Report from Howard:
I have done this race for the last couple of years as a sole Otley AC entrant. A great pleasure yesterday to be joined by no less than three other B&Ws Sara, Andy and Ian. There was some deliberation about the route being changed for the better and less of a challenge, going twice up a long steep hill and then down again. Take it from me it was just as challenging and hardly different at all! Still 416 people lined up on the South Leeds stadium track in a cool gusting breeze for a 10.30 start. Once round the track and out across some grass, muddy in parts and then onto tarmac road going uphill a bit, then down to a sharp left turn, mind the mud. I was about in my eventual finishing position by this mud which had been tastefully disguised by some loose straw! You then go up the stony track for 2K it levels off a bit then you go up a really short sharp steep bit to the crest of the hill. 2K of a mad dash down the hill on a nice generally made up footpath. If you missed it the first time you get to do it all again and then peel off at the bottom of the hill, back across the grass to a finish on the track in front of a fairly crowded stadium. I had seen Steve Boynton who is going faster than I can manage at the moment so a category win was not on today, managed 2nd though, 3 minutes adrift in 45.16 in 45th place. The race was won by Joe Sagar of Spen &District AC in 35.13. First lady Johanna Winks of Halifax Harriers in 42.33 in 21st place. Andy Webster 71st in 47.47, Sara Elliott 90th in 48.46 and Ian Broadbent 178th in 54.37. All chip times. The breeze was unnoticeable as the route was pretty well sheltered by trees all the way.