ILKLEY Harriers' Jemima Elgood was the first lady - out of over 1,200 - at the Bradford 10K on Sunday.

All 3,000 places for the popular Epilepsy Action-organised event were sold out, and runners were fortunate with the weather, the rainstorms of Saturday relenting just in time.

And Elgood was in the front rank from the outset when the race started from Centenary Square.

She clocked a superb time of 36 minutes and 23 seconds, which was more than two minutes ahead of the next female runner, Wharfedale Harriers' Sophie Martin.

Third across the line was Ilkley's Kate Archer in 39:42, as she continued her excellent run of form.

Elgood’s time was just one second off the all-time female Harriers 10k record, set by Nicky Green in 2014.

It was only beaten by 14 men, one of which was Ilkley’s Istvan Jacso, who finished in 35:18 and took 10th place as a result, with the race won by Spen’s Joe Sagar in 32:24.

There were a lot of other notable performances from a large Ilkley contingent, with several personal bests and high category placings.

Top of the list was Geoffrey Howard, who set the fastest-ever 10k time by a male Harrier aged 75 or over, with his stunning 45:43.

David Westhead was second in the M50 category with 38:21 and Sarah Pickering was the third under-21 female thanks to her time of 41:42

Also on Sunday was the Thirsk 10-mile, which attracted a field of over 1,000.

Ilkley’s Jack Wood was a fine fifth in 54:53, just over a minute behind Rob Scott of RZH.

And Sally Malir was second in the F50 category in 71:23.

Off the road, the Muncaster Luck fell race in Western Cumbria covered 11.3 miles, 2,000 feet of climbing and featured two river crossings, moorland, tussocks, bog - in fact, a little bit of everything.

Jim Ryder was the lone Harriers representative, taking 10th place and second M40 in an hour and 51 minutes.

At Stretton Hills on Sunday, a counter for the English Fell Championships, Iain Gibbons and Alison Weston were in action for Ilkley.

Gibbons was 164th in 58:39 while current F50 national champion Weston took 269th in 68:43.

It was also a successful weekend for the Harriers across a range of Parkruns.

Lucy Williamson was second overall and the first female at Newborough Forest, Caroline Howe was second lady at Bradford, Tim Ashelford was fifth at Woodhouse Moor and Alex Hirst was 13th at Cardiff with a time of 17:18 for the 5k.

The club also has some exciting news from the international stage, as Ilkley’s Euan Brennan has been named in the British Team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, later this month.


Bradford 10k, Sunday

(1 32:24 Joe Sagar, Spen)

10 35:18 Istvan Jacso

15 36:23 Jemima Elgood 1st lady

32 38:21 David Westhead 2nd V50

68 39:37 Jonathan Turner

69 39:39 Kate Archer 3rd lady, 1st F40

84 40:21 Steve Murray

92 40:57 Colin Williams

115 41:42 Sarah Pickering

136 42:19 Michael Abrams-Cohen

405 45:43 Geoffrey Howard 1st V75

535 49:19 Helen Waddington

771 52:39 Alex Stanley-Hyde

958 55:11 Michael Picken

1027 54:46 Dawn Turner

1029 55:16 Paula Reynier

1092 55:30 Ruth Jones

1931 65:25 Diane Ollier

2,455 finished

Thirsk 10-mile, Sunday

(1 53:38 Rob Scott, RZH)

5 54:53 Jack Wood

224 71:23 Sally Malir 2nd F50

1,040 finished

Stretton Hills fell race, Sunday

(1 45:04 Carl Bell, Keswick)

164 58:39 Iain Gibbons

269 68:43 Alison Weston

339 finished

Parkruns, Saturday


(1 18:20 Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders)

17 22:34 Dave Reynier

23 23:01 Caroline Howe 2nd F

62 26:23 Alex Stanley-Hyde

109 29:27 Paula Reynier

209 ran


(1 18:49 Matthew Warters, Keighley and Craven AC)

59 28:13 Petra Bijsterveld

123 ran


(1 18:19 Daniel Josephs, South Shields Harriers)

44 24:00 Tom Worboys

259 ran

Woodhouse Moor

(1 18:05 Neil Armitage, Pudsey and Bramley AC)

5 18:40 Tim Ashelford

402 ran


(1 15:56 Benjamin Reynolds, Cardiff AAC)

13 17:18 Alex Hirst

744 ran

Newborough Forest

(1 18:25 Rory Johnson, Eryri Harriers)

2 19:26 Lucy Williamson

82 ran