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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 October. Where are you?

TIME TO RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP! A message from Hannah ‘bite yer legs’ Mallinson: Although UKA has increased its fees we have decided not to pass this on and have fixed the fees for the coming year because of club events and fund-raising. So a big thank you to all the members for your support in the past and for your continued support in the future.

The membership fees are 1st Claim – £30, 2nd Claim – £15, and can be paid either in cash, cheque or preferably direct to the club bank account. For bank bank please email the club.

If you don’t want to renew your membership please can you let the club know so we don’t continue to chase you for your subs. And if you have moved house or changed your contact details we need to now so we can update UKA.

2015 TRAINING WEEKEND will be Friday 20th – 23rd March at the same venue as this year; Limefitt Park, Troutbeck. The weekend is open to all fully paid-up members on a first come, first served basis. £57 for three nights self-catering in 5*log cabins holding six people. Please pay Tom Hannah at training; cash or cheque asap.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Saturday 29th November – The Weeton Handicap. The all important second to last handicap race of the season, aka The Fat Lady. Last year only 14 club members turned out, complacency was obviously setting in! Meet by the railway bridge, 2nd right at Huby, at 10:45am for a 11.00am start. Race distance is 5-miles; easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Sunday 7th December - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Nunroyd Park, Guiseley, venue & race details here..

Saturday 13th December - Gathering Winter Fools Relay, Keighley. Teams of 4 x 2 sought by Sarah Fuller – see email sent by Chris Carver. Last year Otley won a prize! Will President Podd run again this year? Will he wear jazzy leggings? And will he get his coat back off Pange (from last year’s race)?

Sunday 21st December – The final and most important handicap of the year is the traditional Ken Dixon Christmas handicap, Swinsty, 11am start.

Tuesday 30th December – Annual away day to Threshfield, near Grassington, followed by (optional) food & drink at the Devonshire Arms, Cracoe. Expect approx six-mile run, although some brave souls sometimes do the Wharfedale Half-Marathon route. Meet near Wharfedale RUFC, Wharfeside Avenue, at 11am.

Friday 23rd January - Annual presentation evening at Korks; further details to follow.

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Sunday 23rd November – Barnsley 10k

Anyone remember Ian Fisher? Well he’s been trotting around Barnsley; didn’t do too bad either. He’s got potential.

Barnsley 10k was my first proper open race this year; I really have gone off the radar! I entered this last Wednesday or Thursday night after storming run over where I live, and I thought why not do this? It’s only six miles and the cross country the day before won’t effect me. But in the end I missed the XC through road closures and other hold ups just after Bingley despite setting off around 12.30pm. I had a gut instinct I wasn’t going to make it, sadly. I did win that race last time, but with a blonde look for London Marathon purposes.

Barnsley 10k has been around a while and until now I never considered doing it. I woke up feeling a cold coming on, but I thought I can’t miss another, so off I went.

Lining up on a slippery muddy field before running up a narrow path at the start was unusual. A steady start, I felt. I was in the front group and was fourth place within the first mile, I think. There was a climb a bit further where a Barnsley runner overtook, but I got him at the top. From there my position stayed the same.

The two African leaders were always in sight with the race favourite who dropped off and kept third position. I tried to speed up, but I feeling light headed so just ran the race well within myself just to finish. I was having problems getting a GPS signal so just used the timer which switched off sometime during the run as I discovered. It was only afterwards that the fifth placer did 33 something? Nothing like the pace I did a few days earlier, but it was nice to compete again.


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Sunday 23rd November – Clowne Half-Marathon

Howard Jeffrey reports from the Clowne Half-Marathon:

The Clowne Half-Marathon is a popular race and fills up early so I booked my place a long time ago and as the date approached I realised it was on Jacqueline’s birthday. Agh… major faux pas! Quite an important milestone one as well, so I crossed it out of my diary. For her birthday, my son had booked a ’’hairdo’ for her (yes, I know Sunday… right?). Obviously she had to go and she suggested I could perhaps do a race while she was there… saved! Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday 22nd November – West Yorks. Cross Country Race 3

Report from the hon. handicapper.

The third race in the league took place round the muddy fields next to Cliffe Castle in Keighley.  The mud together with a steep climb on each large lap made it tough going, although the distance was a little less than usual, at approx 6.5 k for the senior men’s race.

Caron Ralph was off first for the seniors and ran well finishing 62nd in 26:14.  Katie Walshaw glided over the mud to win the race by half a minute or so in 18:27.

The seniors men’s race was four large laps, finishing with a shorter lap of the flatter section of the course.  The hill on the larger lap was split into a couple of zigzag climbs and after a short section after the climb,  the trickiest part of the course was negotiating a right hand turn, against the camber of the slope and there were several falls here.  I was surprised to finish 18th, 27:08,  behind Frank Beresford’s excellent run for 5th, 24:49.  Antonio Cardinale did amazingly well to stay on his feet all the way round running in his road shoes! finishing 147th 45:53.  Unfortunately the road works on the Bingley bypass caused Ian & Shane to turn back as it was pretty much gridlock through Bingley and Riddlesden.   The 3rd different winner in this season’s races was Dominic Easter, Leeds City, 24:05.  See full results here.  Cross country good for the soul? see report from Saturday’s race in the Guardian here.

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Sunday 16th November – Preston 10 mile road race

Report from Tamara Weatherhead: Stumbling around in a mixture of measured panic and bewilderment, I dragged the kids out of bed at 7am, deposited them with the grandparents in Clitheroe, and made my way to south Preston for the Preston Harriers’ 10 mile road race. I felt safe in my anonymity miles away from Otley. I was surrounded by strange accents and exotic-sounding clubs: Penny Lane Striders, Astley and Tydesley RR, Wesham RR and Spectrum Striders. So I decided to pay my money and get my number. The last individual open race I did was, erm, well over a year ago, so I was a tad apprehensive – but figured I didn’t have to tell anyone if it went horribly wrong. Unfortunately, just before the start I bumped into Mark Hall. Oh dear, I’d have to try and make a decent job of it.
It’s basically a flat race around two 5-mile laps, including a scenic stretch along the A59 dual carriageway to Liverpool. I have moaned many a time about running laps because it’s boring, but what do I know, as I don’t run many races? My panicked brain sprung into action: the first lap I could take fairly steady, knowing I could then push it on the second because I knew exactly what was coming. Brilliant idea having laps! In reality, I still don’t have much of a race-head so I was pretty even all the way round, with a little flourish at the end to make sure I got 4th lady, 79th overall, 1st FV45 in a pleasing time of 66:39. Mark finished way ahead of me, obviously, 18th overall and 2nd MV50 in 58.34 – which I thought was pretty good. The winner was Tom Charles from Trafford AC in 52.14 and 1st lady, 42nd overall, was Hannah Oldroyd, UK Net Runner in 1:02:28. Full results
Really enjoyed the race, easy one to make a come-back on ;) I couldn’t fault the set-up: loads of helpful, polite marshals before, during and after the event, very well organised. Thank you Preston Harriers!


Sunday 16th November – Abbey Dash

Report from Jamil Parapia: The Abbey Dash 2014 was the last in the Run Britain series and unbeknownst to me was actually the English 10k Championship. This would explain the very strong field that it attracted. The rain had eased by the time people arrived in Leeds although this left slippery conditions on the roads and pavements leading to Kirkstall and back. From a personal point of view this was a return to the Abbey Dash after an absence of 7 years so I was intrigued to see how it had grown to a gargantuan race attracting nearly 10,000 runners. To be part of an event of such enormity is quite inspiring. Apart from Mike Burrett of Leeds City who finished just ahead of me I barely knew any of the elite men.

The Abbey Dash tactics are quite simple. Try and run the same pace for about 9500m, including negotiating the ridiculous leg through the Vue cinema village and a 360 degree turn in the middle of the road. If you have mananged not to trip over the other thousands of participants, unleash a final push over the “hill” and collapse on the line with hopefully a personal or season best. There were fine performances from a number of Otley runners including bests for Richard Smith, Nicola Lee, Sara Elliott, Ann Yeadon and Toni Midgley and 2nd claimer Tom Potter. Tom Midgely also equalled his lifetime best. Well done to all.


Full Results and Photos. And all-round impressive OtleyAC results:

Jamil Parapia          00:31:45    95th
Frank Beresford      00:32:44    144th
Thomas Midgley     00:34:20    256th
Liam Dunne             00:34:36    275th
Julian Mawson        00:35:30    348th
Robin Outtersides 00:35:33 352nd
Richard Smith         00:36:01    390th
Graham Lake           00:37:03    496th
Tom Potter(2nd claim)   00:37:20    516th
Jon Greenwell          00:37:23    519th
Howard Jeffrey         00:41:27    1154th
Stephen Boddy         00:43:35    1593th
Andrew Webster        00:44:47    1937th
Andrew Rayner        00:47:06    2565th
John Cowan              00:47:08    2572nd
Nicola Lee                 00:47:17    2625th
Sara Elliott                00:47:20    2645th
Nick Leathley           00:47:59    2834th
Melvin Hoare           00:49:31    3353rd
Ann Yeadon              00:51:52    4130th
Charlotte Tomlinson  00:52:23    4325th
Tom Hannah              00:52:29    4354th
Laura Hind                 00:52:58    4498th
Reid Haddow             00:54:13    4961st
Toni Midgley             00:57:05    5969th
Lucy Mowat               00:58:39    6496th
Lisa Rigby                  01:17:37    9297th


Saturday 15th November – Full Tour of Pendle

Report from President Podd: John Armitstead gave me a lift to Barley on Saturday, where we met Matt John. All there to run the Full Tour of Pendle, 17 miles and 5000ft of climbing – more than the three peaks! Very muddy and foggy made this hard race even more challenging, but we all got home, Matt, John and me, Matt Podd. A lovely suffer fest and only 7quid and you get a class T shirt. Results to follow. Action photos courtesy of Andy Mattison, well found by Graham …. Tour of Pendle Fell Race 2014 – Andrew Mattison


Saturday 15th November – Park Runs

Leeds parkrun 


Gender Position



Run Time

1 1 Paul O’CALLAGHAN Tadworth AC 00:16:59
27 1 Greta DARGIE Unattached 00:20:41
40 36 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:21:14


Keswick parkrun


Gender Position



Run Time

1 1 Stephen MAKIN Wigan Phoenix 00:17:49
10 1 Francesca LEE Unattached 00:21:54
50 17 Joanna Hobson Otley AC 00:28:25

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Saturday 15th November – Harriers v Cyclists

Report from the Hon. Handicapper.

This is one local fell race, (5.3 miles / 945ft),  I’ve watched several times, but never run actually raced.  Several Otley members I lined up at the bottom of the steep farm field adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool canal near the Fisherman’s Inn, Bingley.  The race goes through a couple of muddy farm fields, on to Shipley Glen, the summit of Baildon moor, a loop round the summit and back to the popular spectator spot at the road crossing. From there it’s the reverse of the first couple of miles back to the finish.   The slippery conditions were to the advantage of the runners with the 1st 10 counting, the harriers scored 93 to the cyclist 142.  A top event all round, well worth giving a go.

1st overall (cycle) was Rob Jebb, 35:43, followed by Andy Peace (c).  1st harrier in 3rd was Andy Brown and first lady (harrier) was Victoria Wilkinson 40:07, all Bingley H.  1st for Otley was Bob Addey, (c), 6th in 38:33, followed by Sam Stell (h) 11th 39:40, myself 12th 39:53, 67th Andy Hunt 47:06, 104th Laura Clark 49:47,  160th Bob Baker 56:08,  161st Caron Ralph 56:33,  202nd Lisa Maughan 1:03:19,  215th Don Buffham 1:09:45 and 225th Antonio Cardinale 1:24:18.  Richard Hamer dnf’d on his mountain bike after a few falls causing bike & injury problems.  

As ever lots of photos on woodentops here, full results here, a race history & videos here and one for 2014 here, stick it out till the end for a few good falls & Antonio.


Runner of the Month for October 2014

Shared between Liam – ah ah, ladies first; Sara Richard and Liam Dunn. Sara took part in the Harewood Trail Race, the Horsforth 10k and the Yorkshire Marathon, finishing in 4:17:56 and beating Liz Fawcett, Billy and Emma Jones in the process; before beginning this month with the White Rose Ultra.

As for Liam, only two races in October; the Bradford 10k, where he came second to September’s runner of the Month Tom Midgley. Liam also took part in the Punchestown 10k, near Dublin, while in Ireland for a wedding; and in his own words: “This was a bit naughty as it meant I missed the church service but made it in perfect time for (the best bit!) the wedding reception in Galway”. Tut tut!

Congratulations to both, and we mustn’t forget a special commendation for Frank Beresford who had another busy – and successful – month.