Calder Valley Fell Runners – 1st November 2021

The weekend had weather aplenty which did limit some racing, with a number of events in the Lakes cancelled. But as most fell runners will tell you, their sport is all about running through ankle-deep if not knee-high bogs! And CVFR certainly made a muddy splash at two races this weekend. 

Saturday, 30th October saw the 54th edition of the always expertly organised CraggRunner ‘Race you to the Summit’. This classic local 4.3-mile fell race, completed with over 800 punishing feet of climb, sees competitors start at the Summit Inn in Littleborough and run up to the White House pub near Blackstone Edge – where they touch the pub wall & turn around to run back to the Summit for a well-earnt pint!

A firm favourite with Calderdale clubs, organisers Craggrunner always ensures a friendly atmosphere & encourages those racing to run in fancy dress for Halloween. Moreover, with the event actually falling on the Halloween weekend this year, there was an extra push for people to get into the holiday spirit. Spectators got a real treat with many of the 133 racers turning up in full fancy dress – anyone wandering past may well have wondered if they had fallen into an alternate universe!

The start with fancy dress on display – photo courtesy of CraggRunner

An event in its 54th year in Autumn in Calderdale, has seen its fair share of adverse weather conditions & the average storm was not about to stop play. There was a great turnout from the club at both junior & senior level, with wins in both the men’s & the women’s race for CVFR. The junior races were held before the seniors, with U9, U11, U13 & U15 age categories (the over 15s joined the senior race). Whilst junior results were not yet published on going to press – the race organisers commended these younger runners, who gave it their all, despite definitely drawing the short-straw when it came to the weather!I

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35th Anniversary Relay

23rd October 2021 – Race Organiser’s report

RO Marc giving teams final instructions

No running club anniversary would be complete without a race and so, the Anniversary Relay was conceived to form a big part of the celebrations. With fifty-six club members racing in 14 teams of 4 plus marshals, event field helpers, photographers and film-makers, prize production elves and event organisers. Everyone gave it their all…and some a little more.

And they’re off

The course, a 4.65km loop from Stubb Field, was devised for the event to take account of juniors’ welfare, slower runners, potentially poor weather conditions and still provide some competitive racing and a good bit of bog snorkelling along the way. On the day, a few unexpected visitors arrived to spectate including a large herd of cows on the moor and four very excited horses in the first field. The runners took it all in their stride.

The race started with a decent climb to below and then behind Daisy Bank before levelling off for a long trod skirting the top of Broadhead Clough before turning right onto Erringden Moor to a boundary stone sporting a vintage club vest. The rest of the race follows the Winter Handicap route back down to Park Fold before a fast finish to Race HQ.

And we certainly got some exciting finishes with Andy Smith narrowly beating a tiring Andrew Davies to the line, a close finish between Sarah Noot and Charlotte Wetton on Leg 3 and junior, JD Anderson-Martin, putting in an amazing effort to hold the fast-approaching Martin Howard to a tie on the line with both teams finishing with an identical time. Martin also put in the fastest leg overall in 20:37.

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