Archive for February, 2014

Sunday 9th February – La Tramassel 10k Snow Trail – Hautacam

Report by Graham Stead: Spurred on by a couple of decent road race performances recently, I decided to have a go at the annual snow race around the cross country skiing runs on top of the Hautacam, venue for one of this year’s Tour de France mountain stage finishes.

The plan was to do the race along with a new arrival in the Pyrenees, Mark Bollam, who is a seasoned fell runner from Mercia Fell Runners, however, following a number of glasses of wine at a party for Mark’s dad on Friday night, his wife Rachael and my wife Ann both somehow ended up being cajoled into entering.

In recent years the biggest problem with this race has been getting competitors to the start, and this year was no exception with snow chains being required for the last couple of miles up the hill.

Ann and I then got a shock when we congregated at the start line to find that we had been standing in the wrong queue and had inadvertently entered and been given race numbers for the 18k race and not the 10k.

Luckily we were able to quickly rectify this and avoid the potential complication of a marshal trying to send us round for a second lap.

For the most part the underfoot snow conditions were pretty good and suitable for fell shoes, however, the last mile or so went off piste taking us part way down the mountain through two foot deep snow.

All the way down your thoughts are that at some point you are going to have to climb back up the hill again but bizarrely the race suddenly finished at a point two-miles from the start, requiring a very tough walk back up the road or a hitch hike.

Mark had a very solid run to finish sixth overall with me and Rachael packing well in midfield having had a ding dong battle throughout, resolved only by my superior downhill kamikaze snow running/tumbling. Ann, having had little training also had a solid run finishing in the top half of the ladies field.
1st – Laurent Malinga 42:10
6th and 1st MVet1 – Mark Bollam Mercia Fell Runners 44:19
23rd and 1st lady Coline Meilham 51:47
47th & 2nd MVet2 Graham Stead Otley AC – 56:59
49th &1st LVet2 Rachael Bollam Mercia Fell Runners 57:33
76th and 1st LVet3 Ann Stead Otley AC 1:04:51
107 Finishers.

Sorry no photos but a short video of the 2009 race run in similar conditions.


Sunday 9th February – Liversedge Half-Marathon

Report from Gemma: With barely two-weeks’ notice and very little training I stepped in to do the Liversedge Half-Marathon and to run on behalf of all the Otley AC injured ladies.

After a heavy night at the presentation dinner Friday night followed by “Kitchen disco” I wasn’t sure how I would manage as wasn’t exactly full of energy!

As we got there it was chucking it down with rain and blowing a gale and I wondered if I could sneak back to the car without anyone noticing where my flask of coffee and Bakewell slice were waiting!

There were 15 Black & Whites, a few of who I saw as we were waiting to start and the rest as they passed me in the very early stages.

I set off with a target time of 2:10, as I thought 10-minute mile was achievable. The first mile I completed in 8:30 so had to try to slow down! It was a very tough, well marshalled 13.1 miles, undulating in nature on road and paths throughout the villages and towns in the area.

There was a gentle climb from about mile one to mile five up onto the moor top and then a steep downhill at Baliff Bridge. This should have been easy, however, there was a head on driving wind which was right in our faces.

My shoelace also came undone on the way down so had to make a stop at the bottom. I kept breaking the distance down in my head which I found made it easier to tackle (one of Scott’s tips). Another he said he often does when marathon training is counting things like puddles I didn’t do this, however I found having a nosey at people’s houses helped! I saw a lovely five-bed new build detached with a paddock adjoining!

The second water stop was about 8-mile where I walked for about five-metres mainly to get a bit of water drank without spilling from a plastic cup all down me. Mile 8.5-9.5ish was named the “mad mile” a steep uphill climb, and in my head I was thinking it was just like Pool Bank which I have managed to run all the way before.

Some off the route from mile 10 we had already run on the way out and even though I knew some of the roads I had never covered this distance before. I had a gel at about 11-miles and as it was the first time I’d used one was hoping for an energy rush to get me through the last couple of  miles to the end. This never came but wasn’t as tough on the legs as I had anticipated.

As I came round the final bend I could see the finish line in sight, there were lots of Otley AC members cheering me over the line (thanks for that everyone!). I managed one-second below my target time in 2:09:59.

I would like to say that was down to good pacing; more fluke. Scott, unfortunately, wasn’t able to see me cross the line of my first half-marathon as he had to go for the prize ceremony for finishing second male where he picked up his trophy of a fruit bowl (or maybe a punch bowl, more likely in our house!).

The Otley boys also won first male team. Well done also to everyone else that completed, you were all amazing,  I am very proud to be part of the team!

Scott Harrington came second in 1:14:32, and Otley AC won the team prize with Liam Dunne 6th, 1:19:12 and Mark Hall 7th, 1:19:29.

The race was won by Matthew Pierson (Holmfirth Harriers) in 1:13:28 and first lady was Myra Jones (Valley Striders) in 1:30:11.

Also for the magnificent Black & Whites, Tom Midgeley 14th, 1:22:32, Richard Smith 30th, 1:26:15, Tom Potter 66th, 1:32:09, Andy Ackroyd 168th, 1:43:49, Howard Jeffery 187th 1:45:42, Jackie Ackroyd 247th 1:52:21, Tom Hannah 300th 1:59:13, Jane Butler 305th 1:59:43, Dave Hainsworth 326th 2:01:43, Billy Rayner 337th, 2:02:59, Sara Richard 361st 2:05:58, Gemma Louise Harrington 2:09:59.

The full results are here.


Sunday 9th February – Run Sunday

In extremely windy conditions, a 1-2 for Otley AC with Jamil Parapia winning in 17.50 and Robin Outtersides 2nd, 18.32. First lady was Lucy Williamson in 20.59.

Jenson Brogden came 8th in 22.27, Nick Hodgkinson 21st 29.57 and Debra Brown 23rd in 32.45.

Full results here

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Saturday 8th February – Park Runs

Fritton Lake:

The first male to finish was Dominic David Neil OLIVER (M) (City of Norwich AC) in a time of 18:30. The first lady completing the course was Nicola BAKER (F) (Great Yarmouth Road Runners) in a time of 23:35. For Otley AC, John Cowan finished 12th in 24.02

Leeds Hyde Park:

The first male to finish was Andrew CROSS (M) (City of Hull AC) in a time of 17:18. The first lady completing the course was Treena JOHNSON (F) (Dewsbury Road Runners) in a time of 19:33. For Otley AC  – 93rd Howard JEFFREY 22:54 and 108th Christian HOSKER 23:25


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Friday February 7th – Otley AC Dinner, Korks

For those of you who couldn’t make it,or if you just want to see it again, here’s the video of a typical Otley AC training night down the cricket club,


England call-up for Racheal Bamford

Former OAC member, and now second claim member, Racheal Bamford has been called-up to represent England at 1500m.

How did she do? Find out here and here.

Well done from everyone at OAC.


Sunday 2nd February – Yorks. Vets Grand Prix Series – Pudsey

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).

OAC’s Robin Outtersides took a tumble on the steep decent but managed to get back on his feet to finish 13th (34.45) just one place ahead of Shane Ewen in 14th (35.01).

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.

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Sunday 2nd February – RunSunday

This weeks winner was Andrew Overend with a time of 18:53, and 1st Lady and 2nd overall in a new category record of 20:59 was Claire Cooper.

Otley juniors to the fore this week with Jenson Brogden the star of the show finishing 6th overall in a new MJ9 record of 22:05, next was Keiran Green in 20th, 28:22, followed by Pange and Sarah Jones in 28:26 & 28:37,  Nick Hodgkinson 33:29 and Ellora Green 33:57.

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Sunday 2nd February – Dewsbury 10k

A good turnout from the Black & Whites at this local fast 10k.  A close finish up front as the Northern Cross Country champion Dan Garbutt was just beaten by Mohammed Abu-Rezeq of Altrincham in a time of 30:24.  1st Lady in 29th overall was Wakefield’s Julie Briscoe in 34:17.

Scott was up near the front of the field finishing 12th in a PB? of 32:37,  Second claimer Zack Whitehead was next Otley’s next runner in 39th 35;02, followed by: 64th Tom Midgley 36:03,  71st Jon Greenwell 36:20,  187th Tom Potter 40:08,  396th Howard Jeffrey 44:42,  375th Andy Webster 45:01,  376th Andy Ackroyd 45:03,  508th John Cowan (PB) 47:06,  475th Jackie Ackroyd 47:07,  517th Dominic Egan 47:52,  620th Phil Robinson 50:00,  652nd Billy Rayner 50:33,  676th David Hainsworth 51:19,  743rd Gemma Harrington (PB) 52:58,  772nd Ann Yeadon 53:44,  779th Laura Hind (PB) 54:09,  913th Toni Midgley (PB) 58:18.


Saturday 1st February – Rombalds Stride

EdDaviesRombaldsStrideOtley’s Ed. Davies was first back to Guiseley Junior school after the tour of Baildon Moor, Rombalds/Ilkley Moor and Otley Chevin in a time of 2: 54:41.  Next home for Otley was Simon Anderson in approx. 3:14:10, followed by Ross Armstrong & Jim Sneath both 3:52:51, Sara Richard & Sarah Smith 5:04:37, Karen Potter 5:10:40.

Full results here and photos courtesy of Woodentops here and a comprehensive report from a very happy Ed Davies..

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