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.