Saturday 22nd July – Parkruns

Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tom Lee Saltaire Striders 18:16
20 1 Donna Kaznowski Baildon Runners 21:34
172 125 Oliver Harrington Otley AC 31:56
173 48 Gemma Harrington Otley AC 31:57
Temple Newsam
1 1 Paul Adamson Crossgates H. AC 19:36
8 1 Rosemary Byde Edinburgh AC 21:28
12 10 Jenson Brogden Otley AC 22:07
Fountains Abbey
1 1 Toby Osman Ripon Runners 15:45
25 1 Robyn Wynn Claremont RR 21:05
76 61 Howard Jeffrey Otley AC 24:45
86 68 Peter Crowder Otley AC 25:03

and results from the 15th July here and 8th July here

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Wednesday 19th July – Widdop Fell Race

Report from Shane Ewen:

Steve Robinson and I made the journey across to Calder Valley for this midweek jaunt on the moors between Heptonstall and Burnley. The predicted downpour and thunder/lightning didn’t come until after we’d finished (the drive home was quite a journey), so the weather was warm and muggy. The race is 7 miles over peat moors, with great views, 5 decent climbs (totalling 1,200 feet), and 3 reservoirs. All for a fiver.

As I’m still getting into race shape, I found this race a bit of a slog, tiring about half way round. But I thoroughly enjoyed the energy sapping tussocks and bogs; the joy of running is in the experience after all. Moment of the race for me was when the Widdop reservoir came into view. Designed by the Victorian waterworks engineer, J. F. Bateman, for Halifax Corporation in the late 1860s, this was a delight to see, even if the subsequent stiff climb up a track was hard going.

The race was won by Sam Watson (Wharfedale) in 52.13 and first woman was Jo Buckley (Calder Valley) in 65.31. I finished in 47th in 66.32, with Steve close behind in 66th in 69.25. There were 144 finishers. More details at here


Wednesday 19th July 2017 – Priory 10k, (Multi terrain)

Report from Mark Hall

This is the second time I have done this event.  The race is in and around the grounds of the beautiful Nostell Priory estate near Wakefield.  It is worth doing this event to visit this lovely place.  The race is 2 laps of trails and fields, there are no steep climbs but lots of drags making it a tough event, looking forward to doing a flat race!  Shortly before the start of the race I had a heavy nose bleed, not the best preparation.  Once the race started I realised within the first mile I was not on a good day so I was pleased to get to the finish in a reasonable time. 450 starters.

Winner: A Peers, Wakefield ac, 33.48

Women: J Masterman, Goole Viking,42.00

Mark Hall, 6th, 1st V55, 36.59

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Wednesday 19th July – Roundhay Rampage – Urban Trail Runner

Report from Graham Lake

After a busy summer of racing I was feeling a bit jaded and tired, but I had to give this race a go. Now in it’s 3rd year, the Urban Trail Runner series of races was set up by a mate of mine who runs for Wetherby. The races have steadily grown from ~100 starters to 217 last night.

I’d had a look at the course map and it looked similar to the Peco race at Roundhay, starting down and finishing up ‘hill 60’ which is a short, steep climb up to Soldier’s Field. The course itself was really well marked, flagged for much of it which is good for an event aiming to get people in to trail running. There were some more technical sections through the woods which gave it a ‘proper trail run’ feel and I was surprised (and gasping for breath) at the number of climbs; my watch showing about 650ft of ascent over the 10k which isn’t bad for a city park!

I had a good run, battling with a couple of runners for most of it, but then faded over the last two hills dropping 2 places near the end which was disappointing. I found myself gaining on the downs and flats, but losing time on the ups (some club hills in order, eh?!)

The race was really well organised, even with a free icecream for finishers which was very welcome on such a muggy night! Tim and Mike were there selling their Yorkshire Runner wares too.

The next race in the series is the Middleton Massif – 20th August, give it a go!

I finished 9th, 2nd MV40 in 42.57, the winner was Daryl Hibberd of Valley Striders in 38.33. First lady home was Alice Leake of Leeds City in 43.42.

Full results here:

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Tuesday 18th July – Liz Fawcett Leathley Handicap

Another perfect summer’s evening for Lizzie’s handicap.  Setting off first Debra held off the chasing pack to win by just over a minute, ahead of president Billy and Laura Hind.  Scott sped round to the fastest time of the night finishing 7th.  The top of the handicap has closed up quite a bit.  Antonio kept his lead 2 points ahead of Rob and 3 ahead of Laura Hind,  see the full table here.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Debra Brown 01:10:27 00:05:00 01:05:27 22
2 Billy Rayner 01:11:38 00:19:00 00:52:38 21
3 Laura Hind 01:12:11 00:17:00 00:55:11 20
4 Gemma Harrington 01:12:15 00:14:00 00:58:15 19
5 Charlotte Tomlinson 01:12:15 00:14:00 00:58:15 18
6 Stephen Boddy 01:12:57 00:28:00 00:44:57 17
7 Scott Harrington 01:13:05 00:39:00 00:34:05 16
8 Joanna Hobson 01:13:43 00:16:00 00:57:43 15
9 Phil Robinson 01:13:46 00:19:00 00:54:46 14
10 John Dade 01:13:50 00:26:00 00:47:50 13
11 Chris Hosker 01:14:01 00:27:00 00:47:01 12
12 Sara Elliott 01:14:18 00:25:00 00:49:18 11
13 Liam Dunne 01:14:38 00:35:00 00:39:38 10
14 Andy Webster 01:14:43 00:25:00 00:49:43 9
15 Chris Carver 01:15:01 00:29:00 00:46:01 8
16 James Rawstron 01:15:07 00:27:00 00:48:07 7
17 Pierre Heureux (Guest) 01:15:41 00:28:00 00:47:41
18 Mike Hastings 01:16:01 00:29:00 00:47:01 6
19 Liz Fawcett 01:16:07 00:21:00 00:55:07 5
20 Stephen Small 01:16:07 00:21:00 00:55:07 4
21 Tom Hannah 01:16:45 00:12:00 01:04:45 3
22 Rob Fearnley 01:16:50 00:20:00 00:56:50 2
23 Colin Dennison 01:16:53 00:30:00 00:46:53 1


Sunday 16th July – Cracoe BOFRA (Champs) Fell Race

Report from Tom Lynch:

Having decided against the big drive, and more importantly big effort of Snowdon on Saturday I decided to take on this much tougher local BOFRA race, which was also a counter in the BOFRA championship. A whole 4 km, but don’t let that deceive you, as ever with a BOFRA race it included a steep climb, with only a small bit of gentle introduction, with 310 m of climbing (2.5 miles/1020 feet) packed into the distance. The route started just above Cracoe and headed up over a wall via a farm trailer to the war memorial on the ridge above Cracoe, and then straight back down. The second half of the climb is boggy and rough, and the last sprint in required a gate climb to get back over the wall. It was perfect weather and  I was joined by Graham Lake, Don Buffham and Antonio Cardinale. There are some entertaining pictures out there of the race on the BOFRA facebook page and the Woodentops 1 and 2.

The winner of the race was Ted Mason (Wharfedale Harriers) 21:46, first woman was Kirsty Hall (also of Wharfedale) in 27:04. I came in 13th (9th champs counter) in 25:04, Graham Lake came in 23rd in 27:46, Don Buffham was 79th in 41:42 and Antonio Cardinale was 86th in 58:21. Full results are here.


Cracoe 2017 Race Start

The ever present Don Buffham neatly leaping the bog – although he seems to think he’s in Skegness.





Burton Leonard 10K – Sunday 16th July

Report from Howard ‘the bard’ Jeffrey

I now count writer’s block as a running injury and have been resting and recuperating from my regular race report contributions for a while and am pleased to see there have been plenty of interesting reports to keep you all amused.

As a prelude to the BL 10K which many club members will remember as one of the core Black Sheep race series (still lamented) I did the hard and hilly Temple Newsam park run as hard as I could, the day before (21.44). This is to keep me in the chase in the Leeds race series and was pleased to see Tom Potter who has been out for a while. Suitably sapped I lined up on Sunday for the BL10K. No other Otley runners here today so had to take on mainly Harrogate rivals in the age category alone. Had just beaten Tim Broomfield at Burn Valley half last week but had trailed in behind Kevin Murphy by 4 minutes despite a strong finish. Today there was also Geoff King, a very good fell runner who had been minutes ahead at this race last year. 309 people lined up at the start which is quite congested out of the primary school sharp right down a short hill then a hairpin up a steep grassy slope of 150m to the first stretch of tarmac. Geoff King was already long gone but I passed Tim up the grassy slope which was unusual as I usually catch him at about mile one. One down. Kevin Murphy had also disappeared into the distance so it was relax and see how much was left in the legs from yesterday. The race started at 11.00 and the sun was intermittent but it did get quite hot even along the first bit of tarmac which is nicely downhill to a stream across the road. Decisions, decisions, short queue for the bridge or splash through the ford? I opted to take the ford and the water was so shallow I never even got my feet wet!

Next stretch is up a concrete farm roadway going up to another stretch of tarmac road. Went through mile one in 6.35, ridiculous but felt OK. The road turns sharp right but we head off straight onto a rutted stony farm track for about a mile of gradual climbing a sharp descent to a right hander up a gravel track and then down through the woods on a very rutted path so watch your step! Another sharp right at the bottom onto a field of long grass to halfway and the water station, not before time as it has become very warm. I had caught Kevin Murphy and dived passed to show him how to run fast down through the woods. Two down. The route comes off the grass back onto the road and there is a tough slog gradually rising which gives way to a rolling single track across the hills beneath the blazing sun. Still managing to overtake runners along the track and we are then back onto tarmac for a mile of blissful downhill, sharp left back onto the concrete roadway, opted for the bridge across the ford. Then up a wearisome climb which levels off for 400 yards before the top of the grass bank down to the hairpin and left back into the school. The race was won by Andrew Grant of Harrogate Harriers in 33.58. First lady in 34th was Donna Riddler in 43.27 and I was 59th in 45.50, only 20 seconds slower than last year surprisingly.


Friday 14th July – Washburn Relay

Results are available spreadsheet here or text file here.  

An Otley / Leeds City team of Zack Whitehead (18:06), Nathan Dunn (20:51) and Scott Harrington (17:27) broke the race record by five seconds finishing in 56:24.

Harrogate’s Barry McGuire came back first on Leg 1 in 17:07, another record broken on the night.  Andy Grant extended the lead to just over a minute, at the end of Leg 2 with a the fast leg 2 time of 20:41.  Scott chased down John Young on the final leg round Swinsty, crossing the finish with a 11 second win.

The mixed team race was won by the Bingley JII team finishing in 10th overall, with Jo Buckley (19:59), Ian Fisher (21:30) and Ian Ferguson (21:46).   2nd was the Baildon Kasrobard team just less than a minute behind with Jennie Guard (19:11), Lee Kaznowski (24:06) and Gareth Holme (20:56).

Unfortunately we incorrectly gave the Pudsey Ladies team the women’s prize, as we missed Harriers Speed Queens from Knavesmire living up to their name finishing in a time, 1:07:49, that broke the women’s record with the team of Sarah Attwood (20:05), Emily Baines (26:15) and Lucy Pinder (21:31).

Photo’s of Legs 1 & 2 from Philip Bland here, and more from William Overton here.

Thanks to everyone who helped out on the evening, and thankfully the drizzle held off pretty much for the post race BBQ’s.


Washburn Valley Juniors Races – Friday 14th July

This is on the junior page – see the tab at the top – and well worth a general post for some fantastic junior performances.

Quote from Hugh…’Some fantastic times and improvements since last year’

Here here

Junior Results

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Thursday 13th July – Sunderland 5k

Report from Tony Walker

A little story of encouragement for those getting on a bit and with aching joints. 4 years ago leading up to and post knee op, several esteemed people qualified in the medical profession told me I should never run again due to having little cartilage in my right knee. I then saw another specialist who was a bit more balanced and suggested ‘moderation’ and listen to your body. In fact he came out with a classic quote when I was in a check-up a few months later that I always recount when given the opportunity…

Me ‘it hurts when I run downhill particularly on roads’
Doctor ‘well don’t do it then’
Sage advice.

Anyway fast forward to this year and having not had any alcohol for several weeks I made the declaration that a drop wouldn’t touch my lips until I ran under 20mins for 5k.

On Thursday I was up in the north east working and spotted a fast Sunderland 5k. Game on. I’d got fitter by doing the Harrogate League – which by the way were brilliant – and was ready. They split the races into 2. The ladies and vets over 50 were in one race and the men another. It was a northern championship so hot competition. I love this kind of race. Quite simply you get dragged around. A bit of a chaotic start as expected and 2 laps of silksworth park – around a lake if you know it.
I tried to start relatively steady and managed to pick my way through to 16th in the vets over 50 race. I couldn’t have put much more in.

My reward and maybe encouragement to others to keep going is that at the age of 55 I achieved my fastest 5k for nearly 5 years…19.54.

Results here
Now where’s that beer…