Archive for May, 2010

Saturday 22nd May – Park Run Leeds 5km

From, the race was won by Matthew John (Abbey) in 16.20.

For OAC, Mick Jeffrey finished 25th (and first MV55) in 19.31

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Thursday 20th May – Second Harrogate League @ Temple Newsam

Results from harrogateleague.

Our thanks to Leeds Bradford Triathlon for a superb night and well done to everyone competing.

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Wednesday 19th May – Local Athletics News

Reports in this week’s Wharfedale Observer here and here.

Round-ups also in the Telegraph & Argus here and here.

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Wednesday 19th May – John Carr 5km @ Esholt Race #3

From stbedesac, this week’s race was won by Gregg Hull (Leeds) in 15.46.

For OAC, Racheal Bamford set a pb and a new ladies club record (by 39 seconds from Joan Cubbon) finishing 46th (and second lady) in an excellent 17.59. A pb was also recorded by Michael Pickard finishing 77th (19.06).

Mick Jeffrey finished 82nd (19.17), Bob Baker 140th (21.27), Billy Rayner 172nd (22.48), Don Buffham 183rd (23.10) and Caroline Marler 187th (23.20).

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Crinan Puffer – 16th May 2010

Report from Colin Best:

First day on holiday and noticed this race just a few miles from our lodgings so couldn’t resist.

This was the inaugural race of the Crinan Puffer . It started in Ardrishaig just south of Lochgilphead in Argyll and ran the length of the Crinan canal to Crinan itself. All proceeds were in aid of the local swimming pool which is threatened with closure.

Running along the towpath all the way,meant that there was a very gently climb for the first 3mls then very gently down for the rest of the race, thorough very pleasant countryside. Unfortunately rather typical Scottish weather spoilt the very picturesque finish.

1st Tom Smith Lochaber AC  50.50

32nd Colin Best                         65.15

85 finishers

Full results

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Sunday 16th May – Windermere Marathon

From ukresults, the race was won by James Buis (Heaton Harriers) in 2.33.19. For OAC, Julian Mawson finished fourth in 2.48.31.

More details from windermeremarathon.


Saturday 15th May – Meanwood Valley Trail Race

From valleystriders, the race was won by Tim Midgley (Bingley) in 43.06.

For OAC in this Club Runner of the Year event, Steve Wallis finished nineteenth (50.37), Mick Jeffrey 35th (and third MV50) (52.42), Jack Robertshaw 75th (first MV60) 57.35, Phil Robinson 101st (60.14), John Dade 105th (60.40), Kath Robertshaw 193rd (71.41) and David Cattanach 236th (77.47).

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Saturday 15th May – Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race

Report from Matt Podd:

9miles / 3,000ft ascent

Race won by Rob Jebb (Bingley) in 76.00.

For OAC, James Sneath 118th (106.05), Laura Martin 133rd (108.15 and in the prizes), Simon Toyne 159th (110.48), Pange Srivastava 247th (120.54), Matt Podd 296th (126.17), Sarah McBrinn 307th (128.57) and Liz Fawcett 361st (who survived a nasty fall and get’s the bravery award – 147.10)

Best bit was Tarzan swinging on a tree to get down a rock step. Good weather, nice race with 379 finishers.

Results from amblesideac.

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Thursday 13th May – Chris Carver represents GBR in Brive, France

Report from Chris Carver on his representation of GBR at the World 24-Hour Run Championship in Brive, France (with pictures in Club Photos):

On the day of the race the weather was overcast and cool although mid May in Brive often produces sunny conditions with temperatures well over 20 degrees Celsius.

The race itself started outside the Brive Town Hall in front of a crowd of thousands. From there the we ran just less than a mile to a riverside park before embarking on numerous laps of a looped course 1250m in length.

For me the race started well and I soon got into my stride passing the marathon distance in about 3 hours 45 minutes before powering on to a 100 km personal best of 9 hours 11 minutes.

Approaching 100 miles was the point where things began to go wrong – slowly at first. It began with cramp in both calves which needed attention by the physio. And then, an hour or so later I began to feel nauseous and needed a five minutes sit down. Then there was a stone in my shoe and the freezing overnight temperatures needing an extra layer of clothing. And, after a further bout of nausea and another troublesome stone to remove, with only 10 minutes left to run, a further bout of cramp – in my foot this time.

Despite all this I passed 100 miles in 15 hours 22 minutes (another personal best) but eventually the massive effort took it’s toll and I had to walk more than usual – about 17 mins every hour instead of 10.

Some of the other British men were having a really good run and at this point it was looking likely that we would be awarded a team medal in the concurrent European Championships … or maybe even the World Championships if things went our way.

The final few hours were very tough mentally but I struggled on though each stride was more painful than the preceding one. Overcoming the little voice in the mind telling one to stop is one of the demands of 24 hour racing. Hallucinating runners are quite a common sight in these events.

I eventually finished in 53rd position out of 229 with a distance of 222.760 km (138.4 miles). This was the highest quality field ever assembled for a 24 hour race – a true World Championship. The winner, Shingo Inoue (Japan) set a new Asian Record of 273.708 km (170 miles). Second place went to the American Scott Jurek who ran 266.667 km (165.7 miles) for a new national record. An Italian man finished third with a new national record too. The World Team Championship medals went to Japan (gold), Italy (silver) and USA (bronze).

It is worth noting that there were at least eleven National 24 hr Records broken in this race. Probably some intermediate records too.

In the concurrent European Championships Italy finished with the gold medal, France with the silver and Great Britain with a well deserved bronze.

After 24 gruelling hours it was finally over … except for the medal ceremony and the post race meal. And then to bed for a well deserved spot of sleep.

There are also more details and results at

Previews in the Telegraph & Argus and Yorkshire Evening Post.

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Thursday 13th May – Local Athletics News

News in today’s Wharfedale Observer.

A further round-up of recent happenings in the Telegraph & Argus from Tuesday and also last Friday.

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