The British Fell Running Championships came down to the wire this weekend in the last race of the season at Newtonmore Highland Games. Calder have been leading the V40 champs and needed a strong finish to to hold on to the gold medal position. Four dedicated CVFR Vet 40s braved the 650 mile round trip, leaving the Valley Friday night to return Saturday. The race is called Creag Dhubh and is a short fast sprint to the summit and back having to jump several fences and crossing a river. Although only 3.5 miles long, it packs over 1100 foot of ascent!
Despite impressive runs, Calder were unfortunately pipped to the post, winning 2nd team on the day, which secured them the silver medal in the British Championships. The team was Adam Osbourne, Mark Taylor, Mark Burton and CVFR men’s club captain, Shaun Godsman. Adam finished a fantastic 2nd v40 which also netted him an overall bronze medal in the individual British Championships. Shaun finished 12th v40, Mark Burton 20th v40 and Mark Taylor 26th v40.
– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen McDonach