Archive for November, 2015

Temple Newsam Peco XC 21st of November.

Jenson Brogden, Aston Brogden, Holly Davey and Kieran Green all ran the first race of the PECO XC League on Sunday at Temple Newsam. Aston ran the mile course and Jenson, Holly and Kieran ran the 2 mile. Both courses were really muddy but they all ran well and enjoyed a well earned hot chocolate in the cafe afterwards!

See results below.

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Junior Abbey Dash 15th of November 2015

Jenson Brogden, Aston Brogden and Holly Davey braved the wet weather to take part in the 2015 Junior Abbey Dash or should I say the ABBEY SPLASH! Not put off by the awful weather the Otley Juniors gave it their all in this 2k road race.  Jenson who was running this race for the 4th year was home first and continued his theme of beating the previous years time and even went under 7 minutes. Holly was next home and took the 3rd girl spot and again ran faster than previous years. Aston was very excited to be taking part in his first Abbey Dash and came home in a really strong time. Well done again to the Otley Trio.

Results Below-

Jenson Brogden  12th in 6.47

Holly Davey  18th in 7.02 (3rd girl)

Aston Brogden 38th in 7.57

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Sunday 29th November: Barnsley 10k

Report from Howard:

For the last couple of weeks I have not run to let the hamstring that tightened at the Abbey Dash loosen up. I went to the Roundhay park run on Saturday and felt ok so I had a look what was going on the following day. Barnsley 10k which I am sure was described a fast flat pb course. Not sure if they have recently moved the venue but it was around Royston a few miles to the North of Barnsley. Entries on the day a whopping £17.00. When I woke up, the wind was howling and the rain was lashing down and it felt pretty chilly. Not for the faint hearted but when you get going and are in the zone the weather becomes irrelevant. I registered and warmed up a bit and the rain had eased off but the wind was still gusting. I noted Andy Webster was braving it in shorts and a vest; I had leggings long sleeves and gloves! We were chatting away at the start and missed the gun. It took a good few seconds to leave the squidgy grass and get onto the road which was closed for the event on one side at least. The route was quite congested and Andy went off from about 400 yards in. At mile one there was quite a long hill (surely some mistake?) but we had a tail wind so it was not too bad. Nice stretch of down and I could see Andy in the distance. I had warmed through by mile three and there was another big hill (What?) got to the top of that and on the descent the other side overtook Andy and we turned back into a stiff headwind. About mile five the road started to ramp up again and there seemed to be an endless uphill drag to the top. All in all quite a tester of a course but a pretty good race and well organised. The race was won by Jake Wightman Edinburgh AC. In 32.18, Mark Hall had another storming run in 36.35 to come in 9th. First lady was Rebecca Winter of Acworth 47th place in 39.45. I came home in 184th place in 46.14 and Andy not far behind in 47.17 224th (he did the handicap on Saturday too). 736 hardy souls finished All chip times and results courtesy of Power of 10.


Saturday 28th November – Weeton Handicap

After checking out the forecast last night the using flour markings were replaced with tape.  The rain and wind arrived a couple of hours late so other than being a little cold,  the conditions were pretty good for the penultimate handicap race of the year.  Carol took her first handicap win in nearly five years, holding off Ged Peacock by 12 seconds.  A good morning’s exercise for Carol, cycling to the start, winning the handicap & cycling back home.

Tom Lynch set off last and moved through to 6th setting the fastest time of the day, he also moved to the top of handicap table on 135.5 points, ahead of Chris Tomlinson 127 and Dominic 125. See the full 2015 handicap table here.

The final race of the year is the traditional christmas handicap the 27th ‘Ken Dixon‘, on Sunday 20th December, will Tom manage to hang on to his lead to take the 2015 Eric Smith Trophy?

Thanks to Tom Hannah and Pete McGouran for marshaling at the start of the Gallowgate Lane loop.

If you’re wondering how Steve finished 10th, but only got 1 point,  it was agreed that as he was in the middle of a long run he could set off a few minutes ahead of schedule and get a point.

Pos Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Carol Armitstead 49:28 05:00 44:28 16
2 Ged Peacock 49:40 08:00 41:40 15
3 David Cattanach 50:05 05:00 45:05 14
4 Louise Penny 50:46 03:00 47:46 13
5 Antonio Cardinale 51:10 00:00 51:10 12
6 Gemma Harrington 51:30 08:00 43:30 11
7 Tom Lynch 52:52 21:30 31:22 10
8 Billy Rayner 53:10 11:00 42:10 9
9 Christian Hosker 53:12 18:00 35:12 8
10 Steven Robinson 53:33 17:00 36:33 1
11 Andy Webster 54:27 17:00 37:27 7
12 Richard Hamer 54:32 13:00 41:32 6
13 Ursula McGouran 54:39 15:00 39:39 5
14 Dominic Egan 55:09 15:00 40:09 4
15 Ian Broadbent 55:29 17:00 38:29 3
16 Damian Hosker 55:53 18:00 37:53 Guest
17 Hugh Pearson 58:31 17:00 41:31 2


Saturday 28th November: Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 John TAYLEUR Herne Hill Harriers 00:16:29
48 1 Shamiso SISIMAYI Kirkstall Harriers 00:20:52
165 34 Gilly Wight Otley AC 00:25:10
190 146 Sean O’HALLORAN Otley AC 00:26:43


Roundhay parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Ben DOUGLAS Durham University AC 00:17:09
23 1 Laura Emily DRANSFIELD Roundhay Runners 00:20:44
73 66 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:23:51


Fountains Abbey parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Ben PEASE Unattached 00:17:16
13 13 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:19:30
23 1 Julie PATMORE Unattached 00:20:59



Sunday 22nd November – Peco XC Race 1

Report from Sean O’Halloran: Over the summer I decided to commit fully to the winter cross country season in an attempt to build up my strength and stamina and put myself in a strong position for 2016. I signed up to do the West Yorkshire XC with Otley, however the other major winter XC series is the PECO League which is unfortunately not supported by the club. I could have run the PECO races as a guest but I took this opportunity to second claim Kirkstall Harriers and became one of their 85 member team (pre-registration).

The first race in this year’s series was entirely within the grounds of Temple Newsam Country Park. It was a multi-terrain undulating course, with a mixture of trail, grassy sections and woodland paths. There were some steep ascents and descents with some fast flat sections thrown in for good measure. This was more like a trail race than a XC race and not dissimilar to running round Danefied and the Chevin. It was nice to see another Otley face on the start line, Pange (Angela Srivastava) had decided to run the race as a guest runner.

First off were the junior races, Otley was represented by Aston Brogden in the junior one mile race finishing  26th (19th in category) in 08:56. In the two mile race Jenson Brogden finished 17th (10th in category) in 13:14, Holly Davey finishing 36th (9th in category) in 14:34 and Kieran Green finishing 52nd (27th in category) in 16:58.

For the senior races both the men and ladies had the same 4.6 mile course. The men’s race started at 1100 and this was followed by the ladies start 10 minutes later, my target was complete the race without being caught by the ladies, If I was to be caught (unlikely not to be) try and limit the number passing (only 30 did). With the recent West Yorkshire XC races and a good training schedule at present I felt good and strong on the start line. I took up my usual starting position at the back with some familiar faces from other clubs.

The race got underway and to my surprise I started to pass people within the first mile, I did have a word with myself about not over doing it and going off too fast but I felt good.  The miles past and I remained strong, especially on the hills, and gained the odd position where possible as people tired (The Tuesday hill sessions are paying off). The final section was back around bottom lawn and up an incline towards the house, this was very heavy going and a real sting in the tail. With tired legs I gave it one last push as I tried to catch the two blokes in front,  but must have heard me coming and the gap remained the same. I crossed the finish line with burning legs and lungs and I knew I had given my all and was satisfied I had run as hard as I could on the day. Following the race there was soup and a roll for all competitors (part of the entry fee).

The winner was Tom Adams (Ilkley Harriers) in 0:25:12. The ladies winner was Bethany Gatland (Leeds University CCC) in 0:30:35.

Sean O’Halloran finished in 431st in 0:45:14 and Angela Srivastava finished in 173rd in 0:43:18.

Full results can be found here


Saturday 21st November – Harriers v Cyclists

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:


Bob Baker (Bob & Don are regular supporters of the H vs C )

A good turnout of Black & White vests at this unusual race for both runners and cyclists, roughly split 75% to 25% between runners and cyclists.  It starts in fields next to the Leeds Liverpool canal near the Fishermans Inn, crossing Shipley Glen and up to the summit cairn of Baildon moor.  Once on the top there’s a short loop before you retrace your tracks back to the canal.


Don Buffham (both photos courtesy Woodentops)

The popularity of the event delayed the start a little, but this didn’t stop a mad sprint up the steep climb straight off the start line, an old work horse isn’t exactly designed for such things!  Unsurprisingly those fast starters were soon flagging in the next couple of muddy fields, but not Liam who was surging ahead into the distance.  I passed a couple of runners & Andy Peace, 2nd cyclist on the climb off Shipley Glen to the summit, spurred on by the lots of support on the road crossing half way up.  After that I had a relatively uneventful race, finishing just behind Andy Peace who’d overtaken on the fast cycling section before the return crossing of the Glen.

The slippy conditions were very much in favour of the runners this year as only 2 cyclists finished in the top 20, where as last year it was 4 in the first 6.  Tom Adams continued his winning ways, recording a course record of 34:35, first cyclist was Ian Taylor,  in 10th 39:13,  Annabel Mason, Wakefield was first lady, 45:47, Nina Benson, Ilkley C. 58:08 1st cyclist .  Liam had a fantastic run to finish 11th, 39:47,  I was 20th, 41:00, followed shortly after by Sam Stell, 26th, 41:37,  Rogan Ashton 46th 44:13,  Steve Robinson 95th 48:01, Christian Hosker 168th 53:51,  Neil Reed 191st 55:51,  Bob Baker 224th 59:43,  Don Buffham 271st 1:10:24 and Antonio Cardinale 277th 1:24:52.

Full Results.  Lots of photos on Woodentops here and SportSunday here and a YouTube video shortly here.


Saturday 21st November – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Philip SEWELL Unattached 00:17:16
30 1 Jennifer DOYLE Unattached 00:20:24
200 58 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:29:05
202 143 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:29:06


Bradford parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Graham CORBETT Saltaire Striders 00:18:25
36 1 Anna SMITH Baildon Runners 00:23:19
41 4 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:52
79 71 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:25:55


Fountains Abbey parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Ben PEASE Unattached 00:17:01
6 1 Millie HOWARD Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:05
31 26 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:22:03
93 18 Gilly Wight Otley AC 00:25:00

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8th November – Harewood Trail Race

Otley AC Juniors braved the wind and rain last Sunday for the Harewood 2 mile trail race.

Jenson Brogden – 6th, 2nd in his age group in 12.37

Holly Davey – 12th, 1st in her age group in 13.41

Jake McBrinn – 14th, 3rd in his age group in 13.48

Aston Brogden – 18th, 1st in his age group in 14.17

Martin McBrinn – 51st, 3rd in his age group in 17.33

Special mention to Charlie Challoner, an aspiring Otley AC Junior who took part in his first race, earned himself a medal and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!!

This race is part of the Leeds Series and awards were given out to Holly Davey, Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden for winning their age category in the 2014-2015 season.  Huge congratulations to these aspiring athletes and thank you for your commitment to the club.




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Runner of the Month – October

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Photos courtesy of Woodentops


Caron at Thornes Park

Tom Lynch and Caron Ralph took the award for last month.  Tom for his efforts at the Langdale Horseshoe, The British Fell Relays and the Wistow 10k.  Caron for the Hodgson Brothers relay, Great Whernside and the first two West Yorks. cross countries at Wakefield and Huddersfield.

Well done both.