Yorkshire Gold for CVFR

Saturday 29th saw the return of the yorkshire championships at Great whernside fell race in Kettlewell, the dales. Although a short race of 4miles, the route manages almost 1600ft of climb with many running surfaces under foot from sheep mown fields to slippery rock and boggy marsh, which ended up swallowing quite a few runners (or bog monsters). The weather was on the turn as 175 competitors warmed up for the start of the race late morning, with the clag covering the higher ground. Calder valley were out to defend their title as 1st team for the third year on the trot, led by stalwart Karl Gray, last years senior champion. Despite the steep start, the pace was blistering with Gray & team mate Gavin Mulholland leading closely followed by the likes of Ian Holmes and the Pudsey & Bramley team. By Hag Dyke farm the 1st group of men were pulling away with the lead constantly changing. By the trig point of Great Whernside Mulholland slipped into 2nd and descended into the lead past Leeds man Chris Birchall only to be caught by Holmes and Karl Bell of Howgill who had taken a shorter route. Past the farm on the return saw a massive scrap for all positions with Bell & Holmes breaking away and finishing 1st and 2nd respectively, leaving Mulholland to fight with Birchall and Mike Fanning of Borrowdale for 3rd, but losing out in the end to finish 5th overall with Karl Gray making a storming finish right behind and James Logue completing the third man (thats two irishmen out of three writes Mulholland) to take the team prize yet again. In the Yorkshire Category of the race Jo Waites again showed form, after a long lay off with injury, being the 1st lady home (2nd lady overall) and Gavin Mulholland managing an individual bronze as well. Brian Horsley also had a great run to take the Vet 60s title. A big thanks go to the organisers Pete Jebb and David Woodhead, and the ever present marshalls who so enjoy freezing to death whilst watching some suicidal runners. The Calder Valley gold medal team were made up of lads all over 40 and rumour has it that Shaun Godsman has disowned Lancashire in a bid to be a part of next years team.