Three Otley runners took part in the Full Bronte Five-Mile based at Haworth Cricket Club with Mark Hall coming away with the Yorkshire MV50 prize. His time of 29:18 was only five seconds faster than Liam Dunne who was fourth 29:13, while Tom Midgley was 10th (31:00). The winner was Will Smith, Keighley and Craven, in 28.52.
Report from Liam Dunne:
Three OAC members (Mark Hall, Tom Midgley and Liam Dunne) traveled to Howarth for the Full Bronte 5 Mile Road Race which incorporates the Yorkshire Vets 5 Mile Road Champs. The event is undulating with a few steep climbs thrown in. It starts down the road from the cricket club and heads up the long climb of Cemetery Lane before competitors complete 2 laps around the Penistone Hill area and finishes back on the cricket pitch. Due to the strong head wind and the steady climb from the start, the front runners seemed reluctant to to set the pace at the front. This front group included all three OAC representatives. Nothing had changed after the first mile, so as we were heading up to the steepest part of the race I thought I’d take the lead and although I knew the lead wouldn’t last I just wanted a good workout rather than a jog around.
The group at the front strung out a bit but just after the next mile there was a group of about eight regrouping behind and it remained much the same until we hit the steep hill for the second time. On this occasion it was Otley’s Mark Hall who tried to make the remainder of the race an honest one, he pushed hard up the hill and by the time we reached the top the group was whittled down to five.
It wasn’t until the last mile that we started to split and it was Keighley and Craven’s Will Smith who proved the strongest and started to pull away with a Dewsbury runner hot on his heels. This left another K&C runner with Mark and myself all battling for the third spot. On this occasion it was the K&C man who took 3rd spot with myself and Mark following in 4th and 5th respectively with Tom Midgley also having a very good run to finish tenth.
Despite the hills, the strong winds and the slow first mile it appears Mark Hall obtained a club record over the distance as well as 1st V50 on the night. I picked up the 2nd V35 prize and although Tom was just outside the prizes he had a very gutsy run. A good nights work! Official results.