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Euan Brennan and Bethan Morley competed for England at the International Mountain Running Youth Cup in Gagliano del Capo, Italy on Saturday 24th June. Euan came 5th overall and led the boys team to a Bronze medal and Bethan came 14th and led her team to 6th place overall. Very well done to both on such outstanding results.
A win for Tom Adams, Results and photos ...
1 16:40 Tom Adams 37 24:37 Rob Budding 78 28:53 Peter Lewis 89 finished
From Jez Hellewell ... Back in the saddle with my first race (or challenge as Ben kept pointing out) in beautiful upper Wharfedale. Taking in Birks Fell, Buckden Pike & Great Wherside, over 22 miles & just shy of 4000 feet of climbing, this was tough, but a stunning route.
Starting off in Kettlewell with a tough climb up towards Birks Fell I watched in awe as Ben scampered off in to the distance like a mountain goat with nobody for company. The paths were boggy & not too obvious in places but the course was extremely well marked/flagged as you would expect being organised by the UWFRA. Buckden Pike was a pretty brutal climb before a boggy descent down towards the final climb up to Great Whernside. My lack of 20+ miles runs started to show as I slowed up & got passed on the last 2 miles back down to Kettlewell.
Ben was back with his feet up in the village hall after a mere 3 hours 29 minutes & 10 minutes clear of 2nd place to take a hugely impressive 2nd win of the year. I had to keep telling him that the minute runners appear on the start line it becomes a race!
I was around 8th in 3.57 & Jann Smith ran excellently in 4.17.
A fantastic challenge/run/race in a stunning part of The Yorkshire Dales. Highly recommended.
(1 35:58 Chris Miller, Harrogate) 9 38:26 Matthew Cox 10 38:45 Oscar Stapleton 12 39:00 Martin Archer 24 40:45 Jim Ryder 27 41:18 Robin Nicholson 58 45:20 Lucy Williamson 72 47:15 Duncan Cooper 98 50:33 Ewan Welsh 111 51:54 Alison Weston 113 52:06 Bob Hamilton 155 62:22 Nea Weston 160 65:13 Paul Stephens 167 finished
From Caroline Howe ... The fourth and final 'normal' race in the league (before the handicap on 6 July) was Knaresborough Striders' inaugural hosting of a HDSRL race, and 19 Ilkley Harriers turned up for the occasion. This was an out-and-back starting with a lap of 'Horseshoe Field' in the Conyngham Hall grounds, from where we ran across the High Bridge, down the Beryl Burton cycleway, to Bilton and back, with a lovely skyline of Knaresborough Castle in the distance. By far the flattest of the four races, with a downhill finish, it was a fast course with conditions thankfully a little cooler than the previous few days. Knaresborough Striders did themselves proud as hosts - excellent organisation, great marshalls and a fantastic buffet at the Working Men's Club afterwards, with a balcony giving great views of the famous Knaresborough Viaduct... a great evening all round, with some excellent Harrier performances!
(1 31:34 Ben Pease, Ripon) 7 34:16 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 75 40:26 Ellie Kitchen 89 41:08 Tom Worboys 119 42:45 Malcolm Pickering 129 43:10 Paul Stephens 175 45:29 Caroline Howe 197 46:08 Mary Gibbons 200 46:20 Geoffrey White 202 46:34 David Ibbotson 209 47:00 Jean Sullivan 235 48:43 Alison Bennett 238 48:56 Emily Elmes 302 52:09 Paul Sugden 306 52:30 Diane Kitchen 356 56:52 Donald Macrae 361 57:29 Bernadette Gibbons 379 60:39 Anna Pickering 383 60:57 Vincent Gibbons 388 62:00 Sally Wright 408 ran
From Dick Waddington ... The Great Lakes Fell race (21km, 2100m) is a modern classic covering (in my opinion) the best bits of the Lakes. Race HQ is in a barn at Stool End Farm at the end of Great Langdale. Going straight up Bowfell gets you warmed up and I made good use of any trickle of water I could find to douse myself. After that the running over Esk Pike, Great End, Scafell Pike was beautiful, with just enough breeze to make it pleasant. The gully up to Foxes Tarn is so steep you don't even have to bend over to put your head in a waterfall. From Scafell it's all a bit wild down to Slight Side - the runners were all very strung out by this point and nobody seemed to be taking the same line as anyone else. People would pop out from behind a crag and then disappear. After this the race description says: "There follows a a crossing of what feels like Middle Earth, forging a path from Slight Side to Pike O'Blisco fast running over the trackless reaches south of Great Moss". I paused my fast running(!) for a swim in the River Esk that perked me up no end and I immediately gained 3 places to a trio that was flagging in the heat. Across the moors to Red Tarn was new terrain to me - not one for the clag due to a real lack of features. At Red Tarn the stream was too shallow for a swim so I did my front then rolled over on to my back. Blisco is the last climb before the direct descent challenges the quads as it gets steeper and steeper on good runnable grass. Wow! What a day out, packing so much in to my 4:24, about half way down the field. I recommend this one - as long as you like harsh terrain and don't mind navigating!
From Alison Weston ...
Another win for Jack Cummings and Lucy Haines at Buckden fell race this weekend. It was a lovely day for this race, if not a bit too hot, and fewer runners than normal this year due to the Championship Race taking place at Tebay. The gala was in full swing as the race started.
Jack set off fast from the start, even managing to run the extremely steep first section and set a good lead which he held all the way. Dave Wilby is getting back into fine race form finishing 5th. The ladies race was won by Lucy Haines who finished in 9th position overall, being chased by under 18 Helen Thornton of Buxton AC. Jane McCarthy was 3rd and first V40 in a great time and Alison Weston 1st V50. Category prizes also for Bob Hamilton and of course Norman Bush.
Ilkley harriers also won both male and female team prizes: Male - Jack, Dave Wilby and Dave Robson; Female - Lucy, Jane and Vicky
1 37:14 Jack Cummings 5 40:13 Dave Wilby 9 43:22 Lucy Haines 12 43:55 Dave Robson 18 45:38 Jane McCarthy 40 51:29 Victoria Stevens 43 51:49 Alison Weston 48 53:11 Norman Bush 52 54:13 Bob Hamilton 75 finished
(1 55:01 Mike Jefferies, Richmond and Zetland) 13 61:59 Robin Nicholson 167 83:01 The Goathland Express 299 98:09 Petra Bijsterveld 465 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 17:13 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders) 6 18:50 Will Wood 183 28:17 Catriona Hawthorn 412 ran Portrush (1 18:56 Sam Davies, U/A) 93 27:02 Hilda Coulsey 226 ran Ormeau (1 17:55 Stephen Garland, Belfast RC) 13 19:42 Adam Bennett 324 ran Skipton (1 17:39 Tom Barrett, Keighley and Craven) 38 23:46 Caroline Howe 49 24:46 Chris Cunningham 182 ran Stretford (1 17:19 David Frankland, West End Runners) 9 18:30 Rob Cunningham 507 ran
From Caroline Howe ...
a hot and sticky, and mercifully short (4.4m), HDSRL in Sicklinghall near Wetherby on Wednesday evening.
(1 22:58 Andrew Grant, Harrogate) 10 25:20 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 91 29:51 Ellie Kitchen 154 32:23 Paul Stephens 158 32:30 Malcolm Pickering 210 34:25 David Ibbotson 228 35:02 Caroline Howe 234 35:16 Jean Sullivan 258 36:25 Geoffrey White 266 36:49 Alison Bennett 273 37:10 Paul Sugden 369 41:09 Peter Lewis 375 41:24 Diane Kitchen 405 43:57 Donald Macrae 411 44:48 Emily Elmes 421 45:46 Bernadette Gibbons 436 48:32 Vincent Gibbons 439 48:49 Anna Pickering 447 finished
(1 11:46 Ben Murray, Calder Valley) 3 12:04 Jack Cummings 9 13:11 Iain Gibbons 82 finished
From Andrew Merrick...
In a time-to-push-the-running-boundaries moment of weakness I decided some time ago to enter the South Downs Way 100 organised by Centurion Running - it seemed to be at about the right time of the year and have good reviews and made for a further challenge.......
I was slightly surprised that the mandatory kit list (more of that later) didn't include waterproof trousers, but I was slightly less surprised when I got off the train in Winchester on Friday afternoon, wondering why my upbringing didn't allow me to get a taxi to my airbnb accommodation a couple of miles away...... It was a similar distance to the Chilcomb Sports ground (my landlady "I didn't realise there was one there" was as well informed as google maps), which I found relatively easily with the aid of the tourist map of Winchester I had acquired on may way from the station, once I ignored the online help.
The kit check and number collection process was pretty straightforward and everyone seemed friendly in the late evening sunshine, although the level of kit even for drop bags was slightly intimidating, followed by a pub evening meal with one compulsory beer on my way back to my accommodation. At this point I hadn't worked out to my drop bag strategy for the two places on offer so did a bit of kit faffing to allow me to turn up vaguely organised the next morning.
The 4:45 alarm allowed me to eat the pre-race essential porridge before the gentle jog to the start having found more faffing to be done, arriving in good time (60 seconds) before the 5:45 briefing which also done in a cheerful manner. One lap round the field - just enough time to recruit a running mate - and we were let loose on the South Downs Way (SDW). It turned out that my running mate was also an accountant by background and was attempting her second 100 miler, with support from her husband and a running friend. We stayed together for the first 60 miles or so, during which I concluded she had also had the Brian Melia "lecture" on not wasting time at checkpoints, so there was no messing about at any of the 12 intermediate points on our journey to Eastbourne. As a non supported runner the service at each check point was approaching Helen Waddington levels of excellence - they couldn't have been more helpful (it was very obvious that they had all shared the pain at previous events). There were also separate spots for supporters to provide additional assistance, although no support runners were allowed until you had earned your spurs by completing the first 50 miles solo.
After parting company with my running mate, we were by then moving at slightly different speeds, I seemed to occupy myself by regularly attempting the calculation of how many minutes per mile I could travel at in order to complete our challenge (I don't regard ultras as a race) in under 24 hours. This gave me focus to keep me moving during the challenging but also scenic overnight hours - courtesy of quite a full moon, helped by a very well signed route - essential given the spread out nature of the field by that stage. I also calculated a liquid intake of 8/9 litres over the duration, having refilled my bottle at every one of the checkpoints until the last couple. The only challenge with checkpoints was, of course, they were largely sited in villages at the lower points on the SDW. At least it meant you could complete your refuelling as you walked up the next hill handily placed immediately on exit from the aid station.... (12,700 feet of climb in total for those of you who like to know these things, and less tough than the Lake District equivalents)
The heat certainly made it challenging, as much for food intake reasons, as anything else. I focused largely on a fruit based diet, having at one stage required ? litre to digest one ginger nut...... A bowl of pasta/tomato sauce just after halfway helped enormously both mentally and physically.
The most challenging descent was saved for the final one down into the streets of Eastbourne - I had got away largely with the lower light setting on my torch until then, but a steep narrow overgrown descent required full concentration and visibility. Having survived that intact, I reached the Eastbourne running track about 3:30am at which point a lap of the track was non-optional before the finish line.
Immediately thereafter I found out I had been selected at random for a kit check - 2 torches, jacket, base layer, emergency blanket, whistle, water bottle, and cup and my work was done (no trousers required!) .... A sample may have taken somewhat longer...... The only remaining challenge was to work out what to do with myself until my return train journey north, to which the answer largely consisted of sitting down and drinking tea.
I can certainly recommend the Centurion series for anyone interested in ultra races - they run a series of 50 and 100 mile events in the South. The organisation, navigational support and attitude of all their support staff was excellent both before during and after the race.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Workington (1 18:39 Kevin Wallace, Cumberland AC) 23 23:19 Geoff Howard 73 ran Ormeau (1 17:55 Adam O'Hare, Newcastle AC) 23 20:11 Adam Bennett 335 ran Stretford (1 16:09 Matthew O'Connor, Wakefield & District) 14 18:32 Rob Cunningham 369 ran
From Shirley Wood ... Well Done to Euan Brennan and Bethan Morley who have been selected to compete in an England vest at the International Youth Cup for Mountain Running. The event takes place at Gagliano del Capo, Italy on 24th June. England has a strong record in this event, regularly winning team and individual medals, including a bronze by Jonny Brownlee back in 2007. Team members are all under 18.
Their route to gaining selection: Euan won the trial for this event to earn his first international mountain running vest. He was 4th in the 2016 British Mountain Running Championships. A strong cross country runner, Euan was 11th in this year's English Schools Cross Country Championships and 4th in the Yorkshire County Championships. Euan is currently leading the U17 English Fell Running Championship series. Bethan was 3rd in the trial and earns her second England vest after her debut at the 2016 Junior Home International where she was the 4th England athlete home. Like the rest of the squad, Bethan has a strong background in cross country. In the 2017 season, she finished 3rd in the Yorkshire and 5th in the Northern Cross Country Championships.
From Andrew Jackson ... It is the 1st time I have run on the roads around Penistone Hill (other than to warm up for the Bunnies). Thankfully after a heavy shower around 7, the rain held off. It is an undulating course, with a fast downhill to finish.Had a target of under 40 minutes - failed by 1 second!
(1 29:26 Chris Williams, Queensbury) 42 35:33 Sally Malir 79 40:00 Andrew Jackson 143 finished
From Ewan Welsh... Four Harriers meandered over to Kettlewell just in time for the rumbling sky to clear, making it a fine night for the Kettlewell Anniversary Fell race.
A lovely race, a lovely atmosphere, a lovely post race bowl of soup (gluten free as well!) and supply of McVities Club biscuits (not gluten free alas).
Added attractions to this race is the challenge of the inflatable shark, first male and female to the top of the first climb is required to carry an inflatable shark for the remainder of the race plus there were prizes for people doing their first fell race, all very amicable.
I would recommend this race as future entry into your 'top-five-local-summer-Thursday evening-mid-week-fell-races' list!
Harrier results were (out of 84 runners) :
22nd Paul Calderbank 48.22 1st M55 (started strong, stayed strong, finished strong)
40th Chantal Busby 51.44 3rd FM45 (appeared to float up the 2nd long steep climb)
46th Bob Hamilton 53.46 2nd M60 (Bob's time is inclusive of the time taken to capture a picture mid race just when the evening light was at its most captivating)
47th Ewan Welsh 54.06 8th M50 (strong on the up, not so strong on the down, and yes, Bob made a strategic move on the downhill, I've taken note)
Full results ...
1 56:34 Jack Wood 28 65:42 David Foyston 48 68:23 Andrew Overend 95 73:58 Tom Worboys 98 74:08 Rachel Carter 167 80:26 Mary Gibbons 349 finished
From Jane McCarthy ... Harriers League tables now updated to include Ilkley Trail Race (29/5), HDSRL on 1st June and Wharfedale Half Marathon (4/6). After 11 races Michael Duffield leads the overall league, having run 9 races and accumulating a total of 739 points. Alison Weston is in second place after 8 races with 670 points. Dave Robson in 3rd, having declared a great Wildcard for his race at Cwmdu Fell Race.
At the Ilkley Trail Race, Ilkley men took the first four places, with Tom Adams setting a new course record. At Harrogate Road League (race 2) an excellent performance by Malcolm Pickering earned him 97 League points, just ahead of Matt Newell scoring 96 points for his 5th place. Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon saw Jonathan Sinclair scoring highest points for his great run. Michael Duffield leads the Road league, Adela Reperecki the Trail League, and Jack Cummings the Fell League. Next League races are Buckden Pike (Fell) 17th June, Addingham Gala (Fell) 8th July and Leeds 10K (Road) 9th July. GOOD LUCK!
More on the League page.
|Runner of the month:
|for successfully completing the Bob Graham Round||Other nominations were:
Caroline Howe for her Edinburgh half pb
Jack Wood for great results and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships selection
Mary Gibbons for 3rd lady at Chevin Fell
Jack Cummings for another great month of results plus 2nd at John Carr
Petra Bijsterveld for various pbs
Dick Waddington for supporting Jane
Will Simmons recently joined and 3rd inTrail race
Amanda Parnaby for the LDWA 100m
Hilda Coulsey for 1sts F60 John Carrs and Leeds half
|Volunteer of the month:
Lawrence Basham and the Trail race team
|Other nominations were:
Beginners 0-5k team
Jane's support team
Special mention to Jack for his British Athletics selection.
From Outi Kamarainen ... this year's LAMM was in the far North close to Ullapool. Nice remote Munros and mid camp with lake to swim in. I ran with Kirsty Brian-Jones on the score class. We were 8th overall and 1st female team.
No times available? Provisional results and photos from the Woodentops
(1 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 4 Jack Cummings 9 Iain Gibbons 88 finished
From Keith Wood ... my two brothers and I, ably supported by our mum, set off to Lancashire early aiming to complete the Jane Tomlinson Burnley 10k.
Conditions were good for running, the course fairly fast in the main but with a few hills to contend with!
First home was Andy, soon followed by Keith. Unfortunately older brother Tim was retired from the race due to a calf muscle injury.
(1 32:59 Gethin Jones, Cybi Striders) 120 44:37 Andy Webster 159 46:27 Keith Wood 1357 finishers
From Sharon Meadows ... A beautiful trail race in the Lakes, on a beautiful sunny day! There are 2 start times for the marathon, one at 7am (challenge event with an 8 hour cut off) and the other at 9am (race event with a 6 hour cut off). I really wanted to do the first race but it was already an early start so had to do the 9am start, knowing I would be at the back of the pack. However, I was not expecting to be left behind after the first 200 metres! They just shot of into the distance. It was a stunning course though so I had plenty to look at, and the course is very well marked with good feed stations. I hardly saw anyone all day except for the marshalls (who were all very nice) and a fleeting glimpse of a t-shirt now and again. In the last couple of miles I actually caught a few people up. In the end it took me 5 hours 42, with the winning time being 3 hours 01! A very lovely day out.
Jack Wood won this classy race.
1 4:05:31 Jack Wood 97 finished
(1 1:24:38 Kyle Greig, Metro Aberdeen RRC) 23 1:41:58 Andrew Marshall 26 1:43:05 David Westhead 43 1:45:54 Jonathan Sinclair 53 1:48:11 Kate Archer 3rd lady 56 1:48:48 Dave Robson 59 1:49:15 Paul Carman 77 1:51:13 Ralph Tench 83 1:52:32 Michael Duffield 91 1:54:06 Mike Helme 178 2:08:38 Alison Weston 184 2:10:03 Sarah Edwards 224 2:16:23 Adela Reperecki 230 2:17:24 Jane Thomas 248 2:20:13 Susan Short 262 2:21:32 Richard Morris 295 2:27:49 ElizabePrice 313 2:30:40 Sarah Hayes 318 2:32:27 Ian Conyers 329 2:34:02 Jan Carrier 345 2:38:19 Donna Jackson 387 2:48:39 Paul Sugden
From Brian Melia... I ventured over to the Duddon valley for the classic fell race It takes in Harter fell, Hardknott, Swirl Howe, Dow Crag then over to Caw before a run down to the finish. I ran it 4hrs 34 mins and am not sure of my position. Rob Jebb won it. Beautiful weather to be in the lakes though. A little tough fell race!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor (1 17:35 unknown) 189 25:59 Andrew Overend 472 ran Harrogate (1 16:47 Andy Grant, Harrogate Harriers) 221 26:54 Karen Lambe 325 29:53 Jennifer Carne 452 ran
From Vince Gibbons ... Catherine Gibbons (centre) was second female in blisteringly high temperatures of 30 degrees at the 14th annual La Mistela 9.7km road race at Los Palacios, near Seville, in 46min 42 sec
(1 31:05 Reece Dalton, Ripon) 5 33:11 Matt Newell 56 38:59 Steve Murray 76 40:03 Michael Duffield 81 40:16 Ellie Kitchen 108 42:01 Malcolm Pickering 183 46:26 Caroline Howe 212 47:20 Geoffrey White 264 50:34 Peter Lewis 272 51:04 Paul Sugden 287 52:08 Hilda Coulsey 365 60:06 Bernadette Gibbons 366 60:07 Vincent Gibbons 397 finished
1 17:34 Jack Wood (and 1st local) 3 18:47 Jack Cummings 14 20:49 Michael Lomas 46 23:32 Martyn Stocker 60 24:56 Lawrence Basham 72 25:24 Mary Gibbons 3rd lady, 1st local 76 25:46 Bob Hamilton 1st V60 136 finished
Results here soon ...
A fine win and a new course record for Tom Adams, and team prize (1,2,3,4!) for Ilkley's men. Full results and lots of photos now on the Trail Race page.
1 38:42 Tom Adams 2 41:09 Rob Little 3 41:28 Will Simmons 4 41:66 Jack Cummings 9 44:58 Ben Sheppard 16 47:06 Mchael Lomas 24 47:55 Stephen Coy 39 50:07 Jonathan Sinclair 44 51:03 Steve Murray 45 51:19 Lucy Williamson 54 52:12 Michael Duffield 63 52:56 Rachel Carter 76 53:30 Duncan Cooper 78 53:38 Sally Mahir 1st F50 90 55:20 Robert Budding 93 55:22 Peter Shelley 106 56:14 Geoffrey Howard 108 56:18 Samuel Burden 160 61:54 M Gibbons 171 62:43 Adela Reperecki 186 64:51 Sarah Hayes 193 65:35 Liz Price 207 67:19 Donna Jackson 219 69:23 Tracey Watson 222 70:26 Amelia Miles 246 76:21 Bernie Gibbons 250 77:02 Kate Lofthouse 278 finished
From Eddie Winslow... Well that was a tough come-back event. Some of you may have noticed my absence from competition for a while. This has been as a result of injuring my back two years ago in the LDWA 100. It has been a long, slow recovery and I for some time have had this year's event as my target for a return to serious competition. Preparation has not gone entirely smoothly but I was determined that I was going to complete this event, if for no other reason than to dispel the shadow of the last two years.
This year's event was a clockwise loop from Malton in the Vale of York out into the North York Moors National Park. My expectation was to be in the hilliest sections overnight and that is what unfolded. I started with the faster (we hope) entrants at midday Saturday with the day already scorching. I started at an easy pace that eats up the miles whilst staying aerobic but by CP2 at 9 miles I realised that even this was too quick in the ever rising temperature. Normally early on I walk only the uphills but after CP2 I changed this to include walking the flat sections until the temperatures dropped overnight.
I can't remember where I passed Amanda Parnaby, but it was sometime on Saturday afternoon (Amanda having started at 10am) on a downhill track through some woods. When I had last seen Amanda she had been very nervous about her 1st 100 so it was good to see that she was about the most cheerful person I'd passed all day.
My feet had been hot all day and by 40 miles I could feel some blistering developing around my toes. By 50 miles I knew the blistering was going to get serious but I had a kit bag available at the CP 12 miles further on with a change of shoes available, and by then it would be first light, always a psychological lift. Without that change of shoes I think I would have abandoned then. However, they gave some relief and on I went. It was, however, clear to me that any ideas of running further were over; it was now just about completing. My feet were letting me know that I was adding further damage to the already bad blistering but once I get to a certain point I'm so close to finishing that I'm not going to quit - that point is usually about 2/3rd distance. I therefore walked the next 38 miles at a good pace, ticking off the CPs, eating and drinking steadily and always with one eye on the constantly rising temperature and the risk of heat stroke. Despite some internal debate about my sanity in continuing, once I'd got to 80 miles there was no way I was stopping, short of physical collapse.
I therefore walked into the finish at 5.30 on Sunday afternoon. My time of 29h33m is the slowest 100 I've ever completed but it was still the 20th quickest time for the event.
Congratulations to Amanda on also completing. 30 percent of starters didn't but Amanda completed after 43 hours at 5am on Monday morning, comfortably inside the 48 hour time limit.
(1 15:04 Jack Smith, Wharfedale) 4 16:42 Iain Gibbons 55 26:50 Mary Gibbons 66 finished
From Caroline Howe... The first 6 miles of the ever popular Edinburgh Half Marathon was in blazing sunshine, despite the 8am start. Thankfully the cloud came over in the latter stages giving some respite. Beautifully flat with nice long stretches along the coast; the toughest bit is the long stretch from 9-11 with faster runners in the opposite direction before the loop-back on to the home straight. A pb course it is, and a pb it was for me, as I finished in 1:44:02 - over 5 minutes off my previous best.
From David Howe ... A later start for the marathon meant a nice lie-in on race day for once. Cloud cover in the early stages lifted to give a very warm second half. With reasonable pacing I finished my 16th marathon in my 4th fastest time of 3:41:01.
From Alex Hyde ... Very emotional event in Manchester today but also very uplifting with a tremendous atmosphere throughout and wonderful support from the people of this amazing city. It started with a rousing round of applause for the unbelievable work that the emergency services carried out on Monday night, followed by a minute's silence, more applause and then a heart-rending rendition of 'Don't Look Bank in Anger' .... I don't mind saying I shed a good few tears. The race itself was brilliantly organised and supported, and followed a relatively flat course from the City Centre, out to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, back to Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium, and then on to a grandstand finish on Deansgate. Permitting me a little self-indulgence, I had a great run with really even splits (5k in 28 mins, 10k in 56 mins and 15k in 84 mins) but finished in an agonising 2:00:12 ..... 13 seconds off 'glory' but a PB by over 2 minutes so can't complain. Final place was 2581 out of 5717 and I was the first (only) Ilkley Harrier home from what I can see!
From Dave Robson ,,, As I was in the area I thought I would give the Cwmdu fell race a go. 920m ascent in just under 10 miles made up of three steep climbs and rapid descents through the grass, heather and bracken of the Brecon Beacons. The weather managed to be hot,humid, and misty with wind and poor visibility at the highest points. Route finding was a challenge in a few places but the race was well organised and marshalled so no real problems. I was pleased with my 14th place out of 53 and with Entry at £5 including tea and cake it was a good, friendly event that I would recommend if you are in the area.
(1 1:23:41 Robin Wood) 14 1:35:13 Dave Robson 53 finished
From Outi Kamarainen ... Lucy Haines ran well, 5th female and 3rd non-vet. Very impressive. Whole of Haines family ran, Harriers results below. I survived with legs feeling lethargic but struggled aroubd and got the T-shirt. I was awarded the John Dare Shield together with my Islands Peaks Race partner Leyre Flores for the combined Scottish Islands Peaks race and Jura performance. My legs were cramping at the ceilidh later that night.
76 4:45:43 Lucy Haines 126 5:20:05 Peter Haines 191 6:07:05 Outi Kamarainen 192 6:07:53 Florence Haines 193 6:07:53 Sarah Haines
From Vince Gibbons ... Second claim Ilkley Harrier, Catherine Gibbons (left, in the picture), running with Universo Sevilla AC, was 2nd lady in 38 minutes 27 secs at the thirtieth annual Bastillipo Popular 8.6k race held at El Viso del Alcor near Seville. Temperature was a cool 27C. The race was sponsored by an artisan bakery.
From Jane McCarthy ... a massive thank you to everyone who supported Dick Waddinton and me attempting the Bob Graham Round. Not just our four brilliant leg supports (Alison Weston, Kate Archer, Nick Pearce and Helen Waddington) but also Jann Smith and Paul Carman for turning out at Honister and everyone tracking us from home (or work!) and sending so many messages of support. Great to be part of such a fantastic community at Ilkley Harriers. Yesterday was epic (the Bob Graham Round consists of 42 Lake District summits, 66 miles and 27,000 ft of climbing in under 24 hours) - it was also very hot. During Leg 3 Dick took the difficult decision to end his attempt, disappointing for us both. It was great to see him safely at Wasdale and recovering in the shade when Kate and I came in at the end of Leg 3. Special mention to Helen Waddington who tirelessly supported us from 4am Friday morning through to 1am Saturday and ran Leg 5 with me, encouraging me all the way on the long tarmac finish in to Keswick. Delighted to finish in 23 hrs and 7 minutes.
From Dick Waddington ... it felt a bit too warm for 1am when Jane and I set off from the Moot Hall in a muggy 17 degrees. We paced ourselves well up Skiddaw and found Great Calva well in the dark. The parachute route off Blencathra is quite exciting and is easier the Hall's Fell ridge. We came in to a welcome porridge break provided by Helen at Threlkeld and picked up Alison, who set a great pace for us. The beautifully cool breeze was a headwind, but it had the required effect and we picked up some time. Spirits were up at Dunmail Raise for porridge, noodles, coke and jelly (and that was just for me). Steel Fell is steep, but is quickly over with. It was about 10am now and of course it would get hotter and hotter for the next few hours. This slowly cooked me and I have form for heat stroke, which I started to recognise. At Pike of Stickle, I decided to float the idea that I was done for. By Rossett Pike Kate and Jane had very reluctantly agreed to carry on to Bowfell with me tracking along the tourist path to Esk Hause, over Scafell Pike and down to Wasdale - one man's depressing exit strategy is another's nice day on the fells. Many thanks to Kate for her support. By taking a shorter route I got back to Wasdale to see Kate and Jane (who were very relieved to see me again) before Jane set off up Yewbarrow with Nick. I continued with Helen and Andrew to support at Honister. Overall all it was an amazing day, I was so pleased to see Jane, Helen and Andrew running in to the Moot Hall (I drove from Little Town!) a little after midnight. Would I try again? It's too early to say.
(1 32:35 Ben Pease, Ripon 7 35:04 Matt Newell 93 41:02 Ellie Kitchen 100 41:07 Tom Worboys 124 42:27 Michael Duffield 141 43:21 Malcolm Pickering 163 44:26 Paul Stephens 215 46:47 Philip Hirst 233 47:32 David Ibbotson 239 47:43 Mary Gibbons 243 47:53 Caroline Howe 257 48:39 Jean Sullivan 276 49:46 Geoffrey White 341 52:52 Paul Sugden 378 55:14 Diane Kitchen 419 57:45 Donald Macrae 427 58:05 Anna Pickering 437 59:10 Emma O'looney 455 1:01:08 Bernadette Gibbons 464 1:02:34 Vincent Gibbons 468 1:03:20 Sally Wright 471 1:03:35 Emily Elmes 483 1:08:15 Abigail Bailey 493 finished, a League record
Fropm Outi Kamarainen ... "Did you bring your bikinis?" is not a question one normally hears before the start of a fell race. Then again, this was no ordinary fell race. Though Scottish waters aren't as famed as the Mediterranean for improving your tan line, I had in fact packed a bathing costume and suntan lotion, together numerous fleeces and woolly jumpers, just in case.
This year I got a chance to compete in the Scottish Islands Peaks race. After putting up (an unsuccessful!) dating advert on the race website roughly along the lines of "Two female runners looking for able bodied seamen for a wet and wild weekend", I was very excited to hear that, despite my disappointingly empty inbox, we did indeed have a boat. My running partner Leyre's friend had a yacht - Cloude Nine of Lorne. Normally chartered out, the owner Davie had thankfully decided that he wanted a return to racing after a few years break.
Briefly, the SIPR, as it is known, requires teams of 5 - 3 sailors and 2 runners, and the race involves sailing between certain islands off the West Coast of Scotland, and running to the top of the highest peak on each island.
The race starts in Oban, and finishes in Troon, after having visited the isles of Mull, Jura and Arran. The runners make their way over the highest point (Ben Moore, the Paps of Jura, and Goatfell respectively) on each island. The combined running distance is just over 100 km, with a few kilometres of assent thrown in for good measure. However, the sailing component seems to me to be far more challenging. For starters, the distance is 300 km (which to me is a lot of nautical miles), but the real difficulty lies in navigating through the different tidal flows between the islands. If you miss a tidal gate, the yacht can be stationary for up to 6 hours, or even pulled backwards by the tide. Being always in command, our skipper only slept about 4 hours between Friday morning and Sunday night. We, on the other hand, were free to sleep the whole time spent at sea.
Thursday night in Oban, we boarded the yacht and were assigned our cabins. But I was far too excited to sleep, as the boat gently rolled on the small waves. Little did I know that in two days' time, I would be similarly lying awake, this time keeping half an ear open in order to guess when the sailors were going to tack next. This gave me a chance to shift my legs to brace the opposite wall of the cabin and stop myself being tossed across the cabin and hitting the wall, as the boat tilted from one side to the other.
I raced with a Spanish lady, Leyre Flores, who is based in Glasgow. Though we'd never ran as a pair, we'd complete in several of the same races, so I knew that I didn't have to worry about her hill legs. The initial 'sprint' around the coastal trails of Oban went well, comfortably running towards the back of the pack, as the fast male teams shot off in uncontrollable enthusiasm. There was still a very long way to go, so we tried to conserve our energy. After arriving back at the yacht club, we were swiftly rowed to the yacht and off we went. Except we didn't really. The lack of wind meant that the whole fleet slowly drifted out of the harbour over the next few hours, propelled only by the tide, or in some cases, runners rowing the yachts along! The wind picked up slightly on the way to Mull, but we still had enough time to enjoy a freshly cooked stir-fry for lunch, and admire the stunning views out on deck. We were back on dry land at about 5 pm, for the first (22 miles) run on Mull. After a long, steady road section, this was an enjoyable scramble up a scree slope, followed by a traverse on lovely springy ground, getting us back on board for 11 pm. The run on Jura followed a similar pattern, and the colourful flowers and crystal-clear waters along the coastal road helped to pass the time. In particular, we were surrounded by blue bells the whole time. The first Pap is approached from a different direction compared to the Jura fell race, and, from a distance, it looked impossible to climb up without a rope. Closer up, we were relieved to find a faint trot at the bottom of the steep climb leading to the top, and the rest of the run went well. The sail around the Mull of Kintyre that followed was much more exciting, given that the winds had picked up considerably. As such, the evening meal consisted of instant pasta, to which you only need to add hot water. This was "cooked" whilst wedged in the kitchen galley, with one hand always holding on to the sink. The timed our arrival into Lamlash, for the final run on Arran, perfectly. The rain stopped just as we were being rowed on shore, and by the time we'd run from Salen to the bottom of Goatfell the clouds had lifted, so that only the very top was obscured. Arran was similarly very picturesque, with masses of flowers in bloom, and beautiful forests to run through. By this point, my legs were quite tired, but it was a fantastic feeling, knowing that after few more hours our race would be done. We even manage a beer each during the final 2 hour sail over to Troon on the mainland.
It was a brilliant race, with four very different runs, and the brand new experience of being on a yacht thrown in for good measure. Combining sailing and running made the race far more interesting - we were overtaken several times by the same teams whilst running, since we could overtake them, in turn, on each sailing leg, given the speed of our boat.
From Ben Sheppard ... Results ...
(1 1:07:20 Mohammad Abu-Rezeq, Altrincham & District AC) 10 1:14:48 Will Simmons 4797 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
Four of us drove to Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield for the British Masters Open Road Relay Championships. The course consisted of a one lap, undulating circuit through the park, on wide tarmac paths, with a distance of exactly 3 miles. We left Ilkley in glorious early sunshine but by the time we reached the venue it was grey and overcast and the predicted rain showers came thick and fast. We were glad we had brought the club tent!
As to be expected at national championships there was tough competition, but we had primarily entered this as a social event, like an away-day from Jane's Thursday evening speed sessions. That is not to say that we did not give it our absolute maximum effort on what we all felt was a tough course. I am not sure if having just run 3 John Carr 5K's was an advantage or disadvantage: 3 miles remains a painful distance especially with an uphill start.
Still, the positive experience of being in a relay team cancels out most of the pain, and we would recommend this event for 2018 to every Harrier with an interest in road running.
W35 (1 1:15:25 South London Harriers) 22 1:36:58 Ilkley Harriers Jane Bryant (23) 23:35 Hilda Coulsey (23) 24:28 Sue Harris (24) 24:36 Petra Bijsterveld (22) 24:19 (nn) is team position after each stage 25 complete teams finished
From Ewan Welsh ... When I first started fell running the Goat Fell race was one of my local races back in the day, this was something to contemplate as I made my way over on the Ferry as a v50 for the first time.
Have to say I still have the same unbridled enthusiasm I had as a teenager as I jump onto the ferry, you still get a sense of escaping the mainland onto another way of life. It's been a number of years since I ran this wee gem of race (too many really), however any grand plans (not that there were any) were thwarted by a dead leg on the downhill (that's my own dead leg , not a random dead leg left aside by someone!) , the dead leg was the result of a slip on the stairs several weeks ago and resulting bruised back. The steep downhill (after a steep uphill) proved to be a step too far too soon.
Having to adopt a rather hobbled technique leading with one leg and one leg only to descend I had to endure a cramp fuelled mile on the road and a final lap of the park to finish. No matter how often I've ran this race the mile on the road at the end always seems a ? mile longer than the last time and I forget about the final lap of the park, until I get there at the end. At least I have a tangible improvement to aim for next year!
The weather proved to be ideal, as always, the post race spread was the usual high quality, atmosphere is extremely welcoming from the moment you board the ferry , they have showers, so the traditional fell runners don't have to wait to Sunday for bath night to get a wash, and there was the unique aspect of registering on the ferry on the way over. I haven't checked the results out yet, they'll be somewhere on the web and/or, social media thingy stuff ... I switched off from the race a bit due to my physical state and I was the only Ilkley Harrier, I had to have wee lie down when I finished until the cramp eased up a bit.
The race route is 8 miles, and 2900ft, straight up and down from Brodick, first/last mile or so is flat and on the road, the main ascent is just under 3 miles, so it gets a bit steep at times and there is quite a bit of granite rock to meander on, all in all, it's all good.
If anyone is interested for future reference, Ardrossan (from where you get the ferry) is about a 4 hour drive from Ilkley, Arran itself has some really understated but spectacular walking/running routes , there a a few decent ridges for those that like that sort of terrain (not to mention a SPA Resort, Cheese Shop, Brewery , Chocolate Shop , Arran Aromatics, decent Bakers for those that like that sort of terrain !), cycling as well, it's a bit of a traditional Sunday cycle route over the summer, big dilemma for the cyclist is to go clockwise or anti-clockwise around the Island, and that's before they analyse the figure of 8 route !
PS The Three Peak Sailing race tends to be on same weekend, they land at Arran on the Sunday and head up Goat Fell.
From Brian Melia... I always like to do this race for personal reasons. Unfortunately for me partners were thin on the ground... Facebook helped with Tony Marlow entering with me. We had a good run round in 2nd place for age, which was good considering the weather. A lot of teams dropped going up to Scafell. We took a lengthy line - my fault off Scafell which cost us, but neither Tony or myself seem bothered.We enjoyed the event, which is beautifully run as a low key race for fell runners. It is tough and does always test me, but it is worth the effort. The T shirt is converted. Time 9 hrs 34 mins 37 miles 10000 feet of climb. Helvellyn,Scafell Pike, Coniston Old Man It is well worth a look for those who like days out in the Mountains!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... A 1st finish for Jack Wood this week on the Stray at Harrogate. Some excellent junior performances too, which can be seen by clicking through to the results.
Woodhouse Moor (1 17:18 Ciaran Ford, Horsforth Harriers) 14 18:36 William Wood 539 ran Skipton (1 16:32 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers) 12 20:40 Tom Worboys 51 24:20 Norman Bush 170 ran Harrogate 1 17:10 Jack Wood 467 ran Stretford (1 15:52 Callum Rowlinson, Sale Harriers) 13 18:9 Rob Cunningham 652 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ...The ever popular John Carr 5k race series in Esholt was run on yet another new course this year. Efficiently organized by Saltaire Striders, chip timed, and held on closed roads within the Yorkshire Water estate, the race (which had been a net downhill course until 2015, and a straight out and back course in 2016) now starts and finishes at Esholt Hall and loops around in 2 directions. Runners do a short circuit around the Hall and then run out towards Apperley Bridge station, returning past the Hall and up the hill towards Esholt, looping around the small 'roundabout' at the top of the hill before a fast descent back to the Hall and the finish line. This course has more total elevation than the previous two iterations, and the hill in the 3rd mile certainly came as an unpleasant surprise (having been in the middle last year) which took a little adjusting to. Nice to have the Hall as the backdrop to the start and finish (as well as having the use of the luxurious toilets), most felt that this was an improvement over having to congegrate by the roadside as we did last year.
Ilkley Harriers were present in large numbers, especially for the first race which was a club league counter, and where there were excellent results especially at the sharp end with 5 young Harriers in the first 10 finishers, Jane McCarthy taking 1st F40, Hilda Coulsey 1st F60 and Geoff Howard 1st M70. The second race was a little quieter, coming the day after Jack Bloor, but saw Sally Malir finish as 1st F50 and Hilda 1st F60 again. Race 3 saw Tom Adams take the win in 15:31 which set the standard on this new course, and Hilda cruised to a category win for the 3rd week in a row.
The end of the 3rd race brought the series trophies out of the cupboard, with Nina Pearce winning F11, Jack Cummings coming 2nd in the senior men, Alison Bennett and Adela Reperecki being 2nd and 3rd in F55, Hilda gaining the F60 series trophy, and I was fortunate enough to take the F50 title, more for turning up thrice than for absolute speed! Trophies aside there was a lot of dedicated, eyeballs-out, lactate-zone racing from all, resulting in several new 5K PB's, amongst others for Michael Duffield, Steve Murray and myself.
Thanks must also go to several Harriers who came along to offer support and cheer from the roadside which is much valued.
Final positions (runners taking part in 3 races) by category:...
JUNF11 1 Nina Pearce 2 Catherine Westhead 3 Emile Elmes F50 1 Petra Bijsterveld F55 2 Alison Bennett 3 Adela Reperecki 5 Diane Kitchen F60 1 Hilda Coulsey MSEN 2 Jack Cummings M45 7 Steve Murray M60 7 Philip Hirst M65 4 Peter Lewis
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
1 15:31 Tom Adams 9 16:13 Jack Cummings 13 16:25 Dominic Coy 42 18:04 Stephen Coy 82 19:21 Steve Murray PB 100 19:34 Tom Worboys 143 20:45 Nina Pearce 147 20:49 Catherine Westhead 151 21:03 Harry Stead 195 22:29 Phil Hirst 218 23:19 Alison Bennett 222 23:29 Alison Weston 227 23:47 Adela Reperecki 240 24:11 Peter Lewis 244 24:16 Hilda Coulsey 1st F60 253 24:37 Emily Elmes 262 24:59 Diane Kitchen 263 25:06 Gaenor Coy 270 25:24 Petra Bijsterveld 373 ran
From Rachel Carter ... Whilst in the Yorkshire Dales on a sunny Sunday for the Junior races with my kids, it seemed opportune to take part in the Great Whernside Uphill Race from Kettlewell. Having historically done only races on the roads or trails, this was my first 'fell race' with the exception of 'Jack Bloor' which I don't count as it's on home 'training' ground. With a bit of walking en route (that never happens on the road) I managed to make it to the top, and then enjoy the fantastic views during a more leisurely descent with my family.
(1 19:15 Chris Edwards, Helm Hill) 21 26.27 Kate Archer, 2nd Female 48 28.25 Rachel Carter 50 28.29 Norman Bush 73 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld... There was a choice between a full or a half marathon at this well organized, chip timed, trail running event in the Howgill Fells. Sarah Hayes and I traveled to Sedbergh for the half marathon option. With 3183 ft of total ascent this was obviously never going to be the easiest HM around. We climbed from Sedbergh via Winder and Arant Haw up to the Calf, which meant 5 miles of virtually constant climbing. Practically all the height gained was then lost over only 2 miles: a very steep descent by the side of Cautley Spout. After the Cross Keys checkpoint at mile 7 (with most welcome Jaffa cakes and flapjack) the course was fairly undulating, though on narrow stony tracks. We faced a shorter but very steep climb at mile 11, followed by the final descent back into Sedbergh. For most participants the entire race involved a lot of walking, the ascents were certainly too steep to run for many, though I made good progress power walking. At least the enforced walking enabled me to enjoy some of the great views from the tops. I am always a poor descender (unless it's tarmac!) and on the downhills I lost much of any time gained on the climbs. Sarah and I overtook each other a few times along the course but her better command of descending rightfully enabled her to beat me to the finish line.
(1 1:49:33 Jonathan Cox, Eden Runners) 106 3:08:01 Sarah Hayes 111 3:08:42 Petra Bijsterveld 163 finished
From Hilda Coulsey... A smaller than usual contingent from Harriers tackled the Leeds half (although there might be a few not registered as Ilkley H - let us know how you got on). Weather was weird: chilly breeze from time to time but seemingly very warm too. Having not run more for than 75 mins since last Sept I was a little concerned, it was warm and I did struggle. The cheery wave from Jane B as she eased past me and reminder of running form was helpful ..... for a little while. My time was not brilliant for me, just to keep going was the aim, and so I was most surprised to get 1st F60. It must have been tough for others too. Well done to all.
(1 1:10:22 Mohammad Aburezeq, Altrincham) 120 1:27:02 Jonathan Sinclair 525 1:37:41 Rhys Jones 1227 1:47:29 Jane Thomas 1876 1:54:28 Jane Bryant 2136 1:58:37 Hilda Coulsey 3655 2:06:38 Jacqui Weston 4007 1:59:29 Melanie Edwards 4112 2:11:13 Donna Jackson 4521 2:16:54 Alex Hyde 5387 2:16:43 Bernadette Gibbons 6187 2:35:17 Abigail Bailey 6753 finished
From Alison Weston ... I think I was the only Harrier at the classic Fairfield horseshoe race (14.5km/914m) on Saturday. It was clearly a popular race with a delayed start due to the numbers registering. It's a truly great course for very fit runners as the gradient up and down is not too steep. Alas for not-so-fit-runners (like myself) it seems to take an awfully long time to reach Fairfield itself! We were in mist on the tops and against the wind on the descent but it didn't stop it being very enjoyable. I was aiming for just less than 2 hours but made a few mistakes on the descent and finished nearly a minute over in 2:00:55
From Jo Foster ... I headed over to Kirkby Malham on Saturday morning to run this 9 mile race. There's a choice of two routes- 9 or 22 miles. Wet conditions made for very slippery limestone pavement and mist up high but still a great route. I was really pleased to finish as First Lady and Ralph Tench made it a clean sweep for Ilkley, winning overall.
From Duncan Cooper ... Results ...
22 mile race (1 2:58:18 Alistair Shutleworth) 15 3:28:34 Duncan Cooper 88 4:27:59 Alison Eagle 170 finishers 9 mile race 1 1:15:52 Ralph Tench 10 1:28:31 Jo Foster 1st lady 42 1:45:41 Elizabeth Price 80 2:15:22 Amanda Poppleton 108 finishers
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Cardiff (1 16:11 Oliver Williams, Les Croupiers) 12 17:30 Alex Hirst 847 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 16:50 Timmy Gedin, Arena 80 AC) 22 21:09 Sally Malir 2ndF 495 ran Harrogate (1 16:29 Harry Holmes, York Knavesmire Harriers) 48 21:32 Andrew Sheldon 445 ran Skipton (1 18:36 Matthew Warters, U/A) 2 19:05 Will Wood 108 29:28 Sue Verspyck 152 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Provisional results ...
(1 15:40 Tom Cornthwaite, Salford Harriers) 10 16:35 Jack Cummings 45 18:19 David Westhead 115 20:00 Steve Murray 138 20:47 Sally Malir 1st F50 139 20:49 Nina Pearce 153 21:06 Catherine Westhead 224 22:47 Phil Hirst 253 23:40 Adela Reperecki 255 23:31 Alison Bennett 268 24:11 Petra Bijsterveld PB 272 24:16 Hilda Coulsey 276 24:43 Emily Elmes 309 25:59 Diane Kitchen 329 26:38 Peter Lewis 420 ran
Jack Wood won for the third year in a row, and Ilkley won the men's and ladies' team prizes.
1 38:57 Jack Wood 10 42:13 Jack Cummings 1st U23 15 44:14 Dave Wilby 16 44:49 Oscar Stapleton 18 44:55 Ben Sheppard 33 47:01 George Stevens 38 48:17 Ralph Tench 1st V50 40 48:20 Lucy Haines 1st lady 49 48:57 Jemima Elgood 2nd lady 50 48:58 Michael Lomas 61 50:30 Ben Joynson 62 50:33 Jonathan Sinclair 64 50:48 David Foyston 67 50:55 Peter Shelley 77 51:39 Paul Calderbank 85 52:45 Steve Murray 89 53:50 Paddy Hagan 93 54:07 Martyn Stocker 107 55:05 Sarah Edwards 110 55:12 Rachel Carter 120 56:04 Paul Stephens 127 56:53 Michael Duffield 129 57:04 Rebecca Mon-Williams 135 57:55 Alison Weston 138 58:05 Mary Gibbons 139 58:09 Robert Hamilton 160 62:05 Joyce Marshall 167 62:42 Anna Makin 168 62:43 Geoffrey White 171 62:50 Ian Marshall 172 62:58 Anna Nolan 186 68:26 Sarah Hayes 197 71:23 Peter Lewis 203 72:15 Alice Green 226 100:07 Rachel Websdale 227 finished
Well done to Jack Wood for his selection for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.
(1 19:48 Ben Mounsey, Calder Valley) 16 22:59 Iain Gibbons 82 finished
1 37:26 Will Simmons 4 40:49 Martin Archer 33 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld... This local race is now in its fifth year and has become a very popular trail 10k from the village of Hawksworth. An informal atmosphere, friendly marshals, nice views, lambs in the fields, and plentiful flowering gorse and bluebells help to take the mind off the pain of the almost 900 ft total ascent to conquer. Some of the tracks in the early part of the race are narrow, with frequent stiles causing queues especially for the steadier runners at the back of the field. However, that is all part and parcel of this type of race and personally I was quite glad of the occasional enforced breather.
Tom Adams took the win and set a new course record, Robin Nicholson came a very creditable 7th, Steve Murray was home in 32nd place well under 50 minutes. Alison Weston and Adela Reperecki both claimed a category win, followed by Steph Fox, Hilda Coulsey, Debbie Nicholson and myself. I had Hilda in my sights for much of the race but was not able to catch her despite my best efforts, in part thwarted by a tree root at 7k which sent me flying to land flat on my face, thankfully unhurt and unseen!
1 35:45 Tom Adams 7 42:55 Robin Nicholson 32 48:06 Steve Murray 90 55:02 Alison Weston 1st FV50 100 56:52 Adela Reperecki 1st FV55 146 62:49 Stephanie Fox 165 64:58 Hilda Coulsey 168 65:48 Petra Bijsterveld 192 68:48 Debbie Nicholson 248 finished
From Helen Waddington... Great conditions for the second race in the Lakeland Trail Race series - 18k of undulating and scenic trail, open grassy moorland and rocky bridleways with a sting in the tail climb in the last 2k up Reston Scar followed by a fantastic heart in your mouth descent to the finish in Staveley Rec. Another great run by Jane McCarthy taking 5th lady and 1st LV40.
(1 1:10:07 Jonathan Cox, Eden Runners) 31 1:27:53 Jane McCarthy 119 1:45:34 Helen Waddington 191 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Woodhouse Moor Leeds (1 16:14 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC) 15 18:34 Tim Ashelford 47 20:23 Tom Worboys 587 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:41 Tom Calvert, Knaresborough Striders) 64 22:43 Norman Bush 410 ran
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Great Ilkley turnout and some fantastic results at the sharp end with 5 young Harriers in the top 10 at the first race of the John Carr series.
A new course with the hill in the 3rd mile presented plenty of scope for speed and agony in equal measure. Superbly organized as always by Saltaire Striders. This was a counter in the race league.
(1 15:43 Sam Clegg, Rotherham Harriers) 2 15:46 Euan Brennan 3 16:17 Cameron Reilly 4 16:21 Jack Cummings 7 16:36 Dominic Coy 10 16:49 Oscar Stapleton 37 18:06 David Westhead 48 18:33 Stephen Coy 86 19:33 Dave Robson 89 19:33 Mark Iley 90 19:34 Jane McCarthy 1st F40 94 19:39 Steve Murray 113 20:01 Michael Duffield PB 153 21:02 Catherine Westhead 154 21:07 Harry Stead 162 21:13 Nina Pearce 191 21:54 Geoff Howard 1st M70 216 22:36 Phil Hirst 218 22:47 Caroline Howe 239 23:22 Adela Reperecki 241 23:32 Alison Weston 243 23:26 Alison Bennett 251 23:48 Emily Elmes 258 24:00 Stephanie Fox 270 24:21 Peter Lewis 272 24:24 Petra Bijsterveld PB 280 24:39 Hilda Coulsey 1st F60 304 25:50 Gaenor Coy 417 ran
From Hilda Coulsey ... 27 members attended and the resolution to amend the Constitution as
proposed was agreed overwhelmingly.
Club Constitution, updated May 2017
Information on the development and fundraising for it is on the new ilkleyathletics.org.uk website
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