Ilkley Harriers news archive 2010

Harrier of the Month, February

Nominations were:
sponsors Jenny Dybeck, XC inter-counties selection,
Sally Malir, 1st lady at Liversedge Half, and contribution to Marathon 'wee gathering',
Amanda Parnaby, long distance events and supporting fellow members,
Bob Payne, 29min off PB at Rombalds,
Kay Pearce, 3rd lady Rombalds (1st long race of this sort),
Justin Phillips, consistently good results incl. Dewsbury 10k and Tokyo 10k,
Malcolm Pickering, great XC captaincy and results,
Ewan Welsh, organising the 'wee gathering' socials,
Andy Wiggans, results incl 1st V45 in 80 minutes at NW Half,
Dave Wilby, 35.06 Dewsbury 10k plus Ilkley Moor and Noon Stone results

The HoM awards went to Sally Malir, and Dave Wilby. Congratulations to them, they will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Tokyo Marathon 10k, Sun 28 Feb

Justin Phillips reports ... in the opportunity of a life time Ash and I were lucky enough to experience one of the planet's greatest running spectacles. In only its fourth year this big city marathon already sits up there with London and New York as one of the finest in the world whilst in true Japanese style the organisation of the event was immaculate and the streets the entire length of the course were lined three rows deep with spectators.
I’ve since learned that running is a national obsession in Japan which is illustrated by the statistic that over 300,000 people applied for the 33,000 places available. We chickened out of running the full 26 and a bit miles opting instead for the 10k event held over the same course.
The pre race exhibition was simply massive with every manufacture under the sun peddling their goods and it represented an interesting opportunity to meet and swap stories with fellow runners from around the globe in pigeon English.
The combination of jet lag, extensive sightseeing and the inability to find anything other than raw fish to eat beforehand kinda rules this event out of being a particularly fast course but what an amazing experience. For the record I think I finished about 9th in the 10k event in a time of 38.40 and Ash finished in 59.21 although now back at my desk with yet more jet lag I slightly regret not tackling the whole distance.
If you’re thinking about embarking on an adventure for 2011 then you could do a whole lot worse than heading East.

Snake Lane 10, Sun 28 Feb

Gaenor Coy reports ... PB’s for Nigel Tapper, Paul Sugden and Jacqui Weston. First 10 miler for me. Great race and excellent results for windy conditions. Nice mug at finish. Note for future years - organisers made an announcement before race regarding swapped numbers asking people to make themselves known so that they could do accurate results.

Nigel's report here Click for more...

Results from

(1   53.00  Stephen Hepples, Newham & Essex Beagles)
26   60:29  Nick Richardson
148  69:29  Nigel Tapper      PB
420  83:55  Paul Sugden       PB
493  87:46  Gaenor Coy        PB
534  91:20  Jacqui Weston     PB
666 finished (spooky)

National XC, Sat 27 Feb

Malcolm Pickering reports ... the atmosphere was great, the mud deep in parts and hill 66 steeper than ever but all our Harriers saw it to the finish line of this inspiring event. Great running everyone !!!!

Nick's photos
Womens results (8k)

(1  27:52 Stephie Twell Aldershot and Farnham) 
218 36:18 Alison Bennett
255 37:08 Diane Haggar
429 42:16 Diane Kitchen
506 47:16 Bernie Gibbons
543 finished
Team 45th out of 61

Mens results (12k)
(1   38:01 Andy Vernon Aldershot and Farnham
196  44:23 Tom Adams
669  51:11 Malcolm Pickering
745  52:21 Mark Iley
907  54:39 Arthur Reilly
1172 59:34 Steve Weston
1228 62:02 Peter Shields
1298 63:37 Paul Wood
1428 finished
Team 82nd out of 107

In the Junior Womens (U20 race Jenny Dybeck produced another top class result to finish 37th in a field of 91, and there were great results from younger juniors too.

Full results on

Mike Baldwin's photos, Nick Mellor's photos, Terry Lonergan's photos

17th Noon Stone fell race, Sat 27 Feb

Dave Wilby reports ... The first round of this year's English Fell Championships took place today at the Noon Stone event near Todmorden. (9m/2300') First mention has to go to the organisers for putting on a fantastic route, an event with great infrastructure, great organisation & a free race Buff. So good it could have been a Harriers event.
Weather was dry at the start with reasonably low temperatures, but up on the tops it was bitterly cold and trying its best to snow. The going underfoot was mostly on the muddy side with a side order of snow, apart from the couple of miles of unmarked terrain in the 2nd half of the race. This was just a boggy hell with the heather hiding the faint trod, and a healthy covering of icy slush hiding everything else, very tough going and I suspect a lot of races may have been made or dashed on that stretch. A good showing of Harriers despite the clash with National XC today & Snake Lane tomorrow, the results were:

(1   68.16  Matthew Speake, Dark Peak)
39   76.24  Dave Wilby
(70  78.56  Olivia Walwyn, Altrincham & District)
86   80.29  Steve Turland
102  81.31  Ian Rowbotham
108  81.53  Martin Archer
118  82.40  Jim Ryder
144  84.48  Nick Pearce      2nd V55
157  86.48  Tracey Greenway  1st LV45
197  90.05  Duncan Cooper
224  92.43  Norman Bush      2nd V65
235  93.50  Geoff Howard     3rd V65
274  98.35  Kelly Harrison
289  99.45  Paul Stephens
300 101.28  Graham Breeze
331 104.43  Ed Brougham
361 109.06  Jo Foster
396 117.39  Sophie Brown
423 finishers

Results from Team results later.

Some good photos on, and

This is a counter in the Harriers Race League.

Paul Stephens adds .. This was hard, or at least I found it hard. Struggling on the ups, which are usually my stronger point, no pace on the rough stuff, and overtaken all the time on the descents. The photos on the Sport Sunday site aren't flattering, and the guy behind me at the end was worried he'd been beaten by another over 60. Made my day! I reckon I should have been about 5 minutes faster, but it still wouldn't have been a good time. Next year..... Thanks to Nick for the lift.

Myrtle Meander, Sat 27 Feb

Amanda Parnaby reports ... Emma Payne and I took part in the Myrtle Meander, 24.7 miles and 2,700 ft of climb starting and finishing in Bingley and visiting Egypt (in the snow ), Worlds End, Queensbury and Haworth. Lots of home made cakes available on route and stew with Yorkshire puddings at the finish. We spent most of the day talking and finished in 6 hrs 36 mins.

Leeds Hyde Park 5k, Sat 27 Feb

Henry Heavisides reports .. Not the highest profile event today, but I ran 18:54 to finish 6th out of 200 runners at the 5k time trial in Hyde Park, Leeds this morning. It was very muddy in places, so not ideal for fast running, but it's always an enjoyable experience. As a reminder these time trials take place every Saturday morning at 9:00 & are free to enter.

Primary Schools XC, Sat 27 Feb

Nearly 400 children ran in today's XC hosted by All Saints Primary School, with many Harriers competing and helping woth the organisation. Results soon.,

Ilkley Moor fell race, Sun 21 Feb

Full results and photos of the fell race are here.

A great turnout of Harriers, racing and helping. Ilkley won the ladies team prize and weren't too far off the men's team prize. Ilkley results:

1    39:52  Graham Pearce, P&B
3    43:04  Tom Adams
9    43:42  Dave Wilby
19   47:04  Derek Fuller
21   47:21  Stuart Pitches
23   47:24  Ralph Tench
25   47:40  Jamie Hutchinson
27   48:03  Jim Ryder
31   48:34  Nick Pearce
34   48:47  Richard Joel
39   49:50  Dave Cummings
46   52:16  Neil Smith
62   54:19  Alison Eagle
63   54:20  Paddy Hagan
66   54:29  Alistair Barlow
68   54:38  Heather Dawe
74   55:01  Mike Baldwin
76   55:13  Bob Hamilton
80   55:46  Jenny Dybeck
86   56:40  Paul Stephens
89   56:55  Alison Weston
90   57:01  Antonio Melechi
92   57:19  Ed Brougham
96   57:38  Stephen Coy
98   57:53  Chris Oxlade
99   57:54  Graham Breeze
106  58:32  John Hayes
108  59:15  Kelly Harrison
114  59:28  Jane McCarthy
124  61:02  Rebecca Mon-Williams
132  62:05  Arthur Reilly
135  62:31  Steven Weston
138  62:38  Michael Waterhouse
165  66:40  Sophie Brown
170  66:55  Alison Bennett
172  67:22  John Pickering
175  67:39  John Coates
176  67:46  Ian Marshall
177  67:47  Sarah Fuller
182  68:57  Natalie Curtis
184  70:11  Andrew Jackson
187  71:38  Bob Payne
199  75:25  Alison Frost
205  76:57  Sue Morley
208  77:32  Joanna Murphy
215  91:25  Andrew Bennett

I said a quick thank-you in the forums, but it is worth repeating here. Over 30 volunteers turned out to help with the fell race today in tough conditions. Without you all the race would not have gone ahead. With a reduced field because of travel difficulties, the Club will have made very little financial profit from this event, but we have made a real contribution to the local fell-running scene and we have given something back to our fellow runners today. Thank you all.

Great North West Half, Sun 21 Feb

1   69:36  Stuart Robinson   Blackpool & Fylde
18  80:09  Andy Wiggans   1st V45 PB
205 96:27  Jann Smith  PB

881 finished

Andy's report here Click for more...

Some photos on

Yorkshire XC Championships, Wakefield Sat 20 Feb

Diane Haggar reports ... only 3 ladies turned out today but there was much to cheer about as Jenny Dybeck took 2nd Junior Lady and gained selection for the Yorkshire team to run in the Inter-Counties event on 13th March. Lyn Eden's stirling effort towards the back of the field meant that the Ilkley ladies continued to fly the flag by completing a team.

Malcom adds ... The ladies team team was in 11th place overall. Fell runner Ian Rowbotham led the Harriers men home to finish 71st and was followed by Malcolm Pickering 113th, Mark Iley 114th, Jim Towers 198th and Eric Morley 200th.

Handicap Run, Tue 16 Feb

Charles Oxtoby was the winner of a bottle of fine wine in Richard Gray's Handicap event tonight. He was followed in by Karen Lambe, new member Steve Newall, Diane Haggar, Kevin Wardale, Phil Chappell, James Pickersgill, and Mike Bryant, then a veritable flood of finishers. Thanks to Richard for working out the handicaps and organising the event.

Liversedge Half Marathon, Sun 14 Feb

Sally Malir was 1st lady, and 46th overall in 91.33 -

Winter Hill fell race, Sun 14 Feb

Nick Pearce reports ... three Harriers I think in this 11 mile 2750' classic promoted by Horwich RMI. Frozen ground made for some fast times, with the first three Rob and Danny Hope and Graham Pearce all well inside Simon Bailey's 2009 sub 1hr 30 minute record.

1   1h26.54  Rob Hope, P&B
21  1h44.21  Steve Turland 3rd V40 (Graham has a voucher for you)
39  1h52.19  Nick Pearce   1st V55 (2nd V50)
119 2h17.01  Graham Breeze

Castleton Beacon fell race, Sun 14 Feb

Jez Hellewell reports ... a cracking little fell race in Heartbeat country. 101 runners, 8 miles & 1000 feet of steady climbing. Came 24th in 1.09. The winning time being 58 mins. Very boggy with no obvious paths at times, a thoroughly enjoyable morning out!

Falcon Flyer, Sat 13 Feb

Amanda Parnaby reports ... this event is organised by Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, and originally stated as 23 miles from Ravenscar and via Harwood Dale to the North Yorks Moors and back over to Robins Hoods Bay and return to Ravenscar. However the Cleveland Way is eroding between Robins Hood Bay and Ravenscar and the route back was therefore diverted along the old railway line, this added an extra 2 miles but this was partly compensated by it being much flatter. The day began wet but brightened up in the afternoon. Finished in 6 hours 18 minutes.

Leeds Hyde Park 5k, Sat 13 Feb

Henry Heavisides reports .. I ran the Parkrun 5k time trial at Hyde Park in Leeds this morning. It was my first visit this year to this race which takes place every Saturday morning. It's not a very fast course, mainly on tarmac paths in the park, but with a few very muddy sections, plenty of twists & turns and ups & downs. Today there were 201 runners taking part with times ranging from 16:58 to 43:47, so there was a wide range of abilities.
My time was 18:34, which was my fastest time on this course & I finished in 9th place.

Long Mynd fell race, Sun 7 Feb

Tracey Greenway reports .. Well it would have been a nice day if you could have seen it! Strident kit checks were going on, however that didn't deter 212 brave souls who set off on what was the 24th running of the Longmynd Valley's Race. Having run this race many times in the past, I knew exactly what a testing course it could be at 11.5 miles and 4500 ft of accent. Most of the climbing is in the last 3rd of the race within 4 miles of the finish! Ouch!!
It's very easy to set off fast with the first 10k being run over fairly undulating ground and good paths you could easily be on for a PB. However the wise know to hold back and keep something for the "sting in the tail" and the final climb to Yearlet's summit. There are optimal route choices however i seem to do something different and un- optimal each year!
With the ascents being a hands and knees job (well nearly) the descending is great fun and lots take the very un-glamorous option of bum skimming all the way down with some spectacular shows! When you can see the views I have to say that this race is one of the prettiest around - but not today.
The finish was a close call with 8 seconds separating the winner Andrew Davies from Simon Bailey, Pete Vale was a further 5 seconds behind Simon, making it a one, two, three for Mercia Fell runners. In the ladies race Kate Bailey won in a time of 2.02.08 coming in 23rd overall. I finished happily as 3rd lady, 1st LV45 in a time of 2.07.30 40th overall.
As always Mercia fell runners host and organise another great race providing all the competitors with a excellent post race food, hot showers/ changing and bar facilities. There is even a massage table for those with weary legs, this year I took that added option and it was heaven sent. I woke the next day with legs as fresh as a spring chicken! well almost!! Next year will be the 25th Running of the Longmynd Valleys Race, As it is a special year I am informed there will plenty of surprises, don't miss it, put it in your diary now.

Dewsbury 10k, Sun 7 Feb

Henry Heavisides reports ... Conditions were near perfect for this morning's Dewsbury 10k and there were some fast times recorded, with the winner running under 30 minutes. Dave Wilby running his first ever road 10k led home the Ilkley Harriers, I think that he was surprised that there weren't any mountains, streams, mud or rocks on the route. Justin Phillips did another fine run only a fraction slower than his recent time at Ribble Valley. Jane Bryant won the prize for 2nd F40, with Alison Bennett 4th F45, Nick Pearce 3rd M55 & I managed to get 1st M55. Comparing pre race preparation was quite interesting, Vic doing a variety of swimming & cycling activities, Justin's preparation was at the Ilkley Beer Festival, and I managed to survive on a combination of Lemsips, Lockets & Sinex (not sure if these are illegal substances dope testing purposes). It should be interesting when the Power of Ten UK rankings are updated, as Jane, Alison, Nick & myself should all have qualifying times.

Henry's time beat Dave Matthews 2005 V55 Club Record

Vic's report here Click for more...

1   29.55  Mark Buckingham. Holmfirth
38  35.06  Dave Wilby
58  36.08  Justin Phillips
76  37.04  Henry Heavisides   1st M55
97  38.13  Nick Pearce
126 39.12  Richard Hinsley
196 41.04  Adrian Bastow
207 41.30  Jane Bryant        2nd F40
214 41.34  Alison Bennett
335 45.23  Vic Verecondi
501 49.44  Martin Wright
515 50.46  Paul Sugden
529 51.07  Fiona Schneider
801 finished

Results are chip times from

In the Ilkley Harriers Race League, Henry is leading the road rankings whilst Nick Pearce retains his overall lead.

Central Lancashire New Year ½ Marathon, Sun 7 Feb

Dougie Scarfe reports ... the rearranged race took place along the country roads around Catforth on Sunday. Although it was certainly chilly, the small field (235 runners, almost all from local clubs) enjoyed perfect running conditions and the course is virtually flat except for small undulations as you cross over the M55 four times! Delighted to do a PB, helped no doubt by our few weeks as members of the Harriers!

107 Dougie Scarfe 1:44:07 (PB by almost 6 minutes)
196 Judith Scarfe 2:02:46

Rombalds Stride, Sat 6 Feb

1   2h38:31  Graham Pearce (P&B)
11  3h09:39  Jim Ryder
12  3h10:37  Mark Mon-Williams
13  3h16:31  Ralph Tench 
20  3h26:09  Neil Smith
27  3h34:24  Alison Eagle 2nd lady
40  3h43:11  Kay Pearce  3rd lady
55  3h54:22  John Hayes 
63  3h57:57  Paul Stephens 
69  4h01:39  Toni Melechi 
70  4h01:39  Jez Hellewell 
82  4h07:05  Joyce Marshall
83  4h07:35  Nigel Tapper
90  4h10:41  Val Kerr
91  4h10:41  Ewan Welsh
106 4h14:28  Dave Taylor
115 4h24:27  Ian Marshall
131 4h34:05  Graham Breeze
133 4h35:34  Sharon Meadows
134 4h35:34  Keith Wood
137 4h38:29  Neil Chapman
167 4h58:25  Nick Mellor
175 5h07:24  Bob Payne  PB 29 mins 
207 5h39:26  Andrew Bennett
224 5h55:18  Amanda Parnaby
267 6h23:00  Elizabeth McCann
268 6h23:00  Andy Sarah
351 7h44:22  Sue Lugton
351 7h44:22  Colin Lugton

In the Ilkley Harriers Race League, Mark Mon-Williams and Alison Eagle are now leading the XC/Trail category, with Nick Pearce still leading overall.

From Jez ... Thoroughly enjoyed this race, despite the fog hiding all visible landmarks. Still, myself and fellow Harrier Toni Melechi, only slipped up the once, on Ilkley Moor of all places. Had we negotiated this better then we would have surely been sub 4 hour, as hoped.

YVAA XC Championships, Sat 6 Feb

Geoff Howard reports ... it was a good job that the Start was next to the changing pavilion in fog-bound Graves Park, Sheffield, otherwise we might not have able to find it. However the performances of the five Ilkley Harriers were far from gloomy. All our runners ran the same course even though the event was split into under 50 and 50+ races for logistical reasons. The fastest Harrier was Ian Rowbotham then Paul O'Looney. Our vet60 team (135 points) kept ahead of Leeds City (144) to take bronze medals and were close to second placed Bingley (130).

50+ Race
7 Ian Rowbotham (6th v50) 40.03
35 Geoff Howard (2nd v65) 44.02
42 Norman Bush (4th v65) 44.56
58 Graham Arthur (13th v60) 47.52
Under 50 Race
31 Paul O'Looney (9th v40) 41.24

Wadsworth Trog, Sat 6 Feb

Steve Turland reports on the Half Trog ... Richard Joel and I tackled the Half Trog yesterday. With practically zero visibility and featureless terrain it made for an interesting race with plenty of runners (including myself) going well astray. At times there were runners approaching checkpoints from all directions. I finished 10th in 1hr 38 with Richard close behind in 13th place. One thing's for sure, at over double the distance, they would have had twice as much fun.

See Steve Turland and Bob Wightman amongst Eileen's pictures.

Results from

Full Trog, 20m/4000'
1  180.24  Tom Brunt Holmfirth
46 247.39  Alistair Barlow
62 265.12  Nicky Jacquiery
73 267.45  Bob Wightman
118 finished

Half Trog
1   86.13  Lee Athersmith, Holmfirth
10  98.54  Steve Turland
13 100.02  Richard Joel
46 finished

Alistair Barlow reports on the Full Trog ... Nicky Jacquiery, Bob Wightman and I took on the Full Trog on Saturday. The route takes on the full spectrum of terrain from terrible tarmac to really terrible tussock. In between there’s tracks, decent trails, greasy paved paths, heather, mud and bogs. Capping it all was a thick layer of mist.
After a disorientating start (how many fell races have a downhill start and then return to the start area 10 minutes later?) the internal compass was rendered useless by the trackless and fog bound crossing of Oxenhope Moor. No problem ... I reverted to my tried and tested navigation skills – follow the more experienced runner in front. Twenty minutes later I emerged on the Oxenhope – Hebden Bridge road without a checkpoint in sight. Not quite sure which way to turn the fell runner's instinct kicked in ... up hill! Half a mile later I was back on track.
After an enjoyable, easy angled descent into Crimsworth Dean, road then track gives way to bog and heather all the way to a paved section of the Pennine Way and the half way point at Withins. Treacherous flagged paths lead down to Walshaw reservoir before the route cuts against the grain of the land and heads back to the Oxenhope – Hebden Bridge road ... and the last section back across the featureless moor. Given my previous ineptitude in the clag I was worried about this last bit. However, using map and compass I managed to find my way home without mishap only to be faced with a cruel uphill finish and unexpected loop of Old Town cricket pitch. I managed 4:07, Nicky 4:25, Bob 4:27

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