Double cause for celebration as Ilkley Trail Race returns


Photo: Dave Woodhead

The Ilkley Trail Race makes a welcome return after a three-year absence over the Platinum Jubilee weekend on Bank Holiday Friday 3 June.


A scenic 6.9-mile route with spectacular views over the Wharfe Valley and across to Ilkley Moor, it takes runners of all abilities to the less-explored north of Ilkley and up to Middleton Moor.


The race, organised by Ilkley Harriers, is an out-and-back loop through woodland, fields and moors, interspersed with some short road sections.


There's a good surface underfoot throughout and it's a great 'race' for first-timers, with a carnival atmosphere in store on the extended Bank Holiday weekend as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.


Race headquarters is just outside the Lido and it's a sociable start time too - 11.30am.


Because of the global Covid pandemic the event hasn't taken place since 2019 and new race organiser Neil Chapman says: "It's fantastic to have such a popular race back on the calendar and we're looking forward to welcoming back runners from throughout the region in what should be a special week."


It costs just £12 to enter before the day itself - full details here and any profits from the race will be shared with the Revival Centre and Orphanage in Matugga, Uganda, which has been supported since the race started in 2008. Entry will also be available on the day.