Sunday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne

Sunday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne

Report from Tom Lynch:

The 2017 Auld Lang Syne (9.6km/300m) was the last ever Woodentops race hosted by Dave and Eileen Woodhead as they retire from what must be a hectic race organisation schedule to enjoy a more relaxed participation in the fell running community. This ensured a good turnout of creative fancy dress costumes in the race, the most hardcore involving a half naked guy covered in gold paint half encased in a cardboard box representing a statue/trophy commemorating the Woodentops races. Otley however were more focussed on the task, and we all turned up as serious athletes (how boring). I was joined by Louise Williams, Chris Stacey, Rachel Wright and Andy Webster from Otley. Conditions were pretty similar to last year, very cold, and a headwind on the way out on the run up to Top Withins, however the sun came out on the way back at which point I think my feet finally defrosted. The winner of the race was fairly obvious even before the race had started with Alistair Brownlee turning up (not in fancy dress either), there are some amusing videos of him falling over on the descent to the river crossing, I think Adidas need to work on their off road offerings! It wasn’t a foregone conclusion as Carl Bell also gave him a good run for his money, and Alistair slipped (literally) from the lead once or twice.

There are lots and lots of pictures and videos on the Woodentops page along with the full results, a summary of results for Otley:

Pos ¦ No ¦ Time ¦ Name ¦ Club ¦ Cat
1 17 44.54 ALISTAIR BROWNLEE (BINGLEY)
20 315 49.49 NICHOLA JACKSON (RIBBLE VALLEY) F (first female)
51 272 52.28 TOM LYNCH OTLEY
147 270 61.32 LOUISE WILLIAMS OTLEY FV40
152 268 62.08 CHRIS STACEY OTLEY V40
205 271 66.08 RACHEL BROOKE OTLEY F
259 267 71.34 ANDREW WEBSTER OTLEY V40

One thought on “Sunday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne

  1. Powerful run in atrocious underfoot conditions by Louise W. who went to the finish in a splendid 61.32 , also the fell runner Tom L. did a superb performance on a gelid quagmire , finishing at the cricket field in 52.28 . Well done all .

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