Stuart Pitches – Bob Graham Round
Nicky Jaquiery - Bob Graham Round (in the heat!)
Norman Bush - 1st v70 and 2nd V65 at English Fell Champs race at Coniston
Andrew Bennett - overall improvement, particularly his times at the John Carr races taking 7mins off time from last year
Sally Morley - overall ladies winner of John Carr series and 1st V35
Jamie Hutchinson - winning the Airedale Triple Trail series
Christine Cox - overall improvement including a sub 2hr Leeds half marathon time and time at latest HRL race
Mike Picken - overall improvement, setting PB's in 5k, 10m and 1/2m all in May
Ladies V35 team at BMAF Relays: Sue Bickerdike, Jane Bryant, Sally Morley, Jann Smith
Additionally, it was felt that we should recognise the two Bob Graham Round achievements, so we will provide a bottle of wine to Nicky and to Stuart to celebrate.
John Coates was 72nd in 71.27
Congratulations to Lawrence Basham and everyone involved with the Ilkley Trail Race - another succesful event by Ilkley Harriers. Tom Adams won the race for the 2nd year, faster this year in 41.24, and Sally Morley took the ladies' record with 49.04. Ilkley won both the men's and women's team prizes. More Harriers results below - full results and more photo links on the Trail Race Page.
1 41.34 Tom Adams 6 43.59 Matt Cox 14 46.00 Dave Wilby 15 46.01 Mark Mon-Williams 18 47.17 Ben Sheppard 21 48.14 Steve Coy 22 48.19 Richard Reeve 24 48.37 Richard Joel 28 48.56 Nick Pearce 29 49.04 Sally Morley 31 49.37 Andrew Merrick 35 50.13 Henry Heavisides 39 50.49 Tony Melechi 41 51.15 Dave Cummings 54 52.21 Alison Bennett 55 52.22 Andy Shinn 58 53.00 Norman Bush 67 53.44 Charles Oxtoby 76 54.31 Mike Baldwin 77 54.35 Nigel Tapper 78 54.38 John Tate 81 54.55 Kelly Harrison 89 55.48 Jake Cassani 94 56.06 Graham Breeze 105 56.58 Jann Smith 107 57.09 Vic Verecondi 109 57.12 Helen Horton 117 57.37 Andrew Jackson 132 58.44 Sarah Haines 136 59.10 Jane McCarthy 143 60.02 Dougie Scarf 149 60.33 Sharon Meadows 160 61.18 Nic Mellor 162 61.26 Andrew Bennett 176 63.14 Don Macrae 189 65.36 Robert Payne 191 65.43 Christine Cox 194 65.54 Alison Frost 195 65.55 James Pickersgill 199 66.13 Sheena Pickersgill 210 67.37 Paul Sugden 218 68.17 Colin Lugton 219 68.25 Louise Jackson 222 69.31 Fiona Schneider 242 72.51 Emma O'Looney 243 72.54 Judith Scarfe 253 75.42 Greg Wright
This was a counter in the Ilkley Harriers Race League
From Rachel and Bryan Websdale, junior race organisers ... Oh what fun we had. Well done to Laurence and Gemmas' prayers and thank you to the big man cos the weather was great! All the juniors had a safe and fun race with the older groups enjoying a run around the bluebell woods. A massive thank you to all our junior marshalls. Having kids running in the woods is a big responsibility and could not happen without the help of all the volunteer (OK some coerced) marshalls. Thank you thank you thank you and please all come again next year! Junior results in with the seniors, and junior race photos, all on the Trail Race Page.
From Steve Turland ... 16m, 7500ft. Clag was down for this one making navigation tricky with quite a few runners going 'off route'. Ilkley results were:
1 3:28:36 Rob Jebb (Bingley) 36 4:16:25 Jonathan Whitaker 43 4:19:42 Steve Turland 77 4:41:15 Helene Whitaker (4th lady) 134 5:19:12 Alison Weston
Jo Foster reports ... Nice race with great cakes afterwards. Jim Ryder was 27th in 57.55. and Jo was 160th in 72.51
Steve Weston reports ... I hijacked a family camping weekend in the Langdales to do a fell race.
I should have looked at the small print 2,100 ft in 3.5 miles!
After a quick tarmac start outside the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and into the uphill slog early on the route follows a well flagged path up to CP1
at the top of Dungeon Ghyll. Things got interesting as the route ascended Harrison Stickle in the fog at CP2. As I came off the top there was some route
marking but I still managed to go off piste down a treacherous ghyll, and I did think I might be ending up in the Stickle tarn before I came across some
runners below me just before CP3. Thankfully out of the mist and onto a grassy descent to CP4 North West of Pike Howe. I then went the wrong way round
Pike Howe before attempting the techincal run back down to the finish.
Sam Watson was first in sub-40, too technical for me I finished 22nd in 1.10 ish. Nontheless a well run race with some very welcome hot food at the end.
7 20:45 Richard Hinlsey 25 26:48 Andy Wiggans
Justin Phillips reports ... I popped along to the ABC tonight aiming for a top twenty finish and hoping to banish some personal demons of this race from a few years ago. Tom plodded around in 34.19 (2nd place) which easily puts him top of the Harriers 10K road rankings despite the inconvenience of hills and nettles and stuff. See y'all on Sunday!
2 34:19 Tom Adams 21 39.05 Justin Philllips 87 44.59 Graham Breeze 256 55.17 Bernie Gibbons
Results are now up for the Badgerstone Relays. The night
went really well, with 51 teams, including 14 junior and family teams. The weather wasn't entirely kind to us, so thanks to everyone for running and special
thanks to all the Harriers who helped as race marshals and officials - races simply cannot happen without able volunteer helpers like this.
Paul Sugden's photos..
Results from www.bofra.co.uk
11 17.33 Ian Rowbotham 1st Vet 18 18.20 Dave Cummings 51 26.59 Jim Towers U14 race 12 8.27 Jack Cummings
Jeff Paget reports I ran the inaugural Scottish Half Marathon at Edinburgh which started at 8am, 2 hours before the Marathon
which had been my initial aim before injury earlier in the year forced me to swap races. My eldest son, Tom, a runner with Otley,
was also doing the half. After a scorching hot day in the city on Saturday I was glad of the earlier start and as it happened the
weather reverted to true Scottish weather on the Sunday morning. It was overcast and a heavy shower soaked us as we waited at the
start and then there was a bit of sea mist as we approached the coast.
I understand that there were over 3,000 runners, but there must have been a lot of “casual” runners as the website tells me that I finished in 65th place in a time of 1:26.14. I certainly agree the time, but they have recorded me as an open runner despite those who know me being able to confirm that I am well past the age qualification for a veterans category! Tom, aged 29 and therefore proof of my veteran status, finished 131st in 1:31.19.
Neil Chapman finished 696th in the Edinburgh Marathon. 696th (in a field of 9,500) in 3h27.28
Graham Breeze was 41st in 1:15:52
Gaenor Coy reports ... a lovely day for Keswick Triathlon. Water had warmed up to a almost warm 15 degrees, despite this Vic and I both had a nightmare swim.
Due to low water levels, the swim exit needed to be changed resulting in a extremely long run to bikes. Lovely scenic bike route, but then ending in an very long and uphill
scramble with the bike to T2. Run was very hot!
Short race – 400m swim, 23K cycle, 5k run 25th John Tate 1.19.21 26th Brit Tate 1.19.33 (2nd junior female/3rd overall female) 73rd Gaenor Coy 1.35.35 76th Vic Verecondi 1.37.31 Long Race – 750m swim, 40K bike, 10K run including a run to the top of Walla Crag, Great views but v v hot and over 1000m climb 27th Steve Coy 2.22.25 112th Andy Bewell 2.40.41
Bob Wightman reports ... Nicky Jaquiery got round in 22:42 on a very hot day - it was 13C at 2am at Dunmail and very humid. Some pictures of the central leg here, and some more photos from Graham Weston here.
There is a full report in the July/August newsletter, read Morgan's text here.
Jamie Hutchinson reports ... What a weekend! Brian Melia and I did our first Scottish Islands Peaks Race starting on
Friday 21st May and finishing Sunday 23rd. The race combines fell running and sailing taking in Mull, Jura and Arran. The running includes four runs; a short run round Oban, Ben More on
Mull, the Paps on Jura and then Goat Fell on Arran – a total of 60 miles and a serious amount of climb!
Starting at midday on Friday we managed to finish at about 5pm on Sunday having done all the runs, but unfortunately only having sailed a small section of the route due to lack of wind and having to be back at work Monday. As neither of us took a stopwatch not sure of times until results are published on the SIPR website.
We both thoroughly enjoyed it and for me I had some of the best days running ever! – the Paps on Jura being the best of all.
Next stop 3 Peaks Yacht race in June.
A super evening, great scenery, and a testing course.
We achieved a main team win, and continue to lead the male vets and super-vet team competitions.
Full results on www.harrogate-league.org.uk
17 33.10 BEN SHEPPARD 18 33.12 JUSTIN PHILLIPS 20 33.26 IAN ROWBOTHAM 21 33.32 MARK MON-WILLIAMS 27 34.20 STEVE COY 29 34.25 RICHARD REEVE 30 34.31 HENRY HEAVISIDES 36 34.49 MALCOLM PICKERING 54 36.12 ANDREW MERRICK 66 36.45 JEFF PAGET 77 37.52 KEVIN GOOCH 79 38.04 JANE BRYANT 82 38.24 PAUL STEPHENS 94 39.33 ALISON BENNETT 99 39.47 PETER SHIELDS 159 45.14 PAUL SUGDEN 163 45.32 DONALD MACRAE 166 45.55 MIKE PICKEN 171 46.32 GAENOR COY 173 46.52 CHRISTINE COX 174 47.04 ROBERT PAYNE 185 48.01 ANDREW BENNETT 204 49.24 SALLY PICKERING 205 49.26 JUDITH SCARFE 208 49.29 COLIN LUGTON 218 50.44 EMMA O'LOONEY 220 51.15 PATRICK GIBBONS 222 51.58 JACQUI WESTON 230 54.45 SUE VERSPYCK 237 58.45 AMANDA PARNABY 243 65.43 BRIAN SWEET
Dave Wilby reports ... Kelly Harrison did the club proud by scampering away with the 1st ladies award, and a very generous pile of prizes. The race is a short & sharp dash from Fitz Park initially on road/path and then climbing on track to the foot of Latrigg where a very steep grassy slope takes you to the summit. A similarly steep grassy descent brings runners back to the foot of Latrigg from where steps are re-traced back to the finish line. Kelly was leading initially after a good start before being passed on the climb to the summit. However, she dug in well and got her tactics right, lengthening her stride on the run in to re-claim 1st place, and cross the line 13 seconds clear of the second lady, in a time of 24:44mins.
Henry Heavisides reports ... Ilkley Harriers had a great haul of prizes at the presentation for the John Carr series.
Sally Morley was 1st lady overall as well as 1st F35. Alison Bennett was 1st in the F45 category, Henry Heavisides 1st M55, Pete Shields 1st M60 & Harriet Jackson 1st F junior.
Jane Bryant was 2nd F40 & Steve Coy 3rd M35.
For race 3 itself, Mark Mon-Williams was 1st Ilkley Harrier to finish ahead of Richard Reeve, myself, Steve Coy, Andy Wiggans & Mark Iley; Sally Morley was 1st F35 & Lucy Jacques 1st F junior. Richard Reeve & Mark Mon-Williams narrowly missed the prizes, finishing 4th in their age categories.
Full results on St Bedes web site.
(1 15.46 Greg Hull, Leeds City) 30 17.22 Mark Mon-Williams 37 17.35 Richard Reeve 39 17.39 Henry Heavisides 44 17.50 Stephen Coy 48 18.02 Andy Wiggans 49 18.11 Mark Iley 59 18.26 Sally Morley 87 19.26 Alison Bennett 92 19.33 Simon Chapman 93 19.37 Richard Hinsley 97 19.47 Jane Bryant 111 20.23 Adrian Bastow 112 20.23 Adam Bennett 113 20.24 Sam Haggar 115 20.26 Jack Cummings 116 20.27 Dave Cummings 119 20.33 Keith Wood 130 20.55 Peter Shields 136 21.13 Dave Taylor 137 21.22 Edward Bickerdike 142 21.35 Andrew Jackson 143 21.42 Bradley Chapman 174 22.53 Lucy Jacques 176 22.55 Tom Bennett 177 22.56 Andrew Bennett PB 36s 182 23.08 Michael Picken 184 23.12 Louise Jackson 195 23.42 Bob Payne 205 24.48 Harriet Jackson 214 25.46 Allison Ricci 215 25.55 Alessandra Ricci 248 28.55 Jo Taylor
Malcolm Pickering reports ... n this local and relaxed but tough fell race of 3.75 miles and 800 foot of ascent Tom Adams won in 25:04.
1st Tom Adams 25.04 9th Martin Archer 28:38 23rd Duncan Cooper 31:12 53rd Graham Breeze 35:11 64th Jim Towers 37:16 82nd Sue Morley 42:13 93rd Lyn Eden 52:21 In the junior races Under 8 4th Ned Cheetham 3:06 Under 10 11th Ella Shouler-Harris 4:42 Under 12 5th Ben Cheetham 10:50 6th Sarah Pickering 11:08 9th James Pickering 11:31 Under 14 10th Anna Pickering 33:17
Nik Legge was 984th in 42.49, a 10km PB
Mike Picken reports ... this was only my 4th half marathon and I was aiming to try and get under 2 hours for the first time, so after an early start, leaving Ilkley at 7am I arrived at Chester race course for the start, the conditions were good, nice and dry and not too warm. With the field of 2146 runners we had a brisk start, it took me a bit of time to get to the start but had an enjoyable run and managed my 3rd PB of the week 10 mile, 5K and 1/2 marathon, showing I am starting to reap the benefits of joining the Harriers! With my gun time just missing my 2hr target but on the chip I managed to run under 2hrs for the first time - 1325th in 1h59.05
Andrew Sheldon reports ... this is Richmond London and the course is flat mostly along the Thames riverside. An early start 8.30 but fine weather with a little breeze. Running 2nd claim as Guidlford & Godalming AC in 1.38.36 for my first half marathon. Looking forward to some weekend events back home for Ilkley.
Amanda Parnaby reports ... 26 miles from Sledmere although my navigational and map reading skills added at least an extra mile. A well organised LDWA event on a lovely day. Finished in 6 hrs 30 mins
Jamie Hutchinson reports ... a really cold wet start I headed up into the Dales and from Kettlewell into a lovely headwind which never seemed to disappear.
From Buckden we headed up and over Fleet Moss – at this point I realised how quick my bike could go, losing my waterproof in the process. Now praying it didn’t rain again I
headed up and over Buttertubs and then on to Tan Hill, with that headwind all the way to the top. From there you feel like you’ve done more than enough! But much more was yet to
come with a pedal to Nateby and then Garsdale Head, Horton and finally back to Grassington. I finished in 7.35 and a silver standard.
A few other Harriers were in this, incl Andy Wiggans (see Andy's Blog
Clare Smith reports ... managed to take in some glorious Lakeland views as I struggled round the Fairfield Horseshoe race on Saturday. I was accompanied by Neil who trotted effortlessly near to me giving a commentary of which peaks he could see along the way. We were blessed by fine weather throughout and there was a good turnout of runners for the 10 mile route, including several Ilkley Harriers.
Paddy Hagan adds ... I'll get my excuses in early: it was too hot at the bottom, too steep on the way up, too cold at the top (nice views though) too long on the way down, I got fed up with my bumbag, didn't have a clue where I was going for the last two miles, and nor did the guy in front (I thought this in particular as I swung from a tree half way down a cliff). Nevertheless, a great fell face and great weather. I came in not much under 2 hrs, a bit slower than my rule of thumb.
From Sarah Fuller ... I also dragged my weary bones round the Fairfield Horseshoe on Saturday. I seem to be finally making headway against a pesky virus that has been stalking me since Feb so it was a pleasure just to get round feeling (relatively) good and enjoy some sunshineJ. Despite knowing the route really well I still managed to stray off course on the descent – serves me right for blindly following the guy in front! I came in about 10 mins faster than last time so well pleased.
From Jo F ... Harriers were led in by Steve Turland, followed by Dave Wilby and Jim Ryder. Jim was 52nd in 1.36.07. Nick Pearce had a good run and must have been well up his vet category and Kelly looked to be doing well. Still gettting used to being a fell runner once more after a long time out I discovered that everyone else can now go faster than me downhill! I too descended Paddy's cliff face! But what a fantastic race - amazing weather and views.
Nick P adds ... A suprisingly large and strong field of 380 runners for a non-championship event, and pretty well ideal conditions - doesn't get much better than this Paddy! Fantastic run from second claim Graham Pearce, 3rd behind Rob Jebb (40 secs outside record) and Ben Bardsley. Jane Reedy (ex Ilkley Harrier, relocated to the Lakes) first lady also in 96 mins. A fantastic day out at one of the classic Lakeland horsehoe events.
Results from www.amblesideac.org.uk:
1 1.16.00 Rob Jebb, Bingley 3 1.18.25 Graham Pearce, P&B 34 1.32.29 Steve Turland 37 1.33.10 Dave Wilby 52 1.36.07 Jim Ryder 61 1.36.30 Nick Pearce 145 1.49.46 Kelly Harrison 206 1.55.31 Paddy Hagan 289 2.05.21 Jo Foster 297 2.06.22 Clare Smith 298 2.06.24 Neil Smith 305 2.08.40 Rachael Gooch 339 2.17.12 Sarah Fuller
Jane Bryant reports ... Ilkley Harriers made their 1st ever appearance at these National Road Relays in Sutton Park, Birmingham (my old stomping ground) on Saturday.
We took a Ladies V35 team. Sally Morley started us off in the scrumage at the start, she ran a storming leg coming in under 18mins in 6th posn overall and 2nd V35, Jann then took over running the rather
undulating course in just over 21 mins, Sue B meanwhile was having kittens wondering what the hell she was doing there. She ran leg 3, running her legs off in under 23mins.
I had the job of leg 4 which was tricky as all the other teams in the other categories except the V35s were only running 3 legs so as I set off there was no-one in sight.
I did however manage to pass a couple of teams including including my old club Birchfield, so I was quite chuffed with that. I am very proud of the team coming in a
fantastic 10th place out of 19 at this National event. I really think that this is an event we should target as a club as our strength is in the vets, and I think the men could do extremely well here.
It was well organised and friendly, supportive marshalls from B'ham city council, and it was really nice to see all the old people getting out for a run in the park on a nice sunny day - flasks'n all!!
Read Sue's take on it here.
Fv35 results 1st Dulwich Runners A.C. 1.12.29 10th Ilkley Harriers 1.21.29 Sally Morley 17.50 Jann Smith 21.21 Sue Bickerdike 22.53 Jane Bryant 19.25
(P.S. There are photos of the team with eyes open on Centurian Runners Flickr site thanks to Louis Satterthwaite.
Jamie Hutchinson managed to clinch the Airedale triple series Guiseley Gallop, BBW, MVT), by virtue of Tom Adams not showing (he says)! And Elizabeth McCann won the ladies title in the series.
Results from Valley Striders web site
6 46.30 Jamie Hutchinson 26 51.55 Brian Melia 51 54.47 Sally Malir 2nd L45 56 55.15 Elizabeth McCann 2nd L35 117 62.16 Andrew Jackson 124 62.40 Catherine Gibbons 168 68.10 Louise Jackson 177 69.31 Bernadette Gibbons 188 71.20 Allison Ricci 228 76.20 Sue Williamson
Results from www.bofra.co.uk
11 27.32 Ian Rowbotham 54 32.13 Jim Towers 70 42.50 Lyn Eden
Jane Bryant reports ... Mike Bryant managed to stay for the whole run and finished in a good time of 1.08mins and Rob Wills finished in 1.15mins. Results from Freebird Events:
83 1h08.53 Mike Bryant 124 1h15.06 Rob Wills
Spotted Heather Dawe 4th female,and Stuart Pitches 4th in the male pairs, on www.openadventure.com - anyone else?
Andy Wiggans reports ... my 3rd Bratfud Parkrun today and my first without young Lily. Ran into Paul Sugden and a "Mystery Harrier" (who requested her participation remain anonymous,
but given that she posted a perfectly respectable time I'm sure she won't stay anonymous for long) before the start, and also Richard Hinsley and his wife Lindsey Hinsley (see how many times
you can say that after a couple of pints of Snecklifter).
Set off and before long found myself in the unprecedented (well, since the Lancaster Schools 800m final 1980) position of being in the lead. This scared me to death and with no-one to chase (and being a bit pooped) gradually slowed down each of the three laps until eventually the guy behind me did the decent thing and passed me on the last lap. I had a fairly comfortable cushion by this time over the chap in third so I rather pootled in for second place and a time of 18:44. Richard was 5th in 20:06, Paul was 29th in 24:45 and the Mystery Harrier was 38th (and 6th lady) in 26:47. There were 62 running on a lovely sunny morning.
Henry H reports ... Perfect conditions for running again at Esholt saw another big contingent of Ilkley Harriers tackle the fast 5k course.
Richard Reeve was first of our runners to finish, knocking a few seconds off the M50 club record that I set only last week. Mark Mon-Williams,
Steve Coy & myself all ran similar times to the first race. Mark Iley did 17:48 to be the 9th Ilkley runner faster than 18 minutes for 5k so far this year.
Sally Morley was 2nd in the ladies race with an improved time of 18:14. Alison Bennett improved by more than half a minute & Jane Bryant was also under 20 minutes.
Full results on St Bedes web site.
28 17.23 Richard Reeve 34 17.37 Henry Heavisides 35 17.40 Mark Mon-Williams 40 17.48 Mark Iley 42 17.57 Stephen Coy 47 18.14 Sally Morley 79 19.25 Alison Bennett 88 19.42 Jane Bryant 89 19.43 Adam Bennett 90 19.44 Neil Chapman 92 19.47 Adrian Bastow 101 20.18 Sam Haggar 105 20.23 Jack Cummings 118 20.52 Peter Shields 128 21.16 Jann Smith PB 136 21.34 Keith Wood 140 21.36 Edward Bickerdike 144 21.59 Nick Mellor 174 23.04 Tom Bennett 179 23.16 Louise Jackson 182 23.23 Michael Picken 185 23.33 Andrew Bennett 188 23.44 Bob Payne 202 24.47 Allison Ricci 211 25.39 Harriet Jackson 212 25.40 Andrew Jackson 260 31.12 Dave Taylor
Results are up on www.jackbloor.co.uk - a great turnout, Ilkley were 2nd team and 1st ladies team, lots of Harriers in the junior races too.
5 40.44 Tom Adams 11 44.28 Dave Wilby 21 45.17 Martin Archer 22 45.17 Chris Gale 27 45.39 Ian Rowbotham 28 45.40 Mark Mon-Williams 30 45.58 J Hitch? 32 46.57 Jim Ryder 37 47.12 Ralph Tench 41 48.03 Stuart Pitches 42 48.06 Ben Sheppard 63 51.00 Duncan Cooper 71 52.05 Toni Melechi 77 52.56 Paddy Hagan 78 53.01 Kelly Harrison 88 54.06 Steve Weston 95 54.34 Chris Oxlade 102 55.03 John Hayes 106 55.36 Marlon Frost 109 55.46 Alison Weston 111 55.49 Alison Eagle 112 55.50 Julian Carter 115 55.52 Dave Taylor 117 56.01 Rachel Wolfenden 120 56.10 Rebecca Mon-Williams 122 56.53 Sarah Haines 124 56.57 Mark Richmond 126 57.12 Steve Newell 146 59.27 Sue Booth 147 59.29 John Pickering 153 59.47 John Coates 154 60.07 Dave Cummings 155 60.08 Joyce Marshall 158 60.11 Keith Wood 159 60.15 Jo Foster 161 60.43 Sarah Brown 171 62.11 Andy Jackson 180 63.48 Bob Payne 188 65.19 Rachel Hagan 189 65.20 Sally Morley 195 68.23 Andy Webster 197 68.48 Kevin Wardale 208 84.03 Rachel Websdale 209 84.16 Claire Macina 213 93.39 A Farmery
Jim & Lyn report ... 4.25 miles with 550ft of climb. Third race in the 9 race series. Dull, cold, drizzly evening, great running conditions. Recent dry weather made conditions underfoot very firm and the water levels in the three river crossings very low. Lyn had a PB for this race having run the Trunce 7 times - Thursday training may be coming through at long last!
Jim Towers 36.26 Lyn Eden 47.12
Peter Shields reports ... Micheal Picken and I went over to do the Ripon 10 trail race on Sunday. This is a hilly course but well worth the trip, based where the Harrogate League hold their handicap race it skirted some of that route. This should be looked at as a counter in the running league next year giving both fell and road runners pain, oops pleasure. Micheal took 5 mins off his time last year finishing in 91.04 253rd position. Trying to get some fitness I recorded 74.20 finishing in 88th position and 2nd v60.
Derek Fuller completed the Fellsman (61 miles round the Dales) in about 13 hrs and 40 mins, Russ Thomas in 16h56 (knocking quite a bit off last year's 21h07) (official times tbc).
Andy Wiggans reports ... Once again the lack of league points being up for grabs led to a smaller number of Harriers in attendance than last year,
but there were 10 of us at Leeds today. The start pens, whilst not chaotic, were less than ideal, with a Very Big Bloke in an orange tabard not letting us in
until his radio told him to, so I ended up with an insufficiently warm warm-up due to hanging around waiting to be let in. I also had a thick head cold that
I've been struggling to shake off. The pointy end of Harriers' running was represented by Mr J Phillips, who'd forgotten his watch, so I determined to see
if I could at least keep him in sight, although with the way I was feeling I wasn't sure how possible that was likely to be.
In the end Mr Tabard allowed us in to the pens and we got away easily enough. Justin boinged off into the distance and I quickly realised I was having to work rather harder than I would like so let the pace (and myself) drift back. There was a briskish headwind on the climb up Stonegate Road and I slowed significantly up there, only really managing to get back to a respectable pace once we were on the ring road. By this time Justin was boinging quite a way ahead, so I took to counting how many lamp-posts I was behind him (for those that are interested he got to a maximum of 4 ahead). Once on the flat bit on Kirkstall Road I was hoping my marathon stamina would come to the fore and I'd run a blistering 5k to finish, but unfortunately my head cold had something to say about that so whilst I felt fairly strong and did pass quite a few people I never really got going. I caught a glimpse of Justin as he turned off the slip road towards the Headrow, but the run-in from here to the finish seemed a long way today as I coughed and spluttered my way to the line.
In the end I was happy enough with a chip time of 1:24:00 and 58th place, a couple of minutes slower than last year but conditions and my nasal passages were significantly worse today (interesting I was 2 minutes slower but only 5 places lower than last year). Justin was 49th in 1:23:19, which is a good effort to get into the top 50 in a field of over 3,000 people. I also saw a chuffed Dave Ibbotson who'd taken about 6 minutes off his recent Blackpool time on a far harder course.
(1 Andrew Pearson, Longwood AC 1:05:54 49 Justin Phillips 1:23:19 58 Andy Wiggans 1:24:00 789 Martin Wright 1:47:02 880 Dougie Scarfe 1:48:16 1356 Dave Ibbotson 1:54:08 1404 Christine Cox 1:55:12 PB 15 mins 1408 Ian Hargreaves 1:56:24 1770 Jacqui Weston 2:03:00 1904 Ashleigh Brownhill 2:04:00 1951 Abigail Bailey 2:04:45 1954 Judith Scarfe 2:07:03 (Gun positions, chip times)
Steve Turland reports results (14m, 4,000ft):
(1 Andrew Orr - Clayton 2:14:18) 6 Ian Rowbotham 2:25:03 8 Steve Turland 2:26:09 13 Jim Ryder 2:29:39 44 Norman Bush 2:57:13
Jim & Lyn report ... 5 mile, 700ft of climb. Cold evening with a strong wind against you on the way up. Recent dry weather meant that the normal boggy bit was quite firm underfoot, with only one boggy stream to negotiate:
John Coates 42.39 Jim Towers 44.37 Sue Morley 47.39 Lyn Eden 58.51 1st LV 0/65
Results c/o Val Kerr ...
(1 Ted Mason 23.53 48 Graham Breeze 32.24 1st MV60 49 Val Kerr 32.25 1st LV50 57 Jim Towers 34.03 2nd MV60 72 Sue Morley 37.14 80 Paul Sugden 40.48 86 Lyn Eden 49.38 1st LV60
Henry H reports ... There was a really strong turnout of Ilkley runners at the very fast John Carr 5k race, this was the first race in the series &
also included the Yorkshire veterans championships. Sally Morley won the ladies race & was Yorkshire F35 champion.
Jane Bryant was 2nd F40, Alison Bennett 2nd F45 & Lucy Jacques was 1st F junior.
In the men's race, Dave Wilby made another venture on to the tarmac to record an impressive 16:35. I managed to outsprint Richard Reeve & Mark Mon-Williams on the very fast downhill finish, recording sub 17:30 for the first time. I was also pleased to win the Yorks vets M55 race. I'm sure that many runners will have achieved PBs in perfect conditions.
Full results on St Bedes web site.
(1 16.03 Tim Midgley, Bingley) 13 16.35 Dave Wilby 34 17.29 Henry Heavisides Club record 36 17.33 Richard Reeve 37 17.36 Mark Mon-Williams 42 17.54 Stephen Coy 45 18.03 Mark Iley 52 18.21 Sally Morley 60 18.41 Nick Pearce 67 18.51 Dave Cummings 95 19.36 Simon Chapman 96 19.37 Jane Bryant PB 99 19.41 Neil Chapman 101 19.43 Adrian Bastow PB 108 20.04 Alison Bennett 113 20.12 Jack Cummings 126 20.36 Sam Haggar 128 20.43 Peter Shields 137 20.56 Keith Wood 143 21.11 Diane Haggar 146 21.19 Jann Smith PB 149 21.24 Bradley Chapman 158 21.47 Edward Bickerdike 160 21.58 Dave Taylor 167 22.08 Nick Mellor 181 22.24 Tom Bennett PB 2 mins+ 198 23.03 Sue Bickerdike 199 23.06 Gaenor Coy PB 202 23.22 Bob Payne 206 23.32 Andrew Bennett PN 1m51s 214 23.49 Louise Jackson 215 23.52 Michael Picken 219 24.00 Lucy Jacques 235 25.07 Alessandra Ricci 239 25.36 Harriet Jackson 240 25.37 Andrew Jackson 275 29.27 Jo Taylor
Read about Soobedoo's Bunny Relay/John Carr Double
There were plenty of Ilkley teams: 10th Dave Cummings; Adam Bennett; and Mark Mon-Williams; 29th and first U16 team Bradley Chapman, Sam Wood, and Ed Bickerdike; 53rd Jack Cummings, Ruaridh Mon-Williams, and Tom Bennett; 60th William Giles, Ben Cheetham, and Greg Smith; 63rd Jon Tindall, Chris Dewhirst, and Jo Tindall; and 82nd Emma O'Looney, Sue Bickerdike, and Paul Sugden. Full results on www.woodentops.org.uk
Report from Alison Weston - Stuart Pitches set off at midnight on Friday 30th April from Moot Hall, Keswick, to attempt the Bob Graham round. He ran ahead of his 22 hr schedule from leg 1
onwards to finish in an amazing time of 20hrs 59 mins following an impressive sprint up the high street in Keswick at the end (narrowly missing 2 cars!!). I'm sure more reports will follow
for each leg of the round
Tim Ashelford, Rachael and Kevin Gooch, Nicky Jacquirey and myself accompanied Stuart on leg 5 as he set off with poles at a very fast pace from Honister Pass. I think all his alpine ski touring in March certainly paid off as we swiftly covered the final 3 peaks and reached Keswick before dark - head torches not even needed. Congratulations Stuart!!
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Andy Wiggans reports ... What a difference a year (and inclusion in the Harriers League) makes - last year at Rothwell you couldn't move for red and green vests, this year there was just Richard Reeve and me,
lonely outposts of Ilkleyness in this sea of West Yorkshire speed merchants. Rothwell's a new course this year, so perhaps all the Harriers were put off by the fact it's not technically downhill any more,
or maybe they were all busy queuing up for the Waltzers at the Ilkley Carnival - whatever, you all missed a good race (and a totally bizarre day-glo t-shirt).
I didn't hold out great hopes for this race to be honest, as I ran a marathon three weeks ago and have been battering my legs with hilly bike miles ever since, but the fee was paid and a mate from work was running his first ever 10k, so I thought I'd give it a go despite the tail-end of a horrid head cold. The new route is an out and back course, pretty flat, but exposed to the chilly north-easterly breeze. Richard started a few rows in front of me and set off like a scalded cat - he was very quickly a good 70 yards in front of me, and as I went through the first mile in 5:48 he must have been absolutely flying. I decided to settle in at about 6 min mile pace and see what happened. My second mile was 5:53, but I felt a definite slowing towards the end, so I was pretty sure I'd slow further later on. The half way point was reached in 18:16, so well on PB pace, although I knew that I'd banked a good 20 or 30 seconds in the first mile and a half and it was unlikely I'd manage a negative split.
I managed to hold the 6min mile pace for the 3rd and 4th mile, but at the 7k point we started to run directly into the wind which dropped everyone's pace. I also noticed at this point that the group Richard was in were coming back to us, despite our pace being 10 seconds a mile or so slower. It's at times like this that racing can actually slow you down, as I started to harbour thoughts of catching a few people in the last mile and took a slight "rest" (if a 6:09 mile counts as a rest). Miles 5 and 6 were both over 6 mins but as the finish came in sight I, and the guy I'd been running with, both started to increase the pace and overtake the back markers of Richard's group. With 200m to go I realised I could (a) catch Richard if I was sneaky about it and (b) maybe get under 37 minutes if I was speedy. In the end I "stealth sprinted" past Richard, catching him about 15 yards before the line but just missed out on the sub-37, coming in with a time of 37:01, a PB by 13 seconds to be 46th. Richard was 47th (3rd M50) in 37:02.
Overall I was happy with the PB and surprised to run as quick as I did (and almost exactly one minute quicker than last year on a slower course), but slightly frustrated to miss out on the 36:xx by such a tiny margin, particularly as miles 5 and 6 were relatively slow. Ah well, next time, eh? Enjoy the Waltzers, Ilkley...
(1 Andrew Pearson, Longwood Harriers 30:14) 46 Andy Wiggans 37:01 PB 47 Richard Reeve 37:02
The route this year was changed because a road bridge on the normal route was taken out by last autumn's floods. The feeling was that this year's course was a bit hillier than usual, but it was still a fantastic course through some stunning scenery. Great race - thoroughly recommended.
1:47:52 Janet Grace 2:04:25 Alison Frost
Jim & Lyn report ... 6 miles, 1200ft of climb. Cold and blowy, but an enjoyable race with a lovely descent after a lung busting run to the top.
81 Diane Haggar 52.46 1st L45 92 Jim Towers 54.43 1stV60 113 Sue Morley 59.16 2nd L55
4 64.44 Chris Gale
47 1:19:50 Dave Wilby 80 1:23:27 Ian Rowbotham 92 1:25:34 Steve Turland 127 1:28:56 Jonathan Whitaker 139 1:29:37 Tracey Greenway 141 1:29:40 Nick Pearce 156 1:31:29 Duncan Cooper 166 1:32:28 Martin Archer 192 1:35:16 Helene Whitaker 215 1:37:59 Norman Bush 220 1:38:47 Geoffery Howard 255 1:42:22 Jenny Dybeck 281 1:44.00 Kelly Harrison 339 1:52:43 Jo Anne Prowse 413 2:21:16 Amanda Newham
Any Wiggans writes ... just a quick note to report that I achieved my two objectives at today's Parkrun -
I smashed my Parkrun PB with a run of 28:01, being narrowly beaten by Lily (7 - 1st FU14 again), and possibly more important,
avoided getting lapped by Hinsley, who had a good run to dip under 20mins and grab a podium place.
This event really deserves our support both as runners and volunteers - a free 5k and the opportunity to eat cake afterwards - could it get any better?
3 19:50 Richard Hinsley 35 28.01 Andy Wiggans
Amanda Parnaby reports ... 23 miles starting and finishing at Kirby Malham. 4,400 feet of climb including a rather treacherous ascent of Goredale Scar (fortunately it was relatively dry ) which none of us had prepared for, so much so that steps were taken to check with the organisers that this was in fact the prescribed route. Weather was kind apart from a couple of brief showers. Emma Payne completed in 5 hrs 54 mins, Clare Mancina and myself finished in 5 hrs 57 mins. Beautiful chocolate treats at Tarn House and welcoming Pie and Peas at the finish in this LDWA event.