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Online entry now available for this year’s Otley 10 see details here.

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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

The very latest, up to 27th April,  club rankings and runner of the year tables for 2015 – where are you?

Club Training note: A regular 800m / 1 mile rep session is currently taking place at 6.00pm on a Tuesday evening at High Royds, Menston, all abilities welcome, meeting at St Mary’s football pitches Menston at 5.50pm for a 6.00pm start.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future 

Tuesday 2nd June – Thirsk HDSRL race 3, start 7.45pm.

Wednesday 3rd JuneChevin Fell Race

Sunday 7th June – Sport Chevin sports day including 5K race. More details here

Wednedsay 10th JuneOtley 10 mile. Let Colin know if you can help :)

Wednesday 17th JuneWetherby HDSRL race 4, start 7.45pm

Sunday 28th June: Bradford Millenium Way Relay. Five off-road legs with two runners per leg, starting and finishing in Bingley. Legs are between eight and 11 miles long. We are intending to enter a mixed team if you want to run contact Sarah Fuller asap:

Tuesday 7th JulyHDSRL Handicap race and presentation at … Otley! 1st runners from 7.20pm. Let Colin know if you can help :)

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Sunday 24th May: Melmerby 10k

Report from Scott:
After a successful john Carr series I was wanting to do a 10k road race while I still had the speed in my legs before the marathon training starts. I also wanted to enjoy a race without the pressure of chasing a pb as that has been my focus so far this year. Jamil Parapia and I have spoken about melmerby before as he had done it a few years back. My family, some friends and I were camping nearby in North Yorkshire so I entered last thing. My race prep wasn’t ideal it consisted of drinking beer eating burgers and sleeping on a dodgy air bed!! Despite this on the morning of the race I felt confident of a positive result and on arrival it was nice to see a couple of fellow Otley runners, David Fox and Emma Thompson. Speaking to a few familiar faces from rival clubs I was told there were some climbs mid race and at the latter stages also. My plan with that in mind was to hit the first half hard to try and establish a good lead and let the second half take care of itself as I know I am very strong on the hills when other people are tiring. The course was on open country roads that were mainly traffic free. We set off and there was a lead group of 4 of us and after a bit of jostling to 2km I managed to open a gap. I decided to push on to gain a good advantage and after a couple of climbs I could no longer hear them behind me. There was a nasty cross wind and being on my own it made it harder work but it didn’t affect me too much. Hitting 3 miles and checking my watch for the first time it read 16mins dead which was pleasing as I knew I had plenty in the tank. There was an out and back bit between 6 and 8km it was nice to see other runners coming the other way to give each other encouragement. Getting to 9km I read my watch again and I knew if I put a last surge in up the hill back into the village and to the finishing line I was going to run under 33 minutes and win the race. I gave it one last big effort and ran past my family and friends and I crossed the line first place in 32.57. I was delighted on 3 fronts, looking at previous years winning times I had ran an excellent time, secondly how strong I felt on the the latter stages of the race and lastly how quickly I recovered when finishing. A lot of this is down to the coaching I’ve received from Jamil and his and zacks guidance this year. Thinking back and if I’d approached the race differently a pb may have been on who knows? But I didn’t care about that I’d had a cracking run and that 10km pb will come!!! The race organisation and marshalling was excellent the only down side was the prize giving took forever as there was a computer glitch but these things happen it’s a race I’d recommend and may do again one year.

Other times were as follows: David Fox: 119th, 46:34. Emma Thompson: 244th, 58:43. There were 298 finishers in total.


Saturday May 23rd: park runs

Woodhouse moor

Position    Gender Position         parkrunner                      Club                               Run Time

1                              1                       Tom EAMES                  West Suffolk AC              00:17:07

32                           1.                      Rachel BOURNE           Hyde Park Harriers        00:19:37

71                           66                     Richard A CLARKE      Otley AC                            00:21:23

415                        155                    Suzanne LUPTON         Otley AC                           00:34:33

416                        156                    Hannah LUPTON         Otley AC                           00:34:33

417                        157                    Toni Midgley                Otley AC                           00:34:34



1                              1                       Will KERR                       Saltaire Striders             00:16:52

17                            1                       Claire COOPER              Keighley & Craven         00:20:43

162                        127                     Reid Haddow                Otley AC                           00:27:19

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Monday 25th May: ilkley trail race

Report from Hannah: This is a race I’ve fancied having a go at for a few years, mainly because I’ve never been where the route goes and even though I’ve kept saying I’ll do it as training route it’s never happened.

So after being undecided for a couple of days, and with a bit of persuasion from Lisa Maughan I decided to enter. I also managed to get Gemma involved so we set off to meet Lisa in Ilkley to enter on the day, along with what felt like 500 people!

Gemma and I weren’t feeling our best, I’m a bit sore probably from over training and Gem had been celebrating Scott’s win the night before. So our approach was to have a nice run somewhere different and enjoy it.

A couple of years ago I watched a friend doing this race and he said it was tough, I just thought he was being soft, I now know what he meant. You set off and immediately hit a steep incline which then turns into the gorgeous bluebell filled woods continuing to climb up a field and on and on, for what feels like forever. Then you hit the moor which is my kind of undulating territory but still climbing. We eventually hit a bit of tarmac and Gemma was in her comfort zone picking up the pace before another slight climb and about two miles of downhill back to the finish.

We didn’t push ourselves too hard as we were chatting but the hills did manage to curtail our nattering at times and with the downhill we just let our legs go for it. Both happy to finish in about 1:10, I’ll definitely be back to give it another go now I know what I’m in for.

Well done to Jamil for a brilliant win, I understand no one else was near him.

Results aren’t out as yet so not sure where the others came, good turn out from Otley AC with the President, Andy Webster, Chris Tomlinson, Eriks, Nicola Lee and Antonio joining myself Gemma, Lisa and Jamil. Also, 2nd claims Tom Potter and Neil Jones were there. Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone and apologies if I have.

Thanks to Ilkley Harriers who were very friendly and supportive, see you next year!


Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th May: Hardmoors 110


report from sarah fuller: The Hardmoors series of ultra races on the North York moors are now well established and deservedly popular. Organised by the dedicated duo of John and Shirley Steele the races have a large and loyal following and a really friendly supportive atmosphere. The 110 race is essentially a jaunt along the whole of the Cleveland way from Helmsley to Filey. I ran the Hardmoors 55 race last year and didn’t enjoy it much due to being ill for most of the race so I’ve no idea what possessed me to enter the 110 as it was the 55 race again followed by another 55 miles of running!! But I’m so glad I did what a fantastic experience. As everything seemed to conspire against me even getting to the start line (what with injuries, illness and fatigue in the last few months) everything fell into place for the event. The weather was stunning, actually it was a bit too hot but after the spine race there was no way I was going to complain!

90 ish runners set off from Helmsley at 8am on Saturday in good spirits with lots of banter and catching up with people I knew from other races. I was running with my friend Elaine and due to a distinct lack of decent training I was trying to keep my apprehension well hidden, not sure I managed though! I shouldn’t have worried we were well matched and even seemed to have bad patches and second, third and fourth winds at the same time. Our strategy was simple a steady but quickish (for a 100 miler!) first 20 miles to build up a good cushion on the cut off times then slow but steady and finish, no finish time in mind just beat the race cutoff at 36 hours (which in the end wasn’t really applied). We ran into osmotherly (21 miles) just under an hour ahead of the 5.5 hour cut off and pretty much held that margin to the end so it was never stressful just had to keep plodding out the miles.

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Sunday 17th May – Dukeries Ultra 40

Report from Garry Cochrane:

Official finishing time 6:50:30, 30th out of 78 finishers, full results here and race website here

The Dukeries Ultra 40 is a 40 mile trail race taking in Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park in one big loop. It has been running for about 3 years but this year has been taken over by a new race director called Ronnie, from Hobo Race/Space after it was in very real danger of folding. Ronnie has promised a 50 mile addition next year but there are also smaller versions including a 10, 20 and 30 mile distance.

As ultras go it is very accessible, low key and incredibly well signposted. Navigation was a key sticking point, iGarryCochrane1n 2014 (first time I did it) several runners got lost because they failed to follow instructions which mandated printing and carrying a route map. One of Ronnie’s promises when taking the race over was that it would not be a self-navigating race and he was true to his word.

The race started at 7.30am, prompt and the trail is undulating and mainly on solid trails, park paths, tarmac and wooded trails. It was so bone dry this year that road shoes would have been fine. Most people would say the highlight is passing by The Major Oak on the Robin Hood Way. That’s right, Robin’s old gaff but I saw it last year and it was exactly the same so I ploughed on determined to make a better time than the 9 hours it took me last year.

Not bad for 7.30am start and a 4.30am alarm call!

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Saturday 23rd May – Eton Sprint Triathlon

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

I don’t normally report on the qualifiers as the Eton Sprint triathlon on Saturday 23rd May was a qualifier for the world championships in Chicago in October but hopefully it will give hope to anyone with injury (remember the sad but true maxim of the two types of runner: those who are injured and those who are about to be injured!!). I missed the Ripon 10 because my back went again (seriously painful) however got advice, treatment and taped up ( does anyone know the magic of KT tape?) and made the start line pain free and limber again.

The venue was used for the Olympics so is fabulous the weather was perfect sunny, warm and calm. The swim I took steadily as I wanted to loosen up gradually and took my time getting out of the wet suit. Onto the bike and 4 laps of pretty much holding my place with a couple of gentle reminders that was enough effort for today. Transition into the run and a reasonable 21.36 for the 5K saw me overhaul 3 rivals and finish in 4th in my age group and thus qualify for Chicago.

Now working on the root cause of the problem (likely mega miles in the car) as it is hard enough to compete when you’re on top form let alone sub optimal.


Thursday 21st May – Harrogate League race 2 Dragons

Report from the Hon. handicapper

Another good turn out from Otley for the second race of the season which was also used as our handicap race for May.  The handicap points are generally halved for the May handicap, to not the skew the overall table too much for this sealed handicap.

Tom Midgley was first home for Otley in fifth,  Jack Wood from Ilkley was first in 31:31, first woman was Emma Robinson, Harrogate 38:34.  I was happy with 9th and this is probably my favourite harrogate league course at the moment, with lots of enthusiastic support from the marshalls & top nosh of spicy chips and cheesecake, not together!.  After turning his ankle at Fairfield, Graham took it steady on the uneven bits, but still improved on the first race to finish 20th.

Performance of the day went to the club secretary John Dade taking the maximum handicap points, closely followed by Carl and Christian.  See the full results here.

Steve Robinson moves to the top of the table on 87.5 points, just ahead of Gemma 84, Tom Lynch 83.5 and Chris Tomlinson 83, see the full handicap table here.  To see all Otley’s results and handicap results.  Read the rest of this entry »


Wednesday 20th May – John Carr Series, Race 3

Report from Jamil Parapia: Wednesday night saw the final race of this year’s John Carr 5k Series. Having grown up in Guiseley it is nice to see some familiar faces from school years and it gives the opportunity for family to watch the race. Furthermore now that I work in Bingley I feel it is important to support the races organised by some of our parents and teachers. Saltaire Striders are a lovely club and congratulations to race organiser Helen and her team for the work they put in. The money raised in memory of John Carr, a former member of the club all goes to various charities.

The conditions were quite windy and this coupled with the additional tarmac to make the race measured, meant that times were not going to be comparable with last year’s races or indeed the first race. Nevertheless everyone blasted off as usual hoping for a personal best. Personal bests duly arrived for Charlotte Tomlinson who crossed the line in 24.38 not too far ahead of Donald Buffham. Nicola Lee produced a strong performance knocking a second off her time from last week as well as beating some rivals from other races. The strong wind seemed to scupper Tom’s attempt at another pb but to come within 3 seconds is a great effort. Mark won the series in the Vet 55 category, and Zack was second in the MO for the series. After 3 consecutive podium finishes, Scott won the John Carr Series beating his nearest rival by 22 seconds in the cumulative times. Rather bizarrely I finished the race 2 seconds slower than the same race last year. However, on closer inspection of  Garmin records it would appear that the ‘new course’ is 100 odd metres longer than the final race last year.  Given that yesterday was “remeasured” I am going to count it as a new PB even if Power of 10 obsessives don’t. Ian’s V35 record remains intact for the time being at least until someone moves the cone again and we get grassed up. Interesting in education we offer ‘short course’ GCSEs as separate qualifications to ‘full course’ GCSEs. I wonder if we should introduce a new short course category for club records. Just kidding! Just kidding! Thanks to Lord Anderson for spurring me on to victory on his posh racing bike. ;)
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Full results from the Saltaire Striders

Parapia Jamil Otley AC M35 P1 15.36
Harrington  Scott Otley ac M35 P2 16.02
Whitehead  Zack Otley AC MO P6 16.09
Midgley Thomas Otley AC MO P19 17.09
Hall Mark Otley ac M55 P36 17.35
Lee Nicola Otley AC F35 229 22.19
Tomlinson Charlotte Otley AC FO 280 24.38
Buffham Donald Otley a c M55 334 27.22
Good luck to all runners who are competing in up and coming races.


Wednseday 20th May – Askern 10k

Report from Andy Webster: Took the opportunity to catch up with an old running friend from one of my old clubs Barnsley Harriers while travelling back from Rotherham.

The Askern 10 is a pretty flat 10 k course with only a small hill around three miles. The sun was out but so was the wind.

I got off quickly at the start despite a large field of 773 runners. I was ahead of my friend for the first 3 Km. Inevitably he caught up with me and grabbed a couple of puffs of my asthma inhaler as he ran past! I never saw him again until the finish.

Felt quite comfortable all the way round though and achieved my target of a sub 45 minute finish.

Oddity of the calendar but will have completed 6 races in two weeks after the Harrogate league and only been on one training run. Full results.

1: Andrew Challenger 33.12 Hallamshire Harriers
36: Katie Parry Leeds City 36.44
248: Andy Webster 44:45