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Saturday 16th May -Otley Show

Only three OAC people took part in this premier event, which is now in its 26th year, although there were several spectators from the club.

Even though it was a sunny day, conditions were hard due a strong westerly wind which saw several OAC folk take shelter in one of the many beer tents.

Club secretary John Dade took the first spot in the lemon curd category using a Nigel Slater recipe. A winner in a previous year with his lemon drizzle cake, Billy had to leave empty-handed this time around as did Laura Hind – better luck next year!

Colin Best also made an appearance demonstrating his drystone walling skills, although few people from the club recognised him without his gloves on.


Saturday 16th May – Inter county fell championship

image1Report from Sean O Halloran: This year I became a member of the FRA and while reading the 2015 handbook i discovered there were inter county fell championships each year. I looked through some of the old results and realised my home county of Suffolk was not represented in fell running.

Seeing an opportunity, I sent the Suffolk County Athletics Association an email and was given the agreement for me to represent Suffolk in the coming inter counties fell champs race and with that I obtained my Suffolk vest.

It was finally here!! Race day. Following a good energy rich breakfast and half a pot of coffee we headed off to Betwys-y-Coed nice and early. Knowing parking could be a challenge and not wanting to rush we allowed plenty of time.

The senior men’s race was at 1300 and as we arrived just before 1130 we had plenty of time to look around. I went up to the finish area to collect my race number and discovered no kit was needed, not even checked !!

Time managed to go quickly and soon there was only 30mins to the off. I made sure I did a good warm up and stretch and with a kiss to Elaine and Niamh I went to the start line where I chatted to fellow runners including Tom Adams from Ilkley Harriers.

The course took runners from the start and finish areas in the picturesque village of Betws-Y-Coed around nearby Forestry in the Snowdonia National Park. The route used a course similar to the ones that will be used for the World Mountain Running Championships that take place at the same venue in September 2015.

I think there were about 90 of us on the start line, although this was also an open race there were not many non county vests. I soon realised I was very likely to finish last, but I was here and I was going to enjoy it as much as possible.

Straight from the off the route climbs and climbs and climbs for the first mile. The men’s start was further down the hill towards the river and we had to run past the finish line. With lots clapping and cheering we zig zag our way up the hill. Once off the track and onto the rough steep hill I soon lost sight of the other runners and settled into my own race.

There were three brutal climbs in the race totalling a total elevation gain of 1700 feet in 7 miles.

After the first mile the course moves into an undulating section (in comparison to the rest of the route) which leads to the Marian mountain bike trail. This was one of the highlights of the route, the section was undulating, technical in places and twisty which made for perfect trail running.

Following the Marian trail the route headed downwards and some relief for the calf muscles and time for the quads to burn. There were plenty of rocks and tree roots to negotiate with patches mud thrown in for good measure but fast descending was possible.

Just when the legs were recovering from the first climb, we were sent on the extension to the first lap. This extension was tough and took us on the steepest part of the race. With hands on knees and the occasional scramble the course looped back up to the top of the Marian trail and back onto the normal loop. From here it was mainly all down hill to the finish area.

Just before the final section leading to the finish area I was greeted with claps and cheers from Elaine and Niamh and a team manager from Devon gave me a bottle or water which was welcomed.

From here I ran past Eileen Woodhead who offered words of encouragement while taking photos. By the time I had reached the finish area I had been lapped and the leaders who had already finished. The finish area was off to the left but I headed right to start my second lap.

My legs and lungs asking what the hell I was doing, I could see the finished runners rehydrating and enjoying a chat. But I ploughed on and started my second lap. This lap was the same at the first, without the extension, but with tired legs seamed harder than the first.

The final descent was more enjoyable than first time round as I knew it lead to the finish line. Onto the final session I could hear the PA system getting louder and before I know it the finish was in sight. Running past a cheering Elaine and Niamh I pushed on to the finish line just in time to see the presentations.

Upon crossing the line I was handed a welcomed bottle of water and received handshakes of congratulations from the lead guys.

Yes I came last, but in reality I was never going to finish anywhere else. The class of runner on display today was awesome and I was proud to be part of it representing my home county. I finished in a time of 1:44:02.

The winner of the senior men’s race was Andrew Douglas from Scotlend West in a time of 45:26. The winner of the senior ladies race (slightly shorter route with no extended session) was Emma Clayton in 40:29.

The winning senior men’s team was Yorkshire while the winning senior ladies team was Cumbria.



Saturday 16th May – Fairfield Horseshoe

Graham Andy Finish
Report from Graham Lake: To celebrate my brother becoming a V40 the family Lake took a trip to the Lakes to do this race which other runners seem to rave about. The forecast was wrong, as it often is in Cumbria, and we had lovely sun as we warmed up near Rydal Hall. This is a glorious hidden spot for anyone who’s not been there, plenty for the kids to explore while the adults visit the cafe.

After a very strict kit-check (much more than the fondle of my bum-bag I had at 3 peaks) about 200 runners lined up for this classic lakeland horseshoe.
The sprint up the track stretched the field out, and then it was hands on knees for the steep ascent to Nab Scarr. My brother Andy had shot off ahead, so when I saw Rob Jebb take a more direct line than most I followed (a long way back!) and caught up with Andy, only to see him slowly pull off ahead as we turned north up the ridge. I knew then he had the beating of me! The views were stunning though, Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Skiddaw and the Coniston fells all in view, ( kept having to remind myself I was in a race. It was walk/run/walk/run all the way up to Fairfield, then a rocky and very windy traverse of the head of the valley lead to the long descent back south.
I was running better now after some sweets and a gel, and despite a couple of dodgy route choices felt I was catching more runners than were catching me. Then my garmin beeped, and a quick glance showed there were 2 miles to go, and bang, over on my ankle. Tried to walk, but gave up and had a moan with a road runner chap who was struggling with cramp. Eventually got going again after a walk, but it was a very slow descent. Got passed by a few Ilkley Harriers and a lady for Valley Striders who was running well, but any hope of catching my bro were long gone.
Ankle was ok on the long track back up to the finish where I was greeted by the family where you have to cross a little stream.
I would highly recommend this race, and think I’ll be back next year after a recce of the descent to get a better route.
I finished in 74th place 1.52.22, with winner Rob Jebb for Bingley in 1.20.26
First lady was Sharon Taylor for Helm Hill 1.39.53 and 32nd place.


Saturday 16th May – Charlesworth Chase

Report from Matt Podd: The Charlesworth Chase is a BS fell race up and down Simon Seat. This Saturday saw the fourth running of this race inaugurated to celebrate Nick Charlesworth’s wedding. 1201ft of climbing in 5.2 miles. I was the only Otley athlete running though saw Shane G, Matt J and all the usual suspects. Hard race with a fast run out over fields from Appletreewick, before the main event of the steep climb up to the summit and then a brilliant fast descent back again. The descent is very rocky in places and the guy in front of me, left blood and skin on it, but I helped him up, overtook him and ran as fast as I could for the finish. I was in the last third of the field and took under an hour. The amusing part is that before you cross the finish runners have to down a pint! How fast can you neck a pint after a sprint finish.

Good low key local race. There may be results in the future.


Saturday 16th May – Ripon 10 Mile MT

Report from Andy Webster: First time I have entered the Ripon 10 (plus a little bit more).

For those of you that have not raced it, it is a similar climb to Otley 10 with some trails to run on. The weather was cool, and slightly windy. I set off with Chris Hosker, but after three miles he pulled off from me.

Despite currently racing more than training, legs felt better than the Leeds Half last week, where I got some post marathon and Tour De Yorkshire fatigue kick in. The three hills were ascended without too much difficulty. In the last two miles picked up a good pace and held a couple of runners off. Nice flapjack and a mug at the finish line. Full results

1: Mike Jefferies 0:58:48.2
4: Mark Hall 1:03:51.6
11: Sharon Barlow 1:06:30.3
77: Christian Hosker  1:16:34:6
90: Andy Webster 1:18:17.5
220: David Fox 1:30:47.5
233: Tom Hannah 1:32:49.9

Report from Mark Hall: I did the Ripon 10m multi terrain event today. I finished 4th and 1st V55 in a time of 63.52. Winner was Mike Jefferies, BillinghamMarsh ac  in 58.48. I was 1 min 43 secs slower than last year which is very disappointing but injury has not helped.


Saturday 16th May – Over the Odda

Report from Joanna Hobson:

Four ladies flew the Otley flag Over the Odda on Saturday morning on a tough, challenging yet surprisingly enjoyable 10k. Steep climbs & descents meant this was never going to be an easy course, but fortunately the weather was kind to us so we weren’t knee deep in mud & we all managed to stay upright! I think I can safely say we all enjoyed/endured the run, but I don’t think Ann has quite forgiven Lisa yet for persuading her to enter! The support from the marshals was fantastic and seeing Reid at the end with his own unique amazing style of black & white support made it all worthwhile – thank you Reid. All in all an excellent, local, challenging trail race.

1st male Jack Wood Ilkley Harriers 39.19
1st female Jennie Guard Leeds City AC 47.13
For Otley AC:
148th Sara Richard 1.05.31
166th Joanna Hobson 1.08.13
175th Lisa Maughan 1.09.13
176th Ann Yeadon 1.09.14


Saturday 16th May – Park Runs

Sorry for the delay!

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 John SANDERSON Guildford & Godalming AC 00:16:36
19 1 Sophie LEE Goole Youth AC 00:19:03
66 62 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:21:13
285 79 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:28:32
286 207 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:28:33


Brueton parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Toby SPENCER Coventry Godiva Harriers 00:15:30
25 1 Jane BARTHOLOMEW Unattached 00:20:40
45 43 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:21:48


Harrogate parkrun


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Mike BURRETT Leeds City AC 00:16:41
24 1 Adeline KELLY Unattached 00:21:13
47 42 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:22:23


Roundhay parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Huw LIPPIATT Unattached 00:18:08
40 1 Samantha ISAAC Unattached 00:21:44
86 79 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:24:47


Temple Newsam parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time  
1 1 Richard Thomas HERRINGTON St Theresa’s AC 00:17:14
33 1 Rebecca FORSTER Chapel Allerton Runners 00:22:02
66 9 Holly Davey Otley AC 00:24:06




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Wednesday 13th May – John Carr 5K Race 2

Report from Zack Whitehead:

Surprisingly still on the comeback trail from a nasty stress fracture last year it has really taken a frustrating amount of time to get back into the swing of training, my advice to anyone would be listen to the doctor they are normally right about healing times no matter how superhuman you feel you are. It’s nice to be fit enough to try compete in the John Carr series which I very much enjoy doing. These days I have to be more selective with my races due to my fragile body and John Carr is at the top of my’ To Do List’ every year. I think it’s important to run in races you enjoy doing and not be pressured into doing lots of races for the sake of it. Last week I managed to run a New 5k PB at John Carr race 1, after the race when tucking into my free mars bar I remember feeling very fresh and springy…..Turns out it was too good to be true and it was announced by Power of 10 that the course was short, I wasn’t surprised and given the distances it only accounted for around 8-10 seconds, I do feel a little disappointed and let down with the race organisation but I know mistakes can happen. It also casts doubt over some previous races over the years at the John Carr, but anyway… John Carr race 2 and after a heavy stag weekend which involved lots of running, drinking and to my disappointment walking up hills in the lakes I was unquestionably tired on Wednesday. Coach (Jamil) had decided to give race 2 a miss which left Scott, Nicola and myself representing our training group, Scott was also tired from my Stag weekend so we weren’t hopeful of fast times. Here’s a bit of advice for anyone that fancies doing the race in the future, take note of my position at the end of the first Kilometre which was 14th. After making my way through the many fading runners who set off fast I managed a credible 4th (15.59)after disappointingly getting pipped on the line. Scott Managed a fantastic 2nd (15.53). The race was won by Marc Fenwick  (Tyne Bridge Harriers)in 15.41 First Lady Helen Singleton (Wakefield Harriers) 17.28. Was the course long???? let’s not open that can of worms :-)

Other Otley runners were Tom Midgley (17.06) Mark Hall (17.24) Tony Walker (20.55) Nicola Lee (22.20) Toni Midgley (25.55) Donald Buffham (26.57).  Full results from Saltaire Striders here.


Tuesday 12th May – Jack Bloor Fell Race

Report from the Hon. Handicapper

Sunshine and strong winds greeted a large field of runners in the senior Jack Bloor fell race.  After a comedy false start, when the organiser inadvertently said the word ‘go’ during his pre-race speech, we were off.

Just after the start it goes straight into a bottle neck as the path narrows to single file, followed by the steep climb to the Badgerstone, which does give plenty of opportunity to catch up on lost ground.  At this point I was shoulder to shoulder with Jeremy, but a strong run down to the Swastika stone gave Jeremy a big lead on the second climb, the long drag to the top of the moor.  After passing Caron spectating at the summit cairn, I pretty much maintained my position in the race all the way back to the finish.  Further ahead I could see Sam running strongly, however a minor route error and fall meant that Jeremy just pipped Sam to be the first back for Otley.

Results 1st Jack Wood from Ilkley Harriers, 40:10, and Claire Green, P&B first woman, 48:25  & for Otley, 16th Jeremy Stewart 45:24, 18th Sam Stell 45:34, myself 46:48, Andy Hunt 47:48, Tom Lynch 50:44, Tom Paget 51:40, Laura Martin53:35, (just missing out on 1st LV40), Andy Webster 58:03, Laura Clark 1:00:40, Matt Podd 1:00:58, Christian Hosker 1:02:03, Colin Best 1:07:59, Lisa Maughan 1:12:56 & of course the one and only Antonio 1:39:18.

Thanks for supporters around the course, Kath, Caron, Graham & Shane,  see some of Caron’s photo’s here.



April runner of the month:

After deliberations and conversations it has been decided that the Runners of the month for April are Richard Clarke, for his storming performance in the London Marathon, and to Richard Smith for years of fine performances for the club, including leading us home on Tuesday and a fast Manchester Marathon. Good luck to him down south. The club were also impressed with recent results by Gary C, Jeremy, John A, Joanna H, Tom M, and especially Frank.