CVFR welcomes race wins & newest member

Calder’s Chris Holdsworth stormed home to victory in the Lakeland Trails Marathon, starting at Coniston on Sunday. This 26.2 mile route covers almost 3,000ft of climb. Despite a minor navigation error which cost him a few minutes, Chris showed his running class to take the win and the course record in an incredible time of just under 2hrs.47mins.

Chris on his way to a course record and great win

Chris was delighted with his win: “Started the year with a trail marathon and ended it at another at the Lakeland Trails Marathon (with a big fat Covid sandwich in the middle). After the long distance qualifiers were cancelled last month, I put my years’ worth of training towards today’s race…and what a race it was. Amazing race (well worth the accolade of one of Europe’s top 10 trail marathons) and so well organised, even with Covid…There’s not been enough chances this year to enjoy a post-race Dominos, so I’m going to slam that bad boy down my face and enjoy every minute of it. Roll on 2021 with lots of mountains, races and pizzas for all.”

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Tour of Toffee Town

Our talented artist Kate

Over the last few months, one of Calder Valley Fell Runners the very talented artist Kate Lycett has been busy working on a new exhibition at The Yorkshire Gallery.  The exhibition highlights some of the amazing places Toffee Town, aka the very place CVFR started – Halifax, has on its doorstep. As a bit of fun, and to support Kate and the very special place The Piecehall Kate’s exhibition is housed in, members of Calder Valley Fell Runners have set up a tour of Toffee Town. 

Details of the route can be found at and and can be recorded on Strava for a bit of fun competition.  The route visits some of the places featured in the exhibition including The Town Hall, Beacon Hill and Shibden Hall via the infamous Trooper Lane. Naturally the tour finishes at The Piece Hall to encourage runners to go visit this extraordinary historic place, grab a coffee and go see Kate’s exhibition whilst uploading your run and seeing who can prize the Crown before the exhibition closes.


It’s a “PB” for the Legend

Another day to log in the history of Calder Valley Fell Runners as the legend Karl
Gray set the second fastest Paddy Buckley time. In doing so he made it a CVFR 1st
and 2nd in the all time list with teammate Math Roberts holding the fastest time.

The Paddy Buckley Round, also known as the “Welsh Classical Round” is a long
distance fell running challenge in Snowdonia in Wales. The route is a circuit of just
over 100km long taking in some 47 summits. It has the reputation of being
somewhat tough with very varied and hard terrain to encounter. Karl started his
challenge in Llanberis at 4am on Sunday morning in near perfect weather conditions.

The going was good with fairly dry conditions underfoot after last week’s settled
weather. Moving well at his own pace he tackled The Glyders and then onto the very
rocky and steep Tryfan mountain. Losing a little bit of time on his schedule he was
soon on his way from Lyn Ogwen to Capel Curig and held a consistent pace over
Moelywyns to Betsw y Coed. A master at pacing he picked up time on the next
grassier section to the bottom of the ranger path before tackling the highest summit
Snowdon. With lots of climbing still to do and darkness setting in on this last tough
leg he was only 10 minutes behind schedule. Karl tackled Moel Eilio and had a
strong run back to Llanberis to completed his PB in a time of 17 hours 28

– CALDER VALLEY NEWS REPORTER: THIRZA HYDE. With thanks to lee Shimwell for photos and information

Cass ‘Laps’ up the plaudits

An action packed weekend of sterling performances by Calder Valley members. A combination of wins, course records and podium finishes.

Cass Chisholm put in a sensational performance at The Lap Trail Race smashing the female course record by nearly an hour and finishing 6th overall in a time of 9 hours and 3 minutes. The 47 mile Trail Ultra Marathon goes round the beautiful surroundings of Lake Windermere in the Lake District and has an ascent of around 2500m. This fantastic run saw Cass take a healthy lead of over 55 minutes on the second female home Helen Pike. 142 runners completed the race.

In her own words Cass said “The Lap was a fantastic race, well organised and a rewarding route, with amazing views the whole way round. It was great to be able to actually race and I gave it everything I had. Looking forward to celebrating with good friends, good food and a beer this evening!”

Clare Hanson going strong

On Sunday on the wind swept but sunny moors the very popular annual Yorkshireman Full and Half marathon set off from Haworth. All credit to the organisers in these COVID times in making this happen having staggered starts for all the runners. In the Full Yorkshireman solo category there were 87 runner and Calder Valley had the following finishers: Claire Hanson finished 3rd woman in 30th overall in 4 hours 20 minutes, Stella Chrisanthou 34th and 3rd vet 40 in a time of  4 hours 57 minutes, Linda Cooper 51st in a time of 5 hours 23 minutes, Harley Beecroft 71st in 6 hours 13 minutes.

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