From the Committee ...
Kate Archer for 3:55 Three Peaks performance
Jemmima Elgood for setting a new new Harriers Ladies 10k record 35:33 at Salford
Geoff Howard for his new Harriers v75 5k record 21:13 at York
Ben Sheppard for Fellsman placing
All marathon runners in April, including Matt Cox 2:45 at London and Lucy Williamson 3:15 at Manchester.
Peter Shields for Wednesday training session
A win for Jack Wood
1 31:52 Jack Wood 169 45:31 Malcolm Pickering 187 46:14 Mark Judkowski 200 46:48 Jane Bryant 218 47:36 Catherine Gibbons 233 48:01 Paul Stephens 248 48:41 Tom Lally 321 52:05 Dave Ibbotson 344 52:58 Emily Elmes 362 53:56 Di Kitchen 376 54:40 Sheena Pickersgill 383 54:58 Sally Pickering 390 55:17 Anna Pickering 417 56:42 Amelia Miles 487 62:57 Tracy Russell 493 63:16 Sally Wright 526 73:23 David Millson 531 finished
From Caroline Howe... The Calderdale Way Relay is the UK's largest off-road relay, organised by Halifax Harriers, attracting teams from all across Yorkshire and Lancashire. This was the first year since 2014 that Ilkley Harriers were represented at the event, as 12 of us paired off to run sections of varying lengths. We were a mixed team and our primary aims were i) to complete the distance, and ii) to enjoy it! Both objectives were successfully achieved, and the team finished in 55th place out of 97, and 10th mixed team out of 19.
All legs are tough, with considerable amounts of climb, but the payoff is wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Conditions were good on the day - not too warm, and nice and dry. Everyone managed make it to their starts on time (just!) and performed fantastically well. There was also a great atmosphere, with so many teams competing and lots of familiar faces from local clubs!
These events are brilliant to be part of, and hopefully the fact that our team contained people of all different standards will encourage more participation in future - these relays really are open to all, and it is a great buzz being part of a team, and representing the club, while challenging yourself on an individual level. It's also a great way to get to know other Harriers, and to experience routes you wouldn't normally run.
A lot goes on behind the scenes in terms of team organisation and logistics, so big thanks to Jack for sorting the whole thing out. Also thanks to Rachel, Dan and Keith who all stepped in at the last minute due to injuries, to ensure we could field a full team. Special mention to Jayne also for assisting others with last minute recces. Events like these do take commitment from everyone involved, so big thanks and well done to all!
Leg 1 (10.55 miles) Jack Wood, Dan McKeown 15(15) 1:20:33 Leg 2 (8.46 miles) Caroline Howe, Nicky Liptrot 41(69) 1:25:24 Leg 3 (4.8 miles) Rachel Carter, Peter Shelley 35(16) 0:43:43 Leg 4 (9.4 miles) Keith Wood, Anna Nolan 57(94) 2:05:42 Leg 5 (7.44 miles) Petra Bijsterveld, Jayne Norman 62(80) 1:27:47 Leg 6 (10.6 miles) Ben Sheppard, Mike Abrams Cohen 55(42) 1:31:52 (figure in brackets is where each pair placed on their leg)
From Jean Sullivan ... Having realised that it was 20 years since I did my one and only marathon (London 1999), I wondered if I would manage another, so I signed up to do this years Windermere marathon, billed as 'the UK's most scenic marathon'. What a fantastic event it was to be part of!! It started in the grounds of the lovely Brathay Hall in Ambleside, whose gardens slope down to the banks of Lake Windermere. The atmosphere was incredible, especially as the Windermere marathon is the last day for those completing the Brathay 10 in 10, one of the UK's toughest running events, which involves running the Windermere marathon 10 times over 10 consecutive days.
Having been led to the start by a brass band, this road run involves an anti-clockwise circuit of Lake Windermere. Running down the west side of the lake is mainly on traffic free roads. It is busier running up the east side, especially trying to dodge all the tourists in Bowness on Windermere! The crowd support is fantastic on the route, with lots of cow bells to be heard, and jelly babies and Kendal mint cake on offer! It is a challenging race in view of not only the distance, but the constant hills. I was very pleased to arrive back to Brathay Hall in one piece!
(1 2:29:55 Rob Corney, Reading Roadrunners) 441 4:24:22 Jean Sullivan 964 finishers
From Fiona Schneider ... Jemma Basham and I took on the Harrogate Rotary Club challenge of the Nidderdale Marathon on Sunday. There were many easier options of short runs, long walks, short walks. It is a great scenic route on the Nidderdale Way north from Pateley Bridge and back. 42 km peppered with plenty of climbing (885 metres in all), plenty of gates and stiles and a few water stations. We both managed to smile at the end! Not officially timed Jemma was out of view after 1km and flying whilst I took my place close to the last but not last of about 40 runners.
5hr 15min Jemma Basham 6hr 18min Fiona Schneider
From Nick Helliwell ... Flat, fast and relentless, Pilling is a perfect PB course. I went out fast, hung onto a group and just dug in for the second half. It hurt terribly, but I came away with a huge PB, and managed to finally break 40 minutes, something I've been trying to do for 20 years. Pilling is a bit of a drive, but recommended for anyone that wants a 10k personal record; they organise this race regularly across each summer.
(1 33:08 Raymond Edgar, Lancaster & Morecambe) 17 39:40 Nick Helliwell 102 finished
From Will Buckton ... Jack and I travelled to Ambleside for the classic Fairfield Horseshoe race which starts in the grounds of Rydal Hall. Chip timing was used for the 2019 event and the route was a bit slower as the route to the right of the wall after Dove Crag was out of bounds.
(1 1h20:15 Carl Bell Keswick AC) 2 1h23:06 Jack Wood 89 1h49:52 Will Buckton 232 finished
From Dick Waddington...The Old County Tops (37 miles, 10,000ft) takes in the highest summits of the former counties of Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire - namely Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and The Old Man of Coniston. Paul Carman and I thought we would give it a go; my third time and Paul's first. The weather forecast had been pretty poor all week, but we were treated to bright weather, not too hot and little wind - perfect! The only bit of low cloud was on Helvellyn, but we'd both taken the grassy line down before, so we managed that well. After egg sandwiches at the feed station we went up the Wythburn valley, where I aptly fell in a bog up to my waist at a spot call 'The Bog' on the OS map. Paul kindly pulled me out. Scafell Pike had the usual crowds, but the descent into Eskdale was wild and beautiful as ever. A feed stop at Cockley Beck staffed by the same crew as before (very efficient) was welcome before the slog up towards Swirl How. Last year I made an exhausting nav error by taking Richard Joel to Dow Crag instead of Coniston Old Man (sorry Richard!). Well I didn't make that mistake again. A good run in saw us pick up a few places on the way to the Three Shires stone and back via Blea Tarn. Paul did some good coaxing to get me through the last mile as it all got a bit tiring. All in all a great day out. We finished in 9:14. Results to follow.
From Andrew Merrick... When I was growing up, my mum's parents were living in Torquay and we spent a few weeks of every Easter and Summer holiday in the red soiled, narrow laned world of Devon. It was this connection that prompted me to sign up for the Devon C2C - a "117.5" mile journey from Wembury (near Plymouth) in the South to Lynmouth in the North.
A campsite at South Molton (about 45 mins drive from the finish) coupled with an early morning coach was the suggested approach to logistics, which didn't seem the ideal plan. So my ultra running friend and I left a car there and Airbnb'd in Wembury, allowing a 6am alarm on the Saturday morning in advance of an 8am start. A select gang of about 70 set off from alongside the beach at about 8.15am, the coach having been slightly delayed.
A cloudy, wind free Saturday made for pretty ideal running conditions and excellent views over Dartmoor. There were 10 check points along the way at reasonably regular intervals, with one bag drop for the half way point. I took the opportunity here to change my very wet socks which were causing my feet to blister far more than any previous ultra experience. It helped in the short term, but the rest of the journey did leave me with very sore feet despite extensive use of running poles on both up and downhill sections. I spent a few minutes concluding a little after half way I had about another 90,000 steps to take, had a brief "chat" with my grandad and carried on.....
The organisers and check point/feed station staff were all cheerful and supportive throughout our route, although I was disappointed with the facilities on offer. There was one hot meal but otherwise virtually all check points were outside (even during the night stages) and had fairly basic provisions - water, tea, and a small range of snacks, fruit appearing only twice. I suspect the low numbers did impact on the infrastructure although there was a 4 day C2C walk happening at the same time.
Otherwise, there was more road than I was expecting and the navigation was significantly more difficult. The two USB chargers I had with me were saved to keep my running friend's phone going since regular access to routefinder was essential......
At the pre-race safety briefing, the organiser did warn us about the last climb before reaching Lynmouth, but it did still come as a surprise, arriving half way through what I had assumed was the final descent. A low key finish in Lynmouth just before 3pm on Sunday was followed by the logistical challenge of getting home, which involved the organiser's transport back to South Molton, a lift to Exeter, a train to Plymouth and a taxi back to my car in Wembury. The drive back did still feel in some way part of the ultra challenge, although the M5, M42 and M1 "feed stations" were better stocked....
I limped back through the front door just before 4am on Monday morning, pleased to have finished what must have been nearer to 120 miles in a little under 31 hours, inside the top quarter of the field. A break now before deciding on my next adventure, and looking forward to my now guaranteed UTMB place for August 2020. I am sure my feet will forgive me in time.....
Despite the views and helpful support staff, not one I would plan to do again.....
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
Great to see Tom Adams back racing (though parkrun is 'a run not a race') and being first finisher at Oakwell Hall. Geoff Howard visited the inaugural parkrun at Conyngham Hall (Knaresborough). Fiona Schneider celebrated her birthday by asking lots of friends to join her in doing a parkrun today, either at Skipton or elsewhere (and sharing on Facebook), a great idea!
Woodhouse Moor (1 16:07 Marcos Angel Valero Palacios, U/A) 12 18:38 Tim Ashelford 378 28:36 Karen Lambe 645 ran Skipton (1 17:05 Chris Ovenden, U/A) 20 22:49 Catherine Gibbons 57 25:59 Andrew Wilson 58 26:08 Fiona Schneider 92 28:18 Ruth Jones 96 28:35 Andy Wolfenden 208 ran Oakwell Hall 1 16:31 Tom Adams 267 ran Keswick (1 17:35 Stefanos Stephanou, Richmond and Zetland) 225 33:26 Jonathan Sinclair 274 ran Tyne Green (1 17:50 Patrick Craig, Harrogate Tri Club) 5 18:57 Adam Rhodes 296 ran Conyngham Hall (1 17:43 Rob Scott, Richmond and Zetland) 25 23:27 Geoff Howard 137 ran Harrogate (1 17:38 Mark Bailey, Leeds and Bradford Tri) 234 26:21 Petra Bijsterveld 521 ran
Congratulations to Jemima Elgood who broke the women's record by 9 seconds, and Jack Wood who won for the 5th year in a row.
1 38:52 Jack Wood 14 44:36 Martin Archer 17 45:19 Jemima Elgood (Leeds Uni) 20 45:35 Paul Carman 30 46:54 Daniel Mckeown 37 47:26 Dave Robson 43 48:20 Dave Wilby 48 48:53 Jim Ryder 49 48:55 Gavin Lamb 50 49:25 David Foyston 57 50:56 David Westhead 66 51:53 Richard Joel 67 51:55 Rachel Carter 1st FV40 72 52:20 John Hayes 82 53:01 Colin Williams 89 53:50 Duncan Cooper 93 54:09 Andrew Overend 98 54:37 Michael Duffield 99 55:11 Helen Wood 121 57:12 Joyce Marshall 1st FV50 127 57:24 Jann Smith 128 57:29 Paddy Hagan 141 58:23 Alison Weston 154 59:52 Steve Newell 164 62:19 Mary Gibbons 175 63:22 Geoffrey White 189 65:10 Caroline Howe 217 72:49 Helen Doyle 228 87:25 Amelia Miles 233 109:42 Tracy Russell 234 109:44 David Millson 235 finished Ilkley had 2nd team and 3rd ladies team
From Jonathan Turner ...
There were medals for both Bethan Morley and Istvan Jacso at the Yorkshire Track & Field Championships.
Bethan claimed silver in the women's U20 800m in 2:12:35 while Istvan was third in the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:25.79
(1 1:07:56 808 1:42:08 Michael Ho 1240 1;50:18 Tom Lally 2767 2:00:16 Alex Hyde 2800 2:02:41 Dave Ibbotson 5812 finished
From Rachel Carter ...
13 Harriers took part in the Malhamdale Trail Challenge, described as a demanding half marathon, with approx. 1650ft of ascent, taking in landmarks such as Pikedaw, Malham Tarn, Goredale Scar and Janet's Foss. The event was very well organised with good and easy parking, registration and food provided afterwards in Kirby Malham village hall as part of the entry fee. The worst of the ascent came after a couple of miles - up Pikedaw, with much of the rest of the miles undulating on broad grassy paths, except for a steep descent round Gordale Scar. The course was marshalled and flagged but a few of us took a wrong turn (with some affected more than others) around mile 6 before cutting back to the course. There were some good performances across the age categories with Dave Robson and Kate Archer being the 1st Harriers home in this league race, in 4th and 7th place (2nd lady) respectively, and Colin Williams 1st MV50.
(1 1:34:31 Julian Hood, Skipton AC) 4 1:43:44 Dave Robson 7 1:47:00 Kate Archer (2nd lady) 12 1:48:29 Rachel Carter (3rd lady) 13 1:48:49 Jonathan Turner 15 1:51:01 Colin Williams (1st V50) 39 1:59:50 Mike Duffield 48 2:01:36 Derek Oliver 60 2:06:49 Mark Judkowski 76 2:11:00 Peter Fergerson 109 2:24:47 Adela Reperecki 109 2:24:47 Elizabeth Price 144 2:36:46 Hilda Coulsey 159 2:47:23 Fiona Schneider
Yorkshire selecton for Jack, who helped the team to 4th place.
(1 54:16 Max Nicholls, Kent) 16 56:12 Jack Wood 166 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results...
York (1 15:48 Tim Stratton, City of York AC) 78 21:11 Geoffrey Howard 574 ran Bradford (1 17:22 Andy Burn, Jarrow and Hebburn AC) 151 27:34 Stephanie Fox 442 ran Skipton (1 18:06 Mike Crosby, U/A) 8 20:18 Will Buckton 25 23:25 Catherine Gibbons 36 25:09 Will Worboys 173 ran Wetherby (1 18:00 Daniel Linstrum, Wetherby Runners) 6 19:42 Nick Helliwell 96 ran Whinlatter Forest (1 19:36 Lewis Hinchcliffe, Rochdale Harriers) 3 22:12 Rob Cunningham 75 ran Crissy Field (USA) 1 16:39 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 135 ran
Geoff Howard's time beats his own club v75 record.
From Caroline Howe... A drizzly night in Saltaire for the second in the new John Carr trail series. A nice multi-terrain 5k along the canal tow path. Well done to Jane on finishing 2nd lady and Jonathan for a pb!
(1 16:40 Michael Mayton, Baildon) 24 18:53 Jonathan Turner 34 20:20 Jane McCarthy 37 20:57 Tom Worboys 59 22:17 Jann Smith 60 22:21 Caroline Howe 76 24:03 Alison Bennett 81 24:24 Helen Waddington 120 finished
(1 14:13 Adam Hickey, Southend) 69 16:54 Jemima Elgood 1328 finished
From Geoff Howard ... it may be small but its chip timing, excellent organisation and digital clock lead car show its aspirations aren't. In good conditions I managed to improve on my last 10k (Bradford) time, and the club v75 record, in 43m 19s and 57th place (358 finished). Aaron Scott of Hepston Harriers was first in a new course record on 30m 57s.
1 37:20 Nathan Edmondson 31 48:21 Rob Budding 149 68:21 Sue Williamson 169 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results...
Eastbourne (1 16:50 Richard Jones, Eastbourne Rovers) 23 21:19 Andrew Merrick 361 ran York (1 16:01 Graham Rush, U/A) 25 20:03 Rhys Jones 550 ran Bradford (1 17:03 Huseen Usuie, Bingley Harriers) 160 26:29 Oscar Street 239 28:53 Paula Reynier 521 ran Harrogate (1 16:50 Chris Miller, Harrogate Harriers) 53 21:13 Tom Worboys 517 ran Barnsley (1 17:12 Gareth Cooke, Penistone Footpath Runners) 24 21:48 Beth Massey 187 ran Cheltenham (1 17:21 Matthew Rawlings, Reading AC) 8 18:49 Adam Rhodes 595 ran Skipton (1 17:42 Samuel William, Skipton AC) 27 22:41 Catherine Gibbons 61 25:43 Fiona Schneider 104 28:32 Andy Wolfenden 223 ran Stretford (1 16:54 Ben Hobson, Chorlton Runners) 54 20:17 Mike Abrams-Cohen 702 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:04 Rob Byers, U/A) 5 20:08 Rob Cunningham 60 27:47 Chris Cunningham 191 ran Centre Vale (1 17:21 Andrew Worster, Vegan Runners) 52 25:37 Will Worboys 188 ran
From Jann Smith ...
7 miles / 1100ft A great concept ...start at the bottom of the track to White Wells ...take any route over to Dick Hudsons, touch the gate and come back any way you like. It was raining and a bit claggy leading to quite a lot of wrong route choices, slippy paving slabs and people getting a bit lost (including Istvan !) .. all adding to the fun.
(1 48:45 Adam Stirk, Wharfedale) 3 51:16 Paul Carman 5 52:28 Ben Sheppard 7 53:28 Dave Robson 10 54:32 Dave Foyston 20 57:54 Roy Ruddle 24 1:00:21 Helen Wood (2nd lady) 28 1:01:06 Istvan Jacso 33 1:01:11 Robert Hamilton (1st MV60) 40 1:04:09 Jann Smith (1st LV40) 56 1:06:20 Mark Judowski 69 1:09:19 Paul Stephens 72 1:10:02 Matt Dodd 79 1:11:07 Geoff White 80 1:11:19 Keith Wood 123 finished Ilkley men were first team
From Petra Bijsterveld ...
The relaunched John Carr series started tonight with 'The Trig', an approximately 4 mile multi-terrain circular route from near Roberts Park in Saltaire, over fields, tracks, woods & moor to Baildon Trig point and back down. Perhaps the new format had made runners a little hesitant to enter this series, which has previously been a fast and furious 5k road race. Only 100 runners took part on what turned out to be a lovely evening for this quick jaunt up and down Baildon Moor with 700 feet of ascent. Immaculately organized by Saltaire Striders and Racebest, with dry underfoot conditions and a lovely sunset over the moor there was nothing to dislike. This was a counter in our race league and of the 9 Harriers taking part 4 won prizes!
The next race is a flat 5K and the 3rd one a relay race, entries still available via Racebest.
(1 24:53 Joe Baxter, Pudsey and Bramley AC) 2 25:44 Jack Wood 16 30:03 Jonathan Turner 18 30:12 David Westhead 1st MV50 26 31:49 Jane McCarthy 1st F 74 39:48 Helen Waddington 1st FV50 78 40:13 Alison Bennett 92 43:14 Hilda Coulsey 98 46:32 Petra Bijsterveld 99 46:38 Dawn Turner 110 ran
From Pete Shields ... the light nights have brought the usual influx of evening races. As in previous years this greatly affects the attendances on a Wednesday night. I've had several calls this week re not attending because of this plus holiday commitments so have decided to cancel the sessions until August/September. The group can then prepare for the autumn road races and x/c season. Have a good summer.
(1 2:02:37 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya) 768 2:45:51 Matt Cox 5403 3:23:50 Dave Reynier 8286 3:36:58 Michael Abrams-Cohen 22045 4:27:41 Jill Ezzard 22098 4:27:52 Emma O'Looney 23825 4:34:28 Jacqui Weston 28478 4:52:39 Stephanie Fox 42,549+ finished
(1 2:50:22 Brennan Townshend, Keswick) 44 3:34:16 Jack Wood 121 3:55:11 Kate Archer 122 3:55:12 Dan McKeown 128 3:56:05 Paul Carman 198 4:07:32 Will Buckton 310 4:25:05 Paul Castle 327 4:28:53 Michael Lomas 462 4:46:32 Dick Waddington 487 4:49:51 Paddy Sturman 426 4:43:26 Paul Calderbank 499 4:51:09 Alison Weston 670 finished
From Colin Williams ... On Saturday morning Ben Sheppard and myself started the 57th Fellsman race, the weather was both wet and windy with the addition of driving hail on the summits. Ben finished in an impressive 12th in a time of 12 hrs 53 minutes, I was pleased to complete the race in 57th in 16 hrs 28 minutes 1.5 hrs faster that I have completed it before The full results are still to be announced.
From Ben Sheppard ... As well as me and Colin Williams, the Harriers contingent included the returning Steve Turland and the debutant (for this event at least!) Brian Melia, both also finishing in good times. The weather turned out a bit less challenging than forecast, but I didn't regret my choice to start and continue in full waterproofs. Entirely predictably I got carried away from the off, too busy nattering with acquaintances to listen to the voice in my head saying "this is way too fast". By Dent (20 miles and probably 5,000 ft) I was spent. The next 20 miles was a slow hard slog as I dropped a few places and lost my spork and almost my mojo. The final 20 miles was painful but the temptation to bail out faded away as the warm shower and hot meal became nearer. Latching onto a couple of strong-finishing Fellsman veterans for the last 10 miles dragged me to a PB and a three-way joint 10th place. It is a wonderfully challenging but low-key and friendly event.
Beth Massey was first lady at Bradford, 18th overall;
and Nick Helliwell was 3rd at Skipton with Catherine Gibbons 2nd lady there.
Bradford (1 17:03 Huseen Usuie, Bingley Harriers) 18 21:32 Beth Massey - 1st lady 342 runners Cliffe Castle (1 20:22 Sam Packham, U/A) 37 28:32 Fiona Schneider 121 runners Orpington (1 18:40 Daniel Pink, U/A) 26 23:09 Geoffrey Howard 174 runners Skipton (1 19:19 James Annan, Settle Harriers) 3 20:17 Nick Helliwell 21 23:44 Catherine Gibbons - 2nd lady 79 28:18 Mark Scothon 159 runners
From Hilda Coulsey...
It was blustery and grey, threatening rain after earlier thunderstorms at the Brownlee Centre for this race, third in the 2019 series and chosen as a Harriers League counter. There was lots of competition amongst the men. Well done to Dan McKeown first Harrier home and some brilliant times from the others. Watching the A race was fascinating as Joe Sagar finally overtook Jonny Johnson, Rotherham, in the final straight after Jonny led for the whole of the rest of the race. The young Junior, James Greenay, looks one to watch for the future. I was the only Harrier in the earlier B race, some competition would be helpful for me too!
(1 15:52 Joe Sagar,Spenborough) 16 17:27 Daniel McKeown 36 18:22 Stephen Coy 41 18:30 Nathan Coy 42 18:43 David Foyston 45 18:54 David Westhead 57 19:14 Jonathan Turner 65 19:26 Steve Murray 68 19:31 Colin Williams 100 21:22 Steve Newell 104 21:29 James Greenlay 166 25:32 Hilda Coulsey 205 completed
From Jonathan Turner ... Nathan Edmondson was an unlucky second in the Guiseley Gallop on Easter Sunday. Leading the way on the second circuit, he was momentarily sent the wrong way with just over a kilometre to go when lapping runners and suddenly found himself pushed from first place to a minute behind. A great recovery put him right back in the mix but it was too much of a deficit to bridge in such a short space of time, and he had to settle for second, 21 seconds behind winner Matthew Hallam of Valley Striders.
(1 36:54 Matthew Hallam, Valley Striders) 2 37:15 Nathan Edmondson 18 41:23 Tim Ashelford 1st M55 31 43:38 Rob Cunningham 73 48:27 Beth Massey 1st F45 92 50:00 Robert Budding 198 56:22 Adela Reperecki 1st F55 253 60:09 Alison Bennett 262 60:58 Sheena Pickersgill 298 64:20 Chris Cunningham 312 65:31 Debbie Jukes 322 66:14 Sue Harris 336 67:36 John Marshall 387 71:53 Ruth Jones 426 finished
From Nick Helliwell ... David Foyston and I ran the inaugural Newlands Memorial race on Saturday, which used to be called the Anniversary Waltz. It was a baking hot day, brilliant for views, terrible for running 19km over the Lakeland fells. Still, run it we did, and in retrospect we enjoyed it, though it was hard to feel that way with 2,000ft of near-vertical Robinson in front of you, on the hottest day of the year. We couldn't carry enough water, as our bags were packed with full body cover, hat and gloves (!), but both of us made it to the end and are able to laugh about it now, with tears running down our faces... How hard can 19km be??
(1 1:40:50 Rob Jebb) 96 2:23:34 Nick Helliwell 121 2:30:10 David Foyston 291 finished
Plenty of Harriers turned up to celebrate the 300th Skipton parkrun, Rachel Carter led them home in ninth overall - the second lady - with a superb sub-20-minutes time on a course which features narrow paths and plenty of momentum-losing turns.
Skipton (1 17:01 Unknown) 9 19:53 Rachel Carter 18 20:45 Colin Williams 72 24:23 Ethan Thompson 74 24:27 Dylan Shinn 93 25:35 Fiona Schneider 101 25:51 Oscar Shinn 152 28:41 Andy Wolfenden 168 29:21 Bernie Gibbons 277 runners Woodhouse Moor (1 17:02 Michael Vargas, Hyde Park Harriers) 29 20:21 Tom Worboys 426 runners Cardiff (1 15:40 Unknown) 14 17:04 Alex Hirst 846 runners Bradford (1 17:00 Unknown) 41 21:42 James Lee 208 27:04 Sarah Haines 619 runners Harrogate parkrun (1 16:39 Mark Ryall, Marshall Milton Keynes AC) 13 18:50 Robin Nicholson 34 19:55 Charlotte ast 82 22:01 Geoff Howard 568 runners Burnley (1 16:32 Matthew Lalor, Ribble Valley) 235 31:06 Neve Tennant 367 runners Exmouth (1 14:44 Tom Merson, Exmouth) 55 21:25 Nina Pearce 502 runners
(1 31:03 Norman Shreeve, Cambridge & Coleridge) 62 35:33 Jemima Elgood, 4th lady 208 42:33 Adrian Bastow 232 43:23 Sally Malir 605 finished
From Caroline Howe... This was marathon #18 for David (6th Paris) and #5 for me. David has long been a fan of this race, and now I know why... it takes in all the main sights of this beautiful city (it made me laugh that they have signs pointing out the Eiffel Tower!), the support is fantastic (and at times a bit crazy!), it's well organised and there is no ballot. It's iconic, with the start and finish on the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe stunning against the morning's blue skies. We were very lucky with the conditions - crisp and cold but bright. My training for this had not gone to plan due to various interruptions (excuses, excuses!) whereas David, having had a rare 18 months off marathons, got back into the swing, so we suspected our times might end up being quite similar (but heaven forbid we would run it together!) My race went to plan, and I was pleased to keep an even pace throughout, crossing the line in 3:55, and actually enjoying (most of) it! Normal order was restored with David finishing 6 minutes ahead of me in 3:49. A wonderful marathon, highly recommended!
(1 2:07:05 Abrha Milaw, ) 14881 3:49:06 David Howe 17835 3:55:00 Caroline Howe 421965 finished
From Colin Williams ... I ran the Flat Caps 10K at Sowerby Bridge, the only flat part of it are the caps that some of the runner wore, The first 5k is a continual climb, climbing a total of around 1,000 feet the second half was a lot easier down hill most of the way with just a little climb half a kilometre from home. The route is on open roads but with very little traffic and lots of marshals. A very friendly event and well worth running (if your not looking for a PB).
I came 14th and was the first V50
(1 39:03 Joseph Crossfield, Halifax Harriers & AC) 14 45:35 Colin Williams 258 finished
(1 33:47 Ross Campbell, Barrow In Furness Striders) 134 48:44 Peter Shields, 1st V70 386 ran
(1 53:47 Steve Littler, Wesham Road Runners & AC) 118 1:09:55 Beth Massey, 3rd LV45 1216 ran
From Val Kerr ... A dry but cold day for this year's Skipton triathlon. This was only my second triathlon and I was pleased to finish in only a few minutes slower than last year. The cold gusts of wind during the bike stage were numbing to the legs making the first 1/2 lap of the run quite difficult. However I was happy to eventually get going and overtake a few folk in the process. This is an extremely well organised and firendly triathlon and is great for novices. There were some fantastic results for a number of Harriers spotted amongst the finishers.
(1 1:00:04 Carl Shaw) 8 1:08:47 Steve Coy 387 1:44:15 Val Kerr (3rd LV60)
From Jayne Norman ... The 2nd year the Burnsall Half Marathon event has been run by Due North, and a truly well organised, and well waymarked race, so minimal marshals are needed. A sunny breezy day helped runners keep cool on the day. The figure of eight course was great, with plenty of climbs and descents in and around the Wharfe Valley.
(1 1:27:20 Ted Mason, Wharfedale) 156 2:37:43 Jayne Norman 214 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 17:33 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders) 47 23:42 Oscar Street 183 29:31 Paula Reynier 379 ran Pontefract (1 17:51 Michael Grain, Barnsley Harriers) 12 20:06 Colin Williams 367 ran Portrush (1 19:55 David O'Neill, Springwell RC) 89 27:29 Hilda Coulsey 232 ran Skipton (1 17:20 unknown) 99 27:53 Karen Lambe 219 ran Cliffe Castle (1 18:03 Rob Byers, U/A) 65 27:27 Fiona Schneider 183 ran Myrtle (1 17:41 Huseen Usuie, Bingley Harriers) 26 23:09 Geoff Howard 187 ran Centre Vale (1 18:52 Diarmuid Pritchard, U/A) 46 26:01 Will Worboys 147 ran Rothwell (1 16:31 Ben Butler, Wakefield District Harriers) 114 25:33 Petra Bijsterveld 388 ran
From Geoff Howard ... The event optimises your chances of a good time having a flat and smooth surface with no sharp bends and a field of only about fifty so I was pleased to run
my second best time in three years reducing the club v75 record.
(1 15:45 Chris Smith, Leeds) 67 21:13 Geoff Howard 97 finished
From Will Buckton ... The LDWA's 23.8 mile route covers a variety of terrain and passes Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs, Bolton Abbey, Beamsley Beacon, Round Hill and Timble. The ground was drier than my two previous attempts and I finished 10th in 3h27 out of 197 runners and walkers.
(1 1:23:06 Nattthew Hallam, Valley Striders) 5 1:25:59 Istvan Jacso 42 1:38:44 Paul Castle 48 1:40:13 Robin Nicholson 49 1:40:27 Rachel Carter 60 1:42:49 Colin Williams 61 1:42:52 Jane McCarthy 71 1:45:51 John Hayes 88 1:49:18 Peter Shelley 122 1:54:25 Stephen Newell 180 2:02:08 Mark Judkowski 220 2:07:10 Harry Sime 222 2:07:21 Adela Reperecki 240 2:10:11 Peter Shields 306 2:22:57 Helen Doyle 316 2:25:21 Petra Bijsterveld 322 2:27:23 Sarah Hayes 328 2:29:06 Paula Reynier 338 2:33:05 Michael Picken 344 2:35:35 Amanda Newham 387 finished
From Sue Williamson ... Lucy beat her PB by 29 minutes 43 seconds.
(1 2:21:34 Aaon Richmond, Bideford) 261 2:51:30 Dan McKeown 1180 3:10:14 Dick Waddington 1728 3:14:12 Lucy Williamson 6012 3:58:15 Helen Waddington 13649 finished
From Hilda Coulsey... I ventured to the Northumberland coast on Sunday to run this well sponsored and supported 10k. This was my first excursion in a British Masters AF event which was delightfully friendly (BMAF chose to join this local event for their annual road 10k). I was slightly intimidated as the convention is, in these BM events, to wear your age category as a target on your back but it amused me that it seemed to be younger runners chasing, I didn't see a single V65 during the race at all! The age category winners posted astoundingly good times. The race itself was flattish along the coast, a few sand dune bumps and back along a main road footpath. It was very misty hence any potential sea views were not visible.
(1 31:17 Noah Hurton Milton Keynes ) (239 45:09 Dorothy Kesterton Sheffield Steel City, 1st FV65) 370 52:16 Hilda Coulsey 4th FV65 564 finished
From Jim Ryder... I took an opportunity to enter the Toronto MEC 10k race in Canada. One of a series of races organised by the Mountain Equipment Company - a great outdoor shop/co-op across Canada. A rare road race for me - I think only my 5th 10k. It was a friendly low key event, with options of 5k, 10k and half marathon which encouraged a wide range of entries and a good atmosphere. It was out and back along the lakeshore, pretty flat with a strong initial tailwind - so faster out than back.
(1 34:37 Rob Bark 18 39:37 Jim Ryder, 1st V50 498 ran
(1 2:28:05 Carl Bell, Keswick) 128 3:27:10 Kate Archer 181 3:45:22 Alison Weston 245 4:09:37 Duncan Cooper 304 finished
From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...
Bradford (1 16:39 Matthew Merrick, Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) 17 20:45 Michael Abrams-Cohen 26 21:47 Dave Reynier 55 23:35 Oscar Street 109 25:38 Steph Fox 164 27:46 Paula Reynier 409 ran Skipton (1 17:56 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC) 9 20:40 Rob Budding 63 25:53 Fiona Schneider 205 ran Fountains Abbey (1 16:40 Sebastian Hall, West End Runners) 55 22:00 Geoff Howard 398 ran Wetherby (1 18:11 Joseph Kwallah, Wetherby Runners) 7 19:34 Nick Helliwell 112 ran Bramley 1 16:42 Nathan Edmonson 190 ran Clapham Common (1 15:06 unknown) 46 19:23 Rob Cunningham 789 ran
As well as the seniors below, many juniors running, helping Ilkley to first ladies' team.
(1 16:16 Michael Matyon, Baildon) 41 20:14 Pauline Munro 56 21:24 Rob Budding 81 23:18 Steve Newell 159 finished