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Harrogate League Overall Results!

Harrogate League Overall Results!

The results are in, and it is confirmed that little old Otley AC are the new Harrogate and District Summer League champions! Well done to everyone who turned out and ended the Harrogate run of victories since 2012. We also take home the Elite trophy and were 2nd in the veterans category. I’ve really enjoyed the races and hope you have too, the number of black vests has been wonderful. Scott is overall champion and v40, with Ed winning the…

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Harrogate District Summer Race League

Harrogate District Summer Race League

This series of mid-week races is the highlight of our Club’s racing calendar: 5 races closed to participating club members of the league only. Points for male and female finishers count towards the league, along with age-group competitions. The final race is a handicap based on previous results, which we are hosting this year. But equally importantly is the food (catering vans for 2022) and chat afterwards; always a great way to get to know your fellow club members. We’ve…

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Runners of the Month for December

Runners of the Month for December

After initially being nominated in November, then we realised he’d gone faster in December with a new PB over 5K of 16.52, plus outstanding runs at Chevin Forest Parkrun the first winner is Ed Hobbs (he’s then gone on to finish 7th in the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships for U17s in Jan) 2nd nomination is for Andy Webster who, in true Andy style, has raced like a demon over Christmas. Over the holidays he’s raced in (as far as we…

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November Runners of the Month

November Runners of the Month

The committee really struggled to choose just 2 runners this month, so decided on a festive doubling. First up is Catherine Dobson for her two 10 milers in the month at Guy Fawkes and Tadcaster (a PB) Mick Jeffrey for his excellent Guy Fawkes run, and his commitment to the regular speed sessions (they must work) Next is Simon Quin who has really upped his racing, including improving parkrun times and committing to the Cross Country races, which have resulted…

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RUNNER OF THE YEAR TRACK & SEPTEMBER HANDICAP – 3000M

RUNNER OF THE YEAR TRACK & SEPTEMBER HANDICAP – 3000M

WHEN: Tuesday September 21, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm WHERE: University Academy Keighley September’s Eric Smith Handicap Trophy race, combined with the 2nd Runner of the Year Track race.  This is run as a normal handicap, 7 and a half laps of the track. It will start as soon as the track is clear enough from the other training groups, this is usually approx. 7.45 to 8pm ish. Venue: https://goo.gl/maps/RnjDToYftyMmFd5W9  

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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Sunday 13th June 2021

Sunday 13th June 2021

Report from Richard Smith I ran the Burton Leonard 10K today finishing 5th in 37:46. Lovely close knit village feel to the race on a warm, humid day and alas, a sense of normality again! Runners were set off in waves and the course had a bit of everything from a stream crossing (I regretted that choice), country lanes, farm tracks, woods and fields. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and will be back again. Such a shame that the Black Sheep…

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Top Tips: Training for a Marathon

Top Tips: Training for a Marathon

Top tips for training for a marathon – Rob Grant I have to date completed 16 marathons (if I include the Yorkshire Three Peaks), starting with the London Marathon in 1997 when I was a 24-year old slip of a lad. It took me four hours and hurt like hell, despite my doing what I thought was a lot of decent training. I vowed ‘never again’ as a lot of first-timers seem to do. I was semi-forced into my second…

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Blog – Winter Kit

Blog – Winter Kit

With the recent weather I’ve been thinking a lot about what kit to wear to stay warm and safe in the snow, ice and rain. If you are ever wondering whether to take that jacket with you, just imagine what it would be like if you sprained an ankle, or were otherwise incapacitated. Just stand still on surprise view for 2 minutes and your heat will soon start to leave you. Hyperthermia can come within minutes, not hours, so best…

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Virtual Fell Running Championships Race 1 Results

Virtual Fell Running Championships Race 1 Results

Well done everyone who successfully raced the 4mile 900ft first race in the Virtual Fell Running Championships. The challenge was to run an off-road 4 mile route with 900ft ascent and send your GPS record to the organisers. Women’s Results for Otley: Men’s Results for Otley: Women’s team finished 5th overall, Men’s team 13th. Oh, and Otley had the highest number of entries of any club! Some strong performances, especially from Jenson (up against u19s in his age cat), Sara,…

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