Notices and Forthcoming Events


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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

Buying something online, check out this easy way of giving the club a bit of extra funds on the Otley AC easyfundraising site here. So far up to 08/01/2017 we’ve managed to raise a fantastic £155.43.

Here’s the final, runner of the year & road rankings table for 2016, Congratulations to Mark Hall, the Runner of the Year for 2016, 2nd Howard Jeffrey, 3rd Robin Outtersides and to Scott Harrington topping the road rankings for all the distances.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Structured training - Hills and Speed sessions return each Thursday from the 6th October, and occasionally on a Tuesday a hills session.

Saturday 18th FebruaryFlower Scar FR

Sunday 19th February –  Race 2 of the 2017 Eric Smith Trophy, Eccup (Alwoodley Lane) Handicap

Tuesday 21st February –  Joint off road Chevin run with NLFR – later meeting time of 19:30 – see email for details

Saturday 25th FebruaryBolton Abbey Trail Races

Sunday 26th FebruarySnake Lane 10 (Full), Ilkley Moor FR – Pre-entry only

Tuesday 28th February - Club track speed session – Keighley University Academy track – meet at track 7pm, car share from club 6:00pm – all abilities welcome

Tuesday 7th March – Fish and Chips night and quiz after training at the cricket club.  Please bring £5 to the club either Tues. or Thurs. 21st, 23rd or 28th. (No cash = no Fish & Chips!).

Saturday 11th March – Race 3 of the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, Wellington Handicap, 11:00am start

Saturday 18th March – Monthly Club Park Run – Woodhouse Moor.

Sunday 19 March - Thirsk 10

Sunday 9 April – Vale of York 10

Sunday 16 AprilGuiseley Gallop

Sunday 18th June - Pudsey 10k

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Targeted races

February: Askern 10m (13/8)
Liversedge (12/2/17) full September:
Snake Lane (26/2/17) full Vale of York Half Entries (10/9)
March: Kirkstall 7
Norton 9 Entries (5/3) Harrogate Haverah Trail Race
Thirsk 10 Entries (19/3) October:
April: Yorks marathon/10 m Entries (8/10)
Boundary Way (2/4) full Bramley 10k Entries (8/10)
Vale of York 10 Entries (9/4) Bradford 5k/10k/HM
Guiseley Gallop Entries (16/4) WYXC
May:  November:
Bluebell Trail Entries (7/5) Guy Fawkes 10
Leeds Half Entries (14/5) Abbey Dash
Ilkley Trail Entries (29/5) Barnsley 10k
June: (Burley Moor)
ABC  (1/6)  December:
Pudsey 10k Entries (18/6) Leeds Xmas 10k
HDSRL/Otley 10/Parkrun Chevin Chase
July: Jolly Holly Jog
Eccup 10 Entries (2/7) January:
Yorkshire Wolds Half (15/7 Bishop Wilton Show) Brass Monkey
August: Meltham 10k
Burnsall 10 (19/8??)

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Sunday 19th Feb – Peco Cross country race 4 Barnbow

Having dipped out of a couple of recent races because of a slightly injured calf I wanted to test the recovery over the weekend. No problem round the Fountains parkrun on Saturday at a steady 25m trot so I decided to do the cross country on the Sunday. This was because it was local and I could cycle up with Jacque in support and a wet, muddy grass and trail in February would be a serious test of the legs. Nice to chat to Antonio prior to the race who I believe was the only B&W. Spotted Sean warming up but he with Kirkstall Harriers and I in 2nd claim colours of Valley striders. I had ridden up the day before to look at the conditions and thought spikes were required. Read the spiel and it said don’t wear them due to a couple of stretches of tarmac and concrete bridges to cross. Trail shoes it was and with a surprisingly large field of men (394) I lined up towards the back of the field to have a steady away day. The ladies (285) set off ten minutes after us and I pity them because the route would have been well churned up by then. The day was mild dry and windless so pleasant enough. Cross country is not my favourite pass-time although I can see the appeal in sliding and squelching through primordial slime, of which there was plenty. You could almost sense the development of new life forms in the unctuous black ooze that sucked off a few shoes. The slippery brown field earth to negotiate up and down and round. No my fear of these races is the leg sliding out and pulling something badly. Something you don’t get very often on the roads. I made it through and picked off a good number of people along the way and felt pretty comfortable considering a nearly 3 week layoff. Times and positions of no real interest today as I was a guest and it did not count. I will do another as I have invested in some Inv-8 Mudclaw shoes but not Peco 5 at Roundhay park as am scheduled to do the Norton 9 on the same day




Sunday 19th February – Eccup Alwoodley Lane Handicap


Finish photo thanks to Nick Hodgkinson

This was a day for the fighting spirit of the old guard.  Tom Hannah running his 200th Otley handicap and after months of injury problems, Phil’s welcome return to the handicap/racing scene.  Success going to Phil  with a 2 minute win ahead of Tom.  With John and Carol in the first 6, these four have run a grand total of 600+ handicaps in 25+ years.

Here’TomHannah200Handicapss a bit of a stats. breakdown of the of Tom’s fantastic achievement.  His first race was the Farnley Handicap in June 1992, where he was invited to run as an unattached runner from the Otley 10 and finishing second.  So off to a good start and he’s averaged 8 races a year since.  Tom has won 10 of the 200, been 2nd 18 times and passed the 100 mark at the end of 2003 and surprisingly has never won the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy.

Back to the present, finishing in 7th place, Laura Hind moved to the top of the handicap table with 37 pts, ahead of Billy 33 and Gary and Eriks on 32.  In pretty much ideal conditions, Gary recorded the fastest time of the day approx. 30 seconds quicker than Tom Lynch.

Not long to wait for the 3rd race, on the 11th March, the undulating three lap route from the Wellington Inn at Darley.

Pos Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Phil Robinson 1:06:20 12:00 54:20 18
2 Tom Hannah 1:08:40 09:00 59:40 17
3 Ursula McGouran 1:08:50 13:00 55:50 16
4 John Armitstead 1:08:55 26:00 42:55 15
5 Tom Lynch 1:09:03 31:00 38:03 14
6 Carol Armitstead 1:09:10 16:00 53:10 13
7 Laura Hind 1:09:18 15:00 54:18 12
8 Eriks Zvaigzne 1:09:22 19:00 50:22 11
9 Gary Johnson 1:09:29 32:00 37:29 10
10 Billy Rayner 1:09:36 18:00 51:36 9
11 Tony Walker 1:09:37 26:00 43:37 8
12 Colin Best 1:09:50 16:00 53:50 7
13 Ann Yeadon 1:10:11 17:00 53:11 6
14 Sara Elliott 1:10:27 24:00 46:27 5
15 David Cattanach 1:11:08 08:00 1:03:08 4
16 John Dade 1:11:20 23:00 48:20 3
17 Nick Hodgkinson 1:13:57 12:00 1:01:57 2
18 Debra Brown 1:15:52 07:00 1:08:52 1


Sunday 12th February 2017 – Liversedge Half Marathon

Report from Billy R

Myself and Sara Richard travelled to Roberttown for the Liversedge Half Marathon.

Not known for being a PB course due to ‘undulations’, conditions were made worse by wind, snow and sub zero temperatures. However, not wanting to let each other down we both reluctantly took our place at the start. I can safely say that it was not an enjoyable experience and by the time I finished, in a time of 2:04:57, I was wet, freezing and had lost the feeling in both hands despite wearing gloves for the entire race. Sara finished in 2:06:53.

The race was won by Jason Cherriman of Leeds City in 1:11:30 with the first lady being Lucy Collins of Stainland Lions in 1:27:17. Ian Fisher running for Bingley was 6th in 1:17:14 and first V45.


Sunday 12th February – Windy Hill Fell Race

Race report from Matt Podd

This is a BM 9 mile Fell race with 1300ft of ascent, held near Littleborough at the bottom of the big hill on the M62. My mentor Dave suggested we enter this and so off we set on Sunday morning into the snow and gales. The race started and finished at a Rugby club which was warm with food and drink available. Good job as outside it was snowing and blowing a gale. Bravely we ventured outdoors, hung round for a bit and then we were off into the storm like a pack of hunting dogs. A fairly gentle ascent on fast tracks, under and then back over the M62 led to a long roller coaster stretch heading north into the wind, which was nice as the snow was being blasted at you. Then came the big climb onto Blackstone edge and we ran south down the pennine way. I thought of Sarah Fuller going north on here recently, as I pulled my balaclava on and put up my hood – it was a bit chilly and breezy. Good fun running lead to the Iconic bridge over the motorway and we left the PW to run down the Windy hill ridge on a fair but muddy track. Higher up there was a fair amount of snow and the bog was frozen, but at lower altitudes it was the viscous liquid we love. Suddenly we emerged out of the mist and there was the finish. I had a good race (didn’t fall over or go in deeper then knee!) and finished near the middle of the field. Strangely enjoyable and satisfying to brave the elements and race in foul conditions.
Tom Adams 58.36 and Rachel Jones (V45!) won; I was 112/205 in 1.26.48

Full results here


Saturday 11th February – Carnethy 5 Hill Race

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

Carnethy is the 2nd highest of the Pentland Hills that stretch south from Edinburgh.  At just 1880ft it is less than half the height of Ben Nevis.  But don’t let this fact fool you into thinking this is an easy race!  The ‘5’ in the race title refers to the number of hill summits and not the distance, (approx. 6 miles). So after passing the summits of Scald Law, South Black Hill, East and West Kip your legs are feeling it a bit and then you’ve got the long steep climb to Carnethy.  Once you’ve done the last climb of the day it’s a leg sapping, never ending descent through knee deep heather, before the final ‘sprint‘ to the finish line.  Throw in the fact that it is February in Scotland and the weather comes into play just a little bit…

Last year was Caron’s first attempt and we were greeted with really tricky conditions, lots of snow and a bit of wind, so my thoughts during the week were, ‘well it can’t be worse than last year‘…  How wrong can you be… Admittedly there wasn’t as much snow on the lower slopes as last year but the gale force wind on the summits, particularly on South Black Hill and Carnethy more than made up for that, it was difficult to stay upright, never mind run!  Here’s a good clip of the breeze on Carnethy enjoy…

Anyway we both survived and enjoyed it!  Caron even ran approx. 5 minutes quicker than last year, I was well short of my aim but given the conditions that was never on, but was still reasonably pleased with my run.

Results: 76th Andrew Robertshaw, 1:06:24, 374th, (62nd Woman), Caron Ralph 1:31:56

1st Finlay Wild 52:50, (Ben Nevis winner for the last 7 years), 2nd Tom Addison 53:37, 3rd Andrew Douglas 54:28, (4th 2016 European Mountain Running Champs, 11th 2016 World MRC),  1st Woman Hannah Russell, 1:01:30 (Junior), 2nd Charlotte Morgan 1:02:54, 3rd Georgia Tindley, 1:03:47.  Full results, plus a few photos and links to videos here,  more photos here.

PS. If anyone fancies this next year we plan to give it another go, thoroughly recommended…


Saturday 11th February – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 372 runners took part.
View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #496
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Alec FRANCIS Hyde Park Harriers 00:17:17
16 1 Camilla WEST Serpentine RC 00:19:41
104 18 Nicola Lee Otley AC 00:23:54
Bradford parkrun
A total of 366 runners took part.
View full results for Bradford parkrun event #349
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Marcin SOSZKA Saltaire Striders 00:17:17
11 11 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:21:11
12 1 Sarah FLAHERTY Bingley Harriers and AC 00:21:14
40 5 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:02
49 41 John Dade Otley AC 00:23:24
70 61 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:24:17
92 80 John Davis Otley AC 00:24:56
119 101 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:25:47
128 109 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:26:20
308 111 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:35:28
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 260 runners took part.
View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #151
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Charles CASEY Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:56
14 1 Emma SORBY Ripon Runners 00:21:24
30 25 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:22:46
Keswick parkrun
A total of 121 runners took part.
View full results for Keswick parkrun event #142
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Mark LAMB Keswick AC 00:16:42
22 1 Rosie WATSON Doss AC 00:22:14
37 33 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:17

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Wednesday 8th February – Barnsley Winter Track Series 10k

Report from Mark Hall:

I braved the rush hour traffic and eventually arrived at the Barnsley Dorothy Hyman track. Having never raced a track 10k before I ran most of the race in a small group at a comfortable pace. I was disappointed not to go sub 35 mins as I finished with ‘gas in the tank’ The race was enjoyable and surprisingly passed quickly. The conditions were excellent. I finished 3rd in 35.16. winner was Dan Kestrel, Barnsley ac 32.47. Entry cost £3.


Runner of the Month for January

SarahFullerSpineFinishRykDownes Sarah Fuller and Ryk Downes were awarded the prizes this month.  Sarah for successfully completing the week long Spine race and Ryk for his similarly mad sounding adventure in Cambodia at the Angkor 40k.

Both extremely well deserved, well done both.


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