Busy few days for the hoops

Alex Whittem & Jon Smith in fine form at Windy Hill

CVFR teamwork wins out on Windy Hill
With Storm Erik forecast this weekend, Windy Hill Fell Race lived up its name. Seven CVFR lined up at Hollingworth Lake, for this popular, 9 mile race which climbs 1281 feet over the Pennine Moors with fast runnable tracks, and a memorable ascent. 

Calder Valley men worked well together to scoop the first men’s (Alex Whittem, Jon Smith, Elliot Corner) and third men’s (Michael Hyde, Stephen Smithies, Darren Earnshaw) team prizes. 

Alex Whittem was 5th overall in his first race back in a while and Jon Smith, 9th, also winning 1st V40 prize. 

Ribble Valley’s Chris Holdsworth, continued his winning form to take top spot on Windy Hill in 57:12 mins. Lindsay Brindle, Horwich RMI Harriers, was first female (17th overall)

Doctor’s Gate Fell Race
Calder Valley’s club champion, Jonny Croston ran well to finish in the top five at the tough 12 mile Doctor’s Gate Fell Race, which starts and finishes in Glossop, with over 2,800ft of climbing. 

Future Bright for Night Score
Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge were the dual settings for the inaugural CVFR urban night score event this week. Jonathon Emberton employed his considerable orienteering expertise to devise this challenging introduction for his club mates. It proved extremely popular, with juniors and seniors across the age (and navigation skills) spectrum, dusting off their road shoes, and braving the rain to take part in this two centre event. 

Nicki & Jocasta looking well pleased with themselves

A mass start saw calder valley runners (and some Tod harriers) race to find the 11 compulsory, linear controls in Mytholmroyd before dashing to Hebden Bridge. Relying on honesty, a total of 31 points were now up for grabs across 18 controls, including up in Heptonstall, for those skilled enough to make it back to club HQ within the allotted 90 minutes. An added option to grab three extra controls on their way provided further intrigue. 

In a hard fought contest, CVFR’s James Logue took first place, back four minutes ahead, though tied at 51 points with three other veteran category runners (Chris Goddard (Tod Harriers), James Williams, Iain Powell). Martin Howard, showed his navigational prowess, in first men’s solo class (6th overall). Catherine Holden and Richard Sunderland took first mixed pair (11th overall), Dougie Zinnis and Luke Meleschko first male pair (13th overall), and Jocasta Fletcher and Nicky Latham, first women’s pair (23rd overall).

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen McDonach

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