Summitted!!!

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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