THE Jack Bloor fell race, which was established in 1985 to commemorate the life of the acclaimed Yorkshire sportsman, was held on Ilkley Moor last Tuesday.

This 34th annual race, which is run over 8.4km, was one of the most exciting with records made and broken.

Running for Leeds University, Ilkley girl Jemima Elgood made history by taking nine seconds off the women’s race record that had stood since 2010.

Finishing in a time of 45 minutes 19 seconds. Elgood won both the Jack Bloor Women’s Trophy and the Pat Bloor Women’s Under-23 Trophy.

Leeds University’s talented young squad also took second and third places with Lauren Dickson and Antonia Fan both running the course for the first time.

Jack Wood of Ilkley Harriers took the Jack Bloor men’s senior race title for a record fifth consecutive year, finishing in his best ever time of 38 minutes 52 seconds. Running for Pudsey and Bramley, Neal Crampton took second place and Leeds University’s Tim Stratton third.

The senior race saw a record entry of 239 runners representing clubs from as far afield as Kirkstall, Knaresborough and Goole. Adding an international flavour, Roger Comellas of Spain came 21st overall and won the Men’s Under-23 Arthur Dolphin Trophy.

Pete Darwood was ninth overall and won the newly created Bloor Family Trophy for the first male veteran.

Greg Hull of Leeds City retained his MV50 title and saw his 2007 course record stand unbeaten for another year.

Both running for Harrogate Harriers, Ian Rowbotham and Ben Grant won the M60 and M70 titles with Grant finishing in a very impressive sub-52 minute time.

Ilkley Harrier Rachel Carter won the Mike Rose Trophy for first woman over-40 whilst clubmate Joyce Marshall won the over-50 class.

With just a ten second margin, Caroline Clarke of Pudsey Pacers won the women’s over-60 title.

In addition to his own sporting accomplishments, Jack Bloor was renowned for encouraging young people to engage in outdoor sport.

All monies raised from these annual races go to the Jack Bloor Fund, which helps support young Yorkshire people to develop physical and technical skills in any recognised outdoor adventure sport.

Applicants must be under 26, either from or based in Yorkshire and be a member of a Yorkshire sports club or a national sport governing body. To apply, visit

During the last year the fund made 20 grants supporting activities ranging from pre-season warm-weather athletics training, trekking in Icelandic mountains and competing in orienteering at international level.

With three runners to count, the team competition saw a record entry of 14 men’s and seven women’s teams vying for top spot.

Representing Pudsey and Bramley, Neal Crampton, Graham Pearce and Neil Armitage took first place in the men’s team competition. Ilkley Harriers were second followed by North Leeds Fell Runners.

In the women’s category, Jemima Elgood, Lauren Dickson and Antonia Fan secured first place for Leeds University with Harrogate Harriers placed second and Ilkley Harriers third.

Earlier in the evening, junior runners tackled courses of half mile, one mile or 1.5 miles in one of five age-based classes.

Robert Carter of Ilkley Harriers won the fast and furious under-9 boys race in just three minutes 42 seconds, only five seconds ahead of clubmate Ben Richardson.

First girl and fourth overall was Agnes Gallagher-Thompson running for Otley AC.

Hugo Bishop took top spot in his first outing in the boy’s under-11 class.

With a very impressive second place overall, first girl under-11 was Bethan Buckley representing Keighley and Craven AC.

Katie Buckley was first girl in the under-13 race that fielded 31 runners. Ilkley Harriers’ Alexander Wolfenden won the boy’s under-13 class.

Amelie Lane of Wharfedale Harriers was both first girl and first overall in the under-15s race with Ilkley Harrier Sam Bentham first boy.

Experiencing the combined mass start of over 50 runners, Tom Midwood won the under-19 race for Harrogate Harriers whilst Ilkley Harrier Isabel Macina was first girl.