Working off Xmas excesses

Whinberry Naze

“Holly” Holly Page enjoying the fun

The Boxing Day fancy dress fell race at Whinberry Naze is a four mile dash up to the 440m Cowpe Lowe in Rossendale.  There is always a good turnout with runners keen to work off their Christmas Pud.  Calder’s James Williams had a great run in 12th place and 1st V40.  Holly Page, dressed as a holly sprig, came in 3rd woman for CVFR.

James “Tiger” Williams

Nicola Jackson of Ribble Valley and Andrew Worster of Todmorden were the winners.

Coley Canter

Luke taking a lie down after a great effort

Similarly the Coley Canter is a well-attended trail race held in Northowram during the week after Christmas.  Taking in Judy Woods and the fields east of Northowram it is a fast (nearly) 8 mile race with the odd bits of mud thrown in.  Calder Valley Fell Runners have traditionally done well in this race, this year Luke Meleschko got one of his best ever results coming in 6th place in 59:36.   Owen Beilby of Wharfdale Harriers won with Lucy Collins of Stainland taking first lady.


Winter Solstice fun

The weekend saw Calder Valley and TodmordenHarriers coming together to celebrate the shortest day with the now customary winter solstice run. Organised by CV’s husband and wife team, James and Tamsin Cooke, runners met at the top of 100 steps early morning as the rest of Hebden slept. About 40 runners turned up this year and snaked their way across muddy fields towards Raw Lane then steadily up the shoulder of Sheep Stone Edge before reaching Robin Hood’s Penny Stone in an attempt to witness the prehistoric alignment of the sun rising over Miller’s Grave on Midgley Moor.

Submerged in Yorkshire clag, the actual sunrise wasn’t very distinguishable but the camaraderie and hip flasks helped keep  the cold away as the runners waited patiently to catch a glimpse of the rising sun. Then it was downhill back to Hebden for a rewarding breakfast kindly provided by the Cookes as a fundraiser for a Co-op charity (will get further details to you, along with quote from either Tamsin or Jim).

Winter Solstice run organisers, James & Tamsin Cooke

For all those who may want to experience the joys of running on our fells, come along to Calder Valley’s Resolution Runs starting  Saturday 4th Jan. We’ll be meeting every Saturday morning 9.30am  in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridege to run off road for about an hour. A great opportunity to find new routes, make new friends and see if fell running is for you.  For further details contact Jocasta on 07939 668164 or Gill at

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gill Dickson