Report from the Hon. Handicapper: Nunroyd park in Yeadon provided another mud bath for the final race of this year’s league.
Senior Ladies: Caron Ralph was Otley’s sole performer, running well to finish 70th, in 29:30. The race up front was another close and high class affair with P&B’s Alex Bell finishing just ahead of Leeds City’s Claire Duck, 20:43 & 20:49 respectively and Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth H. 3rd, 21:08. With three wins Alex Bell also took the overall league title.
Senior Men: It was pleasing to see seven from Otley on the start line, so barring a couple of dnf’s we were sure to finish a team for the 3rd time this season. I seemed to have a much better race than the previous race at Keighley, finishing 29th, 34:38. It was good to see Ed. Davies racing cross country for the first time in quite a while finishing 70th, 37:33, Stephen Small was next in 140th, 47:09, followed by Billy Rayner, 148th, 58:49, Sean O’Halloran, 149th, 59:10, David Cattanach, straight off a flight from his holidays, 150th, 1:04:41 and Antonio Cardinale 151st, 1:07:24. Otley AC 14th in the team competition on the day.
Highlight of the day though was a couple of honours for Otley in the overall league standings with Jackie Ackroyd taking 3rd V55 and Antonio Cardinale taking the 2nd V65. Well done to Jackie & Antonio for their efforts over the season & to everyone else who took part, hard but rewarding in a masochistic sort of way!