Bog Trog

Calder Valley Fell Runners – 15th November 2021

The big event for Calder Valley this weekend was undoubtably the Wadsworth Half Trog on Sunday 14th November. A tough yomp aver 15km of open moorland, a mad descent to Castle Carr reservoirs followed by an even tougher climb out of that particular valley back to the moors with the blessing of a long, straight run along one of Midgley Moor’s drainage channels before setting off again through the tussocks and bogs that are always a feature of the race. Leg sapping stuff.

Martin slip sliding his way to take the win – photo courtesy of Matt Kaye

The Half Trog is more than a warm up to the beast that is the Wadsworth Trog in February. It is less of an endurance and more of a sprint and this is clearly the approach taken by Calder Valley’s Martin Howard, winner of this event for the second time. From the off, up Popples Lane towards Bogs Eggs Edge, Martin led the field of 98 men and women – 1:09:41s later, he raced back down the lane to the finish line just above the Hare & Hounds pub. Agonisingly close to Karl Gray’s record, he will be looking to improve on that time by at least 13 seconds next year to get his name into the record books.

Andy Ford skipping across the bogs

Sunday was a great day for fell racing. Starting out clear and bright with a crispness in the air that stops runners over-heating and with vistas across the moors and valleys of the Upper Calder Valley. Sun soon gave way to mist making for a moody atmosphere as runners navigated the far reaches of the moor past the Winny Stone, then passing High Brown Knoll for a second time before dropping down to Dimmin Dale and Ferney Lee. Then up to Crow Hill and over to Sheep Stones Edge before a tough descent to the finish.

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