Scores and Stoops

And they’re off into the mist

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.

Some of the happy prize winners

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.

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