Ilkley Harriers News Archive April-June 2001

Meanwood Valley Trail, 30 June 2001

This is normally a popular race with Harriers, and it was good to see it on after postponement from its normal Spring date. Andy Wade was 8th in 45.52, Nick Pearce 16th and 4th vet in 47.22, Alison Weston 7th lady and 3rd Vet in 56.22 (second-claim member Kirstin Bailey, running for Bingley, was 6th lady in 53.26); and Chris Porritt in 72.33.

Results on www link Valley Striders' web site

HDSRRL, Richmond, 28 June 2001

Fourteen keen Harriers made the long drive North to Richmond for the final race in the Harrogate and District Summer Road Race League, a 6 mile road-race around the beautiful rolling countryside near West Gilling. Leading the Harriers home was Nick Pearce, 22nd in 34.50; closely followed by Dave Matthews 24th in 34.58. Ken Souyave was 43rd in 36.54; Pete Shields 49th in 37.26; and Denis Ackroyd 62nd in 38.51. Just behind him was Kirstin Bailey, 4th lady in 38.52. Emma Barclay was 5th lady, 72nd in 39.15; just ahead of Jeff Paget 73rd in 39.26. Keith Wood was 77th in 39.52; Alison Bennett 97th (9th lady) in 42.10; and Phil Chappell, making a welcome return to racing, 104th in 42.52. Di Kitchen was 111th in 43.43; Alsion Crane 124th in 45.10; and Bridget Doherty 126th in 43.34: there were 154 finishers.

In the main team competition Ilkley held onto 5th place (out of 9 clubs); and the Ladies enjoyed a 30-point lead on the night to give them the overall title by a handsome margin. In the male Vets' competition we had a great battle but finished a narrow third to Otley; whilst the Lady Vets made a small dent in Harrogate Ladies' lead for a well-deserved second place overall.

Full results and more photos on www link the HDSRRL web site


Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon, 16/17 June 2001

On a completely different scale to all these road races, some of our members ran in the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon, a navigational race with an overnight camp, in the Scottish Highlands. We had two teams on the 'C' course: Rachael Gooch and Alison Weston were first ladies team, and 30th overall, in 9 hours. Anna Liuba and Ashley Hardwell were 73rd in 10 hours, out of 135 teams.

Results on www link LAMM web site

Stainland, 17 June 2001

On Sunday, Andy Wolfenden was our sole runner in the Stainland 7.2M road race. Andy ran 57.56 over the "unbelievably hilly" course. 2nd-claim runner Kirstin Bailey was 4th lady.

Full Bronte, 14 June 2001

The day after the Otley HRL race, Dave Matthews and Mike Baldwin were out racing again in the "Full Bronte", a hilly two-lap road course over 5 miles round Penistone Hill. The race was won by Ian Holmes of Bingley in a new record of 25.30. Dave was 39th and 4th Vet-50 in 31.03, with Mike 55th in 31.57 - both well up in the 166-strong field.

HDSRRL, Otley, 13 June 2001

Update 18 June Another great turnout of Harriers - 35 - for the fourth race in the Harrogate Summer Road League, and the longest so far over a 10km course at Otley. As seems usual, the race was won by Otley's Ian Fisher, in 31.37. First Harrier was triathlete Tim Ashelford, 14th in 35.33; then Nick Pearce 28th in 37.06; Mark Iley 34th in 37.37 and Dave Matthews 35th in 37.47; Geoff Howard 47th in 38.47; Clive Smith 49th in 38.53; Ken Souyave 51st in 39.15; Tony Thornley 71st in 40.58; Phil Hirst 75th in 41.21; and Dennis Ackroyd 78th in 41.29. These 10 helped close the gap on Ripon, but we're still 5th overall in the league with one race to go.

In an exciting Vets' team competition, Nick, Dave, Geoff, Clive, and Ken held our third place - we're only a few points down on Otley now!

Our ladies have an unassailable lead, widened on the night by our team of Angela Srivastava 4th in 41.42; Emma Barclay 5th in 41.46; Helen Sedgwick 6th in 42.15; Alison Weston 11th in 44.40; and Alison Bennett 12th in 44.55. The two Alisons, and Di Kitchen 13th in 45.05, kept us in 2nd place in the lady Vets' competition.


Full results and more photos on www link the HDSRRL web site

Ace Race #1, Peak District, 2/3 June 2001

Eddie Winslow was 8th overall in the first race of the series, against tough opposition, with good runs in the XC (8th) and Night Navigation (5th).

Chevin Fell race, 6 June 2001

On Wednesday 4 Harriers ran in torrential rain at the Chevin Fell Race, one of the few fell races in the last few months, and staged over its usual course of 3.5M and 900' of climb from Otley Town Centre. Mike Baldwin was 31st in 21.56, whilst Geoff Howard's 43rd in 22.53 was good enough for the first Vet-50 prize. Alison Weston was 5th lady, 55th in 23.42; and Susie Jollie was 90th in 27.27

Skipton Tough 10 Mile Road Race, 5 June 2001

Last Tuesday 6 Harriers tackled this local road race, won by K&C's Chris Loftus in 55.20. Mike Baldwin was first Harrier in 23rd place and 67.00 minutes (just 2 places and 28s behind first lady and former Harrier Helen Johnson). Pete Shields was 28th and 3rd Vet-50 in 67.56; Dennis Ackroyd 35th in 70.13; Eugene Doherty 52nd in 77.28, Bridget Doherty 59th in 82.00; and Chris Porritt 67th in 91.10

Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race, 3 June 2001

Nick Pearce, John Coen, Ewan Welsh, and Suzanne Akeroyd were amongst the 518 runners in Sunday's Thirsk 10 mile road race. Nick was 39th and 4th Vet-45 in 59.31; John was 105th in 65.22 ("as much fun as having a tooth crowned"), Ewan was close behind in 118th place and 66.18; and Suzanne was 223rd in 71.44

John Carr 5k Series, Race #3, 30 May 2001

On Wednesday four Harriers competed in the 3rd and final race in the John Carr 5km series at Esholt. This time Nick Pearce pipped Mark Iley, Nick finishing in 47th place in 17.27 to Mark's 53rd and 17.36: the two of them finished a very creditable 26th and 27th overall in the series. Mike Baldwin was next, 73rd in 18.39 and 39th in the series, and Chris Porritt was 171st in 24.11

Thursday training, latest, 28 May 2001

Thursday night training with Pete is back. Until the fells are open again we'll meet at Danefield, at the car park opposite the Ramblers Cafe at 7pm. These sessions are popular but high-quality (hard).
As an alternative, Ken will be offering track/grass sessions at BRSC, also on Thursdays at 7pm, from 7 June

John Carr 5k Series, Race #2, 23 May 2001

On Wednesday five of us joined the field of 206 runners at the second race in the John Carr 5km series at Esholt. Mark Iley was 45th in 17.22, Billy Kerr 47th in 17.25, and Nick Pearce 50th in 17.42. Pete Shields was 74th and well up among the Vet-50s in 18.36, and Mike Baldwin was close behind, 78th in 18.46 - all great performances.

HDSRRL, Starbeck, Tue 22 May 2001

A great turnout of 30 Harriers (all but 2 of them in the team photo!) plus supporters for this partly off-road race, nearly 6 miles in length. The ladies faced a strong harrogate challenge, but held firm. New runners included John (2nd claim for us), Kirstin, Mark, and Suzanne, all putting in strong performances.

Full results and more photos on www link the HDSRRL web site


Ilkley Harriers at Starbeck, HDSRRL race 3
129.04IAN FISHER  
2034.03MARK ILEY  
2334.13NICK PEARCE V45
5937.07CLIVE SMITH V40
8839.5KEITH WOOD  
9039.52JEFF PAGET V45
10040.35ROB WILLS V40
11041.26RICHARD GRAY V50
13543.28IAN ADAMSON V40
13843.43BOB WHITING V50
17550.46BRIAN SWEET V70

Alternative Tuesday night runs, 28th April

The alternative Tuesday runs have been very popular.

The next few of these will be:

NB There will still be a presence at Ben Rhydding Sports Club and runs from there on Tuesday at 7pm.

Thursday training, latest, 21 May 2001

Thursday night training with Pete is back. Until the fells are open again we'll meet at Danefield, at the car park opposite the Ramblers Cafe at 7pm

Leeds Marathon, and Half Marathon, Sunday 20 May 2001

Three of our ladies got great results in the Leeds Marathon on Sunday: Caroline Howard was 6th lady in 3h27, Bridget Doherty ran 3h53, and veteran Chris Porritt 4h06.

In the Half Marathon, Andy Wade ran 1h16.39, Mark Iley 1h22.55, vet Geoff Howard 1h26, Ewan Welsh 1h21, Rob Wills 1h26, and Keith Wood 1h27. Kevin McMullan was also out (time not available). Alison Weston ran about 1h40, Alison Bennett 1h45, and Amanda Parnaby 2h02.

Harriers were shocked to see Nick Pearce racing in a purple vest - he ran in the Corporate relay event, and enjoyed a bottle of bubbly when his DoH team won!

Otley 10M, 16 May 2001

Nick Pearce was 18th, and first V45, in 60.56, on this Wednesday-eveing race. Mike Baldwin was 40th in 66.02 and Rob Pawson 140th in 78.52. The race was won by Ian Fisher in 51.22.

Blackpool 10km, 13 May

In 75-degree temperatures, Andy Wade finished 19th out of some 3,500 runners in a time of 35.56

Thirsk HRL, 10 May, Results update

A great turnout of 23 Harriers for this distant evening race. Otley's Ian Fisher won in 26.09, with Nick Pearce the first Harrier in 15th place (2nd Vet45) in 30.03. Indeed, 5 of our 6 first runners were Vets: Dave Matthews 34th (2nd vet 50) with 31.32; Ken Souyave 42nd in 31.58; Clive Smith 43rd in 32.07 and Mike Baldwin 55th in 33.05 - these 5 gave us 2nd place in the Male Vets' competition.

In the team competition, with 10 runners to count, we were fifth, with the runners above plus Ewan Welsh 47th in 32.29; Peter Shields 62nd in 33.35; Dennis Ackroyd 66th in 33.50; Phil Hirst 81st in 34.43; and Emma Barclay 86th in 34.56.

Emma led our ladies to a strong first place: Emma was 4th lady; Alison Bennett 10th in 37.03; Joyce Marshall 12th in 37.30; Susie Jollie 19th in 38.51; and Cath Wolfenden 21st in 39.02. Alison, Joyce, and Alison Crane with 39.17 gave us 3rd place on the night in a closely fought Lady Vets' competition, with only 2 points seperating the first 3 teams.

So after two races Harriers are 5th in the main team event, leading the ladies' race by a good margin, hanging on to 2nd place in the Male Vets'; and chasing Harrogate hard in the Lady Vets'.

Full results and more photos on www link the HDSRRL web site


John Carr 5k Series, Race #1, 9 May

6 Harriers turned out for the Wednesday evening race at Esholt (and many of them going on to race the next night at Thirsk too). The race was won by Holmfirth's David Watson in 14.47. Nick Pearce was 45th, and 3rd Vet 45, in 17.07; Mark Iley was 51st in 17.19; Billy Kerr 64th in 17.51; Peter Shields 82nd in 18.27; Mike Baldwin 93rd in 18.53; and Diane Kitchen 142nd and 3rd Lady Vet 45 in 20.30.

Tadcaster 10 Mile, 6th May 2001

Otley's Ian Fisher led home the rest of the 500 strong field at Sunday's Tadcaster 10 Mile road race, an event which is always popular with Ilkley Harriers. Andy Wade was the first Harrier 13th in 57.06, with Mark Iley also to the fore in about 25th place in 60.06 - a Personal Best, and within easy reach of that magic 60-minute benchmark. Mike Baldwin ran about 63.20, and Ewan Welsh 63.57, both quality runs. Andy Wolfenden was pleased to lead daughter Cath home - 76.10 and 77.50 respectively. And Chris Porritt continues to enjoy good results in her build-up to the Leeds Marathon, with 83.06.

Bunny Relays, 3 May 2001

The popular Bunny Run race series culminated with a relay event that attracted some 100 teams. Pete Shields, Mike Baldwin, and Nick Pearce won the Vet's race, and their weight (almost!) in chocolate prizes. And the Kitchens - Di, Andy, and daughter Eleanor - were well up in the hotly contested family relay.

Rothwell 10km, 29 April 2001

Ilkley Harriers were amongst the 526-strong field in Sunday's Rothwell 10km road race, won in 31.05. Mark Iley scored a PB to finish in 34th place with 36.27 - a very classy result, as was Kevin McMullan's 39th place with 36.48. Martin Heath was 164th with 42.44, and Christine Porritt in 312th place overall with 48.13 was well up the ladies' field.

HRL Harrogate race, 26 April 2001

Harrogate Harriers and AC staged the first event in the Harrogate and District Summer Road Race League last Thursday, with 162 runners from the nine affiliated clubs competing. The course was a hilly 5.4 mile road race, impressively won by Otley's Ian Fisher in 27.09 after his London Marathon the Sunday before. First Ilkley Harrier home was Tim Ashelford, 7th in 30.00; then Jim Ryder 16th in 31.20; and Dave Matthews 34th in 32.59. Ken Souyave was 39th in 33.13; Mike Baldwin 41st in 33.44; and Clive Smith 45th in 33.59. Graham Pearce was 55th with 34.31; Emma Barclay 69th in 35.40; Phil Hirst 72nd in 35.58; and Jeff Paget 85th in 36.59. These 10 runners gave us 4th place in the team race - agreat start to the season. And Dave, Ken, Mike, Clive, and Phil gave us 2nd place in the Vet's competition, chasing home club Harrogate.

In the Ladies' race we did even better, beating all the other clubs and taking a 20-point lead into the next race. Emma Barclay was 3rd; Di Kitchen 8th with 37.38; Alison Bennett 12th with 38.51; Cath Wolfenden 13th with 38.52; and Bridget Doherty 16th in 40.11. Di, Alison, and Bridget gave us 2nd place in the Lady Vets' team competition, again behind Harrogate.

There were many other Harriers contributing to these team results by finishing ahead of other clubs' runners: Norman Bush 87th in 37:06; Richard Gray 109th in 38.19; Dave Ibbotson 115th in 39.57; Alison Crane 121st (17th lady) in 40.21; Janet Souyave 132nd in 42.22; Bernie Gibbons 144th in 45.57; and Brian Sweet 153rd in 47.52. Thanks to all of them, and the non-running Harriers who turned out to support the race on a dismal evening.

Full results and photos on www link the HDSRRL web site

London Marathon, 22 April 2001

Ilkley Harriers were amongst the record 30,000 runners in the 21st London Marathon last Sunday. First home was Rob Pawson in 3.35.57 in about 4,600th place. Keith Wood's 3.38.22 was also a good result, right in the thick of the good club runners, along with Justin Oldham in 3.48.09. Andy Merrick ran 3.50.07, Rob Wills 3.57.06, Phil Hirst 4.08.54, and Keith's brother Andy Wood 4.19.36. Results are provisional at the moment, and don't allow for the ten minutes or more it can take to cross the start line.

Alternative Tuesday Runs latest

With no off-road running and road races being cancelled due to the foot and mouth crisis, it has been suggested that we offer some alternative runs to zest up your training.

The next few of these will be:

NB There will still be a presence at Ben Rhydding Sports Club and runs from there on Tuesday at 7pm.

Thursday Runs latest

Up until now the training has been on the grass at BRSC but we normally get out on the terrain in the summer months. If Danefield remains open we will meet at the car park opposite the Ramblers Cafe at 7pm on Thursday 17th May.

Circuit Training from 23 April

Updated 18 July: Circuit training through the Summer term starting on Monday 23rd April at Ilkley Grammar School, 6.30 - 7.30pm. The dates are: April 23rd, 30th, May 21st, 28th, June 4th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd, 16th, and 23rd. £1 per session.

Harriers' Running League 2001

Due to the F&M situation it is not now possible to select a range of events, so the competition has been suspended. However to make the Harrogate League more interesting, a Handicap competition similar to the Harriers Running League will be held. The five races of the Harrogate League will be used with an individualís best three scores to count. As with the Harriers League the points will be calculated with reference to tables which allow performances to be age related for both male and female runners. If the Ilkley Harriers Running League can be resurrected later in the season, these scores from the Harrogate races would be carried forward.

Guiseley Gallop, 15th April 2001

The Guiseley Gallop is a favourite event with many Ilkley Harriers, but this year it was in a more urban form than normal, with the course redesigned to avoid countryside and footpaths made out of bounds by the foot and mouth disease situation. The organisers were rewarded with a good turnout, including a host of Harriers. Andy Wade had a good run for 7th in 36.43; Tim Ashelford was 10th in 37.20; and Nick Pearce 16th and first Vet-45 in 39.32. Geoff Howard, in 20th with 40.37, was 2nd Vet-55. Dave Matthews was 26th and 2nd Vet-50 with 41.51 and Mike Baldwin who was 31st in 43.05 was 4th Vet-40. Norman Bush was 51st in 45.41 and 1st Vet-60 All the above won a prize of some sort - a great haul! Phil Hirst was 54th with 45.58 and Andy Wolfenden 74th with 48.08, both good runs.

Tuesday night run, 17th April

With no off-road running and road races being cancelled due to the foot and mouth crisis, it has been suggested that we offer some alternative runs to zest up your training.

The second of these will be Tuesday 17th April, meeting at the Drop Inn at Guiseley at 18.50h to run at 19.00h. All on roads/lanes. Thanks to Richard Gray for organising this - more details from him.

NB There will still be a presence at Ben Rhydding Sports Club and runs from there on Tuesday at 7pm.

Wakefield Hospice 10km, 8 April 2001

On Sunday it was the men who were our racing on the road, in the Wakefield Hospice 10km race, which this year attracted some 780 runners. Andy Wade was well to the fore, in 14th place with 34.18 (the winner ran a very fast 31.00). Jim Ryder was next, 79th in 37.17, then Geoff Howard 104th (and third Vet 55) in 38.01. Martin Heath was 231st in 42.03, and Ian Adamson 427th in 46.54

North of England 6-Stage Road Relays, 7 April 2001

Ilkley Ladies fielded a team in this prestigious event, held this year on an undulating 3 mile course at Middleton Park. Our team organiser Di Kitchen did a great job to cope with last-minute team changes and still get a full team out, and one that was good enough to finish in 14th place out of 30 teams. First off was Sally Malir, finishing 19th in 23.04. Joyce Marshall's 24.48 brought us up to 16th place; Cath Wolfenden's 24.52 to 15th place, and Janet Hebbert's 25.37 to 14th, a placing that we held to the finish with Di Kitchen running 24.38 and Emma Barclay 22.57; our team's combined time was 2hrs.25.56. The winners were Sale Harriers in 1hr.56.54 with a fastest leg time of 18.21.

Bunny Run #1, 5 April 2001

The first Bunny Run was very succesful - everyone enjoyed Dave Woodhead's new course which had, apparently, a "sting in the tail", but this was soothed by the chocolate egg for all finishers. Mark Iley had a good run for 16th place in 20.40, and Alison Weston ran too - it'll be interesting to see if they can improve in the races ahead. There was an unexpectedly low turnout of Harriers - let's see some more people at Bunny Run 2 this Thursday 12th April at 7.15pm

Olde Tyme Harriers

Ilkley Harriers, as we know the club, was only recently formed (see our history page). But, as this photo unearthed by Phil Dean shows, there was an Ilkley Harriers in 1900! Does anyone have any information on this older incarnation?
Click the photo for a better picture.

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