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.