Ellis seals county title after spellbinding run

Alex Aces at Liver Hill

The fell running season is well underway, and with the clocks going forwards the mid-week evening races have started.  The first one is The Pete Hartley Memorial Race which was held at Liver Hill on Tuesday 31st March.  Pete Hartley was a mountaineer, climber, navigator and successful fell runner, who died of cancer at the end of last year. Some of his achievements were winning the Haworth Hobble, Fellsman, High Peak Marathon and the Karrimor Mountain Marathon.  More recently he became well known for his photographs of fell and mountain runners around the world.

Alex Whittem was Calder Valley’s only representative, but despite the terrible weather, he needed no team support to win the 4.3 mile race by over a minute in 34 minutes and 13 seconds. Pete Hartley’s partner Denise started the race and presented the prizes.

Ellis crowned Lancashire Champion at Pendle

Ben working working hard climbing Pendle. www.woodentops.org.uk

Ben working working hard climbing Pendle. www.woodentops.org.uk

Ben Mounsey finished second and Tim Ellis’s fourth place earned him the Lancashire title in Saturday’s Pendle Fell Race. The 4 mile contest took place from Barley in more benign conditions. In a close fought race Calder’s top man Ben Mounsey was narrowly beaten by the current English Fell Running Champion, Tom Addison of the Lakeland Club Helm Hill.

Mounsey and Addison were neck and neck on the first climb but Mounsey lost a bit of ground recovering at the top and was punished for it. Despite closing in on the long track towards the finish, Ben couldn’t reel Addison in, the race had been won on the steep climb to the Big End Trig point.

Tim on his way to Red Rose Crown. www.woodentops.org

Tim on his way to Red Rose Crown. www.woodentops.org

Ellis was the first Lancastrian back to win the Red Rose Title. Sally Newman, running well to take 4th lady overall and 1st LV 50, Katie Walshaw of Holmfirth Harriers was first woman.

Calder Valley Results (291 runners)

1 Tom Addison (Helm Hill Runners) 32.40
2 Ben Mounsey 33.14
4 Tim Ellis 34.33
73 Sally Newman 43.28
91 John Killerby 44.41
181 Craig Hall 51.04

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Sally being chased hard by John. www.woodentops.org.uk