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17th December – 3rd January – 32nd Ken Dixon Christmas Handicap

17th December – 3rd January – 32nd Ken Dixon Christmas Handicap

As always the Christmas handicap is also the decider for the Eric Smith handicap trophy, Nick had a 3 point lead over Antonio and Catharine Dobson.   Because Swinsty dam is closed for the winter this year’s Ken Dixon was a 3 loop route, the usual Timble village loop, followed by  loops of Fewston and Swinsty Hall. …and the winner is…. Antonio wins his 3rd Ken Dixon Christmas handicap and with it a narrow 1 point victory in the Eric Smith…

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Saturday 12th Dec – Short Circuit Ultra

Saturday 12th Dec – Short Circuit Ultra

Report from Graham Lake Trail – 33 miles 4000ft ascent   Having had to postpone this event from autumn, and re-route it to stay within the Tier 3 boundaries of West Yorkshire, Ryk Downes did a great job of getting this race on. I’d upped my mileage since summer, and was enjoying the longer runs while I have more time, and no other racing. The event was run in a socially distanced manner, starting at Station Top in Otley, with…

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Sunday 6th December – Oulton Park Grand Prix Half Marathon

Sunday 6th December – Oulton Park Grand Prix Half Marathon

Report from Phil Robinson On the grounds that I could plausibly claim to be an elite athlete – (given England vest last year for 1/2 marathon and well up in age-group ranking this year for 10m and 20m)  – it seemed I was permitted to travel for competition – so I went to the motor racing circuit at Oulton Park to join in an extraordinary morning of running.  The marathon (10 laps of the motor circuit) started at 9am, then…

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November 14th – November 30th – Weeton Handicap

November 14th – November 30th – Weeton Handicap

November’s Eric Smith Handicap trophy race was the 5 mile route based round the quiet country lanes of Weeton village.  Nick Hodgkinson scored top points finishing first ahead of David Fox and Debra Mullen in 2nd and 3rd.  Scott recorded the fastest time,  which is a new course record. There were also several age best times from Catharine Dobson, Chris Brunold, Richard Smith, Rogan Ashton and Phil Robinson. With just the Christmas Ken Dixon handicap to go the handicap table…

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Sunday 1st November – Baildon Boundary Way

Sunday 1st November – Baildon Boundary Way

Report from Sara Richard This popular and challenging, multi terrain half marathon was postponed due to Covid from April to 1 November. The event was chip timed, socially distanced and had staggered starts. As I hadn’t raced since February, I had expected the event to be cancelled like so may other races have sadly had to. Great to know it was going ahead, although I was apprehensive as I hadn’t really trained. It felt great to put on my club…

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October 17th – 31st Eric Smith Handicap Trophy – Weston 2 Lap Handicap

October 17th – 31st Eric Smith Handicap Trophy – Weston 2 Lap Handicap

The ultra experienced pair of Bob and Antonio came out as the top two of the October’s Eric Smith Handicap Trophy race, with Bob taking the win by just over a minute, Scott was by far the fastest with 27:26. Antonio moved to the top of the handicap table on 83 points ahead of Catherine Dobson, 80 & Antonio 79.5,  Nick Hodgkinson & James Dobson are not far behind on 75 and 73.5 respectively.  See the full table here. November’s…

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Saturday 24th October – Clumber Park Duathlon

Saturday 24th October – Clumber Park Duathlon

Report from Howard Jeffreys Remember ‘I’ll be back’! Well that’s me that is. For one race only this year. I did no training all year until they announced Park runs would start at the end of October ( yeh right). So at the beginning of September I climbed off the couch and shuffled through a few weeks of training. Out of the blue came an email to say Clumber Park duathlon was ON…Albeit in the adjacent Thoresby Park. I had…

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Sunday 25th October – Dave MacDonald Haltemprice 10k

Sunday 25th October – Dave MacDonald Haltemprice 10k

Report from Joanna Hobson On Sunday I was very fortunate to take part in the 34th running of this event named in honour of its founder Dave MacDonald of Haltemprice RRC. Due to Covid19 this was my first (and probably last) race of the year so it felt really special to be racing again. The organisation of this race was absolutely superb. Race entries all had to be complete one week prior to the event and you had to give…

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Saturday 24th October – Langdale Marathon and Half Marathon

Saturday 24th October – Langdale Marathon and Half Marathon

Report from Phil Robinson The Langdale half used to be billed as “the toughest road half marathon in the country”. With over 1700 feet of climbing it would be graded BL if it were a fell race. My first visit was in 2003 when a certain Ian Fisher came second to 5-times winner Paul Muller. I came 70th out of 301 finishers, and 1st MV60. The other Otley runners were Mick Jeffrey (1st MV50), Dave Hainsworth and Nick Hodgkinson. The…

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Big Flat Runway Races 4th Oct

Big Flat Runway Races 4th Oct

Tales from an Airfield – Tony Walker So a few of us finally got chance to put a number on and race against people we didn’t know for the first time this year. A big thumbs up to the Even Splits team for getting it on…but it was a bit strange. In the current circumstances superbly organised. Specific arrival times, clear holding pen, plenty of toilets hilariously positioned well away from each other. Plenty of hand sanitiser. They even supplied…

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