Sunday 1st October – Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay

Report from Tom Lynch:

Such a contrast to last year, this years running of the HBMR, a paired 4 stage mountain relay set in and around Patterdale, was a reduced and re-routed course owing to bad weather on the day, and Saturday’s surface water flooding around Windermere. Heavy rain, mist and wind were all forecast for the day, and at one point the race was nearly cancelled. The altered course followed an out and back route using only Legs 1 and 2. Leg 1 from Patterdale to Hartsop via Angle Tarn was unchanged, Leg 2 did not go via High Street, and followed an initially low level valley route via Threshthwaite Cove, and then rejoined the original route at Threshthwaite Mouth to Kirkstone via Caudale Head. Legs 3 and 4 were more or less a reversal of Legs 1 and 2.

The lack of phone signal, and half the team already being in the Lakes on the day the route changes were announced created a few organisational difficulties in arranging the team, and a few last minute tweaks were made to ensure the runners on each leg had the best chance or using their previous experience to navigate their way round in the inclement weather! Thanks to Caron and those not in the Lakes for coordinating the final team changes. The team fielded was:

Leg1/2 and 3/4 changeover

Leg 1 – Patterdale to Hartsop – approx. 7.3 km – Caron Ralph and Colin Best

Leg 2 – Hartsop to Kirkstone – approx. 7.6 km/700 m Andrew Robertshaw and Tom Lynch

Leg 3 – Kirkstone to Hartsop – approx. 7.6 km/350 m Laura McCabe and Shane Ewen

Leg 4 – Hartsop to Patterdale – approx. 7.3km/430 m Rachael Wright and Steven Boddy

Otley came in 63rd this year in the Open category in a time of 4:11:51. Caron and Colin probably got the best of the weather on leg 1 (which isn’t saying much), completing it in a time of 1:03:22. The handover to Andrew and myself by way of a mass start a handful of seconds before Caron and Colin came in. We completed our leg in 1:00:56, despite a small navigational blip in heavy mist Andrew got us safely to the Caudale checkpoint (I was guilty of leaving all the navigation up to Andrew), and we descended down the extremely slippery route to Kirkstone where we overtook the mass start time and handed over to Laura and Shane. With the weather worsening all the time Shane and Laura had a good leg back over Caudale reversing our route, and navigating the leg untroubled, due to excellent preparation on their part. They came in 1:05:41 later back at Hartsop to handover to Stephen and Rachael. By this time the rain was sheeting down, and everybody waiting at the changeover was drenched, we all headed down to the start line to await the finish and fill up on buttys and cake. Stephen and Rachael completed their leg in a time of 1:01:52, with an excellent formation finish to the line.

Full results here.

Time for a photo opp! Stephen and Rachael descending back to Patterdale

Relieved to be finished!



Saturday 30th September – Firth Fell Race

Report from Matt Podd

43 runners toed the line on the village green in Buckden for the inauguaral running of this race. Organised by the Wharfedale National Trust and going up onto the ridge opposite the pike. Very wet underfoot and a bit of clag on top, but a fair day. The 7.8 mile route started with a steep climb up to the Firth Fell trigpoint and then we went south along the ridge to drop down to Starbotton and back up the Dales way. The bit along the river back to Buckden seemed never ending, but a good new race. Tim Chadwick and Kirsty Hall won in 62 & 67 Minutes. Full results to follow, but Dave T beat me.


Saturday 30th September – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 582 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:16:14
10 1 Sophie LEE City of Hull AC 00:18:14
234 46 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:26:56
235 189 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:26:57
Bradford parkrun
A total of 426 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Martin FILLINGHAM Saltaire Striders 00:17:45
2 1 Helen GLOVER Ribble Valley Harriers 00:18:23
20 3 Victoria STAINBURN Otley AC 00:21:05
29 25 Martin STRINGER Otley AC 00:22:04
81 74 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:24:37
104 12 Kirsty Pomfrett Otley AC 00:25:47
105 93 Andrew Rayner Otley AC 00:25:48
111 14 Ann YEADON Otley AC 00:26:01
308 97 Natasha WHITAKER Otley AC 00:33:06
309 212 Reid Anthony James HADDOW Otley AC 00:33:09
377 143 Rebecca DODSWORTH Otley AC 00:37:00
Roundhay parkrun
A total of 329 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Callum ELSON Roundhay Runners 00:16:39
35 1 Mairi BLANKENSTEIN Edinburgh AC 00:21:33
197 42 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:28:48
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 438 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Rob SCOTT Richmond & Zetland Harriers 00:16:21
16 1 Charlotte VAN ZELST Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:19:21
32 29 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:20:28
Lytham Hall parkrun
A total of 221 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Andy UNSWORTH Lytham St. Annes RRC 00:18:19
10 10 Simon Anderson Otley AC 00:20:37
17 1 Jennifer HILL Lytham St. Annes RRC 00:21:19

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Thursday 28th September – The Otley AC Dream Mile

The Otley juniors stole the show at the Keighley Academy track, Jenson Brogden coming home in first in a quick  5:44, followed by Tom Pomfrett, 5:51.  Sadie Bentham and Charlotte Rawstron battled it out on the last lap, Sadie finishing strongly in 6:13 followed by Charlotte, 6:17.  Aston Brogden had a 5 second lead over Rachel Brooke, 6:26 to 6:31.  Andy Webster came in next in 6:36 followed by Christine Brunold, 7:22 and Antonio Cardinale 9:04.


Wanted: for crimes against short shorts

A pic from the past. 


Sutton-on-the-Forest 10k – 24th September 2017

Report From Tony Walker

For someone who doesn’t do nearly enough racing it’s amazing that this is third time I have done this event.  Sutton in the forest is a lovely little village about 8 miles north of York and a their ‘playing fields association’ arrange this 10k event each year. I don’t think I’ve ever known a place to have a ‘playing field association’. It was a very nice playing field.

The course set off – from the playing field! – the first 1k on road through the village where you then turned into Sutton Hall and then proceeded to run about 2.5k on trails with some – rutted – fields. Then having hit the tarmac again, did a loop of an old airfield – where there always seems to be wind – before finishing back at…errr…the playing fields.

It’s all flat and therefore quickish but the off road stuff in the first half takes the edge off. You may recount I had unbalanced splits at Wetherby but this time achieved a rare feat of ‘negative’ splits. So 21.30 for the first 5k and 21.16 for the second. Hurrah. Not quite as quick as last time and ‘only 3rd V55 – and Mark Hall wasn’t even there! But still pretty pleased. As I crossed the line a guy from Easingwold was just in front having had a good battle with him in the second half of the race. I thought he looked my age so asked him hopefully if he wasn’t a V55. The good news was that he wasn’t. The bad news he was V60! Then he told me he was second V60. Mamma Mia!

I saw the great Howard Jeffery at the back of the start so assumed it was having a gentle jog. Hope all is well Howard.

22nd Tony Walker 42.46 3rd V55! Howard Jeffery 93rd 54.20


Sunday 24th September – Harrogate Haverah Trail 10

Report from Billy

On leaving Otley with Vicky Stainburn we thought we were in for a hot day but arriving at Beckwithshaw it was foggy and cold. The damp cricket pitch and the number of cars skidding trying to park up were an indication of the wet/muddy conditions that lay ahead. We soon met up with Joanna H, Sara R, Nicky G, Lizzie I, Rob F, Rogan A and Phil R shortly before the start. As start time approached the sun was starting to burn off the fog and slowly making an appearance.

The race started on the road outside the cricket club heading steeply downhill then uphill towards the A59 for about half a mile before turning left on to a farm track. The route took us through my cousin’s farm the along the edge of the empty Beaverdyke Reservoir and John ‘O’ Gaunts Reservoir towards the Sun Inn. There were plenty of boggy bits to slow us down and keep us on our toes. The halfway point and water station was in the field behind the Sun Inn at Norwood. This is traditionally boggy with reeds growing in the field but didn’t seem too bad today. As I approached a particularly wet bit I knew I would get my feet wet but was taken aback as I sank right up to my knees. After the water station we climbed the hill and headed towards Brown Bank Farm (my father’s childhood home) and then onto John ‘O’ Gaunts Castle before crossing the dam between John ‘O’ Gaunts and Beaverdyke and heading back towards Beckwithshaw. It was at John ‘O’ Gaunts that Sara Richard caught me up but I managed to hold her off until the finish. Sara was followed home by Joanna, Rob and Nicky. Finishing in front of me were Rogan, Lizzie (3rd lady), Vicky (4th lady I think) and Phil.

For completing the race we received a drinks bottle, bottle of beer and goody bag including a very tasty pork pie.

A thoroughly enjoyable local race that I would recommend.

The race was won by Jack Wood of Ilkley in 1:02:52 and 1st lady was Alice Leake of Leeds City in 1:12:52.

For Otley Rogan Ashton was 13th in 1:12:29, Lizzie Irvine 29th (3rd lady) in 1:19:02, Vicky Stainburn 35th (4th lady) in 1:21:18, Phil Robinson 116th in 1:41:54, Andrew Rayner (Billy) 128th in 1:47:04, Sara Richard 133rd in 1:48:16, Joanna Hobson 135th in 1:49:19, Rob Fearnley 137th in 1:49:43 and Nicky Gifford 144th in 1:54:08 (25 seconds quicker than last year in worse conditions)


Saturday 23rd September – Trailffest

Report from Ian Broadbent:

On Saturday I did Trailffest 2017 for the second time travelling to and staying in Porthmadog for the weekend. This is definitely an experience as much as a race with the day starting with a journey on the Ffestiniog railway up to the start line for friends, family and runners.

The train arrived at Tanygrisiau where runners disembark and there’s about a 45 minute wait whilst the train goes up to blaunea and turns round. On return the race starts on a whilstle from the steam train, the train then follows the race so friends and family can spectate.

The course is 13.5 miles of mainly trail, hilly and this year extremely wet and boggy. However conditions on the day were warm and dry. The course heads to porthmadog following the railway eventually arriving on to the Cob for the last mile finishing on porthmadog station.

It really is a great race with a fantastic atmosphere, well marshalled and signed and a big fundraiser for the local mountain rescue.

I had a good run given the conditions finishing in 77/155 in 2:28 so a couple of minutes quicker than last year. There were also 45 dnf’s.

The race commentator always gives Otley a good shout out, however I’m told I looked absolutely crap at the end! The race is sponsored by the local brewery who provide a bottle of ale, bottle opener, technical shirt and mug. But the big bonus is a Camra recommend real ale pub just 10 yards from the finish, and yes I did!!


Saturday 23rd September – Great Whernside Fell Race (English and Yorks. Champs)

Report from Tom Lynch:

This year Great Whernside was selected as an English and Yorkshire Championship race, constituting the last English champs race of the season. The race is a 4 mile/6 ish km race to the top of Great Whernside and back over a mixture of grassy slopes, sloppy bog, rocky bits and a fun quick very steep descent to the finish line. The descent half of the race is very quick and almost all runnable. Sam Tosh (Rossendale Harriers) was the winner of the race in 29:25 and he also took the English Championship with the race win. The race was split into seperate men’s and women’s races, and the winner of the women’s event was Katie Walshaw (Ribble Valley Harriers) in 36:19, also taking the Yorkshire Championship title. Tom Adams won the men’s Yorkshire Championship.

Results for Otley: Andrew Robertshaw 81st (27th Y. Champs) in 37:07, Tom Lynch 114th (37th Y. Champs) in 39:00, Steve Robinson 175th (59th Y. Champs) in 43:23 and Antonio Cardinale 244th (90th Y. Champs) in 1:21:54

In the Yorkshire championship Otley also got 7th team and Andrew was 4th MV45!


Saturday 23rd September – Parkruns

Woodhouse Moor parkrun
A total of 500 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Matthew CREHAN St Helens Sutton AC 00:17:02
18 1 Sophie LEE City of Hull AC 00:19:08
238 49 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:27:26
239 190 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:27:26
Bradford parkrun
A total of 429 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Ged CALLAN Bingley Harriers and AC 00:17:37
14 1 Emily BIRCHALL Leeds City AC 00:20:01
83 72 Michael HASTINGS Otley AC 00:24:32
85 74 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:24:35
105 92 John Davis Otley AC 00:25:34
340 124 Claire HASTINGS Otley AC 00:35:09
427 254 Reid Anthony James HADDOW Otley AC 00:58:27
Roundhay parkrun
A total of 314 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Jonathan LANCASTER Chorlton Runners 00:18:01
17 1 Sarah GRAHAM Morpeth Harriers & AC 00:20:32
52 51 James Rawstron Otley AC 00:22:51
Fountains Abbey parkrun
A total of 336 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:41
5 1 Charlotte VAN ZELST Harrogate Harriers & AC 00:19:14
20 17 Peter CROWDER Otley AC 00:21:01
45 39 Matt Podd Otley AC 00:22:59
Wetherby parkrun
A total of 96 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Richard Thomas HERRINGTON St Theresa’s AC 00:18:43
22 1 Tillie CLARK St Theresa’s AC 00:23:00
64 12 Sarah JONES Otley AC 00:29:20
Poolsbrook parkrun
A total of 156 runners took part.
Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Darren KING Clowne RRC 00:16:40
12 1 Claire BRACEGIRDLE Unattached 00:21:25
20 19 Chris TAYLOR Otley AC 00:22:10
126 42 Victoria TAYLOR Otley AC 00:35:57

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