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Notices and Forthcoming Events

.   Got some news, photos, information or just need an OAC question answering? Email info@otleyac.org.uk 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 start@otleyac.org.uk. 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 6/11/2017 we’ve managed to raise a fantastic £319.77. The latest Runner of the Year table…

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Box Hill Fell Race – 20 January 2018

Box Hill Fell Race – 20 January 2018

Report from Nick Hodgkinson I decided to fly the flag for Otley AC and entered what the Southerners call a ‘fell race’. Most of the ingredients were there, with lung sapping climbs, quad crushing descents, plenty of mud and driving rain. I even managed to get (slightly) lost. However, this never felt like a proper fell race. Maybe it was the lack of remoteness, or the absence of any really big climbs, or was it just the large queues for…

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Brass Monkey Half Marathon – 14 January 2018

Brass Monkey Half Marathon – 14 January 2018

Report from Andy Webster There was going to be a bigger turnout of Otley Ac runners but in the end it was just myself and Gavin Burton who made it to the start line. It was a cool fresh day but luckily no ice. A severe lack of long runs meant my legs did not feel great from about 9 miles and gradually got slower for the last 4. Good day overall and some great home made cakes were purchased…

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John Cowan Harewood Handicap

John Cowan Harewood Handicap

A week before the North’s finest cross country runners arrive at Harewood.  Otley’s finest took their turn for the first race of this year’s Eric Smith Handicap trophy.  A cold, drizzly morning with icey underfoot conditions didn’t deter a great turnout.  Running her first handicap Laura Johnson held off Tom Hannah,  Ian recorded the fastest time of the day,  but perhaps Bob or Matt’s run in third and fourth was the performance of the day?  Jack’s photo’s to follow. February’s race…

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Endurancelife – Anglesey

Endurancelife – Anglesey

Report from Tom Paget: A couple of old university friends suggested meeting up for a weekend of catching up and running a race. We agreed on to one on Anglesey, one of the Endurance Life events that offers races on dramatic coastal paths across the UK (albeit at what I thought was a rather expensive entry fee). We chose the half marathon, which was actually 14.7 miles of hilly, rocky, boggy, windy but very beautiful hard running. I felt pretty…

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Presentation Evening – Friday 26 January

Presentation Evening – Friday 26 January

OTLEY AC PRESENTATION EVENING Friday 26 January at Otley Golf Club, 7:30pm for 8:00pm – carriages at 11pm Limited places so please book early! £20 per person – pay direct to the club with the reference “DINNER” At the same time as paying, please send your choice of food to richard@richardhamer.co.uk All payments and menu choices must be made by Friday 19 January Starters Chicken liver pate with caramelised onion and toast Goats cheese, red onion marmalade and walnut bread…

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Saturday 6th January – Yorkshire Cross Country

Saturday 6th January – Yorkshire Cross Country

On a cool and mostly sunny day at the Lightwater Valley Theme Park it was fantastic to see Otley AC represented in 6 of the 10 races at the best County championships in the country? Well done to all the juniors, racing in these high quality races. The  senior women stole the day with Vicky Stainburn 24th 33:37, Laura McCabe 42nd 36:00 and Sara Elliott 57th 37:26 all having great runs on the twisting course, where the going was best described in horse racing…

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Saturday 6th January – Park Runs

Saturday 6th January – Park Runs

  Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time Woodhouse Moor 1 1 Matthew Akpan Unattached 17:57 20 20 Tony Walker Otley AC 20:01 39 1 Anna Hay Unattached 21:20 61 58 Martin Stringer Otley AC 22:09 69 66 George Chambers Otley AC 22:32 York 1 1 Adam Raffell York Tri. Club 17:22 26 1 Aoife Burke Vegan R 19:37 197 167 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 24:59 Bradford 1 1 Jack Macfarlane Thames Turbo Tri. 18:24 19 1 Amy Young Hyde…

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Captain Cook Fell Race – January 1st 2018

Captain Cook Fell Race – January 1st 2018

Report from Graham Lake: I’ve done this race a couple of times before, and as my Dad now lives in Great Ayton I thought it was time for a return. Being my usual saintly self on New Year’s Eve (ahem) I was up bright and early to line up in the middle of Great Ayton next to the statue of the young James Cook (by the lesser known 3rd Dimbleby brother, Nicholas). Although a fell race, the first mile is…

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Sunday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne

Sunday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne

Report from Tom Lynch: The 2017 Auld Lang Syne (9.6km/300m) was the last ever Woodentops race hosted by Dave and Eileen Woodhead as they retire from what must be a hectic race organisation schedule to enjoy a more relaxed participation in the fell running community. This ensured a good turnout of creative fancy dress costumes in the race, the most hardcore involving a half naked guy covered in gold paint half encased in a cardboard box representing a statue/trophy commemorating…

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