Golden Oldies

The weather and medal gods were shining over Calder Valley Fell Runners as the mens over 40s team ended a fantastic fell season with gold. The weather was sunny and clear as the British Fell relays started on the hills of Shropshire on Sunday morning. “Moaning” Mark Goldie ended his 1st leg run with a BIG SMILE on his face in just over 41 minutes and in 3rd  spot for the vets team. On leg 2 Karl Gray and Gav Mulholland, both in great form, set off to reel in the 2 vets teams ahead of them in the longest of the relay legs. Job done in a time of 1hour 12minutes and with the pressure on James Logue and Andy Thorpe took up the running in the top vets place. This leg involves navigating to marked checkpoints in a route of your choice. With international orienteer Logue in fine form they soon put more time in between themselves and the chasing team of Sheffield based Dark Peak. They expertly navigated the route in just over 1 hour and 2 minutes. Anchorman Shaun Godsman, who has the young one of the team only turning 40 recently, ran a fantastic last leg in a time of just under 37 minutes. He was welcomed home to rapturous applause and took great pride in finishing a fantastic day for his team of mates. The club had 4 other teams running with the next best result coming from the women. It was a “steep” learning curve on the Shropshire hills on leg 1 for the newest member Helen Buchan, having a solid run on such challenging terrain. On leg 2 international runners Holly Page and Helen Fines posting the fastest womens time for their leg and pulled the team up to 5th place. The navigation of leg 3 was left to ace orienteer Heather Gardner with partner Sally Newman. Jo Buckley, who seemed to be fitting fit after her road relay the day before, stormed round her leg to post the 3rd fastest womens time of the day and passed 2 teams to get the 4th team place. The other teams were made up of some of the older and newer club members alike who really enjoyed the relay experience. Calder Valley Fell Runners welcome new members and meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. “Be Inspired” to try something different.