ILKLEY Harriers' Jack Wood raced to victory in a British Championship fell race, in what has been a jam-packed week for the club overall.

Wood came first out of 252 finishers at Ras Y Meolwyn at the weekend, just edging out second-placed Carl Bell of Keswick by 15 seconds.

The Harriers runner crossed the line with a time of one hour, 21 minutes and three seconds, nearly a minute ahead of Matthew Elkington in third.

It emphatically proved that Wood is back to his best after an ankle injury.

A point which had been underlined earlier in the week when he romped home first at the opening Harrogate District Summer Race League event, with over 500 runners lining up against him.

Malcolm Pickering was the second Harrier over the line, topping the MV65 category as he did.

The Harriers made home advantage count on Bank Holiday Monday when hosting the Ilkley Trail Race, picking up the male and female team prizes.

Rachel Carter flew the flag for the women individually, crossing over first with a time of 49:09.

Cam Reilly and Jack Cummings were second and third respectively in the men's race.

The 6.9-mile out-and-back route featured tracks through woodland, fields and moors, interspersed with some short road sections, all the while enjoying stunning views over the Wharfe Valley.

As well as the senior race, there was also a great turnout for the junior runs beforehand

Proceeds from all the events went to the Revival Centre and Orphanage in Mutugga, Uganda.

Two Harriers tackled what is billed as the toughest five-day mountain running race in the world, during the week.

The legendary Dragon's Back Race follows the mountainous spine of Wales from north to south and takes in 315 kilometres with 15,500 metres of climbing.

Brian Melia - an expert at these sorts of challenges - finished 75th behind Canadian Galen Reynolds who set a new record time.

The second Harrier was Justin Ions who managed to finish 135th in his first attempt after months of dedicated training, while over 100 others had to pull out along the way.

There was a trio from the club involved in the Edinburgh Half and Full Marathon over the weekend as well.

Michael Ho dipped under the four-hour mark with 3:59:13, while Kate Archer got 3:09:57 - a personal best - in the full race.

She was 247th overall our of over 7000 finishers.

Sheena Pickersgill flew the flag for Ilkley in the half, clocking a time of 1:58:31.

In the Jura Fell Race, Alison Weston placed 168th after tackling 16 miles of steep ascents, which equated to 2,500 metres of climbing.

At the Evensplits 5km event in Leeds, and the Woodhouse Moor Parkrun, there were two quick times for the Harriers.

Dominic Coy came in at 16:04 at the former, while 13-year-old Max Ashelford clocked a new personal best of 18:03 at the latter event.