Archive for December, 2010

Friday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

This 6 Miles / 900′ fell race was won by Andi Jones (Salford) in 39.39.

For OAC, Chris Stacey finished 141st (55.52), Pange Srivastava 216th (61.37), Colin Best 297th (68.04), Graham Stead 312th (69.13) and Don Buffham 347th (74.12)

More details from woodentops.

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Sunday 26th December – Chevin Chase

SDC11084This year’s Chevin Chase (course map here)was won by Jonathan Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) in 38.35 ahead of Tim Midgley (Bingley Harriers) in 39.47 and Graham Pearce (Pudsey & Bramley) in 41.04.

For OAC, Bob Addey finished 26th (45.33), Rogan Ashton 28th (46.07), Andrew Robertshaw 89th (50.05), Laura Martin 92nd (and first FV40) (50.17) and Chris Stacey 95th (50.24).

Continuing, Renee Saxton 128th (51.40), Peter Kettleborough 164th (53.10), James Sneath 176th (53.51), Andy Hunt 181st (54.01), Phil Robinson 248th (56.50), Hugh Pearson 263rd (57.22) and Tom Potter 267th (57.28).

Colin Best 324th (60.03), John Dade 356th (61.10), Graham Stead 374th (62.04), Dominic Egan 395th (63.07), Liz Fawcett 417th (64.15), Simon Anderson 429th (64.48), Martin Weston 508th (69.37) and Liz Ashton 521st (70.15).

Caron Ralph 554th (72.17), Julie Dorling 589th (74.51), Sara Richard 590th (74.55), Tom Hannah 607th (75.56) and Steve Haywood 628th (77.14).

That’s 25 OAC members competing.

There are race reports in both the Telegraph & Argus and Wharfedale Observer.

An OAC Runner of the Year event.

Some pictures in Club Photos.

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Monday 20th December – A Message from Perth (Aus)

OAC member Neil Charlton emails in with a couple of his photos as well:

Just getting used to the heat and the burning sun here in Perth.


People are under the illusion that it’s more of an outdoor life here. It is to some extent but on some days its best to stay inside with the curtains drawn and the aircon down low. We’ve had some 40C+ days.

I’m not too far from the WACA where the third Ashes Test has just finished – about two miles away actually.

I looked at tickets but they wanted $250 for a poor seat (which is about £200) so decided against it. Good job too as I’ve just seen that England lost anyway.


I managed to get gout in Indonesia by drinking beer and eating seafood solidly for ten days and it has only just gone away but I’m looking at getting back on track asap. With it being summer here, it’s only really possible to train in the dark either before 8am or after 8pm.

Looking at a change of career here too. Seriously, you get paid a fortune for labouring in the mines.


Sunday 19th December – Stoop Fell Race @ Haworth

From Woodentops, this 5 mile / 800′ fell race was won by Ian Holmes (Bingley) in 29.46.

For OAC, Chris Stacey finished 53rd (38.33), Philip Kettleborough 62nd (39.39), Sharron Smith 110th (44.07) and Don Buffham 156th (51.12).

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Sunday 19th December – Ken Dixon Handicap at Fewston

The climax of the 2010 took the place at the Ken Dixon Handicap at Fewston.  In probably the coldest temperatures in it’s 22 year history, the underfoot conditions proved to be much better than expected with just one short bad section of ice. “Fresh” from a couple of operations to remove a troublesome kidney stone, Graham hung on to become the Handicap Champion for 2010.  Despite taking a fall on the icy part, John pushed him hard to the end. Final 2010 Handicap table here….  roll on 2011 and the Square & Compass Handicap, see date above.

In a close finish with Huw, Tom Midgley had a superb run to take the race win.  He will also have the honour of having the prestigious Ken Dixon trophy for a year.

Pos Name Time H’cap Net Time Timble Loop Swinsty Pts
1 Tom Midgley 50:45 20:00 30:45 12:35 18:10 16
2 Huw Illingworth 50:53 17:00 33:53 13:51 20:02 15
3 Matt Podd 51:34 14:00 37:34 15:12 22:22 14
4 Tom Potter 52:07 11:00 41:07 16:37 24:30 13
5 John Armitstead 52:28 16:00 36:28 15:01 21:27 12
6 Colin Best 52:36 11:00 41:36 16:37 24:59 11
7 Graham Stead 53:03 11:00 42:03 16:48 25:15 10
8 Sara Richard 53:06 6:00 47:06 18:06 29:00 9
9 Carol Ralph 53:07 6:00 47:07 18:06 29:01 8
10 Phil Robinson 53:12 13:00 40:12 16:38 23:34 7
11 Mick Jeffrey 53:52 16:00 37:52 15:17 22:35 6
12 Chris Carver 54:32 18:00 36:32 15:08 21:24 5
13 Antonio Cardinale 54:41 0:00 54:41 23:24 31:17 4
14 Andrew Robertshaw 54:55 19:00 35:55 14:56 20:59 3
15 Kath Robertshaw 56:48 6:00 50:48 20:41 30:07 2
16 Tom Hannah 57:05 9:00 48:05 19:25 28:40 1

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Wednesday 15th December – Runner of the Month for November

With a personal best at the Abbey Dash 10km of 48.50 and finishing second in the Club Handicap at Weeton, this month’s Runner of the Month has been awarded to Sue Tupling. Well done Sue!

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Sunday 12th December – New Junior Member

Congratulations to Scott & Gemma Harrington on the birth of Oliver James, weighing in at 10lb!

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Sunday 12th December – Sneyd 10 Miles

OAC’s Mark Hall reports from this race in Walsall, that over very icy and slippery conditions, he finished seventh overall (and first MV50) in 57.43.

The race was won by Michael Aspinall (Tipton Harriers) in 51.32

OAC second claim member Beth Massey finished 108th (and first FV40) in 72.42.

Results from sneydstriders.

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Friday 10th December – A Message From Riyadh (KSA)

DSCF6095An email from Nick Hodgkinson:

Hello everyone,

I am beginning to settle in after a few really dreadful days. Everything is very different – work is really hard, sites are very dangerous, traffic is unbelievably bad (I had a small crash on my second day) and I can’t understand the language etc etc.

However, today has been very busy socially (Friday is like your Sunday) and I had actually planned to do lots of work but I am trying to strike a balance between working and not working. I now feel guilty for not working and will already be behind when I go to work tomorrow.

So what did I do today? Well, set my alarm for 5:45am so that I could get up and go to run the Salwa Compound 10K.

Salwa is one of the many fortress like compounds dotted around Riyadh and where most of the outsiders spend their time. Salwa is about ten miles out of town and approximately fifteen miles from here (Home No2). The traffic was very light and I got there about 7.00am. It took about 20 minutes to get through the high security which included a full search and scan of the car and full body scan of me. The compound is very bare and dusty but with excellent facilities (tennis courts, pools, gyms…).

I have now joined Riyadh Road Runners as a fully paid up Member and have the ‘T’ shirt to prove it.

The run started at 8.00am and was as boring as you can imagine being four laps around the inside of the perimeter fence.

I really struggled, partly because I have not run for about a month and also due to the heat (mid twenties).

My time, for those interested, was 58:29 – a new Saudi pb. Will this count for the Runner of the Year when I get the full results?


I then tried to find my way back to the house and got terribly terribly lost. I ended up on the road to Mecca (or was it Jeddah?). I was too far out of town to take a bearing on the two big towers in the middle of Riyadh. I ended up on a three lane highway, called King ‘something’ Road, which I thought would take me somewhere with a big sign to Riyadh. No such luck.

The road just stopped in the desert with only sand in front of me.

So I turned round and tried to retrace my route but everything looked the same and all the road signs were in Arabic. Eventually I found a sign with an airplane symbol so followed this to the airport and found my way home about an hour later.

This afternoon, I went on an adventure with my two ‘housemates’. First we went to look at a bridge.
A fantastic bridge but the area around was not so picturesque. The photos look better than the real thing as I tried to miss out the power pylons and mega car dump.

We then went on to see the view from the top of the escarpment which itself continues on for about 50 miles and ends up at ‘The Edge of the World’ where I plan to visit next week.

IMG_6656We then drove down the escarpment highway and headed in to the desert for about five miles to end up at Faihad’s Needle. This area is very desolate and reminds me of one of the Star Wars films. I hiked part way up the needle which was similar to many rocky scree climbs in the lakes but hot and dusty. The slopes on either side were a bit like striding edge. I then ran down. On the way back met some camels and saw Bedouin camps. Brilliant!

More pictures in Club Photos.

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Friday 10th December – Chevin Chase Photo Quiz


Wearing far less clothing than he does now in Winter, which OAC member is wearing number 37 in this photograph of the children’s Chevin Chase in 1984? Send your answers with the subject heading “Julian Mawson Quiz”.