Archive for November, 2013

Saturday 30th November – Park Runs

Early results from the local run are:

Leeds Hyde Park:  1st Tom Eames, West Suffolk AC 16:51,  41st. Christian Hosker 20:39.

Leeds Temple Newsam Park: 1st Peter Hopson, Bradford Airedale 17:01,  61st Lisa Maughan 25:37.

Bradford Lister Park: 1st Tom Adams, Ilkley H 15:55, 103rd Sara Elliott 24:42


Sunday 24th November – Clowne Half-Marathon

Scott Harrington came fourth in the Clowne Half-Marathon, in Derbyshire, recording a personal best
time of 1:14:01. HOWEVER, he was awarded third prize as the winner was a professional guest runner!

Quiz Master Tom Hannah finished 307th in 1:49:35 while David Hainsworth was
428th in 1:57:40.

First was Meles Okbazghi (Sheffield RC) in 1:11:51; second Mark Couldwell (Charnwood AC) in 1:12:35 and third Ian Bailey (Sleaford Town) in 1:12:44. The first lady was Fiona Davies (Kingston Runners) in 18th place overall in 1:23:45.


Sunday 24th November – Run Sunday

Due to other events taking place, only 17 runners took part in the latest Run Sunday which was won by
our very own Richard Smith in 18:57, with Pange the second lady in 26:42.

Second was Steve Turland (19:24) and third Tom Gatehouse (20:19). Fourth overall and equalling her
own category record was Emma Stoney in 21:34 and Toni Midgley completed the course in 29:29.

Full results here.


Saturday 23rd November – The ‘Colin Best’ Calverley Handicap

A sunny and frosty morning greeted the runners at the canal side start near the Railway Inn.

John won his first handicap finishing a clear winner ahead of Andy Webster. Steve Robinson recorded the fastest time of the day.

As this was the penultimate handicap race in this year’s Eric Smith trophy, Dominic needed a good finish to claw back some of Ursula’s 21 point lead. He managed to do this reducing the lead to 18 points, finishing 7th.

Dominic now needs a big turn out at the traditional Christmas ‘Ken Dixon’ Handicap at Timble to stand any chance of over turning this lead, but Ursula is undoubtedly the bookies favourite to take the title.

However, it should be noted that it is the best 10 results that count. And what’s that phrase; it’s not over till the…






See the latest 2013 Eric Smith Handicap Table here.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 John Cowan 47:39 11:00 36:39 15
2 Andy Webster 48:12 13:00 35:12 14
3 Tom Hannah 48:31 09:00 39:31 13
4 Gemma Harrington 48:44 05:00 43:44 12
5 Jackie Ackroyd 48:48 09:30 39:18 11
6 Caron Ralph 48:50 11:00 37:50 10
7 Dominic Egan 49:09 11:00 38:09 9
8 Kath Robertshaw 49:38 00:00 49:38 8
9 Andy Ackroyd 49:39 13:00 36:39 7
10 Ursula McGouran 50:01 12:00 38:01 6
11 Steve Robinson 50:02 15:00 35:02 5
12 Ann Dale (Guest) 50:57 12:00 38:57
13 Lisa Maughan 51:08 08:00 43:08 4
14 Colin Best 52:00 11:00 41:00 3
15 Antonio Cardinale 54:39 00:00 54:39 2


Saturday 23rd November – Tour of Pendle

Matt Podd reports: Five Black & White ‘warriors’ ventured to Lancashire to test ourselves on this beast of 17 miles and nearly 5000ft of climbing; basically five times up and down Pendle Hill.

We were blessed with a chilly, but a wonderful day, with huge views lit up by patches of sun. Matt Broughton, Shane Ewan, Andy Hunt, Jim Sneath and I joined a very illustrious field for the 30th running and had a grand day out.

I didn’t see Andy or Shane at the finish, but Matt B (a virgin in this race – bet he got a shock), beat Jim who beat me. There were times during this race when I was nearly enjoying myself, and I didn’t fall – even on Geronimo. Jasmin Paris was first woman, but I haven’t got a clue about the top end.

And here are some photos.

Andy Hunt 51, 2:43:25

Shane Ewan 198, 3:15:53

Matt Broughton 249, 3:24:49

Jim Sneath 255, 3:26:11

Matt Podd 304, 3:37:37

Full results are here.


Saturday 23rd November – ParkRun events

In the Bradford parkrun Reid Haddow was 105th (out of 277) in 26:01.

The winner was Ian Nixon (Pudsey & Bramley) in 17:38 and the first lady was Steph Wilson (Saltaire Striders) in 21:51.

In the Harrogate parkrun Steve Haywood was 207th (out of 336) in 27:40.

The winner was Andrew Dobby (Harrogate Harriers) in 18:00 and the first lady was Emma Megarry in 19:47.

In the Leeds parkrun Graham Lake was fifth in 17:49 and Toni Midgley 212nd (27:35). There were 332 runners.

The winner was Sam Fisher (Howgill Harriers) in 16:44 and the first lady was Hannah Brown (Skyrac) in 18:36.


Sunday 17th November – West Park Leeds

Report from the Hon. Handicapper

Early confidence of a decent finish quickly evaporated as I felt a persistant ‘pain in the backside‘ after just a couple minutes  of running.  This reduced my aim to just making it to the finish without the pain getting any worse. I managed to do that so it’s a case of forgetting it and on to the next one…

The course was held round the fields just north of the Beckett Park track and was mostly firm underfoot and next to no hills to mention, so lots of fast running.   Leon passed me on the second lap and Antonio made up the numbers for Otley.

Results:  1st James Hall Wharfedale 34:38, 89th Leon Ricketts 42:41, 101st Hon. handicapper 44:26, 141st Antonio Cardinale 1:08:57.  Full results here.

PS.  Yorkshire XC Championships  – (Lightwater Valley, 04/01/14), Northern XC, (25/01/14 – Knowsley Safari Park)National (22/02/14 – Wollaton Park Nottingham).  Please Email Andrew asap if you would like to run in any of these races.

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Sunday 17th November – Arnside Knott Fell Race

Report from Steve Robinson:

I took the kids over to my parents this weekend in Cumbria and thought it would be a good idea to run in the Arnside Knott fell race (5.5miles/919ft) which was taking place just down the road.

It is a scenic out and back course overlooking Morecambe Bay and the Kent estuary. The weather was overcast and pretty good for running although the greasy limestone outcrops and sections of mud certainly kept your focus. It turned out to be quite a tough course for such a short distance with virtually no flat sections and all steep gradients going up or down.

The winner was Paul Webb (Unattached) in 34.56. I finished in 50th place in 45.32. 147 finished. Full results here and photos here.


Sunday 17th November – The Leeds Abbey Dash

Any corrections, omissions on these results  please email or add a comment.

..well Sean beat you all to it here’s his report..

With near perfect conditions for running, OAC descending upon Leeds in great numbers today for the Age UK Abbey Dash 10K. With so many runners taking part it was difficult to find the fellow OAC members before the race but I managed to find a few.
Runners were placed into pens according to there self predicted finish time and these pens were set off in waves to prevent crowding at the start. Watching the faster pens head off to the start it was soon my turn, slowly making our way to the start line and following a count down we were off. The race goes up to Kirkstall Abbey and back again. The route was flat and lined with cheering spectators and with perfect running conditions a PB for all OAC members was possible. Keeping a relatively fast pace (for me), the race went really quick and it’s was not long before i was turning around at the Abbey and heading for home. The final 5k was slightly down hill and I knew a good time was coming up. Just after the 9k mark we had to go up over the motorway so a bit of a hill but directly after that the finish was in sight. I managed to crossed the line in 58:35 which was a PB by about 90 seconds. Well chuffed.

Post race chats, texts and Facebook updates indicate a lot of OAC members achieved a PB today which is fantastic (way too many to mention and I would hate to miss someone off the list) a very well done to all. It was great to learn that some of OAC beginners group also took part today and also put in great performances. Susan Kirby put in an excellent performance to get round in 60 mins and 1 sec, well done Susan and great running and next time it will be sub 60 mins I’m sure.

Well done to all the Black and Whites today, great turnout, great running and a great club.

Read the report in the Wharfedale Observer here.


Results: 1st Matt Hynes  NorthYork Moors, 29:23. Louise Damen Winchester 33:04.

Otley AC’ers  72nd Matt John 31:48,   196th Liam Dunne 34:01 (PB), 200th Jon Greenwell, 34:04, 252th (10th Lady) Racheal Bamford 34:46 (PB),  270th Zack Whitehead 34:57,  392nd Graham Lake 36:15 (PB), 413th Simon Anderson 36:27,  506th Richard Smith 37:19 (PB),  1187th Julian Mawson 41:52,  2019th Andy Webster 45:06,  2647th John Cowan 47:06,  2962nd Mary Hampshire 48:05,  2940th Tom Hannah 48:01,  3181st Billy Rayner 48:45,  3122nd Sara Elliott 48:34 (PB),  4467th Charlotte Tomlinson 52:12 (PB),  5147th Laura Hind 53:59,  5256th Gemma Harrington 54:15 (PB),  5257th Reid Haddow 54:15, 6221st Christian Hosker 57:08, 6140th Sean O’Halloran 58:36 (PB),  7087th Susan Kirby 1:00:01,  8911st Dominic Egan 1:11:52


Saturday 16th November – Harriers v Cyclists – Bingley

Report from Caron:

7 black and whites turned up for the harriers v cyclists yesterday ( 6 miles 658′) hosted by Bingley Harriers.

Bob Addey and Don Buffham cycling, Sam Stell, Ed Davies, Renee Saxton, Myself and Bob Baker all running.

As with most fell races, you registered in the pub (Fishermans Arms in Bingley) then ambled down to the where everyone was stood around chatting. After a hair-raising start from the bottom of the hill at Milner Fields Farm in which you had to dodge many cow pats and cyclists carrying their bikes (some faster at this than runners!) the race took you through some narrow undulating rocky paths then along the top of Shipley Glen before the steep climb up and over the summit of Hope Hill where you did a loop and then returned via the outward route. Having never done this race before I was curious to see how the runners and cyclists got along but it was all very polite-shouts of cyclist behind/right/left coming past could be heard throughout the race so no collisions occured and cyclists cheering runners up the hill and runners cheering cyclists down. I really enjoyed this race and will put it on the calendar for next year.

Ilkley’s Tom Adams was the overall winner  in a time of 33:06, followed by 5 cyclists lead by Andy Peace and Bob Addey an excellent 6th (36:04), Sam Stell was next for Otley in 22nd 39:01, followed by 40th  Ed Davies 40:34, 92nd Renee Saxton (4th Lady), 45:06, 160th Caron Ralph 53:37, 182nd  Bob Baker 55:40, 203rd Don Buffham 1:05:26.

Full results here, photo’s courtesy of Dave Woodhead, (Woodentops ) here and video here.