Bride Stones Fell Race celebrations

BridestoneIt was celebrations all round for not only race organiser Dan Taylor on his forth coming wedding but also for Calder Valley’s Joe Washington and Lindsey Oldfield on their wins at the aptly named “Bride Stone” Rocks race. The 60 runners, mainly made up of red and white stripes, started near the Calder Way footpath and climbed steeply up the hill before traversing Whirlaw Common onto Eastwood Road, past the bride to be marshalling in all her finery at Bride Stone Rocks before plunging back down into the valley and returning to the field where it all started. The first 3 were very close together at the finish wih Joe taking the race in  37 mins 27 seconds but hot on his heels 8 seconds later was Chris Smales. Only 2 seconds further adrift was prolific racer Darren Fishwick. With Calders Mark O’Connor in 5th and Giles Simon 7th the mens team prize was secure. In her first appearance for Calder Valley Lindsey Oldfield had a convincing win in 44 mins 39 secs  and was over a minute in front of second place Tod Harrier Rebecca Patrick. Helen Buchan had been chasing Lindsey all the way but with head in race mode ended up taking a wrong turning.  She still secured 3rd place but was less than impressed with herself when she finished. This did gives her club mates an opportunity to take the mickey at her mistake … They were getting one back after she given them some grief at getting lost in the mist in Ireland … was it misty or foggy on race night? Or was the sun so bright it dazzled her!!!. Again with Linda Hayles as their 3rd counter the ladies collected the team prize.