Archive for February, 2013

Sunday 24th February – Great North West Half Marathon

greatnorthwesthalf_mattjohnOAC’s Matt John texts in:

Delighted to have won the Great North West Half Marathon in Blackpool in a personal best (by nearly five minutes) of 68.53.

The first lady was Dianne McVey (Wilmslow Running Club) finishing 58th in 83.44 (gun position / chip times).

There were 1,140 finishers.

Photo of Matt on his way to the finish from Mick Hall Photos.

Race report in the Wharfedale Observer.

Results from ukresults.


Sunday 24th February – Pocklington Snake Lane 10 Miles

Organised by Pocklington Runners, the race was won by Carl Ryde (Doncaster) in 51.59 and the first lady in 63rd position overall was Melissa Neal (March A.C.) in 62.22 (all gun positions / chip times).

For OAC, Matt Broughton finished 121st (65.34 – a pb by nearly two minutes), Howard Jeffrey 344th (76.11), Billy Rayner 524th (83.43) and Hannah Mallinson 660th (95.00).

Race report in the Wharfedale Observer.

Results from ukresults.


Sunday 24th February – Ilkley Moor Fell Race

The Ilkley Moor Fell Race (5 miles / 1,316′) organised by Ilkley Harriers.

The race was won by Tom Adams (Ilkley) in 35.54 and the first lady in eleventh position overall was Emma Clayton (Bingley) in 42.03.

For OAC, Sam Stell finished sixteenth (43.11), Graham Lake 41st (47.22), Mark Beswick 97th (52.51), Andy Webster 152nd (58.30), Pange Srivastava 213th (72.55) and Don Buffham 216th (75.44).

Race report in the Wharfedale Observer.

Full results in the Ilkley Gazette.


Sunday 24th February – Ilkley Moor Junior Fell Races

Tamara Weatherhead reports:

Thank you for a fantastic turnout at today’s Ilkley Moor Junior Fell Races! We had 16 runners over three age groups. For the Otley girls, Izzy Dixon came in first followed by Imogen Webster and Holly Davey. First lad for Otley was William O Neil, second came Adam Powell and third Jenson Brogden. Full results as follows:

U12 1 mile was won by Ben Green (Rossendale) with a new course record of 7 mins 10 secs. First girl was Beth Morley (Ilkley Harriers) in 7.59. First home for Otley was William O Neil in 8.50 followed by Izzy Dixon 9.59, Imogen Webster 11.25, Farrel Copcutt 11.46 and Ava Wild 14.32.

U10 1 mile was won by Joseph Carnelley (Bingley Harriers) in 7.48 and the first girl was Lauryn Gregg (Rochdale Harrierrs) in 9.23. First in for Otley was Adam Powell 9.55, closely followed by Jenson Brogden 9.58, Jake McBrinn 10.04, Dan McMorrow 10.24, Harry Gibson 11.07, Holly Davey 11.35, Jake Powell 11.55 and Joel Mundet Poole 12.13.

U8 1/2 mile was won by Christopher Brown (Clayton Le Moors) in 4.05 and first girl was Robyn Anderson (Ilkley Harriers) in 5.08. First home for Otley Juniors was Connor Webster in 4.40, then came Matthew O Neil 5.04 and Alice Webster 6.16.

Well done everybody!

Race report in the Wharfedale Observer.


Sunday 24th February – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by David Ellis (Unattached) in 19.01 and the first lady in eighth position overall was Leah Forey (Unattached) in 23.42.

For OAC, Simon Toyne finished second (20.32).

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Saturday 23rd February – English National Cross-Country Championships

The Saucony English National Cross-Country Championships took place at Herrington Park, Sunderland.

In the men’s race of 12km won by Keith Gerrard (Newham & Essex Beagles) in 41.21, for OAC Andrew Robertshaw finished 273rd (50.53) and Jon Greenwell 347th (52.29).

Andrew reports:  a mud bath of a course, I don’t think I’ve ever finished a race covered with more mud head to toe.  I’ve looked back at the results from the last time the race was held on the same course & on exactly the same course the winner of 2007 finished in a time of 37.31.

Results here and Senior mens video and other races here.

News report also from Sky/TyneandWear.


Saturday 23rd February – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

317 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Chris SMITHARD (M) in a time of 00:16:15. The first lady completing the course was Kirsteen YOUNG (F) (Leeds City AC) in a time of 00:18:10. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

55 Christian HOSKER 00:21:38

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Sunday 17th February – PECO Cross-Country Race at Barnbow Fields

OAC’s Howard Jeffrey reports:

“I read the Running Blog article in the Guardian, not impressed. It was like author has just discovered she is human. What has she been doing all her life, making notes?

Anyway what was not mentioned was also the cross-country mud. Thick black oozing stuff, slippery, smelly, slimey, clinging, delicious and I don’t even like it!.

That was the fourth PECO Cross-Country Race organised by St Theresas A.C. and assisted by Kippax Harriers at Barnbow Fields, John Smeaton.

It reminded me of school games lessons when the rugby was cancelled (shame! I was second row, AS IF!). Do they still do that? School sports I mean? I was the only OAC rep so counted as second-claim Valley Strider.

The race was won by Peter Branney (Leeds City / Kirkstall Harriers) and I finished 125th (results here).

Also did the Roundhay parkrun yesterday as the Althorp Duathlon was postponed because the car park area was awash. Shame as the weather this weekend would have been perfect. Back to back runs at steady pacing to get the miles in. The Duathlon is now the day before the Haweswater Half so may be in for another busy weekend…”.


Saturday 16th February – Eccup Handicap

On a perfect day for running there was an excellent turn out of Otley members at 2nd Club Handicap of the year at Eccup (6.1 miles).  With no bias from the handicapper honest, Kath came home a convincing winner, her first win for just over 6 years.

Guest runner from Wetherby, Valerie took second followed by Ursula & Phil.  Antonio must be keen to challenge for Billy’s trophy as he apologised to Nikki for winning the battle for 5th in a exciting sprint finish.

Scott recorded the fastest time of the day, a swift 36:32, even with a lonely first 5 miles or so.  Lets see if we can get a few more of our faster lot out at the next race at Esholt.

Thanks to Jack, Nick & Tom for marking the course, with favourable comments from all.

Phil leads the 2013 Eric Smith Handicap table on 44 points ahead of Ursula 37  pts, David Cattanach 32 pts and Tom Hannah 31pts.

Pos Name Race Time H’Cap H’Cap Time Pts
1 Kath Robertshaw 1:03:48 00:00 1:03:48 24
2 Valerie Bell (Guest Wetherby) 1:05:56 14:00 0:51:56
3 Ursula McGouran 1:06:44 16:00 0:50:54 23
4 Phil Robinson 1:07:01 11:00 0:56:01 22
5 Antonio Cardinale 1:07:19 04:00 1:03:19 21
6 Nikki Scott 1:07:20 20:00 0:47:20 20
7 Carol Armitstead 1:07:26 16:00 0:51:06 19
8 Tom Hannah 1:07:43 19:00 0:48:43 18
9 Caron Ralph 1:07:48 19:00 0:48:48 17
10 David Hainsworth 1:07:54 15:00 0:52:54 16
11 Emma Jones 1:08:15 19:00 0:49:15 15
12 Dominic Egan 1:08:16 20:00 0:48:16 14
13 Ian Broadbent 1:08:17 22:00 0:46:17 13
14 Scott Harrington 1:08:32 32:00 0:36:32 12
15 David Cattanach 1:08:39 12:00 0:56:39 11
16 Jackie Ackroyd 1:08:52 19:00 0:49:52 10
17 Lisa Maughan 1:08:57 17:00 0:51:57 9
18 Andy Ackroyd 1:09:17 23:00 0:46:17 8
19 Colin Best 1:09:49 20:00 0:49:49 7
20 John Dade 1:09:53 23:00 0:46:53 6
21 Chris Wordsworth 1:10:24 16:00 0:54:24 5
22 Liz Ashton 1:10:39 14:00 0:56:39 4
23 John Armitstead 1:11:00 25:00 0:46:00 3
24 Andy Webster 1:11:45 23:00 0:48:45 2
25 Nick Hodgkinson 1:12:44 16:00 0:56:44 1



Saturday 16th February – Park Runs

Results for Roundhay parkrun

OAC’s Simon Anderson reports:

“Saturday morning was a bizarre carnival of fitness in Roundhay Park.

Starting with the Parkrun at 9am, I returned to the car to see Alistair Brownlee et al parked next to me preparing to warm up and British Military Fitness parked in a van behind them ready to put a cabal of masochistic civilians through their paces for reasons best known to themselves.

I then trotted off with the dog on my warm down and was soon swarmed by people sprinting up the steps adjacent to Hill 60. Jogging past the cricket pitch I couldn’t help but notice a group of around 20 luminously clad individuals performing what seemed to be synchronised stretching.

Trying to complete a circuit of the lake involved sidestepping all of the other middle aged men in lycra out with their pushchairs and dogs.

My route then took me up to the Mansion where I witnessed the first of the cohorts being tortured by British Military Fitness. After body swerving them I put in a final effort to the top of Hill 60, along with another dozen or so people, only to see that Soldiers’ Field had been invaded by yet more sweat enthusiasts.

Is there a fitness bug going around? If so may I please have a dose after my 18:50 on the Parkrun”.

160 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Ian FURLONG (M) (Roundhay Runners) in a time of 00:18:10. The first lady completing the course was Jessica LEARMONTH (F) in a time of 00:20:02. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

2 Simon ANDERSON 00:18:50
32 Howard JEFFREY 00:23:00

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