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!
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 www.tdl.ltd.uk
(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
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.
Henry Heavisides was 3rd in 19:06 at Bradford Lister Park
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.
(1 31:01 Joe Johnstone, Rossendale H) 80 43:35 John Coates 174 finished
Results from dpfr.org.uk
(1 2h41:55 Carl Bell, Howgill H) 90 3h45:10 Jamie Hutchinson 143 3h59:52 Brian Melia 299 finished
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 www.raceplus.co.uk ...
(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
This was a counter in the IH Race League.
Results from ukresults.net
(1 49:40 Yared Hagos, Wallsend Harriers) 111 1h06:30 Andrew Sheldon PB 179 1h11:40 Jane Bryant 532 finished
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
167 1h25:01 Rob Cunningham
Christine Cox finished 223rd in 1h48:46, 2nd LV55 on a hilly course.
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!
Leeds Hyde Park 160 25:56 Emma Payne
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
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 www.heptonstallfellrace.org.uk ...
(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
Results from www.bigK10k.org.uk
(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.)
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
(1 33:16 Gary Hughes, Dursley & District AC) 35 47:26 John Fenwick 41 48:08 Martin Wright
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!).
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.
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 Ladies (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
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!!
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.
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
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 www.pecoxc.co.uk
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 Ladies 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 woodentops.org.uk
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 ukresults.net ..
22 2:19:29 Steve Weston 38 2:26:15 Sally Malir 4th lady
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.
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
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
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 fellrunner.org.uk....
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.
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.
151 1:56:15 Crispian Batstone 258 2:10:55 John Marshall
Harrogate Stray 23 21:09 Dave Tait Leeds Hyde Park 114 24:11 Hilda Coulsey 1st Parkrun
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
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!!
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.
(1 35:00 David Hamilton, Southport Waterloo AC) 59 47:28 Martin Wright
Results from yvaa.org
Ladies race 49 56:05 Emma Payne Men's race 85 45:40 Phil Hirst
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
Harrogate Stray 10 20:10 Emma Barclay 54 24:37 Sue Morley Middlesborough Albert Park 116 23:50 John Marshall
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.