Archive for September, 2016

Sunday 18th September: Haverah Trail Race

Report from Graham Lake:
I got a last minute entry for this shiny new trail race being run by Harrogate Harriers as I needed some racing after a quiet (and boozy) summer.
The weather was glorious for early autumn, and 224 runners set off down the road before turning onto some lovely quiet fields and woods. I’ve not raced much, or run over 6-7 miles for some time, so took it easy for the first 5 miles, sitting in about 30th place according to one of the marshals.
Getting past Beaver Dyke Reservoir (there are some great Strava segment names round here) there were more friendly marshals with water and jelly beans to point us back towards Beckwithshaw. I’d run most of the race with a chap from Richmond and Zetland, finding if one got ahead, the other caught up, so had a chat and pushed on to gain some places. It was incredibly flat for a Yorkshire trail race, just a few short sharp ascents and we soon started gaining places. A quick shout at 9 miles saying I was in 11th placed spurred me on and I passed one more runner, having let the R&Z guy get too far ahead, but leaving me in 10th at the finish. Really pleased the summer hasn’t broken me too much!
The winner was Andrew Grant (Harrogate Harriers) 1.04.56
First lady was Crystal Goecker in 1.12.56
I came in 10th 1.10.56
Billy 170th 1.44.40
Nicky Gifford 193rd 1.54.33


Sunday 18th September: Kirkstall abbey 7mile trail race

Scott Harrington and Sara Richards were the sole representatives:

Scott finishing 2nd in 36.14
Sara finishing 235th in 1.01.31

The winner was James boxell in 35.37 of pudsey pacers (course record) There was 345 finishers


Saturday 17th September – Thropton Show Simonside Fell Race

Report from the Hon. Handicapper

The Best team at Thropton Show

Thanks to the wall to wall sunshine weekend hospitality of Colin Best at his Northumberland retreat, 5 Otley Ac’s took the start line at the 101st Thropton Show for the Simonside Fell Race.

This is what you could call a ‘proper‘ multi-terrain race, covering an almost waist deep river crossing, farm fields, road, dense woodland and traditional fell.  I find the traditional afternoon show fell race start time motivationally challenging, but as always once the ‘gun‘ goes the competitive spirit takes over, and this was helped with a bit of club rivally with Rogan running strongly after the first river crossing.

The climb to the summit of Simonside was relatively incident free, passing Rogan on the second half of the climb.  Passing the summit cairn, there was a quick respite before a Burnsellesque steep descent through the knee deep heather and rocks.  Once that was negotiated it was back into the thrills of dense forest navigation.  Which all I can say was challenging, but entertaining!  After that it was a fast downhill road section, farm fields. the 2nd river crossing and an attempt at a sprint finish across the show field.

I was happy with 7th overall, 53:41 and the the first old man prize, as the 1st V40 got the prize for 2nd.  Rogan admitted to a bit of a brain freeze on seeing the descent off the top but ran well for 26th, 59:23. Steadily coming back to form Andy Sumner was next back in 84th, 1:15:47,  followed by the host Colin Best finished 93rd, 1:20:24 followed by Tom Hannah 106th, 1:38:12, after losing time wimping out of a second river crossing !!,  the reason / excuse being he assumed he had a good enough lead over his persuers,  and preferred the longer footbridge route choice.

A good day & weekend was had by all thanks to Mr Best,  who kept us entertained, or particularly his dogs, providing lots of pub talk.  Lets just say dogs & tethered birds of prey don’t mix too well…. just ask Colin for more detail. 🙂 Full results available on the NFR website here.

The race was won by Kurt Heron, unattached, (surely not for long) in 49:07, 1st lady was Karen Robertson, NFR in 21st, 57:58

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Wetherby Mini Marathon 4th of September 2016

After an enjoyable holiday the Juniors were back in  action at the Wetherby Mini Marathon. Holly Davey, Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden all took part in this fun 1.6 mile race at Wetherby Race Course. All three Juniors ran well and Jenson and Holly were both back on the podium! Jenson was 2nd overall and 2nd boy in a time of 10.29, Holly was 6th overall and 2nd girl in a time of 11.21 and just missing out on a podium finish Aston was 7th overall in a time of 11.30. Super proud of  them all!

Full Results here-


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York Millenium Bridge Race 10th of August 2016

Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden took part in the Junior races at the Millenium Bridge Race in York. Aston was in the Primary school race for anyone 11 and under and Jenson was in the 2.5k Junior Race. Both boys ran well and Jenson finished 2nd overall and 1st boy earning himself £10.00 in prize money. The race is well organised and in a fab location!

See full results here-

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Sunday 11th September: Yorkshireman half

Report from Christian Hosker:

I tackled this 15 mile “half marathon” with a view to ticking off a qualifier for the 3 peaks next year. It was hot, hard, hilly work. Dehydration induced leg cramp got the better of me after about 12 miles. Luckily a spectator took pity on me and topped me up with some full fat coke before sending me on my way. I believe Neil Reed, Sarah Richards and myself were the only Black and whites in the half marathon.

Ed Davis was in the full marathon, finsihing 5th in a scorching 3:48. Chapeau again!

1st Male Michael Malyon, Baildon Runners 01:49:06

Helen Livingstone Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club FV50 02:08:32

55th Christian Hosker Otley AC 02:22:41

116th Neil Reed Otley AC MV50 02:41:22

153rd Sara Richard Otley AC FV40 02:56:5



Sunday 11th September – Spen Greenway 10k

Report from Tom Pomfrett:

After spending Saturday moping about with a cold annoying Kirsty, Steve Robinson convinced me to stop being lazy and join him for a nice flat 10K organised by Spenborough AC. The race is an out and back following a Sustrans cycle path along a disused railway. There’s a slight uphill for the first 5k which means you get the benefit of a gentle down on the way back to the finish.

I’ve not run an official 10K since 2011 so I wasn’t sure how I’d get on but I was hoping for a PB and it looked like a good course to try it. Steve and I lined up near the front of the small group of starters and headed off dodging the odd cyclist and dog on the way.

Everything went pretty smoothly on the run although I suffered a bit in the heat and there’s a nice red circle on my white Otley vest where my nipple used to be (note to self, remember plasters next time). Steve also found the going warm and finished not far behind be.

1st – Joe Sagar – Spenborough AC – 33:58

8th – Tom Pomfrett – Otley AC – 39:29

16th – Steve Robinson – Otley AC – 42:46

21st – Joanne Horan – Queensbury – 43:39

Full Results at

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Sunday 11th September – Vale of York Half Marathon

Report from Laura Hind: Super conditions beckoned for the Vale of York half marathon this Sunday, with eight OAC’ers turning out for the third running of this race. A slightly later start due to traffic congestion, but all very stress free on the run up to the start. The race itself is a bit of a lollipop affair, 6 miles out, a loop and then covering more or less the same route back. Although it was sunny, the heat thankfully didn’t kick in until later on in the day and we were able to make it round comfortably (a welcome relief after Leeds half back in May!)

I’d not done nearly the training I was hoping to over the summer due to holidays etc., so was just hoping to make it round pressure-free. Ann and I set off together, with her keeping tabs on our pace. I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable I felt, even after 6 miles, but was worried about cranking up the pace in case I blew up towards the end. As it was, by 8.5 miles, I was feeling very good and my pace naturally picked up and I found myself passing people who I’d seen earlier on in the race quite easily. I think my 11th mile was the fastest – very odd – and I knew then that I was on for the sub-2 hour result which has been eluding me! Even managed an ‘Asda sprint’ as I came up to the line and was very pleased to come in in 1:59:04. I did say that I wouldn’t need to do another half once I’d cracked the 2hrs, but that 4 seconds is a bit annoying, isn’t it? ; )

Emma and Rob had brilliant runs in their first half marathons, raising lots of money for their chosen charities in the process. Nicola ran a blinder and Ann also managed a PB! A good day out all around.

Nicola Lee, 1:40:27 (PB) Ged Peacock, 1:50:46; Eriks Zvaigzne, 1:55:35; Andrew Rayner, 1:55:30; Ann Yeadon, 2:00:57 (PB); Rob Fearnley, 2:07:23; Emma Thomson, 2:12:13. The race was won by Jason Cherriman (City of Leeds) in 1:08:55 with first lady, Faye Banks (Pontefract AC) in 1:21:55.


Sunday 11th September – Leeds Triathlon

From Howard Jeffrey:

First, thanks for the accolade for August.

Into September and another triathlon in Roundhay park which is in and around my former training ground so I do it because I am ‘local’. I collected my number on Saturday and horror of horrors barriers were being erected all around the centre of the park for some festival shindig next weekend. It was a close call not to abandon the race as the communication routes from swim to bike to run were in danger of being separated by an iron curtain! Negotiation worked and some panels were left out but the run from the swim exit was extended to about 550 metres. The weather was pleasantly warm and sunny and the water temperature in the lake was ideal. I was in the third swim wave for the standard which was 1500m of two laps round buoys in the lake. The gun went off at 8.25 and we headed for the first marker. I am lucky to be able to swim in a pretty straight line as the buoy was in direct line of the sun so we were swimming blind with a few clashes as people lost their bearings. Not too many in the wave and I settled into a nice strong pace and felt good all the way round. After the water exit was the long drag in bare feet up the carriage drive to the transition which had been relocated to within the barriered area. I had a pretty slick transition despite taking the time to put some socks on and was out to the mount line in good order. The bike route was 40+ kilometres up the Wetherby road which is quite hilly. I was on my racing TT bike so made short work of the hills and felt in good form to beyond Wetherby. The old A1 carriageway is really open textured so it was a bone shaking few miles where there were many punctures. At the turn round at 20K I was expecting a tail wind but it was quite the opposite and we had to work harder into a head wind. I had a good strong ride right to the finish and was only overtaken by two people on the bike leg. Another acceptable transition to the run leg which I thought would be a serious challenge as it was three laps. First up hill 60 which is quite steep, then to the bottom of soldiers field and then a long drag back up the field to the top drive then back down to the bottom of hill 60 again and again mostly on grass. It was hard work up the hill for the first time as my legs got into running mode but then I remembered I can still run a bit so felt comfortable to the end of the 9 kilometres to the finish. Winning the age group was a matter of finishing as the only other guy in the category was more than 40 minutes behind. I was 62nd out of 215 finishers.


Saturday 10th September – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 398 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #472


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Elliot SMALES Rotherham Harriers & AC 00:16:26
16 16 Robin OUTTERSIDES Otley AC 00:19:08
30 1 Rachel EALES Hyde Park Harriers 00:20:01
233 52 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:28:06
234 182 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:07


Brighton & Hove parkrun

A total of 381 runners took part.

View full results for Brighton & Hove parkrun event #465


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Graham GODDEN Brighton & Hove City AC 00:16:39
9 9 Paul KAISER Otley AC 00:18:54
20 1 Emma BULLOCK Mornington Chasers 00:20:04


Roundhay parkrun

A total of 275 runners took part.

View full results for Roundhay parkrun event #282


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Jeremy LADYMAN Valley Striders AC 00:17:47
27 1 Michaela CLARK Abbey Runners Leeds 00:22:10
260 88 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:38:09


Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 291 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #130


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Reece DALTON Ripon Runners 00:17:25
14 14 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:19:54
30 1 Carol MORGAN Nidd Valley Road Runners 00:20:57

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