Archive for June, 2014

Sunday 29th June – Settle Hill Fell Race

Colin Best took part in this 11.3k race with 400m of ascent.

“Decided to venture out on to the hills for the first time in quite a while. I have always thought this to be one of the most scenic races around and the view from the back once again stunning.

David Fox was the only other Otley entry and I managed to just about keep him in my sights most of the way round despite managing to pass him on the first climb out of Settle.

“My virtually unused Inov-8’s proved very effective on the very steep grassy descent (must say better than Walsh’s) but left my legs shot for the last mile or so. Pleased to have done it must get back to fells again!”

David Fox was 79th in 81:44 and Colin came home 83rd in 83:22. The winner was Mark McGoldrick (Wharfedale) in 55:46 and the first lady in seventh place was Lindsey Brindle (Horwich RMI) in 61:37. There were 104 entries.

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Sunday 29th June – Bradford Millennium Way Relay

The Bradford Millennium way is a 47 mile circuit of the northern bit of the Bradford Met. region.  For the relay race, organised by a Saltaire Striders, it’s split into 5 sections, starting & finishing at Bradford & Bingley Rugby Club.

A preliminary, pre-results report from the hon handicapper:
Neil Charlton and Jeremy Stewart set off at 8am from Bingley on the 10+ mile & 1800ft of climb up to Penistone Hill Country Park recording a time of  1:43:55 mins.  Hugh Pearson & Laura Clark took the baton on Leg 2, a 9+ mile & 1300ft across the Worth Valley and Oakworth moor, finishing at Laycock, finishing in 1:23:05.  Sean O’Halloran and Toni Midgley set off on Leg 3, 8+ miles & 800ft via Steeton moor, the river Aire with an uphill finish at the top end of Silsden in a time of 1:49:45.  Lisa Maughan and Jackie Ackroyd ran the next leg,8+ miles, 1300ft, to Ilkley via Addingham.  A long climb up to the moor from Addingham is followed by a fast 2+ miles of gentle downhill to the changeover.  They ran well together recording a time 1:38:15.  Fresh from a night shift Andy Webster partnered Stephen Boddy on the 11 mile route across Ilkley moor to Shipley Glen, following the river Aire back to the B&B Rugby Club and were pleased with a time of 1:39:17.

Well done all, the team finished 27th of 43 teams finishing. There’s a much more detailed spreadsheet of results here

Leg 5 Finish Andy & Stephen

Leg 5 Finish Andy & Stephen


Leg 4 Lisa & Jackie Ilkley moor


Leg 1 finish Neil & Jeremy


Sean and Toni leg 3 start


Saturday 28th June – Park Runs

Leeds Hyde Park – 1st male was Rashaad Jorden, unattached, in 17.33 and 1st lady Louise Flanagan in 20.48. For Otley AC, both making their debut, were Nicola Lee 14th lady in 23.49 and Charlotte Tomlinson 18th lady, in 24.55.

Harrogate – 1st male was Jordan Bransberg, Skyrac AC, in 16.53 and for Otley AC Richard Smith came 6th in 18.16. 1st lady was Angela Reeve, Wetherby Runners, in 20.20.

Fountains Abbey – 1st male was Mike Appleton, Ripon Runners, in 17.14 and 1st lady, 8th overall, was Sharon Barlow, Ripon Runners, in 18.39. For Otley AC Howard Jeffrey was 19th overall in 20.37

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Friday 20th & Sunday 22nd June – Euro Sprint Triathlon & Staveley Stampede

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

I had another tilt at those foreign chaps again in the Eu sprint tri champs last Friday in Kitzbuhel Austria: Some of them are awfully good! Again I lined up in reasonable shape but the swim was into the water and GO! I need a few minutes to get accustomed so the chest seized up and I thought I was not going to be able to continue. Relaxed a bit and breast stroked for a while and eventually got the motor going. The floundering cost me a good four minutes but I did not exit the water last.

The rain had started to lash down for the bike leg and at the mount point I realised I had not put on my number. To go back or risk penalty or DQ? I reckoned the referees would have their heads down in the deluge and not notice a missing number and I could put it on for the run and finish, so I pressed on (made the right choice!). Was having a storming bike ride on the flats and surprisingly up the winding alpine slopes (very very steep and the effort was chest-bursting) till I missed a gear change (levers on the TT bars) and the wheel locked up and I had to dismount! The slope was too steep to remount and get moving so I had to run (yeh right!) up the mountain till I got to a flat bit and mount up again. Another four minutes gone! I managed to pass everyone who had overtaken me but had lost touch with an English guy whose scalp I was after (next time!). The descent was manic with a warning sign and men waving flags at every hairpin. I managed to rocket past a load of more nervous riders although had to hit the brakes at most sharp bends. ( A number of riders came a cropper).

On to the run leg and (complete with number) I still had some zip in my legs so pulled back a number of my peers on the undulating route round the lake. There was a long flat drag back to the finish and in the distance was a German who I thought I could overhaul. I got up on my toes to the cheers of ‘Come on GB’ and got up quite a head of steam. The cheers alerted the German about 300 yards from the finish and he looked round and started to sprint. ‘Come on GB you can do it’ helped me find overdrive and I passed not only the one I was chasing but another one who was taking the cheers from the supporters. Two Germans for the price of one and a finish position of 16th out of 27 in the age group. Lost time forgotten and a satisfying conclusion.

Looking forward to lining up after the requisite amount of training and a hiccup free race, if such a thing is possible, to break into the top ten and above!

Staveley Stampede:

Flew back Saturday and legs felt good enough to attempt the Staveley Stampede 10K on Sunday. Very hot and about half off road/grass. Race won by Craig Isherwood in 33.16, first lady Hannah Corne 40.03. Yours truly 29th in 43.57 (best 10K time for a year I think). Fellow Otley attendees were Ged Peacock 82nd in 54.59 and Kathleen Robertshaw 106th and 1st F70 in 59.32. We were all cheered in by Jack Robertshaw who had intended to compete but pulled a calf out training the day before.


Sunday 22nd June – Pudsey 10k

Report from Graham Lake:

A hot day in Pudsey, but good organisation, and a great setting in the park with lots for family and supporters to do.

Bit of a last minute decision to race, and I’d not even heard of it before, so wasn’t sure what to expect, except, everyone I spoke to at the start shook their heads and said it was a tough course.

You go round the block once, coming past the start again, which was good to give a wave to the kids, then it wasn’t long before the course heads off-road down a rocky path where myself and a couple of Hyde Park-ers gained some time over the more cautious runners.

The race then dips into some much needed shade and climbs up through the woods for a mile or so. I felt good, so pushed on as we emerged on to the hot, exposed road section, catching my two mates from Hyde Park Harriers. Then it was down another rocky track and immediately you’re facing a steep, escalator of a climb, all the worse because it’s straight and you can see the top in the distance.

This was TOUGH, as it came late in the race, and I dug in, but lost some time to the runner behind.

However, felt strong at the top, and set my sights on catching the guy in front. I relaxed and just let my legs turn-over until I’d passed him going through the housing estate towards the end.

Nearing the end there’s a final hill up to the park, but luckily there was no one catching, so I could relax a bit. A nice shout from the family watching, and I was in to the park, and amazed to find myself in 10th place!

Provisional results here:

Race won by Tesfaye Debele of Leeds City in 34.45 (Nathaniel Williams who won the Otley 10M was 3rd).

First Lady was Myra Jones 36th in 43.34.

For Otley AC, I was 10th in 40.14 and Sara Richard 270th in 1.00.41



Friday 20th – Saturday 21st June – Billy Bland Relay


Many thanks to Sarah Fuller for getting together and organising everyone, after lots of last minute changes,  a combined team Otley / Keighley and Craven AC.
This challenge is to try and beat Billy Bland’s amazing 42 peak Bob Graham round record of 13 hours and 53 minutes for the ~66 miles & 27,000 ft of ascent circuit of the Lake district, or a bit more realistic 24 hour time.  With the many changes we didn’t quite manage the 24 hour challenge, but that didn’t really matter much as everyone had a great weekend out in the hills in fantastic weather, even those running on the night legs.   See Tamara’s pics of the final leg from Honister back to Keswick here.

And here’s a pic of Caron laughing at the start of Leg 1.

Leg 1 start


Saturday 21st June – Yorkshire Vets Relay

Report from Hannah Mallinson:

YorksVetsRelayWell us “older” ladies managed to enter two teams in the YVAA relays in Saltaire on Sat 21st June, massive thanks to Lisa Maughan for doing two legs and Julie Dorling for agreeing to join us so we could. The relay was for anyone aged over 35, consisting of 3 legs of 2.9m (although my watch said 2.7m) from Roberts Park in Saltaire. It was a very busy event with local clubs entering several teams across the age categories, some looking frighteningly fit and serious. Our teams consisted of Team A (V35), myself and Lisa Maughan and Team B (V40), Joanna Hobson, Sara Richard and Julie Dorling.

It was obvious we wouldn’t be wining and had all turned up with the attitude that we would do our best and enjoy a run somewhere new in the gorgeous sunshine. The route went out of the park and along the road for a little while before turning down onto the river past the rowing club, turning back round and down onto the canal tow path before going across the bridge and up into the park for a sprint finish. Despite none of us really being keen on flat courses or short distances this was quite an enjoyable route and we did ourselves very proud. I think we’d all agree that once we set off our natural competiveness kicked in and we all went for it, giving our all for the Black and Whites.

Both our team results have been put in the V35 category as it looks like there wasn’t a V40 one in the end and Lisa and I came 14th and Joanna, Sara and Julie came 15th. With the following very respectable split time; Lisa-22:15, Hannah-23:04, Lisa-22:22 and Joanna-23:28, Sara–22:32, Julie-23:10.

Personally I am delighted with my time as I haven’t raced at all this year and I’m far from fit yet I think this is probably the quickest I’ve run for a long time. I’m also pleased my hip held out and I’m not in too much pain today so a real step forward for me.

Full results are on the YVAA website here.


Saturday 21st June – Three Lakes Classic Trail race (15miles)

Tom Potter reports:

Today I ventured down to Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield to run the Three Lakes Classic after racing this trail race in 2011 (2:11:04) and again in 2013 (1:55:27).

I can not find enough superlatives to sum this race up. It is not my favoured terrain, distance or location but this really is a must run race and ranks amongst my favourite races to date.

It costs £5 to enter, the course is beautiful and well marshalled. Once you have finished the race you are rewarded with as much cake and tea as you can devour. As well as this you receive a finishers goodie bag which includes a commemorative mug!

Inevitably the race proved tough with the sun blazing and so I  decided to treat the race with the same approach as that of a long training run. My aim was to race in a controlled manner whilst finishing quicker than I have in previous years.

I finished in 20th position with a time of 1:50:45, the race was won by Gareth Lowe, 1:31:01 (Clowne RR) – Scott Harringtons former club.

The first female was Liz Woods, 28th in 1:53:13 (Totley AC) – NOT THE MIGHTY OTLEY AC!

Full results here.

I would strongly advise you to pencil this race into your 2015 racing diary.. I will be for sure!


Saturday 21st June – Park Runs

Leeds Hyde Park: 1st Raashad Jordan U/A 17:19, 1st Lady Shamiso Sisimayi Kirkstall H. 20:52 and for Otley, 51st Tony Walker 21:39.

Bradford Lister Park: 1st Jariath McKenna Bristol & West, 1st Lady Elaine Sherwin NATB Dog Sports 18:21 and for Otley,  108th & 13th lady Ann Yeadon 26:21.

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Thursday 19th June – HDSRL, Dragons, Guiseley (5.5m)

Thanks to Dragons for hosting the final counting race of the season.  The route through Esholt woods was generally reasonably dry underfoot apart from a couple of bits of proper mud on the track down to the sewerage works.

Harrogate’s Mike Burrett repeated his win at the last race, finishing in a time of 30:45, first lady was Ripon’s Sharon Barlow finishing 14th, 34:49.

Despite the alternative “attractions” of an England game Otley had a reasonable turnout of 28 members.  Scott Harrington finished with his 4th top 3 finish in 3rd  32:11, which meant Scott also finished 3rd in the final league standings.  Liam Dunne was 5th 33:01, Graham Lake 13th 34:37, Richard Smith 20th 35:35 , Andrew Robertshaw 23rd 36:13, Simon Toyne 52nd (almost top 50 Simon!) 39:08, 76th John Dade 41:18,  93rd Andy Webster 42:33,  111th Loiuse Riches 44:06,  112th Michael Pickard 44:07,  116th Ian Broadbent 44:34,  127th Matt Podd 45:42,  130th Michael Jeffrey 45:58, 141st Nicola Lee 46:47,  144th Neil Reed 46:54,  146th Mary Hampshire 47:05,  153rd Dominic Egan 47:34,  163rd Colin Best 48:04,  179th Philip Robinson 49:27,  187th Chris Brunold 50:08,  196th Sara Richard 51:00,  198th Lisa Maughan 51:19,  207th Ann Yeadon 51:51,  223rd Laura Hind 53:45,  227th Joanna Hobson 55:26,  238th David Cattanach 57:14,  243rd Sean O’Halloran 57:51, 258th Antonio Cardinale 1:0423.   More details: HDSRL.