The British Fell Relays are an annual event open to all fell running teams from across the UK. This year it was hosted by Westerlands Cross Country Club from Luss on the western shores of Loch Lomond. The relay consists of four legs; a solo short leg, a paired longer route, a navigation leg and a final short fast leg.
Calder Valley sent a male and female team to compete in the Scottish clag and rain, the men aiming to repeat their win of last year. Anne Johnson made a good start for the women finishing in fourth place in a shade over half an hour. Lucy Collins and Gayle Sugden set off on leg two but, foreshadowing later events, Lucy twisted her ankle and had to hobble down to the finish. Rachel Crossland and Helen Buchan made a good start on Leg 3 with accurate navigation. However disaster struck as Helen fell heavily, breaking her leg and ankle. She was stretchered off the fell by mountain rescue and rushed to Paisley Hospital where her ankle was pinned and plated. Lindsey Oldfield ran the final leg but obviously the team did not place. Helen is hoping to make a quick recovery, aiming the run the Three Peaks next April. The women’s race was won by Hunters Bog Trotters of Edinburgh.
The men fared better. Young Jack Denton has moved up from juniors to the seniors and ran the first leg. He did well to come in 19th place, just over 3 minutes behind Dark Peak, the eventual winners. Karl Grey and Tim Ellis pulled a few places back on the second leg, and James Logue and Darren Kay gained a few more with some top navigation. This left Calder in 7th place with Ben Mounsey to do the final leg. However with 7 minutes to pull back from Dark Peak it was too much even for Super Ben. He did run the 3rd fastest final leg. So overall Calder men didn’t retain their title but came in 7th.
Compass Sport Cup
Lots of CVFR were out running on Sunday, orienteering [for EPOC] in the final of the Compass Sport Cup. Of the 13 who scored, were locals Jackie Scarf, Jonathan Emberton, Andy Thorpe, Dick Spendlove, James Williams and Alisdair Pedley. They were assisted by Phil Scarf, Graham Lloyd, Rod Sutcliffe, Mike, Sarah and Helen Pedley, who helped to push rival orienteers further down the leader board. EPOC finished in third place! What a success!
– Calder Valley News Reporter: Tim Brooks –