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Month: October 2013

Sunday 20th October – Bridlington Half Marathon

Sunday 20th October – Bridlington Half Marathon

From Neil Charlton: Having being warned by an email of impending road closures by the organisers (due to the Yorkshire marathon near York) an earlier start than normal was required to get over to Bridlington. No road problems actually materialised on our diversion so we ended up getting there quite early. On a pleasant but blustery day 638 runners competed in the annual Bridlington half marathon. On a gently undulating course (of which the first 8 miles has a net…

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Sunday 20th October – The Yorkshire Marathon

Sunday 20th October – The Yorkshire Marathon

Report from Hugh Pearson: The inaugural Yorkshire marathon had its start and finish at the campus of York University. A one-way system for pedestrians aimed to ease the passage of runners through the baggage areas but since two narrow footbridges over the lake were part of this route, bottlenecks were inevitable. I decided to test the efficiency of race organization by leaving my timing chip and baggage label on the table at home. When I reported this to the desk…

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Sunday 20th October – The Shaun Lee Johnston Memorial 10 mile multi-terrain race

Sunday 20th October – The Shaun Lee Johnston Memorial 10 mile multi-terrain race

Report from Ian Fisher: Finally, after six years of I cannot do this as I’m washing my hair, I went and finally entered the Shaun Lee Johnston 10 mile multi terrain a few miles south of Boroughbridge. My friend from Ripon Runners Ray Johnson set up the event for his late son Shaun who suffered with a brain tumour. I wanted to run the Weeton club handicap the day before, but my hands were full. I’m experiencing another cold, yet…

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Sunday 20th October – FRA Relays, Llanberis

Sunday 20th October – FRA Relays, Llanberis

    Snowdonia has an annual average rainfall of 3000 mm. October is regularly cited as one of its wettest months. It was no great surprise, then, that the FRA UKA British Hill and Fell Relays, staged in Llanberis for their 25th anniversary this past Sunday, should enjoy a wet climate for much of the day. However, spirits were never dampened, even if “waterproof” clothing was, and there was a friendly, competitive spirit throughout the proceedings. Otley AC entered a…

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Sunday 20th October – Run Sunday

Sunday 20th October – Run Sunday

Report from Paul Shack: Despite there being several large scale events taking place across Yorkshire, Run Sunday managed to drag 21 local runners out of bed along with a posse of willing volunteers who were our tail runner,  Katie Phillips and our marshals:  Hannah Mallinson (with Suzie and Emily), Janice Slater (with Dexter),  John McIlquham, Mel Wrigley and  Michelle Smith. The guest baker with cookies the size of the moon was Katie Phillips (scrumptious!). First across the line today was Zander Lee…

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Saturday 19th October – Weeton Handicap

Saturday 19th October – Weeton Handicap

Returning to the course of his previous handicap win in 2010, handicap stalwart Antonio pulled away from Kath on the final drag from the village to take a clear win. A fast finishing Ursula strengthened her position at the top of the handicap table in third place, now 21 points clear of Dominic.   The fastest time of the day went to Steve Robinson running in his first club handicap. Thanks to Tom & Dave Hainsworth for helping out on…

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Saturday 19th October – Park Runs

Saturday 19th October – Park Runs

Bradford Park Run was won by Jon Holah, Pudsey & Bramley AC, in 18.11 mins and first lady in 18th, was Claire Cooper, Keighley & Craven AC, in 21.14. Representing  Otley AC most ably, we had Matt Broughton, 20th, in 21.21 and Reid Haddow, 103rd, in 26.22 Leeds Hyde Park – well done to Ben Bhogal (U14), who came 101st, with a new PB in 23.10 min. The race was won by Jonny McKenna, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, in 16.49 mins and first…

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Saturday 19th October – John O Gaunt Challenge

Saturday 19th October – John O Gaunt Challenge

Report from The President, Matt Podd, Just back from doing this LDWA 25Miler from Norwood, up the Washburn and back. Winner – Mike Vinegrad, Hull, 4hrs 23 mins, 2nd Matt Podd 4hrs 30 minutes!!!!!!! I may be a little pleased and big headed. First lady was Isaline Kneale, Bolton, in 4 hrs 45 mins. Dave Tait won the 20 mile route. Best Cakes and food I have ever seen on a race. See you all when I get back from Wales. Cheers…

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Sunday 13th October – The Paris 20k

Sunday 13th October – The Paris 20k

A report from Colin Best who joined 23865 other runners for the Paris 20k: Four members of Otley AC, Tom Hannah, Jackie and Andrew Ackroyd and myself, along with four from Wetherby Runners, set off early last Saturday morning for a weekend in Paris for the 20k. Having done this before I knew there were oddities about French organisation, but this time to relieve congestion at the start we were randomly split into sections, ending up in two separate pens…

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Sunday 13th October – Withins Skyline – Haworth

Sunday 13th October – Withins Skyline – Haworth

Report from Andrew Robertshaw: A good turn out from Otley at the Woodentops first race of the winter season, the Withins Skyline. This is a 7 mile race over the muddy moors above Haworth from the Penistone Country Park. There was a top quality race at the sharp end with Ilkley’s GB international mountain runner, Tom Adams beating this year’s English Fell running champion, Simon Bailey and smashing the course record in the process with a time of 39.26. Liam…

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