Jubilee Crazy

Calder Valley Fell Runners –  6 June 2022

It’s been a busy week for ERII and even busier if you’ve tried to keep up with what’s been happening on the fells and trails of the North of England. Along with Dougie Zinis attempting a non-stop Wainwrights Round (attempted and succeeded. See Dougie’s Feat here), there have been Jubilee Fell Races, races that take place over this weekend as per usual, street parties with fell races attached, junior fell racing galas, a father and son race up a Norwegian ski jump and the Uganda Marathon. It has all been happening!

Austwick Amble

Some of the CVFR ‘Amblers’

The Bank Holiday weekend also saw the next stage in the Club Championships with a medium route, the Austwick Amble back in the calendar after a two-year break. The annual street fair and cuckoo festival were programmed to coincide with the Jubilee celebration weekend and sixteen club regulars made the trip to Austwick to join in the festivities. Alongside the shire horses, morris dancers, tombolas, cake stalls, plant sales and barbecue’s, the fete organisers also put on a series of junior races and, at 1pm, a senior fell race.

After a wet start to the week, Thursday turned out to be a warm day – dry, breezy and with some cloud cover. The Amble – a 13 km / 8 mile race that takes in some stunning limestone scenery just below Ingleborough – attracted 157 runners including a strong contingent from Calder Valley Fell Runners. This was a fast race with the leaders stretching the field in the long uphill section from the start. The fastest hope to complete this course in around 50 minutes and this year was no exception with Daniel Bradford creating a new course record in 48 mins 37 secs. Calder Valley’s Ed Hyland (50.14) was the first CVFR finisher in a respectable 4th which might have improved if heavy traffic to the event hadn’t interfered with his warm up routine. Calder Valley’s Chris Norman (17th in 55.12), Dan Marsden (34th in 1.00.32) and Peter Wilcock (50th in 1.04.48) all put in good times but the club really excelled amongst the women with Natasha Butterfield coming in 2nd amongst the women (1.01.56) and first FV40 followed by Stella Christanthou (1.09.00) and Layla Hirst (1.10.56) with Charlotte Wetton (1.26.10) and Tamsin Cooke (1.37.21) putting in a good runs on what turned out to be a hot afternoon for racing.

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Dougie’s Feat

Calder Valley Fell Runners – 6 June 2022

Dougie and support setting off from Troutbeck

Dougie Zinis, ultra-runner extraordinaire, took on Wainwrights Round as a break from cutting hair in Brighouse, to see if he could do it and, most importantly, to raise funds for a charity close to his heart – Northcare Charity. As a stroke survivor himself, Dougie took up running to improve his health and has spent his days since then, running further and better. Now in his 40’s, he is a brilliant example of someone who has turned their life chances around through improved diet, exercise and, most importantly, running.

Having come an honourable joint 2nd place in this year’s winter Spine event, Dougie has pushed himself further with the third fastest attempt at the Wainwright’s Round. The Round has been completed 14 times to date and Dougie is right up there with running royalty.

Digging very very deep on the final push up Causey Pike

The Round takes in 214 Wainwright peaks in the Lake District, covers 318 miles and includes 118,000 feet of climbing and the same again in descent – equal to scaling and then descending Mt Everest 4 times in just over 6 days. This is a truly gruelling project. Dougie set off from Keswick on Sunday 29th May along with a well organised support team – some running with him on the fells to provide much needed encouragement and a key contingent providing ‘road’ support meeting up with the running group at key points for food, hot drinks, a change of clothes and an occasional nap. This has quickly become known as Dougie’s ‘Feet’ in club circles and along with running and road support, Carolyn and Lee Shimwell provided physio and medical support to help keep Dougie in good enough shape to finish the event

Dougie joining the list of legends being congratulated by one of them Steve Birkenshaw

Six days, three and half hours later Dougie jogged back into Keswick having completed the epic round with only the legendary Sabrina Verjee and John Kelly ahead of him on the leader board. As well as camaraderie, adventure and a real sense of achievement, Dougie has raised £3,234 to date to support Northcare Charity.


Taking second place

Calder Valley Fell Runners – 30 May 2022

It was a week of second places for Calder Valley Fell Runners this last week

That’s so Hebden Bridge

The Hebden Bridge Fell Race was the latest race in the Calder Valley Fell Runners’ club championship.  Ably organised by Nick Barber and the Todmorden Harriers, this race is a local favourite amongst Calder Valley runners with 21 members competing.  A Thursday summer evening 6 mile blast up to Stoodley Pike and back, taking in rocky woodland paths, steep heather covered banks and boggy moorland.

Airborne Alex on his way to a fine 2nd place

Alex Whittem was first back for CVRF in 2nd place overall in a time of 47 minutes and 26 seconds, behind an emphatic win by Samuel Lungo of Pudsey and Bramley  in 46:07.  Lungo also won the Blackstone Edge race a week earlier. Calder’s Stephen Hall was well placed to take third place on the return but he missed the sharp right hand turn in Crow Nest Wood and ended up at the wrong end of Fairfield.  He needed a sprint along Palace House Road to get to the finish in 13th place a second ahead of Chris Norman.  So Ethan Hassel of Wharfedale was third.

Stella enjoying the local race

In the women’s race CVFR’s Natasha Butterfield was 1st FV40 and 3rd overall just 17 seconds behind Janine MacGregor of Todmorden.  Rachel Pilling made it a double for Pudsey and Bramley winning the women’s race in 56:35.  Stella Chrisanthou was second CVRF woman back and Tamsin Cooke third.

2ndAlex WhittemV4047.26
13thStephen HallM51.39
14thChris NormanM51.40
21stCam RushworthM54.00
24thGeorge KettlewellM56.53
27thBill JohnsonM5057.54
31stMark WhartonM5058.11
33rdNatasha ButterfieldFV4058.33
36thJake SmallbonesM59.12
40thDan PopeM60.04
44thPeter WilcockM61.28
45th Stella ChrisanthouFV4061.56
49thJames CookeV4062.43
51stTim BrooksM5064.07
53rdToby SydesM5065.22
58th Ben DunningM66.15
65thTony StewardM6070.17
68thMarc CollettM6071.15
78thGraham LloydM6076.32
86thVim ThurlowM6079.16
97thTamsin CookeFV4085.34

The next CVFR Championship race is the Austwick Amble on the 2nd June.

Welsh 1000m Peaks

The Welsh 1000m Race is one of the most historic and challenging fell races in North Wales and in the UK.  The route takes in all 5 of the 1000m Peaks in Snowdonia including Yr Wyddfa, Garnedd Ugain, Glydr Fawr, Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn.Starting at sea level near at Abergwyngregyn, near the shore of Conwy Bay. Runners climb to the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn and Carnedd Dafydd before a fantastic descent to Ogwen Valley. The climb to Glyder Fawr is rewarded by flying down to Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, then up again to the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on Yr Wyddfa at 1,085m.  The three challenging climbs cover approximately 32km with a total ascent of 2,800m.Calder Valley’s Welsh representative Gavin Roberts broke the previous course record by over 7 minutes completing the long course in 3 hours 57mintes and 4 seconds.  However he was pushed into second place by a superb run by Eyri Harriers’ Gareth Hughes who won in 3 hours 51 minutes and 17 seconds.

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Bogs, Skylines, Tops and Chases

Calder Valley Fell Runners – 23 May 2022

Wednesday evening, 18 May, saw the ever-popular Blackstone Edge fell race take place – a short but very sharp 5.6km event with 366m of ascent. The race starts and finishes from Knowl Farm, Littleborough and, as competitor George Kettlewell says, the course has a bit of everything: ‘steep climbs, full-tilt descents and a big stinky bog which you go through twice’. There was a great turnout from CVFR – the first ‘counter’ in the club’s summer series.

The race was won by Samuel Lungo (MSEN), Pudsey & Bramley AC, in 31:39. The first female was Rowen Pymm (FSEN), Saddleworth Runners, who finished in fine style with a time of 39:35.

Rod Sutcliffe looking great at Blackstone Edge race.

For CVFR, Mark Wharton (M55) was first home in 38.15, followed closely by George Kettlewell (MSEN) in 38:28. Kieran O’Prey (MSEN) had another great run to finish in 39:30, and Stephen Smithies was CVFR’s first M50 home, in 40.01. Jonathan Emberton was our first M60 in 42:10, followed closely by Tim Brooks (M50) 42:28. Alex Deltenne (MSEN) stormed in at 43:19, with James Cooke in hot pursuit on 44:13. Joe Nerini, back from injury, ran a fine 44:41, and Oliver Beaumont continued his impressive results with 46:23. A big hurrah for Dick Spendlove too, our first M75 home in a remarkable 46:38, closely followed by Sophie Baggott, our first female, in 47:39. Graham Lloyd (M60) ran a creditable 48:40, with Michael Wardle (M65) close behind on 49:34. Tony Steward (M65) came home on 50:02; Graeme Woodward (M60) 52:23; Peter Heywood (M50) 52:52; Abbi Fearnley (FSEN) 54:12; Fiona Lynch (F45) 62:48; Rod Sutcliffe (M70) 65:22, and Andy Smith (M50) ran a great 70:50 to bring home the CVFR contingent.

Saturday 21 May saw the Lower Borrowdale 10k and 20k races – the 20k race is part of the FRA English Championships and really challenging race. The valley of Lower Borrowdale is on the edge of the Southern Lake District, not far from Tebay, and the race, unsurprisingly, features 1000m of ascent. Plenty of glorious landscape was to be had for those not too shattered to enjoy it!.

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