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Otley's Matt shines in ultra race
11:07am Thursday 6th December 2012 in Sport
Otley AC runner Matt Broughton upped his game the weekend taking part in his first ultramarathon, the Frostbite 30-Mile, in Pateley Bridge.
Matt completed the course with a time of around four and a half hours to finish in 11th place, after about 3,000 feet of ascent.
The route heads from Pateley Bridge in a north-westerly direction alongside Gouthwaite Reservoir to Lofthouse and then the reservoirs of Angram and Scar House, before heading over the moors to the right to meet the return leg at the top of Gouthwaite.
Broughton said: “I was a little apprehensive about this event as it would be the furthest I’d ever run, and I knew it was going to be a little hilly but at least the forecast appeared to be good; but when I was woken up early Saturday morning by the rain outside I wondered if it was going to be a good idea.
“Thankfully when I arrived at the race headquarters, although it was very cold and icy, it was a beautiful morning and just the conditions I had hoped for.
“The race started just after 9am, with what appeared to be about 60 other runners. I had absolutely no idea on how to run it, so I just tried to relax into a comfortable pace and not pay too much attention to the pace of the other runners.”
He added: “As the race progressed there were quite long sections where there were no other runners in sight. On a number of occasions I feared I’d missed a turning but sure enough I would eventually come to the next race marker.”
In the Bradford Parkrun Otley’s Reid Haddow was 68th in 25:44. The winner was Will Kerr (Saltaire Striders) in 17:52 and the first lady was Clare Pearson (Skipton AC) in20:20.
At the Brockwell Parkrun Benjamin Cousen was ninth in 19:13. The winner was Toby Aldred in 17:26 and the first lady was Ashleigh Campbell (Herne Hill Harriers) in 23:01.
Tom Hannah was 107th in the Leeds Parkrun in 24:47, while Nick Hodgkinson was 81st in the St Albans Parkrun in 25:38, which was won by Simon Riley (St Albans Striders) in 16:28. The first lady was Jenny Barber (St Albans Striders) in 20:31.
Several Otley runners took part in the Bradford City Run 10km which turned out to be slightly under nine-kilometres in length.
The athletes were confronted by freezing cold temperatures, bright sun, but luckily no wind.
The Otley members were Graham Lake, Tom Potter, Mark Beswick, Christian Hosker, Howard Jeffrey and Reid Haddow.
Six Ilkley Harriers took part and Martin Archer was the first Harrier taking tenth overall out of a field of 538 runners.
Results: 10 Martin Archer 31:12, 26 Rob Cunningham 33:29, 64 Derek Oliver 36:10, 89 Simon Jenkins 37:32 , 134 Chris Cunningham 39:37, 309 Janet Smith 45:28.
Airecentre Pacers had two runners in the field. Paul Grindley completed the race in 47th position in a fast time of 35.03 and Amanda Connolly, who was accompanied by her daughter Charlotte on her first run over this distance, had a successful return to racing after a break to come 437th in a time of 52.17.
The runSunday 3-Mile on Otley Chevin was won by Liam Dunne in 17:37 and the first lady in eighth position overall was under-16 Tilly Melechi of Ilkley Harriers in 22:47. She got close to the ladies record.
Also for Otley were Colin Best who finished 13th (23:29) and Debra Brown 20th (30:52).