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Notices and Forthcoming Events


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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

Here’s the latest, (including races up to 10th May), runner of the year & road rankings table for 2016, where are you?

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

You can enter the 2016 Otley AC 10-Mile Road Race here. The race is also the YCAA 2016 Yorkshire 10-Mile Championship. Please use #Otley10 if you’re tweeting about the event.

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).

Summer Off Road Relays:

Sunday 26th June - Bradford Millennium Way Relay, see full details on the adjacent link, 5 paired stages, similarly 8 to 11 miles.  We will be entering a team in this one, but ideally need a couple of people willing to be reserves, as last minute callups.  Please email Andrew, if you could make up the team, Thanks.

Sunday 29th MayMelmerby 10k

Monday 30th MayIlkley Trail Race

Tuesday 31st May – Race 5 of this year’s handicap at the Swaledale Harrogate League Race 3, car share from the club leaving by 6pm

Wednesday 1st JuneChevin Fell Race

Thursday 2nd JuneApperley Bridge Canter

Sunday 5th JuneSport Chevin Family Fun day inc. 2.5k run @ 1pm & a 5k @ 2pm

Wednesday 8th JuneOtley 10 – (All hands on deck for this one, lots of help required)

Thursday 9th JuneKettlewell Anniversary Fell Race, Bronte 5, (Yorks. Vets Champs.)

Sunday 12th JuneNorthowram Burner 10k

Thursday 16th JuneRace 4 Harrogate League @ 7:45pm Thirsk, car share from the club leaving by 6pm.

Sunday 19th JunePudsey 10k

Thursday 23rd June – Race 6 of this year’s handicap.  The Thruscross Handicap.  7:15 start, this will be marked with lots of flour!, you couldn’t possibly go wrong :-)

Tuesday 28th JuneHarrogate League Handicap and Presentation night, Ripon, starting from 7:20pm,  car share from the club leaving by 5:45pm.

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Tuesday 24th May – Nidd Valley Harrogate League

Provisional results from last night,  another fantastic turnout from Otley, if missing a few of the fast boys.  Less than a week to wait for the next race organised by Swaledale, which incorporates the Otley AC handicap race for May.  Unfortunately the handicapper will away for this so the tense wait for handicap results will have to wait for a couple of days.

Pos Bib Name Category Cat. Pos Club Time
1 229 Jack Wood MSEN 1 Ilkley Harriers 00:29:03
16 431 Sharon Barlow Hamilton FV35 1 Ripon Runners 00:32:09
8 339 Zack Whitehead MSEN 6 Otley  AC 00:30:49
13 293 Andrew Robertshaw MV45 3 Otley  AC 00:31:29
20 350 Tom Midgley MSEN 12 Otley  AC 00:32:30
37 333 Rogan Ashton MV45 6 Otley  AC 00:34:15
40 328 Tom Lynch MSEN 23 Otley  AC 00:34:39
43 321 Tom Pomfrett MSEN 25 Otley  AC 00:34:52
55 323 Tom Paget MSEN 29 Otley  AC 00:35:38
78 299 Steven Robinson MV40 12 Otley  AC 00:36:12
111 291 Michael Hastings MSEN 43 Otley  AC 00:38:19
123 353 Stephen Boddy MSEN 45 Otley  AC 00:39:03
124 355 Vikki Butler FSEN 5 Otley  AC 00:39:12
141 322 Kirsty Pomfrett FSEN 9 Otley  AC 00:40:00
154 304 Ian Broadbent MV45 20 Otley  AC 00:40:53
157 310 Nicola Lee FV35 6 Otley  AC 00:41:04
179 294 Sara Elliott FV40 8 Otley  AC 00:42:12
180 311 Paul Clifford MV45 24 Otley  AC 00:42:13
201 332 Chris Brunold FV50 9 Otley  AC 00:43:19
216 340 Serena Blackburn FV50 11 Otley  AC 00:44:12
219 336 Daniel Mundet MV40 26 Otley  AC 00:44:26
233 298 Erik Zvaigzne MV60 9 Otley  AC 00:45:03
239 317 Andrew Rayner MV50 26 Otley  AC 00:45:21
241 302 Sally White FSEN 20 Otley  AC 00:45:31
244 300 Bethany Leitch FSEN 21 Otley  AC 00:45:36
249 347 Liz Fawcett FV45 12 Otley  AC 00:45:50
250 312 Jackie Ackroyd FV55 5 Otley  AC 00:45:54
254 313 Philip Robinson MV70 1 Otley  AC 00:46:03
257 348 Ann Yeadon FV45 13 Otley  AC 00:46:10
267 334 Hannah Lupton FV35 16 Otley  AC 00:47:01
268 295 Sue Tupling FV45 16 Otley  AC 00:47:02
270 318 Tom Hannah MV65 5 Otley  AC 00:47:18
275 314 Laura Hind FV35 17 Otley  AC 00:47:35
276 326 Joanna Hobson FV45 18 Otley  AC 00:47:39
293 341 Charlotte Tomlinson FSEN 25 Otley  AC 00:49:06
299 331 Anna Murtough FV40 14 Otley  AC 00:49:34
307 320 Emma Thomson FSEN 27 Otley  AC 00:50:09
321 292 Claire Hastings FSEN 29 Otley  AC 00:51:21


Sunday 22nd – Driffield Sprint Triathlon

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

I had intended to do the British sprint triathlon championships last week as a ‘primer’ for the European event next Friday. That was before Jacque got some of her toes crushed by a three quarter ton Friesian horse (Ouch!!). Big one broken in three places and the next one crushed beyond repair and partially lost. Anyway she’s on the mend now and we are packed ready to head off to Lisbon tomorrow. I had ‘trained through’ all the recent races so was not sharp as I was aiming to race better at Lisbon and then the following week the World standard duathlon championships in Northern Spain. There was still the need to do a race sharpener so I entered the Driffield sprint triathlon with a view to throttling back in the week before and then giving that a blast. It is a fairly low key event  with a pool swim of 400m followed by 18K bike then a 5K run.

HowardDriffieldTriThe weather turned out to be just about perfect with a nice warm sun for registration and then into the pool for a 10.48 start for my group which went by anticipated swim times. The lanes in the pool were quite narrow but thankfully there were only four of us at 5 second intervals in my lane. I felt in pretty good shape and was aiming for an 8 minute swim. Got into the rhythm immediately and within a couple of lengths had caught up one of the other guys. You have to wait till the end of the length to pass so that sort of forced a steady pace. A couple more lengths and one of the others had overcooked it and was breast stroking so the same again. The other guy was off and gone so I then had a pretty clear run in the latter lengths and had to keep in check and save a bit for the later stages. Left the pool in 7.38 with gas in the tank! Quite a long jog to transition to pick up the bike then onto some nice country roads. It was pleasantly undulating (if a bit windy at times) and again I felt all the turbo training was paying off as I held my own and better against what looked like ‘real cyclists’. I had my second line bike in action as the TT is on its way to Lisbon and it has a speedo on it. I was surprised to find I was pushing 27 mph on the flat and touching 30 on occasion. Again I held a bit in reserve as I was aiming for a 22 minute 5k. Out of transition 2 and the run was three laps around the school and leisure centre so was a bit twisty, turny and long stretches on grass. Solid run in a time of 22.55 which wasn’t bad considering the route and the heat. One of the guys said his Garmin clocked 5.25K which I can well believe. I know it was low key but I was pleased to finish within 10 minutes of the race winner in 33rd out of 280 competitors first in age group and in fact beat all the age group below as well. Hope to maintain the momentum for Friday which is 750m open water swim, 20k bike and 5K run, all accurately measured.


Sunday 22nd May – Windermere Marathon

Report from Gemma!ScottWindermere3

ScottWindermere2Seen as I am unable to run let alone race I have decided to write a spectators report instead of runners report!

Scott had decided to enter Windermere marathon after a few people had recommended it to him! Having only ran Manchester marathon 6 weeks ago there wasn’t much time for additional long training runs (thank god as that means less household duties done!!) so he just kept ticking over!

It was an early start as Scott, the kids, Scott’s auntie and myself set off on the day over to the Lakes. Weather looked pretty good for running and with tree shade round the lake Scott was feeling positive when we dropped him off early at Brathay Hall which was just past Ambleside on the north shore of Lake Windermere. The route ScottWindermere1consists of an anti-clockwise loop of the lake taking in small villages on the west shore and more busy, touristy areas on the east. We managed to see Scott at approx miles 4, 7 and 11 while on the west side. He looked like he was buzzing and said he felt good following the lead car. He had overtaken the first place leader at approx 2.5miles and had been leading since. Zack and Racheal were following Scott on their bikes and was lovely to keep seeing them also supporting Scott!Scott_and_JossNaylor The peaceful Lake District villages were no more as us rowdy Otley lot drove through with car horns blaring, fog horns, clappers, screaming and shouting at Scott and other runners!!!! Well it did encourage them……right?!

As we hit the east shore unfortunately there were massive road closures so we had to leave Scott and take a 35mile detour to re-join him about 22miles. He was still leading and enjoying it. This was Scott’s main aim, to enjoy it as a PB was out due to the undulating nature of the course.

The finish was back at Brathay Hall. They had organised a family fun day so you don’t actually have to leave the grounds if you don’t want! There is all sorts going on including inflatables, games, barbecue, licenScottWindermerePrizesed bar etc! We only just made It back to the finish and parked up before Scott was finishing in 2:36:33 in first place!! There was other races also going on, the first half marathon and also the 10 in 10. (10x round Lake Windermere in 10 days, today being the final day! TOTAL respect!!) Scott won an array of prizes which he was chuffed to bits with! Also from Otley was Andrew Rayner (Billy) who finished 4:57:04 (well done!). Scott saw Billy at the start but unfortunately we didn’t see him finish despite looking out for him (sorry Billy!). There was a total of 526 finishers in the full marathon.

I am a very proud wife and the kids are very proud of their daddy as well!


Saturday 21st May – Old County Tops Fell Race

Report from Tom Lynch:

Tom Pomfrett and I ran the Old County Tops Fell Race on Saturday. For those not familiar with the race, it’s a paired event of roughly 56 km and over 3000 metres of climbing, taking in the highest points of the old counties of the Lake District – Helvellyn (Cumberland), Scafell Pike (Westmorland) and Coniston Old Man (Lancashire). As the event starts early on the Saturday in Langdale we camped the night before in Chapel Stile, it rained continuously from setting up the tent the night before until just before the race start when we got a brief respite and was also gusting with strong winds on and off.

You are free to pick your own route on the race with the main checkpoints on the summits, and some intermediate locations, with the exception of some small flagged sections. However, most people follow a generally accepted route, with minor route variations along the way. One of the more major choices being the descent off Scafell Pike to Great Moss, going either straight down via Dow Crag, or the easier but longer double back to Little Narrowcove. The race route takes you from the start in Langdale, traversing round to Grasmere, then up Helvellyn, a descent to the well-stocked Wythburn feed station and then follows the boggy valley of Wythburn up towards Angle Tarn. From Angle Tarn the route goes up Scafell Pike via Esk Hause, and then descends to another feed station at Cockley Beck which has a cut off time of 4pm. After Cockley Beck the route climbs up to Coniston Old Man, before doubling back to head back towards the Langdale finish via Three Shires Stone and Blea Tarn.

We were rained on for about 5 hours solidly as far as we can remember, pretty much from the start of the race, one of the lowest points was the slow boggy climb up to the aptly named ‘The Bog’ at the top of Wythburn valley in torrential rain. It was also gusting wind on and off, but thankfully the forecast 50 mph gusts on the summits didn’t seem to materialise. We also had a bit of navigation wobble at the top of Scafell Pike in the fog after stopping for a brief rest and refuel, and almost wandered off to the out of bounds Mickledore route. Thankfully we happened on a small group who had also made the same mistake and followed them down the quicker route straight off the Dow Crag side of Scafell Pike, an interesting ascent down scree and angular boulders, which apparently reaches over 45 degrees at times!

We both had low points in the race trying to keep energy levels up, and ironically trying to keep hydrated, but running as a pair helped keep up the motivation, seeing an easy escape route to the car and the pub down Mickelden valley before the Scafell climb (25 km in) definitely didn’t help though! We entered the race for the challenge, and to get the fabled t-shirt only awarded to finishers, and so getting a fast time was not so high on our list of priorities. We reached the Cockley Beck checkpoint about 45 minutes before the cut off time, but managed to finish about an hour and half before the 8pm cut off time. The results are only in grainy Facebook picture form at the moment, I think we finished in 10:30:54, 69th of 93 finishing teams, and the winners were Paul Tierney and Matt Reedy from Ambleside AC in 6:53:51. At least 126 teams were registered, so a high number of DNFs/DNSs looks likely. Full results for all categories to follow here.


Saturday 21st May – Park Runs


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Sam Clegg Idle AC 00:17:07
22 22 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:21:30
27 1 Julie Thornton Bingley H. & AC 00:21:44
99 85 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:25:30
137 114 John Davis Otley AC 00:26:40
187 150 Reid Haddow Otley AC 00:28:50

Fountains Abbey:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Ben Pease Ripon Runners 00:16:58
29 1 Emma Sorby Ripon Runners 00:21:12
34 33 Peter Crowder Otley AC 00:21:23
95 78 Andrew Ackroyd Otley AC 00:25:15
111 24 Jackie Ackroyd Otley AC 00:26:03

Woodhouse Moor:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Dale Worton Wakefield D. H & AC 00:16:47
2 2 Robin Outtersides Otley AC 00:17:17
14 1 Sophie Lee City of Hull AC 00:18:51
68 61 James Kettleborough Otley AC 00:21:38

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Wednesday 18th May – Askern 10k

Report from Mark Hall:

I drove over to South Yorkshire, Askern, near Doncaster.  I did this event a long time ago and remembered it as flat. Mmm! Apart from the  1Km long climb at 5k and another long drag it was! I was looking to go under 35 mins so I was a little disappointed as conditions were very good, no wind and a light rain, ideal for fast running.  After Sunday’s Ripon 10m, I expected to feel tired but no excuses my legs felt fine. Looking at the front end of the race people were generally slower than expected. Askern organise 3 races a year. In the distant past they were well supported by OAC runners. (next event Askern 10m,14th August).

Winners: Dan Kestrel, Barnsley ac 32.54  and  Jenny Latham, Wakefield 36:18, full results.

Mark Hall, 12th, 35.22, 1st V55

600 starters.


Wednesday 18th May – John Carr 5k – Race 3


1st. Matthew Grieve, Border H. 15:58, 1st Lady Hannah Oldroyd, Saltaire S. 17:30 and for Otley, 11th Robin Outtersides 16:38,  58th Paul Kaiser 18:19,  257th Dominic Egan 23:31.

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Wednesday 18th May – Kildwick Fell Race

Report from Andrew Robertshaw:

This is an excellent short, fast race a couple of miles down the Leeds Liverpool canal from my home town of Silsden.  So a perfect warm up and down along the canal, with a flat out 4 ish miles in between, passing the Pinnacle on Farnhill moor twice.

The race in some ways in similar to the Chevin Fell race, with a steep road section to start and finish with good off road paths in between,  the difference being the 800ft of ascent is split into two climbs.  A perfect course at for the fell racing novice.

Results: 1st Sam Watson, Wharfedale H. 1st Lady Carol Morgan, Nidd Valley 32:54,  I was 10th, 28:29,  Antonio Cardinale 116th 1:03:50  & it was also good to see the hoards of juniors, (over 100 racing in the various races).


Sunday 15th May – Ripon 10 mile (multi terrain)

Report from Mark Hall: This is the 3rd time I have competed in this event, it takes in some beautiful countryside, not that you see much of it when racing as it is usually through crunched up eyes so the views do appear distorted! It is nice to race and not be chasing times, which is not always enjoyable. I have raced sparingly this year as the old legs are complaining more than they used to! The Ripon 10m is certainly not flat but worth a visit. Weather conditions were near perfect and dry on the off road sections. I did not see any OAC runners after the event so not sure if they were pleased with their performances.

Results as follows.

1st. Andy Chadfield 59:14 Billingham Marsh Hse H & AC, 1st Lady  Sharon Barlow 1:07:50 Ripon Runners

5th Mark Hall 62.31 (1st V55)

13th Rogan Ashton 66.55

55th Steven Robinson 74.34

95th Andy Webster 81.47

134th Phil Robinson (1st V70) 88.19