Archive for July, 2016

Wednesday 13th July – Golden Acre Relay

Report from Tom Lynch: 4 teams were in action for Otley at the Golden Acre Relays, with good running weather, sunny but not too warm. The race was won by the team ‘Bramhope Deers’ with two of the legs run by Adam Peers, with the fastest leg in 14:21 (the other in 14:46), the middle leg was run by Nick Hooker in 15:03.


Full results found at and Otley’s results with some extra info:


Team Pos. end of Leg Overall Leg Rank Runner Leg Time Total Time
Otley Lions 32 93 Gary Johnson 17:41
Mens 20 57 Tom Pomfrett 16:54 34:35
16 42 Tom Lynch 16:35 51:10
Otley Tigers 55 164 Christian Hosker 19:14
Mens 60 217 Dominic Egan 20:49 40:03
58 174 Andy Webster 19:36 59:39
Otley Mixtures 95 279 Jackie Ackroyd 22:31
 Mixed 105 347 Maddie Delucchi 26:00 48:31
105 297 Colin Best 23:17 1:11:48
Otley Babes 104 316 Joanna Hobson 24:17
Mixed 106 343 Louise Penney 25:33 49:50
110 276 Billy Rayner 22:28 1:12:18



Sunday July 17th – Cheshire Half Marathon

Report from Andy Webster: It was an early start to the day. Left Pool at 6.45, and arrived at Arley Hall nice and early for the 9.30 start.

This was a pretty flat race only 197 feet of climbing in the whole race. I had not done many long runs, but felt reasonably good for the first 4 miles, I then slowed to an 8 min/mile pace until the last three miles, where my legs started to tire. Ended up finishing in 1:43:50 (162 place). Unfortunately then had to drive back and do a late shift in a busy emergency department in LGI.

The winner was Mohammed Abu-Rezeq in 67:03. Joasia Zakrzewski was First Lady in 80.05.

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Sunday 17th July – Burton Leonard 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey: A lovely day was forecast for Sunday and I was geared up for the Burton Leonard 10K which is a pleasant village in the Yorkshire Dales, near Ripon. I have done this race many times although last time in 2012 and it did use to be popular with Otleyensians in the days of the Black Sheep race series (remember that?). It turned out I was the only black and white on the day but it seemed everyone from Nidd Valley was there and a good turn out from Harrogate and Ripon, them being ‘local’ and all. I had put in a full week of training for the first time in quite a while and had felt good in the week. Target really was to try and better the last outings time of 47.35. The course is not fast and it turned out to be very hot in the sun although the breeze kept the absolute temperature tolerable. The start and finish have moved from the village green to the school to keep us off the road which meant a couple of tight bends out of the school and a sharp steep grassy bank to turn up all in the first 250m and in reverse to the finish. At the top of the bank it’s a tarmac descent to a river crossing which you can either ford or queue for the footbridge. I opted to take a quick breather and keep my feet dry so waited for a few seconds to cross the bridge. I had TIM Broomfield from Harrogate to judge my pace by as we have been neck and neck in the  most recent races together. Tim had been in front up the hill and I had not yet caught him. On the other side of the river a concrete track goes uphill to another road which leads to a sharp rutted descent through the shaded woods and you have to watch your step. After bounding down that the route crosses a field of long grass with a welcome water station at the near halfway mark. Maybe half a mile of grass then back onto tarmac for another mile then an undulating single track through fields back to the road towards the five mile mark. It feels quite warm and I am surprised I have not caught Tim who I think I can see about a minute ahead in the red, black and yellow of Harrogate. Back down toward the river crossing and everyone fairly spread out now so opted to remain dry and took the bridge again. Steep uphill back along the road to the 400m mark and able to find another gear to catch up and overtake third lady towards the finish. My time 45.32 in 58th place out of 248 finishers in the race won by Andrew Grant of Harrogate Harriers in 34.50, first lady Lorraine Mitchell, also of Harrogate in 41.24. Where was Tim? 4.5 minutes behind, I should have gone to Specsavers!



Saturday 16th July – 41st Snowdon International Mountain Race

Report from Liam Dunne: I travelled down to Wales with Charlotte for the annual 41st Snowdon International Mountain Race. This is the second time I have done this event, the first time being five years ago in 2011 and I’ve being threatening to go back ever since. The race starts in Padarn Park in the centre of Llanberis. There is a real carnival feel to the event with all the locals coming out in their droves to watch and support all runners taking part including the elite teams from England, Ireland, N.Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales lining up at the start.
The race simply consists of 10 miles: five miles and approximately 3,500 ft of ascent to the summit of Snowdon and then five miles back down to the finish in Llanberis. The weather around the country was pretty good almost everywhere last Saturday, except Wales. This made conditions difficult for the competitors especially on the fast rocky decent.
My hill training in preparation has been pretty poor but I was hoping for a similar time to my last attempt of around 1 hour 20 mins. I set off at a fairly easy pace and the plan was to push hard for the last third of the ascent, but about two thirds of the way up my calves started to tighten and I was struggling. I was getting passed by quite a few other runners and I knew it was going to be painful on the decent. I reached the summit in about 54 mins and with the wet slippery decent I wasn’t on for my predicted time.
The route down was a lot more congested with walkers and runners than I previously remember and with everyone looking down to negotiate the slippy surface it caused a few collisions, and I was no exception, as I collided with one of the Northern Ireland female competitors as she was making her way to the summit.
With tired legs and bad conditions there was also lots of runners hitting the deck but I managed to stay upright. The last road section off the mountain is exceptionally steep and hard on the body but on the flat return along the road through Llanberis the crowds (including Charlotte) were lining the streets to the finish and offering fantastic support despite the bad weather.
I got to the finish a bit slower than expected in 1.23.36, 66th position overall and 5th MV40. I was happy enough just to get down and finish without falling and I will be back again, hopefully in better condition.
First to the finish and overall winner was English team debutant Chris Smith in an incredible time of 1.05.47 and first woman home was last year’s winner Sarah Mulligan of Ireland in a time of 1.20.51.
The highlights were shown yesterday evening on Welsh channel S4C and I managed to squeeze into a couple of camera shots. For anyone interested in watching the event it may be repeated again soon.


Saturday 16th July – Park Runs

Old Deer Park parkrun

A total of 87 runners took part.

View full results for Old Deer Park parkrun event #290

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Eirin MC DAID Ranelagh Harriers 00:17:12
10 1 Sarah HUTTON Unattached 00:21:34
51 40 Nick HODGKINSON Otley AC 00:28:21

Bradford parkrun

A total of 455 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #319

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Craig SHEARER Keighley & Craven AC 00:16:56
23 1 Lydia FARLEY Bradford Airedale AC 00:21:07
219 174 Rob Fearnley Otley AC 00:28:12

Roundhay parkrun

A total of 278 runners took part.

View full results for Roundhay parkrun event #274

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Huw LIPPIATT Unattached 00:18:22
19 1 Myra JONES Valley Striders AC 00:21:07
194 63 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:30:03

Sewerby parkrun

A total of 170 runners took part.

View full results for Sewerby parkrun event #242

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 James WILSON Driffield Striders 00:18:38
17 1 Hannah Catherine Rachael COX Charnwood AC 00:22:58
45 39 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:26:01

Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 263 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #122

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Jason CHERRIMAN Leeds City AC 00:15:52
12 1 Mena SCATCHARD Unattached 00:20:18
89 73 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:25:15
218 86 Claire HASTINGS Otley AC 00:33:14

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Saturday July 16th – It’s a piece of cake trail marathon

Report by Sara Richard:SaraRichard_Itsapieceofcake

The Shroshire ‘It’s a piece of cake trail marathon’ organised by How Hard Can It Be Events! starts in Church Stretton famous for beautiful country side and Long Mynd ( a mountain bike and off road runner mecca).

The race starts and finishes in the stunning Carding Mill Valley, a National Trust haven. There is a half marathon or full marathon option. 13.2 mile laps, fully flagged. Kit requirements stated. Friendly marshals and well stocked check points. Very hilly, mixed terrain, narrow hill tracks, fields, moors, rocky slate down hills. Luckily the weather was perfect if a little too warm.
The pull for me was the blingtastic medal! I love it! I want to collect the others! Check out their website if you are looking for a small, friendly and well organised event with a fun atmosphere and medals that make you smile! And , yes , there was cake!

The winner was Gemma Mallet 4:12:55.7,  Second Stephen Minnikin 4:26:25.9.

I was pleased with 5:55:47.6 coming 23rd out of 31.

I can’t recommend this event highly enough. Give it a go.


Friday 15th July – Washburn Valley Relay

The Otley Plastic Brit team powered home on the last leg thanks to Adam Stacey overtaking North Leeds on the lap of Swinsty & fastest on the last leg and also a new record for the 3 stage event,  a big well done to the team.

Father & son Crowders plus Ben Kettleborough were second Otley team finishing 17th, followed by the Ferrets in 39th, Outlaws 37th and the Trailers 46th,  with Tom having the satisfaction of passing 29 racing round Fewston.

With the improved path round Fewston and the new short cut bit together with good conditions meant lots of records were broken this year.  See all the full set of results including new records here,  including a seriously quick lap of Fewston, 20:30 by former Otley member Matt John.  Zack will be pleased with the new team record, but less pleased in losing his leg 1 record by 5 seconds.

Thanks to everyone who helped out marshaling, course marking, recording etc. etc..  Any photos anybody?

Team Pos end of Leg Gain/Loss Leg Rank Runner Leg Time Total Time
Otley Plastic Brit 4 4 Zack Whitehead 17:38
Mens 2 2 2 Scott Harrington 21:11 38:49
1 1 1 Adam Stacey 17:40 56:29
Otley Crowders 18 Ben Kettleborough 20:32
Mens 18 0 23 Oliver Crowder 26:31 47:03
17 1 12 Peter Crowder 21:16 1:08:19
Otley Ferrets 45 Caron Ralph 24:04
 Mixed 41 4 37 James Rawstron 28:56 53:00
39 2 28 Ian Broadbent 23:35 1:16:35
Otley Outlaws 51 Damian Hosker 24:27
Mens 39 12 34 Chris Hosker 28:10 52:37
37 2 28 Andy Webster 22:51 1:15:28
Otley Trailers 66 66 Pange Srivastava 27:19
Mixed 37 29 12 Tom Lynch 24:46 52:05
46 -9 60 Jackie Ackroyd 26:45 1:18:50


Juniors report from Hugh Pearson:

In the junior Washburn Valley Relays, 16 teams of four battled over a mile of bogs, woods and rocks in order to get their hands on the trophy that was won by Otley AC juniors last year. From the start it was clear that this was going to be a competitive race. After the first leg a team from Valley Striders led closely followed by three teams from Ilkley with Aston Brogden bringing in an Otley team in fifth position. Only 21 seconds separated the five teams. Leg two saw Ilkley take the lead, closely followed by Valley Striders with Charlotte Rawstron gaining two places to change over with Otley in third. Two teams from Ilkley Harriers followed. In leg three Otley’s Holly Davey put in a storming leg of less than 8 minutes to pull Otley into second and releasing Jenson Brogden on the anchor leg to chase down Valley Strider’s Tally Diamond, who had a 28 second advantage. Despite running the fastest leg of the night (7:36), Jenson was unable to erase the deficit, finishing a mere 12 seconds behind Tally for second place. Two teams from Ilkley took third and fourth places with an Otley team placing 5th.



9th of July Jane Tomlinson Run for All Junior races ( 9 to 15 yrs)

Happy Birthday Jenson!

On Saturday Jenson turned 12 so what does this running mad boy do? Race! Jenson was joined by Aston, Holly and Charlotte. The Juniors hit the start line of this 2.5km race to take part in a group warm up, The Otley Crew were desperate to get going despite the awful wet weather! The Juniors all did us proud with Jenson coming home first for Otley in 3rd place overall and then Holly followed shortly after him to take the 1st Girl position. Aston was home next followed by Charlotte, both putting in an amazing sprint finish!

After the Junior race and prize giving the Juniors cheered on Charlotte’s sister Jess who ran in the Mini race.

Well done everyone you did us and Otley AC Juniors proud.

Full results to follow.

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5th of July Jane Tomlinson Canal Race Methley

On a lovely evening in July, Jenson Brogden, Aston Brogden and Holly Davey took part in the 1.5 mile Canal race in Methley. All three Juniors ran this race last year so were keen to be back to look for a PB. This race is organised by Rothwell Harriers so there was a sea of bright yellow surrounding The Otley 3! The Rothwell crew made a few comments on the start line to try intimidate our gang but as expected Jenson, Aston and Holly remained professional and got into their zones.

Full Results-

Jenson Brogden 5th- 8.27.6

Holly Davey        7th   8.45.5

Aston Brogden   17th  9.39.5


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3rd July Eccup Junior Races.

Another day, another race. Jenson Brogden, Aston Brogden and Holly Davey took part in the Junior races at the Eccup 10. Aston was first up in the mile race, he finished well in joint 13th, great result as he was running with much older children. Jenson and Holly both ran in the 2 mile race and had amazing races. Jenson was first overall in a time of 11.24 and Holly was 5th but 1st girl in a time of 12.24.

Full results here-http://

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