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Friday 17th July – Washburn Valley Relays

Senior results are available in spreadsheet format here and junior results here, well done to all the juniors.

The team of Anthony Aimon (18:42), Chris Mann (22:42) and Stan Karanasios (18:34) from Hyde Park Harriers had a fairly comfortable win in the end,  finishing in a total time two seconds under the hour.  Andy Walsh from Wetherby just held off Otley’s Scott Harrington in a sprint for the line for second.

Knavesmire Harriers took the honours in the Ladies race, finishing 12th overall with the team of Sarah Attwood (21:11), Anwen Darlington (26:54) and Nik Vogan (21:40), a total time of 1:09:45.  Valley Striders were second in a time of 1:11:41 and Kirkstall third in 1:14:38.

The first mixed team were Baildon Bullets and fifth overall in a time of 1:03:56 with Jenny Guard (20:04), Michael Malyon (24:26) , Matthew Gurney (19:26).  Second and third were Roundhay in 1:06:06 and Saltaire in 1:09:55.

Thanks to all those helping out in both senior & junior races and hopefully everyone had an enjoyable evening.

More details of the Otley teams:

Fewston wood loop

Leg 1 Pos Category Team Runner Total Time
10 Mens Otley No Mates Derek Fuller 0:20:01
22 Mens Otley No numbers Christian Hosker 0:22:13
32 Mens Otley 1 Paul Clifford 0:23:15
63 Ladies Otley Ladies 2 Sara Richard 0:27:00
67 Ladies Otley Ladies 1 Justina Stringer 0:29:29


Leg 2 Pos Gain/Loss Leg Rank Team Runner Leg Time Total Time
4 6 1 Otley No Mates Zack Whitehead 0:22:34 0:42:35
23 -1 23 Otley No numbers John Armitstead 0:27:53 0:50:06
29 3 22 Otley 1 Michael Pickard 0:27:52 0:51:07
64 -1 64 Otley Ladies 2 Joanna Hobson 0:35:32 1:02:32
69 -2 66 Otley Ladies 1 Gemma Harrington 0:36:52 1:06:21


Finish Pos Gain/Loss Leg Rank Team Runner Leg Time Total Time
3 1 2 Otley No Mates Scott Harrington 0:18:39 1:01:14
24 -1 34 Otley No numbers Andy Webster 0:23:50 1:13:56
32 -3 42 Otley 1 Dominic Egan 0:25:25 1:16:32
61 3 55 Otley Ladies 2 Hannah Lupton 0:27:46 1:30:18
67 2 62 Otley Ladies 1 Sarah Fuller 0:29:32 1:35:53


Wednesday 15th July – Priory 10k

Report from Mark Hall:

I made the journey over to Nostell Priory near Wakefield to run the Priory 10k. The race was made up of 2 undulating laps on trails and road. I started well and ran with the front group for a few miles before drifting back, however, I maintained a constant pace and managed to catch 3 runners in the final 2 miles. The conditions were excellent.

If you are looking for a well organised race in a lovely location this race is worth a visit.

I finished in 6th place (300 finishers) in 37.02, 1st Veteran.

Winner was Rob Jones, unattached 35.29


26 – 27th June – Ultimatetrails 110k

Review by Garry Cochrane:

The Ultimatetrails 110km race took place on Saturday 27th June 2015, starting at 00:15am; when over 300 runners toed a quiet start line in the heart of Ambleside to take part in the second running of this endurance challenge with a 24 hour time limit.

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Runner of the Month for June

Garry Cochrane and Sara Elliott were chosen as runners of the month for June, Garry for his Lakeland ultra and harrogate league and Sara for her harrogate league races.  Well done both.


Notices and Forthcoming Events


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

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The very latest (as of June 30th) club rankings and runner of the year tables for 2015 – where are you?

Club Training note: A regular 800m/1 mile rep session is currently taking place at 6.00pm on a Tuesday evening at High Royds, Menston, all abilities welcome, meeting at St Mary’s football pitches Menston at 5.50pm for a 6.00pm start.

A reminder of other forthcoming events in the near future 

Saturday 25th JulyBingley Show Trail Race

Sunday 26th JulySaltaire Shaker

Thursday 30th July – Round Hill reccie, all welcome, meet at the Timble cross roads for a 7:15 start.

Sunday 9th August – Round Hill Fell Race - Checkpoint marshals & car parking attendants needed for this please email Andrew if you are available to help out.  (Please note that for 2015, the entry fee is being increased to £5, the additional £2 being donated to Brain Tumour Research and Support.)

Thursday 20th August – Away night training on Baildon Moor & Shipley Glen, meet the car park at the top of the hill near the end of the Baildon Boundary way, see red circle on the map here.

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Sunday 12th July – Kilburn 7

Report from Julian Mawson:

I think of this race as one of the classic scenic kilburn2015runs in North Yorkshire, up there with Bishop Wilton Half, Burn Valley Half and Burnsall 10 Miles amongst others.

Good to see Don Buffham beforehand who had noticed the signs for the race on his way back from the coast and nipped in for an unexpected race. I also met Liz supporting husband Chris Wordsworth at one of their now local races.

In truth, the race is nearer 7.25 miles and the route take in the beautiful vistas of Coxwold, Byland Abbey and Oldstead. I was very happy to take part for the fourth time since 2005 and reminisce along the way.

The race was won by Andrew Pearson (New Marske) in 41.01 and Olivia Mulligan (Thirsk & Sowerby) 24th in 47.52.

I finished seventh (42.31) and Don Buffham 210th (74.18).  Full results here.


Sunday 12th July – Leeds 10k

Report from Jamil Parapia:

With summer holidays on the horizon and a chance to relax, the Run For All Leeds 10k represents (for teachers) a well timed race to finish the year. Zack, Nicky Lee and I decided to enter again with the prime goal of lowering our times from last year. Club handicap champion Nicky has been training really well and has made excellent progress over the past 12 months as the running bug has well and truly got hold of her. Zack, is also coming back into consistent form following his injury late last year. In 2014 the event took place is warm and humid conditions but runners on Sunday were treated to a slightly more favourable climate. Nevertheless the summer warmth still claimed a few victims at the finish as people collapsed over the line.

The course is similar to the Abbey Dash albeit with a few more corners and some imaginative detours to make the distance 10k. Sadly and for reasons I can’t explain the Leeds 10k doesn’t attract the same depth of quality as the Abbey Dash. Perhaps it is more to do with tradition or the fact that actually Leeds City centre in the summer is not the best place to race. Nevertheless, the support along the route was incredible and it was lovely to see Scott and his family cheering us on.

My troublesome achilles raised it’s ugly head earlier in the week and I was a bit down at the prospect of pulling out. However, a date with Mark Hall and his magic hands eased the tension in the calf and I was able to run pain free. Thanks Mark although I don’t have an excuse now for not running a pb!

I decided to go out and try and win and found myself leading out a small group that included local runner Phil Tedd and Kevin Loundes from the Isle of Man. Phil had beaten me at the Horsforth 10k last year so finishing ahead of him was a nice scalp. Kevin won, I was second and Phil third. Pleasingly Zack, Nicola and I all improved our times from last year by 28 secs, 3 min 46secs and 1 min 26 secs respectively. Nicky achieved yet another personal best so congratulations to her. Job done. Time for a visit to France.

Eriks Zvaigzne also ran for Otley although it was hard to spot people amongst the thousands.
Gemma Harrington paced her sister round the course.


1 Kevin Loundes Manx Harriers 31:33

2 Jamil Parapia Otley AC 31:53

3 Phillip Tedd Thames Hare & Hounds 32:31

8 Zack Whitehead Otley AC 34:04

53 Leila Armoush Charnwood AC 36:59 (1st female)

618 Nicola Lee Otley AC 45:37 pb

801 Eriks Zvaigzne Otley AC 47:14


Saturday 11th July – Parkruns

Woodhouse Moor

Pos Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Terry Midgley St Theresa’s AC 00:17:19
27 1 Rachel Pilling Pudsey & Bramley 00:19:37
37 34 Tom Paget Otley AC 00:20:14
226 59 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:28:11
274 194 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:30:10
273 80 Alice Webster Otley AC 00:30:10


Pos Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Ian Frith Blackheath & Bromley 00:16:47
12 1 Millie Smith Blackheath & Bromley 00:18:49
112 96 James Kettleborough Otley AC 00:22:59


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Report from Phil Robinson:

Most of the races I do these days seem like exercises in history. This low-key event in Lanzarote involves a 2.5k run, approx 15k bike leg including 5k climb up to Tinajo, then back to the stadium for repeat 2.5k run. From first visiting ClubLaSanta in 1998 I’ve done it 16 times solo plus twice as part of a team of two. My previous solo times as follows: 58.27, 56.14, 55.49, 57.16, 56.41, 57.39, 56.13, 56.54, 54.59, 55.57, 54.59, 60.50 (that was the year I had back surgery), 57.05, 57.56, 57.37; so I was pleased this time to record 58.03 even though placed 30th out of 35 finishers. The club’s owners are Danish, and since the Danish School holidays have started already there were loads of blond-haired teenagers. One of them whose age was given as “u14” took third place in this duathlon behind two serious triathletes, over 9 minutes quicker than me. His father – who is the same age as my son (!) – won the 5k race a couple of days before.


Tuesday 7th July – Harrogate League Otley Handicap

Report by the Hon. Handicapper (but not for this one!)

A big thanks to all involved in helping Otley AC host the final Harrogate League race for this year.  In particular race organiser Colin Best, Laura Hind and her catering crew for a fantastic buffet & timekeepers & recorders at the hectic finish.  There were a couple of little issues on the night, but in general everything else seemed to go pretty well and it should be noted that this was the first time we’ve hosted the league handicap since the 1990’s when there were a lot less taking part.

Stephen had a great run to have the honour of being first back for Otley finishing 6th, followed by John Davis & Jeremy in 34th & 41st respectively.

No overall league prizes this year for Otley but that didn’t detract from another enjoyable season of races,  see the full results for the handicap here.

Finish order Net Time order Time Name Club
1 108 42:48 Ronan Walsh Swaledale Road Runners
2 44 37:23 Kevin Nicholas Dragon Aire
3 214 52:25 Alison Parker Dragon Aire
6 104 42:16 Stephen Small Otley AC
10 1 30:30 Andrew Grant (fastest time) Harrogate Harriers
34 151 45:30 John Davis Otley AC
41 5 32:49 Jeremy Stewart Otley AC
50 63 39:27 Michael Pickard Otley AC
74 84 40:50 Christopher Gilberthorpe Otley AC
77 8 33:22 Andrew Robertshaw Otley AC
109 93 41:16 Andy Webster Otley AC
141 110 43:05 Nicola Lee Otley AC
184 36 36:58 Lorraine Mitchell (fastest lady) Harrogate Harriers
187 193 49:29 Joanna Hobson Otley AC
193 58 39:03 Tom Potter Otley AC
196 188 49:08 Martin Weston Otley AC
209 243 1:00:23 Antonio Cardinale Otley AC