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Sunday September 27th: Sutton 10K

Report from Howard:

I did OK in this one last year so chose to enter again this time even though it clashed with the Kirkstall 7 which I like to do and the Braford 10K which I don’t. No Frank to win it this year but I met Phil who remarkably has now done 50 races since his bike crash that could have ended his running career. A tough category for Phil today as it was 60+ only. The start and finish are on playing fields in the centre of the village and after a short stretch of estate roads onto field tracks and forest trails with trips and divots to negotiate. It was misty and cool at the start although the forecast was for sunshine. The route is pretty flat and the middle third is over an old airfield and when we got to this I think the sun was breaking through as it seemed to get pretty hot. For reasons not fathomable I had done a hard park run at Wetherby on Saturday and although I had done the first few K at a reasonable clip by 8K the zip had gone and it was a bit of a chore even though it was on tarmac roads to the finish. The race was won by David Smithers of York Knavesmire Harriers in 36.14 and first lady Heather Halliday of Bedale and Aiskew in 42.18 (17th). I was 28th in 43.13 about half a minute down on last year but still managed first o/60. Phil did 49.40 in 61st and 147 finished.

and from Phil:

This race arose from the old Sutton 7 that some folk will remember. Last year it was won by Frank Beresford in a faster time than today’s winner, but no Frank this time, so Howard Jeffery and I were the only Otley representatives. It’s largely off-road with some field and woodland sections but mostly on well-made tracks. Flat course, good conditions, even so I didn’t feel to be going particularly well and was surprised to duck under 50 minutes for the first time this year – could it be the course is a bit short? No V70s category today but Howard looked to be on for the V60s prize.


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Saturday 26th September: Causway Coast Half Marathon

Report from Liam Dunne:

I went across the pond at the weekend to take part in the Causeway Coast Half Marathon. The half marathon was just one of four events that was taking place as there was also a 10k, marathon and ultra marathon (39 miles) all organised by the event managment company 26extreme.

Alll events followed the picturesque Antrim coastal route which passed several well known tourist spots such as the Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. I was staying at the Armstrong holiday let in the town of Bushmills (Famous for it’s Bushmills distillery) which was approximately one mile from the race HQ in Portballintrae. My host for the weekend was OAC’s second claim member Ross Armstrong and he did a fine job by keeping me well fed and watered over the few days.

Over a few pints many months ago the initial plan was for both of us to run the ultra, but due to a real lack of long miles I decided to opt for the half marathon whilst Ross dropped down to the more courageous marathon distance. Apart from the one mile run across the beach the course was very undulating and mainly made up of cliff edge track with lots of steps, stiles, large slippy rocks and many other runners to negotiate around.
Ross’s plan was to get near his time last year which was sub 4 hours for the tough course whislt I just went out to get a hard race in and hope for a decent time.With all events starting at different times I had a three hour wait after the marathon start before the half marathon runners chased them down.

Soon after the start, I was in a small group and a couple of miles in I was out on my own. I would of preferred if I had someone with me to push me on but instead I had to try and keep working on my own. I managed to keep the lead and finished 1st in a time of 1.30.26 (On my watch) with and official time of 1.31.20
Ross ended up with lots of cramp during the race and was well down on last year’s time but he managed to battle on to finish 63rd in 4.46.30 (and then stayed out drinking late that night!) In all it was a very friendly and well supported event in a very nice setting and I had a good weekend meeting and talking to others who also love to run.
For my efforts I got a framed photo of the coast and a free entry into next year’s event so it looks like I’ll be back next year……anyone like to join me?
All results can be found on


Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th September: RAB Mountain Marathon

Report from Sarah Fuller

Sometimes in running long events you get a period of perfect clarity, where the running seems to flow, the tiredness leaves your legs and you are left with a feeling of utter contentment. I had one such moment a couple of hours in to day 2 of this years’ RAB mountain marathon: high above the Ogwen valley we found the perfect traversing line, just wide enough to run on with ease, just narrow enough to give a sense of exposure and excitement, just technical enough to be interesting and just flat enough to feel very smug we decided to take this line to the next checkpoint. The view ahead to Cwm Idwal was outstanding with the famous crags just catching the rising sun. If ever there was a ‘this is why we do it’ moment this was it, a memory to be banked and drawn upon on future grim days commuting in the rain.

The day had begun after a distinctly sub optimal amount of ‘sleep’ and I had awoken stiff, cold, damp and very tired. Kate, in contract, sprung out of bed like tigger raring to go! We had the prospect of another grueling day on the hills which at 6am pre cup of tea wasn’t that appealing in all honesty. However, once we managed to squeeze out of the small postage stamp sized square of fabric which passes as a tent and extract ourselves from our meagre 2 gram sleeping bags the view was outstanding and I was looking forward to getting up there.

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Sunday 27th September: Bradford 10k

Report from Stephen Boddy:
It was a murky, misty morning on Sunday and I spent most of the drive to the Bradford thinking on some of life’s imponderables; why had I paid £18 to run up and down Canal Road; why didn’t England just kick the effing penalty? Why did I feel the need to have one more beer last night?

Anyway, the buzz at the start line jolted me from my reverie and I saw a few of the fast lads doing a warm up that consisted of more than a quick jog on the spot and a slug of Lucozade. I caught Tom Adams’ eye and the message was clear “One of us is going to win today Tom, I can feel it”.

A free pumpkin and cinnamon infused espresso had me positively bouncing to the start line and I blame that for my ridiculous first mile which I completed in a swift 6 ½ mins. Pride comes before a fall and I spent the next five miles ‘falling’ and I battled home in 45.17 which is bang average for me.

This ended my streak of nine PBs in a row on the road and I lay the blame squarely at the feet of my 6 month old son whose idea of sleeping is markedly different to mine, this is a new excuse for me and I like to find a variety of excuses to explain away sub-par performances because it is obviously never my own fault.

Didn’t see many Otley vests but I think I saw a Frank-like blur come past me at some point.


Saturday 26th September: Yorkshire veterans track championships (Cleckheaton)

Report from Mark Hall:
After 18 years of running I decided to do my first full track meeting, better late than never!

I have to admit my motivation was to have a pop at trying to improve the 400/800/3k club records. Having run in 2 half marathons in 3 weeks my preparation was not the best for running short distances fast. Unfortunately, the 3 events all took place within 30 minutes! The times I recorded were fairly modest and feel with more track work I could reduce them significantly. However, I managed to win the Yorkshire Veterans V55 title at the 3 distances.

I did the following times.
3k 10.06
400 73.4secs
800 2.33secs

The meeting was really well organised and had a relaxed atmosphere, pity more OAC runners can’t do these events as they are open to all levels of runners.


Thursday 24th September – The Otley AC Dream Mile

Youth, Seniors, Veterans & a Senior Citizen combined for an interesting race at the Keighley track.  Mark Hall sped round crossing the finish line in a clear first place, taking home lots of points in the Runner of the Year competition and a new MV55 club record.  Can you spot Antonio on YouTube here

1 Mark Hall 05:18
2 Tom Lynch 05:43
3 Tom Paget 05:45
4 Steve Robinson 05:48
5 Howard Jeffrey 06:09
6 Jenson Brogden 06:10
7 Andy Webster 06:18
8 Holly Davey 06:20
9 Dominic Egan 06:47
10 Mick Jeffrey 07:00
11 Imogen Webster 07:39
12 Adam Paget 07:50
13 Alice Webster 08:11
14 Helen Webster 08:36
15 Antonio Cardinale 08:56


September 15-19th – ITU Triathlon World Championships, Chicago

Report from Howard Jeffrey: I was privileged to spend a week in Chicago spectating a whole range of aqualthon and triathlon events including male and female elite world championship finals. I also make the cut for the age group sprint and standard distances and decided to do both (not usually permissible but for some reason OK here) as it is a long way to go and there was a day to recover in between.

The weather was unseasonably hot with clear blue skies most of the time and relatively high temperatures. I had decided to push the sprint which was on the Thursday and see what I had left, if anything, for the standard on the Saturday. I was glad I did the recce swim in lake Michigan on the Wednesday because apart from familiarisation with the water (it is like a fresh water sea) the zip on my wet suit jammed when I tried to get it off which would not have been a good thing on race day.
Sorted the issue for the sprint and it was an open water start which is always preferred as you get a bit of a warm up before the gun goes. Set off steady ( did not want a repeat of the Geneva floundering) and felt ok till I wanted to change up a gear. Reminded that the chest is still not 100% yet so had to back off a bit. A long run from the exit to transition which suited me and onto the bike. A dead flat route albeit with some hairpin bends and a few rough bits of concrete that led to a few crashes. Had a solid bike leg and was conscious of rising temperature. A long run again from dismount to transition which allowed me to warm up for the run. Managed 22 minutes for the 5 K which was actually one of the fastest run leg times in my age group and I was pleased as there were people walking in the 32+ degree heat. Finished upper middle of the field which is where I would have expected to come.
The standard on the Thursday went better than expected although the swim was long and hard because of the conditions and the state of my chest. Held my own on the bike again on a different circuit from the sprint. I nearly came a cropper when a USA guy cut the corner in front of me. The bike skidded, lozenged and creaked as I fought for control under heavy breaking and I nearly slammed into a GB female. How I stayed up and missed the others we will never know. There were actually many crashes and the route was strewn with downed cyclists and the motorised flat beds were busy ferrying the injured away. (There were complaints about the safety of the route afterwards). Anyway on to the run leg.
10K plus in the not quite so hot conditions saw another reasonably quick time for the age group and another solid middle of the pack performance and I was not suffering ill effects from the sprint which was a surprise.
Chicago, as the song goes, is my kind of town ….not! Although it was fantastic for a visit, very open and friendly with some great edifices.


Saturday 19th September – Good Shepherd Fell Race

Report from Liam Dunne

Whilst eating breakfast last Sat morning I decided to have a look at what was happening on the fell running calendar. I spotted that the Good Sheppard race was on at 10.30am that morning. I’m not familiar with this event but instead of doing the planned 15 mile hilly training run I opted to drive to Mytholmroyd near Halifax for this hilly figure of 8 event around Stoodley Pike(15 miles (24.14km) / 2000ft (609.6m))
I didn’t realise until I got there that the course was only partially marked and there was checkpoints that needed to be found. 
My only option was to follow someone who knew the route and soon after the start I found myself hanging on to the two leaders.
After checkpoint 3 the leaders started to get away from me, so to avoid getting lost I waited for the next bunch of four runners who weren’t too far behind. 
Nobody in this group really knew the route either and we overcooked checkpoint 4 losing several minutes on the leaders. 
On the way to the next checkpoint we went off course again, probably doing an extra half mile or so, only to rejoin well down the field of runners.
From here on in it was fairly well marked and this allowed me to get back through the field to finish in 5th overall and 2nd V40. It was a really tough and varied terrain over woodland paths, moors and rough fell but could’ve been a fairly enjoyable event if I knew the route. The winner was Oliver Edward Barnes (U/A) in 1.49.46 with first lady Lucy Collins (CVFR) finishing 10th in 2.08.55

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Sunday 20th September – Stainland Lions Trail Race

Report from Phil Robinson: Anyone who remembers running in the Stainland 7 (I recall Ian Fisher winning it once, some years ago) will know that flat surfaces around those parts are only found indoors. At just over 6 miles with nearly 800 feet of climbing the trail race – according to the locals I talked to – is thought to be harder than the old ‘7’. The route was mainly on woodland paths, mostly narrow, sometimes rocky, and usually steep. But Sunday morning was fine and dry, not too warm, little wind, so great conditions for running. A good few stiles and gates meant a few seconds respite from time to time but a sensible entry limit (I think 200) meant there were no long delays even in the middle of the pack. The course was well-marked and marshalled, and the organisation was fell-race style with just a couple of tables in the bar of the local pub. Real grass-roots running in every sense, great fun, and highly recommended.


1 Tanya Seager  F40 (!!!) Stainland Lions 44.04

2 Jonathan Collins   M Stainland Lions 44.28

3 John Lloyd     M Salford Harriers 44.43

69  Phil Robinson M70 (1st) Otley AC 64.47

119 finishers

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Sunday 20th September – Vale of York Half Marathon

Report from Mark Hall:

The Vale of York half marathon incorporated the Yorksire veterans half marathon championships. Jamil won the V35 title, Mark Hall V55 title not sure about other OAC runners as the Yorkshire vet results have still to be worked out.
Good to see so many OAC runners, a big turnout with some good times and PBs. Well done to Jamil and especially Zack for their fine runs.

Report from Jamil Parapia: The Vale of York Half Marathon was well attended by Otley AC runners and spectators alike. The course is pretty flat and reminded me of the Selby Half Marathon I did in 2006 with Julian Mawson. The conditions for running were excellent as they often are at this time of the year. Well done to all runners who finished. PBs for Zack Whitehead, Sara Elliott and Ann Yeadon and it was Nicky’s first half – not sure about the others!

A half marathon is quite a long way (apparently it is half the distance of a marathon) so everyone should be proud of themselves. Results below or at

2 1155 Jamil Parapia MSEN 2 Otley AC 1:10:57.9 1:10:57.4
3 1598 Zack Whitehead MSEN 3 Otley AC 1:13:42.3 1:13:41.7
11 120 Frank Beresford MSEN 8 Otley AC 1:17:07.4 1:17:06.9
26 606 Mark Hall M55 1 Otley AC 1:20:20.1 1:20:18.9
314 451 Sara Elliott F40 13 Otley AC 1:42:54.2 1:42:32.0
347 889 Nicola Lee F35 16 Otley AC 1:44:33.1 1:44:07.5
404 1181 Hugh Pearson M50 35 Otley AC 1:47:27.2 1:47:05.8
438 1665 Eriks Zvaigzne M60 8 Otley AC 1:49:17.1 1:48:54.6
570 1010 Ursula McGouran F55 7 Otley AC 1:55:49.9 1:55:22.4
698 614 Tom Hannah M65 6 Otley AC 2:00:34.0 1:59:27.8
700 1485 Charlotte Tomlinson FSEN 72 Otley AC 2:00:38.8 1:59:30.3
763 1661 Ann Yeadon F40 54 Otley AC 2:03:30.2 2:02:21.9
764 1231 Andrew Rayner M50 55 Otley AC 2:03:30.9 2:02:25.5
812 627 Gemma Harrington F35 59 Otley AC 2:06:05.2 2:04:58.7