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Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October – Lake District trip

The first ever Otley AC autumnal trip to the Lake District was an original idea produced by Simon Anderson, and director by Richard Hamer with a cast of 14.

A great location at Elterwater staying in the Elterwater Hostel, with lovely food and drink in the Eltermere Inn and kind weather (after an initial ‘welcome to the Lakes’ downpour). Oh, and not forgetting two runs of approx 10 miles each; Saturday, Black Crag via Tarn Hows and Sunday, Sergeant Man and Pavey Arch.

A hard weekend, but well worth it for the stunning scenery.

The trip coincided with the Langdale and Wasdale fell races, so who know, next year a few Otley names could appear on the start sheets.



Runner of the Month for September 2014

Goes jointly to Tom Midgley and Lucy Mowat from the Absolute Beginners group.

Tom has been busy. Fifth in the Filey 10k Beach Race, eighth in the club 3,000m handicap, second in the club’s Dream Mile in 5:09 and he finished the Bupa Great North Run in 1:17:00. And on top of that he even drove past the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country race at Nunroyd Park.

Lucy is a regular at the Harrogate parkrun, shaving a bit of time of her PB each week.

There was also a mention for Frank Beresford who continues to continues to impress week in, week out.


Sunday 12th October – The Yorkshire Marathon

Results from York, report from Andy Webster:

A small turnout from Otley AC but I think everyone was happy with their times.  The weather was foggy and cool, with the lack of wind the running conditions were perfect.

Hugh Pearson had parked his camper van 200 metres from the start which was great for pre-race changing and post race lie down!  I set of at the back of zone two, and there was a little bit of crowd congestion at the start.  Hugh was about a minute ahead of me through the start line.  I had not trained as hard as Edinburgh, and with the combination of a football injury and 4 days of beer in Amsterdam the week before, did not know what to expect, so tried to keep to 8 min miles as long as I could. Only saw Jeremy once as we passed each other at 17 and 19 miles respectively. He was looking very strong. Don’t think I really hit the wall today in the marathon which is a first.

Jeremy finished first Otley runner, I was second, followed in by Hugh, who suffered a bit in the last 10 K. Billy, Sarah, and Emma all ran well. Emma first marathon after 5 previous attempts scuppered by injury and ill health.

Would do it again, but maybe not next year as two marathons a year is a lot to psyche yourself up for! Manchester in April is the next target (after a few weeks rest).

Watch the highlights on Channel 4 here.

Otley results Jeremy Stewart, 3:10:22,  Andy Webster in 3:35:01, Hugh Pearson 3:45:11,  Sara Richard 4:17:56,  Liz Fawcett 4:22:14,  Billy Rayner 4:26:52 and Emma Jones 4:42:31, (assuming this is our Emma, as the results are missing her club details).

1st Boniface Kongin, 2:13:59, 1st Lady Shona Fletcher, Richmond & Zetland 2:43:38.  See full results here.


Sunday 12th October – Withins Skyline

Report from Sean O’Halloran:

WithinsSkylinePhotoMid October and it’s the start of the winter fell season and first up was the Withins Skyline Fell Race over at Haworth. The fog was down and visibility was poor upon arrival, however it managed to clear just before the start leaving near perfect running conditions.

There was a great turn out by OAC, minus some of the usual crew unavailable this weekend, including two winter fell virgins. Both Yvette McNally and Sara Elliot decided to venture into the unknown and give the muddy/boggy fell race a try. Upon finishing both Yvette and Sara had beaming smiles confirming they really enjoyed the race and are looking forward to the next.

Due to my ultra marathon fast approaching in November and having done 13 miles the day before I was using this race as a fun training run and was pleased to return home injury free. I really enjoyed this race last year and I had great fun in this years race too.

First home for OAC was Shane Ewen in 27th (51:09). The winner was Simon Bailey, Mercia (41:03) First Lady home was Lindsey Brindle in 16th (48:53).

OAC results: Shane Ewen in 27th (51:09), Simon Toyne 78th (55:43), Chris Stacey 82nd (56:08), Jim Sneath 132nd (59:20), Bob Baker 188th (1:05:37), Sara Elliot 224th (1:13:48), Yvette McNally 246th (1:26:34), Don Buffham 247th (1:28:03), Sean O’Halloran 249th (1:30:00).

Photo courtesy of Dave & Eileen Woodhead & see lots more of their race photos here.


Sunday 12th October – British Standard Duathlon Championships

Report from Howard Jeffrey:

I went down to contest the British Standard Duathlon Championships today at Emberton Country Park just north of Milton Keynes. I took my reserve training bike as I feel a bit more secure on the road bike than the TT on 40K of open road in the early morning mist. First 10K run was accurate to within a metre the announcer said. Probably the smallest margin of error I have ever heard of in a race measure! Cool and still conditions saw me do a comfortable 41.18 (holding back for the bike and the next run). Pleased with that as it is quite the quickest for a couple of years and bodes well for Bridlington half next weekend (watch this space).

On to the bike and I did feel a bit jaded as I have upped the miles on the bike recently as that has been my weakest section. Quite an undulating course and the thick mist was cold and damp so I could feel the thighs and calves slowly seizing up as the core temperature dropped. Positions had really been established on the run so I dragged myself wearily round the last 5.2K in 25.10. Now relieved that is the last combo of any kind for this year so I can concentrate on run training.

The turnout was disappointingly low (127 finishers) which despite it being back endish to the season the venue is great. I did enter another event there which also had to be cancelled due to lack of entrants and I just don’t get it. (Maybe it’s in the name:’ Big Cow’: perhaps something more like ‘Lean Wolf’ might be more appealing). Anyway the ones who do turn up are after the medals so the competition in my category was tough although I managed 5th out of 8 and typically did the best I could manage on the day. I like the technical aspects and the sheer logistical organisation of these kind of events so feel honour bound to push hard so all in all a satisfying workout.


Saturday 11th October – Park Runs

A quiet week for Otley at the Park runs but this did include a first place for Scott at Leeds and another 26 min run for Reid at Sewerby.

Leeds Hyde Park: 1st Scott Harrington 16:30,  1st Lady Treena Johnson Dewsbury RR 19:09.

Sewerby Park Run1st Nick Jordan Bridlington RR  19:34, 1st Lady Cathy Wood Bridlington RR 21:06, and for Otley, Reid Haddow 26:24.


Sunday 5th October – Great Cumbrian Run

James Tennant ran the Great Cumbrian Run, a “13.1 Mile Half Marathon through the historic border city of Carlisle”.

Full results awaited but James finished in 1:34:26. The course record is 63:34 set by Kenyan Francis Bowen in 2004.


Sunday 5th October – Horsforth 10k

Jamil Parapia stretches his legs: A lovely afternoon for the strangely named Horsforth 10k, strange in that I don’t recall actually running through Horsforth although perhaps the roundabout on the A65 may have crossed into Horsforth territory. Anyway it is a challenging course with the first 2k virtually all uphill followed by 3k virtually all downhill then an uncomfortable run along the bobbly tow path by the side of the Leeds Liverpool canal, finishing on the lush playing fields of Woodhouse Grove School.

Phil Tedd reclaimed his crown in 33:24 beating Jamil to second and Scott to third. Tom Midgley ran very strongly to finish in seventh place recording a time that bettered his run at Dewsbury earlier in the year. Richard Smith was next home in 20th position to ensure that Otley were victorious in the men’s team event. Next Otley finisher was John Greenwell in 52nd place followed by Steve Robinson and and Andrew Webster in 58th and 86th respectively. Melvin Hoare was next home in 182nd before the Sara Richard in 228th position. Charlotte Tomlinson and Ann Yeadon supported each other well with a Charlotte putting in a sprint to finish in 242nd. A gritty performance by Ann ensured she finished in 250th position.

Otley results: 2 Jamil Parapia (33:40), 3 Scott Harrington (34:35), 7 Tom Midgley (36:02), 20 Richard Smith (38:19), 52 John Greenwell (42:25), 58 Steve Robinson (42:48), 86 Andrew Webster (44:54), 182  Melvin Hoare 51:17, 228  Sara Richard 54:57, 242 Charlotte Tomlinson 55:58 and 250. Ann Yeadon 56:58.


Sunday 5th October – Bramham Park Fun Run 10k

Hannah Mallinson reports: I arrived at Bramham Park this morning to take part in my first 10k since the end of 2013 following a long, frustrating, few months of injury. The aim was to get round in one piece and if possible run the full 10k, having only been back in training tentatively for four weeks; I wasn’t convinced I’d manage it. As I got out of the car I was delighted to see Tom Hannah pull up next to me, having not been down to club very much this year I’ve been missing everyone.

As it turned out there were a few of my favourite people taking part, as well as Tom I was joined by Laura Hind, John Cowan, Colin Best and not forgetting Justina Stringer, who had got me to enter this race in the first place. The event is a Cancer Research 5k and 10k race with a wide range of people entering from club runners to parents with young kids. It’s a really low key but very well organised event run through the grounds of Bramham Park starting on road and then going onto trails through fields and woods, with a few sneaky hills including a nice climb near the end. I’d forgotten quite how much I’d enjoyed this run and thoroughly enjoyed it yet again.

Laura, Justina and myself all set off together, not sure we were really in race mode as we were far too busy chatting away (tut tut – editor’s note). We pretty much stuck together at the beginning to complete a loop of the field being cheered on by our families and when we hit a downhill section I decided to stretch my legs knowing that there was a hill coming up and I’d be caught up again quickly. As expected I was quickly re-joined by Laura but Justina was hanging back, she often does this in races and then catches/overtakes me towards the end, having gone off too quick and tiring, and I fully expected this to happen in the last 2k.

Laura and I enjoyed a lovely chat (tut tut, again from the editor) round the course, passing a bloke on the flats who would then repass us on the hills where I lost pace, the weather was great and I was having fun. As predicted my lack of fitness kicked in at about 7k and the sneaky hills were taking their toll so I couldn’t keep up with Laura who was still as strong as when she started. I managed to keep her in my sights all the way to the end and got a second wind at 8k when I picked up the pace again. I tried to take the runner in front of me on my sprint finish but he heard me coming increased his speed so I didn’t quite manage it.

Official results aren’t out yet but I think I was just over 58 mins which I am absolutely thrilled with, I didn’t stop and I got under the hour which considering the way this year has gone for me is great. Now I need to get my mileage up in time for Guy Fawkes 10, wish me luck!


Saturday 14th September – Nidderdale Sprint Triathlon

Jacqueline Ackroyd (Jackie to you and me) but she’s took part in Nidderdale Sprint Triathlon of 400m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run finishing in 1:28:54.

It was my first triathlon and I was dreading it. My tri suit was tight fitting and showed every bump on my body (how embarrassing) and I had only learnt to swim front crawl eight  weeks ago so I didn’t feel very confident. I managed to swim 20 lengths (very slowly ) in about 16 mins, Yuk.

Transition to the bike went well, even though I got called back as I had my helmet on the wrong way round. The bike ride took just over 42 minutes. By the time I came to the run my adrenaline was going like the clappers. On the run I overtook lots of people  and I took 24:40.

It was a great feeling when I had finished , especially as it was my first triathlon. It is definitely not my last; I guess I am now hooked. The atmosphere was great, and I can’t wait for the next one; plenty of life in the old dog yet!

The winner was Jonty Bright (Stif Cycles) in 1:00:00 and the first lady in fourth position overall was Heather Tuffs in 1:07:46.