Archive for July, 2012

Saturday 21st July – Snowdon Race

This year’s Snowdon Race (10 miles / 3,300′) was won by Murray Strain (Hunters Bog Trotters) in 65.10 and the first lady in 43rd position overall was Tessa Hill from Canada in 81.24

OAC’s Matt John was very well placed finishing 27th in 77.03.

Results from TDL.

More details from snowdonrace with race report from mudsweatandtears.

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Saturday 21st July – Clyde Stride 40 Mile Ultra Race

Report from OAC’s Richard Clarke:

My girlfriend (Sam Barrett of Solihull and Small Heath A.C.) and I ran our first ultramarathon.

We had been recommended the Clyde Stride 40 Mile Ultra as a particularly ‘beginner friendly’ race, the ‘friendliness’ coming from (relatively) easy navigation (no map required, ‘just’ follow the route of the Clyde Walkway along the Clyde valley), bag drops at 10 mile intervals, not particularly hilly and ‘only’ 40 miles.

The race starts near Partick railway station, near the river Clyde, a short distance west of central Glasgow and follows the Clyde valley east, through Glasgow to New Lanark. We were fortunate to have fine, dry and sunny weather which made for an enjoyable run.

We chose to spend the night before the race at the Youth Hostel at New Lanark, which proved to be a good choice, and worth the long trek to the start the following day.

It was a beautiful place to stay and relax, while also allowing the opportunity to recce the end of the race route, which was marked up the night before.

Our race crew – Michael – kindly gave us a lift to the start and met us at all the official drop points and at one extra point (about 4 miles from the finish) – allowing me to discard my Camelbak and run freely to the end.

Neither of us really knew what to expect having previously never run further than 26.2 miles. However, we took the advice in Bryon Powell’s book “Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons” to enjoy the experience and not set off too fast (I am sure I read the encouraging phrase “you cannot run too slowly” at the beginning of your first ultra). It was a very picturesque route – even the section through central Glasgow – which had wide, well maintained and clean paths. Once out of the city the path meandered along the valley mostly through fields, woodland and track, never far from the river. The route was generally well marked and marshalled in strategic places, though there were still points where the route was not obvious but our decisions (made by consulting fellow runners) thankfully proved correct.

Sam and I ran the race together and finished strongly in a time of 7:21:01 – 59th equal out a of a field of 120 that started the race (results here).

The race was won by Donnie Campbell in 5:05:42 and the first lady in sixteenth position overall was Charlotte Black (Shetland) in 6:06:00.

I strongly recommend this race – particularly to anyone (like us) wanting to run their first ultramarathon.

We were both surprised that we felt less tired, and recovered more quickly, than after marathons. Perhaps we took the “cannot go too slowly” advice a bit too far.


Saturday 21st July – Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon

Sadly this year’s Bishop Wilton Show was cancelled due to the recent bad weather.

However the Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon still took place and there was at least one “black and white” out looking at the pictures taken by Andrew Thrippleton.

From the results, the race was won by Phill Taylor (Bridlington) in 75.13 and the first lady in 30th position overall was Lucy Thompson (Stainland) in 95.50.

For OAC, Reid Haddow finished 104th in 111.43.

Reid reports,

“The Weather really picked up for this very rural road race, very undulating with two really killer hills at the six and nine miles but a downhill finish for the last mile, to finish on the show field.

Well worth the effort, warm day and hard! Finished fourth MV60, very pleased, but no MV65 category at all… what’s happened to this category nowadays?”.


Saturday 21st July – Park Runs

Results for Harrogate parkrun

174 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Mike APPLETON (M) (Ripon Runners) in a time of 00:16:35. The first lady completing the course was Rosalyn MOORE (F) (Harrogate Harriers & AC) in a time of 00:21:40. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:

10 Richard Anthony SMITH 00:19:26

Results for Roundhay parkrun

149 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Jeremy LADYMAN (M) (Valley Striders AC) in a time of 00:18:07. The first lady completing the course was Laura Emily DRANSFIELD (F) in a time of 00:21:04. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:

33 Tom PAGET 00:22:30

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Friday 20th July – Bob Graham Round

Report from OAC’s Simon Anderson of his successful completion of the Bob Graham Round:

Every journey begins with a single step, or so goes the cliché. Many times I have been asked “when did you first decide that you were going to do it?”  Even today over a celebratory lunch I couldn’t quite nail the answer.  Perhaps it was around five years ago.  The romance of Richard Askwith’s love letter to the fells certainly had a part in germinating the seed.  All I know for certain is that once the thought had infected my head I knew of only one remedy.  It had to be done.  Not for the boasting rights of having ascended to the summit of forty-two mountains in 22 hours and 33 minutes, but for the intrinsic pleasure of an incomparable day of my life that I will forever recall as perfect. Read the rest of this entry »


Thursday 19th July – Danefield Handicap

Prospective new member Peter overtook a disappointed Antonio in the final 50m or so to take the win at a damp and midge ridden Danefield Handicap (2.9 miles) in this year’s Club Handicap Championship.

John Dade and Billy battled it out mid-way down the field for the top of the table race, which now reads: 1st John Dade 100 pts, 2nd Billy 95.5 and Richard Hamer moving up to 3rd on 94 points.  The track 3,000m is the next race at Keighley on Thursday 16th August.

Ian reduced the course record to 15:54 in finishing 22nd, maybe a little harsh handicapping,  I blame everyone else running much faster the expected!

Pos Name Race Time H’Cap H’Cap Time Pts
1 Peter Campbell 27:25 08:00 19:25 33
2 Antonio Cardinale 27:30 00:00 27:30 32
3 Debra Brown 27:43 00:00 27:43 31
4 Colin Best 28:13 05:30 22:43 30
5 Matt Broughton 28:15 09:30 18:45 29
6 Becky Belcher 28:20 05:00 23:20 28
7 Eleanor Shotten 28:24 05:30 22:54 27
8 Chris Wordsworth 28:27 03:30 24:57 26
9 Richard Hamer 28:31 05:00 23:31 25
10 Nikki Scott 28:37 07:00 21:37 24
11 John Davies 28:51 06:00 22:51 23
12 Julie Dorling 28:53 03:00 25:53 22
13 Caron Ralph 29:03 06:30 22:33 21
14 Hannah Mallinson 29:06 02:00 27:06 20
15 Ian Broadbent 29:07 07:00 22:07 19
16 Liz Fawcett 29:08 06:30 22:38 18
17 Billy Rayner 29:10 06:00 23:10 17
18 John Dade 29:12 08:00 21:12 16
19 Reid Haddow 29:14 05:00 24:14 15
20 Chris Carver 29:18 10:00 19:18 14
21 Richard Smith 29:20 10:00 19:20 13
22 Ian Fisher 29:24 13:30 15:54 12
23 Simon Toyne 29:25 10:00 19:25 11
24 Tom Hannah 29:26 05:00 24:26 10
25 Lloyd Best 29:26 10:00 19:26 9
26 Liz Ashton 29:58 03:00 26:58 8
27 Liam Dunne 30:01 12:30 17:31 7
32 Carol Armitstead 30:47 04:30 26:17 6
28 Tom Midgley 30:51 11:30 19:21 5
29 Gloria Jackson 31:21 02:00 29:21 4
30 Hugh Pearson 32:27 09:00 23:27 3
31 Nick Hodgkinson 33:35 05:00 28:35 2
33 Ben Cousen dnf



Sunday 15th July – Royal Ullswater Epic Swim

Report from OAC’s Graham Lake:

I know it’s not running but I’ve completed the second part of my Summer Long Charity Triathlon, completing the Royal Ullswater Epic Swim.

Although a paltry 500m, I’m not a strong swimmer, so found it a challenge.

The beautiful scenery and friendly atmosphere made it great fun as did being asked to sing the national anthem while treading water before the start!

I’m getting near to raising £1,000, so hoping a few more donations through my CharityGiving website before the 100 mile bike ride on 19th August will get me there.

Photos from Sportsunday.

Results from epicevents.

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Sunday 15th July – Eccup 10 Miles

The Eccup 10 Mile Road Race organised by Abbey Runners and incorporating the 2012 Yorkshire 10 Mile Championships.

The race was won by Nick Hooker (Leeds City) in 55.42 and the first lady in ninth position overall was Susan Partridge (Leeds City) in 58.38.

For OAC, Richard Smith finished 84th (67.28 – a pb), Matt Broughton 93rd (68.03), Karen Best 103rd (68.31), John Armitstead 135th (70.58), Karen Potter 193rd (74.00) and Matt Podd 227th (76.08).

Continuing, Gilly Wight 292nd (79.24), Tom Hannah 325th (81.30), Reid Haddow 334th (81.53), Carol Armitstead 368th (84.04), Billy Rayner 383rd (84.48) and Colin Best 401st (85.57).

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Photos by Andrew Thrippleton.

Results from ukresults.


Sunday 15th July – Burton Leonard 10km

The race was won by Mike Appleton (Ripon) in 35.22 and the first lady in fifteenth position overall was Jenny Hutcheson (Harrogate) in 42.21.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 49th (47.22).

Part of the Yorkshire Dales Race Series with results available also from Yorkshire Dales Race Series.

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Sunday 15th July – Chevin 5km

The fourth runSunday was won by Jason King (Unattached) in 22.36 and the first lady in third position overall was Emma Woolford (Unattached) in 25.07.

For OAC, Debra Brown finished twelfth in 30.57.