Archive for November, 2014

Saturday 15th November – Park Runs

Leeds parkrun 


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Run Time

1 1 Paul O’CALLAGHAN Tadworth AC 00:16:59
27 1 Greta DARGIE Unattached 00:20:41
40 36 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:21:14


Keswick parkrun


Gender Position



Run Time

1 1 Stephen MAKIN Wigan Phoenix 00:17:49
10 1 Francesca LEE Unattached 00:21:54
50 17 Joanna Hobson Otley AC 00:28:25

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Saturday 15th November: Richmond (Virginia USA) Marathon

Eagle eyed Matt spotted this awesome result from second claim member Jane Shelmerdine:

In an idle moment I searched the Richmond, Virginia, USA Marathon results as I thought Jane was doing this on the 15th November. 1020 of 5116, 4/164 in WV50 in 3.45.46. Massive effort Jane, Congratulations. Won by Ben Zywicki – 2.18.35 & Waynishet Abebe – 2.39.26


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Saturday 15th November – Harriers v Cyclists

Report from the Hon. Handicapper.

This is one local fell race, (5.3 miles / 945ft),  I’ve watched several times, but never run actually raced.  Several Otley members I lined up at the bottom of the steep farm field adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool canal near the Fisherman’s Inn, Bingley.  The race goes through a couple of muddy farm fields, on to Shipley Glen, the summit of Baildon moor, a loop round the summit and back to the popular spectator spot at the road crossing. From there it’s the reverse of the first couple of miles back to the finish.   The slippery conditions were to the advantage of the runners with the 1st 10 counting, the harriers scored 93 to the cyclist 142.  A top event all round, well worth giving a go.

1st overall (cycle) was Rob Jebb, 35:43, followed by Andy Peace (c).  1st harrier in 3rd was Andy Brown and first lady (harrier) was Victoria Wilkinson 40:07, all Bingley H.  1st for Otley was Bob Addey, (c), 6th in 38:33, followed by Sam Stell (h) 11th 39:40, myself 12th 39:53, 67th Andy Hunt 47:06, 104th Laura Clark 49:47,  160th Bob Baker 56:08,  161st Caron Ralph 56:33,  202nd Lisa Maughan 1:03:19,  215th Don Buffham 1:09:45 and 225th Antonio Cardinale 1:24:18.  Richard Hamer dnf’d on his mountain bike after a few falls causing bike & injury problems.  

As ever lots of photos on woodentops here, full results here, a race history & videos here and one for 2014 here, stick it out till the end for a few good falls & Antonio.


Runner of the Month for October 2014

Shared between Liam – ah ah, ladies first; Sara Richard and Liam Dunn. Sara took part in the Harewood Trail Race, the Horsforth 10k and the Yorkshire Marathon, finishing in 4:17:56 and beating Liz Fawcett, Billy and Emma Jones in the process; before beginning this month with the White Rose Ultra.

As for Liam, only two races in October; the Bradford 10k, where he came second to September’s runner of the Month Tom Midgley. Liam also took part in the Punchestown 10k, near Dublin, while in Ireland for a wedding; and in his own words: “This was a bit naughty as it meant I missed the church service but made it in perfect time for (the best bit!) the wedding reception in Galway”. Tut tut!

Congratulations to both, and we mustn’t forget a special commendation for Frank Beresford who had another busy – and successful – month.


Sunday 9th November – Dalby Dash 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey for this and the Leeds Park run:

I had felt jaded during the week after the Guy Fawkes 10 and could not gear up to do any speedwork in the week. Got the ‘call to arms’ for Saturday to support one of my second claim club mates at Valley Striders, Roy Huggins, who was doing his 250th park run at Hyde park. Good excuse to do some speed (and fiddle de dee to tomorrow) and try out my new minimalist racing flats ( all 2.3 ounces of them! Mizuno Universe 5 so named because they are the lightest in the Universe ..geddit?). Whilst warming up for the park run I felt so jaded that I nearly went home; even the shoes felt a bit insubstantial. No, I was there so I could always jog round. Come the start and when we got moving I actually felt great, the shoes were also imperceptible and my target for the day of 20 minutes pretty well hit at 20.03 and the bonus of first o/60 with 79.97% effort (the best to date). Calves a bit stiff for the rest of the day but I kept stretching and could ‘always jog’ the Dalby Dash if I had to!

I went up to Dalby Forest to do the 10K Dash today. Cloudless blue sky, sunshine without wind, perfect cool temperature in a picturesque part of the world. What could be better? Even had a new pair of minimalist trail shoes to try out. Back in the Otley AC vest again and the only one ( I recommend it). The course is 500m slightly down then 3.5K up a moderately steep private tarmac road on which I held my own, I think due to the cycling I now do. Surprisingly my ears ‘popped’ before I got to the top which normally only happens at altitude! Then… not to everyone’s delight but certainly mine…4.5K of downhill (on well compacted, dry trail). Yesterday’s blast forgotten I flew down the hill in passing mode (shoes were awesome) and kept up the momentum to the finish in 36th place out of 375 first o/60 in 41.36. The race was won by Mike Burrett of Leeds City in 32.14. First Lady Heather Tuffs (‘Unattached to York’!) in 40.02.  Full results on here.

Note of caution: I have been progressing towards minimalist footwear for 3 years. My old running shoes now seem like Frankenstein boots by comparison but I did not do it from one day to the next. I had reasons and it has worked for me. I won’t go into details here but happy to explain to anyone if interested.


Saturday 8th November – Burley Moor Run

Report from the President Matt Podd:

Just back from this, and luckily we beat the rain this year. 7 miles and 850 ft of ascent, from Scalebor Park and up onto the moor, for a circuit of the Burley end of the moor before going back the way you came out. Almost a fell race with some rough and steep stuff – lovely and muddy on the moor today. Lots of Black and Whites out – to many to mention, but the race was won by Dan Wilkinson of Ilkley with Sam Stell second (as was mentioned at the start,  this man is doing more racing since recently becoming a father). Laura Martin was first woman followed Laura Clark , so a one two for the club. Well done to all who raced (Lisa doing this on the back of an Ultra) and the Robertshaws for their support around the course. I found the first half tough, but then got into my stride and had a fine battle to just beat Adela.

A good morning out. Results:  1st Dan Wilkinson 46:09, (a course record), 2nd Sam Stell 46:49, 6th Rogan Ashton 49:54,  9th Jon Greenwell 52:55,  24th & 1st lady, Laura Martin 57:19,  26th & 2nd Lady Laura Clark 58:37,  103rd Matt Podd 1:05:46,  Liz Fawcett 1:08:01,   113th Lisa Maughan 1:13:43,  141st Laura Liddell 1:26:44,  146th Antonio Cardinale 1:31:13.

Photos on the Burley Festival Twitter page here and on the Woodentops www here.


Saturday 8th November – Park Runs

Much busier this week at the park runs, Scott, Tom Richard & Liam all with top 10 finishes.

Leeds Hyde Park:

1st Jonny McKenna, Clayton-le-Moors 16:25, 1st Lady Treena Johnson Dewsbury RR, 19:05.

2nd Scott Harrington 16:33,  5th Tom Midgley 17:26,  10th Richard Smith 17:46,  13th Graham Lake 18:03,  53rd Howard Jeffrey 20:03,  268th Toni Midgley 27:37,  332nd Debra Brown 29:58.


1st Will Smith,  Keighley & Craven 17:13,  1st Lady Eleanor Robinson,  Keighley & Craven 18:44

4th Liam Dunne 17:48,  72nd Eriks Zvaigzne 23:56.

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Sunday 2nd November – West Yorks. Cross Country League

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

The second race of the season was held at West Park, just north of the Beckett Park track.  There was a bit more mud than the first race at Thornes park, but the going for most of the course was fast and dry.  As at Thornes park Otley had two in the top ten, with Ian Fisher 5th, 27:58 and Frank Beresford 10th, 28:33.  For the first 2 laps I battled it out with Liam, with Liam running strongly in the last lap he pulled clear finishing 22nd, 29:36 to my 25th, 29:51.  Running his first cross country in an Otley vest Robin Outtersides was next in 61st, 31:23.  Fresh from a holiday in the Lakes Graham Lake finished 98th, 33:07 and 6th counter that gave Otley a brilliant 4th place finish in the team race.  Stephen Boddy, also running his first cross country in an Otley vest finished 168th, 39:10 and Antonio Cardinale completed the Otley contingent in 188th, 55:29.
Full results on the West Yorkshire Athletics site here.


Sunday 2nd November – Up & Running Guy Fawkes 10

Dr Howard Jeffrey reports from Ripley:

A good Otley AC turnout for the challenging Guy Fawkes 10 from Ripley Castle with conditions pretty near perfect for racing, and Scott Harrington stormed away from 814 others to win the race in 57:00.

Mark Hall was not far behind in fourth (and first MV50) in 59:49 and with Rogan Ashton finishing 27th (1:05:20) OAC took the second team prize. The first lady was Lindsey Clegg (Horsforth Harriers) who came 51st in 1:08:53. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 2nd November – White Rose Ultra

Sara Richard, Lisa Maughan and Sean O’Halloran took part in this event with the ladies completing it in about 6hrs 35mins and Sean around 7hrs 35mins.

Sean reports: Following a lengthy string of comments to a Facebook status back in March, Lisa Maughan and I ended up entering the 30-mile multi-terrain White Rose Ultra. A little later in the year Sara Richard, during a run with the beginners group, had been talked into joining us.

Following London Marathon this had become my A race for the rest of the year. I knew this was going to be a tough cookie and serious training needed to be done. After months of 5 days a week training, which in included hill rep sessions and back to back long runs, I managed to improve my fitness to a level needed to complete this event. Lisa and Sara had also been working extremely hard in their training and we accompanied each other where possible in training. Read the rest of this entry »