Archive for September, 2013

Saturday 14th September – Rombalds Romp Fell & Trail races

Report by the Hon. handicapper….

Abbey runners organised a perfect sunny and still morning for an early autumn stroll around Ilkley moor.

Two races Fell & trail starting at the same time and place with some common sections in for both races.  The fell keeping entirely to Ilkley moor & Rivock Edge woods, where as the trail dropped over to the upper parts of the Aire valley and had a long section on the Ilkley – Keighley track/road across the moor.

Last year the leading fell runners beat the trail runners back, but with several of the leaders in the Fell going off course and a late change to the trail  course, the top finishers was dominated by the trail runners this time.

Full results and routes on Abbey’s website here & photos from the Dave & Eileen Woodhead on the Woodentops website here.

1st back in a close finish was Quentin Lewis, Baildon Runners 44:20, just ahead of Colin Walker, P&B 44:25, a little behind were Otley’s top two of the Hon. handicapper, 45.10 & Liam Dunne,  45.25 in 3rd & 4th respectively, all doing the trail race.

First in the fell route & 11th back overall was Tom Gommersall, Bingley H. 51.17.  Andy Hunt ran strongly for 5th, 53.50 a minute or so ahead of Shane Ewen, 55.12.

Caron Ralph, (fell), Lisa Maughan (trail) & Chris Wordsworth (trail) had there own battle meeting both times on the common route with Caron finishing just 7 seconds ahead of Lisa in 1:12:03 & 1:12:10 respectively and Chris shortly afterwards in 1:13:57. Here’s Chris Wordsworth’s report:

On Saturday morning I headed to Ilkley for the Rombalds Romp trail race, a seven miler across Ilkley Moor. We met up with a number of other Otley runners in the car park and made our way up to the start in ideal weather conditions, sunny but not too hot.

Two races start and finish at the same point, one a fell race over a steeper route, the other a trail race over gentler terrain, or at least as gentle as Ilkley Moor can offer. I opted for the trail race.

After a short briefing we were away, heading gently uphill towards the Swastika Stone, with me taking my usual place towards the back of the field. There was a brief error of route finding, but a local runner soon had us back on course. It was fairly hard going but the views up Wharfedale and across Beamsley Beacon were spectacular and eased the pain somewhat.

The course then took a steeper and more direct route over the crest of the moor, and there was a gradual descent, again with good views, towards the conifer plantations. The tracks through these plantations were pretty muddy but I slithered through and emerged for another steady descent to the road leading to the masts on the moor’s summit, fortified by a couple of jelly babies from my pocket. The road was tough going, steadily uphill with some steeper bits and I was forced into a short walk at one point.

Once over the summit with lungs burning I was hoping for an easy track down to the finish, but we followed a more circuitous route with a steep and muddy descent that I was forced to take at a slow pace to minimise the risk of a head first trip into the bracken. As ever on such descents, a number of people flew past me with apparently little concern for their own safety. The final half mile was on a good track and I found a little bit of energy to finish at a reasonable pace. I was pleased with my time over a challenging course and equally pleased with the bottles of beer given away to finishers.

Overall it was a well organised and enjoyable race to do (good weather helping). I will definitely be back next year and would urge others to give it a go.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.


Saturday 14th September – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

303 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Jonny MCKENNA (M) (Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) in a time of 00:16:58. The first lady completing the course was Faye BANKS (F) (Pontefract A.C.) in a time of 00:19:27. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

9 Richard Anthony SMITH 00:18:44
40 Christian HOSKER 00:20:42

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Wednesday 11th September – Roseberry Topping Fell Race

Report from Graham Lake on the Roseberry Topping Fell Race (1.4 miles / 712′):

Early on Wednesday evening, OAC’s three intrepid fell runners, myself, Matt Broughton and Colin Best set off for this end of season spectacular up the Cleveland Matterhorn.


We’d planned to get there early so we have time to warm up properly, pay our money and possibly recce ‘the chute’, the steep muddy alternative route down.

Plenty of the usual faces from the NEHRA series of races run by Dave Parry of Esk Valley Fell Club were milling about, including the usual impressively good juniors.

The race sets off in usual Dave style “You run up to the top, touch the trig and back down without going into those farmers fields, right GO”.

There’s a mad dash to get up the lane to the kissing gate before a queue builds up, I went off a bit too quickly and found myself right at the front, so eased off. You then start the trudge up through the woods to the footpath which winds round to the bottom of the summit cone. Hardly any of this is runnable, with a snake of wheezing bodies, hands on knees, staring at the ground, hoping the trig point comes quickly.

I noticed some runners who were behind me had gained time coming UP the chute, so I made the decision then I was going to risk it on the way down.

I was maybe top ten by the time I touched the trig, so I hurtled down ‘Richard Smith Scree’, passing Matt who gave me an encouraging “Go on Graham” (or something), as did Colin. I was just glad to give my lungs a rest, they were burning.

I noticed a maroon vest dart off to the right, so I followed him, now heading for ‘the chute’. When I got to the top, I honestly thought I’d made a bad mistake, it’s stupidly steep, but I set off down tentatively. I was soon deluged in gravel from a descending Redcar A.C. runner who I thought had completely lost it and was falling towards me. Turns out this is how the locals roll (or slide).

As another ‘slider’ past me I decided to change tactics, get on my backside and go for it; what fun!! I tobogganed down to the barbed wire fence, leapt that and headed down the steep tracks through the woods and back to the track home, almost, but not quite catching the chap who’d slid past me.

I was buzzing, so jogged back up to cheer in Matt and Colin who looked similarly in shock. A well-earned meal at a local pub allowed us to set the world to rights – and plan next year’s assault!

I finished in twelth 15.09, Matt Broughton 35th in 18.32 and Colin Best 50th 20.13.

Nick Barber (Pennine Fell Ruuners) won in 12.24 and the first lady was Emma Clapton (Scarborough) who was sixteenth overall (15.58). Results from Esk Valley here and photos here.


Sunday 8th September – Yorkshireman Full & Half Marathons

Keighley & Craven A.C.’s off-road Full (26.1 miles / 3,281′) and Half (14.9 miles / 2,133′) Marathons over the Brontë Moors from Haworth.

From the Full results, the race was won by Ged Callan (Bingley) in 3.18.29 and the first lady in sixteenth position overall was Kim Threadgall (Valley Striders) in 3.46.55. For OAC, Ed Davies finished fourth (3.27.24), Hugh Pearson 119th (5.11.24) and Nick Hodgkinson 157th (5.44.54).

From the Half Results, the race was won by Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley) in 1.41.04 and the first lady in seventeenth position overall was Rachel Pilling (Pudsey & Bramley) in 2.00.24. For OAC, Sarah Smith 119th (2.32.07), Ged Peacock finished 135th (2.37.51).

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.


Sunday 8th September – Wetherby 10km

wetherby10kmOrganised by Wetherby Runners A.C. the race was won by James Wardman (Rothwell) in 34.01 and the first lady in 20th position overall was Caroline Lambert (Wetherby) in 37.06 (all gun position / chip times).

For OAC, Scott Harrington finished second (34.26), Tom Midgley fifteenth (36.41), Richard Smith 32nd (38.22), Tom Hannah 295th (48.56), Sara Elliott 336th (49.42) and Billy Rayner 378th (50.44).

Continuing, Emma Jones 391st (51.26), Dave Hainsworth 429th (52.10), Charlotte Tomlinson 451st (53.25), Laura Hind 495th (54.35), Gemma Harrington 498th (55.02), Joanna Midgley 595th (57.44) and Sean O’Halloran 623rd (59.55).

Photograph courtesy of Richard Smith.

Report from Laura Hind:

After a terrible forecast for Sunday, it was a pleasant surprise to wake up and see the sun shining.

I was excited about my first race in an OAC vest and the Wetherby 10k didn’t disappoint!

A field of 1,000 runners, good running conditions and a fantastic OAC turnout made for a great afternoon of racing. Although we’d been warned that it wasn’t a great PB course, us improvers set out with the bit between our teeth to knock a few seconds off previous (and in my case dusty!!) records!

Scott was leading the way for the field right up to 7k and was unlucky to miss out on top spot – still, podium finish of any kind is pretty impressive!!

For us towards the other end, it was happy days all round. Sara, running her first 10k notched up an excellent sub 50 minute time, Gemma also clocked a great first time and Sean managed to smash the hour barrier!! Personally,I’m just glad to see all this hill running paying off – 3.5 min improvement on my last 10k!

Now onto the next race…what was that you said, Billy? The Guy Fawkes 10 is miles, not km? Oh…. ; P

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Photos by Andrew Thrippleton here.

Results from Sport Systems


Sunday 8th September – Eridge Park 10 Mile Trail Challenge

Report from OAC’s Ben Cousen:

On Sunday I opened the silk lined box containing my ‘black and white’ OAC vest for the first time in about ten months, the occasion being the fifteenth Eridge Park 10 Mile Trail Challenge near Tunbridge Wells.

Apart from the fact I have been getting low on t-shirts lately, the main attraction of this race for me was the fact that it features in a book I own of the 500 ‘ultimate running races in the world’, edited by Angela Mudge and has consistently been voted one of the ‘best’ races in Britain in various publications.

The scenery was fantastic, the organisation superb, the terrain unrelenting, the t-shirt almost wearable in public. Only one person in the history of the event has ducked under the hour, which gives an indication of the toughness of the course. After setting off at an optimistic pace, a certain lack of preparation, racing and training made the event an enjoyable nightmare for me but I was kind of pleased to finish in 74th position in a time of 85.53.

It was won by Julian Rendall (Tonbridge A.C.) in 62.50 and the first lady in eleventh position overall was Deirdre McDermot (Tonbridge A.C.) in 70.58. It was good to race again and maybe the kick needed to get back into some regular runnning. My OAC vest caught the attention of the race organiser, a former Menston resident and we spent a good few minutes discussing and reminiscing about routes on the Chevin.

Another tick in the book, leaving just 492 races to go…

Results from Tunbridge Wells Harriers.

Photos courtesy of Darren Whittaker here and the photo of Ben here.


Sunday 8th September – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by Paul Tiffany (Bingley) in 17.31 and the first lady in ninth position overall was Maya Hird (Unattached) in 24.22.

For OAC, Jack Robertshaw finished tenth (24.31), Phil Robinson finished fifteenth (26.03), Kath Robertshaw 22nd (29.12) and Debra Brown 27th (31.08).

Read race organiser Paul Shack’s report here.

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Saturday 7th September – Derwentwater Trail Run 10km

derwentwatertrail_joannaReport from OAC’s Joanna Hobson:

I took part in the Derwentwater Trail Run 10km, part of the Lakeland Trails Series.

Following torrential rain on the Friday and showers all morning on Saturday I was expecting a very soggy run but the sun came out for the duration of the race and wonderful views were captured from Latrigg.

The race started and finished in Fitz Park and then proceeds along footpaths and bridlepaths taking in panoramic views of Derwentwater, the surrounding peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra and the northern fells.

Th race was won by Phil Winskill (Keswick A.C.) in a time of 33.57 and the first lady was Suzanne Toppin in 43.48.

I finished in 109th place in a time of 55.53.

In the afternoon I met up with Jackie and Andy Ackroyd who had taken part in the more challenging 15k race, taking in the infamous Glendereterra bogs – my challenge for next year???. That race was won by Russell Maddams (Keswick A.C.) in 56.57 and Andy finished 121st (80.50) and Jackie 164th (85.26).

Results of the 10km race here.

Results of the 15km race here.


Saturday 7th September – Park Runs

Results for Leeds parkrun

302 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Moti TOLLERA (M) (Leeds City AC) in a time of 00:17:37. The first lady completing the course was Alexandra GOSTLING (F) (Leeds City AC) in a time of 00:19:40. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:

22 Christian HOSKER 00:20:10

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Thursday 5th September – 3,000m Handicap & ROY

The first track event (of two) for both the Club Runner of the Year Championship and also September’s Club Handicap – the 3,000m held at Greenhead track, Keighley.

A knee problem, due for an op. couldn’t stop the lure of the track for Tony, the former track & road star & new man behind Otley’s persuit of its own track.  A generous handicap saw Tony take a clear win ahead of Gemma and Sara.

Scott recorded the fastest time on the night of 9.51 in 9th.  The main battle of the night was between those at the top of the handicap table, with the top two Ursula and Dominic setting off together, a strong last lap from both meant they picked up lots of points in 6th and 7th.

The leading positions in the Eric Smith handicap table is now Ursula 162 pts, Dominic 146 pts and Matt Podd 137.5 pts.

See full 2013 Eric Smith Handicap trophy table here and for records for our club 3000m races over the last 23 years see the handicap times spreadsheet here.

Thanks for another former track star, (8.40  – 3k), Peter McGouran for lap counting & time keeping duties.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Tony Walker 00:16:44 00:04:00 00:12:44 22
2 Gemma Harrington 00:16:55 00:01:00 00:15:55 21
3 Sara Elliott 00:17:01 00:03:15 00:13:46 20
4 Joanna Hobson 00:17:02 00:02:00 00:15:02 19
5 Matt Podd 00:17:06 00:04:40 00:12:26 18
6 Dominic Egan 00:17:08 00:04:10 00:12:58 17
7 Ursula McGouran 00:17:09 00:04:10 00:12:59 16
8 Caron Ralph 00:17:10 00:04:00 00:13:10 15
9 Scott Harrington 00:17:11 00:07:20 00:09:51 14
10 John Cowan 00:17:11 00:04:40 00:12:31 13
11 Tom Potter 00:17:13 00:05:45 00:11:28 12
12 Antonio Cardinale 00:17:14 00:00:00 00:17:14 11
13 Richard Smith 00:17:16 00:06:30 00:10:46 10
14 Howard Jeffrey 00:17:20 00:05:15 00:12:05 9
15 Tom Midgley 00:17:26 00:07:00 00:10:26 8
16 Joe Webster 00:17:30 00:05:45 00:11:45 7
17 Lisa Maughan 00:17:30 00:02:45 00:14:45 6
18 Laura Hind 00:17:33 00:01:45 00:15:48 5
19 John Davies 00:17:17 00:04:00 00:13:17 4
20 Sean O’Halloran 00:17:48 00:01:00 00:16:48 3
21 Colin Best 00:17:58 00:04:00 00:13:58 2
22 Andy Webster 00:18:01 00:05:15 00:12:46 1