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Sunday 26th July: Saltaire Shaker

Report from Zack:

After a six week layoff Local legend Scott Harrington finished 2nd in his first race back at the Saltair Shaker 15k, we’re not sure who won but he must of been an Olympian to hold off Scott’s blistering pace at the end, after we dropped him in the woods around half way and I though he gave up I was shocked and surprised to see him reappear with 2 miles to go. I came in a few seconds later to take 3rd and Mark Hall 5th.

It all got a bit hazy after that and everyone seemed to win a massive Toblarone apart from me but I am not bitter at all :-). Many Otley AC runners took part in the race so forgive me for not mentioning you all and we won the Team Prize. OAC were out in force for Billy’s Birthday with them wearing what looked like heavy performance hampering wind sales on their backs celebrating Billy’s big day.

This race made for a great alternative to the Sunday long run and was well organised, personally I would of liked to of seen an extra marshal on the first bridge mainly to send me the right way, I am partial to a good bit of marshalling. I will be attending again.

Results: Scott Harrington 55:00, Zack Whitehead third (55:04), Mark Hall fifth (56:44), Tom Midgley sixth (56:49) Robin Outtersides eighth (58:34).

Also for Otley were Eriks Zvaigzne (01:15:55) Sara Elliott (1:17:21), Garry Cochrane (1:17:22), Phil Robinson (1:21:08), Billy Rayner (1:21:11), Colin Best (1:21:31), Tom Hannah (1:24:24), Joanna Hobson (1:24:44), Lisa Maughan (1:27:43), Hannah Lupton (1:29:44) and Laura Hind (1:29:44).

Full results and more photos.



Sunday 26th July: Leeds Grammar Sprint Triathlon

Report from Howard:

I don’t normally report on the local sprint triathlons but I am going to make an exception in this case. (Why? You ask). Well I was using it as a fitness tester after the disastrous race in Geneva a couple of weeks ago. I had not shifted the cough and the Doc ( not a head Doctor but maybe should have been!) suggested rather than more antibiotics I go for an X ray. Yes I said but I am lined up to do the World Championships in September and I don’t want to leave anything to chance so please gimme some pills!! As luck would have it she also participates in triathlons so gave another course to help clear the last tenacious bit (I hope!).
I first did this race in 2011 when I had just started triathlon training and managed 1.25.56 . 1.21.31 in 2012, (2013 there was an RTA and the race turned into an aqualthon so time irrelevant) 1.20.33 last year. The weather again today was just about perfect temperature, rain held off and a bit of a breeze. I took to the water with a bit of trepidation and eased into the speed. A couple of anxious moments and a couple of seconds breather at the end a some of the lengths got me out in maybe 30 seconds slower than last year. Onto the bike again eased into the speed and the lungs felt they were working OK. 90 seconds faster than last year (Blimey!). Had what seemed like a solid run and then they print the results out as you finish. The run looked like 27.55 for 5.4K after a hard bike on undulating grassy tracks…. so OK-ish. I didn’t have my glasses ( it’s an age thing) so when I did see, it was actually 21.55 (Scorching!). Finish time today 1.18.42 Consistent training paying off and really pleased that I can still improve swim (albeit not today) and bike times. 24th out of 207 beat the other M60.s, M55’s and M50’s so I am declaring myself fit(ish) and what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger…Right!

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Saturday 25th July: Marmot 24 mountain marathon

Report from sarah fuller:

The marmot is a relatively new arrival on the mountain marathon scene with this year being only the second running of the event. There is 12 hour or 24 hour score courses on offer. All the checkpoints are worth 10 points so the strategy is a little different to usual score events (where you have different checkpoints worth different values) so route planning was tough. This years event was in the lowther hills in the southern uplands, I’d never been there before and what a fantastic discovery. Very like the howgills but without the people and totally unspoilt apart from some hideous towers on top of the highest point and the nutters running around with maps of course!

For once I had my sensible hat on, I was still pretty fatigued and had been suffering with a cold in the week before the race so was leaning towards doing the shorter race (if 12 hours can ever be deemed short!). The race format is such that you can decide on the day and even after you start which length you do. I planned a route that I felt was a good 12 circuit but passed back through the even centre this gave me the option of stopping at 12 or refuelling and heading back out for the second half. Given the event centre was in the middle of the map and a figure of 8 course was a good choice this made sense whichever course you did.

We were set off at midday in glorious sunshine and immediately teams scattered in all directions. Most people ran in pairs but solo entries were accepted from experienced runners. Since I failed to find anyone mad enough to join me I was Billy no mates for the weekend which was a little terrifying but once into the swing of it I really enjoyed the isolation. I rarely saw other teams as it was such a huge area but when I did everyone stopped for a quick chat and comparison of strategy! Read the rest of this entry »


Wednesday 22nd July: golden acre relays

Report from Graham Lake:

There were a number of teams in action. Results here:

I teamed up with Shane and our friend Colin of Hyde Park Harriers for this fast and furious relay. We had a great battle with Chapel Allerton, each leg within a few seconds of each other. It was perfect running weather, dry, sunny but cool, the only issue being the low sun through the trees making spotting the tree roots tricky. Some great running by Otley bods and others. Tom Adams of Ilkley ran an incredible time to beat the men’s lap record, but could only finished 2nd to Leeds City.

1 12 Leeds City AC Men Men’s Open Chris Smith 15:12 Tom Edwards 14:27 Adam Osborne 14:50 44:29

10 125 Otley Cheetahs Men’s Open Liam Dunne 15:51 Mark Hall 16:35 Tom Midgley 15:43 48:09
18 35 The Wedding Belles Men’s Open Colin Tranter 16:58 Graham Lake 16:21 Shane Ewen 16:51 50:10
35 129 Otley Panthers Men’s Open Julian Mawson 16:10 Christian Hosker 18:29 Aidy Winrow 19:11 53:50
46 28 Otley AC Vets & Youngster Men’s Open Tom Lynch 17:34 Steve Robinson 17:34 Andy Webster 19:41 54:49
90 126 Otley Gazelles Mixed Stephen Small 19:44 Kirsty Pomfrett 21:04 Phil Robinson 22:08 1:02:56
109 128 Otley Tigers Mixed Sara Elliott 20:53 Sue Tupling 23:22 Billy Rayner 22:17 1:06:32
125 127 Otley Badgers Ladies Vets Sara Richard 23:50 Joanna Hobson 23:49 Hannah Lupton 23:52 1:11:31

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Thursday 23rd July – Thruscross Handicap

On a cool but sunny evening Laura Clark was a clear winner ahead of Laura Martin. Tom Lynch the fastest on the night moving through from scratch to finish third.  Tom also moved to the top of the table on 112.5 points ahead of Dominic (106) and Chris Tomlinson (103).  See the full table here.

Pos Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Laura Clark 00:58:07 00:19:00 00:39:07 15
2 Laura Martin 00:59:01 00:19:00 00:40:01 14
3 Tom Lynch 00:59:17 00:23:00 00:36:17 13
4 Tom Paget 00:59:43 00:22:00 00:37:43 12
5 John Armitstead 00:59:49 00:21:00 00:38:49 11
6 John Dade 01:00:02 00:18:00 00:42:02 10
7 Andy Webster 01:00:12 00:18:00 00:42:12 9
8 Tom Hannah 01:00:51 00:11:00 00:49:51 8
9 Phil Robinson 01:01:00 00:12:00 00:49:00 7
10 Dominic Egan 01:01:35 00:15:00 00:46:35 6
11 Ian Broadbent 01:01:57 00:18:00 00:43:57 5
12 Eriks Zvaigzne 01:02:11 00:16:00 00:46:11 4
13 Antonio Cardinale 01:05:35 00:00:00 01:05:35 3
14 Matt Podd 01:06:27 00:18:00 00:48:27 2
15 David Cattanach 01:08:20 00:05:00 01:03:20 1


Saturday 18th July: Park Runs

Wimbledon Common parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tom CONLON Herne Hill Harriers 00:17:07
5 5 Thomas MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:17:29
6 1 Melanie WILKINS Belgrave Harriers 00:17:32
356 114 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:32:03


Woodhouse Moor parkrun


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Andrew MAY Valley Striders AC 00:17:10
47 1 Kelsey ERICKSON Unattached 00:20:53
206 51 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:28:04
208 52 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:28:13
209 157 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:14


Bromley parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Roger VILARDELL Unattached 00:16:57
55 1 Zoe WATKINS Unattached 00:20:53
90 88 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:22:07


Sewerby parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Owen WILLIAMS Lothian RC 00:18:58
4 1 Jo WILLIAMS Lothian RC 00:20:04
18 16 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:22:34


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Saturday 18th July: European Standard Triathlon Championships Geneva

Report from Howard:
After the Eccup 10 I had a bit of a cough so went to the Doctor who diagnosed a chest infection and gave me antibiotics. The ones I got turned out not to be quite the solution but sort of stopped it getting worse so I was able to swim bike run in training right up to the day before the competition so I thought I was on the mend. Turned up on race day at one with the world and feeling good. The sun was rising over a beautiful calm lake Geneva (Leman) and lighting up Mont Blanc on the horizon perfect conditions for racing. Into the water (no warm up which is never good for me) and off. I got about 10 strokes and you know when all the air goes out of a rubber dingy, that was me that was. Oh no can’t breathe! This has happened a couple of times in cold water but the lake was a balmy 21 degrees , must be the altitude and thin air. Swim breast stroke a while and it will come good. Tried the crawl, still no good, worse even. Like an elephant sat on my chest. Tight triathlon suit and tight wet suit not really helping. Breast stroke ok so resigned to continue the swim in 2nd gear. Ended up going slower than a guy who was doing the one armed crawl? Had to laugh which didn’t help either. Never actually shook off the difficulty in breathing and as I swam my chest started to wheeze and crackle and cough. This was happening about half way round so as far to go back as finish, which now seemed like a million miles away! The nice guys in the Kayaks asked me if I was OK. Like yeh!..but I said yes as I had not come all that way to have a DNF. Finally exited the water last of my wave and almost exactly twice as long as I would normally have taken. Sort of walk jogged to the bike and caught up with the one armed crawl guy (having a terrible day also).
Obviously a normal person would call it a day but I quite fancied a nice ride round the closed roads of Geneva and a jog round the park by the lake. Don’t race but get a finish. Got to the mount line as I got on my bike there was an almighty BANG and metallic noise. I looked up to see a competitor slithering along the road. Some plonker of a spectator had crossed the road in front of him without bothering to look and they were prostrate on the road. I never found out what happened to either of them so I guess it was not fatal which it could easily have been as the accident was at the bottom of a long hill and I guess the bike was doing around 70K/H. Not a comforting start to the ride and of course I had to get to the top of that hill to get down it. Geneva is in the foothills of the Alps so although the hill was short it was as steep as anything in Austria and it would have been lung searing even if I had been in tip top shape. Even though I was spluttering and wheezing (always best to ignore that sort of thing don’t you think) I was passing people going up the hill!. Nice and relaxing coming down with the marshals slowing the race to clear the incident and a nice flat bit to the turn round. Two laps of the bike so a second time up the hill was a bit like an encounter with the Spanish Inquisition but I would not confess my innocence and foolishly continued to the ‘run’.
For those of you who remember the 6 million dollar man, when he ran fast they showed it in slow motion. Well that was me that was, but like in slow motion! 3 laps of absolute purgatory and by now coughing up blood. Passed an English Guy in my age group (also having a terrible day) so unbelievable did not come last in the age group! Did not really believe the supporters who were kindly encouraging with comments like ‘you’re doing great’ (Really?) Went directly to the hospital tent at the end to see the Psychiatrist, sorry the Physician who marvelled that I and finished and confirmed bleeding lungs was a bit normal with a chest infection and a hard workout so I was actually OK. Went to a French GP who has given me some proper antibiotics and am on the mend preparing for the next ordeal. Had a great few days in France after so all was not wasted.


Sunday 19th July: Holme moss fell race

Report from t’president:

I went over to Holmfirth to do this AL Fell race, 18 miles and lots of climbing. I’d never done it before, no recce and the navigation looked tricky. The day didn’t start well with heavy rain most of the drive there and cloud on the hills, but though windy turned into a good running day. This is a beast of a race, well up there with Tour of Pendle, vertiginous descents through cliffs and full hands on climbs, then lots of boggy runnable stuff on top. I was very pleased to get round relatively unscathed, apart for a black and blue finger from my second fall. Still had some left in the last few miles to gain some places, which prevented me from finishing even further back. Recommend this race – only an hour away.
Matt Lalor – Barlick 2.44.21, Helen Berry – Holmfirth 2.56.57 Followed by the president 123 of 154 in 4.18.07


Saturday 18th July: podium 10k

Report from frank:

With a month of marathon training for the Yorkshire Marathon training, which has consisted of a programme of just running pure mileage with only one tempo run a week, I came to the Podium 10k dubious of the speed that would be in my legs for a 10k and slightly jaded from running a 94 mile week the week before the race.

The Podium 10k is in Nelson and is 9 and half laps round a tarmac cycle track. It is not a scenic route, but it was flat as a pancake and a perfect course for someone chasing a PB even with a strong head wind on part of the course. To enter the race all runners had to be sub 34 minute runner, so I was looking forward to racing against some top runners from the North.

The first two miles where fast. I decided to give it my all of the entire race and by the 5 kilometer I was beginning to think that maybe I had gone off too fast but the past weeks of dragging myself on numerous double runs and long runs had given my legs the ability to just keep going, so I did. I stuck in with a group of lads during the last 3k and finished in 31 minutes and 30 seconds which is over a minute improvement in my 10k time which was a big surprise to be honest. I was even more pleased to see that my last kilometer was also my fastest, which showed I have some kick in my legs even after 9 kilometers at speed. After the race I enjoyed my cool down trading training techniques with fellow runners, it always surprises me how each body adapt to training differently.

I came away from the event feeling confident that my marathon training is working and even more excited at the prospect of the Yorkshire marathon. My next race will be the great north half marathon, but before this I have a fair few weeks of tough training which are hopefully made easier by the better weather!


Sunday 19th July – Kentmere Horseshoe

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

I came to the Kentmere valley for the first time as a student on a training weekend from Lancaster.  However as our coach was a very experienced middle distance track man we just ran up to the Kentmere reservoir at the heart of the horseshoe and did a reps. session.  I do however remember him telling us about some mad folk who ran round the horseshoe, but that would be far too much for us.

Roll on several years and this classic lakeland horseshoe is now one of my favourite runs.  After  getting lots of climbing in my legs on Derek’s Bob Graham weekend, a race entry had to be sent off when I noticed that the 40th anniversary race still had a few places available.

As the name suggests the race is a circuit of the end of the Kentmere valley taking in the summits of Ill Bell, High Street and Kentmere Pike, (avoiding all the others), starting and finishing in the isolated small village of Kentmere.  Some may know a lot of the 1st half from long run Saturday option at the last couple of club training weekends.

I was pleased to finish just under my target time of 1:45 to 1:50 with a 21st place finish feeling strong most of the way round despite cracking my knee on a rock losing my footing on the last bit of the climb to Ill Bell.  After ‘dibbing’ at the finish line I glanced down to see a good fell race war wound on my kneecap, but got little sympathy from the officials, which was just how I like it.

1st Rob Jebb, Bingley 1:31:23, I was 21st in 1:44:54, 1st lady Charlotte Watson Edinburgh Uni. H & H, 1:52:08, full results on sportident here.