From the Committee ...
Mike AC - 3 PBs in October and consistent improvement
Sally Armitage - PB at the Accrington 10km
Petra Bijsterveld - Kielder and Snowdonia marathons, run within 2 weeks of each other
Catherine Gibbons - great parkruns, including 1st lady to finish at Skipton
Alex Hyde - half marathon PB at Manchester Half, 1:56:55
Gavin Lamb - 4th in the Ultra Tour of Edinburgh
Dan McKeown - 1st place at the Whixley 10km
Steve Turland - 2nd place at the Snowdon 50 Ultra
Colin Williams - Kielder and Langdale marathons
Jack Wood - silver medal at the British Fell Championships
All those involved in organising teams for the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relays and the British Fell Relay Championships
(1 28:38 Omar Ahmd) 139 32:35 Jack Cummings 762 41:16 Harry Stead 813 42:33 Peter Roll 860 42:41 Tom Worboys 879 42:53 Steve Newell 1146 44:27 Joseph Rigby 1818 49:22 Will Worboys 3428 56:29 Jacqui Weston 4342 56:49 Penny Coulthard 6739 finished
26 Nov: we hear the course was short so times will not count on Power of 10 etc. Details
From Mike Abrams-Cohen ... Results ...
Ladies, 8th team (1 20:55 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth) 40 26:48 Beth Massey 55 28:19 Jane Bryant 69 29:42 Alison Bennett 86 34:59 Anna Pickering (89 runners finished) Men, 6th team (1 33:22 Joshua Woodcock-Shaw, Leeds) 2 33:32 Dom Coy 45 38:50 Tim Ashelford 62 40:13 Lawrence McCourt 68 40:31 Mike Abrams-Cohen 74 40:55 Steve Murray 98 43:13 Steve Coy 105 43:49 Rob Budding 111 44:05 Mark Iley (157 runners finished)
From Dawn Turner ...
Sunday morning saw us travelling around 40 minutes eastwards to the pretty village of Whixley, just off the A1 between Knaresborough and York. Truthfully, we had never heard of it but with a heads up from Dan McKeown we decided to give it a go.
Setting out from the village hall, the 10k is a kite-shaped loop of farmland and country lanes. The heavy rainfall meant a slight diversion from the planned route to avoid seriously muddy ground but with the fields at saturation point no-one was going home with clean shoes!
The sense of pride in their village and community was evident from all of the organisers, marshals and race helpers that we spoke to. This is a proper local event and with bacon butties and cake on sale in the village hall afterwards it's a winner. Speaking of which, the race was won by the future Lord Mayor of Whixley himself!
1 36:30 Dan McKeown 13 40:51 Jonathan Turner 101 57:32 Dawn Turner 160 ran
From Sally Armitage ... I entered this road race after realising I didn't have a 10k in the calendar for ages and it's fairly local, and cheap too! I'd done my research and was aware it was 'undulating' with a gradual climb for the first 4.5 miles and a speedy 1.5 mile descent to finish. It was a small field of 485 runners and I was pleasantly surprised with 4th place and a personal best result.
(1 33:57 Joshua Holgate, Blackburn Harriers & AC) 39 41:47 Sally Armitage (4th lady) 485 ran
(1 2:34:14 Callum Rowlinson, Salford Harriers) 1463 4:54:16 Petra Bijsterveld 2311 finished
From Hilda Coulsey... It was a coolish, fairly calm evening resulting in some excellent times.
(1 15:17 Sam Dickinson, City of York) 3 15:35 Nathan Edmondson 16 17:31 Daniel Mckeown 28 18:28 Michael Abrams-Cohen 37 19:17 Stephen Coy 50 20:06 Robert Budding 73 21:29 James Greenlay (Junior) 86 22:15 Harry Sime 109 24:32 Hilda Coulsey 134 finished
(1 2:22:42 Mark Buckingham) 279 3:06:05 Rob Cunningham 1707 3:59:01 Tom Lally Male 2500 4:24:18 Paula Reynier 2501 4:24:18 Dave Reynier 4310 finished
(1 53:10 Matt Kitching, Queen's Park Harriers ) 850 1:25:32 Stephanie Fox 1993 1:38:28 Amelia Miles 3173 finished
From Gavin Lamb ...
An Ultra which takes in every type of race I can think of - starts on the road, takes in some x-country then up onto the fells before back down into the parks / streets / canals.
Box ticked on a completed Ultra - never again!
(1 5:13:01 Martin Buist) 4 5:21:47 Gavin Lamb 401 finished
From Istvan Jacso ... Some great results from the Fell Relays: the ladies team came 9th, the men came 10th in the open category and a random group of old men somehow found themselves in 5th place in the V40 category!
1 3:40:33 Keswick 10 4:03:22 Istvan Jacso/Nathan Edmondson,Jack Cummings/Jack Wood,Will Simmons/Jonathan Dennis 31 4:26:22 Iain Gibbons/Ben Sheppard,Nick Helliwell/Paul Carman,Dan Mckeown/Steve Gott 96 5:08:20 Bernadette Raven/Jane Mcarthy,Kate Archer/Helen Wood,Fay Walsh/Alison Weston 224 teams completed
From Alison Weston ... brilliant day for the FRA British relays on Saturday at Howden moors, Derbyshire. The event centre was at the end of Derwent Reservoir.
The Ilkley ladies came 9th position in the ladies teams with Bernadette getting us off to a great start on the solo leg 1 (7.65 km 369m) followed by a brilliant run by Kate and Jane on the paired leg 2 (12.3 km 484 m). Helen and Fay had an amazing navigational run on leg 3 (approx 11.2 km 550m) and I did the final solo leg 4 (7.85 km 375m), sadly losing us a few places in the ladies category!
A lovely venue for 1500 runners and very well organised despite the complicated logistics of parking and coaches etc.
Next year Helm Hill are organising the event which will be closer to home so hopefully we can get out lots more teams!
Lots more photos on Ilkley Harriers Facebook.
From Colin Williams ... I took part in the 31st Langdale Marathon, my second Landale and my second Marathon in 7 days.
Advertised as "the toughest road marathon in the UK" with 3,400 ft of climb with some assents as steep as 1:3, I can confirm that for a road marathon it is very hard going.
The 140 marathon runners line up with the 500 half marathon competitors, the car parking was an issue for those arriving just before the start, which delayed the race by 15 mins. The race was very well organised by Brathay, the route was well marked with big yellow arrows and lots of very friendly marshals.
The race was won by Sean Warburton n a time of 3:11:42, I finished in 34th place in a time of 4:03:57.
Highbury Fields 1 17:10 Oscar Stapleton 337 ran Wimpole Estate (1 17:48 Ben Jones, Worcester AC) 12 20:51 Adam Bennett 279 ran Skipton (1 17:38 Sam Todd, City of Norwich AC) 17 22:22 Catherine Gibbons 2nd F 168 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:38 Stephen Ellison, U/A) 46 22:22 Jann Smith 3rd F 337 ran Pendle (1 20:19 Shawn Heys, Trawden AC) 9 22:52 Pete de Sanctis 75 ran Stretford (1 16:39 Chris Ovenden, U/A) 14 18:44 Mike Abrams-Cohen 538 ran
From Hilda Coulsey ... If you would like to run London and have been unsuccessful in the ballot you have another chance in the club ballot. We normally get 3 places although we won't know for sure until towards the end of November however so that you can plan better we will operate our ballot now. We have changed the rules (details) to increase the chances of those who have been unlucky over increasing years (see attached). Apply to me with evidence of main ballot rejection by Tuesday November 5th when we will make the draw. email@example.com
Ilkley had the first ladies' team. Results ...
1 41:17 Tom Adams 10 47:29 Steve Gott 37 54:34 Richard Joel 46 55:27 Rachel Carter 2nd lady 49 55:53 Fay Walsh 3rd lady 60 57:35 Paul Disney 96 64:21 Alison Weston 180 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld... This was my 5th consecutive visit to the Kielder running weekend since 2015, and my 3rd full marathon. Last year I had to give up only 1 mile into the HM due to an injury, so today I was extra keen to put that memory to bed, get round, and collect another of their superb medals. Weather was better than predicted during the week, in the end the rain didn't start until 2 hours into the race, temperature around 10 degrees and no wind, pretty perfect running conditions. I enjoyed the race as much as you can enjoy a marathon, it took me about 7 miles to get settled in and for my always tight achilles tendon to warm up, then I had a nice 10 miles 'in the zone', but had to dig fairly deep from mile 17. I tried to channel my inner Eliud Kipchoge :) No human is limited and all that. I was 10 minutes slower than my best time here, but on the up side I paced it better with an almost even split between the first and second half, which meant I overtook quite a few folk towards the end which helped keeping me upbeat. Great to bump into Colin Williams before the start who had a fast run. No other Harriers there today as far as I am aware, sorry if I have missed anyone. Well organised and with lots of super friendly volunteers supporting the event I can recommend this weekend to all Harriers, there is a 10k, HM, marathon, run-bike-run, as well as junior races. Come and join me in 2020!
(1 2:45:56 Ian Twaddle U/A) 117 3:48:40 Colin Williams 467 4:51:18 Petra Bijsterveld 713 ran
From Alex Hyde... So, whilst the world was marvelling at Eliud Kipchoge's amazing 01:59:40, there was another sub 2 hour effort on a damp morning in Manchester that appears to have gone under the radar. At the tender age of 52, Alex Hyde managed to finish in 01:56:55 ... in the Manchester Half Marathon. OK, so maybe not quite as earth-shattering an effort as Mr K's, but having missed the 2 hour mark by 2 minutes at the Ilkley Half in July and by 16 seconds at the Leeds Half in May, I was more than a little pleased to have finally broken through the barrier.
I have to say, the course and conditions lent themselves to a PB. It was true Manchester weather with 12 degrees and light drizzle, and a course as flat as a pancake (41m elevation gain according to Strava), but that didn't take away any of the elation to finally get under that elusive 2 hour target. So I shall raise a glass (or several) to my mate Eliud and a great weekend for PBs!
Provisional results ...
(1 1:03:12 Ben Connor, Derby) 449 1:28:17 Jonathan Turner 4964 1:56:55 Alex Stanley-Hyde 11355 ran
(1 1:01:34 Mekonnen Enyew, Addis Ababa) 2617 1:51:07 Jane Bryant 4554 2:02:07 Anna Nolan 4950 2:04:58 Helen Horton 6866 2:20:03 Jacqui Weston
From Dave Robson...
I last ran the Langdale Horseshoe 4 years ago. At the time it was the first proper 'classic Lakes' fell run I had done and
I was not really prepared for just how hard it was. The clue should have been the 1450 metres of climbing crammed into 13 miles but that's difficult to picture until you actually have a go!
On that occasion, the wheels came off before I even started the last climb up Pike of Blisco and I just about managed to stagger to the end. This time I was determined to keep up a decent pace all the way round, with the aim of getting as close to 3 hours as possible.
There was an excellent turnout of around 400, including a few fellow Harriers (see results) and I met Mike Duffield and John Hayes at the start for a brief discussion on best lines, avoiding 'bad step' etc.
Despite an initial downpour, the weather was kind and mostly dry. There was plenty of water already on the course however, which made it tough going and I did sink up to my waist in a bog early on. (I seem to remember doing this at exactly the same point last time so I think it is just part of the course). The frequent rocky sections were also very slippery, which meant that some of the descents were challenging. This included Crinkle Crags and I didn't avoid 'Bad Step' but to be honest I quite enjoyed a bit of rock climbing half way round.
I still felt 'goodish' going up Pike of Blisco and a check of my watch at this point told me I still had a chance of getting in under 3 hours!
I made up quite a few places on the final descent (no staggering this year) and was very pleased to finish in 2h:55
Incredibly the winner almost beat the 2 hour mark, see results below, with Jack Wood first Ilkley Harrier, coming in 5th overall.
(1 2:00:51 Finlay Wild, Lochaber Athletic Club) 5 2:13:45 Jack Wood 116 2:55:14 Dave Robson 173 3:13:03 Helen Wood 259 3:29:03 Michael Duffield 284 3:34:25 John Hayes 377 finished
From Steve Turland... This was a great 50 mile ultra organised by GB Ultras through the high mountains of Snowdonia, loads of climbing and lots of technical rocky descents. I managed to finish in 2nd place overall out of about 200 runners with a time of 12hr 15. The course was cut short slightly due to the conditions but the garmin still clocked 48 miles and 13,000ft. I wasn't expecting to finish so high up the field - when I asked with about 15 miles to go, I thought maybe about 20-25 runners ahead but there was just one! Downside was that I had to actually run for the last few miles. They also do a 100 mile version - maybe next year?
From Hilda Coulsey ... I beat my own parkrun age category record again today, this time by 36 seconds, topped the age grade list and attained 5th in the Portrush all time age grade % list.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results
Highbury Fields (1 17:15 Rob Smyth, U/A) 3 17:59 Oscar Stapleton 315 ran Bradford (1 17:59 Andrew Davies, Airecentre Pacers) 77 24:18 Will Worboys 141 26:51 Paula Reynier 451 ran Harrogate (1 17:03 unknown) 237 29:01 Dawn Turner 427 ran Barnsley (1 16:29 Gareth Cooke, Penistone Footpath Runners) 26 22:21 Beth Massey 1st F 199 ran Roundhay (1 18:09 Tom Venning, Valley Striders) 39 22:10 Bob Hamilton 357 ran Portrush (1 18:29 Jason Wilson, Ballymena Runners) 62 24:53 Hilda Coulsey 196 ran Skipton (1 19:46 Tom Clarke, Skipton AC) 14 22:57 Catherine Gibbons 1st F 27 23:55 Harry Sime 44 24:51 Suzi Gray 62 27:19 Bess Sturman 104 30:01 Bernie Gibbons 213 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:52 Ben Holmes, Harrogate Harriers) 87 24:19 Alison Weston 383 ran Myrtle (1 20:32 Ben Watson, Baildon Runners) 5 21:16 Jane McCarthy 1st F 133 ran
From Mike Abrams-Cohen ...
A race 9 17:14 Dan McKeown 20 18:48 Michael Abrams-Cohen (PB) 32 finished YVAA and B Race 27 20:18 Mark Iley 28 20:23 Lucia Stoney (junior) 77 finished
(1 2:29:28 Tom Charles, Trafford Athletic Club) 329 3:15:31 Pete De Sanctis 3,082 finished
(1 59:30 Leonard Langat, Kenya) 809 1:33:03 Derek Oliver 20,301 finished
1 3:36:33 Keswick 20 4:22:58 Ilkley 15 43:56 Steve Gott, Nick Helliwell 31 82:20 Matt Cox, Dan MkKeown 11 56:53 Paul Carman, Iain Gibbons 17 79:47 Jack Wood, Nathan Edmondson 66 5:54:26 Ilkley ladies 43 49:43 Bernadette Raven, Fay Walsh 49 91:57 Helen Wood, Lucy Williamson 53 74:41 Alison Weston, Joyce Marshall 67 138:05 Helen Waddington, Kate Archer 68 teams finished
Senior men, 3rd team 1 24:07 Tom Adams 2 24:11 Jack Wood 3 24:16 Dom Coy 27 27:24 Steve Gott 45 28:39 Tim Ashelford 74 30:10 Mike Abrams-Cohen 78 30:19 Steve Murray 115 33:21 Paul Calderbank 116 33:27 Mark Iley 118 33:49 Rob Budding 137 36:00 Malcolm Pickering 139 36:14 Phil Chappell 147 38:12 Michael Ho 161 finished Senior ladies, 6th team (1 19:03 Lucy Robinson, Wakefield) 13 20:36 Kate Archer 22 21:14 Sarah Pickering 45 23:20 Beth Massey 52 23L56 Sally Malir 63 24L45 Jane Bryant 80 26:34 Joanne Williamson 84 27:22 Petra Bijsteveld 87 27:59 Anna Pickering 100 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bath Skyline (1 16:21 Alex Parsons, Team Bath AC) 119 26:43 Ros Brown 342 ran Bradford (1 17:47 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 31 21:46 Oscar Street 184 27:30 Paula Reynier 509 ran Skipton (1 17:19 Julian Hood, Skipton AC) 19 22:08 Catherine Gibbons 53 24:32 Harry Sime 202 ran Tooting Common (1 16:57 Aaron Wilson, U/A) 23 19:33 Rob Cunningham 677 ran Centre Vale (1 17:48 Andrew Worster, Vegan Runners) 27 24:03 Will Worboys 151 ran Firenze (1 17:23 David Hartley, Melbourne Midday Milers) 6 22:10 Geoffrey Howard 58 ran
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