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.
Ho ho ho, we are organising Santa races on Ilkley Moor this year to raise money for the new athletics facilities. The races are in November but you need to enter now to book your Santa suit (it takes the elves a while to make the suits). More information and entry forms on the junior website's fundraising page
This will be THIS WEEK Tuesday 27th September, 8:30pm at ILTSC. More info on the Committee page
The evenings are getting dark now and it is important on the evening Club runs to give a lot of consideration to your visibility to car drivers.
A fluorescent top helps you stand out in poor lighting conditions.
Reflective trim on your clothing will show up in car headlights.
A flashing red LED light attached to your clothing can help too (but take care with head-torches as they could dazzle car drivers).
Don't forget too to bring a phone or other form of identify like a wrist band in case of emergency.
From Steve Turland ...
(1 34:31 Nick Leigh, Horwich) 9 38:34 Steve Turland 99 finished
From Hilda Coulsey ...
The Giant in Giants Causeway was surely having fun when some 1100 runners tackled variously the Ultra, Marathon and Half Marathon in blinding rain and a very blustery headwind. The course sets off from near Ballycastle, at the top of the North Antrim coast, over a headland, down across rocks to a three mile long beach at Whitepark Bay. Perhaps it was just as well I didn't check the tide (but who would?) but soon enough realised that to get on and off the beach required scrambling over these rocks in 3 ft of water with the tide sloshing in and out, oh what fun! Then up and down headlands and inlets (rocks, mud, grassy slippery slopes, stiles, cows etc) taking the coastline route through a couple of the Game of Thrones locations and the significantly older and, in my mind much more majestic, tourist site at the Giants Causeway to Portballintrae, a couple of miles from the Bushmills distillery. I did the half taking 2hrs 38, in 233th place, putting me just in the top half of the placings well deserving I felt therefore of the delightful post race refreshment in the local hostelry. Hats off to the marathoners and ultra-ers, a very long day for them. But don't let me put you off at all, really this is one of the most picturesque places in the world and very much worth the trip.
For those interested in newer history(?!) the race start was at Renly Baratheon's war camp in the Stormlands, passing through a small fishing harbour in the picturesque village of Ballintoy served as Pyke on The Iron Islands, setting the stage for Theon Greyjoy's homecoming. One of the little coves nearby was also a beach on Dragonstone, where Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth, Melissandre and Salladhoor Saanmeet up with the magnificent tidal pools where Theon gets baptized into the faith of the Drowned God.
So see you there next year?
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:20 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC) 5 17:36 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 48 21:05 Tom Worboys 471 ran Cardiff (1 17:06 Joel Redman U/A) 3 17:15 Alex Hirst 705 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:18 unknown) 18 20:31 Sally Malir 415 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:29 Mark Bryant, Harrogate AC) 205 26:54 Jennifer Carne 376 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:39 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC) 94 27:36 Polly Crawley 195 ran
From Ben Jotynson ... A bright sunny day for a nice run around some nice trails. A first time event for Harrogate Harriers, which I hope will return, as the race was very well organised and the food after was excellent ;)
(1 1:04:56 Andrew Grant, Harrogate Harriers AC) 24 1:15:44 Ben Joynson 193 1:54:40 Amanda Poppleton 196 1:55:29 Julie Elmes 224 finished
From Peter Lewis ... Another glorious September day and despite a gruelling Three Shires the day before, Jack sped round in 19:26 to gain second place. Iain Gibbons was 10th in 21:48, followed by Martin Archer 13th in 22:18 and Peter Lewis 81st in 31:19.
(1 18:45 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 2 19:26 Jack Wood 10 21:48 Iain Gibbons 13 22:18 Martin Archer 81 31:19 Peter Lewis (PB!) 92 finished
Another very succesful event, well done to organisers Gaenor and Steve, and all the helpers. Details
From Malcolm Pickering ... Uphill only races, incorporating home Counties international, at Keswick.
U17 women 2.1km, 400m ascent (1 20:43 Grace Whelan, Scotland) 11 22:21 Bethan Morley England 2nd U20 women 3.2km, 509m ascent (1 24:02 Bronwen Jerkinson, Wales) 8 27:46 Sarah Pickering England 1st U17 men 3.2km, 509m ascent (1 20:44 Nathan Smith, England) 4 22:11 Euan Brennan
(1 57:33 Josh Jardine) 36 1:16:56 Kate Archer (2nd Lady) 127 finished
From Jann Smith ... Ilkley got Yorkshire team gold medals for Sally, Jann and Helen in F45-F54 category
Women (5K) (1 17:04 Jo Buckley, Bingley) 6 18:07 Sally Malir (gold = 1st F50 ) 15 18L51 Jann Smith (silver =2nd F45 ) 27 20:20 Nicky Hopwood 33 21:15 Helen Waddington 84 finished Men (10K) (1 29:19 Job Wills, Leeds) 11 30:57 Matt Cox (4th M40) 27 33:03 Paul Carman 69 finished Men 50-59 (10k) (1 31:25 Simon Wright, Doncaster) 25 36:42 Nick Pearce 66 finished
From Alison Weston... A superb day in the Lakes for the Three Shires race in Little Langdale, maybe even a bit too hot! Jack stormed round in a mere 2:03:12 and 4th position, so he's aiming for sub-2 hrs next year! Steve Turland was 36th in a great time of 2:28:06, Richard Joel 92nd in 2:52:41 and Alison Weston 108th in 2:57:42 (2nd V50), Duncan Cooper 138th in 3:12:30, Mary Gibbone 164th in 3:22:37 and sarah Edwards 181st in 3:31:37. No one was in a hurry to go home with pasties at the end and a very friendly pub. A highly recommended race!
(Winner - Ricky Lightfoot) 4 Jack Wood 2:03:12 36 Steve Turland 2:28:06 92 Richard Joel 2:52:41 108 Alison Weston 2:57:42 138 Duncan Cooper 3:12:30 164 Mary Gibbons 3:22:37 181 Sarah Edwards 3:31:37
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:19 Michael Salter, U/A) 9 17:54 Tim Ashelford 38 20:10 Adrian Bastow 455 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:15 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 204 26:50 Jennifer Carne 380 ran Mile End (1 16:56 Peter Downie, Highgate Harriers) 55 22:51 Will Worboys 212 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:09 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC) 83 26:36 Karen Lambe 122 28:39 Polly Crawley (junior) 189 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:39 Ben Pease, Ripon Runners) 54 22:35 Norman Push 350 ran Wetherby (1 16:37 Gregan Clarkson, Kingston upon Hull AC) 20 23:19 Geoff Howard 81 ran
From Outi Kamarainen ... During a recent holiday, I found out about an informal trail run taking place on Friday night on the outskirts of a small town in the Algarve. Never one to miss the opportunity to experiencing a different running scheme, I turned up at 8 pm at the little town somewhere close to the coast.
Already there were quite a few people there, and lot more arrived later, dressed in bright orange, yellow and pink tops and in the end there were over 100 participants, covering a wide age and ability range, with some participants even walking the course. The evening officially started with a brief warm up session, lead by the local aerobics instructor (not something that we are used to at fell races!). Then followed a series of rambling speeches and a drone video shoot. Finally, we set off half an hour after the advertised start time (what they call a prompt start in Portugal!). The route was 11 km (though my GPS recorded it being closer to 12k) and weaved through the farm land and olive groves around the town, following mainly farm tracks and little roads, with few paths thrown in the mixture too. The crowds soon thinned, and I ran much of the way by myself, following the distant head torches further up the tracks. The route was marked by tapes and glow sticks, with a few marshals at road crossings and it felt a bit like a mixture of treasure hunt and mystery tour with bright stars above and and crickets together with the odd dog bark providing the sound track. There was a water and fruit stop at about the half way mark, and I even got hosed down by a spectator at one point - a very welcome surprise since, despite the darkness, the thermometer still showed +24C. Finally, even though it was a non-timed event, there was still a sprint to the finish line and my time according to my watch was somewhere around 62 minutes. Afterwards, we tucking into yet more fresh fruit, whilst swapping stories of nearly getting lost at various points in the dark; whilst the route was well marked, you had to have your wits about you to stay on the marked track.
Apparently, these weekly events started a few years ago, with 6 runners heading out on Friday nights for an easy run. From there it has expanded, with different local clubs taking it in turns to host the trail runs. So if you ever find yourself in southern Portugal on a Friday night, with nothing better to do, I thoroughly recommend putting on the trainers and finding a torch of sorts to join in on one of these great nights out on trails.
From Dave Weesthaed ...
A nice day for running on what looked at the start like an easy course. The first 7 miles were OK and I felt on for a time around 1:21 but after that it seemed to get harder and I was rather disappointed with my run and time in end. There was no obvious reason for this but talking to people who finished around me it was not an uncommon sentiment. Anyway, a good run on closed flat roads and well organised.
(1 1:08:55 Jason Cherriman. Leeds) 71 1:23:56 David Westhead 137 1:28:37 Derek Oliver 589 1:47:15 William Woodhead 1097 2:05:51 Elizabeth Westhead 1594 finished
From Roy Ruddle ... In the words of the organiser, this year was a Classic Classic - i.e., hard, as witnessed by the winning time. Still superb weather and an excellent event. The Haines family were out in force, with Chloe 4th F on the Medium Course and Florence 2nd F in the Short Course, as well as Peter & Sarah who were running in Ilkley colours and are listed below.
Classic course (1 4:59:22 Neil Talbott, Ambleside AC) 27 6:46:35 Jack Wood 31 7:04:17 Roy Ruddle 51 started Short course (1 2:12:34 Rebecca Rooke, Black Combe Runners) 5 2:45:34 Peter Haines (1st V60) 13 3:04:47 Sarah Haines (1st FV50) 51 started
From Helen Waddington... Lovely conditions for today's Yorkshireman races over at Haworth. A total of 4 Harriers ran the scenic Half course (just shy of 15 miles) whilst Adela Reperecki took on the tough Full (26 mile) course and was placed second V50 lady - well done Adela. Gavin Lamb was first Harrier home on the half course in a time of 2.12.20. I was pleased to have moved up a few places since I last ran in 2014. A well-organised and very friendly event.
Half Results (1 1.49.05 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners) 24 2.12.20 Gavin Lamb 49 2.20.39 Jonathan Sinclair 54 2.21.48 Rob Cunningham 103 2.37.36 Helen Waddington 203 ran Full Results: (1 3.28.52 Kevin Doyle, Kimberworth Striders) 63 5.09.43 Adela Reperecki 2nd V50 112 ran
(1 1:00:04 Mo Farrah) 2840 1:41:58 Dan Ibbotson 6096 1:51:01 Christine Cox 8037 1:54:53 Charlotte Smithson 12719 2:02:54 Tim Ratcliffe 12961 2:03:23 Emma Curran 26434 2:28:28 Elaine Ibbotson 26470 2:28:32 Bernadette Gibbons 30633 2:37:57 Heather Duke 50,000 ran?
(1 13:38 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 6 16:14 Iain Gibbons 8 16:23 Paul Carman 10 16:47 Jack Cummings 14 17:52 Steve Turland 74 finished
From Rhys Jones ...
Bradford lister park (1 17:06 Will Kerr) 15 20:32 Sally Malir 26 20:59 Rhys Jones
|Runner of the month:
Jane Mccarthy and Dick Waddington
|for their stunning performance in the ultra CCC at Mont Blanc||Other nominations were:
Alison Bloor for her first ultra, Run to the Castle
Michael Lomas for his 19th Roundhill, 9th Kings challenge, 14th Burnsall (after running the 10m this year)
Martyn Stocker for races and improvement
Ben Joynson for downhill reps
|Volunteer of the month:
|for undertaking and transforming the membership process as secretary, now relinquishing the role||Other nominations were:
Andy Wolfenden for leading his Tuesday sessions and the summer away runs
Paul Stephens for leading a series of interesting runs through the summer
From Dick and Helen Waddington ... Well done to all the runners who took part in the Ilkley Incline last night. It was a hot and sticky midge-fest so thank you all for coming. Great that so many Ilkley Harriers took part and so many won prizes - 9 in total claimed wins in their category. As always, these races wouldn\t happen without all the people in the background helping - we would like to give a BIG thank you to all of you who performed duties on the night - Neil and Mandy Chapman and Toni Melechi on finish funnel and timing, Val Kerr, John and Dan Hayes, Julie Malechi, Nicky Hopwood and Alison Weston who all helped marshal and corral the runners on the course or up to the start, Sarah Hayes (and Lucy on the till!) and Jann Smith on Registration and Sarah on sweeper duties too! Andrew McCarthy raced the results down on his MTB and last but not least Jane McCarthy who sorted results and winners. I do hope we haven't left anybody out! We are very grateful to you all!!!
(1 32:42 Andrew Grant, Harrogate) 49 40:08 Richard Joel 60 41:32 Derek Oliver 73 42:20 Lucy Williamson 260 49:56 Sarah Hayes 293 50:58 Stephanie Fox 374 54:34 Peter Lewis 526 61:07 Sue Williamson 531 60:44 Deborah Nicholson 694 finished
(1 25:08 Chris Miller, Harrogate) 8 27:44 Martin Archer 9 27:49 Paul Carman 12 28:25 Rob Carr 20 31:02 Ben Joynson 31 34:17 Jann Smith (3rd lady / 1st F40) 66 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Harrogate Stray (1 17:40 unknown) 7 18:49 Paul Carman 36 21:20 Jann Smith (1st F) 181 26:28 Julie Elmes 198 26:52 Jennnifer Carne 349 ran Skipton Aireville Park 1 18:00 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 70 25:59 Thomas Campbell (junior) 102 28:07 Karen Lambe 111 28:58 Ruth Jones 116 29:16 Polly Crawley (junior) 190 ran
(1 7:58 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 4 8:46 Jack Wood 50 12:37 Outi Kamarainen 55 12:51 Norman Bush 71 15:09 Mary Gibbons 90 finished
1 17:03 Jack Wood 5 18:56 Iain Gibbons 100 finished
(1 17:31 Harry Coates, Wallsend) 3 17:40 Jack Wood 74 finished
From Jane McCarthy...
When Dick Waddington and I got places in January in the ballot to run the 2016 edition of the CCC (101km and 6,100m of ascent across 3 countries Courmayeur (IT) - Champex (CH) and finishing in Chamonix (FR) ) it felt exciting and a little intimidating. But the race did not disappoint its billing as 'having climbed from being the "little sister of the UTMB" to becoming a unique race that is one of the most prestigious of the world. The start line at the centre of Courmayeur is tinged with an atmosphere that only Italians can provide, a rare emotional moment to the music of Vangelis. The start was moving, a minute's silence for the victims of the earthquake, then a helicopter and drone overhead to film the mass start at 9am Friday morning, and indeed, to the music of Vangelis.
The weather had been worryingly hot all week in Chamonix and race day for us was no different - with 32 degrees forecast between 9am and 5pm at 1,000m of altitude. The extent of the heat could be felt in the first kilometres, which quickly lead to 2500m of altitude, facing Mont-Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. After CP1 and CP2 it was an absolute delight to see Andrew Merrick at the Refuge Elena, high on the trail, and he ran with DIck and me down to La Fouly. He telephoned Helen (W) to let her know progress and I heard him reassure her that we were being very 'sensible' with pace - thinly veiled code for 'slow!'. But it felt very terribly hot and coming in to Champex-Lac around 7pm and after 10 hours to meet Helen and Andrew Mc was both a highlight, but also a mental challenge as we knew we were only at best halfway! After some pasta (kept down to varying degrees), (more) coke, and words of support by our other halves, Dick and I felt ready to press on. We knew that runners around us were suffering more - we had gained over 200 places in arriving at Champex - I think this provided perfect motivation. With the heat abating a little, and time for head torches to be switched on, it felt much more comfortable and we overtook many runners through the remainder of the race. The last checkpoint at Flegere above Chamonix saw a steep, then fast, 7km descent to the finish and it felt AMAZING to finally reach the finish line after more than 20 hours! Of a starting number of 2129 (319 females) there were a total of 1386 finishers (215 female) - giving a 35% drop out rate. DIck and I finished in 358th position (96th and 22nd category finish positions respectively).
From Dick Waddington ... The CCC is part of a week long UTMB festival of 5 ultra races all finishing in Chamonix and ranging from 50km to 270km(!) long. For the CCC you start in Courmayeur and make your way back to Chamonix via Champex (CCC) on a spectacular 101km route with 6000m of ascent around Mont Blanc. You know it's a big race when a helicopter is filming the start and a drone is hovering over head giving a live feed to the UTMB website. I was running with Jane McCarthy and this was the first ultra in the Alps for us both, in fact this was my first race of any kind in the Alps. The start was a nice jog through Courmayeur - very pretty with fantastic support from the big crowd. For the previous few days we had been getting texts from the organisers - "It's going to be very hot", "Be careful, don't go too fast", "Bring lots of water". For someone who pulled out of the Wasdale FR with heat exhaustion this didn't sound good. After a couple of hours the temperature was at 28 degrees, then it went to 32, and stayed above 28 until about 7pm, so yes it was pretty hot. There was a constant drip from the brim of my cap as I slogged up the climbs. The views of the south face of Mont Blanc were amazing - the Central Pillar of Freney looked stunning for the climbers amongst you. Eventually the heat and altitude made it hard to eat, so by the half way stage at 7pm our support team of our respective children and Helen and Andrew had a big job to put the wheels back on by getting us to eat and sending us gently but firmly on our way - without them it would have been game over I think. Thanks guys!! After that, there were some pleasant tracks to make good progress on and the food kicked in; it's a great learning experience to feel incapable of carrying on, but to get it back together for the last 40km and three big climbs of 1000m each. Eventually Jane came out with the classic line of "lees than a marathon to go now" and I started to think it was possible. More noodles, gels, cups of coke, TUC biscuits, bags of Haribos and we were moving quite well. The sight of a line of torches heading upwards to the stars on the last climb up the Tete au Vents was sobering, but hey, it was the last climb, so how bad could it be? The sharp rocks on the plateau above didn't help the blisters on the soles of my feet, but we cracked on to the final descent - 900m down in 5km, then a nice 2km on the flat and into Chamonix for a run around the town. We found a bit of adrenalin for a final kilometre in about 5 minutes, then that was it, the crowd cheered (yes, at 5am!!) and Andrew and Helen were at the end very relieved to see we were alive! The CCC was an amazing experience, involving trauma and exhaustion and a lot of sweat. The level of effort involved to hold it together for 20.5 hours surprised us both, but having a friend with you and great support makes it easier. Would I do it again? Maybe. Would I do the 170km UTMB? Not for a while. Hats off to those who have.
From Val Kerr ...
Despite the forecast for rain and high winds conditions remained fair for this classic fell race. Runners got off to a quick start with local expert Ted Mason leading the way from start to finish. The run up the fell didn't seem as difficult as last time I did the race, perhaps because my 10 days walking in the Alps had paid off, but the descent off the top was still quite tricky with a narrow path, slippy mud, heather and boulders to navigate. Once the wall had been climbed however, it was a nice run down though the fields to the finish. Michael Lomas put in a sterling performance and was first IH home in 20th place having done the double and just run the 10 mile road race aswell. Michael was followed closely by Richard Joel (21st) who also had a good run. Will Worboys made his first appearance in a race for a while and ran well to finish in 67th place. I was the only IH lady to take part and finished in 80th place and 1st LV50 with plenty left in my legs at the end - I had forgotten how much I enjoy this race. Martyn Sticker was 89th having also just run the 10 mile road race.
(1 14:58 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 20 20:07 Michael Lomas 21 20:12 Richard Joel 67 25:08 Will Worboys 80 26:52 Val Kerr (1st LV50) 89 30:04 Martyn Stocker 101 ran
From Jean Sulivan ... 10 Harriers took part in the Burnsall 10 mile road race, with Michael and Martyn following this up by taking part in the classic fell race. Some great runs, especially by Michael Lomas, 1st Harrier home, followed by Dave Robson, 2nd Harrier home. The conditions were perfect, cool and breezy with a 10 minute refreshing downpour thrown in too ! A great race at a great family day out!
(1 55:57 Tom Corrigan, Barlick) 14 66:30 Michael Lomas 27 69:56 Dave Robson 36 74:16 Steve Murray 41 tbc Martyn Sticker 47 76:52 Duncan Cooper 53 78:30 Harry Sime 54 78:32 Robert Sime 59 81:10 Dave Ibbotson 65 83:43 Jean Sullivan 86 105:30 Bernie Gibbons 1st V60 87 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
This annual event in Tywyn, Mid Wales, now in its 33rd year, is organized by the Tywyn Rotary Club and is centred around the Talyllyn Railway. There are shorter races in the morning, but the main event is the 14 mile multi-terrain race in the afternoon. Both the runners and the train are started by the train whistle ordered by the timekeeper. The run consists of 7 miles out to Abergynolwyn and 7 miles back, this time on the other side of the track, definitely the harder half of the course. The aim is to stay ahead of the train, which tends to take 1 hour 47, so beating it is only a possibility for the faster men and a handful of women. However, it is just as much fun being overtaken by the train, which is carrying friends and family cheering the runners on.
I went with two non-Harrier friends. Unfortunately the weather was not good, with heavy rain and gale force winds of up to 50 miles an hour, though thankfully it was not actually cold. As a result conditions underfoot were extremely muddy. The undulating course consists of 1 mile of road at the start and finish, some unmade farm tracks, fields, and narrow sheep tracks on steep hillsides, where I wished that I had a longer right than left leg after a couple of miles of it. Added to that we had the gale blowing against us on the return leg. All in all it felt like a very long XC race. Thankfully I had decided to wear my mudclaws which were definitely the right shoes for the conditions on the day, I seemed to have far fewer problems with the mud than some around me.
I ran the race mainly for enjoyment but did try and push-on at a steady pace, and was pleased with my time of 2 hours 32. We were rewarded with an excellent goodie bag including t-shirt, medal and an abundance of healthy snacks. To my mind the real heroes of the day were the marshals and water station people who had stood outside in atrocious conditions for the entire day to look after us.
(1 1:28:14 Paul Green, Sale Harriers) 659 2:32:36 Petra Bijsterveld 834 ran
From Neil Bloor ...
Alison and I ran the 42 mile run to the castle ultra which goes from Aberdovey to Harlech along the Welsh coastal path. It is fair to say that the weather was not with us! Starting out along the beach the gale force winds were pushing waves up the beach so we already had wet feet before we found safety in the dunes. Along Tywyn prom was probably life threatening (see photo) and meant we were soaked to the skin in sea water after only 5 miles. After this it was a constant battle against the wind with some steep hills in the first half and regular heavy showers. The second half is a lot flatter however the whole way required some good map reading despite being a signed path with additional red arrows and tape. Very pleased to finish 36th and 37th out of a field of 50, nearly half the normal number of runners given the conditions. For us it was just about finishing and raising money for CRY (cardiac risk in the young) following the untimely death of Alison's younger brother a year ago. If anyone would like to sponsor us it is not too late www.justgiving.com/runtothecastle
This was Alison's first ultra marathon and we found the event well organised and there was some great cameraderie amongst the runners.
First in was a fabulous 6:42 by Julian Ayres.
From Alison Weston ...
Only Jack and I entered the 5th English championship race. (16km/870m) Bit wet and windy in comparison with recent weather but Jack had a flyer to finish 13th overall in 1hr 20. I finished well over half an hour later in 1hr 56 and was pretty low down in my age category but it was a good course and very well organised. A small section of fence and wall had been removed for the race but was rebuilt before the prize giving took place!
Men (1 75:41 Sam Tosh, Rossendale) 13 80:54 Jack Wood 229 finished Ladies (1 94:06 Sharon Taylor, Helm Hill) 39 116:51 Alison Weston 77 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor Leeds (1 18:11 Matthew Akpan, U/A) 48 21:43 Tom Worboys 318 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 16:42 Elliot Hind, Leighton Buzzard) 2 19:13 Paul Carman 14 22:02 Jann Smith 97 30:52 Polly Crawley (junior) 139 ran Keswick (1 18:18 Thomas Durcan, Derwent AC) 56 28:29 Fiona Schneider 102 ran Peckham Rye (1 17:12 Andy Bond, Dulwich AC) 2 17:17 Alex Hirst 146 ran
Vince Gibbons reports ... Bernie Gibbons was first female vet 60 at the Hardmoor Wainstones Trail Race (9.6 mile course with 1,900 feet of climbing) in 2hr 10min. Tough course on a gloriously sunny day at Chopgate, Great Broughton, Teesside.
(1 2h26:55 Steven Snape, Salford) 64 3h27:24 Robin Nicholson 96 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld...
I went to the Littondale Gala in Arncliffe for the 2nd time with two non-Harrier friends from Reading. The road race is a 4 mile out and back course along the river, not as flat as you might imagine being in the valley bottom, mainly downhill out and uphill back, and we were treated to a stiff summer breeze against us to add to the uphill. Jack Wood and I were the only Harriers in the road race, which was won by Daniel Cliffe from Liverpool in a new course record of 19:43 (he has a 5K PB of 14:00 - I was rather starstruck briefly chatting to him in the tea rooms). Jack came 6th against some fast competition.
My Reading friends raced well, Colin coming in as 3rd M50 and Tom, who turned 80 last month, winning the M80 category! It being a small race (77) I had hoped to perhaps win the F50 category but a Settle runner beat me to it. I was happy with my running and a time of 33:47 though. A bottle of Wharfedale Blonde for all finishers made it even more worthwhile.
The fell race is a steep course, 1.9m and 459 ft, and not the sort of terrain for me. Jack Wood and Norman Bush flew the flag for Ilkley. My friend Colin decided he might as well do a Yorkshire fell race and bravely joined the 98 hardy Northern fell runners on the start line. The race was won by Simon Bailey, followed by Ted Mason and Jack was 3rd. Norman came 51st looking very strong! Colin held the honour of the Reading Road Runners high by coming 67th.
I saw a lot of Ilkley Juniors in the junior fell races. I can recommend this gala as a lovely family day out and it would be great to see some more Harriers running next year!
(1 10:27 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 3 11:20 Jack Wood 51 16:03 Norman Bush 98 finishedRoad race results ...
(1 19:43 Daniel Cliffe, Liverpool) 6 21:44 Jack Wood 50 33:47 Petra Bijsterveld 77 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Harrogate Stray (1 17:41 Steve Collins) 8 18:51 Paul Carman 40 21:22 Jann Smith 209 27:15 Julie Elmes 364 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:36 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC) 55 26:07 Daniel Fazackerley (junior) 82 28:24 Fiona Schneider 148 ran Doncaster 1 17:50 Cameron Reilly (junior) 61 25:00 Arthur Reilly 179 ran Peckham Rye (1 17:11 Timothy Bowen, Dulwich Runners) 2 17:31 Alex Hirst 107 ran
From Michael Lomas...
Four Harriers went over to Silsden on Thursday night for the Kings Challenge. With only 17 runners in previous years it was a surprise to see at least double the amount milling outside the Kings Arms for the start. Organisers quickly stopping cars on the street for a 100m dash up the main road before turning off, through the houses and out onto the clag on the moor up to the trig at long ridge end and back. A bit of local knowledge helps on this race as the markers were a bit sparse, I thought following a Wharfie would see me right but even he went wrong! Jann Smith ran a stunning race and was first lady across the line after chasing down the Monica from Wharfedale. Paul and I came in the top ten and Martyn Stocker finished strongly in 24th.
(1 39:59 James Hall, Wharfedale) 7 46:00 Paul Carman 9 47:48 Michael Lomas 22 56:06 Jann Smith 1st lady 24 56:56 Martyn Stocker 44 finished
From Paul Stephens ...
After a hot and sunny Saturday it was a relief to have it windy and overcast for the 2016 Round Hill fell race. It was good racing conditions - firm underfoot but not too hard and the strong wind never seemed to be coming straight at you. Only 7 Ilkley Harriers made the short trip with Martin Archer the first male Harrier home and Sarah Hayes the first female. I was pleased with my time and position - in the top half (just) and less than 2 minutes slower than my last attempt in 2013. But there were still 4 M60s in front of me! Michael Lomas wasn't far behind Martin Archer with Dave Robson a couple of minutes further back. I'd overtaken Mike Baldwin about 2 miles in and was able to hold him off. I also overtook Martin Stocker with about 3 miles to go but he was too strong and finished 30 seconds in front of me. It was Sarah Haye's first time at Round Hill and she was 5th LV40 home.
(1 55:50 Lee Athersmith. Wharfedale) 14 1:01:03 Martin Archer 19 1:01:52 Michael Lomas 23 1:04:11 David Robson 62 1:13:50 Martin Stocker 67 1:14:09 Paul Stephens 74 1:16:01 Mike Baldwin 123 1:30:39 Sarah Hayes 151 finished
From Fiona Schneider ... This half marathon is described as a challenge for a reason and Sunday did not disappoint with deafening headwind roaring across the bay. The direction changed from my previous effort, the race was run East to west Lancashire to Cumbria and 8 miles into the wind. Underfoot is surprisingly variable with the need to ford channels and rivers well above knee level, splash through puddles and portholes, squelch into mud and some solid sand. Conditions were reported as the most difficult yet, but I love this wilderness and the privilege of running across it safely outweigh any extra effort needed this year. It would be a great day out for an IH league run.
(1 1:37:17 Lewis Barton 206 2:47:50 Fiona Schneider 40th Fv 215 Finished
From Helen Waddington... Only the second year for this multi-terrain and hilly event. There is also a full marathon and a children's mile race. Brilliantly organised and heavily supported by GlaxoSmithKline which has a large factory in Ulverston and employs 300 locally, I think it's the only event I've ever done where the police stopped traffic for the runners at the two road crossings. Multi-terrain includes road, track, field, beach and moorland and the 'half' in the half marathon description actually means closer to 14 miles, but who's counting. I was getting fed up of long road runs in preparation for the autumn Yorkshire marathon so this was a very welcome break from the routine. I would highly recommend it, but be prepared for the kick at the end which laid waste to a few runners who hadn't left enough in the tank.
(1 1:30:00 Joe Kenny) 53 2:04:46 Helen Waddington 154 ran
From Alison Weston...
A warm beautiful day for Borrowdale fell race 27km/2000m today (4th English championship race) though it was still really tough.
Jack Wood came a brilliant 17th overall out of about 400 runners, followed by Brian Melia and Outi Kamarian who both ran well and Alison Weston (3V50). Kate Archer had a great run all the way to Great Gable but unfortunately had to retire at Honister feeling unwell.
(1 2h49:21 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough) 17 3h13:50 Jack Wood 204 4h25:58 Brian Melia 232 4h36:15 Outi Kamarainen 237 4h36:58 Alison Weston 352 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 18:09 Martin Fillingham, Saltair Striders) 16 21:14 Tom Worboys 139 26:58 Hilda Coulsey 371 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:00 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers) 96 29:26 Neve Tennant (junior) 150 ran Fountains Abbey 1 17:27 Euan Brennan (junior) 2 18:11 Dominic Coy (junior) 4 18:29 Stephen Coy 108 26:11 Gaenor Coy 250 ran Peckham Rye (1 17:28 Philip Sanders, Kent AC) 5 18:06 Alex Hirst 125 ran
|Runner of the month:
|who won the FRA U18 champs||Other nominations were:
Gavin Lamb for Muker, Addingham and Bingley performances
Harry and Robert Sime for Bramham 10k run and report and dedication to Tuesdays
Jemima Elgood for Addingham fell race
Jane McCarthy for Ultimate Trails Lakes 100k
Kate Archer for Snowdon
Andrew Merrick for Ultimate Lakes 100
Dan Wilkinson for Ingleborough 1st V40.
|Volunteer of the month:
|for recent Washburn and Danefield relays and previous relay organisations together with long and successful committee work||Other nominations were:
Abigail Bailey for leading Improvers group having really good feedback
Dan Wilkinson for another outstanding Addingham Gala race organisation
From Robin Nicholson ... Results ...
(1 19:25 Matthew Mackay, Rossendale) 7 21:56 Steve Turland 9 22:09 Robin Nicholson 39 finished
From Alison Weston ... Jack Wood, Mary Gibbons and I left Ilkley with intention of running the Rydal Round AM fell race (really the Fairfield Horseshoe) at the Ambleside Sports day but a few minutes before the race started the course was shortened considerably due to poor weather conditions. So we all ran a 4 mile very steep route to the top of Nab Scar and back the same way. Jack was 3rd and Mary and I some time later! (no official results as yet).
From Alison Weston ...
As the above race was pretty short we then persuaded each other (following bacon sandwiches and lots of tea!) to also run the BOFRA 2 mile race later in the afternoon. More runners turned up for this championship race but Jack still managed 9th position and Iain Gibbons 7th V40. I have never run twice in a day before never mind racing and my legs strongly objected! BOFRA's may be short but they're certainly not easy.
(1 13:56 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 9 15:47 Jack Wood 24 17:51 Iain Gibbons 72 21:59 Alison Weston 76 22:19 Mary Gibbons 118 fisnished
From Mark Mon-Williams ...
Pomona is a small town in the hinterland of Noosa (Queensland, Australia) that has a single
distinguishing feature - a large lump of volcanic rock named Mount Cooroora. In 1958, a bloke called
Bruce (what else?) ran to the top of Mount Cooroora (438m) and told his mates in the bar (where else?)
that he'd managed it in under an hour. Bruce's mates didn't believe him and so he did a demonstration
run and thereby started the annual "King of the Mountain" race. The KoM race is now a big event in the
area and attracts a large crowd. The race itself makes Coniston Gullies look like a parkrun...there is a
large rock section with a chain that runners need to negotiate to get to the top. Ruaridh Mon-Williams
was holidaying in Queensland with his family (returning to Brisbane - his birthplace - for the first time in
18 years) and decided he'd enter the race.
The race was a fantastic affair with the runners first doing a short run down the main street
(where the race starts and ends) and being introduced to the crowd. The whole community line the
route and there are more rescuers on the mountain than runners. Ruaridh had a great run to finish in
third place and first under 20 year old, with first place going to the 2016 Australian Mountain Running
champion (Mark Bourne) and second place to a New Zealand runner. Ruaridh's parents were delighted
(primarily with the fact that the small print about competitive sports in the travel insurance didn't need
to be contested...) but now worrying about how to get his prize (a unicycle) home...
(1 23:53 Mark Bourne) 3 27:18 Ruaridh Mon-Williams (1st Mens Junior) 94 finished
From Alex Hirst ... on Saturday I completed the Trans d'Havet mountain marathon in the Italian Alps. Running up and down some pretty intense peaks for 40k (the short race!)
Out of 250 on the start line only about 150 completed the race (of which I was 74) with my good friend from the States Braden who currently lives in Florence alongside me. As the only Brit and American we gave the event an international flavour!
Results(not a marathon PB event) ...
1 38:17 Tom Adams 11 47:11 Martin Archer 12 48:06 Gavin Lamb 144 finished?
From Brian Melia ...
What a fantastic race this turned out to be. Beautifully organised and supported on a very technical route.
Starting on the streets of Ambleside we climbed up to Fairfield via Dove Crag & Hart Crag, before dropping down across the scree slopes to Grisedale Tarn (CP1) and then traversing the Helvellyn massif. One of the best descents in the Lake District, Swirral Edge (grade 0.5 scramble), gives way to the classic mountain top of Catstycam (CP2) before plunging down the north-west ridge to the valley floor below (CP3 + Feed Station) . Climbing back up, onto Birkhouse Moor (CP4) and joy of running the whole length of Striding Edge (CP5 & easy grade 1 scrambling), before the route tops out back on the Helvellyn massif. Countouring around the top of the headwall of Nethermost Cove, leads onto the lesser-known line off Nethermost Pike (CP6), dropping into Grisedale on ropes. A short & very sharp uphill grind onto the Grisedale face of St. Sunday Crag (CP7) then there was exposure and steepness of Pinnacle Ridge itself (grade 3). Tasty! and great fun with rope assistance.
There was a great fast descent into Patterdale (CP8) and the chance for a refuel at the supplied aid station before climbing once again onto the high tops, via Boardale Hause (CP9) to visit Angle Tarn, The Knott and High Street. Another bone shaking descent off Long Stile passing Blea Water and down the valley to join the track (CP10) leading up past Small Water, on to Nan Bield Pass and back to the summits, bearing round a beauty of a track at the head of the Kentmere Valley. Some fantastic undulating running from The Beacon through Threshthwaite Mouth and over Caudale Moor to Kirkstone Pass via St Ravens Edge down to Kirsktone Pass Inn (CP11). One last climb - up Red Screes (CP12) and then the fast easy 5km descent back to Ambleside.
I was 30th in 10hrs 30 mins. There were quite a few Dragon Back racers so we had a good catch up over good food and coffee.
From Mary Gibbons ...
2.6 miles, 900 feet of climbing.
Straight up, around the 'pointy thing' and back down again... the tried and tested fell formula.
Well done to the Gibbons pair (not related) out for Ilkley Harriers.
(1 21:05 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 13 25:25 Iain Gibbons 52 31:31 Mary Gibbons 86 finished
From Harry Sime ... Robert Sime and I were at this inaugural 10k run in Bramham. It was a very friendly event ran by the Parish council. Lots of marshals and a large pavilion with changing rooms and most importantly lots of home made cakes and refreshments at the end plus a medal and loads of free photos. A nice quick first km on the road was as easy as it got with some fairly rough tracks making up most of the course. It was quite undulating and a very steep 200m climb in the final km. Virtually no shade and very little breeze so it felt much warmer than 19 degrees. We were quite steady paced ignoring the first km and glad to both cross the finish at 49.37 or thereabouts. Within hours got a message about improvements planned for 2017. Nice car and tractor free course.
(1 35:46 Paul Milgate, Wetherby) 36 49:36 Harry Sime 37 49:38 Robert Sime 64 56:17 Timothy Ratcliffe 103 finished
From Alison Weston ... Four Harriers took part in the Snowdon Internation mountain race up and down from Llanberis. It was wet and misty but not unpleasant running conditions. Michael Lomas had a great race to be first back for the Harriers in 1:29:07, followed by Kate Archer 7th lady in 1:36:15, Alison Weston 1:47:02 (2nd LV50) and Martyn Stocker 1.52:15. Results ...
From Dan Wilkinson ... A classic up and down gala race from Ingleton to the top of Ingleborough. Billed as an AM category race, it's got to be the easiest of this category on the calendar, useful for anyone wanting qualifying races for the likes of the 3 Peaks. I managed to place in the top 10 and with the V40 prize so I came home with my best prize haul at a race ever £35 in Pete Bland vouchers. Nick Pearce won the V60 category and Paul Carman and Jane McCarthy also ran placing well.
(1 48:53 Nick Leigh, Horwich) 6 53:12 Dan Wilkinson 17 56:25 Paul Carman 42 63:15 Nick Pearce 47 64:20 Jane McCarthy 76 68:35 Jann Smith 128 finished
From Gavin Lamb ... Great series of races which I will be putting all 3 in my diary for next year, albeit I was underprepared on this one when my legs packed in with 10km to go!
(1 2.30:21 Ben Hukins) 11 2.53:03 Gavin Lamb 217 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Harrogate Stray (1 17:18 Ciaran Forde, Horsforth Harriers) 189 26:45 Julie Elmes 348 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham (1 18:16 Mark Callaghan, Dulwich Runners) 2 18:27 Alex Hirst 207 ran Temple Newsam (1 17:59 Dominic Petersen, Leeds City AC) 25 22:27 Tom Worboys 181 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 16:53 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers) 84 27:05 Polly Crawley (junior) 182 ran
From Val Kerr ... We had 3 mixed teams and 1 men's team in these relays, run around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs in the Washburn Valley. As is customary for this event there was a lovely friendly atmosphere with plenty of support on the final 'hill' at the end of each leg. The evening was warm and muggy, which made the running more difficult than it should have been for the distances involved and brought the midges out in force as the evening went on. There were some great performances with Jack Cummings finishing in 2nd place and Paul Carmen finishing in 6th place on Leg 1 and Martin Archer finishing in 7th place on Leg 2.
Ilkley Late Arrivals Leg 1 Paul Carmen 18:49 (6) Leg 2 Martin Archer 24:31 (7) Leg 3 Andrew Sheldon 22:24 (27) (1:05:44 - final position 8) Ilkley Mixed Bag Leg 1 Jack Cummings 17:27 (2) Leg 2 Ben Joynson 26:25 (10) Leg 3 Mary Gibbons 23:45 (40) (1:07:37 - final position 15) Ilkley Mixed Spice Leg 1 Jean Sullivan 23:44 (39) Leg 2 Jane McCarthy 27:34 (35) Leg 3 Richard Joel 21:17 (14) (1:12:35 - final position 27) Ilkley Allsorts Leg 1 Val Kerr 25:15 (55) Leg 2 Andrew Jackson 30:04 (50) Leg 3 Petra Bijsterveld 28:04 (65) (1:23:23 - final position 57) (72 teams took part)
From Jane McCarthy ... The Harriers League is now up to date to include the three races in June - Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon, HDSRL(3) at Thirsk (Road) and Buckden Pike Fell Race. There were many strong Harrier performances - including top 3 finishes for Matt Cox at Wharfedale Half and Jack Wood second at Buckden Pike. From a League perspective, the best scores (age adjusted) were earned by Matt Cox and Nick Pearce (102 and 101 points for the Wharfedale Half), Norman Bush with 101 points at Buckden Pike, and Sally Malir with 98 points for Thirsk. With results to the end of June, Jack Wood still leads the Fell category (4 races), Hilda Coulsey now leads Trail (4 races) and Steve Murray leads Road (3 races). Overall, Lucy Williamson is still in top position after 8 races and 674 points, followed by Michael Duffield. Peter Lewis cleverly nominated an excellent result at Beamsley Fell as his Wildcard and moves to 6th place. Nick Pearce, after recent superb results is in 5th, with the highest average race score after completing 5 League races. Plenty more to come! We have had Addingham Gala last weekend, and next races in August are Round Hill in Fell (7th August) and Burnsall 10 in Road (24th August). Good Luck Everyone! More ...
From David Green ... Eleven Harriers took part in the 10th Jane Tomlinson Race for All Leeds 10
(1 31:51 Jamil Parapia, Leeds City A.C.) 417 44:22 Rhys Jones 476 44:41 Erin Keating 526 45:44 Harry Sime 543 45:52 Robert Sime 1323 49:47 David Green 1443 52:26 Charlotte Smithson 1684 52:35 Alex Hyde 3001 62:24 Abigail Bailey 3389 52:12 William Woodhead 3594 52:57 Donna Hattersley 5421 68:13 Annabel Bailey 6733 finished
From Dan Wilkinson ...
The Gala Race, now in its 7th year, was won by Liam Dunne and our own Jemima Elgood who smashed the women's course record by 45 seconds and came 4th overall.
A great turnout from Harriers with Paul Carman and Jann Smith both in the top 3.
(1 44:08 Liam Dunne, Otley) 2 44:40 Paul Carman 4 46:17 Jemima Elgood 5 46:40 Gavin lamb 8 48:13 Dave Robson 9 49:07 Richard Joel 10 49:36 David Foyston 18 52:05 Julian Carter 20 52:19 Stephen Murray 22 52:27 John Hayes 26 54:10 Paddy Hagan 30 55:12 Jann Smith 44 62:25 Geoff White 48 65:03 Peter Lewis 56 finished
From Paul Sugden ... results ...
(1 1:40:07 Oliver Smith) 42 2:17:55 Stuart Herrington 83 2:38:10 Dave Ibbotson 120 3:04:43 Paul Sugden 121 3:04:45 Donna Hattersley 150 ran
From Alison Weston ... Kate, Martin and myself took part in the Sedbergh English and British fell race on Saturday. A short and steep marked route (5.6km/400m) in wet, misty weather. It was very competitive with men and women racing separately and runners packed closely together. Graham's photos (though much appreciated) are not very complimentary to many runners - everyone looks pretty spent by the time they got to the final descent!
Graham Weston's photos.
Men (1 24:58 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 122 31:30 Martin Archer 232 ran Women (1 29:05 Victoria Wilkinson, Bingley) 36 36:36 Kate Archer 48 37:33 Alison Weston 98 finished
From Robin Nicholson ... results ...
(1 1920 Micaael Malyon, Bsildon) 8 23:00 Robin Nicholson
(1 4h11:35 Neil Talbot, Ambleside) 65 6h08:40 Brian Melia 84 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... A first finish for Alex Hirst down at Hilly Fields this week. Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:54 unknown) 14 18:49 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 289 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:04 Mark Bryant, Harrogate Harriers) 30 21:01 Tom Worboys 185 26:13 Julie Elmes 379 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:45 Sam Watson, Wharfedale Harriers) 63 27:14 Polly Crawley (junior) 130 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham 1 17:24 Alex Hirst 192 ran
From Jann Smith ... 5.6miles / 1181ft
(1 38:55 Sam Watson, Wharfedale) 3 40:18 Paul Carman 28 50:10 Jann Smith 76 ran
From Val Kerr ... It was fantastic to get five teams out for these relays on Tuesday evening (three men's and two ladies teams). Conditions were perfect for running - sunny and slightly breezy, which kept the midges at bay. There were some great performances especially from Jack Cummings, Dave Wilby (making a return to running after injury) (12th team) and Rosie Darwood, running one of her first races for the club. I was a spare but ran round the course anyway and received much support from the marshalls! The race was won by a team from Pudsey and Bramley. 113 teams took part. Results ...
From Robin Nicholson ... Results ...
(1 65:18 Jonathan Albon, U/A) 46 88:04 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 59 89:33 Robin Nicholson 135 finished
From Sarah Edwards ... For those that don't know the Saunders is a two day event where competitors set off from an event centre somewhere in the lakes on Saturday morning. This year we started at Pooley Bridge. They must navigate through a number of control points to end the day at a mid camp, which was in Deepdale this year. You carry your kit for two days including tent, sleeping bag, stove, food, spare clothes etc, camp overnight Saturday then return to the event centre via an alternative route through Sunday. There are a number of different courses of varying length and difficulty, most of which require you to work as a team of 2. I did the Wansfell (bottom) class this year with my dad. He completed the Joss Naylor challenge last weekend in 13 hours 39 so we thought we'd best stick to the easiest option. The weather was wet and windy on Saturday making for a chilly day in the hill for all. We were lucky to arrive at mid camp at 12.00 noon and avoided the worst of the weather snuggled in our tent. Others were not so lucky. Sarah and John Hayes had a gruelling 8 hour day in Kirkfell class and arrived very cold a wet late in the afternoon. Visibility was pretty good allowing for quick navigation. Sunday dawned much brighter and warmer with beautiful views across the lakes. Dad and I set off 4th in the chasing start and made up a place despite a navigation error that cost us a good 15 mins. We finished 3rd overall. My wife and mum did their first mountain marathon as a team and finished 53rd after some great navigation and effort by both.
From Mary Gibbons ... I agreed to do the Kirkfell Class with my friend Simon Freytag in a moment of madness. Outi Kamarainen and Edward Ingham (Aire) finished 21st overall. They were the fourth mixed pair in 11:09:02. Simon and I were 41st overall and seventh mixed team in 14:16:29.
This was my first mountain marathon: I throughly enjoyed it, despite the unrelenting rain on Day One and falling over on the top of High Street! The exhilarating landscapes and sense of achievement on crossing the line made it memorable. I strongly recommend it. Special thanks to Outi, Alison, Ben and Jack for sound advice (and kit). Your encouragement has been greatly appreciated; we are lucky to have you at the club.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
(1 53:46 Jason Cherriman, Leeds City AC) 102 1:11:10 Rachel Carter 2nd F40 304 1:21:10 David Ibbotson 377 1:24:00 Caroline Howe 475 1:28:53 Donna Hattersley 479 1:29:13 Alex Stanley-Hyde 559 1:33:40 Petra Bijsterveld 821 ran
From Jane McCarthy ...
Dick Waddington, Andrew Merrick and I took on the 110km Ultimate Trails Challenge (second year for Dick and I, Andrew Merrick doing it for the first time to make the 3-strong Harrier 'team') at the weekend. This as a tough, challenging ultra marathon course over (almost) 110km through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District. It includes 6 mountain passes, 5 lakes, 14,000 ft ascent/descent, and with (thank goodness) 8 feed stations. The weather was also challenging this year, with our midnight start shortly preceded with torrential rain that resulted in a 'waterproof trousers on/ trousers off' routine on the start line. This set the tone for most of the next 16 hours, which, while still showcasing our beautiful Lake District, was evenly soggy and boggy aswell. From my own personal viewpoint, it felt harder than last year. Not as much training as I should have done, coupled with a cold last week, and I thought I might pull out early on. But having made it halfway, and being met by Helen (Waddington) who provided hot tea and a restaurant-style selection of food, I started to feel a lot better and decided it would be a bit rubbish not to continue. Especially as Helen was going to be at the rest of the checkpoints, along with lots of friendly supporters giving us a welcome cheer and reassurance that it wasn't too far to go (even though it really was). Andrew, Dick and I stuck together for most of the way which made the whole experience much more enjoyable. Dick ran strongly throughout and Andrew put in an amazing performance for his first time at this sort of distance. I would recommend the event to anyone looking to take on a big distance challenge, but without the stress of navigating. There is also a 55km option, which looking at the relatively fresh and bright finishers coming in amongst the 110km finishers (the 55km having started at 10am) might be worth considering.
(1 12h36:07 Andrew Horrobin, U/A) 42 16h19:09 Jane McCarthy 3rd lady 43 16h19:10 Dick Waddington 49 16h35:22 Andrew Merrick 211 finished
Well done to Tom Adams, 17th overall and part of the Bronze-winning GB team.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... A first finish for Alex Hirst down at Hilly Fields this week. Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:52 Nick Little, U/A) 74 22:05 Harry Stead (junior) 428 ran Harrogate Stray (1 16:59 unknown) 45 21:40 Jann Smith 362 ran Leeds Roundhay Park (1 18:09 unknown) 25 21:27 Tom Worboys 270 ran Hilly Fields Lewisham 1 17:44 Alex Hirst 210 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:00 Jake Ridding U/A) 3 18:24 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 9 20:37 Steve Murray 22 22:50 Robert Budding 26 23:11 Will Worboys 57 25:34 Polly Crawley (junior) 134 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:56 Gary Dunn, Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers) 78 23:39 Norman Bush 302 ran