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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This is notice of our AGM on 25th September at 8:30pm in ILTSC. It is the opportunity for all members to discuss activities throughout the year with the committee, your input and ideas are very welcome. Agenda and papers
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Neil Chapman's circuit training starts tonight, 7pm at IGS gym. £2. Details on the training page.
From Steve Brennan ... Euan Brennan ran for GBR this weekend in the World Mountain Running Championships in Andorra. This year's event was uphill only. Euan finished in 29th position with the team of Junior Men winning the Silver medal.
1 41:07 Nathan Edmondson 148 finished
From Peter Shields ... Spent Greenway 10k including the Northern Masters 10k Champs. Sally Malir 44th, 1st VW50 and VW50 Northern Champ-44:01; Peter Shields 71st, 1st V70, 50:10; 140 ran.
From Alison Weston...A great run up from Hathersage village along Stanage Edge and back through fields organised by the Fat Boys running club. Won by Thomas Bond from Dark Park in 40.37 mins Alison Weston 140th in 58.26
From Simon Jenkins...
3 Harriers set off to tackle the epic and iconic 3 Shires rammed into a small Toyota. It looked to be a nice sunny day but as soon as the runners started to ascend a thick mist cut visibility down to just a few meters.
Jack Wood set off at an incredible pace with only the 5 times winner Ricky Lightfoot able to stay with him. They ran together battling for the lead and were still neck and neck with 150 meters to go. Jack found the inner strength to just push harder and out sprinted Ricky for an incredible win.
Helen Wood put in another brilliant performance. Having never ran anywhere near this distance or been in a fell race, she ran fantastically to be the 2nd lady.
I had several navigational errors but managed to get round the course which was an achievement for me. But I reckon my fmotivational banter in the car helped Jack and Helen to their great performances.
1 1:54:30 Jack Wood 92 2:48:55 Helen Wood 2nd Lady 196 3:41:23 Simon Jenkins 233 Ran
From Geoff Howard... For the second year running (and second in fifty four years) I ran a mile on a track at Leeds Beckett Carnegie campus on Saturday. A hundred and eighteen others did likewise distributed over thirteen 'heats' in sequence from anticipated slowest to fastest. Called the Leeds Golden Mile, the event was organised by EvenSplits who provided times to the nearest 1/10th of a second seemingly from two guys with stopwatches stood on the same stepladder (Roger Bannister at Iffley Road 1954 style) which seemed odd given that their website extols the virtues of all the super duper latest electronic equipment they can supply for customers' events. Still it was a very well organised, friendly and enjoyable occasion - maybe I'm just a little miffed at being timed 0.5 of a second slower than last year. By the time the creme de la creme ran I was well away on the bus back to Ilkley which, in retrospect, was a pity because of the stellar top end performances (six runners under five minutes, 45 year old Martin Fillingham of Saltaire Striders blowing everyone else away with his 85.92% age graded performance in fifth place & Ilkley Harrier's Steven Gott in twelfth place).
(1 4:41.4 Peter Surennen, ADD 12 5:06.6 Steven Gott 84 6:30.2 Geoff Howard 119 ran
From Hilda Coulsey...
The thing about a parkrun totally on the beach is that times depend significantly on conditions so that there are only 5 men under 17 mins and 11 women under 20 mins in its 320 event history. I thought that beating the FV 65 record of 27:00 set in 2014 was surely doable! This is my 4th attempt this year, reasons to visit entirely independent from tide and weather, and with tide half way back in, a "moderate" wind and squally drizzle I did it. Stunning scenery on the north coast of Northern Ireland.
From Roy Ruddle ... Unfortunately conditions meant that this first running of the Ben Nevis Ultra took place on the bad weather route (51 km 1700m ascent), which featured about 40 km of trail/valley running and only 15 km on the mountains. The proper route included the Carn Mor Dearg arete and parts of the Ring of Steall, and would have been much more enjoyable. That said, the race organisation and en-route support was fantastic, particularly from Brian Melia who was manning check point 2!
(1 3:48:02 Jonathan Albon, UK) 211 6:35:30 Roy Ruddle 287 7:18:48 Jamie Hutchinson 368 ran
From Jane McCarthy...
Six more great races in the Harriers League since June, and with some clever Wildcard scores the standings are as follows: Hilda Coulsey leads the overall League with 911 points from a maximum of 10 scoring races after a superb 109 points from Skipton Park Run as her Wildcard entry. With only 6 more races remaining in the 2018 League Hilda will be difficult to beat, but hot on her heels are Trail League leader Jonathan Turner (814 points from 9 races) and Road League leader Colin Williams (726 points from 8 races) - both of whom can still declare a Wildcard. All runners can still improve their average points in the final races as the League takes the best scores over a maximum of 3 races in each discipline (or 4 races for the individual Leagues).
In fourth place overall is Alison Weston (613 points), fifth placed is Jean Sullivan (561 points) and sixth placed is Fiona Schneider (538 points) - all from 7 races. Fell League leader Jack Cummings is in seventh place overall, scoring in 5 races, but leads the Fell standings with an almighty 396 points from 4 races - a maximum 100 points earned in his win at Addingham Gala. The remaining races are Great Wherneside (Fell) on 24th September, Bradford Park Run (Road) on 3rd November, Burley Moor (Fell) on 10th November, PECO (Trail) end Nov. TBC, The Stoop (Fell) on 16th December and finally Ribble Valley 10K - a great PB course finishing the year on 29th December. Happy Racing!!!!
As always, any mistakes, please contact Jane McCarthy at email@example.com
Results and remaining events on the League page.
From Steve Murray ... A small group of 4 Harriers ran the Vale of York half marathon on Sunday morning. A very flat course looked like a great choice for my first half marathon race when I finally signed up on Thursday. On a warm and cloudy day the first 8 miles went according to plan but then the tailwind no one realised we had became a headwind for most of the race back and things got a bit tougher. The planned speedy finish never materialised but was pleased with the time and to get the first one under the belt. Excellent performance by Will Simmons who came home 23rd.
(1 1:11:48 Kev Jeffress,Sunderland Harriers & AC) 23 1:18:28 Will Simmons 107 1:26:21 David Westhead 227 1:33:47 Steve Murray 388 1:40:31 Michael Abrams-Cohen 1542 finished
From Caroline Howe... A rare fell race for me, but a doable and enjoyable one! Jann Smith and Steve Gott were the other Harriers who took part.
(1 24:44 Luke Maude, Barlick) 4 26:36 Steven Gott 33 35:28 Jann Smith 47 37:42 Caroline Howe 70 finished
From Ben Sheppard... There was a good turnout of Harriers for the Yorkshireman off-road marathon (26.2 miles and 3,200 ft) and half marathon (14.6 miles and 1,800 ft). A nice mixed terrain race with some remote moorland and not too much tarmac. Great runs on the Half included Istvan Jacso coming 3rd, Martin Archer and Gavin Lamb getting under 2 hours and Paul Castle close behind. Adela Reperecki completed the marathon, as did Colin Williams in around 4 hours - an improvement of around 30 minutes on last year. Not knowing the way, I worked hard in the middle of the race to go with the leading pack who were pulling away. It worked for me until the last few miles when I was dropped by the front three and had to get the map out and fumble my way home on an empty tank.
Marathon (1 3:23:03 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate) 4 3:36:35 Ben Sheppard 18 4:01:31 Colin Williams 80 5:04:52 Adela Reperecki 146 finished Half (1 1:40:08 Robi Howie, Wharfedale) 3 1:47:14 Istvan Jacso 22 1:56:49 Martin Archer 25 1:59:48 Gavin Lamb 40 2:03:07 Paul Castle 50 2:07:03 Pauline Munro 61 2:08:22 Lucy Williamson 105 2:24:23 Simon Jenkins 172 2:46:33 Elizabeth Price 252 finished
From Jack Wood... Me and Will Buckton drove to Grasmere this morning for the 64th Lake District Mountain Trial. This event tests your speed, stamina and ability to navigate through the mountains. The 'Classic' course has been won numerous times by fell running legends Joss Naylor and Billy Bland. Today the route covered over 20 miles and 2000m climb with 11 checkpoints to find. After a slow start I was happy to stretch my legs on the more runnable section from Steel Fell towards the Langdale Pikes. However as running time passed 4 hours I started to get tired and was overtaken on Silver Howe by eventual winner Nic Barber who had started 4 minutes behind me (the race is run in time trial format). Will did well to find the first few 5 checkpoints considering he's still learning how to map read but nobly retired at Dunmail Raise when he realised he didn't pack his headtorch. He is keen to return for another attempt next year. Pete Haines of Ilkley ran well to win the short course.
Classic (1 4:21:02 Nicholas Barber, Pennine) 2 4:33:07 Jack Wood 67 finished Short 1 3:34:06 Peter Haines 68 finished
6444 1:55:42 Charlotte Smithson 11543 2:06:48 Chris Cunningham 18939 2:19:32 Jo Pattinson 19769 2:20:52 Alec StanleyHyde
1 10:39 Jack Wood 33 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:28 Jack Kelly, U/A) 99 25:47 Will Worboys 112 26:15 Oscar Street 127 26:56 Paula Reynier 391 ran Harrogate (1 17:36 Matthew Wilkinson, Nidd Valley RR) 110 24:11 Alison Weston 432 ran Skipton 1 16:48 Jack Wood 12 21:11 Jonathan Schneider 78 26:58 Fiona Schneider 108 29:25 Bernie Gibbons 182 ran Clapham Common (1 15:32 unknown) 12 18:59 Rob Cunningham 513 ran
From Helen Waddington... Another successful Ilkley Incline due, as always, to the tremendous effort from all the helpers, Marshalls and runners who took park. The atmosphere is always great for this event with lots of Harriers taking part (28 - many of whom won their age category and 1st Male and 2nd Female going to the Wood family!).. It was another high quality field - 14 runners making it under 9 minutes and 18 going under the magic 10! But all runners who tackle this course are to be congratulated - I have never done it and dread the day I have to give it a go! We have an amazing team of people who each year give their time to make it all work like clockwork. We would like to thank Neil Chapman for timing and setting up, Jann Smith, Paul Carman and Sarah Hayes helping man the registration which is crucial, Julie Melechi who always controls the traffic for us on the road, Sarah for sweeping, Rob King and Andrew McCarthy who get the results down in double quick time on their MTBs, John Hayes and Toni Melechi who helped Dick and Neil out at the finish funnel and also packing up. We had Graham Weston who was taking photos - can't wait to see them, and Jane McCarthy in her usual vital role of finalising the results and prizes. I would also like to thank Caroline Howe for being a general helper and assistant. It is truly a team effort and makes our lives so much easier on the night so THANK YOU!!!
More photos on Facebook.
(1 12:00 Ted Mason, Wharfedale 12 14:20 Iain Gibbons 47 18:34 Jann Smith 68 finished
From Sally Armitage... I'd been looking forward to this race for months and, having been injured on and off for much off the year, was super excited to be able to run on Sunday. However, the hot weather made it challenging and after setting off too fast I really struggled. It's a lovely course though and the atmosphere is fantastic, already excited for next year!
(1 33:35 Callum Elson, Roundhay Runners) 138 47:08 Sally Armitage 312 54:12 Charlotte Smithson 318 54:23 Chris Cunningham 427 58:22 Sheena Pickersgill 436 58:41 Jonathan Turner 438 58:42 Dawn Turner 462 59:22 Alex Stanley-Hyde 581 64:02 Emma Curren 873 ran
(1 13:42 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 10 16:40 Iain Gibbons 13 16:49 Steven Gott 25 19:13 Roy Ruddle 66 finished
From Caroline Howe ... The Leeds Country Way relay, organised by Kippax Harriers since 1990, starts and finishes in Garforth, circumnavigating Leeds in six 10-12 mile legs via Wakefield, Morley, Thornbury, Golden Acre Park and Thorner.
Jonathan Turner and Steve Murray got the team off to a solid start on leg 1, finishing the 11.75 miles in 1:26, in 19th position (out of 58 teams). Steve deserves a special mention for willingly taking on this leg, which meant a 5.45am alarm call, having just returned from a 2 week holiday late the previous evening - that is commitment! Huge kudos to Jonathan too who subsequently ran the Wetherby 10k in the afternoon!
Leg 2, 11 miles from Stanley to Morley, was run by Mike Abrams Cohen and Will Buckton who discovered new levels of usefulness of a Garmin, following the .gpx trail of this very tough and tricksy route in South Leeds. Mike and Will were 19th fastest in 1:32, and managed to gain a couple of places to hand over the baton in 17th.
A superb performance by Michael Lomas and Andrew Overend on the 9.8 mile hilly leg 3 saw them post the 8th fastest time of 1:13, gaining the team another four places in the process, to hand over to Jack Wood and Istvan Jacso at Thornbury in 13th position.
Jack and Istvan's route was an 11.5 mile convoluted course from Thornbury to Golden Acre Park - considered by many the toughest leg - and the pair gave a storming performance of 1:20, which was the second fastest time, and saw them overtake five teams before handing over the baton in 8th place.
Jean and I were soon on our way out of Golden Acre. However, the downside to a 1:30pm start soon became apparent, as the sun beat down hard on us. The scenic route was largely over open fields, exposed to the heat with very little shade, and by the time we got to halfway, we were flagging. It soon became about just getting round. Despite having diligently reccied the course (most of it twice) in our exhaustion we almost went the wrong way near the end - but mercifully a kind dog walker kept us right. It's no exaggeration to say these were the hottest conditions I have run in, and our finishing time was 1:38. However, we were pleased to discover that we were the 6th fastest ladies pair out of 24 (31st place overall on the leg). On finishing, we had dropped several places, handing over in 14th position.
With Jean and I collapsed in a heap in Thorner, Malcolm Pickering and David Howe set off on the 10 miles to the finish, and managed a solid leg of 1:24, only dropping one further place, to carry the team over the line in 15th position out of 58 (24th fastest on the leg), and a total time of 8 hours and 35 minutes.
This was a fantastic event to be a part of, and the feedback from the team has been universally positive, and enthusiastic about returning next year. Running in an event like this is a different experience with different challenges to a normal race (running as a pair, navigating the unmarked route, the logistics of dropping off cars!) but the reward is great - you get a real buzz from being part of a team, eagerly awaiting the text updates from the other runners, and the excitement of awaiting the baton at the crossover point where there is a great atmosphere. This and similar relays like BMW are suitable for all runners at the club, and are as a competitive or as fun as you want to make them, so please do consider taking part next year when the call comes - it would be great to get more teams out there in 2019!
From Jann Smith ... Paul Carman completed another ultra event which starts North of Skiddaw above Caldbeck running along the Cumbria Way to Latrigg , then up Skiddaw and back to the start. 45.9 miles / 7000 feet. He came 11th in 8 hours and 40 minutes.
(1 1:27:35 Finlay Wild, Lochaber) 165 2:04:52 Steve Turland 349 2:30:03 Alison Weston 488 finished
From Colin Williams... At 12:00 on Saturday I set off with 220 other runners and walkers to try my luck at the 43 Bullock Smithy Race. Run by 3rd Hazel Grove scout group, the circular route covers a distance of 56 miles and around 8,100 feet of climb, competitors need to visit 14 checkpoints in turn, the route between them is up to you, the route finding is a little complicated in places so reviewing the route before the day would have been useful. The weather forecast for Saturday was overcast, but on the day the sun shone all afternoon making the running very hard going. This is a great event with some fantastic support at each of the checkpoints and when you finish you get served a full breakfast. The full results aren't available yet, but I finished in equal 10th place in a time of 13 hour 16 minutes, the race was won by Rory Harris in a time of 8 hours 52 minutes.
At the event presentation I was awarded the Axe Edge trophy, for the fastest time by a adult member of the scout association.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Cardiff (1 16:25 Daniel Hamilton, Abingdon AC) 4 17:09 Alex Hirst 576 ran Halifax (1 17:42 Harry Johnson, Halifax Harriers) 64 27:26 Tim Buckingham 126 ran Bradford (1 17:00 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders) 68 23:41 Oscar Street 125 26:35 Paula Reynier 427 ran Harrogate (1 16:01 Andy Grant, Leeds City AC) 10 19:12 Pauline Munro 1st F 457 ran Clumber Park (1 19:11 Jake Wilson, U/A) 83 25:44 Stephanie Fox 320 ran Skipton 1 17:38 Jack Wood 10 20:08 Mark Mon-Williams 30 22:52 Rebecca Mon-Williams 206 ran Clapham Common (1 16:48 Nic Errol, U/A) 19 19:00 Rob Cunningham 491 ran Dishley, Loughborough (1 16:29 Mark Powell, Leicester Coritanian AC) 3 18:04 Stephen Coy 100 25:24 Gaenor Coy 347 ran
From Helen Waddington... I was lucky enough to get a place on this, the shortest and (probably for this reason!) the most over-subscribed of the UTMB races. Heavy rain, storms and snow on the days either side of my race but I was blessed with warm sunshine in the valleys and some light cloud and mist on the summits. Just short of 1600 runners set off on the route which takes in the last 57 km of the full UTMB course. Three main climbs with a total 11,500 feet of ascent it is a challenging event but the amazing support from the UTMB organisation, friendly locals and awesome views kept me going. I was pleased to get round with no mishaps and not a drop of rain finishing in 11 hours and 18th v50. The icing on the cake was running into Chamonix where the reception was incredibly warm and enthusiastic and it felt like every runner was a winner regardless of finishing time. Special mention to Andrew Merrick who supported me for the last third of the race and kept me going with gentle encouragement and distracting chat when I needed it most!
(1 11:25 Jack Wood 59 finished
(1 8:00 Nick Swinburn, Northumberland) 16 10:13 Steven Gott 39 11:27 Jeff Green 102 finished
(1 15:06 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 2 15:15 Jack Wood 12 18:30 Iain Gibbons 80 finished
From Alison Weston ...
Senior race 17:00 Alison Weston U17 race 15:00 Bernadette Raven 15:18 Harry Stead
A Race (1 14:46 Nick McCormack, Morpeth Harriers & AC) 6 15:16 Euan Brennan 65 finished B Race (1 17:16 Ashley Crawford, unattached) 24 20:14 Sally Armitage 43 finished
From Rachel Carter... I took the opportunity to participate in a well organised yet friendly 5km run with the Zoetermeer Road Runners whilst on holiday in South Holland. Finished 1st lady and 9th overall out of 62 in a time of 20:02. Would have been under 20 but stopped to help a runner with a stitch.
From Hilda Coulsey...The best weather of the weekend on Saturday helped to ensure another great afternoon of races at Burnsall. It's always lovely to see the various juniors racing on the field and on the fells and well done to Bernadette Raven a very close 2nd in her group.
10 miles road race
Not so many Ilkley Harriers competed this year but, with all the men runners being in the top 20, what a performance. Will Smith, Rossendale, won with ilkley Harriers Jack Wood 2nd, Will Simmons 4th, Ben Sheppard 5th, Martin Archer 9th and Jonathan Turner 17th.
There were only 21 ladies running in total. Jean Sullivan led the Harriers back, Sheena Pickersgill picked up 1st FV50 and I made up our 'team', less said the better re my performance I have a number of excuses but it would take too long to go through them!
Only 72 ran in total, compared to last years 120, which is a shame for the organisers. It felt like there was a lot of traffic on the narrow country roads, bank holiday weekend the reason perhaps and for the small turnout. I'm sure they'll be back again next year for a tough race but super atmosphere.
(1 54:49 Will Smith, Halifax) 2 56:22 Jack Wood 4 57:52 Will Simmons 5 61:36 Ben Sheppard 9 64:05 Martin Archer 17 68:00 Jonathan Turner 55 85:39 Juan Sullivan 63 91:54 Sheena Pickersgill 67 97:34 Hilda Coulsey 72 finishedlocalhos
The Classic Fell race
A highlight here was Victoria Wilkinson, Bingley Harriers, who came in 9th overall with a new course record time of 15:58, a record held by Carol Greenwood since 1983. The course was dry and there were a similar number of runners as last year, although fewer Harriers. Nevertheless fast times were achieved by all our runners.
(1 14:04 Sam Tosh, Rossendale) 14 17:03 Steven Gott 37 20:42 Richard Joel 55 22:15 Robert Hamilton 65 23:01 Michael Duffield 76 23:51 Abigail Swales 120 finished
No Harrier took on the challenge of both races, but well done to Antonio Cardinale (second claim Ilkley) who did.
From Val Kerr ... My first race in a while. Short (~3.5 miles) with 900+ ft of ascent.
Whilst waiting at the start line the commentator informed us of Jack
Wood's awe inspiring finishing time at last year's race - just over 17
min, up and down !! Not sure what my time was but it was a lot longer
than that. A great race anyway and good to be back on the fells again.
(1 17:35 Duncan Birtwhistle, Telford) 48 32:34 Val Kerr 52 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Cardiff (1 16:02 Mukthaar Farhan, U/A) 9 17:11 Alex Hirst 713 ran Bradford (1 17:12 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders) 28 21:41 Sally Malir 129 26:06 Philip Hirst 406 ran Harrogate (1 16:30 unknown) 100 24:27 Oscar Street 169 26:24 Paula Reynier 373 37:57 Dave Reynier 401 ran Skipton (1 18:01 Jake Ridding, U/A) 23 22:46 Jonathan Schneider 216 ran Rising Sun (1 17:31 Mark Snowball, Morpeth Harriers & AC) 48 22:00 Caroline Howe 460 ran Tooting Common (1 16:05 Danny Russell, Highgate Harriers) 24 19:04 Rob Cunningham 502 ran Selby (1 19:43 Jamie Wilson, Tyne Bridge Harriers) 13 22:19 Geoff Howard 104 ran
From Paul, website editor ... The Ilkley Harriers forums, first set up in 2008, have now been closed. This is with a slightly heavy heart, but it's too much work maintaining them and protecting them from internet pests. If you have something to tell club members you can send it to me for the news page, or post it the Facebook group, or send it to Val for the email newsletter.
From Will Buckton ...
Steve and I ran the Sedbergh Hills in poor visibility. Steve had a great run to finish 1st V50. I set off well but took some detours and was pleased to finish as there were 18 DNFs!
(1 2h20:22 Rob Jebb, Helm Hill) 19 2h55:29 Steve Turland 78 3h59:07 Will Buckton 98 finished
From Helen Thurston ... I did Whinlatter Forest Parkrun this morning and thought it was worth a mention as it's relatively new and a bit different. As well as the wonderful community spirit of Parkrun, the course boasts beautiful views of Derwentwater (just visible through the rain today, on a clear day it would be lovely) as it winds its way up through forest tracks and paths. Certainly not a good run for chasing a PB as it's mostly uphill (600+ ft of height gain), but it's an enjoyable course and once you've walked back down the hill from the finish there is a great cafe!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 16:53 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 127 27:01 Will Worboys 340 ran Harrogate (1 17:17 unknown) 60 21:54 Dave Reynier 62 21:58 Geoff Howard 182 26:03 Paula Reynier 404 37:47 Tim Buckingham 432 ran Skipton (1 18:05 Laura Gent, Aldershot, Farnham & District AC) 6 20:17 Mark Mon-Willams 10 20:49 Jonathan Schneider 158 ran Whinlatter Forest (1 21:23 Jim Haworth, Keswick AC) 7 23:43 Helen Thurston 101 ran Clapham Common (1 16:28 Finn Johnson, Hercules Wimbledon AC) 21 19:02 Rob Cunningham 445 ran
From Fiona Schneider... Results ...
(1 16:16 Joe Sagar, Spenborough) 20 18:17 David Westhead 72 20:47 Sally Armitage 74 20:55 Catherine Westhead (junior) 75 21:00 Archie Budding (junior) 90 21:32 Robert Budding 134 23:49 Nicola Budding 154 26:09 Fiona Schneider (PB) 172 ran
From Fiona Schneider... Saturday lent itself to three small races and so Jonathan Schneider and I gave ourselves a challenge to complete them. First, we headed to Skipton parkrun where we both improved our times from last week albeit in my case, by the slimmest of margins. And then to Arncliffe Gala for a Dales day in the sun in beautiful Littondale. The road race is just a lovely 4 miles, or thereabouts, valley race to Hawkswick, across the river, and back to cheers from the folks at the Gala. An occasional short climb with some undulation. As that race starts quite early we enjoyed our recovery time with tea and cake in the village hall. And then to the fell race. It was very dry, and a fast downhill for those with the necessary technique IH was represented way up front, but not by me! Just had time for a glance at the view down the valley and over Arncliffe. Lots of junior races and some Ilkley Harriers there, too. A great village Gala day with great racing.
Road race (1 21:01 Will Smith, Halifax) 30 27:29 Derek Oliver 43 29:37 Jonathan Schneider 80 35:43 Fiona Schneider 98 ran Fell race (1 10:39 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 2 11:25 Jack Cummings 9 12:35 Iain Gibbons 67 17:34 Jonathan Schneider 92 23:18 Fiona Schneider 100 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
Well done to Dom Coy (still just in the juniors but who will be joining the senior club on October 1st) on a first finish at Drumchapel in Scotland. A small event where the Coy family contributed about 10% of the participants! Richard Joel and Jean Sullivan were flying the Yorkshire flag in Limerick this week.
Bradford (1 17:32 Jack Kelly, U/A) 4 18:45 Michael Lomas 17 20:26 Rhys Jones 109 25:37 Will Worboys 146 27:00 Paula Reynier 419 ran Skipton (1 17:30 Andrew Cairns, Skipton AC) 22 21:56 Jonathan Schneider 84 26:56 Fiona Schneider 191 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:53 Robert Wood, Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC) 26 19:57 Mark Mon-Williams 42 21:11 Geoff Howard 61 22:09 Rebecca Mon-Williams 407 ran Limerick (1 18:40 Brian Halpin, U/A) 6 20:06 Richard Joel 28 24:31 Jean Sullivan 114 ran Drumchapel 1 17:42 Dominic Coy 29 28:08 Stephen Coy 43 ran
Provisional results ...
(1 43:09 Robin Howie, Wharfedale) 9 46:22 Ben Sheppard 10 46:23 Steve Gott 11 46:25 Michael Lomas 32 52:09 Jemima Elgood 1st lady 76 finished
From Steve Brennan ... Euan Brennan has been selected to run for GB U20 team in the World Mountain Running Championships in Andorra on the 15th September. The race this year is uphill only. British Athletics announcement
(1 53:07 Tim Stratton, York) 2 53:36 Will Simmons 5 56:47 Nathan Edmondson 8 58:41 Istvan Jacso 19 1:05:45 Will Buckton 28 1:08:46 Colin Williams 30 1:09:28 Helen Thurston 3rd lady 45 1:14:30 Rachel Carter 1st F40 58 1;16:35 Dick Waddington 63 1:19:20 Malcolm Pickering 79 1:22:23 Chantal Busby 90 1:25:33 Sarah Haines 131 finished
(1 34:27 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 19 43:22 Iain Gibbons 102 finished
From Rachel Carter ... On Saturday our family went to Hellifield for their annual gala which was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon out. The junior fell races were followed by traditional sports with money to be won (egg and spoon, 3-legged race, egg throwing). The senior race was organised by Barlick Fell runners (5.6Km over tufted grass, 260m ascent) which was won by a local runner Harry Coates who is a former world triathlon champion and, on the day, he destroyed the opposition, coming home over two minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Bernadette Raven ran a fantastic race and was 2nd lady whilst I finished 3rd lady and 1st Vet 40. I hadn't planned to do 2 races over the weekend but decided to do a very hot and dry Round Hill on Sunday, and was surprised to finish first FV40.
(1 23:55 Harry Coates, Wharfedale) 15 30:24 Bernaddette Raven (U17) 1st lady 23 32:58 Rachel Carter 1stF40 52 finished
Tim Brayshaw has completed a Bob Graham round in 21 hours 20mins Set off at midnight on Friday August 3rd. Thanks to all those who supported. A write up of the round to follow...
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Richmond (1 17:57 Thomas Ziegel, St Mary's University College AC) 7 19:03 Paul Castle 337 ran Skipton (1 17:58 Rebecca Murray, Bedford and County AC) 8 20:38 Colin Williams 20 22:41 Jonathan Schneider 78 26:59 Fiona Schneider 210 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:21 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 74 22:19 Tom Worboys 432 ran Bramley (1 18:27 Robert Shand, South Leeds Lakers) 2 18:42 Steven Gott 147 ran Armley (1 17:11 Michael Vargas, Hyde Park Harriers) 20 21:44 Geoff Howard 210 ran
From Colin Williams ... Four Harriers took part in the Eshton Moor Fell race on Thursday evening, the forecasted rain didn't arrive and the evening was sunny the course was very dry which probably help Chris Holdsworth of Ribble Valley Harriers take over a minute off of the record for the race. The fastest Ilkley Harrier was Steven Cott who came 14th.
(1 31:05 Chris Holdsworth, Ribble Valley Harriers) 14 35:45 Steven Cott 28 39:58 Paul Calderbank 34 41:28 Colin Williams 41 43:22 Chantel Busby 76 ran
From Colin Williams ... After the Dusk to Dawn, I felt that I needed to get the legs going again so I joined 94 others on Wednesday evening to take on the 4.5miles, 1,400 feet of ascent that is the Whittle Pike Fell Race. The weather was kind, not too hot and the running was hard, but expected, as they say on their website "for an evening race this is a rough, tough race" and that after we were told at the start that they have changed the course this year to give more opportunity to run...
I came 31st out of 95 finishers in a time of 57:21
The winner was James Kevan of Horwich RMI in a time of 46:06
From Alison Weston... A few Harriers arrived in mist and rain to run the Kentmere Horseshoe. Dave Robson ran well but Kate and Alison took a few detours in the mist....
(1 1:34:07 Josh JArdine, Helm Hill) 67 2:10:44 Dave Robson 160 2:32:49 Alison Weston 181 2:39:07 Kate Archer 269 finished
From the Committee ...
Brian Melia Ronda del Cims ultra
Dick Waddington Lakes Sky ultra
Colin Williams prolific fells and ultras - Manvers Dawn to Dusk and Scorcher Run festival marathon
Nathan Edmondson for great running including the first part of Addingham Gala!
Rachel Carter (1st lady Skipton parkrun), Kate Archer (Saunders lakeland 2-day challenge), Lucy Williamson
Rob Little for winning HDSRL series
Ben Sheppard Lakeland 50 and 1st at Stirton Fell
Jayne Norman for summer Away Runs
Jack Wood and Ben Joynson for Addingham Gala
Abigail Bailey ang Phil Hirst for Thunder Run
From Ben Sheppard... It was a real mixed bag of weather for the Lakeland 50 this year, but mainly wet and windy. Fantastic atmosphere all Friday at the race HQ in Coniston, where the Lakeland 100 starts and finishes. Runners doing the 50 are bused to the Dalemain estate in the northern lakes for the start, to take in the second half of the 100 course back to Coniston via Pooley Bridge, Howtown, Fusedale, Mardale Head, Kentmere, Ambleside and Langdale. Camaraderie on the course is incredible and the checkpoints were like fancy dress parties; the marshalls could not have been more cheerful and helpful. I roughly aimed to follow my checkpoint timings from last year and although it seemed tougher in the wind and rain I was within a few minutes of schedule throughout, finishing about one minute slower than last year - a few seconds under 9 hours.
(1 7:36:11 Oliver Thorogood) 12 8:59:20 Ben Sheppard 756 finished
From Colin Williams ... I took part in the Manvers 12hour Dusk to Dawn race in Wath on Dearne. Or for me it was a Dusk to the early hours, I dropped out after eight and a half hours having completed 16 x 3.21mile laps a total of 51.36 miles. I was slowing, but still going ok, a lap behind the leader. Then my head torch failed after replacing the batteries, I ran one more lap using my mobile as a torch, but then called it a day. I enjoyed the race, my first of this type. It isn't a chip timed race, after each lap you receive an extra wrist band to record of how you are doing. If you are looking to get into Ultras or just test yourself to see how far you can run, I would recommend the race, the course was wide enough to pass slower runners and walkers, the food great and both the staff and other competitors very friendly and supportive.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:19 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders) 103 27:14 Paul Reynier 273 ran Abingdon (1 17:27 Ben Reynolds, Thames Hare and Hounds) 198 28:42 Petra Bijsterveld 363 ran Portrush (1 17:54 Richard Conn, Dub Runners of Belfast) 14 20:58 Steve Murray 121 27:17 Hilda Coulsey 278 ran Delamere (1 16:38 Peter Bray, Chorlton Runners) 34 22:36 Rob Budding 72 25:15 Nicola Budding 307 ran Bramley 1 19:27 Steve Gott 88 ran
From Hilda Coulsey...
It was race 6 of the series last night and seven Harriers braved the scorching weather. Warming up was a trial! I seemed to sprint off at the start but after 50m thought wow this needs to slow down, it's far too hot. I was 14 secs down on last month's effort which I felt was great for the conditions and I managed to hold off Nicola this month but frankly it wasn't so much a race more just getting to the line! Petra started off well too but wilted with split times 'providing opportunity for improvement'. Each race can be entered on its own and the series runs until November.
(1 15:50 John Hobbs, Valley Striders) 46 19:29 Colin Williams 59 20:03 Rhys Jones 96 21:55 Robert Budding 137 24:28 Hilda Coulsey 138 24:31 Nicola Budding 160 27:03 Fiona Schneider 165 27:48 Petra Bijsterveld 183 ran
From Michael Lomas ...
It's the third time I've travelled to the "outdoor capital of Wales" to run the Snowdon International race, the first time was in 2015 when our own Tom Adams was running in the England team. This year the England team comprised of a few familiar faces from the fell running scene although England favourite Chris Smith isn't one of them, he resides in London and must be a regular on Parliament Hill. This year Martyn Stocker and myself travelled to Llanberis on Friday night and typical of the first weekend of school holidays the weather wasn't great, we woke Saturday morning to find the clag right down in the valley, we would do well to get lost in this race but the views would be nice. The race itself is a real celebration that the whole town get behind, we paid respects to a couple of the volunteers with a minute of auplase before the start which was a nice touch. The race is beautifully simple, to the summit and back via the main tourist path, 5 miles up, 5 down. Half a mile of flat road gives way to a very steep section of tarmac before you get on to the mountain proper. The path is runable in the main with a couple of steep sections with plenty of walkers who seemed almost oblivious to the race going on even with TV cameras all the way up the mountain and a marshal every 100m who were keen to blow their whistles to warn walkers of approaching runners flying down the mountain. I felt good going up, getting into a good rhythm, starting steady and picking people off all the way up was satisfying, the descent is an all out quad killer, very fast and hard under foot, this isn't easy to train for and it showed. A few mins off my pb of 2016, no excuse other than lack of training, I'll be back for another shot at getting under 1hr 30min. Martyn came home a bit after me, hats off to him for completing it with next to no training. A great weekend overall, we camped in the campsite above the town, plenty of friendly fell runners up there enjoying the cheap digs and views of Snowdon (when the cloud lifted on Sunday).
(1 1:06:41 Alberto Vender) 150 1:33:09 Michael Lomas 544 2:21:34 Martyn Stocker 574 finished
(1 19:50 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 3 21:14 Jack Cummings 7 24:21 Iain Gibbons 46 30:47 Alison Weston 91 finished
From Dave Robson ... 209 runners took part in the Ingleborough Mountain Race, part of the Ingleton Gala on 21st July. The title pretty much covers it - a direct route from Ingleton centre to the top of Ingleborough and back. The 3.5 mile, 600m ascent is mostly runnable with some steep sections near the top. Particularly tough in the muggy conditions on the day. The 3.5 mile back downhill is brilliant, some 'technical bits' but pretty much flat out all the way. I was pleased with my time on the day as I made up quite a few places on the way down the hill. Definitely worth a go, the Gala is a good day out, with a good beer tent for post race refreshment!
(1 48:38 Josh Boyle, Ribble Valley Harriers) 47 61:39 Dave Robson 54 63.29 Jonathan Turner 55 63:46 Pauline Munro 116 72:15 Alison Weston 209 runners
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 16:45 Adam Collins U/A) 35 21:02 Adrian Bastow 376 ran York (1 14:53 Jack Gray, Birmingham Running, Athletics and Triathlon Club) 65 21:21 Geoff Howard 471 ran Bradford (1 17:01 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders) 4 18:18 Steven Gott 31 21:47 Dave Reynier 66 23:31 Oscar Street 132 26:59 Paula Reynier 387 ran Portrush (1 17:55 David Brewis, Sphinx AC) 123 27:14 Hilda Coulsey 240 ran Burnley (1 17:32 Andy Buttery, Rossendale Harriers) 81 25:25 Will Worboys 346 ran Skipton (1 16:44 unknown) 33 23:08 Neil Pomfret 204 ran Druridge Bay (1 17:27 Ali Bailey, U/A) 44 24:46 Chris Cunningham 171 ran
From Colin Williams... while I don't think I'm ready to enter a multi-day marathon event (yet), I did join "Time 2 Run" for the day 5 marathon, of their 7 day Scorcher Run festival. The number of runners was small compared to the Hell of a Hill race organised by "Time 2 Run" that I entered last year. The Scorcher Run festival marathon was a six lap race on quiet roads, and the staff were very friendly, cheering us on by name as we completed each lap, the course was mostly flat, but with so few runners I spent a lot of my time running without anyone else in sight. The race didn't live up to its name, we had light rain for most of the race. I finished third in a time of 3:30:47 Results ...
From Caroline Howe ...
Another great evening at the final 2018 Harrogate Summer Race League race at Nidd Valley last night... made even greater by a bottle of beer at the finish! Results below... well done to all who took part!
(1 30:52 Andrew Grant, Harrogate) 7 33:13 Matthew Cox 12 33:53 Istvan Jacso 14 33:57 Daniel Mckeown 42 37:07 Jonathan Turner 67 38:31 Monica Padila 96 40:54 Malcolm Pickering 138 43:38 Catherine Gibbons 145 44:19 Caroline Howe 164 45:21 Geoffrey White 172 45:40 David Howe 228 49:28 Diane Kitchen 256 51:11 Stephanie Fox 273 52:30 Dawn Turner 293 55:32 Anna Pickering 299 55:51 Bernadette Gibbons 330 60:15 Laura Dawes 344 63:57 Donald Macrae 345 63:57 David Millson 353 finished
From Helen Waddington ... This race is still in its infancy, this being only the second edition, but numbers have increased already from around 60 finishers last year to around 190 starters this year. It's a point to point race, with coaches dropping us at Seatoller to start at 9 am with a short warm up on road and trail before the fun starts on Sour Milk Ghyll, which was by far and away the easiest bit of the day. The route, which as you would guess from the title, takes in Scafell Pike by way of the Corridor route, and is billed as being technical with scree, boulder and rock hopping and narrow single track sections which reduced my pace to even slower than usual. The most difficult section for me was the patchy and narrow path which skirts the waist of Great Gable (there is a reason people always go OVER and not round!) which passes under Napes Needle, the supposed birthplace of British rock climbing. All in all, a pretty demanding race, with little to no actual running but with epic views and great organisation and support. On the plus side, the route is fully flagged (controversial for some) with marshalls and safety crew stationed at the most tricky parts to provide reassurance and encouragement. Sadly I didn't make it through the cut-off at 15 miles, but many didn't with a high attrition rate of around 46 runners. Hopefully the organisers will be more generous next year in which case I might be tempted back. The winner was Jonathon Albon who got round in an astonishing 4 hours 26 mins, with his wife winning the ladies race in 5 hours 59.
From Dick Waddington ...
Skyrunning is a bit of a Euro thing - marked trails and lots of elevation gain with technical terrain. It's quite new to the UK, with a couple the Lakes and a series in Glencoe. The Lakes Sky Ultra is 58km long with over 4500m of elevation gain, most in the first half. The organisers also need a climbing cv before they let you run, because some of the terrain is a bit spicy; Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday Crag is a grade 3 scramble. I like that sort of thing, so there I was on the start line in Ambleside at 7.00am last Saturday. Amazing weather and nice and dry underfoot gave a good start for the 60 willing victims. We headed over Fairfield, up Helvellyn, down Swirral Edge and over Catstye Cam. Then the fun started by going back up Helvellyn via Striding Edge. The descent of Eagle Crag from Nethermost Pike was a bit sketchy in places. Then Pinnacle Ridge looms. It's such a long way up there! Incredibly steep turf for about 400m of climb, then 200m of scrambling. Great fun! The technical terrain keeps your mind off the distance covered, so by the time I got to half way at Patterdale, I was feeling a bit tired. It was also very hot and some of you might know I'm not great in the heat ...The next couple of hours were pretty tough getting up on to High Street, then down to Haweswater and back up High Street via Nan Bield Pass. Kirkstone Pass was a great sight after that, because there was coke and crisps to be had! They were like rocket fuel for my spirits and finishing seemed likely at last. The last 5km were great, a nice low angle run into Ambleside with wonderful views down to civilisation. Not for those with vertigo this one, but worth it.
(1 Rob Sinclair 7:40:27)
26 Dick Waddington 12:32:41 (2nd V45)
From Hilda Coulsey ...
It was a scorcher of a day for this fell race, a Harriers League counter, organised by Jack Wood, Ben Joynson and Dan Wilkinson ably supported by many Harriers volunteers. It was hot in the field beforehand and very, very hot running, the breeze was promising but not overly helpful, what shade there was was very welcome. The water at the top was also very welcome as well as the supportive comments from all the volunteers.
1 40:36 Jack Cummings - 1st and 1st U23 3 42:01 Nathan Edmonson 9 48:08 Michael Lomas 12 49:19 Jim Ryder - 1st V50 14 49:45 Will Buckden 18 50:21 Dave Robson 21 51:40 Kate Archer - 3rd F 22 52:02 John Marskam 27 53:27 Paul Calderbank 29 54:00 Richard Joel 32 54:48 Alex Hirst 39 58:29 Alison Weston - 1st FV50 45 60:49 Jo Foster 51 63:54 Chantel Busby 55 65:40 Philip Dean 59 70:51 Hilda Coulsey - 1st FV60 62 72:55 Peter Lewis 64 75:23 Maria Brophy 65 75:24 Peter Tapper 66 75:25 Jan Jones 71 79:07 Fiona Schneider 74 92:01 David Millson 75 starters
(1 19:08 Josh Boyle, Ribble Valley) 11 24:33 Iain Gibbons 69 finished
(1 3:59:55 Rhys Findlay-Robinson, DPFR) 66 5:49:03 Roy Ruddle 107 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
St Albans (1 16:16 Paul Adams, St Alban's Striders) 167 26:10 Paul Reynier 168 26:11 Dave Reynier 391 ran Bradford (1 16:32 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers) 5 19:20 Adam Rhodes 455 ran Harrogate (1 17:58 Zeynu Bedru, Harrogate Harriers) 213 27:44 Jacqui Weston 380 ran Skipton (1 18:17 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC) 3 19:14 Rob Cunningham 40 24:58 Chris Cunningham 151 ran Wetherby (1 18:16 Alistair Galt, Queensbury RC) 18 21:26 Geoff Howard 99 ran
From Hilda Coulsey...
We were able to put four teams of three runners out for the relays around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs. It was a super setting and a very pleasant Friday evening amongst friends. It was great having the junior races too and very sociable with Otley AC putting on a bbq afterwards. The legs are 3, 4 and 3.3 miles, so easily doable around the reservoirs.
Some very fast club runners were out and it was won by Harrogate Harriers in a time of 56:14, Harrogate also took the Ladies prize.
8 Lucy Williamson, Martin Archer, Dave Foyston 1:03:30 - 2nd mixed team 13 Mike AC, Jonathan Turner, Steve Murray 1:05:52 - 10th mens team 49 Jayne Norman, Rachel Carter, Hilda Coulsey 1:21:20 - 7th ladies team 62 Stephanie Fox, Jane Bryant, Jacqui Weston 1:28:26 - 13th ladies team 68 teams from the local clubs took part
From Dave Woodhead ... Yorkshire FU17 fells champion Bernadette Raven of Ilkley Harriers won the East Morton Gala fell race for the second year, finishing 3rd overall in a time of 14:37. The race was won by Yorkshire MU17 fells champion Eric Beaumont of Keighley & Craven in a new record of 13:05, for the 2 mile fell race.
From Jann Smith ... 22km/1850ft. Beautiful but very hot route taking in all of Derwent Water two big hills: Watendlath and Castle Crags.
36 2h14 Jann Smith 156 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 17:25 Daniel Josephs, South Shields Harriers) 42 21:41 Sally Armitage 2nd F 355 ran Halifax (1 18:08 Michael King, Halifax Harriers) 65 27:10 Will Worboys 130 ran Bradford (1 17:45 Michael Szoska, Saltaire Striders) 77 25:03 Oscar Street 140 27:39 Paula Reynier 379 ran Skipton (1 17:22 Harvey Lewis, KCAC) 11 21:05 Rachel Carter 1st F 25 23:37 Rob Budding 43 25:21 Chris Cunningham 82 28:01 Fiona Schneider 183 ran Bramley 1 18:26 Steven Gott 150 ran Stretford (1 16:53 Khazi Haroon, ActiveRun) 17 18:51 Rob Cunningham 469 ran
From Jann Smith ...One mile uphill only race for Juniors and seniors in Silsden.
1 7:09 Jack Wood 13 8:39 Bernadette Raven 1st female /Junior 51 10:32 Jann Smith 1st Female Senior 135 ran
From Caroline Howe ...
13 Harriers at the 3rd Harrogate Summer Race League event at Thirsk last night, with Rob Little of Ilkley taking first place. One race to go at Nidd Valley on 17th July.
1 26:34 Robert Little 46 31:53 Jonathan Turner 49 32:06 Andrew Overend 64 33:12 Steve Murray 139 37:14 Catherine Gibbons 152 37:56 Caroline Howe 173 39:03 Geoffrey White 190 39:59 David Howe 236 42:45 Stephanie Fox 260 44:08 Sheena Pickersgill 274 45:15 Diane Kitchen 345 56:08 Donald Macrae 346 56:09 David Millson 353 finished
From Ben Sheppard...
It was another glorious evening for the fantastically low key Stirton Fell race, if a tad warm for racing. A 5.6 mile route takes you out of the village, up Sharp Haw, down and round the back, up Sharp Haw again from the other side (almost 1200 feet total ascent) and down on the sort of painfully shallow gradient of descent that demands that you go like the clappers (or as close to the clappers as you manage nowadays with your aging, old-man's-walking-race attuned legs and lungs) hoping the guy in a Barlick vest behind you is hurting at least as much as you are (or else blockaded by the herd of angry cows). Throw in a couple of confrontions of the bovine variety (the fear of death by cow-stampde injecting a little extra adrenalin) and a bottle of beer at then end and you've got what I call a fun night out. Sporting the red and green of Ilkley were Duncan Cooper (hoping not to repeat the broken ankle of the last time he raced one of Brett Weedon's races), ever-smiling Chantal Busby and the retiring (literally) Steve Turland (calf strain - of the non-bovine variety).
1 40:33 Ben Sheppard 22 48:03 Duncan Cooper 35 50:28 Chantal Busby 71 finished
From Jean Sullivan... 4 Ilkley Harriers completed the Hollybank Eccup 10 mile road race today. This was my 1st attempt at this race, which has now been running for 25 years and sold out for the 3rd year running. A lovely undulating 10 mile rural race which includes a circuit of Eccup reservoir. Despite the 9.30am start and some shady parts, the heat was unrelenting and I was happy to finally get to the finish line! I would definitely recommend this race; friendly and encouraging marshalls, great crowd support and a lovely tee shirt for all finishers!
(1 55:16 John Hobbs, Valley Striders) 269 1:23:35 Jean Sullivan 308 1:25:42 Alison Weston 635 1:46:42 Peter Lewis 727 1:58:30 Sarah Carroll 764 runners
From Sue Williamson ... A few Ilkley Harriers competed in this new 10k course round the Crimple valley area of Harrogate.
An undulating course with a challenging hill at the end. It was lovely to have some areas in the woods providing
respite from the hot sunshine.
(1 36:02 Mike Burnett, Leeds City) 16 43:40 Lucy Williamson first female 29 46:07 Steve Murray 33 46:34 Paul Calderbank 88 51:53 Chantal Busby 331 1:09:31 Sue Williamson 408 finished
From Kate Archer ...
Outi and I completed the Saunders mountain marathon this weekend. We had selected the Kirkfell class. Starting at Grasmere we were given eight control points to visit before reaching our overnight camp. Then start again the next morning with a new list of control points to take us finally back to Grasmere.
The weather was very hot so our plan at the start was to take it really steady which turned out to be a good plan as much of the route was really tough going with some very difficult descents and steep climbs. I had underestimated the event and found day one tough and wondered whether perhaps we had selected too long a class. I had also not packed enough food (fortunately Outi had a bit extra). After 8 and a half hours we reached the overnight camp and were pleased to discover we were 16th in our class and the only female team to have completed the day.
After a not very satisfying meal, a couple of cans of beer (beer and milk being the only items we didn't have to carry) and an uncomfortable nights sleep, we set off on day 2. The course for day 2 was a little easier though our legs were very weary. Outi did a fantastic job of finding all our control points and we finally reached the finish and found that we had moved up a few places to 13th of 22 teams to finish (39 started), our finishing time was 14 hours 45 minutes. Overall a fantastic experience.