Archive for February, 2015

Sunday 22nd February – Vodafone Malta Half Marathon

Report from Julian Mawson:

Just returned from a long-ish three week holiday in Malta and I had the opportunity to take part in their Half Marathon whilst there.

It was the thirtieth running of the event and the half started at 09:15, some 105 minutes after the full, and followed the last eleven miles or so of the full marathon route – which meant that after a couple of miles I was passing runners who had been out for at least fifteen miles already – quite a good motivator… for the half runners!

Starting in the island’s central and historic city of Mdina, which apparently is not just only older than my pb’s but also Stonehenge, the course then descends to Valletta and finishes on the waterfront at Sliema (just outside Marks and Spencer).

The event’s website describes how it usually takes place in favorable Spring conditions but this year’s race was preceded by heavy rain, started in the dry, encountered mid-race hailstone (a rare Maltese phenomenon) and finished in warm sunshine.

The winner of the half was Karol Grunenberg of Germany and his chip time was 69.53. He was followed in second place by Preston Harrier’s Gary Pennington in 71.53 and the first lady in 71st position overall was Italy’s Simona Baracetti in 85.23.

I finished 23rd overall (third MV40) out of 2,874 finishers with a chip time of 78.39…. foolishly I was delayed by a few seconds having erroneously started with the iPod playing masses as evidenced in the race youtube video at 0:53

More details and results from

Interestingly the half’s course record was set in 1995 by Mark Hudspith in 62:50. The course is classified as a “HMDH” (Down Hill) on Power of 10 which although true, doesn’t feel as such with a number of steady ascents included along the way.

The winner of the full was Morocco’s Mohammed Hajjy in 2:19:28 and the first lady was Samantha Woodward (FV50) from Great Britain in 3:09:06 and 43rd position overall out of 649 finishers.

As a postscript, I would add it was splendid to unexpectedly mingle before the start with runners from a number of local clubs including Hyde Park Harriers, Dragons and Huddersfield Road Runners. And this is somewhat surreal…talking to the Irish man, Cyril, who finished as first MV40 in 76.43 who was co-incidentally staying in the same hotel as me, I chanced my arm and said, “Have you heard of Liam Dunne?” and he had!!! Liam tells me they know of each other well and this begs the question, is there anybody in Ireland Liam doesn’t know?


Simon’s Seat 1991

There doesn’t appear to be any OAC runners but does anyone recognise anybody in this race from 1991?


Sunday 15th Feb – South Yorks Indoor Series

Otley AC was well represented in Sheffield by Alice Webster, Daniel Hart, Ava Wild, Evie Noble, William O Neill, Molly Storer, Imogen Webster  and Thomas Hart. Results

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15 Feb 2015 – Roundhay Junior Parkrun

Nelson Charlton ran his 3rd Roundhay Parkrun (2kms) of the year with a strong performance getting himself a PB by 54 seconds. He finished in 11.43


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Sunday 15th February – Liversedge Half Marathon

Billy Rayner & Sara Richard were the lone representatives for Otley AC at Roberttown for the Liversedge Half Marathon. Both runners were nursing tired legs after completing the Harewood House Half Marathon and Rombald’s Stride respectively the week before. Conditions were perfect for the race which was won by Kevin Ogden of Spen AC in a time of 1:15:33. Billy Rayner was first home for Otley AC in a time of 2:03:07 closely followed by Sara Richard (6th FV45) in a time of 2:08:03.


Happy Pancake Day!

No sessions at Prince Henry’s this week because of the school holidays, 15th-22nd February.

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Saturday 14th Feb – Leeds Park Run

This week, Imogen Webster took on the 5k around Hyde Park and set a new PB of 27.41 mins, improving her time by an impressive 39secs!

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Saturday 14th February – Carnethy 5 Hill Race

Report from the Hon. Handicapper

The Carnethy 5 in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh is one of my favourite fell races, a 6 miles, 2500ft of ascent covering the summits of Scald Law, South Black Hill, East & West Kip and Carnethy and the 45th race this year, so just a year younger than yours truly!   The race description from the Scottish Hill Racing sums up the race pretty well, steep climbs and descents with plenty of fast running in there too:


Line of runners on the climb to Scald Law

The startline is something to behold. 500 runners like extras from Braveheart lined up for battle, fittingly at the site of The Battle of Roslin. The race starts with a chaotic charge across flat marshland for the gateway to the hill. Then steep climbing up Scald Law in a heather trod where passing is awkward. Once at the summit of Scald Law you are exposed to any freezing cold northerly winds for the ridge run to South Black and the Kips. From the top of West Kip drop rapidly to pick up the trail and fast running down to the Howe.

Once down at the Howe the climb back up looks a little daunting. Gradual climbing leads into a sheltered gully which steepens until it spits you out onto the ridge where you can see there is fair bit more climbing to reach the summit of Carnethy. Once around the huge summit cairn drop sharply onto a spur, then steeply down rough heather with buckling legs, through the gate, then gather all remaining strength for the dash back across the marsh to the finishing mound.

After a quiet end to January training and racing wise I decided not to push hard on the mad dash to the bottom of the  first climb to Scald Law.  This however isn’t the best race tactic at Carnethy, as the deep heather and where there is one, narrow path means that passing anyone involves wasting lots of energy, which I didn’t think was a good idea.   After Scald Law it’s a lot less congested and you can settle into your own pace for the next four summits.

I was surprised and pleased for the support of a couple of  “come on/well done Otley” shouts from spectators and Caron managed to run round & shout me on at three points of the course too.  I was hoping for a sub hour finish, but was a little disappointed with a time of 1:01:10, but not too much considering my recent training, finishing in 70th position.

The race was won by Andrew Douglas, Inverclyde AC in a time of 49:23, first woman was Charlotte Morgan, 56.46 from the host club Carnethy.  The current English Fell champ. Tom Addison, 6th, helped Helm Hill take the team prize, a Claymore sword! south of the border to Kendal.  See full results here and a funny punters guide to the pre-race favourites for the race here.

Ps.  Thoughts on the recent BBC report that running fast isn’t good for you and that a speed of 5 miles per hour for 2 and half hours a week is the best for your health?  I’m pretty sure all of the that seven over 70’s who finished on Saturday would argue with that one… including Jimmy Jardine whose done all 45 races!  and was 495th / 515 finishers.


Saturday 14th February – Park Runs

Highlights this week were a new pb for young Imogen and a 3 place for Tom.

Brueton Park Run

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:15:51
41 41 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:20:57
42 1 Claire MAGEE Knowle and Dorridge RC 00:21:02

Leeds Park Run

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 James KOVACS Salford Harriers and AC 00:16:35
3 3 Thomas MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:17:21
19 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:06
92 86 Christian Hosker Otley AC 00:22:26
148 130 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:23:56
273 62 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:27:41
275 212 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:43
284 67 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:27:56


Saturday 14th February – Ilkley Fell Race Recce

The recce for Ilkley fell race will take place this weekend at 9:30am Saturday 14th and 10:00 am on Sunday 15th.  Meet by the car park at the top of Wells Road, Ilkley. The race itself takes place on Sunday 22nd and is a fun event for ages 6 and over. Juniors enter on the day, details here:

If parents want to run the adult race, there are only 15 places left, entries here:

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