2011 - A Year In Review

31st December 2011

January began with 260 runners and walkers gathering on News Year's Day for the annual Race 4A Laugh, a 5K event around Barkisland in aid of The West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust and Overgate Hospice.

Race 4A Laugh gets underway

The Yorkshire & Humberside Cross Country Championships were held at Doncaster Racing College on the 9th. Senior race winners were Susan Partridge (Leeds City) and Jonathan Brownlee (Bingley).

Juniors in action at the Yorkshire & Humberside Cross Country Championships

York Knavesmere Harriers held their annual Brass Monkey Half Marathon on the 23rd, with 2000 entries; it proved as popular as ever in its 29th year. Paul Martelletti (Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC) was the run away winner in the Men’s race. In the Women’s race, Stacey Rogers (Heaton Harriers) had a storming run over the second half to beat Amy Green (Keighley & Craven AC).

Runners at the Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Michael Hunt (Trafford AC) and Karen Pickles ((Pudsey Pacers) took the honours as a record field gathered for the Meltham 10K in Huddersfield on the 30th.

Leading group at the Meltham 10K

Almost 1000 runners took the start of the Dewsbury 10K race on the 6th, where they met warmer conditions than normal (usually sub zero temperatures). Whilst many where hoping for PB’s on the flat fast course, strong winds hampered their efforts. Neil Renault (Edinburgh AC) and Alyson Dixon (Chester le Street) took the £400 on offer for the first male and female finishers, thanks to the very generous sponsorship of Disken & Co. Solicitors.

Runners at the Dewsbury 10K

On the 13th over 400 runners turned out for the tough Liversedge Half Marathon - tough hills were made even harder by the wind and rain that set in later in the race.
Ben Crowther (Halifax Harriers) pulled clear of his challengers in the closing miles to finish with a minute in hand over second placed Mike Flatley, with Andy May (Valley Striders) close behind in third, having dropped Ogden. Donna Edmondson Booker (Idle A.C.) claimed a comfortable win in the Ladies race, with Sarah May (Todmorden Harriers) second and Julie Field (Stainland Lions) third.

Two runners from Oxford Brookes Athletic Club led runners away in the Liversedge Half Marathon

A cool morning greeted over 200 runners at the Wombwell 5 on the 20th. Mark Rushbrook (U/A) set the pace as the field completed a lap of the Go Cart track before heading out on the roads around Darfield. Darren Middleton (Barnsley AC) and Julie Buckley (Penistone FPR) were the day’s winners.

The start of the Wombwell 5

On the 27th almost 500 runners took the start of the 22nd Huddersfield 10K. Locals describe the course as undulating; those from further a field aren’t quite so polite.

Elevation profile of the Huddersfield 10K

Matthew Pierson (Holmfirth Harriers) was the clear pre-race favourite and by the one mile mark had opened up a 20-metre lead on his nearest rivals – from then on his win was never in doubt. In the Ladies race, Amy Green was run close in the final stages, but held off Julie Buckley (Penistone FPR) who got the better of Jo Waites (Calder Valley Fell Runners) for second.

Runners approach the first climb in the Huddersfield 10K

The 13th saw the eagerly awaited Trafford 10K. After the exploits of Chris Thompson in 2010 (destroying the field and the course record on his way to clocking 28 mins 02 secs) it wasn’t going to be easy to top last year, but that didn’t stop Dave Norman and his team putting together arguably one of the strongest fields seen in a domestic 10K for some time.

The lead group reach 1KM in the Trafford 10K

Top of the start list was Ron Hill, one of the best runners around in his day, and still a regular at many races up and down the country. Other names on everyone’s lips before the start included Alistair Browlee (sadly a non-starter), Andi Jones (2nd in 2009), Stephen Hepples, Jonny Taylor and Ricky Stephenson. Along with a couple of UK based Kenyans in the form of Edwin Kipkorir and Zachary Kihara (both Birchfield Harriers), there was no doubt this was a classy field.

In the Women’s race the field was even stronger, with the likes of Tara Krzywicki (Charnwood AC), Andrea Woodvine (Chester le Street), Amy Hutchinson (Cardiff), Emily Pidgeon (Stroud AC) and Kate Avery (Shildon AC) on a start list of 800.

Ron Hill presents prizes to the race winners - Edwin Kipkorir (Birchfield Harriers) and Ava Hutchinson

On the 20th over 1000 runners gather in the shadow of Bradford Town Hall for the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K. With many runners representing their clubs at the Northern Road Relay, only a handful of quicker runners were on the start line. Matthew Clough (Leeds City AC) was keen to make an early move and ran away from the field to take an easy win, in the Ladies race Margaret Beever (Stainland Lions) took the honours.

Some of the many runners raising funds for charity in the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K

Saturday the 26th saw the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships held at Fartown, Huddersfield – venue for the 2008 Open Yorkshire’s. Over 200 runners entered to contest the various age group titles on offer to runners over 35.

Stewart McDonald (Bingley Harriers) leads the way at the YVAA Cross Country Championships

On the 27th the rescheduled Thirsk 10 took place on a flat fast course suited to PB's. Weather was good, much better than it is in November when the race is usually run.

Competitors in the wheelchair race stayed pretty much together for the entire course, though eventual winner Jason Richards (Wakefield Harriers) could be seen doing most of the pace setting. Jade Joner (New Marske Harriers) took second place 5 seconds a drift, with Steve Williamson (Wakefield Harriers) and Ian Thompson (New Marske Harriers) completing the field.

Jason Richards (Wakefield Harriers) & Jade Joner (New Marske Harriers) at the Thirsk 10

Andrew Pearson (Longwood Harriers) made his intentions clear from the gun, quickly hitting the front pulling away from the field. Despite being a minute slower than in 2009, he still had nearly three minutes in hand by the finish. Sarah Jarvis (Bingley Harriers) took the Ladies honours.

Andrew Pearson (593) at the start of the Thirsk 10

March drew to an end with the clocks changing, and so the Trunce Series returned. 290 brave (or foolish) souls took the start of the senior race, with over 50 lining up for the junior event. Shaun Dimelow and Sarah McCormack were the senior winners, with Joseph Dransfield and Maddie Pearce the winners in the junior races.

On the 3rd, Wakefield Hospice held their 16th Annual 10K Road Race, with a record entry. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice, a charity that provides specialist palliative care to the terminally ill people of Wakefield, their family, friends and carers. Both Mark Warmby (Newham & Essex) and Helen Singleton (Wakefield Harriers) repeated their wins of 2010.

Runners in the Wakefield Hospice 10K

On the 10th Holmfirth Harriers held their first Holme Moss Duathlon. Billed as a tough hilly course, with fantastic views of the Holme Valley (Last of the Summer Wine Country), it certainly tested competitors to their limits. Glorious sunshine greeted the 60 or so brave souls as they gathered for the start. Mark Tuckett and Donna Edmondson Booker (Leeds And Bradford Triathlon Club) were the winners.

Castle Hill and it's many steps were a feature of the Holme Moss Duathlon

On the 17th 300 riders gathered at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield for the annual Brian Robinson Challenge. This event has been running since 2007 (previously run as the Kirklees Sportive) and attracts riders from all across the country to take part. The aim of the ride is to provide a challenging but scenic route, which can be enjoyed by a rider in peak condition or someone new to cycling who wishes to complete the course. The ride is named after Britain’s first Tour de France stage winner who still lives in nearby Mirfield and uses many of the roads he trained on. Brian was one of the first people to be honoured in the British Cycling Hall of Fame.

Riders reaching the summit of Holme Moss in the Brian Robinson Challenge

Saturday the 7th saw the annual Cake Race, promoted by Saddleworth Runners take place. Despite the move from October, strong winds once again hampered runners. Jason Williams (Charnwood AC) and Sally Newman (Calder Valley) were the day’s winners.

The following day (8th) saw the Colne Valley Mountain Bike Challenge take place - a 30 mile route on a mixture of demanding off road terrain, local roads and lanes, set around the picturesque countryside of the Colne Valley in Huddersfield.

Jack Clarkson & Jack Rae at the CVMBC

On the 11th, the White Rose Youth League returned for another season. Points are awarded towards the overall series and yellow jerseys. This is one fast and hard fort event, with riders showing excellent bike handling skills and reaching speeds that would scare many a senior rider.

Racing gets underway at the White Rose Youth League

Sunday the 22nd saw the Yorkshire Division Road Race Championships promoted by Sheffrec CC return to Denby Dale, venue for the 2009 Championships, which was won by Tom Barras.

Scott Thwaites (Endura Racing) and Iona Sewell (Squadra Donne/Bike Food) on lap one.

Kit Gilham (Sigmasport Specialized Cycling Team) took the Senior Men’s title, Samantha Buckingham Wakefield CC/Exponential) the Women’s title, Paul Bell (Peak RC) the Vets and Edward McParland (GT Racing UK) the junior race.

Riders on one of the many short climbs

Wednesday the 25th saw the first Dovestone Diamond Trail Race take place under bright skies. A challenging trail race, with impressive views from the high points on the route, before a fast decent to Dovestone Reservoir for the closing miles round the lake. Sale Harrier’s Paul Green and Jenny Hall (Tri UK) took the honours.

Round Three of the Johnson Health Tech Women's Grand Prix Series took place in Oldham on Thursday the 9th.. Riders faced a circuit with very little flat on it, with a brief steep decent taking followed by a sharp right hand turn leading onto the uphill finishing straight.

The Johnson Health Tech Women's Grand Prix Series event in Oldham gets underway

Motorpoint Pro Cycling rode aggressively from the start, with Round One winner Hannah Barnes benefiting from the team’s work to take the first sprint of the evening.

As the race approaching half distance a group of four went clear, Sarah Byrne (VC St Raphael), Round Two winner Dani King (Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo) and her team mate Annie Simpson, along with Overall Series Leader Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) who rode an aggressive race though out, helping the four build a lead that saw them lap most of the field by the end.

Annie Simpson (centre) takes the win from teammate Dani King (left) in Oldham

As they approached the line for the finish Byrne had been dropped slightly, with Annie Simpson taking the sprint (and her first win on the road) from team mate King, with Wyman third – enough to increase her overall lead with one round remaining. Lucy Garner (who later went on to win the 2011 junior road race world championships) led the remains of the field in, ahead of teammate Hannah Barnes, with Joanna Rowsell and Penny Rowson 7th and 8th. Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo took the team honours.

Oldham also welcomed the “Halfords Tour Series” for the first time.

The Tour Series Podium in Oldham

Riders roll away from the start, headed by ITV4's camera bike

First rider to attack briefly was Tom Murray (Sigma Sport – Specialized) and a number of riders were soon out of the back of the main field as a group of 12 riders went clear at the front, as this attack looked to be faltering, Rob Partridge (Endura Racing), Ian Bibby (Motorpoint Pro Cycling), Dean Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp) and Team Raleigh's Liam Holohan attacked to open up a good lead at the half way point. The main field pulled the rest of the field in, but with the three big teams all-present at the head of affairs, they showed little sign of chasing the leaders.

With 7 laps to go however Motorpoint's Marcin Bialoblocki tore out of the main field, buoyed on by the spectators he slowly reeled in the leading four, help by Bibby who stopped working in the lead group.

Marcin Bialoblocki (Motorpoint Pro Cycling) closing in on the leaders

On to the final lap and the five were still together, Holohan attacked on the descent opening up a few metres lead as he swung into the home straight, which was almost enough, but a late run by Partridge and Bialoblocki saw them come past Holohan metres from the line. Bialoblocki raised his arm thinking he’d got the win, only for the judges to award it to Partridge in a photo finish – giving Endura Racing it’s second win in 3 days. Holohan held out for third, with Bibby fourth and Downing fifth. Ed Clancy charged off the front of the main field in the sprint for the minor places to maximise points for Rapha, but Endura’s Wilkinson covered the move by taking 7th and with Jack Bauer in 9th Endura had finally done enough to break Rapha’s strangle hold over the series and take the team win.

Rob Partridge (Endura Racing) on the podium with Chris Newton

Over 200 riders turned out for the Overgate Mountain Bike Challenge on the 19th.

A rdier tackles a tricky decent in the Overgate Mountain Bike Challenge

Tom McNally (Denby Dale Travellers) overhauled early leader Simon Brooksbank (Leeds Bradford Tri), to take the honours in the Hepworth Dryad on the 26th, with Lewis Holloway finishing third. Jacqui Khoueiry (Holmfirth) was the first lady in 8th place overall. Nicola Sykes (Denby Dale) took second, with Bingley’s Marisol Carrera-Vivar third.

Start of the Hepworth Dryad

Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) flew in from Munich to take the Eric Biddulph Memorial Road Race (also on the 26th), held in hot sunny conditions, making a pleasant change from the strong winds that are a usual feature of the race.

Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) receives the Eric Biddulph Memorial trophy

Huddersfield New College played host to Round 6 of the Yorkshire Summer Cyclo Cross Series on the 29th. With a warm evening, conditions were ideal for racing.

Jack Clarkson leads Nick Craig in the Yorkshire Summer Cyclo Cross Series

Saturday the 2nd once again saw the Holme Valley Wheelers promote their Summer Wine Road Races. First off in the morning was the 4th Cat event, covering 9 laps of the Hade Edge circuit including the climb of Flight Hill on each lap. 3rd Cats were in the afternoon. Race wins went to Karl Gray (VS Cycles, Brighouse) and Stephen Bottomley (Crosstrax).

Stephen Bottomley (Crosstrax) wins the Summer Wine 3rd Cat Road Race

On the 3rd, The Pennine 'X' M.T.B. Challenge took place to raise funds in support of 'The Shred' (Upper Slaithwaite Church). The route covers approximately 30 miles of excellent mountain biking terrain travelling through the South Pennines of Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Riders enjoy the glorious sunshine at the Pennine 'X' M.T.B. Challenge

120 brave souls lined up for the 24th Holme Moss Fell Race. Conditions were typical for the race - strong winds and heavy rain, with a few sunny spells. Simon Harding (Macclesfield Harriers) and Helen Berry (Holmfirth Harriers) were the day’s winners.

The Holme Moss Fell Race gets underway in heavy rain

Over 200 runners took the rather wet start of the Idle Trail Race after the heavens opened just before the start. Luckily the sun did reappear not long after and “most” runners enjoyed a relatively dry race. Quentin Lewis (Baildon Runners) took the Men’s honours. In the Ladies race Margaret Beever led Stainland Lions teammate Julie Field to a one-two.

Even a spot of rain didn't dampen spirits at the Idle Trail Race

350 runners gathered for the Askern 10, incorporating The South Yorkshire Open 10 Mile Championship and The Yorkshire 10 Mile Championship. The Men’s race saw Matthew Pierson (Holmfirth Harriers) take a comfortable win, with Lesley Leggett (Denby Dale Travellers) storming though the field in the closing stages to take the Ladies race.

Matthew Pierson (Holmfirth Harriers), Dave Archer (Hallamshire) & Ian Fisher (Otley AC) at the Askern 10

A new course for 2011 awaited the 100 runners who gathered for the annual Cinnamon Lodge Chase promoted by Meltham A.C on the 17th. Holmfirth Harrier’s Dave Watson soon hit the front and never looked back, Margaret Beever (Stainland Lions) once again dominated the Ladies race.

Runners enjoy the evening sun at the Cinnamon Lodge Chase

The White Rose Youth League drew to a close for another season after a successful year of racing.

Yellow series winners jerseys thanks to the sponsors at the White Rose Youth League

Over 350 runners turned out at Pudgey’s Country Park for the Sandal Castle 10K in aid of Wakefield Hospice. David Thompson (Barnsley AC) repeated his win of 2010 and in the Ladies race Elizabeth Burrows (Wakefield Tri) was a comfortable winner.

David Thompson (Barnsley AC) & Elizabeth Burrows (Wakefield Tri) at the Sandal Castle 10K

Riders fought strong winds and heavy rain during the Tour Of The Pennines

140 runners gathered for the annual Nethethong 10K on the 25th, promoted by the local Junior School. The tough course was made more challenging by blustery conditions on the exposed parts of the course and even a little heavy rain for the later finishers. Kev Lilley (Sheffield RC) and Julie Field (Stainland Lions) took the day’s honours.

Runners start the long descent in the Netherthong 10K

140 Triathlete's gathered in Holmfirth for the first Last Of The Summer Tri. Dave Cresswell (Wakefield Triathlon Club) & Sarah Terry were the days winners.

The first "Last of the Summer Tri" gets underway

Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) completed the double with wins in the Holme Valley Wheelers and Huddersfield Star Wheelers Hill Climbs on the 8th.

Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) at the Huddersfield Star Wheelers Hill Climb

7500 runners gathered in Sheffield for the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run, from some of the UK’s elite runners to thousands of runners out to raise money for their favourite charities. Now in its fifth year, the race is proving as popular as ever with runners from near and far. A great run by Gemma Steel saw her take the Ladies race, with Micah Kogo beating Chris Thompson in the Men’s race.

Men's and Women's podiums at the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run

Cyclists and spectators gather in the hundreds at Huddersfield New College for the second race in the Rapha Super Cross Series (and Round 5 of the Yorkshire Cyclo Cross Association Winter Series) on the 16th. Event organiser Andy Whitworth had not only set a fantastic course, ensuring fast, action packed racing but also ensured there was plenty of food, and more importantly drink, at hand for the huge number of riders and spectators – he even manage to wrangle a warm and sunny day for the event.

Racing in the Rapha Super Cross Series gets underway

Over 300 runners gathered for the Woodland Challenge promoted by Stadium Runners on the 23rd. Having had to move from its previous location, runners had a new challenge ahead of them this year at the new location of Bradley Woods Scout camp. Barnsley AC runner David Thompson led from gun to tape, with Margaret Beever (Stainland Lions) the first Lady home.

David Thompson (Barnsley AC) leads the field away at the Woodland Challenge

Andi Jones (Salford) made the short trip over the hill to run away with the Holmfirth 15 Mile Road Race on the 30th. Donna Edmondson Booker (Idle AC) was the Ladies winner.

Barnsley AC runners out in force at the Holmfirth 15

Over 160 runners took advantage of a surprisingly warm November morning at the Cop Hill Fell Race from Meltham on the 6th. Despite the unseasonably warm weather, there was still plenty mud about to keep the diehards happy. Holmfirth Harriers David Watson and Katie Walshaw were the day’s winners.

Runners try to avoid the mud at the Cop Hill Fell Race

On the 13th runners gathered in thick fog at Wentworth Castle (well at least they though it was - it wasn't until half way though the final race that you could see it) for Race two in the South Yorkshire Cross Country League. Performances of the day went to Eve Crownshaw (Hallamshire Harriers), Kaya Walker (Rotherham Harriers), Imani Wilson (Hallamshire Harriers), Fiona Bell (Hallamshire Harriers) and Poppy Blake (University of Sheffield), all of whom repeated their wins in race one.

Junior athletes in action at the SYCCL

Heavy fog greeted runners for the Barnsley 10K on the 20th. Held on a slightly modified course to previous years, Martin Sanders (Rothwell Harriers) and Calli Thackery (Hallamshire Harriers) were the day’s winners.

The Barnsley 10K gets underway in thick fog

Even poor weather couldn't stop runners turning out in huge numbers for the Percy Pud 10K on Sunday. On a cold and windy morning, runners also had to contend with drown pours on the return leg. Andy Ward (Clowne) repeated his win of 2010, with Fiona Davies (Barnsley AC) the women’s winner.

Andy Ward (Clowne) leads the way at the Percy Pud 10K

Fundraisers gathered in large numbers at Pugney's Country Park on the 11th. People of all ages braved the wind and rain to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice at the Santa Dash.

Fundraisers brave the weather at the Wakefield Hospice Santa Dash

Denby Dale Travellers held their annual 6-mile road race on the 18th, run in bright sunshine, but with a cold wind to stop runners thinking spring had come early. David Thompson (Barnsley AC) repeated his win of 2009 and Kaeti MacKenzie made it a great day for Barnsley AC by winning the women’s race.

Barnsley AC duo David Thompson & Kaeti MacKenzie at the Denby Dale Travellers 6

Happy New Year

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