Not even storm Jorge could keep the Calder Valley contingent from Ilkley Moor fell race, the first of the short races in this year’s Club Championships. With all to play for, the red and white hoops braved the high winds and saturated terrain to take on this category AS, 5 mile race with 400m of ascent.
Calder Women made sure their effort was worth it, taking the top women’s team spot (Natasha Butterfield, Carole Fryer and Trudi Entwhistle). Natasha continued her excellent form to scoop 1st FV40 prize. Trudy Entwhistle showed her true Yorkshire grit, mudsliding into the finish line to narrowly beat Dan Pope.Read More
Local knowledge paid off with Ilkley Harriers men’s team winning first team prize. Unfortunately the junior event at Ilkley was cancelled this year due to RO falling ill.
On a special day that only comes round once every four years, 29 February, Calder’s new recruit Jillian Convey, made the Leith Hill half marathon look easy finishing first woman in a time of 1h 48m. This popular out and back race from Dorking goes to the top of the highest point in southeastern England – Leith Hill (1800ft climb). Convey’s win is all the more impressive given that the course was possibly the wettest underfoot that is has ever been.
Swapping the bogs for snow, Calder’s Barbara Longsdale put in a great performance to take 3rd FV45 in the 16km/1300m Pescium Winter sky race in Switzerland. This weekend shows the future is definitely bright for the CVFR women’s team in 2020.
It was touch and go for CVFR’s Charlie Ing, if the Cunswick Scar Fell Race, part of the Kendal Winter League race would be abandoned due to the weather. His patience paid off as he battled to come from behind to take second place.
In more sunnier climes, CVFR’s international star, Ben Mounsey dug deep to secure the win in the 21km/1200m El Cali Dels Bandolers Trail Race in Senija, Spain.
Ben summed up his day:
“It was another successful weekend on the trail, with a hard-fought win in the 21km race today. I was on my last legs by the end, just praying that the speed goat @poldolesa wouldn’t catch me in the final kilometres. Thankfully for me, he is still recovering from injury and illness! It was a tough race and I ran hard.”