Archive for March, 2012

Saturday 31st March – Northern Road Relays @ Liverpool

OAC were represented by two teams for the first time in the Northern 12 Stage Road Relays at Sefton Park, Liverpool.

From Northern Athletics, the Long Leg consisted of two laps (7,800m / just under 5 miles) and the Short Leg consited of one lap (3,900m /just under 2.5 miles).

OAC’s Ian Fisher’s Garmin report here and pictures from the first 7 legs in Club Photos.

The event was won by Liverpool Harriers in 3.27.49 with OAC’s “A” team finishing 28th (4.03.03) and “B” team 46th (and eighth “B” or “C” team) in 4.44.03.

Results from race-results.

Reports from the Yorkshire Post and Northern Athletics.

Photos also from, Liverpool Harriers’ gallery and Dave Pinnington’s Photography.

Leg Name Long Leg Time Short Leg Time Cumulative Position
1 Matt John 24.20 20th
2 Howard Jeffrey 14.42 33rd
3 Andrew Robertshaw 26.01 31st
4 Rogan Ashton 13.33 30th
5 Ian Fisher 24.06 24th
6 Matt Broughton 14.27 25th
7 Dale Foster 27.15 25th
8 Huw Illingworth 13.52 26th
9 Ed Davies 26.57 26th
10 Tom Potter 14.57 27th
11 Tom Midgley 26.45 27th
12 Tom Marsh 16.08 28th


Leg Name Long Leg Time Short Leg Time Cumulative Position
1 Simon Toyne 30.30 53rd
2 Matt Podd 15.46 51st
3 Mark Berry 32.54 52nd
4 Andrew Leonard 17.00 50th
5 Mick Jeffrey 31.41 49th
6 Hugh Pearson 16.06 48th
7 Chris Carver 29.09 48th
8 Paul Clifford 14.57 48th
9 Neil Reed 31.49 48th
10 Richard Hamer 17.33 48th
11 Richard Clarke 29.37 47th
12 John Dade 17.01 46th


Saturday 31st March – Park Runs

Results for Brockwell parkrun, event number 66, 31/03/2012.

112 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was James TURNER (M) in a time of 00:18:02. The first lady completing the course was Janet HALL (F) in a time of 00:21:25. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:
4 Benjamin COUSEN 00:18:18

Results for Harrogate parkrun, event number 11, 31/03/2012.

175 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Mike APPLETON (M) (Ripon Runners) in a time of 00:16:47. The first lady completing the course was Wendy MARKS (F) (Harrogate Harriers & AC) in a time of 00:21:30. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:
32 David Anthony FOX 00:22:01

Results for Sewerby parkrun, event number 21, 31/03/2012.

35 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Jon MORGAN (M) (Driffield Striders) in a time of 00:19:58. The first lady completing the course was Sian MORGAN (F) (Driffield Striders) in a time of 00:21:53. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:
10 Reid Anthony James HADDOW 00:24:50


Saturday 31st March – Coniston 14 Miles

The race returned to it’s traditional distance of 14 miles after two years of 16.7 miles due to the repairs required to the bridge at Water Yeat after the flooding haing now been completed.

From TDL, the race was won by John Herbert (Nene Valley Harriers) in 76.03 and the first lady in 35th position overall was Eleanor Fowler (Nuneaton Harriers) in 88.26.

For OAC, Julian Mawson finished 37th (88.29).

Report, photos and video clip from the North West Evening Mail.

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Friday 30th March – From Our Own (Middle East) Correspondent (KSA)

OAC’s Nick Hodgkinson reports:

I have just had an awesome running weekend with two ‘Firsts’.

First first – Fell Running Arrives in KSA

Bored of running around compounds, I suggested that the Riyadh Road Runners (RRR) tried something a little different – Fell Running. Only we don’t have any fells, so our best substitute was running up and down the Tuwaiq escarpment.

This is a 1,000′ high limestone escarpment running for several hundred miles SW of Riyadh. There are only a few locations where the escarpment can be crossed, where there are old camel trails. We picked the nearest to Riyadh which still involved a 10k drive along the top of the escarpment by 4WD car. I attach a few pictures (see Club Photos) which do not really give a proper feel for the scale of the task. There is absolutely no way that camels could ever manage this route!!

Having finally got to the bottom we were shouted at by a bunch Bedouins, who were clearly very surprised to see runners emerging from the escarpment. The Arab speakers in our group confirmed that the shouts were friendly and included words such as ‘loco’ ‘crazy Englishmen’…. how they knew that some of us were English, I have no idea! On the strength of this run I have at least two takers for the 3 Peaks. My final task will be to introduce Moonlighting!!

Second First – A New 5k PB!!

Earlier today I achieved a new 5k PB. Yes, a real PB, not just a Middle East PB. I have no idea of my time because I passed the finishing line too quickly for the time-keepers to clock me in. And how do I know that this was a PB without knowing my time? In eighteen years of running with OAC, I have never actually run a 5k!

This was the final RRR race of the season. From now on it gets far too hot to run. It is also likely to be my final official race with the RRR. They are a fantastic group of people who have made my stay here a real pleasure. I have made many new running friends and now have appointments all over the world to run future exotic races.

My leaving do will involve watching Chariots of Fire.


Friday 23rd – Monday 26th March – Lakes Training Weekend

Reports on the Club’s annual Lakes Training Weekend.

Firstly, from Colin Best:

Another excellent training/social weekend. Thanks to Tom for organising it once again.

Couldn’t complain with wall to wall sunshine and some excellent runs. There were several groups including choices from leg one of the Bob Graham (and a bit more), mountain-biking as well as Rogan and Hugh running in the Great Grizedale Trail Run.

Thanks to Barbara for another excellent communal buffet. Also Jackie, Janet and Jack for their singing and Rogan for his guitar accompaniment.

Pictures in Club Photos give a flavour and include sunrise from Helvellyn summit and a walk to Dufton Pike on way home.

And a report also from Sharron Smith:

Here’s a thank you and fellrunner’s appreciation of the training weekend in the Lakes…

For those members who have never been on an OAC club weekend there are a few things that can be guaranteed and they are: excellent pre-planned routes to suit all abilities, superb location and accommodation (5 star self caterering!) with fantastic communal living/catering and the weather this year made equally for a chilled out affair as well as great group training!

Nestled at the top of Ullswater, the venue gave a variety of off and on-trail runs and was close to Keswick for the more exciting fells. For Lakeland racing, you’ve gotta get up the big fells! Lead by Andrew, the fellrunners certainly got a great run with a close encounter with hand-gliders… All members given priority and no-one was ever left behind… thanks for waiting guys!

As one member said, “It’s a privilege to run with you all” and I responded, “you don’t have to be posh to be privileged” and at £50 for three nights it’s more comfortable than camping!

So it’s a big banquet at our cottage next year. So for those who don’t need an excuse to do some quality training, get your names down with Tom, grandfather tour operator who can please everyone. Cheers Otley A.C.!!


Sunday 25th March – Lisbon Half Marathon (Por)

Brothers Mick and Howard Jeffrey travelled to Portugal for the Lisbon Half Marathon.

The race was won by Zersenay Tadese (Eritrea) in 59.34.

Howard finished 495th (90.55) and Mick 1,165th (100.21).


Sunday 25th March – Thirsk 10 Miles

Organised by Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers and with results from ukresults, the race was won by Yared Hagos (Wallsend Harriers) in 49.40 and the first lady in 36th position overall was Claire Simpson (Jarrow & Hebburn) in 61.08 (all chip times).

For OAC, David Fox finished 297th (78.28).

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Sunday 25th March – Rivock Edge Fell Race @ Silsden

The Rivock Edge Fell Race (6.5m / 837′).

The race was won by Chris Loftus (Keighley & Craven) in 51.38 and the first lady in 23rd position overall was Lucy Needham (Holmfirth) in 61.58.

For OAC, Neil Reed finished 47th (68.12) and Don Buffham 99th (84.50).

Results from fellrunner.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

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Sunday 25th March – Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k

Report from OAC’s Matt Broughton:

This morning I ran in the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k.

Once again I set off too fast and at the 5k mark was ahead of my 5k PB by over 30 seconds!

Soon after I started to run out of steam and hoped I had made up enough time in the first half of the race to allow me to scrape just under 40 minutes which I began to doubt.

It wasn’t until I approached the 9k markers that I thought I may be able to just about do it and I finally completed the race in 44th position overall (39:55).

The race was won by Quentin Lewis (Baildon) in 33.52 (all chip times) and the first lady in 39th position overall was Claire Green (Pudsey & Bramley) in 39.43.

OAC’s Caroline Marler finished 325th (and first FV60) in 49.55 and Karen Best finished 728th (62.34).

Results from raceplus.

Photos from David Brett Photography.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

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Saturday 24th March – Great Grizedale Trail Run

Report from OAC’s Rogan Ashton:

The Great Grizedale Trail Run, an enjoyable off-road 10 mile (approx) on paths akin to those on the Chevin.

Hugh Pearson 80th in 85.43 (who had recced the Bob Graham routes with Simon Anderson on both Friday and Saturday) and Rogan Ashton in fifth in 62:45 (who hadn’t recced Bob Graham!).

The winner Stuart Stokes (Sale Harriers) in 55.55 has run “49 odd” for 10 miles on the road… perhaps explains why he was somewhat in the distance. The first lady in eighteenth position overall was Melanie Hyder (Helm Hill) in 69.19.

Photos from sportsunday.

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