Archive for June, 2015

Tuesday 30th June – Danefield Relay

A big thanks to Fellandale for organising a very successful event.  The shade of the trees provided a perfect running environment on a sultry evening. 90+ teams took to the start line including a couple from Otley together with one Hyde Park/Otley composite team, see full results here, lots of photos here.

Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3
1st Leeds City Adam Osborne Martin Roscoe Tesfaye Debele
18:08 (2nd) 37:46 (2nd) 55:39
19:38 17:53
2nd Airienteers Chris Smithard Joe Woodley Jack Wood
17:37 (1st) 37:36 (1st) 56:00
(fastest leg time) 19:59 18:24
10th Otley AC – A Jeremy Stewart Tom Lynch Andrew Robertshaw
19:47 (7th) 42:12 (12th) 1:02:25
22:25 20:13
17th York Knavesmire Ladies Becky Penty Emma Yates Anwen Darlington
20:48 (12th) 43:13 (15th) 1:05:54
(fastest ladies time) 22:25 22:41
31st Otley AC – B Andy Webster Steve Robinson Shane Ewen
26:28 (60th) 49:18 (37th) 1:10:59
22:50 21:40
73rd Hyde Park Scraps Monica Padilla Cat McGuire Colin Best
26:10 (58th) 54:46 (59th) 1:23:41
28:36 28:55

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Otley Olympics

Monday 13th July will be the last athletics session of this school year, so it’s time for our Olympics. Get your competitive head on!

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Washburn Valley Relay

Friday 17th July is the Washburn Valley Relay hosted by US!!!  Let Hugh know if you want to be in a team. 7pm start.

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Sunday 28th June – Wakefield Half Marathon

Report from Howard Jeffrey: Some time ago I noted that this weekend gone there was scheduled the Wakefield half marathon which was mainly off road on trails in a country park. I saw no further reference to it at all (members of the local Wakefield Triathlon club had also never heard of it!) but on Friday, the last day for entries, I thought I might like to do it. There were two online entry methods. The first I tried wanted £32 which I thought was a lot for a low key half. The other was priced at £20 which is about the going rate so I was in. There were less than 200 entries split between the half and the full marathon. I optimistically turned up with a choice of sunglasses but just prior to the start it was overcast and a few heavy showers. These had gone by race start time (which was delayed while latecomers dawdled from the car park…start time 10.00 or maybe when you like… the others won’t mind waiting around). Anyway at the ‘gun’, just a guy saying ‘go’ as it was around a wildlife reserve so no bangs allowed off we went. The route was in and around what I guess are old mine workings on tracks and trails around lakes and ponds with some long views of lovely open country. There were pinch points and tight corners on the trails and the weather got quite warm and a bit breezy. I thought it was quite undulating as well. There were times there was no-one else in sight and there were eventually 66 finishers in the half (I told you it was low key). The race was won by the aptly named David Wakefield of South Shields Harriers in 1.20.45, first lady in 2nd place was Claire Howard of Totley AC in 1.33.12. I was 3rd man in 1.36.50 (I know!) and Nick Hodgkinson 57th in 2.21.35. A nice T shirt and a medal (saying Wakefield Marathon so I will ink in the half) and I guess prizes in the post for third and/or M60 so all in all a great little race… but don’t tell anyone!!



Sunday 28th June – Bradford Millennium Relay

Report from Sean O Halloran: The Bradford Millennium Way Relay is a relay of five legs with two runners per leg. Starting from and returning to Bingley, taking in Wilsden, Denholme, Oxenhope, Haworth, Oakworth, Steeton, Silsden, Addingham and Ilkley with some stunning scenery en-route. The race attracts teams from Yorkshire and Lancashire. This year there were 50 teams taking part.


Leg 1 Bradford & Bingley Rugby Club to Penistone Hill Country Park:

For Otley Hugh Pearson and Tom Paget finished 22nd in 01:39:38

1st  were Wharfedale Harriers Men (C Holmes and L Athersmith) in 01:17:33


Leg 2 Penistone Hill Country Park to Laycock:

Report from Hannah:

Gemma and I arrived at a blustery and overcast Penistone Hill Country Park in Howarth and wondered what the heck we were doing, running in the wind yet again and against teams who were obviously far fitter than us, although a couple of people from leg 1 looked worse for wear as they crossed the handover line. Hugh and Tom arrived slightly earlier than expected which was a pleasant surprise as we were starting to get cold, and off we went on our 9.4 mile leg with 3 other teams close behind us.  We had carried out a reccie of the route a few weeks ago and were confident we knew where we were going and were ready for the hills that just kept on coming. Despite all the climbs you never seem to have much downhill to recover, you pretty much climb all the way up onto Keighley Moor which is then flat, or as flat as moorland can be, followed by a long awaited down section before yet more climbing before finishing at Laycock.

We had a really good run and enjoyed ourselves, it was pretty much uneventful apart from a curious highland cow at the beginning and my comedy fall in the woods towards the end. We’d like to thank the ladies of Laycock Village Hall for their hospitality, great cuppa and scone which was essential for our post-race recovery.

Whoever is organising this next year can put me down for the same leg, I’m looking forward to it again already.

For Otley Gemma Harrington and Hannah Lupton finished 49th in 01:56:12

1st were Bingley Harriers Men A (Ian Holmes and Andy Brown) in 01:00:31


Leg 3 Laycock to Silsden:

For Otley Sean O’Halloran and Colin Best finished 44thin 01:35:54

1st were Wharfedale Harriers Men (Paul Crabtree and Nathan Martin) in 00:54:18



For Otley Lisa Maughan and Sara Richard finished 38thin 01:48:47

1st were Airedale (Pete Hopson and Chris Williams) in 01:03:42)


Leg 5 Ilkley to Bradford & Bingley Rugby Club:

For Otley Jim Sneath and Laura Martin finished 23rd in 01:39:15

1st were Wharfedale Harriers Men (Nick Charlesworth and Spenser Riley) in 01:13:29.


Over all Otley finished 37th (24th in the open category) in a time of  08:39:46

The overall winners were Wharfedale Harriers Men in a time of 05:32:03.

Here are the full results from the Bradford Millennium Way relay

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Saturday 27th June – Woodhouse Moor 5k Park Run

79 5 Holly Davey Otley AC 00:22:27

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Sunday 28th June – Humber Bridge Half Marathon

Report from Joanna Hobson
Today I completed the Humber Bridge Half Marathon. At the beginning of this year I decided that 2015 was my year to tackle a half marathon. Due to various other commitments I was unable to join my Otley club mates in the runs they were doing so I chose the Humber Bridge Half as the start line is minutes from my mother in laws house and so made for an easy wake up call this morning!
The race starts very close to the Humber Bridge, and then after 2 miles running around Hessle you cross the bridge over in to Barton in Lincolnshire for an approximately 7 mile journey around North Lincolnshire before crossing the bridge once again to the finish line. The course was by no means flat and does include “cardiac hill” at the 9 mile point, but fortunately none of the hills were too bad. A gentle undulating run with one big hill is how I would describe it, but I did hear 2 guys talking at the end saying it was the hilliest run they’d ever done (obviously never been to Otley!)
A really well marshalled race with lots of water stations & plenty of local support so one I would recommend for the future.
The winner was Matthew Nutt from Wimbledon Windmillers in 1:15:02, and 1st female in 35th overall position was Keri Pearson from City of Hull AC in 1:26:56. I came in 1059th, 223rd female in 2:02:09 which was of course a PB! Having done very little distance training due to my aged dodgy knees I am thrilled to bits with my time.




Saturday June 27th – Wharfedale 3 Peaks Challenge

Report from Shane Ewen: I ran this to raise money and awareness for the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association who do great work in and around my running area. The route was 22 miles long starting in Kettlewell, winding up and over Birks fell, down into Yockenthwaite, then up Buckden Pike & Great Whernside, before the run back in.

Conditions were very warm, with a much welcomed breeze on the tops, far from ideal for the 4000 ft of elevation. I ran most of it on my own, with the rolling hills as my sole company, especially after a “slight detour” 9 miles in meant I lost (& never recovered) 3rd place. But one of the joys of making a wrong turn is discovering somewhere new!

Eventually finished in 8th (though every marshal said I was 7th…) in approx 3hrs 40mins

Pie & peas back at the village hall followed by an ice cream.

A nicer course than the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. No road and very few slabs.

Results here –


Saturday 27th June – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Jack WOOD Ilkley Harriers AC 00:16:48
45 1 Rebecca ROGERS Hyde Park Harriers 00:21:11
65 62 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:21:56
79 5 Holly Davey Otley AC 00:22:27


Bradford parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Will KERR Saltaire Striders 00:17:06
2 2 Julian Mawson Otley AC 00:18:12
12 1 Claire COOPER Keighley & Craven AC 00:20:37


Wycombe Rye parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Matthew John Otley AC 00:16:14
31 1 Lyndsay MARKHAM Marlow Striders 00:22:05


Roundhay parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Christopher RUSSELL Unattached 00:17:33
36 1 Sarah Jane HOWARTH Skyrac AC 00:21:46
152 34 Emma THOMSON Otley AC 00:29:10


Sewerby parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Jason MERRICK Driffield Striders 00:18:31
14 1 Sian MORGAN Driffield Striders 00:21:22
29 26 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:22:54



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Saturday 27th June – Eldwick Fell Race

Report from Liam Dunne: On Sat afternoon I headed  over to local Eldwick near Bingley (3 Miles/550 ft) for my third fell race in as many weeks, for the bargain £2.50 entry fee gala fell race. It was a 3 o’clock start and with the sun out it looked like it was going to be a warm and fairly sweaty affair.

Before the start of the race I bumped into a few OAC runners which included  Ed Davies, Jeremy Stewart and Antonio. It was a small field of runners and it looked like we had a chance to pick up team prize.The race started on the road outside the gala field and descended for about half a mile before we went off-road and started the gradual climb of some local hill. After the turn around at the top we descended the same climb and then there was a long gradual climb on the tarmac before we jumped a wall to head back to the gala field.

I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of distance between Ed, Jeremy and myself and soon after the start it was Ed who had the quicker downhill legs, which left me chasing Jeremy. I caught him on the climb but he soon passed me again and with Ed in the distance we kept this order all the way to the finish for a 5th 6th and 7th position finish for OAC. Antonio put in a big effort, he wasn’t too far behind and finished strong up the final hill.
I picked up the first MV40 prize and  as predicted we also won the team prize. The winner of the race was Matt Lockyer of P&B. Full results available soon on:

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