Gray and Waites win at Ovenden

A record turnout of 193 runners assembled at Ogden Reservoir for the annual running of the Ovenden Fell Race, one of the first races of the year and a good chance to burn off some of the Christmas excesses. This eight mile race follows the track alongside the golf course, before turning on to the moor towards Oxenhope. After a quick tour of the moor, runners retrace their steps back to the track for a fast downhill finish. With a strong wind and in very wet and muddy underfoot conditions the course record set by current English champion Lloyd Taggart was never going to be challenged, but it didn’t stop Calder Valley’s Karl Gray from winning the race with a comfortable margin of victory in 57 minutes or so. Equally impressive was the winner of the women’s race Jo Waites, who, like club mate Gray, is also a V40. It was great to see Waites back racing in a ‘proper’ fell race again after frustrating injuries have kept the Blackshaw Head based teacher away from the fells for some time.
Pudsey and Bramley pair Colin Walker and a remarkable run from 49 year old Paul Stephenson saw them just beat Calder’s Alex Whittem into the podium positions, with Darren Holloway of Pennine continuing in the form that has seen him finish highly in races all last year, in fifth. Wharfedale Harriers went home with the team prizes, but only because one of the Calder runners was accidentally registered as ‘unattached’. In the ladies race, a very strong Calder ladies contingent won the team prizes with women’s club captain Helen Fines, a minute or so behind Waites, with Anne Johnson in fourth. Lynne Clough of Chorley was third.

New Years Resolution

NUMBER 1 – Have a go at Fell Running with CVFR
28th January 2012

Meet Mytholmroyd Community Centre (see map at the bottom of this page) between 10.00 and 10.15 am

Come along and dip your toe in the mud and see if this is the sport for you. We’re holding a have a go day at the same time as our club winter handicap race (where the slowest runners set off first and the fastest runners have to try and catch up with them!), so you’ll get to see club members of all abilities chase each other to Stoodley Pike and back. We will lead you on a run along the same route, but will pace it so that everyone runs at their own speed and no one gets left behind. We’ll tailor the distance on the day, so you won’t have to run all the way to Stoodley (5.5 miles there and back) if it’s too far for you, but we will push you to do the best you can!

You should have a reasonable level of fitness – we will be walking briskly up hill (we might try an run a little bit!) and then running along the flatter sections – but you don’t need to be a runner to come along. Lots of our members started out as mountain bikers, cyclists, or just keen long distance walkers.

You don’t need any fancy kit, but do come dressed for the weather. It will be colder and windier on top of the moor than it is in the valley, so please bring a windproof (and ideally waterproof) top, hat, gloves, and trainers that you are prepared to get muddy. It is also a good idea to wear leggings rather than tracksuit bottoms, as tracksuits can get very heavy when wet. Fell or trail shoes will give you more grip than road shoes, but are not essential.

You might also want to bring some warm dry clothes to put on afterwards so you can join us in the pub to celebrate your efforts.

Any questions, please call Hannah on 07531 240 966.

Fell running: Possibly the cheapest sport there is.
Definitely the most fun you can have in a bog.