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Sunday 30th August – Halifax Marathon

Report from Tom Lynch: The Halifax Marathon is a fairly small local half and full marathon event with a hilly course consisting of a half marathon lap completed twice for the marathon runners. Due to a course change this year to a full road course rather than mixed terrain and some last minute tweaks to the route there was no published profile, but my watch and Strava suggest the total ascent was somewhere between 850 – 950 meters. It was perfect running weather with only a light breeze and not too sunny. It was my first marathon and I realised about half way round after running the first half too fast that I had picked quite a challenging run for my first go, nevertheless I was pleased to come in 20th place with my time of 3:46:23.6, despite completely going to pieces in the last 10 km. The winning time of 2:47:20.1 was set by Jason Cherriman of Leeds City AC, 1st female was Theresa Majeed in 3:34:54.3 with 82 finishers in total.
Full results at


Friday 28th August – Eyemouth 5k Twilight Run

Report from Colin Best: Up here in Northumberland thought I would join my Tweed Striders colleagues and risk a visit north of the border. I’m not a great fan of 5km, (take to long to get going these days) but thought I would give a go. A very pleasant sunny evening greeted the start on the sea front before running alongside the harbour. Uphill from here for the next 2km, Otley training coming in useful as managed to pass quite a few runners and suprisingly passed by few down to the finish. 1st Nathan Cox 17.26 1st Female Jill Mykura 20.08 38th Colin Best 24.49. 136 finishers, full results on their Facebook page 

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Wednesday 26th August – Sessay Swift 6k

Report from Ian Broadbent:

I did the sessay swift 6k on Wednesday night, a lovely evening on a flat all road course around the village of Sessay near Thirsk, well organised by Thirsk and Sowerby. I managed a steady 26:54 and 64/155.

Now I’ve never run a 6k race before so does that count as a PB? Well marshalled and good facilities, parking etc at Sessay cricket club.  I think if they could add about a mile on to this route it would be a far better route for the Harrogate league than the current one. I didn’t see anyone else from Otley but Liz Wordsworth who used to run for us and now runs for Thirsk was there.

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Saturday 22nd August – Burnsall 10 & Classic Fell Races

Otley's favourite One Direction tribute act: Julian, Graham, Shane and Eriks.

Otley’s favourite One Direction tribute act: Julian, Graham, Shane and Eriks.

10 Mile Road Race: 1st Ian Holmes, Bingley H. 56:01,  13th Hannah Oldroyd, UKNetrunner 1:04:18,  5th Julian Mawson 59:30,  63rd Andy Webster 1:20:54,  64th Matt Podd 1:21:02,  66th Sara Elliott 1:21:17,  75th Eriks Zvaigzne 1:23:54,  91st Billy Rayner 1:33:04,  99th Ged Peacock 1:35:44,  116th Antonio Cardinale 1:56:00.

Fell Race: 1st Sam Tosh, U/A, 14:49,  15th Mel Price, Mercia 19:00,  27th Graham Lake 19:15,  46th Shane Ewen 20:31,  122nd Caron Ralph 27:17,  130th Richard Hamer 29:00.

More photos on the club Flickr site here and woodentops here.


Saturday 22nd August – Park Runs

Bromley: 1st William Fuller, Blackheath & Bromley H. 15:36, 29th Donna Mewis, Beckenham RC 19:41, 129th James Kettleborough 22:53,  355th Natalie Kettleborough 29:18.

Brueton: 1st Peter Brookes Holmfirth H. 15:41, Kate Wright Stratford-upon-Avon 18:25 (VW50-54), 38th Richard Clarke 21:38.

Edinburgh: 1st Mark Nixon U/A 16:13, 17th Kirstin Maxwell, Gala H. 18:06, 123rd Simon Anderson 21:56

Fountains Abbey: 1st Darell Hibberd Valley Striders 17:26, 12th Jessica Jones U/A 20:02 (JW11-14), 69th Peter Crowder 24:15

Harrogate: 1st Stephen Ellison U/A 17:40, 29th Sharon Hardcastle U/A 21:08, 277th Gloria Jackson 31:45.

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Sunday 16th August – Escrick 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

I like to do the Escrick 10k each year as it is fairly local to me and there are not too many races mid August. The race is well supported by clubs from East Yorkshire, I guess they like it flat! It is quite a popular race and is flat but a bit convoluted through woods and on trails. Thankfully they were dry in the main. There was talk of it being slightly long and the winning time was 34.15 by Kristoff Boynton of York Acorn. 1st lady Charlotte Ward of Hull City AC in 17th place in 38.14. I made heavy weather in 89 th place in 44.24, it got quite warm. Ian Broadbent not far behind in 45.58 111th. 502 finishers. Full results.

Report from Ian Broadbent: I ran the Escrick 10k on Sunday 16 August, it starts at St. Margaret’s girls’ school and goes out on a pretty flat traffic free trail/track route. There were about 500 runners and I managed 111 with a new PB of 45:58. The race was won by Christoff Boynton in 34:15 from York Acorn running club. It’s a well organised race with plenty of facilities, barbecue and well marshalled. Anyone fancying it next year its about 5 miles south of the York designer outlet.

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Saturday 15th August Park Runs

Results from this week:

Pos Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Andrew Siddle Doncaster AC 00:17:54
20 1 Emma Annique Stoney Baildon Runners 00:21:01
87 75 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:42
1 1 Mike Burrett Leeds City AC 00:17:09
24 1 Charlotte Van Zelst Unattached 00:20:40
301 91 Gloria Jackson Otley AC 00:31:18
1 1 Christopher Russell Unattached 00:17:36
7 7 Graham Lake Otley AC 00:18:53
9 1 Laura Emily Dransfield Roundhay Runners 00:19:01
199 71 Sarah Jones Otley AC 00:32:04
Woodhouse Moor
1 1 John Hobbs Valley Striders AC 00:16:43
14 1 Josie Cram Morpeth Harriers & AC 00:18:52
45 41 Christian Hosker Otley AC 00:20:53
249 67 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:29:06
254 70 Alice Webster Otley AC 00:29:16
256 185 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:29:19

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Runner of the Month for July 2015

The two runners of the month for July were Derek Fuller and Hannah Lupton.  Derek for completing the Bob Graham Round well under the 24 hour limit with over 4 hours to spare and Hannah Lupton for her performances at the Saltaire shaker, Golden Acre and Washburn relays.

Well done both.


Thursday 13th August – Eccup New Inn Handicap

With the holiday season in full flow at the moment it was a bit of a low turn out for this month’s handicap.  Sara managed hold on to her lead on the last hill, crossing the finish line 6 seconds ahead of Ian.  Tom Lynch came through the field for third retaining his place at the top of the handicap table.  Soon to be member Ahmed recorded the fastest time of the night 4 seconds quicker than Tom.

The top of the table now reads: Tom Lynch 125.5, Dominic Egan 113, Chris Tomlinson 111,  ps don’t forget it’s the best 10 scores to count so there’s sure to be the usual nail biting from now to the last Sunday before Christmas.  See the full Handicap table here.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net. Time Pts
1 Sara Elliott 43:10 11:30 31:40 15
2 Ian Broadbent 43:16 14:00 29:16 14
3 Tom Lynch 43:22 17:30 25:52 13
4 Steven Robinson 43:26 17:00 26:26 12
5 Ahmed Hanker 43:48 18:00 25:48 11
6 Antonio Cardinale 44:16 00:00 44:16 10
7 Matt Podd 44:55 14:00 30:55 9
8 Chris Tomlinson 44:58 13:30 31:28 8
9 Dominic Egan 45:00 11:30 33:30 7
10 John Armitstead 45:01 16:30 28:31 6
11 Colin Best 45:21 10:30 34:51 5
12 Richard Hamer 45:46 11:00 34:46 4
Tom Pomfrett missed turning


Wednesday 12th August – York Millennium Bridge 5k

Report from Jamil Parapia:

Zack and I decided to enter this annual 5k in York. The course is very flat albeit with a few sharp turns and a duck or two to avoid so the race represents a good opportunity to run a fast time. I led the race for much of it but was out sprinted by a younger gazelle losing out by 4 seconds. However I was pleased to record a new pb (quick look at the Garmin to check the distance!) finishing 2nd in 15.18. Zack followed in 12th place in a time of 16.29. I am returning to Kenya this week to check on the progress of Jackson Biwott who is taking part in the Yorkshire Marathon in October (subject to visa). More information on that when I have it.

It was also nice to see future Otley star Jenson Brogden taking part in the 2.5k race in York last night finishing 12th in 10.24.

Main race

1. Jack Robertson Scarborough 15.14pb,  2. Jamil Parapia Otley 15.18pb,  12. Zack Whitehead 16.29,  1st lady Sharon Barlow Ripon 17.06,  see full set of results here.