Archive for October, 2011

Saturday 8th October – Bill Smith

Huw Illingworth mentions the sad news of the death of Bill Smith, author of “Stud marks on the summits”.

Obituaries on The Independent, mudsweatandtears and fellrunner.

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Thu 6th – Fri 7th October – Riyadh Triathlon (KSA)

Report from OAC’s Nick Hodgkinson:

This Olypic Distance Triathlon had originally been planned for 7th October but a rise in the alert level meant that we had to change venues at short notice and split the race over two days.

Day 1 was a 40km cycle ride. The last time I cycled this far was in 1981. The race was held at a place called ‘The Maze’ which is an industrial estate, way out in the desert, where only the roads have been built.

Everyone else had slick racing bikes and just for fun the Riyadh Wheelers road racing club had also turned up. I had a fairly basic mountain bike but I spotted someone that I thought that might still be able to beat.

Anyway, I got a double puncture on the first of ten laps and had to walk back to the start. I then persuaded someone to lend me their spare slick road racing bike but it didn’t have any pedals. Apparently, pedals are old fashioned and everyone has cycling shoes nowadays. I managed to find a spare pair of these, slightly small, but I crammed my feet in.

The next lap was great as I gradually got used to the bike and went up the gears. The problem was no-one had shown me how to go down the gears, so I ended up cycling the rest of the race (about 20 miles) in top gear. I did come last, by about two laps, but at least there was tomorrow to redeem myself.

Day 2 was a 1500m swim and a 10km run. The swim was interesting. I was sharing a lane with a fish from Spain. I moved compounds about two months ago and have not been able to do any proper swim training. My current compound has a massive wave pool, for kids, which is no good for swim training.

So as a result I got cramp at about length 50 (out of 60). The fish from Spain had already finished his 60 laps by now. I did manage to finish but guess what, I was last.

So to the run, how difficult could this be? Not too bad actually. I am in the middle of some modest training for the Amman Marathon in two weeks time, so the run was fairly uneventful. I did overtake a few people and lapped the guy that I had spotted at the cycling that I thought I could beat.

My final position? – not last !! (but very nearly)

I have the times but I am not prepared to disclose these. I have a medal and will also be picking up my Riyadh Triathlon ‘T’ shirt at the prize giving party in a few weeks time. The party will be at one of the embassies, where they have a ‘junction’ type facility. My mind is now set firmly on the Amman Marathon in Jordan on 28th October. If I have the time I also plan to take in Petra.

Last weekend I had a trip to Madain Salah, which is very similar to Petra but is off limit to tourists. There is no such thing as a holidaymaker in KSA. We had to have a special residents permit to visit and a police escort. We also visited the Hejaz Railway (the one that Laurence of Arabia was involved with during WW1). The trains no longer run and there are wrecked trains littered around. I have added a few pictures here.

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Friday 7th October – Runner of the Month for September


Yet again at the latest Committee meeting, a number of excellent personal performances were mentioned for Runner of the Month for September.

However, for splendid results in the very demanding events of the Petzl Lake District Mountain Trial and Rab Mountain Marathon, this month’s bottle of grande reserve wine goes to Sarah Fuller (pictured in the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon held in July with running partner Kate Boobyer just behind her).

Well done Sarah!


Friday 7th October – Burnsall 10 Miles early 1990’s photo


Thanks to Club President, Mick Jeffrey, for the above photograph of the start of the Burnsall 10 Mile Road Race in the early 1990’s (click on image for a larger view).

Can you spot the three current OAC members….?

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Sunday 2nd October – Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

The IHMR covering 8,000′ over 25 miles.

The Otley A.C. mixed team finished 49th.

OAC’s Simon Anderson reports,

“This weekend I managed to escape to the Lakes to run the IHMR over leg 4 with Otley’s resident fell goat (Andrew Robertshaw). His relentless climbing put me to shame but a hamstring problem meant that he was unable to enjoy the descents perhaps quite as much as I did. A tough course but at 92 minutes it was manageable.

Well done Otley – 49th overall. Personally, I was pleased that we managed to put out a team and would encourage all of my club mates to think about giving this event a stab. It’s like a Dunkirk running jamboree cum festival Sunday atmosphere kinda thingy. Quite emotional, unique”.

Race report from mudsweatandtears.

Results from Sportident.

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Sunday 2nd October – Open Adventure Race, Staveley

Report from OAC’s Peter Kettleborough:

I’m not sure if anyone from OAC has done these events before but I competed in the Open Adventure Race at Staveley in the Lake District on Sunday.

I was entered in the male pairs with Tim Ashelford, the event involved five hours of mountain biking and running visiting as many checkpoints as possible and scoring various values from each checkpoint.

We finished fifth with 450 points in 4hrs 36 mins and the event was won with 544 points.

Anyone who enjoys mountain biking and fell / off-road running with orienteering thrown in would enjoy this type of event.

Results from

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Sunday 2nd October – The Bradford City Run Half Marathon

The race started at 9am outside the Alhambra then climbed upwards along Thornton Road and beyond for the first five miles before going up and down through the secnic but challenging Bradford countryside for the remainder of the route.

The race was won by Stephen Broadbent (Bingley Harriers) in 75.47 (chip time) and the first lady in sixteenth position overall was Jo Buckley (Bingley Harriers) in 87.11.

For OAC, Liam Dunne finished fifth (81.19), Tom Midgley sixth (81.55), Julian Mawson eighth (83.48), Tom Potter 110th (105.05), Ian Broadbent 171st (110.30 and “a couple of minutes faster than last year”), Sara Richard 253rd (119.03) and Anna Cooper 318th (124.44).

Although there were some problems with the results after the race it seems highly probable that OAC won the men’s team prize.

Race report and video in the Telegraph & Argus.

More information from Bradford City Run with results from

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Sunday 2nd October – Harewood 10 Mile Trail Race

From organising club valleystriders, the race was won by Pumlani Bangani (Salford Hrriers) in 58.31 and the first lady in 20th position overall was Gemma Smith (Kirkstall Harriers) in 67.23.

For OAC, Lloyd Best finished 50th (72.26) followed by second claim members Richard Clarke 72nd (74.23) and Karen Potter 75th (74.35).

Howard Jeffrey finished 80th (75.15), Matt Podd 100th (77.19), Caron Ralph 192nd (86.32), Tom Hannah 205th (87.52), Colin Best 228th (90.00) and Abdullah Kraam 365th (107.03).

Photos by Andrew Thrippleton here.

Results also due from ukresults.

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Sunday 2nd October – Loch Ness Marathon

From, the race was won by Thomas Abyu (Salford Harriers) in 2.20.49 (chip time) and the first lady in 34th position overall was Lisa Finlay (Dumfries Running Club) in 2.59.06.

For OAC, Billy Rayner returned to the Loch Ness Marathon and finished 1,106th (4.08.47).