Archive for April, 2016

Tuesday 5th April – Bunny Run 2

Report from Andrew Robertshaw:

First the excuses… I left my ‘eyes‘ in Silsden & keys to the house in my car, & travelling in Caron’s car it was glasses or semi blindness, at least I had some studs to grip on the slippy muddy descents, not so unfortunately for Liam, of course without these excuses Otley would have had a 1,2 finish but hey ho 🙂

Bunny runs are laps rounds Penistone Country park, Haworth, a short fast, flattish, ‘egg stage‘ to start, followed by a large lap with a couple of steeper descents & climbs, finishing off with an extra bit of downhill, & climb before a short sprint down to the finish line.  As the route is a bit less than 3 miles the races are very popular with the juniors, whose enthusiasm at the start makes it difficult for veterans to keep up with, but hope to catch later on..

Star of the night for Otley was Graham Lake who had a great run to finish 21st, 18:12, (although brother Andrew to the family honours in 13th, 17:27).  I was 31st, 19:01 followed by Liam Dunne 38th, 19:27, (inc. a couple of falls), Caron Ralph was next home for Otley, 160th, 24:34, just ahead of Bob Baker 164th, 24:46 & a fast starting Rob Fearnley, 189th 25:51, (nearly 3 mins, faster than race 1).  Thoroughbred Don Buffham unluckily pulled a fetlock on the ‘Egg Stage‘ lap so wisely decided to call it a day.

Tom Adams, Ilkley H. was a clear winner, in 15:22,  just a couple of days after his emphatic victory at the Baildon Boundary Way, 1st lady was junior Erica Byram, Holmfirth H 19:19.

Bob Baker & Rob Fearnley both ran in last weeks Bunny run 1 finishing in times of 25:29 & 28:37,  a race also won by Mr Adams, 15:35.  1st lady Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth H. 18:26.   Lots of photos & results of the agony on Woodentops here.


Sunday April 3rd – Baildon Boundary Way – 13.4 miles

Report from millenarian Phil Robinson: I last did this one in 1996, so it was about time for a re-visit. The start is well down the hill below the rugby club, so it’s a net uphill course. The first climb through the Esholt woods was very familiar from last week’s Guiseley Gallop. Then a long fairly flat section, joining the canal at Apperley Bridge. Owing to footpath restoration along the south side of the canal we had an extra hill at 6 miles followed by a rough section through the woods, very muddy and a nasty surprise for some runners wearing road shoes. The 10-mile marker announces the start of the tough climb up Shipley Glen, which this year continued higher than I remembered, continuing with a short but steeper climb after crossing Glen Road. Billy and I finished within a minute of each other, but I never saw Rogan or David Cattanach

Tom Adams of Ilkley won with over 15 minutes to spare; Otley results:

56th Rogan Ashton 1-49-04

256th Phil Robinson 2-22-49

262nd Andrew Rayner 2-23-24

318th David Cattanach 2-43-32


Sunday April 3rd – Blubberhouses 25

Report from President Podd: Six Black and Whites met up in Norwood Village Hall to test themselves on the LDWA Blubberhouses 25 on a fair day that improved to sun later. This was the first race I have done for ages, that I didn’t have my coat on – nice change. Tom and Kirsty Pomfrett went off ahead and had left before we finished. Sara R, Sarah F, Liz F and I ran together. I was happy not to race, but have a social run as I’m saving myself for the Fellsman in a fortnight and wanted to test out my legs. Luckily they worked well and niggles seem to have stopped. A lovely run with lots of laughs, chat and slippery mud . The food was up to it’s usual high standard. Home made cake at Rocking Hall and a full buffett below Beamsley Beacon, which set us up for the Round Hill bogs that tried to eat Sara.

We finished in 5 1/2 Hrs. These LDWA events are so friendly and well organised – and all for £7. Results will appear here


Saturday 2nd April – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 272 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #449


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Scott HARRINGTON Otley AC 00:16:26
17 17 Tom Paget Otley AC 00:19:31
42 1 Alison BOYLE Hyde Park Harriers 00:21:41
58 54 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:22:23


Bromley parkrun

A total of 569 runners took part.

View full results for Bromley parkrun event #326


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Angus HARRINGTON Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 00:16:56
14 1 Amy LEACH Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 00:19:24
64 59 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:21:09


Bradford parkrun

A total of 348 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #304


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Michael KING Tunbridge Wells Harriers 00:18:08
4 1 Hannah OLDROYD Airedale Dodgers 00:18:36
99 89 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:26:06
193 145 John Davis Otley AC 00:29:38


Harrogate parkrun

A total of 241 runners took part.

View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #223


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 James BUITELAAR Unattached 00:17:54
13 13 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 00:20:39
23 1 Carol MORGAN Nidd Valley Road Runners 00:21:09


Sewerby parkrun

A total of 137 runners took part.

View full results for Sewerby parkrun event #227


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Hywel JONES Aberdare Valley AAC 00:17:55
14 1 Deborah CHURCH Driffield Striders 00:20:55
24 22 Paul Clifford Otley AC 00:22:56


Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 236 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #107


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Ben PEASE Ripon Runners 00:16:58
22 1 Emma SORBY Ripon Runners 00:20:51
75 60 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:24:44


Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge

A total of 152 runners took part.

View full results for Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge event #66


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Michael AINSWORTH Unattached 00:18:05
15 1 Natalie BEADLE Lancaster & Morecambe AC 00:21:35
20 18 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:22:22


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Sunday 3rd April – British Duathlon Championships Windsor

Report from Howard Jeffrey: This race was the last qualifier for the world championships in Aviles in June and I had entered just in case I had failed at the others. The pressure was off because I had made it already and it was a question of whether it was worth the return trip to Windsor. Too right it was worth the trip, quash those negative thoughts, see who the best in the UK are and how far have I to improve to get the better of them all! I stayed at my usual hotel in Harrow Saturday night and was up at 4.00 am to get ready and go across to the Windsor great park. As I arrived early I was able to park the car on the limited tarmac as the field scheduled for parking was a quagmire, as was transition and the approaches to it. The sun was a coming up as a red ball through the mist with Windsor Castle as the backdrop, all very fabulous. The start was delayed because of a reluctance to let cars on to the boggy field. They let them in the end and had to muster three tractors to help get them all out at the end. I say all, not mine obviously and a few other early birds. There were 19 in my age group and I expected around a seventh or eighth placing on known form. To get this, I had to beat Graham who you may recall from the Clumber report had beaten me by a couple of minutes.

The first 10K set off at the end of the long walk away from the castle and followed an undulating course, mainly on tarmac paths but a bit of soggy trail. A solid enough start and onto the bike for 4 undulating laps within the confines of the park. I was lucky not to be stopped by the police escorting the Royal family to church. We had been forewarned and time would be added on but I got through as they were making their final approach to the crossing point. Well I suppose we were racing in their front garden! I was 2 minutes ahead of Graham to the transition (he had an issue!) but then I was quicker in both transitions and another two minutes on the bike. This was because the weather was quite warm although there was a stiff breeze along certain stretches of each lap. Felt strong on the bike and the final 5K started across some leg sapping soft grass and the final run leg  was again a bit of a chore and I got passed in the last K by another age grouper so finished 8th. 3 minutes ahead of Graham though, so pleased enough with the progress. These races are sharpeners for the later season races and next week is the Sheffield half for some stamina training so the second runs don’t seem quite so tough.