Calder Valley Fell Runners’ seniors had a well earned weekend off and it was left to the juniors to showcase their skills at the first English Championship event. The route at a wet and windy Errwood Park in the Peak District had a steep start and a fast descent to finish which is the type of terrain that the local juniors are used to. Spectators got to see most of the course which made for exciting viewing. There was a fantastic turn out for Calder Valley and James Duffy, Joseph Hobbs, Alex Duffield showed the way in the under 10 race. They finished 4th, 5th and 6th and if there had been a team prize it would have been theirs for the taking.
There were also good runs from William Hall, 12th and with Patrick Casey just moving up to this age category a 23rd place was good in a field of 31.
Calder’s Silvie Smith did well in her first fell race for the club in 25th and Matilda Baldaro, showing improvement, was next girl home in the same age category just one place behind her team mate in 26th position.
A field of 43 took part in the under 12s race and Jude Baldaro came 13th and and Edward Hall 36th against tough opposition.
Martin Howard ran very well but he was just outside the top ten getting eleventh out of 42 in the under 16 race while his friend and training partner Jack Denton was disappointed with his run. After being out with an ankle injury 9th out of 23 isn’t a bad start in the under 18s. Denton reported that there was some confusion among the older age group events with the marshals unsure where to send the different age groups. This resulted in the under 16s doing a longer race than the under 18s!