Ilkley Harriers and the Wharfedale Activity Group

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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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HDSRL, Harrogate, Tue 23 May

Results ...

(1    32:35 Ben Pease, Ripon
7     35:04 Matt Newell
93    41:02 Ellie Kitchen
100   41:07 Tom Worboys
124   42:27 Michael Duffield
141   43:21 Malcolm Pickering
163   44:26 Paul Stephens
215   46:47 Philip Hirst
233   47:32 David Ibbotson
239   47:43 Mary Gibbons
243   47:53 Caroline Howe
257   48:39 Jean Sullivan
276   49:46 Geoffrey White
341   52:52 Paul Sugden
378   55:14 Diane Kitchen
419   57:45 Donald Macrae
427   58:05 Anna Pickering
437   59:10 Emma O'looney
455 1:01:08 Bernadette Gibbons
464 1:02:34 Vincent Gibbons
468 1:03:20 Sally Wright
471 1:03:35 Emily Elmes
483 1:08:15 Abigail Bailey
493 finished, a League record

Essar Chester Half Marathon, Sun 21 May

From Ben Sheppard ... Results ...

(1 1:07:20 Mohammad Abu-Rezeq, Altrincham & District AC)
10 1:14:48 Will Simmons
4797 finished

British Masters Road Relays Sutton Park, Sat 20 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Four of us drove to Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield for the British Masters Open Road Relay Championships. The course consisted of a one lap, undulating circuit through the park, on wide tarmac paths, with a distance of exactly 3 miles. We left Ilkley in glorious early sunshine but by the time we reached the venue it was grey and overcast and the predicted rain showers came thick and fast. We were glad we had brought the club tent!
As to be expected at national championships there was tough competition, but we had primarily entered this as a social event, like an away-day from Jane's Thursday evening speed sessions. That is not to say that we did not give it our absolute maximum effort on what we all felt was a tough course. I am not sure if having just run 3 John Carr 5K's was an advantage or disadvantage: 3 miles remains a painful distance especially with an uphill start.
Still, the positive experience of being in a relay team cancels out most of the pain, and we would recommend this event for 2018 to every Harrier with an interest in road running.
Results ...

(1  1:15:25 South London Harriers)
22  1:36:58 Ilkley Harriers

Jane Bryant      (23) 23:35
Hilda Coulsey    (23) 24:28
Sue Harris       (24) 24:36
Petra Bijsterveld (22) 24:19     

(nn) is team position after each stage

25 complete teams finished

Goat Fell Race Isle of Arran, Sat 20 May

From Ewan Welsh ... When I first started fell running the Goat Fell race was one of my local races back in the day, this was something to contemplate as I made my way over on the Ferry as a v50 for the first time.
Have to say I still have the same unbridled enthusiasm I had as a teenager as I jump onto the ferry, you still get a sense of escaping the mainland onto another way of life. It's been a number of years since I ran this wee gem of race (too many really), however any grand plans (not that there were any) were thwarted by a dead leg on the downhill (that's my own dead leg , not a random dead leg left aside by someone!) , the dead leg was the result of a slip on the stairs several weeks ago and resulting bruised back. The steep downhill (after a steep uphill) proved to be a step too far too soon.
Having to adopt a rather hobbled technique leading with one leg and one leg only to descend I had to endure a cramp fuelled mile on the road and a final lap of the park to finish. No matter how often I've ran this race the mile on the road at the end always seems a ? mile longer than the last time and I forget about the final lap of the park, until I get there at the end. At least I have a tangible improvement to aim for next year!
The weather proved to be ideal, as always, the post race spread was the usual high quality, atmosphere is extremely welcoming from the moment you board the ferry , they have showers, so the traditional fell runners don't have to wait to Sunday for bath night to get a wash, and there was the unique aspect of registering on the ferry on the way over. I haven't checked the results out yet, they'll be somewhere on the web and/or, social media thingy stuff ... I switched off from the race a bit due to my physical state and I was the only Ilkley Harrier, I had to have wee lie down when I finished until the cramp eased up a bit.
The race route is 8 miles, and 2900ft, straight up and down from Brodick, first/last mile or so is flat and on the road, the main ascent is just under 3 miles, so it gets a bit steep at times and there is quite a bit of granite rock to meander on, all in all, it's all good.
If anyone is interested for future reference, Ardrossan (from where you get the ferry) is about a 4 hour drive from Ilkley, Arran itself has some really understated but spectacular walking/running routes , there a a few decent ridges for those that like that sort of terrain (not to mention a SPA Resort, Cheese Shop, Brewery , Chocolate Shop , Arran Aromatics, decent Bakers for those that like that sort of terrain !), cycling as well, it's a bit of a traditional Sunday cycle route over the summer, big dilemma for the cyclist is to go clockwise or anti-clockwise around the Island, and that's before they analyse the figure of 8 route !
PS The Three Peak Sailing race tends to be on same weekend, they land at Arran on the Sunday and head up Goat Fell.

parkruns, Sat 20 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A 1st finish for Jack Wood this week on the Stray at Harrogate. Some excellent junior performances too, which can be seen by clicking through to the results.
Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:18 Ciaran Ford, Horsforth Harriers)
14  18:36 William Wood
539 ran

(1  16:32 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
12  20:40 Tom Worboys
51  24:20 Norman Bush
170 ran

1   17:10 Jack Wood
467 ran

(1  15:52 Callum Rowlinson, Sale Harriers)
13  18:9 Rob Cunningham
652 ran

John Carr 5K 2017 series race report

From Petra Bijsterveld ...The ever popular John Carr 5k race series in Esholt was run on yet another new course this year. Efficiently organized by Saltaire Striders, chip timed, and held on closed roads within the Yorkshire Water estate, the race (which had been a net downhill course until 2015, and a straight out and back course in 2016) now starts and finishes at Esholt Hall and loops around in 2 directions. Runners do a short circuit around the Hall and then run out towards Apperley Bridge station, returning past the Hall and up the hill towards Esholt, looping around the small 'roundabout' at the top of the hill before a fast descent back to the Hall and the finish line. This course has more total elevation than the previous two iterations, and the hill in the 3rd mile certainly came as an unpleasant surprise (having been in the middle last year) which took a little adjusting to. Nice to have the Hall as the backdrop to the start and finish (as well as having the use of the luxurious toilets), most felt that this was an improvement over having to congegrate by the roadside as we did last year.
Ilkley Harriers were present in large numbers, especially for the first race which was a club league counter, and where there were excellent results especially at the sharp end with 5 young Harriers in the first 10 finishers, Jane McCarthy taking 1st F40, Hilda Coulsey 1st F60 and Geoff Howard 1st M70. The second race was a little quieter, coming the day after Jack Bloor, but saw Sally Malir finish as 1st F50 and Hilda 1st F60 again. Race 3 saw Tom Adams take the win in 15:31 which set the standard on this new course, and Hilda cruised to a category win for the 3rd week in a row.
The end of the 3rd race brought the series trophies out of the cupboard, with Nina Pearce winning F11, Jack Cummings coming 2nd in the senior men, Alison Bennett and Adela Reperecki being 2nd and 3rd in F55, Hilda gaining the F60 series trophy, and I was fortunate enough to take the F50 title, more for turning up thrice than for absolute speed! Trophies aside there was a lot of dedicated, eyeballs-out, lactate-zone racing from all, resulting in several new 5K PB's, amongst others for Michael Duffield, Steve Murray and myself.
Thanks must also go to several Harriers who came along to offer support and cheer from the roadside which is much valued.
Final positions (runners taking part in 3 races) by category:...

1   Nina Pearce
2   Catherine Westhead
3   Emile Elmes

1   Petra Bijsterveld

2   Alison Bennett
3   Adela Reperecki
5   Diane Kitchen

1   Hilda Coulsey

2   Jack Cummings

7   Steve Murray

7   Philip Hirst

4   Peter Lewis

John Carr 5k race 3, Wed 17 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

1   15:31 Tom Adams
9   16:13 Jack Cummings
13  16:25 Dominic Coy
42  18:04 Stephen Coy
82  19:21 Steve Murray PB
100 19:34 Tom Worboys
143 20:45 Nina Pearce
147 20:49 Catherine Westhead
151 21:03 Harry Stead
195 22:29 Phil Hirst
218 23:19 Alison Bennett
222 23:29 Alison Weston
227 23:47 Adela Reperecki
240 24:11 Peter Lewis
244 24:16 Hilda Coulsey 1st F60
253 24:37 Emily Elmes
262 24:59 Diane Kitchen
263 25:06 Gaenor Coy
270 25:24 Petra Bijsterveld
373 ran

Great Whernside Uphill Race, Sun 14 May

From Rachel Carter ... Whilst in the Yorkshire Dales on a sunny Sunday for the Junior races with my kids, it seemed opportune to take part in the Great Whernside Uphill Race from Kettlewell. Having historically done only races on the roads or trails, this was my first 'fell race' with the exception of 'Jack Bloor' which I don't count as it's on home 'training' ground. With a bit of walking en route (that never happens on the road) I managed to make it to the top, and then enjoy the fantastic views during a more leisurely descent with my family.
Results ...

(1 19:15 Chris Edwards, Helm Hill) 
21 26.27 Kate Archer,  2nd Female
48 28.25 Rachel Carter
50 28.29 Norman Bush
73 finished

Montane Trail 13 Howgills, Sun 14 May

From Petra Bijsterveld... There was a choice between a full or a half marathon at this well organized, chip timed, trail running event in the Howgill Fells. Sarah Hayes and I traveled to Sedbergh for the half marathon option. With 3183 ft of total ascent this was obviously never going to be the easiest HM around. We climbed from Sedbergh via Winder and Arant Haw up to the Calf, which meant 5 miles of virtually constant climbing. Practically all the height gained was then lost over only 2 miles: a very steep descent by the side of Cautley Spout. After the Cross Keys checkpoint at mile 7 (with most welcome Jaffa cakes and flapjack) the course was fairly undulating, though on narrow stony tracks. We faced a shorter but very steep climb at mile 11, followed by the final descent back into Sedbergh. For most participants the entire race involved a lot of walking, the ascents were certainly too steep to run for many, though I made good progress power walking. At least the enforced walking enabled me to enjoy some of the great views from the tops. I am always a poor descender (unless it's tarmac!) and on the downhills I lost much of any time gained on the climbs. Sarah and I overtook each other a few times along the course but her better command of descending rightfully enabled her to beat me to the finish line.
Results ...

(1  1:49:33 Jonathan Cox, Eden Runners)
106 3:08:01 Sarah Hayes
111 3:08:42 Petra Bijsterveld
163 finished

Leeds half marathon, Sun 14 May

From Hilda Coulsey... A smaller than usual contingent from Harriers tackled the Leeds half (although there might be a few not registered as Ilkley H - let us know how you got on). Weather was weird: chilly breeze from time to time but seemingly very warm too. Having not run more for than 75 mins since last Sept I was a little concerned, it was warm and I did struggle. The cheery wave from Jane B as she eased past me and reminder of running form was helpful ..... for a little while. My time was not brilliant for me, just to keep going was the aim, and so I was most surprised to get 1st F60. It must have been tough for others too. Well done to all.
Results ...

(1   1:10:22 Mohammad Aburezeq, Altrincham)
120  1:27:02 Jonathan Sinclair
525  1:37:41 Rhys Jones
1227 1:47:29 Jane Thomas
1876 1:54:28 Jane Bryant
2136 1:58:37 Hilda Coulsey
3655 2:06:38 Jacqui Weston
4007 1:59:29 Melanie Edwards
4112 2:11:13 Donna Jackson
4521 2:16:54 Alex Hyde
5387 2:16:43 Bernadette Gibbons
6187 2:35:17 Abigail Bailey
6753 finished

Fairfield Horseshoe, Sat 13 May

From Alison Weston ... I think I was the only Harrier at the classic Fairfield horseshoe race (14.5km/914m) on Saturday. It was clearly a popular race with a delayed start due to the numbers registering. It's a truly great course for very fit runners as the gradient up and down is not too steep. Alas for not-so-fit-runners (like myself) it seems to take an awfully long time to reach Fairfield itself! We were in mist on the tops and against the wind on the descent but it didn't stop it being very enjoyable. I was aiming for just less than 2 hours but made a few mistakes on the descent and finished nearly a minute over in 2:00:55

Malhamdale Trail, Sat 13 May

From Jo Foster ... I headed over to Kirkby Malham on Saturday morning to run this 9 mile race. There's a choice of two routes- 9 or 22 miles. Wet conditions made for very slippery limestone pavement and mist up high but still a great route. I was really pleased to finish as First Lady and Ralph Tench made it a clean sweep for Ilkley, winning overall.

From Duncan Cooper ... Results ...

22 mile race
(1 2:58:18 Alistair Shutleworth)
15 3:28:34 Duncan Cooper
88 4:27:59 Alison Eagle
170 finishers

9 mile race
1  1:15:52 Ralph Tench
10 1:28:31 Jo Foster 1st lady
42 1:45:41 Elizabeth Price
80 2:15:22 Amanda Poppleton
108 finishers

parkruns, Sat 13 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:11 Oliver Williams, Les Croupiers)
12  17:30 Alex Hirst
847 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  16:50 Timmy Gedin, Arena 80 AC)
22  21:09 Sally Malir 2ndF
495 ran

(1  16:29 Harry Holmes, York Knavesmire Harriers)
48  21:32 Andrew Sheldon
445 ran

(1  18:36 Matthew Warters, U/A)
2   19:05 Will Wood
108 29:28 Sue Verspyck
152 ran

John Carr 5k race 2, Wed 10 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Provisional results ...

(1  15:40 Tom Cornthwaite, Salford Harriers)
10  16:35 Jack Cummings
45  18:19 David Westhead
115 20:00 Steve Murray
138 20:47 Sally Malir 1st F50
139 20:49 Nina Pearce
153 21:06 Catherine Westhead
224 22:47 Phil Hirst
253 23:40 Adela Reperecki
255 23:31 Alison Bennett
268 24:11 Petra Bijsterveld PB
272 24:16 Hilda Coulsey
276 24:43 Emily Elmes
309 25:59 Diane Kitchen
329 26:38 Peter Lewis
420 ran

Jack Bloor Races, Tue 9 May

Woodentops photos

Jack Wood won for the third year in a row, and Ilkley won the men's and ladies' team prizes.
Results ...

1   38:57 Jack Wood
10  42:13 Jack Cummings 1st U23
15  44:14 Dave Wilby
16  44:49 Oscar Stapleton
18  44:55 Ben Sheppard
33  47:01 George Stevens
38  48:17 Ralph Tench 1st V50
40  48:20 Lucy Haines 1st lady
49  48:57 Jemima Elgood 2nd lady
50  48:58 Michael Lomas
61  50:30 Ben Joynson
62  50:33 Jonathan Sinclair
64  50:48 David Foyston
67  50:55 Peter Shelley
77  51:39 Paul Calderbank
85  52:45 Steve Murray
89  53:50 Paddy Hagan
93  54:07 Martyn Stocker
107 55:05 Sarah Edwards
110 55:12 Rachel Carter
120 56:04 Paul Stephens
127 56:53 Michael Duffield
129 57:04 Rebecca Mon-Williams
135 57:55 Alison Weston
138 58:05 Mary Gibbons
139 58:09 Robert Hamilton
160 62:05 Joyce Marshall
167 62:42 Anna Makin
168 62:43 Geoffrey White
171 62:50 Ian Marshall
172 62:58 Anna Nolan
186 68:26 Sarah Hayes
197 71:23 Peter Lewis
203 72:15 Alice Green
226 100:07 Rachel Websdale
227 finished

National selection

Well done to Jack Wood for his selection for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.

Harden 6M Trail Race, Sun 7 May

Results ...

1 37:26 Will Simmons
4 40:49 Martin Archer
33 finished

Over The Odda 10k, Sat 6 May

From Petra Bijsterveld... This local race is now in its fifth year and has become a very popular trail 10k from the village of Hawksworth. An informal atmosphere, friendly marshals, nice views, lambs in the fields, and plentiful flowering gorse and bluebells help to take the mind off the pain of the almost 900 ft total ascent to conquer. Some of the tracks in the early part of the race are narrow, with frequent stiles causing queues especially for the steadier runners at the back of the field. However, that is all part and parcel of this type of race and personally I was quite glad of the occasional enforced breather.
Tom Adams took the win and set a new course record, Robin Nicholson came a very creditable 7th, Steve Murray was home in 32nd place well under 50 minutes. Alison Weston and Adela Reperecki both claimed a category win, followed by Steph Fox, Hilda Coulsey, Debbie Nicholson and myself. I had Hilda in my sights for much of the race but was not able to catch her despite my best efforts, in part thwarted by a tree root at 7k which sent me flying to land flat on my face, thankfully unhurt and unseen!
Results ...

1   35:45 Tom Adams
7   42:55 Robin Nicholson
32  48:06 Steve Murray
90  55:02 Alison Weston 1st FV50
100 56:52 Adela Reperecki 1st FV55
146 62:49 Stephanie Fox
165 64:58 Hilda Coulsey
168 65:48 Petra Bijsterveld
192 68:48 Debbie Nicholson
248  finished

Kentmere Trail Race, Sat 6 May

From Helen Waddington... Great conditions for the second race in the Lakeland Trail Race series - 18k of undulating and scenic trail, open grassy moorland and rocky bridleways with a sting in the tail climb in the last 2k up Reston Scar followed by a fantastic heart in your mouth descent to the finish in Staveley Rec. Another great run by Jane McCarthy taking 5th lady and 1st LV40.

(1  1:10:07 Jonathan Cox, Eden Runners)           
31  1:27:53 Jane McCarthy                           
119 1:45:34 Helen Waddington                                
191 ran

parkruns, Sat 6 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor Leeds
(1  16:14 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC)
15  18:34 Tim Ashelford
47  20:23 Tom Worboys
587 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:41 Tom Calvert, Knaresborough Striders)
64  22:43 Norman Bush
410 ran

John Carr 5k race 1, Wed 3 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Great Ilkley turnout and some fantastic results at the sharp end with 5 young Harriers in the top 10 at the first race of the John Carr series. A new course with the hill in the 3rd mile presented plenty of scope for speed and agony in equal measure. Superbly organized as always by Saltaire Striders. This was a counter in the race league.
Results ...

(1  15:43 Sam Clegg, Rotherham Harriers)
2   15:46 Euan Brennan 
3   16:17 Cameron Reilly
4   16:21 Jack Cummings
7   16:36 Dominic Coy
10  16:49 Oscar Stapleton
37  18:06 David Westhead
48  18:33 Stephen Coy
86  19:33 Dave Robson
89  19:33 Mark Iley
90  19:34 Jane McCarthy 1st F40
94  19:39 Steve Murray
113 20:01 Michael Duffield PB
153 21:02 Catherine Westhead 
154 21:07 Harry Stead
162 21:13 Nina Pearce
191 21:54 Geoff Howard 1st M70
216 22:36 Phil Hirst 
218 22:47 Caroline Howe
239 23:22 Adela Reperecki
241 23:32 Alison Weston
243 23:26 Alison Bennett
251 23:48 Emily Elmes
258 24:00 Stephanie Fox
270 24:21 Peter Lewis
272 24:24 Petra Bijsterveld PB
280 24:39 Hilda Coulsey 1st F60
304 25:50 Gaenor Coy
417 ran

Extraordinary General Meeting, Tue 2 May

From Hilda Coulsey ... 27 members attended and the resolution to amend the Constitution as proposed was agreed overwhelmingly.
Club Constitution, updated May 2017
Information on the development and fundraising for it is on the new website
More information on the committee page

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, April

Runner of the month:
Jack Wood
for sub-3 hour Three Peaks run, including a fall Other nominations were:
Jane McCarthy for Basildon Boundary Way, Guiseley Gallop and 3 peaks
Jack Cummings for Bunny runs and Dick Hudsons
Cam Reilly for Bunny runs
Euan Brennan for Bunny runs
Ben Sheppard for Manchester marathon and Blubberhouses
Helen Waddington for Ilkley Skyline.
Volunteer of the month:
Alison Weston
for Ilkley Gazette reports Other nominations were:
Neil Chapman for Thursday training
Alison Bennett for Carnival volunteer organisation

More Harriers of the Month ...

Beginners 0-5k Challenge, Tue 2 May

A 6 week course in a friendly group for those new or returning to running, only £10 for all 6 sessions.
More information and application form.

Coiners' Fell Race, Sun 30 April

From Jo Foster... three Harriers did this 7 mile Fell Race from Mytholmroyd. We all had good runs, just missing out on the prizes. The race was won by Tom McGuinness of East Cheshire in 45.33, very close to the record. A great route with fantastic views.
Results ...

(1 45:33 Tom McGuinness, East Cheshire)
11 53:41. Jim Ryder 11th, 2nd V50
32 59:46 Kate Archer, 32nd, 5th lady
55 65:50 Jo Foster, 55th, 8th lady, 2nd FV45
112 finished

The Fellsman, Sat 29 April

From Steve Turland ... Stood on the start line with 62 miles and 11,000ft of climb ahead was a little bit daunting, and after 20m I sat down at Dent feeling very tired, wishing I'd chosen the 3 Peaks instead. Only 42 miles to go! Crammed as much food down as I could, and after 20 minutes of feeling sick, started to feel good again. Each checkpoint gradually passed, until the wheels started falling off again around the 50m mark. Last stretch seemed to go on forever and finally arrived back at Grassington in the early hours having got round in 16 hours. Managed to find a new level of pain and suffering on the day, but loved every minute of it. Great event, great camaraderie and weather was very kind to us too.

Three Peaks, Sat 29 April

From Alison Weston ... The highlight of the weekend with Jack Wood sub 3 hours in 4th position (2:56:54), Will Simmons 33rd position as anew comer to the race in 3:23:55, Michael Lomas and Jane McCarthy sub 4hrs in 3:57:09 and 3:57:47 (14 L, 7LV40) respectvely. Brilliant running also by Iain Gibbons 4:10:46, Dave Robson 4:23:10, Robin Nicholson 4:28:40, Michael Duffield 4:32:20, Outi Kamarainen 4:34:15, Peter Shelly 4:41:23, Mike Baldwin (22nd Three peaks race) 4:48:38, Adela Reperecki 5:05:39 and Martyn Stocker 5:09:17

Coniston fell race, Sat 29 April

From Alison Weston ... Mary Gibbons and Alison Weston ran the Coniston fell race (14km /8.7m) second race in the Lakes Grand prix series, a superb route up Wetherlam, Swirl How and Coniston Old Man finishing with a wicked direct descent back down to Coniston village. Alison finished in 1:47 (1st V50) and Mary Gibbons first time around the course in 2:05.

Ilkley Skyine Challenge, Fri 28 April

Helen Waddington set a FV40 record in the Ilkley Skyine challenge in Friday 28th April of 4:23:19. The route is 22 miles long with 850m of climbing and joins Beamsley Beacon, Round Hill and the summits along Burley Moor, Ilkley Moor and Rombalds Moor, starting and finishing at the Hermit in Burley in Wharfedale.

Dick Hudsons fell race, Thu 27 April

Results ...

(1  45:43 Adam Osborne, Leeds)
2   46:38 Jack Cummings
3   46:39 Dave Wilby (bike)
12  40:54 Martin Archer
23  54:09 Ralph tench
24  54:11 David Foyston
31  55:09 Ben Joynson
36  56:02 Richard Joel
47  59:16 Steve Murray
53  60:53 Malcolm Pickering
79  64:48 Paul Stephens
85  66:43 Phil Hirst
96  73:21 Peter Lewis
102 73:58 Sarah Hayes
115 finished

Bunny Run Relays, Tue 25 April

Results and photos on

Blackpool marathon, Sun 23 April

Results ...

(1 2:49:00 Paul Burton)
11 2:59:22 Ben Sheppard
348 finished

London Marathon, Sun 23 April

From Tim Buckingham ... I completed the London Marathon today in 3h 28m 57s This is a PB for me and was hard earned! Thank you to Ilkley Harriers for the opportunity to enter the race! I completed the London Marathon today in 3h 28m 57s This is a PB for me and was hard earned!
>Results ...

(1    2:05:48 Daniel Wanjiru, Kenya)
2949  3:09:10 Derek Oliver 
6102  3:28:57 Tim Buckingham
12417 3:56:58 Stuart Herrington
14002 4:02:39 Jan Carrier
18830 4:23:02 Dave Ibbotson
29846 5:09:57 Timothy Wellings
39,487 finished

Longhorn half marathon, Sun 23 April

12 1:32:01 William Wood
516 finished

21st Anniversary Waltz, Sat 22 April

Graham Weston's photos

Results ...

(1  1"32:52 Chris Arthur, Bowland)
120 2:10:02 Kate Archer
213 2:24:48 Outi Kamarainen
235 2:27:31 Alison Weston
241 2:28:49 Ben Joynson
256 2:31:03 Mike Baldwin
297 2:37:45 Sarah Edwards
307 2:38:46 Mary Gibbons
443 finished

Madeira Island Ultra Trail-MIUT 2017, Sat 22 April

From Brian Melia I ventured over to Madeira for the MIUT - Madeira Island Ultra Trail. It is now part of the Ultra Trail World Series. It began in Porto Moniz on Saturday 22nd April 00.00 winding up mountain footpaths and Levadas, towards the plateau of Paul da Serra. Headlamps were required till about 7 am.The route is difficult and there are some technical ups and downs before arriving at the brilliant Pico Ruivo and a magical trail in tunnels and narrow hanging paths to Pico Arieiro 1810 M. I was completely stunned how beautiful this trail had become from the start to the highest point. From here the route is more downwards along single tracks in Funduras mountains and then along Levada of Canical and finally along a Levada to the final destination on Machico. It was no push over at 115 km and 7100D+ of height. My gps read 127 km which it felt more like. Some of the climbs were mental and I had to dig deep just to keep moving. Earlier at 4.45 I was falling asleep and tripped a few times. The drops were potentially fatal, so I found a bench to sleep on like a drunk. I woke after 30 mins ready to roll all refreshed The aid station crew were friendly and had good food to keep us filled and plenty of fluids, essential in the heat. I ran for the second half of the race with another English runner Tom Knight, who did a lot of leading along the tracks and keeping good passage, he was fab company. We ran in at 22hrs11mins. I was pleased to finish even in this slow time and 172nd position as earlier my right leg and hip had been very painful and I was not even going to begin, rather start my holiday early. Looking back it was a lovely event and very well run and as always the Ultra Trail community are great fun. Franchise D'Haene won the men's race, Beth Pascall was first Brit and 2nd lady. I claim 2nd Brit........a lot further back though. It is worth a trip as this is my first time to Madeira and it is stunning. w.

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

From Hilda Coulsey ... sadly we did not get a quorum of members on 18th April hence the EGM will now be held on Tuesday May 2nd at the Tennis Club 8:30pm

This is a formal notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting of members to be held on Tuesday evening 2nd May 2017 at 8:30pm at ILTSC (the tennis club on Stourton Road LS29 9BG), regarding the Junior section's plans to build a compact training facility at Ben Rhydding.
Agenda to include:
1 Overview of new facilities plan proposed and how it will be delivered
2 Vote on an amendment to the Constitution to support and enable participation
3 Launch of investment loan scheme
More information on the committee page.

Bunny Run 3, Tue 18 April

Ilkley won the men's team prize again! Results and photos on

Guiseley Gallop, Sun 16 April

Results ...

(1  35:39 Conner Craig-Jackson, Skyrac)
20  41:12 David Foyston	
35  42:21 Dave Robson
40  42:58 Jane McCarthy	1st F40
41  43:03 Pauline Munro	1st F45	
53  44:17 Lucy Williamson
58  44:48 Michael Duffield
78  45:59 Steve Murray
105 47:43 Robert Budding
117 48:14 Paul Stephens
176 51:23 Sarah Edwards
214 53:21 Adela Reperecki
226 54:02 Caroline Craske
294 57:11 Peter Lewis
370 60:37 Hilda Coulsey
491 finished

Zwolle Zuid 10M, Sat 15 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... The 10 mile distance has become more popular in the Netherlands in recent years, though I imagine not a single Dutch participant thinks in miles, apart from me! I managed to get a last minute entry through a transfer and joined my friends for this race in what was my home town a long time ago. A two lap flat course taking in some lovely scenery along the river IJssel, we had to contend with a stiff breeze but otherwise conditions were good. It seemed a good opportunity to have another crack at breaking 90 minutes which has always eluded me. It wasn't easy but I managed to pace it evenly and was delighted to reach the finish with a good 30 seconds to spare.
Results ...

(1  54:15 Gert-Jan Liefers)
462 89:27 Petra Bijsterveld 
658 ran

parkruns, Sat 15 April

Results ...

Bunny Run Two, Tue 11 April

Woodentops photos

Ilkley had the first men's team! Final race next Tuesday. Results and photos on

(1  14:51 James Hall, Wharfedale)
2   15:22 Jack Wood
5   15:47 Euan Brennan
11  16:34 Cameron Reilly
12  16:39 Jack Cummings
23  17:22 Oscar Stapleton
53  19:13 Sarah Pickering
60  19:35 Bernadette Raven
63  19:42 Richard Joel
66  19:48 Ben Joynson
79  20:09 Jane McCarthy 1st FV40
106 21:09 James Pickering
119 21:42 Malcolm Pickering 1st V60
139 22:26 Mary Gibbons
149 22:42 Charlotte Elston
151 22:44 Sarah Edwards
168 23:16 Harry Stead
176 23:27 Andrew Jackson
206 25:27 Val Kerr
237 27:21 Petra Bijsterveld
262 29:59 Sophie Brown
270 31:07 Patrick Gibbons
285 finished

White Horse 10k, Sun 9 April

From Vince Gibbins ... Bernie and Catherine Gibbons took part in The White Horse 10k, one of the Hardmoor off-road races, on Sunday. This series comprises seven beautiful, challenging runs in various locations around the North York Moors. It's known as the only series where you can legitimately ask 'How far is a 10k?' The White Horse was in fact a 7.5 mile course and included 1,000 feet of climbing, taking in Gormire Lake, the heights of Sutton Bank and parts of the Cleveland Way. It was a spectacular course with stunning views on a beautiful, sunny day.
Bernie Gibbons First Vet Female 60 in 86.30
Catherine Gibbons Second Lady in 68.54

Donard Challenge, Sat 8 April

From Alison Weston ... I was the only Harrier to do the first British fell running championship race, Donard Challenge, in the Mourne Mountains on Saturday but it was well worth the effort. Classed as a 'short' race (10km) it starts from sea level in Newcastle and climbs 900m to the top of the highest hill in Northern Ireland and then returns a more direct way back down over tussocks and rocks. We were rewarded with a magnificant view from the top of a cloud inversion over the sea (unfortunately I didn't dare take my eyes off the ground on the descent). The winner was Tom Addison from Helm Hill Runners in 58:03 and Wharfedale Harriers had some great results too. I was content with 198th (6th FV50) in 1:29:06 but keen to return to do more races in the area.

parkruns, Sat 8 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:41 Tim Gordon, U/A)
13  19:04 Tim Ashelford
202 26:30 Jennifer Carne
409 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  16:37 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
5   18:44 Will Wood
436 ran

(1  17:22 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers)
108 22:27 Caroline Howe
508 ran

(1  16:29 Jack White, City of Norwich)
53  24:24 Chris Cunningham
187 ran

Montsouris (Paris)
(1  16:50 James Young, Meltham AC)
20  22:25 Geoff Howard
80 ran

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, March

Runner of the month:
Ben Sheppard
for Haworth Hobble Other nominations were:
Caroline Howe for Keithley 10k, Haweswater half and Harrogate parkrun
Jack Wood for Long Mynd and Edale the same weekend
Kate Archer for Pendle
Volunteer of the month:
Petra Bijsterveld
for organising our Northern Road Relays teams Other nominations were:
Alison Weston for Gazette reports

More Harriers of the Month ...

Bunny Run One, Tue 4 April

Woodentops photos

Easter's coming! Lots of Bunny Fun last night, another race next week. Results and photos on

(1  15:44 Joe Baxter, P&B)
7   16:31 Matt Newall
10  16:38 Jack Cummings
13  16:52 Cameron Reilly
24  17:33 Oscar Stapleton
56  19:43 Ben Houlihan
58  19:47 Ben Joynson
67  20:14 Bernadette Raven
74  20:28 Lucy Williamson
83  21:03 James Pickering
111 21:59 Malcolm Pickering
119 22:28 Sarah Edwards
134 23:02 Catherine Gibbons
141 23:13 Andrew Jackson
142 23:16 Mary Gibbons
146 23:24 Charlotte Elston
147 23:26 Alison Weston
149 23:32 Tom Jackson
173 25:28 Emily Elmes
175 25:33 Adela Reperecki
191 26:12 Val Kerr
197 26:33 Joanne Williamson
231 28:25 Petra Bijsterveld
243 29:17 Anna Pickering
255 31:11 Sophie Brown
265 36:02 Nea Weston
269 finished

Baildon Boundary Way, Sun 2 April

Results ...

(1  1:20:22 Alisdair Burns, Valley Striders))
20  1:34:20 Steve Coy
27  1:36:31 Jane Mccarthy 3rd lady
35  1:38:14 Kate Archer
43  1:39:57 Mark Summerson
122 1:52:53 Harry Sime
131 1:53:42 Jo Foster
164 1:57:52 Neil Pomfret
187 2:01:11 Eric Hawthorn
191 2:01:34 Helen Waddington
207 2:03:45 Adela Reperecki
284 2:15:09 Melanie Edwards
312 2:22:05 Sally Lynch
330 2:29:55 Alison Bloor
331 2:29:55 Neil Bloor
361 finished

LDWA Blubberhouses 25, Sun 2 April

From Ben Sheppard...For the price of four hand-piped fondant fancies at Betty's (£7) you can enter the LDWA Blubberhouses 25, a scenic and thoroughly enjoyable long walk (made less so if you choose to run it). For me it was a no-brainer, I don't even like fondant fancies (I'm more of a fat rascal kind of guy). Plus, you get a free meal at the end (meat stew or veg stew, or bread if you don't like stew). If you like a hard-core race with a charged atmosphere and a deep field of fast club runners, this is not the one for you. Good to see Dave Robson and Mike Duffield there in training for the Three Peaks, and Derek Oliver looking calm and assured as usual. While most walkers and runners set off at a gentle trot, a few runners hared off towards Swinsty Reservoir at an unsustainable pace. By Fewston Reservoir we were a break-away of four, and shortly after Thruscross Reservoir a clear leader emerged. By Ellercarr Pike had opened up a lead of 4 minutes from me and one other. He and I seemed to be matching each other for pace and effort and, enjoying a good old natter (you don't get that at a half-marathon road race), settled into an un-spoken accord to stick together (he didn't know the route and I could tell he would finish stronger than me). In the final half mile we agreed to finish jointly for what we assumed would be joint second. Alas, sadly for the leader he had managed to get lost only half a mile from the finish, trotting in forlornly a couple of minutes after us. Maybe he can take consolation from the fact that an LDWA challenge is not really a race anyway. Dave and Mike appeared to have good runs and I think Derek surprised himself with an excellent time and placing. The genial atmosphere at the end, sitting out in the sunshine eating stew and drinking tea while applauding the finishers in, was worth the price of a box of fondant fancies alone. Highly recommended for walkers and runners who like value for money. Results ...

1  3h17 Ben Sheppard
5  3h28 Derek Oliver
19 3h55 Dave Robson
20 3h55 Mike Duffield
22 3h57 Paul Calderbank
36 4h19 Chantal Busby
168 finished

Fountains 10k, Sun 2 April

Results ...

(1 34:36 Ben Pease, Ripon)
34 45:18 Helen Thurston
82 50:51 Tracey Watson
325 ran

Pendle Short Fell Race, Sat 1 April

From Ewan Welsh ... Ilkley's young guns were out in full force on Pendle Short Fell race, as Ewan Welsh and Mike Baldwin were competing in their first V50 and V60 races (respectively !), with Norman Bush (V70) also appearing. The route covers 4.5 miles/1500ft, consisting of a bit of road at the start/finish, one steady/steepish climb, one downhill, another steep climb, another steady downhill. Finishing order amongst the three young fellas was Ewan, Norman, Mike. Apologies if any other Harriers where in attendance that we didn't spot. Results soon.

Dales Trails 20 - Reeth, Sat 1 April

From Gavin Lamb ... Results ...

(1 - 1:20:37 Ben Livesey)
20 - 1:45:57 Gavin Lamb 
279 finished

parkruns, Sat 1 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:58 Robin Outtersides, Otley AC)
240 27:30 Jennifer Carne
464 ran

(1  17:24 Alexander Flaherty, Bingley AC)
4   18:24 Will Wood
497 ran

(1  19:34 Louis Guest, U/A)
4   19:52 Lucy Willaimson 1st F
194 ran

Beginners 0-5k Challenge, Tue 2 May

A 6 week course in a friendly group for those new or returning to running, only £10 for all 6 sessions.
More information and application form.

Enter this year's HDSRL online

click to enter

From Andrew Sheldon ... Summer is coming! Members of Ilkley Harriers wanting to run in this year's Harrogate and District Summer Race League races should use this link (also on the right).

Edale Skyline fell race, Sun 26 Mar

Results ...

(1  2:47:45 Chris Steele, Borrowdale)
2   2:47:57 Jack Wood
156 4:16:24 Brian Melia
158 4:16:30 Jamie Hutchinson
274 finished

Keighley BigK 10k, Sun 26 Mar

From Caroline Howe... A tough 10k with lots of twists and turns, and some challenging hills, through Keighley's parks, paths and residential areas. 90% road apart from two laps at the start round a muddy field to thin the runners out, and then a couple of gravel paths later on and finish on the grass. The most disconcerting part was when halfway round we met up with the start of the 5k race in Lund Park, when swarms of 8 year olds suddenly engulfed us! All in all, a tough race (made tougher by the 9am start and the loss of an hour's sleep!) but well organised, varied and enjoyable with a great atmosphere and support. I managed a PB of 48:52.
Results ...

(1  33:37 Callum Elson, Roundhay)
15  38:35 Will Wood (3rd in age group)
184 48:52 Caroline Howe PB
310 55:31 Jan Carrier
862 ran

Long Mynd Valleys, Sat 25 Mar

The first counter in the English Fell Championships. Results ...

(1  1:33:28 Tom Addison, Helm Hill)
8   1:36:32 Jack Wood
237 2:14:48 Kate Archer
402 finished

Northern Road Relays - Stanley Park Blackpool, Sat 25 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Organized by Northern Athletics the Road Relays are team events consisting of 6 stages for women and 12 stages for men. We were not able to field a men's team this year, but the club managed to send 6 of its finest women to this event. The 6 stages are 2 long legs of 9.5k and 4 short legs of 5.2k, starting on the track, then looping through and around Stanley Park before finishing with three quarters of a lap on the track where the next runner takes over. The course was slightly undulating, mainly on tarmac footpaths but taking in a small section of unmade trail through the trees. Those who had been 'volunteered' to do the longer legs went round the park twice before returning to the track.
Stanley Park Sports Arena provided excellent sporting facilities, and the park itself with pavilions, gardens and boating lake looked its very best on what turned out to be the most beautiful sunny and warm day of 2017 so far. This caused the one downside of the event: the weather attracted so many people to the park that at times the race became more of an obstacle course heavily populated with slow moving pedestrians eating ice creams, with dogs, wheelchairs, prams, and scooters ridden by tiny children. It required skill to weave around them whilst going at 5k pace, and as the men were running at the same time we were being overtaken, so acute awareness was required of who was behind you as well as in front. Personally I had a very near collision with a small boy coming downhill on a scooter, which could have been quite nasty for both of us.
The Ilkley women all ran very well in what were warm conditions, with Sally Malir and Jane Bryant valiantly running the long stages in excellent times, and Val Kerr, Stephanie Fox, Hilda Coulsey and myself taking the shorter legs with very consistent results. We all felt the motivation and positive pressure of running for the club and for our team, and it definitely makes you push just a bit harder. Considering we were competing against an elite field of runners we can be rightly proud to have finished 36th out of 50 complete teams. Moreover our entire team consisted of veterans, but in this competition no age-grading takes place.
This type of event takes just a little bit of organization but the pay-off is great in terms of sense of achievement and cohesion and I hope we may be able to enter more than one team next year. Thanks to all the runners, also to Alison Bennett and Jacqui Weston who were on stand-by until the last moment as reserves, and to Pete Shields for his help and encouragement.
Results ...

(1 2:24:11 Rotherham Harriers & AC)
36 3:09:29 Ilkley Harriers AC                 

Sally Malir       (27) 39:44
Val Kerr          (38) 25:44
Petra Bijsterveld (39) 25:44
Jane Bryant       (39) 46:55
Stephanie Fox     (39) 25:31
Hilda Coulsey     (36) 25:51
(nn) is team position after each stage

parkruns, Sat 25 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1 16:39 Joe Sagar, Spenborough AC)
4  18:36 Will Wood
212 27:41 Eric Hawthorn
481 ran

Roundhay Park
(1 17:34 Jonathan Lancaster, U/A)
55  22:08 Tom Worboys
66  22:39 Geoff Howard
354 ran

(1  18:44 Danny Thompson, U/A)
24  22:54 Caroline Howe
152 ran

(1  18:25 Mark Pottinger, Stainland Lions)
79  27:37 Jennifer Carne
192 ran

Harriers Race League quarterly update

From Jane McCarthy ... After 4 races in the 2017 League Alison Weston leads with 330pts, from 2015 League winner Michael Duffield, both having competed in all four races so far. In the Fell category, Tom Adams won both the Stanbury Splash and the Ilkley Fell Race, scoring his maximum available 200 points, superb performances in both. With just one Trail and one Road race so far, Jane McCarthy and Pauline Munro lead the categories respectively. Hilda Coulsey has played an excellent wildcard after a strong performance at Skipton Park Run and gaining herself 103 points.
Next races in the League are the Guiseley Gallop (Trail, Sunday 16th April), John Carr 1 (Road, Wednesday 3rd May), Over the Odda (Trail, Saturday 6th May) and Jack Bloor (Fell, Tuesday 9th May). GOOD LUCK ILKLEY HARRIERS!
Results and calendar on the League page.

Heptonstall fell race, Sun 19 Mar

Results ...

1   1:57:41 Jack Wood
6   2:02:54 Will Simmons
189 3:11:50 Mary Gibbons
220 3:26:15 Adela Reoperecki
247 finished

Bradford 10K, Sun 19 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... This was the first road race counter in the 2017 Harriers Race League and just ten hardy Harriers turned out on a wet and decidedly blustery morning. An out and back course from Centenary Square along Canal Road towards Shipley, advertised by Epilepsy Action as 'fast and flat' and a PB potential course. I found that description to be debatable, whilst not hilly there is definitely too much up and down to invoke the tempting word 'flat'. What's worse it is downhill on the way out and therefore uphill on the return. A stiff breeze with occasional sideways gusts between buildings did not help our cause. If all that sounds a little negative, it was very well organised with plenty of toilets, an efficient baggage drop, and a t-shirt and pretty medal at the end. The atmosphere was friendly with lots of runners from local clubs.
Pauline Munro was the first woman home in her category and 5th woman overall, as well as being in the first 50. Michael Duffield ran an excellent race finishing in the first 100, and all 10 of us finished well within the first half of the field.
Personally I had entered this race aiming to break 50 minutes after having been made to run 200 meters too far at Dewsbury last month. However, the course and the weather were unfavourable and my legs grew very tired on the slightly uphill return, having possibly overcooked the first half. Reaching 8k after just over 40 mins I knew it wasn't going to happen and I lost what fizz I had left. I will try again!
Results ...

(1  33:13 Joe Sagar, Spenborough AC)
49  40:28 Pauline Munro 1st F40
91  42:05 Michael Duffield
208 45:23 Harry Sime
342 48:00 Jean Sullivan
417 49:41 Alison Weston
450 50:15 Alison Bennett
476 49:57 Stephanie Fox
477 50:51 Petra Bijsterveld
593 52:49 David Green
729 54:52 Alex Stanley-Hyde
1700 ran

Trimple 20, Sun 19 Mar

From David Ibbotson ... 4 Harriers travelled west in the wind and rain on Sunday morning to run the Trimple 20 as part of their London Marathon preparations.
It is an excellent event which is 99% tarmac but run mainly on traffic free bridleways/footpaths including long scenic sections by the raging river Lune.
Registration and finish is within the walls of Lancaster Castle.
Results ...

(1  1:55:53 Blain Rooney, Ellenborough)
75  2:26:38 Derek Oliver
195 2:48:43 Stuart Herrington 
293 3:06:40 David Ibbotson
357 3:18:01 Jan Carrier
526 runners finished

Rivock Edge fell race, Sun 19 Mar

Results ...

(1   54:22 Joe Baxter, P&B)
4  1:00:08 Martin Archer
20 1:08:37 Peter Shelley
24 1:11:10 Malcolm Pickering
36 1:15:16 Norman Bush
67 finished

Lakeland Trail Races - Cartmel, Sat 18 Mar

From Helen Waddington... Despite the dreadful forecast the weather was relatively kind for the first race in the Lakeland Trail series. The scenic and undulating course starting at Cartmel race course was incredibly muddy, especially by the time the last race of the day commenced. There were a variety of distances on offer including 5K, 10K and two different 18K events. Three Harriers took part in the 18K Race, including Tom Adams who won for the second year running, Jane McCarthy taking 3rd LV40 and myself. Jacqui Weston and Anna Nolan took part in the 10K Race. Sorry if I missed anyone else! Well organised with lots of marshals and a decent (ladies fit) t-shirt at the end.
Results ...

10k Trail Race
(1    41:03 Andrew Maltman, UA)
70    55:57 Anna Nolan                                                      
209 1:07.19 Jacqui Weston                                           
491 finished

18K Trail Race
1   1:08:46 Tom Adams                                                       
33  1:31:08 Jane McCarthy (3rd FV40)                         
128 1:52:45 Helen Waddington                                                
195 finished

10k Challenge
(1  1:29:55 Paul Gregory, UA)
79  1:53:41 Neil Pomfret
505 finished

parkruns, Sat 18 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:12 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
124 26:43 Eric Hawthorn
439 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:29 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers)
25  21:32 Helen Thurston
325 ran

(1  18:27 unknown)
23  23:02 Geoff Howard
49  25:14 Chris Cunningham
151 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:47 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
193 30:23 Jennifer Carne
331 ran

(1  18:04 Sam Stead, Keswick AC)
30  23:36 Caroline Howe
115 ran

(1  16:45 David Rees, Les Croupiers AC)
11  17:37 Alex Hirst
146 23:33 Phil Hirst
619 ran

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 18 Mar

Woodentops photos

Over 200 children took part in the final event of the season, the Nell Bank Relays, and asttended the League presentation afterwards. Results on the junior pages.

The Mighty Deer Stalker, Innerleithen, Sat 11 Mar

From Ben Joynson ... The race is a mix of terrain fell, rivers, mud, forest trails and some tarmac. 15K ish. You run up two of the hills either side of Innerleithen in the dark on a marked course. The climbs are tough, one can only be done by physically climbing up using your hands to haul yourself up the rocky escarpment. The descents are steep with little room for mistakes if your racing down. I started in wave 2 of 7, there was a half stalker and long stalker course. There was single track running and obstacles to negotiate on the course. But mainly a good technical off road race. After the race there is a on-site party with live music and a big bar. If you fancy a challenge in the dark and enjoy some camping and a party give this race a try.

(1 1:27:08 Kieron Ross)
40 1:47:10 Ben Joynson
1597 finishers on the full Stalker course

Haworth Hobble Sat 11 Mar

From Ben Sheppard ... This year's Haworth Hobble (aka Wuthering Hike) was the British trial race for a GB vest for the world trail championships. Consequently there were quite a few top class speedy long distance runners on the start line. Clayton le Moors' Chris Holdsworth seemed to be hotly tipped, and by all accounts, despite not knowing the route, was in the top two until the final few miles when he was overhauled by a chasing pack. The race was won by Tom Payn in a new CR of 3:54. True to the adage that class is permanent, fell running legend and MV50 Ian Holmes was 6th, only 3 minutes behind.
The women's race was won in style by the exceptionally talented Wakefield's Julie Briscoe from Dark Peak's Sally Fawcett and North Leeds' Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn. Julie was waiting for someone to show her the right way when I first saw her. She promptly sped off into the distance only to get lost further along - and then re-pass me at pace as I slowly walked up the road to Heptonstall!
Jane McCarthy ran well to finish in a little over 5 hours on her first go at this race. I think Adela Reprecki ran too. And I was pleased to get my annual high five from the early-starting Amanda Parnaby at around the customary 11 mile mark. Having set off way too fast I struggled through the final 8 miles and dropped from 20th pace to finish 29th in 4:40, a PB by 10 minutes despite the late blow up.

Results ...

(1  3:54:18 Thomas Payne)
29  4:40:09 Ben Sheppard
71  5:12:47 Jane McCarthy
140 5:53:15 Derek Oliver
288 7:16:10 Adela Reperecki
363 9:28:08 Amanda Parnaby
367 finished

Black Combe fell race, Sat 11 Mar

From Alison Weston ... Kate Archer and I travelled to the south-west of the Lakes on Saturday for the Black Combe fell race (13km 1000m). The weather deteriorated the closer we got to the race venue and it was rather disappointing not to be able to see the bottom of Black Combe, never mind the top as we arrived. As last year, it proved to be a challenging race. Two very steep climbs and difficult navigation. Almost every runner had map and compass out at check points, although running off in very different directions, and I found myself out of sight of other runners for quite a bit of the time (always a bit nerve-wracking!).Good tea and large pie at the finish was very welcome.
Kate did very well to come 6th lady in 1:44 and I was a good bit behind in about 6th V50 in 1:54.

parkruns, Sat 11 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... I very much enjoyed joining the celebratory 500th Woodhouse Moor parkrun. The first event was held there in October 2007 (with 15 people turning out) and it was only the 4th parkrun to start up. Now there are over 1000 parkrun locations all over the world.
Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:07 Josh Norman, Owls AC)
334 26:59 Petra Bijsterveld
718 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:46 Oliver Daffern, BGS)
18  20:12 Rhys Jones
77  23:53 Phil Hirst
483 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:42 Jason Millward, U/A)
57  23:51 Caroline Howe, 2nd F
372 ran

(1  17:55 James Raven, Cardiff AAC)
62  24:48 Chris Cunningham
188 ran

(1  16:15 Craig Jones, Manchester YMCA)
11  17:51 Rob Cunningham
563 ran

Peco XC #5, Sun 5 Mar

Results ...

(1  27:17 Terence Forrest, Cairngorm)
77  32:03 Steve Coy
138 34:28 Ben Joynson
172 35:49 Robert Budding
251 39:01 Andrew Jackson
277 40:14 Geoffrey White
374 50:31 Don Macrae
387 finished

(1  30:32 Helen Cross, York Tri)
14  34:29 Ellie Kitchen
115 45:39 Gaenor Coy
216 51:36 Kate Lofthouse
262 66:25 Clare Shouler
266 finished

Montserrat Skyrace, Sun 5 Mar

Well done to Tom Adams, winning this international race, 25km with 1500m of climb! and setting a new course record 2h06:56 Results ...

Haweswater Half Marathon, Sun 5 Mar

From Caroline Howe... starting in the little village of Bampton in the north west Lakes, the Haweswater Half is a friendly race organised by Eden Runners. It's an out-and-back on roads alongside Haweswater Reservoir, with some great views. It's what I'd desribe as 'undulating' with a few tough old hills.
This is an 'old-skool' race with no chip timing or even a finishing clock, but has plenty of charm... lots of support, friendly marshalls, and at the end you get a mug - which is filled with a cuppa - and flapjack... give me that over a fancy medal or an ill-fitting t-shirt any day!!
Having accidentally left my sports watch at home, I ran this race 'free' - pacing myself by feel alone. So I was delighted to finish in 1:50:14... just a minute outside my pb, which I'll take on that course. As the sole Harrier taking part, I'd recommend this race for anyone who likes their roads with a view, and enjoys a few hills offset by nice stretches of downhill recovery.

Anglesey half marathon, Sun 5 Mar

From Sue Williamson... Lucy Williamson competed in her first half marathon one of the most beautiful in the UK. Menai Bridge is the start location following the coast road to Beaumaris castle and return. The weather was not kind this weekend pouring down the whole time with no stunning scenery. Lucy finished the race in 1 hour 27.55, 4th female overall and 3rd female open.

Pendle Round, Sat 4 Mar

Woodentops photos

We hear Kate Archer was 2nd lady, results soon but photos and provisional resuilts on

parkruns, Sat 4 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:29 Rob Downs, Wilmslow RC)
3   18:20 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
71  23:33 Rebecca Mon-Williams
359 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:01 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders)
93  24:43 Sarah Haines
447 ran

Temple Newsam
(1  19:43 Ian Maudsley, st Theresa's AC)
129 30:51 Jennifer Carne
215 ran

(1  18:20 Stuart Hunn, Wharfedale Harriers)
5   19:46 Jemima Elgood 1st F
54  25:09 Chris Cunningham
185 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:51 George Phillips, Doncaster AC)
45  22:38 Geoff Howard
317 ran

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