The Calderdale Way Relay
The Calderdale Way relay is a 6 leg relay event run in pairs, which covers 50 miles along the Calderdale Way. The route starts in Halifax and runs South of the river Calder, passing over Stoodley Pike through to Todmorden where it turns and tracks North of the river back towards Halifax. The event is scheduled to run the first weekend in December however due to ice disrupting transport the event was postponed to the 19th May.
Sale Harriers entered 3 teams (2 open 1 ladies) for the December event and while following the reschedule many teams struggled to fill places the team spirit at the club pulled through and we completed our teams.
In 2008 the men A team finished in 20th so that was the benchmark and this time the team came in 18th in a time 6:58:27.
Mike Hatch and Steve McCarron set a solid marker finishing in 17th place despite a few tumbles for Hatch and misplaced confidence that the Horwich team new where they were going. Next up was fell debutant Peter Crawford and Carl Barber making his first A team appearance. During the warm up Carl was discussing his tactics including jumping on Pete's back to aid his progress along the route. A 9th place on the leg and the team up to 12th would suggest Carl got his tactics right or that Pete is a motivational genius. Baton on to the Rowlinson's who completed our best leg of the day 5th fastest and team up to 6th. Leg 4 saw Paul Green back for sale running with Philip Scowcroft who put in a good performance despite racing the previous day with 10th fastest leg and team to 8th. Baton to Elton Davies and Mike Kilmartin who ran well finishing in 7th place and pulling the team up to 7th. Last leg saw a debut for Alistair Kell who bravely stepped up to join Colin Gell on the final leg at the last minute. At this point team manager Paul Barrett was excited, a top 10 finish looked possible however how wrong he was. A navigational error had again cost the A team and while it wasn't the only one of the day it was definitely the worst.
Our first outing for a B team saw them finish in 39th Place (top half) in 7:44:13.
Lee Woods and Lee Kaufman started finishing in 51st place following a disappointing run with both recovering from London a few weeks earlier. On leg 2 we saw a Sale debut for Ian Jones who ran with the 'injured' Raul Rowley. By the end of the climb to Stoodley Pike Jones was questioning what Raul considered 'injury' meant and the thought of giving him a 'proper' injury crossed his mind. The pair finished 30th pulling the team up to 43rd lets hope that's not the last we see of Ian in red, white and green. The second father and son team in sale colours came next with the Fox family on leg 3 finishing in 28th and the team up to 31st. Captain Barrett was on 4 accompanied by another debutant Anthony Brookes who ran well in 37th and the team was up to 29th place. On leg 5 we saw Vet's captain Jerry Smith joined by Mark Caudwell and despite an early twinch in Caudwell's hamstring the pair had a solid run finishing 46th and the team in 31st. Leg 6 saw a fell debut for Stefan Schumacher who stepped in only 2 days before the race to join Carl Cleghorn who himself was only in the team a week or so before. The pair had not been able to reccie so had to take there time navigating the course especially with distractions such as Carl's cousin walking the same path. They both enjoyed there run brining finishing in 60th place for the leg (9 places higher than the A team pairing).
Overall, a slightly disappointing finish for the A team but with a lot of newcomers the team can look forward to better results in the future.
Calderdale Way Relay: Womens Team finished 69th Overall
The women's team were also out in full force and ready to go!
The backpacks were packed to the brim & hopefully everyone had
found their 'race face'!!
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56