Ilkley Harriers news archive 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, December

Georgia Malir First lady and new record Chevin Chase Other nominations were:
Ben Sheppard - Frostbite 30
Sally Malir - Ribble 10k
Jack Wood - PECO XC 2nd
Jane Mccarthy - PECO XC result
Tom Adams Chevin Chase result

More Harriers of the Month ...

Auld Lang Syne, Wed 31 Dec 2014


(1  38:28 Alistair Brownlee, Bingley H)
41  45:53 Ralph Tench
17  43:02 Ben Stevens
293 64:33 David Ibbotson
296 65:05 Norman Bush
361 72:48 Sally Wright
378 78:53 Sophie Brown
395 ran

Ribble Valley 10k, Sun 28 Dec

From Dick Waddington ... Fifteen Harriers turned out in glorious but icey conditions for this, the last HRL counter. There may have been more PBs . . .
Results ...

(1  30:01 John Beattie, Newham & Essex Beagles)
214 39:17 Sally Malir
258 40:00 Tom Worboys
263 40:21 David Schneider
326 41:34 Lucy Williamson
335 41:46 Michael Duffield
347 41:59 Mike Helme
409 43:47 Jonathan Schneider
453 43:53 Andrew Merrick
481 44:38 Nigel Tapper
535 46:19 Dick Waddington
536 46:20 Helen Waddington PB
542 45:59 Helen Horton
605 47:30 John Marshall
674 48:42 Chloe Merrick
892 54:45 Fiona Schneider
1105 finishes - including 76 year old RON HILL!!!! who finished in 1.01.25

Sally's 39:17 is a new LV50 Club Record, beating Alison Bennett's 42:13 from the 2012 Bradford 10k, and also beats the LV45 record of 39:55 jointly held by Sally (Dewsbury 2014) and Alison Bennett (Abbey Dash 2008).

Jolly Holly Jog, Sun 28 Dec

From Geoff Howard ... Three Harriers were fortunate enough to experience Studley Royal Park at it's wintery best on Sunday. The winner was Mike Burrett, Leeds City, 34m 12s. Geoff Howard was 88th in 44m 30s, Norman Bush 117th in 46m 54s and Elizabeth Price 363rd in 55m 37s. There were 704 competitors.

Parkruns, Sat 27 Dec

Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1 18:51 Ian Bush, U/A)
5  19:26 Euan Brennan (junior)
157 took part

Chevin Chase, Fri 26 Dec

A fast race this year, with amazing results by Tom (first non-olympic athlete?) and Georgia (1st lady), and a great turnout of Harriers. Lots of photos on Facebook etc. Results ...

(1    37:03 Alistair Brownlee, Bingley H)
(2    37:26 Jonny Brownlee, Bingley H
3     38:07 Tom Adams
12    42:17 Ben Stevens
14    42:28 Jack Wood
23    44:11 Georgia Malir
52    46:39 Rob Cunningham
59    47:03 Stuart Pitches
83    48:23 George Stevens
89    48:35 Stephen Coy
158   51:29 Kate Archer
184   52:21 David Schneider
194   52:36 Tom Worboys
220   53:54 Jonathan Schneider
225   53:56 Victoria Stevens
289   56:20 Paul Stephens
342   57:44 Richard Morris
356   58:16 Will Worboys
361   58:50 Helen Horton
371   58:51 Andy Jackson 
379   59:04 Adela Reperecki
470 1:01:11 David Ibbotson
461 1:01:20 Caroline Craske
482 1:01:58 Chris Cunningham
498 1:02:15 Andrew Merrick
499 1:02:15 Jane Bryant
510 1:02:28 Michael Bryant
527 1:03:10 Elaine Cossins
564 1:04:24 Allison Ricci
594 1:05:12 Keith Wood
620 1:06:05 Hilda Coulsey
629 1:06:22 Petra Bijsterveld
638 1:06:38 Jane Guillard
704 1:09:15 Martin Wright
771 1:13:01 Fiona Schneider
795 1:13:46 Sally Wright
813 1:14:30 Gabriella Swanepoel
814 1:14:30 Anthony Swanepoel
856 1:17:59 Sue Stevens
935 finished

Parkruns, Thu 25 Dec

Results ...

Skipton Aireville Park
(1 18:05 Michael Keedy, St Theresa's)
3  18:43 Mark Mon-Williams
23 22:54 Rebecca Mon-Williams
33 23:52 Lewis Carr
70 29:00 Dylan Carr
88 runners

Bradford Lister Park
(1 17:47 Christian Holmes, Wharfedale H)
18 21:43 Tom Worboys
232 runners

Happy Christmas!

Most organised Club training is taking a little break now:

The Stoop, Sun 21 Dec

From Paul Stephens ... A great race and some excellent company. Thanks for driving Sally. I didn't win any prizes, but it was good to be out on the fells. The rain held off, the wind was a killer and I blame that and the mud on my time, which if my watch was correct was some 8 minutes slower than my last outing in 2011. This was my tenth Stoop, the first being way back in 1994 when the results were handwritten and posted out. For 5 years I finished consistently in 36 or 37 minutes, and in about the same position with about 200 runners overall. And today, not so good. I'm glad it was a classy field. Looking at the results I would have liked to be about 3 minutes faster, but hey, I enjoyed it. Thanks once again Dave and Eileen.

Results and photos

Woodentops photos
1   31:44 Tom Adamas
17  35:53 Jack Wood
44  39:07 Gavin Lamb
59  39:52 Jamie Hutchinson
72  40:31 Steve Turland
84  41:17 Richard Joel
88  41:27 Dick Waddington
93  41:43 Jane McCarthy 1st FV40
132 44:09 Ben Joynson
162 45:41 Jann Smith
173 46:11 Lucy Williamson 1st FU18
182 46:30 David Chandler
185 46:39 Paddy Hagan
190 46:54 Andrew Sheldon
210 48:01 Steve Weston
213 48:13 Alison Weston
222 48:57 Paul Stephens
228 49:06 Norman Bush 1st V70
237 50:37 Phil Hirst
283 52:32 Peter Lewis
314 54:02 Nicky Hopwood
327 55:01 Joanne Williamson
352 56:46 Sue Morley
372 58:56 David Green
374 59:29 Petra Bijsterveld
404 64:13 Sally Wright
427 finished

Ilkley's ladies won the team prize. And we had the first 3 girls in the U16 race.

This was an IH Race League counter.

parkruns, Sat 20 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:20 Unknown)
24  18:57 Adrian Bastow
266 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:17 Andy Grant)
118 27:10 Geoff Howard
126 27:38 Julie Elmes
188 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:52 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
11  22:18 Lewis Carr (junior)
13  22:48 Rebecca Mon-Williams 
44  28:39 Dylan Carr (junior)
67 ran

PECO XC 2 Nostell Priory, Sun 14 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  28:41 Frank Beresford, Otley AC)
4   29:22 Jack Wood
26  31:08 Matt Newell
48  32:34 Steve Coy
121 35:58 Steve Newell
140 36:43 Ben Joynson
148 36:58 Tom Worboys
234 40:58 Will Worboys
306 46:12 Geoffrey White
324 48:54 Don MacRae
345 ran

(1  32:06 Becky Penty, Highgate Harriers (guest))
6   35:18 Jane McCarthy
74  44:35 Nicky Hopwood
92  45:58 Petra Bijsterveld
151 50:29 Julie Elmes
168 52:31 Sally Wright
172 53:00 Kate Lofthouse
212 ran

parkruns, Sat 13 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:50 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
13  21:56 Martin Chandler
212 ran

Cross Flatts
(1  19:11 Danny Cassidy, U/A)
4   19:39 Tom Worboys
58 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:56 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
4   20:19 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
6   21:28 Jann Smith 1st F
75 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  18:20 Alex Fawcett, Ripon Runners)
48  24:54 Norman Bush
122 ran

Membership renewal is due now

All existing members have been sent a membership renewal form (in mid November). (If you didn't receive yours, please email the Membership Secretary, Rachel

Please check the details on the form, mark any changes clearly, sign, and return with payment. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at training sessions, and at races, - on the roads, trails, and fells.

Prospective new members ... please see our Membership page for details and an application form.

WYXC 4, Guiseley, Sun 7 Dec

Woodentops photos

A fantastic win for Tom! Results ...

1   33:50 Tom Adams
79  41:39 Mark Iley
91  42:10 Steve Coy
102 43:41 Arthur Reilly
151 finished

Senior ladies, 11th team
(1  22:17 Alex Bell, P&B)
25  26:37 Sally Malir
69  32:08 Chloe Haines
80  34:04 Gaenor Coy
85  34:24 Petra Bijsterveld
95  36:04 Julie Elmes
100 finished

Some great junior results too, with 37 running, and 3 top-3 team placings including our U17 girls who were first team.

Woodentops photos

Frostbite 30, Sat 6 Dec

From Ben Sheppard ... the approximately accurately named Frostbite 30 started off frosty (with blue skies in nidderdale) and ended up 34 miles and 4,500ft climb, its new route adding four miles and 1,100ft to last year's. The winning time was about 45 mins slower too. Duncan Cooper, Caz Farrow and I enjoyed trails around Pateley Bridge in woodlands, along the river up the valley, by the reservoirs and on the double track of the Nidderdale Way, with fantastic views. A brilliant local ultra. Give it a go.

(1 4h53:00 Ben Harris)
8  5h22:41 Ben Sheppard
15 5h51:44 Duncan
108 men + 37 women finished (same race)

parkruns, Sat 6 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:26 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
35  23:26 Helen Waddington
38  23:38 Nicky Hopwood
72  25:19 Joshua Waddington (junior)
252 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:44 Warren Lowcock, U/A)
154 28:08 Eve Whitaker (junior)
155 28:09 Helene Whitaker
237 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1 18:40 Carl Kernick, U/A)
15  23:21 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
73 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:53 Toby Osman, Ripon Runners)
35  22:52 Norman Bush
130 ran

(1  20:01 Paul Carman, Wharfedale Harriers)
9   22:31 Jann Smith
42 ran

Older News, November 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, November

Dan Wilkinson New course record at Burley Moor run Other nominations were:
Goeff Howard for his amazing time and 1st V70 at Abbey Dash
Jane McCarthy for 1st at PECO XC #1
Mike Duffield for PB at Abbey Dash
Will Worboys for PB at Abbey Dash
Steve Coy Organising XC teams

An outstanding achievement award was made to Sally Morley for representing England at the British & Irish Masters Cross Country.

More Harriers of the Month ...

PECO XC 1, Sun 30 Nov

Well done to Jane McCarthy, winning lady! Results ...

1   34:40 Jane McCarthy
44  42:47 Helen Waddington
58  43:45 Nicky Hopwood
87  46:39 Lynn Donohue
97  47:04 Petra Bijsterveld
121 48:34 Hilda Coulsey
136 49:25 Sue Morley
153 50:36 Julie Elmes
214 56:40 Kate Lofthouse
254 60:31 Christine Reilly
270 67:39 Claire Shouler
278 ran

(1  27:53 Joe Baxter, Pudsey and Bramley)
17  30:44 Dan Wilkinson
41  32:22 Matt Newell
65  33:30 Steve Coy
167 37:26 Mike Helme
197 38:28 Adrian Bastow
300 43:08 Will Worboys
315 43:30 Peter Lewis
339 44:54 Dave Ibbotson
350 45:40 Geoff White
393 50:30 Paul Sugden
394 50:43 Don Macrae
420 ran

This was race 22 in the Ilkley Harriers Race League, just 2 races to go!

parkruns, Sat 29 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... One solitary junior Harrier at parkrun this week! Results ...

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:45 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
6   20:35 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
106 ran

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 29 Nov

Nearly 500 children ran at Ben Rhydding in the 3rd race in the League. Results etc. on the junior pages.

British & Irish Masters Cross Country, Nottingham, Sat 22 Nov

Well done to Sally Morley, 10th in her category, in which England's ladies won the team prize. Results

WYXC 3, Keighley, Sat 22 Nov

Results ...

(1  24:05 Dominic Easter, Leeds City)
77  30:32 Steve Coy
92  31:06 Mark Iley
117 33:52 Arthur Reilly
148 finished

Ladies 8th team
(1  18:27 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth)
16  21:56 Sally Malir
30  22:45 Caz Farrow
75  28:16 Petra Bijsterveld
84  29:20 Gaenor Coy
91  30:36 Julie Elmes
94 finished

In addition there were 42 Junior Harriers racing with 7 team placings.

Check out the Woodentops photos

parkruns, Sat 22 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:56 James Elgar, Newport and East Wales Tri)
74  21:35 Joe Reynier (junior)
311 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1  18:06 Matt McDaniel, U/A)
6   19:38 Alex Hirst
138 ran

(1  20:35 Paul Carman, Wharfedale Harriers)
7   22:19 Jann Smith 1st F
33 ran

(1  17:07 John Byrne, Mayo AC)
15  21:31 Geoffrey Howard
129 ran

Abbey Dash, Sun 16 Nov

From David Green ... Thirty Harriers competed in the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash on Sunday. This course starting at Wellington Street heads out to Kirkstall Abbey before heading back along the A65 and ending on the Headrow attracted 12,000 entrants and remains one of the most popular 10k races in Yorkshire. The cool, dry conditions with little wind and a flat course allowed a fast pace with Andrew Butchart (Central AC) to finish first in 29.17 with Tom Adams first Harrier home in 31.43. Three Harriers achieved personal bests, Michael Duffield (40:48), Will Worboys (45:52) and David Green (49:09). Geoffrey Howard was the first vet 70 in an impressive 42:01.

Geoff Howard's 42:01 knocks some more time off the V70 Club record, beating his 43:07 from a month ago at Pilling.

Results ...

(1   29:17 Andrew  Butchart, Central AC)		
94   31:43 Tom Adams		
539  37:55 Stephen Whiteley
567  38:04 Dick Waddington PB
596  38:13 Rob Cunningham
678  39:09 Andrew Merrick
684  39:14 Jane Mccarthy PB		
689  39:22 Mark Iley		
912  39:21 Tom Worboys		
931  40:42 Kate Archer
961  40:58 Adrian Bastow
975  40:48 Michael Duffield  PB	
1205 42:01 Geoffrey Howard 1st V70		
1562 43:43 Nigel Tapper		
1563 43:26 Jon Cooper		
1806 45:54 Eric Hawthorn		
2113 45:24 David Chandler		
2489 45:52 Will Worboys	PB	
2846 49:09 David Green	PB	
2912 49:59 Nick Mellor		
2938 48:55 David Ibbotson		
3174 49:31 Chloe Merrick		
3190 50:37 Paul Sugden		
3480 51:55 Sheena Pickersgill		
3846 53:21 Kathryn Sugden		
4132 52:21 Julie Elmes		
4607 55:35 Natalie York
5811 51:07 Sarah Hayes	PB
5995 57:29 Catriona Hawthorn		
6780 59:53 Elaine Ibbotson		
9524 finished

Full Tour of Pendle, Sat 15 Nov

Jann Smith reports ... on this AL 16.8 miles/ 4830ft toughie, it has the same ascent and descent as the Three Peaks but in a shorter race. The hills are steep and have earned their names for a reason .. ' Geronimo', ' The Big Dipper' and the 'Big End' to name but a few. Conditions underfoot were very boggy and there was thick fog. I ran really well trying to stick with the leading ladies but then at the last trig frustratingly took a wrong turn in the fog and ended up doing an extra 3 miles and losing twenty minutes. But it was still great fun and is a great ' tough' race. Hope the other Ilkley Harriers taking part fared better.

From Adela Reperecki ... took part in this tuf race for the second year. Conditions were hard in the fog and I ended up following a runner who was not in the race! (Doh) Oh dear! Then I got on the wrong track following other runners and added 20 or more mins time last year. On the whole I enjoyed the race and it was a good experience! I enjoyed the challenge!

John Hayes adds ... In a moment of madness, I once more entered this very tough fell race. It involves 6 progressively steeper hill climbs leading to utter desperation by the time of the last near vertical climb. This year was made more dramatic by the mist and I made up a few places taking a bearing off the last summit as others scattered deliriously in all directions. Apart from using a map and compass, my race tactics were twofold: 1. Eat more en route; and 2. Set off slowly to preserve energy for the later climbs. I felt good about my time although I was about 10 minutes slower that last year. I put this down to two things: 1. I was weighed down with food; and 2. I set off more slowly than last year...

Results ...

(1  2:21:32 Karl Gray, Calder Valley)
129 3:12:54 Paul Calderbank
175 3:23:34 Jann Smith
208 3:30:18 John Hayes
234 3:37:36 Chantal Busby
346 4:15:02 Adela Reperecki
372 finished

Runners vs. Cyclists, Sat 15 Nov

Some photos by Woodentops, and Graham Weston.

Results ...

(1  35:43 Rob Jebb, Hope Factory Racing, cycle)
26  42:39 Lee Morley (cycle)
124 51:59 Alison Weston
143 54:32 Chris Oxlade
147 54:50 Neil Bloor
172 57:48 Hannah Partner
205 64:20 Amanda Newham
230 finished

parkruns, Sat 15 Nov

Results ...

Skipton Aireville Park
(1 18:07 Lee Athersmith, Bingley Harriers)
4  19:23 Tom Worboys
87 runners

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1 16:59 Paul O'Callaghan, Tadworth AC)
5  17:35 Jack Wood
288 runners

(1 17:11 Jake Lonsdale, Preston Harriers)
13 19:51 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
198 runners

Bradford Lister Park
(1 17:11 Peter Hopson, U/A)
59 23:42 Helen Waddington
344 runners

Hilly Fields
(1 17:25 Mark Hall, Kent AC)
4  18:42 Alex Hirst
127 runners 

Full steam ahead

From Jane Bryant ... I am pleased to announce that Helen and Dick Waddington have volunteered to organise our Ilkley Incline race from next year.
And at last week's Committee meeting, Hilda Coulsey became Ladies Road Captain so we now have a full complement of Captains, and Val Kerr (joint Ladies Fell Captain) and Dan Wilkinson were co-opted as Committee members.
There's a complete list on the Committee page.

Ilkley Harriers Race League update

21 races done and we are in the final straight, who's your money on? Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Wadsworth Half Trog, Sun 9 Nov

From Jamie Hutchinson ... 9m/1400ft climb a glorious day for bog hopping over the moors above Old Town, near Hebden Bridge. I'd used the National Cross duathlon champs the day before as a warm up! I ran well throughout the 9 mile just losing a couple of places in the last few miles and the inevitable nav error along with a number of others. Satisfying little race - recommended!
Results ...

(1 65:20 Ben Mounsey, CVFR)
18 82:53 Jamie Hutchinson
105 finished

YVAA Grand Prix, Spenborough, Sun 9 Nov

From Lynn Donohue ... there were two Harriers running in the final race of a 10 race series, I was 4th V50 overall in the series (7 races to count). YVAA

(1 33:49 Tanya Seager, Stainland)
31 45:41 Lynn Donohue
55 51:06 Amanda Newham
80 finished

Burley Run fell race, Sat 8 Nov

A win for Dan Wilkinson, setting a new course record, and Dave Wilby 3rd.

Woodentops photos

Results ...

1   46:09 Dan Wilkinson (new course record)
3   47:52 Dave Wilby
4   48:21 Ben Sheppard
8   51:54 Richard Joel
23  57:08 Ben Joynson
41  61:52 Paul Stephens
51  62:57 Ian Marshall
57  63:49 Phil Hirst
68  65:48 Adela Reperecki
77  66:42 Helen Waddington
86  68:04 Caroline Rashe
87  68:05 Peter Lewis
90  69:06 Jean Sullivan
99  70:28 Alison Ricci
103 71:18 David Green
109 72:16 Geoffrey White
114 73:47 Hilda Coulsey
117 74:27 Petra Bijsterveld
126 78:15 Sally Wright
129 79:46 Jacqui Weston
140 86:38 Julie Elmes
147 finished

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

parkruns, Sat 8 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:25 Jonny McKenna, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers)
40  19:26 Tom Worboys
420 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:13 Will Smith, Keighley and Craven AC)
13  20:00 Jane McCarthy 2nd F
67  23:48 Chris Cunningham
400 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:31 Charles Casey, Tyne Bridge Harriers)
46  22:37 Geoff Howard
149 26:28 Eve Whittaker (junior)
150 26:30 Helene Whittaker
290 ran

Hilly Fields
1   18:50 Alex Hirst
130 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:31 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners)
8   20:28 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
64 27:27 Dylan Carr (junior)
122 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:20 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
46  22:39 Norman Bush
216 ran

Guy Fawkes 10 mile, Sun 2 Nov

Hilda Coulsey reports ... A super morning for running and this well supported race never fails to disappoint with "beastly" hills forgotten if the promise of chocolate keeps you going. Results...

(1    57:00 Scott Harrington, Otley )
29  1:05:55 Rob Cunningham 
46  1:08:35 Dick Waddington 
68  1:10:14 Jane McCarthy  2nd F40
82  1:11:28 Caz Farrow  3rd F40
237 1:20:14 Will Worboys 
279 1:22:11 Chris Cunningham 
328 1:24:14 Jean Sullivan 
340 1:24:35 Adela Reperecki
423 1:28:21 Stephanie Fox 
512 1:33:04 Hilda Coulsey 
531 1:33:57 Petra Bijsterveld 
720 1:46:01 Michelle Snow 
756 1:49:11 Linda Wilson 
815 finished

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

WYXC 2, Leeds, Sun 2 Nov


(1  27:15 Tom Bean, City of York)
94  33:00 Steve Coy
117 34:16 Mark Iley
128 35:04 Arthur Reilly
189 finished

Ladies (11th team)
(1  19:37 Emma Clayton, Leeds City)
5   21:02 Georgia Malir
35  23:53 Sally Malir
65  26:23 Alison Weston
76  28:32 Chloe Haines
104 32:42 Julie Elmes
111 finished

U17 Ladies (3rd team)
(1 16:04 Eila Eadon, City of York)
7  17:05 Sarah Pickering
11 17:33 Luch Haines
13 17:42 Lucy Jacques
21 19:43 Elizabeth Westhead
23 20:26 Tilly Woodward
24 finished

Including these U17's, Ilkley had 40 juniors running with 7 team placings.

Shepherds Skyline fell race, Sat 1 Nov

Woodentops photos

Report from Jack Wood ... the race started opposite the Shepherd's Rest Inn on the moor above Todmorden. We climbed gradually to a col and then on to the Stoodley Pike war monument before dropping steeply off the side, back up to the col and finally down a long descent to the finish. I was tired going up to the top but hung on and managed to make up a couple of places coming down including a sprint finish with a lad from Clayton. Good performances from the other Harriers Richard, Duncan, Will and Sarah.

(1  41:20 Ben Mounsey, Calder Valley)
6   46:20 Jack Wood
40  53:19 Richard Joel
46  54:16 Duncan Cooper
74  57:06 Will Buckton
150 64:03 Sarah Edwards
234 finished

parkruns, Sat 1 Nov

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:25 Shaun Lawson, Easingwold RC)
41  20:29 Geoff Howard
394 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  16:50 Mark Ryall, Marshall Milton Keynes AC)
37  22:31 David Chandler
160 28:16 Jane McCarthy
425 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:33 Alan White, Sale Harriers Manchester)
152 26:56 Julie Elmes
292 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:45 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners)
4   20:19 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
7   20:45 Tom Worboys
98 ran

Older News, October 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, October

Charlotte Smithson Yorkshire Marathon time, improvement Other nominations were:
Hilda Coulsey - Gt Eastern Half V60 Club record
Ruaridh Mon-Williams - FRA relay leg 1 time
Jack Wood - fell results including Withins and Saddleworth Edges - 3rd in both
Mike Duffield - Bradford Half PB
Geoff Howard - Lancaster 10k V70 Club record
Andrew Merrick - Yorkshire Marathon time
Mens FRA relay team - best ever Club performance
Paul Stephens - for work on the new constitution
Will Buckton, Alison Weston Organising FRA teams

More Harriers of the Month ...

Bradford City Runs, Sun 26 Oct

Michael Duffield reports results ......

Half Marathon
(1 1:15:39 Frank Beresford, Otley AC)
14 1:33:05 Michael Duffield (PB)
239 ran
(1 35:25 Tom Midgley, Otley AC)
14 42:48 Caz Farrow  2nd female
68 50:03 Ruth Kitchen
287 ran

Ljubljanski Half Marathon, Sun 26 Oct

Paul Sugden reports ... from Slovenia, results ......

(1   1:07:41 Rok Puhar, Slovenia)	
2653 1:53:37 Paul Sugden		
2940 1:56:09 Martin Wright		
f931 1:57:43 Sue Bickerdike		
m 4421 finishers
f 2737 finishers

Leicester Half Marathon, Sun 26 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... I have friends in Leicester and this race was a good way of catching up with them and getting a run in too. Quite a large event with a full marathon, a half, and a corporate relay on offer. Whilst no one goes to Leicester for the scenery the route took in various parks, so it was not all doom and gloom on dual carriageways.
I felt fit and had hoped to sneak in just under 2 hours (which I have only managed once, on a flat course). With windy conditions and an uphill final mile this was always going to be a challenge. I reached 10 miles in 1hr 29 but could not sustain the pace. I gave it all I got and finished in 2 hours 8 seconds.

(1   1:07:32 Yared Hagos, Wallsend)
1146 2:00:08 Petra Bijsterveld
2337 finished

Gt Whernside fell race, Sat 25 Oct

Woodentops photos

Form Justin Phillips ... I found myself with a free weekend to race but procrastinated so long about entering the Bradford 5k/10k/half marathon that I missed the entry cut off. So after turning to the Harriers site for inspiration I found the complete opposite to four laps of Bradford City Centre...the Great Whernside fell race.
Huddled together in a muddy field just outside Kettlewell it was great to catch up with so many friendly, familiar faces, a quick kit check later and we were off.
The route is two miles straight up to the summit, round the cairn before plummeting back down the same way - it's impossible to get lost. I employed my usual technique of setting off like a bullet for the first 250 metres before blowing up and hanging on until the top. As I climbed hands on knees past Hag Dyke it should have brought back happy memories of trips with the Scouts but in reality I was too busy sucking in air to notice.
By the time I reached the summit my legs were like jelly and thoughts of racing downhill were replaced with the simple goal of survival. Remembering the mantra 'Brain Off, Brakes Off' I managed to lose as many places as I gained whilst remembering to smile at the Woodheads' taking pictures and offering fantastic encouragement as always.


(1 30:48 Ben Townsey, Calder Valley)
38 38:08 Jonathan Whitaker
65 41:16 Justin Phillips
79 42:46 Jann Smith
95 44:40 Norman Bush
157 finished

parkruns, Sat 25 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:19 Craig Shearer, Keighley and Craven)
6   19:42 Tom Worboys
9   20:11 Jane McCarthy 1st F
26  22:27 David Chandler
38  22:48 Phil Hirst
67  24:28 Joshua Waddington (junior)
91  25:14 Peter Lewis
364 ran
This was a counter in the Harriers Race League.

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:45 Ed Beecher, Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club)
179 27:13 Julie Elmes
327 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:28 Julian Hood, Skipton AC)
3   19:12 Steve Coy
21  22:13 Lewis Carr (junior)
120 ran

Bradford was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

British Fell Relays, Sun 19 Oct

Woodentops photos

Report from Dan Wilkinson ... Wow, what a day for Ilkley men's team... the fell relays took place on the seldom visited Middleton fells, a gorgeous little range between the Dales and the Howgills. The area provided great fast grassy running and Dallam and Howgill Harriers provided an excellent arena for spectating the event and partaking in some post race refreshment. The PA was fantastic, never letting up with his funny quips for the whole six and a half hours we were there. Ruaridh Mon Williams set off for the men's team and stormed home in 28th place, although the course was long for a junior this was a very stong performance from Ruaridh. Next off were me and Mark Mon-Williams on the long pairs leg, we set off strongly gaining on the runners in front and eventually being passed by the superstar pairing of Jonny Brownlee and Rob Jebb approximately 2 miles into the course. We pushed hard but lost a few places in the second half of the race unfortunately coming home in 33rd. Next off was Dave Wilby and Jack Wood, we were expecting big things from them and they didn't disappoint, with Jack's exceptional navigation and return to form gaining the team 10 places over the third leg and 12th overall for leg 3. This meant the pressure was on for Tom, who set off in 23rd position, we had a quick sweepstake on how many places he'd gain and I think he surprised us all to come back 14th with the 3rd fasted time on leg 4. I think this may be the best open result for the Ilkley Harriers?

From Alison Weston ... A great show from Ilkley and very exciting to watch! Men's team were awesome this year finishing in 14th position and ladies did really well to come 10th position in a very competitive field. Sally Morley set us off to a great start, then Jann and Kate made easy work of the longest leg, Sarah and myself completed the navigation leg without any errors and then Jane brought us home in grand style. Looking at Graham's photos Jane had the most mud to wade through too! Great to have Ruaridh running leg 1 and in such a fast time. Hopefully there will be many more youngsters taking part in the coming years.

Results ...

(1 3:43:55 Dark Peak FR)

14 4h08:11 Ilkley (men)
  46:18 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
1:29:00 Dan Wilkinson & Mark Mon-Williams
1:09:18 Jack Wood & Dave Wilby
  43:35 Tom Adams
103 5:05:06 Ilkley ladies (10th female team)
  53:40 Sally Morley
1:41:22 Kate Archer & Jann Smith
1:32:57 Sarah Edwards & Alison Weston
  57:07 Jane McCarthy
187 teams finished

Graham Weston's photos

Woodentops photos

Harewood 8 mile Trail Race, Sun 19 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Lots of races to choose from today but there was still a good Harrier turnout at this local race which is a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League. The usual 10 mile route had been shortened this year to 8 miles due to maintenance work on the Eccup Reservoir dam, though sadly this shortcut did not remove the steep climb in the final mile. Underfoot conditions were good with only the odd muddy patch, and the autumn sunshine made it feel quite warm despite the decidedly blustery conditions. A nice bottle of ale for all finishers made it all worthwhile.
Results ...

(1  44:56 Daniel Jenkin, Durham City Harriers)
58  63:50 David Chandler
76  65:41 Phil Hirst
97  67:24 Will Worboys
116 70:02 Stephanie Fox
141 72:52 Peter Lewis
144 73:12 Sarah Hayes
152 74:18 Hannah Partner
153 74:20 Nick Mellor
156 74:49 Frank Kew
164 75:11 Hilda Coulsey 1st F55
166 75:30 John Brown
187 77:46 Petra Bijsterveld
230 85:02 Sally Wright
267 finished

5 mile trail race
(1 27:45 Nicholas Hughes U/A)
4  32:55 Daniel Hayes 
73 ran

Andrew Thrippleton's photos

West Yorkshire XC race 1, Sun 19 Oct

Results here

(1  32:59 Simon Deakin, Leeds)
77  41:38 Stephen Coy
85  42:19 Mark Iley
101 43:34 Arthur Reilly
105 44:05 Malcolm Pickering
165 finished

(1  21:20 Claire Duck, Leeds)
15  23:59 Sally Malir
24  24:43 Caz Farrow
58  31:08 Di Kitchen
80 finished

U17 ladies
(1  16:35 Bethan Oates, Wakefield)
2   16:51 Sarah Pickering
7   17:53 Lucy Williamson
9   18:17 Lucy Jacques
14  19:07 Joanne Williamson
20  20:17 Tilly Woodward
21  20:21 Elizabeth Westhead
26 finished
1st team

45 Ilkley juniors ran brilliantly, with 7 teams in the results from U11 to U17

Bridlington Half, Sun 19 Oct

Results ...

(1  1:13:37 James Bulman, New Marske)
230 1:53:22 Adela Reperecki
257 1:55:12 Dave Ibbotson
531 finished

Race you to the summit, Sat 18 Oct

Woodentops photos

From Steve Turland ... this race was first run 48 years ago as a result of a bet by a local man that he could run from the Summit Inn to the White Lion and back in less than 30 minutes. Sounding like the sort of challenge that could be undertaken after several pints and a large kebab, it didn't sound that hard. Only snag is that the White Lion is just over 2 miles away with 850ft of ascent up and down the Pennine Bridleway.
Anyway, the local man won his bet and a large sum of money went to the local community. Sadly, 48 years on I would have failed to win the bet finishing in just over 34 minutes in 15th position. But all good fun nonetheless.

Round Rotherham 50, Sat 18 Oct

From Sharon Meadows ... It was a lovely day for the 50 mile trail race which follows the boundary of Rotherham in a circular route. As always it was very well organised with plenty of feed stations and showers/hot meals at the end. Its also very cheap to enter (£12). It was muddy underfoot and a bit slippery in places but overall conditions were quite good. It's undulating but not hilly so is ideal if anyone is thinking of doing an ultra for the first time. This was my 5th completion of the race although my second slowest time (but at least I finished it!) Not sure of the official winning times, results not up yet. Well done to Amanda Parnaby also who ran 30 miles despite being ill, and she still drove us home!

Lancaster 10k, Sat 18 Oct

From Geoff Howard ... I made another trip into deepest Lancashire for a race called variously the Lancaster, Pilling or Elleton Arms 10k depending upon which website you looked at. A nice flat fast course which I don't think I made full use of being 13th out of about 65 in 43m 7s. The winner was a v40 Jason Parker of Preston in 34m 56s. Results

This is a new V70 Club record, superceding Brian Sweet's 52:55 from the 2000 Kirkstall 10k.

parkruns, Sat 18 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:54 Stephen Shanks, Victoria Pk H)
6   20:00 Will Buckton
207 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:50 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
188 29:15 Claire Murphy
374 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:03 Matt Bailey, U/A)
164 26:33 Petra Bijsterveld
343 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:49 Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners)
5   19:27 Tom Worboys
178 ran

Ilkley Harriers Annual general Meeting, Tue 14 Oct

From Paul Wood ... a quick summary, draft minutes should be available soon. A well attended AGM with 30+ people. An increase in subs by £2 to cover UKA increases was agreed (more info on subs and renewals soon). The proposed new Club Constitution was agreed. Committee and volunteer changes included new Treasurer Martin Archer, new Membership Secretary Rachel Carter, new Road Men's Captain Steve Weston, new XC Men's Captain Steve Coy. There are vacancies for a Deputy Chair, Road Ladies' Captain, Auditor, and some Committee places are vacant - contact Jane Bryant or Paul Stephens if you can help. See the committee page.
parkrun coming to Ilkley was discussed, as was the perennial issue of Tuesday nights.

Withins Skyline, Sun 12 Oct

Graham Weston's photos

Woodentops photos

(1  41:05 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
3   45:01 Jack Wood
31  51:37 Richard Joel
50  53:43 Duncan Cooper
84  56:11 Kate Archer
96  57:09 Jann Smith
99  57:14 Ben Joynson
130 59:18 Alison Weston
141 59:54 David Chandler
160 62:25 Sarah Haines
174 64:10 Will Worboys
237 80:57 Jacqui Weston
251 91:09 Julie Elmes
255 finished

Lots of good junior results too, and more photos, all on

Yorkshire Marathon, Sun 12 Oct

Andrew Merrick reports ... An unusual start to a marathon - there aren't many you can sleep in your own bed the night before, one of a number of things to be recommended about the Yorkshire Marathon...
A hassle free drive to the park and ride service from Elvington airfield got me to the York University campus with plenty of faffing time to spare and a reasonable amount of indoor space in which to faff. The short bag drop-off queues weren't exactly mirrored by the loo queues but otherwise all was good giving me enough time to finally decide on my race plan.... I had taken a more relaxed approach to training than the London 6 day a week spreadsheet driven approach. In a weak moment I might confess to missing colouring in the numbers green when the planned run had been completed, but otherwise it was definitely a more enjoyable experience, not least because you get to train in decent weather for autumn marathons. After careful (?) consideration I decided to go with the more aggressive of my two plans (Jane B's counsel of "start slowly" being put to one side at this point) - it was a simple plan in honour of Mr Weston, which involved sticking with the sub 3 pacer for as long as I could... He duly disappeared into the fog at mile 15 leaving me in my own mental version. With the help of very good support from the good people of York, particularly around the two way sections, I managed to get home in a respectable time. Unfortunately despite the level of pre race faffing time, I hadn't really thought through the pinning of my number - quite important I realised when running in support of Martin House.... I did my best to acknowledge most of the shouts of "come on Martin" ...
A friendly and well organised race, particularly the start pens, with a relatively flat course - undulating I think would be the appropriate expression - with a challenging uphill section just before the finish ...... and a helpful large arch over the road proclaiming, when close enough to read it, that you were almost at the finish line.... the actual finish being several hundred yards of pain further on. I couldn't comment on the scenery - it stayed foggy for most of the route.
There were a number of options back at the campus for the compulsory post race beer, before the bus back to the airfield and a rather sunnier drive home.
A marathon experience to be recommended.

(2   2:11:08 Bret Crosley, U/A))
141  3:06:44 Andrew Merrick
1530 3:57:22 Charlotte Smithson
3677 finished

Great Eastern Half Marathon, Sun 12 Oct

From Hilda Coulsey... I found myself in Peterborough this weekend and entered this half. It was flat (obviously!) and I missed our hills (weirdly?).

(1st 1:03:36 Jonah Chesum)
1270 1:48:07 Hilda Coulsey 
3787 finished

Hilda's time beats the F60 half marathon Club record of 1:53:22 she set at the Great North Run last year.

Lakes in a Day ultra, Sat 11 Oct

Eddie Winslow reports ... Lakes in a Day ultra, 48+ miles and a lot of climb, including Blencathra and Helvellyn summits. This was its first running but I anticipate that it will become an annual event for those who are looking for a very tough 50 miler. The route runs North to South through the Lake District from Caldbeck to Cartmel via Ambleside. The big climbs were in the first half, which left tired legs for the undulating second half. I was running well and finished 29th in 13h33m. That's my slowest ever 50 miler by some margin which gives an indication of just how tough the course was.

Langdale Horseshoe fell race, Sat 11 Oct

From John Hayes ... a classic on the fell-racing calender, this year's race was surprisingly challenging. If you click on the FRA forum a common theme emerges from everyone - the rocks were incredibly slippery meaning there were lots of tumbles by runners. Unfortunately there were a few nasty injuries with two runners lifted off by helicopter but both are thankfully OK. The concerned response of those who stopped to help was admirable and illustrated all that is good about the sport. Anyway, amidst all the carnage I enjoyed my run especially in the thick mist on the tops where I managed to overtake quite a number of runners by the simple expedient of stopping, getting out my map and compass and taking a bearing. I also took my now customary "cowardly" route which avoids the (terrifying) Bad Step on Crinkle Crags. Whilst this cowardice left me unable to boast at the finish, on the up side I predict it gained me about 20+ places!

From Helen Waddington ... Some amazing times given the conditions! Results ...

(1  2:16:00 Rhys Findlay-Robinson)
13  2:29:23 David Wilby                             
49  2:43:53 Ben Sheppard                            
55  2:45:02 Dan Wilkinson                          
137 3:02:48 Will Buckton                            
169 3:11:43 John Hayes                              
303 3:50:47 Bob Hamilton                            
341 4:08:27 Helen Waddington                        
342 4:08:28 Dick Waddington                 
352 4:19:53 Paul Calderbank                 
353 4:19:58 Chantal Busby                           
375 ran

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 11 Oct

Over 700 young runners racing it out at Ghyll Royd School today, more on the junior pages

parkruns, Sat 11 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1  16:50 Michael McKillop, U/A)
120 24:49 Pete Shields
192 27:31 Julie Elmes
331 ran

(1  16:04 Ryan Riddell, Corstorphine AAC)
13  18:03 Mark Mon-Williams
17  18:12 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
83  20:27 Rebecca Mon-Williams
560 ran

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relays, Sun 5 Oct

From Alison Weston ... a great performance by both men's and ladies teams in this relay event from Patterdale. Shame the weather wasn't as good as it was in Ilkley but both teams coped really well in poor visibility. Fantastic to have young Georgia Malir in the ladies team for the first time this year running leg 1 with Sally Malir, then Jann Smith with Kate Archer over High Street (very difficult leg navigationally), Emma Barcley and myself on leg 3 setting off in mist at the bottom of Red Screes (at least we couldn't see how far it was to the top!) and finally Jane McCarthy running a great last leg with Sally Morley.
Alison Weston's photos
Results ...

(1 3:59:59 Borrowdale)

25 4:40:01 Ilkley
43:49   Rob Cunnigham & Iain Gibbons
1:20:57 Steve Turland & Mark-Mon Williams
1:16:59 Will Buckton &  Ben Joynson
1:18:16 Dan Wilkinson & Dave Wilby

31 4:52:22 Ambleside Ladies

37 5:11:30 Ilkley Ladies
48:58   Sally Malir & Georgia Malir
1:34:48 Jann Smith & Kate Archer 
1:11:36 Alison Weston & Emma Barclay
1:36:08 Sally Morley & Jane McCarthy 

70 teams finished

Horsforth 10K, Sun 5 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... this local 10K along road and canal tow path now in its 30th year had a 3pm start this time and the t-shirts came with the slogan 'now with added lie-in'. Only 4 Harriers there, possibly due to plenty of other races to choose from this weekend. Pleasantly sunny and dry, the afternoon start did result in rather hot conditions to run in. I had run it several times before but had forgotten how uneven much of the tow path is. Having already suffered a stitch at the halfway mark I had to abandon hopes of a PB. Excuses excuses........
Results ...

(1  33:24 Philip Tedd, Woodhouse Grove School)
119 46:31 Phil Hirst
142 48:20 Chris Cunningham
219 54:21 Petra Bijsterveld
239 55:47 Fiona Schneider
335 finished

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Chester Metric Marathon, Sun 5 Oct

From Neil Bloor ... Alison and Neil Bloor ran the Chester Metric Marathon today (26.2k). The weather was mixed, started out freezing and ended up roasting, however the distance made a nice change and the race was very well organised and marshalled. We ran together, finishing in 2hrs 54 minutes, race winner was Duncan Clarke of Leeds in 1hr 44 mins.

To Ell and Back, Sun 5 Oct

From Clare Smith ... Adela Reperecki and I took part in this 20 mile event. Not classed as a race so no official placings or times but can be recommended as a great training event, with frequent checkpoints providing sustenance. Much of the route followed parts of the Calderdale Way, though I had some difficulty in interpreting the route description and added an extra mile to the total due to wandering! Fantastic weather for an October day too!

Saddleworth Edges, Sat 4 Oct

From Jack Wood... Crossed the Pennines on Saturday for a race that took us along the top of one of Saddleworth's steep sided valleys. Great scenery made more dramatic with dark clouds and mist. Underfoot it was wet and rocky like the paths on Ilkley Moor. One of the early marshals had a brainstorm and sent some people (including leading two) on a shorter route, but wouldn't have beaten them anyway. Dad survived the elements without waterproof trousers. Results ...

(1 60:02 Andy Fellet, U/A)
3  65:10 Jack Wood
86 finished

Manhattan Beach 10k, Los Angeles, Sat 4 Oct

From Jamie Hutchinson ... A beautiful morning in Manhattan beach and an early start at 730 to beat the heat. A great 'little' 10k with a bit of up and down and a great last mile or so along the beach and finishing near the pier. Still suffering with jet lag I finished in 39:51, 63rd overall and 5th in my age group. The race was won in 32:59 by David Cardona, 3309 ran/walked.

Jamie Hutchinson

parkruns, Sat 4 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Saturday was parkrun's 10th anniversary, having developed from 13 people running 5K around Bushy Park in London one morning to more than 50,000 people taking part in parkruns every week in the UK alone and half a million registered runners. I know parkrun is not a big feature for most Harriers, and of course the run is rather short and does not involve any fells! But give it a try if you have always wondered what it is about and never been, it is good fun for all the family and attracts runners of all speeds. Not being particularly fast I regularly get overtaken by men pushing prams around the course at high speed which always makes me smile.
Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:20 Hannah Oldroyd, Airedale Dodgers)
7   19:56 Tom Worboys
48  23:43 Will Worboys
327 40:45 Abbie Reynier (junior)
356 ran

Harrogate Stray 
(1  17:58 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers)
154 26:28 Petra Bijsterveld
288 ran

(1  16:52 Daniel Jenkin, Durham City Harriers)
12  19:55 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
250 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1  17:59 Laurie Pope, South London Harriers)
4   18:35 Alex Hirst
134 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:52 Alan Walsh, Wharfedale Harriers)
66  29:08 William Robson (junior)
95 ran

Older News, September 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, September

Harry Maslen U20 Yorkshire Combined Events Decathlon Champion and Yorkshire record Other nominations were:
Norman Bush: 1st V70 in English Fell Champs
Alison Weston: LDMT
Jack Wood: 1st at Ilkley Incline
Dan Wilkinson: 3rd at Embsay and Salford 10k time
Jonathon Whittaker: 1st medium LDMT
Adela Reperecki: 1st V50 Yorkshireman Full
Nick Richardson: 2nd V40 Yorkshireman Half
Gaenor and Steve Coy: Ilkley Aquathlon organisers
Geoff Howard Ilkley Incline organiser (10 years)

More Harriers of the Month ...

Rab Mountain Marathon, 27-28 Sep

From John Hayes ... Whilst I have done many mountain marathons before, this was the first time I had done the Rab MM. It was also the first event where I teamed up with my son Daniel (16). It turned out we had a great two days finishing 32nd overall in the short score which had 176 starters and 172 finishers. We also picked up the prize for 2nd parent & child which was very exciting (for me at least because I NEVER win prizes!). Score events are my favourite type of mountain marathon/orienteering event. With a carefully planned route, one can notch up a lot of points. We had a particularly good first day where no one else seemed to choose our route. On day 2 we lost some time wading across a huge bog but we still did ok and made sure we got back in time. The organisers were all really friendly and - oddly - even the landowners who complained when people accidentally crossed their land did so nicely or even apologetically! Hope to add this to my list of annual favourites. Results ...

YVAA XC Champs, Sun 28 Sep

Petra reports ... Lynn Donohue encouraged us to enter this vets race and the 10 Harriers who went were not disappointed. The sun shone and the mud was minimal, always a bonus in a XC event. The races were of a slightly unusual format, with all the ladies and the men over 70 only running 5K, and the men aged 35 to 69 running 10K, i.e. 2 or 4 laps of an undulating grass course in a local park. Friendly and well organized, my only small gripe was that the course was well short, 2.6 miles certainly does not make 5K. Having saved myself for a final dash I was confronted with the finish line rather sooner than I expected.
Results ...

Men 35-49
(1 28:35 Richard Harris, Rotherham)
26 33:30 Steve Turland
38 35:26 Mike Duffield
41 36:02 Arthur Reilly
50 finished

Men 50-69
(1 Simon Wright, Doncaster)
33 Malcolm Pickering
50 Phil Hirst
59 Dave Ibbotson
65 finished

W35+ and M70
(1 15:40 Helen Berry, Homfirth)
23 18:50 Beth Massey
48 21:08 Lynn Donohue
66 23:05 Petra Bijsterveld
71 23:40 Donna Hattersley
93 finished

Lancaster 5k, Sat 27 Sep

From Geoff Howard ... I've run many times at Saltaire but never before at Salt Ayre, Lancaster and Morecambe's AC's base, with its excellent clubhouse and track. They held a flat fast 5k (five runners under 16m) at the unusual time of 6.30pm. James Bowness (Trafford AC) was the winner in 15m 21. Some way behind, but pleased to dip under 20m for the first time this year, I managed 19m 57s, first v70, in 34th position out of 76.

This sets a V70 Club Record.

Thieveley Pike, Sat 27 Sep

From Steve Turland ... Perhaps not the best preparation for the YVAA XC the following day but a very enjoyable race over the Lancs border. 1300ft in just over 4 miles so a tough little race, with a full set of junior races too. Won by Simon Bailey, I finished in 11th place in 38 mins 30. Still awaiting full results but Chloe and Sarah Haines there too with Sarah picking up a prize. It felt a long way round the XC course today.

Causeway Coast half marathon, Sat 27 Sep

From Hilda Coulsey ... Billed as "One of the most scenic marathons in the world" and my childhood home I ran a wonderful half marathon on cliffs, beaches and rocks. It was challenging; up and down seemingly hundreds of inlets, hugging the coast/ cliff-line from Ballintoy to Portballantrae past the magnificent Giants Causway. An ultra (60k), marathon, half, 10k and 2 walks are all available and the scenery really is magnificent (thankfully the weather was kind).
Half: (Mark McKinstry 1:26:51), I was 160th in 2:17:45 out of the 379 who ran.

parkruns, Sat 27 Sep

From Petra ... A win for Alex Hirst at Hilly Fields in Lewisham this week! Results ...

(1  15:33 Tesfaledet Goitom, U/A)
23  17:47 Mark Mon-Williams
132 22:00 Rebecca Mon-Williams
605 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:15 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
10  19:41 Tom Worboys
53  22:26 Philip Hirst
408 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:33 Unknown, U/A)
122 24:37 Pete Shields
339 ran

Lewisham Hilly Fields
1   18:49 Alex Hirst
131 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:24 Lee Athersmith, Bingley Harriers)
5   19:35 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
10  20:43 Derek Oliver
110 ran

Super junior results

A super weekend of competition for some of our younger runners. Harry Maslen U20 finished 5th (out of 42) in the English Schools Combined Events decathlon today, beating the 6,000 points total again, and helping West Yorkshire to team Bronze; and Ruaridh Mon-Williams and Lucy Haines represented England on the fells both for the first time, in the 'Home Countries International Junior Mountain Running Championships' (phew!) in Ireland.

Ilkley Triathlon, Sun 21 Sep

From Hilda Coulsey ... Plenty of Harriers were out enjoying a super day from the Lido. Many thanks to all the marshals and volunteers, particularly the Coy family, who spent the long day welcoming, helping and supporting us all so well (as well as organising the previous day's Aquathlon!)
Results ...

(1    56:33 Team 3 men in a tub)
11  1:00:25 Ralph Tench 1st M45 
31  1:04:55 Jonathon Schneider 
35  1:05:46 Steve Newell 
60  1:08:53 Rachel McKay 2nd F30 
80  1:11:37 John Hayes
91  1:12:40 Michael Duffield 
168 1:19:17 Naomi Elliott 1st FJ 
226 1:25:35 Sarah Hayes 
234 1:26:39 Hilda Coulsey 1st F60 
261 1:31:31 Fiona Schneider 
328 finished

Embsay fell race, Sun 21 Sep

Congrats to Dan Wilkinson on his 3rd place, results soon ...

Viking 4 Peaks Chase, Sun 21 Sep

Jamie Hutchinson reports ... 8m 1500 ft climb organised by Cleveland mountain rescue starting from Lordstones cafe near Stokesley. An initial short climb and loop back through the event centre at Lordstones before heading north along the ridge taking in a few bumps before the turn and heading back through the woods and minimal up and down. Great race with bonus of on site cafe facilities!
The race was won by Paul Williams in 62:32. I finished in 66:05 and 7th, 72 ran.

Utterley Butterley fell race, Sun 21 Sep

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... I went to Marsden for this new race starting at Butterley Reservoir and taking in a further 4 reservoirs in just under 5 miles. Billed as a good introduction to fell running I was seduced by the photos of the route on their website, and the race certainly lived up to it. Well marked and taking us through beautiful landscapes. Thankfully it was dry as the stone flagged paths would not have been so trouble free in the rain. I would certainly recommend this race, assuming they put it on again.
Results ...

(1  30:10 Paul Green, Sale)
56 51:55 Petra Bijsterveld
68 finished

Ilkley Aquathlon, Sat 20 Sep

The 3rd Ilkley Aquathlon, jointly organised by us and Ilkley Swimming Club at Ilkley Lido was a great success with 171 competing on the day including many Ilkley juniors. Well done to Steve & Gaenor Coy co-ordinating.


Gt Langdale Half, Cumbria, Sat 20 Sep

Results ...

(1  1:18:58 Ross Anderson, Jarrow & Hebburn AC)
34  1:34:42 Caz Farrow	1st F40	 
72  1:47:23 Ewan Walsh 
138 1:59:57 Jean Sullivan
277 finished

Three Shires fell race, Sat 20 Sep

Jann Smith reports ... Results from Three shires Fell Race. 12.4 miles/ 4003ft. Starts from Little Langdale and summitted 4 x Lakeland peaks, Wetherlam, Swirl How, Pike O Blisco and Lingmell. Ilkey were 1st ladies' team.

55  2:26:12 Nick Pearce
89  2:40:22 Will Buckton
118 2:47:06 Kate Archer
121 2:47:43 Jann Smith
191 3:18:00 Chloe Haines
220 ran

Scafell Pike fell race, Sat 20 Sep

Steve Turland reports ... 4.5m and 3000ft, a real leg burner this one. I finished in 14th place in 78 mins. Joss Naylor was there giving out the prizes!

parkruns, Sat 20 Sep

From Petra ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:34 Nathan Marsh, Tonbridge AC)
33  20:12 Arthur Reilly
63  21:45 Tom Worboys
80  22:12 Will Worboys (PB)
396 ran

(1  16:35 Ben Jones, Worcester AC)
31  20:02 Geoffrey Howard
149 25:13 Pete Shields
303 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1 17:38 Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners)
61 24:02 Sarah Haines
436 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:35 Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners)
162 27:11 Julie Elmes
294 ran

Hilly Field, Lewisham
(1  18:25 Jonathan Tipper, U/A)
7   20:21 Alex Hirst
134 ran

Skipton Aireville park
(1  18:02 Neil Maloney, Skipton AC)
2   20:21 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
99 ran

Burnsall, Sun 14 Sep

Results ...

(1 13:15 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
12 17:38 Steve Turland
22 18:31 Dick Waddington
70 finished

Yorkshireman, Sun 14 Sep

Helen Waddington reports ... Results ...

Yorkshireman Full	
(1  3h20:37 Shaun Wilkinson, KCAC)
58  4h38:49 Adela Reperecki 1st FV50
147 finishers

Yorkshireman Half
(1   1h36:55 Ben Mounsey             
4    1h46:42 Nick Richardson  (2nd V40)
92   2h25:50 John Coates             
123  2h35:11 Lynn Donohue           
128  2h38:10 Helen Waddington        
155  2h47:57 Hilda Coulsey (2nd FV60)
244 finishers

The Half was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

LDMT, Sun 14 Sep

Alison Weston reports ... Long day out for most of us at the weekend on the 60th Lake District Mountain Trial a one day orienteering event in Patterdale this year over a choice of 3 courses :- Classic (~16 miles, 7000ft), Medium (~12 miles, 5,000ft) or Short (well relatively -10 miles 3,500ft).
The Haines family turned out in force with Hector winning the long Classic route in 04.09hrs, over 30 mins ahead of the second runner, Peter and Chloe completing the Medium course and Sarah the short course (wait until Lucy is old enough to run too!!) Jonathon Whitaker easily won the Medium course and Helene ran the short course to test her knees on downhills (plenty of that!!).
I struggled with route choice a bit as there was a long way between some check points and all sorts of routes tried by different runners. For one leg some runners dropped down to Grisedale tarn and up onto Helvellyn ridge, others up Swirral Edge to the ridge or a direct way via red tarn. I opted for a steep climb up to join Striding Edge in the mist and then a long run along Helvellyn ridge. Who knows which was best? 'Dithering' certainly does NOT help though!
Results ...

1  4h14:04 Jonathan Whittaker 
11 4h53:10 Peter Haines
12 4h57:34 Alison Weston (3rd Lady)
22 5h23:15 Chloe Haine (9th Lady)
41 5h56:49 Richard Joel
64 finished

(1 4h15:22 Gareth Bryan-Jones, Ochil Hill Runners)
8  4h49:16 Helene Whitaker 2nd Lady, 1st LV40
16 5h09:53 Sarah Haines5th Lady, 1st LV50
36 finished

Hodder Valley Show fell race, Sat 13 Sep

From Dan Wilkinson... Duncan and I made the trip over to the Forest of Bowland for the last race in the English Champs. It looked like the 400 limit of runners had almost been met, which made the run out of the showground more of a stampede. The route packs 1,500 ft of climbing into just 4 miles, so was really tough. I managed to break the old course record by around 16 seconds, unfortunately so did the 51 men in front of me, so no points again. Results ...

(1  32:44 Morgan Donnelly, Borrowdale)
52  40:14 Dan Wilkinson
131 46:09 Duncan Cooper
202 finished

Rombalds Romp, Sat 13 Sep

Woodentops photos

Will Buckton reports ... Muddy conditions for Abbey Runners' trail v fell race. A well flagged and marshalled route with a free bottle of beer. Results ...

(1 47:51 Chris Miller, Harrogate)
11 54:47 Will Buckton
12 55:16 Nick Pearce 1st V60
33 62:07 Mike Baldwin
60 finished

(1 44:16 Frank Beresford, Otley)
12 61:59 Will Worboys
35 finished

parkruns, Sat 13 Sep

From Petra... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:37 David Driver, Barnsley AC)
166 24:42 Harry Stead (junior)
414 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:57 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
12  20:25 Tom Worboys
409 39:54 Abbie Reynier (junior)
444 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  16:07 Jamil Parapia, Otley AC)
39  21:13 Geoffrey Howard
148 25:45 Peter Shields
174 26:31 Julie Elmes
329 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  16:57 Gregan Clarkson, Kingston upon Hull AC)
3   20:29 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
64  28:17 Alex Millar
110 ran

Roseberry Topping, Wed 10 Sep

From Jack Wood ... Took a day off to cycle through the North York Moors to a short fell race up and down Roseberry Topping. Very steep and technical in places with a surprising amount of route choice. Well organised and lots of wine given out as prizes. Results ...

(1 11:11 Jack Willis, M'bro & Cleve H)
10 14:28 Jack Wood
78 finished

Vale of York Half Marathon, Sun 7 Sep

From Sally Malir ... the race must have been one of the nicest road races that I have ever done, helped along by a beautiful September morning. We started at Sherburn Air Club and ran along closed, scenic flat roads perfect!
I decided that I was going to force myself to try a new race strategy as anything under a marathon I tend to set off far too fast and suffer later on. The plan was to take the first three miles easy then work my way through the field from there on. This plan worked really well and I finished strongly and a minute ahead of my target time.
I finished 5th lady overall in a time of 1.27:18 which puts me 5th also in the UK for my age group!
I am now having a couple of weeks rest before starting marathon training.
Results ...

(1  1:09:27 Jason Cherriman, Leeds)
79  1:27:18 Sally Malir
82  1:28:05 Tom Worboys
287 1:40:07 Ewan Welsh
865 finished

From Hilda Coulsey ... Sally's time sets a new LV50 Club record beating the 2010 time of 1:37:27 set by Christine Matthews at Maratona D'italia, and also the LV45 time of 1:32:27 set by Alison Bennett in Leeds in 2007

Great North Run, Sun 7 Sep

(1    1:00:00 Mo Farah)
404   1:26:25 Rob Cunningham
5254  1:47:29 Kevin Lawson
5703  1:48:33 Christine Cox
6195  1:49:37 Andrew Wison
6664  1:50:37 Chris Cunnibgham
7909  1:53:09 Dave Ibbotson
8982  1:55:13 Charlotte Smithson
11396 1:59:07 Tim Ratcliffe
12954 2:01:38 Alison Ricci
15811 2:06:37 Robert Morse
19422 2:13:10 Sally Wright
30724 2:34:54 Carole Cunningham

Ben Nevis fell race, Sun 7 sep

From Dick Waddington ... three Harriers headed up to Fort William for the Ben Nevis Race at the weekend. The TV cameras were out for the BBC who were doing a documentary on one of the runners for Scottish TV. We were paraded around the start field by a pipe band - very atmospheric! You get a nice warm up on the flat for a mile before the fun begins - pleasant blocky paths, followed by a Whernside-like grassy bank, topped by scree and an eerie summit plateau. There was great support with jelly babies aplenty. The descent is a heart-in-the mouth, goes on forever, make it stop, are we there yet, surely we are by now experience until you hit the tarmac to realise you have a mile to go on legs that seem to be have been donated by someone who can't run. Fantastic fun (Helen might not agree with that bit)! Results...

(1  1:34:43 Finlay Wild, Lochaber)
147 2:11:03 Dick Waddington
191 2:17:26 Jane McCarthy
478 3:21:06 Helen Waddington
486 finished

Salford 10k, Sun 7 Sep

Dan Wilkinson reports ... closed roads and a good crowd at the end helped lift an otherwise dreary and uninspiring tour of industrial Salford. Back to the fells. Results...

(1 30:58 Mohammed Abu-Rezeq, Altrincham & D)
13 35:15 Dan Wilkinson
2735 finished

Bradley fell race, Sun 7 Sep

Woodentops photos

Woodentops photos. Results ...

(1 19:10 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
8  22:48 Mark Mon-Williams
22 25:46 Jonathan Schneider
32 27:21 Jann Smith 1st lady
72 39:56 Fiona Schneider
75 finished

parkruns, Sat 6 Sep

From Petra ... Again some excellent Harrier parkrun times this week, notably Sarah Pickering being the first female over the finish line at Bradford. Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:50 Christopher Mann, Hyde Park Harriers)
21  19:14 Tom Worboys
292 ran

(1  17:22 Richard Ginn, Pocklington Runners)
20  20:31 Geoffrey Howard
228 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:25 Chris Williams, Queensbury AC)
15  21:02 Malcolm Pickering
18  21:21 Sarah Pickering (junior) 1st F
22  21:19 James Pickering (junior)
117 26:38 Sally Pickering
218 30:29 Anna Pickering (junior)
367 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:01 David Driver, Barnsley AC)
131 26:47 Petra Bijsterveld
267 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:33 Logan Hargreaves-Madhas, Wharfedale Harriers)
4   20:34 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
43  26:40 John Brown
72  30:14 Claire Murphy
94 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:12 Toby Osman, Ripon Runners)
3   19:10 David Schneider
4   19:28 Jonathan Schneider
70  26:13 Fiona Schneider
162 ran

Ilkley Incline, Wed 3 Sep

68 runners competed in the super Ilkley Incline uphill race, organised for the 10th time by Geoff Howard. Ilkley's Jack Wood sprinted it out with top international mountain runner Emma Clayton to win in 7:47; Emma's 7:49 smashed the ladies' course record. Georgia Malir led in a string of talented young Ilkley Harriers to take the ladies' team prize to match Ilkley's men's team prize. And there were Ilkley prizewinners in many other categories. Results & photos on the Ilkley Incline page.

The Incline was preceded by the fast, furious, fun Junior Sprint Fell Relays which had a record 21 teams.

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Smiling Mike Baldwin, 1st V55
1   7:47 Jack Wood
3   8:08 Ben Stevens
7   8:33 Georgia Malir
9   8:37 Jonathan Schneider
15  8:54 Ben Sheppard
16  8:57 George Stevens
18  8:69 David Schneider
19  9:09 Tom Worboys
22  9:15 Lucy Jacques
24  9:26 Steven Weston
26  9:39 Lucy Haines
27  9:44 Sarah Pickering
28  9:53 Arthur Reilly
31  9:57 Malcolm Pickering
32 10:00 David Chandler
33 10:02 Richard Joel
35 10:21 Jane McCarthy
36 10:23 Will Worboys
39 10:44 Mike Baldwin
40 10:47 Lucy Williamson
48 11:01 Alison Weston
51 11:25 Chloe Haines
54 11:44 Philip Hirst
57 12:14 Peter Lewis
59 12:29 Geoffrey White
61 13:15 Hilda Coulsey
62 13:36 Petra Bijsterveld
64 13:53 Fiona Schneider
65 14:19 Jacqui Weston
66 15:04 Julie Elmes
68 finished

Older News, August 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, August

Gavin Lamb Burnsall Other nominations were:
Steve Turland - Burnsall
Paul Wood website

More Harriers of the Month ...

Wetherby 10k, Sun 31 Aug

Results ...

(1  32:49 Andrew Grant, Harrogate) 
270 48:22 Chris Cuningham
307 49:30 Christine Cox
495 56:33 Jacqui Weston
542 58:17 Julie Elmes
625 59:54 Sally	Wright
863 finishers

Junior Home Fell Trials, Sun 31 Aug

Some super results from Ilkley's U17's ... Preliminary results

Blackshaw Head, Sat 30 Aug

Results ...

(1 36:40 Alex Whittern, CVFR)
13 42:47 Ian Rowbotham  1st V50
114 finished

Woodentops photos

Pendle 3 Peaks, Sat 30 Aug

From Jamie Hutchinson ... starting from Barley 9m miles and 2500 ft height gain! I ran well for the first few miles but then dropped a few places over the 2nd half of the race. Flagged to first control and then a little bit of navigation needed, which resulted in a bit of head scratching for the leaders. Great conditions for running and really enjoyable race. I finished in 11th and 1 hour 33 mins - the race was won by Richard Pattinson in 1 hour 25 mins. I managed 1st in my category (albeit 3 M45s beat me!)

parkruns, Sat 30 Aug

From Petra ...Quite a few Harriers out parkrunning this Saturday. The Schneiders made Skipton parkrun a family affair with David coming first, followed hot on the heels by brother Jonathan in 4th place, and Fiona also running a brilliant time on this hilly (by parkrun standards) course.
It is Skipton parkrun's first anniversary next Saturday and it would be great if a few Harriers wanted to join them for the run and a small celebration in the park afterwards.
Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:16 Rashaad Jorden, U/A)
39  20:54 Michael Duffield
155 25:43 Harry Stead (junior)
359 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:13 Joe Woodley, Skyrac AC)
35  22:29 Phil Hirst
99  25:31 Samuel Turland (junior)
323 44:29 Katie Turland (junior)
337 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1 17:50 Ben Pye, Wetherby Runners)
19  20:42 Tom Worboys
21  20:52 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
162 27:30 Julie Elmes
308 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1  18:29 Laurie Pope, South London Harriers)
3  18:51 Alex Hirst
139 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   19:36 David Schneider
4   20:35 Jonathan Schneider
40  26:35 Fiona Schneider
74 ran

Kilnsey Show, Tue 26 Aug

Results ...

(1 08:07 Rob Hope, P&B)
25 10:55 Steve Turland
42 12:17 Norman Bush
48 12:32 Alison Weston
61 13:30 Chloe Haines
73 finished

Tour of Norland Moor, Sun 24 Aug

Jamie Hutchinson reports ... a 10k trail run round the moor at Copley near Halifax, starting with a pretty tough first half mile or so of climb. I climbed well with the leaders but fell off the pace as the course levelled off. Great views round the moor as a few of us swapped places, before gradual descent back toward Copley followed by a flat last quarter of a mile. I came in 41:26 and 7th. The race was won by Clive Fitzpatrick in 38:38 and 99 ran.

Pendleton Fell Race, Sat 23 Aug

From Jann Smith ... one of the longer fell races this weekend (5m / 457 ft AS) started from Pendleton village at the back of Pendle Hill and took us straight up the back end of Pendle Hill and back down on part of the Full Tour of Pendle race route.

43 48:28  Jann Smith  2nd F40

Burnsall road and fell races, Sat 23 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A number of Harriers were at the Burnsall Feast for the road and fell races, the road race being a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League. Whilst driving there I was almost washed off the road at Bolton Abbey by a monsoon-like cloudburst, but the rain held off for the rest of the afternoon. I had not been to this event before and enjoyed all aspects, the gala with its family fun, running the road race and then watching the junior and senior fell races. The senior fell race was started by 94 year old Bob Newbould who won the race in 1939! Some excellent Harrier results below.
Results: fell, and road.

10 mile road race
(1    54:22 Matt Whitfield, Bristol and West AC)
20  1:04:29 Gavin Lamb
35  1:08:03 David Schneider
36  1:08:05 Mark Iley
58  1:13:56 Jonathan Schneider
63  1:14:13 Ewan Welsh
95  1:23:27 Stephanie Fox
96  1:23:37 Jean Sullivan
103 1:26:19 Stephen Rhodes
105 1:26:36 Hilda Coulsey 1st L60
115 1:29:18 Paul Sugden
132 1:33:32 Petra Bijsterveld
135 1:35:27 Fiona Schneider
146 ran

Senior classic fell race
(1  15:01 Ted Mason, Wharfedale Harriers)
23  19:09 Steve Turland 2nd V45
35  20:37 Richard Joel
49  21:38 Jane McCarthy 2nd L40
58  22:07 Alison Weston
75  23:04 Steven Oxlade
123 finished

Malham show, Sat 23 Aug

Results ...

(1 18:43 Sam Watson, Wharfedale)
10 24:47 Norman Bush 1st V70
33 finished

Patterdale Dog Day (Fell Race), Sat 23 Aug

Justin Phillips reports ... I scampered up the 900ft climb like a springer spaniel after a tennis ball only to descend like a slobbering Bloodhound en-route to the vets, finishing 16th in 29 minutes 30s. 36 ran and top dog for the day was Inov-8 sponsored Rhys Findlay-Robinson who broke the course record in about 22 minutes (he went on to finish 5th at the Grasmere Guides race on the Sunday). Results

Weasdale Horseshoe Sat 23 Aug

Sue Morley reports ... I ventured to the lovely Howgills for this race of 8 1/2 miles and 2000 feet of climb. In good clear conditions I had a a good view of the scenery and a personal best.

(1  56:29 Gary Priestly, Salford Harriers)
68  96:33 Sue Morley 

parkruns, Sat 23 Aug

From Petra ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:46 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
14  21:18 Cameron Reilly (junior)
342 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:41 Lee Athersmith,Bingley Harriers)
5   21:01 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
6   21:23 Tom Worboys
14  23:04 Hannah Partner
61  28:56 Alex Millar
90 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:28 Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners)
29  21:17 Geoff Howard
211 ran

Sedbergh Hills, Sun 17 Aug

From Dan Wilkinson ... Conditions were tough today for the 2nd long counter for the English Fell Champs, horizontal rain, clag and at one point sleet I think! Most competitors were layering up and I was forced to put hat and gloves on at the top of the calf as the MWIS predicted -5 windchill hit, in mid August! Things were just as tough on the ground with the steep trods reduced to slides and the traverses slimy mud. Of course all this made it more fun and on reflection this was one of the best races I have done. Ged Callan from Bingley featured in my field of vision again as I followed him round, not managing to pass him and finished 55th M in 2:33. The quest for champs points continues... Results ...

(1  2h06:10 Rob Hope, P&B)
57  2h33:33 Dan Wilkinson 
102 2h50:09 Nick Pearce 2nd V60
159 3h03:36 Jann Smith  3rd F45
162 3h04:27 Alison Weston
262 finished

Gargrave Show, Sat 16 Aug

Joanne Williamson, FU17 winner, pictured. And Euan Brennan won the U14 class.

Woodentops photos

parkruns, Sat 16 Aug

Results ...

(1 16:24 Kim Critchley, York Knavesmire Harriers)
53 20:38 Geoffrey Howard
297 finished

(1  17:33 Tom Collinge, U/A)
17  20:11 Sally Malir
26  21:03 Cameron Reilly
99  25:02 Hilda Coulsey
305 36:26 Abbie Reynier
369 finished

(1 18:07 Chris Barnes, Blackburn Harriers & AC)
5  20:23 David Schneider
18 22:46 Jonathan Schneider
50 26:55 Fiona Schneider
89 finished

Fountains Abbey
(1 17:14 Toby Osman, Ripon Runners)
15 20:16 Tom Worboys
215 finished

(1  17:49 Nick Loewendahl, St Austell)
115 30:43 Harry Stead
170 finished

YVAA Grand Prix, Tue 12 Aug

From Lynn Donohue ... Race 8 of 10 held at Bingley very muddy in places due to the recent heavy rain and a steep uphill start in a farmers field. Rough underfoot and more technical than recent races nice views across Shipley Glen only one harrier racing, next race Tuesday 19 August at West Park Leeds at 7:15pm. Reminder that the cross country champs is on 28 September at Nunroyd Park. Results ...

Ladies race
(1 42:08 Mags Beever, Stainland)
23 52:15 Lynn Donohue
70 finished

Round Hill fell race, Sun 10 Aug

The 12th edition of the Round Hill fell race was the first wet one. Results ...

(1    55:20 Adam Osborne, Leeds)
6   1:00:47 Nick Richardson
11  1:01:31 Ben Sheppard
13  1:01:48 Jamie Hutchinson
26  1:05:42 Nick Pearce
28  1:05:53 Dick Waddington
35  1:06:44 Justin Phillips
38  1:07:43 Paul Calderbank
44  1:09:03 Will Buckton
65  1:13:27 Ben Johnson
79  1:17:45 Brian Mellia
80  1:18:07 Chantel Busby
95  1:22:48 Philip Hurst
111 1:32:23 Sue Morley
114 1:39:55 Sally Wright
117 1:49:40 Petra Bijsterveld
119 1:55:45 Eric Morley
120 1:56:45 Paul Sugden
123 finished

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Sedbergh, Sat 9 Aug

From Dave Woodhead ... Ilkley girls at Sedbergh Winder Hill summit finish of British Uphill's and World Trial today.

Woodentops photos

Turner Landscape fell race, Sat 9 Aug

From Will Buckton ... AM 17km/910m. After battling my way to the Lakes through a stream of incompetent drivers I made it to Seathwaite just before the start of the race. After registering I returned to the car to see the race starting without me! I quickly changed into my fell shoes and pinned my number to my vest and set off in pursuit of the runners. I soon caught the back-markers and managed to pick off a few more to finish 31st out of 89. A great route which takes in the summits of Grey Friar, Swirl How, Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag. A great low key atmosphere with coffee and cakes at the finish, recommended.

(1 1h32:48 James Logue, Calder Valley)
31 1h55:16 Will Buckton
89 finished

Arncliffe Gala, Sat 9 Aug

From Jack Wood ... The latest in my cycle-to-a-BOFRA-race series was Saturday's Arncliffe Gala. Thankfully I had some time before the race to sit in the sun and recover from the hilly Malham road. There were some good junior Harrier performances including Ruaridh Mon-Williams 1st U17 and Euan Brennan 2nd U14. The senior race got started at a fast pace along a track. We then climbed steeply before going along a ridge and back down into the village. Iain Gibbons ran well to finish 20th, two places ahead of me in 22nd. Norman Bush came in 48th. Results ...

(1 10:38 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
20 13:01 Iain Gibbons
22 13:18 Jack Wood
48 15:48 Norman Bush
85 finished

parkruns, Sat 9 Aug

From Petra ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:36 James Goodall, Eccleshill RR)
32  22:22 David Chandler
38  22:48 Philip Hirst
313 37:56 Abbie Reynier (junior)
365 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:52 Warren Lowcock, U/A)
136 26:54 Petra Bijsterveld
140 27:13 Fiona Schneider
226 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:44 John Potter, Bridlington RR)
42  28:05 Alex Millar
77 ran

parkruns, Sat 2 Aug

From Petra ... Quite a number of Harriers out at parkrun this Saturday and some outstanding results, Sally Malir was the 1st woman home at Bradford and Hannah Partner achieved the same feat at Skipton. Steve Weston flew across the Stray to come 7th at Harrogate (his first parkrun) and Alex Hirst continues in fine form in Lewisham coming in 4th. Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:02 Paul Clegg, Bingley Harriers)
17  20:35 Sally Malir 1st F
74  24:02 David Chandler
365 39:59 Abbie Reynier (junior)
408 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  16:50 Richard Ebbage, Ripon Runners)
7   18:21 Steve Weston
146 26:29 Julie Elmes
258 ran

Lewisham Hilly Fields
(1  18:49 Richard Mathie, Imperial College Cross Country & AC)
4   19:26 Alex Hirst
93 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:39 Lee Athersmith, Bingley Harriers)
19  23:18 Hannah Partner 1st F
48  29:48 Alex Millar
76 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:35 Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners)
29  22:43 Will Worboys
197 ran

Hellifield Gala fell race, Sat 2 Aug

A good 9th place for Jamie in the senior race, and Juniors running too - see the Woodentops photos

(1 Jimmy Craig, Barlick)
9 Jamie Hutchinson
52 finished

Older News, July 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, July

Nick Pearce First V60 kentmere, Snowdon, and Addingham Gala! Other nominations were:
Georgia Malir Junior Women's European Mountain running champion, 6th female and 2nd FU23 at Snowdon International
Lucy Haines for her fell results (not a senior)
Dan Wilkinson for organising the Addingham Gala and Kentmere and 7th at Rydal
Andrew Sheldon HDSRL co-ordination

More Harriers of the Month ...

Rydal Round, Thu 31 July

Dan Wilkinson reports ... I had the day off to go over to Ambleside Sports where the Rydal Round follows a similar route to the Fairfield Horseshoe. There is a fair amount of support out on the fell which was nice to see. I set off with the front 10 and settled into the chasing group as we got to the top of the ridge, as we reached Fairfield we lost sight of the front runners but overtook a couple of people who had dropped off the group. Our group then became 2, as, in a rerun of Kentmere I followed Bingley's Ged Callan into the field to finish 7th. Results ...

(1 1:25:02 Alistair Dunn, Holme Hill)
 7 1:32:42 Dan Wilkinson
107 finished

YVAA Grand Prix 6, Tue 29 July

From Lynn Donohue ... Race number 6 in the series at Crossgates Leeds, two Harriers racing on a pleasantly warm evening with a bit of a welcome breeze. A good course mainly across farmers' fields, some woodland, a water jump, rolling rather than hilly. Results ...

(1 32:22 Tanya Seager, Stainland)
24 42:48 Lynn Donohue
78 Finishers

(1 27:56  Dave Watson, Holmfirth)
78 38:31 Phil Hirst
138 finishers

Next race 6 August at Knavesmire York

Adidas Thunderun 24 hour relay, 26/27 July

From Jann Smith ... I was asked to compete in this event held at Catton park near Burton on Trent as a competitive team of 6 x men and 2 x women representing Hope Technology. 500 teams entered and we came 2nd overall. It was really fun, everyone camps together as teams. The route is a 10K hilly off road with lots of woodland. The relay starts at noon Saturday and finishes at noon Sunday and it is the team who can do the most laps as a relay that wins. Headtorches were needed for the night laps and it was certainly different being woken up at 3am and trying to do a fast 10k at 4am wearing a headtorch.

Ilkley Harriers had two teams in this, report soon, hopefully.

Ultra Tour of the Lake District, 25-27 July

From Duncan Cooper... Hot conditions for both the Lakeland 50 and 100 mile events at the weekend with some welcome rain near the finish. I took Clare and Neil's recommendation for this event to try my first proper ultra. Great support along a beautiful route through the Lake District, from north of Ullswater to Coniston. Duncan Cooper finished 116th in 12hrs 17mins (603 started, 550 finished)

From Sharon Meadows ... Was very apprehensive for this years Lakeland 100 attempt due to numerous accidents and injuries this year, and was in two minds even to start or not. Decided could not quit before I even started, probably not the best mind set. As it happens the heat got the better of me. Despite drinking constantly became dehydrated and felt too queezy to eat. I managed 66 miles before calling it a day and was quite pleased in the end to have got that far. Covered Coniston - Seathwaite - Boot - Wasdale Head - Buttermere - Braithwaite - Blencathra - Dockray - Dalemain and Howtown, about 15,000 feet of ascent. Third time lucky?!!!

Cowling Gala fell race, Sun 27 July

Results from BOFRA

(1 18:20 Jack Simpson, Leeds)
7  21:02 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 
12 22:20 Luch Haines FU17 record, 2nd lady
25 26:36 Hannah Partner
37 finished

Saltaire Shaker 15K, Sun 27 July

Woodentops photos

From Paul Sugden... Results ...

(1   53:39 Scott Harrington, Otley AC
58 1:18:25 Will Worboys
84 1:25:17 Paul Sugden
168 runners

parkruns, Sat 26 July

From Petra ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:51 Gwylim Thomas, Valley Striders)
15  19:02 Jack Wood
101 23:37 John Marshall
302 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:24 Chris Williams, Queensbury RC)
40  22:50 Edward Bickerdike (junior)
250 35:41 Jacob Ireton-Bourke (junior)
302 40:27 Abbie Reynier (junior)
341 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1  18:59 Steve Canwell, U/A)
2   19:08 Alesx Hirst
117 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:49 Christopher Harrop, Sheffield Tri)
14  22:42 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
59 ran

Golden Acre Park Relays, Wed 23 July

From Lynn Donohue ... A beautiful evening's racing at Golden Acre Park, only one Ilkley team out of a total of 142 - numbers swelled because of the lovely weather no doubt. Results ...

(1    43:49 Leeds City AC, new course record)
109 1:09:15  Ilkley Harriers leg 1 Lynn Donohue, leg 2 Sally Wright, leg 3 Keith Wood
141 teams finished

Kentmere Horsehoe, Sun 20 July

From Jann Smith ... Some good results in the 4th English Championships race of the series which started in blistering heat and finished in torrential rain. 12.5miles/ 3300ft ascending. Results ...

(1  1:27:55 Tom Addison, Helm Hill)
57  1:49:34 Dan Wilkinson
95  1:55:03 Ben Sheppard
117 1:57:45 Nick Pearce 1st V60
195 2:10:14 Jann Smith  2nd F45
209 2:11:26 Alison Weston 3rd F45
221 2:13:12 Andrew Merrick
243 2:16:31 Kate Archer
271 2:25:25 Norman Bush
354 finished

Harrogate 10k, Sun 20 July

Results ...

(1  30:55 Marc Scott, RZH)
127 46:42 Phil Hirst
218 52;11 Hilda Coulsey
260 54:01 Peter Lewis
331 58:51 Julie Elmes
403 finished

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Cracoe fell race, Sun 20 July

Woodentops photos

Results of this BOFRA race ...

(1 22:31 Jack Smith, Wharfedale)
5  25:03 Jack Wood
12 26:29 Iain Gibbons
13 26:35 Steve Turland
53 35:59 Chloe Haines 1st LU23
56 38:34 Sue Morley
65 46:22 Eric Morley
69 finished

(1 24:44 Thomas Nelson, Wharfedale)
6  27:48 Luch Haines 1st LU17
10 29:26 Jemima Elgood 4th LU17
18 finished

Snowdon international mountain race and Super Cup, Sat 19 July

From Nick Pearce ... Great runs from Tom Adams (3rd) and Georgia Malir (6th female and 2nd FU23 - she's only 18!) in the uphill Super Cup Race.
I appear to have been the sole Ilkley Harrier in the International Mountain Race, finishing 112th and first V60 in 1 hr 2 min 34 secs. Yes, just 5 seconds outside Kenny Stuart's 1985 course record. Because of the risk of electrical storms, the race this year didn't go all the way to the summit and runners turned at Clogwyn, about 3/4 of the way up the mountain. Oh well, I can dream of chasing Kenny into the finishing funnel! Results

Bingley Show 10k, Sat 19 July

Gavin Lamb reports ... Lots of fun on the new route for this year. After a couple km all but top 3 leaders had to detour around a crazy horse blocking the main path only to run into the back of 2 stubborn horse riders who would not shift for the racers. Almost like a restart after most of field caught by time got past them. I was in 5th when I missed a marker and followed wrong route to finish line and to come in 4th - a little short in distance per the watch though!

(1  41:08 Frank Berisford, Otley)
4,5 or DQ 43:28 Gavin Lamb - only 9.6 km	

Ingleborough fell race, Sat 19 July

(1   52:17 Mark McGoldrick, Wharfedale Harriers)
55 1:08:26 Richard Reeve (2nd M55)
125 finished

parkruns, Sat 19 July

Results ...

Leeds Hyde Park
(1 16:56 Jonny McKenna, Clayton-le-Moors)
3  18:03 Jack Wood
197 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:45 Jeremie Maillard, U/A)
109 27:05 Julie Elmes
199 ran

Washburn Valley Relays, Fri 18 July

From Jean Sullivan ... a great event organised by Otley AC held on a lovely summers evening! 5 teams ran from Ilkley Harriers. A total of 59 teams participated. Results ...

(1   58:45 Otley Chippendales               
10 1:07:34 Rebecca, Ruairidh and Mark Mon-Williams
24 1:16:30 Jean Sullivan, Richard Joel, Steph Fox
34 1:22:23 Alison Ricci, Caroline Craske, Andrew Jackson
37 1:24:27 Christine Cox, Keith Wood, Lyn Donohue   
49 1:31:53 Sally Wright, Val Kerr, Amanda Newham

Wharfedale TTT, Kettlewell, Sun 13 July

Some great results in today's Junior English Fell Championships and Junior Yorkshire Fell Championships including U16 Silver Lucy Haines and Bronze Jemima Elgood, amd U18 Silver Lucy Williamson, pictured. Full results later. Junior report on the Junior pages.

Woodentops photos

Woodentops photos, and Graham Weston's photos

Wharfefale TTT, 11-13 July

From Jann Smith ... A great weekend in Kettlewell with private fields provided for camping , and a marquee serving morning fry ups and evening BBQ's . The challenge was 3 x races in one weekend.Tarmac, Tussocks and Trail. Friday night was an eyeballs out 2.5 mile uphill only road race up the notorious ' Park Rash ' ( then you have to run or walk the 2.5 miles back after !) Then Saturday you're given grid references for 10 x checkpoints and its a tough 13 x mile Cat A fell race. By Sunday the legs are like jelly and to make you feel worse you're shoved in with The cream of the crop of the nations U16 and U18 fell runners with fresh legs doing their championship race which is a 4.5 mile Cat A race. Great fun and a good challenge. Quite a few harriers there in the seperate races. Steve Turland was overall 5th Male, I was overall 2nd lady and Alison Weston was overall 4th lady. Me, Steve and Alison were also 2nd team.

From Alison Weston ... a great weekend of 'hot' running around Kettlewell. Results ...

Friday uphill only race 11.7.14  2.5 miles 950ft
(1. Andy Brown 19.21 Bingley Harriers)
10. Steve Turland 22.30
15. Jann Smith 23.39 3rd Lady 1 LV45
19. Ewan Walsh 24.25
26. Alison Weston 25.27 2LV45
Saturday Fell race 12.7.14  12.5 miles 3,000 ft
 (1. Andy brown 1.42hr)
7. Steve Turland 1.48 4th MV40
11. Paul Calderbank 1.50
17. Alison Weston 2.00 2nd L, 1st LV45
19. Dave Tait 2.02 1st MV60
22. Jann Smith 2.04 3rd L
43. Chantel Busby 2.31
Sunday fell race 13.7.14 ? 4.5 miles
 (1. Gareth Booth 33.27 Horwich)
20. Steve Turland 37.42
32. Normal Bush 42.16
34. Alison Weston 42.27 4th L 1st LV45
35. Jann Smith 42.31 5th L 2nd LV45
Sarah Haines 46.35 1st LV55
Chloe Haines 50.43 1st FU23

Eccup 10, Sun 13 July

From Petra ... Results ...

(1  0:54:05 Nathaniel Williams, U/A)
49  1:05:32 Gavin Lamb
92  1:08:51 Rob Cunningham
112 1:10:10 Rachel Carter 2nd F35
117 1:10:43 Kate Archer 3rd F35
240 1:18:36 Stephen Rhodes
272 1:20:02 Anthony Swanepoel
284 1:20:49 Chris Cunnningham
365 1:24:50 Christine Cox
558 1:36:33 Petra Bijsterveld
697 finished

European Mountain Running Championships, Sat 12 July

From Sally Malir ... Just a quick note before I leave Gap. Georgia had a fantastic run to become the Junior Women's European Mountain Running Champion. The junior Women's Team also gained a silver medal. The Senior Women's Team gained a silver medal and also the Senior Mens team.

Addingham Gala fell race, Sat 12 July

A fabulous local fell race from Addingham Gala field to the top of Beamsley Beacon and back. Organised by Dan Wilkinson and Ilkley Harriers for the Addingham Gala Committee. Full results and photo links on the Addingham Gala fell race web page

(1 43:41 Simon Pass, Saltaire Striders)
6  46:45 Ben Sheppard
8  47:18 Ian Rowbotham
12 49:26 Jack Wood
13 49:33 Alistair McInnes
16 50:20 Martin Archer
17 50:38 Nick Pearce 1st V60
19 51:33 Rob Cunningham
20 51:48 David Schneider
38 62:18 Hannah Partner 3rd lady
48 72:32 Geoffrey White
50 91:44 Laura Dawes
51 finished

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Wasdale Horseshoe, Sat 12 July

From Roy Ruddle ... The Met Office forecast rain for most of the race, but it didn't arrive until the very end. In other words, conditions were glorious, and heat and sunburn the only problems (oh, and the effort involved in this hard race!).

(1  4:09:38 Simon Harding, Macclesfield Harriers)
38 5:20:39 Will Buckton
48 5:29:25 Dick Waddington
50 5:30:01 Jane McCarthy
59 5:44:32 Roy Ruddle
68 5:56:19 Neil Smith
70 6:02:12 Brian Melia
109 ran

Leeds 10k, Sat 12 July

Results ...

(1   31:45 Nathaniel Williams, U/A)
75   38:47 Dick Waddington
162  41:34 Sally Malir 1st L50
395  45:22 Tom Worboys
1431 48:46 Helen Waddington
716  48:49 Christine Cox 2nd L55
789  49:30 Kevin Lawson
798  49:33 Charlottte Smithson
7138 finished

SLMM, 12/13 July

From Sarah Edwards ... My dad and I headed up to the Lakes for the 36th Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon this year having decided to step up a class from Wansfell to Harter Fell for the first time. On Friday evening we registered for the race in beautiful weather in Deepdale and got a bit of a shock when we looked at the estimated straight like distance and height. The average straight line height over the last 3 years for Harter Fell has been around 850 metres per day. This year day 1 was 1750 metres in about a 17.4km distance and day 2 was 1138 metres in a 13.4km distance. Welcome to Helvellyn...! Navigation was generally pretty easy but we did make one bad route choice on day one when we had to get from a mine in Grisedale to a shoulder near Stang End North of Glenridding Beck. We slogged straight up from 225m to the Hole in the Wall at 720m in a kilometre and over the other side. A hasty decision that lost us about 30 minutes as we could have taken the long way round along the Grisedale valley working our way North West on good paths cutting out around 400m of climb. The weather was hot all day with the sun coming and going and lakes really looking at its best. We were 17th overnight having arrived at the finish at the southern tip of Thirlmere in 5 hours 22 minutes. A chat to Amanda at mid-camp revealed she'd taken the sensible route out of Grisedale. We had just got our tent set up and settled down for a rest when the heavens opened and it rained on and off all night. Sunday morning we awoke to low cloud and poor visibility on the tops but it was forecast to improve through the day. Sure enough as we climbed steeply out of the Thirlmere and contoured around Helvellyn at 675 metres the cloud continued to lift. Up and over Whiteside and down back into Glenridding and Grisedale the sun came out and it was another beautiful day. A sneaky steep climb out of Grisedale and back into Deepdale saw us finish day two in 3 hours 48 minutes. We finished 14th overall minus functioning legs to a lovely jacket potato, cumberland sausage and mushy peas. I'm now in serious need of a rest!

... and John Hayes ... Our course had some interesting route choices, in particular on day one where at one stage you could either go in a straight line up and over a huge climb or take an enormous detour down the valley which was about three times longer but which cut out the horror of the climb. We took the latter route which turned out to be much quicker (and less tiring!). Daniel was running his first ever mountain marathon accompanied by his uncle Martyn and to make it a "family race" we entered the same category. Sarah and I were pleased to come 36th overall but we were outclassed by Daniel and Martyn who came in at 5th. I'm not quite sure how they did so brilliantly except - I suppose - that Daniel, at 15, has youth on his side. I hadn't banked on this, assuming that the fable about the tortoise and the hare would work in our favour. It turns out to be a myth (in particular when the young "hare" is full of energy gels which the older "tortoise" kindly handed him before the start thinking his son would need them more...)

Harter Fell Class:
(1 Fiona Bunn & Nigel Bunn 6 hrs 40)
5 Daniel Hayes & Martyn Pegg 8 hrs 33
14 Sarah Edwards  and Dad 9 hrs 11
36 John Hayes & Sarah Hayes 10 hrs 17
44 Edward Ingham & Amanda Newham10 hrs 48
50 Gavin Burgess & Alex Miller 10 hrs 58
(139 started, 106 finished)

parkruns, Sat 12 July

From Petra ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:29 Luke Jones, Claremont Road Runners)
39  23:02 Joe Reynier (junior)
324 40:08 Abbie Reynier (junior)
362 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  16:01 Jamil Parapia, Otley AC)
146 26:59 Julie Elmes
254 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:33 Lee Athersmith, Bingley Harriers)
10  21:41 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
26  23:50 Lewis Carr (junior)
62  29:14 Dylan Carr (junior)
68  29:51 Alex Millar
99 ran

Bull Hill, Thu 10 July

Dan Wilkinson reports ... I was 11th ...Results ...

(1 33:21 Chris Farrell, Horwich RMI)
11 38:06 Dan Wilkinson
209 finished

Stirton fell race, Wed 9 July

From Jamie Hutchinson ... A beautiful evening for the Stirton fell race a 5.5 mile race starting with an uphill road section before venturing off road and up and over Flasby fell descending into the woods before a climb back over Flasby and a run back toward the road and the finish. A great little race £3 and a bottle of beer! Results ...

(1 38:45 Edward Evans, Craven Energy)
3  40:38 Jamie Hutchinson
14 44:43 Richard Joel
20 45:47 Rob Cunningham
69 ran

Thornes Park, Wakefield 5k, Wed 9 July

Geoff Howard reports ... a glorious evening at a splendid venue with people of all ages taking part in just about every type of athletic and Sports Centre activity (oh, to have such a facility in the Wharfe Valley). The 5k (the second of a series of three) was an out and back to a hilly three lap loop (including a duck pond) reminiscent of Roundhay or Skipton Park Runs. It was well organised and marshalled but the chip timing was a trifle questionable in that, although we all wore chips on our shoe laces, there was only a detector mat at the finish but not the start. Unattached Christopher Price won in 17m 33s and, as there was no v70 category, I managed to be first and only v60 (nice to revisit one's youth) in 21m 26s.

YVAA Grand Prix series, Wed 9 July

From Lynn Donohue ... Race 5 of the series took place on Wednesday 9 July at West Vale near Greetland, Halifax; a warm evening on a testing hilly course which included running down the length of a stream which caught many by surprise on a dry night! Two Harriers running tonight - can recommend this series lovely hot roast beef sandwiches after and a great veggie option all included in the race fee of £5. Results...

(1 34:55 Tanya Seager, Stainland)
22 47:38 Lynn Donohue  2nd vet 50
31 52:47 Amanda Newham
44 ran

Lakeland Trails Marathon, Sun 6 July

From Ben Sheppard ... Turned out nice again in Coniston. Fully marked (phew!), marshalled and supplied with food and drink stations, with a festival atmosphere at the end - live entertainment, catering and sports massage by the lake. For me a dip in the lake with the post race holy trinity of hog roast, ice cream and beer. A great family day, it doesn't exactly attract a stacked filed of fast road runners or fell runners, meaning I could squeeze in the top ten in 3:37. The winning time was 3:05. Highlight of the day was accompanying my three and a half year old daughter in the under 8s mini-race around the finish loop - she was chuffed with her finisher's medal. Results

parkruns, Sat 5 July

No Harriers parkrunning this week.

HDSRL Handicap race, Tue 1 July

A record field for a Harrogate League handicap race. Results and photos

(1  56:18 Bev Davies, Thirsk        1st in handicap
92  29:53 Andrew Grant, Harrogate   Fastest time
8   55:04 Laura Dawes
40  43:36 Jean Sullivan
41  51:07 Donald Macrae
80  40:43 Adrian Weatherley
89  38:21 Stephen Rhodes
102 57:36 David Millson
116 43:18 Helen Waddington
119 47:50 Sue Williamson
136 43:01 Stephanie Fox
171 36:40 Rachel Carter
173 46:32 Louise Airey
174 33:33 Mark Mon-Williams
179 34:46 Dick Waddington
199 finished

Older News, June 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, June

Val Kerr Organising relays including Billy Bland Challenge Other nominations were:
Georgia Malir - won FU23 junior women race, at the British Athletics Senior Home International
Mark Mon-Williams - HDSRL 4 and Wharfedale Half
Dan Wilklinson - Great Dodd Fell Race
Dick Waddington - Swaledale Marathon and other results
Jane McCarthy - Swaledale Marathon and other results
Alison Eagle - vertical kilometre, Chamonix
Caz Farrow 1st female at Wharfedale Half, Hawkshead 10k and other results

Additionally, an 'Outstanding Achievement' award was made to Sally Morley for her result at the British Masters 5k, 1st LV40 and a club record of 17:57

More Harriers of the Month ...

Millenium Way Relay, Sun 29 June

Val Kerr reports ... Our team of 10 Ilkley Harriers had a great day out yesterday on the BMW relay, enjoying a nice friendly race and some good running conditions. Andrew Merrick and Neil Smith got the team off to a speedy start, finishing among the first 10 teams for their leg despite having to run half a mile and one hill further than normal for this leg to avoid a potentially disruptive landowner on Marsh Lane. Adela Reperecki and I enjoyed our run over Keighley Moor and over into Laycock and were happy to hand over to Keith Wood and Lynn Donohue on Leg 3 before the mass start. Driving home I was stopped by a road race marshal in Silsden for Keith and Lynn to cross the road in front of me and hand over to Clare Smith and Elle Bradley on Leg 4. I then raced home, grabbed the dogs and dashed over to Ilkley Moor just in time to see Nigel Tapper and Helen Horton heading up towards Rocky Valley and looking strong on Leg 5. Nigel and Helen brought the team home, finishing in Bingley just before 3.30 pm. Leg times to follow but overall team time around 7h 30min.
Some photos
Results ...

(1  5:34:17 Wharfedale Harriers)   

21  7:37:59 Ilkley Harriers (3rd Vets team): 
Leg 1 1:33:21 (11) Andrew Merrick + Neil Smith    
Leg 2 1:31:54 (18) Val Kerr + Adela Reperecki        
Leg 3 1:18:46 (19) Keith Wood + Lynn Donohue     
Leg 4 1:28:19 (22) Clare Smith + Elle Bradley          
Leg 5 1:45:39 (21) Nigel Taper + Helen Horton       

(43 teams finished)

Mont Blanc Marathon Race weekend, 27-29 June, Harriers in Chamonix!

From Caz Farrow... Just a brief report on behalf of Alison Eagle & myself....
Fantastic weekend of events in Chamonix including the Skyrunning World Championships which meant some big names were in town, as well as a few Harriers.
Alison Eagle in her first 'Vertical Kilometre' (3.8km long & obviously 1000m ascent!), has found her forte, and had an awesome result, finishing 1st V50 in 58.20
I did the Chamonix Cross (23km, 1665m of ascent, 658m descent), finishing 59th (of 1500) overall in 2hrs 48mins 49secs, and was 4th woman & 1st Vet, despite British Airways losing my luggage!

Kirkby Gala, Sat 28 June

From Jack Wood ... my first BOFRA race of the season. I thought it started at 2 so pedalled furiously from Ulverston train station to get there in time. In fact it was the gala that started at 2 and the fell race wasn't until 4 so I had a couple of hours to sit and eat some cake whilst wellies were wanged around me. The race itself was longer than most BOFRA races (4 miles with 1300 feet of climb). I wouldn't say it was a classic route but there were nice views of the bays either side of Furness and a fast grassy descent down from the moor. I came in 9th, about 5 minutes down on the winner Ted Mason. In the U14 race Euan Brennan was pipped into second place by just 3 seconds.

(1 32:14 red Mason, Wharfedale)
9  36:58 Jack Wood
42 finished

Eldwick Gala, Sat 28 June

Some photos.
Results ...

(1 16:57 James Hall, Wharfedale)
16 21:09 Lucy Haines  2nd lady and 1st U16
23 22:41 Lucy Jacques 3rd U16
57 finished

Buttermere Horseshoe, Sat 28 June

(1 4:46:28 Richard McGrath, Ellenborough) 
17 5:52:16 Roy Ruddle  [3rd V50]

parkruns, Sat 28 June

From Petra ... Oscar Stapleton (junior) came 2nd this week at Skipton parkrun. It is worth taking a look at Geoff Howard's fantastic times, a regular Harrier parkrunner who consistently achieves an age-grading of between 80 and 85%, something most winners do not even manage! Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:33 Rashaad Jorden, U/A)
208 27:42 Harry Stead (junior)
348 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  16:53 Jordan Bransberg, Skyrac AC)
41  21:35 Geoffrey Howard
166 26:53 Petra Bijsterveld
197 28:13 Eve Whitaker (junior)
198 28:13 Helene Whitaker
267 33:48 Gemma Carpenter
283 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1 18:37 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners)
2   20:55 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
12  23:41 Lewis Carr (junior)
39  28:21 Dylan Carr (junior)
47  30:06 Alex Millar
66 ran

North Face Ultra Trail Lavaredo

From Brian Melia ... I ventured to Cortina for the 9th North Face Ultra Trail Lavaredo on the 26th June. It begins at 11 pm interestingly which you need to think about. I met up my pal Jon Tidd and wife Luciana from Uruguay the day before in Venice in time to travel and register. The kit requirements are slightly more relaxed than UTMB, UTMFuji, but it is a mistake to be out here without full weather gear! and extra gear just in case.
The race is 119km and 5850 m of height and has some massive ups and downs an truly isolated points... I lay around trying to sleep on and off through Friday arriving at the start with Jon about 10.50. The atmosphere although not UTMB was very friendly. The race began uneventfully. I tried to settle without any injury which given the speed of the first descent to the first aid station proved more difficult. Any how all was fine. My biggest problem was to trying to keep awake over the next 5 hours which proved too difficult in the end. I was tripping on some very dangerous paths. I decided a snooze was the best option so lay down on some comfy heather. I was woken 50 minutes later by Jon's wife Luciana laughing her head off wondering why I was sleeping!! From then on I was fine with no fatigue. I ran well over the Forc Lavaredo by the three chimneys at sun up which was simply stunning. There is then a huge leg to the next aid station which I overtook many runners. Equally a very difficult section up and over to col Gallina. Jon dropped here as he was on empty. The scenery was beautiful and had massive vistas I was slightly disorientated which is quite exciting in the race and adds to the mystery of the event. You feel just one more mountain top then Cortina , but it did not work out like that there was always another pass then another!! All totally fabulous.
I finished really strongly in 18hrs 30 mins 28 sec in 77th. Anton Krupicka won the mens and Rory Bosio the ladies. A great event worth the trip and is part of the World Ultra trail Series Have a look!

Great Dodd Fell Race, Wed 25 June

Dan Wilkinson reports ... The search for a tune up race for the Kentmere champs race took me to Dockray, where nav4 put on a great low key, mid week, navigational AM (9 miles 2,800’) fell race. The running is very similar to Kentmere, almost 100% runnable, over the grassy Dodds. Despite being a Wednesday evening a larger than expected field of around 75 had registered. There were some quality runners there too, including Rhys Findlay Robinson and Kim Collinson. I have history with this race, I first ran it two years ago as a relative novice fell runner, getting horrendously lost in the clag and finishing second last in 1:52.
This year conditions were good; it was quite cool with cloud cover, but not covering the tops this time. I set off with the front runners and kept them in sight almost all the way to the top of Great Dodd. The return leg has lots of route choice, and you either follow well worn trods but run half a mile further or battle through tussocks. I opted for the tussocks following some runners with local knowledge. A significant improvement on 2012, I crossed the line 12th in 1:16:05, Rhys Findlay Robinson won in 1:09:29

YVAA Grand Prix, Meanwood, Tue 24 June

From Lynn Donohue A beautiful evening saw the fifth in the YVAA Grand Prix series at Meanwood taking in part of the Meanwood valley trail race, largely woodland and dry due to the recent good weather. Two Harriers at this event run only for veteran racers - ladies over 35 and men over 40. Results ...

(1 32:25 Tanya Seager, Stainland)
23 42:07 Lynn Donohue
46 46:14 Amanda Newham
86 finished

Puma Pudsey 10k, Sun 22 June

From Gavin Lamb ... If you have not run this before I would recommend to make a note in your diary for next year, great course taking in a mixture of road, trail, woods, streams, park, hills.

(1  34:25 Testaye Debele, Leeds City AC) 
42  44:20 Gavin Lamb
278 61:14 Amanda Newham
409 finished

Clougha Pike, Sun 22 June

Results ...

(1 38:33 Jack Wills, Middlesborough)
71 57:24 Lucy Williamson
85 61:12 Joanne Williamson
107 finished

U16 Girls
1  Luch Haines

3 Euan Brennan

Tom Tittiman, Sat 21 June


(1 27:24 Shaun Godsman, CVFR)
18 33:52 Lucy Haines 1st FU16, 3rd lady
52 41:22 Sarah Haines
92 finished

Billy Bland Challenge, 20/21 June

From Val Kerr ... A great run out in the Lake District enjoyed by 21 Harriers. What a difference a year makes. This time we were greated by blue skies, sun and heat - the Lake District at its best.
We had changed the start time slightly this year so that Leg 2 would be run in the dark rather than Leg 1. Sarah Edwards, Alistair Barlow, Paul Sowden and Jamie Hutchinson got the relay off to a good start leaving Keswick at 7.00 pm and arriving at Threlkeld, still in daylight, in just under 4 hours at 10.59 pm. Photos were taken quickly due to the clouds of hungry midges and Clare and Neil Smith, John Coates and Andrew Merrick (doing his first ever mountain run, and in the dark) then headed off up the Dodds. Unfortunately, this group had the worst of the conditions with mist on the summits making navigation a bit tricky in the dark. Leg 2 handed over to Dan Wilkinson, Jack Wood and Ben Shepperd at 3.45 am. As expected these three runners ran a really fast leg, despite having had little sleep, this being the longest leg, and stopping to take lots of photos on the way (see facebook) and finished at 9.00 am. Leg 4 runners, consisting of Alison Weston, Kate Archer, Brain Melia, Dick Waddington and Jane McCarthy also ran a really fast leg handing over to Sharon Meadows, Alison Bennett, Adela Reperecki, Val Kerr and Neil Chapman at 13.24 pm. With the end in sight these five runners set off up Dale Hed. The steep scrambled descent of Robinson was easier this year as the rocks were dry and did not look as menacing in the daylight. Stopping for a quick chat with Dave and Kelly Wilby on the way down, we soon hit the road and the temperatures rose as the wind died away. The last mile was a bit of a struggle in the heat but we eventually reached the finish at the Moot Hall at 16.07 pm to be greated by Alison and Kate, followed by fish and chips!
All in all a tremendous day out and some great photographs to show for it. Overall finish time 21h 07 min (2 hrs faster than last year)

Leg 3 report from Dan Wilkinson ... With a 3:45 scheduled start time we went to bed at 10:30, in our bunkhouse, with the alarm set for 2:45, after mustering up the willpower to leave the pub before closing time! . After 45 minutes we received a text from Val to say that leg one were 30 minutes up. The alarm was reset for 2:15 to allow for a fast leg 2. At 1:30 we finally got to sleep. 45 minutes later we were up eating breakfast and getting ready for the leg..
We jogged over to Dunmail where a middle of the night mini metropolis of BG support was gathered, the weather was fine and spirits among contenders and support was high. We waited whilst a few other attempts passed through, among them Pennine and the imfamous Dark Peak Machine.
Back on schedule at 3:45 prompt Andrew and Clare appeared off the hill and after a last minute decision to ditch our head torches we were off. The pace was pretty quick and we passed the Dark Peak machine within 2 minutes and were on top of Steel Fell in just over 15 minutes, we continued on to Calf Crag as the sun rose. Next was the steady climb up to the Langdales. The going underfoot was great, the bogs of last months recce had dried up into spongy grass and we were maintaining a great pace. As we reached Sergeant Man we entered the clag and spotted the Pennine BG attempt. We overtook them over High Raise and continued running in the clag until we saw the sky appear at Harrison Stickle.
We were greeted with some of the most amazing views I've ever seen in the lakes, we were above a bank of cloud inversion that seemed as if it was about to tumble out of the plateau and into Langdale, with one side the sun rising and the other side a Brocken Spectre, a magical experience! Next we made our way to Pike O' Stickle, getting briefly lost in the clag.
Next was a nice easy run down to Langdale Combe. We picked up some water from the beck and had some food then began the contouring climb to Rossett Pike. We were rewarded with some fine views of Langdale as we made our way to the summit, then is was back into the clag for the traverse to Bowfell.
We stayed in the clag for a couple of hours as we picked out way steadily across the boulders of Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Ill and Broad Crag and finally Scafell Pike. the cloud broke as we picked our way past lots of walkers on the way to Mickledore. We stopped to admire Broad Stand for a moment before making our way across to Lords Rake. I was first up followed by a now very tired Jack and a tentative Ben, we joined the West Wall traverse then finally the steep scramble out of Deep Gill to the top of Scafell where we had superb views across Wast Water.
We now had 28 minutes to hand over to leg 4 if we were to keep to my revised schedule of 5:15, it was going to be a long descent from 3,162 ft. We set off at a blistering pace down the stone path, almost race pace. Soon the running was easier as we left the main path headed for the scree. Still no time to pause for photos here as we dived down the scree at full pelt towards to the tourist path and our handover at Wasdale head.
We made our rendezvous at 9:00am dead, bang on schedule, and after a few photos the leg 4 team were off. All in all it was a fantastic mornings running and a great event, huge thanks to Val for organising.
Some photos

From Alison Weston ... some photos from leg 4 and finish

Buckden Pike, Sat 21 Jun

From Nick Pearce ... now organised by Barlick Fell Runners, Buckden Pike is a longstanding 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 to the finish, with 1,500 feet of ascent in total. The race was won by Ted Mason of Wharfedale Harriers in 35:09. Ilkley Harriers amongst 90 competitors were Nick Pearce 15th (1st V60) in 43:12; Richard Joel 24th in 44:26; and Norman Bush 48th in 49:21 (1st V70).

parkruns, Sat 21 Jun

From Petra ... Results ...

Skipton Lister Park
(1  17:22 Edward Evans, Wharfedale Harriers)
6   21:29 Geoffrey Howard
9   22:21 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
53  31:41 Amy Foy (junior)
64 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:30 Ed Beecher, Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club)
158 26:45 Petra Bijsterveld
287 34:24 Gemma Carpenter
319 ran

HDSRL 4, Esholt, Thu 19 June


(1  30:45 Mike Burrett, Harrogate)
9   33:28 Dan Wilkinson
15  34:47 Mark Mon-Williams
25  36:18 Dick Waddington
40  37:55 Andrew Sheldon
42  38:14 Jane McCarthy
81  41:37 Rebeca Mon-Williams
84  41:50 Stephen Rhodes
102 43:39 Phillip Hurst
139 46:36 Stephanie Fox
142 46:47 Caroline Craske 
151 47:29 Helen Waddington
164 48:07 Jean Sullivan
176 49:21 Allison Ricci
188 50:16 Sue Williamson
189 50:22 Louise Airey
194 50:46 Geoffrey White
197 51:01 Peter Lewis
201 51:29 Adela Reperecki
209 52:11 Jacqui Weston
219 53:32 Petra Bijsterveld
241 57:42 Donald Macrae
252 62:47 Laura Dawes
253 63:21 David Millson
262 finished

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

Beamsley Beacon fell race, Thu 19 June

BOFRA fell race.

Photos on Woodentops.

(1 37:01 Chris Loftus, KCAC)
8  41:01 Jamie Hutchinson (2nd V40)
13 44:25 Paul Calderbank (2nd V50)
24 48:46 Alison Weston  4th Lady (1st LV45)
26 49:36 Lucy Williamson 5th Lady (1st Girl under 17 yrs)
27 50:28 Chantel Busby 6th Lady 2nd LV45
43 finished

Will Ramsbotham Badger Stone Relays, Wed 18 June

Another super event from Ilkley Harriers, well done to the Mark Mon-Williams organising and all the helpers. Photos and results on the Badger Stone Relays page.

We understand an ace team of older juniors took the Ladies Team prize, well done to them!

Woodentops photos

Hawkshead 10km, Wed 18 June

Caz Farrow reports ... Boiling hot evening, stunning location (country lanes around Esthwaite water), "undulating", BBQ in Hawkshead village square at the end. Very friendly race, should you happen to be in the area! Provisional results:

(1 34:24 S Hebblethwaite, Keswick AC)
19 40:22 Caz   3rd Female, 1st V40

BMAF 5k, Sun 15 June

Sally Morley was 1st LV40 and set a club record of 17:57, beating Amanda Oddie's 18:27 from Horwich in 2008. Results

Hawkswick Dash, Sun 15 June

BOFRA fell race.

(1 11:53 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
15 14:02 Mark Mon-Williams
16 14:09 Steve Turland
17 14:34 Iain Gibbons
45 16:56 Paddy Hagan
46 17:02 Norman Bush
78 ran

(1  12:54 Thomas Nelseon, Wharfedale)
10  14:22 Lucy Haines  1st girl
12  14:58 Jemima Elgood 3rd girl
24 ran

Good results from other Ilkley juniors inclidung Euan Brennan 2nd U14. Photos on Woodentops.

Senior Home International, Sat 14 June

Well done to Tom Adams 4th in the senior men's race and Georgia Malr who won the FU23 'junior women' race, at the British Athletics Senior Home International which was also the BA trial for the European Championships. A super result too from Lucy Williamson in the FU23 race. No official results yet but lots of photos on Woodentops.

Swaledale Marathon, Sat 14 June

Jez Hellewell reports ... the breaking news from today's race is that Jane McCarthy stormed home to take First Lady's place in 3h35. Dick Waddington had another superb race finishing 1 minute in front in 3h34. This is a truly stunning race. So much so that I stopped to take half a dozen photos at various points. Anybody who was disappointed that The Wharfedale Off Road Marathon didn't run this year should come up & do this next year. At the finish I got collared by a runner who told me it was the Ilkley Trail Race that got him in to fell running! Results ...

(1  3h00 Tony lambert, Swaledale)
16  3h34 Dick Waddington
19  3h35 Jane McCarthy 1st lady
41  4h05 Jez Hellewell
131 4h51 Helen Horton
132 4h51 Nigel Tapper
436 finished

parkruns, Sat 14 June

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... Quite a number of Harriers out at parkruns this weekend. Oscar Stapleton (junior) came 3rd at Skipton, and Alex Hirst improved his time yet again and came in first.
Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:31 Chris Green, U/A)
49  22:49 Joe Reynier (junior)
76  23:47 Will Worboys
100 24:54 Paul Sugden
328 37:31 Emma O'Looney
398 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  16:51 Mike Burrett, Leeds City)
43  22:03 Geoffrey Howard
77  23:49 Emily Elmes (junior)
108 25:55 Julie Elmes
115 26:11 Karen Lambe
243 36:09 Gemma Carpenter
267 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:18 Tim Ashelford, Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club)
3   20:01 Oscar Stapleton (junior) PB
34  27:19 Fiona Schneider
46  30:28 Alex Millar
65 ran

Mile End
(1 17:41 unknown)
25 21:47 Tom Worboys
102 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
1 18:39 Alex Hirst PB
125 ran

(1 19:06 Alan Walsh, Wharfedale Harriers)
6  20:01 Steve Turland
81 ran

Otley 10 miles, Wed 11 June

From Hilda Coulsey ... Results ...

(1    55:34 Nathaniel Williams u/a)
42  1:06:08 Gareth Lamb
128 1:14:53 Stephen Rhodes
135 1:15:27 Simon Jenkins
140 1:15:50 Rachel McKay
304 1:31:00 Wendy Newell
328 1:35:23 Jacqui Weston
330 1:35:56 Janet Weston
376 1:46:15 Sarah Burke
392 finished

Ennerdale Horseshoe, Sat 7 June

Dan Wilkinson reports ... We arrived exited for this super long Lakes classic, the entry list read like a who's who of fell running. The forecast looked grim, but with cooling rain and low cloud I was looking forward to the race. When we arrived at race HQ there were rumours of a route change. When this was finally posted there were lots of disappointed mumblings. Due to lightning risk the route had been changed to a low level trail run taking in Buttermere, Scarth Gap pass and the forest trail back to the end of the lake. In the end I retired at checkpoint one after having to stop with a severe stitch for several minutes, once I knew a Champs point was out of the question I pulled out to save my legs for the rest of the season, not a route that I wanted to run for fun, but I fully respect the decision made to protect our and the marshals' safety.
Results ...

(1  2:52:16 Rob Hope)
70  3:27:46 Dave Wilby
114 3:43:05 Nick Pearce 2nd V60
130 3:52:29 Ben Sheppard
131 2:52:39 Duncan Cooper
172 4:06:37 Jann Smith  3rd L45
197 4:17:15 Roy Ruddle
200 4:17:59 Kate Archer
206 4:19:12 Will Buckton
208 4:20:01 Alison Weston
275 finished

Penyghent fell race, Sat 7 June

Results ...

(1 50:46 Craig Roberts, Kendal AC)
26 60:53 Richard Joel
106 finished

Wharfedale Half Marathon, Sat 7 June

Caz Farrow was first lady, photos on Woodentops.
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League. Results ...

(1  1:26:59 Harry Coates, Wallsend)
7   1:37:26 Mark Mon-Williams
11  1:29:59 Nick Richardson
17  1:42:33 Dick Waddington
28  1:46:25 Caz Farrow     1st lady
39  1:47:56 Jane McCarthy  2nd lady	
41  1:48:17 Paul Calderbank	
55  1:50:47 Emma Barclay	
58  1:51:22 Jonathan Sinclair	
91  1:58:21 Rebecca Mon-Williams	
113 2:01:38 Ewan Welsh	
140 2:05:40 John Coates	
145 2:06:26 Chantal Busby	
157 2:07:31 Adela Reperecki	
189 2:13:06 Helen Waddington	
204 2:16:02 John Marshall	
221 2:18:03 Keith Wood	
222 2:18:20 Lynn Donohue	
225 2:19:36 Nicholas Mellor	
235 2:21:17 Susan Short	
240 2:22:06 Kevin Lawson	
271 2:26:26 Elizabeth Price	
305 2:37:22 Martin Wright	
309 2:39:21 Jayne Fort	
319 2:43:03 Sally Wright	
322 2:43:23 Peter Lewis	
323 2:43:27 Paul Sugden	
325 2:44:31 Fiona Schneider	
331 2:45:37 Julie Elmes	
332 2:45:39 Sue Williamson	
365 finished

Woodentops photos

Junior fell Championships, Sat 7 June

Well done to our junior fell runners in round 5 of the fell Championships. Full report on the junior pages. Some photos from Graham Weston.

Parkrun results, Sat 7 June

From Petra ... Harriers were to be found at various parkruns across the country this week. Alex Hirst continues his good form and came second at Lewisham. Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:00 Rashaad Jorden, U/A)
352 34:01 Gemma Carpenter
381 ran
Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:20 Andrew Bedford, Saltaire Striders)
47  22:40 Joe Reynier (junior)
117 25:35 Samuel Turland (junior)
384 41:36 Abbie Reynier (junior)
426 ran
Harrogate Stray
(1  18:32 Darren McAvinue, Stadium Runners)
235 33:12 Helene Whittaker
267 ran

(1  16:26 David Rigby, Loughborough Students AC)
13  19:47 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
163 ran
(1  17:59 Paul Hill, U/A)
38  23:17 Will Worboys
156 ran
Wanstead Flats
(1  17:34 Gareth Wainwright, KPMG running club)
65  27:03 Sophie Brown
109 ran
Lewisham Hilly Fields
(1  19:17 Lex Reilly, Kent AC)
2   19:26 Alex Hirst
121 ran

Full Bronte 5 mile road race, Thu 5 June

Woodentops photos, Caz Farrow was 3rd lady. Results ...

(1  28:52 Will Smith, KCAC)
26  33:23 Caz Farrow 3rd lady
133 finished

HDSRL 3, Swaledale, Wed 4 June


(1  33:03 Mike Burrett, Harrogate)
26  37:51 Dick Waddington
51  40:12 Andrew Sheldon
72  41:39 Jane McCarthy
114 44:44 Stephen Rhodes
127 45:32 Phillip Hurst
143 46:38 Adrian Weatherley
159 48:00 Val Kerr
174 49:13 Helen Waddington
197 50:59 Jean Sullivan
218 53:35 Geoffrey White
238 55:46 Julie Elmes
282 67:05 Laura Dawes
283 67:15 David Millson
285 finished

Otley Chevin, Wed 4 June

Will Buckton reports on this BS local fell race, 4.5km/210m. Tilly and Outi were 2nd and 3rd ladies and Nick Pearce was 1st V60. Recent rainfall created muddy and slippery conditions on the Chevin. Results:

(1 18:15 Matthew John, Otley)
13 21:04 Jamie Hutchinson
15 21:12 Will Buckton
32 22:57 Nick Pearce
34 23:20 Tilly Melechi
57 26:25 Outi Kamarainen
90 32:49 Sue Morley
98 finished

Coniston Gullies, Sun 1 June

BOFRA fell race.

(1 14:32 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
14 17:26 Iain Gibbons
85 finished

Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, Sun 1 June

From Georgia Malir ... Tom Adams and I competed in the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge in Keswick. I ran for England and won the junior women's race, England also won the overall cup. Tom finished 10th in the senior men's race. There is a full report on the England Athletics website

Older News, May 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, May

Clare Smith Organising our HDSRL race, LDWA 100 Other nominations were:
Neil Chapman - organising our HDSRL race
Val Kerr - relay team organisation
Lawrence Basham - Ilkley Trail Race
Sally Morley - won the overall John Carr series with a PB at every race
Charlotte Smithson - 7min PB at Sunderland 10k and a 14min PB at Leeds Half
Kate Archer - Fairfield Horseshoe result 4th lady
Martin Archer - Ilkley Trail Race
Tom Adams - 6th in Inter Counties and a new record in Ilkley Trail Race
Nicky Green, Edinburgh marathon
Stephen Coy - John Carr results
Caz Farrow - result at the Ripon 10m - 1st F40
Neil Smith LDWA 100

More Harriers of the Month ...

West Nab, Sat 31 May

Well done to our junior fell runners who are now FOURTH nationally in the fell Championships. Full report on the junior pages.

Woodentops photos

Duddon Valley, Sat 31 May

From Will Buckton... I headed to the Lakes for the first time in a while to take part in the first race in the Lakeland Classics 2014. The spectacular route, starting from Seathwaite, takes in 29km and 1830m ascent including the summits of Little Stand and Swirl How. I finished 26th in 3h38:37. Simon Harding of Macclesfield won the race in 3h00:12.

parkrun results, Sat 31 May

From Petra ... Results ...

(1    16:45 Matty Adcock, Hermitage Harriers AC)
18    19:46 Jonathan Schneider
470 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1    17:56 Robert Edwards, Herne Hill Harriers)
6     18:49 Alex Hirst
125 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1    19:44 Stephen Robson, York Knavesmire Harriers)
10    22:22 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
69 ran

Ilkley Trail Race, Mon 26 May

Lots of good reports on our eighth Ilkley Trail Race (just see the Twitter feed), well done to Lawrence and the team. There was a very good turnout of Harriers in the biggest field since 2009.
Will Buckton reports ... Tom Adams recorded a sixth successive Ilkley Trail Race victory, beating his own 2011 record in wet and muddy conditions. Tom galloped to victory, leaving a gap of almost six minutes to second placed runner Gareth Hird of Wharfedale. Martin Archer returned from a lengthy injury in a blaze of glory, finishing 5th and helping Ilkley to the team prize.

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

From Rachel Websdale ... A huge thank you to all the helpers and marshalls who made the junior races possible. A record turn out of over 100 children. It seems kids just love running in the mud and every child who finished a winner with extra prizes for the muddiest ! Apologies to all those parents faced with very dirty kit - it was worth it to see all the smiling faces.

Full results and photo links on the Trail Race page

Woodentops photos Woodentops photos
1   38:52 Tom Adams
5   45:45 Martin Archer
8   46:34 Mark Mon-Williams
21  48:20 Stephen Coy
22  48:32 Steve Turland
27  49:02 Will Buckton
30  49:27 Jonathan Sinclair
35  49:53 Alex Sinclair
36  49:55 Nick Pearce
44  50:42 Duncan Cooper
49  51:08 Andrew Sheldon
53  51:26 Sally Malir
54  51:35 Paul Calderbank
55  51:38 Steve Newell
56  51:40 Rachel Carter
70  53:25 Malcolm Pickering
75  53:43 Rebecca Mon-Williams
88  54:53 Michael Duffield
90  54:54 Beth Massey
109 56:15 David Schneider
126 58:20 Richard Morris
138 59:32 Phil Hirst
142 60:10 Alison Bennett
154 61:20 Val Kerr
156 61:23 Chantal Busby
159 61:32 John Marshall
168 62:35 Keith Wood
177 63:49 Nick Mellor
178 63:53 Robert King
183 64:22 Will Worboys
190 66:23 Ros Brown
195 67:24 Hilda Coulsey
196 67:38 Peter Lewis
213 69:28 Sarah Hayes
216 70.00 Rachel Hagan
219 70:36 Sue Williamson
229 72:14 Fiona Schneider
232 72:49 Amanda Newham
239 73:57 Sally Wright
241 75:20 Sue Morley
259 78:21 Kate Lofthouse
261 78:48 Julie Elmes
276 finished

Edinburgh Marathon, Sun 25 May

From Pete Shields ... well done Nicky Green another great result 2-57.09, 5th lady at Edinburgh Marathon

LDWA 100, Sat/Sun 24/25 May

From Clare Smith Neil and I completed the LDWA annual 100 mile event this weekend in the valleys of South Wales, coming in 42nd out of 255 finishers after 33 hours and 39 minutes. Weather and underfoot conditions were dreadful and I understand that at least half of the 487 starters retired, so I was just pleased to finish!

parkruns, Sat 24 May

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... Alex Hirst continues his excellent parkrunning in Lewisham and came second this week. Skipton saw a number of Harriers running very well this week, including all 3 Williamson ladies on their very first parkrun, with Lucy coming home as 1st female! Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1    16:31 Thomas Hughes, U/A)
95    23:14 John Marshall
368 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1    17:35 Andrew Siddle, Doncaster AC)
46    22:28 Joe Reynier (junior)
345  39:38 Abbie Reynier (junior)
384 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1    18:08 Gareth Irvine, Sheffield AC)
2     18:48 Alex Hirst
70 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1    17:59 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
4     19:46 Steve Turland
6     20:28 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
10   20:47 Lucy Williamson 1st F (junior)
29   23:51 Joanne Williamson (junior)
46   26:12 Samuel Turland (junior)
56   27:00 Sue Williamson
80 ran

Apperley Bridge Canter, Thu 22 May

From Adela Reperecki ... I took part in this local event organised by Horsforth Harriers which started and finished at Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge. The run was just over 5 miles (route was shorter than normal due to work on the canal path). A scenic and undulating route on road, paths and tracks. I was the only red and green to be seen and came in at 41:39

John Carr race 3, Wed 21 May

Results ...

(1  15:26 Jonathan Wills, Leeds City_
52  17:47 Sally Morley
55  17:49 Stephen Coy
89  19:05 Derek Oliver
90  19:06 Jane McCarthy
108 19:31 Tilly Melechi
111 19:34 Lucy Haines
116 19:41 Sally Malir
119 19:43 Lizzie Hebbert
127 19:56 Beth Massey
134 20:07 Tom Worboys
157 20:37 Rebecca Mon-Williams
163 20:47 Lucy Jacques
174 21:15 Bethan Morley
177 21:22 Alison Weston
186 21:38 Emily Elmes
199 22:03 Alison Bennett
201 22:05 Sam Craske
204 22:16 Helen Waddington
223 23:10 Caroline Craske
237 24:05 Hilda Coulsey
248 25:01 Allison  Ricci
288 26:56 Nea Weston
339 ran

Sally Morley's time equals Amanda Oddie's ladies' and LV35 Club record, set at Horwich in 2006.

HDSRL 2, Nidd Valley, Tue 20 May


(1  28:47 Mike Burrett, Harrogate)
19  32:24 Mark Mon-Williams
24  32:43 William Buckton
40  33:58 Steve Turland
51  34:54 Andrew Sheldon
54  35:08 Jane McCarthy
60  35:34 Rachel Carter
65  35:39 Steve Newell
98  38:00 Stephen Rhodes
111 38:16 Tom Worboys
122 38:36 Rachel McKay
129 39:08 Alison Weston
131 39:13 Julie Watson
146 40:14 Phillip Hurst
160 41:01 Adrian Weatherley
177 41:42 David Ibbotson
183 42:14 Stephanie Fox
186 42:27 Val Kerr
194 42:44 Will Warboys
236 44:29 Jean Sullivan
258 46:00 Eric Morley
270 46:33 Louise Airey
271 46:34 Geoffrey White
287 47:58 Jacqui Weston
289 48:09 Julie Elmes
291 48:12 Petra Bijsterveld
296 48:37 Sue Williamson
300 48:58 Sue Verspyck
311 50:17 Sally Wright
322 51:09 Sue Morley
325 51:20 Donald Macrae
354 57:51 David Millson
367 finished

Inter-Counties fell championships, Sun 18 May

Tom Adams was sixth in the senior race, helping Yorkshire to team bronze. In the U18 race Lucy Williamson gained a Yorkshire vest; in U16 Lucy Haines finished 5th as part of the Golden Yorkshire team, with Jemima Elgood just behind; and Ruaridh Mon-Williams had a good result 12th in the U16 men's race. Results

Ripon 10, Sun 18 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Five Harriers, all women, traveled to Ripon this morning for the 10 miler. A very scenic but hilly course taking you around Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey, mainly on good trails and minor roads. It was very tough going in the heat and I was substantially slower than last year, but some of the more intrepid runners were not so easily put off and achieved good finishing times.
I would recommend this race, and the tea and home-made cakes at the pavilion are a real bonus at the end.

(1    58:06 Mike Jefferies, Billingham AC)
33  1:10:16 Caz Farrow 1st F40
60  1:15:43 Beth Massey 4th F40
184 1:32:38 Christine Cox 
261 1:42:45 Petra Bijsterveld
288 1:47:49 Julie Elmes
342 ran

Sedbergh, Sat 17 May

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1 19:44 Rob Jebb, Bingley)
20 24:23 Iain Gibbons (pictured)
100 finished

Some top junior results too: Euan Brennan 2nd U14, Max Bradley 3rd U12, and more.

Over the Odda, Sat 17 May

From Helen Waddington... A well organised and (for me at least!) challenging 10k through beautiful woods, trails and fields on a perfect morning . . .

(1  41:50 Peter Branny, Leeds City AC)
9   46:37 Steve Turland  1st V45 
60  59:26 Adela Reperecki 1st V50 (second year running! and with a faster time)
73  61:55 Helen Waddington
140 74:35 Petra Bijsterveld 
200 ran

Old County Tops, Sat 17 May

From Brian Melia ... Jamie Hutchinson and I set off once again for the Old County Tops. 37 miles and 10000 feet of ascent. It caters for pairs running as all male, mixed or all female. Fabulous weather made it even more exciting. The atmosphere at the start is really special. The route is a beautiful one taking in Helvellyn summit then a steep run down to Wythburn car park for tea and sandwiches. A trot up the valley follows under Raise then to Angle Tarn leading to Scafell Pike, which was very hot. Then the most exciting bit dropping off the top down some buttresses and steep narrow paths to the valley leading to Cockley Beck. We changed our route this year as some Keswick runners looked like they had something up their sleeves, so we pursued on an excellent trail to lovely cheese and pickle sandwiches, homemade cakes, tea etc. A superb pit stop! The final climb is tough, but we stuck together to the Old Man then after a rest headed the final few miles home. We both had problems, but the event way outweighs most things and the finish is a really special place to be, very low key, just fell runners in their new T shirts. We completed it in just over 9 hrs 30 ish, I believe and about 35th team. Fastest time was 8 hrs. Great day

Sedbergh Gala, Sat 17 May

BOFRA fell race.

(1 19:44 Rob Jebb, Bingley)
20 24:23 Iain Gibbons
100 finished

Some good Ilkley junior results, incl. Euan Brennan 2nd u14, Max Bradley 3rd U12

parkruns, Sat 17 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1   16:39 Thomas Hughes, U/A)
16   18:52 Nicky Green, 1st lady
169  24:53 Jo Prowse
420 ran

(1   16:18 George Goodwin, Rugby and Northampton AC)
20   20:38 Jonathan Schneider
516 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1   18:42 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
2    18:47 Alex Hirst
40   22:47 Philip Hirst
358 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1   17:57 Neil Maloney, Skipton AC)
8    20:28 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
18   22:23 Tom Worboys
74   35:17 Fiona Schneider
81 ran

John Carr 5k series, race 2, Wed 14 May


(1  15:31 Kevin Ogden, Spen)
35  17:20 Mark Mon-Williams
59  17:50 Stephen Coy
61  17:50 Sally Morley
70  18:03 Steve Weston
71  18:06 Nicky Green
89  18:30 Mark Iley
94  18:38 Derek Oliver
95  18:46 Catherine Farrow
98  18:52 Arthur Reilly
101 18:55 Jane McCarthy
112 19:16 Tilly Melechi
122 19:27 Lizzie Hebbert
125 19:29 Lucy Haines
126 19:30 Sally Malir
132 19:41 Tom Worboys
140 19:53 Beth Massey
154 20:13 Lucy Jacques
191 21:07 Jacob Hellewell
206 21:46 Alison Bennett
217 22:15 Emily Elmes
220 22:22 Helen Waddington
247 23:16 Nicholas Mellor
249 23:20 Dave Taylor
256 23:59 Hilda Coulsey
278 25:12 Petra Bijsterveld
280 25:16 Julie Elmes
288 25:34 Nea Weston
289 25:36 Alison Weston
318 26:44 Fiona Schneider
337 29:06 Jo Taylor
338 29:06 Bridget Taylor
363 finished

Nicky's time is a new ladies' Club record, not only beating Sally Morley's LV40 record of 36:57 from last year's Abbey Dash, but also beating Sarah Jarvis's LV35 and ladies' record of 36:34 from Middlesex in 2008.

Jack Bloor Races, Tue 13 May


A counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League

Calderdale Way Relay, Sun 11 May

Woodentops photos

Results show we had 2nd mixed team 17th overall and our second team was 68th, out of 100

1 5:57:12 Calder Valley

17 7:12:50 IH A Mixed
10/10 1:22:06 Dan Wilkinson and Mark Mon-Williams
18/11 1:11:34 Justin Phillips and Jez Hellewell
20/11   45:43 Rebecca Mon-Williams and Kate Archer
21/13 1:18:49 Dick Waddington and Jane McCarthy
23/13 1:07:49 Sally Malir and Jann Smith
30/17 1:24:48 Sally Morley and Steve Weston

68 9:28:36 IH B Mixed
74/74 1:52:44 Alison Bennett and John Coates
73/73 1:37:10 Nick Mellor and Nigel Tapper
78/73 1:05:55 Amanda Newham and Jacqui Weston
68/70 1:45:02 Sarah Edwards and Lawrence Basham
74/70 1:27:42 Keith Wood and Lynn Donohue
55/68 1:34:04 Andrew Merrick and Helen Horton

Leeds Half Marathon, Sun 11 May

From Fiona Schneider ... Well! That was a first. Not a half marathon or a Leeds half marathon but sitting on a pavement mid race for 25 min attending a collapsed lady until the ambulance arrived. The paramedic was great but took about 15 min to arrive so it was fortunate poorly lady from Leeds was feeling a lot better by then. In my head I had abandoned my own running at this 8.5 mile stage. (I was heading for the wrong side of 2 hr with 63 min on my clock at half way.) But of course, no-one was going to give me a lift. So ensuring the lady was recovering in expert hands I set off again. Running did not flow easily at first but then I got it! I was doing what I had never done! Reel in nearly every runner on the road! I could get to like that!
Results ...

(1   1:08:26 Tesfaye Debele)
210  1:30:58 Rachel Carter
1002 1:45:53 Kevin Lawson
1070 1:48:59 John Marshall
1296 1:48:37 Charlotte Smithson
1367 1:50:06 Eric Hawthorn
1385 1:50:31 Dave Ibbotson
1720 1:53:40 Martin Wright
2374 1:57:37 Geoffrey White
3122 2:04:59 Sue Williamson
3578 2:12:52 Donna Hattersley
4827 2:31:13 Fiona Schneider
5318 finished

A counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League

Buttermere Sailbeck, 9.5m/4500ft, Sat 10 May

Dave Wilby reports ... The long and lonely search for some half decent racing form took me to a wet & windy Lake District on Saturday, for one of the best races in the calendar. Buttermere Sailbeck was back on following a 2 year hiatus, and a very hard course was complemented by some tough weather on the higher tops. After a long grassy ascent to the first CP at Ard Crags, and a steep technical drop off and down the valley, the crux of the race is the unrelenting ascent up the side of Causey Pike. There follows a glorious ridge run over Sail & up to Ill Crag, before a tricky line in thick mist around to Whiteless Pike. A few missed the contour and went straight on to Grasmoor, but I was fortunate enough not to join them and so picked up the odd unseen place before the final headlong dash all the way off back in to Buttermere. I didn’t quite have the legs to mix it up with the Lakes based runners but I was pleased to get a 4min PB and finish 12th in a good quality field of 100 finishers. Results

parkruns, Sat 10 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Alex Hirst continued his series of a PB every consecutive week at Lewisham and came 2nd this week. Oscar Stapleton (junior) was 3rd at Skipton. Results...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:04 Thomas Hughes, U/A)
108 24:14 Will Worboys
377 ran

Hilly Field, Lewisham
(1  18:19 Stephen Thackeray, U/A)
2   18:47 Alex Hirst PB
118 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:22 Tim Ashelford, Leeds and Bradford Tri Club)
3   21:04 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
17  23:38 Helen Waddington
46  28:16 Alex Millar
67 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1   17:26 Toby Osman, Ripon Runners)
43  24:08 Alison Eagle
157 ran

HDSRL Race 1, Thu 8 May

From Clare Smith and Neil Chapman ... thank you so much to all the wonderful Harriers who gave their time, effort (and sandwiches!) to help make tonight's first event in the Harrogate District Summer Race League a success.
Results etc. on

(1  27:35 Andrew Grant, Harrogate)
13  29:18 David Westhead
22  30:20 Mark Mon-Williams
27  30:38 Dick Waddington
30  30:52 William Buckton
52  32:38 Rachel Carter
53  32:48 Jane McCarthy
55  32:52 Jack Cummings
57  32:55 Catherine Farrow
60  33:03 Duncan Cooper
62  33:13 Steve Nowell
64  33:19 Mark Iley
92  34:21 Ben Joynson
112 35:29 Stephen Rhodes
114 35:33 Rachel McKay
147 37:32 Nigel Tapper
149 37:37 Julie Watson
167 38:35 Alison Bennet
172 38:44 Adela Reperecki
184 39:18 Sue Williamson
187 39:24 Will Warboys
190 39:31 Helen Waddington
196 39:51 Stephanie Fox
199 39:57 Val Kerr
213 40:35 Anna Barlow
228 41:13 Nick Mellor
229 41:14 Louise Airey
238 53:49 Laura Dawes
241 41:48 Jean Sullivan
242 41:50 Hilda Coulsey
247 42:13 Geoffrey White
265 43:49 Peter Lewis
285 45:27 Sue Verspyck
290 45:42 Julie Elmes
295 46:16 Jacqui Weston
304 47:47 Sally Wright
316 49:44 Donald Macrae
331 54:16 David Millson
341 finished

John Carr 5k series, race 1, Wed 7 May

Results, with a win for Tom 28 seconds clear of 2nd place!

1   15:16 Tom Adams
41  17:24 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
61  18:03 Sally Morley
67  18:11 Steve Weston
73  18:23 Andrew Sheldon
86  18:43 Mark Iley
89  18:57 Nick Pearce
98  19:05 Tilly Melechi
99  19:06 Derek Oliver
100 19:07 Arthur Reilly
103 19:10 Jane McCarthy
118 19:24 Catherine Farrow
122 19:27 Sally Malir
136 19:44 Lucy Jacques
141 19:49 Lucy Haines
145 19:54 Tom Worboys
146 19:56 Toni Melechi
153 20:09 Beth Massey
155 20:11 Lucy Williamson
164 20:20 Rebecca Mon-Williams
178 20:36 Bethan Morley
209 21:19 Jacob Hellewell
211 21:22 Alison Weston
225 21:44 Emily Elmes
226 21:48 Alison Bennett
285 23:54 Hilda Coulsey
323 25:40 Petra Bijsterveld
325 25:41 Sue Williamson
332 25:48 Julie Elmes
346 26:07 Nea Weston
393 29:31 Dave Taylor
394 29:32 Bridget Taylor
422 finished

Nick Pearce's time beats his own V60 Club record of 19:11, set at John Carr last year.

Lothersdale fell race, Wed 7 May

From Ben Sheppard ... I didn't spot any other Ilkley Harriers through the rain in Lothersdale for this 3.6 mile, 600ft climb category BS race. The going was heavy and a headwind made a struggle of the climb up, in contrast to last year's blinding sunshine. Tenth at the turn, despite descending skills that owe more to Kenny Everett than Kenny Stuart and displaying all the elan of a runaway bath in a scene from Last of the Summer Wine, I out-hurtled two James Herriotts (Wharfedale vets) to finish 8th in a little under 28 minutes, half a minute slower than than last year but fourteen places nearer the front. Seemingly it pays to race in dreary weather. Results ...

(1 23:50 Jack Smith, Wharfedale)
8  27:46 Ben Sheppard
84 finished

Coiners fell race, Mon 5 May

George Elmes reports ... with junior Ilkley Harriers currently an impressive 5th in the English Club Championships, SIXTEEN travelled across to Mytholmroyd for round 3 of the Championships looking to maintain our early form. Some fabulous results - see the full report on the junior pages.

Photos from the Woodentops and Graham Weston.

From Jim Ryder ... The senior Coiners race was run outright by Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth Harriers, 54:48. I came in 24th in 1:00.59. 127 ran. A great route up and around Stoodley Pike, with a friendly atmosphere and great views.

Hameldon Hill race, Sun 4 May

(1 37:08 Richard Bernie, Liverpool)
27 44:28 Steve Turland
255 finished

North Lincs Half Marathon, Sun 4 May

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... I was alerted to the existence of this race last year by Dave Wilby's report. He said he'd hated almost every step and that sentence resounded in my head as I went round this morning. I cannot say I enjoyed the process much either. I had entered this race to try and break the 2 hour barrier, having failed by 13 seconds last year on a flat course in Holland. Today I did set off too fast, got to the half way point in 57 minutes and struggled considerably in the 2nd half. I pushed on as the thought of 'having' to enter another flat road HM was just too much to bear, and achieved my goal! I would recommend this race to anyone wanting to achieve a fast time. The event, now in its third year, is supremely well organized, completely traffic-free, with lots of water stations, a jelly bean station (!) and much general support along the route, and a nice finish inside Scunthorpe FC stadium. I did not see any other Harriers there or in the results ...

(1   1:10:36 Jason Cherriman, Leeds City AC)
766  1:59:08 Petra Bijsterveld PB
1115 finished

Sunderland 10K, Sun 4 May

Charlotte Smithson is ... really happy to share my PB of 4 minutes from today's Sunderland 10K. Results ...

(1  31:39 Ian Hudspith, Morpeth)
280 49:54 Charlotte Smithson PB
1588 finished

Geneva Half Marathon, Sun 4 May

Results ...

(1  1h05:07 Adii Bouafif)
500 1h35:09 David Schneider
4516 finished

Coniston Horseshoe, Sat 3 May

From Alison Weston ... results from 2nd English Fell Championship race. A great 8.5 mile run up Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man with a steep fast descent back to Coniston village. Six Harriers took part including a ladies team. Results ...

(1  1h07:57 Tom Addison, Helm Hill)
133 1h27:11 Nick Pearce 2nd V60
224 1h37:49 Alison Weston
238 1h39:54 Will Buckton
245 1h41:16 Kate Archer
246 1h41:20 Jann Smith
263 1h43:49 Norman Bush  1st V70
403 finished

See Graham's photos.

Fells and Bells, Sat 3 May

A new race from Addingham up Beamsley Beacon. Results ...

(1 34:06 Chris Loftus, KCAC)
3  37:52 Ian Rowbotham
32 48:56 Chantal Busby
58 58:43 Sue Morley
65 finished

parkruns, Sat 3 May

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... Another PB for Alex Hirst who finished 4th at Lewisham and has managed to improve his time for the 4th week running. Where will it end? Also a PB for Fiona Schneider at Skipton. Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1   17:25 Will Tyrrell-Moore, U/A)
16   20:48 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
114 24:53 Sarah Haines
468 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1   18:55 John Broom, Barnsley)
18   22:35 Lewis Carr (junior)
59   27:28 Fiona Schneider PB
72   29:27 Dylan Carr (junior)
97   33:40 Miranda Phillips 
99 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1   18:20 Gary Maskell, Leigh on Sea Striders)
4    18:56 Alex Hirst PB
123 ran

(1   16:04 Peter Freedman, U/A)
29   20:18 Jonathan Schneider
523 ran

Older News, April 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, April

Emma O'Looney Beginners Group Other nominations were:
Alison Weston - 3 Peaks
Will Buckton - 3 Peaks and Pendle
Tom Adams - Bunny Runs and Pendle
Ben Shepherd - 3 Peaks
Tom Warboys - 1st Marathon and fancy dress
Nicky Green - London Marathon
Dan Wilkinson - 1st Marathon and under 3 hrs
Dave Wilby - 1st in Winlatter extreme Duathlon
Nick Pearce - 3 Peaks
Jane McCarthy - 3 Peaks
Adela Reperecki - Guiseley Gallop
Paul Wood - website and on-going support
Andrew Sheldon - Harrogate Race League
Brian Melia Ultra Trail Mt Fuji

More Harriers of the Month ...

Dubai Track Series - 5000m, Mon 28 April

Rob Cunningham reports ... I've not picked the best time of year to get back into racing out here, as summer arrives opportunities seem to be few and far between.
Having signed up for a local track series, moonlighting by running on behalf of the 'Dubai Road Runners' club, first up on Monday evening was the 5,000m. The sun was long down by the time the men's race started, however it was still much warmer than for the weekend's 10k. I'd never raced on a track before and probably started a little too quick, getting dragged around by some fast guys at the front. After the first mile I settled into an even pace and finished midway down the pack in 13th (out of 34) in 18:46.24, picking up a few points as the final counter for my adopted club.
The winner lapped the entire field, finishing streets ahead in 14:59.07. Results

Fountains 10k, Sun 27 April

From Fiona Schneider ... ... a mixed terrain undulating 10km, bog, road and track. I can recommend this friendly small community race around Grantley.

(1  35:3 Lee Dalton, Nidd Valley)
217 61:56 Fiona  Schneider
295 ran

Three Peaks Race, Sat 26 April

From Alison Weston ... Great results for Ilkley Harriers at the Three Peaks Race and a big thanks for the amazing support from Harriers all the way round the 23 mile route. Mike Baldwin was presented with an engraved picture for completing his 21st Three Peak's race last year, the ladies won the team prize and Nick Pearce was 1st Vet 60. Will came an amazing 43rd with a 'first class' time, with Dan only 4 minutes behind. Ben, Dick, Jane and Helen all improved on their previous times by an amazing amount and Sarah did her first Three Peaks race easily under 5 hours. (And thanks Helen and Jane for the lovely '15' cake - delicious!!)

From Will Buckton ... The 60th Anniversary race attracted a great number of spectators which added to the usual atmosphere at the road crossings and Ingleborough. Conditions were tough with energy sapping mud on the climb up Whernside, and the last few miles back to Horton in Ribblesdale were into the wind. Well done to Alison Weston who ran her 15th Three Peaks.

From John Hayes ... Well done to everyone in the 3 Peaks. Looking at the times, I suspect a lot of PBs were recorded. I adopted my usual race strategy of setting off much too quickly and then saying hello to the many of you who passed me later on. I also wondered if I was being weighed down by too many sweets in my bumbag. But going up Ingleborough I ate them all to get me up the steep bit. Without my little feast of sweets and the wonderful spring water given out on the ridge I'm not sure I would have made it back. It's a great event and that feeling of euphoria when you finally arrive in the finish field is hard to beat!

Some photos from Graham Weston.

Ilkley had the first ladies team. Results ...

( 1 2h53:26 Ricky Lightfoot, Salomon)
43  3h39:20 Will Buckton '1st class', 3rd U25
63  3h43:55 Dan Wilkinson
90  3h49:58 Ben Sheppard
99  3h52:15 Dick Waddington
112 3h54:52 Nick Pearce 1st V60
152 4h02:34 Jane McCarthy
191 4h08:16 Jann Smith
213 4h09:49 Jamie Hutchinson
255 4h16:22 Jez Hellewell
258 4h16:44 Alison Weston
261 4h16:51 Rebecca Mon-Williams
307 4h23:16 Duncan Cooper
332 4h25:46 John Hayes
493 4h51:38 Kate Archer
522 4h55:06 Sarah Edwards
551 4h59:55 Adela Reperecki
585 5h07:42 Helen Waddington
588 5h08:08 Richard Morris
704 finished

Dubai Desert Road Run 10k, Sat 26 April

From Rob Cunningham ... I took in my first race in Dubai yesterday, a road 10k staged over a very flat two-lap course. The temperature topped 37 degrees later in the day, though the race started at 7am when it was much cooler. I finished 4th in 39:11. The winning time was 37:56.

Ultra Trail Mount Fuji, 25-27 April

Brian Melia reports ... I returned to Mount Fuji in Japan for the 2014 race again staying with my race pal Chiharu Watanabe, as last year. Preparation had been difficult, but I felt fine on the day. The race direction had changed this year and the route lengthened! This was for conservation in the world heritage site.
I didn't seem bothered by this as I assumed the most technically difficult sections last year near the end would be out of the way early on and Chiharu had raced his direction around Mt Fuji before. The organisation is fantastic with a really good friendly feel. All the aid stations have to be experienced. The Japanese organisers and suport are amazing.
We left Kowaguchiko at 3 pm Friday in 24 degrees. I tried to settle in to an easy pace, but I think it became a little too fast. On the first long descent down to the first aid station (18k) my right quad started to be sore. I then realised at the stop I would struggle to get around. I had this nagging feeling I should quit, but after 8 or 9 hours of continuing I put this out of reach. I changed my running style and plodded on. There is a very difficult section between station 8 and 9 with a huge climb and ridge running for 4 hours. The heat was massive and I ran out of water half way along. I was lucky to get down in the end, but decided I needed to completely rehydrate. After 5 litres of fluid intake and a rest of 1 hour I left. There were runners pulling up all around at various points due to conditions, but finally I made it. Just over 33 hours I think about 127th out of 1700 starters. I really wanted to race under my last year's time. Realistically the course was too difficult for me to do that even with good quads. The the extra mileage and route alteration also added to the difficulty of this task. However, I am proud to have finished.
Chiharu had stomach problems, but still made it round in just over 26 hours, finishing 27th.
Mount Fuji is a magical world heritage area. You feel its presence over you all the way round the trail. This is now deservedly part of the world series For more details on Mt Fuji see
There is something very special about Japan and Mount Fuji, it is hard to describe , but if you ever visit this race prepare to have your mind altered.

parkruns, Sat 26 April

From petra Bijsterveld ... Some good parkrun results: Sally Malir was the first female home at Leeds parkrun this week, and Alex Hirst is getting a PB every week in Lewisham! Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1   16:55 Gregon Clarkson, Kingston upon Hull AC)
28   22:06 Joe Reynier (junior)
254 35:30 Abbie Reynier (junior)
338 ran

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1   16:53 Thomas Hughes, U/A)
28   20:13 Arthur Reilly
29   20:16 Sally Malir 1st F
42   21:20 Cameron Reilly (junior)
97   23:38 John Marshall
316 ran
Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1   18:44 Gary Maskell, Leigh on Sea Striders)
6    19:21 Alex Hirst
135 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1   17:54 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners)
44   28:33 Alex Millar
64 ran

Dick Hudsons fell race, Thu 24 April

Neil Smith reports ... on the first race in the BOFRA season ...

(1 40:04 Neal Crampton, bike)
(3 46:25 Jack Smith, Wharfedale)  course record
23 59:24 Neil Smith
26 59:57 Tony Melechi
51 79:15 Amanda Newman
51 finished

Bunny Relays, Tue 22 April

Tom Adams ran the fastest ever leg in a Bunny Relay, and his team set a new team record too (beating off the Lancashire raiding party!) See all the results and photos on

Boston Marathon, Mon 21 April

Hilda Coulsey reports ... Americans do this thing rather well; honouring the events of last year, celebrating 'Boston Strong' and ensuring the runners had an 'awesome' experience. I came in at 4:05:48. It's my third and last marathon - oh yes!

Guiseley Gallop, Sun 20 April

From Petra Bijsterveld....... A good race was had by those Harriers who turned out for this annual Easter Sunday gallop, a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League this year. Tom had an emphatic win being 2 minutes clear of Scott Harrington of Otley in 2nd place. Rachel Carter and Adela Reperecki raced well and both were first in their age categories. As I ran the Baildon Boundary Way two weeks ago along much of the same route this felt like a walk in the park in comparison, with a bottle of ale at the finish to boot. Happy Easter!
Results ...

1     33:59  Tom Adams
85    45:40  Rachel Carter 1st F35
160   50:48  Adela Reperecki 1st F50
220   54:03  Will Worboys
257   56:29  David Green
259   56:32  Peter Lewis
323 1:00:24  Sharon Meadows
324 1:00:27  Petra Bijsterveld
339 1:01:36  Sue Williamson
378 1:04:37  Julie Elmes
461 finished

parkruns, Sat 19 April

From Petra Bijsterveld....... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1    17:47 Will Kerr, Saltare Striders)
39    21:49 Joe Reynier (junior)
56    22:31 Neil Bloor
196  28:07 Alison Bloor
312  34:44 Abbie Reynier (junior)
428 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1   16:32 Jamil Parapia, Otley AC)
170 26:51 Petra Bijsterveld
323 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1  18:47 Daniel Stauber)
8   19:54 Alex Hirst
111 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  16:59 Chris Singleton, Trawden AC)
5   19:52 Jonathan Schneider
8   20:28 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
56 27:43 Fiona Schneider
78 ran

Salford 10k, Fri 18 April

From Mark Iley ... four Harriers ventured across the border to the popular fast 10k road race, in search of some improved times to confirm the increased levels of training they have done of late. Conditions were almost ideal, just a slight breeze in place, but almost clear skies and the temperature improving even during the race time.
Despite the above most of us were disappointed with the times for the day, hoping for better but that said, some improvement seen. Results ...

( 1 30:03 M Aspinall, Tipton Harriers)
120 38:06 Mark Iley       
193 41:04 Adrian Bastow   
199 41:19 Tom Worboys   
227 42:56 Beth Massey    
575 ran

Bunny 3, Tue 15 April

From race organiser Dave Woodhead ... Tom Adams had just made the dash through rush hour traffic after landing at Leeds Bradford Airport at 6.30pm to make the 7.30pm start line with his wife Joanne where they had been celebrating their wedding anniversary in Spain. The adrenalin was obviously still coursing through him as he stormed to his 12th Egg Stage win in 3:23, but couldn't deny Jack victory in the final stages. Second place here for Tom made him the series winner and he will finally find himself on the Bunny Beer label for 2015!
Results and photos on

(1  14:50 Jack Simpson, Leeds)
2   15:01 Tom Adams
18  17:09 Jack Wood
25  17:23 Euan Brennan
32  17:49 Ruaridh Mon Williams
61  19:02 Lucy Haines
86  19:46 Tilly Melechi
97  20:00 Robbie Matthews
107 20:22 Lucy Jacques
113 20:33 Cameron Reilly
136 21:01 Arthur Reilly
152 21:41 Lucy Williamson
162 22:21 Joanne Williamson
173 22:35 Andrew Jackson
182 22:46 Adela Reperecki
204 23:28 Sam Craske
214 23:48 Edward Bickerdike
227 24:24 Emily Elmes
229 24:26 Joanne Adams
242 24:55 Caroline Craske
243 25:02 Ella Shouler Harris
248 25:11 Charlie Tiger Smith
249 25:16 Jann Smith
257 25:26 Allison Ricci
288 26:59 Sophie Brown
303 27:47 Sue Williamson
310 28:43 Sally Wright
316 29:51 Julie Elmes
321 30:06 Angel Smith
323 30:37 Sue Bickerdike
335 finished

London Marathon, Sun 13 April

Harriers' results with times every 5k (just enter "ilkley" in the Club box, click on the runner's name for their 5k splits and finish times).

(1    2h04:29 Wilson Kipsang, Kenya)
784   2h53:56 Nicky Green 4th LV40
1069  2h57:33 Derek Oliver
1663  3h03:42 Andrew Merrick
2254  3h09:36 Sally Malir
3899  3h23:01 Steve Coy
10141 3h54:29 Helen Horton
10399 3h55:26 Nigel Rapper
11190 3h58:00 Val Kerr
16581 4h20:23 Sharon Meadows
16572 4h20:23 Paul Sugden
18536 4h28:14 Emily Kerr 
18840 4h29:29 Will Worboys
22863 4h47:18 Rebecca Moores
30576 5h32:39 Mike Picken
35761 finished

Nicky's time set new club records for LV40, LV35 and Ladies Open too, beating Sally Malir's 2:58:15 from Blackpool in April 2008); whils Sally set a new LV45 record, beating her time from London last year by 10 seconds.

New Beginners Program

Click for details

Wants to start running?

Ilkley Harriers is organising a friendly 6-week course for beginners, starting Tuesday 6th May.

Read all about it on the dedicated website page for the Zero to 5k Challenge.

Club members: if you know someone who might like to take part, let them know - there's a PDF poster you can print or email on the page.

Coledale Horseshoe, Sat 12 April

Will Buckton reports ... on this AM 13.7km/915m fell race. Wild conditions and zero visibility up high on Grisedale Pike and Eel Crag, but lovely views and running when out of the clouds, with a great descent off Barrow to the finish. Finished ahead of famous ultra runner Scott Jurek but I guess he was just doing it as a warm up for his Bob Graham Round which he started the following day. Results ...

(1  1h12:20 Rob Jebb, Bingley)
65  1h33:07 Will Buckton
202 1h55:44 Jenny Dybeck U23
274 finished	

parkruns, Sat 12 April

Petra Bijsterveld reports ...Some good results for the juniors this week with Euan Brennan coming 3rd at Harrogate parkrun. Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:12 Andrew Bedford, Saltaire Striders)
123 25:26 Sarah Haines
400 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1 18:02 Lewis Bramley, U/A)
3  18:27 Euan Brennan (junior)
232 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1 17:34 Nick Treitl, Barlick Fell Runners)
5  20:06 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
8  20:44 Cameron Reilly (junior)
10 21:05 Jonathan Schneider 
14 21:40 David Schneider
44 27:36 Fiona Schneider
46 27:47 Alex Millar
71 33:03 Amy Foy (junior)
88 ran

Wensleydale Wander, Sat 12 April

Jez Hellewell reports ... Me & Toni Melechi had a crack at this on Saturday, starting in Leyburn. Toni got a stitch jogging 200 yards to the start which didn't bode well. 22.4 miles & 1600 feet of climbing. It's the first time Toni has been over 20 miles in a few years & he looked very comfortable trotting home in 3:57 as we crossed the line together. Our actual moving time was 3.:8 for which I blame Toni as he waited at the BBQ checkpoint for a hot dog & onions !?!? Not the best route unfortunately as it was, mainly, all very low level on tracks & paths. With only one noticeable climb which, frustratingly, only went halfway up Pen Hill. Unfortunately the results/times were jumbled together for the 22 & the 12, with no way of deducing who was running what according to the organisers, so no placings.

The Woldsman, Sat 12 April

From Amanda Parnaby... 50 mile LDWA event from Driffield Showground. Windy but mainly dry until some rain arrived around 6 pm. The second 25 miles have more climbs and descents than the first 25 miles which was bad news for one lady I met around the 20 mile stage because her friend had told her the second half was flatter than the first half. A very well organised and enjoyable day with some lovely food provided en route. I arrived back in 13 hours 51 mins.

Yorkshire Warrior Challenge, Sat 12 April

From Lyn Towers ... Superbly organised 10 mile challenge around lands owned by Home Farm, Rudding Lane, Harrogate. This doesn't include the mileage around the numerous challenges en route. Tremendous support and help from not only the marshals but also the competitors. The toughness of the course is evident by the number of Army teams - who were so helpful to me when I ran out of rope on a steep slippery ascent. "Hold my hand,' ordered a [handsome] army man. "I'm OK" was greeted with, "That's an order." So I did, and was jerked up to the top. "Use the rope to descend." Then my hero disappeared.
Everyone was so lovely. Thanks to Beth [SpringerXCollie] my training partner for speedwork and long runs, Pilates for core strength, and Emma's kettlebell class for upper body strength. Brilliant challenge. Time as yet not known - about 2h45 by my calculation. Intend to do it next year for my 70th birthday.

Bunny 2, Tue 8 April

From the results ... "Tom Adams fresh from finishing fourth at the English championship race at Pendle four days earlier returned to his favourite hunting ground and promptly won the Egg Stage for the 11th time in 3:27 and kept the pace too hot to allow Jack Simpson and Max Wharton any chance of victory. Tom went on to record his 6th Bunny win ahead of another impressive field of 290 on the dry cool evening, although underfoot it was tacky in parts. 'After being pipped to the post by James Hall on the final hill at Bunny One, I came up with a new game plan for Bunny Two, I said to myself, now don't go off too fast, think about the bigger picture rather than going flat out for the Egg stage. But when it came to the night, the plan went out of the window and as soon as Dave bellowed 'GO', I was running flat out after the Egg Stage win. With no James Hall running this week, I was able to take the win with Max Wharton hot on my heels, so I decided to let him pass and tuck in behind to preserve a bit of energy for the Long Lap. It wasn't long before I nipped back in front and went for it. I felt surprisingly strong after racing at Pendle Hill at the weekend and had enough left in the tank to power up the final climb and into the finish. With all the up and coming talent shining through at the Bunnies, it's hard to know how much longer I'll be able to keep up!' said Tom with his arms full of chocolate goodies." Full results and photos on

1   15.17 Tom Adams
19  17:51 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
21  17:58 Euan Brennan
25  18:14 Mark Mon-Williams
45  19:22 Lucy Haines
48  19:40 Jemima Elgood
61  20:15 Richard Joel
70  20:36 Lucy Williamson
76  20:49 Malcolm Pickering
77  20:54 James Pickering
80  20:58 Tilly Melechi
95  21:31 Cameron Reilly
101 21:45 David Schneider
110 22:03 Jonathan Schneider
111 22:05 Rebecca Mon Williams
145 23:32 Joanne Williamson
166 24:14 Andrew Jackson
181 24:40 Adela Reperecki
201 25:39 Ella Shouler Harris
212 26:25 Nea Weston
220 26:36 Peter Lewis
247 28:14 Sophie Brown
249 28:27 Anna Pickering
254 28:53 Sally Pickering
267 30:18 Fiona Schneider
270 30:45 Sally Wright
285 finished

Baildon Boundary Way, Sun 6 April

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... Lovely running weather though rather muddy underfoot today for this ever popular multi-terrain half marathon. I had the good fortune to obtain Jane Bryant's entry (thanks Jane, and hope you will be off the bench soon) but found it tough going as I had not planned to do a HM until May so had not done the mileage. Got round though and there were some better times from other Harriers.
Ilkley Harriers won the female team prize (Kate Archer, Adela Reperecki & Jean Sullivan).
(Provisional) results ...

(1  1:23:39 Tom Hooper, U/A)
23  1:37:48 Jamie Hutchinson
55  1:45:07 Kate Archer 2nd F35
137 1:59:28 Adela Reperecki
169 2:05:40 John Coates
210 2:11:32 Jean Sullivan
236 2:16:21 Sue Bickerdicke
298 2:27:31 Petra Bijsterveld
342 2:42:10 Linda Wilson
369 finished

Blubberhouses 25, Sun 6 April

From Ben Sheppard... As the name almost suggests, Blubberhouses 25 is a 24 mile LDWA circular walk/run taking in the Washburn valley, Blubberhouses Moor, Bolton Abbey, Beamsley Beacon, Round Hill, Denton Moor and Timble. With three reservoirs, pretty riverside trails, rough moorland, lovely views of lower Wharfedale and the relaxed, sociable feel of LDWA events it was a tough but rewarding run. I came in twenty minutes after the winning time of 3:13. Will Buckton for once took his foot off the gas after a heavy week's training and racing. Amanda Parnaby also took part.

Whinlatter Xtreme Duathlon, Sun 6 April

From Dave Wilby ... I finally got back racing on Sunday, and was welcomed to the start line with my favourite weather of rain, wind & low cloud. The Whinlatter Xtreme Duathlon was new for this year and consisted of a 9km fell run up Grizedale Pike, although we were turned back just before the last push to the summit due to the wind, a 25km mountain bike taking in some of the Blue trails and all of the Red trails at Whinlatter, and a 9km fell run up and over the summits of Lords Seat & Barf to finish back at the visitor centre. Great event, well-marked, marshalled & organised. I had a surprise lead of approx. 1min after the first run, managed to limit my losses against the specialist mountain bikers and came into transition 2nd 90secs down, and then held it together on the final run to re-claim the lead and finish first by approx 1min 30secs from Chris Hope of Keswick Bikes. Pleasingly I just dipped under the 3hr barrier as well in 2:59:05. My first ever Duathlon and possibly not my last, great fun/weather/course/support, and a nice change to doing the same old races every year. Highly recommended.

Manchester Marathon, Sun 6 April

Dan Wilkinson reports ... This was my first road marathon, I have entered a number before but always been injured by race day, needless to say I was pretty happy to have made the start line this time. At the start we were greeted by a fairly strong southerly breeze, heavy rain was also forecast. The first 10 miles were generally into the wind and I worried that I was expending too much energy in the first half, which I finished in 1:29:11. Despite that I picked up the pace at the 13.1 mile mark and kept going happily at around 6:45 min miles until I hit the wall at 22 miles. Although the cooling rains never materialised, fortunately I had fuelled well and there was no way I was going to let the chance of a sub 3 slip away, so I ran through the cramp and made it through the line in 2:57:59. In 161 overall, Andi Jones Stockport Harriers won on 2:17:00

Steve Weston adds ... As a change from London I thought I would have a go at the Greater Manchester Marathon, billed as the flatest Marathon in Europe. Apart from a south westerley wind conditions were pretty good if a little on the warm side for (14 C). The race was started by Ron Hill who ran the first the 7 miles of the race. The race has clearly grown as I was expecting about 5,000 runners but there were apparently 10,000.
The race starts with a few loops round Salford to cover the first four miles then goes onto Sale and then Altrincham before returning to Manchester to finish outside Old Trafford. The race was well organised with water stops every 2 miles. These were stocked with Iconiq water pouches which are filled with pretty tasteless tap water but at least they are easy to use on the run (and they burst satisfyingly when you step on them) and my one comment is that I would have prefered markers every mile instead of every 2 miles! The course was fairly supported with plenty of crowds out in the communities, although there was a rural section at 20 miles where you were pretty much on your own. The wind was only troubling in a few sections as the course makes several changes of direction, but there were several energy sapping road bridges to climb so it didn't feel that it was as flat as London. Congratulations to Dan Wilkinson for running a great sub three and Simon Jenkins who ran sub 4 in his first marathon. Same old story for me I'm afraid as the 3mile pacer disappeared into the foreground about mile 20.

161  2:57:59 Dan Wilkinson
728  3:20:55 Steve Weston
1330 3:34:25 Tom Worboys
2061 3:48:08 Simon Jenkins
5084 4:51:41 Sally Lynch
Janet Smith

Lochaber Marathon, Sun 6 April

From Neil and Alison Bloor ... official results have not come out yet however despite atrocious weather conditions (heavy rain all the way and a freshening wind) we have both got new PBs at Lochaber Marathon on Sunday. Only around 350 runners took part on a flat course with the winner coming in around 2.40.

Wrap Up and Run 10K Harewood House, Sun 6 April

From Kevin Lawson ... The rain managed to stay away, allowing us all to enjoy the hilly and muddy 10K route!
Results ...

(1  36:46 Robin Outtersides)
251 52:04 Kevin Lawson
271 52:20 Christine Cox
469 56:51 Peter Lewis
852 63:27 Catriona Hawthorn
1504 finished

Skipton sprint triathlon, Sun 6 April

From Sarah Edwards ... Kate Wilkinson and I completed our first sprint triathlon this weekend in Skipton. The event was a 400m swim, 20k cycle and a 5k run. Results ...

(1  1:00:13 Matthew Nelson)
237 1:27:56 Sarah Edwards
377 1:35:35 Kate Wilkinson
618 finishers

Pendle fell race, Sat 5 April

The first event in this year's English Fell Championships and a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League

(1  32:55 Tom Addison, Helm Hill)
4   33:36 Tom Adams
95  40:38 Gavin Lamb
140 42:39 Will Buckton
157 43:18 Nick Pearce 2nd V60
181 44:31 Dick Waddington 
256 49:56 Norman Bush 1st V70
340 finished

(1 38:54 Victoria Wilkinson, Bingley)
29 45:30 Jane Mccarthy
32 45:50 Kate Archer
46 47:31 Jann Smith
138 finished

parkruns, Sat 5 April

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... Just a few Harriers to be found at parkruns this Saturday morning. 4th place and a PB for Alex Hirst in Lewisham. Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1   16:53 Jonny McKenna, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers)
129 24:07 John Marshall 
366 ran

St Albans
(1   17:51 Stephen Buckle, St Albans Striders)
53   23:23 Joe Reynier (junior)
201 36:55 Abbie Reynier (junior)
215 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1 15:44 Alexander Amos Yee, Chrystal Park Triathletes)
4  20:05 Alex Hirst (PB)

Skipton Aireville Park
(1 17:24 Julian Hood, Skipton AC)
6  20:27 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
16 22:11 Lewis Carr (junior)
49 27:21 Alex Millar
74 35:16 Dylan Carr (junior)
78 ran

Bunny 1, Tue 1 April

In a thrilling race, Tom Adams was just beaten by rising young star James Hall, the two of them were well ahead of a quality field and with James only 8s outside the course record. Tom won the 'Egg Stage' (for the 10th time!), and a talented young team of Lucy Haines, Jemima Elgood, and Tilly Melechi took the ladies team prize. Results and photos on

(1  14:49 James Hall, Wharfedale)
2   15:02 Tom Adams
24  18:03 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
26  18:18 Mark Mon-Williams
43  19:09 Lucy Haines     2nd lady
45  19:27 Jemima Elgood   3rd lady
60  20:14 Tilly Melechi
71  20:45 Lucy Jacques
72  20:45 Malcolm Pickering
73  20:46 Toni Melechi
81  21:06 James Pickering
82  21:22 Ben Joynson
91  21:54 Sam Wood
116 22:44 Edward Bickerdike
151 24:23 Andrew Jackson
174 25:02 Emily Elmes
182 25:30 Alison Ricci
220 28:31 Sophie Brown
222 28:46 Sally Pickering
232 29:48 Sally Wright
237 30:22 Julie Elmes
249 32:38 Anna Pickering
258 finished

Older News, March 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, March

Petra Bijsterveld Club Night announcements Other nominations were:
Jann Smith - Trollers Trot
Jane McCarthy - Wilmslow half
Tony Melechi - Trollers Trot
Nicky Green - Wilmslow half and Hull 20
Will Buckton Ilkley Moor, Black Combe and Haworth Hobble

More Harriers of the Month ...

Cheshire 10k, Sun 30 March

Nicky Green reports ... Just a quick one to say I did the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall. Lovely course, beautiful day and a really good race. Results ...

Nicky's time is a new ladies' Club record, not only beating Sally Morley's LV40 record of 36:57 from last year's Abbey Dash, but also beating Sarah Jarvis's LV35 and ladies' record of 36:34 from Middlesex in 2008.

(1  29:40 Mohammad Abu Rezeq, Altrinngham & D)
48  36:22 Nicky Green 1st L40, 2nd lady
1091 finished

Rivock Edge fell race, Sun 30 March

From race organiser Derek Wild (Keighley Scouts) ... a quick note to say:- Despite a clash with the 'Manorlands' 10k race and the large event in Ireland, a number of runners from Ilkley Harriers came and enjoyed a good fell race. Weather conditions were very good with a small amount of hill top mist. The sub 50 minute record time has yet to be achieved but was nearly achieved with a good time of 50m 54s by Jack Ross from Staffordshire Moorlands AC. Minor problems with a small number of marker / direction signs being removed did not dampen what all the runner said was a good race. Thanks to the runners. Results ...

(1  50:54 Jack Ross, Staffs Moorlands)
12  60:57 Alistair Barlow
15  61:32 Toni Melechi
42 finished
Woodentops photos

Keighley BigK 10k, Sun 30 March

Justin reports ... a HUGE turnout of twelve hundred runners took to the streets of Keighley raising £50k for the Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope in the process. This event offers something for everyone with a fun friendly atmosphere for those new to running and an intriguing twisting course around the parks of Keighley that put a smile on the face of every finisher.
Pictures on, and provisional results.

(1  34:27 Will Smith, KCAC)
12  39:02 Justin Phillips
318 54:20 Will Worboys
tbc 54:31 David Green
347 54:10 Ashleigh Phillips  (PB by 1m30s)
1194 finished

YVAA GP 2, Honley, Sun 30 March

Eric Morley reports ... the two of us completed a 6 mile hilly route which was beset by many stiles but a good long downhill finish. Results ...

(1  39:04 Dave Watson, Homfirth Harriers)
109 65:32 Eric Morley
122 finished
(1  46:04 Mags Beever, Stainland)
34  65:49 Sue Morley
51 finished

Coniston 14, Sat 29 March

From Val Kerr ... A good contingent of Harriers travelled over to the Lakes for this well organised, undulating race, which follows the road around the shores of Consiton Water. Yet again the weather was favourable, cool at the start but lovely sunshine by the end. Coniston Old Man looked very picturesque in the background with the sun shining on the snow on the summit. Christine Cox had a good race, putting on a spurt of speed at the end to finish 2nd LV55.

(1  1:17:14 Ian Harding, Morpeth)            
46  1:33:18 Jonathan Sinclair                      
185 1:46:27 Ewan Welsh                               
449 1:59:39 Christine Cox (2nd LV55)
463 2:00:24 Val Kerr                                       
517 2:03:21 Dave Ibbotson                            
537 2:04:35 Emily Kerr                                   
657 2:11:22 Tim Ratcliffe                               
(1043 finished)

Heptonstall fell race, Sat 29 March

Will in Woodentops photos

Will Buckton reports ... results from this popular BL 24km/1000m race ...

(1  1h54:10 Adam Osborne, Leeds City AC,
            new record)
14  2h14:16 Will Buckton
51  2h27:23 Jamie Hutchinson
140 2h59:08 Brian Melia
145 3h01:09 Adela Reperecki
206 finished

parkruns, Sat 29 March

Petra Bijsterveld reports ... A win for Tom Adams at Oxford Parkrun this week. Other Harriers ran at Lewisham, Skipton, Bradford and Harrogate. Harriers results ...

1 15:38 Tom Adams
129 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1 15:49 Benjamin Noad, Highgate Harriers)
11 21:09 Alex Hirst
113 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  19:16 William Garrick, U/A)
6   20:52 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
14 22:03 Lewis Carr (junior)
61 30:42 Dylan Carr (junior)
66 31:15 Amy Foy (junior)
79 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:57 Oliver Daffern, Bradford Grammar School)
132 26:59 Samuel Craske (junior)
344 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:00 Andrew Whittingham, Altrincham and District AC)
135 26:26 Petra Bijsterveld
243 ran

Wilmslow Half Marathon, Sun 23 March

Jane McCarthy reports... A big, competitive field enjoyed near perfect conditions on a fast, scenic course at Wilmslow Half Marathon today. Saw the red and green vest of Nicky Green on the start line but not again(!) as she produced another brilliant performance (and another PB?) in 1:20:01 - 4th lady and 1st LV40. Well done Nicky. I was looking for a first sub-90min and latched on to a group who kept a solid pace throughout. Finished in 1:27:12, 3rd LV40. Haven't seen any other Harriers on the results, but definitely nothing slow about this course - can recommend.

Nicky's time is a new ladies' Club record, not only beating her own LV40 record of 1:22:44 from last year's Great Eastern, but also beating Sarah Jarvis's LV35 and ladies' record of 1:21:08 from Fleetwood in 2008.

Dalton Dash, Sun 23 March

Tom Adams won the inaugural Dash, a 'challenging' 10k in the Yorkshire Wolds organised by Humber Triathletes, in 32:11 Photos, Results

Thirsk 10, Sun 23 March

Hilda Coulsey reports ... It was a breezy day but luckily we all got in before the heavy hail shower. Sally Malir was 2nd F45, Nick Pearce 2nd M60 and Hilda Coulsey 2nd F60 with Sally and Hilda breaking their own IH Club Records from 2013 (1h07:43 at Snake Lane 24/2/2013, 1h26:51 at Otley 12/6/2013). Results...

(1    50:43 Andrew Wiles, New Marske)
42    59:49 Dan Wilkinson
71  1:01:13 Steve Weston
112 1:04:46 Derek Oliver
132 1:05:49 Nick Pearce	
142 1:06:27 Sally Malir
238 1:10:31 Ken Souyave
401 1:19:09 Julie Watson
476 1:23:01 Hilda Coulsey
801 finished

PECO XC awards

Hilda Coulsey reports ... I attended the end of season presentations. Henry Heavysides was awarded 3rd M55 and Hilda Coulsey 1st F60. Congratulations to all who contributed to the Harriers coming 8th in the Men's Premier Division, 4th in the Ladies First Division, 9th in Men's Vets Premier and 6th Ladies Vets Premier. Lots of excellent Junior performances too.

Hardmoors 55, Sat 22 March

From Brian Melia ... If you like some stunning scenery and Ultra distance trail running check out the Hardmoors races organised by Jonathan Steele and Shirley Colquhoun. I completed the Hardmoors 55 on Saturday, run from Guisborough to Helmsley:
Race Start Guisborough Rugby Club
Roseberry Topping (OS 578 126) W (7 miles)
Bloworth Crossing Self-Clip (615 014) (18 miles)
Lord Stones (before climb up to Carlton Bank) (25 miles)
Osmotherley Village Hall (OS 456 971) (32 miles) CUT OFF - 1800HRS (9hrs)
White Horse (Sutton Bank) (OS 518 812) (45 miles) CUT OFF - 2200HRS (13hrs)
It has some spectacular views and is mostly runnable. I managed it in just over 10.5 hrs. It is a very well run race., check it out.

parkruns, Sat 22 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... on this sunny Saturday morning I took myself to Fountains Abbey parkrun which started just a few weeks ago on the National Trust site. Well worth the drive up, as this 2 lap run, all on tarmac paths, is a real winner when it comes to location and scenery. The run takes place before the site opens to the public and it felt like a privilege to be there.
Other Harriers could be spotted at Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate and Skipton parkruns. Results ...

Skipton Aireville Park
(1 18:00 Chris Barnes, Blackburn Harriers)
6  20:57 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
10 21:42 Cameron Reilly (junior)
65 28:40 Alex Millar
68 29:02 Fiona Schneider
92 ran

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:15 Peter Brookes, Holmfirth Harriers)
11  18:43 Stephen Coy
347 32:34 Will Worboys
406 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:06 Sam Kipling, U/A)
22  20:30 Lucy Haines  3rd female (junior)
207 27:42 Sarah Haines
466 42:26 Abbie Reynier (junior)
491 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1 18:14 Andrew Gardner, U/A)
78 23:30 Philip Hirst
295 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:59 Toby Osman, Ripon Runners (junior))
90  27:07 Petra Bijsterveld
195 ran

Junior sessions 3rd-20th March

For parents of juniors doing sessions with Shirley (Sportshall Athletics at IGS or High Jump at Ghyll Royd), there are no sessions for 3 weeks, info on the junior site. Sessions led by other coaches will continue as normal.

Harriers League Update, 20 March

From Martin Wright ... both Dick and Helen Waddington have played their wildcards for Skipton Parkrun and jump into the top ten for the league. League page

Trimpell 20, Sun 16 March

Neil Bloor reports ... fantastic very flat 20 miler - good Marathon prep. Well supported race, good marshals, a bit of everything wind, rain drizzle - what more could you ask for and a few fellow Harriers for support !! Some Excellent results here.

Val Kerr adds ... A number of Harriers headed west for this long, flat race, run mainly on cycle paths round Lancaster and the Lune Valley. On a damp, chilly and grey day the course is not particularly scenic, but is good training for those planning a spring marathon. Andrew Merrick and Derek Oliver both had cracking runs to finish in the top 50 - well done to Andrew Merrick 1st MV50.

(1  1:53:16 Ian McBride, Royton Road Runners)        
46  2:16:31 Andrew Merrick 
48  2:17:02 Derek Oliver
230 2:48:31 Neil Bloor   
266 2:53:56 Nigel Tapper 
267 2:53:59 Helen Horton 
313 2:59:16 Val Kerr     
461 3:42:02 Martin Wright 
462 3:41:31 Alison Bloor 
496 finished

Bradford 10k, Sun 16 March

Dick Waddington reports ... A few Harriers took part it this fairly flat 10k, which runs out along Canal Road and back. It was very wind, but otherwise nice and bright. Luckily it was mainly a crosswind and it was easier on the way back, which helped, because I went out too fast trying to keep with a group to slipstream behind the big lads. I got back in 38:02 - pleased with that for my first 10k, but it's not as much fun as fellrunning; there's no mud and rocks.

Woodentops photos

Some photos on

Results ...

(1   31:42 Tesfaye Debele)
46   38:02 Dick Waddington
60   38:38 Mark Iley
96   40:31 Adrian Bastow
97   40:33 Rachel Carter 8th lady
124  41:56 Beth Massey  4th LV40
183  43:30 Michael Duffield 
394  47:41 Christine Cox
454  48:12 Chris Cunningham
480  49:08 John Marshall
548  49:57 David Green
1026 58:35 Fiona Schneider
1166 61:24 Carole Cunningham
1339 67:45 Jeremy Taylor
(1466 finished)

Haworth Hobble/Wuthering Hike, Sat 15 March

From Will Buckton ... A good turnout of Harriers took on this local epic around the Bronte Moors including me and Duncan in our first ultra! The 51km/1340m takes in many of the local reservoirs, towns and hills including Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall. Results on

Ben Sheppard adds ... On what is in a tough course in any conditions - 32 miles and 1500m ascent - the blustery wind made for a challenging run for those of us not so used to the ultra scene. Will "the metronome" Buckton was not to be put off his stride though, once again showing his versatility and finishing is an impressive 5:07 despite having to wait for those behind to show him the way several times! Other Harriers enduring/enjoying the moody views in Bronte country included Eddie Winslow, Duncan Cooper, Brian Melia, Jamie Hutchinson and Amanda Parnaby. A good effort by all.

(1  4h04:31 Kim Collison, Borrowdale)
46  5h07:28 Will Buckton
79  5h31:20 Ben Sheppard
119 5h50:32 Eddie Winslow
140 5h57:58 Duncan Cooper
151 6h02:40 Jamie Hutchinson + Brian Melia
335 8h55:34 Amanda Parnaby
355 finished

Nell Bank Relays, Sat 15 March

70 teams of juniors ran in the finale of the Wharfedale Primary Schools XC League, with the Presentation after. Thanks to all the helpers! Results etc. on the junior pages

East Hull 20, Sun 9 March

Steve Weston reports ... I spurned the dips and climbs of Spen 20 to travel over to Humberside for the East Hull 20. Sort of gently undulating the race runs North from the clubhouse up through quiet lanes and footpaths of Holderness, Todays run was made harder by the ludicrous 18 degree temperature and the westerley breeze. I was chasing a sub 2.10 and paid for it in the later stages. NIcky Green ran an intelligent race to finish 1st lady in 131 minutes...
A very enjoyable, well organised race I can thoroughly recommend it.

(1 1:55:15 Will Beauchamp, Sheffield RC)
28 2:11:49 Nicky Green 1st female 	
44 2:17:54 Steve Weston		
233 3:01:45 Paul Sugden  PB by 5mins 22s	
351 runners

Spen 20, Sun 9 March

(1  1:52:02 Scott Harrington, Otley)
100 2:39:12 Tom Worboys
257 finished

Run Sunday, Sun 9 March

Toni Melechi reports... a new women's course record for Tilly Melechi at Otley Chevin.

1 18.01 Rob Furness
3 20.01 Tilly Melechi (junior)
26 ran

Inter Counties XC, Sat 8 March

Inter Counties, Georgia 2nd from right

From Sally Malir ... it was the Intercounties at Cofton Park in Birmingham on Saturday. The best of each county's athletes are selected from the county races to compete at this obviously high class event. Georgia had been selected to run for Yorkshire after coming 2nd in the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships.
The Yorkshire Junior Women were hoping to come home with a medal after getting a bronze last year, but they knew it was going to be tough with Bobby and Alex Clay both running for Kent.
The race was tough from the beginning with the Clay sisters and a couple of others making a fast start. This left a few girls including Georgia isolated from the beginning of the race having to work hard to run the race on their own. Georgia showed her determination and continued to work very hard just being passed by team mate Katy Wood on the final 'ski slope' descent.
Despite Bobby and Alex Clay coming 1st and 2nd respectively for Kent the Yorkshire Junior Women won team Gold with Katy Wood in 7th, Georgia Malir 8th, Emma Wilkinson 10th and Annabel Mason 25th.
This result also gave Georgia 5th place overall in the British Cross Challenge.

Dent 14, Sat 8 March

Caz Farrow reports ... A few Harriers travelled over to Dentdale for what turned out to be a lovely day. 14.2 mile course, undulating, scenic, plenty of afternoon tea included in race entry. Recommended.
Some pictures and full results on

(1  1:18:01 Ian McBride, Royton RR)
17  1:28:49 Mark Mon-Williams
49  1:35:23 Caz Farrow 3rd lady
122 1:45:58 Rebecca Mon-Williams
296 2:05:18 Dave Ibbotson
438 finished

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, Sat 8 March

10.4 miles/1936ft Jann Smith reports ... myself and Kate Archer had a go at this one. Apparantly this course was devised to avoid paths to limit erosion, making it tough terrain, tussocks, bogs and ditches galore and the strong headwind on the top made it feel like running on a treadmill for a few miles. Good race and quality field. Some photos on Woodentops. Results ...

(1  1:06:11 Rob Hope, P&B)
79  1:29:13 Kate Archer
82  1:29:13 Jann Smith
208 finished

Parkruns, Sat 8 March

Dick Waddington reports ... from Skipton Aireville Park ... great new all tarmac route so no slippy slidy meant PBs all round:

1  19:28 Dick Waddington
10 21:14 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
26 23.27 Helen Waddington
32 24.20 Josh Waddington (junior)
54 27:19 Petra Bijsterveld
82 32:13 Amy Foy
99 ran

Alison Bennett reports ... I took part in my first Parkrun, in Norfolk, at the weekend. 24:41 - 2nd lady

All Harriers parkrun results

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 8 March

Over 400 primary school children ran in the final race in the Wharfedale Primary Schools XC League, at Ashlands School. Next Saturday the grand finale of the League is the Relays and League Presentations at Nell Bank. Details on the junior pages.

Harriers League Update, 5 March

From Martin Wright ... Peter Lewis has submitted a wild card for the recent Bradford Parkrun and recorded a score of 94.85. This shoots him up to 2nd in the league overall. League page

25th Ilkley Moor fell race, Sun 2 March

231 runners enjoyed the senior race, in its 25th year, with a fine win by Tom Adams. Over 170 juniors ran too, the junior races now in their 12th year. Yet another super Ilkley Harriers event, well done to all the organisers and helpers. Results and photos on the Ilkley Moor fell race page.

Harriers results summary ...

Woodentops photos
1   36:41 Tom Adams 
15  44:27 Gavin Lamb 
19  45:28 Will Buckton 
20  45:32 James Wood-robertson 
26  46:45 Ben Sheppard 
34  47:23 Jim Ryder 
42  48:11 Dick Waddington 
44  48:41 Ian Rowbotham 
48  48:54 Adam Bennett 
55  49:57 Nick Pearce 1st V60
56  50:02 Rob Cunningham 
62  50:21 Jane Mccarthy 3rd Lady
63  50:26 Richard Joel 
66  50:54 Andy Brook-dobson 
69  51:08 Alistair Barlow 
71  51:29 John Hayes 
77  51:59 Kate Archer 5th Lady
80  52:11 Johnathan Whittaker 
84  52:24 Alison Weston 2nd FV40
85  52:36 Malcolm Pickering 
92  53:17 Jack Cummings 
102 54:19 Alison Eagle 1st FV50
103 54:22 Emma Barclay 
136 58:05 Tom Bennett 
142 58:32 Lucy Williamson 
150 59:01 Michael Duffield 
158 61:09 Sarah Edwards 
180 64:28 Alison Bennett 
202 70:04 Amanda Newham 
214 72:47 Sue Morley 
217 73:28 Kate Wilkinson 
221 76:35 Sarah Hayes 
231 finished

Ilkley won both the men's and ladies team prizes.

Peco XC race 5, Northcliffe Park, Sun 2 March

Results ...

(1  30:25 Simon Pass, Saltaire Striders)
38  33:10 Steve Coy
269 47:49 Lynn Donohue 
277 48:11 Hilda Coulsey 
339 52:35 Julie Elmes 
356 54:29 Petra Bijsterveld 
410 finished

Black Combe fell race, Sat 1 March

AM 13km/1000m Will Buckton reports ... Results ...

(1 1h08:50 Rob Jebb, Bingley)
49 1h30:35 Will Buckton
182 finished

Trollers Trot, Sat 1 March

From Jez Hellewell ... heard a couple of excellent results at today's Trollers Trot: Jann Smith 3rd overall in a fantastic 3h27 & Toni Melechi, returning to racing after injury, was 2nd in the half in 1h40.

Run 25
(1 3h19:00 Paul Carman, Wharfedale)
3  3h27:29 Jann Smith
52 4h16:17 Adela Reperecki
84 4h35:33 Neil Bloor
142 6h02:39 John Coates
152 finished

Run 12
(1 1h37:38 Phil McGeever, Horsforth)
2  1h40:25 Toni Melechi
12 2h10:25 Susan Short
13 2h10:26 Ian Conyers
25 finished

Parkruns, Sat 1 March

Skipton Aireville Park
16 23:25 Lewis Carr (junior)
41 31:32 Dylan Carr (junior)

Bradford Lister Park
53  23:39 Joe Reynier (junior)
89  25:19 Peter Lewis
287 39:39 Abbie Reynier (junior)

19 20:54 Oscar Stapleton (junior)

Older News, February 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, February

Jane McCarthy Dewsbury 10k results Other nominations were:
Kate Archer - results at Rombalds
Sally Morley - Dewsbury 10k results
Matt Newall - Dewsbury 10k, PECO 4 and training
Hilda Coulsey - PECO results
Steve Weston Fell race organisation

More Harriers of the Month ...

Seville Marathon, Sun 23 Feb

Claire Mcloughlin reports ... I did the Seville Marathon with my Harrier Dad Mike Baldwin - 3:56:48

Huddersfield 10k, Sun 23 Feb

Results ...

(1  35:54 Simon Cook, U/A)	
331 56:58 Jean Sullivan
527 finished

National XC, Sat 22 Feb

Sally Malir reports ... The English National Cross Country Championships was held at the beautiful venue of Wollaton Park in Nottingham. The weather was sunny but very breezy and the course was varied and challenging including log jumps and stream crossings.
There were many records broken, from the number attending the event to record fields of finishers from the 10 races in the programme. There were over 10,000 spectators and entrants at the event and this made for a fantastic atmosphere. The first Ilkley Harrier to race was George Hardesty (U15 Boy) Who finished 282nd in a time of 17:45.
The Junior Women's race was next, Georgia Malir ran well to finish in 8th position in a time of 22:39. This race was won by Georgia Taylor Brown in a time of 21:03 who led from start to finish and had nearly a minute on the chasing pack of which Georgia Malir was part. There was a record number of finishers in this race 134.
In the Under 13 girl's race there was again a record number of finishers, 431, and the Ilkley girls came 47th team. Individual results were 116th Bethan Morley 13:28, 295th Emily Elmes 14:44, 316th Eva Jeffels 14:50, 361st Ella Shouler Harris 15:20 and Alessandra Ricci 402nd in 14:04.
The Ilkley Under 15 Girls finished 25th team being led home by Lucy Haines 94th in 17:46 with Tilly Melechi in 146th position in a time of 18:11, 178th Jemima Elgood 18:27, 296th Georgia Flaxman 20:49, 302nd Molly Jeffels 20:49 and Elizabeth Westhead 311th in 20:54.
The Under 13 Boys race was the last junior race of the day with another record number of entrants, 385. The two Ilkley boys ran brilliantly and gained fantastic finishing positions of 72nd Euan Brennan in 12:11 and Dominic Coy 188th in 13:00
Next were the senior races, the Women's race finished a record number of competitors 708. Ilkley had three women in this event. Sally Morley ran well and came in 54th in 31:49, Allison Ricci 536th in 42:57 and Julie Elmes 641st in 47:08.
Ilkley had two men in the spectacular finale to the day. Stephen Coy was 728th in 47:37 and Will Buckton also ran ( but I can t find his result).
The whole day was very exciting and well organized a fantastic event to take part in, a definite for me next year!

Results ...

Junior Women
(1 21:03 Georgia Taylor-Brown, Sale)
8  22:39 Georgia Malir
134 finished

Senior women
(1 27:42 Gemma Steel, Charnwood AC)
54 31:49 Sally Morley
536 42:57 Alison Ricci
641 47:08 Julie Elmes
708 finished

Senior men
(1  36:23 Steve Vernon)
728 47:37 Steven Coy
1657 finished

And, as usual, some excellent performances from our junior Harriers, with a minibus going downto Nottingham.

Flower Scar fell race, Sat 22 Feb

Results ...

(1  47:11 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
112 83:04 Nick Mellor
127 finished

Parkruns, Sat 22 Feb

Tom Adams won the first 'all-tarmac' Skipton Parkrun (it's moved off the woodland circuit for the rest of the winter).

Skipton Aireville Park
1  15:51 Tom Adams
12 23:11 Lewis Carr (junior)
38 29:20 Dylan Carr (junior)

Leeds Hyde Park
139 24:41 John Marshall

8  18:21 Adam Bennett

PECO XC 3, Middleton Park, Sun 12 Feb

The first counter in this year's Ilkley Harriers Race League. Will Buckton reports... Tom Adams recorded another win for Ilkley Harriers in the third PECO Cross Country race at Middleton Park. Tom finished over a minute clear of second place. Next home for Ilkley was 16 year old triathlete Matt Newell. Matt finished 20th overall out of 619 runners, just three minutes behind Tom. Alison Eagle was the first of the Ilkley ladies to cross the line, taking 33rd lady out of 231. Hilda Coulsey ran well to take 1st F60 and 89th overall, after running Bradford Parkrun the previous day. Results ...

PECO XC, Sun 16 Feb

Round 4, results ...

(1  33:25 Colin Walker, P&B)
13  35:25 Matt Newell
32  36:36 Steve Coy
67  39:20 Rob Cunningham
119 41:45 Steve Newell
150 43:36 Ben Joynson
184 45:05 Alison Eagle
299 50:55 Hilda Coulsey
305 51:24 Peter Lewis
320 52:01 Eric Morley
326 52:33 Lynn Donohue
380 56:41 Julie Elmes
402 58:29 Sue Morley
407 58:37 Sally Wright
416 59:24 Petra Bijsterveld
422 60:14 Sue Williamson
472 finished
4th ladies' team
9th men's team

Parkruns, Sat 15 Feb

Skipton Aireville Park
1 22:27 Dick Waddington

Bradford Lister Park
5  18:57 Will Buckton
26 21:48 Oscar Stapleton (junior)

Leeds Hyde Park
15  19:59 Jack Wood
121 25:56 John Marshall

Primary Schools XC, Sat 15 Feb

Well done to the 315 runners this morning, results are now up on the junior site.

Wadsworth Trog, Sat 8 Feb

Will Buckton reports ... I had been told this (BL 32.2km/1220m )was harder than the Three Peaks, and I wasn't disappointed. A real battle through energy sapping bogs and tussocks, with a strong headwind thrown in for good measure. Photos on Woodentops
Woodentops photos

(1 3h00:22 Simon Harding, Macclesfield)
17 3h36:42 Will Buckton
61 4h06:03 Brian Melia
140 5h16:10 Adela Reperecki 
158 finished

Parkruns, Sat 8 Feb

Skipton Aireville Park
5  24:26 Sarah Pickering
7  25:00 Malcolm Pickering
9  26:11 Lewis Carr (junior)
28 35:03 Dylan Carr (junior)

Bradford Lister Park
40  22:28 Cameron Reilly (junior)
91  24:53 Hilda Coulsey
105 25:29 Paul Sugden
107 25:41 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
126 26:28 Peter Lewis
215 29:20 Emma O'Looney

Leeds Hyde Park
177 John Marshall

81 22:53 Adam Bennett

Dewsbury 10k, Sun 2 Feb

Results ...

(1  30:24 Mohammad Abu-Rezeq, Altrincham AC)
68  36:10 Matt Newell
139 38:32 Mark Iley
148 38:42 David Brown
179 39:41 Jane McCarthy
180 39:41 Andrew Merrick
182 39:55 Sally Malir
222 41:11 Steve Newell
250 41:36 Adrian Bastow
313 42:28 Rachel Carter
402 44:49 Helen Horton
482 46:29 Helen Waddington
560 49:11 Hilda Coulsey *
790 54:35 Petra Bijsterveld
920 58:02 Fiona Schneider
1063 finished

Hilda's time is a new LV60 Club record, beating Margot Dale's 2006 time of 49:21 (also from Dewsbury.) And Sally Malir has equalled Alison Bennett's 2008 Abbey Dash time for LV45's

This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.

YVAA GP 1, Sun 2 Feb

Alison Eagle reports ... the 2014 YVAA Grand Prix series began on a lovely sunny day over in the Fulneck Valley, Pudsey. A wonderful muddy two laps of the woods with a steep climb to finish. Just two Harriers running but plenty of support, both Sue and I gaining good points in our respective categories...

(1 36:24 Tanya Seager, Stainland)
5  40:11 Alison Eagle (2nd V50)
25 50:21 Sue Morley (5th V55)
49 finished

Rombalds Stride, Sat 1 Feb


Three Harriers in this Woodentops photo and lots in Graham's photos and on Woodentops.
Dick Waddington reports ... Good weather, but icy on the flagstones over Ilkley Moor and boggy everywhere else - if there were a team prize, I reckon we'd have won it.
Results ...

(1  2h54L41 Edward Davies)
6   3h00:26 Mark Mon-Williams
7   3h00:45 Will Buckton
8   3h02:08 Dan Wilkinson
12  3h13:33 Ben Sheppard
14  3h16:42 Dick Waddington
15  3h17:29 Duncan Cooper
26  3h24:17 Neil Smith 
    3h24    Kate Archer 3rd lady
28  3h24:41 John Hayes
30  3h26:14 Rob Cunningham
51  3h38:26 Rebecca Mon-Williams
58  3h41:15 Outi Kamarainen
72  3h52:51 Alison Weston
78  3h54:25 Paul Stephens
110 4h11:40 Adela Reperecki
131 4h22:46 Val Kerr
149 4h34:07 John Coates
151 4h36:24 Sharon Meadows
160 4h42:10 Lyn Donohue
168 4h46:58 Dave Taylor
170 4h46:58 Gavin Burgess
177 4h50:07 Nick Mellor
185 4h53:58 Stephen Rhodes
206 5h10:03 Rebecca Moores
251 5h53:16 Jacqui Weston
253 5h54:35 Jo Taylor
452 finished

Shout if we've missed anyone - no club given in the results...

Parkruns, Sat 1 Feb

Skipton Aireville Park
12 25:44 Dan Hayes (junior)
26 29:05 Joshua Waddington (junior)

Leeds Hyde Park
177 26:14 John Marshall

Older News, January 2014

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, January

Julie Elmes Improvement, stepping in as ladies XC Captain, participation in WYXC, PECO, Yorkshire and Northern XC races Other nominations were:
Georgia Malir - XC races and international results
Caz Farrow - 1st woman in Central Lancs Half Marathon
Steve Weston - 1st Harrier at the Brass Monkey
Tom Adams - 1st places in Stoop Fell Race and Peco XC at Golden Acre
Matt Newell - good performance at PECO XC
Jacqui Weston - organising Annual Awards Do
Dan Wilkinson Stanbury Splash result

Other Harriers of the Month ...

Ilkley Harriers Presentation Evening, Fri 31 Jan

A good crowd enjoyed Elvis, a curry supper, and the presentation of the annual awards ....

Photo, Anna Nolan

More photos from Anna on our Facebook Group page

Ilkley Harriers Awards for 2013

Best RunnerTom AdamsSally Morley
Most Improved RunnerRob CunninghamJane McCarthy
Best Endurance RunnerDave WilbyClare Smith
Best Runner, Under 23Bradley ChapmanGeorgia Malir
Contribution to the ClubPaul StephensJane Bryant
Captains' AwardWill BucktonHilda Coulsey

See the previous holders in the roll of honour here.

Ilkley Harriers Race League 2013, Champions

Overall:Henry Heavisides
Road:Henry Heavisides
Fell:Martin Archer
Trail/XC:Henry Heavisides

The final results of the 2013 League and the dates for the 2014 League are on the League page.

Northern XC, Sat 25 Jan

Results ...

(1  41:17 Daniel Garbutt, Durham City)
147 50:03 Dave Wilby
288 54:14 Will Buckton
322 55:38 Stephen Coy
613 finished

(1  30:22 Katie Walshaw)
231 49:43 Julie Elmes
262 finished

Junior women
(1 21:48 Katy Wood, York)
2  22:28 Georgia Malir
51 finished

Some great junior results, report on the junior pages.

Parkruns, Sat 25 Jan

Helen reports ... Joshua's first attempt - he nearly got me ...

Skipton Aireville Park
16 26:23 Lewis Carr (junior)
19 26:37 Helen Waddington
35 28:31 Joshua Waddington  (junior)
36 28:31 Dick Waddington
54 28:31 Dylan Carr (junior)

Bradford Lister Park
50 22:36 Cameron Reilly (junior)

Leeds Hyde Park
213 27:20 John Marshall

Georgia's international win, Sun 19 Jan

From Sally Malir ... Georgia Malir was selected to run for England for the second time this season. The race was The Cross Internacional de Italica, Seville, Spain, on January 19. The race attracts a strong international field, but the junior men's and women's races were dominated by England with the first four positions taken by them in both events. Georgia ran strongly to win the Junior Women's race. Results and report on British Athletics website and

Soreen Stanbury Splash, Sun 19 Jan

From Paul Stephens ... A beautiful morning for another canter round the Bronte moors (or a gallop if you're Tom). We all know how grim it can be at Penistone Hill, but not on Sunday. It was great to be out, albeit with 400 others and plenty of Harriers. To be fair the course coped, and it didn't feel like that many. The mud was sticky, the climbs were hard, and the 3 river crossings, well..... My time wasn't great, but I've usually been about half way down the field and this year was no exception. I had thought this used to be a relatively small race - 100+, but I was wrong, it's always been popular. It was twenty years ago that I first did the Stanbury Splash and there were 299 people finished that day. And thanks to Nick for the lift.
Results from the Woodentops (photos there too)

Woodentops photos
1   43:50 Tom Adams
25  52:03 Dan Wilkinson
37  53:20 Will Buckton
96  58:00 Duncan Cooper
97  58:04 Dick Waddington
100 58:13 Paul Calderbank
103 58:23 Jane McCarthy
108 58:44 Nick Richardson
156 62:40 Jann Smith
181 64:36 Alison Weston
209 66:31 Paul Stephens
220 67:23 Alison Eagle
235 68:20 Norman Bush
250 68:52 Diane Haggar
251 68:56 Chantal Brisby
306 72:32 Sarah Edwards
356 77:42 Nick mellor
365 78:57 Peter Lewis
379 80:50 Sue Morley
385 83:24 Sophie Brown
388 83:52 Geoff White
395 84:54 Amanda Newham
399 85:47 Jayne Sort
401 85:53 Sally Wright
410 87:19 Eric Morley
412 87:48 Kate Wilkinson
429 97:43 Julie Elmes
437 finished

The IH Race League has been updated and Jane McCarthy has a great lead not just from this race but from playing her wild card to great effect.

Many super runs from the juniors too U8-U18!

Brass Monkey, Sun 19 Jan

Interestingly, both the Brass Monkey and the Stanbury Splash are in their 31st year!
Justin Phillips reports ... I managed to secure a last minute entry to run the Brass Monkey and joined a car load of Harriers for the trip to York. Chilly weather had us all shivering on the start line but by mile 1 the rain was replaced by sunshine and made way for a beautiful day.
Steve Weston shot off from the ‘whistle' (the hooter had succumbed to the rain) and by the time I finished he'd already had a massage and a tuna sandwich.
The course is one of the fastest around and after swapping post-race stories it seems the Harriers contingent were pretty pleased with their morning's work.
Results ...

(1  1:10:19 Matthew Peirson, U/A)
78  1:21:39 Steve Weston
86  1:22:10 Rob Cunningham
112 1:23:44 Justin Phillips
132 1:25:07 Caz Farrow
148 1:25:43 Andrew Merrick
173 1:26:57 Stephen Coy
567 1:40:02 Helen Horton
921 1:51:40 Gaenor Coy
1459 finished

Parkruns, Sat 18 Jan

Skipton Airevile Park
9  22:38 Jane McCarthy  1st lady
20 26:39 Diane Haggar
55 35:30 Dylan Carr	
Bradford Lister Park
34 22:13 Arthur Reilly
65 23:56 Andrew Wilson

Harrogate Stray
180 28:33 Petra Bijsterveld

Leeds Hyde Park
118 23:44 Will Worboys

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, December

Ben Sheppard 1st Harrier at Ribble Valley 10k Other nominations were:
Val Kerr for HOM for organising the Gathering Winter Fools Relay and her race results in December
Dave Wilby - 1st Harrier at Chevin Chase
Hilda Coulsey for 1st FV60 at the Ribble Valley 10K
Tom Adams for 1st places in Stoop fell cace and Peco XC at Golden Acre
Geogia Malir for 2nd place at Brussells Lotto Cross Country Cup - England selection - and other excellent results
Rob Cunningham, good month of race results and achieving second in the Harriers Race League
Helen Horton, Eric and Sue Morley for organising the fun Club Christmas Relays and Quiz

Other Harriers of the Month ...

PECO XC 3, Middleton Park, Sun 12 Jan

The first counter in this year's Ilkley Harriers Race League. Will Buckton reports... Tom Adams recorded another win for Ilkley Harriers in the third PECO Cross Country race at Middleton Park. Tom finished over a minute clear of second place. Next home for Ilkley was 16 year old triathlete Matt Newell. Matt finished 20th overall out of 619 runners, just three minutes behind Tom. Alison Eagle was the first of the Ilkley ladies to cross the line, taking 33rd lady out of 231. Hilda Coulsey ran well to take 1st F60 and 89th overall, after running Bradford Parkrun the previous day. Results ...

1   26:13 Tom Adams
20  29:14 Matt Newell
36  30:07 Gavin Lamb
129 33:35 Steve Newell
168 34:43 Henry Heavisides
261 37:18 Alison Eagle
280 37:43 Adrian Bastow
409 42:02 Hilda Coulsey
429 42:49 Eric Morley
434 42:56 Peter Lewis
462 44:09 Lynn Donohue
494 45:13 Sue Morley
505 45:46 Julie Elmes
536 47:25 Sue Williamson
562 49:07 Petra Bijsterveld
599 53:28 Kate Lofthouse
619 finished

Parkruns, Sat 11 Jan

Bradford Lister Park
6   18:57 Will Buckton
100 24:55 Hilda Coulsey
296 32:29 Christine Reilly

Skipton Aireville Park
10 24:43 Lewis Carr (junior)
57 37:15 Dylan Carr (junior)

Central Lancs Half Marathon, Sun 5 Jan

Caz Farrow reports ... I finished first woman (28th overall) in 1 25 53 I think. 'Undulating' and nice and windy! Results ...

(1 1:16:45 Peter Bains, U/A)
28 1:25:53 Caz Farrow, 1st woman
418 finished

Yorkshire XC Championships, Sat 4 Jan

Woodentops photos

From Dave Wilby ... Superb run from Georgia Malir today, she gave fell and XC expert Katie Walshaw, and World Marathon Champs 10th place finisher Susan Partridge a real run for their money to finish 4th overall and 2nd junior. The first 4 put over a minute into the rest of the field, including Annabel Mason which just shows the quality they produced.
Results ...

(1  23:51 Katy Wood, York)
4   25:56 Georgia Malir (2nd junior woman)
25  28:31 Sally Morley
129 40:36 Chloe Haines
132 41:15 Julie Elmes
147 finished
14th team

(1  40:48 Andrew Heyes, Hallamshire)
68  48:24 Dave Wilby
121 51:41 Steve Coy
133 52:29 Will Buckton
150 53:39 Mark Iley
178 56:05 Arthur Reilly
260 finished

There were 25 Junior Ilkley Harriers racing, with some super team results, including the girls in the photo who won U15 Bronze.

Parkruns, Sat 4 Jan

Skipton Aireville Park
1  23:18 Jane McCarthy  *WINNER*
16 28:00 Helen Waddington
52 finished

Harrogate Stray
181 28:20 Petra Bijsterveld

Leeds Hyde Park
217 28:59 John Marshall

Nine Standards, Wed 1 Jan

Will Buckton reports ... Epic conditions for the New Years Day run up and down Nine Standards Rigg from Kirkby Stephen. BM 12.9km/549m Snow, hail and high wind made it a real battle on the climb.

(1 57:57 James Dunn, Edinburgh Uni)
42 1h12:46 Will Buckton
118 finished

Giant's Tooth, Wed 1 Jan

(1 17:10 James Hall, Wharfedale)
33 21:41 Toni Melechi
44 23:01 Tilly Melechi (junior)
124 finished

Captain Cook's race, Wed 1 Jan

Roy Ruddle reports ...8km/318m I was 95th in about 43:19

New Years Day Parkrun

Aireville Park, Skipton
(1 19:53 Lucas Payne, Barlick FR)
4  21:04 Rob Cunningham
40 33:12 Petra Bijsterveld
58 finished

Older News, December 2013