Saturday 10th September – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 398 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #472


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Elliot SMALES Rotherham Harriers & AC 00:16:26
16 16 Robin OUTTERSIDES Otley AC 00:19:08
30 1 Rachel EALES Hyde Park Harriers 00:20:01
233 52 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:28:06
234 182 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:07


Brighton & Hove parkrun

A total of 381 runners took part.

View full results for Brighton & Hove parkrun event #465


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Graham GODDEN Brighton & Hove City AC 00:16:39
9 9 Paul KAISER Otley AC 00:18:54
20 1 Emma BULLOCK Mornington Chasers 00:20:04


Roundhay parkrun

A total of 275 runners took part.

View full results for Roundhay parkrun event #282


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Jeremy LADYMAN Valley Striders AC 00:17:47
27 1 Michaela CLARK Abbey Runners Leeds 00:22:10
260 88 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:38:09


Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 291 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #130


Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Reece DALTON Ripon Runners 00:17:25
14 14 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:19:54
30 1 Carol MORGAN Nidd Valley Road Runners 00:20:57

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Runners of the Month – August & July

mattimageA belated well done to Sarah Fuller and Matt Podd, for taking the awards for July for their ultra efforts.  Matt at the Cotswold 24hr run, Sarah at the Lakeland 100.




The awards for August go to Caron Ralph and Howard Jeffrey.  Caron for her exploits on the fells at Arncliffe, Burnsall and Kilnsey.  Howard for being the race machine at Fountains Abbey Park Run, Liverpool Triathlon, Escrick & Asda 10k’s.

Well done all.howard2CaronRalph_LittondaleFete2


Thursday 8th September – 3000m Handicap and ROY Track

With a Mo Farah like sprint down the final straight Dominic took a comfortable win ahead of Tony Walker.  Young Aston just beat Steve for third across the line with a frantic sprint in the last 50m.

Thanks to Caron for time keeping duties, setting of a minute or so before Antonio ending up 3rd after Handicap adjustments.

Mark recorded the fastest time on the night, replicating his club V55 record (10:06), from last year’s Yorks. Veteran track championships.

After a recent cold top of the table, David Cattanach found it hard work, helping Tom Pomfrett to move back to the top of the handicap table, however it’s just a one point lead.  Last years winner Tom Lynch has now moved up to third.  See full table here.

With 3 races to go, there’s plenty of time for late moves up the table, so don’t give up yet if you’re near the top of the table…  The October race is a 4 mile route from the New Inn, Eccup on Sat. 22nd.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Dominic Egan 15:59 02:45 13:14 16
2 Tony Walker 16:12 04:20 11:52 15
3 Caron Ralph 16:47 02:45 14:02 14
4 Aston Brogden 16:54 03:50 13:04 13
5 Steve Robinson 16:54 05:30 11:24 12
6 Colin Best 16:58 02:15 14:43 11
7 Stephen Boddy 17:00 04:40 12:20 10
8 Jenson Brogden 17:02 05:20 11:42 9
9 Holly Davey 17:04 04:40 12:24 8
10 Christian Hosker 17:05 04:50 12:15 7
11 Andy Webster 17:11 04:10 13:01 6
12 Mark Hall 17:16 07:10 10:06 5
13 Tom Lynch 17:25 06:40 10:45 4
14 Tom Pomfrett 17:30 06:30 11:00 3
15 Antonio Cardinale 17:30 00:00 17:30 2
16 Beth Massey (Guest) 17:41 05:45 11:56
17 David Cattanach 17:42 01:35 16:07 1


Sunday 4th September – Tholthorpe 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

Quite a few years have passed since I have done this race but I remember it being a course quite to my liking. That is fairly flat tarmac round a figure of eight course in beautiful North Yorkshire surroundings. Despite the fact that it was also the North Yorkshire 10k championships I was the sole Otley vest. I have reduced the triathlon training and am slowly working back up the running schedule. I lined up in a field of another 310 runners just back from the front in anticipation of a reasonable run. I expected about 43 minutes given a sub 21.00 at last week’s Fountains park run. I set off at a reasonable clip and let the over enthusiastic hopefuls surge off and pass. There was a gradual incline up to 1k and a hairpin to double back around the village. By 3k I had picked off most of those I was going to catch and settled into a comfortable rhythm whilst pushing on a bit. You head out for 2K along moor lane and then loop back on a parallel route towards the village. I caught up a younger runner who tucked in behind and was able to hang on for a pb by a minute so I was pleased for him We went through 5K in 21.06 so I was hopeful of a good time. I became conscious of a bit of a head wind on the return loop but I had spotted some-one who was surely in my age category a couple of hundred meters ahead. Lock and load and the chase was on. There were a couple of testing inclines between 7 and 9k where he held his own but in between I was making ground. In the last K to the finish by the village duck pond there is a great downhill stretch along the main street. At the top of the hill I took a second or two to tuck in behind (which I regretted a bit at the finish) to measure what he had left which turned out to be very little as I was able to kick down and storm away to cross the line in 43.01 (42.59 would have been miles better). He was in my age group and that put me in second in the o/60, the leader is 3 minutes or so ahead at the moment. It was my fastest 10K time for 18 months so pleased with that on what is about one third of previous running only training.  The race was won by Jonathan Johnson of Harrogate Harriers in 33.58, first lady was Faye Banks in 15th place in 37.38. I was 56th.

Next week is Leeds Triathlon and the results are in for the European Standard in Kitzbuhel next year and I did make the cut for that as my performance was relatively better than most of those doing the final qualifying race in Worthing.


Sunday 4th September – Wetherby 10k

Report from Phil Robinson:

Surprisingly, Tom and I were the only Otley runners in this popular local 10k centred on the Wetherby racecourse. It’s a well-organised event with 2.5 and 5k races earlier in the day, lots of family-type activities in the racecourse area, easy access and parking, and a fairly flat course on road and farm tracks.


1 Andrew Grant Harrogate 32.42
2 Ben Pease Ripon 33.20
3 Liam O’Brien Hyde Park 33.27
285 Phil Robinson Otley 50.59
381 Tom Hannah Otley 54.41

694 finished.


Saturday 3rd September – Derwentwater Trail 15k

Report from Joanna Hobson:

On Saturday 3rd September I took part in the Derwentwater Trails 15k challenge in Keswick (actually 16k due to alternative route) Although I did this race last year, the course had changed considerably due to Storm Desmond. Unfortunately this part of the Lakes has suffered badly and several landslides & broken bridges meant the organisers had to find an alternative route for the first 4K. And this they did by utilising the muddiest, wettest, sloppiest, hilliest log trails through Brandholme woods which made for a very interesting first 4ks! Great fun was had by everybody as we crawled up the hills with mud to our knees ! The route then returned to the original path and we started climbing until we reached the infamous bottomless bogs of Glenderaterra beck. Another chance to get absolutely soaked! We climbed again to Lonscale Fell & eventually rewarded with amazing views from Lonscale Fell down towards Derwentwater. A lovely downhill 3k took us back in to Fitz Park to the magnificent sound of the Batala Band.  I finished in a time of 1:58:50 172nd/ 442 finishers. First male was Rhys Jones U/A 1:21:53 & first female was Helen Smith U/A in 1:26:06. An amazing route & definitely to be recommended & repeated another year.


Saturday 3rd September – Park Runs

Last week  (27th August): Ellesmere Port: John Davis 25:49,  Fountains Abbey: Peter Crowder 19:45, Howard Jeffrey 20:54,  Temple Newsam: Jenson Brogden 21:18, Holly Davey 23:42,  Woodhouse Moor: Tom Midgley 18:07,  Hereford:  Tom Lynch 18:34,  Marple:  Gary Johnson 20:05.  See full set of results.

Fountains Abbey:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Unknown Athlete Unattached 16:48
14 14 Peter Crowder Otley AC 19:54
31 1 Emma Sorby Ripon Runners 20:56


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Joel Wiles Epsom Oddballs RC 17:00
45 1 Serena Carter Unattached 21:02
160 23 Chris Brunold Otley AC 24:12

Temple Newsam:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Terry Midgley St Theresa’s AC 18:37
6 1 Samantha Scott Running for Time 21:58
92 22 Sarah Jones Otley AC 30:57

Woodhouse Moor:

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Time
1 1 Unknown Athlete Unattached 16:11
4 4 Robin Outtersides Otley AC 17:29
23 1 Hannah Riechert Abbey Runners 19:50
229 59 Alice Webster Otley AC 28:35
231 172 Andrew Webster Otley AC 28:37


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Tuesday 30th August – Kilnsey Crag Race

Report from Tom Lynch:

A short sharp country show fell race of the type that abound at this time of year, just over amile and 350 feet of climbing (or 1.66 km and 110 meters), a stream, a wall climb, a fence climb, then a death defying descent (with safety rope) down a limestone nick called ‘The Chimney’. Not to mention a fairly unusual feature for a fell race, a large crowd of non-runners and an arena start/finish, with the race being part of the schedule of the country show, I’ve never been an exhibit in a show before! Caron Ralph and myself made up the Otley team and I’m glad to say we both completed it physically, if not mentally, unscathed.

The winner of the race in recent years has always come from one of Simon Bailey, Ted Mason or Rob Hope, and it was not any different this year with Ted Mason (Wharfedale Harriers) winning in a PB of 7:58, Simon Bailey and Rob Hope took 2nd and 3rd places. First woman was Kirsty Hall (Wharfedale Harriers) in 11:14, I came in 16th in a time of 10:32 and Caron came in 75th overall, in a time of 15:55, there were 91 finishers. Full results to follow on BOFRA and a bit of race action here.


Saturday 20th August – Pendle 3 Peaks

Report from Tom Lynch: The Pendle 3 Peaks race is a 16 km (9.8 mile) fell race with 870 m (2800 ft) ascent, based around the last part of the Tour of Pendle. The race was an English Championship counter this year, so had a strong field, and sold out in January or something silly.  The race consisted of a series of climbs up the different sides of Pendle, and as was pointed out to me actually looks more like it has 4 peaks with 4 different climbs. The climbs were pretty steep long climbs which made for a good challenging race. I felt terrible for the first up and down, but managed to improve and make up some places towards the end. The race was slightly shortened to start on Ogden dam rather than in Barley village itself.


The winner of the men’s race was Sam Tosh (Rossendale Harriers) in 01:15:41, I was the only Otley runner and came in 110th in 01:39:52 out of 229 starters, not far off what I was expecting. In the separate women’s race, starting 15 minutes earlier, the winner was Sharon Taylor (Helm Hill) in 01:34:06. There were only about 300 runners in total, well down on the total number of entries, possibly because it was a miserable cloudy day with plenty of rain!


Sunday 21st August – Escrick 10k

The Howard Jeffrey weekly update: Nearly every year I like to do the Escrick 10k which is an off-road trail race through Escrick park and woods which is just SE of York so fairly flat and local. Yesterday it was very warm with a bit of a breeze as I lined up near the front with another 580 runners. Also the only Otley AC member as the other person from Otley either could not come, did not finish or was missed from the results. (Are you that person?). The hooter went and I had warmed up enough to get to the pinch point at about 150m, where the road narrows to a ginnel and then through the park gates, in the first 100 or so. A very slight incline up a tarmac road takes you quickly to a small downward stretch and left onto the gravel track. The stones are loose and quite deep so the going gets to be quite hard work. I know in my age group there is a very good runner, Steve Boynton, who does the park runs in sub 20 mins and a rival I have been cat and mouse with for the last 30 years, Chris Gill, are ahead and I am running alongside Neil Scruton from Scarborough AC, who is also quite good. He appears to be racing Victor Shirley who is, get this, over 70! (and still going strong). I have done a lot of hard races recently and I feel a bit flat and the trail is hard work as well as very winding. We get to the woods and there is some welcome shade and a water station. Despite the lack of zip I am slowly gaining on Chris and when we get to 7k and are back out on the gravel track I sense he is weakening. The others have are still visible in front but are racing each other so I am not gaining on them. At 9k I am alongside Chris and am able to kick on and come home in 43.37 in 67th place and third in the 0/60 category out of 42. The race was won in 34.13 by Paul Marchant of Northern Masters. First lady was Clara Stansfield of City of Hull in 38.05 and 15th position.