Archive for March, 2011

Sunday 20th March – East Hull 20 Miles

tompotter_hullOAC’s Tom Midgley texts in:

The race was won by Steve Bateson (East Hull) in 1.51.01.

I finished thirteenth in 2.04.46 and Tom Potter finished 151st in 2.41.16 – a new pb by six minutes for him.

Lloyd Best finished 34th in 2.16.49 and Karen Best finished 61st (and first FV40 / third female) in 2.21.56, setting new Club Records in the open ladies and LV40 categories.

More details from easthullharriers and ukresults.

Pictures (including the photo right of Tom Potter) from Andrew Thrippleton.

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Sunday 20th March – Epilepsy Action Bradford 10km

Report from OAC’s Matt Podd:

Well it makes a change from off-road Marathons, especially with a streaming cold!

Won by Matt Clough (Leeds City) in 32.31 and first lady was Margaret Beaver (Stainland Lions) in 39.02.

I came in 92nd/1,057 in 42.08 gun, 41.59 chip – a pb by 22 seconds.

Dominic Egan was 259th in 47.12 but he had the wrong vest on! Richard Cross was 416th in 50.14 gun, 49.57 chip and I think that was all from the club.

I have run all four of these and got faster every year – how long can it last?!

More from Epilepsy Action Bradford 10km with results from raceplus.

Race report and video in the Telegraph & Argus.


Friday 18th March – Salwa 10km (KSA)

Report from OAC’s Nick Hodgkinson:

Hello everyone,

I’m not sure if today’s SALWA 10km will be of any great interest to anyone. My time? – Still a very depressing 51.08 but a new Saudi PB by about 7 minutes nevertheless and finished 21st. The race was won by Rob Foster in 37.01.

So I thought that I would send you a few of today’s interesting observations.

My next-door neighbours’ garage has a big sign saying “Don’t Parking Here”.

I had a BBQ earlier today and whilst in the supermarket getting burgers etc, I noticed a jar of “Camel Sauce” – it tasted really good, although not sure what was in it….

Talking about camels, I followed a car this morning with a camel’s head sticking out of the boot. They race camels here and instead of jockeys, use tiny robots with whipping sticks. I jest not.

I now have a set of four friends from Gods own County and we will be entering an (unofficial) Yorkshire relay team in the Oman Mountain Relays later in the year. Do you think that I need to inform the Yorkshire Athletics Association and do you think that they will send us Yorkshire county vests?

Getting back to today’s pool-side BBQ, one of the guys, who is a keen swimmer, has come up with a neat idea of training in the pool that is only about 6m long. Step one. Find a piece of washing line. Step two. Tie said washing line around your waist. Step three. Find a solid object to tie the other end of the washing line to. Step four. Jump in pool Step five. Swim for hours but don’t get anywhere. A Dragons Den suggestion?

There is only one race left in this year’s Riyadh Road Runners race calendar, so I have just signed up for the Riyadh Triathletes Club – Help. I now have to find a bicycle! (and learn how to ride it).

I’m moving into a Compound next week. Tennis courts, big swimming pool, sauna etc etc. It’s also close to the Diplomatic Quarter, where I now train at 7.00am on Thursday mornings. (Dirt track around the perimeter, approx 9 or 10 miles and Starbucks afterwards).

Filled up with petrol again today. Cost? The equivalent of £3.27!

I could go on, it’s a really fantastic culture experience but you need to see some of it to believe it!

I will send some more snippets when I have another light news day.

Regards! Nick.

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Tuesday 15th March – Local Athletics News

A round-up in the Telegraph & Argus.

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Sunday 13th March – Spen 20 Miles

Organised by spenac. The race was won by David Thompson (Barnsley) in 1.58.27.

OAC’s Tom Midgley finished an excellent third (and winning the Yorkshire bronze medal) in 2.03.21.

Also running well in this challenging event were Andrew Leonard 109th (2.39.55), Tom Potter 149th (2.47.17), Matt Broughton 190th (2.56.09) and Billy Rayner 232nd (3.09.29).

Results from ukresults.


Sunday 13th March – Burnley 10km

Report from OAC’s Phil Robinson:

In my last year at school I was a regular attender at Turf Moor in the season that Burnley won the football league championship (1959-60). Since I stopped going, they’ve never been the same.

So it was rehearsing the past when I joined in this 10km race which started and finished at a school adjacent to Burnley fire station, just behind Turf Moor.

The route climbed steadily from the town centre up Todmorden Road, turned left to drop into Cliviger, then climbed steeply up to Mereclough before a long descent back to the finish.

Only a small field took part on a fine cold day.

1 – Jason Holmes (Border Harriers) 35.54
2 – Aidan Holgate (Clayton-le-Moors) 36.24
3 – Heath McDonald-Noble (Trawden AC) 36.37
48 – Phil Robinson (Otley) 44.56 (first MV65)

136 finishers, results from ukresults and photos from sportsunday.

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Saturday 12th March – Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round

The Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round was organised by Clayton Le Moors Harriers.

Shaun Godsman (Calder Valley FR) won in 1.09.41 and the first lady was Tamara Hird (Wharfedale Harriers) in 1.28.42.

OAC’s Sharron Smith finished 104th (and eighth lady) in 1.40.46.

Results from fellrunner.

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Saturday 12th March – Dent 14

peterparkerOAC’s Simon Anderson and Julian Mawson travelled up to Dent and paced a run round the Dent 14 mile course together finishing 34th (95.10) and 35th (95.12) respectively.

The race was won by Peter Parker (Altrincham) in 78.23 ahead of Steve Littler (Wesham) in 78.30 and Clark Kent (Altrincham) in 79.45.

Some sort of Super-Hero convention also taking place in the village on the same weekend. Holy smokes, what are the chances of that?!

More details and results from dentdale.

Photos from athletesinaction.

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Saturday 12th March – Park Run Leeds 5km

From parkrun, this week’s race was won by Elliot Cole (Leeds City) in 16.05.

For OAC, Mick Jeffrey finished 31st (19.55).

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Tuesday 8th March – Local Athletics News

A round-up in the Telegraph & Argus.

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