Archive for October, 2014

Sunday 19th October – Palma marathon/10k

Report from Phil Robinson: Three Otley runners took a long leisurely weekend in Majorca to include the racing events. Malcolm Court tackled his first marathon with minimal training and never having raced beyond half-marathon distance before.
The weekend was unseasonably hot, mid-day temperatures in low 30s, so with a 9am start the marathon runners struggled in the heat. Times reflect the difficult conditions; winner Antonio Roldan Mercadal finished in 2.30.08. Malcolm was looking comfortable at half-way but the wheels locked up at 30k and he struggled from there but managed to finish in 5.20.23. He was more successful with his second marathon of the day – three large platefuls of paella in about 40 minutes. Malc was running to support a charity for disabled children – details at  – please help him if you can.
Tom Hannah and I limited our efforts to the 10k, which seemed quite far enough. Over 1400 runners took the gently undulating route through the old town and a final exposed section along the seafront. It was pretty hot even at 10am when we’d finished, which might have contributed to the slowish times. The race was won by one Tom Carson of Horwich RMI in 33.33, with only the first three runners under 35 minutes. Tom’s time was 55.50 and I was just ahead of him in 51.03 – disappointed to be over 50 minutes but later pleased to find I was first in the V70 bracket.
The day also included a half-marathon (over 2400 finishers, winning time 1.13.07) and two other 10k races – nordic walking (60 finishers, winning time 1.09.21) and ‘walking’ (45 finishers, winning time 1.16.10) I’m not sure what the restrictions are for the different walking styles, but a spectating friend told us marshals were busy warning the competitors about lifting…
Other Otley runners have taken part in previous years but this was my first visit – and hopefully not the last; a weekend to be recommended.


Saturday 18th October – Punchestown 10k

Report from Liam Dunne: I was in the west of  Ireland for my cousins wedding on Sat and spotted an opportunity to break up the journey by stopping off at the Punchestown 5k and 10k event. This was a bit naughty as it meant I missed the church service but made it in perfct time for (the best bit!) the wedding reception in Galway.

Punchestown racecourse is a venue just outside Dublin that is very popular with those who like the Irish horse racing scene, as every year it stages the Irish national hunt festival.
The course followed the ambulance track around the perimiters of the racecourse and was undulating with a few long staedy climbs, with the wind blowing really strong during the event.
It was a low key and friendly affair with lots of free tea/coffee/water with homemade cakes and biscuits galore. There was only 70 competitors in the 10k event and 53 in the 5k. Both events started together with the 5k runners doing one lap and 2 laps for those doing the 10k.
Soon after the start I was on my own in second place with the race leader comfortably pulling away. Running alone with the wind on my back one minute and then battling against the next made the event a tough one mentally, especially on the second lap.  Not my best ever result but a good tough 10k event in preparation for the Abbey Dash and justified the over eating and drinking for later in the day.
The winner Tommy Evans easily won the 10k event in a time of 34.22 with myself finishing next in 36.01
The first lady in the 10k race was Michelle Cox in 41.11 Full results for both events can be found on

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Sunday 19th October – Helwith Bridge Duathlon

Report from Graham Lake: First Duathlon done on Sunday at Helwith bridge (it was hell and there was a bridge *snort*). A duathlon counts for a running club report, as it’s just a run which happens to have a leisurely 23 mile, 1200ft ascent bike ride in the middle of it. I’d had a duathlon in mind for a while, as I cycle in to work, and wanted to use this as ‘training’. This one sounded perfect as it was in the dales and didn’t sound too serious (I get put off by too many lycra onesies and carbon).It was  a really friendly event, pretty low key as I’d hoped. While my support crew hid from the sideways rain, watching Frozen in the campervan, the race set off.Rogan Ashton and myself got carried away in the first run with visions of glory, finishing the ‘undulating’ course in about 5th and 6th positions. It all started to unravel on the bike as first Rogan, then carbon time-trial bike after carbon time-trial bike came storming past. Ah well, I was actually enjoying it.
Turning south-west at Ribblehead had us heading into a full on hooley. I was in first gear on virtually flat roads, teeth in to the gale. Everyone was struggling though, so all good. I was 36th fastest cyclist, Rogan was 23rd.
Then the 2nd run was hell, straight off the bike onto the hilly course and my legs were like lead. I’d not actually run after cycling in training (i.e. I wasn’t prepared properly) but finished without cramp, and was buzzing afterwards. The girls all loved it too despite the weather, clapping in the weary looking souls. I finished in 25th place 2hrs 17m, Rogan in 19th 2hrs 15m, 70 brave souls started the race. The winner was Gethin Butler (LE JOG record holder) in 1.52.32, 1st lady, 16th overall, was Donna Edmunson Booker in 2:11:24. Full results 


Sunday 19th October – WYXC League Wakefield

An excellent start to the cross country season for Otley, with Frank and Scott finishing in the top 10, which I think must be the first time that’s ever happened.  The warm Autumn sunshine and next to no mud made for fast running from the leaders with only a couple of hills on each  lap and strong wind slowing them a little.

After Hugh’s juniors had taken part in the early races, Caron Ralph was the sole representative in the senior ladies 5.75k race and ran strongly throughout to finish 49th 28:20 in the field of 80 won by Claire Duck, Leeds City 21:20.

Just after Caron crossed the finish line, the senior men set off for our 5 lap, 10k course,  Frank was soon to the fore at the head of the field chasing hard and held on as long as possible.  The last lap saw Scott closing in on Frank finishing 8 seconds behind.  The hon. handicapper was happy with a 25th place, battling it out with a host of old rivals I’ve been racing for many a year.  Shane, Richard and Sean made up the team that finished 9th and Antonio ran well and enjoyed his favourite course.  I’m hoping that we’ll manage to finish a team in each of the next 3 races which are all very local too.

Results: 1st Simon Deakin, Leeds City 32:59, 6th Frank Beresford 35:10,  8th Scott Harrington 35:18,  25th Andrew Robertshaw 37:24,  54th Shane Ewen 39:59,  127th Richard Hamer 47:10,  163rd Sean O’Halloran 1:01:06,  164th Antonio Cardinale 1:01:38, (although I think this time is very generous),  & will not to be used as a guide for next weeks handicap!  For full results checkout the West Yorkshire Athletics site here.



Sunday 19th October – Harewood Trail Race

Report from Andrew Webster: An unusually warm October Sunday but blustery day at Harewood, shortened for this year due to work around the reservoir. I soon realised that my legs had not recovered from the marathon one week earlier, and that I probably should have worn trail shoes.

A small group of Otley runners turned up, Tom Potter finished in an excellent 8th place in 54.38; myself 80th in 66.07; Jane Butler, 178th in 77.02; and Sara Richard who also did the Yorkshire Marathon coming up 203rd in 80.08.

There was a good turnout from the juniors in the 2 mile race. All results here.


Saturday 18th October – Bridlington Half Marathon

Report from Howard Jeffrey: Anyone reading my race report last week will have seen the note to watch this space for a potential good time at Bridlington Half.

Yeh well…it’s like totally … whatever!

I thought I was not even going to make the start, as on Wednesday and Thursday I was banjaxed with a volcanic cough. Went to the doctors on Friday who listened to the lungs and declared them clear.. yeh right!

Anyway I felt reasonable on Saturday and since the forecast was for warm sun Jacque came along to provide moral (and physical if I needed it at the end) support.

Last week thought I could do 1.30, at the start lowered the expectations to 1.35. Managed a sub 1.40 (just) having settled for a 7.30 ish pace at mile 2 and kept it up to long drag back along the front from mile 11.5.

Seafront in October is bound to be a bit breezy but I think hurricane Godzilla (or some-such) had arrived and it was lean forward at an acute angle (not to be obtuse) and claw your way to the finish.

On the upside another hard training run in the bag and a great day out. It is a great race and I recommend it.

Not sure if any Otley compatriots were there and clueless about the results which are to follow. .. here. The race was won by James Bulman, New Marske Harriers, in 1:13:37. Ist lady was Helen Cross, Pocklington Runners, in 1:23:22. Howard came 94th in 1:39:27.



Saturday 18th October – Park Runs


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Matt BAILEY Unattached 00:18:03
28 1 Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE Unattached 00:21:35
82 78 David Anthony FOX Otley AC 00:24:03
209 47 Lucy MOWAT Otley AC 00:28:07

Sewerby parkrun


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Richard SMITH Preston Harriers 00:18:38
8 1 Cathy WOOD Bridlington Road Runners 00:20:55
82 55 Reid Anthony James HADDOW Otley AC 00:32:40

Brueton parkrun


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:00
3 1 Jane EVANS Unattached 00:17:46
23 21 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:21:21

York parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Zack WHITEHEAD Skyrac AC 00:16:42
6 6 Richard Anthony SMITH Otley AC 00:18:22
28 1 Gail STRIDE Unattached 00:19:46

Leeds parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Scott HARRINGTON Otley AC 00:16:23
7 7 Thomas MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:17:49
24 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:34
56 53 Chris Carver Otley AC 00:21:31
112 13 Nicola Lee Otley AC 00:23:18
267 76 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:27:53



Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October – Lake District trip

The first ever Otley AC autumnal trip to the Lake District was an original idea produced by Simon Anderson, and director by Richard Hamer with a cast of 14.

A great location at Elterwater staying in the Elterwater Hostel, with lovely food and drink in the Eltermere Inn and kind weather (after an initial ‘welcome to the Lakes’ downpour). Oh, and not forgetting two runs of approx 10 miles each; Saturday, Black Crag via Tarn Hows and Sunday, Sergeant Man and Pavey Arch.

A hard weekend, but well worth it for the stunning scenery.

The trip coincided with the Langdale and Wasdale fell races, so who know, next year a few Otley names could appear on the start sheets.



Runner of the Month for September 2014

Goes jointly to Tom Midgley and Lucy Mowat from the Absolute Beginners group.

Tom has been busy. Fifth in the Filey 10k Beach Race, eighth in the club 3,000m handicap, second in the club’s Dream Mile in 5:09 and he finished the Bupa Great North Run in 1:17:00. And on top of that he even drove past the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country race at Nunroyd Park.

Lucy is a regular at the Harrogate parkrun, shaving a bit of time of her PB each week.

There was also a mention for Frank Beresford who continues to continues to impress week in, week out.


Sunday 12th October – The Yorkshire Marathon

Results from York, report from Andy Webster:

A small turnout from Otley AC but I think everyone was happy with their times.  The weather was foggy and cool, with the lack of wind the running conditions were perfect.

Hugh Pearson had parked his camper van 200 metres from the start which was great for pre-race changing and post race lie down!  I set of at the back of zone two, and there was a little bit of crowd congestion at the start.  Hugh was about a minute ahead of me through the start line.  I had not trained as hard as Edinburgh, and with the combination of a football injury and 4 days of beer in Amsterdam the week before, did not know what to expect, so tried to keep to 8 min miles as long as I could. Only saw Jeremy once as we passed each other at 17 and 19 miles respectively. He was looking very strong. Don’t think I really hit the wall today in the marathon which is a first.

Jeremy finished first Otley runner, I was second, followed in by Hugh, who suffered a bit in the last 10 K. Billy, Sarah, and Emma all ran well. Emma first marathon after 5 previous attempts scuppered by injury and ill health.

Would do it again, but maybe not next year as two marathons a year is a lot to psyche yourself up for! Manchester in April is the next target (after a few weeks rest).

Watch the highlights on Channel 4 here.

Otley results Jeremy Stewart, 3:10:22,  Andy Webster in 3:35:01, Hugh Pearson 3:45:11,  Sara Richard 4:17:56,  Liz Fawcett 4:22:14,  Billy Rayner 4:26:52 and Emma Jones 4:42:31, (assuming this is our Emma, as the results are missing her club details).

1st Boniface Kongin, 2:13:59, 1st Lady Shona Fletcher, Richmond & Zetland 2:43:38.  See full results here.