Archive for March, 2013

Saturday 9th-10th March – British Masters Indoor Championships

OAC’s Caroline Marler reports:

I successfully defended my BMAF W60 Indoor 400m title at Lee Valley Stadium, London.

Running a second faster than last year, I broke my own British record with a time of 70.26.

On the Sunday, I came second (2.50.72) in the 800m to the Indoor World record holder, Nancy Hitchmough (Dudley & Stourbridge) who recorded 2.41.16.

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Sunday 10th March – Spen 20 Miles

The race was won by Karl Gray (Calder Valley) in 1.57.10 and the first lady in 48th position overall was Gemma Adams (Preston) in 2.19.46.

For OAC, Richard Smith finished 53rd (2.21.26), Tom Potter 115th (2.39.49), Emma Jones 207th (3.06.12), Sara Richard 211th (3.08.08) and Billy Rayner 214th (3.08.42).

Results from ukresults.


Sunday 10th March – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by Jonathan Forey (Unattached) in an age category record of 18.28 and the first lady in third position overall was OAC’s Pange Srivastava in an age category record of 24.34.

Also for OAC, second-claim member Emma Payne finished twelfth (29.30) and Debra Brown finished fourteenth (33.02).

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Saturday 9th March – Esholt Handicap

A last minute change of plan was required after the hon. handicapper found workmen replacing some lock gates, blocking off a section of the canal towpath.  So an alternative ‘Out and Back” 5 mile route was devised, reversing the original route to the canal, then turning towards Shipley for a half mile or so, with Ian setting off early and using his garmin to mark the turn round point.

Guest runner Richard Bell finished first but running his first handicap race for the club, Mark overtook everyone except Richard to take the maximum points, ahead of Kath and Phil.  Ian timing himself, was later slotted into 4th.

Phil retains his lead in the Eric Smith Handicap table on 58 points ahead of Ursula on 49 and Kath on 45.  See full handicap table here.

Thanks to Ian & Jack for marking the route and an out of action Tom Hannah for directing folk off the main road.  Next month’s race is the popular Fewston Handicap on Tues. 25th, so there should be big points on offer to close the gap on the current leaders.

Pos Name Race Time H’Cap H’Cap Time Pts
1 Richard Bell (Guest Wetherby) 0:49:23 13:00 0:36:23
2 Mark Beswick 0:49:46 16:00 0:33:46 17
3 Kath Robertshaw 0:50:11 00:00 0:50:11 16
4 Ian Fisher 0:50:30 23:30 0:27:00 15
5 Phil Robinson 0:50:49 07:00 0:43:49 14
6 Colin Best 0:50:53 12:00 0:38:53 13
7 Ursula McGouran 0:50:54 11:00 0:39:53 12
8 Chris Wordsworth 0:51:08 08:00 0:43:08 11
9 Joanna Hobson 0:51:09 07:00 0:44:09 10
10 Andy Webster 0:51:21 13:10 0:38:21 9
11 Jackie Ackroyd 0:51:25 12:00 0:39:25 8
12 Ian Broadbent 0:51:31 15:00 0:36:31 7
13 Liz Ashton 0:51:33 07:00 0:44:33 6
14 Caron Ralph 0:51:57 13:00 0:38:57 5
15 David Hainsworth 0:52:14 09:00 0:43:14 4
16 Matt Podd 0:52:53 14:00 0:38:53 3
17 Valerie Bell (Guest Wetherby) 0:53:03 11:00 0:42:03
18 Dominic Egan 0:53:44 13:00 0:40:44 2
19 Antonio Cardinale 1:03:00 00:00 1:03:00 1


Saturday 9th March – Haworth Hobble – Wuthering Hike

Report from Simon Anderson:

On Saturday, I completed the Haworth Hobble – Wuthering Hike (BL 31.7 miles / 4,396′), which was marvellously well organised by Keighley and Craven A.C. The race was won by Duncan Harris (Chester Tri Club) in 4:22:14 and the first lady in 23rd position overall was was Cathy Wood (Bridlington) in 4:58:49. The results are here.

As to be expected, the conditions were wuthering although didn’t affect the steel of the 315 admirable finishers. I risked expending too much energy in the first half of the race trying to hunt down a pack. Realising that I had 20 miles left to race I eased off at the twelve mile mark and followed a Calder Valley runner with local knowledge. As chance would have it the group that I had been pursuing disintegrated between Mankinholes and the climb up to Stoodley Pike having evidently gone off far too hard. The race picked up from Heptonstall where I was hastily overtaken by the chap who eventually came eighth – who as it would turn out had suffered a navigational error and accidentally run three miles more than the rest of us! Knowing that I was in tenth place caused me to dig deep for the last six miles and I was pleased to retain my place with a rewarding finishing time of 4:44:52.

Many thanks to all of the marshals, caterers and organisers for hosting an enjoyable event that I would unhesitatingly recommend to anyone in 3 Peaks training.


Saturday 9th March – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

289 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Adam PEERS (M) (Liverpool Harriers & AC) in a time of 00:16:26. The first lady completing the course was Katie MCHALE (F) (Wakefield District Harriers & AC) in a time of 00:19:01. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

51 Christian HOSKER 00:21:26
288 Chris CARVER 00:45:17

Results for St Albans parkrun

166 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Pablo PLAZA LASTRAS (M) (St Albans Striders) in a time of 00:17:06. The first lady completing the course was Jenny MADDOCKS (F) (St Albans Striders) in a time of 00:20:29. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

74 Nick HODGKINSON 00:25:11

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Tuesday 5th March – Runner of the Month for February

alsager5a_2013For lighting up the month of February with their exceptional performances, there are joint Runners of the Month for February being Racheal Bamford and Matt John.

Racheal began the month representing the North of England in the Alsager 5 Miles and recorded a Club Record of 28.55. The following weekend she finished fifth in the final of the women’s 1,500m British Athletics European Indoor Trials & UK Championships at Sheffield and four days later was just one second outside her Club Record at the Armagh International 3km.


For Matt, his Spring marathon training and lots of miles are obviously paying dividends as he demonstrated by winning the very popular Great North West Half Marathon in Blackpool recording a personal best by almost five minutes in 68.53.

Well done Racheal and Matt!


Sunday 3rd March – Silverstone Half Marathon

Report from new OAC member Sean O’Halloran on his second ever Half Marathon:

I did the Silverstone Half Marathon finishing 6,018th in 183.20.

The race was won by Scott Overall (Blackheath & Bromley) in 65.41 and the first lady in 50th position overall was Sarah Ivory (Colchester) in 82.34.

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Sunday 3rd March – Haweswater Half Marathon

haweswaterhalf3_2013Report from OAC Club President, Mick Jeffrey:

Howard and I drove up to Bampton on a cool, bright and still day – virtually perfect running conditions. We had six entrants but I only saw Dave at the start.

Howard’s game plan, following a European qualifying sprint Triathlon the previous day, was a steady long training run. Mine was see how I felt and go for it if I felt ok. I last did this race three years ago (89.11) and decided to replicate my tactics – steady first half mostly uphill and fast second half mostly downhill. I left Howard and feeling ok, settled into my rhythm.

I was aghast at around six miles when a familiar voice said “Recognise me?”. I’ve heard that voice too often in races for my liking but when little brother sets his mind to it I find it hard to beat him (these days!). We ran together for a couple of miles but on the downhill section where he is particularly strong he pulled away.

I tried to stick with him hoping he would fade but alas it was I that faded. I was passed by two old fogeys (i.e. my age group) at around 10 and 11.5 miles but try as I might and I did I couldn’t keep up. I finished a bit disappointed in 101.12 but only 90 seconds behind Howard. I must also say that I was very surprised to see Andy Ackroyd finishing very soon after me.

I’d definitely tried hard as I felt quite poorly in the car on the way home and lapsed into a semi-unconcious sleep at my mum’s where I’d left my car and been picked up by Howard.


Good points – I was 5.5 minutes faster than at Liversedge Half. Bad points – 12 minutes down on three years ago when I felt I put the same effort in. It is a lovely race and congratulations to fellow members especially Andy.

Dave (pictured right) did well coming second in his category.

The race was won by James Buis (Border Harriers) in 73.03 and the first lady in 44th position overall was Rebecca Sheffield (Unattached) in 87.42.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 165th (99.43), Mick Jeffrey 179th (101.12), Andrew Ackroyd 196th (102.40), Tom Hannah 274th (110.12), Jackie Ackroyd 332nd (115.49) and Dave Hainsworth 349th (117.08).

There were 484 finishers.

Photos from Andrew Thrippleton and athletesinaction.

Results from ukresults.


Sunday 3rd March – Glaisdale Rigg Fell Race

Report from OAC’s Graham Lake:

Been up to visit the folks in Glaisdale on the North Yorkshire Moors, which just happened to coincide with the local Glaisdale Rigg Fell Race (come on, admit it, we’ve all done it). My brother was running it also, so family bragging rights at stake too.

About 100 intrepid folk set off for the 8.5m / 1,844′ fell race from the lower end of the village, up onto the moors (bit of local knowledge saved me a few places when others went the wrong way) before diving down to the valley floor (boggy), then up again through the forest to the other side of the valley before a fast, long, muddy, rocky descent to the finish (at the pub).

A quick look over the shoulder of the race organiser from Esk Valley Fell Club showed me in sixteenth (67.16) now confirmed by the results here.

The race was won by Jayson Cavill (Pickering R.C.) in 58.28 and the first lady in 39th position overall was Carol Morgan (Nidd Valley) in 73.06.