Archive for September, 2016

Runners of the Month – August & July

mattimageA belated well done to Sarah Fuller and Matt Podd, for taking the awards for July for their ultra efforts.  Matt at the Cotswold 24hr run, Sarah at the Lakeland 100.




The awards for August go to Caron Ralph and Howard Jeffrey.  Caron for her exploits on the fells at Arncliffe, Burnsall and Kilnsey.  Howard for being the race machine at Fountains Abbey Park Run, Liverpool Triathlon, Escrick & Asda 10k’s.

Well done all.howard2CaronRalph_LittondaleFete2


Thursday 8th September – 3000m Handicap and ROY Track

With a Mo Farah like sprint down the final straight Dominic took a comfortable win ahead of Tony Walker.  Young Aston just beat Steve for third across the line with a frantic sprint in the last 50m.

Thanks to Caron for time keeping duties, setting of a minute or so before Antonio ending up 3rd after Handicap adjustments.

Mark recorded the fastest time on the night, replicating his club V55 record (10:06), from last year’s Yorks. Veteran track championships.

After a recent cold top of the table, David Cattanach found it hard work, helping Tom Pomfrett to move back to the top of the handicap table, however it’s just a one point lead.  Last years winner Tom Lynch has now moved up to third.  See full table here.

With 3 races to go, there’s plenty of time for late moves up the table, so don’t give up yet if you’re near the top of the table…  The October race is a 4 mile route from the New Inn, Eccup on Sat. 22nd.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Dominic Egan 15:59 02:45 13:14 16
2 Tony Walker 16:12 04:20 11:52 15
3 Caron Ralph 16:47 02:45 14:02 14
4 Aston Brogden 16:54 03:50 13:04 13
5 Steve Robinson 16:54 05:30 11:24 12
6 Colin Best 16:58 02:15 14:43 11
7 Stephen Boddy 17:00 04:40 12:20 10
8 Jenson Brogden 17:02 05:20 11:42 9
9 Holly Davey 17:04 04:40 12:24 8
10 Christian Hosker 17:05 04:50 12:15 7
11 Andy Webster 17:11 04:10 13:01 6
12 Mark Hall 17:16 07:10 10:06 5
13 Tom Lynch 17:25 06:40 10:45 4
14 Tom Pomfrett 17:30 06:30 11:00 3
15 Antonio Cardinale 17:30 00:00 17:30 2
16 Beth Massey (Guest) 17:41 05:45 11:56
17 David Cattanach 17:42 01:35 16:07 1


Sunday 4th September – Tholthorpe 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

Quite a few years have passed since I have done this race but I remember it being a course quite to my liking. That is fairly flat tarmac round a figure of eight course in beautiful North Yorkshire surroundings. Despite the fact that it was also the North Yorkshire 10k championships I was the sole Otley vest. I have reduced the triathlon training and am slowly working back up the running schedule. I lined up in a field of another 310 runners just back from the front in anticipation of a reasonable run. I expected about 43 minutes given a sub 21.00 at last week’s Fountains park run. I set off at a reasonable clip and let the over enthusiastic hopefuls surge off and pass. There was a gradual incline up to 1k and a hairpin to double back around the village. By 3k I had picked off most of those I was going to catch and settled into a comfortable rhythm whilst pushing on a bit. You head out for 2K along moor lane and then loop back on a parallel route towards the village. I caught up a younger runner who tucked in behind and was able to hang on for a pb by a minute so I was pleased for him We went through 5K in 21.06 so I was hopeful of a good time. I became conscious of a bit of a head wind on the return loop but I had spotted some-one who was surely in my age category a couple of hundred meters ahead. Lock and load and the chase was on. There were a couple of testing inclines between 7 and 9k where he held his own but in between I was making ground. In the last K to the finish by the village duck pond there is a great downhill stretch along the main street. At the top of the hill I took a second or two to tuck in behind (which I regretted a bit at the finish) to measure what he had left which turned out to be very little as I was able to kick down and storm away to cross the line in 43.01 (42.59 would have been miles better). He was in my age group and that put me in second in the o/60, the leader is 3 minutes or so ahead at the moment. It was my fastest 10K time for 18 months so pleased with that on what is about one third of previous running only training.  The race was won by Jonathan Johnson of Harrogate Harriers in 33.58, first lady was Faye Banks in 15th place in 37.38. I was 56th.

Next week is Leeds Triathlon and the results are in for the European Standard in Kitzbuhel next year and I did make the cut for that as my performance was relatively better than most of those doing the final qualifying race in Worthing.


Sunday 4th September – Wetherby 10k

Report from Phil Robinson:

Surprisingly, Tom and I were the only Otley runners in this popular local 10k centred on the Wetherby racecourse. It’s a well-organised event with 2.5 and 5k races earlier in the day, lots of family-type activities in the racecourse area, easy access and parking, and a fairly flat course on road and farm tracks.


1 Andrew Grant Harrogate 32.42
2 Ben Pease Ripon 33.20
3 Liam O’Brien Hyde Park 33.27
285 Phil Robinson Otley 50.59
381 Tom Hannah Otley 54.41

694 finished.


Saturday 3rd September – Derwentwater Trail 15k

Report from Joanna Hobson:

On Saturday 3rd September I took part in the Derwentwater Trails 15k challenge in Keswick (actually 16k due to alternative route) Although I did this race last year, the course had changed considerably due to Storm Desmond. Unfortunately this part of the Lakes has suffered badly and several landslides & broken bridges meant the organisers had to find an alternative route for the first 4K. And this they did by utilising the muddiest, wettest, sloppiest, hilliest log trails through Brandholme woods which made for a very interesting first 4ks! Great fun was had by everybody as we crawled up the hills with mud to our knees ! The route then returned to the original path and we started climbing until we reached the infamous bottomless bogs of Glenderaterra beck. Another chance to get absolutely soaked! We climbed again to Lonscale Fell & eventually rewarded with amazing views from Lonscale Fell down towards Derwentwater. A lovely downhill 3k took us back in to Fitz Park to the magnificent sound of the Batala Band.  I finished in a time of 1:58:50 172nd/ 442 finishers. First male was Rhys Jones U/A 1:21:53 & first female was Helen Smith U/A in 1:26:06. An amazing route & definitely to be recommended & repeated another year.


Saturday 3rd September – Park Runs

Last week  (27th August): Ellesmere Port: John Davis 25:49,  Fountains Abbey: Peter Crowder 19:45, Howard Jeffrey 20:54,  Temple Newsam: Jenson Brogden 21:18, Holly Davey 23:42,  Woodhouse Moor: Tom Midgley 18:07,  Hereford:  Tom Lynch 18:34,  Marple:  Gary Johnson 20:05.  See full set of results.

Fountains Abbey:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Unknown Athlete Unattached 16:48
14 14 Peter Crowder Otley AC 19:54
31 1 Emma Sorby Ripon Runners 20:56


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Joel Wiles Epsom Oddballs RC 17:00
45 1 Serena Carter Unattached 21:02
160 23 Chris Brunold Otley AC 24:12

Temple Newsam:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Terry Midgley St Theresa’s AC 18:37
6 1 Samantha Scott Running for Time 21:58
92 22 Sarah Jones Otley AC 30:57

Woodhouse Moor:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Unknown Athlete Unattached 16:11
4 4 Robin Outtersides Otley AC 17:29
23 1 Hannah Riechert Abbey Runners 19:50
229 59 Alice Webster Otley AC 28:35
231 172 Andrew Webster Otley AC 28:37


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