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Thursday 31st October – Chevin Chiller

Report from Shane Ewen.ChevinChiller

A good turn out at the inaugural Chevin Chiller tonight. A 6.66k run of two laps in the dark. Plenty of fancy dress and high spirits. Good race up the top end; I managed to nick 3rd place from The Hunt & a Kirkstall Harrier with a good finish. I put this down to my warm up climbing East Chevin Road and a good head-torch (worth investing in the technology if you’re going to run the dark trails a lot). The Moonlighter runs probably helped a bit too. Everyone enjoyed themselves as far as I could tell & the marshals did a great job in the dark. Race won by Spider-Man who must have used his Spider Sense to pull ahead…

and one from Sean O’Halloran.

The first Chevin Chiller took place around a slightly extended RunSunday course on Halloween. The event was very well attended with over 200 people signing up to take part, in that number were a few faces from OAC.


Before the start i met up with Toni, Andy and Sarah. Toni was making her return from injury and it was great to see her back to running. We gathered around the start area chatting and trying to keep warm before we were summoned to the start line and following a few words we were off. As you can imagine the start was very congested and i decided to do some rapid overtaking to pass some of the costume wearing runners into some space that had opened up in front and up killer hill i went. Not long after the start and just after killer hill the heavens opened and soon i had to stop to remove my glasses, while stowing my glasses safely in my pocket i noticed Toni pass me and i followed on behind. We were bombing down the first of the down hill sections and someone just in front of me let out a girly scream as they tripped over one of the raised water diverting brick lines. Yep, it was Toni picking herself up, i stopped to make sure she was ok and not seriously hurt and we both set off again and decided to stick together. The course, unlike RunSunday, headed down to the bottom part of Danefield before heading back up to the middle section and on to killer hill to start lap two. The going was good to soft and rather muddy in places but very enjoyable and a good workout for the legs.

Toni and I took it steady around the course, Toni being cautious as just coming back from injury and I have the Guy Fawkes 10 on Sunday, but we were not going to be beaten by the pumpkin and made sure we kept in front On the final part of the second lap we came across two runners who were i guess finding the hills a little challenging and when we could we overtook them and headed for home. Finishing time was not important, the objective was to finish safely and to have fun in the process and well done to Toni for carrying on following you early fall

I think the race was won by Spiderman and the first home for OAC was Shane who came in third, nice one Shane. The race was very well organised and well marshalled and praise should go to Paul and Michelle for another great race. I hope this race will become an annual event as i think everyone had a great time.

The Spiderman winner was Andy Bedford, Saltaire Striders, 28:54, 3rd Shane Ewen, 30:15, 4th Andy Hunt, 30:20, 100th Sarah Jones 45;15, 158th & 159th Toni Midgley & Sean O’Halloran in 55:54 & 56:02 respectively.   Full results will be available on RunSunday.


20th & 27th October – The County (Laois) Novice XC & Provincial Masters XC event

Report from Liam Dunne.20131020_130706

On 19th Oct I returned to Ireland for a week with the intention of competing in two races over two weekends. The first race was The County (Laois) Novice XC.

The Novice XC is for any club runners over the age of 19 who has not previously won an individual county medal. The race attracts the likes of myself who came to the sport at a late age, the promising young juniors entering the seniors ranks and those in between.

The weather was perfect for the event and the 6km course was relatively flat. Although a bit short and flat for me, I knew if I ran well I was in with a chance of a medal, but with support from my neice and nephew fan club combined with the recent hard training, I’m glad to report that I went on to win the race in a time of 20.26 and pick up my first individual county medal. Results here:

With a week to eat, run, rest and socialise it was off to Dunboyne, Co Meath for the provincial masters xc event. Prizes were on offer for club, county and the first three in each age group from 35+ and going up in 5 year increments. Again this was a fairly flat 6km course with lots of mud and several twists and turns.

Being a provincial event meant I was going to face stiffer competition than the previous week but a week of mothers home cooking combined with plenty of rest seemed to pay dividends and I was happy to finish in tenth position overall in a time of 21.40, 4th in the M35 age group and picked up bronze as the county team finished third. Winner of the event was John Fenlon (St Michaels) in a time of 21.15

Results can be found here.



Sat. 26th & Sun. 27th October – The OMM

Report from Sarah Fuller.

6pm Saturday evening and whilst most normal people are preparing to go out I’m lying in a space in which a 5 year old would struggle to fit, in the corner of a field in the Brecon Beacons that is slowly but surely turning into a paddy field. The rain is hammering down and the wind is periodically flattening the tent and threatening to rip it to pieces. Im cooking our ‘meal’ in a tiny pan balanced over a solid fuel block and trying to stop the thing blowing away completely. We are dining on pot noodles and copious quantities of crips and tea, it is the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. We are trapped in this tiny space for the next 12 hours, it is too wet and windy to go out and there is nothing to do but hold a post mortem of the day, chat and try and sleep – all of which are hard over the noise of the wind. It is the only night of the year you really don’t want an extra hour in bed! We are at the overnight camp of the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) and have run for 6 hours over a fair few hills, through huge bogs, enourmous tussocks, swollen rivers and sodden ground to get here The weather has been atrocious but its been a really enjoyable day out Having not done a mountain marathon so far this year, our usual cunning route choice radar was a little rusty but our nav was ok and we felt we were moving strongly. Pouring over the maps in the evening we noticed several route options that we didn’t see during the day that would have saved us a bit of effort and gained a few more points but that’s the way it goes with score classes (I was running the medium score class with Kate Boobyer – the middle of the 3 score classes on offer at the OMM, score format means you try and get as many points as you can in a set time rather than complete a set route in the fastest time), and us tortoises have in the past got the better of many hares with cunning route choices! Despite our slightly headless chicken approach, at overnight we were 40th overall and 2nd ladies – happy with that. The second day began much as the first had finished (at least our second day did begin – there were many tales of competitors giving up after their tents were blown/ washed away in the night including one pair who spent a considerable amount of the night hiding in a portaloo!) – with a large amount of wind and rain and some delicate cooking manouvers. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 27th October – Harewood 10 & 5

Report from Howard Jeffrey

I usually have races pre-booked well in advance but this Sunday I had decided to enter the Harewood 10 on the day. The potential for the extra hour in bed with the clock change was disrupted by the rain lashing down all night. Unable to sleep so took the dog for a walk in the abating rain. When Jacque got up and opened the curtains, blue sky rising sun and all well with the world. I got my number and met Tom who was on the way to pick up his, sun still shining so polished up the shades ( they make you go faster!). Started to warm up and met Simon, who had been persuaded by Tom to do the 10 as he had come to do the 5. Something along the lines of if the old boys can do 10 so can you, I believe.

About 15 minutes before the start the wind that they were enjoying in the South suddenly sprang up and I guess was gusting up to 70mph! With it the sky blackened so my optimism for the shades waned and I left them in the car. The 10 and the 5 set off together and I found the course surprisingly dry for the first half underfoot considering the downfall overnight. The course is quite hilly all the way round and the latter half is mainly on ‘dirt’ track apart from the last mile on tarmac. For dirt track read slimy mud as the rain had started to pound down for the middle half of the race, so the conditions were pretty perfect for cross country running.

Steve Haywood for Otley had obviously not met Tom prior to the race as he did the 5 and finished 49th in 48.13. The results came with an apology as the lead runners had been mis-directed along the route of the 2 mile which was subtly different so the 20 lead runners ran 5.5 or so making the ‘winning’ time academic.

Simon had a great run and finished in 6th place (first o/40) in 66.02 the 10 being won (no mis-direction here) by Lee Dalton of Nidd Valley in 63.18

Your’s truly finished in 72nd place (4 minutes faster than last year despite the conditions). For some reason the vets categories are in 10 year bands so am giving 9 plus years to the freshly o/50’s but still managed 15/50

Tom 170 th in 89.51 and 5/17 in his category. 301 finished. Full results courtesy of Valley striders here

The wind and rain only lasted for the race and then it was fine


Sunday 27th October – Bronte Way

Hon. Secretary John Dade reports.

Today I ran the Bronte Trail race (8 miles/1150 feet) – a linear run from Wycoller (in Lancashire) to Haworth (in Yorkshire) along a wild, windswept, and at times very muddy trail.

Keighley and Craven AC laid on a minibus bus service which delivered us to the start in the charming village of Wycoller. This had a beautiful Tudor barn, were we registered, and an interesting selection of historic footbridges. I walked over these quite a few times and as we had been dropped off about an hour before the start.

As the start approached the sky grew darker and the rain grew heavier. This continued for the first 2-3 miles reaching a crescendo with a hail storm that battered us when we reached the moor top. At this point I was pondering why it is I say I really enjoyed a race despite the fact that an hour earlier I’d have happily stopped to flag down a lift home. It wasn’t pleasant, but soon after the rain stopped and we had some fun running a series of narrow undulating tracks through heather and bracken along the edge of a series of reservoirs. At one point I almost made a spectacular fall into a stream but managed to regain my balance only to trip over my own feet minutes later.

The race eventually reached the Pennine Way after 5 miles and after a short raise dropped down to Bronte Falls and territory familiar to me and anyone who has run the Withens Skyline and Auld Lang Syne races. A quick trek over Penistone Hill and a dash up Haworth main street, dodging tourists and Sunday walkers, to finish outside the Fleece pub. My reward a nice bottle of beer and some soup and roll – lovely.Quite happy with my time was 82:17. I didn’t see anyone else from Otley. I think there were 200 or so entries. Tim Ellis of Calder Valley Fell Runners won in 53:11.  Full results from host club Keighley & Craven AC here.

As a postscript when I got back to my car I was approached by an old man who I thought was going to tick me off for parking outside his house. He asked about the race – said it wasn’t very far (cheers for that) , and then told me some stories about racing with Bill Teasdale at Kilnsey. After this he insisted on showing me a some of his very nice and rare framed cigarette cards.

A very enjoyable day. I should do this more often.


Sunday 27th October – Guisborough 3 Tops Fell Race

Another report from the hon. handicapper

As Colin was travelling up to do the Guisborough 3 tops, (8 miles/2100ft), partly to make amends for navigational problems the last time he did the race and with Caron also keen to do her first AM category fell race, I couldn’t really not have a run out too..  Neil Charlton also took advantage of local family connections to do his first English fell race for quite a while.

Not having taken more than a cursory look at the route, I was hoping that ‘following‘ would be fine,  always a mistake, and so it proved for me.  By the time I reached the gale force winds on the infamous Roseberry Topping I was isolated from any runners with local knowledge.  The group I was running with missed a couple of race markers and probably added at least half a mile or so, losing at a guess 20 places in the process.  With about 3 ish miles back to the finish I did gain a few places back but never mind…a good fell training run out.

Next back across the finish line with an excellent run was Neil, followed by Colin who had no route finding problems second time round, and shortly afterwards by a strong finishing Caron.

The winner was Peter Bray Durham FR in 1:07:28, I was 22nd (5th V40), 1:17:11, Neil Charlton 77th, 1:29:35, Colin Best 102nd (9th V55), 1:34:51, Caron Ralph 110th, (5th LV45) 1:37:50. Full results here



Sunday 27th October – Run Sunday

Report from organiser Paul Shack:

What a fast field for a furiously windy day and we were rewarded with some determined running which broke the wome’s course record.

It was great to see 28 runners and three canine competitors speed around a beautifully muddy Chevin this morning.

Our heroic helpers this week were John Ellis as tail runner and our magnificent marshals were Emma Drake, Jason Praill, Nikki Scott, Michelle Smith and Simon Archer (with Scooby). Providing treats worthy of a Bake-Off final was our guest baker, Tracy Cratchley. Thanks to all of you for turning out ahead of today’s promised storm.

First across the line today was Scott Harrington, fresh from his fantastic marathon result of 2 hours 38 minutes (this morning it was a speedy 17:45!) followed by Ben Archer in 20:00, a new category record, and then regular podium finisher, Neil Jones (20:09).

A new course record for the ladies and breaking her own time by five seconds, Emma Barclay finished first in 20:58! Great running , Emma. Next was Nicky Hopwood, who, with Lula crossed the line at 25:01 and then came Angela Srivastava in 25:20.

Admin adds : Other Otley AC ‘ers were 8th Steve Robinson 21:09, 17th Billy Rayner 25:45, 21st Sarah Jones 27:45,  25 & 26th Susan Kirby & Lucy Mowat, 31:45 & 31:46

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Saturday 26th October – Great Whernside Fell Race

Report from the hon. handicapper.
After talking to David Fox at the last handicap, who has a 100% attendance record for the race.  I thought I’d give the Great Whernside (4 miles/1558ft) race a go, as I’d already visited the summit cairn a few times doing the Saturday race at the  Wharfedale TTT.

The race starts through steep but runable fields at the back of Kettlewell following the path up to Hag Dyke Scout Hostel.  I’ve never forgotten walking up the hill through the snow to stay there and been frozen for most of the weekend.

From there the path gets a little boggier before a final rocky climb to the summit cairn.  Looking at the race route, I had assumed the return would follow the same path back down,  but fell runners like taking the shortest possible route, so no,  the descent was across a more tussocky route back to Hag Dyke before re-joining the path through the farm fields back to the finish.

A certain master fell runner called Mr Holmes showed a couple of youngster a clean pair of heels winning for the umpteenth time in 31:49.  Newly crowned British Fell champion Victoria Wilkinson was first woman back, breaking the record by a couple of minutes.  I was 20th, 36:48 and David Fox was 87th in 48:36.


Saturday 26th October – Park Runs

News from this weeks Park Runs:

Scott Harrington won at Leeds Hyde Park in a time of 16:54.

Reid Haddow finished with 29th at Sewerby Park in a time of 23:52, James Kraft, Scarborough AC finished 1st in 17:35.

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Monday 21st October – World Masters, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Report from Caroline Marler: Unexpectedly won the 800m gold -very, very pleased and time was good too – 2.47.41 (best since last summer – had only done one this year – 3.03 at windy Grimsby!))

Ran sensibly as per Nick’s instructions, stayed in 2nd place after the break and covered 400m in a sensible 81.? which meant I felt OK down the back straight. Stayed behind the leader, an American, and ran in 2nd lane to make it harder for the Australian who was just behind to get past. At 200m decided to go for it as felt OK and didnt want to leave it later as the Australian is a 200/400m runner. Got well ahead and although she caught up a bit, won by a good margin.
2nd K.Heagney (Australia) 2.48.29
3rd Ulla Karneback 2.51.76
Achilles now being iced as sore but don’t run 400m heats until Friday.
Update from Caroline:

No more medals I am afraid! I won my heat of the 400m. but it aggravated the existing achilles problem so that although I started the final the next day I couldn´t complete the race. It hurt a lot from the gun and after 300 I couldn´t put any power through the ankle and i dropped out – could have limped in and finished 4th but there didn´t seem any point. It is too sore today to participate in the relays which is a shame but I can´t complain too much – I have a gold! I will send a photo later.

We are off to Iguassu and the AMAZON NEXT.