Bingley Harriers' Emma Clayton made it a trio of consecutive victories in the 23rd Ilkley Fell Race on Sunday, setting a course record of 43min 12sec to finish over two and a half minutes clear of Jo Waites (Calder Valley).

Variable weather is making for some unpredictable racing conditions at present but the fell race, staged over five miles and incorporating 1,000 feet of climbing, was greeted by drying ground and mild temperatures, allowing for some fast times.

In the ladies' team race, home club Ilkley Harriers packed well to take the win. Sally Morley led the way in third, ably supported by Emma Barclay and Kate Archer in fourth and eighth respectively.

Louisa Pickles took fifth for Wharfedale Harriers, while Pippa Barrett (Keighley & Craven) was first under-23 in 55:27.

Ilkley Harrier Tom Adams enjoyed home ground to win the men’s race in 36min 18 sec, 47 seconds outside Simon Bailey’s 2004 course record.

Adams appears to be in ominous form as he finished 51 seconds clear of Pudsey & Bramley’s Graham Pearce.

The men’s team prize was settled by the narrowest of margins as P&B finished just one point ahead of Ilkley.

Richard Pattinson was well clear in fifth but P&B’s cause was hugely assisted by third and fourth counters Colin Walker and Neil Armitage.

Walker hung on for sixth, five seconds clear of Andy Brown (Bingley), and Armitage pipped Stephen Smithies (Calder) to 26th by only two seconds to secure the team result.

Wharfedale Harrier Johnny Bradshaw was first under- 23 and was eighth overall.