Sunday 7th August: Blackpool Airshow 10k and Northern Veterans 10k championship

Report from Mark Hall:

I headed for Blackpool for the Northern veterans 10k championship race. The event was run along the upper and lower promenades, this would normally ensure a fast time. However, the 3 miles slog along the lower promenade was run into a massive headwind that slowed everyone considerably and even Andy Jones, (British team runner) only just got under 33 mins! I managed to win my Championship so the long drive was worth it even if the time was slow due to the conditions. I saw Billy at the start but not after so not sure if he was happy with his run.

Winner: Andy Jones, Doha Bay Running Club 32.49. Mark Hall, 36.20, 6th (1st V55), Andrew Rayner, 54.50, 150th


Sunday 7th August: Asda 10K

Report from Howard:

A big field of runners turned out for the Asda 10K today. I was surprised to make the start having spent yesterday, my birthday, feeling quite bad for some reason. The day was pleasantly warm but with quite a stiff breeze. Very well organised start in pens with expected finish times which were generally well respected. I expected a time of around 44 minutes and got to the 1K mark in 5 minutes. A bit slow but felt OK ish to find a good rhythm. The route starts from York race course and goes through the city, past the Minster and over the river so a splendidly scenic and mainly flat but winding course. It was just an average day at the office till I was overtaken by the 45 minute pacer at 9K. I dug in to hang on and overtake him to finish in a chip time of 44.55 in 347th position out of I don’t know how many thousands. The race was won by Adam Stacey in 33.00, first lady Bethany Garland of Chichester Runners in 38.33. Only spotted Melvin Hoare from Otley AC in the results who was 972nd in 49.11 (all chip times)


Sunday 7th August – Round Hill Fell Race

Wharfedaler, Lee Athersmith repeated his win from last year in a very similar time.  First lady was Nik Tarrega from Knavesmire Harriers finishing 30th.  Reports back said the bogs weren’t too bad this time, but that no doubt depends on who you speak too…, however a strong wind probably wasn’t conducive to fast times.

There was the odd sight on the climb to Round Hill, as an overly ambitious off road driver in their Mitsubishi 4 x 4 had got stuck in the bog, at least it took the attention of the record number of finishers, 151, away from slog through the bogs!

Liam was first home for Otley in fourth and first V40 and much quicker than last year.  A big thanks to all those who helped out on the day, all the checkpoint marshals, route markers, sweepers, car parking attendants, David Fox and Colin Best for lots of things..

Full set of results here and updated all time list here and race photos on Woodentops here.

Position Name Time
1 Lee Athersmith Wharfedale H 00:55:50
4 Liam Dunne Otley AC (1st V40) 00:58:08
18 Rogan Ashton Otley AC 01:01:50
22 Edward Davies Otley AC 01:02:31
30 Nik Tarrega York Knavesmire H 01:07:26
97 Andrew Webster Otley AC 01:20:37
119 Ged Peacock Otley AC 01:28:12
131 Phil Robinson Otley AC 01:33:50
135 Jackie Ackroyd Otley AC 01:40:55
136 Nick Hodgkinson Otley AC 01:41:13
141 David Cattanach Otley AC 01:43:55
151 Antonio Cardinale Otley AC 02:11:46


Saturday 6th August: Borrowdale fell race

Report from Tom P:

It was an uncomfortably hot day for fell running on Saturday. I was nervous about Borrowdale as it’s a race with a reputation, a “proper” fell race. Not only that, it was a championship race and there’s no better way to make yourself feel inadequate than lining up for the start of a race with Ian Holmes, Rob Jebb, Ricky Lightfoot and Nicky Spinks to name but a few.

Tom Lynch had recce’d the route the previous weekend so my plan was to try and stick with him for a while so I didn’t have to navigate. That plan fell apart about half way up the first climb to Bessyboot as I struggled in the heat and he gradually pulled further ahead. It was boggier under foot than expected which made it tough going below Glaramara and up past the tourists on the way to the summit of Scafell Pike.

The descent off Scafell Pike was an insane plunge down a scree slope, attempting to stay upright while stones came whizzing past from above and I soon found myself heading down the corridor route towards checkpoint 4 at Styhead. Great Gable was looming moodily above and I attempted not to think about how much the climb was going to hurt and just put one foot in front of another. After Gable there was some reasonably runnable sections down to Honister where some kind soul had brought a vat of orange squash which was very welcome.

The final climb up Dale Head was brutal, I felt like giving up a few times but going up was basically the quickest way back to the finish so I just kept plodding on and eventually made it to the last checkpoint at the summit. I foolishly thought that was the hard work done and was quickly made to realise that it wasn’t as I fell over twice on the steep upper half of the descent. Eventually I made it back to the more comfortable path through the mines and got my first glimpse of the finishing field. The run in from there was actually quite pleasant and I flopped over the line a few minutes later. Tom had already been in for a while by then and was looking characteristically fresh!

It was great to have a go at another classic Lakes fell race. Could I honestly say I enjoyed it though? I’m not sure :)


1st (1st Male) – Ricky Lightfoot – Ellenborough Athletic Club – 2:49:21
40th (1st Female) – Lou Roberts – Ambleside Athletic Club – 3:26:01

For Otley:
212th – Tom Lynch – Otley AC – 04:28:19
276th – Tom Pomfrett – Otley AC – 04:53:32

352 finishers in total.


Friday 29th-Sunday 31st July: Lakeland 100

imageReport from Sarah fuller

The Lakeland 100 and I have a bit of a love-hate relationship stretching back to 2012 when I did the 50 miler, my first ultra. Since then I’ve tried twice (2013, 2014) to complete the brutal 105 mile, 22,600ft accent course failing both times at the 66 mile point. I’ve lost count of how many times people told me ‘this year was my year’ but my training volume has been less than ideal due to the after effects of the spine so I wasn’t convinced – you really can’t blag your way round a mountain 100 miler!

Still I lined up with 345 other people just before 6pm on Friday night. I find I know quite a lot of people at these events nowadays so it was a jolly atmosphere catching up with old friends and people I’d spent time with on events before. Nonetheless I still stood there and blubbed like a big girl as the opera singer performed nessun dorma (none shall sleep !) as we were waiting for the off. Finally we moved off running thorough the streets of coniston, there were thousands of people cheering us through and it was all a bit emotional but a relief to get going – could I really do it this time? Could I leave that mile 66 checkpoint at howtown? Was I mentally strong enough to cover the same ground again before then ? I would find out soon enough. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday 31st July – Castle Bolton Trail Race

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Report from Howard Jeffrey: For the last few years I have done the Leeds Grammar triathlon on the weekend of the ‘James Herriot Trail race’ at Castle Bolton but the organisers have given up to concentrate on other events. That meant of course that I could venture again 14K across the high moors in North Yorkshire. I was with Jacque so arrived a bit later than usual so was unable to warm up but I remembered the route was flat for the first half mile or so before turning up quite a steep hill. I lined up at the start with Phil Robinson and Tom Hannah and took the flat bit steady as the sun was out and it was quite warm. We turned off the tarmac onto the stony path that led up to the low part of the moor, where the sheep do graze. It was a tough, rutted and stony slope for about a quarter of a mile and it had some folks walking already. I remembered this bit so I had paced myself up to the brow. What I had not remembered was the false summit and it went on up for another half mile or so. Off the grassland and onto a stony track beyond the wall, surely it levels off there. No it does not, it carries on going up and up and into quite a strong fresh breeze which kept things deceptively cool. The sun was hot and I kept getting the hot prickles. Thankfully there were two scheduled water stations along the route and they had added a third which was necessary. We were still heading upwards when I looked at my watch at 18 minutes! At I guess about the 4K point the route turned downhill and you could let yourself freefall for about 2K. I descended with the brakes on though as the track was lumpy with a loose stony surface and a grass mound running in the middle with grass to the side. After that you hit the bottom of a hill steeper than the first and I was the only one attempting (glad I couldn’t see myself) to ‘run’ up it. I was just about able to keep pace with those who chose to walk but I had wanted to keep the rhythm going. Maybe half to three quarters of a kilometre and you get to the top. A similar descent to the one previously described brings you back to the lower slopes of the moor. You get a fabulous view across the valley and a glimpse of the castle in the distance where the finish line is. It is probably about 2 miles as the crow flies but they cynically turn you away back towards the hill and it seems to take forever to get back on the trail towards it. Eventually there is a nice stretch of reasonable track to the finish and I feel good enough to overhaul a seasoned fell runner in my age group which put me third I think. The race was won by Carl Bell of Keswick AC in 53.10, first lady was Michelle Nolan of RZH in 62.12. I was 57th in 71.02, Phil 151st in 85.20 and Tom 205th in 93.59. 257 finished Photo’s show runners snaking up the first hill and me and Phil at the finish, Tom not captured.

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Saturday 30th July- Park runs

Woodhouse Moor:

Cadan HOARE 19.29

Melvin HOARE 23.53

Bradford: Thomas MIDGLEY 18:30

Sewerby: Rob FEARNLEY  26:34

Fountains Abbey:

Scott Harrington  16:23
Andrew ACKROYD  23:48
Jackie Ackroyd  24:42

Reigate Priory:

James Rawstron  21:41
Wetherby: Susan TUPLING 26:01
Lydney: Thomas POMFRETT  18:48


Andrew Webster  27:12
Alice WEBSTER   27:12
Imogen Webster  29:03

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Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th July: Cotswold 24 hr run

Report from el presidente:

As I get older, I’ve seemed to end up trying to run further, rather than faster. Having run 100K over hilly stuff twice and a few other ultras, I wondered if I could do 100 miles in 24 hrs. Looking for possible races that were not too challenging in the terrain I found the Cotswold 24 hr race and entered it. My family come from round there so accommodation was on hand. I stayed at my brothers and had a good night’s sleep before the event, which was a luxury as normally I sleep in the car – or have to get up really early to drive to the start. He delivered me to Gatcombe Park, the country seat of Lady Bathurst who had graciously allowed us to run round her grounds. Lots of opportunities for polo were also available, but sadly I had to pass on them. There was a big tented village with loads of facilities and about 1000 people taking part – a bit of a circus. 110 people took on the race solo, but there were a lot of relay teams from pairs up to teams of 8. It was very well organised and friendly (luckily as it cost £85 to enter). I found a quiet bit of shade under a tree and got ready, packing a bags of food, clothes and stuff to keep me going. It was a 9 km circuit so we could restock every lap. High noon came and off we set for our first lap, on a route that was better than I thought it would be. It was a 9 km circuit through a mixture of undulating fields, woods and tarmac, in a parkland setting with a few romantic ruins and obelisks dotted about and no traffic. Unfortunately it was very warm and still for the first 8 hours and we all struggled in the heat. On about my 5th lap I felt very odd and wobbly and realised I was over heating so took it steady and managed to drag it back. Once it got dark at about 10.00 it was much cooler and easier to run in. You have to be very careful and maintain hydration whilst not drinking too much as you run the risk of washing the salts out of your body and thats very dodgy. I found it hard to eat enough in the heat and wish I’d taken more banana’s as they were good. It was great running in the cool of the night with loads of Owl calls as the sound track, things picked up a lot. As us solo runners plodded round doing the ultra-shuffle we were continually passed by relay whippets who were averaging faster lap times than my best. However I’d decided that I would review progress at midnight and see what my target would be. It had taken me around 12 hours to complete 10 x 9 km laps and lap times were growing as I slowed, so I realised that I was very unlikely to manage 100 miles, and changed my targets. I stopped running at about 4.30 am just as it was getting light having run 108 Km, further than I’ve ever run before and getting a 100k pb by 50 minutes. Very pleased to have achieved this and not bothered not to have got 100 miles in. I could have carried on walking, but thought it was better to be happy with this and not risk more damage. This left me with a bit of a problem, as Sally was not due to come and pick me up till Sunday lunchtime and I had nowhere to collapse. It was a dewy morning and very noisy in the runners village by the start and finish. However near to hand was an ancient folly with a long bench in it and I camped – or cramped there for a few hours. Wish I’d taken a sleeping bag and mat, but I managed to pass out for a bit. Sally picked me up at 10.00 and I retired to my sister’s house for an ibruprophin smoothie, shower and bed. I really enjoyed the race and was pleased with my results. There was an interesting mix of people in the race – a lot of tattoo’s and extreme challenge types, but mainly friendly – someone came up to me and asked if I knew Julian M. Some of them had heard of fell running, but many thought the course was rough and dangerous with too many potholes – and then it got dark! There was a good moon and I spent a lot of time running torch less which was good but not many others dared.
I ran the 28th furthest distance of 110 solo runners – even though some carried on for longer than me. 108 KM in 16 hrs 23 mins – the winner did well over 100 miles, but only 4 others managed it.
Made a change and now I’m going to fall asleep into my third helping of tea.


Sunday 24th July – Great Yorkshire Run 10k

Report from Joanna Hobson:

This morning I went over to Harrogate for the Great Yorkshire Run 10k. This was a very well organised race by The Great Run Series and whilst it was the 10th anniversary of the Great Yorkshire Run it was the first time it had been held in Harrogate, having recently moved from Sheffield.

The course was a (more than expected) challenging, undulating route around Harrogate, mostly on paths off road, and took in the very beautiful Valley Gardens and up to Harlow Carr. For Otley AC I was joined by Louise Penny, John Davis, Gloria Jackson and Andy and Jackie Ackroyd. It was a very hot morning but despite the hills and the heat everybody had a really good run and we were rewarded with a very well stocked goody bag.

The winner of the race was Jason Cherriman, Leeds City in 32:55 and the first female was Sharon Barlow Darlington Harriers in 37:10. For Otley AC Andy Ackroyd 50:36, Jackie Ackroyd 53:16, Joanna Hobson 54:11 ( PB), John Davis 54:50, Louise Penny 1:02:19, Gloria Jackson 1:05:27.


Saturday 23rd July – Park Runs


Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Andrew Lawrence Morpeth H & AC 16:48
33 1 Liz Lee Unattached 22:45
39 38 Andrew Webster Otley AC 23:21


Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Graham Corbett Saltaire Striders 18:17
8 1 Claire Cooper Keighley & Craven AC 20:31
115 21 Ann Yeadon Otley AC 26:20
122 24 Laura Hind Otley AC 26:41

Fountains Abbey:

Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Scott Cassidy Unattached 16:43
23 23 Peter Crowder Otley AC 21:17
25 1 Emma Sorby Ripon Runners 21:20


Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Joseph Smith Unattached 16:39
25 1 Louisa Welton Harrogate H & AC 20:27
130 112 Stephen Small Otley AC 25:04
180 35 Charlotte Rawstron Otley AC 27:19
181 146 James Rawstron Otley AC 27:19
227 53 Sarah Jones Otley AC 29:12

Woodhouse Moor:

Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Alec Francis Hyde Park H 17:08
22 22 Cadan Hoare Otley AC 20:06
35 1 Hayley Lawrence Leeds & Bradford Tri 20:57