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 firstname.lastname@example.org - they'll be forwarded to Paul for this web site and to Alison W for the newspaper report.
Starting Tuesday 3rd May 2016, Ilkley Harriers are starting a six week beginners' running course. The aim of the course is to introduce others to the joys of running and show that everyone can run and enjoy it! More info and application form.
From Petra ... the building work at ILTSC has almost been completed but the car park will be out of bounds on Tuesday April 26th. We will meet at the Old Bridge at 7 pm for the Tuesday night club runs once more..
From Alex Hyde ...
I was lucky enough to be one of the thousands running London on Sunday and eventually came in as the last Harrier in 4:46:13, critically a full 59 seconds quicker than my Paris time 3 weeks ago! Conditions were pretty much perfect - cool and dry except for a light flurry of snow early on - but my legs were telling me that 3 weeks between marathons isn't long enough for an old boy!! The atmosphere was absolutely amazing - I thought Paris was good but London trumped that many times over and the noise from the crowds throughout was awesome.
(1 2:03:05 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya) 2703 3:06:08 Steve Weston 3669 3:13:14 Derek Oliver 5395 3:24:33 Steve Newell 12155 3:53:52 Claire McLoughlin 13955 3:59:02 Tom Worboys 15963 4:06:47 Caroline Howe 23086 4:34:08 William Woodhead 25967 4:46:13 Alex Hyde
From Alison Eagle ... First race of the Grand Prix series and a good race for me as mainly off road, with short hills up and down. Not bad weather or underfoot conditions. Feel as though finally may be on way back to racing, hopeful the result will motivate to get back to speed training, need it!
Well organised race as usual and great food after, lots of great tray bakes! These are well worth doing next one is at West Park Tues 24th May.
Ladies (1 40:57 Tanya Seager, Stainland) 7 50:32 Alison Eagle 1st LVet 50 49 65:20 Amanda Newham 62 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... A first-place finish this week for Jack Wood at Skipton. Results ...
Skipton Aireville Park 1 16:45 Jack Wood 5 18:39 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 92 27:14 Polly Crawley (junior) 191 ran Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:50 Daryl Hibberd, Valley Striders) 176 25:51 Gaenor Coy 445 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 18:20 Graham Corbett, Saltaire Striders) 37 22:39 Ethan Thompson (junior) 78 24:16 Stephanie Fox 406 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:50 Stephen Ellison, U/A) 71 23:18 Phil Hirst 197 26:54 Julie Elmes 349 ran Mile End (1 16:44 Rick Weston, Serpentine RC) 115 24:17 Tom Worboys 314 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:53 Thomas Humphrey, Plymouth Harriers) 2 17:56 Alex Hirst 227 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:43 Daniel Holdsworth, Richmond & Zetland Harriers) 61 23:17 Norman Bush 287 ran Horton (1 18:40 Al Chapman, Pudsey Pacers) 11 22:32 Harry Stead (junior) 68 ran Lancaster (1 17:26 Ewen Malloch, Team Bath AC) 73 25:11 Alison Bennett 280 ran
From Alison Weston... Two great races from Newlands valley in the Lakes on Saturday. Jack Wood came an amazing 3rd overall in the gruelling Teenager with Altitude (15.4 miles with 7600 foot of ascent). Outi Kamarainen also successfully completed the race and finished well in the ladies results.
A good turn out in the shorter Anniversary Waltz (a mere 11.5 miles with 3600 foot of ascent) with Dan Wilkinson first Harrier home followed by Jane McCarthy (1st LV40), Dick Waddington, Kate Archer, Alison Weston (1st LV50) and Mary Gibbons (as her first lakeland race!). It was a beautiful day with stunning views, making all the climbing well worthwhile.
Dick Waddington adds ... The Anniversary Waltz takes a turn around the Newlands valley over peaks including Robinson, Hindscarth, Dale Head and Catbells. It is about 11 miles long with 3500ft of climbing. The Teenager adds about 4 miles and doubles the climbing, taking in Grassmoor, Whiteless, High Snock Rigg before going the Waltz at Robinson. It is a very pretty route with something for everyone - a flat mile on a nice track at the start, a steep path, then a steeper Whernside-like heather slope, smooth moorland, rocky outcrops to scramble up and down, very steep grass down Dale Head, then a few tourists to dodge on Catbells.
Ilkley put in a good number of runners with Outi Kamarainen and Jack Wood taking on the Teenager and Kate Archer, Mary Gibbons, Jane McCarthy, Alison Weston, Dan Wilkinson and me taking on the Waltz.
Jack was 3rd in the Teenager with Altitude. Jane was 1st FV40 and Alison 1st FV50 in the Anniversary Waltz. Well done everyone!
Tom Adams 12th Bunny and 18th Egg Stage - matching Ian Holmes' 18 Egg Stage wins. Ilkley's men won the team prize. Photos and results ...
1 15:55 Tom Adams 5 16:48 Jack Wood 18 18:15 Dan Wilkinson 19 18:17 Paul Carman 32 19:08 Oscar Stapleton 58 20:25 Ben Joynson 61 20:33 Richard Joel 76 21:15 Lucy Williamson 80 21:18 James Pickering 96 22:00 Charlie Tiger Smith 98 22:02 Poppy Anderson 100 22:13 Malcolm Pickering 103 22:24 Mary Gibbons 122 23:10 Bernadette Raven 128 23:30 Tom Jackson 129 23:34 Andrew Jackson 134 23:42 Joanne Williamson 139 24:14 Alison Weston 157 25:33 Helen Waddington 158 25:34 Geoffrey White 217 30:57 Anna Pickering 223 31:35 Sally Wright 243 finished Overall results (all 3 races) 1 Tom Adams 7 Paul Carman Female 11 Mary Gibbons U16 7 Charlie Tiger Smith
From Tim Buckingham ... I completed the Greater Manchester Marathon in 3h29m30s Really happy with the run and really recommend the Manchester Marathon to anyone interested as a good alternative to London! Results ...
(1 2:22:34 Steven Bayton, Hallamshire Harriers) 1781 3:39:30 Tim Buckingham 3952 3:56:38 Tom Worboys 15149 finished
From Jane McCarthy ... A few Harriers (Sue Booth, Paul Sugden, Dick Waddington and I) travelled to Todmorden on Sunday to take part in the final Open 5 in the Series, enjoying beautiful sunshine and stunning course scenery covering Stoodley Pike and parts of the Calderdale Way/Pennine Way. Sue Booth and her partner Louise Hanley had an excellent day out, winning the female pairs category. Paul Sugden finished a tough course with his second highest score of the Series, and Dick and I partnered in a mixed pair and had a good day out!
There have been six events in the Open 5 Series (November - April), in which competitors have 5 hours to visit as many checkpoints as possible, either by bike or on foot. There is a map for each course, and it is entirely up to you to decide route and split between run and MTB. The scores for the checkpoints are only released as you start the event, normally requiring some quick re-planning of route. These are excellent events for runners looking to improve navigation whilst enjoying some fantastic courses put together by the Open Adventure Team. Also great training for longer events and a great, fun atmosphere.
In the Overall Series, Outi Kamarainen finished 2nd overall in the Female Solo Category, only narrowly behind me. Sue Booth and Louise Hanley were 2nd in the Female Pairs, John Houlihan and his partner were 1st in the Male Pairs category, Helen and Dick Waddington competed in 2 events in the Mixed Pairs and Harriers were represented by Paul Sugden, Dick W and Jamie Hutchinson in the Male Solos. Apologies if I have missed anyone. Check the www.openadventure.com website if interested for next year!
Jo Taylor adds: ... Can't resist adding to the Open 5 report as this was mine and Dave's 16th event and having accumulated a career 5000 points so far we were delighted to pick up certificates and champagne for our effort. The weather was kind but the terrain was a horror and it was notable how many teams lost points going over the 5 hour limit. We managed to come in on time for 9th mixed pair and 9th mixed pair in the series overall this year. The atmosphere at these events is second to none and the score format makes them especially suitable for those wanting to try a longer event but nervous about finishing a long event at the back.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 17:15 unknown) 29 20:25 Adrian Bastow 95 23:31 Ethan Thompson (junior) 404 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:25 Nathan Martin, Wharfedale Harriers) 387 36:38 Abbie Reynier (junior) 446 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:30 Tom Mitchell, U/A) 153 27:18 Julie Elmes 293 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham 1 18:13 Alex Hirst 168 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:14 Neil Maloney, Skipton AC) 11 21:04 Lewis Carr (junior) 111 28:45 Dylan Carr (junior) 181 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:52 Nathan Smith, City of York) 60 23:07 Norman Bush 319 ran Bramley (1 20:27 Duncan Spence, U/A) 24 24:14 Harry Stead (junior) 134 ran Lancaster (1 18:49 Harvey Lord, Black Combe Runners) 5 19:35 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 231 ran
|Runner of the month:
|for Heptonstall, Edale and Pendle results||Other nominations were:
Kate Archer for Black Combe result
Geoff Howard for Blackpool 10m
Alison Weston for Black Combe
Ruaridh Mon-Williams for Podium 5k
Mary Gibbons for week on week improvements
Rob Cunningham for Keithley and Bradford 10ks
Tom Adams for the Monserrat sky race
|Volunteer of the month:
|Jane for Thursday speed session
Neil for Thursday field and fell session
|Other nominations were:
None this month.
From Hilda Coulsey ... The Harrier was voted as Jack Wood for an awesome set of races in the month. We decided that both Jane and Neil deserved an award each for their significant and continuing serious commitment and it is great to have the opportunity to do this.
From Jane McCarthy ... After 4 races in the Harriers League Lucy Williamson is at the top of the Leaderboard with 245 points from 3 races. Michael Duffield, last year's winner, is in second place having also raced in 3 events. The next 3 races are all in May, starting with Road with the first John Carr 5K on 4th May, Fell with the Jack Bloor on 10th May, and Trail with Over the Odda on the 14th May. John Carr Series is pre-entry only from Saltaire Striders.
Updated 2016 League results after 4 races
More on the League page.
Well done to Tom Adams who won his 11th Bunny and 17th Egg Stage - can Tom match Ian Holmes' 18 Egg Stage wins next week (no pressure!). Photos and results ...
1 15:22 Tom Adams 22 18:16 Paul Carman 62 20:17 Ben Joynson 80 20:57 Jane McCarthy 109 22:11 Mary Gibbons 111 22:15 Poppy Anderson 125 22:54 Bernadette Raven 151 24:11 Andrew Jackson 167 25:04 Adela Reperecki 175 25:21 Tom Jackson 178 25:28 Helen Waddington 189 25:28 Ella Shouler Harris 278 finished
From Steve Weston ...
Steve Newell and I travelled over to Cheshire for the Wilmslow Half Marathon, a large event for 5000 runners run on entirely closed roads.
On the trip over the weather the weather was a bit grim but thankfully the drizzle cleared below the M62 to allow the race to be run in sunshine with a little bit of breeze, almost perfect conditions. The course follows a gently undulating route around the Wilmslow lanes.
I started off well running what seemed like a comfortable pace of 6.10 and had Rob Cunningham in my sights for half of the race before overhauling him at around mile 7. Unfortunately it all went south then, with wheels coming off at mile 10 and Rob pushing on into the distance after 11. Steve Newell ran a great race despite less than ideal prep to come in well within his expected time.
(1 1:04:59 Josphat Kipkemoi, Run Fast) 165 1:24:52 Rob Cunningham 184 1:25:50 Steve Weston 255 1:28:37 Andrew Overend 415 1:33:24 Steve Newell 3796 finished
Dave Woodhead reports ... Tom Adams won by an astonishing 15 minutes - results ...
1 1:16:41 Tom Adams 38 1:43:44 Richard Joel 153 2:05:01 Neil Bloor 173 2:09:11 Adela Reperecki 252 2:22:28 Helen Horton 254 2:22:38 Nigel Tapper 280 2:29:54 Stephanie Fox 288 2:33:02 Jayne Fort 331 2:51:44 Julie Elmes 345 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
I signed up for Paris with several other Harriers. Only my 2nd marathon and my 1st one on road. Warm sunny weather had been predicted for Sunday and the forecast, sadly, turned out to be very accurate, a stunning day for spectators but it made it hard for runners having trained in the Yorkshire winter.
The race is huge with over 40.000 finishers, starting and finishing near the Arc de Triomphe and taking in many of the major sights of Paris as well as going out into the Bois des Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne. The atmosphere was really positive, the route lined with spectators and bands providing music and especially lots of drumming, which is great when you are running. There were massive water stations every 5km with fresh oranges, bananas, dried fruit and sugar cubes. Les pompiers de Paris (fire brigade) also provided additional water stations and had their hoses out providing a welcome spray.
The entire course was quite congested with so many runners, many were walking quite early on and one had to weave in and out a lot which was tiring. Parisian spectators have an interesting way of just carrying on with their normal Sunday morning routine, and there was a constant stream of little old ladies and families with prams tackling the zebra crossings in the face of thousands of runners. I just mumbled 'vous etes fou' under my breath hundreds of times.
I had planned to do 10 minute miles all the way and this worked very well for the first half, but just as I was beginning to get quite impressed with my pacing (fatal) the wheels gradually came off as the heat and the relentlessness of the road running (and some cobbles!) caught up with me. The slopes out of the underpasses were becoming a problem that I had to walk, much as I was trying to tell myself they were barely worthy of the name hill and that I am from Ilkley after all! The last 6 miles I had to run/walk and was not fun, finishing eventually in 4:49, disappointed as I had hoped for 4:20. However, having seen several collapsed runners along the course being attended to by de Croix Rouge I was glad to finish in one piece. More fresh fruit on offer at the finish, and a very shiny large medal. There were some excellent results from other Harriers; Dave Ibbotson and Alex both struggled with cramp hampering their times which was likely related to the heat.
For anyone wanting to run a big city marathon I can very much recommend Paris, it is easy to enter, no ballot, just pay your money and you are in. The organization was faultless without losing its french relaxed character, and very friendly. Just hope for an overcast day.
(1 2:07:11 Cybrian Kotut) 9697 3:47:16 David Schneider 12313 3:54:57 Stuart Herrington 12587 3:55:40 Erin Keating 17518 4:08:52 Jan Carrier 25841 4:32:17 Dave Ibbotson 30454 4:47:12 Alex Stanley-Hyde 31163 4:49:53 Petra Bijsterveld 31810 4:52:34 Fiona Schneider 41708 finished
From Dan Wilkinson ...
This really well organised LDWA event seemed to be well attended by Harriers, I saw several at the start. I was hoping for a good run after completing my recovery from injury and a group of 4 of us, including Ben Sheppard set off together and opened up an early lead. We ran together for the first 15 miles or so and at Beamsley Beacon I could tell the other guys were working a bit harder than me so I decided to see if I could open up a lead. It worked and I managed to drop Ben and the others to come home first in 3:06, despite getting momentarily lost on the run in (something I seem prone to in recent months!). Ben Was 3rd and John Hayes was 3rd Harrier home in around 3:25.
From Jann Smith ... A great route which takes in Beamsley Beacon, Round Hill, Rocking Moor, Timble and the all the Washburn reservoirs with an interesting section of bog around 8 miles in length ! Lots of Harriers there. I was doing well up to mile 23 when my calf popped and ruptured. The man behind basically told me to man up and jog it out so I hobbled to the finish. 1st lady.
1 3:06 Dan Wilkinson 3 3:12 Ben Sheppard 10 3:31 John Hayes 27 3:49 Jann Smith 1st lady 34 3:58 Andrew Merrick 38 4:02 Paul Calderbank 46 4:17 Chantal Busby 56 4:42 Sarah Hayes 65 4:52 Richard Morris 179 finished
(1 33:46 Sam Tosh, Rossendale) 5 36:12 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 23 40:55 Martin Archer 95 51:23 Norman Bush 172 finished
From Geoffrey Howard ... A sunny day in London town, and an inspiring setting, for the latest race in a monthly summer series of 10k races. The occasion last Saturday (2nd April) also doubled as this year's BMAF 10k Championship. The start was from the Podium Cafe next to the controversial Orbit sculpture in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (set between the Olympic Stadium to the West across a stretch of water and the Olympic Pool to the East also across a waterway). The three lap, mainly flat but loopy, course soon had us having to look out for locals out enjoying an early morning constitutional with the overall atmosphere very similar to that of a Park Run. There were 505 finishers with Tom Payn (unattached) winning in 31m 16s. I managed 93rd in 42m 40s as second v70 well behind Martin Ford of Cheltenham (72nd and first v70 in 41m 16s) who has been virtually untouchable in his age group in road races over at least a decade. For anyone fancying trying the event during a weekend trip to the capital, it can be reached from St Pancras in only 15 mins, has chip timing and ritual goodie bag but weighs in at a hefty £15 entry fee.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 16:26 Scott Harrington) 19 20:12 Tom Worboys 272 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 18:08 Michael King, Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 15 20:54 Theo Clay (junior) 290 35:08 Abbie Reynier (junior) 348 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 17:48 Noah Armitage-Hookes, U/A) 2 18:57 Alex Hirst 183 ran Fingal Bay (1 19:39 Daniel Hutchinson, U/A) 7 22:25 Eve Whitaker (junior) 1st female 36 27:02 Alexandra Whitaker (junior) 44 27:50 Helene Whitaker 92 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:07 Joe Mercer, Horwich RMI Harriers) 5 19:26 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 25 22:05 Lucy Jacques 67 26:00 David Taylor 94 27:40 Polly Crawley (junior) 110 28:50 Neve Tennant (junior) 129 30:44 Jo Taylor 171 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:58 Ben Pease, Ripon Runners) 88 25:56 Emily Elmes (junior) 123 27:36 Julie Elmes 236 ran
A 1,2 for Tom Adams and Jack Wood at the first of the three Bunny Runs. It was Tom's 10th Bunny win, and the 16th time he has won the 'Egg Stage'. Ilkley also took the men's team prize. Photos and results ...
1 15:35 Tom Adams 2 15:59 Jack Wood 15 18:01 Euan Brennan 19 18:19 Paul Carman 23 18:37 Robbie Matthews 49 20:03 David Chandler 56 20:34 Ben Joynson 59 20:43 Richard Joel 91 22:06 Lucy Jacques 98 22:34 Mary Gibbons 105 22:53 Jann Smith 128 23:49 Joanne Williamson 154 24:59 Andrew Jackson 181 26:21 Adela Reperecki 275 finished
From Hilda Coulsey ...
A lovely Easter Sunday morning at the revised course for this year's Guiseley Gallop. I liked this course, altered because of the winter floods, plenty of both hills and flat, through the trees and along Esholt. Rob Cunningham was first Harrier home and lots of other good times for the Harriers. I targeted this run as my first back from injury, I realise I'm still injured and not run-fit but it was great to be out.
(1 36:50 Chris Miller, Harrogate) 23 42:45 Rob Cunningham 30 43:34 Jamie Hutchinson 46 44:31 David Chandler 52 44:58 Dave Robson 55 45:26 Ben Joynson 74 47:31 Nick Pearce 86 48:23 Lucy Williamson 89 48:27 Paul Calderbank 142 51:50 Chantal Binsby 170 53:49 Joanne Williamson 194 55:10 Neil Bloor 243 57:50 Adela Reperecki 247 57:56 Chris Cunningham 365 67:25 Sue Williamson 368 67:38 Hilda Coulsey 432 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:37 Jonathan Dudley, Wetherby Runners) 76 23:44 Andrew Overend 322 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 18:26 Andrew Siddle, Bingley Harriers) 332 35:32 Abbie Reynier (junior) 400 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham 1 17:41 Alex Hirst 148 ran Hartlepool (1 17:21 Luke Duffy, Billingham Marsh House Harriers) 44 27:12 Julie Elmes 93 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:03 Neil Maloney, Skipton AC) 12 20:36 Jonathan Schneider 27 22:18 Lucy Jacques 96 27:55 Fiona Schneider 104 28:28 Neve Tennant (junior) 112 28:38 Bradley Brennand (junior) 114 28:49 Polly Crawley (junior) 193 ran
From Ben Sheppard ... results ...
(1 1:49:05 Karl Gray, CVFR) 4 1:58:30 Jack Wood 46 2:22:56 Steve Turland 171 2:59:46 Mary Gibbons 180 3:01:35 Chantal Busby 247 finished
From Alex Hyde ... A beautifully fresh Spring morning saw me flying the flag for Ilkley at the East Hull 20. The winner was Michael Hargreaves of East Hull Harriers in 1hr 51mins 52secs and if you waited long enough, you would have seen me come in at P393 out of 494 in a time of 3hr 14 min 4secs! Lovely flat course with the only hill of note about a mile from the finish .... why do course planners always do that?! Thoroughly enjoyable though, especially when I left two Bingley Harriers in my wake in the run for the line!
(1 49:43 Jonathan Taylor, Morpeth H) 313 1:14:59 Julie Watson 877 finished
From David Ibbotson... I think I was the only Harrier over at Coniston yesterday. Winner Sam Stead Keswick 1:16:27 in field of 1098 runners. I ran 2:02:49 (551 position). Great event attracting runners from near and far too scenic if challenging course. Usual friendly atmosphere with Jazz band and showers, food and drinks provided in village school.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:26 Jonathan Goringe, Birchfield Harriers) 2 16:51 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 385 ran York (1 15:21 John Sanderson, Guildford and Godalming AC) 52 20:54 Geoff Howard 413 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:59 Graham Corbett, Saltaire Striders) 160 27:05 Petra Bijsterveld 360 ran Gunnersbury (1 17:30 Chris Cavey, Ealing Eagles) 5 18:55 Rob Cunningham 333 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:27 Nic Smith, U/A) 171 27:30 Julie Elmes 302 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 16:51 Noah Armitage-Hookes, U/A) 2 17:38 Alex Hirst 192 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:15 unknown) 2 18:21 Cameron Reilly (junior) 25 21:44 Lucy Jacques 28 22:05 Bradley Brennand (junior) 90 27:07 Oscar Gilroy-Bewell (junior) 98 27:34 Polly Crawley (junior) 164 ran
Over 150 juniors and parents enjoyed the Annual Presentation Evening, some great Woodentops photos.
(1 1:56:56 John Hobbs, Valley Striders) 132 2:47:00 Tom Worboys 254 finished
From Geoff Howard... Nice benign conditions on the almost flat promenade made for quicker times than last year at the Sweatshop (Bispham) 10 miler on Sunday. First home was James Kevan of Horwich (53m 04s) and, more than a quarter of an hour later, I managed 70m 20s which was a pleasing 17s improvement and new V70 club record
(1 53:04 James Kevan, Horwich) 69 70:20 Geoff Howard 1st V70 237 finished
From Jack Wood ...
Me and Will Buckton (ex Ilkley now Settle Harrier) headed to Edale for the Skyline on Sunday determined to have a better day than last year where we both dropped out. Added to this I wanted to make amends for messing up the first English Champs race on Saturday. We arrived at Edale in time for a breakfast bap and coffee in a pub. It was good to catch up with Will who is getting back into shape and was aiming to make it to the halfway cut off at Mam Nick. There couldn't have been more of a difference to last year's weather, hazy blue sky and bright sunshine made the approaching 21 miles and 1200m climb less daunting. Once I got going my legs didn't feel too bad and in third through Hope, I put in some effort up Lose Hill and managed to get a lead. It was lovely running along the ridge to Mam Tor with paragliders flying overhead and the occasional tourist cheering on. After the vast Brown Knoll bog the path weaved through some gigantic rocks, though the snow in the shade made it hard to find a rhythm. I was getting tired and hungry, I walked some steps and had a couple of Tunnock's Wafers. Arriving at the penultimate checkpoint on Grindslow Knoll I could see 2nd place Richard Roberts had closed the gap. I was knackered and the final checkpoint looked so far away but I remembered what Pete Shields used to say to us during training: 'This is where you find out about yourself'. I kept moving and he didn't seem to get much closer. As I approached the final checkpoint at Ringing Roger I knew I was going to do it. I felt a wave of emotion and rode it down the hill, smile replacing grimace, to win by 20 seconds. Later on after I received the trophy and a block of blue cheese, Will came back having managed to finish the whole course under 5 hours and we celebrated our achievements with a beer in the sun.
1 2:55:54 Jack Wood 232 finished
From Michael Duffield, results ...
(1 32:58 Joe Sagar 25 38:06 Robert Cunningham 56 40:51 Adrian Bastow 67 41:29 Michael Duffield 120 43:23 Harry Sime 126 43:25 Simon Jenkins 141 43:48 Steve Murray 238 47:11 Chris Cunningham 259 47:52 Stephanie Fox 632 58:31 Sue Williamson 970 finished
From Dan Wilkinson ... Black Combe was the first counter in this year's English Fell Championships. The race has a reputation for sending wayward runners spiralling off into the mist and today didn't disappoint on that front. Several top runners, including recent champions Simon Bailey, Rob Jebb and Rob Hope went for a long walk around the fell. Unfortunately this included our own Jack Wood who was in 11th position until he went wayward after CP3. Alison Weston had a great race to finish 3 FV50 as did Mark Mon-Williams in 4th MV50. I faired just OK as my first race after injury and first as a Vet finishing 17th MV40, but further down the field overall than I had hoped in 76th after getting a bit lost after the final checkpoint cost me over 10 places.
(1 1:10 28 Ben Mounsey, CVFR) 73 1:23:20 Mark Mon-Williams 74 1:23:24 Jack Wood 76 1:23:30 Dan Wilkinson 240 1:39:22 Rob Cunningham 247 1:40:24 Kate Archer 309 1:47:53 Alison Weston 395 2:02:08 Ben Joynson
From Ben Sheppard... While most of the top fell runners were heading to Black Coombe for the first counter in the English Fell Champs, a field of hikers and (mainly) less elite runners toed the line on the cobbles in Haworth for the Howarth Hobble (or Wuthering Hike). It is categorised as a "short" race by the Runfurther.com series, who describe it as "Yorkshire Pennine paths and tracks from Haworth over the moors to Calderdale, up Stoodley Pike and back to Haworth via Heptonstall and Crimsworth Dean. The views are great, and it's nearly all runnable apart from the climb up the Pike.
The race was won in around 4 hrs 10 by renowned ultra specialists Ken Sutor and Calder Valleys's Ian Symington, running a pair. My aim was to be marginally less mediocre than last year and, at a push, finish in under 5 hours. With near perfect conditions and a plan not to do so much walking, I was pleased to cut 25 minutes off last year's time for 4 hrs 50. A cheery Amanda Parnaby was going great guns when I passed her at around 11 miles (she must go off like a shot to open up such an early lead!).
Superbly organised and marshalled by Keighley & Craven AC, this is a great local entry to ultra marathons.
(1 4:16:01 Ian Symington, Ken Sutor CVFR Cheshire HHH) 9 4:50;15 Ben Sheppard 283 8:38:33 Amanda Parnaby 310 finished
From Sarah Hayes ... Results ...
From Adela Reperecki ... On Saturday four of the Ilkley girls got together and had a nice trip out to the village of Dent. Helen Waddington kindly drove and Sarah Hayes, Jean Sullivan and I took part in this very scenic (14.2m) road race. It is an undulating course with a few short sharp hills at the end and a downhill finish to the village. This is a race I am not familiar with, but it is one I would fully recommend. All proceeds go towards the local primary school and there is great support from the locals along the course, a good few water stations and complimentary food and drink at the school hall afterwards. Well done to Sarah and Jean. I will return in 2017. Please mark this one in your diaries for next year.
From Sarah Hayes ... Results ...
(1 1:23:58 Shaun Livesey, Blackburn Harriers) 150 1:59:10 Sarah Hayes 158 2:00:07 Jean Sullivan 186 2:06:48 Adela Reperecki 308 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 17:51 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 10 19:58 Sarah Pickering (junior) 363 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:33 unknown) 66 23:40 Phil Hirst 150 27:36 Julie Elmes 263 ran Leeds Roundhay Park (1 17:55 Tom Venning, Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club) 17 20:36 Tom Worboys 347 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham 1 17:47 Alex Hirst 202 ran Skipton Aireville Park 1 18:28 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 19 21:59 Bradley Brennand (junior) 85 27:31 Polly Crawley (junior) 168 ran
The season had it's finale with a record 79 teams at the Nell Bank Relays, and the presentation of the League awards afterwards. More on the junior pages.
From Jane McCarthy ... Here are the updated 2016 League results after two races. If there are any mistakes please let me know ASAP. More than 40 Harriers have competed in one or both of the first 2 League races of the year. No changes at the top, with Tom Adams (200pts) and Jack Wood (188pts) in first and second place after fantastic 1st and 3rd finishing places in Ilkley Moor Fell Race. Sarah Haines is in third place with 164pts. The next League races are on the road with the Bradford 10K on March 13th and trails on March 27th with the Guiseley Gallop. Good Luck All!!
More on the League page.
Well done to Tom Adams who won the 25k race in 2h08:53 in an international field of 392 runners. Resultats
(1 34:25 Sam Clegg, Rotherham H) 13 38:46 Rob Cunningham 120 47:25 Ed Bickerdike 192 50:34 Janet Carrier 218 51:56 Chris Cunningham 1056 finished
From Paul Sugden ... This was an out and back course from Bampton in the Lakes. The 2nd & 3rd miles were tough going uphill and the then it was undulating. This was the case until a nice mile down hill, until I realised that I would have to climb up all what I have just done came down, at the turn around point. However this was made up for by the fantastic scenery of the mountains with the snow and Haweswater lake itself. Not a PB course but I would do it again, with a free mug, full of tea at the end.
(1 1:13:59 James Buis, Border Harriers) 236 1:50:45 David Ibbotson 322 2:01:21 Paul Sugden 408 finished
From Dan Wilkinson ... Jack Wood has beat all comers at Pendle including Ted Mason, Rob Jebb and Carl Bell!! awesome effort mate! Results ...
1 1:12:15 Jack Wood 42 1:27:29 Steve Turland 44 1:27:49 Jamie Hutchinson 205 finished
From Peter Shields ...
I went over to Colne on Saturday evening to support Mark Iley and Ruaridh Mon Williams in the Podium 5k races. Anyone that doesn't know these races they are held on a Saturday evening at 6-00pm every month. They are held on a 1000 metre asphalt cycle track which is not a straight and two bends but winds itself a little to make it more interesting, it is as flat as you could get with a mere 3ft rise in the whole course, they also have electronic timing. For the spectator it is ideal because you get to see the athletes more than once.
The organiser has been attracting top athletes to the course because of its pb potential. Last night was no exception because in the A race he attracted some real talent. The organisers break the number of athletes competing into two races based on potential times, the A race ask if the athletes are capable of running under 17 mins, those that say not go in the B race.
Mark put himself in the B race, Ruaridh in the A race. Mark as ever put his all into the race which was held in perfect conditions, keeping a very even pace he finished in 19:08 and 28th place. David Bagot from Clayton Le Moors won in 16:39, Beth Massey who has recently run with the club but now runs for Barnsley ran for 1st in her age group in 19:33.
The A race was to prove a superb spectacle littered with internationals and those that certainly will be. Elish McColgan , you might remember her mother from 10,000 and marathon fame, came down from Dundee to chase a good time, Eilish has followed her mother into endurance running and is up to proving her equal. She is currently GB's number 1 in the 3000 steeplechase and I'm sure will be Rio bound this year. There was also a female Dutch international there looking for a time, Jamie Van Leishout plus the evergreen Helen Clitheroe from just down the road in Preston. Helen has been a GB international for a long time and has numerous medals and titles to her name. Ruaridh was in good company and what an impressive young man he is, cool headed, confident and really a credit to his family and the junior coaching section of the club. He ran a very mature race, not putting to much pressure on himself and tracking firstly Eilish and latterly Helen who he eventually went past with consummate ease to finish in a time of 16:32 putting him in 30th position, a really great run in such company. Ruaridh is looking for a place in the UK European Mountain Running Team this summer and I'm sure that will be accomplished with efforts like this. The race was won by Chris Parr from Gateshead Harriers in 14:49.
Another old boy from the club Mark Hall ran in the A race as a v55 with a time of 16:57. Mark is heading his age group in times nationally in a number of distances at the moment, which with tonight's performance feels it will continue.
If you are after a 5k pb this is the course to look at, as a spectator I was thoroughly entertained.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Another first finish for Oscar Stapleton at Skipton, followed by Dan Hayes in 3rd place. Results ...
St Albans (1 17:02 Tom Baker, U/A) 164 26:55 Jacqui Weston 314 ran Skipton 1 18:24 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 3 18:32 Dan Hayes 14 21:11 Lewis Carr (junior) 22 22:05 Bradley Brennand (junior) 42 24:14 Sarah Hayes 85 28:10 Dylan Carr 155 ran