Calder Valley Fell Runners – 20 December 2021
Saturday saw a huge turnout of CVFR members, and other runners, for our annual Winter SCORE event. Many thanks to Phil and Jackie Scarf and team for organizing this fun and festive slog!
So, what is the SCORE event? Well, It’s a combination of running, navigation and observation skills, up on the moors. Individuals or small teams have to find their way to 17 (plus ‘start’ and ‘finish’) places, ticking off as many as possible within a 90 minute time limit. There are no rules about the order these ‘checkpoints’ have to be visited – so the trick is to do them in a time/distance-efficient way without getting hopelessly confused and lost! The race began at 10am with a mass-start from the car park at Withens Clough Reservoir, and ended at St John the Baptist Church just off Cragg Road (near the Hinchcliffe pub).
It was a misty morning when over 100 stalwarts powered off to score as many points as they could. The lovely thing about this race is runners can do it alone, or with friends – and there are even family teams: a fine gesture in the Christmas spirit.
The course is approximately 8 miles, but can be as long as 10 miles, depending on how the runners choose to tackle the checkpoints, which include such iconic sites as Erringden Moor, Sunderland Pasture, Stoodley Pike (or near enough!), High Green, Red Dykes, and many more.
Congratulations to the overall winner Alisdair Pedley (316 points); James Williams/Gaz Perberton 1st male pair (262 points); Trudie Entwistle and Thomas, 1st family pair (233 points); Jocasta Fletcher/Christina Turner, 2nd female pair (175 points), and to all CVFR and other runners who took part. It would be a bit dull to list every CVFR runner so, with apologies to those not mentioned, here are a few who nailed the 2021 SCORE event in (and in no particular order):
Jonathan Emberton scored a cracking 272 points; Rachel Johnson stormed home with 216 points; Linda Hayles achieved an admirable 126 points; Tamsin Cooke, 145; Sue Martin/Angela Richards, 135; family teams Stella Cristanthou/Edward/Matthew, 216 – equalled by Ben Cliff/Harry/Noah, also 216; Mark O’Connor scored a remarkable solo 282 points; Kieran O’Prey/Jim Mosley a creditable 224 points. And your reporter thanks Oliver Beaumont for dragging him round to score 204 points.
Hot drinks, bacon butties, cakes galore were consumed at the finish, before we all went home to fatten up for Christmas.Read More
An equally foggy Sunday morning saw the start of the Stoop Fell Race, from Penistone Park near Howarth, hosted by Wharfedale Harriers. Before Seniors results though, big cheers and congrats to Ishbel Symington and Cora Slater, who both took part in the under-9’s race. Ishbel came 2nd girl with team mate Cora 5th. Fantastic achievements for these two CVFR runners! And it was Cora’s first ever race! Well done, Cora!
In the U11, U13, U15 1.6km race, CVFR juniors Harry Cliff (U11) powered home in 2nd place (7.14 mins); Noah De Wit (U13) came an excellent 2nd, in 7.30 mins; Wynn Standish (U15) did brilliantly to take 12th place in 7.22 mins; 71 young runners took part in the Juniors races, proof that fell-running is really popular with all age-groups.
The Seniors race saw 171 runners set off on the 4.9 mile bog-fest in cold and almost fog-bound conditions. Thanks to George Butterworth, our man in the field, for sending details of this pre-Christmas tough little challenge. The race was won by Nathan Lawson (Dark Peak FR) in a time of 30.27. The first female was Wharfedale Harrier’s Emma Hopkinson, 36.44. Four CVFR runners took part: Elijah Peers-Webb storming home in 25th place and a time of 38.42; Jonny Croston was 26th, 38.52; George Kettlewell 51st, 41.32 and Ben Mason came 99th with a time of 49 minutes. Well done everyone for getting out there, laughing in the face of marsh, bog, mud and fog, and hitting those fells in fine fashion.
Happy Christmas to all our readers!