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Sunday 14th September – Spen Greenway 10k

Report from Mark Hall:

I did the Spen 10 kms race yesterday. The race is run on a former railway line (now tarmac). It is 5k out turn around a marshal and 5k back, not too exciting. The course is not flat as it drags up for the first half and down for the 2nd half. I ran the entire race on my own as I did not start fast enough to get in the front group. The conditions were excellent unlike my time!  6th place, 1st V50, 35.19

No other OAC runners.   Winner: David Turnbull. Holmfirth. 33.41 (I think), full results to follow on John Schofield’s race results here.

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Sunday 14th September – Garstang Half-Marathon

Julian Mawson hasn’t lost his magic as he takes third spot in the Garstang Half-Marathon. His time of 1:20:17 also earned him the MV40 prize.

The winner was James Hilton (Wigan Phoenix) in 1:15:49, second was Tim Raynes (1:19:38), and the first lady in 35th place overall was Jayne Taylor (Wigan Harriers) in 1:32:43, who also took the FV50 prize.

There 135 finishers. Full results and course route.


Sunday 14th September – The Yorkshireman

Report from Lisa Maughan:

To say that I was nervous about this race is a bit of an understatement, I was petrified! My hamstring has been niggling me this week, I had only recced the first half of the course and I had never done the distance off road before. I decided to go steady and use it as a training run. I actually felt really good until mile 17, when I crashed badly, but I quickly realised I hadn’t taken on any fuel. Two slices of malt loaf and an energy gel, and after a couple of miles I got my second wind to take me to the finish.

All in all it was a great race, well organised, friendly runners and a lovely route (except for the killer hill at the end!). I was pleasantly surprised with my time too, 5hrs 43 mins, well under my 6 hours target.

Full: 1st Shaun Wilkinson K&C 3:20:37,  1st Lady Charmaine Horsfall 4:01:46,  3rd Edward Davies 3:26:00,  Hugh Pearson 4:46:37,  Matt Podd 4:55:25,   Lisa Maughan 5:43:53.

Half: 1st Ben Mounsey, Calder Valley 1:36:55, 1st Lady Tanya Seager 1:51:28,  Shane Ewen 1:58:37,  John Dade 2:29:17,  David Fox 2:32:50,  Sara Richard 2:48:04,  Julie Dorling 2:53:05.

See all the Full & Half results here.


Saturday 13th September – Rombalds Romp – Fell v Trail

Two races in one, over similar distances and routes across Ilkley moor.  Otley’s Frank Beresford (trail) and Liam Dunne (trail), were first and second overall, in 44:16 & 46:29 respectively. Chris Miller, Harrogate AC first in the fell & 3rd overall, 47:51.

First lady in the trail was Myra Jones, Valley Striders 13th in 54:06, the 1st in the fell is a little unclear from the results either Helen Beck, Wakefield 57:20, or Deborah Gowans, Accrington, 57:21.  See full results here and lots of photos on woodentops here.

Sam Stell was first Otley in the fell, finishing 5th overall & 3rd in the fell in 51:36,  followed by Graham Lake 9th  (7th fell) 53:43,  Laura Clark (fell) 1:01:23, Laura Martin (fell) 1:01:35, (5th & 6th ladies resp.),  Andy Webster (fell) 1:08:34,  Shane Ewen (fell) 1:12:05,  Will Turner (fell) 1:12:47,   Antonio Cardinale (trail) 1:34:44.


Saturday 13th September – Park Runs

A quite weekend this time for park running but a first for Jamil Parapia at Harrogate  in 16:07,  and followed by Lucy Mowat, 28:40 the first lady was Lisa Mawer, Wetherby 19:11.

A little further north at Fountains Abbey Andy Ackroyd recorded a time of 22:23.  1st was Mark Lambell, West End Runners, 17:23 and 1st Lady was Heather Halliday, Bedale & Aiskew 20:06

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Tuesday 9th September – The Otley Dream Mile

The first of the September track events at the Keighley track.  Despite several folk racing Half’s on Sunday there were still lots of good times recorded, including a couple of club records V50 for Mark Hall and V60 for Howard Jeffrey, see the club records here.

1. Frank Beresford 4:57,  2. Tom Midgley 5:09,  3. Mark Hall 5:11,  4. Howard Jeffrey 6:01,  5. Stephen Boddy 6:10,  6. Andy Webster 6:32,  7. John Cowan 6:37,  8. Jacqueline Ackroyd 6:50,  9. Richard Hamer 6:59, 10. Nicola Lee 7:05,  11. Colin Best 7:28,  12 Toni Midgley 7:44,  13. Imogen Webster 7:48.   ps Jackie your time last year was 6:52, consistent.


Runner of The Month – August 2014

This month the Otley AC club committee has voted to elect Mark Hall to be the Runner of the Month for August 2014.

Mark has been in splendid form and has continued to show his effervescent nature through August and into early September.

In August Mark finished 9th at Askern 10mile & 4th at Burnsall 10mile.


Well done Mark!


Saturday 6th September – Sport Chevin Family Activity Day

Ian Broadbent writes:

The first Sports Chevin Family Activity Day was held with the aim of raising awareness for the campaign to bring sports facilities for all to Otley. Several hundred people attended events including hockey, cycling, football, tug of war, javelin and two runs.

There was a 2.5k and 5k run with the results below. This event will be repeated in the spring so let’s get behind it as a club and do all we can to help Tony Walker and the Back the Track committee in making the dream come true. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 7th September – Vale of York Half Marathon

The first running of this fast and flat half was run in ideal conditions this morning. The race starting from Sherburn-in-Elmet Aero club.

The race was won by Jason Cherriman (Leeds City AC) in 1:09:26, First female was Shona Fletcher (Richmond) who was 18th overall in 1:18:42.

First back for Otley was Frank Beresford in 3rd with 1:12:13 followed by Scott Harrington who was 5th in 1:14:02, Mark Hall 8th in 1:15:58 (1st M50 & a club V50 all time record), Tom Potter in 66th with a time of 1:25:51 (PB), John Cowan 449th in 1:50:38, Reid Haddow completing his second race in as many days had a good race to finish 470th 1:52:06, Billy was 483rd in 1:52:39, Charlotte Tomlinson was 531st with 1:54:50, Lisa Maughan 576th in 1:57:49, Laura Hind 644th in 2:02:09, Ann Yeadon 716th in 2:07:07 & Gemma Harrington completed the set in 748th with a time of 2:10:11.

* Update 10th Sept – OTLEY AC WON THE TEAM PRIZE!*

Full results.

(Please notify by commenting if any detail or PB’s are missing etc).


Sunday 7th September – BUPA Great North Run Half Marathon

Tom Midgley was the highest placed OAC runner in 76th  with a time of 1:17:00, followed by Andy Webster 4,047 (1:44:23), Ian Broadbent 4,539 (1:45:46), Toni Midgley 24,843rd (2:22:51), Sean O’Halloran 27,380th (2:27:42) and Rachel Winter 29,996 (2:33:15).

The race was won by Mo Farah in a time of precisely 60mins, this is a new British record to go with his already impressive collection of British records which include, 3000m indoor, 2miles indoor & 5000m outdoor. Mo also holds many European all time records and the English all time fastest Marathon time.

The winner of the female race was Mary Keitany in a course record of 1:05:39, beating Paula Radcliffe’s previous record by one second.

First of the many Otley AC runners, with a PB and his first for the distance in almost five years,  Tom Midgley in 1:17:00, Andrew Webster 1:44:23, Ian Broadbent 1:45:46, Toni Midgley 2:22:51, Sean O’Halloran 2:27:42 & Rachel Winter 2:33:15.

Full results here.