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Sunday 13th April – Virgin Money London Marathon

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Report from Lisa Maughan:

My second marathon and first time at London . I was both excited and nervous in the lead up to it. I woke up early and made my way to the start. Fortunately I bumped into a dubious looking pair at Charing Cross (Tom and Jackie), and Tom’s laid back attitude helped to calm my nerves!

We were in the pens about 30 minutes before the start, which actually passed quite quickly, and then we were off. I had decided to run near the 4 hr pace group, along with around 15,000 other people, or so it seemed. I was scratched, shoved and tripped up twice before half way, it was horrible!

Thankfully it thinned out a bit around mile 18 but then I had to contend with people stopping to walk in front of me, which was annoying especially when you are tired. I caught up with Tom at about 19 I think. He was in a lot of pain, after checking he was OK and throwing a couple of iboprofen at him I ploughed on.

I knew at this point that I wasn’t going to make sub four but was determined to get as near to four hours as possible so pushed on. The crowds along the last stretch were amazing and pushed me on. All in all I was very pleased with my time – a 12 minute PB. It was an amazing experience but not one I will be repeating in a hurry!

Report from Sean O’Halloran:

The weekend started with a trip to the London Excel to collect the race numbers, race pack and final instructions.  There was also a chance to pick up some bargains from the trade stands. I was lucky enough me meet Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Mutai at the Excel and have a photo taken with each, but I’m not holding out much hope for a christmas card.

Race day and we are greeted with clear skies and rising temperatures. I arrived at the blue start and managed to meet up with Lisa, Tom and Jackie, we had a team photo, wished each other good luck and went to our numbered pen. It took me 15 mins to cross the start line once the race got underway. I decided to join the 4:30hrs pace group and settled into a nice rhythm and the miles were ticking off nicely. A quick kiss from Niamh mile 3 and back to the job at hand. I was feeling great and things were going to plan until mile 8 where I was getting too hot and by mile 10 I had slowed quite a lot and I realised my original plan was not going to unfold. I was now running with the 5hr pace group and this was my new plan. Half way came and I realised I was struggling and it now became a race of survival. I had passed a few collapsed runners who were being tended to my St John and I just wanted to complete the race. As the weather was very warm (sore sunburn now) I was unsure if I was taking on to little or too much fluid but I was struggling to get going. The miles slowly ticked by and the welcoming thoughts and sights of Elaine and Niamh kept me going. When I got to mile 23 I realised it was a parkrun to the finish and that I was going to make it. Eventually Buckingham Palace came into view and around the corner was the finishing line!! I had completed the London Marathon, something I had been dreaming of for years. I received my medal and met up with the family. Some learning points taken from this race and now on to the next challenge.
A big well done to all the OAC runners, I hope your legs recover soon.

 

The race was won by Wilson Kipsang in 2.04.29 and first lady was Edna Kiplagat in 2.20.21. First in for the Black and Whites was Liam Dunne 388th overall in 2.45.40; followed by Richard Clarke, 3920th, in 3.23.10; Karen Potter, 6274th, in 3.37.21; Jackie Ackroyd, 9676th, in 3.52.43; Lisa Maughan, 12654th, in 4.04.03; Stephen Boddy, 15711th, in 4.16.57; Tom Hannah, 23014th, in 4.28.51; and Sean O’Halloran, 32997th, in 5.57.46.

Official race report and results

 

 

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Saturday 12th April – Park Runs

At Leeds Hyde Park, the race was won by Dean JEROME, Leeds City in 16.38 and first lady, 22nd overall, was Rachael LUNDGREN, Gosforth Harriers & AC  in 19.18. For Otley AC, Christian Hosker came 34th in 20.20

At Sewerby parkrun, the winner was Phil Taylor, Bridlington Road Runners in 16.40 and first lady was Deborah Church of Driffield Striders in 18th, 22.07. For Otley AC, Reid Anthony James HADDOW was 43rd overall in a time of 26.43

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Runner of the Month for March

Awarded jointly to Tom Potter and Toni Midgley.

March has been a busy month for both of them; Tom came 50th in the Spen 20 with 2:26:13, and recorded 63.18 in the Thirsk 10; he has also been busy with Park Runs and RunSunday.

Meanwhile Toni also took part in the Thirsk 10 as well as the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k finishing with a PB in 57:10, and has also run the Esholt Handicap plus two Park Runs.

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Tuesday 8th April – Bunny Run 2

Report from Caron:

CYes it’s that time of year again, our annual visit to the cold, windy Dimples Lane quarry.  Bunny run #2 was well attended by the black and whites with 7 runners entered and some even managed to run just in vests which is highly unusual due to the April temperatures in Haworth being nearly Arctic. Steve, Lisa, Gloria and Laura were having their first taste of Bunny mania and judging by the comments after the race, were glad to have made the trip over (even if it is for only 2.8 miles).  As per usual everyone pushes forward only to be screamed at to move back and wait for the shout to start then the mad, frantic dash is underway. The 3 lap course wasn’t too bad this year although there was some very muddy patches that were quagmires by the 3rd time round and racing against kids doesn’t seem to make us adults run any faster!

First man home was Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers-now on his 6th bunny run win in 15.17,  first lady was Katie Walshaw of Holmfirth in 17.52.

For the black and whites, first home was Steve Robinson,20:36, Laura Clark, 23:12 (I’m sure she’s been doing some secret training) followed by myself, 24:08, Bob Baker 24:18, Richard Hamer 25:32,  Lisa Maughan 27:37 and Gloria Jackson 33:42, (action photo).  None of us ventured to the pub after but a quick peek thru the window confirmed the amount of chocolate on offer this year was just as abundant as previous years and is thrown out to the crowd by the mens and ladies winners (apparently this year they threw out crisps and haribos as well as easter eggs).  An enjoyable run that is a permanent fixture on my calendar every year.  Full results and lots of photos on woodentops here.

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Sunday 6th April – Harewood 10k

Another trail race win for Robin Outtersides finishing in a time of 36:46, with Stephen Boddy in 49:34, Jane Butler (55:48), Joanna Hobson (1:02:21) and Ann Yeadon (1:10:25).

Report from Stephen Boddy:

I had been looking forward to this race as it seemed like a good distance to do a week before London and I’ve done this run in the past and I think it’s a great course, undulating with one really tough climb but good trails all the way round with plenty of muddy puddle thrown in for good measure. The only negative is its busyness, both on the course and getting out the car park which took a fair bit longer than the run took Robin. I picked up Robin and my mate Ian, and we set off in good spirits.   Well, Ian and I were in good spirits, Robin was thoroughly down about the whole event saying that he hated the waiting around and the running(!!) and only really enjoyed the journey there. It turned out we had very little time to wait around as the queue to get in and to sign up meant we got to starting point very close to the starting whistle. This meant that we all, Robin included, started from the back.  I felt good throughout the run and achieved my target of dipping under 50 minutes and finished in a net time of 49mins 32 seconds. This was quite pleasing as it was a 10k PB on a fairly tough course which gives me hope for a good time on a flatter road course. When I finish these races I try and find Robin who has usually finished long before me. There is always some mystery surrounding where he might be. Is he lost? Still out there running around Harewood? Has he got bored of waiting for me and run home? Sunday was a new one for me. As I was scanning the fairly sparse crowd trying to locate him I heard an announcement over the PA system; “In first place, Robin Outtersides” and there he was climbing onto the podium. Considering he started at the back and was not keen on the running at all, 36 mins was a very impressive time and coming 1st was no mean feat. Robin told me he didn’t even realise he was in the lead until he broke the tape.   All in all, it was a very successful outing.

Please comment if admin has missed any other Otley folk.  See full results here.

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Sunday 6th April – Blackpool Half Marathon

Report from Paul Clifford

I ran my second half marathon at the weekend at Blackpool. Blackpool marathon was also taking place at the same time. The half marathon was a single lap of the route and the marathon was 2 laps (although no one seemed to know the actual route, not even the organisers). It was my first ever race whereby I’d never received my race number in the post, instead I had to collect from the Hilton Hotel the day before or really early the morning of the race. Knowing what I’m like for needing the loo before I race I decided to collect it on Saturday.

Sunday, race day, not exactly looking forward to the race as I’d not been running very well since my first half marathon last month (Silverstone). Weather was dry, cold and at times very windy. Race started and by the time I’d reached 3 mile I could have dropped out, I felt terrible. Nicci and Katie were waiting with a sports drink for me at about 7 mile which was greatly received and great to have the support.

Heading north towards Fleetwood we turned around and headed back alongside the beach. The wind was ridiculous for about 3 mile. I got running with a really good pack of runners, some of these turned off to start their second lap for the marathon. I wished them good luck and could only think thank goodness I was finishing soon.

I finished 48th out of 985 and 5th in my category with a time of 01:35:01.  The half marathon was won by Damian Carr – Coventry Godiva in a time of 01:16:02. Emma Ballantyne was the first lady home finishing in 15th with a time of 01:26:28.  See full results here.

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Sunday 6th April – Manchester Marathon

RichardS_TomP_MachesterMarationTom Potter and Richard Smith both travelled across the Pennines recording PBs for the classic distance, Richard finished in a time of 3:09:12 followed by Tom Potter in 3:17:55.

Andi Jones from Stockport Harriers won the race in 2:16:55, Emily Wicks from Aldershot Farnham and District was the first lady and 22nd overall in 2:38:21.

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Sunday 6th April – Not the Sheffield Half Marathon

Report from Andy Webster:

Well it was an early start to ensure I did not get stuck in traffic. Arrived in good time about 7.45 for a 9 AM start or so we thought. At 8.40 we were told there was a thirty minute delay to the start but no official reasons. Then my Garmin died! what else could go wrong?

Well about 9.45 still no race but we thought things must be close as the elites started warming up. Five minutes later and we were given the news the race had been cancelled, some speculation about no water!

Well 5000 runners thought they would just have a mass jog! Well perhaps the people at the back did not realise it was off. Ignoring the police and stewards off we went. I felt after travelling all this way, and needing to do a long run thought might as well follow.

The standing around had not helped and felt quite stiff for the first few miles, but picked up the pace though not sure much as no timing, and at the turn at Hunters Bar felt pretty strong. Slight tiredness set in at 12 miles. But kept on going to the finish, not sure what time I did, but I think around 1 hour 40.

The race “cancellation” made the news, but the marshals and crowd were excellent and helped us all around.

Doing the Leeds 1/2 marathon 2 weeks before the Edinburgh marathon, hopefully the water turns up this time!

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Sunday 6th April – Blubberhouses 25

Shane Ewen reports:

Having been injured since Christmas, this was my come back event. Not a race as such; more a low key LDWA event with beautiful scenery, good banter and well-stocked checkpoints. Starts at Bland Hill, follows the shore along Swinsty and Fewston before following the river to Thruscross. Then over Rocking Moor to the shooting hall, across and down to Bolton Abbey Tea Rooms, Storiths, Deerstones, then a stiff climb up to Beamsley Beacon. There follows a beautifully boggy moorland run across Blubberhouses and Round Hill moors to Timble Ings. Then, through Timble and back via Swinsty dam head.

Ran steady and comfortably, especially enjoyed the moorland stretches. More of a training run for the 3 Peaks, as well as just enjoying running again pain-free. Finished in 3 hours 32 for 11th place. All in all, a great morning and running with a smile again.  Results will be available here.

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Sunday 6th April – Wakefield Hospice 10k

Report from Ursula.

This is a great run if you are fit! It claims to be undulating which I suppose is fair but it felt more like a hill up to the turn point at 5k and again up to the finish. However, what goes up must come down and so there are some great stretches where you can really get going…

Given the unseasonably warm weather the water stop at just after 5k was welcome as I needed to cool down – can’t quite get my head around only running in a singlet in April!

The organisation was great with plenty of parking and space to warm up. If you are on form it could give you a good time so one to think about next year.

The race was won by Nathaniel Williams (unattached) in 33:14 and the first female was Helen Singleton of Wakefield & District in 36:26 who was also a very creditable 10th overall.

I came in with a time of 47:47 but it did give me first position in my age group F55 so that’s rewarding!

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