Winter Score & a Wintery Stoop

This week’s running calendar had two main events – both on Saturday, 15th December: the annual Stoop race (& junior quarry runs) & the Cragg Winter score.

This Winter Score – expertly organised by club members Jackie & Phil Scarf – saw 80+ runners using their navigation skills, to race around the local environs looking to punch their cards at as many of the 17 controls as possible & then get back to the base at Cragg Vale Church before the cut off time of 90 minutes, to avoid incurring heavy time penalties. James Logue won the event – managing to make it an astounding 15 of the 17 controls. There was also particularly impressive running from the juniors, with Joe & Paul Hobbs running in the pairs race, & securing 12 controls. Thanks goes to Little Valley Brewery for prizes, The Secret Cafe for delicious ‘at cost’ pies & Cragg Vale Church (a great venue). It was a pleasure to raise £660 for charity.

Winter Score fun

Wharfedale Harrier’s Stoop race starts from the quarry bottom on Penistone above Haworth, head up to the Stoop standing stone, via Harbour Lodge & then drop back down again through some serious bogs & back to the start via track & road. The light covering of snow added to the fun/ hindrance of having to race wearing Santa hats.

This year, with many of the club’s juniors & senior runners opting to take part in the winter score, Jo Buckley & Mark Wharton were the sole CVFR runners to take on the snowy 4.9-mile Christmas run, complete with 700 feet of climb & a santa hat & curly wurly for each entrant. Whilst official results have yet to be published, of the 190 to finish the race, Buckley placed a strong 9th lady & 3rdin the LV40 category & Wharton 45th overall & 5th MV50. 

The Junior Stoop races took place in the snow-covered quarry, with nine stoic Calder Valley juniors braving the elements to race, & all of them did their club proud.

In the U9s race, there was another sterling performance from Harry Cliff, who brought home the field for the second year running and third time overall in as many races. His younger sister, Charlotte, in her first time running the Stoop came in an impressive third girl.

In the main race, the red & white hooped juniors fielded seven of the 55 runners. For the U15 boys, Euan Logue – the sole CVFR runner in his age category – ran a strong race to finish second U15 (6th overall). The U13s races were hotly contested – flying the flag for the red & white hoops U13 girls, Fearne Hanson finished 4th & Alice Ritchie 9th. For the U13 boys, George McFie ran a storming race to finish third overall and second in his age category. Fellow U13 Thomas McKee persevered to come in in a commendable 8th (19th overall), despite sustaining a nasty knock to his knee during the race. His younger sister Clara, who passed him 2/3rds of the way through, wanted to stop to help him, but he bravely pushed her to racing, & she went on to storm home again – finishing first U11 girl & an amazing 9th overall. Fellow U13 runner, David Ritchie also ran well, placing 5th U11 boy. Given that when asked for a few words about the race, the consensus among the junior runners was ‘cold’, the prize winners were suitably awarded with new pairs of Christmas socks as well as sweet treats!

– Calder Valley News Reporter: catherine jones

Monday Morning Runs

For those not on Facebook a couple of months ago I restarted the East Pennine Orienteering Club Monday training runs on a Monday morning at 10am. These are gentle looseners lasting about one hour. We do about 8km / 5miles. There is a group of walkers too. They do about 4km in the hour. We set off from a café, and often have a brew and a chat afterwards. We have runners from Tod Harriers, Calder Valley Fell Runners, and EPOC.

Anyone is welcome. If you are a little slower there are short cuts. A little faster there are longer loops to do.

1st Monday | Secret Café, Tenterfields Business Park, Luddendenfoot
2nd Monday | Craggies, Craggs Business Park, Cragg Vale
3rd Monday | Just Scrumptious, Rishworth
4th Monday | Blue Teapot Café, Mytholmroyd

If there are 5 Mondays in a month then we’ll have an away day.

Cheers Graham Lloyd

Contact Graham via Eddie Lloyd

Bumper turn out @ Mytholmroyd

Record Numbers at the 2019 Vocation Mytholmroyd Fell Race

The record turnout of 214 runners for this weekend’s Vocation Mytholmroyd Fell Race proves just how popular this local fixture has become. Well, that and the free ‘Heart & Soul’ beer for all finishers, courtesy of the generous local sponsors, Vocation Brewery.

CVFR’s Harley and Phil Beecroft pulled off another fantastic race, ably supported by an army of friendly marshals. At just under 6 miles, this is a great winter race in typically tough Pennine terrain, at just under with both lung busting climbs (1640 feet) and tricky descents. It is, however, well flagged so a good introduction for those new to the fell running scene.

Calder Valley’s record holder Karl ‘The Earl’ Gray led from the front to take 1st place and 1st V50 in 48.27 minutes.

Karl Gray’s determination to take the win – Photo courtesy of Stephen Smith

Gray was made to work hard for the win though, with Royton’s Rob James finishing just one second behind and Ian Holmes (Bingley) third place within 30 seconds.

James, Gray and Holmes. The top 3.

CVFR’s Jonny Croston and Toby Sydes put in strong performances to finish 13th and 72nd respectively to take 4th mens prize along with Gray.

Superby descending by Jonny Croston – Photo courtesy of Stephen Smith

Tod Harriers’ Annie Roberts comfortably took first women spot (20th overall) in 56.46 minutes. She helped her team take 1st women’s team prize with Ambi Swindells and Jane Leonard. Calder Valley’s Rachel Johnson (17th women), Jackie Scarf (19th woman) and Charlotte Wetton (23rd woman) ran well to take 3rd Women’s team prize.

Calder’s Jackie Scarf watching her step

Harley Beecroft, race organiser reflected on a great day: “The rain held off for the race, but it was super wet underfoot and anyone who came back not muddy was very lucky. Lots of bloody knees weirdly! We also had a good turnout from Leeds university orienteering & fell group. Wins in all age categories (inc u21 & u23) which is amazing.”

Some of the support crew

Fifteen CVFR finished:

1stKarl GrayM5048.27
13thJohnny CrostonM4054.32
72ndToby SydesM501.08.20
78thAnthony CostelloM501.09.07
78thAnthony CostelloM501.09.07
97thJonnie WatsonM401.11.04
100thTim BrooksM501.11.39
112thRachel JohnsonFV501.14.20
114thJackie ScarfFV501.14.58
124thPaul TaylorM501.17.38
134thLawrence FennellyM501.1938
137th Charlotte WettonF1.120.22
172ndJohn NunnM601.31.55
175thAndy SmithM501.32.37
176thDi WrightFV501.33.48
179thIan LawM501.35.12

CVFR El Capitano’s Spanish Winter Adventures continue

Calder’s Ben ‘El Capitano’ Mounsey has been putting in some fantastic winning performances in Spain. This week was no exception with Mounsey finishing 2nd in the tough Alicante Gata De Gorges Trail Race (16km/750m climb) in a time of 1.19:19. This was just one minute behind Pol D’Olesa (1.18:18). Ben said: “Another race, another 2nd place! Time for some rest now – I’m tired after running 70 miles and climbing over 20,000ft in 7 days!”

Mounsey takes 2nd place at Gata De Gorges Trail Race (Mounsey, D’Olesa and Torres)

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen McDonach