Some of the country’s top fell and mountain runners assembled at the Pennine Manor hotel in Huddersfield to collect their prizes in the annual individual and team English and British Fell Running Championship evening event.
Amongst those collecting silverware were Helen Fines, who was second place in the individual English championships and team captain of the ladies, who won gold in the British.
The Vet 40 men also collected bronze in the English and British team championships, with Steve Oldfield collecting an individual silver in both the British and English V50s.
As a prelude to the evening, Calder Valley’s Adam Breaks arranged a tough fell race with the running of the Wadsworth Half Trog Fell Race from the Hare and Hounds in Chiserley.
The race is usually run alongside its big brother, the Full Trog in February, and it features a tour of Midgley and Wadsworth moors, with some tricky, trackless terrain to negotiate.
For many the highlight is a steep descent into Luddenden Dean, a quick trawl through knee deep mud and a tough climb back out again.
This year, a clash with a pheasant shoot on the nearby Schofield estate meant that section of the race was skipped and runners were instead rerouted along a long catchment drain.
Calder’s James Logue, Shaun Godsman and current English champion Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak ran well clear of the field.
In the end Taggart, who had followed local man Logue around much of the course, finished joint first with Logue, the Dark Peak man too sporting to outsprint his rival in the final stages.
Godsman finally capitulated late into the race and ran in behind the joint winners. Five minutes later, Bingley Harrier Lee Athersmith and Calder’s Tim Black ran in to take fourth and fifth place, with Calder’s Mark Goldie and Steve Smithies some three minutes or so further adrift.
In the ladies race, Eryri Harrier’s Australian import Sarah Ridgeway beat her club mate Jackie Lee with Calder’s Anne Johnson continuing to impress in third place and first lady Vet.
Helen Fines also enjoyed a decent run out as she returns to running from a recent broken foot. With three
Calder men (Logue, Godsman and Black) in the top five and three Calder ladies (Johnson, Fines and Scarf) scoring highly Calder Valley Fell
Runners left the Hare and Hounds laden with prizes.
Results: James Logue: 1:07:25; Lloyd Taggart (Dark Peak): 1:07:25; Shaun Godsman: 1:09:17; Tim Black: 1:14:57; Mark Goldie: 1:18:38; Steve Smithies: 1:18:42; Sarah Ridgway (Eryri): 1:22:27; Alex Whittem 1:22:30; Jackie Lee (Eryri): 1:24:46; Richard Crossland: 1:24:32; Anne Johnson: 1:24:59; Helen Fines: 1:29:11; Mark Wharton: 1:29:15; Phil Scarf: 1:31:43; Nick Murphy: 1:32:01; Stephen Grimley: 1:32:42; Lance Parker: 1:32:44; Brian Horsley: 1:32:53; Andy Thorpe: 1:38:30; Jackie Scarf: 1:41:28; Claire Hanson.
LINDA Crabtree of Halifax Harriers finished as first veteran 50 at the Spenborough Athletics Club-sponsored Yorkshire Veterans Trail Race from Cleckheaton Sports Stadium.
Crabtree finished in 114th position overall clocking 40.39 which also secured her the overall first Veteran 50 category winner in the Yorkshire Vet’s League series despite missing most of 2010 following major surgery.
Next back for the Harriers was Stephen Hare in 151st place 44.07.Peter McCormick finsihed 192nd in 48.25 and 230th was Carolyn Wilkinson in 56.42
Holmfirth harriers were again the joint winners – Dave Watson in 29 minutes 15 seconds and in 50th position overall Margaret Sykes in 35.10.