Over the New Year's weekend, Ilkley Harriers were following the club motto of "Running on the road, up and down the fells, and across the country."
Across the country, Ripon Runners' Jolly Holly Jog is a popular end-of-year run, the 10km race takes in the scenic parkland of Studley Royal. Andy Wade raced to 2nd place in 35.29, a very respectable time on the mixed terrain, and helping Ilkley Harriers to take the men's team prize. Carl Smith was 22nd in 40.21; Geoff Howard's 23rd place and 40.29 made him 2nd Vet-55; and Geoff Paget was 48th in 42.42. Next was another super-Vet, Norman Bush 2nd Vet-60 in 51st place and 43.04; and Di Kitchen 3rd lady (and 1st lady Vet) in 54th place and 43.13. Richard Gray was 99th in 46.42; Steve Fletcher 164th in 52.05. Emma Barclay and Andy Kitchen were also running.
On the fells, the Auld Lang Syne race at Howarth presented a strong draw to the club's fell-runners. Ian Holmes won for the eighth year. Nick Pearce was 40th in 42 mins and Mike Baldwin 60th in 43.30. It was great to have Tracey Ambler once again running in Ilkley colours for an impressive third ladies' place, and with Sally Malir (47 mins), Joyce Marshall, Richard Malir, Keith Wood, Rachael Gooch and Ronnie Shackleton all enjoyed a great race and the free beer at the finish.
And on the road, Eddie Irvine finished an impressive 8th place in a blistering 32.28 in the Clitheroe 10km, with David Matthews 37th in 35.43; Mark Iley 57th in 37.02 (a PB by 2 seconds); and Peter Shields 90th in 39.10.
Nearly 30 Harriers were amongst the 850 runners in Boxing Day's Chevin Chase - not only trying to work off the Christmas excesses, but also chasing points in the final event in our club running league. Although this race attracts runners of Allsorts, it's no Christmas gift - its 7 miles takes in some rough tracks and a steep climb up the Chevin. First Harrier home was Andy Wade in a creditable 11th place in 42.55 (the first runners were all top-class, even if one was dressed as a chicken). After Mike Baldwin, the next competitive Harrier was Phil Atkinson in 49.04; then Neil Chapman 49.51; Sally Malir 51.15 and 5th lady; Norman Bush about 51.30; second-claim member Kirstin Bailey 10th lady in 52m; Julie Harvey and Joyce Marshall in 53m; Nick Mapstone in 54.33; Keith Wood 55m; Alison Crane and Richard Gray 59m; Shirley Wood 62.42; Ronnie Shackleton, Bernie Connor and Claudia Barjolin in about 63m; Chris Porritt and Margot Dale 64m; Andy Sarah 65.15; Jill Cooke, Steve Fletcher, and Chris Airey in 66m; Howard Allen 70m; Brian Sweet 75m; and Mandy Chapman 77 minutes.
All times are approximate - apologies for any errors. Official Results will be available on Aire Centre Pacers' site
Sunday saw the 11th annual running of the Stoop fell race over 5 miles with 800' of climb. The race starts and finishes at Penistone Country Park near Howarth, and is an out and back course - tailenders getting 'encouragement' as the leaders pass them on the way home. For an incredible 10th time it was won by Bingley's Ian Holmes, his 28.47 over 2 minutes outside his record, probably due to the muddy conditions. First Harrier home in a field of 227 runners was Chris Gale in 28th place and 34.15, closely followed by Nick Pearce 36th in 34.36, Jim Ryder 38th in 34.38, and Dave Matthews whose 46th place in 35.23 was good enough for 3rd Vet 50.
Dennis Ackroyd was 96th in 39.09 then came our ladies: Sally Malir 101st and 5th lady in 39.26; Alison Weston 118th and 6th lady in 40.35; Jo Foster 139th and 10th lady in 42.41; and Anna Liuba 154th and 15th lady in 43.35. These performances were good enough to give Ilkley the ladies team prize. And still well up the field was new Harrier Andy Wolfenden in 188th place 47.26.
Harriers put out 3 teams, 36 runners, for Halifax Harriers' Calderdale Way Relay on Sunday. Many clubs struggle to field 1 team on the day - the tough terrain, legs up to 10 miles in length with plenty of climb, the miserable time of year, and runners' availability all make this a nightmare for team captains, and we couldn't have managed without digging deep into our volunteer reserves.
Star pairing on the Men's team was Jim Ryder and Chris Gale, with a quality 16th place helping us to a superb 24th place out of 100 teams.
Also noteworthy was the ladies' 4th place, another excellent result. Thanks to all those involved in the last-minute team changes.
A field of over 150 competed in the Bolton by Bowland Fell Race on a pleasant, sunny, but windy Sunday morning. With only 800 feet of climb over eight miles this was more of an elongated, scenic, cross-country race than a fell race with plenty of obstacles to navigate - stiles, gates, streams, ditches and ankle-deep mud across all the fields. David Matthews produced another superb run to follow on from last week’s success in the Rivock Edge race as he again finished first Vet-50 by a large margin in 54.47 and 14th place. Jill Cooke also ‘enjoyed’ splashing her way round the course and finished in 79.43 in 146th place.
Meanwhile two of our ladies were representing West Yorkshire in the Northern Premier League Cross-Country Championships at Barnsley. Sally Malir was 15th and Di Kitchen 20th in an elite field. West Yorkshire won, beating South Yorkshire and the North Eastern Harriers.
On drier land, several dozen Harriers competed in the popular Abbey Dash. Indeed, conditions were as good as you could get for a 10km road race: cool and dry with no wind, and a fast, flat course - the race was won in 29 minutes. 2500 runners set out from Wellington Street in Leeds, raced out to the historic ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, then back to Leeds Town Hall. Eddie Irving was first Harrier home in 32.25 and, we believe, first Vet-45. Andy Wade ran another good race in 33.59. Mark Iley's 37.04 was a PB, and he led home the next batch of Harriers: Neil Chapman (also running a PB in 37.45), Phil Atkinson (37.55), Ken Souyave (38), John Coen (38.25), Ewan Welsh (38.40), and Carl Smith (38.47 in his first race since 1987). Chris Thompson ran 39.35, Dick Hebbert 40.15, and Martin Heath 42.12. Other Harriers men were Clive Smith, Nick Mapstone, Jeff Paget, Phil Hirst, Keith Wood, John Woodward (48), Steve Fletcher (50), Bob Whiting (51), and Brian Sweet (55.28). For the ladies, Janet Souyave and Christine Airey ran about 50 minutes, then Amanda Parnaby, and Elaine Ibbotson 52.00 in her first road race.
A strong Ilkley ladies' team competed in the third race of the West Yorkshire Cross-Country League, at Bradford on Saturday. Emma Barclay placed 20th in 26 minutes; Di Kitchen 26th in 26.40, Janet Hebbert 42nd in 28.40, and Bridget Doherty 43rd in 28.44 - the ladies were 5th overall in a very competitive field. For the men, Dick Hebbert had a good run in 46.30
Sunday's Rivock Edge Hill Race was always going to be tough, 10 miles over rough terrain with 1500' of climb, much of that
in the initial haul straight up from Silsden Park to Nab End. Then there was the biting wind that made it an effort
to run downhill off Nab End, and the bad conditions underfoot, all conspiring to add at least five minutes to running times.
But there were Harriers aplenty in the field, lured partly by the prospect of points in the club's 2000 Running League.
In the ladies' race we had 3 in the top 5: Anna Liuba 2nd in 90.43, Alison Weston 3rd in 91.22, and Jo Foster 5th in 94.00.
Rachael Gooch (97.02), Shirley Wood (102.50), Susie Jollie (105.43) and Jill Cooke (109.57) completed a great ladies'
Four men made the top 20 in a quality field: Mark Iley was 14th in 77.00, Jim Ryder 15th in 77.08, Mike Baldwin 16th in 77.14, and David Matthews 17th in 77.26 Other runners were Mike Rhodes 34th in 81.26, Peter Shields 42nd in 83.46, Justin Oldham 51st in 86.10, and Dennis Ackroyd 77th in 91.08. Eugene Doherty was 100th in 95.25, Keith Wood 111th in 98.35, and Dave Ibbotson 118th in 101.54 All were well-placed amongst the 149 finishers.
Official results on K&C's site
At lower altitude, Andy Wade had another great 10k race, this time in the Barnsley 10km race, where his 34.16 was good enough for 7th place.
20 Harriers enjoyed the first race in this season's Sport Direct series. It was a fine day, brilliant for running,
and a lovely hilly course over a new single-lap route around the Temple Newsam estate. But it was extremely muddy, the
slippery and sticky terrain favoring the fell-runners over the road-racers. So Andy Wade did remarkably well to finish
3rd in 31.42 (2nd in the competition after the guest runner in 2nd place), in touch with the leader.
Other counters in the men's team (great to have a team, well done Bernie!) were Jim Ryder 15th (34m), Mike Baldwin 28th (35m), Ken Souyave 41st (36m), Phil Atkinson 52nd (37m), Neil Chapman 56th (37.17), Eddie Winslow 58th (38m), and Peter Ellis 67th (38m).
Times are approximate, positions updated 18th Nov
Other Harriers helping improve our team position by 'bumping' down other teams' runners were Keith Wood 99th (41m), Dave Ibbotson 103rd (42m), Bernie Connor 131st (46m), and Andy Sarah 132nd (47m).
The men's team was 6th out of 10, with 319 points, and within striking distance of 4th place (280 points), a good start to the season! As it's placings and not points that are carried forward, "there's everything to play for"!
In this league, the ladies race with the men, and Di Kitchen was well up, her 39.48 bringing her home as 5th lady and . Alison Bennett enjoyed a good run for 10th in about 41m, Jo Foster ran well despite a cold for 15th in 42.25, and Shirley Wood ran strongly in 44m and 23rd to complete the team. Competition amongst the ladies is tough, with Alison Crane just behind in 45m and 27th, Susie Jollie 29th and 45.57, Gill Cooke 35th 46m, and Joanne Goulty 48th 51m in her first XC race.
With 53 points the ladies were 2nd to Horsforth (20 points), with Ackworth and Abbey nipping their heels in equal 3rd place with 66 points. There were 9 ladies' teams.
The Cross-Country season continued with the second race in the high- class West Yorkshire Cross-Country League, this time at Skipton. Harriers had the 6th ladies' team: Sally Malir led them home in 33.06 and 17th place; Di Kitchen was 24th in 34.16; Claire Williams was 38th in 37.42; and Janet Hebbert was 48th in 37.43. In the men's race Harriers packed well, with Clive Smith 103rd, Dick Hebbert 108th, and Peter Shields 113th.
On the fell, Anna Liuba and Rachael Gooch ran in the Shepherds Skyline, 6 miles and 1150' of climb on the moors above yon Tod'. They were 9th and 10th ladies: Anna 113th in 61.32 and Rachael 136th in 64.32
Full results on Tod Harriers website.
The last weekend in October is traditionally Karrimor weekend. The Karrimor International Mountain Marathon is the
grand-daddy of all the current 'adventure' races, and still one of the most testing and respected in the hill running
community. A long navigational fell race on the Saturday is made harder by having to carry all your kit for an overnight
camp, where the art of minimising baggage weight for an acceptable level of camping comfort is tested, before a second
day of running over wild terrain. This year's event was in the Lake District's Duddon Valley, but made tougher by the
dreadful weather conditions.
Eddie Winslow was running on the hardest 'Elite' course, finishing in 30th place after 14 hours of running over the 2 days.
On the shorter 'B' course, Joyce Marshall and her husband finished in 13 hours, in 41st place in a large field.
On the 'C', Dave and Clare Cheesewright were 10th and third mixed pair, just behind the other 2 mixed pairs in 8h21. Ros Leach ran with another lady Vet to complete the same course in 16h23.
On the Long 'Score' event, where runners pick which controls to visit in the time allowed, Anna Liuba and her partner had a great 58th place, with 405 points. Tim Ashelford and partner were 82nd with 370 points; and Rachael Gooch and Alison Hood recovered well from a Day 1 disaster - marshals disallowing a vital river crossing, to gain the qualifying standard of 250 points.
Full results on the KIMM website.
Last weekend Ilkley Harriers were racing along the the roads, across country, and up and down the fells! On the road, 10 Harriers were amongst the 50,000 entrants in the Great North Run, helping make it the biggest race in the UK. Mark Iley enjoyed a great race to finish with a PB of 1h23.25 Clive Smith was close behind with 1h25.48, with Dennis Ackroyd running 1h27.29, and Dave Ibbotson 1h48.45. Vince Gibbons ran 1h56.49; Steve Fletcher, Bernie Davidson, and Christine Airey were all on the 2-hour mark - Christine beating her previous time by 15 minutes. Bernie Gibbons ran 2h9, and Heather Duke 2h11.
Saturday saw the first event in the very competitive West Yorkshire Cross Country League. Ilkley Ladies were 5th team, with Emma Barclay the first finisher in 20th place with 24.46, Sally Malir 22nd with 25.03, Di Kitchen 30th with 25.42, and Janet Hebbert 45th in 26.58. For the men Nick Pearce was 50th in 40.44, Eddie Winslow 97th in 44.15, Dick Hebbert 100th in 44.40, and Phil Chappell 115th in 46.42.
And on the fells, the popular Withins Skyline fell race attracted many Harriers, partly for the marvelous Bronte-esque setting, partly for the Club Running League points to be got. Chris Gale was 25th with 48.56, Jim Ryder 32nd with 50.36, Norman Bush 55th with 53.43, Tony Thornley 73rd with 54,46, Rachael Gooch 150th and 12th lady in 62.24, and Jo Foster just one place behind in 62.25
Far from that madding crowd, Shirley Wood was racing at a National Orienteering event on the sand dunes of Braunton Burrows in North Devon, finishing 3rd.
From this week on, Pete's Thursday night session will be on the grass at Ben Rhydding Sports Club, at a new time of
There's a great crowd, with a range of abilities, enjoying structured sessions to build speed and stamina.
Peter Cooke reports:
The prestigious Fell Running Association’s relay championships were held on Sunday 15th October and Ilkley Harriers were among a select group of clubs able to enter teams in all three classes - Open, Veterans and Ladies. Dark Peak Fell Runners hosted the event at the small village of Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District. The format of the event was two legs with individual runners followed by two legs run in pairs.
Running the first leg, the relatively short climb to the summit of Mam Tor, Graham Pearce (54.21), Sally Malir (58.26) and Dennis Ackroyd (58.30) all turned in good performances for Ilkley.
Mark Priestley, a new recruit to the club, took over for the Open team and used his navigational skills in a very fine run (62.10) over the edges of Kinder Scout to lift them to 36th place on the second leg. Pete Shields (63.04) and Emma Barclay (64.33) continued the battle between the Veterans and the Ladies as they enjoyed an excellent competitive tussle.
The third leg required navigational skills of the highest order as it involved a 15km (straight-line distance) traverse of the Kinder plateau where the route was unknown until the runners were handed a marked map on starting. David Cheesewright, running with Mark Iley, used all his skills as they completed the leg in 153.39 for the 19th fastest time. Veterans Geoff Howard and Norman Bush (183.35) and Ladies Alison Weston and Claire Williams (199.52) also enjoyed superb runs while many other teams came seriously to grief.
Helen Sedgwick, chauffeured to and from the race between working night shifts, ran the fourth leg and with Andrea Priestley showed great speed and strength to storm round in the second fastest Ladies' time of 117.12. This 14km leg across some of the wettest and foulest terrain on Kinder also suited Nick Pearce and Mike Baldwin (104.57) as they bought the Veterans back into contention with our Open team's Jim Ryder and Phil Atkinson (134.49).
Local knowledge was a great advantage over such as difficult terrain as hosts Dark Peak won both the Open and Ladies races. At the end of a day of brilliant Ilkley performances our Ladies finished in a well-deserved fourth place (55th overall), ouren team were 40th overall, and our Veterans 16th (43rd overall) in a top-class field of 84 teams.
See loads of photos.
Check out the full results on the DPFR website
Ilkley Harriers ran in a variety of events over the weekend.
Tim Ashelford travelled to France for the Duathlon World championships,
and finished 15th in the competitive 35-39 age class and 72nd overall, a fantastic result.
Closer to home, five mudlarks got valuable Ilkley Harriers Running League points by running in Skipton AC's cross-country event on Saturday. Nick Pearce was 31st and 1st Vet-45 in the Men's race with 45.02, Norman Bush in 48.00 was 41st and 1st Vet-60, and new member Richard Hebbert was 52nd in 49.28. In the ladies race, Di Kitchen was 19th in 29.31 and Janet Hebbert was 30th in 32.00, her first XC race. Harriers hope to make a big splash in the local cross-country races in the coming months, so this is a great start.
On Sunday, Andy Wade and Ewan Welsh travelled over the Pennines for the Manchester Marathon, still a big event in the athletics calendar with 888 finishers. Andy ran a fine 2h58m to finish in 79th place: Ewan also also ran well to finish in 187th in 3h18.
Ilkley's ladies took top honours in the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay in Patterdale, beating all the other ladies' teams by a good margin,
finishing about half way up a quality field, and only 8 minutes behind our men's team. This relay is a tough one, covering 25 miles
with 8500' of climb over real mountain terrain.
Andrea Priestley and Helen Sedgwick led off into the mist, and shook off Clayton Ladies to finish well ahead in 31st place in 90 minutes. Jo Foster and Clare Cheesewright almost caught the Harriers' men on the second leg, running 54 minutes. Sally Malir and Julie Harvey ran the long third leg, with a good finish in 92 minutes, to set Rachael Gooch and Alison Weston off on the long climb up Red Screes to finish 73 minutes later. This is the first time we've fielded a ladies' team so success was all the sweeter.
The men entered a Vets team starting off with Mike Baldwin and Nick Pearce, a creditable 19th place in 83 minutes. The second leg pair of Bernie Connor and Peter Ellis suffered from a navigational error, finishing in 61 minutes. Clive Smith, just qualifying as a Veteran, and Geoff Howard picked up 4 places to finish 33rd in 87 minutes, leaving Peter Shields and Dennis Ackroyd to finish in 71 minutes for 37th place overall: again, a very good position in a field of some 60 quality teams.
See loads of photos.
On firmer ground, 7 Harriers raced in Sunday's Horsforth 10km. Andy Wade was first home, in 34.49 for 6th place. John Coen was next in 38.58, with Neil Chapman close behind in 39.04. Phil Atkinson ran 40.20, Brian Sweet 56.45, and Mandy Chapman 58.30.
11 Harriers ran in Sunday's Kirkstall Abbey 10km. Over a difficult course, no-one was likely to get a PB, but there were
points to be got for the Ilkley Harriers Running League. Andy Wade was first Harrier home, 8th in 35.04. Next came
John Coen, 32nd in 38.55; and Ken Souyave 34th in 39.05. Mark Iley ran 39 minutes, Neil Chapman 39.33, Nick Mapstone
about 41m, Brian Sweet 52.55, Mandy Chapman 55m, and Janet Souyave and Richard Gray were also running.
Further south, David Ibbotson was amongst 9,000 runners in the Nottingham Robin Hood Half Marathon, a record entry. The scenic route started on the Trent embankment, taking in the city centre, the Castle, Wollaton Park before returning to the embankment. In dull overcast conditions, David ran 1hr 44 min 41 sec.
Nick Pearce ran in the Bonanza fell race from the Ponderosa cafe ... in Wales! Despite being oddly named and only 3.5 miles long, this was a pukka Category A fell race with 900' of climb. Nick was 4th in about 31 minutes, only a minute or so down on the winner.
Meanwhile, Tim Ashelford was racing at the Blackburn Duathlon, with a 5km cross-country run, followed by 20km of road cycling, then another 5km cross-country run. Tim came 2nd, and was presented with his prize by the great Ron Hill.
And Eddie Winslow was tackling even more sports in the latest of the 'Ace Races'. Over 2 days of competition he tackled 2.5 hours of orienteering, 5 hours of mountain biking, a 2 hour night navigation exercise, 2 hours of canoeing, and finished with a 13km fell race over Coniston Old Man in the mist and rain. Eddie was 4th, bringing him up to 3rd overall in the series.
The 'petrol crisis' saw a record turnout at the Old Bridge for Sunday's long club run, but two of our ladies did get out
In Skipton Elaine Ibbotson ran in the Women's 4.5 Mile Race. Making her racing debut she ran strongly over the undulating, mixed terrain course to finish 13th in 39:34. The race was won by Jo Prowse of Keighley and Craven in 29:28.
Helen Sedgwick made it further afield to the Dalehead fell race. Although only 4.5 miles long, the tough course had 2210' of climb, and Helen ran well to finish in 65 minutes and 17th lady in the Championship field.
The previous weekend, Tim Ashelford was 8th (out of 158) at the Ripon Triathlon.
Winter's coming, and sadly it's getting too dark and dangerous for hard training on the fell. So, as of this Thursday 14th September Pete's Thursday night session will be on the grass at Ben Rhydding Sports Club, at 7pm. Don't think that it'll be any easier though ...
Eddie Irving had a great run today in the prestigious Bradford 10k, finishing 7th overall and 4th Vet-45 in the British
Vets Championships - he was the first Yorkshire Vet 45. Other great results in the same race were Andy Wade 34.20, John
Coen 38.13, Ken Souyave 38.45, and Neil Chapman 39.05, and Peter Shields
Later in the day, Harriers were taking part in the Ilkley Triathlon. Janet Hebbert, Di Kitchen, Bridget Doherty, Mark Iley, and Mike Baldwin (close together with 68.07 and 68.16 respectively), all enjoyed good runs (and swims and bike rides!) and were cheered on by lots of Harriers supporting. While it was a first-time for many of them, Di showed her class to finish 2nd lady Vet in 1h14m.
Over the weekend Nick Pearce started his cross-country season early running in two Civil Service events in Swansea, and his
times of 36.12 and 36.06 for 10km show impressive form for the season ahead.
And in the Lake District Mountain Trial, Alison Weston was 5th in the 15-mile 5000' climb ladies' course, finishing in under 6 hours; Rachael Gooch was 10th lady in under 7 hours. Ros Leach was 3rd lady in the 10-mile, 3500' Open course.
Ilkley Harriers fielded two teams in the Leeds Country Way relay, circumnavigating Leeds in 6 stages. John Coen and Clive Smith kicked off for the men, finishing in about 12th position (out of about 40 teams) in 79.08, while a strong ladies' team started off with Bridget Doherty and Di Kitchen in 95.47. Next up for the men were Nick Mapstone and Dennis Ackroyd in 86.47, with Emma Barclay and Johanne Kerr only a few places behind in 89.29. On the third leg Dave Ibbotson and James Lind ran 87.08, Jo Foster and Alison Bennett 90.42; and on the fourth leg Phil Chappell and Chris Gale ran 88.50 while new Harrier Andrea Priestley paired with Helen Sedgwick ran 92.26. On the penultimate stage Phil Atkinson and Neil Chapman ran 68.50, while Sally Malir and Julie Harvey ran 75 minutes. Finally, Ken Souyave and Juan Ruiz brought home the men in 68 minutes, while Jill Cooke and Bernie Davidson ran 72 minutes. Final results and placings are still not available, but the men finished in the top half of the field and the ladies were amongst the first few teams. An event like this takes a lot of commitment and requires real strength in depth, so well done to all involved and thanks to Ken and Janet for organising the mens' and ladies' teams.
While these 24 Harriers were racing around Leeds, Nick Pearce and Peter Shields were racing 4,400' up Ben Nevis in the 10-mile fell race. This was won by Yorkshireman Ian Holmes in 1h28m. Nick was about 35th in the Championship field in 1h51m, while Pete, recovering from a bug, ran about 2h20m.
Also on the fells, but closer to home, was Mark Iley in the Bradley Fell race near Skipton. Over 4.5 miles and 675' of climb Mark was 20th in 28.46.
And in Northumbria, Shirley Wood finished 2nd lady in the 'C' Class of the Pheonix 2-day event, 31km navigating over the Cheviots.
The previous weekend, Tim Ashelford qualified for the GB Team for this years Duathlon World championships in France, with 12th place and 2nd in his age category at Tadcaster last weekend.
There was a huge turnout for the long, steady, run from the Old Bridge this Sunday, as many Harriers relaxed over the Bank Holiday weekend and
enjoyed the social side of club running.
One man out racing, though, was Nick Pearce. On Saturday the Mount Skip fell race, 4.5 miles with 1000' from the Gala Field at Mytholmroyd, caught his attention. The winner was Gary Oldfield in 31.28, over 2 minutes outside the course record after a bad route choice error, and Nick was close behind with 33.38, good enough for 9th place and 2nd Vet. The next day, Nick lined up for the shorter Halton Gill fell race at Arncliffe, only 1.7 miles but with 800' of climb on tough fell terrain good enough to be a category 'A' race in the FRA calendar . Nick was 10th in about 16 minutes, with another of our veteran runners Norman Bush just a few places behind.
15 Harriers forsook the usual Tuesday night club run for Wharfedale Harriers' Beamsley Beacon fell race, making up nearly a third of the field, and enjoyed a friendly, well-organised race over a good course. The 5 mile race from the Crown hotel in Addingham to Beamsley Beacon and back was won by former Harrier Jason Hemsley in 38.50. Nick Pearce, 4th (but second to the top) in 40.26 was first Harrier, and won the prize for 1st Vet-45. Chris Gale was next Harrier, 6th in 41.52; local Mark Iley picked a great route down to Addingham to finish 7th in 42.16 and pip Mike Baldwin whose 42.59 was, however, good enough for the Vet-40 prize. Norman Bush had a great run to finish 13th, first Vet-60 in 44.04. Imminent member David Cheesewright was 21st in 46.05. Denis Ackroyd was 22nd and 2nd Vet-50 in 46.17, and Justin Oldham was 26th in 48.36. Then Harriers' ladies took 5th to 8th places in the ladies' race: Emma Barclay, 32nd in 49.38 and Sally Malir 34th in 49.56 both suffered from a route- finding error; Julie Harvey had a good run to finish 35th in 50.00, closely followed by Alison Weston 37th in 50.11. Anna Liuba was 42nd in 52.34; Jo Foster 43rd in 54.08; and Shirley Wood 44th in 55.33
The Burnsall Feast accomodated two races, a 10 mile road
race and the more popular short fell race. Andy Wade ran in the 10
miler, over an arduous course, and enjoyed a good run to finish 4th in
The Burnsall Classic Fell Race was shorter, at 1.5 miles, but with 900' of climb in that distance was equally tough. The race was won by Ian Holmes in 13.41, with former Harrier Tracey Ambler first lady. Nick Pearce was our first man in, 22nd and 3rd Vet-40 in 17.12; Dennis Ackroyd was 55th in 20.39; Alison Weston was 74th and 8th lady with 21.05 ; and Anna Liuba in 90th with 22.45 was 11th lady.
The next day Nick Pearce ran in the Worsthorne Mag fell race at Burnley, 7 miles with 900' of climb, and finished in about 44 minutes, just ahead of son Graham in 47 minutes.
Two of our fast veteran runners were out racing at the weekend. Geoff Howard ran in the Sedberg Hills fell race, 14 miles with 6000' of climb and tough enough to be a category 'A' fell race. The race was won by Borrowdale's Mark Roberts in 2h12m, but Geoff wasn't too far behind in 18th place overall and 2nd Vet-50 with 2h22m. Sedbergh was an 'FRA' race - on the same day there was a much shorter race under the alternative 'BOFRA' organisation at Hawswick. Norman Bush finished 13th in this in 13m49s, and was just pipped for the first Vet-45 place.
It's holiday time. At the weekend Nick 'The Race' Pearce was apparently the only Harrier out racing, choosing the Weets fell race at Barnoldswick. This was a 'B' category race, 6 miles with 800' of climb, with about half of the course on road. Nick finished in 38.54 for 18th place and was the 4th Veteran.
18 Harriers ran - those who failed to show will get a tougher handicap next year. Amanda won convincingly, and Nick carved his way nicely through the field to finish 7th.
A hardy band of 11 male Harriers (where were all the ladies?) were amongst the 819 runners who competed in this classy race. The heat was on, in more than one sense of the word, as top runners fought for 'area' honours (the "North" won, by a good margin, hooray (but would have won by an even larger margin had Ian Fisher, who finished 11th with 31.10, been selected ...)). The race was won in 29.52 by Tipton's Nick Jones, an incredible time on this undulating course with several sharp turns, and in the very hot conditions that were leaving lesser runners overheated and blistered. Andy Wade nearly hit his 34-minute target with 34.07, for a most satisfactory 39th place. John Coen was next in, 135th with 38.29. Then Ken Souyave, 150th in 38.56; and Clive Smith, 164th in 39.18. The first 3 helped us to a very respectable 13th team place. Paul Wood led in the next wave, in 193rd place with 40.19, having overtaken Nick Mapstone (sorry Nick) in the last few hundred metres - Nick was 200th in 40.25. Mark Iley was 219th in 41.04; Phil Chappell 305th in 43.49; Bernie Connor 354th in 45.17; Ewan Welsh (escorting his brother) 478th 48.36; and Brian Sweet 676th in 56.11.The same day, Nick Pearce was running in a completely different kind of race. Eschewing the blistering tarmac for the high fells, Nick joined just 80 others in the Holme Moss Fell race, 16 miles with 4000' of climb. The heat effected runners here too - Gary Oldfield won in 2h22, some 20 minutes outside the course record. Nick was 11th and 3rd Vet in 2h41.
Last Wednesday, Di Kitchin had a good run in the Gargrave Cross-Country to finish 2nd lady, and first lady vet, in 43.07. Eugene Doherty was one place behind, 13th, 3rd Vet in 43.55; and Bridgit Doherty was 17th in 47.40
Over the weekend, Peter Shields took up Abbey Runners' Challenge, starting with their 10km race in a respectable 40 minutes, then the 5km race in 19 minutes, and finally the Eccup 10 mile race in 68 minutes. A great hat-trick of times, and good enough for 3rd place in the Vet-50 competition. Nick Pearce also ran in the 10-mile race, finishing in 60.20
Meanwhile, Shirley Wood and Roz Leach were both running in the Capricorn mountain orienteering race, on the slopes of the Old Man of Coniston. On Saturday, when the Lake District had the highest temperature in the country, their courses took them over 14km of mountain paths with 670m of climb. And on Sunday there was a further 8km with 500m of climb in slightly cooler conditions.
This weekend saw Harriers running in 2 great fell races.
On Saturday the Ingleborough fell race, over 7 miles with 2000' climb, was staged on a bright, warm afternoon that rewarded the runners with fabulous views of Morecambe Bay. Dennis Ackroyd had a great run to finish strongly in 63.57. Phil Chappell, racing on the fells for the first time in a while, was close behind with 66.27, and Dave Ibbotson completed the close-packing trio with 67.54
On Sunday it was the Kentmere Horseshoe, one of the medium race counters in the English Championships. An accident on the dastardly A65 meant that several competitors arrived late - Rachael was stopped by a marshal as she approached the race to let the pack ran past, then pluckily set off in hot pursuit. 388 runners competed in this 12 mile, 3300' climb, classic race. Geoff Howard ran 1h48.23 to finish 80th overall and 7th Vet-50; Phil Atkinson, picking a toughie for his 2nd race back on the fells, ran 2h07; Anna Liuba was first Harriers lady (time not available); Jo Foster ran 2h25; and Rachael, starting over 10 minutes late, 2h24.
Meanwhile, John, Ken, and Clive finished 6th (38.08), 8th (38.25), and 9th (38.37) in the Thorpe Arch mixed-terrain 10km.
Ken’s track sessions are taking a break until the dark evenings, but Pete will continue on the Fells. Meet on Wells Road under Ilkley Moor (opposite the Darwin Gardens) at 7pm. Although Pete is away for a part of August Shirley will take a similar session - unless there’s someone out there willing to fill the gap.
A good turnout of 23 Harriers for a distant mid-week race for this, the fifth and final counting race in the
Harrogate and District Summer Road League (there's a handicap race on the 26th at Ripon).
With some strong individual performances, the ladies consolidated their lead in the team competition and overtook Harrogate to win the lady vets' competition (well done Sally, Di, and Alison). Sally and Di also counted in the main team competition.
The main team, male vets, and 'elite' 5th placings reflect hard work by many of the Harriers men, but we need more of our "big guns" out to do even better next year.
STOP PRESS Ken and Sally pick up prizes as best vet-50 and lady vet 35 in the league.
At the weekend there was another unusual event, the 'Wharfedale Triple T'.
The first leg was a 3-mile uphill race on Friday evening: Nick Pearce was 12th and first Vet in 20.07, Geoff Howard was
16th and 3rd Vet-50 in 21.05. The second leg on Saturday was a 12 mile fell race. Nick was 2nd in this, and 1st Vet,
in 1h22.49. Geoff was 4th, and 1st Vet-50, in 1h22.50. Norman Bush, running in only this race and not the whole series,
was 14th and first Vet-60 in 1h41.24. Finally, the Triple finished with a short 1.5 mile fell race on the Sunday.
Nick was 5th and first Vet in 14.02, Geoff was 14th and 3rd Vet-50 in 14.58.
Overall in the series, Nick finished 2nd and Geoff 5th, with Geoff picking up the over-50 prize.
On the road, Andy Wade lopped 49s off his PB for 10 miles in the Leyland 10, finishing 9th in 55.44.
There was a disappointing turnout for these brilliant relays - only 3 Harriers' teams, and 28 teams in total,
well down on previous years. Are we suffering from fixtures fatigue?
Anyway, Mark and Paul were about to toss a coin for who was going to run twice, when Bernie turned up to save the day and run the third leg. The ladies had no such worries, with 2 good teams. Helen, Alison, and Di beat Pudsey to finish first ladies team (20th overall); Jo, Jill, and Janet were 3rd ladies team. (The men finished 13th.) Helen ran the fastest leg by any lady on the night - 22.49
Let's have a better turnout next year?
The same night it was the Yorkshire Vets' Fell Championship. Norman Bush finished as first Vet-60, so is now a Yorkshire Champion!
Three Harriers were amongst the 90 runners tackling Skiddaw on Sunday, in a 9-mile fell race with 2700' of climb. Nick Pearce was 16th in 1.18.45, Geoff Howard was first Vet-50 in 20th place with 1.20.53, and Pete Shields was 46th in 1.31.54.
The same day, Andy Wade was 7th in the Skipton 10km road race with another fast run, 34.17. John Coen ran a PB of 37.13, Ken Souyave 37.35, Neil Chapman had a PB with 38.28, and Martin Heath 42.40.
Over the weekend Rachael and Alison were first ladies in the Carrock Fell Class of the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, after running 30km over 2 days, carrying everything for an overnight camp, they won by nearly 20 minutes in 19th place overall in 7h35mins.
Andy Wade finished 4th in 34.54 in the 10k road race. Also in the top 20 we had John Coen 38.05, Geoff Howard 38.38, and Ewan Welsh in 38.40. Johanne Kerr was 4th lady in 42.27, Alison Bennett was first lady vet 35, and Bridget Doherty was "first local".
A special mention to Bernie Connor who ran:
Makes you wonder why he took Saturday off?
Another great Harriers turnout, with 30 runners including a dozen ladies.
The newly combined Harrogate Imperial club gave us a great night out: a tough and interesting course (longer than last
year), good organisation, and a superb tea.
Otley's Ian Fisher had another unbeatable run, showing us the way round. First Harrier was Andy Wade, with captain Ken showing off his leg-speed (?) to finish second Harrier and well-placed in the vets. Sally was first lady, with a great run to beat off some classy opposition.
Harriers achieved a 1-2-3 (of sorts) in the Pen Y Ghent fell race, over 5 miles and 1500 feet of climb.
Dennis Ackroyd finished 61st in 65.24.
Today saw the culmination of the Yorkshire Veterans' Athletics
5km road race series. Ilkley Harriers vets competing included Ken
Souyave in 18 minutes dead; Peter Shields in 19.25; and Andy Kitchen in
'Guest' runners enjoying the fast racing included John Coen in 17.41 and Helen Sedgwick in 19.45.
Peter Shields succession of good results won him 3rd Vet50 place overall in this series.
In the last week, Ilkley Harriers have run from Otley to Jura, via
Last Wednesday evening Tim Ashelford was well to the fore in the Otley 10-mile road race, his 58.26 earning him a top 10 place. Next was Nick Pearce in 62.02; Mike Baldwin in 67.13; Sally Malir 7th lady in 68.14; Pete Shields in 69.53; Helen Sedgwick in 74.12.
At the weekend Pete Shields showed a great turn of speed at a different event, finishing first in the Yorkshire Race-Walking Club's Bradford to Ilkley Walk, a hilly 14 miles in 2h10mins, winning by 16 minutes! On the fells, Nick Pearce and Alison Weston were running in the 11-mile, 4,500' Helvellyn fell race, renowned for its steep ascent and descent. Nick finished 10th, 4th vet 40 in 1h55mins; Alison was 5th lady in 2h50mins.
Even further afield, Rachael Gooch ran in the awesome Isle of Jura race, 16 miles and 7,500' of climb across mighty Scottish mountains, finishing in about 70th position in 5h35mins, ahead of some 50 other runners and with energy to spare for the post-race Ceilidh.
9 Harriers, including 3 juniors, enjoyed Wharfedale Harriers' first running of this race.
The U9 race (there were 4 junior races) featured Callum Doherty, and Emily and Sam Wood.
The senior race had 1100' of climb over 3.5 miles, and the challenging course was easily up to FRA category 'A' standard. Spectators at White Wells cottage had a visual feast as the runners climbed past several times, bobbed across the horizon, and then plunged down distant slopes. It was won by P&B's Gary Devine, Malcolm was first Harrier home, leading in Nick, Mike, Billy, Anna, and Jill Cook (who declined to rerun the last stretch of leg-twanging hill for the benefit of the photographer).
1 28.04 Gary Devine P&B 11 30.56 Malcolm Pickering first V45 13 31.25 Nick Pearce 15 31.38 Mike Baldwin 16 31.53 Billy Kerr 42 39.54 Anna Liuba 4th lady 56 47.44 Jill Cooke 60 ran U9 race 1 3.40 Forrest Hamilton aged 8 13 5.03 Callum Doherty aged 4 14 5.05 Sam Wood aged 4 15 5.06 Emily Wood aged 8 Great promise there!
Not a high turnout in this club league race! But Andy Wade set his 10th PB of the season with 56.33, Clive Smith also PB'd in 61.55, and there were good runs from Phil Chappell 68.20 and Bernie Connor 81.11
This was a top-class eight stage relay, with a 5km undulating (hilly) course on tarmac. It was a great competition,
with a strong performance from the Ilkley team to finish 42nd out of around 60 teams.
Eddie Irving ran a superb leg 1, winning his stage in 15 mins 28 seconds.
Leg 2 Malcolm Pickering 17.18 Leg 3 Geoff Paget 18.54 Leg 4 Nick Pearce 17.39 Leg 5 Ken Souyave 18.09 Leg 6 Pete Shields 18.52 Leg 7 Andy Kitchen 20.15 Leg 8 Billy Kerr 16.54.
The winning team was Westbury in around 2.06, compared to our 2.24.
The second race in the Harrogate District Summer Race League 2000 at distant Richmond saw a great turnout of 26
Harriers, many of them arriving just in time for the start!
Despite missing some key runners, everyone pulled out all the stops (they had to, with Shirley spectating!)
for a great team result.
Harriers results below, and see the full results. Quite a few reversals of fortune.
MINS SECS 1 24 53 IAN FISHER Otley AC 29 31 17 CLIVE SMITH 31 31 31 KEN SOUYAVE 34 31 43 JOHN COEN 54 33 8 PHIL HIRST 55 33 12 GEOFF PAGET 61 33 28 PETER SHIELDS 62 33 45 MARTIN HEATH 66 33 53 JUAN RUIZ 69 33 58 PAul WOOD 71 34 10 PHIL CHAPPELL 76 34 32 DAVE IBBOTSON 81 34 53 JOHANNE KERR 89 35 35 HELEN SEDGWICK 90 35 40 EMMA BARCLAY 105 36 55 STEVE COCKERHAM 118 37 42 ALISON BENNETT 119 37 50 BERNIE CONNOR 128 39 9 ROB TEMPLEMAN 129 39 13 JO FOSTER 132 39 34 BRIDGET DOHERTY 137 39 57 RICHARD GRAY 154 42 53 HOWARD ALLEN 156 43 47 BRIAN SWEET 163 46 13 MANDY CHAPMAN 169 48 53 JILL ILEY 170 48 57 HELEN LAMBERT
At the weekend, Harriers competed in sizzling conditions on road and fell. In the Leeds Marathon
Ewan Welsh finished in 3h40 and Nick Mapstone in 4h03.
And in the accompanying half-marathon Andy Wade recorded a fine 1h18m30. Martin Heath did 1:42:51 in his 1st ever half-marathon, and Howard Allen 2h02.
Many miles away, in the 9-mile English Championships Fairfield Horseshoe fell race in the Lakes, Nick Pearce finished in 1h30 and 93rd position - an excellent position in the high-class 600-strong field. Helen Sedgwick was equally impressive as 23rd lady, as was Sally Malir (26th lady), finishing with Peter Shields in 1h52, Anna Liuba in 2h, and Rachael Gooch in 2h03.
Our Vets were out in force at the 5k Yorkshire Vets Championships at Esholt.
Eddie irving was 7th overall and 2nd Yorkshire Vet in a fine 15.52; Billy Kerr was 19th with
a PB of 16.23; Malcolm Pickering was 2nd V45 with 17.10, closely followed by Nick Pearce, then
Pete Shields and Andy Kitchen.
Helen Sedgwick ran 19.52 in the open race.
16 Harriers ran in the Jack Bloor navigational fell race on Tuesday,
in a 144-runner (record?) field. They enjoyed a good night's racing
with a warm, sunny evening and firm conditions underfoot. Malcolm and
Nick were first 2 Vets and led home the men's team in 3rd place,
and Sally was first lady.
Several Harriers, under Ros's calm leadership were on hand to help with the organisation too.
Harriers results below.
|1||Graham Patten||41||53||MV40||Pudsey & Bramley|
|8||Malcolm Pickering||44||32||MV40||1st vet|
|63||Sally Malir||53||26||L||1st lady|
In 73 degrees of heat, Andy Wade finished ahead of nearly 99.9% of the other runners in the Blackpool 10km race with a fine 34.45 (the race was won in 32.58).
The first race in the Harrogate District Summer Race League 2000 was a great success, with 143 runners including 36 Harriers enjoying the fine sunny evening. Ian Fisher beat his course record from last year. And everyone enjoyed Harriers' hospitality with a 'slap up tea' afterwards.
Harriers fielded 2 teams (Men's Vets, 4 to count; Ladies, 3 to count) in today's tough, 24-mile race over
Pen-Y-Ghent. Whernside, and Ingleborough (4500' of climb).
This in itself is an achievement as the race has stringent qualifying conditions. And the Harriers' placings
are even more impressive as this year the race was a counter in the Fell Championships, and the field was packed
with the top names in fell-running.
A number of Harriers supporting the race enjoyed the summery conditions, though the heat made things even harder for the runners.
|55||Nick Pearce||3.34.58||10th V40|
|66||Sally Norman||3.38.11||Glossopdale, 1st Lady|
|93||Geoff Howard||3.44.23||4th V50 (Prize)|
|233||Helen Sedgwick||4.20.43||13th Lady|
In today's Rothwell 10km road race, Andy Wade sliced another 34s off his PB with a fantastic 33.24 in 12th place (the race was won in 30.07 by Bingley's Andrew Pearson).
With the onset of the lighter evenings we’ve decided to change the format of the Thursday evening training. As from Thursday 4th May there will be two different training groups.
Both groups are open to men and ladies of all abilities, but Pete will be focussing on the ladies and giving them some specific coaching. We want to establish a supportive training group which will ultimately help to strengthen our team performances.
The success of these Thursday training sessions depends on Harriers making the effort and commitment to attend them. Ken and Pete are giving their time freely to coach us so please try to make their time worthwhile.
A host of Harriers ran in the Guiseley Gallop, a counter in our in-club
running league. In perfect running conditions, there were a record 411 finishers,
with Bingley's John Taylor and Andrew Pearson finishing joint first in 35.24.
Tim Ashelford finished first Harrier in 6th place and 37.33, with Andy Wade 9th in 38.02.
Nick Pearce was next Harrier, 18th in 40.17 and first M45. Then followed Clive Smith 44th in 43.13, Nick Mapstone 77th in 45.15 and Martin Heath 111th in 47.05. Bernie Connor in 55.29 held off Andy Sarah 56.11; Brian Sweet recorded 61.18, and Howard Allen 63.11 with London still in his legs.
Dave Ibbotson (4:00) and an elated Howard Allen (4:25), both in their third London, couldn't match Pinto's record 2:06:36, but were both comfortably ahead of 2/3 of the rest of the 32,000 London runners (including one Frank Bruno in 5:15).
A dozen Ilkley Harriers finished the popular Meanwood Valley trail, 8 miles over tracks, paths, and country.
This year's running of the race was more popular than ever, with over 260 runners including the famous Ron Hill
in his 2049th competitive race.
The race was won by Bingley's Mick Hawkins in 45.53 and Pudsey's Sarah Rowell (winning for the 3rd time) in 49.15, but Ilkley Harriers were well to the fore. Andrew Wade continues to enjoy his purple patch, with 47.58 and 9th place just reward for hard training. Close behind, 2nd and 3rd Vet 40s, were Malcolm Pickering in 14th place 48.34 and Nick Pearce 48.49 in 16th place. Mark Iley, 42nd in 53.08, was followed by Juan Ruiz with a storming run in 64th place with a great 55.24.
Ilkley had 2nd (Sally Malir 55.42), 3rd (Emma Barclay 56.20), and 4th (Johanne Kerr 57.58) ladies - a great result (if only there had been a team prize ...)
There was a good Harriers turnout as this was a counter in our club Running League: in 123rd Philip Chappell with 62.00, and Robert Templeman 67.40, Howard Allen 69.25, and Brian Sweet 78.19. Brian's perseverance in continuing after a turned ankle was rewarded with a 'Spot Prize'.
Sally (3rd), Di (6th), Bridget, and Jo brought home Ilkley in 3rd place on the day at Bramley Fall,
but just 4 points behind the first team, with Alison B, Janet G, and Janet S all grabbing valuable places
from other clubs.
That was enough to hold onto 4th place in the Series in this final event.
And with strong new runners emerging, we're looking forward to doing even better next season!
Despite wild, wintry weather on Sunday the romance of Ilkley Moor attracted a record field (245 entries with only one non-finisher). The surface demanded respect if you were to remain upright and the expressions on the faces of finishers said it all - it’s a tough race.
Harriers were out in force, with 20 finishers, our ladies just holding off a strong Saddleworth challenge to take the team prize (3rd, 4th, and 8th ladies). Well done to first time fell runners Juan (rumoured to say that it was his first and last fell race - we’ll see!) and Alison. Also to Helen and Norman running for the first time in Ilkley colours. And an army of marshalls and other helpers made the event run smoothly despite the rain!
12 Harriers took part in the first counter in the Ilkley Harriers Running League 2000. Won in 29.20, the first Harrier home was Eddie Irving in 32.00, followed by Andy Wade in 34.10 (smashing his PB).
3 Harriers took part in the gruelling Rombalds Stride, 25 miles across Rombalds Moor, Ilkley Moor, and The Chevin. Our Nick Pearce led at White Wells, but P&B's Stephen Bottomley pipped him to win in 2h53, reversing last year's positions. All 3 Ilkley runners finished well in the 500-strong field.
|50th||Rachael Gooch||3h49||5th lady|
|120th||Chris Porritt||4h37||First lady over 55|
It has come to my attention that there are those amongst you who have never been on the Sunday run. The aim of this article therefore is to educate and encourage you to join us.
First, the Mission Statement: to spend 1-2hrs running in areas we can’t cover on Tuesdays.
Next, - the details. We meet at 9.30am at the Old Bridge. The serious runners, - Norman, Rachel et al, go off and run seriously, which leaves the ladies Elite group. Of course, not all the members of the ladies Elite group are ladies (or even women) but for the purpose of the Sunday run they are to be regarded as such. Certainly, after a few months, the men amongst us will know more about child-rearing, HRT and women’s problems than their less favoured contemporaries.
All runners have a role within the group, thus Ros organises the route, Brian opens the gates, Ronnie tells the dirty jokes and the rest of us put the world to rights which, given the size of the task and the time constraints, is no mean feat. Since Margaret retired we have a vacancy for a cookery advisor and I understand that Pauline may be ready to relinquish her post as group historian now that gravity is catching up with her.
We have few rules but those we do have must be obeyed.
There are no age limits although anyone under thirty will be patronised or mothered. So, if you’d like to enrol, remember,
Pull yourselves together (sorry,-in-joke) and join us.
|Dewsbury 10K||13 Feb|
|South Leeds Stadiun 5M||12 March|
|Meanwood Valley trail 8M||25 March|
|Guiseley Gallop 10K||23 April|
|Baildon Boundary Way||May|
|Harrogate Road Race League, Harlow Carr||8 June|
|Ingleborough Fell Race||15 July|
|Harrogate Town Centre 10K||July*|
|Kirkstall Abbey 10K||Sept*|
|Withins Skyline 7M||22 Oct|
|Guy Fawkes 10M||Nov*|
|Rivock Edge 10M||26 Nov|
|Abbey Dash 10K||Dec*|
We’re putting more effort into Thursday sessions in 2000, and we’re determined to make them
At 6.30pm Vince Gibbons takes an ‘early bird’ long steady run out on the roads of Ilkley.
However the main session begins at 7pm and is led by Ken Souyave. Currently, everyone does the same session and you work to your own level of ability, so the faster runners do a bit more and the slower ones cut a few corners. The session is entirely on the grass and involves improving running style, strengthening exercises and speed work. It’s very hard work, particularly if you haven’t done anything like it before, but it is good fun. It’s also nice to be able to train alongside people you wouldn’t normally, and to be able to start putting more names to faces.
In the first week we had a dozen people, in the next there were 22, of all abilities and half were ladies. Make a resolution to come to at least one Thursday to see what this new improved session could offer you.News 2001 | News 1999