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).