Calder Valley Fell Runners Men’s team have just had their best ever season. Not content with winning the British Fell Running Championship in the open and V40 categories, they have just won the English Championship in the same categories.
Having said that the final race held last Sunday, the Guisborough Three Tops, was not plain sailing. Due to a last minute route change some of the front runners missed the fourth checkpoint at Hanging Stone and were disqualified. They included Calder’s Math Roberts who was leading for much of the race.
However as the Calder team is so strong at present, Tim Ellis, Darren Kay and Karl Gray took 4th 5th and 6th place. With James Logue in 18th they were comfortably the first team in the race and sealed gold medal in the Championship.
The race was 15km with 744 metres of climb from Guisborough to Roseberry Topping, the Matterhorn of Cleveland. It goes to show how fierce the competition was as the first 8 runners were all within 44 seconds of each other. The Race was won by Pete Vale of Mercia
Success for the women too as they look to have won bronze medal in the women’s English Championship, and Sally Newman has won the V50 women’s championship.
Next target, the British Relays in October.
|Full Calder Results:||112 Sally Newman 90.49|
|4 Tim Ellis 71.57||125 Lindsey Oldfield 92.15|
|5 Darren Kay 72.00||152 Helen Buchan 98.10|
|6 Karl Gray 72.13||172 Jackie Scarf 102.08|
|18 James Logue 74.10||179 Brian Horsley 103.24|
|36 Jason Williams 77.22||228 Philip Jones 123.24|
|82 Gayle Sugden 85.49||96 Lucy Collins 87.26|
Max takes the record at Blackshaw Head.
Closer to home Blackshaw Head fell race was held as part of the Blackshaw Head Fete on Saturday. A fast little 5 mile race through the upper reaches of Cloden Cough to Standing Stone Hill and following the Pennine Way back to the Fete Field. First back was Calder’s Max Wharton in a shade over 36 minutes. Despite recently concentrating on 800m track racing, he showed he is a force to be reckoned with on the fells by breaking Alex Whittam’s course record.
Other notable Calder Valley results were Molly Heitz, first woman V40 and Rachel Johnston first Woman V50.
|1 36.10 Max Wharton||36 48.55 Molly Heitz|
|8 41.07 Iain Powell||38 49.23 Johnnie Watson|
|9 41.12 Tristan Sheard||40 49.37 Rachel Crossland|
|12 41.31 Mark Goldie||41 49.38 Paul Haigh|
|14 41.58 Mark O’Connor||43 49.51 Toby Sydes|
|19 43.43 Simon Bourne||48 52.22 Rachel Johnston|
|20 44.00 Mark Wharton||51 53.20 James Cooke|
|22 44.28 Phil Wells||53 53.53 Gillian Wisbey|
|23 44.37 Graham Hill||69 58.43 Gloria Ayuso|
|24 44.44 Ben Frechette||70 1.01.27 Harley Beecroft|
|26 45.17 Richard Ingram||73 1.03.08 Eileen McDonach|
|28 45.47 Mathew Murray||74 1.03.09 Elina Nhinda-Latvio|
|30 46.41 Mike Dean||80 1.07.04 Liz Gunn|