From the Committee ...
Kate Archer for 3:55 Three Peaks performance
Jemmima Elgood for setting a new new Harriers Ladies 10k record 35:33 at Salford
Geoff Howard for his new Harriers v75 5k record 21:13 at York
Ben Sheppard for Fellsman placing
All marathon runners in April, including Matt Cox 2:45 at London and Lucy Williamson 3:15 at Manchester.
Peter Shields for Wednesday training session
(1 2:02:37 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya) 768 2:45:51 Matt Cox 5403 3:23:50 Dave Reynier 8286 3:36:58 Michael Abrams-Cohen 22045 4:27:41 Jill Ezzard 22098 4:27:52 Emma O'Looney 23825 4:34:28 Jacqui Weston 28478 4:52:39 Stephanie Fox 42,549+ finished
(1 2:50:22 Brennan Townshend, Keswick) 44 3:34:16 Jack Wood 121 3:55:11 Kate Archer 122 3:55:12 Dan McKeown 128 3:56:05 Paul Carman 198 4:07:32 Will Buckton 310 4:25:05 Paul Castle 327 4:28:53 Michael Lomas 462 4:46:32 Dick Waddington 487 4:49:51 Paddy Sturman 426 4:43:26 Paul Calderbank 499 4:51:09 Alison Weston 670 finished
From Colin Williams ... On Saturday morning Ben Sheppard and myself started the 57th Fellsman race, the weather was both wet and windy with the addition of driving hail on the summits. Ben finished in an impressive 12th in a time of 12 hrs 53 minutes, I was pleased to complete the race in 57th in 16 hrs 28 minutes 1.5 hrs faster that I have completed it before The full results are still to be announced.
From Ben Sheppard ... As well as me and Colin Williams, the Harriers contingent included the returning Steve Turland and the debutant (for this event at least!) Brian Melia, both also finishing in good times. The weather turned out a bit less challenging than forecast, but I didn't regret my choice to start and continue in full waterproofs. Entirely predictably I got carried away from the off, too busy nattering with acquaintances to listen to the voice in my head saying "this is way too fast". By Dent (20 miles and probably 5,000 ft) I was spent. The next 20 miles was a slow hard slog as I dropped a few places and lost my spork and almost my mojo. The final 20 miles was painful but the temptation to bail out faded away as the warm shower and hot meal became nearer. Latching onto a couple of strong-finishing Fellsman veterans for the last 10 miles dragged me to a PB and a three-way joint 10th place. It is a wonderfully challenging but low-key and friendly event.
Beth Massey was first lady at Bradford, 18th overall;
and Nick Helliwell was 3rd at Skipton with Catherine Gibbons 2nd lady there.
Bradford (1 17:03 Huseen Usuie, Bingley Harriers) 18 21:32 Beth Massey - 1st lady 342 runners Cliffe Castle (1 20:22 Sam Packham, U/A) 37 28:32 Fiona Schneider 121 runners Orpington (1 18:40 Daniel Pink, U/A) 26 23:09 Geoffrey Howard 174 runners Skipton (1 19:19 James Annan, Settle Harriers) 3 20:17 Nick Helliwell 21 23:44 Catherine Gibbons - 2nd lady 79 28:18 Mark Scothon 159 runners
From Hilda Coulsey...
It was blustery and grey, threatening rain after earlier thunderstorms at the Brownlee Centre for this race, third in the 2019 series and chosen as a Harriers League counter. There was lots of competition amongst the men. Well done to Dan McKeown first Harrier home and some brilliant times from the others. Watching the A race was fascinating as Joe Sagar finally overtook Jonny Johnson, Rotherham, in the final straight after Jonny led for the whole of the rest of the race. The young Junior, James Greenay, looks one to watch for the future. I was the only Harrier in the earlier B race, some competition would be helpful for me too!
(1 15:52 Joe Sagar,Spenborough) 16 17:27 Daniel McKeown 36 18:22 Stephen Coy 41 18:30 Nathan Coy 42 18:43 David Foyston 45 18:54 David Westhead 57 19:14 Jonathan Turner 65 19:26 Steve Murray 68 19:31 Colin Williams 100 21:22 Steve Newell 104 21:29 James Greenlay 166 25:32 Hilda Coulsey 205 completed
From Jonathan Turner ... Nathan Edmondson was an unlucky second in the Guiseley Gallop on Easter Sunday. Leading the way on the second circuit, he was momentarily sent the wrong way with just over a kilometre to go when lapping runners and suddenly found himself pushed from first place to a minute behind. A great recovery put him right back in the mix but it was too much of a deficit to bridge in such a short space of time, and he had to settle for second, 21 seconds behind winner Matthew Hallam of Valley Striders.
(1 36:54 Matthew Hallam, Valley Striders) 2 37:15 Nathan Edmondson 18 41:23 Tim Ashelford 1st M55 31 43:38 Rob Cunningham 73 48:27 Beth Massey 1st F45 92 50:00 Robert Budding 198 56:22 Adela Reperecki 1st F55 253 60:09 Alison Bennett 262 60:58 Sheena Pickersgill 298 64:20 Chris Cunningham 312 65:31 Debbie Jukes 322 66:14 Sue Harris 336 67:36 John Marshall 387 71:53 Ruth Jones 426 finished
From Nick Helliwell ... David Foyston and I ran the inaugural Newlands Memorial race on Saturday, which used to be called the Anniversary Waltz. It was a baking hot day, brilliant for views, terrible for running 19km over the Lakeland fells. Still, run it we did, and in retrospect we enjoyed it, though it was hard to feel that way with 2,000ft of near-vertical Robinson in front of you, on the hottest day of the year. We couldn't carry enough water, as our bags were packed with full body cover, hat and gloves (!), but both of us made it to the end and are able to laugh about it now, with tears running down our faces... How hard can 19km be??
(1 1:40:50 Rob Jebb) 96 2:23:34 Nick Helliwell 121 2:30:10 David Foyston 291 finished
Plenty of Harriers turned up to celebrate the 300th Skipton parkrun, Rachel Carter led them home in ninth overall - the second lady - with a superb sub-20-minutes time on a course which features narrow paths and plenty of momentum-losing turns.
Skipton (1 17:01 Unknown) 9 19:53 Rachel Carter 18 20:45 Colin Williams 72 24:23 Ethan Thompson 74 24:27 Dylan Shinn 93 25:35 Fiona Schneider 101 25:51 Oscar Shinn 152 28:41 Andy Wolfenden 168 29:21 Bernie Gibbons 277 runners Woodhouse Moor (1 17:02 Michael Vargas, Hyde Park Harriers) 29 20:21 Tom Worboys 426 runners Cardiff (1 15:40 Unknown) 14 17:04 Alex Hirst 846 runners Bradford (1 17:00 Unknown) 41 21:42 James Lee 208 27:04 Sarah Haines 619 runners Harrogate parkrun (1 16:39 Mark Ryall, Marshall Milton Keynes AC) 13 18:50 Robin Nicholson 34 19:55 Charlotte ast 82 22:01 Geoff Howard 568 runners Burnley (1 16:32 Matthew Lalor, Ribble Valley) 235 31:06 Neve Tennant 367 runners Exmouth (1 14:44 Tom Merson, Exmouth) 55 21:25 Nina Pearce 502 runners
(1 31:03 Norman Shreeve, Cambridge & Coleridge) 62 35:33 Jemima Elgood, 4th lady 208 42:33 Adrian Bastow 232 43:23 Sally Malir 605 finished
From Caroline Howe... This was marathon #18 for David (6th Paris) and #5 for me. David has long been a fan of this race, and now I know why... it takes in all the main sights of this beautiful city (it made me laugh that they have signs pointing out the Eiffel Tower!), the support is fantastic (and at times a bit crazy!), it's well organised and there is no ballot. It's iconic, with the start and finish on the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe stunning against the morning's blue skies. We were very lucky with the conditions - crisp and cold but bright. My training for this had not gone to plan due to various interruptions (excuses, excuses!) whereas David, having had a rare 18 months off marathons, got back into the swing, so we suspected our times might end up being quite similar (but heaven forbid we would run it together!) My race went to plan, and I was pleased to keep an even pace throughout, crossing the line in 3:55, and actually enjoying (most of) it! Normal order was restored with David finishing 6 minutes ahead of me in 3:49. A wonderful marathon, highly recommended!
(1 2:07:05 Abrha Milaw, ) 14881 3:49:06 David Howe 17835 3:55:00 Caroline Howe 421965 finished
From Colin Williams ... I ran the Flat Caps 10K at Sowerby Bridge, the only flat part of it are the caps that some of the runner wore, The first 5k is a continual climb, climbing a total of around 1,000 feet the second half was a lot easier down hill most of the way with just a little climb half a kilometre from home. The route is on open roads but with very little traffic and lots of marshals. A very friendly event and well worth running (if your not looking for a PB).
I came 14th and was the first V50
(1 39:03 Joseph Crossfield, Halifax Harriers & AC) 14 45:35 Colin Williams 258 finished
(1 33:47 Ross Campbell, Barrow In Furness Striders) 134 48:44 Peter Shields, 1st V70 386 ran
(1 53:47 Steve Littler, Wesham Road Runners & AC) 118 1:09:55 Beth Massey, 3rd LV45 1216 ran
From Val Kerr ... A dry but cold day for this year's Skipton triathlon. This was only my second triathlon and I was pleased to finish in only a few minutes slower than last year. The cold gusts of wind during the bike stage were numbing to the legs making the first 1/2 lap of the run quite difficult. However I was happy to eventually get going and overtake a few folk in the process. This is an extremely well organised and firendly triathlon and is great for novices. There were some fantastic results for a number of Harriers spotted amongst the finishers.
(1 1:00:04 Carl Shaw) 8 1:08:47 Steve Coy 387 1:44:15 Val Kerr (3rd LV60)
From Jayne Norman ... The 2nd year the Burnsall Half Marathon event has been run by Due North, and a truly well organised, and well waymarked race, so minimal marshals are needed. A sunny breezy day helped runners keep cool on the day. The figure of eight course was great, with plenty of climbs and descents in and around the Wharfe Valley.
(1 1:27:20 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 156 2:37:43 Jayne Norman 214 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:33 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 47 23:42 Oscar Street 183 29:31 Paula Reynier 379 ran Pontefract (1 17:51 Michael Grain, Barnsley Harriers) 12 20:06 Colin Williams 367 ran Portrush (1 19:55 David O'Neill, Springwell RC) 89 27:29 Hilda Coulsey 232 ran Skipton (1 17:20 unknown) 99 27:53 Karen Lambe 219 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:03 Rob Byers, U/A) 65 27:27 Fiona Schneider 183 ran Myrtle (1 17:41 Huseen Usuie, Bingley Harriers) 26 23:09 Geoff Howard 187 ran Centre Vale (1 18:52 Diarmuid Pritchard, U/A) 46 26:01 Will Worboys 147 ran Rothwell (1 16:31 Ben Butler, Wakefield District Harriers) 114 25:33 Petra Bijsterveld 388 ran
From Geoff Howard ... The event optimises your chances of a good time having a flat and smooth surface with no sharp bends and a field of only about fifty so I was pleased to run
my second best time in three years reducing the club v75 record.
(1 15:45 Chris Smith, Leeds) 67 21:13 Geoff Howard 97 finished
From Will Buckton ... The LDWA's 23.8 mile route covers a variety of terrain and passes Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs, Bolton Abbey, Beamsley Beacon, Round Hill and Timble. The ground was drier than my two previous attempts and I finished 10th in 3h27 out of 197 runners and walkers.
(1 1:23:06 Nattthew Hallam, Valley Striders) 5 1:25:59 Istvan Jacso 42 1:38:44 Paul Castle 48 1:40:13 Robin Nicholson 49 1:40:27 Rachel Carter 60 1:42:49 Colin Williams 61 1:42:52 Jane McCarthy 71 1:45:51 John Hayes 88 1:49:18 Peter Shelley 122 1:54:25 Stephen Newell 180 2:02:08 Mark Judkowski 220 2:07:10 Harry Sime 222 2:07:21 Adela Reperecki 240 2:10:11 Peter Shields 306 2:22:57 Helen Doyle 316 2:25:21 Petra Bijsterveld 322 2:27:23 Sarah Hayes 328 2:29:06 Paula Reynier 338 2:33:05 Michael Picken 344 2:35:35 Amanda Newham 387 finished
From Sue Williamson ... Lucy beat her PB by 29 minutes 43 seconds.
(1 2:21:34 Aaon Richmond, Bideford) 261 2:51:30 Dan McKeown 1180 3:10:14 Dick Waddington 1728 3:14:12 Lucy Williamson 6012 3:58:15 Helen Waddington 13649 finished
From Hilda Coulsey... I ventured to the Northumberland coast on Sunday to run this well sponsored and supported 10k. This was my first excursion in a British Masters AF event which was delightfully friendly (BMAF chose to join this local event for their annual road 10k). I was slightly intimidated as the convention is, in these BM events, to wear your age category as a target on your back but it amused me that it seemed to be younger runners chasing, I didn't see a single V65 during the race at all! The age category winners posted astoundingly good times. The race itself was flattish along the coast, a few sand dune bumps and back along a main road footpath. It was very misty hence any potential sea views were not visible.
(1 31:17 Noah Hurton Milton Keynes ) (239 45:09 Dorothy Kesterton Sheffield Steel City, 1st FV65) 370 52:16 Hilda Coulsey 4th FV65 564 finished
From Jim Ryder... I took an opportunity to enter the Toronto MEC 10k race in Canada. One of a series of races organised by the Mountain Equipment Company - a great outdoor shop/co-op across Canada. A rare road race for me - I think only my 5th 10k. It was a friendly low key event, with options of 5k, 10k and half marathon which encouraged a wide range of entries and a good atmosphere. It was out and back along the lakeshore, pretty flat with a strong initial tailwind - so faster out than back.
(1 34:37 Rob Bark 18 39:37 Jim Ryder, 1st V50 498 ran
(1 2:28:05 Carl Bell, Keswick) 128 3:27:10 Kate Archer 181 3:45:22 Alison Weston 245 4:09:37 Duncan Cooper 304 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 16:39 Matthew Merrick, Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) 17 20:45 Michael Abrams-Cohen 26 21:47 Dave Reynier 55 23:35 Oscar Street 109 25:38 Steph Fox 164 27:46 Paula Reynier 409 ran Skipton (1 17:56 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC) 9 20:40 Rob Budding 63 25:53 Fiona Schneider 205 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:40 Sebastian Hall, West End Runners) 55 22:00 Geoff Howard 398 ran Wetherby (1 18:11 Joseph Kwallah, Wetherby Runners) 7 19:34 Nick Helliwell 112 ran Bramley 1 16:42 Nathan Edmonson 190 ran Clapham Common (1 15:06 unknown) 46 19:23 Rob Cunningham 789 ran
As well as the seniors below, many juniors running, helping Ilkley to first ladies' team.
(1 16:16 Michael Matyon, Baildon) 41 20:14 Pauline Munro 56 21:24 Rob Budding 81 23:18 Steve Newell 159 finished