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Jack Bloor Race Report  11th May 2010

The 25th anniversary running of the Jack Bloor memorial race, co-sponsored by local businesses; The Complete Runner, The Ilkley Brewery Company and Smoooth, was run on a cool damp spring evening which tested the runners on the slippery descents. However, this did not stop Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers setting a new course record of 45 minutes 28 seconds winning the ladies race in emphatic style ahead of Lucy Griffiths of Holmfirth in second place and Laura Martin of Otley in third and who was also the first lady over 40. The first ladies team was, as usual, Ilkley Harriers.

The men’s race was won in dramatic style by 18 year old orienteer Peter Hodkinson of Erewash Valley in only his third fell race, overtaking 2008 winner Chris Birchall of Leeds City with a hair-raising descent from the last control. Peter said, “I loved it. Living in Nottingham isn't exactly the best place for hills or fell racing so its always awesome fun when I get to do it - only my third time and I'm liking it more every time! Can't really see how the race could have been better except for the weather - nice route, nice prizes.” He clearly has a great future on the fells. Third was 2009 winner Graham Pearce of Pudsey & Bramley followed by the current course record holder, Greg Hull of Leeds City who also claimed the veteran over 40 trophy. The over 50 prize went to Ian Rowbotham of Ilkley Harriers. The team competition was won by Pudsey & Bramley with Ilkley Harriers and Wharfedale Harriers tying in second place.

The junior races had a field of over 100 runners for classes from 6 to 16 years old. The 6/7 yrs boys race was won by Jack Muir of Wharfedale Harriers with Katie Cox of Keighley & Craven winning the girls. Two Wharfedale Harriers runners, Logan Hargreaves and Shona Bent, won the boys and girls 8/9 yrs race in a record field of 37 runners whilst Phil Done and Ellie Lambert took the 10/13 yrs age honours for the same club. The smallest field for the 14/16 yrs class was won by Lova Chechik of Eborienteers with local girl Florence Haines of Ilkley starting the summer season with a win in the girls race. Wharfedale Harriers and Ilkley Harriers had a lot of runners near the top of the results reflecting all the hard work being put into developing their junior groups.

As ever, a number of orienteers from local clubs featured high up the results showing that cross competition in these races spices things up for the established order.

In recognition of this 25th anniversary race, competitors and helpers were all rewarded with mementos from our local sponsors. Juniors received a voucher for a free smoothie from Smoooth in Ilkley and seniors received a bottle of Jack Bloor 25th Anniversary Ale from The Ilkley Brewery Company.

Peter Haines (Organiser)

Jack Bloor Race Report –9th May 2006

 06 Mens Winner

06 Ladies Winner
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 21st running of the Jack Bloor memorial race sponsored by The Complete Runner of Leeds Road, Ilkley was run on an unusually warm spring evening bathed in sunshine. The senior race proved to be a real cracker with five runners in contention until the later stages of the race.
 

Men’s race 

Leading up the hill to the first checkpoint was 16 year old orienteer Hector Haines of Ilkley who had gone off like a rabbit, but he was soon joined by the experienced Karl Gray of Calder Valley, Robin Lawrence of Bingley and Steve Oldfield of Bradford Aire. A good route to Cowpers Cross gave Hector the lead, but by the trig point they were all together again as they began the descent to the finish. 
Karl Gray broke away on the final descent of Rocky Valley, only to be caught by Hector at the stream crossing before the finish, resulting in a sprint finish for the line which Karl just won by a whisker. Robin Lawrence came in 12 seconds later for third. First over 50 vet was Steve Oldfield in 5th with the over 40 prize going to Paul Stevenson of Pudsey and Bramley in 8th. The team competition was won by Pudsey and Bramley, with Ilkley Harriers second and Keighley and Craven third. 
 

Women’s race 

The women’s race was won by last years winner Jo Buckley (under her new married name) from Calder Valley with local girl Emma Barclay of Ilkley Harriers second and Aislinn Austin of Knavesmire third. The Mike Rose Bowl for the first lady over 40 went to Cath Preston of Keighley and Craven. Ladies team prize once again went to Ilkley Harriers who are one of the strongest female fell running clubs in Britain. 
It was particularly gratifying to see so many locals running who are not affiliated to any club, there purely for the enjoyment and challenge of running over the hills of Yorkshire. Junior races 
The junior races had a record field of 111 runners over for classes from 6 to 16 years old. 6/7 boys was won over a new course by William Tench with Laura King winning the girls in the largest class of 40 runners –let’s hope they all come back for more! 
Joe Stapleton won the boys 8/9 with local Anna Tench taking the girls. Jonathon Bradshaw took the boys 10/13 with Emily Throup of Wharfedale the girls, and the smallest field for the 14/16 class was won by Jack Thompson of Pendle with Yorkshire junior champion Jenny Dybeck of Ilkley winning the girls. 
As ever a number of orienteers from local clubs featured high up the results showing that cross competition in these races spices things up for the established order. JB Trophies 
Every year we present small trophies to the winners, these have shown a different Ilkley moor rock carving. The trustees would like to thank David Walker, a local ceramic artist, who has made the small trophies every year since 1985. This is his last year David is able to make them. His commitment and artistry have been outstanding. 
JB Fund 
All the profits from the JB Race go to the JB Fund, which awards grants to young people who want to improve their skills in the outdoors. 

Jack Bloor Race Report – 8th May 2007

07 Mens Winner 07 Ladies winner
 
The blustery May weather gave way to a calm sunny evening for the 22nd running of the Jack Bloor Memorial race sponsored by The Complete Runner of Leeds Road, Ilkley. Conditions were perfect for fast running with the recent dry period making the moor completely dry underfoot, with the heather fires of 2006 creating fast route choice options not previously considered. 

 

And so it was that the senior race saw the men’s record of 12 years shattered by a minute by Greg Hull the previous record holder when he was just a young lad (he is now a veteran over 40). Just one second behind in the sprint finish was his Leeds City team mate, Chris Birchall, followed by last year’s winner Karl Gray of Calder Valley. 

 

With Greg also the first over 40 vet, the first over 50 was local Malcolm Pickering of Ilkley Harriers. 

 

The team competition was won by Leeds City, with Ilkley Harriers second and Pudsey and Bramley third. 

 

The ladies race was won by last years winner Jo Buckley making it three wins in a row, with Alison Weston second and Sarah Haines third, both of Ilkley Harriers. 

 

The Mike Rose Bowl for the first over 40 lady vet went to Alison Weston. 

 

The junior races were well supported as usual with 111 runners over classes from 6 to 16. The highlight of these races was the finish of the boy’s 14-16 event, where Tom Sessford, Duncan Birtwhistle, and Alex Sinclair were locked in a tremendous tussle coming down the hill to a terrific sprint finish with only 2 seconds separating all three runners. As ever the races were well supported by orienteers and climbers as befits Jack Bloor’s legacy.  

 
 

Jack Bloor Race Report  13th May 2008 

The 23rd running of the Jack Bloor memorial race sponsored by The Complete Runner of Leeds Road, Ilkley was run on a cool spring evening following a week of hot summer weather. Conditions were perfect for fast running with the moor completely dry underfoot, and the heather still not re-grown from the fires in 2006. 
The senior race proved to be a two man tussle between Chris Birchall of Leeds City who showed Andy Peace from Bingley Harriers, the current record holder for the Three Peaks Race, all the short cuts. Third was local man Graham Pearce, running for Pudsey and Bramley, and fourth course record holder Greg Hull of Leeds City. 
The team competition was won by Pudsey and Bramley, with Ilkley Harriers second and Bingley Harriers third. 
The ladies race was won by new entrant Lizzie Adams of Hallamshire ahead of local veteran Sarah Haines of Ilkley who took home the Mike Rose Bowl for the first lady over 40. In third place was local junior Jenny Dybeck showing many older ladies how to do it, and surely one to watch in future years. Ladies team prize once again went to Ilkley Harriers who are one of the strongest female fell running clubs in Britain. 
It was particularly gratifying to see so many locals running who are not affiliated to any club, there purely for the enjoyment and challenge of running over the hills of Yorkshire. 

 The junior races had a field of over 100 runners for classes from 6 to 16 years old. 
6/7 boys was won over by William Pallister with Rebecca Hadfield winning the girls. 
Local runners William Tench and Laura King won the boys and girls 8/9 in a record field of 35 runners, whilst James Hall and Naomi Elliot took the 10/13 age honours. The smallest field for the 14/16 class was won by Jonathan Bradshaw of Wharfedale Harriers with local girl Fiona Jordan of Ilkley starting the summer season with a win in the girls. 
As ever a number of orienteers from local clubs featured high up the results showing that cross competition in these races spices things up for the established order. 

 Peter Haines (Organiser)

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