Archive for June, 2015

Wednesday 17th June – Harrogate League Sicklinghall


Dominic leaning into the hill!

After the pancake flat race at Thirsk it was back to the hills for last counting race hosted by Wetherby Runners. First for Otley was Ian Fisher was finishing second, 25:38, behind Harrogate’s Mike Burrett, 25:21. First Lady on the night was Pauline Munro from the host club in 28:53.

Next for Otley was 9th Tom Midgley in 27:48, 17th Andrew Robertshaw 28:54,  20th Graham Lake 29:21,  31st Shane Ewen 29:58,  91st Tom Paget 33:20,  103rd Chris Hosker 34:06,  112th Michael Pickard 34:28,  128th Garry Cochrane 34:28,  144th Ian Broadbent 36:05,  146th Peter Gosling 36:06,  150th Andy Webster 36:15,  155th Nicola Lee 36:25 (think the second Garry in v1 of the results is Nicola?),.

Continuing… 173rd Eriks Zvaigzne 37:15,  186th David Fox 38:05,  190th Sara Elliott 38:23,  213rd Matt Podd 39:13,  220th Dominic Egan 39:23,  221st Phil Robinson  39:26,  224th Liz Fawcett 39:36,  233rd Colin Best 39:58,  242nd Kirsty Pomfrett 40:20,  248th Billy Rayner 40:53,  276th Joanna Hobson 42:52,  310th David Cattanach 46:47,  322nd Toni Midgley 48:38,  334th Antonio Cardinale 51:40.

See more of Mr Hamer’s photo’s on the club facebook page here and Tom’s pre-race group photo here.  Full results on the Harrogate League website here.


Sunday June 14th – Bradford 5k Race for Life

Well done to Ben and Emily Bray who took part in this 5k event around Lister Park in Bradford. It’s a fundraising event for Cancer Research

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Sunday 14th June: rosedale marathon

Report from Matt Podd
Went out and did this today, I drove over with a 5.30 alarm call and Sara R and Gilly (Up & Running) had camped. This is in the Hardmoors series of races – very well organised by John and Shirley; with this one starting from Hutton Le Hole and running round the North York Moors for a bit. Though billed as a marathon, it actually creeps into ultra territory at 27.5ish miles. Over 90% off road on fast runnable tracks with only 2500ft of climbing. Trouble was it drizzled all the way round and was cold and windy – most people had their coats on in the middle of June, and there was no view.
Still I had a good race, and unlike recent marathons I didn’t fade at the end, but was able to give the man in the green shirt a proper race. I finished in about 4hrs 20 mins and didn’t see Sara, Gilly or the dog, but hope they had a good day.


Saturday 13th June: weets fell race

Report from Liam Dunne:

Due to other commitments in life my training since London marathon has consisted of a couple of easy runs. Did I miss regular training? No! It’s been nice to have a break from it and get back to sinking pints and a bit of socialising.

The ‘Sam Stell Stag-do Team’ are heading up to the dales next Sat for the Buckden Pike fell race. I’m confident I can stay with the best of them in the drinking session afterwards but with recent fitness levels at an all time low I feel I’m going to be dragging up the rear at the Buckden Pike race.

I honestly can’t remember my last fell race and on Saturday morning I thought I’d pop over to Barnoldswick to the Weets fell race for a wee bit of training and a flavour of what’s to come next week. It was a late decision but there is no better way than a fell race to measure your level of fitness.

Despite the weather forecast predicting it to rain, it was actually dry and fairly warm during the race. Before the race I bumped into a few familiar faces including spectator Terry Lonergan of Complete Runner (who verbally abused me on the final descent!) and also spotted the fairly enthusiastic and energetic Dave McGuire of Wharfedale Harriers who had arrived on his bike from the Skipton Parkrun and was also spotted running the tough Kettlewell Anniversary fell race a couple of days previous!

Approximately 130 runners, mainly made up of the local Barlick and Clyton-le-Moors clubs, set off up the long steep narrow road and then onto the moors for a few long climbs and descents, all was fairly runable until the long climb at about mile three where I resorted to walking and was passed by lots of people more senior in age.

I struggled on to the end and finished just outside the top 30. I was really knackered but really enjoyed being back running on the fells and most importantly feel I’ve recaptured my desire to train again when I get time.

The winner of the race was Jimmy Craig (38.08) of Barlick FR, the first lady was Elizabeth Greenwood (46.17) who is only 16, finished in 27th overall. Full results and photos on


Saturday June 13th: Park runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Chris SMITHARD Deeside Orienteering Club 00:15:49
43 1 Shamiso SISIMAYI Kirkstall Harriers 00:20:47
67 6 Holly Davey Otley AC 00:22:08
274 78 Molly STORER Otley AC 00:33:58
302 98 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:47:48


Bradford parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Ged CALLAN Bingley Harriers and AC 00:17:36
12 1 Claire COOPER Keighley & Craven AC 00:20:43
22 21 Simon Anderson Otley AC 00:21:50


Brueton parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Oliver PAULIN Coventry Godiva Harriers 00:16:47
16 1 Jane BARTHOLOMEW Sparkhill Harriers 00:20:21
25 24 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:21:07


Roundhay parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 John HOBBS Valley Striders AC 00:17:28
3 1 Lizzie ADAMS Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield AC 00:17:46
33 31 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:22:05

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Thursday 11th June:kettlewell anniversary fell race


Report from Sean:

On Thursday evening Andrew, Caron, Carmen (from Dragons) and I traveled to Kettlewell to take part in the Kettlewell Fell Race. This was my third race in eight days and the second in five days for Carmen so having fun was the ultimate aim.
Rechristened for 2015, the Kettlewell Anniversary is challenging, yet not too far or over difficult terrain. With 5 miles and about1800ft of climb, the going was generally on tracks but mostly over grass with a few boggy bits. The climbing presented the challenge but the descents were fast and fun for those so inclined. An added twist (do you have lime or lemon with your G&T?) there was a prize (bottle of Gin) for the first man and first woman who caught the rat runner on route and carried a rat to the finish. Although we did not catch the rat runner, Andrew, Carmen and I really enjoyed this race (Caron was marshalling).
Yes it was tough, but with the friendly atmosphere, stunning views, a well marshalled/flagged course oh and not forgetting the soup and bread in the pub afterwards, you could not ask any more for your £4 entry fee (£5 on the night).

The winner was Ted Mason from Wharfedale in 37:00 and the First Lady was Chantel Busby from Ilkley in 50:34. First home for Otley was of course Andrew Robertshaw finishing 6th in 40:39. Sean O’Halloran finished 68th in 01:18:44. Carmen finished 70th in 1:26:22

Next Thursday is the Beamsley Beacon Fell Race if anyone fancies having some fun, Races start 7.15pm.

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Thursday 11th June: Bronte 5 mile road race

Report from Mark Hall:

The race is a 2 lap event. It starts in Haworth and skirts Penistone hill, which means it is not flat! The race starts with a mile and half of uphill with the final 200m 1in 6, a short downhill and a flat section then start the 2nd lap and onto the hill again. If you are looking for a PB this is not your event.

There were 142 finishers, I finished 4th and 1st V55 and as the race incorporated the Yorkshire veterans championship I also won that. My time was 29.39 which was ok given my continuing foot and ankle problems. I was 20 seconds slower than last year but I am getting closer to my bus pass!

Winner was Craig Shearer Keighley in 28.07.

I did not see any other Otley runners.


Wednesday 10th June – Otley 10

Report from Graham Lake:

I really enjoyed the Otley 10 on Wednesday night. My mantra this year is to only race off-road, but I fancied a bit of a change, and being a hilly course knew I’d enjoy it. It was 4 years since my last attempt at this, before I joined Otley AC, so no pressure of a particular time meant I could just relax into it and see how it went.

A big field left the new estate road in glorious sunshine, not too hot. I had a vague idea I might try and keep up with Sam Stell, but by Pool he’d got quite a lead. I could see Ian, Tom and Robin for a while too, but they were soon pretty distant.
The first hill was much longer than I remember, but I gained a few places (although 1st lady absolutely stormed past me), then the left turn gave a view of the Chevin in all it’s summery glory before the long, fast, fun descent. Hill 2 is hard, but you know you’re downhill from the top, so mentally not too tough.

On the long downhill mile to Otley I could see Sam ahead, so I pushed on and soon got within 30 yards or so of him. My plans of trying to sneak up on him in Otley were scuppered by Tamara’s shout of “Graham’s catching you” just as we got near home :o)
I thought I might just catch him on the line, but my last push wasn’t quite enough and we finished with the same time.

Good to see Ian racing again with a great 2nd place, and thanks to the marshals for all the encouragement on the way round, and to Colin and team for organising the whole thing.

1st Tesfaye Debele Leeds City 54:55 & Hannah Oldroyd UK Netrunner 1:04:16,  2. Ian Fisher 56:34,  8. Tom Midgley 1:00:16,  13. Robin Outtersides 1:02:33,  32. Sam Stell 1:05:43, 33. Graham Lake 1:05:43, 197. Andy Webster 1:21:05,  272. Billy Rayner 1:29:07,  312. Gemma Harrington 1:36:00.


Sunday 7th June – Sport Chevin Family Sports Day Races

A perfect afternoon for a successful family sports day, lots of children taking part in the  two races with a few doing both & a couple of very young children happy to run a lap of the field.

Results from this afternoon: Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 7th June – Sport Chevin Family Day

A perfect afternoon for a successful family sports day, lots of children taking part in the  two races with a few doing both & a couple of very young children happy to run a lap of the field.

Results from this afternoon: Read the rest of this entry »

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