Archive for October, 2012

Sunday 21st October – Curly Wurly Rat Runs

Five OAC Juniors made it over to a bright and sunny Penistone Hill above Haworth for 10.30 – just – to take part in the Curly Wurly Rat Runs. Suzy Mallinson, Matthew O’Neill, Linus and Seth Weatherhead in the U8 1/2 mile and William O’Neill in U10 1 mile category.

They started off down in the quarry, scambled up a hill, along the top, good steady descents down the hill and scrambled up the hill again to the finish. Although Suzy did not finish, it was a strong effort by all. The U8 race, with 65 runners, was won by Jath Lee from Keighley and Craven (2nd last year) in 2.58 minutes. Linus came 20th in 3.49, Matthew 34th in 4.12, Seth 51st in 4.57.

William had double the scrambling around to do in a congested combined race for the older age categories, 121 runners, and finished very strongly, 43rd overall and 11th U10, with a time of 8.43. The U10 race was won by Callum Durrans, Holmfirth Harriers, in 7.12.

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Sunday 21st October – Bridlington Half Marathon

Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:

796 finishers on a very murky, fog bound Sunday morning on the East coast.

The Bridlington Half is a very popular road race and has been held since the early 1980’s and included the Yorkshire Veterans Half Marathon Championship, so there is always some top quality club runners about in all the veterans categories.

OAC were represented by four “Black and Whites” who had ventured out to the seaside

The start and finish are on the Promenade at Bridlington and the course took you towards Flamborough village, turn right and a four mile stretch towards Bempton, the home of the seagull colonies (although you didn’t go as far as the cliff face), then out into desolation with the murky fog giving an unreal atmosphere to the surrounding countryside, then the long run down Bempton Lane followed by the long run in to Sewerby Park and onto the cliff tops.

Normally you can see the the finish from about two miles away but not today! A last mile gallop onto the Promenade lined with spectators for the last half mile and then, trying to dodge prams and dogs on the run in, there in the gloom, the finishing line but the clock had stopped working!

“Oh I do like to be by the seaside, oh I do like to be by the sea, where the Brass Bands play, tiddley pom pom pom!!!!”.

Great runs from Tom Padget 50th (88.59 – a PB), Howard Jeffrey 72nd (and fourth mv55) in 90.53, Reid Haddow 354th (and fourth mv65) in 108.59 and Dave Hainsworth 621st in 125.00.

The race was won by Paul Marchant (Rothwell) in 70.19 and Helen Cross (Pocklington) 21st overall in 82.10 (all gun positions and chip times).

Results from Sports Timing Solutions.

Well done all the “Black and Whites”!

Dave Hainsworth comments:

“Cool, calm and very foggy but perfect conditions for a fast time if you were up for it – which I clearly wasn’t. Very good performances from all the other OAC runners. Times reported are gun times which, as the results points out, are the official times. Ain’t been to Brid in 40 years but it but it doesn’t look to have changed a great deal – from the little I could see of it through the fog”.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.


Sunday 21st October – Withins Skyline – Haworth

Report from Tamara:

OAC had five Juniors and six Seniors out on a lovely sunny day over at Penistone Country Park for the Withins Skyline Fell Race (7.5 miles / 984′).

The Juniors, Suzie Mallinson, Linus and Seth Weatherhead and Matthew and William O’Neill did a good job and, on the whole, enjoyed themselves. That’s about where I stopped enjoying the day!

The senior race was won by Ian Holmes (Bingley) in 42.32. First lady was Jean Brown (Clayton Le Moors) in 57.43.

Good runs from the Otley men, with Liam Dunne 13th in 48.14, Simon Anderson, cracked rib and all, 44th in 53.29, Peter Kettleborough 63rd in 55.32. Chris Stacey 121st in 59.42 and Don Buffham 283rd in 80.28.

I had got it into my head that I ran the race in less than an hour last year – haha, very wishful thinking that was what Renee and Rachael did – so I was dismayed at my slow progress and wobbly ankles.

I finished sixth lady overall in 62.25. Not disastrous but next year I’ll head straight to the Dog and Gun for lunch after the kids have finished.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.


Sunday 21st October – Woodland Challenge

The Woodland Challenge is a 10k multi-terrain race run from Bradley Woods Scout Camp, near Brighouse, and was won by Owen Beilby (Wharfedale Harriers) in 37.44 with OAC’s Rogan Ashton finishing sixth (39.40) and Matt Broughton nineteenth (44.21). The first lady was Lucy Thompson (Stainland) in 26th position overall (45.19) – all chip times.  

Full results from Sports Timing Solutions.


Sunday 21st October – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by Duncan Burgess (Skyrac) in 19:04 and the first lady in fourth position overall was Leah Forey (Unattached) in 22.46.

A quiet week here for OAC with just Debra Brown running and finishing sixteenth in 29:24.


Saturday 20th October – West Yorkshire Cross-Country League @ Wetherby

After a long summer of rain, the first race of the West Yorkshire Cross-Country League at Wetherby was sunny, warm and had hardly any mud – not the traditional conditions for cross-country races in Britain but welcomed by many I’m sure.  Full Results on the West Yorkshire Athletics website.

The senior ladies race was won by Katie Walshaw (Holmfirth) in 20:25, Racheal Bamford finished in 10th 21:57 and Eleanor Shotton 95th in 27:43.

The senior men’s race was won by James Walsh (Leeds City) in 28:36, Matt John over took Ian Fisher on the last lap to finish in eleventh & fourteenth, 30:51 & 30:55, next home was the Honorary Handicapper in 29th, 32:05, followed by Tom Feather, 127th in 36:34, Leon Ricketts 131st 36:52, Richard Smith, 141st 37:41, Peter Campbell 151th 38:23, Hugh Pearson 174th 40:12, Billy Rayner 198th 45:35 & Antonio Cardinale 209th 01:06:51.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Well done team, lets see if we can have even more running at Nunroyd Park and better our tenth team position in the men’s and finish a ladies team too.


Saturday 20th October – Park Runs

Report from the Club President, Mick Jeffrey, venturing south to the capital running at Highbury Fields:

Last Monday I had a bizzare Jack Robertshaw-esque accident. Running to work I tripped over a near invisible metal hoop and clattered to the pavement. I suffered numerous cuts and bruises, an egg sized lump on my hip and a massive dent to my ego! Every time I turned over in bed last week I woke up in agony. By Friday and even with no training I was very tired. On Friday I drove first to and from Liverpool and then with the family drove down to London in the dark to visit Emily and her boyfriend Josh. Friday night in a strange bed did nothing to alleviate my exhaustion.

Not ideal preparations for Saturday mornings parkrun pre-found on the internet and only half a mile from Emily’s flat. A modest field assembled, 67 in total. At the off I was slightly taken aback by a dozen or so younger men haring off on the first of the five lap course. I bided my time. Each lap was roughly triangular, the first third slightly uphill, the second third slightly downhill and the last third flat. I somehow managed to maintain a steady if not blistering pace and only dropped two more places to finish in 20.59, my best Parkrun for six months.

Later I was dragged into town for a shopping trip, my idea of hell. This was made bearable by futively looking at the results on my ‘quite like an i-phone’ new smartphone. I’d broken the course record for mv60 and for good measure mv55 and Pete Wingfield like was 18 with a bullet in their 750 plus person age graded chart. The winner was Rob Walker (Highgate) in 17.52 and first lady was Rachel Fabregas (Unattached… we were less than one mile from the Emirates) in 20.49. All told, despite the tube and shopping, not a bad weekend.

Results from here.


Sunday 14th October – Richmond Castle 10k

Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:

Conditions were ideal today, clear and sunny but cool.

There were 422 runners today in this race organised by Swaledale Road Runners but only one “Black and White” from OAC…myself!

We started down by the river, in a mass start. Three… two… one… blast from the hooter and we were off.

There is only one way out of Richmond, straight uphill from the start – a steep one mile climb onto some very undulating road towards Catterick Village and the turn round point.

Then it’s the same way back until you approach Richmond and then around the town and a long undulating hill back to the finish inside the Castle grounds.

Not a course for a personal best and in my case for this year, a personal worst!

Finished 252nd and third mv65 in 54.45.

The race was won by James Bulman (New Marske Harriers) in 33.51 and the first lady in thirteenth position overall was Lucy Walker (Unattached) in 38.54.

More pictures in Club Photos.

Photographs also courtesy of Andrew Thrippleton here.

Results from ukresults


Sunday 14th October – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by Jonathan Forey (Unattached) in 18.31 and the first lady in ninth position overall was Tilly Melechi (Ilkley) in 22.18.

For OAC, Graham Lake finished third (19.19), Richard Smith fourth (19.30), Mick Jeffrey eighth (21.21) and Debra Brown 35th (33.31).

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Thursday 4th October – Back The Track in Otley

Momentum builds for the Club’s ambitious Back The Track in Otley campaign.

More news of developments in the Telegraph & Argus.

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