The weather had been dreadful in the weeks before the event but a clear, dry day provided near-perfect conditions for the 200 runners that started the 27th annual Jack Bloor Fell Race on Ilkley Moor.

Tom Adams, of Ilkley Harriers, won the senior race with an impressive two-and-a-half minute lead in 39min 3sec, while next came Pudsey and Bramley's Fred Slemeck and Ian Nixon, separated by only two seconds.

Fred retained his under-23 title, and the Arthur Dolphin Trophy. Current record holder Greg Hull, of Leeds City AC, came fourth, winning the over-40 veterans class, while Steve Webb of Valley Striders was first veteran in the over-50 class.

This race commemorates Jack Bloor, an accomplished outdoor sportsman who did so much to encourage young people to engage in sport.

All monies raised help support individuals under 25 to develop technical skills in outdoor pursuits, and Jack would have been impressed to see Lucy Crookes of Leeds University win the women’s senior race at her first attempt, having just turned 19.

With a time of 48min 6sec, Lucy was placed 42nd overall. Second place went to Holly Williams of Valley Striders and third to Holmfirth Harriers’ Lucy Needham.

Adams said: "The Jack Bloor has to be one of my favourite races of the year - and with the money raised going to a fantastic cause."

The veteran trophies for over-40s and over-50s went to Settle Harriers’ Carol Evans and Alison Bennett of Ilkley Harriers.

The coveted senior race trophies were presented by Terry Lonergan of Complete Runner, a loyal supporter of the Jack Bloor Race and Fund.

Jack’s widow Pat passed away last August, and to commemorate her long-standing support for these races, Otley artist, sculptor and runner Shane Green created the Pat Bloor Trophy for the new ladies' under-23 class.

Inspired by the Swastika Stone, this fine sculpture was presented to Crookes by Jack’s eldest son and daughter Robert and Hilary.

Lucy said: "My highlights were the fast descents and running along the tops with great views. The whole event has a friendly atmosphere and I can’t wait for next year!"

In the men’s’ team competition, Pudsey and Bramley won, followed by Bingley and Ilkley Harriers. Welcome competition amid the women’s teams saw Otley AC squeeze Ilkley Harriers into second place.

Throughout the rest of the field, individual runners battled with personal rivals or simply enjoyed the challenge and atmosphere of the race.

All were rewarded with a bottle of Jack Bloor Ale, thanks to the generous support of the Ilkley Brewery Company.

The junior Jack Bloor Races had yet another record entry, this time 132 runners reflecting the fantastic efforts to develop junior running in local clubs and schools.

Children tackled courses of half a mile, one mile or one and a half miles in one of five age-based classes (under-eights, tens, 12s, 14s and 16s).

Some were simply there to enjoy the occasion, with several trying their first fell race. Others were out to beat rivals or improve on a previous time. Certainly, they were all eager for the off.

Max Bryant, of Ilkley Harriers, won the under-eights race in 4min 40sec, while clubmate Lucy Hargraves took the girls' title.

Hot competition among the 47 runners in the under-ten race meant just two seconds separated both the first two boys and girls.

Wharfedale Harrier Jack Muir took first place, just pipping clubmate Ciaren Crabtree. For the girls, Emily Elmes squeezed ahead of Rachel Scott, both of Ilkley Harriers.

Joshua Newbold and Shona Hastings, both of Wharfedale Harriers, won their under-12 races. Also running this race was Jack’s grandson Max Bloor, representing Edinburgh orienteering club Interlopers.

James Lund, of Keighley and Craven, took the boys’ under-14 title, while just one second separated each of the top three girls.

Victoria Merrick, of Bingley Harriers, led Ellie Lambert, of Wharfedale Harriers, and Lucy Haines, of Ilkley Harriers.

John Lockwood and Lucy Williamson won the boys' and girls' under-16 races for Wharfedale Harriers and Ilkley Harriers.

Climbing to the cairn above Rocky Valley, this course provides the ultimate springboard for future entry to the senior race.

Sponsored by Smoooth, the Café and Deli on Ilkley’s Wells Road, every junior runner received a voucher for a free smoothie as a reward for their efforts. The top three boys and girls in each category were also presented with certificates and ‘cookie medals’ from Smoooth.

As in the senior race, junior class winners each received one of the coveted small trophies.

Inspired by the wealth of ancient rock art on Ilkley Moor, each year’s small trophy features a unique pattern.

The 2012 trophy was based on markings on Stead Crag.

As ever, thanks are due to the race sponsors and members of the Gritstone Club, Airienteers, Ilkley Harriers, friends and all our other supporters who make this event possible.

Rob King Race Organiser & Jack Bloor Fund Trustee