Ilkley Harriers Athletic Club

Ilkey Harriers

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.
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Masters/World Mountain Running Championships Wales Sept 2015 ... The stunning surroundings and challenging terrain of the Snowdonia National Park will play host to a week-long festival of mountain running this Septe...
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London Marathon, Sun 26 April

Sally Malir was 4th in her class. 3:07:36 a new club record for FV50 and also beating her own club F45 record from last year's VLM by 2 minutes. Provisional results ... ....

(1    2:04:42 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya)
2656  3:07:36 Sally Malir
6089  3:29:23 Tim Buckingham
11032 3:51:00 David Howe
20711 4:26:44 William Woodhead
26819 4:51:00 Julie Elmes
34451 5:46:58 Abigail Bailey

Three Peaks race, Sat 25 April

From Dan Wilkinson ... Everyone loves the 3 Peaks don't they? Whatever happens with the weather in the preceding week, heat wave, ice age, it will usually be snowing at some point on the day of the 3 Peaks. Today was no different with blizzard conditions reported on Ingleborough by later runners. Despite the weather there was fabulous support for Ilkley on the course from fellow Harriers and others. Brilliant performances all round, notably tremendous PBs for Ben Sheppard, who surprised himself with a 1st class time, John Hayes for going sub 4 and nearly half an hour faster than 2014 and Helen Waddington who smashed 5 hours! I also managed to slice a further 13 minutes off my PB despite suffering what felt like hypothermia, cramp and hallucinations all at the same time on Ingleborough. I was planning a hiatus next year but actually, I think I'll be back!

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1  2:51:42 Ricky Lightfoot, Salomon)
51  3:30:07 Dan Wilkinson
87  3:38:31 Ben Sheppard
172 3:55:07 Dick Waddington
186 3:57:19 John Hayes
200 3:59:00 Jamie Hutchinson
217 4:02:29 Brian Melia
259 4:10:24 Jann Smith
327 4:19:29 Michael Lomas
390 4:26:23 Alison Weston
395 4:27:01 Andrew Merrick
399 4:27:26 Richard Joel
423 4:31:53 Paul Calderbank
483 4:38:36 Steve Weston
578 4:54:54 Helen Waddington
636 5:06:40 Chantal Busby
642 5:10:21 Adela Reperecki
701 finished
Timed out:
Eleanor Bradley
Jane McCarthy

From Jann Smith ... this year's 3 Peaks race felt more like a Bear Grylls style endurance challenge. There were gale force winds, snow blizzards, sleet and heavy rain making the limestone treacherous and the runners soaked to the skin. The support for Ilkey was amazing and so helpful even though a little crazy in those conditions (the Morley family on the top of Whernside in the -4 windchill!) and camaraderie between runners was great. Mild hypothermia set in after the top of Whernside and the fall down Ingleborough was inevitable. There were some great performances from Ilkley and some great PB's despite the conditions. Alison Weston was presented her prize for 15 3 x Peaks and Ilkley ladies won 2nd ladies team and I managed 3rd F40.

Grahams photos

From Helen Waddington ... Just to say a massive thank you to ALL the Harriers/family members who turned out yesterday to support us all - what an amazing effort given the awful weather conditions. I don't want to name individuals in case I miss anyone out (tricky to make out faces in the mist and rain) but you know who you are!!! It gave us all a huge lift and kept spirits up! Also huge congratulations to Alison Weston who picked up her prize for running 15 races (having finished her 16th yesterday!) and the icing on the cake for me was getting the second place ladies team prize - all thanks of course to Jann and Alison who put in amazing performances. Well done everybody, whatever the time/outcome - and commiserations to Elle and Jane who were not 100%, so even starting the race shows true grit!!!

Woodentops photos, Graham Weston's photos

Dick Hudsons fell race, Thu 23 April

Quite a few Harriers, and Jack in the lead, in the Woodentops' photos of this BOFRA race. Results

Woodentops photos
(1 42:07 Bob Addey, on a bike)
2  46:25 Jack Wood  equalled record
(4 46:59 Dave Wilby, bike)
7  49:15 Alex Sinclair
16 57:24 David Chandler
18 58:15 Duncan Cooper
29 61:57 Paddy Hagan
32 62:39 Mike Baldwin
33 62:41 Will Worboys
36 64:37 Paul Stephens
46 69:00 Sarah Hayes
51 73;14 Keith Wood
52 73:26 Rose Hagan
57 82:53 Sheena Pikersgill
60 85:30 Rachel Hagan
61 finished

Website revamp, Sun 19 April

You might notice the website looks a bit different. It now uses the 'Twitter Bootstrap' approach which is 'responsive' and 'mobile-first'. An increasing proportion of users are using smartphones and tablets (1,716 and 1,653 sessions respectively in the last month) compared to traditional desktop/laptop users (3,092 sessions) and the new approach should accomodate everyone. And of course there is a 'Googlegeddon' deadline approaching fast where Google may 'downrank' sites that are not mobile-friendly. So, here it is, and if you spot a glitch then please let Paul know.

Manchester Marathon, Sun 19 April

From Alex Hyde ... First ever marathon ran yesterday, coming in at 4:48:15 6839th out of 7805. Was going great guns and hoping to get inside 4.15 until hitting the wall like a sledgehammer at 20 miles!! Fantastic atmosphere and amazing sense of achievement though and if anyone is contemplating running their first marathon .... go for it!!

Anniversary Waltz, Sat 18 April

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Dan Wilkinsion reports ... The Anniversary Waltz is an 11.5M race with 3,700ft of climbing around the beautiful Newlands Horseshoe. A spectacular day for racing - a fine spring day with clear blue skies. Studying the entry list I was convinced this race would turn into a battle between Jack Smith and Jack Wood and they didn't disappoint. We watched from the chasing group as they disappeared off into the horizon. Jack was a little tentative as he was leading but didn't know the racing lines, eventually it came down to a sprint for the line with our Jack winning by 13 seconds. A brilliant achievement and a great reflection of the hard work he has put in getting back into form over the last 9 months. I also found some decent form after recent setbacks and finished 6th. For anyone who hasn't tried fell racing in the Lakes this is a superb place to start in my opinion, apart from the steep climb up Robinson the route is generally grassy or not too harsh underfoot and much less daunting than some of the longer races. Plus the views are spectacular, there is plenty off support on course from the tourists on Catbells and there is free chilli and beer at the finish. A brilliant day out (PS Jack's vest was still in the wash from the Bunny Run!)
Results ...

1   1:41:47 Jack Wood
6   1:48:52 Dan Wilkinson
187 3:36:34 John Pickering
191 finished

Meanwood Valley Trail, Sat 18 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Having studied the Harrier entries beforehand I knew I would definitely be the last Harrier home in this race, but hey, someone has to be. Despite this being a local race I had never run it, and I found it quite tough. A lot of up and down, and underfoot it is a pretty relentless mixture of tree roots and small rocks, not my forte. I almost yearned for the tedium of the canalside stretch you get in the Guiseley Gallop or the Baildon Boundary Way, which make up the other 2 events in this 3 race series. However, I did enjoy it, the weather was glorious, there was an abundance of cheerful marshals to guide us through the woods, a drinks station half way, and a bottle of Meanwood Meander ale for all finishers. There were particularly strong performances from Steve Coy (22nd), Jamie Hutchinson (28th), Steve Weston (34th) and Nick Pearce (40th). Results ...

(1  41:36 Jonathan Wills, Leeds City)
22  47:39 Stephen Coy
28  48:48 Jamie Hutchinson
34  50:04 Steve Weston
40  50:38 Nicholas Pearce
161 59:29 Neil Bloor
169 59:54 Tom Worboys
209 63:19 Sarah Hayes
235 65:14 Harry Sime
236 65:18 Robert Sime
267 68:11 Bethany Bloor
301 71:27 Petra Bijsterveld
385 finished

Yorkshire Junior Fell Championships, West Nab, Sat 18 April

Well done to Lucy and Joanne Williamson, Gold & Silver medallists in FU18. Jemima Elgood took U16 Silver, and Euan Brennan U14 Bronze, in some very competitive races. Champions! More on the Woodentops site.

Sue Morley reports ... I had a good race over a somewhat complicated but well marked route with 450m of climb over 9k taking LV 60 prize behind Sally Newman who took 1st Lady.

 
(1 40;36 Jack Willis, Middlesborough and Cleveland)
74 71:30 Sue Morley 

Podium 5k, Sat 18 April

Geoff Howard reports ...the reuslts of the 5k races at Barrowford in a stiff wind were:

Race A:
(1 15:08 Chris Livesey, Preston Harriers)
23 18:05 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
 
Race B:
(1 16:59 Kevin Hunt, Preston Harriers)
13 19:13 Mark Iley
21 20:55 Geoffrey Howard

parkruns, Sat 18 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A win this week at Skipton for Mark Mon-Williams, followed by junior Oscar Stapleton in second place. Tom Worboys ran at Woodhouse Moor and followed it with the Meanwood Valley Trail, a good morning's running! Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:39 Thomas Hughes, U/A)
65  22:19 Tom Worboys
400 39:31 Abbie Reynier (junior)
404 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:23 Mark Mon-Williams
2   18:09 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
24  22:41 Chris Cunningham
52  25:12 Charlotte Smithson
130 ran

Fountains Abbey
1  17:09 Daniel Holdsworth (Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers)
101 26:50 Eve Whitaker
102 26:58 Helene Whitaker
222 ran

Rob Templeman

Sad to hear that Rob Templeman has passed away: Rob was an active member of the Club in its early days, Club Treasurer, and sponsor of the Ilkley Moor fell race.

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, March

Val Kerr Dales Way Relay organisation Other nominations were:
Neil Chapman - leading Winter training sessions
Petra Bijsterveld - Twitter feed
Steve Weston - organsing men's Northern Road Relay team
Kate Archer - Flower Scar and Fell Champ s points
Ben Sheppard - Blubberhouses and Haworth Hobble
Helen Waddington - PB at Wilmslow 1/2
Sally Malir - Thirsk 10
Brian Melia -Edale Skyline, Haworth Hobble etc
Lucy Williamson Yorkshire U23 Fell Championship U23 Silver

More Harriers of the Month ...

Bunny 3, Tue 14 April

The sun shone for the finale of the 2015 Bunny series, Tom Adams continued his winning Egg Stage for the 15th time and the individual race for the ninth time. Tom will once again feature on next years Bunny Beer label by retaining the series title with three wins. Results, and photos

1   15:02 Tom Adams
5   15:54 Jack Wood
27  17:58 Michael Howard
31  18:16 Cameron Reilly (junior)
38  18:39 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
56  19:24 Richard Joel
71  20:00 Harry Barker (junior)
82  20:26 Lucy Williamson
95  20:51 Malcolm Pickering
98  21:00 Arthur Reilly
105 21:18 Jann Smith 1st F40
109 21:41 Charlie Tiger Smith
128 22:25 James Pickering
136 22:45 Jamie Partovi
142 23:06 Edward Bickerdike
149 23:21 Nicky Hopwood
159 24:02 Andrew Jackson
167 24:11 Nea Weston (junior)
193 25:13 Allison Ricci
207 25:47 Peter Lewis
254 28:24 Sue Williamson
255 28:26 Sophie Brown
260 29:02 Sally Wright
261 29:10 Julie Elmes
267 29:48 Anna Pickering
268 29:53 Christine Reilly
272 30:22 Angel Smith (junior)
283 finished

Sheffield Half, Sun 12 April

From Andrew Sheldon... The Sheffield Half Marathon took place on Sunday morning. It's a new course from previous years, which after a couple of miles on the flat then starts a long climb up to the 5 mile mark out on the hills by Ringinglow. There was a facing wind all the way and beyond to the 6.5 mile mark, then a welcome turn back and downhill on the main road. One more turn for home at 8 miles in the village of Dore, then at 11 miles it's a welcome downhill return with a couple more miles flat run in to the finish.
So a challenging course, and four Harriers took part.
Alex Hirst ran 1:23:27 to earn 54th place (chip time) out of 6014 finishers.
Philip Hirst ran 1:40:59 for 24th in category, Sally Lynch ran 2:16:44, congrats there as this was no PB course, that's an average of well under 10.5 minutes per mile, hard working especially as the wind became stronger and colder as the race progressed.
I figured to start in the 01:40 pen, and so was pleased to get back in 01:41:06 which is fine for where am at just now. Personally speaking, really enjoyed being out there, running a sensible race, paying attention to form, thinking about those Thursday night coached sessions and what we learn there. And the buzz of roads lined with cheering spectators for much of the course. This, combined with the vibe of the Northern Vets team event last month, I find very motivating.

(1   1:13:20 Dave Archer, Hallamshire Harriers)
54   1:23:27 Alex Hirst
931  1:40:59 Philip Hirst
943  1:41:06 Andrew Sheldon
4815 2:16:44 Sally Lynch
6014 finished

Baildon Boundary Way, Sun 12 April

From Steph Fox ... 10 Harriers turned out for the Baildon multi terrain half marathon on a dull Sunday morning. The weather threatened rain throughout the race, but it thankfully failed to properly provide the deluge we were expecting. There was a slight breeze in the air along the canal, of which the path seemed endless and even I began to crave a hill just to enjoy some rest-bite from the the monotony. Once the hills appeared - so did a little more wind, but I found it in our favour for some of the way and even managed to finish the race with a smile on my face. Some fantastic times - and possibly some PB'S but not sure. Kate Archer came second female - well done to her. Results ...

(1  1:17:23 Frank Beresford, Otley AC)
45  1:39:15 Andrew Merrick
47  1:39:36 Kate Archer
133 1:52:57 Neil Bloor
161 1:56:38 Will Worboys
166 1:57:33 Jean Sullivan
187 2:01:11 Andrew Wilson
191 2:01:50 Adela Reperecki
198 2:04:00 Stephanie Fox
276 2:19:08 Paul Sugden
278 2:19:14 Sue Bickerdike
320 ran

Coledale Horseshoe, Sat 11 April

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Will Buckton reports ... Five Ilkley Harriers made the trip to Braithwaite for the Coledale Horseshoe. The AM 13.7km/915 route was changed due to ice on Eel Crag to an 11km route with extra ascent, still taking in the Wainwright summits of Grisedale Pike and Barrow. Dave Wilby was first home for Ilkley in 22nd overall, less than a minute behind Steve Birkinshaw who recently completed all the Wainwrights in o

(1  1h06:49 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough AC)
22  1h17:44 Dave Wilby
55  1h25:35 Dan Wilkinson
112 1h34:17 David Chandler
215 1h53:48 Will Buckton
234 2h00:53 Jamie Partovi
249 finished

parkrun, Sat 11 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Some brilliant parkrun results this week with a win at Skipton for Steve Coy, followed closely by a whole gang of felllow Harriers, and 1st female positions for Lucy Williamson at Skipton and Georgia Malir at Woodhouse Moor. Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:14 Paul O'Callaghan, Tadworth AC)
9   18:17 Georgia Malir 1st F
21  19:33 Cameron Reilly (junior)
29  19:58 Arthur Reilly
32  20:09 Sally Malir 3rd F
325 ran

Colchester Castle
(1  17:20 Gareth Williams, U/A)
6   19:22 David Brown
61  23:48 Rosalind Brown
279 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:01 unknown)
115 25:50 Julie Elmes
277 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:19 Steve Coy
4   19:00 Mark Mon-Williams
6   19:38 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
10  20:24 Dominic Coy (junior)
12  21:02 Lucy Williamson 1st F
37  23:32 Archie Budding (junior)
65  27:19 Sue Williamson
136 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:24 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers)
55  23:18 Norman Bush
233 ran

Bunny 2, Tue 7 April

In complete contrast to last week it was a balmy sunny evening on Penistone Hill, Tom Adams once again won, recording his 14th Egg Stage and 8th overall win, from 302 runners. Jann Smith was 1st F40. Results, and photos

1   14:59 Tom Adams
5   16:13 Jack Wood
18  17:17 Euan Brennan (junior)
37  18:35 Cameron Reilly (junior)
45  18:56 Jemima Elgood (junior)
56  19:23 James Pickering (junior)
58  19:28 Sarah Pickering (junior)
73  20:08 Harry Barker (junior)
80  20:23 Lucy Williamson
97  21:02 Lucy Jacques (junior)
98  21:03 Malcolm Pickering
102 21:13 Arthur Reilly
106 21:20 Jann Smith
150 23:14 Joanne Williamson
154 23:33 Nicky Hopwood
176 24:16 Nea Weston (junior)
205 25:31 Allison Ricci
232 27:03 Sue Morley
243 27:56 Angel Smith (junior)
263 28:58 Sue Williamson
264 28:58 Eric Morley
275 29:33 Sally Wright
276 29:37 Sophie Brown
291 31:07 Anna Pickering
292 31:17 Christine Reilly
302 finished

Guiseley Gallop, Sun 5 April

photo: Richard Joel

From John Hayes ... It was great to see so many Harriers out in the glorious Easter sunshine for this one. I hadn't done it before so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The route is fast in places but the last part involves a muddy climb across Esholt Woods. Gratifyingly, it was then that I managed to overtake all the runners who had whizzed past me on the flatter bits of the course.

(1  36:08 Frank Beresford, Otley)	
35  42:32 Rob Cunningham
43  43:15 John Hayes
87  46:08 David Chandler
94  46:33 Duncan Cooper
106 47:15 Dave Robson
163 50:32 Philip Hirst
206 52:52 Will Worboys
213 53:18 Neil Bloor
217 53:22 Hannah Partner
246 54:47 Sarah Hayes
247 54:51 Adela Reperecki
259 55:37 Jean Sullivan
267 56:05 Jamie Partovi
288 56:45 Robert Meadows
301 57:19 Will Buckton
303 57:26 Peter Lewis
333 58:58 Bethany Bloor
363 60:42 Paul Sugden
364 60:44 Sharon Meadows
383 61:49 Petra Bijsterveld
389 62:16 Eric Morley
390 62:18 Sue Morley
408 63:17 Amanda Newham
411 63:38 Julie Elmes
414 63:46 Hilda Coulsey
472 67:18 Sue Williamson
615 finished

From Martin Wright ... This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter and Phil Hirst cannily played a wildcard from Parkrun and is now top of the League.

Pendle fell race, Sat 4 April

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1  32:40 Tim Addison, Helm Hill Runners)
99  45:21 Kate Archer
217 53:19 Jamie Partovi
291 ran

parkruns, Sat 4 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor Leeds
(1  16:55 Daniel Fisher, Valley Striders)
25  19:39 Cameron Reilly (junior)
91  23:45 Harry Stead (junior)
361 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:41 Carl Kernick, U/A)
39  22:22 Phil Hirst
42  22:29 Joe Reynier (junior)
127 26:09 Alex Hyde
432 39:03 Abbie Reynier (junior)
471 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  16:48 Julian Hood, Skipton AC)
8   19:47 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
9   19:53 David Brown
140 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:11 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
15  19:30 David Schneider
81  23:43 Jonathan Schneider
109 25:17 Alison Eagle
172 28:20 Fiona Schneider
306 ran

Salford 10k, Good Friday 3rd April

From Mark Iley ... 2 Harriers made the start line for this popular fast 2 lap 10k..a dreary morning affected times and they were a little slower than last year's.

(1  30:40 Gareth Raven)  
151 39:18 Mark Iley   
282 44:58 Harry Sime   
545 ran

Bunny 1, Tue 31 March

Woodentops photos

A good win for Tom Adams (his 7th Bunny win, and 13th 'Egg Stage' win) and Jemima Elgood 3rd lady Results, and photos

1   15:57 Tom Adams
30  19:52 Cameron Reilly (junior)
33  20:02 Jemima Elgood (junior)
40  20:17 Robbie Matthews  (junior)
48  20:35 James Pickering  (junior)
50  20:47 Sarah Pickering  (junior)
56  21:03 Dom Coy  (junior)
71  21:45 Lucy Williamson
83  22:35 Harry Barker (junior)
88  22:43 Malcolm Pickering
99  23:03 Arthur Reilly
136 25:09 Nea Weston 
185 28:03 Gaenor Coy
211 30:43 Julie Elmes
214 31:07 Anna Pickering
221 31:35 Angel Smith (junior)
226 32:08 Christine Reilly
228 32:28 Sally Pickering
236 finished

Liverpool Half Marathon, Sun 29 March

From Justin Phillips ... I won a place to take part in this event and having a serious race to focus on for the first time in ages has provided some much needed motivation and I've really enjoyed 'training' towards a goal again.
Conditions were cool and soggy but importantly wind free. The flat course wound its way through the city, looped around Sefton Park and then dropped onto the promenade alongside the Mersey at mile 8 leading to a fast 5 mile charge in to the finish at the Albert Dock.
View it on Strava
I'd highly recommend this event to anyone, especially if you need an excuse to spend a weekend sightseeing (and eating/shopping) in Liverpool.
Now onwards to the serious business of my first ever road Marathon in Blackpool on the 26th April..

(1  1:08:48 Paul Martelletti, Run Fast)
151 1:26:06 Justin Phillips
4,986 ran

Blubberhouses moor 25, Sun 29 March

From Ben Sheppard ... this local LDWA event is typically low key, friendly and very good value (7 for 24 miles, food en route and a meal at the finish). It's also a good opportunity to get s few training miles in and test your race fitness if you're training for the 3 Peaks or and other long or challenging races later in the spring. Harriers spotted include Amanda Parnaby and Mike Baldwin; Alison Weston didn't seem to be far behind the first female finisher; Elle Bradley and Sarah Hayes ran together, Sarah taking a stupendous 49 (forty nine!) minutes off last year's time; and John Hayes pushed the pace from the off, perfectly pacing the two of us to 4th and 5th, a few minutes faster than my 2014 time in spite the blustery and boggy going.
Results ...

(1= 3:21 Andrew Dobby
 1= 3:21 Liam Dunne
4   3:24 Ben Sheppard
5   3:27 John Hayes
30  4:06 Mike Baldwin
35  4:11 Alison Weston 4th lady
56  4:40 Sarah Hayes
57  4:40 Eleanor Bradley
86  5:19 Lynn Donohue
87  5:19 Keith Wood
90  5:21 Adela Reperecki
101 5:34 Helene Whitaker
106 5:40 Eddie Winslow
124 6:46 Amanda Parnaby
164 finished

YVAA Grand Prix 1 Honley, Sun 29 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Three Harriers found themselves at Honley this morning for the first of the 2015 Yorkshire Veterans' series. On what was on the whole a wet and windy Sunday we managed to run in a dry and still hour. The 6 mile hilly course is multi-terrain and consisted of woodland paths, fields and just a little road, and after the overnight rain there was a lot of lovely squelchy mud. The race was well organized by Holmfirth Harriers with lots of friendly and encouraging marshals.
Alison Eagle ran very well in her first race back after a lengthy lay-off, and Phil Hirst showed true grit by racing well after running the Northern Road Relays yesterday, his club vest still being in the washing machine! I was the last Harrier back but happy with my effort and my time.
Results ...

Women
(1  47:09 Anne Johnson, Stainland)
19  57:07 Alison Eagle
32  64:05 Petra Bijsterveld
55 ran

Men
(1  37:36 Gavin Mulholland, Stainland)
69  54:54 Phil Hirst
118 ran

Edale Skyline, Sun 29 March

From Brian Melia ... Don Morrison's Edale Skyline is a very special, if difficult race. Added to that today was the atrocious weather and bog after bog. The organiser mentioned -12 degrees wind chill?
The route is 21 miles with 1373m of climb ... feels like more to me!! going to:
Ringing Roger
Jagger's Clough
Win Hill Summit
Follow the marshals instructions on new route via Hope Brink
Hope (Edale road)
Lose Hill Summit Mam Tor
Mam Nick road crossing
Stile on Rushup Edge
Brown Knoll
Grindslow Knoll
Ringing Roger
Finish )

Times were slow. I felt sluggish over the first half, but started to come alive after Brown Knoll. There was a couple of incidents I was involved in, one of note. Coming through a very windy, poor visibility section in deep bogs I heard cries of help, eventually I spotted a runner in trouble, the two runners beside me looked up, but seemed to think I should go, they carried on. I went to see what had happened and the runner was stuck in a bog very deep indeed. I was a few feet above him on a rock so I grabbed him under the arms and pulled, but I could not move him, luckily another runner was passing who I called and he immediately came to help, however, we both could not move him and the a third arrived, thankfully we pulled him free and he set off. It probably was no more than a few minutes, but from there on in I was trying to catch up lost places, I think I managed. Thinking about this later I was a little saddened that my fellow runners felt that this situation was under control when it evidentially was not. Fell running is a beautiful sport, but in in some circumstances has to come second when attending an incident however serious or minor. I thought about putting an official complaint in, but I hope that this was just a misunderstanding on these other runners.The ones who did help were commendable. I ran by another runner being attended by two runners ahead of me only a few hundred metres further on the same stretch, I enquired if they needed any help, but they were fine.
In most fell races incidents are few and thankfully far between, but when there is an incident, your race must stop if you need to assist after that then you can resume ... common sense really and something to think about when you are in the fells racing.It may be you or me in difficulty!

Results
I think just two Harriers finished tbc
I was 4hrs 8 mins 15 sec(101st) Richard Joel was 4 hrs 17 mins 1 sec.(119th)
An exciting day in the Peaks as always!!

Jack Wood adds ... A day to forget for me and Will as we both pulled out of a wet and wild Edale Skyline. Will climbed the Ringing Roger with intent but when he got to the top he realised he'd forgotten to have his daily dose of ale, so went back down to find a pub. I made it a little further but a combination of setting off too quickly and putting my jacket on too late meant I was going slow and getting cold after 2.30 hours and decided to call it a day. The journey back was spent reflecting that we should find some shorter races to do in the future...In what was a short race for Brian Melia, he finished strongly with Richard Joel not far behind.

From Richard Joel ... I grunted my way around the Edale Skyline yesterday - the first time I'd done the race however I know the area as I grew up in Derbyshire. The first half of the race was ok but I started to get tired after Lose Hill. My mind was however taken off the tiredness by the worsening weather conditions - hood up and head down.
Like Brian I also helped a fellow runner pull another guy out of the bogs at Brown Knoll - in it to his waist. He was so happy to get out and find he'd still got a fell shoe on each foot!!
I started to get quite cold towards the end and was over the moon to see the decent down Ringing Roger to Edale. I managed to lose my footing at the top of the final field and roll around in the mud for dramatic effect!!
Dark Peak's organisation of this race was excellent and safety rightly at the top of their agenda. I take my hat off to the marshalls out on the course all day - especially the poor guys up on Ringing Roger (the washing machine).
The food at the end in the nice warm Village Hall was excellent, however by this stage I'd have happily chewed on cardboard if it was warm.

Kinsgton Half Marathon, Sun 29 March

Alex Hirst finished 8th in 1:23:49

12 Stage Northern Road Relays - Sefton Park, Liverpool, Sat 28 March

Photo: Pete Shields

From Steve Weston ... Fantastic team performance by all at the Northern Road Relays. A great day in Liverpool in very good running conditions despite monsoon on the way out. The Northern Road Relays are a brilliant, surprisingly low key event that offer fantastic entertainment. There were some stars there Steve Cram, IMFR record holder Emma Clayton, Rachel Bamford. The quality at the top end of the end was incredible with Leeds, Liverpool and Morpeth trading places throughout the race and Leeds ending up on top (But as Chris Reilly said "they all look like students".
(Arthur you'll love this) You can see by the fact that out team position was better than any of our individual leg positions that we had a very balanced team. Our placing does not give justice to the quality we had yesterday Everybody ran their socks off to finish under 4 hours and avoid the mass start, we even lapped some teams twice!
To a man everybody had a great time and all decided that we should make a commitment to next year's race. I see this year's race very much as a stepping stone to further glory. There were good runners who had scheduling conflicts and we have younger runners coming up from the juniors who will be eligible next year.
In 2016 I would like Ilkley Harriers to put in two male teams at least one of which could be competitive for the top 25 places to qualify for the nationals. (as for the ladies they should be putting in at least three teams!)
A huge thanks to everybody who ran, Pete Shields for coaching and support and the Coy family and Christine Reilly for moral support.
Results ...

50  Ilkley Harriers AC  3:58:38 (Out of 66 complete teams)

Mark Mon-Williams (64) 29:29
Mark Iley         (63) 14:55
Robert Cunningham (63) 29:12
Dan Wilkinson     (55) 13:11
Steven Weston     (55) 28:48
Adrian Bastow     (55) 15:33
Stephen Coy       (56) 28:42
Nick Pearce       (56) 15:16
Philip Hirst      (56) 16:57
Ben Joynson       (56) 15:27
Andrew Sheldon    (56) 15:46
Arthur Reilly     (51) 15:22

From Pete Shields ... the day started pretty bleak for all the relay runners who left Ilkley on Saturday heading for Liverpool, the weather blew a Hooley and the rain was torrential but as the team got closer to the venue the sky opened, brightness prevailed and it was warm!
Steve had done a great job getting a team together, there had been no need for a late press gang touring the streets of Ilkley looking for runners, we had twelve very keen and enthusiastic club runners plus four adults and two child supporters raring to go.
Mark Mon-Williams started Ilkley's affairs off and handled the first long leg in his usual dogged style, (having not been to well in recent weeks made his run even more impressive). It's not easy running the first leg on such an athletic stage which can put you through many stages of anxiety before the gun goes off. Mark handled this with ease. The Twelve Stage Relay consists of twelve individual legs divided into four long legs of 4.9 miles and eight short legs of 2.8 miles. The long legs are run alternatively with the short legs until completed. Our long leg runners were Mark, Steve Weston, Rob Cunningham and Steve Coy, all ran consistently well, in fact, as a bit of a running anorak and having the opportunity of watching them at several points on the course I was duly impressed with their form (see the pics on the Facebook IH group page).
The course consisted of two laps for the long leg and one lap for the short leg. The course undulated but was fast and what little climb there was would have felt like Everest for the efforts the team put in.
Mark Iley took over from Mark on the second leg, the first of the short legs. Mark is a very tough competitor and works extremely hard at his running and this was how he attacked this leg: He set the standard for the other seven short leg runners, Daniel Wilkinson, Adrian Bastow, the evervescent Nick Pearce, the fabulous Phil Hirst, the all rounder Ben Joynson, Andy Sheldon and on the glory leg Arthur Reilly, who a lot of you won't know was are ally fast miler in his younger days (that's not to say he is old now!).
The Ilkley Team finished in 50th position with a time of 3.58.38, a great result for a great team, well done.
Those that have not experienced a road relay should really consider giving them a try. Running is pretty much an individual pursuit and the relay experience brings in a whole new aspect to your running. You immediately become part of a group which brings together a great cohesion, you interact at different levels with people you do know but not in such a pressurised but supportive situation. There is also the added aspects of competitiveness be it against other teams, your team members or yourself, putting all this in the mix is or can be quite an addictive experience and one that should be on everyone's tick box.
These relay's although they sound quite important i.e. The Nationals or The Northern Counties they do have their elite aspects to them but are also very much for everyone and make no mistake all those that compete go through the same anxieties, fear and nervousness, it's all part of the relay experience.
On what was a very busy day at Liverpool there were moments where the team had the opportunity to converse, there was much reflection as to why it is difficult to raise teams for events like this, especially as everyone commented at the great feeling they got when having completed in one. Steve put a great deal of effort into getting this one together and is really keen to do it again, give it some thought for next time, support Steve and the club.
Finally, there were more than the twelve runners in the team yesterday, Gaenor and family travelled to all parts of the course cheering the team on, Mrs Reilly was equally as supportive as was myself: jealously egging them on.
Once again well done Mark Mon-Williams, Mark Iley, Rob Cunningham, Dan Wilkinson, Steve Weston, Adrian Bastow, Steve Coy, Nick Pearce, Phil Hirst, Ben Joynson, Andrew Sheldon, Arthur Reilly. You did the club proud.

Boulsworth Bog, Sat 28 March

From Will Buckton ... BM 13.2km/425m Wet and windy conditions on Boulsworth Fell and boggy underfoot so the race lived up to its name. A new improved route on the descent from last time I did the race two years ago. I won an Easter egg spot prize! Results ...

(1   55:32 Stuart Fogg, Wharfedale)
64 1h23:54 Will Buckton
74 finished

Junior English Fell Champs, Sat 28 March

13 junior Ilkley Harriers in the first race of the season at Errwood. Full report on the junior pages soon, in the meanwhile results and photos from the Westons and the Woodentops.

parkruns, Sat 28 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:23 Alex Pagdin, Skyrac AC)
18  19:48 Sally Malir 1st F
350 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:18 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers)
148 26:41 Eric Morley
153 26:59 Petra Bijsterveld
334 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:48 unknown)
3   20:14 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
119 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:19 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
57  23:24 Norman Bush
217 ran

Wilmslow Half Marathon, Sun 22 March

From Helen Waddington ... Three Hariers made the trip to sunny Cheshire this morning. A perfect day for this pretty and undulating but fast course. Rob Cunningham did an amazing time of 1:23:29 and finished well inside in the top 200. I really enjoyed my first road half marathon and was pleased to be under my target of 1:45. Andrew probably slightly under-performing today due to a dodgy calf but still quicker than last year. Results ...

(1 1:04:57 Ben Siwa)
178  1:23:29 Rob Cunningham
1129 1:41:11 Andrew McCarthy
1151 1:41:42 Helen Waddington 
4107 finished

Big thanks to Neil's Saturday morning hard run session crew and Jane's speed sessions - invaluable training!

Thirsk 10, Sun 22 March

Results...

(1  48:45 Jonathan Taylor, Morpeth)
143 65:10 Sally Malir 1st F50
251 70:03 Ben Joynson
1058 runners

Rivock Edge fell race Sun 22 March

Results...

(1 50:46 Craig Shearer, KCAC)
26 60:41 Duncan Cooper
27 61:31 Michael Lomas
76 80:39 Sue Morley
90 ran

Heptonstall fell race, Sun 22 March

From Sarah Edwards ... A beautiful day for Heptonstall fell race; sun was shining and the views magnificent. Set off wearing long sleeve top and running tights...mistake! Had to roll up the tights and switch to just my harriers vest. First time this year...spring is definitely here. Brilliant race, great organisation, tougher than I expected and well worth the trip.

Results...

(1  1:47:15 Ben Mounsey, CVFR)
36  2:18:18 Steve Turland
42  2:19:48 Jamie Hutchinson
194 3:13:37 Sarah Edwards
227 finished
Woodentops photos

Dales Way Relay, Sat 21 March

From Val Kerr ... An eventful but good day out in the South Lakes/Dales for the 2015 Dales Way Relay. Twenty-three club members took part, safely transporting the Bowness pebble back to Ilkley (where it will soon find a home in the river). Weather was good with sunshine all day, but a cold wind. A more detailed report will follow in the next newsletter but briefly:
Start 5.00 am.
Legs 1 and 2 (Bowness to Crook of Lune): Andrew Sheldon and Andrew Merrick bravely took on these difficult two legs in the dark and rather unfortunately found themselves exploring parts of the southern Lake District they were not intended to visit ! After an SOS phone call they were picked up and put back on course to run the last mile of their leg.
Legs 3 and 4 (Crook of Lune to Dent): Jack Wood took on these two legs by himself and set a very fast pace, finishing 10 minutes earlier than my predicted handover time for leg 5.
Leg 5 (Dent to Holme Hill): This was run, again in super fast time, by David C, Dick Waddington and Jane McCarthy who handed over 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
Legs 6 and 7 (Holme Hill to Buckden): Jann Smith and Paul had already run from Buckden to Holme Hill for the start of this leg and were then joined by Paddy Hagan for the run back to Buckden. Despite running about 25 miles, Jann and Paul looked as fresh as daisies at the end and the DWR was 40 minutes ahead of schedule by the end of this leg.
Legs 8, 9 and 10 (Buckden to Burnsall): Here the big groups took over with Petra B, Dave Ibbotson, Lynn Donohue, Keith Wood, Paul Sugden, Stuart Herrington, Jan Carrier, Tim Ratcliff, Alex Lewis and Sarah Hayes running leg 8, Hilda Coulsey joining them for legs 9 and 10, and Dave I, Lynn D, Keith W, Paul S, Stuart H, Jan C, Tim R joined by Sue Williamson completing leg 10. I hope the two people who suffered falls on these legs have no lasting injuries.
Legs 11 and 12 (Burnsall to Bolton Abbey): Unfortunately Andrew Jackson had to run these two legs by himself as I was unable to join him for leg 12 due to the break in of my car (see forum post).
Leg 13 (Bolton Abbey to Ilkley): Andrew had company from Sally Wright for the last leg back into Ilkley and the pair finished just in time to join a small group of us in the TAPS for a celebration drink.
Finish 7:40 pm.

Well done to Val on reviving this super club event (last run in 2012).

Lots more photos on the Facebook group page.

Coniston 14, Sat 21 March

From Caz Farrow ... a few of us went to do Coniston 14, I was 5th female. Great weather, beautiful course, pretty 'undulating'! Results soon.

Hardmoors 55, Sat 21 March

From Brian Melia ... What a fabulous event this is now becoming ... yes,I realise the pull was west with the Dalesway relay, but this is very special running country in the East, mainly on the Cleveland way. Beautifully organised by Jonathan and Shirley Steele. It was full this year. My pal Jamie was going to help me, but home chores ruled the Saturday so I was left to run solo!! The route takes in Roseberry Topping, Cook's Monument, Lord Stones, Osmotherley and a beautiful trot round to The White Horse at Sutton Bank and back to Hemsley. I managed to finish without need to use the head torch which is good for your time, but running a race at night is still very magical, I would recommend this race and others in the series.
I ran really well finishing 1 hour faster than last year in 9 hrs 24 mins (tbc) I was 25th overall out of 350. So I was delighted with the performance as I ran well within my comfort zone for now and I have no injury issues.
The Hardmoors series of events are worth a view www.hardmoors110.org.uk. Jonathan and Shirley put a lot of thought into these events and they are now definitely worth a look especially if you are looking at running longer than marathon distance.

parkruns, Sat 21 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:08 Adam Simpson, U/A)
110 24:00 John Marshall
366 ran

York
(1  17:01 Andy Smith, Pudsey and Bramley AC)
35  20:55 Geoff Howard
381 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:16 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
53  23:13 Tom Worboys
461 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:05 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers)
10  19:55 Michael Lomas
277 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:06 Edward Evans, Wharfedale Harriers)
3   19:30 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
90  28:58 Fiona Schneider
148 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:49 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
53  23:53 Norman Bush
186 ran

Ilkley & District Volunteer of the Year Awards

Well done to Shirley Wood, leader of our brilliant junior section, who has won an award for "Community Involvement - encouraging sporting activity".

Keighley 10k, Sun 15 March

From David Green ... Results ...

(1  34:17 Craig Shearer)
130 45:06 Joe Reynier
177 46:37 Will Worboys
245 48:58 Chris Cunningham
251 49:08 David Green
250 49:05 Jan Carrier
307 51:10 Ros Brown
1047 finished

Sweatshop 10, Sun 15 March

From Geoff Howard... Pete Shields and I competed in the Seatshop 10 mile race along the promenade at Bispham in somewhat exposed conditiions. The winner was David Rigby of Preston Harriers in 52m 50s. I was 75th in 70m 37s (which I believe creates a Club Record for V70) and Pete was 143rd in 80m 14s despite claiming that he was going to run at the back - 274 ran. Results

Podium 5k, Sat 14 March

From Steve Newell... There were only 3 Harriers who ventured over to Nelson on Saturday evening for the latest of the Podium 5k series around the cycle track. The flat, tarmac course brings some very fast runners to the A Race, with Chris Livesey from Preston winning in 14:46. Matt Newell won the B race with a PB of 17:04. Mark Iley finished 10th in 18:47 and I finished 12th with a PB of 19:18

Haworth Hobble, Sat 14 March

From Ben Sheppard... billed as 32 miles traversing gritstone moors around Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge with 4,400 ft of ascent. The route is a scenic, challenging mix of terrains, punctuated with jam donuts and broken biscuits at the food stops (chorizo and dry roasted nuts a welcome variation at the final one with four miles to go). Amanda Parnaby looked to be going great guns; Brian Melia and Jamie Hutchinson ran as a pair thirty minutes faster than last year, coming in around 5 hrs 30; and I shaved quarter of an hour off my 2014 time thanks to the chorizo boost. It was won in an impressive time of 4:08.

Photos on woodentops.org.uk

Results ...

(1  4:09:19 Chris Singletion, Trawden)
43  5:15:11 Ben Sheppard
88  5:36:36 Jamie Hutchinson, Brian Melia
308 9:21:22 Amanda Parnaby
325 completed

parkruns, Sat 14 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1 17:57 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers)
112 26:03 Eric Morley
317 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:34, unknown)
3   19:13 Oscar Stapleton (junior) PB
52  24:41 Archie Budding (junior)
117 ran

Ian Roberts Memorla fell race, Sun 8 March

From Eric Morley ... This race is classified BM having 853 ft of climb over 6.4 miles. On the open windswept moors there results were:

 
(1  48:30 Clive Fitzpatrick, U/A
12  54:06 Steve Turland
113 78:37 Sue Morley

Harewood House 10k, Sun 8 March

Results ...

(1   34:54 Frank Beresford, Otley)
29   41:10 Rob Cunningham
53   43:02 David Chandler
190  48:04 Kevin Lawson
332  50:32 Harry Sime
333  50:33 Robert Sime
368  51:54 Chris Cunningham
395  52:47 John Marshall
1290 63:13 Catriona Hawthorn
1845 finished

Yorkshire Fell Championships, Sat 7 March

Well done to sisters Lucy and Joanne Williamson who won Silver & Bronze medals in the FU23 class at the 38th Yorkshire fell Championships at Flower Scar.
Results ...

Women
(1  44:23 Annie Coneway, Ambleside)
28  54:18 Kate Archer
37  55:52 Jann Smith
65  59:40 Lucy Williamson
116 67:45 Joanne Williamson
148 finished

Men
(1  38:39 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
63  45:27 Dan Wilkinson
212 54:07 Duncan Cooper
325 finished
Woodentops photos

Trollers Trot, Sat 7 March

From John Hayes ... The scenery on this 25 mile loop starting and finishing near Grassington is lovely, in particular the high sections from Rylstone to Barden Bridge and then up Trollers Gill. I last did the event a few years ago and remember feeling dreadful running back up the valley to the finish. This year the last few miles didn't seem quite so tough but I was still mighty relieved to see the finish! Many thanks to the organisers and marshalls and well done to all Harriers who did it. Hope your post-race legs aren't quite as achy as mine! Results ...

(1  2:57:01 Andrew Grant, Harrogate)
12  3:24:35 Dick Waddington
28  3:39:06 John Hayes
29  3:39:15 Jamie Hutchinson
56  3:55:17 Mike Baldwin
58  3:55:48 Alison Weston
91  4:19:22 Adela Reperecki
121 4:33:04 John Coates
161 4:53:29 Neil Bloor
177 5:11:52 Sharon Meadows
226 finished

12 mile Half Trot
(1 1:25:33 Mick Dobson, Trawden)
7  1:37:59 Adrian Hall
8  1:37:59 Paul Calderbank
55 finished

parkruns, Sat 7 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Cardiff
(1  16:10 Tom Norris, Notts AC)
25  18:28 Mark Mon-Williams
672 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:46 Paul Clegg, Bingley Harriers)
427 41:27 Abbie Reynier (junior)
509 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:08 David Driver, Hyde Park Harriers)
125 25:44 Eve Whittaker (junior)
129 25:47 Helene Whittaker
151 26:38 Julie Elmes
339 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:44 James Mountain, U/A)
2   20:34 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
43  23:56 Chris Cunningham
143 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:42 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
37  21:17 Geoffrey Howard
256 ran

Nell Bank Relays, Sat 7 March

74 teams of Primary School youngsters, 200+ runners, had their annual taste of xc relay running, followed by the presentation of the individual awards from this year's Wharfedale Primary Sports XC League. More on the junior pages

PECO XC, Sun 1 March

From Steve Coy ... On a very windy day with changeable weather the final PECO of the year was run for the 1st time at this fantastic location. The course was not flat and the headwind at times made it a tough course but the ground underfoot was well drained meaning it was a great course up and down and around the grounds of Roundhay.
For the men we had Steve Coy, Ben Joynson, Eric Morley and Don Macrae running and in the ladies Nicky Hopwood, Gaenor Coy, Petra Bijsterveld, Julie Elmes, Christine Reilly and Claire Shouler.
Some great results for the juniors in both races too. Prize giving and relays will end the series.
Results c/o Petra ...

Men
(1  25:13 Jonathan Wills, Leeds City AC)
32  28:12 Stephen Coy
135 32:02 Ben Joynson
336 43:37 Eric Morley
345 45:04 Don MacRae
356 ran
 
Women
(1  29:05 Becky Penty, York Tri Club)
48  36:11 Nicky Hopwood
117 40:43 Gaenor Coy
147 41:55 Petra Bijsterveld
174 43:39 Julie Elmes
231 49:28 Christine Reilly
250 59:25 Claire Shouler
252 ran

Haweswater Half Marathon, Sun 1 March

From Michael Duffield... An undulating route on the single track road from Bampton to the car park at the bottom of the reservoir and back again. Snow flurries every now and again and fantastic views up the valley to High Street. The following wind on the way back gave a welcome push up the hills.

(1 1:12:21 James Buis, Border Harriers)
82 1:32:20 Michael Duffield  PB
503 finished


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