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Sunday 23rd October – The Really Wild Boar Fell Race

Report from Caron Ralph:

Wild Boar Fell from the Fat Lamb

December is generally Andrew’s and my annual trip to the Really Wild Boar fell race in Ravenstonedale. Andrew to marshal on the summit and me to race , but due to school holidays etc Gary and Debbie Devine have moved this little corker to October so its prime racing weather and it didn’t disappoint!  After scouring Groupon for a good deal for an overnight stay in the Fat Lamb (nearest..sorry only pub in the middle of nowhere) we set off on Saturday at our leisure so we didn’t have to get up too early on Sunday for the 2pm start.

The race consists of a deceiving trek up the track to the gate opening onto the open fell with a steep climb up….not for the faint-hearted…massive drop down to the left! Up onto the top, not forgetting to drop your token attached to knicker elastic in the bag at the cairn, then race across the top to Andrew on the summit then fast as you can down, taking your choice of routes, either rocky, boggy or tussock-your choice none easy and not forgetting to drop your second token, again attached to knicker elastic, in the bag at the checkpoint.    I had a tussle with Amie from Howgill Harriers and fell goat(ess) Wendy Dodds from Clayton-le-Moors  whom I tucked in behind on the descent as I knew she’d know the best route down and she didn’t disappoint.  Managing to pass both of them on the track back, I was pleased to get a course PB of over 3 minutes, (I think this could be down to afore mention Ms Dodds) .

Afterwards is a lively drink in the Fat Lamb and Gary and Debbie awarding spot prizes of which the coveted one is a weekend at their own Pyrenees Haven. Unfortunately I wasn’t the winner of said prize but am now a proud owner of another spot prize ….a pair of snowshoes!  They will come in handy if we’re six foot deep in snow! I might add that Wendy Dodds was doing a bit of Fishwicking having also done Gt Whernside the day before, and the real Mr Fishwick thinks i travelled from NZ just to do the Really Wild Boar!

Full Results to follow, but provisional from the boards.., 1st Adam Perry, Helm Hill 40:32 (after a 12th @ Great Whernside), 1st Lady Rachel Pilling P&B ~ 48:50 (also after a 2nd @ Great Whernside), Caron Ralph 1:04:13.

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Sunday 23rd October – Whixley 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

In the words of Swiss Tony, the Whixley 10K (near York) was ‘like making love to a beautiful woman’: no warm up (too busy gassing), no rhythm (off road ruts and mud), over quickly (fastest time for ages) with a reward at the end (came first 0/60 in 42.48 and got a bottle of wine). The race was won by Phil Batty, unattached in 35.17 (rewarded with a giant pork pie!) first lady Jacqui Khoueiry Wakefield and district Harriers in 43.09 (pie) 137 finished. The categories were odd, lady vet over 60 (bag of sweets), me, first man and lady over 75, bottle of wine and bag of sweets respectively. Still a pleasantly low key race in beautiful countryside, conditions perfect and sporting the new look black club vest with white lettering and the only B&W (or should that be W&B?). I also managed to beat a rival, the rapidly improving David Womersley, who in his attempt to beat me, blew it in the first kilometre by going through in 3.45 when his all-time best for 10K is 41.40. I pride myself on good pace judgement and caught him and the first two ladies at 5K which I went through in 21.20. Next week Wistow 10K where one of the categories (if the same as last year) is men over 50 which is about half the field. Will be aiming for a time of 42.30 if the wind keeps away.  Full Results


Saturday 22nd October – Eccup New Inn Handicap

A bit like buses, Tom waited 5 years for a handicap win before his win at Thruscross.  However he only had to wait 4 months for his next at the New Inn, his 9th in 198 races!  Andy Sumner was closing fast but couldn’t quite catch Tom on the final hill.

David Cattanach and Tom Pomfrett are now tied at the top of the handicap table on 101 points, with Tom Lynch 3rd on 90 and Tom Hannah 4th on 85.  Definitely a handicap year of the Tom’s.  See the updated full handicap table here.   The next race is at Weeton on Saturday 26th November.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Tom Hannah 43:10 08:00 35:10 15
2 Andy Sumner 43:25 11:30 31:55 14
3 Chris Hosker 44:35 16:00 28:35 13
4 Tom Lynch 45:42 20:30 25:12 12
5 David Cattanach 45:49 06:30 39:19 11
6 Tom Pomfrett 46:15 20:00 26:15 10
7 Ryk Downes 47:04 12:30 34:34 9
8 Nick Hodgkinson 47:35 07:30 40:05 8
9 Antonio Cardinale 48:04 00:00 48:04 7
10 Madeleine Delucchi 49:20 07:00 42:20 6

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Saturday 22nd October – Great Whernside Fell Race

mattpodd_greatwhernsideReport from Matt Podd:

Lovely weather for this on Saturday, straight up and down Great Whernside from Kettlewell. AS,  4 miles with 1558 ft of ascent. First time I’ve done it and I really enjoyed it. Four black and whites took on the challenge- Graham Lake 34th in 39.22, Me 1grahamlake_greatwhernside42 in 54 mins, and two unsung heroes of the club who quietly do a lot of fell racing – Bob Baker 146 in 55 mins and Don Buffham 158 in 61 mins. Graham was beaten by his brother Andrew who was 24th and took a good fall on the descent as he passed me still climbing. Special mention to Kelly Wilby, back racing very shortly after having twins.

Photos courtesy of Woodentops, lot more Set 1 here and Set 2 here and Full Results.


Saturday 22nd October – Park Runs

PS. checkout the link for the winner at Fountains Abbey, 2016 European Youth 800m winner. Son of Danny, former Leeds Utd & England footballer

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 John Millen Black Combe Runners 18:07
12 1 Jill Seddon Barrow & Furness Striders AC 21:03
41 33 John Davis Otley AC 24:02
1 1 Peter Brookes Holmfirth Harriers AC 15:55
38 1 Felicity Sharp Knowle and Dorridge RC 20:24
56 55 Richard Clarke Otley AC 21:30
 Fountains Abbey
1 1 George Mills Harrogate H & AC 15:44
18 1 Charlotte Van Zelst Harrogate H & AC 19:25
47 41 Peter Crowder Otley AC 22:07
1 1 Andrew Dobby Harrogate Harriers & AC 17:29
21 1 Louise Mcleman Newcastle University Tri club 20:29
307 99 Claire Hastings Otley AC 35:51
1 1 Will Law Ipswich JAFFA RC 18:18
24 24 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 22:53
28 1 Jo Davey Wetherby Runners 23:01
 Woodhouse Moor
1 1 Richard Smith Worcester AC 17:10
13 1 Treena Johnson Dewsbury Road Runners 19:25
85 72 Andrew Webster Otley AC 22:30

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Runner of the Month for September

imagebestteam_throptonshowCaroline Marler and Andrew Robertshaw were chosen as runners of the month for September, Caroline for her record breaking form at British Masters and Yorkshire Vets track championships.  Andrew for the Thropton Show, Simonside race.  Graham Lake, Ed. Davies and Christian Hosker were also mentioned in despatches.


Sunday 16th October – Green Drive 5 Miles Lytham St Annes

Report from Mark Hall:

I made the long drive north to do the GD5. I did this event last year, running 10 seconds faster. It is potentially a PB race, however, as with all races near the coast, it can be windy and today it was. There is a near 2 mile straight section on the main road that was directly into a head wind, this slowed everyone. I was chasing a time, my reason for doing this race. I wanted to register a UK best V55 at 5miles, I only managed 4th best UK time , (very disappointing) I presently lead the UK V55 rankings at 10k, 10m and half marathon which also means I lead the UK national ladder V55 rankings and hope to finish 2016 as top UK V55 as I did last year, ( runbritain and power of 10) I think I was feeling the effects of 3 races on consecutve weekends. Winner: Luke Minns, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC , 26.03 Mark Hall, 10th, 28.21, 1st V55


Sunday 16th October – Race 7 Yorks. Vets. Grand Prix Pudsey

Report from Colin Best:

I’ve not done many races this year but have got back into doing a few recently. As this was local I decided to give it a go.

The rain started just as I got into the car and was fairly heavy when I arrived. I met up with Joanna Hobson who was pleased to see an Otley face because despite having just registered was having second thoughts.

After donning my gloves for the first this autumn, we jogged off to the start about 10 mins away. The 5.75ml race started with one and a half laps of the field before a slippery descent to a beck followed by a steady sometimes steep climb for the next mile or so. I felt I was running well passing a few runners at this point. I continued running well picking off a few more when I had to stop to tie my shoelace. Losing momentum and a number of places that I’d just gained was annoying to say the least.

What I hadn’t realised was that following this muddy descent it was up again steeply, then down up again. I wasn’t banking on 5 steep testing hills and must admit to walking sections of the final 2.

I don’t know if is encouraging or depressing to know the age category of the person in front of you, but I was well beaten by a V75’ and it is inspiring to see a V80 runner finishing on such a challenging course.

1st Male Gavin Mulholland M45 Stainland 35.03

2nd Male Richard Pattinson M50 Horsforth 36.43

84th Male Colin Best              M60 Otley AC   53.58

1st Female Margaret Sykes  F45   Holmfirth 41.25

47th Female Joanna Hobson  F55  Otley AC  57.53

106 male 68 Female finishers

Next race Spenborough Sunday 13th November 11.00am full results


Sunday 16th October – Bridlington Half Marathon

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

Bright sunshine, clear blue skies, mild breeze is what the weather forecast predicted as late as Saturday morning for the Bridlington half marathon today. Great I’m on for seven minute miling and a 1.30 clocking…or so I thought. Fast forward to 10.00 Sunday and witness vast, deep, dark banks of rain cloud being borne off the sea by strong winds. I had already wimped out and gone back for a long sleeved T shirt before the race thinking it is better to be too warm than too cold. The usual mad rush at the start left enough room on the road for me to settle into a comfortable pace. Mile one passed in 7.30 which felt about the limit today so I guess it was a ‘Brid too far’ to get down to 1.30. I made steady progress through the field to mile five and the wind was getting stronger but mainly behind so not yet an issue. I maintained a fairly steady pace that would see me home in 1.38 weather permitting. The rains came at mile six and I was glad of the T shirt (too warm…as if). The marker at mile seven was way out but back to rights at eight. There is a long downhill to mile nine and I felt reasonable so pushed on. I thought I noticed hail but it could have been rain bouncing off the ground (another runner at the end confirmed hail!). Between ten and eleven it was lashing it down and I was drenched to the skin and chilled to the marrow. The only enjoyment was passing people who were struggling worse than I towards mile twelve. At this point you get to do the hard bit! The wind was literally blowing people sideways, even the robust looking youngsters and the spray from the sea with the heavy rain made for tough going indeed. There is life in the old dog yet so despite what felt like muscular seizures up my left leg (seaward side) I managed to maintain the steady rate to cross the line in 1.36.54. What a nightmare! Can’t wait for next year!

The race was won by Steve Bateson East Hull Harriers in 1.11.58. First lady Nickie Nealon of Huncote Harriers AC in 21st place, 528 other poor souls finished but no other B&W’s.


Saturday 15th October – Park Runs

Last week’s results, (8th October): Fountains Abbey,  Peter Crowder 23:56,  Wetherby, Howard Jeffrey 23:27,  Woodhouse Moor, Tom Midgley 18:24 and this week.

Fountains Abbey:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Reece Dalton Ripon 00:15:40
20 1 Mena Scatchard Unattached 00:20:07
58 53 Peter Crowder Otley AC 00:22:29

Harrogate: Park run pb’s for Stephen and Rob.

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Daryl Hibberd Valley Striders 00:17:27
35 35 Stephen Boddy Otley AC 00:21:01
46 1 Sharon Hardcastle Unattached 00:21:33
124 113 Rob Fearnley Otley AC 00:24:40


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Alan Curley Abbey Runners 00:18:29
9 1 Lisa Mawer Wetherby Runners 00:20:14
29 24 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:24:47

Woodhouse Moor:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Rav Panesar Valley Striders 00:17:21
45 1 Amy Young Hyde Park H 00:21:09
231 175 Kieran Green Otley AC 00:27:29
261 70 Alice Webster Otley AC 00:28:04
262 192 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:05
285 82 Ellora Green Otley AC 00:28:51