Ilkley Harriers Athletic Club

Ilkey Harriers

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.
Interested in joining us?

Harriers Notices

Dalesway Relay, Sat 1 Aug

Details on the Social page.

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Ilkley Moor fell race

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Annual Awards for 2019

Presented at the Awards Evening on Friday 24th January. Congratulations, everyone.

Category2019 Winner
Runner of the year - maleJack Wood
Runner of the year - femaleKate Archer
Most improved - maleMichael Abrams-Cohen
Most improved - femaleSally Armitage
Endurance Runner - over 50 maleSteve Turland
Endurance Runner - over 50 femaleAlison Weston
Endurance Runner - maleBen Sheppard
Endurance Runner - femaleJann Smith
Runner under 23 - maleJack Cummings
Runner under 23 - femaleLucy Williamson
Runner over 50 - maleGeoff Howard
Runner over 50 - femaleHilda Coulsey
Contribution to club - maleJonathan Turner
Contribution to club - femaleCaroline Howe
Captains award - maleDan McKeown
Captains award - femaleRachel Carter
League winnerKate Archer
Fell leagueJack Cummings
Road leagueDavid Westhead
Trail leagueRachel Carter
One-off ContributionJayne Norman - Dalesway Relay
One-off PerformanceEuan Brennan - 5k record
Much appreciation and thanks to all volunteers including specifically The coaches - Jane Bryant, Neil Chapman and Peter Shields
Petra Bijsterveld - membership management
Paul Wood - website

Previous years' awards. Also see the Club records and Hall of fame pages.

Ilkley Harriers 2019 Top 10s

From Caroline Howe ... 2019 Top 10 Ilkley Harriers Road Race Rankings, updated

Other records, and earlier years

Tigger Tor fell race, Sun 26 Jan

From Alison Weston... A large field as it was the second counter in the 50th anniversary FRA races. Just under 10 miles it was won by Greg Hopkinson in 1:11 in very wet and muddy conditions. I improved a bit on last year's time to finish in 1:47.
Ilkley fell race is one of the next 50th FRA races so get your entry in!

Lytham St Anne's 10 Mile, Sun 26 Jan

From Mike Abrams-Cohen... Nick Helliwell, Dave Foyston and Mike AC took on the Lytham St Anne's 10 mile race on Sunday. We set off in torrential rain and what can only be described as a hurricane, to see all 3 of us get a big PB and seal 2nd place in the team prize!!! Dave fuelled on 7 beers and a sausage roll smashed his PB, storming to a 1:01:12 time (11th place). Dave won 3rd in the M40 - a great achievement. Following closely behind was the in form Nick Helliwell in 1:02:20. (16th) Mike finished the trio of Harriers with a time of 1:03:21. (20th)

Meltham 'tough' 10k, Sun 26 Jan

From Hilda Coulsey... This 10k is up on the hills beyond Huddersfield and the weather adds to its 'charm' although ruggedness would be more appropriate. As usual the hills are tough but what goes up comes down again for a fast finish. The weather, whilst being not as cold as previously, was windy and the rain in your face was really not pleasant. I signed up to this event out of habit having done it in the previous two years plus I thought it was still on the League listing which it isn't. However on being asked afterwards whether I enjoyed it I said yes definitely - it's an enjoyable tough challenge! It helped that I achieved a course pb. A reusable beaker was the useful race takeaway.
Results ...

(1  35:35 Gareth Cooke, Penistone Footpath Runners)
74  46:01 Collin Williams
221 55:07 Hilda Coulsey 1st F65
365 finished

Northern XC, Sat 25 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Senior Men
(1  41:41 Calum Johnson, Gateshead Harriers)
9   43:01 Tom Adams
25  44:36 Jack Wood
138 50:03 Dan McKeown
159 50:51 Steve Gott
203 52:26 Istvan Jacso
254 54:29 Tim Ashelford
434 61:51 Rob Budding
462 63:12 Steve Coy
584 ran
12th team

Senior Women
(1  28:48 Jessica Judd, Blackburn Harriers)
75  34:56 Rachel Carter
97  36:12 Sarah Pickering
231 42:52 Sarah Edwards
246 43:41 Joanne Williamson
300 47:23 Petra Bijsterveld
307 47:45 Anna Pickering
319 49:09 Sally Pickering
356 ran
24th team

Junior Men
(1  26:22 Joshua Dickinson, Leeds City AC)
9   27:12 Dom Coy
72 ran

parkruns, Sat 25 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:47 unknown)
75  21:53 Tom Lambe
718 ran

(1  17:06 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
38  21:52 Sally Malir
98  24:49 Philip Hirst
526 ran

(1  17:09 Benjamin Douglas, Leeds City AC)
61  22:57 Geoffrey Howard
449 ran

Ganavan Sands
1   20:17 Alistair McInnes
71 ran

(1  18:56 Tim Chadwick, Skipton AC)
10  22:34 Catherine Gibbons
18  23:55 Harry Sime
71  27:00 Fiona Schneider
108 29:35 Andy Wolfenden
212 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  15:59 Chris Oddy, Serpentine AC)
122 24:06 Helen Waddington
507 ran

Centre Vale
(1  18:48 Paul Smith, U/A)
38  25:36 Will Worboys
141 ran

Harriers Awards evening, Fri 24 Jan

Report soon.

PECO XC, Sun 19 Jan

From Rachel Carter ... The 3rd PECO cross country was jointly hosted by Nidd Valley RR & Knaresborough Striders at Crimple Valley. It is held on agricultural land adjacent to the West Yorkshire Showground with Crimple Viaduct as the back drop. The route (5.4 miles) had changed from last year, this year being 2 hilly laps all below the club tents. It was mainly on grass but with some sections on trail including a particularly muddy uphill section through a wooded area dotted with mud covered exposed tree roots. The early morning frost was quickly melted by the sun leaving the route wet under foot. The 2 junior races preceded the senior one with plenty of juniors then providing enthusiastic support for the seniors. Dan and Steve battled it out on the uphill finish with Diane Kitchen coming a brilliant 1st in her age category.
Results ...

(1  31:36 Marcos Valero Palacios, Roundhay)  
15  34:56 Dan Mckeown
16  34:59 Steve Gott
73  37:43 Jaysson Sawyer
226 44:07 Rob Budding
270 46:05 David Singleton
306 47:53 Malcolm Pickering (3rd V65)
347 50:06 Geoffrey White 
349 50:13 Matthew Snow 
401 53:45 Roar Leijssen 
496 finished
5th team in the 2nd division

(1  36:05 Alice Leak, Leeds City)
14  41:07 Rachel Carter(3rd FV40)
103 50:45 Alison Bennett
136 54:14 Diane Kitchen (1st FV60)
158 55:52 Ros Brown
175 56:44 Nicola Budding
248 62:18 Anna Pickering
258 63:07 Helen Jacques
327 70:23 Sue Williamson
330 70:32 Kate Lofthouse
368 finished
4th team in the 2nd division

Essar Four Villages Half Marathon, Sun 19 Jan

From Hilda Coulsey... It's only January and two more Harriers' half marathon records are broken. Three of us travelled across to Helsby in Cheshire for this 'undulating' course also claiming a best half marathon in the north award! It was almost all on quiet country roads and was probably very picturesque however the temperature was barely above freezing and there was thick fog so the focus was more on the road than the surroundings. The course was undulating but in a good way so that the hills up were steady and the down sections were a pleasure to see and run and particularly as the last couple of miles were mostly downhill. Daryl's time fitted in well alongside the men's great times last week at the Brass Monkey. Sally took Christine Mathews 10 year old LV55 record by 1 min 30 and I continued to chip away at my LV65 record, this time by 4+ mins. This race was an England masters qualifier and as such times across the board for age were pretty amazing and it was lovely to see that both of us achieved the qualifying criteria.
I would definitely recommend this race as a fine country road race with obvious PB potential.
A great start for 2020.
Results ...

(1  1:06:14 Mohammad Abu-Rezeq, unattached)
464 1:35:57 Sally Malir
515 1:36:52 Daryl King
956 1:51:51 Hilda Coulsey
2022 ran

Inskip Half Marathon, Sun 19 Jan

From Helen Waddington... This is one of the races organised by Alan Taylor which takes advantage of the mainly flat and quiet country roads which see more tractors than cars, around the villages northwest of Preston. It's old school in style - no chip timing here - parking in a field, a start sign at the side of the road and a nice friendly lady with a clip board taking numbers at the end. The roads are sketchy in places and the twists and turns of the course keep your mind off the miles. The field is mainly club runners many of whom were obviously regulars. If you need a January half marathon to kick start training it's not a bad choice. Results...

(1  1:10:11 Gary Briscae, Penistone Footpath Runners)
144 1:49:30 Helen Waddington
226 ran

parkruns, Sat 18 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:39 Laurence Griffin, York Knavesmire Harriers)
115 22:15 Geoff Howard
718 ran

(1  18:22 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers)
159 28:01 Melanie Edwards
412 ran

(1  16:26 Scott Hinchcliffe, Penistone Footpath Runners)
33  22:08 Beth Massey
264 ran

(1  16:47 Gordon Lennox, U/A)
3   19:26 Alistair McInnes
86 ran

Clapham Common
(1  16:42 Richard Ollington, Thames Hare and Hounds)
72  20:12 Rob Cunningham
1218 ran

Cliffe Castle
(1  17:51 Rob Byers, U/A)
2  19:55 Michael Abrams-Cohen
217 ran

Outstanding Achievements, December

From the Committee ...

Dave Foyston for a massive PB of 45:16 at the Chevin Chase.
Lucy Williamson for impressive finishes at Auld Lang Syne and The Stoop.
Paula Reynier for her commitment to parkrunning, having just clocked her 200th parkrun.
Hilda Coulsey for beating the LV65 record which had stood since 2007 with her time of 50:38 at the Telford 10k.
Nick Helliwell for his continued dramatic improvement as shown by 37:29 for the Ribble Valley 10k, just a few months after going sub-40 for the first time.

Jane McCarthy for compiling the Harriers Race League results for 2019.

Stanbury Splash fell race, Sun 12 Jan

From Adela Reperecki... Great race on a windy day not to mention the raging streams, rain, mud and bogs. Spectacular views at the top at Ponden Clough, well worth the climb.
Results ...

1   45:29 Tom Adamas
5   49:50 Oli Murphy
14  53:05 Steve Gott
25  55:15 Jeff Green
35  57:34 Paul Carman
59  61:43 Rachel Carter
69  63:36 Richard Joel
82  64:37 Alistair Barlow
93  66:07 Jane McCarthy
110 67:36 Colin Williams
119 68:43 Richard Eccles
127 69:38 Jann Smith
141 71:55 Alison Weston
169 76:45 Chris Oxlade
186 79:18 Adela Reperecki
188 79:36 Alison Bennett
225 91:14 Mary Jeal
254 finished

Brass Monkey Half Marathon, Sun 12 Jan

From Dawn Turner ... This flat and very fast (for some) half marathon starts at York's Knavesmire racecourse and is an out-and-back route along mostly closed roads. The weather on Sunday morning was shocking with heavy rain that looked like it was set in for a while. Foregoing a significant warm up I settled for a jog round the car park and just before 10am we were underway. 1,700 set off on this well marshalled and slightly soggy event.
The rain stopped for the latter part of my race and at around half way in Appleton Roebuck a smattering of locals enthusiastically cheered us on and handed out sweets. It was a day of incredible PBs for the Harriers. Jack Wood broke his own all-time club record with a 1:08:24 for third place, while Mike AC and Nick Helliwell destroyed their previous bests by 14mins and 8mins respectively!
Results below. Apologies to any missing Ilkley Harriers, we weren't all flagged up on the website.
Results ...

(1   1:07:33 Richard Start, N Derbyshire AC)
3    1:08:24 Jack Wood
137  1:20:22 Nick Helliwell
182  1:22:28 Michael Abrams-Cohen
280  1:26:47 Andrew Overend
297  1:27:28 Kate Archer
317  1:28:02 Jonathan Turner
639  1:37:08 Dave Reynier
761  1L44:17 Emma Sheppard
1079 1:57:57 Paula Reynier
1220 2:03:40 Dawn Turner
1484 finished

parkruns, Sat 11 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:52 Rian McCawley, Aldershot, Farnham and District AC)
115 22:57 Tom Lambe
799 ran

(1  17:32 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners)
2   17:33 Steve Gott
35  22:00 Sally Malir
43  22:33 Oscar Street
176 27:03 Stephanie Fox
203 28:19 Paula Reynier
537 ran

(1  17:47 Chris Miller, Harrogate Harriers)
119 25:55 Jane Thomas
432 ran

(1  20:20 unknown)
59  28:50 Hilda Coulsey
130 ran

(1  17:27 Matthew Lalor, Ribble Valley)
89  26:05 Will Worboys
401 ran

Stewart (Middlesbrough)
(1  19:19 Daniel Angus, U/A)
27  23:19 Caroline Howe 1st F
414 ran

(1  17:12 Chris Ovenden, Skipton AC)
16  22:31 Catherine Gibbons 1st F
44  24:42 Harry Sime
144 30:16 Jan Jones
303 ran

Horton Park
(1  20:02 George Dickinson, U/A)
2   20:29 Robin Nicholson
149 ran

Clapham Common
(1  17:55 Alex Donnet, U/A)
63  20:18 Rob Cunningham
1310 ran

(1  19:12 Hannah Oldroyd, Airedale Dodgers)
5   20:23 Michael Abrams-Cohen
223 ran

Yorkshire XC Championships Lightwater Valley, Sat 4 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

under 17 women
(1  16:03 Martha Calton-Seal, City of York AC)
21  19:53 Poppy Anderson
25 ran

under 20 men
(1  25:38 Joshua Dickinson, Leeds City AC)
4   26:21 Dom Coy
5   27:05 Cameron Reilly
24 ran

senior women
(1  28:22 Bronwen Owen, Leeds City AC)
41  33:45 Rachel Carter
84  37:05 Sarah Pickering
113 39:53 Alison Bennett
115 40:08 Sarah Edwards
147 44:02 Hilda Coulsey
152 44:26 Joanne Williamson
155 45:10 Petra Bijsterveld
164 46:46 Anna Pickering
168 47:23 Sally Pickering
173 ran

senior men
(1  30:59 Andrew Heyes, Hallamshire Harriers)
4   31:44 Tom Adams
9   32:13 Jack Wood
77  36:41 Steven Gott
127 39:22 Tim Ashelford
130 39:54 Jaysson Sawyer
180 42:15 Steve Coy
221 44:27 Mark Iley
285 48:38 Iain Young
317 ran

parkruns, Sat 4 Jan

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:31 Scott Harrington, Otley AC)
7   19:07 Nick Kealey
50  22:37 Oscar Street
114 25:21 Philip Hirst
196 28:02 Paula Reynier
530 ran

Hastings Foreshore
(1  15:32 Jess Dunsmore, Frankston AC)
33  23:15 David Singleton
163 ran

Greenpoint (SA)
(1  16:58 unknown)
62  22:20 Andrew Merrick
1084 ran

(1  17:45 Chris Ovenden, Skipton AC)
17  22:34 Catherine Gibbons
42  24:17 Harry Sime
251 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:45 Adam Pearson, Richmond and Zetland Harriers)
4   18:01 Michael Abrams-Cohen
483 ran

Horton Park
1   20:29 Robin Nicholson
9   22:46 Geoff Howard
80 ran

Harriers League 2019 winners

From Jane McCarthy... Well Done to Everyone who took part in the hotly contested 2019 Harriers League. Congratulations to Kate Archer, deserved Winner of the Overall League with a phenomenal score of 981 points, and a second generation win(!) following father, six-time League winner, Nick Pearce.
The Individual Leagues of Fell, Trail and Road, with a maximum of four races to count, were won by Jack Cummings (Fell), Rachel Carter (Trail) and Dave Westhead (Road), the latter less than a point ahead of Hilda Coulsey.
The Top Ten places in the Overall League went to 1st Kate Archer, 2nd Colin Williams (964 pts), 3rd Rachel Carter (878 pts), 4th Dave Westhead (845 pts) 5th Helen Waddington (808 pts), 6th Jonathan Turner (734 pts), 7th Steve Newell (721 pts), 8th Dan McKeown (653 pts), 9th Hilda Coulsey (647 pts), 10th Dave Robson (636 pts). Full Results Attached.
2019 final results tables
Congratulations All! Get your 2020 League Races in the Diary!

Captain Cooks race, Great Ayton, New Years Day

From Alison Weston ... won by Harry Holmes from Matlock in 30:37. I was 3rd lady vet 50 in 47:31. This was the first race of the 50@50 FRA listed races to celebrate the FRAs 50th anniversary. This list includes many of the original fell races including Ilkley fell race!

parkruns, New Year's Day

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Just a select few Harriers were out parkrunning on this beautiful sunny New Year's morning, with Jann Smith being first female at Myrtle. Some keen beans just couldn't get enough and did the double:
Alex Stanley-Hyde: Woodhouse Moor and Temple Newsam
Tom Lambe: Skipton and Cliffe Castle (Keighley)
Melanie Edwards: Myrtle (Bingley) and Cliffe Castle
Michael Abrams-Cohen, Jaysson Sawyer and Petra Bijsterveld: Harrogate and Conyngham Hall (Knaresborough)
Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:47 Ciaran Forde, Leeds City AC)
387 27:22 Alex Stanley-Hyde
740 ran

Temple Newsam
(1  17:07 Edward Cator, City of Norwich AC)
210 28:50 Alex Stanley-Hyde
453 ran

(1  18:54 Chris Watt, U/A)
30  22:50 Colin Williams
64  24:50 Tom Lambe
211 ran

Cliffe Castle
(1  19:47 unknown)
53  24:56 Tom Lambe
161 30:25 Melanie Edwards
348 ran

(1  19:30 Adam Kirk, Nidd Valley Road Runners)
16  23:13 Jann Smith 1st F
80  28:44 Melanie Edwards
176 ran

(1  18:05 Eddie Garner, U/A)
6   19:12 Michael Abrams-Cohen
242 28:14 Petra Bijsterveld
394 34:53 Jaysson Sawyer
459 ran

Conyngham Hall
(1  17:39 unknown)
11  20:08 Michael Abrams-Cohen
238 30:27 Petra Bijsterveld
408 38:56 Jaysson Sawyer
460 ran

Barry Island
(1  18:56 Sam White, Taunton AC)
7   21:00 Michael Lomas
193 ran

Jolly Holly Jog, Tue 31 Dec

From Geoff Howard ... Jaysson Sawyer and I joined 792 others in a muddy field in Ripon on Sunday for the JGJ. An undulating, mixed terrain,10+k favourite of mine through Studley Park. It is pretty serious at the sharp end, as shown by Andy Grant of Harrogate's first place in 36m 06s, and more seasonal fun run at the other end. Jaysson's great 40m 15s earned him 19th place. Some way behind, my exact 49m gained 140th. Chip timing in such a location never fails to impress.

Auld Lang Syne fell race, Tue 31 Dec

Woodentops photo From Alison Weston ... Jeff had a brilliant run to come first harrier home and first vet 50 in a very competitive field. Lucy was 6th lady, Kate was first vet 40 and Nea second under 21. Ilkley won the ladies team prize - Lucy, Kate and Alison

Results ...

(1  40:31 Mark Buckingham, Holmfirth)
34  50:33 Jeff Green (1st V50)
50  52:44 Lucy Williamson
66  54:31 Kate Archer
110 58:32 Paul Disney
134 60:25 Alistair Barlow
172 63:17 Alison Weston
253 70:23 Adela Reperecki
262 71:12 Nea Weston
365 finished
Ilkley ladies 1st team

Ribble Valley 10k, Sun 29 Dec

Results ...

(1  28:32 Marc Scott, Cambridge & Colleridge)
91  33:26 Dom Coy
210 37:29 Nick Helliwell
228 38:00 Mike Abrams-Cohen
256 38:49 Dave Westhead
306 40:38 Brit Tate
326 40:57 Harry Stead
429 43:47 Catherine Gibbons
433 43:50 Sally Malir 1st V50
515 45:38 Colin Williams
628 48:22 Helen Waddington
639 48:27 Alison Bennett
725 50:40 Jayne Norman
745 52:20 Hilda Coulsey 2nd F65
810 52:50 Dave Ibbotson
902 55:20 Petra Bijsterveld
904 55:27 Alex Stanley-Hyde
981 56:44 Bernie Gibbons 3rd F65
1283 finished

parkruns, Sat 28 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... At Bradford the previous course record of 15:49, set by Tom Adams in 2013, was broken by 2 seconds this morning by James Habergham from Halifax.
Results ...

(1  15:47 James Habergham, Halifax Harriers)
30  21:24 Beth Massey
63  22:53 Oscar Street
189 27:37 Petra Bijsterveld
195 27:47 Alex Stanley-Hyde
521 ran

(1  18:46 Richard Drake, Roundhay Runners)
41  22:46 Tom Worboys
384 ran

(1  17:14 unknown)
8   20:16 Tim Ashelford
218 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:50 Robin Regan, Eden Runners)
12  18:55 Jaysson Sawyer
551 ran

Cliffe Castle
(1  18:55 Ian Willis, KCAC)
11  23:43 Jann Smith 1st F
132 ran

Centre Vale
(1  16:53 Andrew Worster, Vegan Runners)
28  26:24 Will Worboys
95 ran

Conyngham Hall
(1  19:04 unknown)
23  24:51 Robin Nicholson
130 ran

Chevin Chase, Boxing Day

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

1   38:53 Jack Wood
2   39:08 Nathan Edmondson
3   39:18 Jack Cummings
4   39:26 Tom Adams 1st V35
21  43:51 Ben Stevens
25  44:28 Steven Gott
38  45:16 Dave Foyston
53  47:02 Nick Kealey
55  47:07 Tim Ashelford 1st V55
71  48:21 Gavin Lamb
78  48:33 Jonathan Turner
92  49:10 Dave Robson
93  49:12 Rachel Carter 1st F40
114 49:55 Daniel Hayes
120 50:16 Ralph Tench
126 50:39 John Hayes
163 52:17 Michael Lomas
178 52:54 Brit Tate
240 54:39 Helen Wood
256 55:37 Catherine Crawley
304 56:34 Daryl King
325 57:29 Derek Oliver
357 58:15 Matthew Snow
368 58:29 Paul Stephens
442 60:58 Tom Lally
457 60:48 Tom Worboys
468 61:40 Martyn Stocker
475 61:21 Rob Budding
490 62:07 Robert Meadows
503 61:55 Michael Ho
505 62:17 Geoffrey White
521 63:01 David Taylor
573 64:13 Jayne Norman
604 65:17 Sarah Edwards
684 67:09 Nicola Budding
711 67:49 Will Worboys
715 68:14 Adi Weatherly
786 70:59 Petra Bijsterveld
802 70:59 David Ibbotson
822 71:10 Helen Horton
824 71:13 Nigel Tapper
897 74:33 Bernie Gibbons
1141 finished

parkruns, Christmas Day

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

1   17:58 Cameron Reilly
65  24:01 Arthur Reilly
92  25:44 Tom Worboys
386 ran

1   17:26 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
22  20:14 Mark Mon-Williams
129 24:19 Rebecca Mon-Williams
567 ran

(1  17:09 Gareth Cooke, Penistone Footpath Runners)
37  21:24 Beth Massey 1st F
287 ran

(1  16:53 Callum Elson, Roundhay Runners)
80  22:24 Poppy Anderson
278 27:35 Petra Bijsterveld
558 ran

(1  17:24 Calum Holmes, Blackburn Harriers)
128 27:13 Melanie Edwards
323 ran

(1  17:24 unknown)
9   20:37 Adam Bennett
24  21:55 Catherine Gibbons 2nd F
57  24:22 Alison Bennett
234 ran

(1  22:09 Paul Savage, Prestwich AC)
8   25:06 Rob Cunningham
87 ran

Tuesday training, Christmas break

Merry Christmas to all Harriers. NB There will be no Tuesday evening social training sessions 24th and 31st.

Tinsel Torch Run, Sun 22 Dec

From Jann Smith ... This is a great little fun race fundraiser for Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue organised by Due North. 3miles / 800ft Fancy dress is almist obligatory. It sets off at 4.30pm in the dark running up Skipton moor to the Trig point and around. Paul ran round with his Mum in 54:05, I was 10th place and 3rd lady in 32:47.

parkruns, Sat 21 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... As we all know parkrun is a run, not a race, yet I am proud to report that this week 4 members of our club went under 16 minutes at parkrun. Tom and Jack battled it out at York, Cameron smashed it at Fountains Abbey, and newish member Oli Murphy did the same at Morecambe. Nearer home Rachel Carter was 1st female at Bradford on her first visit there, and Mike AC continued his excellent current form by knocking off over a minute from his previous Bradford time. Geoff Howard and Tim Ashelford both remain on awesome form with fantastic age-graded results.
Results ...

1   15:14 Jack Wood
2   15:40 Tom Adams
485 ran

(1  17:29 Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders)
5   18:35 Michael Abrams-Cohen
13  19:39 Rachel Carter 1st F
29  21:34 Beth Massey
89  25:20 Phil Hirst
152 27:57 Petra Bijsterveld
328 ran

(1  16:48 Robin Whiteley, Asics West Track and Field)
130 29:55 Bernie Gibbons
193 ran

Fountains Abbey
1   15:58 Cameron Reilly
95  23:00 Geoff Howard
462 ran

Castle Park
(1  17:27 Andrew Mynott, Saffron Striders RC)
6   19:18 Tim Ashelford
273 ran

Centre Vale
(1  18:41 Ste Brock, Wharfedale Harriers)
35  26:09 Will Worboys
98 ran

Morecambe Prom
1   15:54 Oli Murphy
173 ran

The Stoop fell race, Sun 15 Dec

Results ...

1   35:20 Tom Adams
5   36:16 ack Cummings
11  37:49 Oli Murphy
40  44:23 Lucy Williamson 3rd lady
43  45:06 Neil Wilson
50  45:51 Kate Archer
52  45:53 Rachel Carter
54  46:08 Richard Joel
63  47:20 Alistair BArlow
65  47:35 Colin Williams
110 53:46 Alison Weston
123 54:37 Geoffrey White
177 67:25 Amanda Newham
190 finished
Ilkley won both men's and ladies' team prizes

PECO XC 2, Middleton Park, Sun 15 Dec

Results ...

1   26:24 Nathan Edmondson
31  29:47 Steve Gott
43  30:14 Dan McKeown
85  31:53 Jaysson Sawyer
173 34:39 Simon Richardson
198 35:36 Rob Budding
476 finished

(1  32:29 Alice Rogers, Abbey)
125 43:32 Dian Kitchen 1st F60
173 45:37 Nicoila Budding
286 52:41 Sue Williamson
287 52:42 Kate Lofthouse
352 finished

Gathering Winter Fools Relay, Sat 14 Dec

From Caroline Howe ... The aptly named Gathering Winter Fools relay saw 3 Harriers teams of 8 take part this year in what is a fun festive occasion. Istvan Jacso assembled a strong men's A team, named Platypus Power, to defend the title won in 2018. Nick Helliwell and new member Nick Kealey led the team off in style on the 9 mile first leg, handing over to Steve Gott and Oli Murphy for the Kildwick to East Morton leg, then Paul Carman and Iain Gibbons, and finally Istvan and Dan McKeown taking the team home to Keighley in the bronze medal position.
We also had a strong men's B team, Rebelves without a Claus (team name decided after a very long WhatsApp debate!) with Steve Murray and Mike AC on leg 1, performing brilliantly but hampered slightly in the latter stages by Steve's sodden elf trousers. Pete Shelley and Jeff Green took on leg 2, then Mike Duffield and Dave Robson on 3, and Paul Disney and Mark Judkowski on the final leg, ensuring a fantastic top 10 finish for the team.
Jingle Belles, the ladies' team, was led off by Catherine Crawley and Rachel Carter with a strong performance, handing over to me and Sally Armitage. Leg 2 is a tough, boggy 9.5 miles, which I fear has done nothing to persuade Sally away from the roads and on to the fells in future... We dragged each other round to give Jane Bryant and Anna Nolan a slight head start on the mass start for leg 3. After a great run they handed over to Petra and Jacqui Weston, who laid old ghosts to rest after a traumatic experience on this leg last year which involved freezing rain. This year, it was just a few hail showers to contend with, and they breezed round the 7 miles in style! Not sure of our overall placing as no official results yet.
This relay is a great occasion on the trails and hills around Keighley, Bingley, Silsden, where festive fancy dress abounds, and the weather adds to the fun! Take a look at Dave Woodhead's photos on Facebook to get a sense of the occasion! Looking forward to next year!


Hurst Green Turkey Trot, Sat 14 Dec

Results ...

1 28:47 Tom Adams
297 finished

parkruns, Sat 14 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor
1   16:18 Nathan Edmondson
117 23:59 Tom Lambe
536 ran

(1  16:28 Sebastian Segger-Staveley, Settle Harriers)
21  22:24 Catherine Gibbons
45  25:59 Geoff Howard
149 ran

(1  15:37 Liam Rawlings, Oswestry Olympians)
2   15:38 Jack Wood
415 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  17:37 Stephen Ellison, U/A)
3   19:15 Helen Thurston 1st F
360 ran

WYXC, Spenborough, Sun 8 Dec

Well done to Dom Coy, overall senior male and U20 male West Yorkshire cross country champion.
Race results ...

Men, 9th team
(1  31:17 Joe Baxter, P&B)
2   31:49 Dom Coy
25  35:30 Steve Gott
46  37:39 Tim Ashelford
69  39:54 Steve Coy
87  41:37 Rob Budding
95  42:55 Mark Iley
108 49:23 Phil Chappell
110 50:12 Michael Ho
119 finished

Ladies, 10th team
(1 20:18 Jennifer Walsh, Leeds)
33 25:22 Beth Massey
38 25:50 Sally Malir
63 29:12 Joanne Williamson
72 31:34 Petra Bijsterveld
82 finished

Mytholmroyd Fell Race, Sun 8 Dec

From Istvan Jacso ... The Mytholmroyd Fell Race is a great low key winter race in typical tough Pennine terrain. The course is very exciting with climbs of all sorts of gradients, sharp and tricky downhills but also with some where you can just let the legs go as fast as they can, plenty of bogs, puddles, mud, beer (free) and cake (£1)! It's less than an hour drive from Ilkley so I was surprised not to see more harriers. At the end I finished 6th overall and first M40 although two M50 runners finished ahead of me showing how much experience is valuable at fell running! Highly recommended!
Results ...

(1 48:27 Karl Gray, CVFR)
6  51:57 Istvan Jacso
212 finished

Telford 10k, Sun 8 Dec

From Hilda Coulsey... This 'road' race was actually fully inside a park, the paths were quite narrow with puddles and leaves. However it was billed as a fast 10k and also hosted England qualifying places for next year's 10k internationals so it was worth a shot and, although the day was poor weather wise, it's the same for everyone, allegedly!
I was very pleased that my training progress this year has borne fruit again so that I posted a time to take the Harriers v65 record which has stood since 2007 set by Margot Dale by some 40 seconds. I didn't get the England qualifying spot but I am always inspired by others' outstanding results, my age category being won by Dot Kesterton, Sheffield Steelers, in a time of 46:46.
Results ...

(1  28:32 Adam Craig, Inverclyde)
758 50:38 Hilda Coulsey
1127 finished

Cheviot Goat, Sat 7 Dec

From Steve Turland... Tough day out in the Cheviots on Saturday doing the Cheviot Goat. Lots (and lots and lots) of bogs - pulled one chap out who was up to his waist. Conditions for the second half were difficult with strong winds and zero visibility but managed to miss the worst of the weather, as winds reached 80mph for some of the later competitors. Garmin clocked 55 miles and 10,800ft in just over 12 hours. Did quite well, finishing 17th out of about 220 runners in quite a competitive field. Good prep for the Spine Challenger in a few weeks time.

Langdale Christmas Pudding 10K, Sat 7 Dec

From Alison Weston ... Results ...

(1  34:51 Pete Harrison, Helm Hill)
180 51:31 Alison Weston
717 finished

parkruns, Sat 7 Dec

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1  16:30 Oliver Carrington, Newark AC)
13  18:19 Alex Hirst
571 ran

(1  17:27 Michael McCartney, Bingley Harriers)
31  22:20 Oscar Street
129 27:34 Paula Reynier
319 ran

(1  18:12 Jake Riddings, U/A)
26  22:33 Catherine Gibbons
196 ran

(1  17:05, unknown)
3   19:09 Lucy Williamson 1st F
96 ran

1   17:01 Nathan Edmondson
120 ran

Ealing Mile, Fri 6 Dec

From Geoffrey Howard ... What do you do if you have park with a perimeter path exactly one mile long? Well, Ealing Eagles, having such an asset on their patch (Lammas Park), have been hosting UKA licensed lunchtime races every first Friday of the month for the past two years. Peeved at having to miss the annual Golden Mile at Becketts Park in September, I took advantage of a cheap Off-Peak return and the, nostalgically low, £3 entry fee to join forty three others on the start line for the last race of the year. There were at least dozen officials/marshals at a superbly organised event (receiving a personalised results e-mail before I got home) with all the friendly ambience of a park run (including a tail walker for the last competitors finishing in twenty minutes). Two Eagles were first man (Colin Clifford 5m 8s) and woman (Yvette Burton 6m 3s). I was pleased to run sub 7m in 6m 46s. I fully intend to repeat the experience next year and thoroughly recommend it to any Harrier in the 'Smoke' on holiday or business (12.30 start and only ten minutes from South Ealing tube station). The on-tarmac one mile seems to be a real Cinderella event, unattractive to organisers or just not fashionable, and I can't recall ever having done one before.

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