Archive for July, 2015

Sunday 12th July – Leeds 10k

Report from Jamil Parapia:

With summer holidays on the horizon and a chance to relax, the Run For All Leeds 10k represents (for teachers) a well timed race to finish the year. Zack, Nicky Lee and I decided to enter again with the prime goal of lowering our times from last year. Club handicap champion Nicky has been training really well and has made excellent progress over the past 12 months as the running bug has well and truly got hold of her. Zack, is also coming back into consistent form following his injury late last year. In 2014 the event took place is warm and humid conditions but runners on Sunday were treated to a slightly more favourable climate. Nevertheless the summer warmth still claimed a few victims at the finish as people collapsed over the line.

The course is similar to the Abbey Dash albeit with a few more corners and some imaginative detours to make the distance 10k. Sadly and for reasons I can’t explain the Leeds 10k doesn’t attract the same depth of quality as the Abbey Dash. Perhaps it is more to do with tradition or the fact that actually Leeds City centre in the summer is not the best place to race. Nevertheless, the support along the route was incredible and it was lovely to see Scott and his family cheering us on.

My troublesome achilles raised it’s ugly head earlier in the week and I was a bit down at the prospect of pulling out. However, a date with Mark Hall and his magic hands eased the tension in the calf and I was able to run pain free. Thanks Mark although I don’t have an excuse now for not running a pb!

I decided to go out and try and win and found myself leading out a small group that included local runner Phil Tedd and Kevin Loundes from the Isle of Man. Phil had beaten me at the Horsforth 10k last year so finishing ahead of him was a nice scalp. Kevin won, I was second and Phil third. Pleasingly Zack, Nicola and I all improved our times from last year by 28 secs, 3 min 46secs and 1 min 26 secs respectively. Nicky achieved yet another personal best so congratulations to her. Job done. Time for a visit to France.

Eriks Zvaigzne also ran for Otley although it was hard to spot people amongst the thousands.
Gemma Harrington paced her sister round the course.


1 Kevin Loundes Manx Harriers 31:33

2 Jamil Parapia Otley AC 31:53

3 Phillip Tedd Thames Hare & Hounds 32:31

8 Zack Whitehead Otley AC 34:04

53 Leila Armoush Charnwood AC 36:59 (1st female)

618 Nicola Lee Otley AC 45:37 pb

801 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 47:14


Tuesday 7th July – Jane Tomlinson Canal Fun Run

On Tuesday evening Jenson, Aston and Holly travelled to Methley to take part in the Jane Tomlinson Canal Fun Run hosted by Rothwell Harriers. The race was
1.5 miles and was open to all ages.The course saw the juniors running along the side of the canal and over 2 bridges to make a loop. There was a huge amount of Junior Rothwell Harriers but our Otley trio didn’t let this worry them and they all ran really well.
124 runners finished and first home for Otley was Jenson in 8th place in a time of 9.02.3. Holly was next home in 11th place in a time of 9.27.2 and Aston followed in 21st place in a time of 10.09.3.

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Saturday 11th July – Parkruns

Woodhouse Moor

Pos Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Terry Midgley St Theresa’s AC 00:17:19
27 1 Rachel Pilling Pudsey & Bramley 00:19:37
37 34 Tom Paget Otley AC 00:20:14
226 59 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:28:11
274 194 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:30:10
273 80 Alice Webster Otley AC 00:30:10


Pos Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Ian Frith Blackheath & Bromley 00:16:47
12 1 Millie Smith Blackheath & Bromley 00:18:49
112 96 James Kettleborough Otley AC 00:22:59


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Saturday 4th July – Woodhouse Moor Park Run

170 44 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:27:05

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Report from Phil Robinson:

Most of the races I do these days seem like exercises in history. This low-key event in Lanzarote involves a 2.5k run, approx 15k bike leg including 5k climb up to Tinajo, then back to the stadium for repeat 2.5k run. From first visiting ClubLaSanta in 1998 I’ve done it 16 times solo plus twice as part of a team of two. My previous solo times as follows: 58.27, 56.14, 55.49, 57.16, 56.41, 57.39, 56.13, 56.54, 54.59, 55.57, 54.59, 60.50 (that was the year I had back surgery), 57.05, 57.56, 57.37; so I was pleased this time to record 58.03 even though placed 30th out of 35 finishers. The club’s owners are Danish, and since the Danish School holidays have started already there were loads of blond-haired teenagers. One of them whose age was given as “u14” took third place in this duathlon behind two serious triathletes, over 9 minutes quicker than me. His father – who is the same age as my son (!) – won the 5k race a couple of days before.


Tuesday 7th July – Harrogate League Otley Handicap

Report by the Hon. Handicapper (but not for this one!)

A big thanks to all involved in helping Otley AC host the final Harrogate League race for this year.  In particular race organiser Colin Best, Laura Hind and her catering crew for a fantastic buffet & timekeepers & recorders at the hectic finish.  There were a couple of little issues on the night, but in general everything else seemed to go pretty well and it should be noted that this was the first time we’ve hosted the league handicap since the 1990’s when there were a lot less taking part.

Stephen had a great run to have the honour of being first back for Otley finishing 6th, followed by John Davis & Jeremy in 34th & 41st respectively.

No overall league prizes this year for Otley but that didn’t detract from another enjoyable season of races,  see the full results for the handicap here.

Finish order Net Time order Time Name Club
1 108 42:48 Ronan Walsh Swaledale Road Runners
2 44 37:23 Kevin Nicholas Dragon Aire
3 214 52:25 Alison Parker Dragon Aire
6 104 42:16 Stephen Small Otley AC
10 1 30:30 Andrew Grant (fastest time) Harrogate Harriers
34 151 45:30 John Davis Otley AC
41 5 32:49 Jeremy Stewart Otley AC
50 63 39:27 Michael Pickard Otley AC
74 84 40:50 Christopher Gilberthorpe Otley AC
77 8 33:22 Andrew Robertshaw Otley AC
109 93 41:16 Andy Webster Otley AC
141 110 43:05 Nicola Lee Otley AC
184 36 36:58 Lorraine Mitchell (fastest lady) Harrogate Harriers
187 193 49:29 Joanna Hobson Otley AC
193 58 39:03 Tom Potter Otley AC
196 188 49:08 Martin Weston Otley AC
209 243 1:00:23 Antonio Cardinale Otley AC


Thank you to everyone who supported Otley AC Juniors in the Waitrose green token scheme. £501.00 will be coming our way soon.

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Sunday 5th July – Eccup 10 Junior Races

Jenson and Aston ran in the 1 mile race. Jenson came 4th but no results yet
Holly ran in the 2 mile race but again no results yet although she was second girl.
Results hopefully available here soon.
The Otley Trio were delighted to meet Jonny Brownlee who started the senior race. Sadly he has a stress fracture so is taking time out of training to recover.



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Thursday 2nd July – Murder Mile

Jenson and Aston braved the BOFRA Murder Mile race and did really well. The race involved Seniors and Juniors running together. The uphill mile race is a tough race, but a great race to be part of. There are no results available yet but the race was won by the very talented Tom Adams who cruised to the finish in style!

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Sunday 5th July: Eccup 10

Report from Howard:

The Eccup 10 is a popular race even though usually blistering hot and quite undulating. This year they said a couple of hills had been omitted so it would be easier…yeh right! Overcast today so not the usual heat beating back off the tarmac, still warm in places especially round the reservoir but some shady bits after that. Today I wanted to have a steady push and hoped to do around 70 minutes. Probably overdid the bike and parkrun on Saturday so felt a little bit flat despite making 7 minute mile pace to 5 miles. Fellow M60 Jim Weldon hitched a tow to 8 miles and I had not been able to shake him off despite some surges. The overall rate was dropping too as the heat and hills took their toll. I was still pretty confident of a solid last mile and a strong finish to be able to stay ahead of Jim. Sure enough a nice downhill stretch from 9 miles saw some daylight appear and although the last half mile felt really tough and it had been a real race for me. I pulled twenty seconds ahead, to finish in 1.12.43, hung around for the results and was rewarded with first M60. The race was won by Chris Smith of Leeds City in 56.37, first lady Laura Dransfield of Roundhay Runners in 1.05.38 44th place.

Fellow Otley ACians: Robin Outtersides 6th 0:59:28, Jeremy Stewart 14th 1:00:45, Steven Robinson 111th. 1:10:31, Howard Jeffrey 145th 1:12:43, Andy Webster 205th 1:16:54, Tom Hannah 486th1:30:49, Sara Richard 527th 1:33:51 All chip times 726 finished.