THE Ilkley Incline, organised by Ilkley Harriers, a one-mile uphill-only race, with a total ascent of 560 feet, starting at the foot of Keighley Road attracted a strong field on Wednesday despite the wet weather.

Nathan Edmondson won the race in 7:25 with Cam Reilly in second, and Jack Wood in third – making up an Ilkley Harriers one, two three.

Ailish Graham of Wharfedale was the first woman home, with Kate Archer and Rachel Carter both of Ilkley in second and third.

It was a great night of racing with some close competition across many of the age categories, and many Ilkley Harriers - who made up around half the field of 72 – taking home prizes.

It was another successful running of the ever-popular race, now in its 18th year.

Tom Adams won the Gorple Rocks trail race, starting from Worsthorne village, as part of the Inov-8 Pennine Trails. He won in 31 minutes 57 second in a field over 130 runners.

Speed was the name of the game for Harriers racing on the roads this weekend.

On Saturday, 15 Harriers took part in Bradford Parkrun at Lister Park, with Tom Adams coming first, just a second outside of his own course record, in 15:50.

Harriers made up four of the top five places, with Istvan Jacso, Dan McKeown and Steven Gott all recording great times at the popular weekly event.

The in-form Hilda Coulsey topped the age grading table, with a fantastic time of 24:46.

Over at Woodhouse Moor Parkrun, Nathan Edmondson, fresh from his Ilkley Incline victory, came first in 16:09.

Later in the day, three Harriers – Paul Calderbank, Sally Armitage and Chantal Busby – took part in the Golden Mile, at the track in Headingley, recording times of 5:45, 5:50 and 6:40 respectively.

Sunday saw the biggest event in the UK road racing calendar take place – the Great North Run.

While Mo Farah recorded his sixth consecutive victory, four Harriers also took to the streets of the North East, with Oli Street first Harrier home in 1:42:34 followed by Tom Lally in 1:46:54, Charlotte Smithson in 2.00:44 and Alex Stanley-Hyde in 2:10:28.

In triathlon, David Howe took on a different sort of event in Wales. The Roc Triathlon consisted of a 1.5km swim in the sea at Abersoch, a 30-mile bike ride to the foot of Snowdon and a climb 3,500 feet up Snowdon via the Watkin Path – considered one of the toughest routes up the mountain, before descending and getting back on their bikes, to cycle 30 miles back to the beach, where a 1km lap on the sand completed the event. Howe finished 91st out of 172 competitors.

On Sunday, a few Harriers ran the Yorkshireman half and full marathon. In the half, Nick Helliwell was 11th in 1:55:41, Lucy Williamson was 13th and second lady in 1:57:26, Rachel Carter 22nd and second LV40 in 2:03:23 and Paul Calderbank 29th in 2:06:40. In the full-pairs marathon Jayne Norman came 14th with Louise O'Brian in 05:53:56.

On the fell front, Ilkley Harriers turned out a good ladies team for the penultimate English Championships race – the Grisedale Horseshoe. Conditions were great for this 16km race with 1,525m ascent.

The winner was Brennan Townshend from Keswick AC in 1:44:49. Jack Wood came 14th overall in 01:55:40 and Kate Archer was 15th lady in 2:26:44. Helen Wood had a superb run to come 29th in 2:34:40 and Alison Weston 54th in 02:50:04.