What do you do when national restrictions prevent you from completing events you’ve trained for?
If you’re Jonothan Wright, one of Calder Valley Search and rescue Team’s (CVSRT) operational members, then you hatch a plan to run the entire Calderdale boundary. Nonstop!
An incredible achievement by Jonothan who has shared a few words outlining his feat.
Earlier this year, I was due to run in the 108-mile Montane Spine Mountain Rescue Team Challenge to raise funds for my local team, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Of course, this event like so many wasn’t able to go ahead. So I started thinking about what long distance routes I could devise whilst staying within the then Covid-19 regulations… and so the idea of the Calderdale Boundary Run started to take shape. Last Saturday I thought I’d give it a go.
The route stayed fairly close to the boundary, whilst allowing for some detours to use more runnable paths and avoid the rough moorland and its ground-nesting birds. My track recorded 63.2 miles with 10,640 feet of ascent, which I managed to get around in just over 16 hours. Some of the route covered new ground (for me – hence going a little slower to check the map!) as well as passing a number of sites of previous CVSRT callouts. A few teammates came out to cheer me on and provide much-needed food and water along the way, for which I was extremely grateful.
If you’d like to give it a go, I’d be happy to lend support if I can with route planning / logistics – in exchange for a little fundraising for CVSRT ? www.givey.com/caldervalleysearchandrescueteam
(Please note, long distance running over rough paths and sometimes remote terrain is not to be underestimated. Always make sure you run within your ability level and know what to do in an emergency!)