Fell Championship 2024 – Event 3 – Ilkley Moor Fell Race – report and results

4th March 2024

Event 3 of the 2024 Fell Champs saw our biggest attendance of 7 striders. Although come on ladies we need you and this must be a great chance to get the winner’s shield! We had 5 Men who made their first appearance of the year. Will was one of those and took 1st Strider in terms of time and age graded time. He also came 43rd overall. The gap between 2nd and 4th on an age grade adjusted basis was only about 30 seconds, unfortunately for Tom he was on the wrong side of this for the second race in a row and so ended up 4th. Phil and our defending 2023 champion, Dan, also made their first appearances of 2024 and came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Ewan and Steve also made their first 2024 appearances of the year. Ewan also bagged a top 10 placing in his age category. Sean has kept his 100% 2024 attendance in place with his 3rd event of the year.

The total elevation was almost double Event 2 at about 440m. This wasn’t the only obstacle as the recent rain left the course super muddy and as Eric eloquently put it “Tom and Steve visited Mother Earth on the run in!” Ilkley Moor Fell Results

Sean retains his lead at the top of the standings, with his 100% attendance record. Tom swaps places with Steve E and takes over 2nd place, while Steve E drops to 3rd.

Many thanks to Eric, our roving reporter and supporter, who provided a lot of the pictures. Also look out for the always excellent footage from Dan on his YouTube channel. Finally one request from this writer(!) if possible can Striders gather for a group photo so I can use it for the thumbnail!

The next event is The Hooded Horse Race on Sunday 14th April. (I should note that I have heard that this is the last running of the Hooded Horse so if you want to do it this could be your last chance)

Report by James Rockall