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Month: January 2016

Sunday 31st January – Meltham “Tough” 10k

Sunday 31st January – Meltham “Tough” 10k

Report from Phil Robinson: 9.30am, 2oC, drizzly sleet, but conditions much better than last year (a local runner told me) when several competitors were hospitalised with hypothermia. I was glad to have full body cover unlike a rugged few in singlets and skimpy shorts. The route is just a series of climbs and descents, so for me it was into survival mode from the off, trying to avoid black thoughts whilst grinding slowly up the hills. The last exhilarating mile –…

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Saturday 30th January – Northern XC Championships

Saturday 30th January – Northern XC Championships

Report from our XC supremo, Sean O’Halloran: On Saturday I travelled over to Witton Park Outdoor Leisure Centre in Blackburn to keep my run of cross country races going and to take part in the Northern XC Championship race. During my warmup the heavens opened to a torrent of hail and snow, accompanied with a head in artic gale and I managed to develop brain freeze. At this point I did question myself with “what the hell are you doing,…

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Woodentops Soreen Stanbury Splash – 17th January 2016

Woodentops Soreen Stanbury Splash – 17th January 2016

Otley AC Juniors bounced out of bed on Sunday morning excited to be running in the snow up at Penistone Hill Country Park near Haworth. As the car park was closed due to the weather they had a long hike up to the start of the race but managed to amuse themselves with snowball fights!! The race starts in the quarry and goes out onto the moor, with a final trip into the quarry and back out again….phew those Saturday…

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Sunday 24th January: PECO xc

Sunday 24th January: PECO xc

Report from Sean: On Sunday I travelled just up the road to Golden Acre Park to run in the fourth race of this winters PECO series. The race was approx. 4.2 miles and run within the grounds of Golden Acre park. This was a two lap race consisting energy zapping muddy sections, fast flat sections, short sharpe inclines and declines and some nice long uphill sections. Being the fourth race in the series you start to recognise people and little…

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Sunday 24th January – East Lancashire Hospice 10k, Great Harwood

Sunday 24th January – East Lancashire Hospice 10k, Great Harwood

Report from Phil Robinson: Rishton, Great Harwood and East Lancs are three of the former Lancahire League cricket teams I remember watching as a junior member at Nelson in the 1950s when the local professional was Johnny Wardle. So I revisited the Accrington area last weekend to test out my legs and lungs. The course was a mixture – bits of road, canal towpath, old railway line, muddy paths and parkland, with a nasty hill about halfway. My mediocre time…

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Sunday 24th January: jolly holly jog

Sunday 24th January: jolly holly jog

Report from Howard: According to Matthew, 20.16 ‘So the last will be first and the first will be last’ so it came to pass on the day of our Lord 24 January 2016 that the last race of 2015 the Jolly Holly Jog became the first race (for me anyway) of 2016. If it is not washed out again later this year it will also be the last of 2016! I was actually surprised that the race was possible so…

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Saturday 23rd January – Park Runs

Saturday 23rd January – Park Runs

Bradford: Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time 1 1 Sam Clegg Unattached 00:17:22 20 1 Ruby Firth Bingley H&AC 00:20:43 64 7 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:16 103 93 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:56 130 112 Rob Fearnley Otley AC 00:25:48 131 113 Stephen Small Otley AC 00:25:48 142 122 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:26:01 153 24 Ann Yeadon Otley AC 00:26:19 Fountains Abbey: Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time 1 1 Ben Pease Unattached 00:16:57 25 1…

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Saturday 9th to 16th January: The Spine Race (report)

Saturday 9th to 16th January: The Spine Race (report)

Report from Sarah Fuller: I’ve sat staring at a blank piece of paper for 2 days now not knowing how to put this story into words. I guess a good story has beginning, middle and end and by now I expect most of you know the little plot twist. The journey started a year ago as I crossed the finish line of the spine challenger race – the 110 mile ‘baby brother’ of the full race and a demanding winter…

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Sunday 17th January – Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Sunday 17th January – Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Report from Sara Elliott: The 2016 Brass Monkey half marathon lived up to its name yet again on Sunday in freezing temperatures. Thankfully there was no repeat of last year’s black ice issue, thanks to some great gritting, and it meant conditions were pretty much perfect for this flat, fast course. It’s notoriously difficult to get a place in this popular race and as a result there was a pretty small group of black and whites-Billy, Mark Hall, Scott, Gemma…

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Sunday 17th January – Stanbury Splash

Sunday 17th January – Stanbury Splash

Report from Colin Best: Today’s Stanbury splash was once again changed to the stoop route. Think it would have been no worse to run the proper route shame as was looking forward to wading thorough icy water.  Still had to settle for having to extract myself from bottomless bog instead. Just not cold enough to freeze over.  Still all good fun. Excellent run from Tom Pomfrett. Close packing from Bob Baker Kirsty Pomfrett and myself. Could have been closer if…

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