Archive for December, 2011

Saturday 31st December – Nos Galan 5km Road Race

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.”

This time is a new personal best for Racheal as well as a Club Record and places her third in the 2011 Club Rankings just behind Matt John (16.17) and Ian Fisher (16.43) for some perspective!

The race was won by Richard Peters (Bristol & West) in 14.40.

A radio report on the history of this race which started in 1958 from bbc wales and also from walesonline.

Race report from welshathletics.


Saturday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

The Auld Lang Syne Fell Race (6 miles / 900′) with details and results from woodentops.

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.

For OAC, Peter Kettleborough finished 68th (53.32), Lloyd Best 103rd (55.52), Chris Stacey 126th (57.56) Karen Best 128th (58.06) and Hugh Pearson 133rd (58.25).

Continuing, Andy Webster 198th (63.06), Dave Fox 232nd (65.16), John Dade 256th (67.13), Colin Best 293rd (70.51) and Don Buffham 359th (79.54).

Race reports in the Telegraph & Argus and mudsweatandtears.

Full results and photos in the Telegraph & Argus.

Full results and report also from fellrunner.

Race preview in the Wharfedale Observer.


Saturday 31st December – Park Run Leeds 5km

From parkrun, the race was won by Simon Midwood (Valley Striders) in 17.17 and the first lady was Sarah Graham (Morpeth Harriers) 23rd overall in 20.14.

For OAC, Tom Marsh finished 27th (20.36).

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Saturday 31st December – Park Run Brueton 5km

Fom parkrun, this race in Solihull was won by Alexander Teagle (Solihull & Small Heath A.C.) in 17.36 and the first lady was Jo Hesketh (Steyning A.C.) in nineteenth position overall (20.01).

For OAC, Richard Clarke finished 21st (20.08).

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Saturday 31st December – Park Run Bradford 5km

Results from parkrun.

The race was won by Kevin Ogden (Spenborough) in 17.30 and the first lady in tenth position overall was Andrea Dennison (Bingley Harriers) in 20.00.

OAC’s Matt Broughton finished twelfth (20.13) and Tom Potter thirteenth (20.24).

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Thursday 29th December – Club Training Run from Threshfield

A report by OAC’s Ian Fisher on the Club’s training run starting at Threshfield over part of the Wharfedale Off-road Marathon from Ian’s garmin report.


Tuesday 27th December – Threshold Winter 10km Race Series Race 3

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.

The winner of the race was Phil Gould (Kenilworth Runners) in an impressive time of 36:35. The first lady was Karen Thorp (Unattached) who finished sixth overall with a time of 40:19.

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.

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Tuesday 27th December – Jolly Holly Jog 10km

Results for this multi-terrain 10km race from riponrunners.

The race was won by Jamie Rutherford (Darlington) in 36.16 and the first lady in fourth position overall was Becky Penty (York Acorn) in 37.52.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey completed his second race in consecutive days finishing 47th (43.09) and Gloria Jackson finished 386th (67.32).

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Monday 26th December – Chevin Chase

Organised by Airecentre Pacers, the race was previewed in the Wharfedale Observer.

The race was won by Jonathan Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) in 37.57 and the first lady was OAC’s Racheal Bamford pictured right following Simon Anderson near the end of the race.

Lots of OAC members taking part in the race with 853 finishers.

Tom Midgley finished twelfth (43.36), Rogan Ashton 33rd (45.53), Andrew Robertshaw 35th (46.07), Simon Anderson 38th (46.33) and Racheal Bamford 42nd (and first lady) in 46.52.

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!

More photos from simoncwalkerphotography and also Alistair’s (of Complete Runner) gallery here.

Race reports in the Wharfedale Observer and Telegraph & Argus.

Also, the Brownlees will be featured in the BBC’s Olympic Dreams – 2012 Yorkshire in January.

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Monday 26th December – Cruim Leacainn, Tomacharich, Torlundy, Fort William

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.

The race was won by an unattached runner – Nick Sedgwick in 51:46 with Lloyd Best of OAC eleventh (59.07) and Karen Best twelfth (and second lady) in 59:45.

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.