Archive for December, 2012

Monday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

The Auld Lang Syne Fell Race (6 miles / 984′) with details and results from woodentops.

The race was won by Jonathan Brownlee (Bingley) in 43.10 and the first lady in eleventh position overall was Annabel Mason (Wakefield) in 47.58.

For OAC, Colin Best finished 223rd (69.30), Mary Hampshire 314th (81.02) and Don Buffham 341st (88.19).

Race report and photos in the Telegraph & Argus, MudSweatandTears and from

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Sunday 30th December – Ribble Valley 10km @ Clitheroe

Race report from OAC’s Richard Smith:

Mr Potter and I headed over to the dark side (Lancashire) this morning to take part in the Ribble Valley 10km organised by Blackburn Harriers.

The alleged flat and fast course was an attraction and we both hoped to finish 2012 on a high note.

The drive across gave some indication that it wasn’t going to be easy… wet and windy with bouncing hailstone.

Upon arriving in Clitheroe we bumped into fellow OAC members Mark and Chris using the unofficial toilets behind the sports centre and after a brief warm up, waited at the start line with over 1,000 fellow lunatics in the freezing rain.

Tom relayed his expectations for the race by commenting, “If I don’t win, I’ll finish a close second” and without further hesitation, we were off!

The race start was understandably congested with hundreds of elbows trying to stamp their authority on the race. The first section of the race was pretty tough due to foul conditions and menacing inclines.

Although there were no ‘killer hills’, the course remained undulating for the duration as we ran along windy and exposed country lanes. I paid the price in thinking the course would be pancake flat, started too fast and began to feel extremely jaded. After the 5km point it was just about hanging in there and despite ill-timed loosening of shoe laces and lack of upper body sensation, I managed to finish in tact and lose a few Christmas calories in the process.

I didn’t catch Mark and Chris at the end but Tom finished strongly in just under 41 minutes and despite Christmas festivities finished apparently no worse for wear.

All in all a good race with an extremely competitive field of runners. Lets hope the weather gods smile on us next year.

Results from ukresults.

The race was won by David Bishop (Bristol & West) in 30.02 and the first lady in 72nd position overall was Alyson Dixon (Chester le Street) in 34.02 (all gun positions / chip times).

For OAC, Richard Smith finished 206th (38.51), Tom Potter 290th (40.53), Mark Beswick 441st (44.04) and Christian Hosker 567th (46.08).

Race report in ChronicleLive.


Sunday 30th December – Jolly Holly Jog 10km

Ripon Runners’ 25th Anniversary of the Jolly Holly Jog 10km.

From the results, the race was won by Lee Dalton (Nidd Valley) in 36.30 and the first lady in thirteenth position overall was Becky Penty (York Acorn) in 39.42.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 123rd (48.45), Tom Hannah 197th (52.50) and Gloria Jackson 359th (62.11).


Sunday 30th December – Swim Bike Run

Good news from OAC’s Howard Jeffrey:

Last year I started to swim and bike to get stronger for running and avoid all the niggles that come with regular racing.

I did a few Triathlons and I have had to go through all the new niggles that come with swimming and biking (I should have known!) and can add them to the still present running ones. I have not yet become faster at running although I do feel stronger.

What was unexpected was I have qualified for Team GB in the Triathlon Age-Group European Standard Distance Championships in Turkey next year. Just found out today as was not notified earlier.

Don’t ask me how I did it as there were some criteria – apart from ticking the box and paying the registration fee, which I did at every opportunity – that I have unbelievably satisfied.

Move over Alistair and Jonny…!


Saturday 29th December – Superstars

Supserstars on BBC One available to watch on the BBC iPlayer and included Lizzie Armitstead and the Brownlees.

It was also previewed here on the bbc website.

See also the Wharfedale Observer.

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Saturday 29th December – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

175 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was David COWLISHAW (M) in a time of 00:16:34. The first lady completing the course was Hannah BROWN (F) (Skyrac AC) in a time of 00:19:40. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

100 Caroline MARLER 00:26:54

Results for Portrush parkrun

57 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Rhodri JONES (M) (Springwell RC) in a time of 00:20:13. The first lady completing the course was Gemma TURLEY (F) (Springwell RC) in a time of 00:22:04. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

7 Ross Matthew ARMSTRONG 00:21:59

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Wednesday 26th December – Chevin Chase

OAC’s Reid Haddow reports on the Chevin Chase organised by Airecentre Pacers:

…Boxing Day Chevin Chase on my mind, cold north wind, some sunny periods, a big, big field of runners with no. 1 race number going to our own Olympian, Mr Jonathan Brownlee.

“Get back, Get back”, the Starter shouted, “Get behind the flag”. He was going blue in the face but nobody took any notice. “I will count down… 4, 3, 2, 1…” and the charge of 825 runners had begun.

The colours, the costumes and the characters that were running… James Bond, Scrooge, so many fairies, we just needed a Queen and I am sure that I saw one or two!

The atmosphere was electric… a pleasure to be there! The cavalry charge up Carlton Lane… turn left at the top, up the track… the crowds were out in force as we crossed York Gate.

“Come on Otley”, as the mud splashed in my ears, eyes and mouth. Somebody was down in an Otley vest holding his leg on the downwards track. Everybody slipping, sliding, cursing, bumping, crying, as we approached the road to cross over into Danefield.

Then the track that takes you into the Danefield Woods, the long run along Danefield main track, turn sharp left, down the slope to the bottom, sharp left again. “Help! I am not stopping”, and downwards again we go, feeling a silly idiot in the mud, then up we go before we go over the edge and up the slope onto the “switchbacks” and slowly make our way through the mud to the “chain road”.

Sharp left, up the slope to the quarry – goodness another hill – onto the undulating quarry track, through to the Chevin curse, sorry course, and the long slippery, muddy climb to the top where we had some paving stones to get a grip. Onwards and upwards, the crowds were fantastic, they cheered you all the way to the top.

Then we hit the bottleneck for the first stile (a two or three minute chance to get your breath back) before going onto the muddy field, ankle deep in mud, to another hold-up at the second stile. Through there and thick claggy mud, then across the farmyard, turn sharp right onto the track towards Moor Lane, and who’s there taking photos but Julian, “BRILLIANT!”.

Turned sharp left onto Moor Lane, a good downhill half mile to get home and the crowds were still shouting encouragement as we turned a sharp right up the testing slope towards Guiseley Infants School and the finish line!

A brilliant race, very well organized by Airecentre Pacers. Marks out of ten? Definitely a nine.

Great to see so many “Black and Whites” out in force, they were all brilliant – a credit to the club – with some fantastic race results for OAC.

Well done guys and ladies!

Race results from Airecentre Pacers here and lots of pictures in Club Photos (tip: try the slideshow option for full effect).

There is also a gallery of photos by Andrew Thrippleton here.

Race reports in the Telegraph & Argus and Craven Herald and previewed in the Wharfedale Observer.

The race was won by Jonathan Brownlee (Bingley) in 39.03 and the first lady in 29th position overall was Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley) in 46.24.

For OAC, Liam Dunne finshed seventh (43.30), Andrew Robertshaw eleventh (43.51), Rogan Ashton fifteenth (44.39), Graham Lake 34th (47.09), Richard Smith 41st (47.51), Simon Anderson 45th (48.36), Matt Broughton 134th (52.24), James Kennedy (pictured above in action #228) 137th (52.39) and second-claim member Dan Binks 139th (52.46).

Continuing, Tom Potter 142nd (52.52), Chris Stacey 148th (53.16), Laura Martin 149th (53.17), Ralph Haughton 193rd (55.02), Paul Clifford 201st (55.14), Karen Potter 232nd (56.38), Andy Webster 254th (57.17), Howard Jeffrey 288th (58.45) and Christian Hosker 289th (58.48).

Then Hugh Pearson 342nd (61.38), John Dade 356th (62.12), Matt Podd 423rd (65.44), Tom Hannah 448th (67.03), Billy Rayner 467th (68.10), Laura Taylor 482rd (68.49), Reid Haddow 498th (69.20), Mary Hampshire 526th (71.02), Sara Richard 547th (72.08), Julie Dorling 588th (74.36) and Hannah Mallinson 693rd (82.06).

Race history here and here’s the race route.


Sunday 23rd December – Ken Dixon Handicap at Fewston

Blustery and showery conditions greeted runners at the  the final race in this year’s handicap championship the, “Ken Dixon“, named after the former member now resident in Zimbabwe, who instigated this traditional Christmas handicap in 1989.

Thanks to Tom for ‘flagging’ the route and Kath, Jack, Caron & Liz for marshaling & recording duties.

Carol made a remarkable return after recent injury and illness to take the win, fairly comfortably ahead  of Chris Wordsworth and Andy Webster.

The other race within the race between Richard, Billy and Tom for the overall handicap title was a tense affair as all three set off on 12 minutes.  Billy pushed the pace on the Timble loop, passing the car park with a 15 second lead on Richard, with a struggling Tom a further 59 seconds behind.  Billy stormed through for a fourth place and 15 points to take the Eric Smith handicap title for the second time, leaving Richard with the silver and Tom the bronze.

See full details for the 2012 Eric Smith Handicap Table here

Why not make next year’s Eric Smith Handicap trophy as one of your new year’s resolution for 2013, 12 free low key races, that you’ve always got a chance of winning.

Pos Name Race Time H’Cap H’Cap Time Timble Loop Swinsty Loop Pts
1 Carol Armitstead 53:14 08:00 45:14 19:25 25:49 18
2 Chris Wordsworth 53:42 09:00 44:42 18:37 26:05 17
3 Andy Webster 54:04 14:30 39:34 15:33 24:01 16
4 Billy Rayner 54:10 12:00 42:10 17:33 24:37 15
5 Nick Hodgkinson 54:17 09:00 45:17 18:52 26:35 14
6 Antonio Cardinale 54:25 00:00 54:25 23:05 31:20 13
7 John Dade 54:42 14:30 40:12 16:34 23:38 12
8 Rogan Ashton 54:45 23:00 31:45 13:41 18:04 11
9 Liam Dunne 54:48 24:00 30:48 12:45 18:03 10
10 Andrew Robertshaw 54:52 24:45 30:07 12:34 17:33 9
11 Colin Best 55:03 13:30 41:33 17:09 24:24 8
12 David Hainsworth 55:28 09:00 46:28 19:43 26:45 7
13 Matt Podd 56:51 14:30 42:21 17:30 24:51 6
14 Tom Hannah 56:56 12:00 44:56 18:47 26:09 5
15 Simon Toyne 57:04 20:00 37:04 15:29 21:35 4
16 Richard Hamer 57:09 12:00 45:09 17:48 27:19 3
17 Liz Fawcett 57:38 13:30 44:08 18:26 25:42 2
18 Don Buffham 61:02 09:00 52:02 20:51 31:12 1


Saturday 22nd December – Park Runs

Results for Bradford parkrun

162 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Kevin OGDEN (M) (Spenborough & District AC) in a time of 00:17:13. The first lady completing the course was Clare PEARSON (F) (Skipton AC) in a time of 00:20:04. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

17 Richard Anthony SMITH 00:20:09
75 Reid Anthony James HADDOW 00:25:36

Report by OAC’s irrepressible Reid Haddow (he’s the one in shorts!):

On a very wet Saturday morning, approximately 165 hardy souls both young and old, went round three circuits of Lister Park.

The atmosphere was brilliant, with plenty of super Christmas costumes about.

In the run, nice to see Richard Smith had a good run and I finished second in my age group mv65/69 in a time of 25.36.

It would be excellent to see a few more “Black and Whites” out in Bradford!

Keep laughing!

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Wednesday 18th December – Call You and Yours: More Money for Grassroots Sports

Sport England have just announced that it is to invest £493 million over four-years to keep the inspiration of London 2012 alive and help fulfil Lord Coe’s pledge that the Games would get more people – young and old, women and men – playing sport.

They say that 15.5 million people aged 16 and over are now playing sport every week. That’s 750,000 more than a year ago and 1.57 million more than when London won the Olympic and Paralympic bid, with large increases in Olympic sports such as cycling and sailing.

The strongest growth has been among women, with an increase of more than half a million in the past year helping to cut the gender gap in sport. Over half a million women have taken to their bikes, playing netball, running, swimming and going to the gym in the past year helping to cut the gender gap in sport.

Are you one of those people who’s been inspired by the Olympics to take up a sport? If so what kind of sport do you do now? Or would you like to do more sport but can’t afford to do it, or perhaps you don’t have facilities nearby? If you’re involved with one of the small clubs who hope to benefit from this money, what do you hope to achieve with it?

OAC’s Simon Anderson, who has launched an appeal for Back The Track in Otley, contributes to the Radio 4 programme at approximately six minutes into the broadcast which you can listen again to through this bbc link.