On a cool and mostly sunny day at the Lightwater Valley Theme Park it was fantastic to see Otley AC represented in 6 of the 10 races at the best County championships in the country? Well done to all the juniors, racing in these high quality races.
The senior women stole the day with Vicky Stainburn 24th 33:37, Laura McCabe 42nd 36:00 and Sara Elliott 57th 37:26 all having great runs on the twisting course, where the going was best described in horse racing parlance as good to soft. Up front Claire Duck, Alex Bell and Georgia Malir battled it out on the first couple of laps before Claire Duck broke clear on the final lap to come home a clear winner in 29:23.
Graham Lake, President Billy and Antonio took to the start line in the senior men’s race of one short & 4 long laps. Graham was first home in 105th, 42:31, followed by Billy 247th 1:03:21 and Antonio 251st 1:18:59. Last year’s winner Emile Cairess, Leeds City easily retained his title after ‘sitting in’ behind the leaders for the first couple of laps. Finishing 44 seconds clear of Graham Rush, Cheltenham.
See a full set of results on the Northern Athletics site here. More of Jack’s photo’s here. For those of you who like looking back at the archive here’s a Phil Dean’s report from Otley’s first time at the Yorkshire Cross Country, Beverley racecourse in 1990 here.