Runners and riders keep the action going

WHILE most sportsmen and women were at home with their feet up, Heptonstall was a hive of activity with two events on Sunday.

There was a 15-mile fell run from the Christmas tree in Weavers’ Square at 9.0am and the annual fancy dress cyclo-cross event later in the morning.

The fell race was a new event and attracted 40 runners, including plenty from Calder Valley and Todmorden Harriers.

It started and finished at the Christmas tree, which some Valley members have helped to provide for the village.

Max Wharton, Graeme Brown, Tim Black and Ian Symington were among the more high-profile competitors in an event leading up to the Heptonstall Fell Race in March.

The White Lion provided seasonal food while organisers were grateful to the landowners for their co-operation.

Seventy people took part in the cyclo-cross event with 25 of them in the under 12s race.

Phil Ingham, one of the organisers, said: “We had a great day. It was windy up at Heptonstall and we carefully chose a field which was fairly dry.”

Rick Crabtree led home Huw Oliver and Karl Webster in the senior race with Marie Jackson the first woman in 10th place.

Fin Cooper, Lucy Whearty and Tom Whitworth were the first three under 12s. £500 was raised for Manorlands hospice.