League Statistics

2016 Season

  • 565 runners raced in one or more of the 4 main races, totalling 1352 runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons RC/Airedale 45 113
    Harrogate H&AC 103 258
    Ilkley Harriers AC 29 60
    Knaresborough Striders 27 83
    Nidd Valley RR 50 105
    Otley AC 60 123
    Ripon Runners 69 181
    R&ZH 14 30
    Skipton AC 26 65
    Swaledale RR 16 37
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 54 129
    Vocalink RC 21 46
    Wetherby Runners 51 122
  • On average we had 338 runners:
    1 Ilkley, Ilkley Harriers AC 378 (League record)
    2 Nidd Valley, NVRR 352
    3 East Harsley, Swaledale RR 285 (=course record)
    4 Thirsk, T&SH 337
    Norman Smith Handicap, Ripon, Ripon Runners 240

2015 Season

  • A record 572 runners raced in one or more of the 4 main races, totalling 1407 runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 57 137
    Harrogate H&AC 97 260
    Ilkley Harriers AC 37 71
    Knaresborough 26 78
    Nidd RR 50 134
    Otley AC 58 137
    Ripon Runners 70 166
    R&ZH 7 13
    Skipton AC 26 79
    Swaledale RR 30 71
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 48 106
    Vocalink RC 17 46
    Wetherby Runners 49 109
  • On average we had a record 351 runners:
    1 Beckwithshaw, Harrogate Harriers & AC 412 (league record)
    2 Yeadon & Esholt, Dragons RC/Airedale 312 (course record)
    3 Thirsk, Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers 348 (course record)
    4 Sicklinghall, Wetherby Runners 335 (course record)
    Otley, Norman Smith Handicap, Otley AC 245 (league record)

2014 Season

  • A record 531 runners raced in one or more of the 4 main races, totalling 1256 runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 43 111
    Harrogate H&AC 103 252
    Ilkley Harriers AC 50 104
    Knaresborough 20 49
    Nidd RR 22 47
    Otley AC 69 142
    Ripon Rynners 60 152
    R&ZH 18 41
    Swaledale RR 33 92
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 52 110
    Vocalink RC 10 15
    Wetherby Runners 51 102
  • On average we had a record 314 runners:
    1  Ilkley, Ilkley AC 342
    2 Nidd Valley, Nidd Valley RR 367 (league record)
    3 East Harlsey, Swaledale RR 285 (course record)
    4 Yeadon & Esholt, Dragons RC 262
    Ripon Runners, Norman Smith Handicap 199 (league record)

2013 Season

  • 495 runners raced in one or more of the 4 main races, totalling 1146 runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 31 73
    Harrogate H&AC 78 190
    Ilkley Harriers AC 36 78
    Nidd RR 45 106
    Otley AC 62 134
    Ripon Runners 54 119
    R&ZH 23 48
    Swaledale RR 40 110
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 51 108
    Vocalink RC 14 28
    Wetherby Runners 61 152
  • On average we had 286 runners (beating 2007’s record):
    1 Otley, Otley AC 289
    2 Beckwithshaw, Harrogate Harriers & AC 322 (course record)
    3 W Richmond, RZH 246 (course record)
    4 Sicklinghall, Wetherby Runners 289 (course record)
    Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers, Norman Smith Handicap 162

2012 Season

  • A record 528 club members (old record 512 in 2008) raced in one or more of the 5 main races, totalling 1266 (record 1384 2007) runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 35 87
    Harrogate H&AC 85 226
    Ilkley Harriers AC 67 135
    Nidd RR 42 102
    Otley AC 78 230
    Ripon Runners 55 145
    R&ZH 24 61
    Swaledale RR 33 93
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 43 106
    Vocalink RC 11 26
    Wetherby Runners 55 161
  • On average we had 275 runners (record 285):
    1 Ilkley, Ilkley Harriers 361 (League record)
    2 Thirsk, Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers 326
    3 Yeadon & Esholt, Dragons RC 262
    4 East Harsley, Swaledale RR 191
    5 Nidd Valley, Nidd Valley RR assisted by Vocalink RC 232
    6 Ripon Handicap 150

2011 Season

  • 498 club members (record 512 in 2008) raced in one or more of the 5 main races, totalling 1314 (record 1384 2007) runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 40 102
    Harrogate H&AC 72 186
    Ilkley Harriers AC 62 114
    Leeds & Bradford Tri Club 16 26
    Nidd RR 41 142
    Otley AC 68 192
    Ripon Runners 44 133
    R&ZH 23 77
    Swaledale RR 25 75
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 45 98
    Vocalink RC 11 31
    Wetherby Runners 51 138
  • On average we had 263 runners (record 285):
    1 Thirsk, Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers 277
    2 Beckwithshaw, Harrogate Harriers & AC 270
    3 Catterick, Richmond and Zetland Harriers 192
    4 Otley, Otley AC 293
    5 Sicklinghall, Wetherby Runners 282
    6 Ripon Handicap 155

2010 Season

  • 488 club members (record 512 in 2008) raced in one or more of the 5 main races, totalling 1291 (record 1384 2007) runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 27 65
    Harrogate H&AC 70 199
    Ilkley Harriers AC 83 192
    Leeds & Bradford Tri Club 20 29
    Nidd RR 35 110
    Otley AC 70 191
    Ripon Runners 36 121
    R&ZH 23 61
    Swaledale RR 29 87
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 30 89
    Vocalink RC 14 31
    Wetherby Runners 51 116
  • On average we had 258 runners (record 285):
    1 Middleton, Ilkley Harriers AC 284
    2 Temple Newsam, Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club 243
    3 Yeadon & Esholt, Dragons Running Club 281
    4 Nidd Valley, Nidd Valley Road Runners 276
    5 Hudswell, Swaledale Road Runners 207
    6 Ripon Handicap 156

2009 Season

  • 500 club members (record 512 in 2008) raced in one or more of the 5 main races, totalling 1355 (record 1384 2007) runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 28 87
    Harrogate H&AC 76 208
    Ilkley Harriers AC 75 173
    Leeds & Bradford Tri Club 18 38
    Nidd RR 41 106
    Otley AC 55 174
    Ripon Runners 58 161
    R&ZH 20 69
    Swaledale RR 50 130
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 30 71
    Vocalink RC 10 29
    Wetherby Runners 39 108
  • On average we had 271 runners (record 285) per race:
    1 Thirsk, Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers 306 – a course record
    2 Harland Way 5, Wetherby Runners 284 – a course record
    3 Beckwithshaw 6, Harrogate H&AC 271
    4 W Richmond, RZH 221
    5 Otley 10k, Otley AC 272
    6 Ripon Handicap 172

2008 Season

  • 512 club members (previous record 495) raced in one or more of the 5 main races, totalling 1373 (record 1384 2007) runs:
    Runners Runs
    Army Foundation College 23 43
    Dragons Running Club 57 152
    Harrogate H&AC 72 197
    Ilkley Harriers AC 84 197
    Leeds & Bradford Tri Club 14 33
    Link RC 9 29
    Nidd RR 30 74
    Otley AC 51 153
    Ripon Runners 54 157
    R&ZH 20 50
    Swaledale RR 55 171
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 25 64
    Wetherby Runners 18 53
  • On average we had 274 runners (record 285) per race:
    1 Middleton, Ilkley Harriers 324 – a League record
    2 Starbeck, Nidd Valley RR 289
    3 Thirsk, Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers 287
    4 Garforth, Leeds & Bradford Tri Club 237
    5 Hudswell, Swaledale RR 236
    6 Ripon Handicap 197 – a League record

2007 Season

  • 495 club members (previous record 466) raced in one or more of the 5 main races, totalling 1384 (previous record 1265) runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 50 142
    Harrogate H&AC 61 160
    Ilkley Harriers AC 90 242
    Leeds & Bradford Tri Club 17 44
    Link RC 11 28
    Nidd RR 39 118
    Otley AC 53 168
    Ripon Runners 62 173
    R&ZH 24 65
    Swaledale RR 48 125
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 25 72
    Wetherby Runners 15 47
  • On average we had 285 runners (previous record 240) per race:
    1 Otley 10k, Otley AC 308
    2 Pond Dale 5, RZH 249
    3 Beckwithshaw 6, Harrogate H&AC 319 – a League Record
    4 Harland Way 5, Wetherby Runners 276
    5 Esholt 5, Dragons RC 277
    6 Ripon Handicap 186

    Figures do not include a few guest runners.


2006 Season

  • 429 club members raced in one or more of the 5 main races, totalling 1253 runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 57 144
    Harrogate H&AC 49 151
    Ilkley Harriers AC 79 204
    Link RC 8 25
    Nidd RR 36 95
    Otley AC 47 157
    Ripon Runners 40 129
    R&ZH 15 62
    Skipton AC 6 12
    Swaledale RR 52 166
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 22 64
    Wetherby Runners 18 44
  • On average we had 209 runners per race:
    1 Otley, Otley AC 262
    2 Starbeck, Nidd Valley RR 256
    3 Hudswell, Swaledale RR 188
    4 Thirsk, Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers 185
    5 Esholt, Dragons RC 216
    6 Ripon Handicap 146

    Figures do not include a few guest runners.


2005 Season

  • 466 club members raced in one or more of the 6 races, totalling 1444 runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 59 158
    Harrogate H&AC 61 198
    Ilkley Harriers AC 104 295
    Link RC 8 20
    Nidd RR 31 103
    Otley AC 43 156
    Ripon Runners 38 129
    R&ZH 17 45
    Skipton AC 15 36
    Swaledale RR 54 184
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 28 91
    Wetherby Runners 8 29
  • On average we had 240 runners per race:
    1 Middleton, Ilkley HAC 292
    2 Esholt, Dragons RC 295
    3 Pond Dale 5, RZH 205
    4 Carleton, Skipton AC 249
    5 Beckwithshaw, Harrogate H&AC 224
    6 Ripon Handicap 179

    Figures do not include a few guest runners.


2004 Season

  • 399 people raced in one or more of the 6 races, totalling 1090 runs:
    Runners Runs
    Dragons Running Club 51 121
    Harrogate H&AC 38 107
    Ilkley Harriers AC 59 173
    Link RC 5 8
    Nidd RR 33 81
    Otley AC 31 110
    Ripon Runners 37 115
    R&ZH 21 48
    Skipton AC 13 27
    Swaledale RR 63 184
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 48 116
  • On average we had 182 runners per race (190 in main League races):
    1 Skipton 200
    2 Starbeck 208
    3 Otley 182
    4 Thirsk 190
    5 Richmond 168
    6 Ripon Handicap 142
  • Again this year the handicaps were based on speed over the season.
    This created some discrepancies as some courses were certainly slower than others (and maybe some courses need re-measuring?)
    Perhaps we should have reverted to the 2002 system where performances in each race were measured against some constant – in 2002 we used
    Ian (steady as a rock) Fisher as that constant.
    There was an opportunity for manual adjustment of the spreadsheet-calculated handicaps, but few clubs took it.
    And at the end of the day the 113 timed runers finished within a 4 minute range (well done again to Ripon’s results recorders!).

2003 Season

  • 381 people raced in one or more of the 5 races:
    Dragons Running Club 44
    Harrogate H&AC 36
    Ilkley Harriers AC 82
    Nidd RR 22
    Otley AC 42
    Ripon Runners 41
    R&ZH 20
    Skipton AC 17
    Swaledale RR 40
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 37
  • On average we had 180 runners per race (201 in main League races):
    1 Harlow Carr, Harrogate 223
    2 Denton, Ilkley 229 (a new League record)
    3 Otley 168
    5 Thirsk 184
    6 Ripon Handicap 95
  • This year the handicaps were based on speed over the season.
    There was no manual adjustment to the spreadsheet-calculated handicap (there wasn’t time to think between the Thirsk and Ripon races!).
    Discounting the first and last finishers, all finishers were within a 10 minute range, and about 90% of you finished within a 6 minute range
    (well done again to Ripon’s results recorders!).

2002 Season

  • 348 people raced in one or more of the 6 races:
    Harrogate H&AC 56
    Ilkley Harriers AC 78
    Nidd VRR 18
    Otley AC 39
    Ripon Runners 27
    R&ZH 42
    Skipton AC 16
    Swaledale RR 39
    Thirsk & Sowerby H 33

    Together they raced over 5,111 miles (and goodness know how many sandwiches they ate in the post-race suppers)

  • On average we had 160 runners per race:
    1 Denton,Ilkley 220
    2 Harlow Carr, Harrogate 189
    3 Starbeck 175
    4 Thirsk 150
    5 Hudswell 136
    6 Ripon Handicap 96
  • Ian Fishers’s average speed over races 1-5, used in calculating handicaps, was 5.06 minutes per mile (in the 5 races
    he varied between 4.92 and 5.13 minutes/mile). This predicted a handicap race time of 28:54, his actual 29:14
    (5.11 mins/mile) got him 8th place.
  • The handicaps were based on speed at each race relative to the winner, then averaged over the races done.
    There was no manual adjustment to the spreadsheet-calculated handicap. (No inducements were offered, alas).
    Although there seemed to be plenty of (expected, characteristic of runners) grumbling about individual handicaps,
    in the end, all finishers were within a 10 minute range, and about 90% of you finished within a 5 minute range
    (well done to Ripon’s results recorders!).