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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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Saturday 25th August – Burnsall Sports – Road 10Mile, Fell 1.5M 899ft

Saturday 25th August – Burnsall Sports – Road 10Mile, Fell 1.5M 899ft

Report from Stephen Boddy: International man of mystery, Antonio Cardinale cemented himself further into Otley AC folklore by completing the notoriously challenging ‘Burnsall double’, a day’s running even Darren Fishwick would be proud of. This involves running the undulating 10 mile road race at 2pm and following on to the Fell race which starts at 4.30pm. Antonio completed the double in style and with a smile on his face, even maintaining his composure enough to change vests in between races…

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Chase the Sun Brixton 10k

Chase the Sun Brixton 10k

Report from Graham Lake: As I was down in London with work I did a quick search to see if there were any races on, and this series of park 5 and 10ks popped up. Having got my legs going in the Harrogate League I was wanting to do a decent time, but a few weeks of mainly cycling and occasional hillier runs had dented my pace. However, it seemed quite a low-key affair, if a bit pricey at £20….

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Saturday 11th August – Turner Landscape Fell Race (English Championship) 10.6M 3000ft

Saturday 11th August – Turner Landscape Fell Race (English Championship) 10.6M 3000ft

Report from Graham Lake: Not having the guts to do one of the really long Lakeland Classics fell races like Borrowdale or Wasdale, I fancied giving something slightly less brutal a go. The Turner Landscape fell race is held in the quiet and remote Duddon valley hidden between the Coniston fells and Eskdale. It’s such a beautiful and un-spoilt corner of the Lakes, I really wouldn’t recommend anyone goes there, just stay in Ambleside and buy cake please. We were…

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Harrogate and District Summer Race League final positions

Harrogate and District Summer Race League final positions

Without a handicap race this year, here are the final positions of the league: Harrogate won the main competition comfortably, followed by Ripon and Nidd Valley. This competition is based on the top 10 finishers from each club (men and ladies), so those clubs who pack the top 50 do well. It’s worth noting that these 3 clubs often have up to twice the entries of other clubs in the league. Otley finished 7 overall, and got a really good…

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17th July Harrogate District Summer Race League – Race 4 – Nidd Valley

17th July Harrogate District Summer Race League – Race 4 – Nidd Valley

The final Harrogate League race of the season, hosted by Nidd Valley at Harrogate Hockey Club. A cooler evening than of late, but still warm, saw 350+ runners legging it over rutted fields, cycle paths and down the lush Nidd Gorge. The race was won by the ever-green Andy Grant of Harrogate in 30.52, closely followed by Scott. The ladies race was won by the also ever-green Sharon Barlow, also for Harrogate in 35.55. There were 31 runners for Otley…

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Saturday 14th July – Addingham Gala Fell Race – 5.9m 984ft

Saturday 14th July – Addingham Gala Fell Race – 5.9m 984ft

Report from Graham Lake Despite a few social media and WhatsApp shout-outs, I couldn’t muster anyone to join me for the Addingham Gala fell race, which was a fell league counter, but I had a feeling a certain Italian might be there. It was a HOT day, and having done Washburn relay the night before I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing. The show field was a sun-trap, and I seriously considered just having an icecream and a…

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