Tough conditions in Lakeland events

Calder Valley Fell Runners – 4th October 2021

Hodgson Brothers Relay.

Held in Patterdale every year the Hodgson Brothers Relay is one of the most prestigious relays in the Fell Running year.  As it is also a couple of weeks before the British Fell And Hill Running relays, it’s a good preview to see which teams are running well and gives the captains a chance to fine tune their teams.  It is a four leg, paired relay running out of Patterdale at the head of Ullswater visiting Angle Tarn, High Street, Kirkstone Pass, Red Screes, Cofa Pike and St. Sunday Crag before returning to Patterdale.

Giant Chris and tiny Andy at Hodgson relay

Calder Valley Fell Runners entered a men’s and women’s team, the first time in a few years a women’s team has been gathered.  The men’s pair of Martin Howard and Alex Whittam were in 4th place after the first leg, with Chris Holdsworth and Andy Worster gaining a place to put them in third by Kirkstone Pass.  However, by the finish CVRF were in 4th place, nine minutes behind winners, Keswick, Ambleside and Carnethy.

A very happy ladies team after completing a tough Hodgson Relay

The CVFR women’s team were 8th with Helm Hill taking the win, Natasha Butterfield and Jill Convey putting in a good time on the first leg for Calder.

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