Archive for December, 2014

Wednesday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

The last Woodentops production of the year lead to another Christmas/New Year Alistair Brownlee victory, 38:28 just ahead of a Mark Buckingham 38:35, and brother Jonathan 38:44.  First Lady was Helen Berry, Holmfirth 44:57.  See full results, report and photos on Woodentops here, YouTube video here.

First home for Otley was Shane Ewen in 73rd, 48:18, followed by 163rd Chris Stacey 55:12,  185th Stephen Boddy 57:00,  235th Andy Webster 1:00:34,  287th Hugh Pearson 1:04:17 and 327th Chris Brunold 1:08:34.


Monday Night Training Starting Again Monday 5th January

Training to start again at Prince Henries Grammar School at 6.15pm – 7.30pm this Monday.

Any questions please send to

Hugh Pearson 07746 225571 email Hugh


Laura Martin 01943 463273 email Laura

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Sunday 28th December – Jolly Holly Jog

Report from Howard:

Just time to have the kit cleaned and a recovery turbo session and straight back into Jolly Holly Jog on Sunday. Thighs a bit stiff but soon loosened up and another good day of sun, cool but a bit icy in parts. Race won by Mike Burrett of Leeds City in 34.12, closely followed in 2nd by Jamil in 34.44. First lady (ies) Sharon Barlow and Tori Green of Ripon Runners in 23rd/24th joined at the hip in 40.09.9 (both!) 704 finishers including two DQ’d. I wonder why?

Worth the slog as I made first o/60 in what was  rather random vets categories. M and F30 (what ..?) No mid decade 5’s and ending at M and F60, making it tough for both Kath and Jack…… but I was Jack!

Rest of the Otley crew below and not a walk in the park:

2nd Jamil Parapia 34:44,  75th Howard Jeffrey 44:31,  219th Andrew Ackroyd 52:00,  221st Jackie Ackroyd 52:07,  280th Ursula McGouran 54:00,  310th Jack Robertshaw 54:57,  593rd Kathleen Robertshaw 1:06:09, 624th Gloria Jackson 1:09:46.   Full results here.


Sunday 28th December – Ribble Valley 10k

Report from Frank:

I decided to take on the Ribble Valley 10k today. As many know this is a fast race with high quality runners from all over the country. The course is undulating and takes the runner though some fantastic Lancashire country side. The weather was perfect for a 10k with no wind, although the roads where slightly icy in places (especially at the 5km turning point!).
For me I came to the race wanting to achieve a PB which to be honest was slightly unrealistic having just run the chevin chase 48 hours before. I started the first mile well, however during the 2nd mile I had a lapse in concentration, which resulted in a slow mile. I managed to get my act together for the remaining 4 and a bit miles but was unable to gain the time I lost in that 2nd mile to get my PB. I finished with a time of 32.56, feeling the hills of the Chevin still in my legs. Next year I will be only racing one of the two events, I have learnt my lesson! It is a shame the Chevin Chase and the Ribble Valley 10k are so close together they are both really enjoyable races. The race was however, a real pleasure to race and well organised. My next race will be the Brass Monkey Half marathon which I hope will not be as icy!

and from Tamara:

So, another trip over to the dark side and another race. The Ribble Valley 10k was part of this year’s NOEAA 10k Championships, not that I knew that when I pre-entered. The fact that loads of serious elite types were going to be there did not help my pre-race nerves. I sat in the car for 30 mins before I could find the guts to get out of it. That done, I trotted a mile or so to the start – I was trying to be late – to await the terror that is throwing myself round a race course. I looked around for Frank, but he was clearly hidden in some lofty elite gaggle.

The whole race felt horrible from start to finish. I hadn’t realised how far down the 1105 field I had placed myself at the start, because it took about 1k to clear the slower runners in front of me. My head, heart and lungs were never in it; my legs got going around 4k, before dying again around 7k. I’m so rubbish at judging my pace. I figured if I could just keep going I would get about 41mins, way off my target of 39.57 (to beat Carol Armitstead’s FV35 10k record) but just grateful to finish. As I approached said finish, I was going to slow up, because I felt that knackered, but then I heard the loudspeaker guy going “ and these guys are still going to finish in under 39 mins’. Darn, thinks I, I’ll have to put in some effort to keep myself under 40mins. I was so incredulous to see my gun time on the little board of 39.10 – and so near to vomiting – that I didn’t pick up my t-shirt, shucks.

The race was won by John Beattie, Newham and Essex (yes, Essex!) Beagles in 30.01 and 1st lady, Rebecca Robinson, Kendal AAC, was 54th in 33.54. Our Frank Beresford finished impressively in 34th with a chip time of 32.56, gun time 32.57. I came in 205th, 18th lady and 1st FV45, with a chip time of 38.51, but a gun time of 39.10!

The course itself is nicely undulating – i.e. mostly flat with a couple of short sharp hills – snaking through closed country lanes. There was some good support in places and fine views to Pendle Hill. The weather was perfect and, so long as you spotted the patches of black ice, so were the racing conditions. It is well marshalled and signed throughout, with every km marked. Full results here.


Friday 26th December – Chevin Chase

As usual lots of Otley members running over the Chevin on Boxing Day chasing a Brownlee or two.  This year Alistair, 37:03 took the win ahead of Jonathan, 37:26 with Ilkley H’s Tom Adams finishing 3rd, 38:07.  First lady was Georgia Malir,  Ilkley H in very quick 44:11.  Scott and Frank settled for battling it out fourth, with Frank taking the honours, just..  and Laura was first Otley lady & second in her category.

Please comment if you’re missing from the results below.

Report from Howard:

In much better shape than this time last year so started with the Chevin Chase on Boxing day. Pretty good conditions as the sun was out, no wind and cool. I think ‘they’ have tidied up the route a bit since last I did it, so not quite so uneven underfoot as previously. Still a tough couple of climbs (Chevin Doh!) as the list of fellow Otley AC members will attest to. Frank done good to come fourth. Not my terrain at all so pleased to come 2nd o/60

Full results here.  Photo’s and video on Airecentre (Chevin Chase) facebook page here.  Telegraph & Argus report & video here.

4 Frank Beresford 00:40:20
5 Scott Harrington (1st v35) 00:40:36
16 Thomas Midgley 00:42:51
18 Andrew Robertshaw (3rd v45) 00:43:15
42 Rogan Ashton 00:46:21
57 Tom Potter 00:47:03
74 Liam Dunne 00:47:58
88 Robin Outtersides 00:48:36
??? Graham Lake 00:49:10
114 Hugh Pearson 00:49:38
164 Howard Jeffrey (2nd v60) 00:51:46
173 Laura Martin (2nd v45) 00:52:02
213 Chris Stacey 00:53:39
283 Louise Riches 00:56:15
294 John Dade 00:56:24
313 Renee Saxton 00:57:01
315 Andy Webster 00:57:13
330 Matt Podd 00:57:36
382 Nicola Lee 00:59:17
409 Carl Walsh 00:59:33
505 Jacqueline Ackroyd 01:02:19
496 Liz Fawcett 01:02:35
498 Sara Elliott 01:02:47
604 Tom Hannah 01:05:54
623 John Davis 01:06:26
628 Sara Richard 01:06:48
645 Gilly Wight 01:06:59
681 Charlotte Tomlinson 01:08:55
745 Gemma Harrington 01:11:34
743 Reid Haddow 01:11:49
795 Sean O’Halloran 01:14:10
815 Hannah Mallinson 01:14:30
837 Emma Jones 01:17:06
879 Toni Midgley 01:20:51


Sunday 21st December 2014 – Portsmouth Coastal Marathon

Nick Hodgkinson reports from the south coast:

A very interesting little pre-Christmas adventure. Run partially on the shingle beach, but mainly on muddy trails close to the shoreline. Definitely not a PB course – I missed mine by nearly an hour and a half.

I can now enjoy being a sloth over Christmas with a clear conscience.

The winner was Anthony Clark in 2:41:33 (Poole Runners), and I was 839th in 4:35:57. There were 1700 starters and 1252 finishers (the tide got the rest).


Sunday 21st December – Travellers 6, Denby Dale

As the year draws to a close, Howard Jeffrey couldn’t face another 10k*.

I did the Travellers 6 (mile) in Denby Dale which was very hilly and the wind was high; not quite so sharp as recently but I gave it my best.

The results will not be out till the New Year but I know there was at least one in my age group about 15 seconds ahead. Fair play to him, I went as fast as I could and there was at least one lady ahead. I finished in around 43:20 (42:32 in 2012 so given the wind, OKish).

Celebrity Alotta Fatuous questions me in an interview at the finish:

What does it mean to you? Everything, except, paradoxically, almost everything.

Was it a journey? Yes, I drove to Denby Dale.

Was it emotional? Yes, I cried all the way home.

How did it make you feel? Banjaxed.

How much did you want it? It is what I have always ever dreamed of , for the last couple of days.

Where do you go from here? The Chevin Chase.

More inane questions on BBC Strictly Come Running…

* In old money 10k is 6.21371 miles.


Sunday 21st December – Ken Dixon Christmas Handicap

The President took the honours at this year’s Ken Dixon, overtaking Antonio in the final track up to the finish and holding off Scott by 10 seconds.  The conditions were probably best described as reasonable, a little damp in the air and quite a few puddles to negotiate towards the end.  Ian and Jamil shared the fastest time of the day with a swift 27:31.

Congratulations go to Nicola Lee continuing her recent good form to snatch the Eric Smith handicap title for 2014 by a single point from Sean and Charlotte who was also just one point behind Sean.  See the full table on the handicap page here.

Thanks to Dave Hainsworth and Jack on time keeping duties and to Richard Hamer for guiding folk up the track next to Swinsty Hall.

For those of you who like a bit of club history here’s Tony Allen’s report from the inaugural race 25 years ago: report, results.

Roll on 2015 with the first race at Harewood, Sat. 17th Jan where it all starts again.

Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Matt Podd 51:49 13:00 38:49 21
2 Scott Harrington 51:59 24:00 27:59 20
3 Antonio Cardinale 52:30 00:00 52:30 19
4 Jamil Parapia 52:31 25:00 27:31 17
4 Ian Fisher 52:31 25:00 27:31 17
6 Graham Lake 53:14 20:00 33:14 16
7 Rogan Ashton 53:18 21:00 32:18 15
8 Nicola Lee 53:25 14:00 39:25 14
9 Eriks Zvaigzne 53:33 13:00 40:33 13
10 John Armitstead 53:37 17:00 36:37 12
11 Tom Potter 53:50 19:00 34:50 11
12 Charlotte Tomlinson 54:02 10:00 44:02 10
13 Dominic Egan 54:36 13:00 41:36 9
14 Tom Hannah 54:37 08:30 46:07 8
15 Sean O’Halloran 54:46 07:00 47:46 7
16 Colin Best 55:05 11:00 44:05 6
17 Kath Robertshaw 55:45 02:00 53:45 5
18 Carl Walsh 56:00 14:00 42:00 4
19 Andy Webster 56:26 16:00 40:26 3
20 David Fox 56:55 13:00 43:55 2
21 Andrew Robertshaw 57:52 23:00 34:52 1


Sunday 14th December – Longridge 7

Another weekly fix from Howard Jeffrey: I went to do the Longridge 7 (near Preston) yesterday, better prepared to take the race to the Lancastrians (always tough) than last week in that I did not do a Park run or 3 hours on the turbo trainer on Saturday (only an hour).

I was warming up at the start in my ultra light racers and asked where the start was, as I have not done this one before. Just up there was the reply and then you go 4 miles up and three miles down! Whooa…. change of plan and change of shoes! I thought my racers might disintegrate if I was bounding hell for leather down a three mile hill. I had thought to bring some more robust but still lightweight racers with me ( I said I was better prepared)

It was cool and still at the start and then the rains came. 400 yards or so of level and then up and up and up!!! On the first bit of the hill I latched on to someone I suspected was in my age group ( he was actually younger but no matter) and had a battle royal all the way round.. which is what I enjoy most. I was strong enough up the hills  and there were a couple of downhill stretches to break up the grind. I had taken it as a sign that the hill is actually called  ‘Jeffrey Hill’ so I knew I was building up plenty up potential kinetic energy for the down. The hill actually disappeared into the clouds it was so high which I think was probably a good thing.

As ever the competition tried to burn me off going down the hill (he said at the end he was trying to see what I could do going down…tee hee …plenty!). There were actually times I thought I was going to run out of gears and he pulled away a couple of times which I thought at the time he would pay for later. During my warm up I had looked at the finish to see where to start the final push to the line. When we got to that point about 400 yards out, I still felt great and surged ahead.

As I changed out of my sodden gear I heard some of the others bantering…’expect your first over 60 again Stephen’… well maybe not.. Stephen!  The winner of the o/60 is.. Jeff Howard from Otley AC (close enough!!!).   There was a 65 year old in front as he had been last week but much closer and I had also beaten some-one who was a minute and a half ahead the previous week so all in all a satisfactory race which included a medal, Christmas pudding and a bottle of plonk!

The race was won by Karl Darcy, Bolton Harriers in 41.21, first lady Catherine Carrdus, Wesham RR  16th in 47.05. I was 35th in 50.23. 244 finishers. Full results here:



Runner of the Month for November 2014

FrankBeresford2LauraClark_BurleyMoorRun2Laura Clark and Frank Beresford were voted as November’s runner of the month.

Laura for her performances at the Burley Moor run and Harriers v Cyclists, (pic. courtesy of the Burley twitter page).

Frank for his West Yorkshire XC’s at West Park and Keighley, Park run at Roundhay and Leeds Abbey Dash.