|Nicky Green||Sub 3 hour marathon at Nice in tough conditions - fastest IH marathon this year||Other nominations were:
Neil Smith - for his performance at the Full Tour of Pendle. PB by over 25 minutes compared to last year a result of his commitment to training over the last month or so.
Dan Wilkinson - Abbey Dash and Tour of Pendle
Sally Morley - Abbey Dash club record, sub 37, 2nd F40 & fastest IH ladies 10k this year. Also a great West Yorkshire Cross Country League, finishing top ten and winning the F40 category in each of her three races, 1st F40 in the League.
Georgia Malir - Liverpool Cross Challenge exceptional performance
|Eddie Irving||BMAF XC relay championsips - 1st M55 on 1st leg, 3rd overall|
Bradford Lister Park The following club members participated: 1 15:55 Tom Adams 30 20:47 Nick Pearce 212 30:36 Christine Reilly 324 finished Middlesbrough Albert Park 90 27:39 John Marshall Skipton Aireville Park 66 31:19 Elaine Ibbotson York 11 19:09 Adam Bennett PB
From Adam ... I got a new PB on the Parkrun - 19:09. So actually slower that my 10k 5k pace! There was a strong headwind which made the cycling down (to the start) and running tough and I had had two Christmas meals on the days previous so probably slowed me down a bit. Hopefully I'll get sub 19 next week.
Henry Heavisides reports ... There was a record turnout of more than 500 (651!) runners for the first Peco race of the winter, with an excellent contingent of Ilkley Harriers. The course was a 'something for everybody' kind of route, with hills for the fell runners, hard gravel paths for the road runners & sufficient mud for those who like that kind of thing. There were some delays at registration & recording runners at the finish...the finish line had to be moved back down the course as the funnel became congested....still it was the first race with the new number system. Matt Newell was first Harrier to finish, reflecting the good work he's been doing in training recently. Results ...
(1 26:27 Tom Bishop, Leeds Triathlon Centre ) 22 28:54 Matt Newell 36 29:34 Martin Archer 39 29:44 Gavin Lamb 49 30:12 Steve Coy 54 30:25 Rob Cunningham 60 30:43 Jim Ryder 86 31:45 Jamie Hutchinson 111 32:40 Henry Heavisides 121 33:07 Steve Newell 195 35:39 Adrian Bastow 266 37:38 Andrew Jackson 306 40:14 Nick Mellor 324 41:28 Eric Morley 336 42:09 Peter Lewis 340 42:39 Paul Sugden 387 men finished Ladies (1 28:43 Lois Rosindale, Leeds Triathlon Centre) 10 34:17 Eleanor Kitchen 36 36:33 Amanda Fox 42 37:03 Jo Foster 89 40:25 Di Kitchen 94 40:48 Gaenor Coy 98 41:02 Hilda Coulsey 106 41:19 Lynn Donohue 155 44:19 Julie Elmes 156 44:23 Petra Bijsterveld 158 44:26 Emma Payne 167 44:46 Sue Williamson 195 46:13 Sue Morley 223 48:49 Kate Lofthouse 264 women finished
For the seniors, this was the final counter in the XC/Trail section of the Ilkley Harriers Race League.
Some excellent junior results too.
Steve Turland was 2nd in 19:24 at this weekly 3 mile timed run at Danefield, 17 finished.
From Georgia Malir ... on Saturday I competed in the second of The British Athletics Cross Challenge series. The race also incorporated the European Cross Country Championship trial. The field was stacked including the likes of Emelia Gorecka, who has been pretty much unbeatable throughout the whole of her running career. With only six places available on the GB team the race was bound to be a fight all the way to the line! With such a high standard of competition the plan was to sit in the front group and see how long I could hold on. Before long 4 athletes were out the front, leaving me and 5 other girls chasing them down. As I came into the finishing straight I heard the commentator announce that the fight was on for 5th place and the last automatic qualifying spot on the team! Unfortunately my legs couldn't carry me any faster and I crossed the line closely behind the girls I'd been running with throughout the race in 10th place, not with a GB vest but only a few seconds away! Oh well, I'd given it everything so maybe next year! Unsurprisingly Emelia Gorecka won the race in 14:27 and I was 10th in 15:10. Check out some of the footage from my race.
From Sally Malir ... Georgia Malir has been selected to run for England in The Lotto Cross Cup Brussels on the 22nd December from her great run in Liverpool. This is Georgia's first vest for cross-country. Info ...
From Henry Heavisides ... There were 24 teams from all over the country entered in the M55 category of the British Masters XC championships at Moorways Stadium in Derby. For our age group the race was 4 legs of just over 3k each. Eddie Irving got us off to a fantastic start running the fastest 1st leg in 11:37, giving him the 2nd fastest M55 leg overall....in a very high quality field. Richard Reeve, returning to racing after recent injuries ran well in 13:15 to put us in 4th place after leg 2. Nick Pearce maintained 4th position in 12:41. I was overtaken by a couple of runners to bring us home 6th overall with a time of 12:52 for my leg. The winning team were Oxford City AC. There wasn't much of a gap between the first 7 or 8 teams in our age group. Results
Quite a few Harriers at this tough long fell race, results ...
(1 2h17:22 Matthew Roberts, Eryri) 59 2h47:07 Daniel Wilkinson 78 2h49:05 Will Buckton 79 2h49:27 Ian Rowbotham 118 2h58:03 Paul Calderbank 140 3h02:30 Neil Smith 151 3h05:05 Dick Waddington 157 3h06:49 Kate Archer 234 3h21:42 John Hayes 321 3h42:28 Chantal Busby 331 3h44:30 Steve Weston 350 3h52:40 Val Kerr 356 3h53:45 Adela Reperecki 421 finished, 16 retired
Dan Wilkinson says ... it was freezing, Will Buckton and I played cat and mouse for the entire race, eventually, after he spent the middle half of the race in front I overtook him on the final descent and finished in 2:47, he was 2 mins behind, which was 17 minutes faster than his 2013 time!
From Adela Reperecki ... a really tough one. A good experience tho. It took me around 3.54 and Val Kerr came in before me. Kate Archer came in at around 3.06
From John Hayes ... When I queued for my number in Barley village hall, the man in front of me took it. It turned out he was called Jonathan Haynes. He was looking doubtfully at the missing "athan" and "n" and was scratching his head why his club was shown as Ilkley Harrierrs. I pointed out that we shared similar names and grabbed my number from him. This near disaster averted I headed to the start line. There I decided to try and keep pace with Kate Archer who had been my unofficial "pacemaker" for much of the Langdale Horseshoe. However, this plan went awry as she skipped away from me up the first hill. In her place I found Neil Smith to run with. I ran alongside him for a while attempting light-hearted chat. But Neil soon tired of my idle ramblings and he too sped off ahead of me. I then gave up trying to latch on to other Harriers and ran/stumbled/crawled around the rest of the course. This race is the roller coaster of fell running - lots of steep ups and downs and it leaves you feeling a bit sick and dizzy at the end of it..... But fun nonetheless which is why we keep going back to it!
Skipton Aireville Park 38 27:11 Hilda Coulsey Bradford Lister Park 12 20:15 Arthur Reilly 72 24:47 Will Worboys 73 24:52 Cameron Reilly:
478 kids were running today! Results on the junior pages.
From Henry Heavisides ... Conditions were near perfect for today's Abbey Dash in Leeds: dry, mild & virtually no wind. The start was bit chaotic, being changed from previous years to allow a record 12500 entries, the system of runners being in 'pens' based on anticipated times didn't seem to be particularly effective. There were lots of Ilkley vests throughout the masses of runners. The results seem to miss the name of the club for several Ilkley Harriers, including (I think) our first 3 male finishers: Dan Wilkinson, Rob Cunningham & Ben Sheppard. Sally Morley did a great run in the fastest IH ladies 10k time this year (setting a new Club F40 record, beating Beth Massey's 38:29 from last year's Dash) & finishing 2nd F40 in the race. Also in the prizes were Hilda Coulsey (2nd F60) & Henry Heavisides (2nd M55).
(1 29:23 Matty Hynes, N York Moors) 356 35:48 Dan Wilkinson 410 36:24 Rob Cunningham 439 36:57 Sally Morley 485 37:05 Ben Sheppard 510 37:36 Henry Heavisides 585 37:56 Steve Turland 621 38:36 David Brown 697 39:04 Andrew Merrick 844 38:17 Adam Bennett PB 926 40:17 Kate Archer 1105 42:15 Simon Jenkins PB 1115 42:03 Amanda Sterling 1139 41:48 Adrian Bastow 1546 43:21 Nigel Tapper 1647 44:13 Sean Murphy 1684 44:56 Jane Bryant 1752 45:18 Helen Horton 1837 45:22 Keith Wood 1879 44:51 Eric Hawthorn 2852 48:02 Dave Ibbotson 3099 50:09 Hilda Coulsey 3379 51:24 Allison Ricci 3490 48:34 Will Worboys 3644 51:04 Geoffrey Bowman 3702 52:19 Julie Elmes PB 3929 53:13 Sue Williamson 4292 54:45 Emma Payne 4516 55:48 Sally Wright PB 4895 56:34 Jacqui Weston 5432 56:18 Natalie York 5614 56:02 Donna Hattersley 6279 57:56 Elaine ibbotson 6282 56:35 Les Bradshaw 6715 59:14 Catriona Hawthorn 6921 56:57 Sheena O'Connor 7928 58:20 Gillian Booth 9443 finished
Ladies, 10th team (1 24:52 Katie Walshaw, Holnfirth) 13 28:34 Sally Malir 47 32:18 Sarah Edwards 61 35:14 Di Kitchen 62 35:29 Gaenor Coy 79 finished Men, 10th team (1 34:38 James Hall, Wharfedale) 53 40:40 Jim Ryder 57 40:47 Will Buckton 63 41:02 Steve Coy 77 42:04 Mark Iley 91 42:57 Arthur Reilly 134 50:14 Paul Sowden 142 finished
38 juniors raced, with superb individual and team results, more on the junior pages.
Weekly 3 mile timed run on Otley Chevin. Results:
(1 18:50 Jon Deegan, Ambleside) 6 23:37 Alison Weston 11 finishers
For the 4th year in a row Tom Adams beat all runners, in his best time yet of 34:02, but this year he also beat all those on bikes! Dave Wiby was one of those cyclists, his placing affected by a puncture. No Rob Jebb (the 3 Peaks Cyclocross champion) this year, but could Tom beat even him (as Simon Bailey did in 2009?) Have a look at the photos on Woodentops.org.uk and the cracking race video on Youtube.
1 33:06 Tom Adams (the next 6 places were cyclists ...) 47 41:10 Stuart Pitches 56 41:53 Ian Rowbotham 62 42:24 Paul Calderbank 75 43:48 Duncan Cooper 133 49:05 Dave Wilby & bike 149 53:04 Neil Bloor 199 62:17 Amanda Newham 207 finished
Skipton Aireville Park (1 18:11 A mystery runner!) 32 26:41 Janet Grace 37 26:54 John Brown 80 37:09 Oscar Stapleton (junior) 83 finished Bradford Lister Park 199 31:16 Christine Reilly Harrogate Stray 147 26:55 Petra Bijsterveld
From Pete Shields ... Caz Farrow and Nicky Green ran in the Cote d Azur Marathon, a point to point route that took them from Nice to Cannes, west on the coast road. Caz and Nicky have really focused on this race and worked extremely hard over the last year in preparation, one period of their training included 90/100 miles per week. They were well prepared, however, you can be well prepared in this athletics game but there are other considerations that come into play one being the weather! The Riviera seems a safe bet to run a race so late in the year but unfortunately, not this one. We had followed the forecasts over the last week, the weather had been fairly settled other than race day, where high winds were forecast from the west, the race as previously stated was going west into it, its force gauged at 42/48 kph, not gusting just blowing!
They both started the race with the other 13,000 competitors trying to keep as much to their race plans as possible, Nicky went through 10k in 41:51, half in 1:27.47 and 30k in 2:05:06 the wind started to make play at this point slowing her pace down by over a minute per Km, she even thought of running backwards at one point because of the difficulty the wind was having on her breathing, she wasn't joking! Her finishing time considering the conditions was 2:58:31 which got her 3rd female over 40 a PB by 10 secs and 120th place; we are left with what could have been.
Caz went through the first 10 miles in 66 mins, a PB and part of her plan, through the half in 1:28, she then got a niggle in her hip at 26kms but kept pushing on, going through 20 miles in 2:14 another PB; unfortunately, a combination of the hip problem and even bigger problem of the wind ended her race shortly afterwards. This didn't come easy to such a hardy competitor but after some reflection she will be taking her place at the Elite start in London, health allowing. Again what could have been, such are the vagaries of our sport.
(1 1:08:42 James Logue, CVFR) 22 1:22:19 Jamie Hutchinson 79 1:43:16 John Coates 124 finished
Weekly 3 mile timed run on Otley Chevin. Results:
(1 20:25 Simon Edgar, LBT) 8 24:33 Will Worboys 11 27:57 Emma Payne 25 33:20 Petra Bijsterveld (sweeper) 25 finishers
From Sarah Edwards ... I needed another qualifying race for the Three Peaks before 1st January. I don't have the legs for the long races at the moment so I scoured the FRA calendar for AM races. There are a few...in Wales! I drove down to a place called Llanfachreth for a lovely little race called Rhobell Fawr. It's a 6.5 miles/1900ft out and back race on a mixture of public bridleway and open fell. The bottom section was fast good running but the top was rough, slippery and wet. With a hailstorm at the top just before we set off it was cold at the trig and very slippy. A slow trudge up and flying, if a little ungainly, sprint down. All in all a really fun race. Results ...
(1 56:42 Matthew Fortes, Eryri) 26 75:07 Sarah Edwards 3rd lady 43 finished
(1 48:02 Liam Dunne, Otley) 4 50:56 Will Buckton 5 51:17 Alistair McInnes 7 53:25 Ben Sheppard 8 54:39 Justin Phillips 9 54:56 Rob Cunningham 11 55:01 Richard Joel 12 55:22 Dick Waddington 15 55:27 Duncan Cooper 17 56:05 Kate Archer 19 56:35 Emma Barclay 29 58:58 Steven Weston 30 59:01 Andrew Merrick 45 61:07 Alison Eagle 50 62:03 Alison Weston 57 63:21 Chris Oxlade 63 65:20 Kevin Gooch 64 65:23 Nigel Tapper 68 65:51 Val Kerr 75 67:15 Adela Reperecki 84 70:01 Rachael Gooch 85 70:24 Keith Wood 86 70:31 Helen Horton 90 71:11 Jan Carrier 95 72:29 Ian Conyers 101 73:19 Peter Lewis 104 73:24 Anna Nolan 108 74:11 Sarah Hayes 111 74:14 Lyn Donohue 120 77:11 Eric Morley 122 77:12 Geoffrey White 123 77:15 Jean Sullivan 131 80:05 Sally Wright 132 82:14 Julie Elmes 133 82:28 Paul Sugden 151 96:05 Laura Dawes 153 finished
Jamie Hutchinson reports ... a great event in Sherwood Pines Forest starting with a 5k run, followed by a two lap bike course covering 20k, before a final 3k run. A real sprint event where you go as hard as you can and hope you can hold on. I did it on a cross bike and finished in 1 hour 18 mins coming in 7th overall, 2nd in my category, out of 307 duathletes. Karl Webster won in 1 hour 16 mins.
Skipton Aireville Park (1 19:59 Gary Chapman, KCAC) 21 25:21 Jane Bryant (1st lady) 69 34:14 Elaine Ibbotson 94 finished Bradford Lister Park 7 19:36 Henry Heavisides 236 31:57 Christine Reilly St Albans 60 21:59 Joe Reynier (junior)
Results from www.ukresults.net
(1 55:26 Jack Simpson, Leeds) 24 1:04:26 Nick Richardson 79 1:10:25 Andrew Merrick 164 1:16:53 Nigel Tapper 229 1:19:53 Philip Hirst 263 1:22:05 Paul Sowden 304 1:23:41 Adela Reperecki 314 1:24:00 David Ibbotson 321 1:24:17 Helen Horton 426 1:29:16 Stuart Herrington 448 1:30:22 Will Worboys 461 1:30:49 Hilda Coulsey 542 1:34:39 Paul Sugden 568 1:36:16 Petra Bijsterveld 614 1:39:13 Julie Elmes 801 finished
This was a Harriers Race League counter
Weekly 3 mile timed run on Otley Chevin. Results:
(1 19:15 Patrick Cotton, U/A) 2 19:31 Steve Turland 28 finishers
1 41:44 Tom Adams 24 49:23 Dan Wilkinson 88 57:41 Roy Ruddle 277 finished
Ladies (1 18:11 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth) 8 20:02 Sally Morley 29 21:46 Emma Barclay 32 21:55 Sally Malir 34 22:02 Kate Archer 58 24:42 Sarah Edwards 81 28:59 Julie Elmes 90 finished 3rd team Men (1 33:17 Joshua Woodcock-Shaw, Spenborough) 62 39:12 Jamie Hutchinson 67 39:31 Mark Iley 72 39:59 Will Buckton 77 40:13 Steve Coy 92 41:06 Nick Pearce 105 42:01 Arthur Reilly 120 43:58 Ben Joynson 136 47:04 Paul Sowden 146 finished 12th team
Many great junior Ilkley results too.
Skipton Aireville Park 19 24:26 Diane Haggar 78 34:37 Elaine Ibbotson Bradford Lister Park 14 20:05 Caz Farrow Harrogate Stray 135 26:15 Eric Morley Leeds Hyde Park 17 18:57 Henry Heavisides Newcastle 159 23:18 Andrew Wilson