Leaps, Round and High

Lad’s Leap

A six mile race with 1700ft of climbing Lad’s Leap is run from the Crowden Campsite just off the Woodhead pass.  The race visits the rock formation of the same name that looks over the Peak District’s Longdendale.

Calder’s Holly Page was first Lady and 4th place in 53:47. Mark Buton was 2nd and first vet less than a minute ahead in 52:53

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round

Toby Sydes running for his beer!!!

A healthy turn out of 252 runners ran in great conditions with some blistering fast record breaking by the record holder Rob Hope, 1:05:03 although 2nd & 3rd beat the previous record too. The Ladies were chasing record breaking pace as well, with Lindsey Brindle smashing the previous best by 9 minutes in 1:15:22 with 2nd & 3rd also coming under the previous record.

The race is a sensible 11 mile circuit of Pendle Hill with no gratuitous descents, just one big climb to the trig point on Big End followed by a tour of the moor.  Calder’s Darren Kay was 6thin 1:08:22. Toby Sydes, enticed to race by the free bottle of beer promised to all finishers, was 124thin 1:33:24, Calvin Ferguson 139thin 1:34:28 and Steve Smithies was 199thin 1:45:46.

High Peak Marathon

Jackie and her team mates, happy after completing the HPM

The High Peak Marathon is an over-night mountain marathon for teams of four which follows a route based on the Derwent Watershed over the high moors of Derbyshire.  This classic 40 mile bog-trot around the wildest part of the Peak District was first completed in 1918 by Eustace Thomas of Manchester’s Rucksack Club.  The High Peak Marathon was first organised in 1972 by students from Sheffield University. This was their idea of a challenge – to take one of the Peak’s longest, toughest routes and see who could complete it, at night, in winter.  A unique feature of the event is being greeted by a couple of cheerful students at every checkpoint.

Several members of Calder Valley Fell Runners took part this year.  Simon Fisher, John Allan, Dougie Zinnis and Jack Rose took 11hours 37 minutes and 33 seconds to get round in 18thplace, despite some navigational hiccups.  They were just three hours behind the winning team that included this year’s Spine race winner, Jasmin Paris.  

Doug Gurr and Phil Scarf were in a non-competitive team that finished in 12:19:26 and Jackie Scarf’s team completed in 13:53:58 and 37thplace.

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