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Saturday 14th May – Over the Odda 10k

Report from Stephen Boddy: After taking part in the inaugural running of this event but missing last year’s I was pleased to reacquaint myself with one of my favourite local races. Despite there being nearly 300 starters, this race has a very low key feel and is a very well organised and friendly event.

The route takes in some beautiful local trails which I know well after living in Highroyds* for a few years. It starts with a mile long rolling descent into the valley in front of Baildon Moor, in the back of your mind at this point is that all this elevation will have to be (literally?)clawed back. Luckily it doesn’t get steep enough to cause any actual clawing but the ascent to the top of the Odda does drag on (the race is classified as a CM fell race) and it is a relief to break out from the woods at the top and be met by a pretty stunning view over our beloved Wharfe Valley. A steep descent follows into the Highroyds estate followed by our first set of bluebell laden woodland trails. The route then loops back, skirting alongside Thorpe Lane back up The Odda. We then drop into more woodland for a hamstring busting descent where hurdling tree roots was my key objective and finish with a brief run along the the road to the finish at Hawksworth Primary School.

I saw Gary Johnson before the run and saw him leaving the school as I came into the finish so I assume he had a good run and (according to Strava) he went round in 45mins 30secs. Didn’t see any other Otley vests. Results

*For the record, this was after it was converted into houses.


Saturday 14th May – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 492 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #455


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Ben RHODES Heanor RC 00:16:40
24 1 Maxine THOMPSON Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers & AC 00:19:07
287 217 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:58
286 70 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:27:58


Bradford parkrun

A total of 465 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #310


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Andrew DOVERNOR Queensbury RC 00:18:59
35 1 Stephanie NIVEN Saltaire Striders 00:21:58
97 11 Chris BRUNOLD Otley AC 00:24:17
145 126 John Davis Otley AC 00:25:42


Roundhay parkrun

A total of 323 runners took part.

View full results for Roundhay parkrun event #266


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Dan GRANT Unattached 00:17:46
7 1 Aiveen FOX Durham City Harriers AC 00:19:28
113 89 Michael Jeffrey Otley AC 00:25:17
308 116 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:39:02


Sewerby parkrun

A total of 139 runners took part.

View full results for Sewerby parkrun event #233


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Hywel JONES Aberdare Valley AAC 00:17:53
29 1 Lindsay MASON Unattached 00:24:04
44 37 Rob FEARNLEY Otley AC 00:24:50


Skipton parkrun

A total of 177 runners took part.

View full results for Skipton parkrun event #145


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:07
25 1 Lynn WHITTAKER Wharfedale Harriers 00:22:31
93 20 Claire HASTINGS Otley AC 00:28:25


Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 301 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #113


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Simon NEWTON Ackworth Road Runners 00:17:17
20 1 Isabella DA COSTA Unattached 00:20:33
45 42 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:22:01


Wednesday May 11th: John Carr 5k

The John Carr series consists of 3 races in 3 consecutive Wednesday’s in May every year. I completed all 3 last year, really enjoyed them and managed to win the series. This year I was in two minds whether to compete as I’d done Manchester marathon a few weeks ago and I also have another marathon in the lakes next week. However, after a successful Harrogate league run last week and a bit of persuasion from training partner Zack Whitehead I decided to give race 2 a go. My sole aim was to try and do the race in 15:50 which would be a 3 second pb. I hoped that this was possible as knew I was in great shape and felt confident in my running ability at the moment. Zack was after sub 17:30 and I was confident we would both get a positive result.

We collected our numbers from race h.q. and went to warm up. For some reason my legs felt dreadful but I put it down to nerves and the fact they were probably scared about what I was about to do to them!!! It was a new course this year and consisted of a simple out and back taking in some of the old course with slight inclines on the way out and a faster 2nd half. Once we set off there was a lead group of 6 of us with a couple of familiar faces and for the most part of the first half I sat at the back of this group with each of us taking turns to lead. I hit mile one in 5:05 as planned. I knew mile two would be the slowest with the majority of the inclines in that part of the course. We got to the halfway and turn around point and I was in 4th position and feeling very good. Mile two split was 5:12 then it was time to give it everything! As I shot to the front of the field taking 2 runners with me, I knew I had a win and a pb in me now!! Hitting the home straight and with 1/2 a mile to go i left them. I felt great and clocked a 4:50 mile!! Coming to the finish line and with my son Oliver shouting encouragement along with Racheal Bamford ( thanks for babysitting Racheal!!) I crossed the line in 1st place and a massive pb with a time of 15:41. I was elated!!! Zack crossed the line in 14th position in a time of 16:56, a good run but I think he will go quicker later on in the year. I’m so pleased for him as I know he’s been putting in a lot of hard work. Nicola Lee finished in 154th position in 21:40 a fantastic run and pb and Andrew Rayner finished 220th in 23:47. There was a total of 332 finishers.

I am now full of confidence heading up to lake Windermere for the marathon next weekend!! Bring it on!!



Tuesday 10th May: Jack Bloor fell race

Report from Graham

Luckily the weather was a bit cooler than of late for the Jack Bloor Fell Race at Ilkley. This is a pure un-flagged fell race, but in reality the route choices between checkpoints are limited. However, I did go wrong last time out, so was glad I did a quick reccie the night before.

The route takes in two climbs, one steep one up to the Badgerstone, then after a nice downhill, a second longer climb right up to the moor trig point. I felt good on the first climb, trying to keep up with Andrew Robertshaw, but by the time the second climb came up I was losing ground, as I was to Sam Stell and Bob Addey; formerly of this parish. I hate the flagstones across the tops, and I got passed by 3 runners, but soon passed them again on the boggy descent to the checkpoint at the ruin (with the poetry postbox), taking a tumble on the way. I then had a plan in mind of some micro-route finding to the end, which largely worked; passing and re-passing a rival right to the end (although one P&B runner disappeared behind me and re-appeared a few places in front?!).There were a few juniors out too, including my two, but no results out yet.

Results for the Senior race are:
1st Jack Wood 39.26
1st Lady Sarah Hodgson 49.37

For Otley AC:
Andrew Robertshaw 14th 44.32, Graham Lake 27th 46.37, Tom Lynch 32nd 47.39, Robin Outtersides 34th 47.53, Tom Pomfrett 37th 48.16, Ross Armstrong 54th 50.15, Tom Paget 62nd 50.56, Caron Ralph 142nd 1.02.06, Hugh Pearson 147 1.02.35, Liz Fawcett 175 1.10.43


Sunday 8th May: European Duathlon championships Copenhagen

Report from Howard:

Well, what could be better than a 10K run in the blistering heat… you guessed.. two 10k runs with a 60k bike ride in between! I had a great weekend in Copenhagen and put in a solid ‘long distance’ duathlon on a flat but scenic route on the Jutland peninsula. The race kicked off at 8.00 am with the elites, then the women then the age groupers with my group off at 8.30. It was already about 24 degrees in the sun and rising. Thankfully the wind held off because the two lap bike route went out across the flatlands and back along the seafront. There was a bit of a pong of rotting seaweed which the flies seemed to like but apart from those two minor inconveniences I felt like I had a good ride. I had run the first 10k with a view to being able to finish the second one after the bike without feeling as bad as last year. Despite the then high temperature and lack of zip due to Keswick half last Sunday I felt OK and both runs were through a lovely park. Graham, who you may recall from Clumber, where he beat me and Windsor, where I beat him, managed to hold me at bay by a minute. Never the less, I have prequalified for next year by being third GB finisher (out of three.. tee hee) and in the top ten for my age group. I like to race the Germans, wherever because they prepare well and I managed to beat a Herr Schumacher and with a name like that he should have been fast…. providing he avoided the obstacles. I watched the locals do a sprint distance in the afternoon and boy, was it hot. Glad our race was in the morning! I got a bit of a tan too.
Triathlon season starts with the British sprint championships next Saturday so hoping to use the races as a springboard into better race shape. Managed to sneak a bronze medal at the English standard duathlon championships a fortnight ago which is apparently in the post, only 10 secs behind silver 45 behind gold and 20 in front of fourth so a close race.

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Sunday 8th May: Leeds Half Marathon

Report from Hannah:

What can I say about this years Leeds Half other than it was hot, hot, hot!! There was a good turn out from Otley AC and I think we can safely say the heat was starting to get to us all even before we started running, we weren’t looking forward to it at all.

For those of you unfamiliar with the route it starts from the Headrow and you work your way up Meanwood Road and Stonegate Road up to the ring road. This feels like an endless climb for 4 miles before a bit of respite downhill on the ring road before another climb up to Weetwood Roundabout.

This year we had our own Otley AC team of fans waiting for us there with water, electrolytes and words of encouragement courtesy of Sean, Stephen Boddy, Toni and little Maisie. It was really appreciated so thank you.

Then you make your way down to Hawksworth Road before hitting Kirstall Road at 9 miles to finish off the race with a brutal 4 miles back to the city centre. For those that have done Abbey Dash it’s basically the same route.

The crowds were great with many handing out sweets and oranges with their cheers of come on Otley. A couple of kind souls had their hose pipes running so you could get a refreshing shower and on the final stretch back to town there was a water tanker with a hose pipe attached which was just what you needed after 12 miles of running in sweltering heat.

We all had very different experiences on the day, many people were really affected by the heat and did not run as well as they usually do. Personally I managed a blinder and finally got my sub 2 hours, no idea how as my training has been pretty poor and the heat usually doesn’t do me any favours. I set off at a comfortable quick(ish) pace and kept counting down the miles as I just wanted to finish in one piece. That was until at 10.5 miles I realised if I really pushed it I could get my sub 2, my worry was that in the heat it might also mean I blow up and collapse. So I decided to keep pushing on at the same pace and try pick it up in the last mile or so and hope I could just scrape in under the 2 hours. When I finished I wasn’t sure I’d managed it but I soon got my results text that confirmed I had. I’m ecstatic!!

Special mention to Louise, Beth and Isla all doing their first halves and doing brilliantly. Also, to Nicky who is a tough cookie and is on for raising £1,000 for Manorlands in memory of her Dad who recently passed away.

Results Here

plus note the following results not included on the lync Mary Hampshire 1:50:13, Beth Leitch 2:55:18, Isla Hurd 2:01:24


Thursday 5th May – Ilkley Harrogate League

It was a perfect early summers evening for the first race of this year’s Harrogate League series.  Otley had a very strong team out with the  ten to count in the first 23 and a fantastic turnout of 47 runners.

Jamil flew round for the win,  followed by Scott about 20 seconds later.  Multiple league winner Ian was next in 8th followed by Robin one behind.   Without doing any of the calculations it looks like we finished a clear first in the ten to count team race.

On the Ladies side, Nicola lead Otley home, followed by Kirsty,  Sara Elliott, Mary & Caron.

Note that following are provisional results, full team results to follow.

Position Name Category Category Position Time
1 Jamil Parapia MSEN 1 26:16
2 Scott Harrington MSEN 2 26:40
8 Ian Fisher M45 2 28:10
9 Robin Outtersides MSEN 4 28:20
11 Zack Whitehead MSEN 5 28:42
13 Liam Dunne M40 4 29:01
15 Julian Mawson M45 4 29:09
17 Andrew Robertshaw M45 5 29:14
21 Tom Midgley MSEN 8 29:29
23 Graham Lake MSEN 9 29:59
38 Rogan Ashton M45 9 31:08
47 Shane Ewen MSEN 20 31:40
55 Tom Pomfrett MSEN 24 32:12
57 Gary Johnson MSEN 25 32:20
64 Tom Lynch MSEN 28 32:45
72 Tom Paget MSEN 31 33:18
75 Steven Robinson M40 13 33:23
93 Christian Hosker MSEN 36 34:15
104 John Armitstead M55 5 34:52
141 Stephen Boddy MSEN 46 36:35
148 Nicola Lee F35 7 36:47
149 Michael Pickard M45 26 36:47
159 Kirsty Pomfrett FSEN 5 37:24
168 Michael Hastings MSEN 51 37:43
170 Ian Broadbent M45 29 37:55
194 Sara Elliott F40 7 39:15
203 Matt Podd M55 13 39:23
207 Mary Hampshire F45 7 39:38
214 Hugh Pearson M50 18 39:52
234 Caron Ralph F45 11 40:56
238 Dominic Egan M45 42 41:11
242 Colin Best M60 8 41:19
246 Bethany Leitch FJUN 2 41:22
252 Serena Blackburn F50 10 41:43
262 Andrew Rayner M50 27 42:11
270 Daniel Mundet M40 30 42:27
283 Isla Hird FJUN 3 42:53
289 Laura Hind F35 17 43:32
301 Gilly Wight FSEN 18 44:02
305 Hannah Lupton F35 18 44:32
307 Sara Richard F45 19 44:49
314 Lisa Maughan F40 18 45:11
330 Sally White FSEN 22 46:50
333 Anna Murtough F40 21 46:58
340 Emma Thomson FSEN 24 48:15
342 Claire Hastings FSEN 25 48:37
372 Antonio Cardinale M65 8 53:00


Runners of the Month for April

Jimmy Sneath at the Fellsman


Photo courtesy of Woodentops

Rob at a Bunny run photo courtesy of Woodentops

Jim Sneath & Rob Fearnley were chosen as April’s runners of the month.  Jim for an epic run around the dales in the Fellsman.  Rob for running each of the Bunny runs, plus the Yorkshire Vets. race at Honley and improving with every race.   Well done both.

Also at the younger end of the club here’s a video of Aston Brogden’s recent win at the junior Great Ireland run





Wednesday 4th May – Race 1 John Carr 5k

Results:   1st Tom Adams, Ilkley H. 15:06,  1st Lady Claire Duck, Leeds C 16:50 and for Otley..

47th Paul Kaiser 18:12,  153rd Dominic Egan 21:16,  241st Andrew Rayner 24:10,  291st Angela Srivastava 26:48.

Full results on RaceBest here.

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Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May – Great Lakeland Three Day

Report from Tom Pomfrett:

The Great Lakeland Three Day is (unsurprisingly) a three day mountain marathon event in the Lake District. It’s a slightly different format to most mountain marathons in that competitors only need to carry basic kit and tents etc. are shipped from camp to camp, the idea being to have a long mountain journey rather than a suffer-fest of difficult navigation.

Kirsty and I divided and paired up with a couple of friends with Ali and I opting for the A course and Kirsty and Hannah the B course and we arrived on Friday evening with plenty of warm kit packed owing to the unseasonally terrible weather forecast. Ali and I started at 8.30am from Herdwick Croft at the northern tip of Bassenthwaite and made our way into the Skiddaw range via Ullock Pike and Lonscale fell before descending to Threlkeld. I was starting to suffer at this point trying to keep up with Ali and his unreasonable levels of fitness. From here we took the direct route up Clough Head (familiar to any Bob Graham enthusiast) and made our way through knee deep snow along the Helvellyn ridge contouring the peaks up to Raise. From here we continued down to Grisedale tarn and then further down the slippy descent to Grasmere and Camp 1.

TomKirsty_Lakeland3DayI was suffering pretty badly at camp and Ali’s knee injuries were playing up but we were delighted to find ourselves sitting in 6th place, managing the 42km/2000m ascent in 6h28. Kirsty and Hannah came in a couple of hours later after starting late, 69th in the B class in 8h11. It turned out Hannah had been struggling badly having not fully recovered from running the Cateran Trail a few weeks previously.

The next day I was stiff but feeling slightly more alive and given the terrible weather we decided to drop down to the B course. We walked the initial ascent in the rain with the girls but at the col they decided to drop down to the C course as Hannah was still finding the going tough. Ali and I continued on the B course, contouring around High Raise when I suddenly found myself in front for the first time all weekend rather than struggling to keep up. I turned round to find Ali grimacing badly, his knee having given up on him. After that we went into survival mode and worked our way back to the path down to Honister, catching up with Kirsty and Hannah, who was still suffering, on the way. After a cup of tea and soup in the Honister Cafe we all decided to call it a day and caught a lift back to camp 2 to confirm our DNFs.

Overall it was a mixed weekend. We were gutted not to finish but I was pleased with my performance on day 1. Next up Kirsty and I are teaming up for Saunders in an attempt to improve our DNF records!

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