Archive for June, 2013

Sunday 30th June – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by OAC’s Scott Harrington who “…equalled the course record matching Peter Branney’s time with a tremendous surge in the last 100 metres…” in 16.58 and the first lady in eighth position overall was Serena Blackburn (Horsforth Harriers) in 23.19.

Also for OAC, Steven Robinson finished sixth (20.39), second-claim member Emma Payne nineteenth (28.25) and Debra Brown 28th (34.57)

Race organiser Paul Shack’s report here Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday 29th June – Clif Bar 10 Peaks

Report from OAC’s indefatigable legend, Sarah Fuller:

“Why are you doing this? You’re rubbish, look how many people have overtaken you in the last three miles”, the negative demons started nagging me before the foot of the final climb – the long slog up Skiddaw via Carlside.

I had nothing left for this climb, legs were empty and I was moving so slowly I could have grown roots, perhaps more significantly my mental focus had gone.

I had a little cry.

I’d spent most of the day moving strongly, climbing steadily and generally passing more people than passed me.

I was told I was fourth lady the majority of the day and ten hours in, I caught the third lady – things were going well, too well.

The Clif Bar 10 Peaks ultramarathon is now four years old and in 2010 no one completed the event inside the 24 hour cut off.

Apart from five compulsory checkpoints (and the peaks!) the route is up to you. This appealed to me. Starting with Helvellyn from Thirlmere at 4am the race heads for Bowfell via a long slog over High Raise and then into the Scafell group where peaks are ticked off quickly.

Getting from Scafell Pike to Scafell is challenging and time consuming – I chose the Lords Rake route which was certainly exciting! Once on Scafell you could drop into Wasdale and up Pillar via Wind Gap or back down the Rake and take the corridor route to Sty Head and do Great Gable before Pillar. I chose the latter although I regretted it as the out and back to Pillar was mentally hard (though didn’t fancy the extra height gain on the Wasdale option either!).

After Pillar I re-traced my steps and headed for Honister – thirteen hours and nine peaks done – happy with that! Some hot food and a change of socks and I was off again – this is where it all went pear shaped! I chose the lower level route to Keswick via Castle Crags and Grange but took a wrong turn, I was tired and just not paying attention! Everyone who was just behind me got to Keswick much quicker by taking the higher route over Dale Head tarn. My mistake sent my head into a tail spin and I couldn’t get my mojo back.

I laboriously slogged into Keswick and climbed Skiddaw in a sulk where I was passed by more people but just couldn’t muster any speed in my legs. There was a full blown hoolie on the top and I kept getting blown over in the fading light. The final descent was a death march and I walked and shuffled off the hill, nursing battered feet, sore knees and cramping quads. Joined by two marines who were suffering equally we were a miserable sight crossing the finish line 19 hours, 50 minutes after starting. 75km and ~19,000 feet of ascent (mostly on the rough unrelenting terrain of the central fells) makes this a tough cookie for the distance.

Before I started I said if I got under 20 hours I would be delighted but I couldn’t shake the demons and was consumed by the “what ifs?”. About 160 started the event – some changed to the short course where the two routes diverged at Scafell Pike and a good number DNF’d or missed the cut-offs. I came home 47th and seventh lady in the end.

On reflection and in the light of day I am delighted and can laugh at my state of mind going up Skiddaw! 72 finished so a much higher % than the first event!! A grand day out indeed… bring on the Lakeland 100!


Saturday 29th June – Eldwick Gala Fell Race

Report from OAC’s Matt Broughton:

I took part in the Eldwick Gala Fell Race (3 miles / 551′).

I ran this last year where the weather was pretty wet and miserable but today, as you’d hope for this time of year, was warm and quite pleasant.

Strange but from what I could see, I was the only OAC runner. Amazing really because this is a great local event and very family friendly.

A New Orleans style Jazz band played whilst the runners assembled which was great to see.

The race started on Eldwick high street but soon found it’s way off-road for about a mile or so of challenging climb. Heading out was great as the spitfire that was part of the event flew over our heads as we ran out of Eldwick.

Once we reached the summit on Baildon moor It was a speedy decent, followed by a short detour before returning back to the registration point. I finished in 22:03 which was a huge two seconds faster than last year. Lots of Ilkley vests lead home by winner Tom Adams. Let’s show a bigger OAC presence next year 🙂


Saturday 29th June – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

332 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Matthew AKPAN (M) (Staffordshire Moorlands AC) in a time of 00:17:21. The first lady completing the course was Jocelyn PAYNE (F) (Hyde Park Harriers) in a time of 00:19:13. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

80 Andrew WEBSTER 00:22:20
225 Imogen WEBSTER 00:28:34

Results for Roundshaw Downs parkrun

90 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Neil REISSLAND (M) (Collingwood AC) in a time of 00:17:59. The first lady completing the course was Prisca ABALO (F) (Collingwood AC) in a time of 00:25:41. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

2 Thomas MIDGLEY 00:18:17
68 Toni MIDGLEY 00:30:23

Results for Sewerby parkrun

54 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Nick HELLEWELL (M) (Bridlington Road Runners) in a time of 00:17:59. The first lady completing the course was Deborah Louise CHURCH (F) in a time of 00:23:04. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

19 Reid Anthony James HADDOW 00:25:12

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Wednesday 26th June – HDSRL @ Wetherby Race #4

sicklinghall_ianThe fourth HDSRL hosted by Wetherby Runners at Sicklinghall was won by OAC’s Ian Fisher in 25.45 and he was followed home in second place by Scott Harrington (26.19).

Results and photos of the race (courtesy of Paul Wood) are available from the above link as too the Series overall team results.

The HDSRL Handicap & Presentation Night at Thirsk hosted by Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers takes place on Wednesday 10th July starting from approximately 7.20pm.


Sunday 23rd June – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by Peter Branney (Leeds City) in 18.12 and the first lady in eleventh position overall was OAC’s Pange Srivastava in 24.57.

Race organiser Paul Shack’s report here on “…our one-off, reverse-route, much-tougher-than-the
-normal-course…” Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday 22nd-23rd June – Northern Athletics U20/Senior Championships

Report from Manchester’s Sportcity by OAC’s Racheal Bamford:

Saturday – 1,500m – First in 4.31.53 (61 sec last lap!)

Sunday – 800m – Second in 2.07.36 (club record) – the race was won by Hanna Tarver (Wirral) in 2.05.42.

More details with some great photos from Racheal’s blog here.

Results from here.


Saturday 22nd June – The Wall Run. Hadrians Wall


Report from Neil Charlton:

Carlisle to Newcastle following Hadrian’s Wall. 69 miles / 111 kms.

Race won by Sonia Bracegirdle in 10:53:29. First placed male was Michael Evans in 11:01:21.

I entered this last November when I was feeling strong and having just done a number of long events in Australia This year didn’t start too well however, after I hurt my back lifting something too heavy and I was off for 2 months. It took a while to get back up to a decent mileage and a month ago I was wondering if I would even be able to start.

I thought I would try anyway. I was running in the solo ‘expert’ category which meant run as fast as you can from Carlise in Cumbria to the Milenium Bridge in Newcastle city center following Hadrians wall. Like Shane’s report from last week, we didn’t get to see much of the wall itself as much of it is a World Heritage Site so running on it would be bad, I guess.

The race had 5 checkpoints and 5 pit stops which meant water and energy was never too far away. At the half way mark we got soup and a sandwich which was awesome. I was getting very comfortable and ate far too much before I realized I still had 36 miles to go.

The first half of the race was probably the hardest with the most climbing and the most difficult terrain. The wind was quite gusty too. There was never really anything flat. Just up or down. I also realized that my pack was much heavier with all the required kit in it than I had previously run with. I think this had a lot to do with why my legs were completely worn out by about 20 miles. Because of this I nearly threw the towel in about three times in the 20 to 30 mile section. I couldn’t understand why I was in so much discomfort that early on. I had not felt that bad in training.

At just after the half way point (after the crawling on all fours up about 100m of straight up) I started to get the hang of ignoring the pain in my left foot and right hip and I actually had a nice 10 mile stretch of gently undulating road which restored the confidence levels.

Might I actually make this after all?

The second half had plenty of ups and downs but was a net loss in height. Knowing this and having the home stretch mentality (only 30 miles to go!) I powered on with a big smile on my face. It wasn’t until about 10 miles left that things started to become bad again. I lost my thirst completely and started to feel quite sick. Thinking this might pass I tried to ignore it. Unfortunately I was sick and had to sit down with a medic for 10 mins or so. I had another sandwich and some drink and felt better.

The last 6 miles were a slow ‘shuffly’ decent into Newcastle city center. I think this is affectionatley known as the ultra runners shuffle.

Finishing in Newcastle amongst the Saturday night party crowd was interesting but I’m sure most of them had no idea why anyone would want to do this. There were lots of friendly shouts of encouragement which finished a hard and painful days running.

After being told I was 50th when crossing the line it seems I have gone down to 63rd in the official results. Time 13:45:21. I reckon I can smash that next year! 🙂

Course Information Here

ps. Big shout out to Otley member Ross for lending me his Garmin.


Saturday 22nd June – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

346 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Kevin OGDEN (M) (Spenborough & District AC) in a time of 00:16:58. The first lady completing the course was Aiveen FOX (F) (Durham City Harriers AC) in a time of 00:18:56. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

40 Howard JEFFREY 00:20:54
86 Andrew WEBSTER 00:22:37
258 Sean O’HALLORAN 00:29:17

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Thursday 20th June – Beamsley Beacon Fell Race

Report by the Hon. handicapper
A strong contingent of thirteen, I think it was, made the short trip up the valley to Addingham for the Wharfedale Harriers organised race up to Beamsley Beacon.
A flagged ‘up’ route saw us get to the summit from the Ilkley side & then it’s a ‘find your own way down, permissive paths only!‘ route choice. If you know the local paths and most there did, there’s an obvious fastest route down through a narrow walled path back to the suspension bridge.

Warming up with Matt P we reccied a secret alternative route back from the suspension bridge. At first I thought not to bother trying it, but on the way down I changed my mind to ‘Why not give it a go..’.  The few just behind decided against following so I was on my own and ended up crossing the finish from behind, still ahead of the folk I’d left at the bridge . I have to give credit to a Bob Hamilton who tried this several years ago when I was time keeping, surprising us at the finish line.  Checking on Gmap-pedometer it was in fact marginally shorter ~50m.  An excellent summer evening race & I think all but one had a good run out.

The winner of the race was James Hall of Wharfedale with a new course record of 34:30, 1st Lady Caroline Lambert, Wetherby Runners 41:23.
Otley finishers 14. Andrew Robertshaw 41:01, 20. Shane Ewen 42:30, 24. Andy Hunt 42:47, 31. Simon Toyne 43:42, 40. Lloyd & 42. & (1st L40) Karen Best 45:01, 49. Laura Martin 46:11, 62.  Jim Sneath 48:25, 71. Andy Webster 50:07,  72. Matt Podd 50:11 , 79. Bob Baker 51:27, 91. Caron Ralph 54:32 & 100. Sarah Smith 1:01:28.

Photos from the Woodheads to follow including the Sumo wrestler here.