The heat wave was not a deterrent for the CVFR endurance runners this weekend as they took on The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, a two-day self-sustained mountain navigation race, that is held annually in the Lake District for pairs and experienced solo entrants, starting at the village of Grasmere.
Going solo was legend of the compass Bill Johnson, showing off his trophies (and blistered toes) said “I played it safer because my feet were in bits, literally. I was surprised and delighted to hold on to 3rd place and almost get 2nd… I guess everyone was suffering!
In the pairs, Jackie and Phil gave each other a break, teaming up in male and female pairs respectively. Amazingly, provisional results show Phil and partner Mark Ryde were 1st in their class in a total time of 11.41 mins with Jackie Scarf and Debbie Ryde 6th overall and 2nd ladies vet team.
On Wednesday evening there was a large turn-out for church run race, Cragg Vale, with organiser Jackie Scarf very grateful for the £500 raised.
The no-see-ums (midges)made their presence felt as did Martin Howard who raced to second on the evening along with lots of other red and white hoops.
In the BOFRA races, Ben Mounsey made a fiery return to the fells after injury coming first at the Kirkby Gala event. Recovering after, Ben said he was seeing flamingos and needed a lie down.
– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gav Mulholland