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Saturday 17th June – Park Runs

Bradford parkrun
A total of 412 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Will KERR Saltaire Striders 00:17:13
17 1 Sophie MARTIN Wharfedale Harriers 00:20:16
111 16 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:26:02
158 32 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:27:46
Harrogate parkrun
A total of 420 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:16:58
49 1 Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE Unattached 00:21:14
85 3 Elizabeth YATES Otley AC 00:22:39
Roundhay parkrun
A total of 420 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Angus MILNE Hyde Park Harriers 00:17:59
15 1 Susan LEWIS Roundhay Runners 00:20:20
165 131 Philip Robinson Otley AC 00:26:38
305 113 Rebecca KEINHORST Otley AC 00:31:32
361 149 Victoria TAYLOR Otley AC 00:35:02
362 213 Chris TAYLOR Otley AC 00:35:04
Skipton parkrun
A total of 182 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Tom BARRETT Keighley & Craven AC 00:17:39
2 1 Alice JONES Wharfedale Harriers 00:19:34
108 71 Rob Fearnley Otley AC 00:29:25
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 365 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Reece DALTON Ripon Runners 00:18:04
18 18 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:19:47
20 1 Jennie GUARD Leeds City AC 00:19:52
Wetherby parkrun
A total of 96 runners took part.
Position ↓ Gender Position ↓ parkrunner ↓ Club   ↓ Run Time ↓
1 1 Guy CLOSE Knaresborough Striders 00:18:34
27 1 Amanda SPENCER Valley Striders AC 00:23:18
48 7 Ursula McGouran Otley AC 00:26:38

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Friday 16th June – Barrowford 5K

Report from Mark Hall

A flat 5k around a cycle circuit (5 laps). I managed to win this event in 17.05, disappointing as my target was sub 17 mins.

1st male – Mark Hall, no further results found yet.

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Wednesday 14th June – Sicklinghall Harrogate League

Otley results from the 3rd Harrogate League race, anyone fancy sending a race & buffet report?

Pos. Name Club Category Cat. Pos. Gun Time
1 Andrew Grant Harrogate H. MV45 1/46 22:58
22 Sharon Barlow Harrogate H. FV35 1/24 26:27
14 Gary Johnson Otley AC MSEN 9/75 26:07
19 Robin Outtersides Otley AC MSEN 13/75 26:23
20 Liam Dunne Otley AC MV40 4/35 26:25
34 Tom Lynch Otley AC MSEN 22/75 27:32
37 Graham Lake Otley AC MV40 8/35 27:37
73 Tom Paget Otley AC MSEN 37/75 29:05
101 Steve Robinson Otley AC MV40 20/35 30:13
114 John Armitstead Otley AC MV55 7/30 30:45
118 Colin Dennison Otley AC MSEN 47/75 30:55
120 Stephen Boddy Otley AC MSEN 48/75 30:57
131 Michael Hastings Otley AC MSEN 50/75 31:29
136 Tony Walker Otley AC MV55 9/30 31:31
145 Paul Clifford Otley AC MV50 15/42 32:04
182 Sara Elliott Otley AC FV45 3/29 33:14
185 John Dade Otley AC MV50 21/42 33:25
190 Liz Yates Otley AC FV40 5/30 33:34
195 Andy Webster Otley AC MV45 32/46 33:53
199 Matt Podd Otley AC MV60 6/13 34:05
201 Nicola Lee Otley AC FV35 8/24 34:07
212 Ian Broadbent Otley AC MV45 34/46 34:29
229 Michael Pickard Otley AC MV50 25/42 35:06
238 Gilly Wight Otley AC FSEN 13/27 35:26
243 Caron Ralph Otley AC FV45 8/29 35:41
253 Chris Brunold Otley AC FV50 10/32 36:11
259 Colin Best Otley AC MV60 8/13 36:31
274 Ursula McGouran Otley AC FV55 6/27 37:12
280 Andrew Rayner Otley AC MV50 33/42 37:25
287 Ericks Zvaigzne Otley AC MV60 11/13 37:39
289 Gill Park Otley AC FSEN 16/27 37:42
297 Ann Yeadon Otley AC FV45 13/29 38:03
304 John Davis Otley AC MV50 36/42 38:12
305 Philip Robinson Otley AC MV70 1/4 38:13
306 Charlotte Boardman Otley AC FSEN 18/27 38:13
309 Laura Hind Otley AC FV35 14/24 38:19
325 Jackie Ackroyd Otley AC FV60 2/8 38:52
338 Joanna Hobson Otley AC FV55 12/27 39:33
342 Carol Armitstead Otley AC FV55 14/27 39:48
385 Hannah Lupton Otley AC FV40 24/30 42:13
390 Tom Hannah Otley AC MV65 9/10 42:44
391 Rob Fearnley Otley AC MSEN 72/75 42:58
397 Hannah Birch Otley AC FV35 21/24 43:21
408 Rebecca Keinhorst Otley AC FSEN 24/27 44:25
424 Natasha Whitaker Otley AC FV40 28/30 46:15
445 Antonio Cardinale Otley AC MV65 10/10 52:05

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Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th June – ITU Aquathlon/Standard Triathlon

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

Last year I made the podium with a bronze medal in my age group at the English aquathlon championships (750m swim 5K run)and this year felt in about the same shape. Aquathlon is where good swimmers (maybe not so good runners) take on the good runners (maybe not such good swimmers). I looked at the competition and decided that the chance for Gold was on this year as the strongest swimmer in the age group was actually Scottish so if I could run down the others who were also stronger swimmers but weaker runners, top spot was possible. The water was fine and I swam a second faster than last year so have at least maintained form. Had it not been for one person I overtook as we approached the exit I would actually have been last out of the water! (Have looked into some swim coaching). It is a long drag to transition in the wetsuit and but I felt OK and got into my running shoes in good order. For those who know the Roundhay park run it is hilly and tough and the route for the aquathlon although not identical, is similar but two laps in reverse. Out of transition straight up a hill and then level round the top lake and a great downhill stretch back to start the second lap. I had spotted the likely rivals on the second uphill drag but I was feeling strong and up on my toes and had the fastest age group run and overtook the rivals before I hit the descent where I was able to put some distance between. Gold it was, job done.
During the aquathlon swim I doubted the wisdom of doing the British standard triathlon championships the following day: Nah, that was already yesterday and I lined up with 25 other starters in the age group (not sure how many turned up or actually finished but found 18 names whilst watching the elites on the telly in the afternoon). Bumped into Andy Webster in the transition prior to the start and I saw him again at the finish we agreed it was a tough course and it was windy to boot. For the swim start I let the pack surge away to get quiet water and was able to get into a nice rhythm although the water was choppy in parts. Well in front of the back markers too as triathlon has more weaker swimmers. Another long haul in the wetsuit up to transition and on to the bike. A long jog with the bike to a merciless uphill standing bike start. Felt quite solid and was pacing this race to enjoy the hometown race (the Brownlees are not the only ones from Leeds!) Got up the hill comfortably and completed two hilly windy laps in solid form. I was actually 5th fastest on the bike today which was a real pleasant surprise, so have recovered well from the previous weeks hard races. The run legs were almost there again today and was also 5th fastest for the run. Eventually finished in 7th position which was quite satisfactory after yesterday’s exertions. I rest my case.

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Saturday 10th June – Parkruns

Banstead Woods parkrun
A total of 190 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tony TUOHY Dulwich Runners AC 00:18:15
2 2 Thomas MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:18:22
38 1 Shelley CLEGHORN Unattached 00:22:26
Bradford parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Martin FILLINGHAM Saltaire Striders 00:18:29
27 1 Phoebe FRANCIS Bingley Harriers and AC 00:22:10
74 68 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:25:02
267 93 Rebecca DODSWORTH Otley AC 00:36:10
Harrogate parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Andrew DOBBY Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:17:37
43 43 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 00:22:13
49 49 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:22:29
50 1 Sara ELLIOTT Otley AC 00:22:32
73 4 Elizabeth YATES Otley AC 00:23:18
104 95 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:24:40
112 14 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:24:57
169 141 Rob Fearnley Otley AC 00:27:13
192 39 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:27:50
Sewerby parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Joshua TAYLOR Bridlington Road Runners 00:18:32
13 1 Emma SIMMONS Pocklington Runners 00:21:21
55 47 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:25:49
Fountains Abbey parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Douglas Andrew SCOTT Ripon Runners 00:18:15
17 1 Emma SORBY Ripon Runners 00:20:44
68 53 Andrew ACKROYD Otley AC 00:24:31
83 20 Jackie Ackroyd Otley AC 00:25:29
Keswick parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Jonathan PIM Wimbledon Windmilers 00:18:38
3 3 Graham Lake Otley AC 00:19:02
12 1 Holly HARPER Keswick AC 00:20:46

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Thursday 8th June – Bronte 5 Mile (incorporating Yorks. Vets Championships)

Report from Mark Hall:

Winner: Chris Williams, Queensbury RC 29.26
Mark Hall, 3rd, 29.58, 1st V55

Hilly and windy. No other OAC runners

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Runner of the Month

Runners of the Month for May are Robin Outtersides for his performances at John Carr and the Leeds Half (PB) and Gilly Wight for a sub 4hr and Pb at Windermere Marathon. Well done and thoroughly deserved.

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Wednesday 7th June – Otley 10

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A big thanks to race organiser Colin Best and all the marshals and other helpers making for another successful race.  It was an evening for the locals with four of the first 5 living in the LS21 postcode area that defines local for the Otley 10 and another local Carol Morgan taking the first ladies prize.

Scott and Jack Wood battled it out at the front of the race, Jack winning by 16 seconds.  Robin had a fine race nipping under the hour by 6 seconds in 5th.   Matt  and Madeleine both had excellent races finishing 5th and 2nd respectively in their age groups.

Pos Gender Pos Cat. Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 1 1 Jack Wood Ilkley H M17 0:56:34
49 1 1 Carol Morgan Nidd Valley RR F40 1:08:46
2 2 1 Scott Harrington Otley AC M35 0:56:50
5 5 2 Robin Outtersides Otley AC M35 0:59:54
177 146 5 Matt Podd Otley AC M60 1:21:35
329 102 2 Madeleine Delucchi Otley AC F60 1:41:45

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Sunday 4th June – Lakeland Trails Marathon

Report from John Davis

There are two races I’ve done three times, the Bluebell Trail and this, the Lakeland Trails’ Marathon in Coniston.  In both cases, the reason for coming back’s the same – some beautiful scenery, varied and interesting running, and a beast of a challenge.

Coniston is a trail marathon – a little road running, but mostly on tracks and paths.  It starts at a campsite below the village, heads down to the lake shore at the Gondola landing , up to the north end of the lake, and then through the village and off towards Ambleside, before turning to circumnavigate Holme Fell, briefly dropping into Little Langdale before rising back to the Ambleside-Coniston road and up to Tarn Hows.  This early section comprises the bulk of the road running and, despite never really getting to the high ground encountered later on, is probably the toughest running, with a lot of little climbs.  Certainly, most of the runners I spoke to found this to be the case, and I did wonder how I’d cope.  The occasional few drops of rain were refreshing, but never lasted and the weather started to get warm late on, but never so bad that heat exhaustion was a factor.

Once you reach Tarn Hows, you run once round the tarn and then climb up Monk Coniston Moor.  There is some slightly tricky woodland running before you come out onto a forestry track.  This leads you quite painlessly and quickly onto Parkamoor.  If the running was all like this, the run would be a doddle but, if the run was all like this, it would lose both its charm and its challenge.

After the rolling hills of Parkamoor, there is a steep and very rocky descent to the south end of the Lake.  A little more road running and then the last big climb, up to Beacon Tarn.  At this point, my legs were really starting to tire and I tended to trip on the loose rocks, particularly when helpful marshals called out encouragement unexpectedly!  A boggy circuit of the tarn and then the long descent back to the lake began.  Another helpful marshal, another trip, but I couldn’t believe him when he said I was on for a sub-5 hour finish “easily”, because it was “all easy going from here-on”.  I’ve run this before, and it isn’t easy.  The descent is not simple;  it rises and falls, and twists and turns and, before you can get any momentum going, another pile of jagged rocks means you have to stop and clamber over before you can start running again.

Down at the Lake shore for the last 5km, and it’s now just a “march or die” mentality.  I literally lost count of the number of times I tripped and stumbled on tree roots and rocks, jarring muscles and bones painfully, but managing not to fall.  I was glad not to be suffering worse than the people around me, and was in much better shape than in 2015, when I completed almost unable to walk.  I even managed a little sprint round the field to the finish line.  Hobbling back to the village for a traditional burger and pint in the Black Bull, I was able to applaud the half-marathoners in, as they approached their finish, and feel smug.

I initially thought I’d got a personal best for the course, finishing at 5 hours, 1 minute, 26 seconds but, when I managed to get wifi and actually check my previous results, found this was my slowest run, by 23 seconds from 2015 and way slower than my 4 hours, 49 minutes 14 secs in 2012.  Still, it was *way* faster than I’d expected and (so far) no more than normal aches and pains, and no injuries, so I’ll be looking to go better next time, health and conditions permitting!  Monday’s rain was stair rods, so we’d been really lucky to miss that.

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Saturday 3rd June – Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon

Report from Tamara Weatherhead:

Myself, Neil Charlton, Nicky Gifford and Richard Hamer turned up at Wharfedale RUFC for this beautiful but tough race. Also in attendance were the Saturday gang: Colin B and dog, Tom H, Phil R, Jackie and Andy and Wetherby’s Ann and Mark – but they were sensibly just trotting up around Conistone.

The event was very well organised – easy parking, free tea and biscuits during registration, decent facilities, chip timing, well marshalled and well signed, with stunning scenery thrown in for free. The only problems were the hills, far too many of those. I made it about 2000ft of climbing. The weather was also a tad warm for me, but what can you do about that?! Overall, an excellent, very picturesque and challenging half – and it only takes 30 mins to get there.

This was my first open race in two and a half years and my second half marathon. Neil had signed us both up, on the sly, so his punishment was having to wait for his old lady all the way round, hah! There were 4 well manned and coordinated checkpoints on the way round, all with water most gratefully received. Jelly babies also available. It was lovely to get a cheer off the Saturday gang at the first checkpoint.

The race was won by Kyle Greig, Metro Aberdeen RRC, in 1.24.38 – a course record i believe – and first lady was Lorena Lozano, North Leeds Fell Runners, in 1.45.06, 37th. Neil got us over the line in 2.16.17, finishing 222nd and 223rd. Nicky and Richard finished 375th and 376th  in 2.45 bang on. 411 finishers, results.

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