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Simon’s Seat 1991

There doesn’t appear to be any OAC runners but does anyone recognise anybody in this race from 1991?


Notices and Forthcoming Events


Online entry now available for this year’s Otley 10 see details here.

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Please check the club notice board in the Cricket Club for forthcoming races and car sharing options.

Our Absolute Beginners group is for anyone wanting to have a go at running, regardless of ability. Find them on their Facebook page or email

Here are the final club rankings and runner of the year tables for 2014.  Congratulations to Mark Hall the 2014 Runner of the Year,  where are you?

2015 TRAINING WEEKEND will be Friday 20th – 23rd March at the same venue as this year; Limefitt Park, Troutbeck. The weekend is open to all fully paid-up members on a first come, first served basis. £57 for three nights self-catering in 5*log cabins holding six people. Please pay Tom Hannah at training; cash or cheque asap.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future:

Saturday 7th MarchTrollers Trot,  Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, Pre-entry only, closes 1st March.

Sunday 8th MarchIan Roberts Memorial Fell Race

Saturday 14th March – Race 3 of the 2015 Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, meet 10:45 for 11:00 start at Stainburn.

Sunday 15th MarchSpen 20, Sheffield Varsity 10k

Sunday 22nd MarchThirsk 10, East Hull 20, Rivock Edge Fell Race, Heptonstall Fell Race.

Harrogate League 2015 - 5 races (and mega buffets) for just £5!  As per last year, the club will pay the other half of the £10 entry fee. Numbers will be available in March.

Harrogate – 5th May Start 7.30 pm (Early start so no finishers in the dark, but may change)
Richmond – 12th May Start 7.45pm
Thirsk – 2nd June Start 7.45 pm
Wetherby – 17th June Start 7.45 pm
Otley – 7th July Handicap and Presentation Start 7.45 pm

Saturday 28th MarchNorthern Road Relays, Sefton Park, Liverpool. 12 stages for the men and 6 for the ladies. Give your names to Liam and Gemma asap.

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Sunday 15th February – Liversedge Half Marathon

Billy Rayner & Sara Richard were the lone representatives for Otley AC at Roberttown for the Liversedge Half Marathon. Both runners were nursing tired legs after completing the Harewood House Half Marathon and Rombald’s Stride respectively the week before. Conditions were perfect for the race which was won by Kevin Ogden of Spen AC in a time of 1:15:33. Billy Rayner was first home for Otley AC in a time of 2:03:07 closely followed by Sara Richard (6th FV45) in a time of 2:08:03.


Saturday 14th February – Carnethy 5 Hill Race

Report from the Hon. Handicapper

The Carnethy 5 in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh is one of my favourite fell races, a 6 miles, 2500ft of ascent covering the summits of Scald Law, South Black Hill, East & West Kip and Carnethy and the 45th race this year, so just a year younger than yours truly!   The race description from the Scottish Hill Racing sums up the race pretty well, steep climbs and descents with plenty of fast running in there too:


Line of runners on the climb to Scald Law

The startline is something to behold. 500 runners like extras from Braveheart lined up for battle, fittingly at the site of The Battle of Roslin. The race starts with a chaotic charge across flat marshland for the gateway to the hill. Then steep climbing up Scald Law in a heather trod where passing is awkward. Once at the summit of Scald Law you are exposed to any freezing cold northerly winds for the ridge run to South Black and the Kips. From the top of West Kip drop rapidly to pick up the trail and fast running down to the Howe.

Once down at the Howe the climb back up looks a little daunting. Gradual climbing leads into a sheltered gully which steepens until it spits you out onto the ridge where you can see there is fair bit more climbing to reach the summit of Carnethy. Once around the huge summit cairn drop sharply onto a spur, then steeply down rough heather with buckling legs, through the gate, then gather all remaining strength for the dash back across the marsh to the finishing mound.

After a quiet end to January training and racing wise I decided not to push hard on the mad dash to the bottom of the  first climb to Scald Law.  This however isn’t the best race tactic at Carnethy, as the deep heather and where there is one, narrow path means that passing anyone involves wasting lots of energy, which I didn’t think was a good idea.   After Scald Law it’s a lot less congested and you can settle into your own pace for the next four summits.

I was surprised and pleased for the support of a couple of  “come on/well done Otley” shouts from spectators and Caron managed to run round & shout me on at three points of the course too.  I was hoping for a sub hour finish, but was a little disappointed with a time of 1:01:10, but not too much considering my recent training, finishing in 70th position.

The race was won by Andrew Douglas, Inverclyde AC in a time of 49:23, first woman was Charlotte Morgan, 56.46 from the host club Carnethy.  The current English Fell champ. Tom Addison, 6th, helped Helm Hill take the team prize, a Claymore sword! south of the border to Kendal.  See full results here and a funny punters guide to the pre-race favourites for the race here.

Ps.  Thoughts on the recent BBC report that running fast isn’t good for you and that a speed of 5 miles per hour for 2 and half hours a week is the best for your health?  I’m pretty sure all of the that seven over 70’s who finished on Saturday would argue with that one… including Jimmy Jardine whose done all 45 races!  and was 495th / 515 finishers.


Saturday 14th February – Park Runs

Highlights this week were a new pb for young Imogen and a 3 place for Tom.

Brueton Park Run

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:15:51
41 41 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:20:57
42 1 Claire MAGEE Knowle and Dorridge RC 00:21:02

Leeds Park Run

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 James KOVACS Salford Harriers and AC 00:16:35
3 3 Thomas MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:17:21
19 1 Treena JOHNSON Dewsbury Road Runners 00:19:06
92 86 Christian Hosker Otley AC 00:22:26
148 130 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:23:56
273 62 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:27:41
275 212 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:43
284 67 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:27:56


Sunday 8th Feb: muddy boots 10k

Report from Hannah:

Justina and I turned up for this race completely unprepared due to lack of training time and we were pretty much just looking forward to a run somewhere different.

We didn’t expect any other Otley runners to be there as most were doing Rombalds or Harewood Half this weekend so it was nice to bump into Andy Ackroyd in the school hall. We also bumped into Chris and Liz Wordsworth just before the start which I have to say was the highlight of the run for me as it’s been a while since I’ve seen them and they are missed down at club.

I’ve done this race a couple of times before and can’t say it’s a favourite route of mine however this year they had made a few changes to avoid queuing on the bridge and I have to say it’s a huge improvement to the whole course. For those who have never done it, this race is an undulating route that is run on a bit of road, farm tracks and lots of field paths which can be either very frozen or extremely muddy depending on the weather. This year they were fairly muddy but it’s been much worse.

We set off together at a comfortable pace and I started to enjoy myself, at about 2k we split up and ran our own races, I’d decided to keep a nice steady pace till about 6k and see how I felt. Luckily 6k coincided with a downhill segment so I decided to up my pace for a mile and see how I got on. I managed to keep this up for most of the way back to the school fields when I heard someone shouting on a competitor and then realised it was Laura Martin leaning out of a car window shouting at me. Made me chuckle and spurred me on to pick up the pace again to the finish line.

Really pleased with how I paced myself, I’ve finally learnt how to from Laura Hind. In hindsight I could have gone harder but I really didn’t know what shape I was in and now I’ve seen my time I wish I had to get under the hour, how annoying! I’ve got a month to train for Norton 9 and to get my race head on, not sure which is the biggest challenge.

Justina’s quote from the race “just say it was tough but the second half was better. No congestion at the foot bridge. The last 2k was really boring”

Full results for the Black and Whites Andrew Ackroyd 51:05, David Fox 52:34, Hannah Mallinson 1:00:15, Justina Stringer 1:03:39, Gloria Jackson 1:10:19.


Saturday 7th February: rombalds stride

Report from el presidente:


WEl_Pres_Rombalds_Sell it doesn’t get much better than that. Fabulous day with Sun at the end and underfoot conditions much better than the recce, though I still managed to fall in the mud on the moor. Loads of Black and Whites in this. It was a right social event before the start. Not fully sure of results yet, but Graham Pearce managed to beat Frank to the win GrahamL_Rombalds_S(Frank had an issue on the Chevin). But Graham was impressed with him and wants him to join Pudsey and Bramley!

People seemed to finish in groups, Frank, Edward, Graham L. Shane, and Neil early (low 3hrs) followed by Me, Jim and Laura (around 3.40), Saw Hugh arrive after us and Sara R who felt guilty as she had lost Sean! Many others were out and about. Sarah F did it with her dad; and her Husband was well fast finishing near the front – must get him to join the B& W’s. Liz F was there walking it with Sarah McB, and I’ve probably missed others. Cakes were well up to standard and bacon butties and tea were available en route. This is a fabulous trot out and if you played it right you could have put on weight. Great support on the course from the Robertshaws, Tamara and many others. All in all a good day out with most people grinning at the finish. Hope Sean got round OK. Results soon.

RossA_Rombalds_S Full results are now available here.

1st Graham Pearce, P&B 2:38:38, & 1st Lady Jane McCarthy, Ilkley H 3:05:57,  2nd Frank Beresford 2:39:39,  9th Edward Davies 2:56:07,  23rd Shane Ewen 3:09:36,  34th Ross Armstrong 3:19:113,  43rd Graham Lake 3:22:44,  50th Neil Charlton 3:27:59,  73rd Matt Podd 3:40:09,  77th Jim Sneath 3:42:16,  122nd Laura Martin 4:02:09,  171st Hugh Pearson 4:23:41,  198th Will Turner 436:48,  238th Sara Richard 5:19:18,  267th Richard Clarke 5:42:43,  294th Sean O’Halloran 6:04:34,  319th Sarah Fuller 6:31:55,  335th Liz Fawcett 6:53:48.

More of Jack’s photos here and for his spectator’s view of the morning . Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday 7th Feb: Park runs


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Adam SIMPSON Unattached 00:17:12
36 36 Christian Hosker Otley AC 00:20:52
39 1 Shamiso SISIMAYI Kirkstall Harriers 00:20:54
65 61 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:21:53
204 46 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:26:51
363 127 Molly STORER Otley AC 00:33:41

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January Runner of the Month

January’s honours go to Sarah Fuller for running an incredibly long and tortuous way in the Spine and to Scott Harrington for running ever faster, notably a big PB in the Brass Monkey.

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Sunday 1st February – Dewsbury 10k

Report from Howard Jeffrey: I lined up at the start of the Dewsbury 10k today with 1075 other runners. No trace of the ice and snow from the previous few days but it felt pretty raw and there was quite a stiff headwind up to the halfway mark which is reached after a slight but definite incline. You do a tight hairpin round some cones in the road and follow the same route back to the finish so the second half is down then flat and today with the wind in your sails.

The race was won by Mohammed Abu Rezeq of Altringham and district AC in 31.02. Jamil and Frank (another PB) not far behind in 5th and 9th respectively, others and times below. 1st lady was Shona Fletcher, Richmond and Zetland Harriers in 35.57. I was 3/36 o/60’s but three minutes faster than last year and best time since early 2012! You have to be doing about 36 mins for 10k to be fairly confident of first place in the o/60’s, which is tough and my ultimate target.

My target today of sub 40? If you reach your target it was too easy…. right? The wind did not help and I was out in my super light flats so I could feel the calves tightening in the last 3K. That did not slow me down as I kept up with the others around me but it stopped me going faster. I could not have gained the 45 seconds needed and all things considered a satisfactory race.

Hot off the press: Jamil, Frank and Jeremy won the Team Prize. No Mean Feat. Excellent!

Full results here:

Report from Jamil Parapia: Sniffles for a few runners but this didn’t put off the brave racing the Dewsbury 10k in cold and windy conditions. The first 5k was straight into an icy headwind. I pity those who did not wear gloves. I ran out in 16.50 and back in 15.33 which has to be the biggest negative split I have ever run. There were some fantastic performances from Otley runners, most notably Frank Beresford (32:39pb), Jeremy Stewart (37:08pb) and Nicola Lee (46:15pb). Both Jeremy and Nicola took significant chunks off their previous bests. Frank’s time was was also admirable demonstrating the progress he is making. Otley took the men’s team prize. It was nice to see Howard Jeffrey, head down sprinting in to finish in P3 in the V60 category in 40.45. Great straight line speed.  The final Otley finisher was Eriks Zvaigzne in a time of 47:14.

2nd claim member Zack Whitehead returning from injury also ran 35:15
Race Number First Name Surname Gender Gender Position Category Category Position Club Gun Time Overall Position Chip Time Chip Position
358 Jamil Parapia Male 5 MOPEN 4 Otley Ac 00:32:23 5 00:32:23 5
173 Frank Beresford Male 9 MOPEN 8 Otley Ac 00:32:39 9 00:32:39 9
949 Jeremy Stewart Male 87 MOPEN 59 Otley Ac 00:37:12 94 00:37:08 96
384 Howard Jeffrey Male 203 M60+ 3 Otley Ac 00:40:52 227 00:40:45 234
1148 Nicola Lee Female 80 FOPEN 50 Otley Ac 00:46:47 470 00:46:15 480
603 Eriks Zvaigzne Male 421 M60+ 10 Otley Ac 00:47:45 512 00:47:14 521