Archive for October, 2017

Sunday 29th October – West Yorkshire Cross Country League, Nunroyd Park, Guiseley

Round two of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League saw the usual suspects turn out for OAC at Nunroyd Park, Guiseley.

A crisp sunny day greeted the runners, as did claggy ground and a slightly amended course than in previous years thanks to the section near rear of the park being removed.

In the ladies’ race, Victoria Stainburn was 24th in 23:36 and Laura McCabe was 40th in 24:32. The winner was Georgia Malir (Leeds City) in 20:25.

In the men’s race, Colin Best was first home for OAC in 198th place in 42:14 – the retired-dentist was also the first to finish for Otley in the Palma 10k two weeks earlier.

John Davis was 204th in 44:25, Billy Rayner 205th in 44:36 and the current leader of the fell championship, Antonio Cardinale, 209th in 56:17. The winner was Angus McMillan (City of York) in 27:01.


Saturday 28th October 2017 – Really Wild Boar

Report from Steve Robinson

I was in conversation with Tom Lynch on Friday night discussing this Fell Race and we didn’t really convince one another to do it.  I did the parkrun at Woodhouse Moor Sat morning with my eldest and then saw Tom had messaged me again saying he was now up for racing.  I was still in Otley at 11.30 messing about getting ready, bearing in mind it’s a 2pm start well passed Sedbergh in the Howgills.
According to Wainwright, the fell gets its name from the wild boar which inhabited the area over 500 years ago.  A tusk, claimed to be off ‘the last wild boar caught on the fell’, is kept in the Kirkby Stephen parish church.
I have been meaning to do this race for a while as I know it’s a firm favorite of Andrew and Caron, as Andrew tends to help marshal on it each year.
The race is pretty much a long single climb to the top, which was exposed, very windy and thick with fog.  Once you had passed Andrew at CP3 things got interesting on the open fell with no paths and plenty of bogs to negotiate.  I didn’t take the best line (half expected to see a wild boar myself as I bet no-one has walked that route in 500 yrs!!).  One or two runners apparently missed the last CP or had a long run back up to the marshal.
Results are due out later this week, but from the photo of the results on Facebook, Tom was 32nd and I was 46th.

*** Update Results are out the winner of the race was Carl Bell (Keswick)in 41:21, first woman was Sharon Taylor (Helm Hill) in 49:04. For Otley: Tom Lynch 32nd 51:35, Steve Robinson 46th 56:55 ****

AR photo update:  Eerie wild Horses, not Boars! appear out of the mist.


Saturday 28th October – Park Runs

Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Will Kerr Saltaire Striders 17:59
10 1 Claire Cooper Keighley & Craven AC 20:23
21 19 Michael Hastings Otley AC 21:36
38 35 James Rawstron Otley AC 22:42
68 63 Gavin Burton Otley AC 24:07
96 88 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 25:33
97 9 Ann Yeadon Otley AC 25:35
246 75 Claire Hastings Otley AC 32:09
Fountains Abbey
1 1 Allen Bush Unattached 17:23
21 21 Peter Crowder Otley AC 19:59
36 1 Joanne Lee Tyne Bridge Harriers 20:52
1 1 Chris Oddy Abbey Runners Leeds 17:05
14 1 Jennifer Armson Unattached 20:18
20 18 Martin Stringer Otley AC 21:41
101 35 Justina Stringer Otley AC 31:04
1 1 Andrew Dobby Harrogate H & AC 17:25
69 1 Steph Wilson Pudsey & Bramley AC 23:22
142 11 Kirsty Pomfrett Otley AC 26:13
1 1 Joseph Murray Unattached 19:00
17 17 Matt Podd Otley AC 23:12
25 1 Elizabeth Cockle Maldwyn H 24:16
Woodhouse Moor
1 1 Neil Armitage Pudsey & Bramley AC 17:33
17 1 Hannah Riechert Abbey Runners Leeds 19:59
165 130 Steven Robinson Otley AC 26:09

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Friday 27th October – Fell league update

Sorry it’s been a while updating the results for this – can anyone overtake Antonio in the fell league standings?

Fell – Short Fell – Long Total
1 Antonio Cardinale 59.8 57.1 55.8 48.0 49.2 269.9
2 Don Buffham 68.4 67.1 66.9 66.8 269.2
3 Graham Lake 87.8 87.5 175.3
4 Tom Lynch 88.5 77.3 165.8
5 John Dade 81.0 80.0 161.0
6 Matt Podd 80.8 60.2 141.0
7 Liam Dunne 97.2 97.2
8 Gary Johnson 88.2 88.2
9 Andrew Robertshaw 88.1 88.1
10 Colin Best 78.1 78.1
11 Bob Baker 77.5 77.5
12 Colin Dennison 75.9 75.9
13 Liz Fawcett 75.0 75.0
14 James Rawstron 74.9 74.9
15 Mike Hastings 72.9 72.9
16 Steve Robinson 72.9 72.9
17 Shane Ewen 70.1 70.1
18 Billy Rayner 66.6 66.6
19 Gloria Jackson 66.6 66.6
20 Nicky Gifford 63.8 63.8

The next race is Shepherds Skyline, 4th November starting from the Shepherds Rest in near Todmorden

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Wednesday 25th Oct 2017 – Even Splits 5k

Report from Tony Walker

Had another blast of the 3 laps of the Brownlee centre. Calm and warmish (for the time of year) meant that good times were possible. Haven’t raced for a few weeks so was unsure of form but was hopeful of getting a few seconds under 20 mins. Got stuck in and had a bit of a sprint finish – it’s all relative! Was very pleasantly surprised at seeing the clock tick towards 19 mins 20 secs and actually had a chip time of 19.16. Wowzer.

Incredibly though I was still 3rd V55. Plenty of improvement possible!

Feeling very privileged at the moment of being able to run relatively pain free – albeit being selective of regularity, distance and terrain. I know it won’t last which is why it’s a joy! Live in the moment as they say…

Results here – no other OAC’s


Sunday 22nd October: Holmfirth 15

Report from Matt Podd:

Felt a bit of a Howard moment as I prepared for this by running Bradford Parkrun at a steady pace. Lovely to see the look of pain on Sara’s face as she achieved a pb. Where are you Howard? We miss you comprehensive reports – injured?

I was supposed to be going camping in the Brecon Beacons this weekend, but Brian put pay to that plan. So at a loose end I found this race which had entry on the day. Am I trained up for a 15 mile race – I think not, but it should be fun! Though the weather was not as bad as predicted, it was still not very pleasant. Cold, wet and windy, but plenty of vest and shorts merchants desperately racing hypothermia.

The course is two laps of a circuit from Holmfirth, through Brockholes and down to Honley and back up the valley to Holmfirth, with an initial short (hilly) loop to make up the distance. Quite a hilly course with some long slow drags running along the side of a busy main road, and a vicious short hill that was climbed twice – once at about 13.5 miles, which was fun. We passed the tail of the 10Km race running at the same time. A few 10K runners missed the start and had a challenging run to catch up with the field.

I plodded round in a steady style a bit unsure of how to pace it and finished in about 2hrs 10mins. A good run out, though as Mark Hall said two years ago this is an expensive race. It’s now gone up £2 to £19, but we got a lovely hat.

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Saturday 21st October: Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Richard ALLEN Aldershot, Farnham & District AC 00:16:09
14 1 Sophie LEE City of Hull AC 00:18:48
127 109 Chris TAYLOR Otley AC 00:24:03
292 91 Elly WARDLE STEAD Otley AC 00:29:19
Bradford parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Martin FILLINGHAM Saltaire Striders 00:18:05
14 1 Emily BIRCHALL Leeds City AC 00:19:54
20 2 Victoria STAINBURN Otley AC 00:20:42
58 5 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:22:54
90 8 Caron Ralph Otley AC 00:24:18
106 96 Gavin BURTON Otley AC 00:24:54
129 116 John Davis Otley AC 00:25:50
130 117 Michael HASTINGS Otley AC 00:25:51
132 119 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:25:53
143 17 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:26:10
193 161 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:27:56
282 73 Laurel FREAR Otley AC 00:31:17
325 102 Claire HASTINGS Otley AC 00:33:20
Southport parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Thomas HARKIN Unattached 00:18:16
6 1 Alison MOORE Unattached 00:19:34
207 77 Kathleen Robertshaw Otley AC 00:32:10
Roundhay parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tim STREET Holmfirth Harriers AC 00:17:55
35 1 Jenny GARDEN Unattached 00:21:47
193 58 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:27:57
Wetherby parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Michael VARGAS Hyde Park Harriers 00:19:06
4 1 Nik TARREGA York Knavesmire Harriers 00:19:49
30 28 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:26:00

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Saturday 21st October: Tough 10 Leeds 10K

Report from Andy Webster:

Very windy day myself and Rachael Brooke were the only Otley runners to enter this Cancer Research 10 K. Rachael was in top form getting a lead early on before taking the scenic route and added on some extra mileage. She soon overtook me again and ran up the first hill never to be seen again. I really felt the hills in my legs, probably not marathon recovered.

Really enjoyable course despite the hills. 221 runners completed the course. Rachael finished 11th overall and 2nd lady in 51:02. I was further down the field in 32nd in 54:58. Winner Michael Malyon in 39:05 First Lady Haley O’Conner in 49:17.


Sunday 15th October – UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championships, Llanberis

Report from Tom Lynch:

In a busy month for the fell runners, we managed to put together a team for the British Fell relays, after successfully fielding another team 2 weeks earlier for the Hodgson Relays. This years British fell relay championships were held on the flanks of Snowdon, starting out of Llanberis in a well set up base in the old slate tips. The race attracted something like 180 starting teams, with many familiar faces out and about in Caernarfon the night before.The relay format consists of a short(ish) solo Leg 1, a longer paired Leg 2, a long navigational paired Leg 3, and another shorter solo Leg 4. Laura had a good run on Leg 1 (8.9 km /700 m). This leg headed up a steep continuous climbstarting on the road below the race base, all the way to the top of Moel Elio, returning via another ridge, with a small sting in the tail climb thrown in at the end….
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Sunday 15th Oct – Palma Marathon Mallorca

Report from Richard Hamer:

Another year and another trip to Mallorca with six other OACers plus 10 from Wetherby Runners for the Palma 10 (and half-marathon for John Armitstead and the Wetherby group).

The 10 starts at 9:40am next to the cathedral and is an out and back along the bay with a slight climb at the turn point. It’s not the fastest course because there’s about 2,500 others taking part so it’s a bit chaotic, especially during the first mile and at the turn point where it narrows. Read the rest of this entry »