Ilkley Harriers news archive 2012

Harrier of the Month, March

Nominations were:
sponsors Rebecca and Mark Mon-Williams for organizing from scratch the new Ilkley Harriers Weekend away in the Lake Distric, incorporating fun, running, Black Combe and orienteering events - excellent.
Andrew Sheldon for his 10k PB at Dewsbury, under the elusive 40 mins and for his 10 mile PB at Thirsk in 66 mins, for flying in training and continued improvement.
Sue Morley for dedication to Cross Country 2011/12 season: completing all the West Yorkshire League races, and all the Peco League Races and beingÊ 1st Lady Vet 55 in both leagues plus completing the Northerns and Yorkshire Championships.
Nikos who has gone way above the call of duty with his new training classes and suggestions for future runs etc not to mention his enthusiasm and cooking!
Jack Wood, 6th @ Dainfield PECO, 4th Windmill Whizz and winning his orienteering event from an arch rival by a few seconds.
Dave Westhead for his sub 36 mins in the Bradford 10k.
Alison and Andrew Bennett for the Dales Way Relay. They did a fabulous job organising everyone, driving in between relay points, running some of the legs, taking photos and providing cake!

The HoM awards went to Andrew Sheldon, and Rebecca and Mark Mon-Williams. Congratulations to them. They will receive technical running gear from HoM sponsor UP & RUNNING.

Coniston 14, Sat 31 Mar

From Ben Sheppard ... Another well organised and fun Coniston 14, this year back to 14 miles after two years of an extended course of 16.8m. Spells of sunny weather and very little breeze meant near perfect conditions, making a mockery of my decision to wear long sleeves under my Harriers vest. Three miles at a steady pace convinced me to cast off a layer in a lay-by for safe collection on the drive home a couple of hours later; it would have been easier had I not inadvertently safety-pinned my vest to my base layer as well as race number. The shorter course this year was good for in-race morale but brought the end to this scenic race around the lake to a seemingly premature end. Not quite a sprint finish but just enough in the tank to finish faster than average pace and find the formidable father-son "Team Sinclair" socialising the right side of the finishing line having predictably been there a good few minutes each, Alex taking the spoils on this occasion. A top event - recommended to all Harriers.
Results from

(1  1h16:03 John Herbert, Nene Valley H)
18  1h26:07 Alexander Sinclair
31  1h27:56 Jonathan Sinclair  1st V50
74  1h33:47 Ben Sheppard
556 1h54:00 Andrew Wilson
666 1h58:23 Dave Ibbotson
684 1h59:11 Val Kerr
707 1h58:21 Nick Page  PB
1493 runners

Olympic Park Run, Sat 31 Mar

Nick Mellor reports ... I was lucky to gain an entry to The National Lottery Olympic Park Run, held in the Olympic Park. The race was started by Princess Beatrice, (who later joined in the run) from just outside the Olympic Stadium and wound its way round the Basketball Arena, Velodrome, Riverbank Arena, Copper Box and Aquatics Centre before ending with the last 300 metres on the track inside the Stadium. With the theme from Chariots of Fire playing and about 12,000 people cheering us on, it made for a great experience. The course contained several tight hairpin bends and had 1 or 2 inclines which was a bit of a surprise. No spectators were allowed on the course which made it feel as if you were running around a giant building site at times. The race was won by Tommy Davies in a very speedy 25:11, which apparently is quicker than the existing Olympic 5 mile record. (The event was last held in 1908.) I was a bit disappointed with my time, but later found that it was the same as ex Olympic medallist Roger Black, so felt happy with that.

(1   25:11 Tommy Davies)
1290 38:44 Nick Mellor
4907 54:33 Matt Rutter
4951 54:52 Rachel Cunningham
5707 finished

Any more Harriers? I can't get 'search by club' to work in the results.

Parkruns, Sat 31 Mar

Henry Heavisides was 3rd in 19:06 at Bradford Lister Park

Coaching News

In the last newsletter (Jan-March, p11) we encouraged people to think about getting their first running coaching qualification, by attending a Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) course. If you are interested in this, please read the information I have put on the forum, here and get in contact with me by this Friday 30th March, please.

Liver Hill, Tue 27 Mar

(1 31:01 Joe Johnstone, Rossendale H)
80 43:35 John Coates
174 finished

Edale Skyline, Sun 25 Mar

Results from

(1  2h41:55 Carl Bell, Howgill H)
90  3h45:10 Jamie Hutchinson
143 3h59:52 Brian Melia
299 finished

Bradford 10k, Sun 25 Mar

From Henry Heavisides there was a good contingent of Ilkley Harriers at this morning's Bradford 10k. Dave Westhead, making a rare appearance in a 10k, was first Ilkley runner home in 35:58. Alison Bennett was 1st F50 & set a new club record in 42:13.
Results from ...

(1    33:52 Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners)
14    35:58 David Westhead
30    38:59 Henry Heavisides
57    40:56 Adrian Bastow
79    42:13 Alison Bennett
119   43:42 Chris Cunningham PB 1min+
166   44:54 Michael Duffield
195   46:44 John Fenwick
232   47:16 Martin Wright
233   47:13 Dave Taylor
264   48:39 Hilda Coulsey
312   49:53 John Marshall
349   50:16 Paul Sugden
444   52:52 Sue Bickerdike
462   53:18 Michael Picken
515   54:19 Andrew Bennett
551   55:25 Michelle Snow
662   59:29 Greg Wright
670   59:33 Linda Marshall
689 1:00:10 Sally Wright 
866 1:12:06 Rachel Cunningham
917 finished

Some photos from Dave Woodhead.

This was a counter in the IH Race League.

Thirsk 10M, Sun 25 Mar

Results from

(1    49:40 Yared Hagos, Wallsend Harriers)
111 1h06:30 Andrew Sheldon PB
179 1h11:40 Jane Bryant
532 finished

Rivock Edge Fell Race, Sun 25 Mar

From Paul Stephens ... where were all the Harriers? Did some people put their clocks back rather than forward? The mist had cleared, it was dry underfoot, and I would have guessed times were fast, although the start and finish were slightly different from previous years which makes comparisons more difficult. A tad easier than last week at Heptonstall, and I was feeling comfortable enough to admire the view. (Don't believe all you read in the press!) The only other Harrier was Sue Morley. I was about 33rd in 1:03:35, which once again was similar to previous years. An enjoyable run out.

(1 51:38 Chris Loftus, KCAC)
32 1h03:35 Paul Stephens
95 1h22:06 Sue Morley
105 finished

Wilmslow Half Marathon, Sun 25 Mar

167 1h25:01 Rob Cunningham

Run Northumberland Half Marathon, Sun 25 Mar

Christine Cox finished 223rd in 1h48:46, 2nd LV55 on a hilly course.

Two Crosses Circuit 2012, Sun 25 Mar

Clare Smith reports ... What great weather for this well-organised 25 mile LDWA challenge event in good old Lancashire. Having set off from Ilkley at 6.15 am ('new time') in dense fog, it was reassuring that the visibility improved dramatically once we crossed the border! Despite already having cycled from Otley to Ilkley in the dark, Dave Wilby came in at the front of the runners in a time of 3 hrs 48 minutes, whilst Neil, Betty and I appeared at the finish an hour later, though still ahead of many others. With plenty of friendly marshals out on the course (there was an 18 mile option too), a great mid-way feeding station with delights such as Greek salad, jelly, sandwiches and cakes on offer and a choice of several delicious soups at the finish, this is an LDWA event to be recommended. Betty was first dog home!

Parkruns, Sat 24 Mar

Leeds Hyde Park
160 25:56 Emma Payne

East Hull 20 mile, Sun 18 Mar

Jonathan Sinclair reports ... Flat as a pancake - it is Hull after all - even the "hill" at the end was more of a small bump in the road to Ilkley dwellers. Attractive course largely on rural roads and amazing spread of food at the end. Alex and I were the only Harriers in field of around 500. He disappeared into the distance after a mile and I lost sight of him altogether at 3 miles. But 300 yards before the end I unexpectedly caught him up for the first time for a couple of years - if he had seen me coming it would have been another story but in the event it was a last hurrah for the dinosaurs.

(1 1h45:17 John Beattie)
30 2h09:53 Jonathan Sinclair
33 2h10:09 Alex Sinclair

Heptonstall fell race, Sun 18 Mar

Will Buckton reports ... Heptonstall is a tough B Long at 15 miles with 1000 metres of climbing. It has a nice variety of terrain to keep it interesting from open moorland and tussocks to steep, rocky descents and forest trails. Perfect weather although recent rainfall still meant wading through bogs and falling over in the mud! The big climbs are in the second half of the race with the finish at the top of a 500ft 'stairway to heaven' as the locals like to call it! A really well organised event with most of the course flagged and even a blessing from the village reverend on the start line! In just its second year it is already a firm favourite amongst fell runners and highly recommended.
Results from ...

(1  2h08:05 Tim Midgley, Horsforth Harriers)
33  2h28:11 Steve Turland
79  2h42:56 Will Buckton
94  2h46:53 Paul Stephens
145 3h14:00 Graham Arthur

Keighley Big K 10k, Sun 18 Mar

Results from

(1  35:59 Ryan Buck)
27  41:08 Rob Cunningham
121 47:11 Ed Bickerdike
132 47:34 Chris Cunningham
165 48:59 Christine Cox 1st F50
907 finished
Any more Harriers?  (Results did not include Club this year.) 

Wrap Up & Run Harewood 10k, Sun 18 Mar

Hilda Coulsey reports ... I ran in the first wrap up and run age uk race at Harewood, 10k on trails in the estate, 1500 starters apparently, lovely day but muddy in places. I came 1st FV55.

205 50:31 Nic Mellor
244 52:06 Hilda Coulsey  1st LV55
555 58:45 Stephanie Millward

Minchinhampton 10k, Sun 18th Mar

(1 33:16 Gary Hughes, Dursley & District AC)
35 47:26 John Fenwick
41 48:08 Martin Wright

British Masters Indoor Track Championships, Sat/Sun 17/18 Mar

Henry Heavisides reports ... I won a silver medal for 2nd place in the M55 3000m at the British Masters Indoor Track Championships at Lee Valley, London with a time of 10:41.93. I was a bit short of pace in the sprint finish as I was still level with the eventual winner with 100m to go. In the 1500m I finished 5th in 5:04.70.
The Indoor Championships are a really good event, over 2 days, with more than 600 athletes taking part. There were several new British, European & World records set with some very impressive performances. Competitors included former Olympic & Commonwealth medalists. They are open to all runners over the age of 35 & so it's a good opportunity for us 'average' club runners to compete alongside well known names in a championship event (even if they might have grey hair these days!).

Dales Way Relay, Sat 17 March

Now in its fifth year, this super social relay had nearly 40 Harriers taking part, on a super day organised by Andrew and Alison Benett. Click on these links for photos from Andrew Bennett, Paul Sugden, and Graham Weston.

Andrew's pictures

Lads Leap, Sat 17 Mar

Well done to Tom Adams, 5th in the first Fell Championship race of 2012 ... provisional results ...

(1 44:16 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
5  45:02 Tom Adams
73 52:41 Dave Wilby
94 54:13 Lee Morley
308 finished

(1   52:35 Emma Clayton, Bingley)
12   58:23 Tracey Greenway
18   60:05 Sally Morley
46   67:47 Alison Weston
82   76:01 Val Kerr
112 123:25 Lyn Eden

Alison's pictures

Hardmoors 55, Sat 17 Mar

From Brian Melia What an excellent event. It begins at Helmsley swimming pool going along the Cleveland way and takes in the White Horse on the Sutton Bank escarpment. It then courses over some excellent paths passing through Carlton Bank at 29 miles, then Wainstones 3 miles later and Roseberry topping at 47 miles with a great trail over Nab Cliff and Wood to finish in Alison Weston's home town of Guisborough. I was joint 11th(tbc) in 10hrs 6 mins. The checkpoints were well organized with plenty of food/drink also pleasingly the summit checkpoints had food and drink which although a novelty actually helped me later on as the miles ticked away. Quality event!! Incidentally there are Hardmoors 110 (yes miles!!), Hardmoors 30 and 60. Take a look especially if interested in UTMB qualifying events!!

English Schools XC, Sat 17 Mar

Ilkley juniors Sarah Pickering (Ilkley Grammar) and Georgia Malir (St. Mary's, Menston) ran for the West Yorkshire Schools team in the English Schools Cross Country championships at Iton, Somerset.

Parkruns, Sat 17 Mar

its not easy being green

John Marshall completed his 50th Parkrun, 114th at Leeds Hyde Park in 24:31

Adam Bennett, right, entered his first Parkrun, at York and finished 20th in 19:59; winning a prize for the best fancy dress - green for St Patricks day!

And at Harrogate Stray, Emma Barclay was 12th and 1st lady in 20:32

PECO XC, Danefield, Sun 11 Mar

A beautiful day for the final PECO XC League race, on an interesting new course at Danefield. Final results for the day and overall League results are now available at

6   Jack Wood
11  Martin Archer
14  Dave Wilby
44  Steve Coy
111 George Elmes
123 Andrew Jackson
127 Dougie Scarfe
172 Paul Sugden
179 Vince Gibbons
180 Andrew Bennett

19  Alison Bennett
37  Alison Ricci
45  Sue Morley
60  Sophie Brown
64  Gaenor Coy
85  Gemma Carpenter
93  Bernie Gibbons
99  Sue Williamson
107 Emma Payne
115 Kate Lofthouse
123 Julie Elmes
127 Lyn Eden

A good turnout of 15 red and green vests in the junior races, with Euan Brennan winning the 1 mile race.

Lots of photos on

Spen 20, Sun 11 Mar

From Steve Weston ... lovely day at the Spen 20, a hilly road race with 1100 feet of climbing. It starts at the track in Cleckheaton, goes out through Scholes, a loop over Hartshead moor before returning.
Slight confusion at the start as I thought the race started at 10.30, but everybody suddenly disappeared from the car park, so I ventured back to the track only to find that they'd already started and had just set off on a lap. I let the leaders go and then started my race approximately 40 seconds after everybody else! I spent the first 10 miles picking people off before settling into a rhythm. Pacing is difficult on a course like Spen because there are hardly any level bits, I tried to maintain a constant effort with pace fluctuating between 5.50 and 7.50 as we went up and down. In the end I had a good day finishing in 2.17.53 which will be a bit longer when the official results come out!

Results from ..

22 2:19:29 Steve Weston
38 2:26:15 Sally Malir 4th lady

Inter-Counties XC, Sat 10 Mar

Ilkley juniors Sarah Pickering U13 and Georgia Malir U17 represented Yorkshire in the Inter-Counties cross country championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, their runs helping Yorkshire win the combined teams overall trophy.

Haworth Hobble/Wuthering Hike, Sat 10 Mar

Jez Hellewell reports ... a wild & wet morning/afternoon spent "hobbling" round the moors & towns around Haworth today. 32 miles of paths, trails, bogs & even some road sections (unfortunately). Didn't spot any Harriers as most people had their vests covered with waterproof jackets & my facial recognition is not good! I finished in 5.22 & ran with the winner of the 2010 Kabul Marathon!

(1  4:18:30 Duncan Harris, Chester Tri)
47  5:22:24 Jez Hellewell
70  5:39:48 Eddie Winslow
76  5:42:52 Helene Whitaker
223 7:19:54 Adela Reperecki & Debbie Lewis
275 8:52:50 Amanda Parnaby
271 ran

Trollers Trot, Sat 10 Mar

A host of Harriers on this, results from Runalong.

(1  3h01:43 Andrew Dobby)
19  3h41:50 Jann Smith 1st lady
44  4h07:10 Nigel Tapper
45  4h07:10 Jane McCarthy
46  4h07:15 Dick Waddington
59  4h13:00 John Hayes
89  4h32:30 Nicky Jaquiery
90  4h32:30 Alison Eagle
91  4h32:30 Clare Smith
92  4h32:30 Neil Smith
100 4h37:00 John Coates
110 4h40:00 Helen Horton
111 4h40:00 Andrew Merrick
137 4h49:00 Sharon Meadows
138 4h49:00 Elizabeth Price
164 5h06    Martin Wright
?   5h15?   Abi Bailey
177 5h16    Sue Bickerdike
266 6h55    Mark Kerr
274 7h12    Rebecca Moores
317 finished

Windmill Whizz, Sat 10 Mar

Paul Stephens reports ... Prizes galore for Harriers at this morning's Windmill Whizz over at Ogden Water. As well as Tom Adams having a comfortable win, Jack Wood was 4th and Martin Archer 11th (I think). And this meant the men's team prize. Rebecca Mon-Williams won the ladies V40 category, Alison Bennett the ladies V50, and together with Val Kerr, they picked up the ladies team prize. I won a spot prize! Andrew Bennett and Mark Mon-Williams were the other Harriers running. It was mild but windy, and luckily the wind was to the side and behind on the long road section uphill and around the side of the hill. A long fast descent from the top back to the finish, and for a change I only lost one place on the downhill. It was my fourth Whizz and apart from a fluke result back in 2009 when many people went the wrong way, I've had consistent results. 40th, 38th and this year 39th, out of a field of around 100. A nice little race. Full results from

1   37:20 Tom Adams
4   41:04 Jack Wood
11  42:24 Martin Archer
25  45:53 Mark Mon-Williams
39  50:19 Paul Stephens
49  51:37 Rebecca Mon-Williams
50  51:56 Alison Bennett
94  58:15 Val Kerr
108 68:15 Andrew Bennett
111 finished

This was a counter in the IH Race League.

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 10 Mar

60 teams (of 3) took part in today's relay races at Nell Bank, the grand finale of the League season with the presentation of League awards afterwards. Results on the junior pages.

Dent 14 Sat 10 Mar

151 1:56:15 Crispian Batstone
258 2:10:55 John Marshall

Parkruns, Sat 10 Mar

Harrogate Stray
23 21:09 Dave Tait

Leeds Hyde Park
114 24:11 Hilda Coulsey  1st Parkrun

Alternative Training Sessions

Starting this week, there are two alternative training sessions on offer.
A new Monday session for beginners/improvers is a warm-up, run, and strength training session.
A new Friday session is an outdoor strength training/core/stability workout.
Details on both these on the forums

Trimpell 20, Sun 4 March

Jane Bryant reports ... I went over to a cold Lancaster for this 20 miler. It was a small field of 350ish would be marathoners. It's a well organized, low-key race with good facilities. The route is flat along the River Lune and therefore fast with the fast boys finishing in well under 2hrs, I ran to my planned marathon pace and finished in a sedate 2hrs 36mins. Would definitely do it again, should the need arise!!

Dewsbury 10k, Sun 4 March

Mark Iley reports ... A small and select group ventured out at the crack of dawn for this classic road race, rearranged because of the snow on the earlier date of 5th Feb.
Conditions were ideal for running, on this almost flat course, it was cold and with an annoying drizzle but no wind to hamper. Only 48 seconds separated the first four runners, good grouping! Mark Iley coming in a rare first Harrier, closely followed by Sally Morley, with David Brown, coming back to form next and Andy (PB) Sheldon coming in fourth, but importantly best of the bunch with a PB by 1min 1 sec from his Abbey Dash time from Nove last year! Well done Andy. Wendy Newell and Janet Smith also ran and came in with credible times. All this and back in Ilkley by 11.15 !

(1  29:58 Matthew Bowser, Lincoln Wellington AC)
83  38:26 Mark Iley
87  38:36 Sally Morley
94  39:03 David Brown
101 39:14 Andrew Sheldon PB
459 54:35 Wendy Newell
480 55:53 Janet Smith
586 finished

Andrew Sheldon adds ... Chatting to other runners we agreed this is an excellent track, although the field was much reduced due to the re-scheduled date. Personally very pleased to PB by just over a minute, big thanks to Pete Shields Carnegie sessions and Jane and Mike's Thursday speed sessions.

Southport 10k, Sun 4 March

(1  35:00 David Hamilton, Southport Waterloo AC)
59  47:28 Martin Wright

YVAA Grand Prix race 2, Sun 4 March

Results from

Ladies race
49 56:05 Emma Payne

Men's race
85 45:40 Phil Hirst

Black Combe fell race, Sat 3 March

A number of Harriers had a taste of their first AM (Category A, Medium length) fell race with this 8 mile toughie with 3400' of climb. The race started in blazing sunshine, peppered the runners with 20mph hailstones on top, and gently baked the runners on the second big climb. This was part of the Ilkley Harriers 'away weekend' organised by Mark & Rebecca Mon-Williams, a great social experience, and I think it's safe to say that some of us may not have had the nerve to enter a race like this otherwise.
Bob offers a super review of the race and an outstanding photo (taken during his race!) here. Lots more photos on Facebook, and see Ken's photos here.
Results from Black Combe Runners ...

(1  1:07:15 Rob Jebb, Bingley)
24  1:19:28 Jack Wood
43  1:25:51 Mark Mon-Williams
81  1:36:01 Justin Phillips
95  1:40:13 Alison Weston 2nd LV40
132 1:48:36 Kelly Harrison
141 1:50:40 Bob Hamilton
152 1:53:12 Simon Darley
172 2:04:08 Paul Wood
181 2:10:55 Nikos Georgiadis
190 2:22:52 Amanda Newham
193 2:35:46 Rhiannon Turner
194 2:35:47 Alison Bennett
195 2:35:50 Rebecca Mon-Williams
196 2:35:55 Val Kerr
197 finished

Parkruns, Sat 3 Mar

Harrogate Stray
10 20:10 Emma Barclay
54 24:37 Sue Morley

Middlesborough Albert Park
116 23:50 John Marshall

Wharfedale Primary Schools XC, Sat 3 Mar

This time it was the turn of All Saints Primary School to organise a race and it was another superb event, with Ilkley Harriers there helping with the organisation and of course as parents and supporters for all the super little runners, over 450 of them! Results on the junior pages.

Older News, February 2012