Thank you for taking the time to send in emails of recognition.
I have received over 30 separate emails, most with two or more nominations included, all of which have been inspiring to read through and a testament to the whole club of keeping us all going.
I would like to thank the rest of the committee, coaches and run leaders who have volunteered their time and contributed to keeping the club alive. As Hilda Coulsey - the 'rock' of the club (as was noted by a few) - says: "It's been great to see so many step up to join the committee. It is a strong community that I am proud to be part of."
A specific mention for Paul Wood as after many years he has retired from running and updating the website. His knowledge, dedication and support for the club are likely to be unmatched and difficult shoes to fill, but we have plans in place to split the various roles around the committee to keep the website and comms to members up to date. Thanks Paul and enjoy retirement !
So, onto the nominations. I have split into three areas; Club activities, Coaches and Run Leaders and Running Performance and Races. I have grouped similar responses, but all received nominations have been included below and left verbatim in most cases.
Happy reading, I hope it makes you feel as proud to be part of a great club as I do, and I look forward to having face-to-face sessions going again when we can in 2021.
In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your running.
|Jeff Green and Jean Sullivan and team||
|Brit Tate||For doing the online strength training - really good to be able 'see' some other Harriers, whilst also getting a good strength workout!|
|Petra Bijsterveld||For doing the unenviable task of membership secretary and social media rep so skilfully|
|Peter Roll||I stupidly took on some long distance challenges last year for a charity I support. Peter joined me on practically all or part of my weekly long training runs - as soon as we were allowed - and was just the best companion. My favourite week was the week I had to do a marathon distance training run. We set out with him saying he would join me for about 16 and he just didn’t stop - his first marathon for 10 years under his belt. He really did make a difference to me and whilst he knows it I would like him to have the Harriers recognition|
|Nicola Budding||Support coach for the junior fell session on a Monday Night, the best support I could have she is always there whatever the weather, she is amazing at putting things on line for me. She just makes coaching a pleasure|
|Jane McCarthy and Jonathan Turner||
|Club Records 2020||
|Oli Murphy & Jane McCarthy||for their inspiring Ilkley Skyline runs. As NLFR haven’t updated their Skyline results, I guess both are “unofficial” course records, but either way they were both fantastic runs that reflect the “Fastest Known Time” spirit of lockdown.|
|Jann Smith||for a V50 (also still to be officially recognised) record for ilkley Skyline over the Summer.|
|Paul Carman||for his double Ilkley Skyline (yet to be formally recognised but) New Record time|
|Lucy Williamson||for her performance to be 1st lady at Anglesey half marathon|
|Ilkley Harriers trip to the Coniston Trail Half Marathon||
Following the announcement on 4th Jan 21 of a further lockdown period, the latest Government rules with regard to exercise and activities are as follows:
You may leave the home to
This means that all organised club sessions are cancelled with immediate effect. If you do meet with another club member as part of your allowed exercise this must not be as a 'club activity' and so we would ask that you do not wear Ilkley Harriers branded clothing etc.
As further clarification is published by the Government or from UK Athletics on what is / is not allowed then we will update you all accordingly.
In the meantime, stay safe and stay active (within the rules) :)
From Jeff Green ...
The Great Owl GPX Grand Prix series which kicked off in July and included 12
races (best 5 to count) finally drew to a close on 1st Jan 2021. Only two
Harriers competed - myself and Steven Bysouth - but we both finished in the
top 10 with Steven just missing out (by 1 point) in a very closely fought
battle for first place. I got off to a good start with efforts that placed
me 4th in The Roundhay Rumble (see earlier race report), 2nd - to Steven,
obviously! - in The Dick Double (Medium Fell) and 3rd in Wild West Park
(Short Trail). Unfortunately, an ongoing Achilles problem meant I had to
stick to the short races for my last two counters and couldn't match my
earlier form, finishing 6th overall and first MV50. Steven on the other
hand, ran 11 out of the 12 races, won 4 and never dropped below 3rd place,
including a win in the 45k North Leeds Trail Marathon! A well-deserved
custom-made trophy should soon be sitting on Steven's mantelpiece!