Much busier this week at the park runs, Scott, Tom Richard & Liam all with top 10 finishes.
Report from the Hon. Handicapper:
The second race of the season was held at West Park, just north of the Beckett Park track. There was a bit more mud than the first race at Thornes park, but the going for most of the course was fast and dry. As at Thornes park Otley had two in the top ten, with Ian Fisher 5th, 27:58 and Frank Beresford 10th, 28:33. For the first 2 laps I battled it out with Liam, with Liam running strongly in the last lap he pulled clear finishing 22nd, 29:36 to my 25th, 29:51. Running his first cross country in an Otley vest Robin Outtersides was next in 61st, 31:23. Fresh from a holiday in the Lakes Graham Lake finished 98th, 33:07 and 6th counter that gave Otley a brilliant 4th place finish in the team race. Stephen Boddy, also running his first cross country in an Otley vest finished 168th, 39:10 and Antonio Cardinale completed the Otley contingent in 188th, 55:29.
Full results on the West Yorkshire Athletics site here.
Dr Howard Jeffrey reports from Ripley:
A good Otley AC turnout for the challenging Guy Fawkes 10 from Ripley Castle with conditions pretty near perfect for racing, and Scott Harrington stormed away from 814 others to win the race in 57:00.
Mark Hall was not far behind in fourth (and first MV50) in 59:49 and with Rogan Ashton finishing 27th (1:05:20) OAC took the second team prize. The first lady was Lindsey Clegg (Horsforth Harriers) who came 51st in 1:08:53. Read the rest of this entry »
Sean reports: Following a lengthy string of comments to a Facebook status back in March, Lisa Maughan and I ended up entering the 30-mile multi-terrain White Rose Ultra. A little later in the year Sara Richard, during a run with the beginners group, had been talked into joining us.
Following London Marathon this had become my A race for the rest of the year. I knew this was going to be a tough cookie and serious training needed to be done. After months of 5 days a week training, which in included hill rep sessions and back to back long runs, I managed to improve my fitness to a level needed to complete this event. Lisa and Sara had also been working extremely hard in their training and we accompanied each other where possible in training. Read the rest of this entry »
Five members of OAC ventured to Lumbutts on the other side of the Calder Valley from Todmorden for this A-category BS race with 350m of ascent over 10km.
The winner was Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley) in 41:20 and the first lady in 37th place overall was Gayle Sugden (Calder Valley) 52:51.
Callum Martin and mum Laura Martin braved the dark and enjoyed a well organised and very ‘friendly’ (marshalls dressed as ghosts and ghouls) Halloween race.
Laura reports; Two laps of Danefield amounting to 6.7km. Callum ran an impressive race holding a strong pace all the way, leaving me behind on the hills.
He was first junior and 20th over the line (112 competitors) in a time of 37:54 minutes.
One to look out for next year, if you dare. (Must be aged 11+).
Report from Howard Jeffrey: The Wistow 10 K has evolved from the Selby Half to the Wistow 10 Mile to the Wistow 10K. The common factor being the flat terrain and the wind against you. The race was won by Nathan Baker, only 16 of Middlesbrough AC in 33.49. First lady Nicola Bettis, Selby Striders in 41.20. Flying the colours for Otley were Mark Hall in overall 5th in an impressive 34.59 and first O/50; Richard Smith a creditable 16th in 37.38 and in 55th position in 43.15 yours truly. They lumped all the over 50’s into one category and they constituted 51 out of the 190 finishers which at more than a quarter of the field is not very expansive. There is a photo of us at the finish somewhere that Richard may provide to prove I did not make it all up. Full results on Selby Striders site
And from Mark: The race is flat and on a less windy would be a PB course, however, the strong winds resulted in slower times. There were 3 OAC runners. Mark Hall 5th, 34.59 (1st V50) 16th Richard Smith, 37.38, 55th Howard Jefferies (1st V60) Winner Nathan Baker, 33.49 (16yrs old!) Middlesbrough.
The 2014 OMM promised to be a memorable event and that it was but perhaps not for all the expected or right reasons. This year was the first year being run by new organisers so I think its natural to expect some changes and teething problems and the OMM is a huge event with an even bigger reputation to uphold so big shoes to fill. The event centre was at Clennell hall near Alwinton in Northumberland – a beautiful setting and was well run by an army of super friendly staff and volunteers. The area was fantastic and covered a variety of challenging terrain from runnable forest tracks to near impassable tracts of huge tussocks and bogs, beautiful if not massive hills but there were plenty of them and the climbs and decents were steep and sapping. Read the rest of this entry »
Report from Liam:
I drove over to Bradford today for the Bradford city10K, giving a lift to Tom and Toni Midgley, This was one of many races happening in and around Bradford city centre this morning. There was a short kids’ race to start proceedings before the half marathon runners were sent on their way at 9.40am and 10 mins later the 10K and 5K runners were sent off together. The race was made up of 5K laps with the 10k runners going around twice and the half runners doing 4 laps and a bit.
Announcements just before the start were non existent and the runners at the front were given a few mins start warning before we set off. It wasn’t by any stretch of the imagination a pb course, It was undulating and breezy with a few long climbs, sharp corners and plenty of back markers from the half marathon to contend with, if it wasn’t for the vocal cords of myself and Tom on occasion, we could have been badly slowed up.
Soon after the start Tom and myself were running shoulder to shoulder and were disputing the lead for the 10K race. I knew there was nothing in it as Tom has been running really well recently and I felt like I was coming back to form after a poor summer. With less than a mile to go we u-turned on the road and Tom seemed to slingshot himself around the turn and took a lead of a few yards. I just didn’t have it in the legs to respond on the day and Tom went on to win by approx. 8 seconds. So, well done to him as he owed me that one!
After the event we were both interviewed by reporters from the local Bradford City Radio station before being chaperoned onto the stage to have a chat with the race commentator. We then went back out on the course before the presentation to shout on OAC’s Frank Beresford who was running the half marathon, and sure enough it wasn’t long before the man himself, who is getting very accustomed to winning, appeared at the front of the race with a few corners to go.
Overall, it was a fairly low-key event but there was plenty of support around the streets of Bradford for this relatively new event. It’s a challenging course as road races go. Although it’s in its infancy it could be a much bigger and more popular event, but I think it requires some fine adjusting to get the small but important things right.
Toni Midgley was our only OAC supporter and photographer out on the course and it was also nice to get a shout out from the treasurer, Ian Broadbent, who passed us in the opposite direction whilst doing the half marathon (Where was your OAC vest Ian?) We also passed 2nd claimer Tom Potter coming into the finish who was also running the Half marathon. Awaiting official times but I believe Tom M finished in 35.30, I was 35.08 and Frank won in 75+mins. Stephen Boddy ran in the 5k event. ’Twas a good day out for Otley AC.