Archive for July, 2013

Sunday 28th July – Weeton Show’s Rougemont Chase

Report from OAC Rogan Ashton:

The Rougemont Chase, with its grand medieval title, provides a multi-terrain race amongst the food, falcons and festivities of the Weeton Show.

This year the participants were led on a parade lap before the cheering crowds by local fell running legend, Ian Rowbotham. The runners then set off in earnest for Rougemont Wood negotiating stiles, mud and stubborn cattle. At the top of Haggis Hill they turned to retrace their steps back to the finishing line at the entry to the showground ring.

Despite being “out and back”, some fellow OAC runners know my previous attempt to take part came to an incongruous end due to “navigational error” i.e. I managed to head the wrong way into a field finding myself with only sheep for company. Doh!

This year Don Buffham suggested he would sacrifice his chances and help those round the course at the back. He passed on his pre-race recce knowledge to me with the aim that I would try to do the same at the front. This idea proved a great success.

I managed to lead the field home and Don safely marshalled the rear. A most enjoyable event, thanks to all who helped put it on. I now get to keep the Rougemont Chase winner’s cup for a year!

Photos on Woodentops.


Sunday 28th July – James Herriot Run

Report from Dave Hainsworth:

The James Herriot Run, a scenic trail run of about 14km with 1,001′ of ascent over open moorland to the north and west of Castle Bolton near Leyburn.

Started with a ‘steady climb’ with another shorter one about halfway.

Heavy overnight rain had left a few sections of the route a bit “splashy” but apart from that, fast running without any navigational difficulties.

The race was won by Mike Jefferies (Unattached) in 55.50 and the first lady was Heather Halliday (Bedale & Aiskew) in 58th position overall (71.37).

For OAC, Andrew Ackroyd 82nd (74.43), Jackie Ackroyd 157th (83.59), Tom Hannnah 160th (84.21) and Dave Hainsworth 181st (86.49).

Results from ukresults and more details from Rotary Club of Wensleydale.

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Sunday 28th July – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by OAC’s Scott Harrington in a course record of 17.12 and the first lady in ninth position overall was Louise Higgins (Saltaire Striders) in 24.26.

Also for OAC, Pange Srivastava finished eleventh (25.11) and Gemma Harrington eighteenth (29.34)

Read race organiser Paul Shack’s report here

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Saturday 27th July – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

302 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Ian MITCHELL (M) (Tipton Harriers) in a time of 00:15:48. The first lady completing the course was Zoe RAYNER (F) in a time of 00:21:39. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

46 Christian HOSKER 00:20:59
63 Andrew WEBSTER 00:21:58
96 Ben BHOGAL 00:23:17
197 Sean O’HALLORAN 00:28:29
203 Imogen WEBSTER 00:28:57
209 Reuben BHOGAL 00:29:12
295 Alice WEBSTER 00:40:47

Results for Pontefract parkrun

147 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Alan BRYDON (M) (Kirkstall Harriers) in a time of 00:17:55. The first lady completing the course was Emma WILLITS (F) (City of York AC) in a time of 00:18:29. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

13 Tom POTTER 00:19:59


Friday 26th-28th July – Lakeland 100 Mile Challenge

Report from Sarah Fuller:

I’ve spent weeks thinking about what I was going to write when I finished this race (all important mental preparation!) but sadly all I have for you is a tale that ends in pain, a DNF at 68 miles and a trip back on the (very overcrowded) bus of shame….

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Sunday 21st July – Harrogate 10k

Report from OAC’s Sean O’Halloran:

Having made the decision to run the Harrogate 10k race late on Friday I was greeted with perfect running weather on Sunday morning when I woke up.


Following an earlier than usual breakfast on a Sunday we arrived in Harrogate nice and early to make sure of a good parking spot and for me to register for the event not the day. Found the registration desk and got my number and waited for the other OAC members to arrive. As we were there early time seamed to drag until the start but it was good to have a good pre-race chat with great number of OAC members. A whistle blew calling us to the start so like sheep we all made our way down.

I did not manage to hear the safety announcements (if there were any) and any sort of count down to the start and suddenly we were off. The start was rather congested and uphill. As the field of runners thinned a little I had lost sight of all the other OAC members apart from one, Toni was about 50 metres in front of me and became my prey to hunt down (sorry Toni).

The course is a two lap affair, miles 1,2 4 and 5 weaved in and around an estate and was predominately uphill, however miles 3 and 6 were down hill which was a relief for the legs and some time could be made up. Both Toni and I had a similar pace as the distance between us kept relatively constant until mile 4-5 where I started to gain. Just before the 5 mile marker I overtook Toni and stepped up my pace as I know the downhill to the finish was coming up.

In the final downhill mile to the finish I went as fast as my little legs carry me and knew I was going produce a PB, but could I break the sub 60 target???? Getting to the bottom of the hill it flattens out for a short while until before the uphill 50 metres to the finish. I rounded the corner onto the home straight just to see the clock tick pass 59:59, so close. But the job was not done, I sprinted up to hill to the finish line and recorded a time of 60 minutes eaxactly, a PB by nearly two minutes. Received my goodie bag and water and went to cheer Toni across the line who was just behind me and who also recorded a PB by a similar amount.

All OAC members had a good run today and I think more PB’s were also obtained. Although I was so close to the the magical sub 60min target, I know it not that far away and I’m really pleased with my performance and time today. I really enjoyed the course, it was well organised and marshalled event and one to add to next year’s list.

From the results, the race was won by Dave Turnbull (Holmfirth) in 32.18 and the first lady in tenth position overall was Julie Briscoe (Wakefield) in 35.02.

For OAC, Ian Fisher finished fifth (and first MV40) in 33.01, Howard Jeffrey 89th (42.56), Andy Webster 172nd (47.36), Tom Hannah 228th (49.42), Dave Hainsworth 276th (52.28), Joanna Hobson 324th (55.11), second-claim member Emma Payne 351st (56.27), Sean O’Halloran 390th (60.00) and Toni Midgley 401st (61.06).

Details from Harrogate Harriers with results from here.


Sunday 21st July – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by OAC’s Simon Anderson in 19.38 and the first lady in fourth position overall was Tilly Melechi (Ilkley) in 21.48.

Also for OAC, Matt Podd finished eighth (22.46).

Read race organiser Paul Shack’s report here

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Saturday 20th July – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

292 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Jonny MCKENNA (M) (Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) in a time of 00:16:54. The first lady completing the course was Jocelyn PAYNE (F) (Hyde Park Harriers) in a time of 00:18:54. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

77 Andrew WEBSTER 00:22:51
117 Ben BHOGAL 00:24:30
212 Imogen WEBSTER 00:29:19

Results for Sewerby parkrun

50 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Elijah NOLAN (M) in a time of 00:19:45. The first lady completing the course was Cathy WOOD (F) (Bridlington Road Runners) in a time of 00:21:06. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

25 Reid Anthony James HADDOW 00:24:57


Wednesday 17th July – SSC Women’s International Mile, Dublin (Ire)

Report from Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin by OAC’s Racheal Bamford of the Morton Games:

Despite running with a bit of an injury, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to race this fantastic event.

Beautiful weather and enthusiastic crowds meant that national and stadium records were smashed. Nine men broke 4 minutes for the mile (in a race won by Cory Leslie (USA) in 3.55.85.

Women’s race won by Brie Felnagle (USA) 4.30.44 (a stadium record) and I was ninth in 4:38.50 (a Club Record by just over 36 seconds).

Report here. Results from here and here.


Wednesday 17th July – Golden Acre Relay

Report from Tamara Weatherhead:

A fantastic turnout on yet another hot hot hot night – a whopping 5 teams from OAC added to a bumper edition of the Golden Acre Relay, starting about fifteen minutes late. That’s 4 more teams than last year for us, even if Liam and Matt won it! Thanks to Tom Hannah who did a great job keeping track of a steady stream of OAC members, registering us all with suitable team names.

Big High 5 to Rogan Ashton who had the mens’ vets’ fastest leg time at 15:49. Nice. The men’s open title was kindly passed from Otley to the Wetherby Runners’ – ‘We’re orange but not from Essex’ – Johnny Dudley 15:10 (fastest leg on the night), Joseph Kwallah 16:01 and Ben Pye 15:37 in a total time of 46:48. The Baildon Runners Mixed team who won Washburn also took the Golden Acre honours – Quentin Lewis 14:59, Emma Stoney 18:40 and Matthew Gurney 16:10 in a total time of 49:59, 7th overall.  The Ladies’ winners, as last year, were City of York in 14th place, Katie Mellor 16.39 (fastest lady on the night), Vicky Needham 17.11 and Emma Ballantyne 17.20, total 51:10.

For Otley AC the results were as follows

20th Otley Oddbods Tamara Weatherhead 17:56, Karen Best 18:06, Graham Lake 17:12 = 53:14

34th Otley Stags  Rogan Ashton 15.49, Dominic Egan 20.30, Andy Webster 20.31 = 56.50

42nd Otley Mallards Micheal Pickard 18.34,  Matt Podd 19.50, Paul Clifford 19.26  = 57.50

65th Otley Joggers Caron Ralph 21.42, Jackie Ackroyd 22.04, Andy Ackroyd 20.00 = 1.03.46

81st Otley Pensioners Colin Best 21.32, Phil Robinson 22.49, Tom Hannah 22.31 = 1.06.53

Other OAC members present were Zack Whitehead, running first claim and leg for Skyrac Men’s 1 in 16.38, with Ashley Higgins 16.28 and Andy McCue 17.52, total time of 50.58 and thirteenth place overall; and Sarah Smith running second claim for Horsforth Fellandale Ladies 1.22.42, Emma Lavelle-Wood 21.26, Kathryn Fish 20.41, total time of 1.04.49 in 72nd place.