Archive for January, 2012

Tuesday 31st January – 2012 Harrogate League Dates

Dates and venues now available from harrogate-league.

Series numbers to become available to OAC members from the end of March.

Date for diary, first race at Ilkley on Tuesday 1st May.

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Sunday 29th January – Meltham 10k

Organised by Meltham A.C. with results from ukresults.

The race was won by Dave Watson (Holmfirth) in 34.43 and the first lady in 23rd position was Amy Green (Keighley & Craven) in 40.14.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 82nd (45.35).

Pictures and race video from flaming photography.

More photos including the picture of Howard (right) courtesy also of Andrew Thrippleton.

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Saturday 28th January – Northern Cross-Country Championships

The Northern Cross-Country Championships at Pontefract.   Preview in the Yorkshire Post.

Results are available now from northernathletics.  & it seems the honorary handicapper ran with Ian’s chip timer, I’m sure I took the right one??  & the new club flag had it’s first outing.

Steve Vernon, Stockport Harriers took his 4th Northern XC title  in 39:52 in a closely fought race ahead of James Wilkinson, Leeds City & his team mate Patrick Martin in 39:57 & 39:59 respectively.

Just two Otley runners finished with Andrew Robertshaw finishing 167th, 47:37 & Tom Hannah 648th 1:05:42, & due to recent illnesses both Racheal Bamford & Richard Hamer had to pull out after starting their respective races.

The high quality of the races can be seen here on the athleticos www

Photos from athletesinaction.

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Saturday 28th January – Park Run Leeds 5km

From parkrun, this week’s race was won by OAC’s Matt John in a very, very quick 16.05.

The first lady was Katie McHale (Wakefield) who finished seventh overall (19.02).

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Saturday 28th January – Park Run Harrogate 5km

Rport from OAC’s Matt Broughton:

“This morning Ben Cousen and myself competed in the second Harrogate Park Run, which feels more like a cross-country.

I ran it in road shoes and slipped all over. I finished tenth overall in 21.11. Pretty happy, under circumstances. Ben got an impressive third place finish (19.03) and he was also in inappropriate footwear”.

Results from parkrun show the race was won by Mike Appleton (Ripon Runners) in 18.40 and the first lady was Lauren Woodhall (Unattached) who finished 22nd (22.23).

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Saturday 28th January – Park Run Bradford 5km

From parkrun, the race was won by John Broom (Barnsley Harriers) in 17.44 and the first lady in twelfth position overall was Caroline Felce (Bingley) in 21.06.

For OAC, Tom Paget finished thirteenth (21.07).

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Friday 27th January – Hug a Hoodie (or a Fleece)

Message from Caron Ralph:

Club Hoodies and Fleeces for sale – £20 each.

Hoodies, black with white piping down the sleeve and a kangaroo pocket in the front, sizes small, medium, large and x-large.

If you are normally a medium I would order a large as the neck is quite a tight fit, ladies should be ok with this.

Men’s fleeces, black: small, medium, large and xlarge – these sizes are average.

Ladies’ fleeces, black: small, medium, large and xlarge – these are fitted fleeces (they go in at the side) and are really nice but on the small size so would advise you to order next size up.

All fleeces and hoodies have Otley AC embroidered on the left breast
(very discreetly), see photo and are supplied by Wharfedale Embroidery who are more than happy for anyone to call in if they need to check the size etc.

There is no minimum order but it would be easier if ordered all at once.

Any questions or requests please email me.

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Friday 27th January – Dubai Marathon

A powerful team of Riyadh Road Runners (My second claim club) hit the streets of Dubai last weekend to complete in the Dubai Marathon. I also went.

The flat and potentially fast course started downtown outside the Burj Khalifa and followed the Corniche Road past Jumeirah Beach towards the Burj al Arab, before turning round and returning by the same route. My target had been to finish under 4 hours, but after half way I began to slow. My lack of training was severely exposed in the last few miles and I only managed to keep running because I knew that other RRR were behind me and closing fast. My final time was 4:23:46. – Not what I had hoped for, but 30 mins faster than in the Amman Marathon.

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Thursday 26th January – Club Runner of the Year 2012 – rules changes

A brief explanation for 2012.

The Runner of the Year (RoY) is an award presented to the best all-round athlete in the Club irrespective of age or sex.

After a more successful 2011 Runner of the Year, it has been decided to keep the format roughly the same.

However it was felt that the Park Runs were having too much influence on the final outcome. It was agreed that instead of there being six races in each category, this year there will only be three.

Races have not been pre-selected so can be planned to suit each individual. An equal emphasis has been adopted for off-road and road races.

Full details from the dedicated Club Runner of the Year page.

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Monday 23rd January – Phil’s New Year Picture Quiz Question – Answers!

Members of a certain age might recall the days when, in the tradition of Alf Tupper, we used to run our track races on grass or cinders.

Phil posed a New Year challenge…. Can anyone correctly name the event, venue, date and all the participants…?

Well here we go….ANSWERS HERE!!!

And of course, it is Eric Smith who is setting off the runners and Eric celebrated his 90th birthday last week….Happy Birthday Eric from all at OAC! There must only be a few select MV90′s who have a Power of 10 ranking!

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