Logue and Sug­den star on Whicken Hill

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Calder Val­ley’s James Logue and Gayle Sug­den reigned supreme at last week­end’s trio of Mid­sum­mer Mad­ness races. Sug­den had a three-day hat­trick while vet­eran Logue won on points in a com­pet­i­tive men’s field for his sixth se­ries win.

First up was Fri­day evening’s short, sharp, shock of the Whicken Hill Whizz.

Sixty-nine run­ners lined up at Mytholm­royd to take on the straight up, straight down, 2.8-mile route, climb­ing 1050ft to Sheep­stones Trig and back.

Sug­den smashed Jo Waites’ nine-year- old race record, be­com­ing the first woman to com­plete the Whizz in un­der 25 min­utes (24:58).

In the men’s race Ben Moun­sey’s trade­mark bul­let start is be­ing imi­tated but not matched. Gavin Mul­hol­land, Joe Wash­ing­ton and Craig Hall shot out of the blocks but the as the race hit the sum­mit Moun­sey pulled clear, be­fore putting in a Billy Whizz-style de­scent to a speedy 20.05 vic­tory.

Mar­shals re­ported a red and white blur that was go­ing so fast, head-down, that they had to al­most phys­i­cally keep him pointed in the right di­rec­tion.

Mul­hol­land set a new vet­er­ans’ record at Wicken Hill Whizz, his time of 20:52 in sec­ond place oblit­er­at­ing the previous best of 21:21 set in 2006.

Joe Wash­ing­ton ( 21.46) sealed the team prize for Val­ley in third place, whilst fourth place Logue (22:22) picked up valu­able se­ries points.

Sug­den’s vic­tory race also helped Calder Val­ley to a women’s team vic­tory aided by Lind­sey Old­field and Rachael Cross­land.

Bri­ony Holt of Clay­ton-leMoors was the first ever girl un­der 14 to at­tempt the Whizz and chased home Sug­den in the fifth fastest-ever fe­male time.

Mid­sum­mer mad­ness was more Hal­loween hor­ror as a misty Mid­g­ley Moor greeted 80 run­ners gath­er­ing at Old Town’s Hare and Hounds for the Reser­voir Bogs.

The sec­ond race in the se­ries is a nav­i­ga­tional chal­lenge, with the check­points lo­ca­tions only re­vealed on the morn­ing of the race.

Logue, an in­ter­na­tional ori­en­teer and at his best when nav­i­gat­ing on the run, was un­fazed by thick mist and did not put a foot wrong round the seven-mile route. He stole the show in 50:27.

Near­est ri­val, club mate Joe Cross­field missed the path to High Brown Knoll.

He re­joined in 12th place and reeled-in run­ner af­ter run­ner to re­gain sec­ond place (58:14), but eight min­utes be­hind Logue.

Even ace nav­i­ga­tor Jackie Scarf lost her bear­ings while a group of seven run­ners missed the fi­nal check­point.

Sug­den had no such prob­lems. She was third over­all at High Brown Knoll and fin­ished first lady in 58.41.

Sun­day’s Grand Fi­nale was the Tom Tit­ti­man, named af­ter the hill high on Mid­g­ley Moor that run­ners pass on their way to and from High Brown Knoll. With a mod­est 750 feet of as­cent over 4.4 miles, the race is pop­u­lar with be­gin­ners.

Cross­field led Logue for most of the way, be­fore James surged past on the home stretch in 28: 06, fol­lowed by club­mates Cross­field in 28:38, and Jon Smith 30:34, paving the way for another Val­ley clean sweep in the team prizes .

Sug­den’s first place in 32:10 helped Calder ladies to match the men, with Jo Buckley (33:36) and Anne John­son (35:12) com­plet­ing the team.

Mean­while, Karl Gray won the 15 mile Pedol Cwm Pen­nant race in Snow­dow­nia in 2:40:15 with Val­ley’s He­len Buchan sec­ond fe­male in 4:10:50.

Gayle Sug­den at the Wicken Hill Whizz Pic­ture: Wood­en­tops

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