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Month: March 2016

Sunday 13th March – Spen 20

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…

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11/13th March – FRA Fell Navigational Course

11/13th March – FRA Fell Navigational Course

Report from Steve Robinson: The FRA run the same navigational course twice a year, Kettlewell in the spring and Elterwater in the Autumn.  Around 35-40 people attend the course with enough instructors to teach small groups of 4.  So I arrived at around 7.30pm on Friday night and left Sunday afternoon, so £75 for 2 nights in the Youth Hostel with full board and the course itself was pretty good value. I’ve not really done much map reading and compass…

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Sunday 13th March – Silverstone Half Marathon

Sunday 13th March – Silverstone Half Marathon

Report from Sean O Halloran: On Sunday I travelled down the M1 again but this time to Silverstone Race Circuit for the Silverstone Half Marathon. This was to be my first pure road race in 18 months and I can confirm I still much prefer off-road running and racing. I had done this race twice before and knew what to expect, a flat course in appearance but total elevation gain was just under 300 feet, so not pancake flat. Before…

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Sunday 13th March – Bedford Duathlon

Sunday 13th March – Bedford Duathlon

Report from Howard Jeffrey: The much awaited sequel to last week’s attempt to qualify for the world age group sprint duathlon finals in Aviles, Spain, started with a 3.00am alarm and a 160 mile drive mostly through fog. No problem! I had ‘rested’ during the week with a couple of short tempo runs and no swimming or biking and no Park run yesterday. You can’t get better in a week before an important race but you can get a lot…

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Saturday 12th March – Park Runs

Saturday 12th March – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun A total of 391 runners took part. View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #446   Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   1 1 Phillip TEDD Thames Hare & Hounds 00:16:49 19 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:18:56 297 93 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:29:57   Bradford parkrun A total of 363 runners took part. View full results for Bradford parkrun event #301   Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   1 1 Martin FILLINGHAM Saltaire Striders…

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Ilkley Moor Fell Race 21st Feb 2016

Ilkley Moor Fell Race 21st Feb 2016

Well done to the Juniors who braved the mud and the wind for this tough race. The Juniors are set off in age groups with a minute gap between groups. The difficulty with this race is getting to the first climb as soon as you can to avoid the bottle neck. All the Juniors ran really well but a big shout out to Alice Webster for finishing the race this year! See below for a link to the results and…

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Saturday 27th February: Bolton Abbey half marathon trail race

Saturday 27th February: Bolton Abbey half marathon trail race

Report from Andy webster: It was a cold day, but I was looking toward to running around Bolton Abbey. Started at 12:30 small field of about 70 runners. Have been marathon training so my legs are in a permanent state of fatigue. The route started from Cavendish Pavillions went up to Barden Bridge, down to Bolton Abbey loop around some boggy fields and then a further loop around Cavendish Pavillions up to Barden Bridge and back to Cavendish Pavillions to…

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Sunday 6th March: Oulton park duathlon

Sunday 6th March: Oulton park duathlon

Report from Howard: The Oulton Park duathlon is one of only two late qualifiers for the world championships in Aviles in Spain in June. With almost the ‘arrogance’ of Steve Ovett (see youtube ‘arrogance personified’) I had already booked to go to Aviles in anticipation! I am in Lisbon doing the Euro tri champs the previous weekend, so Jacque and I are making a holiday of the whole thing rather than come back. I knew qualification was going to be…

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Sunday March 6th: Norton 9

Sunday March 6th: Norton 9

Report from Joanna: On Sunday, some of the Otley ladies took a trip down to Norton to do the Norton 9 road race. This was a lovely scenic rural 9 mile run around the countryside in North/South Yorkshire taking in several local villages. The route was flat for the most part, with some undulating & hilly bits, so accommodated all of our preferred running styles & we all did really well! This was the first race for Louise who has…

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Saturday 5th March: Podium 5k

Saturday 5th March: Podium 5k

Report from Mark Hall: This race took place in Barrowford not far from Colne. It uses a purpose built 1km cycle racing circuit to be run 5 times and is very fast and flat. It is unusual in that the start time is 18.30 on a Saturday evening. There are 2 races, the B race is for runners with a fastest time of 17.30. The A race any runner faster than this. I opted for the faster race in the…

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