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Friday 13th July – Washburn Valley Relay


Thank you and well done to the 59 adult and ten junior teams that took part in this year’s Washburn Valley Relay.

Photos as well as senior and juniors results on the Washburn Valley Relay page.

A fascinating race developed on what turned out to be a dry night albeit with the now “customary for 2012” slippery underfoot conditions.

Having to chase down the leader from ninth position after the first leg, OAC’s Ian Fisher handed over in the lead to Liam Dunne who bravely fought off a late chase-down by Will Kerr of Saltaire Striders for OAC to retain the Tony Allen Trophy for the winning men’s team in 60.14 by a mere six seconds.

Just behind Saltaire in second place (60.20) were the teams from Harrogate Harriers in third (61.47) and Ilkley Harriers in fourth place (62.54).

A worthy mention also to Conor Shepherd who represented Warwick Univeristy Triathlon and ran all three legs himself finishing in a very impressive seventh place overall (65.36).

The first mixed team (team including one lady) and winning The Divan Centre Cup was Idle A.C. Dynamos (pictured above) who finished eighth overall (65.51) and the first ladies team winning the Joyce Smith Trophy was OAC (Laura Martin, Suzy Sharman and Karen Best) finishing sixteenth overall (70.24).

Other OAC teams taking part included the B team (Matt Broughton, Richard Smith and Lloyd Best) that finished thirteenth (67.22), the Otley Tosspots (Paul Clifford, Michael Pickard and Andy Webster) 28th in 75.11 and the Motley Crew Ladies (Caron Ralph, Nikki Scott and Liz Fawcett) 37th (80.20).

OAC’s Dominic Egan also combined with his other friends from Pudsey Pacers in their team that finished 40th.

Congratulations and well done to all the Junior teams taking part in their relay too.

Our thanks to everybody who took part, Up & Running for the provision of the special relay numbers, Yorkshire Water for the use of their facilities, the members and friends of OAC who helped marshal and officiate and particular thanks to John Dade, Hugh Pearson, the Robertshaws and Colin Best for their considerable involvement in the staging and co-ordination of the event.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

  1. #1 by reid haddow on July 14, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    Well done all the “Black and Whites ” in the relays Friday night, fantastic performances by all the Teams that ran. what a Club!
    Credit to you all!!!

  2. #2 by Richard S on July 14, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    Thanks to all who helped out, really enjoyed it. Congrats to Julian, Ian and in particular Liam who was nearly physically sick to bring the race home for Otley!

  3. #3 by Richard S on July 14, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    Congrats also to Laura, Suzie and Karen who came home as first ladies. UTBAW!

  4. #4 by Matt Broughton on July 14, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    In agree with Richards comments. An enjoyable evenings running.

  5. #5 by Ian on July 14, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    Poor Liam, I didn’t half put pressure on him on his third race in three successive nights….what a lightweight eh?
    Laura, Karen and new girl Suzie were just amazing to win the ladies.
    As our club mascot Reid would put it “UP THE BLACK AND WHITES!!!”

  6. #6 by Liam Dunne on July 14, 2012 - 8:24 pm

    Well done to all Otley men, women, juniors, organisers and those supporting. Julian gave it everything on the first leg, Bigfish breezed into1st on the 2nd leg and I slept very well last night. Not the fastest performance ever but definitely the sweetest victory yet! Well done also to the lads from Saltaire for such a close race.

  7. #7 by Karen B on July 15, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    A huge thanks to Laura for running such a fantastic leg 1, giving us a great position which we managed to hang on to throughout the race. Good effort!

  8. #8 by Julian on July 15, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    Thanks Ian and Liam, to win by six seconds was exciting and made up for when Racheal, Ben and I just lost out on the mixed team in 2011 by 26 seconds. It could not have been closer this year and it was great to see all the teams and runners taking part and enjoying the event.

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