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The nights are dark, and it can only mean one thing; Moonlighters! It’s what the winter is for. For the uninitiated this is where we jump in our cars and head away from Otley for a night-time off-road run. Head torches and hi-viz clothing are a must! See below for forthcoming jaunts.
The Absolute Beginners group is for anyone wanting to have a go at running, regardless off ability. They meet every Tuesday at 6.15pm at Otley Cricket Club. Find them on their Facebook page or email email@example.com
Senior subs are now over due… £30 – please bring to training, or bank transfer to the club account, details from club membership secretary email Hannah Mallinson.
CHRISTMAS TRAINING TIMES:
Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th) – Matt Podd will lead a run at 3pm in the afternoon from the rugby club car park.
Boxing Day (Thursday 26th) - If anyone fancies a run meet at the usual time but in the rugby club car park.
New Year’s Eve (Tuesday 31st) - Matt Podd will lead a run at 3pm in the afternoon from the rugby club car park.
Thursday 2nd January – Back to normal.
If you would like to run in any of these races.. please Email Andrew asap, by the end of November Yorks. & Northern, end of December for the National at the very latest.
And if you’d like to support our juniors then have a look at the Indoor Athletics Fixtures Winter 2013-14 for the coming months.
A big thank you to everyone who put their names forward to become a coach. The chief coaching co-ordinator is working on things right now.
A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:
Friday 13th December – A pre-Christmas night out. Meet at the Bowling Green (Wetherspoons) 7:00pm for 7:30pm for trip around some of Otley’s finer watering holes. Christmas accessories optional, everyone welcome. Yes, even YOU!
Saturday 14th December – Gathering Winter Fools Relay. And there’s still time to be part of the team! If interested email Sarah Fuller or text her on 07912 469100. Organised!
Thursday 19th December – The final Moonlighter trip of 2013. Meet at the car park at Swinsty Reservoir 7.15pm or the club at 7.00pm for car sharing.
And seeing as it’s Christmas (not Xmas) there’ll be drinks and crisps afterwards in the Sun Inn. Routes to be decided on the night, and all welcome. Ho ho ho!
Sunday 22nd December - The ‘Ken Dixon’ Christmas Handicap, 10:45 for 11:00 start, Fewston car park. A trophy to keep for a year for the winner and wine and beer prizes, and chocs for all finishers and helpers. Run Forrest run!
Or if you fancy walking all, or part of, the Wharfedale Marathon meet Nick Hodgkinson at 8am. Wear suitable clothing (dinner suits/ball gowns are not acceptable) plus food and drink.
Sunday 12th January – Race 1 of the 2014 Eric Smith Handicap series is the Harewood Handicap, 10:45 for 11:00 start. On your marks!
January Moonlighters away day - Date TBC but an ascent of Round Hill.
February - The Otley AC Bake Off social event and quiz. Full details to follow.
More details in the Race Diary & Events tab above.
Report from Shane Ewen
Pleasant morning run at (to quote the locals, silent m, y, t, h, o, l, & m) ‘royd fell race, with 1,300 ft elevation over approx 6 miles. Steep first mile, with another stiff climb half way round, & some fun descents, with runners slipping and sliding all over the place. I thought I was the only black & white present, but have since spotted Simon Toyne in the photos
I took it more as a training (ahem, hangover recovery) run. Felt refreshed – at the end…
Joseph Crossfield (CVFR) won in a super speedy time of 48.46. First lady was Sally Newman (CVFR), 25th in 58.34 Shane was 27th in 58.44, a Simon Joyne was 68th in 69.05! Results here
Sorry about the delay in sending you the results but I’ve been fixing a leaking pipe that saw water coming through the kitchen ceiling.
This morning saw not only a fantastic record breaking run and a great turn out but a presidential visit too.
The high winds earlier this week resulted in a some trees being blown over across the course so Michelle and I got up extra early and, as you’ll see in the pictures below, made short work of them to ensure we had a navigable route for our runners this morning…
Ah.. if only! The council did a sterling job of clearing the paths quickly in time for our run (but we did take the saw just in case).
As I mentioned we were graced with a presidential visit this morning as Matt Podd, Otley Athletic Club’s President joined us for a run and he observed, quite rightly, that if it didn’t get any lighter we might need headtorches!
Indeed the weather had been forecast to be calm but a strong and steady wind created some hard going conditions earlier today as it always seemed to be blowing against the runners no matter where they were on the course so well done to each of our 25 hardy folk who turned out this morning.
Our marshals this morning were tail runner David Womersley, who celebrated his 100th run of the year with us, and on the course were Andy and Debra Brown (with Emmie), Eilidh and Gordon Slater (with Dexter), Julie Brennan, Michelle Smith and Thomas Robertshaw and family. Thanks to all of you-we simply can’t do it without such great supporters!
First across the line today was Zack Whitehead in a mighty 18:05 followed by newcomer Jamil Parapia who finished in 18:19. Third and smashing the MJ12 category record by about three and a half minutes was returning whizz kid Euan Brennan who came home in a swift 18:34. That’s some impressive running!
For the women, Karen Thrippleton finished in 26:21 with Emma Drake not far behind in 26:45. Also there was a podium finish for Jane Ellis who crossed the line in a PB of 29:07 (with her typical sprint finish). Well done all of you!
Our canine competition saw Max cross the line first in 33:17 (with Jane Bellerby) and Flo was second in 35:18 (with Mary Carlisle-oh and Mary you were just 2 seconds off your own category record!). Our Mutt Marshals were Dexter (with Gordon and Eilidh) and Emmie (with Andy and Debra).
Despite there being no baked goods on offer this week it was a great atmosphere as always so thanks to all of you for turning out on such an overcast morning.
Other news is that next week we will be giving away a week’s half board stay in a Pyrenees guest house, courtesy of Peter Covey’s family, to one lucky runner or marshal (I’m not kidding). I’ll email everyone about it in the week
I hope that whatever life decides to throw at you this week you take it easily in your stride and Michelle and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!
All the best and Good Running, Paul Shack
Report from Matt Broughton – Yesterday I took part in the Frostbite 30. As the name suggests a 30 mile route incorporating about 3000ft of assent. Starting in Pately Bridge it follows much of the Nidderdale way and when dropping to lower levels it visits Gowthwaite, Scarhouse and Anagram reservoirs. I ran this last year in crisp and clear, but very icy conditions. Yesterday in contrast it was blustery and damp.
Running into the wind for the first half I really struggled, and considered dropping out, but for the last 10 miles the terrain was more forgiving and the wind mostly behind us, where I started to run a little better. I finished in about 5 hours. Almost 30 minutes slower than last year although last year it was shortened missing out Angram reservoir. Fantastic organisation and great marshalling. £15 entry with free Berghaus long sleeve technical top, hot and cold beverages on route, and free soup, sandwiches and cakes at the finish. If you like this sort of thing, a highly recommended event.
|Results for Bradford parkrun, event number 185, 07/12/2013.|
|281 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Will KERR (M) (Saltaire Striders) in a time of 00:17:21. The first lady completing the course was Victoria Kate MERRICK (F) (Bingley Harriers and AC) in a time of 00:20:00. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bradford/results/latestresults.|
|The following club members participated:|
|88 Sara ELLIOTT 00:23:59|
|Results for Leeds parkrun, event number 323, 07/12/2013.|
|272 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Marc FENWICK (M) (Tyne Bridge Harriers) in a time of 00:15:42. The first lady completing the course was Treena JOHNSON (F) (Dewsbury Road Runners) in a time of 00:19:41. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/leeds/results/latestresults.|
|The following club members participated:|
|8 Richard Anthony SMITH 00:18:32|
The joint runners of the month for November, both running well in a number of races throughout the month are:
Honorable mentions were also made for Susan Kirby and Caron Ralph.
Don’t forget you have to submit any results and times for inclusion on the website for those details to be included in the ROY table.
Skyrac AC hosted the final race of this year’s West Yorkshire cross country League. The races took place in pretty much perfect running conditions and unusually for Nunroyd park, fairly firm underfoot conditions.
The senior men’s race was won by David McNamee, Skyrac AC in a time of 29:07. For Otley AC Liam Dunne was first home in 28th 32:08, followed in 68th by Graham Lake 34:25, Leon Ricketts 124th, 37:14 and 171st Antonio Cardinale 1:00:13; and second claim Zack Whitehead 50th 33:37.
And here are some photos.
Report from Christian Hosker:
I headed over to Tintwistle, near Glossop in Derbyshire this morning to run the annual Gravy Pud fell race. This was a 5.5 mile route, of which the first two consisted of a 981 ft ascent (according to my GPS). We were very lucky with some un-seasonaly fine weather, and the clear skies allowed for some cracking views of the High Peak. It added up to a thoroughly enjoyable race for a fell running novice like me.
I finished 108 in 49.07. Full results here.
Quite a few Otley AC’ers running this week including the first to break the tape Scott Harrington in a time of 17:19, followed home by Simon Anderson in 18:52. Simon Toyne and Steve Robinson finished 5th & 6th in 20:42 and 20:51 respectively. Pange was next in for Otley and second lady in 26:29 followed by Gemma Harrington 27:39 and Debra Brown 32:15.
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