Archive for February, 2014

Thursday 28th February – OAC Cake-Off & Quiz

A huge thanks to everyone who baked and who joined in with the evening; you did the club proud.

Honourable judges Billy (Paul Hollywood) and Phil R (Mary Berry) had the enviable tasks of sampling all 13 entries before declaring the winner to be Gemma Harrington for her lemon cup cakes, and she won a bottle of top notch cava from the OAC Cellar for her efforts; there’s a video of her tearful acceptance speech on the OAC Runners Facebook page courtesy of Simon A.


Colin Best came second and Caron Ralph third.

The quiz champions were “The Overstayers” of Caron, Andrew R, John Cowan, Nicola Lee and Laura, who took home a bottle of wine each, with the second placed team “The Old Gits” of Phil R, Tom H, and Kath and Jack all getting a bottle of Yorkshire Square Ale.

No President Podd for the evening, but you have a running club to be proud of; or at least a running club that really likes eating cake.

Pictures of the cakes can be seen on the club’s Flickr page, and if you want the quiz questions and answers, here they are.

NB: If anyone has issues with Q31 – read this.


Sunday 23rd February – Tarpley 10

Scott_Tarpley10  Gemma Harrington reports:

Scott ran the Tarpley 10 mile race between Bury St. Edmunds & Ipswich and finished first, recording a new PB and also a  course record of 54.29.


Sunday 23rd February – Huddersfield 10k

Robin Outtersides was Otley’s sole representative at this one, finishing 5th in a time of 37.44.

The race was won by Simon Cook in 35.54.  See full results here.


Sunday 23rd February – Snake Lane 10 Mile

Report from Ursula McGouran:

I woke to a dry, bright but very windy Sunday morning – why had I agreed to race the Snake Lane 10? A long story but it involved at least one glass too many of a very tasty red wine… Ah well, a good training run I reminded myself.

Richard (Bell, from Wetherby Runners) kindly agreed to give me a lift to the race so off we set. When we got there we only spotted a couple of Otley AC runners in the distance and didn’t see them during or after the run so sorry about that!

We were all marshalled for the long walk to the start (enough of a warm up for me) and then the hooter sounded and we were off! Lovely start, slightly down hill and a following wind – bliss, and it enabled us all to get a good start, getting into our stride and enjoying the scenery.

The course lives up to it’s name and snakes you through the countryside. This was fine until the half way point when the inevitable happened. We turned a corner and hit a head wind strong enough to stop you in your tracks! You just knew it was going to happen but that didn’t stop it being tough… And it stayed with us right until we turned into the square to finish.

However, Pete’s hill sessions that he runs for Wetherby Runners every Wednesday evening really kicked in and, although I’ll not pretend I’m fast, I did dig in and ended up overtaking many more people than the number who passed me – that always makes you feel better!

After the final hill it was time to see if there was anything left in the tank as I was running in quite a large group. I dug in and managed to out sprint a few men who seemed hell bent on trying to pass me, finishing in a time of 1:22:04 which was a relief given the conditions!

Thanks to Richard for the lift and to family Wheeler (of Wetherby) for the opportunity to run. It’s now time for a celebratory drink and enjoy the closing ceremony of Sochi 2014!

The race was won by Carl Ryde of Doncaster AC in 54:45 and First Lady was Helen Cross of Pocklington Runners in 1:02:14.

The Black and White team performed well: Mark Hall  (6th & 1st V50) 58:36, Tom Midgley (14th) in 1:00:06 and Toni Midgley in 1:46:52. See full results here.


Saturday 22nd February – Park Runs

2 PB’s this week from Tom Potter and Christian Hosker, well done both.

Tom finishing 6th at Pontefract in 19.05,  James Capon, Pontefract was 1st  in 17.05.

Christian was 26th at Leeds Hyde Park in 20.09, Tim Crossland, Leeds City was 1st in 17.06

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Sunday 16th February – Run Sunday

Won by Jamil Parapia in 17:24, the pain sessions must be paying off! And in seventh for OAC in 27:26 was Pange.

The first lady was  Michelle Mangeolles in 26:36.


Saturday 15th February – Park Runs

Christian Hosker was 29th in 21:03. The winner was Mr Unknown in 17:30 and the first lady was Alison Boyle (Hyde Park Harriers) in 21:41.

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Sunday 16th February – Saltaire Shaker Ice Age

Robin OttersidesThis nine-mile trail race organised by Paul Shack of Run Sunday fame, was won by OAC’s Robin Outtersides in 58:01, second was Adam Breaks (59:49) and third Andrew Overend (1:01:32).

The first female in eighth position was Emma Stoney (Baildon Runners) in 1:09:25.

More photos can be seen here and full results here


Sunday 16th February – Windy Hill Fell Race

Club secretary John Dade travelled almost to the other side of the Pennines for this nine-mile race, completing it in 88:55.

The winner was Spencer Riley (Clayton-le-Moors) in 57:49 and the first female was Helen Leigh (Blackburn Harriers) in 1:07:14. John was 159th out of 238.

John commented: I travelled over to Lancashire today to run in this new event. The race started near to Littleborough initially on trails, going under the M62 viaduct and back over the motorway on a narrow bridge.

We then followed more farm tracks till at last we found some mud as we turned onto long uphill climb to join the Pennine Way at Blackstone Edge.

Here the going was rocky with lovely views eventually re-crossing the M62 at the summit. We ran around Windy Hill radio mast and then a three-mile gradual descent on some slippy tracks and paths.

Here I had my ubiquitous fall; doing the splits and face-planting. A nice event, described as fast on the website, but no evidence for that from my time. Nice to see some of the places I’ve raced past at 70mph on the motorway.

Race details here and full results here.


Saturday 15th February – Eccup Handicap

Conditions for race 2 of the 2014 Eric Smith Handicap series was the 6.1-miles Eccup handicap were relatively OK with the exception of a very wet track round the reservoir compared to the wind and rain of recent days.

Toni had a great run to finish almost a minute clear of Gemma in second and Jeremy running in his first handicap in third.  Unsurprisingly Ian recorded the fastest net time of the day of 33:45.

The leading contenders in the 2014 handicap championship are Gemma Harrington on 48 points ahead of Kath Robertshaw, 43pts and Charlotte Tomlinson 40pts.  What chance of an all female top 3 at the end of the year?  See the full handicap table here.

Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Toni Midgley 1:00:25 02:00 0:58:25 23
2 Gemma Harrington 1:01:17 07:00 0:54:17 22
3 Jeremy Stewart 1:02:01 18:00 0:44:01 21
4 Kath Robertshaw 1:02:07 02:00 1:00:07 20
5 Nicola Lee 1:02:44 12:00 0:50:44 19
6 Tom Hannah 1:02:49 12:00 0:50:49 18
7 Caron Ralph 1:03:10 15:00 0:48:10 17
8 John Cowan 1:03:13 16:00 0:47:13 16
9 Dave Hainsworth 1:03:19 10:00 0:53:19 15
10 John Armitstead 1:03:20 20:00 0:43:20 14
11 Charlotte Tomlinson 1:03:27 10:00 0:53:27 13
12 Ursula McGouran 1:03:32 15:00 0:48:32 12
13 Ian Fisher 1:03:45 30:00 0:33:45 11
14 Dominic Egan 1:03:48 15:00 0:48:48 10
15 Steve Robinson
(60 second penalty for a short cut)
1:03:49 21:00 0:42:49 6
16 Jackie Ackroyd 1:04:19 14:00 0:50:19 9
17 Nick Hodgkinson 1:04:21 09:00 0:55:21 8
18 Antonio Cardinale 1:04:29 00:00 1:04:29 7
19 Phil Robinson 1:04:56 12:00 0:52:56 5
20 Andy Ackroyd 1:04:57 18:00 0:48:01 4
21 David Cattanach 1:06:18 06:00 1:00:18 3
22 Lisa Maughan 1:08:20 10:00 0:58:20 2
23 Colin Best 1:08:20 14:00 0:54:20 1