20 Jun

Strong Turnout For Otley 10

Otley AC's Rogan Ashton

The Otley 10 mile recorded its highest turnout in 20 years when 384 runners completed last week's event. The race, which follows through the streets of Lower Wharfedale, was won by Mike Jeffries, with Airedale Dodgers' Hannah Oldroyd leading the female field home.

Organised by Otley AC, the 10 mile race is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the West Yorkshire calendar. Starting from the bottom of Gallows Hill, the course saw competitors pass through Lindley and Farnley, ahead of the finish at Otley Cricket Club.

A heavy downpour earlier in the evening resulted in humid conditions at the start of the race. This, however, didn't seem to deter Jeffries, who underlined his quality at the distance with a convincing victory in 55:58. Quentin Lewis (57:37) followed in second, with Andy May in third position with a time of 58:07. The first Otley was Rogan Ashton, who finished 14th in 62:39.

While Jeffries' winning time was quicker than last year's, the Otley 10 hasn't witnessed a course record since 1989 when Colin Moor ran a 50:56.

In the women's field, Hannah Oldroyd took first in 67:24, which secured her 52nd position overall. Spenborough AC took the spoils in the men's team prize, with Skyrac AC top in the ladies race.