Bullets and Bolts

What a weekend of fell racing with bronzed god Mounsey AKA Ben the bullet placing 9th in a stacked British championship race while ultra god Kevin Holt crowned Usain Bolt sharing 1st at Yorkshires Howarth Hobble…….

Kevin Holt AKA Usain Bolt leading out the Howarth Hobble – Credit Dave Woodhead

On the weekend of the 14th March, Calder Valley Fell Runners were out in force racing. There were 2 big races on the Howarth Hobble and Yr Aran. The Howarth Hobble is a very challenging one at that, an ultra race with a distance of 31.7 miles with 4396ft of ascent. It was a close fought race for the first place between Calder Valley’s Kevin Hoult and Ken Sutor of Cheshire Hash House Harriers. They both tied first place with an incredible time of 4 hours 16 minutes. Other sterling efforts were from Jonny Croston in 10th, Dan Marsden in 15th, who were both comfortably under 5 hours. Great performances were also put in by Paul Haigh and Elina Eady. If there had been a team prize the ads would have taken it.

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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

Pendle, Peaks and more


The first weekend in March was another busy one for Calder Valley Fell Runners, with racing dominated by several big events.

Saturday, 7th March marked the inaugural year for the Saddleworth Ten Res’s – billed as 24-mile course with 4000ft of climb, this was actually a tough 25+-mile high-moor route around Saddleworth Moor, complete with 4500ft of ascent & descent, as racers navigated around a mixed-terrain route taking in a staggering ten local reservoirs, visiting each checkpoint in a specific order – with whisky a beer available for all competitors at least one of the later checkpoints.

Amazing atmospheric skies and big smiles from Bill. Photo courtesy of Jim Harrison

Half a dozen red & white hoops entered this race & grouped fairly well from the start. Jonathan Moon led the way for CVFR, keeping a steady pace throughout as he battled for a top three place, but eventually finished a very respectable 6th overall in 4hr 50 minutes (& third in open age category). Despite trailing early on, Bill Johnson’s racing experience showed, as he took a pre-planned alternate route bringing him out ahead of many of the other runners, to finish only three minutes behind Moon, in 8th place overall, & first in the MV50 age category. Phil Wells, in his first event at this distance, also ran a savvy race to finish 9th overall (& 3rd MV45) in in 5h12 – seeing the Calder Valley men take the team prize. Andy Wright raced well to finish in 13th place overall in 5h23, with James Cooke in 28th place, closely followed by Toby Sydes in 29th.

Moon described this race, as a ‘a future local classic in the making’ – ‘very enjoyable up to Wessenden Head’ before the snow & ice covered. climb to Black Hill, followed by ‘knee-deep bogs’ on the way down to Crowden.

Also. On Saturday, 7th March, over 230 runners competed in the Moorhouse’s Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round fell race – a 10.4 mile fell race on and around Pendle Hill, complete with nearly 2000ft of climb. CVFR’ss Darren Kay ran an outstanding race to take 4th place overall (& second MV40), crossing the line in just 1h 7 minutes & 30 seconds. Teammate Mark Wharton came in 58th overall (& in the top 15 in the MV50 category) in 1h 22 minutes & 59 seconds.

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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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