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

Otley 10, Wed 13 June

From Will Buckton .... Good turnout of Harriers and a 10 mile debut for me! Great event well organised and recommended.

(1    56:07 Scott Harrington Otley AC)
2     56:38 Robert Little
44  1h07:02 David Foyston
51  1h07:39 Andrew Overend
61  1h08:41 Jonathan Sinclair 
71  1h09:40 Will Buckton
91  1h12:14 Derek Oliver
120 1h15:16 Mike Abrams-Cohen	
220 1h22:35 Claire McLoughlin
255 1h25:33 Chantalle Busby
258 1h26:02 Catherine Gibbons
358 1h40:32 Fiona Schneider
367 1h42:37 Bernadette Gibbons
370 1h43:28 Amanda Newham 
399 finished

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, May

Harrier of the month nominations: Andrew Merrick for the West Highland Way; Kate Archer for 2nd Lady in Windermere Marathon; Paul Carmen for his significantly solo BGR; Dan Wilkinson for his BGR with Ben Sheppard and entertaining report; Istvan Jasco for impressive trail times; William Gosling and Caroline Tong for Leeds Half being last year's beginners; Ewan Welsh for his entertaining write up of GoatFell Hill, Arran
The winner is Kate Archer .

Volunteer of the month: Lawrence Basham for the very successful and enjoyable Trail race
The winner is Lawrence Basham.

More Harriers of the Month ...

Settle Saunter, Sun 10 June

From Petra Bijsterveld ... There are 3 distances to choose from at this Settle Rotary Club event: 10k, 13 miles or 23 miles. I joined Paul, Jan, Jayne, Adela and Ruth for the half marathon, all of them had run the race before but I was new to it this year.
It is a well organized yet low-key event which welcomes both walkers and runners, we set off from outside the Victoria Hall in Settle when a man in a fluorescent jacket said 'go' and went on our way uphill towards the first checkpoint at Feizor, then to Austwick where we self-stamped our cards, through beautiful woods back to the Feizor checkpoint, then to Stainforth Falls and along the Ribble back to Settle. The course was flagged in places but the map and route description definitely proved essential at certain key points. We arrived back in the hall where we presented our triple stamped cards and our time was duly noted down. None of this newfangled chip timing stuff! In return we received a nice badge of the variety that I used to sew onto my rucksack when I first got into hill walking in the 1980's. There was plentiful tea on offer as well as traditional post-race food in the shape of pie and peas. It was a glorious day once the early fog lifted, but too hot for running comfortably. The temperature was energy sapping and in the second half my legs were leaden, even running along the flat beside the river felt like an arduous undertaking towards the end. I was glad I had not opted for the 23 miler!
Results to follow.

Howtown fell race, Sun 10 June

From Will Buckton ... I completed the Howtown fell race on Sunday, AL 21.4km 1400m. Don't think there were any other Harriers but no results online yet. The route climbs the Far Eastern Fells - Loadpot Hill, High Raise, Place Fell and Hallin Fell from Howtown near Pooley Bridge on the edge of Ullswater. I finished 25th/100 in 2h38 and the winner was 2h12.

39th Swaledale Marathon, Sat 9 June

From Helen Waddington ... Swaledale marathon (3,600 ft/23.2 miles) sells out fast every year and it's easy to see why. The names of the places you pass over are as magical as the scenery, Flincher Gill, Friarfold Rake, Little Punchard Head, Surrender Bridge and so on and so on. The route shows off Swaledale at its best and most varied with a route taking in ruins of the lead mining times, sprawling moors, buttercup fields and stony tracks and finishing with some great downhill running into Reeth with a Strava segment aptly named Ankle Breaker. Plenty of ups and downs and not quite a marathon in distance but otherwise this one more than lives up to the marathon title. Superb organisation and a hot meal at the end and souvenir pottery mug to take home. Lovely.
Results ...

(1  3h15 Julian Simpson)
117 4h43 Helen Waddington
447 finishers

Tal y Mignedd (2nd British Championship race) North Wales, Sat 9 June

From Alison Weston ... A very hot afternoon for this short race up Tal y Mignedd on the Nantlle Ridge but a lovely river to cool down afterwards and heeps of cake to eat. The race was won by James Espie in 36:11 from Deeside Runners, Jack Wood was 17th in 36:11 and Alison Weston 177th in 51:15.

Keswick Mountain Festival 25km trail race, Sat 9 June

From Helen Thurston... I went up to the Lakes for the Keswick Mountain Festival at the weekend. There are lots of sporting events including triathlons, open water swims, a sportive and 5km, 10km, 25km and 50km trail races. I ran in the 25km trail race which was a rocky, hilly race through beautiful scenery. All the sporting events started and finished in the Festival Village which had a great atmosphere, as well as a beer tent and food stalls for post-race refuelling! I was 3rd lady.
Results ...

(1 2:11:08 Mike Holliday, DH Runners)
41 2:32:09 Helen Thurston
477 finished

Weets Race, Sat 9 June

From Jim Ryder ... I think I was the only Ilkley Harrier at the Weets Race over near Barnoldswick. It has a similar length and height gain to Ilkley Moor Fell Race but far less technical - with some track sections - basically four hills. I came in at 46 minutes for the 5.2 miles, 1450ft. Very well organised and friendly event - recommended.
Results ...

(1 37:09 Gary Priestley, Salford)
28 45:55 Jim Ryder
206 finished

parkruns, Sat 9 June

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:57 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
29  21:24 Sally Malir 1st F
39  22:13 Oscar Street
123 25:52 Stephanie Fox
124 25:56 Will Worboys
128 26:01 Dave Reynier
129 26:02 Paula Reynier
429 ran

(1  16:30 Andy Grant, Leeds City AC)
247 27:13 Fiona Schneider
488 ran

(1  19:44 Michael McInnes, Skipton AC)
8   20:36 Rachel Carter 1st F
28  23:11 Neil Pomfret
54  25:22 Nicola Budding
181 ran

Bronte 5, Thu 7 June

From Fiona Schneider ... It was a beautiful evening in Haworth for this 2 lap undulating 5 mile run.
Results ...

(1  28:10 Ben Beattie, Hallamshire)
41  34:02 Colin Williams  
115 40:06 Andrew Jackson 
154 47:25 Fiona Schneider 
192 finishers

HSRL #1, Skipton, Tue 5 June

From Carolone Howe ... 30 Harriers took part in the first Harrogate Summer Race League event at Skipton last night, with Rob Little of Ilkley winning the race in 27:15. Provisional results now available on the HDSRL website:
Results ...

Paul Stephens adds ... A great turnout for last nights first race in this year's Harrogate Summer Race League. Won by Ilkley's Rob Little, we also had 3 others in the top 15 - Matt Cox, Istvan Jacso and Dan Mckeown. And excellent runs throughout the field.

Selection news

Euan Brennan has been selected to represent GB at the European Mountain Running Championships ( Uphill and Downhill ) on the 1st of July in Skopje, Macedonia. Link to the official announcement.

Lakeland Trail Coniston 1/2 Marathon Challenge, Sun 3 June

From Neil Pomfret ... The good weather continued in the Lakes for another day. From Coniston Hall the route headed north then up through dappled shade to Tarn Hows for a couple of laps. Next a steep descent through cool forest shade was a refreshing escape from the sun. The final 5K were flat and sunny along the valley floor and lakeside. The Coniston Half, my new favourite 'Lakeland Trail', was finished off with cooling off leg soak in Coniston Water.
Results ...

(1 1:43.13 Adrian Lister)
20 1:57.30 Neil Pomfret
318 ran

Marathon Challenge
(1  3:33:53 Steve Jacques, U/A Kendal)
53  5:19:42 Liz Price
107 5:53:51 Sarah Holmes
212 finished

Ilkley Harriers Race League update to 2nd June

From Jane McCarthy...The Wharfedale Half Marathon was the latest race in an extremely busy Race League Calendar over April and May. A splendid 40 Ilkley Harriers (surely this is a record for a single race?) enjoyed the multi terrain event, and was the 5th Trail Race since the beginning of April. The full points breakdown is given in the spreadsheet, but highlights include Jack Cummings achieving his maximum 100 points by winning Guiseley Gallop, and Jonathan Sinclair achieving 99points and 100points respectively for performances at Ilkley Trail Race and Wharfedale Half Marathon, after the League handicap system applied. Jack Wood took the win at Jack Bloor, the only Fell race last quarter, followed by second claim Harrier Rob Little, now able to score in the League gaining 99 points, and Jack Cummings 98 points in third place. Two Road races at Thirsk and Vale of York have seen Caroline Howe gain a lead in the Road league, scoring in all three races so far in 2018.
Overall, the League top positions are held by Jonathan Turner with strong and consistent scoring - averaging 91points in the seven races counting so far. In a very close second place is experienced League racer Hilda Coulsey, averaging 90 points also counting seven races so far. Clever use of a Wildcard race may be the only thing to split these two. However, there are plenty of other runners creeping up the League table. With 6 races counting, Colin Williams has leapt into 3rd place, in an almost 'ridiculous' month in April by scoring well in the Guiseley Gallop, Thirsk 10 and Vale of York League races, before finishing the month with a great time at Blackpool Marathon and then completing the ultra tough 61 mile Fellsman a week later. Chapeau! Caroline Howe stands in fourth place, followed by Jack Cummings and Jonathan Sinclair, both with high average scores of 98 points and 96 points respectively in 4 races. The busy calendar continues with next races Full Bronte 5 mile on 7th June and Beamsley Beacon on 22nd June. Happy Racing!!
Results tables on the League page.
Please let me know if any mistakes or omissions spotted. Thank you. Jane McCarthy.

**PLEASE NOTE there is a change to eligibility to count in the Ilkley Harriers Race League**: Following a request to extend the league to second claim members the Committee have discussed and decided that given they pay the same membership (excluding the EA fee) it seems entirely reasonable to include them. The second claim member will not automatically be listed in results under Ilkley Harriers and therefore, if second claim members want their performances to be included in the League stats they must notify the League administrator (currently Jane McCarthy) within two weeks of the race. These are the same rules as claiming a wildcard entry. The "Rules" on the Race League page will be changed accordingly.

Long Duddon, Sat 2 June

(1 3:11:42 Nicholas Barber Pennine Fell Runners )
50 4:41:34 Roy Ruddle
81 6:11:09 Brian Melia
99 ran

Pen-y-ghent fell race, Sat 2 June

From Will Buckton ... Me, Alison and Steve climbed the Brackenbottom route to the summit of Pen-y-ghent in pleasant running conditions, misty but warm and still. The route then runs off piste to Hull Pot and Whitber Hill and descends back to Horton in Ribblesdale through private farm land. AM 10.5km 564m
Results ...

(1 48:10 Alasdair McLeod Leeds City)
27 59:57 Steve Turland
36 62:20 Will Buckton
69 68:27 Alison Weston
142 finished

Alison adds ... a new race record of 48:10 set by Alasdair McLeod from Leeds city AC. Very misty conditions going up but a bit cooler for racing.

Wharfedale Half, Sat 2 June

From Caroline Howe...Around 40 Harriers turned out for this year's Wharfedale Half Marathon, more than in any race this year I think - from the regular racers through to those racing for the first time this year, older and newer members of the club... Great to see so many familiar faces! Given the recent warm weather, it was something of a relief to run this race in the rain. It was still pretty muggy but refreshingly damp! This was my first time running Wharfedale and I thoroughly enjoyed (most of) it (shout out to Stuart who kept me going up Mastiles Lane!) Very scenic as everyone had told me (despite the curtain of mist and rain!) Great atmosphere in the clubhouse after, and great to see several Harriers picking up prizes... Istvan Jacso for 3rd place overall; Kate Archer for 5th lady; Rachel Carter for 1st FV40; Jonathan Sinclair for 1st MV55 - fantastic performances! Lots of pbs and other individual achievements among the Harriers contingent too, I'm sure. And expect to see lots of Harriers sporting attractive deep purple buffs this winter...!
Results ...

Calderdale Way Ultra Sat 2 June

From Andrew Merrick ... ..... Happily dawn had already arrived this Saturday by the time I left Ilkley early on Saturday morning for the race headquarters of this Ultra organised by Cannonball Events. The Hare and Hounds pub in Todmorden was open from 5am (no breakfast service but decent loos!), prior to a 6am start. The race organiser is a local runner who takes his organisational responsibilities seriously with an FRA driven kit list, a timing chip, and 5 well planned and stocked checkpoints, staffed by runners.
The pre-race pack also included a map with pretty detailed instructions on the reverse. Those of you familiar with the Calderdale Way would know that it isn't the easiest navigationally despite the additional signage (and sprayed on arrows in the town sections) provided. The group I was running with had a few moments of incompetence which probably added at least a mile, and got me up to 8,000+ ft of climb. It led me to keep the instructions in my hand for the last 20 miles or so.
A scenic and friendly run (I am yet to find an ultra that doesn't have both), which ended back at the pub - about 12 ? hours later - after a sneaky final painful climb above Todmorden. If I knew what I know now, I would have recced the final stretch; happily by that stage I was "running" in the company of a runner doing the shorter version who had. A big thank you to Richard from St Theresa's running club in Leeds (I hadn't heard of it either) who kept me going and kept me on the right route as we got close to home.
As is becoming traditional, the race ended with an organiser supplied chilli washed down with a well earned pint!
To be recommended as a local, well organised, scenic ultra (available in 28.5 and 50.5 mile distances), some recceing advisable.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail Race, Thu 31 May

From Val Kerr ... This race follows the trail (5 miles) around Ingleton Waterfalls with a total ascent (mainly up steps) of 886 ft. The route is very scenic, if you dare to take your eyes off the rocks and tree roots for a minute, and very runnable. Thornton Force looked particularly inviting in the evening heat. Ex-IH Alison Eagle asked me to do this race with her and it was a good decision. No results yet available.

Ilkley Trail race, Mon 28 May

Woodentops photos

Results and photos on the Trail Race page

(1  41:21 Will Smith, Halifax)
3   42:02 Jack Cummings
4   43:48 Cameron Reilly
5   43:58 Nathan Edmunson
8   44:24 Ivan Jacso
17  47:51 Andrew Overend
23  48:44 Steve Coy
26  49:02 Michael Lomas
31  49:39 Jon Sinclair
32  50:03 Jonathan Turner
37  50:20 Lucy Williamson, 2nd lady
41  50:55 Dave Robson
43  51:32 Kate Archer
47  51:55 Michael Cohen
48  52:16 Colin Williams
49  52:22 Helen Thurston
50  52:30 Rachel Carter
52  52:41 John Hayes
55  53:14 Michael Duffield
59  54:11 Duncan Cooper
68  55:06 Derek Oliver
75  55:45 Steve Murray
89  58:19 Paddy Hagan
97  60:03 Alison Weston
102 60:29 Caroline Howe
119 62:54 Ben Sheppard
124 63:43 Jane Bryant
133 65:02 Clare Boyle
140 65:49 Adela Reperecki
184 73:29 Rachel Hagan
185 73:31 Phil Chappell
189 73:54 Bernie Gibbons
191 75:32 Peter Lewis
192 75:34 Paula Reynier
194 76:08 Sue Williamson
197 78:00 Kate Lofthouse
(any more Harriers?)
219 finished

Selection news

Euan Brennan has been selected to run for England in the International Mountain Running Youth Cup which takes place in Lanzada, Italy on the 16th June.

Edinburgh Half Marathon, Sun 27 May

(1   1:10:37 Severino Gomez)
2334 1:47:26 John Woodward
Over 10000 finishers

The West Highland Way Challenge Race, Sat 26 May

From Andrew Merrick... Not as easily Googled as the more illustrious alternative, the Challenge race is organised by Jim and his very friendly team who are committed to ensuring as good an experience as possible for its entrants. A field somewhat north of 100 competitors set off just after midnight on Friday night from Milngavie (good luck getting the pronunciation right) after checking in at the Town Hall just near the railway station. The registration team were entirely relaxed that my running companion's plane was delayed, suggesting we could start a little late if necessary. Happily the flight finally touched down by 10:55 and after a dash from the airport, we were all sorted with 20 mins to spare, even if it wasn't quite the planned pre-race preparation.
Initially I thought, based on my South Downs Way experience, that sub 24 hours might be possible, but the route is less easily runnable than the SDW. A narrow twisting, undulating path, with Loch Lomond as our almost constant companion was the main feature of the first half of the run, as the temperatures began to climb towards record levels.
The route becomes materially steeper from about 60 miles onwards and, since the race is focused on runners of all ability, the only organisational oddity is the requirement to carry a 900+ gm sleeping back from this point, the second of three drop bag stations. In keeping with the organisers, the helpers at all check points couldn't have been more helpful, the only challenge being that these locations were also very popular with the local midge community....
We were encouraged by runners from previous years to ensure we got up and at least part way down the devil's staircase in the light. Happily we made it up and over and down to the road near to the final drop bag station without needing to resort to headtorches, not that it was as challenging as we has been expecting. At this point we had only two 7 mile stages to go, but we paid the price for pushing on and took these final stages more slowly, not helped by a very loose stony track which required careful concentration to avoid too much foot damage. We finally completed our (97 mile) journey a little before 5am, enjoying the bonus of a second dawn as we were on Ben Nevis. A coach was organised to take us back to our start point from where the drive home later that day was also slightly challenging.
A very well organised event, throughout which we were fully supported - the two night (at my speed) and rugged terrain makes it a good pre UTMB experience...... and a beautiful place from which to see the sun rise........ twice.

Bob Graham Round

From Dan Wilkinson ... Ben Sheppard and I had originally planned to attempt the Bob Graham Round on 9th June and had been spending time reccing and building a support team, however after a recce on 19th May, whilst enjoying a pint in Grasmere, we conceived the idea of doing it the following weekend instead, partly driven by the weather, partly by the conditions (dry ground, low braken) and partly because now we were fully prepared physically and with the knowledge of the round, we were raring to go and 3 weeks felt like a lifetime to wait.. 2 days later, with a radical change in support crew, the plan was set. A nervous Friday ensued and then ad 11pm we were off the the Lakes... I have no previous experience of Ultra distance challenges and in all the reading up I had done on them the thing that stood out was the low/bad patches. Right from the first peak we were in low patch, when we set off from Keswick, conditions in the valley were breezy, but otherwise fairly benign. However on closing in on Skiddaw the clag came down and the wind was a constant 50mph. With this, the darkness and the wet rock we floundered badly trying to find the route of the north slipping off the shoulder on wet rock. It was like something out of a horror film.

Eventually we found the trod to Great Calva and although still clagged in we were sheltered from the wind. Dawn hit and the clag cleared before we struck up Calva so we knew things were improving for us and a beautiful sunrise greeted us atop Blencathra. From here we had opted for the parachute descent, a BG insiders route down the gully to the west of Halls Fell ridge. This was tricky with the dew making the steep grass and rocks slippy and we lost the line a couple of times, but it probably saved 10 minutes on a wet scramble down Halls Fell, but we were still over 15 mins down on schedule.

Michael Lomas (leg 2 support) and Justin Phillips (road support leg 1 & 2) were there to meet us with the car for some food and a change of socks, we were buoyed by the news we had gained 30 mins on a round ahead through the night and set off on Leg 2. Clough Head is never pleasant but Michael set a good pace for us and out bags were lighter now he had some of our Kit. Cresting the Dodds/Helvellyn ridge should have been glorious at dawn, but I was having a major low patch, I couldn't get down the calories I thought I needed and the wind was a constant 40mph from the East and impeding progress. Things got better as we finally hit Helvellyn and I knew it was almost downhill from here to Dunmail. We left our bags at the Tarn for the out and back to Fairfield and after some gels I was feeling a lot better, running without a pack was so much easier. We crossed paths with the group that had set off at 1am and it highly lifted my spirits that we had managed to gain an hour on them over 2 legs. We finally overtook them as we crested Seat Sandal and I was having a rare high as we ran down to Dunmail to meet the support crew knowing we had not lost any more time on schedule.

After the standard food and sock pit stop we met our Leg 3 support Phil Withnall and Brian Melia, who had brought along interloper Nepalese Richard. I set of up Steel fell and I was happy to be feeling amazing. I drove the pace and was worried that Richard, who had some of my kit wasn't going to be able to keep up. Fortunately this was just my over optimism for the first few miles of the leg and we were soon running together well. By Rossett Pike both me and Ben had started to tire and we had an impromptu rest to shovel in gels and bars, neither of us found these were going down well. The rakes to Bowfell went well and this is one of my favourite parts of the round, but it soon gives way to the boulder-scape of the Scafell Massif.. We just had to grind this out, by now it was quite hot and the wind had died down. Finally we reached Scafell Pike, and the inevitable masses. Time for a quick photo though, and then down to Mickledore.

We opted for Lords Rake in our approach to Scafell, and on arriving under Broad Stand we found it roped. A moment of floundering and we opted to stick to our plan, neither of us having any rope experience. The Rake is good, because you can use your arms and give your legs a well-earned rest. Now really close to the end of Leg 3 and we just had the small matter of the final leg shattering 3,000ft descent to Wasdale to deal with, including the fantastic screes, another favourite part for me.. Before we had left for the round Ben had requested Jack Wood (road support leg 3 & 4) meet us at Wasdale wearing his GB vest, he didn't disappoint and adding to the look a glorious pair of Union Jack high cut running shorts. At the Wasdale stop I felt really low, I couldn't eat much and wasn't feeling great. I could have given up there but I remembered reading one of Nicky Spink's hints on the round, that all those people had made the effort to be there to make it a success, and the least I could do is made sure I delivered the goods. Also remembering something Ben had said on Leg 2 about feeling low, I went to the loo and did the biggest poo I had ever done in my entire life (sorry). Immediately I felt better, raring to go and we set off up Yewbarrow, however we had haemorrhaged loads of time on this leg and we were now well down on schedule.

It's hard to say I enjoyed Yewbarrow, but I was feeling pretty good and was full of sugar from some gels and an ice lolly Jack had bought for us. After this, we had the expert guidance of pacer Pete Darwood (leg 4 & 5 support) who was setting us a blinding pace and finding all the good trods, but as we hit Red Pike I had failed to replenish the sugar I had used on Yewbarrow and I hit another mega low point. I was dizzy and hallucinating and had to stop to force down sugar. As we approached Steeple we crossed paths with another round, again this acted as motivation and lifted our spirits as we chased them down over Pillar and Kirk Fell. It is said once you have done Great Gable it is basically in the bag, making sure I was loaded up with sugar we stuck out on the climb, Pete still setting a great pace for us. We had the top to ourselves on a glorious sunny evening, unfortunately no time to linger, we had to pick our way down to Windy Gap, which was absolutely living up to its name this evening. As we rounded Green Gable we could spot yet another round ahead. More motivation and we caught them at Grey Knott. For the first time in a number of outings we found a brilliant trod down from here to Honister and we were flying, passing yet another attempt. However our road support Jack had under estimated our arrival time and was doing hill reps on Dale Head. We saw the moment he realised and he was really flying down the fell to get there before us. Luckily he made it and we said goodbye to Phil and we were met by my mate Damien Brockie for the glory leg.

We rushed Ben to finish one of his range of snacks, I think he had bought the whole chilled section of M&S, I had made a few sandwiches!. Part of the reason for this was that we wanted to get back before last orders, the other, we hadnt packed head torches for the leg and didn't want to get stranded in the dark on Robinson, or the tricky descent off it. Glorious sunset met us on Dale head and we made it off the fell just as dusk fell. We knew we were home and dry from Gable, but we didn't really know how we were doing vs schedule by this point. Some calculations revealed we were on for about 21 hours and if we dug in we could go under, so we dug in. Just pure pain in the feet as we were still in fell shoes, and failing to eat or drink much I was having a superbonkathon. Keswick finally revealed its self and among the drunken revellers there were several people who were clearly used to this sight cheering us on. Finally into the square and a small welcoming party were there to meet us and cheer us to the finish, including Bens wife Emma and the Joel's who were staying nearby on Holiday, a check of the watches revealed we had cracked 21 hours too!

A huge thanks to all the Harriers and Non Harriers who gave up their time to support us:
Justin Phillips - Road support leg 1 & 2
Jack Wood - Road support leg 3 & 4
Michael Lomas - Pacer leg 2
Brian Melia - Pacer leg 3
Phil Withnall - Pacer leg 3 & 4
Nepalese Richard - Pacer leg 3
Pete Darwood - Pacer leg 4 & 5
Damien Brockie - Pacer leg 5

Windermere Marathon, Sun 20 May

From Kate Archer ... A hilly but very scenic marathon. I was second lady. Results are:

(1 2:44:00 Neal Emmerson, Radcliffe AC)
35 3:19:33 Kate Archer
835 finished

GoatFell Hill Race Arran, Sat 19 May

From Ewan Welsh ... 8miles (now apparently 9 miles - but same route!) 2900 ft
I ventured on my annual visit to the Goatfell Hill race in Scotland, a race I've being frequenting on and off for a few number of years (30 years now that I think about ), I only discovered this year that it's 9 miles in distance, not the 8 miles I always thought it was, must be a result of the influence of the garmin wearing modernists, back in '88 a bloke told me it was 8 miles, and he knew a few things about a few things so I've always just taken it as 8 miles, however now we have the science to hand, we have the facts, although the science gives us the facts, the art give us the pleasure, so I still take it as a philosophical 8 miles, I don't record anything in a spreadsheets anyway, my head, legs and soul are the only place the recording of it really matters!
The route, it's basically the usual along the road, up to the top, back down, back along the road. You need to concentrate on the descent, around 6 casualties this year, although if you take my approach on the descent you don't need to worry about that at all. First and last mile or so is flattish (not excluding that blinking lap of the park at the end!)
Goatfell is a height of 2866' , that's what the t-shirts say anyway, next time I'm up and if I meet someone sporting a Garmin, I'll ask them if they "happen to have the height on them" and I'll confirm (or perhaps just look at a map =!)
The day was hot, I wilted in the heat to be honest, and suffered in the last section, finishing with a face like a Belisha beacon. I had the usual strong climb and weak decent (losing 10 minutes on the downhill to my uphill peers), for years I've tried to muster a good decent, it's never happened, in relative terms that is (even when I've been running on it of my own accord), apart from the race in 2001 and I think that was due to the mist , so you couldn't see the decent other than the step in front of you, maybe there is something in that (not to mention, age, race fitness, fortitude and a whole load of other reasons probably).
Shettleston Harriers have taken over the race these last few years which seems to have resulted in some sort of resurrection with over 200 runners now entering (just use to attract around 80 to 90), to the extent you have to pre-enter well in advance. It's very well organised, friendly, you can even pick up your races number on the ferry, oddly exciting.
The ferry was the busiest I've witnessed with a new ferry port in Arran to boot, the weather brought out a lot of day walkers on route, creating a slight hedonistic atmosphere whilst running, I was even offered a "wee can of strongbow cider big man, it's chilled !" from some fine young Glasgow chaps on route, I refrained, as much as I appreciated the offer.
No other Harriers were there although, as I was wearing an Ilkley vest I did chat to several other Yorkshire runners, and also someone who knew Alison Weston, called Alison Wilson, and asked me to say hello, so Alison in case I don't bump into you in the immediate weeks, Alison says hello.

(1 1:17:19 Tom Owens, Shettleson Harriers)
93 2:02:07 Ewan Welsh

Inter-regional Fell Championships, Sat 19 May

Well done to Jack Wood helping Yorkshire to a men's team gold medal at Lads Leap.
Results ...

(1 44:36 Max Swinburn, NE)
4  46:56 Jack Wood
138 ran

Charlesworth Chase (Simon's Seat), Sat 19 May

From Alison Weston ... we all chased Emma Dodds up Simon's Seat but she was only passed by Ian Holmes and Ted Mason. (No results seen yet).

Dave Robson
Norman Bush

parkruns, Sat 19 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:46 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
2   17:37 Oscar Stapleton
140 29:15 Bernie Gibbons
241 ran

(1  17:46 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
9   21:24 Sally Malir 1st F
126 ran

(1  16:05 Chris Stanford, Warrington Triathlon Club)
13  1840 Rob Cunningham
487 ran

Bob Graham Round, Fri 18 May

From Jann Smith... The Bob Graham Round - often referred to as Britain's toughest challenge - you have to summit 42 of the highest peaks in the Lake District, covering around 66 miles and 26,000ft of climbing, all within 24 hours, partly in dark and along Englands most brutal and unforgiving terrain.
After 9 months of hard winter training and after having run half the Bob Graham within scheduled time three weeks earlier myself and Paul Carman set off at 1am to attempt the full challenge do the first leg in the night.
After 4 hours I had to pull out due to a foot injury and Paul decided to carry on solo carrying all his own kit, navigating and writing down all the summit times. He got stronger and stronger and managed to finish and hit the road before it got dark again to finish the challenge at 10.16pm in an incredible time of 21 hours 16 minutes.

Kildwick fell race, Wed 16 May

From Alison Weston ... a beautiful evening fell race.
Results ...

(1 26:08 Neal Crampton, P&B)
11 27:53 Martin Archer 
68 36:04 Alison Weson 
73 36:57 Mike Baldwin
114 finished

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, April

Harrier of the month nominations: Colin Williams for completing Thirsk 10 then Blackpool marathon 3hrs 21 and a week later the Fellsman; Dave Reynier for London Marathon and a week later the 3 Peaks; Hilda Coulsey for Guisley Gallop, Thirsk 10, Fountains 10k; Pete Shields for Bradford 10k result in comeback; Jack Wood for his under 3 hrs in the 3 Peaks plus Bunny runs first; Mike Baldwin for his impressive 23rd in 3 Peaks; Claire Baldwin for completing 3 Peaks in comeback; Alison Weston 3rd LV50 in British Fell Champs and 3 Peaks; Steve Murray Thirsk 10, York 10 and Bradford 10k pb; Matt Cox sub 3hr (2:52) Manchester Marathon; Jack Cummings 1st Guiseley Gallop and 1st Dick Hudsons
The winner is Peter Shields.

Volunteer of the month: Pete Shields for his Wednesday sessions; Peter Lewis for newsletter; Petra Bijsterveld for modernising the membership process.
The winner is Peter Lewis.

More Harriers of the Month ...

Other news from the Committee on the Committee page.

Selection news ...

From Hildsa Coulsey ... Jack Wood has been selected for GB in the world mountain running long distance champs in Poland in June.

Leeds Half Marathon, Sun 13 May

From Caroline Howe... The forecast was rain but the reality was pretty warm conditions for the 33rd Leeds Half Marathon... making that final four-mile slog down Kirkstall Road even tougher than normal! As usual, a fantastic well organised event, with a good mix of club and charity runners, great support en route and a wonderful atmosphere in Millennium Square. Having focused on shorter distances recently I was expecting a tough final 3 miles so was delighted to finish with a pb. I saw one other Harrier on the course, but there were a few out there... notable performances included a fantastic time by Helen Thurston who was first Harrier home and 16th lady overall. Also huge congrats to Caroline Tong and William Josling who completed this race a year after joining the Ilkley Harriers 0-5k course.
Results ...

(1 1:08:06 Mohammad Aburezeq, Altrincham & D)
314  1:32:50 Helen Thurston
363  1:34:14 Rhys Jones
518  1:37:00 Steve Newell
816  1:41:57 Caroline How
1441 1:52:35 Charlotte Smithson
3884 2:13:51 Alex Hyde
5233 2:23:50 William Josling
5234 2:23:51 Caroline Tong
6085 finished

Ripon 10 Mile, Sun 13 May

From Helen Waddington... One of Ripon Runners' races and billed as (probably) the most scenic multi-terrain race in England. Lots of ups and downs and a mix of road, trail and fields this is a well organised event which I would recommend.
Results ...

(1    58:30 Andrew Grant, Leeds City AC)
190 1:30:13 Helen Waddington                       
302 1:40:06 Debbie Jukes                             
455 ran

Fairfield Horseshoe, Sat 12 May

From Alison Weston ... Quite a few harriers at this event this year and good running conditions.
Results ...

(1  1:21:46 Joshua Jardine, Helm Hill
48  1:42:46 Steve Turland 
52  1:44:04 Jim Ryder 
60  1:45:49 Robin Nicholcon
112 1:56:19 Rob Cunningham 
143 2:01:11 David Foyston 
171 2:05:57 Alison Weston 
279 2:33:57 John Pickering
304 ran

Slieve Donard, Sat 12 May

From Alison Bennett ... This 10k race is to the summit of the highest mountain in Northern Ireland. Adam, more used to running on the Ilkley Fells, found this a much more challenging experience. The race started on the coastal road in Newcastle then headed into woods along stony paths where the climbing started. He reached the 'Saddle' in 35 minutes before a further steep climb brought him to the summit 15 minutes later. As it was a glorious day he paused briefly to take in the stunning views. There then followed a more tricky, unmarked steep descent over rough and rocky ground before he found a path to the road leading to the playing field where he was pleased to finish in 1:19:54
Results ...

(1   55:14 Seamus Lynch, Newcastle AC)
59 1:19:54 Adam Bennett
204 finished

parkruns, Sat 12 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:38 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
26  22:04 Oscar Street
107 25:42 Stephanie Fox
109 25:43 Paula Reynier
112 25:45 Dave Reynier
477 ran

1   18:07 Oscar Stapleton
70  25:15 Chris Cunningham
227 ran

(1  17:59 Joseph Kwallah, Wetherby Runners)
12  21:35 Geoff Howard
64 ran

(1  16:02 Russell Bentley, Kent AC)
11  19:36 Lucy Williamson
248 ran

Jack Bloor fell race, Tue 8 May

From Hilda Coulsey ... A fantastic turnout of Ilkley Harriers, including Tim Brayshaw recently returned from competing in the Marathon des Sables.
Jack Wood, Rob Little and Jack Cummings took the top three places. Underfoot was dry mostly, with the usual boggy bits still pretty boggy. The men's team prize therefore went to these three and the ladies prize also to Ilkley Harriers with Helen Wood, Kate Archer and Rachel Carter. Other prize winners were Helen Wood 3rd lady and 1st U23, Jack Cummings 1st U23 and Hilda Coulsey 1st F60.
Results ...

Up The Odda 10K, Sat 5th May

From Steve Murray ... This popular trail race is always in my diary, in part because I can walk to the start but mainly the community feel and the raising of funds for Hawksworth Village school. The race had a revamp this year, the 10k moved to the top of the Odda, with two 5k circuits each finishing with the climb up the Odda and was joined by a 5k and a 2 team 5k relay option. On a hot sunny day there was an element of trepidation on the fast downhill start and through Highroyds knowing what was to come with a climb back up to the farm and then up the Odda back to the start. I struggled in the heat and with the hills but managed to persuade myself to keep going with the help of the great young marshalls throwing cups of water at runners on request to cool us down! One of hardest 10k's I have run but meant there was no guilt sampling the fabulous cakes, buns and food back at the school.
Great performances by Ilkley runners with Nathan Edmondson 2nd in the 10k and Paul Castle & Robin Nicolson winning the Duo
10k results
Duo results

Buckden Out Moor Fell Race, Sat 5th May

From Ewan Welsh ... Meandered along to the Buckden Out Moor (and back) Fell race on Saturday morning, the 2nd year of this race, run by the National Trust. I arrived in time for the 10am start, which was actually an 11am start so I had an extra hour to chillax in the early morning sun in Buckden.
With the Start / Finish from National Trust Car park, a field of around 40 entrants created a joyful boutique atmosphere, as these size of races often do, route took you on track up Buckden from the car par, winding it's way steeply around and up to the top, then over the wall and down diagonally through the old lead mines, up out of the valley then along a ridge down towards the little but rather slippy beck crossing , I say slippy as I found myself unexpectedly taking a dip in the water!
I haven't sourced the results yet and I didn't time myself , I just tried to run as hard as a could at any given moment given this was my first race in a while. I decided to pay the penance of not racing and suffer in the sun on the uphill and then downhill in a consolidated manner (plus another uphill, steep down hill , and a dip in the water), therefore time had no part to play in this spiritual exercise.
Lovely race and one to look out for next year if you want a low key, minimal fuss and extremely scenic route.

parkruns, Sat 5 May

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  15:41 Larry Ryan, Cardiff AAC)
8   17:30 Alex Hirst
743 ran

(1  17:24 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)
30  22:00 Adrian Bastow
474 ran

1   16:16 Jack Wood
6   18:45 Stephen Coy
9   19:10 Rob Cunningham
26  22:27 Geoff Howard
72  25:55 Chris Cunningham
85  26:56 Karen Lambe
202 37:55 Tim Buckingham
213 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:35 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
110 24:40 Hilda Coulsey
421 ran

Fountains 10k, Sun 29 April

From Hilda Coulsey ... This latest Harriers League race was billed as multi terrain and having not done it before we struggled with what to wear and what shoes, it kept us amused anyway! After the first 2k up a hill it transitioned to a muddy rocky path then a thick muddy couple of ks, the lady before me lost her shoe, various slips and falls, then back onto narrow local roads for the rollercoaster up and down second half finishing with a steep uphill in the final 1k. It was good, definitely worth another visit.
Based in Grantley, with proceeds going to the school, this was a very friendly, well organised race with lots of sponsorship, good refreshments and generous prizes.
Most of the prizes went to the local clubs; Harrogate, Nidd Valley, Knaresborough and Ripon but we came home with a good haul for our 6 runners: 4th MV40 Jonathan Turner, 3rd FV50 Tracy Watson and 2nd FV60 Hilda Coulsey.

From Caroline Howe... The Fountains 10k takes place in the village of Grantley near Ripon (not at Fountains Abbey as the name may suggest!) Billed as a 'true multi terrain race', three-quarters of it is on quiet country roads. The 1.5 mile off-road section begins with 'The Puddle' and then goes across a very boggy moor section - a real quagmire but good fun! The rest of the route was undulating, ending with the 'Hill of Pain'. Well organised, great marshalls, lots of support (including a brass band!), a handshake from the race director on finishing and a packed goodie bag... I thoroughly enjoyed this race and would highly recommend it. A Harriers league race, 6 of us took part, earning our points.

Results ...

(1  35:11 Jason Cherriman, Leeds City)
15  41:09 Jonathan Turner 
80  48:42 Caroline Howe 
127 52:19 Tracy Watson 
177 55:57 Hilda Coulsey 
233 59:31 Jayne Norman 
258 62:12 Kate Lofthouse
398 finished

Bradford 10k, Sun 29 April

From Peter Shields ... Results ...

(1  32:39 Joe Sagar, Spenborough)
107 41:20 Steve Murray
121 41:49 Rhys Jones
130 42:04 Adrian Bastow
417 48:05 Harry Sime
515 49:30 Peter Shields, 1st V70
811 53:28 Alex Stanley-Hyde
1897 ran

Three Peaks fell race, Sat 28 April

Graham's photos
Results ...

(1  2h49:08 Tom Owens, Shettlestone)
4   2h59:35 Jack Wood
99  3h45:31 Dan Wilkinson
167 3h56:25 Iain Gibbons
176 3h57:36 Steve Turland
187 3h59:45 Michael Lomas
248 4h10:11 Will Buckton
298 4h18:18 Alistair McInnes
369 4h29:13 Duncan Cooper
426 4h37:01 Dave Reynier
465 4h41:48 Richard Joel
512 4h48:19 Alison Weston
541 4h52:49 Dick Waddington
546 4h53:59 Michael Duffield
570 4h56:42 Dave Robson
606 5h03:41 Eleanor Bradley
623 5h07:12 Claire Mcloughlin
625 5h07:14 Mike Baldwin
701 finished

Fellsman, Sat 28 April

From Ben Sheppard... According to the website, "the Fellsman is a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet* in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales." Well, my garmin says over 12,000 feet. And I don't recall it being on a "path". It might be what someone I know calls an "old man's walking race", but if so it's a blummin tough one. Around 400 runners and hikers took part. The winner was Neil Talbot in 11:16 hours; first lady was Jessica Richardson (about 14 hours); and the final finisher took a total of nearly 29 hours. I finished in about 13:30 hours thanks in no small part to flawless navigation (by the person I happened to end up running the whole way with). It's a fantastic event and I strongly recommend you give it a go if you like old men's (and women's) walking races.
Results ...

From Colin Williams ... at 02:33 on Sunday morning I completed my second Fellsman in a time of 18hrs 3 minutes, 3 minutes longer than it took me in 2013. I felt that I was going well for the first 25 to 30 miles but found the boggy ground tough and slowed during the later section. I was pleased to be able to run the final two miles along the road, something I wasn't able to do in 2013.

parkruns, Sat 28 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:10 unknown)
4   17:27 Alex Hirst
693 ran

(1  17:37 Tom Lee, Saltaire Striders)
25  21:48 Oscar Street
28  22:21 Caroline Howe
70  24:29 Tom Worboys
143 26:48 Paula Reynier
436 ran

(1  18:06 Samuel Williams, U/A)
11  21:33 Martin Archer
21  22:54 Neil Pomfret
53  25:28 Nicola Budding
122 29:26 Bernie Gibbons
203 ran

Dick Hudsons fell race, Thu 26 April

Results ...

1   46:51 Jack Cummings
4   49:20 Nathan Edmondson
7   50:02 Steven Gott
12  52:37 Daniel Lane
23  56:59 Dave Foyston
39  59:06 Helen Thurston
41  59:16 John Hayes
42  59:20 Helen Wood
51  60:12 Roy Ruddle
62  61:56 Tom Worboys
113 71:05 Geoffrey White
140 96:27 Sheena Pickersgill
142 finished

Evensplits 5k, Wed 25 April

From Hilda Coulsey... The latest in this year's evensplits 5ks at the Brownlee centre in Leeds saw only a few Harriers attend, in fact I was on my own in the earlier B run. It was a little chilly and windy but nothing relatively! Great times all round, also Rob Budding nipped under the 20 mins and I the 25 mins. This was the third in the series of 10 so plenty of time to sign up for this fairly flat tarmac circuit and test ourselves throughout the year.
Results ...

(1  16:07 Scott Harrington, Otley)
18  18:09 Dave Westhead 
64  19:57 Rob Budding 
66  20:05 Mark Iley 
95  21:41 Archie Budding 
158 24:50 Hilda Coulsey
201 finished

Filton Flyer Fast 5 km, Tue 24 April

From Adrian Hall ... a wet and windy post-work race near Bristol
Results ...

(1 16:16 Max Walker, unaffiliated)
21 19:39 Adrian Hall
51 ran

London Marathon, Sun 22 April

Results ...

(1    2:04;17 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya)
2233  3:13:18 Derek Oliver
3413  3:23:39 Rob Cunningham
4192  3:29:01 Dave Reynier
6631  3:44:42 Lucy Williamson
9315  3:58:20 Tom Worboys
12729 4:15:49 Helen Waddington
16753 4:33:37 Gaenor Coy
31619 5:42:35 Jo-Ann Pattinson
36316 6:17:43 Abi Bailey

Blackpool Marathon, Sun 22 April

From Colin Williams ... The weather in Blackpool was a bit different to London, the temptature was 12 degrees and we started in heavy rain. The rain soon stopped but the return route along the promenade was into a strong wind.
The 2017 Blackpool Marathon was my first marathon, this year event was my 7th and a new PB for me.
Not as flat as you may think with a few ups and downs, a good event for those looking for an alternative to London.
Results ...

(1 2:41:44  Richard Swindlehurst, Poole AC)
57 3:21:55  Colin Williams
574 finished

Anniversary Waltz fell race, Sat 21 April

From Jim Ryder ... I completed the Anniversary Waltz Fell Race in 2h1m30s. Didn't see any other Harriers but a huge field, hot conditions & great views.

parkruns, Sat 21 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

1   15:38 Jack Wood
2   16:21 Matt Newell
4   16:52 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
66  20:29 Steve Newell
651 ran

Highbury Fields
(1  17:12 Seyfu Jamaal, U/A)
63  22:18 Geoff Howard
350 ran

(1  18:04 Mark Hall, Otley AC)
162 26:32 Steph Fox
181 26:59 Oscar Street
536 ran

(1  18:35 Logan Hargreaves-Madhas, Wharfedale Harriers)
32  23:35 Neil Pomfret
193 ran

(1  17:52 Tim Patterson, Airienteers Orienteering Club)
2   18:14 Steven Gott
229 ran

Vale of York 10, Sun 15 April

From Caroline Howe ...The Vale of York 10 took place just a week after the Thirsk 10, thanks to the snow which postponed the latter - so it was a sense of deja vu...! Both are very flat courses, and both Harriers league races. I enjoyed Vale of York more as it was marginally 'less flat', and had a few more turns than Thirsk. It was also on closed country roads, whereas Thirsk is on not-so-scenic open A roads! The Vale of York is a fairly new race on the local calendar, but extremely popular already - a sellout with 1000+ runners. It starts at Rufforth airfield (the first mile is on the runway!) and was well organised, with a decent t-shirt and medal. Six Harriers took part - with Kate Archer continuing her excellent recent form, first Harrier home and 2nd F35. Kate was followed by Colin Williams, Jonathan Turner and Steve Murray in quick succession; then myself and Tom Lally.
I would definitely do this race again. It is similar to the Yorkshire 10 mile in October, which I also recommend. There is also a Vale of York Half Marathon in September which starts at Sherburn-in-Elmet Airfield, for anyone who fancies something similar! However, I think I'm ready for a few hills now...!

Results ...

(1    55:07 John Clifford, Evenwood)
54  1:06:54 Kate Archer
70  1:08:14 Colin Williams
84  1:09:01 Jonathan Turne
90  1:09:51 Steve Murray
224 1:16:52 Caroline Howe
228 1:17:49 Tom Lally
1152 ran

Skipton triathlon, Sun 15 April

From Val Kerr ... I decided to enter this, my first triathlon, in January, and training in a nice warm swimming pool over the long winter turned out to be a good decision. The only disadvantage was that I didn't manage to get out on my bike until about 3 weeks ago. I really enjoyed the event and the different disciplines (swim 400 m, bike 22 km, run 5k) and was very pleased with my finishing time although my transitions were a bit on the slow side. This is a nice friendly triathlon and a great place to start for anyone wishing to try and emulate the Brownlees. Not sure if any other Harriers took part.

(1    57:26 Matthew Nelson)
467 1:40:30 Val Kerr  
759 finished

Guisborough Moors, Sun 15 Apr

(1  1:24:03 Nick Swinburn, Morpeth Harriers)
75  1:55:06 Roy Ruddle
210 ran

Mourne Highline race, Sat 14 April

From Alison Weston ... Jack Wood had a fantastic run in the Mourne Highline race - the first British Fell Championship race this year. Less than 2 minutes behind the leader Jack came in 3rd, getting stronger throughout the race. Coaches dropped all the competitors at the start of the race at Spelga Dam, with the mist being so low that it was hard to make out the water or any surrounding hills! All hopes of stunning views along the route disappeared as the mist showed no signs of lifting. We were all grateful for the Mourne Wall which ran along the tops and helped with navigation, although I still managed to 'lose' the wall once or twice!

(1  1:35:02 Joshua Jardine, Helm Hill)
3   1:36:43 Jack Wood 
206 2:31:20 Alison Weston  2nd LV50

Hawkeshead 10k Lakeland trail race, Sat 14 April

From Jane Bryant ... 4 of us headed up to Hawkeshead for this alleged 10k trail race. We were set off to the sound of drummers from the field. This scenic run took us over muddy fields, through styles and over the Moor before running alongside Lake Coniston and THEN up the dreaded Coffin Trail! This was a rocky wet trail for approx 1m and then down a rocky descent back into Hawkeshead to the announcers voice only to to then turn away from the village and then back in through the fields! I was initially disappointed with my 10k time to find that it was actually 7.4m!
Results ...

(1    48:56 Andrew Payne, Ribble Valley  Harriers)
62  1:09:04 Jane Bryant 1st LV50
104 1:14:19 Anna Nolan
208 1:27:29 Jacqui Weston
466 finished

(1 1:02:44 Tom Payn, inov-8)
21 1:21:59 Jonathan Turner
182 finished

17k Challenge
(1  1:17:06 Andrew Foster, Liverpool Pembroke & Safron)
99  1:41:30 Neil Pomfret
309 2:05:16 Dawn Turner
532 finished

parkruns, Sat 14 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:12 Benjamin Douglas, Leeds City AC)
36  20:17 Tom Worboys
528 ran

(1  16:48 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
31  21:26 Dave Reynier
71  23:33 Oscar Street
161 26:34 Paula Reynier
610 ran

(1  18:48 Richard Thomson, U/A)
33  22:35 Geoff Howard
314 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:34 Tom Calvert, Knaresborough Striders)
25  20:06 Helen Thurston
517 ran

(1  16:13 Joe Baxter, P&B)
2   18:26 Steve Gott
216 ran

(1  16:49 Ed Fazakerley, Manchester Harriers)
8   18:15 Rob Cunningham
603 ran

Bunny Run 3, Tue 10 April

Results ...

1   15:55 Jack Wood, Egg Stage winner 3:23, Series Champion
2   16:18 Jack Cummings
11  18:14 Istvan Jacso
13  18:34 Daniel Lane
34  20:31 Bernadette Raven 1st GU17, 3rd lady
43  21:09 Colin Williams
51  21:40 Helen Wood
52  21:53 James Newman
58  22:17 Malcolm Pickering 1st V60
65  22:58 Harry Stead
77  24:22 Charlotte Elston
106 27:00 Tom Jackson
135 29:49 Anna Pickering
161 finished
Ilkley 1st men's team

Manchester Marathon, Sun 8 April

From Matt Cox ... Last Sunday saw Dick Waddington and I line up for what would be my first road marathon. Training in the run up hadn't quite gone to plan with at least 4 weeks out since Christmas with niggling injuries, but I started in reasonable shape after a good 3-4 weeks of consistent running behind me. Dick and I both started with the 3 hour pacer, and after a brief chat to Dick in the first mile, I pushed on, gaining slightly. The first half felt comfortable, and I was conscious to drink constantly and down gels every 10k. From miles 13 to 20 I made sure not to over cook it as I hadn't done many long training runs (none over 20 Miles!) so wanted to make sure I didn't blow up. By mile 20ish I was feeling ok, and was running well inside 3hr pace, so pushed on and thankfully judged my effort well, with a very hard last mile, to finish in 2.52.55. Dick had a good run up to mile 15, but suffered in the last half to finish in 3.22. Great support, and a good qualifying race for a good for age entry for London 2019...

Baildon Boundary Way, Sun 8 April

Results ...

(1  1:22:09 Joe Baxter, P&B)
31  1:44:31 Jonathan Sinclair
32  1:44:49 Jonathan Turner
127 2:03:46 Jane Bryant
187 2:15:13 Harry Sime
197 2:17:00 Adela Reperecki
213 2:19:25 Pete Shields
223 2:21:47 David Howe
244 2:28:08 Melanie Edwards
275 2:35:18 Jacqui Weston
337 finished	

Thirsk 10, Sun 8 April

Results ...

(1    50:30 Dominis Shaw, New Marske Harriers)
96  1:07:53 Colin Williams
132 1:10:39 Steve Murrray
251 1:17:46 Caroie Howe
371 1:25:40 Hilda Coulsey
676 finished

Yorkshire Road Relay Championships, Sat 7 April

From Caroline Howe ... A team of Sally Malir, Jane Bryant, Jane McCarthy and I finished 10th out of 23 teams. Legs were 2 miles and our overall time was 55:20 with some great individual splits! Moreover, it was a fantastic team occasion and a lot of fun! Results
The team of David Foyston, Matt Newell, Jack Wood and Nathan Edmondson finished an impressive 9th out of 38, while the team of Michael Lomas, Mark Iley, Malcolm Pickering and Arthur Reilly finished 32nd. Well done all! Results

Podium 5k, Sat 7 April

From Geoffrey Howard... A calm, dry, still cool evening at Barrowford provided ideal conditions for the 7 April Podium 5k on Barrowford cycle circuit's superb running surface. There were two races: an A for sub 18 min runners and a B for the "rest". Most of the "rest" became uncatchable even within the first 20 metres and a so pretty much a self-disciplined solo run was called for ending up 33th out of 37 in 21m 37s.
Results ...

(1 17:29 Andy McCue, Skyrac)
33 21:37 Geoffrey Howard
37 finished

Coledale Horseshoe, Sat 7 April

From Alison Weston ... Just two Harriers for Coledale Horseshoe race this year. The race starts from Braithwaite, taking in Grisedale Pike, Eel crag, Sail and Barrow - 9miles and 3000ft climbing. Paul Carman ran the race in 1:33:28 (88th) despite running up and down Blencathra twice the previous day! Alison Weston a good bit further down the field in 1:51:04 (221st and 3rd LV50).

parkruns, Sat 7 April

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  17:39 Timmy Gedin, Arena 80 AC)
22  22:08 Dave Reynier
470 ran

(1  18:56 Andrew Cairns, Skipton AC)
17  21:17 Adrian Bastow
30  22:59 Neil Pomfret
181 ran

(1  16:52 Gavin Browne, East Cheshire Harriers)
18  18:24 Rob Cunningham
566 ran

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, March

Harrier of the month nominations: Lucy Williamson 1st lady in Anglesea half marathon in impressive time and with a pb; Tom Adams for 1st place in Monserrat skyrace, Keighley big 10k, Cartmel trail; Jane Bryant for continuing every day running.
The winner is Lucy Williamson.

Volunteer of the month: Pete Shields for his Wednesday sessions; Peter Lewis for newsletter' Petra Bijsterveld for modernising the membership process.
The winner is Petra Bijsterveld.

More Harriers of the Month ...

Other news from the Committee, plus the quarterly junior report, on the Committee page.

Ilkley Harriers newsletter

Read the latest newsletter.

Bunny Run 2, Tue 3 April

Results ...

1   16:03 Jack Wood
2   16:08 Robert Little
5   16:47 Jack Cummings
18  18:57 Daniel Lane
50  21:06 Bernadette Raven
51  21:08 Colin Williams
65  22:07 Helen Wood
66  22:09 Malcolm Pickering 1st V60
97  24:49 Isabel Macina
111 25:32 Charlotte Elston
112 25:32 Charli Macina
114 25:38 Lucy Jacques
123 finished
Ilkley 1st men's team

Guiseley Gallop, Sun 1 April

Well done to Jack Cummings, race winner. Results ...

1   37:36 Jack Cummings
22  43:49 David Foyston
35  45:47 Jonathan Turner
50  47:06 Colin Williams
148 53:47 Tom Lally
226 59:16 Adela Reperecki
266 61:49 Peter Shields
280 62:34 Jean Sullivan
303 64:09 David Ibbotson
304 64:20 Petra Bijsterveld
310 64:35 Hilda Coulsey
317 65:40 Peter Lewis
326 66:47 Sheena Pickersgil
369 69:33 Ruth Jones
457 finished
Photo: Colin Williams

Lakes 42*, Sat 31 March

From Jane McCarthy ... Nav4 Adventure ( organise this race (* shortened to 27 miles due to winter conditions) which is part of the RunFurther Series, a 100 something runners and some navigational skills required. The RO took the decision on the evening before to shorten the race due to weather concerns and his reasons for this became very clear once we had left the relatively benign valley conditions and headed for high ground. Fresh snow falling on hard packed old snow made the trails and peaks very slippery. Still a tough route despite the shortening, and no doubt very beautiful if there had been some views!

(1 4h16 Caspar Kaars Sijpesteijn)
43 5h54 Jane McCarthy

parkruns, Sat 31 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:41 Tom Thomas, Hyde Park Harriers)
113 27:19 Petra Bijsterveld
257 ran

(1  17:26 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
116 26:57 Will Worboys
314 ran

(1  19:22 Mark Bryant, Harrogate Harriers)
3   19:49 David Westhead
294 ran

(1  18:24 Ronan Charlton, Steel City Striders)
12  20:23 Rob Budding
185 ran

2018 Harriers League update

From Jane McCarthy... Three races in to the 2018 Harriers League and some excellent performances and points scored to report. The tough Meltham 10K attracted 7 Harriers, with the highest points score being earned by Jonathan Turner and closely followed by Hilda Coulsey. Next was the BHF Harewood House 10K (or almost) on a glorious day in late February. A fantastic 15 Harriers ran and earned themselves superb points for the League. Four runners gained more than 100 points, thanks to the League Handicap system for age and gender. Hilda's 103 points were followed by 101 points earned for both Jane Bryant and Jonathan Turner, and 100 points for Alison Weston. The first League Fell race of 2018 was the 2.4 mile Bunny Run above Howarth on Penistone Moor - always harder than you think it should be! Jack Wood took the overall win, earning his maximum possible 100 points, closely followed by second place Matt Newell and 4th placed Jack Cummings. David Robson has cleverly nominated his wildcard as Flower Scar fell race where his finish earned him 95 points for the League. April is a busy month for Races, starting with the Guiseley Gallop on Easter Sunday and the rescheduled Thirsk 10 and Baildon Boundary Way on 8th April. Vale of York and Ripon 10K (both Road races in the League) are also in April.
Overall, with one race run in each category, Jonathan Turner currently leads the League table with 275 points, just one point ahead of Hilda Coulsey with 274 points. A good competition starting already. GOOD LUCK to all Harriers in the League Races!
Tables and events on the League page.

Evensplits 5k, Wed 28 March

From Sally Armitage ... results ...

(1  16:16 John Hobbs, Valley Striders)
54  19:51 Robert Budding
66  20:11 Mark Iley
69  20:27 Harry Stead
80  20:49 Sally Armitage
166 27:50 Max Stead
185 finished

Bunny Run 1, Tue 27 March

Photo: Colin Williams

Results ...

1   16:05 Jack Wood
2   16:11 Matt Newell
3   16:16 Robert Little
4   16:18 Jack Cummings
20  19:12 Daniel Lane
45  20:49 Jonathan Turner
50  21:02 Colin Williams
65  21:53 Malcolm Pickering 1st V60
76  22:36 Helen Wood
99  24:02 Charlotte Elston
105 24:20 Alison Weston
153 29:40 Hilda Coulsey
158 30:12 Anna Pickering
183 finished

Ilkley 1st men's team.
Jack Wood also won the 'egg stage' in 3:35

Heptonstall fell race, Sun 25 March

Results ...

(1 1:59:43 Joe Baxter, Pudsey & Bramley AC)
2  2:01:41 Jack Wood
13 2:19:06 Steve Turland (1st V50)
45 2:39:54 Gavin Lamb
50 2:42:53 Dave Robson
98 3:24:04 Sarah Haines
109 finished

Garstang Gallop 7, Sun 25 March

From Peter Shields ... I ran the hilly Garstang 7, my first race for some time and managed to win the V70 in 58:34 and 3rd in the V65. A well organised race but rather undulating course.
Results ...

(1 37:28 Joseph Monk, Lancaster University)
82 58:34 Peter Shields
147 finished

parkruns, Sat 24 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

1   17:00 Jack Wood
50  23:28 Oscar Street
163 27:14 Stephanie Fox
189 27:55 Paula Reynier
511 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:22 Tom Calvert, Knaresborough Striders)
40  22:09 Geoff Howard
357 ran

Ilkley Harriers Beginners 0-5k Challenge

Always fancied running but don't know where to start? Why not ... take the Ilkley Harriers Zero to 5K Challenge!

Starting Wednesday May 2nd 2018, Ilkley Harriers are running our six week beginners running course again. Details.

Race Round the River 5k, Wed 21 Match

From Alison Bennett ... 734 ran in this 5k organised by Queen's University, Belfast. which according to Adam was "a fast one and completely flat." A total of 28 runners finished in under 16 minutes!

(1  15:02 Neil Johnston, Springwell Running Club)
185 18:57 Adam Bennett
734 ran

Cartmel Lakeland Trail, Sat 17 March

From Dawn Turner ... Some months ago I was cajoled into entering the Lakeland Trail series of races, so it was with some trepidation that I ventured (with said cajoler) to Cartmel for the first event. The temperature was -2 degrees, with a wind chill factor bringing it down to -10 and my knees were knocking with cold and nervousness as I waited in the queue for my number.
I'd entered the 18km 'Challenge', billed as being more about enjoying the views rather than watching the clock, and it began nearly an hour before the more competitive 'Race' over the same course and distance.
Jumping up and down at the start, I did wonder what I'd let myself in for but all that was soon forgotten as we were underway and running along a track into the woods and then out into open countryside. The route was beautiful and not half as muddy as I'd anticipated and soon we were heading up the fells, with glorious views of hills and sea. The atmosphere was one of friendly banter and encouragement - lots of it from the marshalls who braved the cold more than anyone - and there was no shame in power walking up the steeper sections, which I admit I did.
I was expecting to be overtaken by the faster runners from the 'Race' - sure enough with 7km remaining, I heard "Hello, Ilkley" over my shoulder and watched as Tom Adams sprinted gazelle-like past me on the way to his third successive Cartmel victory. That spurred me on and with renewed energy, I headed for home. I finished tired but exhilarated and happy with my first experience of trail running. Would I recommend it? Definitely. Am I doing it again? Yes, the next ones are Hawskhead in April and Staveley in May, with 10km and 5km options also available.
Results ...

18km Race
1   1:08:38 Tom Adams
57  1:38:30 Jonathan Turner
(214 finishers)

18km Challenge
(1   1:30:08 Andrew Foster, Liverpool)
278  2:22:07 Dawn Turner
(472 finishers)

(1     44:10 Ewan Sewell, U/A)
131  1:02:11 Anna Nolan
330  1:13:27 Jacqui Weston
(551 finishers)

parkruns, Sat 17 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:27 Glyn Fletcher, Les Croupiers)
8   18:16 Alex Hirst
587 ran

1   17:42 Jack Wood
33  27:27 Will Worboys
80 ran

(1  16:34 Craig Jones, Manchester YMCA)
134 24:49 Rob Cunningham
439 ran?

Evensplits 5K race 1, Fri 16 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... The Evensplits 5K series is back at the Brownlee Centre with 10 monthly races in 2018. This was the postponed February race. No snow now, but we did have a bitterly cold stiff breeze to battle against.
With these events coming along every month it is hard to make every single one a target race and this race certainly was not one for me. I ran a personal worst, but apart from the cold I sort of enjoyed it. I battled for much of the way with a V60 lady from Horsforth Harriers which was fun, she managed to cross the finish line ahead of me by just a nose.
Rob Budding ran in the A race after me and did very well, sadly it was just way too cold for me to stay and cheer, especially as I had managed to forget my hat. Roll on summer evenings!
Results ...

(1  16:58 Matthew Hallam, Valley Striders)
41  20:05 Rob Budding
128 27:09 Petra Bijsterveld
141 ran

Keighley BigK 10k, Sun 11 March

Results ...

1   32:20 Tom Adams
29  41:10 Rob Cunningham
205 51:58 Chris Cunningham
210 52:22 Jan Jones
754 finished

Edale Skyline fell race, Sun 11 March

Results ...

(1 2:37:13 Carl Bell, Keswick)
31 3:00:46 Jack Wood
391 finished

Muncaster fell race, Sun 11 March

From Jo Foster ... There were two Harriers out for this 10.5 mile race which starts and finishes at Muncaster Castle. Interesting fell terrain with 2 long river crossings - recommended.

5 1:49:12 Jim Ryder 1st V50
9 1:55:28 Will Buckton
38 starters

Dentdale 7, Sat 10 March

Results ...

(1 43:48 Stephen Jackson, Elvet Striders)
43 67:44 Anna Nolan
147 finished

Dentdale 14, Sat 10 March

Results ...

(1 1:22:28 Steve Littler, UA?)
9  1:29:01 Ian Fothergill
54 1:39:08 Kate Archer  1st F35
421 finished

Haworth Hobble, Sat 10 March

From Ben Sheppard ... This year's Haworth Hobble offered up extra helpings of water and mud; even a few stubborn snow-bergs resolutely resisting the thaw. After last year's stacked field when it was a GB trials race, 2018 saw a more normal field with not too many fast runners - all the top fell runners presumably being at Edale on Sunday. It was won by Ken Sutor of Cheshire Hash in 4:33. But hero of the day in my book is Ilkley's very own Amanda Parnaby, showing more endurance than any other of the 375 starters and 313 finishers.
Results ...

(1   4:33:18 Ken Sutor, Cheshire Hash)
4    4:42:55 Ben Sheppard
23   5:17:00 Paul Carmen
313 10:44:31 Amanda Parnaby

parkruns, Sat 10 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Well done to Helen Thurston who was the first female finisher at Keswick this week! Results ...

(1  16:20 Oliver Williams, Les Croupiers)
11  17:57 Alex Hirst
649 ran

(1  17:34 Sam Clegg, Idle AC)
111 25:46 Adela Reperecki
189 28:37 Paula Reynier
401 ran

(1  19:30 James Buchanan, U/A)
5   21:45 Robert Budding
133 ran

(1  18:04 unknown)
8   20:41 Helen Thurston 1st F
132 ran

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, February

Harrier of the month nominations: Euan Brennan for his impressive 5k time in the Armagh international and 10th in national XC; Jann Smith and Paul Carmen for commitment to training and completing their first ultra, the tough Transgrancanaria; Tom Adams for 1st place at IMFR and Yorkshire Champion.
The winner is Jann Smith and Paul Carmen.

Volunteer of the month: Pete Shields for his Wednesday sessions; Steve Weston for the IMFR race, combined with Yorkshire championships, organisation
The winner is Steve Weston.

More Harriers of the Month ...

Ilkey Harriers Race League

From Jane McCarthy ... there are some Race League changes due to the John Carr cancellation and confirming Bunny Run 1 and Bradford Park Run, now available on the Race League page.

New membership system

During 2018 the club will move towards an online membership management system using PaySubsOnline. Prospective members will be able to register their details with us online, existing members will have access to their own online account where they can update their own contact details, and payment requests for renewals will be sent through this system. As currently, payment via your bank will be encouraged, however payment by cheque will remain an option. Membership data will be held on a secure, UK based server and all data transfer will be encrypted. PaySubsOnline is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act and the forthcoming GDPR legislation. If you any questions about this please feel free to contact the membership secretary on

Anglesey half marathon, Sunday 4 March

From Sue Williamson... The UK's most beautiful half marathon. After the recent bad weather, today brought perfect conditions for the Anglesey half marathon and 10K. Lucy ran this half marathon for the second time. She had a great morning coming first female proudly sporting her Ilkley Harriers vest. She ran it in 1:23:56 beating her PB by 3:59

(1 1:10:50 Callum Davidson, Rossendale) 
23 1:23:56 Lucy Williamson
1103 in total

Klassmark Trail Skyrace 25k, Montserrat, Sat 3 March

Results ...

1 2:07:18 Tom Adams
278 ran

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, Sat 3 March

Results ...

(1 54:03 Alasdair McLeod, Aire)
4  56:31 Jack Wood
48 69:05 Steve Turland
156 finished

parkruns, Sat 3 March

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  19:02 Mark Bryant, Harrogate Harriers)
116 29:08 David Ibbotson
172 ran

Roundhay (winter course)
(1  19:17 Sam Robins, Chapel Allerton Runners)
65  23:29 Sally Armitage
229 29:19 Petra Bijsterveld
378 ran

Harewood Half & 10k, Sun 25 Feb

From Caroline Howe... A beautiful day at Harewood House where it was great to see Harriers out in force including several newer members. There were some excellent performances in both distances - Jane McCarthy finishing 3rd female overall and 1st F40 in the half; and Hilda Coulsey 1st F60. Those who did the 10k scored league points in what was the first trail race in the IH league 2018.
Results ...

(1  1:23:45 Mark Smith)
44  1:38:01 Jane McCarthy 3rd F, 1st F40
202 1:53:06 Tom Lally 
257 1:56:40 Adela Reperecki
289 1:59:06 Claire Mcloughlin
291 1:59:08 Mike Baldwin 
295 1:59:17 Helen Waddington 
716 2:32:15 Sally Lynch 
787 2:46:07 Karen Blick 
818 finishers

(1  37:18 Carl Ward)
12  38:47 Will Buckton
16  40:26 Jonathan Turner
52  43:36 Colin Williams
104 46:45 Caroline Howe 
109 46:55 Jane Bryant 
119 47:27 Alison Weston 
179 49:31 Jean Sullivan 
327 53:57 Sheena Pickersgill 
341 54:30 Hilda Coulsey 1st v60
435 56:55 Ruth Jones 
490 58:29 Sarah Hayes 
498 58:36 Sue Verspyck 
517 59:05 Fiona Schneider 
611 62:25 Sue Williamson
854 finishers

High Cup Nick, Sat 24 Feb

From Michael Lomas ... Results ...

(1 62:13 Sam Stead, Keswick AC)
64 76:57 Michael Lomas
82 78:47 Dan Wilkinson
419 finished

Transgrancanaria Advanced, Sat 24 Feb

from Jann Smith ... 64km/10,000 ft Our first ultra and race abroad. This is a big and well organised event running the length of the island from North to South through all the major mountain ranges and national parks. Very rocky terrain and a strong international field.

115 7h20 Paul Carman
168 7h50 Jann Smith
1000 ran

National XC, Sat 24 Feb

Results ...

Senior men
(1   48:25 Adam Hickey, Southend)
802  52:05 Tim Ashelford
1202 55:56 Stephen Coy
1723 61:38 Steve Weston
2328 finished

Senior women
(1   28:33 Phoebe Law, Kingston)
790  45:18 Diane Kitchen
860  46:54 Petra Bijsterveld
1113 finished

11 juniors ran with some excellent results including:
U17 6th Bethan Morley
U17 10th Euan Brenna
U17 9th boys team

parkruns, Sat 24 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  15:15 Kieran Wood, Cambridge and Coleridge)
14  18:21 Alex Hirst
704 ran

(1  17:54 Tim Baldwin, Saltaire Striders)
10  19:38 Nina Pearce (junior) 1st F
39  21:43 Dave Reynier
42  21:56 Oscar Street
148 26:17 Adela Reperecki
154 26:31 Will Worboys
177 26:57 Stephanie Fox
218 28:03 Paula Reynier
496 ran

(1  16:29 Springfield Striders)
8   20:31 Rob Budding
196 ran

(1  18:03 Alex Thompson, Wharfedale Harriers)
6   19:15 Rob Cunningham
16  20:39 Kate Archer 2nd F
26  21:42 Malcolm Pickering
42  23:14 Sarah Pickering
72  25:30 Chris Cunningham
195 ran

(1  19:06 Joseph Kwallah, Wetherby Runners)
13  23:54 Geoff Howard
63 ran

Ilkley Moor fell race, Sun 18 Feb

Results and LOTS of photos on the race page. Tom Adams won the race and the Yorkshire Championship with it.

From Steve Weston ... A big thankyou to all the volunteers at helped make the fell race magic happen. Lots of people came up to me and have emailed me to say what a brilliant race it was and how helpful the marshalls were.
In no particular order the volunteers were:
Flagging - Peter Shields, Nick Pearce, Geoff Howard, Neil Chapman
Setup - Don Macrae, Ben Joynson
Race Doctor - Andrew Wilson
Registration & Results - Sue Williamson, Dawn Turner, Paul Stephens, Jacqui Weston, Georgia Weston, Felix Weston
Marshalls - Michael Duffield, David Howe, Hilda Coulsey, Tim Ratcliffe, Jez Nolan, Anna Nolan & Family, Ben Joynson, John Pickering, Dan Wilkinson, Amy Jones, Bernie Gibbons, Caroline Howe
Finish line - Duncan Cooper, Anna Pickering, Christine Reilly, Abigail Bailey, Katie Sutherland
Sweepers - Petra Bijsterveld, Jonathan Turner
.....and that doesn't include all the people that helped out at the the fantastic juniors race which was run by Jane McCarthy.

Flower Scar Fell Race Sun 18 Feb

From Dave Robson ... Returning from injury I had been too late booking the Ilkley Moor Fell Race so I thought I would give Flower Scar a go instead. Well organised by Todmorden Harriers, this is an 8.3 mile fell race with 660m ascent through some challenging terrain.
The initial muddy path gave way to a good tussocky fell section where we disappeared into the mist. Up onto the moor proper, and an unmarked section where the smart line was the direct one. Fortunately I took it due to the runners around me knowing their way through the mist. Then followed an 'alpine' section with conifers, and snow which appeared from nowhere, into a great fast downhill blast by which time my plan to take it 'steadyish' was long gone. A bit more up and down where the muddiest sections had been saved for us and we were back on the downhill path to the finish.
In summary then a tough race with a bit of everything. I'm not sure if it is always on the same weekend as Ilkley Moor but definitely one to give a try.
Results ...

(1 1:11:19 Will Neill, Mercia)
34 1:22:28 Dave Robson
185 finished

parkruns, Sat 17 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:50 Chris Smith, Leeds City AC)
190 26:17 Petra Bijsterveld
468 ran

(1  16:37 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
31  20:53 Rhys Jones
52  22:09 Oscar Street
67  22:55 Arthur Reilly
191 27:30 Paula Reynier
512 ran

(1  18:14 Ian Cleland, Seapark AC)
8   19:46 Adam Bennett
421 ran

(1  18:34 unknown)
20  22:50 Geoff Howard
68  26:47 Karen Lambe
154 ran

(1  18:29 Sam Clegg, Idle AC)
3   19:19 Steven Gott
167 ran

(1  17:21 Mark Offord, U/A)
12  18:38 Rob Cunningham
492 ran

Armagh International 5K, Thu 15 Feb

From Stephen Brennan ... Euan Brennan finished 148th in 15:22 knocking 24 secs off his PB. The event set a world record with 91 runners under 15 minutes.

PECO XC 5, Sun 11 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Senior Men
(1  27:38 Terrence Forrest, Cairngorm Runners)
24  30:11 Steven Gott
68  32:09 Daniel Lane
87  32:49 Steve Coy
182 36:24 Malcolm Pickering
230 39:00 Andrew Jackson
317 43:33 Geoff White
347 46:53 Peter Lewis
381 ran

Senior Women
(1  31:33 Sharon Barlow, Harrogate Harriers)
53  39:01 Helen Wood
79  40:39 Caroline Howe
80  40:46 Sarah Edwards
109 42:53 Adela Reperecki 1st F55
158 45:07 Anna Pickering
175 46:14 Petra Bijsterveld
236 50:51 Kate Lofthouse
264 53:25 Sally Wright
300 68:19 Claire Shouler
303 ran

parkruns, Sat 10 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:19 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
43  22:57 Dave Reynier
145 26:46 Will Worboys
155 27:05 Oscar Street
210 28:56 Paula Reynier
423 ran

(1  18:04 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
35  24:05 Geoff Howard
53  25:27 Chris Cunningham
151 ran

Bolton Abbey Trail Marathon, Sun 4 Feb

From Colin Williams ... I ran my first marathon of 2018 on Sunday, the Bolton Abbey trail marathon. The route was changed twice before the event from three laps of 8.8m to six laps of 4.4m, but then thankfully back to three 8.8m laps. The ankle deep mud and slippery uphill sections sapped the strength out of my legs in places, but I was pleased to finish in a fairly respectable time for me.
Results ...

(1 3:07:34 Jonathan Walton, Leeds City)
7  3:58:04 Colin Williams
76 ran

Dewsbury 10k, Sun 4 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... My 5th Dewsbury 10K in as many years, its PB potential keeps me in its grip. Straight out and back with 115 feet of gradual elevation to climb in the first half, the downhill return is physically and mentally encouraging you towards the finish. Always well organized, last year's race had been rather spoilt by the extra 200 meters we had to run due to the turn having been placed too far up, which ruined a rare chance for me to go sub 50 minutes.
I had not done enough running recently to feel that today was going to be my moment, and stood at the start not expecting too much. Conditions were absolutely perfect, cold but dry, no wind, and even a little ray of sunshine appeared. I reached the turn in 25:44 and managed to speed up a bit to finish in 50:28, which pleasingly is a PB. I could not have given any more this morning, but hopefully one day soon I can lose another 30 seconds! New member Emma Cole and I were the only Harriers there today, regrettably we did not spot each other. Whilst 1200+ runners gave it their all, my attention was drawn to Ismail Patel, the last man to finish in 1 hour and 40 minutes. I had encountered him already on the stairs in Race HQ, a young Asian man with a stick who looked to me like he had suffered a severe stroke. I saw him again on the course as I was on the return leg and he was making his way up the road with the sweeper car behind him, it made me feel quite emotional to see his effort. I googled him and found his story here. A true local hero!
Results ...

(1  29:42  Mohammed Abu-Rezeq, Altrincham AC)
685 50:28 Petra Bijsterveld
954 56:41 Emma Cole
1238 ran

Wadsworth Trog, Sat 3 Feb

Results ...

(1  2:39:20 Carl Bell, Keswick)
2   2:39:40 Jack Wood
97  4:04:03 Brian Melia
167 5:10:57 Richard Morris
168 finished

Rombalds Stride, Sat 3 Feb

From Ben Sheppard ... Good to see Dan Wilkinson back running again at Rombald's Stride after an extended period of playing out on his bike. He was looking very comfortable when he passed me at Weecher Reservoir but the stabilisers had somewhat fallen off by Menston. Michael Lomas continued his upward trajectory and looks sure to have another good season at this rate. Great running as ever from Jane McCarthy, joint first lady. Martin Stocker got a 20 minute PB. I guess short distance specialist Martin Archer must have really wanted a long chat with the missus as he and Kate ran the whole way together (and they were still on speaking terms afterwards). And there were a host of other good runs from Harriers throughout the field, enjoying or enduring the mud, bogs and snow.
Results ...

(1  2:58:30 Phil Livermore)
3   3:05:27 Ben Sheppard
4   3:05:35 Michael Lomas
6   3:06:39 Dan Wilkinson
10  3:08:39 Paul Carman
22  3:22:01 Jane McCarthy
41  3:41:55 Duncan Cooper
57  3:48:44 Jann Smith
84  3:58:00 Outi Kamarainen
86  3:59:15 Martyn Stocker
94  4:01:43 Kate Archer
95  4:01:43 Martin Archer
115 4:21:05 Adela Reperecki
273 6:33:40 Abigail Bailey
274 6:33:41 Sally Lynch
Any more?
442 finished

parkruns, Sat 3 Feb

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  17:25 Tom Thomas, Hyde Park Harriers)
11  19:24 Steve Coy
150 25:28 Gaenor Coy
447 ran

(1  19:04 Joseph Kirton, U/A)
22  21:57 Oscar Street
24  22:01 Dave Reynier
130 26:09 Will Worboys
155 27:10 Stephanie Fox
164 27:35 Paula Reynier
413 ran

(1  17:41 Louis Hudson, KCAC)
49  24:10 Neil Pomfret
56  24:54 Chris Cunningham
78  26:53 Karen Lambe
161 ran

(1  18:40 Terry Midgley, Valley Striders)
3   19:00 Steve Gott
234 ran

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