Ilkley Harriers is a friendly running club based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
We welcome runners of all abilities and running interests and the club provides training and group runs as well as social events for members.
Ilkley Harriers compete in a whole range of running events and our Club League encourages friendly competition between members.
The Club organises races too.
Runners 8-16 are catered for by our thriving junior section.
Interested in joining us?
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Please send any Harriers results to firstname.lastname@example.org - they'll be forwarded to Paul for this web site and to Alison W for the newspaper report.
From Alison Weston ... Over 1,500 Santas took part in the Skipton Santa Fun Run, 5k around Skipton raising money for charity on Sunday from Aireville Park. Nea, Lyra and Alison Weston ran as a team in approximately 37 minutes. It took several minutes to reach the start line and then we followed the line of Santas along the route including road and canal, and returning on a track through the park. Very wild and windy in places with hats and beards disappearing along the way!
Get in the Christmas mood, sign up for our Christmas Relays on 22nd December - see forum and Facebook posts!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:29 John Tayleur, Herne Hill Harriers) 43 20:15 Michael Duffield 329 ran Leeds Roundhay (1 17:09 Ben Douglas, Durham University AC) 24 20:45 Tom Worboys 281 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:31 Sam Clegg, U/A) 11 20:09 Theo Clay (junior) 22 20:51 David Chandler 98 25:20 Alex Hyde 328 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:52 Ed Beecher, Harrogate Harriers) 47 23:18 Phil Hirst 146 27:09 Julie Elmes 283 ran Skipton Aireville Park 1 18:34 Dan Hayes 55 25:34 Paul Sugden 79 28:44 Sarah Hayes 116 ran Hilly Field Lewisham (1 17:41 Chis Ho, U/A) 2 18:38 Alex Hirst 148 ran Little Stoke (1 15:13 Patrick Martin, U/A) 7 18:11 Mark Mon-Williams 61 21:42 Rebecca Mon-Williams 220 ran
From Gaenor & Steve Coy ...
Well done to all the Harriers in a chilly but surprisingly not too boggy 1st PECO race of the year and in particular enduring the draining last 300m
Thanks to all who got their early enough to collect their numbers and pay the £3 for them well in advance. Remember to keep your numbers for the remainder of the series and bring along to the next race.
We do however have quite a few numbers left and it would be appreciated if you could arrange collection and payment before the 2nd race on the 13th December at West Park.
Thanks and hope to see even more of your there next time.
We hear it was another win for Tom Adams. Results ...
1 25:12 Tom Adams 26 28:27 Matt Cox 49 29:33 Steve Coy 83 30:45 Gavin Lamb 88 30:52 Steve Weston 126 31L42 Mark Iley 146 32:32 Dave Chandler 176 33:24 Andrew Sheldon 185 33:40 Henry Heavisides 1st M60 203 34:11 Malcolm Pickering 269 36:21 Will Worboys 284 36:45 Phil Hirst 288 36:54 Nigel Tapper 300 37:18 Andrew Jackson 316 37:57 Neil Bloor 372 40:42 Peter Lewis 405 42:25 Ed Bickerdike 413 43:03 Paul Sugden 422 44:16 Lee Wilkinson 456 finished Illkey men's team 2nd place out of 8 teams (2nd division) Ilkley men's vets team 1st place out of 11 teams Ladies (1 30:35 Bethany Garland, Leeds Uni) 68 37:50 Joanne Williamson 73 38:05 Adela Reperecki 136 41:36 Gaenor Coy 137 41:40 Hilda Coulsey 179 43:26 Petra Bijsterveld 237 47:00 Sue Williamson 331 61:55 Clare Shouler 341 finished Ilkley ladies' team 2nd place out of 8 teams (2nd division) Ilkley ladies' vets team 4th place out of 11 teams
This was a Harriers Race League counter, calcs soon.
1 34:35 Tom Adams Course Record 5 38:23 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 71 46:05 Paul Calderbank 84 47:11 Michael Lomas 103 48:45 Malcolm Pickering 158 52:47 Dave Wilby Cycle 184 54:40 James Pickering Cycle 207 57:25 Neil Bloor 220 59:34 Nicky Hopwood 255 64:59 Amanda Newham 281 finished
From Sarah Hayes ... John and I had a day trip to the Lakes to run this one off AM fell race starting and finishing near Rydal. It was a beautiful if bitterly cold day. The views were spectacular with the tops covered with a dusting of snow. The route was essentially out and back. It was a fixed route up to Loughrigg Fell summit but from there you could choose your route up to Silver How, doing the same on the way back. John kindly agreed to run with me and he was very encouraging (mostly).
As I watched everyone warming up at the start I realised that I was a little out of my league. I adopted the race strategy of trying not finishing last which was successful - but only just!
(1 59:09 Carl Bell, Keswick) 111 115:57 Sarah Hayes 112 115:58 John Hayes 120 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 18:25 Graham Corbett, Saltaire Striders) 11 20:45 Theo Clay (junior) 73 25:42 Stephanie Fox 293 ran Bracknell (1 18:43 Pedro Upton, Bracknell Forest Runners) 59 26:12 Emily Elmes (junior) 81 28:28 Julie Elmes 165 ran Concord, Sheffield (1 19:54 Kevin Doyle, Kimberworth Striders) 10 23:02 Phil Hirst 48 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:16 Julian Hood, Skipton AC) 72 29:08 Neve Tennant (junior) 118 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:01 Ben Pease, U/A) 3 17:41 Euan Brennan (junior) 230 ran
From Hilda Coulsey ... 23 Harriers fought their way through the floods. Geoff Howard was 1st M70. Lots of impressive times.
(1 00:29:43 Can Studley, Bristol & West) 592 00:37:52 Daniel Hayes 599 00:38:34 Rob Cunningham 913 00:40:56 David Chandler 1218 00:43:01 Dave Robson 1241 00:42:01 Geoffrey Howard 1st V70 1494 00:44:25 Rachel Carter 1731 00:44:55 Harry Sime 1873 00:47:00 Eric Hawthorn 2205 00:48:59 Chris Cunningham 2390 00:48:35 David Ibbotson 2479 00:47:29 Philip Hirst 2590 00:49:18 David Green 2601 00:42:41 Lucy Williamson 3004 00:48:30 Sarah Hayes 4051 00:50:49 Alex Hyde 3038 00:52:08 Hilda Coulsey 3205 00:51:32 Paul Sugden 3924 00:54:22 Julie Elmes 4105 00:57:25 Jacqui Weston 4124 00:58:29 Emma Curran 4153 00:55:58 Sheena Pickersgill 4403 01:00:07 Charlote Smithson 5559 01:01:43 Elaine Ibbotson 5956 01:00:58 Sue Williamson 9034 finished
Any more? This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Senior Men 1 23:24 Tom Adams 47 28:04 Dave Westhead 77 30:01 Mark Iley 94 31:37 Malcolm Pickering 109 34:30 Arthur Reilly 129 ran Senior Women (1 19:33 Alex Bell, Pudsey and Bramley AC) 51 27:24 Nicky Hopwood 59 28:58 Gaenor Coy 65 30:10 Petra Bijsterveld 77 32:14 Julie Elmes 81 ran
And there were a record 59 junior Ilkley Harriers running!
From John Hayes ...
The British people are often sceptical of the weather forecast. But the forecast for Saturday 14th November was hard to ignore. A deluge of rain was predicted to fall as the last remnants of a hurricane swept eastwards from the Atlantic across the UK. But fell runners are a funny bunch. The thing is most of them like running in awful weather. It is all part of the challenge/fun. So when the race organiser, on safety grounds, decided to shorten the course, one of two reactions was possible amongst the 422 runners who had showed up for the race:-
(A) A ready acceptance of the decision, tinged with a little regret that the run would be a bit less of a challenge than normal. Most runners, I sensed, fell into this category.
(B) Relief that the last two big climbs would not, after all, have to be done. Added to this was the prospect of getting home earlier than usual on Saturday afternoon to languish in the bath indulging in excessive consumption of food and drink. (I fell into category B).
Having said all this, the race was still a classic. We had plenty of mud, a bitterly cold wind, mist, rain, rocks etc. And there were still 4 big hill climbs to do. The marshals were out in force, cheerful as ever and seemingly impervious to the weather. There were some excellent Harriers performances with Ilkley ladies team running brilliantly and scooping up 1st prize so many congratulations to them! A special mention also for our new recruit, Paul Carman, who came 33rd and was the first Harrier home. I had wondered - vainly - if I might have (finally) managed to achieve that elusive honour. But as I sprinted to the finish line holding off the tenacious Jane McCarthy, there was Paul who'd had time to finish the race, go to his car, pick up his very cute little dog and wander back to clap in his new team mates!
From the results ... "This year the race was run over the Bad Weather Course following a route through Check points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and back to the finish. The last 2 climbs where excluded due to a forecast of heavy rain, high winds and low temperatures peaking in the area at 15:00. The estimated Bad Weather Course is 14 miles (22.4km) and 2700 feet (823m) making it a Category BL."
(1 1:46:30 Rob Hope, P&B) 33 2:03:07 Paul Carman 86 2:16:52 John Hayes 88 2:17:03 Jane McCarthy 4th lady, 1st W40 121 2:21:22 Kate Archer 132 2:22:31 Michael Lomas 145 2:25:34 Paul Calderbank 160 2:28:08 Jann Smith 194 2:33:45 Steve Weston 310 2:50:09 Chantal Busby 327 2:52:27 Adela Reperecki 409 finished 1st ladies team!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:11 Daniel Lawton, Stockposrt Harriers) 16 19:56 Tom Worboys 295 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:29 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 66 25:10 Alex Hyde 285 ran Lewisham Hilly Fields (1 16:45 Mark Hall, Kent AC) 3 18:32 Alex Hirst 165 ran
From Michael Duffield ... It was a good decision to go with trail shoes for the Harewood 10M trail race. The rain lashing on Saturday meant that the paths and fields that could be affected by the rain, were, considerably. One or two runners who had opted for road shoes were doing Bambi on ice. The scenic course undulated around the Harewood estate, through woods and across fields with a significant climb in the last mile. Apparently, if you looked up, you could get a good view of the house at one point. Tea and soup in the hall afterwards was very welcome.
From Hilda Coulsey ... Continuing the wet, muddy kit theme after yesterday's Burley Moor run 319 runners turned out at Harewood for the 10 mile and 117 for the 5 mile, as well as lots of 2 milers and juniors. Although the hills were not as severe or numerous as Guy Fawkes last week the terrain was quite muddy and slippery, certainly by the time I reached them! This led to the faster bits being quite treacherous and hence not fast and the overall times later on reflected this, although the first 2 runners in the 10 mile stormed through, with 3rd place 7 mins behind. Daniel Hayes was 4th in the 5 mile race and first Harrier home in the 10 mile was Gavin Lamb, in 23rd place. Bearing in mind the conditions I was pleased with my 2nd F55. The bonus for me was that my husband was power washing the steps when I returned, hence I could place my shoes just in front and head to the shower! Results ...
(1 55:35 Daniel Jenkin, Durham City Harriers & AC) 23 68:07 Gavin Lamb 44 72:08 David Chandler 51 72:36 Michael Duffield 62 74:00 Dave Robson 65 74:28 Duncan Cooper 93 78:22 Derek Oliver 172 86:39 Sarah Hayes 174 86:45 Nigel Tapper 216 92:50 Helen Horton 231 95:05 Hilda Coulsey 274 102:28 Julie Elmes 319 finished 5 mile race (1 29:43 Toby Hillery, Wetherby) 4 33:16 Daniel Hayes 117 finished
This was a Harriers Race League counter, results soon ...
Not a mainstream Harriers activity, 5 hours of navigational running and biking, but we see Jane McCarthy was 1st lady and plenty of other Harriers there. Results ...
John Hayes reports ... One word to sum up the Burley Moor Run? "Muddy" must be a strong candidate. Not that this seemed to put off any Harriers who turned out in force at the race. The route is cleverly devised. After a long slog uphill, runners start to perk up with a speedy descent down the wide track beside the 3 reservoirs. But then they are presented with a steep climb back up the Moor edge before a final mad chase through the bracken and slippy mud back to Burley. Tom Adams came in first with a new course record and Jemima Elgood was the first lady. There were lots of other fabulous Harriers results. One of these was Daniel Hayes who came 12th and - more importantly (for him at least) - won the son -v- dad battle. I'll get over this soon I hope. Those who have hinted that this is the end of my running career are, I might add, being rather over-dramatic!
1 42:00 Tom Adams New course record 3 46:57 Jack Wood 6 49:47 Ben Sheppard 8 50:44 Martin Archer 10 50:59 Jack Cummings 12 52:15 Daniel Hayes 15 52:55 Justin Plillips 16 52:58 John Hayes 18 53:17 Steve Turland 19 53:24 David Foyston 20 52:38 Michael Lomas 24 54:03 David Chandler 26 54:14 Richard Joel 27 54:17 Jemima Elgood 1st lady 38 56:26 Dave Robson 47 58:54 Jann Smith 59 61:26 Rebecca Mon-Williams 61 62:20 Derek Oliver 86 66:01 Phil Hirst 97 68:54 Adela Reperecki 104 70:30 Geoffrey White 107 70:48 Peter Lewis 122 74:28 Nicky Hopwood 123 75:23 David Green 143 85:41 Sally Wright Any more? 150 finished
This was a Harriers Race League counter (have we missed any Harriers?)
Hundreds of children raced in the second Wharfedale Schools XC event hosted by Westville House School at Ilkley Rugby Club. Results soon (a bit waterlogged).
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:04 Richard Allen, Bracknell AC) 56 21:23 Geoff Howard 305 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:34 Mark Bryant, U/A) 55 24:24 Eve Whitaker (junior) 134 28:22 Julie Elmes 138 28:28 Alexandra Whitaker (junior) 142 28:39 Helene Whitaker 234 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 18:04 Hugh Salway, U/A) 2 18:49 Alex Hirst 155 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:53 Joe Hudson, Keighley and Craven AC) 31 23:04 Lewis Carr (junior) 113 ran
|Runner of the month:
|Yorkshire Marathon||Other nominations were:|
Andrew Merrick for Yorkshire Marathon
Lucy Williamson for Bradford 10k
Petra Bijsterveld for Kielder Marathon
Ruaridh Mon-Williams for Fell relays
Jemina Elgood for Fell Relays
Steve Weston for Yorkshire Marathon
Tom Worboys for 3 marathons in 3 weeks
Dave Robson for Langdale Horseshoe
Hilda Coulsey for holding all LV60 records at once
|Volunteer of the month:
Steve and Gaenor Coy
|for getting XCs off to a good start|
Heads up, the last XC/trail race to count in our Ilkley Harriers Race League is confirmed now as the Peco XC on Sunday November 22nd at Temple Newsam. The last date to apply for numbers is 8th. If you haven't done so do it now to Gaenor and Steve Coy.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... 10 Harriers made it to the Guy Fawkes 10 mile road race. A foggy start to the day made way for sunshine and unseasonably high temperatures. It all made for a lovely autumnal day but uncomfortably warm for racing.
This year the race had a new route and it felt harder. The Birstwith Brute, 4 miles in, has now been extended to climb even further. Comparing the Strava record with 2014 the total elevation gain was virtually the same, but the fact that the winner took a couple of minutes more than previous years made me feel marginally better about my personal worst time in this race.
There were some excellent results for other Harriers, with Jonathan Sinclair and Nick Richardson finishing under 70 minutes and Jane McCarthy hot on their heels only 3 weeks after her marathon, to finish 1st in her age category.
1 58:22 John Clifford, Evenwood RR) 31 1:08:06 Jonathan Sinclair 41 1:09:08 Nick Richardson 51 1:10:26 Jane McCarthy 1st F40 57 1:11:20 David Chandler 255 1:22:09 Will Worboys 334 1:26:11 Jean Sullivan 409 1:30:04 Dave Ibbotson 490 1:34:26 Hilda Coulsey 617 1:42:20 Petra Bijsterveld 652 1:44:43 Julie Elmes 807 finished
Senior ladies (1 21:33 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth) 23 25:00 Lucy Williamson 57 28:38 Joanne Williamson 61 29:16 Nicky Hopwood 77 32:16 Gaenor Coy 84 33:22 Petra Bijsterveld 83 35:00 Julie Elmes 97 37:47 Kate Lofthouse 98 finished 11th team Senior men 1 32:37 Tom Adams 47 38:41 Dave Westhead 64 40:18 Stephen Coy 78 41:18 Rob Cunningham 91 42:21 Mark Iley 110 44:41 Malcolm Pickering 153 finished 8th team
Ilkley had 48 juniors racing - some great individual and team placings and everyone gaining in confidence and racing strong. 1st team placings for U11 and U17 girls; 2nd team for U11 and U15 boys; 3rd team for U13 girls; 5th team for U15 girls and 6th for U13 boys.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 16:38 Jonny McKenna, Clayton-le-Moors) 55 20:21 Adrian Bastow 165 24:06 Richard Morris 415 ran York (1 17:05 Philip Mackie, Epson and Ewell Harriers) 63 21:01 Geoff Howard 513 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:04 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 17 20:49 David Chandler 97 25:10 Sarah Haines 168 27:39 Ethan Thompson (junior) 439 ran Cannon Hill Birmingham (1 16:48 unknown) 112 22:58 Harry Sime 113 23:02 Robert Sime 550 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:21 Matty Smith (Scunthorpe and District AC) 48 23:07 Phil Hirst 239 30:44 Jacqui Weston 321 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham 1 17:52 Alex Hirst 203 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:39 Tom Brewster, Clayton-le-Moors) 15 21:10 Derek Oliver 106 28:51 Michelle Snow 180 ran Druridge Bay (1 17:02 John Butters, Morpeth Harriers) 40 23:56 Sarah Hayes 162 ran
(1 51:17 Jack Smith, Wharfedale) 45 1:05:03 Rob Cunningham 135 1:19:51 Adela Reperecki 210 finished
From Sue Williamson ... two Ilkley Harriers took part in the Bradford City 10k run. Other races on the day were a kids race, 5k, and half marathon. Results
(1 33:51 Joe Sagar, Spenborough) 21 41;28 Lucy Williamson 2nd female, PB 167 57:26 Sue Williamson 320 finished
From Hilda Coulsey ... a friendly race on local quiet roads by the river Wyre near Blackpool where I was made very welcome. It is described as undulating although it wasn't relatively bad at all. Results
(1 27:11 Liam Craine Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde) 68 41:55 Hilda Coulsey 109 ran
This sets a LV60 Club Record, beating Chris Porritt's 43:08 from South Leeds Stadium in 2004.
(1 31:11 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 35 39:38 Jonathan Whitaker 48 41:29 Kate Archer 2nd lady 54 42:32 Duncan Cooper 136 finished
Michael Lomas reports ... Saturday started out how Friday left off, very wet but fortunately not too cold. After deciding many months ago that it would be a good idea to camp the night before on the side of a Welsh hillside with my friend who was running as well we arrived at the start line, very wet and very sleep deprived. This being my first marathon I was quite apprehensive of how I would fair over the 26.2m of mostly tarmac, especially with the added challenge of 3 of Snowdonia's mountain passes to conquer. The first of which came after 2m and lasted nearly 4, a steady climb where maintaining rhythm was key. The second climb at Beddgelert 13m in where the local support really helped as this was another long climb. A long section of what felt like never ending flat preceded the last hill and being a 'fell' runner I found this section the hardest mentally but I just had to take a look around and take in the stunning scenery complete with raging waterfalls to quickly change that. I was aiming for sub 4hrs but without knowing any split pace times I wasn't sure of my progress. Having overheard a runner say if you get to mile 21 in sub 3hrs then you've got a chance of finishing in under 4hrs, being 3 mins late at that point I thought it was possible, although I wasn't sure how my legs would react to the final and steepest climb of 3m. Fortunately my legs found form and the hill gave me something to focus the mind on, up I trudged passing 10's of runners ... walking. At the 2 to go marker just before the top of the climb and having 30mins to do it in I knew as long as I stayed up right it was in the bag. Coming down the last decent was treacherous in places with plenty of 'green ice' to come a cropper on wearing roadies, fortunately I was able to hang on to myself and finished comfortably within 4hrs. It was a great race with breath taking scenery and so much local support all the way round and healthy dose of Autumnal Welsh weather. Lots of respect to my mate Martyn Stocker who I entered with, he finished which is a great achievement considering his training, or lack of and even bigger respect to Lois Scott (who I think is known to some IH) who made me sign up and for finishing in 4:01, 17th in FV40. My motivation going round was helped not least by the amazing generosity of family and friends who have helped us raise over £1000 for Alzheimer's Research.
(1 2:33:38 John Gilbert, Kent) 466 3:50:31 Michael Lomas 1883 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Quite a few Harriers out parkrunning this weekend and a lot of excellent results. Jane McCarthy was 1st lady at Skipton and the Coys staged a family takeover at Fountains Abbey, with Dominic coming home in 2nd place.
Bradford Lister Park (1 17:24 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 29 21:22 Dave Robson 162 27:02 Petra Bijsterveld 382 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:09 Mark Bryant, Leeds City AC) 60 23:04 Phil Hirst 173 27:15 Julie Elmes 316 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:27 Chris Ho, U/A) 2 18:12 Alex Hirst 161 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 19:28 Richard Butterwick, Todmorden Harriers) 8 20:21 Jane McCarthy 1st F 12 21:28 Tom Worboys 16 21:38 Geoff Howard 20 22:27 Harry Sime 44 24:43 Josh Waddington (junior) 62 26:22 Ethan Thompson (junior) 164 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:21 Andrew Stenson, RAF Cosford) 2 17:39 Dominic Coy (junior) 6 18:19 Stephen Coy 48 22:35 Nathan Coy (junior) 232 33:12 Helena Coy (junior) 233 33:12 Gaenor Coy 288 ran
Where are you in the Ilkley Harriers Race League? All up to date now, thanks to Martin Wright. There's still a chance to count, next races Guy Fawkes 10 and Burley Moor Run, and don't forget to use your 'wild card'.
(1 33:02 Joshua Woodcock-Shaw, Leeds) 54 38:16 Dave Westhead 73 39:19 Steve Coy 122 44:09 Arthur Reilly 125 44:15 Malcolm Pickering 134 45:33 Mark Iley 171 finished Senior women (1 20:40 Alex Bell, PB) 44 25:40 Sally Malir 56 27:09 Nicky Hopwood 63 27:47 Jane Bryant 86 30:35 Gaenor Coy 97 33:06 Julie Elmes 102 34:18 Kate Lofthouse 103 finished 9th team
A record 58 Ilkley juniors raced!
From Tom Worboys ... This was my 3rd marathon in consecutive weekends, part of a somewhat daft charity challenge I'm doing to run 6 marathons (the remaining 3 are in April). The Amsterdam Marathon is surprisingly flat. The race started and finished at the Olympic Stadium, used to host in games in 1928. From there it headed out to the east and then south along the banks of the Amstel (the river not the beer). It wasn't the most exciting of routes but was well supported and to have Will randomly appearing at various points along the route on a bike certainly helped. Looking forward to a nice rest now until doing it all again in April.
(1 2:06:19 Bernard Kipyego, Kenya) 4669 3:48:08 Tom Worboys 12357 finished
From Dan Wilkinson ... The British Fell Running Relay Championship was held on Pendle Hill this year, a superb location but one that limited the number of teams meaning we were unable to enter a male vets team despite huge interest. The competition consists of a 4 leg relay, 2 solo legs and 2 paired legs, one of which is a navigational challenge. After several last minute injury woes we managed to pull a great team together and big thanks to the subs (there were several people on standby over the preceding weeks) for making themselves available to run at late notice! Notable performances on the day from Ruaridh Mon-Williams 18th on leg one. Super strong running from a Junior! Tom Adams, 1st on leg 4 and masterful navigation by Jack Wood to bring us up 17 positions to 19th on leg 3. A superb day out and result. Well done team!
From Val Kerr ... A great turnout from the ladies who managed to put out two teams for this very well organised event on a day that was perfect for fell running; mainly dry underfoot with great visibility. It was fantastic to see several ladies running who had not taken part in this event previously.
The ladies Open team were led off by Jemima Elgood who stood in at the last minute as an injury replacement and ran brilliantly in only her second senior event to finish in 74th place. She was followed by Jann Smith and Kate Archer on leg 2 (88th), Alison Weston and Outi Kamarienen tackled the navigation on leg 3 (96th) and finally Sarah Edwards (120th) who brought the team home to finish in 93rd place overall.
The ladies Vets team got off to a great start with Jane McCarthy who, despite running a 3 hour flat road marathon last Sunday, took to the fells again like a duck to water finishing her leg in an impressive 84th place. She was followed by Sarah Hayes and Chantal Busby running in their first ever FRA relays (136th), Val Kerr and Adela Reperecki who successfully tackled the navigation on leg 3 without getting lost and even managed to claw back two places (134th) and finally Helen Waddington who unfortunately had to go off with the mass start and finished in 136th place.
A great result from all three IH teams against stiff opposition.
(1 3:29:19 Calder Valley) 15 3:46:56 Ilkley Leg 1 39:06 Ruaridh Mon-Williams (18=) Leg 2 1:21:05 Ben Sheppard + Steve Turland (55th) Leg 3 1:07:25 Dan Wilkinson + Jack Wood (9th) Leg 4 39:20 Tom Adams (1st) 84 4:53:13 Ilkley Ladies (11th FOPEN team) Leg 1 45:17 Jemima Elgood (74) Leg 2 1:29:51 Jann Smith + Kate Archer (88) Leg 3 1:36:18 Alison Weston + Outi Kamarainen (96) Leg 4 1:01:47 Sarah Edwards (120) 93 5:54:15 Ilkley Ladies Vets team Leg 1 46:16 Jane McCarthy (84=) Leg 2 1:50:48 Sarah Hayes + Chantal Busby (136) Leg 3 2:07:09 Val Kerr + Adela Reperecki (134) Leg 4 1:10:02 Helen Waddington (136) 147 teams
From Petra Bijsterveld ... I joined my friends in this local, flat as a pancake, 5K race whilst I was spending time in Zwolle in the Netherlands. I was outside my PB but glad to discover my post-marathon legs could still find some pace. Results ...
(1 16:35 Simon Vos) 218 25:37 Petra Bijsterveld 757 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Harrogate Stray (1 17:09 Matthew Hallam, Valley Striders AC) 293 31:36 Eve Whitaker (junior) 294 31:40 Helene Whitaker 357 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:05 Stephen Skinner, U/A) 3 18:04 Alex Hirst 183 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:07 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners) 104 28:56 Michelle Snow 175 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:07 Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners) 17 19:33 Ethan Thompson (junior) 31 21:19 Geoff Howard 227 ran
From Jane Bryant ... Amazing Harrier results today. Andrew Merrick and Steve Weston both sub 3hr (finally) and a fantastic 3.02 for Jane McCarthy.
From Jane McCarthy ... A beautiful day for running a marathon dawned on Sunday morning for the 3rd Yorkshire Marathon, setting off past the stunning York Minster to the ring of bells and a large crowd at 9.30am. The adrenaline kicked in fairly early so I showed unusual restraint (as per pre-marathon plan) and held back a little. The course is largely flat, along country roads and through picturesque villages with plenty of support and drink/feed stations along the way. A few inclines at the 7,18 and 25 (so cruel!) mile marks provided some variety, and a couple of loop backs at the halfway and 18 mile mark allowed a view of the runners ahead and behind. I was delighted to see Andrew Merrick and Steve Weston both sticking to the 3 hr pacers at both points (also as per pre-marathon plan!). My halfway split was a little over 1hr 31mins and I was delighted to do an almost identical second half time to finish in 3hrs 02mins. My previous PB at the Berlin Marathon 3 years ago was 3hrs 48mins so a satisfying improvement! Even more satisfying though was seeing both Andrew and Steve at the end with BIG THUMBS UP having BOTH finished in 2hr 59mins - a fantastic result - and just goes to show that the best things come to those who wait (and train very hard).
While it doesn't have the glamour of VLM or the same crowds, personally speaking, having your breakfast at home and back before 3 makes for a happy marathon day out and comes highly recommended. Pre-register NOW if interested in entering the 2016 event.
(1 2:15:06 Edwin Korir) 79 2:59:17 Andrew Merrick 86 2:59:43 Steve Weston 103 3:02:24 Jane McCarthy 10th lady 824 3:40:50 Tom Worboys 3951 finished 10 mile (1 53:54 Mike Burrett, Leeds) 29 1:04:14 Rob Cunningham 175 1:15:36 Chris Cunningham 179 1:15:43 Will Worboys 285 1:18:45 Jane Bryant 1598 finished
A win for Tom Adams, and a new course record. Results and photos ...
1 38:49 Tom Adama 15 45:42 Matthew Cox 80 52:43 Kate Archer 103 54:53 Jann Smith 164 59:38 Alison Weston 217 64:30 Adela Reperecki 304 79:01 Sophie Brown 313 finished
From Ben Sheppard... The weather gods gave us 12.3 miles and 1450 metres of climb of vests weather for this classic AL race, with no sign of last year's treacherous slippery rocks on Bowfell. Times may have been a few minutes quicker as a result. Harriers turned out in force, it being a Ilkley Harriers Race League counter. First times (I think) for Richard Joel, Mike Duffield, David Robson and David Chandler. Some impressive performances including a typically strong run from Jack Wood and a large PB for John Hayes. Next year's edition will be an English Fell Championships counter.
From John Hayes ... Bogs, rocks, steep climbs, hidden hazards, clambering over tricky obstacles ... Some people pay ridiculous money for this sort of thing in "Tough Mudder" etc. But I must say that type of event has never appealed to me, especially when for £8 and a suitable donation to the Mountain Rescue you can get all this and more by entering the Langdale Horseshoe. And by "more" I mean the stunning views, the glistening tarns, the blue sky, the camaraderie of the competitors and the hot Cornish pasty and pint (well, coke for me) at the finish. Having avoided tripping up on the difficult bits and taken my, now customary, "cowardly route" to avoid the Bad Step on Crinkle Crags, I crashed to the ground on the path to the finish. I figured it would be a bit embarrassing to be picked up by a helicopter only half a mile or so from the end of the race and it would wipe out all the generous donations entrants had made if the Mountain Rescue had to carry me down. So I picked myself up and joined the group around me all sprinting to beat 3 hours. I told the ambulance men at the finish that I'd banged my head and hurt my thumb but they didn't seem too worried about me (as other finishers wandered by covered in blood and mud but left them alone). Lots of Harriers were there notching up great times as you'll see when the results come in later.
(1 2:11.57 Sam Tosh, Rossendale) 28 2:29:31 Jack Wood 62 2:40.33 Ben Sheppherd 91 2:48.09 Jonathon Whitaker 112 2:53.50 John Houlihan 134 2:56.20 Richard Joel 137 2:56.31 John Hayes 147 2:57.48 Paul Calderbank 157 3:00.43 David Chandler 164 3:04.00 Duncan Copper 261 3:24.41 Michael Duffield 269 3:25.53 Dave Robson 347 3:50.48 Chantal Busby 387 finished
The last BOFRA race of the year. Results ...
(1 36:44 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 17 45:40 Steve Turland 24 48:265 Mark Mon-Williams 69 finished
V50 class 1 47:50 Valley Striders 6 53:37 Ilkley 16:13 Mark Iley 19:53 Phil Hirst 17:31 Andrew Sheldon 10 teams
Woodhouse Moor, Leeds (1 17:03 Phil Livermore, Abbey Runners) 31 19:38 Tom Worboys 441 runners Bradford Lister Park (1 18:36 Taylor Waddell, Eccleshill Road Runners) 8 20:05 Sarah Pickering 1st lady (junior) 10 20:49 Ethan Thompson (junior) 15 21:14 Malcolm Pickering 421 runners Harrogate Stray (1 18:11 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers & AC) 107 24:11 Eve Whitaker (junior) 114 24:19 Helene Whitaker 180 26:32 Julie Elmes 359 runners Hilly Fields, Lewisham 1 18:06 Alex Hirst 196 runners
621 children raced in the first Wharfedale Schools XC event at Ghyll Royd School. Results.
From Dan Wilkinson ... A really close race at the front of this great mountain relay event this year and a superb performance by Ilkley ladies who improved their finishing time by 3 minutes on last year to finish 5th ladies team overall. Ultimately a disappointing day for the mens team with a couple of nasty injuries to key runners meaning we really struggled compared to previous years and finished 44th. However kudos does go to the injured runners Dave Wilby and Jack Wood for completing their legs in some pain so the rest of the team could complete their legs and the team the event.
From Jann Smith ... a lack of rain and fog this year meant our experienced team couldn't create any advantage on navigation but all runners nailed the route choices really well and the ladies team ran seamlessly to finish overall faster than last year and in the top five. Well done to Sally Malir for running so fast despite an injury and to Jemima Elgood in her first run for the senior team (hopefully the first of many), it was great to see Helene Whitaker back and Alison, Outi, Jann, Kate and Rebecca made up the team. Commiserations for the men who had a great team but had two injuries, both Dave Wilby (paired with Dan) and Jack Wood (paired with Steve Turland) being forced to walk parts of their legs. Hope they recover quickly!
(1 3:34:53 Borrowdale) 44 4:57:25 Ilkley men 50 5:08:23 Ilkley ladies (5th ladies team) 70 teams finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
I chose Kielder for my first ever marathon because it looked beautiful and it certainly did not disappoint. Marketed as 'Britain's Most Beautiful Marathon' the route is one lap of Kielder Water on good wide trails which are often covered in pine needles, making it very pleasant underfoot. The trade-off is that is 'undulating'; I would say hilly. There is very little flat terrain apart from the dam!
Well organized and friendly, there was very little fault to find, apart from a short delay to the start due to a problem with one of the shuttle buses. As it was not cold this was a minor thing. Otherwise lots of water stations, plentiful toilets, t-shirt, goody bag, a truly beautiful medal, and the option of a sports massage at the end which could be pre-booked and which I took advantage of.
A lot of runners' names were called out at the finish over the PA system and I got the comment that there probably were not a lot of Bijsterveld's in Ilkley which was quite funny.
I had imagined that a time between 4 1/2 and 5 hours would be realistic for me on this sort of course. Irritatingly my garmin froze halfway round and by the time I was shuffling along the final miles I felt I had been running for an eternity and had no idea of the time elapsed. I was therefore more than happy to find myself crossing the line in just over 4 3/4 hours.
I am planning to go back next year and I can recommend this to any Harrier who wants to join me.
(1 2:43:02 Matthew Jones, U/A) 450 4:47:57 Petra Bijsterveld 621 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 15:57 Richard Allen, Bracknell AC) 33 19:43 Ben Joynson 54 20:54 Will Worboys 435 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:28 Rosie Smith, Durham City AC) 47 21:42 Geoffrey Howard 330 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:53 Hugh Salway, U/A) 2 17:58 Alex Hirst 179 ran Leeds Temple Newsam (1 17:34 Dan Grant, U/A) 49 25:23 Sue Morley 72 28:09 Eric Morley 142 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:04 Will Rowe, U/A) 2 18:12 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 3 18:36 Mark Mon-Williams 106 28:51 Michelle Snow 178 ran