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D.Culpan 2015 returns for the 2016 Cragg vale race

D.Culpan 2015 returns for the 2016 Cragg vale race

Last Wednesday saw the annual running of the Cragg Vale Fell Race, organized by local teacher and adventure racer, Jackie Scarf. Guest CVFR junior 12 year old Ruby McFie started the race, which heads anticlockwise down beside Cragg Brook.
There was a big turnout with 104 runners and a new race winner this year: 19 year old Callum Davidson from Rossendale in 28.30. He finished with a lead of 1min 14 secs over 2nd placed Andrew Worster from Todmorden Harriers. Youngster Watson Peel from Halifax Harriers came in 8th with a brilliant run.

First lady was 23-year-old Nichola Jackson of Preston Harriers, in a storming 32.45, which was over 4 mins in front of 2nd placed CVFR Lindsey Oldfield. Team prizes went to Todmorden men and Calder Valley ladies.

All in all another Cragg Vale success: £800 raised for church funds, lots of locals marshalling and plenty of delicious refreshments for after the race. Many thanks to Little Valley Brewery for donating all the prizes and 2 polypins of beer for the runners to quench their thirst. We had fantastic weather for the race but a few hours earlier, when Nick Murphy flagged the course, the rain was torrential, hence the boggy conditions underfoot.

6 Mark O’connor 31.23 53 Brian Horsley 40.31
11 Alasdair Pedley 32.32 60 Nick Murphy 41.13
12 Tristan Sheard 32.36 63 Toby Sydes 41.29
15 Richard Sunderland 32.55 65 Rachel Johnston 42.06
16 Gareth Clarke 33.15 70 Gillian Wibsey 43.58
18 Dan Marsden 33.54 72 Gavin Wilkinson 44.44
19 Mark Wharton 33.57 74 Gill Dickson 44.55
21 Giles Simon 34.25 75 Gloria Ayuso 44.56
29 Roman Sustous 35.32 76 Antony Mcmanus 45.14
32 Lindsey Oldfield 36.49 81 Dave Culpan 46.08
33 Jonathan Emberton 36.54 83 Steven Cavell 46.24
36 Richard Ingram 37.29 90 Kath Pope 50.07
37 Molly Heitz 37.57 91 Jocasta Fletcher 50.13
40 Andy Davies 38.20 95 Charlotte Wetton 51.43
42 Matthew Murray 38.28 98 Eileen Mcdonach 54.17
49 Dick Spendlove 39.55 102 Ruth Thompson-Davies 58.43
51 Rachael Crossland 40.18 104 Danielle Williams 61.10

Heptonstall Festival Fell Race

Closer to home the Heptonstall Festival Fell Race kicked off the annual Festival last Saturday with 106 runners joining hundreds of festival goers heading to the hill-top village’s annual music festival. The race follows a double-descent format, featuring a 500 foot descent to the Blue Pig, followed by a 1000 foot ascent to High Brown Knoll, where runners loop round the moor and head back to the Heptonstall the way they came, enjoying the exhilarating 1000 foot descent back to the Blue Pig, before the torturous 500 feet of ascent to the finish line.

As the race was a counter in this year’s Calder Valley Club Championship there was a good turn out of the red and white hoops. Alex Whitam was first back for the club in 5th place and 52 mins and 29 seconds, the race was won by Chris Holdsworth of Clayton-le-Moors in 5-0 mins and 8 seconds. First woman was Rachel Pilling of Pudsey and Bramley with Rachel Crossalnd first woman back for Calder in 6th place.

Race organiser Stephen Grimley

Race Organiser Stephen Grimley

The battle between Paul Haigh and James Cook in the handicap championship continues with Paul just gaining the upper-hand at Heptonstall. Gloria Ayuso ran well also scoring highly in the handicap results.

Hebden Bridge Picture House donated 6 pairs of cinema tickets as prizes along with copies of Chris Goddard’s new book and maps (invaluable for all runners and walkers), Vouchers from Sportsshoes and a keg of beer supplied by Slightly Foxed.

Race organiaer Stephen Grimley Is now preparing to embark on his own fund raising event cycling from Hebden Bridge to Rome!!!!!  Read his story here:  Baby Teds Story

5 Alex Whittem 00:52:29 65 (F6) Rachael Crossland 01:09:19
8 Mark O’Connor 00:54:15 67 Toby Sydes 01:09:48
15 Giles Simon 00:56:27 68 James Cooke 01:09:59
18 Tristan Sheard 00:57:34 70 Nick Murphy 01:10:19
19 Iain Illstone 00:58:14 75 Brian Horsley 01:10:44
20 Simon Bourne 00:58:26 76 Andrew Meek 01:10:46
21 Mark Wharton 00:58:27 77 (F8) Helen Buchan 01:11:48
23 Dan Marsden 00:58:41 80 Nathan Kennaugh 01:12:54
28 Rich Sunderland 01:01:16 86 (F13) Gloria Ayuso 01:16:03
32 Iain Powell 01:02:32 87 (F14) Stella Christanthou 01:16:11
37 Paul Haigh 01:04:06 91 Dave Culpan 01:18:45
40 John Killerby 01:04:35 92 (F17) Nicki Latham 01:19:04
45 Andy Davies 01:05:38 93 (F18) Gill Dickson 01:19:09
46 Jake Ackroyd 01:05:48 96 (F20) Helen Flage 01:23:05
47 Jon Underwood 01:05:57 99 (F21) Sue Martin 01:26:24
48 Richard Ingram 01:06:09 100 (F22) Carolyn Shimwell 01:27:10
54 Daniel Pope 01:07:21 101 (F23) Eileen McDonagh 01:27:11
57 Gavin Roper 01:07:41

European Mountain Running Championship

Arco, at the northern end of Lake Garda, was the host for the European Mountain Running Championship last Saturday. Calder Valley’s Ben Mounsey represented GB. Coming 26th place on the 12.3km course, he helped his team mates Andrew Douglas, Chris Smith and Tom Adams to a team bronze medal. GB’s Emily Collinge won the women’s race. Ben mounseys blog has the step by step account on the Italian Job

Ben Mounsey Arco 2016

Ben Mounsey Arco 2016