Archive for November, 2016

Sunday 27th November – Barnsley 10k

Race Report From the Record Breaker Mark Hall

Winner: Joe Sweetnam-Powell. Sheffield RC. 33.15

Mark Hall. 35.32, 12th, 1st V55.

Lots of hills in this event, It’s definitely not a PB race! I was pleased to only be 40 seconds slower than Leeds AD and a minute faster than last year in this event. No other OAC runners.

Further Update from Mr Andy Webster

Mark did not look far enough down the results!

I ran The Barnsley 10k for the third time. My first experience was in 2004, when running for Barnsley Harriers I finished in just over 41 minutes. This year I was looking to beat last years time of 47 minutes. It is an undulating course with very little flat. The two hardest miles at the end.
The weather conditions were perfect cool and sunny with little wind.  I got in a reasonable position near the front as the start is uphill and quite narrow. Kept a pretty even pace until mile 4 when the hills started, I did manage to keep going though and felt really strong coming into the last mile. Just failed to dip under 45 minutes finishing in 45:01. But pretty please considering the course profile.

Provisional Results Here


Sunday 27th November – Peco XC Race 1 Temple Newsam

Report From Graham Lake

I’ve been struggling to find races that fit in with everything else going on, so took advantage of a bit of free time to do this as a guest runner. It was a fine autumn day for 500 runners (and that’s just the men) to do a lap of the fields, woods and hills of the estate. With my new streamlined chin I took it fairly easy for the first mile, but felt good, so pushed on up the long straight hill of ‘the avenue’. I seemed to be passing people and enjoyed the wooded trails. It wasn’t exactly very ‘cross-country’, purists would be saddened by the lack of mud, but it was a nice course. There’s a big hill near the end, but I was feeling ok, so pushed on, the final lap of the field was hard because I had someone on my shoulder and a Horsforth vest tantalisingly just in front, so I had to put in an effort to ‘just’ hold them off.

The race was won by some margin by Nathan Marsh of Leeds Uni CCC 25.30. I was 47th in 29.25. I didn’t see her, but Pange was 241st in 45.44, the ladies race being won by Zanthe Wray of Hallamshire.

Results here :


Saturday 26th November – Weeton Handicap

Handicap stalwart Antonio just held off Ryk for the win at a bitterly cold Weeton.  Scott stormed through to third recording the fastest time of the day, just 16 seconds slower than Ian’s course record.

David Cattanach went back to the top of the handicap table with a 4 point lead over Tom Pomfrett and 10 on Tom Lynch, see the full table here.

The final and most prestigious race of the year is the Ken Dixon Christmas Handicap, Sunday 18th December.

Pos Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Antonio Cardinale 53:43 00:00 53:43 15
2 Ryk Downes 53:49 13:00 40:49 14
3 Scott Harrington 54:38 28:30 26:08 13
4 Liz Fawcett 55:19 14:00 41:19 12
5 Tom Lynch 55:25 25:00 30:25 11
6 David Cattanach 55:32 09:00 46:32 10
7 Colin Best 55:46 13:00 42:46 9
8 Madeleine Delucchi 55:53 04:00 51:53 8
9 Gemma Harrington 56:22 11:00 45:22 7
10 Tom Pomfrett 56:47 24:00 32:47 6
11 Kirsty Pomfrett 57:17 13:00 44:17 5
12 Steve Robinson 56:36 22:00 34:36 4
13 Bev Downes 47:41 04:00 43:41 (4 miles)


Saturday 26th November – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 369 runners took part.
View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #483
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Howell CRASKE Dundee Hawkhill Harriers 00:15:48
26 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:27
203 52 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:26:53
204 152 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:26:53
308 104 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:31:09
Bradford parkrun
A total of 285 runners took part.
View full results for Bradford parkrun event #338
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Will KERR Saltaire Striders 00:17:23
4 1 Hannah OLDROYD Airedale Dodgers 00:18:34
60 52 Michael Jeffrey Otley AC 00:24:44
Roundhay parkrun
A total of 258 runners took part.
View full results for Roundhay parkrun event #292
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Michael VARGAS Hyde Park Harriers 00:17:37
13 1 Myra JONES Valley Striders AC 00:19:59
215 68 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:32:18
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 244 runners took part.
View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #141
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Ben PEASE Ripon Runners 00:16:03
12 12 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:19:43
27 1 Marnie SCATCHARD Ripon Runners 00:21:02


Sunday 20th November – Race 3 West Yorks. XC League Spenborough

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

The recent wet spell made the going on the soft side at the course next to Spenborough’s Princess Mary track.  The senior ladies did 3 laps of a spectator friendly, ‘loopy’ course with a few hills thrown in.  Wakefield’s Charlene Thomas was an easy winner in 19:43,  Sara Elliott was first for Otley in 61st, 26:00, followed by Caron Ralph in 72nd, 27:29.

Antonio was the sole representative for Otley in the men’s 5 lap race finishing 149th, 1:12:22.  Tom Adams, Ilkley won a much closer race, breaking clear on the last lap to win in 30:51.  See full results here.

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Sunday 20th November – Darmstadt Cross

Report from Tom Lynch:

My sister persuaded me to enter the Darmstadt Cross race, as it conincided with my visit to see her in Germany, and also made up for missing the 3rd race in the WYXC league. The race is a 6.6km XC race that is part of a bamboozling set of races (15) that contribute to University Championships, a German Cross Country Cup and qualification for the German Athletics team. I’m not entirely sure which race I was in, but the field was certainly very strong. The race consisted of a male only field with U20s MO, and MV categories, and involved of 1 small and 5 big laps around a flat field with a couple of sandy ‘hills’ (bumps) and lots of dog poo! The course was really dry, with no mud in sight, despite everyone being in big spikes, it was perfectly runnable in trail shoes. I was pretty much left for dust at the start due in part to my diet of cheese and beer for the preceeding week at a conference, but mainly to the class field, it didn’t seem that there were many also rans entering these races! The winner was Jannik Seelhofer U20 (SC Melle 03) in 21:18.8, I came in 49th in 26:15.2, I don’t have the full results but there were at least 60 runners. Full results will appear here.


Sunday 20th November – The Wensleydale Wedge

Report from Hannah Lupton

I’ve decided I’m completely barking. After the ultra in early Oct I didn’t feel I’d quite finished with my adventures for the year and when Liz Fawcett asked if anyone wanted to join her in doing the Wensleydale Wedge I thought why not.

It’s a LDWA 23 miler like Rombalds, starts and finishes in Askrigg passing through Thoralby, Aysgarth up to Bolton Castle and across Askrigg Moor.

Liz did a recce a couple of weeks ago and we were booked into a B&B in Askrigg due to the 8am start. During the week leading up to this weekend the weather has been awful, heavy snow on the hills and the forecast was not good. I was definitely wavering as I wasn’t up for a re run of the appalling weather we had for Rombalds and my ankle was still swollen after falling in a race two weeks ago.

A long story cut short, Liz was sensible and I was not, I asked someone who had excellent nav skills and who I knew needed the extra spine training to join me and Sarah Fuller couldn’t resist an excuse for an adventure.


We set off on sat night and had a fab night and breakfast at Thornsgill House in Askrigg, really recommend it. When we awoke it was unexpectedly dry so that was a bonus as it’s always easier to start a race in the dry. The route is really picturesque and very manageable, ok it’s not flat but no horrendous hills. However, the mud started immediately and didn’t really let up. It was really hard work staying upright and very difficult to get going. After Semer Water we started climbing up and the snow began.

I’ve run in the snow at low level before but never over a moor and that deep, totally out of my comfort zone. I actually quite liked it but my ankles were starting to complain after all the mud. Sarah was in her element and was very much enjoying herself. She wanted to start a snowball fight but I wanted to keep my hands warm, although I was tempted to do a snow angel, thankfully my sensible head kicked in and I didn’t.

As we started heading down out of the snow towards the first check point with food at Thoralby, at 11 miles, I was seriously struggling and after a while decided I best warn Sarah I was thinking of retiring as I was in mega pain. We decided we’d get some food and a cuppa, get some painkillers down me and crack on to the next check point about 2 miles further on, then I could decide what to do.

I gritted my teeth, moaned and groaned, and listened to Sarah’s words of wisdom. “You’ll be pissed off if you retire”, too true. I also wanted to see Bolton Castle as I’d never heard of it and so we continued through more mud and made it to the check point there at 16.5 miles. Painkillers hadn’t done a thing and I was still in mega pain, strangely running was easier than walking but the damn mud wasn’t making that easy.

Decisions, decisions, it was only another 6.5 miles to the end, I could crawl that. So with literally gritted teeth off we went. Finally, we turned down off Askrigg Moor and we could see the village. Finishing in 6:26 ish.

I must be slightly sadistic as I will not give up even when my body is screaming at me to stop. I can’t thank Sarah enough for her support and nav skills, she’s a machine as she’d already done 50 miles this week and it looked like it was a breeze for her.

That’s it for me this year, I’m having a rest to let these ankles recover properly. Well apart from Chevin Chase but that’s tradition.


Sunday 20th November – Tatton Park Half Marathon

Report from Andy Webster

Christian Hosker and I ran in the Tatton Park half marathon today.

Grim weather initially cold and wet. But the sun can out at least for second half of the race. Chris finished around 1:34. I finished in my fastest half for at least 6 years in 1:37:15. Full results here


Sunday 20th November – Brampton to Carlisle 10m

Report from Mark Hall

Winner: Nick Swinburn, Morpeth 50.18

Mark Hall, 1st V55, 56.58. 27th place
It was another long trip north this time to Carlisle, not as bad as the previous week (Glasgow). I had 2 targets for the end of season, Abbey Dash, to go under 35 mins. The X International (last week) was a nice distraction but never a target and the BC 10m. It is said to be the oldest road race in the UK, it’s even older than me! (64th running) I was looking to go under 58 mins. I managed to record 56.58. The conditions were excellent the course has 3 hills and lots of straight roads. I was on a very good day and managed to take over 1 minute off my own UK best time as well as reducing the club record. It’s worth doing this race at least once as it attracts a quality field as well as being a rare place to place event.

Full results here


Sunday 20th November – Clowne Half Marathon

Report from Howard Jeffrey

The longer the distance the more effect the weather has on the performances. Today it was wet, cold and blustery. The course is all on road but only one short stretch between miles 8 and 9 is level. On the whole of the rest of the course you are either going up or down. The hills are thankfully not severe but still enough to be a bit of a challenge. Time to recover on the downs despite the wind though. 853 people entered and 687 finished so I think the prospect of a slog through the elements deterred quite a few despite it being the Derbyshire championships. The start had changed this year and was organised into anticipated finishing times which I like. I lined up in the 1.30 to 1.45 section anticipating a 1.35 finish because of the weather and course which I know well even given the few alterations to improve the route this year. I set off steadily at what I thought was a sustainable pace and went through mile one in 7.15. I steadily passed all the optimists who had started in the sub 1.30 section over the next 5 miles and then the order was more or less established to the finish. As the race wore on the damp and the wind chill were noticeable and even the water at the drinks stations was too chilly to drink today. I managed to keep steady all the way round and averaged 7.15’s to finish in 1.35.32, 83rd overall. Another best time of the year and second ( by a minute) in the age group. The winner was Phil Skelton of Steel City Striders in 1.16.41 ( I know that is fast but for a winning time which here is normally under 1.12 must reflect the conditions). First Lady was Fiona Kesteven of Totley in 1.30.23 in 38th place. We got a T shirt and a hoodie so at the end we were able to stand around mumbling about the race with other individuals with hidden faces: it was like being a teenager again!

Full results here