Archive for March, 2017

Saturday 11th March – Park Runs

Gender Position  
Run Time  
Woodhouse Moor
1 1 Josh NORMAN Owls AC 00:16:07
3 3 Robin OUTTERSIDES Otley AC 00:16:58
50 1 Anna HAY Unattached 00:20:11
372 97 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:27:38
373 276 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:39
619 390 Oliver HARRINGTON Otley AC 00:33:44
624 232 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:33:53
625 233 Millie HARRINGTON Otley AC 00:33:54
1 1 Oliver DAFFERN Bradford G S 00:17:46
19 1 Kirsty ALLEN Baildon Runners 00:20:13
298 216 John Davis Otley AC 00:30:15
Fountains Abbey
1 1 George MILLS Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:16:13
16 1 Charlotte VAN ZELST Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:19:51
26 22 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:21:17
129 97 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:26:29
1 1 Chris LIVESEY Preston Harriers 00:16:07
3 1 Sarah MCCORMACK Unattached 00:17:54
43 38 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:50

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Sunday 12th March – Spen 20

Report from Robin Outtersides

Rogan and I ventured into the beyond in our misguided search of PB’s and glory. The destination was Spenborough was to compete in the annual 20 mile epic, undulator across road….and more road.
We arrived in good time and I proceeded to do some moody laps of the track in search of that winning formula. The race started, as usual on the track and involved a lap of said track before moving onto the road section which winds its way through some rather beautiful countryside close to Robertstown and the surrounding environs.
I felt ace at first and started to make my way with a sub 6 first mile. Having done the race previously and blown up ( and walked ) at 10 miles I knew the pitfalls but enjoyed the opening bit, having done some trampoline training in the previous weeks(!).
The course moves onto a precarious but fun downward motorway section where I established rhythm and tried to move through the field.
On I went until hitting the loop which forms the middle of this run. You seem to reverse what you have done previously and go back the way you came, and I ended up in a sort of swirly dream-like state which wasn’t half bad.
The scenery is lush and there is fantastic encouragement along the way. I hit 10 miles in 1:02 and decided to tick off the rest in sizable chunks ( 13, 15 and then 20 ). Approaching the finish I could see a PB and after passing a guy who had cramp I enjoyed the final straight road section and returned round the track to finish on 5:07 pace. Rogan had dipped out at 12 miles and was sitting there waiting.
This run is good for marathon runners who want to build to that goal. It is well marshalled and altogether a welcome addition to the running calendar. I shall run it again. I came in 6th in 2:07. The winner was John Hobbs for the third year in a row.


Saturday 11th March – Race 3 Eric Smith Trophy – Wellington Handicap


Ryk on his way to the handicap win

On an ideal day for running Ryk finished a clear winner ahead of President Billy and Rob. Gary recorded the fastest time of the day.  The 3 lap route gives the handicapper and the numerous spectators today a chance to see a bit more of the action than usual.  Billy moved to the top of the handicap table on 47 points ahead of Gary, 44 and Laura 37.  See the full table here.  Thanks to John Armitstead for helping out with the time keeping.

Pos Time HCap Net Time Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Pts
1 Ryk Downes 55:02 11:00 44:02 14:16 14:56 14:50 15
2 Billy Rayner 55:59 14:00 41:59 13:47 14:27 13:45 14
3 Rob Fearnley 56:13 13:00 43:13 14:07 14:44 14:22 13
4 Gary Johnson 56:57 26:00 30:57 10:05 10:31 10:21 12
5 Tom Pomfrett 58:20 24:00 34:20 11:01 11:37 11:42 11
6 Tom Lynch 58:24 26:00 32:24 10:34 11:12 10:38 10
7 Dave Fox 58:37 09:00 49:37 16:10 16:53 16:34 9
8 Ian Broadbent 58:47 18:00 40:47 13:25 14:15 13:07 8
9 Antonio Cardinale 58:49 00:00 58:49 19:30 19:40 19:39 7
10 Daniel Mundet 59:00 15:00 44:00 14:25 15:09 14:26 6
11 Carol Armitstead 59:01 14:00 45:01 15:14 15:31 14:16 5
12 Tony Walker 59:06 22:00 37:06 12:11 12:31 12:24 4

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Sunday 5th March – Vodafone Malta Half Marathon

Report from Julian Mawson:

Belated race report following my return from Malta and having competed in this race two years ago I took the opportunity to give it a go again this time.

It was held a couple of weeks later and it was certainly considerably warmer.

The race was won by Poland’s Miereczko Maclek in 69.28 and the first lady was Malta’s Lisa Bezzina 44th overall in 82.07.

I was pleased to finish 41st and fourth MV45 in 81.58 – I slowed up significantly after ten miles since I don’t often get that far in training nowadays.

Newspaper report

Historic results for the full and half marathons

Like 2015 I chanced again on meeting Liam Dunn’s friend from Ireland Cyril Cuddy (75.47) at the start and also his friend James Hamm (75.02) both representing Nuparc A.C. and we all agreed Liam was a grand lad.

I was passed at 5km by the excellent athlete Gary Pennington from Preston Harriers who (presumably recognising my Otley A.C. vest) asked if I knew the split but I’d forgotten to start my stopwatch (lack of recent race practice). Gary quickly explained he’d missed the start as the race set off five minutes earlier than advertised. I feel he did remarkably well then to go on and finish tenth in 73.58 chip time.

I haven’t any race photos from this time because I don’t do the Book of Faces but I attach one from 2015. Basically this time round imagine the same but with sunshine and I was wearing a cap.



Sunday 5th March: Norton 9

Report from Howard:

Another club target race saw 6 Otley AC ladies outnumber Billy and I for the Norton 9. This is usually a stiff test at this time of year and I think the others will confirm that is what it was again. The temperature never got above 5 degrees and the rain started at exactly 10 am as the race started. Not too much however and the wind was not particularly bad although I was aware of it in the latter half of the race. Today I wanted to get back to the feel of sub 7 minute miling if possible. I lined up close to the front and at the gun set off at a pace I thought I could sustain. This was helped by the fact the first half mile or so was downhill. A tight right up a slight incline which becomes the sting in the tail as we pass the turn off to the finish. First mile in 6.30 and feeling good. The route is fairly level to mile 2 and through there in 13.03 still feeling good. The Norton 9 is held on this route on this Sunday every year so surprisingly some bright spark had arranged a cycling sportif to come in the opposite direction at the same time. They are all racing too and it’s a public road so there were some frantic alarm calls from the runners ahead. We continued to cross paths with cyclists for the next two or three miles and some of them thought they were doing the Tour de France as they were on the right hand side of the road. I hope there were no mishaps behind and the road eventually became clear again. The route is circular through undulating countryside and the next uphill bit is between three and four. I got to 4 in 27.10, still feeling OK but the average rate beginning to slow. Some nice descents and some long inclines added variety to the course and between 7 and 8 a testing hill into a bit of a breeze and I got to 8 in 56.15 so not far off 7 minute pace and almost a mile of downhill and then the right turn up to the finish on the field. I crossed the line 89th in 63.42 chip time so just outside 7 pace but OK considering the conditions and profile of the route and the lack of recent hard races or speed training. Pleased to have felt so comfortable at 6.30 pace so need to work on stringing ten of them together to be able to contest the age group every race. A total of 525 finished in a sell-out race which was won in 49.52 by Gregan Clarkson of Kingston/Hull AC. Faye Banks of Pontefract AC was first lady in 55.04 and Otley results (some PB’s over 9 miles surely?)

And from Laura Hind:

Unfortunately the sun didn’t follow the Otley 8 down the A1 to Norton 9, but it was a good day out for the runners nonetheless! Fairly quiet country lanes, with the exception of some arrogant cyclists, made for good racing conditions and with only two hills, led to some super performances. Marshalling was great; they thought we’d brought a busload – maybe we just seemed more numerous than we really were – perhaps Hannah was louder than normal, or the frontrunners for Otley were flashing by so quickly, they appeared in duplicate!

Howard, our resident racing snake, put in his weekly appearance to finish first for OAC in 1:03:42. Sara Elliott, on a ‘tempo run’, delivered a fine time of 1:08:17, followed by , Liz Yates, 1:13:33, El Presidente in 1:15:37, Ann Yeadon 1:16:25 (PB), Laura Hind 1:17:32 (PB), Joanna Hobson, 1:22:13 and Hannah Lupton, making her return to the road in 1:22:55. The race was won in a time of 49:52 by Gregan Clarkson of Kingston-upon-Hull AC and first lady, Faye Banks of Pontefract AC in 55:04.

The race finished, we were treated to an extra weights session in the car park, helping people to escape the quagmire it had become due to recent rain! Back to Otley for coffee and cake – a very enjoyable racing experience!