Archive for August, 2013

Saturday 10th August – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

339 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Jonny MCKENNA (M) (Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) in a time of 00:16:42. The first lady completing the course was Katy WOOD (F) (York Acorn RC) in a time of 00:17:37. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

49 Christian HOSKER 00:20:34
108 Ben BHOGAL 00:23:18

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Tuesday 6th August – Runner of the Month for July

tamaraIt’s a joint award this month.

For a couple of personal bests at 5km and 10km and continuing improving performances, Sean O’Halloran has been acknowledged for his results in the Burton Leonard 10km, Liz Fawcett Leathley Handicap, Harrogate 10km and Leeds Park Run.

And for her important and fine performances in the Washburn Valley Relay, Golden Acre Relay and HDSRL Handicap at Thirsk, it’s well done also to Tamara Weatherhead.

Bottles from the Club’s fine wine cavern are heading your way!


Sunday 4th August – Round Hill Fell Race

roundhill03Thanks to all who helped out at the Round Hill this morning.  

The showers forecast for 12.00pm failed to materialise, leaving warm conditions, cooled in places a bit by the stong breeze.  122 started out and all returned with no accidents or incidents.   For the first time in a few years the usual knee deep bogs where generally only ankle deep which I’m sure disappointed a few, maybe…

Richard Pattinson,(56:09), claimed his 5th win in the 11th running our our race. This year however he was pushed all the way as the next 3 finished less than minute behind.


The women’s race was equally close with Emma Barclay, 1:08:21 winning, ahead of Rachel Pilling, 1:08:50 and Sally Malir 1:09:02.

Rogan was Otley’s top man on the day in 6th, 57:48 and Laura took that honour on the women’s side in 5th, 1:12:44.

The other Otley performers were: 16th Graham Lake 1:04:11,  19th Richard Smith 1:05:46,  49th Laura Martin 1:12:44,  55th Tom Potter 1:13:49,  70th Andrew Ackroyd 1:18:33,  90th Caron Ralph 1:24:56,  94th Jackie Ackroyd 1:25:53,  96th Tom Hannah 1:27:18,  100th Lisa Maughan 1:31:59,  102nd Sara Elliott 1:31:59,  105th David Hainsworth 1:32:52,  122nd Antonio Cardinale 2:05:09.
See Full Results here.  

Photos on facebook courtesy of Ian Watson here and photos right courtesy of Shane Ewen (click on image to enlarge).


Sunday 4th August – Saltaire Shaker

saltaireshakerReport from Sean O’Halloran:

Deciding not to do the OAC fell race, Emma Jones, Debra Brown and I took part in the inaugural Saltaire Shaker approximate 15km off-road race today. Arriving nice and early we collected our personalised race numbers and waited with anticipation for the start. The start was delayed by approximate ten minute due to people still waiting to use the single toilet but eventually we got underway.

The course was a mixture of meadow type grass at the start/finish area, well maintained tow paths (dirt and aggregate) and a woodland part in the middle of the race. Setting off at my pre-determined pace I quickly got into a nice rhythm and enjoyed the scenery while the field of runners thinned out. There was a little bottle neck to cross from the river to canal bank but nothing that would cause too much delay.

Mentally I had broken down the race to three parkruns and towards the three mile mark (end of first parkrun) the heat was starting to effect some of the runners and soon I was overtaking people but asking if they were ok as I went past. I lost sight of Emma before the first mile but Debra was in my sights and a target to catch in the second half of the race. From about the 3.5 mile mark I noticed that I was slowly gaining on Debra. I thought to myself, that’s nice of her to wait for me but unfortunately like some of the other runners Debra was flagging in the heat (there was very little shade along the canal path). Just after the 4 mile marker I caught up to Debra and again checking she was ok pushed on to the woodland section. This section was a nice surprise and even I enjoyed the undulating terrain, especially as I caught and passed some runners up the biggest hill on the course (not a match on the hills around Otley).

Eventually, towards the end of the woodland section we came to the water station, this was very welcomed and would of been better being a mile earlier. But after a slurp and a dousing I knew it was back along the canal path to the finish. My pace had dropped slightly and although I could see some more runners in the distance I was not gaining on them and settled for the position I was in.

Now on my third parkrun I headed for home, avoiding dog walkers, cyclists and walkers (very busy path). I was directed off the canal path by a marshal and told “across the bridge and along the field to the finish” which was a surprise as I thought I had further to go. So I followed the orders and increased my pace to the finish line and before you knew it I had done it. I managed to complete the course in 1:41:34. I was greeted by Emma at the finish line who had finished in 1:23:14 and Debra came in behind me in 1:46:36. I collected my goodie bag and certificate (not had a sports certificate for years, next will be badges to stitch on my trunks) and headed for home and lunch.

I was really pleased with my performance and it was nice to do a race longer than a 10km. There was some very good running by all and well done to Emma for being the first OAC member home. The race was well organised and the personalised race numbers was a nice touch and great when supporters along the route could shout out your name. General feedback from myself and other runners was the lack of water stations especially on a hot day. But this is a race I will look out for next year and I hope some more OAC members do also.

The race was won by Mike Jefferies (Unattached) in 56.22 and the fisrt lady in fourteenth position overall was Donna Edmondson fourteenth (64.45). For OAC, Emma Jones finished 101st (83.14), Sean O’Halloran 160th (101.34) and Debra Brown 167th (106.36).


Sunday 4th August – Run For All 10km @ York

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

Completed the Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All @ York Macmillan charity raiser along with around 6,000 others today.

I saw Reid at the start but saw no-one else from Otley although there were a mass of runners and spectators.

The start of the run was well co-ordinated with timed enclosures for runners, demarcation for joggers and another for walkers.

I got caught out last year and had to jump the barrier but this year we were walked round to the start.

Optimistically was aiming for 40 minutes or so having run a sub20 5km at the Leeds Grammar triathlon last weekend (cycle leg was cancelled due to RTA).

Set off reasonably steady and went through 1km in 4.15. Relatively flat if not a little circuitous along the way with plenty of spectators to encourage us along. Must have kept up a consistent pace as finished in 42.36 (they texted me three times!). I had overheard a runner at the start aiming for 40 minutes too although did not see him again till I crossed the line and he had just finished.

I think it had been deceptively hot as there was a bit of a relatively cool breeze. Pleased enough as 20 seconds faster than the recent Harrogate 10km.

From the results, the race was won by Wondiye Fikre Indelbu (Unattached / Ethiopia) in 31.14 and the first lady was Pauline Munro (Wetherby) in seventh position overall (35.22) – all gun positions / chip times.

For OAC, Howard Jeffrey finished 180th (42.36) and Reid Haddow 879th (50.56)


Saturday 3rd August – Park Runs

Results for Dulwich parkrun

137 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Gregg AITKEN (M) (Herne Hill Harriers) in a time of 00:16:45. The first lady completing the course was Kim HAINSWORTH (F) (Dulwich Runners AC) in a time of 00:19:30. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

15 Huw ILLINGWORTH 00:19:00

Results for Harrogate parkrun

284 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Mike HATCH (M) (Sale Harriers Manchester) in a time of 00:17:18. The first lady completing the course was Lauren WOODHALL (F) (Harrogate Harriers & AC) in a time of 00:20:00. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

72 David Anthony FOX 00:22:55

Results for Leeds parkrun

347 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Gwilym THOMAS (M) (Valley Striders AC) in a time of 00:17:27. The first lady completing the course was Susan PARTRIDGE (F) (Leeds City AC) in a time of 00:16:49. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

43 Christian HOSKER 00:21:05
90 Ben BHOGAL 00:23:27
197 Reuben BHOGAL 00:27:24

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