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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.

  1. #1 by Tom Potter on December 31, 2012 - 10:23 am

    Come on Richard…. ” I am not saying I’ll win today, but I’ll be in the top one”

  2. #2 by Howard on January 1, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Well done guys, they are respectable times and positions for a competitive race. It is not how many are in front that counts but how many there are behind.

  3. #3 by reid haddow on January 1, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    well done Richard , great running Tom, all the “Black and Whites were a credit, well run to you all!

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