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Notices and Forthcoming Events

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 See 2016 Round Hill results here and race photos from Woodentops here.
 Got some news, photos, information or just need an OAC question answering? Email info@otleyac.org.uk

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 start@otleyac.org.uk.

Here’s the latest, (including races up to 8th August), runner of the year & road rankings table for 2016, where are you?

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Structured training - Suspended for the summer so we can get our off road shoes on and go running across the fields! We will reintroduce the sessions once the nights get darker and there is more interest in them.

Liam’s Hill Reps – 6:15pm every Tuesday, meet at the junction of St Richard’s Road and Kell Beck (up behind the hospital).

Wednesday 24th AugustSessay Swift 6k

Wednesday 7th SeptemberIlkley Incline

Thursday 8th SeptemberRunner of the Year Track race 1 & September Handicap, 3000m at the Keighley Academy, 7:30pm for a start when the track is clear, approx. 19:45 – 20:00

Tuesday 27th September – Runner of the Year Track race 2, The Otley AC Dream Mile, venue & start time as per the 3000m

Autumn Fell Relays:  a team will be entered for the Hodgson Brothers  & hopefully the British Fell relay dependent on interest.  Please email Andrew if you’d like to take part in either/both of these brilliant events, check out the links for more info.

Sunday 2nd October - Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay, Lake District, Patterdale 4 paired legs.

Saturday 15th OctoberBritish Fell Relay, (new link to full race details), organised by Westerlands Cross Country Club Glasgow, venue Luss, Loch Lomond.  6 person, 2 solo, 2 paired legs.  Sure to be a great weekend away if we can get 6 folk..

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Saturday 20th August – Pendle 3 Peaks

Report from Tom Lynch: The Pendle 3 Peaks race is a 16 km (9.8 mile) fell race with 870 m (2800 ft) ascent, based around the last part of the Tour of Pendle. The race was an English Championship counter this year, so had a strong field, and sold out in January or something silly.  The race consisted of a series of climbs up the different sides of Pendle, and as was pointed out to me actually looks more like it has 4 peaks with 4 different climbs. The climbs were pretty steep long climbs which made for a good challenging race. I felt terrible for the first up and down, but managed to improve and make up some places towards the end. The race was slightly shortened to start on Ogden dam rather than in Barley village itself.

 

The winner of the men’s race was Sam Tosh (Rossendale Harriers) in 01:15:41, I was the only Otley runner and came in 110th in 01:39:52 out of 229 starters, not far off what I was expecting. In the separate women’s race, starting 15 minutes earlier, the winner was Sharon Taylor (Helm Hill) in 01:34:06. There were only about 300 runners in total, well down on the total number of entries, possibly because it was a miserable cloudy day with plenty of rain!

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Sunday 21st August – Escrick 10k

The Howard Jeffrey weekly update: Nearly every year I like to do the Escrick 10k which is an off-road trail race through Escrick park and woods which is just SE of York so fairly flat and local. Yesterday it was very warm with a bit of a breeze as I lined up near the front with another 580 runners. Also the only Otley AC member as the other person from Otley either could not come, did not finish or was missed from the results. (Are you that person?). The hooter went and I had warmed up enough to get to the pinch point at about 150m, where the road narrows to a ginnel and then through the park gates, in the first 100 or so. A very slight incline up a tarmac road takes you quickly to a small downward stretch and left onto the gravel track. The stones are loose and quite deep so the going gets to be quite hard work. I know in my age group there is a very good runner, Steve Boynton, who does the park runs in sub 20 mins and a rival I have been cat and mouse with for the last 30 years, Chris Gill, are ahead and I am running alongside Neil Scruton from Scarborough AC, who is also quite good. He appears to be racing Victor Shirley who is, get this, over 70! (and still going strong). I have done a lot of hard races recently and I feel a bit flat and the trail is hard work as well as very winding. We get to the woods and there is some welcome shade and a water station. Despite the lack of zip I am slowly gaining on Chris and when we get to 7k and are back out on the gravel track I sense he is weakening. The others have are still visible in front but are racing each other so I am not gaining on them. At 9k I am alongside Chris and am able to kick on and come home in 43.37 in 67th place and third in the 0/60 category out of 42. The race was won in 34.13 by Paul Marchant of Northern Masters. First lady was Clara Stansfield of City of Hull in 38.05 and 15th position.

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Saturday 20th August – Park runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 318 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #469

Position  

Gender Position  

parkrunner  

Club  

Run Time  

1

1

Matthew AKPAN

Unattached

00:18:11

28

1

Rachel EALES

Hyde Park Harriers

00:20:48

111

100

Peter GOSLING

Otley AC

00:24:42

Bradford parkrun

A total of 366 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #324

Position  

Gender Position  

parkrunner  

Club  

Run Time  

1

1

Martin FILLINGHAM

Saltaire Striders

00:18:07

3

1

Hannah OLDROYD

Airedale Dodgers

00:18:39

353

135

Claire HASTINGS

Otley AC

00:45:06

Harrogate parkrun

A total of 334 runners took part.

View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #243

Position  

Gender Position  

parkrunner  

Club  

Run Time  

1

1

Joseph SMITH

Unattached

00:16:31

20

20

Cadan HOARE

Otley AC

00:20:11

29

1

Lorraine MITCHELL

Harrogate Harriers & AC

00:20:55

Roundhay parkrun

A total of 255 runners took part.

View full results for Roundhay parkrun event #279

Position  

Gender Position  

parkrunner  

Club  

Run Time  

1

1

Paul MCLEAN

North York Moors Athletic Club

00:18:50

28

1

Jess NIXON

Gateshead Harriers & AC

00:22:02

237

77

Sarah JONES

Otley AC

00:34:54

Sewerby parkrun

A total of 171 runners took part.

View full results for Sewerby parkrun event #247

Position  

Gender Position  

parkrunner  

Club  

Run Time  

1

1

Phill TAYLOR

Bridlington Road Runners

00:17:22

23

1

Deborah CHURCH

Driffield Striders

00:21:52

67

56

Stephen SMALL

Otley AC

00:26:25

Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 297 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #127

Position  

Gender Position  

parkrunner  

Club  

Run Time  

1

1

Ben PEASE

Ripon Runners

00:16:23

13

1

Myra JONES

Valley Striders AC

00:19:42

23

21

Peter CROWDER

Otley AC

00:20:17

Wetherby parkrun

A total of 98 runners took part.

View full results for Wetherby parkrun event #60

Position  

Gender Position  

parkrunner  

Club  

Run Time  

1

1

Matthew HALLAM

Valley Striders AC

00:17:55

9

1

Lisa Maria MAWER

Wetherby Runners

00:20:48

51

12

Susan TUPLING

Otley AC

00:26:12

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Saturday 20th August – An afternoon at Burnsall Feast

Report from Matt Podd: The weather was much better than predicted and a fair few black and whites converged on Burnsall for the sports. I arrived in time to see the finish of the 10 mile Road race, with Steve leading in Andy, Billy, Tom, Rob and Antonio  (great effort from the main man: How many times have you run this Antonio?) – sorry if I missed any one – results to follow. So a nervous wait before the main event – The historic and prestigious Fell race, very short, very steep and potentially dangerous. Liam was convinced to enter and lead us up the climb, with Colin going very well uphill, and Me, Caron, Serena and Andy churning in the wake, the descent that follow is either brilliant fun – or suicidal, depending on your bottle. I really enjoyed it and finished well behind Liam followed in by Caron, Colin, Serena and Andy. Colin could do well in this type of race if he took his brain out whilst descending. Ted Mason probably won, as Simon Bailey was leaning on a wall eating an apple admiring our ascending skills. Again results to follow, and maybe photo’s. Us who ran thank everyone who turned up to support us. My revelation this year is that the fell race is quite fun, if you haven’t done the road race just before it! We all had a grand day out.

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Tuesday 16th August – The Liz Fawcett Leathley Handicap

Leathley HandicapSetting off first David maintained his lead all the way to the finish. Ian Broadbent was just over 40 seconds behind in second and a similar time ahead of the Scott who recorded the fastest time of the night, just 25 seconds off Ian’s course record.  It was good to see a World Champion supporting her mother.

The 19 points for winning moved David to the top of the Eric Smith handicap table on 89, one points ahead of Tom Pomfrett, and Ian Broadbent in third 77.  The 9th race of the year is the 3000m track handicap on the 8th September. See full 2016 Eric Smith Handicap table here.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 David Cattanach 00:58:27 00:00 58:27 19
2 Ian Broadbent 00:59:15 11:00 48:15 18
3 Scott Harrington 00:59:58 26:00 33:58 17
4 Andy Webster 01:00:13 11:00 49:13 16
5 Colin Best 01:00:22 05:00 55:22 15
6 Ged Peacock 01:00:30 06:00 54:30 14
7 Rogan Ashton 01:01:00 21:00 40:00 13
8 Tom Lynch 01:01:24 22:00 39:24 12
9 Chris Hosker 01:01:28 16:00 45:28 11
10 James Rawstron 01:01:36 16:00 45:36 10
11 Billy Rayner 01:01:42 06:00 55:42 9
12 Tom Hannah 01:02:07 04:00 58:07 8
13 Tom Midgley 01:02:23 23:00 39:23 7
14 Tom Pomfrett 01:03:10 22:00 41:10 6
15 Eriks Zvaigzne 01:03:29 09:00 54:29 5
16 Carol Armitstead 01:03:33 05:00 58:33 4
17 Kirsty Pomfrett 01:03:44 12:00 51:44 3
18 Madeleine Delucchi 01:04:39 02:00 1:02:39 2
19 Graham Lake 01:06:30 22:00 44:30 1

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Sunday 14th August – Askern 10

Results from Scott for the Askern 10:

2nd Scott Harrington 53.55
11th Mark Hall 58.28
225th Phil Robinson 1.27.23
276th Tom Hannah 1.31.34

Winner was Daniel Kestrel of Barnsley AC in 53.22, full results here.

There were 382 finishers

 

 

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Sunday 14th August – Liverpool Triathlon

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

Liverpool triathlon was a qualifier for the European standard triathlon championships in Kitzbuhl, Austria next year so I had entered a long time ago. The sprint distances are usually at the same venue but for some reason (money making?) next year the sprint is in Dusseldorf and I have already made the cut for that one. Sunday’s race was also the British championships so there were many more in my age group than usual so I held out little hope of a qualification place unless everything clicked on the day. That was scuppered the day before because my TT bike rear valve decided to leak so I had to take my reserve bike which is three or four minutes slower and harder work so affects the run speed after. Another 3.00 a.m. start to get to park the car before the congestion due to closed roads. The conditions were nigh on perfect for racing the dock water was 19 degrees and calm if a bit salty and teeming with jelly fish. A bit disconcerting but they were not the stinging variety thankfully. At the start I had a chance to warm up and the wide dock area allowed another trouble free swim which I did quite solidly and had last years’ British age group champion clipping my feet for the second half of the swim, so I was well up. Leeds would do well to note how Liverpool organise their event as you exit the water put your wetsuit in a bag then carry it to transition where you leave it where your bike was racked, simples!  The bike route was four laps along the Mersey frontage along a closed dual carriageway. There were a number of pinch points and I witnessed at least seven injury causing crashes due to the congestion and I guess mixing out and out racers with the newbies who don’t know the protocols. The bike leg completed as fast as I reasonably could nearly ended in disaster when the guy in front lost a shoe as he dismounted and turned back into the oncoming bike traffic to retrieve it. I had to swerve to avoid him and fell into the barrier at the side, not on the deck fortunately but ended up doing a tango with my bike till I got sorted. Narrowly avoided injury but lost another 25 seconds or so. The hard work on the bike meant my legs were stiff and took some mobilisation which we were able to do running with the bike back to transition. On with the running shoes and away for two laps of the run. Felt comfortable if not particularly speedy 44.54 minutes for the 10K and managed to slam my hip into an anti-car bollard which did not trouble me at the time but has been swollen and stiff ever since. I gained four age group place on the run and lost one so was 10th in the age group but 6th of the potential qualifiers and you have to be in the top four to auto qualify. Had the valve not failed I think I would have made it but there is still a slim chance of a fastest loser place after the next and final qualifying race at Worthing on 28th. It takes a long time for the dust to settle on the places so I won’t know till much later. Not unduly worried as I usually chose sprint or standard so the choice may already have been made for me.

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Saturday 13th August – Littondale Fete

Report from Caron Ralph:

race photos courtesy Woodentops

Stongman Ted hammering away

Andrew and I decided to introduce my visiting kiwi mother to a traditional Yorkshire county fete (with an ulterior motive being a 4 mile road race and a fell race)  Off we set through the beautiful countryside to Arncliffe.  Only a tiny place but with a lovely vibe. I had intended to do both and I’m sure Andrew did too but as we got out of the car we both said we couldn’t be bothered doing the road race  and Andrew went one better and said he couldn’t be bothered doing the fell race either!  So I took it upon myself to solely represent Otley AC in a massively long 1.9 mile fell race.  Typical of a BOFRA race, very steep and very short!  We started off in the village centre and ran along a farm track to the bottom of the hill then up a leg sapping, lung busting climb to the top, a loop around then the descent down what we’d just run up.  No broken ankles from what I saw, ending up back in the village centre.  First home was current course champion Simon Bailey-Mercia Fell Runners in 10.27, 1st lady was Katherine Lawson-Helm Hill in 14.13, I came in 75th in 17.36.

CaronRalph_LittondaleFeteFull results here.  We stayed and watched the dog show and the Strong man/lady competition featuring fell runner extraordinaire Ted Mason and Jo Buckley representing the ladies!  All and all a good afternoon out.

See the Simon & Ted in descending action here and Caron here and lots more photos of the seniors fell race by Woodentops here.

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Saturday 13th August – Park Runs

Also see here for a full list of Otley results from last week here.

Summary: Robin Outtersides 17:47 @ Woodhouse Moor, Kirsty Pomfrett 23:39 @ Bradford, James Rawstron @ Harrogate and Peter Crowder 26:04 @ Fountains Abbey.

And for this week…. Banstead Woods:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Alix Ramsier Unattached 17:56
2 2 Thomas Midgley Otley AC 18:32
10 1 Lisa Rooney Collingwood AC 19:30
188 50 Toni Midgley Otley AC 37:04

Bradford:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Joe Sagar Spenborough & D AC 16:44
11 1 Claire Cooper Keighley & Craven AC 20:03
34 30 James Rawstron Otley AC 21:37
100 89 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 25:15

Fountains Abbey:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Toby Osman Ripon Runners 16:25
23 1 Sheila Illingworth Unattached 20:15
84 73 Peter Crowder Otley AC 23:57

Old Deer Park:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Neil Catchlove Lordshill RR 18:31
24 1 Lindsey Annable Dulwich Runners AC 23:20
38 35 Nick Hodgkinson Otley AC 27:06

Roundhay:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 James Wilkinson Pudsey & Bramley AC 18:51
20 1 Jenny Seaton Unattached 21:10
261 105 Sarah Jones Otley AC 37:39

Sewerby:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Phil Taylor Bridlington RR 17:33
16 1 Deborah Church Driffield Striders 21:14
70 56 Stephen Small Otley AC 25:53

 

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