Archive for April, 2013

Sunday 28th April – Half Marathon of the North

Report from Liam Dunne:

I visited Sunderland for the Half Marathon of the North (MOTN).

This is the second year of the MOTN and the first year for the Half which also included a 10km and relay event.

The Half MOTN starts at the Stadium Of Light football ground alongside the marathon runners and follows the first half of the marathon route which winds it’s way around the city on what was suppose to be a fairly flat course.

Before the start there was a very stiff breeze swirling about and most competitors were sheltering just inside the stadium. I was hoping to get a pb but with the undulating and winding course as well as the wind, it was really difficult to settle into a relaxed pace and a pb was looking doubtful.

It appears there was some timing issues as some of the timing mats were not collecting data. I didn’t escape the problems and eventually I got an offical chip time of 76.49 for seventh position overall. However, it was a pb and had it not been for the strong winds it could have been a whole lot better.

Overall, it wasn’t the most charming of cities but support on the course was good, the drinks were plentiful and the start/finish venue, the Stadium Of Light, was impressive. probably a bit of a poor man’s GNR though!

From the results, the race was won by Mark Hood (Sunderland) in 71.06 and the first lady in 21st position overall was Stacey Rogers (Wallsend) in 82.22 (all chip times).

Post Script – Afterwards it was discovered all apart from the Half Marathon winner Mark Hood ran a shorter distance by 264 metres – see report in the Sunderland Echo.


Sunday 28th April – Greater Manchester Marathon

Report from Lisa Maughan:

“Just back from the Greater Manchester Marathon – my first ever Marathon! What a brilliant day it has been. The race organisation was seamless and the crowd support was amazing!

Having my name on my shirt was definitely a bonus, as I felt like a celebrity with everyone cheering me on. The endless supply of sweets and chocolate was very welcome, particularly towards the end of the run and high-fiveing lots of little kids made me smile throughout.

I took a tumble at mile 20 though – which didn’t make me smile – and this lost me a bit of time although I dusted myself off and limped home from there!

Still very pleased with my chip time though (4.16.38) and 3,168th position overall”.

Also for OAC, Sara Richard finished 2,992nd (4.13.30).

From the results, the race was won by Dave Norman (Altrincham) in 2.20.19 and the first lady in 22nd position overall was Issy Menzies (Edinburgh AC) in 2.38.51.


Sunday 28th April – Fountains 10km

Report from OAC’s Sean O’Halloran:

“I completed the Fountains 10km at Grantley near Ripon this morning.

Really enjoyed the race, nearly lost a trainer on the moor section when my leg vanished down a puddle/hole up to my knee.

I was told about the hill at the end and everything I was told is true – it killed off my legs.

Really nice small race, one to repeat next year”.

And Howard Jeffrey reports:

“This race has been the start of the sadly now defunct Yorkshire Dales Race Series and has always been on my calendar as a target start to the season.

This year the weather was again bleak and breezy with snow apparently only three miles or so distant. The route was slightly ammended and we had more tarmac to run on before we got the grimpen myre that is the top moor.

This was where I came a cropper last year in the slimy mud but today it was a lot dryier, although still ankle deep mud in places. I have invested in some calf sheeths to nurse the areas of weakness the Triathlon cycling is uncovering and my legs feel OK so thumbs up to them.

I started off closer to the front this year and saw Scott Harrington of Otley and Tom Hannah at the start, also catching sight of Ged and Don on the approach.

I gauge my state of fitness in comeback races against Erika Johnson (Swaledale) and we kept alternating up to the line where I just pipped her to the finish although time was dead heat in 46.18 and 51st and 52nd respectively. Given less than a minute slower than last year quite an uplifting result”.

From the results, the race was won by Lee Dalton (Nidd Valley) in 35.35 and the first lady in 26th position overall was Helena Schofield (Scarborough) in 43.01.

For OAC, Scott Harrington finished eighth (37.39), Howard Jeffrey 51st (46.18), Tom Hannah 133rd (53.57), Ged Peacock 151st (56.36), Don Buffham 190th (61.23) and Sean O’Halloran 218th (68.36).

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Sunday 28th April – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by Tom Gatehouse (Unattached) in 21.13 and the first lady in third position overall was Leah Forey (Unattached) in 22.51.

For OAC, Debra Brown finished 18th (30.25).

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Saturday 27th April – Three Peaks Race

threepeaks2013The 59th Three Peaks Race (23.2 miles / 5,276′ ascent) was won by Joe Symonds (Salomon International Team / Hunters Bog Trotters) in 2.54.39 and the first lady in 42nd position overall was Jasmin Paris (Carnethy Hill RC) in 3.33.04.

For OAC, Ed Davies finished 64th (3.41.28), John Armitstead 185th (4.04.17), Andy Hunt 230th (4.10.17), Graham Lake 301st (4.22.25), Matt Broughton 347th (4.30.12), Jim Sneath 477th (4.48.34) and Sarah Smith 586th (5.04.51).

More details from the Three Peaks Race website.

Race reports in Mud, Sweat & Tears and the Yorkshire Post.

Race preview in Mud, Sweat & Tears.

Results from SPORTident here.


Saturday 27th-28th April – The Fellsman

Report from Sarah Fuller:

I’m delighted to report I completed the 51st Fellsman this weekend a tough 61 mile ultra round the Yorkshire Dales with over 11,000′ accent.

The Fellsman has its roots in long distance walking but fell runners far outnumber the walkers nowadays.

The route is superb and starts in Ingleton, taking in two of the 3 Peaks and a number of lesser known summits – Gragareth, Great Coumb, Blea Moor, Great Knoughtberry, Dodd Fell, Fleet Moss – before returning to ground well travelled over Buckden Pike and Great Whernside to finish in Threshfield.

I think we had just about every different kind of weather on the day from hail, snow, rain and a good portion of glorious sunshine. Running through the night was tough because of the cold, it was well below freezing with a stiff breeze and freezing fog added to the fun! I found the first half tough due to the steep climbs and relentless soggy bogs but bizarrely felt much stronger after half way even though the never ending bog fest continued!

Got grouped for the night section with a great group of three guys of a similar speed and most importantly sense of humour. It turned out between them they knew all the best lines to take, although we did have to spend a fair amount of time running on a bearing through featureless expanses of huge peat hags (somehow I got delegated compass work task!) as there weren’t any trods to speak of.

No idea of position or official time yet but I got round in about 20 hours 40 minutes which I’m pleased with for a first attempt at this distance and the tough terrain (apparently it was slower this year due to the soggy ground).

Absolutely faultless organisation, friendly and welcoming and for 30 quid you can’t go wrong! Stairs might be an issue for the next few days….!

Race report in Mud, Sweat & Tears.

Race preview in Mud, Sweat & Tears.


Saturday 27th April – Park Runs

Results for Bradford parkrun

316 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Andrew BEDFORD (M) (Saltaire Striders) in a time of 00:17:40. The first lady completing the course was Andrea DENNISON (F) (Bingley Harriers and AC) in a time of 00:20:27. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:

16 Tom PAGET 00:21:12

Results for Sewerby parkrun

39 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was James KRAFT (M) (Scarborough AC) in a time of 00:17:37. The first lady completing the course was Deborah Louise CHURCH (F) in a time of 00:22:50. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:

27 Reid Anthony James HADDOW 00:25:36


Thursday 25th April – Fewston Handicap

The fourth Club Handicap Championship event of the year took place around the 3.94 mile perimeter of Fewston Reservoir.

After 28 Otley handicaps, Matt Podd finally won his first, comfortably ahead of Nikki and Ian.  As always Fewston proved to be one of the most popular races in the handicap series with a total of 35 on the start line, including several with sore marathon legs and a few first timers.

The beetroot juice experiment continued on from London, as several Otley guinea pigs sampled some small bottles pre-race courtesy of Mr Pickard.  The jury is still out on it’s effectiveness, if not taste..

Ursula took full advantage of Phil Robinson’s absence to leap to the top of the table on 78 points ahead of Caron 61 and Phil 58, see full handicap table here.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Matt Podd 37:52 09:00 28:52 34
2 Nikki Scott 38:08 09:00 29:08 33
3 Ian Broadbent 38:19 09:00 29:19 32
4 Christian Hosker 38:26 10:00 28:25 31
5 Tony Walker 38:32 12:00 26:32 30
6 Ursula McGouran 38:38 07:00 31:38 29
7 Neil Reed 38:45 09:00 29:45 28
8 Caron Ralph 38:52 08:00 30:52 27
9 Carol Armitstead 39:01 07:00 32:01 26
10 Michael Pickard 39:04 11:00 28:04 25
11 Hugh Pearson 39:11 09:00 30:11 24
12 David Hainsworth 39:15 04:00 35:15 23
13 Tom Midgley 39:16 15:00 24:16 22
14 Richard Smith 39:20 13:00 26:20 21
15 Dominic Egan 39:26 08:00 31:26 20
16 John Armitstead 39:29 12:00 27:29 19
17 Mark Beswick 39:34 12:00 27:34 18
18 Billy Rayner 39:38 08:00 31:37 17
19 Jackie Ackroyd 39:42 08:00 31:42 16
20 Liz Ashton 39:47 04:00 35:47 15
21 Richard Bell (Guest) 39:49 10:00 29:49
22 Mick Jeffrey 39:55 11:00 28:55 14
23 Colin Best 39:58 08:00 31:58 13
24 John Dade 40:04 10:00 30:04 12
25 Tom Hannah 40:38 07:00 33:38 11
26 Neil Charlton 40:48 10:00 30:48 10
27 Richard Hamer 40:48 06:00 34:48 9
28 Chris Wordsworth 40:49 06:00 34:49 8
29 Laura Hind 41:00 04:00 37:00 7
30 Debra Brown 41:25 0:00 41:24 6
31 Antonio Cardinale 41:26 0:00 41:26 5
32 Toni Midgley 41:47 02:00 39:47 4
33 Pange Srivastava 43:23 07:00 36:23 3
34 Sean O’Halloran 43:23 00:00 43:23 2
35 Kath Robertshaw dnf


Wednesday 24th April – BBC Radio Leeds’ Club Of The Week – Otley A.C.

Catch OAC’s Tom Potter on BBC Radio Leeds “West Yorkshire Sport” talking about Otley A.C. as the Club of the Week.

You can listen to the interview with Tom at 49:00 here.


Sunday 21st April – Virgin London Marathon


The 33rd Virgin London Marathon was won by Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia) in 2.06.04 and the first lady was Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) in 2.20.15.

For OAC, Matt John (pictured below right) finished an excellent sixteenth, smashing his personal best in 2.28.01 (all OAC positions detailed exclude ‘Elite’ finishers and times are ‘chip’ times).

Also, Simon Anderson 550th (2.50.07 – a pb), Tom Midgley 1,415th (3.01.05), Richard Clarke 2,832nd (3.15.54), Karen Potter 3,445th (3.21.09) and Tom Potter 4,296th (3.27.40).

Continuing, Michael Todd 7,426th (3.45.24), Gilly Wight 14,441st (4.16.25), Dave Hainsworth 15,226th (4.19.44), Billy Rayner 16,177th (4.23.44), Mary Hampshire 18,818th (4.34.33), India Haresign 21,223rd (4.45.09 – a pb) and Ian Broadbent 21,291 (4.45.09).


Regrettably, Martin Haresign had to make the brave decision to pull-out after half way due to flu.

Dave Hainsworth comments, “I thought it was warm in London ’til I saw Colin’s picture at Meanwood! On the subject of bright colours I was persuaded of the miraculous properties of beetroot juice concentrate at the marathon expo and tried it in the race. Not sure if it helped my time but the ‘after effects’ are spectacular – and somewhat alarming when they show up at the end of a marathon”.

Mary Hampshire has also written about her first road Marathon experience on her blog.

Review the race results from here.

Race report headlining Matt John in the Wharfedale Observer.

Additional race reports in the Yorkshire Post and Telegraph & Argus.

Photos from The Race Organiser.

Photo of Karen Potter with other runners observing a half-a-minute’s silence at the start of the race to pay tribute to the victims of last week’s Boston attacks courtesy of The Guardian – London Marathon – in pictures and the photo of Matt John from the Flickr of J Mason.