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Notices and Forthcoming Events


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

The Club Forum is to the top right of this page. Use it! And if you’re not an Otley AC member don’t try joining in; you’ll only be banned!

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 club rankings and runner of the year tables up to the end of August. Where are you?

IMPORTANT: Due to the AGM tomorrow -(Tuesday, see below) training will begin at 7:00pm.

West Yorkshire Cross Country League (see below) - Andrew Robertshaw is coordinating entries, but you must register by the end of September (by the AGM would be even better) and it’s £12 for four races. Give him the cash at training or email him for his bank details.

Please note – new time: Summer sprint training with Jamil Parapia. Sprint/speed training sessions every Tuesday, meeting at 6:45m prompt at the Cricket Club for runs on the footpath tracks in the grounds of High Royds. All abilities welcome and catered for.

A message form Dominic Egan: Hi all! Can you help me, to help others, to help us all? In November I’m cycling from the base of Mt Kilimanjaro to the start of the East Rift Valley, in Tanzania, for Yorkshire Cancer Research. A 350km ride across the Serengeti and climbing more than 13,000ft. The challenge route is over five days and is mainly off-road trails and – it won’t be easy chased by lions, elephants and the occasional rhino. My challenge is dedicated to all affected by cancer, especially Sheila Egan (late mother) and Julie Swinburne (late wife) who was a Leeds Endocrine Specialist Nurse. If you can help by donating, please go to my Just Giving page.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Tuesday 23rd September – Club AGM, at the Cricket Club after training. This is your opportunity to raise and discuss any issues you have about the club and its future direction, and you should have received an email with the agenda. If not then please contact John Dade.

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.

Sunday 19th October – West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Thornes Park, Wakefield.

Saturday 25th October – Race 10 of the 2014 Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, Calverley Handicap, start by the canal near the Railway Inn, 11:00am

Sunday 2nd November - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Queen’s Wood, near Beckett Park, Headingley.

Saturday 8th November – Time to get out the thermals; it’s the Burley Moor Festival Run. And it’ll soon be dark enough to practice in the dark!

Saturday 22nd November - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Keighley,  venue TBC.

Sunday 7th December - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Nunroyd Park, Guiseley.

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Saturday 20th September – Three Shires Fell Race

Sam Stell did the 47th in Three Shires Fell Race in the Lake District with, according to the Ambleside AC website had “free tea and pasty at the finish”.

The race is 12.4-miles long with 4003ft of ascent and takes in Pike of Blisco, and Sam finished in 2:25:07. Full results awaited.

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Sunday 21st September – Embsay Fell Race

No lazy Sunday afternoon for Matt Podd:

I did the Bofra Embsay Fell Race of 2.9 miles and a mere 850ft of ascent (the Chevin is 925ft) on Sunday afternoon. No results as yet, but no prizes for me. Enjoyed it, with the normal horrific climb and fast fun descent. Kids races were very well supported, but no other Black & Whites.

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Sunday 21st September – Kirkstall Abbey 7

A quick look at the results, shows our Frank Beresford coming in 1st in 37.35; Tom Potter, 22nd in 43.36; Howard Jeffrey,46th in 47.42; Colin Best, 158th in 56.37; Sara Richard, 179th in 59.10.



Saturday 20th September – Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships

Captain Liam Dunne reports:

It’s not always easy to work up the enthusiasm to travel long distances for a 6km run in the afternoon and compete against the creme de la creme of northern athletics.
In the past we have struggled to get all our best runners available to compete in these type of events, this year we probably had the best twelve runners from the club but unfortunately one member went down with illness on the day of the event which left the B team one runner short.
However, this didn’t  deter the rest of the team turning up and they all ran really brilliantly, and were in 66th place at the end of leg 5.
Team A all ran out of their skin to finish in 23rd position overall (just 21 secs off a top 20 finish!) which is a fantastic result given the standard of the competition and the size of the club, probably our best ever result at this level.
The support from all OAC members for each other around the course was great and a special thanks to Caron and Annalise for their support and help in taking all the pics (Watch out David Bailey!) Not forgetting of course Flash the only dog at the event to don his club’s vest and bark on the team! Photos can be found here and Yorkshire Post report here.
Well done all.
P.S. If anyone is still interested in competing the Yorks vets cross country next Sun at Nunroyd Pk. Guiseley please get in contact with your d.o.b by tomo. The closing date was Sat but I have been offered and extension until Monday.

Otley A:

Scott Harrington (42) 20:35
Liam Dunne (45) 21:10
Ian Fisher (29) 19:54
Thomas Midgley (30) 21:26
Matthew John (26) 19:54
Frank Beresford (23) 20:05.

Otley B:

Julian Mawson (86) 21:58
Graham Lake (87) 23:00
Rogan Ashton (85) 23:20
Andrew Robertshaw (77) 22:04
Robin Outtersides (67) 21:37.


Saturday 20th September – Park Run

Leeds Hyde Park – A quiet week with Justina Stringer being the only OtleyAC out there, finishing 66th lady in 28.35. First in was Nathan Marsh, Tonbridge AC, in 16.34 and first lady was Greta Dargie, unattached, in 20.35.


Sunday 14th September – Spen Greenway 10k

Report from Mark Hall:

I did the Spen 10 kms race yesterday. The race is run on a former railway line (now tarmac). It is 5k out turn around a marshal and 5k back, not too exciting. The course is not flat as it drags up for the first half and down for the 2nd half. I ran the entire race on my own as I did not start fast enough to get in the front group. The conditions were excellent unlike my time!  6th place, 1st V50, 35.19

No other OAC runners.   Winner: David Turnbull. Holmfirth. 33.41 (I think), full results to follow on John Schofield’s race results here.


Sunday 14th September – Garstang Half-Marathon

Julian Mawson hasn’t lost his magic as he takes third spot in the Garstang Half-Marathon. His time of 1:20:17 also earned him the MV40 prize.

The winner was James Hilton (Wigan Phoenix) in 1:15:49, second was Tim Raynes (1:19:38), and the first lady in 35th place overall was Jayne Taylor (Wigan Harriers) in 1:32:43, who also took the FV50 prize.

There 135 finishers. Full results and course route.


Sunday 14th September – The Yorkshireman

Report from Lisa Maughan:

To say that I was nervous about this race is a bit of an understatement, I was petrified! My hamstring has been niggling me this week, I had only recced the first half of the course and I had never done the distance off road before. I decided to go steady and use it as a training run. I actually felt really good until mile 17, when I crashed badly, but I quickly realised I hadn’t taken on any fuel. Two slices of malt loaf and an energy gel, and after a couple of miles I got my second wind to take me to the finish.

All in all it was a great race, well organised, friendly runners and a lovely route (except for the killer hill at the end!). I was pleasantly surprised with my time too, 5hrs 43 mins, well under my 6 hours target.

Full: 1st Shaun Wilkinson K&C 3:20:37,  1st Lady Charmaine Horsfall 4:01:46,  3rd Edward Davies 3:26:00,  Hugh Pearson 4:46:37,  Matt Podd 4:55:25,   Lisa Maughan 5:43:53.

Half: 1st Ben Mounsey, Calder Valley 1:36:55, 1st Lady Tanya Seager 1:51:28,  Shane Ewen 1:58:37,  John Dade 2:29:17,  David Fox 2:32:50,  Sara Richard 2:48:04,  Julie Dorling 2:53:05.

See all the Full & Half results here.


Saturday 13th September – Rombalds Romp – Fell v Trail

Two races in one, over similar distances and routes across Ilkley moor.  Otley’s Frank Beresford (trail) and Liam Dunne (trail), were first and second overall, in 44:16 & 46:29 respectively. Chris Miller, Harrogate AC first in the fell & 3rd overall, 47:51.

First lady in the trail was Myra Jones, Valley Striders 13th in 54:06, the 1st in the fell is a little unclear from the results either Helen Beck, Wakefield 57:20, or Deborah Gowans, Accrington, 57:21.  See full results here and lots of photos on woodentops here.

Sam Stell was first Otley in the fell, finishing 5th overall & 3rd in the fell in 51:36,  followed by Graham Lake 9th  (7th fell) 53:43,  Laura Clark (fell) 1:01:23, Laura Martin (fell) 1:01:35, (5th & 6th ladies resp.),  Andy Webster (fell) 1:08:34,  Shane Ewen (fell) 1:12:05,  Will Turner (fell) 1:12:47,   Antonio Cardinale (trail) 1:34:44.


Saturday 13th September – Park Runs

A quite weekend this time for park running but a first for Jamil Parapia at Harrogate  in 16:07,  and followed by Lucy Mowat, 28:40 the first lady was Lisa Mawer, Wetherby 19:11.

A little further north at Fountains Abbey Andy Ackroyd recorded a time of 22:23.  1st was Mark Lambell, West End Runners, 17:23 and 1st Lady was Heather Halliday, Bedale & Aiskew 20:06

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