Midgley Moor and Ilkley

Last weekend on the Spring like Sunday saw a gaggle of fell runners gather at Booth cricket club for the annual Midgley Moor fell race. Organised by Calder Valley’s Graham Davy it’s a fundraiser for Springhill Hospice, Rochdale. It’s a challenging race involving route choice on paths and moor covering 5 miles with 1250ft of ascent.

Calder Valley didn’t go home empty handed with Rachel Johnson scooping first female prize and young Martin Howard came second overall in an impressive 40:56. The overall winner was Harry Holmes from Matlock in 39:58.

The Juniors were out in full force at the weekend, making the most of the unusual Feb conditions. Luckily the mist cleared to provide perfect running conditions at the very popular Ilkley Moor Fell Race with these races providing excellent tough courses for all ages groups. Fondly known as the “racing snakes” group this was the first championship race for Calder Valleys junior who enjoy going to races. Have a go Dads also took part in the fun with Iain Illstone and Ben Cliffe both racing in the seniors Ilkley Moor fell race, a 5 mile circuit staged by Ilkley Harriers. Renowned as a tough winter race, it consists of steep, slippery and rocky descents. With over 260 runners, Ian finished 21st in 44:18, and Ben 105th. Jon Smith was first CV home in 15th place in an impressive 43:22.

Iain Illstone, have a go Dad at Ilkley Moor Fell Race. Photo credit: Dave Woodhead

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gill Dickson

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