Sunday 23rd June – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

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

Well a year later and we’re still here, we’re still small, but beautiful, and we still have the best course, marshals, runners and supporters in all of Yorkshire.

A big thank you to our tall tail runner, Andrew Byrom and our marvellous marshals: Duncan Burgess, Joe Derry, Liz Buck, Michelle Smith, Neil Wallace and Paul Tomlinson. We can’t do it without you!

This week the fiendish Forey boys had an evil plan just to celebrate our first birthday; they came up with the Amazingly Awesome and Achingly Arduous Anni-Re-Versary Run! So this week instead of the “Killer Hill”, we had the “ Murderous Mudslide”. Everyone found it tougher so I promise we will only do this very rarely.

Returning (just in time) course record holder Peter Branney conquered the harder Run Sunday route in 18:12 with Gareth Ward, newcomer Andrew Price and regular Tom Gatehouse finishing second, third and fourth , all under 21 minutes (no mean feat this way round) in 19:41,20:32 and 20:43. Great running guys.

For the women, Pange Srivastava crossed the line first in 24:57 with Janey Rodgers finishing in 26:16 on her first run out and Sarah Tomlinson finishing strongly in 26:25.

The Foreys, Lewis and Nathan, came in 24:59 and 25:07. When they were asked if we should do the run in reverse again, you’ll be glad to know, they said, “No!”

It was great to see so many new faces today (eight in total) but also the stalwart supporters who’ve visited us throughout our first year; Don and Melissa Stead, Richard Schmidt and Vanessa Groom who were all there at the start, Bekki and Martin Wheatley along with Pange Srivastava and Petra Bijsterveld who have more recently become regulars and another big thank you to Will Warboys, the Tomlinsons and the Foreys who, if they claimed petrol money from Michelle and me, could bankrupt us!

Most of all thank you to Michelle for supporting Run Sunday from the start and surprising me by not leaving me over it (oh and the cakes!)

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