Archive for September, 2011

Sunday 18th September – Kirkstall Abbey 7 Race

Organised by Kirkstall Harriers, the race was won in a new course record by Tom Adams (Ilkley Harriers) in 36.07 and the first lady in 33rd position overall was Julie Greenwood (Wakefield Harriers) in 46.22.

For OAC, new member Tom Marsh finished 21st (45.13) and Howard Jeffrey 45th (48.16).

Photos by Andrew Thrippleton here.

Full results from ukresults.

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Saturday 17th September – Eccup New Inn Handicap

Four mile Club Handicap around the Eccup New Inn course.  Honorary secretary John was a clear winner in the blustery but dry overhead conditions, if a little greasy underfoot.  Carol just took 2nd in a sprint finish with Sara.  In doing so returning to the top of the handicap table, jointly though with Matt Broughton with Ben just 4 points behind.  With just 3 races left it looks like this year’s title is going to one of the most hotly contested in a few years.  See here for full Eric Smith Handicap table

Pos Name Time H’cap Net Time Pts
1 John Dade 38:19 8:00 30:19 15
2 Carol Armitstead 38:53 6.00 32:53 14
3 Sara Richard 38:57 6:00 32:57 13
4 Matt Podd 39:16 11:00 28:16 12
5 John Armitstead 39:17 12:00 27:17 11
6 Colin Best 39:20 7:00 32:20 10
7 Matt Broughton 39:26 12:00 27:26 9
8 David Fox 39:29 9:00 30:29 8
9 Paul Clifford 39:33 11:00 28:33 7
10 Billy Rayner 39:41 8:00 31:41 6
11 Tom Hannah 40:46 7:00 33:46 5
12 Antonio Cardinale 40:50 0:00 40:50 4
13 Ben Cousen 41:28 15:30 25:58 3
14 Caron Ralph 41:49 10:00 31:49 2

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Saturday 17th September – Rombalds Romp

Organised by Abbey Runners, this fell / trail race (7 miles / 764′) was won by Tom Adams (Ilkley Harriers) in 45.15 and the first lady in fifteenth position was Karen Hallas (Leeds City) in 54.22.

For OAC, Sam Stell finished eleventh (53.07) and Abdullah Kraam 94th (90.55).

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Photos by Andrew Thrippleton here.

Results from Abbey Runners and ukresults.

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Thursday 15th September – Runner of the Month for August

mattb_roundhillHolding off excellent nominations for the title from Simon Anderson and Liam Dunne, the Runner of the Month bottle of wine has been awarded to Matt Broughton.

Matt recorded an excellent 5km pb of 20.06 in one of the Leeds Park Runs as well as finishing 45th (pictured right) in the Round Hill Fell Race and 51st (78.30) in the Burnsall 10 Miles.

Well done Matt!


Sunday 11th September – Petzl Lake District Mountain Trial

Report from OAC’s Sarah Fuller:

I completed my third Mountain Trial today and never has a race been more aptly named, it was indeed a trial and there were mountains in it (lots of them !!).

This year it was held in the northern Lakes, covering the Skiddaw, Blencathra and Carrock fell area.

The mountain trial is a historic event of epic proportions, started in 1952 it attracts lots of superstars (past and present) from fell-running and orienteering plus a few more normal folk.

There are three courses: long, medium and short, all of which are challenging days on the hill designed to test navigation and mountain craft skills as well as fell-running ability. Until last year women were not even allowed to do the long course!

I selected the medium course billed at 14 miles and 4,300ft of ascent (as the crow flies distances!). As the weather was absolutely atrocious, the bad weather options were ‘on’ which for our course meant the saving of about a mile!

I set off a little nervous of the reported conditions on the tops but I had a reasonable run for the first checkpoint. Then it got worse – both the weather and the terrain deteriorated and proceeded something like: run, fall in bog, walk, fall over, run, slide down hill, trip over tussock, fall in hole, plod, fall in bog….!! I made a few annoying route choice errors, prolonging the suffering a little longer than necessary, but mostly the navigation was ok.

We had to cross a river in spate, which was very scary and I’m glad there was someone around to link arms with! After this one last steep climb and then it was all downhill, unfortunately my knee chose this point to go so I was reduced to a pathetic hobble as folk came pounding past!

So, is the mountain trial the ‘hardest race in the calendar’ as recently suggested in Fellrunner?

I don’t know about that but it is hard and also one of the best (even in grim conditions!) and one of my firm favourites. For fifteen quid (for which you get a map, well planned and marshalled courses and a slap up meal) it’s also a bargain!

I completed in 4.25.33 for 42nd position (well over an hour behind the winner) but I wasn’t last and well chuffed to just get round. Results from fellrunner.

This event was won by John Noblett in 3.06.35 and the first lady in fifth position overall was Wendy Dodds (Clayton Le Moors) in 3.19.43.

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Sunday 11th September – Yorkshireman Full & Half Marathons

Keighley & Craven A.C.’s off-road Full (26.2 miles / 3,000′) and Half (14.8 miles / 1,850′) Marathons over the Bronte Moors from Haworth.

Full Marathon – 1st Quentin Lewis (Baildon Runners): 3:20:01, Lloyd Best & Karen Best (third in Pairs): 4:19:07,  Matt Podd: 4:38.08, Hugh Pearson: 5:27.04,  Nick Hodgkinson: 5:28.27. Full results solo from fellrunner and also results pairs from fellrunner.

Half Marathon – 1st Matt John (Abbey Runners, second claim OAC): 1:41.28, 23rd (and second lady) Renee Saxton: 2:02.03, 71st Laura Martin: 2:16.26, 80th Neil Reed: 2:18.24, 137th Ged Peacock: 2:33.02, 223rd Abdullah Kraam: 3:24.08. Full results from fellrunner.

Photos by Andrew Thrippleton here.

Report from Karen Best:   Yorkshireman – The Classic Off-Road Event – 26.2 miles 3065`

What a fantastic run! I’ve wanted to do this event for years and have always seemed to be working on the day… however not this year, I got the day off! I think Lloyd maybe wished I had been working when the alarm went off just after 6am on Sunday morning! There were a few other hardy souls from Otley – Matt Podd, Hugh Pearson and Nick Hodgson, (Ed Davies was also down to run but we didn’t see him).

Despite a forecast for the chance of pretty foul weather we stood on the cobbles outside the Fleece (Public House) in glorious sunshine.  I fear if the weather had been a little less kind, I may not be presenting this in such a positive manner.

The race was full so we were certainly not alone, although you did feel quite alone 20 + miles in when you’d been running with the same group for miles with no sight of anyone else in either direction. The route just goes up, down and across numerous times around the hills and valleys of Howarth, Denholme and Cullingworth – great scenery throughout.

It was an all round great day out. There was great support at the checkpoints along with scrummy cake and a welcome bowl of stew at the end – so it was worth it for the munchies!

Lloyd and I were the third pair home and first first mixed pair in 4:19…  Matt Podd (4:38:08) knocked about nine minutes off his previous time.

Report from Nick Hodgkinson (Otley A.C. and Riyadh Road Runners) also on the long race:

The Yorkshireman, also known as The Yorkshire Off Road Marathon, is a tough 26.2 mile race over moorland above Haworth. I happened to be back in the UK at the time, so decided to do this as a training run for the Amman Marathon at the end of October. My aim was just to get round, with as little walking as possible, given that my recent training had amounted to no more than 15 miles per week.

As a prologue to this race report, I thought that I would add a bit of local history. To start with, Yorkshire is the biggest and best County in England and is often referred to as “God’s own County”. The Yorkshireman starts and finishes in a small town called Haworth, famous for being the home of the late 17th Century writing family of the Brontes. Considered to be their best novel is ‘Wuthering Heights’ – which refers to a fictitious farmhouse set on the moors above Haworth. This is where Katherine and
Heathcliffe had romantic assignations. Wuthering Heights is thought to have been based on ‘Top Withins’ farm – now a ruin.

For those men of a certain age, memories of Kate Bush, singing (and dancing) to her version of Wuthering Heights ‘ … Its me, oh Kathy, I’ve come home now…’ may also now rate an entry in to the history books. (Google it)

Anyway, enough of that, what about the race? Having spent time in KSA trying desperately to drag myself around the DQ, in the blazing heat, this was a reminder of why I go running. Cool damp air, open moorland and plenty of mud – yipee. It also rained and I did not care.

I started slowly, due to my lack of training but somehow, there just seemed to be more oxygen in the
air than KSA and my legs felt lighter – I have no idea why. The miles were ticked off seemly quite easily, and many of those that I had let go at the beginning of the race were gradually hauled in.

This type of event in the UK is often graced by water, cake and biscuit stations at regular intervals. The first cake stop was at ‘Top Withins’ aka Wuthering Heights, but regretably the cake to mile ratio near the start was quite low. Things improved later in the race with cakes to mile ratios approximately doubling.

I had no problems until about 20 miles when my legs quite suddenly packed in. My reaction was to have a few more cakes and things improved. The last few miles were quite tough, but my running partner Hugh Pearson had by now become bored of staying with me so he shot off in to the distance. I tried to catch him, but my wobblily legs would not respond.

The final hill up in to Haworth is a 1 in 1 gradient for about a mile. Actually, for us real runners, this was the biggest challenge to be met and conquered. All those around me who had been walking / running for the last few miles, without any discussion, broke in to a run, and whathad been a 26.2 mile race became a one mile up hill race – brilliant.

I would thoroughly recommend this race to anyone fortunate to be in the UK in the second week of September. My time? Not really of any consequence but it was 5hr 28min. My aim in the Amman Marathon is to have a race time that starts with 3hr something.


Sunday 11th September – Wetherby 10km

Organised by Wetherby Runners, the race was won by Paul Lockwood (Wakefield Harriers) in 32.40 and the first lady in 33rd position was Pauline Munro (Bingley Harriers) in 38.37.

For OAC, Mark Berry finished 226th (47.15), Billy Rayner 285th (48.45), Tom Hannah 317th (49.31), Carol Armitstead 356th (50.47), Justina Stringer 611th (57.59) and Hannah Mallinson 717th (62.57).

Results now available from racetimingsystems.


Sunday 11th September – Yorkshire Veterans Road Relays @ Saltaire

DSC_1087The day after the senior relays, three of the bronze medal winning team gained silver medals in the MV35 Yorkshire Veterans Relay Championships held at Saltaire’s Roberts Park.

Ian stormed round the last leg, passing the previous day’s victors Keighley & Craven on the final leg.  Bingley Harriers lead from start to finish completing the 4 by 2.8 mile course in a total time of 61.41. Full results here.

Some pictures courtesy of Roy Pritchard in Club Photos.

Report in the Telegraph & Argus.

2 Otley
4 Huw Illingworth 17.16
5 Simon Anderson 16.55
4 Liam Dunne 15.47
2 Ian Fisher 14.33

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Saturday 10th September – Yorkshire Road Relays @ Beckett Park

yorksroadrelays_2011Our men’s A team came home with a bronze medal in the Yorkshire Road Relays won by Keighley and Craven and were backed up well with the B team finishing ninth. Keighley finished the 6 by 4 mile race in a total time of 130.51.

For the first time we also had a ladies team in these county relays recording a tenth place finish (pictured right scrutinising the results).

Rotherham took the honours in the ladies race in 64.28.

Pictures in Club Photos.

Full Results here.  

The Otley Men’s and Ladies’ results were:-

10 Otley
13 Tamara Weatherhead 18.55
13 Elizabeth Ashton 21.49
12 Sara Richard 20.15
10 Caron Ralph 19.24
3 Otley A 9 Otley B
7 Dale Foster 23.04 10 Chris Carver 24.20
8 Andrew Robertshaw 23.30 12 Matthew Broughton 27.01
2 Ian Fisher 20.38 11 Mick Jeffrey 27.24
2 Liam Dunne 22.44 11 Tom Potter 28.55
2 Julian Mawson 23.18 12 David Fox 29.09
3 Simon Anderson 24.32 9 Colin Best 32.07
137.46 168.56


Wednesday 7th September – Ilkley Incline Fell Race

Described by the President as the hardest ever race he’d ever done…

Tom Adams from the host club (Ilkley Harriers) won in 7.51 and finishing fourteenth overall, OAC’s Racheal Bamford broke the ladies record recording 8.54.

Other Otley results:

Second Bob Addey 8.16, seventh Rogan Ashton 8.44, twelfth Edward Davies 8.53, sixteenth, new second claim member, Leon Ricketts 9.07, 25th Tom Paget 9.29, 26th Huw Illingworth 9.34, 31st (and second lady) Renee Saxton 9.50, 63rd Mick Jeffrey 11.10 and 86th Antonio Cardinale 19.42.

And it was good to see Zack Whithead back in his running shoes after injury problems finishing in 8.51.

Results and photographs from ilkleyharriers.

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