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Jack Bloor Race Report 10th May 2011

 

Recent downpours failed to slow the field of over 200 runners in an exciting 26th annual Jack Bloor Race on Ilkley Moor. In a dramatic finish the leading pair in the men’s race pressed the 5.2 mile course record hard - only to see it stay out of reach by 5 seconds! Graham Pearce of Pudsey & Bramley won in a time of 38 minutes 9 seconds with Ilkley Harrier Tom Adams hot on his heals and just 2 seconds behind. Next came the two Leeds City AC runners of Chris Birchall and Greg Hull. Greg won the veteran over-40 trophy and remains the current course record holder. Ilkley Harriers’ Ian Rowbotham retained his first place in the veteran over-50 class.

 

Not to be outdone by these seasoned fellrunners two youngsters featured in the top ten places. In a time of 40 minutes 35 seconds Fred Slemeck of Leeds University just squeezed ahead of Ilkley’s Alex Sinclair to take 6th place overall and win the Arthur Dolphin Under-23 trophy. Presented by Ken Peart on behalf of the Gritstone Club this recently introduced trophy commemorates Arthur Dolphin, climbing partner and friend of Jack’s. Members of their Gritstone Club have manned the Jack Bloor Race checkpoints for over 25 years.

Laura Martin of Otley AC improved on her 2010 time by almost 2 minutes to come 47th place overall and to win the women’s race in a time of 48 minutes 31 seconds. Club mate Renee Saxton took 2nd place whilst 3rd position went to Ilkley Harriers’ Emma Barclay.

 

In her first senior race, Florence Haines of Ilkley Harriers came 79th overall and won the women’s Under-23 category in an impressive time of 53 minutes 22 seconds. The ladies veteran trophies for over-40 and over-50 went to Carol Evans of Settle Harriers and Ilkley Harriers’ Val Kerr.

 

The team competition was won by Pudsey & Bramley with Bingley Harriers and Ilkley Harriers vying for 2nd and 3rd positions. The wining women’s team was Ilkley Harriers.

The Jack Bloor Race not only provides for challenging competition by hardened fellrunners but also attracts a large number of local runners some taking on the course for the first time. Thanks to generous sponsorship by the Ilkley Brewery Company every runner in the senior race was presented with a well-deserved bottle of locally brewed Jack Bloor Ale. Presenting the beer, co-founder of the Ilkley Brewery Company, Stewart Ross, said, “This is the second year we’ve sponsored the Jack Bloor Race and we’re proud to be associated with such a challenging event that honours Jack’s memory”.

 

Class trophies were presented by Terry Lonergan of The Complete Runner whose longstanding support for the Jack Bloor Races and Memorial Fund is greatly appreciated. The Jack Bloor Fund supports young people engaging in outdoor pursuits.

 

Now in their 10th year the junior Jack Bloor Races saw a record entry of 121 runners. Children tackled courses of half a mile, one mile or 1.5 miles in one of five age-based classes (U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8). Some were out to beat their rivals or improve on a previous time. Others were simply there to enjoy the occasion with several experiencing their first fell race.

 

Some extremely close finishes saw Amelia Gibbons just pip Evie Graves over the line to win the U8 girls race whilst Freddie Ziegler took first place in the U8 boys race just ahead of Ilkley Harrier Ben Morley. Running the same half mile course the first U10 girl was Bethan Morley of Ilkley Harriers whilst Logan Hargraves-Madhas of Wharfedale Harriers retained his U10 boy’s title. In a field of 35 runners tackling the U12’s one mile course Ilkley Harrier Sarah Pickering was 1st girl, only 4 places and 42 seconds behind the winning boy, James Lund of Keighley & Craven. On the same course, Wharfedale Harrier Ellie Lambert came 4th overall and took the girl’s U14 title with Emile Cairess of Bingley Harriers winning the U14 boy’s race. Despite a smaller number of runners the 1.5 mile U16s race was no less hotly contested. James Hall came home in the lead and Helen Wood took the girl’s title for local orienteering club Airienteers.

 

Sponsored by Smoooth, the Café and Deli on Ilkley’s Wells Road, every junior runner received a voucher for a free smoothie as a reward for their efforts. The top three boys and girls in each category were also presented with certificates and ‘cookie medals’ by the team from Smoooth.

 

As in the senior race, class winners each received one of the Jack Bloor Race’s coveted small trophies. Inspired by the wealth of ancient rock art on Ilkley Moor, each year’s small trophy features a unique pattern. The 2011 trophy illustrates part of the Idol Stone.

 

As ever, thanks go to the many people who helped stage the 2011 races and particularly to Peter Haines who has organised the Jack Bloor Races for the last nine years.

After his win, Graham Pearce said, “This race is an absolute classic and is run in memory of a true Yorkshire hero who did a lot for the sport so I always try and do it. It's also a great circuit of Ilkley Moor taking in a lot of the landmarks”.

 

Rob King

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)

A cool but dry window in the wet weather saw nearly 200 senior runners compete in the 28th annual Jack Bloor fell race on Ilkley Moor last Tuesday evening.

Last year’s winner, Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers, lead the 8.4 kilometre race to the halfway point hotly pursued by 24 year-old Chris Smithard of Deeside Orienteers. With each taking a different path over the high ground, Chris overhauled Tom to win the 2013 race in 38 minutes 40 seconds. Chris said, ‘I had heard a lot about the Jack Bloor even before I moved to Leeds so couldn't resist the opportunity to finally run it’. Despite the new sections of flag-stoned path Greg Hull’s 2007 course record of 38:04 still stands.

Third place went to Matthew John of Otley AC. In 4th position and winning the veteran over-40 class was Tom Brunt of Dark Peak Fell Runners. Local lad James Mountain of Ilkley Harriers was an impressive 6th overall and 1st under-23 winning the Arthur Dolphin Trophy. Steve Webb of Valley Striders retained his over-50 veteran title whilst Ben Grant of Harrogate Harriers was the 1st veteran in the over-60 class.

Jo Waites of Calder Valley impressively won both the overall women’s race and the first lady veteran over-40 title in 46 minutes 40 seconds. Julia Leventon of Valley Striders was 2nd and 3rd place went to Gill Myers of Wharfedale Harriers along with the over-50 title. Lucy Crookes of Leeds University retained her under-23 title and the Pat Bloor Trophy.

With three runners to count Ilkley Harriers won the men’s team competition followed by Otley AC then Pudsey & Bramley. Ilkley Harriers took both 1st and 3rd places in the women’s team competition with Wharfedale Harriers taking 2nd place.

Throughout the rest of the field individual runners battled with personal rivals or simply enjoyed the challenge and atmosphere of the race. All were rewarded with a bottle of fine Dinner Ale thanks to the generous support of our senior race sponsor, the Ilkley Brewery Company.

Terry Lonergan of Complete Runner, a loyal sponsor and supporter of both the Jack Bloor Memorial Fund and Races, presented the coveted senior race trophies. These races commemorate Jack Bloor an accomplished outdoor sportsman who did so much to encourage young people to engage in sport. All monies raised through race entries, the cake stall and individual donations help support young people under-26 to develop physical and technical skills in any recognised outdoor sport. Applications are welcome at any time and further details can be found at www.jackbloor.co.uk

Despite the cool evening the ever-popular junior races saw 118 children tackle courses of half a mile, one mile or 1.5 miles in one of five age-based classes (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16). Some were simply there to enjoy the occasion with several trying their first fell race. Others were out to beat rivals or improve on a previous time.

Ben Kett won the U8 race in just 4 minutes 34 seconds whilst Sarah Bradley took the girls’ U8 title just 11 seconds later. First girl in the U10 race was Ilkley Harriers’ Poppy Anderson whilst Freddie Ziegler was the overall winner.

Competition amidst the 34 runners in the U12 race saw some very close finish times. Wharfedale Harriers’ Jack Muir took 1st place and Beth Morley of Ilkley Harriers won the girls’ U12 race. Thomas Nelson of Wharfedale Harriers took the boys’ U14 title in 8 minutes exactly whilst Ilkley Harriers’ Lucy Jacques was first home in the girls’ U14 race.

Climbing to the cairn above Rocky Valley the U16 course provides a springboard for future entry to the senior race. Winning the U16 race in 12:19 was Harry Muir of Wharfedale Harriers. Spectators were treated to fantastic sport as second place Mark Mahoney of Settle Harriers was chased to the finish line by Ilkley Harriers’ Lucy Haines who won the girl’s U16 title.

Sponsored by Smoooth, the Café and Deli on Ilkley’s Wells Road, every junior runner received a voucher for a free smoothie as a reward for their efforts. The top three boys and girls in each category were presented with certificates together with handcrafted brownies and cookies from Smoooth.

As ever, thanks to our sponsors and members of the Gritstone Club, Airienteers, Ilkley Harriers and all our other supporters who make this event possible.



Rob King

Race Organiser & Jack Bloor Fund Trustee

Jack Bloor Race Report                                        13th May 2014

New names will be engraved on coveted trophies following the 29th annual Jack Bloor Races. Held on Ilkley Moor, this 8.4 kilometre navigational fell race pits young legs against experienced heads.

Ian Nixon of Pudsey & Bramley won the senior race to take the men’s title in a time of 41 minutes 25 seconds. Preparation and perseverance rewarded Ian who had carefully recced the final descent and triumphed in his 7th attempt at the race. After his win Ian said, “I am so chuffed to have eventually won the Jack Bloor and to join such an esteemed list of previous winners”.

Only five seconds separated 2nd and 3rd places with Jonny Bradshaw of Wharfedale Harriers just beating Howgill Harriers’ Sam Fisher. Three of the top five places went to promising young talent with Jonny winning the Arthur Dolphin Trophy for first U23.

Representing Pudsey & Bramley, Neal Armitage and Jon Holah won the veteran over-40 and over-50 classes respectively. Local runner Nick Pearce claimed the veteran over-60 title for Ilkley Harriers.

Towards the final descent in the women’s race, Wharfedale Harriers’ veteran fell runner Gill Myers lay in third place. As the leading ladies deviated from the optimum route, Gill’s experience resisted the temptation to follow. Staying on her trusted course, Gill was ecstatic to take not just the veteran over-50 title but to win the women’s race outright.

Leeds University student Lucy Crookes took second place and, for the third consecutive year, won the Pat Bloor Trophy for first woman U23. Running for Skyrac Rebecca Cesar De Sa came third, just 21 seconds behind Lucy. Carol Morgan of Nidd Valley won the Mike Rose Bowl for the first veteran women over-40 whilst local Ilkley Harrier Rachel Gooch took the lady’s over-60 veteran title.

Although the organisers got drenched preparing for the race, all the runners enjoyed the moors in splendid evening sunshine with dramatic cloudscapes. Throughout the rest of the field individual runners battled with rivals or simply enjoyed the challenge and atmosphere of the race. All were rewarded with a bottle of fine Dinner Ale thanks to the generous support of our senior race sponsor, the Ilkley Brewery Company.

With three runners to count Ilkley Harriers won the women’s team competition followed by Wharfedale then Bingley Harriers. Pudsey & Bramley took first place in the men’s team competition leading Wharfedale Harriers then Abbey Runners.

Terry Lonergan of Complete Runner, a loyal sponsor and supporter of both the Jack Bloor Memorial Fund and Races, presented the senior race trophies to the winners.

These races commemorate Jack Bloor an accomplished outdoor sportsman who did so much to encourage young people to engage in sport. All monies raised through race entries, the cake stall and individual donations help support young people to develop physical and technical skills in any recognised outdoor sport.

During the last year the Fund made twelve grants. Activities included preparing for the World Mountain Running Championships, gaining a single-pitch climbing award and an expedition to climb Mount Elbrus in the Western Caucasus.  Applications are welcome at any time and further details can be found at www.jackbloor.co.uk

Earlier in the evening, over a hundred children tackled junior courses of half a mile, one mile or 1.5 miles in one of five age-based classes (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16). Many were there simply to enjoy the occasion with several trying their first fell race. Others were out to improve positions in leagues or compete in club championships.  

Henry Cesar De Sa won the U8 race in just 4 minutes 25 seconds whilst Hattie Bishop took the girls’ U8 title 17 seconds later. First girl in the U10 race was Anna Black and Lewis Carr of Ilkley Harriers took the boys’ U10 title by 3 seconds!

Wharfedale Harriers’ Sam Smith won the boys’ U12 race whilst Poppy Anderson led a trio of Ilkley Harriers on the girls’ U12 podium. Similarly, three Bingley Harriers took all medal positions in the girls’ U14 race with Olivia Roper in first. Euan Brennan of Ilkley Harriers won the boys’ U14 race.

In a time of 12 minutes 26 seconds, Wharfedale Harriers’ Thomas Nelson took the boys’ U16 title. Twelve seconds later, Lucy Haines took the girls’ U16 title leading a 7-strong pack of club-mates from Ilkley Harriers in their distinct red and green vests.

Every junior runner received a homemade cookie as reward. The top three boys and girls in each category were presented with certificates together with handcrafted edible cookie medals.

As ever, thanks go to our sponsors and members of the Gritstone Club, Airienteers, Ilkley Harriers and all our other supporters who make this event possible.

Rob King
Race Organiser & Jack Bloor Fund Trustee

Jack Bloor Race Report      8th May 2012


The weather had been dreadful in the weeks before the event but a clear, dry day provided near-perfect conditions for the 200 runners that started the 27th annual Jack Bloor fell race on Ilkley Moor.

Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers won the senior race with an impressive two and a half minute lead and a time of 39 minutes, 3 seconds. Next came the two Pudsey and Bramley runners of Fred Slemeck and Ian Nixon separated by only two seconds. Fred retained his Under-23 title winning the Arthur Dolphin Trophy for a second year. Current record holder, Greg Hull of Leeds City AC, came 4th winning the over-40 veteran class whilst Steve Webb of Valley Striders was 1st veteran in the over-50 class.

This race commemorates Jack Bloor an accomplished outdoor sportsman who did so much to encourage young people to engage in sport. All monies raised help support individuals under 25 to develop technical skills in outdoor pursuits.

Jack would have been impressed to see Lucy Crookes of Leeds University win the women’s senior race at her first attempt and only having just turned nineteen. With a time of 48 minutes 6 seconds Lucy was placed 42nd overall. Second place went to Holly Williams of Valley Striders and 3rd to Holmfirth Harriers’ Lucy Needham. The veteran trophies for over-40 and over-50 went to Settle Harriers’ Carol Evans and Alison Bennett of Ilkley Harriers.

The coveted senior race trophies were presented by Terry Lonergan of Complete Runner, a loyal supporter of the Jack Bloor Race and Fund.
 
Jack’s widow, Pat Bloor, passed away last August. To commemorate her longstanding support for these races, Otley artist, sculptor and runner, Shane Green, created the Pat Bloor Trophy for the new Ladies Under-23 class. Inspired by the Swastika Stone, this fine sculpture was presented to winner Lucy Crookes by Jack’s eldest son and daughter, Robert and Hilary. Lucy said, ‘My highlights were the fast descents and running along the tops with great views. The whole event has a friendly atmosphere and I can't wait for next year!’

In the men’s’ team competition, Pudsey and Bramley won followed by Bingley then Ilkley Harriers. Welcome competition amidst the women’s teams saw Otley AC squeeze Ilkley Harriers into 2nd place.

Throughout the rest of the field individual runners battled with personal rivals or simply enjoyed the challenge and atmosphere of the race. All were rewarded with a bottle of Jack Bloor Ale thanks to the generous support of the Ilkley Brewery Company.

The junior Jack Bloor Races saw yet another record entry of 132 runners reflecting the fantastic efforts to develop junior running in local clubs and schools. Children tackled courses of half a mile, one mile or 1.5 miles in one of five age-based classes (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16). Some were simply there to enjoy the occasion with several trying their first fell race. Others were out to beat rivals or improve on a previous time. Certainly, they were all eager for the off on the start line!

Max Bryant of Ilkley Harriers won the U8 race in just 4 minutes 40 seconds whilst club mate Lucy Hargraves took the girls title. Hot competition amidst the 47 runners in the U10 race saw just two seconds separate both the first two boys and girls. Wharfedale Harrier Jack Muir took 1st place just pipping club mate Ciaren Crabtree. For the girls, Emily Elmes squeezed ahead of Rachel Scott, both of Ilkley Harriers. Wharfedale Harriers Joshua Newbold and Shona Hastings each won their U12 races. Also running this race was Jack’s grandson, Max Bloor, representing Edinburgh orienteering club Interlopers.

James Lund of Keighley and Craven took the boys’ U14 title whilst just one second separated each of the top three girls. Victoria Merrick of Bingley Harriers led Ellie Lambert of Wharfedale Harriers and Lucy Haines of Ilkley Harriers. John Lockwood and Lucy Williamson each won the boys and girls U16 race for Wharfedale Harriers and Ilkley Harriers. Climbing to the cairn above Rocky Valley this course provides the ultimate springboard for future entry to the senior race.

Sponsored by Smoooth, the Café and Deli on Ilkley’s Wells Road, every junior runner received a voucher for a free smoothie as a reward for their efforts. Don’t forget to exchange them before the end of June! The top three boys and girls in each category were also presented with certificates and ‘cookie medals’ from Smoooth.

As in the senior race, junior class winners each received one of the coveted small trophies. Inspired by the wealth of ancient rock art on Ilkley Moor, each year’s small trophy features a unique pattern. The 2012 trophy based on markings on Stead Crag.

As ever, thanks to our sponsors and members of the Gritstone Club, Airienteers, Ilkley Harriers, friends and all our other supporters who make this event possible.

After his win, Tom Adams said, ‘The Jack Bloor Race has to be one of my favourite races of the year - and with the money raised going to a fantastic cause’.


Rob King
Race organizer and JB Trustee

Lost property
·               Pink fleece zipped hoodie
·               Muddy orange/black Inov8 running shoe (right only!)
·               Blue/green padded jacket (near paddling pool)

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