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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:
Thursday 28th August - 8pm running biomechanics session at the club house after training. Delivered by Tri-Mechanics.
Wednesday 3rd September - Ilkley Incline, 7pm – 1 mile uphill with 560ft of ascent.
Saturday 6 September – Family activity day in Wharfemeadows Park to raise for Sport Chevin, formerly Back the Track; Noon until 4pm including informal 2.5k family fun run (1pm) and 5k race (2pm).
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 September – Rombald’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.
Leeds Hyde Park parkrun
Sara Elliott was 103rd in 23:54. The winner was Rashaad Jorden in 17:16 and the first lady in 21st place was Josie Cram (Uni of Leeds AC) in 19:29.
Nick Hodgkinson was 96th in 26:27. The winner was Stuart Farmer (Serpentine RC) in 17:45 and the first lady in 15th place overall was Natasha Perry in 20:57.
Reid Haddow was 127 in 26:50. The winner was Joe Woodley (Skyrac) in 18:13 and the first lady in 28th place overall was Lucy Miller (Bingley Harriers) in 21:53.
Report from Matt Podd:
I went to the show and spectated at the race a few years ago, and thought that this was one not to be missed. It is only 1 mile long, but with a near vertical descent; an Iconic BOFRA race with history and real class. One for the bucket list if you want to call yourself a fell runner.
So I took the afternoon off work and went for a trot. About 70 of us lined up on a nice day, and off we went. The ascent is OK, then 200yrds flat on top and then dive dive dive, over the edge. Wild death potential with rocks whistling past – except for the one that hit me on the back of the leg. Then comes a slight lull before the main event: The vertical gully! This now has a rope down it to assist you – which the old-timers say spoils the fun. Didn’t stop some bloke falling past me.
From there to the finish in the show field is a path.
Ted Mason was second, not sure who won – but it wasn’t me. Well I’m glad I’ve got Yorkshires most dangerous fell race done and survived – if covered in blood.
The show is excellent – a real Dales experience.
All the results, including sheep, cattle, walking sticks and adult handicrafts (fnarr fnarr), or just the Crag race on the BOFRA site here & lots of Woodentop photo’s here and Caron’s fell race and dancing sheep photo’s on the club flickr here, they did shortly after these were taken honestly.
A slightly earlier than scheduled start caught out some of the Otley runners, busy chatting.. 15th Rogan Ashton 39:46, 117th Jaqueline Ackroyd 50:39, 123rd Colin Best 52:12, 173rd Don Buffham 1:00:32.
Report from Graham Lake:
I did the Halton Gill Sports fell race on Sunday. This is a typical BOFRA race, straight up and down to the highest point on the horizon. The gala itself was loads of fun, 3 legged race, welly wanging, blind sheepdog trials, all very low key and so friendly. Halton Gill is in an absolutely idyllic spot, and if you dare look over your shoulder while grasping for tufts of grass on the way up you see gorgeous views back over to Pen-y-Ghent. There was very little actual running, but I kept up with the main ‘chasing pack’, behind the 3 fell-gazelles at the front.
The downhill was rough, rocky, steep and I didn’t exactly fly down. Knowing I’d need my ankles to drive home I took it easy and lost loads of time, but it stopped actually mattering, I was just enjoying the challenge.
It did matter when I heard the leading ladies closing me down, so put in some effort to stay ahead.
Similar feeling to after Roseberry Topping, slightly traumatised but buzzing.
No idea on placing or time, but it was all about the whole day really.
I do know I beat Adam Osbourne though (in the 3 legged race).
Report from Liam Dunne:
I travelled to Birkenshaw this afternoon with Tom Midgley, his wife Toni and Tilly the dog for the West Yorkshire 5 mile Road Race.
It started at the unusual time of 2pm and, with it being a fairly hot and sunny day, an earlier start would have been a bit more pleasant.
The start of the race was from the fire station in Birkenshaw as this event incorporated the Fire Service Championship. From the start it was an uphill winding loop on the grounds of the fire station before we pounded the local roads of Birkenshaw.
The first two miles were all gradual climb before it flattened out and then a gradual decent to the 3.5 mile mark and again a long gradual climb up to the grounds of fire station and back down to the finish.
Soon after the start it was Kevin Ogden of Spen AC who established an early lead and showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field.
Behind him was a runner from Preston who despite struggling on the hills managed to get a gap and sustain it to the finish. I was next with Tom Midgley in hot pursuit and kept the pressure on all the way.
Tom had a great run despite having a tough week of training in the build up to the Great North Run. He also ran the Leeds Park Run yesterday and achieved his best result for a few years over the distance, so well done Tom.
Overall a tough course but very happy to finish in 3rd place and 1st V40 (only one prize of highest value to each runner) Tom also came away with a massive pb and a prize for 3rd man in the open category. Special thanks to Tom’s wife Toni and the Harringtons dog Tilly, who offered unbiased support during the race.
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.
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 bofra.org.uk
Photos at Woodentops