Lisa Maughan reports:
Myself and three other Black and Whites took part in this local event organised by Horsforth Harriers. The route was altered this year due to the canal tow path being out of action. In my opinion this made it a far more enjoyable route as it was a bit shorter and included more hills and more mud (especially due to the recent rain).
The toilet situation had also changed, meaning that this year there were only two ladies loos. This, and some bad planning on our part, meant that Sara Richard and myself were late for the start by about 2 minutes. This actually made the race more enjoyable for me.
The initial push to catch the back of the pack was faster than I would have normally set off, however I passed people all the way to the finish, which is actually a very satisfying way to run a race (shame I can’t do that in the handicaps!).
The icing on the cake was that I was given a trophy from the 2013 Leeds Race Series – my first and probably last!
The race was won by Phillip Tedd (Woodhouse Grove School) in 28:35, the first female was Hannah Oldroyd (UK Net runner) she was 17th overall with a time of 32:53.
For Otley AC, Mark Hall was 5th and first V50 (30:25), Richard Clarke 98th (37:11), Lisa Maughan 277th (47:56) & Sara Richard 283rd (48:36)