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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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