Ilkley Harriers ace Tom Adams Stoops to conquer in Haworth fell race

Ilkley Gazette: Tom Adams on his way to victory. Picture: Dave Woodhead Tom Adams on his way to victory. Picture: Dave Woodhead

There was another win for Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers as he romped to victory in Sunday’s Stoop Fell Race at Haworth.

The Great Britain international mountain runner crossed the line in 30min 31sec to win by half a minute from Jack Simpson of Leeds, His Ilkley team-mate Andy Brown was ninth in a time of 34.14.

The Harriers won the ladies’ team prize thanks to Jane McCarthy 12th, Jann Smith 13th and Alison Weston 16th. Otley’s Laura Martin was 11th.

Otley’s season-long handicap competition was won by Ursula McGouran following the final race of the year, the Ken Dixon Handicap.

The race, now in its 25th year, follows a course around Timble village and Swinsty Reservoir, and was won by Kath Robertshaw in 52.10 followed closely by Andy Webster and Paul Clifford.

McGouran finished 12th to claim the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy. Dominic Egan was second and Caron Ralph third.

The 2014 handicap campaign begins on January 12 with a race around the Harewood estate.

In a quiet pre-Christmas week for Otley AC, Caron Ralph braved the weather to make the trip to the Really Wild Boar Fell Race near Kirkby Stephen.

Results are still awaited but she said it was worth the 80-minute journey there for the five-mile race with around 1400ft of ascent.

She added: “The race had a record turnout of 134 runners and starts on a rough undulating farm track then takes you onto the open fell, which is where the fun starts.

“Not only does the terrain get harder and steeper, but the wind made it feel like you’re running into a brick wall with a major drop five feet to your left and the wind pushing you off your line.

“I managed to pass three or four people going up then promptly fell knee deep in a bog just approaching the summit check and I lost the aforesaid places.

“Coming off the summit was quite hair-raising as this time the wind pushed you down, probably faster than I’ve ever run, where you meet the last checkpoint on the farm track.

“Apparently not everyone went to that checkpoint, including the eventual winner who got relegated because of it.

“After a shoe problem, losing it in a bog, and many expletives later, I finished in 67:18 in 121st position.”

Sarah Fuller completed the tour de Hellvelyn, a 38-mile ultra-run in the Lake District that starts at Askham and runs around Helvellyn, predominately on trails and bridleways.

Out of 169 starters only 147 compleyed the course with Sarah finishing 112th in 9:57:23.

The winner was Edward Catmur (Thames Hare & Hounds) in 5:48:17 and the first lady was Tracy Dean (Staffordshire Moorlandsin 6:49:31.

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