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Five-hour Ilkley race attracts the Moor adventurous competitors
12:21pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
The new Haglofs Open 5 Adventure Race season kicked off with the first event of seven which took place in Ilkley on Sunday.
The five-hour event organised by Open Adventure, combined mountain biking and running, with competitors navigating their way to control points to collect as many points as possiblein the time limit.
With just over 220 entrants, course planner, Ilkley-based athlete, Sue Booth, had designed a challenging and scenic courseom Denton Moor.
The event attracted adventure racers from all over the country, but appealed to a high proportion of local athletes as well as a large percentage of people giving it a try for the first time.
The sponsors of the event – Haglofs – gave over £1300 worth of outdoor clothing prizes the first 3 people in each category.
The male solo category was a close contest with Ilkley-based Adrian Hall, equalling the top score of the day – 585 points, but just missing out on first place by being 23 seconds slower than winner Alex Pilkington.
There was local interest in the female solo category also, with Gemma Ashwell from Otley, taking third place behind Sally Ozanne and Heather Burrows.
In the female pairs Helena Deeney and Rachel Hagan, both from Ilkley were third.
The male pairs saw Nick Hayward and Andy Pettit from Ilkley and Steeton respectively, having a great race to take second place, with Nathan & Adrian Parker, from Harrogate, close behind in third place.
The fiercely contest mixed pairs category was won by Ian Furlong (Leeds) and Renee Saxton (Otley).
Other local racers included a team from JD Cycles, Ilkley – Adam Evans & Adrian Hole who came 18th in the male pairs. John Houlihan of Menston who is a veteran at both adventure racing and mountain bike orienteering, would have had the highest score of the day (590), if he hadn’t incurred time penalties.
The next race in the challenging series is to be held in Innerleithen on the Scottish Borders.