Tom Adams wins Ilkley Moor Fell race

Ilkley Gazette: Tom Adams won by more than a minute Tom Adams won by more than a minute

The seemingly unstoppable Tom Adams recorded another convincing victory at the 25th Ilkley Moor Fell Race.

Adams completed the tough AS 8km/401m in 36:41, almost a minute clear of current English Champion and course record holder, Simon Bailey of Mercia FR.

Adams and Bailey were well clear of the rest of the field with third-placed Alex Whittern of Calder Valley Fell Runners over two minutes behind the leading duo.

Adams also led the Ilkley men to the team prize. He was backed up by Gavin Lamb (15th), Will Buckton (19th) and James Wood-Robertson (20th).

Ilkley’s ladies also performed well to take the team prize with Jane McCarthy (3rd), Kate Archer (5th) and Alison Weston (7th).

English and British Champion-ships V60 bronze medal winner Nick Pearce took first place in his category.

Max Wharton of Calder Valley took the under-23 prize and Andrew Robertshaw of Otley was first V40 runner after coming 12th.

Caitlin Rice of Glossopdale was first lady, just 24 hours after completing the 42-mile High Peak Marathon.

There were eight Otley runners in the field and their first finisher was Matt John who was eighth in 42:18.

Joe Webster and Steve Robinson were next for Otley in 90th and 99th (53:14 and 54:02), while Andy Webster was 139th (58:15), Caron Ralph 159th (1:01:11) and John Cowan 185th (1:05:13).

Robertshaw said: “Eight of us took part in the 25th edition of the popular Ilkley Moor Fell Race and it was also 21 years since I ran it for the first time. Surely not?”

Ilkley results: 1 36:41Tom Adams, 15 44:27 Gavin Lamb, 19 45:28 Will Buckton, 20 45:32 James Wood-Robertson, 26 46:45 Ben Sheppard, 34 47:23 Jim Ryder, 42 48:11 Dick Waddington, 44 48:41 Ian Rowbotham, 48 48:54 Adam Bennett, 55 49:57 Nick Pearce, 56 50:02 Rob Cunningham, 62 50:21 Jane Mccarthy, 63 50:26 Richard Joel, 66 50:54 Andy Brook-dobson, 69 51:08 Alistair Barlow, 71 51:29 John Hayes, 77 51:59 Kate Archer, 80 52:11 Johnathan Whittaker, 84 52:24 Alison Weston, 85 52:36 Malcolm Pickering, 92 53:17 Jack Cummings, 102 54:19 Alison Eagle, 103 54:22 Emma Barclay, 136 58:05 Tom Bennett, 142 58:32 Lucy Williamson, 150 59:01 Michael Duffield, 158 61:09 Sarah Edwards, 180 64:28 Alison Bennett, 202 70:04 Amanda Newham, 214 72:47 Sue Morley, 217 73:28 Kate Wilkinson, 221 76:35 Sarah Hay

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