adidas bucket hat A sad end for Cayton pipped at the post in Otley Ten Mile Race
AFTER finishing as runner up to club colleague Ian Fisher on a number of occasions Otley AC’s Neil Cayton had victory within his grasp when he collapsed through exhaustion in the Otley Ten Mile Road Race.
Cayton managed to finish second of the 274 finishers after enduring warm and challenging conditions for this year’s Otley Motors sponsored race held last Wednesday.
The race was started by Otley Town Mayor, Coun Betty Bevan, from Otley Civic Centre. The runners set off along Pool Road through Pool and then Leathley before tackling the first protracted climb of Leathley Lane.
At the top of this hill, the runners, led at this stage by Cayton who was takling advantage of Fisher’s absence, turned left descending to Lindley Bridge before climbing again up Cinder Lane and then returning to Otley along Farnley Lane.
An unfortunate Cayton then experienced great physical exhaustion in the latter stages and was overtaken by the young Leeds City athlete Tim Midge who won the race in an impressive time of 57.55 in view of the conditions.
Neil retained his first local trophy finishing second in 58.16 followed by Pudsey and Bramley’s Richard Pattinson, third in 58.23. Bingley Harriers enjoyed success in the team competition based on three to count.
In the ladies race, winning again was Darlington Harriers’ Alison Raw, in a splendid 66.58. Keighley and Craven were well represented in the front end of the ladies race and hence won the team prize. Other Otley AC finishers included Mark Blagg 143rd in 78.25, Hannah Peacock 210th in 86.11 and Andrew Rayner 241st in 93.04.
Otley AC would like to extend a significant acknowledgement to the event’s main sponsor,
Otley Motors, whose generous support in both financial and staff terms once again ensured that the event was an outstanding spectacle.
Thanks also have to be expressed to the club members, friends and officials whose assistance was much appreciated by the participants as too was the additional help provided by Yorkshire Water.
With temperatures forecast to soar into the 80s last Sunday where would any self respecting fell runner wish to be other than pounding over Kinder in the 18 mile Kinder Trog?
Skyrac’s four competitors had mixed fortunes as a result of the searing heat and navigational problems but fellrunners cannot expect to be blessed with rain, mist and biting cold every time they turn out.
The winner was Phillip Winskill (Dark Peak) in 2.04.22 around 20 minutes slower than the race record reflecting the torrid conditions. For Skyrac Rob Weston was 24th in 2.33.39, followed by 29th Duncan Asquith (2.35.40), 88th Martin Farrar (3.04.00) and Graham Breeze.
On the previous Wednesday the Coiners Fell Race from Mytholmroyd was resurrected after an 11 year absence and attracted 51 runners. Steve Oldfield (Bradford Airedale) won in 52.28 and since Steve is a V45, Duncan Asquith who finished 11th in 57.44 was awarded the First V45 prize. Graham Breeze finished 28th in 66.17 beating everyone aged over 50.
THere was a hat trick of medals from three local Leeds City AC athletes at the North of England AAA Senior Championships, held at Manchester’s Sportcity Stadium.
Gold fell to Simon Deakin after a strong run in the humid, strength sapping conditions. He recorded the fine time of 14 mins.38.05s. Eighteen year old Andrew Staniland picked up the silver medal in the long jump with a leap of 7.45m. However, this was again tantalisingly short of the 7.50m needed to qualify for the European Junior Championships in Lithuania at the end of July.