Minta on the Trigger

Calder Valley line up for epic Trigger race

Nine hardy souls from Calder Valley Fell Runners lined up early on Sunday morning for the annual Trigger race – a tough fell run that takes the competitors from Marsden in West Yorkshire across the bogs and rocks of Bleaklow, Blackhill and Kinder to Edale in the Peak District.

John Minta & Jake Ackroyd

Left CVFR John Minta and Jake Ackroyd

At twenty linear miles with 4,500 feet of climbing, the route alone is hard enough. But taking place in snow and sleet, strong headwinds and with difficult navigation between checkpoints, the Trigger is an incredible challenge, with many of the 203 runners taking part clocking up closer to 25 miles.

Ian Symington

Ultra Supremo Ian Symington

First home for Calder Valley was the Blackshaw Head’s ultra-supremo, Ian Symington.  The reigning British champion of the Run Further series of ultra-marathons, Ian finished in 31st place in just under 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Next back for Calder Valley was John Minta in 48th place in 4 hours and 45 minutes and Jake Ackyroyd in 5 hours and 3 minutes in 69th place, both having fantastic results and showing strong starts to another season of long fell runs for them.


Helen Buchan, captain of Calder Valley’s women’s team, had an excellent run and was the next runner home for the club. She was sprayed with fragments of clay pigeon at the crest of the second climb, and successfully battled with Julia Nolan of Dark Peak at the end of the race, to finish 5th woman in 5 hours and 13 minutes.

Helen Buchan

Mileage and climbing machine, Helen Buchan

The men’s race was won by Nick Barber of Pennine Fell Runners in an impressive 3 hours and 40 minutes. The first woman back was Nicky Spinks of Dark Peak Fell Runners in 4 hours and 17 minutes.

31 04:29:49 Ian Symington
48 04:45:09 John Minta
69 05:03:08 Jake Ackroyd
86 05:13:43 Helen Buchan
91 05:17:27 Garry Hodgkinson
111 05:26:00 Mike Wardle
132 05:41:42 Simon Fisher
135 05:43:25 Philip Beecroft
182 06:47:53 John Nunn