Red & White start for 2020

Seconds Count at Giant’s Tooth 2020

Calder Valley were out in force on the first day of 2020, with thirteen racing at Giants Tooth Fell Race. This short 3 mile course with almost 400 feet of climb helps to get the fell racing year off to a good start.

CVFR team L-R Dan Marsden, Paul Haigh, Matt Kay, Jonny Croston, James Williams, Matt Ray, Anthony Costello, Trudi Entwhistle.

 

The red and white hoops finished strongly, with Martin Howard narrowly missing out on top spot to Queensbury’s Tom Collinge by 36 seconds. Calder had four top ten finishers (Martin Howard 2nd, James Williams, 7th, Matt Ray 9th, and Jonny Croston 10th).

Jonny Croston closing on Matt Ray at Giant’s Tooth but finishing four seconds behind

Paul Haigh at Giants Tooth

Paul Haigh was just fourteen seconds behind to finish 13th and Dan Marsden placed 18th. Trudi Entwhistle also started the year well, finishing 4th woman and first FV50. Dick Spendlove deserves a special mention with back to back running seeing out the old year at Auld Lang’s Syne and new year at Giant’s Tooth, taking 2nd MV70 at both.

Resolution Runs off to a flying start in 2020

New year resolve was on display as fourteen runners joined the Calder Valley team in their inaugural Resolution Run for a gentle 7k local loop. The Resolution Runs are a new club fixture, taking place every Saturday aimed at getting people out, enjoying the freedom off-road running gives and meeting like-minded people. The runs are free, friendly and relaxed and make an excellent follow on from the couch to 5k programme. If you are interested in trying out fell-running in good company, join us 9.30-10:30am every Saturday. Meet at St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge @ 9.30am. See Calder Valley Fell Runners Revolution Runs Facebook page for more details or: https://www.cvfr.co.uk/event/resolution-runs/

First Calder Valley Resolution Run, January 2020

CVFR junior’s also started the year well with great performances at the Centre Vale Park Run in Todmorden. Clara McKee, taking part for the first time, finished first woman in 21:30 minutes to take the junior’ under 10 years age record. Thomas McKee and Tom Owen also ran well.

A happy looking Cass receiving her trophy

Further afield, Calder’s new recruit Cass Chisholm ran an excellent race on New Year’s Day to take 2nd woman (14th overall in a field of 167 runners) at the Hardmoor 30 in a time of 4.41.58. This is a 30 miles-ish loop around Whitby, including Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, and Cloughton.

CVFR’s Charlie Ing also started 2020 strongly with 3rd place at the classic 5 mile Scout Scar fell race in Kendal. Elliot Corner also ran well to finish 5th at the 10 mile Sir Titus Winter Trot (Saltaire) 2020.

With rejuvenated Tuesday night pack runs, the club winter handicap and Annual Club Do to look forward to this month, the future is bright…the future is red and white!

– CALDER VALLEY NEWS REPORTER: Eileen McDonach