|Runner of the month:
|parkruns, Buckden Pike, Beamsley Beacon, Kettlewell results||Other nominations were:
Matthew Cox (results at Wharfedale half marathon and Beamsley Beacon fell race)
Outi Kamarainen (Jura and Highlander results)
Jack Cummings (results at Beamsley Beacon and Badgerstone relays)
Dan Wilkinson (results)
men's Badgerstone relay team (Ruraidh M-W, Dan H, Jack C)
Mary Gibbons (progress and dedication to training)
Jann Smith (commitment to fell races and parkruns)
|Volunteer of the month:
|'Away runs'||Other nominations were:
Hilda Coulsey (beginner's group)
Jane Bryant (beginner's group)
Jane McCarthy (encouraging updates on Harriers league).
From Petra Bijsterveld...
Helen Waddington and I were the only two Harriers running at the
annual Summer Mile in Hyde Park, efficiently and cheerfully organised
by Hyde Park Harriers. Tom Adams was prevented from defending his 2015
win by being in Italy for the European Mountain Running Championships.
The mile is run over an almost flat two lap course on the tarmac
paths, with chip timing and a beautiful medal for all. We were set off
in 14 consecutive heats of about 20 runners each, matched for
predicted pace and gradually getting faster. There was also a heat of
race walkers (winning time 6:08!!). After heavy rain much of the
afternoon we had a lovely sunny evening which made the whole event
very pleasant, apart from the small inconvenience of having to run
How hard can it be? Though I had never raced a mile before I was under no illusions that it was going to be anything other than very unpleasant. And I was right. The start was just ever so slightly uphill and after about 200 meters I already felt like stopping and lying down. However, by focussing on overtaking one of my office colleagues I managed to gain momentum, and by the second lap it actually felt slightly easier, within the spectrum of terrible agony that is. The going was not entirely without hazard as it was slippery after the rain, the tarmac was broken and uneven in some places, there were a few corners to negotiate and the setting sun was in our eyes. All good excuses! Helen ran a fantastic 7:02 to come second in her category and I was pleased enough with 7:48. I also managed to stay ahead of my colleague so the office hierarchy has been maintained. Thanks to Neil Chapman for coming down especially to support and encourage us from the sidelines which I am sure knocked a couple of seconds off.
(1 4:48 Adam Stacey, U/A) 135 7:02 Helen Waddington 170 7:48 Petra Bijsterveld 216 ran
(1 44:27 Kevin-Malachy Murphy, Harrogate Harriers, first finisher) (132 30:05 Paul Millgate, Wetherby, fastest runnner) 43 35:22 Steve Murray 58 42:08 Geoffrey White 110 51:46 Tracy Russell 111 51:46 Sally Wright 203 42:04 Sarah Hayes 208 51:39 Laura Dawes 215 37:50 Lucy Williamson 218 51:27 Donald Macrae 232 53:23 Sue Williamson 240 finished
From Val Kerr ... I had decided to enter this 13.5 mile event (run by the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association) as a road back to fitness as it was billed as a challenge rather than a race and I knew that I could always walk if the going got tough. Adela Reperecki had also entered so we decided to go round together. The first part of the challenge involved a very hot 2 mile run along the Dales Way footpath from Kettlewell to Starbottom. This was followed by a long, hot ascent of Buckden Pike via the lead mine path and an extremely boggy descent down past the war memorial to Cam Gill Road. After drinking copious amounts of water at the refreshment station we headed up Great Whernside and finished off with a lovely run down through the grassy fields back into Kettlewell. A paddle in the river, pie and peas and lovely cakes greated us in Kettlewell village hall. Our finishing time was not impressive (3:22:00) but was immaterial as we had both enjoyed being back on the fells again.
From Jack Wood ...
Me and Dan took on the Daz Holloway Buttermere race on Saturday and were beaten! The route is a 22mile (2500m climb) horseshoe going up one side of the Buttermere valley to Honister Pass and coming back the other. I felt fine for the first couple of hours but then the wheels started coming off and spent much of the second half walking. Dan made it to Newlands Hause but the refreshments put on there by the marshals were so good he just couldn't go on. A great selection of cakes were a consolation at the finish.
(1 4:18:06 Simon Booth, Borrowdale) 18 5:14:03 Jack Wood 76 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:30 John Hobbs, Valley Striders AC) 29 20:35 Tom Worboys 346 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 16:51 Craig Shearer, KCAC) 95 25:37 Alex Stanley-Hyde 352 ran Harrogate Stray (1 16:25 Andy Grant, Harrogate Harriers) 184 25:58 Julie Elmes 369 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:12 Jake Ridding, U/A) 5 18:59 Paul Carman 31 21:44 Jann Smith 108 27:43 Polly Crawley (junior) 181 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:12 Jonathan Tipper, U/A) 4 18:05 Alex Hirst 205 ran
(1 36:47 Ali Burns, Valley Striders) 7 38:00 Matthew Cox 10 38:36 Jack Cummings 13 39:50 Paul Carman 15 40:35 Ben Sheppard 36 43:01 Paul Calderbank 40 44:07 John Hayes 45 44:48 David Fotsyon 48 44:59 Jane McCarthy 2nd lady 72 48:36 Chantel Busby 83 49:08 Lucy Williamson 88 49:42 Mary Gibbons 89 49:46 Jann Smith 91 50:11 Paul Stephens 93 50:17 Outi Kamarainen 103 54:19 Alison Weston 115 58:12 Peter Lewis 124 63:51 Amanda Newham 128 finished
From Alex Hyde ... A beautiful evening on the longest day saw the inaugural Solstice Saunter 5 mile race at Bolton Abbey. A challenging course with some serious slopes through Strid Wood out to Barden bridge and back finishing opposite the Cav Pav. The small matter of a clash with England v Slovakia meant that the field was 75% female which gave me a rather flattering finishing place of 98th out of 457 in a time of 47:01 .... but I'll take that!! Great organisation, lovely atmosphere and a medal and bottle of Timothy Taylor's at the finish made it all worthwhile.
From Paul Stephens ... A superb multi-terrain 10k which I first ran in 1994 although the course has changed a couple of times since. Well organised and friendly with markers every kilometre and plenty of marshalls and spectators. I was a couple of minutes off the pace this year and finished 116 out of 476 in 49:22. The first 2km are on the road followed by about 5km on rough tracks and a muddy footpath through the woods in the Fulneck valley before a steep climb back into Pudsey and the final 3km on the road. At the finish, fruit - I had a banana - and a flourescent orange technical t-shirt. Sue Williamson was the only other Harrier there. Her first time. I hope she enjoyed it.
(1 35:26 Tesfaye Debele, Leeds) 116 49:22 Paul Stephens 386 67:50 Sue Williamson 476 finished
From Sarah Edwards ... This was a short 4 mile fell race but threw as much as they could at us in that distance (including 1500ft of climb): very steep scramble up from the start, not so steep runnable up, a bit of flat then a runnable descent followed by a leg wobbling final downhill. Throw in a river crossing, stile and a wall to jump over at the end and there's nothing more a fell race needs. Except tea and ice cream afterwards (which was available at the gala)! Great afternoon. Results ...
(1 34:17 Jamie Parkinson, P&B) 2 34:51 Jack Wood 8 38:52 Jack Cummings 9 39:05 Paul Carman 14 42:14 Alex Hirst 18 43:56 David Robinson 27 45:28 Nick Pearce 29 45:32 Richard Joel 55 49:31 Norman Bush 57 49:48 Mary Gibbons 63 51:09 Jann Smith 73 52:43 Sarah Edwards 98 finished Ilkley had 1st and 4th men's teams and 1st ladies team
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 15:50 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC) 31 20:14 Tom Worboys 355 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 16:48 Sam Clegg, Idle AC) 274 31:29 Alex Stanley-Hyde 408 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:02 unknown) 209 26:45 Julie Elmes 357 ran Rushcliffe (1 17:31 Oliver Matharu, U/A) 11 19:29 Adam Rhodes 358 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:27 Tom Pratt, Leeds and Bradford Tri Club) 99 27:11 Hilda Coulsey 101 27:24 Polly Crawley (junior) 186 ran
A race (1 14:59 Ben Fish, Blackburn) 2 15:02 Tom Adama 19 16:08 Matt Newell 22 16:12 Cameron Reilly 37 ran B race (1 17:05 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire) 41 19:17 Mark Iley 62 ran
From Pete Shields ...
Mark Iley ran well in the B race as 3rd V50. In the A race Ilkley had Tom Adams, Matt Newell and Cameron Reilly on the start line. Tom was looking to get under 15 mins, he very nearly succeeded running a very close second to Ben Fish of Blackburn Harriers in 15:02, the sub 15 is not far away from him on this form. The other Ilkley interests both ran very mature races in top class company, both got PB's - Cameron was timed at 16:12 which still keeps him as 2nd fastest for his age in the country.
Ilkley have hit a rich seam of young male athletes alongside tonight's three runners there is Jack Wood, Ruaridh Mon-Williams, Oscar Stapelton and others who can hold their own in any company, relays come to mind!!
Applause must go to Steve and Arthur the supportive fathers and Tom's wife for adding to the Ilkley presence in the inclement conditions.
(1 26:16 Jamil Parapia, Otley) 28 30:13 Daniel Hayes 75 33:35 Steve Murray 86 34:07 Sally Malir 105 35:01 Lucy Williamson 132 36:19 Sarah Edwards 164 37:43 Sarah Hayes 197 39:53 Geoffrey White 241 41:46 Hilda Coulsey 243 41:49 Peter Lewis 256 42:47 Julie Elmes 287 45:04 Donald Macrae 299 46:22 Sue Williamson 306 46:49 Kate Lofthouse 317 48:12 Laura Dawes 319 48:45 Sally Wright 337 finished
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.
Report from Alison Weston ... I decided to enter the LDWA Swaledale marathon this year, getting close on 20 years since I last ran it! A lovely route from Fremington near Reeth climbing 4,000ft in 23 miles on mainly gradual ascents. Unfortunately the mist was down at Great Punchard Gill where the only tricky navigation bit is and I did a rather long detour on tussocks with 10 other runners to find the path again!
Over 400 runners/walkers with good meal at the end and endless cups of tea. My final time was 4hrs 33 and the winner was just under 3 hours.
From Dan Wilkinson ... lovely low key long race on the eastern fells from Howtown, this race was rescued from the brink of cancellation this year. £3 gets you 14 miles and 4,200ft of climb and more cake than you can shake a stick at. Super day and I managed 4th and 1st M40, a trend for the week.
(1 2:12:35 Matk McGoldrick Wharfedale & Phil Winskill Keswick) 4 2:15:17 Dan Wilkinson 68 finished
From Paddy Hagan ...
As steep as the last time I tried it...just as you reach the top (having scrambled up on all fours) and think you can finally stretch out, it turns out your legs have deserted you. Gravity does the rest.
(1 11:23 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 9 13:21 Jack Cummings 13 14:02 Iain Gibbons 37 16:33 Paddy Hagan 44 17:41 Mary Gibbons 73 finishers
(1 38:08 Thomas Corrigan, Barlick) 33 49:00 Kate Archer 137 finished
From Steve Turland ... as preparation for my forthcoming BG attempt, I did the Ennerdale race at the weekend. At 23m with 7500ft of climb it was the first time the full route had been run in the last 3 years due to previous bad weather. However, the weather didn't disappoint with low cloud for much of the route making the navigation 'interesting' although spirits were high on the first summit with Joss Naylor manning the checkpoint and offering words of encouragement. A small field of 65 (due to the British Champs that day), and I finished in 20th position in just over 5 hours.
From Outi Kamarainen ... I got an entry to the Jura fell race this year and was very excited to head up to the island after all the tales of great racing and atmosphere from Dave Wilby. I had decided to cut the drive North short and left the car in the port of Ardrossan and boarded the ferry with my bike. I cycled across to the North of Isle of Arran, a short ferry ride and a cycle across Mull of Kintyre and two more ferries later, I landed in Jura on late Friday afternoon. My 'shortcut' saved about 100 miles and quite a few hours of driving in favour of nice scenery and just over 20 miles of cycling which was a good warm up for bigger things to come. The Jura fell race starts at the Jura distillery before climbing up to the Paps of Jura and then back along the seashore and the route is 28 km long with just under 2400 m of climb. The race day dawned slightly overcast but the cloud soon lifted to reveal the rocky tops in all their glory. I had been warned of the rough terrain and steep ascents and descents so took the start steady and still felt to have something left on my legs for the last decent towards the seashore 4 hours later. That feeling soon disappeared, especially once I hit the tarmac after nice and long springy descent and the last 5 kilometres on the shore road towards the finish felt really long and tough. Finlay Wild was fastest around the course in 3:09 and Jasmin Paris was the first female in 3:41 but I was very pleased that I got around succesfully in 5h 19 minutes with still being able to walk the day after. Some of the descents were very rocky as well as steep and you had to concentrate hard not to dislodge any large boulders as there were lots of runners below as you were sliding down scree. That night there were lot of happy and slightly sunburned people in the pub and later in ceilidh too and Dave was definitely right about the great atmosphere.
I spent the rest of the week cycling across Islay and Arran and visiting friends close to Edinburgh before heading up towards Cannich by Lochness for the Highlander Mountain marathon (this time in my car). It was the 10th and last edition of the race, which is a shame as it was once again a great weekend. I ran with Kirsty Bryan-Jones from Dark Peak and after slightly bad start on Saturday when we were trying to find a random boulder in hillside with only 5 meter visibility, we picked up the pace and lots of more controls to finish first day as first females and 13th position on the Score course. The mid camp had a marquee again and lots of food to buy as well as a ceilidh band but this time I managed to restrain myself to only a handful of dances as my legs were feeling the 7 hours spent running around the hills. Sunday morning was misty first thing like the day before but this time we managed to find the early controls without any problems and there was a fantastic cloud inversion once we got on top of the first peak of the day. The cloud soon cleared completely and we were trying to hunt streams for water as well as controls under the relentless sun. My legs were feeling very tired by mid day and bit later I could feel my whole body flagging, probably partly due to the heat and our progress was steady but navigation remained spot on. We decided to go for one more 15 point control with 20 minutes before our 6 hour time limit was up and ended up having to sprint the last 2 kilometres in order of not to get any time penalties. Despite not feeling that fast, we were pleasently surprised to discovere that we were 7th overall on second day's course, which also got us a first female pair and 7th overall place in the whole score class of 89 teams with some good runners behind. A great week away with two fantastic races, though I do feel like I may need another holiday to recover...
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
A first finish this week for junior Oscar Stapleton at Skipton!
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 15:57 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC) 45 21:03 Tom Worboys 409 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:05 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 31 21:34 Rhys Jones 394 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:54 Stephen Ellison, U/A) 30 21:16 Helen Thurston 342 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:23 Hugh Salway, U/A) 2 17:33 Alex Hirst 274 ran Skipton Aireville Park 1 18:15 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 3 19:05 Paul Carman 20 21:59 Jann Smith 64 26:14 Polly Crawley 130 ran
From Jane McCarthy ...
After 9 races the league competition is hotting up! Over 100 Harriers have run in at least one League race and over 50 have run at least two. In May there were 5 races on the League calendar and some fabulous performances including wins for Jack Wood at Jack Bloor, and two wins for Tom Adams, in John Carr (1) and Ilkley Trail Race (in which a fantastic 46 Harriers ran!).
In the Overall League Competition Lucy Williamson continues to lead with 588 points from 7 races. Last year's winner Michael Duffield is in close second with 574 points, also from 7 races. Adela Reperecki and Steve Murray are currently in 3rd and 4th place. Only Matthew Cox - winner of Dick Hudson's Fell Race - has so far posted his wildcard result, gaining him 106 points.
Jack Wood leads the Fell League, Adela Reperecki the Trail League and Michael Duffield the Road League.
After the Wharfedale Half Marathon which was on June 4th the next league counter is the HDSRL Race in Thirsk on the 16th June.
Full results, calendar, and wildcard information on the Ilkley Harriers Race League page.
From Dan Wilkinson ...
Lovely evening race from Kettlewell, well supported by Harriers, if there was a ladies prize I think Ilkley would have won it. Chantale Busby was 3rd lady and there were vet prizes for Paul Calderbank and myself.
(1 36:44 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 4 39:37 Dan Wilkinson 10 41:44 Paul Carman 21 47:33 Paul Calderbank 35 50:58 Chantale Busby 38 51:03 Jann Smith 40 51:41 Mary Gibbons 72 finished
From Mark Mon-Williams ... A great night of racing - many thanks to everyone who made it happen (named in the attached report). It was a great night for Ilkley Harriers and it was wonderful to see the three young and upcoming male Harriers show a clean pair of heels to Pudsey and Bramley. It's the first time in a long time that an IH team has managed to get its name on the WRBR trophy... too many P&B entries for my liking! The IH female team have had more recent success but it was great to see them complete the IH winning streak and ensure that IH won the male and female team prize in the trail race and the WRBR. Hopefully an omen for the FRA relays and the Hodgson brother relays? Special mention needs to be made of Mary Gibbons as this was her first victory - but I am sure that she will have many more wins notched against her name before long. Thanks to all runners and volunteers for making this such a special evening.
Ilkley had first men's team Ruaridh Mon-Williams, Dan Hayes, and Jack Cummings; and fastest ladies' team Alison Weston, Jann Smith, and Mary Gibbons.
Archive results etc. on the Badger Stone Relays page
From Helen Waddington ... perfect conditions and another great result for Jack Wood and plenty of PBs . . .
(1 55:23 Jason Cherriman, Leeds City AC) 2 56:41 Jack Wood PB 48 68:33 Michael Lomas PB 77 71:37 Jane McCarthy PB 78 71:45 Paul Calderbank 93 73:25 Tom Worboys PB 168 81:16 Martyn Stocker 180 82:45 Helen Waddington PB 210 84:53 Jean Sullivan 367 ran
(1 11:33 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 11 13:57 Iain Gibbons 49 16:58 Kate Archer 102 finished
From Paddy Hagan ... Run under clear blue skies: sun tan cream the main requirement!
Graham Weston's photos
(1 49:59 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 24 59:47 Steve Turland 53 66:35 Kate Archer 66 68:44 Paddy Hagan 82 72:03 Alison Weston 91 73:32 Jann Smith 164 finishers
From Hilda Coulsey... an amazing 25 Harriers ran the Wharfedale Half this year. Wow it was hot, slowing most of us but, on the very positive side, the views were stunning. Congratulations to all who finished. Mathew Cox was 3rd and 1st MV40, Nick Pearce was 1st MV60 and Hilda Coulsey 1st FV60. I was held a couple of minutes 400m from the end by the ambulance but a great job done by the finished Harrier who supported the unfortunate passenger.
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.
(1 1;28:31 Harry Coates, Wallsend) 3 1:31:56 Matthew Cox 30 1:48:16 Dave Robson 32 1:49:22 Nick Pearce 40 1:50:07 John Hayes 42 1:50:23 Paul Calderbank 63 1:54:17 Michael Duffield 97 2:02:22 Andrew Merrick 116 2:04:58 David Howe 168 2:13:48 Richard Morris 182 2:15:47 Sarah Edwards 197 2:17:57 Helen Horton 212 2:20:05 Eleanor Bradley 242 2:26:08 Sarah Hayes 243 2:26:22 Chantal Busby 249 2:27:30 David Taylor 263 2:30:06 Geoffrey White 274 2:31:16 Jan Carrier 281 2:32:55 Paul Sugden 293 2:35:43 Alison Dawson 296 2:37:13 Hilda Coulsey 324 2:45:30 Jayne Fort 346 2:53:01 Sally Wright 352 2:57:50 Joanna Taylor 364 3:07:05 Sue Williamson 365 3:07:07 Julie Elmes 389 finished
From Alison Weston ... Jack Wood was a very impressive 3rd overall in the long event (29km / 1830 m) in 3:11:17 and Mary Gibbons was 20th in the medium event (14km / 900m) in 2:23:37. Great runs by both.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 15:41 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC) 27 19:42 Adrian Bastow 421 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:07 Stephen Ellison, U/A) 337 34:03 Lyn Towers 376 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:20 Robert Laing, Kent AC) 2 17:25 Alex Hirst 214 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:18 Jake Ridding, U/A) 30 23:33 Will Worboys 65 26:36 Polly Crawley (junior) 157 ran
From Ali McInnes ... A great run from Jack Wood to win the 40th Otley Chevin fell race. There was a few tired legs around after the Ilkley Trail race on Monday (mainly mine) and swaledale the night before so Numbers were a little down on previous years. Great little local race well done to all the Harriers that finished. Results ...
1 17:45 Jack Wood 14 20:51 Alistair McInnes 40 22:45 Paul Calderbank 1st V50 43 23:11 Nick Pearce 1st V60 65 24:30 Mary Gibbons 69 25:20 Mike Baldwin 83 26:47 Alison Weston 1st LV50 104 finished