Another bumper week of fell running

Race You To the Summit:
Saturday 27th October saw temperatures suddenly plummet, but that did not deter the 100+ runners who turned out for this local 7-km (4.3-mile) race, complete with 260m /853ft of ascent, with its route from the Summit Inn to The White House and back. The red & white hoops of Calder Valley Fell Runners were out in force to help Toby Sydes (running in number 100, as 50 was unavailable) celebrate his half century.

Race for 2nd & 3rd CVFR at RYTS – Mick Fryer

CVFR’s Martin Howard (2018 u23 fell running English champion) set off strong, leading overall all the way up to the summit, with Max Wainwright of Dark Peak close behind and a huge gap to 3rd place. Behind them a fierce battle was fought between four of Howard’s his team mates for who would finish second and third for the club. As the climb went on, red & white hoop, Matt Ray came into his own, and with both Howard & Wainwright taking a wrong turn on the descent, both found themselves a lot further back in the pack. Howard fought well, despite a badly sprained ankle, to finish only 41 seconds behind team mate Matt Ray, who ran his best ever race to finish 6th place overall in 33 :29. With veteran runner Mark Wharton finishing 16th overall (& 2nd MV50) in 34 :44, the red & white hoops took the men’s team prize, and with Liam Williams in 18th & Andy Wright in 20th (second MV40), had an impressive 5 finishers in the top 20.

Martin Howard – “QUADAGE!!” Race to the Summit – Mick Fryer

In the women’s race, Calder Valley’s Catherine Holden once again dominated the FV40 category, finishing second female overall in only 40 :12. Other strong runs that deserve a special mention included CVFR’s Charles Gear (3rd in the MV60 category) & Tim Brooks (MV40), with Gear running his best race ever and Brooks his best race of this year.

Photos of this race – a mixture of Mick Fryer & Dave Woodhead – as labelled:

51st Original Mountain Marathon (Two-Day Score Event):
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October also saw a number of CVFR members among the thousands taking part in the 51st OMM in the Brecon Beacons. Whilst all the CVFR competitors did well, battling the high & cold winds, coupled with sunshine & even a 30-minute snow storm to do a score class, only the ladies pairing of CV’s Jackie Scarf and Wharfdale’s Annie Milner won a prize – completing a brilliant race to finish first female pair on the medium score. The pairing of Bill Johnson & Phil Scarf got an amazing number of points on day 1, but the 2 points lost for every minute late back to base cost them dearly, seeing them lost a staggering 74 points, and so came home empty handed on this occasion.

Jackie Scarf & Annie Milner – 51st OMM

Brontë Way:
On Sunday 28th October, a handful of red and white hoops who had not compete on Saturday took to the fells, across the 12km (7.5m) & 351m (1152ft) of climb which constitutes the Brontë Way race. CVFR’s Jonny Croston was delighted to knock seven minutes off his time from 2017, finishing an excellent 14th overall (and 5th MV40) in 1 hour and 11 seconds. CVFR’s Carole Fryer also continued her strong season of results, coming in 102 overall and fourth in the FV50 category in only 1h 21 minutes & 55 seconds.

Quote from Jonny Croston: ‘Nice day for it though after a crisp start. The free pint of landlord is always a post-race bonus.’

Jonny Croston at Bronte Way – Mick Fryer

Too amazing to go be forgotten:
Amidst the excitement of the British Relays & Holly Page’s international trail running domination, Kevin Holt’s awesome performance in the beautiful Autumn sun on October 20th almost slipped under the radar. Holt came in 2nd overall (and first MV40) in the Round Rotherham, beaten only by the winner, Ben Hague, who smashed the course record, finishing only a slither over 6 hours. and first MV40 (over 11 minutes in front of the runner in 3rd place). Kevin finished the 50.5-mile route in 6h33 :08, a full 11 minutes ahead of the runner in third place, with a blistering average pace of only 7.45-mile a minute.

On the international front:
And to round up the weekend, Team inov-8 UK & Ireland enjoyed a bumper day at the Trofeo Vanoni Mountain running relay race in Italy. CVFR’s Ben Mounsey was delighted to once again be chosen to compete in this prestigious annual event in the little town of Morbegno, nestled in the Valtellina Valley in Northern Italy. The challenging 4-mile route, which runs along the historic centre of Morbegno and up the ancient paths (with almost 2000ft of ascent) that lead to the village of Arzo and back down again was extra tough this year, thanks to the inclement weather which was more reminiscent of the North of England than Italy.

The men’s relay race was a closely fought affair, and although the young French team emerged as eventual winners, four of the top seven teams were British, with a mere 13 seconds separating the teams in 5th, 6th & 7th place. Team @inov_8 UK, finished in an 7th place, with Calder Valley’s Ben Mounsey, running the last leg, demonstrating his skills in some crazy downhill work that saw him complete the impressive feat of overtaking four teams and clocking up the fastest time on the steep technical descent section of the course, helping his team to take 7th place.

Ben Mounsey in Italy taking over from Legend Ian Holmes. credit to Roberto Ganassa Photography

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Catherine Jones

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British Fell Running Relay Championships

Calder Valley Fell Runners were once again in action last weekend, with 5 teams competing in the British Fell Running Championship relays at Grasmere, in the Lake District. The event was hosted by Ambleside AC and provided a true test of fell running skill, navigation and endurance; with 4 challenging legs, ultimately deciding who would be crowned the male and female champions of 2018.

Prior to the event, Calder’s potential chances of winning medals were strong, with the A team, Vet 40, Vet 50 and female Vet 40 teams, all amoungst the favorites in their respective categories. However, the most pressure and attention was focused on the former, who had a real chance of winning the overall title for the second time in the last 4 years.

Leg one was an individual race, contested over 5 miles, with 2400ft of climb. ‘The Welsh Wizard’, Math Roberts, gave the team a solid start on leg, finishing in 11th place overall. Admittedly, he was a little disappointed not to break into the top 5, but it was enough to keep their hopes of a podium finish alive.

Team captain, Ben ‘The Bullet’ Mounsey and partner, Andy ‘The Ginger Wizard’ Swift, took over the reins on leg 2, and quickly set their sights on the leading teams. They had the task of battling over the most extreme mountainous terrain, covering 6.7miles with 2800ft of climb. By the finish, they’d managed to claw their way back into 5th place and also record the 5th fastest time of the day, mainly thanks to a combination of superb climbing and descending on the most challenging sections of the course.

Ben Mounsey and Andy Swift on leg 2 at the British Fell Relay 2018

Leg three, arguably the crux of the race, tested the navigation skills of paired runners. Armed with nothing but a map and compass, they had to negotiate their way to five (previously unknown) checkpoints, as quickly as possible. This leg was a job for the most reliable and experienced athletes on the team, Karl ‘The Legend’ Gray and partner Darren ‘Special’ Kay. With little margin for error, they coped with the pressure of the leg brilliantly, guiding the team safely back to the finish and retaining 5th place, with everything to play for going into the last leg.

Alex ‘The Flying Postman’ Whittem had the honor of the anchor leg, but the mammoth task of trying to break into the top 3, as he tackled the 4.3 mile route with 2000ft of climb. Despite a strong start, Whittem took a poor line and lost his way for some time, before finally getting back on track and finding the race flags. This unfortunate error cost the team a couple of places and although he finished with a flourish on the last descent, it wasn’t enough to improve on a 7th place finish overall.

The race also ended in heartbreak for Calder Valley’s male Vet 40 and 50 teams. The former, finishing in an agonising 4th place and narrowly missing out on a bronze team medal. The latter, finished in 5th place, only 3 minutes behind Clayton Le Moors in third place.

There was however, something to celebrate for at least one of Calder teams, with the female Vet 40 team, managing to secure a well-earned bronze medal for their combined efforts. In arguably, the closest-fought contest of the day, Valley’s Catherine Holden, managed to hold off her Helm Hill rival to claim third place by only 2 seconds!!!

Jo Buckley and Jackie Scarf

The Calder Valley open team finished in 165th position.

The overall competition was won by Pudsey and Bramley and Helm Hill, who were crowned the male and female champions, respectively.

In other news, professional athlete, Holly Page, continues to make waves on the international scene, as she secured an outstanding victory at the Otter Trail, in South Africa. The Calder Valley runner set another course record and in the process beat a star-studded field, to again demonstrate her dominance on the world long-distance mountain running circuit. This victory coming only a week after Page was crowned the Skyrunning World champion for 2018.

Holly Page at the Otter trial

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Ben Mounsey

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Lakes in a day

The Lakes In A Day is a fifty mile ultra race, starting in the far north of the National Park at Caldew, and finishing beyond the southern boundary in Cartmel. In-between the route visits High Pike, crosses the River Caldew and descends Blencathra by Halls Fell, before a traverse of the Hellvellyn range. The second half is a wooded trail run from Ambleside, along the western shores of Windermere leading to the finish in Cartmel.

Entrants were probably hoping for the benign conditions experienced during last year’s race. Storm Callum had other plans, lashing them with rain, hail and gales for the entirety of the time it took them to finish this epic run.

Dougie Zinnis ran strongly, if not entirely accurately, putting in extra miles in the difficult conditions. However he finished in an excellent 6th place after 10 hours 44 minutes hours. He admitted he suffered from bad chafing from running in sodden clothes. He’ll not forget the Vaseline next time.

Dougie Zinis – Lakes in a day

Calder women Gill Dickson, Stella Cristanthou and Diane Wright committed to running as a group. As the conditions got worse they found themselves fording thigh deep rivers in the middle of the night, but sticking together gave them the strength to carry on. They completed their heroic effort in 22 and a half hours. Over fifty other runners retired. Gill said it was an experience she didn’t want to repeat and promised not to do anything so daft in the future. It’s understood she’s already thinking of applying for next year’s event.

Stella, Di and Gill finish the Lakes in a Day

The race was jointly won by Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn and Clarens Olsson in 10:45:01. Katie also won £500 for breaking the women’s course record.

Rombalds Romp

Named after the legendary giant, Rombald’s Romp held last Sunday is a somewhat shorter 8 mile race, climbing 1200ft over Ilkley Moor. Calder’s tiny giant killer, Lucy Collins was first woman back in 1:03:36 with Jo Buckley in 3rd (and 1st FV40). Rachel Johnston was 1st FV50 and Dan Marsden was 19th in 1:03:50.

1st place for Lucy Collins

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Tim Brooks

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Holly wins the Skyrunning World Series!!


Holly Page at Limone sul Garde

Resident of Heptonstall and the World, Holly Page has won the World Skyrunning Series in the final race at Limone sul Garde in Italy. In her own words she said “With nothing to lose I set off hard from the start and for the first time ever, really enjoyed the first big climb and was up with the leaders. Then things started to fall apart, my ITB cramped up completely so I hopped down the first descent, I was starting to feel dehydrated and dizzy but kept pushing on, holding onto 4th despite being sick and stopping for the toilet.

And then about 20km in, the world started spinning, I felt horrendous, my stomach was in pieces, and everything fell apart, there was nothing I could do other than watch people come past me and try and survive to the finish line, which I did, covered in my own sick. Delightful.

Once I’d come round I found out I’d still managed to win the Skyrunning World Series… WOWZERS!!!”

– Calder Valley News Reporter:Tim Brooks

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IH Brothers Relay

Old and young red and white hoops took to the fells last Sunday, dashing across Bronte country at the Withins Skyline fell race. 

Starting from Penistone Hill Country Park and circuiting The Stoop and Top Withens, the 6.2 mile senior race then returns by Bronte Bridge. Paul Haigh, first CV home, completed the course in 48 minutes, 5 minutes faster than last year and finishing an impressive 25th out of 246.

Geneveive Withins Skyline

Meanwhile, on the same day the ‘Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay’ was happening in the heart of the Lake District. It takes place every year on the first Sunday in October, and attracts around 70 of the top teams from across the country.

The race is a tough one, with 4 legs each throwing up their separate challenges, including hard climbs and steep descents on difficult terrain. As well as challenging terrain, the route requires careful navigation, especially in bad weather.

CVFR Mixed team with Jo Waites and Jo Buckley starting on leg1 at IHB Relay 2018

CV fielded 2 teams this year, a Men’s and a Mixed Team, both of whom did very well. The Men’s Team (Alex Whittem, Gavin Mulholland, Ben Mounsey, Andy Swift, Darren Kay, Tim Ellis, Karl Grey and Matt Roberts) took 3rd prize and the Mixed Team (Jo Waites, Jo Buckley, Mark Burton, Mark Taylor, Rachel Johnson, Molly Heitz, Martin Howard and Ian Symington) were 5th.  

– Calder Valley News Reporter:Gill Dickson

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Hoops are out in force

Saturday 29th September 2018 was a bumper day for Calder Valley Fell Runners, with a number of different races, of various types and lengths, taking place not only locally but also further afield.

Off to a flying start: Red & White hooped runner Mark Burton flew the CVFR flag in Derbyshire at the first Fell & Back race, organised as a fundraiser by Buxton Mountain Rescue Volunteer Team.

This new event comprises 19.6km (12 miles) and a not inconsiderable 730m (just shy of 2400ft) of climb – includes some of the old Goyts Moss route plus some new ground towards Axe Edge and Wildboarclough, It was not only well attended but did extremely in the fund-raising stakes, bringing in approximately £1500 for the local mountain rescue – an organisation heavily dependent on fundraising and donations for its life-saving service.

As well as flying Calder Valley’s flag, Mark Burton also flew round the course – beating all 101 competitors to first in an impressive 1h24:47. After the race, Mark commented that he had enjoyed this ‘a nice race’ in the sun.

Out in force at Thieveley Pike Fell Race: As usual, last Saturday’s local Thieveley Pike fell race was well attended by our red & white hooped runners.

Despite being relatively short at only 3 miles (7km), this course packs a punch. Its 1310’ (400m) ascent features, on the way up, boggy fields, a steep climb onto the Moor and a second up to local landmark Stoodley Pike. The way back down is arguably even tougher, with a fast, grassy descent, followed by a short, technical drop, then an additional steep ascent back up to the ruin, then a further grassy drop back down, culminating in a race for the line back in the starting field.

CVFR’s Martin Howard continued his impressive slew of race results, finishing 3rd overall (and first U23 – an amazing 23 places ahead of his nearest U23 competitor) in a fast race, where the winner was only just over a minute shy of the course record set 12 years ago. Howard himself finished in 33 minutes & 14 seconds, less than two minutes behind the winner and only 10 seconds after the 2nd placed runner. Other noteworthy runs from our men’s team included Mike Clayton, who finished 28th overall (13th in the men’s open category) in 39 minutes 24 seconds, and Andy Davies, who finished 60th overall & a fantastic 2nd in the V60 male category.

In the women’s race, strong runs were clocked up by Carole Fryer and Rachel Hyde. Fryer continued her impressive form with another good result, finishing 4th in the female V50 category in 47 :09. New to fell racing this year, CVFR’s Rachel Hyde ran a strong race to finish 3rd in the female V45 category in in 52 minutes and 20 seconds. 

Experienced runners only can compete in the Ras Pedol Peris Horseshoe Race in Snowdonia. On Saturday, 29th September, CVFR trio Dougie Zinis, Simon Fisher & John Allan competed in this classic annual fell race, which starts & finishes in Llanberis. Not one the faint-hearted, this course covers approximately 28km (17.5 miles) and includes an eye-watering 2,600m (8,500ft) of climb.

97 runners raced in a mixture of full and half versions of the course this year. Whilst the full race was won by Mercia’s Huw Davies in a staggering 3h46 :34, Calder Valley pair John Allan & Dougie Zinnis also more than held their own. Although Zinnis led earlier in the race, in the scramble up Snowdon to the final peak, Moel Cynghorion, Allan caught up with him. The two ran neck & neck, as they battled it out between them all the way to the line. At the last minute, Allan edged out Zinnis, with 2 seconds separating the two team mates, who finished in 5th & 6th place in the men’s open category (22nd & 23rd overall) in 4hrs 24 minutes & 24 seconds & 4h 24 minutes and 26 seconds retrospectively. CVFR’s Simon Fisher also ran well in the men’s V40 category, finishing the race in 5hrs 56 minutes, in 61st place overall.

This CVFR trio were quick to sing the praises of this event. All three emphasised how they had ‘absolutely loved’ this ‘cracking race’, which is now one of their ‘firm favourites for the distance’, and had been all the better for the ‘perfect weather’ and tasty sausage rolls!

Resevoir Dogs – Ultra Marathon: Saturday 29th September saw a further trio of Calder Valley runners competing in the second annual Punk Panther Ultra Marathon Yorkshire. Part of the Punk Panther Series which started last year, this race forms part of six Ultra Marathons, and as important as the prizes awarded for each race, competitors also gain points which not only count towards an annual trophy for men and women but help qualify them for similar events held elsewhere.

Although all Punk Panther Races all start in Otley, West Yorkshire and finish in Pool-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, they take place across a variety of challenging courses in West and North Yorkshire. This last Saturday’s Reservoir Dogs was 43km (27 miles) for the shorter race & 53km (35 miles) for the longer race, and included 750/950 metres (2500/3100ft) ascent. The longer race tours around seven of the reservoirs that serve the Leeds area, starting with Lindley Wood Reservoir in North Yorkshire, before going to Swinsty and Fewston Reservoir and then over to John O’Gaunt, Beaver Dyke, Scargill Reservoirs before returning to West Yorkshire via Stainburn Forest and Almscliffe Crag to Eccup Reservoir before finishing in Pool-in-Wharfedale (the shorter racce does not include Eccup Reservoir).

Results have yet to be published, an incredible run for CVFR athelete Phill Beecroft, saw him finish an impressive joint 3rd in the 27-mile race. Running together in their second ultra, Carolyn Shimwell & Harley Beecroft also ran well, finishing the 27 miles in just over 6hrs.

Quote from Harley: “It was tough adjusting to flat conditions, and these took a toll on our endurance. Carolyn dug deep to complete after a knee niggle early on. In addition, we’re pleased to have completed enough ultras this year to obtain points for the 2020 OCC which is part of the UTMB weekend (a 42-69km race in August 2020 starting & finishing in Chamonix, France, travelling through France, Switzerland & Italy). We just need to get through the ballot process now!’ 

Completing this weekend’s impressive results:  On Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September 2018, the ROC Moutain Marathon Long Score took place. This weekend navigation event – held in the Northern fells of the Lake District over two days, has proven a popular choice with mountain marathon competitors. Open to both solo runners and pairs, this race is noteworthy as it requires competitors to carry their overnight kit throughout the two-day competition. For each day, there are 800 possible points to score by finding up to 30 controls in tight time limits (although this last weekend, no-one reached even 3/4s of these on either day).

In a tough field of competitors, Vetran CVFR club member, Jackie Scarf, and former CVFR runner (now racing for Pennine FR since a move to Derbyshire) Linda Murgatroyd, racing as a pair, scored 375 for day 1 (7h time limit), to place a respectable 24th. On day 2, with its tighter 6h timeframe, the ladies pulled out all the stops, finishing within a whisker of the time limit (only incurring a 1-point penalty) to score an impressive 404 points, and so placing 16th place for Day 2 in a tough field of competitors. Thanks to these results over the two-day event, the duo were the highest scoring female pair and took home the first prize for a female team.

Quote from Jackie: ‘It was tough going – a mixture of runnable grassy hill tops, energy sapping heather and bracken, but with a great views of Skiddaw and Blencathra. We did a lot of climbing! However, there was also good weather and great overnight camp in the Mosedale valley’.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Catherine Jones

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Youth & Experience

Prizes for Calder Valley’s Youth and Experience

This weekend saw a fantastic display from CVFR’s young talents and experienced, club veterans in Championship races both home and away.

Utterley Butterley Fell Race

The sun was out for the ten CVFR who made the trip to Marsden for the Utterly Butterley Fell Race. As the penultimate Club Championship short race, this was a chance to grab some last minute points. Starting at the Butterley Reservoir, this is billed as a ‘scenic route which visits 5 reservoirs in under 5 miles’, with 850ft ascent over the Moors above Marsden. Rob James (Royton) powered home to set a new course record of 29.34 mins. Martin Howard flew off the start to lead the race but suffered a stitch which slowed him to human pace.

Martin Howard’s flying start at Utterley Butterley


Calder Valley men put in a superb performance to win the team prize with Martin Howard (3rd overall), Jonny Croston (8th) and Phil Wells (11th).

Phil Wells looking relaxed at Utterley Butterley

Carole Fryer continues to run well and was pleased to get FV50 which she thought she had missed out on.

Carole Fryer in fine form at Utterley Butterley.

Tamsin Cooke claimed an unusual prize for best scare after injuring herself! Thankfully no serious harm done.

Tamsin Cooke at Utterley Butterley

Lost Shepherd Fell Race

The Lost Shepherd made its debut on the Calder Valley race calendar this Saturday.

53 runners took on the challenging partially flagged 15 mile race over open moor and foot path with 2690 ft of climb. The nine checkpoints include Stoodley Pike (twice), Withins Clough, and the Shepherd’s Rest. Organised by CVFR’s Simon Fisher, all proceeds go to prostate cancer research. Andrew Worster (Todmorden Harriers) was first back in 1.57 hours followed by CVFR’s Kevin Hoult in second place and first MV40. With three top ten placings, Calder Valley scooped the team prize: Kevin Hoult (2nd) Jon Smith (4th) and Bill Johnson (10th overall and 1st MV50).

The lost Shepherd 2018 – Nathan Kennaugh

Annie Roberts made it a Tod Harriers double with 1st female (11th overall). Jackie Scarf continued the CVFR Vets’ winning form to claim 1st FV50 (3rd female) and Stella Chrisanthou was 5th female.

Holcombe Duathlon

Not content with winning on foot, Calder Valley’s Karl Gray showed how to do it on two wheels by winning the Holcombe Duathlon just 20 seconds outside the course record.

KG – kryptonian God with the Holcombe Duathlon winning trophy

This route sandwiches a challenging 27k ride over Peel Tower between two 7.5k runs. Helen Buchan put in fantastic runs and riding to finish 1st FV40.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen Mcdonach

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Winter Pack Runs 2018




DEPART AT 6.45pm.

Below are details of the winter training runs on the road with options on the length and Strava Segments marked in blue on the map to go for. These are “pack runs” so runners in your particular group will regroup and no one will be left behind.

Contact Harley Beecroft if you need any further information.

There’s also several “off road groups” who are allergic to tarmac who prefer to stick to the “Fells” with their head torches on. These groups are generally lead by regular Tuesday night runners such as Richard Sunderland, Dave Beels, Charlotte Wetton.

Please remember to turn up in appropriate kit for all training sessions for all weathers. Information here.

Date Route details Distance/Climb Map
Oct 16th Le Chugg – Up Midgley Rd, Luddenden, Stocks Lane, down to Booth, back via Midgley and down Midgley Rd. 7.6mls/1500′
Shorter option;carry on down to Luddendenfoot and a long main road back (less climbing)
Oct 23rd Cragg Vale Crawl – 3.5mls/670’ uphill on Cragg Rd to Turkey Lodge, New Rd, Steep Lane, Sowerby Lane, Scout Rd 9.1mls/1180′
Shorter option: Long Causeway at Steep Lane and down Hathershef Rd. (8.8mls/908’) not much in it!
Oct 30th Birchcliffe Burner – Main road to Hebden, Birchcliffe, top road to Midgley (headtorch needed), Down John Naylor Lane (next to school), up Hand Carr Lane, down Scout Rd. 7.8mls/1344′
Shorter option down Midgley Road4.7m, 800’
Nov 6th Hill Rep Session (AGM 8PM) – Scout rd, Hall bank lane. It will be going through pain with others to strengthen those legs for climbing. Much easier and more enjoyable in a group. N/A ;
Nov 13th The Steep One – Up Lee Wood (Heptonstall), Down Mytholm steeps! back to MCC 9.5m/1225’ MAP
Nov 20th Long Haul up to to The Hounds – Burnley Rd to Hebden, up through Heptonstall cobbles, down Lee Wood Rd, up Sandy Gate Lane to Chiserly, Heights Rd to Midgley, down Midgley Rd. 9.3mls/1670′
Shorter option: miss out climb back up Birchcliffe (7.2m/888’)
Nov 24th Sowerby Bridge Blast(new) – Route TBA, Route TBA, Route TBA, TBA mls’
Shorter option TBA
Dec 4th Le Chugg-Up Midgley Rd, Luddenden, Stocks Lane, down to Booth, back via Midgley and down Midgley Rd. 7.6mls/1500′
Shorter option: carry on down to Luddendenfoot and a long main road back (less climbing)
Dec 11th Cragg Vale Crawl – 3.5mls/670’ uphill on Cragg Rd to Turkey Lodge, New Rd, Steep Lane, Sowerby Lane, Scout Rd 9.1mls/1180′
Shorter option: Long Causeway at Steep Lane and down Hathershef Rd. (8.8mls/908’) not much in it!
Dec 18th Stoodley Santa Hat Run
A club event for all, stoodley pike and back for “plenty of fish” 
7.0mls/1200′ ;
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Autumn escapades

The Cautley Horseshoe: lucky for some.
The final chapter in the English National Fell champs was held by Howgill Harriers, with a race of only 4.6 miles with 800 vertical metres to get the calf muscles twitching.

The ladies ran first, with brave veteran Karon Forster taking on the challenge finishing 8th vet 50 and she got the pleasure of watching the lads wrestle through the river crossing, that had Gav Mulholland wearing water wings, just before the finish. The pressure was on with team and open medals at stake.
Ben Mounsey showed he’s not just a milner, as he took the crown on the first, hand grappling ascent and came home in another top 10 position in 8th.
Next in was Karl, putting to bed rumours of a 50th birthday by coming home in his new age, 18th and second vet only to Sir Rob Jebb. Karl is, again a national hero with first vet 45 and 2nd vet 40.

The Earl – Cautley river crossing

Next in was his long lost half brother Gavin Mulholland in 25th. Known for his kindness he only went and let old man Mark Roberts, former British champ, take him by 3 seconds and costing him a bronze in the vet 40 category, but cementing a bronze in the vet 45s. Alex Whittem was next in, waving to the crowds in his usual style with ‘high ho’ Shaun Godsman silver, in the vet 45s, front crawling to the finish alongside Darren Kay. That’s a one, two, three for the club in the Vet 45s English Champs, extremely rare, like the next lot of runnners, Mark ‘berty biscuit’ Burton, Mark Taylor and Stephen Edwards came home next. With two river crossings the great white shark, Mark O’Connor, gave his best, despite the lack of brine.

Special mention to Martin Howard who showed he can compete with the best finishing, just behind Shaun, after he parted the waves for him. Martin showed much climbing prowess today and it has been confirmed that he has tied for Gold in the u23s championship. He says he’s off out to the Accapulco wearing his bling and England vest. His father Bob Howard is very proud, adding that he better be home by 11.30.

In the club championships, there was another skirmish on the moors around Pule hill in the Ian Roberts memorial race held by Holmfirth Harriers.
Three of the lads finished in the top 10 with Jonny ‘chocks away’ Croston collected 1st vet honours. Phil Wells was next in, with Paul Haigh tussock trounced into 10th. For the ladies, Ann Holden took 2nd vet 40 followed up by Rachel Johnston Taking 2nd vet 50. While all of this was taking place Simon Ashton was on the prowl over Stainland way taking 3rd in their trail race. Some say he was just preparing himself for a strava segment raid whilst Mulholland and Mounsey seek pastures new.

CVFR Mens Team

Stepping it up just a little was Melvyn Ward who completed The Robin Hood 100 mile long distance race in an amazing time of 28hrs 44mins. I suspect he will need new shoes, and feet. Unfortunately there are now food shortages in the local area as he bids to replenish his body.

Auditioning for the sequel to king of the hill in the final stage of the King of the Mountains at Scafell were Calvin Ferguson, Blair Garrett, and Steve Stephen Smithies after having journeyed on their pilgrimage of the highest British Summits in Ben Nevis and Snowdon previously in the year.

And rumour has it, in a second day of racing over at the Embsay Bofra, Smithies went on to be crowned vet 50 champion as he took on the short blast up to the crag before circumnavigating back, packing 244m of climb into a neat 4.4km route. For the ladies, Jo Buckley managed to edge away from her competitors to take first female place.

And legendary violinist Holly Page played a mean fiddle to win bronze at the sky running world champs., the Ring of Steall Skyrace in Scotland. She said

“Absolutely DELIGHTED to win a bronze medal at the Skyrunning world champs and last race of the Salomon Running goldentrail series. I didn’t sleep until after 3am, woke up with a cold and was deliberating whether or not to start but I’m so very glad that I did.

Not even in the top 10 after the first climb I pulled through to 4th at the bottom of it then managed to somehow ward off the speedsters behind me and catch up one more place on the final climb to place 3rd.

It was awesome to have so many runners from different countries all experiencing the Scottish mud, tussocks and rocks and even some sunshine… loads of support on the course – sorry to anyone I grunted at… I was appreciating the cheers’

Sensation Holly Page – Ring of Steall Skyrace

– Calder Valley News Reporter:Gav Mulholland

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The off-road Yorkshireman

Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon and Half

Calder Women at the Yorkshireman start

As we leave the hot summer and short fast gala races behind and head towards the cooler autumn, the fell races get longer. Last Sunday was the Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon, over 26 miles around the hills of Haworth and the Worth valley. A favourite race for many Calder Valley Fell Runners, the Club posted some excellent results.

In the Marathon, ultra supremo, Kevin Hoult lead for the first half but was overtaken by Andrew Dobby (Harrogate Harriers) and Matthew Richardson (Saltaire Striders) to come in third place in 3hrs:29mins. Luke Meleschko came 9th. Andy Wright beat previous demons at this race getting 34th place in 4hrs:22mins. Calder’s women showed a great demonstration of team work, Stella Chrisanthou, Kate Pope, Gloria Ayuso, Elina Eady, Eileen McDonach and Gill Dickson all finished within two minutes of each other.

Calder men at the Yorkshireman start

Calder achieved similar good results in the Half marathon with Dougie Zinnis 7th place in 1:49:44. However it was the vets who got the top results with Andrew Davis 1st V60 in 2:10:27 and Kay Pierce 1st female V70 in 3:36:32.


Calder’s Marathon results
3rd Kevin Hoult 3:29:48
9th Luke Meleschko 3:49:20

Elina Eday at the Yorkshireman

34th Andrew Wright 4:22:51
90th Stella Chrisanthou 5:17:12
91st Kate Pope 5:17:18
92nd Gloria Ayuso 5:17:19
18th pair Elina Eady & Eileen McDonach 5:18:40
95th Gill Dickson 5:18:47
113th Diane Wright 5:36:26

Calder’s Half Marathon Results
7th Douglas Zinis 1:49:44
50th Damien Briscoe 2:06:01
58th Darren Earnshaw 2:07:54
68th Matt Kay 2:10:25
69th Andrew Davies 2:10:27
136th Gillian Wisbey 2:38:14
148th Christina Turner 2:40:56
201st Joanna Marshall 3:03:37
228th Kay Pierce 3:36:32
233rd Angela Richards 3:41:27
239th Genevieve Thompson 3:48:15

Lake District Mountain Trail.

A true test of mountain craft, the Lake District Mountain Trail provides competitors with a map and 11 locations marked on it. The challenge being to navigate quickly and accurately to all the points in order, covering some 25 miles and 10000ft of climbing in the process. The course took runners either side of the valley north of Grasmere as far as Dove Crag in the east to High Raise in the West. Phil Scarf, Bill Johnson and Steve Smithies all completed the long course, with Phil getting the best result in 37th place. Jackie Scarf was 1st female V50 in the medium course. Helen Buchan and Calvin Ferguson were 20th and 4th pair in the short course.

V50 women at Mountain Trial

U20 Junior Home International – Glendalough, Ireland

Martin Howard, wearing his England vest for the 1st time, came 13th in this race .

Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial

Last Saturday the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team put on the Inaugural Downhill Time Trial at the Havok Bike Park in Todmorden. As the name suggests it is a downhill only race with competitors taking it in turns to get down the hill while staying upright. All competitors having two attempts to get their best time.

Todmorden’s Annie Roberts won the women’s race in 7:53. Calder’s Charlotte Wetton was 3rd recording 9:49 on her first attempt. Rachel Johnson was 5th and Karon Foster was 9th.

Karon Foster DH time trial

Wharfdale’s Ted Mason won the men’s race in 6:23. Calder’s Steve Smithies was 8th in 7:41 on his second run, just beating Toby Cotterill to 9th after he recorded 7:42 on his first run. Martin Millard was 26th in 10:42

Toby Cotterill DH time trial

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Tim Brooks

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