Join us @ Resolution Runs ….


In the new year 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 starting 4 January @ 9.30am
  • we will out no more than 1 hour
  • meeting at St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge 

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.

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Interested? Contact Jocasta: 07939 668164 |  or Gill: 

Red & White start for 2020

Seconds Count at Giant’s Tooth 2020

Calder Valley were out in force on the first day of 2020, with thirteen racing at Giants Tooth Fell Race. This short 3 mile course with almost 400 feet of climb helps to get the fell racing year off to a good start.

CVFR team L-R Dan Marsden, Paul Haigh, Matt Kay, Jonny Croston, James Williams, Matt Ray, Anthony Costello, Trudi Entwhistle.


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Working off Xmas excesses

Whinberry Naze

“Holly” Holly Page enjoying the fun

The Boxing Day fancy dress fell race at Whinberry Naze is a four mile dash up to the 440m Cowpe Lowe in Rossendale.  There is always a good turnout with runners keen to work off their Christmas Pud.  Calder’s James Williams had a great run in 12th place and 1st V40.  Holly Page, dressed as a holly sprig, came in 3rd woman for CVFR.

James “Tiger” Williams

Nicola Jackson of Ribble Valley and Andrew Worster of Todmorden were the winners.

Coley Canter

Luke taking a lie down after a great effort

Similarly the Coley Canter is a well-attended trail race held in Northowram during the week after Christmas.  Taking in Judy Woods and the fields east of Northowram it is a fast (nearly) 8 mile race with the odd bits of mud thrown in.  Calder Valley Fell Runners have traditionally done well in this race, this year Luke Meleschko got one of his best ever results coming in 6th place in 59:36.   Owen Beilby of Wharfdale Harriers won with Lucy Collins of Stainland taking first lady.


Winter Solstice fun

The weekend saw Calder Valley and TodmordenHarriers coming together to celebrate the shortest day with the now customary winter solstice run. Organised by CV’s husband and wife team, James and Tamsin Cooke, runners met at the top of 100 steps early morning as the rest of Hebden slept. About 40 runners turned up this year and snaked their way across muddy fields towards Raw Lane then steadily up the shoulder of Sheep Stone Edge before reaching Robin Hood’s Penny Stone in an attempt to witness the prehistoric alignment of the sun rising over Miller’s Grave on Midgley Moor.

Submerged in Yorkshire clag, the actual sunrise wasn’t very distinguishable but the camaraderie and hip flasks helped keep  the cold away as the runners waited patiently to catch a glimpse of the rising sun. Then it was downhill back to Hebden for a rewarding breakfast kindly provided by the Cookes as a fundraiser for a Co-op charity (will get further details to you, along with quote from either Tamsin or Jim).

Winter Solstice run organisers, James & Tamsin Cooke

For all those who may want to experience the joys of running on our fells, come along to Calder Valley’s Resolution Runs starting  Saturday 4th Jan. We’ll be meeting every Saturday morning 9.30am  in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridege to run off road for about an hour. A great opportunity to find new routes, make new friends and see if fell running is for you.  For further details contact Jocasta on 07939 668164 or Gill at

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gill Dickson


Winter Score & a Wintery Stoop

This week’s running calendar had two main events – both on Saturday, 15th December: the annual Stoop race (& junior quarry runs) & the Cragg Winter score.

This Winter Score – expertly organised by club members Jackie & Phil Scarf – saw 80+ runners using their navigation skills, to race around the local environs looking to punch their cards at as many of the 17 controls as possible & then get back to the base at Cragg Vale Church before the cut off time of 90 minutes, to avoid incurring heavy time penalties. James Logue won the event – managing to make it an astounding 15 of the 17 controls. There was also particularly impressive running from the juniors, with Joe & Paul Hobbs running in the pairs race, & securing 12 controls. Thanks goes to Little Valley Brewery for prizes, The Secret Cafe for delicious ‘at cost’ pies & Cragg Vale Church (a great venue). It was a pleasure to raise £660 for charity.

Winter Score fun

Wharfedale Harrier’s Stoop race starts from the quarry bottom on Penistone above Haworth, head up to the Stoop standing stone, via Harbour Lodge & then drop back down again through some serious bogs & back to the start via track & road. The light covering of snow added to the fun/ hindrance of having to race wearing Santa hats.

This year, with many of the club’s juniors & senior runners opting to take part in the winter score, Jo Buckley & Mark Wharton were the sole CVFR runners to take on the snowy 4.9-mile Christmas run, complete with 700 feet of climb & a santa hat & curly wurly for each entrant. Whilst official results have yet to be published, of the 190 to finish the race, Buckley placed a strong 9th lady & 3rdin the LV40 category & Wharton 45th overall & 5th MV50. 

The Junior Stoop races took place in the snow-covered quarry, with nine stoic Calder Valley juniors braving the elements to race, & all of them did their club proud.

In the U9s race, there was another sterling performance from Harry Cliff, who brought home the field for the second year running and third time overall in as many races. His younger sister, Charlotte, in her first time running the Stoop came in an impressive third girl.

In the main race, the red & white hooped juniors fielded seven of the 55 runners. For the U15 boys, Euan Logue – the sole CVFR runner in his age category – ran a strong race to finish second U15 (6th overall). The U13s races were hotly contested – flying the flag for the red & white hoops U13 girls, Fearne Hanson finished 4th & Alice Ritchie 9th. For the U13 boys, George McFie ran a storming race to finish third overall and second in his age category. Fellow U13 Thomas McKee persevered to come in in a commendable 8th (19th overall), despite sustaining a nasty knock to his knee during the race. His younger sister Clara, who passed him 2/3rds of the way through, wanted to stop to help him, but he bravely pushed her to racing, & she went on to storm home again – finishing first U11 girl & an amazing 9th overall. Fellow U13 runner, David Ritchie also ran well, placing 5th U11 boy. Given that when asked for a few words about the race, the consensus among the junior runners was ‘cold’, the prize winners were suitably awarded with new pairs of Christmas socks as well as sweet treats!

– Calder Valley News Reporter: catherine jones

Monday Morning Runs


For those not on Facebook a couple of months ago I restarted the East Pennine Orienteering Club Monday training runs on a Monday morning at 10am. These are gentle looseners lasting about one hour. We do about 8km / 5miles. There is a group of walkers too. They do about 4km in the hour. We set off from a café, and often have a brew and a chat afterwards. We have runners from Tod Harriers, Calder Valley Fell Runners, and EPOC.

Anyone is welcome. If you are a little slower there are short cuts. A little faster there are longer loops to do.

1st Monday | Secret Café, Tenterfields Business Park, Luddendenfoot
2nd Monday | Craggies, Craggs Business Park, Cragg Vale
3rd Monday | Just Scrumptious, Rishworth
4th Monday | Blue Teapot Café, Mytholmroyd

If there are 5 Mondays in a month then we’ll have an away day.

Cheers Graham Lloyd

Contact Graham via Eddie Lloyd

Bumper turn out @ Mytholmroyd

Record Numbers at the 2019 Vocation Mytholmroyd Fell Race

The record turnout of 214 runners for this weekend’s Vocation Mytholmroyd Fell Race proves just how popular this local fixture has become. Well, that and the free ‘Heart & Soul’ beer for all finishers, courtesy of the generous local sponsors, Vocation Brewery.

CVFR’s Harley and Phil Beecroft pulled off another fantastic race, ably supported by an army of friendly marshals. At just under 6 miles, this is a great winter race in typically tough Pennine terrain, at just under with both lung busting climbs (1640 feet) and tricky descents. It is, however, well flagged so a good introduction for those new to the fell running scene.

Calder Valley’s record holder Karl ‘The Earl’ Gray led from the front to take 1st place and 1st V50 in 48.27 minutes.

Karl Gray’s determination to take the win – Photo courtesy of Stephen Smith

Gray was made to work hard for the win though, with Royton’s Rob James finishing just one second behind and Ian Holmes (Bingley) third place within 30 seconds.

James, Gray and Holmes. The top 3.

CVFR’s Jonny Croston and Toby Sydes put in strong performances to finish 13th and 72nd respectively to take 4th mens prize along with Gray.

Superby descending by Jonny Croston – Photo courtesy of Stephen Smith

Tod Harriers’ Annie Roberts comfortably took first women spot (20th overall) in 56.46 minutes. She helped her team take 1st women’s team prize with Ambi Swindells and Jane Leonard. Calder Valley’s Rachel Johnson (17th women), Jackie Scarf (19th woman) and Charlotte Wetton (23rd woman) ran well to take 3rd Women’s team prize.

Calder’s Jackie Scarf watching her step

Harley Beecroft, race organiser reflected on a great day: “The rain held off for the race, but it was super wet underfoot and anyone who came back not muddy was very lucky. Lots of bloody knees weirdly! We also had a good turnout from Leeds university orienteering & fell group. Wins in all age categories (inc u21 & u23) which is amazing.”

Some of the support crew

Fifteen CVFR finished:

1stKarl GrayM5048.27
13thJohnny CrostonM4054.32
72ndToby SydesM501.08.20
78thAnthony CostelloM501.09.07
78thAnthony CostelloM501.09.07
97thJonnie WatsonM401.11.04
100thTim BrooksM501.11.39
112thRachel JohnsonFV501.14.20
114thJackie ScarfFV501.14.58
124thPaul TaylorM501.17.38
134thLawrence FennellyM501.1938
137th Charlotte WettonF1.120.22
172ndJohn NunnM601.31.55
175thAndy SmithM501.32.37
176thDi WrightFV501.33.48
179thIan LawM501.35.12

CVFR El Capitano’s Spanish Winter Adventures continue

Calder’s Ben ‘El Capitano’ Mounsey has been putting in some fantastic winning performances in Spain. This week was no exception with Mounsey finishing 2nd in the tough Alicante Gata De Gorges Trail Race (16km/750m climb) in a time of 1.19:19. This was just one minute behind Pol D’Olesa (1.18:18). Ben said: “Another race, another 2nd place! Time for some rest now – I’m tired after running 70 miles and climbing over 20,000ft in 7 days!”

Mounsey takes 2nd place at Gata De Gorges Trail Race (Mounsey, D’Olesa and Torres)

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen McDonach

Points means prizes

The fell running world quietens down towards the end of the year.  The championships and relays have all finished and there are only a handful of races before the New Year.  However there are still opportunities for long runs and navigation practice in long distance orienteering competitions known as score events.

Simon Fisher on a tricky decent in the Chew Valley, Saddleworth courtesy of Granddayou

Kong Mini-Mountain Marathon

The last weekend of November saw four Calder Valley Runners head over to Saddleworth for the 4th and final race in the Kong Mini-Mountain Marathon series.  With the controls ranging across the featureless moors south and east of Dovestones, there was plenty of route choice and accurate navigation was essential.

Tim Brooks was first Calder runner in 31st place overall with 471 point narrowly pipping Rob Rawlinson in 33rd with 460.  Although Rob was back within the four hour time limit, Tim pushed to six minutes over time to get an extra 20 points with a 9 point penalty.  This result also gave Brooks second place in the V40 series.  Neil Talbot of Ambleside gained 758 points to take today’s win.

Simon Fisher got 297 points in 131st place after struggling to find a couple of 40 point controls.  Prizes for the longest run went to Jim Mosley who covered nearly 19 miles going for the big points around the Crowden Valley.  Unfortunately the terrain and miles of tussocks caught him out.  He lost all of his 510 point by returning 1 hour and 38 minutes late.

Peak Raid 3

The 1st December was the second race of four in the Peak Raid 3 series of 3 hour score events.  Run from Great Longstone in Derbyshire, the controls were across the fields and limestone valleys of the Peak District, including Cressbrook Dale and Monsal Dale.

8 Calder runners headed south.  Iain Powell had a superb run coming in 7th place and second V40 with 395 points.  Ben Frechette also had a cracking run in 8th place with the same points as Powell but 38 seconds behind.  The competition is fierce.  Philip Vokes  of Loughborough was first with 490 points.

Jim Mosley will have been much happier with this week’s result, 29th and nearly 4 minutes inside the 3 hour limit. Perfectly cooked.  Linda Hales represented the Calder women with 220 points and 3rd V60 woman.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: TIM BROOKS

Howard’s Heroes victorious @ Lee Mills Relay

Iain Illstone climbing out of the quarry

It was a bumper turn out for CV at the classic Lee Mill relay in Rossendale on Sunday with CV representing almost 10% of the field. This popular fell relay is a firm favourite with many clubs, and has earned a reputation for excessive bogs, wintery conditions and great camaraderie over the years.  (CV’s international athlete Ben Mousey dubbed it his toughest race in 2015 following a near miss with hypothermia).   But fell runners are hardy folk and such talk merely inspires clubs to enter their teams of four runners, all of whom run individually over the 6 miles route. Eight of the 88 teams this year belonged to CV and, as with previous years, entered as ‘handicap’ teams, all competing against each other rather than other clubs, generating much inter-club rivalry and banter both on the day and in the weeks leading up to it. And the incentives for beasting their team mates is the post-race party, whereby the winners have free food and drink, courtesy of the slowest team. 

Usually an all-male club tradition, this year saw many CV women joining the handicap teams also wanting to join the fun and frolics of bogs and beer. The clear winner of the CV cohort was Howard’s Heroes, captained by Martin Howard with fellow team mates Gloria Ayuso, Jon Underwood and Jonathan Moon. The team, finishing 32nd overall in a time of 04:12:18, were a good 5 minutes ahead of 2nd place Make life a banana (and negative split). Drinks were on SatNav Smithies who finished a good 23 minutes behind Howard’s Heroes. Said Gloria Ayuso, the first CV woman to be part of a winning Lee Mill handicap team:

‘Sunday in Lancashire was perfect racing conditions; plenty of bogs and mud which I loved. It was the best weather in the three years I’ve taken part; dry, no gales and no snow!!! It was my first encounter of this handicap malarkey. I was a bit nervous at first but it proved to be a fantastic day out. A fabulous team atmosphere where all were competing against each other whilst wanting everyone to do their best! All 8 CV teams were of mixed abilities so we had some of our elite athletes in the same team as our slower runners. And I got to experience what it felt like to be a winner! I’m still grinning now’

A clear contender for a mud monster prize was CV’s Paul Haigh who returned looking like he’d emerged from a swamp. Said Paul:

‘I stupidly followed the Keswick’s team advice of following the quarry fence at the end. I’d already fallen in 3 times trying to overtake Ben Cliff on the decent. But that was nothing compared to the quagmire at the end. Not even Grin n Bear it had bogs chest deep. I had to role about like a seal to get out!’

A happy looking bog monster

So while the 8 CV teams were battling it out amongst themselves, the Battrick Athletic team won the overall relay in 03:19:38. First ladies team was Ribble Valley Harriers in 04:01:53. Full results here 

Photo: Some of the Lee Mill gang: (L-R)  Lee Shimwell, Jocasta Fletcher, Gloria Ayuso, Toby Sydes, Rachel Johnston, Christina Turner, Di Wright

Meanwhile, in sunny Spain, CV’s international athlete Ben Mounsey was racing the 21km (with 1200m climb) Pego Trail in Alicante, finishing second. Said a delighted Ben:

‘I had no idea what to expect from the race as it’s a little bit further than I usually run. But nevertheless I set off with the intention of trying to win and I climbed hard for the first half of the race, earning the prize for the first athlete to the summit of the first mountain – a 1.5 litre bottle of wine. 

The route was very runnable at the start and the finish, but extremely technical on the trails, with lots of tight switch backs, especially on the descents. 

After 17km, I was still in the lead and I’d managed to open up a gap on the next runner after a crazy effort on the longest descent where I took a lot of risks!!!’

Unfortunately and unbeknown to Ben at the time, the man in 2nd place was Pol D’Olesa, a Spanish international and Salomon sponsored athlete. Needless to say they endured an epic battle on the final climb, but D’Olesa managed to put distance back between them at the top and by the time they’d reached the last checkpoint in the town of Pego, he was the clear leader. Although Ben finished second, both men had broken the old course record of 1:55. The winner finished in 1:47:22  and Ben in 1:49:17.  

A happy Ben Mounsey (2nd left) with other winners

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gill Dickson