Lang Syne wins makes it festive double for Jonny Brownlee

Wharfedale Observer: Jonny Brownlee on his way to winning the Chevin Chase. Picture: Andrew Beeson Jonny Brownlee on his way to winning the Chevin Chase. Picture: Andrew Beeson

A big week of races for Ilkley Harriers started on Boxing Day with the ever-popular Chevin Chase.

Over 50 Ilkley runners took part in a field of 825, which was led home comfortably by Olympic hero Jonny Brownlee of Bingley Harriers.

Bramhope-based Brownlee completed the 11km route, which started and finished in Guiseley, in 39min 03sec, almost a minute clear of Danny Hallam.

Ben Stevens was the first Ilkley Harrier home, taking an excellent eighth in 43:35.

Dave Wilby and Jack Wood also performed well to make the top 20, with Rob Cunningham, Dick Waddington, Steve Coy and Nick Pearce inside the top 100.

Bingley also took the women’s prize, with Victoria Wilkinson storming home in 46:24.

Emma Barclay was first lady from Ilkley in 52:04, closely followed by Sally Malir and Kate Archer.

The final event in the Ilkley Harriers’ Race League, a friendly competition designed to encourage participation in local races, was the Ribble Valley 10k in Clitheroe.

This also included the Northern Championships, so there was a high-quality field of over 1,000 runners.

Dave Bishop won in 30:02, over a minute slower than last year’s winning time, which showed how tough the cold, strong wind and driving rain was.

Harriers’ Race League winner Henry Heavisides, who had an excellent year on the roads, led home the Ilkley contingent in 37:36, also taking second V55.

Mark Iley, Bradley Chapman, Steve Morley and Ben Joynson also ran sub-40 minute times, with Chapman smashing his previous effort by 12 minutes, reflecting his recent progress.

Although not a personal best, Beth Massey had a strong run taking second LV40 in 40:39.

Results: 164 Henry Heavisides 37:36, 173 Mark Iley 37:58, 190 Bradley Chapman 38:22, 225 Steve Morley 39:16, 226 Ben Joynson 39:30, 277 Beth Massey 40:39, 376 Will Buckton 42:43, 386 Neil Chapman 42:55, 392 Adam Bennett 43:05, 457 Simon Jenkins 42:55, 468 Alison Bennett 44:32, 656 Ruth Kitchen 48:31, 737 John Marshall 50:31, 754 Hilda Coulsey 50:43, 778 Sheena Pickersgill 51:57, 825 Diane Kitchen 52:54, 899 Janet Smith 55:08.

Nearly 400 runners braved horrendous conditions as Jonny Brownlee won the 19th Daleside Auld Lang Syne Race for the first time on New Year’s Eve.

The world triathlon champion and Olympic bronze medallist had finished runner-up in the event on Penistone Hill, near Haworth, for the last two years.

But he went one better to win the six-mile run, featuring 900 feet of climb, in 43min 10sec, ahead of Helm Hill runner Tom Addison, who was 18 seconds back.

In third was his cousin Mark, also of Helm Hill, with Keighley’s 12-times winner Ian Holmes claiming the veterans’ prize for the seventh time.

Wakefield Harrier Annabel Mason, the 16-year-old European Mountain Running champion, was first female.

“This is the first Woodentops race I’ve ever won, which is very satisfying as I’ve competed in these races since I was ten, so this means a lot,” said 22-year-old Bingley Harrier Brownlee, whose brother Alistair did not run because of a knee niggle.

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