Sunday 1st March – Ilkley Moor Fell Race

Sunday 1st March – Ilkley Moor Fell Race

Report from Andrew Robertshaw:

The 1st of March, Spring or not?  meteologically maybe, but there’s only a few signs at the moment, no mad march hares to be seen, (there you go Sharron!).

The gnarled old fell runner version of the conditions on Sunday, would probably be along the lines of, “Aye there was a bit of a breeze“,  “a bit soft up there today“.

A member of the general public would probably have had a different idea and stayed in bed, describing a howling gale & swamp like conditions.

I was actually surprised that I didn’t find the wind too bad & only went down to my knee once…, others may have had different thoughts though..

The hardest bit for me was the start of the second climb, which was a bit like trying to run up a travelator or up a down escalator,  the mud giving way with every other step.

A good turnout for the Black & Whites at this club fell runner of the year event, although Ross & Megan McCall and Neil Reed just missed getting an entry on the day as the last numbers were snapped up very quickly.   I did have a bit of a chuckle at the start when I over-heard a couple of runners, not from these parts, whispering “is that Antonio from Otley?“.  As famous as Ian Holmes in the fell running community 🙂

A couple of under 23’s took the men’s & women’s race, good to see.  Matt Chadwick was first back for Otley inside the top 20,  and it was good to see some fell novices enjoying the race.

Pos Time Name Club Cat.
1 00:40:51 Robin Howie Wharfedale H U23
33 00:49:08 Helen Thornhill Ribble Valley H U23
19 00:47:30 Matt Chadwich Otley AC
52 00:51:15 Andrew Robertshaw Otley AC V50
119 00:59:15 Tom Dyson Otley AC
135 01:00:39 Oliver Richards Otley AC
168 01:03:03 Matt Clegg Otley AC
197 01:05:24 Sharron Smith Otley AC V40
245 01:12:13 Colin Best Otley AC V60
278 01:15:56 Caron Ralph Otley AC V50
295 01:21:32 Bob Baker Otley AC V60
308 01:32:44 Donald Buffham Otley A C V60
318 01:52:03 Antonio Cardinale Otley AC V70


2 thoughts on “Sunday 1st March – Ilkley Moor Fell Race

  1. I think I am popular on the fell race circuit because I am always the last one and I do my best to be the second last . Great performance by Matt C. in this quagmire fell race finishing in a fast 47.30 . Caron R. did really well in this mud festival crossing the finish line in a brilliant 1.15 . Also Sharron S. was really competitive in this challenging morning finishing in a robust 1.05. Fell runner Andrew R. did a very difficult and brutal 5 miles in a splendid time of 51.15 . Well done all . The pics are nice , thank you .

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