Archive for November, 2011

Saturday 19th November – Harriers v Cyclists

The Harriers v Cyclists race (6 miles / 650′) organised by Bingley Harriers.

The event was won by cyclist Ian Taylor (Craven Energy Tri) in 32.09 and the first runner home was Tom Adams (Ilkley Harriers) in third position overall (34.18).

OAC’s Dale Foster is listed as a runner for Crosstrax and finished 24th (38.29) and conversely Don Buffham is listed as a cyclist for OAC finishing 149th (56.03).

Any elaboration?

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Saturday 19th November – Park Run Leeds 5km

From parkrun, the first recorded runner home in second place was Matthew Akpan (Staffordshire Moorlands A.C.) in 17.19 and the first lady in seventeeth position overall was Isobel Rea (West 4 Harriers) in 19.39.

For OAC, Neil Reed recorded a pb finishing 38th (21.23).

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Sunday 13th November – Leg It Round Lathkil Fell Race

Report from OAC’s Matt Podd:

Leg It Round Lathkil (7.1miles / 950′) – supposedly a fell race but felt more like a trail race.

Won by John Rocke (Dark Peak) in 44.43 and Sally Newman (Calder Valley) who finished 30th overall in 54.02 – she was also first LV50!

I was 71st out of 221 in 60.27.

The 100yrd dash through ankle deep liquid cow poo en route was memorable.

Results from fellrunner.

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Sunday 13th November – Ilkley Harriers’ Lido Relays

25 teams competed in the inaugural Ilkley Harriers’ Lido Relays encompassing 3 legs of 2.9 miles.

The OAC team of Liam Dunne (16.51), Julian Mawson (18.07) and Tom Midgley (16.56) lead the event home in an overall time of 51.54.

The OAC ladies team of Tamara Weatherhead (21.32), Sharron Smith (21.53) and Caron Ralph (23.12) finished sixteenth (and third ladies team) in an overall time of 66.37.

The OAC B team of Richard Hamer (24.23), Lloyd Best (18.29) and Richard Hamer (again!) (24.22) finihsed one place behind the OAC ladies in seventeenth in an overall time of 67.14.

The fastest leg of the day was run by Nathaniel Williams (North Yorkshire Moors) in 15.31.

Our thanks to Peter Shields and all at Ilkley Harriers for hosting a most enjoyable event with a splendid spread afterwards.


Sunday 13th November – Dalby Dash 10km

Report from OAC’s Tom Marsh:

Just before 11am runners congregated outside the Dalby Forest Visitors Centre for the second annual Dalby Dash 10km. Mist hung in the trees giving the surroundings an etherial feel.

After an impeccably marked two minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday a hooter was blown and we were off. After a quick start along the main road competitors turned onto a tarmac track which climbed for 1.5 miles. The first male and female runners to the top, James Kraft (Scarborough AC) and Heather Tuffs (York Acorn) were crowned King and Queen of the Hill.

The course levelled as the mist thickened and soon it was time to turn off the road onto a rugged track which gradually descended deep into the forest. Walkers and cyclists stopped and clapped as we passed which helped keep momentum going.

As the sound of babbling water came into ear shot we knew that we had reached the bottom of the valley.

The last kilometer was relatively flat and eyes turned to the clock as the finish line materialised out of the mist.

Not surprisingly the King of the Hill , James Kraft (Scarborough AC), finished in first place with a time of 33:39 and the Queen of the Hill, Heather Tuffs (York Acorn), finished as first lady (39:56) and 25th overall.

I ran my best 10km time to date: 40:06 coming in 27th place. Howard Jeffery (also of OAC) finished in 35th with a time of 40:42.

The race managed to raise £1,000 for Help the Heros and Pickering Rotarians. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to Pickering Running Club for organising a great event.

Results also due from ukresults.

p.s. If anyone is interested in coming to see me in the play ‘Out of Order’ by Ray Cooney (a farcical comedy), it is on Wednesday (16th) and Thursday (17th) evening (Friday sold out), at 7:30pm in Hardwick Hall, Yeadon Methodist Church (behind the health centre in Yeadon). Simply turn up and buy your tickets on the door (£6) if you are in need of a good midweek laugh it is definitely for you!

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Saturday 12th November – Burley Moor Run

The race was won by Martin Archer (Ilkley Harriers) in 47.43 and the first lady in fourteenth position overall was Lizzie Spencer (Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club) in 53.58.

For OAC, Laura Martin finished 22nd (56.03), Andrew Ackroyd 75th (63.34), Liz Fawcett 102nd (68.59), second-claim member Christine Addison 103rd (69.20) and Jackie Ackroyd 124th (71.56).

More details from with results from fellrunner.

Photos by Andrew Thrippleton here and also here.


Saturday 12th November – Park Run Leeds 5km

Report from OAC’s Tom Potter:

I reverted back to the Park Run Leeds anxious to get under the 20 minute barrier after previously setting a PB of 20.08 on this course four weeks ago when I knocked 56 seconds off my previous PB).

Considering this recent dramatic improvement, I thought it would be rather difficult to achieve my aim however I was pleasantly surprised to finish in 19.14 – absolutely delighted!

The race was won by Michael Williams (Leeds City) in 16.09 and the first lady in 35th position was Jocelyn Payne (Leeds University Union Cross Country Club) in 19.38.

Results from parkrun.


Saturday 12th November – Park Run Roundhay 5km

Report from OAC’s President, Mick Jefrey:

I tried the third of the local Parkruns on my way to visit my mum.

It was a beatiful sunny morning and Roundhay Park looked magnificent in full autumnal splendour. The course is much hillier than Hyde Park or Lister Park but much more atttractive all round.

The run is relatively new and less runners participate than at both the others.

The race was won in 18.53 by Wayne Herbert (unattached) and the first lady was Julia Leventon (Trafford) in 19.43 and I came eleventh and first MV55 in 20.48. 94 finished.

Results from parkrun.

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Saturday 12th November – Park Run Bushy Park 5km

Report from OAC’s Ben Cousen:

The Park Run Bushy Park 5km is the original of the parkrun phenomenon with a majestic setting and huge turnout (742 runners today).

Mo Farah has had a go at it and his time is only the 20th quickest, the record of 14.00 being held by Craig Mottram.

I had a shot this morning and was some way off even Mo’s sluggish efforts, recording a time of 18.25 and eighth place overall.

Zak Curran (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow A.C.) won the race in a time of 16.28 and the first lady was Naomi Lenane, (Aldershot, Farnham and District A.C.) in fifth place (18.00).

Results from parkrun.


Sunday 6th November – Ullswater Trail Race 14km

From, the fastest time of the day was by Ben Abdelnoor (Ambleside) in 54.01 and the fastest lady was Melanie Hayes (Sale Harriers) in 78.12.

For OAC, Eleanor Shotton finished in 96.49 having already taken part in the Helvellyn Trail Race 15km the day before.

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