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?
Facebook users might like to join the "Ilkley Harriers" Group
Please send any Harriers results to firstname.lastname@example.org - they'll be forwarded to Paul for this web site and to Will for the newspaper report.
Don't forget our Trail Race on Monday, entries on the day available.
Just a note that entries are open and filling up fast (nearly 100 of 250 places gone already.) See our Aquathlon page.
From Jann Smith ... here's a 'sneak preview' of the new Ilkley Harriers vest which is being developed (by Jann, and) the Complete Runner. The new vest will be made using a new printed process rather than being panelled like the previous ones so it should chafe/rub less across the chest and will be in a nice lightweight fabric. It will be available in men's, women's and kids' sizes to buy at The Complete Runner, Ilkley in a short while. We are also trying to develop a new t-shirt too.
Another great win for Jack Wood. Results ...
1 31:32 Jack Wood 25 37:02 Andrew Merrick 33 37:50 Andrew Sheldon 51 38:58 Tom Worboys 84 41:19 Caz Farrow 89 41:34 Paul Stephens 91 41:46 Will Worboys 99 42:08 Philip Hurst 121 43:36 Julie Watson 127 43:54 Keith Wood 136 44:16 Caroline Craske 147 44:44 Adrian Weatherly 156 45:14 Sarah Hayes 195 47:56 James Rochfort 196 47:57 Geoffrey White 202 48:18 #360 ? 208 48:43 Nick Mellor 215 49:16 Allison Ricci 226 50:15 Sandra Rochfort 240 51:26 Paul Sugden 285 56:38 Don Macrae 288 56:58 Emma O'Looney 300 59:30 Laura Dawes 306 61:10 Claire Murphy 312 ran
From Dan Wilkinson (pictured) ... A cracking little evening race with a bit of everything, fast and furious start through the streets of the village, a drag up to the summit and then some tracks over open moorland, road, and then finally a sprint along the canal to the finish field. Highly recommended! Results ...
(1 26:05 Matt Lockyer, P&B) 5 27:25 Dan Wilkinson 48 35:14 Mike Baldwin 86 finishers
From Petra Bijsterveld ... The John Carr series at Esholt provides plenty of opportunities for points, prizes and PB's every year. A very fast 5K course with a downhill finish, it is a true 'lactate zone, eyeballs out' effort which makes me ask myself repeatedly how I manage to enjoy it so much. It is certainly not the 25 minutes (in my case) of sheer pain. Perhaps it is the snickers bar at the end that keeps me coming back for more! This year the first race was a YVAA championship event, the second was a counter in our own Harriers league, and the third just had to be run to get the bottle of ale, and have a chance to win a series category prize. Over the 3 weeks Ilkley Harriers collected a bounty of silverware and chocolate for the juniors, as well as a crop of new PB's. Sadly there was a hitch with the tape measure at the first race which had to be declared short which was a disappointment for those who ran a PB. Thankfully several people managed to run an equal or better time in the 2nd race despite it being longer, notably Paul Sugden who brilliantly broke the 24 minute barrier! The short first race did not stop Ilkley vets winning YVAA trophies: Geoff Howard, Jann Smith, Sally Morley, Helen Waddington and myself were the lucky recipients. At the second race there were notable performances from Euan Brennan and Jack Cummings, coming 1st and 2nd in their youth and junior categories, and from Sally Morley again. Jack was the first Harrier home last night at the 3rd race and won his MJ category, with strong running from fellow younsters Cameron Reilly, Oscar Stapleton and Bethan Morley. Sally Morley and Jann Smith were second again in their age categories. Last night prizes were awarded for the series, Sally Morley was 2nd woman overall as well as 1st in the F40 category, a brilliant achievement. Helen Waddington 1st F45 and yours truly 1st F50. Mark Iley 3rd M50 and Cameron Reilly 1st MY.
(1 15:36 Jamil Parapia, Otley AC) 17 17:07 Jack Cummings 1st MJ 64 18:25 Sally Morley 2nd F40 66 18:31 Cameron Reilly 1st MY 73 18:45 Mark Iley 74 18:48 Oscar Stapleton 2nd MY 105 19:25 Arthur Reilly 111 19:31 Steve Newell 131 19:54 Ben Joynson 139 20:05 Mike Helme 152 20:20 Jann Smith 2nd F45 188 21:24 Bethan Morley 2nd FY 192 21:27 Harry Stead (junior) 193 21:28 Nicky Hopwood 208 21:44 Darryl Stead 221 22:09 Andrew Wilson 223 22:11 Jean Sullivan 234 22:28 Helen Waddington 255 23:25 Nea Weston (junior) 273 24:07 Paul Sugden 307 25:30 Petra Bijsterveld 1st F50 313 25:48 Ella Shouler-Harris (junior) 386 finished Final positions (3 races) 31 Sally Morley 1st F40, 2nd F 32 Mark Iley 3rd V50 33 Cameron Reilly 1st MY 49 Arthur Reilly 83 Harry Stead 100 Helen Waddington 1st F45 118 Paul Sugden 137 Petra Bijsterveld 1st F50
|Petra Bijsterveld||Twitter feed and website updates||Other nominations were:|
Sally Malir - London Marathon time
Helen Waddington - 3 Peaks time
Dan Wilkinson - 3 Peaks time
John Hayes - 3 Peaks time
Kate Archer - Baildon Boundary and Pendle results
Jann Smith - Bunny Run results
Tom Adams - Bunny Run Results
Natalie York - leading Tuesday runs
Antonio Cardinale - leading Tuesday runs
Jacqui Weston - 3 Peaks support
|Jack Wood||Dick Hudsons and Anniversary Waltz wins|
From Petra Bijsterveld ... I was the only Harrier this morning at this mixed terrain 10 miler. This is the 3rd year in a row that I have run this race and I can recommend it to those who like an undulating mix of road and good trails with some lovely scenery thrown in, as the course takes you through Studley Royal. Well organized with chip timing and a nice mug as a momento this year.
(1 58:48 Mike Jefferies, U/A) 244 94:02 Petra Bijsterveld 355 ran
Ewan Welsh reports ... Three 'arriers embraced the Montane Trail marathon and half marathon (distances are roughly) in the Howgills on Sunday, Lyn Donohue came home as 1st FV50, Ewan Welsh and Mike Baldwin decided to adopt some metaphorical tree hugging and ran around together, there was even a joint combined effort in missing a marker and adding a bit more distance and time through a very nice wood.
The half marathon route is rather enjoyable, long climb at the start out of Sedbergh (long and sweeping I would say) a couple of sharp descents, then a long run in along undulating single track, followed by a few miles down by the river, a lap of Sedbergh, followed by a wee uphill lane before the run into the finish. I believe the marathon extended into another climb or two then onto the same run in. I would say both events are another couple of excellent races on our doorstep, easy drive up, no big crowds, easy parking etc, fine scenery and a quality post race spread with a very pleasant all round friendly ambience, I've pencilled it in for another go. Results ...
Half Marathon (1 1:48 Jonathon Cox, Eden Harriers(he won by 8 mins)) 26 2:29 Ewan Welsh 29 2:30 Mike Baldwin 4th V50 107 ran Marathon (1 3:39 Daniel Miller) 123 5:50 Lynn Donohue 1st F50 59 ran
Well done to Tom Adams, part of Yorkshire's Gold-winning men's team, Jemima Elgood in Yorkshire's Gold-winning FU16 team, and Joanna and Lucy Williamson in the FU18 Silver team. More results, narrative, and photos on the Woodentops website.
Men (1 45:26 Andrew Dougla, Scotland West) 3 47:14 Tom Adams 87 ran FU18 (1 20:48 Heidi Davies, Brecon) 6 24:36 Lucy Williamson 8 26:17 Joanne Willimason 13 ran FU16 (1 21:57 Scarlet Dale, Cumbtria) 2 22:09 Jemima Elgood 15 ran
From Hilda Coulsey ... another first for Jack Wood. An excellent entirely off-road, local, friendly run where we braved a gusty chilly wind with lots of up hills, over fields and through bluebell woods. A brilliant Saturday morning. Results ...
1 39:19 Jack Wood 10 46:30 Alex Hirst 25 48:21 David Chandler 27 48:38 Ben Joynson 66 54:05 Outi Kamarainen 77 54:56 Phil Hirst 89 56:40 Adela Reperecki 1st F50 110 60:01 Peter Lewis 123 60:55 Stephanie Fox 149 65:32 Hilda Coulsey 1st F60 157 66:37 Paul Sugden 236 finished
From Paddy Hagan ... Inspired by the Jack Bloor's on Tuesday and with so much choice on Saturday, I went for this local event, the only one where drinking a pint at the end was a part of the race! Jonathan Sinclair and Alec also ran (Alec 3rd home!). (Times not up yet. Ted Mason won.)
From Dick Waddington ...
The Old County Tops is a classic race starting in Langdale and taking in Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and The Old Man of Coniston. It's pretty long at 56km or so and may be 3500m of climbing. You race in pairs and I teamed up with Ben Sheppard, with Alison Weston and Jane McCarthy forming one of a handful of ladies teams. Paul Calderbank ran with Tom Hollins from Wharfedale. It was the first time on this one for Ben, Jane and me and the first race over 25 miles for Jane and me.
The conditions must have been good, because the records for ladies pair and mixed pair were broken. It's a beautiful and varied route with some of the steepest, longest grassy descents I've ever come across. The crowd on Scafell Pike was so big it was hard to pick out the marshalls at the check point. Down in the wilds of upper Eskdale it was much quieter - especially on the route I took Ben on (he showed great confidence and support in my flawed navigational plan on more than one occasion).The feed station at Cockley Beck was well stocked with tea, sandwiches and flapjack and the marshalls were all very jolly and enthusiastic. Even the marshals on top of the Old Man of Coniston were smiling as they lay in their tents with only heads poking out. The wind was strong and cold up there.
If they were giving prizes to the Ilkley Harriers, Alison would get hard as nails fell runner for head butting a rock about half way round and carrying on despite lots blood, and grimaces from the squeamish. Ben and Jane would share the prize for looking as fresh as daisies at the finish. I would get the prize for flawless execution of a flawed navigational plan. Ben and I got home in just under 9 hours and Jane and Alison about 40 minutes later, with Paul and Tom between the two. Many thanks to Brian Melia for putting us up at the Gritstone Club hut on Friday and for some very welcome support from Helen Waddington. Results to follow.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:36 John Sanderson, Guildford and Godalming AC) 32 19:57 Adrian Bastow PB 35 20:06 Tom Worboys 435 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:25 Neil Maloney, Skipton AC) 3 19:50 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 21 22:42 Harry Sime 22 22:43 Robert Sime 47 25:15 Alex Hyde 151 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:18 Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners) 53 23:30 Norman Bush 89 25:29 Emily Elmes (junior) PB 96 25:45 Julie Elmes PB 246 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
(1 15:41 Marc Fenwick, Tyne Bridge Harriers) 18 16:57 Euan Brennan (junior) 1st MY 24 17:13 Jack Cummings (junior) 2nd MJ 60 18:23 Sally Morley 2nd F40 62 18:27 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 63 18:29 Mark Iley 70 18:40 Stephen Coy 94 19:20 Cameron Reilly (junior) 97 19:28 Arthur Reilly 110 19:51 Tom Worboys 130 20:22 David Chandler 149 20:46 Will Worboys 151 20:48 Geoff Howard 1st M70 159 21:01 Phil Hirst 171 21:22 Harry Stead (junior) 199 22:15 Jean Sullivan 207 22:21 Helen Waddington 251 23:55 Paul Sugden PB 254 24:10 Nick Mellor 263 24:26 Nea Weston (junior) 269 24:34 Peter Lewis 278 24:58 Petra Bijsterveld 1st F50 279 25:00 Julie Elmes 306 26:03 Christopher Brown 311 26:21 Sue Williamson 341 27:52 Christine Reilly 376 ran
Val Kerr reports ... A great turn out of Ilkley Harriers for this league counter and another great win for Jack Wood who busy collecting trophies at the moment. Conditions were very blustery and wet underfoot although the rain kept away and the sun came out briefly. Over 200 runners took part.
From John Hayes... Another fabulous Jack Bloor race over the footpaths, bogs and flagstones of Ilkley Moor. The race has changed over the years as stone slabs have been laid on the upper part of the route (making it faster underfoot and eliminating the choice of different routes to the summit control). Surprisingly for a relatively short race, there remain some interesting route choices in the latter section of the race. Picking the right line between the last knoll and the finish, in particular, can gain you quite a few places. Huge thanks to the organisers and marshals and well done to everyone who ran it. Results ...
1 40:10 Jack Wood 7 43:35 Dave Wilby 9 43:47 Ben Sheppard 22 46:01 Jack Cummings 49 49:58 John Hayes 55 50:21 Richard Joel 60 50:41 Alistair Barlow 69 51:08 Duncan Cooper 70 51:16 Jonathan Sinclair 75 51:28 Lucy Haines 83 51:46 Malcolm Pickering 84 51:49 Kate Archer 91 52:49 Ben Joynson 94 53:08 Paddy Hagan 102 55:06 Alison Weston 105 55:15 David Foyston 107 55:54 Sarah Edwards 108 55:59 Outi Kamarainen 110 56:10 Jann Smith 112 56:13 Paul Stephens 118 57:09 Peter Haines 127 58:04 Steve Weston 136 59:19 Dave Taylor 139 59:59 Ian Marshall 149 62:06 Chloe Haines 160 64:05 Sarah Hayes 168 65:13 Joyce Marshall 171 65:21 Val Kerr 174 66:27 Anna Barlow 179 67:21 Sue Morley 182 68:03 Geoffrey White 186 68:22 Juliet Hammond 216 83:17 Sophie Brown 225 85:00 Rachel Hagan 226 finished 2nd team 1st ladies' team
Congratulations to Jemima Elgood, Joanne Williamson, Lucy Williamson, and Tom Adams selected to run for Yorkshire in the fell inter-counties on 16 May ... more ...
(1 27:30 Stephen Sambu) 229 36:23 Rob Cunningham 710 45:45 Chris Cunningham 2922 48:35 David Ibbotson 25535? ran
From Hilda Coulsey ... Thousands turned out to run and it was great to see a fine contingent of Harriers. Support around the course was amazing, though calling out our names took a little getting used to (on our numbers!). As Sally says on Facebook it was HOT. I started near the 1:50 pacer but that lasted only until the first hill at mile 3 and with the 1:55 pacer passing me half way round on the ring road hill I was very pleased with my 1:56 on the day. Congratulations to all. Results ...
(1 1:11:18 Mohammad Aburezeq) 152 1:27:31 Jonathan Sinclair 282 1:31:58 Michael Duffield 303 1:30:31 Andrew Merrick 466 1:34:33 Tom Worboys 797 1:40:06 Phil Hirst 1106 1:45:16 Will Worboys 1392 1:49:31 Christine Cox 3rd F55 1751 1:45:55 Kevin Lawson 1948 1:44:34 Dave Robson 2029 1:57:23 David Green 2070 1:56:46 Hilda Coulsey 3rd F60 tbc 2:00:59 Donna Hattersley PB 3360 2:01:49 William Woodhead 4502 2:17:13 Sally Lynch 6663 finished
This was a Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.
From Jonathan Schneider ... I ran the Hackney Half Marathon in a time of 1:37:48 finishing 1094th overall. The winner was Matthew Kimutai in a time of 1:03:21. In total 10267 finished. Results
Jann Smith reports on this English champs race. 6.3miles/ 3248ft.... A killer of a race in Shropshire devised especially as a Championship race. Short and fast up and down near vertical ascents to six summits in just over six miles...Tough! Results ....
(1 59:01 Tom Addison, Helm Hill) 201 1:29:54 Jann Smith 5th F40 310 finished
From Dave Wilby ... The superb Buttermere Sailbeck may be fairly short (9.4m/4300ft) but more than rivals some of the long Lakeland races in terms of overall height gain. The course offers a couple of stretches of fabulous ridge running, and the notorious climb up Causey Pike in particular is one which will stick in the memory (and the legs) for quite a while afterwards. I think I was the only Harrier at the race this year, I was pretty pleased with a 7th place finish and a PB by just under a minute, but the gnarly old mountain goats proved I've got a few pounds to lose before I can get back to competing on the tougher ascents. Put this one on your 'must-do' list, particularly if you don't mind walking downstairs backwards for a day or two afterwards! Results ....
(1 1:34:29 Simon Booth (Borrowdale) 7 1:44:30D Dave Wilby 115 finished
From Caz Farrow ... ... Despite not the best weather a few Harriers travelled over to Kirby Malham for the above. Stunning route (changed to avoid Gordale Scar due to the weather) with 9 (Mark & Rebecca Mon-Williams) & 22 mile (myself & Sharon) options & pie at the finish. Highly recommended. Results ....
9M female 1 1:30:40 Rebecca Mon-Williams 15 finished 2M female (1 3:46:10 Sally Houghton, Ripon) 2 3:50:12 Caz Farrow 20 4:53:00 Sharon Meadows 61 finished 9M male 1 1:12:27 Mark Mon-Williams 32 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Quite a bit of parkrun tourism this week, including a win for Tom Adams at Enfield. Results ...
Cardiff (1 16:39 Michael Gaunt, North Devon AC) 26 19:02 Micheal Lomas 650 ran Grovelands, Enfield 1 15:45 Tom Adams 137 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 16:59 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 21 21:47 Tom Worboys 415 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:46 Neil Maloney, Skipton AC) 6 21:05 Lewis Carr (junior) 21 23:11 Harry Sime 22 23:11 Robert Sime 98 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:35 Shaun Lawson, Easingwold RC) 73 25:55 Emily Elmes (junior) 74 25:56 Julie Elmes 173 ran Cleethorpes (1 18:15 Tom Sanigar, U/A) 38 25:17 John Brown 95 ran
From Will Buckton ... Two Harriers took on this BS 5.8km/180m out and back route. This was my first time at this race and it felt like a good warm-up for the BOFRA Championship season. A small field and a nice low key atmosphere. Results ....
(1 24:10 Jack Smith, Wharfedale) 28 32:27 Paddy Hagan 45 39:15 Will Buckton 63 57:04 Emily Pearson 64 finished
(1 15:03 Jamil Parapia, Otley) 2 15:04 Tom Adams 22 16:49 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 60 17:50 Cameron Reilly 61 17:44 Mark Mon-Williams 68 18:08 Steve Weston 69 18:09 Sally Morley 72 18:14 Mark Iley 90 18:50 Richard Joel 104 19:10 Arthur Reilly 111 19:21 Steve Newell 116 19:24 Ben Joynson 127 19:36 Tom Worboys 134 19:49 Jann Smith 1st F45 147 20:09 Malcolm Pickering 164 20:28 Geoff Howard 1st V70 181 20:53 Harry Stead 205 21:39 Nicky Hopwood 212 21:49 Andrew Wilson 225 22:23 Helen Waddington 263 23:49 Nick Mellor 275 24:09 Paul Sugden 279 24:14 Peter Lewis 299 24:58 Petra Bijsterveld 317 25:55 Christopher Brown 331 27:02 Christine Reilly 378 finished
From Peter Lewis ... Helen Waddington (2nd FV45) and Petra Bijsterveld (2nd FV50) with their YVAA 5Km road championship awards.
A record 412 runners and a super event, we hear, at the first Harrogate League race, in Harrogate. The next League race is in Guiseley on Thu 21 May - if you plan to run but do not yet have a League number you'll need to get one from Andrew Sheldon soon.
(1 33:00 Mike Burrett, Harrogate) 3 33:40 Jack Wood 53 40:54 David Brown 71 42:10 Tom Worboys 77 42:35 Ben Joynson 99 43:48 Philip Hurst 122 45:11 Paul Stephens 133 45:51 Will Worboys 167 47:38 Julie Watson 168 47:39 Adrian Weatherly 176 47:56 David Ibbotson 179 47:59 Jane Bryant 186 48:18 Jean Sullivan 197 48:49 Caroline Craske 235 50:32 Stephanie Fox 237 50:40 Christine Cox 239 50:46 Will Buckton 260 51:54 Allison Ricci 267 52:08 Peter Lewis 278 52:29 Paul Sugden 280 52:35 James Rochfort 283 52:46 Geoffrey White 288 52:55 Hilda Coulsey 296 53:17 Julie Elmes 303 53:29 Sandra Rochfort 331 55:57 Sue Williamson 350 57:34 Emma O'Looney 367 59:57 Natalie York 380 60:42 Claire Murphy 381 61:04 Don Macrae 399 65:02 Laura Dawes 412 ran
(1 1:05:47 Keith Holmes, Dark Peak) 22 1:10:51 Paul Calderbank 63 1:26:46 Sue Morley 85 ran
And a huge turnout of junior Harriers for the Championship races there, results and report on the junior pages soon.
From Ben Sheppard ... Apparently it's usually sunny for this race. Not this year, when blizzards made route finding difficult between the tops of Wetherlam, Swirl How and the Old Man on this 8 mile course with 3,000 ft ascent and a hair raising descent. Surprisingly there were only 5 retirements out of 235 starters and all got home safely. Course record holder and now veteran Ian Holmes stuck close to winner Tom Addison and second place Ted Mason.
From Alison ... Winter is still here it would seem going up Wetherlam on Bank Holiday weekend! A brilliant race though navigation was a bit tricky on the tops. I made the mistake of hanging onto a group of runners in the mist who suddenly stopped and said they didn't know which way to go. My head was saying one way but map and compass said another! Descent wet and wicked but thankfully quite short.
(1 1:12:32 Ted Addison, Helm Hill) 35 1:29:23 Ben Sheppard 108 1:46:04 Alison Weston 172 2:00:00 Jamie Partovi 186 2:03:47 Will Buckton 230 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... A win for Jack Wood at Woodhouse Moor this week, and a flurry of PB's all round. Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor 1 16:32 Jack Wood PB 21 18:34 Cameron Reilly (junior) PB 187 25:04 John Marshall 451 ran Cardiff (1 16:31 Joseph Beech, U/A) 9 18:07 Mark Mon-Williams 60 21:20 Rebecca Mon-Williams PB 493 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:10 Tom Collinge, Queensbury RC) 131 25:37 Alex Hyde PB 158 26:31 Petra Bijsterveld 506 ran Harrogate Stray (1 16:29 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 169 26:27 Emily Elmes (junior) 172 26:34 Julie Elmes 377 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:10 Matthew Thompson, Southport Waterloo AC) 4 18:49 Oscar Stapleton (junior) PB 11 20:35 Tom Worboys 35 22:40 Harry Sime PB 36 22:42 Robert Sime PB 42 23:12 Reuben Foster (junior) 72 25:53 Jacob Smithson (junior) 84 26:26 Charlotte Smithson 164 ran
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 5308 3:25:52 Michael Duffield 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 37,675 finished
From Philip Hirst ... Philip and Alex Hirst ran the Big Sur International Marathon on Sunday in California. In constant sun and with stunning scenery along the Pacific coast, the race included head winds and brutal hills. Alex finished 73rd out of 4299 in 3:17:17 and Philip 759th in 3:59:27.
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!
(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.
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!!!
More from Alison ... Wow, what a weekend for results! Well done to everyone who took part in the 3 Peaks or London Marathon. Lots of brilliant times and PBs. Such a temperature change yesterday with many very cold runners on Whernside and Ingleborough, though Dan was so quick he missed all the sleet. Jann, Helen and I had blue lips for quite some time afterwards. THANK YOU so much to all the Harriers and friends/family of Harriers running who supported, especially Mike Baldwin near the top of Pen-y-ghent and family Morley on top of Whernside, but also to Val, Andy, Jackie (with the cow bell), Dave, Pete, to name only some... The ladies did really well to come 2nd team but best result was definitely Helen's with a magnificent 15 minute PB!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Newcastle (1 17:13 unknown) 178 23:35 Harry Sime 182 23:39 Robert Sime 601 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:19 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 31 21:56 Geoff Howard 161 26:45 Petra Bijsterveld 491 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:18 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC) 2 19:02 Mark Mon-Williams 20 22:24 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 26 23:01 Chris Cunningham 62 26:05 Charlotte Smithson 69 27:10 Archie Budding (junior) 136 ran Lyme (1 18:59 Lucas Parker, Macclesfield Harriers) 48 27:27 Alison Eagle 98 ran
(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
Lots of Harriers mixing and matching as part of a record 117 teams. Tom Adams was in the winning team as an honorary Holmes, Jack Wood and sister Helen were 7th team, amongst many others. Results and photos.
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.
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!!
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!)
1 1:41:47 Jack Wood 6 1:48:52 Dan Wilkinson 187 3:36:34 John Pickering 191 finished
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
(1 32:40 Tim Addison, Helm Hill Runners) 99 45:21 Kate Archer 217 53:19 Jamie Partovi 291 ran
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
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