Archive for August, 2017

Monday 28th August – Reeth Show (BOFRA champs)

Report from Tom Lynch:

Another week another BOFRA race. This time tucked away in Swaledale at Reeth Show, with a sharp climb up Fremington Edge from the show field. In what is becoming a dependable occurrence, I was joined by the Rawstron’s, as we’re both targeting the BOFRA championship and trying to fit in our remaining few counting races. No Ted Mason this time, instead replaced by a meteoric Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley) who took the win in 15:48, with about half a minute over the next placed runner. First woman was Kirsty Hall in 19:39. Otley results: Tom Lynch 13th (7th champs counter) 18:50. Juniors: GU12 Charlotte Rawstron 1st 9:10, Jessica Rawstron 4th 10:35.

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Doonhamer 10k (Dumfries, Scotland) 27/08/17

Report from the winning machine that is Mark Hall

A trip back to Scotland and a chance to meet old friends. The Doonhamer 10km starts and finishes in Dock Park alongside the river Nith which runs through the centre of Dumfries.  The race takes runners along riverside paths, across 4 bridges (8 dead turns!) crossing the river 4 times and taking in 2 steep hills!  I won the  event in 36.19.  First woman was Scottish International runner Nicola Hood, Dumfries RC, 37.17.


Saturday 26th August – Park Runs

417 runners
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Nick GASKELL Trawden AC 00:16:53
50 1 Mairi BLANKENSTEIN Edinburgh AC 00:20:53
213 38 Elly WARDLE STEAD Otley AC 00:27:07
422 runners
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Will KERR Saltaire Striders 00:17:03
17 1 Sarah FLAHERTY Bingley Harriers and AC 00:21:00
57 50 Chris TAYLOR Otley AC 00:23:15
361 111 Victoria TAYLOR Otley AC 00:36:25
420 runners
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Andrew DOBBY Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:17:23
45 1 Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE Unattached 00:21:10
212 34 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:26:55
339 runners
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Ross ARMSTRONG Abbey Runners Leeds 00:18:13
14 1 Suzzi GARNETT Steel City Striders RC 00:20:25
31 30 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 00:21:27
302 runners
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Hywel JONES Aberdare Valley AAC 00:17:37
25 1 Deborah CHURCH Driffield Striders 00:21:48
93 79 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:25:56
180 runners
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tom BREWSTER Clayton-le-Moors Harriers 00:17:41
15 1 Kate ARCHER Ilkley Harriers AC 00:20:20
163 63 Laurel FREAR Otley AC 00:34:29
Fountains Abbey
370 runners
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Reece DALTON Ripon Runners 00:16:31
26 1 Emma SORBY Ripon Runners 00:20:19
146 115 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:26:16

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Thursday 24th August – Eric Smith Handicap Trophy Race 8 – Thruscross Handicap

Another fantastic turnout on a perfect late summer’s evening for running and midges!  Otley AC mascot Flash the Bassett thought that barking would frighten them off, but no luck on that…

A fine run from Jenson  saw him take the win, over taking Bob within sight of the finish.  Bob held on for second, closely followed by Tom Midgley having a great run, breaking the course record.  However this would last for less than 2 minutes as Liam, in 10th ran a few seconds quicker, with a net time of 33:35.

After a strong run finishing in 6th Rob Fearnley moved back to the top of the handicap table with 137 points, 20 ahead of Laura Hind and Gary Johnson, see the full table here.  Not long to wait for the next race in the series the 3000m track race Thurs. 7th Sept.

Pos Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Jenson Brogden 1:02:25 0:22:00 0:40:25 34
2 Bob Payne 1:02:35 0:01:00 1:01:35 Guest
3 Tom Midgley 1:02:39 0:29:00 0:33:39 33
4 Richard Hamer 1:02:55 0:16:00 0:46:55 32
5 Tom Lynch 1:03:00 0:29:00 0:34:00 31
6 Rob Fearnley 1:03:05 0:16:00 0:47:05 30
7 Colin Best 1:03:06 0:16:00 0:47:06 29
8 Mike Hastings 1:03:19 0:24:00 0:39:19 28
9 Lizzie Irvine 1:03:22 0:25:00 0:38:22 27
10 Liam Dunne 1:04:05 0:30:30 0:33:35 26
11 Gary Johnson 1:04:42 0:30:30 0:34:12 25
12 Mo Abubakr 1:04:46 0:23:00 0:41:46 24
13 Chris Hosker 1:04:48 0:22:00 0:42:48 23
14 Laura Martin 1:04:52 0:22:00 0:42:52 22
15 Tom Paget 1:04:54 0:28:00 0:36:54 21
16 Phil Robinson 1:04:59 0:16:00 0:48:59 20
17 Martin Stringer 1:05:03 0:24:00 0:41:03 19
18 Vicky Stainburn 1:05:05 0:25:00 0:40:05 18
19 Tom Pomfrett 1:05:11 0:26:00 0:39:11 17
20 Andy Webster 1:05:15 0:21:00 0:44:15 16
21 Matt Podd 1:05:24 0:20:00 0:45:24 15
22 Sara Elliott 1:05:43 0:22:00 0:43:43 14
23 James Rawstron 1:06:07 0:23:00 0:43:07 13
24 Becky Parker 1:06:14 0:22:00 0:44:14 12
25 Laura Hind 1:06:18 0:15:00 0:51:18 11
26 John Dade 1:06:21 0:22:00 0:44:21 10
27 Graham Lake 1:06:31 0:30:00 0:36:31 9
28 Gavin Burton 1:06:41 0:19:00 0:47:41 8
29 Joanna Hobson 1:06:52 0:14:00 0:52:52 7
30 Gill Park 1:08:00 0:18:00 0:50:00 6
31 Tony Pfeiffer 1:08:00 0:22:00 0:46:00 5
32 Sarah Fitzgerald 1:08:02 0:15:00 0:53:02 4
33 Madeleine Delucchi 1:08:21 0:10:00 0:58:21 3
34 Billy Rayner 1:08:45 0:18:00 0:50:45 2
35 Antonio Cardinale 1:10:29 0:00:00 1:10:29 1

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Wednesday 23rd August – Even Splits Series (Race 3) 5K

Report from Mark Hall

Mark Hall,  Scott Harrington and Ged Peacock did the 3rd race in this 6 race series at the Brownlee Centre. Scott finished 2nd, 15.47. Mark, 14th, 17.14 (1st V55) and Ged 98th 24.30.

Winner: Adrian Holiday, 15.30 1st Female Alice Leake Leeds City AC in 18.19

Full results here

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Saturday/Sunday 19th & 20th August – Hell on the Humber

Report from Chris Carver


It’s been a long time. Frustrating illnesses mainly along with one or two injuries. September 2012 was the last one but now, at last, I’ve managed to get back the fitness needed to run 24 hour races.

I first heard about this one about five or six years ago and always thought it was an interesting idea – cross the Humber Bridge on foot as many times as possible in 24 hours. Looking at the website I saw that the course record was 29 crossings (116 miles) and that was what prompted me to enter. I knew I could beat that – I know I’m five years older now but I ran a couple of hilly 100 mile races in the Cotswolds and my times were 17h 43 in 2011 and 16h 41 in 2012 (with much help from Hugh Pearson).

Arriving at the nearest hotel to the Humber Bridge at 5.00pm loaded down with kit for all weathers and enough food to feed an army – but no tin opener for the rice pudding, custard, beans or spaghetti. Thanks to a bit of quick thinking I managed to borrow one from the kitchen for a couple of days. First problem solved.

Woking up at 5.00am for a race start at 7.00am Fay and I ambled the ten minute walk to the Humber Bridge Country Park (aka race HQ) where I collected my number and waited for the pre-race briefing. The remaining time to the start passed all too quickly before the 26 runners sent slowly on their way to a traffic cone two miles away on the south side of the Humber. We had to round that cone and return to race HQ as many times as possible before 7.00am the following day.

One thing we were not warned about was the extreme wind on the bridge. And I do mean extreme. For a short while the crossing was closed to high sided vehicles. For the first 15 or 16 hours the speed limit was 20 or 30 mph instead of the usual 50. During the first 10 hours I was almost blown over the fence three times and at about 8 hours I was blown into one of the giant bolts holding the cables in place – bruised left thigh and twisted right ankle trying to avoid the collision.

A totally unanticipated problem caused by the wind was my breathing. I have a narrow trachea anyway due to a dozen or more operations on my larynx and the build-up of scar tissue over many years. Extremely windy conditions in a 10k race or half marathon are hardly a problem as they are over relatively quickly. But half way through a 24 hour race, that’s altogether different.

Also, battling the wind led to the race masseur being needed almost permanently as posture problems became increasingly serious. I had a shoulder massage about 16 or 17 hours into the race.

A few stats now:

My first lap took about 32 minutes but every subsequent lap began with a walking period of 7:40 whilst I ate and drank.

From the start I found myself in the lead and continually increased the lead by running about 30s per lap quicker than my schedule to account for inevitable toilet breaks.

I passed 10 miles in about 1h 07, 20 in about 2h 50, 26 in about 3h 48 and 50 in about 7h 45.

Lap 15 was where the wind began to take its toll (see above) and 60 miles was reached in 9h 50.

A couple of hours later my closest challenger pulled out unable to cope any longer with the intense conditions.

After 13 hours things began looking bleak for me too. I informed the race director and doctor of the problems the wind was having with my breathing and following their advice I ran one lap at a time with a good rest out of the wind (approx. 30 mins) before starting the next. The problem with that is that the muscles began to get stiff during the rest periods and running again was increasingly difficult – leading to ever slower lap times. However, once I got going my pace was surprisingly quick and I found myself passing runners competing in the 6 hour race.

However I’m very pleased that I didn’t throw in the towel and carried on to the end where I was to learn I had finished second with 25 laps (100 miles). The winner ran two and a half laps further. I didn’t catch his name but he was flabbergasted to have run further than me – he obviously saw how quickly I was running in the first half but not how slow my lap times were in the second.

For my first 24 hour race after five year break I’m happy with that especially in those conditions.

Overall a brilliant and well organised event with decent merchandise. Four races on offer too makes for a good day out (whole day that is). 24 race starting at 7.00am, 12 hour race at 7.00pm, 6 hour race at 7.00pm and a special race for children or runners and crew.

But don’t let anyone tell you it’s a flat one. The race HQ is at about 20m above sea level and the first 300m of each lap climbs 10m onto the bridge itself. The next 1000m or so is flat but then there’s a long descent, dropping 30m in about 1300m. Then the same in reverse. The first 1300m climbs 30m, the next 1000m is almost flat and the last 300m drops 10m. That final drop, around a spiral slip road, in the dark, isn’t as easy as it seems after 20 hours or more of running.

And now I’m travelling to Ypres in Belgium as my great grandfather was killed near there on 1st September 1917.

Results have now come through for the recent 24 hour race

1 – Rich Buckle (108 miles)
2 – Chris Carver (100 miles)
3 – Ian Griffin (84 miles)
4 – Jason Brunt (84 miles)
5 – Keith Lamb (80 miles)
6 – Thomas Quirke (68 miles)
7 – Billy Walmsley (60 miles)
8 – Dan Watford (60 miles)
9 – Mark Dagg (60 miles)
10 – Mark Dobbs (58 miles)
11 – Daniel Slaughter (56 miles)
12 – Gary Shann (52 miles)
13 – Matthew Waddingham (36 miles)

1 – Elizabeth Nairn (110 miles)
2 – Julie Masterman (92 miles)
3 – Sharon Tummons (80 miles)
4 – Sally Wheelhouse (72 miles)
5 – Helen Reevell (68 miles)
6 – Ede Bone (64 miles)
7 – Sophie Hempsall (60 miles)
8 – Catherine Shann (52 miles)
9 – Judy Lankester (48 miles)
10 – Lauren Dearden (44 miles)
11 – Michelle Richardson (44 miles)


Saturday 19th August – Burnsall Feast, 10 mile and Classic Fell

Report from Matt Podd

Not the best weather – cold and showery with a stiff breeze, but not deterred 5 Otley AC Heroes toed the line for the 10 mile road race. Off we set with the first two miles uphill to Hebden into a biting shower. Helped that I felt I was going to die, but things level out on the way to Grassington and after that it’s undulations and hills to the downhill run in to the finish. Lovely support from the Saturday group who kept popping up along the course to cheer us on. Always a joy to be passed by Sara – this time at about 1/2 way round.
People who have never done it were keen for us to do the double and compete in the Fell race. The Burnsall Classic, 1.75 miles of hell. During the 10 I had decided that if Sara passed me I would punish myself by going for it. So after a change of shoes and a nice cup of tea there I was toeing the line again, but in the opposite direction facing a bloody great muddy hill. Not my fastest ascent, but the descent is a blast and I managed to overtake a few people and saved coming in nearer the back. Shane did better, but came to the race fresh. Nice to see him also having a post race curry at Red Pepper.

10 Mile Road: John Armitstead, 46 in 74.10; Sara Elliott, 64 in 79.09; Matt Podd, 71 in 81.18; Billy Andrew Rayner, 99 in 90.25 and the legend that is Antonio Cardinale brought up the rear, 120 in 115.34.

Classic Fell Race: Shane Braveheart, 53 in 21.45 and Matt P, 115 in 29.53. 129 ran.

Full results to follow.


Saturday 19th August – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 399 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Ciaran FORDE Horsforth Harriers 00:17:30
20 1 Hayley LLOYD-HENRY Prestwich AC 00:20:05
116 17 Gilly Wight Otley AC 00:24:06
262 77 Elly WARDLE STEAD Otley AC 00:30:02
Bradford parkrun
A total of 415 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Alexander FLAHERTY Bingley Harriers and AC 00:18:00
2 2 Liam Dunne Otley AC 00:18:16
21 1 Sarah FLAHERTY Bingley Harriers and AC 00:21:08
Harrogate parkrun
A total of 378 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Aidan ADAMS Leeds City AC 00:17:20
17 1 Sharon JOHNSTONE Wilmslow RC 00:19:40
97 4 Elizabeth YATES Otley AC 00:23:58
116 9 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:24:38
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 386 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Reece DALTON Ripon Runners 00:17:22
17 1 Shamiso SISIMAYI Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:20:00
113 90 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:24:35
221 79 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:29:26
Leicester Victoria parkrun
A total of 257 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Simon BIRCH Hinckley RC 00:16:55
13 13 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:20:06
15 1 Virginia SILIO Massey Ferguson RC 00:20:12

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Sunday 13th August – Askern 10 miles

Report from Mark: This was another event that was popular with OAC runners many years ago, sure Ian Fisher won it on many occasions . The race this year was won in a very quick time by Iratz Arrospede, City Sheffield, 51.59. Weather conditions were good.  I really struggled again but managed to beat the hour and finish, an improvement on my last outing! This is not a PB circuit, probably best described as very undulating. The race is very well organised, prizes down to 15th( men and women) and cheap to enter. No other OAC runners

Mark Hall, 11th, 59.45, 1st V55

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Saturday 12th August – Arncliffe Gala Fell Race (BOFRA Champs)/Littondale Fete 4 Road Race

Report from Tom Lynch:

Goats, sheep, llamas, prosecco, pizza, pints, cake, pies, silent auction, strongman contest, egg and spoon race, village green, classic cars, road race, fell race, Tommy Sedgwick, sunshine, rain, steep hills, few miles. Winner Ted Mason (Wharfedale) 1st 10:46, Tom Lynch – 15th 13:00 (5th BOFRA champs), Antonio Cardinale 89th 30:16 (fell) & 53rd 44:44 (road), special mention to juniors Charlotte and Jessica Rawstron 1st and 11th BOFRA U9s.

Hats off to Antonio on the road……

….and the fell!