Archive for March, 2011

Tuesday 29th March – Local Athletics News

From the Telegraph & Argus.

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Sunday 27th March – Wilmslow Half Marathon

From tdl, the race was won by Jean Ndayisenga (Birchfield Harreirs) in 64.24.

For OAC, Ian Broadbent finished 1,641st with a chip time of 108.31.

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Sunday 27th March – Liverpool Half Marathon

OAC’s Richard Cross reports that he did cross the finish line again this year but that it wasn’t a great race for him, having had an upset stomach that laid him low after about four miles. But it was still, technically a chip time PB by a massive nine seconds, finishing 2,995th overall (114.26 chip time).

The race was won by Ben Fish (Blackburn Harriers) in 67.41.

More details from Run Liverpool with results from TDL.

Last year’s race report here.

Post-script from Richard:

“It turns out after the event that the Liverpool Half was unlicensed by Enland Athletics but the organisers did insist that the course had been accurately measured and although being supposedly identical to last year’s had an additional 200 odd metres put in to get it back up to full distance.

So they’ve not only robbed me of an official chip time PB but they’ve now got me doubting that I actually ran 13.1 miles last time!”

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Sunday 27th March – Thirsk 10 Miles

Organised by Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers, the race was won by Andrew Pearson (Longwood) in 50.10 (all gun positions / chip times).

For OAC, second claim member Matt John finished fifth recording a splendid 54.01 – a pb by a significant margin.

OAC’s Tom Midgley also knocked over a minute of his pb finishing seventeenth (56.56) and Lloyd Best was also well placed finishing 90th just outside his pb by five seconds (62.38).

It was a pb also for Tom Paget 183rd (67.09).

For a second week in a row, Karen Best set new FV35 & FV40 Club Records finishing 184th (67.13).

Matt Podd reduced his pb by 2.55 finishing 222nd (69.12) and Mark Berry finished 301st in his first ten mile race (72.39)

Second claim member Beth Massey finished 303rd (73.08), Billy Rayner finished 500th (82.43) followed by Nina Kenworthy 587th (87.31) and Hannah Mallinson 588th (87.30) both completing their first ever ten mile road race.

Results from sportsystems and ukresults.

Pictures and video from Flaming Photography and also from Evitt-Photography

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Saturday 26th March – Wicklow Way Trail (Irl)

From imra, this race of 15.8 miles / 3,185′ ascent was won by John Brown (Salford) in 102.06. For OAC, Liam Dunne finished ninth (117.01).

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Saturday 26th March – Phil’s History Book (Part Two)

Former Club President and longstanding OAC member, Phil Robinson, reminisces for a second month about OAC days gone by:

March 1988 – 23 years ago this month

Prince Charles was ‘nearly killed’ by an avalanche at Klosters, the British pound note ceased to be legal tender having been replaced by the £1 coin and Orville Moody shot 63 at a Seniors tournament – that’s golf, not gun crime.

Meanwhile, at Otley A.C., I competed in my first team relay event at Timble – four to a team with each runner doing two laps of the road course.

Fastest on aggregate time was Simon Ostlere (23.57). My 27.57 kept me just ahead of new members Mick Barton and Dave Smart as well as ‘old’ members Ken Dixon and Eric Smith.

Tony Allen, Simon Froude, Tony Swann and Glyn Appleyard represented Otley in an on/off-road team relay up in the Pennines at Marsden, held in the horizontal rain which seems to be almost constant in that area.

Members of Otley A.C. also assisted the Rugby Club in staging the Otley Half Marathon which some readers may recall – sponsored by G Eric Hunt (Bramhope motor trader now replaced by low-rise apartments) the race started at Stephen Smiths, took runners via Bondgate and Burras Lane to Bradford Road, then on the A65 to Green Lane, back past the airport to the Dyneley Arms and back to Otley on the main road. A great route if you like petrol fumes.

No problems with the police or highways in those days – later in the month I ran in a 10km from Middleton Leisure Centre in Leeds. The route included start and finish sections along Leeds ring road South and crossed the ring road at Belle Isle Road – no casualties were sustained.

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Saturday 26th March – Eccup Handicap

For the 6.1 mile Eccup Handicap, the group of four setting off on 11 minutes came home at the head of the field and all returning times significantly quicker than the January Square & Compass Handicap run over the same distance with Caron winning her 1st handicap in fine style.  Carol retains her lead in overall Handicap Championship, 9 points ahead of Ben & Mark.

Pos Name Time H’cap Net Time Pts
1 Caron Ralph 1:00:03 11:00 0:49:03 15
2 Tom Hannah 1:00:56 11:00 0:49:56 14
3 Liz Ashton 1:02:14 11:00 0:51:14 13
4 Sara Richard 1:02:37 11:00 0:51:37 12
5 Mark Berry 1:03:05 19:00 0:44:05 11
6 Antonio Cardinale 1:03:18 00:00 1:03:18 10
7 Ben Cousen 1:03:28 25:00 0:38:28 9
8 Billy Rayner 1:03:32 14:00 0:49:32 8
9 John Armitstead 1:03:45 22:00 0:41:45 7
10 Carol Armitstead 1:04:02 12:00 0:52:02 6
11 Richard Hamer 1:04:12 13:00 0:51:12 5
12 Matt Broughton 1:05:19 20:00 0:45:19 4
13 Julie Dorling 1:05:32 08:00 0:57:32 3

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Saturday 26th March – Challenge 66 @ Norwich

OAC’s Colin Best reports:

Challenge66 will see Andy McMenemy, the son of a former soldier, establish a new Guinness World Record for consecutive ultra marathons (50km) with no rest days.

During Challenge66, Andy will run 66 Ultra Marathons in 66 days, one from each of the 66 official Cities in the United Kingdom.

Today I completed the 50km jog being 30 laps around Eaton Park in Norwich in just under 7 hours. I know that isn’t an impressive time but Andy McMenemy had run 10 before and has another 55 to go. Also he has been suffering since day one really and has an extremely sore and swollen ahcilles which would prevent most sane people from running at all.

It was a cold overcast day, quite a change from recent days, but the course was pretty flat and the only inclines were into an increasing strong and cold wind whichever direction we went. Still the rain held off until the last lap.

He is very focused and determined so I hope he can manage to keep going. He is running round a 400m track in Ely tomorrow (Sunday) but at least the sun has returned and it is a bit warmer.

Should anyone wish to sponsor his efforts for the Army Benevolent Fund please do so at Challenge 66 where you can also follow his progress. Only 1,705 miles to go over the next 55 days.

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Sunday 20th March – Rome Marathon

OAC’s Simon Anderson has written a colourful and comprehensive report on his recent pb of 3:00:48 at the Rome Marathon.

Read all about it on Simon’s own blog, MountainousAmbitions.

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Sunday 20th March – Northern Road Relays @ Catterick

Twelve members travelled to Catterick to take part in the Northern 12 Stage Road Relays.

Alternate long (approximately 8km – race map / report from Ian) and short legs (approximately 4km).

Results from race-results. Pictures in Club Photos and also from athletesinaction.



Long Leg Time

Short Leg Time

Cumulative Position


Liam Dunne





Ben Cousen





Edward Davies





Howard Jeffrey





Ian Fisher





John Armitstead





Huw Illingworth





Chris Carver





Andrew Robertshaw





Mick Jeffrey





Julian Mawson





Matt Broughton




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