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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.

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

The very latest (as of August 9th) 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

Wednesday 2nd SeptemberIlkley Incline.

Sunday 6th SeptemberTholthorpe 10k, Wetherby 10k, Paras 10.

Thursday 10th September – Race 9 of the 2015 Eric Smith Handicap & Runner of the Year track race, 3000m Handicap, University Academy Keighley, 7:30pm for an approx. 8pm start.

Sunday 13th SeptmberYorkshireman Marathon & HalfRombalds Romp, trail v fell,  Spen Greenway 10k.

Sunday 20th SeptemberVale of York Half,  Stainland Trail Race.

Thursday 24th September – Runner of the year Dream mile track race, University Academy Keighley, 7:30pm for an approx. 8pm start.

If you are interested in taking part in either of the following fell relays and haven’t put your name forward already please email Andrew as soon as possible.

Sunday 4th OctoberIan Hodgson Mountain Relay, Patterdale, 4 paired stages, 3 including summit checkpoints, 1 ‘easier‘ stage.

Saturday 17th OctoberBritish Fell Relays, Barley (Pendle Hill), 2 paired (1 navigational), 2 solo stages.

West Yorkshire Cross Country League Dates:  18th October  Wakefield,  31st October  Huddersfield,  14th or 15th November  Keighley,  6th December  Yeadon.  If you would like to be entered please email Andrew.

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Monday 31st August – Glendale Fell Show Race

Colin Best update from up North: This was a small (very small) fell race of about 5 miles 900ft climb from Glendale Show Wooler. With only 22 entrants I knew it was to be a lonely run.There was a downhill start and by the time the climb started I was already near the back. Once the climb started I did manage to overtake one lady and near the top passed the only competitor older than me.On the descent though my joy was short lived as was over taken and despite my best efforts take was it.

Shame not more entrants, weather was good and route dry with as many marshals as competitors.
Results show an alarming gap between yours truely and the winner.
1st Carl Avery NFR 29.50
1st lady Pam Brown Woller 45.06
19th Colin Best Otley 49.05
22 runners
Full results


Saturday 29th August – Park Runs

Banstead Woods parkrun

A total of 218 runners took part.

View full results for Banstead Woods parkrun event #432


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Neil REISSLAND South London Harriers 00:17:08
28 1 Natalie GENTRY South London Harriers 00:21:04
213 70 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:37:28


Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 363 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #416


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Adam STACEY Unattached 00:16:14
12 12 Graham Lake Otley AC 00:18:18
15 1 Hannah BROWN Skyrac AC 00:18:22
77 66 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:21:44


Maidstone parkrun

A total of 367 runners took part.

View full results for Maidstone parkrun event #127


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:16:09
18 1 Nicola SUSANS Larkfield AC 00:19:53
53 5 Nicola Lee Otley AC 00:22:27


Bradford parkrun

A total of 432 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #273


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Will KERR Saltaire Striders 00:17:12
13 1 Kirsty ALLEN Baildon Runners 00:20:14
71 67 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:02
256 193 Reid Anthony James HADDOW Otley AC 00:31:22


Harrogate parkrun

A total of 352 runners took part.

View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #191


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 James KOVACS Salford Harriers and AC 00:16:51
38 1 Amy PROCTOR Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:21:51
264 78 Gloria Jackson Otley AC 00:30:47


Sewerby parkrun

A total of 158 runners took part.

View full results for Sewerby parkrun event #198


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Stephen DUFFY Northern Frontrunners 00:17:20
19 1 Holly KITCHING Wakefield District Harriers & AC 00:21:42
67 54 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:26:00


Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 225 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #77


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Trevor WILKS Leeds City AC 00:59:59
32 32 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:59:59
34 1 Ella TOWERS Unattached 00:59:59

Yep, it really does say that everybody took 59:59. Hopefully we will be able to sort this out soon!


Tuesday 1st September – Kilnsey Senior Crag Race

Richard Hamer writes: What better way to celebrate your birthday than taking part in a fell race of approx one mile with a stream to go through, three fences to climb over, fist-size jagged rocks to run and slide over and a descent so severe that there’s a safety rope? Oh, and a wonderful country show to look around beforehand. Plus coffee, cake and curry!

Kilnsey Senior Crag Race is the one where Matt Podd ended up with a cut leg last year after being hit by a falling rock, and its one of the classic fell races – short and sharp.

86 people started and for the winner, Simon Bailey (Mercia), it was all over in 8:01. Second place was Rob Hope (Pudsey & Bramley) in 8:08, and third was Ted Mason (Wharfedale) in 8:18. The first lady was Caroline Lambert (Wetherby) in 25th place in 10:48.

I finished in a heap in 78th place after a gruelling 15 minutes and 56 seconds. Having said that, I’m keen to have another go next year.

This year saw the return of the show’s handicap mile race after a nine-year absence, which took place around the showground’s grass track. The easy winner was Julian Hood (Barlick Fell Runners) who I assumed would also be doing the fell race but he was nowhere to be seen.

Pictures here and here.


Sunday 30th August – Halifax Marathon

Report from Tom Lynch: The Halifax Marathon is a fairly small local half and full marathon event with a hilly course consisting of a half marathon lap completed twice for the marathon runners. Due to a course change this year to a full road course rather than mixed terrain and some last minute tweaks to the route there was no published profile, but my watch and Strava suggest the total ascent was somewhere between 850 – 950 meters. It was perfect running weather with only a light breeze and not too sunny. It was my first marathon and I realised about half way round after running the first half too fast that I had picked quite a challenging run for my first go, nevertheless I was pleased to come in 20th place with my time of 3:46:23.6, despite completely going to pieces in the last 10 km. The winning time of 2:47:20.1 was set by Jason Cherriman of Leeds City AC, 1st female was Theresa Majeed in 3:34:54.3 with 82 finishers in total.
Full results at


Friday 28th August – Eyemouth 5k Twilight Run

Report from Colin Best: Up here in Northumberland thought I would join my Tweed Striders colleagues and risk a visit north of the border. I’m not a great fan of 5km, (take to long to get going these days) but thought I would give a go. A very pleasant sunny evening greeted the start on the sea front before running alongside the harbour. Uphill from here for the next 2km, Otley training coming in useful as managed to pass quite a few runners and suprisingly passed by few down to the finish. 1st Nathan Cox 17.26 1st Female Jill Mykura 20.08 38th Colin Best 24.49. 136 finishers, full results on their Facebook page 

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Wednesday 26th August – Sessay Swift 6k

Report from Ian Broadbent:

I did the sessay swift 6k on Wednesday night, a lovely evening on a flat all road course around the village of Sessay near Thirsk, well organised by Thirsk and Sowerby. I managed a steady 26:54 and 64/155.

Now I’ve never run a 6k race before so does that count as a PB? Well marshalled and good facilities, parking etc at Sessay cricket club.  I think if they could add about a mile on to this route it would be a far better route for the Harrogate league than the current one. I didn’t see anyone else from Otley but Liz Wordsworth who used to run for us and now runs for Thirsk was there.

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Saturday 22nd August – Burnsall 10 & Classic Fell Races

Otley's favourite One Direction tribute act: Julian, Graham, Shane and Eriks.

Otley’s favourite One Direction tribute act: Julian, Graham, Shane and Eriks.

10 Mile Road Race: 1st Ian Holmes, Bingley H. 56:01,  13th Hannah Oldroyd, UKNetrunner 1:04:18,  5th Julian Mawson 59:30,  63rd Andy Webster 1:20:54,  64th Matt Podd 1:21:02,  66th Sara Elliott 1:21:17,  75th Eriks Zvaigzne 1:23:54,  91st Billy Rayner 1:33:04,  99th Ged Peacock 1:35:44,  116th Antonio Cardinale 1:56:00.

Fell Race: 1st Sam Tosh, U/A, 14:49,  15th Mel Price, Mercia 19:00,  27th Graham Lake 19:15,  46th Shane Ewen 20:31,  122nd Caron Ralph 27:17,  130th Richard Hamer 29:00.

More photos on the club Flickr site here and woodentops here.


Saturday 22nd August – Park Runs

Bromley: 1st William Fuller, Blackheath & Bromley H. 15:36, 29th Donna Mewis, Beckenham RC 19:41, 129th James Kettleborough 22:53,  355th Natalie Kettleborough 29:18.

Brueton: 1st Peter Brookes Holmfirth H. 15:41, Kate Wright Stratford-upon-Avon 18:25 (VW50-54), 38th Richard Clarke 21:38.

Edinburgh: 1st Mark Nixon U/A 16:13, 17th Kirstin Maxwell, Gala H. 18:06, 123rd Simon Anderson 21:56

Fountains Abbey: 1st Darell Hibberd Valley Striders 17:26, 12th Jessica Jones U/A 20:02 (JW11-14), 69th Peter Crowder 24:15

Harrogate: 1st Stephen Ellison U/A 17:40, 29th Sharon Hardcastle U/A 21:08, 277th Gloria Jackson 31:45.

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Sunday 16th August – Escrick 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

I like to do the Escrick 10k each year as it is fairly local to me and there are not too many races mid August. The race is well supported by clubs from East Yorkshire, I guess they like it flat! It is quite a popular race and is flat but a bit convoluted through woods and on trails. Thankfully they were dry in the main. There was talk of it being slightly long and the winning time was 34.15 by Kristoff Boynton of York Acorn. 1st lady Charlotte Ward of Hull City AC in 17th place in 38.14. I made heavy weather in 89 th place in 44.24, it got quite warm. Ian Broadbent not far behind in 45.58 111th. 502 finishers. Full results.

Report from Ian Broadbent: I ran the Escrick 10k on Sunday 16 August, it starts at St. Margaret’s girls’ school and goes out on a pretty flat traffic free trail/track route. There were about 500 runners and I managed 111 with a new PB of 45:58. The race was won by Christoff Boynton in 34:15 from York Acorn running club. It’s a well organised race with plenty of facilities, barbecue and well marshalled. Anyone fancying it next year its about 5 miles south of the York designer outlet.

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