News Mon, 21 May 2018 13:18:35 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (Jack Bloor Races) 2018 FellRunner Magazine article ]]> (John Dalton) News Sun, 06 May 2018 22:30:30 +0000 Important - Safety Equipment Reminder  

Competitors at the annual Jack Bloor Fell Race must bring and expect to wear or carry the following safety equipment: 

  • Waterproof, whole body cover
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Compass
  • Map
  • Whistle

The Race Organiser may relax some of these kit requirements depending on the weather conditions 

This is an official FRA fell race held under FRA Rules. All senior competitors and consenting parents or legal guardians of junior competitors must read, familiarise and comply with: 


FRA REQUIREMENTS FOR RUNNERS 2018 - 'The Runners' Rules'


Thank you

Rob King


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Jack Bloor Memorial Fund (John Dalton) News Sat, 05 May 2018 14:46:33 +0000 Reminder: Junior Age Categories at Jack Bloor Races Please note that to comply with FRA requirements, the Jack Bloor Junior Age Categories were renamed and redefined last year. 

These are now determined by: 

Age on 31st December in the year of the race

The minimum age remains as 6yrs (on day of race)


Age Category


Years of birth for 2018 race

Possible ages of runners

on day of race


2010, 2011, 2012 (from day of 6th birthday)

6, 7, 8


2008, 2009

8, 9, 10


2006, 2007

10, 11, 12


2004, 2005

12, 13, 14


2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

14, 15, 16, 17, 18


The minimum age to enter the Senior Race remains as 16yrs (on day of race)

The U19 category accommodates the previous U16 class as well as any U19s who prefer not to enter the Senior Race

Parental consent is still required for all U18s in both Junior and Senior races. 

To effect this you may either sign the appropriate Race Entry form on-the-day, or download, print and sign the form from here or bring a signed FRA Parental Consent form for Junior Fell Runners which can be downloaded here


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2018 Small Trophies 6 days to go to the 33rd Jack Bloor Races Tuesday 8th May. 

The countdown begins, the lucky winners will receive one of these very special small trophies.

The 2018 small trophy is based on the Potato Head Rock, GR 12994632, near path north of Haystack

James Fonquernie has been making the Jack Bloor small trophies for over 10 years. 

James knew Pat Bloor, he lived in the same street and they were members of the same gardening club so when David Walker stepped down from making the small trophies, James volunteered. 
James has always liked making things, he owned an engineering company for 18 years and he still finds pleasure in making and mending things. His garden is like a sculpture park it's full of stuff from flower arrangements to things he's collected and placed there, he has made 5 arbours and won many prizes for them. 

Thanks to James we still have small trophies.

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2018 Race Sponsorship Organisers of the Jack Bloor Races are delighted to announce continued support from three generous local businesses in Ilkley.  Please give them your support. Thank you.

Terry Lonergan of Complete Runner is a long-standing sponsor of the Jack Bloor Races and has been a generous donor to the Jack Bloor Fund. Complete Runner is a specialist running shop on Leeds Road in Ilkley with online trading at

Outside the Box will be supporting our popular Junior Races. This is Ilkley’s incredibly popular and successful community café. Outside the Box is located in Bridge Lane at the junction with the A65, Church Street. The café is opposite the Box Tree Restaurant and close to the Riverside Gardens park. More details at

The Flying Duck Pub will be sponsoring our Senior Race. The Flying Duck is a traditional Yorkshire Dales real ale and fine wine bar situated close to the centre of Ilkley. Located in one of Ilkley’s oldest premises the atmospheric pub can be found on Church Street a short distance west of the central A65 traffic lights. This Grade II listed building is also home to the Wharfedale Brewery that supplies pubs the length of the dale.  Further details at and


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2018 Cyclocross, Sophie Thackray, National Championships
I would like to thank everyone at the Jack Bloor fund for proving me with this opportunity, and look forward to next season already where I can hopefully improve my result even more.’

Thank you very much,

Sophie Thackray :)

National Championships U23 Hetton
National Championships U23 Hetton

Team prize, L-R, Sopies Thackray, Amira Mellor and Poppy Cooke
Team prize, L-R, Sopies Thackray, Amira Mellor and Poppy Cooke

Photos credit; Richard Howes
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2018 Ben Turner, Cyclocross, World Championships My last part of the season was geared to selection to the World Championships, so l needed to perform well at the National Championships. 
I had a strong start leading the first laps then Tom Pidcock attacked and gained around 10 seconds, the gaped stayed around this for most of the race, l came second but l rode strongly and felt confident going into the last two big races. 
Hoogerheide (World Cup) was a race I did well in last year finishing second, so I was looking forward to this, however I had a poor start and was around 30th I moved up during the race making good lap times and eventually finished in 8th, this was my strongest World Cup of the season and I felt good. 
The GB World Championships Team was announced after this race, only one week before, l had been selected for the U23 GB World Championships Team. 
The World Championship, was held in Valkenburg, Netherlands and is always a special and different race and due to the conditions and tough parcour would be one to remember. This was my first Worlds as an U23 and last year year l finished 3rd in the Juniors with Tom Pidcock taking the title. As the race started it was crazy with such a technical, muddy and hilly course, I felt good for the first laps but then l didn’t feel good and didn’t have the World Championships I had hoped for finishing around the mid twenties with Tom Pidcock a few places ahead. 
Thanks for the support.
Ben Turner
Ben Turner leading Tom Pidcock at the National Championships. Photo: Sue Thackray
Ben Turner leading Tom Pidcock at the National Championships. Photo: Sue Thackray

Ben Turner at the World Championships. Photo Cmprophoto
Ben Turner at the World Championships. Photo Cmprophoto
]]> (John Dalton) News Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:58:38 +0000
2018 Cyclocross, Amira Mellor, Belgium race training My 2017/18 season was filled with a mixture of results but a lot of lessons learnt and some more international experiences. Being 20 years old and racing in the elite women’s race is tough, it takes a rider a few years to find there feet and to start seeing the results they want. I am still trying to find my feet. However, going out the Belgium is always time well spent. Being able to race along side the best riders in the world is always amazing. This year I was lucky enough to have the support from the Jack Bloor fund to be able to help me fund 2 trips out to Belgium. One trip in October to race in the heat of Zonhoven. A classic sand dunes race, a bit of a shock to the system for someone who loves the cold and mud! But nevertheless it was a great experience. I didn’t have a great race having some bike problems and a crash first lap which left me fighting the sand the rest of the race. I learnt a lot from that race, no1 I need to go find sand in Yorkshire and ride in it until I am no longer filled with fear, no2 that you learn more about yourself as a person and bike rider from the tough days, and finally no3 riding with a broken gear lever isn’t great! My second trip was over the Christmas holidays. I had some good results that weekend. A muddy field with steep banks and long straights of thick mud make me feel like I was at a Yorkshire points race! I loved it. After a solid start I worked my way through the field from 22nd first lap to finish 13th. I finally felt like I found my good legs.
A huge thank you to the Jack Bloor fund which helped me make both trips possible. Another season has finished and training has started again to take what I learnt and improve on them for next year.

Yorkshire points race - York
Muddy Belgian race
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2017 Athletics, Nathan Marsh, XC training Nathan Marsh – Running onto the elite stage and the role of a training camp

After seeing my running improve significantly over the 2016/17 season I was very grateful to receive support from the Jack Bloor Fund to start the summer off on a high with a training camp to Vilamoura, Portugal. This is my end of year report, detailing how this opportunity to train abroad helped propel my running forward in the pursuit of an England running vest.

The lead-up to the training camp

The lead up to the camp itself was a little bumpy so to say. Knowing the week in Portugal would entail some big mileage, I had been spending the previous 6 weeks building up the mileage to condition my legs. On par with this was transitioning to track running, as this would form the basis of the week abroad as well. The first three weeks went well moving from 50 to 60 miles a week, but three weeks before the camp, a 1500m track race at BMC Sportcity aggravated plantar and heel pain. Whilst nice to win with a PB with, two weeks rest were the result. Luckily physio and rehab meant that I was back running a week before Portugal with a 50-mile week and ready to hit the sunny miles.

The Camp

The weeks running was to follow a simple pattern. Days would commence with an easy 4mile run at 7.30 or 8am before the temperature rose too much. More than anything this run was designed to loosen off the legs as a form of active recovery and prepare them for the harder work in the evenings. We tried to keep these runs off-road which meant incorporating some sandy trails and golf courses. In the evenings, the harder sessions and runs were scheduled. With 6 days to play with this lead to two key track sessions and one tempo run, the remaining evenings either a second easy run or rest if needed.

In a stroke of bad luck, the first day had a stressful start with a breakdown leading to a missed flight and 11 hours to kill at the airport. Feeling guilty not to be getting in an evening run I did what any crazy runner would….drills and conditioning outside the entrance to Stanstead airport, featuring some strange looks from members of the public. One perk of missing the flight however was arriving to a villa with a fully stocked fridge.

Whilst there is so much to talk about regarding training in Vilamoura, it is the track sessions which were the biggest benefit of the week. The two sessions had different focuses. The first session composed of 3x1000m off 2.30, 2x800m off 90, and 2x400m off 60s with reps being run between 3k and 800m pace as the distance decreased. In 30OC heat this was certainly a shock to the system on day two but the reps accurately got quicker, even though we all felt sicker. What made these particularly good was the composition of the running group. The group was formed of a more track-focused cohort, so whilst others did 800s and 600s for the first two sets I opted for an additional 200m solo on the end of each rep in prep for longer races. Not wanting to be dropped however this forced me to hit the reps hard and a strong session was the result.
The second session was an eviller session so to speak involving quicker lactic inducing reps. 5x (400m, 30s rec, 200m) was the set with 5 minutes between. Let me just say 5 minutes of rest went in a blur by the closing sets and that second 200m was arguably harder than the 400m. Having stopped after 4 reps the previous year during this session to throw up, I was proud to complete the whole session with 58s and 28s held on the reps.

Besides the quality track sessions there were definite perks to training in Vilamoura. There was no shortage of routes for beautiful early morning runs and the weather was bliss. The villa we stayed in was also perfectly located near to the track, shops, trails, and beach. With training scheduled in the mornings and evenings we were able to explore the town and harbour, relax on the beach, engage in leisure sports and cool off in the sea during the day. This provided time to recharge, as well as countless opportunities for strengthening and stretching, preparing us for the evening sessions. Vilamoura also hosted a virtually unused Olympic sized pool. Swimming helped to take the load off my joints allowed me to gain some additional training benefits whilst being cautious on the return from injury.

The greatest challenge of the week was adjusting to running in such a warm climate. The temperature reached 38OC on a few days and whilst this was unthinkable at the beginning of the week, by the end running was much more comfortable learning about how to manage hydration and diet for the weather. The benefits from this camp were quickly seen with my track season.



Post-camp and progression into cross country

Whilst not having the best lead-up to the camp, the solid weeks training propelled me to PBs at the close of the track season: 3:56 (1500m), 8:27 (3000m) and 14:46 (5000m), the latter being a victory at BUCS Outdoor. The week really set a good base for my training following injury and this successful summer was carried through to September with a week in the Lake District bringing the best aerobic base mileage and hill running I’ve experienced. With the majority of this up fells, in cold wet conditions I believe this worked miracles for my cross-country training.


The key interest however, is how this transferred into the cross-country season. As part of my aspiration to gain England representation there were two big races in which I wanted to perform well; the England 10k Championships (Abbey Dash) and the European Cross Country Selection race (Liverpool Cross Challenge), a few weeks later. The 10k went extremely well as part of the Leeds Regional Team. I placed 15th overall (2nd U23) in an elite field and pulled out a breakthrough-time with a sub 30 minute clocking. Not only did this show the shape I was in, it also put me in contention for an U23 England vest for Liverpool. Then disaster hit! A solid weeks training later and all seemed well until the appearance of knee pain during strS7Cength and conditioning put me out of the European selection race. This was one of the most frustrating ways to end the term after getting into such good shape. Some good news did however follow, with my home club Tonbridge AC qualifying as the GB representative for the European Club Cross-Country Championships in February after successive wins at club national road and cross relays. After three weeks of reduced training, it is good to be back training to the full and regaining fitness. Whilst injury came at the wrong time I have my mind set on the Championships after Christmas with county champs to see where I’m at and then the bigger Club champs to really target.


I would like to thank the excellent group of teammates from Leeds University Cross Country Club for making Portugal a brilliant training week, and coaches Mark Hookway (Tonbridge AC) and Greg Hull (Leeds Uni). Most importantly, I would like to thank the Jack Bloor Fund for making this all a possibility and helping to drive my running to new levels. I am grateful to see such progress with my running, and know that with patience even bigger results will come.

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