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.