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RUNNER OF THE YEAR TRACK & SEPTEMBER HANDICAP – 3000M

RUNNER OF THE YEAR TRACK & SEPTEMBER HANDICAP – 3000M

WHEN: Tuesday September 21, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm WHERE: University Academy Keighley September’s Eric Smith Handicap Trophy race, combined with the 2nd Runner of the Year Track race.  This is run as a normal handicap, 7 and a half laps of the track. It will start as soon as the track is clear enough from the other training groups, this is usually approx. 7.45 to 8pm ish. Venue: https://goo.gl/maps/RnjDToYftyMmFd5W9  

Wednesday 14th July Otley Chevin Fell Race

Wednesday 14th July Otley Chevin Fell Race

Report from Graham Lake: Distance: 4.5km / 2.8m, Climb: 210m / 689ft A good turn-out on home soil for the Otley team, despite the race filling quickly. It was a hot day, as it often is for this one, and on top of some tired half-marathon legs for me and others it was always going to be painful. Really well organised by Skyrac, the runners set off in waves, roughly based on estimated time. I put my last time down, and regretted it…

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Sunday 13th June 2021

Sunday 13th June 2021

Report from Richard Smith I ran the Burton Leonard 10K today finishing 5th in 37:46. Lovely close knit village feel to the race on a warm, humid day and alas, a sense of normality again! Runners were set off in waves and the course had a bit of everything from a stream crossing (I regretted that choice), country lanes, farm tracks, woods and fields. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and will be back again. Such a shame that the Black Sheep…

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Top Tips: Training for a Marathon

Top Tips: Training for a Marathon

Top tips for training for a marathon – Rob Grant I have to date completed 16 marathons (if I include the Yorkshire Three Peaks), starting with the London Marathon in 1997 when I was a 24-year old slip of a lad. It took me four hours and hurt like hell, despite my doing what I thought was a lot of decent training. I vowed ‘never again’ as a lot of first-timers seem to do. I was semi-forced into my second…

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Blog – Winter Kit

Blog – Winter Kit

With the recent weather I’ve been thinking a lot about what kit to wear to stay warm and safe in the snow, ice and rain. If you are ever wondering whether to take that jacket with you, just imagine what it would be like if you sprained an ankle, or were otherwise incapacitated. Just stand still on surprise view for 2 minutes and your heat will soon start to leave you. Hyperthermia can come within minutes, not hours, so best…

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Virtual Fell Running Championships Race 1 Results

Virtual Fell Running Championships Race 1 Results

Well done everyone who successfully raced the 4mile 900ft first race in the Virtual Fell Running Championships. The challenge was to run an off-road 4 mile route with 900ft ascent and send your GPS record to the organisers. Women’s Results for Otley: Men’s Results for Otley: Women’s team finished 5th overall, Men’s team 13th. Oh, and Otley had the highest number of entries of any club! Some strong performances, especially from Jenson (up against u19s in his age cat), Sara,…

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Yorkshire Runner – Shoe Try-on Session

Yorkshire Runner – Shoe Try-on Session

Come along for an alternative club night at Yorkshire Runner. This will give you a chance to try out new shoes from Brooks and VJ. There will be no training from the cricket club on this date, so we will split into our usual groups and run from the shop. After the runs we will be heading to the Rose & Crown for a drink/sandwiches. Also a chance to meet the new store manager, Dave Norman, ex Manchester Marathon winner…

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Harrogate League Entry (pre-buffet activity)

Harrogate League Entry (pre-buffet activity)

Good news! Entry for this year’s Harrogate League is now open, but unlike in previous years you can only enter online. Go to https://racebest.com/races/kkev5. IMPORTANT: Although the entry fee is £13 (that’s for all the races), the club is offering a £3 discount; to claim this enter the code OAC19. For those of you that aren’t aware of the Harrogate League; it’s a four race series between May and July and culminates with a handicap, and after each race there’s…

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Saturday 15th September – Leeds Golden Mile

Saturday 15th September – Leeds Golden Mile

Report from Graham Lake The Golden Mile is a series of mile races at Carnegie track, where you are put in heats based on predicted time. I was in heat 11 of 13 based on prediction of 5.20. I enjoyed the proper track experience, with a starting pistol, lap markers and a bell to signify last lap. Also nice to get a cheer every time you passed the pavilion. I finished 4th in the heat in 5.10 (2 seconds off…

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Saturday 8th September – Lothersdale Show

Saturday 8th September – Lothersdale Show

Report from Graham Lake: Tom Lynch told me about this little race, although he wasn’t able to run it. Perfect for my Fell RoY wildcard race looking at last year’s results (well, you’ve got to play the game, yeah?!) The day was pretty damp, and the Lothersdale Young Farmers show was looking rather quiet as I paid my £1 alongside mainly juniors and their Dads by the looks of things (Senior and Junior all run together). Perfect for some extra…

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