Cracking day at Todd Crag race


A sunny afternoon in Ambleside saw 18 of the Calder Valley juniors tackle the Todd Crag fell race.  This was the first of the FRA English Championship races and was well attended with 270 runners taking part. 

The U9s race saw Clara Mckee winning it comfortably outright, beating all the boys again. Young Harry Cliffe got yet another trophy for his 2nd boy position. Ted Parker and Leo Hackett both came in the top 10 boys with Lennon Wilson and George Brice coming in the top 20 boys. 

Thomas Mckee had run the day before in the English national x-country finals and yet still managed an impressive 5th in this U11s race, followed by Sam Annison at 15th and Ollie Pickens at 31st boy. 

The U13 race saw Patrick Casey cruise to a comfortable 4th followed by Charlie Pickens at 11th boy. George McFie and Tom Owen came in at 19th and 24th boy respectively and Alfie Hackett at 50th.  Yet another good run by Fearne Hanson securing 19th girl.

The U15s race saw Will Hall come in at 6th, James Duffy at 12th boy, Elljah Peers-Webb at 27th boy and Maya Brunt at 22nd girl.

The next race in the English champs is the slightly more local Blacko fell race on 14 April.


Due to the amount of juniors we are having every week we are still unable to take any new junior fell runners on. We hate doing this as we want to give every child the opportunity to come fell running. We have to consider safety first. We are running a waiting list so if you would like your child adding to this please email me and I’ll add them to the list. If could be that we cannot take any new juniors until September.

Thanks Junior CVFR team.

Calderdale Primary Schools Cross-Country Finals

Monday, 5th March saw a number of CVFR’s juniors competing in the Calderdale Primary Schools Cross-Country Finals. Whilst results had yet to be officially published at time of going to press, there were some great runs for our younger red & white hoops, racing in their various school colours.

Year 6 girls’ race included notable personal performances from Evelyn Illstone (12th) and Hattie Pope (19th). For the year 6 boys, Charlie Pickens, Georg McFie & Tom Owen all placed in the top 6 (2nd, 5th & 6th respectively), with Leo Illstone also finishing 14th overall.

In the Year 5 races, Thomas Mckee ran a great race to finish 4th, with Finley Canning coming in 22nd boy & Fearne Hanson 14th girl. In the year 4 races, Sam Annison was another CVFR junior to finish in 14th place, with Edward Chrisanthou finishing 28th, and in the year 3, Clara Mckee adding to her other recent impressive results, with 2nd girl.

As the top 10 from boys & girls in each of years 4-6 go through to the West Yorkshire finals this Thursday, more storming runs can be expected from Calder Valley’s juniors. Thomas, Charlie, George and Tom will definitely go through to represent their local area and there is a high likelihood that additional members of CVFR junior boys and girls will also get picked to run in our local colours – Watch this space for more results next week 

Steep and short at Barbondale

Calder Valley’s junior runners were out in force at the Barbondale Fell Race. It was the fifth counter in the Kendal Winter League and it is notorious for its steepness. Calder’s William Hall was second and James Duffy a fine fourth place. Both lads moved up to this new age category and doing themselves proud indeed. Patrick Casey is showing some good early season form taking a fantastic 3rd place in the under 13s

CVFR junior do well at schools cross country

The HX7 school cross country finals were held on Thursday in a very muddy Stubbs field in Mytholmroyd.

Given the conditions there were some very impressive performances from year 3s to yr6s, including some notable ones by CVFR juniors.

George McFie was an assured 1st in the yr6s race with Tom Owen at 5th and Hattie Pope who ran a beautiful race to secure 4th girl. Elio Paskin just keeps looking stronger in his races and deserved his top 20 finish. 

In yr 5 Thomas McKee came in 2nd, followed by Ollie Pickens at 8th and Fearne Hanson, whose performances continue to impress, got 2nd girl.

Yr4 saw Sam Annison and Owen Whyton battle it out for the 5th/6th place. Sam’s position was all the more impressive as he had risen from his sick bed to run.

Finally in the Yr 3 race Clara McKee not only got 1st girl but came in 2nd overall in her usual effortless manner. 

The top 5 boys and girls in each race will now go through to the Calderdale finals where they can run for a chance to get into the West Yorkshire finals so watch this space!

Junior Rota 17 April – 22 May




 Date Coaches Volunteers
17th April Andy, Gill, Richard Thirza, Jackie, Ben, Karen
24th April Andy, Richard, Colin, Gill Thirza, Jackie, Ben, Di, Karen
1st May   Richard, Colin, Gill Catherine, Ben
8th May   Al, Andy, Richard, Colin Thirza, Ben, Di, Karen
15th May   Al, Andy, Richard, Colin, Gill Ben, Catherine, Di, Karen
22nd May   Andy, Richard, Colin, Gill Ben, Catherine, Di, Karen

Tough winter conditions @ Giggleswick

2 of Calder Valleys racing snakes braved the weather on Sunday to compete in the next round of the Kendal Winter League organise by Lakeland Club Helm Hill. In what were very testing conditions, the race more akin to a cross country than true fell, was based around Gigglsewick School near Settle. Patrick Casey has had a good solid start to his racing year placing 7th in the under 13s race. Will Hall’s 5th place was an exceptional result as this is his first year as an under 15s. With the changes in the age categories last year to be in line with all UKA Will is one of the younger lads in his age category as he doesn’t actually turn 13 until November.