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Notices and Forthcoming Events


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Otley 10-mile road race - 2014 Results are available Word document here or Excel spreadsheet here.

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!

Here they are, the Runner of the Year and Club Rankings for the first four months of 2014. Who’s top; is it YOU?

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

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:

Wednesday 23rd July – Golden Acre Park Relays. Anyone interested in running this three-person relay on an undulating 2.75-mile course should see Tom Hannah at training. Racing starts at 7:00pm and you must be registered by 6:45pm. Meet Arthington road car park, and the club pays for entries.

Sunday 10th August – The club’s Round Hill Fell Race. Please email Andrew if you are available to help on the day, the main jobs are checkpoint marshals, a sweeper following the last runner and pre-race car parking (can do this and race) & a couple to help with a bit of marking the race route.

Wednesday 13th August Yorkshire Evening Trail Series (YETiS) #4, 6:30pm from the Windmill Inn, Linton.

Thursday 14th August – The club’s Eccup Handicap.

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

October (date TBC) - Anyone interested in a two day, one night trip to the Lakes in October to run in the fells? Planning on two running groups to cater for the mountain goats and the wheezers. Contact Richard H.

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Wednesday 23rd July – Golden Acre Relay

A fantastic evening for a 3 by 2.75 miles relay on an undulating, loopy circuit of Golden Acre park.  This is a very popular event with about 140 teams towing the start line, so it was a little disappointing that Otley only managed a single full team of president Matt Podd, Julian Mawson & the hon. handicapper, plus Jackie Ackroyd joining up with a couple other ‘spare’ runners from other teams.

A stirring speech from team manager Tom Hannah, fired up Matt to ignore his tired legs and have a good run, finishing with a time of  20.49.  In his first race for several months Julian took the baton on leg 2 passing loads of teams to finish with a great split time of 16.20.  The hon. handicapper took over on the last leg and was pleased to record a split of 16.31, again passing several teams en-route.

Running leg 2 for her composite team Jackie recorded a split of 21.46.  (Note these times are all unofficial timings thanks to the team manager Tom).  Full results will be available from the host club Abbey runners later here.

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Sunday 20th July – Masters Inter Area – Solihull

Report from Caroline Marler:

For the 2nd time I took charge of getting a Northern Veterans Team together for an Inter Area match – this time outdoors. We did better this time, coming one place higher – 4th out of 7 teams. Midland Masters with home advantage came 1st, Southern Veterans were 2nd and Welsh Veterans were 3rd; we beat Eastern Vets,Vets A.C. (London based, the 1st Vets. club ever) and South West Vets.

It is always hard to get some athletes to compete and there were some top class ones missing from our team unfortunately but the ones who competed showed a lot of team spirit and were willing to do unusual events. Especially sparse on the ground were Women 60 to 70 years- there was only me and a 3000m runner so I ended up doing 7 events! Fortunately my most important event, the 400m came first and I won easily in 70.6, best time outdoors for 2 years. Later in the afternoon I came 2nd in the 100m in 15.8, 2nd in 200m in 32.2(best times for a few years), won the shot put, got 2nds in the long jump, discus and did an opening height in the high jump just for a few points.

It was a great event and we hope next Inter Area to get more from the North involved.

Next events on the horizon are the British Masters Champs. at Birmingham on 9/10th August, The European Masters Champs. in Izmir, Turkey from 25th- 31st August and later on Yorkshire Vets. Champs on September 27th.


Sunday 20th July – Harrogate 10k

Report from Sara Elliott:
Harrogate10kA few of us decided to do the somewhat more low-key Harrogate 10k rather than JT Leeds.

Hot and definitely not flat, it wasn’t a day for PBs but Scott came a fabulous 4th!!

Despite the fact I thought I was going to die, it was a great race and one I’d definitely try again. Well done all…

1st Marc Scott, Richmond 30.55, 1st Lady Sharon Barlow Ripon 36.40

4th Scott Harrington 33.38,   14th Tom Midgley 36.34,  38th Tom Potter 40.13,  123rd Andy Webster,  132nd Louise Riches 46:53,  187th Sara Elliott 50:21,  220th Billy Rayner 52.17,  360th Toni Midgley 1:02:20.
See full results on the Harrogate Harriers www here.


Sunday 20th July – Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k

1st Nathaniel Williams 31:43, 1st Lady Pauline Munro Wetherby 35:34

Otley results 5th Jamil Parapia 33:19,  Zack Whitehead 34:33,  27th Robin Outtersides,   41st Richard Smith 37:12,  Stephen Boddy 46:52,  Chris Batley 47.21,  Melvin Hoare 49.08,  Nicola Lee 49.23,  Charlotte Tomlinson 53.09,  Reid Haddow 53.57,  Emma Jones 56.15.

Full results here,  there are lots of club details missing so please comment if any members have been missed.  Report to follow?


Saturday 19th July – Bingley Show 10k

Report from Frank Beresford:

Just to let you know that i managed to win the Bingley race for Otley AC. It was a really hilly course and terrible weather. Which suits me.

Early news give Frank a time of 41:08, & the first woman was Jo Buckley from Bingley Harriers,  see Woodentops race photos here.


Friday 18th July – Washburn Valley Relays

Thanks to all the teams supporting this years Washburn relay’s and it has to be said that the support of fellow team mates was particularly vocal this year including horns & mini cow bells cheering the runners on.

Liam, Scott and Tom

The Otley ‘A’ team, of Tom Midgley (18:23), Scott Harrington (22:06) & Liam Dunne (18:16) arrived at the start line with seconds to spare and battled away with Wetherby Runners from start to finish.  Liam extended the smallest of leads at the end of the second leg to a 10 second one as he crossed the finish line in a total time of 58:45.

Idle were 1st mixed team with the team of Leon Winder (19:19), Sam Clegg (23:59) and Donna Edmondson (21:07) and the first Ladies team was Kirkstall Harriers with the team of  Shamiso Sisimayi (21:42), Niamh Jackon (28:16), Emma Ballantyne (20:14).

Otley’s other men’s trio finished 14th with Jeremy Stewart (19:32), Steve Robinson (27:13) and Andy Webster (23:53), whilst Caron Ralph (24:48), Gemma Harrington (37:26) and Laura Martin (23:24) finished 42nd & 7th ladies team.

Thanks to all those helping out on the night & John Dade for all of the pre-race day organistion,  see full results here.


Wednesday 16th July – Thorner Fox Trail Race

Report from Andy Webster for the Thorner Fox Trail Race 16th July 6.4 miles

Another fine sunny evening apart from a brief heavy shower lead to an enjoyable evening run. The obligatory shredding of the legs from running through corn fields just added to the fun. Steve Robinson and Ruth Muir (unattached and finished second female) ran with me and seemed to trust my map reading skills and luckily the navigation was straightforward. However we were delayed by a couple of minutes by a skittish horse but we finished well up the field of 76 runners. Oliver Smith unattached finished in 44:30. Steve and I finished in 54:14 I was given 13th position and Steve 14th. David Cattanach of Otley finished 62 in 1:17:52.

One more race left in the series.


Wednesday 16th July – Nostell Priory 10K trail race

Tom Potter comments:

This evening I ran the Nostell Priory 10K trail race in Wakefield. Quite a tough 10K that I would describe as ‘worse’ than undulating.

The race hosted by Ackworth Road Runers is an annual event held in the grounds of the National Trust site. The 10K race is a two loop course, with a 5K variation also run on the same evening (1 loop). Soon after setting off I realised that my legs didn’t which to cooperate after Sundays Eccup 10. As a result of this fatigue I decided that I would back off a tad and run the race as a ‘session’ type race – 2 x 5K with a 60 second recovery in-between.

The race was won by Simon Newton of host club Ackworth RR in 36:48. The first female, in 15th Position overall was Hanna Oldroyd (UK Netrunner) in a time of 40:38.

I finished in 21st position of 395 finishers in a time of 42:07.

Onwards and upwards.. Upwards to Harrogate actually for Sundays 10K road race, legs willing!

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Sunday 13th July – Eccup 10 mile

Otley AC at the Eccup 10

A cracking race was ran this morning at The Eccup 10mile. This years entries included some of the very best club runners in the area, many of which were competing as part of the Yorkshire Veterans 10 mile championship.

The race was won by this years Otley 10mile winner, Nathaniel Willams (Unattached) in 54:05. 2nd, and first Otley AC finisher was Scott ‘The Bridesmaid’ Harrington in 56:01 – Scotty was also the winner of this years YVAA 10mile title.

The first female finisher was Fiona Davies (Kingstone Runners Barnsley) in 33rd overall with a time of 1:03:57.

Other finishers for OAC were: New member Frank Beresford 3rd in 56:03, Mark Hall with another super performance finished in 16th and claimed the MV50 title with a time of 1:00:04 (dam those 4secs!), Tom Midgley 18th in 1:01:32, Richard Smith 30th in 1:03:21, Graham Lake 35th 1:04:07 (New PB), Tom Potter 69th 1:07:22, Mick Jeffrey 347th 1:24:07, Billy was 447th in 1:29:07, and the only OAC female on the day, Sara Richard who finished 503rd 1:32:44.

Special thanks goes to Tom Hannah for his superb support today, he seemed to be at nearly every point of the course! – How did he manage to do that?


Mick Jeffrey  adds,

Last Thursdays handicap was the nadir of my running career (so far) I was beaten (again) by  Billy, amongst many others. I decided to do another Roundhay parkrun on the Saturday to do a bit of ‘speedwork’ and assess how my comeback was progressing. In May I did 24.18, in June 24.06, July 24.08. Yikes, going backwards again. As punishment and only if it were cool and drizzly, I obtained a passout for the Eccup 10, not my favourite race; too hilly and usually very hot.

Sunday morning was cool and it was drizzling at 8.00 am, by 8.45 I had entered, and by 9.00 am the rain had stopped and the clouds began to break up!. I set off near ther back alongside Billy and Sara for a training run. A steady pace saw me slowly moving through the field. At around 5 miles the sun came out and a headwind appeared as we turned back at the far end of the reservoir. I managed ok to 8 miles struggling increasingly up the hills and from 8 – 10 it was just a question of hanging on. My longest training run for over a year has been one 7 miler. I finished in another pw but was pleased to have finished.

On Monday I went for my end of treatment blood test and was advised, Andrew please note, that my haemaglobin had taken a bit of a beating over the last 6 months and it would take another 3-6 months until it recovers.

What positives can I take from the race;

I didn’t walk
I finished in the top half, just

I finished 11/31 old boogers
Andrew look away now, I beat Billy by 5 minutes!

Tomorrow I’m going to Ibiza for some warm weather training