Dave Stephenson has been busy keeping the Fell Championship results up to date – thanks Dave. See http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/club-championships/fell-championships/.
Here is a selection of ladies Summer activity (and some missed from the Spring report). Bingley Harriers Fell Championship Races marked with an asterisk*. My photos unless otherwise stated.
I did a couple of reports for Eldwick Gala Fell Race, a Bingley Harriers race for which I am Race Organiser; one for the race and results and one about organising and the team. So grab a cuppa, settle down to read this and then go to the website and enjoy Eldwick from all sides :
The Eldwick & Gilstead Gala Fell Race (BS, 4.8km, 168m) Sat 29 Jun 2019 race & results : http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/blog/2019/07/04/5063/
The Race Organisers day and the Race Team : www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/blog/2019/07/04/the-race-organisers-day-and-the-race-team-at-eldwick-gilstead-gala-fell-race-bs-4-8km-168m-3pm-sat-29-jun-19/
Have I missed a race you did? Let me know and perhaps write a few lines about it for the next report. Thanks, Becky Weight. Ladies Fell Team Manager
Howgills AL 23km, 2070m. Sat 6 Apr 2019
Denise Wright, Ian Holmes and Victoria Wilkinson ran this tough race packed with steep climbs. For Victoria this was in the run up to the Three Peaks on 28 April, a qualifying event for a National Mountain Running place. Victoria was the 1st lady, first Bingley finisher in 2.45, and 21st overall in a field of over 300 runners. Ian ran 2.47 and Denise 4.17.
Baildon Boundary Way 13.3m 1252’ Sun 7 Apr 2019
A popular local trail half marathon. I’ve added the 2018 times where available. Everyone improved their time, especially Shona and Jo who had been working hard preparing for their first Three Peaks Fell Race later in the month.
Arant Haw ~5km, 550m. Sun 14 April 2019
Victoria Wilkinson was picking off some local, for her, races and keeping her legs sharp in this Kendal Winter League race from Sedbergh. She was 1st lady and 3rd overall out of 79 runners.
*Lothersdale BS 5.8km, 180m Wed 1 May 2019
After watching Charlie Robinson (U11B) and Martha Jackson (U13G) have great runs in their races 7 senior Bingley Harriers joined over 100 others to tackle the Lothersdale Fell Race on a lovely sunny evening, and claim their championship points.
Bunny Runs CS 3.0m, 300ft, Tuesdays, April 2019
The popular Penistone Hill Bunny Runs and Relay, now organised by Wharfedale, saw nearly 30 Bingley runners in action. With a minimum age of 12 (or 10 for the shorter Relays) there is lots of scope for juniors, seniors and veterans to try out their fell legs. Tim Midgley lead the Bingley crowd home in all three races, with Alex Flaherty, fighting for top BU17 spot, and Theo Clay (1st BU15 for the series) close on his heels. GU15 friends Rebecca Flaherty and Martha Jackson were having their usual tussel, joined by Ruby Firth who got 1st GU17 in Bunny 2. Recently back in a Bingley vest Pauline Munro picked up 1FV50 in Bunny 1, and Sarah Flaherty was closing in on the top LV40 spot. Peter Ellerton took the 1MV70 for the series. Martha, Rebecca and Sarah took the Ladies team prize for Bunny 3
|Bunny 1 (159 ran)||Bunny 2 (174)||Bunny 3 (173, no times)|
|3 Tim Midgley Man 16:41||12 Tim Midgley Man 17:01||10 Tim Midgley Man|
|7 Alex Flaherty BU17 17:16||12 Alex Flaherty BU17|
|10 Theo Clay BU15 17:53 61 1st BU15||18 Theo Clay BU15 17:44 1st BU15||13 Theo Clay BU15 1st BU15|
|23 Rebecca Flaherty GU15 19:06||40 Rebecca Flaherty GU15|
|26 Josh Spencer Man 19:23||32 Ruby Firth 19:03 183 1st GU17|
|27 Martha Jackson GU15 19:30||35 Martha Jackson GU15 19:28||24 Martha Jackson GU15|
|30 Paul Mitchell MV50 19:37|
|36 William Duggan MV50 19:50||40 Jack Cardus BU17 19:54|
|41 Pauline Munro 20:14 1st LV50||48 Samuel Mantle BU17|
|51 William Askew BU15 21:09||56 William Askew BU15 20:53||49 William Askew BU15|
|71 Joe Traviato BU17 22:30|
|75 Sarah Flaherty LV40 22:36||76 Sarah Flaherty LV40|
|86 Mari Johnson LV40 23:49||95 Mari Johnson LV40|
|91 Tom Duggan Man 24:06|
|93 Nicky Clay LV40 24:15||91 Nicky Clay LV40 23:34||94 Nicky Clay LV40|
|102 Joe Smith BU15 25:10|
|104 James Danby BU15 25:17||112 James Danby BU15 24:52|
|105 Peter Ellerton 25:26 1st MV70||107 Peter Ellerton 24:31 1st MV70||113 Peter Ellerton 1st MV70|
|111 Bruce Duncan MV70 25:56|
|114 Sue Fulton LV60 26:20||123 Sue Fulton LV60 25:58||127 Sue Fulton LV60|
|114 Alison Marks LV50 24:57||110 Alison Marks LV50|
|116 Sally Cardus Lady 25:02||145 Elinor Gorrell GU15|
For the Bunny Relays over 200 runners from age 10 upwards sorted themselves in 69 teams of friends, families, clubs, young, old, and mixed, mostly 3 but some pairs and solos for the 3 circuits of the 1.5m dash. I hope I spotted all the Bingley and associated runners …..
|Bunny Run Relays, 23 April 2019, 1.5M 200ft -Bingley Results|
|2 Bald Head Monsters Man Jack Wood 2 9:11 Neil Crampton 2 9:51 Ian Holmes 9:48 28:50 51|
|5 Bingley Man Alex Flaherty 11 10:36 Theo Clay 6 10:47 Tim Midgeley 10:44 32:07 46|
|9 Dumb & Dumber Family Reuben Mantle 6 10:10 Reuben Mantle 8 11:38 Samuel Mantle 11:29 33:17 35|
|11 BGS Scrambled Legs GU15 Martha Jackson 19 11:20 Rebecca Flaherty 15 11:41 Amelie Lane 10:41 33:42 44|
|47 Bingley Babes Lady Sarah Flaherty 48 13:38 Mari Johnson 48 14:50 Eliza Finlay 12:36 41:04 45|
|57 3 Wharfee Rabbits GU13 Chloe Simms 63 16:30 Isabella Wright 58 14:32 Betsy Willis 16:38 47:40 27|
|59 Two Random Children & Alison Mixed Elinor Gorrel 62 16:20 Benjamin Grundy 61 15:12 Alison Marks 16:29 48:01|
|64 Oliver and Sue Family Sue Fulton 61 16:09 Sue Fulton 63 17:03 Oliver Fulton 17:25 50:37 56|
Ian H, Rebecca F and Martha J featured in various fastest laps tables – well done.
*Pendle Cloughs AL 22.5km, 1250m, Sat 11 May 2019
A fast start across grassy fields and then you hit Pendle with super steep climbs, rough tussocks, moorland paths, narrow snaking descents, bracken banks, deep heather, sheep trods (if you are lucky!), up and down the cloughs, and fast finish across grassy descending fields and paths.
|20 Simon Timothy Jones V50 2.43.14|
|46 Dave Stephenson V50 3.01.17|
|59 (lady 5) Denise Wright LV40* 3.09.06|
|68 (lady 7) Becky Weight LV60* 3.19.17|
Pen Y Ghent AM 10.5km, 564m Sat 1 Jun 2019
A relatively local Dales race alongside the Horton in Ribblesdale village gala tempted a number of Harriers out for the day to join the 215 runners to ascend and descend Pen Y Ghent.
|33 84 Tim Midgley Man 58:46|
|67 179 Simon Jones MV50 1:03:02|
|73 69 Ruth Thackray LV40 1:04:07 2nd LV40|
|111 166 Jonathan Gallucci Man 1:08:42|
|128 173 Vicky Omelianowicz Lady 1:12:04|
|148 146 David Jefferson MV40 1:14:33|
|166 11 Harry Atkinson MV60 1:17:10|
|179 148 Joanne Henry LV40 1:20:29|
* Great Lakes Run AL 21km, 2130m Sat 15 Jun 2019
A serious Lakeland outing so I took a back seat on encouraging people to do this one – if anyone especially wanted to do it I would help them prepare but no persuasion. Denise and I had a great recce a week or so before on a beautiful sunny day with great visibility with a couple of other running friends – but a long, long day out. On race day just three Bingley Harriers amongst over 300 starters – as an English, British and Bingley (!) Fell Championship counter there was a big field.
My lesson for the day was to make sure I recce the route in full even if the visibility is perfect and you think you can see exactly where you should go. On our recce we had skipped Great End summit cutting across to the south of it as it looked straightforward. On race day it was raining at the start of the race and once up on Esk Pike, beyond Bow Fell, we were in the clouds and the stream of runners had spread out and were choosing different routes approaching Great End. I suddenly found myself alone somewhere towards the top of Great End, in a relatively featureless pathless rocky area with very little visibility, not really knowing exactly where I was or which direction I was heading and whether or not I had already passed the check point (without going to it!). I pulled up not wanting to get any further off route, if I was off route, and consulted my map, watch (time only – not allowed GPS type navigation aids!) and compass. After a few minutes some runners appeared coming down towards me, having been to the checkpoint on the summit. I had missed swinging round to the north to the summit on the way up – not obvious from the map but something I would have known I needed to do had I not shortcut the recce. I headed back up to the summit checkpoint which I had passed below without realising. Not disastrous this time and not too much time lost and fortunately I still got 1FV60, but it gave me a wakeup call to be more careful in future.
I would also like to say a huge thanks to Denise for a) running the race despite reservations (I think she enjoyed it in retrospect) and b) for driving at the last minute when I managed to fill my diesel car with petrol (a first for me!) at 7.30 in the morning on the way to pick her up. It was a long and expensive day by the time I drove my car, freshly filled with diesel, home.
Calderdale Way Relay 19 May 2019
A long distance ~50miles fell relay split into 6 legs and run in pairs around the Calder Valley. Bingley haven’t put teams in for a few years partly because, since it moved from its early December date, it now falls in a very busy running time of year and only 4 or 5 weeks away from the Bradford Millennium Way Relay. But it is a great team event and this year a group decided to see if they could get a mixed team together and refresh their knowledge of the legs (or learn anew!), and enjoy the delights of climbing up and down out of Calderdale and surrounding valleys and over various field and moorland tops in their early summer plumage.
100 teams made the start line including 21 Mixed teams (6 Men 6 Ladies). The Bingley team were second Mixed team after Ribble Valley Mixed (5th overall, 6.25). Well done all.
|22. BINGLEY HARRIERS Team no. 14 07:17:54|
|14 Andy Brown, Tom Gomersall 1 01:20:40 16. 01:20:40 16.|
|114 Simon Jones, Ged Callan 2 01:08:03 19. 02:28:43 13.|
|214 Sue Cordingly , Sarah Flaherty 3 00:48:23 37. 03:17:06 19.|
|314 Shona Stone, Ruth Thackray 4 01:27:00 33. 04:44:06 23.|
|414 Lesley Watson, Nicola Jones 5 01:05:15 26. 05:49:21 22.|
|514 Alastair Jewsbury, Dave Needham 6 01:28:33 32. 07:17:54 22.|
Bradford Millenium Way Relay 23 Jun 2019
Our more local long distance off-road relay – this one 47miles, 6300’ ascent, and 5 legs starting and finishing at Bingley so always feels like a must for Bingley.
Two Bingley teams were amongst the 54 starting teams. The men were 3rd team and the ladies were 8th ladies team.
|Bingley Men||Open||3||Bingley Babes||Ladies||43|
|Leg 1||Andrew Jebb||01:26:19||11||Shona Stone||01:48:16||40|
|Stewart McDonald||01:26:19||11||Nicky Clay||01:48:16||40|
|Leg 2||Ian Holmes||01:04:14||2||Becky Weight||01:33:33||32|
|Andy Brown||02:30:33||4||Mary Green||03:21:49||36|
|Leg 3||Simon Jones||00:59:48||3||Sall Robinson||01:32:28||46|
|John Parkin||03:30:21||4||Alison Marks||04:54:17||41|
|Leg 4||Steve Carney||01:08:12||3||Lisa Pearson||01:44:23||43|
|Ged Callan||04:38:33||3||Caroline Francis||06:38:40||41|
|Leg 5||Martin Peace||01:22:50||12||Meryl Levington||02:07:00||50|
|Alistair Jewsbury||06:01:23||3||Kate Farley||08:45:40||43|
Blackfell AM 14km, 700m Sat 6 Jul
Our own (Bingley Harriers) race and an English and Yorkshire Fell Championship Race this year so it was all hands to the pump organising and supporting for the expected large entry. Fortunately enough helpers stepped forward so a number of Bingley were able to run. I did not include the race in our own club championship so that we didn’t create an internal conflict for individual runners between gaining championship points and helping out.
A beautiful sunny weekend at Kettlewell with a quality field of 276 runners lined up for their climb over Great Whernside and back. Tom Adams (Ilkley, 1.14) and Kelli Roberts (Helm Hill, 1.27) set new Male and Female records; a combination of national competition, good conditions on the day, and the extra recce footfall prior to the day had created some ‘trods’ across some long tussocky stretches mean those records could stand for a good while.
The Bingley results :
Ian took the 1st M50 and Becky 2nd W60. Full results on our website http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/events/blackfell-race/
A great club turnout organising and supporting the race including Vic Wilkinson on crutches, on kit checks having fractured a couple of bones in her foot with an unfortunate footfall on a sharp stone.
Lots of great photos by Dave and Eileen Woodhead on the Woodentops site : http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=yorkschamps&subtopic=2019
*Baildon Canter BS 5km 152m, Sat 13 Jul 2019
Part of the Senior and Junior Fell Championships, on the doorstep, linked to a summer village gala, and a fine dry day – what more is there to like. And, as a Short fell race, it can allow older juniors to race against the seniors which is always popular and some of our younger runners made the most of the opportunity with Alex and Rebecca Flaherty leading the Bingley men and women home and taking the 1st Junior spots. Alex was closely followed by Tim & Theo, the Bunny run team.
|5||Alex Flaherty||MU18||20:21||1st JunM|
|10||Theo Clay||MU18||20:41||2nd JunM|
|18||Paul Mitchell||M55||22:03||1st M55|
|25||Rebecca Flaherty||WU18||22:27||2nd W, 1st JunW|
|30||Ruth Thackray||W45||22:58||3rd W, 1st W45|
|60||Becky Weight||W60||27:38||1st W60|
A good crowd of juniors ran the Junior race. I haven’t caught all the placings but it was part of the Junior Fell Championship so the results will be captured there also.
|24||Isobel Ashley Cooper||U11G||8:20|
Washburn Valley Relays Fri 19 Jul 2019
Three different legs on mainly on paths and trails in the Washburn Valley around the scenic Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs with a Junior relay too. With a limit of 60 senior teams there was a good turnout with 55 on the start line. All the Bingley teams were entered as Mixed and Bingley A – Alex, Tim & Jo – were 9th overall and 3rd Mixed team. In the way of team events the Bingley Mixed team ended up being all ladies – Nicky, Sarah and Mari – so would have been 3rd Ladies team.
|3||Bingley A||Alex Flaherty||17.48||6||-3||12||Tim Midgley||24.11||9||-3||21||Jo Buckley||21.56||1:03:55|
|37||Bingley Mixed||Nicky Clay||24.55||34||3||29||Sarah Flaherty||27.58||34||0||44||Mari Johnson||25.59||1:18:52|
|45||Bingley JMV||Martin Fairall||26.34||40||5||35||Vicky Omelianowicz||29.46||35||5||24||Josh Yeadon||22.35||1:18:55|
The Junior relays have 4 identical 1.1m legs. Great to see two Bingley teams out with Theo, Logan, William and Rebecca working well for each other to come in first junior team. Mia, Ruby Noah and Abby ran consistently strong legs to gain 5th place out of the 14 junior teams entered.
|Pos||Team||Total||Runner 1||Time||Runner 2||Time||Runner 3||Time||Runner 4||Time|
|1||BJ1||32.53||Theo Clay (B14)||07:41||Logan Walker (B11)||08:10||William Johnson (B9)||09:01||Rebecca Flaherty (G13)||08:01|
|5||BJ2||37.45||Mia Naylor (G11)||09:19||Ruby Coulton (G13)||09:14||Noah (B7)||09:55||Abby Clay (G10)||09:17|
Well done all – I think everyone was trying to outrun the midges!
*Bingley Show BM 10.6km, 304m Sat 20 Jul 2019
Bingley Show was brought into the Fell Championship when an earlier race at Boulsworth was cancelled due to access restrictions. 19 Bingley Harriers on the start line all vying for the custom designed winners vests (courtesy of Bill Belcher) and water bottles (thanks to local sponsors Twenty Twenty Films, the Bingley Physiotherapy Practice, Radio Design and Mortgage Advice Bureau).
For the ladies Ruth Thackray, Jo Buckley and Shona picked up the first three places. Vicky Omelianowicz came in next on less than fresh legs having raced the evening before at the Washburn Valley Relays, with myself, Becky Weight and Jo Henry completing the ladies running ‘team’. Of course being our own race there was a bigger organising and helping team in attendance – many thanks to all those on duty so we could run. As a Bingley Harriers race the full results and more is on the website page http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/events/bingley-show-trail-race
And the surprise results are always great to see – winner of the mens race was Jo Whitaker (Unattached) who admitted that normally his Bingley Show was spent on horseback in the show ring but that he had always fancied giving the race a go. This year was his opportunity as he didn’t have a horse to ride. He was of course invited to give Bingley Harriers a try but he doesn’t live locally although he commutes daily to work at Harvey Smith’s stables above Eldwick.
*Turner Landscape AM 17km 910m Sat 3 Aug
The same day as Borrowdale (and Hellifield !) and not an English Championship race this year but still 99 runners, a fantastic campsite, and a lovely summer day in the beautiful remote Duddon valley in the Lakes. This was a camping and BBQ weekend too and several members, families & friends camped and along with other runners staying over there was a great atmosphere for the weekend.
The race was won by John Heneghan (P&B) in 1.37 and Ailish Graham (Wharfedale) in 1.49. Despite good weather and visibility some of our Bingley runners had navigation challenges on the route and finding the checkpoints. Joanne & I had done a refresher recce a week or so earlier and were happy with our route choices so I will leave it your imagination as to who ‘got lost’ 😉
Hellifield Gala Fell Race BS 5.6km 260m and Junior Races Sat 3 Aug 2019
Great to see some of our junior runners showing us how this fell racing is done 😉 with top 3 placings all round. And always good to see family race outings; well done to the Clay family – Nicky’s first fell race I believe and great results for Theo and Abby.
|Race / No of Runners|
|Senior/55||12 108 Emily Field WU21 32:07||2nd Lady|
|36 96 Harry Atkinson M65 38:45|
|37 52 Nicky Clay W45 39:18|
|50 36 Bruce Duncan M70 46:40|
|U15/15||3 47 Theo Clay U15B 11:32||2nd U15B|
|U13/14||1 15 Logan Walker U13B 7:00||1st U13B|
|U11/18||3 29 William Johnson U11B 4:35||3rd U11B|
|4 51 Abby Clay U11G 4:37||1st U11G|
Burnsall Classic AS 2.4km, 274m Sat 24 Aug 2019
Five Bingley Harriers enjoyed a perfect sunny afternoon at Burnsall Feast Sports complete with Punch & Judy, welly wanging, a slippery pole, the 10m road race, ice creams, egg throwing and, of course, the Burnsall Classic Fell Race.
140 lined up for the fell race and Ian Holmes was first Vet home and second overall to Robin Howie of Wharfedale (15.28). Andrews Jebb & Peace were 2nd and 3rd Vets. Becky Weight was 1 F60 and 11th lady out of 29.
|2 109 Ian Holmes V50 1 15:37|
|6 84 Andrew Jebb V40 1 17:12|
|8 111 Andy Peace V50 2 17:17|
|74 171 Becky Weight L60 1 24:20|
|86 125 Harry Atkinson V60 5 25:20|
4 sets of Bingley junior siblings – Jebbs (Thomas & Isabelle), Temples (Daniel & Elouise), Mantles (Seb and Samuel), and Flahertys (Rebecca and Alex) ensured there were Bingley vests in nearly all the junior races with 1sts for Thomas (U9B) and Alex (U19M) and a 2nd for Rebecca (U15G).
Kilnsey Show (BOFRA) 1m 350’ Tue 27 Aug 2019
They don’t come much shorter and sharper than this, and a midweek village show, even if it is the Tuesday after August Bank holiday, means not everybody can make it. Nevertheless a few Bingley Harriers decided to dash. In the senior race, won by Nick Swinburn of Northumberland FR in 7.53, Jason Feeney (11.37), and Josh (13.21) and Paul Spencer (15.35) were amongst the 100 runners in the scree dash.
In the Junior races Martha Jackson was 2nd U14 Girl and Seth Lineacre ran in the U12 race
Have I missed a race you did? Let me know and perhaps write a few lines about it for the next report. Thanks, Becky Weight. Ladies Fell Team Manager