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Sunday 4th November – Guy Fawkes 10 Miles @ Ripley


Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:

On a brass-monkey, freezing and frosty start to the day, having battled through the fog and over the tops to get to the Guy Fawkes 10 (road and some trail) race, the “Black and Whites” today were out in force.

A really well organized event by Nidd Valley Road Runners with “Guy Fawkes” in attendance although this year I did not see the “Bomb” he is normally holding!

A very undulating course, with three big climbs included in the ten mile route with the first two miles up a challenging climb along a farm track. With freezing mizzle throughout the majority of the course, the OAC runners all ran well with some good placings and their times also looking good!

The next hill came after four miles – a very steep climb to say the least – like vertical!!!

But like the old saying, what goes up must come down, but where…? Onwards and upwards we carried on and slowly the roads levelled out for the next couple of miles, then, “oh no”, another sadistic slope of immense proportions loomed ahead. Upwards we went again, towards the sky, but what sky?!

Some of the runners were now walking up the slope with their faces nearly touching the tarmac, left hand turn at the top, try and breath, then a downward road that God had sent and as the eigth mile sign loomed in the gloom, the yellow marker was hiding what was round the corner…

The runner next to me fainted when he saw the teeny, weeny hill in front of him. “Onwards and upwards”, I shouted at his prone body lying on the road. “Two miles”, he said, his voice fading in the distance, as I staggered to the top, then a right hand turn and back down the farm track towards Ripley Castle and the mad sprint through the archway to the finishing line and the super support from the OAC runners who had finished and were there to shout you home at the end of a tough race.

One for all to do for next year, great event!

The race was won by Jack Simpson (Leeds City) in 54.56 and the first lady in 34th position overall was Helen Cross (Pocklington) in 63.52.

For OAC, Rogan Ashton finished sixteenth (61.59), Richard Smith 65th (68.20), Richard Clarke 149th (75.20), Mick Jeffrey 156th (75.47) and Tom Potter 173rd (76.42).

Continuing, Andy Webster 286th (82.24), Jane Butler 295th (82.35 – a p.b.), Billy Rayner 373rd (86.32), Tom Hannah 385th (86.54), Reid Haddow 433rd (89.16) and Hannah Mallinson 622nd (99.38).

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Results from ukresults.

  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on November 4, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    A good report about todays race in Ripley, i used to do this race years ago and that runner on the steep hill nearly touching the tarmac, reminds myself on the same slope asking for help and water .You are a good runner , but also a story teller of the day at the race, with good humor , and a understanding of the diffucultis of non elite runners to compete in a challenging course like the Guy Fawkes 10 miles. Well done Reid, and as well to other members of Otley ac, especially to Tom for the good result .

  2. #2 by Richard S on November 5, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Probably the first race I’ve done and put weight on having done it. Thank you Mr. Nestle!

  3. #3 by Hannah Mallinson on November 5, 2012 - 8:14 am

    Really enjoyed this route which was a bit of a surprise as I thought I’d hate the hills. Don’t get me wrong they were absolute killers but the route was lovely, varied and undulating so just up my street. Shame the fog spoiled the views. Was pleased to see my Otley AC team mates at the end with their huge cheer, thanks guys.

  4. #4 by reid haddow on November 5, 2012 - 9:36 am

    See Hannah, they did give you a time after all, well done , throw the ipad away, c u soon.

  5. #5 by Joanna Hobson on November 5, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    Well done everybody, but especially Hannah on what sounds like a tough but enjoyable route – I’m very impressed! See you again soon.

  6. #6 by mick jeffrey on November 5, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    Well done team. Congratulations to Rogan for a fine time and especially to Jane who managed a few scalps and Hannah for a fine result on a very testing course. I enjoyed my race on the flat and downhill and the nip and tuck race with Richard C and Tom P. If it weren’t for the first mile which took over 9 minutes due to congestion I might have made 2nd or even first over 60 but who’s counting?

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