Sunday 19th November – Wensleydale Wedge

Report from Hannah Lupton

Once again I had the bright idea of doing a Long Distance Walking Association event, what’s not to like about them? Cheap, low key, checkpoints with food and drink and a meal at the end; you’ve just got to complete a hilly 23 mile route, easy! Having completed the Wensleydale Wedge last year with Sarah Fuller in horrible conditions underfoot and in agony with my wrecked ankles I had unfinished business and when I entered earlier this year I was determined to be fit and smash it. Unfortunately, life has got in the way and I’ve barely trained recently so I knew that I was going to struggle but it was a day out in the hills with a couple of mates, Sara Richard and Sarah Fuller, plus a night away in a B&B in Askrigg and a meal in the local pub. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 19th November – WYXC League Race 3 Cleckheaton

Spenborough AC hosted the third race of the season based on the fields next to their track at Cleckheaton.  Vicky Stainburn and Laura McCabe took to the start line in the senior women’s race.  Vicky having a great top 20 finish, 18th 21:56, followed by Laura in 36th, 22.51.  Under 20 junior, Georgia Rothwell from the City of York club won in a time of 19:50.

Another junior from the City of York club won the senior men’s race, Angus McMillan, 29:32.  Colin Best was first for Otley in 183rd in 46:15,  followed by Antonio Cardinale in 189th, 1:07:48.  See the full set of results here, including some excellent results from the juniors.

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Saturday 18th November – Harriers vs Cyclists fell race

I’m on a good streak with the Full Tour of Pendle fell race; this must be the 8th year in a row I’ve found an excuse not to do it. This year’s excuse was the Harriers vs Cyclists race at Bingley, as I could meet up with my bro and do this hybrid cyclo-cross/fell race of about 5 ½ miles and still be able to walk afterwards.

It’s pretty unique with all cyclists and runners lining up together and battling across muddy fields, up through Shipley Glenn and on to Baildon Moor before the bikes forge past on the fast run back down. I had the unique honour of passing Ian Holmes twice in one race (ok, he did have a bike on his shoulders, and he finished way ahead in the end).

A nice group of Otley AC runners were out (what’s the collective noun for this? A monochrome of OAC runners?), and there was the usual good chat before and after.

Provisional Results:

Winner (overall on a bike) Robb Jebb 34.47

Winner (Man on feet) Joe Baxter P&B 35.06

Winner (Lady on feet) Louisa Powell, Ribble Valley 41.19 18th overall)

For Otley

Tom Lynch 28th 42.34

Graham Lake 41st 43.30

Lizzie Irvine 78th (4th Lady) 47.59

Tom Pomfrett 93rd 49.18

Bob Baker 178th 59.47

Don Buffham 204th 65.34

Antonio Cardinale 218th 84.23

219 took part.

Official results out now:

Lots of photos c/o the soon to be semi-retired Dave Woodhead here:

Some specific OAC ones here:


Friday 17th November – Fell league result update

Fell league results for all races except the final race

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Saturday 18th November – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 478 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:16:46
24 24 Tony WALKER Otley AC 00:19:47
30 1 Hayley LLOYD-HENRY Prestwich AC 00:20:01
122 105 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:23:35
466 200 Elly WARDLE STEAD Otley AC 00:40:57
Bradford parkrun
A total of 394 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Greg HULL Leeds City AC 00:18:01
2 2 Mark Hall Otley AC 00:18:14
12 1 Beth MASSEY Barnsley AC 00:20:45
43 42 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:22:50
45 2 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:22:57
61 59 Gavin BURTON Otley AC 00:23:56
67 65 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:24:23
84 4 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:25:15
146 27 Joanna Hobson Otley AC 00:27:31
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 349 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Dominic LOCKWOOD Unattached 00:17:59
20 1 Sarah GRAHAM Morpeth Harriers & AC 00:20:06
64 57 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:23:02
273 169 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:33:45


Runner of the Month – October

Another close call in the Runner of the Month decision this month means that the ladies award goes to both Rachael Wright and Lizzie Irvine for their performances and participation in the Hodgson Brothers and British Fell Relay Championships. In the Hodgson Relay it was Rachael’s first Lakeland fell race, and she took it on in terrible weather conditions which led to re-routing of the race, and a bit of organisational stress. Similarly Lizzie took on the daunting challenge of the navigation leg on the British fell relays, all on about 2 hours sleep in a campervan after a delayed 4am return from holiday on the same day!

The mens award was a more clear cut decision with a moment of deja-vu, another October and another 3rd in the Yorkshire Marathon for Scott. This would be enough to secure the ROTM in itself, but Scott also took on the very brutal sounding Snowdonia Marathon at the end of October (I had to double check he did 2 marathons in a month), and dug deep to produce an impressive 8th overall finish.



Sunday 12th Nov – Run Bolton Abbey

Race Report from Rob Fearnley

A glorious autumn day greeted the 1600 entrants for the inaugural Run Bolton Abbey event on Sunday which was organised by the brilliant folks at Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice. Such was the level of interest that the races were postponed by 15 minutes to allow everyone to get parked up outside the Cavendish Pavilion and collect their numbers.

Following an impeccably observed minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday the 10k evcent finally got under way at 11.15 with Kirsty Pomfret and myself in the mix towards the back. Colin Best was not far behind us in the longer 10m event.

Upon crossing the bridge to the north bank of the Wharfe it became apparent that PB’s were not likely to be in the offing and the frustration of queing to cross the bridge only 100m into the race was sign of things to come. A mere half mile into the race everything came ot a grinding halt as several hundred people queued to cross a sigle file footbridge over the beck running through Posforth Gill leading up towards the Valley of Desolation. A 5 minute wait commenced before finally after a mile runners were able to open their shoulders and stretch out into the Laund Pasture Plantation. The route continued along the lower flanks of Barden Fell before opening into one of the most strikingly beautiful views of Lower Wharfedale you’re ever likely to bear witness to.

And then everything stopped again. The need to cross not one, but TWO stiles into a field at Park Hill caused havoc with the incoming front runners of the 10 mile race choosing to hurdle the wall rather than wait their turn on the stile. Upon joining the Dales Way heading up river the route opened out once more with a sharp left turn over Barden Bridge and a 2 mile dash back along the Strid to the finish point, once again at the Cavendish Pavillion.

Kirsty Pomfrett lead the charge in 124th place with a time of 1.05.41 and me a way behind in 1.19.17 and 313th place. Colin was 86th in the 10 mile race with a time of 2.01.01. You can take a good 15 minutes off all those times for the actual run itself though!

Massive shout out to the Brogden boys who completed an Otley AC one, two in the 2 mile race with George Chambers in an equally creditable 6th position. Jensons time of 14:26 bringing him home a clear 50 seconds ahead of Aston with George a further 87 seconds behind.

Overall a great race for a great cause and admirably the organisers have already held their hands up to a few hiccups that they weren’t expecting. A few tweaks here and there and we could well see this race becoming a staple of the autumn off-road calendar.

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Sun 12th Nov – Tatton Half Marathon

Musings (her words!) from Laura Hind

It was back to the Homeland (Cheshire) for Tatton Half Marathon, one of a few races I’d entered at the start of the summer when running had been going well and I was feeling in fine fettle. Fast forward a few months which had blighted by a few bouts of illness and therefore patchy training – I was not confident that I was going to end my racing year with a good performance. However,  Guy Fawkes 10 last week had gone fairly well, so I knew I was good to at least make it round the course and could just focus on deer spotting and enjoying the lovely surroundings.

I’d agreed to run it with a friend from home, but she had also been ill the previous week, so we soon parted ways, with me running ahead. The race is a two lap course around Tatton Park in Knutsford, with a slight deviation for the middle miles, thankfully meaning we only had to run over the slippery field section once! It was mostly tarmac and there were a couple of switchbacks, so I was able to enjoy the distraction of seeing if there was anyone I recognised and regularly waving to Louise as we passed each other.

As always, I had to give myself a good talking to between miles 5 and 8, but I decided to relax and enjoy being out in the bright Cheshire sunshine after a night of rain and wind. I just needed to get round, although as my first few miles were quite quick (for me!) there was a little voice in my head which kept telling me that I could get a PB if I was able to sustain my form. I hit the 11 mile marker in 1.37 and I knew then that I could slow to 10 min miles if needed and still be within my previous PB. At the 13 mile mark, there was a sign reading ‘Sprint starts here’ which I’d seen on the first lap – whilst I’m normally up for an ‘Asda sprint’, today I just didn’t have it in me – so instead I trotted into the finish. I was pleasantly surprised to read 1.56:24 on my watch, 2 mins 40 faster than last year’s VoY half! Very happy with that, but feeling physically broken, I clapped Louise in and then headed back to the folks’ for a well-earned roast dinner!

The race was well organised, with great support and motivational mantras from the marshals. Nice medal and T-shirt too. Would recommend this to anyone fancying a trip across to the dark side or looking for a PB course.

The race was won by David Alcock (unattached) in 1.12:50 and first lady was Julie Hambleton (unattached) in 1.22:03.


Saturday 11th November – Burley Moor Run

Report from Tom Lynch:

An enormous turnout for Otley for the penultimate fell league counter of the year with, 16 Otley runners making the start line. The weather started out nice, and got even better during the race I think, with a cloudless autumn sky. The Burley Moor Run is a race attached (just about) to the Burley Summer Festival, perhaps it’s not muddy enough in the summer and there’s too much bracken! It runs from Scalebor Park in Burley, up onto the moor via farm tracks and a steep muddy climb, followed a big loop with a climb to Green Crag, then on via High Lanshaw Dam, down the track via the shooting hut, and back via Crag Top and Stead Crag. Once the loop is complete there is a steep muddy descent back off the moor and across the Moor Road following the way you came onto the moor and a fast run in back to the Scalebor Pavilion. The route is about 11 km/6.75 miles in total with 390 m/1300 feet of climbing across the route. The race was won by Sam Watson (Wharfedale Harriers) in 45:08 and the first woman was Anabel Mason (Leeds University) in 52:22, overall there were 221 runners. It was another strong day for the Otley women, with Vicky and Laura taking 4th and 5th respectively, and Louise coming in 8th (unfortunately no team prizes). Full results here and full Otley results:

Liam Dunne 16th 49:51.9, Tom Lynch 18th 50:32.5, Graham Lake 32nd 52:44.4, Steven Robinson 51st 56:05.0, Vicky Stainburn 60th (4th Female) 57:17.7, Laura McCabe 61st (5th Female) 57.20.1, Tom Pomfrett 66th 57:59.7, Louise Williams 91st (8th Female) 1:00:27.5, Andy Webster 118th 1:05:39.3, Matt Podd 131st 1:07:00.7, Carl Maughan 135th 1:07:15.1, Deborah Bassett 157th (18th Female) 1:09:00.7, Daniel Mundet 188th 1:15:24.7, Liz Fawcett 191st 1:15:53.0, Gloria Jackson 210th 1:33:29.7, Antonio Cardinale 219th 1:40:37.6


…after (spot who fell over).



Sat 11th Nov – Park Runs

Bradford parkrun
A total of 431 runners took part.
View full results for Bradford parkrun event #388
Gender Position  
Run Time  
1 1 Tom LEE Saltaire Striders 00:18:17
2 2 Mark Hall Otley AC 00:18:38
22 1 Yasmin SMALL Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon Club 00:21:27
46 4 Sara Elliott Otley AC 00:22:53
72 65 Michael HASTINGS Otley AC 00:24:10
94 86 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:25:13
95 9 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:25:15
105 94 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 00:25:39
124 16 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 00:26:31
168 30 Maggie OATES Otley AC 00:27:50
266 82 Laurel FREAR Otley AC 00:30:40
270 84 Justina Stringer Otley AC 00:30:43
272 187 Jack Robertshaw Otley AC 00:30:46
278 188 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:31:02
281 190 Nick OATES Otley AC 00:31:15
287 95 Kathleen Robertshaw Otley AC 00:32:00
290 97 Susan BUTTERILL Otley AC 00:32:03
291 98 Saskia BUTTERILL Otley AC 00:32:05
346 133 Claire HASTINGS Otley AC 00:35:01
389 158 Ann HALLIDAY Otley AC 00:39:16
Harrogate parkrun
A total of 410 runners took part.
View full results for Harrogate parkrun event #308
Gender Position  
Run Time  
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:16:52
21 21 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 00:20:23
33 1 Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE Unattached 00:21:05
Flatts Lane parkrun
A total of 79 runners took part.
View full results for Flatts Lane parkrun event #9
Gender Position  
Run Time  
1 1 Andrew DAVISON Unattached 00:19:38
3 1 Racheal BAMFORD Otley AC 00:19:46
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 345 runners took part.
View full results for Fountains Abbey parkrun event #190
Gender Position  
Run Time  
1 1 Jack BRENNAN Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:16:17
14 1 Natalie CURGENVEN Darlington Harriers & AC 00:19:28
109 88 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:25:02