Howard’s storming on his stomping ground

Grandmaster Race organiser Graham Davy unleashed Calder Valleys 5mile Midgely Moor Fell race on Saturday, famous for its heather bashing on the lower legs with many folk going home with unwanted souvenirs.

Karl Gray wins Midgley moor fell race 2018

Cold and bright, with conditions underfoot good to atrocious Karl Gray, the Earl and vet legend, led the field on a course he knows well (he holds the record) and came home in 38 mins with Martin Howard in a new age category of m23, second in 41 mins, building on his recent successes with the men securing the team prize witch Jonny CRoston in 9th place.

For the ladies Gayle Sugden and Jo Buckley came back 1st and 2nd in 51.31 and 51.35 as they ran the moors in tandem. Matching the lads they also collected the team prize with Barbara Lonsdale finishing 7th.

Jo Buckley and Gayle Sugden in relay formation at Midgley moor 2018

In the Cumbrian North Pennines super vet45 Darren Kay had a great performance in 11th and 1st vet40 tho Darren had to rush off for a recovery drink or two. Stephen Smithies was 2nd placed vet 50 at the 9 mile inov8 High cup Nick

Thanks to Dave and Eileen Woodhead from www.woodentops.org.uk  for the photos

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gavin Mulholland

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