Archive for April, 2016

Saturday 16th April: The Fellsman

Report from Matt:

The presidential limousine picked up Mr Snaith at 4.00 and we made tracks for Threshfield school. Cold clear morning with snow on the hills. Remarkably good and smooth organisation saw us breakfasted and on the bus for the start at Ingleton at 6.00. We both got through the stringent kit checks, which was a relief and then we nervously waited for the 8.30 start with about 300 other people. Our bags felt very heavy as you have to carry a lot of stuff needed for a long time in the hills. So off up an icy Inglebrough followed by Whernside, and the snow showers stopped and the sun came out. The Dales have never looked lovelier with snow down to about 1500ft and very clear. We waved to the Sara and Hannah in the lakes from Great Coum. Then the first of two trips into Dentdale by a very long descent then up Blea Moss and back down with obligatory mud skiing for pasta and lots of tea. The catering on this is superb Two hot sausage rolls in Dent sorted out my cramp. Hill followed hill – 10 in all, with amazing views opening up all around until we went up Dodd Fell, a new one for me. So onto the dreaded Fleet Moss. At the checkpoint before it the farmer was having a chat with officials about which way everyone should be going. He wasn’t happy with people taking a low route and we were directed into the heart of the beast in a lovely sunset. This route was probably quicker and easier to follow, but there is bog like you’ve never seen before. I went in up to my waist and had to be pulled out by Pete with his walking poles. After that we followed a very cunning Derek Fuller route to the check point in the middle of bugger all. If you think you know bog just visit Middle Tongue and you’ll realise you have a lot to learn, but the birdlife is superb. By now darkness had fallen so torches on and head off across Yockenthwaite moor, cunningly following a fast team who had a gps. We were grouped up at Cray. For safety’s sake you have to keep together in a group of four or more all through the night. Grouping was a faf as a lot of people wanted to run with pre- organised groups, but in the end we teamed up with 6 other lovely people. It was a bitterly cold night, but a huge moon so I changed all my layers at Cray. So off we went as the super group of eight not to bad a climb up Buckdon Pike and then a fine route round to Park Rash. We had cunningly teamed up with a guy who had run it over 20 times and was route perfect. You know when you are walking the fells and you see a narrow trod going off in a strange direction, it could be a top fellsman line. Only Wernside to go, and after a brutal climb, with Mars bright in the sky above it, it was all downhill. The bogs didn’t let up and I had three thigh deep immersions on the descent. It’s a funny do running over the hills at night in a line of 8 head torches, just the breathing and splash of feet, with curlews and lapwings calling in the dark. Ted, the navigator said that this was the wettest underfoot in over 20 years! So down to Threshfield finishing in 19 hrs at about 4.30 on Sunday morning. Jim was really pleased as this is his biggest ever race. We were both immensely satisfied by the most amazing day out. Incredibly well organised and friendly. Some of the Marshals are at their checkpoint on top of peaks for 24 hrs, and it was freezing, yet they were cheerful and encouraging.

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10th of April 2016 Great Ireland Mini and Junior Runs in Dublin

After seeing an advert for this race in Athletics Weekly we decided to book a mini break to Dublin and let the boys enter the race. The race was due to take place in Phoenix Park so on Saturday when we arrived we checked out the course and the park. The park was beautiful and the boys were happy with the course.

When race day arrived the weather was dry but freezing! We arrived at the park early to warm up and watch the earlier races. The atmosphere was amazing and the boys were eager to get going! Aston was up first in the Great Ireland Mini Race and although he was now frozen solid he insisted he was fine and went to the start line. Aston had no idea about the abilities of the other runners so knew he had to go all out. Go all out he did! A boy who has won this race many times and was the favourite led and tried blocking Aston all the way. Aston kept his cool and didn’t let the blocking put him off and when he was ready he moved in front and stayed there to win the race! As for the other boy, well Aston wore him down and he was 4th.

To say we are proud is an understatement! Aston’s race was amazing and he said the 3rd place boy thanked him for pushing the other boy to wear him out as he had never been able to beat him and get on the podium!

So with all the excitement of Aston’s win there was hardly time to wish Jenson luck before his race. Normally Jenson needs to know exactly where we are and where we will meet him afterwards but today he just took himself off to the start line with confidence! He did pass comment however on the other runners.

” You should see the size of some of those big kids legs!” said Jenson.

Not put off too much by the big kids Jenson was ready. The race was split into two waves and Jenson was in the second wave. The older first wave went off strong and they all looked keen! After a gap of a couple of minutes Jenson was off and hunting down the wave one runners. After a good race Jenson came a close 4th in his wave and had passed a lot of the wave one runners to finish 19th overall out of 321 runners! Amazing!



We had a great time at the race and were super proud of  The Brogden Brothers and Dublin was lovely too!





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March Runner of the Month

Congratulations go to Joanna Hobson and Graham Lake along with this month’s bottles of wine. Joanna had strong performances in the Thirsk 10 and Norton 9 and Graham in Post Hill Challenge and Guiseley Gallop. Special mentions to Nicola Lee and Chris Hosker for his 20 milers


Tuesday 12th April – Bunny Run 3

Report from Andrew Robertshaw:


Rob’s team selfie…

After a relatively dry run on the moor on Monday I foolishly thought Bunny run 3 might be a little drier underfoot this week, however that was before I saw Tuesday’s weather forecast.  The rain finally abated an hour or so before the start, so at least we didn’t get wet, apart from our feet or course!

Four Otley folk graced the start line this week & no excuses this time.  I was pleased with a better run than last week, (23rd, 18:34), Bob Baker, (146th, 24:44) & Caron, (149th, 24:57),  battled it out again, Bob taking the honours this time with Rob Fearnley, (166th, 26:04) a minute or so behind.

Tom Adams took the series title with his third win, a little slower than last week with a time of 15:55, maybe a little tired from a GB mountain running camp at the weekend which included several hill reps up the Chevin on Saturday morning.  First lady was junior Ruby Sykes, Holmfirth H. 19:38,  next week’s it’s a 3 stage, 1.5 mile relay, fancy it?

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Sunday 10th April – Manchester Marathon


Pos Chip Time Category Cat Pos Club
1 Steven Bayton 02:22:34 OVR 1 Hallamshire H
81 Kelly Crickmore 02:48:04 OVR 1 Stockport H
16 Scott Harrington 02:32:33 V35 1 Otley AC
1650 Christian Hosker 03:28:00 V35 319 Otley AC
2556 Andrew Webster 03:40:52 V40 458 Otley AC
6745 Gemma Harrington 04:35:51 V35 1702 Otley AC
6747 Charlotte Tomlinson 04:35:51 SEN 1704 Otley AC

Report from Gemma Harrington:


Scott on his way to a pb

It all started last year when I decided to celebrate my 3 year anniversary of running by entering a marathon! My original plan was to do London but with added pressure of having to raise a massive amount for charity as well as working, kids, life and training I decided to join Charlotte and do Manchester which she had already entered. Having not run much at all last year my training started back in October/November by just getting my fitness back and running 4 times a week. Training went well and managed to build up to 22miles without much of a problem with charlotte as my training partner and managed half marathon and 10k PB’s in the process. About 3 weeks to go and I started to get severe pain in my left knee every time I ran more than 2miles. It was not looking good and I thought I was going to have to pull out, gutted was not the word! I had sports physio and massage and with my leg taped up I made the decision with 5 days to go to give a go, how could I not after all the training?!

Race day came and with Scott (and Mike Jeffries from Richmond running club) we headed over to the dark side in what was perfect running conditions. The race itself is pretty flat on closed roads through greater Manchester. Race village was at Manchester cricket ground and was not particularly organised with massive queues for bag drop and toilets, but that’s another story! We started at 9am and charlotte & myself set off with a view to do 9:40min/miles which we managed quite well up to 10miles. We managed to see Scott twice quite early on as there were a couple of loops. We then headed out through Stretford and on to Altringham where there was a massive out and back from 9.5 to 17miles where we also saw Andrew Webster who looked good just behind the 3:30 pacer. From about 11miles my leg started to hurt but giving up and a DNF was not an option! With Charlotte’s continuous support, encouragement, slowing down slightly and stopping regularly to stretch my leg we battled on! Support from various family, Millie and Oliver, friends dotted around the route and Chris Char’s husband on his bike riding next to us a few times the miles left started going down! Chris even phoned Scott when we were about mile 19 on loud speaker so we could find out how he had got on! Read the rest of this entry »


sunday 10th April: Great Ireland run


On Sunday 10th April two of our junior runners took part in the Great Ireland Run in Dublin. In the 2.5km Junior race Jenson Brogden finished 4th in his age category in 9 minutes 35 seconds, narrowly missing out on a podium position. In the 1.8km Mini race younger brother Aston fini8shed in first place with an impressive trophy to take home with him.


Sunday 10th April – Yorkshire Plusnet Half Marathon Sheffield

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

5948 people finished the Sheffield half marathon today. The conditions were just about perfect with cool air, around 8 degrees and rising, no wind, warm sunshine and clear blue skies. The roads were closed and the organisation and marshalling were first class and the people of Sheffield turned out in their thousands to cheer us all on. The start was a little bit congested where I was stationed which was just behind the 1 hr 40 pacer. I have done the Sheffield half a couple of times from the now defunct Don Valley stadium. Once it was hilly and they changed the course and it was quite flat. I think this course has been run a few times ( a couple of years ago no water arrived and they cancelled the race but the runners went and did it anyway!) and I only had a vague notion of the profile. The slow congested start was Ok as it allowed for a nice warm up into the pace. From the city centre it started to rise gradually almost immediately and I had lost contact with the pacer who seemed to be miles away in the distance. I felt pretty good so I guessed he must have been going too fast. I got to mile one in about 8 minutes, which is 1.44 pace so the pacer was about spot on it was me that was slow. The way had opened out a bit so still feeling OK and still going uphill I got into a steady stride and caught the pacer up by the next mile. By mile three we were still going uphill at less than 8 minute mile pace and we were out of the city and into some lovely countryside with some long views. Mile four and still heading uphill, pacer still around but the rate seemed way off to me. Mile five and still going uphill! This was beginning to feel like Liversedge and Harewood all over again when I could only muster 1.45. Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday 9th April – Calderdale Hike

Report from Edward Davies:

The Calderdale Hike is reaEdwardD_CalderdaleHikelly four events in one. There is a long route of 37 miles and a short route of a mere 26, starting and finishing in Sowerby. Both runners and walkers can do either route, with the walkers setting off earlier, followed by the runners at nine o’clock. Thanks to the smooth organisation and volunteers, it works out very well. For a number of years now, the long route has been popular with runners and is one of the races in the Runfurther Championship series.

I first did the long route as a walker in 1999, taking over eleven hours. The next year, I tried as a runner but ended up dropping out due to blisters and getting lost in the fog. That remains my only DNF and probably contributed to me being overawed by the difficulty of the event and it was not until 2008 that I ran the race again. I managed to finish eighth that time and in subsequent attempts in 2011, 2014 and 2015, I finished respectively fifth (after leading at halfway and blowing up), third and second. After the latter two races, I felt I had a handle on the event but to win I would need things to align in terms of my fitness and the competition. The route is defined only by checkpoints, with the way between them being up to the competitor. This year’s route was largely the same as last year’s and having reccied the living daylights out of it I was fairly confident that my choices would be effective except for slight concerns about the section between 32 and 35 miles where there was no obvious best route. Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday 9th April – Park Runs

Fountains Abbey

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Nathan Smith City of York AC 00:16:52
18 1 Chloe Dalton Ripon Runners 00:20:46
30 28 Peter Crowder Otley AC 00:21:41


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tom Mitchell Unattached 00:18:30
24 1 Sharon Hardcastle Unattached 00:21:03
120 106 Stephen Small Otley AC 00:25:59

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Sunday 3rd April – European Indoor Masters Atheltics Championships, Ancona Italy

Report from Caroline Marler:CarolineMarler_european_vets_ancona_2016

I had my first race at an International Masters Championships since winning the W60 400m and 800m in the Outdoor Championships in Izmir, Turkey in 2014. Over a year of injuries and illnesses had reduced training but as I had entered a new age group – W65 it seemed worth having a go at competition again.

I was delighted to win the 400m in 73.57, setting a new British and European record! 2nd was Ros Tabor (GB) in 76.15 – she had won the 800m, 1500m and 3000m over the week’s championship. 3rd was Veronika Scharbatke (Germany) in 81.13.

Team_europea_vets_ancona_2016Next big goal is the Outdoor World Championships in Perth, Australia in October where it would be good to try to break the Outdoor European record of 72.45 and win a medal. If I can stay uninjured and build up the training I will also compete in the 800m there and try to replicate my 1st in the World Masters in Brazil in 2013.