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Entries are now being accepted for this year’s Otley 10-mile road race. Please help spread the word!

Please check the club notice board in the Cricket Club for forthcoming races and car sharing options.

Here are the Runner of the Year and Club Rankings for the first three months of 2014.

Our Absolute Beginners group is for anyone wanting to have a go at running, regardless off ability. Find them on their Facebook page or email

Results of the 2013 Leeds Race Series are now online, along with this year’s events.

And who’s this on the side of a bus?

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Sarah Fuller is looking to get teams together for various off-road relays, full details here.  

Thursday 24th April Fewston Handicap, meet at Swinsty Reservoir car park at 7:00pm for a 7:15pm start or meet at the rugby club at 6:45pm for car sharing.

Monday April 28th – Charity curry night for Spana, a charity to support working animals in the poorer countries of the world. Not a pure club night but Colin Best’s wife is a supporter of the charity. Details here.

Thursday 8th May – The first of the HDSRL races to be hosted by Ilkley Harriers. Race start time 7:45pm from Ilkley Rugby Club.

Tuesday 13th May – The always popular Danefield Handicap. Meet near at Danefield car park at 7:00pm for a 7:15pm start.

Wednesday 4th June – Club handicap as part of the HDSRL race at Richmond.

Saturday 10th MayCRO Challenge, Clapham. Off-road marathon or 12-mile. And that’s Clapham, North Yorkshire.

Wednesday 28th May - Yorkshire Evening Trail Series (YETiS)#1, 6:30pm from the Gascoigne Arms, Barwick-In-Elmet.

Wednesday 18th June - YETiS #2, 6:30pm from the Fox & Hounds, Bramhope.

Wednesday 16th July - YETiS #3, 6:30pm from the Fox Inn, Thorner.

Wednesday 13th August - YETiS 4, 6:30pm from the Windmill Inn, Linton.

Friday 10th October – The yearly ‘Jolly Jaunt to Korks with Julian’, this year to see China Crisis. In his own words: Absolutely impossible for anyone to dislike them with songs such as Christian, Wishful Thinking and Black Man Ray. Tickets are likely to go fast so book here or direct from Korks.

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Sunday 20th April – Guiseley Gallop 10K

The race winner in 33:59 was Tom Adams (Ilkley Harriers) & the first lady in 38th place was Donna Edmonson (Idle AC) with a time of 42:02.

A strong turnout for Otley AC at todays Guiseley Gallop 10K. Scott ‘the bridesmaid’ Harrington finished 2nd in 35:53, Robin Outersides 11th in 38:44, Graham Lake 26th in 40:38, Richard Smith 34th in 41:45, Rogan Ashton 52nd in 43:18, Howard Jeffrey 132nd in 48:55, Stephen Boddy 236th in 55:27, Mick Jeffrey 251st in 56:08, Andrew ‘Billy’ Rayner 278th in 57:29 and finally the only Otley AC female Sarah Jones was 370th in 1:03:22.

461 runners completed todays race. Results


Saturday 19th April – Parkruns

Leeds Parkrun - Was won by Christopher Mann (Hyde Park Harriers) in 16:35, First Female was Hilde Pape (unattached) in 34th position with a time of 20:29. For OAC, Chris Hosker came 26th in 19:53 & Toni Midgley came 214th in 27:13.

Harrogate Parkrun – Otley AC member Jamil Parapia won the race in 16:32.First female was Millie Gray (Harrogate Harriers) in 26th with a time of 20:19. Results. Worth noting Jamil was touting that he had beaten an England international today, the gentleman in 32nd position, Danny Mills the former Leeds United, Man City and England Defender.

Cross Flatts Parkrun, Leeds – A total of 87 runners took part, the race was won by Connor Craig-Jackson (Skyrac) in a time of 17:26, first female was Alice Travers (unattached)  in 15th position with 21:46. For Otley AC, Tom Potter finished in 7th with 19:16


Friday 18th April – The Hot Cross Run 10K (Trail)

Provisional results indicate that David Cattanach was the only OAC member to run at todays Hot Cross Run, Harrogate. This is the first running of this 10K trail race organised by Country Trail Races. Sadly it seems no time has been recorded for David – Although he estimates a finish time close to 75mins.

The first male to finish was Pete Willkie of Roundhay Runners in 47:02, and the first female was Rachel Mackie of Abbey Runners in 49:46.

Full results here.


Friday 18th April – Salford 10K

Second claim member Zack Whitehead recorded a personal best time for 2014 over 10K with a speedy 33:54 finishing in 38th Position.

The race was won by Michael Aspinall of Tipon Harriers in 30:03. First female finishing in 44th Position was Jessica Coulson of  Stockport Harriers with a time of 34:10.


Friday 18th April – Calder Vale Country 10 mile road race

Otley AC club treasurer, Ian Broadbent Reports:

I made my annual pilgrimage to  Calder Vale near Garstang to run the 10 mile road race which is set over an extremely undulating but scenic road course. It’s not PB territory but I managed a respectable 79:10 and 61st of 159 finishers in very warm conditions. Pleased to report the pie and peas were as good as ever too. It’s run every Good Friday and well worth the trip, generally a small field although competitors seem to travel a fair way to take part!

The race winner, and the only person to run sub 60 mins on the day, in 59:56 was Paul Brannigan (Todmorden Harriers).The first female home in 4th position was Angela Leck (Wellington Scottish) in 62:35.

Full results here.

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Tuesday 15th April – Bunny Run 3

In the 3rd race of this years Bunny Run fell race series (3miles/300ft) Otley had a host of runners taking part. The race winner in a time of 14:50 was Jack Simpson (Leeds City) the first female finisher in 19th position overall was Katie Walshaw (Holmfirth).

First back for OAC on the night was Matt John in 7th (15:57) followed by Simon Anderson in 36th (17:58), Robin Outersides 44th (18:20), Bob Baker 211th (23:46), Richard Hamer 232nd (24:33), Sara Richard 23rd (27:12) & finally Julie Dorling 315th(29:28).


Full results here.

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Sunday 13th April – European Sprint Duathlon Championships Horst (Holland)

Race report from Howard Jeffrey:

I competed in the EU Sprint Duathlon Championships on Sunday morning in Horst Holland. So many Brits it was like a domestic competition. I was pleased with my performance considering the lack of training before and after Christmas. The weather was almost perfect in that it was sunny but cool with a bit of wind in the exposed bike course. First 5K I dipped under 20 minutes at 19.54 for the first time in a couple of years I think. The 20K bike ride saw me unleash my secret weapon (Scott Plasma Team: Google it if you’re interested) and I reckon it was worth about 3  to 4 minutes judging by where my known rivals were. I ran at the same pace in the last 2.8 K and finished 9/14 in my new age category (it is getting harder) and 225/332 overall. OK bearing in mind they were all qualified age groupers. Next champs are the World Sprint Duathlon in Pontevedra Spain end of May and the EU Sprint Triathlon in Kitzbuhel mid June.


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Sunday 13th April – Virgin Money London Marathon

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Report from Lisa Maughan:

My second marathon and first time at London . I was both excited and nervous in the lead up to it. I woke up early and made my way to the start. Fortunately I bumped into a dubious looking pair at Charing Cross (Tom and Jackie), and Tom’s laid back attitude helped to calm my nerves!

We were in the pens about 30 minutes before the start, which actually passed quite quickly, and then we were off. I had decided to run near the 4 hr pace group, along with around 15,000 other people, or so it seemed. I was scratched, shoved and tripped up twice before half way, it was horrible!

Thankfully it thinned out a bit around mile 18 but then I had to contend with people stopping to walk in front of me, which was annoying especially when you are tired. I caught up with Tom at about 19 I think. He was in a lot of pain, after checking he was OK and throwing a couple of iboprofen at him I ploughed on.

I knew at this point that I wasn’t going to make sub four but was determined to get as near to four hours as possible so pushed on. The crowds along the last stretch were amazing and pushed me on. All in all I was very pleased with my time – a 12 minute PB. It was an amazing experience but not one I will be repeating in a hurry!

Report from Sean O’Halloran:

The weekend started with a trip to the London Excel to collect the race numbers, race pack and final instructions.  There was also a chance to pick up some bargains from the trade stands. I was lucky enough me meet Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Mutai at the Excel and have a photo taken with each, but I’m not holding out much hope for a christmas card.

Race day and we are greeted with clear skies and rising temperatures. I arrived at the blue start and managed to meet up with Lisa, Tom and Jackie, we had a team photo, wished each other good luck and went to our numbered pen. It took me 15 mins to cross the start line once the race got underway. I decided to join the 4:30hrs pace group and settled into a nice rhythm and the miles were ticking off nicely. A quick kiss from Niamh mile 3 and back to the job at hand. I was feeling great and things were going to plan until mile 8 where I was getting too hot and by mile 10 I had slowed quite a lot and I realised my original plan was not going to unfold. I was now running with the 5hr pace group and this was my new plan. Half way came and I realised I was struggling and it now became a race of survival. I had passed a few collapsed runners who were being tended to my St John and I just wanted to complete the race. As the weather was very warm (sore sunburn now) I was unsure if I was taking on to little or too much fluid but I was struggling to get going. The miles slowly ticked by and the welcoming thoughts and sights of Elaine and Niamh kept me going. When I got to mile 23 I realised it was a parkrun to the finish and that I was going to make it. Eventually Buckingham Palace came into view and around the corner was the finishing line!! I had completed the London Marathon, something I had been dreaming of for years. I received my medal and met up with the family. Some learning points taken from this race and now on to the next challenge.
A big well done to all the OAC runners, I hope your legs recover soon.


The race was won by Wilson Kipsang in 2.04.29 and first lady was Edna Kiplagat in 2.20.21. First in for the Black and Whites was Liam Dunne 388th overall in 2.45.40; followed by Richard Clarke, 3920th, in 3.23.10; Karen Potter, 6274th, in 3.37.21; Jackie Ackroyd, 9676th, in 3.52.43; Lisa Maughan, 12654th, in 4.04.03; Stephen Boddy, 15711th, in 4.16.57; Tom Hannah, 23014th, in 4.28.51; and Sean O’Halloran, 32997th, in 5.57.46.

Official race report and results




Saturday 12th April – Park Runs

At Leeds Hyde Park, the race was won by Dean JEROME, Leeds City in 16.38 and first lady, 22nd overall, was Rachael LUNDGREN, Gosforth Harriers & AC  in 19.18. For Otley AC, Christian Hosker came 34th in 20.20

At Sewerby parkrun, the winner was Phil Taylor, Bridlington Road Runners in 16.40 and first lady was Deborah Church of Driffield Striders in 18th, 22.07. For Otley AC, Reid Anthony James HADDOW was 43rd overall in a time of 26.43

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