Crow Hill Reverse
Fell runners are straight forward people. When the route of the Crow Hill Fell Race was reversed, as it was a better route, rather than rename it, it just became the Crow Hill Reverse Fell Race. All the proceeds from the race go to the Ovarian Cancer Charity.
The race itself is fairly straightforward too, from Mytholmroyd, through Redacre Woods, up to the moors via Churn Milk Joan to Crow Hill before returning to Mytholmroyd. Only a 1000ft up and back down again. Traditionally held on the first Tuesday of August, this year was no different. All the proceeds from the race go to the Ovarian Cancer Charity.
So last Tuesday night, the 4th August, 168 runners lined up, the fastest ones hoping to win the king and queen of the mountain, the prize for which is to wear the crown on the descent.
Three Calder Valley runners challenged for the King of the Mountain, Joe Crossfield, Alex Whittam and young Jack Denton, with Joe Crossfield getting to the top of Crow Hill first and claiming the crown. He was also first back to Mytholmroyd to win the race overall.
Lynne Clough of Chorley was Queen of the Mountain beating Calder’s Lindsay Oldfield to the top.
|1||29.14||Joseph Crossfield||48||39.39||Andy Davies|
|2||29.32||Alex Whittem||70||41.25||Mike Dean|
|3||31.45||Jack Denton||71||41.25||Nathan Kennaugh|
|5||32.14||Martin Howard||75||41.49||Rachael Crossland|
|12||33.38||Tristan Sheard||92||44.11||Dave Culpan|
|15||34.09||Stephen Smithies||93||44.17||Brian Horsley|
|20||34.52||Iain Powell||99||44.50||Steve Woodhead|
|21||34.59||Mark Goldie||108||46.00||James Cooke|
|22||35.24||Giles Simon||135||49.46||Rod Sutcliffe|
|27||35.58||Toby Cotterill||154||55.01||Harley Beecroft|
|31||36.14||Chris Standish||165||1.03.04||Tamsin Cooke|
Boulsworth Fell Race
The latest race in the Calder Valley Club Championship took place last Sunday. The Boulsworth Fell Race is part of the Trawden Agricultural Show, so plenty of entertainment was laid on for runners once they finished.
A race for those who prefer more even ground, the majority of the route is on tracks and across hayfields before a sharp climb up Boulsworth Hill to Great Saucer Stones, along the ridge to Weather Stones before dropping back down to reverse the run out, finishing in the Show Ground. It still packs in 1000ft of climbing in six miles.
Many of the frontrunners didn’t think the route was long enough so they took an unscheduled detour on the run in. At least it gave slower runners a chance to catch up.
The race was won by Andrew Newton of Preston Harriers. First back for Calder Valley was Jon Smith in 5th place who gained maximum club points, followed by John Killerby in 19th. John just pipped Richard Sunderland before the line leaving Richard to come in 22nd. Jo Buckley was 27th overall and first woman back. The improving Jack Bridger was 39th. Mike Dean had a good run in 57th just beating Richard Ingram to the line.
In the junior races there were notable performances from Joseph Hobbs, 2nd in boys under 10s junior race and Fearne Hanson 2nd in the girls under 8s.
|5||00:46:46||Jon Smith||58||00:54:48||Richard Ingram|
|19||00:49:00||John Killerby||65||00:55:33||Gavin Roper|
|22||00:49:12||Richard Sunderland||82||00:57:37||Tim Brooks|
|27||00:49:44||Jo Buckley||89||00:59:46||Mike Wardle|
|39||00:51:50||Jack Bridger||110||01:05:27||Rod Sutcliffe|
|57||00:54:23||Mike Dean||117||01:07:17||Carolyn Shimwell|