Report from Graham Lake: Seven intrepid ‘Veterans’ headed through the maze of Huddersfield to Honley for the first YVAA Grand Prix Race. It was 6 mile-ish race up a loooong climb through some woods and up an old lane before crossing some fields (lots of styles, not much style) and a mad dash down through the woods (avoiding the over friendly Alpacas) to the finish.
Sara Elliott was our only female representative and finished 24th in 55.30 Ladies winner Tanya Seager finished 7 minutes (!) ahead of 2nd place lady in 40.57.
Mens winner was Gavin Mulholland of Stainland Lions in 39.14
Liam Dunne was first back for Otley in 3rd 40.06 and 2nd M40
Graham Lake in 6th 42.40 3rd M35 (it’s rare I ever win anything, so my out of date sportshoe voucher was very exciting)
Rob Fearnley 75th 59.02
Phil Robinson 76th 59.14
Billy Rayner 78th 60.07
David Cattanach 86th 67.37
Next race in series is West Park, then one in Kirkstall which are obviously much closer to home!
Report from Liam Dunne: Seven Otley AC members made the trip over to Honley on Sunday for the first of the Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix series. Weather conditions were a little cool but good for this tough, mainly off-road event, consisting of almost 6miles and 290m of ascent.
The event started on the field next to the Holmfirth Harriers clubhouse and after nearly two laps of the field we began the long gradual winding climbs. The course was mainly made up fairly dry tracks and trails with a little road and a lot of stiles to negotiate. Nearly all the climbing was done in the first half of the race, and despite the heavy legs, this made for a fast and pleasant run through to the finish.
First home was M40 man Gavin Mulholland of local club Stainland Lions in a time of 39.14 and for the ladies it was F40 Tanya Seagar also of Stainland Lions who romped home 1st in an impressive time of 40.57 to take the first lady prize and 5th overall. Back in the clubhouse there was a good friendly atmosphere with the welcome sight of lots of tea and cakes for all whilst the presentation was taking place. Well done all!Full results from http://www.yvaa.org/app/download/25253162/16GP1-Honley.pdf