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Month: May 2014

Well done Phil!

Well done Phil!

Congratulations to Phil Robinson who’s just notched up his 1066th race*; and he only started running at the age of 43. Just don’t call him Norman. *Phil defines a race as an event that has a prize, or prizes, and an official time for the finishers.

Wednesday 14th May – John Carr 5k series, Race 2

Wednesday 14th May – John Carr 5k series, Race 2

Jamil writes: “After the first John Carr 5k last week Simon Anderson warned us to expect faster times, and his crystal ball-like analysis did not disappoint as a number of Otley runners set new personal bests for the distance. “The conditions were much improved as runners were blessed with a delightfully sunny evening and a cool breeze. “I was first home for Otley in second place in 15:48, followed by second-claim member Zack Whitehead in fifth (16:06 and first PB…

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Wednesday 14th May – Rugby (Northampton) 6m road race

Wednesday 14th May – Rugby (Northampton) 6m road race

Reporting on his second race in as many days, John Cowan: A 6-mile road-race round the Rugby. Some rolling little hills. Again a lovely cool sunny evening.The winner was, Micheal Aldridge  (Wootton) RR in 31:45, first lady was Emily Waugh (Rugby and Northampton) in 35:53, I finished 241st in 47:27. Results.

Tuesday 13th May – Jack Bloor Races

Tuesday 13th May – Jack Bloor Races

Graham Lake writes: A glorious evening’s fell racing on Ilkley Moor for the latest Jack Bloor event. Hills, mud, golden sunlight, scrapes, tumbles, good route choices, bad route choices, banter, blood, big smiles and finally beer. Nowt better! Plenty of Otley vests at the start all looking to stash clothes as the gorgeous weather meant no mandatory kit needed. The start is steep and unforgiving, and I sprinted up the first part to miss the squeeze next to the fence. Pulling…

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Tuesday 13th May – Kingsbury Classic 10K trail race

Tuesday 13th May – Kingsbury Classic 10K trail race

Report from John Cowan: A fun and friendly two-lap circuit of bridlepaths and tracks round some lakes near Tamworth. A lovely sunny evening after a lot of rain. Not quite a muddy as the Jack Bloor race sounds, but muddy enough. Winner – Daniel Mladenovic of Solihull & Small Heath in 37:27, first lady – Donna Mann – Atherstone RC in 45:30, and I finished in  57th place in 49:15 Results.

Sunday 11th May – Leeds Half-Marathon

Sunday 11th May – Leeds Half-Marathon

Matt John came a brilliant second place in 1:12:18 (gun), 1:12:16 (chip), behind the winner Testafaye Debele in 1:08:28 (1:08:26), with Wetherby’s Pauline Munro the first lady in 14th place with 1:19:43 (1:19:41). Tom Midgley came home in 1:20:26 (1:20:22); Richard Smith 1:23:28 (1:23:22) (a PB); Tom Potter 1:28:24 (1:28:18) (under 1:30 was his target, so job done); Jeremy Stewart 1:30:59 (1:29:10); Christian Hosker 1:31:49 (1:31:18); Howard Jeffrey 1:37:33 (1:37:18); Andy Webster 1:37:46 (1:37:16); Andrew Rayner 1:54:09 (1:51:51); Reid Haddow 2:01:18 (2:01:14); Jane Butler 2:01:49 (1:57:14); Gilly Wright 2:02:58 (1:59:53); Lisa Maughan 2:05:38 (2:01:39); Anne…

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Saturday 10th May – CRO Challenge

Saturday 10th May – CRO Challenge

A fundraising event in Clapham, North Yorkshire, for the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) so no prizes and hence it was classed as a challenge not a race. Two distances on offer, 12 and 26-miles done as a run or a walk. The Otley AC quartet of Liz Fawcett, Richard Hamer, Laura Martin and Caron Ralph undertook the 12-mile event which takes in half of the 26-miler by missing out an ascent of Ingleborough. And the first 2.5-miles are mostly uphill.

Saturday 10th May – Parkruns

Saturday 10th May – Parkruns

Leeds Parkrun – The race was won by Thomas Hughes in 16:40, the first female in 23rd was Karen Garvican (Abbey Runners) in a time of 20:06. For Otley, Richard Clarke finished 28th in 20:46 Bradford Parkrun – The race was won by Matthew Merrick (Bingley Harriers) in 17:51, the first female in 7th was Victoria Merrick, also of Bingley Harriers in a time of 20:00. For Otley, Reid Haddow finished 151st in 27:29

Thursday 8th May 2014 – HDSRL Race 1 – Ilkley (5miles)

Thursday 8th May 2014 – HDSRL Race 1 – Ilkley (5miles)

A decent turnout yet again for the first race of this year, although there were some notable absences on the night. The weather was damp and drizzly but that didn’t dampen the mood and a good evening was had by all concerned. Many thanks to Ilkley harriers who hosted a fantastic race and have set the benchmark for the rest of the races in the series. The race was won by Andrew Grant from Harrogate in 27.35, who only pulled…

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Runner of the month for April 2014

Runner of the month for April 2014

The Otley AC committee have elected two club members to collect the monthly award for April. The effervescent, John Armitstead for his wonderful performance at the 2014 3 Peaks fells race & Christian Hosker for his determination in smashing his nemesis to pieces- The completion of a Parkrun in sub 20mins. something he managed at the 30th attempt! The club president also gave an honourable mention to Mark Hall, Robin Outtersides & Lisa Maughan. Well done to all!