Archive for November, 2011

Sunday 27th November – Clowne Half Marathon

From Clowne Road Runners, the race was won by Stuart Spencer (Barrow) in 71.27 and the first lady in 28th position overall was Tara Spillings (Unattached) in 89.07.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 76th (94.57).

Photos by Andrew Thrippleton.

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Sunday 27th November – Dark and White Mini Mountain Marathon

Report from OAC’s intrepid Sarah Fuller:

Listening to the wind rattle my windows and whistle in the chimney all night, didn’t bode well for this darkandwhite three hour score event in the Peak District.

Getting there was the first challenge with a few road closures to contend with but made it in the end and started feeling stressed, hungover and tired (yes I know not great race prep but there you go!).

Took half an hour to get into my stride but the first two hours went remarkably well with a few stiff long muddy climbs and some good running on the tops (where the forecasted ‘considerable buffeting’ was the order of the day!).

With 45 mins remaining I had cleared most of the checkpoints in the southern part of the map and crossed the main road to start on the smaller northern section, it was all going so well then I made a classic schoolboy error and failed to notice a 20 point checkpoint just off my chosen loop (it was necessary to fold the map pretty small to stop it getting blown away and I’d folded over the checkpoint and didn’t see it – Duh! That’s my excuse anyway!!).

As it was I finished ten minutes before the three hour time limit, with 190 points for 60th place and sixth lady (third in my age class). 150 finished.

First overall was Andy Brown with 280 and first ladies were Kirsty Bryan Jones / Rachel Horn with 225.

Really recommend these events if anyone wants to try a navigational race (just don’t listen to any tips from me!). Cheers.


Saturday 26th November – Club Handicap at Weeton

Colin overtook Antonio in the final straight and just held off a fast finishing Ian to win the penultimate 2011 Club Handicap at Weeton, his first win in almost six years and Ian almost ended a fifteen year wait for his second win in over 100 races… those of you who think you’re always treated harshly by the hon. handicapper, think on!

Matt Broughton now tops the table on 148 pts, followed by Caron 140, Ben 135, Billy 131, Carol and Tom Hannah both on 130 pts and remember, it’s the individual’s best ten handicaps that count.

The pressure is now on for the traditional climax to the season at the Ken Dixon, on the 18th December, see route details here.

Ian’s Garmin report of the Weeton Handicap here.

Pos Name Time H’cap Net Time Pts
1 Colin Best 49:12 10:00 39:12 15
2 Ian Fisher 49:22 23:00 26:22 14
3 Antonio Cardinale 49:30 0:00 49:30 13
4 Tom Potter 49:52 17:00 32:52 12
5 Tom Hannah 50:08 11:00 39:08 11
6 Matt Podd 50:35 15:00 35:35 10
7 Tom Marsh 50:36 18:00 32:36 9
8 Caron Ralph 51:02 13:00 38:02 8
9 Matt Broughton 51:25 18:00 33:25 7
10 Billy Rayner 52:17 12:00 40:17 6
11 Dave Hainsworth 54:16 9:00 45:16 5
12 Neil O’Brien 56:07 10:00 46:07 4


Saturday 26th November – Sue Ryder 5 Mile Race @ Ilkley

The Sue Ryder Manorlands 5 Mile Race at Ilkley was won by James Hall (Wharfedale Harriers) in 27.22 and the first lady was Emma Raven (Bingley Harriers) in ninth position overall (30.03).

Completing his second race of the morning, OAC’s Liam Dunne finished sixth (28.28) and Karen Best finished eighteenth (and third female / first FV35) in 32.20.

Lloyd Best was just a couple of seconds behind wife Karen in 20th position (32.22), followed shortly afterwards by Mick Jeffrey 22nd (32.43) and David Fox 41st (37.36).


Saturday 26th November – Park Run Bradford 5km

From parkrun, the race was won by Ben Crowther (Halifax Harriers) in 16.41 and for OAC, Liam Dunne finished second in 17.29.

The first lady was Jo Buckley (Bingley Harriers) in seventh position overall (19.01).

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Saturday 26th November – Park Run Leeds 5km

From parkrun, the race was won by Matthew Akpan (Staffordshire Moorlands A.C.) in 17.10 and the first lady in 26th position overall was Beth Chasty (Leeds University Union Cross Country Club) in 20.12.

For OAC, Debra Brown finished 157th (27.52).

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Saturday 26th November – Benidorm Half Marathon (Esp)

More details and results from benidormhalfmarathon.

The race was won by Abdelilah Jaadar in 66.13 and for OAC, Reid Haddow finished 947th (107.01)….see comments for Reid’s report!

There’s also a video montage on youtube.


Sunday 20th November – Leeds Abbey Dash 10km

The Abbey Dash was won by Jonathan Taylor (Morpeth) in 29.20 and the first lady in 85th position overall was Susan Partridge (Leeds City) in 33.48 (all gun positions and chip times detailed).

For OAC, personal bests for both Liam Dunne 98th (34.11) and Tom Midgley 103rd (34.20).

A personal best (by over two minutes) and club record (by 79 seconds) for Racheal Bamford who finished 137th overall and fourth lady with a time of 35.20 – only ten “chip seconds” separated the second and fifth ladies over the line.

Simon Anderson finished 190th (36.21 – pb by a minute), Lloyd Best 257th (37.29), Tom Potter 417th (39.29 -pb by nearly five minutes), Tom Marsh 440th (39.51 – pb), Richard Clarke 552nd (40.42 – a pb), Karen Potter 677th (40.59 – a pb by 100 seconds), Howard Jeffrey 608th (41.19) and Nikki Scott 1,365th (46.44 – pb).

Continuing, Billy Rayner 1,384th (47.08), Sue Tupling 2,262rd (49.51), Eleanor Shotton 2,286th (50.06), Ged Peacock 2,328th (49.24), Anna Cooper 2,977th (51.28 – pb) and Alex MacDonald 4,002nd (55.36).

Results from raceplus.

Race report and video in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Photographs from

And coach of OAC Juniors, Hugh Pearson, comments, “We also had some runners in the 2km junior race as well. Ben Bhogal finished fourteenth in 10:52 and Milly Fink 120th in 16:17 . Not sure if there were any others because club names were not given…”.

Any others / pb’s omitted? Please comment on these and anything else “Dash related”…

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.


Sunday 20th November – Complete Runner Cross-Country @ Shipley

More details from West Yorkshire Athletics Cross-Country League and results from completerunner.

In the ladies’ race won by Katie Walshaw (Holmfirth) in 25.08, for OAC, Caron Ralph finished 61st (32.43), Eleanor Shotton 80th (36.08 – two races in one day!) and Carol Armitstead 81st (37.19).

In the men’s race won by Jorge Thomas (Keighley & Craven) in 30.19, for OAC, Leon Ricketts finished 41st (35.09), Peter Kettleborough 81st (38.02), Matt Broughton 112th (41.07) and Mick Jeffrey 116th (41.36).

Continuing, Tom Hannah 145th (47.38), Richard Hamer 146th (47.54), Reid Haddow 149th (48.41) and Don Buffham 156th (53.34).

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Race videos by Terry Lonergan on his youtube page.


Saturday 19th November – The Tour of Pendle

Report from OAC’s Matt Podd of the Tour of Pendle (16.8 miles / 4,830′) organised by Clayton Le Moors Harriers:

Five of OAC’s elite fell running squad, met early last Saturday and were transported in the Silver Machine (Hawkwind reference) to Barley for a trot up Pendle. Others joined us there for the fun and frolics.

Skies were very gloomy in Otley but lovely sunshine greeted us in Barley – not normal for this race – we all finished last year with varying degrees of hypothermia.

Good conditions (though muddy underfoot) helped us all to PB’s for this race, “possibly the most contrived in the FRA calendar”.

Won by Carl Bell (Howgill) in 2.21.48 and the first lady in 32nd position overall was Lindsey Brindle (Howrich) in 2.46.44.

For OAC, Matt John finished sixth (2.32.11), Sam Stell 37th (2.50.24), Renee Saxton 85th (and 3rd woman) in 3.05.43.

Hugh Pearson 157th (3.21.26), Sharron Smith 223rd (3.34.11), Jim Sneath 230th (3.36.26) and Matt Podd 259th (3.43.18), just beaten by Martin Smillie in the home straight.

363 masochists completed and the theme music for the day was by Pink Floyd.

Some photos by Andy Holden on FlickR.

Results from fellrunner.