Archive for October, 2014

Sunday 12th October – Withins Skyline

Report from Sean O’Halloran:

WithinsSkylinePhotoMid October and it’s the start of the winter fell season and first up was the Withins Skyline Fell Race over at Haworth. The fog was down and visibility was poor upon arrival, however it managed to clear just before the start leaving near perfect running conditions.

There was a great turn out by OAC, minus some of the usual crew unavailable this weekend, including two winter fell virgins. Both Yvette McNally and Sara Elliot decided to venture into the unknown and give the muddy/boggy fell race a try. Upon finishing both Yvette and Sara had beaming smiles confirming they really enjoyed the race and are looking forward to the next.

Due to my ultra marathon fast approaching in November and having done 13 miles the day before I was using this race as a fun training run and was pleased to return home injury free. I really enjoyed this race last year and I had great fun in this years race too.

First home for OAC was Shane Ewen in 27th (51:09). The winner was Simon Bailey, Mercia (41:03) First Lady home was Lindsey Brindle in 16th (48:53).

OAC results: Shane Ewen in 27th (51:09), Simon Toyne 78th (55:43), Chris Stacey 82nd (56:08), Jim Sneath 132nd (59:20), Bob Baker 188th (1:05:37), Sara Elliot 224th (1:13:48), Yvette McNally 246th (1:26:34), Don Buffham 247th (1:28:03), Sean O’Halloran 249th (1:30:00).

Photo courtesy of Dave & Eileen Woodhead & see lots more of their race photos here.


Sunday 12th October – British Standard Duathlon Championships

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

I went down to contest the British Standard Duathlon Championships today at Emberton Country Park just north of Milton Keynes. I took my reserve training bike as I feel a bit more secure on the road bike than the TT on 40K of open road in the early morning mist. First 10K run was accurate to within a metre the announcer said. Probably the smallest margin of error I have ever heard of in a race measure! Cool and still conditions saw me do a comfortable 41.18 (holding back for the bike and the next run). Pleased with that as it is quite the quickest for a couple of years and bodes well for Bridlington half next weekend (watch this space).

On to the bike and I did feel a bit jaded as I have upped the miles on the bike recently as that has been my weakest section. Quite an undulating course and the thick mist was cold and damp so I could feel the thighs and calves slowly seizing up as the core temperature dropped. Positions had really been established on the run so I dragged myself wearily round the last 5.2K in 25.10. Now relieved that is the last combo of any kind for this year so I can concentrate on run training.

The turnout was disappointingly low (127 finishers) which despite it being back endish to the season the venue is great. I did enter another event there which also had to be cancelled due to lack of entrants and I just don’t get it. (Maybe it’s in the name:’ Big Cow’: perhaps something more like ‘Lean Wolf’ might be more appealing). Anyway the ones who do turn up are after the medals so the competition in my category was tough although I managed 5th out of 8 and typically did the best I could manage on the day. I like the technical aspects and the sheer logistical organisation of these kind of events so feel honour bound to push hard so all in all a satisfying workout.


Saturday 11th October 2014 – Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race

One of the premier events in the fell racing calendar saw Matt John finish 12th in 2:29:06 out of 357 finishers after a run/walk/trot of 21.1km and 1,450 metres; or in old money just over 13 miles and 4,757 feet.

This year’s race clashed with the OAC fell running weekend and Richard Hamer reports: “It was a damp day generally after a week of dry weather, and when it started raining in the early afternoon the fell tops disappeared from view which wouldn’t have been nice for the tail-end of the field.

“Someone in our bunkhouse that evening had done the race and said he’d fallen over in mud eight times.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday 11th October – Park Runs

A quiet week for Otley at the Park runs but this did include a first place for Scott at Leeds and another 26 min run for Reid at Sewerby.

Leeds Hyde Park: 1st Scott Harrington 16:30,  1st Lady Treena Johnson Dewsbury RR 19:09.

Sewerby Park Run1st Nick Jordan Bridlington RR  19:34, 1st Lady Cathy Wood Bridlington RR 21:06, and for Otley, Reid Haddow 26:24.


Sunday 5th October – Great Cumbrian Run

James Tennant ran the Great Cumbrian Run, a “13.1 Mile Half Marathon through the historic border city of Carlisle”.

Full results awaited but James finished in 1:34:26. The course record is 63:34 set by Kenyan Francis Bowen in 2004.


Sunday 5th October – Horsforth 10k

Jamil Parapia stretches his legs: A lovely afternoon for the strangely named Horsforth 10k, strange in that I don’t recall actually running through Horsforth although perhaps the roundabout on the A65 may have crossed into Horsforth territory. Anyway it is a challenging course with the first 2k virtually all uphill followed by 3k virtually all downhill then an uncomfortable run along the bobbly tow path by the side of the Leeds Liverpool canal, finishing on the lush playing fields of Woodhouse Grove School.

Phil Tedd reclaimed his crown in 33:24 beating Jamil to second and Scott to third. Tom Midgley ran very strongly to finish in seventh place recording a time that bettered his run at Dewsbury earlier in the year. Richard Smith was next home in 20th position to ensure that Otley were victorious in the men’s team event. Next Otley finisher was John Greenwell in 52nd place followed by Steve Robinson and and Andrew Webster in 58th and 86th respectively. Melvin Hoare was next home in 182nd before the Sara Richard in 228th position. Charlotte Tomlinson and Ann Yeadon supported each other well with a Charlotte putting in a sprint to finish in 242nd. A gritty performance by Ann ensured she finished in 250th position.

Otley results: 2 Jamil Parapia (33:40), 3 Scott Harrington (34:35), 7 Tom Midgley (36:02), 20 Richard Smith (38:19), 52 John Greenwell (42:25), 58 Steve Robinson (42:48), 86 Andrew Webster (44:54), 182  Melvin Hoare 51:17, 228  Sara Richard 54:57, 242 Charlotte Tomlinson 55:58 and 250. Ann Yeadon 56:58.


Sunday 5th October – Bramham Park Fun Run 10k

Hannah Mallinson reports: I arrived at Bramham Park this morning to take part in my first 10k since the end of 2013 following a long, frustrating, few months of injury. The aim was to get round in one piece and if possible run the full 10k, having only been back in training tentatively for four weeks; I wasn’t convinced I’d manage it. As I got out of the car I was delighted to see Tom Hannah pull up next to me, having not been down to club very much this year I’ve been missing everyone.

As it turned out there were a few of my favourite people taking part, as well as Tom I was joined by Laura Hind, John Cowan, Colin Best and not forgetting Justina Stringer, who had got me to enter this race in the first place. The event is a Cancer Research 5k and 10k race with a wide range of people entering from club runners to parents with young kids. It’s a really low key but very well organised event run through the grounds of Bramham Park starting on road and then going onto trails through fields and woods, with a few sneaky hills including a nice climb near the end. I’d forgotten quite how much I’d enjoyed this run and thoroughly enjoyed it yet again.

Laura, Justina and myself all set off together, not sure we were really in race mode as we were far too busy chatting away (tut tut – editor’s note). We pretty much stuck together at the beginning to complete a loop of the field being cheered on by our families and when we hit a downhill section I decided to stretch my legs knowing that there was a hill coming up and I’d be caught up again quickly. As expected I was quickly re-joined by Laura but Justina was hanging back, she often does this in races and then catches/overtakes me towards the end, having gone off too quick and tiring, and I fully expected this to happen in the last 2k.

Laura and I enjoyed a lovely chat (tut tut, again from the editor) round the course, passing a bloke on the flats who would then repass us on the hills where I lost pace, the weather was great and I was having fun. As predicted my lack of fitness kicked in at about 7k and the sneaky hills were taking their toll so I couldn’t keep up with Laura who was still as strong as when she started. I managed to keep her in my sights all the way to the end and got a second wind at 8k when I picked up the pace again. I tried to take the runner in front of me on my sprint finish but he heard me coming increased his speed so I didn’t quite manage it.

Official results aren’t out yet but I think I was just over 58 mins which I am absolutely thrilled with, I didn’t stop and I got under the hour which considering the way this year has gone for me is great. Now I need to get my mileage up in time for Guy Fawkes 10, wish me luck!


Saturday 14th September – Nidderdale Sprint Triathlon

Jacqueline Ackroyd (Jackie to you and me) but she’s took part in Nidderdale Sprint Triathlon of 400m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run finishing in 1:28:54.

It was my first triathlon and I was dreading it. My tri suit was tight fitting and showed every bump on my body (how embarrassing) and I had only learnt to swim front crawl eight  weeks ago so I didn’t feel very confident. I managed to swim 20 lengths (very slowly ) in about 16 mins, Yuk.

Transition to the bike went well, even though I got called back as I had my helmet on the wrong way round. The bike ride took just over 42 minutes. By the time I came to the run my adrenaline was going like the clappers. On the run I overtook lots of people  and I took 24:40.

It was a great feeling when I had finished , especially as it was my first triathlon. It is definitely not my last; I guess I am now hooked. The atmosphere was great, and I can’t wait for the next one; plenty of life in the old dog yet!

The winner was Jonty Bright (Stif Cycles) in 1:00:00 and the first lady in fourth position overall was Heather Tuffs in 1:07:46.


Sunday 5th October – Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

Report from the hon. handicapper:

Another Autumn relay, this time on the fells surrounding the lakeland village of Patterdale. Otley first entered a team in this one back in 2003 and have completed a team every year since. Such is the popularity of the event and the limited number of entries it’s pretty much impossible for new teams to enter now, so hopefully our involvement will continue for a few more years to come.

Lisa Maughan and Caron Ralph lined up on the start line at Patterdale for the long climb to Angle tarn before the precipitous descent into the Hartsop valley, finishing with a time of 1:05:46.

The experienced hon. handicapper paired up with the novice fell runner Fast Frank for the mainly uphill second leg, covering the summit of High Street and Caudale Moor before the steep descent to Kirkstone Pass and were pleased to pass 20+ teams en-route, recording a time of 1:17:42.

Next on Leg 3 were the two Laura’s Martin & Clark. This leg starts with a super hard climb up the aptly named Red Screes, followed by some tricky navigation when the mist is down and it was, to the checkpoint near Dove Crag and one easily made error can add several minutes and unfortunately so it proved. Despite all of this they were pleased to beat the leg 4 cut-off point in a time of 1:33:14.

The Laura’s handed on to Shane Ewen and Graham Lake for the trip back to Patterdale via Hart Crag, Fairfield, Coffa Pike and St Sunday Crag.  With the mist still down on the first checkpoint, I’m sure they thought they were both in for a bit of an interesting run… but the waiting supporters at Patterdale were pleased to see them with wide smiles on their faces as they entered the playing fields pretty much in the time expected, 1:42:53.

The team finished 56th out of 70  & 6th out of 10 mixed teams,  Borrowdale FR. were first again for the umpteenth time in a row with a time of 3 hrs 39 mins 59 secs. .  See full results, splits & checkpoint timings on the sportident www here and Ian Hodgson relay details here and some good finish photos of Shane & Graham and and Borrowdale’s secret weapon, check out the pics of the first two teams, here .


Saturday 4th October – Park Runs

Leeds Hyde Park:   1st Patrick Vis,  Southport Waterloo AC 16:17, 1st lady Shamiso Kirkstall H 00:20:33

and for Otley in 3rd Tom Midgley 17:21,  Nicola Lee 23:42,  Toni Midgley 27:51.

Southsea: 1st Alex Teuten City of Portsmouth AC 16:31, 1st lady Hayley Newell Unattached 21:48 and for Otley Nick Hodgkinson 25:58

Brueton: 1st Chris Sharp Knowle and Dorridge RC 16:34, 1st Lady Sarah Bennett Unattached 22:46 and for Otley Richard Clarke 21:03.


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