Archive for June, 2014

Wednesday 4th June – Swaledale HDSRL, East Harsley

Who you lookin' at?

Report by Tamara Weatherhead: The third Harrogate League race was hosted by Swaledale; a well organised race followed by a well stocked mega buffet! Thanks Swaledale. It’s a very long way up the A1/A684 or whichever route you took, so it was encouraging to still see a few Black and Whites out there. Full results are eagerly awaited as this was also the June club handicap but on the night we didn’t do all badly: Ian Fisher made a surprise appearance, returning as he is from injury, but still managed a good fight at the front and came in 33.23 mins, 2nd to Mike Burrett, Harrogate Harriers who won in 33.06. Scott Harrington came in 4th, 34.11, impressive after his recent Edinburgh marathon. Then came: Simon Anderson, 19th in 37.39; Richard Smith, 22nd in 37.43; Steve Robinson, 64th in 41.14; me, 105th in 44.07; John Dade, 107th in 44.12; Andy Webster, 111th in 44.40; Michael Pickard, 128th in 45.35; Matt Podd, 144th in 46.45; Paul Clifford, 156th in 47.37; Ian Broadbent, 158th in 47.55; John Cowan, 164th in 48.29; Dominic Egan, 168th in 48.51; Nicola Lee, 173rd in 49.11;Richard Hamer, 192nd in 50.41;  Mick Jeffrey, 194th in 50.52; Sara Richard, 213th in 53.17; Ann Yeadon, 219th in 53.37; Charlotte Tomlinson, 225th in 53.52; Tom Hannah, 227th in 54.00; Laura Hind, 228th in 54.04; Joanna Hobson, 240th in 56.04; Sean O’Halloran, 257th in 59.18; Toni Midgley 262nd in 60.13. Shout at me if I have forgotten you … Gone and joined Thirsk but not forgotten were Liz and Chris Wordsworth.

It’s basically a road 10k, apart from the stretch of track generously sprinkled with ever larger muddy puddles, one of which I managed to sprain my right ankle in after just 2 miles. I now have a matching pair of dodgy ankles, yay! I dropped back and received some encouraging presidential words of support. Thus inspired, I picked it up a bit so I could reclaim my rightful place in the club pecking order, albeit slower than I had hoped for. There’s a long hill around mile 4 or 5 and then down and flattish to the finish. I enjoyed the views more than I did 2 years ago, because of the pain and knowing the route made that a whole lot more bearable. The 100m sprint to the line on the somewhat slippery, muddy cricket field materialise either; I didn’t want to add insult to injury.

And here are some pictures from the night.  The handicap … Read the rest of this entry »


Wednesday 4th June – Chevin Fell Race

For Otley, Matt John won in  18.15, it looks like. Sam Stell came 7th in and takes over the title of first local lad from Bob Addey. Graham Lake came 11th, then Tom Potter 35th, Tom Lynch 39th, Richard Clarke 47th, Stephen Boddy 49th and Antonio Cardinale 98th. Looks like it was a tough race, photos courtesy of Shane EwenScott Leach and Debi Nicholson. All the Otley AC photos now up on Flickr. Full results.




Runner of the Month for May 2104

Mary HampshireIt’s a joint award this month to Mary Hampshire and Louise Riches with special mentions for Jamil Parapia, Tom Potter, Simon Anderson and Mark Hall.

Mary put in strong performances in the two Harrogate League races as well as Over The Odda, while Louise continues to improve and, like Mary, ran well in the Harrogate League as well as the Danefield handicap.

(And apologies to Louise, we haven’t got a picture of you.)


Sunday 1st June – ITU World Duathlon Championships, Pontevedra, Spain

Report from Howard Jeffrey: I went to Spain over the weekend to do the ITU World Duathlon championships in Pontevedra. Lined up physically and mentally in pretty good order. Congested start (at 8.35a.m., so cool) helped me ease into the first 5 K which was undulating round the old town with some tight turns. 21.05m got me to the transition and sharply onto the bike leg. Slight technical hitch at the first turn when the handle bars turned but the wheel went straight on! Re-assembly of the bike in the hot room then it standing in the cool morning air just left the clamp a bit loose. Overcame the worst of the problem by leaning into the bends. The bike course went straight uphill for 9K then straight back down with a couple of level bits. I stopped on the hill to straighten the bars but moving them just made it looser. Apart from ‘crabbing’ up the hill a bit I got to the top and made the turn. Hitting speeds of 60+ KpH on the downhill was a bit unnerving and although leaning to steer worked in the main I had to hit the brakes a few times and because I was ‘reaching sideways to hold the bars’ couldn’t get into the aero position so was losing time. There was a lumpy section of concrete at the bottom of the hill where it was like the Pink Panther cartoon ‘overtaking the front wheel’! I got to end of the ride and managed a 10.45 2.5K run. That got me to 15/24 in the age category in 1.15.34 which was within 7 minutes of the winner (as opposed to 10 last year). I reckon the problem with the bike cost me 3 minutes and a top 10 finish but all good experience for the next major (Euro sprint tri in Austria) in a fortnight.