Notices and Forthcoming Events

  Got some news, photos, information or just need an OAC question answering? Email

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

Buying something online, check out this easy way of giving the club a bit of extra funds on the Otley AC easyfundraising site here. So far up to 08/01/2017 we’ve managed to raise a fantastic £155.43.

2017 Otley 10 results (xls spreadsheet, or Word doc), Photos.

Congratulations to a new category record for Aileen Baldwin from Stainland Lions, see an updated Otley 10 Records and All Time Lists spreadsheet here, check out the very impressive set of category best times.

The latest Runner of the Year table for 2017 here and Road Rankings for 2017 here, as at 4th June.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Structured training – Hills and Speed sessions return each Thursday from the 6th October, and occasionally on a Tuesday a hills session.

Tuesday 27th June – Away run in the Washburn Valley, from the Yorkshire Water Swinsty car park 7:15pm

Wednesday 28th JuneCragg Vale FR.

Saturday 1st JulyBlackfell FR, Kettlewell.

Sunday 2nd JulyEccup 10,  Oakworth Haul FR.

Tuesday 4th JulyDanefield relay, 7:15pm start, meet start area 6:30 – 6:45pm to arrange our teams, or either at club nights the week preceding, or the club members facebook group.

Wednesday 5th JulyRob Shepherd’s Stirton FR, EvenSplits 5K series Brownlee Centre.

Wednesday 12th JulyGolden Acre Relay, 7pm start, teams as per Danefield above, meet start area 6:15 – 6:30pm.

Friday 14th July – Our own Washburn Relay, 7pm start. A bit of marshaling help needed on the night, teams arranged as per Danefield relay above.

Saturday 15th JulyYorkshire Wolds Half

Tuesday 18th JulyEric Smith Handicap Trophy Race 7 – The Liz Fawcett Leathley Handicap, 10K, 7:15pm start

No Comments

Targeted races

February: Askern 10m (13/8)
Liversedge (12/2/17) full September:
Snake Lane (26/2/17) full Vale of York Half Entries (10/9)
March: Kirkstall 7
Norton 9 Entries (5/3) Harrogate Haverah Trail Race
Thirsk 10 Entries (19/3) October:
April: Yorks marathon/10 m Entries (8/10)
Boundary Way (2/4) full Bramley 10k Entries (8/10)
Vale of York 10 Entries (9/4) Bradford 5k/10k/HM
Guiseley Gallop Entries (16/4) WYXC
May:  November:
Bluebell Trail Entries (7/5) Guy Fawkes 10
Leeds Half Entries (14/5) Abbey Dash
Ilkley Trail Entries (29/5) Barnsley 10k
June: (Burley Moor)
ABC  (1/6)  December:
Pudsey 10k Entries (18/6) Leeds Xmas 10k
HDSRL/Otley 10/Parkrun Chevin Chase
July: Jolly Holly Jog
Eccup 10 Entries (2/7) January:
Yorkshire Wolds Half (15/7 Bishop Wilton Show) Brass Monkey
August: Meltham 10k
Burnsall 10 (19/8??)

No Comments

HDSRL – Handicap Otley Thursday 6th July

Volunteers Needed

On Thursday 6th July, Otley will be hosting the handicap race, the final event in the HDSRL series.

We need as many volunteers as possible for marshalling this event.

There will be a fair few club members wanting to race, so if you’ve not done any of the Harrogate League, or too few to qualify for the handicap race, please can you help out?

Anybody that is able to help, please let Sara Elliott know either at club or by emailing her on

Thank you all.

No Comments

Sunday 25th June – Bradford Millennium Way Relay

Report from Tom Lynch:

We managed to field 2 open teams for the Bradford Millennium Way Relay this year, a paired team relay around much of the countryside of the District of Bradford, taking in Bingley, Haworth Moors, Laycock, Silsden, Ilkley and back to Bingley. The legs vary between 8-11 miles following mostly fell and trail routes.

Perfectly coordinated Black & Whites and White & Blacks ready for the off

I started off on leg 1 running with Gary (team Black & Whites), with Tamara and Neil running for the second team (White & Blacks), at 8 am on a drizzle soaked morning from Bingley sports club, all slightly dazed at the time we had to get up, but thankful for Gary’s father-in-law for offering to collect us at the end of our leg, saving us an even earlier wake up!

Team 2 Leg 1 changeover

Tamara and Neil had done a proper recce for their leg, whereas I’d only managed to check out the 2nd half of our leg, thankfully we were battling with a few teams up to the halfway mark, so we had no major navigation mishaps, and we could crack on once we got to somewhere I recognised. We handed over to Steve Robinson and Stephen Boddy at Penistone country park at the end of our leg, and Tamara and Neil passed the baton to Sara Richard and Laura Hind. Running the remaining legs for the teams were: Leg 3 Tom Pomfrett/Shane Ewen & Hannah Lupton/Carmen Dojahn-Wood, Leg 4 Christian Hosker/Andy Webster & Caron Ralph/Jackie Ackroyd, Leg 5 Andrew Robertshaw/Tom Paget & Hugh Pearson/Sara Elliot.

Read the rest of this entry »


Penistone 10k (Multi terrain) 25/06/17

Report from Mark Hall

A trip over to south Yorkshire. I won this event back in 2003 ( Has it really been so long ago!) this is the first time I have returned and although the last half of the event has changed the first 5k is still a constant climb with some very steep sections. After 5 and a half Kms there is a steep descent on to the trans Penine trail (off road) which is 3 kms of flat trail before the final 400 metres of incline. I was 1st vet overall. The 10k incorporated the South Yorks 10k championship as a result attracted a good local field. If any OAC runners fancy a trip over the ‘border’ this is a well organised. reasonably priced event but don’t expect a PB!

Winner: D Hinchcliffe, Penistone FR. 34.31
Mark Hall. 4th. 37.07. 1st vet

1 Comment

Eldwick Gala Fell Race – Sat 24th June

Report from Graham

I was running late, so put the VW in hyperdrive and legged it over to Eldwick for the gala Fell Race on Saturday. Abandoning my campervan in a cul-de-sac I ran to the start to be told it had been put back 15mins due to the sheepdog show running late (phew).

This is a very short race (2.8m 550ft) from the main street, up to the Baildon Moor trig point and back the same way (but with a finish in the show field).

I was hoping to bag a top 10 finish, but was perturbed to see Tom Adams and Joe Baxter line up at such a low-key event. Luckily there were some children in the race; this would be easy!

After a very fast start down the road you’re soon climbing the 500 ft or so of ascent up to the trig point and through the pain in my lungs came the thought “why are these kids ahead of me?!” As it’s an out and back I could count 10 people ahead of me at the top, and my ego needed that name in the Fellrunner magazine! So with this desperate and deeply sad thought in my head I managed to pass 5 folk on the way down including one of those pesky kids only for him to re-pass me on the final hill to the finish.

Anyways I got a top 10 finish in 7th place but missed out on 1st old man prize, although I looked FAR older than the category winner! ;o)

The race was won by Tom Adams in 16.40, (3rd place Alex Flaherty 13 y/o!) Graham Lake in 7th 20.12, the women’s race was won by Caroline Lambert in 20.47 (10th overall). Don Buffham was 83rd in 30.55 shortly ahead of Nicky Gifford who did her first ever fell race (well done Nicky!) in 84th 31.11 with Antonio 88th in 39mins.

Now, where did I park that campervan…?

1 Comment

ParkRun Round Up Sat 24th June

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 395 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Thomas MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:18:04
28 1 Shamiso SISIMAYI Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:20:38
186 46 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:26:53
240 70 Joanna MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:29:12
Harrogate parkrun
A total of 359 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:49
27 1 Louise MCLEMAN Newcastle University Tri club 00:20:35
58 6 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:22:19
181 152 David Fox Otley AC 00:26:32
Keswick parkrun
A total of 155 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Alfie WEST Unattached 00:18:19
18 1 Francesca LEE Unattached 00:21:59
82 22 Joanna Hobson Otley AC 00:26:43
Colby parkrun
A total of 96 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Stuart CREES Les Croupiers RC 00:18:17
9 1 Mary BOWEN REES Taf Running & Orienteering 00:21:58
37 32 John Davis Otley AC 00:25:52
Leicester Victoria parkrun
A total of 216 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Alex CUMMING Unattached 00:16:58
3 1 Joanna MALE West End Runners 00:18:24
17 16 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:20:31

1 Comment

Beamsley Beacon Fell Race, Thursday 22nd June

Report from Mr Podd

A large team of elite Otley AC  fell runners descended on Addingham and joined the loitering crowd outside the pub on a nice evening. Off we went through the village, over the bridge and charged up the mighty Beamsley Beacon. Lovely and dry underfoot – I wore trail shoes. There was probably a lovely view off the top, but no time to linger as we raced carefully down the tricky descent. The ‘trench’ was dry, but very overgrown and claimed a few victims. So on to the very fast bit down the fields and try and maintain the speed back into the finish in the village. I would have been two places up if I hadn’t had to do a Gilly.

Many of us were still feeling the Knaresborough effect, but a lovely evening for a nice local race, and chips on the way home.

Approximate finishing order. Liam, Colin, John, Me, Don, Liz, Bob, Bob and Antonio. Results to follow on BOFRA website.


Wednesday 21st June – Solstice Saunter Bolton Abbey

Report from Joanna Hobson

Last night on a hot and balmy (or was that barmy) mid-summer evening, Hannah Lupton, Laura Hind, Nicky Gifford, Ann Yeadon, Pam (a friend of Nicky’s) and I all did the Solstice Saunter, a beautiful, sociable summer’s evening 5 mile race,  following the trails of Bolton Abbey. The race starts at Cavendish Pavilions and follows a clockwise loop up through the Strid Wood to Barden Bridge, then over the bridge and back through the grounds to the pavilion.

This run is organised by the Airedale Dodgers in conjunction with Sue

 Ryder as a fundraising event for Manorlands Hospice. The route was stunning and the marshalling so friendly and organised. We were rewarded with a bottle of beer and a high quality bespoke Solstice Saunter medal.

The best part of the evening was a riverside picnic, watching the sun go down with fabulous food, G&Ts and Bucks Fizz! A really lovely way to spend the longest day.

1st place went to Will Kerr in 31:12, 1st female Ann-Marie Bulcock 37:34

For Otley AC Ann Yeadon 47:35, Laura Hind 47:49, Joanna Hobson 48:56, Hannah Lupton 50:11, Nicky Gifford 52:03

Full results here



20th June 2017 – Knaresborough Harrogate League

Gilly & Eriks

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

A big thanks to Knaresborough Striders for hosting thier 1st Harrogate League race & excellent bufffet at the Working Men’s Club, particularly the fabulous cakes!.  Ripon’s Ben Pease, 31:34,  7 seconds ahead of his team mate Reece Dalton & I think taking the Harrogate League title for this year.  I had a battle with Harrogate’s Crystal Goecker, 37:20 for much of the race who finished

Rob celebrating his handicap win?

as first woman.  An excellent season for the Black and Whites maybe not in team positions but fantastic turnouts in all of the races.   Jackie Ackroyd is in a close run thing with Margaret Britton of Dragons/Airecentre Pacers for the LV60 prize, Jackie beat Margaret on the day but by enough to win?, and the answer is yes by just less than one point, 96.08 to 95.09.

This is Jackie’s 4th Individual Harrogate League title after V35 win 1999, V40, 2001, V55 in 2013.  Congratulations to Jackie.

Just our handicap race now, so all hands on deck to help out, with setting out the course, marshaling and catering in 2 weeks Thurs. 6th July.  Results of race 6 of the Eric Smith Handicap are shown below, see the latest handicap table here.  Antonio jumps to the top of the table on 109 points, followed by Rob Fearnley, 105 and John Armitstead and Gary Johnson 92.  Photo’s courtesy of Jack, more on the Flickr site here.


Hcap Pos Race Time Hcap HCap Time Hcap Pts
1 Rob Fearnley 53:03 12:30 1:05:33 40
2 Matt Podd 44:12 22:15 1:06:27 39
3 Jackie Ackroyd 50:03 16:45 1:06:48 38
4 Gilly Wight 47:46 19:15 1:07:01 37
5 Antonio Cardinale 1:07:21 00:00 1:07:21 36
6 Joanna Hobson 51:42 15:45 1:07:27 35
7 John Armitstead 40:45 27:00 1:07:45 34
8 Tony Walker 41:23 26:30 1:07:53 33
9 Michael Pickard 45:41 22:15 1:07:56 32
10 Nicola Lee 45:59 22:15 1:08:14 31
11 Andy Webster 45:47 22:30 1:08:17 30
12 Sara Elliott 44:18 24:00 1:08:18 29
12 Daniel Mundet 49:48 18:30 1:08:18 29
14 Paul Clifford 43:20 25:00 1:08:20 27
15 Ann Yeadon 50:22 18:00 1:08:22 26
15 Gill Park 49:22 19:00 1:08:22 26
17 Tash Whitaker 1:02:10 06:15 1:08:25 24
18 Carl Walsh 47:56 20:30 1:08:26 23
18 Chris Brunold 48:26 20:00 1:08:26 23
20 Carol Armitstead 52:52 15:45 1:08:37 21
21 John Dade 44:40 24:00 1:08:40 20
22 Phil Robinson 50:59 17:45 1:08:44 19
23 Liz Fawcett 49:51 19:00 1:08:51 18
24 Laura Hind 51:02 18:00 1:09:02 17
25 Tom Paget 38:48 30:15 1:09:03 16
26 Colin Dennison 41:34 27:30 1:09:04 15
26 Tom Hannah 57:04 12:00 1:09:04 15
28 Eriks Zvaigzne 49:52 19:15 1:09:07 13
29 Martin Stringer 43:10 26:00 1:09:10 12
30 Liz Yates 46:02 23:15 1:09:17 11
31 Tom Lynch 35:49 33:30 1:09:19 10
32 Shane Ewen 38:46 30:45 1:09:31 9
33 Andrew Robertshaw 37:18 32:15 1:09:33 8
34 Caron Ralph 48:58 20:45 1:09:43 7
35 Graham Lake 37:02 32:45 1:09:47 6
36 Chris Hosker 44:03 25:45 1:09:48 5
37 Mike Hastings 42:42 27:15 1:09:57 4
38 Colin Best 50:53 19:15 1:10:08 3
39 Madeleine Delucchi 57:46 12:45 1:10:31 2
40 Ian Broadbent 51:16 23:00 1:14:16 1