Ilkley Harriers news archive 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

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