Summer was in full swing for CV last weekend, with members spoilt with numerous race options to choose from.
First instalment was the Stoodley Pike Fell Race, a quick dash up and down Calderdale’s most famous landmark. The longest established fell race in the area (started in the 1970’s), it never fails to get a good crowd, perhaps drawn by the sunny conditions that the organisers, Todmorden Harriers, book for the event. 32 CV were amongst the 233 at the start line. CV’s international athlete, Holly Page, secured 1st lady with CV’s Natasha Butterfield taking second place. Overall winner was Grant Cunliffe from Rossendale with CV taking the men’s team prize (Max Wharton, Alasdair Pedley and Alex Whittem). Max Wharton also scooped up the U23 prize.
Last Saturday, in the midst of a buzzing festival atmosphere, Heptonstall Hurriers put on their annual Heptonstall Festival fell race. Starting in Heptonstall, the route plunges deep into a neighbouring valley before finding its way to the top of a nearby peak. It then returns in similar fashion, finishing with an almighty uphill struggle. There’s a right mix of terrain across the 6 mile circuit. Cobbles to start with then some grassy fields, muddy slopes, rocky bridleway and open moorland, some of it pathless.
Pudsey and Bramley’s Neal Crampton was the overall race winner in a sizzling 51.35 with Annabel Mason of Lancaster and Morecombe first lady in 1.00.20. First CV home was Phil Wells, just seconds ahead of Paul Haigh and between them and Mark Wharton, just missing out on 1st Mens Team prize which went to Wharfdale Harriers. Mark Wharton was pleased with his VM50 prize though.
Sunday saw 3 CV heading to the Lakes for the club champs Skiddaw race, a 9.5 mile straight up and back down the mountainside. CV’s Eileen McDonach, joined by club mates Carole Fryer and Rob Rawlinson, said:
‘I almost didn’t go but so glad I did! It wasn’t as bad as I thought but the terrain was hard on feet. Great views and perfect conditions. I even managed to stop to take some photos, which was a must on a day like that!’