Its time to …..

AT FELL RUNNING

TUESDAY 30 APRIL AND 14 MAY.
6.45PM AT MYTHOLMROYD COMMUNITY CENTRE

If you can run at least 3miles/5kms do come and join us. We are a friendly club catering for all abilities. Mud and fun guaranteed. Bring your grippy trainers, a waterproof and your biggest smile. 

Email Gill Dickson for more details gillhdickson@gmail.com

And read Kate’s real life story on how she got hooked on fell running …

“It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when I didn’t run. And there was a time when driving over the tops with the expanse of moors stretching away  on either side, gave me the heebie -jeebies. Our moors always seemed desolate to me. Too empty. Too unknowable. I was happy in the valley thanks very much. Right at the bottom; on the flat.

In the summer of 2014, as a mother of 3, I felt old, achey, heavy. Unfit. That summer my cousin talked about a half Marathon she’d just run. New to running, she told me how she’d started out with a Couch to 5K podcast. My cousin is slim and gorgeous and I was still carrying my baby weight, but I thought, why not me? 

I started in secret. Even my husband didn’t know the first few times I went out. I went out early so I would see as few people as possible. That first time I ran for a minute and a half. 9 weeks later I could run for 30 minutes. It made me so happy. With small children it’s impossible to do anything fast and it was a delight to move at speed. I soon worked out that I couldn’t avoid the hills forever. The first time I made it up to Stoodley Pike I called my Mum from the top.

I could manage about 6 miles when I joined the Calder Valley Fell Runner’s ‘Back to the Fells’ in the spring of 2015. Everyone was very welcoming, and very encouraging as we struggled up our first climb. It turned out that walking the steep bits was perfectly acceptable! I remember the incredible copper light on the heather up at Crow Hill, and the feeling of the soft boggy ground under my feet as we descended. 

Running that first year I discovered that being out in sideways sleet, on the tops, through bogs, in the dark, in fact in anything that might put a sensible person off, gives you a lovely feeling that you’re beating the system. That you’re embracing the elements and the seasons and nothing can stop you! For years I’d suffered with SAD, but not any more.

All smiles at the local Stoodley Pike Fell Race.

In 2016 a group of CVFR friends helped me to celebrate my 40thbirthday by seeing sun set on Pendle Hill, and running through the night to see it rise at Stoodley Pike. I’d said I wanted to hit the ground running at the beginning of my 40thyear. We’ve had bigger and better adventures together since. Half Marathons, Marathons, Mountain Marathons, Lakeland races, our first Ultra. We talk each other into things and don’t like to miss out. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) at its best. 

The club is made up of a whole spectrum of runners. We have elite runners who run with a GB vest (the likes of Ben Mounsey and Holly Page and the U23 champion Martin Howard),  serious racers and the more social, fun fell runners. But we’re all united by the love of running, and of where we run. 

Do you want to experience the joys of fell running too? Come along to one of CVFR’s Have a Go sessions; Tues 30thApril and Tues 14thMay. 6.45pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. You’ll need to be able to run at least 5kms. You’ll need grippy trainers, a waterproof jacket and a smile. Contact gillhdickson@gmail.comfor further info.

If you’re not up to running 5kms just yet, why not build up your distance and fitness with the Couch to 5k programme then join a local Parkrun? (There’s one in Shroggs Park, Halifax). And before you know it, you’ll be hitting our local fells and signing up to lots of crazy new adventures!”


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7 in a row

This weekend is a busy one in our local runners’ diaries – and a bumper one for CVFR results – with a couple of the year’s much-anticipated races taking place, at various corners & ends of the British Isles.

On Saturday, 27th April, CVFR was out in force at the 65th Three Peaks race. This event – advertised as the marathon with mountains – with its 23.3 miles starting at Horton-in -Ribblesdale and includes an eye-watering vertical mile of climbing, as runners take on the three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. One of the oldest races & most famous races in the fellrunning year, despite the wild weather conditions, 670 runners (10 from CVFR) still finished the course.

Impressive running from Calder Valley’s Karl Gray saw him finish 8th overall in a time of 3:05:51 – retaining his First Vet runner trophy for an amazing fourth year in a row and a 7th time in the last eight years. There were also strong runs for fellow CV MV40 runners – with seven finishing amongst the first 50 Male Vet 40s to cross the line, including Mark Burton (64th overall, 17th MV40), Jonny Croston (70th, 19th MV40), Paul Haigh (89th, 24th MV40), Jon Smith (137th, 41st MV40) and Luke Meleschko (171st, 49th MV40). Dan Masden was the first in the open male category to finish the race in four hours, finishing 150th overall (78th in his category).

3 Peaks – Karl Gray Credit-Dave Woodhead

Sharing Ingleborough and Whernside with the Three Peaks, the Fellsman is a gruelling 61-mile ultra around the fells of the Yorkshire Dales, taking in Gragareth, Great Coum, Blea Moor, Great Knoutberry, Snaizeholme, Dodd Fell, Fleet Moss, Buckden Pike, and Great Whernside – to total a whopping 11,000 feet of ascent.

This year’s 57th Fellsman race took place from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th April and was also well attended by Calder Valley. Red-and-white hooped top ultra runners, Kevin Hoult and Simon Bourne led the way – finishing 8th & 10th respectively, with Bourne delighted to finish in the top 10 for an impressive 9th time. Both commented on how the difficult weather conditions had made this overnight race even more challenging than usual. Other CVFR male runners to finish this monster race included John Allen (30th), Johnnie Watson (72nd). In the women’s race, Calder Valley’s Linda Murgatryod and Jackie Scarf both ran extremely strongly to finish in the top ten. It was also something of a baptism of fire for the club’s two newest ultra runners – Eileen McDonach & Ellie Eady – who finished 203rd & 204th overall – an amazing achievement bearing in mind that they had, by the end, been on their feet for 26 & ½ hours.

In the Scottish Highlands, also on Saturday 27th April, CVFR’s Melvyn Ward was one of 647 runners to complete the tough Highland Fling – an ultra trail marathon along the West Highland Way, Scotland’s oldest official long-distance footpath, through the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Ward – who placed 542nd in his first attempt at what he characteristically referred to as ‘a longer distance with some bigger hills’, completed the 53-mile course in 13h 42 minutes & 46 seconds, describing it as ‘a great experience but for the weather’, namely driving rain for most of the day meant which saw him soaked by the end of his first climb, & going through three pairs of gloves & needing to dig deep to finish this latest ‘adventure’, despite incredibly sore knees. Nonetheless, Ward was quick to point out that all of the above serves to make finishing all the more satisfying – it was worth it for the scenery alone, especially the view of Loch Lomand and the deer & squirrels in the forest section. On his way home, Ward was already talking about having another go at the race next year & thinking forward to the Pennine Barrier Ultra 100 in June!

Mel Ward at the end of the Highland Fling

Over in Northern Ireland, Saturday 27th April was also the date for The Mourne Highline race – the Northern Ireland leg of the British Championship – a race put together specifically by the organisers to offer just over 15km or race through some of the highest places in the Mourne mountain range – including everything from grassy climbs, to rocky descents & airy ridges. In a field of over 200 highly talented runners, and a race that proved even more of a test than usual, given the wild, wet & windy weather conditions, CVFR’s Matthew Roberts ran brilliantly to finish 4th overall (3rd in the men’s open category) – in 1:04:32 – only 1 minute & 15 seconds behind the winner, Mark Lamb of Keswick AC. Fellow red-&-white hoops runner, Charlie Ing, also ran another strong race to finish in 1:08:33 – 15th overall (9th in the men’s open category) in a race he described as something of ‘a leap into the unknown’ as his first race predominately on stone. Other notable runs from club members included Shaun Godsman, who came in 33rd overall & 5th in the MV40 category in 1:12:49, plus Mark Taylor, James Logue & Toby Sydes who finish 42nd, 45th & 151st overall respectively.

Further South, two CVFR ran the iconic London Marathon on Sunday 28th April for charities of their choice. Mark O’Conner, running to raise money for research into dementia, did amazing well to come back from injury last year and finish less than 9 minutes over the challenging three-hour target he had set himself for this race. Michelle Hanley, running for the Nehemiah Project, finished in 4:17:56 (Photo – Michelle Hanley with her medal).

Michelle Hanely – London Marathon

Last, but not least – & the only race to be run in fine conditions – Wharfedale Harriers hosted the final instalment in this year’s Easter bunny runs on Penistone Hill with the infamous Bunny Relays on Tuesday 23rd April. 66 teams and 3 individuals competed for glory & chocolate & the dry conditions made for some fast times with two teams breaking previous records (in the girls U15 & the female V40 categories). Howsons Pickles (Seth Howson, Charlie Pickens & Oliver Pickens) finished 24th overall & first boys U13 team. Three of the red-and-white juniors, running as the ‘Stripy Vipers’, Elijah Peers-Webb, Alex Duffield & Ed Ademavicius finished 29th overall, just pipped to the post by CVFR’s Stephen Smithies family team (Duck Billed Deer Otter) in 28th position (4th family team). Finally, Carole Fryer & Colin Duffield ran in the Odds & Sods team with Brett Muir & finished 50th overall.

Howsons Pickles – Bunny Run – credit Dave Woodhead
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Easter Heat

Beating the Easter Heat at the ‘new’ Newlands Memorial

Mark Wharton and Darren Earnshaw flew the flag for Calder Valley at the newly named Newlands Memorial Fell Race.

Formerly known as the anniversary waltz, this popular, but tough race was held each year to commemorate Wynn and Steve Cliffe’s wedding at the Newlands Valley church. Steve sadly passed away last year and Cumberland Fell Runners stepped in this year as race organiser to ensure this, and the seven other classic senior and junior fixtures, held on the same day, continue. By all accounts, CFR did a great job. In blistering, unseasonable Easter temperatures, 354 runners lined up to tackle this category AM race over 11.4 miles with 1,100 metres of climb.

Rob Jebb took first male spot in a time of 1 hour 40 minutes and Sharon Taylor first female (12th overall) in 1 hour 54 minutes. Darren Earnshaw was first back for Calder (92nd) closely followed by Mark Wharton (103rd).

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen McDonach

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BG, Skyline and Hikes

Some Calder Valley FR runners emerged from hibernation to take on a diverse selection of events at the weekend. 

Mike still smiling on his successful BG

Up in the Lake District Mike Clayton was out on the infamous Bob Graham Round to traverse 42 fells in a time of 24 hrs. Mike  had a crack team of supporters to see him complete with 39 minutes to spare, almost matching Killian Jornet’s record time. 

Catherine, Rach and Carole, the winning female team

Back in the South Pennines, Calder Valley’s gregarious ladies flocked to the “Michael” Wardle skyline over Rossendale way with a medium route covering over 11k and 400m of ascent. They had plenty of success, starting with first LV40 Catherine Holden. Other category winners included Gillian Wisbey, Rachel Johnson and Carole Fryer. The ladies also took the team prize. 

Jackie Scarf, Gill Dickson, Kate Pope, Gloria Ayuso, Carolyn Shimwell, Harley Beecroft, Sue Martin and the lads (Kev Hoult, Phil Scarf, Mike Hyde) took in the Calderdale Hike at a mere 37.5 miles, with extensions due to navigational nightmares. The club’s star display came from Kevin Hoult, who finished second in a time of 5 hours 22 minutes.

Martin Howard ran a hard and fast Bunny Run No. 2 finishing third and earning an Easter egg for his troubles. Not far behind was his good team mate Jack Denton in 16th place. Jack has recently made a come back to racing.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gav Mulholland

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How… Gray smashes the Howgills

Bunny Run 1

The Bunny Runs are a series of four fell races held on consecutive Tuesday evenings after the clocks change in the spring.  The course is a sinuous but fast 3 mile route around Penistone Hill outside Haworth.  The first one this year was on the second of April and, as a counter in the Calder Valley Fell Runners Senior Championship, several runners headed over the moors to take part.

However the Juniors stole the show with Under 15s Elijah Peers Webb first back for CVFR in 22nd place in 19 minutes precisely shortly followed two places later by James Duffy in 19:14.  First Calder female back was U15 Emilia Wright in 23:01.  First Senior was Elina Eday in 24:31 shortly followed by first Calder man, Colin Duffield, in 25:31.

Michael Malyon of  Baildon Runners won in 16:16, with U15 Amelie Lane of Wharfedale Harriers first female in 17:48 and a superb 9th place.

English Champs – Howgill Fell Race

What a monster! With nearly 7000ft of climb in just over 14 miles this was never going to be an easy race as the first long counter in the 2019 English Fell Running Championships.  The finishing times give away the severity of the climbing, the winner Carl Bell completed the 14.3 miles a couple of minutes under 2 and a half hours.

The route takes in all the major hills in the southern half of the Howgill Fells.  Starting in Sedburgh runners ascend Crook followed by the flanks of Arant Haw, the col between the Calf and Calders, skirting the top of Cautley Spout, the highest waterfall in England at 650ft before ascending Yarlside.  A super steep 1300ft descent was taken by most runners sliding on their backsides before climbing Great Dummacks followed by Sickers Fell, a second visit to Arant Haw before the final climb of Winder.  Bear in mind that between each hill top the course dropped to a valley bottom.

Karl Grey was first back for CVFR in 8th place and 1st V45 in 2 hours 34 mins and 38 seconds.  Another top notch performance from Grey.  Darren Key was 29th and Adam Osbourne 40th.  New recruit Charlie Ing was 96th in 3 hours 16. 

Calder’s only woman to complete the course was Helen Buchan in 3 hours 50 minutes.  The womens race was won by 2017 English Champion, Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley, 21st place overall in 2 hours and 44 minutes

The relentless course took it toll with Jonny Croston swearing he would never do the race again.  Over 10% of the field did not finish.

Full CVRF Results

8th        Karl Gray            M45      02:34:38

29th      Darren Kay         M45      02:47:54

40th      Adam Osborne  M40      02:51:27

78th      Mark Taylor       M45      03:07:02

81st       Mark Burton      M45      03:08:02

96th      Charlie Ing          MSEN    03:16:34

129th    Paul Haigh          M40      03:28:00

155th    Jonny Croston   M40      03:35:54

196th    Helen Buchan    W40      03:50:05

213th    Mark Wharton  M50      03:54:39

278th    Toby Sydes         M50      04:28:16

304 finishers, 37 rtd

Harry wasn’t pottering around at Pendle!!!

On the lovely slopes of Pendle Hill and with great fell running routes CVFR juniors did battle for points in their next club championship race. There was some spell binding results for our racing snakes. First up was the under 9s and Harry Cliff yet again impressed with another win in a time of 3 minutes and 14 seconds. In the same age category his younger sister Lottie, who’s only recently started fell running, ran well to place 18th and 5th girls overall.

Hotly contested was the under 11s with Clara McKee taking 2nd overall and first girl in a time of 4 minutes and 29 seconds with Joseph Stone chasing hard only 5 seconds behind her to take 3rd overall and 2nd boy. Sam Annison is running well taking 11th in 4 minutes 55 seconds, 17th place and fine run from Leo Hackett in 5 minutes and 10 seconds with Ted Parker in 25th place a further 20 seconds behind.

In the U13s George McFie had an excellent run in 7th place in a time of 14 minutes 46 seconds to take full club championship points. 10th place for Charlie Pickens in a time of 14 minutes 54 seconds with Thomas McKee putting in a good time of 15 minutes 19 seconds to take 12th. Younger Pickens called Ollie was 23rd in 16 minutes 15 seconds and 40th place for Wynn Standish in 17 minutes 22 seconds. In 66th place and 24th girl but showing true fell running grit was Olivia Falkingbridge who struggled the end of the race in 24 minutes 26 seconds after twisting her ankle. This was all to get her club championship points.

The U15s saw Tom Owen having one of his best races to date placing 6th overall in a time of 19 minutes and 41 seconds. An ever improving Elijah Peer-Webb was 9th in 20 minutes and 6 seconds with Emilia Wright in 27th and 10th girl in 23minutes and 35 seconds.

In the senior’s race Trudi Entwhistle was first back for Calder in 88th place and 2nd v40. Chris Holdsworth and Catlin Rice, both of Ribble Valley Harriers took the honours overall.

Full Calder Senior Results

88          Trudi Entwistle  F40        00:43:35

129        Stuart Russell    M40      00:47:41

172        Gillian Wisbey   F40        00:52:36            

186        Vanora McCullagh          00:54:59

210        Steven Binks      00:59:57

232 finishers

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Tim Brooks

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Kendal Winter League success for new recruit Charlie

Charlie Ings at Elterwater Common (photo credit: Stephen Wilson)

New recruit Charlie Ings won the Kendal Winter League Series clocking up 679 points from a series of 10 Lakeland races over the last 3 months. He ran the last race in the series on Sunday, Elterwater Common, finishing an impressive 3rd

Fell races don’t come much more picturesque than the Elterwater course.  Considering its 3 mile length it seems to contain all possible terrain with flat grassy tracks, steep rocky climbs, fast runnable descents, bogs, loose rock etc. Starting at Elterwater Common it is an out and back course to the summit of Silver Howe. And Charlie flew round in a mere 24.07 minutes! Certainly one to watch out for! 

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gill Dickson

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Heptonstall a firm favourite


Stephen Grimley flying down a hill-wearing No.50 in honour of his 50th – credit:Dave Woodhead

Heptonstall – Sunday, 24th March 2019 is a big day in the local fell racing calendar, with the 15.4-mile, Heptonstall Fell Race. This event packs a punch and runners need navigational skills alongside plenty of stamina to make it around a course that is only partially flagged, and includes steep-sided wooded valleys, upland pasture and pathless moorland, thick heather, deep bogs and a lung-busting 3170ft ascent.

Heptonstall start – credit: Dave Woodhead

The consensus was that it was a beautiful day for a race with some brutal climbs, and stunning views that would take your breath away (if you had any left after the gruelling climbs!), but that it was all worth it for the post-race black treacle flap jack!

A firm favourite with Calder Valley runners, this year, the race attracted runners from all over the North, beating its previous record entry by far, at an amazing 290 runners.  It was a hotly fought battle for first place – Phil Marsden (Horwich RMI Harriers)’s finish time was the 3rd fastest recorded over nine 9 editions, but he finished only seconds ahead of second placed, Robin Howie of Wharfedale Harriers. Dark Peak’s Max Wainwright came in not far behind in third place, with a record 10 runners managing to come in under two hours (including CVFR’s Martin Howard in 7th place overall), demonstrating the quality of the field. Strong runs were also recorded by CVFR’s Jonny Croston (27th overall – 8th in the MV40 category) and Iain Illstone (42nd).

CVFR runners at the start line – Credit: Dave Woodhead

In the ladies’ race, last year’s winner Annie Roberts not only retained her title against a much larger field – but smashed her 2018 time by 22 minutes! 2014 and 2017 winner Jo Buckley also raised the bar to beat her 2017 winning time by 14 minutes; not to be out done Nik Terrega (2nd lady in 2018) upped her game by 17 minutes to finish 3rd. CVFR’s Buckley, who was also the first Female Vet 40 over the line – nearly two minutes faster than the next same category runner, was delighted with her result. Having spent most of the race nearly catching the nearest runner on the uphills only to lose her again on the downhills, she reports being a bit surprised when I managed to chug past into 2nd place towards the top of Shackleton knoll. I then just had to contain my excitement and position to the finish!’

The first three ladies & CVFR runners at the start – credit: Dave Woodhead)

All proceeds from the race (around £2,500) will be donated to the Scouts, Church, and Calder Valley Search and Rescue. In addition, having noted a few stiles on the route in need of repair (already down or damaged before the race), the race organisers are looking to make a donation to CROWs – Community Rights Of Way Service – a voluntary organisation with an interest in ensuring that local Rights of Way remain accessible.

This year’s event also had special significance for veteran race organiser, Stephen Grimley, who after 9 years of fronting this homespun event, was able to leave it in the capable hands of friends & neighbours (aka ‘The Hurriers’) and take part in a course he had heard so much about over the years.  Delighted to don red & white racing hoops & celebrate ‘going over the hill in style’ Grimley ‘loved every minute of it’, with ‘the icing on the 50th cake being taking a bow to a chorus of happy birthday from the gathered masses’.

Other significant Calder Valley results over the weekend included a number of shorter races; Darren Earnshaw’s came 7th in Storthes Hall Park Run, Ben Cliff’s improved on previous results with 6th in the Halifax Parkrun and Elliot Corner placed second in Centre Vale’s park run. In addition, CVFR newcomer, Charlie Ing came an impressive first place at Helm Hill – a race just short of 5 miles – part of the Kendal Winter League series races – Ing finished over a minute in front of his nearest competitor, with a fastest time recorded for any runner on every segment of the race – definitely making him one to watch for the future.

Saturday 2rd March also saw Junior Calder Valley runners Charlie Pickens, George McFie, & Tom Owen competing at the National Minor Schools Cross Country Championship, outside Loughborough. In a field approaching 200 in a race run at a cracking pace, CVFR provided more than a quarter (3 of 11) of the West Yorkshire Team, with the boys finishing a noteworthy 81st, 111th, & 126th respectively.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Catherine Jones

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Calder Valley show English Champs promise at Stretton Hills

Sunday saw some some welcome relief from the weather for fell runners and organisers alike at the first 2019 English Championships outing, Stretton Hills Fell Race.

Snow was forecast but Sunday brought a glimmer of sunshine after the deluge of rain and flood sirens in the Calder Valley on Saturday. 

Nine Calder Valley runners made the journey to Shropshire to battle navigational wits with 339 finishers in this season’s first English Champs race. 

2019 Stretton Hill Fell Race start (Credit: Bob Howard)

With only map and compass allowed, they had to find their own route on this mostly unmarked 9.5k, Category A course to visit all five checkpoints in order, avoiding out of bounds areas, and making sure they completed the few mandatory sections. Experience and pre-race recces would likely have paid off in this challenging route.

With 2,198 ft of climb and some tough options of either shorter, brutal climbs or longer more runnable routes, Mathew Roberts was first back for Calder Valley in 11th place in 47:06 mins. Within seconds Karl Gray showed class to make it back in 47:21 and take 1st Male Vet spot (13th overall). Darren Kay also did well finishing 2nd Male Vet (37th overall). Calder Valley took the men’s Vets team prize with Gray and Kay joined by Adam Osbourne (45th) and Mark Burton (87th). CVFR’s Mark Taylor was just four seconds behind (88th). 

CVFR’s Matthew Roberts, Karl Gray, Adam Osbourne and Martin Howard at Stretton Hills (Credit: Bob Howard).

Martin Howard continued his good run of form to finish 3rd U23 (51st overall), but narrowly missed out on 2nd U23 prize by just 2 seconds to Adam Fieldhouse!

Stephen Smithies (134th) and Toby Sydes (267th) showed their navigational skills and also put in good runs for Calder Valley.

Keswick took 1st and 2nd men’s prize with Carl Bell (45:04) and Mark Lamb (45:19) back within seconds of each other. They also took Men’s team senior prize. First woman back  was Nicola Jackson from Ribble Valley Harriers (54th overall). Mercia Fell runners scooped Women’s Senior’s and Vet’s team prizes.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen McDonach

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Howarth Hobble

The February heat wave was firmly extinguished as the weather decided to give the 300+ competitors (solos and pairs) an even greater challenge at the Haworth Hobble on Saturday, as if 32 miles off road wasn’t sufficient.

Calder Valley was well represented and first back, 15 mins off the winning time was Kevin Hoult in a time of 4hrs 37 mins, 5th overall. Kevin has completed the hobble several times and has been awarded the keys to the city for his efforts.

Next to return, just under 5 hours was John Allen who said the course was a bit flat for his liking. And only 3 mins later, Michael Hyde returned to the fold.

The first Calder females to complete was Jackie Scarf as part of a F50 winning pair. First solo back was Elina Eady, out sprinting her rivals to finish in 7hrs 17 mins. The final CVFR home, and still drying out, was Carolyn Shimwell, and Diane Wright in a time of 8.31, with no coffee breaks permitted.

CVFR – Howarth Hobble Dou, Carolyn Shimwell and Diane Wright

Calders map men were showing the rest of the country how to orienteer with Welsh champion (m55) Phil Scarf taking the honours at the Northern championships, with his fellow cartographer, Jonathan Emberton taking 2nd place in their age category

CVFR Navigating Masters

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gavin Mulholland

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Leaps, Round and High

Lad’s Leap

A six mile race with 1700ft of climbing Lad’s Leap is run from the Crowden Campsite just off the Woodhead pass.  The race visits the rock formation of the same name that looks over the Peak District’s Longdendale.

Calder’s Holly Page was first Lady and 4th place in 53:47. Mark Buton was 2nd and first vet less than a minute ahead in 52:53

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round

Toby Sydes running for his beer!!!

A healthy turn out of 252 runners ran in great conditions with some blistering fast record breaking by the record holder Rob Hope, 1:05:03 although 2nd & 3rd beat the previous record too. The Ladies were chasing record breaking pace as well, with Lindsey Brindle smashing the previous best by 9 minutes in 1:15:22 with 2nd & 3rd also coming under the previous record.

The race is a sensible 11 mile circuit of Pendle Hill with no gratuitous descents, just one big climb to the trig point on Big End followed by a tour of the moor.  Calder’s Darren Kay was 6thin 1:08:22. Toby Sydes, enticed to race by the free bottle of beer promised to all finishers, was 124thin 1:33:24, Calvin Ferguson 139thin 1:34:28 and Steve Smithies was 199thin 1:45:46.

High Peak Marathon

Jackie and her team mates, happy after completing the HPM

The High Peak Marathon is an over-night mountain marathon for teams of four which follows a route based on the Derwent Watershed over the high moors of Derbyshire.  This classic 40 mile bog-trot around the wildest part of the Peak District was first completed in 1918 by Eustace Thomas of Manchester’s Rucksack Club.  The High Peak Marathon was first organised in 1972 by students from Sheffield University. This was their idea of a challenge – to take one of the Peak’s longest, toughest routes and see who could complete it, at night, in winter.  A unique feature of the event is being greeted by a couple of cheerful students at every checkpoint.

Several members of Calder Valley Fell Runners took part this year.  Simon Fisher, John Allan, Dougie Zinnis and Jack Rose took 11hours 37 minutes and 33 seconds to get round in 18thplace, despite some navigational hiccups.  They were just three hours behind the winning team that included this year’s Spine race winner, Jasmin Paris.  

Doug Gurr and Phil Scarf were in a non-competitive team that finished in 12:19:26 and Jackie Scarf’s team completed in 13:53:58 and 37thplace.

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