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Sunday 27th January – Meltham 10k

From ukresults, the race was won by Dave Watson (Holmfirth) in 34.43 and the first lady in 23rd position overall was Amy Green (Keighley & Craven) in 40.14.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 82nd (45.35)

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Sunday 27th January – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by Steve Darby (Barnsley Harriers) in 20.56 and the first lady in second position overall was Hannah Oldroyd (Saltaire Striders) in 21.13.

For OAC, Matt Podd finished sixth (24.21) and Debra Brown fifteenth (35.27).

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Saturday 26th-27th January – Marmot Dark Mountains Mountain Marathon

Report from OAC’s Sarah Fuller:

Somewhere high above Eskdale, 02.30am Sunday morning (see photo right).

The rain was torrential and horizontal, the wind so strong we were now reduced to a crawl to reach the ridgeline and checkpoint number six. I had long ago lost count of how many time a leg had disappeared thigh deep in snow or bog.

We had been running (well moving!) for four hours and were about to make a decision. We were going to give up.

For an hour we had been walking the thin line between a deeply unpleasant night on the hill and a potentially serious situation. Having to stop and change torch batteries and a momentary loss of concentration leading to a missed control and some wandering around trying to locate it was the tipping point.

We got cold. Very cold. However we pushed on and found the next control without further navigational difficulty but didn’t really get back on track mentally or physically. We were warned about hypothermia when we set off but never thought for one minute we would need to heed the warning, after a short discussion and a serious reality check, we descended as quick as we could and made our way direct to the finish still about an hour away, so not far, but across the grimmest terrain I think I have ever encountered (half-frozen mega tussocks submerged in knee deep icy water and bog)!

Safely back at the event centre it was strangely busy (we later found out about 90% of the field had retired) and we felt disappointed but proud we used good mountain judgement to get out of there before things went totally pear-shaped.

Marmot Dark Mountains is the first overnight mountain marathon with a similar format as established event such as the OMM but the idea is you start in the dark, run through the night and don’t have the overnight camp – effectively running day one and two together.

This was the first event of this kind and a tough experience but I learnt a lot and gained a lot of confidence, not least about sound decision making but also of difficult night navigation.

Would I do it again? Absolutely! Bring on next year!

Report also in the Wharfedale Observer.

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Saturday 26th January – Northern Cross-Country Championships

The Northern Cross-Country Championships at Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot, Knowsley.

Results now available from frsystems.co.uk and in the senior men’s race of 12km won by Steve Vernon (Stockport Harriers) in 40.01, second-claim OAC member Leon Ricketts finished 290th (56.17).

Jon Greenwell was wearing his OAC vest although there was an incident with the race numbers….

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Sunday 20th January – Stanbury Splash Fell Race near Haworth

On a cold and snowy Penistone Hill near Haworth, the Soreen Stanbury Splash Fell Race (6 miles / 919′) – shortened this year due to the weather conditions – took place with results, report and photos from woodentops.

The race was won by Tom Addison (Helm Hill) in 39.01 and the first lady in 43rd position overall was Helen Fines (Calder Valley) in 46.17.

For OAC, Andy Webster finished 206th (58.03).

Race report in the Wharfedale Observer.

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Sunday 20th January – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by OAC’s Richard Smith in 19.49 and the first lady in second position overall was Hannah Oldroyd (Saltaire Striders) in 20.32.

Also for OAC, Billy Rayner finished eleventh (26.01).

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Saturday 19th January – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

124 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Graham BROOK (M) (Stragglers) in a time of 00:18:39. The first lady completing the course was Ellie DOOLEY (F) (Hyde Park Harriers) in a time of 00:22:27. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

62 Gilly WIGHT 00:25:35

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Sunday 13th January – Lakeland 100 Official Reccie Event

Report from OAC’s Sarah Fuller on “…not a race but thought I’d do a report on this challenge event…”:

On Sunday I did the first 2013 Lakeland 100 official reccie event.

Through the year the organisers put on, for a minimal fee, four reccies effectively splitting the course into quarter chunks.

This was the Coniston to Buttermere section, which is the first 26 miles and the hardest section of the whole course.

About 50 of us set off just before 10am from Coniston in clear but cold conditions and within 20 minutes the snow started. Not to worry I thought, its only forecast to be light showers! How wrong that was – it got worse and didn’t stop until we finished. By the time I had reached the highpoint on the Walner Scar road out of Coniston, it was settling fast but still not too bad for the fast and furious descent into the Duddon Valley.

Next was the climb up and around Wallabarrow Crags and onto the track that the Duddon Valley Fell Race follows to the final push up Harter Fell. This is not nice at the best of times but there was a spectacular amount of bog to contend with all now covered with a couple of inches of snow which meant every footstep was a risk! Very slow progress for a couple of miles and very soggy feet later we hit the exciting icy descent (more bum slide that run) into Eskdale and a pleasant run along the river to Boot.

There was some tasty flapjack laid on at Boot from a very soggy marshal which perked me up for the climb up to Burnamoor Tarn. Now with a lot of lying snow, progress was energy sapping and the running over the tops into Wasdale was quite enjoyable as I had got into a group of four that worked together. Asking about their previous experience I got the feeling I was batting above my weight trying to hang on to this group (Bob Grahams, Lakeland 50 finished 3 hours quicker than me [see report here] etc etc – yikes) but we stayed together for safety and I was pleased I had kept up for as long as I had!

I still felt strong but as soon as we hit the tarmac in Wasdale at about mile 20, my legs started to complain. I encouraged the others to go on but they were reluctant, given the conditions and our next target being Black Sail Pass, which I was inwardly grateful for.

The climb up Black Sail hurt and the ice and snow made the descent exciting to say the least, running was out of the question as every attempt resulted with hitting the deck!

The final push up and over Scarth Gap in a blizzard and howling hoolie was full on and I was glad when we started the final descent into Buttermere, headtorches on for the final couple of miles through the woods to the finish in Buttermere village.

Job done, 26 miles, over 7,000′ ascent, epic conditions, 7 hours 20 mins. Now got to work out how I run that and then carry on for another 75 miles – hmmm!

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Sunday 13th January – Club Handicap @ Harewood

The first Eric Smith Handicap Race of the year had a good turnout in frosty but sunny and calm conditions at Harewood (4.25 miles).

The Honorary Handicapper was tested with several members returning to the fold after long absences from the racing scene. Former president Phil and handicap stalwart came home a clear winner ahead of David and Matt. It was good to see Phil back running his first race in 18 months away after a severe fall on his bike.

Setting off last with his other half, Lloyd recorded the fastest time of the day just creeping under 31 minutes.

Date for the diary: Sat 16th Feb at 11.00am – Eric Smith Championship round 2 at Eccup – a 10km route.

Pos Name Race Time H’Cap H’Cap Time Pts
1 Phil Robinson 43:54 01:00 42:54 22
2 David Cattanach 44:50 03:00 41:50 21
3 Matt Podd 46:08 12:00 34:08 20
4 Lisa Maughan 46:19 07:00 39:19 19
5 Andy Ackroyd 46:40 13:00 33:40 18
6 Paul Clifford 46:44 15:00 31:44 17
7 Dominic Egan 46:47 11:00 34:47 16
8 Billy Rayner 46:53 12:00 34:53 15
9 Ursula McGouran 46:56 08:05 38:51 14
10 Tom Hannah 47:08 11:00 36:08 13
11 Caron Ralph 47:25 11:00 36:25 12
12 David Hainsworth 47:35 08:05 39:30 11
13 Jackie Ackroyd 47:38 11:00 36:38 10
14 Joanna Hobson 47:43 07:00 40:43 9
15 John Dade 47:51 14:00 33:51 8
16 Lloyd Best 47:58 17:00 30:58 7
17 Karen Best 48:10 17:00 31:10 6
18 Kath Robertshaw 48:52 00:00 48:52 5
19 Andy Webster 49:25 14:00 35:25 4
20 Antonio Cardinale 49:27 01:00 48:27 3
21 Hugh Pearson 53:17 15:00 38:17 2
22 Malcolm Court 53:49 13:00 40:49 1

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Saturday 12th January – Park Runs

Results for Bramhall Park parkrun

441 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Rob Harry DOWNS (M) (Wilmslow RC) in a time of 00:17:07. The first lady completing the course was Jennifer HACK (F) (Durham University Cross Country Club) in a time of 00:20:35. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

109 Mark BLAGG 00:23:46

Results for Bushy Park parkrun

1027 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Zak CURRAN (M) (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC) in a time of 00:16:33. The first lady completing the course was Fiona SMITH (F) in a time of 00:20:16. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

41 Benjamin COUSEN 00:20:10

Results for Leeds parkrun

425 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Josh RIDLEY (M) (Witney Road Runners) in a time of 00:16:36. The first lady completing the course was Rachel BOURNE (F) (Sweatshop) in a time of 00:19:39. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

112 Christian HOSKER 00:22:54

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