Ilkley Harriers Athletic Club

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Ilkley Harriers is a friendly running club based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
We welcome runners of all abilities and running interests and the club provides training and group runs as well as social events for members.
Ilkley Harriers compete in a whole range of running events and our Club League encourages friendly competition between members.
The Club organises races too.
Runners 8-16 are catered for by our thriving junior section.
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Santa Fun Run, Sun 20 Nov

Ho ho ho, we are organising Santa races on Ilkley Moor this year to raise money for the new athletics facilities. The races are in November but you need to enter now to book your Santa suit (it takes the elves a while to make the suits). More information and entry forms on the junior website's fundraising page

Evening training, remember to 'Go with the Fluo'

Notice: The evenings are getting dark now and it is important on the evening Club runs to give a lot of consideration to your visibility to car drivers.
A fluorescent top helps you stand out in poor lighting conditions.
Reflective trim on your clothing will show up in car headlights.
A flashing red LED light attached to your clothing can help too (but take care with head-torches as they could dazzle car drivers).

Don't forget too to bring a phone or other form of identify like a wrist band in case of emergency.

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Please send any Harriers results to - they'll be forwarded to Paul for this web site and to Alison W for the newspaper report.

Great Whernside fell race, Sat 22 Oct

Woodentops photos

Results ...

(1  30:29 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
2   30:56 Tom Adams
8   33:10 Jack Wood
35  39:37 Martin Archer
42  40:39 Jim Ryder
94  46:58 Mike Baldwin
102 47:49 Ewan Welsh
105 48:06 Martin Stocker
154 59:06 Amanda Newham
165 finished

parkruns, Sat 22 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:10 Richard Smith, Worcester AC)
23  20:14 Sally Malir 2nd F
465 ran

(1  16:02 Jerome Edwards, Les Croupiers RC)
7   17:00 Alex Hirst
685 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:21 Jack Smith, Wharfedale Harriers)
2   17:27 Cameron Reilly (junior)
4   18:17 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
22  20:27 Rhys Jones
35  21:18 Tom Worboys
39  21:29 Arthur Reilly
41  21:42 Nick Pearce
49  22:02 Joe Reynier (junior)
98  24:20 Peter Shields
356 35:37 Abbie Reynier (junior)
421 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:29 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers)
151 25:56 Julie Elmes
349 ran

Leeds Roundhay Park
(1  17:59 Jonathan Smyth, U/A)
170 28:44 Jennifer Carne
263 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:25 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
92  27:03 Karen Lambe
190 ran

Penrhyn (Bangor)
(1  16:50 Simon Anetts, Coventry Godiva Harriers)
12  20:06 Lucy Williamson 1st F
200 ran


On Thursday 6th October the Club was presented with ourr renewed Clubmark status at one of the junior indoor Sportshall athletics sessions. Nick Settle, England Athletics' Club and Coach Support Officer for West and North Yorkshire presented the certificate to Hilda Coulsey and Shirley Wood, who led on the Clubmark process for the Club.
England Athletics article

28th Annual British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Relay Championships, Sat 15 Oct

An Ilkley team of Martyn Stocker, Jack Wood, Steve Turland, Mary Gibbons, Outi Kamarainen and Iain Gibbons travelled north to the beautiful hills of Luss and finished 68th out of 106 teams.

Results ...

Leg 1    37:25	(97th)
Leg 2  1:31:39	(25th)
Leg 3  2:36:06	(83rd)
Leg 4    50:57	(36th)

parkruns, Sat 15 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  15:01 Joshua Griffiths, Swansea Harriers AC)
5   16:59 Alex Hirst
698 ran

(1  17:00 Liam Medley, Border Harriers)
4   17:29 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 
496 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:52 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners)
33  21:41 Nick Pearce
47  22:41 Helen Thurston
80  24:14 Nina Pearce (junior)
87  24:38 Pete Shields
414 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:27 Daryl Hibberd, Valley Striders)
126 24:48 Phil Hirst
172 26:36 Julie Elmes
373 ran

Skipton Aireville park
(1  17:49 William Weatherill, U/A)
10  20:12 Lewis Carr (junior)
133 30:06 Nea Weston
134 30:07 Alison Weston
188 ran

(1  17:54 Mark Likeman, U/A)
11  20:21 David Brown
102 31:25 Rosalind Brown
136 ran

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, September

Runner of the month:
Kate Archer
Queen of the mountains (Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis) Other nominations were:
Sally Malir for Yorkshire Vets gold medal
Volunteer of the month:
Hilda Coulsey
for work as Secretary and stand-in Chair, Clubmark and Improvers success and prep and chair of the AGM Other nominations were:
Gavin Lamb for auditor duties
Petra Bijstervedt for improvers, parkrun and other electronic actions
Gaenor and Steve Coy for the Aquathlon organisation

More Harriers of the Month ...

Withins fell race, Sun 9 Oct

Ilkley had the first men's team with Tom Adams (setting a new course record, with his third win of this race), Jack Wood, and Jack Cummings. Results ...

1   38:32 Tom Adams
2   42:33 Jack Wood
13  46:42 Jack Cummings
15  47:13 Paul Carman
25  48:52 Steve Turland
44  50:52 Richard Joel
46  50:59 Jim Ryder
73  53:45 Kate Archer
74  53:51 Ben Joynson
104 56:26 Steve Weston
132 58:26 Jann Smith
148 59:28 Mary Gibbons
169 62:27 Jo Foster
174 62:49 Sarah Haines
184 63:33 Anna Nolan
200 64:46 Geoff White
269 77:26 Sophie Brown
283 81:30 Sally Wright
287 86:10 Jacqui Weston
290 finished	

Yorkshire Marathon / 10 Mile, Sun 9 Oct

From Jane McCarthy... Great conditions for running at the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon this morning. Having decided to run the 10-mile course there was plenty of time to relax and enjoy watching the marathon finishers. There were excellent performances from the three Harriers racing the marathon distance, Derek Oliver a 5th place category finish, another PB just 2 weeks after Berlin for David Howe, and a massive 20 minute improvement by Helen Waddington, showing superb pacing throughout.

(1   2:19:36 Paul Martelletti)
220  3:14:09 Derek Oliver
476  3:27:13 David Howe (PB)
1064 3:52:31 Helen Waddington (PB)

Yorkshire 10 Mile
(1   54:01 Joe Sagar)
70   65:29 Jane McCarthy 
130  69:39 Mike Helme 
402  79:11 Caroline Howe 
1360 97:35 Sally Lynch 

London Royal Parks Half Marathon, Sun 9 Oct

From Dave Jepson ... Three Harriers - well, two and a temporarily lapsed member, completed the Royal Parks HM in London today (9th October), joining 16,000 others in near perfect running conditions: cool, sunny, and just a gentle breeze; dry and firm underfoot. Dave Jepson - in his first race for six years, ran a remarkably even 1:34'31"; John Woodward - still the best 'once a week, 14st plus, carthorse' in the club - cantered home in 1:48'25", bumping into Dave Ibbotson (1:49'55") on the home straight. A good course around the historic sites of central London, ending (as in the last 7 miles or so) with a mind-numbing zig-zag around Hyde Park. Great crowds, good water stations, and a fairly fast course - several tight turns notwithstanding - the race was won in 1:09'37" (first female in 1:21'08" - 57th finisher). The goody bag was nothing if not eclectic: basically a pick and mix stall masquerading as a food bank - your correspondent has never seen passata on offer before, and it's doubtless that it has ever shared a stand anywhere with chewy calcium tablets; chilli crisps; and cans of rhubarb enhanced apple juice - highly recommend the latter by the way. Amusing moment of the day came when Messers Woodward and Jepson decided to avail themselves of a couple of apparently discarded tops whist waiting otherwise damp and cold for the two other members of team Bradford Hide to rendezvous after the race, only to hear a vaguely foreign voice protest a few minutes later, 'those are my tops'. Olivia was remarkably understanding - though she was outnumbered! Fortunately our friends were delayed because otherwise I suspect we'd have been the subject of a diplomatic incident replayed on Crimewatch some time soon.

Lakes in a Day, Sat 8 Oct

From Andrew Merrick...In a moment of weakness on the Leeds canal towpath just before Christmas, I committed to a non-harrier running friend that I would run Lakes in a Day with him. There were times last Saturday when I regretted this but on balance it was a good day out, helped by good weather throughout and the pubs staying open until half past midnight. My sole objectives for the run was to get round with David and finish before the pubs closed - the latter was made more straightforward by the late closing times, I happily discovered on my arrival in Cartmel at 10:45pm, sadly without David who had had enough by the time we had got to the final checkpoint.
For those considering a 50 mile adventure next year, I can report an interesting and challenging route. We took the option of the early morning coach from Cartmel to Caldbeck before an 8am start running North to South via a non-pathed route up Blencathra, and the 'entertaining' Halls Fell Ridge descent into Threlkeld, the first of only 3 feed stations. From there the challenging climb up Clough Head, along the Bob Graham route (ish) to Helvellyn and Fairfield before a second stop in Ambleside. At this point, 30 miles in, we were expecting a more gentle lake side run for most of the remaining mileage, however the wooded rooty trail was more challenging and hilly than we had expected and it became relatively slow and challenging going as it got dark. One more feed station before leaving David, as he reminded me, in pursuit of UTMB points over the remaining 8 miles.
Sitting outside the pub in a very pleasant square in Cartmel, with a celebratory beer or two, cheering other runners on as they ran past to the finish, was unquestionably the highlight alongside the camaraderie and the hilltop views on a sunny lake district day. A challenging but well organised Ultra.

Bangor 10k, Sat 8 Oct

From Sue Williamson ... Lucy Williamson had a fabulous run and came first lady in a time of 41:55 - she was thrilled to run "through the tape" and got some great prizes.

Langdale Horseshoe fell race, Sat 8 Oct

From Alison Weston... A beautiful day for the Langdale horseshoe this year. Jack did a great time of 2:12 and Alison 3:15. Not seen official results yet but Jack was very well placed overall.

Birchfield Harriers Poppy Run, Sat 8 Oct

From Andrew Sheldon ... I took part in this 10k Trail Run at Aldridge Airport (country park), it was the first staging of this event by Birchfield Harriers, with proceeds going to the Aldridge Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and grass roots running.
It was a well laid out cross country course, open grass field start and finish, tight turns and stiles amongst woodland paths. I was pleased with the time and looking forward to the next cross country on home turf.

(1  39:16 Joakim Korslund,  Aston University Gazelles)
13  44:22 Andrew Sheldon
142 ran

Hodgson Mountain Relay, Sun 2 Oct

From Jack Wood ... An excellent 19th by Ilkley's Men at a sunny Hodgson Relays today. A great start by Martin & Gav who came back 8th on first leg. Steve and young Jack ran strongly on the long second over High Street. Iain and Paul stormed a 10th fastest leg 3 time, and me and Michael in his first ever Lakes fell race held on to a top 20 place. Well done all.
Ilkley had 5th ladies team.
From Alison ... 5th ladies team in a total time 05:22:53 - a good result for the ladies too in a very competitive field. And the day was amazing - very sunny with no mist or rain (and no bearings required!)
leg 1 Chantel Busby and Lucy Jaques 00:54:51 (56th)
leg 2 Jann Smith and Mary Gibbons 01:42:36 (62nd)
leg 3 Alison Weston and Outi Kamarainen 01:10:48 (44th)
leg 4 Jane McCarthy and Kate Archer 01:34:38 (47th)

Alison's photos

WYXC, Sun 2 Oct


Kielder Marathon, Sun 2 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld... This was my second go at the Kielder Marathon, part of a superbly organised weekend where you can choose between a run-bike-run, 10k, half or full marathon, all in the spectacular setting of Kielder Water. As in 2015 I was the only Harrier there, but the atmosphere is so friendly that it is easy to get chatting to lots of nice people. You can also hang out with the likes of Steve Cram and Alyson Dixon who support the event.
The full marathon is exactly one lap of the reservoir, on well made tracks going through the forest, not unlike the terrain at Fewston but definitely on the distinctly hilly side of undulating. Conditions were perfect, with a foggy and frosty start giving way to a sunny but cool and still day. My three aims were to (mostly) enjoy it, to beat last year's time, and to only walk some uphill stretches but none of the flat or downhills. I succeeded in all three. I had hoped to get round in 04:30 but it wasn't to be, however I was happy enough to shave a good six minutes off my time. I took advantage of the sports massage on offer straight afterwards which really aids recovery. The marathon was won by a fellow Dutchie running for Tyne Bridge Harriers.
I can honestly recommend the weekend, with 4 races to choose from there is one to cater for everyone making it a good family event.
Results ...

(1  2:48:51 Cees van der Land, Tyne Bridge Harriers)
367 4:41:03 Petra Bijsterveld
627 ran

parkruns, Sat 1 Oct

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  16:59  Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
103 24:57 Nina Pearce (junior)
400 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:38 Mark Bryant, Harrogate Harriers)
43  21:44 Helen Thurston
141 25:11 Geoff Howard
171 26:01 Jennifer Carne
370 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:07 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
94  28:29 Anna Pickering
170 ran

Ilkley Harriers AGM, Tue 27 Sep

More info on the Committee page.

Harriers League Update

From Jane McCarthy ... Check your position in the League! - Now updated for Round Hill, Burnsall 10, Ilkley Incline, Wetherby 10K and 3 Shires. Lucy Williamson still leads the overall placings, with Peter Lewis now in second place. Spreadsheet
Don't forget to register your wildcard results - you can nominate your result from virtually any race, just email me within 2 weeks.
Unfortunately Trail Race Harewood 10 is not going ahead this year. We are replacing it with the Bronte Way on 30th October instead. info. Please note this is not a point to point race. Information about transport to the start is on the website.
Next races in the League are Guy Fawkes 10 and Abbey Dash on 6th November, and Burley Moor Fell Race on 12th November. Enjoy your racing!

Berlin Marathon, Sun 25 Sep

From Caroline Howe ... On Sunday David Howe and I started the 43rd Berlin Marathon with 40,000 others. Temperature in the low 20s, it was a little on the warm side but thankfully a lot of the route is shaded. Water stations were absolute carnage however! As Bekele narrowly missed out on the world record, we weaved our way through the flat streets of this fantastic city, with ample crowds cheering us on all the way. David achieved his goal of sub-3:30, finishing in 3:28:50 - a PB by 11 minutes in his 13th marathon. I thought I was on for my first sub-4 finish until, at about 25.9 miles, I realised my GPS was slightly out, meaning I finished in 4:01:20 with 26.45 miles on the clock. Still, a PB by 5 minutes! Overall, a fantastic race, fantastic city and fantastic weekend! Just one other Harrier took part - Derek Oliver, finishing in an impressive 3:19.

Robin Hood Half marathon, Sun 25 Sep

From Nigel Tapper ... This is the first time I've ventured to Nottingham for this, one of the longest established half and marathon events in the country (36th year) and it was a really well attended and organised event . The support around the largely flat course was far better than I was ready for. There were so many friendly faces to encourage the runners. The course is an interesting meander through the streets of the City with a short rise up the cobbles adjacent to the 12th Century castle and the oldest inn in England (which we of course had to visit post race!). The weather was near perfect for running and spectating and the organisers had everything well arranged as you would hope for at the start and finish, and there was plenty of space post race even with the hoards of well wishers. I was pleased enough. Maybe the Marathon next year !! Results ...

(1     1:05:55 Barnaba Kipkoech)
1164   1:46  Nigel Tapper
5433   2:32  Mary Colson
6300 finishers

Two breweries hill race, Sat 24 Sep

From Outi Kamarainen ... Very strong westerly wind was the headline of the 2016 edition of the Two breweries hill race, which runs from east to west over the Tweed valley hills, thus no records were broken and the checkpoint cut off times were being extended by 15 minutes during the race. The race starts at the Traquair house in Innerleithen where there is a small brewery and takes on the 18 miles of moorlands and 4900 feet of ascent to arrive in another brewery in Broughton. Despite having to struggle onwards nearly doubled over at times, it was a memorable run over nice country side and rough moorland and I guess the slow times meant that I was able to enjoy the scenery just bit longer.
Results ...

(1  2:56:53 Alasdair McLeod, Shettleston Harriers)
38  4:21:52 Outi Kamarainen
76 finished

Thieveley Pike, Sat 24 Sep

From Steve Turland ...

(1 34:31 Nick Leigh, Horwich)
9  38:34 Steve Turland
99 finished

Causeway Coast marathon series, Sat 24 Sep

From Hilda Coulsey ... The Giant in Giants Causeway was surely having fun when some 1100 runners tackled variously the Ultra, Marathon and Half Marathon in blinding rain and a very blustery headwind. The course sets off from near Ballycastle, at the top of the North Antrim coast, over a headland, down across rocks to a three mile long beach at Whitepark Bay. Perhaps it was just as well I didn't check the tide (but who would?) but soon enough realised that to get on and off the beach required scrambling over these rocks in 3 ft of water with the tide sloshing in and out, oh what fun! Then up and down headlands and inlets (rocks, mud, grassy slippery slopes, stiles, cows etc) taking the coastline route through a couple of the Game of Thrones locations and the significantly older and, in my mind much more majestic, tourist site at the Giants Causeway to Portballintrae, a couple of miles from the Bushmills distillery. I did the half taking 2hrs 38, in 233th place, putting me just in the top half of the placings well deserving I felt therefore of the delightful post race refreshment in the local hostelry. Hats off to the marathoners and ultra-ers, a very long day for them. But don't let me put you off at all, really this is one of the most picturesque places in the world and very much worth the trip.
For those interested in newer history(?!) the race start was at Renly Baratheon's war camp in the Stormlands, passing through a small fishing harbour in the picturesque village of Ballintoy served as Pyke on The Iron Islands, setting the stage for Theon Greyjoy's homecoming. One of the little coves nearby was also a beach on Dragonstone, where Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth, Melissandre and Salladhoor Saanmeet up with the magnificent tidal pools where Theon gets baptized into the faith of the Drowned God.
So see you there next year?

parkruns, Sat 24 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:20 Benjamin Douglas, Notts AC)
5   17:36 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
48  21:05 Tom Worboys
471 ran

(1  17:06 Joel Redman U/A)
3   17:15 Alex Hirst
705 ran

Bradford Lister Park
(1  17:18 unknown)
18  20:31 Sally Malir
415 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:29 Mark Bryant, Harrogate AC)
205 26:54 Jennifer Carne
376 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:39 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
94  27:36 Polly Crawley
195 ran

Harrogate Haverah trail race, Sun 18 Sep

From Ben Jotynson ... A bright sunny day for a nice run around some nice trails. A first time event for Harrogate Harriers, which I hope will return, as the race was very well organised and the food after was excellent ;)

(1  1:04:56 Andrew Grant, Harrogate Harriers AC)
24  1:15:44 Ben Joynson
193 1:54:40 Amanda Poppleton
196 1:55:29 Julie Elmes
224 finished

Embsay fell race, Sun 18 Sep

From Peter Lewis ... Another glorious September day and despite a gruelling Three Shires the day before, Jack sped round in 19:26 to gain second place. Iain Gibbons was 10th in 21:48, followed by Martin Archer 13th in 22:18 and Peter Lewis 81st in 31:19.
Results ...

(1 18:45 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
2  19:26 Jack Wood                 
10 21:48 Iain Gibbons               
13 22:18 Martin Archer              
81 31:19 Peter Lewis (PB!)
92 finished

The Ilkley Aquathlon, Sat 17 Sep

Another very succesful event, well done to organisers Gaenor and Steve, and all the helpers. Details

British and Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships, Sat 17 Sep

From Malcolm Pickering ... Uphill only races, incorporating home Counties international, at Keswick.

U17 women  2.1km, 400m ascent
(1 20:43  Grace Whelan, Scotland)
11 22:21  Bethan Morley
England 2nd

U20 women 3.2km, 509m   ascent
(1 24:02 Bronwen  Jerkinson, Wales)
8  27:46 Sarah Pickering
England 1st

U17 men 3.2km, 509m ascent
(1 20:44  Nathan Smith, England)
4  22:11  Euan Brennan

Scafell Pike fell race, Sat 17 Sep

(1   57:33 Josh Jardine)
36 1:16:56 Kate Archer (2nd Lady)
127 finished

Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championship, Sat 17 Sep

From Jann Smith ... Ilkley got Yorkshire team gold medals for Sally, Jann and Helen in F45-F54 category
Results ...

Women (5K)
(1 17:04 Jo Buckley, Bingley)
6  18:07 Sally Malir (gold = 1st F50 )
15 18L51 Jann Smith (silver =2nd F45 ) 
27 20:20 Nicky Hopwood
33 21:15 Helen Waddington
84 finished

Men (10K)
(1 29:19 Job Wills, Leeds)
11 30:57 Matt Cox (4th M40)
27 33:03 Paul Carman
69 finished

Men 50-59 (10k)
(1 31:25 Simon Wright, Doncaster)
25 36:42 Nick Pearce
66 finished

Three Shires fell race, Sat 17 Sep

From Alison Weston... A superb day in the Lakes for the Three Shires race in Little Langdale, maybe even a bit too hot! Jack stormed round in a mere 2:03:12 and 4th position, so he's aiming for sub-2 hrs next year! Steve Turland was 36th in a great time of 2:28:06, Richard Joel 92nd in 2:52:41 and Alison Weston 108th in 2:57:42 (2nd V50), Duncan Cooper 138th in 3:12:30, Mary Gibbone 164th in 3:22:37 and sarah Edwards 181st in 3:31:37. No one was in a hurry to go home with pasties at the end and a very friendly pub. A highly recommended race!

(Winner - Ricky Lightfoot)
4 Jack Wood 2:03:12
36 Steve Turland 2:28:06
92 Richard Joel 2:52:41
108 Alison Weston 2:57:42
138 Duncan Cooper 3:12:30
164 Mary Gibbons 3:22:37
181 Sarah Edwards 3:31:37

parkruns, Sat 17 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:19 Michael Salter, U/A)
9   17:54 Tim Ashelford
38  20:10 Adrian Bastow
455 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:15 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
204 26:50 Jennifer Carne
380 ran

Mile End
(1  16:56 Peter Downie, Highgate Harriers)
55  22:51 Will Worboys
212 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:09 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
83  26:36 Karen Lambe
122 28:39 Polly Crawley (junior)
189 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:39 Ben Pease, Ripon Runners)
54  22:35 Norman Push
350 ran

(1  16:37 Gregan Clarkson, Kingston upon Hull AC)
20  23:19 Geoff Howard
81 ran

parkrun, Portuguese style

From Outi Kamarainen ... During a recent holiday, I found out about an informal trail run taking place on Friday night on the outskirts of a small town in the Algarve. Never one to miss the opportunity to experiencing a different running scheme, I turned up at 8 pm at the little town somewhere close to the coast.
Already there were quite a few people there, and lot more arrived later, dressed in bright orange, yellow and pink tops and in the end there were over 100 participants, covering a wide age and ability range, with some participants even walking the course. The evening officially started with a brief warm up session, lead by the local aerobics instructor (not something that we are used to at fell races!). Then followed a series of rambling speeches and a drone video shoot. Finally, we set off half an hour after the advertised start time (what they call a prompt start in Portugal!). The route was 11 km (though my GPS recorded it being closer to 12k) and weaved through the farm land and olive groves around the town, following mainly farm tracks and little roads, with few paths thrown in the mixture too. The crowds soon thinned, and I ran much of the way by myself, following the distant head torches further up the tracks. The route was marked by tapes and glow sticks, with a few marshals at road crossings and it felt a bit like a mixture of treasure hunt and mystery tour with bright stars above and and crickets together with the odd dog bark providing the sound track. There was a water and fruit stop at about the half way mark, and I even got hosed down by a spectator at one point - a very welcome surprise since, despite the darkness, the thermometer still showed +24C. Finally, even though it was a non-timed event, there was still a sprint to the finish line and my time according to my watch was somewhere around 62 minutes. Afterwards, we tucking into yet more fresh fruit, whilst swapping stories of nearly getting lost at various points in the dark; whilst the route was well marked, you had to have your wits about you to stay on the marked track.
Apparently, these weekly events started a few years ago, with 6 runners heading out on Friday nights for an easy run. From there it has expanded, with different local clubs taking it in turns to host the trail runs. So if you ever find yourself in southern Portugal on a Friday night, with nothing better to do, I thoroughly recommend putting on the trainers and finding a torch of sorts to join in on one of these great nights out on trails.

Run Rabbit 100 Steamboat Springs Colorado, Sat 16 Sep

From Brian Melia... I headed over to Steamboat Springs Colorado for a new adventure in trail running. This is not a race on most Ultra Trail runners list, but I had thought over winter about getting out there or Lake Tahoe. In the end I summed up the courage to enter Run Rabbit 100 ... so named after the Rabbit ears pass you drive through to get to steamboat. I flew from Manchester to Chicago, then to Denver to collect my pre booked small car. The lady was insistent at collection I "Needed a six cylinder" not my small four cylinders as I was going over 3000 metres passes to get to Steamboat and my car would struggle. I thought she was joking so insisted on taking my 1.2 litre Yaris automatic. There was a lovely atmosphere at the registration the night before which settled my nerves, almost like a fell race. The numbers running the 100 mile race was limited to 350.
The race begins at the foot of Mt. Werner at the Sheraton Hotel at 2200 metres. I began at 8.00 am. The climb was long and hard, but really beautiful. Even a black bear was seen. After that it was single track to Fish Creek falls probably one of the most stunning trails I have been on before heading back into Steamboat for a loop of 20 miles round Cow creek mountain range and back for my first drop bag. I changed socks and filled up with food before it went dark. You head back up Fish creek in the dark and then to Long Lake aid station. It was a harvest moon and clear skies. Luckily I was told how cold it could get. Over the next 10 hours it was going to be a problem as it dropped to -15 degrees. Lots of people dropped due to the temperatures and the altitude which was about 3200m for long periods. I came close as my hands were freezing. Luckily the aid stations had fires. I spent too long in the relative comfort. Looking back I now realise how good these aid stations were. The food supplied was just fab. Hot drinks, coke ginger beer. Energy drinks (Tailwind), sandwiches, eggs and bacon. Some pizza and various broths. We were very well looked after considering how remote the race was, it was incredible ... super friendly. From long lake there is 5 mile drop to Summit Lake, my second drop bag where I put any spare clothes on. Then essentially a 24 mile out and back to Spring Creek Ponds. In the cold and dark it felt very eerie, but I managed to get through. As the sunrise happened I felt an energy surge. At my drop bag once more at Summit Lake I was able to get back to minimal clothes and sunglasses to try to finish. The trail took me on a tortuous route back to the top of Mt Werner. I ran really well most of the time finishing 26th. Really I should have worn warmer gloves which would have helped me get out of the aid stations instead of lingering so long, all told probably 2 hours or more! As always on these races it is not just about you. There are some lovely interesting runners and volunteers who make the journey worthwhile. I was pleased I made the effort and have looked back this last couple of weeks with a real satisfaction at completing Run Rabbit 100. I won a Glass Tankard and my first Buckle.
And the rental lady was right I need a six cylinder.

Vale of York half marathon, Sun 11 Sep

From Dave Weesthaed ... A nice day for running on what looked at the start like an easy course. The first 7 miles were OK and I felt on for a time around 1:21 but after that it seemed to get harder and I was rather disappointed with my run and time in end. There was no obvious reason for this but talking to people who finished around me it was not an uncommon sentiment. Anyway, a good run on closed flat roads and well organised.
Results ...

(1   1:08:55 Jason Cherriman. Leeds)
71   1:23:56 David Westhead
137  1:28:37 Derek Oliver
589  1:47:15 William Woodhead
1097 2:05:51 Elizabeth Westhead
1594 finished

Lake District Mountain Trial, Sun 11 Sep

From Roy Ruddle ... In the words of the organiser, this year was a Classic Classic - i.e., hard, as witnessed by the winning time. Still superb weather and an excellent event. The Haines family were out in force, with Chloe 4th F on the Medium Course and Florence 2nd F in the Short Course, as well as Peter & Sarah who were running in Ilkley colours and are listed below.

Classic course 
(1  4:59:22 Neil Talbott, Ambleside AC)
27  6:46:35 Jack Wood
31  7:04:17 Roy Ruddle
51 started
Short course
(1  2:12:34 Rebecca Rooke, Black Combe Runners)
5   2:45:34 Peter Haines (1st V60)
13  3:04:47 Sarah Haines (1st FV50)
51 started

Yorkshireman, Sun 11 Sep

From Helen Waddington... Lovely conditions for today's Yorkshireman races over at Haworth. A total of 4 Harriers ran the scenic Half course (just shy of 15 miles) whilst Adela Reperecki took on the tough Full (26 mile) course and was placed second V50 lady - well done Adela. Gavin Lamb was first Harrier home on the half course in a time of 2.12.20. I was pleased to have moved up a few places since I last ran in 2014. A well-organised and very friendly event.

Woodentops photos

Half Results
(1   1.49.05 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners)
24   2.12.20 Gavin Lamb                                             
49   2.20.39 Jonathan Sinclair                                       
54   2.21.48 Rob Cunningham                                  
103  2.37.36 Helen Waddington                                        
203 ran

Full Results:
(1   3.28.52 Kevin Doyle, Kimberworth Striders)
63   5.09.43 Adela Reperecki 2nd V50                         
112 ran

Great North Run, Sun 11 Sep

Results ...

(1    1:00:04 Mo Farrah)
2840  1:41:58 Dan Ibbotson
6096  1:51:01 Christine Cox
8037  1:54:53 Charlotte Smithson
12719 2:02:54 Tim Ratcliffe
12961 2:03:23 Emma Curran
26434 2:28:28 Elaine Ibbotson
26470 2:28:32 Bernadette Gibbons
30633 2:37:57 Heather Duke
50,000 ran?

Burnsall fell race, Sun 11 Sep

Results ...

(1 13:38 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
6  16:14 Iain Gibbons
8  16:23 Paul Carman
10 16:47 Jack Cummings
14 17:52 Steve Turland
74 finished

parkruns, Sat 10 Sep

From Rhys Jones ...

Bradford lister park
(1 17:06 Will Kerr)
15 20:32 Sally Malir 
26 20:59 Rhys Jones 

Ilkley Incline, Wed 7 Sep

From Dick and Helen Waddington ... Well done to all the runners who took part in the Ilkley Incline last night. It was a hot and sticky midge-fest so thank you all for coming. Great that so many Ilkley Harriers took part and so many won prizes - 9 in total claimed wins in their category. As always, these races wouldn\t happen without all the people in the background helping - we would like to give a BIG thank you to all of you who performed duties on the night - Neil and Mandy Chapman and Toni Melechi on finish funnel and timing, Val Kerr, John and Dan Hayes, Julie Malechi, Nicky Hopwood and Alison Weston who all helped marshal and corral the runners on the course or up to the start, Sarah Hayes (and Lucy on the till!) and Jann Smith on Registration and Sarah on sweeper duties too! Andrew McCarthy raced the results down on his MTB and last but not least Jane McCarthy who sorted results and winners. I do hope we haven't left anybody out! We are very grateful to you all!!!

Wetherby 10k, Sun 4 Sep

Results ...

(1  32:42 Andrew Grant, Harrogate)
49  40:08 Richard Joel
60  41:32 Derek Oliver
73  42:20 Lucy Williamson
260 49:56 Sarah Hayes
293 50:58 Stephanie Fox
374 54:34 Peter Lewis
526 61:07 Sue Williamson
531 60:44 Deborah Nicholson
694 finished

Bradley fell race, Sun 4 Sep

Results ...

(1 25:08 Chris Miller, Harrogate)
8  27:44 Martin Archer           
9  27:49 Paul Carman             
12 28:25 Rob Carr                     
20 31:02 Ben Joynson              
31 34:17 Jann Smith (3rd lady / 1st F40)
66 ran

parkruns, Sat 3 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:40 unknown)
7   18:49 Paul Carman
36  21:20 Jann Smith (1st F)
181 26:28 Julie Elmes
198 26:52 Jennnifer Carne
349 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:00 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
70  25:59 Thomas Campbell (junior)
102 28:07 Karen Lambe
111 28:58 Ruth Jones
116 29:16 Polly Crawley (junior)
190 ran

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