Archive for June, 2016

14th of June Meanwood Valley Junior Races

A small group of Juniors travelled to Meanwood on Tuesday evening to take part in the 1 and 2 mile Junior trail races. The races were hosted by Valley Striders, who after training on the course for several weeks took some of the top spots. Our Juniors finished well and recorded some quick times.

See results below-

Meanwood Trail Junior Races 14 June 2016 Results School years 3-4 (now loads correct spreadsheet) (1 mile approx) School years 5-6 (1 mile approx) School years 7-8 and 9-12 (2 miles approx) Some photos here soon!

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Sunday 19th June: Wakefield half marathon

Report from Howard:

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I did this race last year and it is a very low key but really pleasant mainly off road and undulating run through what I guess are old quarry and mine workings now a country park. There was a marathon taking place at the same time, they just went round twice. The sun was out and it was quite warm although in the early part of the race we went through cool shady woods which were a real pleasure to be in. There were quite a few muddy patches along the route which were the remnants of recent very wet weather. I set off at a steady pace and held it all the way round without pushing too hard. I managed to finish within a couple of minutes of last years’ time in 1.37.58. That put me in seventh position behind the winner Leon Winder of Idle AC in 1.31.47 . First lady was Laura Quirk in 1.44.09. 82 finished and a further 63 did the marathon. Enough said.


Sunday 19th June: British vets 5km championship

Report from Mark Hall:

A trip west to this well established event. It is 3 laps of a hilly circuit, no PBs available! I made a big mistake by not looking at the race details thinking it was 2 laps when it was 3! I went off at a pace suitable for 2 laps and paid the price on lap 3 getting passed in the final 200 metres. I distanced all of the favourites but missed the unknown winner. I finished 2nd.

Winner: James Gallacher, Kirkintilloch (Scotland) 17.06
Mark Hall: 17.12


Saturday 18th June: York Summer league

Some great results from our juniors – Report from James Rawstron:

Charlotte and Amber went to the York Summer League meeting yesterday.

Long Jump Charlotte 2.85m 10th (of 16)
Amber 3.11m joint 6th (of 16) 1 League Point

Obviously both PBs as they’ve never competed in it before – they knew where they’d gone a bit wrong so did a few more practice ones later and I’m sure you can help them both to do more like 3.70/3.80m

600m Charlotte 2:05.4 2nd (of 16 all in one race) 5 League Points
Amber 2:21.2 13th (of 16)

Charlotte less than 1 second outside her PB ran a really good race, Amber first time she’s run on a track and also that distance so respectable time.

75m Charlotte 12.4 secs 12th (of 22 across 4 heats)
Amber 11.6 secs 3rd (of 22) 4 League Points

Charlotte new PB ran a solid one, Amber first time running that distance with a very fast PB……

All in all not a bad day – more experience for them, some PBs and a few league points in the bag.

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Saturday 18th June: Buckden Pike fell race

Report from Tom P:

I woke up early on Saturday ready to make the long drive to Borrowdale to recce the route ahead of the classic Borrowdale Fell Race in August. Unfortunately I then “rested my eyes” briefly and an hour later woke up to the realisation that I was both lazy and not going to the Lakes. Plan B soon came together in the shape of Buckden Pike Fell Race – a traditional fell race in the sense that you run up a bloody great hill then run back down in again. Lovely.

The race kicked off at half two with a typically unceremonious “Go” from the organiser and after crossing the slippy beck the pack started to stretch out on the first brutal section of uphill. I was still feeling the effects of Thursday’s Harrogate league so I just put my head down and tried to hold on in the hope I could make some time up on the descent.

Other than the odd bog patch, the conditions were great, with nice springy turf most of the way up to the high point just short of Buckden Pike summit. Here the route turned and we hit the first downhill before the long contour that rejoins the ascent route. I found a second wind on the descent and regained a few places before the stile and a few more on the final crazy drop back into the village – the highlight being the amusing wall leap coming into the finish.

First Man – Jamie Parkinson, Pudsey and Bramley, 34.17
First Lady – Kirsty Hall, Wharfedale, 42.07

Tom Pomfrett was the only runner for Otley coming in 21st in 44.44. There were 98 runners in total, full results are here.

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Sunday 19th June – Windy Gyle Fell Race

Report by Andrew Robertshaw:

Thanks to Colin Best’s hospitality at his Northumberland holiday home at Adderstone, nr Bamburgh the pair of us traveled to the remote start near Alwinton,  deep in the north Pennines.

Fell racing is often a case of ‘horses for courses‘ and I think this one was pretty much a perfect course foWindyGyle_Presentationr me.  Long climbs, no tricky, technical sections and relatively gentle descents, covering 8 miles & 1800ft of ascent.

After a short road section and climb, there was a fast section across to the first checkpoint.  At this point I found myself at the front of the field and hoping some of the locals knew the way as this was a ‘proper fell race‘, or in other words an unmarked course.  However soon afterwards it was obvious none of the lead group was confident of the way,  as we took a bad line up a tussocky climb rather than contouring round on the good track.  After we caught a guy from the local Alnwick club who’d gone the correct way I decided I might as well strike it out alone and hope!

As Colin had done the race last year I knew the route followed a good path all the way, so hopefully I’d be OK.  The climb up to the summit of Windy Gyle was clear, then a left turn & descent to a gate crossing.  At this point I wasn’t 100% confident so waited a bit, got the race map out & after a moments thought, decided to carry on in the same direction.  After finding the marshals at the 2nd left turn at the end of the horseshoe course I was a lot more confident I should be OK to the finish & so it proved, coming home 1st in 1:05:04.

Despite suffering with a quad. problem for the last few months Colin ran well to finish just a couple of minutes or so slower than last year in about an hour 37 minutes.  Official results here, (clock malfunction, so unfortunately no time recorded for Colin at present).

In 4th & 1st v50 was fell running great Colin Donnelly, whose one of many achievements is the still standing record for the Welsh 3000’s (click on the link to see a video) & this weekend’s Buckden Pike.

Next year anyone?,  I think I’ll have to make a return.  A great race & views across the northern Pennines.


Runner of the Month for May

RobinO_Otley10KirstyPomfrett_SwaledaleHLRobin Outtersides and Kirsty Pomfrett were awarded this month’s awards,  Robin for running well in lots of races of the month from Park runs, Harrogate League & Yorks. Vets races, similarly for  Kirsty all of the Harrogate League races and Great Lakeland 3 Day, not to mention the Chevin Fell Race just creeping into June.  Well deserved by both.


Thursday 16th April – Thirsk Harrogate League

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

The final counting race of the summer saw Jamil takes his second win & the Harrogate League title.  Not the most inspiring route but ideal for those with a liking for flat and fast courses.  Scott and Jamil made up the elite team with top ten finishes and Phil Robinson was first in his category.  Runner of the month Kirsty was first lady back for Otley  20 seconds or so ahead of Sara Elliott.  Just the handicap and prize presentation at Ripon left now and time for a bit of my own medicine 🙂 .

Pos Name Category Category position Club Gun Time
1 Jamil Parapia MSEN 1 Otley  AC 26:16
4 Scott Harrington MSEN 2 Otley  AC 27:05
8 Zack Whitehead MSEN 5 Otley  AC 27:55
13 Andrew Robertshaw MV45 4 Otley  AC 28:54
15 Sharon Barlow Hamilton FV35 1 Ripon R. 29:06
35 Tom Lynch MSEN 17 Otley  AC 30:56
45 Tom Pomfrett MSEN 20 Otley  AC 31:47
57 Tom Paget MSEN 27 Otley  AC 32:39
72 Steven Robinson MV40 12 Otley  AC 33:16
129 Michael Hastings MSEN 41 Otley  AC 36:14
151 Kirsty Pomfrett FSEN 9 Otley  AC 37:23
165 Sara Elliott FV40 6 Otley  AC 37:44
171 Matt Podd MV55 13 Otley  AC 38:05
200 Serena Blackburn FV50 6 Otley  AC 40:06
219 Philip Robinson MV70 1 Otley  AC 40:50
227 Chris Brunold FV50 10 Otley  AC 41:14
230 Liz Fawcett FV45 14 Otley  AC 41:27
233 Andrew Rayner MV50 27 Otley  AC 41:32
236 Rob Fearnley MSEN 51 Otley  AC 41:39
247 Colin Best MV60 9 Otley  AC 42:15
254 Joanna Hobson FV55 5 Otley  AC 42:44
255 Bethany Leitch FSEN 21 Otley  AC 42:46
261 Jackie Ackroyd FV55 7 Otley  AC 43:28
268 Laura Hind FV35 12 Otley  AC 43:45
270 Tom Hannah MV65 6 Otley  AC 43:47
274 Hannah Lupton FV35 13 Otley  AC 43:56
282 Sara Richard FV45 17 Otley  AC 44:29
289 Gilly Wight FSEN 26 Otley  AC 45:10


12th June World Triathlon Series Leeds

On Sunday with an amazing event on our doorstep it seemed silly not to go watch the World Triathlon Series in Leeds to inspire the Juniors! The race was amazing! Afterwards we headed to Leeds City Museum in hope of seeing some of the athletes. Jenson, Aston and Holly were delighted to meet Jonny Brownlee( again), Tom Bishop and Gomez! You can tell by Becky’s face she was pleased to meet Gomez too!


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Wednseday 8th June – The Otley 10

Photos by Andrew Byrom  & Dominic’s finish line photos on the club’s flickr site.

Results for the Otley 10 v3 Word Doc. or Spreadsheet.

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