Archive for April, 2017

Sunday 2nd April – Baildon Boundary Way

Report from Mr Boddy

The Baildon Boundary Way has been on my to-do list for some years now but the stars have never previously aligned (I’ve never got my entry in on time) as it involves trails I know well. With London just three short weeks away (gulp) I decided to ‘do a Robin’ and run there from Otley as it doesn’t seem enough to just run a race these days. I misjudged the distance from Hollins Hill to the Rugby Club which resulted in an undignified sprint up to the changing rooms and an embarrassing public struggle putting on my Otley vest. I also forget to change my road shoes for my trail shoes. ‘More haste less speed’ has never been more apt.

The start of the race was a gentle downhill through Esholt to the canal which was punctuated by an unexpected and unwanted wooded hill climb. We passed Jonny Brownlee twice on the canal and on the second occasion the lad in front of me shouted “Pride of Yorkshire” at him. I don’t think he intended to shock Jonny so much that he veered into the canal but he very nearly did. The canal miles were relatively quick and straightforward but I knew it would be when we started to head up to circumnavigate Baildon Moor that my legs would start to relent. Relent they did and I was finding it really tough going until it flattened out near the 11 mile marker(which was nearer  10 than 11!) and then dropped nicely off the moor towards the rugby club with just one nasty little incline to conquer and then a short run for home.

I thought it was a well organised race with loads of helpful marshals although I heard mutterings at the end about the leaders going the wrong way and I also thought it was a really nice route, plenty of challenging and undulating terrain but lots of flat fast stuff too.  I saw Rogan, Eriks and Billy at the end, all with a tale to tell and a smile on their face.



Sunday 2nd April: Kong Mountain Marathon

Report from Sarah F:

Had I realised quite how trashed I would still be at this stage post-Spine then I probably wouldn’t have entered this but there you go will I ever learn?! However, I’m so glad I did because it was the most stunning day in the lakes to be out on the fells and not having really run for 2 months I was desperate to get back out there. Expectations were realistic (i.e. low!) for performance in this one given there’s only so much navigational ability can make up for shocking hill fitness! The event was a 4 hour score which started in Coniston and the event area was spread over the Coniston fells as far as the Duddon valley in the West and Wrynose pass in the North. I headed off up the Walner scar road (the dreaded first leg of the Lakeland 100!) and with a few diversions to checkpoints eventually made the climb onto the old man ridge via goat tarn. Once up high my legs had a total refusal to do the drop down to Duddon and when I asked them if they fancied a lap of grey friar instead they totally threw their toys out of the pram. So we compromised with a very pleasant jog along the tops from the old man, brim fell, a couple of out and backs to controls not too far off the ridge and an exciting traverse over swirl how and Wetherlam, before a wandering super swampy decent to pick up a few controls on the way back to the village. I had a last minute word with my legs to put a spurt on to collect an extra 30 pointer but had to turn back before I reached the checkpoint as I was going to be late and lose points (not that I had that many to start with but I sure didn’t want to give them away!). It was definitely a day for the fast runners (of which there were loads incl Jasmine Paris), the navigational challenges were (disappointingly!) few given the lack of clag and the fact that there was a lot of fast ground and controls on pretty obvious features and near tracks. I was just pleased to enjoy a day out and was pretty pleased with my route given the terms and conditions my legs put on the choices available, I ran (slowly!) a lot more of it that I thought I would be able to as well and despite losing 1 lousy point because I took too long to make the decision to turn back (and yes probably too long chatting to folk and taking photos as well!) I was happy (ish!) with my score!

216 started. I was 125th and 10th FV40 with 249 points. results here:


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Sunday April 2nd – Fountains 10K

Report from Howard

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the web-er, I return with tales of mud and derring do. I entered the Fountains 10k as soon as it opened as I have been doing it off and on since its inception and because it was part of the much missed Black Sheep series. Lucky I did, as it filled up very quickly for some reason this year as it has never before been a sell-out, to my knowledge. Maybe that is why I was also the only Otley representative out today. I decided to race in as light a kit as possible and dispense with the calf guards to let the legs run free. An hour before the start the sky was grey and wet but was just beginning to break up and by the 11.00 o’clock start the sun was up and it was quite warm, with  no wind to speak of. The 400 limit turned out to be 326 on the start line and after a solid couple of weeks of training I felt confident enough to start very near the front. I was not aware of any known age group rivals on the day so despite being 2 to 3 minutes of the required 10K pace in recent races I was optimistic if I ran to current form it could be a good day at the office. I had warmed up effectively and at the gun set of at a sustainable pace out of the village of Grantley and up a relatively steep hill turning to a gradual incline towards the top moor where mud and rough terrain awaited. I had selected my new off road ‘Mud-claws’ on the grounds that they are OK on the road which is 75% of the course, whereas road shoes are useless in the mud. I overhauled a few over-enthusiastic starters up the hill and got to 1K in 4.30 and I was pleased because I was hopeful of a 45.00 finish and it felt comfortable. I put in a spurt to get a few more places before the route leaves the road and onto a rutted albeit dry track to the moor, where passing can be difficult. The rutted track started to get wet and muddy after a few hundred yards and I made up three places in short order as two runners lost shoes to the suck-fest underfoot and one poor lady twisted her ankle for the second time and dropped out. The next couple of kilometres are fairly tough in that there are plenty of deep ruts, mud, rocks, puddles, potholes and tufts to negotiate. Not good but not as bad as in many previous years. You pick the best route you can across the moor and I took a leaf out of Jacque’s horse technique. When he follows me on a training run he always puts his hoof where my feet have trod even when I zig zag to shake him and I presume this to be ‘if the ground is good enough for him, it’s good enough for me’ thinking. So I followed in the steps of the people in front and was able to pass a couple more when the opportunity arose. I think by the time I got across the moor at 4K I was in my final finish position and had a strong run to the finish along the very undulating tarmac. Not a pb course so I was pleased to cross the line in 44.40 in 29th place and first o/60. The prizes were extremely generous in that along with a goody back of nice Sub T shirt and a random selection of goodies, including a nice pork pie for everyone, I got a box of six bottles of wine. One for you Hannah, as promised, (I did count my chickens) which I can give you at the next target race Vale of York 10 or Guiseley Gallop maybe? Get this, also a voucher for Sub gear (which is good stuff) wait for it… £100! The race was won by Ben Pease of Ripon Runners in 34.36, first lady Sharon Barlow of Darlington harriers AC, in 8th place in 40.36.


Sunday April 2nd – Wakefield 10k Road Race

Report From Ursula

I ran this race a few years ago and seemed to remember it had a long incline on the way out and you enjoyed the downhill on the way back. How memories deceive! A good friend of mine was entering to support a student of hers whose mother has recently died and was well cared for by Wakefield Hospice – the organisers of the race. So when she asked if I would run too, I thought ‘Why not?’ After over a year of a troublesome Achilles and now back running, all be it slow and steady, it seemed good to target a race.

So off we went this morning for a 9:00am start (a shock to us retired folks!) and made the start line in good time. Although the inevitable and very long queues for toilets did necessitate finding a suitable alternative… thankfully the race starts and finishes in a park so no problem there!

The weather was kind, an odd shower of very light rain, but otherwise calm and not too cold. But the course was harder than I remembered, more undulating – but at least it stops you getting bored and I did seem to overtake several people on the inclines so that was encouraging. As it’s an out and back course on closed roads you get to see and cheer on those in front of you as they head back, which is always fun. If you were fit, I think you could get a good time on this course, so bear it in mind for next year.

I have to be pleased with my finish time of 52:51 coming in 4th out of 39 in my age category. It’s a start so we shall see what happens next. Fortunately my Achilles held up well so I’ve much to be grateful for. Time for a pint to celebrate!

The race winners were:
Men – Joe Sayer of Spenborough AC in 32:57
Women – Becky Rigby of Preston Harriers in 34:46

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Saturday 1st April – Dales Trail Series – DT20

Report from Gary

The DT20 is the first of three races in the Dale’s Trail series. Race one is a 20km route (that’s 12 and a bit miles to me and you) that starts just outside of Reeth.

The pictures of the course from a week ago showed snowy hills and frozen bogs, so no one was expecting the sun beating down on them for the steep climb up to the top of Fremington Edge in the first mile of the race.

After running across the ridge of Fremington Edge,  the fun really started as we were treated to a series of steep, technical quarry hushes to power down, which lead to Arkle riverbed. From there it was time to start climbing again for another three miles up to Calver Hill. With all the climbing done, it was downhill for most of the way home on good trails, moor and part of the C2C route.

Elevation gain for the day was around 1900 feet. The winner came in at a blistering 1 hour 20 minutes. I finished 18 minutes later in eighth, just as the thunder, lightning and hail signified a dramatic change in the weather for those still out on the course.

The next race in the series is on 15 July and is 18 miles(ish) starting from Muker, including a slog up to Tan Hill for some mid race ‘hydration.’ There’s still places for the race and in the car…join us!

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Saturday 1st April – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 464 runners took part.
View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #503
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Robin OUTTERSIDES Otley AC 00:16:58
2 1 Stevie STOCKTON Unattached 00:17:06
5 4 Thomas MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:18:01
Bradford parkrun
A total of 497 runners took part.
View full results for Bradford parkrun event #356
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Alexander FLAHERTY Bingley Harriers 00:17:24
3 3 Mark Hall Otley AC 00:17:57
21 1 Beth MASSEY Barnsley AC 00:20:54
209 46 Rebecca KEINHORST Otley AC 00:28:55
Harrogate parkrun
A total of 400 runners took part.
View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #276
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Josh FULLER Harrogate Harriers 00:17:57
8 1 Millie SOLWAY City of Norwich AC 00:18:59
371 121 Rebecca DODSWORTH Otley AC 00:37:34
Skipton parkrun
A total of 177 runners took part.
View full results for Skipton parkrun event #192
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Stuart HUNN Wharfedale Harriers 00:17:53
14 1 Bethan MORLEY Ilkley Harriers AC 00:20:37
29 5 Charlotte Rawstron Otley AC 00:22:15
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 325 runners took part.
View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #158
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time  ?
1 1 Reece DALTON Ripon Runners 00:16:08
11 1 Becky HAIR Birmingham Running 00:19:34
38 34 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:21:33
Wetherby parkrun
A total of 48 runners took part.
View full results for Wetherby parkrun event #90
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Joseph KWALLAH Wetherby Runners 00:18:27
8 8 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:22:47
18 1 Emily MATTISON Sowerby Bridge Snails R.C 00:25:34

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