Archive for May, 2012

Thursday 31st May – HDSRL @ Yeadon Race #3

The third 2012 Harrogate & District Summer Race League at Yeadon / Esholt hosted suberbly by Dragons Running Club.

52 OAC members taking part, all contributing to a great night.

Some additional photographs courtesy of OAC’s Graham Lake here.


Sunday 27th May – Edinburgh Marathon and Half Marathon

Report from OAC’s Ian Broadbent on the Edinburgh Marathon:

“Did the Edinburgh Marathon which was my first, finishing 3,689th in 4.14.15 (chip time), it was a lot warmer than I should have liked but just about got round.

I guess it would be a good course for anyone wanting a pb, it’s either downhill or flat”.

Report also from Dave Hainsworth:

“I finished 4,553rd in 4.27.59 (broke the magic 4.28 barrier) and Gilly Wight paused for a brief chat just before 19 miles before scorching away to finish 3,315th in 4.09.16. Richard Clarke also had a fabulous run finishing 370th with a chip time of 3.14.01.

There were also several Hairy Haggi from Otley in the Marathon team event”.

The Marathon was won by John Mutai in 2.19.49 and the first lady in fourteenth position overall was Natalia Lehonkova in 2.39.48.

Report from OAC’s Karen Best on the Edinburgh Half Marathon:

We headed off to Edinburgh for the Half Marathon this weekend. Having spent Saturday in glorious sunshine the mist was a welcome sight when we woke up very early on Sunday morning.

We bumped in to Tom Hannah at the start and gave him a hearty bit of encouragement at the end, funny how OAC members stand out in a crowd of thousands!

It was a great race even if the out and back element between nine miles and the finish was a tad soul destroying. Lloyd and I ran together for the first seven miles or should I say I hung in behind whilst he paced me. Lloyd managed a rather professional negative split as opposed to my knowing I had some seconds in the bag I could lose after the first seven miles!

Even with a positive split I came over the line jubilant with a pb and Club Records for FV35 and FV40…so May has turned out to be a good month!

The race was won by Michael Deason (Shettleston) in 68.19 and the first lady was Gabriela Traña in thirteenth position overall (75.00)


Lloyd Best: 1:25:36 (split 1: 40:11) 85th and 11th in Vet 40 – 49 category
Karen Best: 1:27:14 (split 1: 40:11) 124th and 5th in Vet 35 – 44 category and I was thirteenth lady home overall which I am soooo pleased with given the numbers…. thanks to Lloyd!

Tom Hannah finished 1,236th in 1.45.29.


Sunday 27th May – Sheffield Half Marathon

The race was won by John Franklin (Metropolitan Police) in 70.31 and the first lady in 41st position overall was Nicola Squires (Hallamshire) in 81.22 (all gun positions / chip times).

For OAC, Liam Dunne finished 36th (80.42), Tom Potter 368th (94.15), Karen Potter 372nd (94.38) and Richard Smith 436th (95.38).

More details from sheffieldmarathon.

Race report in the Sheffield Telegraph.

Photos by TTGE on FlickR.

Results from chiptiming.


Sunday 27th May – Driffield Mucky Duck 8.5m Multi-Terrain

Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:

The weather was boiling on Sunday and with an 11am start, the heat was already 82 degrees and getting warmer by the minute.

A good field of nearly 190 runners for this race organised by Driffield Striders, with mostly East Yorkshire clubs been in attendance, I was the sole runner from the “Black and Whites”.

The course was mainly road but some steep undulating off road sections and with a grandstand finish in front of Driffield Rugby Club.

I finished 88th (70.26) and seventh MV60 out of 18 with no MV65 category (which I totally disagree with) and still can’t understand why they dont do this 65–69 category.

The race was won by Phill Taylor (Bridlington) in 47.12 and the first lady was Emma Brown (Bridlington) in 23rd (59.21).

Results from Driffield Striders


Saturday 26th May – Six Dales Trail Run

Report from OAC’s Sarah Fuller:

Not a race but I thought I would share my experience of doing this trail run completed by Matt, Renee etc in January (see their report here).

Whilst they had a beautiful crisp Winter’s day, we had a beautiful but extremely warm day!

This certainly added to the challenge and at times it became a battle against sunstroke and deyhdration, all delusions of grandeur about actually running it all long gone out the window!

We started at 8am at Middleham and like the others decided it was psychologically better to be ‘running home’. First couple of hours we held a good pace and enjoyed the new area. My wheels came off for the first time as we descended into Nidderdale, which by that point was like a furnace.

The long flat run down to Pateley Bridge was horrible and I was swaying about all over the place and running out of water. It took an hour to cover the four mile stretch and I almost threw in the towel at that point. Half an hour in the shade and gallons of water in Pateley later, I decided to continue even if I had to walk or crawl the rest of the way!

A pleasant jog down to Glasshouses and a brutal hot climb out of Nidderdale, we felt it would be easier going from here – wrong – the next few miles of field systems were confusing but more annoyingly mostly thigh high grass and impossible to run for the most part. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I re-grouped some energy and we held a good pace then down to Thuscross, Blubberhouses and Fewston.

The lure of the ice-cream van at Swinsty got me round Fewston and we had a short lolly stop!

Nearly home now but very hot and dehydrated the last part was a world of suffering and we walked and almost crawled up dob park. Back into otley and what a day – heat, suffering, 38 miles, 3 million stiles, a thousand grassy fields, pleasant moors, reservoirs, cows, horses, one scary pig, 6 dales and 2 very sweaty happy hot runners. We completed in just over 10 hours including stops, slightly disappointed that had to walk more than planned but given the temperature just happy to have done it.

Bring on 50 miles – oh heck what have I got myself into?!


Tuesday 23rd May – Badger Stone Fell Relays

Report from OAC’s Hugh Pearson:

Glorious night for this relay consisting of three legs of 2 miles / 400′ with additional information from fellrunner from White Wells to the Badgerstone and back.

The event was won by Leeds City A Team in 42.28.

OAC had two teams. First back were the Sun Beams (Sharron Smith, John Dade and Laura Martin) in 57:51 (30th of 48 senior teams), closely followed by Otley Oldies (David Fox, Matt Podd, Hugh Pearson) in 58:32 (31st).

Well organised by Ilkley Harriers as ever with the option of a dip in the White Wells plunge pool afterwards.

Lots of photos including those of OAC members from Woodentops.

Details and results from Ilkley Harriers.

Some pictures courtesy of Dave Woodhead and Hugh Pearson in Club Photos.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.


Sunday 20th May – Bupa Great Manchester Run

Report from OAC’s Racheal Bamford:

“I had an incredible experience competing for the North of England in the Bupa Great Manchester Run 10km elite women’s race.

I finished twelfth overall (35.20), results from and coverage from BBC iPlayer from about 11.30 minutes in, I’m on the right in a yellow vest!”.

More information also from Racheal’s blog.

Report by Rob Cameron, the North of England Men’s Team Manager, from Northern Athletics highlights how Racheal led home the North’s Ladies Team to first place in the inter area competition.

The race was won by Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) in 27.39 and Linet Masai (Kenya) in 31.35.

Photos courtesy of Dave Pinnington.


Sunday 20th May – Yorkshire 10km, Newby Hall, nr Ripon

Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:

A picture of the “Black and Whites Warriors” after the Yorkshire 10km at Newby Hall, nr Ripon.

386 runners with very good performances from each of the Black and Whites.

The race was won by Mark Livesey (Army) in 36.41 and the first lady in eleventh overall was Emma Yates (Knavesmire Harriers) in 40.14 (all chip times).

For OAC, Richard Smith was 42nd (45.25), then Sharron Smith who was “number 103 but with no electronic tag as I entered on the day and was two places behind Richard (just below 45.40)”, then Reid Haddow 124th (51.41)

Photo courtesy of Mrs Judy Haddow.

Provisional results from ukresults.


Saturday 19th May – Sowerby Scorcher 10km Multi Terrain

Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:

OAC’s Ian “the King” Fisher, scorched round the Sowerby Scorcher in a course record time (35.48), burnt all the opposition away on a cold and dreary day on the top of Halifax Moor.

We were the only two “Black and Whites” running. I finished 85th (55.24).

The first lady was Lucy Thompson (Stainland Lions) who finished thirteenth overall (44.17).

Ian’s Garmin race report here.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Results from Stainland Lions Running Club.


Saturday 19th May – Charlesworth Chase

Report from OAC’s Matt Podd:

I did this first running (of what they hope will be an annual event) of the Charlesworth Chase Fell Race (BS 5.1 miles / 1,201′) from Appletreewick down the river to Howgill and straight up the steep side of Simon’s Seat, touch the trig and back down.

This race however had a couple of novelty features – Wharfedale Harriers put it on to celebrate the marriage of two of their members and the bride was given a head start – Chase the Bride.

Read the feature in today’s Yorkshire Post.

Reports in the Daily Mail and The Sun.

Then before crossing the finishing line you had to drink a pint! (Dave wimpy Wilby only had water).

Great race with breakneck descent. I was 63rd (55.03) and the only OAC runner.

Best wishes to Nick Charlesworth and Sarah Martin (who finished eighth overall, albeit with a 20 minute start) who then went to their wedding, her with grazes from falling.

Results from Wharfedale Harriers.

The race was won by Ian Holmes (Bingley) in 38.03 and Louisa Pickles (Wharfedale Harriers) 24th in 47.10.