Summer Summits

Summer Summits had me a blast

It’s been an exciting summer for Calder Valley, both home and away. This week showcased our local talent again.

CVFR’s Holly Page continues to amaze us with her European exploits, winning first female in the Inferno Halbmarathon in Switzerland. This was Holly’s first vertical km race – which means it includes a 1000m vertical climb in less than 5k. The Inferno, lives up to its name and climbs 2,175m from the valley floor at Lauterbrunnen to the summit of Schilthorn/ Piz Gloria which features in a James Bond movie. It was a close run race, with top three women finishing within a minute of each other. Holly overtook her strong competitor with just 500m to go in the mist. That second bowl of muesli may have come in handy.

Martin Howard ran well in the Dales to finish 6th in the Home International U20 trials. He now has to wait to see if he’s earned an England vest – fingers crossed.

Martin Howard in the Home International U20 trials (Photo Credits Woodentops)

Closer to home, four CVFR made the brave border crossing into Lancashire for the Pendle 3 Peaks. With 865m climb over 9.4 miles, this Category AM fell race takes in the toughest 3 climbs in the area. Ribble Valley and Clayton-Le-Moors Harriers scooped up the male and female team prizes respectively. 141 runners took part. Well done to CVFR’s Mark Wharton (5th MV50, 30th overall), Stuart Russell (56th) Calvin Ferguson (57th) and Manhar Patel (96th).

CVFR gang at the Gargrave Show

With all to play for in the CVFR’s summer series, seven CVFR battled it out at the Gargrave show fell race.  With a record breaking field of 97, this short 5.6k race has 274m climb. Official results are not out yet, but it is reported in the Craven Herald that three Scots took the podium places. Well done to CVFR’s Jonny Croston who finished 6th. We will need to wait for Andy’s statistical update to confirm the Summer Series leaderboard as we go into the final race this week, the ominously named Golf Ball.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen Mcdonach