The long and the short of it

Calder Valley Fell Runners – 4th April 2022

This weekend was the tale of two races – the short and the long; the lung buster and the knee grinder.

The Five Trigs

The long but runnable Five Trigs fell race is one of Calder Valley’s club championship counters and attracted 13 runners from the club vying for championship points during the early stages of the season. This was a race within a race with elite long distance specialist, the ever-youthful Gav Mulholland, leading the race from start to finish and completing the 19 miles and 3,000 ft of climbing in a magnificent 2hrs 17mins. He also bagged maximum championship points. At times his dedication to speed led him past checkpoints and he had to double back to make sure he’d dibbed at all nine along the way.

Gav on his way to an impressive win. Photo courtesy of @Jackie Clowes Photography 2022

The route takes in some spectacular scenery – from harsh moorland, through rolling countryside, past reservoirs and through the picturesque town of Delph, the start and finish point for the race. As its name suggests the route takes in five Trig points in a loop out from Delph including Bishops Park, Tame Scout, Blackstone Edge, White Hill and Standedge Trig. It crosses the M62 twice on the high foot bridges and follows some good and some tough trails, including rocky sections of the Pennine Way, for much of the course.

Jonny running well to take a well earned 8th place. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Moon

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