Calder Valley’s young stars were to the fore in Sunday’s festive Stoop race, run by Howarth’s indefatigable fell running enthusiast, Dave ‘Woodentops’ Woodhead. The Stoop is one of a number of excellent races he puts on starting out of Penistone Hill quarry. The 5 mile burst sees runners traversing classic Bronte Country and Kate Bush would have approved of the wild, wet and windswept scene that awaited the four hundred plus runners, each sporting the mandatory Father Christmas hats to complete the festive feel.
Calder’s Jack Denton led the charge as he took the famed photo bragging rights by emerging out of the quarry in the lead, ahead of the illustrious field that included local fell legend Ian Holmes, current British Champion Rob Hope, former British champ Simon Bailey and serial winner Tom Adams. Young Jack is learning well how to pick his moments!
Alas, Jack faded somewhat to finish 25th, but it was his team mate and rising England star, Heptonstall’s Max Wharton who showed him how it’s done. Max demonstrated his talent with an outstanding fourth place, beating Ian Holmes into fifth, and just behind three of the sports hottest names. Tom Adams won in a keenly fought duel with Simon Bailey, with Robe Hope, admittedly dressed as a 70s New York cop, into third. Max can take great heart from his result and he is surely one to watch in 2015.
In the ladies race, Jo Buckley was best placed Calder in 86th and 5th lady and capped another solid season.
The race which is always run in a fine festive spirit, attracted a lot of interest from Calder with a merry band making the trip over Cock Hill. Good runs came from new club champion Mark O’Connor, Richard Ingram, Nathan Kennaugh and Jake Ackroyd. If you fancy getting involved and joining the fun, visit www.cvfr.co.uk