Shane Ewen reports:
Three “old men” from Otley – Liam Dunne, Robin Outtersides, and myself – ran for the black & whites in the first race of the West Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix series for 2014. To say it was a muddy course would be putting it mildly. Starting on a waterlogged farm track, it involved two laps of an undulating wood, with two stream crossings on each lap. There were plenty of tumbling runners in the slippery mud! The finish was at the top of a stiff climb up a track.
Followed by pie & peas in the pub, for just £2!
and another report from Liam:
The race was advertised as 5.5 mile mixed terrain race, but it fact it was only approx. a 4.5 mile two lap course with a killer hill up to the finish. The hilly course was covered in mud and It felt more like a cross country event with a couple of stream crossings thrown in.
After a 15 min jog to the start at a farm we set off. It was fast from the start and the pace was set by the man with the local knowledge, P&B’s Neil Armitage he led from the start and went on to take the victory in a time of 31.05 and the 1st Lady was Tanya Seager, Stainland 36:24.
I battled it out against Gary Bailey of Pudsey Pacers to eventually take 2nd place 14 secs behind the winner (31.19).
For £4 entry on the day it was a pleasant race made great by the mud and stream crossing There was good support on the course and back at HQ pie and peas were on offer at £2. Full results and race calendar here.