Archive for August, 2016

Sunday 7th August: Blackpool Airshow 10k and Northern Veterans 10k championship

Report from Mark Hall:

I headed for Blackpool for the Northern veterans 10k championship race. The event was run along the upper and lower promenades, this would normally ensure a fast time. However, the 3 miles slog along the lower promenade was run into a massive headwind that slowed everyone considerably and even Andy Jones, (British team runner) only just got under 33 mins! I managed to win my Championship so the long drive was worth it even if the time was slow due to the conditions. I saw Billy at the start but not after so not sure if he was happy with his run.

Winner: Andy Jones, Doha Bay Running Club 32.49. Mark Hall, 36.20, 6th (1st V55), Andrew Rayner, 54.50, 150th


Sunday 7th August: Asda 10K

Report from Howard:

A big field of runners turned out for the Asda 10K today. I was surprised to make the start having spent yesterday, my birthday, feeling quite bad for some reason. The day was pleasantly warm but with quite a stiff breeze. Very well organised start in pens with expected finish times which were generally well respected. I expected a time of around 44 minutes and got to the 1K mark in 5 minutes. A bit slow but felt OK ish to find a good rhythm. The route starts from York race course and goes through the city, past the Minster and over the river so a splendidly scenic and mainly flat but winding course. It was just an average day at the office till I was overtaken by the 45 minute pacer at 9K. I dug in to hang on and overtake him to finish in a chip time of 44.55 in 347th position out of I don’t know how many thousands. The race was won by Adam Stacey in 33.00, first lady Bethany Garland of Chichester Runners in 38.33. Only spotted Melvin Hoare from Otley AC in the results who was 972nd in 49.11 (all chip times)


Sunday 7th August – Round Hill Fell Race

Wharfedaler, Lee Athersmith repeated his win from last year in a very similar time.  First lady was Nik Tarrega from Knavesmire Harriers finishing 30th.  Reports back said the bogs weren’t too bad this time, but that no doubt depends on who you speak too…, however a strong wind probably wasn’t conducive to fast times.

There was the odd sight on the climb to Round Hill, as an overly ambitious off road driver in their Mitsubishi 4 x 4 had got stuck in the bog, at least it took the attention of the record number of finishers, 151, away from slog through the bogs!

Liam was first home for Otley in fourth and first V40 and much quicker than last year.  A big thanks to all those who helped out on the day, all the checkpoint marshals, route markers, sweepers, car parking attendants, David Fox and Colin Best for lots of things..

Full set of results here and updated all time list here and race photos on Woodentops here.

Position Name Time
1 Lee Athersmith Wharfedale H 00:55:50
4 Liam Dunne Otley AC (1st V40) 00:58:08
18 Rogan Ashton Otley AC 01:01:50
22 Edward Davies Otley AC 01:02:31
30 Nik Tarrega York Knavesmire H 01:07:26
97 Andrew Webster Otley AC 01:20:37
119 Ged Peacock Otley AC 01:28:12
131 Phil Robinson Otley AC 01:33:50
135 Jackie Ackroyd Otley AC 01:40:55
136 Nick Hodgkinson Otley AC 01:41:13
141 David Cattanach Otley AC 01:43:55
151 Antonio Cardinale Otley AC 02:11:46


Saturday 6th August: Borrowdale fell race

Report from Tom P:

It was an uncomfortably hot day for fell running on Saturday. I was nervous about Borrowdale as it’s a race with a reputation, a “proper” fell race. Not only that, it was a championship race and there’s no better way to make yourself feel inadequate than lining up for the start of a race with Ian Holmes, Rob Jebb, Ricky Lightfoot and Nicky Spinks to name but a few.

Tom Lynch had recce’d the route the previous weekend so my plan was to try and stick with him for a while so I didn’t have to navigate. That plan fell apart about half way up the first climb to Bessyboot as I struggled in the heat and he gradually pulled further ahead. It was boggier under foot than expected which made it tough going below Glaramara and up past the tourists on the way to the summit of Scafell Pike.

The descent off Scafell Pike was an insane plunge down a scree slope, attempting to stay upright while stones came whizzing past from above and I soon found myself heading down the corridor route towards checkpoint 4 at Styhead. Great Gable was looming moodily above and I attempted not to think about how much the climb was going to hurt and just put one foot in front of another. After Gable there was some reasonably runnable sections down to Honister where some kind soul had brought a vat of orange squash which was very welcome.

The final climb up Dale Head was brutal, I felt like giving up a few times but going up was basically the quickest way back to the finish so I just kept plodding on and eventually made it to the last checkpoint at the summit. I foolishly thought that was the hard work done and was quickly made to realise that it wasn’t as I fell over twice on the steep upper half of the descent. Eventually I made it back to the more comfortable path through the mines and got my first glimpse of the finishing field. The run in from there was actually quite pleasant and I flopped over the line a few minutes later. Tom had already been in for a while by then and was looking characteristically fresh!

It was great to have a go at another classic Lakes fell race. Could I honestly say I enjoyed it though? I’m not sure 🙂


1st (1st Male) – Ricky Lightfoot – Ellenborough Athletic Club – 2:49:21
40th (1st Female) – Lou Roberts – Ambleside Athletic Club – 3:26:01

For Otley:
212th – Tom Lynch – Otley AC – 04:28:19
276th – Tom Pomfrett – Otley AC – 04:53:32

352 finishers in total.