FIVE members of Ilkley Harriers – Ben Sheppard, Jane McCarthy, Adela Reperecki, Derrick Oliver and Amanda Parnaby – took part in the gruelling Haworth Hobble (51km, 1340 metres of climb) last Saturday.
Jane ran well to finish in a little over five hours on her first go at this race, while Ben was pleased to get his annual high five from the early-starting Amanda Parnaby at around the customary 11-mile mark.
He set off fast and then struggled through the final eight miles, dropping from 20th to finish 29th in 4hr 40min, but it was still a personal; best by ten minutes!
Others Harriers results were still to be confirmed.
Kate Archer and Alison Weston travelled to the south west of the Lakes on Saturday for the Black Combe Fell Race (13km, 1000m of climb).
As per last year, it proved to be a challenging race involving two very steep climbs and difficult navigation.
Almost every runner had map and compass out and there was a lot of unintentional route variation!
Kate was sixth lady in 1hr 44min and Alison sixth V50 in 1:54.
Ben Joynson decided to take part in something a bit different – the Mighty Deer Stalker at Innerleithen in Tweeddale on Saturday night.
The race (15km) up two of the hills either side of Innerleithen was a mix of terrain – fell, rivers, mud, forest trails, obstacles and some tarmac.
The ascents and descents were very steep over rocky escarpments, with little room for mistakes on the descents.
Winner in 1hr 27min 08sec was Kieron Ross (vet 40), while Ben was 40th overall in 1:47:10 and 26th in category.