The second race of the Eric Smith Handicap trophy is the Eccup, Alwoodley Lane Handicap on Sunday 19th February.
As the four of us (Billy, Andy, Nicky and I) headed off to York this morning, with Andy kindly providing taxi service, we were all saying how little training we’d done. A mixture of Achilles problems, shin splints, chest infections and colds had meant we were ‘just going to get to the end’.
As we arrived it was wet, foggy and miserable. Our ray of sunshine arrived in the form of our very own Howard J, in disguise as he didn’t have a number. He’d promised to pace me to sub-40 when we’d last met at the Leeds Christmas 10k, but this was pre chest infection and I’d only done one long run since last May!! Oops!!
We lined up in the rain and Nicky and I trotted alongside Howard. Anyway, it stopped raining, conditions now perfect and I felt comfortable at the pace Howard set…until mile 10!!! I died a little, tested Howard’s patience lots (“you haven’t worked so bloody hard to let it go now”) and got through it. A Harrogate lady thanked him for pacing her too as he quietly slipped away just before the finish line…
I did it 1:38:21!! A whole 1:15 off last year’s PB.
Thankyou Howard, you’re an absolute star, and can you make yourself available for every race please? and saw Nicky come in not long after but missed Andy and Billy-who both had much better runs than they’d expected.
From Howard: Thought it a fair division of labour for Sara to do the report. Really pleased she got the PB because from 10 it was getting tough but she dug deep and maintained the 7.30 pace right to the finish and this is what it looked like (photo attached). I had faded away and dropped out by then.
Full Results: 1st Steven Hebblethwaite, Keswick 1:09:17, 487th Sara Elliott 1:38:21, 657th Nicola Lee 1:44:23, 729th Andy Webster 1:46:25, 985th Billy Rayner 1:55:09, (All Chip times).]]>
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 21st January – Race 1 of the 2017 Eric Smith Trophy, the John Cowan Harewood Handicap, meet Harewood Village Hall, for an 11:00am start, followed by post race refreshment and results analysis at the Harewood Arms.
Friday 27th January - The Otley AC Presentation evening will once again be at Korks. The cost is £22, payment by cheque, cash or bank transfer BEFORE THE NIGHT. There is a limit of 76 places. Details of menu here.
Sunday 29th January – Meltham 10k
Saturday 11th February – Monthly club park run Bradford park run
Sunday 19th February – Race 2 of the 2017 Eric Smith Trophy, Eccup (Alwoodley Lane) Handicap
Thursday 9th March – Fish and Chips night and quiz after training at the cricket club. More details to follow]]>
Sarah the cyclops races past a wheelie bin outside malham last night. Matt]]>
Lightwater Valley is becoming a bit of the fixture for the Yorkshire Cross Country, and with an excellent course despite a log-jam just after the start and good parking and facilities you can see why. It was a fast course with little mud, and one steep bank plus a couple of short hills on each lap.
The early races included a couple of our juniors, Charlotte Rawstron finishing 60th in the Under 13’s and Holly Davey 42nd in the Under 15’s.
Sara Elliott and Caron Ralph both ran their longest ever cross country race of approx. 5 miles finishing well in 76th (39:02) and 111th (43:42) respectively. Julie Briscoe, Wakefield was a clear winner in 30:24.
I was joined by Tom Lynch and Billy Rayner in the final race of the day covering approx. 6.5 miles, after a rubbish effort at the Ken Dixon handicap I was happy with 103rd (40:53). Tom wasn’t too far behind in 119th (41:48) and Billy finished 277th (58:17). After winning the Under 20 race last year, young Emile Cairess came back to win his first Yorks. as a senior with a time of 33:47. I imagine not too many have done that over the long history of this race?
See a full set results here. Photos courtesy of Jack Robertshaw and for those who enjoyed reading about the first Ken Dixon Handicap, here’s another report from the archives, Otley AC’s first outing at the Yorkshire Cross Country in 1990 here.]]>
Christian Hosker and Laura Clark were awarded the Runners of the Month for December. Christian for his efforts at the Chevin Chase and Auld Lang Syne. Laura for her run at the Roseberry Topping Marathon (28 miles), a race photo here.
Also an honourable mention also to John Davis getting back to top form at several park runs during December.]]>
As per usual it was a fancy dress extravaganza at the Auld Lang Syne fell race including Otley’s own Christine Brunold who’s outfit made it into the Sunday Times! It’s not often you get to run alongside several hairy men in dresses, Prince, a giant banana and half the characters from Alice in Wonderland but several people looked to be regretting their choice of skimpy race-wear as we headed out into the teeth of a bitter winter wind on the moor.
The race is a 10.8km out and back and sticks mainly to tracks rather than the horrible bogs normally associated with Woodentops races. There were 433 runners in total, we had five running from Otley. Results as follows:
1st – Chris Farrell, Horwich RMI, 41:37
26th – Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth, 48:12
60th – Tom Lynch, Otley, 52:20
126th – Tom Pomfrett, Otley, 57:33
198th – Christopher Stacey, Otley, 62:17
221st – Christian Hosker, Otley, 63:20
328th – Christine Brunold, Otley, 71:13
Full results here: http://woodentops.org.uk/assets/results/16ALS.pdf]]>