Archive for December, 2015

Saturday 19th December: Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Matthew AKPAN Unattached 00:17:26
19 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:24
158 38 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:28:05
159 121 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:06


South Manchester parkrun


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Jamil Parapia Otley AC 00:15:52
8 1 Hannah BROWN Skyrac AC 00:18:10


Bradford parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:27
21 1 Rachel CULLEN Unattached 00:22:00
49 6 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:55


Roundhay parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Paul FOTHERBY Valley Striders AC 00:17:57
29 1 Niamh JACKSON Kirkstall Harriers 00:21:47
61 4 Holly Davey Otley AC 00:24:21


Fountains Abbey parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Ed BEECHER Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:16:47
10 10 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:19:03
30 1 Emma SORBY Ripon Runners 00:21:41
34 33 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:21:58




Sunday 13th December – Leeds 10k Christmas Challenge

Report from Howard Jeffery: I had to rest my hamstring for another week after quite a solid Roundhay park run. Did the usual routine of stretching and massage and by Friday was fairly limber again. I had an entry for the Leeds Christmas Challenge 10k which I had done well at last year. When Mick asked on Saturday if I were injured because I had not done a Parkrun I said not really and I was racing Sunday. Given the relentless rain I thought the course would be a wash-out so I thought I was going to give it a miss. It is not the cold, mud and wet that deters me from cross country or difficult conditions, it is the heightened risk of injury. These seem to come even when conditions are perfect, it is we who are not!

Anyway, I was up with the lark on Sunday to walk the dog and the sky was clear and it was great conditions. So maybe……Strapped on some magic tape and after a thorough warm up, lined up on the track at the John Charles centre for the start of the 10k. Surprisingly popular for a low key race (354 finishers) and now with chip timing. There was salt on a few frozen damp patches on the track and a little bit of mud on the grass and up the steps to the bottom of the hill we have to go up three times. The water must have all run off the hill as the track up through the woods was only slightly tacky. What goes up three times must also come down which I enjoy. The tarmac descent had one dodgy bit where a tree had fallen and we were diverted onto some mud around it. A last leg on a narrow trail with a lot of puddles and a nice grandstand finish on the track.
No-one apparently in my age category to really race this year so I ended up pacing a lady round to a pb which she was well pleased with as the course is worth a couple of minutes or three. I was 10% slower than last year, not surprising since I have not really trained for running since August. The race is well organised with a nice attention to detail and this year was won by Ben Douglas, Notts AC in 34.27, first lady in 19th, Joanna Winks of Halifax Harriers & AC in 41.56. I was 42nd in 46.57, sole Black and White, 1st o/60 and was well rewarded with mince pies, a T shirt, (for all) a trophy, voucher and a bottle of wine. I suppose best of all, no problem with the hamstring!!

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Sunday 13th December – PECO XC Race 2

Report from Sean O’Halloran Sunday saw the second race in this winter’s PECO XC series. The race was hosted by Valley Striders on the playing fields of the former West Park School. The race did a convoluted lap of the playing fields before heading to Beckett’s Park via a woodland section. Following a lap of Beckett’s Park it was back through the woods to the finish on the West Park playing fields


Junior Races, Aston Brogden ran in the one mile and finished in 08:13. In the two mile race first home for Otley was Jenson Brogden in 15:20 followed by Holly Davey in 16:46, Kieran Green in 19:21 and Imogen Webster in 21:08.


Winner of the senior race was Jack Smith from Wharfedale Harriers in 27:56,  the first lady was Claire Green from Pudsey and Bramley AC in 33:21. Sean O’Halloran finished in 51:16.


Men’s results were delayed in coming out due to the leading runners ending up ‘off course’ near the finish, Full list of results can now be found here

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Saturday 12th December – Gathering Winter Fools’s Relay

Lovely weather for fairies

Lovely weather for fairies

Photo courtesy of Woodentops

Report from Matt Podd: This feels a bit disconnected as I didn’t see many of you, but we put together an unbroken chain and Jackie Ackroyd and I finished what Sara Elliott and Nicola Lee started. Hope everyone is ok and now warm – it was a foul day. Jackie and I had to run down into Keighley in a river, and then the bit along the River Worth had 100 m of waterfall coming in from the side. Mind you, Andrew saw a Kingfisher!

Well done everyone and thanks.



Runner of the Month for November

Cadan Hoare and Jackie Ackroyd were chosen as the latest runners of the month.

Cadan for a big pb at the Leeds Abbey Dash.  Jackie for her performances in the West Yorkshire cross countries which saw her finish as 3rd overall V55.   Well done both.


Sunday 6th December – Race 4 West Yorkshire XC – Nunroyd Park

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:  Nunroyd park in Yeadon provided another mud bath for the final race of this year’s league.

Juniors:  Well done to Jenson Brogden finishing 32nd in the Under 13 boys with a time of 14:37 and to Holly Davey finishing 30th in the under 13 girls in 10:22.

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.

Simon Deakin, Leeds City took the win ahead of Tom Adams, Ilkley H. to take the win in 30:16 to 30:33.  However Tom took the overall league title with two 1st’s and a 2nd.

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!


Sunday 6th December – Frostbite (35) 30

Report from Matt Podd:

Well it was a dark and stormy early morning when the presidential limousine picked up Shane E and Jimmy S to go to Pateley Bridge for the Frostbite 30. Had the wipers on full strength and were nearly blown off the road on the way there. Good Parking, organisation and lots of banter before the start, Gilly W and Sara R showed up. So after Shane had changed shoes again off we went.

First a 12’ish mile loop south from Pateley climbing up Guisecliff, and then over to the Quarry in Geenhow ( if you haven’t been there – the viewing platform is a work of art), the rain eased up but it was still very windy. This leg was a lovely run and then back to Pateley to restock and off up the right hand side (east) of Nidderdale to Scarhouse Dam. The highlight of this was the two waist deep crossings of the Nidd (with  a safety rope, which was very useful). From Scarhouse we went over the top to Middlesmoor, passing a large group of off-roading Fiat Panda’s. By now the weather had improved dramatically with much less wind. So back down the other side of the valley and the long drag back into Pateley.  A very fine if wet and muddy underfoot outing.

Somebody won in around 5 hrs, Shane was first home for the B & W’s in a bit over 6hrs pleased to have done his first Ultra, Jim and I ran together and put the world to rights finishing in a bit over 7hrs, and Sara and Gilly were not back when we left(Guilt), but I wanted a bath.

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but it makes Tough Mudder look…….

Results: Joint 1st Ben Hamilton and Chris Singleton in 5.02.58, 1st Lady, Sally Fawcett in 5.36.49.   Shane 22nd in 6.13.45,  Jim 60th in 7.10.40,  Matt 62nd in 7.11.40,  Gilly & Sara 131/137 in 9.24.48.  Full results page 1, 2, 3.

Photos on SportSunday Photography, camera 1 here and camera 2 here


Saturday 5th December – Park Runs

Harrogate,  1st Phil Rogers, Harrogate H. 19:36,  1st Lady Kirstin Farquhar, Durham City H. 24:09,  19th Peter Crowder 22:24.

Roundhay 1st Tom Venning, Leeds & Bradford Tri. 18:24,  1st Lady Ashleigh Greenwood, Stadium Runners 22:29,  25th Howard Jeffrey 22:21.

Woodhouse Moor 1st Matthew Akpan, Valley Striders 17:44,  1st Lady Treena Johnson, Dewsbury RR 19:11,  52nd James Kettleborough 21:28.

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