Report by Andrew Robertshaw:
The Otley Dream Team enjoyed the day running on the paths of the Millennium Way around the edge of Bradford finishing in 23rd exactly half way up the field of 46 teams, well done to everyone.
Leg 1: 10.4 miles/1789ft – Bingley to Penistone Hill Country Park, Haworth. A tough leg to opening leg with pretty much 7 miles up hill from the start and a couple of shorter steep climbs towards the end. Laura Martin and Tamara Weatherhead ran well to finish 32nd in 1:50:06.
Leg 2: 9.4 miles/1287ft – Penistone Hill Country Park to Laycock. Another toughie crossing the Worth valley and finishing with a long climb up from Goose Eye. Sara Elliott and Hugh Pearson battled it out to bring Otley home in 27th with a leg time of 1:32:41.
Leg 3: 8 miles/811ft – Laycock to Silsden. In theory the easiest leg of the day, but with another uphill finish to the top end of Silsden not that easy. Hannah Lupton and Sara Richard enjoyed their run out finishing in 33rd with a leg time of 1:29:03.
Leg 4: 8.5 miles/1269ft, Silsden to Ilkley via Addingham. This leg is pretty much two climbs and two long descents. The first climb, soon after the start is followed by a fast couple of miles down to the top end of Addingham, from there it’s a long climb up through the fields to Ilkley moor. The last couple of miles is another gentle fast descent to the change over at Ilkley.
Leg 5: 10.7 miles/1100ft, Ilkley to Bradford and Bingley Sport club. Although the longest, with a net downhill of about 400ft more than makes up for the little bit of extra distance. As with the previous couple of legs myself and Rogan Ashton set off in the mass start, with about 30 or so other teams. After a steady start up to White Wells we gradually caught up a North Leeds Fell Runner team on the drag up from Burley Woodhead, running with them until we got to Weecher reservoir. From that point on we didn’t see another team until the final 400m, so Rogan’s reccie proved vital on a couple of points particular in Hirst Wood where there were several path options. Rogan gave it his all to give us a time of 1:20:39, (although Rogan had at just under 1:20 which sounds much quicker 🙂 ), & 6th best on the leg and 23rd team at the finish.
Category winners & Otley:
|Pos||Team Name||Category||Leg Time|
|1||Wharfedale H. Mens A||Open||05:33:26|
|2||Keighley & Craven A||Vets||06:06:27|
|10||Accrington Mixed A||Mixed||06:55:01|
|13||Bingley Ladies A||Ladies||07:14:33|
|23||The Otley Dream Team||Open||07:48:03|
|Pos. on Leg (End of Leg)||Runners||Total Time Leg Time||Fastest
|Leg 1||32||Laura Martin, Tamara Weatherhead||01:50:06||Wharfedale H.||Christian Holmes, Lee Athersmith||01:18:28|
|Leg 2||26 (27)||Hugh Pearson, Sara Elliott||03:22:47 01:32:41||Wharfedale H.||Sam Watson, Harry Holmes||01:03:24|
|Leg 3||38 (33)||Hannah Lupton, Sara Richard||04:51:50 01:29:03||Wharfedale H.||David Kirkham, Paul Crabtree||00:53:18|
|Leg 4||28 (32)||Andy Webster, Caron Ralph||06:27:34 01:35:44||Wharfedale H.||Jonny Bradshaw, James Hall||01:04:19|
|Leg 5||6 (23)||Andrew Robertshaw, Rogan Ashton||07:48:03 01:20:29||Keighley & Craven A||Will Smith, Adrian Thomas||01:13:36|