Smiles and Miles

The Snowdon International Mountain Race (10 miles/3300ft) started in Llanberis on Saturday 21st July and followed the tourist track alongside the railway track to the summit and back. Over five hundred runners completed the race with competitors representing Italy, Canada, France and Australia as well as all the home nations plus Eire. Rumours that Within the race is an Open race for club runners.

A trio of Calder Valley Fell Runners were selected to run for their country, Helen Fines and Holly Page were running for England and Gavin Mulholland was running for Northern Ireland. Helen had a superb race, summiting in fifth place she managed to finish in second due to her fearless descending. Holly, running Snowdon for the first time finished in fifth place and along with third placed, Holmfirth Harrier, Katie Walshaw, the English girls were first team. The ladies race was won by Tessa Hill from Canada.

In the mens race Gavin was fifteenth, another creditable performance in his first Snowdon race. The mens race was won by Murray Strain from Scotland and with Scotsmen finishing in second and fifth they also took the team prize.

In the Lake District on Saturday 28th July, new member Ian Symington was 4th in the Lakeland 100, completing the 100 miles and 21,000ft of climbing in 22hours 47 minutes. As a popular race, Symington had pre-entered earlier in the year while still a member of Macclesfield Harriers, and the official results reflect this, however Symington is now a fully fledged member of Calder Valley Fell Runners and with results like this he is a welcome addition to the team.