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Sunday 7th December – Guys 10

Report from Howard Jeffrey: for the Guys 10 & the Leeds Hyde Park run.

Yes it’s time for the weekend supplement from travelling race correspondent ‘Ono Notimagen’

I woke before the lark on Saturday morning and was on the road back from Bath at 3.00am. Got home at 7.00 am and because I had not done all the training planned in the week I decided to get the legs turning over at a Park run. Lovely sunny morning at Hyde Park in Leeds although a bit fresh! Happy enough with 20.30 and only Otley AC participant.

That was the precursor to the Guys 10 near Garstang/Preston. I did it in 2011 and just got under 70 minutes so was aiming for the same today. The weather was foreboding on the way over the Pennines, black clouds and heavy showers with scary gusts of wind. Forecast was for dry with sun and sure enough by the start it was clear because the wind had driven away the clouds!! Obviously needed to average under 7 minute miles to hit the target but went through mile one in 7.15 oops!

A couple of miles in there was a bit of fun with a loose horse that decided to show us all how fast you could run if you had four legs and massive hind quarters. Could have been dodgy and disrupted a few runners who were trying to catch the lead rope but were just scaring it more. Half a ton of horseflesh running scared is a thing to be far far away from; not a confined, crowded, slippery country lane where the rest of the ‘herd’ is running away from an unknown danger!!!

Thankfully he pulled into his home farm yard at about mile 3 no harm done….no staying power!!

The wind in our faces meant at halfway it was 35.36. Not too far adrift and chance of a tailwind so still hopeful. At 7 miles I picked out a couple of targets in front to run down and passed the first one at 9 miles and the second just in front of the line ( he ran round a giant puddle; I went through it!) in …….1.09.57……. (Yes!!) 84th out of 348, 6th in o/60 (it is always tough in Lancashire). The race was won by Gary Pennington of Preston Harriers in 54.46. First Lady Hannah Oldroyd (18th place) in 1.01.11 a UK net runner (is that a club or a website?) Sole B&W at this one. Full results : Garstang Running Club here.

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Saturday 6th December – Frostbite Ultra

Neil Charlton reports:

Why is it that after months of injury free running, when a big race comes along, I have the remnants of a cold?

Thinking I could ‘hang on’ for 30 miles of tough Nidderdale trail and fell I turned up for the Frotbite 30 only to be told that due to a course change it was now the Frostbite 34 with an extra fell involved. There was a 10 mile loop south of Patley Bridge and then a 24 mile loop north.

So I started well feeling ok. The weather was clear and crisp with a nice frost hardening the mud to make it fairly easy going. After a steady first 10 I was still feeling ok and went into the big loop feeling strong. I overtook a few runner’s who had powered past me in the opening 10 thinking I might just be able to get a good time.

All was well until Middlesmoor and the biggest climb of the day. The wind started blowing hard and the mist and rain rolled in. So with the hat and gloves and waterproof top on a pressed up the moor. There were plenty of people walking at this point and the elements made it really tough. This weather continued on like this until about 28 miles where my body decided it had had enough of running into the wind and rain. I had nothing left in my legs and it felt like the cold was coming back and then some!

I passed the last checkpoint determined not to pack it in, and I was determined at least to finish and walked the last 6 miles or so. About 30 people must have passed me in this last bit.

I didn’t get a great time compared to some of the other longer races earlier this year, but I’m glad I finished it. I’ll classify this as good training and a nice day out on a beautiful route.

Results not out yet.

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Saturday 6th December – Park Runs

A quiet week for Otley at the park runs.  Howard Jeffrey flew the flag at Leeds Hyde Park finishing 40th in a time of 20:30.  Matthew Akpan was first across the finish line in 17:01 and Treena Johnson, Dewsbury RR was first lady with a time of  19:03.

Further afield Sean O’Halloran ran at the Alice Holt event in the South Downs National Park, finishing 75th in 30:55, first here was Laurence Hollom, Haslemere Border AC in 19:52, first lady was Naomi Taylor, Cani-Cross in 22:36.

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Sunday 30th November: Wesham 10k

Report from Ian Broadbent…had a trip across the Pennines today to do the wesham 10k which is a reasonably flat road race between preston and blackpool. Have to say it was nice to escape the grim weather here on what was a bright and dry day over there As always well organised and friendly but competitive. Unusually for me when I’m running in Lancs there was a fellow Otley runner in Lucy Mowat. 47:12 for me it good to be just running competitively after a week or two of bugs

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Sunday 30th November: Leeds Christmas Challenge 10k

Report from Howard:

To those who can’t face another race report from me ……. look away now!  For those who are now hooked, I flew the flag for Otley again at the appropriately named Leeds 10K challenge. I lined up feeling good (at last… been feeling jaded in the blocks recently) and another perfect still, cool, sunny race day. Full results to follow as not out yet.  What chance of a category win? …Slim!! Last year’s group winner Pete Johnson from Scarborough AC, course record holder and age group winner of the Abbey Dash, a minute and a half quicker than me, so no slouch. I last beat him in 2006!!

We set off on the John Charles stadium track doing one circuit which was great for spreading the field of 350 plus and then out across some slippery grass to a short stretch of road. Pete had pulled away as I expected and I worked out at that rate he would be a minute and a half ahead again. After the short stretch of tarmac the route is basically one and a half K up a relatively steep, wet, leafy trail then straight back down a tarmac carriage way (beware the rumble strips) and then round again another twice!!

Going up the first hill, I thought I actually feel pretty strong (it has got to be the turbo training) and instead of losing ground or holding my own, I was actually passing people. I had caught up Pete by the top of the hill and hitting the descent he tried to leave me behind. I like to think my downhill is the terrestrial equivalent of free-fall so I kept on his heels and still felt comfortable.  It was set up to be a great race and it was cat and mouse till we got back to the stadium for the finish on the track. 300 meters with the after burners on gave me first o/60 in 43.00.

Two photos this time of the ‘hunter and the hunted’ at the bottom of the first hill and the ‘sweetness of victory’

howard at leeds christmas challenge 10k howard2

 

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Saturday 29th November – Weeton Handicap

Nicola was  a clear winner in the penultimate handicap of the year ahead of Tom Hannah and first timer Eriks. Tom Lynch setting off last with John recorded the fastest time of the day.  Sean retains his lead at the top of the table on 145 points, one point ahead of Charlotte, followed by Dominic 140, Andy Webster and Nicola both on 139, see the full table on the handicap page here.

The final race of the year is the traditional Ken Dixon Christmas handicap with the road loop round Timble and a circuit of Swinsty reservoir on Sunday 21st December.

Time H’Cap Net Time Points
1 Nicola Lee 47:04 09:00 38:04 16
2 Tom Hannah 48:19 06:00 42:19 15
3 Eriks Zvaigzne 48:24 10:00 38:24 14
4 Charlotte Tomlinson 48:34 07:00 41:34 13
5 Dominic Egan 48:38 10:00 38:38 12
6 Richard Hamer 48:42 07:00 41:42 11
7 Jackie Ackroyd 49:04 09:00 40:04 10
8 Ursula McGouran 49:09 09:00 40:09 9
9 David Fox 49:20 10:00 39:20 8
10 Phil Robinson 49:31 08:00 41:31 7
11 Andy Webster 49:38 13:00 36:38 6
12 Kath Robertshaw 49:39 01:00 48:39 5
13 Antonio Cardinale 49:57 00:00 49:57 4
14 Tom Lynch 50:07 16:00 34:07 3
15 Sean O’Halloran 50:52 06:00 44:52 2
16 John Armitstead 52:00 16:00 36:00 1

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Saturday 29th November: Park Runs

Leeds Park Run

Position

Gender Position

parkrunner

Club

Run Time

1 1 William LEVETT Tunbridge Wells Harriers 00:16:29
3 1 Racheal Bamford Otley AC 00:16:43

Southsea Park Run

Position

Gender Position

parkrunner

Club

Run Time

1 1 Chris TILDESLEY RAF AC 00:17:38
25 1 Isabel HESSEY Unattached 00:20:58
77 62 Nick HODGKINSON Otley AC 00:25:01

 

Harrogate Park Run

Position

Gender Position

parkrunner

Club

Run Time

1 1 Andrew DOBBY Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:18:37
21 1 Lauren WOODHALL Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:21:27
182 55 Gloria Jackson Otley AC 00:34:09

 

Roundhay Park Run

Position

Gender Position

parkrunner

Club

Run Time

1 1 Frank BERESFORD Otley AC 00:17:23
41 1 Aileen LOFTUS Valley Striders AC 00:22:32

 

 

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Sunday 23rd November – Barnsley 10k

Anyone remember Ian Fisher? Well he’s been trotting around Barnsley; didn’t do too bad either. He’s got potential.

Barnsley 10k was my first proper open race this year; I really have gone off the radar! I entered this last Wednesday or Thursday night after storming run over where I live, and I thought why not do this? It’s only six miles and the cross country the day before won’t effect me. But in the end I missed the XC through road closures and other hold ups just after Bingley despite setting off around 12.30pm. I had a gut instinct I wasn’t going to make it, sadly. I did win that race last time, but with a blonde look for London Marathon purposes.

Barnsley 10k has been around a while and until now I never considered doing it. I woke up feeling a cold coming on, but I thought I can’t miss another, so off I went.

Lining up on a slippery muddy field before running up a narrow path at the start was unusual. A steady start, I felt. I was in the front group and was fourth place within the first mile, I think. There was a climb a bit further where a Barnsley runner overtook, but I got him at the top. From there my position stayed the same.

The two African leaders were always in sight with the race favourite who dropped off and kept third position. I tried to speed up, but I feeling light headed so just ran the race well within myself just to finish. I was having problems getting a GPS signal so just used the timer which switched off sometime during the run as I discovered. It was only afterwards that the fifth placer did 33 something? Nothing like the pace I did a few days earlier, but it was nice to compete again.

 

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Sunday 23rd November – Clowne Half-Marathon

Howard Jeffrey reports from the Clowne Half-Marathon:

The Clowne Half-Marathon is a popular race and fills up early so I booked my place a long time ago and as the date approached I realised it was on Jacqueline’s birthday. Agh… major faux pas! Quite an important milestone one as well, so I crossed it out of my diary. For her birthday, my son had booked a ’’hairdo’ for her (yes, I know Sunday… right?). Obviously she had to go and she suggested I could perhaps do a race while she was there… saved! Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday 22nd November – West Yorks. Cross Country Race 3

Report from the hon. handicapper.

The third race in the league took place round the muddy fields next to Cliffe Castle in Keighley.  The mud together with a steep climb on each large lap made it tough going, although the distance was a little less than usual, at approx 6.5 k for the senior men’s race.

Caron Ralph was off first for the seniors and ran well finishing 62nd in 26:14.  Katie Walshaw glided over the mud to win the race by half a minute or so in 18:27.

The seniors men’s race was four large laps, finishing with a shorter lap of the flatter section of the course.  The hill on the larger lap was split into a couple of zigzag climbs and after a short section after the climb,  the trickiest part of the course was negotiating a right hand turn, against the camber of the slope and there were several falls here.  I was surprised to finish 18th, 27:08,  behind Frank Beresford’s excellent run for 5th, 24:49.  Antonio Cardinale did amazingly well to stay on his feet all the way round running in his road shoes! finishing 147th 45:53.  Unfortunately the road works on the Bingley bypass caused Ian & Shane to turn back as it was pretty much gridlock through Bingley and Riddlesden.   The 3rd different winner in this season’s races was Dominic Easter, Leeds City, 24:05.  See full results here.  Cross country good for the soul? see report from Saturday’s race in the Guardian here.

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