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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)

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