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 email@example.com.
Buying something online, check out this easy way of giving the club a bit of extra funds on the Otley AC easyfundraising site here. So far up to 08/01/2017 we’ve managed to raise a fantastic £155.43.
Here’s the final, runner of the year & road rankings table for 2016, Congratulations to Mark Hall, the Runner of the Year for 2016, 2nd Howard Jeffrey, 3rd Robin Outtersides and to Scott Harrington topping the road rankings for all the distances.
A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:
Structured training - Hills and Speed sessions return each Thursday from the 6th October, and occasionally on a Tuesday a hills session.
Saturday 25th February – Bradford Lister Park parkrun – final target run for OAC Absolute Beginners group – come and support the beginners on their full 5k, Bolton Abbey Trail Races
Sunday 26th February – Snake Lane 10 (Full), Ilkley Moor FR – Pre-entry only
Tuesday 28th February - Club track speed session – Keighley University Academy track – meet at track 7pm, car share from club 6:00pm – all abilities welcome
Tuesday 7th March – Fish and Chips night and quiz after training at the cricket club. Please bring £5 to the club either Tues. or Thurs. 21st, 23rd or 28th. (No cash = no Fish & Chips!).
Saturday 11th March – Race 3 of the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, Wellington Handicap, 11:00am start
Saturday 18th March – Monthly Club Park Run – Woodhouse Moor.
Sunday 19 March - Thirsk 10
Sunday 9 April – Vale of York 10
Sunday 16 April – Guiseley Gallop
Sunday 18th June - Pudsey 10k]]>
This was a day for the fighting spirit of the old guard. Tom Hannah running his 200th Otley handicap and after months of injury problems, Phil’s welcome return to the handicap/racing scene. Success going to Phil with a 2 minute win ahead of Tom. With John and Carol in the first 6, these four have run a grand total of 600+ handicaps in 25+ years.
Here’s a bit of a stats. breakdown of the of Tom’s fantastic achievement. His first race was the Farnley Handicap in June 1992, where he was invited to run as an unattached runner from the Otley 10 and finishing second. So off to a good start and he’s averaged 8 races a year since. Tom has won 10 of the 200, been 2nd 18 times and passed the 100 mark at the end of 2003 and surprisingly has never won the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy.
Back to the present, finishing in 7th place, Laura Hind moved to the top of the handicap table with 37 pts, ahead of Billy 33 and Gary and Eriks on 32. In pretty much ideal conditions, Gary recorded the fastest time of the day approx. 30 seconds quicker than Tom Lynch.
Not long to wait for the 3rd race, on the 11th March, the undulating three lap route from the Wellington Inn at Darley.
Myself and Sara Richard travelled to Roberttown for the Liversedge Half Marathon.
Not known for being a PB course due to ‘undulations’, conditions were made worse by wind, snow and sub zero temperatures. However, not wanting to let each other down we both reluctantly took our place at the start. I can safely say that it was not an enjoyable experience and by the time I finished, in a time of 2:04:57, I was wet, freezing and had lost the feeling in both hands despite wearing gloves for the entire race. Sara finished in 2:06:53.
The race was won by Jason Cherriman of Leeds City in 1:11:30 with the first lady being Lucy Collins of Stainland Lions in 1:27:17. Ian Fisher running for Bingley was 6th in 1:17:14 and first V45.]]>
( No times, as only the 10 k results were recorded)]]>
This is a BM 9 mile Fell race with 1300ft of ascent, held near Littleborough at the bottom of the big hill on the M62. My mentor Dave suggested we enter this and so off we set on Sunday morning into the snow and gales. The race started and finished at a Rugby club which was warm with food and drink available. Good job as outside it was snowing and blowing a gale. Bravely we ventured outdoors, hung round for a bit and then we were off into the storm like a pack of hunting dogs. A fairly gentle ascent on fast tracks, under and then back over the M62 led to a long roller coaster stretch heading north into the wind, which was nice as the snow was being blasted at you. Then came the big climb onto Blackstone edge and we ran south down the pennine way. I thought of Sarah Fuller going north on here recently, as I pulled my balaclava on and put up my hood – it was a bit chilly and breezy. Good fun running lead to the Iconic bridge over the motorway and we left the PW to run down the Windy hill ridge on a fair but muddy track. Higher up there was a fair amount of snow and the bog was frozen, but at lower altitudes it was the viscous liquid we love. Suddenly we emerged out of the mist and there was the finish. I had a good race (didn’t fall over or go in deeper then knee!) and finished near the middle of the field. Strangely enjoyable and satisfying to brave the elements and race in foul conditions.
Tom Adams 58.36 and Rachel Jones (V45!) won; I was 112/205 in 1.26.48
Full results here]]>
Carnethy is the 2nd highest of the Pentland Hills that stretch south from Edinburgh. At just 1880ft it is less than half the height of Ben Nevis. But don’t let this fact fool you into thinking this is an easy race! The ‘5’ in the race title refers to the number of hill summits and not the distance, (approx. 6 miles). So after passing the summits of Scald Law, South Black Hill, East and West Kip your legs are feeling it a bit and then you’ve got the long steep climb to Carnethy. Once you’ve done the last climb of the day it’s a leg sapping, never ending descent through knee deep heather, before the final ‘sprint‘ to the finish line. Throw in the fact that it is February in Scotland and the weather comes into play just a little bit…
Last year was Caron’s first attempt and we were greeted with really tricky conditions, lots of snow and a bit of wind, so my thoughts during the week were, ‘well it can’t be worse than last year‘… How wrong can you be… Admittedly there wasn’t as much snow on the lower slopes as last year but the gale force wind on the summits, particularly on South Black Hill and Carnethy more than made up for that, it was difficult to stay upright, never mind run! Here’s a good clip of the breeze on Carnethy enjoy…
Anyway we both survived and enjoyed it! Caron even ran approx. 5 minutes quicker than last year, I was well short of my aim but given the conditions that was never on, but was still reasonably pleased with my run.
Results: 76th Andrew Robertshaw, 1:06:24, 374th, (62nd Woman), Caron Ralph 1:31:56
1st Finlay Wild 52:50, (Ben Nevis winner for the last 7 years), 2nd Tom Addison 53:37, 3rd Andrew Douglas 54:28, (4th 2016 European Mountain Running Champs, 11th 2016 World MRC), 1st Woman Hannah Russell, 1:01:30 (Junior), 2nd Charlotte Morgan 1:02:54, 3rd Georgia Tindley, 1:03:47. Full results, plus a few photos and links to videos here, more photos here.
PS. If anyone fancies this next year we plan to give it another go, thoroughly recommended…]]>
I braved the rush hour traffic and eventually arrived at the Barnsley Dorothy Hyman track. Having never raced a track 10k before I ran most of the race in a small group at a comfortable pace. I was disappointed not to go sub 35 mins as I finished with ‘gas in the tank’ The race was enjoyable and surprisingly passed quickly. The conditions were excellent. I finished 3rd in 35.16. winner was Dan Kestrel, Barnsley ac 32.47. Entry cost £3.]]>