On and off the fells

On the fells this weekend, red & white-hooped runners Stuart Russell & Calvin Ferguson competed at Bleasdale Circle Fell Race on Saturday 16th February. This five-mile race from Bleasdale Parish Hall, includes 1250 feet of climb to Paddy’s Pole, and Parlick, before a steep & technical descent to the last 2km along track & across farmland. 

A fast-race in dry conditions made for some great running, veteran runner Russell finished 56th overall in 48 minutes 51 seconds and Ferguson 93rd in 54:48.

Away from the fells, on Sunday 16th February two of CVFR’s ladies took part in races in the grounds of Yorkshire’s historic Harewood House. Competing in the popular off-road half-marathon along an extremely hilly route along trails, tracks, through fields & up steep forest inclines, Heather Pritchard ran a strong race to finish the 13.1 miles in 2h07 & 50 seconds. In the 10km, one of CVFR’s newest club members, Abbi Fernley finished in 1:02:22 – despite starting right at the back of the queue & having to battle past the fun runners. 

Also running a half marathon this weekend, CVFR’s Elliot Corner flew the CVFR flag at the Great Northwest half, finishing his 13.1 miles with a personal best time of 1hr 22min, & placing a noteworthy 20th overall. 

Further away from home, Calder Valley’s international runner, Holly Page, competed in 15th Coastal Challenge race along Costa Rica’s tropical Pacific coastline. Having run through jungle, rainforest and across mountain trails, as well as along single tracks across ridge lines, through highlands and coastal ranges; beaches, rocky outcroppings, reefs, and river and estuary crossings, the final leg of this race this last weekend saw runners finishing on Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula, in Corcovado National Park – a Unesco World Heritage site – in a fishing village until recently only accessible by boat. 

As the top six runners had a staggered start, the last leg of this race is unusual in that none of them really know how well they were doing in comparison to each other. Holly reports how rather bizarrely despite having already completed 200+km of running, her legs still felt good. She was not only the first runner to cross the line – holding off the other top-5 runners and catching all those who were ahead of her at the beginning of this last leg, but in the process she also set a new stage course record (in addition to her female course record on stage 4) –  ‘a nice way to end an awesome week with wonderful people in wild surroundings – so many great memories!

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Catherine Jones

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