Thieveley and the annual RAB

It was a story of the long and the short last weekend for Calder Valley Fell Runners.

Close to home was the brutal Thieveley Pike Fell Race at Cliviger. At just over 4 miles it packs in an impressive 400 metres of climbing, with the competitors heading up a steep climb and coming tantalisingly close to the summit before dropping back down and starting to ascend the Pike again.

Among the 98 runners taking part in the seniors’ race were three from Calder Valley. Alex Whittem put in a strong run finishing 4th in a tough field. He completed it in 35:13, less than 45 seconds behind the race winner. Ian Glendinning, who is getting back to more regular racing now and working his way up the field in the process, finished in 16th place, in 39:37. Racing regular Calvin Fergerson brought the team home, finishing in just over 50 minutes.

Alex Whittem leading the race up Thieveley Pike

Alex Whittem leading the race up Thieveley Pike

Over in the Yorkshire Dales meanwhile, a bunch of hardy Calder Valley runners were taking on a very different challenge. The Rab Mountain Marathon is a two-day fell running event incorporating orienteering, miles of exposed hillsides and overnight camping in an undisclosed location with just stream water available.

Cragg Vale’s Jackie and Phil Scarf put in a typically strong performance, finishing the long course as first mixed vets pair and in 8th place overall. Linda Murgatroyd and Tim Brooks also competed in the Rab, with Tim and his running partner, Peter Bowles, finishing in an excellent 21st place and Linda and her partner, Elise Milnes, finishing in 91st.

Tim Brooks running with partner Peter on day 2 (Photo by RAB Mountain Marathon)

Tim Brooks running with partner Peter on day 2 (Photo by RAB Mountain Marathon)

Bill Johnson and John Minta had an very good first day finishing the long course second place, but John had fallen badly and injured his back and the pain took its toll on the second day. They completed the course walking rather than running – though they still finished in 33rd place out of a field of more than 100.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Giles Simon –