Calder Valley On Fire!!!

image_1360190590826192A busy weekend for the red and white saw some blazing performances and silverware aplenty returning to the Valley from various races in the region.

Local Blackshawhead star, Jo Waites demonstrated her class by winning the 23 mile Rombald Stride Winter Challenge for the fourth consecutive year, making light work of the tough terrain in a superb time of 3hrs 9mins. After recent tribulations with injury, Jo is now firing on all cylinders once more and can no doubt look forward to many more victories soon.

Elsewhere, the first club championship race of the year visited the Mickleden Straddle, held at Langsett about ten miles south west of Barnsley. Ladies’ Club Captain, Helen Fines romped home to take the ladies’ prize with a stunning new course record of 1:54:24.

The race isn’t for the faint-hearted with 14.3 miles and 2431 ft of climb, typically fruity High Peak weather and muddier than Tod’ Park underfoot. The fact that Helen finished fourteenth overall gives you an idea of the quality of the race she ran. She was heroically supported by Jackie Scarf and Helen Buchan, enabling CVFR to take the Ladies’ prize.

In the men’s race, more laurels followed with a fantastic Calder Valley one-two – Tim Ellis beating a strong field to take first place with a lively time of 1:39:27 and Club Captain Ben Mounsey not far behind in second place. The men’s team were second overall.

Completing the clean sweep was Jason Williams who won the Lads Leap Fell Race, held at Crowden just off the Snake Pass. This illustrated that fell racing isn’t all about speed, especially in a thick clag with various route options. Jason combined sound navigation and common sense, a touch of fortune, and a sterling second half to come in first. A few of the leading pack got lost, including local fireman and top runner Shaun Godsman, who mislaid his bearings upon the moor. Rumour has it Shaun is very good at putting fires out, it just takes him a while to find them! Well done everybody on a great start to the season.

No ‘handicap’ for Nicky

‘One Week, One Trophy’Nicky

With a handicap adjusted start time any runner can win this event and if the handicaps are accurate the finish times should be very similar. Twenty five runners set off on a breezy day for the annual Winter Handicap from Stubbs Field, Mytholmroyd on Sunday 27th Jan. Most of the snow had melted so it was a boggy run round, with no records being broken. Apparently it was so windy at Stoodley Pike one runner was blown off her feet.

New club member, Nicky Bolton was the first runner back, nearly a minute clear of James Kershaw in second. Sarah Noot was the fastest woman in 55.04. However she had been omitted from the overall results as her handicap time was only an estimate. She was however eligible for the fastest woman award.

Jackie Scarf quickly pointed out the mistake when called up for the prize! Shaun Godsman was the fastest man by over four minutes in 39.53.

Apologies to Toby Cotterill who was set off four mins early and so was first back – but when his time was adjusted actually came in 11th – sorry Toby. Nicky Bolton in a top sportman’s gesture shared his prize with Toby. Well done to Rebecca Yorke for reaching the Pike first and commiserations to Graham Davey who was in the lead off Erringden Moor but took the wrong exit and descended via the trees on Daisy Bank.

Every one was back within 9 mins of each other due to Bill’s excellent handicap system, including 12 of the 25 runners back within a minute of each other. Thanks to Tim Brooks for all his hard working in organising this for the club

Thanks to Mick, here a few piccies taken from Stoodley Pike.

Manhar DSC_2566 Bill Steve DSC_2608 Shaun