CALDERDALE WAY RELAY 2015
Sarah Douglas and Katie White Smash Leg 6 Course Record!
What an amazing day Sunday was as 36 club members all came together to put three competitive teams in this prestigious event. Calder Valley took the honours with a stunning performance however Sale Harriers had plenty to cheer too. The club has rarely been associated with the fells (mainly because they didn’t develop the power station hills high enough!), however this event allows us to be competitive against some of the more established fell clubs, permitting us to change the usual track and field perception.
The men’s A team came 4th overall with some cracking performances across the board, notably Steve McCarron/Chris Donnerly and Dave Marsh/Nigel Martin who were all fourth fastest on their respective legs. The team were in 3rd position for a long period of the race, and with three minutes between 3rd and 4th teams going into leg 6, there was real optimism that the bronze medal would be gained. However, when you’re up against whippets who were the fastest runners on leg 6, sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and tip your hat to chasing team as they come flying past. John Mosley and Andy Carlin were hat tipping, as Holmfirth flew past them with approximately a mile to go finishing 1m 40s ahead. Overall the team finished in 6hr 17m 05s which was only slightly down on the winning time of 2013.
With a depleted number of ladies due to the fertile water in South Manchester, the club decided to field a strong B team instead of trying to compete in the mixed category. However it was two ladies who stole the show and created Calderdale history! The organisers, in their attempt to inject some quality into the event offered a bounty of £100 per leg if anyone was willing to break any of the previous leg records. Sarah Douglas and Katie White didn’t realise this when the set off however their time was inside the set record by 7 seconds (it would have been greater had they not stopped for an early left/right navigational conundrum), resulting in their name being etched onto the honours board and prize money of £50 each to boot. The B team finished 12th overall (and 1st B team), with encouraging performances across the board.
The 3rd team entered was a mixed team. This team finished 4th Mixed team and 43rd overall out of 88 teams. Again, there were some solid performances and more encouragingly; they managed to beat the cut off times all the way up to the 5th leg.
Overall, everyone enjoyed themselves and it was great to see so many new faces to fell running. A post race meal back in Sale was enjoyed with most of the 36 runners coming along to review another enjoyable fell relay. Thanks must go to Helen Carter for organising the meal!
Posted 19/05/2015 08:44