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Notices and Forthcoming Events


Online entry now available for this year’s Otley 10 see details here.

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

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

See the latest, up to the end of March,  club rankings and runner of the year tables for 2015, where are you?

Club Training note: A regular 800m / 1 mile rep session is currently taking place at 6.00pm on a Tuesday evening at High Royds, Menston, all abilities welcome, meeting at St Mary’s football pitches Menston at 5.50pm for a 6.00pm start.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Tuesdays 14th, 21st April Bunny Runs (relay on 21st).

Thursday 23rd April - Race 4 of the 2015 Eric Smith Handicap trophy at Fewston, start 7:15pm.

Saturday 25th AprilThree Peaks

Sunday 26th AprilLondon Marathon

Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th May – John Carr 5k series

Tuesday 12th MayJack Bloor Fell Race, Ilkley

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.

Harrogate – 5th May Start 7.30 pm (Early start so no finishers in the dark, but may change)
Dragons – 21st May Start 7.45pm – Note that this is also race 5 in our 2015 handicap series, (a ‘sealed’ h’cap done prior to the race honest!).
Thirsk – 2nd June Start 7.45 pm
Wetherby – 17th June Start 7.45 pm
Otley – 7th July Handicap and Presentation Start 7.45 pm

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Thursday 23rd April – Fewston Handicap

I’m sure Mick won’t mind me saying this, but his win was probably more down to the handicapping, (on the night), than his fantastic running.   Although saying that he did have a good run to come finish a clear winner ahead of Garry and young James.  Scott recorded the fastest time on the night a second over 22 minutes.  Top of the table after the fourth race of the series is John Armitstead 73pts, followed by Steve Robinson 72 and Gemma 70.  See the full table here.

May’s race is a sealed handicap using the second Harrogate League race organised by Dragons on  Thursday 21st.

Pos Time Hcap Net Time Pts
1 Michael Pickard 41:30 12:00 29:30 29
2 Garry Cochrane 42:54 13:00 29:54 28
3 James Kettleborough 43:13 13:00 30:13 27
4 Toni Midgley 44:47 09:00 35:47 26
5 Steven Robinson 45:05 19:00 26:05 25
6 Phil Robinson 45:33 13:00 32:33 24
7 Tom Lynch 45:35 19:00 26:35 23
8 Colin Best 45:40 12:00 33:40 22
9 Nicola Lee 46:05 15:00 31:05 21
10 Tom Paget 46:26 19:00 27:26 20
11 Hugh Pearson 46:32 16:00 30:32 19
12 John Armitstead 46:47 19:00 27:47 18
13 Tom Hannah 46:53 12:00 34:53 17
14 Scott Harrington 47:01 25:00 22:01 16
15 Dominic Egan 47:13 15:00 32:13 15
16 Natalie Kettleborough 47:19 12:00 35:19 14
17 Gemma Harrington 47:25 12:00 35:25 13
18 Tony Walker 47:36 19:00 28:36 12
19 Chris Tomlinson 47:48 17:00 30:48 11
20 Imogen Webster 48:09 09:00 39:09 10
21 John Davis 48:43 14:00 34:43 9
22 Christian Hosker 49:25 18:00 31:25 8
23 Eriks Zvaigzne 49:42 16:00 33:42 7
24 Antonio Cardinale 50:16 05:00 45:16 6
25 Carol Armitstead 50:17 05:00 45:17 5
26 Roger Dawson 51:26 00:00 51:26 4
27 Tom Midgley 44:47 09:00 35:47 2
28 Andy Webster 48:09 09:00 39:09 2
29 Yvette McNally dnf

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Sunday 19th April – Manchester Marathon

Report from Richard Smith

A trip to the red half of Manchester was the order of the day for the 2015 Asics Greater Manchester Marathon. This race advertises itself as ‘the fastest marathon in the UK’ and with 54 ft elevation, its a PB minefield.

In addition to myself, Andy Webster, Ralph Haughton and Tom Potter were the sole members representing Otley, with many beginning final preparations for the illustrious London Marathon next weekend.

Race conditions were a runners dream; over-cast, cool and calm. Approximately 8000 runners took up the starting position on Bridgewater Way, preparing for the gruelling 26.2 mile showdown ahead. From a personal perspective, despite issues in the last 2 weeks, I had trained hard from mid January and planned to stick with my dream; to achieve a sub 3 hour marathon. The race strategy was to lurk behind and around the sub 3 hour pacer, to try and stick with him for 20 miles and make sure I had enough left in the tank for the notorious final 10K. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 19th April – Fountains 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

The area up around Fountains Abbey is probably my ‘favouritest’ part of the world and I still lament the demise of the Black Sheep/Yorkshire Dales series of races of which the Fountains 10K was a relatively late addition and still going strong. Easy week of training with Wetherby parkrun as a primer to try and sharpen up for next week with a bit of a push today. The weather was exactly as predicted cool with a gusting breeze making it feel like 5 degrees. 240 started the race which climbs out of Grantley up a tarmac road (watch for potholes and loose gravel over the first mile) up to a trail across the moor.

Today it was relatively dry with maybe a couple of areas of real slippery mud and some standing water but on the whole I think as favourable as I have seen it. There is a deep rutted and stoney undulating path which you have to carefully pick your way across (metalled road is more for me) which takes you to about two and a half miles. A sharp right turn and you are back on the tarmac and a mile of descending (bliss!). Then up, then down, then up the sting in the tail up to six miles to finish downhill into the school and a loop around the playing field at the back.

A testing course won by Toby Osman of Ripon Runners in 34.49, only 15! First lady in 7th place, Sharon Barlow of Ripon Runners in 38.36. Only 10 (+ above 60!) year vets categories and being the youngest and having a good solid race managed first in M60 in 44.37 (two and a half minutes faster than last year) in 36th place. Fellow Otleyans: David Fox 99th in 49.37, Phil Robinson 137th in 52.51, Toni Midgley 189th in 59.20, (Tom saving himself for London but cheering us on) and Gloria Jackson 221st in 1.05.59.  Full results here.

At the finish we got some home-made flapjack (yum) and some tight tights (yeh!)…Spain next week so…Hasta la vista baby!!!


Sunday 19th April – RAB mini mountain marathon

Report from Sarah Fuller:

I enjoyed a wee sojourn across to the lakes today for the RAB mini mountain marathon. 140 runners enjoyed a chilly but largely cloud free day out in the central fells. The mini mountain marathon follows the same score format as its 2 day big brother but condensed into a frantic 4 hour dash. Score format means you have a set time limit to collect as many points as you can (with checkpoints worth differing points values usually depending on how far away they are or how big a hill they are up) with severe penalties for being late back.

I drove across early Sunday morning to HQ at the sticklebarn in great langdale. The event area spanned a wide area around the central fells and both sides of the langdale valley- no easy climbs there then! I ‘dibbed’at the start with some hesitation as I hadn’t run a navigational event since October and I felt a little rusty – it showed almost immediately! I felt a bit slower with my decision making and was stopping more often to consult the map more than usual but it was a glorious day and I thought I’d planned a pretty awesome route for myself (never mind if it would score a lot of points!).

I headed steeply out of langdale first climbing a little way up stickle Gill then traversing round under dungeon Gill and picking up the gimmer crag track to gain the height. A couple of checkpoints done I’d hit the high plateau and picked off controls near Harrison stickle and the the far side of thunacar knot. A few silly frustrating nav blips but nothing too serious and I headed round towards a control on the side of Rossett pike followed by a right old slog up to the summit of bow fell (a little Bob graham knowledge was advantageous here and I overtook a few folk by using the BG route!) which was in the clag (seemingly only for the short time I was up there!).

My Route then took me towards crinkle crags before dropping steeply towards langdale and picking off some time consuming controls high on the side of crinkle crags (including a pretty terrifying scramble into crinkle Gill!). Again I seemed to do a lot of dithering over my route choice which was annoying but no major dramas and I finally hit the valley bottom for a frantic run back to HQ via a wee 10 pointer not far up the blea tarn track. I knew I was pushing my luck with this last one but what the hell I went for it and ran as fast as I could back to base (frustratingly via about 300 stiles and gates!), it soon became apparent I would be late but how late was the question – a final push and I finished just over 3 minutes late (thus incurring a 4 minute penalty – doh!). That 3 minutes turned out to be significant as the first 3 ladies were separated by just 4 points! Given my recent form I wasn’t expecting much from the race apart from a lovely run but to come so close was a bit annoying! In the end I took 3rd place with 226 points (2nd V40) and 33rd overall so well chuffed with that (140 ran). The race was won by the legend that is steve birkenshaw with about 3 million points. Dorothy pelly (Ambleside) took the top spot for the ladies with 230 points. This is a great intro to a mountain marathon without all the hassle of tents etc and with a great course, quality map and meal at the finish for £18 a total bargain too. Results are here:


Saturday 18th April – Meanwood Valley Trail

Otley results from Valley Striders’ Meanwood valley trail race.  Full results for this and the Airedale triple trail race series here, well done to Sara for her 6th in her age category for the 3 races.

Race Pos FirstName LastName Club Time Group Pos in Grp
1 Jonathan Wills Leeds City A C 41.36 M 1
33 Kim Spence Valley Striders 49.38 F35 1
154 Andy Barker Otley AC 59.00 M 63
208 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 63.17 M60 9
281 Sara Richard Otley AC 69.18 F45 15

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Saturday 18th April – Park Runs

A first place finish and park run pb for Jamil at Harrogate, and pb’s for all of the Fullers at Woodhouse Moor.

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Thomas Edward HUGHES Unattached 00:16:39
34 1 Liga MAGDALENOKA-KEEN Chapel Allerton Runners 00:20:26
78 71 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:22:54
222 53 Erin FULLER Otley AC 00:27:23
269 76 Skye FULLER Otley AC 00:28:50
270 77 Sarah FULLER Otley AC 00:28:50

Harrogate parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Jamil Parapia Otley AC 00:15:54
31 1 Rosalyn MOORE Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:20:58
81 73 David Fox Otley AC 00:23:20

Sewerby parkrun 

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Lee RAWSON Kimberworth Striders RC 00:18:05
16 1 Elisha DE-ALKER Unattached 00:21:52
119 61 Reid Haddow Otley AC 00:44:48

Wetherby parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Michael VARGAS Unattached 00:18:44
9 1 Phoebe COSTER Wetherby Runners 00:21:29
17 15 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:23:17


Sunday 12th April: European Duathlon Championships Horst Holland

Another great report from Howard:

Last year I went to Horst in Holland to do the Euro Sprint duathlon championships and thought I would like to return this year. They had advertised this as the venue for the same races again and I did the training and qualified. The competition organisers decided to change the venue to Alcobendas (North Madrid) in Spain in two weeks’ time. Some people had already booked their tickets ( I was not one of them) so British Triathlon said they would reimburse unless the people wished to compete in the Long Distance duathlon which was now going to be held in Horst. I liked Horst so I looked into it and decided to go Long for once; not ludicrously long of course but still 10K run 60K bike 10K run. Having no track record or qualification for the distance I got a discretionary place; basically because I said I would turn up !!
The weather had been forecast to be good so I duly registered on Saturday morning and went into Horst in the afternoon. The wind got up to gale force and there was an absolute deluge. So bad, I contemplated buying an umbrella (the shop in which I waited sold them) to go back to the car not 500m away, with two brollies in it already! I waited a while and the rain eventually subsided. Wet cold and windy on the bike I just don’t do well.
Come Sunday morning I was up with the Lark as ever, scraped the ice off the windscreen, marvelled at the clear sky and hardly a breath of wind. I love the organisation that goes into these events and the foreign difference of it all. I had come through France, Belgium, Holland and missed my turn off for Horst so did a bit of Germany too!! I still got to the venue first. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 12th April: Baildon boundary way


Another win for frank in this local off-road half…..

Pos Name Club Cat Time Cat Position
1 BERESFORD, Frank Otley AC M 1:17:23 1/68
17 OUTTERSIDES, Robin Otley AC M 1:29:56 11/68
29 COOPER, Claire Keighley & Craven AC F 1:34:07 1/17
122 PODD, Matt Otley AC M50 1:51:47 24/56
169 DADE, John Otley AC M50 1:57:45 34/56
233 RAYNER, Andrew Otley AC M40 2:08:05 68/80
261 RICHARD, Sara Otley AC F45 2:15:21 22/34



Saturday 11th April: park runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Paul O’CALLAGHAN Tadworth AC 00:17:14
9 1 Georgia MALIR Ilkley Harriers AC 00:18:17
98 83 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:23:29
194 48 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:26:52
224 64 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:28:06
262 81 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:30:42
263 182 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:30:47

Bradford parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Marcin SOSZKA Saltaire Striders 00:17:48
32 1 Claire COOPER Keighley & Craven AC 00:21:51
53 52 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:23:45

Brueton parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Rory BENNETT Cambridge University Triathlon Club 00:18:15
24 1 Monica GREEN Knowle and Dorridge Running Club 00:20:58
28 27 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:21:13

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