After enjoying glorious sunshine for the last two years when Calder Valleys junior Coiners race held annually on May Day bank holiday was one of the counters in the English Championships 2016 proved to be a very different affair. Being only a counter in the host clubs own championship series the good weather went seriously missing. As the race took shape in a field above Mytholmroyd the weather began to loom ominously there was just time to run the U8 race before all the other age groups set off up Daisy Bank in torrential rain, leaving organisers and parents to take shelter where they could.
102 runners took part with just over a quarter of them from Calder Valley. Making his debut in the U8 was Thomas Mckee who ran brilliantly to finish 2nd closely followed by the improving Wynn Standish in 5th.
More success followed in the U10 where Patrick Casey and Charlie Pickens were 2nd and 3rd respectively accompanied a little further down the field by George Mcfie 12th Tom Owens 14th Alfie Hackett 15th Ben Hodgkinson 16th and Leo Ilstone 18th. Both Matilda Baldaro and Fearne Hansen ran well and were unlucky to finish just out of the medals in 4th and 5th.
The U12 age group is proving to be a real topsy turvy battle this year as its packed with excellent runners and anyone of them on their day can come out on top. It was the turn of James Duffy to take top honours finishing in an impressive 2nd ahead of Eilo Beesley 5th Billy Blacker 6th Jude Baldaro 7th Alex Duffield 9th Joe Hobbs 10th William Hall 12th Joshua Holmes 14th Elijah Peers-Webb 15th and Luke Greenwood 19th most of whom were separated by a matter of seconds. There were also 3 Calder girls in this age group, making a welcome return to the club was Olivia Sylge, who although having had some time away to pursue other sports has clearly lost non of her racing ability as won the race with Beth Blacker having to settle for 2nd this time and Ruby Mcfie in 6th. The u14 age group saw Erik Powell take a fine 4th place with team mate Lucas Greenwood finishing in 8th.
Calders club championship continues on the 7th May when the racing shifts to the Dales and the 2nd round of the English Championships where no doubt Calders juniors will once again do themselves proud.
Matt has grown in stature since last year!
Calder Valley Fell Runners Juniors have racked up some more successes as the fell running season proper gets under way.
14 of our enthusiastic juniors headed up to Ambleside in the Lake District for the Todd Crag fell race, part of the English Junior Fell Running championships series. Run in proper fell terrain these are testing courses for all ages. In the competitive under 18s race Jack Denton and Martin Howard put in excellent performances to finish 6th and 7th. The pair, who train together, were just ten seconds apart in 20.45 and 20.55 respectively. Matt Murray also ran well to place 17th in this tough age category.
In other categories the red and white hoops also did well, with notable performances from Patrick Casey who finished 4th in the under 10s race with his team mate George McFie finishing just outside the top ten in 11th place. In the girls under 10s Fearne Hanson finished a fine 21st , Sylvie Smith in 24th place. In the hotly contested under 12s race another fine performance by Elio Beesley finishing 10th and just 30 seconds off the winners time. Just 4 places behind him was William Hall with solid runs from Joseph Hobbs in 21st place, James Duffy in 22nd, Ben Hodgkinson 38th. In the girls race Beth Blacker finished a fine 22nd with Ruby McFie in 32nd place.
Full results available here. Todd Crag 2016.
A couple of parents took us up to Littondale to do a reccie of the Hawkswick Race as its a Yorkshire Championship race and English Championships counter this Saturday 7th May. It was great fun as we arrived in-between sleet showers so we ran out in the sunshine. It’s a great course and we are all looking forward to running it with some of our other team mates.