Archive for October, 2012

Sunday 28th October – Harewood 10 & 5 Mile Trail Races

Report from OAC’s Howard Jeffrey:

OAC results below with some great placings.

I was surprised by the amount of mud on the course even though we were forewarned.

It was the worst I have experienced here and I think I am an ever present (at least in having a number if not always actually running, so probably doesn’t count!).

Still stiff from Bridlington Half the week before but after the race entered the Vienna Half Marathon (with Mick) for next April – coming off better times for this time of year so dusting off the training plans.

Details and results from organising club Valley Striders.

Thomas Midgley fifth (63.44), Simon Anderson 22nd 66.41, Richard Smith (pictured right) 39th (70.52), Karen Potter 127th (80.04), Howard Jeffrey 147th (82.28), Tom Hannah 218th (90.02), Andrew Ackroyd 227th (91.04), Jackie Ackroyd 230th (91.18) and Ged Peacock 270th (97.33).

The race was won by Daniel Jenkin (Durham) in 59.36 and the first lady in 34th position overall was Lisa Mawer (Wetherby) in 69.56

Photos courtesy of Andrew Thrippleton here and placed into Club Photos here.

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Sunday 28th October – Venice Marathon (Ita)

A report on the Venice Marathon from OAC’s Billy Rayner:

Conditions were horrendous.

My chip time was 4:38:37 – the last 2km took sixteen minutes.

35-40km took about 47 minutes!

Not easy running into very strong winds and freezing rain.

Not one of my most pleasant running experiences.

As the race website comments, “The 27th Venice Marathon had severe weather conditions with rain, wind and high tide.

The winners were Kenyan Philemon Kipchumba Kisang (2:17:00) and Ethiopian Emebt Etea Bedada (2:38:11)”.


Sunday 28th October – Yorkshire Coast 10km

Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow on the Yorkshire Coast 10km organised by Scarborough A.C.:

What an awful start to the day – freezing and wet, a typical East Coast October day, barely daylight.

1,212 hardy and brave runners assembled at the Spa Complex on the South side of Scarborough, ready for the 10am start.

Guest starter was Perri Shakes-Drayton, Olympic 400m hurdler, together with a multitude of exercise gurus to get us all warmed up before we started – a flame gun would have been more appropriate in the conditions!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and Miss Perri Shakes-Drayton’s hooter failed to go at the first attempt. No need as everybody was off anyway, charging over the chip time matting and flying towards the harbour, the North Bay Complex and Peasholm Park (where Elton John did his outside concert earlier in the year, when the temperature was in the 80’s).

When you got to the headland, between the South and North Complexes, I am sure the wind was blowing us backwards!

Soon through Peasholm Park and to the turn-round point, and with the North Sea on your left and still blowing a gale, a mad charge with the wind at your side, back and everywhere.

Soon back onto the sea front, in the shelter of the Harbour, you can see the Spa Complex in the distant cloud that is slowly settling over it. Jostling and bumping in the final 200 metres and a mad dash for the finishing line, crossing over in 52.20 chip time.

My position 540th and seventh mv65 out of 20 in the category. The only “Black and White” there I think, could not see any others!

Well worth a team visit next year, give it a go!

The race was won by Andy Wiles (New Marske) in 31.06 and the first lady in 21st position overall was Stephanie Burns (Rotherham) in 36.58.

Results from Sports Timing Solutions.


Saturday 27th-28th October – The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM)

Report from OAC’s Sarah Fuller:

Perhaps two months with no running and a build up of a couple of weeks of short run / walk efforts isn’t the best preparation for The OMM and shortly into Day One my lack of hill fitness was certainly showing!

We made a very wise last minute decision to change from B Class to a Score Class as I was worried my injury would re-occur if I pushed it for too long too soon (as well as being completely un hill-fit!) – in a Score Class I knew how much time I would be out and we could take it really steady yet still complete the event (the winner is who collects the most points rather than the fastest to complete a set route).

Day One was beautiful but a tad chilly on the tops and we had a lovely steady run across the Howgills and then onto Wild Boar Fell to overnight somewhere between the two.

We then discovered we were first ladies and therefore were included in the chasing start for Day Two (this was good news as it meant we had less time shivering in the tent but we now felt obliged to push it hard the next day!).

The weather turned grim overnight (just when you really don’t want an extra hour ‘in bed’!) and the clag was right down when we set off at 7am. This played to our strengths and we had a much stronger day and my calf seemed to be coping well with anything but the really steep ground (where I had to adopt a very bizarre gait!).

The navigation was really tricky on baugh fell but we got lucky and hit all the checkpoints reasonably well. The weather got worse as we climbed back into the Howgills and onto the tops and we felt very glad that we only had to be out for four hours as we ran down into the finish through an alarming amount of mud!!

Final position – First ladies and seventh overall in short score class, I once again ran with Kate Boobyer (Pudsey and Bramley).

Renee Saxton had a good run in B Class and finished a fantastic 27th and second ladies partnered with Outi Kamarainen from Ilkley Harriers.

Sam Stell and Liam Dunne were also running in B Class and finished 76th which is brilliant given we saw them halfway through Day One and Sam was suffering with a bad knee. Nice to be back in the hills….


Saturday 27th October – Eric Smith (1922 – 2012)

It is with great sadness that we have to advise of the death of Eric Smith, a founding member of Otley Athletic Club and Honorary Life Vice President.

Born in January 1922, Eric began running whilst seconded to the RAF in World War Two and represented his unit at cross-country.

In January 1952, aged 30, he joined the local Leeds Harehills Harriers and was running alongside several county and international runners and this team won Yorkshire and Northern Cross-Country Championship medals during the decade.

Eric also represented Yorkshire in the Inter-County Cross-Country Championships and at the National Cross-Country Championships, in long races over ten miles and with large fields, he finished eigthteenth in 1953 and 25th in 1955.

At a time when road-running was very limited to a handful of races each year in comparison to today, he recorded a ten mile Personal Best at Roundhay in August 1954 with 50.32.

There were only four Marathons a year in the UK at that time, the most important being the Polytechnic Marathon from Windsor to Chiswick Stadium with the best field in the country. Eric finished third there (recording 2.27.03) to Jim Peters in 1954. Eric’s Personal Best at the distance also came there two years later in June 1956 when he finished in 2.22.32.

Eric also had International representation for the Marathon, running in the 1954 European Championships in Bern, Switzerland, the 1956 Košice Peace Marathon, Slovakia finishing third (2.25.11) and the 1958 Empire Games in Cardiff.

Retiring from competitive running “at the top” aged 37, he returned to running in 1978 and at the age of 58 in 1980, ran round the Three Peaks course ahead of the actual race in a time of 3.42.

In 1983, he became the Yorkshire Veterans mv60 Champion and completed the challenging Bradford Marathon in 2.58.05, finishing 75th overall and first mv60.

Also in 1983, following the first Otley Half Marathon, a meeting was held in the town and Otley Athletic Club was formed with the Rugby Club acting as the new Club’s Headquarters.

In 1984, aged 62, Eric won the Yorkshire, Northern and British mv60 Cross-Country titles and ran 61.45 at the Thirsk 10 Miles, 80.05 at the York Half Marathon and 2.58.05 in the Bradford Marathon.

In 1987, aged 65, he ran the Barnsley 10k in 38.30 and won 27 out of 28 various races that year in the mv60 category.

Since the beginning ot Otley Athletic Club, Eric has always been an enthusiastic and highly supportive member of the Club and its runners.

There will be many current and former members who can remember how Eric with his late-wife Joyce and in recent years Sylvia have been there at races to give a cheer at the most opportune moments, generally at the tops of hills, and it is with fond memories that we can reflect on a good friend, his life in running and his association with Otley Athletic Club.

Eric’s obituary has also been published in the Wharfedale Observer.


Saturday 27th October – Snowdonia Marathon

Report from OAC’s Matt Broughton:

I ran in Saturday’s Snowdonia Marathon. Not sure who votes for these things but it was voted this year as the best Marathon in the UK.

Apart from the cold and sharp head winds in some sections of the course, the weather was excellent and helped to show-off the beauty of the area.

I ran it last year (report here) in a time of 3:46:15 and although I knew it would be difficult considering the course and despite a few training set backs, I hoped to get around in 3:30.

About the first six miles is uphill to Pen-y-pass next to the Snowdon visitors car-park which is the first of three challenging climbs. I kept reminding myself not to go too hard in this early part of the race and knew I could at least make back some time on the few miles of descent that follows.

Despite my calves becoming quite tender everything seemed to be going well but I knew I was running towards my limits and just hoped I could hold on to the nasty climb at mile 20 – where I knew a lot of time would be lost.

At about mile sixteen I started to slow and feared I’d gone too hard but I stuck with it and a mile or so before the 20 mile mark I got a second-wind and started to take back places.

Halfway up the last climb I suffered with leg cramp which seems to be a re-occurring problem and I knew that 3:30 was just out of reach. When I finally reached the summit I decided to try and make the most of things and push on for the final decent into Llanberis. I finally crossed the finish line in 224th position with a chip time of 03:38:19.

At the end of the day I am really happy with my result as a big improvement on last year’s time.

An excellent race in stunning surroundings. Just means I’ll be wanting to return next year to shave off another nine minutes.

The race was won for the second consecutive year by the local runner Rob Samuel (Eryri) in 2:35:40 and first lady was Emily Gelder (Dulwich) 25th overall in a time of 3:06:22 (all chip times).

Highlights from the race were televised on Sunday 28th on the Welsh channel S4C – available to watch online from S4/Clic.


Saturday 27th October – Park Runs

Results for Bradford parkrun

206 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Matt NOWELL (M) (Bradford Airedale AC) in a time of 00:17:59. The first lady completing the course was Amanda STERLING (F) (Keighley & Craven AC) in a time of 00:20:55. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

9 Richard Anthony SMITH 00:19:27
89 Reid Anthony James HADDOW 00:26:19

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Saturday 27th October – Great Whernside Fell Race

The Great Whernside Fell Race (4 miles / 1,558′ ascent).

the race was won by Ian Holmes (Bingley) in 32.20 and the first lady in 25th position overall was Annie Bamber (Ambleside) in 39.27.

For OAC, Racheal Bamford finished 46th (43.18) and Dave Fox 105th (55.05).

Read Racheal’s race report from her blog.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Results from fellrunner.

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Friday 26th October – Back The Track In Otley

The latest news on Back The Track in Otley from the Wharfedale Observer.

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Wednesday 24th October – 4oD Programmes

You may remember OAC’s Renee Saxton taking part in the Terrex Sting in Stirling Adventure Race back in August.

Channel 4 have just shown the edited highlights from the five days of action which you can see again for a limited time through 4oD here (Series 3 Episode 10).

There is also a programme described as “A rare behind-the-scenes look at the training methods of the medal-winning Brownlee brothers as they prepare for glory…” through the same link (Series 3 Episode 11) although you’ve only got a very limited number of days to see this one again!

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