In lashing rain, Calder Valley’s John Minta also showed his star quality on the Montane Cheviot Goat Ultra Race which starts in Northumberland. Over 55 miles, with 9,500 ft of climb, he and the other competitors traversed a loop of the largest hills in the border region. This Ultra race is not for the faint hearted, runners are exposed to the winter elements in one of the last wild places in England, which takes in the mighty border ridge with Scotland on one side and England on the other. The race title refers to the fact that December is a time when most livestock are brought off the tops and only the hardy feral Cheviot goat is left to fend for itself. John Minta was among a select bunch of Ultra-hardy fell runners keeping the goats company, finishing in an impressive 14:23h. Kim Collison and David Hedges shared first spot in a time of 9:24h. Jasmine Paris took first female spot (10:23h) two and a half hours ahead of her nearest female competitor.
– Calder Valley News Reporter:Eileen McDonach