Bagpipes start the Auld Land Syne

Auld Land Syne

The last race of the year in the fell running Calendar is the Auld Lang Syne.  Always a popular race 419 runners, many of them in fancy dress, gathered in the old quarry at Penistone Hill, Haworth to be greeted by a kilted bagpiper.   The race then heads out over the Haworth Moors to the Trig point above Top Withens.  The Brownlee brothers often compete in this race but with pre selection for the Rio Olympics already achieved, who could blame them for saving themselves.

Lucy Collins Auld Lang Syne

Lucy Collins Auld Lang Syne

Math Roberts Auld Lang Syne

Math Roberts Auld Lang Syne

The race was won by Chris Farrell of Horwich in 41:19 with Math Roberts first Calder Valley runner back in 16th place.  Calder women had some good results with Lucy Collins in 6th (57th overall) just three minutes behind the winner, the Holmfirth dynamo Katie Walshaw.  Jo Buckley came in just over a minute later in 7th (69th overall).  Calder women were second place behind a strong Holmfirth team.

16 46.41 Math Roberts
57 52.15 Lucy Collins
60 52.23 Mark Wharton
69 53.26 Jo Buckley
75 54.19 Jack Denton
102 56.32 Iain Powell
134 58.06 Stephen Smithies
136 58.13 Jake Ackroyd
140 58.27 Lindsey Oldfield
290 69.23 John Nunn
297 69.57 Dave Culpan

Giant’s Tooth

Following the Auld Lang Syne, on the first of January is the first race of the year, the Giant’s Tooth, which starts at Ogden Reservoir.  A three mile hangover blaster round the standing stone that is allegedly the last tooth of Ogden the Giant.

Richard Anderson of Holmfirth won in 17 mins and 44 seconds.  Calder Valley’s Tristan Sheard was first back for the club, under the twenty minute mark, and a good result in sixth place.  Racing snake Steve Smithies was 30th, completing two races in two days.  116 runners competed.

6 00:19:38 Tristan Sheard
19 00:20:41 Richard Sunderland ?
30 00:22:26 Stephen Smithies
40 00:23:43 Johnnie Watson
53 00:25:15 Gillian Wisbey
64 00:26:13 Stella Christanthou
71 00:26:44 Philip Jones
84 00:28:39 Steven Cavell