Archive for July, 2017

Thursday 27th July – Ambleside Sports Guide Race (BOFRA champs)

Report from Tom Lynch:

Another shorty, this time with a mid-week afternoon start time, I thought I’d take the chance to race a classic Lakeland guide race while I have the chance. It also counts in the BOFRA championship, and I’ve only got a few chances left to make up my 8 races. This one is 2.7 km with 270 m ascent ( under 2 miles/800 feet) straight up from the showground at Rydal Park towards (but short of) Sweden Crag. There is plenty going on at the show, with track events (running and cycling), Cumbrian wrestling and hound races to watch while you wait for the race. There is a also a longer race in the morning the Rydal Round which starts and ends at the showground, and many competitors did the double (obviously including D. Fishwick) although I was too lazy to do that this time! I’m not sure why, but didn’t feel like I had a good performance in me that day, and there is no hiding from it on the climb, I did OK once I’d warmed up for the descent, but then it’s pretty much all over! The race was won by Rob Hope (P+B) in a time of 14:15, first lady was Hannah Horsburgh (Keswick) in 17:57, I came in 25th in 18:25, counting 11th in the championship positions. Full results are here, and Woodentops photos here.

I also bumped into the Rawstrons in between the juniors and senior races, with Charlotte and Jessica running in the U12 race (and also some track events I think), Charlotte came 2nd and Jessica 25th, with Charlotte getting the accolade of appearing in a Woodentops top 3 photo, an ambition for any fell runner!


Wednesday 26th July 2017 – EvenSplits 5K

Report from Tony Walker

More Sobriety Ramblings…

So the no beer saga carries on in my quest to recapture former glories. This time the excellent 5k at the newly created brownlee centre at the far end of Adel. As a side track, pints/wine and running have always been part of the same routine so it seems almost unfair on my fellow competitors not to drink! I was musing the other day about drug testing at local races…’sorry mr walker you are banned due to no alcohol in your system’

For those that did not see the news. British Cycling and Leeds University invested £5 million into providing meeting facilities and a 1 mile cycling track and it opened earlier this year. As an aside I did think Sport Chevin could have revolutionised sport in Otley with 5 million and done a lot more than build a cycling track but I digress.

Nevertheless its a great facility with a one mile fully enclosed loop with no dramatic turns to slow you down although I did detect a slight rise at one end of the loop!

So to the race organised by the RaceBest team (who did the Harrogate League). Simply 3 laps of the circuit with a little bit extra at the beginning to make it 5k. 2 races either over or under 22.30.

Warming up I saw Mark Hall and reflected that even with a super run I would still be 2nd v55…for Otley ac!! I know how Jonathan must feel sometimes!

The start was more even than my previous ‘mad’ fast 5k but the pace seemed even more manic and furious than ever.

I was taken off my feet a little bit early on despite staying towards the back. After 1k I settled down a little and slowly picked a few off. Sadly Mark pulled out early on. I spoke to him briefly afterwards and it seemed it was more general fatigue – he has been racing regularly and winning loads recently – rather than injury so I hope all is ok in the next few days Mark.

I continued to pull a few places back but it was hard. there was a clock at the finish and as I entered the final mile lap it showed 13min 33secs. So less than 6 1/2 mins to get under 20mins!! How exciting…! Somehow I managed to maintain the pace and as we swung into the last 200m straight I could see the clock still showing 19min…something. Head down 50m to go 19.45 on the clock. Final sprint. Yes under 20mins again. this time 19.56 but boy was it hard.

Great fun though and recommended for all abilities. They plan to have 1 a month but are strictly limited on numbers so you need to pre-enter early.

Go get some short distance pain!

Results here



Saturday 22nd July – Parkruns

Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tom Lee Saltaire Striders 18:16
20 1 Donna Kaznowski Baildon Runners 21:34
172 125 Oliver Harrington Otley AC 31:56
173 48 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 31:57
Temple Newsam
1 1 Paul Adamson Crossgates H. AC 19:36
8 1 Rosemary Byde Edinburgh AC 21:28
12 10 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 22:07
Fountains Abbey
1 1 Toby Osman Ripon Runners 15:45
25 1 Robyn Wynn Claremont RR 21:05
76 61 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 24:45
86 68 Peter Crowder Otley AC 25:03

and results from the 15th July here and 8th July here

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Wednesday 19th July – Widdop Fell Race

Report from Shane Ewen:

Steve Robinson and I made the journey across to Calder Valley for this midweek jaunt on the moors between Heptonstall and Burnley. The predicted downpour and thunder/lightning didn’t come until after we’d finished (the drive home was quite a journey), so the weather was warm and muggy. The race is 7 miles over peat moors, with great views, 5 decent climbs (totalling 1,200 feet), and 3 reservoirs. All for a fiver.

As I’m still getting into race shape, I found this race a bit of a slog, tiring about half way round. But I thoroughly enjoyed the energy sapping tussocks and bogs; the joy of running is in the experience after all. Moment of the race for me was when the Widdop reservoir came into view. Designed by the Victorian waterworks engineer, J. F. Bateman, for Halifax Corporation in the late 1860s, this was a delight to see, even if the subsequent stiff climb up a track was hard going.

The race was won by Sam Watson (Wharfedale) in 52.13 and first woman was Jo Buckley (Calder Valley) in 65.31. I finished in 47th in 66.32, with Steve close behind in 66th in 69.25. There were 144 finishers. More details at here


Wednesday 19th July 2017 – Priory 10k, (Multi terrain)

Report from Mark Hall

This is the second time I have done this event.  The race is in and around the grounds of the beautiful Nostell Priory estate near Wakefield.  It is worth doing this event to visit this lovely place.  The race is 2 laps of trails and fields, there are no steep climbs but lots of drags making it a tough event, looking forward to doing a flat race!  Shortly before the start of the race I had a heavy nose bleed, not the best preparation.  Once the race started I realised within the first mile I was not on a good day so I was pleased to get to the finish in a reasonable time. 450 starters.

Winner: A Peers, Wakefield ac, 33.48

Women: J Masterman, Goole Viking,42.00

Mark Hall, 6th, 1st V55, 36.59

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Wednesday 19th July – Roundhay Rampage – Urban Trail Runner

Report from Graham Lake

After a busy summer of racing I was feeling a bit jaded and tired, but I had to give this race a go. Now in it’s 3rd year, the Urban Trail Runner series of races was set up by a mate of mine who runs for Wetherby. The races have steadily grown from ~100 starters to 217 last night.

I’d had a look at the course map and it looked similar to the Peco race at Roundhay, starting down and finishing up ‘hill 60’ which is a short, steep climb up to Soldier’s Field. The course itself was really well marked, flagged for much of it which is good for an event aiming to get people in to trail running. There were some more technical sections through the woods which gave it a ‘proper trail run’ feel and I was surprised (and gasping for breath) at the number of climbs; my watch showing about 650ft of ascent over the 10k which isn’t bad for a city park!

I had a good run, battling with a couple of runners for most of it, but then faded over the last two hills dropping 2 places near the end which was disappointing. I found myself gaining on the downs and flats, but losing time on the ups (some club hills in order, eh?!)

The race was really well organised, even with a free icecream for finishers which was very welcome on such a muggy night! Tim and Mike were there selling their Yorkshire Runner wares too.

The next race in the series is the Middleton Massif – 20th August, give it a go!

I finished 9th, 2nd MV40 in 42.57, the winner was Daryl Hibberd of Valley Striders in 38.33. First lady home was Alice Leake of Leeds City in 43.42.

Full results here:

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Tuesday 18th July – Liz Fawcett Leathley Handicap

Another perfect summer’s evening for Lizzie’s handicap.  Setting off first Debra held off the chasing pack to win by just over a minute, ahead of president Billy and Laura Hind.  Scott sped round to the fastest time of the night finishing 7th.  The top of the handicap has closed up quite a bit.  Antonio kept his lead 2 points ahead of Rob and 3 ahead of Laura Hind,  see the full table here.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Debra Brown 01:10:27 00:05:00 01:05:27 22
2 Billy Rayner 01:11:38 00:19:00 00:52:38 21
3 Laura Hind 01:12:11 00:17:00 00:55:11 20
4 Gemma Harrington 01:12:15 00:14:00 00:58:15 19
5 Charlotte Tomlinson 01:12:15 00:14:00 00:58:15 18
6 Stephen Boddy 01:12:57 00:28:00 00:44:57 17
7 Scott Harrington 01:13:05 00:39:00 00:34:05 16
8 Joanna Hobson 01:13:43 00:16:00 00:57:43 15
9 Phil Robinson 01:13:46 00:19:00 00:54:46 14
10 John Dade 01:13:50 00:26:00 00:47:50 13
11 Chris Hosker 01:14:01 00:27:00 00:47:01 12
12 Sara Elliott 01:14:18 00:25:00 00:49:18 11
13 Liam Dunne 01:14:38 00:35:00 00:39:38 10
14 Andy Webster 01:14:43 00:25:00 00:49:43 9
15 Chris Carver 01:15:01 00:29:00 00:46:01 8
16 James Rawstron 01:15:07 00:27:00 00:48:07 7
17 Pierre Heureux (Guest) 01:15:41 00:28:00 00:47:41
18 Mike Hastings 01:16:01 00:29:00 00:47:01 6
19 Liz Fawcett 01:16:07 00:21:00 00:55:07 5
20 Stephen Small 01:16:07 00:21:00 00:55:07 4
21 Tom Hannah 01:16:45 00:12:00 01:04:45 3
22 Rob Fearnley 01:16:50 00:20:00 00:56:50 2
23 Colin Dennison 01:16:53 00:30:00 00:46:53 1


Washburn Valley Junior Relays 14th of July 2017

What a great night! Well done to all the Otley AC Juniors who took part in the Junior relays on Friday night, you were all amazing! Team 80 made up of Holly Davey, Alfie Milner, Aston Brogden and Jenson Brogden came first, bringing the trophy back home to Otley.


See Full Results below-

WVR-Junior-Results-2017 provisional (1)

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Sunday 16th July – Cracoe BOFRA (Champs) Fell Race

Report from Tom Lynch:

Having decided against the big drive, and more importantly big effort of Snowdon on Saturday I decided to take on this much tougher local BOFRA race, which was also a counter in the BOFRA championship. A whole 4 km, but don’t let that deceive you, as ever with a BOFRA race it included a steep climb, with only a small bit of gentle introduction, with 310 m of climbing (2.5 miles/1020 feet) packed into the distance. The route started just above Cracoe and headed up over a wall via a farm trailer to the war memorial on the ridge above Cracoe, and then straight back down. The second half of the climb is boggy and rough, and the last sprint in required a gate climb to get back over the wall. It was perfect weather and  I was joined by Graham Lake, Don Buffham and Antonio Cardinale. There are some entertaining pictures out there of the race on the BOFRA facebook page and the Woodentops 1 and 2.

The winner of the race was Ted Mason (Wharfedale Harriers) 21:46, first woman was Kirsty Hall (also of Wharfedale) in 27:04. I came in 13th (9th champs counter) in 25:04, Graham Lake came in 23rd in 27:46, Don Buffham was 79th in 41:42 and Antonio Cardinale was 86th in 58:21. Full results are here.


Cracoe 2017 Race Start

The ever present Don Buffham neatly leaping the bog – although he seems to think he’s in Skegness.





Burton Leonard 10K – Sunday 16th July

Report from Howard ‘the bard’ Jeffrey

I now count writer’s block as a running injury and have been resting and recuperating from my regular race report contributions for a while and am pleased to see there have been plenty of interesting reports to keep you all amused.

As a prelude to the BL 10K which many club members will remember as one of the core Black Sheep race series (still lamented) I did the hard and hilly Temple Newsam park run as hard as I could, the day before (21.44). This is to keep me in the chase in the Leeds race series and was pleased to see Tom Potter who has been out for a while. Suitably sapped I lined up on Sunday for the BL10K. No other Otley runners here today so had to take on mainly Harrogate rivals in the age category alone. Had just beaten Tim Broomfield at Burn Valley half last week but had trailed in behind Kevin Murphy by 4 minutes despite a strong finish. Today there was also Geoff King, a very good fell runner who had been minutes ahead at this race last year. 309 people lined up at the start which is quite congested out of the primary school sharp right down a short hill then a hairpin up a steep grassy slope of 150m to the first stretch of tarmac. Geoff King was already long gone but I passed Tim up the grassy slope which was unusual as I usually catch him at about mile one. One down. Kevin Murphy had also disappeared into the distance so it was relax and see how much was left in the legs from yesterday. The race started at 11.00 and the sun was intermittent but it did get quite hot even along the first bit of tarmac which is nicely downhill to a stream across the road. Decisions, decisions, short queue for the bridge or splash through the ford? I opted to take the ford and the water was so shallow I never even got my feet wet!

Next stretch is up a concrete farm roadway going up to another stretch of tarmac road. Went through mile one in 6.35, ridiculous but felt OK. The road turns sharp right but we head off straight onto a rutted stony farm track for about a mile of gradual climbing a sharp descent to a right hander up a gravel track and then down through the woods on a very rutted path so watch your step! Another sharp right at the bottom onto a field of long grass to halfway and the water station, not before time as it has become very warm. I had caught Kevin Murphy and dived passed to show him how to run fast down through the woods. Two down. The route comes off the grass back onto the road and there is a tough slog gradually rising which gives way to a rolling single track across the hills beneath the blazing sun. Still managing to overtake runners along the track and we are then back onto tarmac for a mile of blissful downhill, sharp left back onto the concrete roadway, opted for the bridge across the ford. Then up a wearisome climb which levels off for 400 yards before the top of the grass bank down to the hairpin and left back into the school. The race was won by Andrew Grant of Harrogate Harriers in 33.58. First lady in 34th was Donna Riddler in 43.27 and I was 59th in 45.50, only 20 seconds slower than last year surprisingly.