Archive for August, 2013

Tuesday 20th August – Eccup New Inn Handicap

Round Eight of this year’s Club Handicap Championship was the four mile multi-terrain circuit starting and finishing at the New Inn, Eccup.

Andy Webster went one better than Leathley, finishing in the top postion for the first time.  A fast finishing Caron took the runners up spot just ahead of Joanna and Sean.  Richard came through the field to 6th to record the fastest time of the night.

Ursula took plenty of points too in 5th, reclaiming her position at the top of the Handicap table on 146 points, ahead of Dominic 129 and Matt Podd 119.5.  September’s race follows soon the 3k track race at Keighley on the Thursday 5th.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Andy Webster 40:16 11:00 29:16 22
2 Caron Ralph 40:36 09:30 31:06 21
3 Joanna Hobson 40:38 05:00 35:38 20
4 Sean O’Halloran 40:42 02:00 38:42 19
5 Ursula McGouran 40:45 09:30 31:15 18
6 Richard Smith 40:52 15:30 25:22 17
7 Ian Broadbent 41:02 12:00 29:02 16
8 Neil Charlton 41:07 13:00 28:07 15
9 Tom Hannah 41:12 09:00 32:12 14
10 Joe Webster 41:20 14:30 26:50 13
11 Matt Podd 41:27 12:00 29:27 12
12 Ross Armstrong 41:40 15:30 26:10 11
13 Billy Rayner 41:47 09:30 32:17 10
14 Emma Jones 41:52 08:30 33:22 9
15 Liz Wordsworth 42:02 05:00 37:02 8
16 Davd Hainsworth 42:04 06:00 36:04 7
17 Chris Wordsworth 42:07 06:00 36:07 6
18 John Armitstead 42:10 14:00 28:10 5
19 Debra Brown 42:55 02:00 40:55 4
20 Antonio Cardinale 42:55 00:00 42:55 3
21 Rogan Ashton 46:07 17:30 28:37 2
22 Gemma Harrington 54:28 04:00 50:28 1


Sunday 18th August – Escrick 10km

The Escrick 10k was won by Steve Bateson (East Hull Harriers) in 33.59 and the first lady in 20th position overall was Carla Stansfield (Beverley) in 38.58.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 83rd (43.44) and Ged Peacock 245th (51.51).

Results from ukresults.

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Sunday 18th August – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by OAC’s Joe Webster in 20.08 and the first lady in third position overall was OAC’s Nikki Scott in 22.48.

Read race organiser Paul Shack’s report here

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Saturday 17th August – Park Runs

Results for Fritton Lake parkrun

45 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Matthew SPENCER (M) (Ipswich JAFFA RC) in a time of 00:16:54. The first lady completing the course was Jane A DAVIES (F) (Reading Joggers) in a time of 00:21:02. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

31 Laura HIND 00:27:31

Results for Leeds parkrun

322 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Liam Jack O’BRIEN (M) (Skyrac AC) in a time of 00:17:12. The first lady completing the course was Karen GARVICAN (F) (Abbey Runners Leeds) in a time of 00:18:59. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

10 Jon GREENWELL 00:18:19
17 Richard Anthony SMITH 00:18:53
29 Tamara WEATHERHEAD 00:19:40

Report from OAC’s Tamara Weatherhead:

I finally dragged my lazy self down to a park run at Hyde Park. I figured that was the easiest, i.e. flattest, run to be had around here.

I bumped into Richard Smith and Jon Greenwell, although they were tricky to spot without their club vests 😉

Not being a morning runner, I found the race much tougher than I had hoped and definitely not that flat. I was a bit disappointed with my effort overall. Anyway Jon and Richard did well and I did well enough and got second lady.

I am hoping however that my eyes do not deceive me and this is a new LV40 Club Record?


Friday 16th August – St Levan 10k

Andrew Robertshaw reports:

Holidaying in St Ives for the week I discovered a local 10k race a couple of miles or so from Lands End.  The race was well organised be Mounts Bay Harriers, based in Penzance.  There is a good description of the route with various comments on the nature of the hills on their club website here.

The race was won by Tom Muddiman of Southampton in 34:37 and I was happy to finish 5th & 1st v40, and one behind the first V45,  but a little disappointed with a time just creeping over 37 minutes in 37.01.  Maybe I’m a little out of practice as my last open 10k was the Ribble Valley 10k 2008.   Full results available here.


Sunday 11th August – Hardmoors Saltburn Trail Half Marathon

Report from OAC’s Graham Lake:

I’d had my eye (more of which later) on this trail series set in and around the North Yorkshire Moors for a while and as this race started from my home town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea it seemed rude not to give it a go.

This is part of a series of races all with a full Marathon, Half or 10k option and as my training had been limited due to a dodgy achilles I went for the half option.

My brother Andy was going to run too, so we both went up to register nice and early and listen to the race briefing which was definitely brief: “follow the yellow tape”.

So, the marathon and half-marathon runners all set off at 10am on a sunny but breezy Sunday morning, maybe about 120 in all.

Diving down into Rifts Wood I got off to a rather painful start when something big hit my eye-lid, followed by a sharp pain – a bumble bee had stung me! Luckily big bro’ was on hand to pull the sting out “It’s fine, I’ve just been on a first aid course”. Ouch.

Anyway, off we went, climbing out of the woods and following the Cleveland Way up Airy Hill, where the two routes split.

A fight with some brambles and nettles followed before the first ‘navigational adventure’. Myself and another runner stopped at a cross-roads to see where the tape went but couldn’t see any. Ran down the obvious lane and low and behold some tape, so carried on. We then saw the leaders running back towards us saying they’d seen no tape for ages. We then checked my map (I was only one with map) and saw we shouldn’t have gone down the ‘obvious lane’ at all. So I re-calculated the route and we all headed off to dissect the race route again.

We were now running between the various old mining villages of East Cleveland and our second ‘navigational adventure’ happened when some tape suggested right (and one of the marshals had said it was right) so we went right.

It wasn’t right.

I now had made some lovely new running friends thanks to my solitary map, so we huddled and decided on another route, finding our way back on course quite easily but some other runners (including my bro’, who had probably, you know, checked the route) had caught us up.

An uneventful slog over Warsett Hill and down to the coastal mining town of Skinningrove. I was picking up places on the downhills as I’m guessing most runners were of the road variety.

Again the tape ran out at the crucial point (possibly taken as souvenirs by locals) and I decided to follow the route on the map which went straight up through a scrubby wood replete with old cans, shopping trolleys etc but the other four runners decided to take the road route. I popped out just past the marshal point so backed over to give him my number and ask if I’m going the right way “Not sure mate”.

I’d made some time up, so was actually leading at this point as we headed round the stunning cliff top of Huntcliff, views right up the coast to Sunderland and the new windfarm at Tees mouth, along with the first view of Saltburn and the leisure centre in the distance.

I slowly got picked off by two chaps from Knavesmire, one Leeds City (I think) and a couple of others, my legs had nothing in them and I felt really shattered, having done no long runs for weeks.

As we descended to the beach I caught two up and we started up into the woods (not knowing that the two leaders had completely missed this turning). As I was on familiar territory I kept the three of us right through the woods, although I had to call one of them back who’d started heading back to the sea! In fact he then got lost again.

So that left two of us to head back out of the woods and along the road for half a mile back to the leisure centre, my running partner leaving me for dust as we approached the finish and a nice loud cheer from the family.

So, I knew I was either second or fifth depending on where the others had got to, a quick check as we got into the leisure centre hall showed they’d managed to get back before us, so fifth it was (123.39).

Lovely cakes, tea, sausage rolls etc on offer at the end and we all had a good laugh about the adventurous morning we’d had! My bro’ came in not far back in eleventh, so a good morning for the Lake running club.

This was the first time they’d run this particular race, so some teething problems expected. I just think stipulating carrying a map and being responsible for your own navigation might have helped stop us just ‘following the tape’, even when the tape was in the wrong place. Anyways, I’m sure they’ll improve for next year as the series is obviously popular and a good half-way-house between fell running and road.

For those who like such things, the route (nearly 15 miles!) is here.

The race was won by Chris Roberts (Knavesmire) in 119.58 and the first lady was Helen Spring (York Acorn) in 145.23 and there were 54 finishers.

Results from here.


Sunday 11th August – Askern 10 Miles

Report from OAC’s Tom Potter:

Today I ventured over to Askern, near Doncaster for the Askern 10 Mile Road Race. After running this reasonably tough road race in 2011 I decided to have another crack at it in order to try and break my PB, recently set at the Otley 10.

I was due to travel over with Ian Fisher however Ian had to sadly withdraw due to illness and to my knowledge there was only one other OAC member present today and that was Dave Hainsworth.

The race conditions were not perfect, a constant side wind and burst of rain and sunny spells made it all the more difficult. I have to say that I ‘over cooked’ it in the first seven miles and paid the price in the last few miles. Very pleased to finish to race in 68.24 and beat my PB by a good 90 or so seconds.

It was just one of those days when you have a stormer and almost everything goes to plan. Lesson to learn in pacing myself in the first half of longer races though.

More details from askerndrc and historic results from ukresults.

From the results, the race was won by Ben Livesey (Birchfield Harriers) in 52.08 and the first lady in eleventh position overall was Katie Parry (Leeds City) in 61.03.

For OAC, Tom Potter finished 80th (68.24) and Dave Hainsworth 247th (87.43)


Sunday 11th August – II Carrera Solidaria de la Dehesa de Roche 12km (Esp)

Report from OAC’s Jamil Parapia:

I did a 12km race in Spain the other day. It was my first open race for three years.

The race was held in Roche near Cadiz in southern Spain and although the course was flat the conditions were extremely hot and windy. More details from here.

I finished in fifth place out of approximately 260 runners in a time of 41.03.

The race was won by Sergi Rodriguez Jimenez (Alcala de los Gazules) in 38.37. Results from here.


Sunday 11th August – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by John Shanks (Valley Striders) in 18.25 and the first lady in seventh position overall was Gill Myers (Wharfedale Harriers) in 23.11.

For OAC, Simon Anderson finished second in 19.14.

Read race organiser Paul Shack’s report here

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Saturday 10th August – World Age Group Duathlon Championships in Ottawa (Can)

report from OAC’s Howard Jeffrey:

I travelled 15 hours on Thursday to get to Ottawa Canada for the World Age Group Duathlon Championships on Saturday morning. Not the best race preparation. Managed to stay reasonably supple till I got into bed at 1.00am on Friday morning. Arghh Back pain! Sorted by one of the team physios on Friday morning thankfully so good to go. I was not affected by jet lag as I have a weird routine of sleep at the best of times. Had 3 hours sleep on Friday and spent the day being briefed, registering putting bike in transition etc. Bumped into guys I knew one wearing an Eccup 10 T shirt and another from York Knavesmire. Ottawa is a beautiful city with some historic buildings, well geared for cycling with many cycle lanes. They close off many major roads on Sunday for bikes and skate boards, very civilised.

After 5 hours sleep on Saturday I got up and went to watch the standard distance ( I did the sprint at 1.00pm) events from 6.30 am. Competitors from 22 nations, the most being USA, followed by Canada, then probably GB. Cheered along people from Japan (they seemed to be the most appreciative), Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia as well as the usual European nations and it was also the world junior and u23 champs. The route went out and back along a closed dual carriageway next to the Ottawa river and lakes. It became very hot 30 degrees and there was a stiff breeze by 1.00pm (which was in your face both out and back which I can’t fathom! As fellow runners you will know!). The route was quite undulating and our distance was 5.0 K run 20K bike 2.5K run. I set off fairly steady (always conscious of the hard bike leg to come) and picked off a few people and managed 21.35 for the 5K (the heat, the hills and the wind were worth a good couple of minutes I reckon). Legs a bit jaded for the bike and was passed by some of the people I had been in front of on the run. I took 39 or so minutes but leapt off to have a storming last 2.5 K run in 11.10. Total time 1.14.04. The winner in my age group was American and he did 1.04.00. Silver went to another American and a GB guy took the Bronze. I have to find 10 minutes to contest medals, the bulk of which I ought to get out of the bike (which is currently my weak discipline, although not had much practice yet) and a couple off the runs, so that is the future challenge. There were only Americans, Canadians and Brits in my race and I managed to beat one of each of them (16/19) and again managed to perform as well as I could on the day which is all you can ever hope to do! I managed also to catch an American who was about 500 metres ahead at the second run turn point and thanks to the cheering crowds stormed across the finish (a la Ohurogu) just in front. He was in the next age category so they are already in my sights for next year. It doesn’t get any easier though as I still have to find the 10 minutes to get to the front of the pack even in that group! Of the total in the sprint in all ages and both sexes I came 198 out of 299 so no disgrace. Next major European Standard Triathlon next year (next age group!) in Kitzbuhel Austria in June. Pancake flat Not!! All results available from Sportsstats and as usual a good medal haul for the UK.