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Thursday 21st May – Harrogate League race 2 Dragons

Report from the Hon. handicapper

Another good turn out from Otley for the second race of the season which was also used as our handicap race for May.  The handicap points are generally halved for the May handicap, to not the skew the overall table too much for this sealed handicap.

Tom Midgley was first home for Otley in fifth,  Jack Wood from Ilkley was first in 31:31, first woman was Emma Robinson, Harrogate 38:34.  I was happy with 9th and this is probably my favourite harrogate league course at the moment, with lots of enthusiastic support from the marshalls & top nosh of spicy chips and cheesecake, not together!.  After turning his ankle at Fairfield, Graham took it steady on the uneven bits, but still improved on the first race to finish 20th.

Performance of the day went to the club secretary John Dade taking the maximum handicap points, closely followed by Carl and Christian.  See the full results here.

Steve Robinson moves to the top of the table on 87.5 points, just ahead of Gemma 84, Tom Lynch 83.5 and Chris Tomlinson 83, see the full handicap table here.  To see all Otley’s results and handicap results.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday 20th May – John Carr Series, Race 3

Report from Jamil Parapia: Wednesday night saw the final race of this year’s John Carr 5k Series. Having grown up in Guiseley it is nice to see some familiar faces from school years and it gives the opportunity for family to watch the race. Furthermore now that I work in Bingley I feel it is important to support the races organised by some of our parents and teachers. Saltaire Striders are a lovely club and congratulations to race organiser Helen and her team for the work they put in. The money raised in memory of John Carr, a former member of the club all goes to various charities.

The conditions were quite windy and this coupled with the additional tarmac to make the race measured, meant that times were not going to be comparable with last year’s races or indeed the first race. Nevertheless everyone blasted off as usual hoping for a personal best. Personal bests duly arrived for Charlotte Tomlinson who crossed the line in 24.38 not too far ahead of Donald Buffham. Nicola Lee produced a strong performance knocking a second off her time from last week as well as beating some rivals from other races. The strong wind seemed to scupper Tom’s attempt at another pb but to come within 3 seconds is a great effort. Mark won the series in the Vet 55 category, and Zack was second in the MO for the series. After 3 consecutive podium finishes, Scott won the John Carr Series beating his nearest rival by 22 seconds in the cumulative times. Rather bizarrely I finished the race 2 seconds slower than the same race last year. However, on closer inspection of  Garmin records it would appear that the ‘new course’ is 100 odd metres longer than the final race last year.  Given that yesterday was “remeasured” I am going to count it as a new PB even if Power of 10 obsessives don’t. Ian’s V35 record remains intact for the time being at least until someone moves the cone again and we get grassed up. Interesting in education we offer ‘short course’ GCSEs as separate qualifications to ‘full course’ GCSEs. I wonder if we should introduce a new short course category for club records. Just kidding! Just kidding! Thanks to Lord Anderson for spurring me on to victory on his posh racing bike. ;)
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Full results from the Saltaire Striders

Parapia Jamil Otley AC M35 P1 15.36
Harrington  Scott Otley ac M35 P2 16.02
Whitehead  Zack Otley AC MO P6 16.09
Midgley Thomas Otley AC MO P19 17.09
Hall Mark Otley ac M55 P36 17.35
Lee Nicola Otley AC F35 229 22.19
Tomlinson Charlotte Otley AC FO 280 24.38
Buffham Donald Otley a c M55 334 27.22
Good luck to all runners who are competing in up and coming races.


Wednseday 20th May – Askern 10k

Report from Andy Webster: Took the opportunity to catch up with an old running friend from one of my old clubs Barnsley Harriers while travelling back from Rotherham.

The Askern 10 is a pretty flat 10 k course with only a small hill around three miles. The sun was out but so was the wind.

I got off quickly at the start despite a large field of 773 runners. I was ahead of my friend for the first 3 Km. Inevitably he caught up with me and grabbed a couple of puffs of my asthma inhaler as he ran past! I never saw him again until the finish.

Felt quite comfortable all the way round though and achieved my target of a sub 45 minute finish.

Oddity of the calendar but will have completed 6 races in two weeks after the Harrogate league and only been on one training run. Full results.

1: Andrew Challenger 33.12 Hallamshire Harriers
36: Katie Parry Leeds City 36.44
248: Andy Webster 44:45


Saturday 16th May -Otley Show

Only three OAC people took part in this premier event, which is now in its 26th year, although there were several spectators from the club.

Even though it was a sunny day, conditions were hard due a strong westerly wind which saw several OAC folk take shelter in one of the many beer tents.

Club secretary John Dade took the first spot in the lemon curd category using a Nigel Slater recipe. A winner in a previous year with his lemon drizzle cake, Billy had to leave empty-handed this time around as did Laura Hind – better luck next year!

Colin Best also made an appearance demonstrating his drystone walling skills, although few people from the club recognised him without his gloves on.


Saturday 16th May – Inter county fell championship

image1Report from Sean O Halloran: This year I became a member of the FRA and while reading the 2015 handbook i discovered there were inter county fell championships each year. I looked through some of the old results and realised my home county of Suffolk was not represented in fell running.

Seeing an opportunity, I sent the Suffolk County Athletics Association an email and was given the agreement for me to represent Suffolk in the coming inter counties fell champs race and with that I obtained my Suffolk vest.

It was finally here!! Race day. Following a good energy rich breakfast and half a pot of coffee we headed off to Betwys-y-Coed nice and early. Knowing parking could be a challenge and not wanting to rush we allowed plenty of time.

The senior men’s race was at 1300 and as we arrived just before 1130 we had plenty of time to look around. I went up to the finish area to collect my race number and discovered no kit was needed, not even checked !!

Time managed to go quickly and soon there was only 30mins to the off. I made sure I did a good warm up and stretch and with a kiss to Elaine and Niamh I went to the start line where I chatted to fellow runners including Tom Adams from Ilkley Harriers.

The course took runners from the start and finish areas in the picturesque village of Betws-Y-Coed around nearby Forestry in the Snowdonia National Park. The route used a course similar to the ones that will be used for the World Mountain Running Championships that take place at the same venue in September 2015.

I think there were about 90 of us on the start line, although this was also an open race there were not many non county vests. I soon realised I was very likely to finish last, but I was here and I was going to enjoy it as much as possible.

Straight from the off the route climbs and climbs and climbs for the first mile. The men’s start was further down the hill towards the river and we had to run past the finish line. With lots clapping and cheering we zig zag our way up the hill. Once off the track and onto the rough steep hill I soon lost sight of the other runners and settled into my own race.

There were three brutal climbs in the race totalling a total elevation gain of 1700 feet in 7 miles.

After the first mile the course moves into an undulating section (in comparison to the rest of the route) which leads to the Marian mountain bike trail. This was one of the highlights of the route, the section was undulating, technical in places and twisty which made for perfect trail running.

Following the Marian trail the route headed downwards and some relief for the calf muscles and time for the quads to burn. There were plenty of rocks and tree roots to negotiate with patches mud thrown in for good measure but fast descending was possible.

Just when the legs were recovering from the first climb, we were sent on the extension to the first lap. This extension was tough and took us on the steepest part of the race. With hands on knees and the occasional scramble the course looped back up to the top of the Marian trail and back onto the normal loop. From here it was mainly all down hill to the finish area.

Just before the final section leading to the finish area I was greeted with claps and cheers from Elaine and Niamh and a team manager from Devon gave me a bottle or water which was welcomed.

From here I ran past Eileen Woodhead who offered words of encouragement while taking photos. By the time I had reached the finish area I had been lapped and the leaders who had already finished. The finish area was off to the left but I headed right to start my second lap.

My legs and lungs asking what the hell I was doing, I could see the finished runners rehydrating and enjoying a chat. But I ploughed on and started my second lap. This lap was the same at the first, without the extension, but with tired legs seamed harder than the first.

The final descent was more enjoyable than first time round as I knew it lead to the finish line. Onto the final session I could hear the PA system getting louder and before I know it the finish was in sight. Running past a cheering Elaine and Niamh I pushed on to the finish line just in time to see the presentations.

Upon crossing the line I was handed a welcomed bottle of water and received handshakes of congratulations from the lead guys.

Yes I came last, but in reality I was never going to finish anywhere else. The class of runner on display today was awesome and I was proud to be part of it representing my home county. I finished in a time of 1:44:02.

The winner of the senior men’s race was Andrew Douglas from Scotlend West in a time of 45:26. The winner of the senior ladies race (slightly shorter route with no extended session) was Emma Clayton in 40:29.

The winning senior men’s team was Yorkshire while the winning senior ladies team was Cumbria.



Saturday 16th May – Fairfield Horseshoe

Graham Andy Finish
Report from Graham Lake: To celebrate my brother becoming a V40 the family Lake took a trip to the Lakes to do this race which other runners seem to rave about. The forecast was wrong, as it often is in Cumbria, and we had lovely sun as we warmed up near Rydal Hall. This is a glorious hidden spot for anyone who’s not been there, plenty for the kids to explore while the adults visit the cafe.

After a very strict kit-check (much more than the fondle of my bum-bag I had at 3 peaks) about 200 runners lined up for this classic lakeland horseshoe.
The sprint up the track stretched the field out, and then it was hands on knees for the steep ascent to Nab Scarr. My brother Andy had shot off ahead, so when I saw Rob Jebb take a more direct line than most I followed (a long way back!) and caught up with Andy, only to see him slowly pull off ahead as we turned north up the ridge. I knew then he had the beating of me! The views were stunning though, Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Skiddaw and the Coniston fells all in view, ( kept having to remind myself I was in a race. It was walk/run/walk/run all the way up to Fairfield, then a rocky and very windy traverse of the head of the valley lead to the long descent back south.
I was running better now after some sweets and a gel, and despite a couple of dodgy route choices felt I was catching more runners than were catching me. Then my garmin beeped, and a quick glance showed there were 2 miles to go, and bang, over on my ankle. Tried to walk, but gave up and had a moan with a road runner chap who was struggling with cramp. Eventually got going again after a walk, but it was a very slow descent. Got passed by a few Ilkley Harriers and a lady for Valley Striders who was running well, but any hope of catching my bro were long gone.
Ankle was ok on the long track back up to the finish where I was greeted by the family where you have to cross a little stream.
I would highly recommend this race, and think I’ll be back next year after a recce of the descent to get a better route.
I finished in 74th place 1.52.22, with winner Rob Jebb for Bingley in 1.20.26
First lady was Sharon Taylor for Helm Hill 1.39.53 and 32nd place.


Saturday 16th May – Charlesworth Chase

Report from Matt Podd: The Charlesworth Chase is a BS fell race up and down Simon Seat. This Saturday saw the fourth running of this race inaugurated to celebrate Nick Charlesworth’s wedding. 1201ft of climbing in 5.2 miles. I was the only Otley athlete running though saw Shane G, Matt J and all the usual suspects. Hard race with a fast run out over fields from Appletreewick, before the main event of the steep climb up to the summit and then a brilliant fast descent back again. The descent is very rocky in places and the guy in front of me, left blood and skin on it, but I helped him up, overtook him and ran as fast as I could for the finish. I was in the last third of the field and took under an hour. The amusing part is that before you cross the finish runners have to down a pint! How fast can you neck a pint after a sprint finish.

Good low key local race. There may be results in the future.


Saturday 16th May – Ripon 10 Mile MT

Report from Andy Webster: First time I have entered the Ripon 10 (plus a little bit more).

For those of you that have not raced it, it is a similar climb to Otley 10 with some trails to run on. The weather was cool, and slightly windy. I set off with Chris Hosker, but after three miles he pulled off from me.

Despite currently racing more than training, legs felt better than the Leeds Half last week, where I got some post marathon and Tour De Yorkshire fatigue kick in. The three hills were ascended without too much difficulty. In the last two miles picked up a good pace and held a couple of runners off. Nice flapjack and a mug at the finish line. Full results

1: Mike Jefferies 0:58:48.2
4: Mark Hall 1:03:51.6
11: Sharon Barlow 1:06:30.3
77: Christian Hosker  1:16:34:6
90: Andy Webster 1:18:17.5
220: David Fox 1:30:47.5
233: Tom Hannah 1:32:49.9

Report from Mark Hall: I did the Ripon 10m multi terrain event today. I finished 4th and 1st V55 in a time of 63.52. Winner was Mike Jefferies, BillinghamMarsh ac  in 58.48. I was 1 min 43 secs slower than last year which is very disappointing but injury has not helped.


Saturday 16th May – Over the Odda

Report from Joanna Hobson:

Four ladies flew the Otley flag Over the Odda on Saturday morning on a tough, challenging yet surprisingly enjoyable 10k. Steep climbs & descents meant this was never going to be an easy course, but fortunately the weather was kind to us so we weren’t knee deep in mud & we all managed to stay upright! I think I can safely say we all enjoyed/endured the run, but I don’t think Ann has quite forgiven Lisa yet for persuading her to enter! The support from the marshals was fantastic and seeing Reid at the end with his own unique amazing style of black & white support made it all worthwhile – thank you Reid. All in all an excellent, local, challenging trail race.

1st male Jack Wood Ilkley Harriers 39.19
1st female Jennie Guard Leeds City AC 47.13
For Otley AC:
148th Sara Richard 1.05.31
166th Joanna Hobson 1.08.13
175th Lisa Maughan 1.09.13
176th Ann Yeadon 1.09.14


Saturday 16th May – Park Runs

Sorry for the delay!

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 John SANDERSON Guildford & Godalming AC 00:16:36
19 1 Sophie LEE Goole Youth AC 00:19:03
66 62 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:21:13
285 79 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:28:32
286 207 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:33


Brueton parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Toby SPENCER Coventry Godiva Harriers 00:15:30
25 1 Jane BARTHOLOMEW Unattached 00:20:40
45 43 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:21:48


Harrogate parkrun


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Mike BURRETT Leeds City AC 00:16:41
24 1 Adeline KELLY Unattached 00:21:13
47 42 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:22:23


Roundhay parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Huw LIPPIATT Unattached 00:18:08
40 1 Samantha ISAAC Unattached 00:21:44
86 79 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:24:47


Temple Newsam parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Richard Thomas HERRINGTON St Theresa’s AC 00:17:14
33 1 Rebecca FORSTER Chapel Allerton Runners 00:22:02
66 9 Holly Davey Otley AC 00:24:06




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