Captain Liam Dunne reports:
Leeds Hyde Park – A quiet week with Justina Stringer being the only OtleyAC out there, finishing 66th lady in 28.35. First in was Nathan Marsh, Tonbridge AC, in 16.34 and first lady was Greta Dargie, unattached, in 20.35.
Report from Mark Hall:
I did the Spen 10 kms race yesterday. The race is run on a former railway line (now tarmac). It is 5k out turn around a marshal and 5k back, not too exciting. The course is not flat as it drags up for the first half and down for the 2nd half. I ran the entire race on my own as I did not start fast enough to get in the front group. The conditions were excellent unlike my time! 6th place, 1st V50, 35.19
Julian Mawson hasn’t lost his magic as he takes third spot in the Garstang Half-Marathon. His time of 1:20:17 also earned him the MV40 prize.
The winner was James Hilton (Wigan Phoenix) in 1:15:49, second was Tim Raynes (1:19:38), and the first lady in 35th place overall was Jayne Taylor (Wigan Harriers) in 1:32:43, who also took the FV50 prize.
Report from Lisa Maughan:
To say that I was nervous about this race is a bit of an understatement, I was petrified! My hamstring has been niggling me this week, I had only recced the first half of the course and I had never done the distance off road before. I decided to go steady and use it as a training run. I actually felt really good until mile 17, when I crashed badly, but I quickly realised I hadn’t taken on any fuel. Two slices of malt loaf and an energy gel, and after a couple of miles I got my second wind to take me to the finish.
All in all it was a great race, well organised, friendly runners and a lovely route (except for the killer hill at the end!). I was pleasantly surprised with my time too, 5hrs 43 mins, well under my 6 hours target.
See all the Full & Half results here.
Two races in one, over similar distances and routes across Ilkley moor. Otley’s Frank Beresford (trail) and Liam Dunne (trail), were first and second overall, in 44:16 & 46:29 respectively. Chris Miller, Harrogate AC first in the fell & 3rd overall, 47:51.
First lady in the trail was Myra Jones, Valley Striders 13th in 54:06, the 1st in the fell is a little unclear from the results either Helen Beck, Wakefield 57:20, or Deborah Gowans, Accrington, 57:21. See full results here and lots of photos on woodentops here.
Sam Stell was first Otley in the fell, finishing 5th overall & 3rd in the fell in 51:36, followed by Graham Lake 9th (7th fell) 53:43, Laura Clark (fell) 1:01:23, Laura Martin (fell) 1:01:35, (5th & 6th ladies resp.), Andy Webster (fell) 1:08:34, Shane Ewen (fell) 1:12:05, Will Turner (fell) 1:12:47, Antonio Cardinale (trail) 1:34:44.
The first of the September track events at the Keighley track. Despite several folk racing Half’s on Sunday there were still lots of good times recorded, including a couple of club records V50 for Mark Hall and V60 for Howard Jeffrey, see the club records here.
1. Frank Beresford 4:57, 2. Tom Midgley 5:09, 3. Mark Hall 5:11, 4. Howard Jeffrey 6:01, 5. Stephen Boddy 6:10, 6. Andy Webster 6:32, 7. John Cowan 6:37, 8. Jacqueline Ackroyd 6:50, 9. Richard Hamer 6:59, 10. Nicola Lee 7:05, 11. Colin Best 7:28, 12 Toni Midgley 7:44, 13. Imogen Webster 7:48. ps Jackie your time last year was 6:52, consistent.
This month the Otley AC club committee has voted to elect Mark Hall to be the Runner of the Month for August 2014.
Mark has been in splendid form and has continued to show his effervescent nature through August and into early September.
In August Mark finished 9th at Askern 10mile & 4th at Burnsall 10mile.
Well done Mark!