Holly strikes a blow for fairer sex at Turnslack

Holly Page beat home all Calder Valley and Todmorden Harriers' men in the Turnslack Fell Race
Holly Page beat home all Calder Valley and Todmorden Harriers' men in the Turnslack Fell Race

Calder Valley FR’s Holly Page put most of the men in their place with a stunning run at Saturday’s Turnslack Fell Race, organised by local running legend Kev Shand.

In very hot, dry conditions, Page finished third overall and her victims included talented clubmate Joe Washington, one of several in the 62-strong field to go off course.

Valley won both the men’s and women’s team prizes while Todmorden Harriers, who were led home by Dave Collins in seventh, were second among the teams.

The runners set off up the hill from Calderbrook Church, Littleborough in the mid-afternoon heat.

The route sets off along the main path to Watergrove Reservoir, before branching off up and over the moor.

This then leads to a up and down to Hades Hill, where Collins went astray and was overtaken by Todmorden clubmates Dan Taylor and Simon Galloway.

Taylor pushed hard on the long ridge run to Trough Edge End and continued to lead the Tod contingent approaching two tough climbs in quick succession.

The last climb was up a path through very deep grass and Taylor was caught and passed by Collins near the top. The pair finished 15 seconds apart.

Galloway faded the second half of the race, coming in just after Richard Butterwick, who was the first V40.

However, they were all behind winner John Green from Preston Harriers,who came home in 1 hr 20 mins 41 secs.

West Pennine’s Neil Holding was second with Page little more than a minute behind the winner and more than 14 minutes in front of the next female, clubmate Karon Forester in 23rd.

Jackie Scarf (25th) completed Calder’s winning team.

The club’s successful men’s line-up was Mark O’Connor in fourth, Steve Smithies in eighth and Dave Beels in 11th.

Phil Scarf would probably have been in the top 10 and first V50 runner had he not gone astray.

Shand’s prize giving was as quirky as ever with Page getting the prize of the day, a toasted sandwich maker, and Jackie Scarf getting the legendary toilet roll for second V50.

Local runners results: 3, Holly Page (CV) 1.21.16; 4, Mark O’Connor 1.23.27; 7, Dave Collins (Tod) 1.29.06; 8, Steve Smithies (CV) 1.29.19; 9 Dan Taylor (Tod) 1.29.21; 11, Dave Beels (CV) 1.29.35; 15, Phil Scarf 1.30.16; 16, John Killerby 1.32.35; 20 Richard Butterwick (Tod) 1.35.07; 21, Simon Galloway (Tod) 1.35.33; 23, Karon Forester(CV) 1.36.04; 25, Jackie Scarf 1.36.59; 27, Joe Washington (CV) 1.37.42; 28, Rod Sutcliffe (CV) 1.43.46; 43, Graham Davy 1.45.07; 55 Peter Ehrhardt (Tod) 2.12.59