No track session this week but a good solid week's training after last Sunday's 5 mile race. Particularly pleasing being one of the fastest circuits of the res in a long time; probably because I had company for the first 3 miles which meant I started faster than normal! 44 miles on the week. 912 on the year and the average over 41. No days missed this year; so have to be pleased with the consistency which I hope will lead to some good race performances over the next few months.
TIM JOHN HILARY BEN TERRY CHRIS
AGAR CONVERY McEWAN GRANT LONERGAN LEGGATT
Tomorrow's it's time for the annual ILKLEY TRAIL RACE which covers a route on the north side of town. This weekend 25 years ago the ILKLEY MOOR RUN took place. It was the 5th event in the Leeds Grand Prix of that year,1987. A series in which I continued to place second fiddle to my young rival, JOHN CONVERY , who had maintained his position on top of the leader board with a string of wins, whilst I had tried to stay in touch at least with a second and a couple of 4th places.
This day would be a slightly different challenge. Not a shortish road race as the previous events had been.
The local paper the WHARFE VALLEY TIMES described it as a "gruelling 13.5 mile run over the top of Ilkley Moor. In truth I would suggest there was not a lot of climbing in the run compared to the 700 feet which runners will face tomorrow; but a good challenge nevertheless.
304 completed the race which started and finished in Guiseley. JOHN CONVERY would maintain his position as Grand Prix leader but had to content with second in the race. He was beaten by Harrogate's BEN GRANT. Ben Grant is nearly 64 now but is still racing and still capable of a 5K just under 20 minutes! He has enjoyed an excellent career with success on and off road as he showed this day 25 years ago beating John by over 5 minutes.
I ran an isolated 7th (2ND Grand Prix entrant) with KEVIN O'HARA 9TH and my now departed friend HILARY McEWAN 10TH.
LINDA LORD (Clayton) was first lady followed by local Skyrac ladies, CATH RILEY and ALICE GULL.
1. BEN GRANT HARROGATE 83.35
2. JOHN CONVERY VALLEY STRIDERS 88.39
3. M. HOLLIDAY LEEDS CITY 90.05
4. M. FALGATE PUDSEY 91.17
6. CHRIS LEGGATT VALLEY STRIDERS 92.22
7. TERRY LONERGAN VALLEY STRIDERS 93.28
9. KEVIN O'HARA UNATTACHED 94.38
10. HILARY MC EWAN VALLEY STRIDERS 95.04
A fortnight later many of us gathered again for the event which preceded tomorrow's trail race, the Ilkley 8 mile road race. Another race in which the white and black of Valley Striders would feature to the fore.