A cracking race was ran this morning at The Eccup 10mile. This years entries included some of the very best club runners in the area, many of which were competing as part of the Yorkshire Veterans 10 mile championship.
The race was won by this years Otley 10mile winner, Nathaniel Willams (Unattached) in 54:05. 2nd, and first Otley AC finisher was Scott ‘The Bridesmaid’ Harrington in 56:01 – Scotty was also the winner of this years YVAA 10mile title.
The first female finisher was Fiona Davies (Kingstone Runners Barnsley) in 33rd overall with a time of 1:03:57.
Other finishers for OAC were: New member Frank Beresford 3rd in 56:03, Mark Hall with another super performance finished in 16th and claimed the MV50 title with a time of 1:00:04 (dam those 4secs!), Tom Midgley 18th in 1:01:32, Richard Smith 30th in 1:03:21, Graham Lake 35th 1:04:07 (New PB), Tom Potter 69th 1:07:22, Mick Jeffrey 347th 1:24:07, Billy was 447th in 1:29:07, and the only OAC female on the day, Sara Richard who finished 503rd 1:32:44.
Special thanks goes to Tom Hannah for his superb support today, he seemed to be at nearly every point of the course! – How did he manage to do that?
Mick Jeffrey adds,
Sunday morning was cool and it was drizzling at 8.00 am, by 8.45 I had entered, and by 9.00 am the rain had stopped and the clouds began to break up!. I set off near ther back alongside Billy and Sara for a training run. A steady pace saw me slowly moving through the field. At around 5 miles the sun came out and a headwind appeared as we turned back at the far end of the reservoir. I managed ok to 8 miles struggling increasingly up the hills and from 8 – 10 it was just a question of hanging on. My longest training run for over a year has been one 7 miler. I finished in another pw but was pleased to have finished.
On Monday I went for my end of treatment blood test and was advised, Andrew please note, that my haemaglobin had taken a bit of a beating over the last 6 months and it would take another 3-6 months until it recovers.
What positives can I take from the race;
I didn’t walk
I finished in the top half, just
I finished 11/31 old boogers
Andrew look away now, I beat Billy by 5 minutes!