Idris, Inters, Tops and Horseshoes

Calder Valley’s runners headed for a weekend of fell race action across Wales, Lancashire, Yorkshire, and the Lake District. Top of the bill was Sunday’s Inter Counties Fell Championships as Holly Page, Max Wharton, Jack Denton, and Issy Wharton ran for Yorkshire pride in a series of races around Witton Park in Lancashire. Heptonstall’s Holly Page was in sizziling form as she helped a star-studded Yorkshire ladies team to the gold medal, and in doing so earned her selection for the England team ahead of the upcoming Karrimor international trail race and Home Countries international. Meanwhile it was gold all the way as Max Wharton won the Under 18 race while Jack Denton took Under 16 honours. Issy Wharton was proud to have earned one of only three places on the girls Yorkshire team. Max could also feel proud of his performance at the Yorkshire Track and Field Championships on the previous day. The Heptonstall ace speedster beat rivals from across the county to become the Yorkshire 800m champion.

In the Lake District the 9 miles and 3000 feet of Fairfield Horseshoe was first up, with Calder’s John Minta and Linda Hayles joining 278 runners over this spectacular ridge route to finish in 1:54:01, 119th and 2:22:48 , 247th respectively. Adam Osbourne of Leeds City was first man in 1: 22 with Judith Jepson of Dark Peak Fell Runners winning the ladies race 1:40:23.

In one of the toughest Lakeland events The Old County Tops starts in Great Langdale before taking in the tops of Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston in its 37 miles. After hitting the highest point in England Scafell Pike the runners can either retrace a route back down a rocky trail or risk it all to gain vital minutes on a treacherous route, straight off the side of the mountain. Calders Ian Symington and friend Ed Bailey came 3rd pair and only minutes behind first place Stephen Pyke and Jon Morgan of Dark Peak. Valley’s Kevin Hoult, Linda Murgatroyd, Chris Mawdsley, Manhar Patel and Jackie Scarf also completed the route, with Hoult recording another fine performance in 7th place.

A gaggle of Calder sun seekers headed for North Wales coasts and mountains to pitch up at the king sized Cader Idris fell race, one of the toughest races in the Welsh FRA calendar. The rocky route features 10.5 miles straight up and straight back down the mountain with just shy of 3,000ft of climb. This marvellous event was held in glorious sunshine and won by Felipe Evans from Aberystwyth in 1:25:52 with recent Wadsworth Trog winner, Macclesfield Harrier’s Simon Harding close on his heels in 1:27:00. Calder Valley well represented by: Ben Frechette in 38th in 1:48:31, Jim Mosley in 67th taking 11 mins off his time last year in 1:55:38, and Richard Ingram in 100th in 2:05:33, and Nathan Kennaugh in 147th 2:15:18.