Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Midsummer Madness / future fells

A group of Striders made the annual trip to Hebden Bridge in the South Pennines for this seies of races organised by Calder Valley Fell Runners.  It is an ideal introduction to fell running, with 3 races over the weekend; a tough 4.5k race with 320m of climb up Wicken Hill on Friday, a simple navigation race of around 12k on Saturday, and a relatively easy 6.5k, 210m of climb on Sunday. A weekend worth putting in the diary for next year. Chris Purse was the top performer for Striders this year, 1st M55 on each day, picking up the award over the 3 races, and finishing 10th overall. Julian Catmull ran well on Saturday, 15th overall and 1st M50. Tim Brockington and Richard Rule each ran well over the 3 days, the latter enjoying his first taste of the fells, with Jon Legge also running on Saturday and Sunday. Conditions were excellent for spectators if a little warm for the runners, and Jon sacrificed his run on Sunday to assist a heat stricken runner. Also joining us for the weekend were John and Lorna Pettifer from Mid Essex. John almost swept the board in the M65 category, winning all bar the Saturday race. Full results for the weekend, and links to photos can be found at

There are a number of opportunities to run on the fells in the coming months. This Saturday, 28th June, there should be a time trial at Lingwood Common. Sunday 29th, there may be a day trip to Shropshire for the Callow Fell Race (a tough 5 miler, not reccommended for the novice hill runner), and Saturday and Sunday 12th/13th July there is a weekend trip to the Brecon Beaconns for the Pen-y-Fan and Fan-y-Big fell races. The Fell Relays are on the weekend of 18th/19th October, in the Howgills. This is always a highlight of the year. We will be entering teams, and would welcome volunteers, especially for the ladies team. More details of these events will be on the chatboard.


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