Archive for December, 2016

Sunday 11th December: Christmas Cracker 10K Leeds

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.

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Saturday 10th December: Ballyroan 10 mile Road Race

Report from Liam:

I went home to Ireland last week and the visit coincided with my club’s inaugural 10mile road race on Sat 10th Dec. Weather conditions were excellent and the race consisted of a slight downhill start out of the village of Ballyroan and then a two lap undulating route before returning back to the finish in the village.

As with most races in Ireland there is a fairly comprehensive prize list and this one was no different. Such prizes tend to attract some decent runners and at the start I recognised a lot of pretty swift fellas lining up. I decided my goal for the day would be to go under the hour with a top ten finish and maybe sneak a possible age group prize. The downhill start encouraged me to go off a little too fast and by mile three I was struggling to stay with a group of five slighty quicker runners. I had to drop back a bit and settled into a more comfortable pace for the next 3-4 miles and just about hung on to the finish.

It’s been a while since I have done a road race so I was happy to finish 12th with a time of 57.46 and took home 60 euros for 1st M40. It was 25 euros to enter but for that everyone got a t-shirt, a medal, chip timing and lots of drinks and bananas at the finish. Also, afterwards in the local village hall there was lots of tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes for all.

The winner was Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers in a time of 50.38 with Paula Grant (63.01) of Portlaoise AC taking the honours in the ladies race.

Full results can be found at



Saturday 10th December: Park Runs

York parkrun

A total of 360 runners took part.

Position Gender position Runner Club Time
1 1 Graham RUSH Unattached 00:15:05
11 11 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:18:22
41 1 Millie ANDERSON Unattached 00:19:48


Bradford parkrun

A total of 294 runners took part.

Position Gender position Runner club Time
1 1 Jack SMITH Wharfedale Harriers 00:16:57
10 1 Hannah OLDROYD Airedale Dodgers 00:19:30
28 26 Mark Hall Otley AC 00:22:00


Harrogate parkrun

A total of 258 runners took part.

Position Gender position Runner Club Time
1 1 Alexander FLAHERTY Bingley Harriers and AC 00:17:48
22 1 Sarah FLAHERTY Bingley Harriers and AC 00:21:08
58 51 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:23:24
185 141 David Fox Otley AC 00:29:02


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November Runner of the Month

lisamaughan_burleymoorrun2016Lisa Maughanandy-webster and Andy Webster were selected as runners of the month for November.  Lisa for her run at the Burley moor run after battling back from a long term injury.  Andy for a variety of park runs, Tatton Half, Barnsley & Abbey Dash 10k’s. Well done Lisa and Andy

Special mentions also to Stephen Boddy and multiple record breaker Mark Hall.


Sunday 4th December – Race 4 West Yorks. XC League Keighley

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

There was a select group representing Otley AC at the final race of this year’s West Yorkshire Cross Country league at a challenging course next to Cliffe Castle.  After last year’s mudfest, this year it was a much drier affair, with underfoot conditions on the soft side and only a little bit of mud.

Caron had a solid run to finish 59th, 27:00 in the senior women’s race won by Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth in 20:19.  I was reasonably happy with 69th, 31:11 in the men’s race.  Highlight of the day was the spirit shown by a couple of 65+ year olds in Antonio’s sprint to the line with his rival from Denbydale Striders’, Peter Andrews.

Dan Garbutt, Skyrac and Tom Adams, Ilkley battled it out up front, with the Skyrac man getting the win by 5 seconds in 25:36.  See full results here.


Saturday 3rd December – Park Runs

A busy week for the club at a variety of local park runs, including the beginners group target run at Bradford where Tom came home in first place.  Well done to all those taking part.

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tom Lynch Otley AC 18:57
3 3 Andrew Robertshaw Otley AC 19:40
24 24 Peter Gosling Otley AC 21:52
26 1 Steph Wilson Pudsey & Bramley AC 21:56
30 29 Michael Hastings Otley AC 22:19
33 32 Andrew Webster Otley AC 22:35
58 4 Caron Ralph Otley AC 23:49
61 57 John Davis Otley AC 24:00
81 77 Matt Podd Otley AC 25:06
94 6 Ann Yeadon Otley AC 25:38
101 9 Kirsty Pomfrett Otley AC 26:06
128 114 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 27:08
258 88 Lynne Lister Otley AC 33:00
313 125 Claire Hastings Otley AC 40:29
Fountains Abbey
1 1 Nathan Smith City of York AC 17:25
13 13 Peter Crowder Otley AC 20:10
29 1 Emma Sorby Ripon Runners 21:49
1 1 Andrew Dobby Harrogate H&AC 17:33
39 1 Ann Dale Wetherby R. 21:27
210 166 David Fox Otley AC 28:47
1 1 Chris Livesey Preston Harriers 16:58
3 1 Hannah Oldroyd Airedale Dodgers 18:59
48 13 Joanna Hobson Otley AC 26:53
1 1 Tom Venning Valley Striders 17:42
11 1 Kate Husband Southville R.C. 20:01
23 22 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 21:05
194 54 Sarah Jones Otley AC 30:17
1 1 Joseph Kwallah Wetherby Runners 17:58
14 1 Tally Diamond Valley Striders AC 23:09
31 7 Susan Tupling Otley AC 25:51