The race was won by Mohammed Abu Rezeq of Altringham and district AC in 31.02. Jamil and Frank (another PB) not far behind in 5th and 9th respectively, others and times below. 1st lady was Shona Fletcher, Richmond and Zetland Harriers in 35.57. I was 3/36 o/60’s but three minutes faster than last year and best time since early 2012! You have to be doing about 36 mins for 10k to be fairly confident of first place in the o/60’s, which is tough and my ultimate target.
My target today of sub 40? If you reach your target it was too easy…. right? The wind did not help and I was out in my super light flats so I could feel the calves tightening in the last 3K. That did not slow me down as I kept up with the others around me but it stopped me going faster. I could not have gained the 45 seconds needed and all things considered a satisfactory race.
Hot off the press: Jamil, Frank and Jeremy won the Team Prize. No Mean Feat. Excellent!
Full results here: http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1821&page=1
Report from Jamil Parapia: Sniffles for a few runners but this didn’t put off the brave racing the Dewsbury 10k in cold and windy conditions. The first 5k was straight into an icy headwind. I pity those who did not wear gloves. I ran out in 16.50 and back in 15.33 which has to be the biggest negative split I have ever run. There were some fantastic performances from Otley runners, most notably Frank Beresford (32:39pb), Jeremy Stewart (37:08pb) and Nicola Lee (46:15pb). Both Jeremy and Nicola took significant chunks off their previous bests. Frank’s time was was also admirable demonstrating the progress he is making. Otley took the men’s team prize. It was nice to see Howard Jeffrey, head down sprinting in to finish in P3 in the V60 category in 40.45. Great straight line speed. The final Otley finisher was Eriks Zvaigzne in a time of 47:14.
|Race Number||First Name||Surname||Gender||Gender Position||Category||Category Position||Club||Gun Time||Overall Position||Chip Time||Chip Position|
I have done Meltham 10K before and don’t remember it being ‘Tough’ as described this year; especially when compared to some of the brutal, alpine and ‘toughest’ races undertaken by fellow Otley AC ians. It is par for the course for the Pennines in winter….i.e. Tough! I had just forgotten. They had added the title following the bad, wet weather last year. This year it was cool and dry although the wind whipped up a bit on the top for a while but generally conditions were OK for January. Even without poor weather the route is a challenge of some seriously long, relatively steep ups and downs. I think the winning time of 37.28 by David Thompson of Barnsley AC reflects the difficulty. 1st Lady Amy Karen Green of Keighley and Craven was 31st in 41.57. 305 finishers: Ego solus iterum Otleymus (or something/nothing like that).
I expected my age group to be won in around 43 minutes, so was a bit surprised to come second (by 11 seconds, 6 gifted at the start!) in 78th place in 45.06. I had raced hard a couple of guys in my category and got the better of them but ran out of track to get first. Pleased enough with weekend workouts and on to Dewsbury next week with a target of sub 40 weather permitting.
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Otley AC is profoundly sad for the loss of our true friend and fellow runner John Cowan, following his short illness. We are all devastated by his loss and offer our condolences and dedicate our support to his family, friends and colleagues and especially to his partner and our friend Laura Hind. He was a true gentle-man in every way and he will always be missed.
His loss will be initially commemorated with a minute’s silence at the beginning of our first race of 2015, on Saturday the 17th January at the club handicap run at Harewood. Please meet at the usual place near the village hall on or before 10.45 for a moment’s silence at 11 and please wear your club vests. Guests are welcome. His partner Laura has asked that after the race we celebrate his life with a pint at the pub]]>
My first race of the year was this weekends The Soreen Stanbury Splash fell race over at Haworth. With freezing temperatures and snow over the weekend the course was changed from the usual Stanbury Splash route to the Stoop Fell race. Racers were warned via social media about the conditions in are around the Penistone Hill Country Park and non 4×4 drivers were advised to park in Haworth.
I had convince Sara Richard in running the race and with the kind offer of a lift from Neil Reed the three of us were greeted with 4 inches of snow upon arrival in Haworth. We parked up and hiked over the hill to the cricket pavilion to register for the race.
With our £4 paid and pockets filled with Soreen lunch box bars we chatted and drank free coffee while waiting to see if there was any other brave/stupid OACers would turn up. While waiting for the start of the race the skies became dark and the snow began to fall. We had the usual start in the quarry pit and I was surprised to see a large turnout of like-minded nutters taking part in this race.
The Stoop fell race course is only 5 miles and has 800 feet of climbing; the conditions underfoot were a mixture of mud, deep icy bogs and inches of snow. Being towards the back (but not as far back as before) I looked ahead and saw a great sight of over 200 brightly coloured vests/jackets snaking up the coming hill and against the pure white snow backdrop it was a picture perfect moment, if only I had a camera.
During the assent I was unfortunately overtaken by a few runners highlighting an area I need to improve upon this year, but once we hit the flat section on the top the gap between those in front and me remained constant. However, this gap was reduced and I eventually I overtook people on the boggy decent. I had read a blog the day before on how to run downhill in fell races. So, with brain disengaged and with large bounding strides I went for it and attacked the hill, god it was so much fun and to my surprise I remained upright. With the final drag up the hill from the road and down to the cricket pavilion the race was done.
The last time I did the Stoop Fell Race route was in December 2013, and I was really pleased to learn the on Sunday I managed to get a 7 min course PB in a time of 64:09. In December of this year I shall aim for sub 60 mins.
The winner was Tom Adams (Ilkley) in 36:06 and the first lady was Linsey Brindle (Horwich) in 39:32.
First home for OAC was Chris Stacey in 166th in a time of 45:37 followed by Jim Sneath in 48:29, Neil Reed in 49:06, Dale Fox 53:41, Colin Best 54:52, Sara Richard 57:02, Sean O’Halloran 64:09 and Gloria Jackson in 70:51.]]>
Full Results here
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Club||Run Time|
|77||5||Nicola Lee||Otley AC||00:24:57|
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Club||Run Time|
|1||1||James PARROTT||Coventry Godiva Harriers||00:17:11|
|15||1||Amanda O’LEARY||Knowle and Dorridge Running Club||00:21:12|
|138||129||Richard A CLARKE||Otley AC||00:28:07|
Thanks to Caron, Tom and Scott for helping out with the course marking, not a day for the flour! and for Jack on the stop watch Also the supporters who turned out but didn’t race on a day where our thoughts were with Laura and John’s family.
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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.
Here are the final club rankings and runner of the year tables for 2014. Congratulations to Mark Hall the 2014 Runner of the Year, where are you?
2015 TRAINING WEEKEND will be Friday 20th – 23rd March at the same venue as this year; Limefitt Park, Troutbeck. The weekend is open to all fully paid-up members on a first come, first served basis. £57 for three nights self-catering in 5*log cabins holding six people. Please pay Tom Hannah at training; cash or cheque asap.
A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:
Saturday 7th February – If you’ve got a place, Rombalds Stride, 23mile, a local winter favourite LDWA challenge for walkers & runners.
Sunday 8th February – Muddy Boots 10k, Ripon.
Tuesday 17th February - Club Social Night a Tom Hannah Quiz with Fish & Chip supper after training, 8:45pm ish. Fish & Chips will be ordered, so let Kath or Jack Robertshaw have £5 at a training night by the Thurs. 12th Feb. at the latest.
Sunday 22th February – Ilkley Moor Fell Race, 8k/501m pre-entry only see details on Ilkley’s www here, or if you’ve got a place the Snake Lane 10, Pocklington.
Saturday 28th February – Race 2 of the 2015 Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, meet 10:45 for 11:00 start at Esholt, To get to the start, take the road left to Esholt village just before the lights near Hollins Hall Hotel, take the left after railway bridge just before you get to the village.]]>