ILKLEY Harriers' runner Jack Wood was selected to represent Yorkshire at the Inter-Counties Championship in the Flower Scar Fell Race at Todmorden on Saturday and he again did the county proud.

Wood powered home in 16th place in 56 minutes and 12 seconds, just under two minutes behind winner Max Nicholls of Kent, and his performance helped the White Rose finish fourth overall.

Also at county level, there were medals for both Bethan Morley and Istvan Jacso at the Yorkshire Track and Field Championships.

Jacso, a winner at the Cambridge Championships in the past before relocating to Yorkshire, was third in the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 10 minutes and 25 seconds while Morley claimed silver in the women's Under-20 800m in 2:12:35.

A lucky 13 Harriers enjoyed ideal conditions on Saturday morning at the Malhamdale Trail Challenge, which this year was run over the half marathon distance for the first time.

With around 1,650 feet of ascent, taking in landmarks such as Pikedaw, Malham Tarn, Goredale Scar and Janet's Foss, it was a demanding but rewarding event, with spectacular views.

The circuit from Kirkby Malham saw the runners tackle the Pikedaw climb early on, which soon strung out the field.

But Ilkley were well represented at the sharp end, and by the finish no fewer than five Harriers had made the top 15.

They were led home by Dave Robson in fourth place, while Kate Archer (seventh) and Rachel Carter (12th) were second and third respectively in the female standings and Colin Williams (15th) topped the MV50 category.

Well organised from start to finish and using well-marked trails and broad grassy paths, this looks a race with a bright future.

The Leeds Half Marathon is always a popular fixture on the calendar, and the sun was out for Sunday's latest edition which featured four Harriers in the near-6,000 strong field.

Michael Ho made the top 1,000 with his time of one hour, 42 minutes and eight seconds, closely followed by fellow Ilkley runners Tom Lally, Alex Hyde and Dave Ibbotson.

Grey skies and drizzle greeted competitors in Saltaire at the second John Carr event on Wednesday evening - a flat 5k on the canal towpath and back to Roberts Park.

Seven Harriers competed, including Jane McCarthy who was the second lady on the night and is first overall in the three-race series.

On the Parkrun front, Geoff Howard - who has recently run the fastest 10k time nationally for anyone aged 75 or over - further improved his all-time Harriers MV75 5k mark when clocking 21 minutes and 11 seconds at York.

And there was a win at the Crissy Fields Parkrun near San Francisco for Ruaridh Mon-Williams in an impressive 16:39, while Nick Helliwell broke the 20-minute mark at Wetherby, his 19:42 earning him sixth place overall.


Flower Scar Fell Race, Saturday

(1 54:16 Max Nicholls, Kent)

16 56:12 Jack Wood

166 finished

Malhamdale Trail Challenge, Saturday

(1 1:34:31 Julian Hood, Skipton AC)

4 1:43:44 Dave Robson

7 1:47:00 Kate Archer (2nd lady)

12 1:48:29 Rachel Carter (3rd lady)

13 1:48:49 Jonathan Turner

15 1:51:01 Colin Williams (1st V50)

39 1:59:50 Mike Duffield

48 2:01:36 Derek Oliver

60 2:06:49 Mark Judkowski

76 2:11:00 Peter Fergerson

109 2:24:47 Adela Reperecki

109 2:24:47 Elizabeth Price

144 2:36:46 Hilda Coulsey

159 2:47:23 Fiona Schneider

Leeds Half Marathon, Sunday

(1 1:07:56 Mohammad Aburezeq, Altrincham AC)

808 1:42:08 Michael Ho

1240 1:50:18 Tom Lally

2767 2:00:16 Alex Hyde

2800 2:02:41 Dave Ibbotson

5812 finished

John Carr 5k, Wednesday, May 8

(1 16:40 Michael Malyon, Baildon)

24 18:53 Jonathan Turner

34 20:20 Jane McCarthy

37 20:57 Tom Worboys

59 22:17 Jann Smith

60 22:21 Caroline Howe

76 24:03 Alison Bennett

81 24:24 Helen Waddington

120 finished

Parkruns, Saturday


(1 17:22 Andy Burn, Jarrow and Hebburn AC)

151 27:34 Stephanie Fox

442 ran

Crissy Field, San Francisco (USA)

1 16:39 Ruaridh Mon-Williams

135 ran


(1 18:06 Mike Crosby, U/A)

8 20:18 Will Buckton

25 23:25 Catherine Gibbons

36 25:09 Will Worboys

173 ran


(1 18:00 Daniel Linstrum, Wetherby Runners)

6 19:42 Nick Helliwell

96 ran

Whinlatter Forest

(1 19:36 Lewis Hinchcliffe, Rochdale Harriers)

3 22:12 Rob Cunningham

75 ran


(1 15:48 Tim Stratton, City of York AC)

78 21:11 Geoffrey Howard

574 ran