Howard takes top spot

The week saw a packed and busy itinerary for both CVFR juniors and seniors, ranging from 3.3 miles to 62 miles. In the offing was a mid week run in Todmorden (the Orchan Rocks), the junior Lothersdale race, a Bob Graham round and the popular club race, the Coiners, hosted by the club itself. And, as ever, the red and white stripes scooped up a range of prizes along their way.

Orchan Rocks, a short 3.3 mile race, was first run in 2014. Starting a couple of miles outside Todmorden, it’s a short sharp blast of a race on some fast, grassy paths. Going up the Knotts Cliffs, the route does a quick loop around the Orchan Rocks before descending back the same way. Calder Valley’s Martin Howard was the overall winner with a time of 22:31 Said Martin: ‘This is a great little race and I’d love to come back next year to try and take the course record’ 

Martin Howard, Orchan Rocks winner (photo: Mick Fryer)

And another name is to be added to the club’s Bob Graham Round plaque. Dougie Zinis put in a sterling effort to complete the BG challenge in an incredible 20 hours 27 minutes. The BG is an infamous fell running challenge in the Lake District. This gruelling 66 miles route, involving 27,000ft of climbing over 42 Lakeland peaks requires a completion time within 24 hours to make it into the BG hall of fame. Supported by a number of CV team mates, Dougie appeared remarkably refreshed and at relaxed at the end of his incredible feat.

Dougie Zinis, with some of his CV support crew (L- R Andy Swift, Dougie Zinis, Ian Glendinning and Martin Howard)

Other achievements over the Bank Holiday weekend included Nicki Latham and Jocasta Fletcher securing 1st Ladies team prize on the bike/ run 2 day OMM lite on Cannock Chase. They biked 37kms and ran 24km, whilst navigating, over the 2 days.

Coiners Fell Race, organised for the first time by Stella Chrisanthou, also had a strong CVFR turn out both as participants and marshals. The scenic 6 mile loop with 967ft of climb takes in Coiner’s country on paths, tracks & moorland. It goes over Erringden Moor, Stoodley Pike and Bell House Moor, offering spectacular views of Cragg Vale and passing by the old coiners cottages of Bell House and Keelam. The overall winner was Simon Bailey from Mercia in 44:12. CV’s Natasha Butterfield (2nd lady), Trudi Entwistle and Rachel Johnstone took the Women’s Team prize. It’s clear where junior speedsters Clara and Thomas McKee get their running genes from as mum, Trudi Entwistle, flew round the course finishing 3rd lady. Mark O’Conner was first CV home.

Coiners Women’s Team winners: (L-R Trudi Entwistle, Natasha Butterfiels, Rachel Johnstone)

Last Tuesday saw the first of the club’s ‘Have a Go’ session. This is an opportunity for people to have a go at fell running and sample the delights of CVFR club. The club welcomed at least 15 new people, all keen and eager to experience the joys of fell running. The next Have a Go session is on Tues 14th May, 6.45pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. If you can run at least 3 miles, just turn up with grippy trainers and your biggest smile. For more info contact gillhdickson@gmail.com

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gill Dickson

Ultra Fells

The Bob graham. The legendary 42 summit circuit of the Lake District to be completed in 24 hrs. Sir John Allan and his crack team of fell runners set off from Keswick to climb Skiddaw Gt Calva Blencathra before leg 2 up Clough head and many more mountains such as Dollywagon Bowfell Scafell Pike, Pike o stickle, kiirk fell and other pythonesque names before the final, Robinson. The training all paid off as John finished in around 22 hrs ? After the event, whilst in a state of delirium, John may have proposed to his fiancé which he will no doubt contemplate when he regains consciousness.

At the LAMM (Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon), a 2 day navigation and overnight camp on The Isle of Harris, veterans Jackie and Phil Scarf were first in their age group with Barbara Lonsdale and Jo Buckley First Ladies pair with the whole event, including the weather, in top form.

On to shorter stuff with the 50 mile Cannonball Calderdale way ultra. It’s starts off rough (Todmorden) and ends bad (Tordmorden) but the rest is beautiful taking in Blackshaw head, Heptonstall, Wainstalls, bits you would rather not run, and then onto North Dean Woods, Norland, Cragg Vale and Stoodley.

Carolyn n Harley CW ultra 2018

Calder Valley annihilated the rest by winning in several categories starting with Kevin the bolt Hoult who went under 8 hrs setting a new course record and winning. Kevin put his success down to choosing this over a day of diy at home.  The club also picked up team prizes in the paired categories with Carolyn Shimwell and Harley Beecroft the winning ladies and Dougie Ziggy Stardust Zinis pairing with Luke Meleschko and Ian illistone with Luke putting in a strong sole effort at the end. Lee Shimwell also completed the course, as the Joker from Batman (with that Jimmy Hill grin).

Lee Shimwell CWU 2018

The short stops: Gavin Mulholland took on the home internationals on the slopes of the Howgills finishing 21st and 2nd for Northern Ireland, missing out on a bronze by a single point to Wales

And in Europe in Slovenia, Ben Mounsey came 5th v35 in the World Masters Mountain race. Ben is delighted to be old enough now to battle with the best. He said “It’s the greenest place I’ve ever been and the cleanest place I’ve ever been,  It has HUGE impressive mountains and breathtaking scenery. Loved it. I’ll be back.’

At Pen-y-ghent, Darren Kay was third and first vet 40 in 51 minutes.

Martin Howard chased some of the top names in fell running at Coniston Gullies, coming fifth. Super vet Dave Hammond was 29th and second v50. Will Hall was second in the under 14s. 

Holly Page continues to excel in the World Skyrunning series and lies second overall.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gav Mulholland

More Bob Graham Success!

Congratulations to Jackie and Phil Scarf on completing the Bob Graham Round on 11th June, along with friend Doug Gurr.

Jackie came in before the boys, in 23:35; with Doug completing in 23:36 and Phil in 23:42.

And on the next weekend, Dave Almond romped round in a speedy 21:51. Well done Dave!

We are going to run out of room on our plaque of Bob Graham completers!!