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Charles was ‘nearly killed’ by an avalanche at Klosters, the British pound note ceased to be legal tender having been replaced by the £1 coin and Orville Moody shot 63 at a Seniors tournament – that’s golf, not gun crime.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

  1. #1 by Richard Hamer on March 29, 2011 - 11:38 pm

    And in that year I crossed the Pennines from Manchester to study in Leeds; and stayed, apart from a few years in that London.
    And I think in March I knew I was already coming to Leeds, and in November I visited Otley for the first time; don’t recall seeing you though, Phil.

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