Archive for July, 2015

Sunday 19th July: Holme moss fell race

Report from t’president:

I went over to Holmfirth to do this AL Fell race, 18 miles and lots of climbing. I’d never done it before, no recce and the navigation looked tricky. The day didn’t start well with heavy rain most of the drive there and cloud on the hills, but though windy turned into a good running day. This is a beast of a race, well up there with Tour of Pendle, vertiginous descents through cliffs and full hands on climbs, then lots of boggy runnable stuff on top. I was very pleased to get round relatively unscathed, apart for a black and blue finger from my second fall. Still had some left in the last few miles to gain some places, which prevented me from finishing even further back. Recommend this race – only an hour away.
Matt Lalor – Barlick 2.44.21, Helen Berry – Holmfirth 2.56.57 Followed by the president 123 of 154 in 4.18.07


Sunday 19th July – Kentmere Horseshoe

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

I came to the Kentmere valley for the first time as a student on a training weekend from Lancaster.  However as our coach was a very experienced middle distance track man we just ran up to the Kentmere reservoir at the heart of the horseshoe and did a reps. session.  I do however remember him telling us about some mad folk who ran round the horseshoe, but that would be far too much for us.

Roll on several years and this classic lakeland horseshoe is now one of my favourite runs.  After  getting lots of climbing in my legs on Derek’s Bob Graham weekend, a race entry had to be sent off when I noticed that the 40th anniversary race still had a few places available.

As the name suggests the race is a circuit of the end of the Kentmere valley taking in the summits of Ill Bell, High Street and Kentmere Pike, (avoiding all the others), starting and finishing in the isolated small village of Kentmere.  Some may know a lot of the 1st half from long run Saturday option at the last couple of club training weekends.

I was pleased to finish just under my target time of 1:45 to 1:50 with a 21st place finish feeling strong most of the way round despite cracking my knee on a rock losing my footing on the last bit of the climb to Ill Bell.  After ‘dibbing’ at the finish line I glanced down to see a good fell race war wound on my kneecap, but got little sympathy from the officials, which was just how I like it.

1st Rob Jebb, Bingley 1:31:23, I was 21st in 1:44:54, 1st lady Charlotte Watson Edinburgh Uni. H & H, 1:52:08, full results on sportident here.


Saturday 18th July: podium 10k

Report from frank:

With a month of marathon training for the Yorkshire Marathon training, which has consisted of a programme of just running pure mileage with only one tempo run a week, I came to the Podium 10k dubious of the speed that would be in my legs for a 10k and slightly jaded from running a 94 mile week the week before the race.

The Podium 10k is in Nelson and is 9 and half laps round a tarmac cycle track. It is not a scenic route, but it was flat as a pancake and a perfect course for someone chasing a PB even with a strong head wind on part of the course. To enter the race all runners had to be sub 34 minute runner, so I was looking forward to racing against some top runners from the North.

The first two miles where fast. I decided to give it my all of the entire race and by the 5 kilometer I was beginning to think that maybe I had gone off too fast but the past weeks of dragging myself on numerous double runs and long runs had given my legs the ability to just keep going, so I did. I stuck in with a group of lads during the last 3k and finished in 31 minutes and 30 seconds which is over a minute improvement in my 10k time which was a big surprise to be honest. I was even more pleased to see that my last kilometer was also my fastest, which showed I have some kick in my legs even after 9 kilometers at speed. After the race I enjoyed my cool down trading training techniques with fellow runners, it always surprises me how each body adapt to training differently.

I came away from the event feeling confident that my marathon training is working and even more excited at the prospect of the Yorkshire marathon. My next race will be the great north half marathon, but before this I have a fair few weeks of tough training which are hopefully made easier by the better weather!


Friday 17th July – Washburn Valley Relays

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Report from Hugh Pearson: In the Junior Wasburn Valley Relays, Otley A.C. Juniors took home the trophy for the first time. 15 teams of four battled their way around the 1.1 mile course with some strong performances all round.

After a fast leg 1 by Holly Davey (8 minutes 12 seconds) Otley were in the lead, closely followed by two teams from Ilkley with an Abbey Runners team in fourth place. Second leg runner 8 year old Aston Brogden finished in 8:37 in third position behind two Ilkley teams to take third place and hand over to big brother Jenson Brogden. A fast time of 7:45 saw Otley in second place just 6 seconds behind Ilkley with the second Ilkley team in third place. Will O’Neil took over for leg four, quickly chasing down the leader to bring home the trophy in a time of 7:38. In front of the two Ilkley teams. Fastest times on the night were for Will O’Neil (Otley AC, 7:38), Sam Dickinson (Otley AC, 7:39) and Jenson Brogden (Otley AC, 7:45). The best girls times were Poppy Anderson (Ilkley Harriers, 7:52), Holly Davey (Otley AC, 8:12) and Caitlin Oddie (Ilkley Harriers, 8:17).

Well done to all the runners and thanks to everyone for the fantastic support.


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Saturday 18th July: European Standard Triathlon Championships Geneva

Report from Howard:
After the Eccup 10 I had a bit of a cough so went to the Doctor who diagnosed a chest infection and gave me antibiotics. The ones I got turned out not to be quite the solution but sort of stopped it getting worse so I was able to swim bike run in training right up to the day before the competition so I thought I was on the mend. Turned up on race day at one with the world and feeling good. The sun was rising over a beautiful calm lake Geneva (Leman) and lighting up Mont Blanc on the horizon perfect conditions for racing. Into the water (no warm up which is never good for me) and off. I got about 10 strokes and you know when all the air goes out of a rubber dingy, that was me that was. Oh no can’t breathe! This has happened a couple of times in cold water but the lake was a balmy 21 degrees , must be the altitude and thin air. Swim breast stroke a while and it will come good. Tried the crawl, still no good, worse even. Like an elephant sat on my chest. Tight triathlon suit and tight wet suit not really helping. Breast stroke ok so resigned to continue the swim in 2nd gear. Ended up going slower than a guy who was doing the one armed crawl? Had to laugh which didn’t help either. Never actually shook off the difficulty in breathing and as I swam my chest started to wheeze and crackle and cough. This was happening about half way round so as far to go back as finish, which now seemed like a million miles away! The nice guys in the Kayaks asked me if I was OK. Like yeh!..but I said yes as I had not come all that way to have a DNF. Finally exited the water last of my wave and almost exactly twice as long as I would normally have taken. Sort of walk jogged to the bike and caught up with the one armed crawl guy (having a terrible day also).
Obviously a normal person would call it a day but I quite fancied a nice ride round the closed roads of Geneva and a jog round the park by the lake. Don’t race but get a finish. Got to the mount line as I got on my bike there was an almighty BANG and metallic noise. I looked up to see a competitor slithering along the road. Some plonker of a spectator had crossed the road in front of him without bothering to look and they were prostrate on the road. I never found out what happened to either of them so I guess it was not fatal which it could easily have been as the accident was at the bottom of a long hill and I guess the bike was doing around 70K/H. Not a comforting start to the ride and of course I had to get to the top of that hill to get down it. Geneva is in the foothills of the Alps so although the hill was short it was as steep as anything in Austria and it would have been lung searing even if I had been in tip top shape. Even though I was spluttering and wheezing (always best to ignore that sort of thing don’t you think) I was passing people going up the hill!. Nice and relaxing coming down with the marshals slowing the race to clear the incident and a nice flat bit to the turn round. Two laps of the bike so a second time up the hill was a bit like an encounter with the Spanish Inquisition but I would not confess my innocence and foolishly continued to the ‘run’.
For those of you who remember the 6 million dollar man, when he ran fast they showed it in slow motion. Well that was me that was, but like in slow motion! 3 laps of absolute purgatory and by now coughing up blood. Passed an English Guy in my age group (also having a terrible day) so unbelievable did not come last in the age group! Did not really believe the supporters who were kindly encouraging with comments like ‘you’re doing great’ (Really?) Went directly to the hospital tent at the end to see the Psychiatrist, sorry the Physician who marvelled that I and finished and confirmed bleeding lungs was a bit normal with a chest infection and a hard workout so I was actually OK. Went to a French GP who has given me some proper antibiotics and am on the mend preparing for the next ordeal. Had a great few days in France after so all was not wasted.


Friday 17th July – Washburn Valley Relays

Senior results are available in spreadsheet format here and junior results here, well done to all the juniors.

The team of Anthony Aimon (18:42), Chris Mann (22:42) and Stan Karanasios (18:34) from Hyde Park Harriers had a fairly comfortable win in the end,  finishing in a total time two seconds under the hour.  Andy Walsh from Wetherby just held off Otley’s Scott Harrington in a sprint for the line for second.

Knavesmire Harriers took the honours in the Ladies race, finishing 12th overall with the team of Sarah Attwood (21:11), Anwen Darlington (26:54) and Nik Vogan (21:40), a total time of 1:09:45.  Valley Striders were second in a time of 1:11:41 and Kirkstall third in 1:14:38.

The first mixed team were Baildon Bullets and fifth overall in a time of 1:03:56 with Jenny Guard (20:04), Michael Malyon (24:26) , Matthew Gurney (19:26).  Second and third were Roundhay in 1:06:06 and Saltaire in 1:09:55.

Thanks to all those helping out in both senior & junior races and hopefully everyone had an enjoyable evening.

More details of the Otley teams:

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Leg 1 Pos Category Team Runner Total Time
10 Mens Otley No Mates Derek Fuller 0:20:01
22 Mens Otley No numbers Christian Hosker 0:22:13
32 Mens Otley 1 Paul Clifford 0:23:15
63 Ladies Otley Ladies 2 Sara Richard 0:27:00
67 Ladies Otley Ladies 1 Justina Stringer 0:29:29


Leg 2 Pos Gain/Loss Leg Rank Team Runner Leg Time Total Time
4 6 1 Otley No Mates Zack Whitehead 0:22:34 0:42:35
23 -1 23 Otley No numbers John Armitstead 0:27:53 0:50:06
29 3 22 Otley 1 Michael Pickard 0:27:52 0:51:07
64 -1 64 Otley Ladies 2 Joanna Hobson 0:35:32 1:02:32
69 -2 66 Otley Ladies 1 Gemma Harrington 0:36:52 1:06:21


Finish Pos Gain/Loss Leg Rank Team Runner Leg Time Total Time
3 1 2 Otley No Mates Scott Harrington 0:18:39 1:01:14
24 -1 34 Otley No numbers Andy Webster 0:23:50 1:13:56
32 -3 42 Otley 1 Dominic Egan 0:25:25 1:16:32
61 3 55 Otley Ladies 2 Hannah Lupton 0:27:46 1:30:18
67 2 62 Otley Ladies 1 Sarah Fuller 0:29:32 1:35:53


Wednesday 15th July – Priory 10k

Report from Mark Hall:

I made the journey over to Nostell Priory near Wakefield to run the Priory 10k. The race was made up of 2 undulating laps on trails and road. I started well and ran with the front group for a few miles before drifting back, however, I maintained a constant pace and managed to catch 3 runners in the final 2 miles. The conditions were excellent.

If you are looking for a well organised race in a lovely location this race is worth a visit.

I finished in 6th place (300 finishers) in 37.02, 1st Veteran.

Winner was Rob Jones, unattached 35.29


26 – 27th June – Ultimatetrails 110k

Review by Garry Cochrane:

The Ultimatetrails 110km race took place on Saturday 27th June 2015, starting at 00:15am; when over 300 runners toed a quiet start line in the heart of Ambleside to take part in the second running of this endurance challenge with a 24 hour time limit.

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Runner of the Month for June

Garry Cochrane and Sara Elliott were chosen as runners of the month for June, Garry for his Lakeland ultra and harrogate league and Sara for her harrogate league races.  Well done both.


Sunday 12th July – Kilburn 7

Report from Julian Mawson:

I think of this race as one of the classic scenic kilburn2015runs in North Yorkshire, up there with Bishop Wilton Half, Burn Valley Half and Burnsall 10 Miles amongst others.

Good to see Don Buffham beforehand who had noticed the signs for the race on his way back from the coast and nipped in for an unexpected race. I also met Liz supporting husband Chris Wordsworth at one of their now local races.

In truth, the race is nearer 7.25 miles and the route take in the beautiful vistas of Coxwold, Byland Abbey and Oldstead. I was very happy to take part for the fourth time since 2005 and reminisce along the way.

The race was won by Andrew Pearson (New Marske) in 41.01 and Olivia Mulligan (Thirsk & Sowerby) 24th in 47.52.

I finished seventh (42.31) and Don Buffham 210th (74.18).  Full results here.