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Writing the 2017 annual report for the AGM I found Denise’s brilliant write up from earlier in the year. So apologies to Denise for not getting this out sooner and if Denise ever now says she is not a fell runner don’t believe her! Becky Weight – Ladies Fell Manager
Anniversary Waltz AM 18.5km 1100m, Sat 22nd April 2017
Denise Wright was our sole senior lady in the field of 444 runners in this Lake District fell race :
53 Gibbons Andy Bingley M 1:58:12
257 Wright Denise Bingley WV40 2:31:06
426 Barrett Neil Bingley MV50 3:19:29
Also great to see our younger ladies Eliza and Vikki (U19) and Ruby (U15) in the junior races :-
12 Eliza Findlay Bingley Harriers U19G 00:41:19 (6)
13 Victoria Merrick Bingley Harriers U19G 00:42:41 (7)
36 Ruby Firth Bingley Harriers U15G 00:40:23 (10)
A great write up from Denise Wright :
I had fancied this race [Anniversary Waltz] for a while and, when I found out that they were also holding the FRA junior champs races, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss. With the click of a few buttons, Izzy and I were entered in our respective races. There was nagging doubt at the back of my mind that, a with only a week between this and the 3 Peaks, this might not be my best idea but by then I was entered in both events.
The day of the race was glorious. Blue skies, with a slight breeze. It was meant to be! Newlands Valley was absolutely buzzing with hundreds of competitors for the many events. It was great watching the some of the juniors races, especially Izzy in the U9’s but, before I knew where I was it was 11:30 and time for the race start. It was manic at the start but soon calmed down once we reached Little Town. Simon had mentioned that the pack split on the climb up Robinson but wasn’t sure on the best line. Oh the indecision of which way – then I saw Jo Buckley up ahead of me so followed her! Who knows which way is best – it was blinking steep and a long slog!!
Once on top it’s fab running. Hindscarf looked a long way but was a surprisingly good run. From there to Dale Head wasn’t too bad – the views were amazing. From the top of Dale Head indecision set in again but this time with dithering…..did I go the route of Borrowdale or follow the tourist path. There were runners all over the shop. I suddenly saw Alison Weston somewhere in the midst of it all so tried to follow her but she soon dropped me. Is she a mountain goat in disguise? Anyway, I got down somehow but it wasn’t my finest moment!
The climb back up to High Spy was tough going but the run from there to Catbells was great with those amazing views to keep me going. Now, Andy Gibbons had given me a tip about a better line off Catbells. Given my woeful descending I was happy to try it. I think it worked! At least I didn’t have to scramble down the rocky crag. From there it was a fast run to the finish. An absolutely fab race in an amazing part of the Lakes.
Three Peaks Fell Race AL 37.4km 1608m Sat 29 April 2017
Victoria Wilkinson’s stunning ladies win in a new record time will be covered separately in the Spring magazine. Vic, Lesley Watson and Ruth Thackray were third ladies team – especially well done as Lesley came home with substantial blisters and Ruth wasn’t 100% (that may be an understatement!). The gents brought home some team prizes too – Rob & Andy Jebb and Paul Tiffany won V40 team and Ian Holmes, Ian Ferguson and Dave Stephenson won V50 team.
|9||65||Rob Jebb||MV40||Horton Sat 3:03:02|
|13||804||Victoria Wilkinson||W||Horton Sat 3:09:19|
|26||62||Ian Holmes||MV50||Horton Sat 3:17:18|
|42||64||Andrew Jebb||MV40||Horton Sat 3:27:20|
|183||73||Paul Tiffany||MV40||Horton Sat 4:01:34|
|186||69||Martin Peace||MV40||Horton Sat 4:02:13|
|215||59||Ian Ferguson||MV50||Horton Sat 4:05:22|
|226||72||Dave Stephenson||MV50||Horton Sat 4:06:51|
|227||61||Carl Hitchens||MV50||Horton Sat 4:06:59|
|306||71||Peter Stephens||M||Horton Sat 4:17:11|
|325||57||Oliver Cheyne||M||Horton Sat 4:20:37|
|380||58||William Duggan||MV40||Horton Sat 4:28:29|
|421||803||Lesley Watson||WV40||Horton Sat 4:34:00|
|473||802||Ruth Thackray||WV40||Horton Sat 4:42:20|
|480||70||Mike Scott||MV40||Horton Sat 4:43:46|
|556||805||Denise Wright||WV40||Horton Sat 4:53:37|
|558||74||Greg Trusselle||M||Horton Sat 4:54:25|
|585||60||Stephen Fry||MV50||Horton Sat 4:59:14|
|615||56||Jason Beckett||MV40||Horton Sat 5:05:33|
|68||Gary Muir||MV50||Hill Inn Sat 3:42:05|
A fantastic double (run and write up) by Denise Wright :
There’s something about the 3 Peaks that lures me in. Maybe it was Steve Fry’s rallying call on Facebook?! It is an incredible event and the support from spectators and other competitors is immense. This was my 4th time and, after my race the previous weekend, my aim was to get round in 5 hours.
The weather was perfect – a good sign. I had done a couple of recces so felt reasonably confident that I would get within the cut offs and I had Simon and Jasper as my support crew.
The sight of all the runners charging down the street at the start of the race is incredible. It feels great to be part of it Felt good up Pen-y-Ghent and Simon was there cheering me on along with lots of other enthusiastic supporters and marshals.
I quite enjoyed the run over to Ribblehead, the sunshine helped. Although my feet were starting to burn a bit. For once I was actually looking to the bog on Whernside, I needed to cool my feet.
Loved the Ribblehead checkpoint – lots of Bingley marshals with great support. Their encouragement gave me a real boost.
Whernside is just a really, really hard slog. Don’t let anyone tell you different!! Brett is just before the summit saying I’m doing great – he’s very kind. I feel like a slug. From the top I took it steady – felt like cramp could set in and I so didn’t want that. Coming down the steep descent I could see Becky at the gate – I sped up …. She needed to see me running downhill!! Only she didn’t! I took her by surprise
I felt a bit like a horse trotting down the slabs but I was soon down the track and on my way to Hill Inn. So Hill Inn checkpoint….immense, I was back among Bingley – thanks guys, you’re all great and gave me the kick I needed for Ingleborough.
Again, another long, hard slog but at least I was pointing in the right direction now – I was on my way home! I remember asking Mandy Clarke to shoot me at the top of Ingleborough. My feet were starting to hurt now and I wasn’t looking forward to the descent back to Horton but it passed in a blur and before I knew it, I could see the finish and hear the tannoy calling out runners names as they entered the finish The end was near!
I finished in 4:53. I was made up. Who knows whether the Anniversary Waltz had impacted my performance but from my perspective I took part in two fantastic events, in great weather and enjoyed them both.
Denise looking determined – maybe on her way up Whernside, 3 Peaks 2017. Photo by Woodentops.
Thanks to Denise for the brilliant write ups . Becky Weight, Ladies Fell Manager.
A beautiful day of sunshine and fluffy clouds faced the 57 runners that started this years Blackfell race. After a slight delay to allow a tractor to lift a car out of a ditch (this is the Dales!) the race got under way with the tough start up Top Mere Road. After the runners crossed the road above Park Rash the race enters the open fell and the terrain start to become tougher. After the visit to the Snake Pit the little matter of the “small” climb back to Blackfell Crags (where the race gets it name) after which the running becomes slightly easier. A blast past the summit and down to the remote Grouse Butt checkpoint leaves the runners with the route choice back to Hag Dyke. Once the runners have dropped their last tag at the Scout lodge its a downhill trip to the finish and relief!
This years race was won by Ted Mason of Wharfedale Harriers (and a massive thanks to Ted for allowing us to use his field for the registration and finish) in a new course record of 1:20:35 closely followed by his team mate Sam Watson in 1:21:43 (which also broke Sam’s old record from 2016), third home was Pete Darwood (Unattached) in 1:26:46. Ted told me he was off shearing sheep after the race, another Dales thing!
First Lady home was Majka Kunicka of Penistone Footpath Runners in a new record time of 1:44:23. Second lady home was Jean Powell of Wharfedale in 1:51:54 and third was Lesley Watson of Bingley Harriers in 1:57:46.
The team prizes were take on the men’s side by Wharfedale Harriers with 1st (Ted Mason), 2nd (Sam Watson), and 5th(Dave Kirkham) and the ladies team prize was taken by Bingley Harriers with 2nd (Lesley Watson), 3rd (Denise Wright), and 4th (Becky Weight).
Well done to all the runners and thank you to all of the marshals and helpers on the day. A special thank you goes to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue who had to be called out to rescue one of our marshals who unfortunately broke their leg descending from the fells. And our thoughts are with Sara Daniel on a speedy recovery to what looked like a nasty break to her leg.
Full results can be found here.
9 Bingley Harriers made the trip over to Mirfield to compete in the first race of the Bingley Harriers Fell Championship. On paper the race, starting from Hopton Mills Cricket club, looked straight forward. A 3 mile course over terrain ranging from woodland bridleways to open fields looked like a “walk in the park” but as the faces on the finishers would tell the race was nothing of the sort!
The race started with a straight up hill dash through the woods but there was no let up in the course as the distance and the constant short drops followed by steady climbs meant that there was no recovery to be found until the finish. Plenty of mud in the second half added to the difficulty and a collision with a metal pole, near the finish, made my race a little more painful than than it already was!
Everybody who dragged themselves around the course all said that it was a great little course and tougher than expected, but everyone enjoyed it.
|28||Lesley Watson||LV40||Bingley Harriers||00:27:27|
|34||Shona Stone||LV40||Bingley Harriers||00:28:16|
|45||Denise Wright||LV40||Bingley Harriers||00:29:19|
|48||Peter Ellerton||MV70||Bingley Harriers||00:29:32|
|55||Jason Becket||MV40||Bingley Harriers||00:30:57|
|60||Neil Barret||MV50||Bingley Harriers||00:32:03|
|65||Stephen Firth||M||Bingley Harriers||00:33:30|
|86||Faye Firth||L||Bingley Harriers||00:37:39|
Full results can be found here
The magnificent grounds of Wollaton Park, Nottingham, were the venue for what is, for cross-country runners, the most important race of the season, and they provided a setting worthy of such an event. Fortunately the weather was bright for the junior races (sorry seniors), though there was a chilly wind. Conditions underfoot were generally good, though every runner had to negotiate the infamous water splash at least once.
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, who aggravated a back injury whilst negotiating the aforesaid water splash, was forced to pull out of the opening race, it was left to Joseph Carnelley to open proceedings for the Club, finishing in 312th position.
It is always a pleasure to see runners who have left to study at university turn up at these events in Club colours, and Sarah Dewhirst, in the Junior Women’s race, had a fine run in 106th place.
In the largest junior field of the day, Holly Walters, who has now competed in the Big Three in her very first season, battled through to finish in 438th.
It was such a pity that we did not have a fourth counter in the U17 Men’s race since the three that did compete ran so well: Matthew Merrick set off with a really positive attitude and showed that he getting back to his best with an impressive finish in 39th position; Reuben Mantle, in his first year in this age-group, battled through to 117th; and Josh Spencer had his best run yet in 277th position.
In the U15 Girls, both Ruby Firth and Emily Field performed splendidly: Ruby displayed her usual battling qualities to finish in 133rd, while Emily, who had missed a good deal of training due to a toe injury, was only seconds behind in 138th.
For the juniors, the afternoon finished, as last year, on a high point, with the performance of our U13 Boys. Once again, as they have done all season, they achieved a team position – 30th out of 48 teams – but there were also some fine individual performances. Pride of place must go to Alex Flaherty who finished in a superlative 7th position – the best individual performance in the National by a junior that I have witnessed in my time as team-manager. He was ably supported by Ben Rees in 259th, Samuel Mantle in 297th, and Oliver Peace in 300th.
Congratulations to all of those who ran, thanks to all the parents and supporters, amongst whom was our Club President John Smithurst, and a huge thank you to Graham Smith for getting me through the day.
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WYXC Series 2016 – Bingley Senior Ladies
We had between 3 and 8 ladies out at the 4 WYXC’s with the results below. A big welcome to Stephanie Robson and Eleanor Brown joining the Cross Country ‘squad’ in 2016 and good to see Emma Green back in cross country action after her first baby. In the overall individual results (best 3 of 4 races to count) Marisol Carrera Viva was 3rd W45, Lesley Watson 4th W40, Emma Green 5th W35 and Ellie Kitchen 9th Senior Women.
As a team we missed out on a team result (4 runners, all 4 races count) for the first race as we only had 3 runners. The race clashed with the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay where 9 Bingley ladies were running (See website report Oct 16). In the following races we were 6th, 5th and 2nd team with the hilly course at Cliff Castle, Keighley obviously suiting our runners . With one more runner in the first race we may have been 3rd team overall – lets hope we can fill that place in 2017.
|Race||Runners||Date / Location|
|Race 1||99||Sun 2 Oct 2016|
|Thornes Park, Wakefield|
|37||0:24:55||CARRERA VIVA, Marisol||W45|
|Race 2||116||Sun 30 Oct 2016|
|Nunroyd Park, Leeds|
|43||0:28:13||CARRERA VIVA, Marisol||W45|
|6th team out of 16|
|Race 3||105||Sun 20 Nov 2016|
|55||0:25:23||CARRERA VIVA, Marisol||W45|
|5th team out of 14|
|Race 4||87||Sun 4 Dec 2016|
|32||0:23:52||CARRERA VIVA, Marisol||W45|
|2nd team out of 10|
|Overall (Best 3 of 4)|
|3||43||CARRERA VIVA, Marisol||W45|
Eleanor Brown and Marisol Carrera Viva happy with good runs at the Keighley WYXC. Captured everyone else at the Yorkshire’s.
Yorkshire Championships, Lightwater Valley Sat 7th Jan 2017
The first great result was that eight ladies entered and eight ladies made it to the start (and finish) line so we had two counting teams and Barbara Carney came to cheer the teams on. With a relatively warm, for January, day with little wind and not too much rain for a few days the course was reasonably firm with only a few slightly muddy patches. Ruby Firth’s clean running shoes and legs, despite the fact she had already run, confirmed the good conditions. It was a pleasure to go out to watch the other races – the many zig-zags of the Lightwater Valley course making it great for spectators – you can cheer runners on several times on each lap!
The next great result was being 6th and 12th teams out of 28 teams. Over 155 lined up on the start for the ladies 4 lap 7.8km race, representing 36 clubs. Jo Buckley’s hard work (as usual!) earned her a great 16th (34.01) place in a race won by Julie Briscoe of Wakefield by almost half a minute in 30.24. Ellie Kitchen was our next counter in 37th (35.44) quickly followed by Emma Green (39th,35.52), and Lesley Watson (46, 36.36) who made up our first team. Stephanie Robson (50th, 36.58), Marisol Carrera Viva (51, 37.14) and Sarah Dewhirst (60, 37.46) were close behind, and Becky Weight (90, 40.56) made up our second team – who were 12th team overall and first B team.
Around and abouts the races Stephanie’s little girl was disappointed that the park wasn’t open until Tony Kingham saved the day by handing out Christmas chocolate selections. After the race some of of the ladies headed straight home to get on with the rest of the day while Ellie and I went back out to watch the men’s race – almost 300 guys thundering past just after the start really made the ground tremble! Steve Fry has reported on the men’s race. It was a really good day out – and the usual thanks go to Tony Kingham, Graham Smith and others who brought the tent – the tent is there for the whole day for juniors and seniors, gives shelter from the elements, a place to leave gear as there is nearly always someone around, and is a great social gathering point for the day.
Bingley ladies in action in a competitive Yorkshire XC Championship 7 Jan 2017 – Thanks to Dave Woodhead, Woodentops for these photos
All done and still looking fresh – Emma Green, Lesley Watson, Marisol Carrera Viva, Ellie Kitchen, Stephanie Robson, Katie Smith (U17 race), Sarah Dewhirst, Becky Weight – just missing Jo Buckley – no doubt headed off to help with the kids.
246 runners and riders braved the weather forecast (which in the end tuned out nice, what do those weather people know!) to take part in the 2016 Harriers V Cyclists. The split on runners v riders were 195 runners and 51 cyclists. First home, and in another record time, was Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers. Tom’s new record is 34:03 knocking 28 seconds off his record from last year – well done Tom!
Second home, and first cyclist, in a very impressive time of 34:30 (which also knocked 3 seconds off the previous record) was our very own Rob Jebb riding for Hope Factory Racing. First lady home was Anna Lupton of Black Combe Runners in a time of 41:18 with the first lady cyclist home being our, once again, very own Victoria Wilkinson in a time of 46:03.
In the Harriers V Cyclists competition the clear winners were the runners scoring 69 points to the cyclists 308, a little closer than last year but still a major difference.
This was my last year of organising the race, rest assured the race will continue in 2017, but I’d like to say a massive thank you to the army of marshals and helpers who, for the last 7 years, have helped me put on the race and without their help races like this wouldn’t or couldn’t take place.
Full race results can be found here.
The Langdale Horseshoe was the final race of the English Fell Championship series (6 races, 2 each Long, Medium & Short – best four to count including one of each length). A number of Bingley runners needed good results to secure their final championship places. Before the day Vic Wilkinson was second lady, competing with Nichola Jackson (Preston), Lou Roberts (Ambleside) and Sharon Taylor (Helm Hill), and she had missed the other Long, Borrowdale, as she was on GB team duty. Ian Holmes looked like he had the V50 top spot in the bag but was tusselling with Karl Gray (Calder) for the V45 one too. Becky Weight was in top V55 spot but could still be overtaken by last year’s winner Wendy Dodds (now a V65!). All needed good clear runs on the day to beat close competition. Lesley Watson and Denise Wright were there for the Bingley Ladies team, and Tom Gomersal, Dave Stephenson and Andy Jebb were amongst the 388 on the start line near the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel with various partners, children, campervans, and other family in support. Lesley hadn’t managed a recce but, with a race entry in her pocket and a race series to finish, it was too tempting not to run. It was a bright, sunny, still day with Langdale in its full early Autumn glory. Perfect weather for running, although pretty wet underfoot in places from a mixed weather summer and rain in the previous week. The photos can tell more of the story :
Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race 2016 – Looking down on the event field. Photo by C Ferguson
Becky, Vic, Ian & Andy ready to go. Photo by Barbara Carney
Tom, Dave, Lesley & Becky waiting to start. Photo by Barbara Carney
‘And they’re off’. The start of the Langdale Horseshoe 2016. Photo by C Ferguson.
Becky approaching the check point at Esk Haus Shelter well into that ‘good clear run’. Photo by Grand Day Out Photography
A happy Denise coming away from the Esk Haus Shelter checkpoint, on her way to securing 4th place for Bingley in the ladies V40 team result for the race. Photo by Grand Day Out Photography. Denise & Lesley linked up for the latter part of the run.
Ian and Vic on a winning line near the top of Pike O‘Blisco. Tom on an alternative approach. Photos by C Ferguson.
The event results were :
Ian Holmes 8th in 2.10.03. 1st Vet male (all vet categories!). Sam Tosh of Rossendale won in 1.59.51.
Vic Wilkinson 44th in 2.22.50. 1st Female in a new record time, the previous record held by Helen Diamantides 2.23.25 having stood for over 20 years.
Tom Gomersal 60th, 2.30.48. Dave Stephenson, 205th, 3.05.42. Becky Weight, 258th , 3.17.35. 1st FV55. Lesley Watson, 329th, 3.45.11. Denise Wright, 330th, 3.45.12. Andy Jebb had to retire having got to Esk Haus (at least) the furthest check point from the start!
Bingley Ladies were 5th Open team (Vic, Becky and Lesley) and 4th V40 team (Becky, Lesley & Denise)
The final English Fell Championship results (after Langdale – final race in the series) were :
Vic Wilkinson, 1st Female Open category
Ian Holmes 1st V50 (clear winner) but also equal 1st V45 with Karl Gray (Calder), 2nd V40 to Rob Hope (Pudsey & Bramley), and 11th in the Open category.
Becky Weight 1st FV55, 5th FV50, 9th FV45
9th Ladies Open team (Vic, Lesley, Denise, Becky & Mandy Clarke)
4th Ladies V40 team (Lesley, Denise, Becky & Mandy Clarke)
Rob Jebb, Andy Jebb, and Andy Brown also did some of the championship races and feature in the EFC results.
Another huge well done to the 3 teams who represented Bingley Harriers at the National Cross Country Relays today at Mansfield. After finishing around the top 10 at the Northerns we targeted placings in the top 30. So a fantastic congratulations to our Under 13 Boys who finished 19th and the Under 17 Boys who finished 23rd. Our Under 17 Girls ran extremely well and finished 51st in high quality fields.
After a good start by Oliver Peace in the Under 13’s, Alex Flaherty gained 45 (yes that’s 45!!) to put Bingley in the top 10 before a good run by Sam Mantle finished it off as top Yorkshire team and 6th Northern team. Alex was 8th fastest overall a phenomenal performance. Well done lads.
The Under 17 Boys were set on their way by Reuben Mantle around the top 30 before a super run up to 14th from Matthew Merrick. James Askew, in his first race at this level ran really well to bring us home in 23rd and 2nd Yorkshire team. Well above expectations, great stuff.
Vikki Merrick got the days proceedings under way in a hotly contested Under 17 Girls race and both Eliza Findlay and Katie Smith gained ground to finish 51st and 3rd Yorkshire team, well done Girls.
This is the first time in many years that we have competed as a team at this level and the runners deserve huge credit for the way they performed. There are also quite a few other juniors who could have stepped in so things are on the up. Can we hope for team (and individual medals) at the Yorkshire champs in January, I think we can….
Thanks to parents and Tony Kingham and Graham Smith for their help and support today.