Super Saturday/Super Sunday

The weekend of the 24th and 25th July turned into a Super Weekender for fell running in general and Calder Valley Fell Running Club in particular. The July heatwave carried through into the weekend making competitive running a really tough option. CVFR had club members racing at Buttermere Horseshoe, Holme Moss and Turnslack with resounding success for some of our more experienced runners and great achievements for fellrunning novice members.

Add in some extraordinary achievements in the Lakeland 100 (that’s 100 plus MILES) in the previous week and a double Yorkshire Three Peaks (see separate report for details) in under nine hours and that’s a recipe for sunstroke if ever there was.

And they’re off at Holme Moss

Fell racing might not yet be an Olympic sport but at Holme Moss (Holmfirth) Calder Valley was represented by a trio of hot shot runners. Karl Gray has been winning races as far back as most of us can remember and he was at it again claiming the gold medal in 2 hours and 40 minutes for the 28.5km course. Karl didn’t have it all his own way with club mate and arch rival Gav Mulholland pushing him the whole way to claim a brilliant silver medal position. With first and second places on the podium sewn up by two Calder Valley Vet 50s, club stalwart Mark O’Connor came in 5th in a respectable time of 3hrs 8 mins giving the club the honour of three of the first five places in a field of 93 runners.

Looks like Wilf is enjoying this far too much!!!

Tortuous Turnslack Toughie is the new strap line for Turnslack Fell Race where Jason ‘Wilf’ Williams got back to the fells after a break and looks like he’s fallen in love with the sport again. Despite forgetting to apply sunscreen in the most obvious places, he claimed 4th place overall and 1st in the vet categories in a time of 1hr 11m. Turnslack is a 12.9km course around the fells of Summit near Littleborough and for some this was the apex of their fell running career to date.

A tough first fell race for Novice Zoe – photo courtesy of Woodentops.org.uk

For new club member Zoe Dee, this was only her second ever fell race and what weather to pick for it. Zoe described the experience as “like being run over by a freight train” but managed a smile all the way round. Giles Simon, Jon Wilson and Paul Shaw all had good runs in the CVFR vest in tough conditions.

Paul striding out at Turnslack – photo courtesy of Woodentops.org.uk

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