LAST week was a rare quiet one for Ilkley Harriers, with just a few 5k races sprinkled around as the cold weather took hold.

First up was the final Evensplits 5k of the year at the Brownlee Centre and there was a nail-biting battle at the head of the race.

Ilkley's Dom Coy was involved in a nip-and-tuck tussle with Rotherham's Jonny Johnson and both notched stunning sub-16 minute times.

It was Johnson who prevailed by just a second, in 15:53, with Dom Coy in second and his brother Nathan 10th.

Mike Abrams-Cohen continued his rapid progression with an 18:05 and Helen Thurston went under 19 minutes too.

Being the last Evensplits of the season meant the cumulative prizes were calculated afterwards and there were plenty of podium spots for Ilkley runners.

Leading the way was a first place in the F65 category for Hilda Coulsey, while Dan McKeown and Rob Budding were runners-up in the respective M40 and M50 standings, and Steve Coy was the third M45.

Also over 5k was the latest Podium series race in Barrowford on Saturday evening.

Three Harriers made the trip west but by the time the event started the track was starting to get seriously slippy.

Normally this is one of the fastest courses in the country but the icy conditions dictated otherwise on this occasion.

Nonetheless, there were still some impressive times in the circumstances - Sally Armitage clocking 19:23 for 21st, while Mike Abrams-Cohen and Dave Foyston were 12th and 14th, respectively.

Earlier at the day's Parkruns there was a welcome return from injury for Martin Archer - and in some style - as he came second out of 191 finishers at Skipton, just ahead of Rachel Carter in sixth overall and first lady.


Evensplits Leeds 5K - race 10, Wednesday, November 27

(1 Jonny Johnson, Rotherham, 15:52), 2 Dom Coy (15:53), 10 Nathan Coy (17:43), 22 Mike Abrams-Cohen (18:05), 27 David Westhead (18:41), 32 Helen Thurston (18:58), 49 Steve Coy (20:10), 57 Robert Budding (20:39), 101 Hilda Coulsey (24:46).

Leeds Evensplits 5k cumulative results 2019

(1 Jonny Johnson, Rotherham, 1:35:16 for his best 6), 10 Dan McKeown (1:45:34) 2nd V40, 20 Steve Coy (1:51:20) 3rd V45, 21 Michael Abrams Cohen (1:52:49), 40 Robert Budding (2:03:13) 2nd V50, 81 Hilda Coulsey (2:31:33) 1st V65.

Podium 5k B race, Saturday

(1 Daniel Lilley, Chorley AC & Tri Club, 17:01), 12 Mike Abrams-Cohen (18:24), 14 David Foyston (18:33), 21 Sally Armitage (19:23), 34 ran.