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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 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.

2015 TRAINING WEEKEND A big thanks to Tom Hannah for organising an enjoyable weekend and the fantastic weather!

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Saturday 28th MarchBoulsworth Bog Fell Race.

Sunday 29nd MarchBlubberhouses 25 LDWA, Wakefield 10k.

Tuesday 31st March, 7th, 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.

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. Numbers are now available from Colin Best.

Harrogate – 5th May Start 7.30 pm (Early start so no finishers in the dark, but may change)
Dragons – 21st May Start 7.45pm
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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Sunday 22nd March: Thirsk 10

Results from

1 Jonathan Taylor (Morpeth) 48:45
3 Scott Harrington 53:31
26 Justina Heslop (Elswick Harriers) 58:15 (first lady)
35 Robin Outtersides 59:26
155 Julian Mawson 65:59
337 Mark Berry 73:06
426 Eriks Zvaigzne 77:23
455 Nicola Lee 77:44
493 Christopher Tomlinson 79:24
677 Charlotte Tomlinson 86:01
754 Gemma Harrington 89:04
784 Nicky Gifford 90:20
1,059 finishers


Saturday 21st March: Park runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Adam SIMPSON Unattached 00:17:08
54 1 Jen WILLINGHAM Saltaire Striders 00:20:54
129 115 Richard Sutcliffe Otley AC 00:24:39
199 48 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:27:08
200 152 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:08
267 83 Molly STORER Otley AC 00:30:06

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Sunday March 22nd: Wilmslow half

Jamil goes long…no stopping that man!

Having gained a reputation as a specialist at the shorter distances, I decided to have a go at another half marathon, my first since Ackworth in 2007. Was slightly apprehensive about the step up in distance but I was pleased to knock 29 secs of my personal best finishing 17th in 70:26.

The Wilmslow Half Marathon is a great race with a quality field and great support from the locals. The race winner was Ugandan Ben Siwa from Kenyan based Team Run Fast in 64.57. The female winner was Kenyan Perendis Lekapana also of Team Run Fast in a course record 71.24.


Sunday March 22nd: Trimpell 20

From Ian Broadbent:

Getting a Sunday off during lambing to do a run is hard, telling the father in law I was off running and had to pay for the pleasure even harder. Anyway I Ventured over to Gods other own county today to do the Trimpell 20, it’s a 99% traffic free route which winds around Lancaster then up the old railway track to Caton. It was a Warmish sunny day, I’d been hoping for about 2.45 but slipped to around 3.05. I think I ran the first half too quickly and not applying Vaseline didn’t help, painful bath tonight. If you are ever over that way with work, family, holiday then they organise a whole host of races in and around Lancaster/morecambe. Really well organised and the chocolate donought at the end was very welcome!


Sunday March 22nd: Heptonstall fell race

report from Shane

I was the only Black & White at this 15 mile route around Calder Valley, taking in Hardcastle Crags, Wadsworth Moor, & Midgeholes, which apparently started life as a dung heap. Following a warm welcome from the vicar of the village, a record 220-strong field set off in warm and sunny conditions, with no breeze, and more than a few returned with sunburn. It was a rollercoaster of a route, with a mix of open access moorland, woods and trails, and a little nav required. I finished in 43rd in 2-hrs 19 mins and 58 seconds (I’m having the sub 2-hr 20 thanks). This was my first race back since Rombalds having had a ham strain.

Photos at woodentops.

Ben Mounsey (CVFR) won in a CR (from Twitter).


Saturday 21st March: British Sprint Duathlon Championships

Report from Howard (always eagerly anticipated!):

Hello remember me?
I have been keeping a light race schedule recently to train for the European long and standard distance duathlons in April. This has involved up to 3 hours on the turbo trainer which anyone has used a static bike will know is like watching 10 episodes of Midsummer Murders back to back on a spike! Also shorter speed and time trial sessions.
I ventured out on Saturday to Clumber Park (fabulous venue) mainly to attempt to qualify for my age group at the 2016 European champs. It turned out this race was also the British champs. I shudda, cudda, nearly came first in my age category! First run of 5 K in 21.16 which is not bad considering the lack of speed work recently, spent an additional 30 seconds fumbling with my headgear in transition but did the 20K bike three minutes faster than last year into a strong cold wind at times, averaging 20 mph, so the work on the turbo paid off! Managed a 10.49 second run of 2.5 K to finish a tantalising 31 seconds behind first place. I would have got the odd second in a race to the line I am pretty certain but the wearisome transition had cost the prime spot.
On the plus side I qualified for the 2016 ETU sprint which was the primary objective and also pasted people who would have expected to have been a couple of minutes in front based on past results instead it was the other way round. I came 170th out of 450 starters which is also solid enough and know I have to work on the transition.
The rest of the training schedule is worked out and with another month to go I think I can continue to improve. This includes a couple of 10k races at Guiseley and Wakefield so expect further rambling egocentric diatribes.


Sunday 22nd March: East Hull 20

Report from Liam:

Tom, Richard and myself traveled over to Hull bright and early this morning for the fairly flat Hull 20 miler. It was a London Marathon warm-up race for Tom and myself and Richard’s tester before his Manchester marathon.

Tom and I do a lot of training together and it has been a recent discussion between us as to whether we should use this event as a marathon pace training or go full out for our best result and hope to have time to recover for London whilst not hindering our training plans in the remaining few weeks.

We decided that it would be more beneficial to run at our predicted marathon pace and hope that we had enough left in the tank at the finish to go another six miles. Richard took the other approach and went out to race it hard all the way and try to beat his previous time of 2 hr 17 mins on this course.

Although there was a little wind out there it was nothing to worry about and didn’t really affect times. As the race started we had a lot of runners whiz past Tom and myself and we soon settled into a comfortable pace of about 6.05 m/m sitting in about 21st and 22nd place.

We kept a steady even pace for the first seven miles until I noticed Tom was chomping at the bit, it was obvious that his pre-race plan was going out of the window and sure enough within the next mile he had started to put the pedal to the metal. It wasn’t long before he was in the distance motoring up through the field to finally finish in an excellent 6th place with a time of 2 hrs and 45 secs.(Pb by 3 mins)

Although feeling very comfortable at the time, Tom left me. I held back and remained at my planned pace, lucky I did, as at mile seventeen I suddenly started to feel my legs turning to concrete but I held on and managed to drag them home for the last three miles to finish in 10th place with a time of 2 hrs 4 mins 24 secs. Richard had a very good run also to finish in a time of 2.13.00 and got a Pb by 4 mins. We also bumped into Tom Potter who got around in 2 hrs 26 mins.

After the race there were sports drinks and a buffet for all at the finish line. Inside the registration hall there was the best display of post race buffet food and drinks that I have ever seen.

Out on the course the race was well marshaled with plenty of drinks stations. Overall it’s a long way to go to race but feel it was a good pre-marathon race and worth the trip and it has helped me confirm my predicted marathon pace.

Awaiting full results with official times and positions at

east hull


Sunday 15th March – Spen 20

Report from Andy Webster:

Had planned to do the Trimpell 20 this year instead for Manchester marathon training, but due to Sky TV moving the Liverpool v Manchester United game (less said about that the better) changed plans and did the Spen 20. I did this race last year and had not really enjoyed it remembering hills and hitting the wall at 16 miles.

Anyway quick chat with Rogan and Sara at the start then off we went. Kept a steady pace, running on my own most of the way round found actually the extra mileage this year helped. Felt strong for me and never dropped of my planned place the whole way round. Finished nearly 16 minutes quicker than last year in 2:42:52. Rogan took the hoboes getting around in his longest ever road race in 2:17:38. Sara Richard finished in 3:22:13. First male john Hobbs valley strides finished in 1:59:30 first female Shona Fletcher Richmond & Zetland 2:06:26.

Race organiser’s statement

Results awaited


Sunday 15th March – North London Half Marathon

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Report from Frank Beresford: I decided to have a trip to London to take part in the first North London half marathon. The course was undulating. It started in Allianz stadium and progressed through the streets of North London taking the runner though the impressive Wembley stadium before returning to the start point. The race was well supported, with several music bands along the course to enjoy (if only very briefly!) and running through Wembley stadium was just fantastic. I managed to get elite entry for the race which was great, as I meet the legend Mo Farah, some of the Run fast runners from Kenya and received free food which is always a bonus!

There were some very strong runners field (who all seem to have raced and been beaten by Ian Fisher). At the start line I felt proud wearing the Otley AC and progressed well during the first half of the race for a 71 minute half marathon, unfortunately I seemed to have got a bit distracted when I run through Wembley ( I think I was enjoying myself a bit too much!) and slowed down. The latter stages of the race where uphill with a slight headwind, this meant I was unable to make up for time lost at mile 7 and 8 to get a PB. Due to this I decided to relax and just enjoy the race. I finished 10th and was just beaten to the line in a time of 73.36. I was happy with the performance as my aim was to finish in the top 10 of the race. Overall it was an exhilarating experience. I am however feeling the effects of maybe racing too much, so I will be resisting the urge to race for a few weeks to get some solid marathon training in my legs!

The race was won by Peter Limo, Run Fast, in 65.35 and first lady, in 19th, was Gladys Lato, also from Run Fast, in 76.22. Results