Archive for April, 2014

Friday 18th April – Salford 10K

Second claim member Zack Whitehead recorded a personal best time for 2014 over 10K with a speedy 33:54 finishing in 38th Position.

The race was won by Michael Aspinall of Tipon Harriers in 30:03. First female finishing in 44th Position was Jessica Coulson of  Stockport Harriers with a time of 34:10.


Friday 18th April – Calder Vale Country 10 mile road race

Otley AC club treasurer, Ian Broadbent Reports:

I made my annual pilgrimage to  Calder Vale near Garstang to run the 10 mile road race which is set over an extremely undulating but scenic road course. It’s not PB territory but I managed a respectable 79:10 and 61st of 159 finishers in very warm conditions. Pleased to report the pie and peas were as good as ever too. It’s run every Good Friday and well worth the trip, generally a small field although competitors seem to travel a fair way to take part!

The race winner, and the only person to run sub 60 mins on the day, in 59:56 was Paul Brannigan (Todmorden Harriers).The first female home in 4th position was Angela Leck (Wellington Scottish) in 62:35.

Full results here.

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Tuesday 15th April – Bunny Run 3

In the 3rd race of this years Bunny Run fell race series (3miles/300ft) Otley had a host of runners taking part. The race winner in a time of 14:50 was Jack Simpson (Leeds City) the first female finisher in 19th position overall was Katie Walshaw (Holmfirth).

First back for OAC on the night was Matt John in 7th (15:57) followed by Simon Anderson in 36th (17:58), Robin Outersides 44th (18:20), Bob Baker 211th (23:46), Richard Hamer 232nd (24:33), Sara Richard 23rd (27:12) & finally Julie Dorling 315th(29:28).


Full results here.

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Sunday 13th April – European Sprint Duathlon Championships Horst (Holland)

Race report from Howard Jeffrey:

I competed in the EU Sprint Duathlon Championships on Sunday morning in Horst Holland. So many Brits it was like a domestic competition. I was pleased with my performance considering the lack of training before and after Christmas. The weather was almost perfect in that it was sunny but cool with a bit of wind in the exposed bike course. First 5K I dipped under 20 minutes at 19.54 for the first time in a couple of years I think. The 20K bike ride saw me unleash my secret weapon (Scott Plasma Team: Google it if you’re interested) and I reckon it was worth about 3  to 4 minutes judging by where my known rivals were. I ran at the same pace in the last 2.8 K and finished 9/14 in my new age category (it is getting harder) and 225/332 overall. OK bearing in mind they were all qualified age groupers. Next champs are the World Sprint Duathlon in Pontevedra Spain end of May and the EU Sprint Triathlon in Kitzbuhel mid June.


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Sunday 13th April – Virgin Money London Marathon

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Report from Lisa Maughan:

My second marathon and first time at London . I was both excited and nervous in the lead up to it. I woke up early and made my way to the start. Fortunately I bumped into a dubious looking pair at Charing Cross (Tom and Jackie), and Tom’s laid back attitude helped to calm my nerves!

We were in the pens about 30 minutes before the start, which actually passed quite quickly, and then we were off. I had decided to run near the 4 hr pace group, along with around 15,000 other people, or so it seemed. I was scratched, shoved and tripped up twice before half way, it was horrible!

Thankfully it thinned out a bit around mile 18 but then I had to contend with people stopping to walk in front of me, which was annoying especially when you are tired. I caught up with Tom at about 19 I think. He was in a lot of pain, after checking he was OK and throwing a couple of iboprofen at him I ploughed on.

I knew at this point that I wasn’t going to make sub four but was determined to get as near to four hours as possible so pushed on. The crowds along the last stretch were amazing and pushed me on. All in all I was very pleased with my time – a 12 minute PB. It was an amazing experience but not one I will be repeating in a hurry!

Report from Sean O’Halloran:

The weekend started with a trip to the London Excel to collect the race numbers, race pack and final instructions.  There was also a chance to pick up some bargains from the trade stands. I was lucky enough me meet Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Mutai at the Excel and have a photo taken with each, but I’m not holding out much hope for a christmas card.

Race day and we are greeted with clear skies and rising temperatures. I arrived at the blue start and managed to meet up with Lisa, Tom and Jackie, we had a team photo, wished each other good luck and went to our numbered pen. It took me 15 mins to cross the start line once the race got underway. I decided to join the 4:30hrs pace group and settled into a nice rhythm and the miles were ticking off nicely. A quick kiss from Niamh mile 3 and back to the job at hand. I was feeling great and things were going to plan until mile 8 where I was getting too hot and by mile 10 I had slowed quite a lot and I realised my original plan was not going to unfold. I was now running with the 5hr pace group and this was my new plan. Half way came and I realised I was struggling and it now became a race of survival. I had passed a few collapsed runners who were being tended to my St John and I just wanted to complete the race. As the weather was very warm (sore sunburn now) I was unsure if I was taking on to little or too much fluid but I was struggling to get going. The miles slowly ticked by and the welcoming thoughts and sights of Elaine and Niamh kept me going. When I got to mile 23 I realised it was a parkrun to the finish and that I was going to make it. Eventually Buckingham Palace came into view and around the corner was the finishing line!! I had completed the London Marathon, something I had been dreaming of for years. I received my medal and met up with the family. Some learning points taken from this race and now on to the next challenge.
A big well done to all the OAC runners, I hope your legs recover soon.


The race was won by Wilson Kipsang in 2.04.29 and first lady was Edna Kiplagat in 2.20.21. First in for the Black and Whites was Liam Dunne 388th overall in 2.45.40; followed by Richard Clarke, 3920th, in 3.23.10; Karen Potter, 6274th, in 3.37.21; Jackie Ackroyd, 9676th, in 3.52.43; Lisa Maughan, 12654th, in 4.04.03; Stephen Boddy, 15711th, in 4.16.57; Tom Hannah, 23014th, in 4.28.51; and Sean O’Halloran, 32997th, in 5.57.46.

Official race report and results




Saturday 12th April – Park Runs

At Leeds Hyde Park, the race was won by Dean JEROME, Leeds City in 16.38 and first lady, 22nd overall, was Rachael LUNDGREN, Gosforth Harriers & AC  in 19.18. For Otley AC, Christian Hosker came 34th in 20.20

At Sewerby parkrun, the winner was Phil Taylor, Bridlington Road Runners in 16.40 and first lady was Deborah Church of Driffield Striders in 18th, 22.07. For Otley AC, Reid Anthony James HADDOW was 43rd overall in a time of 26.43

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Runner of the Month for March

Awarded jointly to Tom Potter and Toni Midgley.

March has been a busy month for both of them; Tom came 50th in the Spen 20 with 2:26:13, and recorded 63.18 in the Thirsk 10; he has also been busy with Park Runs and RunSunday.

Meanwhile Toni also took part in the Thirsk 10 as well as the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k finishing with a PB in 57:10, and has also run the Esholt Handicap plus two Park Runs.


Tuesday 8th April – Bunny Run 2

Report from Caron:

CYes it’s that time of year again, our annual visit to the cold, windy Dimples Lane quarry.  Bunny run #2 was well attended by the black and whites with 7 runners entered and some even managed to run just in vests which is highly unusual due to the April temperatures in Haworth being nearly Arctic. Steve, Lisa, Gloria and Laura were having their first taste of Bunny mania and judging by the comments after the race, were glad to have made the trip over (even if it is for only 2.8 miles).  As per usual everyone pushes forward only to be screamed at to move back and wait for the shout to start then the mad, frantic dash is underway. The 3 lap course wasn’t too bad this year although there was some very muddy patches that were quagmires by the 3rd time round and racing against kids doesn’t seem to make us adults run any faster!

First man home was Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers-now on his 6th bunny run win in 15.17,  first lady was Katie Walshaw of Holmfirth in 17.52.

For the black and whites, first home was Steve Robinson,20:36, Laura Clark, 23:12 (I’m sure she’s been doing some secret training) followed by myself, 24:08, Bob Baker 24:18, Richard Hamer 25:32,  Lisa Maughan 27:37 and Gloria Jackson 33:42, (action photo).  None of us ventured to the pub after but a quick peek thru the window confirmed the amount of chocolate on offer this year was just as abundant as previous years and is thrown out to the crowd by the mens and ladies winners (apparently this year they threw out crisps and haribos as well as easter eggs).  An enjoyable run that is a permanent fixture on my calendar every year.  Full results and lots of photos on woodentops here.


Sunday 6th April – Pollenca half marathon (Majorca)

Mark Hall reports:

Working in Majorca for 7 weeks I finally managed to find a race, Pollenca half marathon, incorporating the Balearic Island Championships. However, working and late nights had left me seriously short of race condition. I decided to enter the race with no idea how my form was. The race was mostly flat with the final 5kms undulating. After 7kms I was struggling and the rest of the race was a hot slog (70 degrees). I eventually finished 12th in 78.15, very disappointing as I was 2.30 minutes down on last years time. I still managed to win my MV50 (54) category by 4 minutes. It was a poor and frustrating result.
The winner was a Spanish runner Quais Zitane 68.19, 690 runners finished the 8th addition of this race.
Full results here

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Sunday 6th April – Harewood 10k

Another trail race win for Robin Outtersides finishing in a time of 36:46, with Stephen Boddy in 49:34, Jane Butler (55:48), Joanna Hobson (1:02:21) and Ann Yeadon (1:10:25).

Report from Stephen Boddy:

I had been looking forward to this race as it seemed like a good distance to do a week before London and I’ve done this run in the past and I think it’s a great course, undulating with one really tough climb but good trails all the way round with plenty of muddy puddle thrown in for good measure. The only negative is its busyness, both on the course and getting out the car park which took a fair bit longer than the run took Robin. I picked up Robin and my mate Ian, and we set off in good spirits.   Well, Ian and I were in good spirits, Robin was thoroughly down about the whole event saying that he hated the waiting around and the running(!!) and only really enjoyed the journey there. It turned out we had very little time to wait around as the queue to get in and to sign up meant we got to starting point very close to the starting whistle. This meant that we all, Robin included, started from the back.  I felt good throughout the run and achieved my target of dipping under 50 minutes and finished in a net time of 49mins 32 seconds. This was quite pleasing as it was a 10k PB on a fairly tough course which gives me hope for a good time on a flatter road course. When I finish these races I try and find Robin who has usually finished long before me. There is always some mystery surrounding where he might be. Is he lost? Still out there running around Harewood? Has he got bored of waiting for me and run home? Sunday was a new one for me. As I was scanning the fairly sparse crowd trying to locate him I heard an announcement over the PA system; “In first place, Robin Outtersides” and there he was climbing onto the podium. Considering he started at the back and was not keen on the running at all, 36 mins was a very impressive time and coming 1st was no mean feat. Robin told me he didn’t even realise he was in the lead until he broke the tape.   All in all, it was a very successful outing.

Please comment if admin has missed any other Otley folk.  See full results here.