Archive for September, 2010

Saturday 18th September – Rombalds Romp

Report from Andrew Robertshaw:

Otley had three in the first seven at Abbey Runners Rombalds Romp.

Host club runner Matt John won in 44:27, I came third in 47:17, Liam Dunne fifth (49:50) and Simon Anderson seventh (50:17). Pange Srivastava also picked up the first LV35 prize in 64:52.

There’s a link to some pics and results on Abbey Runners.

Dave & Eileen Woodhead were also out taking pictures accessible via

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Saturday 18th September – Park Run Leeds 5km

From parkrun, this week’s race was won by Kevin Ogden (Spenborough) in 16.54. For OAC, Mick Jeffrey finished 33rd (20.08).

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Sunday 12th September – Leeds Triathlon

Racheal Bamford texts in:

“I did the Leeds Triathlon based in Roundhay Park today…and I won!

The event involved 1,500m swim (which was a bit murky – 27:32) / 40.6k cycle (the worst bit, really hilly – 1:29:57) and 9.95k run (took in Hill 60 thrice – 38:20)”.

A superb performance and result. Well done Racheal.

The event was won by Rich Hunt (Kudu Tri) in 2:07:03 and Racheal finished 40th overall in 2:35:10. Results as .xls here.

A very pleasing review in the Yorkshire Post too.

And talking of Triathlon, Otley Chevin provides a great backdrop to Alastair Brownlee’s Olympic Dreams on the BBC Sport – Triathlon website.

And on two wheels, Lizzie Armitstead has had three stage wins in the Tour de l’Ardeche with overall event report from dailypeloton.

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Sunday 12th September – Wetherby 10km

From Wetherby Runners, the race was won by Darran Bilton (Leeds City) in 31.53.

For OAC, Huw Illingworth finished 24th (37.25), Mick Jeffrey 91st (42.12), Howard Jeffrey 203rd (46.54), Billy Rayner 263rd (49.43) and Carol Armitstead 340th (52.29).

Race review in the Telegraph & Argus.

A Club Runner of the Year event.

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Sunday 12th September – Yorkshireman Full & Half Marathons

Report from John Dade:

Completed the half marathon in 141st place (2:31:20) which is about the same I ran it 2008. I was pretty tired at the end and very pleased I decided to transfer from my initial plan of doing the full marathon!

Lovely day. Great scenery – nice varied route that clocking in at 14.8miles must be the longest half marathon in the UK. As is tradition in these events I fell over in the muddy peat on the moor. Great event – fantastic value too with a £9 entry that included a free meal and a performance T Shirt at the end. My shirt is a bit on the snug side (no XLs left). I need to do some more races to make it fit!

A very svelte Colin Best not only provided my transport (many thanks) but also finished 150th (2:32:58). In common with a few others he had some navigation problems in Oxenhope. Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley) won in 1:42:26 – Matt Cox (ex Otley) in 1:44:17 came third despite not knowing where he was going most of the way round.

Dale Foster missed the start and took about 3 miles to catch up after deciding to go back to his car to ditch his water bottle and finished tenth (1:49:12). I missed Andy Hunt at the end who finished fourteenth (1:50:49) – Sharron Smith didn’t run due to virus. Sorry if I missed any one else.

Earlier on we saw off the intrepid marathon runners including Rogan Ashton third in the pairs (4:01:59) with Matt Podd 65th (4:45:18) and Matt Broughton 84th (4:56:09). The individual race was won by Gareth Hird (Wharfedale Harriers) in 3:22:54. Rather them than me!

Cheers John

The Full Marathon covered 26.2 miles / 3,065′ ascent.

The Half Marathon covered 14.8 miles / 1,750′ ascent.

Details and results from Keighley & Craven A.C..

Photos courtesy of Andrew Thrippleton from his picasawebsite.


Friday 10th September – England Athletics Weekly e-Bulletin

Fantastic to see Chris Carver’s achievements from Perth last weekend highlighted in the weekly e-Bulletin from England Athletics here.

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Wednesday 8th September – Ilkley Incline Fell Race


Report from Michael Fryer:

The Ilkley Incline (1 mile / 560′) was held on a beautiful, sunny evening in pleasant contrast to last year.

This race is beautiful in its simplicity. You run a mile up a hill as fast as you can! Simple as that.

The winner was Tom Adams (Ilkley Harriers AC) in 7.12. For OAC, Rogan Ashton finished ninth (8.38), Huw Illingworth tenth (8.55), Michael Fryer 44th (11.50), Don Buffham (pictured) 52nd (12.52) and Antonio Cardinale 63rd (16.08)

Results from Ilkley Harriers.

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Tuesday 7th September – Runner of the Month for August

A multitude of exceptional performances were highlighted at the Committee meeting and after much discussion it was thought appropriate to award bottles of reserve wine to both:

Mark Hall for Club Records MV45 & MV50 at the Sale 10 Miles (57.19), fifth overall (and first MV50) at the Askern 10 Miles (57.43) and a Club Record MV50 at 3,000m (10.07).


Huw Illingworth for a pb in a 5km Park Run in Leeds (18.10), eighth in the Bingley Show Fell Race, 22nd in the Round Hill Fell Race, 24th in the Burnsall Fell Race and an excellent 3,000m pb time (10.20).

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Sunday 5th September – London To Brighton UltraRun

Report from OAC’s London-based Tony Cunningham:

Sunday 5th September was my first foray into the realm of ultra running as I ran the London to Brighton race (90km/56 miles).

A group of about 140 starters gathered on Blackheath Common at 6am to embark on the run, with most of us not having a clue when or if we’d make it to Brighton. I knew the 13 hour deadline should be “do-able” but after that didn’t know much more about my chances.

The first 10 miles or so of the course were along quiet London roads (most roads even in London are quiet at 6am on a Sunday morning!) but from then on the terrain changed and the remainder of the route was on trails, country lanes, through fields and even once through a garden (with permission) before finishing on the beach. The route wasn’t marked and so maps were required and definitely necessary. Many of the runners had cleverly receed parts of the course beforehand so after relying on my map reading abilities once too often for my own good and getting lost a couple of times in the earlier sections I stuck like glue to a bloke who had receed the first 70kms. The atmosphere throughout the race was fantastic with all runners always being willing to assist others in need. There were only five official checkpoints which offered very limited supplies (water and bananas) but most people brought along their own support crews to keep them well nourished, mine were excellent.

My own race went very well. I ran with a couple of friends for most of the way, taking a steady approach with plenty of segments of walking for rest and food. The last 15kms were my most pleasing, I still felt relatively fresh and so decided there was no point getting to the end with anything left so speeded up a bit (or reduced my rate of slowing down relative to others!) and managed to move from 56th to 35th place by the finish. I was very pleased with my time of 11.11.07 and who knows, maybe next year I’ll aim for sub 11 hours. The race had joint winners Matt Mahoney (Unattached) and M Laye in 8.32.51.

Overall it was a great day out and a wonderful way to discover what lies between London and the coast and also reassuring to know that you can run for so long even in the South East of England and not come across too many cars.

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Sunday 5th September – Helvellyn Triathlon

Report from Hugh Pearson:

The organisers bill it as the toughest triathlon in the UK and they aren’t joking!

Ullswater was freezing. Allegedly it was 16 degrees but I’m sure I saw an iceberg bobbing past at one point.

The stiff southerly wind made the bike hard work on the leg between the A66 and Ambleside. Going up ‘the Struggle’ to Kirkstone Inn was carnage with many of the cyclists getting off and walking when the slope reached 20% (none of the OAC competitors walked though). The run was ridiculous – after a flattish first half mile we went straight up 600m along a flattish bit to Red Tarn and then had 300m of vertical rock climbing up Swirral Edge. Harness and fixed ropes were not provided. After that it was straight back down on tracks of loose rock to Glenridding.

Fantastic day out and highly recommended to the more masochistic element in the club.

From Trihard, the event was won by Julian Hatcher in 3.30.11.

The event includes a one mile swim / 38 mile cycle (including Kirkstone Pass) / 9 mile run (including 3,118′ ascent of Helvellyn).

OAC’s Renee Saxton finished 129th overall in 4:35:01 (and fourth lady), Giles Smith 192nd in 4:47:46 and Hugh Pearson 402nd in 5.21.02.

Certainly worth highlighting this was only four weeks after Hugh completed The Outlaw Ironman.

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