Ilkley Harriers Athletic Club

Ilkey Harriers

Ilkley Harriers is a friendly running club based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
We welcome runners of all abilities and running interests and the club provides training and group runs as well as social events for members.
Ilkley Harriers compete in a whole range of running events and our Club League encourages friendly competition between members.
The Club organises races too.
Runners 8-16 are catered for by our thriving junior section.
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Notices ...

Santa Fun Run, Sun 20 Nov

Ho ho ho, we are organising Santa races on Ilkley Moor this year to raise money for the new athletics facilities. The races are in November but you need to enter now to book your Santa suit (it takes the elves a while to make the suits). More information and entry forms on the junior website's fundraising page

Notice of the AGM

This will be NEXT WEEK Tuesday 27th September, 8:30pm at ILTSC. More info on the Committee page

Evening training, remember to 'Go with the Fluo'

Notice: The evenings are getting dark now and it is important on the evening Club runs to give a lot of consideration to your visibility to car drivers.
A fluorescent top helps you stand out in poor lighting conditions.
Reflective trim on your clothing will show up in car headlights.
A flashing red LED light attached to your clothing can help too (but take care with head-torches as they could dazzle car drivers).

Don't forget too to bring a phone or other form of identify like a wrist band in case of emergency.

Harrogate Haverah trail race, Sun 18 Sep

From Ben Jotynson ... A bright sunny day for a nice run around some nice trails. A first time event for Harrogate Harriers, which I hope will return, as the race was very well organised and the food after was excellent ;)

(1  1:04:56 Andrew Grant, Harrogate Harriers AC)
24  1:15:44 Ben Joynson
193 1:54:40 Amanda Poppleton
196 1:55:29 Julie Elmes
224 finished

Embsay fell race, Sun 18 Sep

From Peter Lewis ... Another glorious September day and despite a gruelling Three Shires the day before, Jack sped round in 19:26 to gain second place. Iain Gibbons was 10th in 21:48, followed by Martin Archer 13th in 22:18 and Peter Lewis 81st in 31:19.
Results ...

(1 18:45 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
2  19:26 Jack Wood                 
10 21:48 Iain Gibbons               
13 22:18 Martin Archer              
81 31:19 Peter Lewis (PB!)
92 finished

The Ilkley Aquathlon, Sat 17 Sep

Another very succesful event, well done to organisers Gaenor and Steve, and all the helpers. Details

British and Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships, Sat 17 Sep

From Malcolm Pickering ... Uphill only races, incorporating home Counties international, at Keswick.

U17 women  2.1km, 400m ascent
(1 20:43  Grace Whelan, Scotland)
11 22:21  Bethan Morley
England 2nd

U20 women 3.2km, 509m   ascent
(1 24:02 Bronwen  Jerkinson, Wales)
8  27:46 Sarah Pickering
England 1st

U17 men 3.2km, 509m ascent
(1 20:44  Nathan Smith, England)
4  22:11  Euan Brennan

Scafell Pike fell race, Sat 17 Sep

(1   57:33 Josh Jardine)
36 1:16:56 Kate Archer (2nd Lady)
127 finished

Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championship, Sat 17 Sep

From Jann Smith ... Ilkley got Yorkshire team gold medals for Sally, Jann and Helen in F45-F54 category
Results ...

Women (5K)
(1 17:04 Jo Buckley, Bingley)
6  18:07 Sally Malir (gold = 1st F50 )
15 18L51 Jann Smith (silver =2nd F45 ) 
27 20:20 Nicky Hopwood
33 21:15 Helen Waddington
84 finished

Men (10K)
(1 29:19 Job Wills, Leeds)
11 30:57 Matt Cox (4th M40)
27 33:03 Paul Carman
69 finished

Men 50-59 (10k)
(1 31:25 Simon Wright, Doncaster)
25 36:42 Nick Pearce
66 finished

Three Shires fell race, Sat 17 Sep

From Alison Weston... A superb day in the Lakes for the Three Shires race in Little Langdale, maybe even a bit too hot! Jack stormed round in a mere 2:03:12 and 4th position, so he's aiming for sub-2 hrs next year! Steve Turland was 36th in a great time of 2:28:06, Richard Joel 92nd in 2:52:41 and Alison Weston 108th in 2:57:42 (2nd V50), Duncan Cooper 138th in 3:12:30, Mary Gibbone 164th in 3:22:37 and sarah Edwards 181st in 3:31:37. No one was in a hurry to go home with pasties at the end and a very friendly pub. A highly recommended race!

(Winner - Ricky Lightfoot)
4 Jack Wood 2:03:12
36 Steve Turland 2:28:06
92 Richard Joel 2:52:41
108 Alison Weston 2:57:42
138 Duncan Cooper 3:12:30
164 Mary Gibbons 3:22:37
181 Sarah Edwards 3:31:37

parkruns, Sat 17 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:19 Michael Salter, U/A)
9   17:54 Tim Ashelford
38  20:10 Adrian Bastow
455 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:15 Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners)
204 26:50 Jennifer Carne
380 ran

Mile End
(1  16:56 Peter Downie, Highgate Harriers)
55  22:51 Will Worboys
212 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:09 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
83  26:36 Karen Lambe
122 28:39 Polly Crawley (junior)
189 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:39 Ben Pease, Ripon Runners)
54  22:35 Norman Push
350 ran

(1  16:37 Gregan Clarkson, Kingston upon Hull AC)
20  23:19 Geoff Howard
81 ran

parkrun, Portuguese style

From Outi Kamarainen ... During a recent holiday, I found out about an informal trail run taking place on Friday night on the outskirts of a small town in the Algarve. Never one to miss the opportunity to experiencing a different running scheme, I turned up at 8 pm at the little town somewhere close to the coast.
Already there were quite a few people there, and lot more arrived later, dressed in bright orange, yellow and pink tops and in the end there were over 100 participants, covering a wide age and ability range, with some participants even walking the course. The evening officially started with a brief warm up session, lead by the local aerobics instructor (not something that we are used to at fell races!). Then followed a series of rambling speeches and a drone video shoot. Finally, we set off half an hour after the advertised start time (what they call a prompt start in Portugal!). The route was 11 km (though my GPS recorded it being closer to 12k) and weaved through the farm land and olive groves around the town, following mainly farm tracks and little roads, with few paths thrown in the mixture too. The crowds soon thinned, and I ran much of the way by myself, following the distant head torches further up the tracks. The route was marked by tapes and glow sticks, with a few marshals at road crossings and it felt a bit like a mixture of treasure hunt and mystery tour with bright stars above and and crickets together with the odd dog bark providing the sound track. There was a water and fruit stop at about the half way mark, and I even got hosed down by a spectator at one point - a very welcome surprise since, despite the darkness, the thermometer still showed +24C. Finally, even though it was a non-timed event, there was still a sprint to the finish line and my time according to my watch was somewhere around 62 minutes. Afterwards, we tucking into yet more fresh fruit, whilst swapping stories of nearly getting lost at various points in the dark; whilst the route was well marked, you had to have your wits about you to stay on the marked track.
Apparently, these weekly events started a few years ago, with 6 runners heading out on Friday nights for an easy run. From there it has expanded, with different local clubs taking it in turns to host the trail runs. So if you ever find yourself in southern Portugal on a Friday night, with nothing better to do, I thoroughly recommend putting on the trainers and finding a torch of sorts to join in on one of these great nights out on trails.

Vale of York half marathon, Sun 11 Sep

From Dave Weesthaed ... A nice day for running on what looked at the start like an easy course. The first 7 miles were OK and I felt on for a time around 1:21 but after that it seemed to get harder and I was rather disappointed with my run and time in end. There was no obvious reason for this but talking to people who finished around me it was not an uncommon sentiment. Anyway, a good run on closed flat roads and well organised.
Results ...

(1   1:08:55 Jason Cherriman. Leeds)
71   1:23:56 David Westhead
137  1:28:37 Derek Oliver
589  1:47:15 William Woodhead
1097 2:05:51 Elizabeth Westhead
1594 finished

Lake District Mountain Trial, Sun 11 Sep

From Roy Ruddle ... In the words of the organiser, this year was a Classic Classic - i.e., hard, as witnessed by the winning time. Still superb weather and an excellent event. The Haines family were out in force, with Chloe 4th F on the Medium Course and Florence 2nd F in the Short Course, as well as Peter & Sarah who were running in Ilkley colours and are listed below.

Classic course 
(1  4:59:22 Neil Talbott, Ambleside AC)
27  6:46:35 Jack Wood
31  7:04:17 Roy Ruddle
51 started
Short course
(1  2:12:34 Rebecca Rooke, Black Combe Runners)
5   2:45:34 Peter Haines (1st V60)
13  3:04:47 Sarah Haines (1st FV50)
51 started

Yorkshireman, Sun 11 Sep

From Helen Waddington... Lovely conditions for today's Yorkshireman races over at Haworth. A total of 4 Harriers ran the scenic Half course (just shy of 15 miles) whilst Adela Reperecki took on the tough Full (26 mile) course and was placed second V50 lady - well done Adela. Gavin Lamb was first Harrier home on the half course in a time of 2.12.20. I was pleased to have moved up a few places since I last ran in 2014. A well-organised and very friendly event.

Woodentops photos

Half Results
(1   1.49.05 Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners)
24   2.12.20 Gavin Lamb                                             
49   2.20.39 Jonathan Sinclair                                       
54   2.21.48 Rob Cunningham                                  
103  2.37.36 Helen Waddington                                        
203 ran

Full Results:
(1   3.28.52 Kevin Doyle, Kimberworth Striders)
63   5.09.43 Adela Reperecki 2nd V50                         
112 ran

Great North Run, Sun 11 Sep

Results ...

(1    1:00:04 Mo Farrah)
2840  1:41:58 Dan Ibbotson
6096  1:51:01 Christine Cox
8037  1:54:53 Charlotte Smithson
12719 2:02:54 Tim Ratcliffe
12961 2:03:23 Emma Curran
26434 2:28:28 Elaine Ibbotson
26470 2:28:32 Bernadette Gibbons
30633 2:37:57 Heather Duke
50,000 ran?

Burnsall fell race, Sun 11 Sep

Results ...

(1 13:38 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
6  16:14 Iain Gibbons
8  16:23 Paul Carman
10 16:47 Jack Cummings
14 17:52 Steve Turland
74 finished

parkruns, Sat 10 Sep

From Rhys Jones ...

Bradford lister park
(1 17:06 Will Kerr)
15 20:32 Sally Malir 
26 20:59 Rhys Jones 

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, August

Runner of the month:
Jane Mccarthy and Dick Waddington
for their stunning performance in the ultra CCC at Mont Blanc Other nominations were:
Alison Bloor for her first ultra, Run to the Castle
Michael Lomas for his 19th Roundhill, 9th Kings challenge, 14th Burnsall (after running the 10m this year)
Martyn Stocker for races and improvement
Ben Joynson for downhill reps
Volunteer of the month:
Rachel Carter
for undertaking and transforming the membership process as secretary, now relinquishing the role Other nominations were:
Andy Wolfenden for leading his Tuesday sessions and the summer away runs
Paul Stephens for leading a series of interesting runs through the summer

More Harriers of the Month ...

Ilkley Incline, Wed 7 Sep

From Dick and Helen Waddington ... Well done to all the runners who took part in the Ilkley Incline last night. It was a hot and sticky midge-fest so thank you all for coming. Great that so many Ilkley Harriers took part and so many won prizes - 9 in total claimed wins in their category. As always, these races wouldn\t happen without all the people in the background helping - we would like to give a BIG thank you to all of you who performed duties on the night - Neil and Mandy Chapman and Toni Melechi on finish funnel and timing, Val Kerr, John and Dan Hayes, Julie Malechi, Nicky Hopwood and Alison Weston who all helped marshal and corral the runners on the course or up to the start, Sarah Hayes (and Lucy on the till!) and Jann Smith on Registration and Sarah on sweeper duties too! Andrew McCarthy raced the results down on his MTB and last but not least Jane McCarthy who sorted results and winners. I do hope we haven't left anybody out! We are very grateful to you all!!!

Wetherby 10k, Sun 4 Sep

Results ...

(1  32:42 Andrew Grant, Harrogate)
49  40:08 Richard Joel
60  41:32 Derek Oliver
73  42:20 Lucy Williamson
260 49:56 Sarah Hayes
293 50:58 Stephanie Fox
374 54:34 Peter Lewis
526 61:07 Sue Williamson
531 60:44 Deborah Nicholson
694 finished

Bradley fell race, Sun 4 Sep

Results ...

(1 25:08 Chris Miller, Harrogate)
8  27:44 Martin Archer           
9  27:49 Paul Carman             
12 28:25 Rob Carr                     
20 31:02 Ben Joynson              
31 34:17 Jann Smith (3rd lady / 1st F40)
66 ran

parkruns, Sat 3 Sep

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:40 unknown)
7   18:49 Paul Carman
36  21:20 Jann Smith (1st F)
181 26:28 Julie Elmes
198 26:52 Jennnifer Carne
349 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
1   18:00 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
70  25:59 Thomas Campbell (junior)
102 28:07 Karen Lambe
111 28:58 Ruth Jones
116 29:16 Polly Crawley (junior)
190 ran

Kilnsey Show fell race, Tue 30 August

Woodentops photos and provisional results

(1  7:58 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
4   8:46 Jack Wood
50 12:37 Outi Kamarainen
55 12:51 Norman Bush
71 15:09 Mary Gibbons
90 finished

Reeth Show fell race, Mon 29 August

Results ...

1  17:03 Jack Wood
5  18:56 Iain Gibbons
100 finished

Malham Show fell race, Sat 27 August

Results ...

(1 17:31 Harry Coates, Wallsend)
3  17:40 Jack Wood
74 finished

CCC Race in Italian/Swiss/French Alps, Fri 26 August

From Jane McCarthy... When Dick Waddington and I got places in January in the ballot to run the 2016 edition of the CCC (101km and 6,100m of ascent across 3 countries Courmayeur (IT) - Champex (CH) and finishing in Chamonix (FR) ) it felt exciting and a little intimidating. But the race did not disappoint its billing as 'having climbed from being the "little sister of the UTMB" to becoming a unique race that is one of the most prestigious of the world. The start line at the centre of Courmayeur is tinged with an atmosphere that only Italians can provide, a rare emotional moment to the music of Vangelis. The start was moving, a minute's silence for the victims of the earthquake, then a helicopter and drone overhead to film the mass start at 9am Friday morning, and indeed, to the music of Vangelis.
The weather had been worryingly hot all week in Chamonix and race day for us was no different - with 32 degrees forecast between 9am and 5pm at 1,000m of altitude. The extent of the heat could be felt in the first kilometres, which quickly lead to 2500m of altitude, facing Mont-Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. After CP1 and CP2 it was an absolute delight to see Andrew Merrick at the Refuge Elena, high on the trail, and he ran with DIck and me down to La Fouly. He telephoned Helen (W) to let her know progress and I heard him reassure her that we were being very 'sensible' with pace - thinly veiled code for 'slow!'. But it felt very terribly hot and coming in to Champex-Lac around 7pm and after 10 hours to meet Helen and Andrew Mc was both a highlight, but also a mental challenge as we knew we were only at best halfway! After some pasta (kept down to varying degrees), (more) coke, and words of support by our other halves, Dick and I felt ready to press on. We knew that runners around us were suffering more - we had gained over 200 places in arriving at Champex - I think this provided perfect motivation. With the heat abating a little, and time for head torches to be switched on, it felt much more comfortable and we overtook many runners through the remainder of the race. The last checkpoint at Flegere above Chamonix saw a steep, then fast, 7km descent to the finish and it felt AMAZING to finally reach the finish line after more than 20 hours! Of a starting number of 2129 (319 females) there were a total of 1386 finishers (215 female) - giving a 35% drop out rate. DIck and I finished in 358th position (96th and 22nd category finish positions respectively).

From Dick Waddington ... The CCC is part of a week long UTMB festival of 5 ultra races all finishing in Chamonix and ranging from 50km to 270km(!) long. For the CCC you start in Courmayeur and make your way back to Chamonix via Champex (CCC) on a spectacular 101km route with 6000m of ascent around Mont Blanc. You know it's a big race when a helicopter is filming the start and a drone is hovering over head giving a live feed to the UTMB website. I was running with Jane McCarthy and this was the first ultra in the Alps for us both, in fact this was my first race of any kind in the Alps. The start was a nice jog through Courmayeur - very pretty with fantastic support from the big crowd. For the previous few days we had been getting texts from the organisers - "It's going to be very hot", "Be careful, don't go too fast", "Bring lots of water". For someone who pulled out of the Wasdale FR with heat exhaustion this didn't sound good. After a couple of hours the temperature was at 28 degrees, then it went to 32, and stayed above 28 until about 7pm, so yes it was pretty hot. There was a constant drip from the brim of my cap as I slogged up the climbs. The views of the south face of Mont Blanc were amazing - the Central Pillar of Freney looked stunning for the climbers amongst you. Eventually the heat and altitude made it hard to eat, so by the half way stage at 7pm our support team of our respective children and Helen and Andrew had a big job to put the wheels back on by getting us to eat and sending us gently but firmly on our way - without them it would have been game over I think. Thanks guys!! After that, there were some pleasant tracks to make good progress on and the food kicked in; it's a great learning experience to feel incapable of carrying on, but to get it back together for the last 40km and three big climbs of 1000m each. Eventually Jane came out with the classic line of "lees than a marathon to go now" and I started to think it was possible. More noodles, gels, cups of coke, TUC biscuits, bags of Haribos and we were moving quite well. The sight of a line of torches heading upwards to the stars on the last climb up the Tete au Vents was sobering, but hey, it was the last climb, so how bad could it be? The sharp rocks on the plateau above didn't help the blisters on the soles of my feet, but we cracked on to the final descent - 900m down in 5km, then a nice 2km on the flat and into Chamonix for a run around the town. We found a bit of adrenalin for a final kilometre in about 5 minutes, then that was it, the crowd cheered (yes, at 5am!!) and Andrew and Helen were at the end very relieved to see we were alive! The CCC was an amazing experience, involving trauma and exhaustion and a lot of sweat. The level of effort involved to hold it together for 20.5 hours surprised us both, but having a friend with you and great support makes it easier. Would I do it again? Maybe. Would I do the 170km UTMB? Not for a while. Hats off to those who have.

Burnsall classic fell race, Sat 20 August

From Val Kerr ... Despite the forecast for rain and high winds conditions remained fair for this classic fell race. Runners got off to a quick start with local expert Ted Mason leading the way from start to finish. The run up the fell didn't seem as difficult as last time I did the race, perhaps because my 10 days walking in the Alps had paid off, but the descent off the top was still quite tricky with a narrow path, slippy mud, heather and boulders to navigate. Once the wall had been climbed however, it was a nice run down though the fields to the finish. Michael Lomas put in a sterling performance and was first IH home in 20th place having done the double and just run the 10 mile road race aswell. Michael was followed closely by Richard Joel (21st) who also had a good run. Will Worboys made his first appearance in a race for a while and ran well to finish in 67th place. I was the only IH lady to take part and finished in 80th place and 1st LV50 with plenty left in my legs at the end - I had forgotten how much I enjoy this race. Martyn Sticker was 89th having also just run the 10 mile road race.
Results ...

(1 14:58 Ted Mason, Wharfedale)
20 20:07 Michael Lomas                    
21 20:12 Richard Joel                          
67 25:08 Will Worboys                       
80 26:52 Val Kerr (1st LV50)
89 30:04 Martyn Stocker                   
101 ran

Burnsall 10 road race, Sat 20 August

Woodentops photos

From Jean Sulivan ... 10 Harriers took part in the Burnsall 10 mile road race, with Michael and Martyn following this up by taking part in the classic fell race. Some great runs, especially by Michael Lomas, 1st Harrier home, followed by Dave Robson, 2nd Harrier home. The conditions were perfect, cool and breezy with a 10 minute refreshing downpour thrown in too ! A great race at a great family day out!
Results ...

(1  55:57 Tom Corrigan, Barlick)
14  66:30 Michael Lomas
27  69:56 Dave Robson
36  74:16 Steve Murray
41  tbc   Martyn Sticker
47  76:52 Duncan Cooper
53  78:30 Harry Sime
54  78:32 Robert Sime
59  81:10 Dave Ibbotson
65  83:43 Jean Sullivan
86 105:30 Bernie Gibbons 1st V60
87 finished

Race the Train, Sat 20 August

From Petra Bijsterveld ... This annual event in Tywyn, Mid Wales, now in its 33rd year, is organized by the Tywyn Rotary Club and is centred around the Talyllyn Railway. There are shorter races in the morning, but the main event is the 14 mile multi-terrain race in the afternoon. Both the runners and the train are started by the train whistle ordered by the timekeeper. The run consists of 7 miles out to Abergynolwyn and 7 miles back, this time on the other side of the track, definitely the harder half of the course. The aim is to stay ahead of the train, which tends to take 1 hour 47, so beating it is only a possibility for the faster men and a handful of women. However, it is just as much fun being overtaken by the train, which is carrying friends and family cheering the runners on. I went with two non-Harrier friends. Unfortunately the weather was not good, with heavy rain and gale force winds of up to 50 miles an hour, though thankfully it was not actually cold. As a result conditions underfoot were extremely muddy. The undulating course consists of 1 mile of road at the start and finish, some unmade farm tracks, fields, and narrow sheep tracks on steep hillsides, where I wished that I had a longer right than left leg after a couple of miles of it. Added to that we had the gale blowing against us on the return leg. All in all it felt like a very long XC race. Thankfully I had decided to wear my mudclaws which were definitely the right shoes for the conditions on the day, I seemed to have far fewer problems with the mud than some around me. I ran the race mainly for enjoyment but did try and push-on at a steady pace, and was pleased with my time of 2 hours 32. We were rewarded with an excellent goodie bag including t-shirt, medal and an abundance of healthy snacks. To my mind the real heroes of the day were the marshals and water station people who had stood outside in atrocious conditions for the entire day to look after us.
Race website
Results ...

(1  1:28:14 Paul Green, Sale Harriers)
659 2:32:36 Petra Bijsterveld
834 ran

Run To The Castle Ultra, Sat 20 August

From Neil Bloor ... Alison and I ran the 42 mile run to the castle ultra which goes from Aberdovey to Harlech along the Welsh coastal path. It is fair to say that the weather was not with us! Starting out along the beach the gale force winds were pushing waves up the beach so we already had wet feet before we found safety in the dunes. Along Tywyn prom was probably life threatening (see photo) and meant we were soaked to the skin in sea water after only 5 miles. After this it was a constant battle against the wind with some steep hills in the first half and regular heavy showers. The second half is a lot flatter however the whole way required some good map reading despite being a signed path with additional red arrows and tape. Very pleased to finish 36th and 37th out of a field of 50, nearly half the normal number of runners given the conditions. For us it was just about finishing and raising money for CRY (cardiac risk in the young) following the untimely death of Alison's younger brother a year ago. If anyone would like to sponsor us it is not too late
This was Alison's first ultra marathon and we found the event well organised and there was some great cameraderie amongst the runners.
First in was a fabulous 6:42 by Julian Ayres.

Pendle Three Peaks English championship race, Sat 20 August

From Alison Weston ... Only Jack and I entered the 5th English championship race. (16km/870m) Bit wet and windy in comparison with recent weather but Jack had a flyer to finish 13th overall in 1hr 20. I finished well over half an hour later in 1hr 56 and was pretty low down in my age category but it was a good course and very well organised. A small section of fence and wall had been removed for the race but was rebuilt before the prize giving took place!
Results ...

(1 75:41 Sam Tosh, Rossendale)
13 80:54 Jack Wood
229 finished

(1  94:06 Sharon Taylor, Helm Hill)
39 116:51 Alison Weston
77 finished

parkruns, Sat 20 August

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Woodhouse Moor Leeds
(1  18:11 Matthew Akpan, U/A)
48  21:43 Tom Worboys
318 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  16:42 Elliot Hind, Leighton Buzzard)
2   19:13 Paul Carman
14  22:02 Jann Smith
97  30:52 Polly Crawley (junior)
139 ran

(1  18:18 Thomas Durcan, Derwent AC)
56  28:29 Fiona Schneider
102 ran

Peckham Rye
(1  17:12 Andy Bond, Dulwich AC)
2   17:17 Alex Hirst
146 ran

Hardmoor Wainstones Trail Race, Sun 14 August

Vince Gibbons reports ... Bernie Gibbons was first female vet 60 at the Hardmoor Wainstones Trail Race (9.6 mile course with 1,900 feet of climbing) in 2hr 10min. Tough course on a gloriously sunny day at Chopgate, Great Broughton, Teesside.

Sedbergh Hills fell race, Sun 14 August

Results ...

(1 2h26:55 Steven Snape, Salford)
64 3h27:24 Robin Nicholson
96 finished

Littondale road and fell races, Sat 13 August

From Petra Bijsterveld... I went to the Littondale Gala in Arncliffe for the 2nd time with two non-Harrier friends from Reading. The road race is a 4 mile out and back course along the river, not as flat as you might imagine being in the valley bottom, mainly downhill out and uphill back, and we were treated to a stiff summer breeze against us to add to the uphill. Jack Wood and I were the only Harriers in the road race, which was won by Daniel Cliffe from Liverpool in a new course record of 19:43 (he has a 5K PB of 14:00 - I was rather starstruck briefly chatting to him in the tea rooms). Jack came 6th against some fast competition. My Reading friends raced well, Colin coming in as 3rd M50 and Tom, who turned 80 last month, winning the M80 category! It being a small race (77) I had hoped to perhaps win the F50 category but a Settle runner beat me to it. I was happy with my running and a time of 33:47 though. A bottle of Wharfedale Blonde for all finishers made it even more worthwhile.
The fell race is a steep course, 1.9m and 459 ft, and not the sort of terrain for me. Jack Wood and Norman Bush flew the flag for Ilkley. My friend Colin decided he might as well do a Yorkshire fell race and bravely joined the 98 hardy Northern fell runners on the start line. The race was won by Simon Bailey, followed by Ted Mason and Jack was 3rd. Norman came 51st looking very strong! Colin held the honour of the Reading Road Runners high by coming 67th.
I saw a lot of Ilkley Juniors in the junior fell races. I can recommend this gala as a lovely family day out and it would be great to see some more Harriers running next year!

Photos on Woodentops ...

Fell race results ...

(1 10:27 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
3  11:20 Jack Wood
51 16:03 Norman Bush
98 finished
Road race results ...

(1 19:43 Daniel Cliffe, Liverpool)
6  21:44 Jack Wood
50 33:47 Petra Bijsterveld
77 finished

parkruns, Sat 13 August

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:41 Steve Collins)
8   18:51 Paul Carman
40  21:22 Jann Smith
209 27:15 Julie Elmes
364 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:36 Lee Athersmith, RAF AC)
55  26:07 Daniel Fazackerley (junior)
82  28:24 Fiona Schneider
148 ran

1   17:50 Cameron Reilly (junior)
61  25:00 Arthur Reilly
179 ran

Peckham Rye
(1  17:11 Timothy Bowen, Dulwich Runners)
2   17:31 Alex Hirst
107 ran

Kings Challenge, Thu 11 August

Woodentops photos

From Michael Lomas... Four Harriers went over to Silsden on Thursday night for the Kings Challenge. With only 17 runners in previous years it was a surprise to see at least double the amount milling outside the Kings Arms for the start. Organisers quickly stopping cars on the street for a 100m dash up the main road before turning off, through the houses and out onto the clag on the moor up to the trig at long ridge end and back. A bit of local knowledge helps on this race as the markers were a bit sparse, I thought following a Wharfie would see me right but even he went wrong! Jann Smith ran a stunning race and was first lady across the line after chasing down the Monica from Wharfedale. Paul and I came in the top ten and Martyn Stocker finished strongly in 24th.
Results ...

(1 39:59 James Hall, Wharfedale)
7  46:00 Paul Carman
9  47:48 Michael Lomas
22 56:06 Jann Smith  1st lady
24 56:56 Martyn Stocker
44 finished

Round Hill fell race, Sun 7 August

From Paul Stephens ... After a hot and sunny Saturday it was a relief to have it windy and overcast for the 2016 Round Hill fell race. It was good racing conditions - firm underfoot but not too hard and the strong wind never seemed to be coming straight at you. Only 7 Ilkley Harriers made the short trip with Martin Archer the first male Harrier home and Sarah Hayes the first female. I was pleased with my time and position - in the top half (just) and less than 2 minutes slower than my last attempt in 2013. But there were still 4 M60s in front of me! Michael Lomas wasn't far behind Martin Archer with Dave Robson a couple of minutes further back. I'd overtaken Mike Baldwin about 2 miles in and was able to hold him off. I also overtook Martin Stocker with about 3 miles to go but he was too strong and finished 30 seconds in front of me. It was Sarah Haye's first time at Round Hill and she was 5th LV40 home.
Results ...

(1    55:50 Lee Athersmith. Wharfedale)
14  1:01:03 Martin Archer
19  1:01:52 Michael Lomas
23  1:04:11 David Robson
62  1:13:50 Martin Stocker
67  1:14:09 Paul Stephens
74  1:16:01 Mike Baldwin
123 1:30:39 Sarah Hayes
151 finished

Cross Bay Challenge, Sun 7 August

From Fiona Schneider ... This half marathon is described as a challenge for a reason and Sunday did not disappoint with deafening headwind roaring across the bay. The direction changed from my previous effort, the race was run East to west Lancashire to Cumbria and 8 miles into the wind. Underfoot is surprisingly variable with the need to ford channels and rivers well above knee level, splash through puddles and portholes, squelch into mud and some solid sand. Conditions were reported as the most difficult yet, but I love this wilderness and the privilege of running across it safely outweigh any extra effort needed this year. It would be a great day out for an IH league run.

(1  1:37:17 Lewis Barton 
206 2:47:50 Fiona Schneider 40th Fv
215 Finished

Hoad Hill Half Marathon, Sun 7 August

From Helen Waddington... Only the second year for this multi-terrain and hilly event. There is also a full marathon and a children's mile race. Brilliantly organised and heavily supported by GlaxoSmithKline which has a large factory in Ulverston and employs 300 locally, I think it's the only event I've ever done where the police stopped traffic for the runners at the two road crossings. Multi-terrain includes road, track, field, beach and moorland and the 'half' in the half marathon description actually means closer to 14 miles, but who's counting. I was getting fed up of long road runs in preparation for the autumn Yorkshire marathon so this was a very welcome break from the routine. I would highly recommend it, but be prepared for the kick at the end which laid waste to a few runners who hadn't left enough in the tank.

(1 1:30:00 Joe Kenny)
53 2:04:46 Helen Waddington
154 ran

Borrowdale fell race, Sat 6 August

From Alison Weston... A warm beautiful day for Borrowdale fell race 27km/2000m today (4th English championship race) though it was still really tough. Jack Wood came a brilliant 17th overall out of about 400 runners, followed by Brian Melia and Outi Kamarian who both ran well and Alison Weston (3V50). Kate Archer had a great run all the way to Great Gable but unfortunately had to retire at Honister feeling unwell.
Results ...

(1  2h49:21 Ricky Lightfoot, Ellenborough)
17  3h13:50 Jack Wood
204 4h25:58 Brian Melia
232 4h36:15 Outi Kamarainen
237 4h36:58 Alison Weston
352 finished

parkruns, Sat 6 August

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Bradford Lister Park
(1  18:09 Martin Fillingham, Saltair Striders)
16  21:14 Tom Worboys
139 26:58 Hilda Coulsey
371 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:00 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
96  29:26 Neve Tennant (junior)
150 ran

Fountains Abbey
1   17:27 Euan Brennan (junior)
2   18:11 Dominic Coy (junior)
4   18:29 Stephen Coy
108 26:11 Gaenor Coy
250 ran

Peckham Rye
(1  17:28 Philip Sanders, Kent AC)
5   18:06 Alex Hirst
125 ran

Ilkley Harriers of the Month, July

Runner of the month:
Sarah Pickering
who won the FRA U18 champs Other nominations were:
Gavin Lamb for Muker, Addingham and Bingley performances
Harry and Robert Sime for Bramham 10k run and report and dedication to Tuesdays
Jemima Elgood for Addingham fell race
Jane McCarthy for Ultimate Trails Lakes 100k
Kate Archer for Snowdon
Andrew Merrick for Ultimate Lakes 100
Dan Wilkinson for Ingleborough 1st V40.
Volunteer of the month:
Val Kerr
for recent Washburn and Danefield relays and previous relay organisations together with long and successful committee work Other nominations were:
Abigail Bailey for leading Improvers group having really good feedback
Dan Wilkinson for another outstanding Addingham Gala race organisation

More Harriers of the Month ...

Cowling Gala, Sat 30 July

From Robin Nicholson ... Results ...

(1 19:25 Matthew Mackay, Rossendale)
7  21:56 Steve Turland
9  22:09 Robin Nicholson
39 finished

Rydal Round fell race, Thu 28 July

From Alison Weston ... Jack Wood, Mary Gibbons and I left Ilkley with intention of running the Rydal Round AM fell race (really the Fairfield Horseshoe) at the Ambleside Sports day but a few minutes before the race started the course was shortened considerably due to poor weather conditions. So we all ran a 4 mile very steep route to the top of Nab Scar and back the same way. Jack was 3rd and Mary and I some time later! (no official results as yet).

Ambleside Sports fell race, Thu 28 July

From Alison Weston ... As the above race was pretty short we then persuaded each other (following bacon sandwiches and lots of tea!) to also run the BOFRA 2 mile race later in the afternoon. More runners turned up for this championship race but Jack still managed 9th position and Iain Gibbons 7th V40. I have never run twice in a day before never mind racing and my legs strongly objected! BOFRA's may be short but they're certainly not easy.
Results ...

(1 13:56 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
9  15:47 Jack Wood
24 17:51 Iain Gibbons
72 21:59 Alison Weston
76 22:19 Mary Gibbons
118 fisnished

Pomona King of the Mountains, Sun 24 Jul

From Mark Mon-Williams ... Pomona is a small town in the hinterland of Noosa (Queensland, Australia) that has a single distinguishing feature - a large lump of volcanic rock named Mount Cooroora. In 1958, a bloke called Bruce (what else?) ran to the top of Mount Cooroora (438m) and told his mates in the bar (where else?) that he'd managed it in under an hour. Bruce's mates didn't believe him and so he did a demonstration run and thereby started the annual "King of the Mountain" race. The KoM race is now a big event in the area and attracts a large crowd. The race itself makes Coniston Gullies look like a parkrun...there is a large rock section with a chain that runners need to negotiate to get to the top. Ruaridh Mon-Williams was holidaying in Queensland with his family (returning to Brisbane - his birthplace - for the first time in 18 years) and decided he'd enter the race. The race was a fantastic affair with the runners first doing a short run down the main street (where the race starts and ends) and being introduced to the crowd. The whole community line the route and there are more rescuers on the mountain than runners. Ruaridh had a great run to finish in third place and first under 20 year old, with first place going to the 2016 Australian Mountain Running champion (Mark Bourne) and second place to a New Zealand runner. Ruaridh's parents were delighted (primarily with the fact that the small print about competitive sports in the travel insurance didn't need to be contested...) but now worrying about how to get his prize (a unicycle) home...
Results ...

(1 23:53 Mark Bourne)
3  27:18 Ruaridh Mon-Williams (1st Mens Junior)
94 finished

Trans d'Havet Harrier, Sun 23 July

From Alex Hirst ... on Saturday I completed the Trans d'Havet mountain marathon in the Italian Alps. Running up and down some pretty intense peaks for 40k (the short race!)
Out of 250 on the start line only about 150 completed the race (of which I was 74) with my good friend from the States Braden who currently lives in Florence alongside me. As the only Brit and American we gave the event an international flavour!
Results(not a marathon PB event) ...

Bingley Show fell race, Sat 23 July

Photos and provisional results on

1  38:17 Tom Adams
11 47:11 Martin Archer
12 48:06 Gavin Lamb
144 finished?

Lakes Sky Ultra, Sat 23 July

From Brian Melia ... What a fantastic race this turned out to be. Beautifully organised and supported on a very technical route.
Starting on the streets of Ambleside we climbed up to Fairfield via Dove Crag & Hart Crag, before dropping down across the scree slopes to Grisedale Tarn (CP1) and then traversing the Helvellyn massif. One of the best descents in the Lake District, Swirral Edge (grade 0.5 scramble), gives way to the classic mountain top of Catstycam (CP2) before plunging down the north-west ridge to the valley floor below (CP3 + Feed Station) . Climbing back up, onto Birkhouse Moor (CP4) and joy of running the whole length of Striding Edge (CP5 & easy grade 1 scrambling), before the route tops out back on the Helvellyn massif. Countouring around the top of the headwall of Nethermost Cove, leads onto the lesser-known line off Nethermost Pike (CP6), dropping into Grisedale on ropes. A short & very sharp uphill grind onto the Grisedale face of St. Sunday Crag (CP7) then there was exposure and steepness of Pinnacle Ridge itself (grade 3). Tasty! and great fun with rope assistance.
There was a great fast descent into Patterdale (CP8) and the chance for a refuel at the supplied aid station before climbing once again onto the high tops, via Boardale Hause (CP9) to visit Angle Tarn, The Knott and High Street. Another bone shaking descent off Long Stile passing Blea Water and down the valley to join the track (CP10) leading up past Small Water, on to Nan Bield Pass and back to the summits, bearing round a beauty of a track at the head of the Kentmere Valley. Some fantastic undulating running from The Beacon through Threshthwaite Mouth and over Caudale Moor to Kirkstone Pass via St Ravens Edge down to Kirsktone Pass Inn (CP11). One last climb - up Red Screes (CP12) and then the fast easy 5km descent back to Ambleside.
I was 30th in 10hrs 30 mins. There were quite a few Dragon Back racers so we had a good catch up over good food and coffee.

Cracoe fell race, Sun 17 July

From Mary Gibbons ... 2.6 miles, 900 feet of climbing. Straight up, around the 'pointy thing' and back down again... the tried and tested fell formula. Well done to the Gibbons pair (not related) out for Ilkley Harriers.
Results ...

(1 21:05 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
13 25:25 Iain Gibbons
52 31:31 Mary Gibbons
86 finished

Bramham 10k, Sun 17 July

From Harry Sime ... Robert Sime and I were at this inaugural 10k run in Bramham. It was a very friendly event ran by the Parish council. Lots of marshals and a large pavilion with changing rooms and most importantly lots of home made cakes and refreshments at the end plus a medal and loads of free photos. A nice quick first km on the road was as easy as it got with some fairly rough tracks making up most of the course. It was quite undulating and a very steep 200m climb in the final km. Virtually no shade and very little breeze so it felt much warmer than 19 degrees. We were quite steady paced ignoring the first km and glad to both cross the finish at 49.37 or thereabouts. Within hours got a message about improvements planned for 2017. Nice car and tractor free course.
Results ...

(1 35:46 Paul Milgate, Wetherby)
36 49:36 Harry Sime
37 49:38 Robert Sime
64 56:17 Timothy Ratcliffe
103 finished

Snowdon Internation mountain race, Sat 16 July

From Alison Weston ... Four Harriers took part in the Snowdon Internation mountain race up and down from Llanberis. It was wet and misty but not unpleasant running conditions. Michael Lomas had a great race to be first back for the Harriers in 1:29:07, followed by Kate Archer 7th lady in 1:36:15, Alison Weston 1:47:02 (2nd LV50) and Martyn Stocker 1.52:15. Results ...

Ingleborough fell race, Sat 16 July

From Dan Wilkinson ... A classic up and down gala race from Ingleton to the top of Ingleborough. Billed as an AM category race, it's got to be the easiest of this category on the calendar, useful for anyone wanting qualifying races for the likes of the 3 Peaks. I managed to place in the top 10 and with the V40 prize so I came home with my best prize haul at a race ever £35 in Pete Bland vouchers. Nick Pearce won the V60 category and Paul Carman and Jane McCarthy also ran placing well.
Results ...

(1 48:53 Nick Leigh, Horwich)
6  53:12 Dan Wilkinson
17 56:25 Paul Carman
42 63:15 Nick Pearce
47 64:20 Jane McCarthy
76 68:35 Jann Smith
128 finished

DT 30 Muker, Sat 16 July

From Gavin Lamb ... Great series of races which I will be putting all 3 in my diary for next year, albeit I was underprepared on this one when my legs packed in with 10km to go!

(1 2.30:21 Ben Hukins)
11 2.53:03 Gavin Lamb
217 finished

parkruns, Sat 16 July

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

Harrogate Stray
(1  17:18 Ciaran Forde, Horsforth Harriers)
189 26:45 Julie Elmes
348 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
(1  18:16 Mark Callaghan, Dulwich Runners)
2   18:27 Alex Hirst
207 ran

Temple Newsam
(1  17:59 Dominic Petersen, Leeds City AC)
25  22:27 Tom Worboys
181 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  16:53 Matthew Merrick, Bingley Harriers)
84  27:05 Polly Crawley (junior)
182 ran

Washburn Valley relays, Fri 15 July

From Val Kerr ... We had 3 mixed teams and 1 men's team in these relays, run around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs in the Washburn Valley. As is customary for this event there was a lovely friendly atmosphere with plenty of support on the final 'hill' at the end of each leg. The evening was warm and muggy, which made the running more difficult than it should have been for the distances involved and brought the midges out in force as the evening went on. There were some great performances with Jack Cummings finishing in 2nd place and Paul Carmen finishing in 6th place on Leg 1 and Martin Archer finishing in 7th place on Leg 2.

Ilkley Late Arrivals
Leg 1    Paul Carmen          18:49 (6)
Leg 2    Martin Archer        24:31 (7)
Leg 3    Andrew Sheldon       22:24 (27)
(1:05:44 - final position 8)

Ilkley Mixed Bag
Leg 1    Jack Cummings        17:27 (2)
Leg 2    Ben Joynson          26:25 (10)
Leg 3    Mary Gibbons         23:45 (40)
(1:07:37 - final position 15)    

Ilkley Mixed Spice
Leg 1    Jean Sullivan        23:44 (39)
Leg 2    Jane McCarthy        27:34 (35)
Leg 3    Richard Joel         21:17 (14)
(1:12:35 - final position 27)

Ilkley Allsorts
Leg 1    Val Kerr              25:15 (55)
Leg 2    Andrew Jackson        30:04 (50)
Leg 3    Petra Bijsterveld     28:04 (65)
(1:23:23 - final position 57)
(72 teams took part)

Ilkley Harriers Race League

From Jane McCarthy ... The Harriers League is now up to date to include the three races in June - Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon, HDSRL(3) at Thirsk (Road) and Buckden Pike Fell Race. There were many strong Harrier performances - including top 3 finishes for Matt Cox at Wharfedale Half and Jack Wood second at Buckden Pike. From a League perspective, the best scores (age adjusted) were earned by Matt Cox and Nick Pearce (102 and 101 points for the Wharfedale Half), Norman Bush with 101 points at Buckden Pike, and Sally Malir with 98 points for Thirsk. With results to the end of June, Jack Wood still leads the Fell category (4 races), Hilda Coulsey now leads Trail (4 races) and Steve Murray leads Road (3 races). Overall, Lucy Williamson is still in top position after 8 races and 674 points, followed by Michael Duffield. Peter Lewis cleverly nominated an excellent result at Beamsley Fell as his Wildcard and moves to 6th place. Nick Pearce, after recent superb results is in 5th, with the highest average race score after completing 5 League races. Plenty more to come! We have had Addingham Gala last weekend, and next races in August are Round Hill in Fell (7th August) and Burnsall 10 in Road (24th August). Good Luck Everyone! More ...

Leeds 10K, Sun 10 July

From David Green ... Eleven Harriers took part in the 10th Jane Tomlinson Race for All Leeds 10

(1   31:51 Jamil Parapia, Leeds City A.C.)
417  44:22 Rhys Jones
476  44:41 Erin Keating
526  45:44 Harry Sime
543  45:52 Robert Sime
1323 49:47 David Green
1443 52:26 Charlotte Smithson
1684 52:35 Alex Hyde
3001 62:24 Abigail Bailey
3389 52:12 William Woodhead
3594 52:57 Donna Hattersley
5421 68:13 Annabel Bailey
6733 finished

Addingham Gala fell race, Sat 9 July

From Dan Wilkinson ... The Gala Race, now in its 7th year, was won by Liam Dunne and our own Jemima Elgood who smashed the women's course record by 45 seconds and came 4th overall. A great turnout from Harriers with Paul Carman and Jann Smith both in the top 3.

(1 44:08 Liam Dunne, Otley)
2  44:40 Paul Carman
4  46:17 Jemima Elgood
5  46:40 Gavin lamb
8  48:13 Dave Robson
9  49:07 Richard Joel
10 49:36 David Foyston
18 52:05 Julian Carter
20 52:19 Stephen Murray
22 52:27 John Hayes
26 54:10 Paddy Hagan
30 55:12 Jann Smith
44 62:25 Geoff White
48 65:03 Peter Lewis
56 finished

Borrowdale half marathon, Sat 9 July

From Paul Sugden ... results ...

(1  1:40:07 Oliver Smith)
42  2:17:55 Stuart Herrington
83  2:38:10 Dave Ibbotson
120 3:04:43 Paul Sugden
121 3:04:45 Donna Hattersley
150 ran

Sedbergh Sports fell race, Sat 9 July

From Alison Weston ... Kate, Martin and myself took part in the Sedbergh English and British fell race on Saturday. A short and steep marked route (5.6km/400m) in wet, misty weather. It was very competitive with men and women racing separately and runners packed closely together. Graham's photos (though much appreciated) are not very complimentary to many runners - everyone looks pretty spent by the time they got to the final descent!
Graham Weston's photos.

(1  24:58 Simon Bailey, Mercia)
122 31:30 Martin Archer
232 ran

(1 29:05 Victoria Wilkinson, Bingley)
36 36:36 Kate Archer
48 37:33 Alison Weston
98 finished

Baildon Canter, Sat 9 July

From Robin Nicholson ... results ...

(1 1920 Micaael Malyon, Bsildon)
8  23:00 Robin Nicholson

Wasdale fell race, Sat 9 July

(1 4h11:35 Neil Talbot, Ambleside)
65 6h08:40 Brian Melia
84 finished

parkruns, Sat 9 July

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A first finish for Alex Hirst down at Hilly Fields this week. Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:54 unknown)
14  18:49 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
289 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  18:04 Mark Bryant, Harrogate Harriers)
30  21:01 Tom Worboys
185 26:13 Julie Elmes
379 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  17:45 Sam Watson, Wharfedale Harriers)
63  27:14 Polly Crawley (junior)
130 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
1   17:24 Alex Hirst 
192 ran

Stirton fell race, Wed 6 July

From Jann Smith ... 5.6miles / 1181ft

(1 38:55 Sam Watson, Wharfedale)
3  40:18 Paul Carman
28 50:10 Jann Smith
76 ran

Danefield Relays, Tue 5 July

From Val Kerr ... It was fantastic to get five teams out for these relays on Tuesday evening (three men's and two ladies teams). Conditions were perfect for running - sunny and slightly breezy, which kept the midges at bay. There were some great performances especially from Jack Cummings, Dave Wilby (making a return to running after injury) (12th team) and Rosie Darwood, running one of her first races for the club. I was a spare but ran round the course anyway and received much support from the marshalls! The race was won by a team from Pudsey and Bramley. 113 teams took part. Results ...

Skiddaw fell race, Sun 3 July

From Robin Nicholson ... Results ...

(1 65:18 Jonathan Albon, U/A)
46 88:04 Ruaridh Mon-Williams
59 89:33 Robin Nicholson
135 finished

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, 2-3 July

From Sarah Edwards ... For those that don't know the Saunders is a two day event where competitors set off from an event centre somewhere in the lakes on Saturday morning. This year we started at Pooley Bridge. They must navigate through a number of control points to end the day at a mid camp, which was in Deepdale this year. You carry your kit for two days including tent, sleeping bag, stove, food, spare clothes etc, camp overnight Saturday then return to the event centre via an alternative route through Sunday. There are a number of different courses of varying length and difficulty, most of which require you to work as a team of 2. I did the Wansfell (bottom) class this year with my dad. He completed the Joss Naylor challenge last weekend in 13 hours 39 so we thought we'd best stick to the easiest option. The weather was wet and windy on Saturday making for a chilly day in the hill for all. We were lucky to arrive at mid camp at 12.00 noon and avoided the worst of the weather snuggled in our tent. Others were not so lucky. Sarah and John Hayes had a gruelling 8 hour day in Kirkfell class and arrived very cold a wet late in the afternoon. Visibility was pretty good allowing for quick navigation. Sunday dawned much brighter and warmer with beautiful views across the lakes. Dad and I set off 4th in the chasing start and made up a place despite a navigation error that cost us a good 15 mins. We finished 3rd overall. My wife and mum did their first mountain marathon as a team and finished 53rd after some great navigation and effort by both.

From Mary Gibbons ... I agreed to do the Kirkfell Class with my friend Simon Freytag in a moment of madness. Outi Kamarainen and Edward Ingham (Aire) finished 21st overall. They were the fourth mixed pair in 11:09:02. Simon and I were 41st overall and seventh mixed team in 14:16:29.
This was my first mountain marathon: I throughly enjoyed it, despite the unrelenting rain on Day One and falling over on the top of High Street! The exhilarating landscapes and sense of achievement on crossing the line made it memorable. I strongly recommend it. Special thanks to Outi, Alison, Ben and Jack for sound advice (and kit). Your encouragement has been greatly appreciated; we are lucky to have you at the club.

Results ...

Eccup 10, Sun 3 July

From Petra Bijsterveld ... Results ...

(1    53:46 Jason Cherriman, Leeds City AC)
102 1:11:10 Rachel Carter 2nd F40
304 1:21:10 David Ibbotson
377 1:24:00 Caroline Howe
475 1:28:53 Donna Hattersley
479 1:29:13 Alex Stanley-Hyde
559 1:33:40 Petra Bijsterveld
821 ran

Lakeland Trails 110km, Sat 2 July

From Jane McCarthy ... Dick Waddington, Andrew Merrick and I took on the 110km Ultimate Trails Challenge (second year for Dick and I, Andrew Merrick doing it for the first time to make the 3-strong Harrier 'team') at the weekend. This as a tough, challenging ultra marathon course over (almost) 110km through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District. It includes 6 mountain passes, 5 lakes, 14,000 ft ascent/descent, and with (thank goodness) 8 feed stations. The weather was also challenging this year, with our midnight start shortly preceded with torrential rain that resulted in a 'waterproof trousers on/ trousers off' routine on the start line. This set the tone for most of the next 16 hours, which, while still showcasing our beautiful Lake District, was evenly soggy and boggy aswell. From my own personal viewpoint, it felt harder than last year. Not as much training as I should have done, coupled with a cold last week, and I thought I might pull out early on. But having made it halfway, and being met by Helen (Waddington) who provided hot tea and a restaurant-style selection of food, I started to feel a lot better and decided it would be a bit rubbish not to continue. Especially as Helen was going to be at the rest of the checkpoints, along with lots of friendly supporters giving us a welcome cheer and reassurance that it wasn't too far to go (even though it really was). Andrew, Dick and I stuck together for most of the way which made the whole experience much more enjoyable. Dick ran strongly throughout and Andrew put in an amazing performance for his first time at this sort of distance. I would recommend the event to anyone looking to take on a big distance challenge, but without the stress of navigating. There is also a 55km option, which looking at the relatively fresh and bright finishers coming in amongst the 110km finishers (the 55km having started at 10am) might be worth considering.
Results ...

(1 12h36:07 Andrew Horrobin, U/A)
42 16h19:09 Jane McCarthy 3rd lady
43 16h19:10 Dick Waddington
49 16h35:22 Andrew Merrick
211 finished

European Mountain Running Championships, Sat 2 July

Well done to Tom Adams, 17th overall and part of the Bronze-winning GB team.

parkruns, Sat 2 July

From Petra Bijsterveld ... A first finish for Alex Hirst down at Hilly Fields this week. Results ...

Leeds Woodhouse Moor
(1  16:52 Nick Little, U/A)
74  22:05 Harry Stead (junior)
428 ran

Harrogate Stray
(1  16:59 unknown)
45  21:40 Jann Smith
362 ran

Leeds Roundhay Park
(1  18:09 unknown)
25  21:27 Tom Worboys
270 ran

Hilly Fields Lewisham
1   17:44 Alex Hirst
210 ran

Skipton Aireville Park
(1  18:00 Jake Ridding U/A)
3   18:24 Oscar Stapleton (junior)
9   20:37 Steve Murray
22  22:50 Robert Budding
26  23:11 Will Worboys
57  25:34 Polly Crawley (junior)
134 ran

Fountains Abbey
(1  16:56 Gary Dunn, Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers)
78  23:39 Norman Bush
302 ran

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