Archive for October, 2015

Waitrose Community Matters

Back in September I collected a cheque from Waitrose for £501.00 after we won the Community Matters green token scheme. On Tuesday Jenson and Aston went to say thank you and had a mini photo shoot!image (1)

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Sunday 4th October – Mablethorpe Marathon

Report from Garry Cochrane:

26.2miles of the flattest flat road you can find – south of Grimsby!

If you have never heard of Mablethorpe – not to be confused with the risqué photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, then it isn’t to say your life is incomplete just that there is a tiny bit of room for geographical enlightenment.

Head for Grimsby and turn right and you will eventually find yourself in this little east coast seaside town which is actually rather pleasant and has its own half and full marathon since 2012. After completing the Great Langdale Marathon on 12 September; a largely road marathon set in a massively hilly part of the Lake District, I came across this contrasting marathon after hearing it mentioned by that new running evangelist that is Chris Evans on Radio 2. I signed up and almost instantly experienced some buyer’s remorse.

The day before the marathon I was gripped with the need to view the course and stumbled over to the website where a rather lovely little video showed a lot of smiley people and some blue skies. But it was flat. Oh so flat.

Sunday morning was a 5am rise after 3 hours sleep, I’d like to say I was up because I was indulging in a night of debauchery but the truth is I couldn’t sleep and was just knackered. And as I pulled into Mablethorpe at 8.30am to a low mist and solid cloud cover it all felt a bit grim.

ThGarryCochrane_MablethorpeMarathone 2 lap marathon began with minimal fanfare as around 200 hundred marathons mingled with the halfs for what felt like a fast first lap. I was joined by a centurion named xxx who was doing his 100th marathon, after having raised over £1.5million for various charities. It was his home town and a celebration for him so he trotted round as I was busting a gut. We chatted away about running for a good 10 miles before he stopped for an ice cream – 10 minutes later he shot past, said hello and was off to finish in about 3 hrs (results not up yet).

Me and Subhashis Basu (Bazz) on his 100th marathon in his home town

Picture courtesy of Mablethorpe Marathon fb page.

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Sunday 4th October – Newquay 10k

Report from Ian Broadbent:

I ran the Newquay 10k on Sunday whilst on holiday down at the lizard. It was an undulating course really well marshalled, great facilities and competitive run mainly road but away from the town. I managed a PB, 45:27 123/562 which was a surprise as it wasn’t the easiest course. Races seem to be a bit thin on the ground down this way so a good turn out of 562 runners on a warm but windy day. A lot of inter club rivalry with many clubs turning up in mini buses and coaches such was their numbers. Well worth a look if you are down this way. The race was won in 32:46 by Dan Rodgers of Launceston road runners. Full set of results here.

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Sunday 4th October – Wee Toughie 10k Trail

Report from Colin Best:

Yet anoColinBest_WeeToughie10kther visit to Northumberland this time in the company of Pete and Ursula MUrsulaMcGouran_WeeToughie10kcGougan took us north of the border again.  This was only the second running of this race and had the grand entry of 39. That was 20 more than my last race in this area!  The race started and finished on Coldingham beach and had a total climb of 850ft. After 2mls Ursula was still just behind but managed to pull away on a steep slippery descent. I was having another personal battle with another Colin whom I run with at Berwick Striders.  He kept passing me uphill only for me to overtake downhill and there were plenty of ups and downs not quite Ian Hodgson but made Otley 10 seem flat.  The last mile was along the cliff tops and down reportly 90 steps onto the beach.Decisions, longer route on hard sand or direct to finish on soft sand. Wrongly chose soft sand but did manage to win my personal battle.  1st 2 to finish were under 17 was this trying to tell me something.

1st Nathan Cox 41.45,  6th Jill Mykura 46.26 1st lady,  17th Colin Best 58.47,  22nd Ursula McGouran 61.08.  39 finishers.  Interesting profile below…



Sunday 4th October – Yorkshire Veterans 10k champs. (Cusworth 10k)

Report from Mark Hall:

I travelled to Doncaster for the Cusworth 10k, incorporating the Yorkshire Veterans 10km Championships. In September/October there are 3 Yorkshire Championships, track, half and 10k and they are on consecutive weekends, so not easy to race well in all of them.

The Cusworth 10km is run on an undulating course with a tough hill in the final half mile. I finished 1st V55 and Yorkshire champion in 35.12. I finished in 7th place in the race.

Winner, Debele. Leeds City. 32.32,  My Time, 35.10, full results here.


Sunday 4th October- Bramham 10k

Report from Hannah Lupton:

Bramham 10k is a favourite of mine as I like the undulating trail course in gorgeous settings however I’d been unsure about entering this year due to issues at home, i.e. Gavs accident. Anyway, Laura and I had been talking about it for weeks and finally decided on over a pint on Fri night that it’d be a nice Sunday morning run.

We set off in the cold mist that seems to have been plaguing Yorkshire all week and by the time we got there the sun was starting to break through so it was set to be good conditions and we stripped of our extra layers of gloves and buffs . As we were lining up to register we were joined by two more Otley AC members, Tom Hannah and Phil Robinson. All of us have done the race before and we were looking forward to a pleasant run round the estate. The event also has a 5k option and is open to walkers as well as runners with all proceeds going to Cancer Research. There is an organised warm up at the beginning, which we missed as we are serious runners and don’t do all that prancing about (as Tom called it). Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 4th October – Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay

Formerly known as the ‘Ian Hodgson‘, this years prize presentation was preceded by a tribute to Ian’s brother Mike who died in August, Mike competed last year in a Hodgson family team that finished 47th.  From this year the relay is now be known as the Hodgson Brothers Relay.


Mr President leg 3 finish

After a couple of late changes to the team,  Caron Ralph and Tamara Weatherhead headed out of the Patterdale playing fields on leg 1, (4.5 miles/1440ft), passing Angle tarn on their way to the village of Hartsop finishing in 62nd and a time 55:27.

Derek Fuller & the Hon. handicapper set out on leg 2, (7.5 miles/2920ft), taking in High Street, Thornthwaite Beacon and Caudale Moor finishing by dropping down to the top of Kirkstone Pass.  Derek unfortunately twisted his knee a mile or so from the change over, and it got more painful with each downhill step but manfully held out to the end, passing the baton, (dibber), to Matt Podd and Laura Martin on Leg 3, finishing the leg as 52nd team, leg time 1:24:34. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 4th October – Iron Runner 10k

Report from Richard Smith:

After being plagued by injury since April, it was mixed emotions today knowing it would be a ‘final hurrah’ in an Otley vest, having moved
down to Worcester. I’ve recently started training with Worcester AC over the last 2 weeks and have been recruited into training for the Eynsham 10K, near Oxford at the end of November.

As a means of getting back into competitive running, I decided to enter the inaugural ‘Iron Runner 10K’ event, set in the Worcestershire countryside on an undulating, hilly route consisting of grass, uneven ploughed farmers fields and various trails/tracks with a few steel gates thrown in. The route had only been finalised in the week gone and it was a low-key event with only about 50 people on the start line, in the middle of nowhere, with not even sheep for company.

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Saturday 3rd October – Saddleworth Edges Fell Race

Report from Liam Dunne:

On Sat I travelled over to Saddleworth, Lancashire for the Saddleworth Edges fell ace. It’s an 8 mile event with 1150ft of climb. With just over 100 runners the race started in a nearby field and the first 100m or so was a steep climb up to a single stile which caused a bit of a bottleneck and a few delays.

As my legs took a few mins to get going I was somewhere in the top 10 after the stile. After a fairly flat section on the road we started the long unrelenting climb to the first of three tag drops.

After this, the course consisted of undulating and fairly technical tracks where nimble feet and full focus was required to stay upright.  I started to make my way through the field on the long climb and managed to get up to 3rd position and right on the heels of runner in front.  With the leader having disappeared into the fog early on, I was in a battle for 2nd and 3rd. We were neck and neck until we reached the fast and steep desent at around mile 6. It was here that the runner from Todmorden got a gap with his speedy descending skills, despite trying to get back at him I couldn’t close the gap and finished 14 seconds behind in 3rd position overall, with a time of 1.04.54

I really enjoyed this course and although it’s a bit of a trek to get to the venue it’s £4 entry fee still makes it fairly appealing.

The clear winner was Brendan Taylor (U/A) 1.01.27 and the first lady home was Ali Keats also unattached in 1.16.00.  Full results can be found on:


Saturday 3rd October – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor

1st Richard Allen, Bracknell AC, 15:57, 1st Lady Carlin Schulz, Unattached, 20:55.  65th  James Kettleborough, 21:16,  277th Alice Webster 27:43,  278 Andy Webster 27:43.

and last week 26th Sept.

1st Matthew AKPAN Unattached 16:57,  1st Lady Shamiso Sisimayi, Kirkstall Harriers 19:47, 59th James Kettleborough 21:07,  71st Andy Webster 21:48.


1st Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners, 17:46,  1st Lady, Samantha Harris Valley Striders AC, 21:05,  83rd Eriks Zvaigzne 23:48.

ditto.. 1st Martin Fillingham, Saltaire Striders 18:31,  1st Lady Lorna Hubbard, Keighley & Craven AC 22:37,  49th Stephen Small 23:31,  56th Eriks Zvaigzne 23:51,  158th Reid Haddow 29:03.


1st Jackson Biwott, Unattached 15:44,  2nd Jamil Parapia 16:11,  1st Lady Racheal Bamford 17:17.


1st Gareth Wainwright, KPMG Running Club 17:12,  1st Lady Susie Clark, Solihull Triathlon Club 19:34,  47th Richard Clarke 21:25.

Fountains Abbey

1st Mike Appleton,  Ripon Runners 18:04,  1st Lady Charlotte Wilton, Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers 21:01,  10th Peter Crowder 19:33,  138rd Nicky Gifford 28:03.

Last week:  1st Reece Dalton Ripon Runners 16:49,  1st Lady Donna Riddler Ripon Runners 19:40,  20th Peter Crowder 19:50.

Also from the 26th September:

Worcester:  1st Ian Wild, Black Pear Joggers 18:09,  1st Lady Annie Lambeth-Mansell, Unattached 20:058,  8th Richard Smith 18:39.

Roundhay: 1st Simon Deakin, Leeds City AC, 16:20,  1st Lady Del James, Morpeth Harriers & AC 19:31,  71st Mick Jeffrey 23:51,  178th Sarah Jones 29:22.

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