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Sunday 5th February – Dewsbury 10.2k

Report from Billy R

After getting up in the middle of the night, Ann Y picked me up for the drive over to Dewsbury in time for a 9am start!! Although cool there was little wind and no rain, ideal for running. We didn’t see any other Black & Whites prior to the start.

On arriving at the start area Ann had to seek the assistance of the St Johns Ambulance to treat an injury. After receiving treatment and given the all clear to run we took our places on the start line. A minutes silence was observed prior to the start in memory of a local woman who had been knocked over and killed by a wreckless driver on the course the day before.

The course is a flatish out and back course on the Bradford Road out of Dewsbury. After 2k I suffered from a stitch which was unusual for me and this slowed me down for the next couple of km. Approaching the turnaround point I spotted Andy Webster coming the other way a short distance in front of me. After turning around I also spotted Ann who was not far behind me. Ann also suffered a stitch at this point which hampered her chances of catching me.

I maintained a reasonable pace for the second half to finish in just over 51 mins with Ann, who was running with an injury, approximately 30 secs behind.

On over hearing someone say the course was long we both checked the distances on our watches and mine had the distance at  6.31 miles whilst Ann’s showed 6.32 miles!!

The race was won by Mohammad Abu-Rezeek of Altrincham in 30:43 and first lady was Aly Dixon of Sunderland Strollers in 34:37.

First for Otley was Peter Crowder (37:44 PB) followed by Andy Webster (49:20), Andrew Rayner (51:17) and Ann Yeadon (51:40 and new PB)

An apology was issued by Dewsbury Road Runners on Monday 6th February as the course was long by approximately 200m which makes the runs by Peter and Ann all the more impressive.

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Saturday 4th February – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 536 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #495

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Benjamin DOUGLAS Notts AC 00:15:56
32 32 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:21:01
39 39 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:21:13
49 49 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:21:36
55 1 Andrea VIDAL DURA Unattached 00:21:43
79 72 Peter GOSLING Otley AC 00:22:30
99 13 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:11
291 73 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:27:37
292 219 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:37

Bradford parkrun

A total of 444 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #348

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Sam CLEGG Idle AC 00:16:46
32 1 Julie Ann THORNTON Bingley Harriers and AC 00:22:15
77 72 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:23

Harrogate parkrun

A total of 321 runners took part.

View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #268

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Josh FULLER Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:37
28 28 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 00:21:31
36 1 Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE Unattached 00:21:55

Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 337 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #150

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Thomas CORNTHWAITE Salford Harriers and AC 00:16:44
2 1 Danielle HODGKINSON Wallsend Harriers & AC 00:18:26
89 71 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:25:16

 

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Saturday 4th February – Rombalds Stride

Report from Stephen Boddy:

I felt a lot of pressure going into this event as the reigning Champion.* It weighed down heavily on me, I didn’t want to let the club down and I knew people would be watching closely for any mistakes. Would I mix my metaphors? Would I split an infinitive? The writer of the year award was a weight on my shoulders (well my midriff actually, I ate the whole toblerone on the way home from the presentation evening).

Anyway, here are a few thoughts on the stunning, beautiful and utterly interminable Rombalds Stride.

I have had a tempestuous relationship with The Chevin that has been enduring for well over twenty years now. It was love at first sight and we have shared many great moments together. Sure, we’ve had our problems and she’s kicked my arse on more than a few occasions but we’ve always been quick to make up. Unfortunatley things really came to a head today. Perhaps it has been my year long flirtation with Baildon Moor that finally provoked her but it will take me a long time to forget what The Chevin did to me today. I’m certainly not blameless, I said some things I’m not proud of and I even lashed out at one point but it will definitely be a while before I forgive the old girl for this one.

The rest of the run was very pleasant, it was nice to run with several other Otley vests and it engendered a nice team spirit and kept morale high toing and froing with teammates.

It’s a very tough course and it really tests you physically and mentally so anyone who finishes it deserves kudos. I’ll wait for the results to mention all the others as I don’t want to miss anyone but I do know Tom Lynch had a great run and smashed his target time.

*I’m fully aware that, in keeping with the current trend in elections etc, I won the award despite getting fewer nominations than Howard. (My ego is fully in check I promise.)

A few photos from Jack Robertshaw, results:

1 Graham Pearce 02:43:42 Joint first male
1 Jack Wood 02:43:42
8 Edward Davies 03:01:18
13 Tom Lynch 03:06:18
17 Jane McCarthy 03:12:52 First female
67 Rogan Ashton 03:49:21
91 Graham Lake 03:57:00
98 Laura McCabe 03:59:03
99 Tom Pomfrett 03:59:21
104 Stephen Boddy 04:01:57
107 Steven Robinson 04:03:33
108 Jim Sneath 04:04:05
152 Serena Blackburn 04:32:55
211 Sara Richard 05:19:37
212 Liz Fawcett 05:19:37
264 John Davis 05:53:21
265 Ryk Downes 05:53:42
287 Hannah Lupton 06:05:19
288 Nicky Gifford 06:05:19

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Friday 27 January 2017 – Presentation night

The annual presentation night was once held again at Kork’s. The presentation of the awards followed an hilarious presentation by Dominic and Laura.

The winners of the various awards were:

Toblerone Awards

Runners runner of the year – Hannah Lupton for all the hard work she has done in training and going out of her comfort zone to complete her first ultra.

Honourable mentions to the three Toms (Lynch, Pomfrett and Hannah) for various reasons and Scott for his incredible marathon performances.

Performance of the year - Scott Harrington for his sub 2hr 30 mins performance at the Yorkshire Marathon.

A mention also for Zack and his performance at the Abbey Dash.

Club Member of the YearSara Elliott for her work with the beginners.

A mention too for Hannah and the work she does behind the scenes with club finances and membership issues.

Improver of the year - Rob Fearnley who has progressed from the beginners and is one of the most enthusiastic of runners.

In the frame were also Tom Lynch and Stephen Boddy.

Report writer of the year - Stephen Boddy came out on top in a tough category which could have seen Howard J, Laura H, Sarah F or Mark Hall take the honours (or Toblerone)

Wackiest race - Gilly Wight took the honours of this more for the build up rather than the race itself when she ran a marathon a day for a week whilst running from Otley to Cambridge to take part in the Cambridge Half Marathon.

Buffoon(s) of the year - Dominic Egan and Sara Elliott were joint winners for getting lost running round Fewston Reservoir at the handicap!

Runner of the Year

1st – Mark Hall

2nd – Howard Jeffrey

3rd – Robin Outtersides

Club Handicap Championship

1st – David Cattanach

2nd – Tom Lynch

3rd – Tom Pomfrett

President’s Trophy

Sara Elliott – For all her hardwork with the beginners, juniors, hill sessions and representing Otley at a variety of races.

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Sunday 29 January 2017 – Meltham 10k

Report from Howard

Despite many years of racing, including this one a few times, it never occurred to me that during January in the Pennines there might be some ice under foot (Doh!) so had my slick road shoes on. Thankfully the black ice on the road was only for the first three hundred metres or so and then apart from a few isolated patches in the sheltered dips the going was good. No wind, clear sky and sunshine up on the tops made a good day for a race. The first targeted club race of the year saw myself and Mark Hall in club colours and he represented us well to come in 8th place overall in 37.24 and first v55. The race was won by Thomas Kay in 34.56 and first lady was Samantha Shaw of Penistone in 41.07 in 25th place 346 finished. My race was a mixed bag as I did not warm up at all and pussy footed the start to avoid a spill on the ice. My person to beat today was David Wormersley who had won the age group last year. He was about 100 metres ahead at 1K and I was feeling a hard week of training (I upped the swim, bike and run for the triathlon season last week) I got to within 6 seconds at the finish (46.54 in 108th place). Couldn’t even make up ground on the long descents today so despite him fading slightly towards the end I ran out of track to pass him. Two other age category runners had passed us about half way as well and we were all within a minute at the finish so a pretty good competitive race for us. There were also two guys in the age group above in front of all of us which is encouraging.

 

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The Montane Spine Race – 15th to 22nd January

Race report from dot 41 (aka Sarah Fuller):

WHY?
Perhaps the most commonly asked question to any spiner is ‘why’? It’s a question that’s not easy to answer, but it is essential to have a clear rationale or the chances of making it the 268 miles to Kirk Yetholm are small. I was struggling to find my ‘why’ in the lead up to the race, I had entered last year when it looked like most of the crew timed out at Byrness would be lining up again in 2017 so there was definitely an element of peer pressure there but that wouldn’t be enough reason to drive me onwards I needed to want to do this for myself. Clearly last year’s race didn’t go to plan and I failed to finish but yet strangely I didn’t feel I had anything to prove so why did I feel the pull back? Partly I couldn’t get that niggling feeling I had missed out on that finish feeling of contentment, of a job well done, of closure. Partly I missed my spine friends and missed being part of something truly special and I missed the adventure, that escape from normal life that enriches so much. However, I wasn’t totally sure I wanted to put my body and mind through such a gruelling experience again and the closer the race got the more I doubted myself and whether I needed that finish to make peace with the spine. I would battle with this conflict in my mind for the first couple of days at least and came close to calling it a day a few times early on but something in my subconscious kept me ploughing on after all its better to be a dot than follow a dot! Anyway here is my story – grab a cuppa its a long one…….

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Saturday 28 January 2017 – Hoofstones Fell Race

Report from Matt P

This BM 8 mile and 1400ft of ascent is in the words of a past leader of the FRA “a reminder why people go fell running in the first place” and then it started snowing. I got a lift over with Dave Tate and Jean from Wharfedale Starting from a warm and friendly pub in Todmorden, this race climbs out of the valley to run round the moors north of Tod and then back down the same route – a lollipop course. The first climb was runnable and then onto the moor, initially on good tracks, but then it got nasty with a long very rough and boggy trod to the high point of the course. I only went in waist deep twice so was lucky! It was cold and windy up on the moor which was partially frozen making the going even tougher. From the top at Hoofstones the way led across a trackless moor with award winning tussocks and more bog. Runners spread out all over trying to find a runnable route or trying to stick to a bearing – but all to no avail. Aim for Studeley Pike on the other side of the valley and all was well back to rejoin the route out and a fast, fun descent to the finish. About 50 people survived this character building experience, with about 40 finishing in front of me quicker than the 1hr 36ish minutes I was in a state of bliss for.

Results to follow at https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/

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Saturday 28 January 2017 – Park Runs

Newcastle parkrun

A total of 524 runners took part.

View full results for Newcastle parkrun event #355

 

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:16:01
14 1 Lorna MACDONALD Morpeth Harriers & AC 00:19:00
60 59 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:20:55

 

Bradford parkrun

A total of 405 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #347

 

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:27
8 1 Rachel BOYD Saltaire Striders 00:19:20
53 8 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:23:10
76 67 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:24:19
102 88 John Davis Otley AC 00:25:23
110 16 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:25:32

Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 245 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #149

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Reece DALTON Ripon Runners 00:16:41
11 11 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:20:28
16 1 Emma SORBY Ripon Runners 00:20:52

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Saturday 21 January – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 523 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #493

 

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Gareth JOOSTE Unattached 00:17:09
17 1 Camilla WEST Serpentine RC 00:19:27
52 50 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:21:15

 

Bradford parkrun

A total of 472 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #346

 

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Josh TIGHE Salford Harriers and AC 00:16:46
12 1 Kirsty ALLEN Baildon Runners 00:20:31
37 35 Simon Anderson Otley AC 00:22:40
259 55 Emma THOMSON Otley AC 00:29:16
394 134 Kirsty Pomfrett Otley AC 00:35:57

 

Harrogate parkrun

A total of 389 runners took part.

View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #266

 

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Aidan ADAMS Leeds City AC 00:18:07
9 1 Ruth JONES Unattached 00:19:17
39 38 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 00:21:31

 

Fountains Abbey parkrun

A total of 380 runners took part.

View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #148

 

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Nathan SMITH City of York AC 00:16:47
14 1 Rachel FRIEND Leeds City AC 00:19:54
33 30 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 00:21:43

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Sunday 22nd January: Inskip half marathon

Report from Mark Hall

Having missed the Brass Monkey half marathon both me and Scott Harrington entered the Inskip half. The day was very cold with a chilling wind. The circuit is described on the entry form as fast and undulating, not sure if these words go together! The race attracted a 500 runner field. Scott is well into his marathon training and packed in 80 miles last week so was running the race on tired legs he still managed to run the race from gun to tape in the lead and comfortably won the event in a time of 70.48, 23 seconds off his PB. I finished 20th, 1st V55 in 77.28. (my last race before my counter clicks on to 57!)

The only negative point about this event is the very poor prize list. I received a bottle of wine for 1st V55 even though the event cost £19 to enter. Finishers received a goody bag with a big bar of chocolate, a hat , bottle of water a medal and a dish of hot pot! why not reduce the entry cost and drop the goody bag.

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