The Ilkley Moor fell race is a short fast race over 5 miles with 1250 feet of climbing and on a mild day with the ground drying the course records were there for the taking at the 23rd running of this classic race. It starts on a good track just off Wells Road, rising steadily to pass The Tarn and it then crosses Backstone Beck then up between the famous Cow and Calf Rocks. A steep climb up to the Pancake Stone then all that precious height is lost as you plunge downhill on a rough narrow path. It’s a haul back up the hill on the other side of the beck, before swooping down the Rocky Valley on a stony path. A stiff climb up the side of the Valley to a large cairn is followed by a long stretch along the skyline above Ilkley on rough terrain. Some more rough terrain then leads to an easy climb on a path through the bracken followed by a fast traverse, before the final giddy plunge down to the finish!
Local runner Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers was race winner in a blisteringly fast time but just outside the record. Tom was well clear of second placed Graham Pearce of Pudsey and Bramley Athletic Club who had a similar advantage over third placed Ben Abdelnoor of Ambleside Athletic Club.
Ladies race winner was Emma Clayton of Bingley Harriers smashing the long standing 1996 record in a time of 43.12. In second place was Jo Waites of Calder Valley Fell Runners less than 3 minutes behind. Jo is still making progress after a season of frustrating injuries and if fully fit would have given Emma a much closer race. She was still happy with her run and walked away with the first veteran prize. Third place went to Sally Morley of Ilkely Harriers.