Archive for October, 2015

Saturday 31st October – WYXC Huddersfield

Report from Tamara Weatherhead: I ventured a whole hour south for my first ever XC race today, set in the grounds of North Huddersfield Trust School. It was an experience. I’m not entirely sure that the race itself was an enjoyable one but always good to hang out with some Black and Whites and their tag-alongs – I brought 4 supporters with me! Sean, with family support of Elaine and Niamh, had turned up bright and early to set up the tent and flag for us ūüôā and Flash barked appreciatively ūüėē

Jenson Brogden (46th, 14:58) and Holly Davey, (32nd, 10:21) raced for the juniors. The men had a good turnout with Frank Beresford, (unfortunately pulled up lame at approx. half way ūüôĀ ¬†), Andrew Robertshaw, (23rd 36:44), Steve Robinson, (120th 46:26), ¬†Eriks Zvaigzne, (146th 53:36),¬†Sean O’Halloran, (151st, 1:04:44), David Cattanach, (152nd 1:06:09) and Antonio Cardinale, (153rd 1:10:54). They got to do 5 laps of approx 1.8k. Us ladies were depleted through injury and illness, although Sabba still came along to support: meself, (48th 27:35) Caron Ralph, (64th 29:55) and Jackie Ackroyd, (74th 31:08), did 3 laps of an unpleasant course that had ups and downs¬†in it. Nobody had said anything about hills. I started off steady, thinking I might have a bit of a glory lap at the end. Shows what I know. It was hard. I just got slower, and failed to capitalise on overtaking a lass from Bingley for all of 100 metres. I did, at least, find a way to make fell shoes¬†cope with the mud bath bits, so sort of a successful race. No idea how anyone got on as me and my gang had to rush back to Otley and I forgot my watch, oh¬†the stress of it all! .

Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth H.  won the senior ladies in 21:33 and Tom Adams, Ilkley H. won the mens race in 32:37, almost a minute and a half clear of second.  Full Results.


Park Runs – Saturday 31st October

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Jonny MCKENNA Clayton-le-Moors Harriers 00:16:38
26 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:05
262 69 Gilly Wight Otley AC 00:27:55
272 73 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:28:18


Bradford parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Will KERR Saltaire Striders 00:17:24
30 1 Julie Ann THORNTON Bingley Harriers and AC 00:22:04
34 33 Simon Anderson Otley AC 00:22:16
131 120 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:26:25
232 180 Reid Anthony James HADDOW Otley AC 00:29:26
282 84 Leanne JOHNSON Otley AC 00:30:54


Wetherby parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Stephen BOYNTON Civil Service Sports Club 00:20:05
9 8 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:23:39
8 1 Freya SUGARMAN Unattached 00:23:39


Birkenhead parkrun

30 1 Sarah EVANS Unattached 00:21:18
45 40 John Dade Otley AC 00:22:37



Sunday 25th October – Wistow 10k

Report from Tom Lynch:

In effort to fill up the other side of my ROY table and start work on my 5/10k times this winter I entered the Wistow 10k, a local flat and fast (and cheap!) road race in farm land in the Humberhead Levels near Selby, this was also my first road 10k for something like 3 years. The weather was good, although a slight breeze picked up at some points. Being far from my usual race terrain, all on tarmac with not a hill in sight, it felt a bit unusual, but the course was nice and I soon settled into a fairly consistent rhythm. I saw Frank Beresford zip off into the distance from the start line in customary fashion, but I could still catch sight of him for parts of the race across the open fields (mainly due to his socks). I thought he looked good for the win, but Frank was apparently pipped at the finish to come 2nd, ‚Äė1 second‚Äô on the clock (I heard it was very close) behind the winner John Hobbs from Valley Striders who clocked a time of 33:13. I came in 23rd out of 171 finishers in a time of 39:07, something like 2:30 minutes faster than my previous best effort. Either way I was looking at a default PB for this race as this is my first 10k result for a club, if it‚Äôs not on Power of 10 it doesn‚Äôt count right? 1st lady, who passed me around the 6/7k mark, was Hannah Corne from Valley Striders in 38:37. A well organised race with a nice choice of drinks bottle or buff for the swag at the end, would definitely recommend it.

Results and photos available at


Sunday 25th October – Holmfirth 15

Report from Mark Hall:

1st Nathanial Williams, Unattached, 1:22:35, 1st Lady Emma Wilkins, Holmfirth H. 1:51:15.

Scott Harrington 3rd 1:27.04 (1st V35),  Mark Hall 6th 1:36:43 (1st V55),  Christian Hosker 30th (1:54:22).  Full results

Starters 77!

In the past this race was very popular and always attracted a good entry from OAC. However, the race has not run for 3 years and has certainly suffered for it with a very small field today.

The entry fee of £17 maybe put a few runners off. Also, the prizes will not be attracting runners to sign up. Scott won a bottle of wine and I got a pair of gloves! Of course none of us run for prizes but I think their are limits.

Scott made an excellent return to competition after injury with 3rd position recording a good time and also won the Yorkshire vets V35 title. Mark was 6th, 1st V55 and a Yorkshire vet title.

Christian Hosker had an excellent run and finished in a good position.

I think OAC would have won the team prize but there wasn’t one!


Saturday 24th October – Pudsey Pain Barrier

Robin Outtersides reports: Here is a picture of me winning the Pudsey Pain Barrier, Wave 2 last weekend. Dressed as a nun.
Robin Nun


Saturday 24 October – Great Whernside Fell Race

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

A classic fell race to the summit and back, (4miles/1500ft), almost 2 races in one where the strong climbers have the advantage in the race to the top, but the demon¬†descenders often make up lots of ground on the return. ¬†Friday’s weather forecast of lots of rain & wind fortunately proved to be inaccurate as we were blessed with pretty good conditions. ¬†After the initial steep climb I was feeling a little lethargic, but did come round towards the end of the climb and the aim on the descent was to try and minimise the number who passed me, which I managed to keep to 3. ¬†An advantage¬†about the ‘out & back‘ nature of this type of race is the fact you get to see the leaders on their return journey¬†as you’re still struggling up & those behind on your descent, so it was good to see Caron on my way back.

Ted Mason, Wharfedale H. was first in 31:11 ,  first lady, with a new record of 33:50 was this years English Fell running champ. Victoria Wilkinson, Bingley H.  I finished 14th, 36:06. Caron 116th, 52:39.  (136 finishers, 1 dnf).  Full results.

Definitely a race to be recommended if you want to try a fell race, one small technical rocky bit, a bit of bog but not too much & no navigation issue being up & down!  Lots of good photos here.


Saturday 24th October – Park Runs

Bradford:  1st Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders, 17:24,  1st Lady Eleanor Robinson, Keighley & Craven 19:38, 40th Simon Anderson 21:51,  201st Reid Haddow 28:24.

Brueton:  1st Dan Clarke, Coventry Godiva H.. 16:35,  1st Lady Sarah Wheeler, Stratford-upon-Avon AC 18:26,  50th Richard Clarke 21:04.

Fountains Abbey: 1st Andrew Stenson, RAF Cosford RC 17:21,  1st Lady Rachel Bourne, Hyde Park H. 20:45,  29th Howard Jeffrey 21:11,  55th Michael Jeffrey 23:09,  92nd Jackie Ackroyd 24:44.

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Sunday 18th October – Palma de Mallorca Marathon

Tom Hannah, Malcolm Court and Richard Hamer headed abroad to take part in the Palma de Mallorca Marathon, which is actually a running festival with a marathon, half-marathon and 10k.

Tom ran the half in 2:04:58 (chip time, gun 2:08:15), Malcolm the 10 in¬†54:49 (57:45) and Richard needn’t have bothered. Oh go on then, he crawled¬†across the finish line in 59:06 (1:02:03).

Richard said: “I was hoping for a sub-50 and was doing okay until about halfway, although the sub-50 was looking a bit doubtful at that point, but then the heat got the better of me and I fried. Even though the race started at 9:20m it was already baking hot and there was no shade for the 10k.

“Lots of walking and wobbling for the return leg and the line of ambulances I’d seen earlier near the HQ all made sense. Thankfully I didn’t end up in one; a long sit down in the shade plus lots of water, Powerade (yuk), a doughnut, a banana and a beer put the smile back on my face.

“A great weekend away, and¬†a brilliant event which has about 9,000 runners (including some Nordic walkers and the usual hilarious person in a mankini) taking¬†part mostly from Spain (obviously), Sweden, Germany and the UK. Not as good as the Otley 10 though.”


Sunday 18th October: Green Drive 5 miles. Lytham St Annes

Report from Mark Hall:

I headed west to do the above event, it was a long drive for a 5mile race but it turned out to be worth the journey.
There are not too many fast 5 mile events around. Terry Lonegan suggested the above event and it really is a PB circuit, flat with a railway bridge the only obstacle. I ran the first 2 miles with someone then struggled alone, I was happy to have set a UK best [V55] by 2 seconds.

Mark was 11th and 1st V55 in a time of 28.20 (UK best V55) out of 300 starters.The race was won by karl Billington (Blackburn Harriers) in 25.18.


Sunday 18th October – West Yorkshire XC League – Wakefield

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

A very dry Thornes Park in Wakefield hosted the first race of the season. ¬†Jenson Brogden & Holly Davey were first off for Otley in the under 13’s races running well to finish 46th, 12:24 and 25th, 12:52 respectively for their 2 short laps and 2900m courses.

The ladies course was 1 short and 2 long laps each with a couple of climbs, one steepish descent and a distance of approx. 5750m.  It was a fast race up front with the track stars, Racheal, Alex Bell, P&B & Claire Duck, Leeds pushing it along.  Caron lead the Otley team on the first lap before Sara passed her on the second lap.  Jackie and Lisa were also having a bit of a personal battle on the first lap.  The close race up front was won by Alex Bell by 5 seconds in 20:40.  Sara Elliott finished strongly for 57th, 27:14 followed by Caron Ralph 65th, 27:58, Jackie Ackroyd 88th, 30:47 and Lisa Maughan 92nd, 32:12, and it was great to finish a team in 13th position.

The final race of the day was the men’s race, approx. 10k of ¬†1 short and 4 long laps, I was pleased to finish 26th, 36:18, ¬†Steve Robinson was next for Otley in 129th 44:46 followed by Stephen Small 148th 48:40, ¬†Eriks Zvaigzne 157th 51:08. ¬†Just one week after the Yorkshire marathon…, Matt Podd was 166th, 54:53. ¬†Sean O’Halloran was our 6th counter in the team race finishing 170th, 1:06:04, followed by Antonio Cardinale, 171st 1:09:03 and we finished 14th in the team race. ¬†Guest runner from Blackheath, (& Leeds Uni), Philip Sesemann¬†was the first across the finish line¬†in 32:34, ahead of Leeds City’s Joshua Woodcock-Shaw¬†33:02 the official 1st placer.

The next race at Huddersfield in two weeks time, hopefully we’ll finish teams in both senior races in that and all of the remaining races. ¬†Mud is good, but not much yesterday!, well done everyone, Full results.