THE Wharfedale Half Marathon proved its popularity yet again, as it attracted around 40 Ilkley Harriers, with regular racers joined by those competing for the first time. The event saw success for many of the club's runners.

Istvan Jacso ran brilliantly to finish third overall, while Kate Archer came home as the fifth lady. There were wins in the senior categories too. Rachel Carter came first in the FV40 section and Jonathan Sinclair triumphed in the MV55 category.

There was glory for one of the Harriers' younger contingent too, as Euan Brennan was second MU20 in the British Athletic Mountain Running Championships at Sedbergh on Saturday.

Brennan has been selected to run for England in the International Mountain Running Youth Cup, which takes place in Lanzada, Italy on June 16.

Most people, having run 97 miles on a weekend, would consider taking a long, well-earned rest afterwards.

Andrew Merrick however, who finished the West Highland Way route the previous week, completed a second long distance run, the Calderdale Way Ultra, just days later.

The event started at the Hare and Hounds pub in Todmorden which kindly opened its facilities at 5am, prior to a 6am start.

The Calderdale Way can be tricky to navigate, and the group Merrick ran with made a navigational error which probably added around a mile to the distance and took the overall climbing in excess of 8,000ft.

It was a scenic run which, after a painful final climb above Todmorden, ended back at the pub some 12 hours later!

Steve Turland, Will Buckton and Alison Weston took part in the 10.5km with 564m climb Pen Y Ghent fell race.

The ascent was along the Brackenbottom route to the summit of Pen-Y-Ghent before going off piste to Hull Pot and Whitber Hill before descending back to Horton in Ribblesdale.

Turland put in a strong run to cross the line in under an hour, achieving a 27th place finish with a time of 59 minutes and 57 seconds.

Buckton was not far behind in 36th, as he came home in one hour, two minutes and 20 seconds, while Weston finished 69th in 1.08.27.

Neil Pomfret ran well at the Lakeland Trail Coniston Half Marathon on Sunday. He came 20th out of 318 runners with a time of 1.57.30.

Meanwhile, in the Lakeland Trail Coniston Marathon Challenge, two Harries ladies competed and performed well. Liz Price was 53rd in 5.19.42, while Sarah Holmes crossed the line in 107th with a time of 5.53.51.

Also in the Yorkshire Dales, Val Kerr ran the five mile Ingleton Waterfalls Trail Race. The trail around the Falls had a total ascent of 886 ft, with a very runnable and scenic route.