Ilkley Harriers news archive 2010

Harrier of the Month, January

Nominations were:
sponsors David Westhead, PECO XC result, supporting juniors
Henry Heavisides, Brass Monkey 1st V55 and Club records
Justin Phillips, Brass Monkey sub-80
Paul O'Looney, Brass Monkey, PECO XC
the organisers of t'Do
Diane Haggar, Northern XC
Lyn Eden, 65@65
Sue Bickerdike, newsletter
Paul Sugden, consistently achieving PBs,
Kelly Harrison, PECO XC & Northern XC

The HoM awards went to David Westhead, and Henry Heavisides. Congratulations to them, they will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

PECO XC, Sun 31 Jan

Malcolm Pickering reports ... a grand total of 21 Ilkley Harriers made it to the startline of the 4th PECO cross country race at John Smeaton Sports Centre. Tom Adams, the newly crowned best male Harrier of 2009, showed his form by leading the race from the start to win by a record margin. He was well supported over a dry and frosty course by;

8   Dave Wilby
19  Ian Rowbotham
26  Malcolm Pickering
31  Dave Cummings
36  Henry Heaviside
62  Ed Brougham
63  Paul Stephens
103 Andy Jackson
111 Eric Morley
115 Graham Stead
117 Jim Towers
130 Don McRae
136 Paul Sugden

2nd team

In the women's race Emma O'Looney led the charge home by finishing 55th and was well supported in

56 Louise Jackson
62 Alison Ricci
70 Ann Stead
82 Sally Pickering
92 Lyn Eden
102 Amanda Parnaby

5th team

There was a great turnout of 15 junior Harriers.

Henry H reports ... It was a bright & sunny day for today's Peco cross country organised by STAC. Conditions were very firm as a result of the severe overnight frost, it was a nice change from the mud at Nell Bank. Tom Adams had a fine win in the race, finishing well clear of the rest of the runners, despite wearing spikes, which were not recommended for the concrete bridges.

Pennine Bridleway Relay, Sun 31 Jan

WELL DONE to all our runners at this event today. It was tough fielding a team with the popular PECO XC on that day (sorry, Malcolm!) and some Rombalds reccies going on too, but we put out a great team. In this very competitive relay we finished 66th overall. Results from

Kate and Martin Archer             1:11:24 
Heather Dawe and Brian Melia       1:56:31
Natalie Curtis and Sharon Meadows  1:26:36
Jo Foster and Kelly Harrison         50:29
Sue Bickerdike and Keith Wood      1:46:41

Thanks to Kelly for taking on the final organisation of the team.

More info on relays on our Relay Page

Ferriby 10, Sun 31 Jan

This is a favorite with Pete & Neil ...

93  68.53  Neil Chapman
207 76.28  Peter Shields

Leeds Hyde Park 5k, Sat 30 Jan

Rob Cunningham was 10th in 19.16 ...

Ilkley Harriers Awards for 2009, Fri 29 Jan

The Presentation Evening was great fun, with 116 tickets sold and most of those people there it was a great social event. Thanks to Neil and Chris the organisers; to Complete Runner, Dobson & Robinson, Facewest, Cherie's Cakes, and Up & Running for the prizes for the Grand Raffle; and to the ILT&SC café-bar staff for all their hard work.

See Brian's photos.

AwardWinnerOther nominees
Best Runner, MaleTom AdamsGeoff Howard, Jeff Paget, Ian Rowbotham, Steve Turland, Dave Wilby
Best Runner, FemaleSally MorleyJane Bryant, Jenny Dybeck, Sally Malir
Most Improved Runner, MaleRichard ReeveBob Payne, Justin Phillips, Henry Heavisides, Andy Wiggans
Most Improved Runner, FemaleJane BryantJenny Dybeck, Kelly Harrison, Sue Morley, Jann Smith
Best Endurance Runner, MaleGraham ArthurGeoff Howard, Brian Melia, Jeff Paget
Best Endurance Runner, Female Sally Malir, Helene Whitaker Lyn Eden, Nicky Jaquiery, Amanda Parnaby
Best Runner, Under 20, MaleAdam BennettSimon Chapman
Best Runner, Under 20, FemaleJenny DybeckCatherine Gibbons, Brit Tate
Contribution to the club, MaleNeil ChapmanVince Gibbons, Pete Shields, Brian Sweet, Nigel Tapper, Andy Wolfenden, Paul Wood
Contribution to the club, FemaleShirley WoodSue Bickerdike, Ros Blackburn, Jane Bryant, Alison Eagle, Jacqui Weston, Emily Wood
Captains' Award, Male Vic Verecondi Paul Stephens
Captains' Award, FemaleChristine MatthewsJann Smith, Amanda Parnaby, Jackie Weston

Ilkley Harriers Running League 2009

Overall:Kevin Gooch
Road:Richard Reeve
Fell:Ian Rowbotham
Trail/XC: Kevin Gooch
U20:Adam Bennett, Catherine Gibbons

At last we can reveal the results of the 2009 League, with Kevin Gooch the overall winner crowned at the Presentation evening. Top 50 overall, road, fell, trail/xc, and for the real statos the full Excel sheet to pore over.

Stanbury Splash fell race, Sun 24 Jan

Ilkley ladies got the team prize, and Ilkley's men were 2nd team by just 1 point to Bingley

65 at 65, more photos on
1   43.17  Ian Holmes, Bingley
3   45.54  Tom Adams
25  51.00  Jamie Hutchinson
26  51.04  Jim Ryder
54  54.01  Nick Pearce
86  56.24  Duncan Cooper
102 58.36  Neil Smith
109 59.23  Norman Bush
110 59.28  Paul Stephens
115 59.50  Kay Pearce 5th lady
126 60.37  Alison Eagle
138 61.45  Ed Brougham
147 62.48  Graham Breeze
167 64.02  Kate Archer
172 64.12  Ian Marshall
176 64.41  Chris Oxlade
179 65.13  Alison Weston
185 65.44  Joyce Marshall
199 66.59  Jann Smith  (in her 1st fell race!)
218 68.40  Jo Foster
219 68.41  Val Kerr
221 68.55  Jim Towers
236 70.36  John Pickering
249 72.21  Eric Morley
258 72.48  Sophie Brown
266 76.01  Bob Payne
297 94.44  Lyn Eden

Congratulations to Lyn Eden for whom this was the final race in her '65@65' Challenge.

We had 11 juniors racing too.

Lots more photos on

This was the first fell counter in the 2010 Running League. Norman Bush and Nick Pearce scored top points on the fell, with Tom Adams just behind. Full results on the League Page

Brass Monkey Half Marathon, Sun 24 Jan

Click for more photos
48   1:19:21  Justin Phillips
58   1:20:17  Jonathan Sinclair
76   1:21:17  Stephen Coy    PB
79   1:21:22  Paul O'Looney  PB
81   1:21:31  Henry Heavisides     1st M55
83   1:21:34  Andy Wiggans   PB
131  1:24:27  David Brown    PB
173  1:26:44  Neil Chapman
207  1:28:06  Sally Malir          3rd F45?
283  1:30:34  Jane Bryant    PB
288  1:30:39  Sean Murphy
462  1:36:45  Keith Wood
575  1:39:32  Helen Horton   PB
577  1:39:32? Nigel Tapper
688  1:43:02  Nick Mellor
737  1:43:56  Peter Shields
757  1:45:32  Catherine Gibbons
819  1:47:20  Simon Chapman
927  1:49:53  Christopher Brown
1002 1:51:57  Paul Sugden    PB
1146 1:57:33  Sheena Pickersgill
1147 1:57:33  James Pickersgill
1168 1:58:12  Bernadette Gibbons
1246 2:00:30  Ashleigh Brownhill
1283 2:02:00  Michael Picken
1284 2:02:10  Jacqui Weston

Full results at

Some snapshots Adrienne Heavisides here here.

From Henry Heavisides ... there was a really good turnout of Ilkley Harriers at the Brass Monkey. It is one of the fastest half marathons around, with near perfect conditions today. We had 6 runners quicker than 82 minutes, led home by Justin Phillips who beat 80 minutes for the first time. Several of us were running close together which helped all of us to achive faster times than we might have expected. Many Harriers ran PBs, including Stephen Coy, Paul O'Looney, Andy Wiggans & Jane Bryant. I was pleased to finish first M55 and Sally Malir was 2nd F45.

Andy Wiggans adds ... What a race! Absolutely one of my races of the year, I was lucky enough to get a place alongside a number of red and green vests, many of whom were starting frighteningly close to the front. (more ... Click for more)

Steve Coy adds ... First time at this fast and flat event and 4th half marathon. Henry and PaulO set off like whippets into the distance after the first few miles but kept them in sight and managed to reel them in by 11 mile mark pushed on by a couple of tri club mates and keep going to the end as I was expecting Andy W to appear on my shoulder. Crossed with a 7 min PB and Henry must have got a club record with him storming run and very good times by quite a few others on a cold and damp day but loads of support. PS tri club mate Tom split Paul and Henry at the end (of fame)

Northern XC, Sat 23 Jan

A few hardy souls have kept their cross-country racing going long enough to run in the Northern Championships at Witton Park in Blackburn.
Diane Haggar reports ... I have certainly "kept cross country running going long enough" in the sense that it is now 27 years since i started taking part in XC. The trip to Blackburn was a nostalgic one as i had last ran there in the Women's (yep, no men's races in those days) National in 1994. Arriving a little late I decided to forgo walking the course and rely on a 15 year memory!! A pity 15 years had erased the memory of the huge and multiple hills to be tackled on each of the 3 laps. However my attempts at fell running in the intervening years stood me in good stead and I came away very pleased with 84th. Interestingly close to the 86th I got on the same course 15 years ago, albeit in a larger National field. Showing how the sport has moved on for women I took 39.03 over a tough 8K course this time, but previously only 24.44 over what must have been a far shorter course in 1994.
Kelly and Dave ran superbly, again showing how fell running makes you stronger on the country and, as Dave said, Cross Country makes you faster on the fells. A truth demonstated by Andi Jones (Salford, 2nd man) who regularly performs to a high level on Fell, Country and Road.
Results from Northern Athletics ...

Senior Women
74  38.25  Kelly Harrison
84  39.03  Diane Haggar

Senior Men
196 50.30  Dave Wilby

We had 7 junior runners - more on the Junior Pages

PECO XC, Nell Bank, Sun 17 Jan

A fab turnout of 75 Harriers (37 senior, 38 junior) in today's very tough XC. We had 2nd men's team (to Abbey) and 1st Ladies team. The course was tough going and the stream crossing may be talked about for some time to come... Thanks to Neil and Shirley for organising, to the famous Ilkley Ladies Catering Team who fed the 300, to the many, many marshals and helpers on the day. And a big thank you to the Nell Bank Centre whose fantastic facilities we enjoyed and to Mr Boothman whose fields we enjoyed.

1	27.59	Graham Pearce
2	28.33	Tom Adams
11	31.03	Dave Wilby
18	31.46	Dave Westhead
19	31.54	Ian Rowbotham
21	32.07	Paul O'Looney
22	32.12	Malcolm Pickering
29	32.50	Justin Phillips
32	33.07	Mark Mon-Williams
33	33.12	Richard Joel
34	33.14	Mark Iley
40	33.33	Nick Pearce
42	33.45	Henry Heavisides
49	34.16	Arthur Reilly
56	34.56	Duncan Cooper
68	35.59	Paddy Hagan
67	36.00	Kevin Gooch
3	36.04	Sally Malir
76	36.32	Ed Brougham
77	36.35	Paul Stephens
5	36.47	Kelly Harrison
7	37.43	Alison Bennett
10	38.18	Diana Haggar
103	38.51	Ian Marshall
17	39.41	Jann Smith
19	40.13	Rebecca Mon-Williams
117	40.59	Eric Morley
118	41.06	Andrew Jackson
121	41.45	Nick Mellor
37	43.09	Sophie Brown
39	43.29	Di Kitchen
151	46.09	Don MacRae
156	46.58	Andy Kitchen
160	47.39	Paul Sugden
55	48.01	Alison Ricci
72	51.03	Louise Jackson
77	52.32	Sally Pickering

This was the first counter in the 2010 Running League. XC Hero Malcolm scored a Herculean 103 points! Full results on the League Page

Lots of photos on our PECO race page.

Lost property: Small IH jacket (see Neil), STAC vest (club advised), 1 Specialized cycling glove

Firbank Fell Race, Sun 17 Jan

Lyn Eden reports ... After so many fell runs being cancelled since New Yearís Day because of weather I have been stuck on 63 fell runs in my attempt to complete 65 fell races in my 65th year. I must admit I was beginning to panic bcause I was so near yet so far and my birthday fast approaching on 7 Feb. The last straw was Ashurst Becon and White Holme Circular both being cancelled yesterday. But a window of opportunity arose today with the running of Firbank Fell Race, part of the Kendal Winter League series. It's approx 4 miles, 300ft climb. This has put me back on track to complete my 65th fell race next Sunday at the Stanbury Splash, which has always been my goal. Unfortunately it meant missing the Ilkley PECO, and apologies, but you seem to have had a superb turnout, and congratulations.
Firbank Fell Race, like PECO had a bit of everything, boggy, icy, snowy and a stream crossing. It was just great to be out running again, as most of the other runners agreed.

Jim Towers 32.09
Lyn Eden   42.15

Trig Points Race, Sun 10 Jan

Tracey Greenway reports ... whilst most of the x country and fell races were cancelled this weekend Mercia Fell Runners decided to go forward with The Trig Point Race which is normally a 15 mile CL category fell race with around 1500ft of accent. This year due to the adverse weather they did shorten the course to around 12 miles, however thanks have to go out for deciding to go ahead when the pressure was on to cancel.
144 runners lined up for the snowy, icy start and each and all were counted though a start up funnel before the race proper got off to its official start!
The Trig Point race covers an optimal route of around 15 miles from trig point to trig point around Cannock Chase and there is no marked route, however there are lots of people to follow who choose to just stick on the main gravel paths, a good look at the map is advised if you are looking for a fast time! I think I ended up taking a couple of poor options but some good ones too so I don't feel hard done by.
It is at a great time in the year to get some undulating miles in and I will definitely do it next year and recommend it for anyone to get back into racing for the New Year especially if you are looking for something a little longer. On a personal note I was pleased with my run finishing 21st overall and 2nd lady in a time of 1hour 36 mins narrowly missing out on 1st lady on the run in, more speed work needed! The Race was won by Pete Vale of Mercia in a time of 1 hour and 19 mins.
It's really well organised, well marshalled, with drink stations, and soup, tea and cakes at the finish that never run out.
Conclusion - Highly recommended.

23  96.01  Tracey Greenway, 1st L40, 2nd lady

Giant's Tooth fell race, Fri 1 Jan

Lyn Eden reports on the Giantís Tooth Fell Race, Ogden Reservoir, 3miles, 400ft of climb. Lovely day, very cold, overnight snow meant we had a bit of grip most of the way round except for one exposed icy climb. More a question of getting round in one piece rather than racing. Jim kindly ran with me.

Eric Morley 27.38
Lyn Eden    35.17
Jim Towers  35.17

Silsden 26th New Years Resolution Run, Fri 1 Jan

Andrew Bennett reports ... About 90 runners of all ages took part in this friendly 3 mile road race/ fun run and with nobody called Brownlee in the entries I thought I was in with a chance. Bob Payne had let me know about this antidote to over indulgence and I wrongly assumed he had run it before so what seemed like 4000ft of climbing came as a surprise to him too. Needless to say my earlier optimism was misplaced and I was the last of a select bunch of Harriers home. The after race presentations were very democratic based on the 'bring a prize get a prize' model.

9   20.37  Mike Baldwin
14  21.11  Alison Bennett
19  21.31  Adam Bennett
42  24.59  Bob Payne
45  25.33  Tom Bennett
54  28.02  Andrew Bennett

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