Archive for July, 2014

Wednesday 16th July – Thorner Fox Trail Race

Report from Andy Webster for the Thorner Fox Trail Race 16th July 6.4 miles

Another fine sunny evening apart from a brief heavy shower lead to an enjoyable evening run. The obligatory shredding of the legs from running through corn fields just added to the fun. Steve Robinson and Ruth Muir (unattached and finished second female) ran with me and seemed to trust my map reading skills and luckily the navigation was straightforward. However we were delayed by a couple of minutes by a skittish horse but we finished well up the field of 76 runners. Oliver Smith unattached finished in 44:30. Steve and I finished in 54:14 I was given 13th position and Steve 14th. David Cattanach of Otley finished 62 in 1:17:52.

One more race left in the series.


Wednesday 16th July – Nostell Priory 10K trail race

Tom Potter comments:

This evening I ran the Nostell Priory 10K trail race in Wakefield. Quite a tough 10K that I would describe as ‘worse’ than undulating.

The race hosted by Ackworth Road Runers is an annual event held in the grounds of the National Trust site. The 10K race is a two loop course, with a 5K variation also run on the same evening (1 loop). Soon after setting off I realised that my legs didn’t which to cooperate after Sundays Eccup 10. As a result of this fatigue I decided that I would back off a tad and run the race as a ‘session’ type race – 2 x 5K with a 60 second recovery in-between.

The race was won by Simon Newton of host club Ackworth RR in 36:48. The first female, in 15th Position overall was Hanna Oldroyd (UK Netrunner) in a time of 40:38.

I finished in 21st position of 395 finishers in a time of 42:07.

Onwards and upwards.. Upwards to Harrogate actually for Sundays 10K road race, legs willing!

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Sunday 13th July – Eccup 10 mile

Otley AC at the Eccup 10

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,

Last Thursdays handicap was the nadir of my running career (so far) I was beaten (again) by  Billy, amongst many others. I decided to do another Roundhay parkrun on the Saturday to do a bit of ‘speedwork’ and assess how my comeback was progressing. In May I did 24.18, in June 24.06, July 24.08. Yikes, going backwards again. As punishment and only if it were cool and drizzly, I obtained a passout for the Eccup 10, not my favourite race; too hilly and usually very hot.

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!

Tomorrow I’m going to Ibiza for some warm weather training


Sunday 13th July – Trawden 7 Trail Race

Report from Jackie Ackroyd:

I did the trawden 7 trail race. It was a local race ,one long hill in the first 3 to 4 miles and uphill in the last mile.

It was a hot day, with clear view for miles on the moorland section, pity you had to watch your feet.  I set off steady and worked into the race.

The last mile was a hot drag but the home made cakes and beer at the end was very welcome. It was very rural, the beautiful scenery took my mind off the pain.

The first male was Marc Hartley from Stoke AC in 38.40 and the first lady was Sarah Tipler from Barlick Fellrunners in 47.05 .

I was 116th and 19th lady in 60.14 . Friendly, social run, no pressure. I would certainly do it again

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Sunday 13th July – Burton Leonard 10K

Sean O’Halloran reports in:

I did this race last year and suffered in the exceptionally high summer temperatures so I decided to give this race another go this year. We (wife, child and Mum) arrived in Burton Leonard amid a torrential rain shower, thankfully this soon passed leaving near perfect running weather. Due to a summer fair the normal finish on the  village green had been moved to the cricket field past the car park. The change to the finish location now made the race slightly longer than a l10k, but only slightly.

The race is a testing one lap undulating (hilly) course on paths and country lanes with a ford to wade through (avoiding the bottleneck to cross via the foot bridge) and plenty of muddy sections. I had a great battle with a work colleague who runs for Harrogate Harriers, he really pushed me on during the race, both wanting office bragging rights. With just over 400 metres to finish he eventually he ran out of steam as I increased the pace to the finish line to be the first OAC over the line for this year (I was the only OAC).

This was my first race in my new trail shoes and a big thank you to Gilly Wright for knowing her onions and recommending the shoes. They were perfect on every way and have equal grip both on and off the road. (Other sport shop managers are available for advice)

Results available soon from here.


Saturday 12th July- Parkruns

This weekend we had three athletes partake in three different Parkruns.

Roundshaw Downs Parkrun, London:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1(Male) William COLGATE Unattached 00:19:16
20 1(Female) Maeve TOMLINSON Unattached 00:22:57
61 12 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:29:06




Harrogate Parkrun:


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 (male) Jamil PARAPIA Otley AC 00:16:01
7 1(Female) Myra JONES Valley Striders AC 00:19:14 




Roundhay Parkrun


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1(Male) Nicholas HUGHES Unattached 00:17:20
8 1 (female) Hannah CORNE Valley Striders AC 00:19:34
72 61 Michael Jeffrey Otley AC 00:24:08


Thursday 10th July – The Liz Fawcett Leathley Handicap

Another sultry evening as it seems to be every year for this hilly 10k handicap.  Setting off last Scott stormed through the field to finish well clear, next over the line was Jeremy, but Chris Brunold’s adjusted result after setting off late was second in the final results and the route devisor Liz Fawcett finished mid pack in 9th,  and ex club president Mick Jeffrey joined the elite list of Otley members who have done 100 Otley handicaps.

The top of the table now read as: Andy Webster 109 points,  Richard Hamer, Sean O’ Halloran and Charlotte Tomlinson 106, Dominic Egan and Nicola Lee 103. See the full table here.

Thanks to John Dade, Sara Elliott & Caron for helping out on the night.  August’s race is the 4 mile route from the New Inn at Eccup on Thurs. 14th Aug.

Race Time H’Cap H’Cap Time
1 Scott Harrington 1:04:11 0:29:00 0:35:11 24
2 Chris Brunold 1:04:49 0:10:30 0:54:19 23
3 Jeremy Stewart 1:05:00 0:24:00 0:41:00 22
4 Ann Yeadon 1:05:05 0:10:30 0:54:35 21
5 Tom Lynch 1:05:16 0:21:00 0:44:04 20
6 Andy Webster 1:05:32 0:19:00 0:46:32 19
7 Nicky Gifford 1:05:37 0:08:00 0:57:37 18
8 Vash Khullar 1:05:45 0:16:00 0:49:45 17
9 Liz Fawcett 1:05:52 0:14:00 0:51:52 16
10 Billy Rayner 1:05:53 0:12:00 0:53:53 15
11 Sean O’Halloran 1:06:01 0:04:00 1:02:01 14
12 Rogan Ashton 1:06:10 0:25:00 0:39:10 13
13 Matt Podd 1:06:13 0:17:00 0:49:13 12
14 Charlotte Tomlinson 1:06:22 0:12:00 0:54:22 11
15 Richard Hamer 1:06:27 0:13:00 0:53:27 10
16 Nicola Lee 1:06:45 0:15:00 0:51:45 9
17 Dominic Egan 1:06:56 0:16:00 0:50:56 8
18 Steve Robinson 1:07:22 0:23:00 0:44:22 7
19 David Cattanach 1:07:59 0:06:00 1:01:59 6
20 Gemma Harrington 1:08:36 0:09:30 0:59:36 5
21 Antonio Cardinale 1:09:09 0:00:00 1:09:09 4
22 Mick Jeffrey 1:10:29 0:16:00 0:54:29 3
23 Laura Hind 1:12:00 0:09:30 1:02:30 2
24 Malcolm Court Dnf Back Injury


Runner of the Month for June

Awarded jointly to Joanna Hobson and Graham Lake.

It was a busy month for Jo who took part in the Harrogate League, the Yorkshire Ladies Vets and the Three Lakes Classic Trail, in the Lake District.

Meanwhile, Graham had another active month and continues to improve.

Since awarding Graham joint RoM, the committee has heard that he took fifth place in the 12-metre dads’ race a his childrens’ school on 9 July; so it’s already looking like he could take this month’s prize.

And yes, it was a 12 METRE race.


Sunday 6th July – English Sprint Triathlon Championships

Howard Jeffrey went down to Milton Keynes to mix it with the nation’s best at the English Sprint Triathlon Championships hosted at the Big Cow event, at Emberton.

He made the start in good shape and had a solid performance in near perfect conditions to finish sixth out of 10 in his age group, and 227th out of 327 finishers.

Full results.

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Tuesday 1st July – Danefield Relay

Report from Tamara Weatherhead: Horsforth Fellandale hosted their annual Danefield Relay tonight up on the Chevin. A bumper turn out of 83 teams, given last year had around 40 teams! The race was won by the Badger Beaters: Tom Adams 17.10, Tom Cornthwaite 17.37 and Josh Tighe 17.59, total time of 52.46. First ladies, 24th overall, were Le Tour De Roundhay: Hannah Corne 23.33, Rebecca Fishburn 23.17 and Laura Emily Dransfield 23.20, total time of 70.10

It was another good do for Otley AC ladies with two teams: Otley Misfits: Caron Ralph, me and Laura Martin and Late Arrivals: Liz Fawcett, Angela Srivastava and Jacqueline Ackroyd. Laura made me turn up because I was doing my usual nervous wavering [thank you Laura]. None of us were feeling overly confident of a strong performance, given Caron’s knee, my ankle issues and Laura’s lack of any spare time to run. It was my first Danefield Relay and, as much as I love running round the Chevin on a training night, having to try and race up that tortuously rocky hill  was rough. I turned my ankle early on in the woods so it all felt like hard work, but cheering from Caron, Shane and Liz got me through to the end. I always try and keep running up a hill, albeit pathetically, and I passed a few people walking it – obviously – but that made it feel like a really long sprint to the line to make sure I didn’t get caught by those walkers once they got going again! The Otley Misfits results: Caron on 27.15, me on 24.44 and Laura on 24.40, total 76.19, 37th overall – which, amazingly, got us the first old ladies team! This was a BIG surprise to us and even better it came with a bottle of wine each.  For the Late Arrivals: Liz ran 28.19, Anglea 35.31 and Jackie 28.43, total time of 1.32.33.

Sarah Morvern-Jones ran unattached in the Wortley 3, with her husband Neil and a friend. Full results