Our friend Duncan

Duncan Thompson, of Calder Valley Fell Runners, passed away unexpectedly last autumn. He was proud to be a member of the Club. Some may remember him as the organiser of the original Boulsworth Fell Race, with its challenging finish! Below, two founding members of CVFR, and close friends, share their memories.

Duncan on Leg 3: Ian Hodgson Relay

The Best Man by Gary Webb.

My first memory of Duncan Thompson was meeting him in the Cross Inn in Heptonstall in 1987. I cannot even remember why I was in the pub but I remember spotting an obvious runner wearing a Red Rose T-shirt and he spotted me wearing a Chew Valley Skyline T-shirt. Being a proud Yorkshire man I suggested that he join a real club from the right side and told him about our newly formed club, Calder Valley Fell Runners. The rest, as they say, is history and Duncan began to come down to training sessions on a Tuesday evenings at Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

It was obvious from the beginning that Duncan had real class as a runner. He was not a good timekeeper however and the journey over from Nelson often resulted in him chasing round the Calder Valley trying to find where the Fell Runners had gone! It was not unusual to completely miss Duncan until the Shoulder of Mutton pub after training. To be fair, if he couldn’t find us he would train on his own before meeting us for a pint. He liked a pint!

Over the course of the next few Years Duncan became a part of everything that was good about Calder Valley Fell Runners. He was committed to improving his own running as well as bringing on other members of the club with his ideas and thoughts on training methods. He was also a prolific racer who often raced at least once a week throughout the year. In terms of natural ability Duncan could probably have been even better if he had trained more wisely and raced a bit less but, just like drinking beer, Duncan liked a race!

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