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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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 on Tuesday 27th September, 8:30pm at ILTSC. More information soon.
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