This is about Ladies Fell, XC and Off-Road activity. I am aiming to do regular reports for general interest and the Committee. If I have missed your race or didn’t spot you in the the results drop me a few lines about it and your results to include in the next one. I have included some references to the older junior ladies also as they are starting to join senior teams when the opportunity arises; their full results will be reported elsewhere. Becky Weight – Ladies Fell Manager.
Fellsman 16 & 17 April 2016 61miles 11,000’ ascent
The Fellsman is a long distance walk event in the Yorkshire Dales for walkers and runners starting at Ingleton, heading to north to Dent via Ingleborough and Whernside, then east over several fells to Buckden Pike, then south to Grassington. Alison Barrett set off with support from Neil, who had to withdraw due to injury, and recorded the following times at various checkpoints : Ingleton 8.30, Hill Inn 10.43, Kingsdale 13.01, Dent 16.04, Stonehouse 19.11, Redshaw 21.45, FleetMoss 01.10, Cray 06.40. That feels like at least 40miles to me in 22 hours – well done Alison. I don’t know what the weather was like that weekend and am not clear what happened next. I know the event was moved forward a couple of weeks to avoid clashes with other events so there would be less daylight. Alison – send me a few lines to tell us about your experience
Bunny Relays 19 Apr 2016 3 x 1.5ms 92 teams of all complexions
We (ladies, girls, boys and men) ran in all sorts of combinations at the Bunny Relays – I think I picked up all the Harriers results below . Bingley Bunny Bears, Super Heroes and Beach Bunnies all won fancy dress Easter egg prizes. Can you spot who’s who? Photos courtesy of Woodentops.
29 BINGLEY BUNNIES MIXED RUBY FIRTH 43 12.18 ELIZA FINDLAY 34 12.24 24.42 JONNY SUTCLIFFE 11.42 36.24 73
33 TRY HARDS MIXED JOHN BOOTHMAN 41 12.13 JONATHAN PHILLIPS 30 12.10 24.23 BECKY WEIGHT 13.28 37.51 25
44 ODDS AND ENDS MIXED STUART GALL 82 15.04 LESLEY WATSON 64 12.48 27.52 ROBERT THOMPSON 11.10 39.02 19
48 3 BECOME 1 F AMY FRANCIS 40 12.10 VICTORIA MERRICK 39 13.20 25.30 ELLIE SUNMAN 14.15 39.45 40
54 BINGLEY BEAUTIES GU16 GRACE DAWSON 53 12.56 KATIE SMITH 49 13.41 26.37 LUCY MILLER 13.31 40.08 46
76 BINGLEY HARRIERS BUNNY BEARS FANCY DRESS – MIXED VICKY OMELIANOWICZ 84 15.22 NATALIE PADGET 80 15.37 30.59 JOHN ARNOTT 13.19 44.18 77
90 BEACH BUNNIES FANCY DRESS- FAMILY ROSE FINDLAY 91 16.46 SOPHIE FINDLAY 88 15.13 31.59 JAKE FINDLAY 18.16 50.15 83
92 BINGLEY HARRIERS SUPERHEROS FANCY DRESS – FAMILY MARTIN FAIRALL 96 20.31 SAMMY GRAVESON 92 13.40 34.11 RICHARD MURRAY 18.29 52.30 51
3 THE HOLMSEYS’ HARRY HOLMES 4 9.41 CHRISTIAN HOLMES 3 9.47 19.28 IAN HOLMES 9.25 28.53 10
4 FLUFFY BUMS MATTHEW MERRICK 5 9.54 DAVE KIRKHAM 6 10.34 20.28 TOM ADAMS 8.47 29.15 66
51 EGGSELLENT RUNNERS BU12 OLIVER PEACE 61 13.33 JAKE WALLIS 53 13.20 26.53 CALLUM WATSON 13.05 39.58 69
62 MARTIN’S MUPPETS JOSHUA SPENCER 85 15.24 MARTIN PEACE 50 11.13 26.37 RICHARD DAWSON 14.29 41.06 72
68 JAKE & VICTORIA MIXED PETER JAGAN 83 15.16 VICTORIA CROWLEY 71 13.56 29.12 JAKE BAILEY 12.46 41.58 44
74 THE EGGHEADS V50 GARRY HATTON 79 14.51 ANDY MOORE 75 15.07 29.58 IAN BLAND 13.20 43.18 16
89 ONLY IN IT FOR THE CHOCOLATE MIXED REENA MISTRY 71 14.32 DOM HENRY 87 17.26 31.58 GILLIAN JAGO 17.03 49.01 82
95 JOE LONLEY BU14 JOSEPH CARNELLY 39 12.0
15 MATTHEW MERRICK 9.54 15th fastest leg
Bingley Harriers – Bob Smith (Spring) Handicap – 3.6ms, St Ives., Thu 28 April
Well done to Martin Bijl for taking charge of this. See Martin’s full report on the Website. Below are the girls & ladies results (* denotes junior / short course ~1.5ms).
3 Peaks Fell Race 37.4km (23.3m) 1608m (5279’) Sat 30th April 2016
Thanks to John Smithurst for his report on the Website http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/blog/2016/
But I couldn’t help including a little more – Vic, Ruth and Lesley were all really chuffed and surprised (as were all of us!) to get the Yorkshire Championship and event ladies team prize. Dave Woodhead’s photo says it all :
3 Peaks Yorkshire champs gold medal team Bingley Victoria Wilkinson, Ruth Whitehead and Lesley Watson
Lesley commented ‘It’s absolutely awesome to run the 3 Peaks, Then to win 2 team prizes, just tops the day off! Well done girls😀
Stephen Fry commented ‘Brilliant….Well done to all. Fantastic win for Vic, unbelievable run from Ruth so soon after having the baby, and superb run by Lesley knock 50 minutes of her time from last year….must be the training plan! ‘
To which Ruth responded : ‘Thank you, I enjoyed it but a bit stiff today x’. Ruth even clipped 3 minutes off her 2014 time. Ruth back in action – photo by D Woodhead.
Results out of 800 starters and 700 finishers :
|351st||Lesley Watson||Bingley Harriers & AC||FV40||04:27:21|
|286th||Ruth Whitehead||Bingley Harriers & AC||FV40||04:16:49|
|35th||Victoria Wilkinson||Bingley Harriers & AC||F||03:26:47|
Bluebell Trail Race 10.3 (hilly) ms, Halifax. Sun 1 May 2016
431 runners including 190 ladies, Rebecca Milne of Stainland Lions was first lady in 85.50 (65th overall). Ben Mounsey (SL) won the race in 61.10 – he admitted to doing hill reps (10 at a time!) on Trooper Lane – the steep cobbled climb up Beacon Hill out of Halifax. And it finishes with a river crossing!
32 489 79-14 J Robert Williams M35 Bingley Harriers
107 107 92-26 Marisol Carrera Vivar F45 Bingley Harriers
125 496 94-16 Becky Weight F55 Bingley Harriers
Marisol – 11F, 2F45, Becky – 16F, 1FV55
Up the Nab Fell Race AS 4.5ms Ascent – a lot! Sat 7 May
The exact route for Up the Nab (Whitley Nab near Charlesworth, Glossop, N Derbyshire) remained a mystery until the day. One map and description suggested a long steady climb from the start, a descent off the back of the Nab and small loop back up to the top and then bowl back down to the start. It was a fib. At least 5 substantial ascents including a couple steep enough for all fours for some made it feel like the longest 4.5ms I’ve done in good while. But a sunny day with a light breeze, running with no kit, and well marked and marshalled made it a real pleasure. It was a mixture of private land, footpath and open rough pasture and moorland between Charlesworth and Glossop. Charlesworth, on the edge of the Dark Peak with rocky gritstone edges and a finger of dark heathery moorland leading invitingly to Kinder Scout and beyond, is where I was brought up so quite familiar and doubly interesting for me to see places from my childhood from a different perspective.
Back to the race – great to get a team out again for the second English Fell Championship (EFC) race. The Ladies race went off at midday with just over 100 runners on the start line. Only a week after the Three Peaks many results spoke of who had raced at the Three Peaks and not. Victoria, with the Peaks in her legs, was second by 1.5mins to Heidi Dent (Howgill Harriers) having beaten her at Black Combe in March – a strong competiton to watch. Lesley said she felt she was ‘running but not going forward’. There were similar comments from others who had been at the 3Ps. Denise stopped to help a girl who had fallen and initially thought she had broken her ankle. I had a clear run tusselling with some of my age category competitors notably Wendy Dodds (actually a V65!) – maybe if she had not done the 3Ps I wouldn’t have beaten her!
2 141 VICTORIA WILKINSON SEN BINGLEY HARRIERS & AC 0:40:09
56 139 BECKY WEIGHT V55 BINGLEY HARRIERS & AC 0:52:19
63 137 LESLEY WATSON V40 BINGLEY HARRIERS & AC 0:53:11
81 149 DENISE WRIGHT V45 BINGLEY HARRIERS & AC 0:57:14
As a team, if I have counted the results correctly, we were 10th which will add a point in the EFC series, where we were lying 8th after Black Combe. The team championship is based on the best four of the series (6), with at least one short, medium and long, and different runners can run in each event. As the season progresses other teams will come into the competition so we may not hold our place but great to see us listed ;-). If you would like to support the team in one of the championship races just let me know. As a ‘short’ race this was open to over 16’s but it clashed with Hawkswick which was an English and Yorkshire Junior Championship event which was the priority for our young ladies. I haven’t heard much about it yet but the Woodentops photos show me it was a beautiful day for Evie Trusselle (U8), Eliza Findlay, Katie Smith and Lucy Miller (U16s) and Victoria Merrick (U18).
Victoria Wilkinson gains GB selection for World long distance mountain running championships in Slovenia 18th June 2016
Thanks to Ruth Whitehead for picking this up, and as reported in Athletics Weekly.
‘Congratulations to Vic on winning the trial race (3 Peaks) and GB selection for the world long distance mountain running champs which takes place in Slovenia on 18th June.’ Photo courtesy of Sport Sunday and Inov’s sponsorship of the 3 Peaks race.
Jack Bloor Fell Race, Ilkley – 8.4km, 350m ascent, age 16+, Tue 10th May 2016
Lesley was 102nd overall and 10th lady (out of 56) in a full field of ~200. The ladies winner was Sarah Hodgson (48th overall in 49.36), Lancaster & Morecombe (U23). The Ladies record 45.28 is held by Vic Wilkinson from 2010. Junior results not up yet.