Archive for May, 2015

Wednesday 20th May – John Carr Series, Race 3

Report from Jamil Parapia: Wednesday night saw the final race of this year’s John Carr 5k Series. Having grown up in Guiseley it is nice to see some familiar faces from school years and it gives the opportunity for family to watch the race. Furthermore now that I work in Bingley I feel it is important to support the races organised by some of our parents and teachers. Saltaire Striders are a lovely club and congratulations to race organiser Helen and her team for the work they put in. The money raised in memory of John Carr, a former member of the club all goes to various charities.

The conditions were quite windy and this coupled with the additional tarmac to make the race measured, meant that times were not going to be comparable with last year’s races or indeed the first race. Nevertheless everyone blasted off as usual hoping for a personal best. Personal bests duly arrived for Charlotte Tomlinson who crossed the line in 24.38 not too far ahead of Donald Buffham. Nicola Lee produced a strong performance knocking a second off her time from last week as well as beating some rivals from other races. The strong wind seemed to scupper Tom’s attempt at another pb but to come within 3 seconds is a great effort. Mark won the series in the Vet 55 category, and Zack was second in the MO for the series. After 3 consecutive podium finishes, Scott won the John Carr Series beating his nearest rival by 22 seconds in the cumulative times. Rather bizarrely I finished the race 2 seconds slower than the same race last year. However, on closer inspection of  Garmin records it would appear that the ‘new course’ is 100 odd metres longer than the final race last year.  Given that yesterday was “remeasured” I am going to count it as a new PB even if Power of 10 obsessives don’t. Ian’s V35 record remains intact for the time being at least until someone moves the cone again and we get grassed up. Interesting in education we offer ‘short course’ GCSEs as separate qualifications to ‘full course’ GCSEs. I wonder if we should introduce a new short course category for club records. Just kidding! Just kidding! Thanks to Lord Anderson for spurring me on to victory on his posh racing bike. 😉
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Full results from the Saltaire Striders

Parapia Jamil Otley AC M35 P1 15.36
Harrington  Scott Otley ac M35 P2 16.02
Whitehead  Zack Otley AC MO P6 16.09
Midgley Thomas Otley AC MO P19 17.09
Hall Mark Otley ac M55 P36 17.35
Lee Nicola Otley AC F35 229 22.19
Tomlinson Charlotte Otley AC FO 280 24.38
Buffham Donald Otley a c M55 334 27.22
Good luck to all runners who are competing in up and coming races.


Wednesday 20th May – Askern 10k

Report from Andy Webster: Took the opportunity to catch up with an old running friend from one of my old clubs Barnsley Harriers while travelling back from Rotherham.

The Askern 10 is a pretty flat 10 k course with only a small hill around three miles. The sun was out but so was the wind.

I got off quickly at the start despite a large field of 773 runners. I was ahead of my friend for the first 3 Km. Inevitably he caught up with me and grabbed a couple of puffs of my asthma inhaler as he ran past! I never saw him again until the finish.

Felt quite comfortable all the way round though and achieved my target of a sub 45 minute finish.

Oddity of the calendar but will have completed 6 races in two weeks after the Harrogate league and only been on one training run. Full results.

1: Andrew Challenger 33.12 Hallamshire Harriers
36: Katie Parry Leeds City 36.44
248: Andy Webster 44:45


Tuesday 12th May – Jack Bloor fell race

Report from Sarah Fuller: A small but perfectly formed bunch of mini black and whites travelled over for the jack bloor on July 12th. Some fantastic performances particularly from Will and the Brogden brothers. Erin and Skye weren’t impressed that they had now moved up an age category particularly Erin who had to run further and line up alongside all the U14’s as well as the U12’s but they held their own with the bigger kids. Some very impressive descending on display all round. Well done everyone. Full results

U14 – 9 ran

2nd William o neil 8:21


U12 – 28 ran

5th Jenson Brogden 8:53

18th jake powell 10:41

22nd Erin Fuller 11:02


U10’s – 36 ran

28th skye Fuller 5:07


U8’s – 23 ran

4th Aston Brogden 4:16

12th Adam Paget



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Saturday 9th May – Mini Great Manchester Run

Report from Becky Lodge: Holly Davey, Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden braved the rain on the M62 on Friday night to travel over to Heaton Park in Manchester for the Morrisons Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run.  After a wet and blustery evening the gang were up early on Saturday morning and ready for action with 2500 other enthusiastic young runners.

Aston was first to race in the 2km Mini Run for children aged 3-8 years.  He speedily finished the course in 10.48, 10thPlace in his wave.

Holly and Jenson both took part in the Junior 2 mile race.  Holly finished 14th in her age group in a time of 14.10 and Jenson was 10th in his age group in a time of 13.04.

They all had a fabulous day and enjoyed watching the Great Manchester Games in the City Centre afterwards.  They even had an opportunity to meet some of their Sporting Idols and get autographs and photos with them.  Here they are celebrating their achievement with Wilson Kipsang.



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April Runner of the Month

The honours go to Jenson Brogden and Holly Davey for park run PBs. Well done!


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Sunday 17th May – Roundhay Junior Park Run

Well done to Jenson, 4th in 8.07 mins, Aston, 13th in 9.17 mins and Nelson is the unknown runner in 54th 🙂 in just under 11.30 Results

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Saturday 16th May – Over the Odda

Report from Sarah Fuller:

Just 4 Otley juniors in the over the odda race this year (over 8’s and under 12’s). With a new course and new start the race was much improved from last year and a bit less hilly which led to some impressive times over the 1 mile distance. All ages ran together and 60 kids took part, most of them came back smiling! Erin aggravated an injury half way round so was a bit disappointed with her run but she enjoyed it anyway. Well done to Lucia picking up 2nd girl prize and 14thoverall against a lot of older kids.


13th Sydney Dojahn Wood 7:35

14th Lucia Stoney 7:44

30th Erin Fuller 8:35

43rd Skye Fuller 9:22

60 ran

Thanks to Emma Stoney for the full results – Over the Odda 2015 Children Race Results copy

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Sunday 17th May – Dukeries Ultra 40

Report from Garry Cochrane:

Official finishing time 6:50:30, 30th out of 78 finishers, full results here and race website here

The Dukeries Ultra 40 is a 40 mile trail race taking in Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park in one big loop. It has been running for about 3 years but this year has been taken over by a new race director called Ronnie, from Hobo Race/Space after it was in very real danger of folding. Ronnie has promised a 50 mile addition next year but there are also smaller versions including a 10, 20 and 30 mile distance.

As ultras go it is very accessible, low key and incredibly well signposted. Navigation was a key sticking point, iGarryCochrane1n 2014 (first time I did it) several runners got lost because they failed to follow instructions which mandated printing and carrying a route map. One of Ronnie’s promises when taking the race over was that it would not be a self-navigating race and he was true to his word.

The race started at 7.30am, prompt and the trail is undulating and mainly on solid trails, park paths, tarmac and wooded trails. It was so bone dry this year that road shoes would have been fine. Most people would say the highlight is passing by The Major Oak on the Robin Hood Way. That’s right, Robin’s old gaff but I saw it last year and it was exactly the same so I ploughed on determined to make a better time than the 9 hours it took me last year.

Not bad for 7.30am start and a 4.30am alarm call!

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Saturday 16th May -Otley Show

Only three OAC people took part in this premier event, which is now in its 26th year, although there were several spectators from the club.

Even though it was a sunny day, conditions were hard due a strong westerly wind which saw several OAC folk take shelter in one of the many beer tents.

Club secretary John Dade took the first spot in the lemon curd category using a Nigel Slater recipe. A winner in a previous year with his lemon drizzle cake, Billy had to leave empty-handed this time around as did Laura Hind – better luck next year!

Colin Best also made an appearance demonstrating his drystone walling skills, although few people from the club recognised him without his gloves on.


Saturday 16th May – Inter county fell championship

image1Report from Sean O Halloran: This year I became a member of the FRA and while reading the 2015 handbook i discovered there were inter county fell championships each year. I looked through some of the old results and realised my home county of Suffolk was not represented in fell running.

Seeing an opportunity, I sent the Suffolk County Athletics Association an email and was given the agreement for me to represent Suffolk in the coming inter counties fell champs race and with that I obtained my Suffolk vest.

It was finally here!! Race day. Following a good energy rich breakfast and half a pot of coffee we headed off to Betwys-y-Coed nice and early. Knowing parking could be a challenge and not wanting to rush we allowed plenty of time.

The senior men’s race was at 1300 and as we arrived just before 1130 we had plenty of time to look around. I went up to the finish area to collect my race number and discovered no kit was needed, not even checked !!

Time managed to go quickly and soon there was only 30mins to the off. I made sure I did a good warm up and stretch and with a kiss to Elaine and Niamh I went to the start line where I chatted to fellow runners including Tom Adams from Ilkley Harriers.

The course took runners from the start and finish areas in the picturesque village of Betws-Y-Coed around nearby Forestry in the Snowdonia National Park. The route used a course similar to the ones that will be used for the World Mountain Running Championships that take place at the same venue in September 2015.

I think there were about 90 of us on the start line, although this was also an open race there were not many non county vests. I soon realised I was very likely to finish last, but I was here and I was going to enjoy it as much as possible.

Straight from the off the route climbs and climbs and climbs for the first mile. The men’s start was further down the hill towards the river and we had to run past the finish line. With lots clapping and cheering we zig zag our way up the hill. Once off the track and onto the rough steep hill I soon lost sight of the other runners and settled into my own race.

There were three brutal climbs in the race totalling a total elevation gain of 1700 feet in 7 miles.

After the first mile the course moves into an undulating section (in comparison to the rest of the route) which leads to the Marian mountain bike trail. This was one of the highlights of the route, the section was undulating, technical in places and twisty which made for perfect trail running.

Following the Marian trail the route headed downwards and some relief for the calf muscles and time for the quads to burn. There were plenty of rocks and tree roots to negotiate with patches mud thrown in for good measure but fast descending was possible.

Just when the legs were recovering from the first climb, we were sent on the extension to the first lap. This extension was tough and took us on the steepest part of the race. With hands on knees and the occasional scramble the course looped back up to the top of the Marian trail and back onto the normal loop. From here it was mainly all down hill to the finish area.

Just before the final section leading to the finish area I was greeted with claps and cheers from Elaine and Niamh and a team manager from Devon gave me a bottle or water which was welcomed.

From here I ran past Eileen Woodhead who offered words of encouragement while taking photos. By the time I had reached the finish area I had been lapped and the leaders who had already finished. The finish area was off to the left but I headed right to start my second lap.

My legs and lungs asking what the hell I was doing, I could see the finished runners rehydrating and enjoying a chat. But I ploughed on and started my second lap. This lap was the same at the first, without the extension, but with tired legs seamed harder than the first.

The final descent was more enjoyable than first time round as I knew it lead to the finish line. Onto the final session I could hear the PA system getting louder and before I know it the finish was in sight. Running past a cheering Elaine and Niamh I pushed on to the finish line just in time to see the presentations.

Upon crossing the line I was handed a welcomed bottle of water and received handshakes of congratulations from the lead guys.

Yes I came last, but in reality I was never going to finish anywhere else. The class of runner on display today was awesome and I was proud to be part of it representing my home county. I finished in a time of 1:44:02.

The winner of the senior men’s race was Andrew Douglas from Scotlend West in a time of 45:26. The winner of the senior ladies race (slightly shorter route with no extended session) was Emma Clayton in 40:29.

The winning senior men’s team was Yorkshire while the winning senior ladies team was Cumbria.