Jann Smith - sorting the Club kit
Jeff Paget - Luton Marathon: 1st V55, Club Record, and fastest male Harrier time in 2009
Richard Hinsley, Langdale 10k time and improvement
Henry Heavisides, Ribble Valley 10k time
Justin Phillips, Ribble Valley 10k 1st Harriers and PECO XC performance
A special award for Outstanding Performance was agreed for Lyn Eden on completion of her '65@65'.
Ilkley results from a shortened and snowy course, where the Ilkley ladies took the team prize ...
(1 39.35 Alistair Brownlee, Bingley H) 27 45.42 Ben Stevens 37 47.00 Jim Ryder 40 47.18 Ian Rowbotham 54 48.31 Jamie Hutchinson 69 49.07 Steve Turland 71 49.10 Martin Archer 79 49.54 Nick Pearce 82 50.02 Paul O'Looney 89 50.48 Neil Smith 102 51.57 Andy Wiggans 103 51.58 Paddy Hagan 106 52.08 Richard Reeve 119 52.50 Alison Eagle 142 53.57 Sally Malir 144 54.04 George Stevens 156 54.49 Graham Breeze 165 55.05 Ian Marshall 182 56.02 Bob Wightman 191 56.43 Kate Archer 209 58.16 Alison Weston 212 58.29 Michael Waterhouse 244 60.28 Jo Foster 251 60.52 Clare Smith 252 60.54 Kelly Harrison 258 61.18 Joyce Marshall 267 61.58 John Coates 297 64.26 Rob King 312 66.22 Jim Towers 314 66.28 Alison Stretton 344 70.11 Rachel Hagan 349 71.07 Sue Stevens 362 73.30 Paul Sugden 377 81.11 Lyn Eden
Any errors or omissions? This was the final 2009 Harriers League event, so please let Paul know.
Full results and photos on woodentops.org.uk
(1 37.39 Phillip Elliot-Dick, York Knavesmire) 4 41.32 Ben Stevens 22 44.17 Norman Bush 1st 65+ 77 49.48 Geoff Howard 107 52.04 John Gates 115 52.29 George Stevens 223 61.41 Sue Stevens 441 finishers
Andy Wiggans reports ... After the "rigours" of yesterday's duathlon (well, more the two pints of Landlord that followed it) I wasn't quite sure what was going to happen at the Ribble Valley 10k. Parking was tricky as the car parks were closed due to snow, but everyone was very sensible and parked back up the road in Clitheroe, and in the end we all got away easily enough. The course has been changed slightly from last time I did it, with the start and finish now in same place, facilitated by a little "up the road, round a cone, say hello to your mates as you run back down then back on route" loop just after 5k. Something approaching 1,000 runners made the trip, 14 of them being from Ilkley.
I had a cracking tussle with Henry H, several times thinking he'd dropped me and each time just managing to pull him back. In the end I just squeaked in ahead in 124th place with 37:14 (my 8th PB of the year by 18 seconds), and Henry was 126th in 37:19, his best time of the year. Henry was 4th M50. I'm pretty sure Henry's 37:19 will get him in the UK rankings for M50, just behind Richard Reeve who's already in there for his Abbey Dash time -
The other particularly notable result was Jane Bryant getting in the prizes as 3rd F40 with 41:36.
Full Ilkley results were:
(1 29.21 Tom Lancashire, Bolton UH) 98 36:01 Justin Phillips PB 124 37:14 Andy Wiggans PB 126 37:19 Henry Heavisides 160 38:21 Mark Iley 204 39:34 Jeff Paget 243 40:33 Robert Cunningham 279 41:36 Jane Bryant 388 44:28 Michael Bryant 395 44:40 Keith Wood 428 45:26 Rebecca Stapleton PB 474 47:05 Vic Verecondi 495 47:59 Bradley Chapman 496 47:59 Neil Chapman 503 48:10 Nick Mellor
Provisional results on UKResults.net
Henry Heavisides adds ... there was a good contingent of Ilkley runners at the ever popular Ribble Valley 10k. The course is surprisingly fast as it's on twisting country lanes with lots of undulations. It's not even a 'downhill' course anymore, as the start & finish is at the same place. It made a change to be running on wet roads rather than the recent snow & ice.
Justin Phillips was first Ilkley Harrier to finish with a new PB of 36:01, although he was kicking himself not to have got under 36 minutes. I ran around the course with Andy Wiggans who just beat me in the sprint to the line. I finished in about 37:19 and Andy would have been a couple of seconds quicker in a new PB. I was pleased to run almost 3 minutes faster than at this race last year.
Other Ilkley runners included Mark Iley, Jeff Paget, Jane Bryant & Rob Cunningham who all finished well up in this high quality race which included the North of England championships.
Loads of Harriers in this one, results from Aire Centre Pacers ...
(1 38.02 Alistair Brownlee, Bingley H) 11 44.51 Dave Wilby 15 45.16 Ben Stevens 27 47.00 Jamie Hutchinson 33 47.17 Ian Rowbotham 34 47.18 Martin Archer 44 47.49 Ralph Tench 50 48.11 Stuart Pitches 64 49.31 Paul O'Looney 65 49.33 Richard Reeve 86 51.07 Nick Pearce 104 51.55 Rob Cunningham 113 52.22 Paul Stephens 118 52.29 Neil Smith 135 53.14 Sally Malir 141 53.23 Neil Chapman 209 56.01 Adam Bennett 217 56.23 Simon Chapman 231 57.00 Kate Archer 235 57.04 Julian Carter 236 57.07 Rachel Wolfenden 241 57.22 Alison Bennett 250 57.40 Catherine Gibbons 275 58.43 John Woodward 276 58.43 Russell Thomas 287 59.25 Dave Taylor 302 59.42 Keith Wood 309 59.55 Val Kerr 317 60.23 Jo Prowse 1st female super-vet 320 60.26 Helen Horton 334 60.59 Kelly Harrison 356 61.34 Sharon Meadows 368 61.54 Anthony Swanepoel 376 62.09 Amanda Newham 403 63.24 Andrew Jackson 411 63.45 John Coates 414 63.57 Charles Oxtoby 424 64.20 Anna Masterman 430 64.33 Martin Wright 455 65.43 Clare Smith 465 66.05 Sophie Brown 554 69.59 Mary Gibbons 555 70.00 Bernie Gibbons 579 71.05 Sue Bickerdike 580 71.14 Nigel Tapper 592 72.18 Sheena Pickersgill 594 72.26 Gaenor Coy 596 72.28 Alison Stretton 628 73.53 Sue Stevens 678 76.59 Jane Guillard 682 77.03 Emma O'Looney 696 77.56 Andy Sarah 697 77.57 Vince Gibbons 699 78.12 Andrew Bennett 751 82.08 Claire Macina 776 84.47 Jeanette Thomas 792 86.28 Amanda Parnaby 825 finishers
Any errors or omissions? This is a Harriers League event, so please let Paul know.
Andy Wiggans reports ... Just a fun event, but friendly and enjoyable all the same. Shortened bike route (5.5m) and a slippery run up to Farnhill Pinnacle and back (2.5m) - I was the only Ilkley interloper present, but was welcomed by the K&CAC team. There were about 20 entrants, some of whom didn't bother with the run, some of whom didn't cycle, but all enjoyed themselves. I upheld Ilkley's honour with a "podium" finish to be 3rd in about 36 minutes.
They're doing these in the evening through the winter, which I imagine is quite good fun if your lights are up to it, along with the series of night-time fell races.
With deep unbroken snow on the ground, icy patches, and bands of snow coming across, the course was simplified to 'out to The Stoop and back'. The Ilkley ladies won the team prize. Other Ilkley results ...
1 30.50 Rob Hope, P&B 5 33.23 Tom Adams 15 34.56 Ben Stevens 25 36.36 Jamie Hutchinson 30 36.59 Ian Rowbotham 1st V50 64 41.08 Victoria Stevens 3rd lady 67 41.18 Ed Brougham 74 41.33 Paddy Hagan 117 45.12 Kate Archer 137 47.15 Catherine Gibbons 148 50.11 Bob Payne 173 59.50 Jim Towers 175 60.56 Vince Gibbons 180 68.07 Mary Gibbons 183 72.12 Lyn Eden - official sweeper
Photos and more on woodentops.org.uk
Numerous shepherds, angels, Santas, elves and wizards took to the streets for this evening of festive fun. There was even a Mary and a Joseph. Special thanks to Amanda Parnaby who did a great deal of shopping, heating, transporting and serving, in order to providing the runners with mulled wine and mince pies. She was ably assisted by Sue Lugton. The event has raised £70 for Cancer Research UK so far. Further donations welcome at Club Night on Tuesday 22 December ...
Results from the Halifax Harriers web site:
|POS||Team||Leg1||Leg2||Leg 3||Leg 4||Leg 5||Leg 6|
|21||Ilkley Harriers||Steve Turland||Dave Wilby||Nick Pearce||Jim Ryder||Duncan Cooper||Paul O'Looney|
|Jamie Hutchinson||Tom Adams||Mike Baldwin||Jonathan Whittaker||Ian Rowbotham||Mark Mon-Williams|
|41||Ilkley Harriers Ladies||Helene Whittaker||Kelly Harrison||Catherine Gibbons||Andrea Priestley||Alison Eagle||Alison Bennett|
|Sally Malir||Heather Dawe||Jenny Dybeck||Tracey Greenway||Nicki Jacquiery||Diane Hagger|
|94||Ilkley Harriers Mixed||Jo Prowse||Amanda Newham||Joyce Marshall||John Coates||Sue Morley||Paul Stephens|
|Laurie Prowse||Sarah Fuller||Jo Foster||Kevin Gooch||Eric Morley||David Brown|
117 teams ran
From Dave Wilby ... Firstly a big thank you to Mike Baldwin & Dave Brown for stepping in to the teams late in the day, and a HUGE thank you to Kevin Gooch for stepping in very very late in the (Satur)day. The Calderdale Relay is notorious for being a captain's nightmare, and after initially looking promising, this one maintained its deserved reputation with comfortable ease!!!!
On top of selection duties, I once again had the dubious honour of running with club whippet Tom Adams. He's been top of the Harriers pile all season, and now that some bright spark has talked him in to the weekly track sessions, expect to see straws being drawn amongst the rest of us next year when the relays come around. We took on leg 2 together this year, and as we set off we had a few pairs within chasing distance ahead of us. A steady start was required on the long drag up to the reservoir to avoid me blowing up, and then a leg stretch across the moors. As I approached Stoodley Pike, Tom was just packing up his breakfast hamper and enjoying the last drags of his first cigar, but like a true pro he was ready to go as soon as I arrived. We passed 3 teams on the descent to take our early tally to 5 and then belted along the long stretches of track, road & fields which follow, with no other teams in sight ahead of us. I took advantage of the mandatory 'walk' through the stables to draw my first proper breath of the race, and then we were off again, plummeting steeply down in to Todmorden. As we approached the last long climb, we could see the pair from Abbey Runners ahead of us and decided that a scorched pair of lungs were a worthwhile price to pay for local honour. Tom had a club record in his sights, my vision was starting to blur, but we worked hard up that endless bloody climb and arrived high above the town with a good gap behind us. Finally, with a sub 1hr time within reach, all we had to do was switch off our brains for the last mile, and let gravity do its thing. Down the road, down a lovely grassy track and then in to the woods, a great way to finish a fantastic leg. Time of 60:07 (so close!!), a club record by over 4 minutes and 7th fastest overall for the leg. Tom cycled back to the start of the leg, I staggered, stumbled and finally collapsed against the car, and awaited the return of my legs!!
From Alison Eagle ...Firstly congratulations to all the Ladies who stoically remained fit and available from the selection of the race to the day (sorry reserves but a big thankyou for offering your services and I am sorry you did not get a run - know Paul is looking for Pennine Bridleway pairings).
Despite a little sightseeing Leg 1 ladies Sally and Helene got us off to a solid start; despite being hindered by a calf problem, Kelly and partner Heather kept us in contention, in 3rd place I think. The youngsters on leg 3 Jenny and Catherine had a good leg to set Andrea and Tracey off in 3rd on Leg 4. Having kept upto date by text Nicki and I were not expecting to be off in the mass start. Bingley Ladies came through looking strong about 12 muinutes in front of the mass start. We were pushing to the front of the mass start when at the back, at the changeover, I saw a red vest, a waving baton and Andrea's voice - not again I thought (the last time Nicki and I did this leg we had about a minute in front of the mass start, 2 years ago the Ilkley ladies had about 30secs, this was even closer!). I pushed back, panic on my face, Nicki wondering what on earth I was doing.
"Let me through" I yelled and eventually met Morgan, passing me the baton from Andrea.
"Out the way" I shouted, and the runners parted as Nicki joined me, we set off in a lung bursting start, Cries of "Go for it Ilkley" rang in our ears as the mass start were set off seconds later.
The pace slowed a little but determined to let no ladies teams pass us we worked hard, only having 3 teams overtake (and we got 1 back as well as passing others). Nicki pulled me up the hills, the route was full of wonderful mud - just our cup of tea and we managed to retain the 2nd place Andrea and Tracey had got us into with a superb run, an Ilkley Ladies record for Leg 4, I think. We even managed to gain back a couple of minutes on Bingley.
A good leg 6 by Di and Alison, starting in the mass start, saw us secure 2nd place, consolidating a great performance from all on the day.
Well done to all, hopefully the Mixed Ladies had good runs. Thanks to Morgan for following us round with the campervan, just the job for keeping warm at Wainstalls and then producing a brew at the end of the leg. Took me ages to get the mud off my legs in the bath later - a sign of a good fell race!!
From Paul Stephens ... Over the stile, through the gate, along the road, betwen the houses, up the steps and through the field; past Sainsburys, along the canal, up through the wood, down the cobbles, but where were we? Was it Shelf or Southowram, Bailiff Bridge or Brookfoot, Thornhill, Norwood Green, Brighouse or somewhere on the Calder? Whatever, the weather was good for running, and we didn't get lost. David (Brown) and I set off in the mass start and kept with people all the way. David had agreed to run at the last minute, and he's a little faster than I am. He also clearly had a target in mind. I would have been happy to equal last year's time. David was more ambitious, paced it well, and succeeded in pulling me along. I hadn't anything left at the end to overtake the 2 teams just in front, but we did post a respectable time. A good day out and thanks to Andrew Bennet for the taxi service.
From Sarah Fuller ... Just want to give my "relay virgin's" perspective on the Calderdale way experience ... Once I'd got over the shock at being in the team I was really looking forward to taking part in my first club relay. We did a reccie the week before so were (reasonably) confident with the route although a bit worried about the amount of tarmac in it (us fell runners are a bit wary of the hard flat stuff!). I was disappointed to come down with a bit of a cold in the week before but felt ok in training runs so was determined to run. The team atmosphere at the start of the leg was awesome with Dave and Lee and Heather and Kelly also lining up for leg 2 as well as a number of other familiar faces. We set off in the mass start and held a steady pace in the main pack up to the top of the first loooooonnng climb to the reservoir. We then took off across the muddy bits (hoorah!) to Stoodley pike, a fast, furious and muddy decent saw us pick off quite a few teams so we were really chuffed and going well - for us! Bit of a route mistake but nothing major and we held a steady pace for the next few miles across the tarmac and trails to the stables but not quite quick enough to hold off the teams we passed on the muddy stuff - (note to self - do some more road running and speed training for next year!). Then a well appreciated walk through the stables, another nice quick decent this time on trails and roads, avoid getting run over in the centre of Tod and then onto the final grim climb, which surprisingly wasnÕt as bad as it felt in the reccie (hoorah for jelly babies) - although we did have to wait rather annoyingly at the railway crossing for a train to pass! And then fast and muddy down into the finish. Amanda and I were well matched and well chuffed to have finished in about 1.30 without getting too lost! I just want to say thanks to Alison / Dave for giving us the chance to take part - I enjoyed every minute of the experience and wouldn't hesitate to volunteer again (should the club be desperate enough!). Well done to everyone ...
Andy Wiggans reports ...Now so popular they need to run it twice, the Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k was run on both Saturday and Sunday to enable even more people to experience the breathtaking beauty and leg-sapping undulations of the Great Langdale valley in the Lakes. Vic Verecondi, Richard Hinsley and I made the trip for the Sunday race, and were rewarded with clear(ish) skies (Vic was slightly chagrined as they "weren't as blue" as last time he was there) and chilly temperatures, perfect for running. The fields were still brilliantly white from the overnight frost, as the sun makes little impact on the valley floor this time of year, and there were a few slippy bits on the road, being gritted as we arrived.
We were away bang on time, with a significant proportion of runners sporting festive costume, and several more kitted out for some kind of arctic ski race with several layers of fleecy things from head to toe. Now Hinsley and I may to the stouter end of the BMI scale, but we don't believe that anyone intending to actually perambulate at anything above walking pace needs to wear that much stuff in the UK whatever the weather, so readers will be pleased to hear that all three of us, even the Antipodean, ran in shorts and vests. And in Vic's case, gloves, presumably in case the opportunity to make a snowman presented itself at any point. We also saw a certain T. Lonergan looking fit and stylish in the vest of Sale Harriers - "Ey ups" were duly exchanged.
I set off from reasonably near the front, having got snarled up in the melee here before, and was surprised to find myself looking at not very many people disappearing off up the road in front. One of them had to stop because his balls fell off (they were Christmas decorations, in case anyone was thinking "blimey, it really was cold!"), and I soon settled down with a group of three or four guys of a similar pace. The race goes along the valley road, but it does, as mentioned, undulate a bit, so the pace was hardly constant. However I found myself racing a couple of blokes, one of whom I now know to be an employee of one of the sponsors, the Langdale Hotel. As we went past Wainwrights, a pub owned by said establishment, this young lad accelerated to about 4 min mile pace and left us for dead - it was only when I saw the large crowd of (largely female) co-employees cheering him on I realised I had become an unwitting participant in some sort of hospitality industry mating ritual and he wanted to look good in front of someone in the group of supporters. I also noticed, however, that he was wearing those daft socks that don't really look like you're wearing socks, and as I am a man who holds certain principles involving comedy footwear, he could not be allowed to beat me.
Fortunately a combination of his 400m of high-speed showing off and a convenient upward undulation left him a bit pooped, so I and another runner wearing more traditional hosiery, passed him on the hill. I also managed to hold off the proper-sock wearer by a few seconds over the last couple of km and came in with 9th place in 37:52, a time and placing that I'm right pleased with given the lumpiness of the course.
After the finish I wandered down to watch my clubmates finish, and was looking expectantly up the road when a very chuffed looking Richard Hinsley appeared from behind me, already finished and grinning idiotically. 24th in a stonkingly good sub-40 time of 39:41. I know we'll have to stop being nice about how well he's doing considering how little running he's done eventually, but this is a bloke that's gone from struggling to run 3 miles in under half an hour to sub-40 10k in 10 months - lots of hard work and a great deal of good advice from a Mr Wolfenden (and proper socks).
Vic came in looking cool and relaxed, having run 46:14 to be 108th. We all agreed that this is a terrific race to put on the list, and as there's a team prize one that Ilkley would have a good chance of winning. There's another two races in April (17th/18th I think) so anyone not doing London should consider it.
There were 379 finishers and the winner was Steve Littler from Wesham in 32:51.
Justin Phillips was 9th in 17.56. The event was bolstered by 200 folk in Santa outfits ... www.parkrun.org.uk/leeds
16th Jamie Hutchinson 55.50 41st Nick Pearce 61.44 72nd Norman Bush 66.40 89th Kate Archer 70.32 164 ran & trudged round.
Results from Complete Runner
Men 39 39.00 Tom Adams 56 40.22 Jim Ryder 77 41.51 David Westhead 82 42.06 Mark Iley 86 42.16 Malcolm Pickering 155 51.48 Eric Morley 163 56.29 Jim Towers 164 56.32 Bob Payne Women 11th team 43 23.09 Catherine Gibbons 47 23.17 Sally Malir 78 26.16 Sue Morley 80 26.35 Jo Prowse 91 29.31 Emma Payne 92 30.00 Bernie Gibbons 95 33.03 Lyn Eden Plenty of good junior results on th day incl. 1st U11 Girls team
This was the final race in the Complete Runner XC League, and notable overall results are ...
Lyn Eden, 1st L60-64 Jenny Dybeck, 2nd L17-19 Diane Haggar, 2nd L45-49 Malcolm Pickering, 2nd 55-59 Jo Prowse, 3rd L55-59 Catherine Gibbons, 4th L17-19 Bernie Gibbons, 4th L55-59 Sue Morley, 5th L50-54 1st U11 Girls team 4th Womens team 4th U13 Boys team 6th U13 Girls team
From Jacqui Weston ... the watches went out of the window for this race, it was pure fun.
It was a surreal moment walking to the start surrounded by Santas all dressed in
red and blue outfits (blue for the hardcore Everton supporters) for the
start of the world record breaking Santa Dash in Liverpool with 9,997
To be honest we couldn't really tell you what the course was like as we were laughing so much. We stopped a couple of times to take pictures and soak up the atmosphere, although Emma felt that if we had got a wiggle on we would have won! A bit of wishful thinking but we would certainly have finished quicker.
So the results for Emma O'Looney, Jacqui Weston & Sue Bickerdike were 3PB's for 5K run in a very hot and rain soaked Santa suit with hat and beard - 29:00
Jeff Paget reports ... the torrential rain at 9am gave way to broken cloud at 10am for the start of the Luton Marathon and it stayed rain free, if very breezy, for the duration of the race. This was my first race as a Vet 55 and I was racing with/against my 29 year old son, Tom, who runs with Otley. Having gone off rather too quickly I ground out the last few miles and finished 38th overall in 3.08.10 which earned me 1st Vet 55. Tom finished 97th in 3.19.57 so I re-established supremacy in the family pecking order! I think that there were 493 finishers.
This is a new Ilkley Harriers age group record, knocking 2 minutes off Peter Shields' London 2004 time, and the best men's time this year.
Paul Sugden reports ... after travelling in solid rain from Ilkley I was nearly tempted to just sit this race out and watch from the ferris wheel. However just ten minutes before the race it stopped raining. On a flat course the only problems were the wind which kept blowing throughout and the two massive puddles we had to run through at 7 miles. It was a well organised run and definitely PB course as I came in 3m15s better than previous attempt at Bradford in 1:24:55. Jann finished 4th Lv40 in 1:14:09. Now it’s time to eat the prize of Lancashire cheese!
1 8:52 Antony Ford M Sale Harriers Ac 141 1:14:09 Jann Smith 245 1:24:55 Paul Sugden
Henry Heavisides reports ... despite the fixture clash with the Complete Runner tomorrow, there was a really strong team at today's PECO race. The conditions were quite challenging with a bit of everything, mud, hills, mud, woods, mud, road, mud, track, mud & fields with a lot of mud as well. Dave Wilby led us home with a fine 3rd place, we must have scored quite well in both the overall mens & the mens vets team race.
3 Dave Wilby 7 Ian Rowbotham 9 Steve Turland 15 Justin Phillips 27 Dave Cummings 29 Paul O'Looney 30 Henry Heavisides 44 Ed Brougham 46 Paul Stephens 54 Paddy Hagan 82 Ian Marshall 96 Paul Wood 104 Andy Jackson 126 Graham Stead 133 Vic Verecondi 134 Don MacRae Ladies 10 Diane Haggar 60 Louise Jackson 61 Alison Ricci Juniors 16 children ran in the 1 mile and 2 mile races
Adrian Hall (the 'Southern', or 'original', Adrian Hall) reports ... starting from Llangennith in Gower, the “marathon” took in 28 miles of the Gower peninsula including Llanmadoc, Oxwich Bay, Port Eynon Bay and Rhossilli. A very picturesque course with 1500 m of ascent. Finished 13th of 169 in 4 hours 27 mins.
Rob Cunningham reports ... Did the Park Run 5k event at Platt Fields Park in South Manchester today and was probably not the most popular as when in 2nd place around the 4k mark I lost sight of the lead runner and went completely the wrong way, taking a couple of people following me off course too. Oh well it's a run and not a race.....obviously. Ended up 3rd in 20:50
Amanda Parnaby reports ... 24 mile off road around the southern end of the Yorkshire Wolds taking in part of the Wolds Way, starting and finishing at Brantington between Hull and Market Weighton. As expected, it was very wet underfoot which meant it was difficult keeping your feet in some places. At least the overnight rain cleared to leave a lovely day. Organised by the LDWA with over 400 runners and walkers taking part. Finished in 5 hours 51 minutes.