Saturday saw the 4th fell race in the 2015 English Championships, held by Manx Fell Runners in the Isle of Man. The tough twisting Bradda Niarbyl Race drew Calder Valley men out to defend their lead in both the open and vet categories, but they went one step further in extending the lead over the rest!
The race was 15.5 miles long with 6000ft of climb with some stunning scenery along the West coast, starting with a crazy scramble up a grass bank in Port Erin. From there it was over to Milners Tower and onwards, north along the coast. Conditions were hot to begin with making it thirsty sweaty work for the contenders. The pace at the front was set by Calder’s very own Matthew Roberts who showed his best form to date with a 3rd place finish in 2hrs 13min 23s. Behind him, veterans Karl Gray and Gavin Mulholland worked in tandem over the whole course, with Mulholland skipping up the climbs and Gray storming the descents and snatching 4th place on the line from Kim Collison (Borrowdale) in 2.13.36s with Gavin 6th in 2hrs 14.23s For Karl this also secures a gold medal overall in his age category (v45), a first for the club. The final 2 places in the open team came from Tim Ellis in 14th and Darren Kay (back to form) in 17th. Shaun Godsman completed the vets team in 34th. The red and white vests continued to pour in with Steve Smithies 49th, Andy Wright 119th, Dave Culpan 131st and Toby Sydes in 136th.
Despite her allergy to long races, Veteran superstar Sally Newman led home the ladies coming 14th overall and 1st in her age group. New kid on the block Rachel Crossland was next home followed by their captain, Helen Buchan.
|3 Matthew Roberts 2:13:23 | 4 Karl Gray 2:13:36 | 6 Gavin Mulholland 2:14:23|
|14 Tim Ellis 2:21:45 | 17 Darren Kay 2:26:45 | 32 Shaun Godsman 2:31:51|
|49 Steve Smithies 2:44:02 | 119 Andrew Wright 3:22:37 | 131 Dave Culpan 3:32:48|
|136 Toby Sydes 3:34:35|
|14 Sally Newman 2:56:59 | 25 Rachael Crossland 3:12:10 | 33 Helen Buchan 3:23:35|
|Photos courtesy of Ben Mounsey
Closer to home was the Addingham Gala race from the village to Beamsley Beacon and back, with a record turn out of 100 runners. Five Calder Valley members took part, 12th to the Beacon and first back for Calder Valley was Tristan Sheard in 17th place taking 46:38s. The race was won by Jack Wood of Ilkley in 39:36s.
|Other Calder finishers:|
|36 Richard Ingram 50:52 | 59 Jake Ackroyd 55:55 | 69 Nathan Kennaugh 56:56|
|82 James Kershaw 60:17|