Archive for July, 2011

Sunday 24th July – Harrogate 10k

From harrogate-harriers, the race was won by Nick Swinburn (Morpeth Harriers) in 31.08 and the first lady in 37th position overall was Nicola Curtis (Scunthorpe) in 37.59.

For OAC, Tom Potter finished 148th (44.37), Ian Broadbent 196th (46.52) and Caron Ralph ran her first measured 10km race for over twelve months and was delighted with a personal best, finishing 199th (46.57).

Dave Fox finished 217th (47.41), Tom Hannah 248th (49.01), Joanna Hobson 403rd (56.12) and Julie Dorling also recorded a personal best finishing 414th (56.50).

Photos from sportsunday.

Results also from ukresults.


Saturday 23rd July – Snowdon Race

liam_snowdonOAC’s Liam Dunne (pictured right) texts in:

“I finished the Snowdon Race (10 miles / 3,065′) 46th in 80.34, just outside my target time of 80 minutes. I was one place ahead of the first lady, Pippa Maddams (Keswick), who finished in 80.53.

Ben Cousen finished 114th in 89.29, a nine minute improvement on last year.

The race was won again for the fifth time by Andi Jones (Salford) in 65.57.

It was a really warm day but the support from the Otley non-running contingent and my wife was really great. Roll on the beers!”

More details from snowdonrace.

Race reports on bbcnews and mudsweatandtears.

Watch the highlights programme on S4/Clic here (English subtitles available).

Race previews on mudsweatandtears and S4C.

Results from tdl.

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Saturday 23rd July – Park Run Leeds 5km

From parkrun, the race was won by Thomas Edwards (Knavesmire Harriers) in 16.23.

The first lady in the race finishing second overall was Lizzie Adams (Hallamshire Harriers) in 16.25.

For OAC, Debra Brown finished 189th (31.02).

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Saturday 23rd July – Turnslack Fell Race

Report from OAC’s Dale Foster:

The Turnslack Fell Race, Lancashire (8 miles / 2,000′)

A story of failed navigation and what might have been.

Great little race. Tough, deceptively tough, given this is not the Lakes or Scotland.

Tussocks, up and down, more than you care to remember. A roller-coaster ride.

The roller-coaster was going reasonably fast and had settled into the top ten places, slowly picking off runners on anything resembling technical difficulty. Upto fifth and looking for fouth into the last couple of miles….then no more flags. Guy in front, (no bum-bag) turns around. “Where the f*** now?!!! This is [insert expletive] ridiculous!!!” A bystander responds, “It’s a fell race mate…” This only served to upset runner more…..

Not having a clue either I went off line and ended up wading head high through heather, she wasn’t happy about that. Eventually I came across a dry stone wall of some 6′ and climbed it, landing on a sharp rock the other side and cutting open knee. A hand down to stop the impact of the fall resulted in my already broken thumb being knocked and further upset.

Just when it was going all badly wrong I saw a church steeple from the finish, (Not Finnish – we are back in England now), village of Littleborough and headed “direct” for it.

Was lucky to still get tenth although should have been fifth!!!!

Winner: Tom Addison (Helm Hill) 1:05:44

Tenth overall and third mv40: Dale Foster (Otley A.C.) 1:16:42 (lost around 3 mins)

Results from fellrunner.

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Friday 22nd July – An Invitation to Dubai in February 2012

nick_desertrun2011Message from OAC’s Nick Hodgkinson:

An Invitation to Dubai – A once in a lifetime opportunity?

As some of you may be aware, I will be entering a team of Riyadh based Yorkshire runners in the Wadi Bih Relay Race in Dubai next February. This is an off road event with five legs of about 15K, finishing somewhere near the Oman border. Next year’s event will be on 10th February ie in the depths of the UK winter. Have a look at the following web site and be inspired.

I do not have a full itinerary but I plan to spend the night before camping on the beach. The visit could be combined with a few days in Dubai. All teams have to have one woman and at the moment I have a stand in Canadian woman practicing her Yorkshire dialect. Is anyone from the club interested in entering an OAC team in the the event? It would be even better if an OAC team could win.

The return flights to Dubai could be as low as £325 to £350, if you book early. Camping on the beach is free and hotels in Dubai can be fairly cheap, if you are slightly off the beaten track. £25pppn, if you share.


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Wednesday 20th July – John Lunn 5km

Report from OAC’s Ben Cousen:

I took part in the John Lunn 5km race held on the same course around Hyde Park in Leeds as the weekly ‘parkrun’ event (either stupidity or an endearing contrariness led me to pay to do something I could do for free on a Saturday morning, although the Saturday affairs are far too early for civilised man).

Organised by Leeds City A.C., the John Lunn seemed like a very speedy business that soon had me frantically nostalgic for something more tranquil and trail like.

Anyway, it was won by Jorge Thomas (Keighley and Craven AC) in 15.02. The first lady was Jocelyn Payne (Leeds University) in 18.44.

I was 26th in 17.59. According to the slightly sinister Power of 10 thing, this represents a 5km p.b. by over two and a half minutes since the last time I ran around the same course back in 2008.

Results from leedscityac.

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Wednesday 20th July – Local Athletics News

A report on the recent Washburn Valley Relay in the Telegraph & Argus.

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Sunday 17th July – Burton Leonard 10km

The race was won by Marc Scott (Richmond & Zetland) in 34.52 and the first lady in 31st position overall was Susan Robinson (Unattached) in 45.15.

Surprisingly, no OAC members running this year?

Results from riponrunners.

A race in the yorkshiredalesraceseries.

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Saturday 16th July – Ingleborough Fell Race

From fellrunner, the Ingleborough Fell Race (7 miles / 2,000′) was won by Lloyd Taggart (Manx FR) in 48.04 and the first lady in eleventh position overall was Lizzie Adams (Hallamshire) in 54.11.

For OAC, Rogan Ashton finished 33rd (59.11), Renee Saxton 41st (and third female) (60.52), Sharron Smith 99th (69.32) and Neil Reed 106th (70.07).

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Saturday 16th July – Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon

Report from OAC’s Tom Potter:

Today I took the trip over to Bishop Wilton Show for the Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon.

I travelled over with Tim Midgley from Bingley Harriers.

Tim eventually had a good race and finished in third position (77.56). The weather was hideous with torrential rain throughout the race. That said, I really enjoyed the race although it was particularly difficult trying to wade through the river-like roads.

I finished the race in 107th position (106.07). Billy Rayner was the only other OAC member to run the race today and he ran marvellously finishing 135th (109.43). I am not so sure he enjoyed the weather at today’s race either especially after his two weeks holiday in 30 degree heat…back to Blighty with a bang, Bill!

The race was won by Matt Moorhouse (Salford) in 74.37 and the first lady in 23rd position overall was Emma Yates (Knavesmire Harriers) in 89.05.

Photographs and videos from pocklingtonrunners as well as photographs from Andrew Thrippleton here.

Results from ukresults.

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