Archive for March, 2012

Wednesday 6th February – Graham Stead reports from the Pyrenees

After several months out here I have just managed to overcome a re-occurring calf injury so I can at last report on a couple of events.

Firstly on 12th Feb I took part in the Trail de St Valentines, in Odos. A great local event where you can run individually over 27k, as a mixed pair over 15k or as a mixed pair speed walking over 10k.

Still getting over my injuries we opted to have a go at the speed walk. Training consisted of a couple of laps of the garden and watching a YouTube video on walking techniques. On an undulating woodland course what we lacked in walking technique we made up for in our hill-climbing ability, eventually finishing a credible 5th place out of 28 couples. Not sure if walking events qualify for runner of the year though. The winning time was 1.06.20.

On Sunday 4th Feb I did the Trail du Marquisat, in Louey. Again a choice of distances either 18k or 10k in undulating woodland.

I opted for the 10k which turned out to be the least accurately measured 10k I have ever done. On what I thought was a relatively fast course, first and second finished in 43m 4 seconds, and 47m 12 seconds respectively. First overseas runner; Graham Stead of Otley AC in 35th place out of 78 finishers in 1 hour 2m 48 seconds.

The race was followed by the usual fantastic free food and wine spread which the village races in this area pride themselves on.

Before we return to England in time for the Harrogate Road series we have several more trail events to take part in including a local moonlighters event, Le Nouse Trail over 16k or 25k. Night events are taking off big time over here; the last one we tried to enter, Le Trail 31, had a choice of three distances; 12k, 21k or full marathon and was over-subscribed.

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Sunday 4th March _ YVAA Grand Prix Race @ Otley

Our thanks to Jack and Kath Robertshaw for masterminding the organisation of this event.

Thank you as well to all the OAC members who helped out despite the damp and cold weather conditions.

Our thanks also to Otley Cricket Club, Otley Squash Club and Otley RUFC for the use of their facilities without which the race would not have been possible.

Well done to great turnout of over 200 competitors too.

The race was won by Dave Watson (Holmfirth) in 31.59 and the first lady in 38th position overall was Margaret Sykes (Holmfirth) in 40.36.

Second-claim OAC member Jamie Noon finished second overall (33.55).

More details and results from YVAA.

Pictures in Club Photos (hint: try the Slideshow option).

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Sunday 4th March – Dewsbury 10km

From TDL, the re-arranged race was won by Matthew Bowser (Lincoln Wellington) in 29.58 and the first lady in 36th position overall was Sarah Harris (Lond Eaton R.C.) in 35.21 (all gun positions / chip times).

OAC’s Tom Potter reports:

Initially I was looking for a PB but poor preparation this week due to a hamstring injury made me forget this aspiration and I just concentrated on doing my best. Simon Toyne was also present and was looking for a similar time to me. This in mind, I quietly “declared battle” and thought I would try and beat him.

I was fractionally behind Simon for the first 5km and when I glanced at my watch at the half way point it was precisely 20.00. The hamstring felt ok and I realsied I had to work hard if I was going to beat him and finish in under 40.00.

In the last two miles I gained a slight advantage over Simon and I finished 95th in 39.06 (a new PB by 22 seconds).

Simon finished just behind me in 110th position overall (39.38) and ahead of us both was Tom Midgley finishing high up in 34th position overall (35.11).

Race report from the Telegraph & Argus.

Photos and video from flamingphotography.


Sunday 4th March – Haweswater Half Marathon

From ukresults, the race was won by Stuart Carmichael (City of Hull) in 71.57 and the first lady in 27th position overall was Megan Wright (Hunters Bog Trotters) in 84.14.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 91st (94.28) and John Davis 367th (117.54).

Photos from sportsunday.

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Sunday 4th March – Brough Law Fell Race

Andrew Robertshaw reports from the North East of England about the Brough Law Fell Race (5 miles / 1,312′):

Snow showers this morning stopped for the race but the temperature was still barely above freezing.

I was leading down the last descent but took a wrong turn just before the steep drop down to the finsih line and just got overtaken for second place (37.42), three seconds behind Phil Sanderson (Northumberland Fell Runners).

Caron enjoyed her first “proper” fell race finishing 58th in 56.28.  The organiser’s report, (inc. reference to the ‘Black & White..’) and full results are now available here

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Saturday 3rd March – The Major North

Report from OAC’s Richard Clarke:

A little late but here are some notes on the Major Series event that I took part in earlier this month.

I took part in my second ‘The Major – North’ event on Saturday 3rd March.

This is an adventure race of about 10 to 12km in length that took place in the grounds of Bramham Park.

It is organised by British Military Fit but is open to all and the emphasis is on ‘fun’ and getting very, very muddy.

There were a few changes from my first event in October (see report) instigated following feedback from participants.

There were more obstacles in the first half of the race, there was more crawling through mud (under cam nets, barbed wire and a web of rope), more wading through muddy water courses and more jumping in and out of ditches. The tail-enders from the 5km Minor Series race were an unexpected hazard towards the end of the course.

Other hazards included hay bales to be climbed over, hay bale tunnels to be crawled through and water slides (up and down tarpaulins soaked in soapy water). The obstacles were not particularly daunting and anybody would be able to manage them.

If you enjoy running, getting very wet, crawling through mud and having fun, you’d enjoy this.

For the record, I finished 24th out of 549 finishers and was first in my age category. However, the primary aim was to have fun and all those I spoke to had plenty of that and would do the event again.

The next event is scheduled for October.

Results from facebook.

Photos from Phil O’Connor Photography ( Richard’s Bib #416 ).

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Saturday 3rd March – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun, event number 230, 03/03/2012.
272 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Danny HALLAM (M) (Owls AC) in a time of 00:16:38. The first lady completing the course was Helen BECK (F) (Wakefield District Harriers & AC) in a time of 00:20:39. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.
The following club members participated:
23 Matt BROUGHTON 00:19:53
26 Howard JEFFREY 00:20:07
38 Richard Anthony SMITH 00:21:00
42 Tom PAGET 00:21:21
43 Michael JEFFREY 00:21:25
219 Debra BROWN 00:30:27

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