30 May

Runners To Chase Record Bonus At Otley

Matt John and Sharron Smith of Otley AC

Runners in West Yorkshire are getting ready for the Otley 10 Mile race, the popular early summer evening contest. More than 300 runners will take to the roads of Lower Wharfedale on Wednesday 12 June for the annual Otley AC event.

The 7:30pm start is at Otley from where the field heads to Pool in Wharfedale and Leathley before passing through Lindley and Farnley, ahead of the finish at Otley Cricket Club.

This long-standing race is a highly regarded event in local running circles because of the mixed terrain - sections of flat and hilly. Records for the course have not been broken since 1989 when Colin Moor from Bingley Harriers romped home in 50:56 for the men and Veronique Marot (Leeds City) in 57:50. Should either of the records be lowered this year the winner gets a bonus prize of £50.

Last year's winner was the Otley AC's Matt John in a time of 56 minutes with Pauline Munro first lady home in 1:05:23.

Otley AC president Mick Jeffrey said: "As in previous years, the 2013 event has attracted a good number of pre-entries and it is again expected that more than 300 athletes will be starting.

"A range of prizes will be awarded to the winners and runners-up as well as to the various veteran categories for men in five-year age groups from over 40 to over 70, and for women from over 35 to over 65.

"The first local man and woman will each receive a trophy, and there are also prizes for the first male and female teams. Entries taken on the day will also qualify for race prizes."

Further details, including the race entry form, can be found at the Otley AC website.

Matt John and Sharron Smith of Otley AC are pictured above.