Ilkley Harriers is a friendly running club based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
We welcome runners of all abilities and running interests and the club provides training and group runs as well as social events for members.
Ilkley Harriers compete in a whole range of running events and our Club League encourages friendly competition between members.
The Club organises races too.
Runners 8-16 are catered for by our thriving junior section.
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From Alison Weston ,,,
Much better weather on Sunday for the classic Kentmere Horseshoe fell race (19.8 km and 1006m ascent).
Lucy Haines on top form again to come 2nd lady in under 2 hours.
A bonus was soaking in the cool stream in the finish field followed by lots of tea and cakes in the village hall.
(1 1:32:57 Joshua Jardine, Helme Hill) 52 1:56:26 Lucy Haines 183 2:17:44 Jamie Hutchinson 203 2:21:46 Alison Weston 3rd LV50 254 2:32:52 Sarah Edwards 294 2:42:08 Mary Gibbons 344 finished
(1 21:46 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 2 22:03 Jack Cummings 9 24:14 Iain Gibbons 21 26:49 Steve Turland 86 finished
Well done to Tom Adams, 3rd and helping England to the first team prize. Results soon ......
From Ewan Welsh ... Spotted a few Harriers, Martin Archer, Dick Waddington and Norman Bush, at the Ingleborough Mountain Race (as it's called) on Saturday, the route is straight up and down from Ingleton, biggest decision is choice of initial descent off the top, specifically in low visibility, I'll say no more in case anyone attempts it for the first time next year, I wouldn't want to take the fun out of it. I haven't sought out results yet, conditions were wet with low visibility, everyone seemed to finish in fine fettle, although I assume this of Dick as I didn't see him at the end but did see him for a fashion during the start of the race and the initial incline, he subsequently meandered up into the mist never to be seen again.
From Steve Turland... Nice little 2 hour event just outside Macclesfield. First real outing since the BG and legs felt OK. Despite a couple of navigational goofs managed to finish 4th overall and won the vets category.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 18:15 Watson Peel, Halifax Harriers) 70 24:09 Sarah Haines 365 ran Ormeau (1 17:47 Gavin McCaffrey, Ballymena and Antrim) 7 19:33 Adam Bennett 276 ran
From Jane McCarthy ... Thanks to Helen Waddington for tipping us off that the Ilkley Skyline Fell Challenge (est. by the North Leeds Fell Runners nlfr.co.uk) can be run as a relay, with 3 runners covering the 22 mile route. There had been no ladies team attempt, so Kate Archer, Jann Smith and I decided to set as good a time as we could on Friday. All 3 of us have run the Skyline individually which helped decide who should run which leg. I set off from the Hermit pub on Leg 1 (Hermit to Windgate Nick) 6.6 miles, 4 miles uphill to Whetstone Gate (Masts) and then a lovely couple of miles over the moor to the changeover point at the Mosquito Bomber Memorial, where Kate Archer was ready to take over Leg 2. A fine run by Kate over 9 miles down to Addingham Moorside, across and up Beasley Beacon, Round Hill and on to Ellarcarr Pike, Jann and I only managed to get to the handover spot about 5 minutes before Kate arrived! Jann then set off fast for the 6 miles of Leg 3 taking her down across Denton Moor, through fields and tracks to Asquith, then down to the Stepping Stones at Burley-in-Wharfedale and the final 2 mile uphill stretch up Moor Lane and back to The Hermit pub at Burley Woodhead. Thankfully Helen had seen her in at the finish as she ran too fast for Kate and I to get there in time! We were extremely pleased to finish in under 3hrs 5mins (Leg 1: 54mins, Leg 2: 80mins, Leg 3 50mins). Such a lovely route, and always good to have a pub at the end. Definitely recommended - either to race alone (send Garmin feed to Mike Ayers at NLFR) or take at a leisurely pace with friends. The Men's Record is faster than our Relay at 2hrs 49mins but it would be good to see some Ilkley men (or women I might add!) trying to beat our time!!
Harrier of the month nominations:
Steve Turland for successfully completing the Bob Graham round, Andrew Merrick for the South Downs Way, Jack Cummings for his first senior race win at Buckden, Euan Brennan as FRA u17 champ and coming 5th in an England vest (first for England), Helen Waddington for the double skyline, Sharon Meadows for the Lakeland Trails race and Ben Shepherd for the Three Peaks Challenge.
The winners are both Steve Turland and Jack Cummings with a special mention for Euan Brennan.
Volunteer of the month nominations: Helen Waddington for HoM write ups, Paul Wood for website updates, Jane Bryant for coaching, Andrew Sheldon for organising the HDSRL this and previous years.
The winner is Andrew Sheldon.
From Hilda Coulsey ...
To the other end of the spectrum on Sunday, but similar distance, for a flat road 10k in Leeds for the Asda foundation, Jane Tomlinson and other charities. I did struggle with the hill as the road went over the ring road before the Headrow - I did! - but I was able to laugh at myself that it was 300m up yesterday which seemed much more enjoyable, however I don't intend to look at the photos today as I did struggle again with the heat. Looking at the list of Harriers taking part it was great to see so many beginners/ Improvers/ and those less speedy runners - it's still 10k so good running.
(1 32:23 John Hobbs, Valley Striders) 121 40:05 Jane McCarthy 926 49:03 Charlotte Smithson 955 49:20 Jane Thomas 1584 54:16 Hilda Coulsey 3095 61:40 Wendy Bishop 3106 63:00 Kate Lofthouse 4808 64:36 Damaris Bedford 5031 66:54 Libby Heppenstall 5053 67:08 Nicky Solloway 5054 67:06 Diane Ollier 5945 67:19 Patricia Shouler 7050 finished
(1 13:27 Alex Thompson Wharfedale) 11 14:38 Bernadette Raven, 1st lady 30 finished
A win and a new course record for Tom Adams.
From Ben Sheppard ... Thanks to Dan Wilkinson for organising this great race which attracted a good field with some fast runners and the odd distinguished name, with fell running legend Colin Donnelly coming in 5th - in his mid-fifties and showing younger runners how it's done!
From Hilda Coulsey ... The Addingham gala fell run up on Saturday to the top of Beamsley Beacon was quite an unusual jaunt for me. It was brilliant, I'm really pleased I did it even though the final third up hill was a walk/ clamber over the rocks for me. Racing Sue Morley helped to get me through the downhill, she is much more surefooted on the grass and rocks and I'm a bit faster on the roads so I got past her by the finish for the chocs. Thanks Dan for waiting for us for the presentation! Well done to all the runners and the prize winners. Phew it was hot and the ice cream was well deserved. The support from all the volunteers was very much appreciated.
1 37:29 Tom Adams 3 41:06 Will Simmons 4 41:22 Jack Cummings 6 45:29 Matt Cox 9 44:10 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 10 44:37 Ben Sheppard 19 51:02 Lucy Williamson 23 51:31 Peter Shelley 24 51:37 Lucy Haines 38 56:06 Geoff Howard 42 58:24 Alison Weston 57 71:23 Hilda Coulsey 61 96:46 David Millson 61 ran
An English Champs counter. Results
(1 3:40:53 CArl Bell, Keswick 7 4:05:37 Jack Wood 197 6:18:42 Outi Kamarainen 233 finished
From Rachel Carter ... A few Harriers travelled the short distance across the moor to Baildon Carnival for their 'Carnival Canter' and junior races beforehand. The 'canter' turned out to be a 3 mile fell race, which felt more than enough on a very warm afternoon, to a trig point and back. Well organised by Baildon runners and a good local atmosphere at the carnival. The senior ladies race was won (21st overall) by one of our Juniors (who had already run the junior 1 mile race too!).
(1 18:18 James Hall, Wharfedale) 9 21:24 Robin Nicholson 12 21:48 Paul Castle 21 22:58 Bernadette Raven, 1st lady 28 23:57 Rachel Carter 36 24:47 Robert Budding 78 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 17:54 David Bagot, Clayton-le-Moors) 4 18:22 Will Wood 9 19:25 Bob Hamilton 280 ran Skipton (1 17:50 Sebastian Segger-Staveley, Settle Harriers) 33 24:20 Phil Hirst 46 25:20 Chris Cunningham 146 ran
A great run from Emily Elmes to 'beat the handicapper' and finish in 2nd place. Results
2 46:24 Emily Elmes 59 50:43 Don Macrae 76 53:27 Bernie Gibbons 128 48:58 Di Kitchen 157 43:17 Geoffrey White 180 38:57 Malcolm Pickering 222 43:29 Jean Sullivan 254 32:43 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 273 38:28 Tom Worboys 277 57:55 Anna Pickering 292 finished
A win for Tom Adams in 18:36, 119 finished. Results.
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
This was the inaugural event of a new 5k series staged on the cycle track of the Brownlee Centre at Bodington Fields.
The course takes in 3 laps of the track, which is a roadrunner's delight of newly laid tarmac. For added interest there is an incline to 'enjoy' 3 times over.
Runners were divided into an A (sub 22:30) and a B race, there were only 34 of us in the B race and I had the (for me) rare experience of starting near the front! As expected it is a fast course and having overcooked the first lap I did pay for it in mile 2 and 3, finishing 5 seconds outside my PB.
Sally and Rob ran very well in the A race, and I enjoyed being able to watch the faster runners for a change.
There are 5 more races in this series and I would recommend this to all roadies and anyone else who wants to test themselves on tarmac.
(1 15:45 John Hobbs, Valley Striders) 37 20:42 Sally Malir 43 20:56 Robert Budding 78 24:16 Petra Bijsterveld 93 ran
From Alison Weston ... 123 teams (!!) took part in the Danefield relays (3 x 3miles) at the Chevin, organised by Fellandale club. Mary, Nea and myself made up one Ilkley team and Lyra was persuaded to make up another team with Jack Wood! Jack ran the fastest leg of the evening (on leg 1) and Lyra found herself in the lead for 200m on leg 2 before being overtaken by the fast guys.
17th position leg 1 Jack Wood 17:56 leg 2 Lyra Weston 29:32 leg 3 Jack Wood 18:23 96th position Leg 1 Alison Weston 26:43 Leg 2 Nea Weston 31:57 Leg 3 Mary Gibbons 26:23
From Caroline Howe ... Four Harriers took part in the undulating Eccup 10 mile on what was a warm sunny day. Thankfully the course had plenty of shade and a nice breeze so conditions weren't too bad. Sold out for the second year in a row, this was a thoroughly enjoyable race with a decent t shirt!!
From Hilda Coulsey ... a good road race with hills, not too scary, and lovely tree lined closed country roads with a circuit of Eccup reservoir. The race has been full these last two years and in previous years lots of Harriers have taken part - it's definitely worth putting in the diary for next year.Results ...
(1 54:45 Dannny Hallam) 217 1:19:30 Caroline Howe 292 1:22:49 Graham Parton 467 1:30:33 Hilda Coulsey 535 1:34:27 Donna Jackson 815 finished
(1 32:33 Rory Stead, Aberdeen) 10 36:34 Martin Archer 204 49:41 Chantelle Busby 410 57:53 Don Macrae 562 finished
From Ewan Welsh ... I ventured up to Keswick for the Skiddaw fell race on Sunday to continue on my pathway back to regular racing. A straight up and down route, well more of a zig-zag up and down route, this was the start of a new era as the directive is now to stick to the main path, rather than ascending/descending as you are. The long standing course records set by Kenny Stuart and Sarah Rowell, set in 1984 and 1989 respectively, are now set in the stones of time. The 'new' course was an open invitation to set a new course record (not for me I hasten to add !) that will sit alongside the 'old' course records.
My own personal battle, based on the fact that although I am not the quickest of runners I am the slowest of walkers, was to not walk on the ascent at any given time, which I achieved and got to the top with an air of contentment, it made the descent an interesting affair mind you. As the route was holding to the main path it gave the race a slight alpine feel, walkers and runners co-existing on the route up with a few cow bells and words of encouragement to be heard on a switchback path (almost), in passing I asked a group 'on-route walkers' if I could borrow their walking poles, oh how we all laughed at the fine banter! Not to mention the Inov-8 team containing a group of competition winners from Europe; their prize was a week in the Lakes incorporating various runs and races (I believe). Spot prizes were also included as a post race feature, my number was pulled out the hat and I picked up a trendy looking Inov-8 small trail belt, that's my 4th prize in 32 years of running, bonus! I once won 1/4 of a cattle beast in New Zealand, but that's another story.
I didn't spot any other Harriers, but did catch up with Graham Arthur, ex Harrier and Isle of Jura race organiser, he was in the Lakes for the weekend and popped over to do the race, as you do.
The race is well organised, great atmosphere, easy parking and a fine post race spread.
(1 1:10:18 Sam Stead, Keswick AC) 88 1:42:05 Ewan Welsh 136 finished
From Dave Wilby ...
A superb local race from Kettlewell based on the middle event from the old Wharfedale TTT, it's struggling a bit for numbers in its first few years but is worthy of so much more attention. Incorporating a wide spectrum of terrain including a long runnable climb on double-track, a steep heathery scramble, grassy trods, a lightning fast descent and plenty of trackless tussocky terrain where even sheep fear to tread. There's good scope for route choice on a clear day and potential for some navigational mishaps if the clag comes down. Keep an eye out for it next year, it's a belter.
(1 1:20:35 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) new record 4 1:32:17 Dave Wilby 6 1:34:26 Alistair McInnes 8 1:36:00 Paul Carman 29 1:54:31 Duncan Cooper 38 2:04:28 Jann Smith 57 Finishers
From Helen Waddington... Pleased to report that Richard Joel and I made it round this challenge - Richard finishing in around 19 and a half hours and myself just over 22 and a half. It was a step into the unknown for both of us and, speaking for myself, much harder than I had anticipated but very satisfying once the finish line had been crossed! The support from other runners and event crew was humbling and incredible - some of the checkpoints being remote and midge-infested! It was wonderful having Dick and Jane at various checkpoints along the route providing much needed encouragement and, having both done the race themselves, lots of empathy!
From Richard Joel ... Following on from Helen's report the Ultimate Trails was a very challenging but overall satisfying event. It's an ultramarathon starting at midnight in Ambleside with 24 hours to complete the 66 mile circular route with approximately 12,000 feet of climbing. The weather was for the most part mild allowing us to run in shorts and tee shirt through the night and for most of the next day. Overnight the stream of headtorch lights snaking up Nan Bield pass was an amazing sight. The support and encouragement provided by the public on the course and the volunteers at the checkpoints was amazing. The food at the checkpoints really hit the spot and kept spirits high enough to keep going, although I may have had my recommended annual intake of coke and crisps in one day!! As the day wore on everyone got into a rhythm and runners started to support and encourage their fellow runners - I ended up running around more than half the course with a guy from Tyneside. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous (took my mind off the pain) and I saw some hidden corners of the Lake District I never knew existed.
The support provided by Dick and Jane was fantastic - it was great to see familiar and encouraging faces around the course. Thanks also to Dick for lending me his walking poles which got me over the last 2 climbs. Also a fantastic run by Helen - well done!!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 17:43 Tom Thomas, Hyde Park Harriers) 18 20:01 Andrew Overend 398 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 18:11 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders) 5 19:05 Will Wood 19 20:38 Rhys Jones 425 ran Harrogate (1 17:27 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers) 34 21:04 Andrew Sheldon 339 ran Skipton (1 17:51 David Driver, Wharfedale Harriers) 10 20:39 Kate Archer 150 ran Stretford (1 16:31 Peter Bray, Manchester Orienteering Club) 5 18:26 Rob Cunningham 450 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
The Murder Mile race in Silsden, organized by Wharfedale Harriers, is an uphill course fairly similar to the Ilkley Incline, with 500ft of ascent over 1 mile.
76 seniors and 143 juniors lined up at the somewhat chaotic start by Silsden Golf Club, I was idly chatting with Kate Archer in the middle of the throng when we suddenly saw the front of the field had moved off already! Initial progress was hampered by the steepness of the ascent but also by a multitude of very small persons stop-starting virtually under my feet as only young children do. All part of the fun in this type of race.
Not many senior Harriers there, Kate Archer was 4th senior lady and Alison Weston 1st LV50. The normally very speedy Robin Nicholson ran together with his son. I knew I would not be able to beat Alison for the category win but was happy enough to be only 30 seconds behind her on my second 1 mile race in as many days. I'm beginning to like the distance!
Some excellent junior Harrier results too.
(1 06:57 Craig Shearer, Barlick FR) 62 09:23 Kate Archer 119 11:03 Alison Weston 141 11:32 Petra Bijsterveld 168 12:22 Robin Nicholson 219 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
This annual competition staged by Hyde Park Harriers on Woodhouse Moor was a very soggy affair this year. Runners run 1 mile in 14 heats which are progressive in pace, on a 2 lap course. Despite the relentless rain there was an upbeat atmosphere and I was glad I went.
Tom took the win amidst some serious competition, and I managed a 17s PB, so a good night for Ilkley.
1 4:47 Tom Adams 185 7:31 Petra Bijsterveld 244 ran
Euan Brennan and Bethan Morley competed for England at the International Mountain Running Youth Cup in Gagliano del Capo, Italy on Saturday 24th June. Euan came 5th overall and led the boys team to a Bronze medal and Bethan came 14th and led her team to 6th place overall. Very well done to both on such outstanding results.
From Steve Turland ... Pleased to report that I completed the Bob Graham round on Saturday in 22hr 40.
With an 11pm start, I ran the first two legs solo, but immediately got into a bit of navigational difficulty coming off Skiddaw. Low mist and drizzle combined with the bounce back from the headtorch was giving about 2m visibility, making it very difficult to follow the path finding myself wading through knee deep heather on at least a couple of occasions. Pleased to finish leg 1 only 10 minutes down on my 22hr 15 schedule. Another group just ahead of me had lost 90 minutes in the mist!
The clouds cleared and with dawn approaching, I made good progress on leg 2, regaining the lost time and finishing the leg 15 minutes up on the overall schedule. It was a surreal experience to see such a busy Hellvellyn summit at 5am in the morning due to the 10 Peaks race that was also taking place that day. It was a midgefest at Dunmail so no time to sit in the chair, and we were off on leg 3.
I was paced really well throughout leg 3, but low mist and wet rock hampered progress after Bowfell, and we lost about 20 minutes skating over the rocks to Scafell Pike. Then onto my favourite bit of the round - Lords Rake, West Wall Traverse and the superb scree descent into Wasdale. Leg 3 done. With thighs burning and the climb up Yewbarrow beckoning, I languished probably a little too long in the chair being force fed food from my checkpoint team - my Mum and two sisters who did a fabulous job throughout.
Then it was off out of Wasdale, with words of encouragement from Joss Naylor (I don't think I was hallucinating at that point) and the 'eagerly awaited' climb up Yewbarrow. Felt good on leg 4, gaining time on each summit and allowing the luxury of another stop at Black Sail pass to take on more food from my sisters who had walked up from Wasdale. Eventually arrived in Honister, leg 4 complete, and good to see Jack there supporting after his Buttermere race that day.
I was joined by my son at Honister who did the last leg with me (he had the patience of a saint). My uphill legs were still going strong, but the downhill legs had packed in for the day. Reached Robinson summit only just behind schedule, but after that point things started to unravel and a fair amount of coaxing was required to get me down off Robinson. Road into Keswick went on forever and ever and ever, but fantastic moment finally running down Keswick high street with my son beside me and to the railings at Moot Hall.
All in all, a fantastic day (and night) out in the hills, with friends and family supporting.
(1 3h57:28 Carl Bell, Keswick) 8 4h41:07 Jack Wood 56 finished
(1 33:10 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 8 36:24 Iain Gibbons 53 finished
A win for Tom Adams, Results and photos ...
1 16:40 Tom Adams 37 24:37 Rob Budding 78 28:53 Peter Lewis 89 finished
From Jez Hellewell ... Back in the saddle with my first race (or challenge as Ben kept pointing out) in beautiful upper Wharfedale. Taking in Birks Fell, Buckden Pike & Great Wherside, over 22 miles & just shy of 4000 feet of climbing, this was tough, but a stunning route.
Starting off in Kettlewell with a tough climb up towards Birks Fell I watched in awe as Ben scampered off in to the distance like a mountain goat with nobody for company. The paths were boggy & not too obvious in places but the course was extremely well marked/flagged as you would expect being organised by the UWFRA. Buckden Pike was a pretty brutal climb before a boggy descent down towards the final climb up to Great Whernside. My lack of 20+ miles runs started to show as I slowed up & got passed on the last 2 miles back down to Kettlewell.
Ben was back with his feet up in the village hall after a mere 3 hours 29 minutes & 10 minutes clear of 2nd place to take a hugely impressive 2nd win of the year. I had to keep telling him that the minute runners appear on the start line it becomes a race!
I was around 8th in 3.57 & Jann Smith ran excellently in 4.17.
A fantastic challenge/run/race in a stunning part of The Yorkshire Dales. Highly recommended.
3 Peaks challenge - 22 miles, 4000ft. Birk Fell, Buckden Pike, Great Whernside 1 3:29:10 Ben Sheppard 8 3:57 Jez Hellewell 14 4:17 Jann Smith 33 5:37 Adela Reperecki 2 Peaks Challenge - 13 miles Buckden Pike, Great Whernside 1 2:02 Paul Carman 34 5:20 Ellie Kitchen (walker)
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 18:22 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 3 18:53 Will Wood 21 21:10 Sally Malir 1st F 406 ran Woodhouse Moor (1 18:04 Thomas Midgley, Otley AC) 169 26:21 Petra Bijsterveld 395 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:50 Tom Calvert, Knaresborough Striders) 70 23:51 Norman Bush 319 ran
(1 35:58 Chris Miller, Harrogate) 9 38:26 Matthew Cox 10 38:45 Oscar Stapleton 12 39:00 Martin Archer 24 40:45 Jim Ryder 27 41:18 Robin Nicholson 58 45:20 Lucy Williamson 72 47:15 Duncan Cooper 98 50:33 Ewan Welsh 111 51:54 Alison Weston 113 52:06 Bob Hamilton 155 62:22 Nea Weston 160 65:13 Paul Stephens 167 finished
From Caroline Howe ... The fourth and final 'normal' race in the league (before the handicap on 6 July) was Knaresborough Striders' inaugural hosting of a HDSRL race, and 19 Ilkley Harriers turned up for the occasion. This was an out-and-back starting with a lap of 'Horseshoe Field' in the Conyngham Hall grounds, from where we ran across the High Bridge, down the Beryl Burton cycleway, to Bilton and back, with a lovely skyline of Knaresborough Castle in the distance. By far the flattest of the four races, with a downhill finish, it was a fast course with conditions thankfully a little cooler than the previous few days. Knaresborough Striders did themselves proud as hosts - excellent organisation, great marshalls and a fantastic buffet at the Working Men's Club afterwards, with a balcony giving great views of the famous Knaresborough Viaduct... a great evening all round, with some excellent Harrier performances!
(1 31:34 Ben Pease, Ripon) 7 34:16 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 75 40:26 Ellie Kitchen 89 41:08 Tom Worboys 119 42:45 Malcolm Pickering 129 43:10 Paul Stephens 175 45:29 Caroline Howe 197 46:08 Mary Gibbons 200 46:20 Geoffrey White 202 46:34 David Ibbotson 209 47:00 Jean Sullivan 235 48:43 Alison Bennett 238 48:56 Emily Elmes 302 52:09 Paul Sugden 306 52:30 Diane Kitchen 356 56:52 Donald Macrae 361 57:29 Bernadette Gibbons 379 60:39 Anna Pickering 383 60:57 Vincent Gibbons 388 62:00 Sally Wright 408 ran
From Dick Waddington ... The Great Lakes Fell race (21km, 2100m) is a modern classic covering (in my opinion) the best bits of the Lakes. Race HQ is in a barn at Stool End Farm at the end of Great Langdale. Going straight up Bowfell gets you warmed up and I made good use of any trickle of water I could find to douse myself. After that the running over Esk Pike, Great End, Scafell Pike was beautiful, with just enough breeze to make it pleasant. The gully up to Foxes Tarn is so steep you don't even have to bend over to put your head in a waterfall. From Scafell it's all a bit wild down to Slight Side - the runners were all very strung out by this point and nobody seemed to be taking the same line as anyone else. People would pop out from behind a crag and then disappear. After this the race description says: "There follows a a crossing of what feels like Middle Earth, forging a path from Slight Side to Pike O'Blisco fast running over the trackless reaches south of Great Moss". I paused my fast running(!) for a swim in the River Esk that perked me up no end and I immediately gained 3 places to a trio that was flagging in the heat. Across the moors to Red Tarn was new terrain to me - not one for the clag due to a real lack of features. At Red Tarn the stream was too shallow for a swim so I did my front then rolled over on to my back. Blisco is the last climb before the direct descent challenges the quads as it gets steeper and steeper on good runnable grass. Wow! What a day out, packing so much in to my 4:24, about half way down the field. I recommend this one - as long as you like harsh terrain and don't mind navigating!
(1 22:44 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 6 27:10 Iain Gibbons 57 finished
From Alison Weston ...
Another win for Jack Cummings and Lucy Haines at Buckden fell race this weekend. It was a lovely day for this race, if not a bit too hot, and fewer runners than normal this year due to the Championship Race taking place at Tebay. The gala was in full swing as the race started.
Jack set off fast from the start, even managing to run the extremely steep first section and set a good lead which he held all the way. Dave Wilby is getting back into fine race form finishing 5th. The ladies race was won by Lucy Haines who finished in 9th position overall, being chased by under 18 Helen Thornton of Buxton AC. Jane McCarthy was 3rd and first V40 in a great time and Alison Weston 1st V50. Category prizes also for Bob Hamilton and of course Norman Bush.
Ilkley harriers also won both male and female team prizes: Male - Jack, Dave Wilby and Dave Robson; Female - Lucy, Jane and Vicky
1 37:14 Jack Cummings 5 40:13 Dave Wilby 9 43:22 Lucy Haines 12 43:55 Dave Robson 18 45:38 Jane McCarthy 40 51:29 Victoria Stevens 43 51:49 Alison Weston 48 53:11 Norman Bush 52 54:13 Bob Hamilton 75 finished
(1 55:01 Mike Jefferies, Richmond and Zetland) 13 61:59 Robin Nicholson 167 83:01 The Goathland Express 299 98:09 Petra Bijsterveld 465 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 17:13 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 6 18:50 Will Wood 183 28:17 Catriona Hawthorn 412 ran Portrush (1 18:56 Sam Davies, U/A) 93 27:02 Hilda Coulsey 226 ran Ormeau (1 17:55 Stephen Garland, Belfast RC) 13 19:42 Adam Bennett 324 ran Skipton (1 17:39 Tom Barrett, Keighley and Craven) 38 23:46 Caroline Howe 49 24:46 Chris Cunningham 182 ran Stretford (1 17:19 David Frankland, West End Runners) 9 18:30 Rob Cunningham 507 ran
From Caroline Howe ...
a hot and sticky, and mercifully short (4.4m), HDSRL in Sicklinghall near Wetherby on Wednesday evening.
(1 22:58 Andrew Grant, Harrogate) 10 25:20 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 91 29:51 Ellie Kitchen 154 32:23 Paul Stephens 158 32:30 Malcolm Pickering 210 34:25 David Ibbotson 228 35:02 Caroline Howe 234 35:16 Jean Sullivan 258 36:25 Geoffrey White 266 36:49 Alison Bennett 273 37:10 Paul Sugden 369 41:09 Peter Lewis 375 41:24 Diane Kitchen 405 43:57 Donald Macrae 411 44:48 Emily Elmes 421 45:46 Bernadette Gibbons 436 48:32 Vincent Gibbons 439 48:49 Anna Pickering 447 finished
(1 11:46 Ben Murray, Calder Valley) 3 12:04 Jack Cummings 9 13:11 Iain Gibbons 82 finished
From Andrew Merrick...
In a time-to-push-the-running-boundaries moment of weakness I decided some time ago to enter the South Downs Way 100 organised by Centurion Running - it seemed to be at about the right time of the year and have good reviews and made for a further challenge.......
I was slightly surprised that the mandatory kit list (more of that later) didn't include waterproof trousers, but I was slightly less surprised when I got off the train in Winchester on Friday afternoon, wondering why my upbringing didn't allow me to get a taxi to my airbnb accommodation a couple of miles away...... It was a similar distance to the Chilcomb Sports ground (my landlady "I didn't realise there was one there" was as well informed as google maps), which I found relatively easily with the aid of the tourist map of Winchester I had acquired on may way from the station, once I ignored the online help.
The kit check and number collection process was pretty straightforward and everyone seemed friendly in the late evening sunshine, although the level of kit even for drop bags was slightly intimidating, followed by a pub evening meal with one compulsory beer on my way back to my accommodation. At this point I hadn't worked out to my drop bag strategy for the two places on offer so did a bit of kit faffing to allow me to turn up vaguely organised the next morning.
The 4:45 alarm allowed me to eat the pre-race essential porridge before the gentle jog to the start having found more faffing to be done, arriving in good time (60 seconds) before the 5:45 briefing which also done in a cheerful manner. One lap round the field - just enough time to recruit a running mate - and we were let loose on the South Downs Way (SDW). It turned out that my running mate was also an accountant by background and was attempting her second 100 miler, with support from her husband and a running friend. We stayed together for the first 60 miles or so, during which I concluded she had also had the Brian Melia "lecture" on not wasting time at checkpoints, so there was no messing about at any of the 12 intermediate points on our journey to Eastbourne. As a non supported runner the service at each check point was approaching Helen Waddington levels of excellence - they couldn't have been more helpful (it was very obvious that they had all shared the pain at previous events). There were also separate spots for supporters to provide additional assistance, although no support runners were allowed until you had earned your spurs by completing the first 50 miles solo.
After parting company with my running mate, we were by then moving at slightly different speeds, I seemed to occupy myself by regularly attempting the calculation of how many minutes per mile I could travel at in order to complete our challenge (I don't regard ultras as a race) in under 24 hours. This gave me focus to keep me moving during the challenging but also scenic overnight hours - courtesy of quite a full moon, helped by a very well signed route - essential given the spread out nature of the field by that stage. I also calculated a liquid intake of 8/9 litres over the duration, having refilled my bottle at every one of the checkpoints until the last couple. The only challenge with checkpoints was, of course, they were largely sited in villages at the lower points on the SDW. At least it meant you could complete your refuelling as you walked up the next hill handily placed immediately on exit from the aid station.... (12,700 feet of climb in total for those of you who like to know these things, and less tough than the Lake District equivalents)
The heat certainly made it challenging, as much for food intake reasons, as anything else. I focused largely on a fruit based diet, having at one stage required ? litre to digest one ginger nut...... A bowl of pasta/tomato sauce just after halfway helped enormously both mentally and physically.
The most challenging descent was saved for the final one down into the streets of Eastbourne - I had got away largely with the lower light setting on my torch until then, but a steep narrow overgrown descent required full concentration and visibility. Having survived that intact, I reached the Eastbourne running track about 3:30am at which point a lap of the track was non-optional before the finish line.
Immediately thereafter I found out I had been selected at random for a kit check - 2 torches, jacket, base layer, emergency blanket, whistle, water bottle, and cup and my work was done (no trousers required!) .... A sample may have taken somewhat longer...... The only remaining challenge was to work out what to do with myself until my return train journey north, to which the answer largely consisted of sitting down and drinking tea.
I can certainly recommend the Centurion series for anyone interested in ultra races - they run a series of 50 and 100 mile events in the South. The organisation, navigational support and attitude of all their support staff was excellent both before during and after the race.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Workington (1 18:39 Kevin Wallace, Cumberland AC) 23 23:19 Geoff Howard 73 ran Ormeau (1 17:55 Adam O'Hare, Newcastle AC) 23 20:11 Adam Bennett 335 ran Stretford (1 16:09 Matthew O'Connor, Wakefield & District) 14 18:32 Rob Cunningham 369 ran
From Shirley Wood ... Well Done to Euan Brennan and Bethan Morley who have been selected to compete in an England vest at the International Youth Cup for Mountain Running. The event takes place at Gagliano del Capo, Italy on 24th June. England has a strong record in this event, regularly winning team and individual medals, including a bronze by Jonny Brownlee back in 2007. Team members are all under 18.
Their route to gaining selection: Euan won the trial for this event to earn his first international mountain running vest. He was 4th in the 2016 British Mountain Running Championships. A strong cross country runner, Euan was 11th in this year's English Schools Cross Country Championships and 4th in the Yorkshire County Championships. Euan is currently leading the U17 English Fell Running Championship series. Bethan was 3rd in the trial and earns her second England vest after her debut at the 2016 Junior Home International where she was the 4th England athlete home. Like the rest of the squad, Bethan has a strong background in cross country. In the 2017 season, she finished 3rd in the Yorkshire and 5th in the Northern Cross Country Championships.
From Andrew Jackson ... It is the 1st time I have run on the roads around Penistone Hill (other than to warm up for the Bunnies). Thankfully after a heavy shower around 7, the rain held off. It is an undulating course, with a fast downhill to finish.Had a target of under 40 minutes - failed by 1 second!
(1 29:26 Chris Williams, Queensbury) 42 35:33 Sally Malir 79 40:00 Andrew Jackson 143 finished
From Ewan Welsh... Four Harriers meandered over to Kettlewell just in time for the rumbling sky to clear, making it a fine night for the Kettlewell Anniversary Fell race.
A lovely race, a lovely atmosphere, a lovely post race bowl of soup (gluten free as well!) and supply of McVities Club biscuits (not gluten free alas).
Added attractions to this race is the challenge of the inflatable shark, first male and female to the top of the first climb is required to carry an inflatable shark for the remainder of the race plus there were prizes for people doing their first fell race, all very amicable.
I would recommend this race as future entry into your 'top-five-local-summer-Thursday evening-mid-week-fell-races' list!
Harrier results were (out of 84 runners) :
22nd Paul Calderbank 48.22 1st M55 (started strong, stayed strong, finished strong)
40th Chantal Busby 51.44 3rd FM45 (appeared to float up the 2nd long steep climb)
46th Bob Hamilton 53.46 2nd M60 (Bob's time is inclusive of the time taken to capture a picture mid race just when the evening light was at its most captivating)
47th Ewan Welsh 54.06 8th M50 (strong on the up, not so strong on the down, and yes, Bob made a strategic move on the downhill, I've taken note)
Full results ...
1 56:34 Jack Wood 28 65:42 David Foyston 48 68:23 Andrew Overend 95 73:58 Tom Worboys 98 74:08 Rachel Carter 167 80:26 Mary Gibbons 349 finished
From Jane McCarthy ... Harriers League tables now updated to include Ilkley Trail Race (29/5), HDSRL on 1st June and Wharfedale Half Marathon (4/6). After 11 races Michael Duffield leads the overall league, having run 9 races and accumulating a total of 739 points. Alison Weston is in second place after 8 races with 670 points. Dave Robson in 3rd, having declared a great Wildcard for his race at Cwmdu Fell Race.
At the Ilkley Trail Race, Ilkley men took the first four places, with Tom Adams setting a new course record. At Harrogate Road League (race 2) an excellent performance by Malcolm Pickering earned him 97 League points, just ahead of Matt Newell scoring 96 points for his 5th place. Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon saw Jonathan Sinclair scoring highest points for his great run. Michael Duffield leads the Road league, Adela Reperecki the Trail League, and Jack Cummings the Fell League. Next League races are Buckden Pike (Fell) 17th June, Addingham Gala (Fell) 8th July and Leeds 10K (Road) 9th July. GOOD LUCK!
More on the League page.
From Outi Kamarainen ... this year's LAMM was in the far North close to Ullapool. Nice remote Munros and mid camp with lake to swim in. I ran with Kirsty Brian-Jones on the score class. We were 8th overall and 1st female team.
No times available? Provisional results and photos from the Woodentops
(1 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 4 Jack Cummings 9 Iain Gibbons 88 finished
From Keith Wood ... my two brothers and I, ably supported by our mum, set off to Lancashire early aiming to complete the Jane Tomlinson Burnley 10k.
Conditions were good for running, the course fairly fast in the main but with a few hills to contend with!
First home was Andy, soon followed by Keith. Unfortunately older brother Tim was retired from the race due to a calf muscle injury.
(1 32:59 Gethin Jones, Cybi Striders) 120 44:37 Andy Webster 159 46:27 Keith Wood 1357 finishers
From Sharon Meadows ... A beautiful trail race in the Lakes, on a beautiful sunny day! There are 2 start times for the marathon, one at 7am (challenge event with an 8 hour cut off) and the other at 9am (race event with a 6 hour cut off). I really wanted to do the first race but it was already an early start so had to do the 9am start, knowing I would be at the back of the pack. However, I was not expecting to be left behind after the first 200 metres! They just shot of into the distance. It was a stunning course though so I had plenty to look at, and the course is very well marked with good feed stations. I hardly saw anyone all day except for the marshalls (who were all very nice) and a fleeting glimpse of a t-shirt now and again. In the last couple of miles I actually caught a few people up. In the end it took me 5 hours 42, with the winning time being 3 hours 01! A very lovely day out.
Jack Wood won this classy race.
1 4:05:31 Jack Wood 97 finished
(1 1:24:38 Kyle Greig, Metro Aberdeen RRC) 23 1:41:58 Andrew Marshall 26 1:43:05 David Westhead 43 1:45:54 Jonathan Sinclair 53 1:48:11 Kate Archer 3rd lady 56 1:48:48 Dave Robson 59 1:49:15 Paul Carman 77 1:51:13 Ralph Tench 83 1:52:32 Michael Duffield 91 1:54:06 Mike Helme 178 2:08:38 Alison Weston 184 2:10:03 Sarah Edwards 224 2:16:23 Adela Reperecki 230 2:17:24 Jane Thomas 248 2:20:13 Susan Short 262 2:21:32 Richard Morris 295 2:27:49 ElizabePrice 313 2:30:40 Sarah Hayes 318 2:32:27 Ian Conyers 329 2:34:02 Jan Carrier 345 2:38:19 Donna Jackson 387 2:48:39 Paul Sugden
From Brian Melia... I ventured over to the Duddon valley for the classic fell race It takes in Harter fell, Hardknott, Swirl Howe, Dow Crag then over to Caw before a run down to the finish. I ran it 4hrs 34 mins and am not sure of my position. Rob Jebb won it. Beautiful weather to be in the lakes though. A little tough fell race!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 17:35 unknown) 189 25:59 Andrew Overend 472 ran Harrogate (1 16:47 Andy Grant, Harrogate Harriers) 221 26:54 Karen Lambe 325 29:53 Jennifer Carne 452 ran
From Vince Gibbons ... Catherine Gibbons (centre) was second female in blisteringly high temperatures of 30 degrees at the 14th annual La Mistela 9.7km road race at Los Palacios, near Seville, in 46min 42 sec
(1 31:05 Reece Dalton, Ripon) 5 33:11 Matt Newell 56 38:59 Steve Murray 76 40:03 Michael Duffield 81 40:16 Ellie Kitchen 108 42:01 Malcolm Pickering 183 46:26 Caroline Howe 212 47:20 Geoffrey White 264 50:34 Peter Lewis 272 51:04 Paul Sugden 287 52:08 Hilda Coulsey 365 60:06 Bernadette Gibbons 366 60:07 Vincent Gibbons 397 finished