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From the Committee ...
Steve Turland for the Spine Fare
Jayne Norman for the Upper Wharfedale fell 3 Peaks race, PB at Settle Saunter
Petra Bijsterveld, Trail des Paccots
Jack Wood, overall winner at HDSRL & 4th at Man v's Horse & 1st at Otley Chevin Fell race, 1st at Otley 10 mile race
Lucy Williamson, 1st lady at Beamsley Beacon fell race and 1st lady at Harrogate 10km
Caroline Howe PB at Eccup 10
Helen Waddington for the Lakeland Ultimate Trails, 1st FV50.
Bradford Millenium Way relay - Caroline Howe and the teams
HDSRL coordinator Paul Stephens
1 1:11:24 Jack Cummings 21 1:23:07 Alex Hirst 30 1:25:25 Rob Cunningham 33 1:26:12 Lucy Williamson 2nd lady 38 1:27:08 David Foyston 42 1:27:18 Andrew Overend 58 1:29:43 Jim Ryder 59 1:29:56 Rachel Carter 1st LV40 63 1:30:13 Jonathan Turner 80 1:32:19 Sara Mclean 83 1:32:40 Rhys Jones 84 1:32:34 Jane Mccarthy 2nd LV40 115 1:34:32 John Hayes 116 1:34:53 Derek Oliver 119 1:34:55 Michael Duffield 144 1:35:56 Michael Abrams-Cohen 154 1:36:57 Andrew Marshall 173 1:38:39 Steve Newell 186 1:39:17 Daryl King 203 1:39:46 Richard Reeve 1st V60 209 1:40:20 Peter Roll 212 1:39:53 Geoffrey Howard 1st V70 236 1:41:12 Colin Williams 247 1:41:55 Robert Budding 265 1:42:43 Mary Fairclough 284 1:42:59 Mark Judkowski 285 1:43:22 Martyn Stocker 301 1:43:54 Steve Murray 318 1:44:34 Nicky Liptrot 324 1:45:05 Kay Pearce 339 1:44:48 Rebecca Mon-Williams 344 1:45:22 Harry Sime 361 1:45:35 Nigel Tapper 390 1:47:23 Craig Berry 419 1:48:14 Simon Jenkins 430 1:47:53 Oli Street 432 1:47:54 Oscar Street 480 1:50:11 Keith Wood 542 1:52:18 Tom Lally 598 1:53:47 Philip Hirst 601 1:53:54 Geoffrey White 602 1:54:08 Lucy Jacques 642 1:54:39 Michael Eardley 722 1:57:40 Joe Rigby 724 1:57:59 Charlotte Smithson 732 1:57:40 Jane Thomas 754 1:58:39 Adrian Weatherly 789 1:58:55 Andrew Merrick 811 1:59:48 Clare Boyle 824 2:00:27 Sally Westlake 826 1:59:27 Ros Brown 831 1:59:50 Stephanie Fox 835 2:00:40 Bess Sturman 867 2:01:56 Will Worboys 877 2:02:04 Alex Stanley-Hyde 898 2:02:51 Hilda Coulsey 918 2:03:09 Jill Ezard 967 2:04:21 Andrew Wilson 992 2:05:53 Sarah Hayes 995 2:05:55 David Ibbotson 1001 2:06:00 Lisa Mcdonell 1003 2:05:59 Peter Tapper 1008 2:06:14 Barbara Bullock 1010 2:05:40 Andrew Mccallion 1084 2:08:01 Dawn Turner 1092 2:08:26 Paul Sugden 1102 2:08:25 Fiona Schneider 1106 2:09:25 Melanie Edwards 1124 2:10:38 Ian Conyers 1131 2:10:56 Sheena Pickersgill 1138 2:10:29 Amelia Miles 1139 2:11:13 Donna Jackson 1163 2:11:27 Claire Greenwood 1164 2:11:12 Rachel Corrigan 1208 2:13:10 John Marshall 1223 2:13:28 Ruth Jones 1232 2:13:57 Sue Harris 1245 2:16:05 Paula Reynier 1246 2:15:09 Bernadette Gibbons 1253 2:15:30 Nicola Budding 1316 2:19:00 Natalie York 1318 2:18:27 Abigail Bailey 1334 2:20:10 Jo Pattinson 1359 2:21:33 Sue Verspyck 1413 2:25:00 Diane Ollier 1439 2:26:25 Sue Williamson 1466 2:28:51 Elaine Ibbotson 1469 2:29:03 Tracy Russell 1519 2:34:24 Emma Roberts 1520 2:34:25 Jill Roberts 1529 2:35:53 Christine Airey 1626 finished
(1 38:53 Gary Priestley, Salford) 9 45:43 John Denniss 11 46:44 Paul Castle 13 47:11 Dave Robson 16 48:58 Kate Archer 1st lady 20 51:29 Will Buckton 34 58:31 Paul Stephens 36 59:02 Norman Bush 47 66:50 Helen Waddington 53 89:22 Peter Lewis 54 finished
(1 18:58 Josh Tighe, Salford) 6 20:27 Steven Gott 1st V40 92 finished
From Roy Ruddle ... 30 miles, 12,000 feet of ascent. I needed a long training run, so decided to try this round (https://www.georgefisher.co.uk/community/abrahams-tea-round/) instead of running the Wasdale race. Perfect weather - dry and warm (perhaps a little too warm given the 4 litres I drank during the day) - and a very welcome stop for tea and a scone at the Croft House Farm Cafe in Buttermere (much more civilised than racing!). 9 hrs 24 followed by a pleasant swim in Derwentwater and then driving home (phew, that was some day-trip).
From Alison Weston... my first attempt at a Sky Race - the new Pinnacle Ridge Extreme Sky race, shorter than the norm but requiring climbing experience to get an entry. The route 28 km with 2700m ascent started from Patterdale over Sticks pass down to Thirlmere, up Helvellyn via Browncove Crag scramble, down Swirral Edge, up Striding Edge, down Nethermost Pike East ridge, then up St Sunday Crag via Pinnacle Ridge with a final short scramble on the way back down to Patterdale.
The winner was Rob Sinclair 50 minutes clear of second position. I was pleased to finish in 15th position and 4th female in 6.14 hrs in a small field (25 runners completed the race)
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 16:17 Matthew Merrick, Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) 164 28:44 Paula Reynier 165 28:45 Dave Reynier 380 ran Skipton (1 18:19 Samuel Williams, Skipton AC) 21 22:28 Catherine Gibbons 74 26:09 Joanne Williamson 219 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:44 Christopher Loftus, KCAC) 34 28:13 Fiona Schneider 134 ran Teignmouth Promenade (1 18:30 Shaun Yeoman, U/A) 2 18:58 Michael Lomas 213 ran Woodhouse Moor (1 17:17 Sam Robbins, Chapel Allerton Runners) 206 26:54 Petra Bijsterveld 497 ran
From Steve Brennan ... Euan finished in 5th place at the European Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt today. The GB team retained their title as team champions with Joe Dugdale winning the race overall.
We hear Tom Adams won with Jack Wood 2nd in this Yorkshire Championships and English Championships race at Kettlewell.
Jack Cummings was 2nd U23 in the Yorkshire Championships. The three together were Yorkshire team champions! More soon.
1 1:14:28 Tom Adams (course record time) 2 1:17:50 Jack Wood 18 1:20:26 Jack Cummings - 2nd Yorkshire MU23 92 1:33:01 Paul Carman 111 1:36:00 Kate Archer - 1st FV40 212 1:58:39 Jann Smith - 3rd Yorkshire FV50 227 2:02:41 Alison Weston *Ilkley won men's team prize*
From Michael Abrams-Cohen ...
Today was the Leeds 10k race- a fast flat race along Kirkstall Road.
3 Harriers raced the course today in quite hot conditions .
Michael AC was first Harrier to finish with 42:29 (251) before Alex Hyde came in at 53:21 (1721) and Abigail Bailey finished off the trio with a time of 1:13:47 (4919)
5,705 people raced today
From John Hayes ...
The Howgill Fells are - for many - the perfect location for a Mountain Marathon. I'm not sure I shared that viewpoint as I descended what seemed like a near vertical slope down to a particularly difficult control. Oliver (14) and I had entered the parent & child course (Bedafell) and it was his first taste of the challenges of this type of event. On the up side, the weather was magnificent and the overnight camp was fabulous as people collapsed by their tents drinking tea and eating varieties of (revolting) dried food as if they were tucking into some gourmet delight. In the Carrock Fell class, many congratulations to Ruaridh Mon-Williams and Daniel Hayes for coming third and picking up a prize and a place on the podium. Well done too to Mark and Rebecca Mon-Williams who were 20th and 3rd Mix Vet team also in the Carrick Fell class. In fact, with their vets handicap time calculated their adjusted time wasn't far behind Ruaridh and Daniel. Oliver and I were also pleased with our 26th in the Bedafell class. For me, possibly for the first time ever in my entire fell-running and orienteering career, I managed to navigate the entire route knowing where I was. As I remarked wisely to Ruaridh and Daniel just before the start, "Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare". "Yes", Ruaridh replied, "... the hare always wins". And with that he sped off.
From Helen Waddington ...
One of the races provided by It's Grim up North who seem to put on a huge number of events, offering summer and winter editions of most of them. Starting in the centre of Pateley Bridge Pie 'n' Pint heads out along the river through fields and trails before heading up one generous hill giving on to a gradual downhill to the finish. There were 5 distances to choose from, starting at 5 miles and going up to an ultra distance, with runners doing laps of the 5 mile circuit. Pete Shields and I opted for the 10 miler and set off together but Pete very soon drifted off in to the distance finishing comfortably ahead and 3rd male overall. I was pleased to be third lady in a small field of runners. We both took away a nice little trophy for our efforts as well as the promised Pie 'n' Pint. It couldn't really have been nicer, with the Dales looking at their best in the lovely sunshine and day trippers eating ice-creams amongst tired runners sitting on the grass munching their pies. The flavour of these races is friendly and low key, but well organised with plenty of water/snack stops and marshals cheering you on. I think we will be back.
(1 1:14:10 Martyn Wilson) 4 1:34:24 Pete Shields 7 1:37:38 Helen Waddington 28 ran
(1 51:35 Neal Crampton, P&B) 38 62:58 Paul Calderebank 64 73:28 Chantal Busby 102 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:25 Leon Foster, Leeds City AC) 122 27:44 Stephanie Fox 412 ran Roundhay (1 18:14 Huw Lippiatt, Valley Striders AC) 34 22:19 Geoff Howard 331 ran Skipton (1 18:16 Jack Leafe, South Derbyshire Road Runners) 8 20:08 Rachel Carter (2nd F) 212 ran Barry Island (1 19:10 Andy Pearce, Penarth and Dinas Runners) 2 19:13 Michael Lomas 185 ran Bramley 1 18:27 Steven Gott 147 ran Centre Vale (1 18:24 Daniel Bennett, Rochdale Harriers) 28 24:57 Will Worboys 100 ran Woehrder See (GER) (1 17:17 Chris Smith, Wirral AC) 25 22:23 Caroline Howe 66 ran
From Caroline Howe ... A pleasant sunny evening in Knaresborough for the fourth Harrogate Summer Race League installment. With the past couple of races having been unseasonably wet and muddy affairs, this was run in the conditions one would expect of a summer league series! It was also back to tarmac with the last two having been off-road routes. An out-and-back route with a downhill final mile providing a fast finish. Jonathan Turner was first Harrier home, and Kate Archer was second lady. This was the final race to count towards the overall standings which take individuals' best three results out of four races. On that basis Jack Wood has already won the series with three wins, and Malcolm Pickering has won the MV65 category. A good show of Harriers this year across the series and lots of excellent performances!
(1 31:02 Rob Scott, RZH) 41 36:49 Jonathan Turner 46 37:01 Kate Archer 132 42:38 Caroline Howe 133 42:41 Malcolm Pickering 161 44:10 Sarah Pickering 164 44:23 Jane Bryan 177 44:44 Tom Lally 236 47:29 Geoffrey White 317 52:09 Amelia Miles 319 52:29 Sally Pickering 325 52:52 Dawn Turner 369 57:05 Sue Verspyck 379 58:52 Sally Wright 380 58:52 Tracy Russell 409 finished
From Sally Armitage ... This was the 2nd year on the new Harrogate 10k course which took on a new location in 2018. Described accurately as undulating and multi-terrain with a torturous 500m climb to the finish. Most runners seemed to agree that the warm weather made for a challenging run! Though the breeze did provide some relief. 5 Harriers took part. Lucy Williamson took the win for the ladies beating her own course record by 2 minutes, with myself and Paul first in our age groups.
(1 34:58 Marcos Angel Valero Palacios, Roundhay Runners) 19 41:10 Lucy Williamson (1st lady) 66 46:04 Michael Abrams-Cohen 76 46:26 Paul Calderbank (1st M55) 77 46:31 Sally Armitage (1st F40) 539 1:06:45 Sue Williamson 755 ran
From Rachel Carter ... In addition to being a League counter the Eccup 10 this year also provided a timely 10 mile race for many in advance of Ilkley Half. This is a well organised (often sell out) event by Abbey Runners, largely on undulating back roads with the exception of a mile or so on trail around Eccup Reservoir. Thankfully the heatwave of Saturday was on its way out by Sunday morning but it still felt warmish for running though some cooling affect was provided by the fairly stiff breeze that seemed to coincide with the uphill sections that occurred more than I recalled from my last outing to this race a few years ago. I followed Johnathan Turner round - keeping him reasonably well in my sight until the last quarter mile up to the finish when he powered off into the distance! Overall a good local race (if you enjoy pacing out the miles on tarmac) with lots of great results for Ilkley this year.
From Hilda Coulsey ... Congratulations to Jonathan Turner who was first Harrier home. Sally Malir and I waited for the prize giving with the Harriers ladies taking the trophies.
Rachel Carter took the v40 first prize and Yorkshire Champion with a stonkingly good time. Caroline Howe was second v35 and a pb. Sally Malir came in second v55 unfortunately sustaining a calf injury nevertheless was Yorkshire Champion. Nicky Liptrot was third v45 in the Yorkshire awards. Hilda Coulsey took the v65 prize and Yorkshire Champion.
Rachel, Caroline and Sally won first team - an excellent result.
(1 57:18 Matthew Hallam, Valley Striders) 60 1:07:37 Jonathan Turner 64 1:07:52 David Westhead 66 1:08:14 Rachel Carter 76 1:09:26 Dave Robson 126 1:13:46 Daryl King 140 1:14:32 Sally Malir 152 1:15:36 Caroline Howe 154 1:15:48 Catherine Crawley 162 1:16:24 Craig Mainprize 168 1:16:46 Sarah Gresswell 199 1:18:42 Nicky Liptrot 203 1:18:59 Mary Fairclough 209 1:19:13 Colin Williams 254 1:21:14 Michael Ho 367 1:19:13 Adrian Weatherly 449 1:31:11 Will Worboys 450 1:31:12 Hilda Coulsey 510 1:34:38 Donna Jackson 516 1:34:52 Paul Sugden 518 1:34:46 Dawn Turner 530 1:35:31 Alex Stanley-Hyde 574 1:38:36 David Ibbotson 613 1:40:36 Jo Pattinson 652 1:44:11 Natalie York 680 1:46:25 Diane Ollier 693 1:48:36 Elaine Ibbotson 798 ran
(1 31:04 Charlie Ing, Calder Valley) 8 25:05 Iain Gibbons 51 ran
(1 19:08 Mark Sennett, Wharfedale) 6 20:06 Steven Gott 22 22:39 Will Buckton 62 ran
From Helen Waddington ...
Another brilliantly organised event from the Lakeland Trails crew. The routes for these races are always beautiful and the 55K (6,500 ft elevation) is no exception. Three main climbs (Kentmere, Grisedale Tarn and Silver Howe) with lots of bumps in between. Almost entirely off-road, the route is technical in places but way-marked and there are plenty of check-points/feed stations manned by the ever-cheery Marshalls. Damian Hall, who was top five at last year's UTMB, was the overall winner in a mind-boggling 5 hrs 39 mins. I was delighted to be first in my age category.
(1 5:39:12 Damian Hall, Team Inov-8) 136 9:41:01 Helen Waddington (1st LV50) 346 ran
From Jayne Norman ... Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue offer 3 run/walks: a valley walk/run, 2 peaks - 13.1miles, and 3 peaks - 22miles. After completing the 2 peaks last year, I thought I would give the 3 peaks a go this year. The weather was not in my favour, the hottest day of the year so far and the longest run I have ever done did not bode well. 4000ft of climb up Birks Fell, Buckden Pike and Great Whernside, a very hot day and a brutal course, but managed to grit down and get round. A well organised event with free pie and peas after (always a nice treat!)
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Pontefract (1 18:41 Daniel Longhurst, Medway and Maidstone AC) 25 21:42 Geoff Howard 315 ran Skipton (1 17:54 Ian Beresford, Barlick Fell Runners) 163 41:29 Karen Shinn 173 ran Bramley 1 15:46 Tom Adams (new course record) 122 ran Tooting Common (1 15:33 Jack Millar, Bristol and West AC) 13 19:27 Rob Cunningham 534 ran
From Jann Smith ... 30 miles / 11,000feet. This challenge starting and finishing at George Fishers in Keswick takes in 13 Lakeland summits including the likes of Catbells, Robinson, High Stile, Red Pike , Grisedale Pike and Causey Pike. It is a beautiful route but very challenging in places so myself and Paul Carman were pleased to finish after a day of 26 degree heat in a good time of 8 hours 54 mins and be rewarded with our free tea and cakes in the Abrahams tea room cafe within George Fishers afterwards.
Congratulations to Jemima Elgood, selected to run for England in the Snowdon International Mountain Race on 20 July. More
From Caroline Howe ... Our 'A' team came 12th out of 54 in 6:33 with the two Jacks taking the leg 1 fastest pair prize (and leg record!); 'B' team were 41st in 8:34. Great running by all 20 Harriers who took part! Some great photos on Facebook.
(1 5:44:48 Ribble Valley) 12 6:33:20 Ilkley Harriers A 1 1:16:23 Jack Wood, Jack Cummings 20 1:26:26 Sally Malir, Sarah Pickering 8 1:04:04 Nick Helliwell, Mike Abrams Cohen 17 1:22:24 Peter Shelley, Andrew Merrick 14 1:24:03 Marc Teasey, Will Buckton 41 8:34:35 Ilkley Harriers B 32 1:45:54 Caroline Howe, Nicky Liptrot 37 1:35:09 Malcolm Pickering, Michael Ho 40 1:26:25 Keith Wood, Lynn Donohue 48 1:50:53 Donna Jackson, Petra Bijsterveld 45 1:56:14 Jayne Norman, Alison Bennet
(1 11:22 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 6 13:15 Iain Gibbons 16 14:49 Roy Ruddle 60 ran
From Pete Shields ... Results:
(1 37:58 Paul Muller, Northern Masters) 80 50:35 Peter Shields 1st V70 482 ran
From Steve Turland ... So I was sitting in a field at 3.30am, somewhere south of Malham, eating an egg sandwich, trying not to be sick. Dark, cold, tired, hadn't seen anyone for hours. Only 35 miles to go. Had always wanted to be in the Spine Race since I started 'dot watching' a few year ago. So I entered the Spine Flare - which is the short version at 108 miles with c17,000ft of climb, following the Pennine Way from Edale to Hardraw. Really suffered for the final third, but was pleased to finish in 4th place overall. Great experience - thoroughly enjoyed (nearly) every minute. Will be back for the winter version (the Challenger) in January, and maybe the Full Winter Spine the year after.
From Colin Williams ...
On Saturday I travelled to the north Pennines to run the Pennine 39 Ultra a 39 mile 5,600ft run along the Pennine Way from Teesdale to Alston.
We started with some light cloud but that soon cleared and with little wind the temperature was a bit on the warm side. As always I started off well but slowed towards the end but still managed to come in 5th in a time of 7hr 20min. around 45 runners took part.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results
Barnsley (1 16:34 Gareth Cooke, Penistone Footpath Runners) 17 21:47 Beth Massey 1st F 191 ran Skipton (1 16:44 unknown) 19 21:52 Adrian Bastow 25 22:30 Geoff Howard 29 23:14 Catherine Gibbons 67 26:08 Hilda Coulsey 202 43:28 Karen Shinn 210 ran Barry Island (1 16:59 Oliver Williams, White Rock Runners) 3 19:09 Michael Lomas 215 ran Centre Vale (1 17:45 Alex Whittam, Calder Valley Fell Runners) 34 25:07 Will Worboys 106 ran Horton (1 17:44 Paul Greenwood, Queensbury RC) 44 26:54 Petra Bijsterveld 101 ran
Well done to Jack Wood on another win.
1 30:53 Jack Wood 36 37:17 Jonathan Turner 46 38:12 Kate Archer 83 40:44 Sally Armitage 102 42:21 Steve Newell 105 42:29 Sarah Pickering 162 46:01 Malcolm Pickering 185 47:04 Jane Bryant 191 47:26 Tom Lally 207 48:22 Phil Hirst 218 48:53 Emily Elmes 276 53:23 Sheena Pickersgill 287 54:06 Amelia Miles 288 54:08 Dawn Turner 312 56:37 Sally Pickering 338 59:46 Anna Pickering 345 60:43 Tracy Russell 374 finished
From Jann Smith...
5 miles/1000ft Up to the trig then back down any way you like!
(1 32:17 Joe Baxter, P&B) 2 32:40 Jack Cummings 13 37:46 Dan McKoewn (1st M40) 22 38:44 Paul Carman 31 41:35 Lucy Williamson (1st lady) 39 42:40 Helen Wood (3rd lady) 57 46:25 Bob Hamilton 86 50:06 Jann Smith (1st F50) 89 50:36 Chantal Busby 97 51:18 Mike Baldwin 113 54:52 Helen Waddington 134 finished Ilkley won 1st ladies team (Lucy, Helen, Jann)
From Jane McCarthy... The 2019 Harriers League is looking the most competitive and highest scoring for a number of years, and with loads of racing over May and June there is just time to to post the League Standings before the next road races (HDSRL 20th June and Eccup 10 30th June). Top of the overall League currently is 2018 Winner Colin Williams, yet to declare a Wildcard but with 8 races run already, he has an impressive 770 points. Jonathan Turner is currently second, with 639 points in 7 races including an excellent wildcard from the Apperly Bridge Canter. Steve Newell is in third place, having enjoyed racing in three fell, 2 trail and two road League races already this year. But behind the top three are some tremendous point scores - Kate Archer achieving 600 points in 6 races, and Rachel Carter achieving 391 points in 4 races. If the ladies can get points in their maximum 10 races they will be very hard to beat.
In the individual Leagues where a maximum of 4 races score, Jack Wood leads the Fell category (293 points from 3 races), Rachel Carter leads Trail (398 points from 4 races) and Colin Williams leads Road (292 points from 2 races).
Don't forget to nominate a Wildcard Race - which can be pretty much anything (except a park run - not deemed a 'race') - it can give a big boost to your overall score - and don't forget there is WINE or BEER to be WON for the Top 10 Places in the Overall League and for Winners in the individual League. All League Races and Information on the Website under 'Racing' and on the league page. Good Luck!
From Paul Stephens...
I have a t-shirt from a Pudsey 10k I ran back in 2006 which has a big yellow banana on the front and the words "all that for a banana". There was a banana for each finisher again this year (there is every year) as well as a t-shirt. Definitely worthwhile. One of my favourite races, although it was 2016 when I last took part. Three years later and 3 minutes slower, although I was only slightly down in terms of position in the field. Like this year's Ripon HDSRL race, I decided to wear road rather than trail shoes. It was slippy through the woods, but I didn't fancy 5k on the road without any cushioning, and I think made the right decision. My back and knees all survived. I saw just one other Harrier before the start but didn't speak to her properly. I was on a mission. Apologies.
(1 37:34 Mark Smith, Horsforth Harriers) 153 52:12 Paul Stephens 504 71:50 Emma Cole 585 ran
Well done to Jemima Elgood 4th woman at Settle Hills English Trials fell race for Snowdon International Mountain Race.
(1 48:38 Daniel Haworth, Matlock) 19 58:06 Dan Mckeown 26 59:53 Jemima Elgood 73 1:10:11 Paul Calderbank 89 1:16:25 Chantal Busby 152 finished
(1 11:52 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 6 13:38 Iain Gibbons 74 ran
From Hilda Coulsey ...
Another 5k race for me this week this time at the British Masters event at Horwich. The winners of the age categories are very much in the top few of the respective runbritain rankings and their times are amazing. Chatting before and after was interesting and enjoyable. The course itself is 3 laps of closed road; up then down, then flat and up to the finish.
(1 15:36 Mick Hill, Leeds) 118 25:20 Hilda Coulsey 3rd F65 128 completed
From John Hayes ...
I hadn't run this classic fell race before. I mentioned this to Jack Cummings shortly before the start. "Is it brutal?" I asked. "Yes" he replied cheerfully (and it was!)
As we congregated at the start line, I couldn't understand why Jack was standing at the back near to me. And then I realised the race went the other way to what I had assumed. I tried to take up my rightful place, but before I knew it we were off. Early on is an exciting river crossing. And then the race goes up .. and up ... and up. Jack took the lead and soon vanished into the mist. I tried to keep up with Helen (all the while with a nagging feeling that this was over-ambitious on my part). On the downhill section, Helen moved up a gear and I gave up trying to catch her and concentrated instead on not falling over. On the steepest part of the descent, at least one runner overtook me sliding on his bottom!
1 36:18 Jack Cummings 21 48:27 Helen Wood (2nd female) 29 50:06 John Hayes 62 ran
British & English Championship fell race.
(1 2:37:58 Carl Bell, Keswick) 4 2:43:41 Jack Wood 161 3:55:31 Roy Ruddle 168 3:57:34 Kate Archer 214 4:20:09 Dick Waddington 235 4:32:43 Alison Weston 309 finished
From Colin Williams ...
I was looking for a marathon to run this weekend and settled on the local "Grim up North, Canal Canter Summer Extravaganza", but as I left it very late to book, the Marathon was full, but there was spaces on the Ultra so I went for that instead.
I was lucky with the weather, a lot better than we have been getting for the last week and I finished 10 minutes before the rain started.
The ultra and the marathon start together. The course starts in Kirkstall and follows the Leeds Liverpool canal, fist to Leeds the turns and runs back along the canal to past the start to Saltaire then back to the start where the marathon finishes, the ultra continues back to Leeds for one last 6 mile loop.
Only about half the ultra runners finished the race, I was pleased to finish in third place in a PB of 4:40:09
(1 4:09:11 Dave Teggart, Bradford Airedale AC) 3 4:40:09 Colin Williams 8 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results
Richmond (1 17:17 unknown) 15 19:33 Rob Cunningham 447 ran Cambridge (1 17:02 Harry Anderson-Chapman, University of Bath Tri Club) 11 19:00 Dan Hayes 208 27:02 Sarah Hayes 480 ran Bradford (1 17:28 Jack Kelly, U/A) 61 23:28 Oscar Street 86 24:32 Philip Hirst 212 28:36 Paula Reynier 471 ran Skipton (1 18:12 Ste Brock, Wharfedale Harriers) 5 19:57 Rachel Carter 1st F 249 ran
From Hilda Coulsey...
Having taken part in the Leeds Evensplits 5k series I decided to try York. It is entirely on the cycle circuit at the University of York Heslington East Sport Village, 5 laps of 1k. It's pretty flat and hence its a potential pb course with more than half of the runners on the night under 20 mins.
(1 16:17 Thomas Holloway, Rotherham Harriers) 80 24:22 Hilda Coulsey 91 finished
From Rachel Carter... A few of us made the short journey on Wednesday evening to take part in the Otley 10, a long standing road race organised by Otley AC for more than 30 years. It has a fast 3 miles to start, followed by some testing hills crossing the Washburn valley north of the town. Conditions were good with the long hill climb good for distracting from the slight breeze. This year the race was part of the Hilly Running Festival with all finishers receiving a free pair of socks alongside a bottle of beer. Jack comfortably took 1st place, being 40 seconds ahead of 2nd. I was 4th lady and 1st FV40.
Provisional results ...
1 54:46 Jack Wood 41 1:07:12 David Foyston 59 1:09:55 Rachel Carter 60 1:10:10 Lawrence Basham 118 1:17:56 Stephen Newell 186 1:24:28 Michael Ho 244 1:32:07 Clare Boyle 288 1:41:49 Janet Smith 310 finished
From Ben Sheppard... As its name suggests, the Settle Saunter is your typical "old man's walking race" - a 23 mile trundle (10k and half marathon versions are available) along trails, trods and lanes in the Dales, chewing the cud and admiring the views between food stations with fellow stroller Dan McKeown. Map, directions and GPS on my watch notwithstanding, we managed to make a couple of 'navigation' errors in the latter stages to add to the fun. Dan and I ran round together almost the whole way until we got lost in the woods and ended up separated, after which Dan got misdirected onto the 10k course for a little extra distance at the end while I made directly for the pie and peas and mug of tea, finishing in around 3 hrs 35. Nice to see some friendly Ilkley Harriers faces at the finish having done the 10k or half marathon courses, including Jayne Norman and Chantal Busby.
From Jayne Norman ... I did the 13.1 mile option, a great course, which does need some navigational schemes, but compared to other races this is more social run without the competitive nature, making it a fantastic race for new (or experienced) half marathon runners. Excellent value for money as free pie and peas, and cups of tea/coffee at the end. I finished in 2hrs 40 (beating my PB by 12 mins)
We hear Beth Massey was 1st F45, 3rd lady. Awaiting results.
Jack may have been 4th, but he was the first runner, 9 minutes clar of 5th place.
4 2:23:39 Jack Wood 767 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Oxford (1 16:45 James Eve, Headington RRC) 14 19:13 James Ryder 103 24:43 Jo Foster 311 ran Bradford (1 18:47 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 22 22:06 Dave Reynier 173 28:56 Paula Reynier 338 ran Skipton (1 16:26, Joe Hudson, KCAC) 5 19:57 Kate Archer 1st F 167 ran
From Steve Brennan ... Euan Brennan took third place on Sunday at the Trial Race for the European Mountain Running Championships.
The trial was held on a wet and windy course up Skiddaw with 660 metres of elevation over 5.2 km.
British Athletics announced today his inclusion in the GB & NI U20 team that will compete at the European Mountain Running Championships to be held on an Uphill Only course in Zermatt, Switzerland on 7th July 2019.
Euan was part of the winning GB team from last years European Championships in Macedonia.
Link to BA announcement.
From Jann Smith ...
7.6miles / 2864 ft
Englands 9th highest mountain was wet and clagged in for this summer evening race, a lovely circular route approaching from the village of Mungrisedale in the East and touching the summit.
(1 1:01:10 Brennan Townsend, Keswick) 137 1:36:03 Jann Smith 1st F50 179 finished
1 17:26 Jack Wood 4 18:16 Jack Cummings 18 20:50 Dan Mckeown 36 21:58 Lucy Williamson 41 22:18 Jonathan Turner 43 22:23 Kate Archer 64 23:32 Richard Joel 73 24:26 Bob Hamilton 106 27:07 Alison Weston 127 29:09 Helen Waddington 160 finished
From Caroline Howe ... Racing in monsoon conditions for the second Harrogate Summer Race League event at Ripon. A mainly off-road course across fields, farm tracks and through woods around Studley Park, the torrential rain meant we we were literally running through rivers, mud, and ankle deep puddles for the entire course. All in all conditions made for a very memorable evening, helped by great hosting by Ripon Runners who put on a great spread and awesome bunnage afterwards! Great performances from the 19 Harriers who made the trip... Jack Wood won the race by almost a minute; Sarah Pickering and Sally Armitage were in the top 10 female finishers; and Malcolm Pickering was first V65. The next race at Yeadon is a Harriers league counter so looking forward to a good turnout!
1 29:55 Jack Wood 47 36:58 Jonathan Turner 114 40:57 Sarah Pickering 115 41:06 Sally Armitage 155 43:00 Caroline Howe 209 45:22 Tom Lally 210 45:24 Paul Stephens 213 45:29 Jane Bryant 218 45:57 Emily Elmes 230 46:34 Malcolm Pickering 240 47:05 Geoffrey White 274 48:53 David Ibbotson 341 53:36 Dawn Turner 350 54:20 Anna Pickering 352 54:28 Sally Pickering 385 57:35 Amelia Miles 398 58:42 Sue Verspyck 413 62:39 Tracy Russell 423 68:35 David Millson 433 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
I looked for an Alpine race to fit in with my holiday plans, and this event in Switzerland just north east of Lake Geneva appeared to fit the bill just perfectly. Given the options of a 17k, 27k or 42k course I immediately chose the longest, thinking that more than 8000 feet of ascent to add to the distance can't be too bad if you say it quickly enough! Training had gone well and I had the benefit of spending my final tapering week in the Alps so could do my last runs at greater altitude. As the day approached the weather got hotter and a forecasted 25 degrees made me worry about heat exhaustion, so a last minute purchase of a bright white baseball cap ensued, which I think helped as I possibly suffered less from the heat than normal.
Race morning saw a collection of very fit looking alpine mountain runners assemble at the start in Les Paccots. No fun runners here! From the entry list I had gleaned that 98% of runners were fairly local, but I had previously made contact with a Dutch compatriot, Mieke, and I was pleased to see her at the start. As it turned out we would meet each other many times during the race.
The course is a mixture of trails through forests, meadows, along (or up) steep mountain sides, across a few snow fields, and there were 2 river crossings. To add a bit of stress there were 3 time cut-offs and I was worried about having to travel back on the bus of shame (thankfully this did not happen)! 8247 feet of ascent obviously means a lot of climbing, what I had not expected was the steepness of 2 of the long climbs which felt almost vertical, the first one at mile 8 had me near fainting and I had to sit down 3 times on a rock with my head down. Many calls of 'ca va?' and 'courage' from passing runners ensued. After taking in some more calories, despite feeling very nauseous, this thankfully did not happen again. At mile 9 the 27k course parted from the 42k and I found myself entirely alone. Thankfully the course was well marked, and at least I did not have to keep stopping now to let faster 27k runners go past. I caught up with Mieke and a French woman runner at the 13 mile feed station and together we climbed the long ascent (5 miles) to the top of Le Moleson (2000m), where we met 3 male runners who had reached the top just ahead of us. The two sweepers had caught up with us and as I am the world's worst descender I then knew I would be the last finisher. Being last, and still worrying about being timed out at the final cut-off, were my only stressors, apart from that I managed to enjoy the final miles despite increasing fatigue, occasionally meeting Mieke at water stations as she was only just ahead, and calling out encouragement in Dutch. The only part which made me really unhappy was an additional uphill stretch of tarmac to make up the distance whilst the finish was actually in sight and along the flat. Like the final lap around a field but ten times worse. Still I did not cry!
I was indeed the 162nd and final finisher in 9 hours 10 minutes, but pleased to see that the 5 runners I had been with on Le Moleson had arrived no more than 10 minutes ahead of me. 20 runners had abandoned the race. I met up with Mieke once more as we tucked into the generous free meal we were given.
I loved the entire experience and could not fault the event organization. Such friendly marshals and volunteers (benevoles) at the feed stations and also friendly local and tourist support along the course. I felt obliged to thank all marshals more profusely as I was last! Excellent provisions at the feed stations including Gruyere cheese (my body really craved salt) and flat Coke. Encouragingly this race was almost entirely plastic free and every runner had to carry their own cup. Despite being last I would do this race, or a similar Alpine event, again as soon as the opportunity arises! Perhaps with less heat I could even be a little faster......
(1 4:19:30 Remi Francais, Ski-Club Les Diablerets) 162 9:10:02 Petra Bijsterveld 162 finished
From Helen Waddington ...
Great to see two other Ilkley Harriers at this event. Paul Sugden and Nicky Liptrot took on the half marathon Challenge event which takes in the first 17 km/1200 ft of the full marathon course as far as Tarn Hows before returning to Coniston. I completed the full Marathon which is a full circuit of Coniston with just shy of 3,000 feet overall ascent and all the usual Lakeland terrain boxes ticked including forest trails, moorland bogs, rocky tracks and a lovely run in along the shoreline before a lap of the finish field thrown in for good measure, which we always enjoy don't we . . .
Half Marathon Challenge (1 1:33:16 Ian Roberts, Liverpool and Sefton Harriers) 32 1:59:04 Nicky Liptrot (4th lady) 232 2:34:09 Paul Sugden 344 ran Marathon Race (1 3:03:20 Joel Jameson, Team Jameson) 156 5:12:16 Helen Waddington 210 ran
From Hilda Coulsey...
I ventured east on the M62 to run the Hull half marathon. I believe I was the only Ilkley Harrier, not surprisingly as the Wharfedale half usually attracts me and is more attractive in many ways! It was well organised and friendly, as expected from the Jane Tomlinson Runforall events, and I hadn't done this one before so I felt it was worth a shot. I'm disappointed with my time I have never experienced the drop off the in pace I did today to achieve my personal worst road half marathon performance. I have to blame the weather, it was hot and humid, and talking to others afterwards I wasn't the only one finding it hard. Others might say I ought to train more however I did manage 2nd in my age category! Grassington will be in the diary for me next year, however the Hull half is definitely a good race to do - it's fairly flat with lots of support.
(1 1:08:41 Mohammad Aburezeq, Altringham) 721 2:06:45 Hilda Coulsey 1289 finished
From Colin Williams ...
A few months ago I signed up to run the Huddersfield Marathon, how hard could it be to run a marathon the day after the Wharfedale Trail Half and the same week as the Ilkley trail? Well know I know, pretty tough.
The Huddersfield road marathon and Half marathon run on a 13.1mile route around Huddersfield, the Marathon runs the same route twice. The route has a lot of climb, I clocked 3,406 ft according to my Garmin, 400 ft of that in the last mile.
The organisers say it is one of the toughest road marathon in the UK, and having run the Langdale marathon last year, who also say that, I would have to agree.
The winner Simon Courtney had a fantastic race, beating the second place runner by nearly 40 mins.
A small event (130 ran the half and 58 the full), but very friendly and well organised, give it a go next year, but not after running the Wharfedale half.
(1 3:14:23 Simon Courtney) 7 4:19:50 Colin Williams 58 finished
(1 1:25:15 Phil Marsden, Horwich) 26 1:43:25 Dave Robson 36 1:45:30 Rachel Carter 40 1:46:20 Jonathan Turner 44 1:47:25 Colin Williams 79 1:54:45 Derek Oliver 113 2:01:21 Peter Roll 126 2:03:53 Paddy Hagan 134 2:04:51 Peter Ferguson 136 2:05:02 Oli Street 254 2:24:12 Jill Ezzard 286 2:29:20 Jayne Norman 320 2:39:45 Fiona Schneider 366 2:52:48 Penelope Coulthard 367 2:52:51 Jo Pattinson 378 2:57:14 Sue Williamson 405 finished
From Will Buckton ... Duddon Valley fell race was the first of this year's Lakeland 'super long' races, starting from the village of Seathwaite near Coniston. There were six major climbs including Little Stand and Swirl How which are relentless. The 2019 race was run in low visibility which led to navigational errors for the three Ilkley Harriers but we all got round in respectable times.
(1 2h59:15 Rhys Findlay-Robinson Dark Peak) 18 3h48:36 Jack Wood 75 4h48:56 Roy Ruddle 77 4h49:22 Will Buckton 117 finished 10 dnf