Archive for August, 2010

Monday 30th August – Spofforth Gala 10k Trail

Simon Anderson reports:

I was one of two club members to turn up and I did alright finishing eighth in 39.35.

Tim Midgley (Bingley) won the race in 35.17 in the absence of Darren Bilton. Enough said really except perhaps that it was a well organised event set in a delightful location and on a beautiful summers day. A bit of good light hearted fun not to be taken too seriously. Worth doing once but not a big fixture in the calendar.

Richard Knoults finished 129th (53.52).

Results from ukresults. A Club Runner of the Year event.

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Saturday 28th August – Park Run Leeds 5km

Report from Chris Carver:

This morning I ran the Leeds Hyde Park version for a change.

I finished eleventh out of 209 and my time was 18:17 (this represents an age graded time of 16:27 which easily betters my previous best of 17:28 from June 2009).

18:17 also betters easily my previous M45 pb of 19:15 also form June 2009.

In fact I have only once ran faster than 18:17 and that was in November 1998 on a hilly route around Bowling Park, Bradford when I managed 17:53.

From parkrun, the race was won by Dan Garbutt (Leeds Carnegie AC) in 15:43.

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Thursday 26th August – 3,000m Handicap & ROY

As is quite normal for this event Otley members struggle to count down from 7!! The adjusted table is shown below…

Simon got his first handicap win with an excellent time. Updated 2010 Handicap Table available from Club Handicap Championship.

A grand total of four club records on the night for Racheal, Karen, Mark & Phil.

Thanks to Abbey Runners for accommodating us in the middle of their track session.

Pos Name Time H’cap Net Time Pts
1 Simon Anderson 16:17 5:50 10:27 16
2 Antonio Cardinale 16:20 0:00 16:20 15
3 Chris Carver 16:47 5:50 10:57 14
4 Racheal Bamford 16:47 6:25 10:22 13
5 Dominic Egan 16:51 4:00 12:51 12
6 Tom Paget 16:53 5:50 11:03 11
7 Karen Best 16:56 5:25 11:21 10
8 Huw Illingworth 17:00 6:40 10:20 9
8 Lloyd Best 17:00 6:10 10:50 9
10 Beate Schmidt Rohfling 17:06 1:00 16:06 7
11 Colin Best 17:17 4:00 13:17 6
12 Mick Jeffrey 17:19 5:40 11:39 5
13 Phil Robinson 17:31 4:40 12:51 4
13 Beth Massey 17:53 5:10 12:43 3
14 Mark Hall 17:57 7:50 10:07 2
15 Zack Whitehead (2600m) 16:46 1


Wednesday 25th August – What’s new?

Thanks to Kath Robertshaw for the updated Runner of the Year table available here.

Also thanks to Chris Carver for locating the missing Otley 10 results from 1997 and to Andrew Robertshaw for uploading. The full set of results from 1989 to date now available from the Otley 10 Mile page.

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Tuesday 24th August – Local Athletics News

A round-up including a report on Burnsall’s races in the Telegraph & Argus.

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Sunday 22nd August – Sedbergh Hills Fell Race

From fellrunner, the race (14 miles / 6,000′) was won by Jon Morgan (Dark Peak) in 2:18:55.

For OAC, Martin Smillie finished 118th in 3:26:56.

Race report included within the Telegraph & Argus.

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Saturday 21st August – Burnsall Fell Race

BURNSALL FELL RACE STARTThe Classic Burnsall Fell Race 1.5 miles / 900′, details from burnsallsports.

A feature in CountryWeek from today’s Yorkshire Post details,

“It is a hundred years since Ernest Dalzell from Keswick descended the fell in 2 mins 42 seconds – a record time for this race which had first been staged in 1850 and Dalzell’s time of 12.59.8 for the entire course was not to be beaten for the next 67 years until another special race, the Silver Jubilee Challenge, on June 18th 1977.

On this occasion, Fred Reeves shaved 12.6 seconds off Dalzell’s record (12.47.2) – a time ratified by five timekeepers”.

Anyway, this year the race was won by Rob Hope (Pudsey & Bramley) in 13.59.

For OAC, London-based Tony Cunningham finished 21st (17.55), Huw Illingworth (number 85) 24th (18.02), Andy Hunt (number 130) 30th (18.36), Simon Anderson 36th (19.04), Ben Cousen 41st (19.33), Adam Baird 59th (20.52), second claim member Sharron Smith 60th (20.57), Karen Best 86th (22.16), Mick Jeffrey 87th (22.26), Michael Fryer 111th (25.08) and Richard Hamer 119th (26.32).

Results from race-results. Race start photograph courtesy of Terry Lonergan.

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Saturday 21st August – Burnsall 10 Miles

ROGAN ASHTON OTLEY A_C_Report from Andrew Robertshaw:

Myself and Tom ran the last five miles or so shoulder to shoulder, with Tom just getting away in the village. Conditions were a bit humid and windy…strong enough to blow over the flag at the top of the fell…less so down in the valley though.

With Rogan the third counter, we just got pipped by three points in the team race by Keighley. Karen ran well for second lady and and first Vet and was still fresh enough to finish high up in the fell race as well.

Alan Buckley (Leeds City) won again in 55.09 and for OAC Tom Midgley finished seventh (60.10), Andrew Robertshaw eighth (60.14), Rogan Ashton (pictured) fifteenth (63.03), Lloyd Best 26th (67.52), Karen Best 30th (69.42), Colin Best 74th (82.31) and David Cattanach 106th (93.40).

Details from burnsallsports. A Club Runner of the Year event.

Results from race-results.

Some pictures courtesy of Terry Lonergan in Club Photos with more pictures and race report on Terry’s own blog, runningonempty.

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Sunday 15th August – Worsthorne Moor Fell Race

From, this 6.8 mile 900′ race was won by Gary Shaw (Clayton) in 42.02 and for OAC, Don Buffham finished 103rd (62.48)

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Saturday 14th August – Lakeland Triathlon

Report from Karen Best:

It was the Lakeland Triathlon on Saturday and this was both our first open water event and standard distance triathlon. As you can imagine we were somewhat nervous.

The weather was glorious although the sun did little to heat the lake up! The views on both the bike and run were stunning… yes, I had time to look and maybe that combined with my novice transition times cost me a few places. Never mind my transition times I think Lloyd had his hair straightners with him!

I was third FV40 and twelfth lady overall (I’ll also ditch the hair and toe drying next time).

Our overall results and oh, I guess we have to give those splits as well, are from and the overall event was won by Chris Joyce ( in 02:04:05.

Lloyd is being a man about being beaten by wifey!

Overall Pos Name Time Swim T1 Cycle T2 Run



Karen Best 02:41:17 00:33:03 00:02:28 01:18:37 00:01:44 00:45:25



Lloyd Best 02:53:15 00:39:01 00:03:12 01:25:54 00:01:07 00:44:01

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