Archive for February, 2017

Sunday 8th of January- Garstang 2 mile race.

On Sunday the 8th of January, Jenson Brogden took part in the 2 mile Fun Run at Garstang, part of the Garstang 10 k. The course was on open roads and tracked the first loop of the 10 k course. The 10 k runners set off and then ten minutes later the Fun run began. Jenson was feeling nervous after an Autumn/Winter of illness but got stuck in! The slower 10 k runners soon had Jenson and another bunch off runners on their tails and as he battled though the traffic, seniors and a tough hill, he came home strong in 2nd place. The winner was a boy much older and taller than Jenson, who on the last down hill just caught him and commented at the end how impressed he was with Jenson! A good confidence boost and a well organised race.

( No times, as only the 10 k results were recorded)

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Sunday 12th February 2017 – Liversedge Half Marathon

Report from Billy R

Myself and Sara Richard travelled to Roberttown for the Liversedge Half Marathon.

Not known for being a PB course due to ‘undulations’, conditions were made worse by wind, snow and sub zero temperatures. However, not wanting to let each other down we both reluctantly took our place at the start. I can safely say that it was not an enjoyable experience and by the time I finished, in a time of 2:04:57, I was wet, freezing and had lost the feeling in both hands despite wearing gloves for the entire race. Sara finished in 2:06:53.

The race was won by Jason Cherriman of Leeds City in 1:11:30 with the first lady being Lucy Collins of Stainland Lions in 1:27:17. Ian Fisher running for Bingley was 6th in 1:17:14 and first V45.


Sunday 12th February – Windy Hill Fell Race

Race report from Matt Podd

This is a BM 9 mile Fell race with 1300ft of ascent, held near Littleborough at the bottom of the big hill on the M62. My mentor Dave suggested we enter this and so off we set on Sunday morning into the snow and gales. The race started and finished at a Rugby club which was warm with food and drink available. Good job as outside it was snowing and blowing a gale. Bravely we ventured outdoors, hung round for a bit and then we were off into the storm like a pack of hunting dogs. A fairly gentle ascent on fast tracks, under and then back over the M62 led to a long roller coaster stretch heading north into the wind, which was nice as the snow was being blasted at you. Then came the big climb onto Blackstone edge and we ran south down the pennine way. I thought of Sarah Fuller going north on here recently, as I pulled my balaclava on and put up my hood – it was a bit chilly and breezy. Good fun running lead to the Iconic bridge over the motorway and we left the PW to run down the Windy hill ridge on a fair but muddy track. Higher up there was a fair amount of snow and the bog was frozen, but at lower altitudes it was the viscous liquid we love. Suddenly we emerged out of the mist and there was the finish. I had a good race (didn’t fall over or go in deeper then knee!) and finished near the middle of the field. Strangely enjoyable and satisfying to brave the elements and race in foul conditions.
Tom Adams 58.36 and Rachel Jones (V45!) won; I was 112/205 in 1.26.48

Full results here


Saturday 11th February – Carnethy 5 Hill Race

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

Carnethy is the 2nd highest of the Pentland Hills that stretch south from Edinburgh.  At just 1880ft it is less than half the height of Ben Nevis.  But don’t let this fact fool you into thinking this is an easy race!  The ‘5’ in the race title refers to the number of hill summits and not the distance, (approx. 6 miles). So after passing the summits of Scald Law, South Black Hill, East and West Kip your legs are feeling it a bit and then you’ve got the long steep climb to Carnethy.  Once you’ve done the last climb of the day it’s a leg sapping, never ending descent through knee deep heather, before the final ‘sprint‘ to the finish line.  Throw in the fact that it is February in Scotland and the weather comes into play just a little bit…

Last year was Caron’s first attempt and we were greeted with really tricky conditions, lots of snow and a bit of wind, so my thoughts during the week were, ‘well it can’t be worse than last year‘…  How wrong can you be… Admittedly there wasn’t as much snow on the lower slopes as last year but the gale force wind on the summits, particularly on South Black Hill and Carnethy more than made up for that, it was difficult to stay upright, never mind run!  Here’s a good clip of the breeze on Carnethy enjoy…

Anyway we both survived and enjoyed it!  Caron even ran approx. 5 minutes quicker than last year, I was well short of my aim but given the conditions that was never on, but was still reasonably pleased with my run.

Results: 76th Andrew Robertshaw, 1:06:24, 374th, (62nd Woman), Caron Ralph 1:31:56

1st Finlay Wild 52:50, (Ben Nevis winner for the last 7 years), 2nd Tom Addison 53:37, 3rd Andrew Douglas 54:28, (4th 2016 European Mountain Running Champs, 11th 2016 World MRC),  1st Woman Hannah Russell, 1:01:30 (Junior), 2nd Charlotte Morgan 1:02:54, 3rd Georgia Tindley, 1:03:47.  Full results, plus a few photos and links to videos here,  more photos here.

PS. If anyone fancies this next year we plan to give it another go, thoroughly recommended…


Saturday 11th February – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 372 runners took part.
View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #496
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Alec FRANCIS Hyde Park Harriers 00:17:17
16 1 Camilla WEST Serpentine RC 00:19:41
104 18 Nicola Lee Otley AC 00:23:54
Bradford parkrun
A total of 366 runners took part.
View full results for Bradford parkrun event #349
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Marcin SOSZKA Saltaire Striders 00:17:17
11 11 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:21:11
12 1 Sarah FLAHERTY Bingley Harriers and AC 00:21:14
40 5 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:02
49 41 John Dade Otley AC 00:23:24
70 61 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:24:17
92 80 John Davis Otley AC 00:24:56
119 101 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:25:47
128 109 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:26:20
308 111 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:35:28
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 260 runners took part.
View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #151
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Charles CASEY Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:56
14 1 Emma SORBY Ripon Runners 00:21:24
30 25 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:22:46
Keswick parkrun
A total of 121 runners took part.
View full results for Keswick parkrun event #142
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Mark LAMB Keswick AC 00:16:42
22 1 Rosie WATSON Doss AC 00:22:14
37 33 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:17

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Wednesday 8th February – Barnsley Winter Track Series 10k

Report from Mark Hall:

I braved the rush hour traffic and eventually arrived at the Barnsley Dorothy Hyman track. Having never raced a track 10k before I ran most of the race in a small group at a comfortable pace. I was disappointed not to go sub 35 mins as I finished with ‘gas in the tank’ The race was enjoyable and surprisingly passed quickly. The conditions were excellent. I finished 3rd in 35.16. winner was Dan Kestrel, Barnsley ac 32.47. Entry cost £3.


Runner of the Month for January

SarahFullerSpineFinishRykDownes Sarah Fuller and Ryk Downes were awarded the prizes this month.  Sarah for successfully completing the week long Spine race and Ryk for his similarly mad sounding adventure in Cambodia at the Angkor 40k.

Both extremely well deserved, well done both.


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Sunday 5th February – Dewsbury 10.2k

Report from Billy R

After getting up in the middle of the night, Ann Y picked me up for the drive over to Dewsbury in time for a 9am start!! Although cool there was little wind and no rain, ideal for running. We didn’t see any other Black & Whites prior to the start.

On arriving at the start area Ann had to seek the assistance of the St Johns Ambulance to treat an injury. After receiving treatment and given the all clear to run we took our places on the start line. A minutes silence was observed prior to the start in memory of a local woman who had been knocked over and killed by a wreckless driver on the course the day before.

The course is a flatish out and back course on the Bradford Road out of Dewsbury. After 2k I suffered from a stitch which was unusual for me and this slowed me down for the next couple of km. Approaching the turnaround point I spotted Andy Webster coming the other way a short distance in front of me. After turning around I also spotted Ann who was not far behind me. Ann also suffered a stitch at this point which hampered her chances of catching me.

I maintained a reasonable pace for the second half to finish in just over 51 mins with Ann, who was running with an injury, approximately 30 secs behind.

On over hearing someone say the course was long we both checked the distances on our watches and mine had the distance at  6.31 miles whilst Ann’s showed 6.32 miles!!

The race was won by Mohammad Abu-Rezeek of Altrincham in 30:43 and first lady was Aly Dixon of Sunderland Strollers in 34:37.

First for Otley was Peter Crowder (37:44 PB) followed by Andy Webster (49:20), Andrew Rayner (51:17) and Ann Yeadon (51:40 and new PB)

An apology was issued by Dewsbury Road Runners on Monday 6th February as the course was long by approximately 200m which makes the runs by Peter and Ann all the more impressive.


Saturday 4th February – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 536 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #495

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Benjamin DOUGLAS Notts AC 00:15:56
32 32 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:21:01
39 39 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:21:13
49 49 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:21:36
55 1 Andrea VIDAL DURA Unattached 00:21:43
79 72 Peter GOSLING Otley AC 00:22:30
99 13 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:11
291 73 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:27:37
292 219 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:37

Bradford parkrun

A total of 444 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #348

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Sam CLEGG Idle AC 00:16:46
32 1 Julie Ann THORNTON Bingley Harriers and AC 00:22:15
77 72 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:23

Harrogate parkrun

A total of 321 runners took part.

View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #268

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Josh FULLER Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:37
28 28 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 00:21:31
36 1 Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE Unattached 00:21:55

Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 337 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #150

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Thomas CORNTHWAITE Salford Harriers and AC 00:16:44
2 1 Danielle HODGKINSON Wallsend Harriers & AC 00:18:26
89 71 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:25:16



Saturday 4th February – Rombalds Stride

Report from Stephen Boddy:

I felt a lot of pressure going into this event as the reigning Champion.* It weighed down heavily on me, I didn’t want to let the club down and I knew people would be watching closely for any mistakes. Would I mix my metaphors? Would I split an infinitive? The writer of the year award was a weight on my shoulders (well my midriff actually, I ate the whole toblerone on the way home from the presentation evening).

Anyway, here are a few thoughts on the stunning, beautiful and utterly interminable Rombalds Stride.

I have had a tempestuous relationship with The Chevin that has been enduring for well over twenty years now. It was love at first sight and we have shared many great moments together. Sure, we’ve had our problems and she’s kicked my arse on more than a few occasions but we’ve always been quick to make up. Unfortunatley things really came to a head today. Perhaps it has been my year long flirtation with Baildon Moor that finally provoked her but it will take me a long time to forget what The Chevin did to me today. I’m certainly not blameless, I said some things I’m not proud of and I even lashed out at one point but it will definitely be a while before I forgive the old girl for this one.

The rest of the run was very pleasant, it was nice to run with several other Otley vests and it engendered a nice team spirit and kept morale high toing and froing with teammates.

It’s a very tough course and it really tests you physically and mentally so anyone who finishes it deserves kudos. I’ll wait for the results to mention all the others as I don’t want to miss anyone but I do know Tom Lynch had a great run and smashed his target time.

*I’m fully aware that, in keeping with the current trend in elections etc, I won the award despite getting fewer nominations than Howard. (My ego is fully in check I promise.)

A few photos from Jack Robertshaw, results:

1 Graham Pearce 02:43:42 Joint first male
1 Jack Wood 02:43:42
8 Edward Davies 03:01:18
13 Tom Lynch 03:06:18
17 Jane McCarthy 03:12:52 First female
67 Rogan Ashton 03:49:21
91 Graham Lake 03:57:00
98 Laura McCabe 03:59:03
99 Tom Pomfrett 03:59:21
104 Stephen Boddy 04:01:57
107 Steven Robinson 04:03:33
108 Jim Sneath 04:04:05
152 Serena Blackburn 04:32:55
211 Sara Richard 05:19:37
212 Liz Fawcett 05:19:37
264 John Davis 05:53:21
265 Ryk Downes 05:53:42
287 Hannah Lupton 06:05:19
288 Nicky Gifford 06:05:19