TOM Adams executed a brilliant race at Ilkley Moor to be crowned Yorkshire County Champion in a time of 37.24. The Ilkley Harriers athlete ran superbly on a treacherous circuit and thoroughly deserved his victory.

The field was highly-competitive, with several international athletes from the fell-running elite taking part. However, not only did Adams beat the rest of the field, but he finished over five minutes ahead of his nearest teammate.

That is not to diminish the performances of the rest of the Harriers' runners though. Two U23 athletes, Ruaridh Mon-Williams and Jack Cummings performed very well, with the former finishing as the highest-placed local male in that age category.

Their times were 42.37 and 45.14 and they placed 24th and 34th among the runners respectively.

In terms of the women, Lucy Haines produced the standout performance for the Harriers, as she finished as the second highest-placed U23 female runner of the whole race, in an excellent time of 53.22.

Not far behind her was Kate Archer who crossed the line just behind Haines in a time of 55.01, securing the highest finish by a local female athlete over the age of 23.

There were also a couple of very strong performances in the Veterans 50 category. Alison Weston was the only woman in this older category to run the course in under an hour, with a time of 59.51.

Sarah Haines was just behind her with a time of 1.00.14.

There were several solid performances from Otley's individual runners as well. Graham Lake coming 72nd overall, with a time of 49.21 being the best effort among their male competitors.

There were a few fine sub one hour performances from the Otley ladies too. Victoria Stainburn, Louise Williams and Laura McCabe all finished in the top 200 overall, with times of 56.31, 58.34 and 58.39 respectively.

Overall, the Otley women's team finished third at the contest at Ilkley Moor, with their line-up consisting of Stainburn, McCabe, Williams and Rachael Wright.