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Please check the club notice board in the Cricket Club for forthcoming races and car sharing options.

The Club Forum is to the top right of this page. Use it! And if you’re not an Otley AC member don’t try joining in; you’ll only be banned!

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

And here’s the very latest latest club rankings and runner of the year tables.

Summer sprint training with Jamil Parapia. Sprint/speed training sessions every Tuesday , meeting at 7pm prompt at the Cricket Club for runs on the footpath tracks in the grounds of High Royds. All abilities welcome and catered for.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Saturday 23rd AugustBurnsall Feast Sports including the 10-mile road race and very short (but very steep) fell race. Entry on the line. A great day out (even if you’re not running) but it’s usually well attended by OACers, so get yourself there!

Monday 24th AugustSpofforth Gala Trail Race 10k. Let’s hope there isn’t a repeat of last year’s hornet savaged event!

Thursday 28th August - 8pm running biomechanics session at the club house after training. Delivered by Tri-Mechanics.

Tuesday 9th September – Track sessions at Greenhead Athletics Track, Keighley. Try your hand at the Dream Mile from 7.30pm. Meet at the running club 6:30pm for car sharing.

Saturday 11th SeptemberRombald’s Romp Fell’ v ‘Trail’ Race on Ilkley Moor.

Thursday 25th September - Rack up some handicap points in the 3,000m race at at Greenhead Athletics Track, Keighley, from 7.30pm. Meet at the running club 6:30pm for car sharing.

Saturday 11th October - Anyone interested in a two day, one night trip to the Lakes in October to run in the fells? There’ll be two groups; the mountain goats (you know who you are) and the wheezers (you know who you are). Contact Richard H.

West Yorkshire Cross Country League dates: Sunday 19th October; 1st or 2nd November; 22nd or 23rd November; Sunday 7th December. Details to be confirmed.

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Nairobi Diamond 10k and Running in Kenya

Report by Jamil Parapia: Holidays and Tusker Lager are never good preparation for a race. However, entering the Nairobi 10k and the opportunity to race a few miles from where my Dad grew up and amongst some of the fastest people on earth was an opportunity too good to miss. So along I went to Athletics Kenya headquarters to register, meeting some accomplished athletes in the process, many of whom struggle to raise funds to enter and travel to races. Take Daniel Kinyua for example, who ran the 2008 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon in 2 hours 18 minutes and the 2000m+ above sea level Kericho Marathon in 2 hours 22 mins. He is struggling to find enough money to pay the entrance for the Mombasa marathon. Following registration Daniel walked me the two miles through Nairobi to meet the rest of my family at the museum. Over a lunch of ugali and tilapia he explained the difficulty in finding a running agent who can cover the transport costs of travelling to major races abroad. Anyway, as a thanks for escorting me safely through Nairobi, Dad and I made sure his Mombasa entry fee will be slightly easier to find.

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Saturday 16th August – Gargrave Show Fell Race

Report from Shane Ewen:

This was my first race in three months following my collapse at the Austwick Fell Race. A nice low key event, part of the annual Gargrave Show, which includes such delights as Shetland ponies, a gun dog demonstration, and a Puissance (where show jumpers go “higher and higher” until there’s a winner).

The race route is approx 5K and is an out-and-back course starting/ending in the show ground. It involves a stream crossing, various bales of hay that you clamber over, and a wire fence obstacle, which young lads raucously urge you to jump (I did!). It culminates with a steep climb to the top of Sharphaw on Flasby Fell.

I deliberately took it easy, enjoying the course & smiling throughout (including at times through gritted teeth). I finished in a respectable 29.25 in 24th position (out of 90 finishers).

Winner was Jimmy Craig (Barlick) in a speedy 23.04. First Lady was Emma Hopkinson (Wharfedale, 17th overall) in an excellent time of 28.12.

Results at

Photos at Woodentops


Saturday 16th August – Park Runs


Leeds: First in was David Cowlishaw, unattached in 16:18 and first lady was Rachel Bourne, Hyde Park Harriers, in 20:00. For Otley, in 5th was Thomas Midgley 17:38, 9th Richard Smith in 18:20, 42nd Christian Hosker 20:21 and 35th lady Toni Midgley 27:36

Bradford: First was Tom Collinge, unattached in 17:33 and for Otley, in 10th was Tom Potter in 19:35. First lady in 12th was Victoria Kate Merrick of Bingley Harriers and AC in 19:51

Southsea: First was Jon Sullivan, Denmead Striders, in 17:31 and first lady was Emma Jolley, unattached in 20:20. For Otley, Nick Hodgkinson came 105th in 27:18

Sewerby: First was Ryan Mancrief, Scarborough AC, in 17:33 and first lady in 8th was Jo Williams, Lothian RC in 19:33. For Otley, Reid Haddow finished in 25:39

Cuerden Valley: First was Unknown Athlete(!) in 18:42 and first lady in 15th was Catherine Carrdus, Wesham Road Runners, in 21:28. For Otley, Lucy Mowat finished in 31:47

Fountains Abbey:  First was Toby Osman, Ripon Runners, in 17:14 and first lady in 18th was Donna Riddler, also Ripon Runners, in 20:23. For Otley, 32nd was Andy Ackroyd in 22:12 and 8th lady was Jacqueline Ackroyd in 23:36

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9th – 16th August – ITERA Expedition Race Wales

A 600k Adventure race!  Checkout Renee’s team, Addidas/Facewest with live tracking here:


Thursday 14th August – New Inn Handicap Eccup

Thankfully we missed the showers that left several large puddles on the route and Jane was a clear winner, finishing ahead of guest runner Mo.  Ann sprinted clear of Charlotte in the last 400m to take third.  Charlotte however moved clear at the top of the table with her fourth place finish, with a total of 128 points, ahead of Dominic 115, Richard Hamer and Andy Webster 112.

See the full table here, the countdown is on now with only four more races to decide this years champion, the next being the 3000m at the Keighley track, September 25th.

Race Time H’Cap H’Cap Time
1 Jane Shelmerdine 40:31 08:00 32:31 24
2 Mo Eldahaddad (Guest) 40:50 00:00 40:50
3 Ann Yeadon 41:59 08:00 33:59 23
4 Charlotte Tomlinson 42:05 09:00 33:05 22
5 Tom Lynch 42:13 15:00 27:13 21
6 Billy Rayner 42:15 09:00 33:15 20
7 Steve Robinson 42:18 15:00 27:18 19
8 Matt Podd 42:27 12:30 29:57 18
9 John Armitstead 42:34 14:30 28:04 17
10 Phil Robinson 42:44 09:00 33:44 16
11 Colin Best 42:56 09:30 33:26 15
12 Richard Clarke 42:52 14:30 28:22 14
13 Lisa Maughan 43:00 08:00 35:00 13
14 Dominic Egan 43:03 11:00 32:03 12
15 Debra Brown 43:02 00:00 43:02 11
16 Antonio Cardinale 43:56 00:00 43:56 10
17 Toni Midgley 43:08 04:00 39:08 9
18 John Dade 43:20 13:30 29:50 8
19 Gemma Harrington 43:28 07:00 36:28 7
20 Richard Hamer 43:54 10:00 33:54 6
21 Julie Dorling 43:59 07:00 36:59 5
22 David Cattanach 44:21 05:00 39:21 4
23 Andy Webster 44:57 14:00 30:57 3
24 Sean O’Halloran 49:56 05:00 44:56 2
24 Roger Dawson 49:56 00:00 49:56 2


Sunday 10th August – Round Hill Fell race, Timble. (8.8m/1099ft)

The 12th edition of the Round Hill fell race was the first wet one and it was very wet too!  A big big thanks to all those helping out on the moor,  the checkpoint marshals & the course markers.  Some markers left over from an event the previous day caused confusion for some, leading to several missing the third checkpoint, or going much further afield!

Adam Osborne from Leeds City was first home in 55:20, first lady was Rebecca Cesar De Sa, Skyrac in 1:06:11.

Liam Dunne was first home for Otley in 4th, 56:54 followed by 7th Sam Stell 1:00:59, 8th Robin Outtersides 1:01:04,  17th Edward Davies 1:02;31,  20th Rogan Ashton 1:03:18,  22nd Richard Smith 1:03:38,  25th Graham Lake 1:05:25,  51st John Armitstead 1:10:16,  57th Tom Lynch 1:11:46,  76th Andy Webster 1:17:03,  96th Matt Podd 1:23:20,  109th Colin Best 1:30:59,  123rd Antonio Cardinale 2:13:14.

See Full Results here.


Sunday 10th August – Askern 10mile road race.

Tom Potter reports in:

This felt like a 10mile road swim. The weather was horrendous and rained hard from start to finish. Mark Hall and I were the only Otley AC runners at todays event.

Pleased to report that I finished in 1:05:22 (over 3mins quicker than last year!).

Mark comments, my race it was ok. It was a bit on the damp side but in a strange way it was enjoyable as it was not cold.

I was 9th (faded in the 2nd 5 mile section) 58.57. Winner was Will Beauchamp from Sheffield Runners 54.12, Katie Parry (Leeds City) was first female in 33rd overall with a time of 62:23. As stated, Tom Potter finished in 54th place in 65:22.



Saturday 9th August – Parkruns

Leeds Parkrun:

318 runners took part in the 359th running of the event which was won by Gwil Thomas of Valley Striders in 17:12, the first female, 12th overall, Elizabeth Davies (Springfield Striders) in 18:55. For Otley, Steve Robinson 20:17, Andy Webster 22:11, Sara Elliott 23:39, Imogen Webster 29:54 & Alice Webster 34:44.

Roundhay Parkrun:

winner Jamie Parkinson (P&B) in 16:38, first female was Myra Jones (Valley Striders) in 9th with 19:45, just the one runner for Otley AC, Joanna Midgley 136th in 28:48.

Sewerby Parkrun:

winner Jonathan Carter  (unmatched) in 17:25, first female was Rebecca Clifton (Bridlington) in 20th with 22:25, just the one runner for Otley AC, Reid Haddow 49th in 25:38.




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Saturday 9th August – Dundonald 10K

John Cowan puts his on his best running shoes for the Dundonald 10K, part of the Dundonald Highland Games (although its not actually in the Highlands).

Undulating up for 5K, then undulating down for 5K through the Ayrshire countryside and a good castle at the end; a good, friendly evening race.

I was 99th in 48:26. The winner was Matt Gunby in 32:05 and the first lady was Melissa Wylie (Dumbarton AAC) in 29th place in 40:10. Full results.

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