It's Santa-stic for Ilkley's Adams as he stoops to conquer

Wharfedale Observer: Tom Adams on his way to victory. Picture: Dave Woodhead Tom Adams on his way to victory. Picture: Dave Woodhead

Ilkley Harriers men missed out on the team prize by just one point at Sunday’s Stoop fell race, one of the hugely popular events organised by the Woodheads on the Bronte Moors at Haworth.

Tom Adams led the way, literally, beating seven-times winner Rob Hope of Pudsey & Bramley and last year's top finisher Sam Tosh of Rossendale. as he crossed the finishing line in 31:30.

Adams and Hope were together at the top of The Stoop, but Tom’s improved descending skills gave him a 15-second win.

Twelve-times winner and local legend Ian Holmes from Bingley finished in fifth place and was the first V40 runner home despite being handi-capped by the full Santa outfit he wore – all the runners donned Santa hats.

Jack Wood was the next Ilkley runner in 17th place, then came Matt Cox 21st with adventure racer Ben Joynson 50th completing the team.

These and other young runners from Ilkley like Will Buckton and Bradley Chap- man are really starting to make an impact on local race results. And at opposite end of the age scale, Norman Bush beat the V70 course record even though he ran in fancy dress.

Emily Elmes won a close-fought under-ten girls’ race. on a day when the talented Ilkley juniors recorded some fine results which included

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