Some of the country’s top fell and mountain runners assembled at the Pennine Manor hotel in Huddersfield this weekend to collect their prizes in the annual individual and team English and British Fell Running Championship evening do. Amongst those collecting silverware were Helen Fines, who came second in the individual English championships and as team captain of the ladies helped them to a gold in the British. The Vet 40 men also collected bronze in the English and British team championships, with Steve Oldfield collecting an individual silver in both the British and English V50s. As a prelude to the evening, Calder Valley’s Adam Breaks arranged a tough little fell race to help those celebrating work up a thirst with the running of the Wadsworth Half Trog Fell Race from the Hare and Hounds in Chiserley. The race is usually run alongside its big brother, the Full Trog in February, and it features a tour of Midgley and Wadsworth moors, with some tricky, trackless terrain to negotiate. Unfortunately, for many that have tackled either race the highlight is a steep descent into Luddenden Dean, a quick trawl through knee deep mud and a tough climb back out again. This year, a clash with a pheasant shoot on the nearby Schofield estate meant that that section of the race was skipped and runners were instead rerouted along a long catchment drain, which added a mile to the advertised route, but reduced some of the climbing. The speed that the leading three men were running might have meant that they would have outstripped the flying shots with Calder’s James Logue, Shaun Godsman and current English champion Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak running well clear of the field. In the end Taggart, who had followed local man Logue around much of the course, finished joint first with Logue, the Dark Peak man too sporting to outsprint his rival in the final stages. Godsman finally capitulated late into the race and ran in a minute or two behind the joint winners. Five minutes later, Bingley Harrier Lee Athersmith and Calder’s Tim Black ran in to take fourth and fifth place respectively, with Calder’s Mark Goldie and Steve Smithies some three minutes or so further adrift. In the ladies race, Eryri Harrier’s Australian import Sarah Ridgway managed to beat her club mate Jackie Lee with Calder’s Anne Johnson continuing to impress in third place and first lady Vet. Helen Fines also enjoyed a decent run out in the unseasonal sunshine as she returns to running from a recent broken foot. With three Calder men (Logue, Godsman and Black) in the top five and three Calder ladies (Johnson, Fines and Scarf) scoring highly Calder Valley Fell Runners left the Hare and Hounds laden with prizes.
[press report by Jason Stevens and photos by Carl Greenwood] Photos from the presentation are available from this link.
[Results: James Logue: 1:07:25; Lloyd Taggart (Dark Peak): 1:07:25; Shaun Godsman: 1:09:17; Tim Black: 1:14:57; Mark Goldie: 1:18:38; Steve Smithies: 1:18:42; Sarah Ridgway (Eryri): 1:22:27; Alex Whittem: 1:22:30; Jackie Lee (Eryri): 1:24:46; Richard Crossland: 1:24:32; Anne Johnson: 1:24:59; Helen Fines: 1:29:11; Mark Wharton: 1:29:15; Phil Scarf: 1:31:43; Nick Murphy: 1:32:01; Stephen Grimley: 1:32:42; Lance Parker: 1:32:44; Brian Horsley: 1:32:53; Andy Thorpe: 1:38:30; Jackie Scarf: 1:41:28; Claire Hanson: 1:44:10; Ben Davies: 1:46:34; Linda Hayles: 1:52:19]