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Sunday 22nd October: Holmfirth 15

Report from Matt Podd:

Felt a bit of a Howard moment as I prepared for this by running Bradford Parkrun at a steady pace. Lovely to see the look of pain on Sara’s face as she achieved a pb. Where are you Howard? We miss you comprehensive reports – injured?

I was supposed to be going camping in the Brecon Beacons this weekend, but Brian put pay to that plan. So at a loose end I found this race which had entry on the day. Am I trained up for a 15 mile race – I think not, but it should be fun! Though the weather was not as bad as predicted, it was still not very pleasant. Cold, wet and windy, but plenty of vest and shorts merchants desperately racing hypothermia.

The course is two laps of a circuit from Holmfirth, through Brockholes and down to Honley and back up the valley to Holmfirth, with an initial short (hilly) loop to make up the distance. Quite a hilly course with some long slow drags running along the side of a busy main road, and a vicious short hill that was climbed twice – once at about 13.5 miles, which was fun. We passed the tail of the 10Km race running at the same time. A few 10K runners missed the start and had a challenging run to catch up with the field.

I plodded round in a steady style a bit unsure of how to pace it and finished in about 2hrs 10mins. A good run out, though as Mark Hall said two years ago this is an expensive race. It’s now gone up £2 to £19, but we got a lovely hat.

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Saturday 21st October: Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Richard ALLEN Aldershot, Farnham & District AC 00:16:09
14 1 Sophie LEE City of Hull AC 00:18:48
127 109 Chris TAYLOR Otley AC 00:24:03
292 91 Elly WARDLE STEAD Otley AC 00:29:19
Bradford parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Martin FILLINGHAM Saltaire Striders 00:18:05
14 1 Emily BIRCHALL Leeds City AC 00:19:54
20 2 Victoria STAINBURN Otley AC 00:20:42
58 5 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:22:54
90 8 Caron Ralph Otley AC 00:24:18
106 96 Gavin BURTON Otley AC 00:24:54
129 116 John Davis Otley AC 00:25:50
130 117 Michael HASTINGS Otley AC 00:25:51
132 119 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:25:53
143 17 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:26:10
193 161 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:27:56
282 73 Laurel FREAR Otley AC 00:31:17
325 102 Claire HASTINGS Otley AC 00:33:20
Southport parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Thomas HARKIN Unattached 00:18:16
6 1 Alison MOORE Unattached 00:19:34
207 77 Kathleen Robertshaw Otley AC 00:32:10
Roundhay parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tim STREET Holmfirth Harriers AC 00:17:55
35 1 Jenny GARDEN Unattached 00:21:47
193 58 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:27:57
Wetherby parkrun
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Michael VARGAS Hyde Park Harriers 00:19:06
4 1 Nik TARREGA York Knavesmire Harriers 00:19:49
30 28 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:26:00

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Saturday 21st October: Tough 10 Leeds 10K

Report from Andy Webster:

Very windy day myself and Rachael Brooke were the only Otley runners to enter this Cancer Research 10 K. Rachael was in top form getting a lead early on before taking the scenic route and added on some extra mileage. She soon overtook me again and ran up the first hill never to be seen again. I really felt the hills in my legs, probably not marathon recovered.

Really enjoyable course despite the hills. 221 runners completed the course. Rachael finished 11th overall and 2nd lady in 51:02. I was further down the field in 32nd in 54:58. Winner Michael Malyon in 39:05 First Lady Haley O’Conner in 49:17.


Sunday 15th October – UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championships, Llanberis

Report from Tom Lynch:

In a busy month for the fell runners, we managed to put together a team for the British Fell relays, after successfully fielding another team 2 weeks earlier for the Hodgson Relays. This years British fell relay championships were held on the flanks of Snowdon, starting out of Llanberis in a well set up base in the old slate tips. The race attracted something like 180 starting teams, with many familiar faces out and about in Caernarfon the night before.The relay format consists of a short(ish) solo Leg 1, a longer paired Leg 2, a long navigational paired Leg 3, and another shorter solo Leg 4. Laura had a good run on Leg 1 (8.9 km /700 m). This leg headed up a steep continuous climbstarting on the road below the race base, all the way to the top of Moel Elio, returning via another ridge, with a small sting in the tail climb thrown in at the end….
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Sunday 15th Oct – Palma Marathon Mallorca

Report from Richard Hamer:

Another year and another trip to Mallorca with six other OACers plus 10 from Wetherby Runners for the Palma 10 (and half-marathon for John Armitstead and the Wetherby group).

The 10 starts at 9:40am next to the cathedral and is an out and back along the bay with a slight climb at the turn point. It’s not the fastest course because there’s about 2,500 others taking part so it’s a bit chaotic, especially during the first mile and at the turn point where it narrows. Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday 14th October – Race 1 West Yorkshire Cross Country Wakefield

Well done to all those took part in the first cross country race of the season at Thornes Park, including several juniors, more details of there stirling efforts the juniors page. Results…

Senior Ladies: 1st Emma Clayton, Leeds City 20:24, 34th Vicky Stainburn 24:10.

Senior Men: 1st Dan Garbutt, Skyrac 32:40,  189th John Davis 54:08,  192nd Billy Rayner 56:09,  193rd Antonio Cardinale 1:13:43.

Full results here, Woodentops photos: Senior men set 1 here set 2 here, Senior women here.

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Saturday 14th October – Park Runs

Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
Fountains Abbey
1 1 Scott Harrington Otley AC 17:11
31 31 Peter Crowder Otley AC 21:17
33 1 Robyn Wynn Claremont RR 21:26
56 50 Matt Podd Otley AC 22:24
249 164 Oliver Harrington Otley AC 32:15
250 86 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 32:16
1 1 Mark Bryant Harrogate H & AC 17:47
38 38 Martin Stringer Otley AC 21:58
47 1 Sharon Hardcastle Unattached 22:26
61 59 Stephen Small Otley AC 23:04
1 1 Daniel Hale St Andrews CCC 18:48
2 1 Emma Raven Central AC 19:26
114 34 Laurel Frear Otley AC 31:52


Runner of the Month for September

Tash Whitaker and Edward Davies were chosen as runners of the month for September.  Ed for his 3rd place finish at the Yorkshireman marathon and Tash for her runs at the Great North Run, Wetherby 10k and a Bradford Park Run.

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Sunday 8th Oct – Yorkshire Marathon & 10 Mile

Marathon Report from Andy Webster

My target at the start was to beat 4 hours which I did finishing in 3:57:31.

A little disappointed as hit the wall around mile 22 and could not find anyway to boost my speed up. However another marathon completed and had 4 weeks disrupted training with cricket, holidays, and injury.

At the moment planning on a marathon free year in 2018. But will probably do another one in the future, injury and illness permitting.

PS – Great run by Scott Harrington 3rd 2.30.55

Full OAC results (chip times and positions):

Scott Harrington 3rd in 2.30.55,  Stephen Boddy 701st in 3.39.17  (PB),  Robin Outtersides 769th in 3.41.46,  Nicola Lee 1117th in 3.52.08,  Andy Webster 1375th in 3.57.31,  Billy Rayner 2574th in 4.36.51,  Results

10 Mile Report from Tash Whitaker:

It’s a mostly flat scenic course with a little hill climb at the finish taking in York centre and surrounding countryside and villages.

When I was at 9 miles, I was told by a Marshall that saw my Otley AC top that Scott was coming past in 3rd place for the Marathon so it was good to be able to cheer him on and be joined by other 10 milers shouting “Come on Scott”.

For me it’s the second time I’ve done the race and was pleased to finish over 3 and a half minutes faster than last year.  Well done to all the other Otley runners for achieving some fantastic times!

OAC results (chip times and positions)

Mo Abubakr 151st in 1:10:07,  Sara Elliott 364th in 1:16:41,  Gilly Wight 527th in 1:19:37,  Tony Pfeiffer 541st in 1:19:56

Gavin Burton 871st in 1:25:28,  Natasha Whitaker 2526th in 1:48:08.


Saturday 7th October – The Colin Best Calverley Handicap

A handicap veteran of more than 200 races, Tom easily won his 11th, finishing a couple of minutes clear of Ian.  Inevitably Ian recorded the fastest time of the day, just a little slower than his course record.

With just two races to go, Weeton in November and the December’s Ken Dixon the race for this year’s title looks like a battle between Rob Fearnley, Laura Hind and Antonio on 156, 142 and 138 points respectively.  See the full table here.  ps If you want to here another Monty tale ask Colin 🙂

Pos Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Tom Hannah 53:29 10:00 43:29 15
2 Ian Fisher 55:31 28:00 27:31 14
3 Colin Best 55:58 14:00 41:58 13
4 Phil Robinson 56:07 14:00 42:07 12
5 Richard Hamer 56:39 14:00 42:39 11
6 Rogan Ashton 56:42 24:30 32:12 10
7 Antonio Cardinale 58:59 00:00 58:59 9
8 Laura Hind 59:36 13:30 46:06 8
9 Rob Fearnley 1:01:10 15:00 46:10 7