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Tuesday 20th July – Vale of York 10

Tuesday 20th July – Vale of York 10

Report from Richard Smith It’s 27 degrees on a Tuesday night and I’m sat in my car in the middle of an airfield on a runway questioning my life choices. I entered the Vale of York 10 mile road race as a last minute impulsive decision. The first mile is an out and back on the airfield before leaving the runway and heading out onto the country roads. It was hot, very hot so I tried to start conservatively and…

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Sunday 18th July – Fountains 10k Multi-Terrain

Sunday 18th July – Fountains 10k Multi-Terrain

Report from Mark Hall I was the only OAC runner. The conditions were warm! A few weeks ago, I ran the Eccup 10m, my first event in 15 months and the shock of racing was brutal for my old legs! I decided that the best way to progress quickly was to race so I was on my third start line in a month. As we all now know racing is not like it was way back before the world changed….

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Wednesday 14th July Otley Chevin Fell Race

Wednesday 14th July Otley Chevin Fell Race

Report from Graham Lake: Distance: 4.5km / 2.8m, Climb: 210m / 689ft A good turn-out on home soil for the Otley team, despite the race filling quickly. It was a hot day, as it often is for this one, and on top of some tired half-marathon legs for me and others it was always going to be painful. Really well organised by Skyrac, the runners set off in waves, roughly based on estimated time. I put my last time down, and regretted it…

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Wednesday 14th July – Pine Challenge 6 Hour Event

Wednesday 14th July – Pine Challenge 6 Hour Event

Report from Paul Tranter   Unusual to be running a marathon on a Wednesday but Big Bear Events make a point of organising mid-week events recognising that not everyone is able to run at the weekend due to work and other commitments. The Pine Challenge is a 6 hour event based at Rosliston Forest Centre just south of Burton on Trent. It consists of a 3.3 mile lap through the forest, quite twisty, mildly undulating (according to Garmin I climbed…

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June 2021 – Pudsey Virtual 10k

June 2021 – Pudsey Virtual 10k

Report from Rob Grant The Pudsey 10k 2020 was non-existent. My entry for that was rolled over to the 2021 event, which was virtual. Who knows what it’ll be like next year. Maybe they’ll let us all do it on a treadmill! The idea was to run any 10k of equivalent ascent to the real Pudsey 10k course, and send in your evidence (Strava or what have you). Lots of people either didn’t bother doing it at all, or got…

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Sunday 11th July – Ilkley Half Marathon

Sunday 11th July – Ilkley Half Marathon

Short report and results from Joanna Hobson (more to follow later, plus anyone else please feel free to add your comments) Well what can I say, except we have a Champion in our midst! Well Done to Scott Harrington for winning this morning’s Ilkley Half and for claiming a new course record in 01:11:10 – just awesome! There was an amazing turnout from Otley AC runners with some fabulous results all round – well done everybody. The race was superbly…

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Sunday 11th July 2021 – Cookridge Community 10k

Sunday 11th July 2021 – Cookridge Community 10k

Report from Rob Grant his was only the second running of a trail/off-road race on my doorstep, and I had an entry hanging over from 2020 so I decided to support the local community and give it a go, and not increase my risk of injury in doing the Ilkley half for which I also had an entry from the year before. It was again a fun race on a great course, and it had a friendly community feel to…

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Saturday 10th July – Wharfedale Half

Saturday 10th July – Wharfedale Half

Report from Hannah On Sat 10th July myself, Nicky Gifford, Sara Richard and Gordon Turley all set off to Grassington for the famous or is that infamous Wharfedale Half. This was Gordons first ever race, not the easiest one to start with but we did a recce last year and he was keen to do it again. Last year’s race had been cancelled thanks to Covid and this year it was a staggered start which we were due to start…

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Thursday 8th July – Little Alms Cliff Handicap

Thursday 8th July – Little Alms Cliff Handicap

A first return to Little Alms Cliff for a handicap since 2006,  although not the same route.  Thanks to Nick Hodgkinson for devising the route after numerous runs and walks over the last couple of months and marking out the route with flour.  It’s always great to run over new routes as well as having the traditional favourites. Thanks to Phil Robinson, Don Buffham, Ben Cousen, John Dade and Tamara on marshalling & gate duties, Sara Elliott and Caron doing…

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Sunday 4th July – Skiddaw Fell Race

Sunday 4th July – Skiddaw Fell Race

Report from Nick Hodgkinson There have been lots of great reports recently on epic challenges by Otley AC members. I cannot compete with these, but the Skiddaw Fell Race was nevertheless a big challenge for me. It was also the first fell race that I had done since breaking bones in 2019. A tourist guide to the Lake District described the ascent of Skiddaw from Keswick as ‘An easy tourist route, with no outdoor or navigational skills required, gentle grade,…

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