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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 are the final club rankings and runner of the year tables for 2014.  Congratulations to Mark Hall the 2014 Runner of the Year,  where are you?

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 1st MarchNorton 9,  Harden Trail Races

Saturday 7th MarchTrollers Trot,  Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, Pre-entry only, closes 1st March.

Sunday 8th MarchIan Roberts Memorial Fell Race

Saturday 14th March – Race 3 of the 2015 Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, meet 10:45 for 11:00 start at Stainburn.

Sunday 15th MarchSpen 20, Sheffield Varsity 10k

Sunday 22nd MarchThirsk 10, East Hull 20, Rivock Edge Fell Race, Heptonstall 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 MarchNorthern Road Relays, Sefton Park, Liverpool. 12 stages for the men and 6 for the ladies. Give your names to Liam and Gemma asap.

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Saturday 28th February – Esholt Handicap

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.

Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Eriks Zvaigzne 49:59 11:00 38:59 23
2 Tom Hannah 50:38 08:00 42:38 22
3 David Fox 50:40 10:00 40:40 21
4 Ian Broadbent 51:06 14:00 37:06 20
5 Gemma Harrington 51:27 06:00 45:27 19
6 Rogan Ashton 51:29 20:00 31:29 18
7 Nicky Gifford 51:34 06:00 45:34 17
8 John Armitstead 51:47 16:00 35:47 16
9 Steve Robinson 51:57 18:00 33:57 15
10 Phil Robinson 52:17 10:00 42:17 14
11 Ann Yeadon 52:22 08:00 44:22 13
12 David Cattanach 52:25 02:00 50:25 12
13 Hugh Pearson 52:29 13:00 39:29 11
14 Dominic Egan 52:56 13:00 39:56 10
15 Nicola Lee 52:57 14:00 38:57 9
16 Chris Tomlinson 53:06 13:00 40:06 8
17 Tom Lynch 53:07 18:00 35:07 7
18 Debra Brown 53:18 02:00 51:18 6
19 Antonio Cardinale 53:41 00:00 53:41 5
20 Tony Walker 53:53 17:00 36:53 4
21 Colin Best 54:49 10:00 44:49 3
22 Billy Rayner 55:06 11:00 44:06 2
23 Gary Cochrane 57:20 12:00 45:20 1


Sunday 15th February – Commondale Beacon 2 Fell race

Report from Andrew Webster: Steve Robinson and myself took the trek over to the North Yorkshire Moors for this enjoyable 8 mile fell/trail/road race. There was a surface for every runner.

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.


Saturday 21st February – Park Runs

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

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Sunday 22nd February – Snake Lane 10 mile

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



Sunday 22nd February – Ilkley Moor Fell Race

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.

 Report from Graham Lake:Details: biting wind and full kit-check (quite rightly) greeted runners on the side of Ilkley Moor for this popular race. It’s a surprisingly technical route, making the most of the contours. The descent down Backstone Beck being a particularly tricky one, and 2 or 3 scrambles back up the steepest bits the moor has to offer. This was my 3rd time running it, and knew a fast start was needed so as not to be boxed in going up to the Cow and Calf. I then got in to a steady pace running with a few of the regulars from the local area. I managed not to go flying down the aforementioned tricky descent, where I was greeted at the bottom by Jack and Kath with a “Come on Graham”. In fact, there were lots of “Come on Graham”s around the course, and I felt pretty damn popular; until I realised Graham Pilling from Pudsey and Bramley was a couple of runners behind me. Ah well.Jeremy Stewart passed me at some point, running well, and I soon found myelf flying down the brilliant last two descents; it really is a case of going as fast as you dare. The chap in front of me took a good dive, but got up quickly, allowing me to close up to him, and I did a classic sprint finish to overtake him before the line (a youtube highlight coming up I reckon).

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 juniors


Official results to come from


Sunday 22nd February – Great North West Half Marathon

Frank_GNW_HalfReport from Frank Beresford: The Great North West Half Marathon takes place in the inspiring town of Blackpool and takes the runner along the sea front.
After not been able to get a place for Snake Lane 10 mile race, I decided to give the Great North West half marathon a go. The course was flat, however the weather was horrible. By about the 7th mile I was not running as fast as possible to get a fast time, but running fast to finish and get warm. I ended the race shivering which is a first! I was happy to finish 3rd in a slow time of about 1 hour 16 min ( The winner finished with a time of about 1 hour 13 min and has 68 minute PB). I was the only Black and White runner. Training for London Marathon continues….


Simon’s Seat 1991

There doesn’t appear to be any OAC runners but does anyone recognise anybody in this race from 1991?


Sunday 15th February – Liversedge Half Marathon

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.


Saturday 14th February – Carnethy 5 Hill Race

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:


Line of runners on the climb to Scald Law

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.