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Sunday 13th March – Spen 20


Report from Andy Webster:  It was a perfect Spring day for the Spen 20 race. Chris Hosker and myself were the only Otley runners who made the start line.

This was my third attempt so I had memory of the undulating nature of the course. Chris had stayed just behind me for the first mile and a half. Then he sped off in the distance. I have not raced much this year so was planning on running steadily as part of my marathon preparations.

The miles sped by, just as I started my second loop at around 13 miles the 2 leaders were entering the last couple of miles and heading off to the finish. At about 15 miles just at the last long climb, I could see Chris in the distance walking. He was struggling for energy, so I donated my last gel on the way past.

The last few miles went reasonably smoothly, though was tiring myself. There is a lack of water stations on this route so stopped for two glasses at the last stop. Finally reached the stadium where you have a nice finish on the athletic track.

I finished 140 in 2:48:20 slower than last year but still happy.

Chris Hosker had a second wind and finished in 2:51:27

John Hobbs from Valley Striders came in first 1:56:56
Hannah Oldroyd, Saltaire was first female in 2:12:30,  see full results here.

This weekend have Trimpell 20 to get around which is a much flatter course thankfully.

  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on March 21, 2016 - 9:00 pm

    Also when I did it in 2004 I can not recall any water station on the route and for a 20 miles road race there should be at least 2 water stations especially if it is a warm day . Andy W. with 2:48 had a strong performance on this 2 laps course , also Chris H. ran well with 2:51 is a good result if you consider that the 2 lap is a tricky one to run .

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