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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 gain in height) the Otley contingent led by Richard Smith powered through the windy conditions. Starting on the sea front and heading inland on a loop through the villages of Flamborough and Bempton before decending back into Bridlington with a lovely view of the finish and the sea. I was personally a little disappointed with my time but the course got the better of me. At least I know my Plantar fasciitis is on the mend and I can get back to some proper training.

The race was won by Marius Ionescu (Altrincham & District A C) in an impressive 01:09:57. First lady was Helen Cross, Pocklington Runners, in 1.23.08

For the mighty Otley AC – Richard Smith (128.57), Howard Jeffrey (134.42), Neil Charlton (138.45), Tom Hannah (151.24), David Hainsworth (156.30) (all chip times)

Full Results Here


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 I was immediately, and with minimum fuss, provided with a new number and chip, so top marks there. The start and finish was along University Road with pens separating the runners. Starting from the back of pen 1 I was over the start within a minute and set out through the packed streets under the Micklegate and past the Minister before heading out into the flatlands of the Vale of York. The weather was warm and, apart from a few drops at the start, completely dry. Unusually as well, this was run on closed roads. The only moving vehicle that I saw was an ambulance hauling away an unfortunate runner towards the end of the race. Another impressive feature of the race was the crowds. York itself was packed with spectators and I was expecting the crowds to dwindle as we went out into the countryside. This was not the case. Every village seemed to have most residents out by the roadside cheering the runners on and there were very few places where we were out of sight of spectators. Two out and back sections enabled me to say hello to Tom Potter and Graham Lake before my lack of training began to tell and my legs decided to stop working properly. I had a painful last 8 miles to the finish where once again the crowds were massive. All in all this is an excellent marathon. Flat, fast, well organized and with great support along the route. If it is able to repeat its success in later years this could become massive. Highly recommended if you want to do a marathon next year. A stunning run from Scott saw him finish 10th behind some very fast Kenyans. Winner Edwin Korir 2:13:31, ladies winner Helen Koskei 2:40:06. For Otley AC Scott Harrington 2:38:08 (10th), Graham Lake 3:12:47 (128th), Tom Potter 3:28:28 (341st), Hugh Pearson 3:54:26 (972nd), Billy Rayner 4:16:41 (1718th), Gilly Wight 4:53:36 (2961st) and Ged Peacock 4:59:38 (3115th). 3881 finishers.

Report from Graham Lake: I had a really pithy report in mind for this already. Something like “Did a road marathon, hated it, back to the fells”. As it turns out, I quite enjoyed it! Gorgeous running weather, if a bit breezy in some places, well organised (especially for an inaugural event), amazing support all the way round (I particularly enjoyed high-fiving a line of cub scouts about 10 miles in), friendly fellow runners, celebrities (I even got a “you’re going strong pal, come on” from Emmerdale Bob), picturesque course (not as flat as they were claiming!). In all a great day.

As for my race, I took on board the Honorary Handicapper’s advice to just keep it easy for 18 miles then ‘race’ from then on. This was harder than you think, having never really trained at such a slow pace! But I ran a pretty even 7.20 pace for 18 then pushed on. Last 2 miles were horrible mind you, felt like I was running in treacle, but luckily everyone else was too. Nasty kick up before the downhill finish which I did I nice little sprint finish to nip under 3.13 race time. Nice free massage after, and special thanks to Matt Broughton for sneaking me into the corporate relay building for a bacon buttie and coffee! Enjoyed it. No compulsion to do another one!

Report from Tom Potter: After much preparation, most of which has been less than ideal, with a few niggles over the summer, and then the unfortunate appearance of an Achilles tendon tear. It was finally time to head over to York for the inaugural running of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.

I have to admit that, although I was excited and slightly nervous about running this marathon (as any distance runner will of course understand!), a lot of this apprehension was down to my less than positive experience of competing in past races organised by the JT appeal. This apprehension was soon quashed with the excellent organisation and planning from start to finish along with the fantastic crowds and marshalling throughout the race. The smooth operation was a great success and I have a lot of admiration for all involved in the organising committee.
I was delighted to see so many familiar faces at the start area. All full of pre race smiles and much hope for the forthcoming race. My Achilles tendon injury caused me only a little amount of pain up until the 21 mile point, at which point it then started to send a rather uncomfortable shooting pain into my foot. This made the last five miles a very tough battle. I managed to reach the 26 mile point and somehow I was still on for my target time and then the real pain started, Both quad muscles went into an almighty spasm and I had to shoot and scream many obscenities to myself before hobbling to the finish line – Sadly this cost me vital time and I missed my PB by 48 seconds and completed the race in 3:28:28.
A wonderful day was had by all, amazing to see so many familiar faces out on the course and a massive thank you to all those spectators that gave me a cheer along the way. Definitely a race to enter again in the near future. Although it is by no means as flat as billed! Up the Black & Whites!



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 doing a trail shouldn’t really take too much out of the master. With the exception of 700 metres of running through Minskip, it was mostly around slippery muddy fields and running into a bit of a head wind going south on sections.
I had last year’s record holder Nidd Valley Lee Dalton with me (58.48) to guide me along this race route. I set off in front with Lee and broke away after 500 metres, only to hesitate after the first field exit which allowed him to catch me. That wasn’t to happen again and on I went thinking was I fit enough for glory.
Once I settled in and looking ahead at my next turning, since I don’t have the usual lead car that I’m used to for guidance, I found it generally good going. It was like a cross country in most places, and the infamous ditch which everyone has to jump over wasn’t three foot deep water as in previous races.
There was only one occasion I had to look back, early on after the first two miles, and I sensed I was making a sizable gap. I saw 3rd and 4th entering the far end of the large field and that was that. I couldn’t see Lee running in second
I had great support from everyone who knows who I am, which is everyone! One lady marshal said “Well done (she thinks)…’s him (she said to her fellow marshal). Look it’s him, it’s Ian Fisher the saviour of Yorkshire athletics over the last two decades!”
Okay, I made the last bit up. She didn’t mention the two decades bit.
With three miles to go I had a commanding lead to stop a lay out my picnic set for a spot of lunch and a snooze. Then it was back to business.
I set out for position more than time during the race because I was unwell, but with a couple of miles to go I thought I should make an effort as I felt a new record was achievable. I finished around three minutes in front of second placer? I heard 61 minutes for Lee Dalton at the finish. [Admin info 60.59, so 2.42 in front of 2nd]. My time was 58.17. Had I been cold free, dry land and no head wind, plus a mountain bike to ride on. I’m sure I would have gone faster like 56 minutes.

First lady in 5th position overall was Nicolene Van Staden, Swaledale Road Runners, in 64.48



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 team into the Open Category, and all six runners performed admirably in testing conditions of heavy rain, 60-70 mph winds on the hill tops, and a shortage of portaloos! After a night out in Bangor (recommended visiting for all mac-wearing types), and a disturbed night’s sleep in the local sauna (I mean Travel Lodge), we were ready for the day’s hilltop activities.

Leg 1, the shortest at 7.4 Km and 350m, saw Colin Best set the team off to a solid start up the slopes of Glyn Rhonwy ( sounds like a Welsh TV presenter… ), handing over the invisible baton to Renee Saxton and Shane Ewen in 55.00. Leg 2, the longest at 14.3 Km and 990m, involved one gut busting climb up Moel Cynghorion (“Hill of Councillors”, though unclear if these refer to city or county Councillors…) followed by some cracking grassy ridge running, another tough climb up Moel Eilion and a speedy descent down what was fast becoming a mud slide! We finished in 1.44.39 and handed over to Sam Stell and Andy Hunt on leg 3, the navigation leg. Runners get a map shortly before they venture out so it’s an exciting challenge to avoid getting lost in the mist above the mountains. This time, the leg skirted valleys beneath Moel Eilion, taking in 12.5 Km and 900 metres. Our intrepid explorers ran well, finishing down the “mud path of doom” in 1.57.22. On the final, glory leg was team captain Andrew Robertshaw, who enjoyed a stiff climb of 610m over 8.4 Km back up Moel Eilion before another speedy descent to the finish, in 51.31. Head to toe splattered in mud, Andrew had either taken a head-first tumble in the torrential mud river that had formed all day (and to which a crowd had flocked for laughs at the “fallen” fell runners…) or had bog-snorkelled to the finish! Keep an eye out on YouTube for the rumoured video…  Photos here

We finished in 48th (in 5.28.32, 3 seconds behind 47th) out of 93 finishing teams. Winners were Dark Peak A, with Mercia 2nd, and Dark Peak B in 3rd. Hunters’ Bog Trotters won the women’s event, which must be an unfair advantage given their name.

Thanks to Andrew for organising the trip, which went down as smoothly as smoothly as the ales the night before. Thanks also to Colin for driving.

Next year the relays are heading to Kirkby Lonsdale so how about a couple of teams representing the black and whites?


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 in 20:10 followed by Simon Edgar (20:23) and Richard Sayers (21:16).  For the ladies first was Alissa Howroyd in 25:14 then Charlotte Tomlinson (25:35 and a new category record) and Petra Bijsterveld in 28:26.  Great running everybody.

I hope you all have a great week! All the best and Good Running

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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 course marking & marshalling.

See the latest 2013 Eric Smith Handicap Table here

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Antonio Cardinale 47:16 00:00 47:16 15
2 Kath Robertshaw 48:05 00:00 48:05 14
3 Ursula McGouran 49:49 12:00 37:49 13
4 Chris Wordsworth 50:00 08:00 42:00 12
5 Phil Robinson 50:08 09:00 41:08 11
6 Andy Webster 50:09 13:30 36:39 10
7 Colin Best 50:25 12:00 38:25 9
8 Dominic Egan 50:33 12:00 38:38 8
9 Gemma Harrington 50:34 05:00 45:34 7
10 Steve Robinson 51:25 16:00 35:25 6
11 Lisa Maughan 51:36 09:00 42:36 5
12 Dave Fox 51:55 12:00 39:55 4
13 Tom Hannah 52:06 11:00 41:06 3
14 John Cowan 52:23 14:00 38:23 2
15 Liz Wordsworth 55:46 06:00 49:46 1


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 lady in 53rd position was Shamiso Sisimayi, Kirkstall Harriers, in 21.12.

At the Roundhay run, Lisa Maughan made her first appearance and finished in 108th in 26.26 mins. The race was won by Peter Hopson, unattached, in 17.31 and first lady, in 28th, was Sarah Grant, Abbey Runners, in 21.45 mins.

Highbury Fields – report from Mick Jeffrey: I ran this Parkrun again on Saturday a year or so after the first time I ran it. We were in London taking Chris to see Kings College and then to stay with Emily and her boyfriend. It is less than a mile from their flat. It is a modest sized race, sorry time trial, round a small park with an uphill finish to its 5 lap course. 91 lined up at the start and the conditions were perfect. Sadly my fitness was less perfect and I struggled for the first 2 laps and hung on for the remaining 3. I finished 39/91, last year 12/67. My time was 23.21 this year, and 20.59 last. It was my quickest 5k time this year, it was my slowest 5k time ever. But thank the lord for age grading. I was 5th overall. The race was won by Rob Walker in 17.56 and the first lady was Mary Mulryan in 23.23.
Harrogate – The first male to finish was Mark BRYANT (M) (Leeds City AC) in a time of 17:13. The first lady completing the course was Emma ROBINSON (Harrogate Harriers AC) in a time of 20:59. For Otley AC Christian Hosker came in 31st in 21.17

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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 Matt


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.

paris-20k-marathonHaving 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 by tape and a line of pompiers (firemen). They just watched as those in the know, or that could be bothered, climbed over, under or pushed down the fence to get to pen in front.

Each pen was set off at five-minute intervals so it was a full 20 mins after the start before we crossed the line. Bizarrely this meant that as we were at the front of the pen we got a good clear start but the further into the race the more congested it became.

The course started at Trocadero opposite the Eiffel Tower, a loop around the Bois de Boulogne and then, for what seems forever, along one side of Seine to finish in front of the tower.

Andrew, somewhat surprisingly, became my pacemaker crossing 5k, 10k and 15k markers together before he finally showed his true form and went off ahead.

Generally we were all pleased with our times and celebrated in the traditional way with a bottle of Champagne; the tone was then set for the rest of the weekend. Some sightseeing was done: Montmartre which conveniently had a wine festival going on, Notre Dame, river trips and Les Galleries La Fayette, all on the agenda. Good company, food, wine and weather.

The results were: 6128nd Andrew Ackroyd (1:38.57), 6677th Colin Best (1:39.54), 8621th Tom Hannah (1:43.17), 9514th Jackie Ackroyd (1:45.03).

The winner was Tebulu Zawude of Ethiopia in 58.7, 2nd Charles Ogarib (Kenya, 58.8) and 1st lady was Sarah Chepchirchir of Kenya (1:5:03).


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 Dunne won the battle for Otley’s first finisher in 11th, 45.47 followed in by the hon. handicapper in 15th, 46.29. Sam Stell was next in for Otley, 23rd, 47.49.

& more …, 52nd Shane Ewen, 51.42, 86th Simon Toyne, 55.24, 125th Jim Sneath, 57.58, 141 Matt Broughton, 59.21, 199th Caron Ralph, 66.15, 214th John Cowan, 69.02,  257th & 258th, Laura Hind and Sean O’Halloran 88.10 & 89.06 respectively.

And Thanks for the support from the Sneath family and Mary Hampshire & children.

Full results on Woodentops here.

Sean O’Halloran writes: “Decided I would like to give a fell race ago and today was the Withins Skyline race. Other first timers were Laura and John, and deciding not to challenge for the win today Laura and I decided to use the race as a training run and took it steady.

Pic copwright Woodentops

“The race was approx seven-miles in length with around 980 feet of assent. Laura and I set off at the back leaving the other OAC members (and there were quite a few out) to fight for places before the pinch points.

“The first half of the race was predominately uphill through mud and bogs, some of them were rather deep in places and it was not long before we were covered in mud. We passed two dead sheep in the first half of the race, confirming that the going was tough.

“After about halfway the going underfoot for a little easier but still slippery in places producing some impressive sliding. All was going well until the next challenge, following a steep descent and across a stone bridge we were faced with a scramble/climb up the other side which took its toll on the legs and we were heading for home. The final mile and a bit was on an unmade road followed by a little stretch of moorland and soon the car park was in sight closely followed by the finish.

“I really enjoyed the experience, even if it was hard going at times, and will be doing another one soon. It was so nice to be doing a race and not worry about the pace I was going or the time I took to finish. My target was to complete the race without injury and if I did not come last it would be a bonus (think I was fourth from last). The last challenge of the day was to scrub off the caked on mud.”