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Sunday 14th May – Leeds Half Marathon


Report From Mr H Jeffrey…

I was psyched up to do a decent Leeds today although the fifteen minutes in the start pen and then a ten minute delay to the start absorbed most of the pre-race adrenaline. Not a bad thing I guess as it forced a steady start, it took me 30 seconds to get to the chip mat. After last week I was hopeful of between 1.30 and 1.32 with a reasonable result at no slower than 1.35 given Leeds is a tough course. I reached mile one in 7.30 and felt OK passed the 1.35 pacer at 2 miles and had got into a 7.20 pace which I was hopeful of maintaining to halfway and then the second half is easier in that there are no up-hills to do and it is flat for the last four miles along Kirkstall road back to the finish and no wind to speak of today. I could feel my calves from last week’s flat half so had to keep altering my stride pattern to accommodate. The 1.35 pacer overtook me at mile 7 and pulled away never to be seen again. I think it got quite hot as I was conscious of needing to get a drink and splash at every drinks station and took advantage of three hose pipes spraying along the route. By mile 9, I was really hanging on as it all felt very hard and the calves were complaining ‘vociferously’. A couple of times I thought I would have to walk! I was overhauled in the last half mile or so by a couple of guys I thought might be in my age group. Happily they weren’t and I came second (thankfully by a good three minutes ahead so not depressingly close) in 1.36.16 chip time in 476th, so not a disaster all things considered and 1.36.08 would have been 7.20’s average. The race was won by Mohamed Aburezeq of Altringham and District AC in 1.10.22. Martha Hanby was first Lady in 40th in a time of 1.21.50. Robin Outtersides was first home for Otley in 13th place in an excellent 1.16.59. Andy Webster came in 1239th  in1.47.53, Andrew Rayner in 2519th in 1.55.08. Apologies that is as far as my computer would go in the results (not sortable by club and only showing 10 at a time) so any other Otley AC finishers can notify separately. 9000 had entered I am guessing maybe 7,500 finishers. At least one poor lad collapsed into the barrier just at the turn with 100m left to do. It looked like heat exhaustion.

Pos. Bib No. Name Gender Cat. Club Gun Time Chip Time Gender Pos. Cat. Pos. Chip Pos.
13 4510 Robin Outtersides Male M35 Otley AC 01:17:04 01:16:59 13 3 14
476 4206 Howard Jeffrey Male M60 Otley AC 01:36:50 01:36:16 448 2 505
1239 4505 Andy Webster Male M45 Otley AC 01:48:33 01:47:53 1094 129 1577
2224 7855 Liz Yates Female F40 Otley AC 02:03:02 01:49:47 343 46 1834
2519 7009 Andrew Rayner Male M50 Otley AC 02:06:27 01:55:08 2093 158 2485
  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on May 16, 2017 - 8:55 pm

    I agree with you that Leeds is a tough course especially the ring road that when I did it in 2004 and 2005 the tarmac was a disaster , it was really rough , my best time was 1.48 . To run at a 7.20 pace in such hard race is good going , to finish in 1.36 and leaving at your back other 7000 runners is great racing Howard . Also Liz Y. ran a solid half in a good 2.03. Well done to all .

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