Archive for October, 2013

Saturday 12th October – ParkRuns

Liam Dunne came in second in 17:25 at the Leeds Hyde Park race, behind Dean Jerome (Leeds City) in 16:50. The first lady was Jocelyn Payne (Hyde Park Harriers) in 9:37.

Across the city Howard Jeffrey completed the Roundhay parkrun in 21:12. The winner was Nigel Armitage (Pudsey Pacers) in 17:39, and the first lady was Myra Jones (Valley Striders) in 20:08.

Meanwhile Reid Haddow was at the Sewerby parkrun completing it in 41:18. The winner was Phill Taylor (Bridlington Road Runners) in 17:18 and the first lady was Emma Brown (Bridlington) in 21:20.


Sunday 13th October – Run Sunday

First across the line in the drizzly weather was David Womersley who in 22:19 was was just under 40 seconds ahead of Peter Covey (22:57) and around a minute in front of Gordon Slater who finished in 23:22.

For the women, Madeleine Watson crossed first in 25:37 with Emma Drake second in 26:30, and Otley AC’s Nikki Scott in 27:03.

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Sunday 13th October – Woodland Challenge

Richard Smith writes: “Ran the Woodland Challenge race this morning flawlessly organised by Stadium Runners. From what I could understand the route was completely revised this year following previous complaints that the course, although challenging, lacked woodland.

“An off road race, the route took in approx 90 per cent woodland (we all love a bit of woodland) and although no big climbs, the course was undulating (long drags) and muddy.

“Delighted to announce that I was the first black and white home, fortunately all the others were in

“In the end I squeezed in just under 42 minutes, really suffered from four miles but
reasonably happy overall; definitely more hill/speed sessions needed though. The hamstrings shall
be punished.”

Richard finished in 41:55. The winner was David Watson (Holmfirth) in 36:07 and the first lady in second overall place was Annabel Mason (Wakefield District) in 37:14.


Sunday 13th October – Wistow 10k

Over near Selby, Scott Harrington, Liz and Chris Wordsworth and Dave Hainsworth took part in the Wistow 10k.

Scott, using it for as speed training for the upcoming York Marathon, finished fourth in 34:10 to gain a PB. 

Chris commented: “Having met David Hainsworth in the village hall race HQ we ventured into the rain to the start. We had been promised a flat course and this was quite true, the route snaking across a fairly featureless agricultural plain. The breeze was brisk, offering help in places but hindering in others particularly around the 6-7km mark.

“My race plan was to run five-minute kilometres and see whether I could keep them going for a time under 50 minutes. I started smoothly and was right on schedule at the 5km point. The increasing wind and my increasing fatigue then took a hand, and the next couple of kilometres were a struggle.

“I recovered a little towards the end and finished in (by my watch) 51:51, somewhat outside my 50 minute target but still a personal best by nearly a minute, so I could not be too disappointed. I had run plenty of intervals in training but I think I need a few longer runs to build up endurance in the second half of the race if I am to achieve (as a 40 year old!) my 50-minute target.

“David finished strongly shortly after me, and Liz a couple of minutes further back, a good performance in her first race back from injury. The finishers’ goodie bag contained a decent hat which we were grateful for on the windswept walk back to the car.”

Official results were: Chris 51:59, David 53:17 and Liz 56:34.

The winner was Matty Hynes (North York Moors) in 30:46 and the first lady was Amy Green (Keighley & Craven) in 25th place overall in 38:09.


Friday 11th October – Runner of the Month For September

The new committee voted Sara Elliott as the latest runner of the month for good performances in a busy month of racing at the two club track races, the Kirkstall 7 and the Wetherby 10k.

Nominations were also made for the new president Matt Podd for his epic run at the Hardmoors 60


Sunday 6th October – Blenheim Palace 10K and Half Marathon

Report by Dave Hainsworth

Not able to make the Paris 20K for a variety of reasons a few of us opted for a weekend in Oxfordshire instead. The chosen events are held in and around the grounds of Blenheim Palace which are a magnificent setting for a race, especially with the Palace itself as a backdrop to the start and finish. Scenic in every sense of the word (not quite as undulating as Burn Valley but every bit as picturesque) the half marathon course is a two lapper with the 10K a single lap which includes a short off road loop.

With two races sharing part of the same route the distance markers were a little confusing ’til the penny dropped that the kilometer markers were for the 10K and the mile markers for the Half. Well done to Ursula Mcgouran who continued her recent run of good form and special mention to Ann Dale of Wetherby who was second lady in the 10K.

There was considerable congestion after the races but some creative route finding got us away from the venue to our chosen post race rehydration venue in good time. The Red Lion in Steeple Aston was a typical Oxfordshire Cotswold pub (I did visit a few over the weekend) and once you accepted that the local idea of a head on your pint is three big floppy bubbles that burst before you get the glass to your lips, their beer, from the nearby Hook Norton brewery, was very acceptable and thirst quenching.

and a report from Ursula ………

Some months ago we were looking for an autumn weekend away that combined some good sight seeing opportunities together with eating, drinking and a bit of running… The British Heart Foundation Blenheim Half Marathon seemed to fit the bill and so we booked the accommodation and I entered the race.We were joined by Dave and Barbara Hainsworth plus some running friends from Wetherby for what turned out to be a great weekend.The morning of the race was misty and atmospheric but just before the start of the race, as Dave and I were waiting for the off, the sun came out and shone on us for the rest of the day! The course starts in the Great Court – most impressive – and follows a scenic but very undulating route of Tarmac paths through the stunning Blenheim estate and out onto traffic free roads in nearby villages. Pretty, interesting and challenging but I’d have to say not a PB race.However, we enjoyed the run and were pleased with our times. I managed 1:47:53 finishing 46th female and 312 overall out of 1516 finishers. Dave came in at 1:59:53 finishing 491 male and 647 overall. The race was won by Matthew Blagg in 1:19:02 and the First Lady, who was 5th overall finished in 1:24:12.

After what was a bit of a mad dash that felt like Whacky Races to get out of the grounds, we all regrouped at a local pub for some much needed refreshment! A good weekend and with Oxford and a variety of Cotswold villages nearby it was a great location for a few days away.

Results (all chip times)

Half Marathon 10K
1st Matthew Blagg 79.02 1st James Curran 37.25
1st lady Kate Mapham 84.09 1st lady Caroline Hoskins 41.31
Ursula McGouran 107.53 Peter McGouran 62.58
Dave Hainsworth 119.53

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Saturday 5th October – Park Runs

Results for Bradford parkrun
359 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Jack WILSON Kent AC in a time of 16:57. The first lady completing the course was Claire ELENER Eccleshill Road Runners in a time of 20:25. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here

The following club members participated: 5 .  Simon ANDERSON, 18:19,  182. Justina STRINGER, 27:47

Results for Leeds parkrun
423 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Jack WOODWARD (M) in a time of 00:16:52. The first lady completing the course was Kelsey ERICKSON (F) in a time of 20:33. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here.

The following club members participated:
2.  Jon GREENWELL, 17:07 – and a Leeds Hyde park run PB,  58. Christian HOSKER, 20:38, 73.  Tony WALKER, 21:14, 143.  Ben BHOGAL, 23:43

Results for Sewerby parkrun

59 participants completed the run today. The first male to finish was Simon COLLINS (M) (York Knavesmire Harriers) in a time of 00:18:11. The first lady completing the course was Sarah WOOD (F) (Bridlington Road Runners) in a time of 00:21:53. You can find the full parkrun results for this event here: .

The following club members participated:   26. Reid HADDOW, 25:59

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Sunday 6th October – Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

Report by Andrew Robertshaw

After last year’s glorious weather at the Ian Hodgson relay,  the more traditional lakes weather of rain and wind  greeted the runners setting off from Patterdale on this 4 leg, paired event covering most of the surrounding highest peaks.

Pange and Sarah Smith lead Otley off on the first leg, (4.5 miles/1000ft) going past Angle tarn and finishing at the small village of Hartsop, running well to finish in a time of 58.21.

Graham Lake and Simon Anderson set off on Leg 2, (7.5 miles/2600ft) with the big climb up to High Street, (no shops here!), then across to Caudale Moor before some fast running back to the top of Honister pass.  Some vision issues hampered Simon a little on the trickier rocky descents but they gained 4 positions finishing in a leg time of 1:38:09.

Leg 3 saw Laura and Sarah Fuller tackle the steep & rocky climb up Red Screes at the start of their 4.5 mile/2000ft journey back to our Sat. night camp ground near Brotherswater.  Despite a nasty twisted ankle towards the end of the leg for Sarah Otley moved up a further 3 places overall.

Saving our fastest pair for last leg, Sam & Liam set off on the 7.5 mile/2800ft route that takes in the summits of Hart Crag, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag and came into the finishing funnel at Patterdale having gained us a further 7 places.  I didn’t see everyone finish, but in terms of style across the finishing tape I’m sure Sam & Liam stole the day with their dive. Watch the finish here, afraid you’ll need to turn your head 90 degrees!

Despite, or maybe because of for some, a great time was had by all, I think.. Well done team.  Full results on sportident here.



Sunday 6th October – Bournemouth Marathon

Report from the new treasurer Ian Broadbent

I ran the inaugural Bournemouth marathon today in sweltering weather on the south coast. It was a strange course circling around the town going back on itself a couple of times and taking in both piers. The finish was good with a stretch out to Poole and back. Managed a provisional time of 4 hrs 4 mins and 33 secs, a PB but I was hoping for a sub 4 hours. But seeing the numbers walking in the heat I’m quite happy.

Full results available here that confirms Ian’s time of 4:04:33.  The winner was Ebisa Merga Ethiopia in a swift 2:16:41.


Sunday 6th October – runSunday 3 Mile Otley Chevin

From runSunday, this week’s race was won by James Tarran (Valley Striders) in 18.50 and the first lady in 9th position overall  was Leah Forey (Unattached) in 23.35.

Otley  AC’s this week were Sara Elliott was 2nd lady in a new V40 record in 24.05, 18th Sarah Jones 27.21, 19th Hannah Mallinson 28.22,  20th Justina Stringer 28.23, 21st Gemma Harrington 28.47, 25th Sean O’Halloran 30.11.