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Sunday 29th March – Wakefield 10k & Wetherby Parkrun

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

I had a busy weekend following a solid week of training including speed and hill-work on Friday. On Saturday morning I thought I would cycle up to Wetherby (it’s almost all bespoke cycle path from where I live) and gently do their second Park-run having missed the inaugural one because of the Clumber Park duathlon and then cycle back. The idea being to get used to the change of disciplines for the Euro long distance duathlon in Horst in a fortnight. I arrived at Wetherby early so did an extra half hour on the bike. The route for the run had changed from the previous week and is a flat but convoluted route through the playing fields on grass, not unpleasant and next to the Wharfe so quite a pretty venue. I set off at the back and went through 1K in 5 minutes which is about the pace I had originally intended. I gradually stoked it up and finished in 21.40 so a bit quicker than I maybe ought to have. The weather turned a bit ghastly for the ride home into wind driven rain. I had also promised Jacque to cycle with her in the afternoon so ended up doing another hour or so in the windy but sunny afternoon. All in all another tough training day.

On to Sunday and the Wakefield 10K. I have done this race many times in the past but not on the current route for which they close the road (excellent) for an out and back undulating course. The weather held up in that it was cool, threatening rain with a slight breeze. The race was won by Ben Marriott of Bingley Harriers in 32.17. First lady Jenny Latham Wakefield and District Harriers in 36.58. Otley representatives:

110th Steven Robinson  40.54,  147th Howard Jeffrey 42.27,  483rd & 1st V70 Phil Robinson 50.10, well done Phil,  512th Tom Hannah 54.15,  1110th Emma Thompson  57.36,  1139th Lucy Mowat 58.44.  Full results here and lots of photos here.

The challenge for me was to push hard on leaden legs to get used to running tired (for second run legs of the duathlons) and I was not far off the pace for my peers coming in third place by only a minute, so an ok result. There were 1704 finishers.

You can’t teach and old dog etc., so I will probably do the same thing next week prior to the Guiseley Gallop (or will it be Canter, you decide!)

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Sunday 29th March – Blubberhouses 25

Report from the President Matt Podd:

What a fine day for a visit to Rocking Hall, Beamsley Beacon and Round Hill, in the company of a load of middle aged pleasure seekers. Some rain, some wind, and a lot of mud. The Round Hill bogs were at their best. Not sure how people got on, but I saw Liam (joint 1st with Andrew Dobby) 3:21, at the start charging off, and there was a large Otley women’s team, Laura M, 5:18, Sarah F, 5:22 , Sarah McB 5:20, Liz F, 6:33 and more. Hope everyone enjoyed and got home safe. I did it in 4hrs 17min – results on the ldwa site here.

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Saturday 28th March – Parkruns

Parkrun PB’s for Steve and Alice and a first park run for James.

Woodhouse Moor

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Alex PAGDIN Skyrac AC 00:16:23
16 16 Steven Robinson Otley AC 00:19:36
18 1 Sally MALIR Ilkley Harriers AC 00:19:48
50 47 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:21:50
222 66 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:28:06
241 76 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:28:50
242 166 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:50
318 121 Molly STORER Otley AC 00:33:14

Bradford

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Will KERR Saltaire Striders 00:18:09
45 1 Lorna HUBBARD Keighley & Craven AC 00:23:04
56 55 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:23:38

Wetherby

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Keith LITTLEWOOD Barnsley AC 00:18:17
11 1 Phoebe CRAWFORD Wetherby Runners 00:20:41
19 16 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:21:41

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Sunday 22nd March: Thirsk 10

Results from http://www.ukresults.net/2015/thirsk10.html

1 Jonathan Taylor (Morpeth) 48:45
3 Scott Harrington 53:31
26 Justina Heslop (Elswick Harriers) 58:15 (first lady)
35 Robin Outtersides 59:26
155 Julian Mawson 65:59
337 Mark Berry 73:06
426 Eriks Zvaigzne 77:23
455 Nicola Lee 77:44
493 Christopher Tomlinson 79:24
677 Charlotte Tomlinson 86:01
754 Gemma Harrington 89:04
784 Nicky Gifford 90:20
1,059 finishers

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Sunday March 22nd: Wilmslow half

Jamil goes long…no stopping that man!

Having gained a reputation as a specialist at the shorter distances, I decided to have a go at another half marathon, my first since Ackworth in 2007. Was slightly apprehensive about the step up in distance but I was pleased to knock 29 secs of my personal best finishing 17th in 70:26.

The Wilmslow Half Marathon is a great race with a quality field and great support from the locals. The race winner was Ugandan Ben Siwa from Kenyan based Team Run Fast in 64.57. The female winner was Kenyan Perendis Lekapana also of Team Run Fast in a course record 71.24.

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Sunday March 22nd: Heptonstall fell race

report from Shane

I was the only Black & White at this 15 mile route around Calder Valley, taking in Hardcastle Crags, Wadsworth Moor, & Midgeholes, which apparently started life as a dung heap. Following a warm welcome from the vicar of the village, a record 220-strong field set off in warm and sunny conditions, with no breeze, and more than a few returned with sunburn. It was a rollercoaster of a route, with a mix of open access moorland, woods and trails, and a little nav required. I finished in 43rd in 2-hrs 19 mins and 58 seconds (I’m having the sub 2-hr 20 thanks). This was my first race back since Rombalds having had a ham strain.

Photos at woodentops.

Ben Mounsey (CVFR) won in a CR (from Twitter).

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Sunday 22nd March: East Hull 20

Report from Liam:

Tom, Richard and myself traveled over to Hull bright and early this morning for the fairly flat Hull 20 miler. It was a London Marathon warm-up race for Tom and myself and Richard’s tester before his Manchester marathon.

Tom and I do a lot of training together and it has been a recent discussion between us as to whether we should use this event as a marathon pace training or go full out for our best result and hope to have time to recover for London whilst not hindering our training plans in the remaining few weeks.

We decided that it would be more beneficial to run at our predicted marathon pace and hope that we had enough left in the tank at the finish to go another six miles. Richard took the other approach and went out to race it hard all the way and try to beat his previous time of 2 hr 17 mins on this course.

Although there was a little wind out there it was nothing to worry about and didn’t really affect times. As the race started we had a lot of runners whiz past Tom and myself and we soon settled into a comfortable pace of about 6.05 m/m sitting in about 21st and 22nd place.

We kept a steady even pace for the first seven miles until I noticed Tom was chomping at the bit, it was obvious that his pre-race plan was going out of the window and sure enough within the next mile he had started to put the pedal to the metal. It wasn’t long before he was in the distance motoring up through the field to finally finish in an excellent 6th place with a time of 2 hrs and 45 secs.(Pb by 3 mins)

Although feeling very comfortable at the time, Tom left me. I held back and remained at my planned pace, lucky I did, as at mile seventeen I suddenly started to feel my legs turning to concrete but I held on and managed to drag them home for the last three miles to finish in 10th place with a time of 2 hrs 4 mins 24 secs. Richard had a very good run also to finish in a time of 2.13.00 and got a Pb by 4 mins. We also bumped into Tom Potter who got around in 2 hrs 26 mins.

After the race there were sports drinks and a buffet for all at the finish line. Inside the registration hall there was the best display of post race buffet food and drinks that I have ever seen.

Out on the course the race was well marshaled with plenty of drinks stations. Overall it’s a long way to go to race but feel it was a good pre-marathon race and worth the trip and it has helped me confirm my predicted marathon pace.

Full results with official times and positions here.

east hull

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Sunday March 22nd: Trimpell 20

From Ian Broadbent:

Getting a Sunday off during lambing to do a run is hard, telling the father in law I was off running and had to pay for the pleasure even harder. Anyway I Ventured over to Gods other own county today to do the Trimpell 20, it’s a 99% traffic free route which winds around Lancaster then up the old railway track to Caton. It was a Warmish sunny day, I’d been hoping for about 2.45 but slipped to around 3.05. I think I ran the first half too quickly and not applying Vaseline didn’t help, painful bath tonight. If you are ever over that way with work, family, holiday then they organise a whole host of races in and around Lancaster/morecambe. Really well organised and the chocolate donought at the end was very welcome!

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Saturday 21st March: Park runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Adam SIMPSON Unattached 00:17:08
54 1 Jen WILLINGHAM Saltaire Striders 00:20:54
129 115 Richard Sutcliffe Otley AC 00:24:39
199 48 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:27:08
200 152 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:08
267 83 Molly STORER Otley AC 00:30:06

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Saturday 21st March: British Sprint Duathlon Championships

Report from Howard (always eagerly anticipated!):

Hello remember me?
I have been keeping a light race schedule recently to train for the European long and standard distance duathlons in April. This has involved up to 3 hours on the turbo trainer which anyone has used a static bike will know is like watching 10 episodes of Midsummer Murders back to back on a spike! Also shorter speed and time trial sessions.
I ventured out on Saturday to Clumber Park (fabulous venue) mainly to attempt to qualify for my age group at the 2016 European champs. It turned out this race was also the British champs. I shudda, cudda, nearly came first in my age category! First run of 5 K in 21.16 which is not bad considering the lack of speed work recently, spent an additional 30 seconds fumbling with my headgear in transition but did the 20K bike three minutes faster than last year into a strong cold wind at times, averaging 20 mph, so the work on the turbo paid off! Managed a 10.49 second run of 2.5 K to finish a tantalising 31 seconds behind first place. I would have got the odd second in a race to the line I am pretty certain but the wearisome transition had cost the prime spot.
On the plus side I qualified for the 2016 ETU sprint which was the primary objective and also pasted people who would have expected to have been a couple of minutes in front based on past results instead it was the other way round. I came 170th out of 450 starters which is also solid enough and know I have to work on the transition.
The rest of the training schedule is worked out and with another month to go I think I can continue to improve. This includes a couple of 10k races at Guiseley and Wakefield so expect further rambling egocentric diatribes.

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