ANOTHER week of great racing results from the Ilkley Harriers.

This weekend saw the return of the iconic Three Peaks Fell Race billed as ‘the marathon with mountains’. This race, which is one of the oldest and most famous fell races in Britain, was first run in 1954 and covers 37.4kms with 1608m of ascent and descent in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

It starts and finishes at Horton-in Ribblesdale and involves ascending Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Rachel Carter, in her first attempt at this race, led the Ilkley Harriers home in a superb time of 4:22:47. She was followed by Dick Waddington in 4:37:51 and then, in times all close to 5 hours by Peter Roll, Paul Howard, Alison Weston and Alistaire MacGregor.

Over the Pennines in Manchester, the Manchester Marathon and half marathon also took place this weekend. The Manchester marathon is famed for its fast and flat course, perfect for those hoping to achieve a personal best time. The race starts near the Manchester United football ground at Old Trafford and the 26.2mile course takes in lots of the suburbs around Manchester as well as part of the city centre.

On what was a lovely sunny and mild day, David Foyston led the Ilkley Harriers home in a time of 3:07:16, followed closely by Jane McCarthy in 3:09:52, placing her sixth in her age category.

Michael Ho, Leah Chown, Justin Pierce and Helen Waddington all completed the race in sub-4 hours. Tom Worboys and Hilda Coulsley also completed the race, Tom in just over 4 hours and Hilda highly placed in her age category. Iain Young was the only Harrier to complete the half marathon and did this in a great time of 1:29:30, the first time he's gone under the 90-minutes mark.

A big well done to Colin Williams who completed the Rotherham Round Ultra, a 50-mile trail race. Colin finished in a fantastic 20th place, in a time of 10:15:12.

To add to the challenge, Colin had to complete four qualifying races to take part in this ultra event, which included one ‘short’ race, of 35miles or less, one medium race, between 35-45 miles and one long race of over 45 miles, plus one last race of his choice.

On the fells, the Withins Skyline took place on Sunday. This 6.2mile fell race organised by Wharfedale Harriers, involves 820ft of ascent. It starts in Penistone Hill Country Park, climbs up to the Stoop standing stone, joins the Pennine Way path to get to the ruins of Top Withins and then down to the finish.

Steven Gott led the Harriers home, finishing in 20th position in a time of 49:57. Harriers Darryl Stead and Mary Jeal also ran this race, in times of 1:05:08 and 1:21:38 respectively.

Over in the Lake District, the Langdale Horseshoe fell race took place. This very challenging 12.5mile race involves 4600ft of ascent, with four strict cut off times at various points on the course. Oli Murphy finished eighth overall, completing this technical race in a time of 2:25:56. Jack Wood also completed this race in 3:18:44 and Jim Ryder in 3:20:48.

Also in the Lake District Andrew Merrrick completed the Lakes in a Day, a 50-mile ultra from Caldbeck to Cartmel, with 4000m of ascent. Andrew completed this in a great time of just over 14hrs.

Great results at this week’s Skipton parkrun, with Ilkley Harrier Rob Cunningham the first home in a great time of 18:01. He was followed by Ilkley Harrier Lucy Williamson who was the first lady home, in fifth position overall, in a time of 18:42.

Well done to Mike Abrams-Cohen who finished second at the Wetherby parkrun in 18:59 and also to Beth Massey who was third lady to finish at the Barnsley parkrun, in a time of 22:54.

Overseas, four Harriers travelled to Palma to take part in the Palma half marathon and 10km. Well done to Dave Singleton, Roar Leijssen, Dave Holder and Matt Snow.            REPORT BY: JEAN SULLIVAN