From the Committee ...
Dick Waddington for Adventure into Wonderland ultra
Colin Williams for Keilder and Langdale marathons
Helen Thurston for first lady Harrogate park run and general great times
Lucy Williamson for Snowdon marathon
Jack Wood for his batch of first, seconds and third this month.
Jack Wood and Jann Smith for organising the teams for the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relays and at the British Fell and Hill Relay Championships, where the ladies and mens teams had brilliant performances coming in 10th and 11th respectively.
From Steve Murray ... With the clocks going back it felt like a late start Sunday morning for the Bradford City Runs series. A beautiful cold & sunny morning which was great for a 2 lap 10k course with a few hills, twists & turns. Normally a good wild card points scorer for the league but foiled this year by some very fast runners but did help drag me round for PB..
(1 33:17 Joe Sagar, Spen) 5 37:41 Steve Gott 11 40:45 Steve Murray 76 51:47 Will Worboys 235 finished
From Jo Foster... A cold and sunny day for a race from Wycoller to Haworth. Great atmosphere and great value at £8 for a bus transfer, fell race, soup & roll and free pint of beer.
(1 51:58 Alasdair McLeod) 21 1:02:55 Jim Ryder 89 1:18:48 Jo Foster 107 1:22:58 Caroline Howe 175 ran
From Sue Williamson... An incredible day for Lucy to take part in the Snowdonia Marathon starting and finishing in Llanberris. Sunny skies, snow on the mountains and only a short burst of hail stones during the race. The course is a real toughie with stunning scenery. She had an amazing run up to mile 23 at the top of the third climb. It was then a steep descent back to Llanberris where unfortunately "jelly legs" got the better of her. The encouragement from the crowd got her to the finish in a great time. A great experience which she is happy to repeat. The only Ilkley Harrier in the race as unfortunately Petra is still injured. Maybe they will both be on the start line next year!
First place: 2:38:21 First female: 3:05:33 285 3:43:55 Lucy Williamson (27th female) 2205 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Some excellent 'away-parkrun' results this weekend with Oscar Stapleton as 1st finisher in Lancaster, Rebecca Mon-Williams 2nd F in Crissy Fields in San Francisco, and Kate Archer 3rd F in Oxford. Closer to home, whilst Michael Lomas came 4th in Bradford, if you sort the Bradford results by age-grade you will see Hilda Coulsey and Geoff Howard in 2nd and 3rd place respectively!
On that note, please be reminded that next week's parkrun at Bradford is a counter for the Harriers League.
Oxford (1 16:38 James Eve, Headington RRC) 20 20:28 Kate Archer 3rd F 385 ran Bradford (1 17:26 Pavit Singh Kullar, Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC) 4 18:57 Michael Lomas 30 22:03 Dave Reynier 65 23:41 Geoff Howard 93 24:56 Philip Hirst 105 25:21 Oscar Street 120 25:56 Hilda Coulsey 365 ran Harrogate (1 18:04 Josh Fuller, Harrogate Harriers AC) 216 28:01 Karen Lambe 385 ran Skipton (1 18:15 Roger Comellas, U/A) 7 20:03 Jonathan Schneider 21 22:39 Adrian Bastow 57 25:15 Bess Sturman 91 28:07 Neil Pomfret 111 29:51 Sue Verspyck 201 45:58 Fiona Schneider 204 ran Crissy Field (1 16:26 Greg Krathwohl, U/A) 31 22:44 Rebecca Mon-Williams 2nd F 120 ran Lancaster 1 17:57 Oscar Stapleton 318 ran Clapham Common (1 16:55 David Taylor, Southend on Sea AC) 15 18:55 Rob Cunningham 462 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:56 Matthew Warters, U/A) 15 21:32 Colin Williams 263 ran
From Hilda Coulsey... A faster time than last month for Nathan Edmonton and another second place. Not so many Harriers running, and a fairly low turn out in total, on this chilly, breezy autumn evening. Just one more race in the series this year on 28th November and it can be entered individually.
(1 15:30 Jonathan Johnson, Rotherham) 2 15:39 Nathan Edmondson 59 20:38 Archie Budding 61 20:47 Robert Budding 104 23:25 Nicola Budding 123 24:45 Hilda Coulsey 138 26:40 Fiona Schneider 153 finished
Senior men, 3rd team! (1 29:10 Graham Rush, Leeds City) 2 29:47 Jack Wood 3 29:59 Euan Brennam 38 33:17 Ustvan Jacso 40 33:26 Daniel McKeown 52 34:15 Steven Gott 62 34:44 Stephen Coy 65 34:58 Tim Ashelford 93 37:27 Andrew Overend 112 39:13 Michael Abrams-Cohen 131 40:18 Michael Duffield 134 40:48 Derek Oliver 143 41:20 Mark Iley 146 41:48 Malcolm Pickering 177 finished Senior ladies, 6th team (1 19:50 Jennifer Walsh, Leeds City) 32 23:49 Sarah Pickering 39 24:31 Beth Massey 46 24:50 Dally Malir 56 25:11 Caroline Howe 82 27:26 Jane Bryant 85 27:44 Diane Kitchen 86 27:49 Nicola Budding 96 30:04 Gaenor Coy 99 30:31 Anna Pickering 111 finished
(1 3:43:13 Pudsey & Bramley) 11 4:04:27 Ilkley Men 101 5:15:40 Ilkley Ladies (10th ladies team) 239 teams finished Ilkley Men Leg 1 Nathan Edmondson Leg 2 Matt Cox and Istvan Jasco Leg 3 Jack Wood and Will Simmons (6th on leg) Leg 4 Jack Cummings Ilkley Ladies Leg 1 Jane McCarthy Leg 2 Helen Wood and Kate Archer Leg 3 Jann Smith and Alison Weston Leg 4 Helen Thurston
From Dave Woodhead ...
Ilkley Harriers WU17 7th at the Northern Athletics XC Relays at Graves Park Sheffield,
From Colin Williams ... advertised as "the toughest road marathon in the UK" with 3,400 ft of climb with some assents as steep as 1:3, I can confirm that for a road marathon it is very hard going.
The 170 marathon runners line up with the 500 half marathon competitors, and Rod Berry, "Rocket Rod" the founder of the Langdale Road race said a few word at it's the 30th anniversary of the race, then we were off.
This year was the first with the race being run by Brathay Running, the course is unchanged, 13.1 miles on country road, some of which covered in autumn leave were more like a trail race than a road race, the rain that accompanied us made some of the roads slippery adding to the feeling of being on a trail, I was glad that I had opted for my trail shoes rather than road. The marathon runners complete two laps of the course, I can recommend it for those looking for a bit of a challenge!
The race was won by Michael Sprot of Hallamshire Harriers in a time of 3:07:22, I finished in 18th place in a time of 3:42:02 the second V55 for which I won a trophy.
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Richmond (1 16:11 Michael Waddington, Ware Joggers) 11 18:57 Rob Cunningham 181 26:23 Chris Cunningham 406 ran Bradford (1 17:20 Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners) 6 19:25 Jonathan Turner 9 19:37 Steve Murray 65 23:24 Oscar Street 80 24:06 Tom Lally 104 25:03 Will Worboys 160 27:19 Paula Reynier 162 27:26 Dawn Turner 360 36:57 Dave Reynier 412 ran Wanstead Flats (1 17:00 Daniel Steel, Woodford Green AC) 185 31:57 Sophie Brown 235 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:28 unknown) 36 24:04 Geoff Howard 111 29:38 Fiona Schneider 232 ran
From Helen Waddington ... Congratulations to all who took part, but particularly to the Harriers who opted for the marathon distance - it really was exceptionally wet and I'm sure those of us doing the 10 Mile felt humbled to think of you all battling it out! I suspect support on the course was depleted as a consequence of the predicted rain and the mental battle for all will have been that much harder. Some first time marathoners (Harry and Clare I know of) so a huge High Five to them, a baptism of, well, WATER I guess! Another impressive time from Derek Oliver, who was 5th in his age category. I did spot at least one other IH vest (lady) but couldn't find their name on the results, so apologies if I have left anyone out! Please send your result in.
10 Mile (1 51:38 Joshua Rowe, Leeds Uni AC/CCC) 694 1:24:43 Helen Waddington 985 1:28:42 Stephanie Fox 1048 1:29:37 Andrew McCallion 1082 1:30:21 Sheena Pickersgill 2155 1;44:43 Rachel Corrigan 3037 finished Marathon (1 2:15:12 Chris Nash_ 343 3:16:31 Derek Oliver (5th V55) 1398 3:52:17 Simon Jenkins 1783 4:04:04 Harry Sime 2322 4:22:59 Clare Boyle 4232 finished
(1 50:39 Alasdair McLeod, Leeds City) 2 50:40 Jack Wood 6 59:04 Ben Sheppard 9 59:56 Jeff Green 31 68:50 Colin Williams 53 76:04 Duncan Cooper 95 finished
From Will Buckton... This was a classic fell race in the Langdale valley with heavy rain, strong wind and poor visibility making the going tough over Thunacar Knott, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and Pike of Blisco. The RO said at the start that less than half of the 520 who had entered turned up and by the finish 62 had retired or missed checkpoints. Ambleside AC did a great job to put on the full route in extreme weather conditions.
(1 2h25:23 Rhys Findlay-Robinson, Dark Peak) 3 2h31:39 Jack Wood 53 3h05:38 Steve Turland 92 3h27:12 Roy Ruddle 125 3h49:28 Will Buckton 180 finished
(1 18:11 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 2 20:03 Jack Cummings 7 21:49 Iain Gibbons 40 finished
From Dick Waddington...Adventures into Wonderland is a new series of trail races (a half marathon, marathon and a 64km ultra) in Perthshire, just north of Edinburgh. I was on the hunt for some more points for a UTMB-series race in the Alps next year and the ultra fitted the bill nicely. The climbing of 2000m was a bit less than I am used to, which was good given a current lack of fitness. Watching the forecast the week before was a bit dispiriting - they were adamant is would rain A LOT on Saturday. It started raining at about 6:45, just before the start, so I put my waterproofs on. The variety of terrain was amazing though, starting off on woodland trails and then climbing onto sketchy moorland trods, dropping through forestry land and down into an RSPB reserve (with a mandated walking section for a few hundred metres - a first for me). The 20,000 pink-footed geese that spend the winter there were very vocal! More moors and woodland and some lovely low angled descents on very runnable tracks were satisfying. A housing estate at the far end of the course made for a pleasant change. Farm land with impressive castle and very butch sheep led back to the RSPB reserve and the finish - still raining, still in full waterproofs. The marshals were all very enthusiastic and helpful, the race organisers dressed as the mad hatter and there was even a white rabbit marshal out on the course. The finishers medal is a Queen of Hearts playing card - what else?
(1 6h36:34 James Crozier) 13 8h23:47 Dick Waddington 34 finished
From Andrew Merrick ...
Having enjoyed the experience in 2016, I went back for another attempt this year.
The logistics of this well organised North to South run are best handled by staying in Cartmel on the Friday night and catching the early coach to Caldbeck for the run South, an 8am start. It is the first time I have hired a camper van for that purpose, which I would definitely do again.
It was also a first for me that I have done a long race during which it has rained the entire time, necessitating a rope guide line for the river crossing before the climb up Blencathra, and making Halls Fell Ridge (even) less pleasant than usual. I wasn't expecting to describe the descent off Blencathra as the highlight of my day.....
And the final first ... I bailed at the second check point, almost 11 hours and as many falls into the race. 11 hours in which I had completed 29 miles..... My first DNF, but it was the right call, despite having done all the hard work, the route becoming somewhat flatter after Ambleside.
From below Blencathra, the route takes you up Clough Head for a run across the tops before descending to check point 2 in Ambleside. Whilst the incessant rain was manageable, the wind from Clough Head onwards was really challenging, the particular low light being the battle up Fairfield, before a slippery run down to sanctuary. As I search for the positives from yesterday, the camper van was a definite success, dampened only by having to wade through a flooded camp site to get back to it yesterday evening.... ... And only one of my cuts required a dressing, applied by a member of the very helpful support team, who also very kindly found me a mug, mine having succumbed in another fall... A race that I would still recommend, despite this experience!
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:52 Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners) 3 18:41 Steven Gott 4 19:23 Michael Lomas 11 20:43 Steve Murray 52 24:02 Martyn Stocker 313 ran Harrogate (1 17:46 Andrew Dobby, Harrogate Harriers) 8 19:20 Helen Thurston 1st F 369 ran Portrush (1 17:15 Jamie McKee, U/A) 71 29:02 Hilda Coulsey 132 ran Krakow (1 15:37 Daniel Mikielski, U/A) 73 23:42 Tom Worboys 169 ran Skipton (1 18:12 Luke Moses, Telford AC) 11 20:59 Jonathan Schneider 15 21:23 Martin Archer 139 ran Fulham Palace (1 17:12 Vincent Riviere, U/A) 17 19:30 Rob Cunningham 459 ran Llanerchaeron (1 22:52 Lorne Kerr, Kilmarnock Harriers) 5 27:33 Mike Baldwin 22 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:53 Christian Holmes, Wharfedale Harriers) 45 26:44 Oscar Street 76 29:54 Paula Reynier 139 41:20 Dave Reynier 161 ran
From Caroline Howe ... Petra has been telling us for years what a fantastic race this is, and I can now corroborate that claim!! This was such a beautiful course that I found myself regretting halfway round that I hadn't entered the full marathon... I truly didn't want the race to end! Undulating, but in the good sort of way where you feel the benefit of the downhills more than the struggle of the uphills. Mainly nice spongy forest trails, with some gravelly bits and a tiny bit of road. Incredible views across Kielder Water while winding through the trees, in serene forest surroundings. A freezing cold start warmed up a little to make for good running conditions. I set out steady - it was quite congested for the first few miles - and then found some rhythm. After a hilly mid-section I was pleased to finish strongly. But in all honesty, this was a race to simply enjoy, and not one in which to chase down a pb. I snuck in just under 1:45 and just outside the top 10 females. It was great to see the only other Harrier, Petra, at the start but sadly her calf injury got the better of her and she had to retire. David didn't even get that far unfortunately... an illness over the past few weeks meant he didn't make it to the start line of the marathon, but I think we will both return to this beautiful part of the world for the race next year and I encourage all Harriers to consider this one... as well as the half and full marathons, there's also a 10k and run-bike-run on the Saturday, so something for everyone!!
(1 1:15:57 Luke Adams, South Shields) 116 1:44:38 Caroline Howe 894 finished
From Colin Williams ... as Caroline said about the Kielder Half Marathon, the Kielder Marathon is a fantastic race with a route around Kielder Water with lots of ups and downs on good forest tracks, I too would recommend it to other Harriers. A great event and very well organised. I ran the Marathon in a time of 3hr 33 min 20 second earning 49th position. It was won by Russell Maddams of Keswick AC for a second year running in a time of 2hr 46 min 24 seconds (6 seconds slower than last year)... 648 ran.
(1 41:51 Callum Davidson, Ribble Valley) 2 42:22 Nathan Edmondson 134 60:51 Darryl Stead 158 63:26 Robert Budding 246 finished
(1 3:30:23 Keswick AC) 29 4:47:39 Ilkley men 60 5:28:08 Ilkley ladies 70 teams completed
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Richmond (1 16:53 Martin Shore, Thames Hare and Hounds) 6 19:17 Rob Cunningham 429 ran Bradford (1 17:47 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners) 12 20:17 Rhys Jones 401 ran Skipton (1 17:56 Samuel William, U/A) 16 21:50 Malcolm Pickering 18 22:04 Jonathan Schneider 72 26:37 Anna Pickering 165 ran Keswick (1 17:54 Steve Halsall, Westerlands XC Club) 37 23:10 Geoff Howard 204 ran Bramley (1 17:16 Patrick Vis, Southport Waterloo) 3 18:38 Steven Gott 129 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:17 Andrew Humphries, Airecentre Pacers) 40 24:58 Oscar Street 56 26:08 Will Worboys 92 29:10 Paula Reynier 234 ran
From Malcolm Pickering ... Anna Pickering ran a PB.