Ilkley Harriers news archive 2015

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, August

Dan Wilkinson New email newsletter Other nominations were:
Brian Melia - Joss Naylor Challenge
Dave Wilby - Glencoe Skyline
David Chandler Burnsall races, and improvement

More Harriers of the Month ...

Tour of Norland fell race, Mon 31 Aug

From Eric Morley ... This race was 10km with about 800ft of climb and run from Copley Cricket Club near Halifax. Most of the climb was in the first hill upto a lovely heather clad moor. A good beginner fell race. The race with 87 entrants was won by Rob James-Royton.

(1 37:51 Rob James Royton
65 59:20 Sue Morley
80 65:57 Eric Morley
87 ran

Rab mini mountain marathon, Sat 29 Aug

From Jamie Hutchinson ... Round 3 of 4 took place from Millbeck near Keswick. Four hours of fantastic running and some walking, around and over Skiddaw. I picked up 330 points and 9th overall. The race was won by Neil Talbott (U/A) with 415 points, 117 pairs/solos ran.

Arnison Crag Horseshoe, Sat 29 Aug

From Dave Wilby ... Bit of a shock to the legs and lungs to do a guides style race again, lovely little race with a long runnable grassy climb up and round the horseshoe, before a short sharp loose rocky descent back to the finish field. Never really got going but hung on for 5th in 27:14, behind Ben Abdelnoor who was a clear winner in 24:27.

Malham Show fell race, Sat 29 Aug

From Richard Joel ... 106 runners completed the senior BOFRA race at the Malham Show. This followed a number of junior races. The senior race is 2.5 miles up and back down the steep course. A great race and a fantastic family day out. Results ....

(1 17:53 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
16 21:45 Steve Turland
24 22:43 Richard Joel
33 24:27 Norman Bush
107 finished

parkruns, Sat 29 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:14 Adam Stacey, U/A)
113 22:58 Harry Stead (junior)
216 27:28 Max Stead (junior)
363 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:12 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
321 34:13 Alex Hyde
432 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:13 Noah Armitage-Hookes, U/A)
4   18:01 Alex Hirst
146 ran

(1  17:46 Louis Taub, Brighton and Hove City AC)
9   19:58 Andrew Overend
134 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:34 Allen Bush, U/A)
33  22:36 Harry Sime
34  22:36 Robert Sime
166 ran

Rochdale Half Marathon, Sun 23 Aug

Harry Sime reports ... This was Rochdale's inaugural half marathon starting in front of the iconic town hall. There was a fun run followed by a 10k which started 10 minutes before the HM. The HM was 2 laps of a slightly extended 10k course. Overall about 1500 runners so first lap more crowded than the 2nd. It was well marshalled with water stations offering full bottles every 5k which was appreciated given the warm humid conditions. Roads were closed too. Other than the finish it was not a very memorable course although we were glad that there were no steep hills to remember but it wasn't flat either. Robert and I were the only Harriers and we were both pleased with our times for our first HM. Results ...

(1  1:13:09 Dave Archer, Hallamshire)
123 1:44:07 Harry Sime
124 1:44:07 Robert Sime
508 finished

Burnsall 10, Sat 22 Aug

Woodentops photos

Hilda Coulsey reports ... Another great afternoon of sports and fun in Burnsall. It was hot and muggy, times were slow in the road race and less well attended this year whereas the fell race attracted a much larger group. Rob Cunningham come in first Harrier home for the 10 mile road race and Ben Shepherd in the Classic fell race. Crazy David Chandler did both. Prizes to Hilda Coulsey for 1st L50 in the road race and to Alison Weston, 1st L50 on the fell. Congratulations to all who entered. There were plenty of good junior performances too and lots of other good fun as well culminating in the fiercely contested egg throwing. All completed before the heavens opened.

Results ...

(1  56:01 Ian Holmes, Bingley)
25  67:36 Rob Cunningham
35  70:27 David Chandler
78  85:18 Jean Sullivan
90  92:11 Hilda Coulsey
96  94:36 Paul Sugden
102 98:20 Petra Bijsterveld
116 finished

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

From Hilda ... We have queried the times given to those of us in the second half of the race, with Garmin time about 3 mins faster than Burnsall time, and according to the organiser others also reported the problem. However there isn't anything that can be done and hence, as we say on our League webpage "only official published results are used", these times will be used in the calculations. Apologies to those affected.

Burnsall Classic fell race, Sat 22 Aug

Results ...

(1  14:49 Sam Tosh)
17  18:32 Ben Sheppard
26  19:13 Steve Turland
37  20:01 Richard Joel
77  22:56 Paddy Hagan
78  23:05 David Chandler
83  23:22 Alison Weston
156 finished
5th team

Pendle 3 Peaks, Sat 22 Aug

From Jamie Hutchinson ... 9 miles and 2800ft climb. A great little race around and over Pendle Hill, very similar running to previous weekend at Sedbergh - soft underfoot with plenty of up and down. The race starts with the first and last few kms on tarmac and then three descent climbs and nicely runnable in between. I made it round in 1:43:11 and 21st overall with Nick Pearce just a few minutes behind me in 1:46:49 and 28th overall (1st V60). The race was won by Darren Kay from Calder Valley in 1:24:47, 149 ran.

Glencoe Skyline, Sat 22 Aug

From Dave Wilby ... 53km/4200m It's fell running Jim, but not as we know it. Weighing in at roughly half a Bob Graham, or back to back Jura's, the first ever Glencoe Skyline race brought a world class course and event management to a small corner of Scotland under the banner of Skyrunning. The route was exceptional taking in all the major summits of Glencoe in a very natural loop, and for good measure included the graded scrambles of Curved Ridge and a full length traverse of the Aonach Eagach ridge. Nothing was roped but there were mountain guides stationed on the hill in case of any difficulties, the whole course was flagged, and there were plenty of cameramen at opportune points! All the checkpoint marshalls were issued with cowbells, and there were groups of supporters all over the place which gave the race a real European feel, and made the whole thing an amazing experience. All competitors also carried GPS trackers so the folks at home could join in the fun watching the dots all day! For my part I came into the race doubting I'd last the course, but a mixture of good pacing and the inspirational race atmosphere meant it was only in the last two hours that the wheels wobbled, loosened and then eventually fell off completely. I had a great day out and was chuffed to bits to claim 25th place out of 148 very well vetted starters, in a time of 9:11hrs. The winner was Joe Symonds in 7:36hrs but as so often this summer the ladies stole the show. Current world champ Emelie Forsberg was 2nd overall in 7:44 and Jasmin Paris was 5th overall, only 10 minutes behind Emelie despite not feeling very well at times. It looks like this will happen again next year and I don't think it will take long for it to overtake all other Skyraces as the 'one to do', so get it on your list and get training.

parkruns, Sat 22 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:34 Christopher Mann, Hyde Park Harriers)
117 24:49 Andrew Overend
307 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:12 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners)
255 34:33 Alex Hyde
347 ran

Mile End
(1  16:09 Paul Martelletti, Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC)
26  20:27 Tom Worboys
181 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  17:36 Noah Armitage-Hookes, U/A)
2   17:58 Alex Hirst
152 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:09 James Raven, Cardiff AAC)
41  24:45 Dylan Shinn (junior)
76  30:59 Michelle Snow
102 ran

Skala uphill only race, Norway, August

From Alison Weson ... we have just returned from almost 3 weeks in Norway and I took part in the uphill only race up mount Skala in Loen, just near the Nordfjord. It was about 1,842 m of climbing in 8.2 km from sea level. Pretty steep gradient all the way. There was no official kit list but you needed to carry a rucksack weighing at least 2.5kg at the bottom and top of the climb, with weighing scales provided at the start of the race! I struggled to get my pack to 2.5kg despite my heaviest gear and had to add plenty of food and water, despite there being 5 water stations on the way up.
The route past some very impressive waterfalls and the views from the top were amazing. There was quite a bit of snow from about 1,200m and big chunks of ice on a tarn halfway up. Felt very unusual for August! Graham and the gilrs set off walking up about 3 hours ahead of me and we timed it pretty well to meet up at the top. I reached the top in 2 hours 10, a whole hour behind the winning man. Lots of photos and admiring the surronding peaks and glaciers before everyone descended at their own pace. It seemed at lot further going down though!

Sedbergh Hills, Sun 16 Aug

From Jamie Hutchinson ... 14 miles and 6000ft climb. I knew this would be a toughie having done a few training runs in the area with Brian. Safe to say I made a steady start knowing what was to come. With 6000ft climb in 14 miles you can imagine there's a fair amount of walking uphill. The warm conditions with very little breeze made for a tough few hours. I felt fairly strong until the climb up to the Calf where I seemed to go backwards. Within the last few miles I realised I might be pushing it to get under 3 hours so put in a bit more effort and almost did it! I finished in 3 hours 45 seconds and 43rd overall. The race was won by Jo Symonds in 2:13:40, 121 ran.

Dig Deep Intro Ultra, Sat 15 Aug

From Andrew Merrick ... given the running exploits of a number of Harriers this summer, I am not sure I am worthy to use the U word, but I can recommend this race for anyone wanting to make a small step up from marathon distance to experience something a little different.
Based at a farm park in the Peak District, this was a well organised friendly event, with various presentations organised for the Friday night (together with pasta and local beer) in the barn that was the race headquarters. A longer distance (60 mile) race started at 6am on the Saturday morning with our 30 miler getting underway at 8. Pre race reccying essential, although the first and last few miles were signposted, as we headed off into beautiful but hilly Peak District countryside on a clear cool day - perfect running conditions.
A useful early ultra experience of in-flight refuelling both for me and my Garmin (a USB charger does work, although you can't access distance and time info whilst charging although it does continue to record). The one large food station was sufficient as were the three serious hills.
The location and relaxed nature of this event means it is one I would recommend as an ultra taster.

(1 4:26:54 Lee Kemp)
13 5:17:47 Andrew Merrick
129 finished

parkruns, Sat 15 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:43 John Hobbs, Valley Striders)
7   18:03 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
120 23:46 Harry Stead (junior)
352 35:58 John Marshall
370 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:54 Andrew Siddle, Doncaster AC)
93  24:57 Peter Lewis
109 25:27 Alex Hyde
441 ran

Hilly Fields, Lewisham
(1  17:19 unknown)
5   18:38 Alex Hirst
148 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:31 Tom Brewster, Clayton le Moors)
30  22:22 Harry Sime
31  22:22 Robert Sime
149 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:57 Allen Bush, U/A)
28  20:51 Geoff Howard
39  22:10 Norman Bush
238 ran

Round Hill fell race, Sun 9 Aug

From Michael Duffield ... Results ...

(1    55:35 Lee Athersmith, Wharfedale)
15  1:05:09 Rob Cunningham
18  1:05:28 John Hayes
20  1:06:07 David Chandler
23  1:06:52 Nick Pearce
31  1:09:17 Micheal Duffield
36  1:10:52 Steven Weston
41  1:11:43 Dave Robson
50  1:13:38 Malcolm Pickering
55  1:15:05 Rebecca Mon-Williams
84  1:23:40 Philip Hurst
90  1:26:03 Chantel Busby
91  1:26:13 Peter Lewis
102 1:30:07 Sue Morley
106 1:32:13 Nigel Tapper
110 1:34:04 David Green
117 1:37:38 Paul Sugden
120 1:42:44 Sally Wright
121 1:43:16 Petra Bijsterveld
129 finished

This was an Ilkley Harriers Race League counter.

Joss Naylor Challenge, Sat 8 Aug

From Brian Melia... on Saturday 8th August at 6.00 am I began a Joss Naylor Challenge. Covering some 30 tops 48 miles and 17000 feet of ascent.
I had help from Pooley Bridge to Dunmail from Jamie Hutchison and Matt Neale. Then Dunmail to Joss's place at Greendale Bridge from Tom Phillips.
I started badly falling backwards over the sign in Pooley bridge gashing my leg and stunning myself, whilst trying to explain to another runner's support that I was leaving at 6 as Jamie and Matt were still in the loo and I had to set off!
I made Arthur's Pike on time at 6.35, but then i started to drop time at each top. I arrived at Kirkstone pass 9 minutes down then Dunmail raise 20 minutes down.
Tom encouraged me up Steel fell and Raise, but I lost more time. It was very wet under foot and energy sapping. Things stabilised across the Sca Fell massif, but I still arrived at Styhead 40 minutes down. I asked Tom if we should stop, but he wanted at least to go up Great Gable. Without stopping for any rest, I trotted up Gable to pull back 5 minutes and this helped surge me on, taking minutes here and there. Finally, coming off Haycock up to Seatallan I was able to think about getting under 12 hours, the cut off time for my age, 51 yrs old.
At Middle Fell I arrived at 17.40 with 20 minutes to get to Greendale. We ran hard off the top and happily I arrived at the finish 17.55.38secs. Jamie was not there as he expected me an hour later... he said he was snoozing!!
It was a magical day and made more special with Joss waiting to have a chat. A few minutes later Wendy Dodds also arrived for the celebration - two legends!!
My thanks to Tom Phillips, Jamie, and Matt Neale for their superb support. I was pleased I did not need to have another attempt as it has taken a lot out of me, which later on reflection has become apparent.

Turner Landscape, Sat 8 Aug

Results ...

(1 1.30:38 Ben Abdelnoor, Ambleside AC)
8  1.40:32 Dan Wilkinson
31 1.57:36 Kate Archer  2nd lady
97 finished

Arncliffe Gala, Sat 8 Aug

Results ...

(1 10:23 Simon Bailey, Mercia FR)
11 12:32 Mark Mon-Williams
101 finished

parkruns, Sat 8 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1 17:42 Stephen Ellison, U/A)
6   18:37 Euan Brennan (junior)
351 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:29 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
26  22:25 Harry Sime
27  22:26 Robert Sime
30  22:31 Archie Budding (junior)
32  22:46 Dylan Shinn (junior)
62  25:40 Hilda Coulsey
112 30:55 Michelle Snow
145 ran

Farleton Knott, Sun 2 Aug

Results ...

(1 33:41 Tom Addison, Helm Hill)
31 45:45 Steve Turland
73 finished

parkruns, Sat 1 Aug

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:45 Andrew Benson, Preston Harriers)
7   18:34 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
253 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:15 Ed Beecher, Harrogate Harriers)
18  19:36 Euan Brennan (junior)
163 26:36 Julie Elmes
314 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:09 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
24  22:56 Harry Sime
25  22:57 Robert Sime
121 ran

Humber Bridge
(1  19:00 Mick Clifford, U/A)
22  24:38 Sarah Edwards
62 ran

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