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Saturday 9th November – Burley Festival Moor Run


Breaking news, Liam Dunne overcame atrocious weather to win the Burley Moor Festival Run in 48:02, while Andrew Robertshaw was third (50:50).

Read the report in the Wharfedale Observer here.

18 Richard Smith (56:08), 23 John Armitstead (57:44), 39 Steven Robinson (60:11), 49 Andy Webster (61.46), 58 Matt Podd (64:16), 71 Caron Ralph (66:42), 93 Lisa Maughan (71:30), 97 Sara Elliot (72:55), 102 Liz Fawcett (73:24), 103 Sara Richard (73:24), 129 Julie Dorling (78:40), 140 Charlotte Tomlinson (88:54),141 Gemma Harrington (88:54), Sarah Jones (88:54) and  Sean O’Halloran 90.25 . Full results here.

Report from Sean O’Halloran:

The weather was bloody awful on Saturday morning and it took great will power to get ready and get out of the door (I expect others felt the same). Upon arriving everyone was taking shelter from the elements in the pavilion until the last minute when we were called to the start; there was a great turnout of OAC members.

The race started and finished in the playing field and followed the same route as last year (for those who can remember). The course was an off road 11k with a main assent of 800ft and a total elevation gain of 1227.4ft (according to my Garmin).

The first mile was a gradual uphill section leading us to the fool of the moor. Once across the road we were faced with the steep climb and the higher we went the worse the weather became and at one point in we encountered snow!

Once on top of the moor the weather conditions remained constant (strong freezing wind and rain/snow) and the course followed an undulating loop before returning back down the path we went up and on to the finish. The conditions underfoot were very challenging at times and consisted of road, track, mud (deep in places) and rivers/streams.

My plan for the race was to not get injured and try and keep OAC member in my sights. For the first half of the race Sarah Jones and I exchanged places until the flat/downhill track road at about halfway where she pulled away and caught up with Charlotte Tomlinson and Gemma Harrington. I managed to keep sight of Sarah, Charlotte and Gemma and knew I had a good chance to catch them on the steeper downhill sections.

My plan worked and I managed to catch and pass them before leaving the moor. I negotiated the very muddy tracks (although I did slip over a few times, but remained unhurt) and made it down off the moor safe. I was finally onto the road and it was onto the finish, so I thought. I was pushing on down the road expecting to see the finish when realised I had missed the path off to the right, it was 100m back. I turned back and could see Sarah, Charlotte and Gemma taking the path I missed. Once on the right path it was down the track and across the playing field to the finish.

The event was well organised and the route was well marshalled (apart from the final path to the finish). Combining all the factors (nature of the course, elevation, weather and underfoot conditions) this was a tough race but very enjoyable and one I shall so again. Well done to all the OAC members.

  1. #1 by Matt on November 10, 2013 - 7:56 pm

    Well unfortunatly my presidential powers don’t extend to influence over the weather. Big congratulations to all black and whites who ran this – I was very proud of the turn out given the conditions – which were foul; Yes, it was sleet on top.
    A fine result for the club in a local race – well done to all those at the front, but the strength in depth was really good.
    So sorry for those who this was their first experience of fell racing (and we encouraged you to do it, claiming it would be a laugh) – it does get a lot better.
    Congratulations again – and any tales of spectacular fall? If you look on Ilkley harriers web site there is a link to photo’s

    http://www.picasaweb.google.com/andrewthrip

  2. #2 by Hannah Mallinson on November 10, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    Hope you’ve thawed out now Liam and Andrew. I’ve now heard just how horrendous it was so huge congratulations on your resukts. Well done to all who did it, you’re all amazing!

  3. #3 by Sean O'Halloran on November 10, 2013 - 8:41 pm

    Bring it on! I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but what a great way to spend a Saturday morning. I loved it, keeping my eye out for my next fell race now.

  4. #4 by Caron Ralph on November 10, 2013 - 10:14 pm

    Up the black and whites! Safety in numbers for def, have a sore neck where some nice man picked me up off the single file track by the scruff of my neck after I face planted! But well done Otley for brilliant turn out

  5. #5 by Sara Elliott on November 11, 2013 - 5:24 pm

    Haha possibly one of the worst experiences of my life (at the time!!). However, just checked out the pics and bizarrely I’m smiling. Must’ve been near the end. Can’t wait for next year’s. Well done everyone and thanks for sharing that heater Liam 😉

  6. #6 by Gemma Harrington on November 11, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    I agree Sara! Although I kinda enjoyed it in a funny way! Think you had to laugh considering how horrible the weather was & conditions underfoot! I did a (not so!) elegant roly poly down one of the final descents which you had to laugh at!! Don’t know whether I want to repeat it in a hurry though! Not sure what time/position came in and frankly not too bothered! Just glad finished it in one piece! 😀

  7. #7 by reid haddow on November 11, 2013 - 8:16 pm

    you were all Brilliant”up the Black and Whites” well done all of you, fantastic turn out.

  8. #8 by Antonio Cardinale on November 11, 2013 - 10:03 pm

    Congratulation to Liam Dunne for the great victory, well deserved with a strong performance. As well a great run from Andrew R. with a good third place, well done indeed. Great report from Sean that gave me a good idea of what kind of a day every runner had at the Burley Run .Well done to all the club’s members who took part at the fell race,especially Caron for the good “planted” run on the moors,and Sarah Elliot for her worst experience of her life with a smile.

  9. #9 by matt on November 13, 2013 - 8:32 am

    I’ve passed the results on, and they should be up soon. Mystery runner – the anonymous Colin Best?

  10. #10 by Ian on November 14, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    Matt :
    Well unfortunatly my presidential powers don’t extend to influence over the weather. Big congratulations to all black and whites who ran this – I was very proud of the turn out given the conditions – which were foul; Yes, it was sleet on top.
    A fine result for the club in a local race – well done to all those at the front, but the strength in depth was really good.
    So sorry for those who this was their first experience of fell racing (and we encouraged you to do it, claiming it would be a laugh) – it does get a lot better.
    Congratulations again – and any tales of spectacular fall? If you look on Ilkley harriers web site there is a link to photo’s
    http://www.picasaweb.google.com/andrewthrip

    There can only be ‘one’ God at Otley AC Matt ha ha

  11. #11 by Ian on November 14, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    Well done Liam. You’ve dunne good……… So to the rest of the club who raced in those conditions.

  12. #12 by Andy Webster on November 15, 2013 - 3:03 am

    Seem to have forgotten me finishing 49th!

  13. #13 by Nuno César de Sá on November 15, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    Well that was fun! Well done you Otley AC guys!

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