Washburn Valley Relays – Friday 18th July 2014
The annual races between invited local clubs takes place this year on Friday 18th July in the beautiful area around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, just a few miles to the north of Otley. The races start at 7.00pm.
The Junior Washburn Valley Relay is 4 x identical 1.11 mile legs, while the Senior event is for teams of three people and each different stage is between 3 and 4 miles in length.
There is a limit of 60 adult and 20 Junior teams. Because the race usually reaches its limit we prefer entries a week in advance to help with results and to avoid disappointment.
This is a popular location and we request that clubs car share to limit pressure on parking spaces at the Swinsty Car Park. This is adjacent to the dam between the two reservoirs.
This is an invitation only event with entry forms being sent out 4-6 weeks before the event. If your club hasn’t previously taken part but is interested please contact our Club Secretary. Only UKA affiliated clubs will be permitted to enter.
This event, based upon an idea by the late Otley AC member Phil Dean, has been held regularly since the early 1990’s.
The Senior relay is now split into three different routes on public footpaths, bridleways and a small amount of road in the scenic Washburn Valley. Every stage starts and finishes at the Yorkshire Water car park at Fewston.
The relay is now split into three different routes averaging approximately 3.75 miles each and takes place on public footpaths, bridleways and a small amount of road in the scenic Washburn Valley.
In 2003 and 2004, the race was staged over 5 legs but this was reduced to 4 legs in 2005 because slower teams were finishing in the dark and for similar reasons in 2008 it was decided to drop the previous Stage 1 and hence from 2008 the previous Stage 2 (straight out across the dam road) is now Stage 1, previous Stage 3 (around Fewston) is now Stage 2 and the previous final Stage 4 (around Swinsty) is now the final Stage 3.
The race is NOT marshaled and there is only limited marking of the course so it is essential (even though the routes are relatively simple) to recce the route beforehand. There are three trophies, namely the Tony Allen Trophy for the winning male team (presently held by Otley AC), the Joyce Smith Trophy for the winning female team (presently held by Otley AC) and The Divan Centre Cup for the first mixed team including at least one lady (presently held by Idle AC). The presentation takes place after the race in Fewston car park with subsequent adjournment to The Sun Inn, Norwood.
2012 Telegraph & Argus Race Report here
2011 Telegraph & Argus Race Report here