Ilkley Harriers news archive 2017

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, March

Runner of the month:
Ben Sheppard
for Haworth Hobble Other nominations were:
Caroline Howe for Keithley 10k, Haweswater half and Harrogate parkrun
Jack Wood for Long Mynd and Edale the same weekend
Kate Archer for Pendle
Volunteer of the month:
Petra Bijsterveld
for organising our Northern Road Relays teams Other nominations were:
Alison Weston for Gazette reports

More Harriers of the Month ...

Edale Skyline fell race, Sun 26 Mar

Results ...

(1  2:47:45 Chris Steele, Borrowdale)
2   2:47:57 Jack Wood
156 4:16:24 Brian Melia
158 4:16:30 Jamie Hutchinson
274 finished

Keighley BigK 10k, Sun 26 Mar

From Caroline Howe... A tough 10k with lots of twists and turns, and some challenging hills, through Keighley's parks, paths and residential areas. 90% road apart from two laps at the start round a muddy field to thin the runners out, and then a couple of gravel paths later on and finish on the grass. The most disconcerting part was when halfway round we met up with the start of the 5k race in Lund Park, when swarms of 8 year olds suddenly engulfed us! All in all, a tough race (made tougher by the 9am start and the loss of an hour's sleep!) but well organised, varied and enjoyable with a great atmosphere and support. I managed a PB of 48:52.
Results ...

(1  33:37 Callum Elson, Roundhay)
15  38:35 Will Wood (3rd in age group)
184 48:52 Caroline Howe PB
310 55:31 Jan Carrier
862 ran

Long Mynd Valleys, Sat 25 Mar

The first counter in the English Fell Championships. Results ...

(1  1:33:28 Tom Addison, Helm Hill)
8   1:36:32 Jack Wood
237 2:14:48 Kate Archer
402 finished

Northern Road Relays - Stanley Park Blackpool, Sat 25 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Organized by Northern Athletics the Road Relays are team events consisting of 6 stages for women and 12 stages for men. We were not able to field a men's team this year, but the club managed to send 6 of its finest women to this event. The 6 stages are 2 long legs of 9.5k and 4 short legs of 5.2k, starting on the track, then looping through and around Stanley Park before finishing with three quarters of a lap on the track where the next runner takes over. The course was slightly undulating, mainly on tarmac footpaths but taking in a small section of unmade trail through the trees. Those who had been 'volunteered' to do the longer legs went round the park twice before returning to the track.
Stanley Park Sports Arena provided excellent sporting facilities, and the park itself with pavilions, gardens and boating lake looked its very best on what turned out to be the most beautiful sunny and warm day of 2017 so far. This caused the one downside of the event: the weather attracted so many people to the park that at times the race became more of an obstacle course heavily populated with slow moving pedestrians eating ice creams, with dogs, wheelchairs, prams, and scooters ridden by tiny children. It required skill to weave around them whilst going at 5k pace, and as the men were running at the same time we were being overtaken, so acute awareness was required of who was behind you as well as in front. Personally I had a very near collision with a small boy coming downhill on a scooter, which could have been quite nasty for both of us.
The Ilkley women all ran very well in what were warm conditions, with Sally Malir and Jane Bryant valiantly running the long stages in excellent times, and Val Kerr, Stephanie Fox, Hilda Coulsey and myself taking the shorter legs with very consistent results. We all felt the motivation and positive pressure of running for the club and for our team, and it definitely makes you push just a bit harder. Considering we were competing against an elite field of runners we can be rightly proud to have finished 36th out of 50 complete teams. Moreover our entire team consisted of veterans, but in this competition no age-grading takes place.
This type of event takes just a little bit of organization but the pay-off is great in terms of sense of achievement and cohesion and I hope we may be able to enter more than one team next year. Thanks to all the runners, also to Alison Bennett and Jacqui Weston who were on stand-by until the last moment as reserves, and to Pete Shields for his help and encouragement.
Results ...

(1 2:24:11 Rotherham Harriers & AC)
36 3:09:29 Ilkley Harriers AC                 

Sally Malir       (27) 39:44
Val Kerr          (38) 25:44
Petra Bijsterveld (39) 25:44
Jane Bryant       (39) 46:55
Stephanie Fox     (39) 25:31
Hilda Coulsey     (36) 25:51
(nn) is team position after each stage

parkruns, Sat 25 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1 16:39 Joe Sagar, Spenborough AC)
4  18:36 Will Wood
212 27:41 Eric Hawthorn
481 ran

Roundhay Park
(1 17:34 Jonathan Lancaster, U/A)
55  22:08 Tom Worboys
66  22:39 Geoff Howard
354 ran

(1  18:44 Danny Thompson, U/A)
24  22:54 Caroline Howe
152 ran

(1  18:25 Mark Pottinger, Stainland Lions)
79  27:37 Jennifer Carne
192 ran

Harriers Race League quarterly update

From Jane McCarthy ... After 4 races in the 2017 League Alison Weston leads with 330pts, from 2015 League winner Michael Duffield, both having competed in all four races so far. In the Fell category, Tom Adams won both the Stanbury Splash and the Ilkley Fell Race, scoring his maximum available 200 points, superb performances in both. With just one Trail and one Road race so far, Jane McCarthy and Pauline Munro lead the categories respectively. Hilda Coulsey has played an excellent wildcard after a strong performance at Skipton Park Run and gaining herself 103 points.
Next races in the League are the Guiseley Gallop (Trail, Sunday 16th April), John Carr 1 (Road, Wednesday 3rd May), Over the Odda (Trail, Saturday 6th May) and Jack Bloor (Fell, Tuesday 9th May). GOOD LUCK ILKLEY HARRIERS!
Results and calendar on the League page.

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

This is a formal notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting of members to be held on Tuesday evening 2nd May 2017 at 8:30pm at ILTSC (the tennis club on Stourton Road LS29 9BG).

Many of you will know already of the Junior section's plans to build a compact training facility at Ben Rhydding alongside the Hockey and Football Clubs' new developments. Briefly, this includes an 8 lane 100m straight, jumping and throwing areas and further training space. The Junior section is over 300 strong with long waiting lists, constrained in its activities particularly during the winter. This would provide considerably better facilities and room to expand, thereby introducing more youngsters into the sport as well as supporting and developing talented athletes with proper, local training facilities. The meeting will also enable the team developing their plans to present them.

A new, separate company is proposed to manage the whole scheme. The committee propose that in order for the Harriers to participate formally and legally an amendment is recommended to our Constitution along the lines of:
Item 2e of the constitution: The club supports the development of local athletics facilities in furtherance of the club's objectives, including as required the participation in legal entities set up to provide these.

Please put the date in your diary and further details will be sent nearer the time. We need a quorum of members to vote in favour for this to happen and hence, whatever your views, it is crucial we hear them in order for Harriers members to make an informed, representative decision.

Various organisations in the town have said they would like to support this development and therefore, in the mean time, you may see mention in the press and social media of the team involved actively applying for grants and donations.

Hilda Coulsey,
22nd March 2017

Club Constitution, updated September 2015

Information on the development and fundraising for it is on the new website.

Heptonstall fell race, Sun 19 Mar

Results ...

1   1:57:41 Jack Wood
6   2:02:54 Will Simmons
189 3:11:50 Mary Gibbons
220 3:26:15 Adela Reoperecki
247 finished

Bradford 10K, Sun 19 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... This was the first road race counter in the 2017 Harriers Race League and just ten hardy Harriers turned out on a wet and decidedly blustery morning. An out and back course from Centenary Square along Canal Road towards Shipley, advertised by Epilepsy Action as 'fast and flat' and a PB potential course. I found that description to be debatable, whilst not hilly there is definitely too much up and down to invoke the tempting word 'flat'. What's worse it is downhill on the way out and therefore uphill on the return. A stiff breeze with occasional sideways gusts between buildings did not help our cause. If all that sounds a little negative, it was very well organised with plenty of toilets, an efficient baggage drop, and a t-shirt and pretty medal at the end. The atmosphere was friendly with lots of runners from local clubs.
Pauline Munro was the first woman home in her category and 5th woman overall, as well as being in the first 50. Michael Duffield ran an excellent race finishing in the first 100, and all 10 of us finished well within the first half of the field.
Personally I had entered this race aiming to break 50 minutes after having been made to run 200 meters too far at Dewsbury last month. However, the course and the weather were unfavourable and my legs grew very tired on the slightly uphill return, having possibly overcooked the first half. Reaching 8k after just over 40 mins I knew it wasn't going to happen and I lost what fizz I had left. I will try again!
Results ...

(1  33:13 Joe Sagar, Spenborough AC)
49  40:28 Pauline Munro 1st F40
91  42:05 Michael Duffield
208 45:23 Harry Sime
342 48:00 Jean Sullivan
417 49:41 Alison Weston
450 50:15 Alison Bennett
476 49:57 Stephanie Fox
477 50:51 Petra Bijsterveld
593 52:49 David Green
729 54:52 Alex Stanley-Hyde
1700 ran

Trimple 20, Sun 19 Mar

From David Ibbotson ... 4 Harriers travelled west in the wind and rain on Sunday morning to run the Trimple 20 as part of their London Marathon preparations.
It is an excellent event which is 99% tarmac but run mainly on traffic free bridleways/footpaths including long scenic sections by the raging river Lune.
Registration and finish is within the walls of Lancaster Castle.
Results ...

(1  1:55:53 Blain Rooney, Ellenborough)
75  2:26:38 Derek Oliver
195 2:48:43 Stuart Herrington 
293 3:06:40 David Ibbotson
357 3:18:01 Jan Carrier
526 runners finished

Rivock Edge fell race, Sun 19 Mar

Results ...

(1   54:22 Joe Baxter, P&B)
4  1:00:08 Martin Archer
20 1:08:37 Peter Shelley
24 1:11:10 Malcolm Pickering
36 1:15:16 Norman Bush
67 finished

Lakeland Trail Races - Cartmel, Sat 18 Mar

From Helen Waddington... Despite the dreadful forecast the weather was relatively kind for the first race in the Lakeland Trail series. The scenic and undulating course starting at Cartmel race course was incredibly muddy, especially by the time the last race of the day commenced. There were a variety of distances on offer including 5K, 10K and two different 18K events. Three Harriers took part in the 18K Race, including Tom Adams who won for the second year running, Jane McCarthy taking 3rd LV40 and myself. Jacqui Weston and Anna Nolan took part in the 10K Race. Sorry if I missed anyone else! Well organised with lots of marshals and a decent (ladies fit) t-shirt at the end.
Results ...

10k Trail Race
(1    41:03 Andrew Maltman, UA)
70    55:57 Anna Nolan                                                      
209 1:07.19 Jacqui Weston                                           
491 finished

18K Trail Race
1   1:08:46 Tom Adams                                                       
33  1:31:08 Jane McCarthy (3rd FV40)                         
128 1:52:45 Helen Waddington                                                
195 finished

10k Challenge
(1  1:29:55 Paul Gregory, UA)
79  1:53:41 Neil Pomfret
505 finished

parkruns, Sat 18 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:12 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
124 26:43 Eric Hawthorn
439 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:29 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers)
25  21:32 Helen Thurston
325 ran

(1  18:27 unknown)
23  23:02 Geoff Howard
49  25:14 Chris Cunningham
151 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:47 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
193 30:23 Jennifer Carne
331 ran

(1  18:04 Sam Stead, Keswick AC)
30  23:36 Caroline Howe
115 ran

(1  16:45 David Rees, Les Croupiers AC)
11  17:37 Alex Hirst
146 23:33 Phil Hirst
619 ran

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 18 Mar

Woodentops photos

Over 200 children took part in the final event of the season, the Nell Bank Relays, and asttended the League presentation afterwards. Results on the junior pages.

The Mighty Deer Stalker, Innerleithen, Sat 11 Mar

From Ben Joynson ... The race is a mix of terrain fell, rivers, mud, forest trails and some tarmac. 15K ish. You run up two of the hills either side of Innerleithen in the dark on a marked course. The climbs are tough, one can only be done by physically climbing up using your hands to haul yourself up the rocky escarpment. The descents are steep with little room for mistakes if your racing down. I started in wave 2 of 7, there was a half stalker and long stalker course. There was single track running and obstacles to negotiate on the course. But mainly a good technical off road race. After the race there is a on-site party with live music and a big bar. If you fancy a challenge in the dark and enjoy some camping and a party give this race a try.

(1 1:27:08 Kieron Ross)
40 1:47:10 Ben Joynson
1597 finishers on the full Stalker course

Haworth Hobble Sat 11 Mar

From Ben Sheppard ... This year's Haworth Hobble (aka Wuthering Hike) was the British trial race for a GB vest for the world trail championships. Consequently there were quite a few top class speedy long distance runners on the start line. Clayton le Moors' Chris Holdsworth seemed to be hotly tipped, and by all accounts, despite not knowing the route, was in the top two until the final few miles when he was overhauled by a chasing pack. The race was won by Tom Payn in a new CR of 3:54. True to the adage that class is permanent, fell running legend and MV50 Ian Holmes was 6th, only 3 minutes behind.
The women's race was won in style by the exceptionally talented Wakefield's Julie Briscoe from Dark Peak's Sally Fawcett and North Leeds' Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn. Julie was waiting for someone to show her the right way when I first saw her. She promptly sped off into the distance only to get lost further along - and then re-pass me at pace as I slowly walked up the road to Heptonstall!
Jane McCarthy ran well to finish in a little over 5 hours on her first go at this race. I think Adela Reprecki ran too. And I was pleased to get my annual high five from the early-starting Amanda Parnaby at around the customary 11 mile mark. Having set off way too fast I struggled through the final 8 miles and dropped from 20th pace to finish 29th in 4:40, a PB by 10 minutes despite the late blow up.

Results ...

(1  3:54:18 Thomas Payne)
29  4:40:09 Ben Sheppard
71  5:12:47 Jane McCarthy
140 5:53:15 Derek Oliver
288 7:16:10 Adela Reperecki
363 9:28:08 Amanda Parnaby
367 finished

Black Combe fell race, Sat 11 Mar

From Alison Weston ... Kate Archer and I travelled to the south-west of the Lakes on Saturday for the Black Combe fell race (13km 1000m). The weather deteriorated the closer we got to the race venue and it was rather disappointing not to be able to see the bottom of Black Combe, never mind the top as we arrived. As last year, it proved to be a challenging race. Two very steep climbs and difficult navigation. Almost every runner had map and compass out at check points, although running off in very different directions, and I found myself out of sight of other runners for quite a bit of the time (always a bit nerve-wracking!).Good tea and large pie at the finish was very welcome.
Kate did very well to come 6th lady in 1:44 and I was a good bit behind in about 6th V50 in 1:54.

parkruns, Sat 11 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... I very much enjoyed joining the celebratory 500th Woodhouse Moor parkrun. The first event was held there in October 2007 (with 15 people turning out) and it was only the 4th parkrun to start up. Now there are over 1000 parkrun locations all over the world.
Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:07 Josh Norman, Owls AC)
334 26:59 Petra Bijsterveld
718 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:46 Oliver Daffern, BGS)
18  20:12 Rhys Jones
77  23:53 Phil Hirst
483 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:42 Jason Millward, U/A)
57  23:51 Caroline Howe, 2nd F
372 ran

(1  17:55 James Raven, Cardiff AAC)
62  24:48 Chris Cunningham
188 ran

(1  16:15 Craig Jones, Manchester YMCA)
11  17:51 Rob Cunningham
563 ran

Peco XC #5, Sun 5 Mar

Results ...

(1  27:17 Terence Forrest, Cairngorm)
77  32:03 Steve Coy
138 34:28 Ben Joynson
172 35:49 Robert Budding
251 39:01 Andrew Jackson
277 40:14 Geoffrey White
374 50:31 Don Macrae
387 finished

(1  30:32 Helen Cross, York Tri)
14  34:29 Ellie Kitchen
115 45:39 Gaenor Coy
216 51:36 Kate Lofthouse
262 66:25 Clare Shouler
266 finished

Montserrat Skyrace, Sun 5 Mar

Well done to Tom Adams, winning this international race, 25km with 1500m of climb! and setting a new course record 2h06:56 Results ...

Haweswater Half Marathon, Sun 5 Mar

From Caroline Howe... starting in the little village of Bampton in the north west Lakes, the Haweswater Half is a friendly race organised by Eden Runners. It's an out-and-back on roads alongside Haweswater Reservoir, with some great views. It's what I'd desribe as 'undulating' with a few tough old hills.
This is an 'old-skool' race with no chip timing or even a finishing clock, but has plenty of charm... lots of support, friendly marshalls, and at the end you get a mug - which is filled with a cuppa - and flapjack... give me that over a fancy medal or an ill-fitting t-shirt any day!!
Having accidentally left my sports watch at home, I ran this race 'free' - pacing myself by feel alone. So I was delighted to finish in 1:50:14... just a minute outside my pb, which I'll take on that course. As the sole Harrier taking part, I'd recommend this race for anyone who likes their roads with a view, and enjoys a few hills offset by nice stretches of downhill recovery.

Anglesey half marathon, Sun 5 Mar

From Sue Williamson... Lucy Williamson competed in her first half marathon one of the most beautiful in the UK. Menai Bridge is the start location following the coast road to Beaumaris castle and return. The weather was not kind this weekend pouring down the whole time with no stunning scenery. Lucy finished the race in 1 hour 27.55, 4th female overall and 3rd female open.

Pendle Round, Sat 4 Mar

Woodentops photos

We hear Kate Archer was 2nd lady, results soon but photos and provisional resuilts on

parkruns, Sat 4 Mar

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:29 Rob Downs, Wilmslow RC)
3   18:20 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
71  23:33 Rebecca Mon-Williams
359 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:01 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders)
93  24:43 Sarah Haines
447 ran

Temple Newsam
(1  19:43 Ian Maudsley, st Theresa's AC)
129 30:51 Jennifer Carne
215 ran

(1  18:20 Stuart Hunn, Wharfedale Harriers)
5   19:46 Jemima Elgood 1st F
54  25:09 Chris Cunningham
185 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:51 George Phillips, Doncaster AC)
45  22:38 Geoff Howard
317 ran

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