Last weekend saw the outcome of Northumberland’s first national championship fell race, the Kielder Blast, which has further cemented Calder Valley Fell Runners place amongst the elite of English fell running. The 6 mile race over challenging terrain, which concluded the 2012 English Fell Running Championships, saw Heptonstall resident Holly Page take the victory in the women’s race. This topped off an excellent season for Page, being crowned under 23 champion and silver medallist behind Todmorden Harrier’s Lauren Jeska in the women’s open category. Calder Valley’s Sally Newman has been equally dominant in the vet 50s category, winning gold. Newman also took silver in the vet 45s.
Led by the British championship silver medallist Helen Fines, Calder’s women’s team were delighted to end their season by taking the team silver. Not to be outdone, the men’s team have also enjoyed a medal haul, winning team bronze in the English open category, and silver in the vet 40s. Karl “Earl” Gray has again proved his class, taking silver in the individual men’s vet 40s category.
On the same day as Calder’s elite runners battled it out just insider the border with Scotland, just over the other border into Lancashire, the club showed that it has the strength in depth to win on two fronts. Jon Underwood, Lee Shimwell, Steve Smithies and Rob Dobson helped Calder claim the men’s team prize at the Thieveley Pike race in the stunning Cilviger gorge in Burnley. Jackie Scarf was first women’s vet 50 and second woman overall.