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12th June World Triathlon Series Leeds

On Sunday with an amazing event on our doorstep it seemed silly not to go watch the World Triathlon Series in Leeds to inspire the Juniors! The race was amazing! Afterwards we headed to Leeds City Museum in hope of seeing some of the athletes. Jenson, Aston and Holly were delighted to meet Jonny Brownlee( again), Tom Bishop and Gomez! You can tell by Becky’s face she was pleased to meet Gomez too!


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Sat 5th of June Leeds City Open Meeting

Report from Charlotte’s Dad James.

Leeds City Open Athletics Meeting – Saturday 5th June 2016


After Charlotte had a half decent cross country season for school, I finally decided to get her into some structured training earlier this year and signed her up with Otley AC in February to go to Hugh’s Wednesday night sprint and efficiency classes.

She’s entered a few trail and fell races and also junior parkruns over the last few weeks to put the training into practice but we both thought it might be nice to enter a few track meetings. These are of a high standard but it was just to keep the legs moving over the Summer and also give her some valuable race experience.

Two league meetings at the excellent new track at York where she ran in the 600m and 75m were OK and so she entered the Leeds Open meeting with the normal mix of excitement and fear.

We arrived at the South Leeds stadium to see the impressive crowd of a few hundred in the main stand enjoying some good quality athletics from Under 11s, Under 13s, 15s etc. right up to a few Senior races.  Not too phased by it all yet, she walked round with me to the opposite side of the track for her first race, the 600m.

Being the only Black and White there, I thought she might be a bit overawed but she soon relaxed as a couple of girls from City of York who she raced against at previous meetings came to say hello. We’ve changed tactics from being ‘fired-up and raceface on!’ to ‘relaxed’ as it seems to settle her pre-race nerves. Getting in the zone seems to be pointless anyway as the girls soon wander up to one another before a race and end up comparing shoes and chatting about PBs etc….

A late entry wandered up who was around 6 inches taller than Charlotte and, stood on the start line, she looked back at me and mouthed “how old is she?”  The race tactic then became no more technical than “just stick to her for as long as you can and then unleash the sprint finish from just before the last bend.”

She did really well to follow these expert instructions and the Leeds City girl led at the bell followed by Charlotte a couple of metres behind. As she came past me at about 300m she looked OK and was tracking her well so I was pretty confident she would give a decent account of herself and hopefully beat her PB of 2 mins 16 secs.

As she came to the last bend, all Hugh’s brutal sprint training kicked in, the crowd started to cheer (probably for the hometown favourite actually, apart from Charlotte’s grandparents!) and she charged past the Leeds girl who had nothing in response. Just one other girl tried to go with Charlotte but could only manage second about 20m behind her.

I realise the club has a strong fell, cross country and road ethos and we don’t really get involved with Track and Field but I’m sure the sight of the Black and White top leaving Leeds City, City of York and Harrogate tops trailing in its wake down the home straight would have raised a cheer from anyone at the club.

When the provisional results were pinned to the window of the officials at the back of the stand, Charlotte had won in an outstanding 2:04.60 – a new PB by 12 seconds and it was off to the podium for the gold medal.

Onwards to York in a couple of weeks and hopefully build on this in the rest of the Summer League.


Charlie 600m podium


600m results - Leeds City Open 040616

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29th of May Melmerby Fun Run

The Melmerby Fun run is a 2 1/4 mile race that is  part of the Melmerby 10k and is a great race in a beautiful location. On arrival at the race we were made to feel really welcome by the organisers and everything was really well organised, they even had a lead and tail car to keep everyone safe and on the right course.

As Jenson and Aston lined up on the start line they were surrounded by other young club runners aged 9-15 years and as Aston had only turned 9 six days earlier he was probably the youngest runner! Both boys ran amazingly well over this distance and had strong finishes.

Jenson Brogden was 3rd in a time of 14.01.

Aston Brogden was 13th in a time of 15.59.

Full results here-

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21st of May Great Manchester Mini and Junior runs.

On Saturday the 21st of May Jenson Brogden, Aston Brogden and Holly Davey took part in the Great Manchester Runs. The race had changed venues this year and instead of Heaton Park it took place at the home of Man City Football club, a tricky venue to be at for Jenson as a Manchester United fan!

The three amigos all ran well in their races and all finished in the top 10 of their age groups-

Holly Davey  ran in the Junior Girls 13-15 group and came 7th.

Jenson Brogden ran in the Junior Boys 11-12 group and came 5th.

Aston Brogden ran in the Mini race and came 5th.

A big well done to all three juniors who ran well and played by the rules unlike some others who ran in the wrong groups or had assisted wins!



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10th of April 2016 Great Ireland Mini and Junior Runs in Dublin

After seeing an advert for this race in Athletics Weekly we decided to book a mini break to Dublin and let the boys enter the race. The race was due to take place in Phoenix Park so on Saturday when we arrived we checked out the course and the park. The park was beautiful and the boys were happy with the course.

When race day arrived the weather was dry but freezing! We arrived at the park early to warm up and watch the earlier races. The atmosphere was amazing and the boys were eager to get going! Aston was up first in the Great Ireland Mini Race and although he was now frozen solid he insisted he was fine and went to the start line. Aston had no idea about the abilities of the other runners so knew he had to go all out. Go all out he did! A boy who has won this race many times and was the favourite led and tried blocking Aston all the way. Aston kept his cool and didn’t let the blocking put him off and when he was ready he moved in front and stayed there to win the race! As for the other boy, well Aston wore him down and he was 4th.

To say we are proud is an understatement! Aston’s race was amazing and he said the 3rd place boy thanked him for pushing the other boy to wear him out as he had never been able to beat him and get on the podium!

So with all the excitement of Aston’s win there was hardly time to wish Jenson luck before his race. Normally Jenson needs to know exactly where we are and where we will meet him afterwards but today he just took himself off to the start line with confidence! He did pass comment however on the other runners.

” You should see the size of some of those big kids legs!” said Jenson.

Not put off too much by the big kids Jenson was ready. The race was split into two waves and Jenson was in the second wave. The older first wave went off strong and they all looked keen! After a gap of a couple of minutes Jenson was off and hunting down the wave one runners. After a good race Jenson came a close 4th in his wave and had passed a lot of the wave one runners to finish 19th overall out of 321 runners! Amazing!



We had a great time at the race and were super proud of  The Brogden Brothers and Dublin was lovely too!





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Ilkley Moor Fell Race 21st Feb 2016

Well done to the Juniors who braved the mud and the wind for this tough race. The Juniors are set off in age groups with a minute gap between groups. The difficulty with this race is getting to the first climb as soon as you can to avoid the bottle neck. All the Juniors ran really well but a big shout out to Alice Webster for finishing the race this year!

See below for a link to the results and words from the race organiser.

From 2016 race organiser Jane McCarthy…….. Congratulations to all the 228 finishers at the Ilkley Junior Fell Race in very MUDDY conditions – what a superb turnout! Congratulations to Finn Kerry of Holmfirth Harriers as 1st U16 boy. Apologies for missing the result. All results are correct with times adjusted for age categories. See you all next year!!. 2016 Results. Well done and many thanks to Jane and all the volunteers involved with the organisation on the day.

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PECO XC 14th of February

A small group of Juniors travelled to Roundhay Park to take part in the final race of the 2015/16 series.

See results below-

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24th of January PECO XC Golden Acre Park

A group of Juniors went to Golden Acre Park in Bramhope on sunday to run in the 4th race of the PECO XC Series. They all ran really well and some of them are even sitting near the top of the overall results table.

See results here-http://

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Woodentops Soreen Stanbury Splash – 17th January 2016

Otley AC Juniors bounced out of bed on Sunday morning excited to be running in the snow up at Penistone Hill Country Park near Haworth.

As the car park was closed due to the weather they had a long hike up to the start of the race but managed to amuse themselves with snowball fights!!

The race starts in the quarry and goes out onto the moor, with a final trip into the quarry and back out again….phew those Saturday morning Chevin runs came in very handy on the hill climb out of the quarry for the second time.

In the U12 Boys race Jenson Brogden came 7th and Kieran Green was 14th.

In the U10 Boys race Aston Brogden came 8th and in the U14 Girls race Holly Davey came 2nd.

All finishers received a certificate and a goody bag.  They also did a chocolate throw out at the end so the Juniors took home plenty of sweet treats!!

Full results can be found here:



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Ilkley Moor Fell Race February 21st 2016.

Here is a link to a local race organised by Ilkley Harriers that your child/children may like to take part in. This is a well organised race and is great fun!

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