Archive for April, 2017

Notices and Forthcoming Events


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Our Absolute Beginners group is for anyone wanting to have a go at running, regardless of ability. Find them on their Facebook page or email

Buying something online, check out this easy way of giving the club a bit of extra funds on the Otley AC easyfundraising site here. So far up to 08/01/2017 we’ve managed to raise a fantastic £155.43.

Otley 10 online entry see details on the Otley 10 page.

The latest Runner of the Year table for 2017, as at 9th April see here.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Harrogate LeagueTom Hannah will be down Tuesday & Thursdays for next few weeks handing out Harrogate League numbers. The cost is £5 for five races (Actual cost £10 but club pay £5). Numbers will be issued on receipt of £5 payable to Tom or online (please put your name and HL as ref so Ian can identify the payments). PLEASE NOTE If you register but do not take part in any of the races the club still has to pay for the number. Therefore you may be asked to pay the full £10 if you have registered but do not take part.

Races, 23rd May – Harrogate, 1st June – Dragons,  14th June – Wetherby Runners,  20th June – Knaresborough Striders,  6th July – Handicap, Otley.  For race details see link above & Facebook group

Structured training - Hills and Speed sessions return each Thursday from the 6th October, and occasionally on a Tuesday a hills session.

Tuesday 25th April – Bunny Run Relay – (Age 12+).

Thursday 27th April – Race 4 of the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, Fewston Handicap, 7:15pm start.

Monday 1st MayCoiners FR, inc. Junior races

Saturday 6th MayBuckden Out Moor & Back Again FR

Sunday 7th MayBluebell Trail – (Full – waiting list)

Tuesday 9th MayJack Bloor FR,  inc. Junior races

Thursday 11th May – Race 5 of the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy,  Danefield Handicap, 7:15pm start.

Saturday 13th MayA Bridge Too Far Ultra

Sunday 14th MayLeeds Half

Saturday 27th May – Club Park Run, Fountains Abbey

Tuesday 30th MayYorkshire Vets race Kirkstall, V35+

Wednesday 31st MayChevin Fell Race – (Note date changed from 6th June)

Sunday 18th June - Pudsey 10k

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Saturday 22nd April – Park Runs

Pos. Gender Pos. parkrunner Club Run Time
1 Graham Askew Bingley H. and AC 18:34
41 1 Lorna Hubbard Keighley & Craven AC 21:53
123 106 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 25:03
268 60 Rebecca Keinhorst Otley AC 29:26
1 1 Jack Wood Ilkley Harriers AC 16:11
12 1 Ruth Jones Unattached 18:34
86 6 Elizabeth Yates Otley AC 23:06
145 24 Ann Yeadon Otley AC 25:17
305 206 Charlie Tomlinson Otley AC 29:33
306 100 Charlotte Tomlinson Otley AC 29:34
Hilly Fields
1 1 Callum Rowlinson Sale Harriers Manchester 16:09
20 1 Dee O’Brien Kent AC 20:43
263 99 Victoria Taylor Otley AC 42:46
Fountains Abbey
1 1 Nic Smith Unattached 17:31
24 1 Emma Sorby Ripon Runners 20:31
93 82 Peter Crowder Otley AC 24:13
1 1 Jonny Mccormack Brighton Phoenix 18:03
16 1 Debbie Walker Derwent AC Cockermouth 22:20
74 23 Joanna Hobson Otley AC 27:11
1 1 Michael Vargas Hyde Park Harriers 18:01
15 1 Rachel Pilling Pudsey & Bramley AC 20:05
28 3 Holly Davey Otley AC 22:15
57 52 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 24:57
71 64 Michael Jeffrey Otley AC 25:46
1 1 Samuel Knibbs Derwent Runners (Derby) 18:23
7 7 Matt Podd Otley AC 22:06
10 1 Monika Lampart Badgers 22:44
.. and last week Saturday 15th April
Pos. Gender Pos. parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Sam Clegg Idle AC 16:39
15 1 Claire Cooper Keighley & Craven AC 20:12
34 32 James Rawstron Otley AC 22:04
213 52 Maggie Oates Otley AC 28:10
258 77 Alice Webster Otley AC 29:48
259 182 Andrew Webster Otley AC 29:48
350 120 Marah Long Otley AC 33:05
1 1 Zeynu Bedru Harrogate Harriers & AC 17:08
13 1 Nicola Timmins Mornington Chasers 19:13
143 13 Elizabeth Yates Otley AC 24:05
248 206 George Chambers Otley AC 27:09
264 50 Charlotte Chambers Otley AC 27:29
346 254 Christopher Tomlinson Otley AC 29:24
347 93 Charlotte Tomlinson Otley AC 29:27
357 260 Oliver Harrington Otley AC 29:36
358 98 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 29:37
1 1 Simon COURTNEY Stadium Runners 00:17
13 1 Ruth MORAN Horsforth Harriers 00:19
64 57 Aston Brogden Otley AC 00:22
80 71 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 00:22
1 1 Paul DARROCH North York Moors AC 17:56
5 5 Graham Lake Otley AC 18:36
33 1 Chelsea MCCLEMENTS Unattached 21:45
1 1 Jon DANCE Salford H. and AC 17:36
3 3 Gary JOHNSON Otley AC 17:46
10 1 Zara BLOWER Leamington C and AC 20:15
Fountains Abbey
1 1 Stephen BROWNE Unattached 16:10
19 1 Donna RIDDLER Ripon Runners 19:53
125 107 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 24:01
1 1 Toby HILLERY Wetherby Runners 16:51
12 1 Stella CROSS Wetherby Runners 19:25
42 37 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 23:59

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Sunday 23rd April: London Marathon

Report from Tom Lynch:

Stephen Boddy and I were lucky enough to be the recipients of the club places for the London Marathon, and coincidentally found ourselves on the same train heading to London on Saturday afternoon in the company of a large number of other local and not so local northern runners. After a quick catch-up on the train we had agreed to try to meet up on the morning for an ‘Otley AC at the marathon’ photo as we were in the same start area. In my nervous preparation on the day I had packed my phone in my kit bag and forgot to even check it, so I messed that one up, sorry :-D !

Despite the number of people it’s a very slick operation, and I didn’t really find any problems getting into my start pen and storing my bag etc, other than the fact that they seemed to have used my hilly Halifax Marathon time for my predicted time, so I started, having targeted and trained for a sub 3hr time, in the pen behind the 3hr 45min pacers! The weather on the day was almost perfect for the marathon with patchy sun, lowish temperatures and minimal breeze, the start proceeded on time, and I crossed the start line after only a few minutes, but already with significant slower moving traffic that I was going to have to negotiate. With some prescient advice from Gilly on not panicking when stuck behind people in the first few km’s ringing in my ears, I took it easy and just try to navigate my way through the field while keeping up a reasonable pace. After a couple of km’s it got to the point where I could run more or less at my preferred pace, and I started to enjoy my first London marathon looking at the sights around me. I only managed to spot my mum and sister out on course, but I know the Harringtons were out at several places supporting. I felt comfortable for most of the race, remembering to eat and drink properly, with some new big toe blisters being my main concern, I tried to slowly bring myself back on to schedule. By 40km I knew I was definitely on for a few minutes sub 3hrs, and managed to hold my pace, with a small sprint finish up the mall.

Post race analysis via text with Stephen suggested he’d not had such an enjoyable race and was a bit disappointed, with bad cramping hampering at least the last 4/5 miles of his race, despite this he still managed to complete and PB and get under 3hrs 40 and beat his previous time set on the notoriously quick Edinburgh Marathon, although he had hoped and trained for significantly faster. Unfortunately for you all, in light of this, he suggested I write the report!

The winner of the race was Daniel Wanjiru (Kenya) in 2:05:48, the women’s winner was Mary Keitany (Kenya) in a women’s (only) WR of 2:17:01, Otley results: 1378th Tom Lynch 2:56:24, 8192nd Stephen Boddy 3:39:51 and 13630th Vicky Taylor 6:03:46


Sunday 23rd April: Stockton Standard Duathalon

Report from Howard:

No pressure today as I had already qualified for the events for which this would have been a qualifier. The dilemma was either to take it easy and risk free or go for a rapid sharpener. There were many permutations of races during the day and mine started at 1.00pm. The air was cool but the sky was almost cloudless and even at midday it was not exactly hot, in fact, quite cool for racing at about 7 degrees again although there was heat in the sunshine. I opted for a short sleeved T shirt under the tri suit and it proved to be about the right choice. I had done a park run again yesterday, this time with Mick (remember him?) at Bramley which is quite hilly, as it is in the Leeds race series which I have entered. While warming up at Stockton I felt OK, if a little flat and when the gun went I had decided to go hard but not overly. The route and numbers made for a sensible pace for the start of the 10K which I did in 45.38. I don’t know how accurate the route was measured as I felt it was more like 43 pace. Felt robust enough to maintain the pace back to first transition which I did exactly the same time as last year (as was second transition). This year I had taken the TT bike (road bike last year) and I was straight into a good rhythm. I was trying faster cadence in lower gears to see what effect that would have. There were 6 laps of mildly undulating roads with a few straight bits but quite a few turns to negotiate. There were a couple of stretches of open textured tarmac which made for a bone shaking few minutes each lap and I was also conscious of the breeze along some of the straights. Felt pretty good till lap 6 when it just seemed to be getting a bit tough. I got through the final 5K reasonably well after a few hundred metres of getting back into running mode. 22.30 for the last leg which although a bit slow it was at least consistent pacing and no mishaps prior to next week’s Euro champs in Spain (unlike some other GB team-mates, crashing and sore Achilles etc.). Even finished second in the rather limited age group considering it was a multi qualifier and got a nice shiny trophy.



Sunday 23rd April: Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix Race – Honley

Report from Billy:

I’m sure that me and Sara Elliott are not the only over 35s in the club but we were the only two representatives at Honley. The weather was fine and following a short warm up we took our places on the start line. The race consisted of two laps of the sports field before entering a wooded area and the ascent began! This seemed to go on for an eternity across a variety of terrain (woods, fields, road, more woods, more fields & more roads). At the summit we ran mainly across fields but were hampered on most of the course by the endless amount of stiles. On the tops we also had the additional obstacle of an electric fence to climb over! The final mile and a half was flat or down before doing half a lap of the sports field for the finish. Not a PB course but enjoyable with the added benefit of free food afterwards, all for the princely sum of £5. Let’s hope a few more turn out for the easier course at Kirkstall on 30 May.

I was 131st male finisher in 61:32 and Sara Elliott was 26th female in 54:37. Serena Blackburn (running for 1st claim club Horsforth) was 32nd lady in 57:37.

The race was won by Gavin Mulholland M45 of Stainland Lions in 38:15 and first lady was Margaret Sykes F45 of Holmfirth Harriers in 46:10.



Monday 17th April: Ackworth half marathon

Report from Mark Hall:

Ackworth Half Marathon, (incorporating the Yorkshire veterans championship). I ran the Ackworth half today on a very undulating course. I finished 7th in 80.54, 1st V55 and Yorkshire champion. This included being sent the wrong way late in the race and losing 2 places, time and momentum!

Winner: S Lambert, U/A. 77.38
1st woman: N Tarraga, York Knavesmire, 90.11

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Sunday 16th April: Guiseley Gallop

Report from Howard:

Another club target race and another report from yours truly. I have been doing this one which is on Easter Sunday for many years. I don’t know why because it is tough, across terrain and profile that I normally steer clear of. I guess back in the day it was a Valley Striders grand prix race so I have just stuck with it and have had a wide range of performances depending on my level of fitness. Today I was feeling OK after a steady week. It took till Thursday of last week to recover from the Vale of York 10, my calves were complaining. Maybe because I had not worn my calf protectors, who knows? Anyway I had them on today just in case and also a long sleeved T shirt under the vest. I had checked and double checked the weather forecast and it was for rain and ‘feels like 6 degrees’ which is a bit on the cool side. I am tapering for the European Duathlon championships in Spain in two weeks so on Friday I replaced the hill work (which I was going to get today) with mile reps, only three of them. I cycled up to Wetherby yesterday and did the park run steadily and rode back but the wind was a bit stiff so a harder workout than I had planned. Still, I felt OK enough this morning, warmed up adequately and anticipated a better time than last year where I had been a minute off the category pace. I thought 45 minutes would be the mark today (I did 49.39 last year) and I guessed I could do 46 or so today.
The rain held off but I was glad of the T shirt even though I rolled up the sleeves at the start (I meant business!). Three or four rows back from the front, so as not to give away any advantage to rivals, most of whom I suspected would be from Harrogate AC today. There was a brief introduction and we were off. The stony track goes down quite steeply from the start and you have to watch your step. After a few hundred metres there is a sharp left turn up and down through woods but the trip hazards had thankfully been picked out in yellow marker paint. The path was well trodden and pretty dry and I had the right trail shoes for the terrain. There were maybe a dozen Harrogate vests in front two of whom I knew to be category rivals and I passed one at the left turn and caught the other along the level path towards the 2K point. At this juncture I was overtaken by a runner from Huncote (near Leicester) who looked worryingly close to my age. I was able to tuck in behind and at the end of the level stretch we turn right up a quite steep and difficult climb up through the woods again, which just when you think it is over, it climbs up some more. At maybe 4k ish it takes a turn for the better and there is a nice, albeit stony, mind the ankles, descent towards a 5K marker, where you take a sharp right and go round the lap again. I had passed on the descent and remained in front of the Huncote guy till we got about half way along the level path again and he was obviously racing me which is good. We passed another Harrogate AC runner who was in the age group so I was guessing I was now in second place. I laboured up the hill the second time and could not stay within kicking distance of the chap from Huncote. He shook hands at the end and said he had not had to work so hard for a while which was good and he was worried I might be an o/55, which I am of course but he was not o/60 so maybe I had snuck the win after all. There were a lot of lean grey athletes already finished so it was hard to tell how old any-one was. I did see Ben Grant (an ex international with Harrogate AC) and he had finished in 43.08 at the ripe old age of 69! Respect. I was pleased with 46.58 in 90th position and I was first o/60 as there was an o/65 category too. It seems all my rivals are injured and I have been Ninja’d (not injured) as that is three in a row. The race was won by Connor Craig-Jackson in 35.39 of Skyrac AC and first lady Rachel Pilling of Pudsey and Bramley AC 39th position in 42.50. 471 finished. Fellow Otliensians as follows:

Pos “Num”M”F “Name”Cat “CatPos”Club “Time 13 581 013 Robin Outtersides MS (009/099) Otley AC 00:39:41 90 251 079 Howard Jeffrey M60 (001/018) Otley AC 00:46:58 193 146 034 Sara Elliott F45 (007/032) Otley AC 00:52:19 212 539 037 Nicola Lee F35 (007/032) Otley AC 00:53:19 230 354 183 Hugh Pearson M55 (024/037) Otley AC 00:54:17 343 160 251 Rob Fearnley MS (086/099) Otley AC 00:59:19 381 375 112 Sara Richard F45 (021/032) Otley AC 01:01:02

Also Sean O’Halloran (Kirkstall Harriers) in 431st in 1.05.33

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Runner of the Month for March

Laura Hind and Colin Best were awarded the prizes this month. Laura for a PB at Norton 9 and Colin for being 1st in his age group at the Thrunton Thriller


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Tuesday 11th April – Bunny Run #2 Haworth

Report from Tom Lynch:

I headed over to the 2nd Bunny Run of the year at Haworth replacing the fartlek session called for in my marathon plan. I took some friends from work, Holly Davey from the juniors was the only other Otley runner, returning after her first bunny run last week. Much the same conditions as Caron’s report last week, very dry under foot but with a chilly wind. Another busy start with a few more runners than last week I think. I finished 40th in a time of 18.30, with Holly improving on her time last week in 22.11.
I managed to pick up an Easter egg in the prizes at the end, and there was the usual abundance of chocolate, with my friend’s girlfriend taking a pretty forceful direct hit to the head from a Creme egg, hopefully no concussion…..she didn’t even get the egg!

1st M – James Hall (Wharfedale) 14.51, 1st – F and FU15 Alice Jones (Wharfedale) 18.53, photos and results on Woodentops


Sunday 9th April – Skipton Triathlon

Report from Graham Lake:

Inspired by my dolphin-like daughter I’ve been doing a bit more swimming lately, so thought another triathlon might be in order. Don’t be fooled, triathlons are a faff. Compared to just remembering your vest, shorts, running shoes and safety pins, these events are a logistical nightmare, so I gave myself a whole morning to get my kit together and be able to get to Skipton in plenty of time, with swim-off at 1.30 this shouldn’t be hard. So…I was 10 minutes late for my swim start! Muttering to myself about never doing one of these again, I slid into the pool in the next swim wave as someone hadn’t turned up, and was off.

SkiptonTriGrahamLakeThe swim was an absolute blur, but I overtook the other two in my lane as they sportingly let me pass. There was a longish bare-foot run to transition where I faffed with my cycling kit for too long. The bike course is mainly main roads, out on the Preston road, back on the Colne one, the scenery was pleasant, and the weather warm, but the cars close-passing not great. There was actually a stiff headwind on the ‘out’ of the lollipop course, but coming back felt very quick and again was passing rather than getting past. HOWEVER. The guys with the incredible TT bikes and teardrop helmets were only just starting at this point, so it was a bit misleading.

I felt confident for the run as this is obviously my home-territory, but coming off the bike I felt a bit flat and had to try and keep my form to keep a decent pace going round the pleasant park, which had quite a long drag in it that you had to do twice. When I finished my print-out of my time had me 11th overall and 5th in age category, but remember all the fast guys were yet to come in the faster swim-waves.

The results took a day or so to come out due to some dodgy swim times I believe, but as things stand the race was won by Jonathan Dudley in 59:41. I was 81st overall in 1.18.00, 20th MV40. Splits make interesting reading: 187th fastest swimmer, 151st fastest cyclist (this is where you lose time overall) and then 17th fastest runner!

The huge queue to get off the site was another entry on the list of ‘faff’ for the day, but I’d definitely do another tri again as I love the training. Possibly a hard but low-key one in the Lakes, watch this space…

Picture courtesy of Sean O’Halloran who seemed to have enjoyed it, finishing in 409th in 1:38.05.  Results here

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