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Wednesday 23rd July – Golden Acre Relay


A fantastic evening for a 3 by 2.75 miles relay on an undulating, loopy circuit of Golden Acre park.  This is a very popular event with about 140 teams towing the start line, so it was a little disappointing that Otley only managed a single full team of president Matt Podd, Julian Mawson & the hon. handicapper, plus Jackie Ackroyd joining up with a couple other ‘spare’ runners from other teams.

A stirring speech from team manager Tom Hannah, fired up Matt to ignore his tired legs and have a good run, finishing with a time of  20.49.  In his first race for several months Julian took the baton on leg 2 passing loads of teams to finish with a great split time of 16.20.  The hon. handicapper took over on the last leg and was pleased to record a split of 16.31, again passing several teams en-route.

Running leg 2 for her composite team Jackie recorded a split of 21.46.  (Note these times are all unofficial timings thanks to the team manager Tom).  Full results will be available from the host club Abbey runners later here.

  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on July 24, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    It is good news that Julian is back racing and as well he did with a strong performance, not bad at all Julian , also Mr President Matt P. had a good night in this 2.75 miles relay, and Andrew R. had a solid last leg with an excellent 16.31. Well done everyone.

  2. #2 by Matt Podd on July 26, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Feel sorry for Jackie, that there was no one to join her from the black and whites. She got a run in a mixed team though and did well.
    Lets try and get more organised for this type of thing – we used to have 5 + teams in relays.
    There are loads of local races that don’t take to much time, and it would be great to see more black and whites. You get to meet loads of local runners and have a laugh – beer and chips obligatory after. It’s also a good way to improve your running.
    Off the top of my head why don’t people try Burnsall 10, Ilkley incline, Beamsley Beacon, Round hill fell race…… there are loads of races now evening and weekend, and they are fun.
    Get out there and get sweaty.
    matt

  3. #3 by Matt Podd on July 28, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    By Heck! We were 31 team out of 142, in 53.38 – 6th MV team. Good job Andrew and Julian can run fast!

  4. #4 by Richard Hamer on July 28, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    Who’s Julian Mawson?

    And I agree with Mr Podd, get out there and do this year’s Burnsall 10 and the fell race after (23 Aug). You’ll love it; yes, even YOU!

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