Ilkley Harriers Athletic Club

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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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Please send any Harriers results to news@ilkleyharriers.org.uk - they'll be forwarded to Paul for this web site and to Alison W for the newspaper report.

Help the Club with fundraising for the new athletics facilities

Club Treasurer Martin Archer has set up an account with 'Easyfundraising' so that you can help raise funds for the proposed new athletics facilities when you shop online. This won't cost you anything, you just have to register and follow the simple instructions for shopping with a huge range of online retailers. There's more information on the junior website.

Dewsbury 10k, Sun 7 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... No one enters the Dewsbury 10K with its 9 am start for the scenery or for a pleasurable experience. An out and back course along a straight road through an indifferent urban landscape, this course offers excellent PB potential. With a slight rise on the 3 miles out, the return should in principal make a negative split easy to achieve. Today however the wind had other plans and we battled against a head wind on the way home, though none of us seemed to have noticed any benefit from the wind on the way out.
3 men and 3 women Harriers ran, and superb support was offered by Helen Waddington who rested her legs but did the driving and jumper-holding, as well as offering great moral support. All ran very well, with Matt Newell and Adrian Bastow both improving on their previous Dewsbury times.
Unfortunately I was suffering with stomach pains and had an underwhelming run today, which was disappointing after my PB there last year. I was over 3 minutes slower and seemed to almost come to a standstill in mile 6, being overtaken by a lot of runners which was morale-sapping. I shall just have to try again in 2017!
Results ...

(1  30:06 Mohammad Aburezeq, Altrincham AC)
28  34:54 Matt Newell PB
191 40:11 Jane McCarthy
227 40:55 Steve Newell
237 41:12 Adrian Bastow PB
260 41:45 Rachel Carter
793 54:35 Petra Bijsterveld
1081 ran

Rombalds Stride, Sat 6 Feb

From Ben Sheppard... A boggy and rainy edition saw Jack Wood give Graham Pearce a run for his money, with Jack arriving at the school gates marginally ahead after a sprint finish down the road into Guiseley. Unfortunately for Jack, it's whoever enters the building and reports to the desk first who goes down as the first one home in this long distance walking association event. He didn't seem bothered as he tucked into his school dinner in the hall afterwards. A good turn out of Harriers in challenging conditions.
From Jack Wood ... A wet and boggy day of learning from the Rombalds Master and ex Ilkley Harrier Graham Pearce. We ran together with Joe Baxter over the moors and up a muddy Chevin before I pushed on towards Guiseley. Despite getting on with these guys, they are P&B and I wasn't going to finish hand in hand with them if I could help it. As I reached St. Oswalds School with Graham just behind I looked for the finish but in my hesitation Graham went through a door and gave his number for the win! A cheeky but probably deserved victory having led us along fast lines for most of the course. A number of harriers both running/walking and supporting, special mentions to DanW taking pictures on the moor and NeilC who I saw on 3 separate occasions. Thanks DuncanC who kindly gave me his entry after being injured.
Results soon ...

parkruns, Sat 6 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Tom Adams set a new course record for the Cleethorpe parkrun course.
Results ...

Cleethorpes
1   15:07 Tom Adams 
86 ran

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:14 Ben Douglas, Durham University AC)
99  23:41 Tom Worboys
392 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:00 Danny Kendall, Cambridge Harriers)
4   18:30 Alex Hirst
205 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:09 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
70  25:56 Janet Grace
85  27:22 Sally Pickering
102 28:39 Anna Pickering
166 ran

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, January

Runner of the month:
Michael Lomas
for his outstanding performance at the Fan Dance race Other nominations were:
Helen Waddington for her HM PB at the Brass Monkey,
Ben Sheppard for his excellent time at the Temple Newsam Ten,
and Hilda Coulsey for racing on January 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Volunteer of the month:
Paul Sugden
for on-going commitment to the club e.g. as run leader and helping with the Thursday night training sessions. Other nominations were:
The efforts of all club members who helped organize the Awards Do were much appreciated

More Harriers of the Month ...

Marmot Dark Mountains, 30-31 Jan

From Outi Kamarainen ... I ran the Marmot dark mountains mountain marathon this weekend. I was 2nd overall and 1st mixed team in the long score (10 hours) course with a non-harrier Jeff Powell Davies. Last Saturday evening I was thinking that it would be a lot nicer to be heading out to a pub with a nice fire going rather than out on the hills for the Marmot Dark mountains mountain marathon. According to the organisers, it is like an ordinary mountain marathon, but rather than running for two days with overnight camp, why not pack all the fun in one and do the same distance in one go and overnight so you are spared of having to sleep in a small tent. We set off just before nine pm to a windy night and despite my earlier misgivings, a few hours into the run I was really enjoying myself in the dark Lakeland fells, especially as there was a nice dusting of snow on the hills and frozen ground underfoot. It was still a tough night due to the strong wind and navigation with torch light but with good route choices and only one minor navigation error that was soon rectified, we finished early on Sunday morning with 20 minutes to spare and still in relatively high spirits, especially after we got the breakfast plates in front of us.

Meltham Tough 10km, Sun 31 Jan

Jean Sullivan reports ... A low key 10km road race that starts and finishes in Meltham. An enjoyable race for those who enjoy the challenge of an uphill followed by the relief of some downhill. Hills all the way until mile 5 and then a lovely descent to the end (apart from the sting in the tail of a 200m climb to the finish line!). I would recommend this race; very well organised, very friendly marshalls and a lovely pair of fleece gloves given to all finishers! What a better start to a chilly and wet January morning!

(1  34:26 Matthew Pierson, Stainland Lions)
126 51:21 Jean Sullivan
221 finishers

Northern XC Championships Witton Park, Sat 30 Jan

Woodentops photos Woodentops photos

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Senior Men
(1  43:16 Charlie Hulson, Sale Harriers)
14  45:23 Tom Adams
273 57:44 Dave Westhead
319 59:51 Steve Coy
444 64:39 Malcolm Pickering
719 ran
 
Senior Women
(1  30:21 Claire Duck, Leeds City AC)
283 48:59 Gaenor Coy
311 51:21 Petra Bijsterveld
332 54:45 Julie Elmes
358 ran

U20 Women
(1 21:54 Abbie Donnelly, Lincoln Wellington)
39 28:28 Joanne Williamson
47 ran

parkruns, Sat 30 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A win at Skipton this week by junior Oscar Stapleton, followed in 2nd position by Mark Mon-Williams.
Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  15:38 Richard Allen, Bracknell AC)
33  20:12 Tom Worboys
454 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:53 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers)
156 28:11 Jacqui Weston
256 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:26 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
2   18:33 Mark Mon-Williams
41  23:22 Geoff Howard
170 ran

Ilkley Harriers Annual Awards 'Do', Tue 26 Jan

Over 50 Harriers enjoyed a friendly and informal evening with an excellent supper, and the presentation of the Annual Awards and League winners for 2015.

See Alison Weston's photos.

2015 Annual Awards

Best RunnerTom AdamsJane McCarthy
Most Improved RunnerWill WorboysHelen Waddington
Best Endurance Runner, RoadDick WaddingtonSally Malir
Best Endurance Runner, Off RoadBrian MeliaAlison Weston
Best Runner, Over 50Geoff HowardHilda Coulsey
Best Athlete, Under 23Jack CummingsJemima Elgood
Contribution to the ClubNeil ChapmanShirley Wood
Captains' AwardRob CunninghamSharon Meadows

See all the nominations.

2015 Ilkley Harriers Race League

Less than 30 points seperated the first three, with Michael Duffield the 2015 Champion. Jack Wood won the fell category, Ben Sheppard the trail/XC category, and Hilda Coulsey the road category.

2015 League results.

5k results

From Dick Waddington ... A big thank you and well done to all the runners and marshalls who came to take part in the Awards Night timed 5k. The results are as follows:

1  17:09 Jack Wood
2  18:36 Daniel Hayes
3  18:41 Jack Cummings
4  19:14 Steve Coy
5  19:30 Dave Foyston
6  20:11 Alex Murphy
7  20:19 Steve Weston
8  20:21 Ben Joynson
9  20:31 Dave Chandler
10 20:48 Saul Parkinson
11 20:52 Michael Duffield
12 21:18 Dave Robson
13 21:38 Nolan Tucker
14 22:49 Will Worboys
15 23:06 Jann Smith (21:46)
16 23:21 Mary Gibbons
17 23:31 Sarah Edwards
18 23:52 Paul Stephens
19 24:08 Alison Weston
20 24:23 Outi Kamarainen
21 25:30 Alex Hyde
22 27:59 Petra Bijsterveld
23 29:56 D0n Macrae

PECO XC, Sun 24 Jan

From Alison Weston ... Great turn out at the 4th PECO cross country race, at Golden Acre Park - the ladies finished 1st second division team and the men 2nd second division team. Thirteen ladies ran, 3 being from the same family (Joanne, Lucy and Sue Williamson). Lucy and Joanne were the first two ladies home for Ilkley in positions 14th 32:43 and 54th 36:57 respectively. Caroline Craske was third runner back in 76th position and 38:27. Other ladies included Helen Horton 92nd 39:33, Anna Nolan 96th 39:40, Gaenor Coy 129th 41.54, Hilda Coulsey 130th (2nd V60) 41:55, Allison Ricci 146th 42:43, Julie Elms 186th 45:31, Jacqui Weston 211st 47:20, Sue Williamson 222nd 47:20, Kate Lofthouse 251st 50:32 and Clare Shouler 296th 1.00:58.
Steve Coy was first harrier home for the men in 54th position and 30:11 followed by Richard Joel 78th 31:24 and David Chandler 93rd 32:19. Other men included Mark Iley 100th (6th V50) 32:25, Andrew Sheldon 140th 34:08, Robert Budding 164th 34:08, Nigel Tapper 206th 37:27, Neil Bloor 233rd 38:36, Edward Bickerdyke 255th 40:03, Peter Lewis 270th (5th M65) 41.24, Don Macrae 300th (3rd M70) 45:25 and Paul Sugden 305th 45:47.
A great day for the junior too with a win for Dominic Coy in the junior 2 mile course followed by Will Creske 17th, Poppy Anderson 18th (5th girl), Nathan Coy 23rd, Adam Townsend 26th, Bernadette Raven 34th (11th girl), Ben Marsden 36th, Emily Elmes 37th (12th girl) and Georgia Weston 50th (15th girl). In the junior 1 mile course Archie Budding was 7th and Dylan Shinn 28th.

Results ...

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 23 Jan

444 juniors enjoyed a sunny morning racing, results and league tables on the junior site.

parkruns, Sat 23 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Tom Adams found himself in Enfield and managed to set a new course record at Grovelands parkrun, as well as finishing a full 3 minutes before number 2!
Results ...

Grovelands, Enfield
1   15:22 Tom Adams
148 ran

Little Stoke
(1  16:55 Maciej Bialogonski, Bristol and West AC)
9   17:48 Mark Mon-Williams
315 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:37 unknown)
3   18:28 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
36  23:12 Sarah Hayes
59  24:59 Alex Hyde PB
85  27:02 Lewis Carr (junior)
171 37:34 Dan Hayes
183 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:57 Ben Pease, U/A)
59  23:08 Eve Whitaker (junior)
60  23:09 Jonathan Whitaker
76  23:52 Norman Bush
308 ran

Ilkley Harriers Race League 2016

From Jane McCarthy ... I have updated the Harriers League for the first race of 2016 - The Stanbury Splash. Tom Adams and Jack Wood make impressive starts with first and second placings, and maximum points going to Tom. There are some great races in the Harriers League this year, and the handicap system and wildcard makes it very exciting as the year goes on!! Best three races from each discipline (fell, trail and road) to count with the wildcard option for the Overall Standings, or best 4 races in each discipline. Get involved!
Jane McCarthy has taken over the updating of the League Stats this year, so please direct any queries to her at janemccarthy@me.com
Results and League calendar on the League page.

Brass Monkey Half Marathon, Sun 17 Jan

From Petra ... We were lucky that the weather-gods made sure no snow fell on York last night, and the Brass Monkey organizers had also gritted the entire course so unlike last year there were no worries about icy patches.
A beautiful sunrise and blue sky made way for overcast conditions without any wind at all, perfect running weather once the cold start was out of the way. Only 4 Harriers lined up at the start this year. Derek Oliver was first home in an excellent time of 1:27:36, which is 7 minutes faster than his time there last year. Helen Waddington was gunning for a PB and achieved her goal with a very evenly paced and fast run, finishing in 1:40:18. Very well deserved after months of dedicated training. Hilda Coulsey was home next in an excellent 1:55:21. Having not trained much recently due to various niggles I was not disappointed with my own time just outside 2 hours, I can add it to my growing collection of '2 hours and a few seconds' HM results.
Results ...

(1   1:08:52 Dan Kestral, Barnsley AC)
206  1:27:36 Derek Oliver
565  1:40:18 Helen Waddington PB
1066 1:55:21 Hilda Coulsey
1184 2:00:23 Petra Bijsterveld
1507 finished	

Stanbury Splash, Sun 17 Jan

Woodentops photos

A good turnout for the first counter in this year's IH Raceing League. A 1-2 for Ilkley with Tom Adams (enjoying his 4th Stanbury Splash win) and Jack Wood the first two home, on a snow-shortened course. Results and photos

1   31:14 Tom Adams
2   32:48 Jack Wood
32  38:45 Gavin Lamb
39  40:02 Richard Joel
42  40:13 Jamie Hutchinson
46  40:30 David Chandler
61  41:59 Dave Robson
70  42:22 Michael Duffield
86  43:09 Alistair Barlow
96  43:33 Lucy Williamson
105 43:54 Paddy Hagan
113 44:45 Robert Budding
145 46:54 Mary Gibbons
161 48:27 Sarah Haines
162 48:38 Alison Weston
163 48:41 Will Worboys
181 49:21 Philip Hirst
191 51:09 Geoffrey White
206 52:26 Peter Lewis
209 52:34 Anna Nolan
232 54:21 Anna Barlow
246 56:40 Louise Airy
257 58:52 Amanda Newham
264 62:02 Sophie Brown
267 62:33 Sally Wright
273 67:21 Julie Elmes
277 finished

The Fan Dance Winter 2016, Sun 17 Jan

photo: Michael Lomas ...

From Michael Lomas ... The Fan Dance Race is a homage to the military SAS/SBS selection march, a non-navigation 24km out and back over the highest mountain in South Wales, Pen y Fan. Traditionally with a 15kg pack and boots, the selection march is the same week as the race. The race has two categories, the march with the 15kg and boots or 'Clean Fatigue' with just race essentials (beyond FRA req + 2l water) and fell shoes. The race started next to the infamous red phone box and starts with the steep accent to the summit of the mountain, the bare path soon gave way to slush and then to full mountain winter conditions with large snow drifts and little visibility. I had started quite strong but the steep accent soon saw my heart screaming, I tried to relax a little and get into a rhythm, after the summit is a very steep decent and then an gentle gradient to the turnaround, the path all the way down is rocky and snowy but my recent concentration on descending paid off and I passed a few guys going down. At the turnaround I was able to count my position, 6th, wow, but with still half of the race to go, and knowing exactly what was to come, it meant little! I settled in to the long climb which starts very shallow and is not ideal of me, I like to be going up or down, so a couple of guys went passed. Closer to the summit the gradient picks up what feels like exponential growth, Jacobs ladder as its know is the last bit to the top, very little in the way of a clear path due to all the snow and super steep, similar to the Big End of Pendle or Whernside climb on PPP, I knew to stay well left as on the right is a sheer drop (the organiser (or DS) had already warned us of certain death if we strayed too far to that side!) At the summit I caught sight of a runner, one of the guys that I had got on the decent previous and who had come past me at the bottom of the long accent, I was quite confident I could put some distance on him on the decent, I just had to stay upright in very slippery ever changing conditions down the mountain, I finished well and put 8mins on the guy I passed on the summit, extremely happy for a top 10. I'm not too sure how long this race has been going but the DS mentioned in the results that this was the slowest and toughest race they have had yet.
Results ...

parkruns, Sat 16 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:06 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
19  20:50 Ethan Thompson (junior)
386 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:04 Mark Bryant, U/A)
61  23:05 Phil Hirst
91  24:06 Alexandra Whitaker (junior)
125 25:47 Eve Whitaker (junior)
127 25:50 Jonathan Whitaker
287 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:50 Tom Brewster, Clayton-le-Moor Harriers)
2   18:11 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
4   18:47 Dan Hayes
32  23:12 Sarah Hayes
152 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:37  Andrew Stenson, RAF Cosford Running Club)
34  22:08 Geoff Howard
280 ran

Temple Newsam Ten, Sun 10 Jan

Ben Sheppard reports ... The inaugural ten mile TNT trail race - organised by local club St Theresa's AC - was a muddy affair, in places more like a cross country than a trail race. It was a great route and a challenging one in the conditions, the blend of muddy hills with sections of hard surface trails perhaps levelling the field for those of us who are neither cross country specialists nor speed demons.
Alex adds ... Inaugural Temple Newsam Ten on a cold, wet, grotty day although the rain mercifully held off for the majority of the race. Predominantly off-road with some serious amounts of mud, but once you got a solid caking on your legs it did seem to warm you up a little! The course was pretty benign for the first 7 miles with just a few small inclines, but then what felt like a 1 in 3 mud bank to stumble up just before mile 8 followed by an absolute killer hill half a mile from the finish really sorted out the wheat from the chaff. Overall, good course and really well organised with plenty of enthusiastic marshalls - one for the calendar.
Results ...

(1  60:05 Mark Smith, Rothwell H)
7   65:21 Ben Sheppard
306 92:00 Alex Stanley-Hyde
644 finished

Yorkshire XC Championships, Sat 9 Jan

From Gaenor Coy ... After very heavy rainy start putting up the harriers tent the rain eased for the start of the races. The course start was moved this year due ground conditions from the recent wet weather and numbered pen starts used for the first time. A fast start was essential to try to get some clear space before the first tight corner. The slightly undulating course was very soft most of the way round with big areas of deeper strength zapping mud. Tough running conditions this year. An excellent day for both junior and senior Ilkley Harriers with a grand total of 6 Yorkshire vests earned from Poppy Anderson (U13 girls), Bethan Morley (U15 girls), Euan Brennan (U15 boys), Jemima Elgood (U17 women), Lucy Williamson (U20 women) and Tom Adams (senior men). The U15 boys also came away with bronze in the team prize. A huge well done to all who ran.

From Petra ...Results ...

(1  37:09 Jonathan Thewlis, Notts AC)
2   37:16 Tom Adams
110 45:41 Dave Westhead
137 47:06 Steve Coy
189 50:29 Mark Iley
269 ran

Senior Women
(1  31:51 Claire Duck, Leeds City AC)
107 50:05 Hilda Coulsey
109 50:15 Gaenor Coy
113 51:22 Petra Bijsterveld
130 55:51 Julie Elmes
138 ran

Junior Women
(1  23:51 Bronwen Owen, Scarborough AC)
5   28:11 Lucy Williamson
11  31:05 Joanne Williamson
13 ran

parkruns, Sat 9 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:02 Ciaran Forde, Swim 1st Triathlon Club)
33  20:50 Tom Worboys
425 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:29 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
20  21:02 Steve Newell
78  24:20 Outi Kamarainen
83  24:29 Sarah Haines
485 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:20 Mark Bryant, U/A)
15  21:09 Andrew Merrick
22  21:51 Ethan Thompson (junior)
94  26:10 Alex Hyde
253 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  18:09 Hugh Salway, U/A)
2   18:44 Alex Hirst
233 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:53 Andrew Chew, Barlick Fell Runners)
8   20:17 Jane McCarthy 1st F
81  27:31 Fiona Schneider
163 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:13 Ben Pease, U/A)
72  24:06 Alison Eagle
271 ran

Lancaster
(1  17:44 Michael Kallenberg, Carmarthen and District Harriers)
8   19:47 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
374 ran

Ilkley Harriers Race League

The final results for the 2015 League are now available! The winners will be presented at 'The Do' so 'do'come along! (Details above.) A big thank-you to Martin Wright who as League Statistician has crunched the numbers for 3 years, he is now handing the abacus over to Jane McCarthy.

Also on the IH Race League Page we have the League fixtures for 2016.

PECO XC #3, Sun 3 Jan

Our men's tream finished 2nd in the Second Division, our vet's team at the top of the First Division, our ladies won the Second Division and the lady vets were 5th in the LV First Division. Results ...

(1  29:22 Jack Smith, Wharfedale)
3   30:06 Jack Wood
19  31:49 Matt Cox
66  34:33 Steve Coy
117 36:31 Mark Iley
123 36:48 Richard Joel
155 37:59 Henry Heavisides 1st V60
163 38:24 Andrew Sheldon
220 40:18 Robert Budding
272 43:55 Nigel Tapper
323 47:12 Peter Lewis
368 53:10 Don Macrae
390 finished

Ladies
(1  34:14 Claire Green)
10  37:53 Lucy Williamson
59  42:58 Joanne Williamson
108 47:00 Helen Horton
123 48:13 Stephanie Fox
141 49:27 Hilda Coulsey
190 54:11 Sal Wright
201 54:49 Kate Lofthouse
208 55:28 Sue Williamson
285 70:55 Clare Shouler
292 finished

parkruns, Sat 2 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:25 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
10  19:07 Adam Rhodes
30  21:26 Tom Worboys
55  22:52 Will Worboys
390 ran

Colchester Castle
(1  17:24 Ramadan Osman, Colchester and Tendring AC)
10  19:54 David Brown
252 37:48 Rosalind Brown
268 ran

Gunnersbury
(1  18:31 Rosamund Ponder, West4 Harriers)
2   18:50 Rob Cunningham
302 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:53 Noah Armitage-Hookes, U/A)
5   18:54 Alex Hirst
155 ran

Temple Newsam Leeds
(1  19:32 Terry Midgley, St Theresa's AC)
26  24:26 Kelly Wilby
138 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:52 Tom Barrett, Keighley and Craven AC)
3   18:12 Mark Mon-Williams
44  24:45 Reuben Foster (junior)
58  26:05 Hilda Coulsey
137 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:09 Daniel Cheeseman, York Acorn AC)
6   18:15 Euan Brennan (junior)
34  21:40 Geoff Howard
263 ran

parkruns, Fri 1 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Temple Newsam Leeds
(1  17:54 Ciaran Forde, Swim 1st Triathlon Club)
157 25:36 Harry Stead (junior)
483 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:00 Julian Hood, Skipton AC)
7   19:48 Cameron Reilly (junior)
55  26:30 Hilda Coulsey
110 ran

Older News, December 2015