Archive for October, 2016

Sunday 30th october: Wistow 10k

Report from Howard:

I had hoped to finish this flat 10k in perfect (no wind here for once) conditions at least in my target time of 42.30. I set off at the right pace and went through 5k in 21.20. Felt OK but not great and felt like I was working hard to maintain the pace. Dave Womersley, who I had beaten last week, had again gone off like the clappers and I expected to haul him back in before the end. Trouble is the 20 or so seconds he had made in the first K never got any smaller and I lacked the zip to make ground. He finished in 42.19 first in the age group in 47th place and I made 42.41 in 48th. Consolation was it was a faster 10K than last week, although I felt it should have been by minutes rather than seconds. The race was won by John Hobbs of Valley Striders in 32.10, followed home by the great Ian Fisher, in his last outing for Otley AC, (a sad day for the club, he stays 2nd claim but is off to Bingley) in 34.06. First lady was Jacqui Khoueiry of Holmfirth Harriers, 40th place in 41.07. 250 finished


Sunday 30th October: Bradford 5K

Report from Stephen Boddy:

I entered the Bradford 5k as I thought it was well placed a week before the Abbey Dash and I like supporting Bradford races. Robin entered the Half Marathon which I thought would work well as he wouldn’t have too long to wait around for me for once. The race was well timed with the clocks going back which meant I got an extra hour in bed which meant my youngest was up from bloody 5am so I was well awake by race time.

I was confident of beating the 21:01 which I’d achieved at Harrogate Park Run a couple of weeks ago so I was expecting a PB.

We hit a pretty long hilly drag in the first mile which made me less confident but the undulating course actually worked out well for me as I made up good time on the long steady descent. I got round in an agonising 20:01 which, if I’m really honest, irritated the hell out of me for the next few hours. I kept thinking about where I could have dragged a couple of seconds from. On reflection, I’m really chuffed with a big PB and I still have an obvious target to aim for.

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Sunday 30th October: Bradford half marathon

Report from Ian Broadbent:

I did the Bradford half today, I had originally booked 5 half marathons for the Autumn but due to injury had missed three so was determined to do this one. Its a bit of a marmite run this one really although you never know what to expect as this was the third different route in four years. On the positive side its an early start at 9.40am meaning I could get back to put a shift in on the farm and with the clocks going back it meant no sleep lost. Its well marshalled generally and is also part of a series of runs on the day meaning at one point there were us half runners as well as 5k and 10k competitors. For the half marathon it is four laps of the same undulating course which actually helped with my pace as you always know whats to come. On the negative side it does become a bit repetitive and the bit round the broadgate centre then up cobbled streets wasn’t great. Although completely traffic free there were a number of points where shoppers had to cross the route and the marshals could have done a better job on the crossings. Definitely not PB territory with a number of very tight frequent turns and the cobbles but a good warm up if you have something else planned later in the year. The other unique bit about it is the amount of runs at the same time. The half goes off first with the 5k/10k joining later meaning the 2/3 laps were pretty busy and I had the confusion of people tearing past me doing the shorter runs then I was lapping people who had chosen to walk for charity but by the fourth lap it had thinned out again meaning a good strong finish. All in all being local I would recommend it but cant guarantee what the route will be next year, they like to keep you guessing! I finished 65/198 in 1:47:23, not my fastest and not my slowest

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Sunday 30th October – Race 2 West Yorks. Cross Country League, Nunroyd Park

Report from the Hon. Handicapper;

Warm, for late October, mostly very dry underfoot conditions made it fast going at Nunroyd Park.  Lots of work adding several hard core paths across the park meant a few minor alterations to the traditional course.

The women’s race was 1 shorter lap and 2 long laps, totally about 4 miles.  Sara Elliott and Caron Ralph ran together for the first lap, before Sara gradually moved through the field to finish in 72nd in 30:53.  Caron battled through for 88th, 32:29.  Katie Walshaw from Holmfirth H. won a competitive race in 23:33.

The men’s race of 1 shorter & 4 long laps, of just under 7 miles was won by Dan Garbutt for the host club Skyrac AC in 36:50.  I was happy with a 45th place finish, 42:19, next in for Otley was Tom Lynch 65th, 43:34,  Billy Rayner 161st, 1:00:56,  and Antonio Cardinale 165th, 1:15:28.  Full results here.

Results from race 1 at Thornes Park, Wakefield on the 2nd October:  Women’s, 1st Charlene Thomas, Wakefield 20:05, 58th Sara Elliott 26:58.  Men’s, 1st Dan Garbutt, 32:45, 161st Billy Rayner 53:41, 169th Antonio Cardinale 1:10:43.  Full results here.


Saturday 29th October – Park Runs

A parkrun pb for Peter Gosling at Woodhouse Moor

Pos. Gender Pos. parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Josh Tighe Salford H. & AC 17:27
19 1 Kay Pearce Unattached 21:01
109 102 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 25:51
 Fountains Abbey
1 1 Tom Calvert Knaresborough S. 18:03
10 1 Beverley Gray Charnwood AC 19:29
16 14 Peter Crowder Otley AC 20:22
1 1 Mark Lamb Keswick AC 16:51
27 1 Sophie Noon Derwent AC 20:56
64 58 John Davis Otley AC 24:44
1 1 Jonathan Ball Rothwell & D. H. 18:19
37 1 Rebecca Normington Wetherby Runners 21:51
199 58 Emma Thomson Otley AC 29:43
1 1 Tim Street Holmfirth H. AC 17:45
9 1 Rachel Pilling Pudsey & Bramley AC 20:34
23 22 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 22:53
 Wimpole Estate
1 1 Tom Beach Royston Runners 17:52
13 1 Marianne Naylor Saffron Striders RC 19:57
190 40 Gilly Wight Otley AC 27:29
 Woodhouse Moor
1 1 Benjamin Douglas Notts AC 15:58
17 1 Treena Johnson Dewsbury RR 19:05
58 54 Peter Gosling Otley AC 21:45

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Sunday 23rd October – The Really Wild Boar Fell Race

Report from Caron Ralph:

Wild Boar Fell from the Fat Lamb

December is generally Andrew’s and my annual trip to the Really Wild Boar fell race in Ravenstonedale. Andrew to marshal on the summit and me to race , but due to school holidays etc Gary and Debbie Devine have moved this little corker to October so its prime racing weather and it didn’t disappoint!  After scouring Groupon for a good deal for an overnight stay in the Fat Lamb (nearest..sorry only pub in the middle of nowhere) we set off on Saturday at our leisure so we didn’t have to get up too early on Sunday for the 2pm start.

The race consists of a deceiving trek up the track to the gate opening onto the open fell with a steep climb up….not for the faint-hearted…massive drop down to the left! Up onto the top, not forgetting to drop your token attached to knicker elastic in the bag at the cairn, then race across the top to Andrew on the summit then fast as you can down, taking your choice of routes, either rocky, boggy or tussock-your choice none easy and not forgetting to drop your second token, again attached to knicker elastic, in the bag at the checkpoint.    I had a tussle with Amie from Howgill Harriers and fell goat(ess) Wendy Dodds from Clayton-le-Moors  whom I tucked in behind on the descent as I knew she’d know the best route down and she didn’t disappoint.  Managing to pass both of them on the track back, I was pleased to get a course PB of over 3 minutes, (I think this could be down to afore mention Ms Dodds) .

Afterwards is a lively drink in the Fat Lamb and Gary and Debbie awarding spot prizes of which the coveted one is a weekend at their own Pyrenees Haven. Unfortunately I wasn’t the winner of said prize but am now a proud owner of another spot prize ….a pair of snowshoes!  They will come in handy if we’re six foot deep in snow! I might add that Wendy Dodds was doing a bit of Fishwicking having also done Gt Whernside the day before, and the real Mr Fishwick thinks i travelled from NZ just to do the Really Wild Boar!

Results:  1st Adam Perry, Helm Hill 40:32 (after a 12th @ Great Whernside), 1st Lady Rachel Pilling P&B ~ 48:58 (also after a 2nd @ Great Whernside), 74th, Caron Ralph 1:04:13.  Full results on the FRA website here.


Sunday 23rd October – Whixley 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

In the words of Swiss Tony, the Whixley 10K (near York) was ‘like making love to a beautiful woman’: no warm up (too busy gassing), no rhythm (off road ruts and mud), over quickly (fastest time for ages) with a reward at the end (came first 0/60 in 42.48 and got a bottle of wine). The race was won by Phil Batty, unattached in 35.17 (rewarded with a giant pork pie!) first lady Jacqui Khoueiry Wakefield and district Harriers in 43.09 (pie) 137 finished. The categories were odd, lady vet over 60 (bag of sweets), me, first man and lady over 75, bottle of wine and bag of sweets respectively. Still a pleasantly low key race in beautiful countryside, conditions perfect and sporting the new look black club vest with white lettering and the only B&W (or should that be W&B?). I also managed to beat a rival, the rapidly improving David Womersley, who in his attempt to beat me, blew it in the first kilometre by going through in 3.45 when his all-time best for 10K is 41.40. I pride myself on good pace judgement and caught him and the first two ladies at 5K which I went through in 21.20. Next week Wistow 10K where one of the categories (if the same as last year) is men over 50 which is about half the field. Will be aiming for a time of 42.30 if the wind keeps away.  Full Results


Saturday 22nd October – Eccup New Inn Handicap

A bit like buses, Tom waited 5 years for a handicap win before his win at Thruscross.  However he only had to wait 4 months for his next at the New Inn, his 9th in 198 races!  Andy Sumner was closing fast but couldn’t quite catch Tom on the final hill.

David Cattanach and Tom Pomfrett are now tied at the top of the handicap table on 101 points, with Tom Lynch 3rd on 90 and Tom Hannah 4th on 85.  Definitely a handicap year of the Tom’s.  See the updated full handicap table here.   The next race is at Weeton on Saturday 26th November.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Tom Hannah 43:10 08:00 35:10 15
2 Andy Sumner 43:25 11:30 31:55 14
3 Chris Hosker 44:35 16:00 28:35 13
4 Tom Lynch 45:42 20:30 25:12 12
5 David Cattanach 45:49 06:30 39:19 11
6 Tom Pomfrett 46:15 20:00 26:15 10
7 Ryk Downes 47:04 12:30 34:34 9
8 Nick Hodgkinson 47:35 07:30 40:05 8
9 Antonio Cardinale 48:04 00:00 48:04 7
10 Madeleine Delucchi 49:20 07:00 42:20 6

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Saturday 22nd October – Great Whernside Fell Race

mattpodd_greatwhernsideReport from Matt Podd:

Lovely weather for this on Saturday, straight up and down Great Whernside from Kettlewell. AS,  4 miles with 1558 ft of ascent. First time I’ve done it and I really enjoyed it. Four black and whites took on the challenge- Graham Lake 34th in 39.22, Me 1grahamlake_greatwhernside42 in 54 mins, and two unsung heroes of the club who quietly do a lot of fell racing – Bob Baker 146 in 55 mins and Don Buffham 158 in 61 mins. Graham was beaten by his brother Andrew who was 24th and took a good fall on the descent as he passed me still climbing. Special mention to Kelly Wilby, back racing very shortly after having twins.

Photos courtesy of Woodentops, lot more Set 1 here and Set 2 here and Full Results.


Saturday 22nd October – Park Runs

PS. checkout the link for the winner at Fountains Abbey, 2016 European Youth 800m winner. Son of Danny, former Leeds Utd & England footballer

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 John Millen Black Combe Runners 18:07
12 1 Jill Seddon Barrow & Furness Striders AC 21:03
41 33 John Davis Otley AC 24:02
1 1 Peter Brookes Holmfirth Harriers AC 15:55
38 1 Felicity Sharp Knowle and Dorridge RC 20:24
56 55 Richard Clarke Otley AC 21:30
 Fountains Abbey
1 1 George Mills Harrogate H & AC 15:44
18 1 Charlotte Van Zelst Harrogate H & AC 19:25
47 41 Peter Crowder Otley AC 22:07
1 1 Andrew Dobby Harrogate Harriers & AC 17:29
21 1 Louise Mcleman Newcastle University Tri club 20:29
307 99 Claire Hastings Otley AC 35:51
1 1 Will Law Ipswich JAFFA RC 18:18
24 24 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 22:53
28 1 Jo Davey Wetherby Runners 23:01
 Woodhouse Moor
1 1 Richard Smith Worcester AC 17:10
13 1 Treena Johnson Dewsbury Road Runners 19:25
85 72 Andrew Webster Otley AC 22:30