Archive for June, 2017

Sunday 25th June – Morecambe Half Marathon

Report from Rob Fearnley:

We all enter the New Year flush with enthusiasm and a determination to ‘do’ something with the year and so it was with me in January of this year when I entered a number of races throughout the year to supplement the club focussed events. I was excited about undertaking another half marathon when I entered……but by Saturday June 24th I was not and spent most of the day in Grassington ‘carb-loading’ in the Devonshire Arms and talking myself out of taking on a 13 mile promenade plod the following day.

As it was, a cracking night’s sleep saw me hopping out of bed, jumping into the car and heading along the A65 for the 11am start. During the previous week the organisers had reluctantly changed the route of the race from its traditional Bow shape, taking in Bolton Le Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe Promenade and Heysham village to a 3 lap charge round Heysham alone. The reason for this change? Morecambe Kite Festival and the fear that a load of runners piling through a bank of gigantic kites would see at least one person getting their feet caught in a string and ending up airborne!

I’m no different to a number of other runners in that I dislike laps intensely – the risk of giving up is far higher when you meet the start/finish on more than one occasion – but I cracked on with gusto and found the conditions pretty much perfect for my liking. It was cool and the Morecambe Bay wind was mercifully light meaning it was easy to get into stride quickly. A wide start on the prom, coupled with a small (but strong) field of around 165, also enabled me to find some space and get comfortable early on.

The wide start soon gave way to a ramp up into Heysham and an undulating loop round the village before a long downhill back to the promenade and a flat charge back to the turn for laps 2 and 3. I was lucky enough to have support from my parents who are now native of Morecambe (they’re Methodist Missionaries bringing the good word to the poor wretches of Lancashire) and they stationed themselves at the far point of the course to provide encouragement and, in my Mothers case, looks of anguish and concern that I was about to collapse in a heap!

‘Refreshment’ was requested on the final loop, with 4km to go and my Dad dutifully handed over a bottle of Thwaites Wainwright as I careered over the line in an unexpected PB of 2:04 :13. Note to self for next time? Shurrup whinging and just get on with it. Kudos to the folks from Lancaster Race Series who put on great race (the Morecambe 10k 3 weeks previously was also excellently run) and put on some other great events throughout the year. Check them out here.

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Sunday 25th June – Bradford Millennium Way Relay

Report from Tom Lynch:

We managed to field 2 open teams for the Bradford Millennium Way Relay this year, a paired team relay around much of the countryside of the District of Bradford, taking in Bingley, Haworth Moors, Laycock, Silsden, Ilkley and back to Bingley. The legs vary between 8-11 miles following mostly fell and trail routes.

Perfectly coordinated Black & Whites and White & Blacks ready for the off

I started off on leg 1 running with Gary (team Black & Whites), with Tamara and Neil running for the second team (White & Blacks), at 8 am on a drizzle soaked morning from Bingley sports club, all slightly dazed at the time we had to get up, but thankful for Gary’s father-in-law for offering to collect us at the end of our leg, saving us an even earlier wake up!

Team 2 Leg 1 changeover

Tamara and Neil had done a proper recce for their leg, whereas I’d only managed to check out the 2nd half of our leg, thankfully we were battling with a few teams up to the halfway mark, so we had no major navigation mishaps, and we could crack on once we got to somewhere I recognised. We handed over to Steve Robinson and Stephen Boddy at Penistone country park at the end of our leg, and Tamara and Neil passed the baton to Sara Richard and Laura Hind. Running the remaining legs for the teams were: Leg 3 Tom Pomfrett/Shane Ewen & Hannah Lupton/Carmen Dojahn-Wood, Leg 4 Christian Hosker/Andy Webster & Caron Ralph/Jackie Ackroyd, Leg 5 Andrew Robertshaw/Tom Paget & Hugh Pearson/Sara Elliot.

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Eldwick Gala Fell Race – Sat 24th June

Report from Graham

I was running late, so put the VW in hyperdrive and legged it over to Eldwick for the gala Fell Race on Saturday. Abandoning my campervan in a cul-de-sac I ran to the start to be told it had been put back 15mins due to the sheepdog show running late (phew).

This is a very short race (2.8m 550ft) from the main street, up to the Baildon Moor trig point and back the same way (but with a finish in the show field).

I was hoping to bag a top 10 finish, but was perturbed to see Tom Adams and Joe Baxter line up at such a low-key event. Luckily there were some children in the race; this would be easy!

After a very fast start down the road you’re soon climbing the 500 ft or so of ascent up to the trig point and through the pain in my lungs came the thought “why are these kids ahead of me?!” As it’s an out and back I could count 10 people ahead of me at the top, and my ego needed that name in the Fellrunner magazine! So with this desperate and deeply sad thought in my head I managed to pass 5 folk on the way down including one of those pesky kids only for him to re-pass me on the final hill to the finish.

Anyways I got a top 10 finish in 7th place but missed out on 1st old man prize, although I looked FAR older than the category winner! ;o)

The race was won by Tom Adams in 16.40, (3rd place Alex Flaherty 13 y/o!) Graham Lake in 7th 20.12, the women’s race was won by Caroline Lambert in 20.47 (10th overall). Don Buffham was 83rd in 30.55 shortly ahead of Nicky Gifford who did her first ever fell race (well done Nicky!) in 84th 31.11 with Antonio 88th in 39mins.

Now, where did I park that campervan…?


ParkRun Round Up Sat 24th June

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 395 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Thomas MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:18:04
28 1 Shamiso SISIMAYI Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:20:38
186 46 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:26:53
240 70 Joanna MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:29:12
Harrogate parkrun
A total of 359 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:49
27 1 Louise MCLEMAN Newcastle University Tri club 00:20:35
58 6 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:22:19
181 152 David Fox Otley AC 00:26:32
Keswick parkrun
A total of 155 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Alfie WEST Unattached 00:18:19
18 1 Francesca LEE Unattached 00:21:59
82 22 Joanna Hobson Otley AC 00:26:43
Colby parkrun
A total of 96 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Stuart CREES Les Croupiers RC 00:18:17
9 1 Mary BOWEN REES Taf Running & Orienteering 00:21:58
37 32 John Davis Otley AC 00:25:52
Leicester Victoria parkrun
A total of 216 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Alex CUMMING Unattached 00:16:58
3 1 Joanna MALE West End Runners 00:18:24
17 16 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:20:31

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Beamsley Beacon Fell Race, Thursday 22nd June

Report from Mr Podd

A large team of elite Otley AC  fell runners descended on Addingham and joined the loitering crowd outside the pub on a nice evening. Off we went through the village, over the bridge and charged up the mighty Beamsley Beacon. Lovely and dry underfoot – I wore trail shoes. There was probably a lovely view off the top, but no time to linger as we raced carefully down the tricky descent. The ‘trench’ was dry, but very overgrown and claimed a few victims. So on to the very fast bit down the fields and try and maintain the speed back into the finish in the village. I would have been two places up if I hadn’t had to do a Gilly.

Many of us were still feeling the Knaresborough effect, but a lovely evening for a nice local race, and chips on the way home.

Approximate finishing order. Liam, Colin, John, Me, Don, Liz, Bob, Bob and Antonio. Results to follow on BOFRA website.


Targeted races

 December: January:
 10th – Leeds Xmas 10k  14th – Brass Monkey (sold out)
26th – Chevin Chase (sold out)  28th  Meltham 10k
31st – Jolly Holly Jog (sold out)

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Wednesday 21st June – Solstice Saunter Bolton Abbey

Report from Joanna Hobson

Last night on a hot and balmy (or was that barmy) mid-summer evening, Hannah Lupton, Laura Hind, Nicky Gifford, Ann Yeadon, Pam (a friend of Nicky’s) and I all did the Solstice Saunter, a beautiful, sociable summer’s evening 5 mile race,  following the trails of Bolton Abbey. The race starts at Cavendish Pavilions and follows a clockwise loop up through the Strid Wood to Barden Bridge, then over the bridge and back through the grounds to the pavilion.

This run is organised by the Airedale Dodgers in conjunction with Sue

 Ryder as a fundraising event for Manorlands Hospice. The route was stunning and the marshalling so friendly and organised. We were rewarded with a bottle of beer and a high quality bespoke Solstice Saunter medal.

The best part of the evening was a riverside picnic, watching the sun go down with fabulous food, G&Ts and Bucks Fizz! A really lovely way to spend the longest day.

1st place went to Will Kerr in 31:12, 1st female Ann-Marie Bulcock 37:34

For Otley AC Ann Yeadon 47:35, Laura Hind 47:49, Joanna Hobson 48:56, Hannah Lupton 50:11, Nicky Gifford 52:03

Full results here



20th June 2017 – Knaresborough Harrogate League

Gilly & Eriks

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

A big thanks to Knaresborough Striders for hosting thier 1st Harrogate League race & excellent bufffet at the Working Men’s Club, particularly the fabulous cakes!.  Ripon’s Ben Pease, 31:34,  7 seconds ahead of his team mate Reece Dalton & I think taking the Harrogate League title for this year.  I had a battle with Harrogate’s Crystal Goecker, 37:20 for much of the race who finished

Rob celebrating his handicap win?

as first woman.  An excellent season for the Black and Whites maybe not in team positions but fantastic turnouts in all of the races.   Jackie Ackroyd is in a close run thing with Margaret Britton of Dragons/Airecentre Pacers for the LV60 prize, Jackie beat Margaret on the day but by enough to win?, and the answer is yes by just less than one point, 96.08 to 95.09.

This is Jackie’s 4th Individual Harrogate League title after V35 win 1999, V40, 2001, V55 in 2013.  Congratulations to Jackie.

Just our handicap race now, so all hands on deck to help out, with setting out the course, marshaling and catering in 2 weeks Thurs. 6th July.  Results of race 6 of the Eric Smith Handicap are shown below, see the latest handicap table here.  Antonio jumps to the top of the table on 109 points, followed by Rob Fearnley, 105 and John Armitstead and Gary Johnson 92.  Photo’s courtesy of Jack, more on the Flickr site here.


Hcap Pos Race Time Hcap HCap Time Hcap Pts
1 Rob Fearnley 53:03 12:30 1:05:33 40
2 Matt Podd 44:12 22:15 1:06:27 39
3 Jackie Ackroyd 50:03 16:45 1:06:48 38
4 Gilly Wight 47:46 19:15 1:07:01 37
5 Antonio Cardinale 1:07:21 00:00 1:07:21 36
6 Joanna Hobson 51:42 15:45 1:07:27 35
7 John Armitstead 40:45 27:00 1:07:45 34
8 Tony Walker 41:23 26:30 1:07:53 33
9 Michael Pickard 45:41 22:15 1:07:56 32
10 Nicola Lee 45:59 22:15 1:08:14 31
11 Andy Webster 45:47 22:30 1:08:17 30
12 Sara Elliott 44:18 24:00 1:08:18 29
12 Daniel Mundet 49:48 18:30 1:08:18 29
14 Paul Clifford 43:20 25:00 1:08:20 27
15 Ann Yeadon 50:22 18:00 1:08:22 26
15 Gill Park 49:22 19:00 1:08:22 26
17 Tash Whitaker 1:02:10 06:15 1:08:25 24
18 Carl Walsh 47:56 20:30 1:08:26 23
18 Chris Brunold 48:26 20:00 1:08:26 23
20 Carol Armitstead 52:52 15:45 1:08:37 21
21 John Dade 44:40 24:00 1:08:40 20
22 Phil Robinson 50:59 17:45 1:08:44 19
23 Liz Fawcett 49:51 19:00 1:08:51 18
24 Laura Hind 51:02 18:00 1:09:02 17
25 Tom Paget 38:48 30:15 1:09:03 16
26 Colin Dennison 41:34 27:30 1:09:04 15
26 Tom Hannah 57:04 12:00 1:09:04 15
28 Eriks Zvaigzne 49:52 19:15 1:09:07 13
29 Martin Stringer 43:10 26:00 1:09:10 12
30 Liz Yates 46:02 23:15 1:09:17 11
31 Tom Lynch 35:49 33:30 1:09:19 10
32 Shane Ewen 38:46 30:45 1:09:31 9
33 Andrew Robertshaw 37:18 32:15 1:09:33 8
34 Caron Ralph 48:58 20:45 1:09:43 7
35 Graham Lake 37:02 32:45 1:09:47 6
36 Chris Hosker 44:03 25:45 1:09:48 5
37 Mike Hastings 42:42 27:15 1:09:57 4
38 Colin Best 50:53 19:15 1:10:08 3
39 Madeleine Delucchi 57:46 12:45 1:10:31 2
40 Ian Broadbent 51:16 23:00 1:14:16 1



Sunday 18th June – Buckden Pike Fell Race

Report from Graham Lake

The scorching hot weather that had been forecast appeared in time for this dales fell race. Upper Wharfedale is gorgeous at this time of year, and it didn’t disappoint. The race is part of Buckden Gala, so registration was in amongst the ‘Best Swaledale’ and ‘dog most like it’s owner’ competitions.

Liam and Antonio and ex-OAC Sam Stell were there too. As there was an FRA champs race on over at Tebay there was a smaller field than usual.

The climb out of the village is brutal, very little running, much sweating. Liam passed me 3/4 way up the Pike and sped off in to the distance eventually pipping Sam to 7th place in 42.43; first v40. On the descent I had a battle with 18 y/o Lucy Haines of Ilkley who absolutely stormed down the final hill/cliff to beat me and pip another very impressive junior for 1st place. The overall race was won by Jack Cummings also of Ilkley in 37.14. I finished 13th in 44.10 with Antonio 75th, 1.37.

Results here


Sunday 18th June – Pudsey 10K

Report from Howard Jeffrey

I last did the Pudsey 10K maybe 20 years ago and I remember it being quite hilly. I entered it again this year for two reasons, one: it was a ‘targeted’ club race and two: it is part of the Leeds race series which I am contesting. The Otley AC ranks were swelled by the presence of, Sarah, Robin, Billy and Ged. The start was at 10.45, time enough for the blazing sun to be high in the sky and give us all a roasting. So remember rule number one, don’t set off too fast, (easier said than done as we probably all know to our cost). My plan for today was around 50 minutes as looking at the results for last year it did not look like a fast course. After a steady downhill start along a shady street and then through a wood we arrived at the first moderate hill and past the 1K mark in 7 minutes, probably a sustainable pace for me. On to a slight incline then up again along the road. I kept to the left to get what shade there was from the parked cars and hedges. There were some narrow rutted tracks to negotiate both up and down where it was not easy to pass those who had set off too fast or who are slower down the hills so some time was lost there. I was not too concerned as I had not seen my Leeds race series rivals, and they were either miles ahead and gone, miles behind and beaten or not there at all. The route levelled off at the top for a bit after ‘leaping’ a narrow ford at the bottom and it was then the sun started to beat down. A welcome drinks station to douse the smouldering flesh and imbibe some water to make it to the finish. I recollect a great downhill stretch where I was able to open up the stride and overtake some flagging runners. Went through 5K in 24.57 which was still the target pace. At around 6K there was another really tough incline where most people around me were walking up (almost as quickly as I was running!). That seemed to go on for a long time and the finish time was looking insecure. Saved by a couple of kilometres of downhill along the road and even though the heat was now coming back off the tarmac and there was a sting in the tail of a 500m climb up to the finish where I arrived in 50.07. All in all a pretty gruelling race. I had remembered it was hilly but this new route (changed when the foot and mouth outbreak occurred) was a lot more testing. The race was won by John Hobbs of Valley Striders in 36.42, first lady was Ellie Kitchen of Bingley Harriers in 45.40. Robin was a creditable 7th in 40.07 and probably unbeknown to him he will get the first M35 prize through the post as although 3rd the other two got the placings prizes. I was hanging around to find out if I was first o/60 which was a strong possibility given the overall times due to course and conditions. Otley was mentioned again as probably also unbeknown to Sarah she was first F45 in 111th place in 52.36 so the prize will also be in the post. I was first 0/60 in 74th place and Billy in 219th place in 59.39 ( he was aiming to be under the hour and actually looked as fresh as a daisy at the finish). Ged was 253rd in 1.02.52 and had found the going very tough indeed. We had discussed the pros and cons of white or black shirts before the race and Ged’s was the only black one (just saying). 454 finished and none of my Leeds race series rivals were there so paradoxically an ‘easy’ win for me. Next stop Dusseldorf European sprint triathlon championships next Sunday.

Provisional Results here


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