Archive for December, 2009

Thursday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

From Woodentops, the race was won by Alistair Brownlee (Bingley) in 39.35.

For OAC, Chris Stacey finished 90th (50.53), Hugh Pearson 116th (52.42), second claim member Sharron Smith 155th (54.46), Ray Hawksby 170th (55.30), John Dade 242nd (60.17), Don Buffham 260th (61.23), Graham Stead 294th (64.14) and Mary Hampshire 364th (74.14).

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Wednesday 30th December – Local Athletics News

Two reports, photos and results from the recent Boxing Day Chevin Chase in the Wharfedale Observer from here and here.

There’s also a report and more photos in the Telegraph & Argus.

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Sunday 27th December – Ribble Valley 10km @ Clitheroe

In the race won by Tom Lancashire (Bolton) in 29.21, for OAC Simon Anderson finished 130th (37.30), Jane Shelmerdine 349th (43.37), Phil Robinson 387th (44.25), Tom Hannah 513th (48.27) and Kath Robertshaw 649th (and first FV65 – 51.58).

Results and photos from ukresults.

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Saturday 26th December – Chevin Chase


Hint -click on the above photo to experience the full effect!

The race was won again by Bingley Harriers’ Alistair Brownlee in 38.02 ahead of his brother Jonathan.

For OAC Bob Addey finished sixteenth (45.32), Andrew Robertshaw nineteenth (46.06), Josie Hodgetts 45th (and second female – 47.52), Lloyd Best 54th (48.25), Chris Stacey 80th (50.50), Rogan Ashton 85th (51.01), Ben Cousens 90th (51.15) and Laura Martin 92nd (and second female senior – 51.19).

Continuing, Tom Paget 105th (51.56), Hugh Pearson 124th 52.45, Karen Best 130th (53.06), Renee Saxton 211th (56.10), second claim member Sharron Smith 212th (56.13), Paul Clifford 254th (57.50), Phil Robinson 261st (58.11), Bob Baker 296th (59.34), Sarah McBrinn 395th (62.56) and Tom Hannah 412th (63.47).

Again continuing, Don Buffham 426th (64.24), second claim member Dominic Egan 479th (66.41), Martin Weston 514th (68.03), Liza Jackson 519th (68.08), Robert Jackson 520th (68.13), Ralph Haughton 528th (68.26), Mary Hampshire 638th (74.22), James Kennedy 675th (76.54) and Sarah Tomlinson 724th (79.59).

An informative review of the history of the Chevin Chase which this year is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary in the Wharfedale Observer.

Additional details, past photos and results can also be obtained from Aire Centre Pacers.

OAC photos from Club Photos and also from Simon Anderson here.

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Thursday 24th December – BOA award For Lizzie Armitstead

Congratulations to Lizzie Armitstead on being awarded the BOA trophy for 2009 Olympic Athlete of the Year in cycling. More details in the Wharfedale Observer.

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Sunday 20th December – Stoop Fell Race @ Haworth

Results and photos from Woodentops.

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Sunday 20th December – Travellers 6 @ Denby Dale

The race was won by david Thompson (Barnsley) in 34.52 and OAC’s Howard Jeffrey finished 35th (44.37).

Results and more details from Denby Dale Travellers A.C.. Photos from Flaming Photography.

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Wednesday 16th December – Adidas “Runners, Yeah We’re Different” Ads

A recently discovered link taking us all back to yesteryear….

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Sunday 13th December – The Great Langdale Christmas Pudding 10km (Race Two)

From ukresults, the race was won by Steve Littler (Wesham Road Runners) in 32.51 and for OAC Howard Jeffrey finished 41st (second MV55) in 42.02.

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Saturday 12th December – The Great Langdale Christmas Pudding 10km (Race One)

Report from Mick Jeffrey:

I entered this event a while ago not realising that my office Christmas do had been booked for the Friday. So a different pre-race routine: 2 pints of strong lager and a (Xmas?) curry.

I awoke on Saturday morning parched and with the normal post-curry issues. The drive to the Lakes was bleary eyed and at Ilkley I seriously contemplated returning home to bed but I persevered and arrived later than I normally like but with just enough time to resolve some of those residual issues.

The sky was blue and the ground covered in frost. I did some perfunctory warming up and arrived at ths start line frozen and purged in my Otley singlet. At 12.00 noon off we set on this challenging, undulating (hilly!) course. To my surprise and delight I ran a strong race throughout. I finished in 39.33, my best time for five years and an age-graded pb, 32nd out of 446. The race was won by Lee Cook (Tri Clan) in 33.05 with full results from ukresults.

Get this – unexpectedly I was first in my age category of twenty or so proper runners, not a bunch of Hershey munching wobble bottoms (no offence Steve). Howard is running the sister race this Sunday so I am keeping my fingers crossed for him!

I am now having a re-think for my approach to the Brass Monkey Half…perhaps three pints of Stella and a chicken Vindaloo. After all it’s worked for Ian for years…

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