Godsman & Burton a perfect storm

Saturday 8th February – a beautiful day (& quite unlike what was to follow on Sunday) – was also a busy one in the racing calendar for CVFR locally, with both Windy Hill Fell race & Todmorden Harriers Mini-Mountain Marathon Score popular with red & white hooped runners.

Windy Hill is a tough technical nine-mile race, which starts at Littleborough RUFC & continues onto the surrounding hills of Hollingworth Lake – taking in fast trails, fells & one all-mighty, memorable climb up the race’s namesake. Windy Hill, before the second half sees runners race down a fast trail to the finish. This year, Calder Valley’s men raced strongly to secure an impressive half of the first eight places in the male vet 40 category.

Shaun Godsman was the first Calder Valley runner over the line, finishing 7th overall (2nd MV40) in 1:02:14. Mark Burton came in 2.5 minutes later in 10th place (3rd MV40) & Michael Hyde placed 18th overall (6th MV40) to see the men clinch the team prize. There were also strong runs by Lee Shimwell (21st – 8th MV40), Iain Illstone (24th overall & 12th in the open age category), Jonny Croston (27th & 11th MV40) & Dan Marsden (28th & 14th in the open age category). For the women, two of the CVFR ladies ran extremely well their very first fell race: Helen Curtis, who placed 6th FV40 in a shade over 90 minutes, & Heather Pritchard who finished 13th in the women’s open age category. There were also strong runs from Calder Valley’s Gill Dickinson & Elena Eady (14th & 18th respectively in the FV40 category).

Shaun Godsman at Windy HIll – credit Dave Woodhead

Helen Curtis at Windy HIll – credit Dave Woodhead

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Howards Way at Wadsworth

Good job January is ‘dry’! You know it’s February when the ‘beast’ that is, the Wadsworth Trog, is upon us! This classic fell race takes in 19 miles of rugged, local moorland and fells with 3640ft of tough climbing.

Calder Valley’s international star, Ben Mounsey summed up The Trog and his attempts to ‘tame it’: “What makes this route so challenging is the terrain. The boggy ground saps your legs of energy and it’s a constant battle with the tussocks and the mud. The weather is usually inclement on race day and you have to be able to navigate as very little of the route is flagged. Not surprising then that many people refer to it as ‘The Beast’. Only tough, seasoned fell runners need apply.”

With thirteen checkpoints and cut off times, speed and navigational skills are of the essence.

Start line of The Trog

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Handicap race to work up a thirst

Handicap winner Davies on the left with his vest on the wrong way!!!

Winter Handicap

Calder Valley Fell Runners held their Winter Handicap race last Saturday, a great warm up to the clubs’ annual presentation awards held that evening.  Runners start times vary depending on how well they have raced over the previous year, with the aim that everyone crosses the finish line at the same time.  The slowest runner starts first, and the fastest runner starts last.  The race heads from Mytholmroyd to Stoodley Pike and back, just over five miles and about 1000ft of boggy climbing.

It seemed that Lawrence Fennelly was on to take the win descending from Broad Head.  But he took a novel line to the finish allowing Jocasta Fletcher and Andrew Davis to reach Stubbs field first.  An exciting finish ensued with Fletchers leading but was overtaken by Davis yards from the finish line.

New CVFR signing Chris Holdsworth was the fastest runner back in 34 mins 28 seconds beating Karl Gray’s previous record.  Also beating the previous record was U23, Martin Howard in 35:17.  Cass Chisholm was first woman back in 50:11 and Tom Owen was first junior in 46:48

Presentation Evening

Throughout the year Calder Valley Fell Runners take part a series of club championship races.  The annual presentation evening, at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, is a celebration of the best running of the previous year. 

Eileen, Catherine and Charlotte receiving their prices from Stat Supremo Andy Wright

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Join us @ Resolution Runs ….

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In the new year 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:  gillhdickson@gmail.com