Calver Fell Race

Despite recent bad weather the Calver Fell Race was warm, dry and dusty as usual. This 5 mile race has 2 long, tough climbs followed by a good downhill on a limestone quarry access road and then more downhill on grassy moorland with the odd rock thrown in for good measure. Underfoot conditions were worse than previous years with more loose rocks on the course due to the resurgence in quarrying and with a dead sheep halfway along the last downhill section (with a rather pungent aroma!!) runners had to keep an eye on the ground at all times.

Making their third consequetive start (they'll be wanting appearance money for next year) were Ian Wallis and Kev Holland although both were upstaged by an in-form Phil Abbott who recorded his first ever "1st for Long Eaton". Judging by the 20 or so times he mentioned it I think he was quite proud of that!! Also making good debut runs were Colin Bostock and Vicky Yeomens who apparently found time to discuss rock-hopping techniques on the way round. Obviously not trying hard enough if they had breath left to speak.


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