David Jefferson goes top of the table after a good run at Burnsall – see the latest standings here
Dave Stephenson has been busy keeping the Fell Championship results up to date – thanks Dave but I haven’t done any other fell news for ages so here is a potted selection of Spring races (Bingley Harriers Fell Championship Races marked with an asterisk*) and other fell activity I have noticed.
A Summer report is in the making – if you have any news about races you have done or if you are aware of anything I have missed please let me (Becky Weight) know.
Hebden 22 Sat 19 Jan 2019
The weather wasn’t good, but nevertheless a few Harriers took the opportunity to give their legs an outing on this Scout organised event from Mytholmroyd with 15 and 22 mile walk and run options. Originally a Long Distance Walk Assoc event but now runners are the bigger numbers.
|Hebden 22 – 22m route, 173 runners|
|6||312 3h30m Andy Gibbons|
|36||321 4h Carl Hitchens|
|76||322 4h31m Denise Wright|
|77||447 4h31m Shona Stone|
|Hebden 22 – 15m route, 100 runners|
|12||311 3h1m29s Kate Farley (3rd female)|
Wadsworth Trog BL 19m (31km), 3150’ (1110m) Sat 2 Feb 2019
A snowy day on the Pennine moors north of Hebden Bridge – taking in Midgley Moor, Withins, Wadsworth Moor and many tussocks, bogs and paths inbetween. 6 Bingley Harriers took on this early season long tough outing, which was won by Jack Wood of Ilkley Harriers in 2.35 and Sharon Taylor of Helm Hill in 2.59
|J Robert Williams||M40||3.29.30|
Kate leading a pack. A Woodentops photo (I think!). Thanks Dave & Eileen.
CXM Sierra Blanca Trail Race 8m 2852’. Near or on 9 Feb 2019
While the rest of us were crossing the Pennines for the Windy Hill Fell Race (BH Champs), Sally Robinson and Bill Belcher were sunning themselves in the Sierra Blanca (Andalusia) after a tough mountain trail race. Sally admitted to ‘feeling exhausted… Toughest race I’ve done. Body’s battered from terrain rather than speed’ . Photo from Sally – I guess someone else must have taken it!
*Windy Hill Fell Race BM 9m 1429’ Sat 9 Feb 2019
10 Harriers crossed the Pennines for the first Bingley Harriers Fell Championship race. The week before a few of us had a great recce in bright snowy conditions but the snow had gone by race day and it was cool & cloudy for the 239 runners on the start line.
Ruth was 2nd lady (37th overall) and Nicola 4th (46 overall). Ruth, Nicola and myself made up the winning Ladies team, while Kate, Jo & Michelle were 3rd Ladies team. In the age categories Ruth was 1F45, Simon 2M55, Becky 1F60, Kate 3F40 and Harry 1M65
Windy Hill Fell Race – snowy recce and a not snowy race day. Photos by Becky Weight.
Ilkley Fell Race AS 8km 401m, 24 Feb 2019
Just over the moor, and with junior races too.
Haworth Hobble BL 51km 1340m Sat 9 Mar 2019
Seven of our long distance runners joined nearly 300 for the 32 miles traversing gritstone moors around Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge with 4,400 ft of ascent/descent.
Robbie & Ruth were second Mixed Pair with Andy Gibbons and running partner Carole Morgan third. Ruth was second Female. Ruth commented that ‘this is only the second time I’ve worn a waterproof for the whole race and I’ve been racing a long time!’ I think the two Woodentops photos must have been taken in the only sunny parts of the race!
Lancaster Duathlon 5k off-road run, 20k road bike, 5k off-road run Sun 17 Mar 2019
Sally Robinson’s note says 24k on the bike so measurements may be a little out – but they all raced the same. Bill Belcher, Lesley Watson and Dave Stephenson went to give their run / bike legs a Spring try out. Lesley obviously had plenty of spring in her legs and was first lady home, even though she had done a 5k XC the day before! The winning man was 1:24 and lady (Lesley) 1.49; Lesley was one of only 3 ladies to come in under two hours. Photo by Sally Robinson.
Three Peaks Fell Race AL 37.4km 1608m Sat 27 April 2019
Always a popular Bingley Harriers event with 23 entered, probably a similar number (or more?) involved with race organisation and marshalling, plus partners, friends and family out to support and enjoy a day in the Yorkshire Dales. 19+ made the start line of 750, including 5 ‘newcomers’ Alistair Jewsbury, Vicki Merrick, Shona Stone, Ben Costello and Joanne Henry; some had recced the course while others were relying on other fell experience and being ‘in amongst a big field of runners’. They all had great runs and were able to put their pre-event nerves behind them. The ‘+’ was Phil Hawkswell’s ashes carried by Ruth Thackray who was helping fulfil Phil’s long held ambition to ‘run the Three Peaks race’. The Bingley results are below :
|J Robert Williams||M40||175||4.04.49|
Oliver Cheyne was having a good run and clocked in on the top of Whernside at 2.28 but gave up his race to support another runner who had concussion after a fall on the top of Whernside. Well done Oliver – the race will be there next year.
Ian Holmes was our first finisher in 15th place and 1st M50, and Victoria W was 26th overall and 1st Woman (for the fourth time) in 3.20.01 and she picked up the Womens prizes for the fastest ascent of Pen y Ghent and the fastest descent from Ingleborough. Tom Gomersal took the award for being the first Scout to finish and Victoria M for being the Youngest Female Finisher.
The Ladies (Victoria, Ruth and Shona) and our M50’s (Ian H, Ian F and Paul) won team prizes, and the Men’s team (IH, TG, IF, PM) were 10th.
Lots of great photos on the Woodentops site http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos
Up the Odda 10k Trail Race Sat 4 May 2019
5 ladies had a local sunny day out for the twice round the Odda race from Hawksworth. Sarah, Sue and Marisol all came home with bottles of bubbly while Nicky and Mari showed us how to wear our buffs 😉
|37 159 Sarah Flaherty 00:49:32 F40+ 1st Female 40+|
|62 124 Marisol Carrera Vivar 00:54:01 F45+ 1st Female 45+|
|73 131 Nicky Clay 00:55:23 F45+|
|74 192 Mari Johnson 00:55:28 F45+|
|106 165 Susan Fulton 01:00:46 F60+ 1st Female 60+|
Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Coast Half Marathon 19 May 2019
Jenine McCutcheon had a great run to come 3rd Lady in 1.57 on her first off-road race on this scenic and hilly off-road half marathon starting at Ravenscar and taking in the coastal path, sea cliffs, woods and disused railway. Jenine found the route ‘really well marked and marshalled by the MR folks!’. Photo from Jenine.
A Summer report is in the making – if you have any news about races you have done or if you are aware of anything I have missed please let me (Becky Weight) know. If you want to know more about fell running and races please let me (Becky Weight) or Andrew Jebb know (via Bingley Harriers Facebook site).
See the latest standings here
Things are hotting up in the Fell Championships, with some runners now on their 6th race. Runners take their best 5 scores so they drop their worst score. Becky Weight is on maximum points (100) in her category and Simon Jones looking unstoppable in the overall standings with near maximum. View the full standings here.
View today’s results here
20 harriers ran at the Baildon Canter race yesterday. See the latest Fell Championship Standings here
See latest road championship standings after today’s Ilkley Half Marathon here
Junior results and race reports now added to the results page here
As Race Organiser I took on this race as it was my club (Bingley Harriers), my village, my main activity and my gala. Also it is a short race which can include juniors (minimum age 12), masters (veterans) of all ages, and give a good taster for those new to fell running who want to give it a go. For the younger runners (age 8 and upwards) there is also a challenging 1.6km race and in 2019 an extra loop and hill was added to give a 2km version for the older juniors so plenty of opportunity to get the kids running. But it’s a team effort and over 30 people are needed to make this happen.
My day started sorting some last bits of paper work – labels, numbers, results sheets etc and checking that nobody had any last minute emergencies or illnesses. Fortunately everyone was still available. The race is registered under the Fell Runners Association which is linked to UK Athletics – they provide insurance for the event on the basis that certain requirements are met. One of the requirements is that you have ‘Hypothermia’ leaflets available. With a hot day forecast I was reading up in a First Aid book about Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.
Alan (Radio Co-ordinator, husband) and I planned to meet Gary Childs (Junior Race Organiser) on the gala field at 10.30 with a full estate car to set up the Bingley Harriers tent and equipment. Before 10 Gary called saying that the field was very busy and getting full, so we set off early.
At the field a kids roundabout had been set up quite close to where we normally put the tent so we set the tent back to make sure there was plenty of space for people to get through. In doing so we realised we hadn’t got the tent walls so Alan set off straight away back down to the Rugby Club and the equipment container to make sure he could get back before road closures for the parade started to kick in. Gary went off to check the junior race route and put stakes and flags up where needed.
Tent put up, water containers filled, tables, chairs, notice boards, flags, blue stakes, tape, and various other tubs of bit & pieces unloaded we took the car back home, and snatched a bite to eat before walking back up to the gala field for about 1pm, with Sue Cariss (Registration) and Richard Vesey (Marshal) who had just arrived.
Marshals in general were arriving at 1.30 and were a mix of those who knew better than me what they were doing and those who were new to race organisation. I had asked the Registration Team (Barbara Carney, Sue Cariss and Helen Morrell) to arrive a little earlier so they could set up and have Registration on the go by 1.30. Barbara & Sue, both regulars at Registration duties, would be teaching the ropes to Helen – a first timer. Sarah Flaherty (Timer) was trying her hand with a timing watch under close supervision from expert timer John Capenerhurst, and then organising results and helping with the presentations, alongside myself. Alan was busy sorting out most of the marshals and handing out radios and instructions to those who needed them – including me – using a walky talky radio once a year is not enough for me to remember.
With Alana Gill in place to do Event Massage, I had asked her partner Tom Clough to swap his normal Track & Field roles for being the Race Sweeper , following the last runner (at a respectful distance or chatting as the case maybe) and informing the marshalling points that they can stand down once he is past.
I spent time asking the Gala Announcers tent to turn the music down, the Gala team about Road Closure signs, ensuring the Gala Queen would start the fell race, confirming plans for the Junior Race start, checking that equipment and people, including the Army Cadets, were lined up for the finish route across the gala field and looking for Sarah to introduce her to John. Robert Adamson, John Smithurst and Heather Pearson were key ‘gala field’ organisers. With a targeted start time of 3.05 for the Senior Fell Race, which gave time for the Junior Race to finish, at 2.50 I went over to the Announcers tent to ask for runners to gather in the MemorIal Hall car park.
At 3pm I jumped up on the wall and gave the go-ahead for the road closures to be put in place via Radio links. I was just about to give my Race Starter’s announcements – short & sweet – thankyou for coming, caution road crossings, if retire must report back, lots of prizes, presentation at 4pm in the Memorial Hall, Gala Queen to start the race – when a radio message came through from Spring Lane. An ambulance had arrived at the road closure; Dave Weatherhead (in charge of Road Closure, with Road Traffic Manangement training) would speak to them and see if they could wait. I relayed this to the runners who started to move off the road – just in case – and we waited. It seemed a long time but wasn’t. Yes the ambulance could wait ‘5 minutes’. Starter’s announcements and then Ready, Steady and a perfectly timed Gala Queen klaxon blast – and the runners were off – charging down the road.
Radio message from Sally Robinson marshalling on Otley Rd at the Cenotaph and Saltaire Rd junction ‘All the runners were off the main road’, so the road could be opened again, then back onto the field to prepare for the finish. The ‘Gala Field’ team had about 10 minutes before they needed to have everything ready for the return of the first Fell Race runners.
The finish was down the side of the main ring on the gala field lots of people were sat watching dance groups performing. We were constantly having to warn people to move themselves, their feet, dogs, children, picnic rugs etc, back so they wouldn’t get trodden on by the runners, and the runners would not be tripped up in their dash for the finish. Dave Woodhead (Woodentops Photos) was ready to take finishing photos and helping too; thanks Dave.
At 19 minutes the runners started arriving – I was taking numbers and Sarah timing with the printer watch with John on back up timer. On occasion we would cross check numbers taken with times printed out – it is always a relief when you have the same number and happily we stayed in line. I was aware that drinks were being handed out to hot runners and there was a request to runners to keep the main ring clear for the childrens races.
After the first sheet of numbers (36) were taken I handed over the numbers board to Sarah. She was happy she could take numbers and do the timing with the runners coming in more spaced out by now. I headed back to the tent with the first sheet to start putting the results together – sticking the labels, carefully completed and highlighted for age category for each runner by the Registration Team, into the appropriate boxes. Alan helped me to begin with, shouting over the sound of the Dakota fly past. Lana was busy with some post event massage.
With the last runners in Sarah appeared with the timing prints and the second numbers sheet and helped me finish the results. Amazingly we had them ready for 4pm, just as the gala was finishing, and went off to the Memorial Hall to do the presentations. Gary was already there and ready to go with the results of the Junior Race and lots of chocolates & sweets. While the Junior presentations were on the go I quickly ran through plans for the Senior presentation with Sarah, who sorted the envelopes ready to hand out. Happily most people were there and all went smoothly.
Wandering back onto the gala field as it was emptying and the stalls being dismantled, I had already decided to get an ice cream and ‘take 5’. Sue, Richard and Alan were at the Harriers tent which was half way down. I managed to persuade them that we all deserved an ice-cream ;-). Gary had gone off to make sure the junior route had been fully cleared of stakes and markers. Most of the other marshals, having done their bit, had returned their equipment and bibs, and gone (no need for them to stay!). Some I had not seen at all, and others only very fleetingly but I am always very aware that I am absolutely reliant on their willingness to help, experience and sometimes specialist training, to make this event happen, run smoothly and be a success. The full list is below. Thank you to all who helped and marshalled, used their skill and experience, or learnt new roles, from Becky Weight (Race Organiser) and Bingley Harriers.
|Registration||Fell – Barbara Carney, Sue Cariss, Helen Morrell Jun – Gary Childs, Helen Childs|
|Time Keeping||Fell – John Capenerhurst, Sarah Flaherty Jun – Gary Childs (Jun Race Org’r)|
|Radios / Comms / Field / Microphone||Radio||Alan Weight|
|Race Start||Radio||Becky Weight (& JC & SF Timers)|
|Start Line (Road)||Becky Weight (& JC & SF Timers)|
|Road Closure (Sheriff Ln Jnctn) – Mem Hall||[Gala team – Bill Hall], Robert Adamson, Heather Pearson|
– Spring Lane
|Radio||Dave Weatherhead, Keith Jones, Tony Kingham, Sue Jones|
|Set up finish route and funnel across gala field and in main arena||Robert Adamson, Becky Weight, Alan Weight, John Smithurst, Heather Pearson, Bill Belcher|
|Glen Rd / Saltaire Rd junction for out only.||Pollyanna or Andrew Lickley (with pram?)|
|Quarry Bottom||Rose Green|
|Glen Road Crossing – out & back||Radio||Jane Lewis, Graham Smith, Tim Beckett, Reuben Mantle|
|Trig Point||Radio||Ian Goodyear|
|Otley Road Crossing||Dave Weatherhead, Keith Jones, Tony Kingham, Sue Jones|
|Acorn Turning||Sally Robinson|
|Acorn Stile||Richard Vesey (& Jack)|
|Gala Field Stile||Heather Pearson (or one of Reg’n Team if HP needed on field)|
|Finish Field||Alan Weight, Robert Adamson, John Smithurst, Cadets?|
|Finish Funnel & Numbers||Fell : John Capenerhurst & Sarah Flaherty (Timing) Becky Weight (numbers), Jun : Gary Childs (Watch) Jun : AN Other (Numbers)|
|Drinks||Sue Cariss, Barbara Carney|
|Ensure Junior runners are clear of finish before senior runners come in||Sue Cariss, Barbara Carney|
|Sticky Labels & Results||Fell : Becky Weight & Sarah Flaherty Junior Race : Gary Childs|
|Junior Race Organiser / Race start / timing||3 Radios||Gary Childs (26 Jun – 9 marshalls)|
|Juniors – Gate out (near Acorn)||Richard Vesey (& Jack)|
|Junior – various roles & marshalling locations||Andy Jebb, Emyr Rees, Eva Watson, Helen Childs, Mari Johnson, Michelle Garbutt, Nicky Clay, Sarah Temple|
|Presentation||Fell – Becky Weight,Sarah Flaherty Jun – Gary Childs, AN Other|
Thank you to all who helped and marshalled, used their skill and experience, or learnt new roles, from Becky Weight (Race Organiser) and Bingley Harriers.
A hot sunny day, a busy gala and 62 runners on the start line for their short sharp dash to the trig point on Hope Hill, Baildon Moor, and back.
Tim Midgely (Bingley, MSEN, 19.19) hoping to improve on last year’s second place, lead on the way out but was caught on the descent by Mark Sennett (Wharfedale, MSEN, 19.08). Alex Flaherty (Bingley, U17B, 19.24) chased hard taking 37 seconds off his 2018 time and third place, up from 7th.
Helen Smith (Ribble Valley, WSEN, 20.29) was first lady (9th overall) with a good lead over Rachel Pilling (Pudsey & Bramley, WSEN, 21.38). Ruth Thackray (Bingley, W40, 22.30) pipped her 2018 time to come third.
Theo Clay (Bingley, U15B, 20.14, 7th) had a storming run knocking over 2 minutes off last year’s time to take first U15B. Jensen Brogden (Otley AC, U17B, 21.43) took first U17B (Alex Flaherty took 3rd Man), and Jacob Leeming (U/A, 24.44) took first U23M. The girls and younger ladies missed their prize opportunities this year!
Age categories, where there were runners, went to :
V40 to Neil Armitage (P&B, 19.55, 5th) and Shona Stone (23.20, 30th). Ruth Thackray took 3rd Lady.
V50 Paul Mitchell (Bingley, 21.35, 13th)
V60 Ian Rowbotham (Harrogate, 23.12,26th) and Mary Green (Bingley, 27.03, 48th)
V70 to Phil Robinson (Otley, 29.52, 53rd)
Prizes for Unattached Local (Eldwick, Gilstead or Bingley) runners went to Steve Watkins and Leanne Cheyne.
With a good Bingley turnout (23 runners ) Bingley took both team prizes – Tim, Alex and Theo for the Men and Ruth, Shona and Jenine McCutcheon for the Ladies. Well done all. The Bingley Results are below with the full results on the website http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/events/eldwick-gilstead-gala-fell-race/
|ELDWICK GALA FELL RACE BS/4.8km/168m|
|Saturday 29 June 2019 -Bingley Harriers Results|
|Individual winners in Bold. One (highest value) prize each. Can get Ind & Team.|