Archive for March, 2014
Won by second claim member Zack Whitehead in 17:29, with Pange second female and first V40 in 26:49.
First female was Faye Wilson in 26:07. Full results here.
The race was won by Andrew Wiles of New Marske Harriers AC in 50.43. First lady in 26th, was Pauline Munro from Wetherby Runners AC in 58.45.
Otley AC’s excellent results and full results here. Also running for Otley were Tom Potter, 96th in 63.18, Neil Charlton, 146th in 66.43, Andrew Ackroyd, 275th in 73.23, Ian Broadbent, 345th in 76.58, Jackie Ackroyd, 382nd in 79.00, Tom Hannah, 392nd in 79.12, Andrew Rayner 429th in 80.47, David Hainsworth 541st in 86.52, Gemma Harrington, 550th in 87.22 and Toni Midgley 707th in 97.08.
Leeds Hyde Park – First was Peter Harry BROOKES, Holmfirth Harriers AC in 16:15 and first lady in 14th was Jocelyn PAYNE, Hyde Park Harriers in 18:56. For Otley AC, Christian HOSKER came 35th in 20:21 and Richard A CLARKE was 50th in 21:17.
Report from Ultra Sarah: The Hardmoors 55 certainly lived up to its name ie, it was hard and it had moors in it; 55 miles and 2700 meters of them!
I was assured by many that this was quite a straightforward race as far as running 55 miles goes anyway. The race director even re-assured me that because I’d beaten him in the Tour of Helvellyn I’d find it a doddle and should do a reasonable time.
Hmm, wrong on both counts! I found this hard, really hard, much harder than the Lakeland 50. I didn’t run a very sensible race from the off really, I set off for Guisborough at 9:00am with 199 other runners well enough, but after the first climb I was already feeling heavy limbed and not great; I had been a bit run down over the last week or so perhaps it was that or just an off day, who knows, but I didn’t do the sensible thing and slow down and sort myself out I charged off desperately hanging on, panicking about meeting the strict cut off times.
I ran the first 12 miles too fast and was in Kildale in 2 hours 15, way up on the three-hour cut off (I did enjoy the out and back to Roseberry topping though!). A quick bite to eat and refill of the bottles and I was off up the relentless boring climb up towards Blowarth crossing (aptly names as it was indeed blowing a hoolie right in our faces the whole of this section!) and this is where it started to hurt; my stomach was in bits for some reason and I had a horrendous stitch that I just couldn’t run off and my dodgy calf was playing up.
I shuffled miserably along the relentless, tedious, wide stony tracks, steadily climbing cursing and muttering to myself, always lagging behind Elaine who I’d talked into running this race with me. I felt guilty for holding her back but, thankfully, she was not at all bothered being about the most chilled person I’ve ever met, and stayed with me despite me keep saying; “crack on off you go”, (although the situation ended up being reversed in the last 10 miles so what goes around comes around I guess!).
I perked up mentally a bit when we got to the steep ups and downs around Wainstones and Clay Bank etc and actually enjoyed the variety of terrain here (a blessed relief from those horrid tracks), but was still in a pretty dark place and muttering about retiring at every checkpoint; I wasn’t even bothered when it started snowing and then a full on blizzard on the tops.
Add in the thunder and lightning, wind, a few hail storms and a bit of rain and I think we had all the weather possible in a few hours.
Finally, approaching Osmotherly my stomach pains were easing a little and I could up the pace, happy days! Didn’t last though. We were through Osmotherley (32 miles) in 7 hours 45 with most of the climbing behind us so not on for a great time but it could have been worse.
I managed to eat a bit and then started the long drag up out of Osmotherley back on to the moor edge where the tedious boring undulating tracks returned to haunt me and I started feeling rubbish again. Still we shuffled on into now a gorgeous sunny evening and the wind had even died down.
It got dark on the last couple of miles to Sutton Bank and we immediately got lost (yes I know navigation is my thing how can you get lost on the Cleveland Way etc blah blah!), wasting 10 minutes faffing about looking for the right path to take us down to the White Horse checkpoint at 45 miles.
Once I was here I knew I was going to finish but knew it wasn’t going to be pretty or impressive. Bit of a death march from here and now it was Elaine’s turn to suffer (I’m not sure I gave her as much sympathy as she gave me, oops!) but we shuffled on in the dark thankfully not getting lost again, but having to stop a wee bit to read the map as the Cleveland Way signs were pretty non-existent in places.
Eventually there was a group of five of us including a lady I’d run with on part of the Tour of Helvellyn and one of the Lakeland 100 reccies, so nice to catch up! Then, “oh joy” my head torch failed on me and you can imagine my colourful language at this point; still five miles to go and much of it in the woods.
Luckily I had Elaine and a small emergency Petzl in my bag which was a bit like running by candle light but better than nothing. And so we shuffled and mostly walked now on to the finish at Helmsley where we found we had to remove our shoes before being allowed up to the finish upstairs in the town hall!
This added about an hour to my finishing time as extracting sore feet from my trainers was near impossible as every time I bent over to try and get them off my quads cramped up spectacularly!
And so finished my first Hardmoors event, an overwhelming sense of relief more than anything as I was pretty close to a DNF several times, and I was proud I made myself just get on with it.
I finished in about 14 hours 23 minutes, a good hour or so slower than I had hoped but a finish none the less and over an hour inside the 15 and a half hour race cut-off, so all in all on reflection I’m pretty pleased considering!
I was about 145th out of 199 starters (170 finished). Did I enjoy the race? No not really truth be told, but I did enjoy bits of it and I enjoyed the Hardmoors experience; I met some fantastic people, caught up with old friends, met some new friends and the event was amazingly well organised and supported and super friendly. Having had three really good races on the trot before this I guess I was due a sufferfest!
Report from Richard Smith: On the back of a trip to Manchester, it was onwards to Lancaster today to take part in the Trimpell 20 Road Race. A final pre-marathon prep run, I intended to go easy for the first 10 and then look to press on. In reality though, windy conditions and pretty knackered legs from the off made it a case of hanging in there with gritted teeth.
Although flat, the course was almost too flat and allowed for no respite! The course was effectively out and back on a cycle track before heading up the Lune Valley and back again. Have to say it was more of a ‘purposeful’ course than inspiring! The main highlight was seeing a complacent dad falling over on roller-skates whilst teaching his son (he was okay).
Anyway, I’m pretty certain I was the only black and white warrior there today. Not sure of position but finished up on 2 hours, 20 mins.
1st Lady was Carol Gatehouse 23:15. Otley junior Keiron Green finished 10th 29:42 just ahead of mum Pange in 11th 29:47 and Ellora Green 14th 34:59.
The winner was Tasfaye Debele City of Sheffield in 31:42.
Otley results, admin thinks there were quite a few of pb’s today? 2nd Scott Harrington 33:21, 6th Jamil Parapia 34:24, 15th 2nd claim Zack Whitehead 35:09, 89th Jeremy Stewart 40:10 pb?, 201st Louise Riches 44:14 pb?, 427th Dominic Egan 48:27, 439th Nicola Lee 48:37 pb?, 588th Charlotte Tomlinson 51:38 pb?, 711th Ann Yeadon 53:23 pb?, 959th Toni Midgley 57:10 pb.
What goes on at the relays, stays at the relays; however…
Leeds were crowned as the Northern 12 Stage Road relay champions for 2014, in a time of 4 hrs 22 mins 29 seconds. In the provisional results available, Otley finished in our highest ever position in 20th in a total time of 4:56:02 for the 6 long (9k) & 6 short (5k) race.
The undulating Heaton Park, Manchester, a strong wind together with the quality of the runners provided a testing race. As you can see from the photo thanks to captain Liam for providing shelter and refreshments throughout the day.
Fastest time of the day for the long legs was National Cross Country champ. Steve Vernon, Stockport 27:20 & Nick McCormick of Morpeth was the fastest on the short leg in 14.16. See full men’s results here and report on the North of England AA website here.
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Results so far from this weeks Park runs are:
Leeds Hyde Park: 1st Aidan Adams, Leeds City 16:45 & 1st Lady Rachel Bourne, Hyde Park H 21:02 and for Otley 44th Christian Hosker 20:44
Sewerby: 1st Nick Jordan, Bridlington RR, 19:26 and 1st Lady Penny Sellers, U/A 22:41 and for Otley 43rd Reid Haddow 26:23
Now in its 30th year, the 14.2-mile figure of eight course goes up and down Dentdale (and some hills), out one side of the village of Dent and back in the other.
This year’s edition attracted a field of 438, with Sarah Smith coming 366th in 2:15:44 and Sara Richard 373rd in 2:17:20.