ILKLEY Karate Club were in top form at the Wharfedale Karate Kata Championships.

Students from the club based at the Ben Rhydding Methodist Church picked up a haul of trophies at the event held at Aireborough Leisure Centre in Guiseley.

Clubs from Leeds, Otley, Guiseley, Skipton, Huddersfield, Manchester and Hull – including a representation from Wales – were all in action.

Ilkley, run by instructor Mark Outterside (6th dan) and his assistants, came away with an amazing 18 medals, four of which were gold.

Only 15 Ilkley students took part in the competition, with many competing for the first time – making those results all the more impressive.

Outterside singled out the performance of Vani Midgley, who won gold and silver in the individuals and a bronze in the team event with her two sons Arul and Rahul.

Results – Boys Yellow and Orange Belt 10 yrs and above: 3 Duncan Sheen; Boys Green to Purple Belt 10 years and under: 2 Theo Sturman, Joint-3rd Jonah Seaman, Joint-3rd Theo MacIntyre; Boys Green to Purple Belt 11 to 15 years: 3 Lewis Parkin; Girls Brown Belt 10 years and under: 3 Melissa Wright; Boys Brown Belt 10 years and under: 3 Arul Midgley; Boys Black belt 10 yrs and above: 1 Dan Woodthorpe; Women's 8th to 4th kyu: 1 Sharon MacIntyre; Mens Junior Grade: 3 John Prowse; Mens Brown Belt: 3 Tony Wright; Women's Black Belts: 2 Vani Midgley; Women's Veteran 3rd Kyu and above: 1 Vani Midgley; Pairs Kata – Junior Grade 15 yrs and under: 3 Ilkley - Theo Sturman and Finlay Craggs; Junior Grade mixed; 1 Ilkley - John and Daisy Prowse, 2 Ilkley - Sharon and Theo MacIntyre; Senior Grade 15 yrs and under: 2 Ilkley A - Dan and Nick, 3 Ilkley B - Rahul and Arul; Team Kata – Open: 3 Ilkley - Vani, Arul& Rahul

For more information about the club and classes please contact Mark on 07590 424980 or visit the club website at