|Runner of the month:
|for Haworth Hobble||Other nominations were:
Caroline Howe for Keithley 10k, Haweswater half and Harrogate parkrun
Jack Wood for Long Mynd and Edale the same weekend
Kate Archer for Pendle
|Volunteer of the month:
|for organising our Northern Road Relays teams||Other nominations were:
Alison Weston for Gazette reports
(1 2:47:45 Chris Steele, Borrowdale) 2 2:47:57 Jack Wood 156 4:16:24 Brian Melia 158 4:16:30 Jamie Hutchinson 274 finished
From Caroline Howe... A tough 10k with lots of twists and turns, and some challenging hills, through Keighley's parks, paths and residential areas. 90% road apart from two laps at the start round a muddy field to thin the runners out, and then a couple of gravel paths later on and finish on the grass. The most disconcerting part was when halfway round we met up with the start of the 5k race in Lund Park, when swarms of 8 year olds suddenly engulfed us! All in all, a tough race (made tougher by the 9am start and the loss of an hour's sleep!) but well organised, varied and enjoyable with a great atmosphere and support. I managed a PB of 48:52.
(1 33:37 Callum Elson, Roundhay) 15 38:35 Will Wood (3rd in age group) 184 48:52 Caroline Howe PB 310 55:31 Jan Carrier 862 ran
The first counter in the English Fell Championships. Results ...
(1 1:33:28 Tom Addison, Helm Hill) 8 1:36:32 Jack Wood 237 2:14:48 Kate Archer 402 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
Organized by Northern Athletics the Road Relays are team events consisting of 6 stages for women and 12 stages for men. We were not able to field a men's team this year, but the club managed to send 6 of its finest women to this event. The 6 stages are 2 long legs of 9.5k and 4 short legs of 5.2k, starting on the track, then looping through and around Stanley Park before finishing with three quarters of a lap on the track where the next runner takes over. The course was slightly undulating, mainly on tarmac footpaths but taking in a small section of unmade trail through the trees. Those who had been 'volunteered' to do the longer legs went round the park twice before returning to the track.
Stanley Park Sports Arena provided excellent sporting facilities, and the park itself with pavilions, gardens and boating lake looked its very best on what turned out to be the most beautiful sunny and warm day of 2017 so far. This caused the one downside of the event: the weather attracted so many people to the park that at times the race became more of an obstacle course heavily populated with slow moving pedestrians eating ice creams, with dogs, wheelchairs, prams, and scooters ridden by tiny children. It required skill to weave around them whilst going at 5k pace, and as the men were running at the same time we were being overtaken, so acute awareness was required of who was behind you as well as in front. Personally I had a very near collision with a small boy coming downhill on a scooter, which could have been quite nasty for both of us.
The Ilkley women all ran very well in what were warm conditions, with Sally Malir and Jane Bryant valiantly running the long stages in excellent times, and Val Kerr, Stephanie Fox, Hilda Coulsey and myself taking the shorter legs with very consistent results. We all felt the motivation and positive pressure of running for the club and for our team, and it definitely makes you push just a bit harder. Considering we were competing against an elite field of runners we can be rightly proud to have finished 36th out of 50 complete teams. Moreover our entire team consisted of veterans, but in this competition no age-grading takes place.
This type of event takes just a little bit of organization but the pay-off is great in terms of sense of achievement and cohesion and I hope we may be able to enter more than one team next year. Thanks to all the runners, also to Alison Bennett and Jacqui Weston who were on stand-by until the last moment as reserves, and to Pete Shields for his help and encouragement.
(1 2:24:11 Rotherham Harriers & AC) 36 3:09:29 Ilkley Harriers AC Sally Malir (27) 39:44 Val Kerr (38) 25:44 Petra Bijsterveld (39) 25:44 Jane Bryant (39) 46:55 Stephanie Fox (39) 25:31 Hilda Coulsey (36) 25:51 (nn) is team position after each stage
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 16:39 Joe Sagar, Spenborough AC) 4 18:36 Will Wood 212 27:41 Eric Hawthorn 481 ran Roundhay Park (1 17:34 Jonathan Lancaster, U/A) 55 22:08 Tom Worboys 66 22:39 Geoff Howard 354 ran Skipton (1 18:44 Danny Thompson, U/A) 24 22:54 Caroline Howe 152 ran Bramley (1 18:25 Mark Pottinger, Stainland Lions) 79 27:37 Jennifer Carne 192 ran
From Jane McCarthy ... After 4 races in the 2017 League Alison Weston leads with 330pts, from 2015 League winner Michael Duffield, both having competed in all four races so far. In the Fell category, Tom Adams won both the Stanbury Splash and the Ilkley Fell Race, scoring his maximum available 200 points, superb performances in both. With just one Trail and one Road race so far, Jane McCarthy and Pauline Munro lead the categories respectively. Hilda Coulsey has played an excellent wildcard after a strong performance at Skipton Park Run and gaining herself 103 points.
Next races in the League are the Guiseley Gallop (Trail, Sunday 16th April), John Carr 1 (Road, Wednesday 3rd May), Over the Odda (Trail, Saturday 6th May) and Jack Bloor (Fell, Tuesday 9th May). GOOD LUCK ILKLEY HARRIERS!
Results and calendar on the League page.
1 1:57:41 Jack Wood 6 2:02:54 Will Simmons 189 3:11:50 Mary Gibbons 220 3:26:15 Adela Reoperecki 247 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
This was the first road race counter in the 2017 Harriers Race League and just ten hardy Harriers turned out on a wet and decidedly blustery morning. An out and back course from Centenary Square along Canal Road towards Shipley, advertised by Epilepsy Action as 'fast and flat' and a PB potential course. I found that description to be debatable, whilst not hilly there is definitely too much up and down to invoke the tempting word 'flat'. What's worse it is downhill on the way out and therefore uphill on the return. A stiff breeze with occasional sideways gusts between buildings did not help our cause. If all that sounds a little negative, it was very well organised with plenty of toilets, an efficient baggage drop, and a t-shirt and pretty medal at the end. The atmosphere was friendly with lots of runners from local clubs.
Pauline Munro was the first woman home in her category and 5th woman overall, as well as being in the first 50. Michael Duffield ran an excellent race finishing in the first 100, and all 10 of us finished well within the first half of the field.
Personally I had entered this race aiming to break 50 minutes after having been made to run 200 meters too far at Dewsbury last month. However, the course and the weather were unfavourable and my legs grew very tired on the slightly uphill return, having possibly overcooked the first half. Reaching 8k after just over 40 mins I knew it wasn't going to happen and I lost what fizz I had left. I will try again!
(1 33:13 Joe Sagar, Spenborough AC) 49 40:28 Pauline Munro 1st F40 91 42:05 Michael Duffield 208 45:23 Harry Sime 342 48:00 Jean Sullivan 417 49:41 Alison Weston 450 50:15 Alison Bennett 476 49:57 Stephanie Fox 477 50:51 Petra Bijsterveld 593 52:49 David Green 729 54:52 Alex Stanley-Hyde 1700 ran
From David Ibbotson ...
4 Harriers travelled west in the wind and rain on Sunday morning to run the Trimple 20 as part of their London Marathon preparations.
It is an excellent event which is 99% tarmac but run mainly on traffic free bridleways/footpaths including long scenic sections by the raging river Lune.
Registration and finish is within the walls of Lancaster Castle.
(1 1:55:53 Blain Rooney, Ellenborough) 75 2:26:38 Derek Oliver 195 2:48:43 Stuart Herrington 293 3:06:40 David Ibbotson 357 3:18:01 Jan Carrier 526 runners finished
(1 54:22 Joe Baxter, P&B) 4 1:00:08 Martin Archer 20 1:08:37 Peter Shelley 24 1:11:10 Malcolm Pickering 36 1:15:16 Norman Bush 67 finished
From Helen Waddington...
Despite the dreadful forecast the weather was relatively kind for the first race in the Lakeland Trail series. The scenic and undulating course starting at Cartmel race course was incredibly muddy, especially by the time the last race of the day commenced. There were a variety of distances on offer including 5K, 10K and two different 18K events. Three Harriers took part in the 18K Race, including Tom Adams who won for the second year running, Jane McCarthy taking 3rd LV40 and myself. Jacqui Weston and Anna Nolan took part in the 10K Race. Sorry if I missed anyone else! Well organised with lots of marshals and a decent (ladies fit) t-shirt at the end.
10k Trail Race (1 41:03 Andrew Maltman, UA) 70 55:57 Anna Nolan 209 1:07.19 Jacqui Weston 491 finished 18K Trail Race 1 1:08:46 Tom Adams 33 1:31:08 Jane McCarthy (3rd FV40) 128 1:52:45 Helen Waddington 195 finished 10k Challenge (1 1:29:55 Paul Gregory, UA) 79 1:53:41 Neil Pomfret 505 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford Lister Park (1 18:12 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 124 26:43 Eric Hawthorn 439 ran Harrogate Stray (1 17:29 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers) 25 21:32 Helen Thurston 325 ran Skipton (1 18:27 unknown) 23 23:02 Geoff Howard 49 25:14 Chris Cunningham 151 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:47 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners) 193 30:23 Jennifer Carne 331 ran Keswick (1 18:04 Sam Stead, Keswick AC) 30 23:36 Caroline Howe 115 ran Cardiff (1 16:45 David Rees, Les Croupiers AC) 11 17:37 Alex Hirst 146 23:33 Phil Hirst 619 ran
Over 200 children took part in the final event of the season, the Nell Bank Relays, and asttended the League presentation afterwards. Results on the junior pages.
From Ben Joynson ... The race is a mix of terrain fell, rivers, mud, forest trails and some tarmac. 15K ish. You run up two of the hills either side of Innerleithen in the dark on a marked course. The climbs are tough, one can only be done by physically climbing up using your hands to haul yourself up the rocky escarpment. The descents are steep with little room for mistakes if your racing down. I started in wave 2 of 7, there was a half stalker and long stalker course. There was single track running and obstacles to negotiate on the course. But mainly a good technical off road race. After the race there is a on-site party with live music and a big bar. If you fancy a challenge in the dark and enjoy some camping and a party give this race a try.
(1 1:27:08 Kieron Ross) 40 1:47:10 Ben Joynson 1597 finishers on the full Stalker course
From Ben Sheppard ...
This year's Haworth Hobble (aka Wuthering Hike) was the British trial race for a GB vest for the world trail championships. Consequently there were quite a few top class speedy long distance runners on the start line. Clayton le Moors' Chris Holdsworth seemed to be hotly tipped, and by all accounts, despite not knowing the route, was in the top two until the final few miles when he was overhauled by a chasing pack. The race was won by Tom Payn in a new CR of 3:54. True to the adage that class is permanent, fell running legend and MV50 Ian Holmes was 6th, only 3 minutes behind.
The women's race was won in style by the exceptionally talented Wakefield's Julie Briscoe from Dark Peak's Sally Fawcett and North Leeds' Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn. Julie was waiting for someone to show her the right way when I first saw her. She promptly sped off into the distance only to get lost further along - and then re-pass me at pace as I slowly walked up the road to Heptonstall!
Jane McCarthy ran well to finish in a little over 5 hours on her first go at this race. I think Adela Reprecki ran too. And I was pleased to get my annual high five from the early-starting Amanda Parnaby at around the customary 11 mile mark. Having set off way too fast I struggled through the final 8 miles and dropped from 20th pace to finish 29th in 4:40, a PB by 10 minutes despite the late blow up.
(1 3:54:18 Thomas Payne) 29 4:40:09 Ben Sheppard 71 5:12:47 Jane McCarthy 140 5:53:15 Derek Oliver 288 7:16:10 Adela Reperecki 363 9:28:08 Amanda Parnaby 367 finished
From Alison Weston ...
Kate Archer and I travelled to the south-west of the Lakes on Saturday for the Black Combe fell race (13km 1000m). The weather deteriorated the closer we got to the race venue and it was rather disappointing not to be able to see the bottom of Black Combe, never mind the top as we arrived. As last year, it proved to be a challenging race. Two very steep climbs and difficult navigation. Almost every runner had map and compass out at check points, although running off in very different directions, and I found myself out of sight of other runners for quite a bit of the time (always a bit nerve-wracking!).Good tea and large pie at the finish was very welcome.
Kate did very well to come 6th lady in 1:44 and I was a good bit behind in about 6th V50 in 1:54.
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
I very much enjoyed joining the celebratory 500th Woodhouse Moor parkrun. The first event was held there in October 2007 (with 15 people turning out) and it was only the 4th parkrun to start up. Now there are over 1000 parkrun locations all over the world.
Leeds Woodhouse Moor (1 16:07 Josh Norman, Owls AC) 334 26:59 Petra Bijsterveld 718 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:46 Oliver Daffern, BGS) 18 20:12 Rhys Jones 77 23:53 Phil Hirst 483 ran Harrogate Stray (1 18:42 Jason Millward, U/A) 57 23:51 Caroline Howe, 2nd F 372 ran Skipton (1 17:55 James Raven, Cardiff AAC) 62 24:48 Chris Cunningham 188 ran Stretford (1 16:15 Craig Jones, Manchester YMCA) 11 17:51 Rob Cunningham 563 ran
(1 27:17 Terence Forrest, Cairngorm) 77 32:03 Steve Coy 138 34:28 Ben Joynson 172 35:49 Robert Budding 251 39:01 Andrew Jackson 277 40:14 Geoffrey White 374 50:31 Don Macrae 387 finished (1 30:32 Helen Cross, York Tri) 14 34:29 Ellie Kitchen 115 45:39 Gaenor Coy 216 51:36 Kate Lofthouse 262 66:25 Clare Shouler 266 finished
Well done to Tom Adams, winning this international race, 25km with 1500m of climb! and setting a new course record 2h06:56 Results ...
From Caroline Howe... starting in the little village of Bampton in the north west Lakes, the Haweswater Half is a friendly race organised by Eden Runners. It's an out-and-back on roads alongside Haweswater Reservoir, with some great views. It's what I'd desribe as 'undulating' with a few tough old hills.
This is an 'old-skool' race with no chip timing or even a finishing clock, but has plenty of charm... lots of support, friendly marshalls, and at the end you get a mug - which is filled with a cuppa - and flapjack... give me that over a fancy medal or an ill-fitting t-shirt any day!!
Having accidentally left my sports watch at home, I ran this race 'free' - pacing myself by feel alone. So I was delighted to finish in 1:50:14... just a minute outside my pb, which I'll take on that course. As the sole Harrier taking part, I'd recommend this race for anyone who likes their roads with a view, and enjoys a few hills offset by nice stretches of downhill recovery.
From Sue Williamson... Lucy Williamson competed in her first half marathon one of the most beautiful in the UK. Menai Bridge is the start location following the coast road to Beaumaris castle and return. The weather was not kind this weekend pouring down the whole time with no stunning scenery. Lucy finished the race in 1 hour 27.55, 4th female overall and 3rd female open.
We hear Kate Archer was 2nd lady, results soon but photos and provisional resuilts on www.woodentops.org.uk
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bramhall (1 17:29 Rob Downs, Wilmslow RC) 3 18:20 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 71 23:33 Rebecca Mon-Williams 359 ran Bradford Lister Park (1 17:01 Martin Soszka, Saltaire Striders) 93 24:43 Sarah Haines 447 ran Temple Newsam (1 19:43 Ian Maudsley, st Theresa's AC) 129 30:51 Jennifer Carne 215 ran Skipton (1 18:20 Stuart Hunn, Wharfedale Harriers) 5 19:46 Jemima Elgood 1st F 54 25:09 Chris Cunningham 185 ran Fountains Abbey (1 17:51 George Phillips, Doncaster AC) 45 22:38 Geoff Howard 317 ran