Archive for December, 2015
Report from Graham Lake:
The third fell race of the Christmas break for me was back up on the moors above Howarth. No Brownlees this year due to something called the ‘Olympics’ later in the year and not wanting to do anything daft. Speaking of daft, there were lots of folk in fancy dress, plenty of pics here… http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=als
The race was won by Chris Farrell, Horwich RMI in 41.19, narrowly beating Ilkley’s Tom Adams. First lady was Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth in 27th and 49.04.
I really enjoyed the race, especially the descents, and finished in 56th place, 52.13.
Also for Otley were:
Shane Ewen 100 – 56.09
Chris Stacey 204 – 63.09
Andrew Webster 228 – 64.57
Caron Ralph 306 – 70.26
Christine Brunold 334 – 73.20
Full results here – http://www.woodentops.org.uk/assets/results/15ALS%20updated.pdf
We hope you have all had a great Christmas and we wish you all a Happy New Year!
Training starts again on the 4th of January.
Jenson Brogden, Aston Brogden, Kieran Green, Imogen Webster and Alice Webster took part in The Stoop race organised by Dave and Eileen Woodhead. This race is a favourite one for us and amazing value for money at just £1.00! Everyone runs in a Santa hat and is rewarded with a goody bag at the finish. The course today was really muddy and even the most experienced Juniors were sliding down the hill! Our Godsons William and Thomas Pearson who are only 6 joined in today which was great given the fact they have never run before. All the Juniors ran well and Aston Brogden even managed to come 3rd in the U8’s race. Well done guys!
A group of Juniors braved the cold and mud to take part in race 2 of the PECO Cross Country League. The course was like a mud bath so some of the runners even taped their trainers on! All the juniors ran well and the race showed them why off road trainers are a must for some races!
See Results below.
Report from Graham Lake:
The weather was sunny with only a light breeze, so perfect for running, and despite the previous day’s torrential rain the forest tracks had held up well. It’s a 3 lap race which means there’s quite a lot of up and down compared to the race’s length (1329ft in 5.5 miles). I found I could catch up a lot of time and positions on the fast, technical downhill through the woods which finished each lap, so wasn’t too disappointed about my less-great uphill running. I enjoyed the race much more than the Stoop before Xmas, finishing 16th of 154 in 45.27. The winner was Aidan Rigby in 39.52. First lady was his sister Alice Rigby in 49.27, both in junior category.
Report from Sara Elliott:
Whilst the rest of you were battling the elements at the Chevin Chase, I thought I’d do a little 5 mile road race in the valley down the road from our Christmas retreat.
Largely uneventful weather-somewhat breezy but dry-for a largely uneventful out and back race…I was first back for OAC (101/265) in 37:57 (2nd FV40)
Results see below, (Wot no Brownlee!), full results here, report of a very wet race anyone? Well done everyone, particularly Laura 1st in her category.
|Pos||Name||Cat. Pos.||Chip Time|
|1||John Franklin||1/128||Serpentine RC||00:40:39|
|18||Georgia Malir||1/70||Leeds City AC||00:45:45|
Report from Howard:
Despite a nice clear and relatively warm day there were not so many as usual at this race which I have done many times, 158 finishers. It is another race not for the faint hearted as it has three long fairly steep hills, with the same number of down dales (see what I did there?). There was quite a stiff breeze blowing us up the first two hills but on the return there was a moment when I was nearly blown to a standstill!! Mileage in the bag was the aim after a pleasant Park run at Fountains the day before. I was way off the age group pace and three minutes down on last year. Mark Hall however was not and stormed through to second place in 36.54 within sight of the winner Brendan Moody of Barnsley AC in 36.27. Considering he was probably giving a thirty year head start, no mean feat!! 1st lady Beth Massey, also of Barnsley AC 32nd in 43.39. I laboured home in 51st in 46.01
Report from Sean
The Stoop Fell Race is a great alternative to the final club handicap race, usually held on the same Sunday before Christmas. The race is a category B, short length fell race (8km and 250m of climb) from Penistone Hill Country Park, near Haworth, W Yorks. For your £4 entry you get a Cadbury’s Curly Wurly and a Santa hat which must be worn for the race.
The race has hills, mud, streams, bogs and more mud, but in terms of a fell race this is a tame and attracts lots of runners. All of the Woodentops Fell races are great for new comers wanting to have a try at fell running.
I have been putting in some solid training over the past few months along with the cross country races I am running well at the moment and feeling strong. I was please to come away with a course PB of over a minute and 9 minutes faster than the same race in 2013, I even had time for a swim or two in the bogs on the way down (peet bogs are not very tasty).
It was good to get there early and support the juniors, (results yet to be sorted into age categories)
It was also good to see Graham, Bob, Don and Chris before the race. The winner of the race was Rob Hope from Pudsey and Bramley in 31:08 and the first lady home was Nichola Lady from Preston Harriers in 39:28. First home for Otley was Graham Lake in 40:06 then followed by Andrew Webster in 49:28, Chris Stacey in 49:48, Bob Baker in 61:21, Don Buffham in 61:57 and Sean O’Halloran in 63:01.
Full results and photos can be found here http://woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=stoop
The first good weather day in weeks lead to a packed car park and paths round Swinsty. New members Claire and Mike Hastings ran well on this hard 5 miler to come first and second. Gemma followed shortly after to take third, just missing out on third in the handicap title by just 2 points.
With a strong finish in 9th Tom Lynch secured the 2015 handicap title, consistently improving all year. Well done Tom. Dominic Egan just pipped Chris Tomlinson for second, finishing 6th on the day. See the full table here and details of all the previous handicaps here.
ps. Hugh & Jackie set off 22 seconds behind schedule, so have moved up some places in the final results, thankfully this made no difference in final table.
Roll on 2016, it all starts again at Harewood on Sat. January 16th, 12 free ‘races’ taken as seriously as you like, even if it’s only to have a run around on different routes to your normal ones from Otley.