Archive for May, 2012

Saturday 19th May – Shining Tor Fell Race (inc UKA Inter-Counties Champs)

The Shining Tor Fell Race (7.5 miles / 1,749′) inc UKA Inter-Counties Championships in the Goyt Valley was won by Stephen Vernon (Stockport) in 46.54 and the first lady in 40th position overall was Lizzie Adams (Hallamshire) in 53.20.

For OAC, Don Buffham finished 238th (92.15).

Results from race-results

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Wednesday 16th May – John Carr 5km @ Esholt Race #3

Results from saltairestriders.

The final race of the Series was won by Quentin Lewis (Baildon) in 15.46 and the first lady in 41st position overall was Jo Buckley (Bingley) in 18.07.

For OAC, Lloyd Best finished 63rd (18.52), Karen Best 96th (19.51), Mick Jeffrey 120th (20.46), Reid Haddow 188th (23.27) and Don Buffham 227th (25.43).

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Over the three race Series, Karen finished third overall in the FV40 category, Mick second in the MV60 category and Reid fourth in the MV65 category.

Karen’s time of 19.49 in Race #1 was also a new FV40 Club Record.


Tuesday 15th May – HDSRL @ Thirsk Race #2

Another great turnout with 47 Otley runners making the trip to Thirsk. Ian Fisher was second (28:30), with Jamil Parapia seventh (30:35) and Andrew Robertshaw 10th (30:59). The full list of results are here.

The race was won by Marc Scott (Richmond & Zetland) in 28:23, and the first lady was Lisa Mawer (Wetherby) in 44th position in 34:22.

Ian’s Garmin race report here.


Sat/Sun 12th/13th May – Yorkshire County AA Track & Field Championships

OAC’s Racheal Bamford reports from the Dorothy Hyman Stadium at Cudworth near Wakefield:

“Won the 800m on Saturday Yorkshire County AA Championships in 2.12.52…just sat in until the last 100m and kicked…”

And that’s another fantastic Club Record for Racheal….

Then on Sunday, Racheal also reports,

“I have won the 1,500m as well this afternoon, another slow race with a fast finish, with a time of 4.34.96”.


Sunday 13th May – Leeds Half Marathon

A record of 4,565 finishers in this year’s Leeds Half Marathon.

The race was won by Owen Beilby (Wharfedale Harriers) in 73.54 and the first lady in 38th position overall was Emily Birchall (Leeds City) in 82.57 (all gun positions / chip times).

For OAC, Liam Dunne finished eleventh (79.37), Julian Mawson (pictured right) 21st (81.24), Tom Midgley 24th (81.37), Ed Hardy 52nd (84.14 – a pb), Tom Paget 117th (89.04 – a pb) and Karen Potter 166th (and second FV40) in 91.13.

Continuing, Howard Jeffrey 193rd (92.31), Richard Smith 240th (94.07 – a pb), John Davis 648th (101.26), Tom Hannah 1,024th (106.12), Billy Rayner 1,085th (105.20) and Andrew Webster 1,134th (103.48).

Also Jane Butler 1,313rd (108.35 – a pb), Reid Haddow (pictured lower right) 1,501st (110.34), Sara Richard 1,926th (115.46 – a pb) and Ged Peacock 2,373rd (118.17).

Race reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post and Telegraph & Argus.

Some photos from (check out images #2 and #152).

Results from


Sunday 13th May – Ripon 10 Miles

Organised by Ripon Runners and an event in the yorkshiredalesraceseries.

The race was won by Jack Simpson (Unattached) in 57.35 and the first lady was Emma Yates (Knavesmire) in 21st position overall (67.32).

For OAC, Lloyd Best finished 27th (69.46), Karen Best 31st (and third lady) in 70.25, Matt Broughton 47th (72.50), Mick Jeffrey 52nd (73.14) and Mark Berry 71st (76.52).

Photos from Andrew Thrippleton.

Results from ukresults.


Saturday 12th May – Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race

Report from OAC’s Matt Podd:

A bunch of us did Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race (9 miles / 2,999′) on a very fine Saturday…. Andrew was thirteenth – good effort.

Rhys Findlay-Robinson (Dark Peak) won in 79.18 and Karen Robertson (Northumberland Fell Runners) first lady in 76th in 103.36.

For OAC, Andrew Robertshaw finished thirteenth (out of 291) in 87.46, John Armitstead 77th (103.51), Hugh Pearson 96th (107.10), Sharron Smith 142nd (116.11), Simon Toyne 146th (116.43) and Matt Podd 196th (122.59)

The unavoidable big puddle of cow poo near the start really cheered every one up – and provided an abiding odour for the rest of the race.

A link to some photographs kindly provided by Steve Matthews.

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Saturday 12th May – Park Run Bradford 5km

OAC’s Chris Carver reports:

I competed in the Bradford Park Run and, after running the 8.5 miles to the start as a warm up, I completed the 5k finishing ninth in a pleasing 19:58. I then ran home again.

Pleased with that as it came at the end of a 25 hour training week which included 90 miles of running.

I see from my notes that on 28 May last year I did the same thing but completed the 5k in 20:59 so that’s a good improvement which bodes well for the 100 mile race which is less than 6 weeks away now.

Reid Haddow also did the Bradford Park Run finishing 73rd (25.03) the day before the Leeds Half Marathon.

The race was won by Andrew Bedford (Unattached) in 18.10 and the first lady in sixteenth position overall was Claire Smith (Keighley & Craven) in 21.04.

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Graham’s Summer Charity Challenge

OAC’s Graham Lake highlights that he is doing a sort of “home-made triathlon” with events run separately incorporating the Wharfedale Marathon on June 2nd, an open water 500m Epic Lakes Swim in Ullswater on July 15th and the York Sportive on August 19th.

He is raising money for Cancer Research and a school for Autistic children in Nottingham.

Support to Graham for these worthy causes can be made through

More details in the Wharfedale Observer.

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Wednesday 9th May – John Carr 5km @ Esholt Race #2

Results from saltairestriders.

The race was won by Jon Wills (Bristol & West) in 14.53 and the first lady in 34th position overall was Charlie Wills (Leeds City) in 17.36.

For OAC, Lloyd Best finished 76th (19.10), Karen Best 103rd (20.03), Mick Jeffrey 112th (20.27), Billy Rayner 159th (22.33), Eleanor Shotton 160th (22.37), Reid Haddow 200th (24.26) and Don Buffham 222nd (25.48).

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

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