys
333 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:31 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
32  23:19 Harry Sime
33  23:20 Robert Sime
69  27:32 Kathryn Sugden
113 ran

Wetherby Run 10k, Sun 6 Sep

Results ...

(1  33:56 Mike Burrett, Leeds)
84  42:42 Michael Duffield
101 43:44 Dave Robson
156 46:19 Phil Hirst
299 51:53 Peter Lewis
705 finished

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Bradley fell race, Sun 6 Sep

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1 24:25 Craig Shearer, KCAC)
50 38:45 Kelly Wilby
52 38:57 Sue Morley 1st F60
60 43:16 Eric Morley
66 finished

Ben Nevis fell race, Sat 5 Sep

From Peter Shields ... Nick Pearce, Kate Pearce and Pete Shields went up to Fort William this weekend to run the Ben Nevis Race. This was Kate's first run at the Ben where she handled the ferocious ascent and decent of the mountain as if it had been a regular event in her diary. Nick and Pete have been regular contenders to this race over the years, usually looking at different forms of transport to get there. Previously they have cycled there from Lands End and also walked from Glasgow. This year they caught the night sleeper to Inverness and then mountain biked over the Great Glen to Fort William. To say the route was technical in mountain biking terms would be an understatement but after 11 hrs of riding the bikes survived the trip, as for the riders the jury is still out!!
The race was held in great conditions, quite unusual for this event as for once the tops could be seen from ground level, there was still a little residual snow left on the mountain as a reminder how delicately balanced Mother Nature can be.
Nick and Kate got off to a great start, climbing to the summit with no great problems. The descent covered various stretches of different surfaces (big unstable boulders followed by fast moving scree, all at a steep angle).
Once that had been overcome there was the infamous Red Burn, equally as steep as the scree this was sodden grass that allowed no moment to relax. Placing their feet needed a real concentrated effort but that did not stop everyone dramatically falling or sliding which knocked any momentum the runners had going forward. There was still a difficult path to encounter where concentration and good foot placement were essential. Finally there was the 'coup de grace': three quarters of a mile of undulating tarmac road, where everyone struggled in one form or another, treading water would be the best generalisation.
Nick and Kate coped with all of that and also looked remarkably healthy running to the finish. Nick finished in 2hrs 10mins taking a very prestigious first vet 60 title. Kate finished in a time of 2hrs 25 mins a most commendable first attempt.
Peter had a different experience, health not being too good of late. He got to the start line with a plan but that was quickly changed as the race climbed, he pulled out after 30 mins of climbing but was luckily enough to see the winner, Finlay Wild, descend the mountain at an unbelievable pace, finishing in a time of 1hr 31mins, This was his sixth consecutive win! Rob Jebb of BIngley Harriers was second,, six minutes later. Diane Wilson of Dromore AC was First Lady in what looked to be an effortless 2hrs and 41seconds.
One has to applaud Nick Pearce, his results over the last year have been outstanding, winning many prestigious races within his age group. Nick now heads to Wales next weekend for the World Masters race where he must go in with a great deal of confidence.
Results ...

(1 1:30:56 Finlay Wild, Lochaber)
125 2:10:54 Nick Pearce 1st V60
232 2:24:55 Kate Archer
486 finished

Howgills Capricorn, Sat 5 Sep

From Dave Wilby ... The Capricorn was a score navigational event set this year in the perfect fell running territory of the Howgills, and offering courses of 3, 4 or 5hrs. The 5hr course was solo only and I managed to claim 8th place with 348 points. Jamie Hutchinson was 11th with 323, and Outi Kamarainen was 14th with 305. More importantly Outi also took the ladies title in a very closely fought battle, and with it a superb trophy displaying some very famous names.
In the 3hr event, pairs were permitted and Steve Turland teamed up with Fionnuala Swan to claim 3rd overall with 189 points.

parkruns, Sat 5 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  16:47 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
120 25:43 Alex Hyde
431 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:33 Stephen Ellison, U/A)
133 27:02 Julie Elmes
327 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1  17:32 Mark Lally, Beckenham RC)
2   17:55 Alex Hirst
179 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:21 Tom Brewster, Clayton le Moor Harriers)
23  21:52 Lewis Carr (junior)
66  25:53 Dylan Shinn (junior)
100 27:58 Kathryn Sugden
115 29:13 Dylan Carr (junior)
185 ran

Ilkley Incline, Wed 2 Sep

80 runners, and Tom Adams and Emma Clayton just outside the course records. Thanks to all the runners and marshals, and a big thank you to new organisers Helen & Dick Waddington.

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

From Dick Waddington ... hank you to all of the 80 runners who turned out on what was at times a pretty grim night. We were delighted to see so many of you turning up to do this short but tough race. The conditions were very wet so sadly no records broken this year - both Tom Adams and Emma Clayton (current women's record holder) missed out by just 2 seconds each, but what incredible performances from them both. Performances were amazing across all categories and ages, so well done to you all.
Huge thanks go to all the volunteers who helped make this race possible. This was our first time organising this (or any!) race and we were both nervous about mucking it up! We could not have managed without such strong and capable support. In particular Sarah Hayes, Alison and Nea Weston (registration) John Hayes (tent support and marshalling) Julie, Toni and Lana Melechi (marshalling and finish), Neil Chapman (timing and finish), Rachel Carter (finish), Andy Jackson (finish), Jane McCarthy (results), Shirley and Paul (results), Rob King and Andrew McCarthy (super-quick MTB results delivery service), Jane Bryant and Jacqui Weston (marshalling and support) and Sarah Hayes again (sweeper). If we have forgotten anybody please forgive us!!!
We had some great prizes this year from a bigger spread of generous sponsors - thanks go to the Complete Runner, Ilkley Physio, Fuggle & Golding and Appleyard Lees.
It's been a steep learning curve organising a race for the first time, but hopefully next year will run like clockwork!

Incline results

The senior race was preceded by the Junior Sprint fell Relays, fast and fun with 19 teams, with new organiser Jane McCarthy, junior sprint relay results.

Evening training, remember to 'Go with the Fluo'

Notice: The evenings are getting dark now and it is important on the evening Club runs to give a lot of consideration to your visibility to car drivers.
A fluorescent top helps you stand out in poor lighting conditions.
Reflective trim on your clothing will show up in car headlights.
A flashing red LED light attached to your clothing can help too (but take care with head-torches as they could dazzle car drivers).

Kilnsey Show fell race, Tue 1 Sep

Woodentops photos

Results ....

(1  8:01 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
27 10:54 Steve Turland
86 finished

Older News, August 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, August

Dan Wilkinson New email newsletter Other nominations were:
Brian Melia - Joss Naylor Challenge
Dave Wilby - Glencoe Skyline
David Chandler Burnsall races, and improvement

More Harriers of the Month ...

Tour of Norland fell race, Mon 31 Aug

From Eric Morley ... This race was 10km with about 800ft of climb and run from Copley Cricket Club near Halifax. Most of the climb was in the first hill upto a lovely heather clad moor. A good beginner fell race. The race with 87 entrants was won by Rob James-Royton.

(1 37:51 Rob James Royton
65 59:20 Sue Morley
80 65:57 Eric Morley
87 ran

Rab mini mountain marathon, Sat 29 Aug

From Jamie Hutchinson ... Round 3 of 4 took place from Millbeck near Keswick. Four hours of fantastic running and some walking, around and over Skiddaw. I picked up 330 points and 9th overall. The race was won by Neil Talbott (U/A) with 415 points, 117 pairs/solos ran.

Arnison Crag Horseshoe, Sat 29 Aug

From Dave Wilby ... Bit of a shock to the legs and lungs to do a guides style race again, lovely little race with a long runnable grassy climb up and round the horseshoe, before a short sharp loose rocky descent back to the finish field. Never really got going but hung on for 5th in 27:14, behind Ben Abdelnoor who was a clear winner in 24:27.

Malham Show fell race, Sat 29 Aug

From Richard Joel ... 106 runners completed the senior BOFRA race at the Malham Show. This followed a number of junior races. The senior race is 2.5 miles up and back down the steep course. A great race and a fantastic family day out. Results ....

(1 17:53 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
16 21:45 Steve Turland
24 22:43 Richard Joel
33 24:27 Norman Bush
107 finished

parkruns, Sat 29 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:14 Adam Stacey, U/A)
113 22:58 Harry Stead (junior)
216 27:28 Max Stead (junior)
363 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:12 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
321 34:13 Alex Hyde
432 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:13 Noah Armitage-Hookes, U/A)
4   18:01 Alex Hirst
146 ran

Clair
(1  17:46 Louis Taub, Brighton and Hove City AC)
9   19:58 Andrew Overend
134 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:34 Allen Bush, U/A)
33  22:36 Harry Sime
34  22:36 Robert Sime
166 ran

Rochdale Half Marathon, Sun 23 Aug

Harry Sime reports ... This was Rochdale's inaugural half marathon starting in front of the iconic town hall. There was a fun run followed by a 10k which started 10 minutes before the HM. The HM was 2 laps of a slightly extended 10k course. Overall about 1500 runners so first lap more crowded than the 2nd. It was well marshalled with water stations offering full bottles every 5k which was appreciated given the warm humid conditions. Roads were closed too. Other than the finish it was not a very memorable course although we were glad that there were no steep hills to remember but it wasn't flat either. Robert and I were the only Harriers and we were both pleased with our times for our first HM. Results ...

(1  1:13:09 Dave Archer, Hallamshire)
123 1:44:07 Harry Sime
124 1:44:07 Robert Sime
508 finished

Burnsall 10, Sat 22 Aug

Woodentops photos

Hilda Coulsey reports ... Another great afternoon of sports and fun in Burnsall. It was hot and muggy, times were slow in the road race and less well attended this year whereas the fell race attracted a much larger group. Rob Cunningham come in first Harrier home for the 10 mile road race and Ben Shepherd in the Classic fell race. Crazy David Chandler did both. Prizes to Hilda Coulsey for 1st L50 in the road race and to Alison Weston, 1st L50 on the fell. Congratulations to all who entered. There were plenty of good junior performances too and lots of other good fun as well culminating in the fiercely contested egg throwing. All completed before the heavens opened.

Results ...

(1  56:01 Ian Holmes, Bingley)
25  67:36 Rob Cunningham
35  70:27 David Chandler
78  85:18 Jean Sullivan
90  92:11 Hilda Coulsey
96  94:36 Paul Sugden
102 98:20 Petra Bijsterveld
116 finished

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

From Hilda ... We have queried the times given to those of us in the second half of the race, with Garmin time about 3 mins faster than Burnsall time, and according to the organiser others also reported the problem. However there isn't anything that can be done and hence, as we say on our League webpage "only official published results are used", these times will be used in the calculations. Apologies to those affected.

Burnsall Classic fell race, Sat 22 Aug

Results ...

(1  14:49 Sam Tosh)
17  18:32 Ben Sheppard
26  19:13 Steve Turland
37  20:01 Richard Joel
77  22:56 Paddy Hagan
78  23:05 David Chandler
83  23:22 Alison Weston
156 finished
5th team

Pendle 3 Peaks, Sat 22 Aug

From Jamie Hutchinson ... 9 miles and 2800ft climb. A great little race around and over Pendle Hill, very similar running to previous weekend at Sedbergh - soft underfoot with plenty of up and down. The race starts with the first and last few kms on tarmac and then three descent climbs and nicely runnable in between. I made it round in 1:43:11 and 21st overall with Nick Pearce just a few minutes behind me in 1:46:49 and 28th overall (1st V60). The race was won by Darren Kay from Calder Valley in 1:24:47, 149 ran.

Glencoe Skyline, Sat 22 Aug

From Dave Wilby ... 53km/4200m It's fell running Jim, but not as we know it. Weighing in at roughly half a Bob Graham, or back to back Jura's, the first ever Glencoe Skyline race brought a world class course and event management to a small corner of Scotland under the banner of Skyrunning. The route was exceptional taking in all the major summits of Glencoe in a very natural loop, and for good measure included the graded scrambles of Curved Ridge and a full length traverse of the Aonach Eagach ridge. Nothing was roped but there were mountain guides stationed on the hill in case of any difficulties, the whole course was flagged, and there were plenty of cameramen at opportune points! All the checkpoint marshalls were issued with cowbells, and there were groups of supporters all over the place which gave the race a real European feel, and made the whole thing an amazing experience. All competitors also carried GPS trackers so the folks at home could join in the fun watching the dots all day! For my part I came into the race doubting I'd last the course, but a mixture of good pacing and the inspirational race atmosphere meant it was only in the last two hours that the wheels wobbled, loosened and then eventually fell off completely. I had a great day out and was chuffed to bits to claim 25th place out of 148 very well vetted starters, in a time of 9:11hrs. The winner was Joe Symonds in 7:36hrs but as so often this summer the ladies stole the show. Current world champ Emelie Forsberg was 2nd overall in 7:44 and Jasmin Paris was 5th overall, only 10 minutes behind Emelie despite not feeling very well at times. It looks like this will happen again next year and I don't think it will take long for it to overtake all other Skyraces as the 'one to do', so get it on your list and get training.

parkruns, Sat 22 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:34 Christopher Mann, Hyde Park Harriers)
117 24:49 Andrew Overend
307 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:12 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners)
255 34:33 Alex Hyde
347 ran

Mile End
(1  16:09 Paul Martelletti, Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC)
26  20:27 Tom Worboys
181 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:36 Noah Armitage-Hookes, U/A)
2   17:58 Alex Hirst
152 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:09 James Raven, Cardiff AAC)
41  24:45 Dylan Shinn (junior)
76  30:59 Michelle Snow
102 ran

Skala uphill only race, Norway, August

From Alison Weson ... we have just returned from almost 3 weeks in Norway and I took part in the uphill only race up mount Skala in Loen, just near the Nordfjord. It was about 1,842 m of climbing in 8.2 km from sea level. Pretty steep gradient all the way. There was no official kit list but you needed to carry a rucksack weighing at least 2.5kg at the bottom and top of the climb, with weighing scales provided at the start of the race! I struggled to get my pack to 2.5kg despite my heaviest gear and had to add plenty of food and water, despite there being 5 water stations on the way up.
The route past some very impressive waterfalls and the views from the top were amazing. There was quite a bit of snow from about 1,200m and big chunks of ice on a tarn halfway up. Felt very unusual for August! Graham and the gilrs set off walking up about 3 hours ahead of me and we timed it pretty well to meet up at the top. I reached the top in 2 hours 10, a whole hour behind the winning man. Lots of photos and admiring the surronding peaks and glaciers before everyone descended at their own pace. It seemed at lot further going down though!

Sedbergh Hills, Sun 16 Aug

From Jamie Hutchinson ... 14 miles and 6000ft climb. I knew this would be a toughie having done a few training runs in the area with Brian. Safe to say I made a steady start knowing what was to come. With 6000ft climb in 14 miles you can imagine there's a fair amount of walking uphill. The warm conditions with very little breeze made for a tough few hours. I felt fairly strong until the climb up to the Calf where I seemed to go backwards. Within the last few miles I realised I might be pushing it to get under 3 hours so put in a bit more effort and almost did it! I finished in 3 hours 45 seconds and 43rd overall. The race was won by Jo Symonds in 2:13:40, 121 ran.

Dig Deep Intro Ultra, Sat 15 Aug

From Andrew Merrick ... given the running exploits of a number of Harriers this summer, I am not sure I am worthy to use the U word, but I can recommend this race for anyone wanting to make a small step up from marathon distance to experience something a little different.
Based at a farm park in the Peak District, this was a well organised friendly event, with various presentations organised for the Friday night (together with pasta and local beer) in the barn that was the race headquarters. A longer distance (60 mile) race started at 6am on the Saturday morning with our 30 miler getting underway at 8. Pre race reccying essential, although the first and last few miles were signposted, as we headed off into beautiful but hilly Peak District countryside on a clear cool day - perfect running conditions.
A useful early ultra experience of in-flight refuelling both for me and my Garmin (a USB charger does work, although you can't access distance and time info whilst charging although it does continue to record). The one large food station was sufficient as were the three serious hills.
The location and relaxed nature of this event means it is one I would recommend as an ultra taster.

(1 4:26:54 Lee Kemp)
13 5:17:47 Andrew Merrick
129 finished

parkruns, Sat 15 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:43 John Hobbs, Valley Striders)
7   18:03 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
120 23:46 Harry Stead (junior)
352 35:58 John Marshall
370 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:54 Andrew Siddle, Doncaster AC)
93  24:57 Peter Lewis
109 25:27 Alex Hyde
441 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1  17:19 unknown)
5   18:38 Alex Hirst
148 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:31 Tom Brewster, Clayton le Moors)
30  22:22 Harry Sime
31  22:22 Robert Sime
149 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:57 Allen Bush, U/A)
28  20:51 Geoff Howard
39  22:10 Norman Bush
238 ran

Round Hill fell race, Sun 9 Aug

From Michael Duffield ... Results ...

(1    55:35 Lee Athersmith, Wharfedale)
15  1:05:09 Rob Cunningham
18  1:05:28 John Hayes
20  1:06:07 David Chandler
23  1:06:52 Nick Pearce
31  1:09:17 Micheal Duffield
36  1:10:52 Steven Weston
41  1:11:43 Dave Robson
50  1:13:38 Malcolm Pickering
55  1:15:05 Rebecca Mon-Williams
84  1:23:40 Philip Hurst
90  1:26:03 Chantel Busby
91  1:26:13 Peter Lewis
102 1:30:07 Sue Morley
106 1:32:13 Nigel Tapper
110 1:34:04 David Green
117 1:37:38 Paul Sugden
120 1:42:44 Sally Wright
121 1:43:16 Petra Bijsterveld
129 finished

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Joss Naylor Challenge, Sat 8 Aug

From Brian Melia... on Saturday 8th August at 6.00 am I began a Joss Naylor Challenge. Covering some 30 tops 48 miles and 17000 feet of ascent.
I had help from Pooley Bridge to Dunmail from Jamie Hutchison and Matt Neale. Then Dunmail to Joss's place at Greendale Bridge from Tom Phillips.
I started badly falling backwards over the sign in Pooley bridge gashing my leg and stunning myself, whilst trying to explain to another runner's support that I was leaving at 6 as Jamie and Matt were still in the loo and I had to set off!
I made Arthur's Pike on time at 6.35, but then i started to drop time at each top. I arrived at Kirkstone pass 9 minutes down then Dunmail raise 20 minutes down.
Tom encouraged me up Steel fell and Raise, but I lost more time. It was very wet under foot and energy sapping. Things stabilised across the Sca Fell massif, but I still arrived at Styhead 40 minutes down. I asked Tom if we should stop, but he wanted at least to go up Great Gable. Without stopping for any rest, I trotted up Gable to pull back 5 minutes and this helped surge me on, taking minutes here and there. Finally, coming off Haycock up to Seatallan I was able to think about getting under 12 hours, the cut off time for my age, 51 yrs old.
At Middle Fell I arrived at 17.40 with 20 minutes to get to Greendale. We ran hard off the top and happily I arrived at the finish 17.55.38secs. Jamie was not there as he expected me an hour later... he said he was snoozing!!
It was a magical day and made more special with Joss waiting to have a chat. A few minutes later Wendy Dodds also arrived for the celebration - two legends!!
My thanks to Tom Phillips, Jamie, and Matt Neale for their superb support. I was pleased I did not need to have another attempt as it has taken a lot out of me, which later on reflection has become apparent.

Turner Landscape, Sat 8 Aug

Results ...

(1 1.30:38 Ben Abdelnoor, Ambleside AC)
8  1.40:32 Dan Wilkinson
31 1.57:36 Kate Archer  2nd lady
97 finished

Arncliffe Gala, Sat 8 Aug

Results ...

(1 10:23 Simon Bailey, Mercia FR)
11 12:32 Mark Mon-Williams
101 finished

parkruns, Sat 8 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1 17:42 Stephen Ellison, U/A)
6   18:37 Euan Brennan (junior)
351 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:29 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
26  22:25 Harry Sime
27  22:26 Robert Sime
30  22:31 Archie Budding (junior)
32  22:46 Dylan Shinn (junior)
62  25:40 Hilda Coulsey
112 30:55 Michelle Snow
145 ran

Farleton Knott, Sun 2 Aug

Results ...

(1 33:41 Tom Addison, Helm Hill)
31 45:45 Steve Turland
73 finished

parkruns, Sat 1 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Preston
(1  16:45 Andrew Benson, Preston Harriers)
7   18:34 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
253 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:15 Ed Beecher, Harrogate Harriers)
18  19:36 Euan Brennan (junior)
163 26:36 Julie Elmes
314 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:09 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
24  22:56 Harry Sime
25  22:57 Robert Sime
121 ran

Humber Bridge
(1  19:00 Mick Clifford, U/A)
22  24:38 Sarah Edwards
62 ran

Older News, July 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, July

Andrew Sheldon Harrogate District Summer Race League co-ordination Other nominations were:
Alison Weston - Joss Naylor Challenge
Harry Maslen - Bronze Medal U20 England Home Internationals
Sharon Meadows ULTD 100

An outstanding achievement award was made to Harry Maslen.

More Harriers of the Month ...

Ambleside Sports, Thu 30 July

Results ...

(1 13:59 Mark Addison, Helm Hill)
28 17:59 Mark Mon-Williams
91 finished

Proposed Compact Athletics Training Facility

This week's Ilkley Gazette featured an item on this, which will be of interest to Harriers. There was an open club meeting about this, and it's been in the newsletter, but Shirley also summarises the current position from an athletics point of view in this new page on the junior website.

Home Internationals U20 decathlon, 25-26 July

Congratulations to Harry Maslen who was selected to represent England at the U20 Decathlon Home Internationals held at Hexham over the weekend. Harry finished with a Bronze medal and a PB points score of 6,646 which puts him 4th in the national rankings. More on the the junior website.

James Herriot 14km, Sun 26 July

From Jean Sullivan ... My 14km race seems very tame compared to the amazing undertakings by other Ilkley Harriers this weekend!
A multi terrain race along moorland tracks and paths, which starts and ends at Castle Bolton in Wensleydale. A big hill to be dealt with right at the start but well worth it for the amazing views to be seen when running along the tops. A lovely downhill finish.
I would definitely recommend this small and very friendly race which shows off Yorkshire's beautiful scenery to perfection! James Herriot's son was present to see us off and also to present the prizes at the end. Results ...

(1  55:21 Ed Hyland, Stainland Lions)
111 80:21 Jean Sullivan
239 finishers

Saltaire 15K trail race, Sun 26 July

Woodentops photos

From Harry Sime ... This event was run by Saltaire Striders and started near Roberts Park. If you like running along canal towpaths then you will love most of this course. The first and final kms were through a field and the 8th and 9th consisted of a short steep rise up and down via woodland paths and a bit of an obstacle course with a number of steps, stiles and railings to go over or under. The remaining 11Kms were along the canal towards Esholt and back which allowed you to get into a steady rhythm although there was the occasional cyclist and Sunday walkers with dogs to watch out for. The event was well marshalled and well supported by local clubs. It was Robert Sime's longest event to date, he was pleased with his time and was good prep for his first HM. Recommended as a pleasant change from the more undulating local challenges. Results ...

(1 54:48 Rob James, U/A)
54 73:20 Harry Sime
55 73:22 Robert Sime
194 finished

UTLD 100: Ultra Tour of the Lake District, 24-26 July

Sharon Meadows reports ... 6,300 metres of ascent (over 20,000ft) in 169 km (105 miles). This was my third attempt at completing this race and at last it's done! It was endless and I never want to see that course again. Today I feel remarkably well, but my feet are a bit trashed.
The race began on Friday at 6pm and there was quite a big crowd for the send-off. Cut off was on Sunday at 10 am. It is a circular route that takes in all of the Lakeland fells. Starting at Coniston then on to Seathwaite - Boot - Wasdale Head - Buttermere - Braithwaite - Blencathra - Dockray - Dalemain - Howtown - Mardale Head - Kentmere - Ambleside - Chapel Stile - Tilberthwaite and back to Coniston. There are 15 checkpoints on route including the finish and as ever all the many marshalls were really helpful. I thought it best not to stop and enjoy the disco music, fairy lights and braziers but to keep on going.
I can't really say I enjoyed it but I did meet lots of friendly runners who all helped to get me through. The success rate is usually 40 - 50% but this year was the highest ever with 65% finishing. The weather conditions were much better this year which helped a lot. The Lakeland 50 which runs over the same weekend saw 95% of competitors finishing. The 50 is a much more enjoyable experience.
If you are thinking of having a go there are lots of Youtube videos, and a really good one if you look up UK top ultra runs. Entries open on 1st September and this year the race was full in under 15 minutes!
1st Male finished in 20 hours 42 minutes.
1st Female finished in 25 hours 47 minutes
I finished in 39 hours 15 minutes, 198th out of 302.
Tomorrow I am going on holiday, was going to wear my recovery tights but the children have banned me. Too embarassing! Anyway, looking forward to a rest in the sunshine.

Thunder Run 2015, 25-26 July

From Phil Hirst ... Paul Sugden led a team that completed the 24 hour 2015 Adidas Thunder Run, as part of a 2000 strong field. The Ilkley Harriers in the team were Paul Sugden, Sue Bickerdyke, Alex Hirst and Phil Hirst, with non running support from Sue Hirst and John Sanderson. The team completed a very creditable 26 laps of the off road 10k course in conditions that varied from blazing sun to persistent rain. (The team finished 53rd out of 229 entered, the winning team completing 36 laps).

Ben Ledi, Sat 25 July

From 'travelling' Jack Wood ... The inner Yorkshireman thought it was bit expensive at £12 but it was a lovely route with great views and well organised with ski slalom-esque tall markers. Couldn't stay with the leader Prasad but got over the top in second and finished in third.

Bingley Show fell race, Sat 25 July

Results ...

1  38:44 Tom Adams
14 50:38 David Chandler
42 57:37 David Chapman
93 finished

Cowling Gala fell race, Sat 25 July

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1 20:09 Ian Willis, KCAC)
2  21:16 Martin Archer
13 25:38 Norman Bush  1st V60
31 finished

parkruns, Sat 25 July

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Mile End
(1  16:40 Nathan Dunn, Preston Harriers)
34  20:18 Tom Worboys
211 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:04  Daniel Bennett, Rochdale Harriers)
23  22:45 Harry Sime
24  22:47 Robert Sime
40  24:10 Archie Budding (junior)
136 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:40 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
53  23:40 Alison Eagle
239 ran

Cairn Table Race, Wed 22 July

From 'travelling' Jack Wood ... made it to Muirkirk for this informal race which was part of a 'Bog and Burn' series. Managed to get the win despite falling in a large bog.

Golden Acre Relays, Wed 22 July

Tom Adams broke Andy Hilton's 9 year old men's course record, running 13:47 in a mixed-club team that finished 2nd. Results

Kentmere Horseshoe, Sun 19 July

From Jack Wood ... After the cycling and previous days racing the body was saying no and it was a battle to keep running. Still, enjoyed the route and being out there on the fells in the Lakes. Narrowly missed out on being 40th in the 40th edition of this race but did manage to come home just ahead of the first lady.
Results ...

(1 1:31:23 Rob Jebb, Bingley)
41 1:52:07 Jack Wood
341 finished

Cracoe fell race, Sun 19 July

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1 19:58 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
11 24:52 Mark Mon-Williams
38 29:58 Lucy Williamson 1st LU23
41 30:15 Norman Bush
64 34:41 Joanne Williamson
81 finished

Windmill Half - Lytham, Sun 19 July

From Kevin Lawson ... Ran with a mate completing his first ever half. A lovely two loop run along the seafront though very windy in parts! Great to see a lot of local clubs represented. Results ...

(1  1:18:21 Conrad McKee, Blackburn)
418 2:08:10 Kevin Lawson
579 finished

League update

From Martin Wight ... the latest Ilkley Harriers Race League update, after 12 races.

Eiger trail, Sat 18 July

From Jamie Hutchinson ... Saturday 18th July and 5.45am I just made the start of the Eiger trail race starting from Grindlewald, Switzerland and taking in the Faulhorn at its highest point and 51km and 3100m height gain. The route is mainly on tracks with just the initial few kms and last 10km on tarmac with the Eiger, Monch etc as the backdrop. I started at the back of the field (a benefit of not setting my alarm correctly!) and slowly moved through the field until just before the half way point. The climb up the Faulhorn was really hard and relentless but rewarded with fantastic views and a gradual descent for most of the second half of the race. I descended well the last few miles to the valley floor before the last few miles along the road back into Grindlewald. I finished in 8 hours 21 minutes and 142 in my class with the winner (Martin Schedler) completing it in an astonishing 5 hours 22 minutes - 454 finished.

Ingleborough, Sat 18 July

From Jack Wood ... Fast and furious race mainly on a stony track to the top of Ingleborough and back. Reached the summit in third and caught first on the steep drop but couldn't stay with him on the long gradual descent. Nick and Norman ran well and were first M60 and M70 respectively.
Results ...

(1  47:132 Steve Hebbethwaite, Keswick)
3   47:47 Jack Wood
64  60:10 Nick Pearce
112 67:29 Norman Bush
195 finished

Snowdon International Mountain Race, Sat 18 July

Well done to Tom Adams, helping England to team Gold as second England counter! Results ...

(1  1:10:18 Emanuele Manzi, Italy)
5   1:13:24 Tom Adams
185 1:40:27 Michael Lomas
609 finished

parkruns, Sat 18 July

Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:49 Stephen Ellison, UA)
4   18:10 Euan Brennan
380 ran

Skipton Aireville Park (100th event at Skipton)
(1  18:33 Andrew Chell, Barlick)
3   19:02 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
5   19:52 Jemima Elgood (junior) first lady
170 ran

Washburn Relays, Fri 17 July

Results ...

1 59:58 Hyde Park Harriers

4 63:15 Ilkley Men A
 2  18:28 Jack Cummings
 5  23:45 Ben Sheppard
 13 21:02 Andrew Sheldon
 
17 71:49 Ilkley Men B
 31 23:08 Will Worboys
 21 27:11 David Chandler
 16 21:30 Ben Joynson

34 76:45 Ilkley Mixed A
 38 23:59 Jean Sullivan
 15 26:42 Richard Joel
 46 26:05 Stephanie Fox
 
49 83:31 Ilkley Mixed B
 65 27:19 Julie Elmes
 44 30:58 Andrew Jackson
 39 25:14 Caroline Craske
 
65 94:10 Ilkley Mixed C
 68 29:41 Sally Wright
 60 34:21 Petra Bijsterveld
 63 30:08 Don Macrae
 
71 teams finished

Fab results from the 7 junior teams too, see the junior pages

Lancaster 10k, Wed 15 July

Results ...

(1 31:19 Stuart Robinson, Salford)
7  34:44 Dan Wilkinson
188 finished

Widdop, Wed 15 July

Jack Wood reports ... For the first race of my summer cycling tour I cycled out to Widdop. This is a 7 mile circuit of the area near Widdop Reservoir, running mainly along narrow trods with a lovely ever-steeper descent near the end. Having cycled up a horribly steep hill to get there (from Trawden), I told myself to take it easy but once the race started I couldn't help myself and was with the leaders Darren and Christian. After a couple of miles my legs started to go and I fell back through the field but then I started to feel better (or those around me felt worse) and recovered to get third. The prize giving was at the very friendly Packhorse Inn and I managed to pick up some chocolate and beer for my travels.

Leeds 10k, Sun 12 July

Results ...

(1   31:33 Kevin Loundes, Manx H)
21   35:24 Alex Sinclair
145  39:52 Dick Waddington
606  44:53 Kevin Lawson
826  47:25 Christine Cox 1st F55
1124 48:55 William Woodhead
1484 50:53 Alex Hyde  PB
1678 53:45 Charlotte Smithson
2666 56:38 Sally Lynch
7127 finished

Martin Egan memorial 10k, Sun 12 July

(1 33:13 Matt Bidwell, Galway City)
3  37:53 Alex Hirst  PB

Addingham Gala fell race, Sat 11 July

The Addingham Gala fell race, now in its 6th year with Ilkley Harriers, had a record field of 100 runners. Jack Wood won, making it a 'double' after winning the 'other' Beamsley Beacon fell race a few weeks ago. The sun shone (not too much), the crowds cheered, and Jonny Brownlee was there to cheer on the runners on the hill. Well done to RO Dan Wilkinson and all the helpers. Photos on woodentops.org.uk.

Results ...

1  39:56 Jack Wood
11 46:12 Steve Turland
16 46:34 Rob Cunningham
20 46:57 Gavin Lamb
23 48:16 John Hayes
30 49:25 David Foyston
34 50:03 Ewan Farrow
37 51:04 Duncan Cooper
39 51:26 Michael Duffield
47 53:28 Dave Robson
48 53:37 Jann Smith 2nd lady
50 53:40 Norman Bush
53 54:19 Ben Joynson
56 55:28 Lucy Williamson
57 55:50 Geoff Howard
60 56:04 Will Worboys
71 57:20 Paul Stephens
72 57:29 Alan Chapman
83 60:28 Leanne Farrow
90 63:42 Sue Morley
96 68:08 Peter Lewis
97 73:18 Paul Sugden
100 finishers

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge, Sat 11 July

Val Kerr reports ... WELL DONE to Alison Weston who successfully completed the Joss Naylor Challenge. This tour of the Lakeland peaks includes climbing 30 tops, crossing 48 miles of mountain terrain and climbing nearly 17000ft (all in less than 14 hrs). Fantastic Alison, an inspiration.

From Alison Weston ... A massive thanks to all those pacers and supporters who helped me compete the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge this weekend in just under 14 hours (~ 13hrs 40). Great company all the way round and accurate route finding despite a mixed bag of weather. And Joss Naylor there to meet us at the end!
Leg 1 Pooley Bridge to Kirkstone Pass over 12 tops with Jane and Kate
Leg 2 Kirkstone Pass to Dunmail Raise over 4 tops with Sarah and Nick
Leg 3 Dunmail Raise to Styhead tarn over 6 tops with Nicky, Outi and Roy
Leg 4 Styhead Tarn to Greendale over 8 tops with Helen, Dick and Roy (+ Nea over last top)
Road and Styhead support from Graham, Nea and Lyra
Many thanks!

Graham's photos

Dales Trail 30 Muker, Sat 11 July

From Jamie Hutchinson ... 10am on the start line of the Dales Trail 30k just outside Muker in Swaledale. A stunning place for a start line and ahead 30km taking in Tan Hill at the high point and half distance. The first five miles were pretty much uphill initially on the road before hitting the trails - I started well if not a bit too quick and settled into a steady trot. We were blessed with fine weather, just a bit blustery over the exposed tops. Ben Huskins won in 2hrs30, I finished in 3hrs5mins and 24th out of 115 finishers.

parkruns, Sat 11 July

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:16 Christian Holmes, Wharfedale Harriers)
68  24:49 Alex Hyde
94  26:07 Tom Worboys
330 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:26 Mark Bryant, Leeds City)
191 26:16 Julie Elmes
401 ran

Wycombe Rye
(1  18:28 Daniel Weathers, Wycombe Phoenix)
31  22:05 Ethan Thompson
281 ran

Temple Newsam
(1  17:25 Kristoff Boynton, York Acorn RC)
13  21:59 Geoffrey Howard
114 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:34 Alan Walsh, Wharfedale Harriers)
6   19:15 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
37  23:54 Dylan Shinn (junior)
120 ran

Cleethorpes
1   15:14 Tom Adams
139 ran

Selection news

Well done to Harry Maslen who has been selected to compete for England in the home international U20 decathlon championships in Hexham on the 25/26 July.

Stirton fell race, Wed 8 July

From Dan Wilkinson ... A fabulous evening race over at Stirton that takes in Sharp Haw, twice. Yet another win for Jack as he continued his purple patch battling it out to the line with Barlick's Jimmy Craig. Outi Kamarainen also ran well to get 3rd lady. Results ...

1  36:26 Jack Wood
6  38:13 Dan Wilkinson
16 43:26 Steve Turland
47 49:10 Outi Kamarainen
59 50:52 Norman Bush
96 finished

HDSRL Norman Smith Handicap race, Tue 7 July

A record field of 245 finishers in the traditional League finale, staged by Otley AC this year. (Results below are in finish order so are out of order with the times.) Results ...

(1  42:48 Ronan Walsh, Swaledale)
(10 30:30 Andrew Grant, Harrogate (fastest))
19  44:33 James Rochfort
26  55:13 Laura Dawes
29  50:20 Don Macrae
32  36:28 Tom Worboys
92  43:06 Jean Sullivan
100 41:42 Julie Watson
112 46:18 Geoffrey White
118 42:53 Caroline Craske
139 37:04 Andrew Sheldon
181 40:56 Will Worboys
199 44:41 Christine Cox
223 38:47 Ben Joynson
232 49:04 Julie Elmes
245 64:21 Claire Murphy
245 finished
Photo by Gary Waite

Photo by Dragons' Gary Waite: Andrew Sheldon, our HDSRL club coordinator, trying to beat his handicap.

Andrew Sheldon adds ... Christine Cox won the HDSRL 2015 FV55 individual medal, awarded for the most main team points best three results from the four races. Well done Christine!

Rochdale 10k, Tue 7 July

From Rob.Cunningham ... I dashed out to Rochdale to take part in this undulating 10k. Miserable Manchester conditions at the start as the rain absolutely bounced it down. It died off by the 2 mile mark, and by the end I was quite hoping it would start again. Results ...

(1 35:06 Rob James, Unattached)
12 37:21 Rob Cunningham
341 finished

Eccup 10M, Sun 5 July

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Ten Harriers travelled down the road to Adel for the Eccup 10 mile road race. Always in July and on an undulating course with little shade this race is tough on a hot day, and I have abiding memories of walking long stretches of it two years ago in sweltering conditions. Thankfully today was much more manageable. We were started off by Jonny Brownlee, I only found this out after the event from Twitter, as sadly the PA system failed and this fact completely passed me by.
Gavin Lamb was the first Harrier home in 51st place, followed by Tom Worboys who has been gaining a lot of pace this year and ran a PB. Kate Archer was the 3rd Harrier and also 3rd F35 (PB), Christine Cox 2nd F55 and Hilda Coulsey 3rd F60.
Alex Hyde passed me at 5 miles muttering something about enjoying too much of the good stuff the night before, but it did not seem to hamper his progress! It left me as the last Harrier to cross the finish line but I was pleased to find I had still run a 10 mile PB.
Results ...

(1    56:37 Chris Smith, Leeds City AC)
51  1:06:36 Gavin Lamb
66  1:07:40 Tom Worboys PB
94  1:09:27 Kate Archer 3rd F35 PB
98  1:09:34 Andrew Merrick
312 1:21:37 Christine Cox 2nd F55
345 1:23:08 Chloe Merrick
351 1:23:21 Jane Bryant
402 1:26:19 Hilda Coulsey 3rd F60
455 1:28:30 Alex Hyde PB
488 1:31:02 Petra Bijsterveld PB
726 ran

Harrogate Town Centre 10k, Sun 5 July

Results ...

(1  31:28 Tesfaye Debele, Leeds City)
190 46:41 Robert Sime
191 46:43 Harry Sime
199 47:10 Chantal Busby
328 51:59 Ruth Kitchen
370 53:09 Chris Wilby
371 53:06 Louise Airey
409 55:38 Julie Elmes
622 finished

Blackfell fell race, Sat 4 July

From Dan Wilkinson... Blackfell fell race is a brand new AM race this year taking in the best of the landscape of Upper Wharfedale. The race requires navigational skills as, in parts it does not use paths and it was up to runners to establish the quickest route between checkpoints. Because the clag had lifted this made proceedings relatively simple and runners took slight variations in line rather than getting totally lost. 31 took part and the race was won by Sam Watson in 1:24:53, I managed 3rd and Jack was 5th home. A brilliant addition to the calendar and I would urge all fell runners to give this a go next year - it's superb and a firm favourite of mine already.
Results ...

(1 1:24:53 Sam Watson, Wharfedale)
3  1:28:07 Dan Wilkinson
5  1:36:35 Jack Wood
31 finished

Oakworth Haul, Sat 4 July

Norman Bush, V70, storming the Oakworth Haul ... Results ...

(1 40:05 Charlie McIntosh, P&B)
11 51:35 Norman Bush
20 finished
Woodentops photos

Heptonstall Festival fell race, Sat 4 July

Will Buckton reports ... A hot day on the Calderdale moors above Hebden Bridge. A nice run apart from being followed by swarms of flies for parts of the race!
Results ...

(1   50:57 Joseph Crossfield, CVFR)
77 1h13:24 Jamie Partovi
91 1h22:15 Will Buckton
100 finished
Woodentops photos

Kirkby Gala fell race, Sat 4 July

Results ...

(1 31:59 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
8  37:34 Mark Mon-Williams
10 37:47 Steve Turland
58 finished

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, 4-5 July

John Hayes writes ... One of the joys of running a mountain marathon is that warm glow of satisfaction when you stumble through the mist and find yourself right at the flag. Day one of the Saunders proved to be very misty and - whether by luck or judgement - we had a few of these moments. But then there are those occasions when you are convinced you are in the right place but there is no flag to be seen. Usually this causes mild irritation, then increasing panic as time ticks away, followed by running around madly and finally expletive-laden desperation. This is what happened (to me at least - Sarah stayed remarkably calm) when we reached control 5 of the Harter Fell course. We spent an hour or more searching and searching for a flag only to give up and head to the half-way camp forlornly. Just as we were pondering how we would live with the ignominy of being disqualified, we learnt that the flag had not been there (until a marshal arrived after us to put it out). So, with our spirits lifted, we lounged around in the sun (which came out in the afternoon), ate our quick-cook pasta, went to bed at 8pm, slept through the very loud baaing sheep, got up at 6am, stood in the toilet queue, got bitten by midges and ran a second day - without mishap - back to the finish. Sarah and I were very pleased to finish 21st and 1st mix vets. Sarah Edwards and her dad ran the Harter Fell class too and turned on the style on day two finishing 17th overall. Special mention also to Adrian Hall and his son Matthew (doing his first MM) who came a brilliant 4th in the Bedafell class.
Results

parkruns, Sat 4 July

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  16:49 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
8   19:05 Andrew Overend
327 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  15:54 Jamil Parapia, Otley AC)
152 26:27 Julie Elmes
335 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:54 Hugh Salway, U/A)
2   19:15 Alex Hirst
184 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:18 James Raven, Cardiff AC)
32  22:52 Harry Sime
34  22:56 Robert Sime
68  26:14 Charlotte Smithson
133 36:09 Emma Curran
143 ran

Murder Mile, Thu 2 July

Results ...

1   6:44 Tom Adama
13  8:36 Jemima Elgood 1st FU17, 1st lady
44  9:43 Lucy Haines
74 10:51 Chloe Haines
164 finished

Another England vest ...

Tom Adams is leading the England team at Snowdon this month ... details


Older News, June 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, June

Brian Melia Dragons Back race, 17th Other nominations were:
Jane McCarthy - Ultimate Trails 110, 2nd lady
Ben Sheppard - Ultimate Trails 110, 15th
Jamie Hutchinson - Clif 10 Peaks
Helen Waddington - Clif 10 Peaks
Jamie Partovi - results as new member
Peter Lewis Club newsletter

More Harriers of the Month ...

BMW Relay, Sun 28 June

From Paul Stephens .... Great leg 5 in the Bradford Millenium Way relay today running with Joyce Marshall. A varied route, uphill on Burley Moor and then a long downhill all the way to the finish. An interesting finish along the river, then the canal and back along the river before the final stretch of road to Bingley Rugby Club. Well done team Ilkley.

We were 28th team home out of 50. Results ...

Leg 1, 15th, 1:33:29 Gavil Lamb & David Chandler
Leg 2, 40th, 1:39:45 Ian Conyers & William Woodhead
Leg 3, 32nd, 1:18:31 Adela Reperecki & Keith Wood
Leg 4, 24th, 1:30:07 Helen Horton & Andrew Merrick
Leg 5, 39th, 1:53:05 Joyce Marshall & Paul Stephens
28th team, 3rd Vets team, 7:54:57 (1st team 5:32:03)

Ultimate Trails 110, Sat 27 June

From Ben Sheppard...Ultimate Trails is the ultra in the popular Lakeland Trails series and comes in 110k or 55k versions. Dick Waddington, Jane McCarthy and I took on the 110, being for each of us a first time at anything like such distance. The route starts and finishes in Ambleside and includes 6 mountain passes, 5 lakes and (they say) 14,000 ft ascent/descent. The atmosphere was charged for the midnight start and carnival-like at the finish, drum band and all. The first three hours or so by head torch before sunrise by Haweswater - not a bad way to start a race. Kim Collison destroyed the field and earned himself hefty prize money by setting a new course record.
Special mention for Jane, second lady - what a class performance. I found it way tougher than expected, having underestimated the challenge of the ascent combined with tricky terrain over so many (almost 15) hours. Anyone fancying stepping up to ultra - give it a go.
Here are some GPS stats, and the Results ...

(1 10:48:57 Kim Collison, Borrowdale)
15 14:50:40 Ben Sheppard
18 15:03:10 Jane McCarthy 2nd lady
46 16:42:45 Dick Waddington
194 finished
Ultimate Trailrunners

Dick Waddington adds ... What an experience! Nearly twice the length of any race I've have done before, this was always going to be a step into the unknown. The first three and half hours were in the dark and gave some exciting descending from Nan Bield pass, just to take your mind off the distance left to go. The three of us ran together for the first 10k or so, before Ben thought he would stretch his legs a bit. Jane and I settled into a nice rhythm, chatting with other runners as the race ebbed and flowed. At checkpoint 5, 55km and 7.5 hours into the race, we came across Ben again looking very relaxed and applying plenty of suncream - it was hot and sunny by now. We probably motivated him to press on. At 70km I mentioned to Jane the distance covered and without a hint of irony she commented that there was less than a marathon to go! I was quite happy with the thought too. At 75km though my legs decided that I hadn't been eating enough and I needed to slow down, so Jane pressed on and I had no option but to make more of the lovely views on offer. Ben and Jane performed brilliantly to keep up such good paces all the way round on their first attempts at this kind of distance.

Clif 10 Peaks, Sat 27 June

From Jamie Hutchinson ...10 peaks, 30 miles and 3000m starting at 6am from Thirlmere on a really beautiful day to be in the lakes I headed up onto Helvellyn well up in the field of about 100 runners. The race then descended back to Thirlmere and Steel end car park before heading up to High Raise, Bow Fell, Esk Pike. Next Esk Hause, then Great end, Ill Crag and Scafell Pike - at this stage I still felt pretty good and was trotting along nicely. Descending onto the corridor route across to Great Gable where the race started to bite, into the clag I made the summit and then made a nav error and got a bit disorientated losing about half an hour. Back on track I made it across to Honister and welcome food stop. A few bowls of rice pudding and I was ready for the climb up Dale Head and then the run in along Newlands valley and finally the finish in Kewsick. A tough day out on the fells I managed 11th out of about 90 finishers. The race was won by Tony Holland in 7:57. Great race, I did the 'short' there's also a long and an extreme for the more seasoned ultra racers! Results ...

(1 7:57:00 Tony Holland, Coniston)
11 10:00:22 Jamie Hutchinson
47 14:14:53 Helen Waddington
91 finished

ESSA Combined Events Regional qualifier, Doncaster, Sat 27 June

From Shirley Wood ... top decathlete Harry Maslen (now a member of the senior club) had been looking forward to this final Decathlon of the season competing for West Yorkshire at Doncaster in the ESSA regional qualifier. Unfortunately he was not well but the excellent training that he has been doing showed what a truly exceptional athlete he is even when not on par. On day 1 he ran 11.3 in the 100m, jumped a PB of 6m77 in the long jump, followed by a second PB of 13m25 in the shot an outdoor PB of 1m92 in the high jump and finished with a 53.3 in the 400m. He finished in the lead but overnight he was more ill and despite travelling to Doncaster for the second day decided to withdraw from the competition. Over the next few years I am certain that we will hear of Harry's further successes.

MRA International Youth Cup Mountain Running, Bulgaria, Sat 27 June

From Shirley Wood ... It was such a great honour for Ilkley Harriers to have 4 of its older juniors selected to compete for England in Bulgaria. Over the 3.6km ladies course Jemima Elgood was 23rd in 21:26, Lucy Haines 37th in 22:44 and Sarah Pickering 38th in 23:19. Jemima and Lucy were part of the England team placed 9th overall. There were 50 competitors in the race and the winning time was 18:50.
In the 5.4km mens race Ruaridh Mon Williams finished in 56th place in 30:44 (61 ran and winners time was 24:30).

Woodentops photos

parkruns, Sat 27 June

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
1   16:48 Jack Wood
387 ran

York
(1  16:33 Eric Sofen, U/A)
36  20:15 Geoff Howard
390 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:06 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
9   19:52 Andrew Overend
77  25:08 Alex Hyde
117 26:50 Petra Bijsterveld
356 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:38 Stuart Little, Sheffield RC)
164 25:54 Julie Elmes
335 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  16:33 David Morgan, Serpentine RC)
4   18:10 Alex Hirst
143 ran

Dragons Back race, Fri 26 June

From Alison Weston ... congratulations to Brian Melia on finishing 17th in the Dragon's Back 'ultra' 'ultra' race race on Friday - 5 days of running covering the length of Wales - 300km and 16,000m of climbing in 54hr 34min. A really amazing achievement! Results

Read Brian's report.

Eldwick Gala, Thu 25 June

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1 18:36 Matt Lockyer, P&B)
9  20:20 Steve Turland
58 29:09 Sue Morley
66 finished

BMAF 5k, Sun 21 June

From Geoff Howard ... Sally Malir and I ventured across to Horwich for the BMAF 5k Championships. Sally finished 3rd V50 lady and I was 2nd V70 man. Results ...

(1 15:39 Kerry Liam Vilson, Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers, V40)
85 19:47 Sally Malir
93 20:24 Geoff Howard
147 finished

Freckleton Half, Sun 21 June

From Steve Weston... The Weston family made the trip over to windy Fylde so that I could spend Fathers Day doing the Freckleton Half marathon. This is the UK's longest running half marathon and it has a brilliant community feel to it. The half marathon is the centre piece of a weekend gala with a sports day, a fun fair and numerous other events (imagine Ilkley carnival with a 600 entry road race).
The course sets off on a ramble round Freckleton before heading out into the country towards Wrea Green and returning via Lytham. There was plenty of support out on the course and it was a thoroughly enjoyable race. I can recommend it as an early summer target for those not wanting their winter training to go to waste.
It was windy on the day but thankfully there was a decent smattering of hedges to break up the wind, and only a relatively short section where you were slogging headlong into it.
I faded in the the last two miles, but I was looking for a top 30 place so I was happy with my 29th. Ben Fish won for the 9th time!
Results ...

(1 1:09:19 Ben Fish, Blackburn Harriers)
29 1:24:40 Steve Weston
601 finished

Puma Pudsey 10k, Sun 21 June

From Gavin Lamb ... Took a new race tactic on this and turned up on the start line a couple of minutes after the gun had gone and out of breath getting there (I think my race was 10.5k!). Not to be recommended if you are after a good time and finishing place but it did feel good going past the 440+ people during the race. Somehow managed to clock a faster time and exactly the same position as last year.
Results ...

(1  35:18 Frank Beresford, Otley)
42  44:02 Gavin Lamb
486 finishers

Helm Hill fell race, Sun 21 June

Results ...

(1 22:14 Mark Addison, Helm Hill)
18 26:15 Mark Mon-Williams 1st V50
23 27:11 Steve Turland
80 finished

Junior fell news, Sun 21 June

From George Elmes ... 15 juniors competed in the Turner Uphill race, round 6 of the Junior FRA Champs (most taking the opportunity to camp with there parents at the start of the race and have a cracking weekend). A tough uphill only course and some great performances from all. This season's target was to improve on our best ever result last year of 4th club. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!! I am pleased to report that we finished joint 2nd out of over 60 clubs competing! 2nd best Junior fell club in the country is a massive accomplishment for every JIH that competed in an English Championship race this season. Well done to all - so proud of you all. Full report with pictures on the junior pages.

Buckden Pike fell race, Sat 20 June

Jann Smith reports ... 3.7m / 1594ft, and a quote from Barlick Fellrunners website ....'Special mention should perhaps be made of Norman Bush of Ilkley Harriers. He runs in the Vet 70 category, yet he finished in 55th position, comfortably in the top half of the field, once more demonstrating what a top athlete he remains, in spite of his advancing years....'
Results ...

(1 34:08 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
9  38:22 Dave Wilby 
20 41:31 Jim Ryder
54 48:36 Jann Smith 1st F40
55 48:44 Norman Bush  1st V70
78 53:22 Jamie Partovi
123 finished

Reservoir Bogs, Sat 20 June

Results ...

(1 50:27 James Logue, CVFR)
44 77:20 Peter Haines
77 finished

parkruns, Sat 20 June

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:18 Richard Shuttleworth, U/A)
23  19:36 Tom Worboys
342 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:44 Andrew Bedford, Saltaire Striders)
25  22:10 Phil Hirst
111 26:29 Petra Bijsterveld
349 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:26 Benjamin Small, Keighley and Craven)
13  22:52 Harry Sime
14  22:53 Robert Sime
40  25:47 Charlotte Smithson
101 ran

Beamsley Beacon fell race, Thu 18 June

From Dave Wilby ... Another win for Jack Wood tonight at Beamsley Beacon despite the fact he set off at a crawl, didn't really start racing until a couple of miles in, and took a long route back down. Oh the benefit of youth!! Good to see a healthy turnout of Harriers.
Results ...

1  36:21 Jack Wood
5  38:51 Dave Wilby
11 41:03 Martin Archer
21 43:02 Mark Calderbank
25 44:05 David Chandler
28 44:58 Steve Weston
46 47:51 Chantel Busby
76 59:45 Peter Lewis
77 60:13 Anna Barlow
78 60:25 Sue Morley
84 finished

HDSRL 4, Wetherby, Wed 17 June

Results ...

(1  25:21 Mike Burrett, Harrogate)
42  30:50 Mark Iley
53  31:34 Andrew Sheldon
97  33:45 Caz Farrow
116 34:32 Philip Hurst
171 37:12 Jean Sullivan
198 38:34 Christine Cox
235 40:06 Geoffrey White
241 40:20 Paul Sugden
262 41:43 Julie Elmes
311 46:51 Claire Murphy
335 finished

Overall League placings and handicap race start times should be out next week ...

Notice, Club night Tuesday 16 June

ILTSC are hosting a major tennis tournament, so we cannot meet there and instead we will meet at the Old Bridge, 7pm, for the Tuesday night run.

Hawkswick Dash, Sun 14 June

Results ...

(1 11:44 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
9  13:56 Steve Turland
10 14:02 Mark Mon-Williams 1st V50
49 18:17 Chloe Haines
75 finished

Fleetwood Rotary 10k, Sun 14 June

From Geoff Howard ... An almost inevitably breezy day for the out and back flat coastal Fleetwood Rotary 10k. A relatively small field of 103 headed by unattached Adam Siodowicz in 35m 26s. I managed 11th (first v50) in 42m 48s.

Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Sun 14 June

From Tom Worboys ... The second time in a row I've done this. It's a nice mildly undulating course with live music every mile or two, going past some of Liverpool's most iconic landmarks. The highlight for me was running up Penny Lane, with the same song being belted out of a sound system. The oddest point was being asked if I had any scissors, just after I'd finished...
I completed the run in 3:28.38.

Howtown fell race, Sat 13 June

From Jamie Partovi ... AL 13.3m/ 4593ft. My first Long so didn't place well but a really good route and well worth it. Great views of Ullswater towards the end. 53 ran, results to follow...

Swaledale Marathon, Sat 13 June

From Duncan Cooper ... If anyone ever fancies a trip to the North Dales this is a great off-road marathon taking in all types of terrain around Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. Results ...

(1  3:00 Matthew Hayes, East Hull)
17  3:43 Duncan Cooper
66  4:15 Catherine Farrow
136 4:54 Adela Reperecki
454 ran/walked

parkruns, Sat 13 June

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  15:49 Chris Smithard, Deeside Orienteering)
24  19:41 Arthur Reilly
45  20:51 Jann Smith 2nd F
303 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:36 Ged Callan, Bingley Harriers)
75  24:51 Alex Hyde PB
324 ran

Newbury
(1  17:08 Tony Carter, Tyne Bridge Harriers)
52  21:55 Will Worboys
407 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:26 Mark Bryant, Leeds City)
141 26:34 Julie Elmes
265 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:27 James Raven, Cardiff AAC)
6   20:56 Lewis Carr (junior)
17  22:43 Tom Worboys
22  23:40 Harry Sime
23  23:41 Robert Sime
40  26:33 Charlotte Smithson
44  26:51 Emma Curran
66  30:52 Dylan Shinn (junior)
102 ran

Woodentops, BEM

Congratulations to fell race organisers Dave & Eileen Woodhead who have both been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Birthday Honours List, for services to Fell Running. Dave & Eileen's excellent races over 30 years have been a highlight of many a Harrier's running year; their efforts for Yorkshire fell running have helped progress many of our runners to higher level competition; goodness knows how many Harriers photos there are amongst the 250,000 excellent fell-running photos they've published online (and printed and distributed freely before the days of the internet); and they have often lent a hand at Harriers races too. They are an inspiration. A thoroughly deserved honour.

Membership Survey, results

From Hilda Coulsey, for the Committee ... We had a fantastic response with 108 people taking the time to provide very useful insights and ideas which will help us take the Club forward. Read a summary of the results.

Benefits of England Athletics membership

Ilkley Harriers membership includes, for all first-claim members, membership of England Athletics with an individual competition license. At a recent Consultation Meeting staged by EA for clubs, EA provided this list of benefits.

Full Bronte 5 mile, Thu 11 June

From Hilda Coulsey ... On a super evening three Harriers tackled this challenging road race of two laps up and round Penistone Hill from Haworth. None of us had done it before and I would recommend it, great views. It'll be in my diary for next year. It was a YVAA championship run and congratulations to Sally Malir and Sally Morley on their prizes for first LV 50 and second lady. Thank you too for the support; Georgia Malir, Pete Shields, Steve Weston and anyone else I missed.
Results ...

(1  28:07 Craig Shearer, KCAC)
20  32:20 Sally Morley 2nd Lady
35  33:56 Sally Malir 1st FV50
107 44:48 Hilda Coulsey
142 ran

Sally Malir sets a new Club Record for LV50, beating Bernie Gibbons' 40:18 at Roundhay Park in 2005, and also beats Emma Barclay's LV45 record from the 2013 Full Bronte.

Kettlewell Anniversary fell race, Thu 11 June

Results ...

(1 37:00 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
7  42:03 Dan Wilkinson
17 46:14 Paul Calderbank
26 47:33 David Chandler
25 50:34 Chantal Busby
63 60:21 Sue Morley
70 finishers

Photo NLFR: Dan models the new Club vest

NLFR photos

Badger Stone Relays, Wed 10 June

Woodentops photos

32 teams enjoyed fast, sunny running at this super event. Thanks to all the runners who came, and to the many helpers. Ilkley's (young) ladies' team (photo) won the ladies team prize.

Results and photos on the Badger Stone Relays page.

Selected Ilkley results (i.e. the senior ones I could spot, and some juniors ...)

2nd team Mark & Ruaridh Mon-Williams, Dan Wilkinson
1st ladies team Jemima Elgood, Lucy Jacques, Lucy Haines

2 mile leg
(1 13:42 Joe Baxter, P&B)
3  14:12 Dan Wilkinson
4  15:04 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
9  16:15 Mark Mon-Williams
11 16:33 Jez Hellewell
12 16:36 Daniel Hayes
13 16:37 John Hayes
15 16:42 Jemima Elgood, fastest lady
15 16:42 Martin Archer
22 17:06 Justin Phillips
24 17:28 Tom Worboys
28 17:57 Lucy Haines
36 19:18 Arthur Reilly
37 19:33 Will Worboys
44 20:46 Lucy Jacques
51 22:45 Sarah Hayes

Some very fast times from Ilkley juniors on the 1 mile relay, and some on the 2 mile legs, too. See full results on the Badger Stone Relays page.

Otley 10, Wed 10 June

Results ...

(1    54:45 Tesfaye Debele, Leeds)
41  1:06:57 Jonathan Sinclair
54  1:08:48 Andrew Overend
66  1:10:39 Michael Lomas
80  1:11:51 Michael Duffield
95  1:12:48 Jane McCarthy
239 1:25:22 Helen Waddington
310 1:35:34 Petra Bijsterveld
372 finishers

International selection

FOUR of our U18 runners have been selected to run for England in the International Youth Cup for mountain running on 27th June in Smolyan, Bulgaria. Announced on England Athletics. Congratulations to Ruaridh Mon-Williams and Lucy Haines on their 2nd England vests; Jemima Elgood and Sarah Pickering on their England debuts.

Kettlewell fell race, Sun 7 June

Results ...

(1  9:38 Sam Tesla, Rossendale)
8  11:20 Iain Gibbons
19 12:37 Mark Mon-Williams
61 16:21 Chloe Haines
98 finished

Penyghent fell race, Sat 6 June

Results ...

1   45:51 Tom Adams
30  57:03 Jim Ryder
96  70:00 Norman Bush 1st V70
106 71:44 Alison Eagle
130 79:58 Sue Morley
139 finished

Welsh 1000m Peaks Race, Sat 6 June

From Dave Wilby ... 20m/8800ft, a true monster and one of the iconic long fell races in the British calendar. The race offers a point to point route from the North Welsh coast over the Carneddau & Glyderrau mountain ranges, and finishing on the summit of Snowdon. 5 summits in total with 3 significant climbs of 2-2500ft each out of the valleys and a good number of other undulations along the way. The weather was fairly clear and warm in the sheltered spots, but the wind on the tops was so bad that even the train up Snowdon was forced to stop running. My race never really took off for some reason but I found enough to secure an 8th place finish in 4:29, Jamie Hutchinson had a very good run to finish 56th in 5:45, and Outi Kamarainen had an excellent run to finish 6th lady in 6:00hrs. 122 finished with 16 retirees, showing just how tough it was at times.

Wharfedale Half Marathon, Sat 6 June

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1  1:29:50 Frank Beresford, Otley AC)
7   1:36:01 Dan Wilkinson
10  1:37:35 Ben Sheppard
16  1:41:53 Mark Mon-Williams
31  1:46:26 Jonathan Sinclair
51  1:50:06 Paul Calderbank
55  1:50:39 David Chandler
68  1:53:57 Michael Duffield
70  1:54:11 Jann Smith 1st F45
84  1:57:04 Dave Robson
87  1:57:12 Tom Worboys
89  1:57:35 Ben Joynson
162 2:08:04 Chantal Busby
164 2:08:10 Kevin Lawson
182 2:11:34 Andrew Wilson
221 2:15:58 Jean Sullivan
225 2:16:33 Sarah Hayes
250 2:20:30 Susan Short
298 2:27:49 Jayne Fort
301 2:28:36 David Green
327 2:35:21 Petra Bijsterveld
350 2:42:40 Sally Wright
355 2:44:16 Sue Bickerdike
366 2:46:09 Sue Williamson
370 2:48:36 Paul Sugden
371 2:48:39 Emma O'Looney
378 2:51:09 Abigail Bailey
385 2:56:55 Emily Pearson
403 finished

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

parkruns, Sat 6 June

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:16 Tom Eames, West Sufflok AC)
38  20:01 Adrian Bastow
174 24:45 John Marshall
462 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:03 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
298 31:59 Alex Hyde
471 ran

Sewerby
(1  17:52 Harry Holmes, York Knavesmire Harriers)
21  22:18 Geoff Howard
138 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:27 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners)
18  23:23 Laura King 2nd F
126 ran

Otley Chevin fell race, Wed 3 June

Woodentops photos

From Ben Sheppard ... What a great win for Jack Wood in 17:41 against some top quality runners! On a beautiful sunny night there were quite a few Harriers out to do battle with local rivals. After legging it over the cobbles we were slogging steeply up the Chevin to emerge from the trees to glorious sunshine, spectators and dog walkers before subjecting our quads and other bits to the punishment of the kind of downhill terrain that demands you go flat out but offers you no soft landings while twisting and turning you with every precariously landed foot strike. Super performances from talented youngsters Lucy Haines and Chloe Haines. Results ...

1   17:41 Jack Wood
9   19:35 Dave Wilby
12  19:44 Ben Sheppard
27  21:09 Michael Lomas
58  22:27 Paul Calderbank
61  22:39 Lucy Haines
81  24:32 Outi Kamarainen
95  25:32 Jamie Partovi
110 27:17 Norman Bush
120 28:44 Chloe Haines
145 finished

HDSRL 3, Thirsk, Tue 2 June

Updated results are on the HRL website now (6 June), will do the Harriers results here if it looks like this has settled down....


Older News, May 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, May

Lawrence Basham Ilkley Trail Race organiser Other nominations were:
Jann Smith - new club vests
Jane Bryant - coaching and encouragement
Neil Chapman - coaching and encouragement
Helen Waddington - V45 winner at John Carr
Hilda Coursey - 1st V60 at Odda and ITR
Ben Sheppard - Jack Bloor, ITR and OCT results
Alison Weston - OCT result
Jane McCarthy - OCT result
Petra Bijsterveld - V50 winner at John Carr
Dave Wilby - Buttermere Sailback and Isle of Jura results
Will Worboys - PBs at John Carr and ITR and training
Harry Maslen - Silver medal in decathlon England U20 Combined Events Championships
Jack Cummings Race results: John Carr, Jack Bloor, Ilkley Trail Race

More Harriers of the Month ...

Coniston Gullies, Sun 31 May

The second race in the BOFRA Championship season. Results ...

(1 14:45 Jack Smith, Wharfedale Harriers)
12 19:17 Mark Mon-Williams
59 finished

Duddon Valley Fell Race, sat 30 May

From Duncan Cooper ... (FRA English Championship Race) Results ...

(1  2:44:01 Rob Hope, Pudsey & Bramley)
165 4:02:46 Duncan Cooper
199 4:13;49 Kate Archer
274 5:09:23 Sarah Edwards
292 finished

parkruns, Sat 30 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:17 Andrew May, Valley Striders AC)
28  19:43 Sally Malir 2nd F
446 ran

Sheffield Hallam
(1  16:54 Jamie Hall, Sheffield University Bankers HC)
123 23:15 Laura King (junior)
540 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  16:49 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
13  21:15 Theo Clay (junior)
242 31:31 Abby Clay (junior)
369 ran

Leeds Roundhay Park
(1  17:36 Christopher Russell, U/A)
36  21:52 Geoffrey Howard
273 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:22 Philip Sanders, Kent AC)
2   18:01 Alex Hirst
164 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:07 Callum Hattersley U/A)
18  22:41 Harry Sime
19  22:42 Robert Sime
35  25:11 Alex Hyde
45  26:32 Charlotte Smithson
56  27:37 Emma Curran
61  28:57 Dylan Shinn (junior)
114 ran

Corby
(1  18:53 Neil Hume, Garden City Runners)
23  23:31 Graham Parton
79 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:14 Jason Cherriman, Leeds City AC)
70  23:54 Norman Bush
280 ran

8th Ilkley Harriers Trail Race, Mon 25 May

A bigger field than for some years, and a wonderful £2500 raised for the race charity. Full results now on the Trail Race page.

Photos c/o the Woodentops

(1  41:15 Jamil Parapia, Otley AC)
7   42:36 Alex Sinclair 1st MU23
11  44:00 Ben Sheppard
16  44:59 Jack Cummings
22  46:19 Rob Cunningham
23  46:29 Steve Coy
32  47:08 Jim Ryder
40  48:06 John Hayes
46  48:29 David Foyston
50  48:41 Michael Lomas
70  50:04 Jonathan Sinclair
72  50:25 Jane Mccarthy
75  50:33 Kate Archer
79  50:58 Michael Duffield
85  51:38 Tom Worboys
92  52:21 Steve Newell
95  52:37 Jann Smith 1st W45
120 54:29 Geoffrey Howard 1st V70
132 54:57 Philip Hirst
136 55:12 Hannah Partner
141 55:42 Mike Baldwin
146 56:10 Will Worboys
188 59:16 Rosie Darwood
191 59:31 Chris Cunningham
198 60:01 Adela Peperecki
202 60:27 Sarah Hayes
203 60:39 John Woodward
213 62:00 Sarah Haines
216 62:25 Steph Gledhill
224 63:30 Elaine Cossins
243 65:48 Alex Hyde
244 65:48 Ellen Clarke
253 66:38 Hilda Coulsey 1st W60
255 66:41 Sue Morley
261 67:11 Paul Sugden
282 70:02 Sue Williamson
291 71:18 Julie Elmes
294 71:45 Kate Lofthouse
300 73:01 Fiona Schneider
307 73:57 Sally Lynch
319 76:31 Sally Wright
337 finished

An Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Red Rose 100 mile, 23-25 May

Well done to Clare Smith who did the LDWA Red Rose 100 in 30h 33mins, we hear.

Decathlon result, 23-24 May

From Shirley Wood ... Harry Maslen competed in the England U20 Combined Events Championships in Bedford over the weekend (decathlon). On day 1 Harry achieved 3 personal best performances in the 100m (11.26); shot (13m.15) and 400m (50.15) and with strong results in his long jump (6m.53) and high jump (1m.88) he finished the day with 3688 points and 200 points clear of second place.
The second day started strong with a PB in his 110 Hurdles (15.45) and a good discus (35m.19). Pole Vault is normally an event that Harry would expect to pick up 500-600 points however failing to clear any height left him with no chance of taking the championship title. Now back in 4th place he ended the day by producing two of the most amazing performances of his career. In the javelin he threw 51m.89 (a PB by over 5m) and in the 1500m he ran 4:38.98 (a PB by 16 secs). He finished the event with 6355 points and stood on the podium in silver medal position. He was also crowned Northern Combined Events champion.
This was his first competitive decathlon of the season and showed that all the winter training under the guidance of Sam Stanislav is paying off. Although clearly disappointed with a couple of aspects of his performance he is already looking forward to other competitions to make amends. Many congratulations from everyone at Ilkley Harriers on such an outstanding weekend.

Isle of Jura Fell Race, Sat 23 May, 17m/7000ft

From Dave Wilby ... I travelled up for the Jura Fell Race this weekend, which took place in reasonable conditions despite preceding weeks of wet weather making the course a touch damp in places. A bit of cloud on the tops kept everyone on their toes navigationally but didn't prevent some commanding performances. Jasmin Paris went astray early on but still had enough in the tank to finish a superb 6th overall and take almost 2 minutes off Angela Mudge's course record in 3:38. Finlay Wild took the overall honours by 15 minutes in 3:13. My own run went well, I ran conservatively for the first 5 peaks and then emptied what little was left in the tank over the last 2 summits and the 5.5km road run back to the finish. I managed to take a couple of minutes off my PB but more importantly claim the sub-4hr prize of an engraved whisky glass, finishing 14th in 3:56.

parkruns, Sat 23 May

Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:07 Tom Eames, West Suffolk AC)
36  19:50 Adrian Bastow
126 22:54 Harry Stead (junior)
188 25:01 John Marshall
446 finishers

Bradford Lister Park
(1   16:52 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
12   20:18 Theo Clay (junior)
273  31:04 Alex Hyde
445 finishers

Skipton Aireville Park
(1 18:08 Alan Walsh, Wharfedale Harriers)
3  19:12 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
28 22:31 Harry Sime
29 22:32 Robert Sime
80 28:36 Jacob Smithson (junior)
81 28:38 Charlotte Smithson
143 finishers

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:19 Allen Bush, U/A)
43  22:53 Norman Bush
66  24:06 Alison Eagle
280 finishers

Bracknell
(1  17:30 Ben Martin-Dye, Bracknell Forest Runners)
80  25:47 Emily Elmes (junior)
87  26:17 Julie Elmes
249 finishers

Ilkley Aquathlon, Sun 19 Sep

Just a note that entries are open and filling up fast (nearly 100 of 250 places gone already.) See our Aquathlon page.

A new club vest!

From Jann Smith ... here's a 'sneak preview' of the new Ilkley Harriers vest which is being developed (by Jann, and) the Complete Runner. The new vest will be made using a new printed process rather than being panelled like the previous ones so it should chafe/rub less across the chest and will be in a nice lightweight fabric. It will be available in men's, women's and kids' sizes to buy at The Complete Runner, Ilkley in a short while. We are also trying to develop a new t-shirt too.

HDSRL 2, Guiseley, Thu 21 May

Another great win for Jack Wood. Results ...

1   31:32 Jack Wood
25  37:02 Andrew Merrick
33  37:50 Andrew Sheldon
51  38:58 Tom Worboys
84  41:19 Caz Farrow
89  41:34 Paul Stephens
91  41:46 Will Worboys
99  42:08 Philip Hurst
121 43:36 Julie Watson
127 43:54 Keith Wood
136 44:16 Caroline Craske
147 44:44 Adrian Weatherly
156 45:14 Sarah Hayes
195 47:56 James Rochfort
196 47:57 Geoffrey White
208 48:43 Nick Mellor
215 49:16 Allison Ricci
226 50:15 Sandra Rochfort
240 51:26 Paul Sugden
285 56:38 Don Macrae
288 56:58 Emma O'Looney
300 59:30 Laura Dawes
306 61:10 Claire Murphy
312 ran

Kildwick Trial, Wed 20 May

From Dan Wilkinson (pictured) ... A cracking little evening race with a bit of everything, fast and furious start through the streets of the village, a drag up to the summit and then some tracks over open moorland, road, and then finally a sprint along the canal to the finish field. Highly recommended! Results ...

(1 26:05 Matt Lockyer, P&B)
5  27:25 Dan Wilkinson
48 35:14 Mike Baldwin
86 finishers
Woodentops photos

John Carr #3, Wed 20 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... The John Carr series at Esholt provides plenty of opportunities for points, prizes and PB's every year. A very fast 5K course with a downhill finish, it is a true 'lactate zone, eyeballs out' effort which makes me ask myself repeatedly how I manage to enjoy it so much. It is certainly not the 25 minutes (in my case) of sheer pain. Perhaps it is the snickers bar at the end that keeps me coming back for more! This year the first race was a YVAA championship event, the second was a counter in our own Harriers league, and the third just had to be run to get the bottle of ale, and have a chance to win a series category prize. Over the 3 weeks Ilkley Harriers collected a bounty of silverware and chocolate for the juniors, as well as a crop of new PB's. Sadly there was a hitch with the tape measure at the first race which had to be declared short which was a disappointment for those who ran a PB. Thankfully several people managed to run an equal or better time in the 2nd race despite it being longer, notably Paul Sugden who brilliantly broke the 24 minute barrier! The short first race did not stop Ilkley vets winning YVAA trophies: Geoff Howard, Jann Smith, Sally Morley, Helen Waddington and myself were the lucky recipients. At the second race there were notable performances from Euan Brennan and Jack Cummings, coming 1st and 2nd in their youth and junior categories, and from Sally Morley again. Jack was the first Harrier home last night at the 3rd race and won his MJ category, with strong running from fellow younsters Cameron Reilly, Oscar Stapleton and Bethan Morley. Sally Morley and Jann Smith were second again in their age categories. Last night prizes were awarded for the series, Sally Morley was 2nd woman overall as well as 1st in the F40 category, a brilliant achievement. Helen Waddington 1st F45 and yours truly 1st F50. Mark Iley 3rd M50 and Cameron Reilly 1st MY.

Results ...

(1  15:36 Jamil Parapia, Otley AC)
17  17:07 Jack Cummings 1st MJ
64  18:25 Sally Morley 2nd F40
66  18:31 Cameron Reilly 1st MY
73  18:45 Mark Iley
74  18:48 Oscar Stapleton 2nd MY
105 19:25 Arthur Reilly
111 19:31 Steve Newell
131 19:54 Ben Joynson
139 20:05 Mike Helme
152 20:20 Jann Smith 2nd F45
188 21:24 Bethan Morley 2nd FY
192 21:27 Harry Stead (junior)
193 21:28 Nicky Hopwood
208 21:44 Darryl Stead
221 22:09 Andrew Wilson
223 22:11 Jean Sullivan
234 22:28 Helen Waddington
255 23:25 Nea Weston (junior)
273 24:07 Paul Sugden
307 25:30 Petra Bijsterveld 1st F50
313 25:48 Ella Shouler-Harris (junior)
386 finished

Final positions (3 races)
31  Sally Morley 1st F40, 2nd F
32  Mark Iley 3rd V50
33  Cameron Reilly 1st MY
49  Arthur Reilly
83  Harry Stead
100 Helen Waddington 1st F45
118 Paul Sugden
137 Petra Bijsterveld 1st F50

Ripon 10, Sun 17 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... I was the only Harrier this morning at this mixed terrain 10 miler. This is the 3rd year in a row that I have run this race and I can recommend it to those who like an undulating mix of road and good trails with some lovely scenery thrown in, as the course takes you through Studley Royal. Well organized with chip timing and a nice mug as a momento this year.

(1  58:48 Mike Jefferies, U/A)
244 94:02 Petra Bijsterveld
355 ran

Howgills Trail Marathon and Half Marathon, Sun 17 May

Ewan Welsh reports ... Three 'arriers embraced the Montane Trail marathon and half marathon (distances are roughly) in the Howgills on Sunday, Lyn Donohue came home as 1st FV50, Ewan Welsh and Mike Baldwin decided to adopt some metaphorical tree hugging and ran around together, there was even a joint combined effort in missing a marker and adding a bit more distance and time through a very nice wood.
The half marathon route is rather enjoyable, long climb at the start out of Sedbergh (long and sweeping I would say) a couple of sharp descents, then a long run in along undulating single track, followed by a few miles down by the river, a lap of Sedbergh, followed by a wee uphill lane before the run into the finish. I believe the marathon extended into another climb or two then onto the same run in. I would say both events are another couple of excellent races on our doorstep, easy drive up, no big crowds, easy parking etc, fine scenery and a quality post race spread with a very pleasant all round friendly ambience, I've pencilled it in for another go. Results ...

Half Marathon
(1 1:48 Jonathon Cox, Eden Harriers(he won by 8 mins))
26 2:29 Ewan Welsh
29 2:30 Mike Baldwin 4th V50
107 ran

Marathon
(1  3:39 Daniel Miller)
123 5:50 Lynn Donohue 1st F50
59 ran

Inter-counties Fell Championships, Sat 16 May

Well done to Tom Adams, part of Yorkshire's Gold-winning men's team, Jemima Elgood in Yorkshire's Gold-winning FU16 team, and Joanna and Lucy Williamson in the FU18 Silver team. More results, narrative, and photos on the Woodentops website.

Men
(1 45:26 Andrew Dougla, Scotland West)
3  47:14 Tom Adams
87 ran

FU18
(1 20:48 Heidi Davies, Brecon)
6  24:36 Lucy Williamson
8  26:17 Joanne Willimason
13 ran

FU16
(1 21:57 Scarlet Dale, Cumbtria)
2  22:09 Jemima Elgood
15 ran
Woodentops photos

Over the Odda 10k, Sat 16 May

From Hilda Coulsey ... another first for Jack Wood. An excellent entirely off-road, local, friendly run where we braved a gusty chilly wind with lots of up hills, over fields and through bluebell woods. A brilliant Saturday morning. Results ...

1   39:19 Jack Wood
10  46:30 Alex Hirst
25  48:21 David Chandler
27  48:38 Ben Joynson
66  54:05 Outi Kamarainen
77  54:56 Phil Hirst
89  56:40 Adela Reperecki 1st F50
110 60:01 Peter Lewis
123 60:55 Stephanie Fox
149 65:32 Hilda Coulsey 1st F60
157 66:37 Paul Sugden
236 finished

An Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Simon's Seat Fell race (Charlesworth Chase), Sat 16 May

From Paddy Hagan ... Inspired by the Jack Bloor's on Tuesday and with so much choice on Saturday, I went for this local event, the only one where drinking a pint at the end was a part of the race! Jonathan Sinclair and Alec also ran (Alec 3rd home!). (Times not up yet. Ted Mason won.)

Old County Tops, Sat 16 May

From Dick Waddington ... The Old County Tops is a classic race starting in Langdale and taking in Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and The Old Man of Coniston. It's pretty long at 56km or so and may be 3500m of climbing. You race in pairs and I teamed up with Ben Sheppard, with Alison Weston and Jane McCarthy forming one of a handful of ladies teams. Paul Calderbank ran with Tom Hollins from Wharfedale. It was the first time on this one for Ben, Jane and me and the first race over 25 miles for Jane and me.
The conditions must have been good, because the records for ladies pair and mixed pair were broken. It's a beautiful and varied route with some of the steepest, longest grassy descents I've ever come across. The crowd on Scafell Pike was so big it was hard to pick out the marshalls at the check point. Down in the wilds of upper Eskdale it was much quieter - especially on the route I took Ben on (he showed great confidence and support in my flawed navigational plan on more than one occasion).The feed station at Cockley Beck was well stocked with tea, sandwiches and flapjack and the marshalls were all very jolly and enthusiastic. Even the marshals on top of the Old Man of Coniston were smiling as they lay in their tents with only heads poking out. The wind was strong and cold up there.
If they were giving prizes to the Ilkley Harriers, Alison would get hard as nails fell runner for head butting a rock about half way round and carrying on despite lots blood, and grimaces from the squeamish. Ben and Jane would share the prize for looking as fresh as daisies at the finish. I would get the prize for flawless execution of a flawed navigational plan. Ben and I got home in just under 9 hours and Jane and Alison about 40 minutes later, with Paul and Tom between the two. Many thanks to Brian Melia for putting us up at the Gritstone Club hut on Friday and for some very welcome support from Helen Waddington. Results ...

(1 6:48:22 Adam Perry, Holme Hill & Martin Mikkelson-Barron, Borrowdale)
32 8:58:16 Ben Sheppard & Dick Waddington
47 9:27:29 Paul Calderbank (& Tom Hollins, Wharfedale)
53 9:39:35 Alison Weston & Jane McCarthy
84 teams finished

parkruns, Sat 16 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:36 John Sanderson, Guildford and Godalming AC)
32  19:57 Adrian Bastow PB
35  20:06 Tom Worboys
435 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:25 Neil Maloney, Skipton AC)
3   19:50 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
21  22:42 Harry Sime
22  22:43 Robert Sime
47  25:15 Alex Hyde
151 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:18 Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners)
53  23:30 Norman Bush
89  25:29 Emily Elmes (junior) PB
96  25:45 Julie Elmes PB
246 ran

John Carr #2, Wed 13 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  15:41 Marc Fenwick, Tyne Bridge Harriers)
18  16:57 Euan Brennan (junior) 1st MY
24  17:13 Jack Cummings (junior) 2nd MJ
60  18:23 Sally Morley 2nd F40
62  18:27 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
63  18:29 Mark Iley 
70  18:40 Stephen Coy
94  19:20 Cameron Reilly (junior)
97  19:28 Arthur Reilly
110 19:51 Tom Worboys
130 20:22 David Chandler
149 20:46 Will Worboys
151 20:48 Geoff Howard 1st M70
159 21:01 Phil Hirst
171 21:22 Harry Stead (junior)
199 22:15 Jean Sullivan
207 22:21 Helen Waddington
251 23:55 Paul Sugden PB
254 24:10 Nick Mellor
263 24:26 Nea Weston (junior)
269 24:34 Peter Lewis
278 24:58 Petra Bijsterveld 1st F50
279 25:00 Julie Elmes
306 26:03 Christopher Brown
311 26:21 Sue Williamson
341 27:52 Christine Reilly
376 ran

An Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Jack Bloor Races, Tue 12 May

Val Kerr reports ... A great turn out of Ilkley Harriers for this league counter and another great win for Jack Wood who busy collecting trophies at the moment. Conditions were very blustery and wet underfoot although the rain kept away and the sun came out briefly. Over 200 runners took part.

From John Hayes... Another fabulous Jack Bloor race over the footpaths, bogs and flagstones of Ilkley Moor. The race has changed over the years as stone slabs have been laid on the upper part of the route (making it faster underfoot and eliminating the choice of different routes to the summit control). Surprisingly for a relatively short race, there remain some interesting route choices in the latter section of the race. Picking the right line between the last knoll and the finish, in particular, can gain you quite a few places. Huge thanks to the organisers and marshals and well done to everyone who ran it. Results ...

1   40:10 Jack Wood
7   43:35 Dave Wilby
9   43:47 Ben Sheppard
22  46:01 Jack Cummings
49  49:58 John Hayes
55  50:21 Richard Joel
60  50:41 Alistair Barlow
69  51:08 Duncan Cooper
70  51:16 Jonathan Sinclair
75  51:28 Lucy Haines
83  51:46 Malcolm Pickering
84  51:49 Kate Archer
91  52:49 Ben Joynson
94  53:08 Paddy Hagan
102 55:06 Alison Weston
105 55:15 David Foyston
107 55:54 Sarah Edwards
108 55:59 Outi Kamarainen
110 56:10 Jann Smith
112 56:13 Paul Stephens
118 57:09 Peter Haines
127 58:04 Steve Weston
136 59:19 Dave Taylor
139 59:59 Ian Marshall
149 62:06 Chloe Haines
160 64:05 Sarah Hayes
168 65:13 Joyce Marshall
171 65:21 Val Kerr
174 66:27 Anna Barlow
179 67:21 Sue Morley
182 68:03 Geoffrey White
186 68:22 Juliet Hammond
216 83:17 Sophie Brown
225 85:00 Rachel Hagan
226 finished

2nd team
1st ladies' team

An Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Yorkshire selection

Congratulations to Jemima Elgood, Joanne Williamson, Lucy Williamson, and Tom Adams selected to run for Yorkshire in the fell inter-counties on 16 May ... more ...

Great Manchester Run, Sun 10 May

Results ...

(1   27:30 Stephen Sambu)
229  36:23 Rob Cunningham
710  45:45 Chris Cunningham
2922 48:35 David Ibbotson
25535? ran

Leeds Half Marathon, Sun 10 May

From Hilda Coulsey ... Thousands turned out to run and it was great to see a fine contingent of Harriers. Support around the course was amazing, though calling out our names took a little getting used to (on our numbers!). As Sally says on Facebook it was HOT. I started near the 1:50 pacer but that lasted only until the first hill at mile 3 and with the 1:55 pacer passing me half way round on the ring road hill I was very pleased with my 1:56 on the day. Congratulations to all. Results ...

(1   1:11:18 Mohammad Aburezeq)
152  1:27:31 Jonathan Sinclair
282  1:31:58 Michael Duffield
303  1:30:31 Andrew Merrick
466  1:34:33 Tom Worboys
797  1:40:06 Phil Hirst
1106 1:45:16 Will Worboys
1392 1:49:31 Christine Cox  3rd F55
1751 1:45:55 Kevin Lawson
1948 1:44:34 Dave Robson
2029 1:57:23 David Green
2070 1:56:46 Hilda Coulsey 3rd F60
tbc  2:00:59 Donna Hattersley  PB
3360 2:01:49 William Woodhead
4502 2:17:13 Sally Lynch
6663 finished

This was a Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Hackney Half Marathon, Sun 10 May

From Jonathan Schneider ... I ran the Hackney Half Marathon in a time of 1:37:48 finishing 1094th overall. The winner was Matthew Kimutai in a time of 1:03:21. In total 10267 finished. Results

Stretton Six Summits, Sat 9 May

Jann Smith reports on this English champs race. 6.3miles/ 3248ft.... A killer of a race in Shropshire devised especially as a Championship race. Short and fast up and down near vertical ascents to six summits in just over six miles...Tough! Results ....

(1    59:01 Tom Addison, Helm Hill)
201 1:29:54 Jann Smith   5th F40
310 finished

Buttermere Sailbeck Fell Race, Sat 9 May

From Dave Wilby ... The superb Buttermere Sailbeck may be fairly short (9.4m/4300ft) but more than rivals some of the long Lakeland races in terms of overall height gain. The course offers a couple of stretches of fabulous ridge running, and the notorious climb up Causey Pike in particular is one which will stick in the memory (and the legs) for quite a while afterwards. I think I was the only Harrier at the race this year, I was pretty pleased with a 7th place finish and a PB by just under a minute, but the gnarly old mountain goats proved I've got a few pounds to lose before I can get back to competing on the tougher ascents. Put this one on your 'must-do' list, particularly if you don't mind walking downstairs backwards for a day or two afterwards! Results ....

(1 1:34:29 Simon Booth (Borrowdale)
7 1:44:30D Dave Wilby
115 finished

Malhamdale Trail Challenge, Sat 9 May

From Caz Farrow ... ... Despite not the best weather a few Harriers travelled over to Kirby Malham for the above. Stunning route (changed to avoid Gordale Scar due to the weather) with 9 (Mark & Rebecca Mon-Williams) & 22 mile (myself & Sharon) options & pie at the finish. Highly recommended. Results ....

9M female
1 1:30:40 Rebecca Mon-Williams
15 finished

2M female
(1 3:46:10 Sally Houghton, Ripon)
2  3:50:12 Caz Farrow
20 4:53:00 Sharon Meadows
61 finished

9M male
1 1:12:27 Mark Mon-Williams
32 finished

parkruns, Sat 9 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Quite a bit of parkrun tourism this week, including a win for Tom Adams at Enfield. Results ...

Cardiff
(1  16:39 Michael Gaunt, North Devon AC)
26  19:02 Micheal Lomas
650 ran

Grovelands, Enfield
1   15:45 Tom Adams
137 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  16:59 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
21  21:47 Tom Worboys
415 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:46 Neil Maloney, Skipton AC)
6   21:05 Lewis Carr (junior)
21  23:11 Harry Sime
22  23:11 Robert Sime
98 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:35 Shaun Lawson, Easingwold RC)
73  25:55 Emily Elmes (junior)
74  25:56 Julie Elmes
173 ran

Cleethorpes
(1  18:15 Tom Sanigar, U/A)
38  25:17 John Brown
95 ran

Lothersdale fell race, Wed 6 May

From Will Buckton ... Two Harriers took on this BS 5.8km/180m out and back route. This was my first time at this race and it felt like a good warm-up for the BOFRA Championship season. A small field and a nice low key atmosphere. Results ....

(1 24:10 Jack Smith, Wharfedale)
28 32:27 Paddy Hagan
45 39:15 Will Buckton
63 57:04 Emily Pearson
64 finished

John Carr 1, Wed 6 May

NB "Unfortunately the course was laid out incorrectly for this race which meant it was short of the full 5K."
This race was the YVAA 5k road championship.
Results ...

(1  15:03 Jamil Parapia, Otley)
2   15:04 Tom Adams
22  16:49 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
60  17:50 Cameron Reilly
61  17:44 Mark Mon-Williams
68  18:08 Steve Weston
69  18:09 Sally Morley
72  18:14 Mark Iley
90  18:50 Richard Joel
104 19:10 Arthur Reilly
111 19:21 Steve Newell
116 19:24 Ben Joynson
127 19:36 Tom Worboys
134 19:49 Jann Smith 1st F45
147 20:09 Malcolm Pickering
164 20:28 Geoff Howard 1st V70
181 20:53 Harry Stead
205 21:39 Nicky Hopwood
212 21:49 Andrew Wilson
225 22:23 Helen Waddington
263 23:49 Nick Mellor
275 24:09 Paul Sugden
279 24:14 Peter Lewis
299 24:58 Petra Bijsterveld
317 25:55 Christopher Brown
331 27:02 Christine Reilly
378 finished
Photo: Peter Lewis

From Peter Lewis ... Helen Waddington (2nd FV45) and Petra Bijsterveld (2nd FV50) with their YVAA 5Km road championship awards.

HDSRL 1, Tue 5 May

A record 412 runners and a super event, we hear, at the first Harrogate League race, in Harrogate. The next League race is in Guiseley on Thu 21 May - if you plan to run but do not yet have a League number you'll need to get one from Andrew Sheldon soon.

Results ...

(1   33:00 Mike Burrett, Harrogate)
3    33:40 Jack Wood
53   40:54 David Brown
71   42:10 Tom Worboys
77   42:35 Ben Joynson
99   43:48 Philip Hurst
122  45:11 Paul Stephens
133  45:51 Will Worboys
167  47:38 Julie Watson
168  47:39 Adrian Weatherly
176  47:56 David Ibbotson
179  47:59 Jane Bryant
186  48:18 Jean Sullivan
197  48:49 Caroline Craske
235  50:32 Stephanie Fox
237  50:40 Christine Cox
239  50:46 Will Buckton
260  51:54 Allison Ricci
267  52:08 Peter Lewis
278  52:29 Paul Sugden
280  52:35 James Rochfort
283  52:46 Geoffrey White
288  52:55 Hilda Coulsey
296  53:17 Julie Elmes
303  53:29 Sandra Rochfort
331  55:57 Sue Williamson
350  57:34 Emma O'Looney
367  59:57 Natalie York
380  60:42 Claire Murphy
381  61:04 Don Macrae
399  65:02 Laura Dawes
412 ran

An Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Coiners fell race, Mon 4 May

Results ...

(1 1:05:47 Keith Holmes, Dark Peak)
22 1:10:51 Paul Calderbank
63 1:26:46 Sue Morley
85 ran

And a huge turnout of junior Harriers for the Championship races there, results and report on the junior pages soon.

Coniston fell race, Sat 2 May

From Ben Sheppard ... Apparently it's usually sunny for this race. Not this year, when blizzards made route finding difficult between the tops of Wetherlam, Swirl How and the Old Man on this 8 mile course with 3,000 ft ascent and a hair raising descent. Surprisingly there were only 5 retirements out of 235 starters and all got home safely. Course record holder and now veteran Ian Holmes stuck close to winner Tom Addison and second place Ted Mason.

From Alison ... Winter is still here it would seem going up Wetherlam on Bank Holiday weekend! A brilliant race though navigation was a bit tricky on the tops. I made the mistake of hanging onto a group of runners in the mist who suddenly stopped and said they didn't know which way to go. My head was saying one way but map and compass said another! Descent wet and wicked but thankfully quite short.

Graham Weston's photos

Results ...

(1  1:12:32 Ted Addison, Helm Hill)
35  1:29:23 Ben Sheppard
108 1:46:04 Alison Weston
172 2:00:00 Jamie Partovi
186 2:03:47 Will Buckton
230 finished

parkruns, Sat 2 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A win for Jack Wood at Woodhouse Moor this week, and a flurry of PB's all round. Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
1   16:32 Jack Wood PB
21  18:34 Cameron Reilly (junior) PB
187 25:04 John Marshall
451 ran

Cardiff
(1  16:31 Joseph Beech, U/A)
9   18:07 Mark Mon-Williams
60  21:20 Rebecca Mon-Williams PB
493 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:10 Tom Collinge, Queensbury RC)
131 25:37 Alex Hyde PB
158 26:31 Petra Bijsterveld
506 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  16:29 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
169  26:27 Emily Elmes (junior)
172  26:34 Julie Elmes
377 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:10 Matthew Thompson, Southport Waterloo AC)
4   18:49 Oscar Stapleton (junior) PB
11  20:35 Tom Worboys
35  22:40 Harry Sime PB
36  22:42 Robert Sime PB
42  23:12 Reuben Foster (junior)
72  25:53 Jacob Smithson (junior)
84  26:26 Charlotte Smithson
164 ran

Older News, April 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, April

Petra Bijsterveld Twitter feed and website updates Other nominations were:
Sally Malir - London Marathon time
Helen Waddington - 3 Peaks time
Dan Wilkinson - 3 Peaks time
John Hayes - 3 Peaks time
Kate Archer - Baildon Boundary and Pendle results
Jann Smith - Bunny Run results
Tom Adams - Bunny Run Results
Natalie York - leading Tuesday runs
Antonio Cardinale - leading Tuesday runs
Jacqui Weston - 3 Peaks support
Jack Wood Dick Hudsons and Anniversary Waltz wins

More Harriers of the Month ...

London Marathon, Sun 26 April

Sally Malir was 4th in her class. 3:07:36 a new club record for FV50 and also beating her own club F45 record from last year's VLM by 2 minutes. Provisional results ... ....

(1    2:04:42 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya)
2656  3:07:36 Sally Malir
5308  3:25:52 Michael Duffield
6089  3:29:23 Tim Buckingham
11032 3:51:00 David Howe
20711 4:26:44 William Woodhead
26819 4:51:00 Julie Elmes
34451 5:46:58 Abigail Bailey
37,675 finished

Big Sur International Marathon, Sun 26 April

From Philip Hirst ... Philip and Alex Hirst ran the Big Sur International Marathon on Sunday in California. In constant sun and with stunning scenery along the Pacific coast, the race included head winds and brutal hills. Alex finished 73rd out of 4299 in 3:17:17 and Philip 759th in 3:59:27.

Three Peaks race, Sat 25 April

From Dan Wilkinson ... Everyone loves the 3 Peaks don't they? Whatever happens with the weather in the preceding week, heat wave, ice age, it will usually be snowing at some point on the day of the 3 Peaks. Today was no different with blizzard conditions reported on Ingleborough by later runners. Despite the weather there was fabulous support for Ilkley on the course from fellow Harriers and others. Brilliant performances all round, notably tremendous PBs for Ben Sheppard, who surprised himself with a 1st class time, John Hayes for going sub 4 and nearly half an hour faster than 2014 and Helen Waddington who smashed 5 hours! I also managed to slice a further 13 minutes off my PB despite suffering what felt like hypothermia, cramp and hallucinations all at the same time on Ingleborough. I was planning a hiatus next year but actually, I think I'll be back!

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1  2:51:42 Ricky Lightfoot, Salomon)
51  3:30:07 Dan Wilkinson
87  3:38:31 Ben Sheppard
172 3:55:07 Dick Waddington
186 3:57:19 John Hayes
200 3:59:00 Jamie Hutchinson
217 4:02:29 Brian Melia
259 4:10:24 Jann Smith
327 4:19:29 Michael Lomas
390 4:26:23 Alison Weston
395 4:27:01 Andrew Merrick
399 4:27:26 Richard Joel
423 4:31:53 Paul Calderbank
483 4:38:36 Steve Weston
578 4:54:54 Helen Waddington
636 5:06:40 Chantal Busby
642 5:10:21 Adela Reperecki
701 finished
Timed out:
Eleanor Bradley
Jane McCarthy

From Jann Smith ... this year's 3 Peaks race felt more like a Bear Grylls style endurance challenge. There were gale force winds, snow blizzards, sleet and heavy rain making the limestone treacherous and the runners soaked to the skin. The support for Ilkey was amazing and so helpful even though a little crazy in those conditions (the Morley family on the top of Whernside in the -4 windchill!) and camaraderie between runners was great. Mild hypothermia set in after the top of Whernside and the fall down Ingleborough was inevitable. There were some great performances from Ilkley and some great PB's despite the conditions. Alison Weston was presented her prize for 15 3 x Peaks and Ilkley ladies won 2nd ladies team and I managed 3rd F40.

Grahams photos

From Helen Waddington ... Just to say a massive thank you to ALL the Harriers/family members who turned out yesterday to support us all - what an amazing effort given the awful weather conditions. I don't want to name individuals in case I miss anyone out (tricky to make out faces in the mist and rain) but you know who you are!!! It gave us all a huge lift and kept spirits up! Also huge congratulations to Alison Weston who picked up her prize for running 15 races (having finished her 16th yesterday!) and the icing on the cake for me was getting the second place ladies team prize - all thanks of course to Jann and Alison who put in amazing performances. Well done everybody, whatever the time/outcome - and commiserations to Elle and Jane who were not 100%, so even starting the race shows true grit!!!

More from Alison ... Wow, what a weekend for results! Well done to everyone who took part in the 3 Peaks or London Marathon. Lots of brilliant times and PBs. Such a temperature change yesterday with many very cold runners on Whernside and Ingleborough, though Dan was so quick he missed all the sleet. Jann, Helen and I had blue lips for quite some time afterwards. THANK YOU so much to all the Harriers and friends/family of Harriers running who supported, especially Mike Baldwin near the top of Pen-y-ghent and family Morley on top of Whernside, but also to Val, Andy, Jackie (with the cow bell), Dave, Pete, to name only some... The ladies did really well to come 2nd team but best result was definitely Helen's with a magnificent 15 minute PB!

Woodentops photos, Graham Weston's photos

parkruns, Sat 25 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Newcastle
(1  17:13 unknown)
178 23:35 Harry Sime
182 23:39 Robert Sime
601 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:19 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
31  21:56 Geoff Howard
161 26:45 Petra Bijsterveld
491 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:18 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
2   19:02 Mark Mon-Williams
20  22:24 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
26  23:01 Chris Cunningham
62  26:05 Charlotte Smithson
69  27:10 Archie Budding (junior)
136 ran

Lyme
(1  18:59 Lucas Parker, Macclesfield Harriers)
48  27:27 Alison Eagle
98 ran

Dick Hudsons fell race, Thu 23 April

Quite a few Harriers, and Jack in the lead, in the Woodentops' photos of this BOFRA race. Results

Woodentops photos
(1 42:07 Bob Addey, on a bike)
2  46:25 Jack Wood  equalled record
(4 46:59 Dave Wilby, bike)
7  49:15 Alex Sinclair
16 57:24 David Chandler
18 58:15 Duncan Cooper
29 61:57 Paddy Hagan
32 62:39 Mike Baldwin
33 62:41 Will Worboys
36 64:37 Paul Stephens
46 69:00 Sarah Hayes
51 73;14 Keith Wood
52 73:26 Rose Hagan
57 82:53 Sheena Pikersgill
60 85:30 Rachel Hagan
61 finished

Bunny Relays, Tue 21 April

Woodentops photos

Lots of Harriers mixing and matching as part of a record 117 teams. Tom Adams was in the winning team as an honorary Holmes, Jack Wood and sister Helen were 7th team, amongst many others. Results and photos.

Website revamp, Sun 19 April

You might notice the website looks a bit different. It now uses the 'Twitter Bootstrap' approach which is 'responsive' and 'mobile-first'. An increasing proportion of users are using smartphones and tablets (1,716 and 1,653 sessions respectively in the last month) compared to traditional desktop/laptop users (3,092 sessions) and the new approach should accomodate everyone. And of course there is a 'Googlegeddon' deadline approaching fast where Google may 'downrank' sites that are not mobile-friendly. So, here it is, and if you spot a glitch then please let Paul know.

Manchester Marathon, Sun 19 April

From Alex Hyde ... First ever marathon ran yesterday, coming in at 4:48:15 6839th out of 7805. Was going great guns and hoping to get inside 4.15 until hitting the wall like a sledgehammer at 20 miles!! Fantastic atmosphere and amazing sense of achievement though and if anyone is contemplating running their first marathon .... go for it!!

Anniversary Waltz, Sat 18 April

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Dan Wilkinsion reports ... The Anniversary Waltz is an 11.5M race with 3,700ft of climbing around the beautiful Newlands Horseshoe. A spectacular day for racing - a fine spring day with clear blue skies. Studying the entry list I was convinced this race would turn into a battle between Jack Smith and Jack Wood and they didn't disappoint. We watched from the chasing group as they disappeared off into the horizon. Jack was a little tentative as he was leading but didn't know the racing lines, eventually it came down to a sprint for the line with our Jack winning by 13 seconds. A brilliant achievement and a great reflection of the hard work he has put in getting back into form over the last 9 months. I also found some decent form after recent setbacks and finished 6th. For anyone who hasn't tried fell racing in the Lakes this is a superb place to start in my opinion, apart from the steep climb up Robinson the route is generally grassy or not too harsh underfoot and much less daunting than some of the longer races. Plus the views are spectacular, there is plenty off support on course from the tourists on Catbells and there is free chilli and beer at the finish. A brilliant day out (PS Jack's vest was still in the wash from the Bunny Run!)
Results ...

1   1:41:47 Jack Wood
6   1:48:52 Dan Wilkinson
187 3:36:34 John Pickering
191 finished

Meanwood Valley Trail, Sat 18 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Having studied the Harrier entries beforehand I knew I would definitely be the last Harrier home in this race, but hey, someone has to be. Despite this being a local race I had never run it, and I found it quite tough. A lot of up and down, and underfoot it is a pretty relentless mixture of tree roots and small rocks, not my forte. I almost yearned for the tedium of the canalside stretch you get in the Guiseley Gallop or the Baildon Boundary Way, which make up the other 2 events in this 3 race series. However, I did enjoy it, the weather was glorious, there was an abundance of cheerful marshals to guide us through the woods, a drinks station half way, and a bottle of Meanwood Meander ale for all finishers. There were particularly strong performances from Steve Coy (22nd), Jamie Hutchinson (28th), Steve Weston (34th) and Nick Pearce (40th). Results ...

(1  41:36 Jonathan Wills, Leeds City)
22  47:39 Stephen Coy
28  48:48 Jamie Hutchinson
34  50:04 Steve Weston
40  50:38 Nicholas Pearce
161 59:29 Neil Bloor
169 59:54 Tom Worboys
209 63:19 Sarah Hayes
235 65:14 Harry Sime
236 65:18 Robert Sime
267 68:11 Bethany Bloor
301 71:27 Petra Bijsterveld
385 finished

Yorkshire Junior Fell Championships, West Nab, Sat 18 April

Well done to Lucy and Joanne Williamson, Gold & Silver medallists in FU18. Jemima Elgood took U16 Silver, and Euan Brennan U14 Bronze, in some very competitive races. Champions! More on the Woodentops site.

Sue Morley reports ... I had a good race over a somewhat complicated but well marked route with 450m of climb over 9k taking LV 60 prize behind Sally Newman who took 1st Lady.

 
(1 40;36 Jack Willis, Middlesborough and Cleveland)
74 71:30 Sue Morley 

Podium 5k, Sat 18 April

Geoff Howard reports ...the reuslts of the 5k races at Barrowford in a stiff wind were:

Race A:
(1 15:08 Chris Livesey, Preston Harriers)
23 18:05 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
 
Race B:
(1 16:59 Kevin Hunt, Preston Harriers)
13 19:13 Mark Iley
21 20:55 Geoffrey Howard

parkruns, Sat 18 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A win this week at Skipton for Mark Mon-Williams, followed by junior Oscar Stapleton in second place. Tom Worboys ran at Woodhouse Moor and followed it with the Meanwood Valley Trail, a good morning's running! Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:39 Thomas Hughes, U/A)
65  22:19 Tom Worboys
400 39:31 Abbie Reynier (junior)
404 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:23 Mark Mon-Williams
2   18:09 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
24  22:41 Chris Cunningham
52  25:12 Charlotte Smithson
130 ran

Fountains Abbey
1  17:09 Daniel Holdsworth (Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers)
101 26:50 Eve Whitaker
102 26:58 Helene Whitaker
222 ran

Rob Templeman

Sad to hear that Rob Templeman has passed away: Rob was an active member of the Club in its early days, Club Treasurer, and sponsor of the Ilkley Moor fell race.

Bunny 3, Tue 14 April

The sun shone for the finale of the 2015 Bunny series, Tom Adams continued his winning Egg Stage for the 15th time and the individual race for the ninth time. Tom will once again feature on next years Bunny Beer label by retaining the series title with three wins. Results, and photos

1   15:02 Tom Adams
5   15:54 Jack Wood
27  17:58 Michael Howard
31  18:16 Cameron Reilly (junior)
38  18:39 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
56  19:24 Richard Joel
71  20:00 Harry Barker (junior)
82  20:26 Lucy Williamson
95  20:51 Malcolm Pickering
98  21:00 Arthur Reilly
105 21:18 Jann Smith 1st F40
109 21:41 Charlie Tiger Smith
128 22:25 James Pickering
136 22:45 Jamie Partovi
142 23:06 Edward Bickerdike
149 23:21 Nicky Hopwood
159 24:02 Andrew Jackson
167 24:11 Nea Weston (junior)
193 25:13 Allison Ricci
207 25:47 Peter Lewis
254 28:24 Sue Williamson
255 28:26 Sophie Brown
260 29:02 Sally Wright
261 29:10 Julie Elmes
267 29:48 Anna Pickering
268 29:53 Christine Reilly
272 30:22 Angel Smith (junior)
283 finished

Sheffield Half, Sun 12 April

From Andrew Sheldon... The Sheffield Half Marathon took place on Sunday morning. It's a new course from previous years, which after a couple of miles on the flat then starts a long climb up to the 5 mile mark out on the hills by Ringinglow. There was a facing wind all the way and beyond to the 6.5 mile mark, then a welcome turn back and downhill on the main road. One more turn for home at 8 miles in the village of Dore, then at 11 miles it's a welcome downhill return with a couple more miles flat run in to the finish.
So a challenging course, and four Harriers took part.
Alex Hirst ran 1:23:27 to earn 54th place (chip time) out of 6014 finishers.
Philip Hirst ran 1:40:59 for 24th in category, Sally Lynch ran 2:16:44, congrats there as this was no PB course, that's an average of well under 10.5 minutes per mile, hard working especially as the wind became stronger and colder as the race progressed.
I figured to start in the 01:40 pen, and so was pleased to get back in 01:41:06 which is fine for where am at just now. Personally speaking, really enjoyed being out there, running a sensible race, paying attention to form, thinking about those Thursday night coached sessions and what we learn there. And the buzz of roads lined with cheering spectators for much of the course. This, combined with the vibe of the Northern Vets team event last month, I find very motivating.

(1   1:13:20 Dave Archer, Hallamshire Harriers)
54   1:23:27 Alex Hirst
931  1:40:59 Philip Hirst
943  1:41:06 Andrew Sheldon
4815 2:16:44 Sally Lynch
6014 finished

Baildon Boundary Way, Sun 12 April

From Steph Fox ... 10 Harriers turned out for the Baildon multi terrain half marathon on a dull Sunday morning. The weather threatened rain throughout the race, but it thankfully failed to properly provide the deluge we were expecting. There was a slight breeze in the air along the canal, of which the path seemed endless and even I began to crave a hill just to enjoy some rest-bite from the the monotony. Once the hills appeared - so did a little more wind, but I found it in our favour for some of the way and even managed to finish the race with a smile on my face. Some fantastic times - and possibly some PB'S but not sure. Kate Archer came second female - well done to her. Results ...

(1  1:17:23 Frank Beresford, Otley AC)
45  1:39:15 Andrew Merrick
47  1:39:36 Kate Archer
133 1:52:57 Neil Bloor
161 1:56:38 Will Worboys
166 1:57:33 Jean Sullivan
187 2:01:11 Andrew Wilson
191 2:01:50 Adela Reperecki
198 2:04:00 Stephanie Fox
276 2:19:08 Paul Sugden
278 2:19:14 Sue Bickerdike
320 ran

Coledale Horseshoe, Sat 11 April

Jamie P

Will Buckton reports ... Five Ilkley Harriers made the trip to Braithwaite for the Coledale Horseshoe. The AM 13.7km/915 route was changed due to ice on Eel Crag to an 11km route with extra ascent, still taking in the Wainwright summits of Grisedale Pike and Barrow. Dave Wilby was first home for Ilkley in 22nd overall, less than a minute behind Steve Birkinshaw who recently completed all the Wainwrights in o

(1  1h06:49 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough AC)
22  1h17:44 Dave Wilby
55  1h25:35 Dan Wilkinson
112 1h34:17 David Chandler
215 1h53:48 Will Buckton
234 2h00:53 Jamie Partovi
249 finished

parkrun, Sat 11 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Some brilliant parkrun results this week with a win at Skipton for Steve Coy, followed closely by a whole gang of felllow Harriers, and 1st female positions for Lucy Williamson at Skipton and Georgia Malir at Woodhouse Moor. Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:14 Paul O'Callaghan, Tadworth AC)
9   18:17 Georgia Malir 1st F
21  19:33 Cameron Reilly (junior)
29  19:58 Arthur Reilly
32  20:09 Sally Malir 3rd F
325 ran

Colchester Castle
(1  17:20 Gareth Williams, U/A)
6   19:22 David Brown
61  23:48 Rosalind Brown
279 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:01 unknown)
115 25:50 Julie Elmes
277 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:19 Steve Coy
4   19:00 Mark Mon-Williams
6   19:38 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
10  20:24 Dominic Coy (junior)
12  21:02 Lucy Williamson 1st F
37  23:32 Archie Budding (junior)
65  27:19 Sue Williamson
136 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:24 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers)
55  23:18 Norman Bush
233 ran

Bunny 2, Tue 7 April

In complete contrast to last week it was a balmy sunny evening on Penistone Hill, Tom Adams once again won, recording his 14th Egg Stage and 8th overall win, from 302 runners. Jann Smith was 1st F40. Results, and photos

1   14:59 Tom Adams
5   16:13 Jack Wood
18  17:17 Euan Brennan (junior)
37  18:35 Cameron Reilly (junior)
45  18:56 Jemima Elgood (junior)
56  19:23 James Pickering (junior)
58  19:28 Sarah Pickering (junior)
73  20:08 Harry Barker (junior)
80  20:23 Lucy Williamson
97  21:02 Lucy Jacques (junior)
98  21:03 Malcolm Pickering
102 21:13 Arthur Reilly
106 21:20 Jann Smith
150 23:14 Joanne Williamson
154 23:33 Nicky Hopwood
176 24:16 Nea Weston (junior)
205 25:31 Allison Ricci
232 27:03 Sue Morley
243 27:56 Angel Smith (junior)
263 28:58 Sue Williamson
264 28:58 Eric Morley
275 29:33 Sally Wright
276 29:37 Sophie Brown
291 31:07 Anna Pickering
292 31:17 Christine Reilly
302 finished

Guiseley Gallop, Sun 5 April

photo: Richard Joel

From John Hayes ... It was great to see so many Harriers out in the glorious Easter sunshine for this one. I hadn't done it before so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The route is fast in places but the last part involves a muddy climb across Esholt Woods. Gratifyingly, it was then that I managed to overtake all the runners who had whizzed past me on the flatter bits of the course.

(1  36:08 Frank Beresford, Otley)	
35  42:32 Rob Cunningham
43  43:15 John Hayes
87  46:08 David Chandler
94  46:33 Duncan Cooper
106 47:15 Dave Robson
163 50:32 Philip Hirst
206 52:52 Will Worboys
213 53:18 Neil Bloor
217 53:22 Hannah Partner
246 54:47 Sarah Hayes
247 54:51 Adela Reperecki
259 55:37 Jean Sullivan
267 56:05 Jamie Partovi
288 56:45 Robert Meadows
301 57:19 Will Buckton
303 57:26 Peter Lewis
333 58:58 Bethany Bloor
363 60:42 Paul Sugden
364 60:44 Sharon Meadows
383 61:49 Petra Bijsterveld
389 62:16 Eric Morley
390 62:18 Sue Morley
408 63:17 Amanda Newham
411 63:38 Julie Elmes
414 63:46 Hilda Coulsey
472 67:18 Sue Williamson
615 finished

From Martin Wright ... This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter and Phil Hirst cannily played a wildcard from Parkrun and is now top of the League.

Pendle fell race, Sat 4 April

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1  32:40 Tim Addison, Helm Hill Runners)
99  45:21 Kate Archer
217 53:19 Jamie Partovi
291 ran

parkruns, Sat 4 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor Leeds
(1  16:55 Daniel Fisher, Valley Striders)
25  19:39 Cameron Reilly (junior)
91  23:45 Harry Stead (junior)
361 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:41 Carl Kernick, U/A)
39  22:22 Phil Hirst
42  22:29 Joe Reynier (junior)
127 26:09 Alex Hyde
432 39:03 Abbie Reynier (junior)
471 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  16:48 Julian Hood, Skipton AC)
8   19:47 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
9   19:53 David Brown
140 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:11 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
15  19:30 David Schneider
81  23:43 Jonathan Schneider
109 25:17 Alison Eagle
172 28:20 Fiona Schneider
306 ran

Salford 10k, Good Friday 3rd April

From Mark Iley ... 2 Harriers made the start line for this popular fast 2 lap 10k..a dreary morning affected times and they were a little slower than last year's.

(1  30:40 Gareth Raven)  
151 39:18 Mark Iley   
282 44:58 Harry Sime   
545 ran

Older News, March 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, March

Val Kerr Dales Way Relay organisation Other nominations were:
Neil Chapman - leading Winter training sessions
Petra Bijsterveld - Twitter feed
Steve Weston - organsing men's Northern Road Relay team
Kate Archer - Flower Scar and Fell Champ s points
Ben Sheppard - Blubberhouses and Haworth Hobble
Helen Waddington - PB at Wilmslow 1/2
Sally Malir - Thirsk 10
Brian Melia -Edale Skyline, Haworth Hobble etc
Lucy Williamson Yorkshire U23 Fell Championship U23 Silver

More Harriers of the Month ...

Bunny 1, Tue 31 March

Woodentops photos

A good win for Tom Adams (his 7th Bunny win, and 13th 'Egg Stage' win) and Jemima Elgood 3rd lady Results, and photos

1   15:57 Tom Adams
30  19:52 Cameron Reilly (junior)
33  20:02 Jemima Elgood (junior)
40  20:17 Robbie Matthews  (junior)
48  20:35 James Pickering  (junior)
50  20:47 Sarah Pickering  (junior)
56  21:03 Dom Coy  (junior)
71  21:45 Lucy Williamson
83  22:35 Harry Barker (junior)
88  22:43 Malcolm Pickering
99  23:03 Arthur Reilly
136 25:09 Nea Weston 
185 28:03 Gaenor Coy
211 30:43 Julie Elmes
214 31:07 Anna Pickering
221 31:35 Angel Smith (junior)
226 32:08 Christine Reilly
228 32:28 Sally Pickering
236 finished

Liverpool Half Marathon, Sun 29 March

From Justin Phillips ... I won a place to take part in this event and having a serious race to focus on for the first time in ages has provided some much needed motivation and I've really enjoyed 'training' towards a goal again.
Conditions were cool and soggy but importantly wind free. The flat course wound its way through the city, looped around Sefton Park and then dropped onto the promenade alongside the Mersey at mile 8 leading to a fast 5 mile charge in to the finish at the Albert Dock.
View it on Strava
I'd highly recommend this event to anyone, especially if you need an excuse to spend a weekend sightseeing (and eating/shopping) in Liverpool.
Now onwards to the serious business of my first ever road Marathon in Blackpool on the 26th April..

(1  1:08:48 Paul Martelletti, Run Fast)
151 1:26:06 Justin Phillips
4,986 ran

Blubberhouses moor 25, Sun 29 March

From Ben Sheppard ... this local LDWA event is typically low key, friendly and very good value (7 for 24 miles, food en route and a meal at the finish). It's also a good opportunity to get s few training miles in and test your race fitness if you're training for the 3 Peaks or and other long or challenging races later in the spring. Harriers spotted include Amanda Parnaby and Mike Baldwin; Alison Weston didn't seem to be far behind the first female finisher; Elle Bradley and Sarah Hayes ran together, Sarah taking a stupendous 49 (forty nine!) minutes off last year's time; and John Hayes pushed the pace from the off, perfectly pacing the two of us to 4th and 5th, a few minutes faster than my 2014 time in spite the blustery and boggy going.
Results ...

(1= 3:21 Andrew Dobby
 1= 3:21 Liam Dunne
4   3:24 Ben Sheppard
5   3:27 John Hayes
30  4:06 Mike Baldwin
35  4:11 Alison Weston 4th lady
56  4:40 Sarah Hayes
57  4:40 Eleanor Bradley
86  5:19 Lynn Donohue
87  5:19 Keith Wood
90  5:21 Adela Reperecki
101 5:34 Helene Whitaker
106 5:40 Eddie Winslow
124 6:46 Amanda Parnaby
164 finished

YVAA Grand Prix 1 Honley, Sun 29 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Three Harriers found themselves at Honley this morning for the first of the 2015 Yorkshire Veterans' series. On what was on the whole a wet and windy Sunday we managed to run in a dry and still hour. The 6 mile hilly course is multi-terrain and consisted of woodland paths, fields and just a little road, and after the overnight rain there was a lot of lovely squelchy mud. The race was well organized by Holmfirth Harriers with lots of friendly and encouraging marshals.
Alison Eagle ran very well in her first race back after a lengthy lay-off, and Phil Hirst showed true grit by racing well after running the Northern Road Relays yesterday, his club vest still being in the washing machine! I was the last Harrier back but happy with my effort and my time.
Results ...

Women
(1  47:09 Anne Johnson, Stainland)
19  57:07 Alison Eagle
32  64:05 Petra Bijsterveld
55 ran

Men
(1  37:36 Gavin Mulholland, Stainland)
69  54:54 Phil Hirst
118 ran

Edale Skyline, Sun 29 March

From Brian Melia ... Don Morrison's Edale Skyline is a very special, if difficult race. Added to that today was the atrocious weather and bog after bog. The organiser mentioned -12 degrees wind chill?
The route is 21 miles with 1373m of climb ... feels like more to me!! going to:
Ringing Roger
Jagger's Clough
Win Hill Summit
Follow the marshals instructions on new route via Hope Brink
Hope (Edale road)
Lose Hill Summit Mam Tor
Mam Nick road crossing
Stile on Rushup Edge
Brown Knoll
Grindslow Knoll
Ringing Roger
Finish )

Times were slow. I felt sluggish over the first half, but started to come alive after Brown Knoll. There was a couple of incidents I was involved in, one of note. Coming through a very windy, poor visibility section in deep bogs I heard cries of help, eventually I spotted a runner in trouble, the two runners beside me looked up, but seemed to think I should go, they carried on. I went to see what had happened and the runner was stuck in a bog very deep indeed. I was a few feet above him on a rock so I grabbed him under the arms and pulled, but I could not move him, luckily another runner was passing who I called and he immediately came to help, however, we both could not move him and the a third arrived, thankfully we pulled him free and he set off. It probably was no more than a few minutes, but from there on in I was trying to catch up lost places, I think I managed. Thinking about this later I was a little saddened that my fellow runners felt that this situation was under control when it evidentially was not. Fell running is a beautiful sport, but in in some circumstances has to come second when attending an incident however serious or minor. I thought about putting an official complaint in, but I hope that this was just a misunderstanding on these other runners.The ones who did help were commendable. I ran by another runner being attended by two runners ahead of me only a few hundred metres further on the same stretch, I enquired if they needed any help, but they were fine.
In most fell races incidents are few and thankfully far between, but when there is an incident, your race must stop if you need to assist after that then you can resume ... common sense really and something to think about when you are in the fells racing.It may be you or me in difficulty!

Results
I think just two Harriers finished tbc
I was 4hrs 8 mins 15 sec(101st) Richard Joel was 4 hrs 17 mins 1 sec.(119th)
An exciting day in the Peaks as always!!

Jack Wood adds ... A day to forget for me and Will as we both pulled out of a wet and wild Edale Skyline. Will climbed the Ringing Roger with intent but when he got to the top he realised he'd forgotten to have his daily dose of ale, so went back down to find a pub. I made it a little further but a combination of setting off too quickly and putting my jacket on too late meant I was going slow and getting cold after 2.30 hours and decided to call it a day. The journey back was spent reflecting that we should find some shorter races to do in the future...In what was a short race for Brian Melia, he finished strongly with Richard Joel not far behind.

From Richard Joel ... I grunted my way around the Edale Skyline yesterday - the first time I'd done the race however I know the area as I grew up in Derbyshire. The first half of the race was ok but I started to get tired after Lose Hill. My mind was however taken off the tiredness by the worsening weather conditions - hood up and head down.
Like Brian I also helped a fellow runner pull another guy out of the bogs at Brown Knoll - in it to his waist. He was so happy to get out and find he'd still got a fell shoe on each foot!!
I started to get quite cold towards the end and was over the moon to see the decent down Ringing Roger to Edale. I managed to lose my footing at the top of the final field and roll around in the mud for dramatic effect!!
Dark Peak's organisation of this race was excellent and safety rightly at the top of their agenda. I take my hat off to the marshalls out on the course all day - especially the poor guys up on Ringing Roger (the washing machine).
The food at the end in the nice warm Village Hall was excellent, however by this stage I'd have happily chewed on cardboard if it was warm.

Kinsgton Half Marathon, Sun 29 March

Alex Hirst finished 8th in 1:23:49

12 Stage Northern Road Relays - Sefton Park, Liverpool, Sat 28 March

Photo: Pete Shields

From Steve Weston ... Fantastic team performance by all at the Northern Road Relays. A great day in Liverpool in very good running conditions despite monsoon on the way out. The Northern Road Relays are a brilliant, surprisingly low key event that offer fantastic entertainment. There were some stars there Steve Cram, IMFR record holder Emma Clayton, Rachel Bamford. The quality at the top end of the end was incredible with Leeds, Liverpool and Morpeth trading places throughout the race and Leeds ending up on top (But as Chris Reilly said "they all look like students".
(Arthur you'll love this) You can see by the fact that out team position was better than any of our individual leg positions that we had a very balanced team. Our placing does not give justice to the quality we had yesterday Everybody ran their socks off to finish under 4 hours and avoid the mass start, we even lapped some teams twice!
To a man everybody had a great time and all decided that we should make a commitment to next year's race. I see this year's race very much as a stepping stone to further glory. There were good runners who had scheduling conflicts and we have younger runners coming up from the juniors who will be eligible next year.
In 2016 I would like Ilkley Harriers to put in two male teams at least one of which could be competitive for the top 25 places to qualify for the nationals. (as for the ladies they should be putting in at least three teams!)
A huge thanks to everybody who ran, Pete Shields for coaching and support and the Coy family and Christine Reilly for moral support.
Results ...

50  Ilkley Harriers AC  3:58:38 (Out of 66 complete teams)

Mark Mon-Williams (64) 29:29
Mark Iley         (63) 14:55
Robert Cunningham (63) 29:12
Dan Wilkinson     (55) 13:11
Steven Weston     (55) 28:48
Adrian Bastow     (55) 15:33
Stephen Coy       (56) 28:42
Nick Pearce       (56) 15:16
Philip Hirst      (56) 16:57
Ben Joynson       (56) 15:27
Andrew Sheldon    (56) 15:46
Arthur Reilly     (51) 15:22

From Pete Shields ... the day started pretty bleak for all the relay runners who left Ilkley on Saturday heading for Liverpool, the weather blew a Hooley and the rain was torrential but as the team got closer to the venue the sky opened, brightness prevailed and it was warm!
Steve had done a great job getting a team together, there had been no need for a late press gang touring the streets of Ilkley looking for runners, we had twelve very keen and enthusiastic club runners plus four adults and two child supporters raring to go.
Mark Mon-Williams started Ilkley's affairs off and handled the first long leg in his usual dogged style, (having not been to well in recent weeks made his run even more impressive). It's not easy running the first leg on such an athletic stage which can put you through many stages of anxiety before the gun goes off. Mark handled this with ease. The Twelve Stage Relay consists of twelve individual legs divided into four long legs of 4.9 miles and eight short legs of 2.8 miles. The long legs are run alternatively with the short legs until completed. Our long leg runners were Mark, Steve Weston, Rob Cunningham and Steve Coy, all ran consistently well, in fact, as a bit of a running anorak and having the opportunity of watching them at several points on the course I was duly impressed with their form (see the pics on the Facebook IH group page).
The course consisted of two laps for the long leg and one lap for the short leg. The course undulated but was fast and what little climb there was would have felt like Everest for the efforts the team put in.
Mark Iley took over from Mark on the second leg, the first of the short legs. Mark is a very tough competitor and works extremely hard at his running and this was how he attacked this leg: He set the standard for the other seven short leg runners, Daniel Wilkinson, Adrian Bastow, the evervescent Nick Pearce, the fabulous Phil Hirst, the all rounder Ben Joynson, Andy Sheldon and on the glory leg Arthur Reilly, who a lot of you won't know was are ally fast miler in his younger days (that's not to say he is old now!).
The Ilkley Team finished in 50th position with a time of 3.58.38, a great result for a great team, well done.
Those that have not experienced a road relay should really consider giving them a try. Running is pretty much an individual pursuit and the relay experience brings in a whole new aspect to your running. You immediately become part of a group which brings together a great cohesion, you interact at different levels with people you do know but not in such a pressurised but supportive situation. There is also the added aspects of competitiveness be it against other teams, your team members or yourself, putting all this in the mix is or can be quite an addictive experience and one that should be on everyone's tick box.
These relay's although they sound quite important i.e. The Nationals or The Northern Counties they do have their elite aspects to them but are also very much for everyone and make no mistake all those that compete go through the same anxieties, fear and nervousness, it's all part of the relay experience.
On what was a very busy day at Liverpool there were moments where the team had the opportunity to converse, there was much reflection as to why it is difficult to raise teams for events like this, especially as everyone commented at the great feeling they got when having completed in one. Steve put a great deal of effort into getting this one together and is really keen to do it again, give it some thought for next time, support Steve and the club.
Finally, there were more than the twelve runners in the team yesterday, Gaenor and family travelled to all parts of the course cheering the team on, Mrs Reilly was equally as supportive as was myself: jealously egging them on.
Once again well done Mark Mon-Williams, Mark Iley, Rob Cunningham, Dan Wilkinson, Steve Weston, Adrian Bastow, Steve Coy, Nick Pearce, Phil Hirst, Ben Joynson, Andrew Sheldon, Arthur Reilly. You did the club proud.

Boulsworth Bog, Sat 28 March

From Will Buckton ... BM 13.2km/425m Wet and windy conditions on Boulsworth Fell and boggy underfoot so the race lived up to its name. A new improved route on the descent from last time I did the race two years ago. I won an Easter egg spot prize! Results ...

(1   55:32 Stuart Fogg, Wharfedale)
64 1h23:54 Will Buckton
74 finished

Junior English Fell Champs, Sat 28 March

13 junior Ilkley Harriers in the first race of the season at Errwood. Full report on the junior pages soon, in the meanwhile results and photos from the Westons and the Woodentops.

parkruns, Sat 28 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:23 Alex Pagdin, Skyrac AC)
18  19:48 Sally Malir 1st F
350 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:18 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers)
148 26:41 Eric Morley
153 26:59 Petra Bijsterveld
334 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:48 unknown)
3   20:14 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
119 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:19 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
57  23:24 Norman Bush
217 ran

Wilmslow Half Marathon, Sun 22 March

From Helen Waddington ... Three Hariers made the trip to sunny Cheshire this morning. A perfect day for this pretty and undulating but fast course. Rob Cunningham did an amazing time of 1:23:29 and finished well inside in the top 200. I really enjoyed my first road half marathon and was pleased to be under my target of 1:45. Andrew probably slightly under-performing today due to a dodgy calf but still quicker than last year. Results ...

(1 1:04:57 Ben Siwa)
178  1:23:29 Rob Cunningham
1129 1:41:11 Andrew McCarthy
1151 1:41:42 Helen Waddington 
4107 finished

Big thanks to Neil's Saturday morning hard run session crew and Jane's speed sessions - invaluable training!

Thirsk 10, Sun 22 March

Results...

(1  48:45 Jonathan Taylor, Morpeth)
143 65:10 Sally Malir 1st F50
251 70:03 Ben Joynson
1058 runners

Sally's time sets a new LV50 Club record, beating Christine Matthews' 1:13:58 from Preston in 2010, and also beats Sally's own LV45 record of 66:27 from Thirsk last year.

Rivock Edge fell race Sun 22 March

Results...

(1 50:46 Craig Shearer, KCAC)
26 60:41 Duncan Cooper
27 61:31 Michael Lomas
76 80:39 Sue Morley
90 ran

Heptonstall fell race, Sun 22 March

From Sarah Edwards ... A beautiful day for Heptonstall fell race; sun was shining and the views magnificent. Set off wearing long sleeve top and running tights...mistake! Had to roll up the tights and switch to just my harriers vest. First time this year...spring is definitely here. Brilliant race, great organisation, tougher than I expected and well worth the trip.

Results...

(1  1:47:15 Ben Mounsey, CVFR)
36  2:18:18 Steve Turland
42  2:19:48 Jamie Hutchinson
194 3:13:37 Sarah Edwards
227 finished
Woodentops photos

Dales Way Relay, Sat 21 March

From Val Kerr ... An eventful but good day out in the South Lakes/Dales for the 2015 Dales Way Relay. Twenty-three club members took part, safely transporting the Bowness pebble back to Ilkley (where it will soon find a home in the river). Weather was good with sunshine all day, but a cold wind. A more detailed report will follow in the next newsletter but briefly:
Start 5.00 am.
Legs 1 and 2 (Bowness to Crook of Lune): Andrew Sheldon and Andrew Merrick bravely took on these difficult two legs in the dark and rather unfortunately found themselves exploring parts of the southern Lake District they were not intended to visit ! After an SOS phone call they were picked up and put back on course to run the last mile of their leg.
Legs 3 and 4 (Crook of Lune to Dent): Jack Wood took on these two legs by himself and set a very fast pace, finishing 10 minutes earlier than my predicted handover time for leg 5.
Leg 5 (Dent to Holme Hill): This was run, again in super fast time, by David C, Dick Waddington and Jane McCarthy who handed over 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
Legs 6 and 7 (Holme Hill to Buckden): Jann Smith and Paul had already run from Buckden to Holme Hill for the start of this leg and were then joined by Paddy Hagan for the run back to Buckden. Despite running about 25 miles, Jann and Paul looked as fresh as daisies at the end and the DWR was 40 minutes ahead of schedule by the end of this leg.
Legs 8, 9 and 10 (Buckden to Burnsall): Here the big groups took over with Petra B, Dave Ibbotson, Lynn Donohue, Keith Wood, Paul Sugden, Stuart Herrington, Jan Carrier, Tim Ratcliff, Alex Lewis and Sarah Hayes running leg 8, Hilda Coulsey joining them for legs 9 and 10, and Dave I, Lynn D, Keith W, Paul S, Stuart H, Jan C, Tim R joined by Sue Williamson completing leg 10. I hope the two people who suffered falls on these legs have no lasting injuries.
Legs 11 and 12 (Burnsall to Bolton Abbey): Unfortunately Andrew Jackson had to run these two legs by himself as I was unable to join him for leg 12 due to the break in of my car (see forum post).
Leg 13 (Bolton Abbey to Ilkley): Andrew had company from Sally Wright for the last leg back into Ilkley and the pair finished just in time to join a small group of us in the TAPS for a celebration drink.
Finish 7:40 pm.

Well done to Val on reviving this super club event (last run in 2012).

Lots more photos on the Facebook group page.

Coniston 14, Sat 21 March

From Caz Farrow ... a few of us went to do Coniston 14, I was 5th female. Great weather, beautiful course, pretty 'undulating'! Results soon.

Hardmoors 55, Sat 21 March

From Brian Melia ... What a fabulous event this is now becoming ... yes,I realise the pull was west with the Dalesway relay, but this is very special running country in the East, mainly on the Cleveland way. Beautifully organised by Jonathan and Shirley Steele. It was full this year. My pal Jamie was going to help me, but home chores ruled the Saturday so I was left to run solo!! The route takes in Roseberry Topping, Cook's Monument, Lord Stones, Osmotherley and a beautiful trot round to The White Horse at Sutton Bank and back to Hemsley. I managed to finish without need to use the head torch which is good for your time, but running a race at night is still very magical, I would recommend this race and others in the series.
I ran really well finishing 1 hour faster than last year in 9 hrs 24 mins (tbc) I was 25th overall out of 350. So I was delighted with the performance as I ran well within my comfort zone for now and I have no injury issues.
The Hardmoors series of events are worth a view www.hardmoors110.org.uk. Jonathan and Shirley put a lot of thought into these events and they are now definitely worth a look especially if you are looking at running longer than marathon distance.

parkruns, Sat 21 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:08 Adam Simpson, U/A)
110 24:00 John Marshall
366 ran

York
(1  17:01 Andy Smith, Pudsey and Bramley AC)
35  20:55 Geoff Howard
381 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:16 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
53  23:13 Tom Worboys
461 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:05 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers)
10  19:55 Michael Lomas
277 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:06 Edward Evans, Wharfedale Harriers)
3   19:30 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
90  28:58 Fiona Schneider
148 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:49 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
53  23:53 Norman Bush
186 ran

Ilkley & District Volunteer of the Year Awards

Well done to Shirley Wood, leader of our brilliant junior section, who has won an award for "Community Involvement - encouraging sporting activity".

Keighley 10k, Sun 15 March

From David Green ... Results ...

(1  34:17 Craig Shearer)
130 45:06 Joe Reynier
177 46:37 Will Worboys
245 48:58 Chris Cunningham
251 49:08 David Green
250 49:05 Jan Carrier
307 51:10 Ros Brown
1047 finished

Sweatshop 10, Sun 15 March

From Geoff Howard... Pete Shields and I competed in the Seatshop 10 mile race along the promenade at Bispham in somewhat exposed conditiions. The winner was David Rigby of Preston Harriers in 52m 50s. I was 75th in 70m 37s (which I believe creates a Club Record for V70) and Pete was 143rd in 80m 14s despite claiming that he was going to run at the back - 274 ran. Results

Podium 5k, Sat 14 March

From Steve Newell... There were only 3 Harriers who ventured over to Nelson on Saturday evening for the latest of the Podium 5k series around the cycle track. The flat, tarmac course brings some very fast runners to the A Race, with Chris Livesey from Preston winning in 14:46. Matt Newell won the B race with a PB of 17:04. Mark Iley finished 10th in 18:47 and I finished 12th with a PB of 19:18

Haworth Hobble, Sat 14 March

From Ben Sheppard... billed as 32 miles traversing gritstone moors around Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge with 4,400 ft of ascent. The route is a scenic, challenging mix of terrains, punctuated with jam donuts and broken biscuits at the food stops (chorizo and dry roasted nuts a welcome variation at the final one with four miles to go). Amanda Parnaby looked to be going great guns; Brian Melia and Jamie Hutchinson ran as a pair thirty minutes faster than last year, coming in around 5 hrs 30; and I shaved quarter of an hour off my 2014 time thanks to the chorizo boost. It was won in an impressive time of 4:08.

Photos on woodentops.org.uk

Results ...

(1  4:09:19 Chris Singletion, Trawden)
43  5:15:11 Ben Sheppard
88  5:36:36 Jamie Hutchinson, Brian Melia
308 9:21:22 Amanda Parnaby
325 completed

parkruns, Sat 14 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1 17:57 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers)
112 26:03 Eric Morley
317 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:34, unknown)
3   19:13 Oscar Stapleton (junior) PB
52  24:41 Archie Budding (junior)
117 ran

Ian Roberts Memorla fell race, Sun 8 March

From Eric Morley ... This race is classified BM having 853 ft of climb over 6.4 miles. On the open windswept moors there results were:

 
(1  48:30 Clive Fitzpatrick, U/A
12  54:06 Steve Turland
113 78:37 Sue Morley

Harewood House 10k, Sun 8 March

Results ...

(1   34:54 Frank Beresford, Otley)
29   41:10 Rob Cunningham
53   43:02 David Chandler
190  48:04 Kevin Lawson
332  50:32 Harry Sime
333  50:33 Robert Sime
368  51:54 Chris Cunningham
395  52:47 John Marshall
1290 63:13 Catriona Hawthorn
1845 finished

Yorkshire Fell Championships, Sat 7 March

Well done to sisters Lucy and Joanne Williamson who won Silver & Bronze medals in the FU23 class at the 38th Yorkshire fell Championships at Flower Scar.
Results ...

Women
(1  44:23 Annie Coneway, Ambleside)
28  54:18 Kate Archer
37  55:52 Jann Smith
65  59:40 Lucy Williamson
116 67:45 Joanne Williamson
148 finished

Men
(1  38:39 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
63  45:27 Dan Wilkinson
212 54:07 Duncan Cooper
325 finished
Woodentops photos

Trollers Trot, Sat 7 March

From John Hayes ... The scenery on this 25 mile loop starting and finishing near Grassington is lovely, in particular the high sections from Rylstone to Barden Bridge and then up Trollers Gill. I last did the event a few years ago and remember feeling dreadful running back up the valley to the finish. This year the last few miles didn't seem quite so tough but I was still mighty relieved to see the finish! Many thanks to the organisers and marshalls and well done to all Harriers who did it. Hope your post-race legs aren't quite as achy as mine! Results ...

(1  2:57:01 Andrew Grant, Harrogate)
12  3:24:35 Dick Waddington
28  3:39:06 John Hayes
29  3:39:15 Jamie Hutchinson
56  3:55:17 Mike Baldwin
58  3:55:48 Alison Weston
91  4:19:22 Adela Reperecki
121 4:33:04 John Coates
161 4:53:29 Neil Bloor
177 5:11:52 Sharon Meadows
226 finished

12 mile Half Trot
(1 1:25:33 Mick Dobson, Trawden)
7  1:37:59 Adrian Hall
8  1:37:59 Paul Calderbank
55 finished

parkruns, Sat 7 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Cardiff
(1  16:10 Tom Norris, Notts AC)
25  18:28 Mark Mon-Williams
672 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:46 Paul Clegg, Bingley Harriers)
427 41:27 Abbie Reynier (junior)
509 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:08 David Driver, Hyde Park Harriers)
125 25:44 Eve Whittaker (junior)
129 25:47 Helene Whittaker
151 26:38 Julie Elmes
339 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:44 James Mountain, U/A)
2   20:34 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
43  23:56 Chris Cunningham
143 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:42 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
37  21:17 Geoffrey Howard
256 ran

Nell Bank Relays, Sat 7 March

74 teams of Primary School youngsters, 200+ runners, had their annual taste of xc relay running, followed by the presentation of the individual awards from this year's Wharfedale Primary Sports XC League. More on the junior pages

PECO XC, Sun 1 March

From Steve Coy ... On a very windy day with changeable weather the final PECO of the year was run for the 1st time at this fantastic location. The course was not flat and the headwind at times made it a tough course but the ground underfoot was well drained meaning it was a great course up and down and around the grounds of Roundhay.
For the men we had Steve Coy, Ben Joynson, Eric Morley and Don Macrae running and in the ladies Nicky Hopwood, Gaenor Coy, Petra Bijsterveld, Julie Elmes, Christine Reilly and Claire Shouler.
Some great results for the juniors in both races too. Prize giving and relays will end the series.
Results c/o Petra ...

Men
(1  25:13 Jonathan Wills, Leeds City AC)
32  28:12 Stephen Coy
135 32:02 Ben Joynson
336 43:37 Eric Morley
345 45:04 Don MacRae
356 ran
 
Women
(1  29:05 Becky Penty, York Tri Club)
48  36:11 Nicky Hopwood
117 40:43 Gaenor Coy
147 41:55 Petra Bijsterveld
174 43:39 Julie Elmes
231 49:28 Christine Reilly
250 59:25 Claire Shouler
252 ran

Haweswater Half Marathon, Sun 1 March

From Michael Duffield... An undulating route on the single track road from Bampton to the car park at the bottom of the reservoir and back again. Snow flurries every now and again and fantastic views up the valley to High Street. The following wind on the way back gave a welcome push up the hills.

(1 1:12:21 James Buis, Border Harriers)
82 1:32:20 Michael Duffield  PB
503 finished


Older News, February 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, February

Duncan Cooper Ilkley Moor fell race organisation Other nominations were:
Steve Weston, - Ilkley Moor fell race organisation
Chris Oxlade - Ilkley Moor fell race organisation
Jane McCarthy - Junior Ilkley Moor fell race organisation
Shirley Wood - Ilkley Moor fell race organisation
Petra Bijsterveld - Twitter and Tuesdays
Jack Cummings - Ilkley Moor FR and training
Jane McCarthy - Rombalds Stride
Dan Wilkinson - Rombalds stride and Ilkley Moor FR
Sarah Edwards - Ilkley Moor FR
Jack Wood - Wadsworth Trog and Peco XC
Sally Malir - Dewsbury and Liversedge
Outi Kamarainen - Rombalds Stride result
Matt Newell Dewsbury 10 and training

More Harriers of the Month ...

High Cup Nick, 9m/1500ft, Sat 28 Feb

From Dave Wilby ... Myself & David Chandler travelled up to the Pennine outpost of Dufton on Saturday for this cracking race, taking in the valley of High Cup Ghyll and the spectacular rocky outcrops of High Cup Nick. The outward leg saw a fast road start before the bogs, the tussocks, and then the tussocky bogs took over. After the initial twists and turns, the main valley opened up affording some breathtaking views, and at the end of it we were faced with a very steep and greasy scramble out of the valley. After being sheltered to this point, the fact the stream was moving uphill quicker than we were indicated what awaited us on top. Struggling to move at first as legs adjusted to the change in gradient and the wind did it's best to impede us, the run back was eventually aided by a very fast downhill blast of 2 or 3 miles, before a final leg sapping mile across the intake fields. A great early season outing in the less travelled Northern Pennines, I'll definitely be back to do more around the area. The race was popular with over 200 finishers, and very competitive at the top end including a trimming of the record by Ricky Lightfoot.

(1 1:01:03 Ricky Lightfoot)
20 1:12:53 Dave Wilby
74 1:24:09 David Chandler

Midgley Moor, Sat 28 Feb

Results ...

(1 39:33 Shaun Godsman, CVFR)
181 1:11:30 Sue Morley
191 finished

Chevin Chiller, Sat 28 Feb

Results ...

(1 27:11 Peter Persico, Abbey Runners)
3  40:14 Michael Lomas
34 finished
(+48 in the short race)

Podium 5k, Sat 28 Feb

Alison Newell reports ... There were 4 Harriers taking part in the Podium 5k race on a windy Saturday night. The races are held on a very fast, flat course around the outdoor cycle track in Nelson. The "A" Race features some top athletes and was won by Chris Livesey of Preston Harriers in a very impressive 14.54. In the B Race, Matt Newell finished 6th in 17.23, with Mark Iley 24th in 18.49, Steve Newell 30th in 19.32 followed in 32nd by an impressive 19.45 from Lucy Williamson. The next race is at 6 pm on Saturday 14th March. Worth a go if you're after a PB for 5km.

parkruns, Sat 28 Feb

Petra Bijsterveld reports... A number of excellent results this week: junior Oscar Stapleton is going from strength to strength and achieved a PB of 19:04 this week at Preston. Geoff Howard and Norman Bush continue to have excellent parkruns every week and both have an age grading greater than 80%! In that sense they are equaling Tom Adams, who had an emphatic win at Bradford, 2 minutes clear of no. 2. Yours truly had only just started her second lap when Tom glided past in what looked like an effortless jog.
Results ...

Preston
(1  17:09 Jason Parker, Preston Harriers)
7   19:04 Oscar Stapleton (junior) PB
228 ran

Bradford Lister Park
1   15:53 Tom Adams
157 27:05 Petra Bijsterveld
434 41:29 Abbie Reynier (junior)
469 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:14 Aidan Adams, Leeds City AC)
20  20:38 Michael Lomas
233 28:52 Eve Whittaker (junior)
234 28:52 Helene Whittaker
320 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:22 Scott Bairstow, Keighley and Craven AC)
24  22:37 Geoff Howard
34  23:25 Tom Worboys
144 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:04 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
59  23:27 Norman Bush
252 ran

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 28 Feb

Over 500 youngsters racing at All Saints' school event, results on the junior pages

Ilkley Moor fell race, Sun 22 Feb

A grand turnout for this race, now in its 26th year, with Mercia's Simon Bailey having a storming run to finish 7 seconds ahead of Tom Adams. Ilkley had second team and first ladies' team. Many thanks to all the organisers and helpers. 180+ runners in the junior races too. Results and photos on our fell race page.

(1  36:52 Simon Bailey, Mercia FR)
2   36:59 Tom Adams
11  42:58 Dan Wilkinson
12  43:36 Dave Wilby
21  45:22 Ben Sheppard
22  45:26 Gavin Lamb
36  47:02 Jack Cummings
39  47:26 Jim Ryder
43  48:27 Jamie Hutchinson
59  50:47 Adam Bennett
60  50:49 Alistair Barlow
64  51:03 Jonathan Whitaker
66  51:13 Richard Joel
83  53:21 Kate Archer
89  53:52 Ben Joynson
94  54:49 Helene Whitaker
95  54:55 David Chandler
99  55:14 Mike Baldwin
100 55:15 Alison Weston
101 55:19 Jann Smith
102 55:22 David Robson
113 56:15 Paddy Hagan
115 56:21 Sarah Edwards
129 57:45 Lucy Williamson
141 59:18 Andrew Sheldon
148 60:14 Phil Hirst
188 66:50 Peter Lewis
200 68:21 Nicky Hopwood
205 69:47 Anna Barlow
212 71:09 David Green
217 72:00 Sue Morley
235 82:38 Sophie Brown
238 finished
Woodentops photos

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Pocklington Snake Lane 10, Sun 22 Feb

Rob Cunningham was 120th in 64:47, out of 963 finishers with New Marske's Russ Best best of them all in 51:14

National XC, Sat 21 Feb

Well done to Georgia Malir 11th in her race, the Ilkley laduies team, Steve Coy our sole male senior runner, and the 10 juniors who travelled down to Hampstead Heath! Results ...

Junior women
(1 22:48 rebecca Murray, Bedford & County)
11 24:03 Georgia Malir
130 finished

Senior women
(1 30:07 Lillian Partrifge, Aldershot)
139 36:35 Sally Morley
228 39:14 Sally Malir
681 50:20 Gaenor Coy
786 55:01 Julie Elmes
865 finished
64th team out of 93

parkruns, Sat 21 Feb

Petra Bijsterveld reports... Results ...

Cardiff
(1  15:42 Carwyn Jones, Cardiff AAC)
93  20:46 Michael Lomas
662 ran

York
(1  16:30 Tom Charlton, Tyne Bridge Harriers)
20  19:40 Adam Bennett
412 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:27 Tom Collinge, Queensbury RC)
241 30:11 Paul O'Looney
449 41:18 Abbie Reynier (junior)
480 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:19 Adam Breaks, U/A)
147 26:03 Karen Lambe
157 26:14 Eric Morley
367 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:48 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
3   20:08 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
24  22:48 Will Worboys
41  24:16 Chris Cunningham
76  27:27 John Brown
135 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:24 Steve Middleton, Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers)
51  23:14 Norman Bush
247 ran

Liversedge Half Marathon, Sun 15 Feb

Results ...

(1  1:15:33 Kevin Ogden, Spen AC)
50  1:28:30 Sally Malir
100 1:34:52 Kate Archer
485 ran

parkruns, Sat 14 Feb

Petra Bijsterveld reports... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:35 James Kovacs, Salford Harriers)
145 23:53 John Marshall
466 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:39 Unknown)
82  24:27 Stephanie Fox
142 26:29 Petra Bijsterveld
464 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:36 Louis Maurice, Harrogate Harriers)
28  21:35 Neil Thurston
296 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:27 Scott Henderson, Hyde Park Harriers)
6   21:19 Malcolm Pickering
95  30:49 Anna Pickering (junior)
127 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:43 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
47  23:08 Norman Bush
231 ran

Harewood House Half Marathon, Sun 8 Feb

From Jonathan Sinclair ... Off road race organised by the British Heart Foundation. Wonderful running though undulating fields and woods of the Harewood estate - weather and views were great. Didn't see any other Harriers (although the results don't appear to give full club detail). Recommend it for next year. Results ...

(1 1:23:26 Chris Singleton, Trademark AC)  
24 1:28:38 Jonathan Sinclair 1st V 50
829 finished

Peco XC, Sun 8 Feb

From Petra on Facebook ... Stunning Sunday morning at the PECO XC, lots of Harriers running. I believe Jack Wood came 2nd which is amazing as the 19 mile Wadsworth Trog (where he came 3rd) was only yesterday. Results ...

Men
(1  23:37 Linton Taylor, Leeds Uni)
2   23:58 Jack Wood
28  26:31 Steve Coy
104 29:24 Mark Iley
133 30:22 Ben Joynson
197 32:40 Phil Hirst
283 37:54 Geoffrey White
297 39:17 Eric Morley
320 42:08 Don MacRae
332 finished
7th team in First Division

Ladies
(1  28:12 Myra Jones, Valley Striders)
38  33:41 Nicky Hopwood
56  35:03 Caroline Craske
81  36:57 Allison Ricci
107 38:30 Gaenor Coy
119 39:07 Petra Bijsterveld
133 39:54 Julie Elmes
191 45:50 Emma O'Looney
192 46:05 Christine Reilly
211 49:47 Claire Shouler
215 finished
5th team in First Division



Rombalds Stride, Sat 7 Feb

Dan Wilkinson reports ... Harriers were out in force for this year's Rombalds Stride. Conditions were fantastic given the recent storms and snow, we had a calm mild day and the ground was quite firm. Of course this means one thing - fast times. I joined the leading group but couldn't quite keep pace, and as has been the case in previous years Graham Pearce won in 2:38 but only because talented youngster Frank Beresford got lost on the Chevin and came second! More amusing considering he is an Otley runner and had recced that section just the day before! I managed to finish 4th in 2:45, 18 mins quicker than 2014 and Jane McCarthy continued her purple patch finishing First Lady in a fantastic 3:05. Lots of Harriers set PBs including Dick Waddington, John Hayes and Ben Sheppard all under 3:10 and improving over last year.

From Paul Stephens ... A superb day as Dan says, and another excellently organised Rombalds Stride. great to see so many Harriers at the start and finish. I didn't see many on the way round which means I didn't get overtaken but on the other hand I didn't catch people either. I felt quite strong at the finish, but those who saw me in the hall afterwards might have thought otherwise. For the first time ever I didn't manage the pie and peas. And given that this was my 20th Rombalds, I'm a tad annoyed. I was however pleased with my time - exactly the same as last year (3.54), and even given the fast times I'm quite satisfied. When I see my position, I may be less so, but whatever, it was a good day out and I'm feeling ok today.

Results ...

(1  2:38:38 Graham Pearce, P&B)
4   2:45:15 Dan Wilkinson PB
14  3:02:55 Ben Sheppard
17  3:05:57 Jane McCarthy First Lady
18  3:06:15 Dick Waddington
22  3:08:49 John Hayes
19  3:15:21 Jann Smith PB 3rd lady
41  3:21:43 Duncan Cooper
44  3:22:54 Rob Cunningham
48  3:26:55 Michael Lomas
60  3:32:54 Outi Kamarainen
66  3:36:32 Andrew Merrick
83  3:44:41 Mike Baldwin
105 3:54:05 Paul Stephens
114 3:57:10 Ewan Welsh
119 4:00:12 Elle Bradley
133 4:06:24 Adela Reperecki
159 4:19:54 Sarah Edwards
161 4:20:24 Sarah Hayes
166 4:22:13 Lynn Donohue PB 20 mins
178 4:26:20 Gavin Burgess
221 4:54:43 Dave Ibbotson
315 6:30:05 Amanda Parnaby
Any more?
467 finished incl. walkers

Wadsworth Trog, Sat 7 Feb

Woodentops photos

From Dave Woodhead ... Jack Wood finished 3rd in 2:39:35, winner was Karl Gray of Calder Valley in 2:27:24 on the new course.

From Jack ... Following advice from Captain Will, I travelled to Hebden Bridge for the Wadsworth Trog (aka The Beast) in preparation for this year's Three Peaks. The route was a figure of 8 on the frozen Wadsworth Moor with a number of steep climbs. I was on my own in fourth for most of the first half, but put in an extra effort to catch and follow the guy in front so I knew where I was going. I got ahead but then made a mistake, thankfully managing to overtake him again for third place. It was nice to sit down and eat soup and cake afterwards! Results ...

(1 2:27:24 Karl Gray, CVFR)
3  2:39:35 Jack Wood
153 finished

parkruns, Sat 7 Feb

Petra Bijsterveld reports... A win for Ruaridh Mon-Williams at Skipton on his first visit there, well clear (36 seconds) of the rest of the field. Another youngster Dan Hayes ran well and finished in 6th position. Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:46 Tim Crossland, Leeds City AC)
130 27:12 Julie Elmes
257 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   17:56 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
6   19:36 Dan Hayes
170 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:52 Alex Fawcett, Ripon Runners)
36  22:48 Norman Bush
210 ran

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 7 Feb

There were over 500 children racing at Ashlands PS this morning, full results on our junior pages

Ilkley Harriers Race League update

From Martin Wright ... Tom Adams is top of the table after winning the only race so far this year. I suspect it'll take a wildcard to knock him off that position before May. League results after the first race

Let's have lots of Harriers doing the League thus year! Read about it on the League page.

Dewsbury 10K, Sun 1 Feb

Steph Fox reports ... 11 Harriers turned out for an early 9am start in Dewsbury. After an eventful week of snow storms, frost and winds, we welcomed the ice-free route with a step in our stride. The flat-ish route out of Dewsbury and back again isn't the most inspiring and there was a deceptively cheeky wind on the way out which may have slowed the disheartened. However with a slight downhill return and no wind in the air, chilling the cheeks, this ensured there were a couple of PB'S to be enjoyed.
Helen Waddington and Steph Fox were happy to report PB'S and Petra Bjisterveld knocked fabulously over 2 minutes of her previous 10K time.

From Helen ... Really pleased to get a PB of 46.11 today - all thanks to Neil Saturday and Jane's Thursday sessions! And Steve adds .... thanks to Pete Shields and the Wednesday evening gang for speeding me up!

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  31:02 Mohammad Abu Rezeq, Altrincham and District AC)  
45  35:35 Matt Newell PB
121 37:48 Rob Cunningham
185 39:40 Steve Newell PB
208 40:10 Sally Malir 1st F50
277 41:43 Caz Farrow
299 42:11 Kate Archer
323 42:52 Adrian Bastow
489 46:11 Helen Waddington PB
536 47:23 Stephanie Fox PB
703 51:30 Petra Bijsterveld PB
731 52:51 Hilda Coulsey
1075 finished


Older News, January 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, January

Jacqui Weston Organiser of the Presentation Evening and Do Other nominations were:
Petra Bijsterveld - Tuesday nights, lots of Tweeting during Jan, keeping our name out there, commitment to XC and encouragement of others
Jane McCarthy - PB at Brass Monkey
Steve Weston - good come back times following serious injury
Dan Wilkinson - PB at Brass Monkey
Will Worboys running every day, dedication, and recent race results

More Harriers of the Month ...

parkruns, Sat 31 Jan

Petra Bijsterveld reports... a win at Leeds Woodhouse Moor for Jack Wood this week! Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
1   18:08 Jack Wood
335 39:04 Claire Shouler
362 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:19 Rachel Haines, Hunters Bog Trotters)
4   20:11 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
17  21:51 Lewis Carr (junior)
19  21:57 Lucy Haines (junior)
20  22:05 Malcolm Pickering
48  24:24 Sarah Haines
112 29:58 Dylan Carr (junior)
118 30:11 Anna Pickering (junior)
161 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:19 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
36  23:39 Norman Bush
180 ran

Keswick
(1  17:22 Sam Stead, Keswick AC)
10  21:44 David Chandler
64 ran

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Please check the details on the form, mark any changes clearly, sign, and return with payment.
If you do not wish to renew your membership, please can you let her know via e-mail mship@ilkleyharriers.org.uk.

Ferriby 10, Sun 25 Jan

Peter Shields reports ... 3 Ilkley Harriers went over to the East Riding on Sunday to run in the long established Ferriby Ten. This race has been running since the 1960's and during its course was classed as a premier event on the road race calendar with such luminaries as Brendan Foster taking part, he still holds the record standing at 47mins 13secs, something I fear will not be beaten. Steve Weston led the Ilkley runners home with a strong 1hr-05mins-13secs in 69th place, this following his equally strong running at the previous weeks Brass Monkey, now injury free Steve is looking forward to a full race programme and further improvement. Nick Pearce has suffered a recurring knee injury since he fell at the 3 Shires Fell Race, this has left him with little quality training, However his time of 1hr-10mins-08secs in 135th place shows the potential he has when fully fit. Peter Shields running a road race for the first time in well over, what has been a difficult year, completed the trio of results finishing in a time of 1hr-24mins-07secs in 414th place. Peter gained a lot of confidence from competing in this race, one he has run in many times going back into the 1970's. Results ...

(1  53:59 Carl Ryde, Doncaster AC)
69  65:13 Steve Weston
135 70:08 Nick Pearce
414 84:07 Peter Shields
753 finished

Northern XC Championship Pontefract, Sat 24 Jan

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... As a direct result of the encouragement of our XC captains Julie and Steve I entered the Yorkshire as well as the Northern Championships for the first time this year and I can recommend these races to all, fast and uhh, maybe not so fast. Anyone who thinks these races are for the elite only please do think again, whilst there are many fast runners all abilities are represented and welcomed! There were only four Harrier ladies today and Sally Malir had an excellent race finishing in the first 100 in a very strong field. There was a stiff wind and plenty of quality mud to make it a tough course, and I never felt I got into my stride. I was pleased to find there were still another 50 women behind me when I got to the end, as I had started to feel I could well be the last one! Tom Adams was the first of the seven Harrier men to cross the line in 40th place, and there were excellent results for the other men, making the Ilkley men's team 19th out of 58.
An added bonus was seeing Alistair Brownlee run who finished in second place.
Results ....

Men (12 km)
(1  37:44 Andrew Davies, Stockport)
40  40:58 Tom Adams
112 43:40 Jack Wood
290 48:41 Dave Westhead
297 48:48 Steve Coy
334 49:51 Rob Cunningham
378 50:49 Mark Iley
427 52:38 Arthur Reilly
697 ran

Women (8 km)
(1  28:22 Elle Vernon, Stockport)
94  35:34 Sally Malir
219 42:16 Nicky Hopwood
291 46:31 Petra Bijsterveld
312 48:48 Julie Elmes
342 ran

There were also 24 juniors running, with 3 team places including 4th U17 ladies team.

Woodentops photos

parkruns, Sat 24 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:16 Kieran Savage, Leeds City AC)
300 29:02 Harry Stead (junior)
355 31:18 Katherine Duffield (junior)
356 31:19 Michael Duffield
452 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  20:04 Robert Carr, U/A)
4   20:55 Lewis Carr (junior)
57  26:16 Dylan Carr (junior)
64  26:53 Tom Jackson (junior)
140 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:51 Lewis Bramley, Harrogate Harriers)
56  23:12 Norman Bush
221 ran

Ilkley Harriers Presentation Evening, Fri 23 Jan

A good turnout for a party, curry supper, disco, and the presentation of the annual awards .... thanks to Jacqui Weston for organising and Jane Bryant for the presentations.

Photo, Anna Nolan

More photos from Anna Nolan on our Facebook Group page

Ilkley Harriers Awards for 2014

Best RunnerTom AdamsGeorgia Malir
Most Improved RunnerDan WilkinsonJane McCarthy
Best Endurance Runner, RoadAndrew MerrickSally Malir
Best Endurance Runner, Off RoadBrian MeliaAlison Weston
Best Runner, Over 50Nick PearceHilda Coulsey
Best Athlete, Under 23Harry MaslenGeorgia Malir
Contribution to the ClubPaul StephensEmma O'Looney
Captains' AwardJack WoodSally Morley

See the previous holders in the roll of honour here.

Ilkley Harriers Race League 2014, Champions

Overall:Jane McCarthy
Road:Jane McCarthy
Fell:Nick Pearce
Trail/XC:Hilda Coulsey

The final results for the 2014 League, and the dates for the 2015 League are on the League page.

Brass Monkey, Sun 18 Jan

From Dan Wilkinson ... Clear blue still skies greeted us as we arrived at York Race course for this popular opener to the season, so it looked like it would be a day for fast times. Unfortunately there were sections of the course that were extremely icy, but the general consensus was that this only took about 20-30 seconds of times. Harriers put out some great times notably Jane McCarthy with a PB and winning the V40 category. Ben Sheppard surprised himself completing the course 5 minutes faster than he expected and Will Worboys and I took a big slug off our previous PBs at 7 and 5 minutes respectively.
Results ....

(1   1:08:57 Daniel Jenkin, Durham City)
31   1:16:14 Dan Wilkinson PB
69   1:20:19 Ben Sheppard
127  1:24:01 Rob Cunningham
146  1:24:56 Dick Waddington
193  1:26:57 Jane McCarthy PB 13th female, 1st L40
199  1:27:14 Steve Weston
306  1:30:50 Kate Archer
361  1:33:32 Mike Helme
379  1:34:24 Derek Oliver
809  1:47:58 Will Worboys PB
836  1:48:50 Stephanie Fox PB
1005 1:54:35 Chris Cunningham
1425 finished

Soreen Stanbury Splash, Sun 18 Jan

Woodentops photos

A win for Tom, with Jack Wood 4th. Preliminary results ,,,

1   36:06 Tom Adams
4   37:55 Jack Wood
41  41:34 Steve Turland
45  41:54 Richard Joel
72  43:19 Duncan Cooper
87  44:38 Ben Joynson
104 45:08 Michael Duffield
106 45:18 Alistair Barlow
115 45:36 Jann Smith
132 46:42 David Chandler
157 48:14 Alison Weston
165 49:03 Sarah Edwards
172 49:29 Phil Hirst
178 49:50 Sarah Haines
207 51:58 Peter Lewis
211 52:14 Will Buckton
225 53:09 Nicky Hopwood
241 53:43 Geoffrey White
252 55:04 Anna Barlow
266 56:11 David Green
294 60:53 Sophie Brown
299 61:47 Sally Wright
310 67:28 Julie Elmes
314 finished

parkruns, Sat 17 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:45 Mike Burrett, Leeds City AC)
71  25:46 Eve Whittaker (junior)
144 29:13 Julie Elmes
152 29:31 Alexandra Whittaker (junior)
160 30:08 Helene Whittaker
169 30:23 Eric Morley
278 ran

Marsden to Edale Trigger race, Sun 11 Jan

From Michael Lomas ... I've only just joined in the last week so my entry still said I was unattached. A real tough race yesterday with severe wind sometimes helping but most not, lots of snow and ice leading Snake Pass over kinder. Managed 70th place in 4:54. Results ...

(1 3h36:06 Neil Northrop, Dark Peak)
70 4h54:04 Michael Lomas
190 finished

Yorkshire XC Championships, Sat 10 Jan

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1  35:44 Jonathan Thewlis, Notts AC)
5   37:00 Tom Adams
106 44:16 Steve Coy
145 47:06 Mark Iley
149 47:22 Arthur Reilly
225 60:25 Peter Lewis
230 finished

Senior women
(1  23:02 Alexandra Bell, P&B)
18  25:13 Sally Morley
57  27:45 Jann Smith
60  27:49 Jane McCarthy
135 34:20 Hilda Coulsey
138 34:42 Gaenor Coy
140 35:08 Petra Bijsterveld
156 37:48 Julie Elmes
165 finished

There were 26 junior Harriers competing, with the U17 girls team winning a Bronze medal.

English U20 Indoor Combined Events Championships (Heptathlon), EIS, Sheffield, 10/11 Jan

Shirley reports ... Not only were the best in the country competing but an England place was at stake for the first 3 finishers and the event incorporated the Northern Indoor Championships (22 U20's were competing). Ilkley's Harry Maslen has been getting stronger throughout the season and has had good winter training under the guidance of Sam Stanislaus who now coaches him in Gateshead. On Saturday he competed in the 60m (3rd fastest in 7.31 (PB)), long Jump (2nd in 6m 63 (PB)), shot (12th best in 11m 01) and pole vault (8th best in 3m.81 (PB)). This put him in 4th place with just 1 point adrift of 3rd. On the Sunday he competed in 60mHurdles (3rd in 8.58 (PB)), high jump (3rd in 1m 89) and the 1000m (3rd in 2.48.28 (PB)). It was a remarkable two days of competition. Harry finished in 4th place with 4943 points. His points total was incredibly high for someone not to make it on to the podium however it was a great achievemnet and one that he can be massively proud of. His friend and training partner from Gateshead (Anthony Hogg) won the competition breaking the 5000 point barrier and I am sure that over the coming year they'll push each other in training and competition. Harry gained a silver medal as runner up to Anthony in the Northern Championships and has been selected as a non travelling reserve for the GB and NI team in the U23 20 International indoor match combined events in Nogent-sur-oise, France on the 24/25 January.

parkruns, Sat 10 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:26 Tom Eames, West Suffolk AC)
2   17:38 Jack Wood
373 ran

South Manchester
(1  17:20 Dhrupadh Yerrakalva, Manchester University AC)
8   19:14 Rob Cunningham
381 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:42 Patrick Ashcroft, U/A)
24  21:44 David Chandler
39  23:09 Will Worboys
163 28:30 Amanda Newham
338 ran

Leeds Temple Newsam
(1  19:23 Terry Midgley, St Theresa's AC)
17  22:54 Geoff Howard
121 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:30 Joshua Boyle, Blackburn Harriers)
29  24:45 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
45  26:42 Dylan Carr (junior)
127 ran

From Amanda Newham ... I did my 1st parkrun Sat at Lister Park Bradford. I came 5th in my age cat and 39th woman, there were 338 runners including our member Will Warboys.

PECO XC #3, Sun 4 Jan

Provisional results, times tbc

Men
(1 Terry Forrest, Ackworth RR)
145 Tom Worboys
184 Ben Joynson
281 Will Worboys
336 Ed Bickerdike
343 Geoffrey White
384 Paul Sugden
385 Don Macrae
416 finished

Women
(1 Pauline Munro, Wetherby Harriers)
57 Nicky Hopwood
62 Jane Bryant
64 Caroline Craske
105 Allison Ricci
130 Hilda Coulsey
165 Gaenor Coy
188 Julie Elmes
199 Sally Wright
207 Kate Lofthouse
250 Christine Reilly
265 Claire Shouler
267 finished

parkruns, Sat 3 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:34 Rashaad Jorden, U/A)
31  19:37 Tom Worboys
376 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  16:49 Scott Harrington, Otley AC)
24  21:02 Adrian Bastow
31  21:35 David Chandler
432 ran

Burnley
(1  17:45 Danny Collinge, Burnley AC)
19  20:55 Jann Smith 1st F
192 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:08 Ian Willis, Keighley and Craven AC)
6   20:35 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
17  21:45 Geoff Howard
42  23:46 Tom Jackson
153 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:06 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
67  23:19 Norman Bush
266 ran

parkruns New Year's Day, Thu 1 Jan 2015

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... Harry Stead managed to run the double parkrun on offer in Leeds by going to Woodhouse Moor first and then traveling quickly to Temple Newsam to run a second 5K. Brilliant start to 2015!
Results

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:43 Rashaad Jorden, U/A)
220 27:55 Harry Stead (junior)
323 ran

Leeds Temple Newsam
(1  17:13 Kieran Savage, Leeds City AC)
213 31:06 Harry Stead (junior)
307 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:18 Michael Hargreaves, East Hull Harriers)
2   19:05 Rob Cunningham
36  23:50 Chris Cunningham
92 ran

Giants Tooth fell race, Thu 1 Jan 2015

Jann Smith reports ... 3m / 400ft. I had a go at this well attended race which was a bit short and fast for New Years Day, it went up and down scenic woods to a trig point around Ogden reservoir, which was a bit more sheltered from the gales. 3rd lady / 1st Female Vet.

Graham's pictures

Nine Standards fell race, Thu 1 Jan 2015

Dan Wilkinson reports ... With the mountain weather predicting 100mph gusts what better way to see in the new year than to run as quick as possible to and from the summit of Nine Standards Rigg!? The wind impeded progress significantly as did various bog crossings and streams in spate. I got the clothing choice wrong and had to stop to put a jacket on choosing to start running in only a vest. It didn't slow proceedings too much and I finished 4th, Alison Weston was 9th lady.
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