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Month: December 2014

Wednesday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

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.

Sunday 28th December – Jolly Holly Jog

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…

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Sunday 28th December – Ribble Valley 10k

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…

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Friday 26th December – Chevin Chase

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…

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Sunday 21st December 2014 – Portsmouth Coastal Marathon

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

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…

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Sunday 21st December – Ken Dixon Christmas Handicap

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…

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Sunday 14th December – Longridge 7

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…

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Runner of the Month for November 2014

Runner of the Month for November 2014

Laura 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.