Sunday 17th July – Burton Leonard 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey: A lovely day was forecast for Sunday and I was geared up for the Burton Leonard 10K which is a pleasant village in the Yorkshire Dales, near Ripon. I have done this race many times although last time in 2012 and it did use to be popular with Otleyensians in the days of the Black Sheep race series (remember that?). It turned out I was the only black and white on the day but it seemed everyone from Nidd Valley was there and a good turn out from Harrogate and Ripon, them being ‘local’ and all. I had put in a full week of training for the first time in quite a while and had felt good in the week. Target really was to try and better the last outings time of 47.35. The course is not fast and it turned out to be very hot in the sun although the breeze kept the absolute temperature tolerable. The start and finish have moved from the village green to the school to keep us off the road which meant a couple of tight bends out of the school and a sharp steep grassy bank to turn up all in the first 250m and in reverse to the finish. At the top of the bank it’s a tarmac descent to a river crossing which you can either ford or queue for the footbridge. I opted to take a quick breather and keep my feet dry so waited for a few seconds to cross the bridge. I had TIM Broomfield from Harrogate to judge my pace by as we have been neck and neck in the  most recent races together. Tim had been in front up the hill and I had not yet caught him. On the other side of the river a concrete track goes uphill to another road which leads to a sharp rutted descent through the shaded woods and you have to watch your step. After bounding down that the route crosses a field of long grass with a welcome water station at the near halfway mark. Maybe half a mile of grass then back onto tarmac for another mile then an undulating single track through fields back to the road towards the five mile mark. It feels quite warm and I am surprised I have not caught Tim who I think I can see about a minute ahead in the red, black and yellow of Harrogate. Back down toward the river crossing and everyone fairly spread out now so opted to remain dry and took the bridge again. Steep uphill back along the road to the 400m mark and able to find another gear to catch up and overtake third lady towards the finish. My time 45.32 in 58th place out of 248 finishers in the race won by Andrew Grant of Harrogate Harriers in 34.50, first lady Lorraine Mitchell, also of Harrogate in 41.24. Where was Tim? 4.5 minutes behind, I should have gone to Specsavers!



Wednesday 13th July – Golden Acre Relay

Report from Tom Lynch: 4 teams were in action for Otley at the Golden Acre Relays, with good running weather, sunny but not too warm. The race was won by the team ‘Bramhope Deers’ with two of the legs run by Adam Peers, with the fastest leg in 14:21 (the other in 14:46), the middle leg was run by Nick Hooker in 15:03.


Full results found at and Otley’s results with some extra info:


Team Pos. end of Leg Overall Leg Rank Runner Leg Time Total Time
Otley Lions 32 93 Gary Johnson 17:41
Mens 20 57 Tom Pomfrett 16:54 34:35
16 42 Tom Lynch 16:35 51:10
Otley Tigers 55 164 Christian Hosker 19:14
Mens 60 217 Dominic Egan 20:49 40:03
58 174 Andy Webster 19:36 59:39
Otley Mixtures 95 279 Jackie Ackroyd 22:31
 Mixed 105 347 Maddie Delucchi 26:00 48:31
105 297 Colin Best 23:17 1:11:48
Otley Babes 104 316 Joanna Hobson 24:17
Mixed 106 343 Louise Penney 25:33 49:50
110 276 Billy Rayner 22:28 1:12:18



Sunday July 17th – Cheshire Half Marathon

Report from Andy Webster: It was an early start to the day. Left Pool at 6.45, and arrived at Arley Hall nice and early for the 9.30 start.

This was a pretty flat race only 197 feet of climbing in the whole race. I had not done many long runs, but felt reasonably good for the first 4 miles, I then slowed to an 8 min/mile pace until the last three miles, where my legs started to tire. Ended up finishing in 1:43:50 (162 place). Unfortunately then had to drive back and do a late shift in a busy emergency department in LGI.

The winner was Mohammed Abu-Rezeq in 67:03. Joasia Zakrzewski was First Lady in 80.05.

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Friday 15th July – Washburn Valley Relay

The Otley Plastic Brit team powered home on the last leg thanks to Adam Stacey overtaking North Leeds on the lap of Swinsty & fastest on the last leg and also a new record for the 3 stage event,  a big well done to the team.

Father & son Crowders plus Ben Kettleborough were second Otley team finishing 17th, followed by the Ferrets in 39th, Outlaws 37th and the Trailers 46th,  with Tom having the satisfaction of passing 29 racing round Fewston.

With the improved path round Fewston and the new short cut bit together with good conditions meant lots of records were broken this year.  See all the full set of results including new records here,  including a seriously quick lap of Fewston, 20:30 by former Otley member Matt John.  Zack will be pleased with the new team record, but less pleased in losing his leg 1 record by 5 seconds.

Thanks to everyone who helped out marshaling, course marking, recording etc. etc..  Any photos anybody?

Team Pos end of Leg Gain/Loss Leg Rank Runner Leg Time Total Time
Otley Plastic Brit 4 4 Zack Whitehead 17:38
Mens 2 2 2 Scott Harrington 21:11 38:49
1 1 1 Adam Stacey 17:40 56:29
Otley Crowders 18 Ben Kettleborough 20:32
Mens 18 0 23 Oliver Crowder 26:31 47:03
17 1 12 Peter Crowder 21:16 1:08:19
Otley Ferrets 45 Caron Ralph 24:04
 Mixed 41 4 37 James Rawstron 28:56 53:00
39 2 28 Ian Broadbent 23:35 1:16:35
Otley Outlaws 51 Damian Hosker 24:27
Mens 39 12 34 Chris Hosker 28:10 52:37
37 2 28 Andy Webster 22:51 1:15:28
Otley Trailers 66 66 Pange Srivastava 27:19
Mixed 37 29 12 Tom Lynch 24:46 52:05
46 -9 60 Jackie Ackroyd 26:45 1:18:50


Juniors report from Hugh Pearson:

In the junior Washburn Valley Relays, 16 teams of four battled over a mile of bogs, woods and rocks in order to get their hands on the trophy that was won by Otley AC juniors last year. From the start it was clear that this was going to be a competitive race. After the first leg a team from Valley Striders led closely followed by three teams from Ilkley with Aston Brogden bringing in an Otley team in fifth position. Only 21 seconds separated the five teams. Leg two saw Ilkley take the lead, closely followed by Valley Striders with Charlotte Rawstron gaining two places to change over with Otley in third. Two teams from Ilkley Harriers followed. In leg three Otley’s Holly Davey put in a storming leg of less than 8 minutes to pull Otley into second and releasing Jenson Brogden on the anchor leg to chase down Valley Strider’s Tally Diamond, who had a 28 second advantage. Despite running the fastest leg of the night (7:36), Jenson was unable to erase the deficit, finishing a mere 12 seconds behind Tally for second place. Two teams from Ilkley took third and fourth places with an Otley team placing 5th.



Sunday 3rd July- Isle of Arran half marathon

Report from Tom Hannah: In 2008, Otley A.C. sent a raiding party to the Isle of Arran to compete in the local half marathon. There wasn’t much raping and pillaging but quite a few prizes were looted by our members (see photograph attached).

2008 OtleyAC on tour

2008 OtleyAC on tour

I remember that the only one who didn’t win a prize was myself. Anyway, my wife and I recently went back there on holiday and, purely by chance, the 2016 race was taking place while we were there. I could not resist the opportunity to have another go. Travelling by the local bus service, I arrived in plenty of time for the 12 noon start at Blackwaterfoot. Weather conditions were ideal, no rain and fairly calm.
  Having registered and picked up my number at the local hotel, I lined up hoping that my recollection of a not too hilly course would be repeated. Sure enough, the route was the same and after a fairly flat 4 miles, there was a steady climb during which several people passed me. Not panicking, I pulled them back and after another climb between 8 and 9 miles, I knew that the later stages would be flat and downhill to the finish. My target was sub-2 hours (fairly modest as I had done 1.37.46 on my previous visit) so I was pleased to finish in 1.59.30. The winner was Scott Martin of Kilmarnock Harriers in 1.18.05 according to RunBritain.
Needless to say, I didn’t win anything but the beer in the hotel afterwards was very good. If ever you go to Arran on holiday, I can recommend this as a nice low key race.


Sunday 10th July: Kilburn Feast 7m road race

Report from Mark Hall:

I did this event in 2012, running a minute slower than today! The race is run on a very hilly circuit and the unusual distance means there is no pressure to run a time. In a lot of events this year I have either been chasing times or running championship races, which means races are not always enjoyable. I entered the Kilburn event treating it as a ‘fun’ race, I did not prepare at all for it and despite this I had one of my best performances of the year, probably the only time in 2016 I have raced on top form.

Winner, Tristan Leroid, New Marske, 39.47. I finished 4th in the race in 41.54 and 1st V55


Saturday 9th July: Addingham gala fell race

Report from Liam:

Just a quick note on the Addingham Gala Fell Race. I’m doing the Snowdon Mountain race next weekend so decided late on to give the legs a little warm up, as my hill training in preparation for Snowdon has been pretty poor.
The weather was warm and muggy and just 56 runners lined up at the start and this was probably down to a fell race taking place in nearby Baildon and I think most of the faster end were at Sedburgh for the fell championship event.
With only two other OAC members, Antonio Cardinale and Don Buffham, we left the gala field and made our way up towards Beamsley. I did this event about 5 years ago and believe the route had changed since then.
I was soon joined out front with the young Marcus Preedy of Rosendale who like me wasn’t 100% sure of the route and this meant a slow pace at the front. We had a few moments of questioning the direction of the course but to be fair the course was as well marked as it possibly could be for a fell race.
On the climb up Beamsley the young whipper snapper dropped off and I got about 30 secs ahead of Paul Carmen of Ilkley Harriers who followed behind. At the bottom of the Beamsley decent I missed a turning onto a small track and had it not been for the Ilkley man behind I would have ended up elsewhere!
From here I found my way safely home and finished first across the line also picking up the prize for, as my wife Charlotte put it, ‘1st old git’ to finish. Don finished in 52nd (1.10.48) and Antonio followed soon after to complete the tough little course in 1.32.09
First Lady was the young and talented 17 year old Jemima Elgood of Ilkley Harriers who broke the female course record by 45 seconds. Results can be found below:


Sunday 10th July: Leeds 10K

Report from Howard:

Today, together with 6,733 other participants, I ran the Asda 10K in Leeds. A nicely organised event in terms of start logistics, estimated finish time segregation/starts, toilets where they were needed and finish set up. The roads were closed within the route but I was able to park for free within a four minute walk from the start. It was deceptively warm and muggy as I oriented myself for the finish and I was glad I had opted for my summer vest. At the start the compere was brilliant I thought, veritably ‘voice-over man’ himself and he animated the twenty minutes before the start, along with the obligatory ‘warm up’ sequence. I had felt quite fatigued during the week’s training after last week’s efforts but at the start I thought I detected a bit of a spring in my step. I have done a couple of 20 minute 5K’s recently so was hopeful of approaching 40.00 minutes as there was no swim or bike leg to sap my strength today. I stationed myself optimistically behind the 40 pacer. The start was not as slow and congested as I had anticipated but allowed for a steady build-up of pace. The pacer’s flag did disappear into the distance quite quickly and the spring in my step quickly vanished too. There were one or two pinch points going round the station in the city centre but then the route opened up towards Kirkstall Abbey. My predicted time was between 40 and 44 minutes and I settled into a steady pace that would lead me to within that band. The conditions were very muggy and it all felt like hard work but the crowds were out in strength and very vocal at the finish which was great. Leeds is becoming a sporting Mecca (Is it too much to hope for a Football team revival?). The race was won by Jamil Parapia, sporting his Leeds City colours, in 31.51, first lady was Hannah Oldroyd of Saltaire Striders in 36.52. Otley finishers were, Zack Whitehead 13th in 34.56, Cadan Hoare in246th place in 41.32, Marcus Adams in 254th place in 42.12, I came in 364th position ( 2nd O/60 by 6 seconds out of 115) in 43.50, Nicola Lee 544th in 45,36, Peter Gosling 1270th in 50.40, Eriks Zvaigzne was 1467th in 50.51, Melvin Hoare was 1492nd in 50.33, Reid Haddow was 1709th in 54.52 and Sean O’Halloran was 3878th in 1.07.46. All times are chip times which explains why the finish order is slightly awry as these are gun positions.

Is it me or was it quite hard work today?


Thursday 7th July: Todmorden 5k

Report from Mark Hall:

This event is run in a Todmorden park taking in 5 laps of 1 KM. The circuit has a 180 turn, almost a complete stop, also 200m each lap of trail (x5) add to this dog walkers and lapping runners, not ideal.

Winner: Jason Parker, Preston Harriers, 16.41

I finished 4th 17.24 setting a V55 course record and also won the V55 Yorks vets champs.


Runner of the Month for June

Zack_at_SwaledaleHLZaLauraHindck Whitehead and Laura Hind were voted as last month’s runner of the month for competing in all of the counting Harrogate League races.  Well done both well deserved.

On the same note, honorable mentions for Mr & Mrs Pomfrett & the hon. handicapper for Windy Gyle fell race.