After missing a year of English Championship races, the country’s fell runners were raring to go at the Ennerdale Horseshoe last Saturday in the first Championship race of 2021. It is not a light undertaking, covering 23 miles and 7500 feet of climbing. Starting at the western end of Ennerdale, the route follows a circuit of the whole valley, taking in the hills of Great Bourne, Red Pike, skirting High Stile and Haystacks before climbing Green Gable and traversing under Great Gable crags. The racers then face a climb of Kirk Fell, Pillar and Haycock before a prolonged downhill run taking in the tops of Iron Crag and Crag Hill.
The Calder Valley race train was in full flow as an amazing team effort saw Andy Worster, Math Roberts, Karl Gray, Andy Swift and Ben Mounsey finish 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th (all with 2 minutes of each other) to finish 1st open team in the English champs; whilst Karl Gray, James Logue and Phil Scarf lead the v50s to v50 English champs team points.
Individually King Karl started 2021 where he left 2020, continuing to break v50 records with an Ennerdale Fell race record v50 time of 3:51.05; Math Roberts finished 2nd v40 3.51.03 whilst Fiona Lynch showed the Ladies how it’s done winning FV45 in a time of 5.32.24.
Billy Cartwright of Matlock and Nicola Jackson of Keswick won the race in 3hours 32minutes 16 seconds and 4hours 13mins 59 seconds respectively.
Such was the effort amongst the team there wasn’t much talking from the normally larger than life Math Roberts at the finish line. He struggled with horrendous cramp but managed to hang on until the finish to help to score for the team.
Thanks to Cumberland Fellrunners for putting on a wonderful event. Sat there at prize giving with the sun beaming down, the camaraderie of fell runners and the legendary Joss Naylor giving out prizes, there was nowhere else anyone would rather be. It was great to be back.
Calder Valley Results
13th Andrew Worster – 03:50:52
14th Matthew Roberts – 03:51:03
15th Karl Gray – 03:51:05
16th Andy Swift – 03:52:35
17th Ben Mounsey – 03:52:53
48th Ed Hyland – 04:13:18
59th Adam Osborne – 04:21:38
62nd James Logue – 04:23:09
138th Mark O’Connor – 05:06:06
160th Phil Scarf – 05:21:11
167th Michael Clayton -05:23:40
187th Fiona Lynch – 05:32:24
200th Stuart Russell – 05:39:10
205th Ricky Parrish – 05:39:56
212th Jonathan Emberton – 05:42:54
248th Jackie Scarf – 06:11:39
254th Toby Sydes – 06:16:24
255th Mark Wharton – 06:17:36
278th Jon Underwood – 06:47:05
Charlie Parkinson, fastest under 20 hour Bob Graham Round
An amazing performance saw Charlie Parkinson finish his Bob Graham in 18h 58mins and in doing so become the first person under 20 to do a sub 20-hour round. An epic route of 66 miles taking in 42 Lakeland peaks, the Bob Graham Round is a serious test of fell running ability. He was ‘high-5ed’ by some of the Ennerdale racers as he came over Kirk Fell. Charlie absolutely obliterated the u20 record by 1h 8mins.
Cass Chisholm gained her first fell race victory at the Lothersdale Race, a short fast race of 3.5 miles with 600 feet of climbing. She’s had victories at trail races before but was ‘Over the moon with my first fell race victory’. Pippa Barrett was shortly behind taking 3rd place. Cass finished in 30.38.
Another short fast race, the Kettlewell BOFRA race was held on the 6th June. Run over the scarp to the west of Kettlewell in Wharfedale, a fast start is required to reach the gully which is usually a bottle neck before reaching the ridge. Then a short run along the skyline to the cairn before a fast descent and a short section of scree. Calder Valley Fell Runners were well represented. Alex Whittam improved on his 4th place at Coniston Gullies with a hard earned 3nd place, behind Ted Mason and 1st places Simon Bailey of Staffordshire.
Calder Senior Results
3 Alex Whittem – 12:17
7 James Logue – 13:16
24 Stephen Smithies – 14:58
43 Dave Hammond – 16:59