Last Sunday provided a number of race choices for Otley Athletic Club members. Seven members ran in the Amsterdam Half Marathon and all performed well.

Mick Jeffrey finished 226th (87.20), Jack Rob-ertshaw 923rd (96.08), Howard Jeffrey 1,030th (97.01), Tom Hannah 1,486th (100.06), Colin Best 2,195th (103.51), Peter McGouran 3,309th (109.65) and Ursula McGouran 4,103rd (112.14).

Nearer to home in the inaugural staging of the Bradford City Run, an undulating ten-mile course around the city, Ian Fisher won the race in 52.50 with Neil Charlton finishing an excellent 94th in 72.43.

Fisher was a convincing winner of the event, finishing almost three minutes clear of Stewart Macdonald (Bingley Harriers), who was first over-40 home in 55:41.

Fisher’s time was particularly impressive given the tough nature of a route that included over two miles of continuous climbing from the halfway mark near City Square to the top of Bowling Park. Indeed, the lead cyclists could barely keep ahead in places.

Ten members also ran in the latest Club Runner-of-the-Year event at the Bridlington Half-Marathon. In beautiful sunshine, Julian Mawson finished seventh (75.06), Simon Anderson 35th (84.02) and Lloyd Best 51st (86.25), thereby winning the team prize.

Dan Lambert finished 82nd (90.28 - a new pb), Ray Hawksby 96th (91.22), Karen Best 102nd (92.06), Hugh Pearson 133rd (94.36), Jane Shelmerdine 144th (95.12), Matt Podd 179th (98.13) and Billy Rayner 316th (108.08 - a new pb by over a minute).

This coming Saturday, the latest monthly club handicap takes place over a five-mile road route from Huby around Weeton, starting at 11am.

Club training is as usual both tonight (Thursday) and next Tuesday, commencing at Otley RUFC at 7.15. Members are reminded that next Thursday an interactive Pilates lesson will be held after training, commencing at 8.30pm.

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