Archive for February, 2017

Sunday 26th February – Unofficial World indoor Masters 400m W65 Record

Report from Caroline Marler:

I had a race at the indoor Inter Area on Feb. 26th at Lee Valley. I couldn’t raise a NMAC team so ran in the Welsh team, who put me in a younger age group W50-60 instead of W60-70. This gave me a hard race but I came 4th in 70.98 and broke my own W65 European Indoor Record easily ( it was 73.57) and also the World indoor record of 71.89 (set in 2001). Unfortunately it appears there were not enough level 4 officials judging do it may not be ratified. I will have to do it again! I have the British indoor Champs on March 11/12 and then the World indoor Masters Champs in Daegu, Korea from March 31st.


Sunday 26th February – Snake Lane 10

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

Another targeted race saw 6 representatives from Otley turn up. I expect more tried to enter but this is one of those races that fills up faster than you can run it. The limit is 1200 I believe but there were only 795 finishers which is 400 no shows which is quite high even for a winter race. I have been doing this race for at least 25 years off and on and sometimes the weather has been atrocious. Not on Sunday however, apart from a stiff in your face breeze from about 7 miles which made for a testing run in along a straight open road. My plan for today was either to blast a 69 minute ( I have done several 57’s here in the distant past, so it’s all relative) and contest the age group or a steady 75 if Sara came and was up for a PB. I have been nursing a sore calf so I was rather hoping a day as pacer would get a good workout with less risk. Happily Sara was one of the other club members and we worked out the target as we warmed up. Sara has gone through 10 in sub 75 in half marathons but her PB was 77.52 so pretty ‘soft’ and beatable. Race pace of 7.23 per mile and we went through 1 in 7.20. I felt great but Sara was already struggling to breathe comfortably and suggested I pushed on. I was tempted as I still had sight of most of my rivals but thought ‘I’ve started so I’ll finish’. Mile 3 still at target pace although Sara obviously working hard and not enjoying the trip out and I bet she was wishing I had ‘pushed on’ or something similar! We got to half way and I was checking regularly to see what was happening behind. Just go if you want she suggested a couple of times but we were still on for a 75. Her foot was hurting by now but was still moving well. Sorry but I still felt pretty good and was enjoying the day. The course is fairly flat with a couple of inclines and at 6 it gets to the ‘snakey lane’ bit and that rises up a bit to 7 where the wind was gusty and across till you hit the main road back into Pocklington. A bit of undulation and a relentless breeze into your face was going to make any PB well earned. I encouraged Sara to keep digging which she did and although disappointed with the time got a PB by 1.19. My calves were stiff after the race but in one piece whereas the PB was gained at the expense of sore knee and groin, probably brought on by the sore foot.

The Male and Female winners of the race seem to have disappeared from the results so I don’t know what has happened there so Tristan Learoyd of New Marske Harriers in 55.12 appears top and a dead heat between Josephine Stone and Georgia Campbell for first ladies in 1.01.00. For Otley, Peter Crowder was first home in a brisk 1.04.33, them me in 1.16.24, Sara Elliott in 1.16.33 (PB), Elizabeth Yates in 1.20.40, Andrew Rayner ,1.24.19 and Ann Yeadon in 1.25.11, all chip times. Full set of results here. What next? The Norton 9.


Sunday 26th February – Ilkley Moor Fell Race

Report from Matt Podd:

Off we went on Sunday morning to Ilkley; myself kindly chauffeured by Caron with Andrew as well, to laugh at us and have a gossip. Benign conditions for this race made a pleasant change. There is a big set of Junior races first and our youth was represented and did well. After the normal pre-race chat, spy of the opposition and warm up we lined up and were off. The first half mile is very congested and frustrating (well not for Tom Adams) as you climb up to the Cow and Calf, but it opens up from there and racing can commence. The moor did not disappoint and was a fetid morass, well churned up by those in front – I’m glad I had some new shoes with massive studs. Down the dangerous descent and haul up the other side  to head over to the Badger Stone and on to the start of the descent. A bit of a Cresta run well lubricated with plenty of mud. Just before the final plunge a malicious rock secreted in a deep lagoon of cold cocoa tripped me up and I finished covered in mud and blood. Approximate finishing order, after Tom Adams and Helen Glover. Tom L, Speedy Gary J, Graham L, James R, Matt P (following in the V70 winner storming Norman), Caron R (who beat old friend Martin Smillie), Serena B, Sara R, and Antonio. A great race and we all got well filthy, thanks to the Robertshaws and Sean supporting us on the course. I had to go and beg giant wound dressings off the neighbour when I got home.

Woodentops photos 1,2 and 3 and some more Woodentops photo’s Tom & Gary, Graham, James and another of Gary, Full results here:

1 Tom Adams Ilkley H. 37.16
19 Helen Glover F Ribble Valley H. 46.33
23 Tom Lynch Otley AC 47.06
34 Gary Johnson Otley AC 48.56
53 Graham Lake M40 Otley AC 50.59
168 James Rawstron M40 Otley AC 61.33
184 Matt Podd M50 Otley AC 62.37
226 Caron Ralph F40 Otley AC 67.09
292 Sara  Richard F40 Otley AC 78.46
321 Antonio Cardinale M60 Otley AC 110.50


Saturday 25th February – Midgley Moor Fell Race

Report from Shane Ewen:

After a 9 month self imposed hiatus on health grounds, I returned to the fellShane_Steve_MidgleyMoorFRs this weekend. Steve Robinson and I travelled over to the beautiful Calder Valley for the Midgley Moor fell race. 5 miles with two good climbs, approximately 1,250 feet, the going was good, boggy, windy, and wet, with a pint of milk from the farmer at the finish. The perfect return really!

I took things easy, being a fan of completing races rather than being carted off the moor in an ambulance.

Lots of route choice, bouncing over heather to reduce the level of leg scratching, and a bit of bog hopping. Beautiful views when I looked around too.

Phil Marsden (Horwich) won in 43.14. Claire Duffield (Todmorden) was first woman in 55.43, 30th overall. I finished 18th in 52.48, Steve not far behind in 32nd in 55.53.

Thanks to all the marshals for standing out in tricky conditions, and to the Woodheads for excellent photographs here: Set 1 and Set 2.

Good to be back.


Saturday 25th February – Beginners Park Run Lister Park

Report from Billy

Following the success of the Couch to 5k plan started in January, a number of the beginners travelled to Lister Park to take part in the Park Run. Despite a bad forecast conditions were perfect at the start. A number of main members turned out and thanks to Matt Podd, Sara Elliott and Ann Yeadon for running with the beginners. Results for main members who recorded times will appear later in the usual Park Run consolidated report.

First to finish was Ryan Breeze in a very impressive 25:27 followed by Maggie Oates (28:53), Hannah Louise Birch (30:12), Yasmin Timmins (30:31), Rebecca Keinhorst (31:05 PB), Julie Oates (32:12), Lynne Lister (32:38 PB), Helen Dixon (32:40), Paul Dodsworth (37:23) and Nicola Doherty (39:05 PB).

A fantastic effort from everyone.

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Saturday 25th February – Park Runs

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Marcin Soszka Saltaire Striders 16:59
13 1 Lynne Robinson Queensbury RC 20:30
97 90 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 25:20
141 123 Rob Fearnley Otley AC 26:45
148 129 Ryk Downes Otley AC 26:55
158 137 Andrew Webster Otley AC 27:15
278 201 Matt Podd Otley AC 32:21
323 107 Bev Downes Otley AC 35:08
375 138 Alice Webster Otley AC 41:37
Fountains Abbey
1 1 George Mills Harrogate H 16:10
14 1 Ellie Dominey South West RR 20:27
117 93 Peter Crowder Otley AC 25:12
1 1 Tom Carpenter Unattached 16:23
45 1 Ella Knight Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club 22:48
74 6 Nicola Lee Otley AC 24:15

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Sunday 19th Feb – Peco Cross country race 4 Barnbow

Having dipped out of a couple of recent races because of a slightly injured calf I wanted to test the recovery over the weekend. No problem round the Fountains parkrun on Saturday at a steady 25m trot so I decided to do the cross country on the Sunday. This was because it was local and I could cycle up with Jacque in support and a wet, muddy grass and trail in February would be a serious test of the legs. Nice to chat to Antonio prior to the race who I believe was the only B&W. Spotted Sean warming up but he with Kirkstall Harriers and I in 2nd claim colours of Valley striders. I had ridden up the day before to look at the conditions and thought spikes were required. Read the spiel and it said don’t wear them due to a couple of stretches of tarmac and concrete bridges to cross. Trail shoes it was and with a surprisingly large field of men (394) I lined up towards the back of the field to have a steady away day. The ladies (285) set off ten minutes after us and I pity them because the route would have been well churned up by then. The day was mild dry and windless so pleasant enough. Cross country is not my favourite pass-time although I can see the appeal in sliding and squelching through primordial slime, of which there was plenty. You could almost sense the development of new life forms in the unctuous black ooze that sucked off a few shoes. The slippery brown field earth to negotiate up and down and round. No my fear of these races is the leg sliding out and pulling something badly. Something you don’t get very often on the roads. I made it through and picked off a good number of people along the way and felt pretty comfortable considering a nearly 3 week layoff. Times and positions of no real interest today as I was a guest and it did not count. I will do another as I have invested in some Inv-8 Mudclaw shoes but not Peco 5 at Roundhay park as am scheduled to do the Norton 9 on the same day




Sunday 19th February – Eccup Alwoodley Lane Handicap


Finish photo thanks to Nick Hodgkinson

This was a day for the fighting spirit of the old guard.  Tom Hannah running his 200th Otley handicap and after months of injury problems, Phil’s welcome return to the handicap/racing scene.  Success going to Phil  with a 2 minute win ahead of Tom.  With John and Carol in the first 6, these four have run a grand total of 600+ handicaps in 25+ years.

Here’TomHannah200Handicapss a bit of a stats. breakdown of the of Tom’s fantastic achievement.  His first race was the Farnley Handicap in June 1992, where he was invited to run as an unattached runner from the Otley 10 and finishing second.  So off to a good start and he’s averaged 8 races a year since.  Tom has won 10 of the 200, been 2nd 18 times and passed the 100 mark at the end of 2003 and surprisingly has never won the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy.

Back to the present, finishing in 7th place, Laura Hind moved to the top of the handicap table with 37 pts, ahead of Billy 33 and Gary and Eriks on 32.  In pretty much ideal conditions, Gary recorded the fastest time of the day approx. 30 seconds quicker than Tom Lynch.

Not long to wait for the 3rd race, on the 11th March, the undulating three lap route from the Wellington Inn at Darley.

Pos Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Phil Robinson 1:06:20 12:00 54:20 18
2 Tom Hannah 1:08:40 09:00 59:40 17
3 Ursula McGouran 1:08:50 13:00 55:50 16
4 John Armitstead 1:08:55 26:00 42:55 15
5 Tom Lynch 1:09:03 31:00 38:03 14
6 Carol Armitstead 1:09:10 16:00 53:10 13
7 Laura Hind 1:09:18 15:00 54:18 12
8 Eriks Zvaigzne 1:09:22 19:00 50:22 11
9 Gary Johnson 1:09:29 32:00 37:29 10
10 Billy Rayner 1:09:36 18:00 51:36 9
11 Tony Walker 1:09:37 26:00 43:37 8
12 Colin Best 1:09:50 16:00 53:50 7
13 Ann Yeadon 1:10:11 17:00 53:11 6
14 Sara Elliott 1:10:27 24:00 46:27 5
15 David Cattanach 1:11:08 08:00 1:03:08 4
16 John Dade 1:11:20 23:00 48:20 3
17 Nick Hodgkinson 1:13:57 12:00 1:01:57 2
18 Debra Brown 1:15:52 07:00 1:08:52 1


Saturday 18th Feb – Park Runs

Better late than never…

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 469 runners took part.
View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #497
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Matthew BEACOCK Sale Harriers Manchester 00:16:40
6 6 Robin OUTTERSIDES Otley AC 00:17:52
37 1 Anna HAY Unattached 00:20:27
52 50 Chris Carver Otley AC 00:21:19
302 84 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:29:05
303 219 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:29:06
Bradford parkrun
A total of 502 runners took part.
View full results for Bradford parkrun event #350
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Marcin SOSZKA Saltaire Striders 00:17:09
11 1 Claire COOPER Keighley & Craven AC 00:20:46
53 8 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:10
126 20 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:25:39
Harrogate parkrun
A total of 358 runners took part.
View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #270
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Zeynu BEDRU Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:36
26 1 Lindsey CLEGG Horsforth Harriers 00:21:29
37 35 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:22:10
Skipton parkrun
A total of 233 runners took part.
View full results for Skipton parkrun event #186
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Lucas PAYNE Barlick Fell Runners 00:18:41
3 1 Emma RAVEN Central AC 00:18:43
197 76 Maggie DILLON Otley AC 00:33:24
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 404 runners took part.
View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #152
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Ben HOLMES Unattached 00:18:09
24 24 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:20:50
34 1 Emma SORBY Ripon Runners 00:21:11
117 93 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:25:12
Penrith parkrun
A total of 253 runners took part.
View full results for Penrith parkrun event #152
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Jonathan COX Eden Runners 00:17:24
9 1 Connie HURTON Eden Runners 00:19:46
88 61 Rob Fearnley Otley AC 00:25:34
Wetherby parkrun
A total of 64 runners took part.
View full results for Wetherby parkrun event #85
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Guy CLOSE Knaresborough Striders 00:18:45
9 1 Eleanor HAMMOND Unattached 00:23:01
43 13 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:29:58

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Sunday 5th of February Blackburn Winter Warmer 10 k Race.

On Saturday the 4th of February, we travelled to Blackburn for an overnight stay before Jenson Brogden and Aston Brogden took on the Blackburn Winter Warmer 2 k Race the next day. The race was being held at Witton Park so on Saturday afternoon we ventured there to check out the race route. Happy that the boys knew the route, we headed out for a pub tea before an early night. On the Sunday the boys were keen to get back to Witton Park to collect their numbers and timing chips. There were over 200 Juniors in the race with lots of club runners. The race started on the athletics track before looping around the park and then finishing back on the track. The boys did us proud, Jenson Brogden was 6th and Aston Brogden was 12th. Otley got a mention as the boys ran in because all the other runners were local.The race was really well organised and everyone was so friendly! The venue was great and we were very jealous of the track!



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