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 6/11/2017 we’ve managed to raise a fantastic £319.77.

The latest Runner of the Year table for 2017 here and Road Rankings for 2017 here, as at 13th November.

Yorkshire & Northern Cross Country Championships: Yorks. XC, Lightwater Valley, Sat. 6th Jan. (entry closing date 15th Dec.), Northern XC, Harewood House, Sat. 27th Jan. (entry closing date 12th Jan.).  If you would like to run in either of these events please email Andrew with your details inc. England Athletics number.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Structured training – Please see the Calendar (bottom right) for details as and when we plan the sessions. And there’s more information on the ‘Training at Otley AC tab’. Any suggestions/requests/thoughts on structured training please contact Graham Lake or Sara Elliott.

Sunday 17th December – The final race of the 2017 Eric Smith Handicap Trophy.  Will Rob manage to hang on to his current lead?  The 29th Ken Dixon Christmas Handicap, 11:00am start.  Beer, Wine & Chocolates prize giving post race in the Sun Inn. Check Facebook group for event page.

Sunday 24th December – Washburn Valley Social Run starting at the bridge across Lindley reservoir (West end of reservoir) at 9:30. Approximately 6 miles over trail, path and road, likely to be wet. Everyone welcome, pub stop at the end. Check Facebook group for event page.

Tuesday 26th DecemberChevin Chase

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Targeted races

 December: January:
 10th – Leeds Xmas 10k  14th – Brass Monkey (sold out)
26th – Chevin Chase (sold out)  28th  Meltham 10k
31st – Jolly Holly Jog (sold out)

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Saturday 9th December – Park Runs

Roundhay parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time
1 1 Jack KELLY Unattached 0:18:22
7 1 Lizzie SPENCER Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club 0:20:28
207 90 Emma THOMSON Otley AC 0:38:26

Fountains Abbey parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time
1 1 Tom CALVERT Knaresborough Striders 0:18:04
9 1 Rowena LEARY Norfolk Gazelles AC 0:19:58
20 17 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 0:21:58

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Sunday 10th December – Longridge 7 Christmas Pudding Run

Report from Tom Lynch:

This race combined two of my passions, getting up early and running on tarmac, and had nothing to do with this years ROTY competition, and the fact that it’s the last few weeks that I could get in a road race over 10km. My plan was nearly thwarted when the snow hit the country this weekend, and many races were cancelled, and it was nearly thwarted again when I heard they were re-routing the course. Worrying that they may shorten it below the precious 10km limit and ruin my plan of running the shortest possible ‘long’ road run, I was pleased to hear at the pre-race briefing that the now out and back course would turn at 3.5 miles. It also missed out the big hill of the day, as this was the part they couldn’t grit properly.

The route starts in Longridge near Preston, and it’s in the undulating countryside of the Ribble Valley. This made for a nice hill run, mostly uphill on the way out, and downhill on the way back, but with a few nice bumps on the way. I started out fairly conservatively, and ended up heading up a pack of about 6 or 7 runners in about 10th place coming up to half way. There was a bit of over taking, and being over taken, before the turning point, but I think I then managed to stretch away from the pack, and ended up on my own on the way in. This was the most pleasant part of the run having warmed up, and not hearing anyone close behind. I was greeted at the finish line with a full size christmas pudding (inexplicably it hadn’t occurred to me that I’d get one from the name of the race) and a medal almost the same size as the pudding. The winner of the race was Rob Danson (Wesham RR) in 38:01.41 (37:56.12 chip), first female was Amy Freeman (Darwen Dashers RC) 46:57.79 (46:51.19 chip), I was the only Otley representative, and I came in 10th in 44:31.97 (44:26.67 chip).

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Saturday 9th December – WYXC League Race 4 Keighley

Keighley and Craven played host to the final race of the West Yorkshire League.  Vicky Stainburn was first back for Otley in the senior ladies with another fine top twenty finish in 16th 21:25, Laura McCabe had her best finish of the season finishing 30th, 22:48.  The race was won by Helen Berry from Holmfirth with a time of 19:55.

First home for Otley in the senior mens race was Colin Best finishing 130th, 40:44 followed by Antonio Cardinale 134th 58:51.  Under 20 junior Angus McMillan from City of York won the race in a time of 25:18.

There were also lots of good performances by the Otley juniors in their various races.  See full results here.

Anybody who hasn’t already let Andrew know, and would like to run in the Yorkshire Cross Country, Sat. 6th January at Lightwater Valley, please email Andrew asap.


Saturday 2nd December – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor
A total of 340 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Peter FRANCIS Leeds Metropolitan University AC 00:16:53
12 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:24
74 64 George CHAMBERS Otley AC 00:23:14
195 57 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:28:00
196 139 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:00
A total of 295 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Racheal Bamford Otley AC 00:17:56
2 1 Tom LEE Saltaire Striders 00:17:58
8 7 Zack Whitehead Otley AC 00:19:39
38 4 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:22:27
40 36 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:22:32
66 59 Michael HASTINGS Otley AC 00:24:16
88 77 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:25:23
215 63 Kathleen Robertshaw Otley AC 00:31:35
A total of 435 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Mike BURRETT Leeds City AC 00:16:48
18 1 Nina PEARCE Ilkley Harriers AC 00:20:24
55 52 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:22:30
Fountains Abbey
A total of 340 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tom CALVERT Knaresborough Striders 00:17:36
28 28 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:21:03
39 1 Kate Taylor REILLY Ripon Runners 00:21:52
A total of 142 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Sam STEAD Keswick AC 00:16:21
17 1 Anna TAYLOR Seaton AC 00:22:12
73 21 Joanna Hobson Otley AC 00:26:58

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2017 Fell League Final Results

Here are the final results for this year’s inaugural club fell competition. Well done to all those who entered (even if unwittingly!). This will return next year with a tweaked format, and hopefully a set of races chosen by the club members this time around. More details to follow.

A special mention should go to Antonio for being the only participant to fill up their full quota of races. Antonio held on to 3rd place due to a good performance in the final Harriers vs Cyclists race, taking 3rd by just 0.5 points from Don Buffham who also competed in the 2nd largest number of counting races over the year.

Short Long Total
1 Tom Lynch 88.5 84.5 81.9 77.3 91.5 423.7
2 Graham Lake 87.8 87.5 85.5 90.7 351.5
3 Antonio Cardinale 59.8 57.6 55.8 55.5 60.0 49.2 337.4
4 Don Buffham 68.4 67.4 67.2 67.1 66.8 336.9
5 Bob Baker 77.5 74.4 74.4 226.3
6 Matt Podd 80.8 60.2 83.8 224.8
7 Tom Pomfrett 72.7 70.9 79.5 223.1
8 Liam Dunne 97.2 97.9 195.1
9 John Dade 81.0 80.0 161.0
10 Steve Robinson 72.9 86.5 159.4
11 Liz Fawcett 75.0 74.1 149.1
12 Gloria Jackson 66.6 67.2 133.8
13 Laura McCabe 91.6 91.6
14 Vicky Stainburn 89.2 89.2
15 Louise Williams 88.5 88.5
16 Gary Johnson 88.2 88.2
17 Andrew Robertshaw 88.1 88.1
18 Lizzie Irvine 82.9 82.9
19 Colin Best 78.1 78.1
20 Phil Robinson 76.4 76.4
21 Colin Dennison 75.9 75.9
22 Andy Webster 75.3 75.3
23 James Rawstron 74.9 74.9
24 Caron Ralph 73.7 73.7
25 Mike Hastings 72.9 72.9
26 Shane Ewen 70.1 70.1
27 Deb Bassett 67.7 67.7
28 Carl Maughan 67.2 67.2
29 Billy Rayner 66.6 66.6
30 Richard Hamer 66.3 66.3
31 Daniel Mundet 64.3 64.3
32 Nicky Gifford 63.8 63.8


Saturday 25th November – Weeton Handicap

On a crisp morning at Weeton, David Fox had an easy win, his first since Christmas 2011.  President Billy and Andy Webster finished in 2nd and 3rd.  Ian recorded the fastest time of the day in 5th.  Rob showed great commitment to the Handicap trophy by driving over from Morecambe on the morning. This has made him the odds on favourite to take the title at the Ken Dixon Christmas handicap as he takes an 16 points lead into the final race of the year.

The top of the table is now, Rob Fearnley 161, Antonio 145, Laura Hind 142, Billy 138,  see the full table here.

The Ken Dixon Christmas handicap is on Sunday 17th December, a two loop 5 & a bit run up to Timble followed by a circuit of Swinsty.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 David Fox 50:19 08:30 41:49 15
2 Billy Rayner 54:02 13:30 40:32 14
3 Andy Webster 54:35 16:30 38:05 13
4 Phil Robinson 55:07 13:00 42:07 12
5 Ian Fisher 55:30 28:00 27:30 11
6 Tom Lynch 55:47 24:30 31:17 10
7 Kath Robertshaw 55:51 03:00 52:51 9
8 Matt Podd 55:58 16:30 39:28 8
9 Antonio Cardinale 56:04 00:00 56:04 7
10 Laura Oliver 56:52 07:30 49:22 6
11 Rob Fearnley 58:47 14:00 44:47 5

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Saturday 25th November – Park Runs

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Reece Dalton Ripon Runners 16:40
20 1 Charlotte Vie Unattached 20:50
27 26 Peter Crowder Otley AC 21:27

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Wednesday 22nd November – Even Splits 5k – Race 6

Report from Graham Lake :

After taking a look at the Runner of the Year sheet I realised I’d not done a single road race this year, so a quick google came up with this race. However due to the calibre of the top-end I’m not sure it’ll get me many points!

This race series is held at the Brownlee cycle track and is well organised as you’d expect from Mark Hetherington’s team. Online entry, quick results, fast course, changing/toilets, all very easy. Next year will be a 10 race series which I’m sure will be very popular, so keep a look out.

The race is split in to two heats, but results are combined in to one race.

Sara Elliott went in the ‘B’ heat finishing in 22.33 in 83rd position overall, 10th lady.

I ran in the ‘A’ heat (those under 22mins predicted time I think?) finishing in 18.53 in 22nd place. I was slightly disappointed with my time, but it was particularly windy,  so you can probably take 20 or so seconds off those times, it felt like a fast course.

Winners were Jack Wood of Ilkley Harriers in 16.24 and Susan Lewis of Roundhay Runners in 19.34

As it’s a twisty bike circuit you could watch the front-runners battling it out, with Jack and John Hobbs of Valley Striders having a great battle.

Full results here:

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Sunday 19th November – Wensleydale Wedge

Report from Hannah Lupton

Once again I had the bright idea of doing a Long Distance Walking Association event, what’s not to like about them? Cheap, low key, checkpoints with food and drink and a meal at the end; you’ve just got to complete a hilly 23 mile route, easy! Having completed the Wensleydale Wedge last year with Sarah Fuller in horrible conditions underfoot and in agony with my wrecked ankles I had unfinished business and when I entered earlier this year I was determined to be fit and smash it. Unfortunately, life has got in the way and I’ve barely trained recently so I knew that I was going to struggle but it was a day out in the hills with a couple of mates, Sara Richard and Sarah Fuller, plus a night away in a B&B in Askrigg and a meal in the local pub. Read the rest of this entry »