Entries for the 2016 Bingley Show Trail Race are now open.
You can entry online or via the entry form available on the event page here
Entries for the 2016 Bingley Show Trail Race are now open.
You can entry online or via the entry form available on the event page here
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.
Rombalds Stride Sat 6 Feb 2016 Long Distance Walk 23ms
Long distance walks have fantastic food stops and lots of runners run them. Starting in Guiseley, it takes in some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery, up the Airedale Valley, over Rombalds Moor to Ilkley and across Otley Chevin. The website says first Sat of Feb for 2017. For Bingley ladies Rachael Sharples finished just behind fell running legend Wendy Dodds, Alison & Neil Barrett shared the day, as did Eleanor Kitchen with mum Diane. Averaging ~ 4m/hr there was clearly some running going on ;-).
There were 580 starters / 402 finshers / first lady 3.23 Rebecca Cesar de Sa
132 Rachael Sharples 4.41
206 Alison Barrett 5.45
207 Neil Barrett 5.45
236 Diane Kitchen 6.06
238 Eleanor Kitchen 6.06
Windy Hill Fell Race 13 Feb 2016 BM 9ms 1218’
I had a ‘free’ weekend and wanted a ‘longer run to work hard on’ so decided at the last minute to head over to Windy Hill. Early morning snow around Denholme made the journey exciting but it was clear on the other side of the Pennines at Littleborough. The website description tells of :
Beginning at Littleborough RUFC above Hollingworth Lake, it starts with a fast paced, undulating run to Draught Hill before being met with the memorable climb, up the Roman road. At the top, you are met with Pennine Way rock and stunning scenery. Now the fun part… A steady, fast paced 4-5 mile downhill on a rollercoaster-esque trail to the finish.
A reasonable description – I would add an open route with quite a lot on hard tracks, ‘fast paced downhill’ limited a little by muddy areas, and route finding easy with marshals at key junctions.
206 ran the race which was won by Ben Mounsey CVFR 56.36 and for ladies by Heidi Dent, Howgill Harriers, 16th overall, 67.14. My result was :
|124, 12/41F, 1FV55||Becky Weight||1:26:18.2|
Ilkley Moor Fell Race Sun 21 Feb 2016 AS, 8km, 401m
Challenging, technical and popular enough for pre-entry only. On the day it was very windy, mild, and muddy with a strong headwind along the top. Sue Fulton worked hard against the wind. MC enjoyed racing in and was very impressed with her new ‘mud-claws’ – gave her new grip and confidence in the mud and on steep slopes. For Denise the steep muddy descents towards the end were especially challenging.
315 runners, including 66 ladies led home by two youngsters Bronwen Jenkinson (U23, 51.11) and Jemima Elgood (U18, 52.36). The wind & mud ensured no records were broken.
11 Bingley men there also led home by Ian Holmes in 5th place in 42.24 and 1st V50.
Baildon Boundary Way (trail, half marathon) recces – Feb 16
Sue Fulton and Ann Marie Roper recced the new route post- flood route for the BBWay –
Several ladies are entered so looking forward to a good team day out.
National Cross Country Championships 2016; 27th Feb Donington Park
The ladies team didn’t make this due to last minute illness and injury (some not running related!) for runners and children. Alana Gill flew the flag for Bingley ladies running in the ladies race. It must have been a fantastic race with 700 ladies running , 84 full teams, and many more clubs represented. Well done Alana.
4422 Alana Gill BINGLEY HARRIERS & AC558 0:47:32
Midgeley Moor Sat 27th Feb 2016 AS 5 miles (8.04km) / 1250ft (381m)
A short local fell race, great to sharpen your legs up, and the first of the Bingley Fell Championship races (upto your best 8 races out of 13 – see the Bingley website http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/club-championships/fell-championships/ )
A few days dry weather and a dry day for the race meant the sometimes boggy topped run was reasonably runnable. Yes you did get wet feet but they weren’t in water all the time ;-). 103 runners turned up and for your £4 entry (proceeds to charity) you got a pair of socks, a map, and a pint of milk at the end. What is there not to like.
First lady home was – 17 (lady 1) Bronwen Jenkinson Eryri Harriers LU23 0:46:59 26
66 (lady 11) Becky Weight Bingley Harriers LV50 0:56:45 68
Peter Ellerton, pipped me at the post – as I ran carefully (protecting my twist prone feet) down the soft but steep and cow poddled, finishing field – and I thought he was a gentleman ;-), and Phil Hawkswell tusselled with a crowd of V50,60 & 70 ladies and gents
High Cup Nick Fell Race – Sat 27th Feb 2016 BM 15 Km 460m
In the women’s race, Victoria Wilkinson took nearly 3 minutes off her own course record, finishing 1st woman & 17th overall in somewhere around 1.07 (I can’t find the full results). Ricky Lightfoot was 1st in 1.00.01, 2nd Tom Addison of Helm Hill 1.00.07, 3rd Rob Hope, Pudsey & Bramley 1.01.04. As I can’t find the full results I don’t know if there were any other Bingley runners.
Harewood House Half Marathon Sun 28th Feb 2016 Offroad
Second year (I think) for this off –road HM on paths, trails and fields around the rolling / hilly Harewood House Estate – run by the British Heart Foundation. A sunny day for Ellie Kitchen, Vicky Omelianowicz, and new lady, Natalie Madgett. Also Natalie’s first off-road run – in borrowed trail shoes – thanks to Becky Holmes 😉 with a target of under 2 hours.
Great results for our three ladies all in the top third of almost 1000 runners and the top 15% of the ladies (433). (PS Website results are slightly different to on the day reports)
128, Ellie Kitchen, 1.43.29, 8th lady
158, Vicky Omelainovicz, 1.45.54, 8th lady
331, Natalie Madgett, 1.56.29, 62nd lady
Ultra-distance preparation and race recces Feb 16
Kate Farley “Today’s potter was 34 I think Rachel hill. I managed to consume a massive 600 calories…!” The bigger success appeared to be that Kate managed to keep the 600 calories down. 😉
Mon 29th Feb – Denise Wright, Lesley Watson, Becky Weight and Annie from Wharfedale drove (thanks Denise) to the south-west corner of the Lakes to recce Black Combe. A good day and a good recce. Cold on the very top where a ‘freezing cloud’ was forming delicate feathered frost on the grass, but otherwise we had good visibility and running conditions. Denise’s child hood memories of holidaying at Silecroft just between Black Combe and the coast, and more recently having run Black Combe served us well travelling and race route navigating. Two big climbs and descents – one very steep gave us a good workout and was great prep for the race in more ways than one. I for one definitely had ‘downhill thighs’ after.
Northern Masters Cross Country – Warrington – Sun 6 Mar
Black Combe Fell Race Sat 12 Mar 13km 1000m
The first English Fell Championship race and a ladies team on the start line – Vic Wilkinson, Denise Wright, Becky Weight and Mandy Clarke (although MC is just moving to Knavesmire as she lives in York). Lesley had to pull out at the last minute when Lily (Yr 4) was asked to run for Bradford Schools in the West Yorkshire School Games – she came 5th and was 2nd Bradford girl. Lily – what a brilliant result. Mum, and all the ladies, are so proud of you. Back to Black Combe. Fine drizzle, low cloud and ~5C. You couldn’t even see the first check point knoll – Sea Ness – never mind the top. I was glad I had done a recent recce in good conditions – I had a strong picture of the route in my head. With almost 500 runners, the ladies started 10 minutes in front of the men, letting us get out of the fields and up past the first check point. The men never caught Victoria who held the lead all the way, navigated well in the mist, and came in first, setting a new ladies record, over 10 minutes in front of second placed lady Heidi Dent (Howgill Harriers). The mist and low cloud held and many didn’t navigate so well. When Rob Hope (Pudsey & Bramley) and Rob Jebb (Bingley) passed Denise for the second time on the second climb, chatting together, it was clear they had been ‘walk about’ after White Combe. And I discovered, in the finishing funnel just behind Jo Buckley (1.49.31), who would normally be well up the field, that Jo had been in a group that had taken the wrong line from the last check point on South Summit of Black Combe.
Haworth Hobble fell race 12 Mar 2016 BL 51kms 1340m
32 miles of Yorkshire Pennine paths and tracks from Haworth over the moors to Calderdale, up Stoodley Pike and back to Haworth via Heptonstall and Crimsworth Dean. The views are great, and it’s nearly all runnable apart from the climb up the Pike, provided you’ve got enough left in the tank! Kate & Kerry enjoyed (I hope!) better conditions than at Black Combe on the same day.
Kate below Stoodley Pike and still smiling.
Following the successful Trials held at Richard Dunn Sports centre the West Yorkshire teams travelled to the match in Halifax for the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Finals.
The match at Halifax again featured both the Under 11 and the Under 13/15 teams and the opponents were North and South Humberside, and North Yorkshire.
In the end the West Yorkshire Tykes Under 11 Boys team finished in 1st place with 498 points with North Yorkshire 17 points behind, just showing that every point counted for the Team. The West Yorkshire team won the Over Under Relay, 1+1 lap Relay, 4×1 Lap relay and the Grand Prix Relay. Individuals topping the rankings were George Hahn in the Standing Long Jump and Chest Push, Sam Bentley in the Speed Bounce, Tom Barlow in the vertical jump, Dan Logan in the Standing Triple Jump and Harrison Oddie in the Balance Test. All members of the team did very well in their individual events which are scored together with their team mates for the team positions.
The West Yorkshire Tykes Girls Team also finished in 1st place with a total of 506 points a massive 34 points ahead of North Yorkshire. The team picked up a clean sweep in the relays with top points in the Over Under Relay, 1+1 relay, 4×1 Lap relay, 6 Lap Paarlauf, Hurdle relay, 2+2 lap relay and the Grand Prix. In the individual events Amelia Brown was ranked 1st in the Chest Push, Amelia Garnett won the Standing Triple Jump, Sarah Taylor Bird was joint 1st in the Balance Test, Healeanor MacDonald won the Vertical Jump and Lisa Tiler won the Standing Long Jump. All members of the team did very well in their individual events which are scored together with their team mates for the team positions.
The Under 13 and Under 15 Boys and Girls teams competed in the Yorkshire Regional Final looking for places in the United Kingdom Finals to be held at Sport City in Manchester on 16th & 17th April. This was the second round of a highly competitive series of events, which is designed to keep young athletes interested in the sport through the long winter months of training. The competition was between North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire looking for the Yorkshire & Humberside place at the UK Finals,
The performances on the day saw the Under 13 Boys qualifying for the UK Finals winning in convincing style beating North Yorkshire by 90 points with a total of 737, but the Under 13 Girls lost out to North Yorkshire and failed to qualify for the UK finals.
In the Under 13 Boys competition the Team won the Obstacle Relay, 4×1 Lap relay, 8 Lap Parlauf relay and 4×2 Lap relay. In the individual events Alfie Bugg won the Standing Triple Jump, but many others in the team came close in 2nd or 3rd place to accumulate those valuable points.
In the Under 13 Girls competition the team were beaten by North Yorkshire by 48 points. In this competition Rabana Smith won the 2 lap race and the team won the 4×2 Lap relay.
In the Under 15 competitions the West Yorkshire teams were weakened by athletes not being available because of holidays or injury so neither the Boys or Girls qualified to go forward in the competition. The Under 15 Boys team had 2 of the team of 7 members failing to turn up on the day unfortunately letting the other team members down. There were some good performances from Ben Adeniji, Harry Watford, Rauf Mak, Mohammed Collector and Abbas Khan, so with a full team the result might have been different. Ben Adeniji came a good 4th in the overall individual competition.
The Under 15 Girls came very close losing out to North Yorkshire by just 10 points but had first equal with Lucy Tattersfield and Georgia May Codd in the Overall Individual Competition so they both qualify as Individual Entries at the National Finals. Lucy won the Vertical Jump, Georgia won the Shot Put and Standing Long Jump. Jess Rainer won the 2 Lap race.
The UK Finals are to be held at Sport City in Manchester again this year with The Under 13 Boys and Individuals Lucy Tattersfield and Georgia May Codd from West Yorkshire Teams taking part.
West Yorkshire Sportshall Athletics Co-ordinator
Despite runners being unavailable through injury, we managed to raise a team of 3 over-65’s for the trip to Victoria Park, Warrington. We missed the entrance on first approach because it looked so different. The high pillars for the entrance gates had gone and a smart, low boundary wall had been built. On driving into the large car park, which previously offered puddles and potholes, there was pristine tarmac – sheer luxury!
The course was flat, but heavy going, with standing water and deep mud in parts. All runners started together, with the ladies and over 70 men doing a 5K, 2lap race. There were 25 finishers for the 5K, headed by a new F35 member of Northern Masters, Helen Whitby, in 20m-50s. Sue Becconsal performed well, taking second place in 21m-34, and the F55 top spot, though she did sound disappointed to be beaten by the young upstart. Peter Covey was 9th and first M75 in 24m-22. Two M80 and one F75 competed.
Two more hard laps saw 33 finish the 10K, led by Mike Jones, M40 Warrington, in 34m-54. Stuart Thompson excelled, finishing 20th in 47m-32 to take first M65, just 3 seconds ahead of last year’s M65 winner, Eric Ranicar. Stuart was presented with a silver cup to hold for a year. Peter Ellerton finished 24th in 49m-39 (4th M65) and Neil Robson 28th in 53m-22 (6th M65) Neil had a failing artificial hip joint replaced with a new (and more successful one) last year and is steadily regaining fitness. Until recently, anyone with an artificial hip joint was strongly discouraged from running. We received the M60 team award.
This year’s event is likely to be the last one held at Warrington, as the organisers have promoted it for ten years and, with advancing age, are looking for another club to carry on the race at a different location.
Report by Peter Ellerton, mens vets rep.
Snow and bad underfoot conditions did not make this race a PB course.Muhammad Ali Bingley s new boy came 5th out of a fieldd of 1.056 finishers in a time of 36.42.
Martin Peace was 9th and 3rd M40 with his time of 37.58.
The rest of Bingleys results attached,who’s the hecks Johix Smthurs 3rd M60.
The most prestigious race of the season took place this year at Donnington Park, a spectacular setting worthy of such an event. Fortunately the weather was bright and the conditions underfoot were as good as they could have been after such a long, wet winter.
Our small band of dedicated racers, some of whom travelled down in a minibus with the coaching team and with a group of young, enthusiastic supporters, made the most of the day with some splendid results.
The Club was represented in all of the races bar the Junior Men, even though the representation was a little thin in places.
After Vicki Merrick, suffering badly from a chest infection, was forced to pull out of the opening race, the U17 Women, it was left to Reuben Mantle to get the ball rolling in the U15 Boys, and this he did most emphatically with a fine 97th place.
Sarah Dewhirst, in the Junior Women’s race, showed just how much progress she has made since she went up to university, with a splendid 62nd place, a huge improvement on last year’s result.
In the largest junior field of the day, with 449 finishers, Grace Dawson and Ruby Firth battled through impressively, finishing 143rd and 147th respectively in the U13
Girls – we really must find at least one more counter to support them.
Matthew Merrick, like his sister, had had a tough week with a chest infection and decided to cut his losses by running conservatively. In the circumstances his 154th place in the U17s was a brave effort. We hope that he feels better in the two big races that he still has to do.
In the U15 Girls Eliza Findlay displayed her usual battling qualities to finish in 144th place, while Lucy Miller, in her 3rd National, suffered a bad attack of asthma, but still managed somehow to get to the finish in 336th. I do hope that she has recovered from having to spend the night in hospital.
For the juniors the afternoon finished on a high point with the performance of our U13 Boys. Most importantly they achieved a team position – 25th out of 43 teams – but there were also some fine individual performances. Pride of place must go to Alex Flaherty who finished 38th in his first year in the age-group, a first-class effort. He was ably supported by Joseph Carnelley in 221st, Samuel Mantle 260th and Ben Rees 271st.
Congratulations to all of those who ran (not forgetting Alana Gill and Ben Marriott who represented the senior side of the Club), thanks to all the parents and supporters, and a special thank you to Martin Peace for organising the minibus : David Potter, Graham Smith and I had a great time!
The last race of this year’s League took place at Roundhay Park.
Unfortunately only two of our juniors turned out, but both Eliza Findlay and Lucy Miller produced great performances: well done!
1st Eliza Findlay
3rd Lucy Miller
Although a total of 16 of our juniors took part in at least one race in the League, only four, all of them in the Girls Years 10-12 category, completed four of the five races. Their excellent overall results are as follows:
Years 10-12 Girls
1st Eliza Findlay
2nd Katie Smith
4th Abi White
5th Lucy Miller
The Championships this year were held at Northcliffe, and the wettest, muddiest Northcliffe I can ever remember.
Bingley Juniors figured prominently in what was a highly successful day for the Bradford team: Alex Flaherty and Grace Dawson both qualified for the Year 7 National Championships at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire; Reuben Mantle and Matthew Merrick in the Intermediate Boys, and Eliza Findlay in the Intermediate Girls, all qualified for the English Schools Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. In addition Vicki Merrick, Katie Smith and James Askew are reserves, and Lucy Miller, Dylan Thornton and Jonathan Sutcliffe were all scoring members of their respective teams.
Year 7 Girls
3rd Grace Dawson
Year 7 Boys
1st Alex Flaherty
25th Dylan Thornton
17th Jonathan Sutcliffe
6th Eliza Findlay
11th Katie Smith
18th Lucy Miller
2nd Reuben Mantle
5th Matthew Merrick
10th James Askew
Witton Country Park, Blackburn, is one of the toughest cross-country courses on the circuit, and it certainly lived up to its reputation this year: treacherous underfoot conditions and repeated hailstorms meant that anyone completing the course was a real hero / heroine.
Twelve of our intrepid juniors took part and there were some wonderful performances, though all of them showed great courage and determination.
The first race of the day was the U17 Women, the only group, other than the Senior Men, that had to tackle the infamous teaspoon. Vicki Merrick, struggling with a painful back, did very well to finish in 76th position.
The next two races were for the U15s: Reuben Mantle ran splendidly to finish 28th in the Boys race, while Eliza Findlay, Katie Smith and Lucy Miller had to brave one of the worst hailstorms to finish in 45th, 103rd, and 116th positions respectively – a great effort once again.
Sarah Dewhirst, who has done so well in senior races this year, showed how much progress she has made with a fine run in the U20 Women’s race: her 34th position was an improvement of 20 places on last year!
I know that Ruby Firth was a little disappointed with her run in the Yorkshire Championships, but she certainly made up for it in this U13 race : her 20th position, the best Bingley run of the day, showed her real strength and fighting qualities.
Not far behind in terms of achievement were the U13 Boys, who all performed wonderfully well to finish in 18th team position, and three of them will be in the same age-group next year. Alex Flaherty led the way in 24th position, Joseph Carnelley was 98th, Ben Rees 165th and Samuel Mantle 175th.
I would like to congratulate all those who ran and thank all those who supported us throughout the afternoon – now for The National!
Witton Park lived up to its reputation for a tough course and mud. The senior ladies team put their fell experience to good use and had a great result coming 12th out of 40 teams, with many more clubs represented.
12 BINGLEY HARRIERS & AC 441
32 90024 0:34:45 Jo Buckley
103 90026 0:38:44 Shona Stone
119 90027 0:39:21 Lesley Watson
187 90028 0:42:52 Rebecca Weight
The Facebook comments and a few pictures to describe the day :
Jo Buckley We had a lovely day out and finished 12th team in the senior ladies. Massive thanks to the Merricks and other unsuspecting juniors saving the day and looking after dogs, kids, prams whilst the mummies had fun in horizontal hail and knee deep clay! Out of 358 runners Becky Weight came 187, Leslie 119, Shona Stone 103 and I was 32nd. Well done girls! Steven Fry valiantly battled round 4 lads of slime including the famous teaspoon being the only bingley bloke. Well done! 416 out of 719.not bad on the those hobbit feet!Top of Form
Jo Buckley I never said…at the northern cross country in blackburn….whoops….
Martin Peace Good effort everyone. Witton is tough on a normal day but must have been even tougher today.
Barbara Carney Very well done. Good to see the ladies’ team….and a solitary Steve F flying the Bingley flag.
Dave Stephenson 4 lads of slime – sounds like the name of a band my son Joe played in! Good effort Steve.
Shona Stone Pleased with the team position – especially after doubting my sanity bringing 2 children along to in some of the worst conditions I’ve known! Big thanks to Vicky Merrick & helpers for looking after the children, along with Alan & Jo Buckley & Becky Weight for being a top passenger & aide on the journey & at the event.
Stephen Fry The underfoot conditions today were much tougher than anything on the whole Pennine way. 7 miles of Clay like ankle deep squelch apart from the 50 yards of gravel path just before the hill. The loose gravel was perfect for turning my totally useless X talons in to concrete boots as it gathered around my foot. A truly memorable day I hope to be able to forget after Timothy Taylor’s therapy.
Becky Weight 12th team out of 40 teams is a brilliant result – especially with me as a counter! Northern XC, Blackburn Sat 30 Jan. Massive thanks to Tony Kingham and Graham Smith for getting the tent there early doors, being out on the course cheering everyone on…See More
Lesley Watson My most memorable bit, was taking a bath in the deep muddy bit just before the gate. I think due to the hail hitting my eyes and making me blind. Oh and watching the kids was a lot warmer. But all in all a great day out, well done all.
Our junior ladies were out also with Sarah Dewhirst (U20), Vicky Merrick (U17), Eliza Findlay, Katie Smith and Lucy Miller (U15s) and Ruby Firth (U13) all running. Lots of photos on the Woodentops site http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos. Thanks to Dave Woodhead for the running photos above. Well done girls and special thanks for helping looking after Shona and Jo’s kids so we could run as a team, and to Katie for holding the tent up against the tail end of Storm Gertrude and the early gusts of Storm Henry.