Bunnys, Rocks, Tops and Fells

Calder Valley Fell Runners – 3rd May 2022

The post Easter into early spring Bank Holiday has properly marked the start of the Fell Racing calendar with weekday evening and weekend events to pick from all across the north of the country. And true to form, Calder Valley athletes – juniors and seniors – have been making the most of the dry weather and light evenings to get out and test themselves against each other, other clubs, ultra-running records and for some, nothing more than the terrain.

Bunny Run Relays

Euan concentrating on not breaking the raw egg that is the baton in the bunny relay

This week started with another of the famous Bunny Run events in the old quarry above Haworth that now makes up the bulk of Penistone Park. Bunny Runs because the map of the event is shaped like an oversized, floppy eared rabbit. The final event in the spring series are the Bunny Run relays – wild groupings of young and older, fast and slow with plenty of fancy dress and a carnival atmosphere about the event. Plenty of CVFR vests on show in and amongst the teams on the evening.

Orchan Rocks

Alex racing hard at a sunny Orchan Rocks

Next up was Orchan Rocks. A 5.4km fast and furious sprint around in the hills above the Staff of Life pub in Cornholme circling the tumble of gritstone that makes up Orchan Rocks. CVFR was well represented with five runners in this event organised by Dan Taylor of Todmorden Harriers.

Alex Whittem (23.19) was the first back for Calder Valley and 2nd overall shortly followed by Jonathan Moon in 4th place in 25.16. CVFR just missed out on the team prize with Andy Davies finishing in 38th position and first MV60 in 31.28. Robert Shirton was hot on his heels in 40th position (31.51) with Calder’s second MV60, Steve Cavell, coming in a respectable 77th in a time of 40.53. The race winner was Doni Clarke of Tod Harriers.

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