Jubilee Crazy

Calder Valley Fell Runners –  6 June 2022

It’s been a busy week for ERII and even busier if you’ve tried to keep up with what’s been happening on the fells and trails of the North of England. Along with Dougie Zinis attempting a non-stop Wainwrights Round (attempted and succeeded. See Dougie’s Feat here), there have been Jubilee Fell Races, races that take place over this weekend as per usual, street parties with fell races attached, junior fell racing galas, a father and son race up a Norwegian ski jump and the Uganda Marathon. It has all been happening!

Austwick Amble

Some of the CVFR ‘Amblers’

The Bank Holiday weekend also saw the next stage in the Club Championships with a medium route, the Austwick Amble back in the calendar after a two-year break. The annual street fair and cuckoo festival were programmed to coincide with the Jubilee celebration weekend and sixteen club regulars made the trip to Austwick to join in the festivities. Alongside the shire horses, morris dancers, tombolas, cake stalls, plant sales and barbecue’s, the fete organisers also put on a series of junior races and, at 1pm, a senior fell race.

After a wet start to the week, Thursday turned out to be a warm day – dry, breezy and with some cloud cover. The Amble – a 13 km / 8 mile race that takes in some stunning limestone scenery just below Ingleborough – attracted 157 runners including a strong contingent from Calder Valley Fell Runners. This was a fast race with the leaders stretching the field in the long uphill section from the start. The fastest hope to complete this course in around 50 minutes and this year was no exception with Daniel Bradford creating a new course record in 48 mins 37 secs. Calder Valley’s Ed Hyland (50.14) was the first CVFR finisher in a respectable 4th which might have improved if heavy traffic to the event hadn’t interfered with his warm up routine. Calder Valley’s Chris Norman (17th in 55.12), Dan Marsden (34th in 1.00.32) and Peter Wilcock (50th in 1.04.48) all put in good times but the club really excelled amongst the women with Natasha Butterfield coming in 2nd amongst the women (1.01.56) and first FV40 followed by Stella Christanthou (1.09.00) and Layla Hirst (1.10.56) with Charlotte Wetton (1.26.10) and Tamsin Cooke (1.37.21) putting in a good runs on what turned out to be a hot afternoon for racing.

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