83 runners lined up on a crisp morning for the local classic, Mytholmroyd Fell Race.
A seven mile slog around Midgeley Moor organised by Halifax Harriers on Sunday. The route takes you steeply up on to the moor before dropping down a tricky path, up the dreaded ‘steps’ in Luddenden valley before traversing around the moor and flying through bogs, gorse and fields back down to Mytholmroyd.
Calder Valley Fell Runners, based in Mytholmroyd, had a turnout of 12 at the race, enough to scoop some of the prizes. The run of the day was by Calder Valley’s Anne Johnson, who won the women’s race in 62.36, two and half minutes ahead of second female Joanna Goorney. Also running for Calder Valley was Rachel Crossland, back on the hills after a recent injury.
The men’s race was won by Neal Crampton of Pudsey & Bramley in 50.35, a minute and a half ahead of second Place Robb James of Royton. Iain Powell was first Calder Valley runner in, in seventh place in 56.26, beating off stiff competition from some speedy runners behind him. Always placing well, Iain has been getting faster and faster this year. He was joined by Mark Wharton in 14th and Richard Ingham in 17th who together took the first team prize.
This year’s club star runner, Ben Mounsey, has been recovering from near-hypothermia after terrible conditions at the Lee Mill relay a couple of weeks ago, but seems to be back to strength if his performance at Hopton Mill is anything to go by.
The first in the cross country West Yorkshire Winter League, Hopton Mill was a short, fast run. Ben was running for his cross country team, Stainland Lions. In trademark style, Mounsey shot off at the start leaving everyone else competing for second.