Hawkswick Dash

Clara on her way to another win

Hawkswick Dash fell race set in the scenic drama of Littondale is one of the shortest, sharpest races in the fell racing calendar. At 2.25 km with 170 metres of climbing, the route starts on a gentle track before a sharp climb up to and along the ridge before a dramatic fast descent to the finish. This years race, as usual, featured both senior and junior races with a good stagger between age groups to allow an unclutter course and good dispersal at the finish. Calder Valley were well represented in the senior race with Shaun Godsman (7th in 12.48) and James Logue (15th in 13.51) coming in first in their age categories (MV45 and MV50) in a race won by Simon Bailey (Staffs Moorland in 11.48). A race of fine margins. Mark O’Connor (14.11), Steve Smithies (14.14) and Dave Hammond (17.48) all had good races making up a strong contingent for the red and white hoops.

Thomas placing a fantastic 4th in a competitive field

In the junior races, the stars of the show for Calder Valley were Clara McKee winning the U12 Girls race and Charlie Pickens coming in second in the U17 race and Thomas McKee just missing out on the podium in the U14 Boys. Calder Valley was also represented by James Aitken (U17) and Ollie Pickens (U14 Boys) who both had good races in their age groups.

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