Ilkley Harriers news archive 2019

Outstanding Achievements, February

From the Committee ...

Sally Armitage and Steve Murray for their PBs at Dewsbury
Jack Wood for winning Wadsworth Trog
Kate Archer for Rombalds Stride, Harewood Half and Ilkley Moor Fell Race placings
Jack Cummings for winning the Ilkley Moor Fell Race
Anna Pickering for amazing run of attendance at cross countries this season, including Yorkshire, Northern and Nationals
Helen Thurston for her National XC placing and 5k PB

Steve Weston and Jane McCarthy for organising the Ilkley Moor Fell Race (senior and junior)
Gaenor and Steve Coy for the cross countries organisation, and Nicola and Rob Budding for the PECO XC.

News flash - ILTSC flooding

From Hilda ... Harriers Tuesday session tomorrow night 19th March meeting at the tennis club: After the floods on Saturday, please take care when entering the site there is still water in the fields and silt and mud in some areas around the car parks. Extensive clean up has taken place by staff and volunteers. Apart from damage to the indoor and outdoor courts all external areas were covered in mud, gravel and debris, a huge 2 ton tree trunk blocking the car park, deep water in the driveway dip. I propose you park off site where possible e.g. Easby Drive, Stockeld Road or the old bridge area of the park. The club will be open from 6am.

Stretton Hills fell race, Sun 17 Mar

English Fell Champs counter ... Results ...

(1  45:04 Carl Bell, Keswick)
164 58:39 Iain Gibbons
269 68:43 Alison Weston
339 finished

Bradford 10k, Sun 17 Mar

Woodentops photos

From Helen Waddington ... So many incredible performances despite the inclement weather. A great turnout for this League counter - PBs, Sub-40 first-timers, high category placings and an amazing and what I assume must be a new V75 Club record from Geoff Howard who cruised past me around mile 4.
Results ...

(1  32:24 Joe Sagar, Spen)
10  35:18 Istvan Jacso
15  36:23 Jemima Elgood 1st lady
32  38:21 David Westhead 2nd V50
68  39:37 Jonathan Turner PB
69  39:37 Kate Archer 3rd lady, 1st F40
84  40:21 Steve Murray
92  40:57 Colin Williams
115 41:42 Sarah Pickering
136 42:19 Michael Abrams-Cohen
405 45:43 Geoffrey Howard 1st V75
535 49:19 Helen Waddington
771 52:39 Alex Stanley-Hyde
958 55:11 Michael Picken
1027 54:46 Dawn Turner PB
1029 55:16 Paula Reynier
1092 55:30 Ruth Jones
1931 65:25 Diane Ollier
2445 finished

Thirsk 10M, Sun 17 Mar

Results ...

(1  53:38 Rob Scott, RZH)
5   54:53 Jack Wood
224 71:23 Sally Malir 2nd F50
1040 finished

Muncaster Luck fell race, Sun 17 Mar

From Jim Ryder ... Muncaster Luck fell race takes in a few lower fells, two river crossings, moorland, tussocks, bog - a little bit of everything. Nice low key event in Western Cumbria. I was 10th and 2nd V40 in a field of 41 in 1h51. 11.3 miles, 2000ft

parkruns, Sat 16 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  18:05 Neil Armitage, Pudsey and Bramley AC)
5   18:40 Tim Ashelford
402 ran

(1  15:56 Benjamin Reynolds, Cardiff AAC)
13  17:18 Alex Hirst
744 ran

(1  18:20 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
17  22:34 Dave Reynier
23  23:01 Caroline Howe 2nd F
62  26:23 Alex Stanley-Hyde
109 29:27 Paula Reynier
209 ran

(1  18:19 Daniel Josephs, South Shields Harriers)
44  24:00 Tom Worboys
259 ran

Newborough Forest
(1  18:25 Rory Johnson, Eryri Harriers)
2   19:26 Lucy Williamson
82 ran

(1  18:49 Matthew Warters, Keighley and Craven AC)
59  28:13 Petra Bijsterveld
123 ran

Selection news

From Dave Woodhead ... Euan Brennan has been named in the British Team for the IAAF World XC Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, later this month. Info.

League update

From Jane McCarthy ... A great start in the 2019 Harriers League with nearly 40 runners enjoying either the Meltham 10K, Harewood Half Marathon or Ilkley Fell Race. Steve Newell tops the table after declaring his Wildcard from the Cambridge Half Marathon. Well Done Steve! But not far behind and having run one race less is Kate Archer, her Wildcard coming from her win at the Rombalds Stride and earning her an impressive 105 points for the League. League winner from 2018 Colin Williams is in third place. Jack Cummings has started his Fell League campaign with another maximum 100 points from his fantastic win at the Ilkley Fell Race. The next League Race is the Bradford 10K on Sunday 17th March.
2019 results tables @ 11 Mar
Please note that all races are now confirmed (see League page) and include Evensplits 5K on 24th April, John Carr Trail Race 1 on 1 May (open for entries on RaceBest now) and Harrogate & District Summer Road League (HDSRL) race 3 on 20th June at Yeadon (Dragons Running Club) - details and HDSRL entry on the HDSRL website.

Spenborough 20, Sun 10 Mar

From Michael Abrams-Cohen ... Flying the flag for Ilkley at the Spenborough 20 Mile - starting on the Queen Mary's track before heading out on two 10 mile laps. All weather was experienced - starting with rain, then sleet and snow before finishing with glorious sunshine. With 1500ft elevation, it was the perfect practice for London.
Results ...

(1 1:56:22 Lewis Gamble Thompson, New Marske)
70 2:35:36 Michael Abrams-Cohen
187 finished

Liverpool Landmarks Half Marathon, Sun 10 Mar

(1  1:11:00 Daniel Kestrel, Rotherham Harriers & AC)
131 1:30:10 Dick Waddington
191 1:33:53 Jane McCarthy - 1st F45
3,046 finished

Trafford 10k, Sun 10 Mar

(1  29:26 Bart van Nunen, U/A)
250 40:22 Nick Helliwell
888 finished

Dentdale 14, Sat 9 Mar

(1  1:23:13 Nick Leigh, Horwich RMI Harriers & AC)
6   1:27:51 Dan McKeown
252 2:28:15 David Ibbotson
283 finished

Dentdale 7, Sat 9 Mar

(1    43:18 Mark Kearney, Elvet Striders)
154 1:20:47 Elaine Ibbotson - 1st F60
189 finished

Haworth Hobble ultra, Sat 9 Mar

From Colin Williams ... On Saturday I took part in my first Haworth Hobble along with another Harrier Adela Reperecki, we experienced all of the weathers in one day starting in the rain, but got hail and sunshine too, but the hardest to cope with was the strong, strength sapping, head wind, which we ran into for the first 10 miles or so. The very hilly 32 mile route with over 5,000 ft. of climb (according to my Garmin) I found to be a tough run under those conditions.
Results ...

(1  4:22:59 Rory Harris, u/a)
88  5:56:45 Colin Williams 
167 6:47:30 Adela Reperecki 
294 finished                     

parkruns, Sat 9 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... This week Oscar Stapleton was first finisher at Riverside (Chester-le-Street) and closer to home Rachel Carter was first woman home at Skipton. Mark Mon-Williams flew the Harriers flag at a rather small parkrun in Toulouse. Numbers wise the inaugural parkrun in Centre Vale park in Todmorden was a huge success, with almost 200 people turning out on an unpleasant day weather-wise. Our own Will Worboys has been instrumental in setting this new parkrun up, well done Will!
Results ...

(1  17:45 Andrew Humphries, Airecentre Pacers)
41  22:39 Dave Reynier
177 28:52 Paula Reynier
354 ran

1   16:55 Oscar Stapleton
436 ran

(1  17:43 Chris Ovenden, U/A)
7   20:37 Rachel Carter 1st F
9   21:19 Martin Archer
57  27:02 Fiona Schneider
176 ran

De La Ramee 
(1  18:59 Jerome Costinot, U/A)
2   20:04 Mark Mon-Williams
14 ran

Centre Vale
(1  17:58 Alex Whittem, Calder Valley Fell Runners)
39  24:07 Tom Worboys
197 ran

From Geoff Howard... The Fountains Abbey Park Run was abandoned today because of a 'major medical incident' namely that one of the runners (called Paul) had had a cardiac arrest within minutes of the start. I was stopped after 8m 10s which in retrospect I estimated must have been about as far away from the incident as it was possible to be. This indicates just how quickly a marshal, spectator or competitor had managed to contact the Run Director, who having made the decision to abort the event, had then contacted other marshals including the one who stopped me. This evening I received a copy of a message from Paul's wife which said that "Paul was in Harrogate Cardiac Unit and things were looking good, adding that the swift action taken had saved his life". It served to remind me that marshalling isn't just a matter of being a human signpost.

Brownlee Centre Festival of Running, Sun 3 Mar

From Geoffrey Howard ... The inaugural Brownlee Centre Festival of Running was held on Sunday just after the previous night's strong winds had fortunately almost gone. It had an ambitious programme of five events from one mile to twenty miles all run round the Centre's one mile cycle track (with all entry fees going to a Leeds University overseas charity). The fields weren't large with many not belonging to a club although most events were won in impressive times. In the 5k it must be the first time I've run against more than four times as many women (32) than men (7). The winner was Martin Roscoe (Leeds City) in 18m 59s and, although I was third, my time of 22m 34s was 18s slower than at Horton Park Run (which has more than twice the ascent) three weeks ago. Maybe upping to v75 in the meantime has taken a toll. The whole event had a Park Run feeling from the excellent organisation (e.g. results on the RunBritain website within a couple of hours) to the participation of a wide range of abilities (including some very young children in the mile). I hope it will, and expect it to, prosper.

(1  18:59 Martin Roscoe, Leeds City) 
 3  22:34 Geoffrey Howard
39 finished

From Hilda Coulsey ... Geoff's time is a new V75 club recoprd.

Cambridge Half Marathon, Sun 3 Mar

From Steve Newell ... After the pain of the moor and the hills, it was lovely to get onto nice, flat roads for the Cambridge half marathon. It is a lovely course, going through the centre of the city and past a number of the iconic colleges, before heading into the Cambridgeshire countryside, through Grantchester and back into the city. Lots of support and entertainment along the way helped to make this one of my favourite half marathons. It is a very popular event with an entry limit of 10,000.

(1 1:06:40 Michael Kallenberg, Cardiff AAC)
965 1:35:43 Steve Newell
8,357 finished

Settle Half Marathon, Sun 3 Mar

From Jayne Norman ... Described as a hilly road marathon, Its grim up North Running organised a superb event. An out and back course - so you knew the hills you had to return on! A few Harriers attended the race. For myself the thought of homemade cake at the end got me through the tough middle section. My half marathon PB was gained on the course, by a whole minute.
Results ...

(1  1:20:25 David Smithers, York Knavesmire)
28  1:39:08 Daryl King
142 2:07:08 Jayne Norman
197 finished

Anglesey half marathon and 10K, Sun 3 Mar

From Sue Williamson ... Starting on the Menai Suspension bridge I was the only Harrier taking part in the Anglesey 10K. Through wind and rain I was happy to finish in the time of 54:58. Great encouragement from a large crowd with nice views.

(1   32:23 Gwion Roberts, Meirionydd RC)
244 54:51 Sue Williamson
527 finished

Ron Hill Accrington 10km, Sun 3 Mar

From Jean Sullivan ... This 10km race is held in Accrington, Lancashire, birthplace of the famous athlete Ron Hill. Unfortunately he was too unwell to attend today's event. Organised by Cannonball Events, this well-organised and friendly 10km race starts at Accrington's impressive Town Hall, is largely on road, apart from a 2-mile section on the old train line between Haslingden and Accrington which is now used as a cycle track. By mile 4 the climbing is complete and the flat and then downhill finish was very welcome! I was particularly impressed by the appearance of provisional results via 'live timing' on a large leader board within seconds of crossing the finishing line!
Results ...

(1  35:29 Jon Dance, Salford Harriers & AC)
174 51:04 Jean Sullivan 
515 finishers

Pendle Round, Sat 2 Mar

From Jim Ryder...Two Harriers in a top quality field for the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round from Barley, 9.3 miles, 1936 feet.

(1  1:05:03 Rob Hope, P&B)
44  1:19:08 Jim Ryder
200 1:46:02 Adela Reperecki
250 ran

Podium 5k, Sat 2 Mar

From Sally Armitage... This is now the 3rd time I've driven over to Barrowford for the Podium 5k. The course is almost 5 laps of a totally flat cycle track. It's certainly the fastest 5k course within 20 miles of Ilkley and always attracts the fastest runners, with the first male of the 'A' race finishing in 14:42 and the first female finishing in 16:10.

B race
(1 17:08 Seb Patrick, Trafford AC) 
40 19:58 Sally Armitage
55 ran

parkruns, Sat 2 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  15:28 Kurt Taylor, Bristol and West AC)
14  17:01 Alex Hirst
798 ran

(1  17:24 Sam Clegg, Idle AC)
57  23:18 Oscar Street
212 28:52 Paula Reynier
474 ran

(1  17:40 Chris Ovenden, U/A)
10  20:35 Will Buckton
206 ran

Clapham Common
(1  16:54 Hugh Tibbs, U/A)
11  19:02 Rob Cunningham
709 ran

Evensplits 5k Leeds, Wed 27 Feb

From Hilda Coulsey... A select band of Harriers ran the first of the 2019 Leeds Evensplits 5ks at the Brownlee Centre. Getting there and home was a struggle. However times were amazing with everyone, bar me, under 20 mins (I'll have to try harder!).
Results ...

(1  15:43 Johny Johnson, Rotherham)
2   16:09 Dominic Coy
27  17:57 Stephen Coy
30  18:05 Nathan Coy
33  18:09 Helen Thurston PB
55  18:58 Michael Abrams-Cohen PB
65  19:27 Robert Budding
172 25:10 Hilda Coulsey
2154 finished

Brian Sweet Predictor Run, Tue 26 Feb

From Vince Gibbons ... The inaugural Brian Sweet Predictor Run attracted 37 runners, 32 of whom ran the full 10k course on an unusually warm February evening. The event was staged in memory of Brian Sweet, a stalwart of the club who led a Tuesday night club run every week for more than two decades. Brian introduced hundreds of new starters to running.
Prizes for the most accurate male predictions go to Keith Wood (one second), Peter Tapper (two seconds) and Paul Stephens (nine seconds). The female prizes were won by Catherine Gibbons (29 seconds), Sarah Pickering (1 minute 20 seconds) and Adela Reperecki (1 minute 29 seconds).
Prizes will be presented at club night on Tuesday 5 March. Feedback on the event (to Bernie Gibbons) will help with planning for the future.
Many thanks to: organiser Bernie Gibbons; Neil Chapman who measured the new course and timed the event; course marshals Alison Bennett, Ros Blackburn, Barbara Bullock, Jane Cullingworth, Ben Joynston, Don McCrae, Clive Smith, Pauline Watts, Alison Weston and Sally Wright; and to course sweepers Jayne Norman and Vince Gibbons.

HDSRL entries are open

From Paul Stephens ... Entries to this year's Harrogate and District Summer Race League are now open. Please enter via the HDSRL web-site and follow the links -
The first race is Harrogate on May 21st, folowed by Ripon, Yeadon and Knaresborough with the handicap in Wetherby on July 17th. On-line entries only (and I'm sorry but the club is not offering a discount). See you there.

30th Ilkley Moor fell race, Sun 24 Feb

Well done to Jack Cummings on winning the senior race. (Report to follow.)
Links to photos and results on the IMR race page.

National XC, Sat 23 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... After the successful Northern Championships at Harewood House in 2018 the English Cross Country Association decided to hold the 2019 Nationals here, a wise choice indeed. Whilst the sight of thousands of XC runners charging up Parliament Hill is almost unequaled, it is good to have this national event in the North and especially when it is right on our doorstep (and in Yorkshire!) The large undulating grounds of the estate make for a good course with no more than two laps having to be run by anyone, and the house gives a good backdrop for the photographers. The recent dry weather ensured that there was not a spot of mud on the course, and the gloriously sunny conditions on the day made for good spectating and 'general hanging about' conditions, though pretty warm for running. The course, though dry, was energy sapping with an uphill start and several long inclines that appeared to go on forever and seemed hardly to be compensated for by the downhills. That was my impression at least as I forced myself not to cry or walk! Despite quite a few late drop-outs due to injury and illness we still had a good number of Ilkley juniors and seniors running. At the pointy end Euan Brennan came 4th in the junior men, and Helen Thurston finished impressively in the first 100 of a fast senior women's field, having not run XC since her school days. Luckily for the club she now appears converted to the discipline and will be back in the autumn!
For most of us the Nationals herald the end of the XC season and thanks must go to Steve and Gaenor Coy for organizing all the entries, keeping everyone informed, taking the tent to the events, and generally providing encouragement and support to all.
As an enthusiastic XC runner I feel compelled to give a shout out to anyone in the club who wonders what it is all about and hasn't tried it: come and join us in the next season 2019/2020 starting with the West Yorkshires. Don't be put off by terms such as 'championships', these events are open to everyone regardless of speed. As not everyone runs at the same time there is plenty of opportunity to soak up the atmosphere, marvel at the elites at the front, and cheer on your club mates, in other words: always a good day out.
The Ilkley women's team came 19th out of 114, the men's 50th out of 144.
Results ...

( 1  36:34 Mahamed Mahamed, Southampton)
265  42:17 Jack Wood
451  44:22 Daniel McKeown
463  44:28 Istvan Jacso
568  45:40 Steven Gott
928  48:58 Tim Ashelford
1070 50:20 David Westhead
1468 54:33 Robert Budding
1999 82:53 Peter Lewis
2006 finished

(1  28:17 Emily Hosker Thornhill, Aldershot)
76  32:32 Helen Thurston
137 34:01 Lucy Williamson
228 35:45 Rachel Carter
259 36:13 Helen Wood
683 43:38 Sarah Edwards
842 47:01 Alison Bennett
858 47:34 Petra Bijsterveld
893 48:49 Anna Pickering
921 50:01 Sally Pickering
1034 finished

Junior women
(1  20:40 Amelia Quirck, Bracknell AC)
13  22:03 Jemima Elgood
87  26:04 Sarah Pickering
129 ran

Junior men
(1  28:27 Rory Leonard, Morpeth AC)
4   28:59 Euan Brennan
201 ran

High Cup Nick fell race, Sat 23 Feb

From Jann Smith ... A stunning horseshoe race in the lesser known North-West corner of the Dales, starting and finishing at the beautiful village of Dufton.
Results ...

(1  59:12 Nick Swinburn, Northumberland FR)
64  76:46 Paul Carman
203 92:19 Jann Smith 
433 finished

parkruns, Sat 23 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:26 Huseen Usuie, Bingley Harriers)
24  21:48 Beth Massey, 1st F 
111 25:29 Oscar Street
241 28:53 Stephanie Fox
242 28:54 Paula Reynier
502 ran

(1  17:07 Chris Ovenden, U/A)
27  22:15 Adrian Bastow
129 29:43 Bernie Gibbons
233 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:55 Stephen Ellison, U/A)
147 25:45 Fiona Schneider
472 ran

Clapham Common
(1  15:26 unknown)
25  18:43 Rob Cunningham
748 ran

(1  20:22 Martin Critchley, Horsforth Harriers)
55  28:01 Will Worboys
224 ran

PECO XC update

From Anna Pickering ... after 5 races in the Peco x/ c league Ilkley had two podium places with Steven Gott finishing 2nd V/40 and Malcolm Pickering 1st V/65

BHF Harewood, Sun 17 Feb

From Hilda Coulsey... It was a fine day in the Harewood estate for the half marathon (a trail league counter) and 10k. The weather was ideal and the parkland always makes for good views even though the hills and underfoot conditions were not easy. I saw the half marathoners off an hour before the 10k which meant we came in at a similar time together, hence the photo with a mixture of finishers from the two races. The times were good for trail races with Kate Archer coming in third female/first v40 and Colin Williams second v50 both in the half plus Hilda Coulsey first v60 in the 10k.
Results ...

Half Marathon
(1  1:21:23 Ciaran Forde)
33  1:32:37 Kate Archer
52  1:36:18 Colin Williams
73  1:38:23 Jonathan Turner
131 1:43:57 Michael Abrams-Coen
139 1:44"28 Derek Oliver
200 1:48:16 Steve Newall
209 1:48:47 Caroline Howe
372 1:57:19 Helen Waddington
417 1.59.54 Nicole Liptrot
427 2:00:26 Adela Reperecki
516 2:05:01 Jemma Basham
655 2:11:32 Alex Stanley Hyde
851 2:25:13 Paul Sugden
853 2:25:13 Jo Pattinson
1002 finished

(1  38:08 Tom Midgley)
313 55:42 Hilda Coulsey
433 58:16 Karen Lambe
458 58:43 Dawn Turner
499 59:43 Dionna Jackson
543 60:58 Sue Williamson
649 63:23 Sue Verspyck
763 66:58 Diane Ollier
1078 finished

London Series 10k, Hyde Park, Sun 17 Feb

(1 35:51 Mr Alex !)
92 48:00 John Woodward

parkruns, Sat 16 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Some excellent results on this first spring-like parkrun day of 2019. Istvan Jacso finished second at Fountains Abbey, Oscar Stapleton third at Woodhouse Moor, and Helen Thurston and Sally Armitage were first and second lady respectively at Harrogate, with Helen coming fourth overall. Alex Hyde and Fiona Schneider seem both to be reaping the rewards of RED (run every day) in January with faster times, and Alex was delighted to dip sub-25. Geoff Howard was impressive as always, this week at Horton, and further afield Alex Hirst and Rob Cunningham continue to be very fast in their respective cities of Cardiff and London.
As part of the LBT parkrun league (I my club loyalty in doubt now??) I went to the relatively new event at Potternewton which proved to be hillier than I expected, but a nice friendly event on good wide tarmac paths.
Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:25 unknown)
3   17:05 Oscar Stapleton
590 ran

(1  15:59 Dan Nash, East Cornwall Harriers)
12  17:20 Alex Hirst
1033 ran

(1  16:28 Rob Byers)
208 24:59 Alex Stanley-Hyde
583 ran

(1  17:10 Chris Miller, Harrogate Harriers)
4   19:01 Helen Thurston 1st F
26  21:05 Sally Armitage 2nd F
515 ran

(1  17:55 Chris Ovenden, U/A)
63  26:14 Fiona Schneider
212 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:16 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
2   17:23 Istvan Jacso
488 ran

(1  17:48 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
8   22:16 Geoff Howard
72 ran

Clapham Common
(1  15:16 Alex Milne, Enfield and Haringey AC)
16  18:52 Rob Cunningham
777 ran

(1  18:06 Mark Bailey, Leeds and Bradford Tri)
87  27:00 Petra Bijsterveld
185 ran

Peco XC, Sun 10 Feb

Results ...

(1  26:17 Nathan Marsh, Tonbridge)
20  29:15 Steven Gott
35  29:42 Robbie Matthews
176 34:28 Robert Budding
182 34:35 Michael Duffield
260 37:30 Malcolm Pickering
458 58:14 Don Macrae
459 finished

(1  30:49 Aisling Wall, Horsforth)
21  34:18 Sarah Pickering
130 41:41 Nicola Budding
155 42:55 Diane Kitchen
162 43:17 Alison Bennett
183 44:16 Anna Pickering
294 49:20 Bernadette Gibbons
315 50:38 Kate Lofthouse
325 51:57 Wendy Bishop
374 finished

parkruns, Sat 9 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  21:46 Ryan Smith, Springwell RC)
57  32:58 Hilda Coulsey
117 ran

(1  17:20 Alan Buckley, Leeds City AC)
25  23:10 Geoff Howard
37  25:15 Neil Pomfret
116 ran

(1  17:37 Rob West, U/A)
145 25:42 Fiona Schneider
393 ran

Clapham Common
(1  17:38 unknown)
7   19:07 Rob Cunningham
708 ran

Caffarella (Rome)
(1  19:48 Angelo Mazzoli, G.S. Bancari Romani)
34  28:35 Peter Lewis
62 ran

Dewsbury 10k, Sun 3 Feb

From Sally Armitage... This was my first time running Dewsbury and conditions were perfect, no ice, no breeze and some much appreciated sunshine! 6 Harriers took part with some PBs achieved too. An 'out and back' course with a gentle incline all the way out followed by a lovely downhill 5k to finish. A great course for anyone chasing a personal best. It's definitely on the calendar for next year!

(1   31:22 Chris Parr, Jarrow and Hebburn) 
214  39:10 Steve Murray  (PB)
352  41:53 Adrian Bastow 
395  42:14 Sally Armitage  (PB)
746  48:39 Helen Waddington 
966  Hilda Coulsey 51:25
1068 53:16 Petra Bijsterveld 
1679 ran

Wadsworth Trog, Sat 2 Feb

Woodentops photos

Results ...

1   2:35:46 Jack Wood
124 3:57:50 Brian Melia
177 finished

Rombalds Stride, Sat 2 Feb

From Michael Duffield ... Results ...

(1  2:47:10 Tom Van Rossum, Aire)
8   3:00:42 Michael Lomas
17  3:09:37 Kate Archer 1st Female
28  3:19:59 Colin Williams
40  3:28:26 Duncan Cooper
44  3:30:54 Dick Waddington
51  3:34:24 John Hayes
57  3:38:59 Derek Oliver
59  3:39:02 Peter Shelley
76  3:50:11 Michael Duffield
96  4:02:00 Martin Stocker
97  4:02:06 Andrew Merrick
110 4:10:04 Adela Reperecki
218 5:28:23 Sarah Hayes
454 finished

Runners and riders, Appletreewick, Sat 2 Feb

Results ...

(1 30:14 Stefan Macina, Aurelius, bike)
(2 30:36 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
5  31:49 Jack Cummings
28 36:00 Jeff Green
29 36:03 Paul Carman
45 38:03 Nick Helliwell
79 45:09 Jann Smith
148 finished

parkruns, Sat 2 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  15:17 Matthew Edward, Barry and Vale Harriers)
9   17:31 Alex Hirst
764 ran

Advance notice of this year's "Harrogate League races"

From Paul Stephens ... We are back to 4 races and the Handicap race this year and the dates are:
21 May Harrogate
4 June Ripon
20 June Dragons
2 Jul Knaresborough
17 July The Norman Smith Handicap Race & League Presentation

All races are midweek and in the evening, 7.45pm starts except the Handicap. There will be online registration (new this year) and the link will be posted on Facebook and here when this is live (in the next few weeks). The entry fee will be £13 for the League - the same as last year. More details on the HDSRL web-site -

Older News, January 2019

Outstanding Achievements, January

From the Committee ...

Kate Archer Brass Monkey Half Marathon PB
Euan Brennan for being 2nd in the International, 1st in Yorkshire and 2nd in the Northern Cross Countries
Steven Gott for his 3rd in Bradford parkrun & sub 18mins, PECO results, high pacing in Giant's Tooth fell race
Jack Wood for 3rd in the Brass Monkey and his cross countries

Tigger Tor fell race, Sun 27 Jan

From Alison Weston ... 9.7 miles 1,600 ft organised by Totley AC on 27th January.
Very wintry windy conditions for this picturesque race. Well over 400 runners on narrow trods made it a slow start and difficult to run at your own pace but a great route with a bit of everything, including generous amounts of mud and a mile or so of tarmac at the end!

(1  1:11 Steve Franklin, Totley AC)
253 1:53 Alison Weston

Meltham Tough 10K, Sun 27 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Arctic temperatures combined with a decidedly stiff breeze made for a character-building experience on the first Harriers League race of 2019. This road 10k fully deserves its 'tough' adjective as it involves 674 feet of climbing. Whilst there are various ups and downs the overall feel really is '5 miles up, 1 mile down'. Only 6 Harriers made it to the start line today. Colin Williams and Sally Armitage both came 2nd in their respective categories, and were swiftly followed by newish member Craig Berry and by Steve Newell, all below 50 minutes. Hilda and I both ran on tired legs from yesterday's Northern XC, it did not seem to slow Hilda down too much but I went well over the hour mark for the first time ever in a road 10K. Never mind, I enjoyed the race, the tea and cakes back at the club house were delicious and we all came away with a nice beanie hat as a memento. An event I would certainly go back to.
Results ...

(1  36:06 Gareth Cooke, Penistone Footpath Runners)
40  42:29 Colin Williams
89  46:16 Sally Armitage
116 47:43 Craig Berry
137 49:27 Steve Newell
289 58:04 Hilda Coulsey
335 61:55 Petra Bijsterveld
391 ran

Northern XC, Sat 26 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Women, 12th team
(1  27:36 Mhairi Maclennan, Morpeth)
46  31:51 Pauline Munro
73  33:26 Kate Archer
105 34L57 Rachel Carter
183 38:01 Caroline Howe
282 42:37 Diane Kitchen
309 44:24 Hilda Coulsey
312 44:37 Anna Pickering
316 44:53 Petra Bijsterveld
339 46:32 Sally Pickering
376 finished

Men, 19th team
(1  38:05 Emile Cairess, Leeds)
14  39:47 Jack Wood
152 44:42 Steven Gott
202 44:55 Istvan Jacso
249 47:11 Stephen Coy
281 48:03 Tim Ashelford
407 51:04 Dave Westhead
439 52:04 Mike Abrams-Cohen
592 57:45 Malcolm Pickering
704 finished

U20 women
(1 19:29 Eleanor Bolton, Ribble Valley)
5  20:17 Jemima Elgood
36 22:38 Sarah Pickering
62 finished

U20 men
(1 25:41 Rory leonard, Morpeth)
2  25:51 Euan Brennan
12 26:53 Cameron Reilly
62 finished

U17 women
(1  17:17 India Pentland, Darlington)
9   18:34 Bethan Morley
107 ran

U17 men
(1  19:13 Samuel Charlton, Wallsend Harriers)
7   19:56 Dom Coy
83  22:42 Robbie Matthews
139 ran

parkruns, Sat 26 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:36 Hussain Usuie, Bingley Harriers)
17  21:52 Sally Malir 1st F
34  23:02 Oscar Street
68  24:37 Phil Hirst
78  24:53 Helen Waddington
79  24:54 Jean Sullivan
198 28:42 Paula Reynier
199 28:42 Dave Reynier
453 ran

Tooting Common
(1  17:50 Martin Dickson, Wimbledon Windmilers)
11  19:04 Rob Cunningham
802 ran

(1  21:48 Marcus Whelband, Flinders AC)
20  32:33 Chris Cunningham
42 ran

Cliffe Castle
(1  18:21 Rob Byers, U/A)
36  27:58 Fiona Schneider
185 ran

(1  17:35 Sam Robbins, Chapel Allerton Runners)
24  23:07 Geoff Howard
176 ran

2018 League final results

From Jane McCarthy ... Congratulations to the League Winners:-
Overall League - Colin Williams
Fell League - Jack Cummings
Trail League - Jonathan Turner
Road League - Colin Williams.

First League race of 2019 - Meltham 10K this Sunday; Good Luck to all competing!

Full 2018 results tables and 2019 fixtures list on the League page

PECO XC, race 4, Sun 20 Jan

From Caroline Hpwe ... A fab new PECO course at Crimple Valley, Harrogate, with muddy trails, grass, technical wooded areas, plenty of twists and turns, and great view of the Crimple Valley Viaduct, despite the mist. An added point of interest for me was running past my old high school (with memories of school XC flooding back!) A strong Harriers ladies' team saw three Harriers finish in the top 20 out of nearly 400 finishers. Great performances all round in the penultimate race of the series.
Results ...

(1  28:21 Helen Cross, York Tri)
8   29:39 Pauline Munro 1st F50
14  31:14 Sarah Pickering
20  31:47 Rachel Carter
65  35:36 Caroline Howe
132 38:15 Nicola Budding
138 38:32 Diane Kitchen
178 40:37 Alison Bennett
246 43:42 Sally Pickering
269 44:31 Bernadette Gibbons
289 45:19 Anna Pickering
318 46:41 Kate Lofthouse
393 ran

(1  25:10 Terrence Forrest, Ackworth RR)
31  27:38 Steven Gott 3rd V40
134 30:55 Steve Murray
176 31:48 Peter Shelley
184 32:10 Robert Budding
191 32:20 Michael Duffield
241 34:03 Malcolm Pickering 1st V65
481 52:41 Donald Macrae
485 ran

Pilancones Tunte Ultra Trail Gran Canaria, Sat 19 Jan

From Jann Smith ... This long race circled around the middle of this very mountainous island starting in San Bartolome de Tirujana a mountain village. The mountains here are at their highest and roughest with near vertical rocky ascents and descents. A rope was used at one point. We started in dark, mist rain and cold and finished in hot sun.
Resultados ...

(1 4h15 Pau Gil)
49 6h23 Paul Carman       
70 6h51 Jann Smith (2nd  vet)	
112 finished

parkruns, Sat 19 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:48 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
73  25:15 Philip Hirst
371 ran

(1  17:24 Chris Miller, Harrogate Harriers)
160 25:35 Will Worboys
491 ran

(1  18:31 Jake Ridding, U/A)
12  21:26 Adrian Bastow
33  24:25 Rachel Carter
214 ran

(1  20:59 Mark Ryder, Ripon Runners)
14  24:31 Geoff Howard
70 ran

Aldinga Beach (AUS)
(1  17:19 Mike Klocke, U/A)
12  25:38 Chris Cunningham
79 ran

Clapham Common
(1  16:45 Richard Ollington, Thames Hare and Hounds)
22  19:05 Rob Cunningham
941 ran

Annual Awards for 2018

Presented at the Awards Evening on Friday 18th January. Congratulations, everyone.

Graham Weston's photos

Category2018 Winner
Runner of the year - maleJack Wood
Runner of the year - femaleKate Archer
Most improved - maleJonathan Turner
Most improved - femaleHelen Thurston
Endurance Runner - over 50 maleAndrew Merrick
Endurance Runner - over 50 femaleAlison Weston
Endurance Runner - maleBen Sheppard
Endurance Runner - femaleHelen Waddington
Runner under 23 - maleEuan Brennan
Runner under 23 - femaleLucy Williamson
Runner over 50 - maleColin Williams
Runner over 50 - femaleHilda Coulsey
Contribution to club - maleNeil Chapman
Contribution to club - femaleHilda Coulsey
Captains award - maleSteve Murray
Captains award - femaleRachel Carter
League winnerColin Williams
Fell leagueJack Cummings
Road leagueColin Williams
Trail leagueJonathan Turner
One-off ContributionPetra Bijsterveld (membership database)
One-off PerformancePaul Carmen (solo Bob Graham Round)
Additional ContributionThe coaches: Jane Bryant, Neil Chapman, and Peter Shields
The website: Paul Wood
Chair 2018: Geoff Howard

Previous years' awards. Also see the Club records and Hall of fame pages.

International XC in Elgoibar, Spain, Sun 13 Jan

From Steve Brennan... Great run by Euan Brennan, 2nd in the U20 race video.

Brass Monkey Half Marathon, Sun 13 Jan

Results ...

(1  1:09:42 Adrian Bailes, Birtley)
3   1:10:42 Jack Wood
242 1:27:26 Kate Archer
1554 finished

Stanbury Splash, Sun 13 Jan

From Rachel Carter ... Results from the Stanbury Splash yesterday, undertaken in conditions of very gusty wind, and at times driving rain with plenty of photographic proof courtesy of Woodentops - links on Facebook.

(1  46:41 Robin Howie, Wharfedale)
12  50:41 Jack Cummings
16  52:03 Istvan Jacso
36  55:38 Helen Thurston
72  61:20 Rachel Carter
77  61:53 Colin Williams
84  62:21 Richard Joel
98  65:05 Duncan Cooper
154 72:31 Alison Weston
218 80:89 Nea Weston
254 finished
Ilkley ladies 1st Team (4, 10, 28)

parkruns, Sat 12 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Two Ilkley first finishers this week: Jack Wood at Myrtle (Bingley), just 2 seconds outside the course record, and Michael Lomas at Barry Island. Steve Gott came 3rd at Bradford in 17:59 which I believe is his first sub-18 parkrun result.
Results ...

(1  17:26 Jack Kelly, U/A)
3   17:59 Steven Gott
23  20:36 Sarah Pickering
42  22:16 Malcolm Pickering
80  24:17 Oscar Street
161 27:28 Paula Reynier
525 ran

(1  17:12 Chris Oddy, Serpentine RC)
123 24:43 Helen Waddington
555 ran

(1  17:21 Matthew Merrick, Aldershot, Farnham and District AC)
42  22:07 Tom Worboys
501 ran

(1  18:15 Tim Chadwick, U/A)
106 29:13 Bernie Gibbons
114 29:47 Mark Scothon
230 ran

(1  22:20 Daniel Taylor, U/A)
26  28:30 Will Worboys
91 ran

Barry Island
1   18:42 Michael Lomas
208 ran

Clapham Common
(1  17:39 Rory Jordan, Milocaria AC)
18  19:06 Rob Cunningham
1019 ran

1   17:14 Jack Wood
79  28:08 Fiona Schneider
268 ran

PECO XC race 3, West Park, Sun 6 Jan

From Rachel Carter ... A dry cross country run at West Park of just under 5.5 miles mixing undulating terrain across field and trail through woods with some doing the double after the Yorkshire's on Sat.
Results ...

(1  28:31 Michael Kallenberg, Wharfedale)
25  32:27 Steven Gott  
131 36:09 Steve Murray 
199 38:06 Mike Duffield 
234 39:09 Robert Budding 
249 39:40 Malcolm Pickering 
502 finished

(1  32:17 Georgia Taylor-Brown, Sale)
20  37:04 Rachel Carter 
74  42:01 Caroline Howe 
207 48:47 Ros Brown 
236 50:20 Anna Pickering
245 50:37 Sally Pickering
328 54:49 Kate Lofthouse
372 59:24 Sally Wright
396 finished

Yorkshire XC Chanpionships, Lightwater Valley, Sat 5 Jan

From Caroline Howe...

Senior Men (10,320m)
(1  32:15 Emile Cariss Leeds City)
7   33:46 Jack Wood 
68  37:30 Istvan Jacso 
74  37:51 Dan McKeown 
77  37:56 Steve Gott 
115 39:39 Steve Coy 
132 40:09 Tim Ashelford 
232 45:41 Rob Budding 
244 46:30 Mark Iley 
259 47:33 Malcolm Pickering 
326 finished
Ilkley men's team 8th out of 38

Men's U20 (8,240m)
1 26:26 Euan Brennan 
5 28:26 Cam Reilly 
18 finished

Senior Ladies (8,250m)
(1  27:57 Claire Duck, Leeds City)
20  30:37 Jemima Elgood 
25  31:02Pauline Munro 
33  32:32 Kate Archer 
63  34:20 Beth Massey 
67  34:30 Sarah Pickering 
110 37:38 Caroline Howe 
161 43:27 Petra Bijsterveld 
171 44:14 Hilda Coulsey 
181 45:34 Anna Pickering 
199 finished
Ilkley A team 6th out of 35
Ilkley B team 29th out of 35

Ladies U17 (4,450m)
(1 15:26 Esther Rowe-Towle Sheff & Dearne)
2  15:47 Bethan Morley 
33 finished

U17 Men (6,350m)
(1 19:45 Joshua Dickinson, City of York)
4 20:01 Dom Coy
41 finished

parkruns, Sat 5 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:05 Peter Avent, Shettleston Harriers)
38  19:26 Mark Mon-Williams
815 ran

(1  17:29 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
54  23:42 Oscar Street
271 31:06 Paula Reynier
484 ran

(1  18:31 Ian Sadler, U/A)
90  27:09 Fiona Schneider
125 29:14 Tim Ratcliffe
164 32:01 Mark Scothon
236 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:54 Ted Mason, Wharfedale Harriers)
61  22:14 Geoff Howard
462 ran

Clapham Common
(1  15:34 unknown)
25  19:15 Rob Cunningham
871 ran

Selection news

From Steve Brennan... Following on from Euan Brennan's 7th place at the British Cross Challenge he has been selected for the England U20 Cross Country team to compete at the International XC in Elgoibar, Spain on the 13th of January.

Nine Standards fell race, Tue 1 Jan

From Will Buckton... Great conditions for me and Colin to kick off 2019 with the Nine Standards race from Kirkby Stephen. GPS was allowed but not required due to the spring like weather! I got a PB on my 5th time at the New Years Day fell race. BM 12.9km/549m.
Results ...

(1 53:17 Jonathan Cox, Eden Runners)
32 1h03:30 Will Buckton
52 1h07:45 Colin Williams
196 finished

Giants Tooth Fell Race, Tue 1 Jan

From Michael Duffield... £3 and a friendly jostle to fill in an entry sheet in the pub got Steve and I an entry into the Giants Tooth Fell Race on New Years Day. Only 3 miles and not a typical fell race - more a rolling trail up to the Giants Tooth standing stone above Ogden Water and back, through woods, on technical paths in places. Good fun and got rid of a few xmas cobwebs.

(1 17:10 Robin Howie, Wharfedale Harriers)
9  18:19 Steven Gott
54 21:58 Michael Duffield
186 ran

parkruns, NYD Tue 1 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Four Harriers availed themselves of the opportunity to run two consecutive parkruns to start 2019: Rob Cunningham chose two in London, whilst closer to home Amanda, Alex and myself started at Myrtle (Bingley) and moved on to Cliffe Castle (Keighley) to join Karen and Geoff, the latter having volunteered already at Skipton.
Results ...

(1  16:42 unknown)
16  19:20 Rob Cunningham 
575 ran

Fulham Palace
(1  16:54 Nick Marriage, Wooters Runners)
18  19:09 Rob Cunningham
431 ran

(1  18:06 unknown)
11  19:33 Paul Carman
41  22:23 Jann Smith
128 28:41 Bernie Gibbons
215 ran

Mole Valley
(1  18:21 Daniel Evans, Dorking and Mole Valley AC)
38  23:06 Peter Roll
292 ran

(1  18:02 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners)
123 28:13 Petra Bijsterveld
135 28:38 Alex Stanley-Hyde
150 29:31 Amanda Newham
243 ran

Cliffe Castle
(1  18:34 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners)
66  24:27 Geoff Howard
164 29:41 Karen Lambe
181 30:18 Petra Bijsterveld
202 31:17 Alex Stanley-Hyde
219 32:20 Amanda Newham
352 ran

Barry Island
(1 16:33 Matthew Rees, Swansea)
5  18:22 Michael Lomas
616 ran

Older News, December 2018