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Saturday 7th November: Burley Moor Run

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Report from Matt P:

Quite a few members ran this good local race on a very wet Saturday morning. Conditions were either sub optimal or to be revelled in depending on your outlook to mud – the hill off the moor was a little tricky. There was a good sized field for this with Tom Adams leading us home, Jemima Elgood 1st lady. I think we finished in approximately this order, Liam, Sam, Steve B, Laura C, Steve R, President, Eriks, Liz. Fairly sure I sure I saw Rogan as well. Jack and Kath cheered us on. Sorry if I’ve missed anyone. Here are the results in Excel format.
Took me a long time to clean the bath after!

And the results are in: Liam Dunne was 4th (47:18.01),  Sam Stell 7th (50:05.08), Jeremy Stewart 9th (50:53.5), Rogan Ashton 31st (55:30.01), Steven Robinson 33rd (55:39.01), Laura Clark 43rd (58:03.02), Matt Podd 98th (1:08:03), Eriks Zvaigzne 105st (1:10:44), Liz Fawcett 117th (1:13:24).

The winner was Tom Adams (Ilkley) setting a new course record of 42:00:03 and the first female in 27th place overall was Jemima Elgood (Ilkey) in 54:17.01.


Saturday 7th November: Park runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Richard ALLEN Bracknell AC 00:16:04
12 12 Graham Lake Otley AC 00:18:36
21 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:20
73 68 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:22:07
162 34 Gilly Wight Otley AC 00:26:13
205 54 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:27:56
207 152 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:57


Braunstone parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Mark POWELL Leicester Coritanian AC 00:16:25
18 1 Vicky BADDICK (CALLAWAY) Charnwood AC 00:19:40
55 53 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:22:17


Bradford parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 David STONEMAN Skyrac AC 00:18:00
14 1 Samantha HARRIS Valley Striders AC 00:21:00
78 71 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:25:18
81 74 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:25:22


Brueton parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Andrew KAAR Coventry Godiva Harriers 00:17:24
32 32 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:22:03
41 1 Caroline ROBERTSON Unattached 00:22:40


Riddlesdown parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Thomas MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:19:41
7 1 Nicola ARCHER Unattached 00:21:46


Fountains Abbey parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Toby OSMAN Ripon Runners 00:16:59
12 12 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:19:25
22 1 Chloe DALTON Ripon Runners 00:20:19



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Swinsty Hall – A ghost story for Halloween

A ghost story about Swinsty Hall – beware those of you running past on the Ken Dixon in December!
Interesting that the ghost in question is called Robinson – any relation to Phil?!

Phile writes: I believe the Hall was owned by a series of Robinsons from the 16th century, sadly no relation, but the place was occupied by an acquaintance of mine some years ago.

In the 1960s an advert appeared in the Yorks Post offering Swinsty Hall for rent to a suitable tenant. Several hundred people applied and the one chosen was a professional musician – A.C. He did concerts and recitals on radio three and also ran an amateur choir in Leeds in which my first wife was a soprano.

Alan invited us to dinner at Swinsty Hall about 1970. At that time electricity came from a diesel generator, water was piped in from a spring on the hillside behind the house, and drainage went into a septic tank. The upper floors were open-plan, amounting to three huge rooms. A.C. was a delightful chap with a rich speaking voice and a plummy Brian Sewell-type accent.

When we teased him about living in such grand surroundings he said: “Well, it’s only a three-bedroomed council house you know”… not quite true – it was owned by Yorkshire Water. I notice it’s now up for sale again with some recent improvements – all you need is £3.25 million.

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Sunday 1st November – Derwentwater 10

Sunday morning mist cleared as I drove north and by 11am Keswick visitors were strolling around in shirtsleeves soaking up the autumn sun. Fluffy bonnets of cloud sitting on Skiddaw, Blencathra and Helvellyn burnt off during the race leaving a perfectly clear and colourful landscape with temperatures around 18-19C.  Hanging out by the Moot Hall before the start reminded me how attractive the centre of Keswick is, with its old pubs and cafes, especially in sunshine.

The race has been going for many years, but our starter remarked that this year’s field was the largest yet. The current course has been modified to allow a traffic-free finish on the Portinscale side of the river Derwent. This involved adding an extra loop around Swinside and Stair to maintain the distance – not sure if it’s hillier than the old course, or whether it just seemed so. Unlike on previous visits here, this time I was the only Otley runner, but there were a few vaguely familiar West Yorkshire faces in the pack. Another great event to be recommended.

Results: 1 – Russ Best (New Marske) 51.53, 2 – Chris Steele (Border) 52.30, 3 – James Appleton  (Keswick) 53.39, 268 – Phil Robinson 84.46; 435 finishers.


Sunday 1st November – Guy Fawkes 10

In the week before this popular local race Otley AC members who had entered were dropping like flies with seasonal colds and the odd injury. Seven of us still managed to make it including Scott who decided to take advantage of the offer of a spare place.

Setting off from Otley in the thick fog I’d decided to layer up with a long sleeve top under my club vest and long tights over my knee length socks, something I really regretted later on as the sun came out at Ripley Castle and it was an unusually warm race day. It was great to see Jane Butler making a comeback after a long time off with various injuries, she was taking it steady and testing out how she felt yet. I think it’s safe to say it went well and she managed to run the whole way round which is not an easy task.

The route was slightly different from previous years and I was dreading the fact that the aptly named Birstwith Beast was even longer this year but I was up for the challenge and looking forward to testing if the hill sessions I’ve been doing with Liam have made a difference. Joanna, Laura and myself had talked about staying together and helping each other round in a bid to get under 1:39 and get a course PB. However, Laura was having an unusual off day so we separated just before the Beast and Joanna was off like a rocket, I kept trying to catch up but never got near enough to be in a position to consider getting past her. Whatever she is on at the mo I need some!

The hills were still as tough as ever but I did manage to run / walk them and they felt easier than previous years, also they weren’t quite as daunting so psychologically the hill sessions had really helped. For the last couple of miles I was running with another 5 ladies from various clubs and we kept taking it in turns being in the lead, I was determined to get past them at the end and a Wetherby lady obviously felt the same as we had a really good battle up the final hill into the court yard. Unfortunately, she won but I managed to beat the rest, I just imagined Liam stood at the top of the hill on a training night encouraging me to keep going and I managed to sprint my hardest to the top, thanks Liam (and no I didn’t stop till I went over the line).

Scott finished 4th which is a great result after time off with an injury and after giving blood on Tuesday, Laura had also struggled due to giving blood so we have decided that although giving blood is an amazing thing to do it’s best to avoid doing it the week you are racing!

Results as follows, Scott Harrington 4th 59:21, Howard Jeffrey 5th M60 1:17:30, Andrew Rayner 1:33:42, Joanna Hobson 1:38:46, Jane Butler 1:39:33, Hannah Lupton 1:40:18, Laura Hind 1:45:48

Oh and I don’t know about anyone else but I preferred the new route, even the longer Birstwith Beast. Same again next year everyone?