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Notices and Forthcoming Events


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Please check the club notice board in the Cricket Club for forthcoming races and car sharing options.

The Club Forum is to the top right of this page. Use it! And if you’re not an Otley AC member don’t try joining in; you’ll only be banned!

Our Absolute Beginners group is for anyone wanting to have a go at running, regardless of ability. Find them on their Facebook page or email

Here are the club rankings and runner of the year tables up to the end of September. Where are you?

TIME TO RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP! A message from Hannah ‘bite yer legs’ Mallinson: Although UKA has increased its fees we have decided not to pass this on and have fixed the fees for the coming year because of club events and fund-raising. So a big thank you to all the members for your support in the past and for your continued support in the future.

The membership fees are 1st Claim – £30, 2nd Claim – £15, and can be paid either in cash, cheque or preferably direct to the club bank account. For bank bank please email the club.

If you don’t want to renew your membership please can you let the club know so we don’t continue to chase you for your subs. And if you have moved house or changed your contact details we need to now so we can update UKA.

2015 TRAINING WEEKEND will be Friday 20th – 23rd March at the same venue as this year; Limefitt Park, Troutbeck. The weekend is open to all fully paid-up members on a first come, first served basis. £57 for three nights self-catering in 5*log cabins holding six people. Please pay Tom Hannah at training; cash or cheque asap.

A message form Dominic Egan: Next month I’m cycling from the base of Mt Kilimanjaro to the start of the East Rift Valley, in Tanzania, for Yorkshire Cancer Research. A 350km ride across the Serengeti and climbing more than 13,000ft in five days and mainly off-road. My challenge is dedicated to all affected by cancer, especially Sheila Egan (late mother) and Julie Swinburne (late wife) who was a Leeds Endocrine Specialist Nurse. If you can help by donating, please go to my Just Giving page.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Saturday 25th October – Race 10 of the 2014 Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, Calverley Handicap, start by the canal near the Railway Inn, 11:00am.

Sunday 2nd November - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Queen’s Wood, near Beckett Park, Headingley.

Saturday 8th November – Time to get out the thermals; it’s the Burley Moor Festival Run. And it’ll soon be dark enough to practice in the dark!

Saturday 15th NovemberHarriers v Cyclists, Bingley. Choose your weapon! Does what what it says on the tin, so how about dusting down your mountain bike? Expect to witness the Lesser Spotted Bob Addey in action in his natural environment.

Saturday 13th DecemberGathering Winter Fools Relay, Keighley. Teams of 4 x 2 sought by Sarah Fuller – see email sent by Chris Carver. Last year Otley won a prize! Will President Podd run again this year? Will he wear jazzy leggings? And will he get his coat back off Pange (from last year’s race)?

Saturday 22nd November - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Keighley,  venue TBC.

Saturday 29th November – The Weeton Handicap. The all important second to last handicap race of the season, aka The Fat Lady. Last year only 14 club members turned out, complacency was obviously setting in! Meet by the railway bridge, 2nd right at Huby,  at 10:45 for a 11.00 start.

Sunday 7th December - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Nunroyd Park, Guiseley.

Friday 23rd January (TBC) – Annual presentation evening at Korks.

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‘Moonlighting’ is back; the alternative to pounding the Tarmac during the dark nights.

For the uninitiated, this involves off-road running. Everyone is welcome, but appropriate running gear is necessary ie, trail/fell shoes, windproof, head torch.

Ideas for routes are always welcome and if anyone wants more info on particular runs ask Head Moonlighter, Liz Fawcett, at training and she’ll bring a map with her next time.

Of course, this is not without danger (the run, not Liz) and – Disclaimer – by joining this activity, you agree to do so at your own risk!

We usually have two groups to ensure everybody’s pace can be accommodated and is open to everyone in the club however fast or slow. Anyone new to the club is particularly welcome, so why not give it a go?!

See Notices and Forthcoming Events for dates.