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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. 
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