Archive for May, 2013

Sunday 19th May – Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k

Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:

2,704 runners lined up on the streets of Hull for Jane Tomlinson’s 10k. It was a dull and cloudy day although with a great deal of excitement about. It’s always a great event being one of the first races of the “Run for All” Series.

The Race Director announced on the microphone, “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an unexpected announcement to make, the race witch was due to start at 9.00am has been put back fifteen minutes so long as we can get the footbridge which is part of the race route over the River Humber back down to level since it has been raised earlier to let a small boat through to the Sea from the Marina”. We all waited with baited breath, then the announcement, “Ladies and Gentlemen, bad news, the course has had to be shortened by approximately half a kilometre”. The crowd went wild, boos and cheers, what else could the organisers do?

The count down began – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, we were off, another mad charge at the front. The crowd were brilliant, full of encouragement, “You will be swimming in the Humber, very shortly, if they don’t get the Bridge down!”.

2km, the legs felt ok, 4km, the legs were still working, 5km, what a multitude of running humanity, everybody running for a chosen charity, plenty of club runners, what a great atmosphere, we couldn’t get over the foot bridge onto the Marina but a great run along the shore line of the river Humber.

Then 6km, a right turn onto one of the many twists into the center of Hull, the crowd again were brilliant, 8km, oh no, the legs were getting stiff, the lungs were not working properly again, the heart was again in the mouth, gasping for breath, round the massive roundabout, heading towards the finish line and there it was, the great finishing banner in front of me. “Come on Reidy lad, don’t die here, wait until you cross the line at least”, I thought.

“And here comes Reid Haddow from…… Otley Athletic Club,” the Race Commentator shouted. “Come on Otley”, the crowd cheered and we were home in 657th position overall and 44.37.

What a fantastic race, didn’t see another “Black and White”….were you there? If not, you missed a great occasion!

The shorterned race was won by Dean Jerome (Leeds City) in 29.48 and the first lady in 20th position overall was Katie Meredith (Highgate) in 32.38 (all gun positions / chip times).

Report also in thisishullandeastriding.


Sunday 19th May – Calderdale Way Relay

Otley finished a team in this popular relay, described by host club Halifax Harriers as: “The UK’S biggest club run off road race“,  and a grand day out it was for all, even those whose had to make the 8:00am start at Heath Rugby Club, Greetland, (I think so anyway).

Full results are awaited from the link above,  but known results at the end of Leg 4, Laura and Tamara finished with Otley in 38th from an entry of 87 teams.

Matt Broughton & Andy Hunt had the early start completing the first leg in 1:37, there’s a good picture of a determined looking Andy & Matt here.
They passed the baton on to Shane Ewen & Joe Webster  for the second leg from Cragg Vale to Todmorden via Stoodley Pike who had a great run taking 1:12 for their leg.
Next up on Leg 3 Caron & Sarah Smith had an equally good one for the relatively short but mostly up hill leg to the Blackshaw Head with a time of 56 mins.
Fresh from birthday celebrations for Laura and Bradford City promotion parties for Tamara they ran well to record a time of about 1:30 for the fourth leg finishing at Wainstalls.
Club secretary John Dade & Otley 10 supremo, Colin Best set off in the mass start on Leg 5 recording an excellent time of 1:16 for their leg finishing at Shelf.
Experienced veterans Fisher & Robertshaw had the pleasure of the long last leg back to the Rugby club from Shelf via Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse & Southowram, with the hon. handicapper struggling a little after recent injury problems, the Fisher had an easy run out in preparation for Tuesday’s Harrogate League race, but I was pleased enough finishing OK in  just under 1:20.

Well done team…  Oh & must reluctantly mention the fact that senior Robertshaw’s old club Sale Harriers won in a time of 6:15.  Full results now show Otley finishing 32nd overall, split times below..

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.


Otley AC Andy Hunt Joe Webster Caron Ralph Laura Martin Colin Best Andrew Robertshaw
Matt Broughton Shane Ewen Sarah Smith T Weatherhead John Dade Ian Fisher
1:37:21 (38) 1:12:51 (23) 0:56:38 (52) 1:30:09 (36) 1:16:40 (42) 1:19:45 (14)
1:37:21 (38) 2:50:12 (26) 3:46:50 (33) 5:16:59 (34) 6:33:39 (34) 7:53:24 (32)


Sunday 19th May – Ripon 10 Miles

ripon10_scottOrganised by Ripon Runners with more details from here.

From the results, the race was won by Mike Jefferies in 58.09 and the first lady in sixteenth position overall was Emma Yates (Knavesmire) in 66.17.

For OAC, Scott Harrington finished fourth (60.25), Tom Midgley twelfth (64.33), Mark Berry 65th (76.08), Howard Jeffrey 69th (77.03), Andrew Ackroyd 81st (79.03), Tom Hannah 141st (85.26) and Jackie Ackroyd 156th (86.40).

Photos from Andrew Thrippleton here.


Saturday 18th May – British Milers’ Club Solihull Grand Prix

Report from OAC’s Racheal Bamford:

“Had a good race in the BMC Grand Prix 1,500m A race, finishing second in 4.16.67 – a big pb by almost four seconds.

The winner was Charlene Thomas (Wakefield) in 4.14.38.

Results from British Milers’ Club.


Saturday 18th May – Park Runs

Results for Harrogate parkrun

204 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Mike APPLETON (M) (Ripon Runners) in a time of 00:17:40. The first lady completing the course was Emma ROBINSON (F) in a time of 00:20:03. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:

137 Laura HIND 00:27:25

Results for Roundhay parkrun

149 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Steven EASTWOOD (M) (Wakefield District Harriers & AC) in a time of 00:18:26. The first lady completing the course was Debbie DENNISON (F) (Wetherby Runners) in a time of 00:23:25. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:

56 Howard JEFFREY 00:24:26

Results for Sewerby parkrun

33 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was James KRAFT (M) (Scarborough AC) in a time of 00:17:43. The first lady completing the course was Sian MORGAN (F) (Driffield Striders) in a time of 00:21:25. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here:

The following club members participated:

17 Reid Anthony James HADDOW 00:24:55

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Wednesday 15th May – John Carr 5km @ Esholt Race #2

Details and results from Saltaire Striders.

The race was won by Adam Peers (Liverpool Harriers) in 15.24 and the first lady in sixteenth position overall was OAC’s Racheal Bamford (16.50).

OAC second-claim member Zack Whitehead finished 44th (17.53) and Simon Anderson crossed the line in 75th (18.58).


Tuesday 14th May – Jack Bloor Races

jackbloor_tamaraThe Jack Bloor Races (5.2 miles / 1,148′) with further details from

Report from Tamara Weatherhead:

It turned out to be a pleasant evening for a fell race and a real family affair.

A good turnout of OAC Juniors, kids of senior members and their schoolmates. Graham’s daughter Isla was there for her first fell race, as were Sarah Fuller’s two, Erin and Skye. My son Seth was running his second fell race and was well beaten by young Skye Fuller!

The Senior race was won by Chris Smithard (Deeside Orienteers) in 38.40, not far off the course record. First lady was Jo Waites (Calder Valley) who finished 27th overall in 46.04. OAC’s Matt John came third (40.38) – not bad for a city marathon runner.

Having turned up to support number two son in the Junior race, I did consider just going back home for a friendly club run but Laura and Sarah would never have forgiven me and as far as I was aware, I was the only OAC lady running – first lady for the club was as good as it got for me!

Jimmy talked me through the course beforehand and warned me about the bottleneck at the start – which I duly got stuck behind, weighed down by the very tasty cupcake I had just eaten. ‘Twas a lovely race, after the climb that seemed to go on for rather a long time, but I was pleased with my effort and no walking.

The new slabs, I was told, make it easier along the top. Then the really boggy bit – I loved that. I gave myself a pat on the back as I got past a couple of ladies. Too soon, unfortunately, as I threw myself down the hill, literally. I’m not quite sure why my foot stopped but the rest of me was still going and I went splat on my face. A real nose-dive! A bit dizzily I got up, checked I could stay upright, and carried on. I don’t know if there will be a photo (yes there is, above right, but pre-nose-bleed?…Admin) but there was a dramatic amount of blood pouring out of my nose.

I’ll take a different route down next year!

Photos courtesy of Ian Furlong.

Also for OAC, Sam Stell finished thirteenth (43.59), Graham Lake 40th (48.42), Shane Ewen 44th (49.15), Simon Toyne 69th (52.36), Ross Armstrong 76th (53.50), Tamara Weatherhead 91st (55.43), Jim Sneath 92nd (55.43), Neil Reed 100th (57.55), Matt Podd 122nd (60.49), Christian Hosker 133rd (62.13) and Antonio Cardinale 187th (85.26).

Race report in the Wharfedale Observer.


Monday 13th May – Runner of the Month for April


For her commitment to training nights and a strong run at the Fewston Handicap where she finished second across the finish line in an excellent time of 29.08, this month’s Runner of the Month is Nicky Scott.

Well done Nicky!


Sunday 12th May – Beverley 10km

Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:

Lots of runners were involved in this popular race in the east part of Yorkshire – a beautiful setting in the market town of Beverley.

The run started outside the Beverley Cathedral – a narrow start – must get near to the front – the hooter blew, we were off. I nearly got killed in the rush behind me, as dozens barged past in the charge up the street, through the town and we headed up towards the race course, a slightly uphill section that went on and on – oh no – the legs are not working, keep going, the top of the hill is in sight, down we go again, could do with another pair of lungs, back up again, another gentle slope, that goes on and on, 3 mile marker, out in the country now, turn left, sign, “Beverley three miles”, plenty of support on Eastwood, big grassy area, running back down past the race course towards the town centre, great support but where’s the finish?

Through the town centre, crowds going wild with enthusiasm and they shout, “Nearly there!”.

My heart is coming through my chest, turn right, there it is, the finish banner, I am now sure I am going to die but we across the line in 52.00 dead, 51.56 chip time, 572nd place out of 1,241 finishers, eighth out of nineteen in the mv65-69 category, great to be back!

The race was won by Phillip Tedd (Sale) in 32.42 and the first lady in 38th position overall was Helen Cross (Pocklington) in 38.07.

More details from Beverley A.C. with results from here.


Sunday 12th May – Leeds Half Marathon

The Leeds Half Marathon was won by Ben Marriott (Bingley) in 73.08 and the first lady in 42nd position overall was Lisa Mawer (Wetherby) in 84.43 (all gun positions / chip times).

For OAC, Julian Mawson finished 48th (84.57), Matt Broughton (90.20) Tom Potter (94.05), Howard Jeffrey 274th (and second mv55) (94.41), Karen Potter 501st (99.18), Andy Webster 836th (104.58), Dominic Egan 1,086th (108.01), Billy Rayner 1,185th (110.16), Jane Butler 2,072nd (115.30), Ged Peacock 2,617th (124.38), Hannah Mallinson 2,787th (123.38) and Toni Midgley 3,735th (139.46).

Feature in the Yorkshire Post.

Results from RaceTiming Systems