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Notices and Forthcoming Events


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Please check the club notice board in the Cricket Club for forthcoming races and car sharing options.

Our Absolute Beginners group is for anyone wanting to have a go at running, regardless of ability. Find them on their Facebook page or email

Subs reminder: these are now due, £30. You should have received an email,  please contact Hannah for details if you haven’t.

The very latest (as of November 5th) club rankings and runner of the year tables for 2015 – where are you?

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future

Liam is now doing a regular reps session at 6.15pm meeting at the junction of St Richards Road and Kell Beck (up behind the hospital). This gives the option of hill reps or circuits of various distance, it’s well lit up, quiet with traffic and will cater for all abilities.

Latest News – Starting week commencing 2nd November a structured training session will be available on both a Tuesday and a Thursday club night, meeting at club as normal. For details of the sessions available please follow the link sessions Rota.

Friday 4th December – Pre-Christmas drinks in the Fleece, Westgate. Meet from 7:00pm onwards. Christmas jumpers/fancy dress optional.

Sunday 6th December – Race 4 of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, Nunroyd Park.

Sunday 13th DecemberLeeds Christmas 10k Challenge

Thursday 17th December – 12 Days of Christmas Moonlighter, Barden Bridge. Meet at the club for car sharing, 6:45pm.

Sunday 20th December – The final showdown for this year’s trophy… Ken Dixon Christmas Handicap, 11:00am start

Tuesday 22nd December - Royalty Run Moonlighter. Meet normal time at the club.

Friday 29th January – Presentation evening in Korks. Further details to follow.

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Saturday 28th November: Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 John TAYLEUR Herne Hill Harriers 00:16:29
48 1 Shamiso SISIMAYI Kirkstall Harriers 00:20:52
165 34 Gilly Wight Otley AC 00:25:10
190 146 Sean O’HALLORAN Otley AC 00:26:43


Roundhay parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Ben DOUGLAS Durham University AC 00:17:09
23 1 Laura Emily DRANSFIELD Roundhay Runners 00:20:44
73 66 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:23:51


Fountains Abbey parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Ben PEASE Unattached 00:17:16
13 13 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:19:30
23 1 Julie PATMORE Unattached 00:20:59


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Sunday 29th November: Barnsley 10k

Report from Howard:

For the last couple of weeks I have not run to let the hamstring that tightened at the Abbey Dash loosen up. I went to the Roundhay park run on Saturday and felt ok so I had a look what was going on the following day. Barnsley 10k which I am sure was described a fast flat pb course. Not sure if they have recently moved the venue but it was around Royston a few miles to the North of Barnsley. Entries on the day a whopping £17.00. When I woke up, the wind was howling and the rain was lashing down and it felt pretty chilly. Not for the faint hearted but when you get going and are in the zone the weather becomes irrelevant. I registered and warmed up a bit and the rain had eased off but the wind was still gusting. I noted Andy Webster was braving it in shorts and a vest; I had leggings long sleeves and gloves! We were chatting away at the start and missed the gun. It took a good few seconds to leave the squidgy grass and get onto the road which was closed for the event on one side at least. The route was quite congested and Andy went off from about 400 yards in. At mile one there was quite a long hill (surely some mistake?) but we had a tail wind so it was not too bad. Nice stretch of down and I could see Andy in the distance. I had warmed through by mile three and there was another big hill (What?) got to the top of that and on the descent the other side overtook Andy and we turned back into a stiff headwind. About mile five the road started to ramp up again and there seemed to be an endless uphill drag to the top. All in all quite a tester of a course but a pretty good race and well organised. The race was won by Jake Wightman Edinburgh AC. In 32.18, Mark Hall had another storming run in 36.35 to come in 9th. First lady was Rebecca Winter of Acworth 47th place in 39.45. I came home in 184th place in 46.14 and Andy not far behind in 47.17 224th (he did the handicap on Saturday too). 736 hardy souls finished All chip times and results courtesy of Power of 10.

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Saturday 28th November – Weeton Handicap

After checking out the forecast last night the using flour markings were replaced with tape.  The rain and wind arrived a couple of hours late so other than being a little cold,  the conditions were pretty good for the penultimate handicap race of the year.  Carol took her first handicap win in nearly five years, holding off Ged Peacock by 12 seconds.  A good morning’s exercise for Carol, cycling to the start, winning the handicap & cycling back home.

Tom Lynch set off last and moved through to 6th setting the fastest time of the day, he also moved to the top of handicap table on 135.5 points, ahead of Chris Tomlinson 127 and Dominic 125. See the full 2015 handicap table here.

The final race of the year is the traditional christmas handicap the 27th ‘Ken Dixon‘, on Sunday 20th December, will Tom manage to hang on to his lead to take the 2015 Eric Smith Trophy?

Thanks to Tom Hannah and Pete McGouran for marshaling at the start of the Gallowgate Lane loop.

If you’re wondering how Steve finished 9th, but only got 1 point,  it was agreed that as he was in the middle of a long run he could set off a few minutes ahead of schedule and get a point.

Pos Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Carol Armitstead 49:28 05:00 44:28 16
2 Ged Peacock 49:40 08:00 41:40 15
3 David Cattanach 50:05 05:00 45:05 14
4 Louise Penny 50:46 03:00 47:46 13
5 Antonio Cardinale 51:10 00:00 51:10 12
6 Gemma Harrington 51:30 08:00 43:30 11
7 Tom Lynch 52:52 21:30 31:22 10
8 Billy Rayner 53:10 11:00 42:10 9
9 Christian Hosker 53:12 18:00 35:12 8
10 Steven Robinson 53:33 17:00 36:33 1
11 Andy Webster 54:27 17:00 37:27 7
12 Richard Hamer 54:32 13:00 41:32 6
13 Ursula McGouran 54:39 15:00 39:39 5
14 Dominic Egan 55:09 15:00 40:09 4
15 Ian Broadbent 55:29 17:00 38:29 3
16 Damian Hosker 55:53 18:00 37:53 Guest
17 Hugh Pearson 58:31 17:00 41:31 2


Sunday 22nd November – Peco XC Race 1

Report from Sean O’Halloran: Over the summer I decided to commit fully to the winter cross country season in an attempt to build up my strength and stamina and put myself in a strong position for 2016. I signed up to do the West Yorkshire XC with Otley, however the other major winter XC series is the PECO League which is unfortunately not supported by the club. I could have run the PECO races as a guest but I took this opportunity to second claim Kirkstall Harriers and became one of their 85 member team (pre-registration).

The first race in this year’s series was entirely within the grounds of Temple Newsam Country Park. It was a multi-terrain undulating course, with a mixture of trail, grassy sections and woodland paths. There were some steep ascents and descents with some fast flat sections thrown in for good measure. This was more like a trail race than a XC race and not dissimilar to running round Danefied and the Chevin. It was nice to see another Otley face on the start line, Pange (Angela Srivastava) had decided to run the race as a guest runner.

First off were the junior races, Otley was represented by Aston Brogden in the junior one mile race finishing  26th (19th in category) in 08:56. In the two mile race Jenson Brogden finished 17th (10th in category) in 13:14, Holly Davey finishing 36th (9th in category) in 14:34 and Kieran Green finishing 52nd (27th in category) in 16:58.

For the senior races both the men and ladies had the same 4.6 mile course. The men’s race started at 1100 and this was followed by the ladies start 10 minutes later, my target was complete the race without being caught by the ladies, If I was to be caught (unlikely not to be) try and limit the number passing (only 30 did). With the recent West Yorkshire XC races and a good training schedule at present I felt good and strong on the start line. I took up my usual starting position at the back with some familiar faces from other clubs.

The race got underway and to my surprise I started to pass people within the first mile, I did have a word with myself about not over doing it and going off too fast but I felt good.  The miles past and I remained strong, especially on the hills, and gained the odd position where possible as people tired (The Tuesday hill sessions are paying off). The final section was back around bottom lawn and up an incline towards the house, this was very heavy going and a real sting in the tail. With tired legs I gave it one last push as I tried to catch the two blokes in front,  but must have heard me coming and the gap remained the same. I crossed the finish line with burning legs and lungs and I knew I had given my all and was satisfied I had run as hard as I could on the day. Following the race there was soup and a roll for all competitors (part of the entry fee).

The winner was Tom Adams (Ilkley Harriers) in 0:25:12. The ladies winner was Bethany Gatland (Leeds University CCC) in 0:30:35.

Sean O’Halloran finished in 431st in 0:45:14 and Angela Srivastava finished in 173rd in 0:43:18.

Full results can be found here


Saturday 21st November – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Philip SEWELL Unattached 00:17:16
30 1 Jennifer DOYLE Unattached 00:20:24
200 58 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:29:05
202 143 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:29:06


Bradford parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Graham CORBETT Saltaire Striders 00:18:25
36 1 Anna SMITH Baildon Runners 00:23:19
41 4 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:52
79 71 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:25:55


Fountains Abbey parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Ben PEASE Unattached 00:17:01
6 1 Millie HOWARD Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:05
31 26 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:22:03
93 18 Gilly Wight Otley AC 00:25:00

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Saturday 21st November – Harriers v Cyclists

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:


Bob Baker (Bob & Don are regular supporters of the H vs C )

A good turnout of Black & White vests at this unusual race for both runners and cyclists, roughly split 75% to 25% between runners and cyclists.  It starts in fields next to the Leeds Liverpool canal near the Fishermans Inn, crossing Shipley Glen and up to the summit cairn of Baildon moor.  Once on the top there’s a short loop before you retrace your tracks back to the canal.


Don Buffham (both photos courtesy Woodentops)

The popularity of the event delayed the start a little, but this didn’t stop a mad sprint up the steep climb straight off the start line, an old work horse isn’t exactly designed for such things!  Unsurprisingly those fast starters were soon flagging in the next couple of muddy fields, but not Liam who was surging ahead into the distance.  I passed a couple of runners & Andy Peace, 2nd cyclist on the climb off Shipley Glen to the summit, spurred on by the lots of support on the road crossing half way up.  After that I had a relatively uneventful race, finishing just behind Andy Peace who’d overtaken on the fast cycling section before the return crossing of the Glen.

The slippy conditions were very much in favour of the runners this year as only 2 cyclists finished in the top 20, where as last year it was 4 in the first 6.  Tom Adams continued his winning ways, recording a course record of 34:35, first cyclist was Ian Taylor,  in 10th 39:13,  Annabel Mason, Wakefield was first lady, 45:47, Nina Benson, Ilkley C. 58:08 1st cyclist .  Liam had a fantastic run to finish 11th, 39:47,  I was 20th, 41:00, followed shortly after by Sam Stell, 26th, 41:37,  Rogan Ashton 46th 44:13,  Steve Robinson 95th 48:01, Christian Hosker 168th 53:51,  Neil Reed 191st 55:51,  Bob Baker 224th 59:43,  Don Buffham 271st 1:10:24 and Antonio Cardinale 277th 1:24:52.

Full Results.  Lots of photos on Woodentops here and SportSunday here and a YouTube video shortly here.


Runner of the Month – October

Tom Lynch

Photos courtesy of Woodentops


Caron at Thornes Park

Tom Lynch and Caron Ralph took the award for last month.  Tom for his efforts at the Langdale Horseshoe, The British Fell Relays and the Wistow 10k.  Caron for the Hodgson Brothers relay, Great Whernside and the first two West Yorks. cross countries at Wakefield and Huddersfield.

Well done both.


Sunday 15th November – Leeds Abbey Dash

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

My Abbey Dash Hell… by Al  Abowtmee

How can I perform at my best when there are 12,000 other entrants jostling for the attention I am expecting.  Also what is left of my hair did not look good in the strong wind and pouring rain either.  Getting to the start dahlings was a nightmare with no-one letting me through.  That is until we got to the VIP start bin where the orange and light blue numbers were being selected.  At last some semblance of order. Many old (!) friends enquiring what time I am expecting.  The anticipated start time placard said 35 minutes… so pretty obvious, although my modesty imposed upon me to suggest between 42 and 45 minutes. The ‘gun’ went exactly on time and….a few chaps at the front set off and for what seemed like forever we just stood there… I ask you!  Finally the throng, for that it had become, slowly edged toward the start line.  Away we went and comfortably got to 2K in less than 8 minutes round a dogleg into the retail estate off Kirkstall lane.  Turning back onto Kirkstall Lane I could feel my left hamstring.  Oh no its going to be a DNF… Moi?  Unheard of!  Eased off a bit and the stiffness slacked off but so did the pace.  Approaching the Abbey and I happened upon a chap who said he had a sore hamstring. Shorten the stride and take short mincing steps I suggested.  What kind of steps he asked.  Mincing… stops the hamstring extending and contracting too much whilst you can still go forward.  We can support each other to the finish he said as he was being sponsored…then promptly had to pull up.  I continued to mince along (in a manly way) to half way which I got to in about 22.30 so slowing drastically.

The rain had stopped at some stage and it was unseasonably warm (15 degrees?) and it was a pleasure for all those others to accompany me back to the Town Hall.  The hamstring held out to the finish but was definitely a bit stiff as I crossed the finish line. 45.26 by my watch so the chip time when it comes will be interesting.

SERIOUSLY. Hats off to Abbey runners for another top event well organised and phenomenally successful. Lots of other Otley vests on show but the results are to follow so I am not sure who they were or who won or whatever.

Results:, please comment if you know of any Otley AC members who’ve been missed from the results.  1st Dan Studley,  Bristol & West 29:43 ,  1st Lady, Charlotte Arter, Cardiff  33:00.

Jamil Parapia, (2nd claim), 31:44,  Frank Beresford,  33:04,  Scott Harrington,  33:39,  Racheal Bamford, (2nd claim), 35:03,  Tom Midgley 36:08,  Jeremy Stewart  37:35,  Graham Lake  38:24,  Steven Robinson,  40:52,  Christian Hosker 43:32,  Cadan Hoare 42:36,  Howard Jeffrey 44:57,  Chris Batley 43:35,  Nicola Lee 46:59,  Sara Elliott 46:18,  Andy Webster 46:35,  Chris Tomlinson 48:14,  Mary Hampshire 48:32,  Andrew Rayner 49:38,  Melvin Hoare 50:28,  Neil Reed 50:58,  Ged Peacock 53:24,  Charlotte Tomlinson 54:30,  Martin Gaskin  54:29,  Jenna Wood 57:41 and a big well done to all of Billy & Sara’s beginners who took part :)


Saturday 14th November – Masters Home Countries XC

Report from Liam Dunne:

LiamDunneHomeCountriesIt’s been a busy racing calendar recently with 9 races in as many weeks, with 4 of the last 5 being x- country races in Ireland.
The first was the trials for the Masters Home Countries XC which includes Ireland, Scotland,Wales, England and N. Ireland. The trials were held in the Phoenix Park, Dublin and this event was graced with the presence of two legendary Irish runners, Sonia O’Sullivan and Fionnula Britton.

I was hoping to qualify for the Irish team in the M40 category but with Ireland being the host nation this year it turned out to be a very competitive age group and I could only manage 14th overall in a well packed field. With only 6 being selected for the country in each age category I will have to wait for next year to have another crack at it.
The next trip was the Leinster (Provincial) Masters XC and I finished 21st in this one and 6th M40. The following week it was a trip back to my home county for the Laois Senior XC Champs and this time I finished 11th.
It has to be said that I was a little disappointed with most of the xc courses this year, there was very few hills, and with the dry and mild weather there was a serious lack of mud.

This weekend just gone it was the Masters Home Countries XC event and this brought all the mud required for a traditional xc event. I knew a lot of the guys competing as we had a record 5 individuals from my county competing, with one being from my home club.

Ireland were really strong and won many individual and team gold medals as well as winning the overall competition, narrowly beating England.
I entered the last race of the day the Masters Open XC Race (6K) which was made up of several reserves from the various competing countries.I was happy to finish in 3rd behind the two English M35 reserves. All results of the day can be found on;!race-results/mia2s