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Month: March 2016

Friday 25th March: Calder valley 10

Friday 25th March: Calder valley 10

Hi, I did the Calder Vale 10 mile on Good Friday over near Garstang which I do every year with my sister, nephew and niece. It’s a tough 10 miler with about 6-7 miles of climbing up and over Oakenclough with a couple of miles of steep descent thrown in. It was a warm sunny day with a good turn out and I managed just under 82 minutes which I was happy with as my first race since last October….

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Sunday 27th March: Guiseley Gallop

Sunday 27th March: Guiseley Gallop

Report from Howard: I am writing this report with ice on a slightly swollen ankle. Not, as you might imagine, achieved on the muddy bumps of the race route but walking the dog up the track afterwards! Went over on it, not once but twice, what a dibble! Anyway, as for the race, the route was altered from previous years due to storm damage to the rickety single track suspension bridge over the river. There were two laps, mainly within…

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Sunday 20th March – Trimpell 20

Sunday 20th March – Trimpell 20

Report from Chris Hosker: Andy Webster and I again headed for a Marathon build up race on Sunday, this time swapping the hills around Liversedge, for the pancake flatness of Lancaster’s Lune Valley. Having been slightly unnerved about what lay ahead the previous weekend when Andy arrived prepared with a washing up “sick bowl”, I was relieved to see he had left this behind and interpreted this as a sign that this course was going to be less of a…

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Sunday 20th March – The Major Series Bramham Park

Sunday 20th March – The Major Series Bramham Park

Report from Stephen Boddy: I write this report fully aware of its implications. I will accept the condemnation and ostracising that may follow. I will hang my head in shame as I read the reports of more worthy, more pure and (almost certainly) cheaper races that people ran this weekend. I understand that big business obstacle course races are mocked and vilified within the running fraternity and I too have scoffed at them on many occasions. So here is my…

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Sunday 20th March – Thirsk 10

Sunday 20th March – Thirsk 10

Report from Sean O’Halloran: Road races are like busses for me, nothing for ages and then two in quick succession. This time I travelled to Thirsk to take part in the Thirsk 10 mile road race, billed as being flat and fast and doubling up as a Yorkshire Vets race. There was a tremendous Team turnout from Otley with 18 of us on the start line and race conditions were near perfect, sunny with a nip in the air. I…

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Sunday 20th March – Heptonstall Fell Race

Sunday 20th March – Heptonstall Fell Race

Report from Tom Pomfrett: It was a cracking day for a fell race on Sunday so Kirsty and I headed over to Heptonstall to get our fill of the South Pennines. It’s a 15 mile course and the vast majority is flagged which means you can concentrate on running rather than nav. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is new(ish) to fell running but fancies taking on a longer race. After a quick blessing from the local priest (I…

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Sunday 20th March – Rivock Edge Fell Race

Sunday 20th March – Rivock Edge Fell Race

Report from Andrew Robertshaw: Although this is my local fell race in Silsden, it’s been quite a while, (8 yrs), since I’ve done this race.  The route is 7 miles with approx. 900ft of ascent to the summit of Rivock Edge, on the edge of Ilkley moor.  I didn’t pay much attention, (read this as “none”), to the route map, thinking it was much the same as the last time I ran.  However after a couple of miles the climb up to…

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Saturday 19th March – Clumber Park Standard Duathlon

Saturday 19th March – Clumber Park Standard Duathlon

Report from Howard Jeffrey: This race was a qualifier for the European championships in 2017 at a venue yet to be decided and also for the World championships in Aviles in June this year. Having dug deep last week and made the cut for the Aviles sprint it was going to be hard to raise my game again less than a week later. I also trained normally again during the week, so no ‘saving it for the weekend’. I looked…

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Saturday 19th March – Post Hill Challenge

Saturday 19th March – Post Hill Challenge

Report from Graham Lake: I’d planned to do Heptonstall fell race on Sunday this weekend, but with my wife doing a swimathon I looked at what else was available and decided to do this local race. It’s in the wilds of Pudsey and could pass for a short fell race really. It’s a sort of figure 8 course around a wooded hillside with two ascents of the titular hill, an old motorbike hill-climb which was the ‘challengey’ bit. About 100…

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Saturday 19th March – Park Runs

Saturday 19th March – Park Runs

PB’s all round this week for Otley runners at Woodhouse moor, (ps Robin you need to update your club details on the Park run www…) Bradford: Position Gender Position Parkrunner Club Run Time 1 1 Graham Corbett Saltaire Striders 00:17:59 3 1 Eleanor Robinson Keighley & Craven AC 00:18:42 38 35 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:22:11 139 18 Laura Taylor Otley AC 00:26:20 230 184 John Davis Otley AC 00:30:14 Fountains Abbey: Position Gender Position Parkrunner Club Run Time 1…

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