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 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.”Read More
CVFR local legend, Bill Johnson and Jason Williams both had great results with incredible times at the duathlon around the famous Oulton Park race track.
It has been a difficult time for racing recently. The Oulton Park organisers had put in place lots of measures to make the event covid-safe including staggered starts – setting people off at 30 second intervals. The event does laps of the Oulton Park racetrack, as a run, then transfers onto a bike to ride laps, and then a final run. The racetrack is 4.3km long.
Jason did the Sprint distance – a 4.3km (2.6 mile) run, then a 21.6km ride and a final 4.3km run. He was 2nd overall, doing the first run in under 14 minutes, the ride in 32 minutes and a time of 15:34 for the final run lap.
Bill did the Standard distance – an 8.6km run, a 39km ride and a final 4.3km run. He was the winner in his category (M55) with a 33:20 run, a 1:10:47 ride and a final 17:16 run.
Bill said: ‘the weather was much better than expected but there was a surprisingly high number of no-shows – only about 65% of the entrants actually turned up to race.’
Calder Valley Fell Runners also give a warm welcome to our new club member this week, Jamie Douglas.
Jamie said “I’d been running in the local hills alone and spotted the Calder valley fell running Instagram page have some good runs in our beautiful valley. I decided to send a message and was invited on a few runs with a small group.Four good runs later and I decided to join the club to continue exploring the Calder valley with a great bunch of local runners. I’m looking forward to races coming back in some form so I can represent my new and only ever running club”
Calder Valley’s social media authority, Paul Haigh is pleased, adding that Jamie and CVFR may have made running history by being the first member who’s joined a club through the power of Instagram…The future is bright…”
Thanks to Paul Haigh, Thirza Hyde, Bill Johnson, Jamie Douglas and Chris Holdsworth for the information and photographs.