Calder find right path to earn Vet­er­ans ti­tle

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Calder Val­ley’s men bagged an­other team prize in a barn­storm­ing Bri­tish cham­pi­onship fell race at Moel­wyn in north Wales. Over a moun­tain­ous 10.5 mile course, with 2799 feet of as­cent, Calder’s sil­ver bul­let Ben Moun­sey had an­other su­perb show­ing in fifth place.

He looked likely to fin­ish higher when lead­ing af­ter the first big climb. But some poor route choices com­ing down and a lack of lo­cal knowl­edge cost him dear. Scot­tish ace Find­lay Wild took ad­van­tage to win.

Moun­sey said: “I started to push on the first climb and couldn’t be­lieve it when I’d opened up a huge gap on the rest of the field.

“Un­for­tu­nately I had no idea where the hell I was go­ing off the top and I started to lose chunks of time faffing over route choice.”

With sev­eral other top run­ners also strug­gling for their bear­ings Ben and a few oth­ers clubbed to­gether to get them­selves down the moun­tain.

Then it was an ev­ery man for him­self in a grand­stand sprint with a mere 80 sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing sec­ond and 10th.

First Calder lady home was Gayle Sug­den, with cap­tain He­len Buchan and Karon Foster not far be­hind.

Com­plet­ing the plac­ings for the vic­to­ri­ous Calder men were new sign­ing and lo­cal Welsh mae­stro Math Roberts, who came third, and the di- minu­tive Tim El­lis in sev­enth.

Gav Mulholland was 10th and third vet­eran 40 while Dar­ren Kay was the fi­nal counter for the se­niors and with Mulholland, Shaun Gods­man and Ja­son Wil­liams, Calder were also top vet­er­ans team.

Tod­mor­den Har­ri­ers were rep­re­sented by Kath Bri­er­ley, who had a good run to fin­ish fifth in the FV50 cat­e­gory in just over two hours.

Mean­while, up in the Lake Dis­trict, Har­ri­ers’ Paul Hobbs was tak­ing on the leg­endary An­niver­sary Waltz race, which cov­ers the ground of the New­lands Val­ley Horse­shoe.

He main­tained his good form in eighth po­si­tion.

Closer to home, the route for the West Nab Fell Race near Mars­den fea­tured many twists and turns plus some steep climbs and de­mon de­scents.

Tod­mor­den were rep­re­sented by ev­er­green duo of Dave Collins and Martin Roberts but re­sults are not out at the time of go­ing to press.

Over at Whit­worth there was the Mike McGee me­mo­rial 5K. Tod were led home by Michael Harper who dipped un­der the 19 minute mark for the first time in 12th.

Peter Erhardt con­tin­ued his quest for 70 races in his 70th year with a time of 27.24.

Calder’s ju­niors raced closer to home at Howarth’s mid­week Bunny Runs.

Max Whar­ton, Jack Den­ton and Edan Whitelaw won the team prize last week and were re­warded with a boat load of Easter choco­late each. Stain­land Lion David Costello fin­ished an ex­cel­lent fourth in the mens race at the Hud­der­s­field Marathon/Half­marathon.

The event is listed as one of the tough­est marathon’s in the coun­try, and the route through the hills and val­leys around Stain­land and Gol­car bear this out. A to­tal of 224 run­ners took part across the two races.

Catherine O’Shaunessy was third in the Ladies race – com­ing home in 4hrs 14 :30 - her sev­enth marathon to date and in her view one of the tough­est. She was sup­ported by Stain­land’s Sandy Gee ( 4: 16, 36).

Run­ning the half marathon, An­drew Laird Boldy con­tin­ued to go from strength to strength com­ing in well un­der two hours at 01:54.04. He was closely fol­lowed by Mark Speight ( 01: 58; 50), Paul Corns (2;01;35); Ranji Up­pal (02:02.38) and Gail Schofield (02:10.32)

Paul Corns, Sandy Gee and Catherine O’Shaunessy of Stain­land Li­ons run­ning the Hud­der­s­field event

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