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Archive for December, 2011
The Nos Galan 5km Road Race incorporating the Wales vs North of England match.
OAC’s Racheal Bamford, representing the North of England, texted in,
“Finished first lady (36th overall) in 16.44 on a net uphill course off now to Cardiff partying.”
The race was won by Richard Peters (Bristol & West) in 14.40.
Race report from welshathletics.
The race was won by Alistair Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) in 40.28 – just eleven seconds ahead of brother Jonathan Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) in 40.39. The first lady in 35th position was Katie Walshaw (Holmfirth) in 49.46.
Full results and photos in the Telegraph & Argus.
Full results and report also from fellrunner.
Race preview in the Wharfedale Observer.
For OAC, Tom Marsh finished 27th (20.36).
For OAC, Richard Clarke finished 21st (20.08).
Results from parkrun.
Report from OAC’s Tom Marsh:
Never again will I say ‘the Midlands aren’t hilly!’
Knowing I was going to be staying close to family and friends in Warwickshire over Christmas, I trawled the internet looking for races in the local area.
I stumbled across ‘The Threshold Winter 10km Series‘ of which race three of five was due to take place on Tuesday the 27th of December. Perfect I thought and signed up.
The description of the course around the picturesque Cotswold village of Ilmington (five miles south of Stratford-Upon-Avon) said ‘hilly’. I thought being a proud northerner, I can handle any ‘hill’ the Midlands can through at me…
After a level first kilometer along the main road through the village we turned to face what can only be described as a mountain towering from what seemed like an otherwise flat landscape. Between the 1km and
4K markers the hill was unrelenting. Eventually the summit was in sight along with stunning views over the Stour valley.
What goes up must come down. The next three kilometers sharply descended through the countryside and the village was soon in sight once again. A lap of the village later and the finish line was a welcome sight. I finished in 25th position with a time of 45:06.
140 runners took part with results from thresholdevents.
Well done to everyone who took part in the Chevin Chase and a happy New Year to all.
Results for this multi-terrain 10km race from riponrunners.
Lots of OAC members taking part in the race with 853 finishers.
Continuing, Tom Paget 96th (50.28), Howard Jeffrey 133rd (52.120, Hugh Pearson 170th (53.34), Laura Martin 175th (53.44), Tom Potter 198th (54.28), Chris Stacey 199th (54.29), Matt Broughton 209th (54.47), Andy Hunt 225th (55.36) and Matt Podd 239th (56.04).
Continuing, Tamara Weatherhead 251st (56.23), Karen Potter 264th (56.39), Sharron Smith 308th (58.32), Dave Fox 356th (60.28), Mark Berry 381st (61.19), Caron Ralph 386th (61.33), Colin Best 423rd (63.03), Caroline Marler 487th (and second FV60) (66.03), Reid Haddow 492nd (66.08), Laura Taylor 497th (66.34), Sara Richard 504th (66.47), Richard Hamer 560th (69.21), Tom Hannah 571st (69.55), second-claim member Christine Addison 616th (72.21), Julie Dorling 661st (74.24) and Elizabeth Ashton 690th (76.43).
A Christmas Dinner size helping of pictures in Club Photos – don’t forget to try the Slideshow option!
Also, the Brownlees will be featured in the BBC’s Olympic Dreams – 2012 Yorkshire in January.
Report and photo from our Boxing Day outing by OAC’s Karen Best:
In summary, a fantastically boggy and windy race!
As we were missing the Chevin Chase we decided to find a local Boxing Day race where we were staying in Scotland. We found a nice looking 10km hill race (250m ascent) in Torlundy near Fort William. The route takes in a local hill and part of the historic General Wade’s Way.
Boxing Day morning: The forecast consisted of a blue wave and large white arrow strategically placed right over the West of Scotland for the best part of 48 hours! So, with weather warnings for the hills, gusty winds and torrential rain on the horizon, we set off rather expecting to be sitting drinking tea in Fort William at 11am rather than running. As we approached the start at 10.30am, there it was… the registration tent, blowing in the wind! When Lloyd asked whether the race was still on the organiser looked rather shocked and shouted through the wind “Aye of course!” (we think we’re tough in Yorkshire!). We registered and paid our 50p each, we were now committed. The rest of the runners started to arrive…in shorts and vests, whilst we were dressed for a rather more major expedition (Lloyd did finally shed one layer). We were 28 in total on the start line… I felt rather proud to have made the effort. The safety talk consisted of… “boggy from the outset, two rivers extremely high, I’m so jealous of you all so have great fun” and that was it, off we went.
I soon latched on to a local guy in hope that his experienced navigation of the bogs would be better than mine, it was quickly apparent that navigation was of no advantage so the most direct route it was. We were up to our knees in bog and water until the ascent. As soon as the hill kicked in I made a break, with Lloyd cleverly sticking behind me to pace him up the hill (clever Mr Fox!). We reached the trig point and battled (I mean it!) against the wind to start making our descent where Lloyd took his usual lead but this time I was determined to stick with him. Over tussocks, through more bog, in the rivers and finally back on tarmac, where he finally shook me off completely! We came home in eleventh and twelfth positions and I was second lady home.
All I can say is I don’t think we’ve laughed so much in a race before. It was a great way to spend an hour out on Boxing Day.
Results from scottishhillracing.
Lochaber A.C. are a really friendly club and made us feel very welcome, so if you’re ever in the area and they’re hosting a race, go along. The tea and cakes were fab too!
Check out the Scottish Hill Runners website.