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Sunday January 11th – Garstang 10k

Report from our newly crowned RoM, Howard Jeffrey: OK, I had a rest on new year’s day and went to make up the relay team numbers in the under 16 girls team (and I cudda been a contenda) at York on 4th January.

I am now in training for the Euro Long Distance Duathlon championships in April so am spending time in the saddle watching TV and DVD’s (in foreign languages) and must be turning into a kind of ‘turbo potato’. I went to Garstang and got mashed into 3rdplace in the category!

No surprise to regular readers as Lancashire races can be tough, for spindle limbed are they… and cunning! The conditions were good if a little breezy at times and the course is pleasantly undulating through lovely countryside. The race was won by Ben Lindsay in 30.49 of ‘Manhattan Project’ (obviously not weighed down by having any skin), 1st Lady Joanne Nelson in 38.22 of Darwen Dashers. 1st 0/60 a good minute and a half ahead, was the one in front at Denby Dale, so has to be the target.

I was 4 seconds behind 2nd in 42.07, which was exactly the same chip time as 1st 0/65, who was 90 seconds ahead at Guys 10. I had set off steadily as yesterday I had to cut back on even my slow training run as I was moving like a 1960’s zombie but when I got going today, I had a solid run, finishing 80th out of 474 and sole for Otley AC. Full results

Tapering this week for the Brass Monkey next weekend and weather permitting.. 1.30 ish target.


Saturday 10th January – Park Runs

Leeds Park Run Results


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tom EAMES West Suffolk AC 00:17:26
14 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:51
73 67 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:23:13
162 29 Susan TUPLING Otley AC 00:26:38
256 78 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:30:08
327 122 Molly STORER Otley AC 00:33:51
326 121 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:33:51

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Saturday 10th January – Yorkshire Cross Country

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

For the third consecutive year the Lightwater valley amusement park hosted the Yorkshire Cross country championships.  The course was surprisingly dry after heavy overnight rain and sheltered for most of the time from the strong winds.  Jonathan Thewlis from Notts AC was a clear winner in 35:44, not far off a minute clear of Alan Buckley of Leeds City 36:35.  Feeling a little short on speed from his marathon training, Frank Beresford had a solid run for 33rd, 39:40.  I was next in 65th, 41:58 after being spiked in the rough & tumble on the first bend.  Shane Ewen continued his good form for a top 100 finish, 94th 43:45, Jon Greenwell also ran well for 118th 44:54.  See full results here.


Saturday 3rd Jan: Park Runs

Leeds Park Run

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Rashaad JORDEN Unattached 00:17:34
13 13 Jeremy STEWART Otley AC 00:18:55
29 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:33
38 37 Steven Robinson Otley AC 00:20:14
92 79 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:23:07
217 54 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:28:25
322 112 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:34:38
324 114 Molly STORER Otley AC 00:35:06


Bradford Park Run

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Scott Harrington Otley AC 00:16:49
6 6 Richard Anthony SMITH Otley AC 00:18:23
26 1 Claire COOPER Keighley & Craven AC 00:21:12
75 71 Eriks ZVAIGZNE Otley AC 00:23:52
224 166 William TURNER Otley AC 00:29:30


Fountains Abbey Park Run

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Reece DALTON Ripon Runners 00:17:06
4 1 Hannah OLDROYD Airedale Dodgers 00:18:27
29 25 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:21:03




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Runner of the Month – December 2014

tamarahoward2The honours for last month go to Tamara Weatherhead and Howard Jeffrey.

Tamara for her club record run at the Ribble Valley 10k.

Howard for several top performances over the month and not to forget Howard’s entertaining reports, is he the Angel of the North Leeds?


Thursday 1st January – Hardmoors 30

Neil Charlton reports:

This was my second ‘mini ultra’ in a month, the idea being that stringing a few together would yield better results! I’m not sure that worked this time but it was a great day out besides the weather which was windy and wet.

Starting in Robin Hoods Bay which is about 6 miles south of Whitby, the course was a sort of figure of 8 using the start / finish as the centre point. The first 13 mile loop heading north, inland along a flat track which afforded us some great tailwinds and a speedy first 5 miles or so. Then we entered Whitby and ran through the town up through the Abbey ruins and then south along the cliffs back toward Robin Hoods Bay. This is where it got harder with the cliff top paths being very very muddy and slippery. That coupled with the head wind made it tough to stay upright and running at times. There were a few parts of the cliff which seemed to have eroded too meaning the path was about 2 feet from some very big drop into the north sea which was quite unnerving at times.

After checking back in to Fylingdales Hall for a banana and a quick chat with Shirley we headed for a slow but steady 5 mile ascent along the Cinder Track south. I passed a couple of people but the strength in my legs letting me down slightly again (I know what training I need to do for next time). Muscles starting to tire now and I had lost the spring in my movements. I knew this was where it would start to be more difficult.

A little jaded from my Pately Bridge experience three weeks ago, I just wanted to keep moving at some kind of running pace, only walking for the most difficult of hills. We were now headed back along the Cleveland Way and back toward Robin Hoods Bay for the second time. The wind was again blowing head on (how does this happen?) but I managed to keep moving in a manner that might have looked to some like some sort of ”running’, all the way back.

I felt stronger at the end than The Frostbite Ultra so some of the training must be working.

I finished in just over 5 hours in 44th place which is slower than I wanted but I’m mostly happy.

The race was won by Ben Hamilton in 3.43 with first lady being Heather Mockrie Mochrie in 4.39. Full Results Here



Wednesday 31st December – Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

The last Woodentops production of the year lead to another Christmas/New Year Alistair Brownlee victory, 38:28 just ahead of a Mark Buckingham 38:35, and brother Jonathan 38:44.  First Lady was Helen Berry, Holmfirth 44:57.  See full results, report and photos on Woodentops here, YouTube video here.

First home for Otley was Shane Ewen in 73rd, 48:18, followed by 163rd Chris Stacey 55:12,  185th Stephen Boddy 57:00,  235th Andy Webster 1:00:34,  287th Hugh Pearson 1:04:17 and 327th Chris Brunold 1:08:34.


Sunday 28th December – Jolly Holly Jog

Report from Howard:

Just time to have the kit cleaned and a recovery turbo session and straight back into Jolly Holly Jog on Sunday. Thighs a bit stiff but soon loosened up and another good day of sun, cool but a bit icy in parts. Race won by Mike Burrett of Leeds City in 34.12, closely followed in 2nd by Jamil in 34.44. First lady (ies) Sharon Barlow and Tori Green of Ripon Runners in 23rd/24th joined at the hip in 40.09.9 (both!) 704 finishers including two DQ’d. I wonder why?

Worth the slog as I made first o/60 in what was  rather random vets categories. M and F30 (what ..?) No mid decade 5’s and ending at M and F60, making it tough for both Kath and Jack…… but I was Jack!

Rest of the Otley crew below and not a walk in the park:

2nd Jamil Parapia 34:44,  75th Howard Jeffrey 44:31,  219th Andrew Ackroyd 52:00,  221st Jackie Ackroyd 52:07,  280th Ursula McGouran 54:00,  310th Jack Robertshaw 54:57,  593rd Kathleen Robertshaw 1:06:09, 624th Gloria Jackson 1:09:46.   Full results here.


Sunday 28th December – Ribble Valley 10k

Report from Frank:

I decided to take on the Ribble Valley 10k today. As many know this is a fast race with high quality runners from all over the country. The course is undulating and takes the runner though some fantastic Lancashire country side. The weather was perfect for a 10k with no wind, although the roads where slightly icy in places (especially at the 5km turning point!).
For me I came to the race wanting to achieve a PB which to be honest was slightly unrealistic having just run the chevin chase 48 hours before. I started the first mile well, however during the 2nd mile I had a lapse in concentration, which resulted in a slow mile. I managed to get my act together for the remaining 4 and a bit miles but was unable to gain the time I lost in that 2nd mile to get my PB. I finished with a time of 32.56, feeling the hills of the Chevin still in my legs. Next year I will be only racing one of the two events, I have learnt my lesson! It is a shame the Chevin Chase and the Ribble Valley 10k are so close together they are both really enjoyable races. The race was however, a real pleasure to race and well organised. My next race will be the Brass Monkey Half marathon which I hope will not be as icy!

and from Tamara:

So, another trip over to the dark side and another race. The Ribble Valley 10k was part of this year’s NOEAA 10k Championships, not that I knew that when I pre-entered. The fact that loads of serious elite types were going to be there did not help my pre-race nerves. I sat in the car for 30 mins before I could find the guts to get out of it. That done, I trotted a mile or so to the start – I was trying to be late – to await the terror that is throwing myself round a race course. I looked around for Frank, but he was clearly hidden in some lofty elite gaggle.

The whole race felt horrible from start to finish. I hadn’t realised how far down the 1105 field I had placed myself at the start, because it took about 1k to clear the slower runners in front of me. My head, heart and lungs were never in it; my legs got going around 4k, before dying again around 7k. I’m so rubbish at judging my pace. I figured if I could just keep going I would get about 41mins, way off my target of 39.57 (to beat Carol Armitstead’s FV35 10k record) but just grateful to finish. As I approached said finish, I was going to slow up, because I felt that knackered, but then I heard the loudspeaker guy going “ and these guys are still going to finish in under 39 mins’. Darn, thinks I, I’ll have to put in some effort to keep myself under 40mins. I was so incredulous to see my gun time on the little board of 39.10 – and so near to vomiting – that I didn’t pick up my t-shirt, shucks.

The race was won by John Beattie, Newham and Essex (yes, Essex!) Beagles in 30.01 and 1st lady, Rebecca Robinson, Kendal AAC, was 54th in 33.54. Our Frank Beresford finished impressively in 34th with a chip time of 32.56, gun time 32.57. I came in 205th, 18th lady and 1st FV45, with a chip time of 38.51, but a gun time of 39.10!

The course itself is nicely undulating – i.e. mostly flat with a couple of short sharp hills – snaking through closed country lanes. There was some good support in places and fine views to Pendle Hill. The weather was perfect and, so long as you spotted the patches of black ice, so were the racing conditions. It is well marshalled and signed throughout, with every km marked. Full results here.


Friday 26th December – Chevin Chase

As usual lots of Otley members running over the Chevin on Boxing Day chasing a Brownlee or two.  This year Alistair, 37:03 took the win ahead of Jonathan, 37:26 with Ilkley H’s Tom Adams finishing 3rd, 38:07.  First lady was Georgia Malir,  Ilkley H in very quick 44:11.  Scott and Frank settled for battling it out fourth, with Frank taking the honours, just..  and Laura was first Otley lady & second in her category.

Please comment if you’re missing from the results below.

Report from Howard:

In much better shape than this time last year so started with the Chevin Chase on Boxing day. Pretty good conditions as the sun was out, no wind and cool. I think ‘they’ have tidied up the route a bit since last I did it, so not quite so uneven underfoot as previously. Still a tough couple of climbs (Chevin Doh!) as the list of fellow Otley AC members will attest to. Frank done good to come fourth. Not my terrain at all so pleased to come 2nd o/60

Full results here.  Photo’s and video on Airecentre (Chevin Chase) facebook page here.  Telegraph & Argus report & video here.

4 Frank Beresford 00:40:20
5 Scott Harrington (1st v35) 00:40:36
16 Thomas Midgley 00:42:51
18 Andrew Robertshaw (3rd v45) 00:43:15
42 Rogan Ashton 00:46:21
57 Tom Potter 00:47:03
74 Liam Dunne 00:47:58
88 Robin Outtersides 00:48:36
??? Graham Lake 00:49:10
114 Hugh Pearson 00:49:38
164 Howard Jeffrey (2nd v60) 00:51:46
173 Laura Martin (2nd v45) 00:52:02
213 Chris Stacey 00:53:39
283 Louise Riches 00:56:15
294 John Dade 00:56:24
313 Renee Saxton 00:57:01
315 Andy Webster 00:57:13
330 Matt Podd 00:57:36
382 Nicola Lee 00:59:17
409 Carl Walsh 00:59:33
505 Jacqueline Ackroyd 01:02:19
496 Liz Fawcett 01:02:35
498 Sara Elliott 01:02:47
604 Tom Hannah 01:05:54
623 John Davis 01:06:26
628 Sara Richard 01:06:48
645 Gilly Wight 01:06:59
681 Charlotte Tomlinson 01:08:55
745 Gemma Harrington 01:11:34
743 Reid Haddow 01:11:49
795 Sean O’Halloran 01:14:10
815 Hannah Mallinson 01:14:30
837 Emma Jones 01:17:06
879 Toni Midgley 01:20:51