It’s looks like Calder Valley got their cake and ate most of it on the fells this weekend as they had a belter in da melter.
It’s started with a Cake Fest fell race on Saturday at Saddleworth where you climb out of Diggle where the route then takes you up and over the mosses to the reservoirs above Marsden before returning home having run 16k with 518m of climb.
Calder were out with the Sun with Kevin Hoult 5th and first vet, Stephen Smithies 9th and first vet 50 with Paul Haigh, Jonathan Moon and Jonny Croston all in the top 20.
Amongst the ladies Catherine Holden came 5th and 2nd vet with Jo Stevens 9th.
On Sunday, at Clough Head, there was more action as Calder Valley continued their assault of the English National Championships from Threlkeld, Keswick. The temperature was certainly up to full wick as hundreds of competitors climbed the 580m in one blast before crossing to White Pike and then rapidly descending in a variety of ways depending on your knowledge, skill or luck.
Front of house for CVFR was Andy (I shall not burn) Swift in 6th place securing a Yorkshire vest for his troubles.
Old man Gray graced his way to 18th and 3rd vet 40 closely followed by Daz Kaye, with Shaun Godsman and Gavin Mulholland completing the open team in 31st and 32nd. Karl, Daz, Shaun and Gavin made up the winning vet team. The open hope to be back to full strength next time to improve on their 3rd place. Respectable results were also placed by 3 Marks, Taylor, Burton and O’Connor with Stephen Edwards and young MARTIN Howard not far behind.
The ladies, who ran in their own sweat and guts had Helen Buchan come back 7th vet 40 with Karon Forster bringing up the rear.
On the bank holiday a record number of runners turned up to seek their fortune at the Coiners fell race hosted by Calder Valley and race organisers Rob Rawlinson and Al Whitelaw. This was also chosen as a slection race for the under 17 and 19s.
The cvfr ladies, Gayle Sugden Jo Buckley and Trudy Entwistle struck gold as the winning team with Gayle taking first female and Jo Buckley hot on her heels for 2nd.
It’s always a well attended race but the fact that this was an England trial for the U17s and U19s coupled with the glorious weather saw over 200 juniors test themselves on our local moors.
The U9s race saw 15 of our youngest juniors set off in a field of over 40 runners with many racing for the first time. Clara McKee proved her class yet again coming first overall and beating the course record whilst she was at it. Harry Cliff came 2nd boy continuing his medal winning streak. Award for the biggest smile whilst racing must surely go to first timer Elizabeth Dole-Ayuso who clearly enjoyed every minute of her debut.
The Mckee family had a double celebration as older brother Thomas won the U11s in a nail biting finish.
Charlie Pickens came in 5th in the U13s with George McFie and Tom Owen hot on his heels as always.
Will Hall comfortably won the U15s with James Duffy at 5th and Alex Duffield at 6th boy.
– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gav Mulholland