Archive for August, 2012

Sunday 19th August – Action Medical Research York 100 Sportive

OAC’s Graham Lake reports:

Just a quick report to say I’ve now finished my Summer Long Chrity Triathlon by completing Sunday’s Action Medical Research York 100 Sportive.

It was a great event, lovely route, well organised and great cake!

Finished in 7 hours, with over 40mins of stops (I said the cake was good!)

Over the three events I’ve raised through my charitygiving page over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK and Rosehill School for Autistic children, which makes it all worthwhile.

Thanks to club members who’ve sponsored me or helped me keep fit over the last few months.

Of the three events the Wharfedale Marathon was the easily the hardest, and I call myself a runner!?


Sunday 19th August – Belper Rugby Rover 30km

Report from OAC’s Richard Smith:

I ran the Belper Rugby Rover 30km multi terrain race this morning as a marathon prep race.

In humid conditions, the route used public footpaths, bridle ways, roman roads, minor roads, ancient woodlands, fern/moor type landscape, rocky ascents/descents, lots of fields (grass, rutted, corn, ploughed). No ‘hands on knee’ climbs but a lot of ascent through some impressive Derbyshire countryside.

Despite narrowly escaping a stampede of aggressive cows and falling flat on my face (twice) I pulled through and finished 30th in 2.30.59 which I was very happy with.

I believe I’m the first OAC member to run this race. I’ll definitely be back next year and would really encourage others to follow if you like a bit of muck and cow dung.

More details from the race entry form.

The race was won by Ian Phillips (Matlock) in 2.03.59, just ahead of Richard Pattinson (Pudsey & Bramley) in 2.04.25. The first lady in 34th position overall was Tracey Greenway (Ilkley) in 2.32.53.

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Sunday 19th August – Escrick 10km

The Escrick 10k was won by Darran Bilton (Leeds City) in 33.11 and the first lady in 31st position overall was Jessica Nixon (Leeds City) in 40.27.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 50th (and third mv50) in 42.00.

Results from escrick10k.

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Saturday 18th August – Park Runs

Results for Bradford parkrun

202 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Matt NOWELL (M) (Bradford Airedale AC) in a time of 00:17:11. The first lady completing the course was Amanda STERLING (F) (Keighley & Craven AC) in a time of 00:21:35. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

37 Tom PAGET 00:22:51

Results for Leeds parkrun

333 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Matthew JOHN (M) (Otley AC) in a time of 00:16:02. The first lady completing the course was Jane KEMSHALL (F) (Scunthorpe & District AC) in a time of 00:18:58. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

1 Matthew JOHN 00:16:02
24 Suzy SHARMAN 00:20:10 (second-claim member)

Results for Roundhay parkrun

120 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Paul O’CALLAGHAN (M) (Tadworth AC) in a time of 00:17:10. The first lady completing the course was Liga MAGDALENOKA-KEEN (F) (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) in a time of 00:21:07. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

20 Michael JEFFREY 00:21:57

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Saturday 18th August – Donadea Series 10k Trail Run (Ire)

Report from OAC’s Liam Dunne:

I travelled to Donadea, Co. Kildare for the Donadea Series 10k Trail Run.

This race was a two lap course around slightly undulating forest trail and I finished second in a time of 36:08. The race was won by David Fitzpatrick in 35.44

Results from actiontiming.

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Wednesday 15th August – Castlepollard 5k Road Race (Ire)

Report from OAC’s Liam Dune:

I had planned to run the “Devil’s Glen” fell race today but due to heavy rain and no off road shoes I instead opted for the Castlepollard 5k road race – this was an out and back and mainly flat course.

The run out seemed quite easy initally and it was on the return that I realised why, the wind was
on my back for the first 2.5km’s and the run in was a bit of a struggle but I managed to finish thirteenth in a time of 17.15. The race was won by Thomas Moran (Dunshaughlin) in 15.49.

Results from Precision Timing.

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Friday 17th August – Back The Track in Otley

OAC’s Simon Anderson has started a campaign for a running track in Otley as a lasting legacy from the London Olympics.

Launching the initiative this week (when Otley welcomed home its very own Olympic silver medalist, Lizzie Armitstead, see the Wharfedale Observer report here), there has been much support for Back The Track from local dignitaries including MP Greg Mulholland, Otley Town Council leader Councillor John Eveleigh, Councillor Ryk Downes, Ward and parish Councillor Clive Fox.

Several locations for the track and clubhouse are being considered but each depend upon reaching an agreement and working in partnership with landowners and other organisations.

Simon is inviting anyone interested in helping to get in touch by e-mail.

Read the full report in this week’s Wharfedale Observer.

There’s also a report on Lizzie’s Otley homecoming celebrations and an interview with her dad, John, on the bbc website.

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Thursday 16th August – The Ronhill Sale 5k Sizzlers

Report (and event video) from Terry Lonergan:

Continuing her positive recovery from a very nasty bike crash just last month, OAC’s Racheal Bamford journeyed over the border to take part in the Sale Harriers’ Ronhill Sale 5k Sizzlers which incorporated the North of England 5k Championships.

Following pre-race interviews with local past and present Olympians, 510 runners tackled the flat but rather convoluted course in Wythenshawe Park, Manchester.

Racheal finished second lady (and 54th overall) in 17.13 to take the silver medal behind Calli Thackery (Hallamshire) who was the first lady in 16.46. Racheal was pleased but the result left her hungry to get back to her normal sub 17 minute form as her recovery continues and full fitness returns.

The race was won by Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (Altrincham) in 14.32.

Reports also on Racheal’s own blog here as well as Terry’s here.

Report and photos also on Northern Athletics.

Results from race-results.

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Thursday 16th August – 3,000m Handicap & ROY

Thanks to Keighley & Craven AC for allowing us to make use of their track at Greenhead School, which produced an exciting finish as Dominic sprinted past Joanna in the final few metres. Andy’s daughter, Imogen, also ran really well to finish close behind.

The overall handicap championship is brewing up nicely and with just three races left, Richard moves to the top of the table on 110 points ahead of Billy, 100.5, John Dade, 100 and Tom Hannah 94.5.

Esholt hosts next month’s race on Sunday 16th.

Pos Name Race Time H’Cap H’Cap Time Pts
1 Dominic Egan 15:22 02:00 13:22 19
2 Joanna Hobson 15:24 00:00 15:24 18
3 Imogen Webster 15:25 00:00 15:25
4 Tony Walker 15:34 04:30 11:04 17
5 Richard Hamer 15:36 02:00 13:36 16
6 Eleanor Shotten 15:39 02:30 13:09 15
7 Joihn Davies 15:44 02:30 13:14 14
8 Matt Broughton 15:45 05:00 10:45 13
9 Tom Hannah 15:50 02:00 13:50 12
10 Andy Webster 15:53 03:00 12:53 11
11 Chris Carver 15:54 05:00 10:54 10
12 Tom Potter 15:58 04:15 11:43 9
13 Ian Broadbent 16:00 03:15 12:45 8
14 Graham Lake 16:01 05:00 11:01 7
15 Howard Jeffrey 16:04 04:30 11:34 6
16 Billy Rayner 16:06 02:45 13:21 5
17 Simon Toyne 16:16 05:00 11:16 4
18 Mick Jeffrey 16:23 04:00 12:23 3
19 Tom Midgley 16:27 06:00 10:27 2
20 Antonio Cardinale 17:13 0:30 16:43 1


Sunday 12th August – Yorkshire Spartan Sprint at Ripon

Report from OAC’s Richard Clarke:

Having already done two of the ‘Major Series‘ obstacle races organised by British Military Fit at Bramham Park, I was persuaded to try the Yorkshire Spartan Sprint event at Ellington Banks, Kirkby Road, Ripon.

The Spartan course is half the length of the Major Series course at 5k but has a lot more obstacles (they advertise a minimum of 15) and these are more challenging and varied.

In order to avoid overcrowding, competitors were set off in heats at half hour intervals. I set off in the third group at 11 am.

There was a reasonable amount of running at the start – similar to those in cross-country races – except punctuated by a few obstacles. The obstacles became more challenging and closer together after about 2k. The obstacles included:

sandbag pull (pulley)
tyre carry (down and up hill)
sandbag carry (down and up hill)
rope ladder climb
cargo net climb (up and over)
rope climb (very few seemed to manage this one)
tunnel crawl (several meters; narrow)
balance beam (short; very low; zigzag beam)
wall climb (plank wall about 8ft tall)
barbed wire and other crawls (several of these; through mud and water)
barbed wire swim (barbed wire only above water! water muddy!! See picture)
fire jump (very small)
Ice crawl (cold!)

You were encouraged to try all obstacles and do a number of burpees instead, if you could not complete one. However, this was not strictly enforced, and you could pretty much choose what you did and didn’t do.

The only obstacle I didn’t attempt was the rope climb (arms too tired from previous obstacles and hands and feet slippery from mud). I also failed to walk the balance beam (tried three times but just couldn’t retain my balance) and did my 30 burpees instead.

Because of the option to miss obstacles and/or do burpees instead, and queues at some of the obstacles, the chip timings don’t really mean a lot, although it was interesting to compare times with others.

I thoroughly enjoyed the event and will do again next year.

Entries are now open for the Yorkshire Spartan Race 2013 (same venue) on Sunday, 8/9/2013 (price £30 for an individual, up to 31 August 2012) through activeeurope.

Pictures on Yorkshire Spartan Sprint 2012’s FlickR.

Results from (non-competitive)

For the record, my overall position was 202/1,175 and in the in mv50 category, my position was 2/20 and my time was 54:38.

Certainly something a bit different!

Youtube video of last year’s race here.