Archive for May, 2014

Tuesday 20th May – HDSRL Race 2 Nidd Valley, Harrogate

Pre-race 2014 Nidd Valley Harrogate League

Pre-race 2014 Nidd Valley Harrogate League

Another big turn out for Otley with 40+ finishing the course starting from Harrogate Hockey Club.  (Please add a comment if you’ve been missed from these results).  1st running for Harrogate was Mike Burrett in 28:47, Pauline Munro, Wetherby was 1st Lady in 20th 32:26.

Otley results were 3rd Scott Harrington 29:46, 11th Simon Anderson 31:31,  16th Robin Outtersides 32:08,  17th Tom Midgley,  31st Richard Smith 33:27,  41st Jeremy Stewart 34:00, 55th Simon Toyne 35:14,  59th Neil Charlton,  89th Christian Hosker 37:16,  104th Laura Clark 48:08,   105th Hugh Pearson 38:09,  127th Andy Webster 39:04,  144th Paul Clifford 40:10,  155th Ian Broadbent 40:43,  156th Stephen Boddy 40:43,  157th Louise Riches 40:45,  170th Matt Podd?, I think not Zack 41:28.

Continuing…. 186th Dominic Egan 42:29,  189th Mary Hampshire 42:36,  192nd Caron Ralph 42:43,  199th Sara Elliott 43:02,  212nd Tony Walker 43:28,  215th Nicola Lee 43:35,  223rd Mick Jeffrey 44:00,  230th Liz Fawcett 44:25,  232nd Richard Hamer 44:27,   246th Andrew Rayner 43:15,  249th Michael Pickard 45:27,  250th Gilly Wight 45:28,  254th Philip Robinson 45:39,  256th Lisa Maughan 45:56,  263rd Tom Hannah 46:15,  265th Sara Richard 46:19,  273rd Laura Liddell 47:03,  277th Ann Yeadon 47:10,  289th Laura Hind 48:11,  297th Emma Jones 48:44,  313th Joanna Hobson 50:29,  315th Sarah Jones 50:44,  316th Nicola Scott 50:46,  339th Toni Midgley 53:09,  341st Sean O’Halloran 53:35,  358th Debra Brown 58:49,  359th Antonio Cardinale 58:51.
See full results & series info here.


Sunday 19th May – Paras 10 Company Challenge

Richard Clarke reports:

On Sunday, 19 May I competed in my second Paras’ 10 P Company Challenge. This is a ‘tab’ (march across hills with full kit at a fast pace – strictly also with weapon) over 10 miles of road, track and trail. There are also a few small water features to slow you down. The rules are that you carry a bergen (rucksack) with a minimum weight of 35lb (weighed at the start and finish!) and wear boots and trousers.

The challenge is based on one of the elements of the Parachute Regiment selection process in which candidates have to complete the course in under 1:50. The event is run on military land over the same, or similar, course to the real selection process and raises money for the Parachute Regiment charity.

I ran the event at Colchester. The weather was hot, making it a glorious day for spectators and for competitors to relax before and recover after! Actually, it was not too bad to run in – with just enough shade and breeze on the course.

The race started on a large field in the grounds of Colchester garrison and wound through the roads in the camp, before heading into the neighbouring woods and grass land. The attached picture is taken at about 4 miles having just waded through a narrow water course and emerged into a marsh where smoke canisters had been released. This is not typical of the course, but can make for some good pictures. The tab ends by returning into camp and crossing the field to the finish.

With a correctly packed bergen, and a reasonable level of fitness (it’s not that long since London), I found that it wasn’t difficult to keep up a reasonable, steady pace pretty much throughout. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay enough attention to my watch and just missed out on the target time by an agonising 16 seconds!!! So frustrating, but gives me a reason to do it all again at Catterick in August!

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Sunday 18th May – Bupa Great Manchester Run

This morning 40,000 sun-soaked runners lined up to race this IAAF Gold Label 10K event in Manchester city centre.

The race was won by 10,000m world record holder and the recent winner of the 2014 Paris Marathon, Kenenisa Bekele who notched 28:23, this was just enough to give him a slender lead over the marathon world record holder and former Kenyan Police officer, Wilson Kipsang (28:28).

The woman’s race was won by Kenyan, Tirunesh Dibaba. Also continuing her fine form that she showed in April at the London Marathon when she finished 3rd. Today she recorded a time of 31:09 to finish ahead of GB athlete Gemma Steel.

for OAC,  Paul Stamp finished in 866th with a chip time of 43:41.

full results here.

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Sunday 18th May – Brathay Windermere Marathon

Otley AC member David Hainsworth reports:

An outstandingly scenic route with the occasional undulation, the largest of which is just after the 7 mile marker. By far the hardest was the short rise as we entered the grounds of Brathay Hall and try as I might I could not quite run it all, even knowing the finish was just over the brow.

Well organised event with some road closures and good traffic management measures elsewhere and extra water stations laid one as it became apparent it was going to be a warm one.

I entered with ambitions of a reasonable time but with lurgy affected training it was always going to be ‘survival pace’ for me to get round in one piece. The first mile in just under 11 minutes set the standard – I used to be able to walk faster than that. Still enjoyed it, great atmosphere and highly recommended – but don’t expect a pb.

Race winner was Chris Merchant (Rochdale Harriers) in 2:53:26 and the first lady and 17th overall was Michelle Hetherington (Helensburgh) in 3:12:51.

David finished in 452nd place with a time of 4:50:16.

worth noting that Ian Fisher won the 2009 Winderemere marathon in a superb time of 2:35:34.

Full results.


Sunday 18th May – Ripon 10 mile

The winner of this years Ripon 10 mile race was Mike Jefferies (Billingham Marsh) in a superb time of 58:04. Mike was followed home by Otley AC stalwart Scott Harrington who recorded a chip time of  58:53. This was Scott  11th second place race finish since rejoining OAC in early 2013. He is also running the EMF Edinburgh Marathon next weekend.

Also running for Otley today, Mark Hall finished 5th (1st V50) in 61:02 & Reid Haddow who finished 155th in 98:50 (all chip times)

Full results here


Saturday 17th May – Fairfield Horseshoe fell race (14.5km/914m)

simonARace report from Simon Anderson:

There were 278 starters in this year’s race, setting off from Rydal Hall in glorious weather.

The men’s winner in a time of 1 hour 22 minutes 16 seconds was Adam Osbourne of Leeds City, followed 11 seconds later by previous winner Rhys Findley Robinson. Third was Darren Kay of Pudsey and Bramley. Matt John was 7th in 1:28:18 and I was 23rd (9th V40) in 1:36:10.

In the ladies race Judith Jepson of Dark Peak Fell Runners lead the field in 1 hour 40 minutes 23 seconds.ove Crag to Low Pike we were asked to keep to the east side, therefore times were slightly slower than last year. The blustery head wind at the turn around point also hampered descending, and I found myself struggling to balance at times.

Thanks must be credited to the magnificent organisers of this blue ribbon Lakeland event, who were ably supported by a retinue of generous helpers. The results can be viewed here.


Saturday 17th May – British Sprint Triathlon Championships

Howard Jeffrey reports:

The conditions for racing yesterday morning were perfect and the venue was unmatchable. Clear blue skies and sunshine not a breath of wind and a temperature of about 14 degrees for my wave start. Dorney Lake for the swim within part of the grounds of Eton College adjacent to the Thames in the rolling green fields around Windsor.

I believe the lake was purpose built for the Olympics and it was laid out with race lanes as far as the eye could see, was flat as a mill pond and a perfect temperature for swimming. It felt great just approaching registration at a major event and it could have been in Spain or Italy and I felt in good shape.

I had a steady swim (without leaving my comfort zone) and was at one with the water for the 750m. Had the usual tussle removing the wetsuit but am not alone in that. Hit the bike leg hard on my TT bike and belted round flat traffic free superb tarmac paths. All the merciless sessions on the turbo felt like they had paid off as I was actually overtaking people rather than the other way round. 4 laps to make up 20 K then the final 5K run. After pushing the bike it was no surprise that I have had better runs (2 hilly half marathons within the last three weeks probably also had some effect) still 21.33 saw me come in 5th place (out of 13) in my age category. Winner of the category was Nigel Gates and for those in the know he is probably still one of, if not the fastest runner in the world at that age. No slouch swimming or biking either however he was 12 minutes ahead last month and yesterday ‘only’ 9! To be in the top 3, I needed to be 3 minutes faster (you all know when you are going as fast as you can 3 seconds is hard to find). Pushing the swim, cutting some excess rubber of the wetsuit and a bit more running training and continued bike efforts and I expect to get close. Well satisfied with finishing at almost exactly mid point in the 600 field.

Have a go at Triathlon, you know you want to!


Saturday 17th May – Over the Odda 10K trail race

In the second running of this 10K trail race in Hawksworth, Guiseley, the race winner was Peter Branney (Leeds City AC) in 41:50 and the first female in 33rd postion was Rebecca Powell (unattached) 54:30.

Running for only on this glorious Saturday morning: Stephen Boddy 53rd (57:50), Matt Podd 82nd(62:39), Mary Hampshire 87th(63:06), Lisa Maughan 110th(68:12), Ged Peacock 114th(68:40), Sara Richard 124th(70:59) & Reid Haddow 134th(72:13),

Results here.


Saturday 17th May – Parkruns

Bradford Parkrun – The winner was Martin Fillingham (saltaire Striders) in a time of 18:42, first woman in 32nd position was Clare Smallwood (keighley&craven) with a time of 22:08, for OAC Ann Yeadon finished 108th with a time of 26:27.

Leeds Parkrun – The race winner was Thomas Hughes in 16:39 and the first female finisher in 16th position with a time of 18:52 was Nicky Green (Barnsley AC). Running for Otley at the event, Christian Hosker 33rd (19:56) – mastered that sub 20 now! Followed by Andrew Webster in 65th (21:23), Sara Elliott 125th(23:23) & Sean O’halloran (27:31)


Thursday 15th May – Danefield Handicap

Another excellent turnout for race 5 of the 2014 Eric Smith handicap trophy saw Toni gain her second win of the year, sprinting home clear of  a big pack of runners, all chasing hard.  Andy Webster lead home the rest ahead of Dominic Egan and Jenson Brogden.  Setting off last and finishing just 33 seconds after Toni, Scott Harrington ran the fastest time of the night,  breaking Ian’s course record by one second!  It was good to see several first time handicappers, beginners and Jenson and Imogen from Hugh’s juniors.

All change at the top of the table,  Charlotte Tomlinson now leads on 92 points ahead of Dominic Egan 87, Toni Midgley 84 and Gemma Harrington 83.

See the full full table here, and for Graham , a few stats. were you faster, slower that previous years? see the full history of Otley handicaps here, including the Ex President Mick Jeffrey has now done 99 handicaps.  For the big list of the results. Read the rest of this entry »