While Vladimir Putin was putting the finishing touches to his plans for world domination, The KGB were out winning the Hebden 22 last weekend. Karl Grey, Gavin Mulholland and Ben Mounsey ran together, and were first back, in the ever-popular early season challenge. Organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA), the event welcomed over 360 walkers and fell runners alike on a testing course through the fields and woodlands of the Upper Calder Valley.
Starting at Mytholmroyd the route heads to Old Town before visiting the Crags, Slack Top, and Blackshaw head. On reaching the canal the shorter 15 mile route heads back to Mytholmroyd. The longer 22mile route goes up onto Erringden Moor and circuits Crag Vale, before the return to Mytholmroyd. Over 4000 feet of climbing is involved on the long course with a testing 3000 feet on the short course.
Many Calder Valley Fell Runners use the event as an early season test. Obviously a good result for the KGB in four minutes under the three hour mark. Jon Smith and Richard Pattinson were also in the top 10. It was excellent to see women’s captain, Helen Buchan, back after being carried off by Mountain Rescue with a broken leg in October’s British Relays. Jo Marshall also did well getting round the long course in a shade over 5 and a half hours.
In the short race John Allan was first back for Calder just 14 seconds behind winner David Lane in 2:24:36. Dan Marsden was 4th in 2:30:39. Angela Richards was first Calder woman back in just over 4 and a half hours
246 Finishers for the 22 mile route.
|1 Ben Mounsey 02:56:00||69 Nick Murphy 04:20:24|
|1 Gav Mulholland 02:56:00||84 Helen Buchan 04:27:34|
|1 Karl Gray 02:56:00||91 Linda Murgatroyd 04:30:31|
|7 Jon Smith 03:19:52||112 Steve Smithies 04:48:24|
|10 Richard Pattinson 03:28:35||161 Joanna Marshall 05:37:08|
|13 Simon Bourne 03:29:05||167 Carolyn Shimwell 05:42:09|
|21 Iain Powell 03:38:01||168 Liz Lloyd 05:42:15|
|31 Mark Wharton 03:45:41||190 Kay Pierce 06:12:00|
|44 Jake Ackroyd 03:53:35||205 Ruth T.-Davies 06:38:05|
116 Finishers on the 15 mile.
|2 John Allan 02:24:36|
|4 Dan Marsden 02:30:39||85 Charlie Boyce 04:31:00|
|16 Simon Fisher 02:49:10||89 Angela Richards 04:33:05|
|34 David Culpan 03:22:58||93 Jane Frechette 04:42:49|
– Calder Valley News Reporter: Tim Brooks –