Saturday 28th April 2018
341 hardy souls took to the rather boggy fells to battle their way over 61 miles and 11,000 feet of Yorkshire’s finest countryside at the 56th Fellsman. The route takes entrants up Ingleborough, down to the Hill Inn and up Whernside (two of the famous Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks Walk). From the summit of Whernside the route drops down into Kingsdale then up over Gragareth and Great Coum and down into the picturesque Dales village of Dent. Next Blea Moor is traversed and the route drops the entrant back into Dentdale at Stonehouse. The route then leaves Dentdale behind and climbs to the summit of Great Knoutberry before dropping down to cross the Ingleton to Hawes road at Redshaw. Next the route climbs Snaizeholme, crosses to Dodd Fell, and meets the Hawes to Kettlewell road at Fleet Moss. Runners are then directed over Middle Tongue to Cray then up to Buckden Pike, and down (slightly) to Park Rash above Kettlewell; this is the last roadside checkpoint. The final leg takes the entrant across the top of the hills to the east of Wharfedale, drops down into the village of Grassington then crosses the river Wharfe to finish at the Upper Wharfedale County Secondary School, Threshfield. 261 entrants finished. Garth De Roux finished in 98th position and a time of 18:34.
Three Peaks Fell Race
This race is billed as the “Marathon with Mountains” as it takes runners 23.3 miles over the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with 5,279ft of ascent and descent. The 65th running of the race was won by Tom Owens of Shettleston Harriers in 2hrs 49mins 8secs, over 4 minutes quicker than his 2011 win. The ladies race was won by Bingley’s Victoria Wilkinson, making it three consecutive victories for her at the race. Lio Achard finished the gruelling route in 04:48:09. 701 finished.
Sunday 29th April 2018
Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K
20 Harriers made their way to Bradford for Epilepsy Action’s postponed city centre 10K road race, which was cancelled earlier in the year due to snow. Starting and finishing in Centenary Square, the course is fast and flat, making it a fantastic race for beginners and those in search of a personal best.
First Harrier home was David Womersley in 43:12. He was followed by: Rob Webster 45:49, Darran Wilson 46:07, Giles Wilkes 48:57, David Dutton 49:20, Steven Allen 50:17, Sarah Papadimos 51:50, Victoria Brides 53:04, Gini Knight 52:42, Ian Taylor 54:01, Peter Russell 55:36, Sam Foster 56:31, Tommy Dickson 56:50, Amy Hannell 59:06, Sarah Mills 1:06:36, Kirstie Wormald 1:08:28, Victoria Jackson 1:11:20, Jules Hastings 1:12:46, Ian Brown 1:16:39 and Sue Lumby 1:17:50. 1897 runners finished.
Run for Wildlife 5K
A fun and friendly 5k in the grounds of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park all in support of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation. Suzanne Mann completed the course in 49:49.
The Fountains 10K is a great event for runners of all abilities with a mixed terrain route starting from the village of Grantley, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. It’s an undulating route that takes in quiet country roads, off-road trails and scenic moorland within Nidderdale. Three Harriers took part this year. Emma Harris was first Harrier home in 1:04:09 followed by Jacqueline Stack 1:04:24 and Sheila Mason 1:07:47. 398 finished.
*Main image credit: Garth De Roux at The Fellsman