The Calderdale Way Relay
Sale Harriers Manchester this year finished 3 teams in The Calderdale Way Relay, a gruelling 50 mile relay over a route around Halifax and Brighouse.The race is normally a winter event with ice and snow to deal with or heavy rain, but due to a particularly cold spell in December, the race was cancelled and rearranged in May. This has proved to be a mixed blessing with many teams finding that many of their runners have other commitments in May and so have struggled to put a high standard team together. Previous winners Salford were beaten this year by Calder Valley who managed to win by 8 minutes.
Our men's A team put in a fine performance to finish in 18th place. Led out by Steve McCarron and Mike Hatch, on a tough section to place the team in 17th place. Carl Barber and Peter Crawford took the batton next, taking the team to 12th place, followed by father and son Gary and Callum Rowlinson storming ahead to 6th place (5th fastest on the leg). Next came Paul Green and Phillip Scowcroft on a long leg followed by a fast leg by Elton Davies and Mike Kilmartin. The final leg twists and turns across paths and fields making it quite easy to miss the route. Unfortunately this is what happened to the final pair, of newcomer Alistair Kell, and club stalwart Colin Gell, whose navigational skills let him down, meaning that his time was about 20 minutes slower than his last outing on this leg. Top 10 next year!
The B team contained some runners of mixed ability and last minute replacements, but still managed a respectable 37th place. Lee Woods and Lee Kaufman placed the team in a good position after the tough first leg, followed by Paul Rowley and Ian Jones who gained a few places before handing over to veteran Bill Fox and his son Ben. Next came Paul Barrett and Anthony Brookes reaching 29th place followed by Mark Caldwell and Jerry Smith. The last leg started on the mass start at 2pm along with a large proportion of the field. Last minute reserves Carl Cleghorn and Stefan Schumacher put in a fine performance despite the fact that neither of them had recced the route beforehand and had to stop and ask for directions along the way. (Colin take note).
The ladies team reported that they all enjoyed it, and managed an impressive 8th place ladies team, finishing 69th overall. Stars of the day were Jackie Cordingley and Jo Robbins who managed to beat both the mens A and B teams on their leg.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56