Calder Valley Fell Runners made it a convincing clean sweep at Saturday’s Good Shepherd Fell Race when their runners took the honours in both the individual and team placings. Calder’s James Logue and Anne Johnson demonstrated the fine form that they are currently in with both of them running the route three minutes quicker than the course records which they both held previously!
Unfortunately, these old records will still stand as the race has been shortened due to the construction work which is taking place at Withins Clough reservoir, which has closed the dam wall to the public, meaning runners head around the reservoir the opposite way to reach the checkpoint high on the moor. Apart from that slight tweak, the race heads up from Dauber Bridge, below Cragg Vale and up onto Erringden Moor. Two visits to Stoodley Pike then precede a long run back to the Good Shepherd church via Robin Hood Rocks, near Scout Road. The race takes some tricky twists and turns towards its end and despite the best efforts of the organisers, a handful of runners approached the finish from the wrong direction, as has been the case in the last few years. There were no such problems for James Logue, who was on top form early in the year and looks to have recaptured that form with a huge eight minute margin of victory from the unattached runner Marc Lowden. Saddleworth’s evergreen Vet 50 runner, Chris Davies, was third man back.
Anne Johnson also looks to have put this year’s injury woes behind her as she ran away with the ladies first place a full quarter of an hour clear of the second placed lady, Mel Blackhurst of Todmorden. Third lady was Pudsey’s Leanne Hague. Anne’s husband Bill also ran very well and is looking sharp for the British Relays next week as he ran in fourth to take some notable scalps. With Rob Dobson also running well in eleventh place, the Calder men were first team.
The ladies also won the team race, with Helen Lambert and Claire Hanson backing up Anne well.
CVFR Results: James Logue – 01:42:20; Bill Johnson – 01:52:15; Rob Dobson – 01:58:56; Garry Travis – 02:00:26; Anne Johnson – 02:03:06; Mark Wharton – 02:10:53; Nick Murphy – 02:18:30; Martin Whitehead – 02:18:32; Steve Grimley – 02:20:06; Dave Culpan – 02:21:35; Lance Parker – 02:21:52; Tim Hayles – 02:22:23; Helen Lambert – 02:22:26; Tony Steward – 02:32:04; Toby Sydes – 02:43:04; Claire Hanson – 02:44:19; Linda Hayles – 2:54:39.