Report from Frank Beresford: I decided to do the Guiseley Gallop 10k to liven up my tired legs after a winter of marathon training. I arrived at the race with 70 miles in my legs already from the weeks training and having climbed Mount Snowdon earlier in the week, so I was not expecting to feel great during the race.
The race started off quiet fast, so I decided to save my energy for the first two miles. After this I worked my way up to the front and then settled into 2nd place until the hills where I decided to go full throttle. I felt good and gained a clear lead within the half mile. I then progressed during the last mile at a steady pace to win the race, feeling good throughout. I really enjoyed the muddy course and the support throughout the race. There were a large number of “Black and Whites” who raced, they all performed well. Particularly Howard who is in very good form for his decathlon by the looks of it today.
For me I now begin the taper for London Marathon and will have to resist the urge to run a lot of miles for the next few weeks under the guidance of Peter Shields. Marathon training has definitely improved my endurance and enjoyment in running. It feels great been able to run more and more miles without sore legs!
Report from … Howard Jeffrey: The going was very soft for the Guiseley gallop today, the course inspection obviously ignored! . The walk to the start took us away from the retail park and finish area down a muddy slippery hill (which we would have to race back up), across the Great Grimpen Mire (don’t go there after dark) at the bottom, then along mulch gulch for a greater distance than I usually go for my holidays.
Eventually the 615 made it to the start and without much intro we were off! I had stationed myself only four rows back from the front as there are some narrow pinch points in this race which experience has taught me to get to early if you want to contest the age category. That is what I intended to do today as I had managed the ride and back to do the Wetherby park-run yesterday but also to contain my effort to a steady pace so felt fresh for today.
You had to pick your way along the track through primordial mud and I encountered many new primitive life forms. They were wearing running vests and barging their way further forward on the steep stony rutted path, quite dangerously I thought. I regretted wearing the sunshades as it was quite gloomy in the trees although I managed to pick my way safely to the bottom reasonably quickly. The path to Esholt was mud and waterlogged but you could actually get going along there. There is a stile to negotiate and then a single width oscillating timber bridge across the river. Sympathetic resonance means this bridge develops a frequency your run has to match or it is a jarring jolting bounce to the other bank.
Once across (while those unwary ones behind form an orderly queue to cross! Told you so!!) you get the absolute bliss of two and a half miles of flat dry tow path. I did feel quite strong and was moving well and overhauled a couple of my age group along this stretch. There are then a couple of ups and downs and the closing stretches are a mile or so of tarmac and then up heartbreak hill through the woods and then a nice downhill track that runs parallel (thankfully as it was much drier) to the start track. Still feeling good, I managed to get past a quartet of younger runners going back up the slippery hill and then had what felt like a sprint at the finish to pass another one. I had felt solid all the way round and confess I was disappointed with the time of 46.05. I had expected around 44.00. In retrospect I think the poor conditions underfoot may have cost a couple of minutes. What do the other Otley finishers think?
Frank won the race in 36.08 so excellent result again and first lady was Sue Smith of Hyde park Harriers in 40.59. The Otley contingent, of which there were many, was as follows
1 Frank Beresford M (001/086) Otley AC 00:36:08
11 Rogan Ashton M45 (001/055) Otley AC 40:08
13 Robin Outtersides M35 (003/052) Otley AC 40:29
84 Howard Jeffrey M60 (001/027) Otley AC 46:03
215 Eriks Zvaigzne M60 (009/027) Otley AC 53:20
224 Nicola Lee F35 (012/039) Otley AC 53:37
281 Sara Elliott F40 (008/041) Otley AC 56:34
327 Phil Robinson M70 (004/006) Otley AC 58:44
360 Tom Hannah M60 (019/027) Otley AC 01:00:34
373 Sara Richard F45 (013/034) Otley AC 01:01:15
446 Sean O’Halloran M35 (043/052) Otley AC 01:05:43
I had spoken to Rogan at the start and had asked him if he felt fit and he said he would let me know in about 40 minutes (which I thought sounded pretty fit). He saw me at the end and had done 40.08!! First In his age group which is usually a tough one, so well done to him. I had expected my age group to be won in 43.00 minutes in those conditions but guess what…. It was I, so disappointment was short lived as I felt I had worked hard and it was the target for today!
Euro Long distance duathlon championships in Holland next Sunday so looking forward to that and writing up the challenge.