There was a select group representing Otley AC at the final race of this year’s West Yorkshire Cross Country league at a challenging course next to Cliffe Castle. After last year’s mudfest, this year it was a much drier affair, with underfoot conditions on the soft side and only a little bit of mud.
Caron had a solid run to finish 59th, 27:00 in the senior women’s race won by Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth in 20:19. I was reasonably happy with 69th, 31:11 in the men’s race. Highlight of the day was the spirit shown by a couple of 65+ year olds in Antonio’s sprint to the line with his rival from Denbydale Striders’, Peter Andrews.
Dan Garbutt, Skyrac and Tom Adams, Ilkley battled it out up front, with the Skyrac man getting the win by 5 seconds in 25:36. See full results here.]]>
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Club||Run Time|
|1||1||Tom Lynch||Otley AC||18:57|
|3||3||Andrew Robertshaw||Otley AC||19:40|
|24||24||Peter Gosling||Otley AC||21:52|
|26||1||Steph Wilson||Pudsey & Bramley AC||21:56|
|30||29||Michael Hastings||Otley AC||22:19|
|33||32||Andrew Webster||Otley AC||22:35|
|58||4||Caron Ralph||Otley AC||23:49|
|61||57||John Davis||Otley AC||24:00|
|81||77||Matt Podd||Otley AC||25:06|
|94||6||Ann Yeadon||Otley AC||25:38|
|101||9||Kirsty Pomfrett||Otley AC||26:06|
|128||114||Andrew Rayner||Otley AC||27:08|
|258||88||Lynne Lister||Otley AC||33:00|
|313||125||Claire Hastings||Otley AC||40:29|
|1||1||Nathan Smith||City of York AC||17:25|
|13||13||Peter Crowder||Otley AC||20:10|
|29||1||Emma Sorby||Ripon Runners||21:49|
|1||1||Andrew Dobby||Harrogate H&AC||17:33|
|39||1||Ann Dale||Wetherby R.||21:27|
|210||166||David Fox||Otley AC||28:47|
|1||1||Chris Livesey||Preston Harriers||16:58|
|3||1||Hannah Oldroyd||Airedale Dodgers||18:59|
|48||13||Joanna Hobson||Otley AC||26:53|
|1||1||Tom Venning||Valley Striders||17:42|
|11||1||Kate Husband||Southville R.C.||20:01|
|23||22||Howard Jeffrey||Otley AC||21:05|
|194||54||Sarah Jones||Otley AC||30:17|
|1||1||Joseph Kwallah||Wetherby Runners||17:58|
|14||1||Tally Diamond||Valley Striders AC||23:09|
|31||7||Susan Tupling||Otley AC||25:51|
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Here’s the latest, (including races up to 6th November), runner of the year & road rankings table for 2016, where are you?
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.
Sunday 4th December – Race 4 West Yorks. Cross Country League, Keighley.
Sunday 11th December – Leeds Christmas 10k Challenge, Mytholmroyd Fell Race
Sunday 18th December – The final & most prestigious race of the 2016 Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, The 28th Ken Dixon Handicap, Swinsty, 11:00am start. Post race inquests to be held at the Sun Inn, where prizes will be presented. Check out the links to 1989 report and results.
Monday 26th December – Chevin Chase
Tuesday 27th December – Jolly Holly Jog
Saturday 7th January – Yorkshire Cross Country, Lightwater Valley, entry closing date 14th Dec. if you would like to run please email Andrew asap.]]>
Winner: Joe Sweetnam-Powell. Sheffield RC. 33.15
Mark Hall. 35.32, 12th, 1st V55.
Lots of hills in this event, It’s definitely not a PB race! I was pleased to only be 40 seconds slower than Leeds AD and a minute faster than last year in this event. No other OAC runners.
Further Update from Mr Andy Webster
Mark did not look far enough down the results!
I ran The Barnsley 10k for the third time. My first experience was in 2004, when running for Barnsley Harriers I finished in just over 41 minutes. This year I was looking to beat last years time of 47 minutes. It is an undulating course with very little flat. The two hardest miles at the end.
The weather conditions were perfect cool and sunny with little wind. I got in a reasonable position near the front as the start is uphill and quite narrow. Kept a pretty even pace until mile 4 when the hills started, I did manage to keep going though and felt really strong coming into the last mile. Just failed to dip under 45 minutes finishing in 45:01. But pretty please considering the course profile.
|Provisional Results Here|
I’ve been struggling to find races that fit in with everything else going on, so took advantage of a bit of free time to do this as a guest runner. It was a fine autumn day for 500 runners (and that’s just the men) to do a lap of the fields, woods and hills of the estate. With my new streamlined chin I took it fairly easy for the first mile, but felt good, so pushed on up the long straight hill of ‘the avenue’. I seemed to be passing people and enjoyed the wooded trails. It wasn’t exactly very ‘cross-country’, purists would be saddened by the lack of mud, but it was a nice course. There’s a big hill near the end, but I was feeling ok, so pushed on, the final lap of the field was hard because I had someone on my shoulder and a Horsforth vest tantalisingly just in front, so I had to put in an effort to ‘just’ hold them off.
The race was won by some margin by Nathan Marsh of Leeds Uni CCC 25.30. I was 47th in 29.25. I didn’t see her, but Pange was 241st in 45.44, the ladies race being won by Zanthe Wray of Hallamshire.
Results here : http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/pages/race1.html]]>
David Cattanach went back to the top of the handicap table with a 4 point lead over Tom Pomfrett and 10 on Tom Lynch, see the full table here.
The final and most prestigious race of the year is the Ken Dixon Christmas Handicap, Sunday 18th December.
|13||Bev Downes||47:41||04:00||43:41||(4 miles)|
The recent wet spell made the going on the soft side at the course next to Spenborough’s Princess Mary track. The senior ladies did 3 laps of a spectator friendly, ‘loopy’ course with a few hills thrown in. Wakefield’s Charlene Thomas was an easy winner in 19:43, Sara Elliott was first for Otley in 61st, 26:00, followed by Caron Ralph in 72nd, 27:29.
Antonio was the sole representative for Otley in the men’s 5 lap race finishing 149th, 1:12:22. Tom Adams, Ilkley won a much closer race, breaking clear on the last lap to win in 30:51. See full results here.]]>
My sister persuaded me to enter the Darmstadt Cross race, as it conincided with my visit to see her in Germany, and also made up for missing the 3rd race in the WYXC league. The race is a 6.6km XC race that is part of a bamboozling set of races (15) that contribute to University Championships, a German Cross Country Cup and qualification for the German Athletics team. I’m not entirely sure which race I was in, but the field was certainly very strong. The race consisted of a male only field with U20s MO, and MV categories, and involved of 1 small and 5 big laps around a flat field with a couple of sandy ‘hills’ (bumps) and lots of dog poo! The course was really dry, with no mud in sight, despite everyone being in big spikes, it was perfectly runnable in trail shoes. I was pretty much left for dust at the start due in part to my diet of cheese and beer for the preceeding week at a conference, but mainly to the class field, it didn’t seem that there were many also rans entering these races! The winner was Jannik Seelhofer U20 (SC Melle 03) in 21:18.8, I came in 49th in 26:15.2, I don’t have the full results but there were at least 60 runners. Full results will appear here.]]>
I’ve decided I’m completely barking. After the ultra in early Oct I didn’t feel I’d quite finished with my adventures for the year and when Liz Fawcett asked if anyone wanted to join her in doing the Wensleydale Wedge I thought why not.
It’s a LDWA 23 miler like Rombalds, starts and finishes in Askrigg passing through Thoralby, Aysgarth up to Bolton Castle and across Askrigg Moor.
Liz did a recce a couple of weeks ago and we were booked into a B&B in Askrigg due to the 8am start. During the week leading up to this weekend the weather has been awful, heavy snow on the hills and the forecast was not good. I was definitely wavering as I wasn’t up for a re run of the appalling weather we had for Rombalds and my ankle was still swollen after falling in a race two weeks ago.
A long story cut short, Liz was sensible and I was not, I asked someone who had excellent nav skills and who I knew needed the extra spine training to join me and Sarah Fuller couldn’t resist an excuse for an adventure.
We set off on sat night and had a fab night and breakfast at Thornsgill House in Askrigg, really recommend it. When we awoke it was unexpectedly dry so that was a bonus as it’s always easier to start a race in the dry. The route is really picturesque and very manageable, ok it’s not flat but no horrendous hills. However, the mud started immediately and didn’t really let up. It was really hard work staying upright and very difficult to get going. After Semer Water we started climbing up and the snow began.
I’ve run in the snow at low level before but never over a moor and that deep, totally out of my comfort zone. I actually quite liked it but my ankles were starting to complain after all the mud. Sarah was in her element and was very much enjoying herself. She wanted to start a snowball fight but I wanted to keep my hands warm, although I was tempted to do a snow angel, thankfully my sensible head kicked in and I didn’t.
As we started heading down out of the snow towards the first check point with food at Thoralby, at 11 miles, I was seriously struggling and after a while decided I best warn Sarah I was thinking of retiring as I was in mega pain. We decided we’d get some food and a cuppa, get some painkillers down me and crack on to the next check point about 2 miles further on, then I could decide what to do.
I gritted my teeth, moaned and groaned, and listened to Sarah’s words of wisdom. “You’ll be pissed off if you retire”, too true. I also wanted to see Bolton Castle as I’d never heard of it and so we continued through more mud and made it to the check point there at 16.5 miles. Painkillers hadn’t done a thing and I was still in mega pain, strangely running was easier than walking but the damn mud wasn’t making that easy.
Decisions, decisions, it was only another 6.5 miles to the end, I could crawl that. So with literally gritted teeth off we went. Finally, we turned down off Askrigg Moor and we could see the village. Finishing in 6:26 ish.
I must be slightly sadistic as I will not give up even when my body is screaming at me to stop. I can’t thank Sarah enough for her support and nav skills, she’s a machine as she’d already done 50 miles this week and it looked like it was a breeze for her.
That’s it for me this year, I’m having a rest to let these ankles recover properly. Well apart from Chevin Chase but that’s tradition.]]>