|Andrew Sheldon||Harrogate District Summer Race League co-ordination||Other nominations were:|
Alison Weston - Joss Naylor Challenge
Harry Maslen - Bronze Medal U20 England Home Internationals
|Sharon Meadows||ULTD 100|
An outstanding achievement award was made to Harry Maslen.
(1 13:59 Mark Addison, Helm Hill) 28 17:59 Mark Mon-Williams 91 finished
This week's Ilkley Gazette featured an item on this, which will be of interest to Harriers. There was an open club meeting about this, and it's been in the newsletter, but Shirley also summarises the current position from an athletics point of view in this new page on the junior website.
Congratulations to Harry Maslen who was selected to represent England at the U20 Decathlon Home Internationals held at Hexham over the weekend. Harry finished with a Bronze medal and a PB points score of 6,646 which puts him 4th in the national rankings. More on the the junior website.
From Jean Sullivan ... My 14km race seems very tame compared to the amazing undertakings by other Ilkley Harriers this weekend!
A multi terrain race along moorland tracks and paths, which starts and ends at Castle Bolton in Wensleydale. A big hill to be dealt with right at the start but well worth it for the amazing views to be seen when running along the tops. A lovely downhill finish.
I would definitely recommend this small and very friendly race which shows off Yorkshire's beautiful scenery to perfection! James Herriot's son was present to see us off and also to present the prizes at the end. Results ...
(1 55:21 Ed Hyland, Stainland Lions) 111 80:21 Jean Sullivan 239 finishers
From Harry Sime ... This event was run by Saltaire Striders and started near Roberts Park. If you like running along canal towpaths then you will love most of this course. The first and final kms were through a field and the 8th and 9th consisted of a short steep rise up and down via woodland paths and a bit of an obstacle course with a number of steps, stiles and railings to go over or under. The remaining 11Kms were along the canal towards Esholt and back which allowed you to get into a steady rhythm although there was the occasional cyclist and Sunday walkers with dogs to watch out for. The event was well marshalled and well supported by local clubs. It was Robert Sime's longest event to date, he was pleased with his time and was good prep for his first HM. Recommended as a pleasant change from the more undulating local challenges. Results ...
(1 54:48 Rob James, U/A) 54 73:20 Harry Sime 55 73:22 Robert Sime 194 finished
Sharon Meadows reports ... 6,300 metres of ascent (over 20,000ft) in 169 km (105 miles).
This was my third attempt at completing this race and at last it's done! It was endless and I never want to see that course again. Today I feel remarkably well, but my feet are a bit trashed.
The race began on Friday at 6pm and there was quite a big crowd for the send-off. Cut off was on Sunday at 10 am. It is a circular route that takes in all of the Lakeland fells. Starting at Coniston then on to Seathwaite - Boot - Wasdale Head - Buttermere - Braithwaite - Blencathra - Dockray - Dalemain - Howtown - Mardale Head - Kentmere - Ambleside - Chapel Stile - Tilberthwaite and back to Coniston. There are 15 checkpoints on route including the finish and as ever all the many marshalls were really helpful. I thought it best not to stop and enjoy the disco music, fairy lights and braziers but to keep on going.
I can't really say I enjoyed it but I did meet lots of friendly runners who all helped to get me through. The success rate is usually 40 - 50% but this year was the highest ever with 65% finishing. The weather conditions were much better this year which helped a lot. The Lakeland 50 which runs over the same weekend saw 95% of competitors finishing. The 50 is a much more enjoyable experience.
If you are thinking of having a go there are lots of Youtube videos, and a really good one if you look up UK top ultra runs. Entries open on 1st September and this year the race was full in under 15 minutes!
1st Male finished in 20 hours 42 minutes.
1st Female finished in 25 hours 47 minutes
I finished in 39 hours 15 minutes, 198th out of 302.
Tomorrow I am going on holiday, was going to wear my recovery tights but the children have banned me. Too embarassing! Anyway, looking forward to a rest in the sunshine.
From Phil Hirst ... Paul Sugden led a team that completed the 24 hour 2015 Adidas Thunder Run, as part of a 2000 strong field. The Ilkley Harriers in the team were Paul Sugden, Sue Bickerdyke, Alex Hirst and Phil Hirst, with non running support from Sue Hirst and John Sanderson. The team completed a very creditable 26 laps of the off road 10k course in conditions that varied from blazing sun to persistent rain. (The team finished 53rd out of 229 entered, the winning team completing 36 laps).
From 'travelling' Jack Wood ... The inner Yorkshireman thought it was bit expensive at £12 but it was a lovely route with great views and well organised with ski slalom-esque tall markers. Couldn't stay with the leader Prasad but got over the top in second and finished in third.
1 38:44 Tom Adams 14 50:38 David Chandler 42 57:37 David Chapman 93 finished
(1 20:09 Ian Willis, KCAC) 2 21:16 Martin Archer 13 25:38 Norman Bush 1st V60 31 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Mile End (1 16:40 Nathan Dunn, Preston Harriers) 34 20:18 Tom Worboys 211 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:04 Daniel Bennett, Rochdale Harriers) 23 22:45 Harry Sime 24 22:47 Robert Sime 40 24:10 Archie Budding (junior) 136 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:40 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 53 23:40 Alison Eagle 239 ran
From 'travelling' Jack Wood ... made it to Muirkirk for this informal race which was part of a 'Bog and Burn' series. Managed to get the win despite falling in a large bog.
Tom Adams broke Andy Hilton's 9 year old men's course record, running 13:47 in a mixed-club team that finished 2nd. Results
From Jack Wood ... After the cycling and previous days racing the body was saying no and it was a battle to keep running. Still, enjoyed the route and being out there on the fells in the Lakes. Narrowly missed out on being 40th in the 40th edition of this race but did manage to come home just ahead of the first lady.
(1 1:31:23 Rob Jebb, Bingley) 41 1:52:07 Jack Wood 341 finished
(1 19:58 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 11 24:52 Mark Mon-Williams 38 29:58 Lucy Williamson 1st LU23 41 30:15 Norman Bush 64 34:41 Joanne Williamson 81 finished
From Kevin Lawson ... Ran with a mate completing his first ever half. A lovely two loop run along the seafront though very windy in parts! Great to see a lot of local clubs represented. Results ...
(1 1:18:21 Conrad McKee, Blackburn) 418 2:08:10 Kevin Lawson 579 finished
From Martin Wight ... the latest Ilkley Harriers Race League update, after 12 races.
From Jamie Hutchinson ... Saturday 18th July and 5.45am I just made the start of the Eiger trail race starting from Grindlewald, Switzerland and taking in the Faulhorn at its highest point and 51km and 3100m height gain. The route is mainly on tracks with just the initial few kms and last 10km on tarmac with the Eiger, Monch etc as the backdrop. I started at the back of the field (a benefit of not setting my alarm correctly!) and slowly moved through the field until just before the half way point. The climb up the Faulhorn was really hard and relentless but rewarded with fantastic views and a gradual descent for most of the second half of the race. I descended well the last few miles to the valley floor before the last few miles along the road back into Grindlewald. I finished in 8 hours 21 minutes and 142 in my class with the winner (Martin Schedler) completing it in an astonishing 5 hours 22 minutes - 454 finished.
From Jack Wood ... Fast and furious race mainly on a stony track to the top of Ingleborough and back. Reached the summit in third and caught first on the steep drop but couldn't stay with him on the long gradual descent. Nick and Norman ran well and were first M60 and M70 respectively.
(1 47:132 Steve Hebbethwaite, Keswick) 3 47:47 Jack Wood 64 60:10 Nick Pearce 112 67:29 Norman Bush 195 finished
Well done to Tom Adams, helping England to team Gold as second England counter! Results ...
(1 1:10:18 Emanuele Manzi, Italy) 5 1:13:24 Tom Adams 185 1:40:27 Michael Lomas 609 finished
Harrogate Stray (1 17:49 Stephen Ellison, UA) 4 18:10 Euan Brennan 380 ran Skipton Aireville Park (100th event at Skipton) (1 18:33 Andrew Chell, Barlick) 3 19:02 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 5 19:52 Jemima Elgood (junior) first lady 170 ran
1 59:58 Hyde Park Harriers 4 63:15 Ilkley Men A 2 18:28 Jack Cummings 5 23:45 Ben Sheppard 13 21:02 Andrew Sheldon 17 71:49 Ilkley Men B 31 23:08 Will Worboys 21 27:11 David Chandler 16 21:30 Ben Joynson 34 76:45 Ilkley Mixed A 38 23:59 Jean Sullivan 15 26:42 Richard Joel 46 26:05 Stephanie Fox 49 83:31 Ilkley Mixed B 65 27:19 Julie Elmes 44 30:58 Andrew Jackson 39 25:14 Caroline Craske 65 94:10 Ilkley Mixed C 68 29:41 Sally Wright 60 34:21 Petra Bijsterveld 63 30:08 Don Macrae 71 teams finished
Fab results from the 7 junior teams too, see the junior pages
(1 31:19 Stuart Robinson, Salford) 7 34:44 Dan Wilkinson 188 finished
Jack Wood reports ... For the first race of my summer cycling tour I cycled out to Widdop. This is a 7 mile circuit of the area near Widdop Reservoir, running mainly along narrow trods with a lovely ever-steeper descent near the end. Having cycled up a horribly steep hill to get there (from Trawden), I told myself to take it easy but once the race started I couldn't help myself and was with the leaders Darren and Christian. After a couple of miles my legs started to go and I fell back through the field but then I started to feel better (or those around me felt worse) and recovered to get third. The prize giving was at the very friendly Packhorse Inn and I managed to pick up some chocolate and beer for my travels.
(1 31:33 Kevin Loundes, Manx H) 21 35:24 Alex Sinclair 145 39:52 Dick Waddington 606 44:53 Kevin Lawson 826 47:25 Christine Cox 1st F55 1124 48:55 William Woodhead 1484 50:53 Alex Hyde PB 1678 53:45 Charlotte Smithson 2666 56:38 Sally Lynch 7127 finished
(1 33:13 Matt Bidwell, Galway City) 3 37:53 Alex Hirst PB
The Addingham Gala fell race, now in its 6th year with Ilkley Harriers, had a record field of 100 runners. Jack Wood won, making it a 'double' after winning the 'other' Beamsley Beacon fell race a few weeks ago. The sun shone (not too much), the crowds cheered, and Jonny Brownlee was there to cheer on the runners on the hill. Well done to RO Dan Wilkinson and all the helpers. Photos on woodentops.org.uk.
1 39:56 Jack Wood 11 46:12 Steve Turland 16 46:34 Rob Cunningham 20 46:57 Gavin Lamb 23 48:16 John Hayes 30 49:25 David Foyston 34 50:03 Ewan Farrow 37 51:04 Duncan Cooper 39 51:26 Michael Duffield 47 53:28 Dave Robson 48 53:37 Jann Smith 2nd lady 50 53:40 Norman Bush 53 54:19 Ben Joynson 56 55:28 Lucy Williamson 57 55:50 Geoff Howard 60 56:04 Will Worboys 71 57:20 Paul Stephens 72 57:29 Alan Chapman 83 60:28 Leanne Farrow 90 63:42 Sue Morley 96 68:08 Peter Lewis 97 73:18 Paul Sugden 100 finishers
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.
Val Kerr reports ... WELL DONE to Alison Weston who successfully completed the Joss Naylor Challenge. This tour of the Lakeland peaks includes climbing 30 tops, crossing 48 miles of mountain terrain and climbing nearly 17000ft (all in less than 14 hrs). Fantastic Alison, an inspiration.
From Alison Weston ... A massive thanks to all those pacers and supporters who helped me compete the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge this weekend in just under 14 hours (~ 13hrs 40). Great company all the way round and accurate route finding despite a mixed bag of weather. And Joss Naylor there to meet us at the end!
Leg 1 Pooley Bridge to Kirkstone Pass over 12 tops with Jane and Kate
Leg 2 Kirkstone Pass to Dunmail Raise over 4 tops with Sarah and Nick
Leg 3 Dunmail Raise to Styhead tarn over 6 tops with Nicky, Outi and Roy
Leg 4 Styhead Tarn to Greendale over 8 tops with Helen, Dick and Roy (+ Nea over last top)
Road and Styhead support from Graham, Nea and Lyra
From Jamie Hutchinson ... 10am on the start line of the Dales Trail 30k just outside Muker in Swaledale. A stunning place for a start line and ahead 30km taking in Tan Hill at the high point and half distance. The first five miles were pretty much uphill initially on the road before hitting the trails - I started well if not a bit too quick and settled into a steady trot. We were blessed with fine weather, just a bit blustery over the exposed tops. Ben Huskins won in 2hrs30, I finished in 3hrs5mins and 24th out of 115 finishers.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 18:16 Christian Holmes, Wharfedale Harriers) 68 24:49 Alex Hyde 94 26:07 Tom Worboys 330 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:26 Mark Bryant, Leeds City) 191 26:16 Julie Elmes 401 ran Wycombe Rye (1 18:28 Daniel Weathers, Wycombe Phoenix) 31 22:05 Ethan Thompson 281 ran Temple Newsam (1 17:25 Kristoff Boynton, York Acorn RC) 13 21:59 Geoffrey Howard 114 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:34 Alan Walsh, Wharfedale Harriers) 6 19:15 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 37 23:54 Dylan Shinn (junior) 120 ran Cleethorpes 1 15:14 Tom Adams 139 ran
Well done to Harry Maslen who has been selected to compete for England in the home international U20 decathlon championships in Hexham on the 25/26 July.
From Dan Wilkinson ... A fabulous evening race over at Stirton that takes in Sharp Haw, twice. Yet another win for Jack as he continued his purple patch battling it out to the line with Barlick's Jimmy Craig. Outi Kamarainen also ran well to get 3rd lady. Results ...
1 36:26 Jack Wood 6 38:13 Dan Wilkinson 16 43:26 Steve Turland 47 49:10 Outi Kamarainen 59 50:52 Norman Bush 96 finished
A record field of 245 finishers in the traditional League finale, staged by Otley AC this year. (Results below are in finish order so are out of order with the times.) Results ...
(1 42:48 Ronan Walsh, Swaledale) (10 30:30 Andrew Grant, Harrogate (fastest)) 19 44:33 James Rochfort 26 55:13 Laura Dawes 29 50:20 Don Macrae 32 36:28 Tom Worboys 92 43:06 Jean Sullivan 100 41:42 Julie Watson 112 46:18 Geoffrey White 118 42:53 Caroline Craske 139 37:04 Andrew Sheldon 181 40:56 Will Worboys 199 44:41 Christine Cox 223 38:47 Ben Joynson 232 49:04 Julie Elmes 245 64:21 Claire Murphy 245 finished
Photo by Dragons' Gary Waite: Andrew Sheldon, our HDSRL club coordinator, trying to beat his handicap.
Andrew Sheldon adds ... Christine Cox won the HDSRL 2015 FV55 individual medal, awarded for the most main team points best three results from the four races. Well done Christine!
From Rob.Cunningham ... I dashed out to Rochdale to take part in this undulating 10k. Miserable Manchester conditions at the start as the rain absolutely bounced it down. It died off by the 2 mile mark, and by the end I was quite hoping it would start again. Results ...
(1 35:06 Rob James, Unattached) 12 37:21 Rob Cunningham 341 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Ten Harriers travelled down the road to Adel for the Eccup 10 mile road race. Always in July and on an undulating course with little shade this race is tough on a hot day, and I have abiding memories of walking long stretches of it two years ago in sweltering conditions. Thankfully today was much more manageable. We were started off by Jonny Brownlee, I only found this out after the event from Twitter, as sadly the PA system failed and this fact completely passed me by.
Gavin Lamb was the first Harrier home in 51st place, followed by Tom Worboys who has been gaining a lot of pace this year and ran a PB. Kate Archer was the 3rd Harrier and also 3rd F35 (PB), Christine Cox 2nd F55 and Hilda Coulsey 3rd F60.
Alex Hyde passed me at 5 miles muttering something about enjoying too much of the good stuff the night before, but it did not seem to hamper his progress! It left me as the last Harrier to cross the finish line but I was pleased to find I had still run a 10 mile PB.
(1 56:37 Chris Smith, Leeds City AC) 51 1:06:36 Gavin Lamb 66 1:07:40 Tom Worboys PB 94 1:09:27 Kate Archer 3rd F35 PB 98 1:09:34 Andrew Merrick 312 1:21:37 Christine Cox 2nd F55 345 1:23:08 Chloe Merrick 351 1:23:21 Jane Bryant 402 1:26:19 Hilda Coulsey 3rd F60 455 1:28:30 Alex Hyde PB 488 1:31:02 Petra Bijsterveld PB 726 ran
(1 31:28 Tesfaye Debele, Leeds City) 190 46:41 Robert Sime 191 46:43 Harry Sime 199 47:10 Chantal Busby 328 51:59 Ruth Kitchen 370 53:09 Chris Wilby 371 53:06 Louise Airey 409 55:38 Julie Elmes 622 finished
From Dan Wilkinson... Blackfell fell race is a brand new AM race this year taking in the best of the landscape of Upper Wharfedale. The race requires navigational skills as, in parts it does not use paths and it was up to runners to establish the quickest route between checkpoints. Because the clag had lifted this made proceedings relatively simple and runners took slight variations in line rather than getting totally lost. 31 took part and the race was won by Sam Watson in 1:24:53, I managed 3rd and Jack was 5th home. A brilliant addition to the calendar and I would urge all fell runners to give this a go next year - it's superb and a firm favourite of mine already.
(1 1:24:53 Sam Watson, Wharfedale) 3 1:28:07 Dan Wilkinson 5 1:36:35 Jack Wood 31 finished
Norman Bush, V70, storming the Oakworth Haul ... Results ...
(1 40:05 Charlie McIntosh, P&B) 11 51:35 Norman Bush 20 finished
Will Buckton reports ... A hot day on the Calderdale moors above Hebden Bridge. A nice run apart from being followed by swarms of flies for parts of the race!
(1 50:57 Joseph Crossfield, CVFR) 77 1h13:24 Jamie Partovi 91 1h22:15 Will Buckton 100 finished
(1 31:59 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 8 37:34 Mark Mon-Williams 10 37:47 Steve Turland 58 finished
John Hayes writes ...
One of the joys of running a mountain marathon is that warm glow of satisfaction when you stumble through the mist and find yourself right at the flag. Day one of the Saunders proved to be very misty and - whether by luck or judgement - we had a few of these moments. But then there are those occasions when you are convinced you are in the right place but there is no flag to be seen. Usually this causes mild irritation, then increasing panic as time ticks away, followed by running around madly and finally expletive-laden desperation. This is what happened (to me at least - Sarah stayed remarkably calm) when we reached control 5 of the Harter Fell course. We spent an hour or more searching and searching for a flag only to give up and head to the half-way camp forlornly. Just as we were pondering how we would live with the ignominy of being disqualified, we learnt that the flag had not been there (until a marshal arrived after us to put it out). So, with our spirits lifted, we lounged around in the sun (which came out in the afternoon), ate our quick-cook pasta, went to bed at 8pm, slept through the very loud baaing sheep, got up at 6am, stood in the toilet queue, got bitten by midges and ran a second day - without mishap - back to the finish. Sarah and I were very pleased to finish 21st and 1st mix vets. Sarah Edwards and her dad ran the Harter Fell class too and turned on the style on day two finishing 17th overall. Special mention also to Adrian Hall and his son Matthew (doing his first MM) who came a brilliant 4th in the Bedafell class.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 16:49 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers) 8 19:05 Andrew Overend 327 ran Harrogate Stray (1 15:54 Jamil Parapia, Otley AC) 152 26:27 Julie Elmes 335 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:54 Hugh Salway, U/A) 2 19:15 Alex Hirst 184 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:18 James Raven, Cardiff AC) 32 22:52 Harry Sime 34 22:56 Robert Sime 68 26:14 Charlotte Smithson 133 36:09 Emma Curran 143 ran
1 6:44 Tom Adama 13 8:36 Jemima Elgood 1st FU17, 1st lady 44 9:43 Lucy Haines 74 10:51 Chloe Haines 164 finished
Tom Adams is leading the England team at Snowdon this month ... details