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Wednesday 12th August – York Millennium Bridge 5k

Report from Jamil Parapia:

Zack and I decided to enter this annual 5k in York. The course is very flat albeit with a few sharp turns and a duck or two to avoid so the race represents a good opportunity to run a fast time. I led the race for much of it but was out sprinted by a younger gazelle losing out by 4 seconds. However I was pleased to record a new pb (quick look at the Garmin to check the distance!) finishing 2nd in 15.18. Zack followed in 12th place in a time of 16.29. I am returning to Kenya this week to check on the progress of Jackson Biwott who is taking part in the Yorkshire Marathon in October (subject to visa). More information on that when I have it.

It was also nice to see future Otley star Jenson Brogden taking part in the 2.5k race in York last night finishing 12th in 10.24.

Main race

1. Jack Robertson Scarborough 15.14pb,  2. Jamil Parapia Otley 15.18pb,  12. Zack Whitehead 16.29,  1st lady Sharon Barlow Ripon 17.06,  see full set of results here.


Sunday 9th August – Askern 10 mile

Report from Mark Hall:

I drove down to South Yorkshire to run in this well established race. I have competed in this event many times and it never gets any easier. It uses a tough circuit with 3 hills in the second half. Today was made difficult by the very hot temperature. The cloud cover disappeared 5 minutes before the start and reappeared 10 minutes after the finish, making for a very hard race.

I was the only OAC runner. In the early 2000s this event was popular with OAC members, not sure why it is no longer. I remember winning the team prize with Julian and Ian in 2002. The event is well organised with an impressive prize list going down to 15th place as well as 3 prizes in each age category all for £8. A very recent event I did was the same price and gave a Toblerone as a prize!

The first half of my race went ok, however, the second half was a case of trying to hold on to a reasonable pace, (which I didn’t)

This race is not a PB course but it is really well organised, friendly with an extensive prize list and certainly worth doing.

Winner Carl Ryde, Doncaster 54.56,  462 finishers,  11th place, 1st V55, 59.17, full results here.


Sunday 9th August – Round Hill Fell Race

A full list of results is available here.

First of all a big thanks to all who helped in making a successful event.  After heavy rain last year, this year saw much better weather for the marshals, although probably a little on the warm side for those racing.

And a bit thanks to all those racing as the surplus from the race, in the region of £300 will be sent to the Brain Tumour Research across Yorkshire charity.

The race was won by Lee Athersmith, Wharfedale Harriers in a speedy 55:35, second was a very muddy Harry Holmes, York Knavesmire Harriers a victim of the bog in 56:48 and third Marc Sennett, Wharfedale 58:37.

First back for the host club Otley and first Vet 40 was Liam Dunne breaking the hour in 59:35.  Ian Rowbotham, Harrogate Harriers was first Vet 50, 1:06:00.  First Vet 60 & 70 were both from Ilkley Harriers being Nick Pearce 1:06:52 and Graham Breeze 1:29:43 respectively.

There was a closer battle at the head of the ladies race as Rachel Pilling, Pudsey & Bramley finished 19 seconds ahead of Otley AC’s Laura Clark. Carol Morgan was third and first Vet 40.  Sally Houghton from Ripon Runners had one of the performances of the day, finishing fourth and first Vet 50 with a time of 1:11:11.  Not to be out done Sue Morley established a new Lady Vets. 60 record with a time of 1:30:07.

Otley AC positions & times were as follows…. oh and the team of Liam, Edward, Laura and Mary took the team honours.  Beer, wine or chocolate next time you’re at the club!

Position Name Time
4 Liam Dunne 00:59:38
9 Edward Davies 01:00:49
22 Tom Lynch 01:06:23
26 Andy Hunt 01:07:52
28 Steve Robinson 01:08:23
30 Laura Clark 01:09:08
44 Tom Pomfrett 01:12:43
71 Andrew Webster 01:19:32
79 Matt Podd 01:22:50
93 Mary Hampshire 01:26:53
97 Kirsty Pomfrett 01:28:54
111 Chris Brunold 01:34:14
127 David Cattanach 01:53:10
129 Antonio Cardinale 02:10:14


Saturday 8th August – Alaska 10k

Report from Phil Robinson on his travels:

Phil Robinson Alaska10kWe arrived in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday afternoon following a couple of days in Seattle. Saturday morning I made my way to the Alaska Pacific University campus where this 10k race was due to start at 10am.  The organisers are very proud of their course record – 28.35 – set by a local runner in the 1980s who beat Alberto Salazar into second place. With such a quick time I expected that either it would be a very fast course or there would be a classy field – neither turned out to be true. The route was gently undulating and there were a good few runners who looked like medical emergencies waiting to happen – 314 of the finishers took over an hour. But hey, it’s all in a good cause, raising cash for the local paralympic hopefuls. The temperature at the start was about 15C, climbing to 20 later in the day, and with a bit of sun and no breeze it was warm work. I was disappointed to run over 50 minutes but consoled by being first (of only five) in my age group.

Results:  1 – Forest Tarbath  33.50;  2 – Andrew Ochoa  34.23;  3 – Ryan Davis  35.50;  103 – Phil Robinson 50.17;    580 finishers


Saturday 8th August – Arncliffe Gala Fell Race

Report from Sean O’Halloran:

Perfect day for a fell race. Decided to head for Arncliffe today to take part in the Arncliffe Gala Fell Race. This was another BOFRA race and a championship counter I think. The race started in the middle of Arncliffe, taking you up 450 feet,  with a run across the top before heading back down to the finish. Total race length 1.9 mile.
The winner was the course record holder Simon Bailey from Mercia in a time of 10:23. First lady was Rachel Hill from Settle in a time of 13:46.

First home for Otley was Andy Hunt 37th in 14:16, I finished in 100th place in 24:21,  full results on the BOFRA site here.

I encourage everyone to try one of these BOFRA races they are great fun.

ps, check out 1970’s fashion, archive footage from the 1976 gala here.


Saturday 8th August – Park Runs

Darlington:  1st Andrew Buckley Richmond & Z. 17:55, 6th Rebecca Forest U/A 19:58, 158th Steve Haywood 29:45.

Fountains Abbey: 1st Unknown Athlete 17:42, 4th Myra Jones Valley Striders 19:00, 80th Jackie Ackroyd 24:40.

Harrogate: 1st Stephen Ellison U/A 17:42, 19th Charlotte Van Zelst U/A 20:09, 65th Jenson Brogden 22:44, 72nd Stephen Small 22:56.

Woodhouse Moor: 1st Sam Fisher, Howgill 17:22, 32nd Rachel Bourne Hyde Park H. 20:55, 45th Christian Hosker 21:28.

& late results for last week Sat. 1st August:

Brueton: 1st Toby Spencer Coventry Godiva H. 15:41, 10th Kate Wright Stratford-upon-Avon AC 18:11, 57th Richard Clarke 21:53.

Darlington: 1st Marc Scott Richmond & Zetland 16:01, 16th Rebecca Forest U/A 19:56, 181st Steve Haywood 29:17.

Roundhay: 1st Christopher Russell U/A 17:46. 23rd Niamh Jackson 21:15, 78th Mick Jeffrey 25:52.

Sewerby: 1st Gareth Simpson Rotherham 16:39, 12th Donna Ridler Ripon 20:24, 33rd Stephen Small 22:30.

Wetherby: 1st Wayne Aylesbury Leeds City 17:57, 15th Tanya McQuaid U/A 23:17, 14th Howard Jeffrey 22:42.


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Sunday 2nd August: York 10k

Form Howard Jeffrey: On Saturday’s I cycle up to Wetherby and back with a brisk park run in between. It is a good workout for duathlon training but not great for racing on the Sunday. Even when you try and control the pace it is always tempting to catch the person in front. I sort of aim for 22.30’s at the parkrun at Wetherby which is a twisty turny affair on grass around playing fields so although pancake flat is a bit of a test. I was hoping to maintain the pace for the 10K on Sunday to get under 45 minutes. The run is a Jane Tomlinson Run for all charity event sponsored by Asda which is pretty popular and very well organised with timed starting pens which are well respected; (although I did overtake a Rhinoceros at 1K!) The start and finish is at the Knavesmire race course and there are tents and distractions for charities etc and there is a happy atmosphere with fancy dress and all levels of ability.
The weather turned out to be perfect again as it was windless with a touch of drizzle which stopped when the race started and the temperature around 14 degrees. The announcer rattled on amiably for an hour before the start time and then Harry Gration said a few words. He was not running (although he generally does) so his words were well received. Then off across the timing mat which took me 30 seconds to get to and some at the back more than 10 minutes as there were 5128 finishers. The route goes in and around the streets of York which was closed for traffic, so was nice and scenic although not particularly fast. The sun and the crowds came out and there was a general enthusiastic buzz about the whole thing. The competitive race was won by Steve Robinson of Peterborough AC in 32.57 and first lady Michelle Nolan of Gateshead Harriers AC 33rd in 36.42. Not sure my breathing is yet up to par but I was pleased with 406th place in 43.52 which felt like hard work all the way but was within a minute of the first o/60 and 5/126 in that category. Fellow Otlians 541st Cadan Hoare in 45.07, Eriks Zvaigzne 896th and 10/126 in 48.24 and Melvin Hoare 1000th in 49.27 (all chip times).

‘Special’ invite to do the ALL NEW Plusnet Yorkshire 10Mile for ONLY £25! Is it me or does that seem a lot? I remember when you could have a night out and still have change from a shilling bla bla bla!!

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Sunday August 2nd: hardmoors cancer research races

report from sarah fuller:

team fuller travelled over to lord stones country park for the hardmoors charity fun day races. There was a hilly 11 miler plus 8 and 5 milers on offer. Derek took on the long one which traversed the 4 sisters along the Cleveland way to start then a hilly loop back to lord stones. Erin and skye did the 1.2 mile kids race – an out and back up Carlton bank. I was marshalling. Derek took third place and the kids scored a 1,2 in the junior races. Big smiles all round. Lovely low key event and a shed load of cash raised for charity.

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Sunday 2nd August – Brecon 10

Report from Andy Webster:

Second race of my holiday was the Brecon 10 mile.  Only two days after a hilly fell race and quite humid meant a hard race. Felt reasonable good until the last 2 miles meant missed out just on a season best finishing 90th out of 285 in 77.09.

1st male Phil Matthews Swansea 54:18,  1st female Ellie Davies Brecon 60:14, full results here.

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Friday 31st July: Clun canter

report from Andy Webster:
Nothing like experiencing a local race while you are on holiday. The Clun Canter was 5.2 miles long. The route map was out but no mention of the climb! From last years results it appeared like 50 minutes would get me a reasonable place.

79 of us started at 7.30 PM. A rather pleasant 1/4 mile sprint was quickly followed by an 800 foot climb, over about 1.5 miles followed by a brief descent and a further 200 foot climb then a long descent through the forest and down fields.

Maintained a reasonable position throughout the race, overtaken by a few on the hills but regained most of the positions on the down hill. Finished 23/79 in 49:12. First place 36:20.

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