Its a bumper weekend of racing for the Hoops

This week was a bumper one in the local fell running calendar – both on & off the hills & fells.

In terms of racing, highlights include the Tour of Pendle on Saturday 16th November – a 27km (16.8m) race , boasting an eye-watering 4833ft (1473m). CVFR legend Karl Gray stormed to victory in the men’s vet 50 category (beating all other MV40 & MV45 runners in the process) to finish in an impressive 3rd overall. His time of 2h26:47 saw him beat the existing the course V50 record by nearly 3.5 minutes. Grandson of previous record holder, Calvin Ferguson, whose granddad had previously run the fastest MV50 race 28 years ago, commented how it was ‘a delight to witness such a great performance by a top-class fell runner today … Karl Gray made the record his own … well done mate!’

Karl Gray coming coming down Geronimos – credit to David Belshaw.

Whilst results from this race have yet to be published at time of press, there were strong runs from Calder Valley’s ladies Vet 40s, who won the team prize, & for the men from Darren Earnshaw (who beat his previous personal best by five minutes). In addition & of particular note was CVFR’s Toby Cotterill, who for his birthday not only ran the race in the number 40 vest, but also ran all the way there! This feat involved setting off from home well before dawn & running through to morning to cross the finish line at exactly 40 miles for his 40th birthday. On the race itself, Toby commented the challenge ‘actually made the Tour of Pendle quite enjoyable’ as he ‘wasn’t racing/pushing it as much!’

Toby on his 40 mile run for his fortieth birthday


Saturday 16th November also saw great results from CVFR & Todmorden Harriers at Penmaenmawr Fell race, near Conwy (10.5 miles). This was a tricky race, with low cloud over the bogs making visibility poor & giving those with local knowledge a distinct edge. However, despite this disadvantage, Calder Valley’s Jackie Scarf ran exceptionally well to finish 8th lady overall, & winning the LV55 category. Team mates Jonathan Emberton & Phil Scarf took 2nd & 4th MV55, respectively. For Todmorden Harriers, Jane Leonard won the LV60 race and Phil Hodgson was 3rd MV60.

Closer to home, Saturday, 16th November was also the date for the 2019 infamous Harriers vs Cyclists, which as the name suggests is a race that pits those on bikes against runners. This year’s competition was convincingly dominated by the runners, with 10 of the firsts 13 finishers on two legs rather than two wheels.  Vetran runners Tim Brooks & Steven Cavell flew the flag for CVFR at the race, finishing 199th & 205th respectively overall, with Brooks commenting that it was not only ‘harder to drag’ his bike around the course than it would have been running it, but also how it took longer to clean his bicycle afterwards than it took to complete the race!

Sunday, 16th November saw CVFR were out in force for club race the Wadsworth Half Trog. This local classic packs a punch: with 9.3 miles (15km), 1400ft (420m) of ascent, & a varied tough terrain, including plenty of mud & bogs to contend with – to quote Ricky Parish of Todmorden Harriers, it is the ‘boggiest, muddiest race ‘ he has ever experienced!

Martin leading the way on his local turf. Photo Credit Jonathan Moon

As a partially flagged route, runners need to pick their own lines for much of the race, & local knowledge comes to the fore. CVFR’s Martin Howard added another strong result to his collection for the year, finishing not only first under 21 but first overall by quite a margin, in 1h13 minutes & 51 seconds – an impressive time, given conditions under foot. For the ladies, Calder Valley’s Natasha Butterfield ran another strong race to finish second only to Todmorden Harriers legend Annie Roberts – & with good results from Cass Chisholm & Rachel Johnson – the CVFR ladies took the team prize for the red & white hoops (with the men narrowly missing out to Todmorden Harriers).

The first 3 over the line at Half Trog

Away from the actual running on the fells, the BOFRA championship awards ceremony (the best 8 results of 16 set races) saw CVFR’s Charlie Ing lifting the trophy for second place (462 points) & Stephen Smithies coming 9th (404 points) in the men’s senior competition. In the Vet50 category, Stephen Smithies took first overall with 477 points. In the ladies competition, despite only running three races, Jo Buckley came 20th in the senior ladies & 5th in the Vet40 category (165 & 180 points respectively). For the juniors, Charlie Pickens’ results saw him win the second-place trophy in the U15 boys’ category (460 points), with red & white stripped teammate Euan Loge coming 4th (422 points) & in the U12, Ollie Pickens placed 12th place (386 points).

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Catherine Jones

Superb Vertical Kilometre for Ben

Calder Valley’s Ben Mounsey continued his international running exploits in the French Pyrenees this weekend. Despite being a late entrant to the VK Belmaig race in Arles-Sur-Tech, Ben describes how his efforts on this brutally steep course paid off:

“I entered the race only last week as I was training over in Spain, just at the other side of the Pyrenees. I thought it would be a great race/training session because VK races are very tough challenges. As it turned out, I’d entered the last race of the French National VK Skyrunning Championships by accident! Obviously, the field was a little more stacked than I’d first anticipated and the route extremely steep and technical – 1000m of climb in 2.9km!!! Most ran with poles, but I don’t own a pair so ran it as I normally would. It was a time trial format, with competitors setting off in 30 second intervals. There were just over 150 athletes and surprisingly I managed to finish 3rd senior and 6th overall, the standard extremely high, so I was very pleased. I also managed to post a new PB time of 41’05” for a VK, so even happier.

It was super-tough and I was on my limit for the entire race, but worth it for the unbelievable views at the finish, overlooking the snowy peaks of the Pyrenees mountains

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen McDonach

Soggy Shepherds doesn’t stop them

Shepherd’s Skyline

Always a fiercely competitive end of season race, the Shepherd’s Skyline fell race was run from the Shepherd’s Rest Inn, Lumbutts last Saturday, the 7 mile route heads up to Langfield Common before heading to Stoodly Pike. A rapid drop to London Road is followed by a steep climb back up to Withens gate before returning across the moors to the Shepherds Rest.

Alex working hard to maintain an excellent 5th place

Heavy rain was falling as the runners set off, and it continued to fall throughout the race.  This led to muddy conditions underfoot and times were a little down on previous years.  Alex Whittem was first back for Calder in 46:45 and 5th place, which he was probably a little disappointed with.  However he was beaten by two former national champions, Simon Bailey of Mercia (1st in 43:40) and Ian Holmes, Bingley (1st V50 in 3rd place).

Calder men did take the team prize with Whittem supported by Lee Shimwell (19th), Dan Marsden (24th) and Rob Rowlinson (35th).

Natasha loving the wet muddy conditions

Calder Valley’s Natasha Butterfield was 3rd woman home in 56:06.  Annie Roberts of Todmorden was 1st in 52:43 and Claire Green of Pudsey and Bramley was 2nd.

Calder Valley Seniors Results
5th Alex Whittem 46.45
19th Lee Shimwell 52.23
24th Dan Marsden 53.42
30th Rob Rawlinson 55.33
35th Natasha Butterfield 56.06
54th Dan Jones 59.19
55th Ben Cliff 59.25
81st Tim Brooks 64.26
91st Jackie Scarf 65.36
109th Gillian Wisbey 70.05
152nd Dean Dickinson 77.20
179th Di Wright 82.53

Fell Runners Association: National Championships Presentation

The FRA ‘Do’ was held last Saturday in Grange-over-Sands  after the Dunnerdale Fell Race.  Calder Valley men were presented with the British V40 silver medals with Adam Osborne winning individual bronze in this category.

In the English Championship Calder’s V40 men’s team went one better and won gold.  Team counters were Karl Gray, Darren Kay, Adam Osborne, Mark Taylor, Mark Burton, Shaun Godsman (capt.) and Gavin Mulhollland 

Karl Gray won individual gold in the V45 and Darren Kay won silver.  Gray also was joint silver in the V40.

At the younger end Calder’s Martin Howard won bronze in the Under 23 championship.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Tim Brooks

Summit and OMMs

Mark, Martin and Jon the winning Summit team

Calder Valley’s Martin Howard had some unfinished business last Saturday as he took to the start line of the Race to the Summit fell race, determined that history wouldn’t repeat itself after getting lost last year

This local 7km race goes from the Summit Public House up to the White House pub and back. The race started 49 years ago to settle a pub argument about whether the distance could be run in under 30 minutes. Martin Howard came in closest to this mark, overall winner in 31:41. A very happy Martin said:

‘‘This was unfinished business for me as I led the race last year before a navigational error took me off the course. This year I made sure I knew the route and led pretty much from the start. Conditions were poor with a lot of standing water but that doesn’t worry me and I was very pleased with the win’.

Prizes were aplenty for CV with Mark Wharton taking the MV50 ’s prize and the CV men scooping the men’s team prize (Martin Howard, Mark Wharton and Jonathan Moon)

Also splashing in the mud and rain at the weekend were the CVs hardcore OMMers battling it out over 2 days in Scotland in this epic score event. Husband and wife team Phil and Jackie Scarf were 1st vets in the medium score event (7th overall) and Bill Johnson and Jon Underwood 4th vets in the long score event (11th overall).

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gill Dickson

Veteran hoops take gold in the British relays & Simon’s Joss Naylor

This week’s British Fell Relays hosted by Dark Peak on Saturday, 19th October at Derwent Dam near Bamford. This event marks a highlight in the fell running calendar & was also the first time a national fell running event had been organised on the Derwent & Howden Moors. The relay sees 250 team compete in a race run over four legs: with legs 1 (7.65km & 360m ascent) & 4 (7.85 km & 375m ascent) solo runs, & leg 2 (12.3km, & 484m ascent) & 3 (11.2km, 520-570m ascent) paired – with the latter also requiring strong navigation skills.

This year, CVFR fielded four teams: three for the men (an open, a V40 & a V50 team), & one V40 for the women.  The Men’s V40 – consisting of:

V40 winning team – mugs in hand ready for a cuppa. You’ve got to keep warm at their age. (obviously Sarah Rowell wasn’t part of the team)

Leg 1: Gav Mulholland Leg 2: Karl Gray/Darren Kay, Leg 3: James Logue/Mark Burton &  Leg 4: Shaun Godsman – ran a storming race to win their category outright (finishing 14th overall) in a time of 4:06:27, an astonishing 3.5 minutes quicker than 2nd placed Dark Peak’s MV40 team.

A very happy LV40s team who came oh so close to getting bronze. They even surprised themselves how close they were to medalling!!!

The women’s vet 40 was a much closer contest, with only 2.5 minutes separating the teams finishing 2nd, 3rd & 4th. The ladies red & white hoops were  – Leg 1: Jocasta Fletcher Leg 2:  Catherine Holden/Rachel Johnston Leg 3:  Natasha Butterfield/Jo Buckley & Leg 4: Jackie Scarf –  ran well overall, with fantastic performances in particular from Holden & Johnston on Leg 2 (jumping up 76 places during their leg) followed by Butterfield & Buckley on leg 3 (gaining another 55 places). In the end, the red & white hoops were pipped by only 30 seconds into fourth place in their age category by Helm Hill FV40 team.

Calder Valley’s Men’s V50 squad – Leg 1: Andy Davies, Leg 2: Bill Johnson /Mark Wharton Leg 3: Phil Scarf/Jonathon Emberton & Leg 4: Toby Sydes – ran strongly to finish 7th in their age category. Here, the pairing Scarf & Embteron was particularly noteworthy, pushing the team up the rankings a staggering 83 places during this navigation leg.  

The men’s open or A team, consisting of Leg 1: Martin Howard Leg 2: Adam Osbourne/ Ben Mounsey, Leg 3: Andy Swift/Alex Whittem & Leg 4: Matt Roberts, also ran exceptionally strongly, finishing legs 1-3 18th, 11th & 16th place respectively. However, unfortunately the dibber recording the check points was lost in the final leg, causing the team to fail to qualify for ranking. This decision may be overturned on appeal as the dibber was found quickly. The team placing is hopefully 9th overall.  

Despite this bitter disappointment, it was agreed by all that this had been a great event – superbly organised by Dark Peak & their team of 200+ volunteers, with some tough running but amazing scenery & fantastic company/camaraderie. 

Elsewhere, it was also a difficult weekend for CVFR’s international runner, Holly Page, who – despite running ‘conservatively’ in last Sunday’s local fell race, avoiding risks & remaining mindful of the need to stay injury free for skyrunning final this weekend – unfortunately suffered a slightly twisted foot that turned out to be close to a fracture. An MRI confirmed that she would not be able to compete in the Skyrunning SkyMasters at Limone in Italy this past weekend, although Page still went to the race to cheer friends & fellow competitors on.

Simon with the legend that is Joss Naylor

Finally, this week also saw an important event for club ultra-runner, Simon Bourne, who was in the Lake District for the annual presentation evening for the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge – named for the fell running legend himself who devised this 42-mile route as a charity funding raising challenge for the over 50s  – crossing the Lake District from Pooley Bridge to Wasale, taking in an astounding 30 peaks & an eye-watering 17,000 feet of ascent. Bourne completed this challenge in June, in an impressive 10h & 47 minutes – the fastest time this year & fourth fastest ever. He was delighted to receive his award this weekend from Joss Naylor himself, who is still going strong at 83 years old! 

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Catherine Jones

Horseshoes, Ultras and BGs it’s all happening with the hoops

Calder’s 2019 Champs right down to the wire

Calder Valley’s 2019 Championships ended in a nail biting finale with many of the top spots up for grabs, right up to the last two fell races of the season.

Langdale Horseshoe

Saturday saw seven CVFR head north for the Langdale Horseshoe in the Lake District. This tough AL course packs 4,600 ft climb in 12.5 miles. Calder’s Andy Wright, with all to play for in the club champs, described the race:

“The start is very congested, and with 400 runners on a narrow track it is important to be in a good place at the start line for the 300m climb up to Stickle Tarn. The cloud lifted through the morning leaving most of the summits clear which made navigation easier, though Bowfell to Crinkle Craggs was firmly entrenched in cloud so careful compass work was needed as there was nobody in sight to follow.  The rest of the route gave some spectacular scenery to reward those willing to look up from the rocks in front of their feet.

CVFR’s Andy Wright at Langdale (Credit: Toby Sydes)

Leaving Crinkle Craggs via Bad Step needed great care after overnight rain had left the rocks extremely slippery.  A steep descent near the finish drew crowds of ramblers who were waiting to see runners end up the wrong way up, which seemed to draw appreciative cheers.  Fortunately for me I was able to stay upright here and gain two last places on the final section of descent and sprint. Pies at the finish, oh yes!  I’m going back next year just for the pie.”

Lochaber’s Finlay Wild took top spot in 2:00:51. Calder’s John Allan and Mike Clayton called in to race Langdale on their way to the annual Bob Graham presentation dinner, finishing 75th and 195th respectively. Andy Wright’s legendary descending skills saw him finishing 217th taking valuable points in the club champs. Tim Brooks (275th), Daniel Baron (349th) and Charlotte Wetton all ran well.

Withens Skyline

24 hours later, Withens Skyline was the destination for the last race in the CVFR championship calendar. Fourteen Calder hopefuls braved the weather in search of glory. Tim Brooks got the most out of his weekend, reportedly managing to sandwich ‘moshing at The Trades Club’ between Langdale and Withens.

Calder Valley out in force at Withens Skyline (Credit: Dave Woodhead)

First man home at Withens was Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers in a time of 41.17. Calder’s international star, Holly Page, triumphed again on home soil to take first woman in 49:05.

Holly Page at Withens Skyline

After crunching the numbers, club statistician, Andy Wright summed up the final Champs results: Paul Haigh had fought hard all year and looked like he might be getting his name on the club champs trophy, but on the last section of the last race of the year he was pipped by Dan Marsden, thus leaving him one point behind Johnny Croston.  No sharing of this trophy this year as they each retain their trophies from last year.

Meanwhile in the Ladies competition Catherine Holden and Charlotte Wetton retained their 1st and 2nd titles joined by Eileen McDonach.

The Handicap competition was really tied up some time ago, with Rob Rawlinson getting max points, followed by Tamsin Cooke.

In the vets competition, Johnny Croston and Catherine Holden both did ‘the double’ to take the Vet titles too.

Mark Wharton was out for another max 100 points today in the V50 category and cemented his position as Vet50 champion, pipping Toby Sydes by two points.

Mark Wharton and Giles Simon at Withens skyline (Credit: Dave Woodhead)

CVFR’s 2019 Bob Graham success

Calder also had much to celebrate this year with a bumper crop of CVFR successfully completing Bob Graham (BG) rounds.  This 66 mile, 27,000 ft circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the English Lake District, within 24 hours, is the ultimate test for elite fell runners. Of the 100 runners who attempt it every summer, only one in three are successful. CVFR efforts were rewarded on Saturday night when six received their BG certificates. From left to right is Dan Barron, Mike Clayton, Dougie Zinis, Helen Buchan, John Allan and Stuart Russell. Helen has joined Ribble Valley but she was a club member when she did the BG.

The BG gang with their certificates

BOFRA 2019 Championship

This weekend also seen the climax of the 2019 seniors and juniors British Open Fell Runners Association (BOFRA) Championship at Wasdale Show. CVFR’s Charlie Ing had a fantastic series to finish second place overall, behind former British and English champ, Simon Bailey. Steve Smithies continued his running form to take the Vet 50 top spot.

Steve Smithies at Wasdale Show, BOFRA Championship

Charlie and Ollie Pickens at Wasdale with Euan Logue (Credit: Cali Pickens)

Two Calder Valley juniors also made the long journey up to Wasdale BOFRA Championship on Saturday. The weather held to provide perfect conditions for the steep climb up Kirk Fell. Charlie Pickens came first in the U14s and a delighted Euan Logue of Halifax Harriers picked up 3rd boy. Ollie Pickens’ rapid descent earned him 5th place in the u12s and his first prize money of the year.

Charlie Pickens had an excellent BOFRA season to finish 2nd overall in the U14s and is looking forward to picking up him trophy at the presentation in November.

Charlie Pickens at Wasdale Show, junior BOFRA Championship (Credit: Jonathon Lane)

Lakes in a Day Ultra

Elina Eady and Eileen McDonach ready to start Lakes in a Day Ultra race

CVFR’s Elina Eady and Eileen McDonach ended this year’s Ultra running exploits on a high at the weekend to take on the epic, 50 mile, Lakes in a Day ultra race. This runs from north to south of the Lake District, taking in 12,000+ ft of climb, including Helvellyn and Fairfield. Starting in Caldbeck on Saturday morning, they finished in the early hours of Sunday in a total of 19:21 hours. Elina Eady described it as “one of the most challenging adventures I have ever undertaken, but I enjoyed the experience and the company of my running buddy, Eileen. We were so lucky with the weather that the mountains were breathtaking. I loved every moment.”

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Eileen Jones

Hodgson Brothers Relay

A worried looking Jo ready to set off with young gun Martin

Following more than a decade of top 5 finishes, Calder Valley Fell Runners men were hopeful of a strong result last weekend in the annual Hodgson Brothers Relay from Brotherswater, Patterdale in the Lake District. 

This Lakeland mountains relay race, held annually in memory of a Leeds based runner who was tragically killed in a road accident the day after winning the prestigious Karrimor Mountain Marathon in Cumbria, is run over four legs with competitors running in pairs.

The weather forecast for the event didn’t look promising, however, conditions on the day were far more favourable than first predicted. The ground was saturated following some heavy overnight rain, but visibility was good and this meant that the race would be won on athletic merit, rather than navigational prowess.

First off for the Calder club’s A team was young relay debutant Charlie Ing and his partner Alex Whittem. They completed the 4.5 mile leg from Patterdale to Hartsop in an impressive 3rd place, battling with Keswick to the finish line, both teams following Ambleside AC, who led the initial charge. In the mixed team competition Jackie Scarf and Carole Fryer got the team off to steady start.

Next up for the A team were the experienced pair of Ben Mounsey and Gavin Mulholland, who took up the mantle for the tough 7 mile run to Kirkstone Pass. They ran a solid leg but ultimately lost valuable time on their major rivals and finished in 5th place overall. Martin Howard and Jo Buckley took up the mantle for the mixed and gained 5 places to take the tam up to 59th place.

Even the dynamic pairing of Kay and Gray (Darren and Karl), wasn’t enough to improve the fortunes of the team. They ran well on leg 3, but could only maintain a 5th place finish, leaving Adam Osborne and Matthew Roberts with too much to do on leg 4. They managed to hold their position but didn’t gain enough time on Helm Hill, who finished 4th overall. An excllent run from Lee Shimell and Paul Haigh hauled another 7 places for the mixed team on leg 3 and with a very strong run from Dougie Zinis and Jonny Croston on leg 4 took the team up to 44th and 6th mixed team.

Calder Valley were the first Calderdale team to complete the 24 mile route, finishing 5th from 70 teams. 

The event was won by Keswick AC, who recorded their 3rd successive title. Ambleside AC took 2nd and Dark Peak finished in 3rd. The ladies race was won by local favourites, Helm Hill and the mixed team winners were Ribble Valley AC.

Calder Valley will treat this as good practice and a dress rehearsal for the British fell relays, held in Derbyshire, in two weeks time.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Tim Brooks

Its time to …..



If you can run at least 3miles/5kms do come and join us. We are a friendly club catering for all abilities. Mud and fun guaranteed. Bring your grippy trainers, a waterproof and your biggest smile. 

Email Gill Dickson for more details

And read Kate’s real life story on how she got hooked on fell running …

“It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when I didn’t run. And there was a time when driving over the tops with the expanse of moors stretching away  on either side, gave me the heebie -jeebies. Our moors always seemed desolate to me. Too empty. Too unknowable. I was happy in the valley thanks very much. Right at the bottom; on the flat.

In the summer of 2014, as a mother of 3, I felt old, achey, heavy. Unfit. That summer my cousin talked about a half Marathon she’d just run. New to running, she told me how she’d started out with a Couch to 5K podcast. My cousin is slim and gorgeous and I was still carrying my baby weight, but I thought, why not me? 

I started in secret. Even my husband didn’t know the first few times I went out. I went out early so I would see as few people as possible. That first time I ran for a minute and a half. 9 weeks later I could run for 30 minutes. It made me so happy. With small children it’s impossible to do anything fast and it was a delight to move at speed. I soon worked out that I couldn’t avoid the hills forever. The first time I made it up to Stoodley Pike I called my Mum from the top.

I could manage about 6 miles when I joined the Calder Valley Fell Runner’s ‘Back to the Fells’ in the spring of 2015. Everyone was very welcoming, and very encouraging as we struggled up our first climb. It turned out that walking the steep bits was perfectly acceptable! I remember the incredible copper light on the heather up at Crow Hill, and the feeling of the soft boggy ground under my feet as we descended. 

Running that first year I discovered that being out in sideways sleet, on the tops, through bogs, in the dark, in fact in anything that might put a sensible person off, gives you a lovely feeling that you’re beating the system. That you’re embracing the elements and the seasons and nothing can stop you! For years I’d suffered with SAD, but not any more.

All smiles at the local Stoodley Pike Fell Race.

In 2016 a group of CVFR friends helped me to celebrate my 40thbirthday by seeing sun set on Pendle Hill, and running through the night to see it rise at Stoodley Pike. I’d said I wanted to hit the ground running at the beginning of my 40thyear. We’ve had bigger and better adventures together since. Half Marathons, Marathons, Mountain Marathons, Lakeland races, our first Ultra. We talk each other into things and don’t like to miss out. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) at its best. 

The club is made up of a whole spectrum of runners. We have elite runners who run with a GB vest (the likes of Ben Mounsey and Holly Page and the U23 champion Martin Howard),  serious racers and the more social, fun fell runners. But we’re all united by the love of running, and of where we run. 

Do you want to experience the joys of fell running too? Come along to one of CVFR’s Have a Go sessions; Tues 30thApril and Tues 14thMay. 6.45pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. You’ll need to be able to run at least 5kms. You’ll need grippy trainers, a waterproof jacket and a smile. Contact gillhdickson@gmail.comfor further info.

If you’re not up to running 5kms just yet, why not build up your distance and fitness with the Couch to 5k programme then join a local Parkrun? (There’s one in Shroggs Park, Halifax). And before you know it, you’ll be hitting our local fells and signing up to lots of crazy new adventures!”

BG, Skyline and Hikes

Some Calder Valley FR runners emerged from hibernation to take on a diverse selection of events at the weekend. 

Mike still smiling on his successful BG

Up in the Lake District Mike Clayton was out on the infamous Bob Graham Round to traverse 42 fells in a time of 24 hrs. Mike  had a crack team of supporters to see him complete with 39 minutes to spare, almost matching Killian Jornet’s record time. 

Catherine, Rach and Carole, the winning female team

Back in the South Pennines, Calder Valley’s gregarious ladies flocked to the “Michael” Wardle skyline over Rossendale way with a medium route covering over 11k and 400m of ascent. They had plenty of success, starting with first LV40 Catherine Holden. Other category winners included Gillian Wisbey, Rachel Johnson and Carole Fryer. The ladies also took the team prize. 

Jackie Scarf, Gill Dickson, Kate Pope, Gloria Ayuso, Carolyn Shimwell, Harley Beecroft, Sue Martin and the lads (Kev Hoult, Phil Scarf, Mike Hyde) took in the Calderdale Hike at a mere 37.5 miles, with extensions due to navigational nightmares. The club’s star display came from Kevin Hoult, who finished second in a time of 5 hours 22 minutes.

Martin Howard ran a hard and fast Bunny Run No. 2 finishing third and earning an Easter egg for his troubles. Not far behind was his good team mate Jack Denton in 16th place. Jack has recently made a come back to racing.

– Calder Valley News Reporter: Gav Mulholland