Archive for July, 2016

Friday 29th-Sunday 31st July: Lakeland 100

imageReport from Sarah fuller

The Lakeland 100 and I have a bit of a love-hate relationship stretching back to 2012 when I did the 50 miler, my first ultra. Since then I’ve tried twice (2013, 2014) to complete the brutal 105 mile, 22,600ft accent course failing both times at the 66 mile point. I’ve lost count of how many times people told me ‘this year was my year’ but my training volume has been less than ideal due to the after effects of the spine so I wasn’t convinced – you really can’t blag your way round a mountain 100 miler!

Still I lined up with 345 other people just before 6pm on Friday night. I find I know quite a lot of people at these events nowadays so it was a jolly atmosphere catching up with old friends and people I’d spent time with on events before. Nonetheless I still stood there and blubbed like a big girl as the opera singer performed nessun dorma (none shall sleep !) as we were waiting for the off. Finally we moved off running thorough the streets of coniston, there were thousands of people cheering us through and it was all a bit emotional but a relief to get going – could I really do it this time? Could I leave that mile 66 checkpoint at howtown? Was I mentally strong enough to cover the same ground again before then ? I would find out soon enough. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 31st July – Castle Bolton Trail Race

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Report from Howard Jeffrey: For the last few years I have done the Leeds Grammar triathlon on the weekend of the ‘James Herriot Trail race’ at Castle Bolton but the organisers have given up to concentrate on other events. That meant of course that I could venture again 14K across the high moors in North Yorkshire. I was with Jacque so arrived a bit later than usual so was unable to warm up but I remembered the route was flat for the first half mile or so before turning up quite a steep hill. I lined up at the start with Phil Robinson and Tom Hannah and took the flat bit steady as the sun was out and it was quite warm. We turned off the tarmac onto the stony path that led up to the low part of the moor, where the sheep do graze. It was a tough, rutted and stony slope for about a quarter of a mile and it had some folks walking already. I remembered this bit so I had paced myself up to the brow. What I had not remembered was the false summit and it went on up for another half mile or so. Off the grassland and onto a stony track beyond the wall, surely it levels off there. No it does not, it carries on going up and up and into quite a strong fresh breeze which kept things deceptively cool. The sun was hot and I kept getting the hot prickles. Thankfully there were two scheduled water stations along the route and they had added a third which was necessary. We were still heading upwards when I looked at my watch at 18 minutes! At I guess about the 4K point the route turned downhill and you could let yourself freefall for about 2K. I descended with the brakes on though as the track was lumpy with a loose stony surface and a grass mound running in the middle with grass to the side. After that you hit the bottom of a hill steeper than the first and I was the only one attempting (glad I couldn’t see myself) to ‘run’ up it. I was just about able to keep pace with those who chose to walk but I had wanted to keep the rhythm going. Maybe half to three quarters of a kilometre and you get to the top. A similar descent to the one previously described brings you back to the lower slopes of the moor. You get a fabulous view across the valley and a glimpse of the castle in the distance where the finish line is. It is probably about 2 miles as the crow flies but they cynically turn you away back towards the hill and it seems to take forever to get back on the trail towards it. Eventually there is a nice stretch of reasonable track to the finish and I feel good enough to overhaul a seasoned fell runner in my age group which put me third I think. The race was won by Carl Bell of Keswick AC in 53.10, first lady was Michelle Nolan of RZH in 62.12. I was 57th in 71.02, Phil 151st in 85.20 and Tom 205th in 93.59. 257 finished Photo’s show runners snaking up the first hill and me and Phil at the finish, Tom not captured.

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Saturday 30th July- Park runs

Woodhouse Moor:

Cadan HOARE 19.29

Melvin HOARE 23.53

Bradford: Thomas MIDGLEY 18:30

Sewerby: Rob Fearnley  26:34

Fountains Abbey:

Scott Harrington  16:23
Andrew ACKROYD  23:48
Jackie Ackroyd  24:42

Reigate Priory:

James Rawstron  21:41
Wetherby: Susan TUPLING 26:01
Lydney: Thomas POMFRETT  18:48


Andrew Webster  27:12
Alice WEBSTER   27:12
Imogen Webster  29:03

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Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th July: Cotswold 24 hr run

Report from el presidente:

As I get older, I’ve seemed to end up trying to run further, rather than faster. Having run 100K over hilly stuff twice and a few other ultras, I wondered if I could do 100 miles in 24 hrs. Looking for possible races that were not too challenging in the terrain I found the Cotswold 24 hr race and entered it. My family come from round there so accommodation was on hand. I stayed at my brothers and had a good night’s sleep before the event, which was a luxury as normally I sleep in the car – or have to get up really early to drive to the start. He delivered me to Gatcombe Park, the country seat of Lady Bathurst who had graciously allowed us to run round her grounds. Lots of opportunities for polo were also available, but sadly I had to pass on them. There was a big tented village with loads of facilities and about 1000 people taking part – a bit of a circus. 110 people took on the race solo, but there were a lot of relay teams from pairs up to teams of 8. It was very well organised and friendly (luckily as it cost £85 to enter). I found a quiet bit of shade under a tree and got ready, packing a bags of food, clothes and stuff to keep me going. It was a 9 km circuit so we could restock every lap. High noon came and off we set for our first lap, on a route that was better than I thought it would be. It was a 9 km circuit through a mixture of undulating fields, woods and tarmac, in a parkland setting with a few romantic ruins and obelisks dotted about and no traffic. Unfortunately it was very warm and still for the first 8 hours and we all struggled in the heat. On about my 5th lap I felt very odd and wobbly and realised I was over heating so took it steady and managed to drag it back. Once it got dark at about 10.00 it was much cooler and easier to run in. You have to be very careful and maintain hydration whilst not drinking too much as you run the risk of washing the salts out of your body and thats very dodgy. I found it hard to eat enough in the heat and wish I’d taken more banana’s as they were good. It was great running in the cool of the night with loads of Owl calls as the sound track, things picked up a lot. As us solo runners plodded round doing the ultra-shuffle we were continually passed by relay whippets who were averaging faster lap times than my best. However I’d decided that I would review progress at midnight and see what my target would be. It had taken me around 12 hours to complete 10 x 9 km laps and lap times were growing as I slowed, so I realised that I was very unlikely to manage 100 miles, and changed my targets. I stopped running at about 4.30 am just as it was getting light having run 108 Km, further than I’ve ever run before and getting a 100k pb by 50 minutes. Very pleased to have achieved this and not bothered not to have got 100 miles in. I could have carried on walking, but thought it was better to be happy with this and not risk more damage. This left me with a bit of a problem, as Sally was not due to come and pick me up till Sunday lunchtime and I had nowhere to collapse. It was a dewy morning and very noisy in the runners village by the start and finish. However near to hand was an ancient folly with a long bench in it and I camped – or cramped there for a few hours. Wish I’d taken a sleeping bag and mat, but I managed to pass out for a bit. Sally picked me up at 10.00 and I retired to my sister’s house for an ibruprophin smoothie, shower and bed. I really enjoyed the race and was pleased with my results. There was an interesting mix of people in the race – a lot of tattoo’s and extreme challenge types, but mainly friendly – someone came up to me and asked if I knew Julian M. Some of them had heard of fell running, but many thought the course was rough and dangerous with too many potholes – and then it got dark! There was a good moon and I spent a lot of time running torch less which was good but not many others dared.
I ran the 28th furthest distance of 110 solo runners – even though some carried on for longer than me. 108 KM in 16 hrs 23 mins – the winner did well over 100 miles, but only 4 others managed it.
Made a change and now I’m going to fall asleep into my third helping of tea.


Sunday 24th July – Great Yorkshire Run 10k

Report from Joanna Hobson:

This morning I went over to Harrogate for the Great Yorkshire Run 10k. This was a very well organised race by The Great Run Series and whilst it was the 10th anniversary of the Great Yorkshire Run it was the first time it had been held in Harrogate, having recently moved from Sheffield.

The course was a (more than expected) challenging, undulating route around Harrogate, mostly on paths off road, and took in the very beautiful Valley Gardens and up to Harlow Carr. For Otley AC I was joined by Louise Penny, John Davis, Gloria Jackson and Andy and Jackie Ackroyd. It was a very hot morning but despite the hills and the heat everybody had a really good run and we were rewarded with a very well stocked goody bag.

The winner of the race was Jason Cherriman, Leeds City in 32:55 and the first female was Sharon Barlow Darlington Harriers in 37:10. For Otley AC Andy Ackroyd 50:36, Jackie Ackroyd 53:16, Joanna Hobson 54:11 ( PB), John Davis 54:50, Louise Penny 1:02:19, Gloria Jackson 1:05:27.


Saturday 23rd July – Park Runs


Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Andrew Lawrence Morpeth H & AC 16:48
33 1 Liz Lee Unattached 22:45
39 38 Andrew Webster Otley AC 23:21


Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Graham Corbett Saltaire Striders 18:17
8 1 Claire Cooper Keighley & Craven AC 20:31
115 21 Ann Yeadon Otley AC 26:20
122 24 Laura Hind Otley AC 26:41

Fountains Abbey:

Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Scott Cassidy Unattached 16:43
23 23 Peter Crowder Otley AC 21:17
25 1 Emma Sorby Ripon Runners 21:20


Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Joseph Smith Unattached 16:39
25 1 Louisa Welton Harrogate H & AC 20:27
130 112 Stephen Small Otley AC 25:04
180 35 Charlotte Rawstron Otley AC 27:19
181 146 James Rawstron Otley AC 27:19
227 53 Sarah Jones Otley AC 29:12

Woodhouse Moor:

Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Alec Francis Hyde Park H 17:08
22 22 Cadan Hoare Otley AC 20:06
35 1 Hayley Lawrence Leeds & Bradford Tri 20:57


Saturday 23rd July – Cleveland Half Ironman Triathlon

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

My philosophy on running has always been to try and run as fast as I can for as far as I can without having to slow down too much ‘just to do the distance’. That is why I have never done a marathon but have always been happy to do halves as frequently as every fortnight because you don’t need the same recovery time. The trouble is I have got heavier with muscling up a bit for triathlons and also I seem to have just got older and although the perceived effort still occasionally feels the same as of old, I generally just don’t go as fast as I can. So what? You ask. Well I did see some interesting half ironman races in Euro and world championships and I asked myself what if I could get to one? You need to have performed well at a recognised event to be considered. Oh by the way the distances for Cleveland are 2K swim, 58 Mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run. In a few moments of madness last February I entered.

As it got closer to the date I had a nagging doubt about the wisdom of going so far out of my comfort zone. As I thought an ironman is completed by amateurs in reasonable shape in under 12 hours, that meant a half ironman (called the Steelman at Cleveland) would be under 6 hours. Just a question of pacing myself (i.e. slowing down just to do the distance). My rough calculations prior to the race were 2K swim, should manage around 40 minutes at a steady pace. Maybe 3 hours on the bike depending on the route, bearing in mind I have never ridden further than 42 miles and the half to finish I was guessing in just under 2 hours. Not counting transitions that put a target time of 5 hours 40 minutes. Oops, I sometimes struggle to even stay awake that long these days. Read the rest of this entry »


17th of July Burton Leonard 3K Fun Run

On Sunday the 17th of July Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden ran the 3K Burton Leonard Fun Run. The course was a tough multi-terrain route which started in the village before going through the local nature reserve and farmers fields. It was a really hot day and there wasn’t much shade on course. Both boys ran well with Jenson Brogden claiming 3rd overall and Aston Brogden going home strong despite a fall in 14th. The boys recognised a few  Ripon junior runners from the Melmerby race back in May. A great race in a lovely little village.

( The race wasn’t timed)


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Thursday 21st July – Danefield Handicap

A perfect evening for running saw a big turnout of 39 runners, including 5 from the beginners group, a couple of the fast juniors and lots of seniors.  Emma and Caroline from the beginners had fantastic runs for this hilly just short of 3 mile route crossing the finish as the first two.

Young Harry Bowness was 1st point scorer in 3rd, followed by Louise Penny and club treasurer Ian Broadbent.  It was also good to see a few of fast boys out with Scott Harrington recording the fastest time of the night of 16:06.

Despite not being able to make this high scoring handicap, Tom Pomfrett retains his lead at the top of the Eric Smith Handicap Table 0n 82 points.  There was lots of big changes behind Tom, with Rob Fearnley, Hugh Pearson and David Cattanach now joint 2nd on 70 points. Click here for more detail on the full 2016 handicap table.

A big thanks to Chef Dominic Egan for the post race BBQ at the cricket club.  The August handicap is the Liz Fawcett Leathley Handicap, Tues. 16th.

Net Time Pos H Cap Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Points
34 1 Emma Tostevin 31:14 00:00 31:14
35 2 Caroline Greenwood 31:14 00:00 31:14
14 3 Harry Bowness 31:35 09:00 22:35 33
32 4 Louise Penny 31:44 03:30 28:14 32
11 5 Ian Broadbent 31:57 10:30 21:27 31
12 6 Tony Walker 32:01 10:30 21:31 30
16 7 Hugh Pearson 32:10 09:00 23:10 29
17 8 Andrew Johnson 32:15 09:00 23:15 28
25 9 Rob Fearnley 32:19 07:00 25:19 27
29 10 Andrew Sumner 32:25 05:30 26:55 26
20 11 Billy Rayner 32:28 08:00 24:28 25
3 13 Edward Davies 32:30 15:00 17:30 23
5 12 Tom Paget 32:30 13:30 19:00 24
24 14 Ann Yeadon 32:30 07:30 25:00 22
21 15 Phil Robinson 32:34 08:00 24:34 21
7 16 James Rawstron 32:35 12:00 20:35 20
22 17 Jackie Ackroyd 32:39 08:00 24:39 19
10 18 Mike Hastings 32:43 11:30 21:13 18
8 19 Chris Hosker 32:44 12:00 20:44 17
9 20 Holly Davey 32:49 12:00 20:49 16
23 21 Liz Fawcett 32:50 08:00 24:50 15
4 22 Tom Lynch 32:52 15:00 17:52 14
36 23 Antonio Cardinale 32:54 00:00 32:54 13
18 24 Daniel Mundet 32:55 09:00 23:55 12
37 25 Olivia Waite 32:56 00:00 32:56
13 26 Andy Webster 32:57 10:30 22:27 11
6 27 Jenson Brogden 32:58 13:30 19:28 10
26 28 Joanna Hobson 32:59 07:30 25:29 9
2 29 Liam Dunne 33:03 16:00 17:03 8
1 30 Scott Harrington 33:06 17:00 16:06 7
38 31 Paul Dodsworth 33:13 00:00 33:13
39 32 Sarah Windass 33:20 00:00 33:20
27 33 Colin Best 33:28 07:30 25:58 6
19 34 John Dade 33:34 09:30 24:04 5
30 35 Tom Hannah 33:35 06:30 27:05 4
15 36 Nicola Lee 33:44 11:00 22:44 3
33 37 David Cattanach 33:50 05:30 28:20 2
31 38 Ann Pearson 33:56 06:30 27:26
28 39 John Davis 34:31 08:00 26:31 1


Tuesday the sweltering of July (19th)

Report from Scott Harrington


A rare glimpse of the lesser spotted Off-roader Harrington

On the hottest day of the year I decided to do the latest vets race over at Crossgates as I thought it would make a nice change from my usual tuesday speed session. Thankfully at registration the sun had dipped behind the clouds so it  made conditions slightly better. The race was 5.5 miles in distance and all off road on open fields and farm tracks (i hate off road!!) As we set off, I started off quite cautiously but once i found my footing and after a early tussle with a couple of other runners I managed to open up a decent lead, I was able to enjoy the race and the early evening views, I crossed the finish line comfortably in 1st place in 30.17, there were 168 finishers, of which I was the sole Otley representative. After the race there was a buffet for all runners and the presentation was swift. There was a lovely friendly atmosphere throughout the evening and at £5 entry, with the great marshalling and organisation, what’s not to like!! But I still hate off road!!

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