Archive for June, 2014

Wednesday 18th June – Bramhope Ramble

Report from Andy Webster:

A beautiful warm evening attracted me to this self-guided trail race in Bramhope. Due to my legendary poor navigation skills ran with a fellow doctor but unattached to a club who was in charge of reading the instructions. Everyone was able to set of anytime they wished between 6.30-7.30. We set of at a fair pace overtaking a couple of earlier starters. We quickly learnt that you should not follow anyone, and keep reading the instructions, because if you get lost on the page you will find it hard to get back on track.

Only a small field of 62 runners, but came home in a respectable 52:41 seconds, even more remarkable no navigational errors (equal 12th position). David Cattanach finished in 1:14:46 seconds in 49 position.

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Sunday 15th June – Borrowdale Trail race (13km)

Race report from Joanna Hobson:

With a race start time of 11.15 it was a case of Mad dogs and English men (oh and Joanna Hobson) go out in the mid day sun and gosh was it hot!

On Sunday I took part in the Borrowdale Trail run in Keswick organised by High Terrain Events, a truly wonderful event.

photoHaving attended the registration and briefing on Saturday afternoon and discovered there was a 21k, 42k including scafell pike & a triathlon all running a similar route I quickly brushed up on my map reading skills to ensure I didn’t find myself swimming in derwentwater or clambering over scafell pike! My preparation proved to pay off as several runners did apparently take wrong turns and I was actually able to guide a few on the right route which was really quite remarkable!

The route which was beautiful, is a good mix of woodland trails, rocky singletracks and some very challenging climbs, but overall a thoroughly enjoyable run which I would like to do again sometime.

The winner of the 13k event was Derek Croal (Bohermmen AC) in 46:34 . I came in 59th position out of 108 finishers in a time of 1:38:40 and was 4th in my age category.

Unfortunately when I attended the official presentation in the afternoon it became apparent that a number of runners had taken the wrong route & had run a much shorter and lower level route & therefore the results are questionable. This obviously impacts on everybody’s place but my garmin proved I had done the full correct route. The runner claiming the 1st place had run the wrong route causing a very unpleasant argument with the course organiser.

Full results here.

For the record we were all advised to familiarise ourselves with the route and it was marked out with tape so I don’t feel there are any excuses for running the wrong route.


Saturday 14th June – Parkrun

Running at Bradford Parkrun was Reid Haddow who finished in 121st with a time of 25:51. The race was won by Chris Green in 18:31, the first female of the day was Claire Elener (Eccleshill Road Runners) in a time of 21:13.

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Wednesday 11th June – Otley 10-Mile Road Race

Otley 10-Mile start

The latest Otley 10-Mile Road Race was a gripping event with Nathaniel Williams first across the line in 55:34, beating last year’s winner Mike Jefferies (Billingham Marsh Harriers) by just under a minute.

His time of 56:26 was just enough to hold off our own Scott Harrington (56:38) who was being chased down by another Otley runner, and the 2012 winner, Matt John in 57:05.

Harrogate’s Andy Grant was fifth in 57:28, just ahead of another Otley man Mark Hall (59:03) who crossed the line 10 seconds in front of Valley Strider Andy May (59:13), while yet another Otley ACer Liam Dunne was eight (59:34).Mike Jefferies

For the ladies, first home was Sharon Barlow (Ripon Runners) in 1:03:45, followed by Hannah Holyord (UKnetrunner) in 1:06:31 and Donna Edmondson Booker (Skyrac) third in 1:06:53.

Photos from the start can be seen here, and the finishers here and Tony Hazell’s collection here. Full results in Excel and Word.


Saturday 7th June – Kirkby Malzeard 10k

Howard Jeffrey has been out and about again: Poor weather at the Kirby Malzeard 10k meant a low turnout with 156 finishers.

Still I enjoyed the workout in the race which was won by Mike Jefferies (Billingham Marsh House) in 33:55. First lady was Suzanne Sharman in 23rd place in 41:36.

I came in 37th in 44:16, just overtaking the first M60 at the line (two months too early for me, much to his relief). Fellow Otley member Steve Haywood was 96th in 53:34.

Full results.

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Pre-piece: Otley 10-Mile Road Race – Wednesday 11th June

This year’s Otley 10 is looking like it’s a going to be an epic battle with the past two winners lining up with in-form runners Quentin Lewis (Baildon) plus last year’s third place Andy May (Valley Striders).

The winner of the 2013 race, Mike Jeffries (Swaledale), will be taking on Otley AC’s very own Matt John who was victorious in 2012 and has been putting in some great performances this year, most recently last week’s Chevin Fell Race.

Andy Grant (Harrogate) and Otley’s Scott Harrington look set to continue the battle they’ve been having over the past few weeks in the Harrogate League races.

On the ladies front, last year’s second place Myra Jones (Valley Striders) will be taking on Sharon Barlow (Ripon), who has won two Harrogate League races this year, Andrea Dennison (Bingley) winner of last month’s Leeds Half and Rebecca Cesar De Sa (Skyrac) who has also been impressive all year.

First set of 2014 race photos, courtesy of Tony Hazell, are here.

Any more photos from the night? Email the details to us.


Saturday 7th June – Bradford parkrun

Simon Anderson was 15th in 20:06.

The winner was Andrew Bedford (Saltaire Striders) in 17:20 and the first lady was Claire Elener (Eccleshill RR) in 21:15. A total of 426 runners took part.

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Saturday 7th June – Wharfedale Half Marathon

DSC_5114A bumper field, possibly boosted by the demise of the Wharfedale Marathon, saw 367 runners set off from Threshield in muggy conditions following an earlier downpour.

Graham Lake, desperate to avoid the threatened storms, was first home in an impressive 19th place in 1:42:54, Lisa Maughan was 236th (2:21:23), Richard Hamer 249th (2:22:42 – Garmin track), Sara Richard 282nd (2:28:45), Ged Peacock 290th (2:31:02), Sue Tupling 341st= (2:50:40) and Sean O’Halloran 362nd (3:12:54).

Also there voicing their support were Jack and Kath; while ex-OAC member Sarah McBrinn also took part.

The race was won by Harry Coates (Wallsend Harriers) in 1:26:59 and the first lady in 28th place was Catherine Farrow (Ilkley Harriers) in 1:46:25. Baildon’s Quentin Lewis was third and his next race is Wednesday’s Otley 10. Full results and Jack’s photo on the club Flickr site here.

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Thursday 5th June – Full Bronte 5 Mile Road Race

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.


Thursday 5th June – Abbey Anniversary Fell Race, 5 miles & 1,800ft

Report from Caron Ralph:

I did this one in 2012 and fancied another visit to the picturesque village of Kettlewell to give it another go. Arriving in the car park I was pleased to see David Fox was also taking part.  The race starts in the fields over the bridge from the village and starts with a leg sapping steep climb which includes a scramble through the crag. On reaching the top it’s a fast descent towards Arncliffe, then it’s straight back up, looping back over Little Cote moor, finishing following a rocky track back down towards the bridge.

Full Results are available here, Ted Mason, Wharfedale was first home in 37:56, Kirsty Hall also Wharfedale was first lady in 48:37,  David and I were both happy to finish with a time under the hour, 35th & 38th in 55:55 & 57:48.  Some photos here and some more of the start on the Otley Flickr site here with the club mascot barking his support!.

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