Yorkshireman – All hail the (long race) King

Sunday saw the running of the popular ‘Yorkshireman’ off road marathon and half marathon, always a highlight of the running year and always well attended by Calder Valley members. The route which sets out from Howarth and loops around Ovenden Moor, Ogden Water, then back round through Oxenhope and to Howarth, is a picturesque and demanding assignment.

Long Race King Jake Ackroyd

In the full route, Calder Valley’s very own Dr. Kildare, John Smith, carded a fantastic run to finish 6th overall, and demonstrated he’s as dextrous with his feet as he is with his hands. After a fine season he is in with a very strong shout of being crowned club champion with one race to go.

Not far behind was Sport Billy himself, Iain Powell in 11th.

Jake Ackroyd, the Pudsey fireman, also too the chance to claim the club’s long race crown by virtue of his excellent 26th place and can look back on an impressive first full season.


One of the runs of the day came from Toby Sydes who continues to ratchet up the field, with a superb run in 41st place, closely followed by lady captain Helen Buchan and big John Minta. Slightly further back were distance guru Linda Murgatroyd, and Rachael Crossland, who continues to improve with every race.

The valley line up, Mike, Toby, Rachael, Gav and Nathan

The valley line up, Mike, Toby, Rachael, Gav and Nathan

Maximum points for Jon Smith








In the half marathon race, John Lloyd in a rare recent outing on the grass, was highest placed Calder in 11th. Perhaps the stand out run of the day though came from new signing Lucy Collins, who blazed round to finish in a brilliant 14th place, and I’m sure we’re going to be hearing plenty more of her in future race.

Further down the field, excellent runs came from Gill Dickson, Charlotte Wetton, Clare Clarke, Susan Bladon, Liz Norman and the evergreen Jane Frechette. A splendid event superbly staged by Keighley & Craven AC and thanks go to all who helped marshal and provide refreshments before and after.