Archive for October, 2011

Sunday 23rd October – Club Handicap @ Esholt

Slowly returning to his old form, Tom was a clear winner of the 5.01 mile Esholt handicap. The battle for second was much closer as Richard just held off the fast finishing Paul & Chris.

Just behind in 5th Matt Broughton moved to the top of the handicap table. With 6 now within 20 or so points it’s still all to play for at Weeton & the Ken Dixon. Full Eric Smith Handicap Table here

Pos Name Time H’cap Net Time Pts
1 Tom Hannah 49:06 9:05 40:01 17
2 Richard Clarke 50:38 16:00 34:38 16
3 Paul Clifford 50:41 15:00 35:41 15
4 Chris Carver 50:44 18:00 32:44 14
5 Matt Broughton 50:56 16:00 34:56 13
6 Matt Podd 51:15 15:00 36:15 12
7 Ben Cousen 51:23 20:00 31:23 11
8 Caron Ralph 51:29 12:00 39:29 10
9 Richard Hamer 51:31 11:00 40:31 9
10 Billy Rayner 51:46 11:00 40:46 8
11 Michael Pickard 51:47 16:00 35:47 7
12 Julian Mawson 52:14 21:00 31:14 6
13 Ged  Peacock 52:18 9:05 43:13 5
14 Liz Ashton 52:32 7:00 45:32 4
15 Antonio Cardinale 53:10 0:00 53:00 3
16 Carol Armitstead 57:13 8:00 49:13 2
Kath Robertshaw ran course marking route 1

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Sunday 23rd October – Wistow 10 Miles

liam_ian@wistowpresentationOrganised by Selby Striders with results from ukresults.

OAC’s very own Ian Fisher was a clear winner of this year’s race in 54.07 and was well supported in also winning the team prize with Tom Midgley ninth equal (59.57) and Liam Dunne twelfth (60.27).

Simon Anderson ran a fabulous race finishing sixteenth (62.26) as too Howard Jeffrey 49th (70.21) and Tom Potter 73rd with a personal best by almost three minutes (73.34).

Race report and information on Ian’s Garmin page here.

The first lady was Dawn Broom (Barnsley Harriers) in 33rd position overall (67.13).

Pictures by Andrew Thrippleton here.


Sunday 23rd October – Withins Skyline Fell Race

The Withins Skyline Fell Race (7 miles / 1,000′) with more information from woodentops.

Results show that the race was won by Tom Addison (Helm Hill) in 42.32 and the first lady was Jo Buckley (Calder Valley) in 43rd position over (51.20).

For OAC, Matt John had an excellent first run as a first claim member for OAC finishing sixth (45.28) and he was followed shortly afterwards by Sam Stell seventeenth (48.33), Renee Saxton 60th (and third lady) (53.03), Simon Toyne 80th (54.58), Racheal Bamford 94th (56.05), Chris Stacey 109th (56.58), Tamara Weatherhead 199th (63.01), John Dade 231st (65.28) and Don Buffham 302nd (74.55).


Saturday 15th October – The Major North

Report from OAC’s second claim member, Richard Clarke (Airecentre Pacers):

Below are links to results, pictures and information about The Major – North at Bramham Park.

It’s the first such event that I have taken part in and I’d certainly do more. I finished 29th (62.40).

There were eight other first-timers from Airecentre Pacers and they too really enjoyed it.

Karen Potter, who has recently joined Otley, also ran the race and was first FV40 finishing 89th overall (69.03).

There were not too many obstacles and a lot of running, which favoured those of us who are regular runners. None of the obstacles was particularly daunting and they were concentrated towards the end of the race. The course ran through the grounds of Bramham Park and resembled a cross-country event, except that the course deliberately took in bogs and streams.

Obstacles included cam nets (to be crawled under), bales of hay/walls and other obstacles to climb over, streams and bogs to wade through, smoke (from canisters) and a water slide (provided by a massive tarpaulin laid out on a sloping field).

The event was organised by British Military Fitness (of which I am a member) but was open to all.

The next event organised by BMF will be in March 2012.

The event was won by James Clark (Pudsey Pacers) in 49.03 and the first lady in fifth position was Gemma Price (50.53).

Picture from Phil O’Connor Photography here.

Results from racetimingsystems.

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Saturday 22nd October – Park Run Leeds 5km

From parkrun, this weeks’s race was won by Gwilym Thomas (Valley Striders) in 16.57 and the first lady in 48th position was Rebecca Coope (Pudsey & Bramley) in 20.38.

For OAC, Mick Jeffrey finished 41st (20.10).

Mick comments, “My fastest Park Run time of the year. 5 seconds quicker than last week but position 41st compared to 28th”.

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Sunday 16th October – Tui 10km & Half Marathon Palma Majorca (Esp)

Further afield several of Otley’s senior members were enjoying the sun on a Spanish Island…

Tom Hannah & Colin Best finished the Half Marathon in 1:49:40 (12th V60) & 1:57:38 (65th v55) respectively which was won in 1:08:41 by Dr Jonatan Gomez Espinola.

Jack Robertshaw was first Otley runner home in the 10k in 48:10 (2nd v65), followed by Pete McGouran in 52:20 (13th v55) then Steve Haywood in 53:02 (14th v55), Kath Robertshaw in 56:54 (1st lv65) & Ursula McGouran in 58:35 (22nd lv50), & this one was won in 31:53 by Guillem Duran Galletero

Full results here.

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Sunday 16th October – Saltergate Gallows Fell Race

The Saltergate Gallows Fell Race, North Yorkshire Moors (9.5 miles / 1,900′) organised by Esk Valley Fell Club.

1st Stuart Carmichael (City of Hull) 1:16:03, 5th Dale Foster (Otley) 1:18:34, 12th (and first lady) Nicola Kent (Loftus & Whitby) 1:29:28.

Imagine my surprise as I was heading to this race only to be stopped by two stern looking German WW2 Officers in full combat gear?! …Yes, complete with machine guns.

Luckily some US allies were knocking about smoking in a tent near Levisham Station and Anglo/US supremacy was soon restored. Yes it was “World War 2 weekend” and the enthusiasts were all dressed up, complete with authentic WW2 military jeeps and such like. Worth taking the family if you fancy distracting them when you take on the frenzy that is the Saltergate Gallows fell race.

Race on then. A charge up a fairly tame tarmac lane soon gave way to open moorland. Fast running on firm grassland with only a rather large highland cattle blocking the initially rapid progress. After the usual testing bursts from the other candidates I soon established the lead and ran with a group of 5 or 8 who were working hard but not flat out. The grassland and moors continued for some time before giving way to a technical descent on greasy, muddy stairs. A 50-odd foot steep drop into a ravine to the right made the situation more precarious and injected a level of caution to the proceedings.

Minutes later and after a few stiles, the route returned to the open tracks typical seen on our Round Hill route and three of our group got away. Damn! Tried to “bridge” to the group but wasted too much energy in doing so. This left the old legs full of lactic acid as we were then forced to climb some rather steep steps into a wood….not great timing by me really.

I was left to fight for fourth or fifth spot with a young Steve Cram, who proved to run as well as the real Crammy once did. (Yes I have run “against” Steve Cram in the Northern Relays one year – well actually he just ran past me at a rate of knots and all I really ever saw was a blur and his name in the printed programme – it could have been anyone).

The race goes on to visit the Hole of Horcum on the edge of the A169 road to Whitby. Quite a beautiful area, not that I saw much of it with my eyes seemingly bleeding as I tore after the youthful Cram look-a-like…… The run in from the Hole of Horcum was a flat, runnable track. Very boring and soul destroying when there are three miles of it and you don’t want to waste the previous eight miles of eyeballs out, hard work by conceding positions (particularly if you might be first Veteran, Old git).

I finished fifth and was delighted with the MV40 prize of three bottles of wine. Not that I’ll see any of them but allegedly it’s the takling part that counts and there may be less grief when I buy some decent beers in to help her digest the wine….

Now have I told you about when I bumped into Big Brendan Foster…..

Results from Esk Valley Fell Club here.

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Sunday 16th October – Bridlington Half Marathon

A trio of Otley runners travelled to the east coast to take part in the Bridlington Half Marathon. Howard Jeffrey finished 138rd in 1:36:14, Reid Haddow was 280th in 1:46:10 and Ian Broadbent was 311th in 1:47:43.

The winner was Carl Ryde (Doncaster) in 1:10:14, first lady Victoria Whitehead (Valley Striders) 1:22:18.

Results from Bridlington Road Runners here and race videos here.

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Sunday 16th October – Richmond Castle 10k

Billy_Richmond10kThree runners from Otley took part in the Richmond Castle 10k. Mick Jeffrey finished 81st in 45:09, David Fox was 159th in 48:48, while Billy Rayner came 202nd in 50:52. A bit of research shows that Billy (pictured right, courtesy of Andrew Thrippleton) was the last Otley runner to take part back in 2008; and his time then? Well, he finished 292nd in 54:57.

First male was Marc Scott (Richmond & Zetland) in 33:26 and first lady was Michelle Holt (Sunderland Harriers) in 39:10.

Pictures by Andrew Thrippleton here.

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Saturday 15th October – Park Run Roundhay 5km

From parkrun, the race was won by Tony Bourne (Serpentine, and former OAC before moving “darn south”) in 17.06 and the first lady in third position overall was Charlotte Wills (Bristol & West) in 18.35.

For OAC, Huw Illingworth finished fourth (19.03).

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