Calder Valley under 10 trio pack together in Peak District challenge

Calder Valley's Jude Baldero working hard up the climb. Picture: Woodentops
Calder Valley's Jude Baldero working hard up the climb. Picture: Woodentops

Calder Valley Fell Runners’ seniors had a well earned weekend off and it was left to the juniors to showcase their skills at the English Championship event.

The route at a wet and windy Errwood in the Peak District had a steep start and a fast descent to finish.

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 fourth, fifth and sixth 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 Patrick Casey (23rd) in a field of 31.

Calder’s Silvie Smith and Matilda Baldaro were the fourth and fifth girls home in the same race, in 25th and 26th positions.

A field of 43 took part in the under 14s race and Jude Baldaro came 13th and Edward Hall 36th.

Martin Howard was 11th out of 42 in the under 16 race while Jack Denton was ninth of 23 at under 18 level.

Denton reported that there was some confusion among the older age group events with the under 16s doing a longer race than the under 18s!

The Easter action for Valley runners centres around Pendle Hill for both seniors and juniors near Barley and the Rivington Pike race near Horwich.

The first of the Bunny Runs near Haworth took place on Tuesday evening and there was a fine run from Calder’s Jack Denton.

He was ninth overall, and first under 18 runner, in a time of 17 minutes 42 seconds.

Clubmate Martin Howard was 19th in 18:59 and the winner was Tom Adams of Ilkley in 15:59. Runners got a creme egg at the end of the race.