Anniversary, Dash and Doubles

Kettlewell Anniversary Fell Race

Calder Valley had its specialist short race team out for the mid-week Kettlewell Anniversary Fell Race. It’s great to see experience paying off in fell racing. Darren Kay (36.53) finished third in a strong field and was first in the M50 age category followed closely by Karl Gray (38.19) in sixth and second placed M50.  The red and white hoops are confident of a team victory once the final results are published with Steve Smith making up the trio of Calder Valley M50’s with a time of 47.24.

New club members, April Caulfield and Will Stewart ran in the club vest for the first time. April only started running the fells a few weeks ago and in her first ever fell race posted a good time of 50.45 with Will finishing in 50.26.

Hawkswick Dash

James enjoy the Dash

Hawkswick Dash fell race set in the scenic drama of Littondale is one of the shortest, sharpest races in the fell racing calendar. At 2.25 km with 170 metres of climbing, the route starts on a gentle track before a sharp climb up to and along the ridge before a dramatic fast descent to the finish. This years race, as usual, featured both senior and junior races with a good stagger between age groups to allow an unclutter course and good dispersal at the finish. Calder Valley were well represented in the senior race with Shaun Godsman (7th in 12.48) and James Logue (15th in 13.51) coming in first in their age categories (MV45 and MV50) in a race won by Simon Bailey (Staffs Moorland in 11.48). A race of fine margins. Mark O’Connor (14.11), Steve Smithies (14.14) and Dave Hammond (17.48) all had good races making up a strong contingent for the red and white hoops.

Thomas running hard for his excellent 4th place

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