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Otley Athletics Club prove they're good folk with a one-two
The second Folkin’ Reservoir Ramble – a 14-mile hilly trail race from Otley up through the Washburn Valley – was won by Otley AC’s Graham Lake in 1hr 46min 06sec, with team-mate Renee Saxton first lady in fifth overall in 1:54:24.
The route involved 1,738 feet of ascent and started at the Yew Tree pub before heading through Clifton, Dob Park, Norwood, Lindley and Farnley before returning to the pub. Otley also took second spot, with Richard Smith clocking 1:46:24.
Also for Otley were Shane Ewen in fourth (1:47:51), Neil Charlton 18th (2:07:35), Laura Martin 22nd (2:14:51), Caron Ralph 25th (2:20:30), Sarah Smith 26th (2:20:30), Sara Richard 27th (2:24:41) and Julian Mawson 29th (2:28:45).
In the Yorkshire 10k, organised by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and held at Newby Hall near Ripon, only Tom Hannah finished for Otley in 49min 28sec, with Kath Robertshaw and Racheal (CRCT) Bamford being forced to drop out.
The race was won by John Clifford (New Marske Harriers) in 34:56, and the first lady was Nicolene Van Staden (Winchester) in third overall (36:46). Otley second-claim member Zack Whitehead finished fourth in 36:58.
Hannah said: “Although the title of the race sounds rather grandiose, possibly a Yorkshire Championship, it’s really a rather pleasant low-key race, albeit 70 per cent on grassy fields and riverbank.
“Having had a cold and not done much training, I had no expectations of a fast time.
“In nice, sunny weather, with a cooling breeze, we set off and very quickly the leaders were soon disappearing into the distance, and I did see Racheal in third place after about 2k.
“Running on grass, some of it quite long and tussocky, takes its toll on the legs and a head-on breeze along the riverbank did not help.
“I plodded on, doing five minutes per kilometre until about halfway and then my lack of recent training started to kick in and I began to realise that a sub-50 minutes was unlikely.
“Passing the 9km marker in 45:25, I was surprised when the finish line came into view sooner than I expected and I stopped my watch on 49.28 – so much for accurate distance markers.”
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