I competed in the English Sprint Triathlon championships at Eton in July and came sixth in my age group. I also did the British Standard Triathlon Championships, in Liverpool in early August, and came sixth in my age group. Pleased with that result as I had a good race all round and it qualified me for the Euro Champs, in Geneva, next year.
Went to Austria to do the European Duathlon Standard Champs, in Weyer last Sunday. Absolute deluge of rain till about two minutes before our start then pretty good conditions. Managed 42:30ish for the first 10k then my trusty Nike Mayfly shoes (supposedly good for 100K, then throw away) finally fell apart coming into first transition (they owe me nought as I have done thousands of K in them!).
I wanted to bury them with ceremony on an Alpine pasture but Jacque would not let me. She said it was in some way toxic pollution of the environment!
Three times up Mont Blanc (so it seemed) was HARD on the bike and was a real lung and heart tester over 40k. The chain came off on the first grade but I only lost a bit of time but no placing in my age group.
During the downhills on the bike I had time to reflect (despite the terrifying hairpins) on how I was going to do the last 5k run without a right shoe on some pretty sharp gravel paths! I had rubber bands in my bag… not robust enough! I had a spare number belt I could tie round… plausible! Eureka… I was wearing calf compression sleeves so I thought I could just slip it down over my shoe and it would hold it together… guess what… it did! (21:23 for the 5k). I thought it would be destroyed by the friction but when I took it off it was barely even dusty!
Not relying on it for next time as I have a spare pair of Mayflys waiting in the wings ready for call-up. With the lost time I may have made one position higher although I doubt it but… guess what… I came sixth! Second UK counter in my age group also prequalified for next year’s European Standard Duathlon at a place to be decided… so a bit like a mystery tour!]]>
Nick Hodgkinson was 96th in 26:27. The winner was Stuart Farmer (Serpentine RC) in 17:45 and the first lady in 15th place overall was Natasha Perry in 20:57.
Reid Haddow was 127 in 26:50. The winner was Joe Woodley (Skyrac) in 18:13 and the first lady in 28th place overall was Lucy Miller (Bingley Harriers) in 21:53.
I went to the show and spectated at the race a few years ago, and thought that this was one not to be missed. It is only 1 mile long, but with a near vertical descent; an Iconic BOFRA race with history and real class. One for the bucket list if you want to call yourself a fell runner.
So I took the afternoon off work and went for a trot. About 70 of us lined up on a nice day, and off we went. The ascent is OK, then 200yrds flat on top and then dive dive dive, over the edge. Wild death potential with rocks whistling past – except for the one that hit me on the back of the leg. Then comes a slight lull before the main event: The vertical gully! This now has a rope down it to assist you – which the old-timers say spoils the fun. Didn’t stop some bloke falling past me.
From there to the finish in the show field is a path.
Ted Mason was second, not sure who won – but it wasn’t me. Well I’m glad I’ve got Yorkshires most dangerous fell race done and survived – if covered in blood.
The show is excellent – a real Dales experience.
Results: 1st Rob Hope, P&B 8:07, 1st Lady Caroline Lambert, Wetherby R 10:55, 64th Matt Podd 13:38.
All the results, including sheep, cattle, walking sticks and adult handicrafts (fnarr fnarr), or just the Crag race on the BOFRA site here & lots of Woodentop photo’s here and Caron’s fell race and dancing sheep photo’s on the club flickr here, they did shortly after these were taken honestly.]]>
A slightly earlier than scheduled start caught out some of the Otley runners, busy chatting.. 15th Rogan Ashton 39:46, 117th Jaqueline Ackroyd 50:39, 123rd Colin Best 52:12, 173rd Don Buffham 1:00:32.]]>
I did the Halton Gill Sports fell race on Sunday. This is a typical BOFRA race, straight up and down to the highest point on the horizon. The gala itself was loads of fun, 3 legged race, welly wanging, blind sheepdog trials, all very low key and so friendly. Halton Gill is in an absolutely idyllic spot, and if you dare look over your shoulder while grasping for tufts of grass on the way up you see gorgeous views back over to Pen-y-Ghent. There was very little actual running, but I kept up with the main ‘chasing pack’, behind the 3 fell-gazelles at the front.
The downhill was rough, rocky, steep and I didn’t exactly fly down. Knowing I’d need my ankles to drive home I took it easy and lost loads of time, but it stopped actually mattering, I was just enjoying the challenge.
It did matter when I heard the leading ladies closing me down, so put in some effort to stay ahead.
Similar feeling to after Roseberry Topping, slightly traumatised but buzzing.
No idea on placing or time, but it was all about the whole day really.
I do know I beat Adam Osbourne though (in the 3 legged race).]]>
I travelled to Birkenshaw this afternoon with Tom Midgley, his wife Toni and Tilly the dog for the West Yorkshire 5 mile Road Race.
It started at the unusual time of 2pm and, with it being a fairly hot and sunny day, an earlier start would have been a bit more pleasant.
The start of the race was from the fire station in Birkenshaw as this event incorporated the Fire Service Championship. From the start it was an uphill winding loop on the grounds of the fire station before we pounded the local roads of Birkenshaw.
The first two miles were all gradual climb before it flattened out and then a gradual decent to the 3.5 mile mark and again a long gradual climb up to the grounds of fire station and back down to the finish.
Soon after the start it was Kevin Ogden of Spen AC who established an early lead and showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field.
Behind him was a runner from Preston who despite struggling on the hills managed to get a gap and sustain it to the finish. I was next with Tom Midgley in hot pursuit and kept the pressure on all the way.
Tom had a great run despite having a tough week of training in the build up to the Great North Run. He also ran the Leeds Park Run yesterday and achieved his best result for a few years over the distance, so well done Tom.
Overall a tough course but very happy to finish in 3rd place and 1st V40 (only one prize of highest value to each runner) Tom also came away with a massive pb and a prize for 3rd man in the open category. Special thanks to Tom’s wife Toni and the Harringtons dog Tilly, who offered unbiased support during the race.
Results: 1st Kevin Ogden, Spenborough 27:45, 1st Lady Maddy Winzer, Richmond & Z 34:22, 3rd Liam Dunne 28:36, 4th Tom Midgley 28:55. Full results on RaceBest www here.
For Otley 4th & 1st V50 Mark Hall 58:04, 9th Julian Mawson 59:47, 77th John Dade 1:17:21, 141st David Cattanach 1:41:15, 143rd Antonio Cardinale 1:45:31.]]>
Leeds: 1st Stuart King, Heanor RC 16:13, 1st Lady Tanya Ferguson 20:43, 6th Tom Midgley 17:29, 151st, Ann Yeadon 25:15
Sewerby: 1st Tony Murray, Crook & District 18:57, 130th Reid Haddow 39:31]]>
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Please note – new time: Summer sprint training with Jamil Parapia. Sprint/speed training sessions every Tuesday , meeting at 6:45m prompt at the Cricket Club for runs on the footpath tracks in the grounds of High Royds. All abilities welcome and catered for.
A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:
Thursday 28th August - 8pm running biomechanics session at the club house after training. Delivered by Tri-Mechanics.
Wednesday 3rd September - Ilkley Incline, 7pm – 1 mile uphill with 560ft of ascent.
Saturday 6 September – Family activity day in Wharfemeadows Park to raise for Sport Chevin, formerly Back the Track; Noon until 4pm including informal 2.5k family fun run (1pm) and 5k race (2pm).
Tuesday 9th September – Track sessions at Greenhead Athletics Track, Keighley. Try your hand at the Dream Mile from 7.30pm. Meet at the running club 6:30pm for car sharing.
Saturday 11th September – Rombald’s Romp Fell’ v ‘Trail’ Race on Ilkley Moor.
Tuesday 23rd September – Club AGM, at the Cricket Club after training. This is your opportunity to raise and discuss any issues you have about the club and its future direction, and you should have received an email with the agenda. If not then please John Dade.
Thursday 25th September - Rack up some handicap points in the 3,000m race at at Greenhead Athletics Track, Keighley, from 7.30pm. Meet at the running club 6:30pm for car sharing.
Saturday 11th October - Anyone interested in a two day, one night trip to the Lakes in October to run in the fells? There’ll be two groups; the mountain goats (you know who you are) and the wheezers (you know who you are). Contact Richard H.
West Yorkshire Cross Country League dates: Sunday 19th October; 1st or 2nd November; 22nd or 23rd November; Sunday 7th December. Details to be confirmed.]]>
Nairobi is situated at 1700m above sea level and give that I was stepping off the plane from Zanzibar in my Otley vest and heading straight to the race I thought I’d best start some training to acclimatise as best I could. I had about 10 days. Fortunately the hotel had a running machine. Unfortunately it also had a bar and I love Tusker Lager! Fortunately they have released a healthier brand which is only 4% known as Tusker Light. The treadmill was a good work out although intensely boring.
The next training run was through Hells Gate National Park in the Rift Valley. At 1900m above sea level I decided to push hard. This was helped by the herds of buffalo a few metres from the road. A lone Buffalo is the most feared animal in Kenya. It was an amazing run through the incredible scenery past herds of zebra, impala, gazelles and giraffe. I was told there are leopards and cheetah although I did not see any.
After 4 rest days in the Masai Mara (I can get favourable prices if any of you fancy going) it was back to Nairobi for two days of treadmill before dropping to sea level for our stay in Zanzibar. What a beautiful place to run. Everybody waving and yelling Jambo as you run past. I knew I would have limit myself to a strict holiday drinking diet of 1 Kilimanjaro lager and 2 glasses of red wine if I was going to compete with the locals in Nairobi.
So to race day. The flight was on time and the weather in Nairobi was coolish with a slight breeze but the altitude and smog was more of a concern. I decided to warm up in Uhuru park with what looked to be some elite athletes. After closer inspection virtually everyone looked like an elite athlete and I was fortunate to be kept company by Sally Bosioso the 1997 women’s world 10000m champion and David Nyandiri who would finish in 29.57. I had a brief chat with eventual race winner and current women’s half marathon world record holder Florence Kiplagat, but she hadn’t heard of Otley AC or Julian Mawson the inaugural Windermere marathon winner so I moved on. The race start was pretty chaotic, delayed by 30 minutes. I decided not to start on the start line for obvious reasons but the race was chip timed. After the gun fired Daniel Kinyua (see above) ushered me to run with him. Thanks but no thanks Dan, I didn’t feel a club record by a minute was in me. The race atmosphere was amazing with TV crews on every corner and I had by now stopped thinking about the prospect of Al Shabaab grenades being lobbed onto the road. I crossed the line in a gun time of 34.00.60 and finished 152nd out of about 500 men. The chip timing was not permitted by the government apparently but according to my watch it would have been around 33.55 so not much difference. The women raced separately. Being the fastest Mzungu (European) I attracted quite a bit of attention and was very fortunate to spend some time in the company of Catherine Ndereba. Catherine has won the world championship twice for the marathon and held the previous world record of 2 hours 18 minutes before it was broken by Paul Radcliffe’s famous run in London. Daniel arranged for my Dad and I to be driven back to the hotel by Sammy Karanja winner of the Berlin 25k and who has a half marathon time PB of 1 hour 1 minute.
The men’s race winner was Amos Kiplimo in 27.42. The top 5 men all ran under 28 minutes and that’s without the Kipsangs and Mutais of this world. The vet 40 winner ran 28.13. Florence Kiplagat inspired by my Otley AC vest won the women’s race in 31.42. The top 3 women all ran under 32 mins. Aside from a Danish runner virtually all the runners were Kenyan…..including me!
1. Amos Kiplimo 27.42
2. Edwin Kiptoo 27.44
3. Vincent Yator 27.44
4. Leonard Kipkoech 27.45
5. Timothy Kiptoo 27.53
6. Frankline Keitany 28.04
7. Julius Kalekem 28.06
8. James Gitahi 28.10
152. Jamil Parapia 34.00
1. Florence Kiplagat 31.42
2. Irene Chebet 31.45
3. Alice Aprot 31.46
4. Jackline Chepng’eno 32.24
5. Helah Kiprop 32.25
6. Beatrice Mutai 32.31
7. Doris Changeywo 32.36
8. Emily Chemtai 32.36