Archive for July, 2017

Friday 14th July – Washburn Relay

Results are available spreadsheet here or text file here.  

An Otley / Leeds City team of Zack Whitehead (18:06), Nathan Dunn (20:51) and Scott Harrington (17:27) broke the race record by five seconds finishing in 56:24.

Harrogate’s Barry McGuire came back first on Leg 1 in 17:07, another record broken on the night.  Andy Grant extended the lead to just over a minute, at the end of Leg 2 with a the fast leg 2 time of 20:41.  Scott chased down John Young on the final leg round Swinsty, crossing the finish with a 11 second win.

The mixed team race was won by the Bingley JII team finishing in 10th overall, with Jo Buckley (19:59), Ian Fisher (21:30) and Ian Ferguson (21:46).   2nd was the Baildon Kasrobard team just less than a minute behind with Jennie Guard (19:11), Lee Kaznowski (24:06) and Gareth Holme (20:56).

Unfortunately we incorrectly gave the Pudsey Ladies team the women’s prize, as we missed Harriers Speed Queens from Knavesmire living up to their name finishing in a time, 1:07:49, that broke the women’s record with the team of Sarah Attwood (20:05), Emily Baines (26:15) and Lucy Pinder (21:31).

Photo’s of Legs 1 & 2 from Philip Bland here, and more from William Overton here.

Thanks to everyone who helped out on the evening, and thankfully the drizzle held off pretty much for the post race BBQ’s.


Washburn Valley Juniors Races – Friday 14th July

This is on the junior page – see the tab at the top – and well worth a general post for some fantastic junior performances.

Quote from Hugh…’Some fantastic times and improvements since last year’

Here here

Junior Results

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Thursday 13th July – Sunderland 5k

Report from Tony Walker

A little story of encouragement for those getting on a bit and with aching joints. 4 years ago leading up to and post knee op, several esteemed people qualified in the medical profession told me I should never run again due to having little cartilage in my right knee. I then saw another specialist who was a bit more balanced and suggested ‘moderation’ and listen to your body. In fact he came out with a classic quote when I was in a check-up a few months later that I always recount when given the opportunity…

Me ‘it hurts when I run downhill particularly on roads’
Doctor ‘well don’t do it then’
Sage advice.

Anyway fast forward to this year and having not had any alcohol for several weeks I made the declaration that a drop wouldn’t touch my lips until I ran under 20mins for 5k.

On Thursday I was up in the north east working and spotted a fast Sunderland 5k. Game on. I’d got fitter by doing the Harrogate League – which by the way were brilliant – and was ready. They split the races into 2. The ladies and vets over 50 were in one race and the men another. It was a northern championship so hot competition. I love this kind of race. Quite simply you get dragged around. A bit of a chaotic start as expected and 2 laps of silksworth park – around a lake if you know it.
I tried to start relatively steady and managed to pick my way through to 16th in the vets over 50 race. I couldn’t have put much more in.

My reward and maybe encouragement to others to keep going is that at the age of 55 I achieved my fastest 5k for nearly 5 years…19.54.

Results here
Now where’s that beer…


Wednesday 12 July – Golden Acre Relays

Falcons, owls, eagles, swifts and tits; an ornithologist’s delight, but more importantly the names of the Otley AC teams at the Golden Acre Relays.

For the uninitiated, the relays are put on by Abbey Runners and involve a twisting three-mile lap of Golden Acre Park, between Bramhope and Adel.

Because there was a limit of 150 teams, Otley Tits were unable to register but were allowed to run unofficially; although the results showed that 154 teams had taken part.

In 36th place Otley Falcons: Rogan Ashton 17:06, Stephen Boddy 17:40, Christian Hosker 19:16 – total 54:02.

84th Otley Owls: Rachel 20:23, Caron Ralph 21:23, Liz Fawcett 22:10 – total 63:56.

126th: Otley Eagles: Richard Hamer 22:56, Joanna Hobson 24:15,Laura Hind 23:50 – total 71:01.

142nd: Otley Swifts: Madeleine Delucchi 26:24, Anna Murtough 25:23, Debra Brown 26:52 – total 78:39.

Unplaced (see above) Otley Tits: Dominic Egan 23:04, Rob Fearnley 23:39, Andy Webster 20:31 – total 67:14.

The winners were Chapel Mews AC of Danny Lauter 13:59, Mike Hayle 14:35, Matt Grieve 14:01 – total 42:35.

Full results.

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Sunday 9th July: Burn Valley Half

Report from Hannah:

On a hot and sunny Sunday morning on 9th July whilst everyone else headed to Leeds 10k Sara Richard, Chris Brunold and myself set off for the Burn Valley Half in Masham. This race has had a break of four years and is now being organised by Ripon Runners and I must confess to have never heard of it till I saw a flyer for it somewhere.  For some reason I thought that doing this race the weekend of my birthday with friends and followed by a beer would be a great idea to celebrate. So I talked Sara, Ann, and Joanna into joining me and then Tom Hannah filled me in on how tough the course was, oh dear! That explained why a lot of people were laughing at me and saying no way….

Unfortunately, Ann and Joanna had to pull out due to injuries and in the meantime I’d talked Chris into joining us for a trip out to Masham with the promise of a beer. By the time the race came around I’d been told by countless people it was a tough, hilly course and to say I wasn’t up for it was an understatement. I’m just not feeling the love for running at the minute, especially road races that consist of hills and no stiles or gates to get a rest at. Plus I had a tight calf and dodgy ankle, when haven’t I got a dodgy ankle? We arrived at the car park and pulled up alongside ex Otley AC member Mark Berry and bumped into our Wetherby friend Richard Bell, it was good to see we weren’t the only nutters doing it. We also bumped into Ian Fisher who I believe had been asked to race as he is the current record holder, he told Sara he wasn’t very well and was full of cold but was hoping he’d be able to run ok, it looks like he didn’t finish as he wasn’t in the results.

The race starts in a narrow side street just off the market square and heads out of Masham through the grounds of Swinton Castle, up to Leeds Pals war memorial and before turning round and heading back to Masham via Healey and Fearby. All run on back roads and it’s very picturesque, which is a good job because I don’t think I’ve mentioned how hilly it is. It’s up down, up down and then up and up to the war memorial, then up and down all the way back too. As expected Sara and I lost Chris not long into the race, Sara and I were doing our own thing but were a similar pace for the first mile or so, before we hit the first incline where my tight calf really bothered me. It was that that made me pause to decide if I was going to carry on, well that and a bloke that I couldn’t get rid of who was doing my head in, he was coughing and spluttering all the time clearing phlegm from his chest (it was grim and making me feel sick). I gave my ankle a wiggle and decided to stop being a wuss and carry on for a bit to see how my calf got on if I took it really steady on the hills, it was fine the rest of the time. I managed to catch Sara up again for a bit and we hit a stretch of road that we’d covered during the ultra last year, we were laughing nervously about the hill we were about to hit before we turned off the road with a sigh of relief, before starting up a different hill.

It was blazing hot however Ripon Runners had water stations perfectly placed every two miles, a lady in one of the villages had her hose pipe out for us and the support from marshals and locals all the way round was great. Sara lost me at 6 miles after the long climb to the war memorial, my calf was not happy and I backed right off. At this point I got talking to a lovely lady who was also starting to fade, we’d been passing each other since the start and ended up encouraging each other to the end, yes we were having a good chin wag at times but she definitely helped me keep my pace up too. I was very surprised to catch Sara again at about 10 miles and fully expected her to some past me again before the end but the warm weather was really getting to her, I only had chance to catch my breath before I turned round to see her finishing though so we were very close in the end.

I can’t recommend this race enough, well organised, great support, yes it’s hilly but it’s really not that bad and the route is just so pretty, plus it’s £16 and you get a technical t-shirt, a banana, a packet of Yorkshire Tea and a bottle of beer (thank god Chris got her beer in the end!). On reflection I enjoyed myself and it has to be the best I’ve felt in a long time plus I got the time I had hoped for on such a hilly course. It’s far better than a boring flat run in some city centre, so who’s up for it next year?

Apparently Howard was there but we never saw him, surprising as it was only a small field of runners with 222 finishers. Chip times for Otley AC’ers were as follows; Howard Jeffrey 1:48:12 and 2nd M60, Chris Brunold 2:04:35, Hannah Lupton 2:14:54 and Sara Richard 2:15:41.


Sunday 9th July: Kilburn7


Report from Mark Hall:

This was my 3rd race in 8 days, don’t think I have ever raced so much! This was another very hilly race with a steep long climb within the first mile and a mile long drag from Byland Abbey to the 5 miles point, there after up and down. I finished 2nd in the race in  42.27 and first veteran runner, so 1st V55. A hot, hilly day.

Winner: N Watson, Scarborough AC, 41.08

First woman. Sharon Barlow, Harrogate, 46.06

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Saturday 8th July – Croagh Patrick Mountain Race (Irish and Connacht Champs race)

Report from Tom Lynch:

I headed over to Ireland with Liam and his brother-in-law (and new Otley member) Dean Clark for the IMRA Croagh Patrick race, this year it was an Irish and Connacht championship counting race. For those unfamiliar, it’s a holy mountain in the west of Ireland near Westport in Co. Mayo. and it’s a bit steep. St Patrick is supposed to have fasted on it for 40 days (the name means St. Patrick’s Stack) and people do pilgrimages up it every year on ‘Reek Sunday’, sometimes in bare feet, we all opted for holy(/holey) X-talons this time though.

The race is about 7.5 km and has roughly 850 m of climbing, it  follows a well marked but very rocky pilgrim track to the summit, and then the route goes over the top and down the other side on a less well trodden route. The top third of the ascent/descent is barren and covered in very difficult blocky scree and Liam finished with a badly swollen/bruised foot as a result.

The organisation for the race was low key but good, being run under the Irish Mountain Running Association, it’s a fairly cooperative setup, with people volunteering for different jobs in the race. It included a bus back from the finish which was along the mountain from the start, free tea and cake at the end, and a prize giving in the pub with spot prizes, there was also a beach BBQ later that night but we missed it. I’ll definitely be going back to do some more, especially if they are anywhere near the west coast.

and from Liam:

The mountain of Croagh Patrick and its surroundings is a special place for me and brings back many happy memories of visiting the area, running and walking up the mountain over the last few decades.  I’ve never raced up the mountain before so I’ve been keen to enter this event for a while. As the race was held on a Sunday in recent years, it didn’t suit me to enter it. However, this year I spotted on the IMRA calendar that it was being held on a Saturday and logistically this was perfect for me. It would also incorporate the Connaught and Irish Championships.

I’m going to be biased now and suggest that the IMRA scene is really friendly and well organised and possibly the best running scene anywhere as it includes Irish mountains. Tom Lynch’s ancestry originates from the west coast of Ireland and he hasn’t been back since he was a kid, so when I mentioned the race to him he was keen to join me for the event. I flew to Dublin on Friday evening with Tom, my sister, Maria and brother in-law, Dean and drove the 3hr+ journey to get to Westport, Co. Mayo on the west coast of Ireland.

The race began at 13.30 in the afternoon and weather conditions were sunny and warm. After taking a few photos and chatting with some new and old faces that I’ve met over the years it was time to say goodbye to my mum and 3 sisters, stretch the legs and line up at the start.

The mountain is full of walkers who often offered encouragement and also an American who asked the stupid question “Geez, is this really a race you guys are doing?” I didn’t have time or energy to explain that the only time I ever wear my club vest with a number on it is when I’m racing. Instead, I said ‘What do you think?!’

The route is pretty steep and technical all the way apart from a short section in the middle where it levels off for a brief spell. I was just behind Tom for most of the climb but on the steep section just before the top he seemed to pull a small gap which widened even more before we reached the church at the summit.

Underfoot conditions were tough as the ground was always moving with loose rock and gravel and this made it difficult with tiring legs. I have never been over the southern side of the mountain and thought the decent would have suited me and maybe I could close the gap on Tom, but no, it consisted of moving rock, bog and steep rocky descents. I caught my foot between two rocks and remained in a bit of discomfort for the full decent. Tom proved to be in good form as he disappeared into the distance to finish 10th overall, I came in 11th but well behind, and soon after the third OAC member Dean came in only 6 minutes behind which was a fantastic result for him.

After the finish we were bused back to the pub for the prize giving and refreshments. If there was a team prize we would have got 1st, but there wasn’t! However, it was a super event and great weekend and just glad I’ve now ticked it off my ‘races to do’ list. Next year anyone?

The winner of the race was Jason Kehoe (Crusaders AC) in 52:58 and first woman was Deirdre Galvin (U/A) in 1:10:56. I came in 10th in 59:47, followed by Liam Dunne in 11th in 1:01:19 and Dean Clark 15th in 1:07:48. Full results are here.

At the start

Liam coming into the finish

At the finish, swollen feet and beautiful view


Saturday 8th July: Canal Canter

Report from Ian B

I did the canal canter 10k from Kirkstall along the canal in to leeds city centre and back again on Saturday 8 July. I finished 6th in 46:34 and first V45 but then again there were only 29 runners! Runner numbers are limited due to the nature of the towpath, its obviously a pretty flat run the only negative being the amount of people to dodge and the narrow/low bridges to pass under that slowed you down. The race was won by Peter Hopson from Saltaire in 34:52.

Very friendly event with a bottle of beer and bar of chocolate at the end and a barbecue, the big plus being a 9:30am Saturday start meaning you still have the rest of the day/weekend. There is also a 5k/half marathon/full marathon and ultra marathon run at the same time with various loops run between Saltaire – leeds.

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Thursday 6th July – Otley Harrogate League Handicap

Another sultry summer evening for the Harrogate League, a big thanks to all who made for a successful handicap.  Gilly had the honour of first black & white across the finish line, just ahead of Paul Clifford, who had the fastest time in his category as did Carl in finishing 28th.  Full results on the Harrogate League website here.

Lots of photos, Graham Lake’s, Gary Waite’s and Philip Bland’s.

2017 HDSL LV60 Champ. Jackie Ackroyd

Martin and Chris


Liz and Andy

Pos Name Club Cat. Cat pos Start time Gross time Net time
1 Karen Lennox Ripon FV45 01/23 7:23:35 PM 01:04:16 01:00:16
2 Emily Elmes Ilkley F u18 01/05 7:37:35 PM 01:04:24 00:46:24
3 Juliette Gregory Harrogate FV55 01/15 7:39:05 PM 01:04:45 00:45:15
13 Gilly Wight Otley FSEN 04/15 7:43:05 PM 01:06:27 00:42:56
18 Paul Clifford Otley MV50 01/27 7:47:34 PM 01:06:39 00:38:40
25 Rebecca Keinhorst Otley FSEN 05/15 7:34:35 PM 01:06:57 00:51:57
28 Carl Walsh Otley MV55 01/18 7:44:04 PM 01:07:06 00:42:37
47 Andy Webster Otley MV45 03/35 7:46:34 PM 01:07:33 00:40:34
52 Liz Fawcett Otley FV45 04/23 7:43:05 PM 01:07:37 00:44:07
57 Gill Park Otley FSEN 05/15 7:42:34 PM 01:07:40 00:44:41
69 Michael Pickard Otley MV50 08/27 7:46:34 PM 01:07:51 00:40:51
73 Jackie Ackroyd Otley FV60 02/06 7:41:34 PM 01:07:56 00:45:56
80 Hannah Birch Otley FV35 04/14 7:36:35 PM 01:07:59 00:50:59
83 Daniel Mundet Otley MV40 05/27 7:43:05 PM 01:08:01 00:44:31
103 Martin Stringer Otley MV45 09/35 7:49:03 PM 01:08:15 00:38:46
139 Neil Reed Otley MV50 17/27 7:45:04 PM 01:08:35 00:43:06
173 Chris Brunold Otley FV50 08/18 7:44:05 PM 01:08:52 00:44:22
199 Charlotte Boardman Otley FSEN 11/15 7:42:04 PM 01:09:09 00:46:40
200 Debra Brown Otley FV40 14/19 7:30:34 PM 01:09:10 00:58:10
228 Christian Hosker Otley MV40 23/27 7:49:04 PM 01:09:34 00:40:04
250 Madeleine Delucchi Otley FV60 05/06 7:37:05 PM 01:10:02 00:52:32
259 Antonio Cardinale Otley MV65 06/06 7:25:35 PM 01:10:17 01:04:16
264 Michael Hastings Otley MSEN 46/51 7:50:05 PM 01:10:32 00:40:02
292 Andrew Robertshaw Otley MV45 35/35 7:59:34 PM 01:28:57 00:48:57

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Wednesday 5th July – Helen Windsor 10k – Inc. York. Vets 10k Champs.

Report from Mark Hall:

After the tough Eccup 10m on Sunday this race came around too quickly.  The race venue was at Greetland, near Halifax, it was never going to be flat! A 3k circuit followed by a larger circuit. This is a hilly race! I finished 4th in the race and first vet overall, so 1st V55 and Yorkshire veterans Champion. No other OAC runners.  Full results here.

Winner: Joe Sagar, Spenborough, 34.12

Women: Johanna Winks, Halifax, 40.04

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