Archive for February, 2010

Sunday 7th February – St Wilfrid’s Muddy Boots 10km (approx)

282 finishers in this race won by Brian Rushworth (Sunderland) in 35.14.

For OAC, Don Buffham finished 144th (52.47).

Results from riponrunners.

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Saturday 6th February – Yorkshire Veterans Cross-Country Championships

Report from Jack & Kath Robertshaw:

It was cold, damp and very misty at Graves Park, Sheffield for the annual Yorkshire Veterans XC Championships.

The course was remarkably free of any real mud, it was soft and very runnable. The men ran four laps of the 2.5km circuit whilst the women and O70 men did two laps. The start was a long downhill section followed by a tricky steep climb through the woods and a couple of long drags around the perimeter of the park. Numbers appeared to be down on last year’s race at York possible due to its southern venue?

In the ladies race, Kath Robertshaw finished in 28.25 and first O65. Jack was first home for the men in 48.50, followed by Phil Robinson in 49.21. Colin Best had a good battle with John Simpson from Wetherby but managed to hold on to fininsh ahead in 49.54. Tom completed the Otley contingent in 52.18.

We had no representatives in the the “youngsters” race 35-49yrs. Was everyone doing Rombalds?

Photos and race video from flamingphotography.

Results at

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Saturday 6th February – Wadsworth Trog


Report from Michael Fryer:

The fog never looked like clearing on Saturday over Wadsworth Moor as three OAC members headed over for Calder Valley Fell Runners’ Wadsworth Trog Race (20 Miles / 4,000′ ascent). Adam Baird and Michael Fryer had both had to pull out which left Tony Cunningham as OAC’s sole representative in the very tough 20 mile fell race. Tony had made the trip up from London just for the race (evidently training opportunities for the Three Peaks race are somewhat limited down there!).

The half Trog runners set off first (9 miles / 1,500′ ascent) which gave Adam and Michael time to walk up to the first checkpoint. Figures soon appeared through the mist before heading off into the grey gloom. The OAC support crew then proved their navigational prowess by finding their way off the moor, through bogs and snow and were soon in a local pub, occasionally asking “I wonder how Tony’s getting on?”

An hour or so later, down at the finish, Tom Brunt (Holmfirth Harriers) came through in first place in a time of 03:00:24. Other finishers began drifting in and with their mud-splattered appearance, exhaustion and haunted eyes, looked like runner messengers from World War I! After longer than expected, a rather fresh appearing Tony approached the finish. With a smile and the words “I got lost!” he headed round the cricket pitch to the finish, completing the race in 100th in 04:41:24. Tony’s marathon PB is just over three hours. He reckons he probably ran about 23 miles on Saturday. That should give an idea of how difficult conditions were. Fair play to Tony for making the trip all the way up from London and for flying the OAC flag.

More details from Calder Valley Fell Runners.

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Saturday 6th February – Rombalds Stride

The race was won by Graham Pearce (2:38:31) and first OAC finisher was Dale Foster (9th, 3:02:38) with Edward Davies close behind (10th, 3:04:02).

Next OAC finisher was Ben Cousen (65th, 3:59:14) followed by second claimer Sharron Smith (66th, 3:59:41), Angela Srivastava (68th, 3:59:41), Laura Martin (78th, 4:04:30), Matt Podd (116th, 4:25:20), second claimer Bob Payne (175th, 5:07:24), Beate Schmidt-Rohlfing (239th, 6:07:25), Paul Clifford (289th, 6:49:22). Nick Hodgkinson also finished but his result got lost in the mist like Laura.

Race report in the Wharfedale Observer and event details from yorkshirewalker.

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Saturday 6th February- Park Run Leeds 5km

From, this week’s race was won by Dan Fitzhugh (Valley Striders) in 17.58 and for OAC, Mick Jeffrey finished ninth (20.01).

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