Archive for July, 2011

Wednesday 6th July – Runner of the Month for June

lizf_wetherbyFor six race performances during the month topped by winning the first local lady trophy in the Otley 10 Mile Road Race, congratulations to Liz Fawcett as Runner of the Month for June.

Liz also finished third in the Club Handicap at Stainburn, competed in the Bradford Millennium Way Relay as well as three great performances in all of the month’s HDSRL races at Richmond, Otley and Wetherby.

Photo courtesy of Paul Wood, HDSRL.

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Wednesday 6th July – Local Athletics News

An insightful report on last week’s final HDSRL event hosted by Wetherby Runners in the Telegraph & Argus as well as more local running news from the T&A here.

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Sunday 3rd July – Birdsedge Challenge 6 Mile MT Race

Report from OAC’s Jackie and Andrew Ackroyd:

We both took part in the Birdsedge Challenge 6 mile Multi-Terrain Race on Sunday.

Race won by Shaun Dimelow (Barnsley Harriers) in 33.53 and Pauline Griffin was the first lady in twelfth in 41.07.

Andrew Ackroyd finished 39th in 48.59 and Jackie Ackroyd came 48th (and first lady over 50) in 51.02.

74 runners, results from denbydaletravellers.

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Fri 1st – Sun 3rd July – The Wharfedale TTT Races

Three consecutive days of races at Kettlewell with more information from bingleyharriers.

Friday 1st July – Uphill Road race (2.5 miles / 950′)

Winner – Adam Osborne (Leeds City) 16.59
42nd – Sharron Smith (Otley) 26.20

Saturday 2nd July – “A” Category Medium Fell Race (12.5 miles / 3,000′)

Winner – Andy Jebb (Bingley) 91.31
25th – John Armitstead (Otley) 111.03
59th – Sharron Smith (Otley) 126.49

Sunday 3rd July – “A” Category Short Fell Race (1.5 miles / 500′)

Winner – Andy Peace (Bingley) 13.23
2nd – Bob Addey (Otley) 13.29
22nd – Ben Cousen (Otley) 15.48
30th – Renee Saxton (Otley) 16.26 (first lady)
35th – Sharron Smith (Otley) 17.49

And Sharron Smith finished an excellent third overall in the ladies series.

Full results from bingleyharriers

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Sunday 3rd July – Burn Valley Half Marathon @ Masham

Arguably one of the most enjoyable and scenic races of the year, more details and results from

The race was won by Gary Dunn (North Yorkshire Moors) in 81.24 and the first lady in 37th position was Susan Robinson (Unattached) in 100.39.

For OAC, Mick Jeffrey finished 36th (100.31), Mark Berry 60th (107.30), Howard Jeffrey 68th (109.03) and Ged Peacock 159th (130.38).

Photos from Andrew Thrippleton here.

An event in the yorkshiredalesraceseries.

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Saturday 2nd July – Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon

sarahfuller_saunderslakelandReport from OAC’s Sarah Fuller on the SLMM:

This one will probably go down in the Saunders’ archive as ‘the hot one’! but could equally be described as the desperate one!

After two months+ of injury, I was pleased to just be on the start line and tried to have no expectations of placing or even finishing for that matter! Still we (my partner Kate Boobyer from Pudsey and Bramley) set off positive, hoping to once again prove there is some truth in the fable of the hare and the tortoise!!

Soon into day one, two things were apparent, this was going to be hot, long and hard and I was going to suffer big time. And so it was! My partner and I were in the Kirkfell class (the third hardest of the Saunders’ six pairs classes), billed as being 41km / 3,000m ascent (straight line distances – add 1/3 at least for reality). The route took us north, steeply up from Chapel Stile in Langdale then along towards Pavey Ark, Bowfell, Allen Crags, Glaramara, Rosthwaite, High Raise, Ullscarf and down to overnight at Steel End, Thirlmere. The last hour was desperate and I was so relieved to see the camp that I had a little cry! We were surprised to find ourselves after seven and a half hours of running 24th overall and second ladies by only 29 seconds!

A festival of noodles and midges, and very little sleep later, day two began and was even hotter. Thankfully I felt a lot stronger on the second day, the course was still long and hardgoing but the navigation and route planning a little easier and six and a half hours later and we had finished eighteenth on the day and 20th overall for the weekend in 14 hrs 10 mins. Unfortunately we lost another ten minutes on the leading ladies but were chuffed to bits with second place, after all after fourteen hours on the hill, ten minutes is pretty insignificant!!

In our class, 104 teams started and just 42 finished, surely some sort of record for clear weather?! It was the same on most other classes as well. For OAC, second claim member Matt John with Dave Wilby (Ilkley Harriers), running in Scafell class (the hardest class) finished tenth in 14 hours 19 mins, and Pange Srivastava with Sophie Brown (Ilkley Harriers) in Carrock class (the fourth hardest class) finished 31st and a fantastic third in the ladies in 14 hours 45 mins.

The picture was taken near the end of day one. We had been out for seven and a half hours in 30 degree heat hence the look on my face!! Kate is pictured just behind me.

More details from

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Saturday 2nd July – Oakworth Haul Fell Race

Report from Tom Potter:

I (only just) completed the Oakworth Haul Fell Race (5 miles / 650′) near Keighley, organised by keighleyandcravenac.

Once again I was reminded by this gruelling fell race as to why I prefer to run on roads and trails due to the sheer drops. I finished in 56.28 (watch time).

I was on course to be the last male finisher, however, ten or so runners took a wrong turn which propelled me up the order slightly.

On a more positive note I am pleased to report that I was the first OAC member home! (partly as I was the only one in attendance!)

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Saturday 2nd July – Park Run South Manchester 5km

From parkrun, the race was won by Ben Harris (Unattached) in 16.55.

For OAC, Simon Anderson finished eighth (18.34).

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