Archive for January, 2017

Sunday 29 January 2017 – Meltham 10k

Report from Howard

Despite many years of racing, including this one a few times, it never occurred to me that during January in the Pennines there might be some ice under foot (Doh!) so had my slick road shoes on. Thankfully the black ice on the road was only for the first three hundred metres or so and then apart from a few isolated patches in the sheltered dips the going was good. No wind, clear sky and sunshine up on the tops made a good day for a race. The first targeted club race of the year saw myself and Mark Hall in club colours and he represented us well to come in 8th place overall in 37.24 and first v55. The race was won by Thomas Kay in 34.56 and first lady was Samantha Shaw of Penistone in 41.07 in 25th place 346 finished. My race was a mixed bag as I did not warm up at all and pussy footed the start to avoid a spill on the ice. My person to beat today was David Wormersley who had won the age group last year. He was about 100 metres ahead at 1K and I was feeling a hard week of training (I upped the swim, bike and run for the triathlon season last week) I got to within 6 seconds at the finish (46.54 in 108th place). Couldn’t even make up ground on the long descents today so despite him fading slightly towards the end I ran out of track to pass him. Two other age category runners had passed us about half way as well and we were all within a minute at the finish so a pretty good competitive race for us. There were also two guys in the age group above in front of all of us which is encouraging.


1 Comment

The Montane Spine Race – 15th to 22nd January

Race report from dot 41 (aka Sarah Fuller):

Perhaps the most commonly asked question to any spiner is ‘why’? It’s a question that’s not easy to answer, but it is essential to have a clear rationale or the chances of making it the 268 miles to Kirk Yetholm are small. I was struggling to find my ‘why’ in the lead up to the race, I had entered last year when it looked like most of the crew timed out at Byrness would be lining up again in 2017 so there was definitely an element of peer pressure there but that wouldn’t be enough reason to drive me onwards I needed to want to do this for myself. Clearly last year’s race didn’t go to plan and I failed to finish but yet strangely I didn’t feel I had anything to prove so why did I feel the pull back? Partly I couldn’t get that niggling feeling I had missed out on that finish feeling of contentment, of a job well done, of closure. Partly I missed my spine friends and missed being part of something truly special and I missed the adventure, that escape from normal life that enriches so much. However, I wasn’t totally sure I wanted to put my body and mind through such a gruelling experience again and the closer the race got the more I doubted myself and whether I needed that finish to make peace with the spine. I would battle with this conflict in my mind for the first couple of days at least and came close to calling it a day a few times early on but something in my subconscious kept me ploughing on after all its better to be a dot than follow a dot! Anyway here is my story – grab a cuppa its a long one…….


Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday 28 January 2017 – Hoofstones Fell Race

Report from Matt P

This BM 8 mile and 1400ft of ascent is in the words of a past leader of the FRA “a reminder why people go fell running in the first place” and then it started snowing. I got a lift over with Dave Tate and Jean from Wharfedale Starting from a warm and friendly pub in Todmorden, this race climbs out of the valley to run round the moors north of Tod and then back down the same route – a lollipop course. The first climb was runnable and then onto the moor, initially on good tracks, but then it got nasty with a long very rough and boggy trod to the high point of the course. I only went in waist deep twice so was lucky! It was cold and windy up on the moor which was partially frozen making the going even tougher. From the top at Hoofstones the way led across a trackless moor with award winning tussocks and more bog. Runners spread out all over trying to find a runnable route or trying to stick to a bearing – but all to no avail. Aim for Studeley Pike on the other side of the valley and all was well back to rejoin the route out and a fast, fun descent to the finish. About 50 people survived this character building experience, with about 40 finishing in front of me quicker than the 1hr 36ish minutes I was in a state of bliss for.

Results to follow at


Saturday 28 January 2017 – Park Runs

Newcastle parkrun

A total of 524 runners took part.

View full results for Newcastle parkrun event #355


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:16:01
14 1 Lorna MACDONALD Morpeth Harriers & AC 00:19:00
60 59 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:20:55


Bradford parkrun

A total of 405 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #347


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:27
8 1 Rachel BOYD Saltaire Striders 00:19:20
53 8 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:10
76 67 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:19
102 88 John Davis Otley AC 00:25:23
110 16 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:25:32

Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 245 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #149

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Reece DALTON Ripon Runners 00:16:41
11 11 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:20:28
16 1 Emma SORBY Ripon Runners 00:20:52

1 Comment

Saturday 21 January – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 523 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #493


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Gareth JOOSTE Unattached 00:17:09
17 1 Camilla WEST Serpentine RC 00:19:27
52 50 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:21:15


Bradford parkrun

A total of 472 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #346


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Josh TIGHE Salford Harriers and AC 00:16:46
12 1 Kirsty ALLEN Baildon Runners 00:20:31
37 35 Simon Anderson Otley AC 00:22:40
259 55 Emma THOMSON Otley AC 00:29:16
394 134 Kirsty Pomfrett Otley AC 00:35:57


Harrogate parkrun

A total of 389 runners took part.

View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #266


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Aidan ADAMS Leeds City AC 00:18:07
9 1 Ruth JONES Unattached 00:19:17
39 38 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 00:21:31


Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 380 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #148


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Nathan SMITH City of York AC 00:16:47
14 1 Rachel FRIEND Leeds City AC 00:19:54
33 30 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:21:43

1 Comment

Sunday 22nd January: Inskip half marathon

Report from Mark Hall

Having missed the Brass Monkey half marathon both me and Scott Harrington entered the Inskip half. The day was very cold with a chilling wind. The circuit is described on the entry form as fast and undulating, not sure if these words go together! The race attracted a 500 runner field. Scott is well into his marathon training and packed in 80 miles last week so was running the race on tired legs he still managed to run the race from gun to tape in the lead and comfortably won the event in a time of 70.48, 23 seconds off his PB. I finished 20th, 1st V55 in 77.28. (my last race before my counter clicks on to 57!)

The only negative point about this event is the very poor prize list. I received a bottle of wine for 1st V55 even though the event cost £19 to enter. Finishers received a goody bag with a big bar of chocolate, a hat , bottle of water a medal and a dish of hot pot! why not reduce the entry cost and drop the goody bag.


Saturday 21 January 2017 – Angkor 40Km Ultra

Report from Ryk Downes :

So one year to the day I died whilst out running in Pool (thankfully I was revived through CPR and a defibrillator). I headed out in the pitch black at 5am from The Terrace of Elephants, Angkor Thom Temple in Cambodia on the start of a 40 mile ultra marathon. As we headed out of the temple grounds and towards the jungle I was at the back of a lead pack of about a dozen that had missed a turn. I had to turn back and join at the back of the race. After another half mile I could see everyone going round some ruins, when I noticed a arrow pointing into the jungle, I stopped for a moment and shone my head touch at the trees and saw some tape through the trees and I decided to follow it, it led through the trees for about 50 metres to a road. There was a policeman there who pointed the way. I carried on running and suddenly realised that for the next half a mile run I was actually leading an Ultramarathon! Eventually I was over taken, but by the 10k mark I was still in fourth place as daylight broke. Most of the terrain underfoot was sand, often deep dry sand that was very hard to run on. As I got to 18miles I was in 12th place. Then there was an awesome climb, over 500 feet of climb to a monastery. By now the temperature was 33C. I made it to the top and overtook two runners co,in back down to move back up to 10th, except I wasn’t, I saw below me several people cutting out the hill. It wasn’t clear what you had to do and there were no marshals. The next checkpoint was half a mile and when I got there knackered, there were loads of runners setting off or had just set off. None of them had overtaken me. With the heat I started to get Jogger’s nipple so switched to speed walking. We visited loads of temples on the way and were routed to go all the way around them, but again with no marshals, many just ran past them. Strava and my photos prove I did the whole course. I kept stopping and took over 150 photos . Not sure where I did finish, but I stopped in the finish lane and pulled out a Union Jack flag and ran in with it. From time to time, there we interesting river crossings. One waist deep murky water with black things wiggling about, another a branch to hold as you edged across on a second branch. Real Life temple run rickety bridges.



Saturday 21st January – John Cowan Handicap

Gary Johnson broke the finishing tape in first place but wasn’t to know the handicapper had mistakenly set him and Tom Pomfrett off a minute early.  However he was still had a really good run, easily recording the fastest time of the day.  That left Chris Tomlinson as the ‘real’ winner and top points scorer, over taking Laura in the last few metres.

The second race of the Eric Smith Handicap trophy is the Eccup, Alwoodley Lane Handicap on Sunday 19th February.

Pos Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Chris Tomlinson 46:12 10:00 36:12 26
2 Laura Hind 46:15 07:00 39:15 25
3 Billy Rayner 46:57 10:00 36:57 24
4 Liz Yates 47:01 12:00 35:01 23
5 Gary Johnson 47:06 20:00 27:06 22
6 Eriks Zvaigzne 47:32 12:00 35:32 21
7 Ann Yeadon 47:38 10:00 37:38 20
8 Sara Elliott 47:40 15:00 32:40 19
9 Nick Hodgkinson 47:43 07:00 40:43 18
10 Matt Podd 47:58 14:00 33:58 17
11 Debra Brown 48:40 03:00 45:40 16
12 Daniel Mundet 48:48 12:00 36:48 15
13 Jackie Ackroyd 48:52 12:00 36:52 14
14 Rogan Ashton 49:00 21:00 28:00 13
15 Tom Lynch 49:01 21:00 28:01 12
16 John Davis 49:02 12:00 37:02 11
17 Rob Fearnley 49:32 10:00 39:32 10
18 Andy Ackroyd 49:43 14:00 35:43 9
19 Gemma Harrington 49:46 09:00 40:46 8
20 Colin Best 49:52 11:00 38:52 7
21 Joanna Hobson 49:55 10:00 39:55 6
22 Tom Pomfrett 49:56 20:00 29:56 5
23 Antonio Cardinale 50:32 00:00 50:32 4
24 Tom Hannah 50:36 06:00 44:36 3
25 Ursula McGouran 50:56 10:00 40:56 2
26 David Cattanach 51:35 06:00 45:35 1


Sunday 15th January – Brass Monkey Half

Report from Sara Elliott:

As the four of us (Billy, Andy, Nicky and I) headed off to York this morning, with Andy kindly providing taxi service, we were all saying how little training we’d done. A mixture of Achilles problems, shin splints, chest infections and colds had meant we were ‘just going to get to the end’.

As we arrived it was wet, foggy and miserable. Our ray of sunshine arrived in the form ofSaraElliott2017BrassMonkey our very own Howard J, in disguise as he didn’t have a number. He’d promised to pace me to sub-40 when we’d last met at the Leeds Christmas 10k, but this was pre chest infection and I’d only done one long run since last May!! Oops!!

We lined up in the rain and Nicky and I trotted alongside Howard. Anyway, it stopped raining, conditions now perfect and I felt comfortable at the pace Howard set…until mile 10!!! I died a little, tested Howard’s patience lots (“you haven’t worked so bloody hard to let it go now”) and got through it. A Harrogate lady thanked him for pacing her too as he quietly slipped away just before the finish line…

I did it 1:38:21!! A whole 1:15 off last year’s PB.

Thankyou Howard, you’re an absolute star, and can you make yourself available for every race please? 😉 and saw Nicky come in not long after but missed Andy and Billy-who both had much better runs than they’d expected.

From Howard:  Thought it a fair division of labour for Sara to do the report. Really pleased she got the PB because from 10 it was getting tough but she dug deep and maintained the 7.30 pace right to the finish and this is what it looked like (photo attached). I had faded away and dropped out by then.

Full Results: 1st Steven Hebblethwaite, Keswick 1:09:17, 487th Sara Elliott 1:38:21, 657th Nicola Lee 1:44:23, 729th Andy Webster 1:46:25, 985th Billy Rayner 1:55:09, (All Chip times).


Saturday 14th January – Park Runs

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
Fountains Abbey
1 1 Spike Ambery Smith Unattached 17:58
20 1 Julia Bloomer Unattached 21:05
23 22 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 21:27
84 72 Peter Crowder Otley AC 24:56
1 1 Unknown Athlete, (AKA Scott Harrington) Unattached 16:42
34 34 James Rawstron Otley AC 20:59
37 1 Sharon Hardcastle Unattached 21:04
42 41 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 21:18
148 125 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 25:43
160 133 Rob Fearnley Otley AC 26:10
321 98 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 31:53
1 1 Richard Thomson Unattached 18:31
27 1 Myra Jones Valley Striders 21:01
212 39 Ursula McGouran Otley AC 28:01

1 Comment