Valley runners help Yorkshire to the gold medals

The gold winning team at the Inter Counties from left to right, Ben Mounsey, Karl Gray, Tom Addison and Tom Adams. Photos courtesy of Woodentops
The gold winning team at the Inter Counties from left to right, Ben Mounsey, Karl Gray, Tom Addison and Tom Adams. Photos courtesy of Woodentops

Several Calder elite runners took part in the inter counties race at Betwys-y-Coed in north Wales last Saturday, some helping Yorkshire to glory.

The weather was fantastic and the action was fast and furious over a challenging 12km course, which had 488m of climbing.

Scotland’s Andrew Douglas led from start to finish.

Tom Adams was first Yorkshireman in third place. Thirty seconds behind was Calder Valley’s main man Ben Mounsey in seventh place.

Despite struggling with a hamstring strain over the last two weeks, Mounsey destroyed himself as Yorkshire took gold and he was so close to a top three finish.

Although he missed an individual medal, Mounsey has a great chance of gaining England selection as two of the guys in front were Scottish.

Calder’s Gav Mulholland finished in 11th place after yet another fantastic run. He was first V40 overall and first back for Northern Ireland. Karl Gray was third V40 and 16th for Yorkshire.

Calder country member Jason Williams also finished 35th for Leicestershire.

Jack Denton had a great run to finish fourth for Yorkshire in the under 18 race.

In the Lake District, the ultra distance runners were tackling the famous Old Counties Tops pairs race, a 36 mile beast that takes in the main peaks that formed the boundaries of the old county boundaries prior to 1974, such as Westmorland and Lancaster North of the Sands.

Despite not being at their best, Calder’s Kevin Hoult and Martin Huddleston were second in their category (V80 - its a combined age!) and as a result won the coveted OCT Mugs that go to the top two in each category.

Ian Symington and Ed Bailey, and Bill Johnson and John Minta had creditable runs in some typically inclement Lakeland weather.