IT'S been quite a week for Ilkley Harriers, with the club proudly boasting a world champion and an England vest wearer.

The world champion was Dominic Coy in the under-20's category at the Grand Final of the Age-Group Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne.

In a thrilling finish he crossed the line four seconds ahead of Mexico's Cesar Humberto Mancilla González, with just a further two seconds back to Switzerland's Lucas Klante.

He was the youngest gold medal winner for Great Britain at the event.

There was also a ninth place in his age category (M55-59) for fellow Harrier Tim Ashelford, less than eight minutes behind the winner.

The England vest wearer was Hilda Coulsey, in a Celtic nations international at the Maidenhead half marathon. She described the times for the top international runners as "amazing and inspirational".

And suitably inspired, she beat her own - and the Harriers' all-time record for the F65 age category - by well over two minutes as she clocked 1:56:04 for the 13.1 miles.

Rarely a week goes by without a win for Jack Wood, and he warmed up for the Stretton Skyline by notching a victory in the Shrewsbury Parkrun on Saturday in a time of 16.17.

In the main event on Sunday - a 19-mile fell race which featured nearly 4,500 feet of climbing - he had to settle for second in two hours and 33 minutes. Earlier in the week at the popular Kilnsey Show, Wood bagged sixth place.

Moving up to ultra distances, Dick Waddington excelled at the South Coast Challenge 100k.

Following the South Downs Way on the coastal path above the famous Seven Sisters, Waddington paced the scenic route perfectly, ticking off the 100km to finish in a time of 13 hours and 41 minutes which placed him 26th out of the 502 finishers.

Also covering 100km was Dave Reynier, who climbed his way around well over half of the extreme peaks of the famed Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in France, Italy and Switzerland - running for just over 24 hours from Chamonix to Arnouvaz.

In action not far away was Petra Bijsterveld at the Nendaz Trail 'Petit Parcours', a 30km mountain trail race in the Valais region of Switzerland, tackling 1,800 metres of ascent.

Starting out under a bright blue sky from the ski resort of Haute-Nendaz (1,300m) the runners then climbed 9k to the highest point of the race, le Basso d'Alou at 2337 metres. It was downhill after that before the next couple of climbs and Ilkley's representative took it all in her stride to finish in just over six hours in 302nd.

At the other end of the distance spectrum, there were plenty of fast times closer to home over 5k and 10k.

The latest EvenSplits 5k in Leeds saw Dan McKeown lead the Harriers contingent home in 17:42 while the Wetherby 10k on Sunday featured nine Ilkley runners. Both Lucy Williamson (fourth lady overall) in 38:53 and Sally Armitage (second in the F40 category) in 42:04.

Another female Harrier to the fore was Sally Malir, the first lady home at the Bradford Parkrun in 21:58.