Archive for January, 2010

Sunday 31st January – Pennine Bridleway Relay

The OAC team finished in 30th out of 95 teams entered. Early morning mist cleared towards the end of the 2nd leg, giving way to bright sunshire, underfoot conditions were more of a challenge with lots of icy sections. Pange & Laura led the team off on leg 1 (8.5m/1360ft) from Waterfoot, Rossendale, finishing 38th in 1:13:17, passing on the ‘dibber‘ to the hon. handicapper & Josie who ran the 12.5m/1560ft leg in 1:38:34. Scott & Huw were next off on leg 3 passing Stoodley Pike in the 9.5m/1570ft in 1:03:58 and gaining 9 places. Husband & wife team of Martin & Odette ran well together on leg 4 (5.5m/753ft) in 1:01:54. Taking over on the glory leg were Dale & Steve, (9.5m/1390ft) finishing in 1:13:46 also passing 9 teams.

Comprehensive results can found already for this well organised race see below…

See penninebridlewayrelay for details and results.

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Sunday 31st January – Garstang 10k

Report from Kath Robertshaw:

A scenic course, excellent organisation and lots of prizes. Just enough ups and downs to stop any boredom.

Winner Steve Littler (Wesham) 32.53 and for OAC Jack Robertshaw finished 113th (first MV65) (44.53) and Kath Robertshaw 205th (first FV65 and also beat all FV60) (51.17).

321 finishers, full results from ukresults. Since this had been postponed from earlier in January I think the numbers may have been down on previous years. Certainly worth travelling to next year.

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Sunday 31st January – Meltham 10k

An early 9.30am start didn’t give the sun much chance of melting away the slippery frost along the majority of the course.

The race was won by Mark Buckingham (Holmfirth) in 34.08 and for OAC a cautious Julian Mawson finished seventeenth (40.02) and Howard Jeffrey 91st (47.34).

Full results and photos from melthamac.

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Saturday 30th January – Park Run Leeds 5km

From, this week’s race was won by Matthew John (Abbey Runners) in 16.46 and for OAC, Mick Jeffrey finished 23rd (20.28).

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Friday 29th January – Club Presentation Dinner


Korks Wine Bar & Brasserie was the venue for this year’s Club Presentation Dinner.

56 members and friends enjoyed a superb three course meal which was followed by a montage of photos prepared by the Club President, Carol Armitstead, showing OAC members out and about during 2009.

Following the slideshow, presentations were made of the Club’s Trophies namely the President’s Trophy presented by Carol to Billy Rayner, the Runner of the Year Shield presented by Phil Robinson to Tom Hannah and the Club Handicap Trophy presented by Eric Smith to Billy Rayner.

More photographs available from the Club Photos page.

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Friday 29th January – Wilf Paish

Otley A.C. are sorry to learn from the yorkshireeveningpost that legendary coach Wilf Paish passed away on Friday morning.

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Sunday 24 January – Brass Monkey Half Marathon @ York

The race was won by Matthew Pierson (Holmfirth Harriers) in a new course record of 65.35.

For OAC (all chip times) this was the first nominated race in the Club’s Runner of the Year Competition and Julian Mawson finished tenth (74.58) and Josie Hodgetts 53rd (and second female) in a new personal best and club record of 79.40…..beating her previous club best set in last year’s equivalent race of 83.00!!!

Lloyd Best finished 96th (82.03…a pb by 50 seconds), Racheal Bamford 179th (87.01…a stunning debut at the distance) and Karen Best 218th (88.36…a pb by 60 seconds and beating Club President’s Carol Armitstead’s previous FV35 club record by two seconds).

The team of Josie, Racheal and Karen deservedly won the ladies team prize.

Continuing, Mick Jeffrey finished 317th (91.36), Neil Charlton 342nd (92.48 another quality debut at the distance), Jane Shelmerdine 412th (95.06), Colin Best 581st (99.27), Phil Robinson 588th (99.26), Howard Jeffrey 667th (101.49) and Tom Hannah 690th (103.05).

Neil O’Brien 860th (107.58), Billy Rayner 865th (107.38…another pb by 30 seconds), Emily Levy 923rd (109.26…another good debut at the distance?), Dave Hainsworth 1,257th (120.40) and Sara Richard 1,352nd (126.09…well done on your first half!). There were 1,550 finishers.

Results from ukresults, photos from mick-hallphotos and TAimages and more details from Knavesmire Harriers.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

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Sunday 24th January – Stanbury Splash Fell Race near Haworth

This FRA category BM race, 7m/1,200′, was again won by Ian Holmes (Bingley) in 43.17.

For OAC, Steve Wallis finished 67th (55.00), Chris Stacey 79th (56.13), Ray Hawksby 127th (60.43), Liz Fawcett 243rd (71.24), Sarah McBrinn 248th (72.12), Carol Armitstead 271st (76.58) and Mary Hampshire 296th (90.45).

Results, race report and photos from Woodentops.

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Saturday 23rd January – Box Hill Fell Race, Surrey


Report from Michael Fryer:

Some OAC members ventured south at the weekend to the Box Hill Fell Race in Surrey.

Huw Illingworth and Michael Fryer made the 225 mile trip down and were joined by London-based OAC members Tony Bourne and Tony Cunningham. OAC were easily the best represented club from the north and had there been a team results based on the top three runners, would have come in a very creditable fourth place.


The 7.5 mile course with 1,700ft ascent had more of the feel of a cross-country race than a fell race, though with plenty of very steep, muddy climbs it was a tough one.

The race was won by James McMullan (Thames Hare and Hounds) in 52:32.

Tony Bourne led the OAC team home finishing an impressive sixteenth (57:15). He was followed by Huw Illingworth 32nd (62:25), Tony Cunningham 48th (64:02) and Michael Fryer 192nd (87:16).

Out of the almost 300 people who entered, 214 finished the race.

Full results and photos from

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Friday 22nd January – New Junior Member…

Some good news from Tom Paget:

“We have a new addition to the Paget household after Sophie was born yesterday lunchtime. She weighed 8lb 1oz, and has been very well behaved so far. Mother, baby (and father) are all doing well, and her big brother seems quite taken with her”.

Congratulations and best wishes from all at Otley Athletic Club.

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