Report from today’s race by Richard Hamer.
Hmmm, where do we start with this? A strong turnout from Otley AC for the 10th annual event held in baking heat. Congratulations go to Rogan Ashton (pictured right) who was third and Ursula McGouran who was first FV55.
And while Rogan was delving into his prizewinners goody bag for everyone else still slogging away in the heat the fun and games started around the 4km mark when a swarm of hornets went on the attack.
A lot of the finishing times are probably very inaccurate as many runners stopped to help those that had been stung, while others had to stop to compose themselves.
Many people were hit several times on the head (among other parts of the body – some quite delicate). Colin Best took hits to the head and neck and soon after keeled over and was eventually delivered back to the finish courtesy of one of the marshalls.
Others were not so lucky and a series of ambulances had to return several runners to the finish line, while the air ambulance was also called out.
Those that battled on and completed the course kept the St John Ambulance very busy at the finish line applying whatever you apply to stings (calamine lotion?).
People will be talking about this event for years to come!
It was also featured on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show on Friday 30th August here (at 38:00, just after Blur’s Girls & Boys).
The race was won by Barry McGuire (Harrogate) in 38.27 and the first lady in sixteenth position overall was Tori Green (Ripon) in 42.59.
For OAC, Rogan Ashton finished third (38.47), Andy Ackroyd 63rd (49.06), Tom Hannah 104th (53.32), Ursula McGouran 109th (54.10), Jackie Ackroyd 133rd (56.58), Dave Hainsworth 146th (58.49), Bob Baker 210th (77.19) and Don Buffham 222nd (81.49).