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Calder Valley Fell Runner – 9 May 2022

Buttermere Sailbeck

The latest counter in the Calder Valley Fell Runners club championship races was held last Saturday in the Lake District. Buttermere Sailbeck is a great race that includes steep climbs and fast ridge running.  Starting at Buttermere Village the route heads across Sail Beck and climbs steeply to Knott Rigg where a mile or so of ridge running leads to Ard Crags and a flowing decent to Rigg Beck.  A canny runner takes a good drink here as there is no water further on the course.  A steep climb to Causey Pike follows with hands and feet on rock towards the top.  A gently rising ridge greets runners, going past Scar Crags and Sail to Crag Hill, the highest point on the route at 839 metres.  It is then generally downhill, easy running across Wandope Moss to Whiteless Pike before a steep decent back to Buttermere.  Only 9 and a half miles but over 4000 feet of climbing makes this a challenging medium race.

A well earned sit down after a tough race

Darren Kay was first CVFR back in 4th place and 1st V50, a great result in a strong field.  Kieran O’Prey was second followed shortly by Mark Wharton.  Cath Holden was first Calder woman back in 2:32:23 and also scooped the 3rd V40 woman prize.  Tamsin Cooke was second, and Charlotte Wetton third, these two having run together.  The next race in the Club Championship is the ever popular local Hebden Bridge Fell Race on the 26th May.

George Foster (holder of the second fastest Bob Graham Round time) of Matlock won in 1:31:14 seconds ahead of Rob Jebb (general fell running legend and holder of the Sailbeck course record) in 1:31:33. Under 23 Catrin Smith was first woman home in 1:56:00.

Many racers also had the pleasure of seeing John Kelly on his record breaking run of the Wainwrights.  Kelly was climbing Whiteless Pike as runners were descending.  He took almost 12 hours off the previous record setting a new best of 5 days 12 hours 14 minutes for the 214 Wainwright tops.

Full CVFR results

4th Darren Kay 1:35:16
70th Kieran O’Prey 2:19:41
76th Mark Wharton 2:27:56
80th Tim Brooks 2:32:17
81st Catherine Holden 2:32:23
84th Toby Sydes 2:33:02
90th James Cooke 2:40:56
92nd Stephen Grimley 2:43:24
96th Oliver Beaumont 2:49:02
107th Tamsin Cooke 3:36:00
108th Charlotte Wetton 3:36:02

Dales High Way

The Dales High Way is a long distance route of 90 miles that starts under the Lion at Victoria Hall in Saltaire and finishes at the Moot Hall in Appleby-in-Westmorland.  Punk Panther Endurance Events hold an ultramarathon along the route.  The scenery it passes through is stunning and includes Ilkley Moor, the summit of Ingleborough and going through the panoramic Howgills (for most this is during the night).

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