The third race in the league took place round the muddy fields next to Cliffe Castle in Keighley. The mud together with a steep climb on each large lap made it tough going, although the distance was a little less than usual, at approx 6.5 k for the senior men’s race.
Caron Ralph was off first for the seniors and ran well finishing 62nd in 26:14. Katie Walshaw glided over the mud to win the race by half a minute or so in 18:27.
The seniors men’s race was four large laps, finishing with a shorter lap of the flatter section of the course. The hill on the larger lap was split into a couple of zigzag climbs and after a short section after the climb, the trickiest part of the course was negotiating a right hand turn, against the camber of the slope and there were several falls here. I was surprised to finish 18th, 27:08, behind Frank Beresford’s excellent run for 5th, 24:49. Antonio Cardinale did amazingly well to stay on his feet all the way round running in his road shoes! finishing 147th 45:53. Unfortunately the road works on the Bingley bypass caused Ian & Shane to turn back as it was pretty much gridlock through Bingley and Riddlesden. The 3rd different winner in this season’s races was Dominic Easter, Leeds City, 24:05. See full results here.
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TIME TO RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP! A message from Hannah ‘bite yer legs’ Mallinson: Although UKA has increased its fees we have decided not to pass this on and have fixed the fees for the coming year because of club events and fund-raising. So a big thank you to all the members for your support in the past and for your continued support in the future.
The membership fees are 1st Claim – £30, 2nd Claim – £15, and can be paid either in cash, cheque or preferably direct to the club bank account. For bank bank please email the club.
If you don’t want to renew your membership please can you let the club know so we don’t continue to chase you for your subs. And if you have moved house or changed your contact details we need to now so we can update UKA.
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 29th November – The Weeton Handicap. The all important second to last handicap race of the season, aka The Fat Lady. Last year only 14 club members turned out, complacency was obviously setting in! Meet by the railway bridge, 2nd right at Huby, at 10:45 for a 11.00 start.
Sunday 7th December - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Nunroyd Park, Guiseley, venue & race details here..
Saturday 13th December - Gathering Winter Fools Relay, Keighley. Teams of 4 x 2 sought by Sarah Fuller – see email sent by Chris Carver. Last year Otley won a prize! Will President Podd run again this year? Will he wear jazzy leggings? And will he get his coat back off Pange (from last year’s race)?
Sunday 21st December – The final and most important handicap of the year is the traditional Ken Dixon Christmas handicap, Swinsty, 11am start.
Tuesday 30th December – Annual away day to Threshfield, near Grassington, followed by (optional) food & drink at the Devonshire Arms, Cracoe. Expect approx six-mile run, although some brave souls sometimes do the Wharfedale Half-Marathon route. Meet near Wharfedale RUFC, Wharfeside Avenue, at 11am.
Friday 23rd January - Annual presentation evening at Korks; further details to follow.]]>
The Abbey Dash tactics are quite simple. Try and run the same pace for about 9500m, including negotiating the ridiculous leg through the Vue cinema village and a 360 degree turn in the middle of the road. If you have mananged not to trip over the other thousands of participants, unleash a final push over the “hill” and collapse on the line with hopefully a personal or season best. There were fine performances from a number of Otley runners including bests for Richard Smith, Nicola Lee, Sara Elliott, Ann Yeadon and Toni Midgley and 2nd claimer Tom Potter. Tom Midgely also equalled his lifetime best. Well done to all.
Full Results and Photos. And all-round impressive OtleyAC results:
Jamil Parapia 00:31:45 95th
Frank Beresford 00:32:44 144th
Thomas Midgley 00:34:20 256th
Liam Dunne 00:34:36 275th
Julian Mawson 00:35:30 348th
Robin Outtersides 00:35:33 352nd
Richard Smith 00:36:01 390th
Graham Lake 00:37:03 496th
Tom Potter(2nd claim) 00:37:20 516th
Jon Greenwell 00:37:23 519th
Howard Jeffrey 00:41:27 1154th
Stephen Boddy 00:43:35 1593th
Andrew Webster 00:44:47 1937th
Andrew Rayner 00:47:06 2565th
John Cowan 00:47:08 2572nd
Nicola Lee 00:47:17 2625th
Sara Elliott 00:47:20 2645th
Nick Leathley 00:47:59 2834th
Melvin Hoare 00:49:31 3353rd
Ann Yeadon 00:51:52 4130th
Charlotte Tomlinson 00:52:23 4325th
Tom Hannah 00:52:29 4354th
Laura Hind 00:52:58 4498th
Reid Haddow 00:54:13 4961st
Toni Midgley 00:57:05 5969th
Lucy Mowat 00:58:39 6496th
Lisa Rigby 01:17:37 9297th
|1||1||Paul O’CALLAGHAN||Tadworth AC||00:16:59|
|40||36||Tony WALKER||Otley AC||00:21:14|
|1||1||Stephen MAKIN||Wigan Phoenix||00:17:49|
|50||17||Joanna Hobson||Otley AC||00:28:25|
This is one local fell race, (5.3 miles / 945ft), I’ve watched several times, but never run actually raced. Several Otley members I lined up at the bottom of the steep farm field adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool canal near the Fisherman’s Inn, Bingley. The race goes through a couple of muddy farm fields, on to Shipley Glen, the summit of Baildon moor, a loop round the summit and back to the popular spectator spot at the road crossing. From there it’s the reverse of the first couple of miles back to the finish. The slippery conditions were to the advantage of the runners with the 1st 10 counting, the harriers scored 93 to the cyclist 142. A top event all round, well worth giving a go.
1st overall (cycle) was Rob Jebb, 35:43, followed by Andy Peace (c). 1st harrier in 3rd was Andy Brown and first lady (harrier) was Victoria Wilkinson 40:07, all Bingley H. 1st for Otley was Bob Addey, (c), 6th in 38:33, followed by Sam Stell (h) 11th 39:40, myself 12th 39:53, 67th Andy Hunt 47:06, 104th Laura Clark 49:47, 160th Bob Baker 56:08, 161st Caron Ralph 56:33, 202nd Lisa Maughan 1:03:19, 215th Don Buffham 1:09:45 and 225th Antonio Cardinale 1:24:18. Richard Hamer dnf’d on his mountain bike after a few falls causing bike & injury problems.
As ever lots of photos on woodentops here, full results here, a race history & videos here and one for 2014 here, stick it out till the end for a few good falls & Antonio.]]>
Shared between Liam – ah ah, ladies first; Sara Richard and Liam Dunn. Sara took part in the Harewood Trail Race, the Horsforth 10k and the Yorkshire Marathon, finishing in 4:17:56 and beating Liz Fawcett, Billy and Emma Jones in the process; before beginning this month with the White Rose Ultra.
As for Liam, only two races in October; the Bradford 10k, where he came second to September’s runner of the Month Tom Midgley. Liam also took part in the Punchestown 10k, near Dublin, while in Ireland for a wedding; and in his own words: “This was a bit naughty as it meant I missed the church service but made it in perfect time for (the best bit!) the wedding reception in Galway”. Tut tut!
Congratulations to both, and we mustn’t forget a special commendation for Frank Beresford who had another busy – and successful – month.]]>
I had felt jaded during the week after the Guy Fawkes 10 and could not gear up to do any speedwork in the week. Got the ‘call to arms’ for Saturday to support one of my second claim club mates at Valley Striders, Roy Huggins, who was doing his 250th park run at Hyde park. Good excuse to do some speed (and fiddle de dee to tomorrow) and try out my new minimalist racing flats ( all 2.3 ounces of them! Mizuno Universe 5 so named because they are the lightest in the Universe ..geddit?). Whilst warming up for the park run I felt so jaded that I nearly went home; even the shoes felt a bit insubstantial. No, I was there so I could always jog round. Come the start and when we got moving I actually felt great, the shoes were also imperceptible and my target for the day of 20 minutes pretty well hit at 20.03 and the bonus of first o/60 with 79.97% effort (the best to date). Calves a bit stiff for the rest of the day but I kept stretching and could ‘always jog’ the Dalby Dash if I had to!
I went up to Dalby Forest to do the 10K Dash today. Cloudless blue sky, sunshine without wind, perfect cool temperature in a picturesque part of the world. What could be better? Even had a new pair of minimalist trail shoes to try out. Back in the Otley AC vest again and the only one ( I recommend it). The course is 500m slightly down then 3.5K up a moderately steep private tarmac road on which I held my own, I think due to the cycling I now do. Surprisingly my ears ‘popped’ before I got to the top which normally only happens at altitude! Then… not to everyone’s delight but certainly mine…4.5K of downhill (on well compacted, dry trail). Yesterday’s blast forgotten I flew down the hill in passing mode (shoes were awesome) and kept up the momentum to the finish in 36th place out of 375 first o/60 in 41.36. The race was won by Mike Burrett of Leeds City in 32.14. First Lady Heather Tuffs (‘Unattached to York’!) in 40.02. Full results on ukresults.net here.
Note of caution: I have been progressing towards minimalist footwear for 3 years. My old running shoes now seem like Frankenstein boots by comparison but I did not do it from one day to the next. I had reasons and it has worked for me. I won’t go into details here but happy to explain to anyone if interested.]]>
Just back from this, and luckily we beat the rain this year. 7 miles and 850 ft of ascent, from Scalebor Park and up onto the moor, for a circuit of the Burley end of the moor before going back the way you came out. Almost a fell race with some rough and steep stuff – lovely and muddy on the moor today. Lots of Black and Whites out – to many to mention, but the race was won by Dan Wilkinson of Ilkley with Sam Stell second (as was mentioned at the start, this man is doing more racing since recently becoming a father). Laura Martin was first woman followed Laura Clark , so a one two for the club. Well done to all who raced (Lisa doing this on the back of an Ultra) and the Robertshaws for their support around the course. I found the first half tough, but then got into my stride and had a fine battle to just beat Adela.
A good morning out. Results: 1st Dan Wilkinson 46:09, (a course record), 2nd Sam Stell 46:49, 6th Rogan Ashton 49:54, 9th Jon Greenwell 52:55, 24th & 1st lady, Laura Martin 57:19, 26th & 2nd Lady Laura Clark 58:37, 103rd Matt Podd 1:05:46, Liz Fawcett 1:08:01, 113th Lisa Maughan 1:13:43, 141st Laura Liddell 1:26:44, 146th Antonio Cardinale 1:31:13.
Photos on the Burley Festival Twitter page here and on the Woodentops www here.]]>