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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Captain Liam Dunne reports:
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.
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
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.
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.
See all the Full & Half results here.
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.