“This [award giving] was a great idea and saved me writing a speech. Thanks for all the responses – some of the more libellous or vindictive have had to be removed on the advice of my attorney.
Sara Richard, Sara sneaks under the radar but does an awful lots of races and performs well and mixing it on and off road. Last year Sara did 10K’s, 7, 9, 10 and 20 miles, three half marathons, a full marathon and two ultra-marathons, not forgetting the Millennium Relay.
Liam. A top performance in the London Marathon, then he eased of a bit due to work commitments and at some point in the late summer he reappeared. Often in the shadow of the fast lads but up there with them. And he can drink.
Sarah Fuller for doing the Spine Challenger and Hardmoors 110 in one year, both of which make me feel sick just thinking about attempting.
Antonio cos he always turns up and runs with a big smile on his face
Frank with a proper try-again attitude to coming second in Rombalds and not breaking 2hr30 for the marathon.
Howard! Out there practically every week in an OtleyAC vest
Mark Hall for breaking age group records, even uk best in his age category.
Scott Harrington – some brilliant performances and came back well after injury.
Jamil for one of his 2 PBs this year, 5k and 1/2 marathon. No mean feat for someone who’s run well while younger, and still getting PBs into old age!
Can’t decide between Jamil at Abbey Dash or Mark Hall at pretty much every race he’s entered, he’s amazing!
Sean for running any and every XC race he can find, always tries so hard
Frank Beresford London Marathon
Sarah Fuller; you know why!
Team win in John Carr
Derek’s Bob Graham
Old war horse, Andrew Robertshaw -quietly gets on with stuff; tirelessly devoted service; constantly committed, good reports, race/route/website guru and we wouldn’t have a hotly contested handicap otherwise. Oh and runs a fair few races pretty well.
Sara E, she is giving up a lot of her time to support the club, coach to 5k, training sessions, represents the club at races, the new conditioning session, committee, the list goes on. She is very supportive of everyone and can be relied upon to help out.
The commitment, support and energy Hannah Lupton gives to the club is unparalleled. She encourages everyone irrespective of their abilities. She praises all and is an asset to the club. She does volunteer but ultimately must spend hours on club things despite everything else she has had going on?
Runners questioned why I had this as a prize, but I’m justified by the response, love clicking on the website and finding an erudite yet amusing race report. Self-aggrandisement or deprecation is a skill. Personally I like a description of the landscape passed through!
Howard Jeffrey by a mile! His reports are amusing, detailed and very well written. A pleasure to read, a treat.
Steve Boddy – dry, like a boilerman’s throat.
• Improver of the year
Nicola Lee has grafted in 2015 in what is her second full year at the club. In 2015 Nicola gained substantial PB’s at 5k and 10k but also did her first 10 mile and half marathon in respectable times. Nicola Lee x1 x1
Sean has put in a massive effort to improve his fitness and lose weight which has seen him get pb’s and he’s running really well
Tom Midegley for knocking 15 mins of his marathon time
Gemma Harrington. Her marathon training has paid off and she has had a fab year.
Gathering Winter Fools. Fancy dress in freezing conditions and it’s not even a race!!
Gilly Wright, The Hardmoors Rosedale Marathon, a tough race in its self but Gilly decided to run it with her dog Max. Gilly has subsequently completed more races in 2015 with Max, one being the Paras10 and coming 3rd cannicross female.
Anything entered by Sarah Fuller
Tom Hannah for his training blunder on top of the Chevin resulting in a broken shoulder, so near a pub too! Thankfully he’s back running again although slowed his drinking for a bit.
Emma Jones, broken nose and hand falling along the river path,
Sara E. and Louise probably for going wrong on just about every route..
Robin for dressing as a nun at Pudsey Pain Barrier
Frying in the Palma 10k
Hugh for all the work with the juniors
Andrew Rayner (Billy), always at training (unless on holiday) and often doing back to back sessions supporting the beginners and the bridging group at main club. A regular racer and all round nice guy.
I think Colin needs a special mention for sorting out Otley 10 every year, it’s a huge under taking and he does an amazing job
Also, thanks to Tom H for organising the training weekend year in year out, must be a challenge trying to organise everyone and keep us all happy!
The team organising both the efforts sessions and the conditioning sessions – great addition to the club offering
Antonio! he keeps on turning out for us: at xc no less – so brave! and always comments positively on the website.
Richard Hamer’s social media reporting and information is very much laughed at.
Neil Charlton for web work [when it’s done]
Chris Carver…all those emails must do his head in!!!
Flash (Caron’s bassett hound – he’s always there at cross country, relays and, oddly, anywhere that Caron is racing)
Christian Hosker stopping to offer help to a stricken athlete at Leeds half.
The beginners who’ve moved up-Louise Penny, Rob Fearnley, Claire Hastings, the lovely Isla and Beth.
Everybody & anybody who turns up for training sessions/races & social events making this a great club
All our families who allow and help us to do this
The woman with the Bacon Sandwich at Baildon Boundary way”]]>
1 Matthew Pierson Stainland 34.25
2 Tom Kaye u/a 34.58
3 Philip Eccleston Burnden RR 35.57
160 Phil Robinson Otley 54.50
A total of 437 runners took part.
View full results for Bradford parkrun event #295
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Club||Run Time|
|1||1||Marcin SOSZKA||Saltaire Striders||00:18:24|
|22||1||Jen WILLINGHAM||Saltaire Striders||00:21:38|
|80||71||Stephen SMALL||Otley AC||00:24:31|
A total of 318 runners took part.
View full results for Roundhay parkrun event #251
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Club||Run Time|
|1||1||Jonathan SMYTH||Valley Striders AC||00:17:48|
|27||1||Kathryn FISK||Horsforth Fellandale Club||00:21:05|
|142||121||Michael Jeffrey||Otley AC||00:26:43|
|212||51||Emma THOMSON||Otley AC||00:29:38|
A total of 271 runners took part.
View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #98
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Club||Run Time|
|13||13||Peter Andrew CROWDER||Otley AC||00:19:03|
|24||1||Emma SORBY||Ripon Runners||00:20:46|
|35||32||Howard Jeffrey||Otley AC||00:21:47|
See results here-http://http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/pages/race4.html]]>
During my warmup the heavens opened to a torrent of hail and snow, accompanied with a head in artic gale and I managed to develop brain freeze. At this point I did question myself with “what the hell are you doing, it’s not as if you are going to win!!” I soon dismissed these negative thoughts and took up my position at the back of the gathering pack. There were over 700 senior men on the start line; the line was approx. 30m long and 10 runners deep. The starter’s gun went off and the race got underway with what can only be described as a medieval battle charge down the field to the first bend.
The senior men’s race was 12K race, a 4 lap affair with each lap being approx. 2km. Each lap contained two large climbs, one steep decent and one gradual decent with a few switch backs, total elevation gain was 865ft. The course had treacle like mud nearly all the way round and was calf deep in places. I wore my 12mm XC spikes and wished I had 15mm as grip and traction was rare. But I have learnt how to control sliding while running and remain upright, only slipped over once. Weather conditions made the going even tougher, with horizontal hail/snow that hurt at times and with the arctic gales that caused further brain freeze but I was not going to stop until the end – I loved it!!!
I appreciate XC running is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a great experience to take part in such an event and I hope more OAC runners will take the plunge next season. Today I witnessed first-hand some awesome running in tough conditions. The front runners are machines and it’s amazing how effortlessly they glide around the course.
I am not the fastest person in the world and my mission in any of these top level races is not to come last. On Saturday I think there were 6 people behind me so I am pleased with that result as I could not have given it anymore and had jelly legs on the last 400m. Senior results are as follows:
|Senior Mens Race 12k|
|1st||Charlie Hulson||Sale Harriers Manchester||00:43:16|
|2nd||Peter Huck||Barrow & Furness Striders AC||00:43:24|
|3rd||Jack Morris||Stockport Harriers & AC||00:42:32|
|713th||Sean O’Halloran||Otley AC||01:36:18|
|Senior Ladies Race 7.7K|
|1st||Claire Duck||Leeds City||00:30:21|
|2nd||Sarah Tunstall||Kendal Amateur AC||00:30:41|
|3rd||Rosie Smith||Durham City Harriers & AC||00:30:44|
Full results can be found here www.northernathletics.org.uk/2016-results-index/
As the car park was closed due to the weather they had a long hike up to the start of the race but managed to amuse themselves with snowball fights!!
The race starts in the quarry and goes out onto the moor, with a final trip into the quarry and back out again….phew those Saturday morning Chevin runs came in very handy on the hill climb out of the quarry for the second time.
In the U12 Boys race Jenson Brogden came 7th and Kieran Green was 14th.
In the U10 Boys race Aston Brogden came 8th and in the U14 Girls race Holly Davey came 2nd.
All finishers received a certificate and a goody bag. They also did a chocolate throw out at the end so the Juniors took home plenty of sweet treats!!
Full results can be found here:
Rishton, Great Harwood and East Lancs are three of the former Lancahire League cricket teams I remember watching as a junior member at Nelson in the 1950s when the local professional was Johnny Wardle. So I revisited the Accrington area last weekend to test out my legs and lungs. The course was a mixture – bits of road, canal towpath, old railway line, muddy paths and parkland, with a nasty hill about halfway. My mediocre time was adequate enough to be 1st in age group (out of four). The only familiar face in the crowd of nearly 500 was that of Dave Smart, whom older members will remember as a former Otley runner; he’s just retired from running a pub in Silsden.
|2||Philip Eccleston||Burden Road Runners||34.50|
|3||Nick Gaskell||Trawden AC||36.04|
|160||Phil Robinson||Otley AC||51.20|
|279||David Smart||Leeds Bradford Tri||58.15|
On Sunday I travelled just up the road to Golden Acre Park to run in the fourth race of this winters PECO series.
The race was approx. 4.2 miles and run within the grounds of Golden Acre park. This was a two lap race consisting energy zapping muddy sections, fast flat sections, short sharpe inclines and declines and some nice long uphill sections.
Being the fourth race in the series you start to recognise people and little battles get formed each race. Today I was strong through the mud and on the long up hill sections and won some of the battles. Even saved something for an impressive sprint finish (video on Facebook).
It was also good to see the usual junior contingent, In their age groups: Aston Brogden finished 15th (B4-6), Bjoern Koerdt finished 6th (B7-9), Jenson Brogden finished 8th (B7-9), Holly Davey finished 9th (G7-9) and Kieran Green finished 22nd (B7-9). Times to be confirmed only placings available at present.
The winner of the men’s race was Terry Forest from Ackworth RR in 25:53 and the ladies winner was Bronwen Jenkinson from Leeds University CC in 30:21
Sean O’Halloran finished in 45:29.
Full results can be found here.
Looking forward now to next weekend’s Northen XC Championships in Blackburn.]]>
According to Matthew, 20.16 ‘So the last will be first and the first will be last’ so it came to pass on the day of our Lord 24 January 2016 that the last race of 2015 the Jolly Holly Jog became the first race (for me anyway) of 2016. If it is not washed out again later this year it will also be the last of 2016! I was actually surprised that the race was possible so soon after the 40 days and 40 nights of rain but we got an email last week to say it was good to go. The day was very mild at 13 degrees and there was little wind so it was a good day for a run. They were able to accept entries on the day and there was a good turn out of 525 finishers and a DNF in position -1!
I did suspect that the ground would be waterlogged and muddy so the choice of shoe was my trusty chunky trail shoes. Sure enough the start across the field was slippery and churned up grass and mud, so a steady away start for most. There are a couple of sections of tarmac, otherwise I think spikes might have been better as the route across the fields was a bit of a quagmire and I saw a shoe or two come off with the suction. Some of the hills felt hard work and the thighs are a bit stiff today but all in all a reasonably solid run after a bit of a rest period to try and shift a persistent cough (since July ! Got a consultant on the case now as well )
The race was won by Tristan Learoyd of New Marske Harriers in 36.34. First Lady Sharon Barlow of Ripon Runners in 11th place in 40.45. I came in 81st in 49.28, Nicola Lee in 126th in 51.45 and Ursula McGouran in 151st in 53.16, all chip times
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Please check the club notice board in the Cricket Club for forthcoming races and car sharing options.
Our Absolute Beginners group is for anyone wanting to have a go at running, regardless of ability. Find them on their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final club rankings and runner of the year tables for 2015 – well done to Mark Hall runner of the year for 2015, where are you?
A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:
Structured training - Structured training is available every Tuesday and Thursday, meeting at the club as normal. Here is the sessions rota.
Liam’s Hill Reps – 6:15pm every Tuesday, meet at the junction of St Richard’s Road and Kell Beck (up behind the hospital).
Sunday 21st Feb – Our resident kit expert Gilly Wright, boss of Up & Running in Leeds, starts her charity run from Otley to Cambridge. She’ll be there the following Saturday, and after a good night’s sleep she’ll be poised and ready for the Cambridge Half-Marathon. She’s doing it all in aid of the Candlighters charity and you can sponsor her here.
The Harrogate League - 3rd May Ilkley (provisional); 24th May Nidd Valley; 31st May Swaledale; 14th June Ripon; 28th June Otley handicap race (provisional).
Saturday 6th February – Rombalds Stride, Wadsworth Trog
Thursday 11th February – Away night Moonlighter, Beamsley Beacon, meet 7:15pm, Addingham, the road by the suspension footbridge, or 6:45pm at the club for car share.
Sunday 7th February – Dewsbury 10k, Hot Toddy 10k, Muddy Boots 10k
Saturday 13th February – Windy Hill FR
Sunday 14th February – Liversedge Half
Sunday 21st February – Wombwell 5, Snake Lane 10, Ilkley Moor Fell Race, (400 limit, prob. no entry on the day).
Saturday 27th February – Race 2 2016 Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, Eccup Alwoodley Lane Handicap, 6 miles, meet 10:30 – 10:45 New Inn Eccup to car share / jog down to the start, limited parking at the start @ 11:00am.
Saturday 27th February – Banff Mountain Film Festival, Harrogate.
Thursday 3rd March – The OAC Bake Off & Quiz!