Archive for July, 2017

Wednesday 5th July – Stirton Fell Race

Report from Matt Podd:

Mr T drove us to this very low key event near Skipton – 5.6 miles and 1200 ft of ascent. Registered at the van and all stood in the road. Off we went up tarmac and onto Flasby Fell to touch the trig of Sharp Haw. A nice descent off the other side and then back up through the wood to revisit the trig. Fast grassy run in to the finish at the start of the tarmac.

£3 to enter and we all got a bottle of beer at the end. Good night out, results to follow on K&C or FRA.

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Tuesday 4th July: Danefield relay

Report from Graham Lake:

A record 123 teams entered the Danefield this year making the start quite a stampede!
Otley entered 6 teams with the young-guns (ahem) of Fell Captain, Gary Johnson and new member Andy Wright coming out on top in a creditable 8th place. Liam running the fastest OAC leg of the night had closed the gap for the Codgers but was pipped on the steep climb to the finish, but still finished 2nd Vets team. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, and the post-race refreshment in the Old Cock certainly went down well.
The winning team were Ripon Mafia in 57.03
Fastest leg of the night was Jack Wood in 17.56.
Full results here


Team position Team number Team Name Team category Leg 1 Runner Time taken Leg 2 Runner Time taken Leg 3 Runner Time taken Team total time
1 9 Ripon Mafia O Spike Ambery-Smith 00:19:45 Reece Dalton 00:18:34 Ben Pease 00:18:44 00:57:03
8 101 Otley Youth O Tom Lynch 00:20:34 Gary Johnson 00:20:09 Andy Wright 00:21:01 01:01:44
9 91 Otley Athletic Codgers MV40 Graham Lake 00:20:44 Andrew Robertshaw 00:21:06 Liam Dunn 00:20:02 01:01:52
30 122 Pisgah Pirates O Stephen Boddy 00:22:49 Shane Ewen 00:22:05 Damian Hosker 00:24:57 01:09:51
73 58 Otley AC Pool Exiles MV40 Chris Hosker 00:27:05 Neil Reed 00:27:08 Andy Webster 00:26:21 01:20:34
92 109 Otley Kittens F Carol Ralph 00:28:08 Liz Fawcett 00:28:43 Rachel Brooke 00:27:08 01:23:59
94 66 Otley Dream Team MV40 Richard Hamer 00:30:26 Colin Best 00:28:28 John Dade 00:25:41 01:24:35



Sunday 2nd July – Eccup 10 – inc. York. Vets. 10 mile Championsips

Report from Mark Hall:

5th, Mark Hall, 59.25, 1st V55, York Champ

22nd, Robin Outtersides, 62.09 , V35 York Champ (have your trophy Robin)

94th, Stephen Boddy, 71.35

169th, Sara Elliott, 77.25, 2nd V45, 2nd York Champ.

204th, Andrew Webster, 79.21.

392nd, Ged Peacock, 87.06

Winner, Danny Hallam, U/A 54.45

1st Woman, Faye Banks, Pontefract, 61.25


Sunday 2nd July – Chesterfield Spire 10 Mile

Report from Scott Harrington:

Whilst visiting my hometown and dad for the weekend I decided to do the chesterfield 10mile, the race is very similar to the otley 10 route only this one has more hills!!!!, so I found it the perfect race as early prep for snowdonia marathon.

I won the race in 56.18, over 2mins ahead of second place

There were 240 finishers in what was a friendly and well organised event.



Saturday 1st July – Blackfell Fell Race

Report from Matt Podd:

A bear went over the mountain to see what he could see

And all that he could see was the other side of the mountain

So he went back over the mountain.

This AM 8.7 mile race with 2200ft of ascent starts from Kettlewell. Mr Tait, myself and a couple of runners from Harrogate wandered to the race field by the campsite in Kettlewell. This race is based on one from the Wharfedale TT series that some of the club have run.

Off we went up Top Mere Road – actually a stony track and round over Park Rash to climb Great Whernside. This is were it all goes hardcore as we had to struggle a long way down into Nidderdale to a checkpoint in the middle of a trackless tussocky bog. As compensation we passed the source of the river Nidd. A marshall at this checkpoint broke her arm as they were struggling out after the runners – hope she is OK. Then we had to struggle back up Whernside, a beast of a climb. From the summit we went a long way south to another random checkpoint in the bog. The next section is the most interesting as we had to go over to Hag Dyke scout hut. The direct route takes you through ground like the first world war battlefields. I had had a chat with the vastly experience Hon Handicapper and he said stay high, which was sound advice as I passed a good few folk on this. This is a race were prior knowledge and picking good lines pays dividends. There were runners spread all over the western slopes of the hill, many deep in the bog. However we all arrived at Hag Dyke and the glorious grassy run in the the finish, where much bollocks was talked about the best lines.

This is the hardest race of the distance I’ve ever done, but very very fine. We were lucky and had sunny (if windy on top) weather, but in clag it would be well challenging.

Ted Mason won and Dave Wilby was 4th. Results to follow on FRA here and Bingley sites.

Stiff as a board today but very satisfied.


Saturday 1st July – Park Runs

Pos. Gender Pos. parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Marcin Soszka Saltaire Striders 18:11
17 1 Bernie Bowden Saltaire Striders 20:32
115 19 Ann Yeadon Otley AC 25:39
165 34 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 27:10
Fountains Abbey
1 1 Stephen Ellison Unattached 17:46
3 1 Caroline Lambert Wetherby Runners 17:52
100 74 Peter Crowder Otley AC 25:37
1 1 David Driver Hyde Park H. 17:51
8 1 Monica Padilla Wharfedale H. 20:27
70 14 Sue Tupling Otley AC 26:43
1 1 James Wilson Driffield Striders 18:07
19 1 Mollie Holehouse Unattached 22:11
49 42 Stephen Small Otley AC 25:21
1 1 David Halloway Tadworth AC 16:57
11 11 Tony Walker Otley AC 20:05
17 1 Kate Maslin Hedge End RC 21:07
Woodhouse Moor
1 1 Tom Thomas Hyde Park H. 17:43
8 1 Emma Ballantyne City of York AC 19:05
81 69 Andrew Webster Otley AC 23:25
270 94 Alice Webster Otley AC 29:36

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