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Sunday 4th June – Lakeland Trails Marathon

Report from John Davis

There are two races I’ve done three times, the Bluebell Trail and this, the Lakeland Trails’ Marathon in Coniston.  In both cases, the reason for coming back’s the same – some beautiful scenery, varied and interesting running, and a beast of a challenge.

Coniston is a trail marathon – a little road running, but mostly on tracks and paths.  It starts at a campsite below the village, heads down to the lake shore at the Gondola landing , up to the north end of the lake, and then through the village and off towards Ambleside, before turning to circumnavigate Holme Fell, briefly dropping into Little Langdale before rising back to the Ambleside-Coniston road and up to Tarn Hows.  This early section comprises the bulk of the road running and, despite never really getting to the high ground encountered later on, is probably the toughest running, with a lot of little climbs.  Certainly, most of the runners I spoke to found this to be the case, and I did wonder how I’d cope.  The occasional few drops of rain were refreshing, but never lasted and the weather started to get warm late on, but never so bad that heat exhaustion was a factor.

Once you reach Tarn Hows, you run once round the tarn and then climb up Monk Coniston Moor.  There is some slightly tricky woodland running before you come out onto a forestry track.  This leads you quite painlessly and quickly onto Parkamoor.  If the running was all like this, the run would be a doddle but, if the run was all like this, it would lose both its charm and its challenge.

After the rolling hills of Parkamoor, there is a steep and very rocky descent to the south end of the Lake.  A little more road running and then the last big climb, up to Beacon Tarn.  At this point, my legs were really starting to tire and I tended to trip on the loose rocks, particularly when helpful marshals called out encouragement unexpectedly!  A boggy circuit of the tarn and then the long descent back to the lake began.  Another helpful marshal, another trip, but I couldn’t believe him when he said I was on for a sub-5 hour finish “easily”, because it was “all easy going from here-on”.  I’ve run this before, and it isn’t easy.  The descent is not simple;  it rises and falls, and twists and turns and, before you can get any momentum going, another pile of jagged rocks means you have to stop and clamber over before you can start running again.

Down at the Lake shore for the last 5km, and it’s now just a “march or die” mentality.  I literally lost count of the number of times I tripped and stumbled on tree roots and rocks, jarring muscles and bones painfully, but managing not to fall.  I was glad not to be suffering worse than the people around me, and was in much better shape than in 2015, when I completed almost unable to walk.  I even managed a little sprint round the field to the finish line.  Hobbling back to the village for a traditional burger and pint in the Black Bull, I was able to applaud the half-marathoners in, as they approached their finish, and feel smug.

I initially thought I’d got a personal best for the course, finishing at 5 hours, 1 minute, 26 seconds but, when I managed to get wifi and actually check my previous results, found this was my slowest run, by 23 seconds from 2015 and way slower than my 4 hours, 49 minutes 14 secs in 2012.  Still, it was *way* faster than I’d expected and (so far) no more than normal aches and pains, and no injuries, so I’ll be looking to go better next time, health and conditions permitting!  Monday’s rain was stair rods, so we’d been really lucky to miss that.


Saturday 3rd June – Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon

Report from Tamara Weatherhead:

Myself, Neil Charlton, Nicky Gifford and Richard Hamer turned up at Wharfedale RUFC for this beautiful but tough race. Also in attendance were the Saturday gang: Colin B and dog, Tom H, Phil R, Jackie and Andy and Wetherby’s Ann and Mark – but they were sensibly just trotting up around Conistone.

The event was very well organised – easy parking, free tea and biscuits during registration, decent facilities, chip timing, well marshalled and well signed, with stunning scenery thrown in for free. The only problems were the hills, far too many of those. I made it about 2000ft of climbing. The weather was also a tad warm for me, but what can you do about that?! Overall, an excellent, very picturesque and challenging half – and it only takes 30 mins to get there.

This was my first open race in two and a half years and my second half marathon. Neil had signed us both up, on the sly, so his punishment was having to wait for his old lady all the way round, hah! There were 4 well manned and coordinated checkpoints on the way round, all with water most gratefully received. Jelly babies also available. It was lovely to get a cheer off the Saturday gang at the first checkpoint.

The race was won by Kyle Greig, Metro Aberdeen RRC, in 1.24.38 – a course record i believe – and first lady was Lorena Lozano, North Leeds Fell Runners, in 1.45.06, 37th. Neil got us over the line in 2.16.17, finishing 222nd and 223rd. Nicky and Richard finished 375th and 376th  in 2.45 bang on. 411 finishers, results.


Saturday 3rd June – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor
Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:35
26 1 Hayley LLOYD-HENRY Prestwich AC 00:19:57
202 161 Steven Robinson Otley AC 00:26:09
Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Alexander FLAHERTY Bingley Harriers and AC 00:17:55
3 1 Racheal Bamford Otley AC 00:18:21
4 3 Zack Whitehead Otley AC 00:18:59
Position Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Andy GRANT Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:16:57
38 1 Sophie CHUMAS Unattached 00:20:48
82 5 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:22:46
160 21 Elizabeth YATES Otley AC 00:24:56
164 23 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:25:01
Position Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Callum ELSON Roundhay Runners 00:16:11
41 1 Jenny GARDEN Unattached 00:21:49
54 52 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:22:10
Position Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Pauline POWELL Blackburn Harriers & AC 00:18:18
2 1 Rhys WATMOUGH Keighley & Craven AC 00:18:59
20 15 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:22:00
73 23 Susan TUPLING Otley AC 00:27:07
Fountains Abbey
Position Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Euan BRENNAN Ilkley Harriers AC 00:16:20
8 1 Ruth MORAN Horsforth Harriers 00:19:08
17 16 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:20:12
Position Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Sam HARRISON Bowland Fell Runners 00:17:32
22 1 Phoebe HAYASHI Unattached 00:21:46
162 122 Rob Fearnley Otley AC 00:30:23

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Thursday 1st June – Harrogate League Race 2 – Dragons

It was another warm summer’s evening for the second race of the season,  this time hosted by Dragons Running Club and assisted by Airecentre Pacers.  Ripon were again first and second but with positions reversed from the first race, Reece Dalton 31:05beating his team mate by 31 seconds.  Harrogate’s Sharon Barlow, 36:08, was a clear winner again in the women’s race finishing 21st.  Gary, Tom Lynch and Liam all finished in the top 20 with Sara Elliott leading the Otley women.  A veteran of many a Harrogate League race, Jackie Ackroyd finished first in her category.  The buffet at Yeadon cricket club was well received by all, lots of cakes… For a list of the White & Black finishes, except for Mr Paget 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »


Thursday 1st June – Apperley Bridge Canter

Report from Mark Hall

Apperley Bridge Canter, 01/06/17, 10k approx, Multi Terrain

Winner: Rob Little, Ilkley Harriers, 34.55

Mark Hall, 6th, 1st V55, 37.08

A very tough event with lots of hills. Excellent organisation.