Ilkley Harriers news archive 2011

Harrier of the Month, December

Nominations were:
sponsors Gemma Carpenter: new(ish) member but has shown great commitment in turning up to races throughout the year and has shown improvement over 2011. Good results in Dec include WYXC, Stoop, and Giants Tooth
David Westhead: 1st Harrier at WYXC Wayfield, and overall V40 Champ
Norman Bush: 4 good race results incl V70 record Stoop and 1st V70 at Auld Lang Syne Hector Haines: 4th at Chevin Chase
Lee Morley: Whinberry Naze and Cowm Reservoir race wins and good results at Auld Lang Syne

The HoM awards went to Norman Bush and Lee Morley. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running gear from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Auld Lang Syne, Sat 31 Dec

Lots of Harriers running out the auld, results from ...

1   40:28 Ali Brownlee, Bingley
11  44:10 Graham Pearce, P&B
17  46:13 Alex Sinclair
23  47:56 Lee Morley
25  48:36 Ben Stevens
27  48:50 Dave Wilby
36  50:15 Martin Archer
63  53:08 Nick Pearce
70  53:39 Sally Morley
84  54:54 Jonathan Sinclair
105 55:58 Emma Barclay
112 56:34 Steve Turland
146 59:27 Kate Archer
153 59:53 Peter Haines
156 60:06 Neil Smith
158 60:12 Jann Smith
163 60:36 Chris Oxlade
165 60:44 Norman Bush 1st V70
167 60:51 Richard Morris
171 61:10 Alistair Barlow
174 61:20 Alison Weston
180 61:42 Sally Malir
184 61:59 Florence Haines
203 63:24 Sharon Williams
221 64:31 Alison Bennett
236 65:39 Sarah Haines
253 67:02 John Coates
265 68:11 Andrew Jackson
282 69:44 Adela Reperecki
286 70:19 Clare Smith
313 72:23 Debbie Lewis
319 73:29 Sue Morley
343 77:42 Sophie Brown
352 78:53 Andrew Bennett
360 80:20 Paul Sugden
365 82:52 Sue Stevens

The ladies won the team prize.

Ribble Valley 10k, Tue 27 Dec

Henry Heavisides reports... Alistair Brownlee couldn't match his brother's victory yesterday, he finished 2nd in a high quality field at the Ribble Valley 10k. There was a good contingent of Ilkley Harriers taking part in perfect conditions, with Dave Cummings making a rare appearance on the roads. Times were a little bit slower than might have been expected, but the course is undulating on country lanes....... it used to be a 'downhill course', but now the start & finish are at the same place. Provisional results from ...

1   29:10 Jonny Mellor, Liverpool Harriers
164 37:45 Henry Heavisides
172 37:52 Dave Cummings
185 38:07 Edward Irving
213 38:50 Stephen Coy
237 39:41 Mark Iley
259 40:34 David Brown
300 41:34 Andrew Sheldon
362 43:14 Neil Chapman
397 44:15 Adrian Bastow
564 48:21 John Fenwick
623 50:21 Bradley Chapman

Jolly Holly Jog, Tue 27 Dec

Norman Bush was 80th in 45:09, 2nd V60 by just 2s!

Guisborough Woods Fell Race, Tue 27 Dec

Alison Weston reports ... - I ran the Guisborough Wood's fell race on the 27th December whilst visiting family. It is 3 laps of a 2 mile loop up and down the woods under High Cliffe and I'd forgotten quite how hard it is. Up a steep quarry and then a fast flat track before a great steep descent through the trees - 3 times!! (123rd - 53 minutes)
I would recommend it for anyone interested next year and the juniors can race at the same time and do the first lap only.

Chevin Chase, Mon 26 Dec

From Dave Wilby ... Fantastic turnout of Harriers at Chevin Chase, close to perfect underfoot conditions, bit blowy on the top towards the end. Hector Haines went toe to toe with Johnny Brownlee for a while and eventually finished 4th, think we had at least 4 in the top 30 plus no doubt some strong age group performances. Well done everyone. Provisional results from ...

(1  37:57 Jonathan Brownlee)
4   41:30 Hector Haines
15  43:58 Ben Stevens
25  45:36 Dave Wilby
27  45:41 Martin Archer
34  46:03 Stuart Pitches
44  47:06 Ralph Tench
54  47:50 Mark Mon-Williams
58  48:10 John Atkinson
75  49:09 Nick Pearce
81  49:43 Andrew Merrick
93  50:22 Rob Cunningham
101 50:37 Emma Barclay
129 52:01 Paul Stephens
154 52:56 Dick Waddington
161 53:09 Kate Archer
163 53:13 Julian Carter
182 54:05 Rebecca Mon-Williams
200 54:30 Peter Haines
201 54:34 John Hayes
206 54:41 Sally Malir
222 55:32 Natalie Curtis
244 56:09 Charles Oxtoby
260 56:32 John Coates
266 56:42 Steve Weston
290 57:47 Rachel Carter
299 58:11 Andrew Jackson   PB
302 58:14 Victoria Stevens
305 58:24 Jane Mccarthy
334 59:41 Peter Shields
363 60:35 Chris Cunningham
371 60:57 Dave Taylor
380 61:16 Sarah Haines
393 61:52 Sharon Meadows
427 63:18 Val Kerr
449 64:25 Allison Ricci
469 65:16 Adela Reperecki
476 65:39 Debbie Lewis
494 66:13 Dave Ibbotson
533 68:14 Keith Wood
543 68:33 Sophie Brown
549 68:49 Mike Picken
565 69:37 Paul Sugden
572 69:57 Diane Kitchen
580 70:22 Gaenor Coy
598 71:14 Emily Kerr
652 74:07 Andy Sarah
663 74:38 Emma O'Looney
666 74:53 Paul O'Looney
676 75:56 Mark Kerr
759 80:55 Andy Kitchen

This was a Harriers Race League counter ...

Whinberry Naze Dash, Mon 26 Dec

Lee Morley reports ... a trip back to family on Boxing Day meant a chance to have another go at the Whinberry Naze Dash in Rossendale a 4m 750ft fell race. I managed first place, beating Christmas Puddings, Turkeys, and a Sumo Santa amongst many others in fancy dress, good photos on FRA website.

1  25:28 Lee Morley
87 36:03 Graham Breeze

Christmas & New Year Running

Happy New Year everyone! What training sessions will be available to work off the Christmas Pud, you ask? Tuesday night runs will be available over the Christmas Period as ILT&SC is open on these nights, but there will be a break in Monday circuit training (until 16 Jan), Peter is taking a break on Wednesday 28th December and Jane's session will not be on 29th December ... watch the forum posts and Facebook for Xmas runs, reccies for Rombalds and Pennine Bridleway Relays, etc....

Parkruns, Sat 24 Dec

Bradford Lister Park
13 19:23 Georgia Malir
15 19:45 Rob Cunningham
34 22:52 Chris Cunningham

Birmingham Cannon Hill
130 26:39 Gemma Carpenter

Leeds Hyde Park
81  24:58 John Marshall
134 28:37 Linda Marshall

Christmas Relays, Tue 20 Dec

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The Christmas Relay is a super Harriers tradition, revived by Bernie Gibbons, friends, and family, a few years ago, and is a wonderful way to round off the year. This time we had the most entries since 2007, we think, and possibly the best fancy dress ever! Prizes went to the Teletubbies and the Skiers, and first team home was the Stevens family we think. It was lovely to see so many family teams running, and back at the Quiz after.
Vince's Christmas Quiz, now in its 2nd year, packed the ILT&SC bar. A special thank-you to the ILT&SC catering staff who magically transformed 'food for 50' to enough to feed 70 hungry runners at very short notice.

Bernie Gibbons reports ... A total of 72 runners took part in the relays, fuelled by mulled wine and mince pies. The event raised £140 for Cancer Research UK.
The quiz was won by the youth team The Girls and It, even though The ChristmasTurkeys and Nine Runners Running picked up most points. (It's Christmas.)
Many thanks to Pauline Watts, Brian Sweet, Mandy Chapman, Ros Blackburn, Amanda Parnaby, Ann Pearson, Mary Gibbons and Paul Wood who organised it all.
Merry Christmas to one and all.

Paul's photos

Manorlands latest

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At the Christmas Quiz Ilkley Harriers was able to present a cheque for £830 to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. The 5 Mile race organised by Neil Chapman on 26th November was fabulously supported by Ilkley Harriers members, and this is a remarkable result from a small race. A big thank you to everyone who contributed in any way.

Photo: Rachel Cunningham accepts the big cheque for Sue Ryder from race organiser Neil Chapman.

PECO XC Middleton Park, Sun 18 Dec

Eric Morley reports ... 240 men and 130 women turned out in this 2nd race of the series on a pleasant course of trails, wood and open parkland. Seven senior Harriers turned out on the day and finished as follows...

Hmm, New Years Resolution to have more Harriers at PECO 3 on 15 Jan? Paul

17  Jamie Hutchinson
18  Dave Wilby
47  Ian Rowbotham
51  Nick Pearce
179 Andrew Jackson
227 Don Mcrae
87  Sue Morley

The Stoop, Sun 18 Dec

Bright but cold, and the slippery conditions at Penistone meant the course was shortened to the (more popular?) out-and-back route as the alternative paths were iced up. A great turnout of Harriers young and old, full results and lots of photos on

56  37:46 Richard Joel
78  39:54 Emma Barclay
81  40:00 Dick Waddington
91  40:55 Paul Stephens
93  41:03 Norman Bush    V70 record
95  41:05 Diane Haggar
98  41:20 Paddy Hagan
102 41:31 Steve Weston
126 42:32 Jann Smith
133 42:51 Rebecca Mon-Williams
134 42:55 Ben Swinton U18
138 43:21 Alison Weston
150 44:12 George Elmes
158 44:52 Adam Swinton U18
176 46:16 Sam Wood U18
178 46:20 Val Kerr
218 49:12 Sophie Brown
232 53:16 Gemma Carpenter
236 54:33 Amanda Newham
244 56:39 Mark Kerr
248 57:15 Bernie Gibbons

Lynne Edmondson Memorial Cowm Reservoir Race, Sun 18 Dec

The Morleys were in winning ways with Lee Morley winning the race outright in 25:22, and Sally Morley 1st lady and 5th overall in 29:16

Simonside Cairns, Sun 11 Dec

Steve Turland reports ... Was up in Northumberland for a pre-Xmas family bash, so fuelled on party food and cake, I did this 11m fell race from Rothbury. Part of the race went through a dark wood where the race organiser had constructed Christmas Lights and Music. Very festive (if not a little surreal!!). I finished 3rd overall (2nd vet) out of a field of 191, so from now on, will be changing my pre race meal from pasta to sausage rolls, crisps and chocolate cake.

Gt Langdale Xmas Pudding Run, Sun 11 Dec

Jamie Hutchinson reports ... a great little race, with one 10k on the Saturday and same again on the Sunday. Starting from Sticklebarn tavern a fairly rapid run down the valley turning around a Chapel Stile before a not so rapid run back up the valley. I managed 5th overall and 2nd V40 and a time of 36.59, the race was won in just over 33 minutes. A free Xmas pud to all finishers!

Mytholmroyd Fell Race, Sun 11 Dec

Eric Morley reports ... Nick and Sue performed admirably on this muddy hard course to take the 1st Vet 55 and Ist Lady Vet 55. Full results on Halifax Harriers:

18 59:60 Nick Pearce 1st V55
89 81:45 Sue Morley  1st LV55

GWF Relays, Sat 10 Dec

Ho ho ho.Great results from Ilkley in the inaugural 'Gathering Winter Fools' relay and lots of smiles in Andrew's photos and Nicole's photos

8th 4:48:10 Ilkley 1 (1st Ladies team)
Alison Bennett and Kate Archer 1:19:20 (8)
Alison Eagle & Nicki Jaquiery 1:24:58 (8)
Val Kerr & Jo Foster 48:20 (9)
Diane Haggar & Helen Thurston 1:15:32 (19?)

18 5:57:49 Ilkley 2 (8th Mixed)
Abigail Bailey & Sue Bickerdike 1:43:51 (20)
Nick Page & Dougie Scarfe 1:58:21 (20)
Annabel Bailey & Louise Burdett 1:05:28 (21)
Joyce Marshall & Lynn Donahue 1:10:09 (14)

19 5:58:51 Ilkley 3 (9th Mixed)
Matthew Rutter & Alex Bailey 1:45:26 (21)
John & Nicole Dillon 1:56:44 (18)
Rebecca Moores & Claire Macina 1:03:09 (20)
Paul Sugden & Emma O'Looney 1:13:42 (18)

(Help, are these legs correct?)

23 teams took part

Full results here

Parkruns, Sat 10 Dec

8 Robert Cunningham was 8th in 19:50 at the Finsbury park (London?) event.

West Yorkshire XC, Sun 4 Dec

Results from the final race at Wakefield ...

8  20:43 Sally Morley
20 21:58 Emma Barclay
24 22:20 Diane Haggar
40 23:26 Helen Thurston
44 23:33 Kate Archer
52 24:18 Sally Malir
54 24:46 Alison Eagle
78 28:45 Sue Morley
80 29:44 Bernie Gibbons
81 29:45 Gemma Carpenter
3rd team

44  36:32 Dave Westhead
53  37:05 Jim Ryder
85  39:26 Dave Cummings
89  39:35 Mark Iley
105 40:30 Steve Coy
140 43:58 George Elmes
146 44:54 Bradley Chapman
178 50:25 Nick Mellor
179 51:17 Eric Morley
9th team

27 junior Harriers competed, results soon on the junior pages

Diane Haggar reports .... LADIES TAKE BRONZE IN COMPLETE RUNNER XC LEAGUE Another fantastic turnout of 10 ladies at Wakefield. Sally and Emma again spearheaded the team with myself and Helen T the other scorers. We improved one team place to take 3rd team on the day. The importance of completing a team at every race was underlined when Bingley failed to do so, thus elevating Ilkley to 3rd team overall for the 4 race series.
We also collected several individual league awards:
1st V55 Sue Morley
2nd V55 Bernie Gibbons
2nd V45 Diane Haggar
3rd V45 Sally Malir
3rd V40 Emma Barclay
3rd V35 Sally Morley

Dave Westhead adds ... the men, despite the significant absence of Tom Adams, turned out a good team for a muddy slog round Thornes Park, and a creditable final team league position of 6th. There were some excellent individual league results as well.
19th M35 Steve Coy
1st M40 Dave Westhead
5th M45 Jim Ryder
8th M45 Dave Cummings
12th M45 Mark Iley
23rd M45 George Elmes
10th M55 Eric Morley

Bolton By Bowland Fell Race, Sun 4 Dec

Sharon Meadows reports ... This race would appeal to all those that like running through lots of very wet and muddy fields. Quite like a long cross country race, being 8 miles with 800 ft of ascent. Very well organised with a meal and a hosepipe at the end all for £3.00. There were also lots of prizes, and for the fast ones the challenge of beating the course record which has stood for 22 years! 1st 48:30, 1st female: 59:33, me 79:06

Nick Pearce adds... official results now posted here. Looks like five Harriers enjoyed the mud fest amongst 162 hardy souls...

(1st  Tom Cornthwaite 48:30)
28th  Nick Pearce     58:02
68th  Norman Bush     66:47
96th  John Coates     71:15
123rd Graham Breeze   75:09
135th Sharon Meadows  79:06

Barbados 10k, Sat 3 Dec

Chris Cunningham reports some warm-weather results (26 Brits amongst the 357 finishers, full results here).

31  42:10 Rob Cunningham (2nd Brit)
74  48:51 Chris Cunningham
301 75:38 Rachel Cunningham

Parkruns, Sat 3 Dec

John Marshall was 148th in 28:06 at Leeds Hyde Park.

Rudolph's Romp, Sat 3 Dec

Amanda Parnaby reports ... 24 miles in and around the Yorkshire Wolds with tremendous weather for time of year, especially compared with last year which was postponed until March. Debbie Lewis completed in 4 hrs 27 mins and I completed in 5 hrs 59 mins.

Older News, November 2011

Harrier of the Month, November

Nominations were:
Emma Barclay for breaking the elusive 40 mins for a 10k - on the Dalby Dash which was a trail race as well, and coming a close 2nd lady. Also for good XC results;
Dave Wilby for recent race results incl. Tour of Pendle;
Martin Archer for recent race results incl. Burley Moor run win;
Jim Ryder for four excellent and consistent runs in the Complete Runner XC series, making a great contribution to the team and finishing 5th M45 in the league;
Di Haggar for her Tour of Pendle result and West Yorkshire x/c results;
Jez Hellewell for his 1st in his 1st ultra race;
Will Buckton, new member, for his dedication to training and enthusiasm for taking part in quite a few races recently, including the Full Tour of Pendle, which was a real toughie!
Chris Cunningham for his PB's at Scarborough, Abbey Dash and the 5 mile road race;
Abigail Bailey for recent races including two marathons and contribution to organising teams, dedication to training and for motivating people to get involved who would not normally;
Dave Millson for his PB at the 5 mile road race;
Andy Jackson for his Abbey Dash PB

The HoM awards went to Emma Barclay and Will Buckton. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running gear from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

PECO XC, Ackworth, Sun 27 Nov

A surprisingly low turnout for the first race in the PECO season, but those who ran enjoyed a glorious sunny day and a pleasant, undulating course.

17  Natalie Curtis
64  Sue Morley
115 Kate Lofthouse
140 Lyn Eden

51  Nick Pearce
134 George Elmes
158 Andy Jackson
163 Paul Wood
180 Eric Morley
188 Jim Eden

Photos: senior Harriers, all seniors, (full junior results and photos on the Junior Pages).

11 juniors running, with Euan Brennan 1st U11 with 4 Harriers in the first 5, Lucy Williamson 1st girl in her race and Ed Bickerdike 4th.

Sue Ryder 5 Mile Race, Sat 26 Nov

Ilkley Harriers 5 mile race to raise funds for the Manorlands Hospice at Oxenhope went very well today, thanks to many willing helpers and despite the slightly miserable weather - thank you to everyone who ran, marshalled, baked cakes, or helped organiser Neil Chapman in any way.

Sue Ryder is the hospice that helped former Harrier Alan Pearson, so this cause was also selected by Nick and Pete after their recent "Challenge" - if you were inspired by their Challenge efforts, and did not have a chance to make a donation at the race, we will bring the collecting tin to Tuesday Club night.

Results and photos on the race page.

This was an Ilkley harriers Race League counter.

ParkRun, Sat 26 Nov

Sally Malir was 12th in 21:09 at Bradford Lister Park.

Ben Rhydding Primary School XC, Sat 26 Nov

Some 450 youngsters took part in another well-organised race, results and League tables on the Junior Pages

West Yorkshire XC 3, Shipley, Sun 20 Nov

Diane Haggar reports ... Another great result from the ladies. Being a little weary after the Full Tour i decided not to run. Helen Thurston continued her excellent debut season by moving up to 23rd, and Kate Archer is returning to form with 32nd. Combined with Sally and Emma, Ilkley repeated 4th place again beating Bingley. Well done all.
Jack Wood led the men to a fantastic 6th place. Jack had also had an outstanding run run at Pendle the day before. For a brief moment i had comtemplated "the double" as well, until my other half pointed out that I was more than twice Jack's age!!
Also some fine junior results incl wins from U17 Georgia Malir and U11 Francis Westhead, 36 juniors competing.

Senior Ladies
8  26:46 Sally Morley
18 28:33 Emma Barclay
23 29:02 Helen Thurston
32 29:42 Kate Archer
37 30:00 Sally Malir
78 35:49 Sue Morley
85 40:12 Gemma Carpenter
4th team

18  33:24 Jack Wood
36  34:50 David Westhead
45  35:27 Jim Ryder
56  36:22 Dave Cummings
58  36:34 Mark Mon-Williams
80  37:53 Mark Iley
85  38:50 Steve Coy
120 42:10 Bradley Chapman
130 43:04 George Elmes
147 48:33 Eric Morley
5th team

Leeds Abbey Dash, Sun 20 Nov

Henry Heavisides reports A good turnout of Ilkley Harriers for this morning's misty Abbey Dash. As usual it was a fast & furious race out to Kirkstall Abbey & back. Jamie Hutchinson was 1st Ilkley runner to finish, followed by Andrew Merrick & Justin Phillips. In the age category results I was 2nd M55 with Nick Pearce 3rd M55 (Nick was a couple of seconds quicker on chip timing, but category placings are based on gun times), Ken Souyave was 4th M60 & Andrew Merrick 6th M50. I'm sure that there will have been lots of PBs, notably Andrew Sheldon was a couple of minutes inside his PB.
Results here.

(1   29:20 Jonathan Taylor, Morpeth Harriers)
170  36:11 Jamie Hutchinson
239  37:16 Andrew Merrick
244  37:22 Justin Phillips
310  37:42 Nick Pearce
271  37:44 Henry Heavisides
408  39:11 Daniel Ibbotson  1st ever 10k!
462  39:33 David Brown
494  39:48 Ken Souyave
531  39:49 Rob Cunningham
555  40:15 Andrew Sheldon  PB
669  41:57 Adrian Bastow
769  42:41 Jane Bryant
958  43:02 Nigel Tapper
1133 43:39 David Howe
1006 43:46 Michael Duffield
1101 44:32 Andrew Jackson  PB by 1 min 48 secs
1183 44:48 Helen Horton
1126 44:50 Chris Cunningham
1433 45:58 Anna Nolan
1576 46:18 Martin Wright
1514 47:19 David Ibbotson
1693 47:52 Liz Price
1888 48:05 Anna Barlow
1564 48:28 John Marshall
1666 48:29 Allison Ricci
1975 48:32 Hilda Coulsey
1774 49:32 Mike Picken
3028 51:24 Anthony Swanepoel
2161 51:32 Andrea Westhead
3015 52:12 Kevin Wardale
3214 52:52 Stephanie Millward
3269 53:23 Alison Frost
3961 55:54 Jacqui Weston
2958 55:56 Keith Wood
3706 58:28 Sally Wright
4485 57:24 Linda Marshall  PB
5628 66:44 Rachel Cunningham

Tour of Pendle Fell Race, Sat 19 Nov

Alison Weston reports fabulous results from Ilkley Harriers at the Tour of Pendle, a 16.8 mile race with 4830' climbing. We left the mist in Ilkley behind and enjoyed a clear, mild day for the race (for a change!!) Ten Harriers took part with some very impressive results - particulary Dave Wilby (12th overall) and Di Haggar (9th lady in a strong field).

12 2:38 Dave Wilby
   2:42 Jack Wood
   2:44 Steve Turland (6th V40)
   3:12 Di Haggar (9th Lady, 5th FV45)
   3:20 Steve Weston
   3:24 Alison Weston
   3:29 Jann Smith  (her first 'AL' event!)
   3:38 Will Buckton
   4:01 Clare Smith
   tbc Alistair Wood

Rosedale 40 Mile Ultra, Sat 19 Nov

Jez Hellewell reports ... had a stunning morning out in The North Yorkshire Moors for my first ultra. Somehow came 1st in 6 hours 16 minutes. The euphoria is soon to be taken over by tiredness I'm sure.

Harriers Vs Cyclists, Sat 19 Nov

Lee Morley reports ... another running of Bingley's Harriers versus Cyclists, where both runners and cyclists (cross/mountain bike) compete over the same course. Tom Adams was first runner back, which seemed likely at the start the as whole field lost sight of him after the first 100m. Unfortunately for us runners the day suited the cyclists with 10 seconds coming off the course record and 14 cyclists in the top 20 - Toms fine run putting him 3rd overall.

(1  32:09 Ian Taylor, Craven Energy)
3   34:18 Tom Adams  1st runner
21  38:02 Lee Morley
35  40:14 Martin Archer
36  40:19 Ian Rowbotham
40  40:42 Iain Gibbons
138 53:23 Ben Swinton
142 54:07 Graham Breeze
145 54:43 Adam Swinton

Predictor Run, Tue 15 Nov

A record field enjoyed Richard Gray's Predictor Run. Thanks to Richard, and to Steve Fletcher and Eddie Winslow for helping. The best 'Predictor' was Phil Judd, who was within 3s of his predicted time. Full results here.

Lido Relays, Sun 13 Nov

Results here.

See Andrew Bennett's photos

Thanks from Peter Shields ... Not the best of days weather wise but as usual when the call comes Ilkley Harriers raise their game and turn out in style, thank you. Morgan and Alison got everyone registered; Eric, Sue and Rebecca kept the traffic at bay while we got on the road and all the marshalls and young Weston kept us safe and going in the right direction, not a nice day to be out there so well done; Diane was on hand to mend our wounds which luckily weren't too many; Neil, Michael, Tony and Malcolm got the timing spot on, a difficult task in a relay and Paul got the results out faster than you could eat your sandwiches! The food was excellent and enough to go round for everyone, Christine, Liz and Jane looked after us all really well and presented us with £66.71 for our charity collection.
Then there were the runners, thanks, to Bingley, Otley and the un-attached runners for bringing teams and the Ilkley squads who gave their all, hope you enjoyed it. Congratulations to all the team class winners, and to Nathaniel Williams and Sally Morley who have set splendid records (beating the YVAA RR records on the same course in 2009 and 2010, Sally actually beating her own record of 18:48 by some 20 seconds). We are going to try and develop this event, as the racing calender needs a short road relay that is open to all, hopefully our contributions today will set that off. Finally thanks to Neil Chapman for all his help as ever.

Dalby Dash, Sun 13 Nov

Emma Barclay reports ... a 10k Trail Race in Dalby Forest near Pickering. Very well organised and the proceeds go to Help the Heroes. A hilly course but fairly good under foot. I was 2nd lady, 1st LV40 Ð 39:51

Wadsworth Half Trog, Sat 12 Nov

Eric Morley reports ... an excellent clear day for trogging and an altered route due to a pheasant shoot, Sue Morley completed the half trog at Wadsworth, with the run actually being 10 miles and the climb somewhat less than advertised.

1   1:07:25 James Logue, CVFR
129 2:20:18 Sue Morley

Burley Moor run, Sat 12 Nov

Quite a few Harriers in this, with Martin Archer winning for a second year (and 2 minutes faster!). Any more Harriers in these results? (Also spotted former Harrier Jonathan Sage 21st in 56:03). Dick says "a very good race, well run with a friendly atmosphere".

1   47:43 Martin Archer
8   52:30 Richard Joel
28  56:54 Helen Thurston (4th lady)
32  57:18 Dick Waddington
41  58:47 Will Buckton
60  61:24 Richard Morris
64  62:25 John Coates
78  63:49 Nicole Dillon
79  63:49 John Dillon
88  65:39 Andrew Jackson
118 71:07 Jim Towers
134 74:35 Lynn Donahue
141 75:34 Liz Price
149 77:29 Abigail Bailey
150 77:21 Sue Bickerdike
175 89:16 Lyn Eden
183 finished

Primary Schools XC, Sat 12 Nov

Nearly 550 Primary School children competed in the second race in the Wharfedale Primary Schools XC League, including many junior Harriers and their litle brothers and sisters, and many from Harriers families. Results on the junior pages.

Derwentwater 10, Sun 6 Nov

From Dave Ibbotson 4 Harriers plus a guest from Otley AC travelled over to the Lakes last Sunday 6 November to take part in the tough Derwentwater 10 mile race. The race was run in perfect still, cool but sunny conditions. Christine Cox ran well over the hilly course and led the Harriers home.

1     49:03 Yared Hagos, Brad & Aire. (Record)
5     53:44 Ian Fisher, Otley AC (1st male over 40)
315 1:23:08 Christine Cox
333 1:24:58 David Ibbotson
335 1:25:29 Andy Wolfenden
355 1:27:34 Jane Guillard

New York City Marathon, Sun 6 Nov

1,904  3:08:26  Andrew Merrick 
26,282 4:30:07  Michelle Snow

Guy Fawkes 10, Sun 6 Nov

26   1:04:28 Alexander Sinclair
50   1:07:29 Jonathan Sinclair
94   1:11:28 Sally Malir  1st F45
150  1:15:01 Kate Archer
176  1:16:54 Adrian Bastow
232  1:19:58 Peter Shields
246  1:20:28 Alison Bennett 3rd F50
287  1:22:28 Dougie Scarfe
358  1:25:55 Debbie Lewis
366  1:16:15 Adela Reperecki
448  1:30:00 Paul Sugden
550  1:34:45 Sue Bickerdike
560  1:35:06 Bernie Gibbons
624  1:38:25 Michael Picken
663  1:42:02 Andrew Bennett

Shepherd's Skyline, Sat 5 Nov

Clare Smith reports there was a good turnout today for this muddy 6.25 mile/1150ft run which included a steep descent off Stoodley Pike for the kamikaze descenders, immediately followed by a stiff climb back up the hill There was lots of slipping and sinking - better entertainment for the spectators than for the participants!

(1  42:24 Ian Holmes, Bingley)
24  48:33 Steve Turland
36  50:10 Mark Mon-Williams
37  50:18 Jim Ryder
39  50:31 Ian Rowbotham
72  54:11 Duncan Cooper
196 63:53 Will Buckton
232 66:41 Graham Arthur
271 69:36 Clare Smith
300 73:40 Sophie Brown
312 75:41 Sue Morley

This was a IH League race.

Photos on and

Leeds parkrun, Sat 5 Nov

Jack Wood recorded the first ever Parkrun outright win for Ilkley Harriers (Georgia Malir has been first lady) at Hyde Park on Saturday, in a field of 264 participants.

1   16:50 Jack Wood
15  18:21 Stephen Coy
107 24:11 John Marshall

Older News, October 2011

Harrier of the Month, October

Nominations were:
Martin Wright - 5 marathons in 5 weeks to raise money for charity
Mark Mon-Williams - assisting an injured runner in the Langdale Horseshoe fell race
Norman Bush - recent V70 fell results incl. Gt Whernside

The HoM awards went to Martin Wright and Mark Mon-Williams. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running gear from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Lausanne Marathon, Sun 30 Oct

Martin Wright completed his 5th marathon in 5 weeks, finishing in 4:12:38 at Lausanne, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

Bronte Way, Sun 30 Oct

KCAC's 8m point to point fell race ...

(1  55:13 Lee Athersmith, Bingley)
11  58:40 Martin Archer
18  60:10 Jez Hellewell
30  64:50 Toni Melechi
74  73:36 Jann Smith
90  76:18 Jo Foster
99  79:08 Sharon Williams
100 79:44 Graham Breeze
122 84:22 Adela Reperecki
129 85:31 Debbie Lewis

McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k, Sun 30 Oct

71   40:57 Rob Cunningham
244  46:11 Chris Cunningham
417  50:21 Christine Cox
817  60:03 Greg Wright
1007 67:04 Rachel Cunningham

Guisborough Three Tops, Sun 30 Oct

John Hayes reports ... By chance (well, in fact, with a bit of skilled manipulation on my part) we were up in the Guisborough area at the weekend which allowed me to take in this race on the Sunday. Sarah and I ran round the route at a leisurely pace on the Saturday. In many ways, this is the way to do it as the summit of Roseberry Topping (a sort of North Yorkshire Moors mini-Matterhorn) demands that you stop to admire the stunning panoramic view. The fell race itself sets off at a frantic pace and stays that way all the way through! It takes in lovely scenery around a great route and is run by very friendly local organisers. This makes the Three Tops something of a gem of a fell race which I recommend to all Harriers.

(1  65:21  Mike Fanning, Borrowdale AC)
70  86:16 John Hayes 
103 96:22 John Coates

Accrington 10K, Sun 30 Oct

Ken Souyave reports ... after 2 1/2 hours of difficult mountain biking in Gisburn on Friday I decided to cross into Lancashire again to do this road race. A well organised event though not a particularly attractive route. Long ups and down make this a relatively difficult course but nothing severe. 350 runners with the winning time 33:30. I was 39th in 41:25 and nice to get back on the road after the interesting experience of Withins!!

OMM, 29-30 Oct

First report from Dave Wilby ... Looks like a few Harriers were in the prizes at OMM: Hector Haines & Jack Wood in Elite (awesome!!), Stuart Pitches 6th in A class, Mark & Rebecca Mon-Williams in A class, Outi K plus Peter & Chloe Haines in B class. Probably more too. Grim day all day yesterday, better today. Toughest race of the year so well done to all.

Click here to read Mark's personal tale of pain ...

7   12:39:07 Hector Haines & Jack Wood

A Class
6   12:28:40 Stuart Pitches + 1 
13  15:22:52 Mark & Rebecca Mon-Williams  1st Mixed team

B Class
14  12:12:53 Outi Kamarainen + 1
17  12:30:19 Peter & Chloe Haines 2nd Mixed team

C Class
26  12:52:54 Joyce Marshall & Nicky Jaquiery

Long Score
64  12:41:27 Kevin & Rachael Gooch

Any I've missed?

Complete Runner WYXC, Sat 29 Oct

Full results here ...

See Andrew Bennett's photos

(1 24:53 Laura Kirk, Skyrac)
8  26:35 Sally Morley
18 27:56 Emma Barclay
20 28:03 Diane Haggar
27 28:40 Helen Thurston
38 29:22 Sally Malir
47 30:20 Kate Archer
48 30:22 Alison Bennett
84 34:01 Sue Morley
94 37:51 Bernie Gibbons
96 39:17 Gemma Carpenter
99 45:01 Lyn Eden
4th team

(1  32:42 Simon Deakin, Leeds City)
50  38:09 David Westhead
57  38:47 Jim Ryder
74  39:36 Jamie Hitchinson
81  40:02 Ian Rowbotham
87  40:25 Dave Cummings
109 41:41 Mark Iley
154 45:29 Adam Bennett
167 47:38 George Elmes
173 48:44 Peter Shields
179 50:02 Nic Mellor
183 51:40 Eric Morley
189 55:34 Jim Towers
8th team

Amongst the many fine junior results, Georgia Malir won the U17 race, Sarah Pickering was 3rd U13 with Ilkley 3rd team, and Francis Westhead and Ilkley won the 1st race of the day, in the U11 race.

Great Whernside fell race, Sat 29 Oct

Report from Alison Weston... Ilkley Harriers fielded a good number of runners back at Kettlewell today for the Great Whernside race which was the Yorkshire Championship race this year. No Yorkshire Championship medals for Ilkley but good results none-the-less, with special mention to Norman Bush taking 1st Vet 70 (and also Vet 60 I believe).

49  39:17 Nick Pearce
75  41:38 Richard Joel
82  42:27 Norman Bush
108 44:56 Paul Stephens
110 45:05 Chris Oxlade
117 45:42 Alison Weston
121 45:56 Sarah Haines
122 46:02 Will Buckton
126 46:11 Neil Smith
142 48:43 Clare Smith
149 50:05 Val Kerr
167 57:15 Sophie Brown

This was a IH League race.

Photos on

Parkruns, Sat 29 Oct

Henry Heavisides finish 9th out of 274 runners in 18:49 at Leeds Hyde Park

At Middlesbrough Albert Park, John Marshall was 92nd out of 323 in 24:05, and Linda Marshall was 197th in 28:40

Withins Skyline fell race, Sun 23 Oct

Lots of Harriers young and old at the first of the Woodentops races. Lots of photos on, our results below .. (we hear we missed the ladies team prize by just 1 point).

Click for photos
15  47:59 Steve Turland
39  50:56 Jim Ryder
59  52:52 Nick Pearce
139 59:01 Sally Malir
150 59:35 Peter Haines
153 59:47 Paul Stephens
163 60:21 Kelly Harrison
167 60:34 Sarah Haines
175 61:07 Kate Archer
177 61:12 Ken Souyave
180 61:19 Sharon Williams
183 61:50 Alison Weston
188 62:08 Jann Smith
245 66:46 George Elmes
260 67:49 Andrew Jackson
265 68:19 Chloe Haines
275 69:37 Adela Reperecki
284 71:17 Sue Morley
291 72:21 Sophie Brown

Amongst the many junior results ...
Tom Robertshaw was 3rd U8
Sarah Pickering won the U12 girls
Lucy Williamson was 2nd U14 girl
Georgia Malir was 2nd U16 girl

Marato del Mediterrani, Barcelona, Sun 23 Oct

An intrepid band of Harriers popped over to Barcelona ... read Sue's snippet.

157  4:11:08 Martin Wright

Half Marathon
56   1:23:33 Andrew Merrick
236  1:30:55 Alex Hirst
456  1:35:46 Nigel Tapper
526  1:37:06 Stephen Rhodes
580  1:38:09 Phil Hirst
708  1:40:33 Jane Bryant
805  1:42:11 Helen Horton
1017 1:45:44 Charles Oxtoby
1631 2:00:52 Matthew Rutter
1634 2:00:53 Sue Bickerdike
1750 2:07:41 Emma O'Looney

832    49:27 Anna Nolan
1780   58:00 Jacqui Weston

This was Martin's 4th marathon in 4 weeks, just one more to go though to make '5 marathons in 5 weeks' raising funds for Cancer Research UK, more on the forums

Race You To The Summit, Sat 22 Oct

John Coates was 29th in 41:31 at this Ogden race.

Leeds Hyde Park Parkrun, Sat 22 Oct

193 28:00 Gemma Carpenter

Lakeland Classics Trophy 2011, update

From Neil Smith ... The Lakeland Classics Trophy was established in 2002 with the aim of encouraging participation in long category A Lakeland fell races. Six races are included: Duddon Valley, Ennerdale and Wasdale (categorised as Super Long), and Borrowdale, Three Shires and Langdale (usually categorised as Long, although Borrowdale was classed as a Super Long this year since the date for Ennerdale and Duddon clashed). Three races count towards accumulated points but at least two must be Super Long races. Points are awarded based on finish times rather than positions. Ilkley was 16th team this year, with points from Duddon Valley, Borrowdale and Langdale counting.
Clare Smith was 15th in the L/LV40 category, having also run at Duddon, Borrowdale and Langdale.

English Schools Fell Running Champs, Sun 16 Oct

From Sally Malir ... Georgia Malir had another fantastic run on Sunday in The English Schools fell running championships. Georgia ran her heart out to gain a FRA bronze medal against some very stiff competition, she even fell in some woods and had her shoe fall off but let nothing deter her from receiving a medal!
The races were in Cockermouth Cumbria and involved juniors from years 7 to 13. There were 340 competitors and all courses were testing. Georgia's race was 4 miles long with steep climbs and muddy decents. She was 3rd girl, 23rd overall out of 76 boys and girls years 10 and 11.

Abingdon Marathon, Sun 16 Oct

Martin Wright reports ... I'm tired! Just two more to go though to make '5 marathons in 5 weeks' for Cancer Research UK, more on the forums
642nd in 4:16:39

BOFRA Malham Charity Relays, Sun 16 Oct

Jez Hellewell reports ... What a lovely little event. Went up with my son, Jacob, Toni & Tilly Melechi. Turn up, your name goes in to a hat & teams of three are drawn out randomly. I was drawn with Tilly & a lady called Kate from Wharfedale Harriers. Toni was with Logan Hargreaves & another chap from Wharfedale. Jacob was with "an old man & an old lady" as he put it. I did explain about the taking part etc. Anyway, Logan took his team into an early, & ultimately unassailable, lead. Toni had too big an advantage as I started the ascent & all I could manage was to move up a place in to 2nd as Toni & his team took the glory. Tilly & Jacob both ran very strong legs on what is a very short & sharp little course. Tilly has come 2nd two weekends on the trot now & seems to have got the race "bug". Neil Chapman has been tentatively trying to get Tilly to race for about two years now & it looks like he's finally cracked it. Not many teams entered, but it's not often you get the chance to race against your 11 year old son on the fells, so very pleased to have gone up to Malham for this one. Well done to Norman Bush who looked fresh as a daisy trotting down to the finish!

Palma Half Marathon, Sun 16 Oct

From Alison Frost ... Palma de Mallorca Half Marathon A wonderful well organised race and all round great experience in the sunshine. What better way to spend a sunday morning followed by cava and tapas!
206th place in 1h56:08 (49th F40)

Round Rotherham 50 Mile Trail Race, Sun 16 Oct

Sharon Meadows reports ... Another beautiful day for this sometimes scenic, sometimes not 50 mile trail race. This is a really well organised race with lots of food and drink stations and a meal at the end, everyone is very friendly making this an ideal event if you are thinking of doing your first 50. The terrain is mainly track and fields with a bit of road and it's slightly undulating not too hilly, so it's very runnable.
Sharon Meadows: 10h40
Amanda Parnaby: 13h14

UKA British Fell & Hill Relays, Sat 15 Oct

Results from Sportident below (thanks Clare), Graham Weston's photos here, more photos on Sportsunday.

20th in 3:53:26  Ilkley Harriers AC Senior Men's 'A'
36:48 (17th), 1:24:24 (38th), 1:11:34 (20th), 40:40 (8th)
Dave Wilby/Jamie Hutchinson/Mark Mon-Williams/Jack Wood/Lee Morley/Tom Adams

73rd in 4:25:43  Ilkley Harriers AC V40 Men's 'A'
43:46 (88th), 1:26:34 (50th), 1:25:35 (89th), 49:48 (65th)
Steve Weston/Derek Fuller/Jim Ryder/Eddie Winslow/Duncan Cooper/Nick Pearce

84th in 4:33:20  Ilkley Ladies Open A (5th ladies team)
44:02 (93rd), 1:38:36 (117th), 1:18:23 (53rd),52:19 (83rd)
Kelly Harrison/Sally Malir/Emma Barclay/Helene Whitaker/
Tracy Greenway/Sally Morley

121st in 4:58:24  Ilkley Ladies Vet
50:27 (151st), 1:37:28 (112th), 1:28:54 (104th),  1:01:35 (164th)
Clare Smith/Nicky Jaquiery/Alison Eagle/Rebecca Mon-Williams/Alison
Weston/Jann Smith

182 teams took part

Leeds parkrun, Sat 15 Oct

96 John Marshall 23:55

England Athletics Award Winner, Wed 12 Oct


Well done to Shirley Wood, who was presented with a top award for 'Services to Volunteering' by England Athletics. Shirley is, of course, the driving force behind our massively popular and succesful junior section at Ilkley Harriers, but has also helped support junior athletics more widely through her work with the Bradford Athletics Network.

Complete Runner West Yorkshire XC, Nunroyd Park, Sun 9 Oct

Diane Haggar reports... a great start to the Cross Country season. The ladies took 5th team led in by Sally Morley in 9th place, followed by Emma Barclay, Diane Haggar & Sally Malir. Altogether 12 Ilkley ladies finished - well done all. Our men were an excellent 6th team led in, yet again, by Tom adams in 5th place. See you all again on 29th Oct at York...
Our juniors put on an outstanding show: Georgia Malir (U17 girls), Sarah Pickering (U13 girls) and Francis Westhead (U11 boys) won their races. The U11 boys won their team event, the U13 girls were 2nd team and the U15 girls 4th. Ilkley scored teams in 5 of the 8 age junior events (see report on the junior pages)
Full results now available here.

(1 22:18 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth)
9  23:41 Sally Morley
15 24:47 Emma Barclay
23 25:18 Diane Haggar
40 26:02 Sally Malir
41 26:06 Helen Thurston
48 26:19 Helene Whitaker
49 26:23 Alison Eagle
55 27:24 Kate Archer
59 27:48 Jane Bryant
66 28:01 Alison Bennett
80 29:29 Sue Morley
99 29:33 Bernie Gibbons
5th team

(1  29:33 Simon Deakin, Leeds City)
5   30:58 Tom Adams
61  35:20 David Westhead
76  36:24 Jamie Hutchinson
81  36:41 Jim Ryder
85  36:54 Ian Rowbotham
90  37:11 Steve Coy
94  37:20 Mark Iley
96  37:25 Dave Cummings
108 37:59 Malcolm Pickering
172 42:20 Arthur Reilly
186 43:27 George Elmes
199 45:01 Peter Shields
210 48:09 Jim Towers
211 48:25 Eric Morley
6th team

Click for photos

Chester Marathon, Sun 9 Oct

Adela Reperecki reports ... A few Harriers took part in the Chester Marathon:

222  3:19:05 Rob Cunningham  
1065 4:00:08 Roddy Macdonald 
1206 4:06:34 Dougie Scarfe   
1232 4:08:26 Adela Reperecki 
1250 4:09:23 Debbie Lewis   
1659 4:29:35 Martin Wright   

Beefy's Nab, Sun 9 Oct

Toni Melechi reports ... A baptism of mud, wind and rain awaited Tilly Melechi on the Oxenhope fells. In her first ever outing in a Harriers vest, she finished first U14 in the three-mile race, only 1 second behind the winner of the senior ladies.

(1  21:09 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
23  27:31 Toni Melechi
25  27:33 Tilly Melechi
32  29:29 Graham Breeze

BUPA Great Yorkshire Run, Sun 9 Oct

From Ken Souyave ... the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run is a large well organised event on a relatively flat course but with a sting in the tail with 2 climbs in the last K just when at your weakest. Slight headwind out but the rain held off. I ran 40:59 and was first vet 60. Didn't spot any other Ilkley Harriers. This would be a good event for the regular 10K road runners as similar to Abbey Dash.

Langdale Horseshoe, Sat 8 Oct

Dave Wilby reports ... 14m/4000ft, offering one of the finest courses in the fell running calendar, the Langdale Horseshoe is the traditional end of season farewell to the long lakeland races. It proved as popular as ever this year, with 500 entries being taken in advance, including a bumper crop of 16 Harriers all up for the challenge. A terrible weather forecast may have curtailed a few ambitions, but those that turned up were treated to a gruelling yet glorious race requiring the full range of fell running skills. The weather was largely fine on the day, although the course was frequently shrouded in mist, and the underfoot conditions were soggy to say the least. A combination of soft boggy ground, and greasy boulder fields saw a large number of competitors returning with superficial war wounds, and a couple with slightly more serious injuries, but luckily the Harriers seemed to get off reasonably unscathed and all I spoke to had enjoyed their day out.
The winner was Carl Bell who has been a revelation this season on the fells, and who ran clear of the pack on the final descent. The ladies were led home by Hazel Robinson who had a comfortable gap at the finish. All Harriers acquitted themselves very well indeed with the ladies taking 2nd team, but a special mention must go to Mark Mon-Williams who sacrificed his own race to go to the aid of a seriously injured runner
Scores on the doors were:

(1  2:09:13 Carl Bell, Howgill)
10  2:17:14 Dave Wilby
29  2:33:50 Jack Wood
(40 2:36:57 Hazel Robinson, Ambleside)
68  2:47:12 Stuart Pitches 
69  2:47:13 Andy Brook-Dobson
115 3:02:54 Alistair Barlow
189 3:21:51 Rebecca Mon-Williams
211 3:24:58 John Hayes
215 3:25:27 Kelly Harrison
234 3:34:58 Clare Smith
235 3:34:59 Neil Smith
238 3:36:26 Dick Waddington
331 4:23:30 Jane McCarthy

Full results are available at

Primary Schools XC, Sat 8 Oct

Over 620 Primary School children competed in the first race in the Wharfedale Primary Schools XC League, including many junior Harriers and their litle brothers and sisters, and many from Harriers families. Results on the junior pages.

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relays, Sun 2 Oct

Commiserations to the ladies' team - running well enough for 3rd place but for a punching error? resulting in disqualification. We've had an unlucky few years on IHMR, with the men's team suffering injury last year. But well done to everyone on strong runs. Hopefully a full report in the newsletter.
Results from SportIdent.

37 5:03:09 Ilkley Harriers
32   43:43 Steve Weston, Iain Gibbons
42 1:33:39 Jack Wood, Lee Morley
44 1:22:30 Jamie Hutchinson, Mark Mon-Williams
19 1:23:17 Tom Adams, Dave Wilby

Ilkley Harriers Ladies
DSQ        Kelly Harrison, Helen Ilsley
48 1:37:50 Sally Morley, Emma Barclay
55 1:25:06 Alison Weston, Nicky Jacquiery
36 1:29:36 Andrea Priestley, Helene Whitaker

Loch Ness Marathon, Sun 2 Oct

892  3:58:20 Martin Wright
1598 4:33:15 Abigail Bailey

Bradford Half Marathon, Sun 2 Oct

Results are online ...

19  1:29:29 Andrew Merrick 2nd V50
57  1:37:34 Duncan Cooper
132 1:47:20 David Howe
181 1:52:44 Chris Cunningham
204 1:54:32 Tim Ratcliffe
238 1:58:02 Sue Bickerdike
237 1:58:04 Nick Page
272 2:00:18 Paul Sugden
298 2:03:28 Michelle Snow
385 2:11:10 Emma O’Looney

See Wendy Carlyle's photos

Harewood 10, Sun 2 Oct

31   69:54 Nick Pearce 3rd V50
126  79:17 John Dillon
173  84:34 Nicole Dillon
185  85:49 Nicholas Mellor
225  89:40 David Cockshott
236  90:42 Hilda Coulsey  2nd LV55
361 106:22 Helen Turner

5 mile race
3   32:36 Steve Coy
22  43:24 Alison Ricci
50  52:59 Sally Wright

2 mile race
13  13:53 Dominic Coy 3rd U10

Brussels Half Marathon, Sun 2 Oct

Henry Heavisides reports ... it was a bit too hot to run a half marathon today in Brussels (28 degrees), but nontheless 5261 people completed the course. I was 201st in 1:31:02 (3rd M55) - just happy to get round without dehydration or injury.

Sandstone Trail Race, Sun 2 Oct

Val Kerr reports ... this hilly trail race covers 17.1 miles of the 30 mile Sandstone Trail in Cheshire. Most of the 2150 ft of ascent takes place within the first 7 miles where the long distance footpath follows the sandstone ridge through deciduous woods and past two historic sites, Peckforton and Beeston castle. The A race then joins up with the shorter 10 mile B race at Beeston to follow the footpath over fields for the next 5 miles, with runners having to negotiate many stiles and kissing gates along the way. The race has a final sting in the tail at 12 miles, with several smaller but significant climbs, mainly on loose sand worn away from the sandstone, before dropping down to the finish in Delamere Forest. I had my own personal reasons for doing this race and was pleased to get to the finish on what turned out to be a very warm and humid day.

(Winner 1:52:37)
131 2:52:59 Val Kerr     

Parkruns, Sat 1 Oct

Bradford Lister Park
2  19:10 Georgia Malir  1st lady
10 21:19 Sally Malir

Leeds Hyde Park
120 24:22 John Marshall

Older News, September 2011

Harrier of the Month, September

Nominations were:
Peter Shields and Nick Pearce - Scafell, Snowdon and Ben Nevis fell races, and Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride, all wearing the Ilkley Harriers vest to celebrate the Club's 25th
Tom Adams - course records at Kirkstall 7 and Bradley Fell Race, first in Rombalds Romp and Ilkley Incline
Christine Cox - Great North Run almost 4 minutes faster than 2010
Georgia Malir - for all her hard work and excellent results (Georgia too young to be awarded HoM)
Helene Whitaker - first lady in the Lake District Mountain Trial
Tracey Greenway - F45 Gold at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships - Paluzza, Italy

The HoM awards went to Peter Shields and Nick Pearce, and Tracey Greenway. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running gear from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Ilkley Harriers AGM, Tue 27 Sep

A packed AGM, with the Committee reporting another successful year for Ilkley Harriers, and a shiny new Committee elected for the year ahead ... more on the Committee Page.

Horsforth 10k, Sun 25 Sep

Ken Souyave reports ... this is a road come trail (canal) course which is largely through pleasant surroundings. The first 3 K has 2 steady climbs which probably means this is not a PB course for most runners, but there after it is down hill or flat, though not always easy to overtake. Conditions were good for running and the race attracted 437 runners. The winner was Lewis Quentin in 34.28. Noted amongst the provisional results were:

44  41:09 Ken Souyave 1st Vet 60
60  42:26 Duncan Cooper 
289 54:54 Amanda Newham 
353 59:13 Michael Picken 

Excellent race to be recommended.

Ilkley Triathlon, Sun 25 Sep

Ralph Tench reports ... Another excellent Ilkley Triathlon organised by Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club. A fantastic community event which started at 10am in rain and travelled through the full weather system to end in late summer sunshine. Over 350 original entrants (273 finishers) to this increasingly popular event on the local sporting calendar. It’s a triathlon which also attracts athletes from well outside the region as well as many of the British Triathlon development group (youths) which has produced the likes of Philip Graves (course record holder) and of course the 2012 Olympic hopefuls and World Champs, the Brownlees (Alistair and Jonathan).
I managed first Harrier home in 9th place in 1 hour 11 seconds. Yes the 11 seconds hurt as it was my worst swim by a distance for several years – I blame the water - and prevented me going under the hour. Collected first local male prize for the sixth year and third Vet 40.
Loads of friendly faces out performing and supporting during the day. Also great to see many family teams and family rivalries (Websdales, Elliots etc). The most well represented family generationally probably goes to the Hayes family (Sarah and John - both Harriers – Peter (brother), Spike (dad aged 73) and brother in law. Plus Daniel (12) handing out the drinks on the finishing line.

5   Team Miley           1:00:39
27  First Timers         1:21:30


9   Ralph Tench          1:00:11
60  David Brown          1:11:16
65  Janet Grace          1:11:52
66  Richard Shuttleworth 1:12:02
68  Phil Judd            1:12:10
72  John Hayes           1:12:20
82  Norman Bush          1:13:26
128 Gaenor Coy           1:17:29
148 Natalie Curtis       1:19:21
157 Kathryn Shuttleworth 1:20:35
174 Alison Frost         1:22:34
243 Sarah Hayes          1:36:34
256 Nicola Meenan        1:44:30

Gold for Georgia, Sat 24 Sep

On Saturday Georgia Malir ran in an England vest for the first time at The Commonwealth Mountain And Ultra Distance Championships in Llanberis North Wales. Georgia ran in the U16 England team in The Home Countries Championship Mountain Race. The race was of 6.31km and was an up and down course of 315m ascent. Georgia was 5th placed girl and 2nd England counter, the England U16 team of three runners won UKA champs gold medals.

Scafell, Sat 24 Sep

Pete Shields reports ... Nick Pearce and I visited our last 25th Harriers Anniversary challenge today, Scafell Pike, the biggest climb in England. Scafell Pike in the Western Lake District is one of the truly great classic fell/mountain races - 4.5 miles in distance with 3000ft of climb. We were very ably supported by Morgan Williams, an athlete not adverse to a challenge himself, and finished in great style both top in our age groups. Nick, who is really on top of his game at the moment finished in 19th position giving him the first V55 prize. Peter, very ably supported by Morgan who finished a place in front of him, finished as first V60 in a quality field.
This race concludes the challenge we set ourselves, inspired by the Club's 25th anniversary and some philosophical words spoken by Morgan to me earlier in the year, which charged the events. We ran the Snowdon Mountain Race, 10 miles in July; then cycled from Lands End to John O Groats unsupported, camping rough, carrying all our own gear, a distance of 1,020 miles in 12 days 22hrs during August and September; cycled back down to Fort William and ran the Ben Nevis Mountain Race, technically the hardest race on the calender a distance of 10 miles; the conclusion being today's race of 4.5 miles.
Throughout the challenge we have literally flown the flag for Ilkley, the club's pennant. Whereever we have been it has been flown on the back of my bike, the result being numerous conversations in many dialects up and down the country about Ilkey Harriers.
The challenge was a way of showing our appreciation to the club, which we have both been members of for numerous years. People have asked if there was some charitable motive behind what we have done, this was never the case but if there is strong enough feeling we would be happy to put our achievements to a cause. With a total of 1230 miles, would a penny a mile be to much to ask if that was the case?

Rab Mountain Marathon, 24-25 Sep

69  405 points 10:46:19 Kevin & Rachael Gooch
205 275 points 10:32:22 Rachel Hagan and Angela Sturgeon
Any more?

Great Langdale half marathon, Sat 24 Sep

Ewan Welsh reports ... ventured up to Langdale on Sat for the Great Langdale ½ marathon, the route takes the runners in an anti clockwise direction from Great Langdale to Little Langdale through Skelwith bridge, turn off up the back road to Grasmere then turn off to the left and run next to a tarn (the name escapes), then up a few more hills and down to Chapel Style through Dungeon Ghyll to the finish back in Langdale.
A few Harriers were there, I ran 1.44, Elaine about 1.58 I think, and Jean about 2.14 if I recall correctly, I don’t have the results yet (will post then when available), usually only a handful of runners get under the 1.30 for this one. I did experience a free post race plunge in an ice bucket and subsequent massage, the ice bucket brings a tear tae yer eye. Couldn’t recommend the race enough, it’s like a bastion of a by-gone era of road races, not sure I would recommend the ice bucket, it’s a personal choice that one !
The full marathon is also on offer, 2 glorious laps with the same start time.

257 runners, winning time of 1:19:15
52  1:44:13 Ewan Welsh
124 1:57:57 Elaine Cossins
196 2:12:34 Jean Sullivan

Whernside fell race, Sat 24 Sep

16  1:45:28 Stuart Pitches	MV40
28  1:54:25 Andy Brook Dobson
74  2:11:25 Alison Eagle
118 2:24:04 David Cockshott
129 2:32:21 Nicholas Mellor
139 2:39:27 Dick Waddington

Thieveley Pike, Sat 24 Sep

Eric Morley reports ... three members ran this AS race just outside Burnley. The number of competitors this year dropped down to 61, 2010 saw more than double that run. On a fine Saturday morning all aquitted themselves well and finished as follows.

(1 34:04 James Logue, Calder Valley)
37 46:57 John Coates
42 48:43 Graham Breeze  1st MV 65
49 52:07 Sue Morley 1st LV 55

Parkrun, Leeds Hyde Park, Sat 24 Sep

John Marshall was 66th in 23:47

Great North Run, Sun 18 Sep

Results are up on ....

522   1:27:49 Rob Cunningham
3355  1:42:05 Dougie Scarfe  PB
4972  1:46:23 Chris Cunningham
7798  1:52:27 Christine cox		
8346  1:53:24 David Howe		
8347  1:53:24 Caroline Morley		
8567  1:53:46 Andrew Wilson		
14757 2:03:39 Lindsey McCordie		
14944 2:03:59 Stephanie Millward
15567 2:05:04 Sandra Lightowler
16433 2:06:33 Sarah Lewthwaite
16931 2:07:25 David Fox
29605 2:34:13 Rachel Cunningham

Kirkstall 7, Sun 18 Sep

Nick Pearce reports ... another race, another victory and course record for Tom Adams! Results from Kirkstall Harriers ...

1  36:07 Tom Adams   New Course Record
16 44:15 Nick Pearce 1st prize M55
62 50:44 Phil Hirst
68 51:35 Kate Archer

Embsay fell race, Sun 18 Sep

Results from ...

13 22:09 Iain Gibbons
21 23:33 Dave Cummings
40 26:11 Diane Haggar 1st LV40

4  14:31 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
9  15:19 Jack Cummings

5   9:38  Euan Brennan

YVAA Track & Field Championships, Spenborough, Sun 18 Sep

Henry Heavisides reports ... I'm not sure that it was the most sensible thing to run two races within 20 minutes of each other, but along with Mark Iley, I'd entered both the 1500m & the 5000m expecting them to be spaced further apart. We did the 1500m first in torrential rain. Mark finished 5th in 5:12 & I was 6th in 5:18 we both got medals for being 1st in our age groups (I was the only M55 taking part!). The 5000m which started less that 15 minutes after the 1500m finished was run in bright sunshine. Out of a field of 22 runners, Mark was 11th in 18:44 & I was 12th in 19:00. This time we were both second in our age groups.

Rombalds Romp, Sat 17 Sep

The Harriers running in this event organised by Abbey Runners had to choose 'trail or fell', both races starting and finishing together: Tom Adams picked the fell option and beat all comers.
Some pictures on
Results from Abbey Runners...

1   45:15 F Tom Adams
35  58:25 T Ewan Welsh
44  60:13 F Mike Baldwin
49  61:37 F Paul Stephens
76  72:22 F Graham Breeze
79  72:41 T Lynn Donahuue
91  81:27 F Sue Morley

World Masters Mountain Running Championships, Sat 17 Sep

CONGRATULATIONS to World Champion Tracey Greenway, winner of the F45 class at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships - Paluzza, Italy. See the results.

Three Shires fell race, Sat 17 Sep

Mark Mon-Williams reports ... four harriers braved the flooded roads of the Lake District to take part in the Three Shires fell race. A quick IH meeting before the race established a cunning plan - Dave Wilby would bring glory and honour to Ilkley Harriers by racing at the sharp end whilst Kelly Harrison, Mark and Rebecca Mon-Williams would have a nice day in the hills. The plan went perfectly with Dave running out of his skin in a quality field to take 7th place, only a few minutes down on the first three places. This is a great achievement in a prestigious race. And the rest of us had a lovely day in the hills that was both educational and enjoyable - at least two of us learned that torrential rain in the Lake District requires shoes with some grip. It was a real pleasure after the race to get a tasty pasty and see Dave get his well earned prize.

Parkruns, Sat 17 Sep

Lister Park, Bradford 
5  19:14 Georgia Malir 1st lady
11 21:04 Sally Malir

Hyde Park, Leeds 
16 19:54 Ken Souyave
21 20:34 John Atkinson
65 23:36 John Marshall

Petzl Lake District Mountain Trial, Sun 11 Sep

Roy Ruddle reports ... some fine results from the Ilkley contingent. Fairly poor weather but good visibility, and just as well the race didn't take place the next day (gusts of 90mph forecast!). Bad weather routes were used, which made part of the second half of the classic course less exposed but had little impact on its overall length.

Classic course
1st  3:37:15 Tom Brunt (Holmfirth)
2nd  3:44:49 Hector Haines
30th 4:54:17 Helene Whitaker [1st lady]
41st 5:06:50 Roy Ruddle
71st 5:37:39 Jack Wood
Ilkley was 2nd team to Dark Peak

Medium course
1st  3:06:35 John Noblett (WCOC)
9th  3:29:27 Peter Haines
17th 3:42:26 Outi Kamarainen
24th 3:53:18 Sarah Haines
25th 3:54:35 Chloe Haines
Ilkley was 2nd ladies team to Clayton

From Helene Whitaker the Haines family dominated the Ilkley results in this year's Lake District Mountain Trial held in very wet and windy weather in Mungrisedale. Hector came second to Tom Brunt, by a mere 3 minutes trotting around the shortened (but still 15+miles of bog and heather) in 3.44.
The ladies of Family Haines, not to be outdone, netted some prizes too. Sarah was 11th lady nipping home in 3.53, a mere minute ahead of daughter Chloe who also bagged the prize for second lady under 21.
Peter had to settle for 7th male in the Medium in 3.29, but took home the prize for 2nd male Vet 50 in that class.
Excellent food made up for a very soggy day out on the fells!

Full results on Sportident

Yorkshireman, off road marathon & half-marathon, Sun 11 Sep

Sue's thoughts here, and some photos here

Full Solo
86  5:08:42 Debbie Lewis
87  5:08:58 Adela Reperecki
97  5:20:05 Helen Turner
136 6:46:09 Amanda Parnaby

9   1:56:26 Andrew Merrick   1st V50
12  1:57:36 Justin Phillips
27  2:05:22 Diane Haggar 3rd lady, 1st LV40
31  2:06:02 Sally Malir
93  2:23:13 David Howe
125 2:30:26 Martin Wright
151 2:37:43 Helen Horton
153 2:37:44 Nigel Tapper
163 2:42:55 Liz Price
170 2:43:41 John Coates
178 2:48:30 Nicholas Mellor
181 2:50:16 Abigail Bailey
182 2:50:19 Sue Bickerdike
201 3:05:31 Anthony Swanepoel
202 3:05:31 Ashleigh Brownhill

Burnsall fell race, Sun 11 Sep

Results from ...

7  16:16 Dave Wilby
10 16:40 Iain Gibbons
12 17:23 Mark Mon-Williams
21 18:48 Dave Cummings
38 20:10 Norman Bush

6  13:48 Bradley Chapman

4  8:28 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
9  9:09 Jack Cummmings

9  4:21 Euan Brennan

Para's 10, Sun 11 Sep

Steve Weston reports the Para's 10 at Catterick is on an undulating 10 mile course that the parachute regiment uses for its selection process (although they do it in boots with a bergen!).
There was a minute's silence for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and the race set off with a shot from some field artillery!
A stiff wind made for interesting going on the more exposed parts of the course but some decent times were put in nonetheless, including an amazing run by Alex to finish just outside the top three.

1     56:31 William Strangeway (Lincoln Wellington) 
4   1:03:27 Alexander Sinclair 
9   1:04:58 Steve Weston 
10  1:06:44 Jonathan Sinclair 
167 1:26:24 Helen Shew 

Still no Harriers crazy enough for the P company challenge.

Wetherby 10k, Sun 11 Sep

Ken Souyave reports ... part off road farm track but overall a good course with a few small climbs through pleasant countryside. Well organised with ample parking adjacent to the race course. Strong wind on the day but some shelter by tree lined roads/tracks. Climb up to the village of Kirk Deighton around 5K sees hardest part of course over leaving a fast finish particularly over the last 2 K. My chip time time shows at 40 06 in results but my watch showed a little more so will take chip time!! First vet 60. Winner Paul Lockwood 32 45. So overall suggest this could be a good course for PB if weather conditions good on day.

Results from Gaenor and here...

61  40:06 Rob Cunningham
72  40:47 Ken Souyave
181 45:25 Dougie Scarfe
221 46:24 Andrew Jackson
234 46:41 Chris Cunningham
435 51:34 Rhiannon Turner
439 51:37 Gaenor Coy
475 52:29 Alison Ricci
798 62:29 Sally Wright

Leeds Parkrun, Sat 10 Sep

Rhiannon Turner reports ... just did my first Parkrun ... my time was 25.16, and I was 83/210 (6th lady)

62 23:30 John Marshall
83 25:16 Rhiannon Turner

Selection Success

There's a lot going on in Junior Harriers ... the latest news is that the Club has its first Junior Home International runner ... U17 Georgia Malir has been selected to run for the England Fell team at the Junior Home Internationals in Wales.

The Ilkley Incline, Wed 7 Sep

Well done to Geoff Howard for organising the best ever Ilkley incline, on its 10th Anniversary. Thanks to the many Harriers who helped on the night, in cold and wet conditions. A good turnout of Harriers amongst the record field, with Ilkley winning the men's and women's team prizes. Tom Adams won in 7:51, with Ilkley wining men's team and ladies team prizes.
Results and photos are on the Incline page.

The Junior Sprint Relays attracted 15 teams on a very wet night, results and photos here.

Tholthorpe 10k, Sun 4 Sep

David Green reports ... Eddie Irving was first V50 and 9th overall in 37 minutes, David Green 126th in 52 minutes. "Nice race, 250 runners, flattish, good for a first 10k".

Bradley fell race, Sun 4 Sep

Tom Adams broke the 1996 course record, with Emma Barclay 1st lady, Georgia Malir 1st U17 girl, and Sarah Pickering 1st U14 girl. Results from ...

1  23:21 Tom Adams
5  26:02 Dave Wilby
11 26:47 Mark Mon-Williams
19 28:59 Dave Cummings
23 29:38 Malcolm Pickering  1st V50
26 30:18 Emma Barclay  1st lady
41 32:24 Diane Haggar
44 32:25 Rebecca Mon-Williams
54 34:09 Sally Malir
75 38:02 Clare Smith
79 38:43 Eric Morley
82 39:12 Sue Morley

7  26:18 Georgia Malir  1st girl
9  28:36 Jack Cummings

2  11:21 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
4  12:17 Thomas Kerr
5  12:28 Sarah Pickering 1st girl
6  12:55 James Pickering

This was a IH Race League event.

Helvellyn Triathlon, Sun 4 Sep

Graham's photos

Alison Weston reports lovely clear day in the end for a tough event. A mile swim in Ullswater, a 38 mile cycle including the 'struggle' pass and a run up and down Helvellyn.
Based on my first (and only) open water triathlon I have come up with a list of what NOT to do:-
- don't lose your timing chip in the water
- don't look down to check what gear you're in, hit the curb and fall off your bike, twisting the brake levers
- don't set off on the run with your biking shoes on (on photo)
- don't leave your bike pump behind
and lastly...
- don't bring the wrong wetsuit home!!
I have come to an early conclusion that triathlons and me don't go too well together but it was good fun and I did eventually get round in 5hrs39 mins.

Results from TriHard:

59  4:16:44 Jamie Hutchinson
392 5:20:56 Janet Grace
463 5:39:37 Alison Weston

Ben Nevis race, Sat 3 Sep

Part of Nick and Pete's 'challenge' (more) ...

94  2:04:21 Nick Pearce
403 2:52:40 Peter Shields

Parkruns, Sat 3 Sep

Ken Souyave finished 21st/243 in 19:45 at Leeds Hyde Park

John Marshall was 45th/214 in 23:26 at Albert Park

And at Edinburgh, we had
49th/208 Lucy Haines 21:53
53rd Florence Haines 22:05
73th Sarah Haines 23:08

Older News, August 2011

Harrier of the Month, August

Nominations were:
Dave Wilby - Sedbergh Hills race and English Fell Champs placing
Alison Weston - English Fell Champs placing and encouraging others
Morgan Williams - CCC ultra
Brian Melia - UTMB ultra
Nicky Jaquiery - UTMB ultra
Diane Haggar - BOFRA races, results and encouraging others

The HoM awards went to Diane Haggar, and Dave Wilby. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

English Fell Championships Roundup

Extracts from Dave Wilby's report ... (read the full report in the next Harriers newsletter ....) Championship points are awarded for the top 50 men in each race, and the top 30 ladies. Award for consistent high achievement must go jointly to Alison Weston & Helene Whittaker, who not only secured a great finishing position of 4th in their age group, but also did well open standings. Special mention also to Val Kerr who has been at all the Champs races, performing excellently each time and making a great contribution to the V40 Team silver medal.

11th Helene Whittaker 
18th Alison Weston 
23rd Emma Barclay 

Ladies V45
=4th Helene Whittaker & Alison Weston 

Ladies V50
=19th Val Kerr

Men (Open) 
=60th Dave Wilby 
=62nd Tom Adams

Ladies Team (Open) 5th 
Ladies Team (V40)  2nd

We've only shown a few results above, well done to the other Harriers who achieved placings, see them in the next newsletter or take a peep at the official results here.

Clare Smith adds ... I only competed in 4 English Championships races in 2011 and achieved a lowly =43rd place in the LV45 category but I'm proud to have even won a few points and I'd like to encourage other ladies not to be put off by the word 'championship' as runners of all standards can take part in these races.

Val Kerr adds: although the championship races are tough I enjoyed doing every one of them. It was a great experience to run over different types of terrain in different parts of the country and to compete (??) against some high class fell runners, including one or two from our own club. I agree with Claire when she says that club members should not be put off doing these races - there is a great atmosphere and slower runners get a great round of applause and encouragement as they cross the finish line. Personally I would like to thank Alison Weston for encouraging me to do these races and for her company in travelling to many of them, and Dave and Kelly for hanging around after Sedbergh Hills waiting for me to finish!

Reeth Show, Wed 31 August

Diane Haggar reports ... Being a junior BOFRA Chapionships counter yet not a senior counter, this race was understandably bereft of "big guns". Mark Mon-Williams had a great run for 4th place and first Vet and I was chuffed with 3rd lady and matched Mark with first Lady Vet. Ruaridh Mon-Williams flew the flag for Junior Harriers.

4  18:32 Mark Mon-Williams  1st M45
17 22:23 Diane Haggar  1st L40

5  15:12 Ruaridh Mon-Williams

Hebden Sports, Mon 29 August

Dave Wilby reports ... No results as yet, but rumour has it that Tom Adams beat a high quality field (including a number of recent fell/mountain internationals) to claim yet another win at Hebden Sports on Monday. This must be at least 2 or 3 Hebden wins for him now in recent years, to add to his burgeoning palmares.

Moel Famau, Mon 29 August

Dave Wilby reports ... Kelly and I were in Snowdonia for the long weekend, and after checking the calendar realised that this race would make a welcome interruption to the drive home. 5m/1200ft, it was part of the local village show and was a fast runnable course, intially on road and then rocky track before climbing on wide grassy tracks to the summit of Moel Famau. The descent traced a different route at first taking in some lovely narrow, greasy tracks through the heather covered fell side, before rejoining the outbound route and running in over the tracks and road. There were plenty of volunteers to set a fast early pace but fortunately for me the lactic got them on the climb, and I managed to run my way through into 2nd place in 33:35, 11 seconds behind the winner Rob Grantham. I almost caught him coming off the fell, but he had too much finishing speed for me on the flatter run in to the finish. Kelly had already been out training that morning but bagged herself a very useful speed session to finish 87th in 44:21. There were 165 finishers.

Grasmere Sports & Show, Sun 28 August

Justin Phillips reports ... more BOFRA .. a huge event including Cumbrian Wrestling and the Cumbria Vs the World Tug o’ War this is well worth a visit. The classic fell race finishes off the day with a dash up the hill. I didn’t break the course record to win the £1k prize, I don’t know where I finished but I did have a brilliant day out.
And finally I’ve just read Diane Haggar’s article here which sums up my BOFRA experience rather nicely and deserves another plug, here.

Patterdale Dog Day Fell Race – Sat 27 August

Justin Phillips reports ... I took my fell shoes to the Lake District for the first time ever and found myself totally addicted to running up stuff just because I could! I also entered and enjoyed a couple of BOFRA races. This was the first ... part of a friendly gala featuring sheep herding and hound racing a small field of 27 runners took on the 3 mile route up one hill and back down t’other. I was eighth at the top, and twelfth at the finish after the neck breaking descent. Fully embracing the BOFRA sprit I took a swim in Ulswater afterwards to sort my legs out.

Leeds parkrun, Sat 27 August

70  23:05 Jim Towers
85  23:56 John Marshall
93  24:52 Gaenor Coy
156 29:22 Nathan Coy
163 19:42 Lyn Towers

UTMB/CCC, 26-27 August

Alison Eagle reports from Chamonix ... weather once again affected the races, with a storm delaying the start of the UTMB by 5 hours. The CCC runners had to deal with this storm throughout Friday night. Despite the weather, including some snow, both races went ahead this year.
Both courses were changed to some extent to engineer bad weather alternatives.
The Friday storm was bad enough to completely destroy the aid station at Bovine at a mere 1,900 metres.
CCC - 93 kms and 5,100 metres of climb. 1,800 starters, 1,592 finishers
724th Morgan Williams 19 hours exactly

UTMB - 170 kms and 9,700 metres of climb. 2,200 starters, 1,131 finishers
315th Brian Melia 38 hours 10 minutes
501st Nicky Jacquiery 40 hours 41 minutes

Read Morgan's full report here

Sedbergh Hills, Sun 21 August

Dave Wilby reports ... With everything to be decided in the English Champs, and plenty of markers still to be put down in the British Champs, a field of the highest quality turned up for Sedbergh this weekend. The course (14m/6000ft) delivered the perfect test with a great combination of fast grassy running, long contours, leg burning descents and lung burning climbs - a perfect championship course. Morgan Donnelly made an early move and stayed out in front to put himself in pole position for the British Champs, Lloyd Taggart finished a clear 2nd to claim the title of 2011 English Champion, particularly impressive as he's now a V40 too!!
I was the sole Harriers representative in the men's field and was over the moon to claim 37th place. The ladies once again had a good turnout with Helene Whittaker finishing well up the field (12th?) despite the rumour that she was 'having an easy one'. Alison Weston, Outi Kamarainen & Val Kerr all came into the finish field looking very strong having had good races, and will no doubt have done well in the team standings.

37  2:21:51 Dave Wilby
154 2:56:34 Helene Whitaker
182 3:06:10 Alison Weston
252 3:25:06 Outi Kamarainen
287 3:39:34 Val Kerr

Weasdale Horseshoe - Sat 20 August

Dave Wilby reports ... 3 Harriers made the trip for this lovely little race in the Howgills, 8m/2000ft. It had a great low-key feel to it, with registration in a horse trailer and the start/finish field sandwiched between the sheep dog trials and the main show field. Next year will be a little different as the championship masses will descend on the race to get their fill of the fast, grassy running on offer. On the day, Kelly Harrison put her recent spell of hard work in the Alps to good use to finish 2nd lady, and less than a minute behind former British Champion Sharron Taylor. Graham Breeze & Sue Morley were also stretching their legs and both seemed to be rightly pleased with their runs.

Gargrave Show, Sat 20 August

Results of this 3.3 mile BOFRA fell race ...

6   24:05 Jack Wood
17  25:43 Mark Mon-Williams
24  26:38 Iain Gibbons
29  27:47 Dave Cummings
38  28:55 Emma Barclay  1st lady
39  28:57 Steve Weston
41  29:04 Mike Baldwin
54  30:37 Norman Bush
55  30:41 Helen Ilsley
56  30:45 Diane Haggar
74  32:54 Natalie Curtis
77  33:12 Chris Oxlade
82  34:13 Jim Towers
106 48:21 Lyn Eden

6   10:26 Jack Cummings
9   11:02 Lucy Williamson  3rd girl
22  13:51 Joann Williamson

We are right in the middle of the BOFRA fell race season - there are lots of great local, short, fell races still to do, including some this weekend. Diane Haggar loves them - read her article extolling their virtues here.

Burnsall Classic 10 mile road race, Sat 20 August

19 65:29 Jamie Hutchinson
26 69:35 Rob Cunningham
59 80:41 Chris Cunningham
76 85:05 Elaine Cossins
78 86:54 Helen Shew
87 89:51 Jean Sullivan
98 tbc   Margot Dale
6th men's team, 4th ladies' team

Some Burnsall photos on

Burnsall Classic fell race, Sat 20 August

3  14:30  Tom Adams
31 19:12  Justin Phillips
34 19:18  Richard Joel
43 19:52  Bob Hamilton
4th men's team

Euan Brennan won the U10 boys' race in a quality field of 24 runners.

Some Burnsall photos on

Leeds Hyde Park ParkRun, Sat 20 August

69  22:29  Jim Towers
78  23:24  John Marshall
138 26:14  Gemma Carpenter
196 30:03  Lyn Towers

York Millenium Bridge 5k, Tue 16 Aug

Heavisides Henry reports ... I ran the Millenium Bridge 5k in York. It's a flat course, with lots of twists & turns, mainly on narrow paths. I finished in 66th place in 19:24, my slowest 5k for quite a while, although I did manage to get a prize for first M55. Best performance of the evening was in the women's race where an under 15 year old from Scarborough won in 16:55 !

Isle of Man marathon, Sun 14 August

Janet Grace reports ... The Isle of Man marathon is a small, low-key event - about 100 people ran the full marathon and about 300 completed the half. The marathon is an "undulating" two-lap course on quiet roads from Ramsey in the north east of the island. The scenery is lovely and we were blessed with a beautiful day (although I did curse the westerly wind a couple of times on the second lap). There were quite a few runners from Yorkshire and I think Knavesmire even came third in the team competition.
I'd recommend this race, maybe not for its PB potential, but it's a really friendly event and in such a small field even I won a prize.
I finished in 3:50:23 (4th Lady, 2nd LV45)

Askern 10, Sun 14 August

Ken Souyave reports ... I ran 68 min 40 sec at Askern, didn't spot any other Ilkley Harriers but good turn out by Otley. South Yorkshire open championship. Good conditions but includes 2 long drag inclines which take a toll.

Boulsworth Fell race, Sun 14 August

Diane Haggar reports ... Part of Trawden Show and organised by Trawden Harriers. 7.5 miles / 1400 feet BM. Three Harriers ventured over the border (but only just) to Lancs for this event and all three took home a prize. I received a rosette (as per show jumping horses and livestock!) for my efforts but I believe the others were spared this joy! I was delighted with my position but with the winning lady being a V50 and the 2nd being a V45 I was not going to win my age group. Also knowing that Wendy Dodds was somewhere behind me and anticipating her catching me at some point (but she didn't), made it was something of a battle of lady vets.

(1 50:17 Jason Williams, Charnwood AC)
5  53:57 Steve Turland  1st V40  
80 73:08 Graham Breeze  1st V65

(1 58:47 Sally Newman, Calder Valley)
3  65:33 Diane Haggar

Arncliffe Gala, Sat 13 Aug

Jim & Lyn report ... Arncliffe Gala is always a good day out and incorporates both a 4 mile road race plus a 1.8 mile fell race, with 450ft of climb. The 4 mile road race is a lovely undulating run both sides of the River Skirfar, and this year included a nice addition of flooded road from the previous days rain.

Road race
(1 21:00 Alan Buckley, Leeds City AC)
14 25:39 Derek Oliver
33 29:20 Andrew Jackson	
38 31:06 Jim Towers
46 32:45 Alison Ricci
63 41:05 Lyn Eden

Fell race
{1 11:12 Ted Mason, Wharfedale Harriers)
28 16:06 John Coates  
33 17:36 Sue Morley
34 17:54 Jim Towers
38 19:47 Eric Morley
42 27:39 Lyn Eden

ParkRun, Sat 13 August

77  23:02 Jim Towers
88  23:26 John Marshall
212 29:58 Lyn Towers

Big Cheque, Tue 9 August

Ilkley Trail Race organiser Lawrence Basham hands over a "big cheque" for £1717 from the race proceeds to Phil Chappell, representing Revival Centre and Orphanage in Matugga, Ugunda, in front of some of the Tuesday night runners.

Round Hill fell race, Sun 7 August

Diane Haggar reports ... A contingent of 14 Harriers took part in the Round Hill Fell Race organised by Otley AC. An unseasonable chilly headwind made westerly the run out to Round Hill hard work but thankfully the rain held off. However recent rains had ensured that the going was definitely soft! Race winner was Liam Dunne of Otley AC in 58:10 and Harriers were led in by the duo of Ben Sheppard and Justin Phillips who crossed the line just 2 seconds apart. The ladies race was won by Jo Waites of Calder Valley who stormed round taking 11th overall and the ladies course record. Emma Barclay led the Harriers ladies in as 2nd lady (24th overall) and first lady V40 in 1:07:39. Our ladies packed well with Diane Haggar 1:12:26, Jann Smith 1:13:11 and Jane McCarthy 1:14:12. Ilkley won the team event which, unusually, was calculated from the best two men and best two ladies scores (Ben, Justin, Emma & Diane).
Full results and photos on Otley AC's site.

(1    58:10 Liam Dunne, Otley AC)
17  1:06:11 Ben Sheppard
18  1:06:13 Justin Phillips
24  1:07:39 Emma Barclay 2nd lady
33  1:09:36 Paul Stephens
37  1:10:10 Tony Melechi
41  1:11:31 Kevin Gooch
49  1:12:26 Diane Haggar
53  1:13:11 Jann Smith
54  1:13:28 Jane McCarthy
56  1:14:12 Phil Waddington
93  1:23:38 Jim Towers
105 1:27:03 Rachael Gooch
116 1:55:36 Amanda Parnaby
117 1:56:23 Lyn Eden

Sale 10 Mile, Sun 7 August

Chris Cunningham reports ... Rob and I ran at the wrong side of the Pennines on Sunday. (PBs at both 10M and 10K for me in a week.)

58  1:04:36 Rob Cunningham 
131 1:15:24 Chris Cunningham

Idle Trail Race, Sun 7 August

153   56:44 Christine Cox
226 1:10:43 Rachel Cunningham

Borrowdale fell race, Sat 6 August

17m/6,500' Clare Smith reports ... a counter as a 'super long category A' fell race in this year's Lakeland Classics Trophy, (presumably because Ennerdale and Duddon Valley were on the same day), Borrowdale is a superb but tough 17 mile race which starts at Rosthwaite and takes in the heights of Bessyboot, Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Dalehead. As we were late entries and hadn't managed a reccie, Neil and I stuck together for the duration, and were relieved that the early rain soon cleared to leave good visibility for most of the course. The highlights for me were being encouraged by Billy Bland on the way up Bessyboot, a friendly greeting from Joss Naylor at Styhead Pass and my initiation in the delights of scree running on the way off Scafell Pike. Brian and Richard had great runs, and I wasn't last!

142 4:21:58 Brian Melia
144 4:22:24 Richard Joel
274 5:17:27 Clare Smith
275 5:17:28 Neil Smith

Cumbrian Traverse, Sat 6 August

Morgan Williams reports ... Nicky Jacquiery and I completed the Cumbrian Traverse, 35 miles with 12,000 feet of climb, in 10 hours and 36 minutes. Like the Bob Graham, the CT is a self-organised challenge, which can be supported at 2 road crossing points. It runs from the Village Hall at Broughton Mills and finishes at the Moot Hall, Keswick, though it can be done north-south. 21 peaks are climbed along the way. Between the start and 3 Shires Stone, across the first 9 tops, we saw no-one. We had reasonable weather, suffering various bouts of drizzle and a heavy, extended downpour around Cold Pike. This made the direct descent on steep rocky ground from Great End to Sty Head somewhat troublesome. After Honister pass we had extensive mist and some sustained rain, right into Keswick. A peaceful day was rather interrupted as we came down to Esk Hause to encounter runners in the Borrowdale Fell Race. As a gauge of fitness, it was good to be climbing Dale Head nicely quicker than many of those in the race, despite having been out for 7 hours by that stage. And all done in Salomon trail shoes. A fine route, much quieter than some of the “traditional” challenges. Thanks to Nicky for her company and to Alison Eagle for road support.

Hellifield Gala, and Junior Yorkshire Championships, Sat 6 Aug

A few Harriers in the senior race, but the main news is that Sarah Pickering is the new Yorkshire Champion in GU12, setting a course record, and there were many other strong performances from Ilkley juniors. More on the junior pages.

18 29.48 Malcolm Pickering
36 32.14 Norman Bush
57 39.25 Eric Morley
58 41.04 Sue Morley

ParkRuns, Sat 6 Aug

Leeds Hyde Park
51  22:54 Jim Towers
141 29:44 Lyn Towers

Bradford Lister park
41 26:03 Andy Wiggans
44 26:50 Fiona Schneider

Older News, July 2011

Harrier of the Month, July

Nominations were:
The Thunder Run Team
Paul Sowden, Bob Graham Round
Emma Barclay, Whittle Pike

The HoM awards went to Paul Sowden & Emma Barclay. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Jane Tomlinson Run For All York 10k, Sun 31 July

Ilkley results from Chris Cunningham ...

38   38:27 Robert Cunningham
370  45:24 Chris Cunningham
583  47:24 Nicole Dillon
698  48:23 John Marshall
992  50:26 Hilda Coulsey 
1184 51:54 Christine Cox
2971 63:37 Greg Wright
3164 65:04 Rachel Cunningham

Ironman UK, Sun 31 July

Steve Newell completed this in 13h51, raising £1,200 for charity. Read his report here.

Bob Graham Round Success, 30/31 July

Paul Sowden completed a Bob Graham Round (a major fell challenge, 42 Lakeland Peaks and 70 miles) in 22 hours and 56 mins. Read his report here.

Thunder Run, 30/31 July

A team of 8 Harriers including and Matthew Rutter completed the Thunder Run, 270km over 24 hours, finishing 47th out of 147 teams.

Sue Bickerdike says ... Get 8 mates together. Run for 24hrs. Go home.
Not so..........well maybe. Maybe we made it harder by getting over excited and having fun.
And boy was it fun.
But it was also b*y hard work.
Every single one of us ran our hearts out, on every leg. Some of us vomited. We never missed a hand over and we did what we set out to do.
We flew the flag, we bigged up Ilkley and we held our own (we beat the RAF by the way).
We didn’t win, we didn’t break any records, but we were there.
Strength and depth.
Keep running, there’s more to it than just being fast.

Read Sue's report here.

52:32 Matt Rutter
52:45 Martin Wright
52:31 Paul Sugden
41:40 Andrew Merrick
59:32 Emma O'Looney
52:24 Nick Page
53:40 Sue Bickerdike
58:52 Abigail Bailey
53:52 Martin Wright
55:28 Paul Sugden
44:02 Andrew Merrick
53:43 Nick Page
61:36 Emma O'Looney
54:58 Sue Bickerdike
64:54 Abigail Bailey
55:51 Martin Wright
47:34 Andrew Merrick
60:17 Nick Page
54:35 Matt Rutter
54:38 Paul Sugden
59:23 Emma O'Looney
55:16 Martin Wright
46:27 Andrew Merrick
60:16 Sue Bickerdike
54:36 Matt Rutter
63:35 Abigail Bailey
62:35 Nick Page

Lakeland 50, 30/31 July

From Sharon Meadows Wow, what an amazing, fantastic race! 50 miles, just short of 10 000 feet of ascent and descent. I would love to tell you all about the running, but I can hardly remember any of it. All I can remember are the wonderful people, competitors and marshalls, the supporters who clapped everyone as though they were winners, the night time food stations all lit up with fairy lights and candles and even wood burning stoves, with everyone giving you tea and soup and sending you on your way again. I do remember the looks of agony on the 100 mile competitors' faces, and I do rember the last 3.5 miles taking an hour and forty five minutes down the most tortuous rocky path ever. And I do remember finishing to the whole of the already finished competitors rounds of applause at just before 4.00am, and a big hug from the marshall! The views were of course stunning, and it was a beautiful clear day so you could see all of the Lakes for miles. I loved this race, and I will be doing it again, unless I can find someone to do the 100 with!
I finished in 15 hours and 58 minutes. I did not see any other Ilkley Harriers, but I am sure someone was doing the 100.

Whittle Pike, Sat 30 July

5.14/1400', near Rossendale. A counter in the English Fell Championships.

Women's race
7  49:35 Emma Barclay
23 55:11 Alison Weston
30 56:26 Sally Malir
49 60:14 Clare Smith
50 60:32 Val Kerr

Men's race
44  44:32 Dave Wilby
158 58:37 John Coates
183 64:39 Graham Breeze

Some photos from Dave & Eileen Woodhead here

Cowling Gala, Sat 30 July

23 24:39  Norman Bush (1st V50+)

Golden Acre Park Relays, Wed 27 July

David Westhead reports ... A great evening for a summer cross country relay. Sunshine, dry ground and a frenetic twisting, turning, up and down 2.75 mile course through the woods above the lake in Golden Acre Park.

10th 50:10 Ilkley D2B
David Westhead 15:53, Dave Cumings 16:48, Bradley Chapman 17:29

34th 55:25 31 Club
Gary Mann 16:49, Nick Barnes 18:08, Andrew Jackson 20:28

37th 55:47cPudsey & Holmfirth & Ilkley
Ian Nixon 14:44, Lucy Needham 18:24, Don McRae 22:39

40 56:02 Clarhangia (Juniors)
Hannah Brown 16:52, Claire Shepherd 22:13, Georgia Malir 16:57

78 1:08:17 Team Menston
Allison Ricci 22:22, Andrea Westhead 24:28, Caroline Craske 21:27

Away Run, Tue 26 July

30+ people enjoyed Andy Wolfenden's Away Run at Simon's Seat, and most of them were at the social with sandwiches and chips at The Swan in Addingham afterwards.

Harrogate Town Centre 10k, Sun 24 July

Read Sue's ditty here.

13  36:19 David Westhead
68  40:23 Ken Souyave
243 48:51 Martin Wright
280 50:51 Sue Bickerdike
359 54:23 Christine Cox
378 55:01 Bernie Gibbons
379 55:02 Vince Gibbons
496 64:07 Rachel Cunningham

Coniston Country Fair, Sun 24 July

Roy Ruddle reports ... Mark Addison (Helm Hill) won in 54:11, and I finished in about 1:18. That would have put me half way down the field, but due to a child care hiccup I'd started 30 mins late (by then I'd handed in my race number, so was officially a non-starter). Mind you, I still finished before 10% of the field! Absolutely stunning weather, and a very pleasant post-race swim in the lake.

Pudsey 10k, Sun 24 July

Paul Stephens reports ... I travelled over to Pudsey this morning for my favourite 10k, a hilly multi-terrain race through some excellent countryside, somewhat unexpected for a place midway between Leeds and Bradford. Looks like I was a lone Harrier, but happy with my time of 45.28 and 54th out of 379. A few seconds faster than last year, and a few seconds slower than 2009.

Cracoe, Sun 24 July

Val Kerr reports results of this BOFRA race ...

(1 21:36 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)    
18 25:05 Mark Mon-Williams              
20 25:24 Iain Gibbons                        
22 25:36 Dave Cummings                  
48 28:59 Norman Bush                      
56 30:51 Dianne Haggar (1st LV40, 3rd Lady)
71 33:15 Val Kerr                              
(92 finishers)

Cross Bay Half Marathon, Sun 24 July

From Fiona Schneider I decided on a contrast to recent Alpine running and went for the flat, sea level and wet Cross Bay Half marathon. This is a great event across the Morcambe Bay sands from Flookborough to Hest Bank. The sun and wind and views were just perfect. The surface was variable from sinking, to hard ruts, to soft sand, with a wade of about 100 metres across a waist high fast flowing river.

101 1:43:26 Alison Bennett
219 1:52:03 Christine Matthews
236 1:53:22 Liz	Price
329 1:58:51 Karen Lambe
488 2:15:23 Fiona Schneider

Snowdon race, Sat 23 July

Nick Pearce reports ... the first stage of Pete and Nick's 25th Harriers Anniversary Challenge successfully completed, with both racing in the Snowdon International Mountain Race. Fantastic event, dry underfoot with clear skies.

(1   65:57 Andi Jones)
51   82:34 Dave Wilby
91   87:01 Nick Pearce, 1st V55
339 110:41 Pete Shields, 10th V60
421 124:39 Kelly Harrison 28th in the Female Open category

ParkRuns, Sat 23 July

Leeds Hyde Park
77 23:47 John Marshall

Bradford Lister Park
5  19:40 Georgia Malir PB
10 21:10 Sally Malir

Hawkswick Dash, Sun 17 July

Results of this BOFRA race ...

14 13:30 Iain Gibbons
17 13:54 Dave Cummings
22 14:32 Mark Mon-Williams
41 16:28 Norman Bush
47 16:59 Diane Haggar

5  13:19 Bradley Chapman

4   9:00 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
7   9:53 Jack Cummings

Foulees Jean Gourant 10k, Sun 17 July

Henry Heavisides (Henri Côtéslourds?) reports ... I ran this 10k trail race whilst on holiday in Brittany, I think that I was the only 'non local' competitor. My time of 42:13 for 54th place reflects lack of fitness as well as difficult conditions (rain, wind mud etc.). The race was good value for the 6 euros entry fee, with plentiful goody bag as well as free refreshments after the race. It's worthwhile looking out for races on holiday!
Resultats ici

100 Mile bike ride, Sun 17 July

Well done to the Harriers ladies involved and Neil & Pete supporting, a few pics from Andrew B here.

Ingleborough fell, Sat 16 July

8   53.03 Lee Morley
18  56.10 Dave Wilby
45  62.12 Sally Morley (4th Lady)
83  67.15 Dick Waddington
115 71.00 Jann Smith
177 81.16 Amanda Newham
189 84.15 Sue Morley
196 87.44 Diane Kitching

Burley Bridge Hike, Sat 16 July

From Jez Hellewell ... myself & fellow Harrier Toni Melechi tackled this one in the constant rain this morning. It's on my doorstep & covers all familiar routes, so felt obliged to do it. Not classed as a race, but a few competitive runners do take part as it is an excellent training run. We purposefully set off slowly as Toni was still recovering from The Harden Hard 'Un from last weekend. We picked up the pace once at The 12 Apostles & crossed the line together as the 1st finishers in 3.36. Didn't see any other Harriers, apologies if I missed you.

Amanda Parnaby adds ... a very enjoyable but extremely wet day out, quite a contrast to the weather at the previous weeks Harden Hard'Un. Sharon Meadows was also there.

Leeds ParkRun, Sat 16 July

90 23:26 John Marshall

Washburn Valley Relays, Fri 15 July

We got 5 teams out, plus 7 junior teams, in this marvellous evening relay organised by Otley AC. See for photos and results.

9  65:13
Dave Westhead 18:00 4th, Dave Cummings 25:03 6th, Bradley Chapman 22:10

16 69:07
Mark Mon-Williams 19:03 7th, Rob Cunningham 25:40 10th, Paul Wood 24:24

40 80:40
Val Kerr 24:02 38th, Kelly Harrison 31:16 39th, Amanda Newham 25:22

47 87:05
Jim Towers 23:28 35th, Malcolm Coles 30:20 38th, Lyn Eden 33:07

53 88:07
Andrea Westhead 28:01 53rd, Caroline Craske 33:09 52nd, Alison Ricci 26:57

65 teams completed

HDSRL Finale, Thu 14 July

The Handicap Race was the grand finale of the League, on a lovely course at Ripon including parts of Studley Royal. But sadly bereft of Harriers. At the League presentations afterwards we were able to applaud Val Kerr for retaining the V50 title.
Results and photos on

more photos on
31   38:54  Peter Shields
37   43:10  Donald Macrae
41   44:25  Gemma Carpenter
51   45:49  Andrew Bennett
66   39:35  Bradley Chapman
79   33:14  Mark Mon-Williams
103  36:44  Neil Chapman
128  41:39  Val Kerr
150  40:46  Alison Bennett
155  69:25  David Millson 

Stirton fell race, Wed 13 July

(1 Joe Mercer Skipton 35.43)
9  39.22 Harry Dalby 
29 45.25 Geoff Howard (1st v55)
43 47.56 Mike Baldwin 
56 49.43 Dave Tate  (2nd v60) - 1st claim Dark Peak
70 52.19 Val Kerr (2nd lv50)
73 52.37 Graham Breeze (3rd v60)
92 58.20 Sue Morley (1st lv55)
95 61.26 Amanda Newham 

Eccup 10, Sun 10 July

Provisional results from Abbey Runners ... congratulations to Eddie Irving who is the YVAA 10 Mile Road Champion.

Sue's reflections ...

(1  51:18  Yared Hagos, Bradford & Airedale)
24  61:48  Eddie Irving  1st M55
64  67:03  Rob Cunningham
75  68:05  Ken Souyave
106 70:27  Sally Malir 2nd F45
115 71:24  Paul Stephens
131 72:45  Stephen Rhodes
154 74:07  Ewan Welsh
182 76:31  Sharon Williams 3rd F45
185 76:37  Helen Horton
243 79:56  Martin Wright
249 80:25  Chris Cunningham
307 84:20  Hilda Coulsey
332 85:31  Vic Verecondi
347 86:10  Sue Bickerdike
373 88:19  Alison Ricci
399 89:38  Caroline Morley

Alva Games, Sat 9 July

Results of this BOFRA race ...

6  24:58  Iain Gibbons

Addingham Gala Fell Race, Sat 9 July

The 2nd Addingham Gala fell race was a super event, with 18 Harriers amongst the 73 finishers and many Harriers helping the event run smoothly. Thanks everyone.


Some photos on the Addingham Gala Fell Race page.

This was a IH Race League event.

(1  37.52  Martin Gostling, Leeds City AC)
10  43.09  Mark Mon-Williams
15  45.14  Dave Cummings
18  45.52  Duncan Cooper
21  47.42  Emma Barclay 1st lady
23  48.11  Rob Cunningham
26  49.18  Andrew Sheldon
29  50.07  Rebecca Mon-Willliams 2nd lady
30  50.36  Bob Hamilton
33  50.49  Bradley Chapman
35  51.23  Florence Haines 3rd lady
38  52.32  Jann Smith
39  52.43  Norman Bush
44  53.12  Alison Weston
56  56.55  Andrew Jackson
58  58.23  Nick Mellor
60  59.35  Chris Cunningham
68  63.00  Paul Sugden
70  64.05  Andrew Bennett

Zermatt Marathon, Sat 9 July

Fiona Schneider reports ... the marathon was hot and high (a climb of over 1900 metres, starting at 1100 metres) over mixed ground, trails and roads and grass. I finished in 6h52:35 (winner 3h09:40)

See the event video.

Leeds ParkRun, Sat 9 July

78 25:46 John Marshall

Danefield Relays, Wed 6 July

27  74:55  Ilkley Juniors  1st junior team
Kieren Roebuck 25:28, Greg Lowe 25:37, Bradley Chapman 23:50

37 81:45  Ilkley HArriers Ladies A
Kelly harrison 26:09, Val Kerr 26:35, Amanda Newham 29:01

Rochdale 10k, Tue 5 July

Rob Cunningham was 36th in 38:49

Away Run, Tue 5 July

With ILT&SC busy with a major tennis tournament, Andy Wolfenden came to the rescue with an Away Run at Timble. Andy reports ... 43 of us took the rocky road to Round Hill... A few energetic souls extended the run to Beamsley Beacon. It was a great turn out, and it shows that a wide range of running abilities can run together and get something out of it. I think that the Black Horse in Askwith sold more beer and crisps in an hour and a half than they usually sell in a week. Ilkley Harriers feeding themselves and the local economy. Join us again for Simons Seat on the 24th (ILT&SC closed again) and food afterwards at the Swan in Addingham, details will be posted nearer the time.

SLMM, 2-3 July

Paul Stephens reports ... probably the hardest Saunders I've done. Superb weather, albeit a little warm for running. But the course organisers were perhaps a tad ambitious - particularly the Sunday. My brother and I did the Carrock. We had a good 2 days, coming in 13th on both days and 14th overall. But there was a 40% drop-out and it was similar in the courses above us.
As far as I know all Ilkley Harriers completed the courses, Dave Wilby and partner 10th in the hard Scafell class, Sophie Brown with Angela Srivastava 31st in the Carrock, and Chris Oxlade and John Pickering 51st in the Harter Fell. Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon

Wharfedale TTT, Sat 2 July

Clare Smith reports ... it was a glorious weekend for the Wharfedale TTT event in Kettlewell which is organised by Bingley Harriers. There are 3 races held over the weekend. Friday night's is on Tarmac-a 2.5 mile uphill only slog to Park Rash. Saturday's run is the 'Tussock' component over the challenging terrain of Great Whernside, and on Sunday there's a 1.5 mile up-and-down 'Trail' race to finish.
I just went up for Saturday's race and there were plenty of people enjoying the camping facilities but I only spotted 3 other Ilkley Harriers. I took Neil's 'take it easy' advice too literally, started slowly and just got slower! However, I enjoyed the run and managed not to injure myself in the process.

31  24:13  Mike Baldwin
38  25:29  Alison Weston

12  1:38:23 Ian Rowbotham
40  1:57:19 Alison Weston
44  2:00:36 Mike Baldwin
64  2:09:12 John Coates
74  2:17:00 Clare Smith

10  14:41  Matthew Cox
36  18:13  Alison Weston
42  19:00  John Coates

Alison Weston was 2nd lady in the 'Grand Prix' of all 3 races. The Saturday race, won by Bingley's Andy Jebb in 1:31:31, was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Kirkby Gala fell race, Sat 2 July

Results of this BOFRA race ...

11 38:02 Iain Gibbons
12 38:07 Dave Cummings

7  18:15 Jack Cummings

Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon, Sat 2nd July

282  1:50:02  Martin Wright

ParkRuns, Sat 2 July

Sally Malir reports Georgia and myself decided that it was time to try out those barcodes that we had downloaded a year ago and head off to Bradford for the Parkrun in Lister Park. A great little event, very friendly, easy to drive to and lots of parking! The course is three laps with quite a tough hill each time so therefore is not a fast 5k course. Results were emailed to us yesterday afternoon, what service!
Georgia was 1st lady, 7th overall in a time of 19.41, I was 3rd lady, 18th overall in a time of 20.54
Gemma Carpenter was 54th in 26:58

At the Hyde Park ParkRun Ken Souyave was 18th in 19:27 and John Marshall 91st in 24:11

Older News, June 2011

Harrier of the Month, June

Nominations were:
sponsors Vic Verecondi, BMW Relay teams coordination
Eddie Winslow & Stuart Pitches, 2nd in 3 Peaks Yacht Race
Mark Mon-Williams, HSDRL and fell results

The HoM awards went to Vic Verecondi, & Eddie Winslow & Stuart Pitches. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

HDSRL #5, Sicklinghall, Wed 29 June

It was the final team race in this year's HDSRL and what a perfect League race it was: great course, a perfect summer evening, and good food afterwards. We even won one of the team competitions (Super-Vets) on the night! Results from

28   28.27  Mark Mon-Williams
38   29.19  Andrew Merrick
40   29.22  Mark Iley
58   30.52  David Brown
60   30.57  Andrew Sheldon
62   31.04  Duncan Cooper
78   32.08  Neil Chapman
81   32.14  Geoff Howard
85   32.21  Paul Stephens
103  33.17  Rebecca Mon-Williams
108  33.33  Jane Bryant
109  33.33  Henry Heavisides
122  34.45  Bradley Chapman
151  36.11  Val Kerr
152  36.12  Chris Cunningham
175  37.29  Peter Shields
176  37.31  Nick Mellor
182  37.45  Paul Sugden
186  37.58  Clare Smith
201  39.09  Rhiannon Turner
227  41.16  Judith Scarfe
231  41.41  Andrew Bennett
243  42.34  Janet Bairstow
246  43.05  Sue Williamson
257  44.26  Christine Cox
266  47.14  Rachel Cunningham
278  50.22  David Millson

This was a IH Race League event.

Three Peaks Yacht Race, Tue 28 June

Eddie Winslow reports Stuart Pitches and I, racing with the crew of White Cloud, were 2nd in this year’s Three Peaks Yacht Race. We finished just before midnight on Tuesday night just 90 minutes behind the winners after three and a half days racing and 45 minutes ahead of third place.

Loughrigg, Silver Howe Fell Race, Sun 26 June

Jim & Lyn report on ... an English fellrunning Championship counter, 8.5miles, 2.530ft of climb, starting and finishing at Rothay Park, Ambleside. Four ckeckpoints at Loughrigg, Silver Howe, returning to Loughrigg and finally at Lily Tarn. Checkpoints had to be listed in that order with routes in between were down to individuals which made some interesting route choices and discussions after the race.
Early morning rain and mist cleared before the race leaving a clear but very humid day. Lovely but really tough race which you would expect for an English Championship. Provisional results:

Men's Race
1   1h08 Ian Holmes, Bingley Harriers
121 1h40 Neil Smith
226 2h04 Jim Towers

Ladies Race

1   1h27  L. Jeska, Todmorden Harriers
20  1h42  Alison Weston
48  1h53  Clare Smith
52  1h54  Val Kerr
78  2h58  Lyn Eden

Trawden 7 Multi Terrain, Sun June 26

Vic Verecondi reports ... thought I’d do a trail race this weekend and found this small one nearby at Trawden near Colne. The course was quite simple ... Two miles uphill ... Three miles undulating ... Two miles downhill. Basically the whole lot was quite knackering and I did a time of 63 mins. Not bad I guess as I didn’t go hard
Met an interesting guy at the end, a Vet 70 who could run like the wind and had put in a fantastic time. Had a good chat about his fell/trail racing adventures. So I asked him what his formula was. His response was very very simple... “Luck” he stated emphatically. Pretty basic hey... So I’ll take that comment/thought when I next get a PB or feel happy about a race or good training session.

Platt Fields 10k, Manchester, Sun 26 June

Rob Cunningham was 15th in 39:36

Eldwick Gala, Sat 25 June

Tom Adams retained his title winning the event for a second year in a row shaving over 40 seconds off his time from last year (same again next year and he'll be close to the record, 16:01).

1  16:44 Tom Adams
19 20:08 Dave Cummings
41 22:48 Jack Cummings
47 22:59 Diane Haggar
76 26:55 Sue Morley
81 27:44 Eric Morley

Leeds ParkRun, Sat 25 June

93 24:23 John Marshall

Beamsley fell race, Wed 22 June

Results from

7  38:57  Lee Morley
13 41:19  Nick Pearce
22 42:22  Duncan Cooper
36 46:52  Michael Pearce
38 47:18  Paul Stephens
41 47:57  Jenny Dybeck
43 49:45  Jann Smith
53 51:26  John Coates
73 57:54  Sue Morley
76 59:13  Graham Breeze
78 66:43  Paul Sugden
82 71:10  Vince Gibbons
83 71:11  Bernie Gibbons

If you enjoyed that and fancy a similar race, or missed it and really fancy running up this super hill, come to our Addingham Gala fell race on Saturday 9th July.

HDSRL #4, Otley, Tue 21 June

A great turnout of Harriers for the 4th race in the League, with members new and old out racing on a perfect Summer evening. Full results on

19   35.58  Jamie Hutchinson
29   36.47  Steve Weston
34   37.25  Mark Mon-Williams
38   37.32  Mark Iley
39   37.32  Andrew Merrick
48   37.47  Justin Phillips
49   38.08  Richard Reeve
58   38.55  Julian Carter
62   39.09  Jeff Paget
63   39.15  Ken Souyave
72   39.56  Andrew Sheldon
82   40.30  Stephen Rhodes
87   41.08  Neil Chapman
90   41.20  Paul Stephens
103  42.32  Jane Bryant
112  43.12  Jane Mccarthy
119  43.52  Dougie Scarfe
120  43.53  Helen Horton
121  43.58  Sharon Williams
137  44.44  Alison Weston
141  44.58  Chris Oxlade
156  45.47  Val Kerr
163  46.11  Bradley Chapman
166  46.19  Peter Shields
175  47.07  Nick Mellor
179  47.27  Martin Wright
192  48.16  Keith Wood
199  48.59  Sue Bickerdike
206  49.32  Matthew Rutter
211  50.10  Rhiannon Turner
215  50.24  Paul Sugden
216  50.25  James Pickersgill
218  50.43  Donald Macrae
219  50.45  Michael Picken
220  50.48  Sheena Pickersgill
230  51.36  Amanda Newham
233  51.44  Gemma Carpenter
249  53.14  Emma O'Looney
255  53.53  Sue Williamson
259  54.48  Janet Bairstow
276  57.41  Christine Cox
288  62.08  Kathryn Stott
291  63.28  David Millson

BMAF 5k, Sun 19 June

Geoff Howard repeated last year's Bronze medal success in V65, with a time of 19:30; and fell team member Tracey Greenway won a Gold. Well done both.

Helm Hill race, Sun 19 June

Results of this BOFRA race ...

13  25:51  Ian Gibbons
18  26:31  Mark Mon-Williams

Run For All Leeds 10k, Sun 19 June

New member Rhiannon Turner reports ... did the run in 52:20, really pleased, big improvement on the last time I did it. Saw a few other Ilkley Harriers along the way who said hello - was a good atmosphere. Next goal a sub 50 time!
Results from

29   38:31 Rob Cunningham
45   39:33 Jonathan Sinclair
790  48:42 Damon Bowles
1114 49:18 John Marshall
1451 52:17 Rhiannon Turner
1978 54:51 Catherine Brown
2041 55:09 Janet Bairstow
2160 55:39 Fiona Schneider
2307 56:14 Stephanie Millward
3182 59:57 Rachel Cunningham
3789 62:27 Sally Wright
5016 69:49 Sue Bickerdike

Settle Hills race, Sun 19 June

Amanda Newham was 4th lady vet and 67th overall in 1h24 for the steep up and down 7 mile race

Buckden Pike fell race, Sat 18 June

Nick Pearce reports ... a classic fell race over a 4 mile course including a river crossing and near vertical climb at the start; and vertiginous descent, river crossing and wall jump at the finish, with a 1,500 feet of ascent in total. The race was won by Karl Gray of Calder Valley in 34.43. Ilkley Harries were Nick Pearce 23rd (2nd V50) in 41.55; Michael Pearce 43rd in 45.28; and Sue Morley 100th (1st LV50) in 1.00.12.

Great Lakes Race, Sat 18 June

Steve Turland reports ...Now in its 4th year, this one is becoming a classic. 13m and 7,000ft from Langdale taking in Bow Fell, Esk Pike, Great End, both Scafells across upper Eskdale then back over Pike Blisco into Langdale. With the clag down for most of the way, it made for some interesting navigation!. Race was won by Mark Palmer of Mynydd Du. I finished 11th in 3hr 27 and Roy Ruddle was the other Harrier - still waiting for results to confirm time/position.

Stray 5k, Harrogate, Sat 18 June

53  21:13  J Taylor
72  22:35  Dan Birch
179 29:55  Christine Barraclough

ParkRuns, Sat 18 June

People are doing ParkRuns all over! Gemma Carpenter was 59th in 27:33 at Bradford Lister Park.
Ken Souyave was 23rd in 19:51 at Leeds Hyde Park.
Junior Harrier Lucy Haines was 54th in 22:01 and Sarah Haines was 90th in 24:06 at the Edinburgh event.
And Junior Harrier Holly Park was 32nd in 32:12 at the Conkers (Loughborough) ParkRun.

Mob Match, Tue 14 June

Ilkley Harriers beat Bingley Harriers for the fourth year in succession in the Mob Match at Bingley Harriers' St Ives Trail Race. A stupendous turnout of 47 Harriers dominated the field of 115 starters, vastly outnumbering Bingley's 20 runners. Bingley scored 1643 points under the age/gender handicap system, Ilkley's best 20 scores totalled 1831 points for a clear win, yet again.

Thank you all for turning out and supporting the Club so well.

This was also a Ilkley Harriers Race League event.

Dave Woodhead's photos

Photo: just some of the Harriers at the event: see for more!

Bradford Millennium Way Relay, Sun 12 June

Click for Andrew Bennett's photos

Vic Verecondi reports ... What a great day out ... it seems from the big gathering on Sunday night at the Taps that everybody in the 3 teams enjoyed themselves ... Well what can I say it was a pleasure organising it all and I think it’d be best left if individuals/pairs submitted their own stories ...From what I heard there were many ... Thanks to all who participated and a big thank you to Alison Bennett and Abigail Bailey for there assistance in getting other teams going.

Results from Saltaire Striders.

37th Ilkley Exceptionals          7:59:31
Helen Thurston & Andrew Merrick   1:31:18
Anna Nolan & Stephen Rhodes       1:50:02
Sue Bickerdike & Andrew Bennett   1:20:13
Alison Bennett & Nigel Tapper     1:38:09
Helen Horton & Vic Verecondi      1:39:49

45th Ilkley Swifts                8:33:07 
Christine Cox & Carole Cunningham 2:26:00
Chris Oxlade & Dougie Scarfe	  1:35:12
Lynn Donnohue & Don MacRae        1:25:43
Neil Chapman & Jane McCarthy      1:21:15
Clare Smith & Sue Morley          1:44:57

46th The Ilkley Winkles           8:46:04
Caroline Morley & David Howe      1:34:15
Nick Page & Jon Dillon            1:49:25
Gemma Carpenter & Bex Lander      1:38:13
Annabel Bailey & Louise Burdett   1:52:22
Abigail Bailey & Nicole Dillon    1:51:49

Weets fell race, Sat 11 June

Nick Pearce reports ... Four harriers travelled to Barnoldswick for the fortieth running of the Weets fell race. I didn't realise that the race no longer starts at the Rolls Royce sports club, but near Letcliffe park at the other end of town - I made the start line with minutes to spare. The current course is a tough little race with 1800' feet of climbing over 5.5 miles - significantly more climbing than the original race, and more of a fell course.

1  40.05 Mark McGoldrick Wharfedale 
3  42.27 Lee Morley
8  43.56 Ralph Tench 
11 45.31 Nick Pearce 
26 49.59 Mike Baldwin 

ParkRuns, Sat 11 June

John Marshall was 103rd in 24:12 at Leeds Hyde Park.
Gemma Carpenter was 51st in 26:47 at Lister Park, Bradford.

Abbey Anniversary fell race, Thu 9 June

12  40:54  Steve Turland
14  42:25  Ian Rowbotham
29  48:34  Dave Wilby
46  55:28  Graham Breeze
52  57:34  Sue Morley

Otley 10, Wed 8 June

Results from

34  69:20  Rob Cunningham
53  71:46  Sally Malir  3rd lady, 1st F45
66  75:05  Andrew Sheldon
128 81:30  John Coates
129 81:34  Chris Cunningham
214 95:08  Bernie Gibbons

Harewood Chase, Sun 5 June

Ladies race
26 53:36 Judith Scarfe
59 63:53 Rachel Cunningham

Men's race
16 42:18 Andrew Sheldon
25 45:13 Dougie Scarfe
34 46:56 Chris Cunningham

Ieper Half Marathon - "McBride-Run", Sun 5 June

Andrew Jackson reports ... I competed in my 1st half marathon on Sunday in Ieper Belgium. The race started in the centre of Ieper, and passed under the historic Mennem Gate, before heading out into the country. The course was as flat as a pancake - there are not many hills in Belgium! I came 380th in a time of 1:44:11

Wharfedale Half and Full Marathon, Sat 4 June

Jann Smith reports ... My first proper off-road event, 2600 feet of ascent and a brutal head wind at first. Standing on the start-line with my newly purchased bum-bag containing; compass, whistle, waterproofs, map with course plotted by grid-references and emergency food I felt very out of my comfort zone. I learnt a few lessons during the race: 1. Don't wear road shoes! The terrain is very rocky underfoot being mainly limestone pavement. 2. Listen to Ewan Welsh's advice: 'take it really steady at the start', so why was I racing with the first lady for the first 8 miles?? 3. If in doubt, get the map out! Don't believe other people know the route, I took a couple of wrong turns and ended up running about an extra mile and a half in a full circle losing valuable time!!
It's a great well organised race, the scenery was stunning and varied, everybody helped each around the course and it's on our's a real challenge, the hardest race I've ever done so far, but Graham Arthur, yes,I did enjoy it!!

Photos on

Full marathon
3   3:16:36  Jez Hellewell
34  3:57:23  Jann Smith   4th lady, 1st F35
37  3:58:44  Graham Arthur
48  4:13:51  Richard Morris
82  5:34:31  Fiona Schneider  1st F50

Half marathon
9   1:39:24  Mark Mon-Williams
17  1:41:38  Andrew Merrick
18  1:42:02  Jonathan Sinclair
44  1:54:48  Rebecca Mon-Williams 3rd lady, 1st F40
51  1:55:54  Ewan Welsh
54  1:56:19  Helen Thurston 4th lady
57  1:57:11  David Howe
72  2:02:13  Outi Kamarainen 
73  2:02:27  Nigel Tapper
78  2:03:23  Helen Horton 1st F45
133 2:13:52  Adela Reperecki 
145 2:16:59  Nicholas Page
149 2:17:28  Martin Wright
168 2:21:52  Alison Frost 
182 2:27:31  Abigail Bailey
200 2:34:26  Paul Sugden
201 2:34:30  Emma O'Looney
202 2:34:32  Sue Bickerdike

Soobedoo's report

Duddon Valley Fell Race, Sat 4 June

Clare Smith reports ... Several hardy Harriers turned out for this little toughie on Saturday. Certainly the hardest fell race I've ever done, just under 18 miles long and with about 7000ft of climb, including Harter Fell, Hardknott Fell, Little Stand, Swirl How, Dow Crag, White Pike and Caw.
Helene Whittaker, Alison Weston and Nicky Jaquiery were 3rd ladies' team.
288 started, 268 finished.
Q: 'Have I reached the top of Little Stand yet?
A: 'NO!'

Alison Weston adds ... a tough race but also lakeland running at its best. Blue skies, great views, lots of up + down, and lovely running along soft, grassy terrain. Dave, Steve and Duncan all had super runs as did Helene, Nicky and Clare. I am pretty sure we won the ladies vets team prize. So we need to keep it up!

1   Rob Jebb         2:43:54 (Bingley Harriers)
47  Dave Wilby       3:20:05
54  Steve Turland    3:23:44
92  Helene Whittaker 3:40:38 (1st LV45, 2nd LV40)
106 Duncan Cooper    3:48:00
146 Alison Weston    4:06:38
181 Nicky Jaquiery   4:22:59
235 Clare Smith      4:53:23

Pen y Ghent, Sat 4 June

Results from

18  57:51 Jim Ryder
45  63:42 Roy Ruddle
104 77:31 Sue Morley

Balmoral Half Marathon, Sat 4 June

Click for Andrew Bennett's photos

Andrew Bennett reports ... This event was the culmination of a great week up in the Cairngorms staying at Mark and Rebecca Mon-Williams' cottage (details on the Forum). Upon arrival Tom and I were immediately drafted in as emergency marshalls due to a shortage of volunteers and found ourselves whisked off to staff the first water stop complete with two-way radios. Alison ran the race which took place on roads, rough tracks and hills around the Balmoral Estate. We managed to get back to the finish to see her come in as second lady in a time of 1:38:40.

Harrogate Race League, Catterick Camp, Thu 2 June

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10 Harriers enjoyed an excellent event - a sunny evening, a great venue, and a challenging race. Well done to them, but this was a shockingly low turnout and we cannot get good team results without much better support. Come on everyone, let's do better at the next race at Otley on 21st June.

28   41.35  Mark Mon-Williams
33   41.55  Jeff Paget
37   42.23  Mark Iley
54   44.54  Andrew Sheldon
66   46.14  Rebecca Mon-Williams
85   48.15  Dougie Scarfe
156  56.16  Donald Macrae
158  56.31  Judith Scarfe
161  57.39  Sue Williamson
190  69.01  David Millson

Chevin Fell Race, Wed 1 June

Dave Wilby reports ... Tom Adams produced a magnificent performance once again to lead all the way, winning by a good margin and pushing himself to within 2 seconds of Ian Holmes record which has stood for the last 10 years. In the last week Tom has now broken 2 course records, won 2 races outright and set the fastest leg in a relay, and collected a silver medal for his county, not bad going!! Nick Pearce & Jim Towers both won their age groups with strong performances and there were plenty of other Red & Green vests on show. A good showing by Ilkley at one of our local races.

1   17:06  Tom Adams
25  20:59  Nick Pearce
27  21:55  Michael Pearce
33  22:20  M Richmond
45  23:17  Roy Ruddle
78  26:32  Jim Towers
82  26:58  Chloe Haines
92  29:02  Sue Morley
98  37:05  Lyn Eden

Older News, May 2011

Harrier of the Month, May

Nominations were:
Helen Horton, 2nd LV45 Meanwood VT and Triple Series (1st LV45 Wharfedale Half)
Tom Adams, Ilkley Trail Race course record, and race results
Andrew Merrick, PBs at Rothwell, Leeds Half, John Carr
Helen Whittaker, Yorkshire selection
David Westhead, John Carr sub 16:45
Sally Morley, Yorkshire selection
Neil Smith, LDWA 100
BMAF V35 ladies team Jane Bryant, Sally Morley, Sharon Williams, Jann Smith

The HoM awards went to David Westhead, and Andrew Merrick. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Ilkley Harriers Trail Race, Mon 30th May

272 finishers including over 40 Harriers; new course records including a fabulous 39:31 set by Tom Adams; team wins for both men's and ladies Harriers teams; a record 70 juniors; over £1800 raised for Charity - another Ilkley Harriers event to be proud of. Thanks to everyone involved, especially the race organisers Lawrence & Jemma Basham.
Results etc. on the Trail Race page.

This was also a Ilkley Harriers Race League event.

Race For Life, Ilkley, Sun 29th May

Well done to everyone who did Race For Life on Sunday. Thanks to Emma, Sue, and their girls for talking to runners about Ilkley Harriers and handing out leaflets: if any ladies fancy finding more about Harriers have a look through this page to get a flavour of what the Club does, and find out more about Harriers membership here.

Housman Hundred 28th-29th May

Neil Smith reports ... Named after the poet A. E. Housman, this year's annual LDWA flagship challenge event was based in Shropshire. It included sections of the Mortimer Trail, Offas Dyke path and Shropshire Way, and was actually 101.2 miles long with almost 17,000 feet of climb. I managed to get round in 27 hours 54 minutes, in 13th place.

Inter-Counties Fell Championships, Scotland, Sat 28 May

Tom Adams in his crisp new Yorkshire vest finished 10th overall, leading the Yorkshiremen's team to Silver (with Ben Mounsey 12th and Graham Pearce 15th running for Yorkshire for the fifth time). In the ladies race Yorkshire won the Bronze medal, the team including Helene Whitaker 15th and Sally Morley 20th.

Isle of Jura fell race 16m/7500ft, Sat 28 May

Dave Wilby reports ... Ilkley Harrier Graham Arthur certainly didn't take on just any old challenge when he decided to enter the world of race organisation, choosing one of the 'monuments' of fell running, the Jura race. I'm glad to report that he did a fantastic job and the race was a great success, despite the best efforts of the weather in the week before. 4 Harriers took on the challenge of very strong winds on the tops, hail, rain, huge scree and a lot of boggy ground, as well as one of the most brutal courses on the calendar, to all successfully complete the challenge in good style. I managed to get round in 3:58 to claim a sub 4-hr whiskey glass, Steve Turland set a new pb in 4:08, Stuart Pitches claimed a 4:28 on his 1st atttempt and inside his target of 4:30, and Sophie Brown should be extremely proud of herself after conquering the course and finishing in around 7hrs, a fabulous effort. 1st home was Es Tressider in 3:21, and Sarah Ridgeway led the ladies home in 4:09

20   3:58:56  Dave Wilby
28   4:08:28  Steve Turland
45   4:28:25  Stuart Pitches
190  7:08:46  Sophie Brown

Meanwood Valley Trail Race, Sat 28 May

Results and photos on Valley Striders web site.

14  48:51  Nick Pearce  3rd V50
16  49:08  Andrew Merrick
82  58:32  Nigel Tapper
84  58:41  John Coates
89  59:28  Helen Horton 2nd F45
127 64:24  Martin Wright

Helen was also second V45 in the overall Triple Trail series.

Park Run, Albert Park Middlesbrough, Sat 28 May

94  24:14 John Marshall

HDSRL #2, Beckwithshaw, Thu 26 May

Thanks to the 23 who ran at Beckwithshaw. We saw much improved team placings (incl 2nd ladies, a win in the lady vets, but what's happened to our SuperVets?) and have begun to climb up the overall tables (all 5 races count in the team prizes) so (you know what's coming next ...) we need some really good results in all classes and complete teams at the Richmond race next Thursday 2nd June on a fab new course at Catterick - results, race details, etc. on

23   37.14  Jim Ryder
36   38.12  Mark Mon-Williams
37   38.13  Andrew Merrick
39   38.14  Mark Iley
55   39.37  Julian Carter
90   42.47  Jane Bryant
93   43.17  Alison Bennett
97   43.33  Helen Thurston
105  44.10  Paul Stephens
120  44.51  Stephen Rhodes
136  46.08  Alison Weston
143  46.29  Val Kerr
220  54.33  David Green
224  54.42  Donald Macrae
225  54.45  Sue Williamson
226  54.58  Paul Sugden
227  55.08  Gemma Carpenter
229  55.27  Emma O'Looney
230  55.30  Andrew Bennett
244  56.50  Colin Lugton
254  60.49  Fiona Schneider
262  62.38  Sue Verspyck
267  66.23  David Millson

Apperley Bridge Canter, Thu 26 May

90  44:23 Mike Baldwin 
158 47:59 Anthony Swanepoel
181 49:20 Andrew Jackson   PB
363 60:22 Ashleigh Brownhill

Will Ramsbotham Badger Stone Relay, Wed 25 May

Thanks to the many Ilkley Harriers who helped with this super event. Another good turnout with 44 teams, including many family teams and juniors. Full results on the Badger Stone Relay page.

Yorkshire's Best

Well done to Sally Morley and Helene Whitaker who, like Tom Adams, have been selected to run for Yorkshire at the Inter-Counties Fell Championships on 28 May.

Borrowdale 20km trail run, Sun 22 May

Helen Thurston reports ... a really beautiful run along the banks of Derwent Water and up some steep rocky hills through Borrowdale, organised by High Terrain Events. I finished 25th overall in a time of 1:59:55

Edinburgh Marathon, Sun 22 May

A few Harriers spotted in the results - any more? Hilda says "My first and only(!) marathon on a very blustery day in Edinburgh with around 20000 entries".

5672  3:57:25  Hilda Coulsey 
6126  4:28:25  Abigail Bailey
8819  4:38:02  Andy Wilson

Windermere Marathon, Sun 22 May

Fiona Schneider reports ... After a heavy hailstorm as we were waiting to start, we had a dry run around Windermere. In fact, the conditions were suddenly very good for running. This has to be a favourite marathon course. I was 8th FV50 in 4.45.42 A new course record was set - S. Littler 2.32.08, on a course with an overall climb of 485 metres.

Old County Tops, Sat 21 May

Helene Whitaker, with Yiannis Tridimas from Bowland, was 15th in 8:58:22 in this 37m/10000' classic

BMAF Road Relays, Sutton Coalfield, Sat 21 May

Jane Bryant reports ... despite 2 of us having had the lurgy all week, 1 with dodgy ankle and 1 with very tired legs we came a fantastic 8th place. Last year we were 10th, so to come in the top 10 was great, and with a 48 yr old “ringer!!”. Official results.

Leg 1  18:01  Sally Morley
Leg 2  20:16  Jane Bryant
Leg 3  21:08  Sharon Williams
Leg 4  20:29  Jann Smith

Sedbergh Gala, Sat 21 May

The first race in the BOFRA Championships:

15  22:32  Iain Gibbons
23  23:42  Dave Cummings
63  29:18  Diane Haggar  2nd L40
77  31:38  Jim Towers
103 45:50  Lyn Eden

Leeds ParkRun, Sat 21 May

25  18:31 Stephen Coy
125 23:58 John Marshall

Kildwick fell race, Thu 19 May

26  30:17  Duncan Cooper
38  31:59  Mike Baldwin
51  34:09  Diane Haggar

John Carr #3, Wed 18 May

37 Harriers, young and old, in the final John Carr race of the series.
Tom Adams took overall 1st place in the series, with top-30 results from Mark Iley, Andrew Merrick, Sally Morley, and Nick Pearce. In the overall results by category, all 7 female juniors were Ilkley Harriers, led in by Lucy Williamson; Sally Morley was 2nd FV35 (4th F); Rebecca Mon-Williams was 3rd FV40; Sally Malir was 2nd FV45; Francis Westhead was 2nd junior; and Nick Pearce was 1st V55.
More on Saltaire Striders site.

Of course, everyone's been doing the John Carrs to hone their speed for the fabulous Badger Stone Relays next Wednesday 25th May - see you all there!

2    15.28  Tom Adams
21   17.01  Dave Wilby
31   17.27  Steve Weston
40   17.47  Mark Mon-Williams
47   18.02  Mark Iley
49   18.10  Dave Cummings
51   18.12  Andrew Merrick
53   18.14  Nick Pearce
62   18.32  Sally Morley
83   19.18  Francis Westhead
90   19.29  Neil Chapman
92   19.30  Geoffrey Howard
101  19.46  Jack Cummings
102  19.47  Simon Chapman
109  20.06  Sally Mair
110  20.08  Ruaridh Mon-Williams
114  20.16  Rebecca Mon-Williams
116  20.17  Edward Muirhead
129  20.49  Sharon Williams
139  21.09  Edward Bickerdike
140  21.12  Andrew Jackson
149  21.30  David Taylor
153  21.43  Lucy Willamson
176  22.42  Bradley Chapman
181  22.58  Lucy Jacques
182  22.59  Elizabeth Westhead
198  23.59  Harriet Jackson  PB
200  24.05  Michael Picken
207  24.19  Alison Ricci
220  25.07  Sue Willamson
228  25.40  Andrew Bennett
252  28.10  Alessandra Ricci
255  28.29  Joanna Taylor
256  28.37  Bridget Taylor
262  29.41  Joanne Willamson

Away Run 1, Tue 17 May

30+ Harriers enjoyed a good run, good company, good fish and chips and good beer afterwards, but alas not good weather on the first of the Summer Away Runs. Photo: at Sharp Haw, Tim Ratcliffe.

Where's the sunshine, then?

Yorkshire 10k, Newby Hall, Sun 15 May

43  45:03  Jane McCarthy
68  46:50  Chris Cunningham
106 48:51  Helen Shew
173 54:59  Christine Cox
382 57:04  Carole Cunningham

Great Manchester Run, Sun 15 May

234  38:25  Rob Cunningham
2331 45:28  Vic Verecondi
3478 58:11  Sue Verspyck

Skipton Tough Ten, Sun 15 May

Ewan Welsh reports ... meandered over to Skipton on Sunday morning for the ‘Tough’ Ten road race realising that it was actually my first road race for about 4 years and first 10 mile road race in about 5 years. Skipton have resurrected this race, it’s certainly deserving of the resurrection, myself and John Coates where t’Harriers representation, in fact I last ran this in 2006, where, again, John and myself were the only Harriers. I think it’s the last time I spoke to John, where does the time go !
In a race with several long climbs (one particular long climb from about 1 ½ mile to approx 5 miles) and sharp descents, I found myself physically wilting at around 8 miles, finishing in 76 mins, John came in a bit after that, not sure what time, but elated that is was 5 mins faster than he did in 2006, (I was a few minutes slower than previous attempts, in the previous attempts I didn’t wilt at 8 miles, that was the main difference).
I believe there were about 70 runners, I didn’t wait about for the results, I manage to suss out that only one runner came in under the hour, it’s not the fastest 10 miles you will ever run, it’s more like a fell race on tarmac (apart from watching out for traffic ), I did pass a few runners walking fell like up the hill, a bit surreal.
Lee (that runs with Bingley and coached by Pete) was 1st in around 57 mins and the only one under the hour.
Hopefully Skipton will keep this going as it merits a bigger field and is an excellent route, if you like Otley 10, Burnsall 10, Dent 14 and those type of road races then this is the another to add to you suite of races to do.

(1  57:35  Lee Athersmith, Bingley)
32  76:53  Ewan Welsh
45  81:18  John Coates

Capabilities Overview, Sun 15 May

Amanda Parnaby reports on ... 24 miles around Sledmere, organised by East Yorks LDWA. Weather windy but pleasant. The route changes slightly each year as it takes place on private land owned by local farmers and the Sledmere Estate. The only downside was the lively stinging nettles we encountered en route. Completed in 5 hrs 45 mins

Fairfield Horseshoe, Sat 14 May

Lee Morley reports ... a number of Harriers made the trip to the Lakes for the Fairfield race. The organisers slightly changed the course with it starting and finishing 500 yds up the hill above Rydal Hall, a killer finish after the ½ mile run in.

(1  1:20:19 Morgan Donnelly - Borrowdale)
12  1:30:02 Lee Morley
24  1:33:49 Steve Turland
28  1:35:01 Jamie Hutchinson
31  1:35:50 Jim Ryder
48  1:38:41 Nick Pearce
69  1:42:55 Richard Joel

Mearley Clough, Sat 14 May

From Dave Wilby ... Still awaiting the final version of results, but the small band of Harriers in attendance acquitted themselves very well indeed. The course was only 3.5 miles long but provided a true test of championship fell running (English Fell Champs counter) with a bit of everything thrown in including some very fast running initially, a steep runnable climb, an even steeper hands on knees climb, a run around the cairn, a steep descent, a bit of a scramble, some contouring then some absolutely lightening fast downhill running in to the finish. The ladies went off first and despite being world famous for her endurance feats, Helene Whitaker demonstrated her all round ability by leading home the Harriers ladies well inside the top 10 overall, and also taking first V45. Sally Morley wasn't far behind at all, possibly sneaking in to the top 12, a great performance in such a quality field. The team was rounded off by Emma Barclay, and they may well have taken the 1st team place.
In the men's race, Tom Adams was looking to see where his excellent recent form would put him in the national scene, and he did himself proud finishing 16th in 29:36 a very high quality field. There's no doubt he'll only get better as he does more category 'A' fell races, so watch this space. I claimed the final scoring spot in 50th which was only the 2nd time since 2007 that the Harriers have had 2 points scorers in the same championship race. Jim & Eric were also in attendance, Jim sporting some fashionable cargo shorts as he'd forgotten to pack his usual racing shorts. Fortunately it stayed dry for the race as he would have doubled in weight if they'd started holding water!! Not sure of any age group positions as yet.
Well done to all, a tough race in a fantastic setting. Next champs race is Duddon Valley (20 miles) on 4th June, then Loughrigg Silver Howe (8.5 miles) on 26th June. Entry details on FRA website now.

And from Emma Barclay ... the Ladies had a good strong team out for this event, we know that we got first ladies team which is a great result. Helene (7th) and Sally (11th) both had a good race, I came in as 3rd counter in 17th position. Not sure how we did in the Vets Ladies Team until official results are issued. A cracking short race and very well organised. Well done to Tom and Dave who both did very well.

(1  27:45  Simon Bailey, Mercia)
16  29:36  Tom Adams
50  31:39  Dave Wilby
174 46:58  Jim Towers
184 55:21  Eric Morley

(1  34:29  Lauren Jeska, Tod)
7   37:33  Helene Whitaker
11  38:06  Sally Morley
17  39:11  Emma Barclay
45  42:48  Alison Weston
59  44:52  Val Kerr
69  45:51  Clare Smith
97  50:53  Sue Morley
101 66:52  Lyn Eden

Leeds ParkRun, Sat 14 May

158 24:35 John Marshall

John Carr 5k #2, Wed 11 May

36 Harriers including juniors were out for this one. Many ran faster than last week, including Tom in his 2nd race in 2 days, but he was beaten by the fastest John Carr win in several years (since 14:41 in 2007, in fact). Full results on Saltaire Striders site and a photo-compilation from Soobedoo for Facebookers on our Facebook page.

(1  15:02 Yared Hagos, Bradford Airedale)
2   15.28 Tom Adams
11  16.34 Dave Wilby  PB
16  16.43 David Westhead
36  18.02 Mark Iley
47  18.23 Andrew Merrick
48  18.24 Sally Morley
54  18.36 Nick Pearce
58  18.51 Andrew Sheldon
80  19.35 Francis Westhead
85  19.46 Simon Chapman
88  19.52 Sally Malir
93  20.02 Rebecca Mon-Williams
98  20.10 Alison Bennett
102 20.22 Edward Muirhead
103 20.23 Sharon Williams
110 20.42 Jane McCarthy
112 20.44 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
115 20.48 Bradley Chapman
117 20.51 Edward Bickerdike
118 20.52 Neil Chapman
121 21.03 Andrew Jackson  PB
129 21.10 Lucy Williamson
146 22.12 Nick Mellor
147 22.14 David Taylor
163 23.01 Elizabeth Westhead
176 23.36 Lucy Jacques
180 23.47 Michael Picken
186 24.15 Harriet Jackson
190 24.44 Alison Ricci
200 25.05 Joanne Willamson
204 25.40 Sue Williamson
221 26.58 Alessandra Ricci
225 27.15 Andrew Bennett
237 28.25 Bridget Taylor
241 29.14 Joanna Taylor

Yorkshire's Best

Well done to Tom Adams whose recent good results have earned him selection for Yorkshire in the Inter-Counties Fell Championships on 28 May.

Jack Bloor Races, Tue 10 May

There was a sea of red and green vests at this year's Jack Bloor Races, always well supported by Harriers. There were 46 Junior Harriers (over a third of the field) in the junior races. In the senior race Tom Adams finished a close second to P&B's Graham Pearce, the two well ahead of the rest of the field. Ilkley had 3rd team, 1st ladies team with Emma Barclay 3rd lady, and over 40 runners (plus additional 2nd-claim runners and Junior Harriers parents!).

Click for Andy Holden's photos
1   38.09 Graham Pearce P&B
2   38.11 Tom Adams
7   40:35 Alex Sinclair 2nd U23
11  41.46 Lee Morley
25  44.27 Jamie Hutchinson
30  45.09 Stuart Pitches
31  45.12 Ralph Tench
33  45.19 Jim Ryder
34  45.37 Ian Rowbotham  1st V50
37  46.53 Nick Pearce
40  47.23 Malcolm Pickering
41  47.31 Richard Joel
50  49.52 Alistair Barlow
53  50.00 Neil Smith
55  50.15 Mike Baldwin
57  50.19 Toni Melechi
61  50.45 Emma Barclay
63  50.55 Paddy Hagan
72  52.41 John Hayes
73  52.54 Chris Oxlade
76  53.08 Eddie Winslow
78  53.14 Outi Kamarainen
79  53.22 Florence Haines 1st U23
91  55.00 Alison Weston
92  55.03 Marlon Frost
93  55.10 Kelly Harrison
95  55.15 Eleanor Kitchen
105 55.54 Val Kerr    1st LV50
107 56.03 Alison Bennett
113 56.08 Dave Taylor
117 56.32 Sue Booth
122 57.17 Sarah Haines
135 58.32 John Pickering
143 58.51 Joyce Marshall
148 59.38 Graham Breeze
153 60.06 Gavin Burgess
158 61.04 Sophie Brown
167 63.01 Sue Morley
168 63.40 Kevin Wardale
173 64.27 Rachel Hagan
182 66.34 Amanda Martyn
187 68.02 Dave Kitchen
188 68.03 Andrew Bennett
193 74.47 Rachel Websdale
196 75.07 Joanna Taylor
197 75.09 Sarah Hayes
206 finished

Andy Holden's photos

Trunce 3 Fell Race, Mon 9 May

Lyn Eden reports ... Jim and I did this lovely 4 mile [approx], fell race, the third of a nine race series (web site) following an afternoon in Sheffield with our grandchild. We are gradually getting back into running after our worst cough and cold ever which had taken a month to get over. It was, therefore a pleasant surprise that we both ran our fastest run in this series this year.

Jim Towers 36:06
Lyn Eden   47:30

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Calderdale Way Relay, Sun 8 May

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Both Ilkley's teams successfully completed this - the results are up now on Halifax Harriers' site - the ladies team was 36th overall and 2nd ladies team; the open team was 59th overall.

Andrew Bennett's photos

Dave & Eileen Woodhead's photos

POSLeg 1Leg2Leg 3Leg 4Leg 5Leg 6
36Sally MalirAlison EagleJo FosterTracey GreenwayEmma BarclayAlison Bennett
Rebecca Mon-WilliamsNicky JaquieryJoyce MarshallKelly HarrisonSally MorleyHelen Thurston
1:36:24 (51)1:15:08 (36)0:52:30 (51)1:28:29 (43)1:02:51(17)1:28:51(44)
59Julian CarterKevin GoochClare SmithJamie HutchinsonAmanda NewhamNeil Chapman
Nick PearceRachael GoochVal KerrBrian MeliaGemma CarpenterPeter Shields
1:29:28 (35)1:26:14(67)0:50:19(41)1:32:17 (51)1:26:31(77)1:40:00(71)

Leeds Half Marathon, Sun 8 May

22 Harriers:

54   1:25:33  Andrew Merrick
377  1:38:00  David Howe 
386  1:38:10  Jann Smith  3rd F40
497  1:40:10  Richard Morris
620  1:42:45  Dougie Scarfe  PB
750  1:44:57  Martin Wright
769  1:45:20  Graham Corbett
818  1:46:03  Simon Darley
1145 1:50:40  Claire Hodgson
1205 1:51:24  Hilda Coulsey   2nd FV55-59
1454 1:54:58  Tim Ratcliffe
1464 1:55:10  Caroline Morley
1739 1:58:25  Ian Hargreaves
1751 1:58:35  Abigail Bailey
1810 1:59:18  John Brown
1983 2:01:31  Matthew Rutter
2016 2:02:00  Emma O'Looney
2257 2:05:44  Sue Williamson  PB 8 mins
2324 2:06:52  Donna Jackson
2380 2:07:51  Allison Ricci
2444 2:09:24  Christine Cox
3223 2:28:02  Rachel Cunningham

Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k, Sun 8 May

From Jane Bryant ...I went to the seaside on Sunday to compete in this 10k, which is primarily a charity fun run along the front and back. It had to go north this year due to the south side being closed due to road works, although the “Start/Finish” banner people forgot this and put the banner the wrong way round to confuse us. There was an area at the front for the “serious” runner’s which appeared to include several men in “morph” suites. The female announcer, wondered if they definitely were men, and yes, I can categorically state that they were! A torrential downpour on the start line helped cool things down and off we went. I got to the 5k in 19.30 (don’t know what happened on Wed!) and then turned to come back and was met by the wind, so it was a return 5k in the wind. Didn’t feel like I slowed, as I stayed with the same crowd, but finished in 41.15. As I finished, I was told I was 3rd lady, but then I saw 3 women already finished and it turned out I was 5th! No prizes for being an old lady in this race, no chip, but a decent medal for the kids to play with and a good day out. Definately 1 to put in the diary for a fast 10k next year, weather dependent.

1  31:56  Steve Littler
   41:15  Jane Bryant  5th lady (overall positions not given)

25th Birthday Garden Party, Sat 7 May

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The Celebrations continued with a Garden Party, chez Bennett, enjoyed by 40-50 Harriers.
There was brilliant BBQ-ing, fantastic food, good company, and a toast to "Ilkey Harriers, 25 Moor Years" with Birthday Champagne provided by the Club.
Thanks to Alison and Andrew for all their hard work setting this up, and for their generous hospitality.
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Pendle Cloughs fell race, Sat 7 May

26  3:17:14  Graham Arthur
38  3:59:53  Sophie Brown

Andy Holden's photos

Malhamdale Meander, Sat 7 May

Amanda Parnaby reports on ... 23 miles in and around Malham. I reached Gordale Scar before the early afternoon rain and this, coupled with encouragement from fellow participants, persuaded me to once again take this route rather than what, in future, will definitely be my preferred option of the long way round. Despite my problems at Gordale Scar it was an enjoyable day. Finished in 6 hrs 5 mins.

Hawkshead 15k Trail Race, Sat 7 May

Kevin Wardale was 229th in 1:47:23

Leeds ParkRun, Sat 7 May

106 25:05 John Marshall

HDSRL #1, Thirsk, Thu 5 May

Some excellent individual performances, but not enough of us made the journey to get the team results that we'd like! Let's do better at HDSRL#2 at Harrogate on 26 May!

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42  36:22  Ian Rowbotham
51  36:56  Jeff Paget
94  40:22  Alison Bennett
115 41:46  Phil Hirst
163 44:30  Val Kerr
194 46:53  Paul Sugden
220 49:37  Don MacRae
235 51:32  Christine Cox
239 51:44  Emma O'Looney
243 52:45  Andrew Bennett
270 59:58  David Millson

Full results and photos on

Lothersdale fell race, Wed 4 May

25  28:58  Mike Baldwin
74  35:38  Graham Breeze

Andy Holden's photos

John Carr 5k #1, Wed 4 May

Tom Adams won the first race in the series, leading in no less than 48(!!) Ilkley Harriers including many juniors

1   15:30  Tom Adams
11  16:44  David Westhead
22  17:34  Steve Weston
25  17:49  Mark Mon-Williams
35  18:11  Andrew Merrick
38  18:17  Dave Cummings
39  18:19  Sally Morley
42  18:27  Mark Iley
51  18:44  Nick Pearce
68  19:12  Andrew Sheldon
69  19:13  Georgia Malir
72  19:15  Geoff Howard
79  19:28  Arthur Reilly
89  19:46  Jack Cummings
90  19:47  Neil Chapman
92  19:52  Francis Westhead
94  20:02  Sally Malir
100 20:14  Simon Chapman
101 20:16  Jane Bryant
105 20:21  Edward Muirhead
106 20:22  Alison Bennett
111 20:32  Rebecca Mon-Williams
117 20:43  Jane McCarthy
119 20:46  Jann Smith              PB
122 20:48  Sharon Williams
128 20:59  Bradley Chapman
137 21:16  Ed Bickerdike
140 21:24  Lucy Williamson
150 21:51  Andrew Jackson
151 21:56  Dave Taylor
157 22:04  Nick Mellor
173 22:39  Jim Towers
176 22:50  Karen Lambe
185 23:04  Lucy Jacques
187 23:07  Clare Smith
197 23:29  Elizabeth Westhead
211 23:59  Michael Picken
214 24:13  Alison Ricci
227 24:58  Sue Bickerdike
237 25:22  Harriet Jackson
240 25:40  Sue Williamson
250 26:26  Alessandra Ricci
253 26:30  Andrew Bennett
276 28:29  Joanne Williamson
281 29:46  Lyn Eden
283 30:27  Bridget Taylor
284 30:28  Joanne Taylor
291 finished

Full results on Saltaire Striders web site

This is a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

25th Birthday Party, Tue 3 May

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Ilkley Harriers was 25 years old on Monday 1st May!

We kicked off the celebrations when members new and old got together for a bit of a Do. We were pleased to welcome some of our previous members and founder members too. ILT&SC laid on some stylish nosh with Pimms and canapes, Chris Matthews produced a magnificent birthday cake (and decorated the room), and Vince Gibbons and Richard Gray hosted the fiendishly difficult Harriers History quiz. A great time was had by all -
see some photos.

Rothwell 10k, Mon 2 May

50  37:40 Andrew Merrick
59  38:17 Ralph Tench
74  39:52 Geoffrey Howard  1st M65 

Keswick Half Marathon, Sun 1 May

Alison Frost was 411th in 1:59:35 (PB by 4m 50s). She reports "one of the most scenic half marathons, glorious sunshine and a fresh easterly wind made for a perfect day out."

Hameldon Hill Race, Accrington, Sun 1 May

Graham Breeze was 129th, 1st V65, in 59:27

Older News, April 2011

Harrier of the Month, April

Nominations were:
Gaenor Coy - Paris marathon time
Emma O’Looney - Training and London Marathon
The Bennetts - Dales Way Relay organisation & support
Dave Cummings - 3 Peaks debut and John Carr 5k
Ian Rowbotham - 3 Peaks and Dick Hudsons
Sue Booth - Open 5 winner
Steve Weston - London
Jann Smith - London
Mike Baldwin - 19th 3 Peaks race
Andy Merrick - race results
Tom Adams - Guiseley Gallop win and Bunny Run results

The HoM awards went to Ian Rowbotham, and the Bennetts. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Three Peaks fell race, Sat 30 April

Dave Wilby reports ... some great team results: Jamie Hutchinson, Mark Mon-Williams & Steve Turland were 3rd MV40 team behind Dark Peak and P&B, and Ian Rowbotham, Nick Pearce & Mike Baldwin were 3rd MV50 team. The MV40 men received Salomon kit, but the MV50 prizes only went down to 2nd place, shame!

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(1  2:53:34 Thomas Owens, Shettleston Harriers)
56  3:35:14 Ian Rowbotham
58  3:37:42 Jamie Hutchinson
59  3:37:50 Dave Wilby
64  3:38:47 Mark Mon-Williams
89  3:45:54 Steve Turland
91  3:45:59 Nick Pearce
143 3:57:07 Duncan Cooper
157 3:59:23 Jez Hellewell
167 4:00:11 Jim Ryder
215 4:05:57 Neil Smith
242 4:10:17 Mike Baldwin
243 4:10:34 Alistair Barlow
262 4:14:24 Sally Malir
319 4:23:23 Brian Melia
351 4:28:41 Stuart Pitches
352 4:28:49 Rebecca Mon-Williams
355 4:29:22 Dave Cummings
391 4:33:37 Andy Wiggans
408 4:35:11 Paul Sowden
431 4:38:46 Martin Archer
457 4:42:24 Mark Richmond
489 4:46:28 Alison Weston
586 5:01:48 Sharon Williams
665 5:27:36 Jonathan Riley

Full results on and some photos on and

Graham Weston's photos

Terry Lonergan's photos

Julian Mawson's photos

Sharon Williams reports ... my first completion of this race, having failed to finish in 2010 (retired at Hill Inn). I was determined to cross the finishing line, whatever the conditions and state of my body! Running conditions were good, sunny and dry, apart from a strong wind that followed you round the 23 mile course and got really scary coming off Whernside. I had made good time up till that point, but the combination of wobbly legs and the wind meant a slow descent after Whernside and a quickening of my pace on the road to ensure I made the Hill Inn checkpoint. It was a struggle on the flagstones towards Ingleborough and I spent a bit of time walking because my quads were screaming at this point, but there was plenty of company along the way. I made another slow descent down the rocky Ingleborough and lost a lot of places, but glad I had opted for comfort when choosing my footwear (Mizuno Wave Ascends) for the last 5 miles to Horton and was able to quicken my pace and achieve my goal of 5 hours. I just wanted to thank all the Ilkley Harriers that turned out on the day to give their support, it was fantastic and really appreciated. In all an enjoyable day, a very well organised event, supportive marshals and a nice T-shirt, but I can honestly say that I never want to go up Whernside again!

From Andy Wiggans ... I'm not entirely sure what led me to believe that it was a good idea to run a 24 mile fell race 13 days after running London Marathon, but I can now confirm that it wasn't. I think it was somewhere around Ribblehead that my legs realised that I was asking them to run a long way again, and them deciding to make their objections known by refusing to work properly.
Loads of supportive folk out on the hill, including many Harriers, made the pain tolerable, and a couple of sips of water from passers-by were an absolute lifesaver. The climb up Whernside seemed to take for ever, and my sore legs meant that I was even slower downhill than my usual "bambi-on-ice" technique, but I made the cut-offs fairly comfortably, which was my only objective for my first go.
A tough day at the office then, made worse by my kitten-soft road running feet getting blisters on the way down Pen yGhent, meaning I simply couldn't run downhill, and making the descent off Ingleborough even more horrific than usual. Road shoes would probably have been better, but whatever I'd had on my feet I don't think it was going to have made my legs forget about their efforts a couple of weeks before.
All in all I'm glad to have done it, although I'm not sure I'd do the two events in the same fortnight again as I think you can probably only do one of them justice.

Highland Fling, Sat 30 April

From Graham Arthur ... The Highland Fling was the UKA trail championship and the Scottish Ultra championship. Jez Bragg smashed his previous record and was second. The new champion is Andrew James. The weather was warm, like everywhere else. At the 41-mile checkpoint, my drink and banana were actually hot, and there was no shade. That was about the worst point. Distance: 53 miles. Climb: 4000 ft, but very up and down with lots of steep and very rough sections. Scenery: stupendous. General atmosphere and organisation: brilliant. Sadly, Ewan Welsh was unable to go, but we shall meet again at the Wharfedale Off Road Marathon. 383 starters, 321 finishers. Graham Arthur was 161st in 11 hrs 28 min.

Lister Park ParkRun, Sat 30 April

123 25:20 John Marshall
153 26:48 Gemma Carpenter

Dick Hudsons fell race, Wed 27 April

The first BOFRA race of the season. 5 miles (a looong 5 miles) from the Tarn to Dick Hudsons and back.

10  51:28  Ian Rowbotham  1st V50
14  55:53  Sue Booth      1st lady cyclist
15  56:26  Neil Smith
16  57:01  Rob Cunningham
20  57:59  Mike Baldwin
23  58:26  Paddy Hagan
25  60:04  Norman Bush    1st V70
26  61:09  Paul Stephens
34  64:32  Brian Melia

Bunny Relays, Tue 26 April

There were many Harriers amongst the 77 teams in the Bunny Relays, spot them in the full results and photos on

Guiseley Gallop, Sun 24 April

Congratulations to Tom Adams on winning this for a 2nd year...

1   35:00  Tom Adams
41  41:40  Nick Pearce 2nd M55
43  41:47  Andrew Merrick
61  43:08  Rob Cunningham
62  43:09  Ralph Tench
64  43:20  Emma Barclay	1st F40
194 51:41  Andrew Jackson
199 52:03  Helen Horton	3rd F45
221 52:50  Sharon Meadows
223 52:51  Martin Wright
228 53:05  Anthony Swanepoel
232 53:12  Vic Verecondi
292 56:08  Christopher Brown
300 56:34  Ian Hargreaves
331 58:19  Christine Coy

Lister Park ParkRun, Sat 23 April

116 25:37 John Marshall

Cannon Hill ParkRun, Sat 23 April

117 26:34  Gemma Carpenter

Bunny 3, Tue 19 April

Tom Adams won the Egg Stage again and overall ran 2s faster than last week in sizzling sunny weather, but Bunny Run legend Ian Holmes caught Tom on the final climb and powered away to win in 15.04. Ian's reign started in 1994 and over the years he has now amassed an incredible 30 Bunny wins! Full results and photos on

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2   15:14  Tom Adams  Egg Stage winner 3:25
28  17:23  Dave Wilby
54  18:39  Mark Iley
77  19:41  Georgia Malir
88  20:05  George Stevens
98  20:24  Jack Cummings
107 20:41  Victoria Stevens
121 21:19  Dominic Coy
145 22:02  Outi Kamarainen
152 22:19  Bradley Chapman
174 23:03  Sophie Brown
206 24:20  Cath Gibbons
209 24:34  Clare Smith
212 24:42  Sue Morley
218 23:05  Eric Morley
222 25:20  David Green
235 25:50  Gemma Carpenter
243 26:22  Greg Smith
250 26:50  Bernie Gibbons

London Marathon, Sun 17 April

Well done to the Harriers in the 31st London Marathon:

1664  3h08:37 Steve Weston (PB)
1902  3h11:25 Andy Wiggans
2199  3h14:31 Julian Carter  (a PB by 44mins 52secs!)
4733  3h35:07 Jann Smith (PB)
6616  3h47:41 Daniel Ibbotson
9219  3h59:34 Martin Wright
15539 4h26:18 Paul Sugden
20932 4h48:49 Emma O'Looney
30149 5h42:51 Mike Picken

Andy Wiggans' report ... A tough day in the sun - probably not as tough as Paris, but still a hot day for a fat lad.
Down to London for registration and the usual wander round the Expo celebrity spotting, then a few hours boredom in my room - thank goodness for Sky Sports. A very pleasant Italian tea with several Harriers and their families, then back to the hotel for a fitful night's sleep trying to decide on a target time.
My in-room self-service breakfast of Tesco instant porridge and coffee was prepared and consumed (take that, £19.50 hotel-breakfast-man!) then it was onto a Boris Bike to Charing Cross and a seat on the Blackheath train. Wandered open-mouthed, gawping at the scale of the event, to the slightly patronisingly named "fast good for age" start, drank some more water, a couple of toilet visits then we were into the pen and soon were off and running.
I had harboured hopes of a sub-3 earlier in the campaign, but too much travelling (and associated fat-boy breakfasts), a few visits from the "can't be bothered fairy" and a promise of a hot day meant that the best I was hoping for was a PB of around 3:05. I started off at about 7 minute pace,and went through 10k in 43 minutes, just slightly down on sub-3 pace, but enough to know it wasn't a sub-3 day. I was through half way in 1:31, energised by a shout from Dave Ibbotson, but by the time we hit Docklands at 18 miles or so I had started to slow down and the heat was starting to take effect.
20 miles came and went in 2:21 so a PB had pretty much gone - so thoughts now turned to making sure I hit 3:15 and another fast GFA place. Even a sweaty, fat bloke can run a 54 minute 10k, can't they? We'll see...
Got another shout from Dave on the Causeway on the way back, and started to really struggle as we passed the Tower of London - but looking back to what happened to my pace the last time the wheels came off at London it was a relatively minor collapse, as I only slowed to just over 8 minute miles instead of the 10 minute pace in the tropical hell of 2007.
On the embankment I attempted to "zip up the man suit" as they say and dig in a bit - I still wasn't sure of the 3:15 until the last 800m or so when I realised I had about 8 minutes to cover half a mile. I saw a guy on his hands and knees trying to carry on to the finish, with several St John's Ambulance people trying to coax him into a wheelchair.
Stopped the watch on 3:11:25, so happy to be within 4 minutes of a PB on a really tough day. Hats off to those out on the road for 4hrs + - it got hotter and hotter as the day went on. Another 2 years of qualification for London then, which I shall pass on for next year I think, but probably be back for another bash in 2013.

Dark and White Mini MM Round 3, Sun 17 April

Steve Turland reports ... thought this 3hr event would be good preparation for the 3Ps and was in the Hope Valley, Peak District covering some similar ground to Edale Skyline. To my surprise I managed to clear the course with 1 minute to spare, and then had an anxious wait to see if anyone else would better my time. Fortunately no-one else cleared it and I won the event overall.

Grasmere, Tarns and Gingerbread, 22 miles and 7,000', Sat 16 April

Morgan Williams reports ... After the 4 Lakeland Passes event, this was another LDWA event well attended by the running fraternity. The miles and ascent figures were a little greater than predicted by the organisers! The route was particularly fine departing Grasmere and visiting Alcock Tarn, Fairfield, Grisedale Tarn, Greenburn, the Helm Crag ridge, Easdale Tarn, Blea Rigg, Silver Howe, Loughrigg and back to Grasmere. Some early mist played havoc with some people’s route finding. One party of 3 lost a member on the Helm Crag ridge in the thick mist and found him back at the finish later. Nicky Jacquiery and I were delighted to be 4th and 5th back to Grasmere in a time of 5.14. I had a good day with the map and made only one minor error. Laugh of the day was the chap from Guiseley who re-passed us for the fourth time just a few hundred yards from the finish. I suggested an FRA Navigation Course! Alison and Ken did the 13 mile walk option and fortunately we caught them at High Close Youth Hostel to preserve our dignity. Another great LDWA day out and, as ever, there was fantastic food at the finish. And the Gingerbread was excellent.

Woldsman, Sat 16 April

Eddie Winslow reports ... my first ultra for several months and one I’d recommend to anyone looking for a long run in beautiful country. I was hoping to be round the 50 miles in about 9 hours which is 30 minutes down on my pb for the distance. Unfortunately the weather was a bit too nice with temperatures getting very warm. At half distance I realised that despite drinking lots I hadn’t been drinking enough and was a bit dehydrated. I therefore had to take the second half easy and by the time I’d managed to fully rehydrate I was enjoying a fast walk so carried on with that to the finish in 10h26m in 10th place.
Amanda Parnaby was also taking part but an injury did for at half distance.

Coledale Horseshoe, Sat 16 April

Val Kerr reports ... having preentered this race several weeks ago I set off for the 'big mountains' across the Pennines with some degree of trepidation. And big they were too =! The first 4 km of this race climbs 2000 ft up to the top of Grizedale Pike. Visibility was good and you could see the last steep part of the climb all the way. After that the going got easier with only one steep climb and lots of downhill. The race was won by Ian Holmes who flew round the course in an amazing 1h 12min. My run was slightly more lesiurely, but there were still some sandwiches left when I reached the end !

(1   1:12:34 Ian Holmes, Bingley)
249  1:59:22 Val Kerr

ParkRuns, Sat 16 April

Justin Phillips was 8th in 18:52 at the Leeds Hyde Park event. Carole Cunningham was 70th in 28:01 at Bradford Lister Park. Note there are two new ParkRuns starting locally soon: Roundhay ParkRun has its first event on 23 April, and Chevin Forest ParkRun is coming soon too. Neither are on yet (@17 April), but both have Facebook pages if you are interested in following developments: Roundhay Parkrun, Chevin Forest Parkrun

Ras y Moelwyn

Jo Foster reports ... whilst on hols, Jim Ryder ran this race from Blaenau Ffestiniog (we'd previously done it when it was a Championship race a few years ago). He had a good run finishing 11th in 1:33:50

Bunny 2, Tue 12 April

Tom Adams achieved the rare double of an Egg Stage win (AND setting the record for the egg stage) AND a race win. Well done Tom! Full results and photos on

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1    15.16  Tom Adams
18   17.11  Dave Wilby
40   18.13  Ian Rowbotham
50   18.48  Sally Morley
57   18.58  Duncan Cooper
85   20.05  Jack Cummings
100  20.47  Ruaridh Mon-Williams
102  20.56  Bradley Chapman
103  20.58  Florence Haines
132  21.59  Lucy Williamson
152  22.46  Dave Taylor
173  23.28  Sophie Brown
180  23.46  Jim Towers
189  23.57  Naomi Elliott
198  24.09  Sam Wood
199  24.10  Eric Morley
210  24.42  Sue Morley
220  25.26  Joseph Tindall
229  25.50  David Green
236  26.15  Bernie Gibbons
239  26.26  Gemma Carpenter
249  26.59  Sue Williamson
263  28.29  Susan Stevens
279  31.49  Lyn Eden

Paris Marathon, Sun 10 April

Gaenor Coy reports... there were 3 Harriers (at least) out in Paris at the weekend for the 35th Marathon de Paris. A hot day for this great marathon course with fantastic support all along the flat scenic route. It was won by Kenyan, Benjamin Kiptoo in 2h6:29, closely followed by:

7339     David Howe     3h39:18  (PB)
16287    Gaenor Coy     4h13:18  (1st Marathon)
26341    Donna Jackson  4h51:59  (1st Marathon)

Connemarathon, Sun 10 April

Dougie Scarfe reports ... a terrific weekend over in the West Coast of Ireland for the Connemarathon, an amazing race with fantastic mountain location. The marathon starts a few minutes after everyone cheers though the leading pack for the Ultra - a nice touch. First half of the marathon course is undulating followed by a great descent down to sea level at Leenane, when you pick up the half marathon; this second half becomes tougher with a 2 mile incline at 13 miles and then at 22 miles (9 miles for the half) the 2 mile affectionately entitled ‘Hell of the West’ hill. A bit of a killer but not enough to spoil a really great event. If anyone fancies this sort of challenge we would really recommend it, and the Guinness is fantastic too!
My time for the full was 3.51:22 and I came 182 out of 539. It was my first full marathon.
Judith’s time for the half was 2.02:01 and she came 1090 out of 2183

ADT Edinburgh Half Marathon, Sun 10 April

Chris Cunningham  - 1.44:09 (PB by 34 secs)
Carole Cunningham - 2.08:15

Baildon Boundary Way, Sun 10 April

Julian Mawson's photos

Results from Baildon Runners:

10  1:26:45 Jamie Hutchinson  2nd V40
20  1:34:22 Andrew Merrick
89  1:46:56 Jane McCarthy	
107 1:49:02 Sharon Williams
152 1:55:09 Martin Wright	
173 1:57:22 Helen Horton
189 1:59:46 Jim	Towers
206 2:01:38 Liz	Price
243 2:07:46 Jean Sullivan
258 2:10:16 Sue	Morley
268 2:11:43 Vic Verecondi
303 2:20:37 Michael Picken
334 2:34:38 Lyn Eden

Gisborough Moors, Sat 10 April

13  93:02  Dave Wilby
18  95:34  Ian Rowbotham
109 119:37 Norman Bush

Mourne Peaks, Sat April 9

Nick Pearce reports ... Graham and Nick Pearce had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend in Northern Ireland, the venue for the first 2011 British Fell Championship race. Run over a testing 12.5 mile course, with 10 peaks and 6,300 feet of ascent the Mourne Peaks race was won by Tom Owens (Shettleston Harriers) in 2 hr 7 minutes. Second claim Ilkley Harrier Graham was a brilliant fourth in 2 hr 10 mins, and Nick the only first claim Harrier running was 67th, 2nd vet 50 (1st over 55) in 2 hr 49 mins.

Coniston 14+ (16.7), Sat 9 April

Val Kerr reports ... What a glorious day in the Lakes. I can't believe that I have run this race 10 times now and it has never yet rained - must be a record for the Lake District in March/April. Having spent the past year mainly on the fells it was good to make a brief return to the roads for what has got to to be one of the best and most scenic road races in Britain. There were a few more Harriers racing than in previous years with the best performance coming from Jonathan Sinclair who picked up a prize as 2nd MV50. All Harriers finished the course and no one succumbed to the heat which affected several runners from other clubs in the latter stages. Results (chip times) were:-

1   Steven Cockrell (Nene Valley H) 1:39:35
37  Jonathan Sinclair               1:56:58 (2nd MV50)
136 Ben Sheppard                    2:11:28
499 Val Kerr                        2:34:17
640 Nicholas Page                   2:41:19
731 Abigail Bailey                  2:46:54 
over 1000 runners

Wardle Skyline, Sat 9 April

From Graham Breeze ... at the Wardle Skyline (7 miles 1400feet) Graham Breeze was 2nd V65 (in 70.12, overall winner 46.51) but of far more interest was that John Armstrong, the race organiser, after handing out a single prize for each vet category gave a prize to everyone over 65 "because I think it is so marvellous that you are all still fell running at that age". Very enlightening and a prize is a prize!

Leeds ParkRun, Sat 9 April

Geoff Howard was 33rd in 20:01

Bunny 1, Tue 5 April

Over 20 Harriers, many of them juniors, at the first of this year's 3 Bunny Runs. Full results and photos on Bunny 2 is next Tuesday at 7.15

(1   15.53  Tom Addison, Helm Hill)
28   18.30  Dave Wilby
57   19.47  Sally Morley
93   21.20  Kelly Harrison
102  21.31  Ruaridh Mon-Williams
107  21.40  Florence Haines
113  22.00  Bradley Chapman
119  22.12  Jack Cummings
120  22.13  Outi Kamarainen
127  22.29  Dave Taylor
155  23.42  Jim Towers
156  23.44  Lucy Williamson
161  23.53  Sam Wood
192  25.22  Sophie Brown
195  25.34  Naomi Elliott
207  26.08  Eric Morley
216  26.31  Sue Morley
232  27.25  Bernie Gibbons
236  27.43  David Green
240  28.09  Gemma Carpenter
256  29.19  Sue Williamson
264  31.35  Lyn Eden
280 ran

Times a little slow- v. strong wind.


Circuit Training has finished for the season now. Thanks to Peter Shields, Neil Chapman, and Roy Ruddle for leading these; and to Brian Sweet for looking after fees collection.

Thursday night training will move from the grass at ILT&SC up to the Moor this Thursday 7th April.

Keighley Big K 10k, Sun 3 April

Rachel Cunningham reports ... these results from

13  40:32 Rob Cunningham
110 48:51 Chris Cunningham
153 50:40 Becky Stapleton
224 53:52 Christine Cox
362 59:22 Carole Cunningham
741 ran

Race Report here ...

Blubberhouses LDWA, Sun 3 April

Dave Wilby was first finisher in 3h06. More results later. Looks like Dave was too quick for the photographer?, but spot the other Harriers on Sportsunday's photos.

1   3h06 Dave Wilby
12  3h42 Mike Baldwin
13  3h44 Mark Pearson
14  3h44 Eddie Winslow
26  3h56 Alistair Barlow
32  4h15 Mark Richmond
44  4h31 John Tate
60  4h59 Sophie Brown
105 5h59 Amanda Parnaby

Any more in this list?

Dales Way Relay, Sat 2 April

Well done to Alison & Andrew Bennett who once again orgainsed this superb social relay, much enjoyed by the 36 Harriers who took part. See Andrew's photos here

YVAA Grand Prix, Sun 3 April

Jim and Lyn report the first race of this year's Yorkshire Vets AA Grand Prix took place at Hall Park, today. The course was approximately 5.5 miles on road and track; two laps with a big hill on both laps.

Men's results
98  42:33 Jim Towers

Ladies results          
63  53:41 Lyn Eden    1st 065

A record number of 210 runners took part.


Jolly Holly 10K, Sat 2 April

Jim and Lyn report the Jolly Holly 10k took place following its cancellation during Christmas because of the extreme weather. Conditions were ideal for the 240 runners over an undulating trail course, held mainly in the grounds of the Studley Royal Park.
The Christmas spirit remained with some dressing up in Christmas gear and spot prizes being Christmas Puds.

(1  35:20 Andy Chadfield, Billingham MarshHouse Harriers)
57  45.37 Norman Bush
94  49.48 Jim Towers
193 62.32 Lyn Eden

Bradford Parkrun, Sat 2 April

Gemma Carpenter was 48th in 28:58

Older News, March 2011

Harrier of the Month, March

Nominations were:
Jann Smith – Spen 20 1st F40
Dave Wilby – Race results, leading from the front!
Geoff Howard – Thirsk 10, Club record, YV Champ
Eddie Irving – St Annes 10 (Club record), Thirsk
Jane Bryant – Thirsk sub-70 10
Dougie Scarfe – Thirsk massive PB
Steve Weston – Thirsk sub-60 PB
Rebecca Mon-Williams – Thirsk sub-70 PB
Caroline Morley - Liverpool Half PB

The HoM awards went to Jann Smith and Steve Weston. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Trunce Fell Race, Mon 28 March

Jim and Lyn report ... 6.45pm, Oxspring ... after an energetic afternoon in Sheffield looking after a 20 month old grandchild a lovely little fell race on the way home appeared a perfect way to recover. And so we stopped off at Oxspring, near Penistone for The Trunce Fell Race. It's a lovely little race, part of a nine race series, (web site) approximately every third Monday throughout the summer. It's 4 miles long with 550ft of climb and three river crossings. It was a perfect night for running and the river crossings were quite shallow.
A huge field of 290 runners meant long hold-ups at two stiles early in the race, meant also that fast times were impossible. So we relaxed and enjoyed the race as a recovery run from the Thirsk 10 road race.

Jim Towers 37:35
Lyn Eden   49:29

Thirsk 10, Sun 27 March

Geoff Howard & Neil Chapman report ... Eddie Irving was 1st v55 and is the Yorkshire Vets Champion; Neil Chapman was 2nd in the Yorks Vets Champs; and Geoff Howard was 1st v65 and Yorks Vets Champ (new club record).

Results from

(1  50:10 Andrew Pearson, Longwood Harriers)
33  58:22 Dave Wilby  PB
52  59:33 Steve Weston PB
76  61:56 Mark Mon-Williams
80  62:09 Eddie Irving
116 63:59 Andrew Merrick  PB
125 64:14 Rob Cunningham
132 65:17 Geoff Howard
153 65:56 David Brown
166 66:28 Neil Chapman
228 69:31 Jane Bryant  PB
236 69:30 Andrew Sheldon  PB
239 69:36 Paul Stephens
244 69:36 Rebecca Mon-Williams PB
250 69:58 Richard Morris  PB
353 74:37 Dougie Scarfe  PB
355 74:52 Helen Horton  PB
380 76:03 Chris Cunningham
439 79:05 Jim Towers
585 87:47 Judith Scarfe  PB
640 92:08 Carole Cunningham  PB
706 101:04 Lyn Eden
723 108:43 Rachel Cunningham PB

Harriers League results

Edale Skyline, Sun 27 March

From Nicky Jaquiery: Three of us travelled down to the Peak District to compete in the Edale Skyline fell race (21 miles/4800'). The running conditions were perfect with reasonably cool and dry weather, and a lot less bog than usual! Llyod Taggart was first, closely followed by Oli Johnson; Judith Jepson was the first woman. Jim Ryder had a fantastic run in under 3 1/2 hours. Brian Melia ran the race in about 3.48. I finished in about 3.59 -not sure of the exact times as the results are not listed yet.

Liverpool Half Marathon, Sun 27 March

Caroline Morley reports .. large event with 7,500 entrants. Nice flat course and very enjoyable, taking in the parks of Liverpool and ending with a run along the Mersey back to Albert Dock. I finished in 1:53:34, a PB by 3½ mins)

Midgley Moor fell race, Sat 26 March

Graham Breeze finished 81st in 57:19

YVAA XC Championships, Sat 26 March

Jim and Lyn report ... Four Harriers travelled to Fartown in Huddersfield for the Yorkshire Vets AA XC Championship. It was a cool sunny day and firm underfoot making it an ideal day for running. The course was very similar to the one used in the West Yorkshire XC League. The men ran approximately 9K, and the ladies ran approximately 5K.

Male aged  35-49 race
35  34:10  Jamie Hutchinson

Male aged 50-59yrs
26  36:48 Nick Pearce
72  42:55 Jim Towers

Ladies Race
48  30:57 Lyn Eden  1st 0/65

Bradford 10k, Sun 20 March

32  38:20 Rob Cunningham
204 45:29 Martin Wright
217 45:49 Dave Taylor
247 46:21 Nick Mellor
455 49:45 Christine Cox
562 53:03 Sue Bickerdike
653 54:17 Sue Williamson
749 56:18 Carol Cunningham
807 58:42 Sally Wright
854 60:01 Joanna Taylor

Ultrafit St. Annes 10 Mile, Sun 20 March

Neil Chapman reports ... Four Harriers left the good weather at Ilkley behind to take part in the flat, fast (wind permitting) 10 mile race on the sea front at Lytham St Annes. This is a race which attracts a good standard of runners as it is part of the Fire Service, Northern Vets and Lancashire Championship. The race was won by Tony Ford of Sale Harriers in 51:48 and first Harrier in was Eddie Irving, running his first 10 mile race for 10 years, finishing 29th overall in 60:10 and 1st V55, also setting a new Club record for his age category. Second Harrier in was Mark Iley, who had a strong second half of the race making up 8 places and finishing 40th overall, in 62:34, and 5th V45. I was the next Harrier in 83rd overall in 67:40 and Pete Shields was 199th in 80.10, a great achievement given that it is only a few weeks since he underwent surgery. If you have not seen this race before, I strongly recommend you think about it for next year, as Harriers have had good results here, and age category records set 4 years ago by Chris Matthews and Geoff Howard are still standing.

29  60:10 Eddie Irving
40  62:34 Mark Iley
83  67:40 Neil Chapman 
199 80:10 Peter Shields

Heptonstall fell race, Sun 20 March

Results from

13  2:08:57 Steve Turland
36  2:20:20 Jim Ryder
72  2:30:23 Alistair Barlow
91  2:35:46 Sally Malir  1st LV40, 4th L
100 2:40:33 Brian Melia
115 2:44:30 Paul Stephens
144 2:52:25 Sharon Williams  10th L)
175 3:10:30 Jo Foster
179 3:16:46 Sue Morley

4 Lakeland Passes, Sat 19 March

Jez Hellewell reports had a cracking morning out in the Lakes on Saturday doing The 4 Lakeland Passes LDWA event. The route was from Borrowdale Institute Rosthwaite, Keswick Over Styhead Pass, Black Sail Pass, Scarth Gap Pass and Honister Pass visiting Borrowdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale and Buttermere. My Garmin said 18.5 miles with around 5500 feet of climbing. A good little warm up for The 3 Peaks. Saw Morgan, Alison, Dave Wilby (who sprinted past me up the first climb !) & a couple of other fellow Harriers. You could set off from between 8.30 & 9.30 & no placings or times are given, so this was just a great, relaxing run out. It took me 3.50 & that includes stopping for the obligatory photo's ! I think Dave took a rather more speedy 3.20!

Fiensdale fell race, Sat 19 March

Nick Pearce reports promoted by Bowland Fell Runners, Fiensdale is a cracking race over 6.5 miles with 2200 feet of ascent run in the Forest of Bowland. It has in the past been a championship event, but access problems have put paid to that and it is now a low key event with a limit of 100 runners and has been subject to some re-routing.
Only 65 finishers this year, with Shaun Godsman of Calder Valley in perfect conditions winning in 54.05. Nick Pearce 20th in 68.11

Bradford ParkRun, Sat 19 March

Geoff Howard was 11th in 20:21 at this Lister Park event

Time Trial, Tue 15 March

Twice each Winter we stage a 5K Time Trial on the Rupert Rd circuit. With some fast short races ahead (John Carr series, Bunny Runs) this was a good chance to see how much 'zip' you have in your legs after a long Winter's training! This time we started everyone together just for a change and the results were ...

15:55 Tom Adams
18:50 Julian Carter (19:00 last time)
19:02 Sally Morley
19:20 Andrew Merrick
19:24 Brit Tate
20:14 Mark Richmond (21:12 last time)
20:15 John Tate
20:20 Duncan Cooper
21:39 Alison Bennett
22:42 Chris Cunningham
22:57 Gavin Burgess
24:39 Sophie Brown
24:42 Rachel Carter
24:59 Christine Cox (24:45 last time)
26:48 Helen Culshaw
26:54 Don MacRae
27:35 Sue Williamson
27:54 Carole Cunningham
29:52 Rachel Cunningham
30:51 Antonio Cardinale (28:47 last time)

Thanks to Neil Chapman for organising this and time-recording.

Spen 20, Yorkshire 20 Mile Champs, Sun 13 March

Jann Smith reports ... Ilkley won the ladies team prize at this event

73  2:30:18 Sally Malir 3rd F45
88  2:34:04 Jann Smith  1st F40
122 2:42:00 Sharon Williams
169 2:52:36 Martin Wright
230 3:08:26 John Coates
241 3:15:45 Paul Sugden
242 3:15:57 Emma O'Looney

Burnley 10k, Sun 13 March

Andrew Sheldon was 38th in 43:07

Stan Bradshaw Round (Half Tour of Pendle), Sun 13 March

Diane Haggar reports ... Much the same feel as the Half Tour but thankfully without the trama of Geronimo. Was pleased with my run - 4th Lady, 2nd V40 in 1:30.56

Windmill Whizz, Sat 12 March

(1 37:20  Adam Osborne, Leeds City)
2  37:28  Tom Adams
14 43:19  Jamie Hutchinson
15 43:47  Mark Mon-Williams
21 45:31  Dave Cummings
29 47:34  Duncan Cooper
38 49:08  Paul Stephens
51 51:27  Rebecca Mon-Williams  1st LV
55 53:21  Chris Oxlade
66 56:01  Graham Breeze
72 57:43  Jim Towers
96 75:51  Lyn Eden

IH Race League update

Dentdale 14+ miles, Sat 12 March

Hilda Coulsey was 3rd LV55 in 1:59:48

Haworth Hobble, Sat 12 March

From Amanda Parnaby ... 33 miles traversing moors around Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge with 4,400 ft of ascen. Completed in 9 hrs 14 mins.

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 12 March

This season's finale was the relays at Nell Bank, with 58 teams racing it out, family and teachers cheering them on. The relays were followed by the presentations of League prizes and certificates - a great end to a great season. More on the Junior Pages

PECO XC #5, Sun 6 March

Valley Striders had everything well-organised at Danefield, even down to the lovely weather. League results here, 18 junior Harriers running (results here).
Ilkley senior results (our timings):

Click for Andrew Bennett's photos
3   34:00 Emma Barclay
18  38:22 Alison Bennett
43  41:59 Clare Smith
45  42:28 Sophie Brown
54  43:26 Alison Ricci
66  44:59 Bernie Gibbons
70  45:26 Louise Jackson
88  48:41 Carole Cunningham
96  50:27 Sally Wright
105 52:07 Lyn Eden

20  31:26 Mark Mon-Williams
21  31:31 Steve Coy
25  31:55 Malcolm Pickering
69  34:33 Duncan Cooper
77  35:22 Paul Stephens
94  36:47 Andrew Sheldon
119 39:15 Andrew Jackson (team counter!)
122 39:35 Jim Towers
134 40:54 Chris Cunningham
165 45:01 Vince Gibbons
172 46:15 Don Macrae

Andrew Bennett's photos

Long Mynd Valleys, Sun 6 March

Dave Wilby reports ... the start of this years English Championship series saw a very high quality field gather in Shropshire for The Long Mynd Valleys race - 11.5m/4500ft. The course has a reputation for being one of the toughest 'mediums' on the calendar and it didn't disappoint, serving up a wonderfully brutal offering in stunning surroundings, and under clear skies. With very little breeze, and a cool temperature, everything was in place was a cracking race. The first half of the course was characterised by a couple of short sharp runnable climbs, some steepish descents, and some lovely fast running across the tops, and through the valleys. The 2nd half of the course included 3 long, tough climbs requiring hands on knees, and the ability to run quickly off the tops of the climbs and descend down in to the next valley. Not many places to re-gather yourself on this one.

Result of the day for the Harriers was probably Alison Weston, who claimed 3rd LV45 in a quality field and led home our ladies contingent, ably backed up by Alison Eagle & Val Kerr. I claimed 42nd to get my points tally up & running for the year, and Nick Pearce completed the Ilkley men's line-up.

(1  1:34:25 Lloyd Taggart, Dark Peak)
42  1:47:39 Dave Wilby
(51 1:50:34 Victoria Wilkinson, Bingley)  
169 2:10:29 Nick Pearce
228 2:20:00 Alison Weston 
243 2:23:02 Alison Eagle  
336 2:44:24 Val Kerr

Trimpell 20, Sun 6 March

Results from

(1   1:52:13 Gethin Butler Preston Harriers)
65   2:15:55 Julian Carter
315  3:07:07 Paul Sugden
316  3:07:08 Emma O'Looney
369  3:37:49 Mike Picken
388 Finished

Haweswater Half Marathon, Sun 6 March

Hilda Coulsey says ... this was a hillier run than I expected for a run along the lake, so not a fast half and hence I was very pleased to come in below 1hr 50, just! It was a super day, sunny but cold, lovely views, definitely recommended to others.

264  1:49:01  Hilda Coulsey   4th LV50

Bath Half Marathon, Sun 6 March

Rob Cunningham was 255th in 1:24:28, a PB

Black Combe fell race, Sat 5 Mar

Roy Ruddle reports ... my first race for 18 months, and first time doing this beautifully steep race. Wonderful conditions. 8 miles 3400 feet

1  1:12:48 Rhys Findlay-Robinson, Dark Peak
57 1:36:25 Roy Ruddle

Rudolph's Romp, Sat 5 March

Amanda Parnaby reports ... as the name suggests, this LDWA organised event was originally scheduled for December but was postponed due to the snow. 24 miles in and around the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, finished in 6 hrs 25 mins.

Trollers Trot, Sat 5 March

Ewan Welsh reports ... Spotted quite a few harriers at Trollers Trot on Sat, running and marshalling, a lovely 25mile route around t’Dales, another great event on our doorstep, alas I haven’t looked up any results but I’m sure everyone has a story, so I don’t know who ran what, I was enjoying myself until my dicky knee played up and had to hobble (and not trot) the last 6 miles, practising a classic John Wayne style of play the game, you take the chance, ended up being out on the bridlepaths for about 4 hrs 10 or something like that, the post match food was a joy, it’s all part of the LDWA experience.

Photos on Sportsunday, results from

(1  2:53;36  Matt John, Abbey Runners)
51  3:59:04	Russell Thomas
67  4:11:07 Ewan Welsh
86	4:19:31 Alistair Barlow
142	5:02:00 Jonathan Riley

Any more? Sorry - struggled a bit with the results.

Leeds ParkRun, Sat 5 March

Sharon Williams was 62nd in 21:19

Older News, February 2011

Harrier of the Month, February

Nominations were:
Paul Sugden - Snake Lane 10, Dewsbury 10k
Christine Cox - Dewsbury 10k and GNW Half
Duncan Cooper - Ilkley Moor fell race, Rombalds Stride
Dave Cummings - Ilkley Moor Fell Race
Sally Malir - Liversedge Half

The HoM awards went to Dave Cummings, and Paul Sugden. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Ilkley Moor fell race, Sun 27 Feb

More photos on

There were over 40 Harriers in the senior race, with some excellent individual results and the ladies winning the team prize, and 36 in the junior races. A big Thank You to all the marshals and helpers who helped the event run very smoothly. Full results and photos here.

Click for Andrew Bennett's photos
1   37:20  Graham Pearce P&B
10  40:58  Matthew Cox
12  41:33  Dave Wilby
15  41:59  Martin Archer
16  42:07  Lee Morley
29  45:17  Ian Rowbotham 1st V50
33  45:31  Stuart Pitches
38  46:14  Mark Mon-Williams
39  46:15  Dave Cummings
40  44:16  Ralph Tench
47  47:28  Richard Joel
50  47:50  Derek Fuller
51  48:01  Jim Ryder
58  48:34  Alistair Barlow
63  49:05  Sally Morley 2nd lady
68  49:44  Michael Pearce
71  49:57  Duncan Cooper
76  50:19  Emma Barclay 3rd lady, 1st LV40
78  50:42  Mark Richmond
87  51:56  Ben Sheppard
89  52:06  Andrew Merrick
101 53:42  Paddy Hagan
112 54:48  Adam Bennett
113 54:57  Alison Eagle
114 55:05  Alison Weston
119 55:59  Chris Oxlade
123 56:49  Rebecca Mon-Williams
125 57:05  Bradley Chapman
138 58:45  Jim Towers
153 60:34  Arthur Reilly
160 61:33  Val Kerr
165 62:21  Alison Bennett
170 62:46  Andrew Jackson
193 65:14  Sue Morley
198 67:05  John Pickering
204 67:45  Alison Frost
207 68:22  James Pickersgill
209 68:42  Ann Stead
213 71:35  Sheena Pickersgill
221 76:31  Sharon Fuller
222 76:34  Fiona Schneider
223 76:49  David Green
228 82:51  Claire Macina
230 86:23  Lyn Eden

Great NW Half Marathon, Blackpool, Sun 27 Feb

Jules Carter reports these results ...

1    1:10:09 Martin Williams, Tipton Harriers
44   1:26:30 Julian Carter
246  1:38:49 John Woodward
611  1:53:13 Christine Cox
867  2:05:15 Carole Cunningham
1018 2;16:13 Rachel Cunningham

Snake Lane 10, Sun 27 Feb

Paul Sugden was 351st in 80:30, a PB by 3m25s on the same course last year.

British Masters Indoor Championships - Lee Valley, 26/27 Feb

Heavisides Henry finished 6th in the M55 1500m in 5:06.68, but didn't run in the 3000m due to injury.

Noon Stone fell race, Sat 26 Feb

A few Harriers ladies out in this tough Tod Harriers race

182 1h50:20 Sharon Williams
222 2h02:13 Sophie Brown
232 2h13:00 Amanda Newham

Finsbury ParkRun, Sat 26 Feb

Rob Cunningham was 4th in 18:49

Closer to home, Gemma Carpenter was 48th in 27:57 in the Bradford ParkRun

Limassol Marathon, Sun 20 Feb

Martin Wright was 131st in 4:27:19, in this reace won by Kenya's Momanyi Basweti in 2:27:08

National XC, Sat 19 Feb

Well done to Victoria Stevens who finished 239th in 31:51 in the senior women's race.

Bradford ParkRun, Sat 19 Feb

Gemma Carpenter finished 24th in 29:57

Was anyone else out racing this weekend?

Liversedge Half Marathon, Sun 13 Feb

Sally Malir was 1st LV45 in 93:27 (47th overall, 4th lady)

St. Wilfrid's Muddy Boots 10k Multi-Terrain, Ripon, Sun 13 Feb

Ann Stead was 160th in 58:48

Muddy Woody 6, Sun 13 Feb

Dave Wilby reports ... a trip down to see the outlaws coincided ever so nicely (how convenient!!) with the Muddy Woody 6 trail race near Hereford. I've done this a few times before and it's a great early season blast, with plenty of quick running on fire-roads, singletrack blasts through the trees, and a whole host of ankle deep gloopy climbs & descents, with the odd stream crossing to cool you down and clean you off!! John Pullen from organising club Wye Valley went off quicker than I was prepared to, and stayed in front all the way to claim victory, while I had a fantastic battle with a young whippet from the local club. He kept chancing his arm on the slippery descents, and I'd have a go back on anything pointing upwards, and in the end we came to the final climb shoulder to shoulder. I had a good go up through the thick mud and luckily enough came off the top with just enough of a gap to crawl along the last few hundred yards of flat running and claim 2nd place. A grand morning out in the rain and mud.

1  John Pullen (Wye Valley Runners) - 42:27 
2  Dave Wilby - 43:22 
3  Eliot Taylor (Hereford Couriers) - 43:34
297 finishers

Wadsworth Trog, Sat 12 Feb

17 206:46  Jamie Hutchinson
74 248:59  Brian Melia

Bradford ParkRun, Sat 12 Feb

Geoff Howard was 6th in 20:15

Dewsbury 10k, Sun 6 Feb

From Henry Heavisides ... It was quite a breezy morning for the early start at Dewsbury, although the overnight rain had stopped. There was a good representation of Ilkley Harriers for the first road event of the 2011 Harriers Race League. It was a close finish between Sally Morley & Rob Cunningham for the honour of being first Ilkley runner. Sally just managed to win the sprint to the line. Times generally were quite a bit slower than previous years as a result of the wind, which strangely seemed to be against us both going out & coming back. Special mention to Paul Sugden who raced today after a 16 mile training run yesterday.
Results from

1   30:41 Neil Renault, Edinburgh AC
118 39:06 Sally Morley
119 39:07 Rob Cunningham
131 39:31 Henry Heavisides
235 42:30 Jane Bryant
248 42:48 Adrian Bastow
296 43:38 Andrew Sheldon
298 43:41 Richard Morris
370 45:36 Vic Verecondi
397 46:28 Jann Smith
489 47:57 Nic Mellor
505 49:20 Paul Sugden  PB by 20S
560 50:12 Christine Cox
605 52:05 Caroline Morley
744 56:41 Donna Jackson
791 57:45 Carole Cunningham
865 61:01 Rachel Cunningham
970 ran

Mickleden Straddle fell race, Sun 6 Feb

Nicky Jaquiery reports ... I ran in the Mickleden Straddle fell race on Sunday (13.8 miles/1980'). I've run this race twice now, the last time in deep snow and this time in extremely strong winds. There was no respite even on the descents where it was physically impossible to run downhill! Nicky Spinks was the first woman home in 2hrs 14mins and I was the second V40 in 2hrs 30mins.

Rombalds Stride, Sat 5 Feb

Some photos from Andrew Bennett

Have I missed anyone from the results? This is a 2011 Harriers Race League event, so please let me know.

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1   2h37:55 Graham Pearce, P&B  His 3rd win
3   2h53:58 Dave Wilby
6   3h02:18 Matthew Cox
10  3h05:27 Jim Ryder
11  3h06:00 Mark Mon-Williams
19  3h12:53 Ralph Tench
22  3h20:03 Neil Smith 
23  3h20:14 Jez Hellewell
27  3h23:52 Derek Fuller
28  3h28:13 Duncan Cooper
55  3h51:01 John Hayes
58  3h51:13 Jane McCarthy 5th lady
59  3h51:37 Paul Stephens
61  3h52:26 Rebecca Mon-Williams
69  3h55:16 Helene Whitaker
74  3h58:17 Paddy Hagan
98  4h07:08 Ewan Welsh
99  4h07:08 Kelly Harrison
111 4h11:39 John Tate
112 4h12:18 Jo Foster
113 4h13:12 Sharon Williams
119 4h14:40 Clare Smith
126 4h17:10 Dave Taylor
131 4h20:42 Jonathan Riley
134 4h21:23 Sharon Meadows
135 4h22:46 Alison Bennett
158 4h39:01 Gavin Burgess
184 4h50:38 Sophie Brown
185 4h50:38 Andrew Jackson
200 4h57:31 John Pickering
209 5h09:26 Alison Stretton
215 5h17:02 Anna Nolan
216 5h17:02 Helen Horton
217 5h17:02 Andrew Merrick
237 5h46:25 Michael Picken
238 5h50:13 Stuart Pitches
254 5h56:40 Fiona Schneider
270 6h13:18 Claire Macina
289 6h24:40 Amanda Parnaby
403 7h57:26 Joyce Marshall
404 7h57:26 Ian Marshall

Joyce Marshall reports ... My eighth time running the Rombalds Stride turned out to be a bit of an epic but great fun. After a very sociable start seeing many Ilkley Harriers as we all ran up and over Baildon Moor I was just settling down to a steady pace when I realized I had a problem with one of my shoes. Several attempts to secure the sole using the string from my card and plastic tape from one of the checkpoints could not defeat the sucking bog mud and I ended up running a mile shoeless to Keighley Gate. I retired and headed back to Guiseley just in time to see the first finishers coming in – well done Graham! Having donned another pair of shoes I managed to get a lift back to Ilkley (with the same kind gents from Raynet) and off I trotted back up to Keighley Gate where the rest of my family (who were walking) had just checked in. I finished the walk with the family – a very different but equally enjoyable experience from the usual run. To quote Wallace “a Grand Day Out”!

Make your mark on the celebrations for Ilkley Harriers 25th Anniversary!

Ilkley Harriers will be 25 years old in May 2011. To celebrate this occasion we would like to invite all senior members and their children, Junior Harriers and their families to design a commemorative item which the club will produce a limited edition run of for sale at the summer Birthday event.

The item can be anything you wish, for example; a water bottle, t-shirt, jacket, mug, rucksack, sports bag etc. the list is endless. There will be a prize for the overall winner whose design will go into production and also in the following categories: Under 8's; Under 13's; under 18's; 18+

The entries will be judged by The Ilkley Harriers Committee at the March committee meeting. Winners will be announced at the club night on Tuesday March 15th.

More info

Rombalds Stride, Sat 5 Feb

Some photos from Andrew Bennett

Older News, January 2011

Harrier of the Month, January

Nominations were:
sponsors Malcolm Pickering - XC Captaincy, organisation, encouragement, and results, plus work with juniors
Mark Mon-Williams – Pennine Bridleway Relay team organisation
Jane Bryant – sub 90m half marathon at Brass Monkey
Steve Coy – Brass Monkey 1st Harrier and 5km time
Andrew Merrick – pacing at the Brass Monkey
Dave Wilby – Ireland fell race result
Ralph Tench - Clwydian Hangover Hobble 1st Vet

The HoM awards went to Jane Bryant and Steve Coy. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running shirts from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

PECO XC #4, Sun 30 Jan

Malcolm Pickering reports ... a total of 29 Harriers, 14 seniors and 15 juniors, ran in the 4th Peco cross country league race at John Smeaton sports centre. In the Under 11's Euan Brennan was 4th, Robbie Matthews 6th, Alessandra Ricci =8th, Jess Hirst 13th, Jessica Burgress 16th, and Emily Elmes 22nd.
In the 11-16 years race Sarah Pickering was 4th, Lucy Williamson 8th, James Pickering 10th, Callan Parker Wells 11th, Lucy Jacques 15th, Iso Hirst 16th, Harriet Jackson 18th, Joanne Williamson 22nd and Anna Pickering 24th.

Senior race results
48  Louise Jackson
50  Alison Ricci
62  Bernie Gibbons
99  Sally Pickering
105 Lyn Eden
14  Jim Ryder
28  Malcolm Pickering
34  Dave Cummings
83  Andrew Sheldon
129 Andy Jackson
145 Jim Towers
149 Nick Mellor
170 Don McRae
187 Vince Gibbons

Full results on

Pennine Bridleway Relay, Sun 30 Jan

Paul Stephens reports ... Kelly and I had a good run on leg 3 of today's Pennine Bridleway relay, completing it in about 1hr 10 and gaining about 4 places. It could have been a disaster as I took the wrong road in Haworth and we ended up nearly in Colne before doubling back. But we made it and even had time to stand around, have a chat with Steve Weston and get cold before Paddy and Neil came in - leg 2 was the longest leg but they both looked in good shape. It was a hard start to our leg - a long uphill slog, but after that a lot of flatish running round the base of Studley Pike and through Mankinholes. There was a sting in the tail at the end with a steep uphill out of the valley bottom before a quick descent down the track to the changeover and a handover to Rachael and Amanda. I couldn't keep up with Kelly on that final descent. A satisfying run, and a lift back to the car from a couple of Wharfedale Harriers.

From Alison Eagle: 55th team overall out of 104 starters, overall time: 6.28, think we were about 7th mixed team but our sheet had not arrived before we left. Winning team was 4.49 - Salford Harriers, Ladies winner - Calder Valley, Mixed - Accrington Road Runners

Leg 1:  1.14   8.5 miles  Andy Wiggans & Steve Weston
Leg 2:  1.46  12.5 miles  Paddy Hagan & Neil Smith
Leg 3:  1.10     9 miles  Kelly Harrison & Paul Stephens
Leg 4:    57m  5.5 miles  Rachael Gooch & Amanda Newham
leg 5:  1.19   9.5 miles  Alison Eagle & Nicky Jaquiery

Nicki and I felt we had a good run at this stage in the season, very cold but clear day with ice on the paths. We were steadily catching teams and managed to get round with no mistakes, which was pleasing as we were unable to recce and at times there were signposts pointing and paths in all directions. Not sure if I would agree with the course directions when they claim the views are good from the highest point of the Mary Townley Loop, Rowley Moor Top, perhaps we were not in the right frame of mind after the two mile uphill slog, as horrid as it sounds!
Well done to Mark Mon-Williams, who not only got a team out when he was not taking part but correctly predicted our change over time, virtually to 1 minute! He must be onto a winner at the next Club Handicap race and Richard's bottle of wine!!
From our leg changeover it seemed well organised, esp the signs showing the route through the houses and back allies to the finish. Free tea and coffee was provided for all at the finish and a nice warm school to sit in and use the faciities, results were out quickly helped by dibbers being used.

Paddy Hagan says: Leg 2 was as painful as I remember the last time I was dragged (sympathetically) round it. It starts gently enough but (as with leg 3 by the sound of it) gets tough at the end when you could really do without it, including a couple of rotten "hands on legs" ups before a final helter skelter descent. Welcome words of encouragement from Neil were met with increasingly desparate responses from me ("yes, but I'm dead"). Overall we seemed to just about hold ground as we gained on some and lost on others - with a few pairs remaining enticingly close, but not close enough for my sore legs to catch. (According to the provisional results we gained 8 places - I really can't remember that happening).

Official results on SportIdent

Bradford ParkRun, Sat 29 Jan

Two Harriers ran:

20  23:43  Chris Cunningham
38  27:58  Carole Cunningham

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Ashlands, Sat 29 Jan

Just under 400! youngsters ran, results on the Junior Pages.


Ilkley Harriers Awards for 2010, Fri 28 Jan

It was another super Presentations Evening, with some 90 people enjoying a curry supper, socialising, and dancing 'til late. Thanks to Jacqui Weston the organiser; to Piccolino, Dobson & Robinson, and Neil for the prizes for the Grand Raffle; and to the ILT&SC café-bar staff for all their hard work.
See the photos in next week's newsletter ...

AwardWinnerOther nominees
Best Runner, MaleTom Adams Norman Bush, Henry Heavisides, Dave Wilby
Best Runner, FemaleSally Morley Tracey Greenway, Sally Malir
Most Improved Runner, MaleHenry Heavisides Martin Archer, Andrew Bennett, Julian Carter, Rob Cunningham, Paul Sugden, Dave Wilby
Most Improved Runner, FemaleRachel Carter Kate Archer, Jane Bryant, Christine Cox, Sharon Fuller, Val Kerr, Chris Matthews, Rebecca Mon-Williams, Alison Ricci, Jannn Smith, Sharon Williams
Best Endurance Runner, MaleDerek Fuller Jeff Paget, Stuart Pitches, Jonathan Sinclair, Morgan Williams, Martin Wright
Best Endurance Runner, FemaleNicky Jaquiery Janet Grace, Sally Malir, Amanda Parnaby, Alison Weston, Helene Whitaker
Best Runner, Under 20, MaleAdam BennettBradley Chapman
Best Runner, Under 20, FemaleBrit TateJenny Dybeck
Contribution to the club, MaleNeil Chapman/ Paul Wood Tom Adams, Malcom Pickering
Contribution to the club, FemaleJane Bryant Emma O'Looney, Alison Weston, Shirley Wood
Captains' Award, Male Paul Stephens Dom MacRae, Malcolm Pickering, Richard Reeve
Captains' Award, FemaleJann Smith 

See archive.

The winners of the Ilkley Harriers Race League were also announced:

OverallNick Pearce
RoadHenry Heavisides
FellNick Pearce
XC/TrailNick Pearce

Full results on the the Ilkley Harriers Race League page.

Brass Monkey Half Marathon, Sun 23 Sep

Henry Heavisides reports ... Today's Brass Monkey was again very popular with Ilkley Harriers. Conditions were very good with no wind, slightly milder temperatures than we've had recently and a fast flat course. Steve Coy managed to pip Steve Weston on the line for the honour of being first Ilkley runner to finish. Jane Bryant was paced by Andrew Merrick to her first ever sub 90 minute half marathon. Jane also won the prize for 2nd F40 & received a bottle of champagne from Andrew so it was a good day for her. I was content to nurse my sore hamstring around the course 3 minutes slower than last year, but was still able to win the M55 prize. All finishers received a smart technical running top.
Mark your diaries for next year (but entries filled up in less than 4 hours this year).

Brass Monkeys

Stephen Coy adds ... As ever a fast course – good weather but deceptively breezy when exposed (on way back in) – results below on chip times and PB for me and I am sure others too: Winner Paul Martelletti was nearly 4 mins ahead of 2nd place in 1:05:21 !! Full results at

76   1:20:44  Stephen Coy    PB
80   1:21:06  Steve Weston   PB
116  1:23:30  Richard Reeve  PB
123  1:24:13  Henry Heavisides 1st V55
125  1:24:15  Jon Sinclair
148  1:25:06  Rob Cunningham
153  1:25:03  Andy Wiggans
156  1:25:24  David Brown
198  1:27:29  Neil Chapman
253  1:29:25  Jane Bryant    PB
254  1:29:25  Andrew Merrick
398  1:34:35  Nigel Tapper
563  1:39:10  Jann Smith
589  1:39:39  Helen Horton
628  1:40:51  Vic Verecondi
1123 1:55:51  John Brown
1148 1:57:16  Gaenor Coy

From Steve Weston ... This race is quick but is not exactly flat and there is a steady incline on the way back from the lollipop, to say nothing of two overbridges. I started off steady and managed to settle into a group of strong runners. Struggled with the breeze in the last few miles and faded int the last half as Stephen Coy passed me on the last bridge. A good performance all round with 10 Harriers under 90 minutes, including Jane Bryant who gets a well deserved place in the UK rankings. for more photos

Soreen Stanbury Splash, Sun 23 Jan

Results from

(1  42:30 Chris Steele, Borrowdale)
5   44:03 Tom Adams
19  48:20 Lee Morley
21  48:32 Martin Archer
46  51:31 Jim Ryder
52  51:47 Steve Turland
74  53:35 Ian Rowbotham
88  54:52 Richard Joel
116 57:19 Duncan Cooper
135 59:12 Neil Smith
138 59:22 Kelly Harrison
171 61:42 Sally Malir
226 65:22 Diane Haggar
232 65:50 Alison Weston
251 67:38 Clare Smith
264 68:16 Jim Towers
291 69:41 Val Kerr
313 71:30 Sophie Brown
332 73:21 Sue Morley
342 75:29 Ann Stead
348 76:12 Bernie Gibbons
365 77:49 Amanda Newham
382 83:56 Vince Gibbons
398 92:27 Lyn Eden

The Ilkley ladies won the team prize

Ticknock Race - 6m/1200ft - Sat 22 Jan

Dave Wilby reports ... in an effort to maintain motivation during the long dark days of winter training, a change of scenery & a new race seemed like the ideal solution and so it was that I made my European(!) debut at the weekend. The race of choice was Ticknock, part of the Irish Winter League (more details at, which coincided ever so nicely with my next door neighbour's trip home for the weekend, and Ryanair's January sale. So it was that we both caught a Friday night flight out of Leeds/Bradford, and lined up in a frost covered forest just south of Dublin on Saturday morning with 228 other like-minded individuals. The route itself was interesting and varied, definitely falling in to the 'trail' rather than 'fell' category, but a very good mix of technical natural trails, fire roads & man-made singletrack. A group of 4 of us made an early break, and after the first couple of technical sections we were down to 3, with the Irish Ultra Running international & Adventure Racer Eoin Keith leading the way. Me and my neighbour Liam of Otley AC (boo, hiss) traded the minor places a few times before his superior reserves of Guinness & his mum's home cooking paid dividends, and he broke the elastic. I couldn't get back on, and as he chased Eoin all the way in to finish 2nd by just 6secs, I came home 19secs further back for 3rd place, and over 2 minutes clear of the next finisher. A good weekend all round, sealed with a training run around the Slieve Bloom hills, and a few Jamesons nightcaps for good luck.
Everyone was very welcoming, and very pleased to have a couple of 'outsiders' adding to the competition. It's a developing scene in Ireland and if you feel the urge, I can't recommend it enough.
1 43:58 Eoin Keith
2 44:04 Liam Dunne
3 44:23 Dave Wilby

Bradford ParkRun, Sat 22 Jan

Rachel Cunningham was 57th in 29:58 at Lister Park

Social, Tue 18 Jan

The theme of this week's social Gathering was RELAYS. There was a overview of the Relay racing opportunities available (lots of them! see our Relay Page), some recommendations on which ones to do from Captains and relay veterans, a bit of reminescing from those who have done them, and a discussion of how we promote them and how we encourage/select runners. See the Forum note.

PECO XC Race #3. Kirkstall, Sun 16 Jan

Malcolm reports - results of the 3rd Peco race, with any luck we should have pulled some points back! Full results on

37  Clare Smith
48  Louise Jackson
52  Bernie Gibbons
58  Sheena Pickersgill
64  Alison Ricci
105 Lyn Eden
6th team, 3rd lady vets team
18  Mark Mon-Williams
27  Malcolm Pickering
34  Nick Pearce
39  Richard Reeve
49  Henry Heavisides
54  Michael Pearce  brilliant run by mike - his first ever race...
56  Neil Smith
118 Andy Jackson
121 Jim Towers
159 Paul Sugden
175 Don McRae
185 Vince Gibbons
4th team, 2nd Vets' team

15 Harriers ran in the Junior races, results on the Junior pages

Scarborough Rock, Sat 15 Jan

Amandy Parnaby reports on this EYLDWA event, 25 miles and over 3,000 ft of climb. Starts at Scalby on the Whitby Road then into Scarborough, along the sea front, out over Oliver's Mount and out into the countryside around Hackness, Forge Valley and Burniston. Windy but mild day. Finished back at Scalby in 6 hrs 40 mins.

Northern Counties XC News

Pete Shields reports ...I have been managing/coaching the Northern Counties XC squad. We had an inter area match in Cardiff over the weekend and I took a mens and ladies team to compete. Local interest to us in the ladies team was Jo Buckley latterley of Calder Vally and now Bingley, she came into the team after a good showing in the Yorkshire X/C's and finished a really strong 5th in a quality field. These squads are also used for developing athletes, giving them the opportunity to experience elite competition. Ilkley's Tom Adams was given the opportunity to run following the withdrawl of an athlete from the initial team. Tom conducted himself very well and certainly earned his North vest, he finished 26th, again in a very strong field, it was great to see Ilkley Harriers getting some representation at this level.

Yorkshire XC Championships, Sun 9 Jan

Results from Northern Athletics:

Senior Women
18  24:38  Sally Morley
43  26:58  Emma Barclay
50  27:24  Diane Haggar
61  28:38  Sally Malir
91  40:43  Lyn Eden
7th team

Senior men
33  41:20  Tom Adams
80  44:20  David Westhead
106 46:36  Dave Wilby
123 47:34  Ian Rowbotham
125 47:40  Nick Pearce
134 48:05  Malcolm Pickering
149 49:12  Steve Weston
183 52:17  John Tate
221 58:45  Jim Towers
7th team

In addition Brit Tate was 10th in the U17 race in 20:04, and we had a super turnout of younger juniors with 6th U13 boys team; and 4th, 8th, and 12th U13 girls teams. More soon on the Junior pages.

Hexhamshire Hobble, Sun 9 Jan

Dave Taylor braved fresh snow and ice to complete the postponed Hexhamshire Hobble. This is a 10.5 mile category C fell race over Hexhamshire Common from Allendale Town in Northumberland. Beautiful blue skies gave great views to spectators who made it up on to the fell, but competitors were mainly looking at their feet with sheet ice leading to many falls. This was the third year that this historic race has been organised by the Allen Valley Striders and the first year it has been dedicated to the memory of local fell-running hero Angus Tait. Organisation was smooth, with quick results, supportive and efficient marshalls, no route-finding difficulties and superb (free) tea and cakes in the school afterwards. Despite a strong field with several local clubs using the race as a counter in their leagues, the atmosphere at the front and the back of the field was uniformly friendly. Results:

1   1:11:27  James Buis
52  1:37:22  Dave Taylor
122 finished

Leeds Hyde Park Parkrun, Sat 8 Jan

Steve Coy was 2nd, by just 8s, on 18:26, for this 5k run.

Clwydian Hangover Hobble, Sat 1 Jan

Ralph Tench reports ... surprisingly good day on the Welsh Fells in cold, wet and quite miserable start to the year. However came 5th out of field of 80, picking up the MV40 first prize, in 41:32

Giants Tooth fell race, Sat 1 Jan

26  20:30  Toni Melechi
83  27:20  Peter Lewis

Older News, December 2010