Archive for December, 2012

Sunday 16th December – SYCAA Indoor Track and Field Series

Another strong showing from OAC Juniors at Sheffield:

Boys 8-11 600m William O Neill – 8th – 02:05.33; Jenson Brogden – 20th – 02:24.27

Boys 8-11 150m Thomas Hart – 10th – 24.61; William O Neill – 12th – 24.99; Jenson Brogden – 24th – 26.96

Boys High Jump Thomas Hart – 14th- 0.9m

Boys 8-11 Javelin William O’Neill – 5th – 14.25m; Jenson Brogden – 10th – 12.25m; Thomas Hart – 14th – 9.25m

Girls 11-13 150m Hannah Collins – 23rd – 24.67; Imogen Webster – 36th – 26.99

Girls High Jump Imogen Webster – 21st – 1.0m

Girls 11-13 200m Hannah Collins – 20th – 33.64; Imogen Webster – 35th – 36.17

Boys 11-13 600m Oliver Jonson – 11th- 02:05.74; Joe Jamieson – 15th – 02:09.30

Boys 11-13 150m Oliver Jonson – 16th – 23.70; Joe Jamieson – 24th – 25.20

Boys High Jump 11-13 Ben Bhogal – 11th- 1.10m

Boys 11-13 200m Oliver Jonson – 21st – 33.27; Joe Jamieson – 25th – 34.27; Ben Bhogal – 26th – 34.29

Boys 13-15 High Jump Eliot Webster – 5th – 1.25m

Boys 13-15 400m Eliot Webster – 2nd – 69.47

Boys 13-15 200m Eliot Webster – 7th – 29.37

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Sunday 16th December – 6 Inch Trail Marathon, Munda Biddi Trail, North Dandalup (Aus)

Report from OAC’s Neil Charlton:

Unsurprisingly, I was the only OAC runner to complete one of the only trail marathons on the runners’ calendar here in Western Australia.

The 6 Inch Trail Marathon is held on the Munda Biddi Trail over a 28.5 mile course from North Dandalup to Dwellingup in the South West of Western Australia – about 50 miles south of Perth.

Starting at 4.30am because of the potential heat of the day, I dragged my family out of bed at 2.30am for the drive from Perth and because it was a one direction course, I had to get a lift somehow although neither of them were very impressed at all (and I can’t say I blame them).

They cheered up a bit when they saw the course which was extremely beautiful with rolling hills, forest tracks and even a little water on the ground in parts. There were also plenty of kangaroos and parrots around.

We started in the dark running uphill for about 3kms. On reaching the top it was just getting light which was just as well since we were in forest on single trail. There were lots of obstacles to jump over which was fine as my legs were still fresh at this point.

We stayed on these trails for about an hour and I could tell it was going to be tough by the amount of sand on the ground. Still, I had been training for this so I just ignored it and carried on.

When the sun came out (or it started shining in my face) it was around 6.30am and already upto about 25C degrees. I’m useless in the heat so I’m glad it stayed like this and didn’t get too hot for the remainder of the race.

After about 20kms, I took a wrong turn and wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t been faced with two guys running towards me who had made the same mistake but had figured out that they were well off course.

Thanks to them for setting me right and in the end I only ran about one mile extra after we negotiated a shortcut through the bush.

Luckily I didn’t stand on any of the local snakes that can kill you in hours.

The course got generally flatter the more we ran on and after some lovely lakes and streams I arrived in Dwellingup in a time of 4 hours 37 mins and finish as 27th male. Lovely morning out if you are ever over this way…

The crowd were great too and I got lots of, “GO ON OTLEY!” chants all the way around. They don’t really have the whole club thing over here so I think it was a novelty for them.

The race was won by James Roberts in 3.32 (although four people finished earlier but were disqualified).

Results from 6 Inch Trail Marathon.


Sunday 16th December – Stoop Fell Race @ Haworth

The Stoop Fell Race (5 miles / 820′) was won by Tom Adams (Ilkley) in 31.30 and the first lady in 25th position overall was Helen Fines (Calder Valley) in 37.58.

For OAC, Liam Dunne finished twelfth (35.54), Peter Kettleborough 59th (41.04), Andy Webster 152nd (48.21) and Colin Best 190th (50.53).

For the U8 Juniors, Jake Powell was the brave solo entry for Otley, finishing an excellent 14th in 3.46. First Boy in was Jath Lee (Keighley and Craven) with a new course record of 2.53.

More details and photos from woodentops.


Sunday 16th December – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by Duncan Burgess (soon-to-be-OAC-again) in 19.05 and the first lady in seventh position overall was Lynda Parkinson in 26.57.

Also for OAC, Matt Podd finished finished fifth (24.29) and Tom Hannah sixth (25.14).

runSunday organiser, Paul Shack, comments, “We are taking a break for Christmas and our next event will be Sunday 6th January. We at runSunday would like to thank all of you and your members for your continued support of this event and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New year!”.

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Saturday 15th December – Park Runs

Results for Bradford parkrun

121 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Ben CROWTHER (M) (Halifax Harriers & AC) in a time of 00:16:33. The first lady completing the course was Hannah OLDROYD (F) (Airedale Dodgers) in a time of 00:20:32. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

49 Reid Anthony James HADDOW 00:25:19

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Thursday 13th December – Moonlighting Away Run

Report from Lizzie Fawcett:

Three intrepid runners ran from the River Wharfe at Addingham up Beamsley Beacon on a cold night (minus 4C degrees in the valley).

It was worth all the effort though because after we had soon run above the level of the mist, we were treated to the most amazing clear, dark and starry night sky. At least five shooting stars and the Milky Way were spotted as we briefly stood in awe at the trig point.

Thanks to Colin and Matt for route-finding and trail-blazing.

The next away run will be Thursday 10th January, meeting beforehand at Cross Green by 7.00pm or at the car park of the Wetherby Whaler in Guiseley by 7.15pm.

Details of the following event on Thursday 7th February to follow.


Wednesday 12th December – The Otley A.C. Forum…

…is now live. It’s over there to the right, underneath the (very useful) search box. 

Register now and get chatting.

It’s quite straight forward but if you have any question email Richard Hamer.


Sunday 9th December – West Yorkshire Cross-Country League @ Wakefield

Results for the races held at Thornes Park, Wakefield from West Yorkshire Athletics.

In the men’s race won by James Walsh (Leeds City) in 32.35, for OAC, Matt John finished fourteenth (35.22, Andrew Robertshaw 29th (36.42), Liam Dunne 36th (37.17), Tom Hannah 181st (54.33) and Antonio Cardinale 183rd (69.17).

In the ladies race won by Charlene Thomas (Wakefield) in 20.25, for OAC, Jackie Ackroyd finished 93rd (29.48).

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

More details from West Yorkshire Athletics.


Sunday 9th December – Bedford Half Marathon

Report from Tom Paget:

I set myself a challenge at the beginning of 2012 to run a half marathon race in every month of the year, the final instalment of which was the Bedford Half Marathon – Bedford being the closest half marathon I could find in December!

It was a pleasant course, although surprisingly undulating, and the ubiquitous windy weather that has haunted me for a large number of these races was once again doing its best to slow the field. Not to be outdone I was pleased to knock another few seconds off my PB, finishing 120th in 88.39 (chip time). Full results from Bedford Harriers.

The race was won by Paul Martelletti (Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets Harriers) in 69.54 and the first lady in 50th position overall was Alex Gounelas (Eton Manor A.C.) in 82.39

I’ve really enjoyed the year long challenge, which has seen me running on roads, fells, beaches, forests and trails, and have (albeit marginally) had a few PBs along the way.

My challenge for next year is to repay my long suffering wife for all those Sundays she’s had the children on her own for the day. The hardest may be yet to come!


Sunday 9th December – Longridge 7 Mile Road Race

Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:

One solitary “Black and White” made his way over to the Red Rose County early Sunday morning to compete in the Longridge 7 Mile Road Race.

Not knowing what to expect but got a fairly good idea of the terrain that we would be competing against on the journey over. Turn right literally at the side of Pendle Hill area and meandered our way up hill and down dale towards Longridge arriving at 9.30am – to be the only car there! “Am I at the right place?”, I thought to myself, stood outside the locked Civic Centre and dying for the loo!

Very slowly, there became life, with another two cars pulling up alongside me. “Been here long mate?”, one chap shouted, “Don’t get things moving until about ten”.

“Can you open the doors please, I want the loo!”, I said.

“Aye”, he replied , you look a bit desperate, as I charged through the door urgently seeking the “Gents” – I knew it was cold!!

The race started prompt at 11am, with a field of 213 hardy souls, bracing themselves for the mountain climbs that were to come. There was a bitterly cold north wind with a chill factor that must have been minus 10C degrees but it was fairly bright.

The curse, sorry, the course, set off from the Civic Centre, turned left and headed up the main street, a gentle steep hill, turned left at the top and climbed very steadily towards the sun (and the sun is very high as we all know). I kept looking for the flat bits, or praying that one would come along soon, turned right, another hill, ahh, a downward stretch at last, which lasted all of 20 seconds then turned sharp left and it was like looking at Mount Everest in front of you – at least half a mile to the summit.

The the wind at the top blew my bloomin’ hat clean off and as it disappeared in the distance you get that feeling, “What the heck am I doing here?”. The wind was continuing to try and blow you over the edge of the road and the witches of Pendle Hill seemed to be taking hold!

The views from the top were fantastic, you could see for miles. But what goes up must come down, so on we charged, the last two miles were downhill, the last mile running through a housing estate to the finish. With cars double parked on the pavements, on the roads, traffic trying to get in and out. Do they bother about runners? Not bloomin’ likely. “Get out of the way!”, one shouted at me, as I was running on the roofs of the cars, trying to get to the finish line and there it was, sharp turn right, through the line. 62.03 (chip time) for 133rd place and third mv65 and pb by over 90 seconds for seven miles!

The race was won by Matthew Thompson (Southport Waterloo A.C.) in 40.23 and the first lady in thirteenth position overall was Rachel Jones (Horwich RMI) in 44.58.

You have to laugh, no tee-shirt but a Morrisons special value Christmas Pudding. Still you can not eat a tee-shirt. What a day, marks out of ten? Possibly a seven!!!!

Up the “Black and Whites”.

Results from ukresults and some pictures in Club Photos.