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Please check the club notice board in the Cricket Club for forthcoming races and car sharing options.
2015 TRAINING WEEKEND will be Friday 20th – 23rd March at the same venue as this year; Limefitt Park, Troutbeck. The weekend is open to all fully paid-up members on a first come, first served basis. £57 for three nights self-catering in 5*log cabins holding six people. Please pay Tom Hannah at training; cash or cheque asap.
A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:
Saturday 28th February – Race 2 of the 2015 Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, meet 10:45 for 11:00 start at Esholt, To get to the start, take the road left to Esholt village just before the lights near Hollins Hall Hotel, take the left after railway bridge just before you get to the village.
Sunday 8th March – Ian Roberts Memorial Fell Race
Harrogate League 2015 - 5 races (and mega buffets) for just £5! As per last year, the club will pay the other half of the £10 entry fee. Numbers will be available in March.
Harrogate – 5th May Start 7.30 pm (Early start so no finishers in the dark, but may change)
Richmond – 12th May Start 7.45pm
Thirsk – 2nd June Start 7.45 pm
Wetherby – 17th June Start 7.45 pm
Otley – 7th July Handicap and Presentation Start 7.45 pm
Saturday 28th March – Northern Road Relays, Sefton Park, Liverpool. 12 stages for the men and 6 for the ladies. Give your names to Liam and Gemma asap.
Race 2 of this year’s Eric Smith Handicap Series was the flattish route from Esholt on to the Leeds Liverpool canal towards Shipley cutting up to main Hollins Hill road and back through the village. Eriks passed Tom just after the pub and it wasn’t because he’d stopped to re-hydrate… and held on for a clear win. David Fox just failed to catch Tom by 2 seconds to finish third. Rogan recorded the fastest time of the day crossing the line in 5th, but as the handicapper had set off Gemma and Nicky 10 seconds late he was pushed down one place in the final standings.
The top of the Handicap table sees John Armistead top with 47 points ahead of Hugh 45 and Ian Broadbent 43, see the full table here.
The weather was sunny but cool. The route was marked but there were still opportunities to take the wrong turn if you did not keep your eyes peeled (only two near misses for me).
Steve raced ahead of me early on and finished 34 out of 90 runners in a time of 64:15. I managed to find myself in the middle of the field with a massive gap in front (hence nearly taking the wrong turn) and a gap behind. The marathon is leaving me sufficiently fatigued to leave me struggling for speed and stamina. Eventually coming in 52nd in 70:48.
Nice run in an area of the country I have never run, well worth another trip up here for another race in the future.
Leeds Park Run
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Club||Run Time|
|1||1||Linton TAYLOR||Newark AC||00:16:33|
|43||1||Sophie LEE||Goole Youth AC||00:20:26|
|57||56||Tony WALKER||Otley AC||00:21:14|
|265||60||Laura Hind||Otley AC||00:27:45|
|282||68||Toni Midgley||Otley AC||00:28:23|
|304||79||Justina Stringer||Otley AC||00:29:10|
|311||84||Imogen Webster||Otley AC||00:29:22|
|369||118||Alice WEBSTER||Otley AC||00:32:25|
|370||252||Andrew Webster||Otley AC||00:32:26|
Maidstone Park Run
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Club||Run Time|
|1||1||Tom CARPENTER||Maidstone Harriers||00:17:22|
|11||1||Karrianne BELL||Medway & Maidstone AC||00:20:38|
|28||3||Nicola Lee||Otley AC||00:22:41|
Results for Snake Lane. Otley took the team prize. And some photos on the club’s Flickr site.
|Position||Competitor Name||Gender||Category||Cat Pos||Club||Finish Time||Chip Time|
|2||Scott Harrington||Male||Vet 35||1/76||Otley AC||00:54:24||00:54:23|
|11||Tom Midgley||Male||SNR||5/89||Otley AC||00:57:31||00:57:29|
|20||Liam Dunne||Male||Vet 40||6/115||Otley AC||00:58:25||00:58:22|
|55||Richard Smith||Male||SNR||21/89||Otley AC||01:00:51||01:00:48|
|80||Mark Hall||Male||Vet 45||6/104||Otley A C||01:02:32||01:02:30|
|509||Chris Tomlinson||Male||Vet 35||64/76||Otley AC||01:21:47||01:21:24|
|583||Andrew Rayner||Male||Vet 45||82/104||Otley AC||01:24:46||01:24:17|
|695||Charlotte Tomlinson||Female||SNR||43/64||Otley AC||01:29:39||01:29:16|
|795||Gemma Harrington||Female||Vet 35||59/86||Otley AC||01:34:30||01:34:06|
Report from Sean O’Halloran:
The Ilkley Moor Fell Race has been staged by Ilkley Harriers every year since 1990. It is a hard fell race in winter and is billed as not suitable for beginners due to the steep, slippery, and rocky descents.
Winner was Simon Bailey (36.52) of Mercia beating local favourite Tom Adams in to 2nd. First Lady was Caitlin Rice of Glossopdale 30th in 46.24.
First home for Otley was Jeremy Stewart in 48:55, followed by Graham Lake in 49:45, Tom Lynch in 52:40, Stephen Boddy in 55:52, Andrew Webster in 59:45, Matt Podd in 61:09, Neil Reed in 63:44, Hugh Pearson in 63:54, Eriks Zvaigzne in 68:03, David Fox in 68:18, Sara Richard in 73:46 and Sean O’Halloran in 86:13.
Otley juniors also had a strong turnout on Ilkely Moor.
In the Under 8’s 1/2 mile race first home for Otley in sixth was Aston Brogden in 04:35
In the Under 10’s 1 mile race Alice Webster was the only representative from Otley.
In the Under 12’s 1 mile race first home for Otley in 12th was Jenson Brogden in 8:43 followed by Jake McBrinn in 09:00, Adam Powell in 09:20, Jake Powell in 09:44, Holly Davey in 09:58 and Kieran Green in 10:56.
In the Under 14’s 1 mile race first home for Otley in seventh was William O’Neil in 08:24, Also for Otley were Rebecca Richard in 11:33 and Imogen Webster in 11:39.
Report from Matt Podd: Cold day with sleet later – a good motivation to run quick. Conditions underfoot good for the time of year.
Simon Bailey beat local favourite Tom Adams. Caitlin Rice was 1st woman.
Finishing order of B & W’s, Jeremy S, Graham L, Tom L, Steve B, Andy W, The President, Hugh P, Eriks Z, David F, Sean O’H, and somewhere was Sara R, Sean’s orange top reminded me of a Tango advert – very cheerful. Full results awaited.
Lots of Juniors raced and there are good photos on Woodentops (including provisional results lists). Thanks to spectators for support.
Finishing I saw that Jeremy had taken a good tumble, and had a good war-wound for his trouble (hope not too bad!) Was pretty pleased with form, and was buzzing afterwards as I enjoyed my free Yorkshire Tea at home.
Some results (unofficial)
Winner was Simon Bailey (36.52) of Mercia beating local favourite Tom Adams in to 2nd. First Lady was Caitlin Rice of Glossopdale 30th in 46.24. Jeremy was first back for Otley in 45th (48.55), then me 53rd (49.45), Tom Lynch 76th (52.40), Steven Boddy 109th (times seem to be missing from this point on from Woodentops photo), Andy Webster 145th, Matt Podd 154th, Neil Reed 169th, Hugh Pearson 171st, David Fox 199th, Sean O’Halloran 205th. Thought I saw Sara R on the photos, but can’t see her on results, apologies if I’ve missed anyone.
Lots of good photos here, including juniorshttp://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos
Official results to come from http://www.ilkleyharriers.org.uk/
There doesn’t appear to be any OAC runners but does anyone recognise anybody in this race from 1991?
Billy Rayner & Sara Richard were the lone representatives for Otley AC at Roberttown for the Liversedge Half Marathon. Both runners were nursing tired legs after completing the Harewood House Half Marathon and Rombald’s Stride respectively the week before. Conditions were perfect for the race which was won by Kevin Ogden of Spen AC in a time of 1:15:33. Billy Rayner was first home for Otley AC in a time of 2:03:07 closely followed by Sara Richard (6th FV45) in a time of 2:08:03.
Report from the Hon. Handicapper
The Carnethy 5 in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh is one of my favourite fell races, a 6 miles, 2500ft of ascent covering the summits of Scald Law, South Black Hill, East & West Kip and Carnethy and the 45th race this year, so just a year younger than yours truly! The race description from the Scottish Hill Racing sums up the race pretty well, steep climbs and descents with plenty of fast running in there too:
The startline is something to behold. 500 runners like extras from Braveheart lined up for battle, fittingly at the site of The Battle of Roslin. The race starts with a chaotic charge across flat marshland for the gateway to the hill. Then steep climbing up Scald Law in a heather trod where passing is awkward. Once at the summit of Scald Law you are exposed to any freezing cold northerly winds for the ridge run to South Black and the Kips. From the top of West Kip drop rapidly to pick up the trail and fast running down to the Howe.
Once down at the Howe the climb back up looks a little daunting. Gradual climbing leads into a sheltered gully which steepens until it spits you out onto the ridge where you can see there is fair bit more climbing to reach the summit of Carnethy. Once around the huge summit cairn drop sharply onto a spur, then steeply down rough heather with buckling legs, through the gate, then gather all remaining strength for the dash back across the marsh to the finishing mound.
After a quiet end to January training and racing wise I decided not to push hard on the mad dash to the bottom of the first climb to Scald Law. This however isn’t the best race tactic at Carnethy, as the deep heather and where there is one, narrow path means that passing anyone involves wasting lots of energy, which I didn’t think was a good idea. After Scald Law it’s a lot less congested and you can settle into your own pace for the next four summits.
I was surprised and pleased for the support of a couple of “come on/well done Otley” shouts from spectators and Caron managed to run round & shout me on at three points of the course too. I was hoping for a sub hour finish, but was a little disappointed with a time of 1:01:10, but not too much considering my recent training, finishing in 70th position.
The race was won by Andrew Douglas, Inverclyde AC in a time of 49:23, first woman was Charlotte Morgan, 56.46 from the host club Carnethy. The current English Fell champ. Tom Addison, 6th, helped Helm Hill take the team prize, a Claymore sword! south of the border to Kendal. See full results here and a funny punters guide to the pre-race favourites for the race here.
Ps. Thoughts on the recent BBC report that running fast isn’t good for you and that a speed of 5 miles per hour for 2 and half hours a week is the best for your health? I’m pretty sure all of the that seven over 70’s who finished on Saturday would argue with that one… including Jimmy Jardine whose done all 45 races! and was 495th / 515 finishers.