Archive for September, 2015

Sunday 27th September – Kirkstall Abbey 7 Junior Races

It was a foggy start to Sunday with Otley AC Juniors this weekend as Holly Davey, Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden competed in the Kirkstall Abbey Junior Race as part of the Leeds Junior Race Series 2015-2016.

Aston was first up at 9am with the “Mad Monk Meander” a two lap fun run around the Abbey trying to catch the Monk and the Nun.  Aston absolutely smashed the race leading from the start and came in First Place, even beating Alan the Monk!!

Jenson and Holly then competed in the U17 2 mile race.  The fog had now lifted and despite the wet grass on the off-path sections the pair did very well indeed.  Jenson came 4th and Holly 7th overall, 2nd female finisher.  Rather interestingly they both gained PB’s in the race, Holly beat her time from last year by nearly 3 minutes!!  The pair have been training well together over the past few months and taking on board the guidance and expertise of the coaches and this is really starting to show in their race day performances.  Keep up the good work!!

Athlete 2015 time 2015 position 2014 time 2014 position
Jenson Brogden 13:10 4th 13:57 5th
Holly Davey 13:44 7th (2nd girl) 16:34 17th (6th girl)

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12th September-Junior and Mini Great North Runs

Well what an amazing weekend we had in Newcastle!

On Friday night Jenson Brogden, Aston Brogden and Holly Davey travelled to Newcastle to prepare for running in the Great North Mini and Junior races the next day.

On the morning of the races the weather was awful! Aston was first to run at 10am in the first wave of the Mini Run for ages 3-8. He was cold and wet as he lined up on the start line but then so were all the other kids! Despite being so far from home he was in good company as he stood on the line next to a boy from Skyrac! The gun went and he was on it straight away and pushed himself all the way around this 1.5k course. Hard work pays off and Aston did us proud as he came over the line 3rd boy in 5.34! Amazing!


So after all the excitement of Aston’s podium finish it was Holly next to show us her stuff! It was fair to say the weather was now worsening so poor Holly was going to get wet! Holly ran in the 11-12 year olds band of the girls junior race and she was awesome! On this massive stage Holly came 29th out of 429 girls in a time of 17.52.

Finally at 4.10pm after a long day but with the sun now shining It was Jenson’s turn. He was running in the 11-12  year olds band of the boys junior race and he was chomping at the bit to get going! He too did us proud and even though he was only 11 in July he held his own and came 44th out of 495 runners in a time of 16.58!

The weekend was brilliant and a spot of spectating at the Great North run on Sunday gave the juniors a chance to see how the Elite do it!




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Sunday September 27th: Sutton 10K

Report from Howard:

I did OK in this one last year so chose to enter again this time even though it clashed with the Kirkstall 7 which I like to do and the Braford 10K which I don’t. No Frank to win it this year but I met Phil who remarkably has now done 50 races since his bike crash that could have ended his running career. A tough category for Phil today as it was 60+ only. The start and finish are on playing fields in the centre of the village and after a short stretch of estate roads onto field tracks and forest trails with trips and divots to negotiate. It was misty and cool at the start although the forecast was for sunshine. The route is pretty flat and the middle third is over an old airfield and when we got to this I think the sun was breaking through as it seemed to get pretty hot. For reasons not fathomable I had done a hard park run at Wetherby on Saturday and although I had done the first few K at a reasonable clip by 8K the zip had gone and it was a bit of a chore even though it was on tarmac roads to the finish. The race was won by David Smithers of York Knavesmire Harriers in 36.14 and first lady Heather Halliday of Bedale and Aiskew in 42.18 (17th). I was 28th in 43.13 about half a minute down on last year but still managed first o/60. Phil did 49.40 in 61st and 147 finished.

and from Phil:

This race arose from the old Sutton 7 that some folk will remember. Last year it was won by Frank Beresford in a faster time than today’s winner, but no Frank this time, so Howard Jeffery and I were the only Otley representatives. It’s largely off-road with some field and woodland sections but mostly on well-made tracks. Flat course, good conditions, even so I didn’t feel to be going particularly well and was surprised to duck under 50 minutes for the first time this year – could it be the course is a bit short? No V70s category today but Howard looked to be on for the V60s prize.


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Sunday 27th September: Bradford 10k

Report from Stephen Boddy:
It was a murky, misty morning on Sunday and I spent most of the drive to the Bradford thinking on some of life’s imponderables; why had I paid £18 to run up and down Canal Road; why didn’t England just kick the effing penalty? Why did I feel the need to have one more beer last night?

Anyway, the buzz at the start line jolted me from my reverie and I saw a few of the fast lads doing a warm up that consisted of more than a quick jog on the spot and a slug of Lucozade. I caught Tom Adams’ eye and the message was clear “One of us is going to win today Tom, I can feel it”.

A free pumpkin and cinnamon infused espresso had me positively bouncing to the start line and I blame that for my ridiculous first mile which I completed in a swift 6 ½ mins. Pride comes before a fall and I spent the next five miles ‘falling’ and I battled home in 45.17 which is bang average for me.

This ended my streak of nine PBs in a row on the road and I lay the blame squarely at the feet of my 6 month old son whose idea of sleeping is markedly different to mine, this is a new excuse for me and I like to find a variety of excuses to explain away sub-par performances because it is obviously never my own fault.

Didn’t see many Otley vests but I think I saw a Frank-like blur come past me at some point.


6th September – Wetherby Mini Marathon

Holly Davey, Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden took part in the Wetherby Mini Marathon on Sunday 6th September.  The race is 2.5km around the grounds of Wetherby Racecourse, they all ran amazingly well after the long Summer Holidays in the warm conditions.

Holly and Jenson both came 2nd in the U15 category and Aston came 3rd U11 boy.


Wetherby Mini Marathon Results

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Wednesday 12th of Aug York Millennium Bridge

Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden travelled to York to take part in the Millennium Bridge junior races. It was a lovely summer evening and the setting at the side of the river was lovely! Aston ran well in the Fun Run and came in the top 10 and Jenson held his own in the fast 2.5k and came 12th in a time of 10.24.

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Aug 2nd Prudent Riverside 10k Fun Run

Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden took part in this mile fun run as part of the Lancaster race series. Sadly there was only 1 other runner in the race, so it was more like a training run! Jenson came home 1st and Aston was 2nd.

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19th July Cracoe Bofra

Aston Brogden took part in the Boys U9 race.

Jenson Brogden took part in the Boys U12 race.

Holly Davey took part in the Girls U14 race.

Results here-

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Saturday 26th September: Causway Coast Half Marathon

Report from Liam Dunne:

I went across the pond at the weekend to take part in the Causeway Coast Half Marathon. The half marathon was just one of four events that was taking place as there was also a 10k, marathon and ultra marathon (39 miles) all organised by the event managment company 26extreme.

Alll events followed the picturesque Antrim coastal route which passed several well known tourist spots such as the Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. I was staying at the Armstrong holiday let in the town of Bushmills (Famous for it’s Bushmills distillery) which was approximately one mile from the race HQ in Portballintrae. My host for the weekend was OAC’s second claim member Ross Armstrong and he did a fine job by keeping me well fed and watered over the few days.

Over a few pints many months ago the initial plan was for both of us to run the ultra, but due to a real lack of long miles I decided to opt for the half marathon whilst Ross dropped down to the more courageous marathon distance. Apart from the one mile run across the beach the course was very undulating and mainly made up of cliff edge track with lots of steps, stiles, large slippy rocks and many other runners to negotiate around.
Ross’s plan was to get near his time last year which was sub 4 hours for the tough course whislt I just went out to get a hard race in and hope for a decent time.With all events starting at different times I had a three hour wait after the marathon start before the half marathon runners chased them down.

Soon after the start, I was in a small group and a couple of miles in I was out on my own. I would of preferred if I had someone with me to push me on but instead I had to try and keep working on my own. I managed to keep the lead and finished 1st in a time of 1.30.26 (On my watch) with and official time of 1.31.20
Ross ended up with lots of cramp during the race and was well down on last year’s time but he managed to battle on to finish 63rd in 4.46.30 (and then stayed out drinking late that night!) In all it was a very friendly and well supported event in a very nice setting and I had a good weekend meeting and talking to others who also love to run.
For my efforts I got a framed photo of the coast and a free entry into next year’s event so it looks like I’ll be back next year……anyone like to join me?
All results can be found on


Saturday 26th September: Yorkshire veterans track championships (Cleckheaton)

Report from Mark Hall:
After 18 years of running I decided to do my first full track meeting, better late than never!

I have to admit my motivation was to have a pop at trying to improve the 400/800/3k club records. Having run in 2 half marathons in 3 weeks my preparation was not the best for running short distances fast. Unfortunately, the 3 events all took place within 30 minutes! The times I recorded were fairly modest and feel with more track work I could reduce them significantly. However, I managed to win the Yorkshire Veterans V55 title at the 3 distances.

I did the following times.
3k 10.06
400 73.4secs
800 2.33secs

The meeting was really well organised and had a relaxed atmosphere, pity more OAC runners can’t do these events as they are open to all levels of runners.