25 – 25 – 25

We had a glorious day for our 25th Anniversary Run – 25 miles on the 25th of March. Rising early after the clocks went forward, 21 runners set off in mist from Mytholmroyd at 8am, soon climbing out into brilliant sunshine on Crow Hill at Sowerby. Original Club members Richard Kellett and John (Bod) Riley started with us, still running, though a little slower than in 1986. After descending to Cragg Vale the group climbed to Stoodley Pike where we were greeted by magnificent views of cloud below us in the Calder Valley towards Todmorden. Returning to Mytholmroyd some members finished their run whilst others joined and more than 30 members jogged, walked and talked our way up to Old Town and then up the moor to High Brown Knoll in warm, summer-like conditions. A return in the afternoon sun around Midgley Moor via Midgley’s Crow Hill took us back eventually to Mytholmroyd again after six hours for much anticipated pies and peas and a beer in the Shoulder of Mutton. Bod was with us all the way round. Almost fifty members of the club ran part or all of the challenging but beautiful route around the hills of the Calder Valley (thanks to Big Al, the route master). The weather certainly helped, and Maria’s catering service at the road crossings was superb, but it was everybody who turned out that made the day a wonderful experience. Several people have suggested that we should do something like this more often, so let’s do it! We have had one plea for kilometers please at our next anniversary! Rod

Graham Lloyds Photos
Bods Photos