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Saturday 14th December – Gathering Winter Fools


Well down to the Otley AC squad of Andy Hunt, Richard Smith, Andy Webster, Laura Martin, Sarah Fuller, Sarah Smith (team captain), Pange Srivastava and Matt Podd which came away with the second team prize.

This annual relay race sees pairs of runners competing over four legs with the option of fancy dress (just in case you were wondering about the Leprechaun outfits).

Excellent weather, although a tad windy at times, but a great fun day out for everyone involved.

Andy H and Richard were the first pair off from Cliffe Castle Park, Keighley, to the White Lion, Kildwick, (nine miles) who passed the novelty baton of a plastic guitar to Andy W and Laura.

They had the longest leg of 9.5 miles from to the Busfeild Arms, East Morton, where the two Sarah’s had a ‘mere’ six miles to cover to the Fisherman’s Arms, Bingley, for Pange and Matt to return to the race HQ seven miles away at the University Academy, Keighley.

Full results here.

See some pictures here courtesy of the support crew, Richard Hamer, and thanks to Vital Technology Group (also the number sponsors for this year’s Washburn Valley Relays) for the outfits.

  1. #1 by Sarah fuller on December 15, 2013 - 7:27 pm

    It might have been a ‘mere’ 6 miles to you buddy but,running up and down down dale into a headwind carrying a large plastic guitar in one hand and a big floppy hat in the other, it felt like a lot more!!! Thank you to everyone who ran and the support from rich hamer – it was a great laugh and good team spirit and to get a prize was ace! So when I’m gathering fools for next year don’t be shy !!

  2. #2 by Matt Broughton on December 15, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Well done team. Great result.

  3. #3 by Caron Ralph on December 15, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    Well done guys and girls-loving the outfifs, my main concern is why Richard Hamer has so many leprechaun outfits? Def one for calendar again next year!

  4. #4 by Caron Ralph on December 15, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    Well done guys and girls-loving the outfifs, my main concern is why Richard Hamer has so many leprechaun outfits? Def one for calendar again next year-but what would the outfits be?

  5. #5 by Shane Ewen on December 15, 2013 - 9:04 pm

    Great efforts. Something special about relays. Even more so when dressed as leprauchans!

  6. #6 by Richard Hamer on December 16, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    The costumes double up as elf outfits, apparently.

  7. #7 by sarah on December 17, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    results are now up on the website to be sure to be sure!: Otley AC 13th (34 started) and 2nd mixed in 4:36:45. Ist team were 3.23.11 and the 1st mixed team were baildon with 4:11:12. well done everyone Cheers!

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