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Roberts shines through the clouds in cymru

Cwm Pennant

Situated in the far west of Snowdonia, Cwm Pennant is an overlooked beauty of Welsh Mountain Scenery. Four years ago Math Roberts (now a Calder Valley Fell Runner) held a race heading around the Pennant valley that he hoped would be suitable as a British Championship Race, this year he got his wish.

3rd for Mathew Roberts

3rd for Mathew Roberts

Also a counter for Calder Valley’s Club Championship, an eclectic group of Calder’s finest headed over to test out the 15 mile long route with 5,500ft climbing. Taking in six hills over 600 metres high including Moel Hebog at 782m there was some trepidation as many of the runners hadn’t had time to check out the course beforehand and would have to rely on good navigation, or failing that hoping the runner in front was going the right way.

Gayle continues to fly! at British champs

Gayle continues to fly! at British champs

Math was first Calder runner back in an excellent third place and Gayle Sugden was 7th Woman (2nd FV40). Mark Wharton and Bill Johnson battled for V50 Calder Championship points with Mark the victor, as he has been all season to date. Lee Shimwell left it all out on the course returning a wrecked man and Dan Biggs continues to improve, picking up maximum handicap points.

Keswick’s Carl Bell and Ambleside’s Lou Roberts were the overall male and female winners. Carl smashing the old record by 23 minutes in 2.16.40 with Lou smashing the ladies by 20 minutes in 2.43.49.

Full Calder Valley Results

3 Matthew Roberts 2:23:20
81 Gayle Sugden 3:05:23
111 Mark Wharton 3:18:03
120 Bill Johnson 3:24:11
141 Stephen Smithies 3:30:32
149 Lee Shimwell 3:35:27
214 Dan Biggs 4:14:16
226 Graham Lloyd 4:42:03

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