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Sunday 21st June – British Masters 5K

Report from Mark Hall:

I drove over to Horwich, Lancashire, to compete in the British Masters (veterans) 5 kms Championships.

The race is held on a closed circuit of 3 laps. The lap has a 300m climb on each of the 3 laps. On the day, there was a big head wind blowing down the climb, which was reflected in slower recorded times than  last year.

I was 3rd V55 in 17.31, 25 seconds from the win! not a fast time but I am pleased given injuries and lack of speed work, (excuses really)

The V55 winner was Andy Weatherill, Mansfield in 17.08.  Full results here.


Sunday 21st June – Pudsey 10k

Report from Frank Beresford:

Frank_Pudsey10kPudsey 10k is a course which is both undulating and a combination of “light” trail and road. The weather was grey and the sky spat with light drizzles of rain, which is not to be expected in June!

I entered Pudsey 10k in its 25th Anniversary to test myself on tired legs. I came to the race with 70 miles in the legs form the previous 6 days of marathon training and my legs where not feeling too fresh, however when the race started most of the tightness in my legs seem to go. I started the race pretty fast and managed to have a clear lead after 1 mile into the race, Thereafter I descended into the woods and really did try and push myself on my own rather than relying on other runners to do the work for me. It was difficult to remain keep concentration through the trails but I was soon awoken by a few of the hills on the course! The last mile was on the road which I enjoyed, it felt good to actually get my legs moving on the open road for a change and I finished the race with a clear lead. I am unsure of my time, but I do know I was unable to obtain the machine, Ian Fisher’s record!

After the race I did 6 miles on tired legs for Yorkshire Marathon training, and enjoyed the Prize of the Cake that was given to all the prize winners.

Provisional results on the Pudsey pacers site here.  1st. Frank Beresford 35:08, 5th Robin Outtersides 37:37.


Saturday 20th June – High Peak Half Marathon

Report from Christian Hosker:

I ran the High Peak Half Marathon on the 20th June. This was the 2nd of a series of three races, run over as many days, which together formed the “Tour of Tameside” and covered a full marathon distance. The Tour dates back to the 1980s when it was created by Ron Hill but had ceased in 2003, until its revival this year.

Tour of Tameside

Photo from the original race series, for the oldies, name the Stockport harrier wearing no. 1.

The half marathon on day 2 commenced in Hadfield (aka Roston Vasey), just outside of Glossop, Derbyshire and was a straight out and back along a slightly featureless disused railway line. There was a gentle climb out for seven miles before an about turn allowed those with more endurance in their legs than me, to stretch out for the finish.

The race, and the Tour were both won by Mohammed Abu Razeq of Altrincham and District (HM 1:11:31) and Kirsty Longley of Liverpool Pembroke Sefton (HM 1:30:59). I finished 42nd in the half marathon with a time of 1:38.21.  Full results here

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Saturday 20th June – Parkruns

Woodhouse Moor

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Richard Shuttleworth Unattached 00:17:18
15 1 Hannah Corne Valley Striders AC 00:19:08
82 73 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:23:02
130 20 Charlotte Tomlinson Otley AC 00:25:01

Roundhay Park

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Christopher Russell Unattached 00:17:37
10 1 Faye Banks Pontefract A.C. 00:20:05
177 57 Emma Thomson Otley AC 00:29:31
183 123 Adam Paget Otley AC 00:30:16
184 124 Tom Paget Otley AC 00:30:16

Fountains Abbey

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Mike Appleton Ripon Runners 00:17:21
15 1 Myra Jones Valley Striders AC 00:19:17
21 20 Peter Crowder Otley AC 00:19:53


Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Chris Connolly Unattached 00:19:18
28 1 Suzi Whymark Unattached 00:21:49
116 101 Sean O’Halloran Otley AC 00:27:46

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Wednesday 17th June – Harrogate League Sicklinghall


Dominic leaning into the hill!

After the pancake flat race at Thirsk it was back to the hills for last counting race hosted by Wetherby Runners. First for Otley was Ian Fisher was finishing second, 25:38, behind Harrogate’s Mike Burrett, 25:21. First Lady on the night was Pauline Munro from the host club in 28:53.

Next for Otley was 9th Tom Midgley in 27:48, 17th Andrew Robertshaw 28:54,  20th Graham Lake 29:21,  31st Shane Ewen 29:58,  91st Tom Paget 33:20,  103rd Chris Hosker 34:06,  112th Michael Pickard 34:28,  128th Garry Cochrane 34:28,  144th Ian Broadbent 36:05,  146th Peter Gosling 36:06,  150th Andy Webster 36:15,  155th Nicola Lee 36:25 (think the second Garry in v1 of the results is Nicola?),.

Continuing… 173rd Eriks Zvaigzne 37:15,  186th David Fox 38:05,  190th Sara Elliott 38:23,  213rd Matt Podd 39:13,  220th Dominic Egan 39:23,  221st Phil Robinson  39:26,  224th Liz Fawcett 39:36,  233rd Colin Best 39:58,  242nd Kirsty Pomfrett 40:20,  248th Billy Rayner 40:53,  276th Joanna Hobson 42:52,  310th David Cattanach 46:47,  322nd Toni Midgley 48:38,  334th Antonio Cardinale 51:40.

See more of Mr Hamer’s photo’s on the club facebook page here and Tom’s pre-race group photo here.  Full results on the Harrogate League website here.


Sunday 14th June: rosedale marathon

Report from Matt Podd
Went out and did this today, I drove over with a 5.30 alarm call and Sara R and Gilly (Up & Running) had camped. This is in the Hardmoors series of races – very well organised by John and Shirley; with this one starting from Hutton Le Hole and running round the North York Moors for a bit. Though billed as a marathon, it actually creeps into ultra territory at 27.5ish miles. Over 90% off road on fast runnable tracks with only 2500ft of climbing. Trouble was it drizzled all the way round and was cold and windy – most people had their coats on in the middle of June, and there was no view.
Still I had a good race, and unlike recent marathons I didn’t fade at the end, but was able to give the man in the green shirt a proper race. I finished in about 4hrs 20 mins and didn’t see Sara, Gilly or the dog, but hope they had a good day.


Saturday 13th June: weets fell race

Report from Liam Dunne:

Due to other commitments in life my training since London marathon has consisted of a couple of easy runs. Did I miss regular training? No! It’s been nice to have a break from it and get back to sinking pints and a bit of socialising.

The ‘Sam Stell Stag-do Team’ are heading up to the dales next Sat for the Buckden Pike fell race. I’m confident I can stay with the best of them in the drinking session afterwards but with recent fitness levels at an all time low I feel I’m going to be dragging up the rear at the Buckden Pike race.

I honestly can’t remember my last fell race and on Saturday morning I thought I’d pop over to Barnoldswick to the Weets fell race for a wee bit of training and a flavour of what’s to come next week. It was a late decision but there is no better way than a fell race to measure your level of fitness.

Despite the weather forecast predicting it to rain, it was actually dry and fairly warm during the race. Before the race I bumped into a few familiar faces including spectator Terry Lonergan of Complete Runner (who verbally abused me on the final descent!) and also spotted the fairly enthusiastic and energetic Dave McGuire of Wharfedale Harriers who had arrived on his bike from the Skipton Parkrun and was also spotted running the tough Kettlewell Anniversary fell race a couple of days previous!

Approximately 130 runners, mainly made up of the local Barlick and Clyton-le-Moors clubs, set off up the long steep narrow road and then onto the moors for a few long climbs and descents, all was fairly runable until the long climb at about mile three where I resorted to walking and was passed by lots of people more senior in age.

I struggled on to the end and finished just outside the top 30. I was really knackered but really enjoyed being back running on the fells and most importantly feel I’ve recaptured my desire to train again when I get time.

The winner of the race was Jimmy Craig (38.08) of Barlick FR, the first lady was Elizabeth Greenwood (46.17) who is only 16, finished in 27th overall. Full results and photos on


Saturday June 13th: Park runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Chris SMITHARD Deeside Orienteering Club 00:15:49
43 1 Shamiso SISIMAYI Kirkstall Harriers 00:20:47
67 6 Holly Davey Otley AC 00:22:08
274 78 Molly STORER Otley AC 00:33:58
302 98 Toni Midgley Otley AC 00:47:48


Bradford parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Ged CALLAN Bingley Harriers and AC 00:17:36
12 1 Claire COOPER Keighley & Craven AC 00:20:43
22 21 Simon Anderson Otley AC 00:21:50


Brueton parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Oliver PAULIN Coventry Godiva Harriers 00:16:47
16 1 Jane BARTHOLOMEW Sparkhill Harriers 00:20:21
25 24 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:21:07


Roundhay parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 John HOBBS Valley Striders AC 00:17:28
3 1 Lizzie ADAMS Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield AC 00:17:46
33 31 Peter Andrew CROWDER Otley AC 00:22:05

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Thursday 11th June:kettlewell anniversary fell race


Report from Sean:

On Thursday evening Andrew, Caron, Carmen (from Dragons) and I traveled to Kettlewell to take part in the Kettlewell Fell Race. This was my third race in eight days and the second in five days for Carmen so having fun was the ultimate aim.
Rechristened for 2015, the Kettlewell Anniversary is challenging, yet not too far or over difficult terrain. With 5 miles and about1800ft of climb, the going was generally on tracks but mostly over grass with a few boggy bits. The climbing presented the challenge but the descents were fast and fun for those so inclined. An added twist (do you have lime or lemon with your G&T?) there was a prize (bottle of Gin) for the first man and first woman who caught the rat runner on route and carried a rat to the finish. Although we did not catch the rat runner, Andrew, Carmen and I really enjoyed this race (Caron was marshalling).
Yes it was tough, but with the friendly atmosphere, stunning views, a well marshalled/flagged course oh and not forgetting the soup and bread in the pub afterwards, you could not ask any more for your £4 entry fee (£5 on the night).

The winner was Ted Mason from Wharfedale in 37:00 and the First Lady was Chantel Busby from Ilkley in 50:34. First home for Otley was of course Andrew Robertshaw finishing 6th in 40:39. Sean O’Halloran finished 68th in 01:18:44. Carmen finished 70th in 1:26:22

Next Thursday is the Beamsley Beacon Fell Race if anyone fancies having some fun, Races start 7.15pm.

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Thursday 11th June: Bronte 5 mile road race

Report from Mark Hall:

The race is a 2 lap event. It starts in Haworth and skirts Penistone hill, which means it is not flat! The race starts with a mile and half of uphill with the final 200m 1in 6, a short downhill and a flat section then start the 2nd lap and onto the hill again. If you are looking for a PB this is not your event.

There were 142 finishers, I finished 4th and 1st V55 and as the race incorporated the Yorkshire veterans championship I also won that. My time was 29.39 which was ok given my continuing foot and ankle problems. I was 20 seconds slower than last year but I am getting closer to my bus pass!

Winner was Craig Shearer Keighley in 28.07.

I did not see any other Otley runners.