Archive for October, 2015

Saturday 17th October: Helwith Bridge Duathlon

Report from Graham Lake:

I thought I’d have another go at this following last year’s windy event. If you’re not familiar with duathlons, basically they are two running races (in this case about 4 miles each) with a nice bike ride in between where you can relax, eat, drink and look at the beautiful scenery. Unfortunately in this case, no one told all the other competitors; they all thought that was part of the race! Sheesh!

Myself and Rogan lined up with 85 other competitors (some doing a relay) for the first run, which is ‘undulating’ (being the Yorkshire Dales). Last year I’d blown up on the second run, so planned to take it easier on the first leg. The ‘effort’ was more like a fast training run than a normal race, which meant I finished fairly fresh in 25.39, half a minute slower than last year and about 11th place with Rogan a few seconds back.

Now on to the pootle on the bike. Last year had been horrifically windy, but this year was bit kinder. However, I soon got that sinking feeling as bike after bike (including Rogan) stormed past me and my lovely new bike (it’s not all about the bike, Lance was right about something!). Although never at full throttle breathing-wise, my legs just don’t have that cycling strength, so it was back to damage limitation. The run past White Scar caves was far more fun than last year, with a tail wind, so averaging 25 miles an hour. The rest was a chore, as more and more speed demons, some on full-on time trial bikes came past, probably 20 or so? The purgatory finished after 1 hour 19.44, a couple of minutes quicker than last year (was expecting much quicker).

The second run was much better, my legs felt great, especially compared to everyone else doing a sort of goose-step up the road. So passing folk all the way was a mental boost, and I finished that run in 27.44 (3 mins up on last year).

Overall I finished exactly 2 minutes quicker, and one place higher than last year in 2.15.41 and 24th place. Rogan was two places higher after having a tough final run, in 2.14.03.

The winner was Jonathan Ferguson in 1.56.24. First lady, Donna Edmondson-Booker in 2.09.32

Results here:

In the photo you can just about see me and Rogan, but more importantly my new Otley AC cycling top. If anyone wants one, Terry at Complete Runner can sort you out for a very reasonable fee.



Saturday 17th October – British Fell Relays – Pendle Hill

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

As Pendle is an isolated hill that dominates the local area, there’s plenty of route choices for a four leg relay.  The village of Barley was used as the base for the relay, the first leg starting at the northern end of the village, all of the others in a field just behind the village hall.

Another enjoyable relay day was had by all, thanks to Clayton le Moors Harriers for hosting a fantastic day, and congratulations went to Calder Valley Fell Runners winning a close contest on the final leg, comprehensive results on sportident here.

The Team plus 1, name that man...

The Team plus 1, name that man…

Steve Robinson set Otley off on the first leg,  (7k, 450m ascent). This went up to the summit plateau twice from the northern and eastern sides, finishing with a fast downhill, across a few farm fields the changeover point, Steve ran well to finishing 86th , 46:19.  Rob Hope, Pudsey & Bramley lead the way with a time of 35:25, Sarah McCormack, Ambleside, 40:00 was the fastest lady.

I set off with Sam Stell on the second leg, (15k, 630m), passing teams from the off.  Our route went across the southern end of the hill,  down a steep descent, over a stream, up a steep climb to a memorial cairn for 2 of the host club’s runners who died on the Kentmere Horseshoe & Mont Blanc.  The next checkpoint was back down to the same stream, higher up a valley. This was followed by a long stretch across energy sapping tussocks, before a good path next to another stream valley called Ogden Clough.  We then ran up to the summit cairn and followed the same descent as the first leg back to the change-over point, contining to pass teams most of the way moving the team up to 50th with a time of 1:16:53 (32nd fastest on the leg).  Keswick recorded the fastest time 1:04:33, fastest ladies, Mercia 1:19:28.

Shane Ewen & Jez Stewart took the baton on the third leg, a navigational leg where the race map with checkpoints is withheld until they registered at their start.  The checkpoints being placed specifically to give maximum route choice. Direct & rough terrain or longer but faster, contouring or straight up a steep climb etc.. Shane & Jez navigated well across all the checkpoints, where a mistake can lose several minutes very easily.  They finished 49th fastest on the leg with a time of 1:19:08.  Orienteering internationals (1 a former world junior champ.) from Ochill Hill Runners recorded a time of 58:31, a time 5 & a half minutes quicker than the 2nd fastest!.  Fastest ladies were Ambleside 1:19:40, running much of the leg with Shane & Jez.

Tom Lynch was on the glory leg, (8k/400m), up the lower part of the Ogden Clough valley featured on the 2nd leg, before turning up Boar Clough, past the summit cairn, continuing on to Northern part on the summit plateau.  From there on his route pretty much followed the same route as the first leg back to the finish. Tom ran well finishing 73rd fastest on the leg in 52:17 leaving us finishing in 54th out of the 147 starters.  Ilkley’s Tom Adams was the fastest 39:20 & Victoria Wilkinson fastest lady in 43:37.


Saturday 17th October: Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Matthew AKPAN Unattached 00:17:05
11 1 Laura Emily DRANSFIELD Roundhay Runners 00:18:44
81 10 Nicola Lee Otley AC 00:22:02
252 72 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:28:05
253 181 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:06


Roundhay parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Elliot COLE Leeds City AC 00:17:40
10 1 Del JAMES Morpeth Harriers & AC 00:19:52
68 61 Michael Jeffrey Otley AC 00:24:03


Fountains Abbey parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Mike APPLETON Ripon Runners 00:17:27
20 1 Janet HOLMES Les Croupiers RC 00:20:10
69 60 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:23:45



Woodentops Quarry Run

On Sunday the 11th of October  Jenson Brogden, Aston Brogden and Lucia Stoney took part in the Woodentops Junior Quarry Runs.

See results here-

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Sunday 11th October – Yorkshire Marathon

Frank Beresford reports:

The Yorkshire marathon has been my key race for the autumn and I have spent nearly all of summer preparing for the event. Training went really well up until August where I pretty much lost 3 weeks of training due to tonsillitis, which knocked quite a lot out of me both physically and mentally. But such is life and as soon as I could, I got back to training. As always I enjoyed training for the marathon, running with many fellow runners in the local area, even a brutal long run with the experienced Ian Fisher. Again for this Marathon I was under the guidance of Peter Shields, who put a lot of time and effort into training me, I am very grateful to have such expertise to advise and coach me.

I arrived at the Marathon fresh and excited at the prospect of my second marathon. I felt good and through my own fault went off really too fast and did a 5.10 minute mile in the first mile, I slowed it down after I realised and felt OK, but paid the price later on in the race. As did London, the whole marathon was a bit of a blur but I did enjoy running through the surrounding area of York and practically past York minster. I ran almost the entire race with Jonathon Walton a good runner from Leeds city and we both worked together throughout the race to bring the best out in both of us. I experienced some stomach pain during the race and had to go for a less than pleasant toilet break twice in the race, which meant I had to catch up every time. It is a problem that I need to solve as the issue affects me greatly even on training runs. Even with these stomach problems I felt good and relaxed. I really enjoyed the race with great support from so many people. I even saw Scott, Zack and Rachel 3 times on the race (not sure how they managed to do this!). Zack shouted at me to run for the money which made me laugh but encouraged me to put in a good burst of pace. Things went slightly wrong at mile 24 where my legs refused to move and I really had to turn off my pain sensors and dig deep. I had no choice but to slow down and hang on to 5th place in 2 hours and 35 minutes, with Andy May another quality runner and good friend nearly pipping me at the end. Unfortunately I did not get a PB but I finished with a grin and really enjoyed the entire experience.

For me the journey of a marathon is superb. The training and the race itself are such a challenge both mentally and physically, Yorkshire marathon has wetted my appetite to continue my conquest of achieving the best time possible that my body is capable of. I have learnt a lot from this marathon phase even more so than London. There are many more marathons to come from me!

I would like to thank all those who have supported me through my Marathon training particularly my coach Peter Shields and my fiancée Sabba, who has paced me on the bike more times than I can remember and helped keep my confidence up when things haven’t gone to plan!

I will now be focusing on shorter races (Abbey Dash and Stockport 10) and cross country over the coming months to get some much needed speed into my legs before I attack London Marathon again next April. The marathon journey continues……..




Sunday 11th October – Richmond Castle 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey: I entered this race thinking it was er, the Ripley Castle 10k… I don’t know either! Brother Mick now thankfully recovering said he was doing it and it then occurred to me that I had in fact entered this one. I checked receipts for entry and sure enough it was Richmond here we come.

We picked up the numbers in the market hall … are you twins the nice Lady asked? Yes said Mick quickly, thanks… I was like yeh whatever! We started the race by the river which was well organised by predicted times, ran a few hundred yards on the grass and then worked our way up to the road. I well remember the first hill from the days when I was able to do the Harrogate league races. Up it went quite steeply; a stretch of down and then on upwards to 3K and beyond. Quite a nice set of descents to 7K then a short sharp uphill to 8K to sap your remaining strength. Back down to 9K then a tough last K up to finish in the castle. It felt like we had been in a hard race that was won by Tristan Learoyd of New Marsk Harriers in 34.37, first lady Louise Talman of Darlington Harriers & AC,44th place in 43.01.

I was 69th in 45.40 2nd o/60 (way off the pace which was 40.03). Mick was aiming for a sub 50.00 and was pleased enough with 50.52 given the course, in 158th out of 374 finishers. Results


Saturday 10th October – Calverley Handicap

Report from substitute handicapper John Dade: A small number made it to Calverley on a beautiful still morning.

First home, and 15 points went to Ursula. Colin, having already marked half the course, ran with his dog Monty.

A nice run was had by all. John Dade, who was deputising for Andrew, did the timing.

Despite an initial panic, thinking he hadn’t recorded the times correctly, the accurate results were retrieved in the pub.

Time Handicap Net time Points
Ursula McGouran 50.58 11.00 39.58 15
Tom Hannah 51.45 10.00 41.45 14
Eriks Zvaigzne 52.33 14.00 38.33 13
Christian Hosker 52.54 18.00 34.54 12
Lisa Maughan 53.02 10.00 43.02 11
Chris Tomlinson 53.16 16.00 37.16 10
Phil Robinson 53.22 12.00 41.22 9
Dominic Egan 54.13 14.00 40.13 8
Monty (Colin’s dog) 54.19 10.00 44.19
Colin Best 54.20 10.00 44.20 7
Gemma Harrington 54.44 8.00 46.44 6
Andy Webster 55.08 18.00 37.08 5
Antonio Cardinale 55.34 55.34 4



Saturday 10th October – Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race

Report from Tom Lynch: The Langdale Horseshoe is a classic Lakeland fell race, a 13 mile/21 km horseshoe route taking in the peaks of Pavey Ark, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and the Pike O’Blisco via some tough muddy and rocky terrain and 4700 feet/1450 m of climbing. The race is a popular AL fell race that attracts 300 – 400 hundred runners, and apparently will be a championship counter next year.


I’d entered on a whim a couple of months ago and Steve Robinson joined at the last minute before entries closed, the race offered us both the opportunity to get in another qualifying race for the Three Peaks Race next year which we are both targeting. I managed to get in a recce of part of the course, but was quite concerned about route finding in the fog, in the end we were really lucky, with almost perfect weather for the race.


We had both decided it was more important to get round and have a good day out rather than really push ourselves in this race, as it was the furthest either of us had raced in the big Lakeland fells, and we generally weren’t particularly prepared for it. With that we started near the back of the bunch and were content to sit back in the mad scramble the makes up the start of this race as you leave the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub and traverse along to the climb up to Pavey Ark. The climb up to Stickle Tarn just below Pavey Ark is mostly a walking procession of a long line of runners with the only opportunity for overtaking a strenuous diversion off the path, or elbowing your way up the pecking order. The race then progresses to Thunacar Knott and across the bogs of Martcrag Moor, and then climbs up to Angle Tarn and on to Esk Hause, this is followed by a boggy treacherous traverse up through Ore Gap to make the climb to Bowfell, it was tough going all the way particularly on the ankles, and it felt like slow going with lots of walking involved.


Steve and I were together up to the top of Bowfell after which I pulled away a bit on the descent off Bowfell. The racing line then skirts most of Crinkle Crags, with a climb up to Long Top, and the exciting climb down Bad Step. After this a long descent down to the foot of Pike O’Blisco follows, which seems like it should be a nice fast section, but was somehow tough to really get going on. With the final ascent of the Pike to go I felt a bit on the limit and it was a very slow climb for me, although I only lost one or two places. I had looked forward to the final descent off the Pike, but when it came to it all I could do was hobble down and just about to hang on to some of those around me, losing a handful of places on the way. A quick dip in the beck at the finish was very welcome, not least to clean off most of the bog mud before I headed to the Sticklebarn Tavern for a couple of pints.


The winner of the race was Sam Tosh in 2:11:57 (a long way from the seemingly untouchable incredible record of 1:55:03 that has stood for nearly 40 years!), 1stwoman was Jasmin Paris in 2:26:37, I came in 224th in a time of 3:18:25 and Steve Robinson came in 270th in 3:26:04. Provisional results at


Saturday 10th October – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Phil LIVERMORE Abbey Runners Leeds 00:17:03
20 1 Hannah CORNE Valley Striders AC 00:19:05
75 66 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:21:25


Bradford parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Taylor WADDELL Eccleshill Road Runners 00:18:36
8 1 Sarah PICKERING Ilkley Harriers AC 00:20:05
58 57 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:23:33


Harrogate parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Jack BRENNAN Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:11
35 1 Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE Unattached 00:21:15
309 95 Gloria Jackson Otley AC 00:33:14


Roundhay parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Shaun DIMELOW Penistone Footpath Runners AC 00:17:31
12 1 Laura Emily DRANSFIELD Roundhay Runners 00:20:06
34 29 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:22:25
179 63 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:31:18


Fountains Abbey parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Mike APPLETON Ripon Runners 00:17:45
16 16 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:19:37
28 1 Rosalyn MOORE Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:20:40

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Runner of the Month for September

Phil Robinson and Ann Yeadon were given the award for last month.  Ann for her run at the Vale of York Half, Phil for Wetherby 10k, Stainland Lions Trail Race & Sutton 10k.  Well done both.