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Sunday 9th November – Dalby Dash 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey for this and the Leeds Park run:

I had felt jaded during the week after the Guy Fawkes 10 and could not gear up to do any speedwork in the week. Got the ‘call to arms’ for Saturday to support one of my second claim club mates at Valley Striders, Roy Huggins, who was doing his 250th park run at Hyde park. Good excuse to do some speed (and fiddle de dee to tomorrow) and try out my new minimalist racing flats ( all 2.3 ounces of them! Mizuno Universe 5 so named because they are the lightest in the Universe ..geddit?). Whilst warming up for the park run I felt so jaded that I nearly went home; even the shoes felt a bit insubstantial. No, I was there so I could always jog round. Come the start and when we got moving I actually felt great, the shoes were also imperceptible and my target for the day of 20 minutes pretty well hit at 20.03 and the bonus of first o/60 with 79.97% effort (the best to date). Calves a bit stiff for the rest of the day but I kept stretching and could ‘always jog’ the Dalby Dash if I had to!

I went up to Dalby Forest to do the 10K Dash today. Cloudless blue sky, sunshine without wind, perfect cool temperature in a picturesque part of the world. What could be better? Even had a new pair of minimalist trail shoes to try out. Back in the Otley AC vest again and the only one ( I recommend it). The course is 500m slightly down then 3.5K up a moderately steep private tarmac road on which I held my own, I think due to the cycling I now do. Surprisingly my ears ‘popped’ before I got to the top which normally only happens at altitude! Then… not to everyone’s delight but certainly mine…4.5K of downhill (on well compacted, dry trail). Yesterday’s blast forgotten I flew down the hill in passing mode (shoes were awesome) and kept up the momentum to the finish in 36th place out of 375 first o/60 in 41.36. The race was won by Mike Burrett of Leeds City in 32.14. First Lady Heather Tuffs (‘Unattached to York’!) in 40.02.  Full results on here.

Note of caution: I have been progressing towards minimalist footwear for 3 years. My old running shoes now seem like Frankenstein boots by comparison but I did not do it from one day to the next. I had reasons and it has worked for me. I won’t go into details here but happy to explain to anyone if interested.


Saturday 8th November – Burley Moor Run

Report from the President Matt Podd:

Just back from this, and luckily we beat the rain this year. 7 miles and 850 ft of ascent, from Scalebor Park and up onto the moor, for a circuit of the Burley end of the moor before going back the way you came out. Almost a fell race with some rough and steep stuff – lovely and muddy on the moor today. Lots of Black and Whites out – to many to mention, but the race was won by Dan Wilkinson of Ilkley with Sam Stell second (as was mentioned at the start,  this man is doing more racing since recently becoming a father). Laura Martin was first woman followed Laura Clark , so a one two for the club. Well done to all who raced (Lisa doing this on the back of an Ultra) and the Robertshaws for their support around the course. I found the first half tough, but then got into my stride and had a fine battle to just beat Adela.

A good morning out. Results:  1st Dan Wilkinson 46:09, (a course record), 2nd Sam Stell 46:49, 6th Rogan Ashton 49:54,  9th Jon Greenwell 52:55,  24th & 1st lady, Laura Martin 57:19,  26th & 2nd Lady Laura Clark 58:37,  103rd Matt Podd 1:05:46,  Liz Fawcett 1:08:01,   113th Lisa Maughan 1:13:43,  141st Laura Liddell 1:26:44,  146th Antonio Cardinale 1:31:13.

Photos on the Burley Festival Twitter page here and on the Woodentops www here.


Saturday 8th November – Park Runs

Much busier this week at the park runs, Scott, Tom Richard & Liam all with top 10 finishes.

Leeds Hyde Park:

1st Jonny McKenna, Clayton-le-Moors 16:25, 1st Lady Treena Johnson Dewsbury RR, 19:05.

2nd Scott Harrington 16:33,  5th Tom Midgley 17:26,  10th Richard Smith 17:46,  13th Graham Lake 18:03,  53rd Howard Jeffrey 20:03,  268th Toni Midgley 27:37,  332nd Debra Brown 29:58.


1st Will Smith,  Keighley & Craven 17:13,  1st Lady Eleanor Robinson,  Keighley & Craven 18:44

4th Liam Dunne 17:48,  72nd Eriks Zvaigzne 23:56.

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Sunday 2nd November – West Yorks. Cross Country League

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

The second race of the season was held at West Park, just north of the Beckett Park track.  There was a bit more mud than the first race at Thornes park, but the going for most of the course was fast and dry.  As at Thornes park Otley had two in the top ten, with Ian Fisher 5th, 27:58 and Frank Beresford 10th, 28:33.  For the first 2 laps I battled it out with Liam, with Liam running strongly in the last lap he pulled clear finishing 22nd, 29:36 to my 25th, 29:51.  Running his first cross country in an Otley vest Robin Outtersides was next in 61st, 31:23.  Fresh from a holiday in the Lakes Graham Lake finished 98th, 33:07 and 6th counter that gave Otley a brilliant 4th place finish in the team race.  Stephen Boddy, also running his first cross country in an Otley vest finished 168th, 39:10 and Antonio Cardinale completed the Otley contingent in 188th, 55:29.
Full results on the West Yorkshire Athletics site here.


Sunday 2nd November – Up & Running Guy Fawkes 10

Dr Howard Jeffrey reports from Ripley:

A good Otley AC turnout for the challenging Guy Fawkes 10 from Ripley Castle with conditions pretty near perfect for racing, and Scott Harrington stormed away from 814 others to win the race in 57:00.

Mark Hall was not far behind in fourth (and first MV50) in 59:49 and with Rogan Ashton finishing 27th (1:05:20) OAC took the second team prize. The first lady was Lindsey Clegg (Horsforth Harriers) who came 51st in 1:08:53. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 2nd November – White Rose Ultra

Sara Richard, Lisa Maughan and Sean O’Halloran took part in this event with the ladies completing it in about 6hrs 35mins and Sean around 7hrs 35mins.

Sean reports: Following a lengthy string of comments to a Facebook status back in March, Lisa Maughan and I ended up entering the 30-mile multi-terrain White Rose Ultra. A little later in the year Sara Richard, during a run with the beginners group, had been talked into joining us.

Following London Marathon this had become my A race for the rest of the year. I knew this was going to be a tough cookie and serious training needed to be done. After months of 5 days a week training, which in included hill rep sessions and back to back long runs, I managed to improve my fitness to a level needed to complete this event. Lisa and Sara had also been working extremely hard in their training and we accompanied each other where possible in training. Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday 1st November – Shepherds Skyline Fell Race

Five members of OAC ventured to Lumbutts on the other side of the Calder Valley from Todmorden for this A-category BS race with 350m of ascent over 10km.

First back for club in fourth place was Matt John in 44:17, followed by Sam Stell (13th in 47:50). John Dade finished in 65:17, Bob Baker in 67:14 and Don Buffham in 94:34.

The winner was Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley) in 41:20 and the first lady in 37th place overall was Gayle Sugden (Calder Valley) 52:51.

Full results and photographs.



Saturday 1st November – Park Runs



Gender Position



Run Time

1 1 Matthew AKPAN Unattached 00:17:22
13 1 Heather Jane LANGHAM Edinburgh University Hare & Hounds 00:19:14
62 56 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:21:59
141 117 Peter GOSLING Otley AC 00:25:00







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Friday 31st October – Chevin Chiller

Callum Martin and mum Laura Martin braved the dark and enjoyed a well organised and very ‘friendly’ (marshalls dressed as ghosts and ghouls) Halloween race.

Laura reports; Two laps of Danefield amounting to 6.7km. Callum ran an impressive race holding a strong pace all the way, leaving me behind on the hills.

He was first junior and 20th over the line (112 competitors) in a time of 37:54 minutes.
One to look out for next year, if you dare. (Must be aged 11+).

Full results.


Sunday 26th October: Wistow 10K

Report from Howard Jeffrey: The Wistow 10 K has evolved from the Selby Half to the Wistow 10 Mile to the Wistow 10K. The common factor being the flat terrain and the wind against you. The race was won by Nathan Baker, only 16 of Middlesbrough AC in 33.49. First lady Nicola Bettis, Selby Striders in 41.20. Flying the colours for Otley were Mark Hall in overall 5th in an impressive 34.59 and first O/50; Richard Smith a creditable 16th in 37.38 and in 55th position in 43.15 yours truly. They lumped all the over 50’s into one category and they constituted 51 out of the 190 finishers which at more than a quarter of the field is not very expansive. There is a photo of us at the finish somewhere that Richard may provide to prove I did not make it all up. Full results on Selby Striders site

And from Mark: The race is flat and on a less windy would be a PB course, however, the strong winds resulted in slower times. There were 3 OAC runners. Mark Hall 5th, 34.59 (1st V50) 16th Richard Smith, 37.38, 55th Howard Jefferies (1st V60) Winner Nathan Baker, 33.49 (16yrs old!) Middlesbrough.