From the Committee ...
Jack Cummings for leading the field and course record at Burley Moor
Nathan Edmondson for Shepherds skyline first, consistent great results and contribution to 'Super Saturday'
Helen Thurston at Burley Moor
Jack Wood for first at Guy Fawkes 10 mile, second at Pendleton
Peter Shields for Guy Fawkes
Istvan Jasco for WY cross countries
Jane McCarthy for managing the league this year and setting next year's challenges.
From Peter Shelley ...
Braving the wettest weather the Dales could throw at us, 20 runners gathered on Friday night for a weekend of fell and trail running, fitness tips and coaching, good food and good company. Organised by Mel Steventon at Due North, the weekend was open to anyone interested in getting into, or improving, their off road running. Runners came from various parts of the country individually or in small groups. Base was the YHA in Kettlewell.
Guided runs took us around 20 miles and over 1000 metres of ascent through Wharfedale and surrounding moorland, all beautiful even on a damp day. For me the big draw was the time spent with Nicky Spinks and Ben Mounsey covering practical and structured approaches to ultra and fell running. Nicky gave us insights into mental as well as physical stamina based on her incredible endurance achievements including the Double Bob Graham record. Anyone who hasn't seen Ben Mounsey climbing at speed is in for a treat. He uses all fours on the really steep stuff, transforming into a kind of man-ape. I intended to video him descending but by the time I had the camera going he was a speck at the bottom of the fell.
Warm up sessions, theory and practice for strength and conditioning were provided by personal trainer John Withinshaw. An emphasis on core strength and stability to improve your running and prevent injury came across from all three experts, with some great ideas and exercises to implement. The YHA did a top job keeping us fed and the social aspect was excellent, with time to unwind and bond over a shared interest in running. I thoroughly recommend the weekend to fellow Harriers. This group was 50/50 male female. Due North offer ladies-only weekends as well as races, talks and navigation skills.
The weather wasn't conducive to photography, but I noticed John has posted some pics on Due North's FB page.
From Hilda Coulsey... This was the last in the 2018 series with the lowish turn out reflecting the wet, windy weather added to the thirst (or not) for finial positions, the rules being you had to race in 6 of the 10 races to get a medal and to qualify for a prize for your age category (the signs were that if you weren't going to do that the weather helped the decision making to run or not!). I struggled in that I was trying to get under 25 mins so that all my races would be in the 24 mins however I see I also beat the first F 60 and F 55, so the weather is a good excuse!
(1 16:23 Scott Harrington, Otley) 50 20:36 Rhys Jones 52 20:42 Harry Stead 53 20:42 Robert Budding 68 21:28 Archie Budding 111 24:08 Nicola Budding 123 25:16 Hilda Coulsey
Highlights from the series are Nathan Edmondson's two second places at 15:56 and 15:39 were the best times for the Harriers, Robert Budding ran 9/10 races and along with Nicola and Archie got the medals, Nicola taking a minute off her PB through the series, whilst I took the F 65 first prize.
Look out for the dates of the 2019 series, it is a good course to test yourself over the year or from time to time.
From Michael Duffield ...
Ladies (1 31:45 Alice Rogers, Abbey Runners) 50 38:41 Caroline Howe 114 41:24 Alison Weston 145 42:41 Diane Kitchen 159 43:08 Adela Reperecki 164 43:35 Ros Brown 196 45:03 Alison Bennett 271 47:46 Petra Bijsterveld 290 48:25 Anna Pickering 419 57:22 Sally Wright 48 finished Men (1 Callum Elson, Roundhet Runners)) 3 27:43 Nathan Edmondson 50 31:01 Steven Gott 138 33:40 Mike Abrams-Cohen 139 33:41 Steve Murray 191 35:03 Peter Shelley 197 35:18 Michael Duffield 249 36:49 Robert Budding 288 37:54 Malcolm Pickering 2nd M65 403 41:50 David Howe 531 59:11 Donald Macrae 537 finished
From Sally Armitage... results ...
(1 33:18 Scott Hinchcliffe, Penistone FPR) 65 42:08 Beth Massey (2nd F45) 87 43:30 Sally Armitage (3rd F40) 498 ran
From Steve Brennan.... Euan Brennan ran today in the Liverpool Cross Challenge which incorporated the trial for the U20 European Cross Country Championships. He finished in a superb 7th place but just missed out on automatic selection for the GB Team.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 18:06 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 37 22:29 Adrian Bastow 332 ran Harrogate (1 16:34 Andrew Lawrence, Morpeth Harriers) 43 21:43 Caroline Howe, 2nd F 383 ran Roundhay (1 18:17 Daryl Hibberd, Valley Striders) 32 22:04 Bob Hamilton 303 ran Skipton (1 17:30 Chris Ovenden U/A) 19 23:06 Geoff Howard 29 24:46 Rachel Carter 35 25:18 Will Worboys 147 ran Penrhyn (1 18:10 John Parkinson, Eryri Harriers) 6 19:03 Lucy Williamson 1st F 212 ran Northallerton (1 19:07 Steve Middleton, Richmond and Zetland) 17 25:10 Alison Weston 2nd F 76 ran Cliffe Castle 1 16:44 Jack Wood 43 28:34 Fiona Schneider 136 ran
Frm Jane McCarthy ... The 2018 League competition is very much still ON, but we are announcing the League Races for 2019 - entries for the Baildon Boundary Way open on 24th November at 8am. This is a League Race for 2019 and can fill up quickly. Races also already open for entry and included in the 2019 League are Meltham 10K (January 27th), Harewood Trail Half Marathon (February 17th) and Bradford 10K (March 17th).
****PLEASE NOTE*****: THERE IS A CHANGE TO THE WILDCARD RULE for 2019. Parkruns will no longer be valid WILDCARD entries as they are not classified as 'races'. Any recognised race (road race, FRA, BOFRA, cross country etc.) that is not already in the League will count as a Wildcard entry as long as it is open to all Ilkley Harriers (so not restricted to Vets only, juniors only, men only, women only etc.).
See the 2019 events on the League page.
From Peter Shelley ...
This event provides a novel opportunity for runners and cyclists to mix it up a bit and see who's quickest. The route, gradient and mix of terrain are cleverly planned by Bingley Harriers to even up competition, with cyclists having to carry their bikes at various points on the outward climb to Baildon Moor before catching back up with the runners on the fast return leg. Cyclo-cross is the bike of choice, and as I don't subscribe to that particular brand of lunacy and didn't fancy carrying a full susser up 650ft, I went for the 'safe' option of running. Seeing some of the cyclists practising their descents before the race, sliding sideways through cow pats in the lower field at speed, confirmed that decision.
Decent conditions probably favoured the cyclists slightly this year, and despite my decision to run I couldn't help feeling I'd forgotten something while lining up empty-handed among cyclists at the start. The ascent got a bit congested in the narrow paths through the woods in Shipley Glen. Bikes were being carried at various heights and angles, and attention was required to avoid getting any of your anatomy caught in someone's derailleur.
I spent most of my energy on the climb, but managed to hang on in the descent other than a couple of cyclists who came by at speed and with serious agility. A few cyclists overtook their own bikes in the ruts of Baildon Moor, but good communication between runners and riders helped prevent anything more serious. Outright victory has alternated between runners and riders over the years. This is a well established event with good organisation and support - a memorable experience and great race to participate in either discipline.
(1 33:53 Rob Jebb, Hope Factory Racing, cyclist) (2 34:40 Harry Hiolmes, P&B) 3 35:35 Nathan Edmondson (2nd runner) 68 44:36 Gavin Lamb 89 46:16 Peter Shelley 115 48:52 Duncan Cooper 234 took part
From Jann Smith ... 5 miles/1200ft Brand new race ... great route with a big climb up to Birks Fell from The Queens Head pub in Litton. Free bottle of beer and chip butties at the pub after and tea and homemade cakes.
Men, 5th team (1 31:22 Adrian Holliday, Leeds) 6 32:51 Jack Wood 33 35:20 Daniel McKeown 37 35:34 Istvan Jacso 41 35:54 Matthew Cox 49 36:34 Steven Gott 62 37:26 Stephen Coy 77 37:51 Tim Ashelford 79 37:54 Jeffrey Green 99 39:41 Andrew Overend 109 40:42 Michael Abrams-Cohen 136 43:07 Michael Duffield 144 44:05 Robert Budding 149 45:18 Malcolm Pickering 174 finished Ladies, 8th team (1 20:34 Ruby Sykes, Holmfirth) 20 23:04 Rachel Carter 21 23:18 Kate Archer 49 25:34 Sally Malir 58 26:08 Caroline Howe 63 26:58 Jane Bryant 80 27:54 Diane Kitchen 90 28:56 Nicola Budding 95 30:51 Petra Bijsterveld 98 31:16 Gaenor Coy 104 32:14 Anna Pickering 107 34:32 Jacqui Weston 108 finished
From Jonathan Turner... Plenty of great Ilkley performances at this gruelling event - Jack Wood taking second place, Michael Lomas beating three hours for the first time in some style (2:50:08), Helen Wood the sixth lady home and Adela Reperecki winning the F55 category. I didn't know what I was letting myself in for, though the 'AL' category should have been a clue - 27km to cover and nearly 1,500m of elevation gain. The first climb up from Barley was fine and conditions were good but it got harder and harder towards the finish, with the final three seriously-steep ascents stacked close together and tough even at walking pace. Some crazy descents redressed the balance, with spectators gathering at the base of the 'Geronimo' to watch the field head down what my Strava showed as a 49% gradient! All in all a classic 'old school' fell race, well organised and marshalled, and amazingly good value at less than £10 (including a T-shirt to mark the fact it was the 35th running).
(1 2:15:08 Chris Holdsworth, Ribble Valley) 2 2:17:54 Jack Wood 43 2:50:08 Michael Lomas 126 3:07:17 Will Buckton 130 3:08:13 Helen Wood 192 3:21:28 Jonathan Turner 272 3:35:03 Paul Castle 289 3:37:38 Robin Nicholson 350 3:51:30 Dave Reynier 357 3:53:49 Paul Calderbank 357 3:53:49 Chantal Busby 365 3:55:28 Adela Reperecki - 1st F55 461 ran
From Jim Ryder... Beautiful day for the Kendal Mountain Festival Trail Run - 6.8miles. The first 3 miles is a 530ft climb on to Scout Scar so it felt more like a fast fell race. Just missed 1st V50 by 10 seconds. Start/finish in the town centre so plenty of atmosphere around the Mountain Festival with Jonny Brownlee as starter.
(1 39:01 Dan Nash) 44 47:41 Jim Ryder 562 ran
From Colin Williams... Day Four of the Hell of a hill marathon series saw the records fall, Matthew Smith N/A, recorded a time of 3hr 42 mins 7 seconds taking another 9 mins 45 seconds off the male course and Katherine Brougham N/A, completed the race in 4 hrs 1 minute and 53 seconds, smashing the female record by over 16 minutes. Kevin Dempsey, Vegan Runners, won the best combined time for all 5 marathons in a time of 22 hrs 8 mins and 48 seconds. My finish time was the third fasted time of the series.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 18:50 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 18 21:03 Tom Worboys 53 23:53 Oscar Street 155 27:53 Stephanie Fox 327 37:46 Paula Reynier 372 ran Portrush (1 15:59 Neil Johnston, Springwell RC) 69 25:57 Hilda Coulsey 177 ran Temple Newsam (1 18:37 Jonathan Young, Kirkstall Harriers) 34 24:33 Alison Weston 2nd F 152 ran Skipton (1 17:39 Julian Hood, Skipton AC) 26 23:12 Neil Pomfret 32 23:42 Geoff Howard 87 28:52 Bernie Gibbons 181 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:42 Craig Connor, Tattenhall Runners) 9 19:04 Helen Thurston 1st F 364 ran Cliffe Castle (1 20:33 Ian Sanderson, Valley Striders) 45 28:53 Fiona Schneider 137 ran
From Colin Williams ...
Today I took part in my ninth, (and probably the last) marathon of the year. "The Hell of the Hill", a serious of five marathons laps described as one of the toughest marathons routes, with over 4,000 feet elevation gain and 26.2 miles (my Garmin recorded 26.6 miles), of tough stone and muddy trails, running 5 laps over Rivington Pike near Chorley.
I ran on the Friday last year, but wasn't put off and went back again this year. Like always I went off fast, but this time a runner named Gareth Tomlinson came with me, we ran the next 3 laps together, Gareth faster on the up hill getting ahead by 50m or so, then I would regain the lead on the downhill, in the fourth lap Gareth pulled away and eventually not only won the race but also took the race record.
(1 3:51:52 Gareth Tomlinson) 2 4:00:13 Colin Williams 42 ran
The ballot has now been drawn and the winners are Michael Picken, Steph Fox and Jacqui Weston, with David Ibbotson and Paula Reynier as reserves.
From Istvan Jacso ... the Run Bolton Abbey took place today with 4 distances, a fun run, 10k, 10 mile and half marathon. This is more a charity event rather than a competitive race, hence finishing 1st in the 10 mile can't be compared to the other brilliant wins this weekend by the two Jack's and Nathan, not to mention Euan's 3rd place on the very high quality British Athletics Cross Challenge in Milton Keynes.
With a staggered start, the early congestion was successfully avoided, however due to a large part of the course being shared, there were a bit of slaloming around the slower runners in the later parts. The course was a proper off road course with proper mud and hills so the event was really enjoyable on this beautiful estate!
10k (1 43:31 Scott Manninhg, Framlingham Flyers) 166 1:10:53 Lesley Bloomer 299 1:22:22 Murna Downs 380 1:33:46 Pauline Bartliff 443 finished 10 mile 1 1:07:15 Istvan Jacso 9 1:25:53 Derek Oliver 60 1:45:39 Jill Ezzard 66 1:46:58 Jemma Basham 79 finished Half Marathon (1 1:33:23 Roger Comilas) 98 2:36:34 Robert Budding 99 2:36:35 Nicola Budding 112 2:47:19 Jayne Norman 146 finished
From Jane Bryant ... 4 of us headed over to beautiful Betws-y-Coed for the 10k trail race. It starts from the church on the main road and heads up, up and up a bit more, for approximately 2k! It was very steep forest paths but we were then rewarded with fabulous views over the lake. We ran around the lake up taking in boards, rocks and mud! Then the rather fun fast forest track descent for approx 3 miles back into the village centre for a lovely beanie and water bottle! A fabulous scenic, low key race with a canicross afterwards, can you beat the dogs!!
(1 36:46 Danny Hallam, Wreake and Soar Valley) 90 56:19 Jane Bryant 103 57:03 Anna Nolan (3rd FV 45) 139 60:14 Helen Horton (ex Harrier) (1st FV 55) 238 68:48 Jacqui Weston 355 finished
From Jonathan Turner ...
There was a fantastic Harriers turnout at the Burley Moor Run - and performances to match.
Jack Cummings led an Ilkley 1-2-3 with a sensational display, winning the 11km fell race with a time of 43 minutes and 25 seconds.
No fewer than seven Harriers were in the top 11 and Helen Thurston was the second lady thanks to another superb run.
A sociable event right on our doorstep, it was great to see so many Harriers taking part and enjoying the sunny conditions. And apologies to anyone who missed out on the photo above - it was tricky getting everyone together at the same time!
1 43:25 Jack Cummings 2 45:06 Will Simmons 3 46:46 Oscar Stapleton 6 48:08 Ben Sheppard 7 48:16 Martin Archer 10 49:14 Michael Lomas 11 49:20 Steven Gott 19 51:10 Jim Ryder 21 51:31 Helen Thurston (2nd lady) 25 52:35 Dave Foyston 29 52:52 Will Buckton 32 53:21 Jonathan Turner 34 54:29 Helen Wood 35 54:46 Steve Murray 39 55:10 Mike Abrams-Cohen 40 55:17 Rachel Carter 43 55:47 Peter Shelley 45 56:12 Colin Williams 47 56:27 John Hayes 57 58:19 Michhael Duffield 78 62:59 Sally Armitage 86 64:15 Caroline Howe 88 64:19 Martyn Stocker 92 64:47 Alison Weston 105 66:02 Geoffrey White 117 67:41 Adela Reperecki 125 68:06 Catherine Eversfield 129 69:02 James Brooks 136 69:47 Jean Sullivan 139 70:29 Paul Atkinson 148 73:54 Hilda Coulsey 151 74:35 Peter Lewis 153 75:11 Clair Boyle 155 76:07 Sarah Hayes 166 80:37 Fiona Schneider 171 84:00 Paula Reynier 184 finished
More results later ...
1 Jack Wood
1 43:02 Nathan Edmundson 168 finished
From Steve Brennan... Great results for the two Ilkley Harriers that made the long trek to Milton Keynes yesterday. Euan Brennan finished 3rd in the U20 Men's race and Bethan Morley 11th in the U17 Women's race.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 17:46 Matthew Akpan, U/A) 7 18:34 Tim Ashelford 523 ran Burnley (1 17:52 Luke Turner, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) 70 24:39 Will Worboys 332 ran Victoria, Glasgow (1 16:51 unknown) 47 22:01 Craig Berry 332 ran
From Colin Williams...
Today I took part in the Grim Four by Four 2018, a new 'It's Grim up North Running' event, four days of marathon running around Fewston and Swinsty reservoir.
When I signed up to run, the races were planned for March, but the "Beast from the East" put a stop to them as the access was cut off by snow. Well today I lined up with a small field of around 25 runners about half of which were on their second day. I went out fast but for once no one came with me, and to my surprise I lead the whole way winning my first ever race.
I would recommend the race to anyone who is looking from a good local trail marathon, the route is on good paths and with enough undulation to keep it interesting. I think there are still some places available for Sunday if you would like to stretch your legs.
1 3:26:41 Colin Williams 25 finished Day 3 Sat 10 Nov (1 3:27:29 Paul Brown) 7 3:50:04 Tom Worboys 36 finished
From Jane McCarthy...It is getting VERY CLOSE at the top of the RACE LEAGUE!!!
Updated for September's Great Wherneside and this weekend's Bradford parkrun - Hilda Coulsey tops the overall League. But less than a point splits Road league leader Colin Williams in second place from Trail league leader Jonathan Turner in 3rd place - both of whom have yet to declare their Wildcard points for the 2018 League. It is going to go right to the wire - with 4 races left to run. Next one - Burley Moor Fell Race on Saturday 10th November. Good Luck Everyone!
2018 League update 4 Nov
Photo: Sheila Shields
From Jonathan Turner ... Jack Wood smashed the course record when winning the Guy Fawkes 10-miler at Ripley Castle. Jack led from the start and produced a sensational 26:28 for the second five miles on a hilly course to win by nearly five minutes. He finished in 55:58 and was the only runner under an hour.
Pete Shields also had four-plus minutes to spare over his nearest rival in the M70+ category, coming home 283rd out of 798 finishers.
Seven Harriers took part in what was a superbly organised event in a lovely setting - featuring a rhyming Guy Fawkes-themed speech from the race organiser at the start, lots of friendly marshalls, great support in the villages around the course, excellent goody bags (with plenty of chocolate) and a stunning finish location. Highly recommended.
1 55:58 Jack Wood 36 1:08:23 Jonathan Turner 55 1:10:16 Steve Murray 283 1:25:41 Peter Shields (1st V70) 308 1:26:55 Adela Reperecki 51 1:36:59 Sarah Hayes 586 1:41:45 Jayne Norman 798 finished
(1 29:08 Adam Craig) 111 32:40 Nathan Edmondson 157 33:31 Cameron Reilly 279 35:21 Ian Fothergill 442 37:56 Jemima Elgood 748 40:48 Mike Helme 1064 43:22 Sally Armitage (PB) 1376 45:27 Caroline Howe (PB) 2690 52:33 Charlotte Smithson 3494 55:15 Sheena Pickersgill 4037 53:08 Peter Tapper 4990 59:10 Sue Williamson 5769 64:23 Emma Cole 6171 61:41 Ruth Jones 6377 63:17 Sue Harris 7055 67:03 Diane Ollier 8157 finished
Men (1 30:15 Joe BAxter, P&B) 26 33:17 Dan Mckeown 27 33:22 Matthew Cox 28 33:23 Istvan Jacso 39 34:01 Steven Gott 45 34:25 Tim Ashelford 47 34:33 Stephen Coy 81 36:35 Andrew IOverend 84 36:41 Jim Ryder 103 38:05 Michael Zbrams-Cohen 125 40:22 Michael Duffield 129 40:50 Mark Iley 130 40:55 Robert Budding 161 finished 5th team Ladies (1 18:59 Bromwen Owen, Leeds) 8 20:50 Pauline Munro 22 22:06 Kate Archer 24 22:11 Rachel Carter 37 23:59 Beth Massey 53 23:54 Sally Malir 75 25:08 Tracey Watson 87 26:09 Jane Bryant 88 26:13 Diane Kitcjen 103 28:02 Nicola Budding 104 28:36 Alison Bennett 106 29:24 Gaenor Coy 112 finished 3rd team
From Ben Sheppard... A Short Circuit is one of a series of ultra-marathons organised by Otley-based Punk Panther. At 33 miles with 4,000 ft ascent, mainly on trails and partly across moors (and some tarmac when necessary), it's low-key, friendly and local. Starting in Otley the route goes up the Chevin, over to Bramhope then Cookridge, around the Airport runway, to Yeadon Tarn, Guiseley Woods, up to Hawksworth, Menston, across the moor from Burley Woodhead to the Cow and Calf Rocks, through Ben Rhydding and up to Timble, across to Norwood, along Lindley Wood Reservoir and through Leathley to the finish at Pool-in-Wharfedale. I was surprised how fast the early leaders started and I just about managed to ease back enough to avoid over-cooking it. Having paced it OK, I came through Burley Woodhead in about 10th and pushed on to 5th by Timble. There followed the obligatory route-finding error with 6 miles to go, costing me a couple of places and nearly 10 minutes, but resolving to make amends I hauled myself back to finish 4th, within 6 minutes of second and 11 minutes behind the winner. All in all a fun day at the races and I plan to do more Punk Panther events next year. Recommended for anyone new to ultra-marathons, but pay more attention to the route description or GPX file on your watch than I did.
(1 4:45:42 Alastair Murray) 4 4:56:27 Ben Sheppard 92 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
Good Harrier turnout at Bradford for this week's parkrun which was a counter in our League, with 5 coming home in the first 15. In Harrogate meanwhile there appears to have a bit of a finish token meltdown with several 'unknown athletes' at the sharp end, but Jack Wood ran a fantastic 15:58. Oscar Stapleton was the first runner over the line at Skipton.
Cardiff (1 15:24 unknown) 11 17:31 Alex Hirst 793 ran St Albans (1 17:36 George Hawthorne, Cheltenham and County Harriers) 65 22:06 Dave Reynier 498 ran Bradford (1 17:45 Andy Burn, Jarrow and Hebburn AC) 4 19:05 Michael Lomas 5 19:17 Jonathan Turner 8 19:42 Michael Abrams-Cohen 11 20:04 Steve Murray 14 20:29 Colin Williams 38 22:48 Martyn Stocker 65 24:53 Alison Weston 78 25:36 Will Worboys 90 26:20 Hilda Coulsey 99 26:44 Fiona Schneider 119 27:36 Dawn Turner 158 29:04 Peter Lewis 342 ran Harrogate (1 14:54 unknown) 4 15:58 Jack Wood 338 31:12 Geoff Howard 419 ran Skipton 1 17:34 Oscar Stapleton 37 24:25 Neil Pomfret 42 24:37 Rachel Carter 185 ran Crissy Field (1 16:27 Greg Krathwohl, U/A) 14 19:41 Mark Mon-Williams 35 23:01 Rebecca Mon-Williams 115 ran Clapham Common (1 16:37 David Taylor, Southend on Sea AC) 35 19:13 Rob Cunningham 640 ran