ILKLEY Harriers members have enjoyed success in a busy week of racing, including a marathon effort.

Colin Williams took part in the Fewston and Swinsty 4 in 4 days marathon series, organised by Grim Up North Running.

On the day one marathon, Williams finished in a great second place, completing his marathon in four hours 11 minutes 12 seconds.

Marathon number two saw Williams finish in ninth place in a time of 4.43.54.

On day three, he finished in an impressive first place, in a time of 4.17.06. And he continued to impress on the fourth day, when he finished the last marathon in the series in a time of 4.25.29.

His excellent total time to complete all four marathons of 17.41, meant he took first place out of the four others who completed all four marathons.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: From left, Iain Young, Adam Gerrish and Sally Armitage who completed the Tadcaster 10-mile road raceFrom left, Iain Young, Adam Gerrish and Sally Armitage who completed the Tadcaster 10-mile road race

Meanwhile, three Harriers went to Tadcaster to take part in the Tadcaster 10-mile road race.

This undulating course starts with a mile loop around Tadcaster centre, before heading east on quiet country roads passing through Catterton, Healaugh and Wighill.

Iain Young led the Harriers home in a great time of 1.05.01, followed closely by Adam Gerrish in 1.05.09 and Sally Armitage in 1.05.43. Sally also managed to get the second FV40 placing.

Helen Waddington also took part in another 10-mile race, the Brampton to Carlisle 10-mile road race, organised by Border Harriers.

This fast road race is officially the longest standing 10-mile road race in the UK, now in its 69th year.

Waddington completed this in a personal best time of 1.15.12 and finished in an impressive fourth in her age category.

There was a great turnout of Harriers at this year’s classic Tour of Pendle fell race.

This race, now in its 37th year running, is generally acknowledged to be one of the hardest on the fell race calendar.

It involves a total ascent of 1,473m, all achieved on a hill of 558m at its highest point.

It involves running a distance of 27km with many boggy sections, steep climbs and descents to contend with.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nathan Edmondson winning the Harriers versus Cyclists fell race. Picture: Dave Woodhead)Nathan Edmondson winning the Harriers versus Cyclists fell race. Picture: Dave Woodhead)

The initial section involves a big climb to the top of Pendle Hill, followed by a long descent.

The second half of the race is a series of five steep climbs and descents all on the same hill but from different angles.

Forrest Hamilton excelled with a time of 2.51 as did Kate Archer who was third FV40 in just over three hours.

This weekend also saw the running of the Harriers versus Cyclists race, organised by the Bingley Harriers.

The runners took the win at this year’s race, the winners being calculated by adding the overall positions of the first 10 runners and the first 10 cyclists, the runners totalling 102 and the cyclists totalling 111. The winning team hold the Fisherman Trophy for one year, the trophy being named after The Fisherman Inn from where the race starts and where the prize giving takes place afterwards.

Nathan Edmondson was first across the line for his latest victory, just holding off Harriers team-mate Jack Cummings by a single second in a thrilling finish. Great running also by Gavin Lamb who took part.

The third race in the West Yorkshire Cross-Country Series took place this weekend at Thornes Park in Wakefield.

The senior ladies race of 5.75km saw Rachel Carter leading the Harriers home in 22.49 and 21st position overall, followed by Diane Kitchen and Petra Bijsterveld.

The senior men’s race, which was 10km in distance, saw Ilkley Harriers men, Tom Adams, Nathan Edmondson, Matthew Cox, Steven Gott, Dan McKeown and Steve Coy take home second team prize, with Adams finishing in second place overall and Nathan, fresh from his win the day before, achieving a third-place finish.

Lots of Harriers participated in the weekly 5km parkruns, with Michael Abram-Cohen finishing in an impressive third place at the Bradford parkrun in a time of 18.28.