Valley runners revel in the snow

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Calder Valley Fell Runners enjoyed great success last weekend with Ben Mounsey, Gavin Mulholland and Helen Fines all winners .

Men’s captain Mounsey and Mulholland shared the honours in Saturday’s Hebden 2013 event, a run which covered over 22 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing.

The Mytholmroyd event, which went ahead thanks to the fantastic contribution of 25 marshals manning remote checkpoints in freezing conditions, was over 22 miles with 4000 feet of climbing, though there was a 15 mile option.

It was organised by Alan Greenwood for the Long Distance Walkers’ Association but there are now as many runners as walkers. The event is famous for immense piles of food at the feeding stations and St Michaels Church Hall.

Mounsey said: “I really enjoyed the race. There were some stunning views and a beautiful snowy landscape.

“Me and Gavin had agreed to run together as usual and we set a fast pace over the first few miles to distance ourselves from the field.

“Thankfully the tactic worked and we were left to run our own race throughout.”

The pair finished clear although the course record was always safe in the conditions.

Ian Symington and Simon Bourne were the next Valley finishers in sixth and seventh, while Barbara Lonsdale was the club’s first female in 38th.

Valley’s Darren Sugden came third in the 15-mile option .

Sunday’s Stansbury Splash Race was shortened to six miles due to the weather.

Ladies captain Fines won the ladies race, while youngster Max Wharton enjoyed another superb outing, finishing seventh, in spite of the 16-year-old discovering he could run just the night before the race.

Todmorden Harriers were also represented in both races.

Their best result came from Paul Hobbs, who finished in 18th in the Hebden event with a time of three hours 43 minutes.

Dan Taylor and Robin Tuddenham both beat the four hour mark, finishing in 29th and 30th respectively.

Melanie Blackhurst was the first woman home for Tod with a time of four hours 40 minutes, just ahead of Bev Holmes.

Tod didn’t fare as well in the Stansbury Splash, with Rob Tyson their first man home in 61st place.

Jane Leonard was the first woman to finish for Tod, coming in 228th place.

Three Todmorden runners headed for slightly milder climes at the Inskip Half Marathon on the Fylde Coast.

Paul Alexander was the first Harrier to complete the 13 mile course in 1:32:32, with Paul Cruthers and Nick Ward seconds apart in 124th and 126th in 1:41:11 and 1:41:26.

Calderdale results Hebden 2013: Full route: 1, Ben Mounsey 3.06; 1, Gav Mulholland 3.06; 6, Ian Symington 3.26; 7, Simon Bourne 3.29; 12, Kevin Hoult 3.34; 18, Paul Hobbs 3.43; 25, Bill Johnson 3.50; 26, Phil Scarf 3.50; 29, Dan Taylor 3.58; 30, Robin Tuddenham 3.58; 33, Garry Traviss 4.00; 34, Paul Biddulph 4.00; 36, Ian Wood 4.00; 38, Barbara Londsale 4.03; 39, Jon Underwood 4.04; 46, Adrian Shaw 4.14; 49, Darren Graham 4.18; 65, Jackie Scarf 4.31; 66, Linda Murgatroyd 4.31; 71, Tony Steward 4.35; 73 Mel Blackhurst 4.40; 81, Bev Holmes 4.50; 85, Michael Dean 4.51; 94, Phil Cook 4.57; 109, Philip Jones 5.49; 121, Elise Milnes 6.14; 124, Julie Wyant 6.14.

Short route: 3, Darren Sugden 2.35; 29, Sue Roberts 3.35; 33, Christine Preston 3.42; 35, John Preston 3.43; 36, John Metcalf 3.43; 38, Heidi Rushton 3.53; 43; Catherine Plane 3.56; 53 Kay Pierce 3.56; 54, Rose Carnochan 4.46.

Stansbury Splash results: 7, Max Wharton 42.00; 22 Graeme Brown 43.48; 24, Tim Black 44.25; 37, Rob Paradise 45.42; 38, Joe Washington 45.53; 43, Helen Fines 46.17; 51, Steve Smithies 46.59; 54, Mark Wharton 47.16; 61, Rob Tyson 47.51; 86, Martin Roberts 49.42; 119, Steven Grimley 51.30; 125, Iain Powell 51.49; 142, Jack Sellars 52.39; 147, Lance Parker 53.05; 152, Joe Daniels 53.40; 163, Richard Ingram 54.36; 174, Kate Mansell 55.36; 182, Rob Shirlaw 56.21; 208, Sam Abbot, 58.09; 219 Helen Buchan 58.44; 220, Neil Sellars 58.56; 224, Aileen Baldwin 59.08; 228, Jane Leonard 59.24; 233, Blair Garrett 59.47; 234, Louise Evans 59.53; 237, Toby Sydes 60.01; 249, Ryan Colbeck, 60.53; 277, John Thompson 63.12; 282, Christine Preston, 63.33; 285, Graham Davy 63.44; 289, Paul Taylor 64.15; 297, Peter Ehrhardt 64.51; 306, Dale Booth 65.40.