ILKLEY'S Fay Walsh and Alison Weston each enjoyed another successful week as they starred in two races within three days.

First up was the seventh running of the Kings Challenge Fell Race on Thursday night - an out-and-back race from Silsden to the trig point on Addingham High Moor.

Walsh was the first lady home in a time of 54:33 and the first Harrier, male or female.

Just behind her was a close-fought battle between three clubmates, with Duncan Cooper (56:26), just getting the better of Paul Disney (56:32) and Bob Hamilton (56.35).

And Weston topped the LV50 age category to round off a good night for the Harriers.

Walsh and Weston then headed to the Eldwick Gala Fell Race on Saturday, where they nearly repeated the feat.

Walsh was the second senior lady over the three-mile route featuring 550 feet of climbing, while Weston again bagged the LV50 prize.

Ilkley's Jack Cummings just missed out on the overall win as he was second, 21 seconds behind race winner Joe Baxter of Pudsey & Bramley AC.

On Saturday, the Arncliffe Gala also took place with Iain Gibbons leading the Harriers home in the fell race in 23rd behind winner Ted Mason of Wharfedale.

A record turnout of 130 seniors and 128 juniors took on the short, sharp 2.4km test from the village green up to the top of the ridge with over 100 metres of climbing to contend with in just 800 metres!

And in the four-mile road race the same afternoon, Jonathan Turner was 13th overall and first MV50 while Poppy Anderson was 36th and first junior woman.

This summer, two stars of the show for Ilkley over ultra distances have been Tom Adams and Jane McCarthy, and they both continued to blitz a trail at the weekend.

Adams - who was representing inov-8 All Terrain Running - leads the UK's Golden Trail Championship after his second win in as many races, this time at the Salomon Scafell Pike Trail Marathon.

The race incorporated England's highest peak on a stunning loop from Keswick.

And despite horrendous conditions on the high fells, with heavy cloud, wind and continuous rain, Adams clocked a remarkable time of 3:32:29 to win by nearly two-and-a-half minutes and put himself in line for the world final in the Azores.

There were impressive performances too from fellow Harriers Will Simmons (19th in 4:29:17) and Steven Bysouth (33rd in 5:00:04), with 233 competitors making it to the finish line.

As if 26 miles in the Lakes isn't enough, Jane McCarthy took on all 82 miles of the Dales Way in the latest Punk Panther-organised ultra.

Starting at 8.30am on Saturday from Bowness on Windermere and carrying a full pack of compulsory kit, she ran throughout with friend Rebecca César de Sa of Skyrac AC.

The pair reached the finish in Ilkley in 19 hours and 28 minutes to take joint second place in the female standings and 11th= overall behind winner Greg Judges (17:07).

At the other end of the distance spectrum, there were some eyecatching Harriers displays at the local parkruns on Saturday.

Mike Abrams-Cohen was third in 18:13 at Heslington near York, while Tim Ashelford was fifth at Skipton in 19:43.

And a little further afield, Catherine Gibbons was the fifth lady at the original parkrun venue of Bushy Park in London.