Lizzie Armitstead's hopes sent crashing

Wharfedale Observer: Lizzie Armitstead had good finishes in first two stages

8:18am Thursday 17th April 2014

Lizzie Armitstead’s hopes of challenging for victory in the Energiewacht Tour were wrecked by a crash on the third stage of the race through Groningen in Holl-and.

Sam Tordoff aims for better fortunes

Wharfedale Observer: Sam Tordoff testing at Donington

8:11am Thursday 17th April 2014

Sam Tordoff heads for Donington Park this weekend hoping to have learned from his disappointing perform-ances in the opening three rounds of the British Touring Cars Championship at Brands Hatch.

Otley runners enjoy London Marathon

Wharfedale Observer: Otley runners enjoy London Marathon

8:39am Thursday 17th April 2014

The big event of last weekend, the Virgin Money London Marathon, saw eight Otley AC runners making the trip to the capital with Liam Dunne first home in 388th place in 2:45:40.

Burley karate club's glittering medal haul

Wharfedale Observer: The Seishin-Ryu medal winners

10:01am Thursday 10th April 2014

Karate students collected a clutch of medals at two national competitions.

Armitstead finishes second in Tour of Flanders

Wharfedale Observer: Lizzie Armitstead leads the UCI Women's Road World Cup standings on 320 points

8:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

Otley’s Lizzie Armitstead has finished second in the 139.6km Tour of Flanders behind Boels-Dolmann team-mate Ellen van Dijk.

Second place for Brownlee in world opener

Wharfedale Observer: PIPPED AT THE POST: Jonny Brownlee, left, is just beaten to the line by Spain’s Javier Gomez during the World Triathlon in Hyde Park yesterday

4:30pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Jonny Brownlee took second place in the opening round of the World Triathlon Series in Auckland after doing battle with reigning champion Javier Gomez.

Armitstead bids to mark new deal with Flanders triumph

Wharfedale Observer: CONTRACT EXTENSION: Lizzie Armitstead has agreed terms to stay with Boels-Dolmans until the end of 2016

7:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

Lizzie Armitstead is hoping to celebrate her contract extension with Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team by winning the prestigious Tour of Flanders race on Sunday.

Brownlee driven to reclaim lost World Triathlon crown

Wharfedale Observer: Jonny Brownlee on his way to victory in the Chevin Chase. The Brownlee brothers have won the event for the last seven years  Picture: Andrew Beeson

10:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

Jonny Brownlee is eager to make amends at the opening World Triathlon Series race of the season in Auckland in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Lizzie remains on top of world

Wharfedale Observer: Lizzie Armistead produced another good performance

2:34pm Monday 31st March 2014

Lizzie Armitstead retained the leader’s jersey in the 2014 Women’s World Cup after finishing second in the de Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy.

Thwaites crashes in World Tour race

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites is thrilled by the choice of Tour route Picture: Team NetApp Endura/Roth

11:18am Monday 31st March 2014

Scott Thwaites crashed out of his first World Tour race for TeamNetApp Endura.

Disappointing start for Sam Tordoff

Wharfedale Observer: Sam Tordoff went well in practice

1:21pm Monday 31st March 2014

Sam Tordoff had a tough time when the 2014 British Tour Cars Championship got under way at Brands Hatch at the weekend.

Scott Thwaites sixth in classic race

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites is thrilled by the choice of Tour route Picture: Team NetApp Endura/Roth

9:27am Thursday 27th March 2014

Burley-in-Wharfedale cyclist Scott Thwaites had to settle for sixth place after another encouraging ride in the classic Belgian Nokere Koerse race.

Testing times for Sam Tordoff

Wharfedale Observer: Sam Tordoff went well in practice

10:39am Thursday 20th March 2014

Rawdon’s 24year old Touring Car ace Sam Tordoff made some impressive laps of the Donington Park National Circuit in Derbyshire, Despite a dry start to team testing the rain began to fall and that restricted some teams’ running.

Big win for Otley's Armitstead

Wharfedale Observer: Lizzie Armitstead   Picture: SWpix.com/British Cycling

10:43am Monday 17th March 2014

Otley's Lizzie Armitstead rode to her first big victory of the 2014 season by winning the Boels Rental World Cup Ronde van Drenthe at Hoogeveen, in the Netherlands.

Burley's Thwaites in Classic form

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites is thrilled by the choice of Tour route Picture: Team NetApp Endura/Roth

11:08am Monday 17th March 2014

Scott Thwaites has posted yet another podium finish.

Otley Karate Centre award winners

Wharfedale Observer: James Cape and Natalie Hoffman

The talented James Cape and Natalie Hoffman won the top accolades when the 2013 achievement awards were presented to the students of the Otley and Harrogate karate centres.

Another top-ten finish for Scott

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites is 75th in the Tour of Qatar after two stages

6:45pm Monday 10th March 2014

Scott Thwaites finished 45th overall in the Three Days of West Flanders tour in Belgium.

Otley's Lizzie Armitstead wins in Belgium

Wharfedale Observer: Lizzie Armitstead will renew her rivalry with Marianne Vos in the Road World Championships and host riders Italy will also be  major contenders

10:39pm Sunday 9th March 2014

Otley's Lizzie Armitstead produced an impressive performance to win the Belgian one-day race Omloop van het Hageland on Sunday for the second time.

Tom Adams wins Ilkley Moor Fell race

Wharfedale Observer: Tom Adams won by over three minutes

The seemingly unstoppable Tom Adams recorded another convincing victory at the 25th Ilkley Moor Fell Race.

Course record for Oltey's Harrington

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Harrington took third place prize

10:25am Thursday 27th February 2014

In-form Otley AC runner Scott Harrington broke the course record in the Tarpley 10-mile in Suffolk, at the weekend, completing the course in 54:29 and also setting a new personal best.

Brownlees' triathlons on shortlist for BT sport industry awards

Wharfedale Observer: Last year's Brownlees Tri North was held at Fountains Abbey

12:40pm Thursday 20th February 2014

The Brownlees will be competing against themselves in a small way when the BT Sport Industry Awards are announced at a star studded ceremony in London on Thursday, May 8.

Bowls is for everyone, says new Keighley-based British president

Wharfedale Observer: Chris Hasselby is relishing his role as president of the Britsh Crown Green Bowling Association

12:30pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Spreading the message that bowls is a sport for all ages is one of the main aims of Keighley’s Chris Hasselby during his year as president of the British Crown Green Bowling Association.

Armitstead gets city-centre lift in Commonwealth Games gold bid

Wharfedale Observer: Lizzie Armitstead winning the women's road race at the British National Championships in Glasgow last June. The same course will now be used for this summer's Commonwealth Games

12:10pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Lizzie Armitstead’s chances of winning Commonwealth Games gold have been boosted.

Zoe just misses out on finals

10:50am Thursday 20th February 2014

Otley’s Zoe Gillings narrowly missed out on a place in the women’s snowboard cross finals at the Winter Olympics last Sunday in Sochi.

Thwaites is 74th in Tour of Qatar

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites is 13min 18sec behind race leader Niki Terpstra in the Tour of Qatar

6:32pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Burley-in-Wharfedale’s Team Netapp-Endura rider Scott Thwaites is 74th in the Tour of Qatar after today’s fourth stage.

Forrest stages fightback once his car is revved up on Riponian Rally

Wharfedale Observer: Andyu and Dave Gibson in thei Vauxhall powered MK2 Escortt. Picture: Mark Newbould

9:59am Thursday 13th February 2014

Five Ilkley Motor Club crews tackled the testing Riponian Rally on Sunday.

Thwaites is 69th in Tour of Qatar

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites was 88th in today's stage of the Tour of Qatar

5:20pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

Burley-in-Wharfedale’s Scott Thwaites (Team Netapp-Endura) finished 88th on today’s fourth stage of the Tour of Qatar, 1min 32sec behind winner Tom Boonen of Belgium.

Airienteers light up Night Orienteering Championship in Middleton Woods

Wharfedale Observer: Laura King won the under-18 women's title

10:03am Thursday 6th February 2014

Middleton Woods in Ilkley have long been recognised as testing terrain both physically and mentally for the navigational running sport of orienteering – and that’s in the daylight.

Lizzie is backing women's big day in Tour de France

Wharfedale Observer: Lizzie Armitstead was fourth in the opening stage of the Women's Tour of Qatar

5:10pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

Otley’s Lizzie Armitstead, who is competing in the Women’s Tour of Qatar which started today, is among those who have welcomed the introduction of a women’s race on the final day of this summer’s Tour de France.

Joe Woodley leads the way

Wharfedale Observer: Joe Woodley came fourth and 11th in his individual races at the World Schools' Orienteering Championships

4:40am Thursday 30th January 2014

Last Sunday saw many Airienteers travelling to an East Pennine Orienteering Club event at Newmillerdam, Wakefield.

Tour de France boost for Scott Thwaites as Burley rider's team get wild-card

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites is thrilled by the choice of Tour route Picture: Team NetApp Endura/Roth

6:48pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

The chances of Burley-in-Wharfedale rider Scott Thwaites competing in this year's Tour de France when it come to Yorkshire soared today.

Otley athlete Racheal Bamford delighted to receive first England call

Wharfedale Observer: Racheal Bamford produced a stunning run

12:30pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Otley athlete Racheal Bamford will be on international duty this weekend.

Ilkley trio are future stars

Wharfedale Observer: Amber Woffindin is one of three Ilkley players who are receiving LTA funding and support via the Aegon FutureStars programme

4:40pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Three Ilkley players are among the brightest talents in the country.

Burley's Thwaites hopes to realise his Tour de France dream

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Thwaites is thrilled by the choice of Tour route Picture: Team NetApp Endura/Roth

11:36am Thursday 16th January 2014

The heat is on for Scott Thwaites as he bids to realise his dream of riding in the Tour de France when it comes to Yorkshire later this year.

Shane Ewen and Caron Ralph share award as Otley AC's Runner of the Month

Wharfedale Observer: Shane Ewen, right, in the Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

11:29am Thursday 16th January 2014

In a quiet week for Otley AC the club’s first handicap race of the year, the Nick Hodgkinson Harewood race, took top spot with David Cattanach winning in 43:56.

Rawdon's Sam Tordoff lands new deal for second year in British Touring Cars

Wharfedale Observer: Sam Tordoff os fifth in drivers' championship

8:11am Thursday 9th January 2014

Yorkshire’s Sam Tordoff (Leeds-Bradford) will return for a second, full season in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) after announcing a deal to stay with the Factory MG KX Momentum Racing Team.

Skyrac's Eleanor Jones impresses again

Wharfedale Observer: Eleanor Jones impressed in first season with Skyrac

9:54am Thursday 9th January 2014

Skyrac AC claimed two team medals and an individual silver at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships last Saturday with three athletes also making the county team.

Jonny Brownlee wins Chevin Chase for fourth straight year

Wharfedale Observer: Jonny Brownlee, wearing No 1 in the centre of the picture, strides out at the start of the Chevin Chase on his way to a fourth straight win

6:54pm Thursday 26th December 2013

Bingley Harrier Jonny Brownlee won the Chevin Chase for the fourth successive year today.

Otley Karate Centre end year on a high

Wharfedale Observer: The Otley Karate Centre squad

10:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

Otley Karate Centre ended 2013 in style with some outstanding results.

Ilkley Harriers ace Tom Adams Stoops to conquer in Haworth fell race

Wharfedale Observer: Tom Adams on his way to victory. Picture: Dave Woodhead

10:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

There was another win for Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers as he romped to victory in Sunday’s Stoop Fell Race at Haworth.

Duckett made ‘difficult decision’ to turn down Bradford Bulls return offer

Wharfedale Observer: Ryan Duckett, right, looks on during an Odsal meeting with administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, second right, then coach Mick Potter, left, and director Stephen Coulby on the day the Bulls went into administration in 2012

7:30am Monday 23rd December 2013

Former Bulls chief executive Ryan Duckett has revealed he recently turned down an opportunity to return to the club.

Ilkley's running starlet Georgia Malir shines for England in Brussels

Wharfedale Observer: Georgia Malir secured selection

9:42pm Monday 23rd December 2013

Ilkley's Georgia Malir helped England's junior women to dominate the Lotto Cross Country Cup in Brussels on Sunday.

Delia sings praises of Peel Park

Wharfedale Observer: Ilkley's Luke Middlemiss on the Peel Park course

2:20pm Thursday 19th December 2013

Delia Beddis’ chances of repeating her National Trophy podium finish at Mil-ton Keynes were scuppered by a first-lap crash in Bradford last Sunday.

England debut for Georgia in Brussels

Wharfedale Observer: Georgia malir will compete for England in Sunday's Lotto Cross Cup

1:50pm Thursday 19th December 2013

Ilkley Harrier Georgia Malir has won her first England cross-country vest.

Brownlee is seeking a Chevin Chase hat-trick

Wharfedale Observer: Jonny Brownlee will face a revised course in the Chevin Chase

1:40pm Thursday 19th December 2013

Olympic bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee, from Bramhope, is expected to be chasing a hat-trick of wins in the Aire Centre Pacers’ Chevin Chase on Boxing Day.

Lizzie eyes track and road glory at the Commonwealth Games

Wharfedale Observer: Lizzie Armitstead wants to go one better than in Delhi in 2010

4:30pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

Lizzie Armitstead is targeting glory on the track and the road at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In this week's Wharfedale Observer sport

Wharfedale Observer: Action from Guiseley's win over Bradford Park Avenue

7:38pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

You can follow all the latest action from the local sports scene in this week's Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer.

Skyrac runners sparkle in final West Yorkshire League race

Wharfedale Observer: Eleanor Jones impressed in first season with Skyrac

9:59am Thursday 5th December 2013

Hosts Skyrac AC dominated the final West Yorkshire League Cross Country event of 2013, held at Nunroyd Park in Guiseley.

Hot start for Bramhope's Brownlees

Wharfedale Observer: OLYMPIC HEROES: The Brownlee brothers in front of Fountains Abbey before the inaugural triathlon named after them

8:00am Thursday 28th November 2013

Bramhope triathlon stars Alistair and Jonny Brownlee will open their 2014 seasons in the Middle East.

Otley's Harrington gets promoted

Wharfedale Observer: Scott Harrington took third place prize

8:40pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

Otley AC’s Scott Harrington came away with third prize in the Clowne Half-Marathon, in Derbyshire, even though he finished in fourth place with a personal best time of 1:14:01.






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