‘Wainwrights’ come to Calderdale

They only went and did it!!!!

Calder Valley Fell Runners haven’t been racing or running together since the Covid lockdown began.  One thing that came up was that there was nothing available for club members to do as a group, socially and physically.  As we all love a good hill or two, a hill climbing challenge was devised.

  The challenge was to find as much climbing as possible. Members were asked to create their  toughest category in AS (min 1.5km up to 10km), AM (up to 20km) or finally AL (30km limit) race.  The ‘A” standard for these distances is an average of not less than 50 metres climb per kilometre.

An additional challenge was for the club to run the equivalent of the height of all 214 of the Lake District Wainwrights from sea level on their local fells and that is total of 453,000 feet.   CVFR sponsored this event and donated £1 for every 1000 feet climbed by club members who enter this competition.  The money raised was donated to the Halifax Homeless and Community Kitchen.

Halifax Homeless and Community Kitchen opened in January last year and runs a kitchen in the town centre every Sunday serving meals and handing out food, toiletries and sometimes clothes to take away.  The coronavirus outbreak means the kitchen has had to be closed for now, but the volunteers who run the project have begun delivering food to those in need across the town.

Club statistician Andy Wright said “As well as giving me lots of excuses to play with spreadsheets, it has been rewarding to see the effect this has had on our members.  People are chatting to one another about their runs, pushing themselves outside their comfort zones, talking about the mental effect that lock down is having on them as well as competing with one another to see who can come up with the ugliest, hilliest courses.”

Gayle and Jo on the “Wainwrights” terrain in the Lakes a few years ago

After a close week the CVFR runners pulled some amazing climbs out of the bag on the final day of the challenge allowing us to beat the Wainwright target with a combined total climb of 486,151 feet.  Total running distance by entrants to the challenge was 2,054 miles. So £486 will be donated to Halifax Homeless and Community Kitchen.

Nicola Freemantle, organiser of HHCK said “The challenge looks amazing and the mental well-being and how people are talking and getting involved and feeling better is amazing.  You are all so great. This money will go towards feeding over 500 people a week. That is 3 meals a day for 7 days. This is family referrals from social services, young carers and other sectors. We provide healthy meals with fresh fruit and veg.”

The routes with the most climb for each distance were short (under 6.2 miles) Darren Kay with a leg busting 4,321 feet climbed, medium (under 12.4 miles) Matt Kay with 4,656 feet climbed.  For the long route (under 18.6 miles) Stuart Russell climbed a monstrous 7709 feet.

The steepest routes overall were Darren Kay’s run at 697 ft per mile, followed by Holly Page’s route up and down Hardcastle Crags at 552 ft per mile.  Men’s Captain, Shaun Godsman covered 527 ft per mile.

Join us @ Resolution Runs ….

Unfortunately due to the Corona Virus we’ve had to stop the RR for the foreseeable future. We hope to see some of you back on the fells when we can all get to run together again. Take care all and keep healthy. The RR teamIn the Spring I will do more exercise? Take up a new sport? Get outside more …. so why not come along to the Resolution Runs and discover fell running with Calder Valley Fell Runners.

  • Ideal follow on from Couch to 5k.
  • Every Saturday @ 9.30am
  • we will be out on the fells for approximately 60mins to 90mins
  • meeting at St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge 
  • See our Face Book page for route map and information.

Your chance to learn new routes, meet like minded people and see if fell running is for you.

You will need to wear your grippiest trainers and bring along a waterproof jacket, hat and gloves.

Resolution Runs – Great for your heart. Great for your mind.

There is no charge, but an idea of numbers would be great so we can see how many club helpers we’ll need.

Interested? Contact Jocasta: 07939 668164 or Gill:  kit@cvfr.co.uk

Calder Women shine home and away

Not even storm Jorge could keep the Calder Valley contingent from Ilkley Moor fell race, the first of the short races in this year’s Club Championships. With all to play for, the red and white hoops braved the high winds and saturated terrain to take on this category AS, 5 mile race with 400m of ascent.

Some of the gang at Ilkley Credit: Dave Woodhead

Calder Women made sure their effort was worth it, taking the top women’s team spot (Natasha Butterfield, Carole Fryer and Trudi Entwhistle). Natasha continued her excellent form to scoop 1st FV40 prize. Trudy Entwhistle showed her true Yorkshire grit, mudsliding into the finish line to narrowly beat Dan Pope.

Natasha & Trudi enjoying the mud!!! Credit Dave Woodhead

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Martin’s Midgley Moor success

Martin taking a healthy lead from the start

Much to his delight and just three weeks after winning the 20 mile Wadsworth Trog, Martin Howard added winning the 2020 Midgley Moor Fell Race to his growing list of trophies last Sunday. This was a relief as he was heard to say beforehand that he’d a round of beers for his club mates if he didn’t pick the best lines on the route and didn’t win it!!!

The race is a much shorter 5 mile fell race around the south-western corner of Midgley Moor, Howard’s local training ground.  His local knowledge paid off as the route requires visiting six checkpoints with no defined route in between.  The hours of training have worked as he came in nearly seven minutes ahead of second placed Rob James of Royton.  Rowen Pymm of Saddleworth Runners was first woman in 52:53.

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