Taking second place

Calder Valley Fell Runners – 30 May 2022

It was a week of second places for Calder Valley Fell Runners this last week

That’s so Hebden Bridge

The Hebden Bridge Fell Race was the latest race in the Calder Valley Fell Runners’ club championship.  Ably organised by Nick Barber and the Todmorden Harriers, this race is a local favourite amongst Calder Valley runners with 21 members competing.  A Thursday summer evening 6 mile blast up to Stoodley Pike and back, taking in rocky woodland paths, steep heather covered banks and boggy moorland.

Airborne Alex on his way to a fine 2nd place

Alex Whittem was first back for CVRF in 2nd place overall in a time of 47 minutes and 26 seconds, behind an emphatic win by Samuel Lungo of Pudsey and Bramley  in 46:07.  Lungo also won the Blackstone Edge race a week earlier. Calder’s Stephen Hall was well placed to take third place on the return but he missed the sharp right hand turn in Crow Nest Wood and ended up at the wrong end of Fairfield.  He needed a sprint along Palace House Road to get to the finish in 13th place a second ahead of Chris Norman.  So Ethan Hassel of Wharfedale was third.

Stella enjoying the local race

In the women’s race CVFR’s Natasha Butterfield was 1st FV40 and 3rd overall just 17 seconds behind Janine MacGregor of Todmorden.  Rachel Pilling made it a double for Pudsey and Bramley winning the women’s race in 56:35.  Stella Chrisanthou was second CVRF woman back and Tamsin Cooke third.

2ndAlex WhittemV4047.26
13thStephen HallM51.39
14thChris NormanM51.40
21stCam RushworthM54.00
24thGeorge KettlewellM56.53
27thBill JohnsonM5057.54
31stMark WhartonM5058.11
33rdNatasha ButterfieldFV4058.33
36thJake SmallbonesM59.12
40thDan PopeM60.04
44thPeter WilcockM61.28
45th Stella ChrisanthouFV4061.56
49thJames CookeV4062.43
51stTim BrooksM5064.07
53rdToby SydesM5065.22
58th Ben DunningM66.15
65thTony StewardM6070.17
68thMarc CollettM6071.15
78thGraham LloydM6076.32
86thVim ThurlowM6079.16
97thTamsin CookeFV4085.34

The next CVFR Championship race is the Austwick Amble on the 2nd June.

Welsh 1000m Peaks

The Welsh 1000m Race is one of the most historic and challenging fell races in North Wales and in the UK.  The route takes in all 5 of the 1000m Peaks in Snowdonia including Yr Wyddfa, Garnedd Ugain, Glydr Fawr, Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn.Starting at sea level near at Abergwyngregyn, near the shore of Conwy Bay. Runners climb to the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn and Carnedd Dafydd before a fantastic descent to Ogwen Valley. The climb to Glyder Fawr is rewarded by flying down to Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, then up again to the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on Yr Wyddfa at 1,085m.  The three challenging climbs cover approximately 32km with a total ascent of 2,800m.Calder Valley’s Welsh representative Gavin Roberts broke the previous course record by over 7 minutes completing the long course in 3 hours 57mintes and 4 seconds.  However he was pushed into second place by a superb run by Eyri Harriers’ Gareth Hughes who won in 3 hours 51 minutes and 17 seconds.

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