Unfortunately due to the Corona Virus we’ve had to stop the RR for the foreseeable future. We hope to see some of you back on the fells when we can all get to run together again. Take care all and keep healthy. The RR team. In the Spring I will do more exercise? Take up a new sport? Get outside more …. so why not come along to the Resolution Runs and discover fell running with Calder Valley Fell Runners.
- Ideal follow on from Couch to 5k.
- Every Saturday @ 9.30am
- we will be out on the fells for approximately 60mins to 90mins
- meeting at St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge
- See our Face Book page for route map and information.
Your chance to learn new routes, meet like minded people and see if fell running is for you.
You will need to wear your grippiest trainers and bring along a waterproof jacket, hat and gloves.
Resolution Runs – Great for your heart. Great for your mind.
There is no charge, but an idea of numbers would be great so we can see how many club helpers we’ll need.
Interested? Contact Jocasta: 07939 668164 or Gill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not even storm Jorge could keep the Calder Valley contingent from Ilkley Moor fell race, the first of the short races in this year’s Club Championships. With all to play for, the red and white hoops braved the high winds and saturated terrain to take on this category AS, 5 mile race with 400m of ascent.
Some of the gang at Ilkley Credit: Dave Woodhead
Calder Women made sure their effort was worth it, taking the top women’s team spot (Natasha Butterfield, Carole Fryer and Trudi Entwhistle). Natasha continued her excellent form to scoop 1st FV40 prize. Trudy Entwhistle showed her true Yorkshire grit, mudsliding into the finish line to narrowly beat Dan Pope.
Natasha & Trudi enjoying the mud!!! Credit Dave Woodhead
Local knowledge paid off with Ilkley Harriers men’s team winning first team prize. Unfortunately the junior event at Ilkley was cancelled this year due to RO falling ill.
On a special day that only comes round once every four years, 29 February, Calder’s new recruit Jillian Convey, made the Leith Hill half marathon look easy finishing first woman in a time of 1h 48m. This popular out and back race from Dorking goes to the top of the highest point in southeastern England – Leith Hill (1800ft climb). Convey’s win is all the more impressive given that the course was possibly the wettest underfoot that is has ever been.
Swapping the bogs for snow, Calder’s Barbara Longsdale put in a great performance to take 3rd FV45 in the 16km/1300m Pescium Winter sky race in Switzerland. This weekend shows the future is definitely bright for the CVFR women’s team in 2020.
It was touch and go for CVFR’s Charlie Ing, if the Cunswick Scar Fell Race, part of the Kendal Winter League race would be abandoned due to the weather. His patience paid off as he battled to come from behind to take second place.
Charlie Ing at Cunswick Scar
In more sunnier climes, CVFR’s international star, Ben Mounsey dug deep to secure the win in the 21km/1200m El Cali Dels Bandolers Trail Race in Senija, Spain.
Ben Mounsey wins in Spain (credit: McChip website)
Ben summed up his day:
“It was another successful weekend on the trail, with a hard-fought win in the 21km race today. I was on my last legs by the end, just praying that the speed goat @poldolesa wouldn’t catch me in the final kilometres. Thankfully for me, he is still recovering from injury and illness! It was a tough race and I ran hard.”
– CALDER VALLEY NEWS REPORTER: eileen mcdonach
Martin taking a healthy lead from the start
Much to his delight and just three weeks after winning the 20 mile Wadsworth Trog, Martin Howard added winning the 2020 Midgley Moor Fell Race to his growing list of trophies last Sunday. This was a relief as he was heard to say beforehand that he’d a round of beers for his club mates if he didn’t pick the best lines on the route and didn’t win it!!!
The race is a much shorter 5 mile fell race around the south-western corner of Midgley Moor, Howard’s local training ground. His local knowledge paid off as the route requires visiting six checkpoints with no defined route in between. The hours of training have worked as he came in nearly seven minutes ahead of second placed Rob James of Royton. Rowen Pymm of Saddleworth Runners was first woman in 52:53.
A happy looking Cass
A good result too for Calder’s Cass Chisholm as 3rd woman. Also running well was Lee ‘Beardy’ Shimwell, 1st V40 and 3rdplace overall, one of his best results to date.
The Calder men took the team prize with Martin Howard, Lee Shimwell and Jonny Croston. Saddleworth Runners were victorious in the ladies team prize.
Andy Davis before he knew he’d broken his ankle!!!
Refreshments were available in the cricket and this resulted in £150 being raised for Cancer Research.
Anthony Costello was in the wars again, falling heavily on the descent. He required stitches in one of his knees. Fortunately fellow Calder runner, Andy Davis (1st V60) was on hand to give him a lift home. However Davis had injuries of his own; on visiting A&E with a suspected sprained ankle he found it was actually fractured. That’s two runners out of action for a few weeks.
|14th ||Paul Haigh||M40||51.29
|16th ||Rob Rawlinson||M40||51.36
– CALDER VALLEY NEWS REPORTER: Tim Brooks
With the onslaught of another storm, in the form of Storm Dennis, very limited racing and lots of race cancellations. But what we did have on this Saturday was a bunch of hardy souls braving the fells, for the Calder Valley Resolution Run. It was the sixth instalment of the 9:30am jaunt on the moors. In the words of CVFR helper Christina Turner “It was wet and windy but still beautiful through the woods and across the fields in Heptonstall. Great company and so satisfying to be out on the hills before breakfast on a Saturday!”.
In other news, our international superstar Ben Mounsey bagged another win in Southern Spain. He fought off some of the finest trail runners the region has to offer. The race was Gegant De Pedra with challenging distance of 21km and an equally challenging climb of 1150m. And he went and set a new course record. Well done Ben!
‘Ben the Bullet’ off to a flying start
Straight from Ben’s mouth, his account of the race “It was my 2nd race in less than 15 hours, so the legs were tired and I had to work hard against some strong competition!.
It was a crazy route in parts, super-technical, with gnarly descents, steep climbs, make-shift wooden bridges and narrow drainage channels – just a sample of the terrain and obstacles we had to encounter.”
– CALDER VALLEY NEWS REPORTER: Blair Garrett