Foreign Climbs, Welsh Sprinting & Points means prizes

Calder Valley Fell Runner – 14 February 2022

Jonathan with fellow runner Alison Corbett from Staff Moorlands club

Foreign climbs: Two of CVFR’s veteran runners took to the trails in Spain on 13th February, competing in two different iconic mountain races. Jonathan Emberton took on the Pedregeur Mountain Trail Race – Mitja Marato Muntanya in Ocaive (near Alicante). Emberton finished a very respectable 59th overall and 10th in his age category, finishing the eye-watering 3,500ft plus of ascent in only 2hrs 47min. Jon said ‘it was a brutal race with marble like pebbles underfoot and tricky limestone pavements’. He was well rewarded with great beer and pizza at the post race get together.

Grey skies didn’t dampen Ben’s enthusiasm

This weekend also saw CVFR’s Ben Mounsey was running for the Sportsshoes Trail Team UK at the 2022 Montserrat Skyrace in Catalan’s Parc Natural Mutanya de Montserrat for the 10th annual Skyrace on 13th Feb 2022. Runners have five hours maximum to complete the 25km (15.5-mile) course, complete with its lung-busting 1500m (4421ft) of climb.

Mounsey described it as a ‘tough day on the trail’ but was happy to be ‘back out racing, after such a long delay’. He was delighted to finish in 9th place in this ‘amazing skyrace in a magical mountain which never disappoints’. He was quick to praise the organisation & welcome of Klassmark Trail and to apologise for having brought the English weather with him! Needless to say, Mounsey is looking forward to being ‘back for more of the same next year, but hopefully with some sun!’

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