Archive for February, 2010

Sunday 28th February – Pocklington Snake Lane 10 Miles

IMG_6772The next nominated race in Otley A.C.’s Runner of the Year Championship.

The race was won by Steve Hepples (Newham) in 53.00 and for OAC Julian Mawson finished fifth (55.44), Mick Jeffrey 107th (67.26), Howard Jeffrey (pictured) 155th (69.47), Neil Charlton 184th (71.41 – a p.b.) and Billy Rayner 464th (86.12).

Results from ukresults and photos from TAimages.

Photos available from Club Photos.

More details also from pocklington runners.

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Saturday 27th February – English National Cross-Country Championships

Otley_1The Saucony English National Cross-Country Championships took place at Roundhay Park, Leeds on Saturday 27th February.

In the ladies race of 8km won by Steph Twell (Aldershot) in 27.52, for OAC Pange Srivastava finished 275th (37.41), Sarah McBrinn 424th (42.03), Liz Fawcett 459th (43.31), Kath Robertshaw 480th (45.16), Carol Armitstead 492nd (46.17) and Liz Ashton 515th (48.48). Well done to the OAC ladies finishing as 54th team.

In the men’s race of 12km won by Andy Vernon (Aldershot) in 38.01, for OAC Andrew Robertshaw finished 342nd (46.45), Tony Bourne (pictured) 364th (47.09), Ed Davies 562nd (49.49), Dale Foster 656th (51.04), Simon Anderson 926th (55.01), John Armitstead 975th (55.42), Phil Robinson 1,217th (60.44) and Tom Hannah 1,277th (62.53). Again well done to the OAC men finishing as 58th team.

Pictures kind courtesy of Liz Ashton and Terry Lonergan in Club Photos and from ECCA Gallery.

Race reports in Mud, Sweat & Tears here 1 and here 2, Athletics Weekly, ukathletics, englandathletics and the Telegraph & Argus.

Race previews in the Yorkshire Evening Post and the ever-excellent Mud, Sweat & Tears.

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Saturday 27th February – Noon Stone Fell Race

NoonReport by Adam Baird: Category ‘AM’ race with 2,300ft of ascent over 9 miles.

Noon Stone this year was an English Championship counter with 423 finishers containing most of the country’s top fell runners.

It was a tough 9 miles and because of recent rain and snow, most agreed it was slower going than last year….it took four of us to pull one lady out of a bog halfway through the race! Some of descents were compact snow making for interesting times all round.

The surprise winner was Matthew Speake (Dark Peak) with a great run in 68:16. For OAC, second claim member Sharron Smith finished 244th (95:03), Adam Baird 295th (100:34) and Martin Smillie 347th (105:51).

More details, results and photos from todmordenharriers as well as photos from Sportsunday Event Photography.

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Saturday 27th February – Park Run Leeds 5km

From, this week’s race was won by Dan Phillips (Unattached) in 17.39 and for OAC, Fiona Burke finished 131st (28.32).

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Sunday 21st February – Ilkley Moor Fell Race

Report from Adam Baird:

This was the 21st Anniversary of the race (AS / 5 miles / 1,260′ ascent) and ‘a bit of snow’ made things a bit different….the FRA forum makes reference to a number of ‘Torvill and Dean moves’ during the race.

Despite the snow there was a big field with 215 finishers, led home by Graham Pearce (Pudsey & Bramley) in 39:52….two and a half minutes in front of second place.

Second claim member Sharron Smith ran well finishing 70th (54.47) followed by Adam Baird 97th (57:41), Matt Podd 140th (62:46), Colin Best 147th (63:43), Martin Smillie 160th (65:34) and Michael Fryer 192nd (72:47).

DNF for James Sneath and Liam Dunne who unfortunately took a wrong turn somewhere in the snow after being well placed near the front. Malcolm and Huw were spectating and cheering on the Otley.

Report from Sharron Smith:

The snow was falling fast at 7.30am and even the main roads around were covered. Did this mean the race would be cancelled? Of course not, they don’t cancel fell races and so long as you can get there, the race must go on.

The field seemed slightly down on numbers and Dave Woodhead passing comment was “they didn’t forecast this”.

Well, off to a cautious start, a few Otley vests caught my eye but it was eyes down with no opportunity for error. The first climb was steady, followed by a toboggan slide, a descent where most runners hit their butts. Fear not for the best was yet to come, more uphill, softer snowy descents and a ski slope finish.

In less than a hour the mist had started to rise and some of the front runners had descended to the finish too soon. So for the second time in Feburary, following the Rombalds Stride, we are reminded you can get lost on Ilkley Moor!! A good team turnout for the tough Otley men but where were the ladies?

Results and photos from ilkleyharriers.

Race video coverage by Andy Wolfenden on Youtube.

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Saturday 20th February – Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships

The Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships took place at Thornes Park, Wakefield.

The men’s race was won by Mark Buckingham (Holmfirth) in 33.06 and for OAC, Phil Robinson finished 185th (49.44) and Tom Hannah 194th (51.46).

Race reports in the Yorkshire Post and Telegraph & Argus.

Results from noeaa-athletics.

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Saturday 20th February – Park Run Leeds 5km

From, this week’s race was won by Gwilym Thomas (Valley Striders) in 17.19 and for OAC, Racheal Bamford was the first lady home in eleventh position overall with an excellent new p.b. of 18.57, Mick Jeffrey finished 25th (20.09) and new member Fiona Burke finished 148th (28.40).

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Sunday 14th February – Liversedge Half Marathon

The second nominated race in Otley A.C.’s Runner of the Year Championship was won by Ed Mitchell (Unattached) in 73.16.

For OAC, Julian Mawson finished second in 75.26, Lloyd Best 30th (88.32), Howard Jeffrey 129th (101.55), Tom Hannah 159th (104.46) and Billy Rayner 262nd (115.42). There were 417 finishers.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Results from ukresults and further details from roberttownroadrunners and video and photos from flamingphotography.

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Saturday 13th February – Park Run Leeds 5km

From, this week’s race was won by Mike Appleton (Ripon) in 16.58 and for OAC, Mick Jeffrey finished 25th (20.01).

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Sunday 7th February – Dewsbury 10km

The race was won by Mark Buckingham (Holmfirth) in 29.55.

For OAC, Racheal Bamford recorded a new personal best finishing 103rd (38.28), Simon Toyne 199th (40.43), Howard Jeffrey 285th (43.33), Phil Robinson 288th (43.37) and Billy Rayner 497th (49.29).

Photos and video from flamingphotography and photos from TAimages.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Results, photos and video from dewsburyroadrunners and ukresults.

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