Archive for July, 2013

Tuesday 16th July – The Liz Fawcett Leathley Handicap

With several handicap first timers taking on the hot and hilly 10km Stainburn course,  new member Sarah held off Andy Webster to take first place. Debra and Antonio both ran well in the battle for third.  Setting off on scratch Scott recorded the fastest time of the night in 5th.

The battle for the 2013 Eric Smith title is slowing building now with 5 events left.  Dominic now tops the table on 129 points ahead of Ursula 128 and the ever improving Phil Robinson on 118.5.

See the latest 2013 Eric Smith Handicap table here

There was a notable feat a little further down the field, as Graham flying over from his home in the Pyrennes, completed a century of handicap races, spread over 22 years.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Sarah Elliott 1:04:29 0:11:00 0:53:29 24
2 Andy Webster 1:04:45 0:16:00 0:48:45 23
3 Debra Brown 1:05:26 0:00:00 1:05:26 22
4 Antonio Cardinale 1:05:27 0:00:00 1:05:27 21
5 Scott Harrington 1:05:40 0:30:00 0:35:40 20
6 Hannah Mallinson 1:05:45 0:08:00 0:57:45 19
7 Joanna Hobson 1:06:03 0:08:00 0:58:03 18
8 Dominic Egan 1:06:25 0:16:00 0:50:25 17
9 Sean O’Halloran 1:06:30 0:00:00 1:06:30 16
10 Caron Ralph 1:06:35 0:15:00 0:51:35 15
11 Matt Podd 1:06:38 0:19:00 0:47:38 14
12 Phil Robinson 1:06:46 0:14:00 0:52:46 13
13 Tom Midgley 1:06:48 0:28:00 0:38:48 12
14 Gemma Harrington 1:07:11 0:06:00 1:01:11 11
15 Justina Stringer 1:07:18 0:05:00 1:02:18 10
16 Ross Armstrong 1:07:23 0:24:00 0:43:23 9
17 Colin Best 1:07:27 0:15:00 0:52:27 8
18 Tom Potter 1:07:35 0:23:00 0:44:35 7
19 Ursula McGouran 1:07:59 0:16:00 0:51:59 6
20 Lisa Maughan 1:08:05 0:11:00 0:57:05 5
21 Richard Smith 1:08:36 0:25:00 0:43:36 4
22 Emma Jones 1:10:08 0:13:00 0:57:08 3
23 Billy Rayner 1:10:10 0:15:00 0:55:10 2
24 Graham Stead 1:14:52 0:11:30 1:03:22 1


Sunday 14th July – Burton Leonard 10km

Report from OAC’s Sean O’Halloran:

Both Hannah and I decided to do the Burton Leonard 10km this afternoon while Elaine looked after the little ones. Well that was the original intention. We parked up, having made good time allowing for a loo-stop and warm-up before the race and were about to head off to the start line when I asked Hannah if she was going to put her trainers on? It then became apparent that Hannah had left her trainers in the boot of her car or at home and as there was not enough time to return to collect them and make the start I was going it alone. Oops, came to mind, and maybe a few other choice words in Hannah’s head.

We walked down to the start and mulled around while watching the finish of the fun run. Final preparations done I made my way to the start line. Following a minute’s silence for two of the sponsors, we were off. The start was a road surface uphill which lead out of the village. Upon leaving the village we went down two rather large hills, which I knew I would have to run up at the end, to a stream at the bottom. We were faced with two choices, a wait to go over a stile onto a bridge to cross the stream or to take the direct route through the stream. I opted to take the direct route and ploughed through the stream which was rather cooling on the feet.

I was going well for the first two miles and I was very happy with my pace even if it was now off-road county lanes when the going started to get tough. I had arrived at undulation central, from now on it endlessly rolled up and down which would have been ok if the the ups and downs were equal but the ups were long and the downs were short and steep. Not having the confidence to fly down the steep slopes I was unable to make up time lost on the uphill bits and my legs were starting to flag a little. There was a little shade from the trees but this was few and far between and I was getting rather warm. At the halfway point we came across a man and a pickup handing out very welcomed bottles of water. After drinking some of the water and tipping the remainder over my head I felt slightly better and a little rejuvenated and settled into a steady pace, even if slower than originally planned.

The next two miles were more of the undulating stuff but more equal meaning I could keep my pace constant.

Passing the five mile marker I knew it was not far but I was getting ever closer to the two hills leading back to the village. Due to the hot weather there was an additional water stop just after five miles which was rather handy, again a drink and dousing and onward to the finish. Back through the stream I came to the final hills, plodding up the hills at must have been a ridiculously slow pace I made the top and entered the village. Now it was down hill to the finish and I let myself go and used my momentum to carry me home. I caught eye of Elaine, Niamh, Hannah and Suzzi cheering me home, I turned the corner to the finish line and phew I had done it.

Collected another cup of water and a souvenir T-shirt and headed for the shade.

That was one tough cookie and I’m relatively pleased with my time, I would however like to do the race again but in slightly cooler conditions.

But I think the take-home message from today is that although flip flops look nice, you can’t run races in them.

Fron the results, the race was won by James Bulman (New Marske) in 35.14 and the first lady in 28th position overall was Lauren Woodhall (Harrogate) in 44.54. For OAC, Bob Baker finished 82nd (51.59) and Sean O’Halloran 166th (69.43)


Sunday 14th July – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by OAC’s Zack Whitehead in 18.48 and the first lady in seventh position overall was Carol Gatehouse (Unattached) in 24.15.

Also for OAC, Pange Srivastava set an age category record finishing tenth (25.30).

Read race organiser Paul Shack’s report here

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Saturday 13th-14th July – Sainsbury’s British Championships

A very big well done to OAC’s Racheal Bamford finishing fifth in the first heat of two in the women’s 1,500m at the Sainsbury’s British Championships, Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

Racheal’s time of 4:18.39 behind the heat winner Charlene Thomas (Wakefield) in 4:15.37, put Racheal through to the final on Sunday afternoon at 15:38.

In the final, an incident-packed race again in very hot and sunny conditions, was won by Hannah England (Oxford City) in 4:10.99.

Racheal was delighted with the experience in such an elite field to finish ninth (4:21.65).

Available to see on the BBC iPlayer.


Saturday 13th July – Addingham Gala Fell Race

The Addingham Gala Fell Race (5.9 miles / 1,083′) organised by ilkleyharriers.

The race was won by Gareth Hird (Wharfedale Harriers) in 43.44 and the first lady was Rebecca Mon-Williams (Ilkley Harriers) finishing 26th overall in 52.43.

For OAC, Antonio Cardinale finished 78th (82.52) and Don Buffham 79th (83.23).

Race report in the Wharfedale Observer.

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Saturday 13th July – Park Runs

Results for Bradford parkrun

297 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Christian HOLMES (M) (Wharfedale Harriers) in a time of 00:18:08. The first lady completing the course was Andrea DENNISON (F) (Bingley Harriers and AC) in a time of 00:21:25. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

93 Reid Anthony James HADDOW 00:25:54

Results for Leeds parkrun

297 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Matthew JOHN (M) (Otley AC) in a time of 00:16:14. The first lady completing the course was Hannah BROWN (F) (Skyrac AC) in a time of 00:18:58. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

1 Matthew JOHN 00:16:14
192 Toni MIDGLEY 00:28:57


Friday 12th July – Washburn Valley Relay

The Washburn Valley Relay, kindly sponsored by Knaresborough digital agency Vital Online Studio.

The strong Baildon mixed team of Emma Stoney, Quentin Lewis and Matthew Gurney saw them return home with both the first team and mixed team trophies.

First back on the the opening leg was Saltaire strider’s Will Kerr (18:43).

Steve Darby (24:13), retained their lead by the end of the leg 2 lap of Fewston, but the fastest leg 2 of the day from Quentin (22:41), saw Baildon close the gap bringing his team up to third, just behind Abbey Runners Men.

On the last leg Matthew Gurney (20:03), passed Saltaire and Abbey Runners and just held off Rob Cunningham (19:25) of Ilkley running the fastest lap of Swinsty.

First Ladies team and 8th overall and a new Ladies record of 1:07:52, were ‘Hot to Trot’ from Harrogate Harriers, with Jenny Hutcheson (20:59), Issy Rowe (24:24), (a new Leg 2 Ladies record) and Cathy Wright (22:29).

Otley teams:
6th    Ross Armstrong (20:00), Graham Lake (25:40)  and Lloyd Best (21:08)
15th  Matt Podd (23:15), Paul Clifford (28:07), Michael Pickard (22:15)
18th  Tamara Weatherhead (21:20), Karen Best (27:21), Pange Srivastava (27:09) – 4th Ladies
30th Caron Ralph (24:26), Jackie Ackroyd (33:06), Laura Taylor (26:38) – 11th Ladies  

Full results in spreadsheet format are available here.


Thursday 11th July – runSunday in the Wharfedale Observer

A feature on runSunday in this week’s Wharfedale Observer.

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Wednesday 10th July – Harrogate League Handicap & Presentation Night

More details, results and photos from HDSRL.

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Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July – Wharfedale TTT

Late news!  A glorious weekend and a rich variety of hard racing organised by Bingley Harriers all based from Kettlewell, the Triple T of Tarmac, Tussocks and Trail.

Friday’s race is a brutal up hill only road race up Park Rash of approximately 2.5 miles,  I struggled a bit after the 1 in 4 switch back turn at half way but was happy enough with a 2nd place,  20:33 behind the host club’s Martin Peace, 20:19.

Saturday is a long, navigational fell race over Great Whernside of approximately 10 ish miles and 3000ft.  The first three or so miles take you to the finish point for the road race but this time it’s reached via the track up to Cam Head.  Next is a steep climb over the shoulder of Great Whernside and down to the source of the river Nidd.
It’s then another hard climb on a compass bearing to the next checkpoint at the summit cairn of Great Whernside.  This is followed by a short easier section along the ridge to the next checkpoint before the descent down to Caseker Crag.
This is where the ‘route choice’ can make the most difference, as it’s the classic, direct but harder underfoot running, or longer but more runnable option?
I opted for the direct route, although after a couple of minutes of hauling myself up and down several very damp peat groughs I was beginning to think it might not be the best choice!  I finally reached the Hag Dike Gill and contoured round Dowber Gill to the final checkpoint.
From there it’s a nice grassy track for most of the way down to the finish.  I was pleased come back first in 1:39:18 and with Martin finishing third it was now a fight for the overall title on the Sunday’s short fell race.

As I had struggled to keep up with Martin on Friday and the first few miles on Saturday I wasn’t particularly confident of beating him on a 1.5 mile steep fell race.  With the addition of several juniors and Caron, the field was a little bigger for Sunday.  After the initial charge up the first field the juniors started to flag a bit & the two ‘oldies’ moved up to the front again.  My legs were feeling surprisingly fresh & I moved away from Martin just after the top and stayed clear to the finish in a time of 14:43 to win the limited edition TTT vest & lots of alcohol from the 3 races.  Caron ran well to finish in a time of 21:59 and it was good to see two under 14 yr olds finishing 3rd and 4th.

Oh… and it was a bit warm too! Full results on Bingley’s www here