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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Bradford Millenium Way Relay Sat 28th June ... Please note the date for this is Sunday 28th June and not Saturday !!...
Train ticket to London for marathon ... Hi All!
I have one spare rail ticket to London this weekend. Leave Leeds 6.15 pm on Friday evening, return from Kings Cross 4.35 pm Sunday. Will sell ...
Masters/World Mountain Running Championships Wales Sept 2015 ... The stunning surroundings and challenging terrain of the Snowdonia National Park will play host to a week-long festival of mountain running this Septe...
Anniversary Waltz ... Guys I've sent you an email. I'm going to set off at 8:30 both welcome to join!...
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Sally Malir was 4th in her class. 3:07:36 a new club record for FV50 and also beating her own club F45 record from last year's VLM by 2 minutes. Provisional results ... ....
(1 2:04:42 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya) 2656 3:07:36 Sally Malir 5308 3:25:52 Michael Duffield 6089 3:29:23 Tim Buckingham 11032 3:51:00 David Howe 20711 4:26:44 William Woodhead 26819 4:51:00 Julie Elmes 34451 5:46:58 Abigail Bailey 37,675 finished
From Dan Wilkinson ... Everyone loves the 3 Peaks don't they? Whatever happens with the weather in the preceding week, heat wave, ice age, it will usually be snowing at some point on the day of the 3 Peaks. Today was no different with blizzard conditions reported on Ingleborough by later runners. Despite the weather there was fabulous support for Ilkley on the course from fellow Harriers and others. Brilliant performances all round, notably tremendous PBs for Ben Sheppard, who surprised himself with a 1st class time, John Hayes for going sub 4 and nearly half an hour faster than 2014 and Helen Waddington who smashed 5 hours! I also managed to slice a further 13 minutes off my PB despite suffering what felt like hypothermia, cramp and hallucinations all at the same time on Ingleborough. I was planning a hiatus next year but actually, I think I'll be back!
(1 2:51:42 Ricky Lightfoot, Salomon) 51 3:30:07 Dan Wilkinson 87 3:38:31 Ben Sheppard 172 3:55:07 Dick Waddington 186 3:57:19 John Hayes 200 3:59:00 Jamie Hutchinson 217 4:02:29 Brian Melia 259 4:10:24 Jann Smith 327 4:19:29 Michael Lomas 390 4:26:23 Alison Weston 395 4:27:01 Andrew Merrick 399 4:27:26 Richard Joel 423 4:31:53 Paul Calderbank 483 4:38:36 Steve Weston 578 4:54:54 Helen Waddington 636 5:06:40 Chantal Busby 642 5:10:21 Adela Reperecki 701 finished Timed out: Eleanor Bradley Jane McCarthy
From Jann Smith ... this year's 3 Peaks race felt more like a Bear Grylls style endurance challenge. There were gale force winds, snow blizzards, sleet and heavy rain making the limestone treacherous and the runners soaked to the skin. The support for Ilkey was amazing and so helpful even though a little crazy in those conditions (the Morley family on the top of Whernside in the -4 windchill!) and camaraderie between runners was great. Mild hypothermia set in after the top of Whernside and the fall down Ingleborough was inevitable. There were some great performances from Ilkley and some great PB's despite the conditions. Alison Weston was presented her prize for 15 3 x Peaks and Ilkley ladies won 2nd ladies team and I managed 3rd F40.
From Helen Waddington ... Just to say a massive thank you to ALL the Harriers/family members who turned out yesterday to support us all - what an amazing effort given the awful weather conditions. I don't want to name individuals in case I miss anyone out (tricky to make out faces in the mist and rain) but you know who you are!!! It gave us all a huge lift and kept spirits up! Also huge congratulations to Alison Weston who picked up her prize for running 15 races (having finished her 16th yesterday!) and the icing on the cake for me was getting the second place ladies team prize - all thanks of course to Jann and Alison who put in amazing performances. Well done everybody, whatever the time/outcome - and commiserations to Elle and Jane who were not 100%, so even starting the race shows true grit!!!
More from Alison ... Wow, what a weekend for results! Well done to everyone who took part in the 3 Peaks or London Marathon. Lots of brilliant times and PBs. Such a temperature change yesterday with many very cold runners on Whernside and Ingleborough, though Dan was so quick he missed all the sleet. Jann, Helen and I had blue lips for quite some time afterwards. THANK YOU so much to all the Harriers and friends/family of Harriers running who supported, especially Mike Baldwin near the top of Pen-y-ghent and family Morley on top of Whernside, but also to Val, Andy, Jackie (with the cow bell), Dave, Pete, to name only some... The ladies did really well to come 2nd team but best result was definitely Helen's with a magnificent 15 minute PB!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Newcastle (1 17:13 unknown) 178 23:35 Harry Sime 182 23:39 Robert Sime 601 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:19 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 31 21:56 Geoff Howard 161 26:45 Petra Bijsterveld 491 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:18 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC) 2 19:02 Mark Mon-Williams 20 22:24 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 26 23:01 Chris Cunningham 62 26:05 Charlotte Smithson 69 27:10 Archie Budding (junior) 136 ran Lyme (1 18:59 Lucas Parker, Macclesfield Harriers) 48 27:27 Alison Eagle 98 ran
(1 42:07 Bob Addey, on a bike) 2 46:25 Jack Wood equalled record (4 46:59 Dave Wilby, bike) 7 49:15 Alex Sinclair 16 57:24 David Chandler 18 58:15 Duncan Cooper 29 61:57 Paddy Hagan 32 62:39 Mike Baldwin 33 62:41 Will Worboys 36 64:37 Paul Stephens 46 69:00 Sarah Hayes 51 73;14 Keith Wood 52 73:26 Rose Hagan 57 82:53 Sheena Pikersgill 60 85:30 Rachel Hagan 61 finished
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From Alex Hyde ... First ever marathon ran yesterday, coming in at 4:48:15 6839th out of 7805. Was going great guns and hoping to get inside 4.15 until hitting the wall like a sledgehammer at 20 miles!! Fantastic atmosphere and amazing sense of achievement though and if anyone is contemplating running their first marathon .... go for it!!
Dan Wilkinsion reports ... The Anniversary Waltz is an 11.5M race with 3,700ft of climbing around the beautiful Newlands Horseshoe. A spectacular day for racing - a fine spring day with clear blue skies. Studying the entry list I was convinced this race would turn into a battle between Jack Smith and Jack Wood and they didn't disappoint. We watched from the chasing group as they disappeared off into the horizon. Jack was a little tentative as he was leading but didn't know the racing lines, eventually it came down to a sprint for the line with our Jack winning by 13 seconds. A brilliant achievement and a great reflection of the hard work he has put in getting back into form over the last 9 months. I also found some decent form after recent setbacks and finished 6th. For anyone who hasn't tried fell racing in the Lakes this is a superb place to start in my opinion, apart from the steep climb up Robinson the route is generally grassy or not too harsh underfoot and much less daunting than some of the longer races. Plus the views are spectacular, there is plenty off support on course from the tourists on Catbells and there is free chilli and beer at the finish. A brilliant day out (PS Jack's vest was still in the wash from the Bunny Run!)
1 1:41:47 Jack Wood 6 1:48:52 Dan Wilkinson 187 3:36:34 John Pickering 191 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Having studied the Harrier entries beforehand I knew I would definitely be the last Harrier home in this race, but hey, someone has to be. Despite this being a local race I had never run it, and I found it quite tough. A lot of up and down, and underfoot it is a pretty relentless mixture of tree roots and small rocks, not my forte. I almost yearned for the tedium of the canalside stretch you get in the Guiseley Gallop or the Baildon Boundary Way, which make up the other 2 events in this 3 race series. However, I did enjoy it, the weather was glorious, there was an abundance of cheerful marshals to guide us through the woods, a drinks station half way, and a bottle of Meanwood Meander ale for all finishers. There were particularly strong performances from Steve Coy (22nd), Jamie Hutchinson (28th), Steve Weston (34th) and Nick Pearce (40th). Results ...
(1 41:36 Jonathan Wills, Leeds City) 22 47:39 Stephen Coy 28 48:48 Jamie Hutchinson 34 50:04 Steve Weston 40 50:38 Nicholas Pearce 161 59:29 Neil Bloor 169 59:54 Tom Worboys 209 63:19 Sarah Hayes 235 65:14 Harry Sime 236 65:18 Robert Sime 267 68:11 Bethany Bloor 301 71:27 Petra Bijsterveld 385 finished
Well done to Lucy and Joanne Williamson, Gold & Silver medallists in FU18. Jemima Elgood took U16 Silver, and Euan Brennan U14 Bronze, in some very competitive races. Champions! More on the Woodentops site.
Sue Morley reports ... I had a good race over a somewhat complicated but well marked route with 450m of climb over 9k taking LV 60 prize behind Sally Newman who took 1st Lady.
(1 40;36 Jack Willis, Middlesborough and Cleveland) 74 71:30 Sue Morley
Geoff Howard reports ...the reuslts of the 5k races at Barrowford in a stiff wind were:
Race A: (1 15:08 Chris Livesey, Preston Harriers) 23 18:05 Ruaridh Mon-Williams Race B: (1 16:59 Kevin Hunt, Preston Harriers) 13 19:13 Mark Iley 21 20:55 Geoffrey Howard
From Petra Bijsterveld ... A win this week at Skipton for Mark Mon-Williams, followed by junior Oscar Stapleton in second place. Tom Worboys ran at Woodhouse Moor and followed it with the Meanwood Valley Trail, a good morning's running! Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:39 Thomas Hughes, U/A) 65 22:19 Tom Worboys 400 39:31 Abbie Reynier (junior) 404 ran Skipton Aireville Park 1 18:23 Mark Mon-Williams 2 18:09 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 24 22:41 Chris Cunningham 52 25:12 Charlotte Smithson 130 ran Fountains Abbey 1 17:09 Daniel Holdsworth (Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers) 101 26:50 Eve Whitaker 102 26:58 Helene Whitaker 222 ran
Sad to hear that Rob Templeman has passed away: Rob was an active member of the Club in its early days, Club Treasurer, and sponsor of the Ilkley Moor fell race.
|Val Kerr||Dales Way Relay organisation||Other nominations were:|
Neil Chapman - leading Winter training sessions
Petra Bijsterveld - Twitter feed
Steve Weston - organsing men's Northern Road Relay team
Kate Archer - Flower Scar and Fell Champ s points
Ben Sheppard - Blubberhouses and Haworth Hobble
Helen Waddington - PB at Wilmslow 1/2
Sally Malir - Thirsk 10
Brian Melia -Edale Skyline, Haworth Hobble etc
|Lucy Williamson||Yorkshire U23 Fell Championship U23 Silver|
The sun shone for the finale of the 2015 Bunny series, Tom Adams continued his winning Egg Stage for the 15th time and the individual race for the ninth time. Tom will once again feature on next years Bunny Beer label by retaining the series title with three wins. Results, and photos
1 15:02 Tom Adams 5 15:54 Jack Wood 27 17:58 Michael Howard 31 18:16 Cameron Reilly (junior) 38 18:39 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 56 19:24 Richard Joel 71 20:00 Harry Barker (junior) 82 20:26 Lucy Williamson 95 20:51 Malcolm Pickering 98 21:00 Arthur Reilly 105 21:18 Jann Smith 1st F40 109 21:41 Charlie Tiger Smith 128 22:25 James Pickering 136 22:45 Jamie Partovi 142 23:06 Edward Bickerdike 149 23:21 Nicky Hopwood 159 24:02 Andrew Jackson 167 24:11 Nea Weston (junior) 193 25:13 Allison Ricci 207 25:47 Peter Lewis 254 28:24 Sue Williamson 255 28:26 Sophie Brown 260 29:02 Sally Wright 261 29:10 Julie Elmes 267 29:48 Anna Pickering 268 29:53 Christine Reilly 272 30:22 Angel Smith (junior) 283 finished
From Andrew Sheldon... The Sheffield Half Marathon took place on Sunday morning. It's a new course from previous years, which after a couple of miles on the flat then starts a long climb up to the 5 mile mark out on the hills by Ringinglow. There was a facing wind all the way and beyond to the 6.5 mile mark, then a welcome turn back and downhill on the main road. One more turn for home at 8 miles in the village of Dore, then at 11 miles it's a welcome downhill return with a couple more miles flat run in to the finish.
So a challenging course, and four Harriers took part.
Alex Hirst ran 1:23:27 to earn 54th place (chip time) out of 6014 finishers.
Philip Hirst ran 1:40:59 for 24th in category, Sally Lynch ran 2:16:44, congrats there as this was no PB course, that's an average of well under 10.5 minutes per mile, hard working especially as the wind became stronger and colder as the race progressed.
I figured to start in the 01:40 pen, and so was pleased to get back in 01:41:06 which is fine for where am at just now. Personally speaking, really enjoyed being out there, running a sensible race, paying attention to form, thinking about those Thursday night coached sessions and what we learn there. And the buzz of roads lined with cheering spectators for much of the course. This, combined with the vibe of the Northern Vets team event last month, I find very motivating.
(1 1:13:20 Dave Archer, Hallamshire Harriers) 54 1:23:27 Alex Hirst 931 1:40:59 Philip Hirst 943 1:41:06 Andrew Sheldon 4815 2:16:44 Sally Lynch 6014 finished
From Steph Fox ... 10 Harriers turned out for the Baildon multi terrain half marathon on a dull Sunday morning. The weather threatened rain throughout the race, but it thankfully failed to properly provide the deluge we were expecting. There was a slight breeze in the air along the canal, of which the path seemed endless and even I began to crave a hill just to enjoy some rest-bite from the the monotony. Once the hills appeared - so did a little more wind, but I found it in our favour for some of the way and even managed to finish the race with a smile on my face. Some fantastic times - and possibly some PB'S but not sure. Kate Archer came second female - well done to her. Results ...
(1 1:17:23 Frank Beresford, Otley AC) 45 1:39:15 Andrew Merrick 47 1:39:36 Kate Archer 133 1:52:57 Neil Bloor 161 1:56:38 Will Worboys 166 1:57:33 Jean Sullivan 187 2:01:11 Andrew Wilson 191 2:01:50 Adela Reperecki 198 2:04:00 Stephanie Fox 276 2:19:08 Paul Sugden 278 2:19:14 Sue Bickerdike 320 ran
Will Buckton reports ... Five Ilkley Harriers made the trip to Braithwaite for the Coledale Horseshoe. The AM 13.7km/915 route was changed due to ice on Eel Crag to an 11km route with extra ascent, still taking in the Wainwright summits of Grisedale Pike and Barrow. Dave Wilby was first home for Ilkley in 22nd overall, less than a minute behind Steve Birkinshaw who recently completed all the Wainwrights in o
(1 1h06:49 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough AC) 22 1h17:44 Dave Wilby 55 1h25:35 Dan Wilkinson 112 1h34:17 David Chandler 215 1h53:48 Will Buckton 234 2h00:53 Jamie Partovi 249 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Some brilliant parkrun results this week with a win at Skipton for Steve Coy, followed closely by a whole gang of felllow Harriers, and 1st female positions for Lucy Williamson at Skipton and Georgia Malir at Woodhouse Moor. Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 17:14 Paul O'Callaghan, Tadworth AC) 9 18:17 Georgia Malir 1st F 21 19:33 Cameron Reilly (junior) 29 19:58 Arthur Reilly 32 20:09 Sally Malir 3rd F 325 ran Colchester Castle (1 17:20 Gareth Williams, U/A) 6 19:22 David Brown 61 23:48 Rosalind Brown 279 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:01 unknown) 115 25:50 Julie Elmes 277 ran Skipton Aireville Park 1 18:19 Steve Coy 4 19:00 Mark Mon-Williams 6 19:38 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 10 20:24 Dominic Coy (junior) 12 21:02 Lucy Williamson 1st F 37 23:32 Archie Budding (junior) 65 27:19 Sue Williamson 136 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:24 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers) 55 23:18 Norman Bush 233 ran
In complete contrast to last week it was a balmy sunny evening on Penistone Hill, Tom Adams once again won, recording his 14th Egg Stage and 8th overall win, from 302 runners. Jann Smith was 1st F40. Results, and photos
1 14:59 Tom Adams 5 16:13 Jack Wood 18 17:17 Euan Brennan (junior) 37 18:35 Cameron Reilly (junior) 45 18:56 Jemima Elgood (junior) 56 19:23 James Pickering (junior) 58 19:28 Sarah Pickering (junior) 73 20:08 Harry Barker (junior) 80 20:23 Lucy Williamson 97 21:02 Lucy Jacques (junior) 98 21:03 Malcolm Pickering 102 21:13 Arthur Reilly 106 21:20 Jann Smith 150 23:14 Joanne Williamson 154 23:33 Nicky Hopwood 176 24:16 Nea Weston (junior) 205 25:31 Allison Ricci 232 27:03 Sue Morley 243 27:56 Angel Smith (junior) 263 28:58 Sue Williamson 264 28:58 Eric Morley 275 29:33 Sally Wright 276 29:37 Sophie Brown 291 31:07 Anna Pickering 292 31:17 Christine Reilly 302 finished
From John Hayes ... It was great to see so many Harriers out in the glorious Easter sunshine for this one. I hadn't done it before so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The route is fast in places but the last part involves a muddy climb across Esholt Woods. Gratifyingly, it was then that I managed to overtake all the runners who had whizzed past me on the flatter bits of the course.
(1 36:08 Frank Beresford, Otley) 35 42:32 Rob Cunningham 43 43:15 John Hayes 87 46:08 David Chandler 94 46:33 Duncan Cooper 106 47:15 Dave Robson 163 50:32 Philip Hirst 206 52:52 Will Worboys 213 53:18 Neil Bloor 217 53:22 Hannah Partner 246 54:47 Sarah Hayes 247 54:51 Adela Reperecki 259 55:37 Jean Sullivan 267 56:05 Jamie Partovi 288 56:45 Robert Meadows 301 57:19 Will Buckton 303 57:26 Peter Lewis 333 58:58 Bethany Bloor 363 60:42 Paul Sugden 364 60:44 Sharon Meadows 383 61:49 Petra Bijsterveld 389 62:16 Eric Morley 390 62:18 Sue Morley 408 63:17 Amanda Newham 411 63:38 Julie Elmes 414 63:46 Hilda Coulsey 472 67:18 Sue Williamson 615 finished
From Martin Wright ... This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter and Phil Hirst cannily played a wildcard from Parkrun and is now top of the League.
(1 32:40 Tim Addison, Helm Hill Runners) 99 45:21 Kate Archer 217 53:19 Jamie Partovi 291 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor Leeds (1 16:55 Daniel Fisher, Valley Striders) 25 19:39 Cameron Reilly (junior) 91 23:45 Harry Stead (junior) 361 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:41 Carl Kernick, U/A) 39 22:22 Phil Hirst 42 22:29 Joe Reynier (junior) 127 26:09 Alex Hyde 432 39:03 Abbie Reynier (junior) 471 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 16:48 Julian Hood, Skipton AC) 8 19:47 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 9 19:53 David Brown 140 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:11 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 15 19:30 David Schneider 81 23:43 Jonathan Schneider 109 25:17 Alison Eagle 172 28:20 Fiona Schneider 306 ran
From Mark Iley ... 2 Harriers made the start line for this popular fast 2 lap 10k..a dreary morning affected times and they were a little slower than last year's.
(1 30:40 Gareth Raven) 151 39:18 Mark Iley 282 44:58 Harry Sime 545 ran
A good win for Tom Adams (his 7th Bunny win, and 13th 'Egg Stage' win) and Jemima Elgood 3rd lady Results, and photos
1 15:57 Tom Adams 30 19:52 Cameron Reilly (junior) 33 20:02 Jemima Elgood (junior) 40 20:17 Robbie Matthews (junior) 48 20:35 James Pickering (junior) 50 20:47 Sarah Pickering (junior) 56 21:03 Dom Coy (junior) 71 21:45 Lucy Williamson 83 22:35 Harry Barker (junior) 88 22:43 Malcolm Pickering 99 23:03 Arthur Reilly 136 25:09 Nea Weston 185 28:03 Gaenor Coy 211 30:43 Julie Elmes 214 31:07 Anna Pickering 221 31:35 Angel Smith (junior) 226 32:08 Christine Reilly 228 32:28 Sally Pickering 236 finished
From Justin Phillips ... I won a place to take part in this event and having a serious race to focus on for the first time in ages has provided some much needed motivation and I've really enjoyed 'training' towards a goal again.
Conditions were cool and soggy but importantly wind free. The flat course wound its way through the city, looped around Sefton Park and then dropped onto the promenade alongside the Mersey at mile 8 leading to a fast 5 mile charge in to the finish at the Albert Dock.
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I'd highly recommend this event to anyone, especially if you need an excuse to spend a weekend sightseeing (and eating/shopping) in Liverpool.
Now onwards to the serious business of my first ever road Marathon in Blackpool on the 26th April..
(1 1:08:48 Paul Martelletti, Run Fast) 151 1:26:06 Justin Phillips 4,986 ran
From Ben Sheppard ... this local LDWA event is typically low key, friendly and very good value (£7 for 24 miles, food en route and a meal at the finish). It's also a good opportunity to get s few training miles in and test your race fitness if you're training for the 3 Peaks or and other long or challenging races later in the spring. Harriers spotted include Amanda Parnaby and Mike Baldwin; Alison Weston didn't seem to be far behind the first female finisher; Elle Bradley and Sarah Hayes ran together, Sarah taking a stupendous 49 (forty nine!) minutes off last year's time; and John Hayes pushed the pace from the off, perfectly pacing the two of us to 4th and 5th, a few minutes faster than my 2014 time in spite the blustery and boggy going.
(1= 3:21 Andrew Dobby 1= 3:21 Liam Dunne 4 3:24 Ben Sheppard 5 3:27 John Hayes 30 4:06 Mike Baldwin 35 4:11 Alison Weston 4th lady 56 4:40 Sarah Hayes 57 4:40 Eleanor Bradley 86 5:19 Lynn Donohue 87 5:19 Keith Wood 90 5:21 Adela Reperecki 101 5:34 Helene Whitaker 106 5:40 Eddie Winslow 124 6:46 Amanda Parnaby 164 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Three Harriers found themselves at Honley this morning for the first of the 2015 Yorkshire Veterans' series. On what was on the whole a wet and windy Sunday we managed to run in a dry and still hour. The 6 mile hilly course is multi-terrain and consisted of woodland paths, fields and just a little road, and after the overnight rain there was a lot of lovely squelchy mud. The race was well organized by Holmfirth Harriers with lots of friendly and encouraging marshals.
Alison Eagle ran very well in her first race back after a lengthy lay-off, and Phil Hirst showed true grit by racing well after running the Northern Road Relays yesterday, his club vest still being in the washing machine! I was the last Harrier back but happy with my effort and my time.
Women (1 47:09 Anne Johnson, Stainland) 19 57:07 Alison Eagle 32 64:05 Petra Bijsterveld 55 ran Men (1 37:36 Gavin Mulholland, Stainland) 69 54:54 Phil Hirst 118 ran
From Brian Melia ...
Don Morrison's Edale Skyline is a very special, if difficult race. Added to that today was the atrocious weather and bog after bog. The organiser mentioned -12 degrees wind chill?
The route is 21 miles with 1373m of climb ... feels like more to me!! going to:
Win Hill Summit
Follow the marshals instructions on new route via Hope Brink
Hope (Edale road)
Lose Hill Summit Mam Tor
Mam Nick road crossing
Stile on Rushup Edge
Times were slow. I felt sluggish over the first half, but started to come alive after Brown Knoll. There was a couple of incidents I was involved in, one of note. Coming through a very windy, poor visibility section in deep bogs I heard cries of help, eventually I spotted a runner in trouble, the two runners beside me looked up, but seemed to think I should go, they carried on. I went to see what had happened and the runner was stuck in a bog very deep indeed. I was a few feet above him on a rock so I grabbed him under the arms and pulled, but I could not move him, luckily another runner was passing who I called and he immediately came to help, however, we both could not move him and the a third arrived, thankfully we pulled him free and he set off. It probably was no more than a few minutes, but from there on in I was trying to catch up lost places, I think I managed. Thinking about this later I was a little saddened that my fellow runners felt that this situation was under control when it evidentially was not. Fell running is a beautiful sport, but in in some circumstances has to come second when attending an incident however serious or minor. I thought about putting an official complaint in, but I hope that this was just a misunderstanding on these other runners.The ones who did help were commendable. I ran by another runner being attended by two runners ahead of me only a few hundred metres further on the same stretch, I enquired if they needed any help, but they were fine.
In most fell races incidents are few and thankfully far between, but when there is an incident, your race must stop if you need to assist after that then you can resume ... common sense really and something to think about when you are in the fells racing.It may be you or me in difficulty!
I think just two Harriers finished tbc
I was 4hrs 8 mins 15 sec(101st) Richard Joel was 4 hrs 17 mins 1 sec.(119th)
An exciting day in the Peaks as always!!
Jack Wood adds ... A day to forget for me and Will as we both pulled out of a wet and wild Edale Skyline. Will climbed the Ringing Roger with intent but when he got to the top he realised he'd forgotten to have his daily dose of ale, so went back down to find a pub. I made it a little further but a combination of setting off too quickly and putting my jacket on too late meant I was going slow and getting cold after 2.30 hours and decided to call it a day. The journey back was spent reflecting that we should find some shorter races to do in the future...In what was a short race for Brian Melia, he finished strongly with Richard Joel not far behind.
From Richard Joel ... I grunted my way around the Edale Skyline yesterday - the first time I'd done the race however I know the area as I grew up in Derbyshire. The first half of the race was ok but I started to get tired after Lose Hill. My mind was however taken off the tiredness by the worsening weather conditions - hood up and head down.
Like Brian I also helped a fellow runner pull another guy out of the bogs at Brown Knoll - in it to his waist. He was so happy to get out and find he'd still got a fell shoe on each foot!!
I started to get quite cold towards the end and was over the moon to see the decent down Ringing Roger to Edale. I managed to lose my footing at the top of the final field and roll around in the mud for dramatic effect!!
Dark Peak's organisation of this race was excellent and safety rightly at the top of their agenda. I take my hat off to the marshalls out on the course all day - especially the poor guys up on Ringing Roger (the washing machine).
The food at the end in the nice warm Village Hall was excellent, however by this stage I'd have happily chewed on cardboard if it was warm.
Alex Hirst finished 8th in 1:23:49
From Steve Weston ... Fantastic team performance by all at the Northern Road Relays. A great day in Liverpool in very good running conditions despite monsoon on the way out. The Northern Road Relays are a brilliant, surprisingly low key event that offer fantastic entertainment. There were some stars there Steve Cram, IMFR record holder Emma Clayton, Rachel Bamford. The quality at the top end of the end was incredible with Leeds, Liverpool and Morpeth trading places throughout the race and Leeds ending up on top (But as Chris Reilly said "they all look like students".
(Arthur you'll love this) You can see by the fact that out team position was better than any of our individual leg positions that we had a very balanced team. Our placing does not give justice to the quality we had yesterday Everybody ran their socks off to finish under 4 hours and avoid the mass start, we even lapped some teams twice!
To a man everybody had a great time and all decided that we should make a commitment to next year's race. I see this year's race very much as a stepping stone to further glory. There were good runners who had scheduling conflicts and we have younger runners coming up from the juniors who will be eligible next year.
In 2016 I would like Ilkley Harriers to put in two male teams at least one of which could be competitive for the top 25 places to qualify for the nationals. (as for the ladies they should be putting in at least three teams!)
A huge thanks to everybody who ran, Pete Shields for coaching and support and the Coy family and Christine Reilly for moral support.
50 Ilkley Harriers AC 3:58:38 (Out of 66 complete teams) Mark Mon-Williams (64) 29:29 Mark Iley (63) 14:55 Robert Cunningham (63) 29:12 Dan Wilkinson (55) 13:11 Steven Weston (55) 28:48 Adrian Bastow (55) 15:33 Stephen Coy (56) 28:42 Nick Pearce (56) 15:16 Philip Hirst (56) 16:57 Ben Joynson (56) 15:27 Andrew Sheldon (56) 15:46 Arthur Reilly (51) 15:22
From Pete Shields ... the day started pretty bleak for all the relay runners who left Ilkley on Saturday heading for Liverpool, the weather blew a Hooley and the rain was torrential but as the team got closer to the venue the sky opened, brightness prevailed and it was warm!
Steve had done a great job getting a team together, there had been no need for a late press gang touring the streets of Ilkley looking for runners, we had twelve very keen and enthusiastic club runners plus four adults and two child supporters raring to go.
Mark Mon-Williams started Ilkley's affairs off and handled the first long leg in his usual dogged style, (having not been to well in recent weeks made his run even more impressive). It's not easy running the first leg on such an athletic stage which can put you through many stages of anxiety before the gun goes off. Mark handled this with ease. The Twelve Stage Relay consists of twelve individual legs divided into four long legs of 4.9 miles and eight short legs of 2.8 miles. The long legs are run alternatively with the short legs until completed. Our long leg runners were Mark, Steve Weston, Rob Cunningham and Steve Coy, all ran consistently well, in fact, as a bit of a running anorak and having the opportunity of watching them at several points on the course I was duly impressed with their form (see the pics on the Facebook IH group page).
The course consisted of two laps for the long leg and one lap for the short leg. The course undulated but was fast and what little climb there was would have felt like Everest for the efforts the team put in.
Mark Iley took over from Mark on the second leg, the first of the short legs. Mark is a very tough competitor and works extremely hard at his running and this was how he attacked this leg: He set the standard for the other seven short leg runners, Daniel Wilkinson, Adrian Bastow, the evervescent Nick Pearce, the fabulous Phil Hirst, the all rounder Ben Joynson, Andy Sheldon and on the glory leg Arthur Reilly, who a lot of you won't know was are ally fast miler in his younger days (that's not to say he is old now!).
The Ilkley Team finished in 50th position with a time of 3.58.38, a great result for a great team, well done.
Those that have not experienced a road relay should really consider giving them a try. Running is pretty much an individual pursuit and the relay experience brings in a whole new aspect to your running. You immediately become part of a group which brings together a great cohesion, you interact at different levels with people you do know but not in such a pressurised but supportive situation. There is also the added aspects of competitiveness be it against other teams, your team members or yourself, putting all this in the mix is or can be quite an addictive experience and one that should be on everyone's tick box.
These relay's although they sound quite important i.e. The Nationals or The Northern Counties they do have their elite aspects to them but are also very much for everyone and make no mistake all those that compete go through the same anxieties, fear and nervousness, it's all part of the relay experience.
On what was a very busy day at Liverpool there were moments where the team had the opportunity to converse, there was much reflection as to why it is difficult to raise teams for events like this, especially as everyone commented at the great feeling they got when having completed in one. Steve put a great deal of effort into getting this one together and is really keen to do it again, give it some thought for next time, support Steve and the club.
Finally, there were more than the twelve runners in the team yesterday, Gaenor and family travelled to all parts of the course cheering the team on, Mrs Reilly was equally as supportive as was myself: jealously egging them on.
Once again well done Mark Mon-Williams, Mark Iley, Rob Cunningham, Dan Wilkinson, Steve Weston, Adrian Bastow, Steve Coy, Nick Pearce, Phil Hirst, Ben Joynson, Andrew Sheldon, Arthur Reilly. You did the club proud.
From Will Buckton ... BM 13.2km/425m Wet and windy conditions on Boulsworth Fell and boggy underfoot so the race lived up to its name. A new improved route on the descent from last time I did the race two years ago. I won an Easter egg spot prize! Results ...
(1 55:32 Stuart Fogg, Wharfedale) 64 1h23:54 Will Buckton 74 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:23 Alex Pagdin, Skyrac AC) 18 19:48 Sally Malir 1st F 350 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:18 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers) 148 26:41 Eric Morley 153 26:59 Petra Bijsterveld 334 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:48 unknown) 3 20:14 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 119 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:19 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 57 23:24 Norman Bush 217 ran
From Helen Waddington ... Three Hariers made the trip to sunny Cheshire this morning. A perfect day for this pretty and undulating but fast course. Rob Cunningham did an amazing time of 1:23:29 and finished well inside in the top 200. I really enjoyed my first road half marathon and was pleased to be under my target of 1:45. Andrew probably slightly under-performing today due to a dodgy calf but still quicker than last year. Results ...
(1 1:04:57 Ben Siwa) 178 1:23:29 Rob Cunningham 1129 1:41:11 Andrew McCarthy 1151 1:41:42 Helen Waddington 4107 finished
Big thanks to Neil's Saturday morning hard run session crew and Jane's speed sessions - invaluable training!
(1 48:45 Jonathan Taylor, Morpeth) 143 65:10 Sally Malir 1st F50 251 70:03 Ben Joynson 1058 runners
(1 50:46 Craig Shearer, KCAC) 26 60:41 Duncan Cooper 27 61:31 Michael Lomas 76 80:39 Sue Morley 90 ran
From Sarah Edwards ... A beautiful day for Heptonstall fell race; sun was shining and the views magnificent. Set off wearing long sleeve top and running tights...mistake! Had to roll up the tights and switch to just my harriers vest. First time this year...spring is definitely here. Brilliant race, great organisation, tougher than I expected and well worth the trip.
(1 1:47:15 Ben Mounsey, CVFR) 36 2:18:18 Steve Turland 42 2:19:48 Jamie Hutchinson 194 3:13:37 Sarah Edwards 227 finished
From Val Kerr ... An eventful but good day out in the South Lakes/Dales for the 2015 Dales Way Relay. Twenty-three club members took part, safely transporting the Bowness pebble back to Ilkley (where it will soon find a home in the river). Weather was good with sunshine all day, but a cold wind. A more detailed report will follow in the next newsletter but briefly:
Start 5.00 am.
Legs 1 and 2 (Bowness to Crook of Lune): Andrew Sheldon and Andrew Merrick bravely took on these difficult two legs in the dark and rather unfortunately found themselves exploring parts of the southern Lake District they were not intended to visit ! After an SOS phone call they were picked up and put back on course to run the last mile of their leg.
Legs 3 and 4 (Crook of Lune to Dent): Jack Wood took on these two legs by himself and set a very fast pace, finishing 10 minutes earlier than my predicted handover time for leg 5.
Leg 5 (Dent to Holme Hill): This was run, again in super fast time, by David C, Dick Waddington and Jane McCarthy who handed over 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
Legs 6 and 7 (Holme Hill to Buckden): Jann Smith and Paul had already run from Buckden to Holme Hill for the start of this leg and were then joined by Paddy Hagan for the run back to Buckden. Despite running about 25 miles, Jann and Paul looked as fresh as daisies at the end and the DWR was 40 minutes ahead of schedule by the end of this leg.
Legs 8, 9 and 10 (Buckden to Burnsall): Here the big groups took over with Petra B, Dave Ibbotson, Lynn Donohue, Keith Wood, Paul Sugden, Stuart Herrington, Jan Carrier, Tim Ratcliff, Alex Lewis and Sarah Hayes running leg 8, Hilda Coulsey joining them for legs 9 and 10, and Dave I, Lynn D, Keith W, Paul S, Stuart H, Jan C, Tim R joined by Sue Williamson completing leg 10. I hope the two people who suffered falls on these legs have no lasting injuries.
Legs 11 and 12 (Burnsall to Bolton Abbey): Unfortunately Andrew Jackson had to run these two legs by himself as I was unable to join him for leg 12 due to the break in of my car (see forum post).
Leg 13 (Bolton Abbey to Ilkley): Andrew had company from Sally Wright for the last leg back into Ilkley and the pair finished just in time to join a small group of us in the TAPS for a celebration drink.
Finish 7:40 pm.
Well done to Val on reviving this super club event (last run in 2012).
Lots more photos on the Facebook group page.
From Caz Farrow ... a few of us went to do Coniston 14, I was 5th female. Great weather, beautiful course, pretty 'undulating'! Results soon.
From Brian Melia ... What a fabulous event this is now becoming ... yes,I realise the pull was west with the Dalesway relay, but this is very special running country in the East, mainly on the Cleveland way. Beautifully organised by Jonathan and Shirley Steele. It was full this year. My pal Jamie was going to help me, but home chores ruled the Saturday so I was left to run solo!! The route takes in Roseberry Topping, Cook's Monument, Lord Stones, Osmotherley and a beautiful trot round to The White Horse at Sutton Bank and back to Hemsley. I managed to finish without need to use the head torch which is good for your time, but running a race at night is still very magical, I would recommend this race and others in the series.
I ran really well finishing 1 hour faster than last year in 9 hrs 24 mins (tbc) I was 25th overall out of 350. So I was delighted with the performance as I ran well within my comfort zone for now and I have no injury issues.
The Hardmoors series of events are worth a view www.hardmoors110.org.uk. Jonathan and Shirley put a lot of thought into these events and they are now definitely worth a look especially if you are looking at running longer than marathon distance.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 17:08 Adam Simpson, U/A) 110 24:00 John Marshall 366 ran York (1 17:01 Andy Smith, Pudsey and Bramley AC) 35 20:55 Geoff Howard 381 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:16 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 53 23:13 Tom Worboys 461 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:05 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers) 10 19:55 Michael Lomas 277 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 17:06 Edward Evans, Wharfedale Harriers) 3 19:30 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 90 28:58 Fiona Schneider 148 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:49 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 53 23:53 Norman Bush 186 ran
Well done to Shirley Wood, leader of our brilliant junior section, who has won an award for "Community Involvement - encouraging sporting activity".
From David Green ... Results ...
(1 34:17 Craig Shearer) 130 45:06 Joe Reynier 177 46:37 Will Worboys 245 48:58 Chris Cunningham 251 49:08 David Green 250 49:05 Jan Carrier 307 51:10 Ros Brown 1047 finished
From Geoff Howard... Pete Shields and I competed in the Seatshop 10 mile race along the promenade at Bispham in somewhat exposed conditiions. The winner was David Rigby of Preston Harriers in 52m 50s. I was 75th in 70m 37s (which I believe creates a Club Record for V70) and Pete was 143rd in 80m 14s despite claiming that he was going to run at the back - 274 ran. Results
From Steve Newell... There were only 3 Harriers who ventured over to Nelson on Saturday evening for the latest of the Podium 5k series around the cycle track. The flat, tarmac course brings some very fast runners to the A Race, with Chris Livesey from Preston winning in 14:46. Matt Newell won the B race with a PB of 17:04. Mark Iley finished 10th in 18:47 and I finished 12th with a PB of 19:18
From Ben Sheppard... billed as 32 miles traversing gritstone moors around Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge with 4,400 ft of ascent. The route is a scenic, challenging mix of terrains, punctuated with jam donuts and broken biscuits at the food stops (chorizo and dry roasted nuts a welcome variation at the final one with four miles to go). Amanda Parnaby looked to be going great guns; Brian Melia and Jamie Hutchinson ran as a pair thirty minutes faster than last year, coming in around 5 hrs 30; and I shaved quarter of an hour off my 2014 time thanks to the chorizo boost. It was won in an impressive time of 4:08.
Photos on woodentops.org.uk
(1 4:09:19 Chris Singletion, Trawden) 43 5:15:11 Ben Sheppard 88 5:36:36 Jamie Hutchinson, Brian Melia 308 9:21:22 Amanda Parnaby 325 completed
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Harrogate Stray (1 17:57 Jack Brennan, Harrogate Harriers) 112 26:03 Eric Morley 317 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:34, unknown) 3 19:13 Oscar Stapleton (junior) PB 52 24:41 Archie Budding (junior) 117 ran
From Eric Morley ... This race is classified BM having 853 ft of climb over 6.4 miles. On the open windswept moors there results were:
(1 48:30 Clive Fitzpatrick, U/A 12 54:06 Steve Turland 113 78:37 Sue Morley
(1 34:54 Frank Beresford, Otley) 29 41:10 Rob Cunningham 53 43:02 David Chandler 190 48:04 Kevin Lawson 332 50:32 Harry Sime 333 50:33 Robert Sime 368 51:54 Chris Cunningham 395 52:47 John Marshall 1290 63:13 Catriona Hawthorn 1845 finished
Women (1 44:23 Annie Coneway, Ambleside) 28 54:18 Kate Archer 37 55:52 Jann Smith 65 59:40 Lucy Williamson 116 67:45 Joanne Williamson 148 finished Men (1 38:39 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 63 45:27 Dan Wilkinson 212 54:07 Duncan Cooper 325 finished
From John Hayes ... The scenery on this 25 mile loop starting and finishing near Grassington is lovely, in particular the high sections from Rylstone to Barden Bridge and then up Trollers Gill. I last did the event a few years ago and remember feeling dreadful running back up the valley to the finish. This year the last few miles didn't seem quite so tough but I was still mighty relieved to see the finish! Many thanks to the organisers and marshalls and well done to all Harriers who did it. Hope your post-race legs aren't quite as achy as mine! Results ...
(1 2:57:01 Andrew Grant, Harrogate) 12 3:24:35 Dick Waddington 28 3:39:06 John Hayes 29 3:39:15 Jamie Hutchinson 56 3:55:17 Mike Baldwin 58 3:55:48 Alison Weston 91 4:19:22 Adela Reperecki 121 4:33:04 John Coates 161 4:53:29 Neil Bloor 177 5:11:52 Sharon Meadows 226 finished 12 mile Half Trot (1 1:25:33 Mick Dobson, Trawden) 7 1:37:59 Adrian Hall 8 1:37:59 Paul Calderbank 55 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Cardiff (1 16:10 Tom Norris, Notts AC) 25 18:28 Mark Mon-Williams 672 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:46 Paul Clegg, Bingley Harriers) 427 41:27 Abbie Reynier (junior) 509 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:08 David Driver, Hyde Park Harriers) 125 25:44 Eve Whittaker (junior) 129 25:47 Helene Whittaker 151 26:38 Julie Elmes 339 ran Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:44 James Mountain, U/A) 2 20:34 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 43 23:56 Chris Cunningham 143 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:42 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 37 21:17 Geoffrey Howard 256 ran
74 teams of Primary School youngsters, 200+ runners, had their annual taste of xc relay running, followed by the presentation of the individual awards from this year's Wharfedale Primary Sports XC League. More on the junior pages
From Steve Coy ... On a very windy day with changeable weather the final PECO of the year was run for the 1st time at this fantastic location. The course was not flat and the headwind at times made it a tough course but the ground underfoot was well drained meaning it was a great course up and down and around the grounds of Roundhay.
For the men we had Steve Coy, Ben Joynson, Eric Morley and Don Macrae running and in the ladies Nicky Hopwood, Gaenor Coy, Petra Bijsterveld, Julie Elmes, Christine Reilly and Claire Shouler.
Some great results for the juniors in both races too. Prize giving and relays will end the series.
Results c/o Petra ...
Men (1 25:13 Jonathan Wills, Leeds City AC) 32 28:12 Stephen Coy 135 32:02 Ben Joynson 336 43:37 Eric Morley 345 45:04 Don MacRae 356 ran Women (1 29:05 Becky Penty, York Tri Club) 48 36:11 Nicky Hopwood 117 40:43 Gaenor Coy 147 41:55 Petra Bijsterveld 174 43:39 Julie Elmes 231 49:28 Christine Reilly 250 59:25 Claire Shouler 252 ran
From Michael Duffield... An undulating route on the single track road from Bampton to the car park at the bottom of the reservoir and back again. Snow flurries every now and again and fantastic views up the valley to High Street. The following wind on the way back gave a welcome push up the hills.
(1 1:12:21 James Buis, Border Harriers) 82 1:32:20 Michael Duffield PB 503 finished