Archive for May, 2014

Wednesday 7th May – John Carr 5k series, Race 1

Report from Simon Anderson: A blustery head wind over the final mile made for challenging conditions in last night’s John Carr 5K, which also doubled up as The Yorkshire Vets 5K Championship. For those unfamiliar with the format, there are three races in the series, each held on consecutive Wednesday evenings in May. This is a notoriously fast and furious out and back course around Esholt, as is reflected in the popularity of the series and the results. I recorded a 58 second PB, which sounds impressive until you appreciate that my previous best was at the Bradford Parkrun. Expect faster times next week. The race was won by Tom Adams, Ilkley Harriers, in 15.16 and first lady in 59th was Suzie Richards, Leeds City, in 17.58. OtleyAC results:

3rd Jamil Parapia 15.47 (1st in the V35 Cat)

10th Zack Whitehead 16.22

14th Liam Dunne 16.32 (PB)

15th Mark Hall 16.35 (1st in the V50 cat)  & All time club V50 5K record.

39th Simon Anderson 17.22 (PB)


Sunday 4th May – Bluebell 10 mile trail race

Report from Liam Dunne:
I traveled across the Pennines yesterday for my first race since the London Marathon. It’s a tough and challenging 10 mile course with a very steep 1km hill and a river crossing thrown in just before the finish.

When I arrived I bumped into other members from OAC which included Mark Hall, Tom Potter and the OAC paparazzi team, Reid and Judy.
It was a fast start through the forest tracks and my road shoes let me down in a patch of mud and left me on the deck with a few bruises and scratches, but didn’t really affect my race.
Soon after the start, the notorious Andi Jones, who set the course record last year, scurried off at the front and left the rest of the field behind him as he disappeared into the distance.
I was part of the small group of five that followed behind and it was the infamous Trooper Lane that separated the group. I found myself taking third on the massive climb and it was there I remained for the rest of the race.
Mark would usually be breathing down my neck over that distance but along with his fine performance last week and a tough week of training, the course took a little bit too much out of him and he finished down in tenth but still took first over 50 prize.
The other OAC members Tom and Reid both ran well to follow in not long after, leaving OAC to just miss out on the team prize.
Good to see Reid back in the mix and thanks to his wife Judy who very kindly gave her fairy cake to me!
The race was won by Andi Jones (Stockport Harriers) in 60:09, first female was Nick Green (Ilkley Harriers) 77:15.
For OAC, Liam Dunne was 3rd in 68:21, Mark Hall 14th in 73:32, Tom Potter 47th in 81:07, Jane Butler 268th in 1:42:29 and finally Reid Haddow 294th in 1:51:33.
Results here.


Sunday 4th May – Keswick half marathon

Howard Jeffrey reports: I was surprisingly the only Otley AC representative at the Keswick Half marathon ( unless there were any incognito) as there are usually a few others. Given conditions were almost perfect (12 degrees, overcast) it was also surprising ‘only’ 504 out of potentially 1000 capacity did the race. It is not easy with 3 steep climbs in the first 6 miles but then some great descents and a straight run for home beside the lake. The lake might be level but the road alongside is up and down so you  need to grit your teeth. The race was won by Harry Coates of Wallsend in 74.17, First Lady Lucy Stobbart Cumberland AC in 90.31. (and no she wasn’t truck assisted!). I ran round with Erika Johnson of Swaledale again, although she raced another lady to the line (whom she beat) and I couldn’t hang on so was 6 seconds behind in 111th place with a time of 1.41.29.  There was a bit of breeze and it got quite warm (I was over dressed) so at less than a minute slower than last year I can’t complain. The organisation was great and the location unsurpassable so why not try it yourselves next year? Next stop Leeds half next Sunday 11th May. I predict 1.38.00 ( watch this space).


Saturday 3rd May – Coniston Fell Race

Report from Simon Anderson:

In 1996 Ian Holmes ran the Coniston Fell Race in a scarcely credible time of 1:03:26. The course is advertised as incorporated 1,065 metres of climb and descent over a distance of 8.7 miles.

Conditions for this year’s race were near ideal for an assault on his record – cool air temperatures, low wind speed, dry conditions under foot and a high cloud base with intermittent sun penetration. Fortunately for Ian he was able to sleep easy on Saturday night safe in the knowledge that I could only muster 1:26:41, coming 126th in the process.

This year’s race was the second counter in the English Championships and was won by Tom Addison (Helm Hill) in 1:07:57, which involved a sprint finish that saw him beat Rob Hope by a single second. The stand out performance of the day came from Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley), who off the back of her 3 Peaks Race victory last week won the women’s race and set a new course record of 1:17:11, taking over 3 minutes off that set 18 years ago.  With such illustrious competition I was pleased with my result, which can be viewed here.

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Saturday 3rd May – Park Runs

Leeds: 1st Thomas Edward Hughes, unattached, 16:33: 1st lady Katie Perry, Leeds City AC, 17:55. For Otley AC, Richard Smith, 18.24; Christian Hosker, 19.41; Toni Midgeley 26.56.

Bradford: 1st Will Tyrrell-Moore, unattached, 17:25; 1st lady was Amanda Sterling, Keighley & Craven AC, 21:08. For Otley AC, Tom Potter 20:28, Stephen Boddy 22:30, Reid Haddow 26:17 and Ann Yeadon 26:47.

Brueton: 1st Dan Clarke, Coventry Godiva Harriers, 15.45; 1st lady Jo Kirby, Spa Striders RC, 19.08. For Otley AC, Richard Clarke 20.22

Fountains Abbey: 1st Reece Dalton, Ripon Runners, 17.46; 1st lady Sharon Barlow, Ripon Runners, 17.50 and for Otley AC, Andy Ackroyd, 21.54.