The Ilkley Harriers Trail Race made its inaugural appearance on the race calendar in 2008. The 6.9 mile out-and-back route takes in tracks through woodland, fields and moors, interspersed with some short road sections. Virtually all of the climb is on the way out, but runners will be reinvigorated by the views over the Wharfe Valley and across to Ilkley Moor when they hit the moorland on the top, for a very fast second half of the race.
View the route here
In 2023 the race was held for the first time in memory of our friend and fellow Harrier Pete Shields who died during the Covid pandemic in 2020, when the many restrictions in place prevented us from showing our gratitude for what he had given to running and to our club in particular. A gifted runner and an outstanding coach, Pete had guided runners from far and wide, also leading training sessions for athletes at club, national and international levels over many years.
Profits from the race are shared between Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness, and the Revival Centre and Orphanage in Matugga, Uganda, which has been supported since the race started in 2008.
Date, time and details TBC
Senior race - Curly Hill (link coming soon)
Senior race - The Finish (link coming soon)
Finish Fun & Prize Winners (link coming soon)
Junior race results
The sun managed to shine for the junior races and it was lovely to see all the kids running on the field and in the woods. A big thank you to all the volunteers. It would be impossible to run this event without the help of so many of you .All the money from the junior race entry has gone to Revival Centre and Orphanage in Mutagga.
Rachel and Bryan Websdale.
Photos on the Woodentops website
Senior results (amended 2 June)
Four sets of great photos on Woodentops
Race videos by Terry Lonergan ...
Tom Adams continued his blistering form at the Ilkley Trail Race, the 2010 winner ran away from a good quality field to set a new course record of 39 minutes 31 seconds. This beats the previous best for the race set in 2008 by GB international Steve Vernon.
Tom lead his Ilkley team mates of Jim Ryder, jamie Hutchinson and mark Mon Williams to victory in the team prize.
The ladies race was won by Jo Buckley of Calder Valley, Jo also set a course record of 45 minutes 40 seconds on a fast day for racing. The ladies team prize was won by Ilkley Harriers Emma Barclay, Diane Haggar and Rebecca Mon-Williams.
272 runners finished the race, many of them from local clubs and despite the poor weather a great atmosphere was maintained at the race.
The race was supported by local running specialist Complete Runner. Prizes were provided by Ilkley Physio, Fairburn Cleaning, Richardson Electrical, Richard Reeve Design and Facewest.
Assisting in the marshalling and organising of the race were members of All Saints' Church, Ilkley as part of their continuing "Love Ilkley" campaign."
Never mind the rain we all had great fun on the field and in the woods at the 3rd Ilkley Harriers Junior Trail Race. It is a lot of responsibility running junior races but seeing 70 kids out, enjoying their running, getting muddy, makes it all worthwhile. It couldn�t happen without the help of marshals so a big thank you to everyone. A special thank you to our junior helpers, Naomi Elliott, Anna Sinclair, Sam Hopkinson-Cook and Henry Websdale who all took on roles of responsibility. It�s good to see the next generation so willing to help, ready to take over when we are too old! See you all next year for more fun � Bryan and Rachel Websdale.
as at 31 May, incl. junior races. Ilkley Harriers won both the men's and women's team prizes.
Over £1150 proceeds from the race were donated to the Revival Centre and Orphanage in Matugga, Ugunda.
The club donated £600 to the Revival Centre school and orphanage from 2008 race profits, with £210 from the cake stall, and the runners donated hundreds of T-shirts which are highly prized by the orphans in Matugga.