Sunday 1st December – RunSunday

Sunday 1st December – RunSunday

Quite a few Otley AC’ers running this week including the first to break the tape Scott Harrington in a time of 17:19, followed home by Simon Anderson in 18:52.  Simon Toyne and Steve Robinson finished 5th & 6th in 20:42 and 20:51 respectively.  Pange was next in for Otley and second lady in 26:29 followed by Gemma Harrington 27:39 and Debra Brown 32:15.

Read more for Paul Shacks report including a bit of birthday cheer…

A beautifully temperate morning on the Chevin and you probably noticed the disappearance of some muddy stretches on the lower part of the course; yes the council have filled in the paths. I have mixed feelings as I did like the mud but it added to the good running conditions our thirty runners enjoyed in event 66.

Firstly thanks go to our tail runner, Emma Drake and our marshals, Janice Slater (with Dexter), Mary Carlisle (with Flo), Michelle Smith, Tulip Anderson (with Viz) and Vanessa Groom and we were spoiled for bakers today with Lynn Donahue supplying some appropriate advent Christmas trees, Michelle producing Lebkuchen and a very special cake baked by Tracy Cratchley. They all disappeared really quickly!

Before we kicked off this morning we took a moment to celebrate Peter Covey’s birthday weekend and his marvellous achievement of running for 60 years(-he must be knackered!) and I’m really grateful to everyone for staying behind to help polish off the birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to Peter. We also presented him with a Run Sunday shirt. Happy Birthday Peter!

First across the line today was course record holder Scott Harrington who was just seven seconds off his best. Second, and earning a category record, was Simon Anderson in 18:52 and just twenty seconds behind was Steve Turland with an impressive 19:12. Well done guys.

For the women, newcomer Fionnuala Swann breasted the tape in 22:18 and was seventh overall gaining herself a new category record by over a minute! Next came Lynn Donahue in 25:44 and regular Pange Srivastava finished in 26:29. Great running all of you.

The final category record went quite fittingly to Peter Covey who took twenty seconds off his own best. Well done Peter.

This morning also saw the fastest buggy time ever with Neil Holloway pushing Daniel in a storming speed of 23:09-there must be an engine in that thing!! J

Our Doggy Run was won by Penny who was accompanied by Tracy Cratchley (27:06).

A fluorescent yellow 1000 mile hat and a pair of black goretex gloves were left behind today. They join the Meat Puppets t-shirt in our lost property box. If any of these items are yours please let us know.

Thank you everyone for a great morning and OK, our rendition of Happy Birthday isn’t going to get us any record deals but it was great to hear everyone joining in. Cheers!

I hope whatever you’re up to this week it goes well for you, and Michelle and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.



All the best and Good Running

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