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Sunday 30th November: Wesham 10k

Report from Ian Broadbent…had a trip across the Pennines today to do the wesham 10k which is a reasonably flat road race between preston and blackpool. Have to say it was nice to escape the grim weather here on what was a bright and dry day over there As always well organised and friendly but competitive. Unusually for me when I’m running in Lancs there was a fellow Otley runner in Lucy Mowat. 47:12 for me it good to be just running competitively after a week or two of bugs

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Sunday 30th November: Leeds Christmas Challenge 10k

Report from Howard:

To those who can’t face another race report from me ……. look away now!  For those who are now hooked, I flew the flag for Otley again at the appropriately named Leeds 10K challenge. I lined up feeling good (at last… been feeling jaded in the blocks recently) and another perfect still, cool, sunny race day. Full results to follow as not out yet.  What chance of a category win? …Slim!! Last year’s group winner Pete Johnson from Scarborough AC, course record holder and age group winner of the Abbey Dash, a minute and a half quicker than me, so no slouch. I last beat him in 2006!!

We set off on the John Charles stadium track doing one circuit which was great for spreading the field of 350 plus and then out across some slippery grass to a short stretch of road. Pete had pulled away as I expected and I worked out at that rate he would be a minute and a half ahead again. After the short stretch of tarmac the route is basically one and a half K up a relatively steep, wet, leafy trail then straight back down a tarmac carriage way (beware the rumble strips) and then round again another twice!!

Going up the first hill, I thought I actually feel pretty strong (it has got to be the turbo training) and instead of losing ground or holding my own, I was actually passing people. I had caught up Pete by the top of the hill and hitting the descent he tried to leave me behind. I like to think my downhill is the terrestrial equivalent of free-fall so I kept on his heels and still felt comfortable.  It was set up to be a great race and it was cat and mouse till we got back to the stadium for the finish on the track. 300 meters with the after burners on gave me first o/60 in 43.00.

Two photos this time of the ‘hunter and the hunted’ at the bottom of the first hill and the ‘sweetness of victory’

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Saturday 29th November – Weeton Handicap

Nicola was  a clear winner in the penultimate handicap of the year ahead of Tom Hannah and first timer Eriks. Tom Lynch setting off last with John recorded the fastest time of the day.  Sean retains his lead at the top of the table on 145 points, one point ahead of Charlotte, followed by Dominic 140, Andy Webster and Nicola both on 139, see the full table on the handicap page here.

The final race of the year is the traditional Ken Dixon Christmas handicap with the road loop round Timble and a circuit of Swinsty reservoir on Sunday 21st December.

Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Nicola Lee 47:04 09:00 38:04 16
2 Tom Hannah 48:19 06:00 42:19 15
3 Eriks Zvaigzne 48:24 10:00 38:24 14
4 Charlotte Tomlinson 48:34 07:00 41:34 13
5 Dominic Egan 48:38 10:00 38:38 12
6 Richard Hamer 48:42 07:00 41:42 11
7 Jackie Ackroyd 49:04 09:00 40:04 10
8 Ursula McGouran 49:09 09:00 40:09 9
9 David Fox 49:20 10:00 39:20 8
10 Phil Robinson 49:31 08:00 41:31 7
11 Andy Webster 49:38 13:00 36:38 6
12 Kath Robertshaw 49:39 01:00 48:39 5
13 Antonio Cardinale 49:57 00:00 49:57 4
14 Tom Lynch 50:07 16:00 34:07 3
15 Sean O’Halloran 50:52 06:00 44:52 2
16 John Armitstead 52:00 16:00 36:00 1

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Saturday 29th November: Park Runs

Leeds Park Run

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1 1 William LEVETT Tunbridge Wells Harriers 00:16:29
3 1 Racheal Bamford Otley AC 00:16:43

Southsea Park Run

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1 1 Chris TILDESLEY RAF AC 00:17:38
25 1 Isabel HESSEY Unattached 00:20:58
77 62 Nick HODGKINSON Otley AC 00:25:01

 

Harrogate Park Run

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1 1 Andrew DOBBY Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:37
21 1 Lauren WOODHALL Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:21:27
182 55 Gloria Jackson Otley AC 00:34:09

 

Roundhay Park Run

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1 1 Frank Beresford Otley AC 00:17:23
41 1 Aileen LOFTUS Valley Striders AC 00:22:32

 

 

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Sunday 23rd November – Barnsley 10k

Anyone remember Ian Fisher? Well he’s been trotting around Barnsley; didn’t do too bad either. He’s got potential.

Barnsley 10k was my first proper open race this year; I really have gone off the radar! I entered this last Wednesday or Thursday night after storming run over where I live, and I thought why not do this? It’s only six miles and the cross country the day before won’t effect me. But in the end I missed the XC through road closures and other hold ups just after Bingley despite setting off around 12.30pm. I had a gut instinct I wasn’t going to make it, sadly. I did win that race last time, but with a blonde look for London Marathon purposes.

Barnsley 10k has been around a while and until now I never considered doing it. I woke up feeling a cold coming on, but I thought I can’t miss another, so off I went.

Lining up on a slippery muddy field before running up a narrow path at the start was unusual. A steady start, I felt. I was in the front group and was fourth place within the first mile, I think. There was a climb a bit further where a Barnsley runner overtook, but I got him at the top. From there my position stayed the same.

The two African leaders were always in sight with the race favourite who dropped off and kept third position. I tried to speed up, but I feeling light headed so just ran the race well within myself just to finish. I was having problems getting a GPS signal so just used the timer which switched off sometime during the run as I discovered. It was only afterwards that the fifth placer did 33 something? Nothing like the pace I did a few days earlier, but it was nice to compete again.

 

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Sunday 23rd November – Clowne Half-Marathon

Howard Jeffrey reports from the Clowne Half-Marathon:

The Clowne Half-Marathon is a popular race and fills up early so I booked my place a long time ago and as the date approached I realised it was on Jacqueline’s birthday. Agh… major faux pas! Quite an important milestone one as well, so I crossed it out of my diary. For her birthday, my son had booked a ’’hairdo’ for her (yes, I know Sunday… right?). Obviously she had to go and she suggested I could perhaps do a race while she was there… saved! Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday 22nd November – West Yorks. Cross Country Race 3

Report from the hon. handicapper.

The third race in the league took place round the muddy fields next to Cliffe Castle in Keighley.  The mud together with a steep climb on each large lap made it tough going, although the distance was a little less than usual, at approx 6.5 k for the senior men’s race.

Caron Ralph was off first for the seniors and ran well finishing 62nd in 26:14.  Katie Walshaw glided over the mud to win the race by half a minute or so in 18:27.

The seniors men’s race was four large laps, finishing with a shorter lap of the flatter section of the course.  The hill on the larger lap was split into a couple of zigzag climbs and after a short section after the climb,  the trickiest part of the course was negotiating a right hand turn, against the camber of the slope and there were several falls here.  I was surprised to finish 18th, 27:08,  behind Frank Beresford’s excellent run for 5th, 24:49.  Antonio Cardinale did amazingly well to stay on his feet all the way round running in his road shoes! finishing 147th 45:53.  Unfortunately the road works on the Bingley bypass caused Ian & Shane to turn back as it was pretty much gridlock through Bingley and Riddlesden.   The 3rd different winner in this season’s races was Dominic Easter, Leeds City, 24:05.  See full results here.  Cross country good for the soul? see report from Saturday’s race in the Guardian here.

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Sunday 16th November – Preston 10 mile road race

Report from Tamara Weatherhead: Stumbling around in a mixture of measured panic and bewilderment, I dragged the kids out of bed at 7am, deposited them with the grandparents in Clitheroe, and made my way to south Preston for the Preston Harriers’ 10 mile road race. I felt safe in my anonymity miles away from Otley. I was surrounded by strange accents and exotic-sounding clubs: Penny Lane Striders, Astley and Tydesley RR, Wesham RR and Spectrum Striders. So I decided to pay my money and get my number. The last individual open race I did was, erm, well over a year ago, so I was a tad apprehensive – but figured I didn’t have to tell anyone if it went horribly wrong. Unfortunately, just before the start I bumped into Mark Hall. Oh dear, I’d have to try and make a decent job of it.
It’s basically a flat race around two 5-mile laps, including a scenic stretch along the A59 dual carriageway to Liverpool. I have moaned many a time about running laps because it’s boring, but what do I know, as I don’t run many races? My panicked brain sprung into action: the first lap I could take fairly steady, knowing I could then push it on the second because I knew exactly what was coming. Brilliant idea having laps! In reality, I still don’t have much of a race-head so I was pretty even all the way round, with a little flourish at the end to make sure I got 4th lady, 79th overall, 1st FV45 in a pleasing time of 66:39. Mark finished way ahead of me, obviously, 18th overall and 2nd MV50 in 58.34 – which I thought was pretty good. The winner was Tom Charles from Trafford AC in 52.14 and 1st lady, 42nd overall, was Hannah Oldroyd, UK Net Runner in 1:02:28. Full results
Really enjoyed the race, easy one to make a come-back on 😉 I couldn’t fault the set-up: loads of helpful, polite marshals before, during and after the event, very well organised. Thank you Preston Harriers!

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Sunday 16th November – Abbey Dash

Report from Jamil Parapia: The Abbey Dash 2014 was the last in the Run Britain series and unbeknownst to me was actually the English 10k Championship. This would explain the very strong field that it attracted. The rain had eased by the time people arrived in Leeds although this left slippery conditions on the roads and pavements leading to Kirkstall and back. From a personal point of view this was a return to the Abbey Dash after an absence of 7 years so I was intrigued to see how it had grown to a gargantuan race attracting nearly 10,000 runners. To be part of an event of such enormity is quite inspiring. Apart from Mike Burrett of Leeds City who finished just ahead of me I barely knew any of the elite men.

The Abbey Dash tactics are quite simple. Try and run the same pace for about 9500m, including negotiating the ridiculous leg through the Vue cinema village and a 360 degree turn in the middle of the road. If you have mananged not to trip over the other thousands of participants, unleash a final push over the “hill” and collapse on the line with hopefully a personal or season best. There were fine performances from a number of Otley runners including bests for Richard Smith, Nicola Lee, Sara Elliott, Ann Yeadon and Toni Midgley and 2nd claimer Tom Potter. Tom Midgely also equalled his lifetime best. Well done to all.

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Full Results and Photos. And all-round impressive OtleyAC results:

Jamil Parapia          00:31:45    95th
Frank Beresford      00:32:44    144th
Thomas Midgley     00:34:20    256th
Liam Dunne             00:34:36    275th
Julian Mawson        00:35:30    348th
Robin Outtersides 00:35:33 352nd
Richard Smith         00:36:01    390th
Graham Lake           00:37:03    496th
Tom Potter(2nd claim)   00:37:20    516th
Jon Greenwell          00:37:23    519th
Howard Jeffrey         00:41:27    1154th
Stephen Boddy         00:43:35    1593th
Andrew Webster        00:44:47    1937th
Andrew Rayner        00:47:06    2565th
John Cowan              00:47:08    2572nd
Nicola Lee                 00:47:17    2625th
Sara Elliott                00:47:20    2645th
Nick Leathley           00:47:59    2834th
Melvin Hoare           00:49:31    3353rd
Ann Yeadon              00:51:52    4130th
Charlotte Tomlinson  00:52:23    4325th
Tom Hannah              00:52:29    4354th
Laura Hind                 00:52:58    4498th
Reid Haddow             00:54:13    4961st
Toni Midgley             00:57:05    5969th
Lucy Mowat               00:58:39    6496th
Lisa Rigby                  01:17:37    9297th

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Saturday 15th November – Full Tour of Pendle

Report from President Podd: John Armitstead gave me a lift to Barley on Saturday, where we met Matt John. All there to run the Full Tour of Pendle, 17 miles and 5000ft of climbing – more than the three peaks! Very muddy and foggy made this hard race even more challenging, but we all got home, Matt, John and me, Matt Podd. A lovely suffer fest and only 7quid and you get a class T shirt. Results to follow. Action photos courtesy of Andy Mattison, well found by Graham …. Tour of Pendle Fell Race 2014 – Andrew Mattison

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