On a very wet and muddy Shepherd Skyline race, the final counter in the club championships, there was some excellent running in-between the slip sliding and generally getting muddy. Notably it was Clara McKee who once again showed her amazing running skills and determination to smashed the U11 girls record in 6:22 and beat all the boys to boot. Calder’s Joseph Stone was close behind as 1st boy in a time of 7.18.
Harry Cliff won the boy’s U9 in 3:40 supported by team mates George Brice in 2nd and Joseph Rochester in 3rd. Charlotte Cliff was 2nd U9 girl with Georgie Illstone in 3rd.
Its only mud glorious mud
Charlie Pickens won the U13’s boys race in 6:33 with George McFee 2nd just 8 seconds behind. Olivia Falkinbridge had a great run to take 3rd girls spot in 8.33 with her good friend Fearne Hanson taking 4th girl in a time of 8.57.
In the very competive U15s category it was 6th place for Elijah Peers-Webb in 6.44 closely followed by team mate Tom Owen in6.56. Emilia Wright continues to improve taking 2nd U15 girl in 7:31 and Maya Brunt was 1st girl in the U17 category in a time of 14.08.
Full results here http://www.todharriers.co.uk/shepherds_skyline/skylineres2019_juniors.htm
BOFRA 2019 Championship
This weekend also seen the climax of the 2019 seniors and juniors British Open Fell Runners Association (BOFRA) Championship at Wasdale Show. CVFR’s Charlie Ing had a fantastic series to finish second place overall, behind former British and English champ, Simon Bailey. Steve Smithies continued his running form to take the Vet 50 top spot.
Euan Logue, Ollie Pickens and Charlie Pickens plonk pretty pleased with their winnings
Two Calder Valley juniors also made the long journey up to Wasdale BOFRA Championship on Saturday. The weather held to provide perfect conditions for the steep climb up Kirk Fell. Charlie Pickens came first in the U14s and a delighted Euan Logue of Halifax Harriers picked up 3rd boy. Ollie Pickens’ rapid descent earnt him 5th place in the u12s and his first prize money of the year.
Charlie Pickens had an excellent BOFRA season to finish 2nd overall in the U14s and is looking forward to picking up him trophy at the presentation in November.
Around 500 children attended the English Schools Fell Running Championships held at Giggleswick School, Settle on Sunday. Although the heavy rain experienced overnight lifted, the ground remained hard-going for a collection of CVFR juniors who were running for their various schools. The course involved a river jump and a long, slippy climb before a descent to the main field where the very muddy runners had their final sprint to the finish.
Calder Valley junior trio representing Calder High ran the races of their lives to win the year 8/9 team prize. The talented George McFie, Charlie Pickens and Tom Owen who are still in year 8 thrived in the muddy conditions but surprised themselves to take the team prize. The future is certainly bright for all our junior athletes.
CVFR juniors will resume after the summer holidays on Tuesday 10 September. Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 5.45. Existing juniors memberships will be due and are still £7 for the year. We are now able to take new junior members. If your child is interested in coming along can you please be there slightly earlier to fill in the membership form. Your child will be on a 4 week probation. This is to see if they like it and to make sure they are behaving (which I’m sure won’t be a problem in most cases). It will be £1 for each week for the first 4 weeks then if they like it it will be £5 then and thats it for the year.
Another good contingent of CVFR juniors braved a rather soggy morning to run in the Weets junior fell race at Barnoldswick.
The final stream crossing in the closing straight to the finish proved somewhat tricky to navigate with a fair number of runners coming a cropper over the course of the morning …..but all our juniors negotiated it well.
In the Under 9’s Harry Cliff finished strongly taking a clear victory ahead of some good local runners. Charlotte Cliff had the option of running in a rare Under 7 race but decided that she wanted to run in the bigger field of the U9’s. A great decision as she notched up her first top three girl’s finish and 14th overall.
Our three runners in the Under 11’s also ran very well, all finishing in the top 10 of 30+ strong field; Joseph Stone (5th), Sam Annison (6th) and Ted Parker (10th) – Ted opting part way through that given the conditions he’d be better off racing whilst holding his glasses. On finishing, Sam commented that despite the conditions he very much enjoyed the race!!
Excellent running from Charlie Pickens in the under 13s taking a 3rd place with George McFie bagging 5th place.
Under 15s saw Elijahs Peers Webb taking his first podium in a fell race with a fine 3rd place.
The bank holiday saw a good number of Calder Valley juniors head up to Sedburgh for the fourth in the series of the English FRA Champ races
It was a pretty soggy and slippy morning and following a walk of the U11 course Clara McKie came back with the words “Pure brutal”.
However not to be phased by this she put in another great performance, finishing 1st girl and 2nd overall. Sam Annison and Ted Parker also in the U11 race both finished strongly and came in consecutively at 12th and 13th places respectively. Asking them how it went the both simply said “It was hard”. It’s fair to say that this was Ted’s strongest performance of the season so clearly a runner that thrives on tough courses.
Harry and Charlotte Cliff represented CVFR in the U9’s. The course was the same as the other age groups but with an earlier switch back, so both had to tackle the initial “Cliff” like climb. Harry ran well and despite catching up with the eventual winner with every stride in the closing stages was pipped into 2nd place; the course just 50m too short for his final surge. Charlotte, probably the youngest in the field, was delighted with her finishers medal, finishing 7th girl. This was well deserved not only for merely tackling the course but for her tenacity in the closing stages to catch and fly past two other runners into closing funnel. She’s one to watch in the future.
In the U13s in a closely fought race it was 7th, 8th and 9th respectively for the flying hoops of Charlie Pickens, GeorgeMcFie and Thomas McKee. Ollie Pickens was 20th with Wynn Standish in 31stplace. Fearne Hanson placing 10th girl just held off her friend and team mate Olivia Falkingbridge with both of them having solid runs and showing improvement.
In the tough age group of the U15s Elijah Peers Webb (16th) and Tom Owen (17th) equipped themselves well getting top 20 places.