Report from Colin Best:
I’ve not done many races this year but have got back into doing a few recently. As this was local I decided to give it a go.
The rain started just as I got into the car and was fairly heavy when I arrived. I met up with Joanna Hobson who was pleased to see an Otley face because despite having just registered was having second thoughts.
After donning my gloves for the first this autumn, we jogged off to the start about 10 mins away. The 5.75ml race started with one and a half laps of the field before a slippery descent to a beck followed by a steady sometimes steep climb for the next mile or so. I felt I was running well passing a few runners at this point. I continued running well picking off a few more when I had to stop to tie my shoelace. Losing momentum and a number of places that I’d just gained was annoying to say the least.
What I hadn’t realised was that following this muddy descent it was up again steeply, then down up again. I wasn’t banking on 5 steep testing hills and must admit to walking sections of the final 2.
I don’t know if is encouraging or depressing to know the age category of the person in front of you, but I was well beaten by a V75’ and it is inspiring to see a V80 runner finishing on such a challenging course.
1st Male Gavin Mulholland M45 Stainland 35.03
2nd Male Richard Pattinson M50 Horsforth 36.43
84th Male Colin Best M60 Otley AC 53.58
1st Female Margaret Sykes F45 Holmfirth 41.25
47th Female Joanna Hobson F55 Otley AC 57.53
106 male 68 Female finishers
Next race Spenborough Sunday 13th November 11.00am full results www.yvaa.org