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?
Please send any Harriers results to email@example.com for this web site and the newspaper.
All existing members have been sent a membership renewal form (in mid November). (If you didn't receive yours, please email the Membership Secretary, Rachel firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Please check the details on the form, mark any changes clearly, sign, and return with payment. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at training sessions, and at races, - on the roads, trails, and fells.
Prospective new members ... please see our Membership page for details and an application form.
Well done to Sally Morley, 10th in her category, in which England's ladies won the team prize. Results
(1 24:05 Dominic Easter, Leeds City) 77 30:32 Steve Coy 92 31:06 Mark Iley 117 33:52 Arthur Reilly 148 finished Ladies 8th team (1 18:27 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth) 16 21:56 Sally Malir 30 22:45 Caz Farrow 75 28:16 Petra Bijsterveld 84 29:20 Gaenor Coy 91 30:36 Julie Elmes 94 finished
In addition there were 42 Junior Harriers racing with 7 team placings.
Check out the Woodentops photos
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
York (1 16:56 James Elgar, Newport and East Wales Tri) 74 21:35 Joe Reynier (junior) 311 ran Hilly Fields, Lewisham (1 18:06 Matt McDaniel, U/A) 6 19:38 Alex Hirst 138 ran Pendle (1 20:35 Paul Carman, Wharfedale Harriers) 7 22:19 Jann Smith 1st F 33 ran Ballina (1 17:07 John Byrne, Mayo AC) 15 21:31 Geoffrey Howard 129 ran
From David Green ... Thirty Harriers competed in the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash on Sunday. This course starting at Wellington Street heads out to Kirkstall Abbey before heading back along the A65 and ending on the Headrow attracted 12,000 entrants and remains one of the most popular 10k races in Yorkshire. The cool, dry conditions with little wind and a flat course allowed a fast pace with Andrew Butchart (Central AC) to finish first in 29.17 with Tom Adams first Harrier home in 31.43. Three Harriers achieved personal bests, Michael Duffield (40:48), Will Worboys (45:52) and David Green (49:09). Geoffrey Howard was the first vet 70 in an impressive 42:01.
Geoff Howard's 42:01 knocks some more time off the V70 Club record, beating his 43:07 from a month ago at Pilling.
(1 29:17 Andrew Butchart, Central AC) 94 31:43 Tom Adams 539 37:55 Stephen Whiteley 567 38:04 Dick Waddington PB 596 38:13 Rob Cunningham 678 39:09 Andrew Merrick 684 39:14 Jane Mccarthy PB 689 39:22 Mark Iley 912 39:21 Tom Worboys 931 40:42 Kate Archer 961 40:58 Adrian Bastow 975 40:48 Michael Duffield PB 1205 42:01 Geoffrey Howard 1st V70 1562 43:43 Nigel Tapper 1563 43:26 Jon Cooper 1806 45:54 Eric Hawthorn 2113 45:24 David Chandler 2489 45:52 Will Worboys PB 2846 49:09 David Green PB 2912 49:59 Nick Mellor 2938 48:55 David Ibbotson 3174 49:31 Chloe Merrick 3190 50:37 Paul Sugden 3480 51:55 Sheena Pickersgill 3846 53:21 Kathryn Sugden 4132 52:21 Julie Elmes 4607 55:35 Natalie York 5811 51:07 Sarah Hayes PB 5995 57:29 Catriona Hawthorn 6780 59:53 Elaine Ibbotson 9524 finished
Jann Smith reports ... on this AL 16.8 miles/ 4830ft toughie, it has the same ascent and descent as the Three Peaks but in a shorter race. The hills are steep and have earned their names for a reason .. ' Geronimo', ' The Big Dipper' and the 'Big End' to name but a few. Conditions underfoot were very boggy and there was thick fog. I ran really well trying to stick with the leading ladies but then at the last trig frustratingly took a wrong turn in the fog and ended up doing an extra 3 miles and losing twenty minutes. But it was still great fun and is a great ' tough' race. Hope the other Ilkley Harriers taking part fared better.
From Adela Reperecki ... took part in this tuf race for the second year. Conditions were hard in the fog and I ended up following a runner who was not in the race! (Doh) Oh dear! Then I got on the wrong track following other runners and added 20 or more mins time last year. On the whole I enjoyed the race and it was a good experience! I enjoyed the challenge!
John Hayes adds ... In a moment of madness, I once more entered this very tough fell race. It involves 6 progressively steeper hill climbs leading to utter desperation by the time of the last near vertical climb. This year was made more dramatic by the mist and I made up a few places taking a bearing off the last summit as others scattered deliriously in all directions. Apart from using a map and compass, my race tactics were twofold: 1. Eat more en route; and 2. Set off slowly to preserve energy for the later climbs. I felt good about my time although I was about 10 minutes slower that last year. I put this down to two things: 1. I was weighed down with food; and 2. I set off more slowly than last year...
(1 2:21:32 Karl Gray, Calder Valley) 129 3:12:54 Paul Calderbank 175 3:23:34 Jann Smith 208 3:30:18 John Hayes 234 3:37:36 Chantal Busby 346 4:15:02 Adela Reperecki 372 finished
(1 35:43 Rob Jebb, Hope Factory Racing, cycle) 26 42:39 Lee Morley (cycle) 124 51:59 Alison Weston 143 54:32 Chris Oxlade 147 54:50 Neil Bloor 172 57:48 Hannah Partner 205 64:20 Amanda Newham 230 finished
Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:07 Lee Athersmith, Bingley Harriers) 4 19:23 Tom Worboys 87 runners Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:59 Paul O'Callaghan, Tadworth AC) 5 17:35 Jack Wood 288 runners Preston (1 17:11 Jake Lonsdale, Preston Harriers) 13 19:51 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 198 runners Bradford Lister Park (1 17:11 Peter Hopson, U/A) 59 23:42 Helen Waddington 344 runners Hilly Fields (1 17:25 Mark Hall, Kent AC) 4 18:42 Alex Hirst 127 runners
|Charlotte Smithson||Yorkshire Marathon time, improvement||Other nominations were:
Hilda Coulsey - Gt Eastern Half V60 Club record
Ruaridh Mon-Williams - FRA relay leg 1 time
Jack Wood - fell results including Withins and Saddleworth Edges - 3rd in both
Mike Duffield - Bradford Half PB
Geoff Howard - Lancaster 10k V70 Club record
Andrew Merrick - Yorkshire Marathon time
Mens FRA relay team - best ever Club performance
Paul Stephens - for work on the new constitution
|Will Buckton, Alison Weston||Organising FRA teams|
From Jane Bryant ... I am pleased to announce that Helen and Dick Waddington have volunteered to organise our Ilkley Incline race from next year.
And at last week's Committee meeting, Hilda Coulsey became Ladies Road Captain so we now have a full complement of Captains, and Val Kerr (joint Ladies Fell Captain) and Dan Wilkinson were co-opted as Committee members.
There's a complete list on the Committee page.
21 races done and we are in the final straight, who's your money on? Ilkley Harriers Race League.
From Jamie Hutchinson ... 9m/1400ft climb a glorious day for bog hopping over the moors above Old Town, near Hebden Bridge. I'd used the National Cross duathlon champs the day before as a warm up! I ran well throughout the 9 mile just losing a couple of places in the last few miles and the inevitable nav error along with a number of others. Satisfying little race - recommended!
(1 65:20 Ben Mounsey, CVFR) 18 82:53 Jamie Hutchinson 105 finished
From Lynn Donohue ... there were two Harriers running in the final race of a 10 race series, I was 4th V50 overall in the series (7 races to count). YVAA
(1 33:49 Tanya Seager, Stainland) 31 45:41 Lynn Donohue 55 51:06 Amanda Newham 80 finished
A win for Dan Wilkinson, setting a new course record, and Dave Wilby 3rd.
1 46:09 Dan Wilkinson (new course record) 3 47:52 Dave Wilby 4 48:21 Ben Sheppard 8 51:54 Richard Joel 23 57:08 Ben Joynson 41 61:52 Paul Stephens 51 62:57 Ian Marshall 57 63:49 Phil Hirst 68 65:48 Adela Reperecki 77 66:42 Helen Waddington 86 68:04 Caroline Rashe 87 68:05 Peter Lewis 90 69:06 Jean Sullivan 99 70:28 Alison Ricci 103 71:18 David Green 109 72:16 Geoffrey White 114 73:47 Hilda Coulsey 117 74:27 Petra Bijsterveld 126 78:15 Sally Wright 129 79:46 Jacqui Weston 140 86:38 Julie Elmes 147 finished
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:25 Jonny McKenna, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) 40 19:26 Tom Worboys 420 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:13 Will Smith, Keighley and Craven AC) 13 20:00 Jane McCarthy 2nd F 67 23:48 Chris Cunningham 400 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:31 Charles Casey, Tyne Bridge Harriers) 46 22:37 Geoff Howard 149 26:28 Eve Whittaker (junior) 150 26:30 Helene Whittaker 290 ran Hilly Fields 1 18:50 Alex Hirst 130 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:31 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners) 8 20:28 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 64 27:27 Dylan Carr (junior) 122 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:20 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 46 22:39 Norman Bush 216 ran
Hilda Coulsey reports ... A super morning for running and this well supported race never fails to disappoint with "beastly" hills forgotten if the promise of chocolate keeps you going. Results...
(1 57:00 Scott Harrington, Otley ) 29 1:05:55 Rob Cunningham 46 1:08:35 Dick Waddington 68 1:10:14 Jane McCarthy 2nd F40 82 1:11:28 Caz Farrow 3rd F40 237 1:20:14 Will Worboys 279 1:22:11 Chris Cunningham 328 1:24:14 Jean Sullivan 340 1:24:35 Adela Reperecki 423 1:28:21 Stephanie Fox 512 1:33:04 Hilda Coulsey 531 1:33:57 Petra Bijsterveld 720 1:46:01 Michelle Snow 756 1:49:11 Linda Wilson 815 finished
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.
Men (1 27:15 Tom Bean, City of York) 94 33:00 Steve Coy 117 34:16 Mark Iley 128 35:04 Arthur Reilly 189 finished Ladies (11th team) (1 19:37 Emma Clayton, Leeds City) 5 21:02 Georgia Malir 35 23:53 Sally Malir 65 26:23 Alison Weston 76 28:32 Chloe Haines 104 32:42 Julie Elmes 111 finished U17 Ladies (3rd team) (1 16:04 Eila Eadon, City of York) 7 17:05 Sarah Pickering 11 17:33 Luch Haines 13 17:42 Lucy Jacques 21 19:43 Elizabeth Westhead 23 20:26 Tilly Woodward 24 finished
Including these U17's, Ilkley had 40 juniors running with 7 team placings.
Report from Jack Wood ... the race started opposite the Shepherd's Rest Inn on the moor above Todmorden. We climbed gradually to a col and then on to the Stoodley Pike war monument before dropping steeply off the side, back up to the col and finally down a long descent to the finish. I was tired going up to the top but hung on and managed to make up a couple of places coming down including a sprint finish with a lad from Clayton. Good performances from the other Harriers Richard, Duncan, Will and Sarah.
(1 41:20 Ben Mounsey, Calder Valley) 6 46:20 Jack Wood 40 53:19 Richard Joel 46 54:16 Duncan Cooper 74 57:06 Will Buckton 150 64:03 Sarah Edwards 234 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
York (1 17:25 Shaun Lawson, Easingwold RC) 41 20:29 Geoff Howard 394 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 16:50 Mark Ryall, Marshall Milton Keynes AC) 37 22:31 David Chandler 160 28:16 Jane McCarthy 425 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:33 Alan White, Sale Harriers Manchester) 152 26:56 Julie Elmes 292 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:45 Lucas Payne, Barlick Fell Runners) 4 20:19 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 7 20:45 Tom Worboys 98 ran
Michael Duffield reports results ......
Half Marathon (1 1:15:39 Frank Beresford, Otley AC) 14 1:33:05 Michael Duffield (PB) 239 ran 10K (1 35:25 Tom Midgley, Otley AC) 14 42:48 Caz Farrow 2nd female 68 50:03 Ruth Kitchen 287 ran
Paul Sugden reports ... from Slovenia, results ......
(1 1:07:41 Rok Puhar, Slovenia) 2653 1:53:37 Paul Sugden 2940 1:56:09 Martin Wright f931 1:57:43 Sue Bickerdike m 4421 finishers f 2737 finishers
From Petra Bijsterveld ... I have friends in Leicester and this race was a good way of catching up with them and getting a run in too. Quite a large event with a full marathon, a half, and a corporate relay on offer. Whilst no one goes to Leicester for the scenery the route took in various parks, so it was not all doom and gloom on dual carriageways.
I felt fit and had hoped to sneak in just under 2 hours (which I have only managed once, on a flat course). With windy conditions and an uphill final mile this was always going to be a challenge. I reached 10 miles in 1hr 29 but could not sustain the pace. I gave it all I got and finished in 2 hours 8 seconds.
(1 1:07:32 Yared Hagos, Wallsend) 1146 2:00:08 Petra Bijsterveld 2337 finished
Form Justin Phillips ... I found myself with a free weekend to race but procrastinated so long about entering the Bradford 5k/10k/half marathon that I missed the entry cut off. So after turning to the Harriers site for inspiration I found the complete opposite to four laps of Bradford City Centre...the Great Whernside fell race.
Huddled together in a muddy field just outside Kettlewell it was great to catch up with so many friendly, familiar faces, a quick kit check later and we were off.
The route is two miles straight up to the summit, round the cairn before plummeting back down the same way - it's impossible to get lost. I employed my usual technique of setting off like a bullet for the first 250 metres before blowing up and hanging on until the top. As I climbed hands on knees past Hag Dyke it should have brought back happy memories of trips with the Scouts but in reality I was too busy sucking in air to notice.
By the time I reached the summit my legs were like jelly and thoughts of racing downhill were replaced with the simple goal of survival. Remembering the mantra 'Brain Off, Brakes Off' I managed to lose as many places as I gained whilst remembering to smile at the Woodheads' taking pictures and offering fantastic encouragement as always.
(1 30:48 Ben Townsey, Calder Valley) 38 38:08 Jonathan Whitaker 65 41:16 Justin Phillips 79 42:46 Jann Smith 95 44:40 Norman Bush 157 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 17:19 Craig Shearer, Keighley and Craven) 6 19:42 Tom Worboys 9 20:11 Jane McCarthy 1st F 26 22:27 David Chandler 38 22:48 Phil Hirst 67 24:28 Joshua Waddington (junior) 91 25:14 Peter Lewis 364 ran This was a counter in the Harriers Race League. Harrogate Stray (1 17:45 Ed Beecher, Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club) 179 27:13 Julie Elmes 327 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:28 Julian Hood, Skipton AC) 3 19:12 Steve Coy 21 22:13 Lewis Carr (junior) 120 ran
Bradford was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.
Report from Dan Wilkinson ... Wow, what a day for Ilkley men's team... the fell relays took place on the seldom visited Middleton fells, a gorgeous little range between the Dales and the Howgills. The area provided great fast grassy running and Dallam and Howgill Harriers provided an excellent arena for spectating the event and partaking in some post race refreshment. The PA was fantastic, never letting up with his funny quips for the whole six and a half hours we were there. Ruaridh Mon Williams set off for the men's team and stormed home in 28th place, although the course was long for a junior this was a very stong performance from Ruaridh. Next off were me and Mark Mon-Williams on the long pairs leg, we set off strongly gaining on the runners in front and eventually being passed by the superstar pairing of Jonny Brownlee and Rob Jebb approximately 2 miles into the course. We pushed hard but lost a few places in the second half of the race unfortunately coming home in 33rd. Next off was Dave Wilby and Jack Wood, we were expecting big things from them and they didn't disappoint, with Jack's exceptional navigation and return to form gaining the team 10 places over the third leg and 12th overall for leg 3. This meant the pressure was on for Tom, who set off in 23rd position, we had a quick sweepstake on how many places he'd gain and I think he surprised us all to come back 14th with the 3rd fasted time on leg 4. I think this may be the best open result for the Ilkley Harriers?
From Alison Weston ... A great show from Ilkley and very exciting to watch! Men's team were awesome this year finishing in 14th position and ladies did really well to come 10th position in a very competitive field. Sally Morley set us off to a great start, then Jann and Kate made easy work of the longest leg, Sarah and myself completed the navigation leg without any errors and then Jane brought us home in grand style. Looking at Graham's photos Jane had the most mud to wade through too! Great to have Ruaridh running leg 1 and in such a fast time. Hopefully there will be many more youngsters taking part in the coming years.
(1 3:43:55 Dark Peak FR) 14 4h08:11 Ilkley (men) 46:18 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 1:29:00 Dan Wilkinson & Mark Mon-Williams 1:09:18 Jack Wood & Dave Wilby 43:35 Tom Adams 103 5:05:06 Ilkley ladies (10th female team) 53:40 Sally Morley 1:41:22 Kate Archer & Jann Smith 1:32:57 Sarah Edwards & Alison Weston 57:07 Jane McCarthy 187 teams finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Lots of races to choose from today but there was still a good Harrier turnout at this local race which is a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League. The usual 10 mile route had been shortened this year to 8 miles due to maintenance work on the Eccup Reservoir dam, though sadly this shortcut did not remove the steep climb in the final mile. Underfoot conditions were good with only the odd muddy patch, and the autumn sunshine made it feel quite warm despite the decidedly blustery conditions. A nice bottle of ale for all finishers made it all worthwhile.
(1 44:56 Daniel Jenkin, Durham City Harriers) 58 63:50 David Chandler 76 65:41 Phil Hirst 97 67:24 Will Worboys 116 70:02 Stephanie Fox 141 72:52 Peter Lewis 144 73:12 Sarah Hayes 152 74:18 Hannah Partner 153 74:20 Nick Mellor 156 74:49 Frank Kew 164 75:11 Hilda Coulsey 1st F55 166 75:30 John Brown 187 77:46 Petra Bijsterveld 230 85:02 Sally Wright 267 finished 5 mile trail race (1 27:45 Nicholas Hughes U/A) 4 32:55 Daniel Hayes 73 ran
Men (1 32:59 Simon Deakin, Leeds) 77 41:38 Stephen Coy 85 42:19 Mark Iley 101 43:34 Arthur Reilly 105 44:05 Malcolm Pickering 165 finished Ladies (1 21:20 Claire Duck, Leeds) 15 23:59 Sally Malir 24 24:43 Caz Farrow 58 31:08 Di Kitchen 80 finished U17 ladies (1 16:35 Bethan Oates, Wakefield) 2 16:51 Sarah Pickering 7 17:53 Lucy Williamson 9 18:17 Lucy Jacques 14 19:07 Joanne Williamson 20 20:17 Tilly Woodward 21 20:21 Elizabeth Westhead 26 finished 1st team
45 Ilkley juniors ran brilliantly, with 7 teams in the results from U11 to U17
(1 1:13:37 James Bulman, New Marske) 230 1:53:22 Adela Reperecki 257 1:55:12 Dave Ibbotson 531 finished
From Steve Turland ... this race was first run 48 years ago as a result of a bet by a local man that he could run from the Summit Inn to the White Lion and back in less than 30 minutes. Sounding like the sort of challenge that could be undertaken after several pints and a large kebab, it didn't sound that hard. Only snag is that the White Lion is just over 2 miles away with 850ft of ascent up and down the Pennine Bridleway.
Anyway, the local man won his bet and a large sum of money went to the local community. Sadly, 48 years on I would have failed to win the bet finishing in just over 34 minutes in 15th position. But all good fun nonetheless.
From Sharon Meadows ... It was a lovely day for the 50 mile trail race which follows the boundary of Rotherham in a circular route. As always it was very well organised with plenty of feed stations and showers/hot meals at the end. Its also very cheap to enter (£12). It was muddy underfoot and a bit slippery in places but overall conditions were quite good. It's undulating but not hilly so is ideal if anyone is thinking of doing an ultra for the first time. This was my 5th completion of the race although my second slowest time (but at least I finished it!) Not sure of the official winning times, results not up yet. Well done to Amanda Parnaby also who ran 30 miles despite being ill, and she still drove us home!
From Geoff Howard ... I made another trip into deepest Lancashire for a race called variously the Lancaster, Pilling or Elleton Arms 10k depending upon which website you looked at. A nice flat fast course which I don't think I made full use of being 13th out of about 65 in 43m 7s. The winner was a v40 Jason Parker of Preston in 34m 56s. Results
This is a new V70 Club record, superceding Brian Sweet's 52:55 from the 2000 Kirkstall 10k.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Colwick (1 17:54 Stephen Shanks, Victoria Pk H) 6 20:00 Will Buckton 207 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:50 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 188 29:15 Claire Murphy 374 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:03 Matt Bailey, U/A) 164 26:33 Petra Bijsterveld 343 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:49 Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners) 5 19:27 Tom Worboys 178 ran
From Paul Wood ... a quick summary, draft minutes should be available soon.
A well attended AGM with 30+ people. An increase in subs by £2 to cover UKA increases was agreed (more info on subs and renewals soon). The proposed new Club Constitution was agreed. Committee and volunteer changes included new Treasurer Martin Archer, new Membership Secretary Rachel Carter, new Road Men's Captain Steve Weston, new XC Men's Captain Steve Coy. There are vacancies for a Deputy Chair, Road Ladies' Captain, Auditor, and some Committee places are vacant - contact Jane Bryant or Paul Stephens if you can help. See the committee page.
parkrun coming to Ilkley was discussed, as was the perennial issue of Tuesday nights.
(1 41:05 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 3 45:01 Jack Wood 31 51:37 Richard Joel 50 53:43 Duncan Cooper 84 56:11 Kate Archer 96 57:09 Jann Smith 99 57:14 Ben Joynson 130 59:18 Alison Weston 141 59:54 David Chandler 160 62:25 Sarah Haines 174 64:10 Will Worboys 237 80:57 Jacqui Weston 251 91:09 Julie Elmes 255 finished
Lots of good junior results too, and more photos, all on woodentops.org.uk
Andrew Merrick reports ... An unusual start to a marathon - there aren't many you can sleep in your own bed the night before, one of a number of things to be recommended about the Yorkshire Marathon...
A hassle free drive to the park and ride service from Elvington airfield got me to the York University campus with plenty of faffing time to spare and a reasonable amount of indoor space in which to faff. The short bag drop-off queues weren't exactly mirrored by the loo queues but otherwise all was good giving me enough time to finally decide on my race plan.... I had taken a more relaxed approach to training than the London 6 day a week spreadsheet driven approach. In a weak moment I might confess to missing colouring in the numbers green when the planned run had been completed, but otherwise it was definitely a more enjoyable experience, not least because you get to train in decent weather for autumn marathons. After careful (?) consideration I decided to go with the more aggressive of my two plans (Jane B's counsel of "start slowly" being put to one side at this point) - it was a simple plan in honour of Mr Weston, which involved sticking with the sub 3 pacer for as long as I could... He duly disappeared into the fog at mile 15 leaving me in my own mental version. With the help of very good support from the good people of York, particularly around the two way sections, I managed to get home in a respectable time. Unfortunately despite the level of pre race faffing time, I hadn't really thought through the pinning of my number - quite important I realised when running in support of Martin House.... I did my best to acknowledge most of the shouts of "come on Martin" ...
A friendly and well organised race, particularly the start pens, with a relatively flat course - undulating I think would be the appropriate expression - with a challenging uphill section just before the finish ...... and a helpful large arch over the road proclaiming, when close enough to read it, that you were almost at the finish line.... the actual finish being several hundred yards of pain further on. I couldn't comment on the scenery - it stayed foggy for most of the route.
There were a number of options back at the campus for the compulsory post race beer, before the bus back to the airfield and a rather sunnier drive home.
A marathon experience to be recommended.
(2 2:11:08 Bret Crosley, U/A)) 141 3:06:44 Andrew Merrick 1530 3:57:22 Charlotte Smithson 3677 finished
From Hilda Coulsey... I found myself in Peterborough this weekend and entered this half. It was flat (obviously!) and I missed our hills (weirdly?).
(1st 1:03:36 Jonah Chesum) 1270 1:48:07 Hilda Coulsey 3787 finished
Hilda's time beats the F60 half marathon Club record of 1:53:22 she set at the Great North Run last year.
Eddie Winslow reports ... Lakes in a Day ultra, 48+ miles and a lot of climb, including Blencathra and Helvellyn summits. This was its first running but I anticipate that it will become an annual event for those who are looking for a very tough 50 miler. The route runs North to South through the Lake District from Caldbeck to Cartmel via Ambleside. The big climbs were in the first half, which left tired legs for the undulating second half. I was running well and finished 29th in 13h33m. That's my slowest ever 50 miler by some margin which gives an indication of just how tough the course was.
From John Hayes ... a classic on the fell-racing calender, this year's race was surprisingly challenging. If you click on the FRA forum a common theme emerges from everyone - the rocks were incredibly slippery meaning there were lots of tumbles by runners. Unfortunately there were a few nasty injuries with two runners lifted off by helicopter but both are thankfully OK. The concerned response of those who stopped to help was admirable and illustrated all that is good about the sport. Anyway, amidst all the carnage I enjoyed my run especially in the thick mist on the tops where I managed to overtake quite a number of runners by the simple expedient of stopping, getting out my map and compass and taking a bearing. I also took my now customary "cowardly" route which avoids the (terrifying) Bad Step on Crinkle Crags. Whilst this cowardice left me unable to boast at the finish, on the up side I predict it gained me about 20+ places!
From Helen Waddington ... Some amazing times given the conditions! Results ...
(1 2:16:00 Rhys Findlay-Robinson) 13 2:29:23 David Wilby 49 2:43:53 Ben Sheppard 55 2:45:02 Dan Wilkinson 137 3:02:48 Will Buckton 169 3:11:43 John Hayes 303 3:50:47 Bob Hamilton 341 4:08:27 Helen Waddington 342 4:08:28 Dick Waddington 352 4:19:53 Paul Calderbank 353 4:19:58 Chantal Busby 375 ran
Over 700 young runners racing it out at Ghyll Royd School today, more on the junior pages
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Harrogate Stray (1 16:50 Michael McKillop, U/A) 120 24:49 Pete Shields 192 27:31 Julie Elmes 331 ran Edinburgh (1 16:04 Ryan Riddell, Corstorphine AAC) 13 18:03 Mark Mon-Williams 17 18:12 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 83 20:27 Rebecca Mon-Williams 560 ran
From Alison Weston ... a great performance by both men's and ladies teams in this relay event from Patterdale. Shame the weather wasn't as good as it was in Ilkley but both teams coped really well in poor visibility.
Fantastic to have young Georgia Malir in the ladies team for the first time this year running leg 1 with Sally Malir, then Jann Smith with Kate Archer over High Street (very difficult leg navigationally), Emma Barcley and myself on leg 3 setting off in mist at the bottom of Red Screes (at least we couldn't see how far it was to the top!) and finally Jane McCarthy running a great last leg with Sally Morley.
Alison Weston's photos
(1 3:59:59 Borrowdale) 25 4:40:01 Ilkley 43:49 Rob Cunnigham & Iain Gibbons 1:20:57 Steve Turland & Mark-Mon Williams 1:16:59 Will Buckton & Ben Joynson 1:18:16 Dan Wilkinson & Dave Wilby 31 4:52:22 Ambleside Ladies 37 5:11:30 Ilkley Ladies 48:58 Sally Malir & Georgia Malir 1:34:48 Jann Smith & Kate Archer 1:11:36 Alison Weston & Emma Barclay 1:36:08 Sally Morley & Jane McCarthy 70 teams finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... this local 10K along road and canal tow path now in its 30th year had a 3pm start this time and the t-shirts came with the slogan 'now with added lie-in'. Only 4 Harriers there, possibly due to plenty of other races to choose from this weekend. Pleasantly sunny and dry, the afternoon start did result in rather hot conditions to run in. I had run it several times before but had forgotten how uneven much of the tow path is. Having already suffered a stitch at the halfway mark I had to abandon hopes of a PB. Excuses excuses........
(1 33:24 Philip Tedd, Woodhouse Grove School) 119 46:31 Phil Hirst 142 48:20 Chris Cunningham 219 54:21 Petra Bijsterveld 239 55:47 Fiona Schneider 335 finished
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League.
From Neil Bloor ... Alison and Neil Bloor ran the Chester Metric Marathon today (26.2k). The weather was mixed, started out freezing and ended up roasting, however the distance made a nice change and the race was very well organised and marshalled. We ran together, finishing in 2hrs 54 minutes, race winner was Duncan Clarke of Leeds in 1hr 44 mins.
From Clare Smith ... Adela Reperecki and I took part in this 20 mile event. Not classed as a race so no official placings or times but can be recommended as a great training event, with frequent checkpoints providing sustenance. Much of the route followed parts of the Calderdale Way, though I had some difficulty in interpreting the route description and added an extra mile to the total due to wandering! Fantastic weather for an October day too!
From Jack Wood... Crossed the Pennines on Saturday for a race that took us along the top of one of Saddleworth's steep sided valleys. Great scenery made more dramatic with dark clouds and mist. Underfoot it was wet and rocky like the paths on Ilkley Moor. One of the early marshals had a brainstorm and sent some people (including leading two) on a shorter route, but wouldn't have beaten them anyway. Dad survived the elements without waterproof trousers. Results ...
(1 60:02 Andy Fellet, U/A) 3 65:10 Jack Wood 86 finished
From Jamie Hutchinson ... A beautiful morning in Manhattan beach and an early start at 730 to beat the heat. A great 'little' 10k with a bit of up and down and a great last mile or so along the beach and finishing near the pier. Still suffering with jet lag I finished in 39:51, 63rd overall and 5th in my age group. The race was won in 32:59 by David Cardona, 3309 ran/walked.Jamie Hutchinson
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Saturday was parkrun's 10th anniversary, having developed from 13 people running 5K around Bushy Park in London one morning to more than 50,000 people taking part in parkruns every week in the UK alone and half a million registered runners. I know parkrun is not a big feature for most Harriers, and of course the run is rather short and does not involve any fells! But give it a try if you have always wondered what it is about and never been, it is good fun for all the family and attracts runners of all speeds. Not being particularly fast I regularly get overtaken by men pushing prams around the course at high speed which always makes me smile.
Bradford Lister Park (1 18:20 Hannah Oldroyd, Airedale Dodgers) 7 19:56 Tom Worboys 48 23:43 Will Worboys 327 40:45 Abbie Reynier (junior) 356 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:58 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers) 154 26:28 Petra Bijsterveld 288 ran Durham (1 16:52 Daniel Jenkin, Durham City Harriers) 12 19:55 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 250 ran Hilly Fields, Lewisham (1 17:59 Laurie Pope, South London Harriers) 4 18:35 Alex Hirst 134 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:52 Alan Walsh, Wharfedale Harriers) 66 29:08 William Robson (junior) 95 ran
Up and down running gait analysis ... Hi Dan, PM sent. Is anyone else going?...more
Yorkshire, Northern and National XC - GET INVOLVED :) ... Hi Steve,
Go on then, someone will have to be the last! Put me down for the Northerns in Pontefract please. I think you have me down for the County a...more
Gathering winter fools ... Is this only open to members or could I bring a guest? Either leg would be fine Amanda but I'll not be breaking any records!
West Yorkshire Cross Country Series ... thanks Caz
Yes i forgot till i got home
Agree, spikes would be good
PECO XC names for entry ... Hi Dan
Yes don't disagree but much better than 600+ people going off at once and would not have thought there would be that much overlap on a 1 loop c...more
Thurs speed session ... Hi all, its back to the hills this week.. Meet at 7.45 and we'll go over to Curley Hill to warm-up and do efforts. This will be adapted to all abilit...more
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