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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 August. Where are you?

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: Hi all! Can you help me, to help others, to help us all? In November 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. The challenge route is over five days and is mainly off-road trails and – it won’t be easy chased by lions, elephants and the occasional rhino. 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:

For those of you not man/woman enough for Sunday’s Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay there’s the Cusworth 10k, near Doncaster. It’s also the Yorkshire Vets Championship, or closer to home there’s the Horsforth 10k, or the Bramham 5k or 10k . On Saturday there’s the Great Cumbrian Run half-marathon in Carlisle.

Sunday 19th October – West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Thornes Park, Wakefield.

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

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

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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.