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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 message form Dominic Egan: Next month I’m cycling from the base of Mt Kilimanjaro to the start of the East Rift Valley, in Tanzania, for Yorkshire Cancer Research. A 350km ride across the Serengeti and climbing more than 13,000ft in five days and mainly off-road. My challenge is dedicated to all affected by cancer, especially Sheila Egan (late mother) and Julie Swinburne (late wife) who was a Leeds Endocrine Specialist Nurse. If you can help by donating, please go to my Just Giving page.
A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:
Sunday 2nd November - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Queen’s Wood, near Beckett Park, Headingley.
Saturday 8th November – Time to get out the thermals; it’s the Burley Moor Festival Run. And it’ll soon be dark enough to practice in the dark!
Saturday 15th November – Harriers v Cyclists, Bingley. Choose your weapon! Does what what it says on the tin, so how about dusting down your mountain bike? Expect to witness the Lesser Spotted Bob Addey in action in his natural environment.
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)?
Saturday 22nd November - West Yorkshire Cross Country League: Keighley, venue TBC.
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.
Friday 23rd January (TBC) – Annual presentation evening at Korks.]]>
And from Mark: The race is flat and on a less windy would be a PB course, however, the strong winds resulted in slower times. There were 3 OAC runners. Mark Hall 5th, 34.59 (1st V50) 16th Richard Smith, 37.38, 55th Howard Jefferies (1st V60) Winner Nathan Baker, 33.49 (16yrs old!) Middlesbrough.]]>
This was my first OMM long score (the longest of the 3 score classes on offer) so were expecting a challenging couple of days with hard route planning and a lot of route choices to make and on this front we weren’t disappointed. Possibly the course offered too much in the woods, which lacked a mountain marathon feel with controls placed right on easy to navigate tracks, but there was also plenty to go at in the surrounding hills and valleys so overall I thought the course was well planned and enjoyable. The weather was typical OMM weather with frequent showers and very strong winds, which made for a challenging day but also an interesting overnight camp where the main challenge was stopping the tent disappearing out to sea and trying to catch a little sleep through the noise of what sounded like a jet hovering overhead all night!
So far so classic OMM BUT (and I hate to criticize as I appreciate how hard it is to put on an event of this scale and standing) there were a number small niggles that didn’t go down too well (no hot drink at the end, not enough portaloos at the overnight etc) and a major issue with the map. Now this is a navigational event and so the most critical thing to get right is the map but this was woefully inadequate, it was only laminated on one side so started to disintegrate pretty much immediately. Yes we got a plastic bag to put it in but the bag was a quarter of the size of the map so we kept having to get it out of the bag where it fell apart a little more each time. The quality of the printing was comical– they had used a 1:25000 scale shrunk down to 1:40000 so the detail was almost impossible to read, features like crags you couldn’t see at all and the contours were barely visible particularly in wooded areas so at times the navigation felt a little like guess work. This was acknowledged so I’m sure will be put right next year. The other big disappointment for the, admittedly small numbers of, ladies was for the first time in 42 years female teams were no longer recognized in the prizes, which I’m not going to dwell on here, but needless to say we felt was a little demeaning of our efforts. Nonetheless I was delighted with coming in first female team and 33rd overall in long score (even though it counted for nowt). I hope the organisers have a rethink about this one for next year but I wont hold my breath…..
Long score results: 1st overall Kenny Leitch and keith masson 1166 points, 1st ladies team and 33rd overall Sarah fuller and Kate Boobyer 860 points. 144 teams started, 142 finished.
I drove over to Bradford today for the Bradford city10K, giving a lift to Tom and Toni Midgley, This was one of many races happening in and around Bradford city centre this morning. There was a short kids’ race to start proceedings before the half marathon runners were sent on their way at 9.40am and 10 mins later the 10K and 5K runners were sent off together. The race was made up of 5K laps with the 10k runners going around twice and the half runners doing 4 laps and a bit.
Announcements just before the start were non existent and the runners at the front were given a few mins start warning before we set off. It wasn’t by any stretch of the imagination a pb course, It was undulating and breezy with a few long climbs, sharp corners and plenty of back markers from the half marathon to contend with, if it wasn’t for the vocal cords of myself and Tom on occasion, we could have been badly slowed up.
Soon after the start Tom and myself were running shoulder to shoulder and were disputing the lead for the 10K race. I knew there was nothing in it as Tom has been running really well recently and I felt like I was coming back to form after a poor summer. With less than a mile to go we u-turned on the road and Tom seemed to slingshot himself around the turn and took a lead of a few yards. I just didn’t have it in the legs to respond on the day and Tom went on to win by approx. 8 seconds. So, well done to him as he owed me that one!
After the event we were both interviewed by reporters from the local Bradford City Radio station before being chaperoned onto the stage to have a chat with the race commentator. We then went back out on the course before the presentation to shout on OAC’s Frank Beresford who was running the half marathon, and sure enough it wasn’t long before the man himself, who is getting very accustomed to winning, appeared at the front of the race with a few corners to go.
Overall, it was a fairly low-key event but there was plenty of support around the streets of Bradford for this relatively new event. It’s a challenging course as road races go. Although it’s in its infancy it could be a much bigger and more popular event, but I think it requires some fine adjusting to get the small but important things right.
Toni Midgley was our only OAC supporter and photographer out on the course and it was also nice to get a shout out from the treasurer, Ian Broadbent, who passed us in the opposite direction whilst doing the half marathon (Where was your OAC vest Ian?) We also passed 2nd claimer Tom Potter coming into the finish who was also running the Half marathon. Awaiting official times but I believe Tom M finished in 35.30, I was 35.08 and Frank won in 75+mins. Stephen Boddy ran in the 5k event. ’Twas a good day out for Otley AC.
The race started at a steady pace. I decided after taking advice from the lads at the club not to go off too fast. I stayed with the leading pack for 9 miles letting the others dictate the pace. I decided to inject a 5.10 minute mile after the 9th mile leaving the other runners behind and continued at a controlled yet faster pace to win the race with a clear lead. Times are yet to be published, however i finished in 1 hour 15 minutes which is ok for a undulating course. I feel I could have run fast but thought it was best to “race to win” because I have a cross country race next weekend.
The event was well organized, with runners and spectators enjoying a good atmosphere.
In the 10km Otley AC got 1st with Liam Dunne and 2nd with Tom Midgley.
It is clear with results from today’s races that Otley AC is a strong running.
And from Ian Broadbent:
Hi all, did the Bradford half today, since I last did it, it has changed to a four Lap course in the city centre with a lot of sharp turns and hills mainly on road and pavements. I used to like the old route but must admit the laps helped with pacing myself. Well marshalled especially given there is a 5k and 10k at the same time. The only downside was the number of curry houses you have to pass, made me very hungry by the end. After setting off with an expectation of just getting round I actually only just missed my PB. The council have tried hard to make this an annual family event , I just don’t think the route they have chosen really showcases bradford. Saw Tom Potter and Liam Dunne who came past me at a pace that suggested he got there late.]]>
A hard race with three big climbs, including the Llanberis Pass and another climb to over 1000ft at 23 miles, as you run on mainly roads round Snowdon.
Did the first 10-miles with Paul Tranter from Otley quite fast, then he went on and I settled in for the grind. This is all helped by very fine scenery and a big crowd – the weather was kind and just right for running.
This was my big race for the year and I was very pleased to finish in 4:03:17, 626/1710 and 24/85 MV 55+. I would have been pleased with 4:30, when I was 27 I did it in 3:30.
The finish is more like a fell race with a huge steep descent down a grassy track – tricky in road shoes and then you hit the flat for the last 100yds were I got major cramp – so didn’t manage a sprint finish.
Winners: Alun Vaughan (Eryri Harriers) 2:40:10 and Andrea Rolands (Eryri) 3:08:52.
Daily Post race report.]]>
After watching Andrew do this last year I thought I might give it a go. It’s an AS 4 mile/1553ft up and down race with a bog in the middle.
Having looked at the registration form, I hadn’t realised it was the Yorkshire Championship race as well so it was a fairly high class field although last years’ winner, Ian Holmes wasn’t there.
The race starts straight into a climb through a couple of fields then up to Hag Dyke Scout Hostel and on to a rocky climb onto a very boggy bit to the summit, which was a bit misty-apparently fairly normal for this race.
After touching the summit cairn, a brilliant 2 mile descent follows that really takes it out of your legs as its so fast! I managed 146th so I wasn’t quite last! I was expecting to see David Fox running as he hasn’t missed this race since it started 11 years ago but he must’ve opted out this year. Shane Ewen (57th) was Otley’s 1st runner, having a great run in 40.22 and I followed at the rear in 51.48. This years winner was Ben Mounsey from CVFR and 1st lady (as ever) was current ladies course record holder, English champ and joint British champ (phew) Victoria Wilkinson from Bingley Harriers, breaking her own record by 8 secs in 34.29.
Full results here:
After saving the mother cow from her near death experience, Andy sprinted hard in the final few metres to snatch victory from Sean with Nicola in a clear third. Running the course for the first time, it was hardly a surprise that Ian recorded the fastest time with a new course record. Sean and Andy move to the top of the table on 143 and 133 points respectively, Charlotte dropping to third on 131. See the full table here. The next one is the 5 miler at Weeton on 29th November. Thanks to Colin for marking the route, due a better handicap next time honest…
|18||1||Carianne ROBERTSON||Solihull & Small Heath AC||00:19:29|
|53||49||Richard A CLARKE||Otley AC||00:22:04|
|1||1||Hedley HARDCASTLE||Derby AC||00:17:16|
|16||1||Deborah CHURCH||Driffield Striders||00:21:57|
|40||34||Reid Anthony James HADDOW||Otley AC||00:25:50|