Calder Valley take on Midsummer Lakeland ‘Monsters’
Described as a ‘monster’ by its organisers, the Great Lakes Fell race involves a big (7,000ft), 13 mile day out in the wild western Lakes. Part of the British and English Champs series, the Great Lakes has lots of varied terrain with ‘eye-popping’ ascents, steep descents and a high level summit-hopping circuit of upper Eskdale, taking in the two highest peaks in the Lakes: Scafell Pike and Scafell. Runners then face a crossing akin to Middle Earth from Slight Side to Blisco and fast running over the trackless route south of Great Moss. With more than 300 taking part, Karl Gray continues to show his class, taking 2nd MV45 and 33rd overall. Gav Mulholland was 6th V45 (50th overall). Calder Valley men’s team are currently 6th in the English Champs. Other notable results were Adam Osborne (52nd) Matthew Roberts (62nd), Mark Taylor (101st), Paul Haigh (204th).
Phil and Jackie Scarfe showed their running experience in the Great Lakes finishing (183rd and 289th respectively). Carl Bell was first back in 2.37h and Kelli Roberts, first woman in 3.03h.
Elsewhere in the Lakes, one of Calder Valley’s top ultra runners Simon Bourne took on the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge last Saturday, a 42 mile route that crosses the Lake District from Pooley Bridge to Wasdale, taking in 30 peaks and 17,000 feet of climbing.
The route was devised by legendary Lake District fell runner Joss Naylor in 1990 as a charity fund-raising challenge for the over 50s, with target times for each age category. Simon completed the route in 10 hours 47 minutes, comfortably beating the 12-hour target for the men’s 50-54 category and setting the 4th fastest time ever on the route. He was well supported by five of his Calder Valley club mates along the route, and was lucky enough to enjoy completely dry weather conditions for once this summer. Simon commented that he was absolutely delighted with the run, with it being a perfect day in the hills that will stay long in the memory.
Closer to home, eleven Calder Valley club champs’ contenders lined up in Whitworth for the latest club champs event, Brown Wardle (and a bit of Moor) Fell Race. This tough, midweek race is short (3 miles) with over 1100 ft of ‘thumbs on thigh’ climb. Alisdair Pedley (MU21) had a fantastic run to finish 3rd.
Calder’s Natasha Butterfield (2nd woman, 29th overall) and Carole Fryer (1st W50 and 8th woman overall) continue their great running form.
– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen McDonach