Archive for July, 2010

Saturday 31st July – Thunder Run 24

Report from Josie Hodgetts:

One thousand runners took part in the second Thunder Run 24 at Catton Park Nr Lichfield and I was lucky enough to be one of them.

Adidas invited me to trial some products. This consisted of wearing lots of free kit, doing a couple of on camera interviews, consuming lots free food and drink all weekend and also taking part in the Thunder Run 24 event.

Competitors have 24hrs to complete as many laps of a 10k trail route in relay teams of two, five, eight or for the totally unhinged…Solo! The challenging course was brilliantly planned out with hills, twists n’ turns, woods, great views and plenty of points for your team mates to cheer you on. There was a festival atmosphere amongst the tented village, event catering provided tasty carbs whilst the toilets and showers were better than I have in my house!

I joined a scratch team of other entrants from around the country, all of whom I’d now class as friends for life. There were some very talented athletes: this included one sub 2.30 marathon runner and the number one vet in the country for 5k,10k and half marathon. I managed to secure a place for Justin from Ilkley Harriers too.

The event was so far removed from my normal diet of 10k road races and I still can’t quite believe I’ve done it.

My legs:
Leg 15:00hrs – 42 mins
Leg 2 20:00hrs -42 mins
Leg 3 04:30hrs – 43mins – Utterly surreal and what this event is all about, thestart/finish area packed with people. Battling my body clock and trying not to get lost in the woods (43mins)
Leg 4 12:00hrs – My legs were shot to bits but at least it was light andI’d been promised a slab of carrot cake at the end. I was told to run slower so we didn’t have to do too many laps before the finish as we had
secured 4th place and 3rd place was out of our reach 47 mins.

For the record the leading solo competitor completed a mind boggling 20 laps, that’s 126 miles in 24hrs. My team came fourth in our category and fifth overall out of over 100.

I have no soreness in my knee.yipeee but I’m stiff as a board 😉

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Saturday 31st July – Dollar Hill Race

OAC’s Andrew Robertshaw travelled to Scotland to compete in this British Championship Fell Race (9.4 miles / 3,150′).

The race was won by Rob Hope (Rudsey & Bramley) in 72.48 and Andrew finished 38th (85.49)

See Ochil Hill Runners for results.

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Saturday 31st July – Park Run Leeds 5km

In his first Park Run, OAC’s Tom Midgley finished second (17.15) in the race won by Gwilym Thomas (Valley Striders) in 17.03. Results from parkrun.

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Saturday 31st July – Park Run Bradford 5km

In his first Park Run, OAC’s Adam Baird finished seventeenth (22.20) in the race won by Jon Gauthier (Valley Striders) in 17.23. Results from parkrun.

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Thursday 29th July – The Otley Dream Mile

Despite the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona clashing with the scheduling of OAC’s Dream Mile, there was plenty to cheer at the Beckett Park track in Leeds as Racheal Bamford set a new ladies Club Record, beating Joan Cubbon’s long-standing time of 5.34.


  1. Zack Whitehead 5.11
  2. Racheal Bamford 5.15
  3. Lloyd Best 5.44
  4. Karen Best 6.09
  5. Mick Jeffrey 6.19
  6. Dominic Egan 6.25
  7. Colin Best 7.01
  8. Antonio Cardinale 8.25

Great to see Zack returning to running after his knee operation.

The Club’s next track race is the 3,000m on Thursday 26th August which incorporates both a Club Runner of the Year event and also Club Handicap race for the month.


Wednesday 28th July – 40 Today – Happy Birthday Karen!

Karen Best at Stirton 2010_re-sized for webI would like to highlight an important milestone that has been reached today, 28th July.

It is Karen Best’s 40th birthday!

As a result of this wondrous occasion Karen will no doubt be turning her attention to some of the vet 40 club records. More importantly she will have to start to act appropriately for a woman of her standing and seniority within the community!

Karen certainly doesn’t look 40 in this photo of her winning the Stirton Fell Race earlier this month.

Happy Birthday, old girl!


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Tuesday 27th July – Local Athletics News

A round-up in the Telegraph & Argus.

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Sunday 25th July – Harrogate 10k

The race was won by Darran Bilton (Leeds City) in 31.48 and for OAC well done to Peter Kettleborough 61st (40.55), Mick Jeffrey 143rd (44.35), Mark Berry 158th (45.14), Phil Robinson 187th (46.31), Tom Potter 236th (48.37 – a pb), Colin Best 251st (49.17), Billy Rayner 319th (51.24) and Richard Cross 435th (56.23).

More details and results from harrogateharriers with photos from sportsunday.

An OAC Runner of the Year event


Sunday 25th July – Pudsey 10k

From ukresults, the race was won by Carl Thackery (Hallamshire) in 36.33.

For OAC, Rogan Ashton was well placed in ninth (40.25).

More details from pudseypacers.

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Sunday 25th July – Weeton Show’s Rougemont Chase

Dale Foster texts in that he was second “by a cat’s whisker” to Martin Archer.

See a report in the Wharfedale Observer and also weetonshow.

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