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Saturday 9th January – Yorkshire XC


Report from Sean O’Halloran: Saturday saw the running of the Yorkshire Championship XC Race held at Lightwater Valley Theme Park, Ripon. As you can imagine being a Championship event this race attracted the top runners from all over Yorkshire.

The course was perfect for a championship race, plenty of mud, steep climbs, gradual climbs, and sections for face paced running. This was a tough XC race (my 8th this winter) as you had little time to recover from the climbs before the fast sections and the relentless, ankle deep in places, mud made it heavy going . But it was a great race and one I enjoyed.

The event followed the same format as other XC races; the junior races were then followed by the senior ladies and then finally the senior men.  Unfortunately there was no representation from the Otley juniors or from the senior ladies this year. However there were three of us in the B&W vest in the senior men’s race.

The ladies top three was as follows.

Pos Time Name Team
1 0:31:51 DUCK, Claire Leeds City
2 0:32:14 PARTRIDGE, Susan Leeds City
3 0:32:52 WALSHAW, Katie Holmfirth

The men’s top three was as follows

Pos Time Name Team
1 0:37:09 THEWLIS, Jonathan Notts AC
2 0:37:16 ADAMS, Tom Ilkley
3 0:37:27 BAYTON, Steve Hallamshire H.

The three from Otley finished as follows.

Pos Time Name Team
53 0:41:56 ROBERTSHAW, Andrew* Otley A.C.
268 1:13:53 O’HALLORAN, Sean Otley A.C.
269 1:17:00 CATTANACH, David Otley A.C.

*(Liam Dunne)

Report from Liam Dunne: Unfortunately my email from the club for entry into the Yorkshire XC got lost in cyberspace, and by the time I had realised entry had already closed. As I’m heading back to Ireland in a couple of weeks for the Irish National Masters XC, I wanted get a competitive XC race in and decided I would run the Yorkshire XC anyway and just pull out at the finish.

This year it was held at Lightwater Valley and when I arrived and viewed the course it looked like a proper traditional XC country course with sharp bends, long drags, short sharp hills and plenty of mud, all run over about 6.5 mile…..perfect! Maybe a little bit too much gluey mud but nevertheless it was right up my street.
Shortly before the start, I bumped into Sean O’Halloran who was there (this time in a OAC vest!) with his family. Sean told me that Andrew Robertshaw was down to run but pulled out due to an injury. So I decided I would give Andrew’s number a ride around the course! The only other OAC member that was entered was Dave Cattanach.
There were several hundred runners competing and when the gun went there was a bit of a mad dash for the first sharp right handed turn which caught a few out. The course was made up of one short and 4 long laps. It was an energy sapping course and it was obvious by the three quarter mark that some had completely misjudged the pace and really struggled on the last couple of laps.
I felt I had a good solid race and managed to finish in 53rd position with a time of 41.56, a time I was happy with but I was still Andrew Robertshaw in the eyes of results people! Sean and Dave also put in a good shift and finished 268th (1.13.53) and 269th (1.17.00) respectively and well done to them both for getting out there and competing. I’m not going to make a song and a dance about it but It would be great to get more club members out to just experience such an event.
The overall winner was Jonathon Thewlis (37.09) of Notts AC for the second year in a row narrowly beating local man Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers.
Full results available on www.northernathletics.org.uk
  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on January 11, 2016 - 10:55 pm

    Great performance by Sean O. in this Yorkshire cross country 1:13 giving almost 5 minutes to the veteran and senior runner David C. who has got enormous experience in this type of race , David ran well too with 1:17 . Also Andrew R. ‘ Liam Dunne’ report from the race was good and he ran strongly in 41:56 that is a super result , and I would say as well that you are ready to compete in a fair shape in yours Irish XC.

  2. #2 by Rich Smith on January 12, 2016 - 1:20 pm

    I prefer you as Gloria, Liam. I mean Gloria…

  3. #3 by Caron on January 12, 2016 - 5:09 pm

    Ha! Forgot about Gloria Dunne….she hadn’t made an appearance for a while …… Well done all, super running

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