Old and young red and white hoops took to the fells last Sunday, dashing across Bronte country at the Withins Skyline fell race.
Starting from Penistone Hill Country Park and circuiting The Stoop and Top Withens, the 6.2 mile senior race then returns by Bronte Bridge. Paul Haigh, first CV home, completed the course in 48 minutes, 5 minutes faster than last year and finishing an impressive 25th out of 246.
The juniors were out in full force flying the CV flag and bounding with Curly Wurly energy. All 20 juniors ran brilliantly. The girls paved the way, with Maya Brunt first girl home in the U15s and Emilia Wright 3rd. Four boys finished in the top 10 in the U9s with Harry Cliff, clearly inheriting his father’s skills, finishing 2nd, Joseph Stone 7th, Leo Hackett 8th and Ted Parker 9th. The U11s saw Ollie Pickins 10th boy, Wynn Standish 15th and Olivia Falkinbridge 7th girl. Similar results were seen in the U13s with Charlie Pickins 6th and George McFie 7th and Fearne Hanson 8th girl. Will Hall was 4th boy and Elijad Peers Webb 8th in the U15s.
This weekend saw a fantastic display from CVFR’s young talents and experienced, club veterans in Championship races both home and away. (see www.cvfr.co.uk for senior report)
English School Fell Running Championships
The sun was shining on the CVFR juniors who made the trip to North Yorkshire on Sunday for the English School Fell Running Championship. Hosted by Giggleswick School, in North Yorkshire, the forecast had been for rain and lots of it. Fortunately this did not materialise. Four hundred runners representing schools across the country were scheduled to take part throughout the day in four races organised by year group. This steep and challenging course is designed to be ‘varied and technical’. In stunning conditions, the championships started with the Y7s 2.7k route with 130m ascent, culminating in the final race of the day, Y12/13 running 6.4k with 276m climb.
CVFR Year 7 boys put in fantastic performances to win 2nd prize for Calder High School – Charlie Pickens (7th), George McPhee (9th), Tom Owen (11th), and Seth Howson (37th). Ilkley took first School.
Calder Valley’s Will Hall finished 8th in the Year 8/9 race, contributing to the silver medal for his school, Stoneyhurst. Joe Hobbs (Calder High) and James Duffy (Crossley Heath) also ran well finishing 16th and 23rd respectively.
North Wales Junior Mountain Running Championships
Whilst many of the older members saved themselves for the English Schools Fell Running Championships on Sunday, a hardy troop of juniors tackled this deceivingly tough race on Saturday in the beautiful setting of the Great Orme in Llandudno.
Harry Cliffe looked assured throughout and came home with the silver trophy. Ted Parker not far behind securing a solid top ten finish.
Ollie Pickens ran a storming race in the U11s, leading for a while but kept battling to get 4th boy with Wynn Standish getting a hard fought for 8th.
Fearne Hanson ran a hard and brave race to come home with 6th girl.
Some of our older juniors who have raced at a senior race tacked the clubs Summer Handicap and acquitted themselves really well among the seniors. The race is notorious for its tussocks and mud and although it didn’t disappoint is was drier than previous years. Joseph Hobbs was the quickest junior placing 12th overall and getting in in just under the hour in 59mins and 8seconds. It’s a fun night out as you can see and was enjoyed immensely by 44 of our club members.
FIRST WEEK BACK WILL BE 11 SEPTEMBER AND REMEMBER YOUR MEMBERSHIP MONEY OF £7.00
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Any juniors who were on the waiting list from before the summer will be invited by email to join us on our return on 11 September.
Thanks Junior CVFR team.
At Clougha Pike on Saturday 16th June, Calder Valley’s Ben Cliff flew the flag for Calder Valley’s seniors, putting in a good personal performance to finish 24th overall & 6th in the men’s V40 category. However, the English Junior championship race event belonged to the red & white U9s, who crowned themselves once again in glory – leaving the rest of the field for dust. Clara McGee once more beat both boys and girls outright, to finish 1st in 3:29 – a whopping 37s ahead of the 2nd girl, with Ben Cliff’s son Harry the first U9 boy home, only 11 seconds after Clara.
Other strong performances from the red & white junior hoops included Ted Parker (7th U9 boys race), Thomas McGee (10th U11 boy), William Hall & Alex Duffield (8th & 15th respectively in the U15 boys race), Olivia Falkingbridge (13th U11 girl), plus Patrick Casey & George McFie (11th & 13th respectively in the U13 boys race).
Short but deadly:
Bofra’s Kettlewell on Sunday 17th June may only be 1.4 miles, but it packs a punch for the distance: with an incredibly steep 600ft slippery of ascent, following by an even more treacherous final descent. In the end, only a few blades of grass separated many of the 98 competitors, with Toby Cottrill fighting all the way to the finish line to be the first red & white hooped runner home (15th place in 14:08). Fellow CVFR, Stephen Smithies was hot on his heels (runners 15-20 finished within five seconds of each other), placing 18th overall & winning the men’s Vet 50 age category. For the juniors, it was equally tight at the finish. In the U14s, 10 seconds made the difference between 8th & 12th place, with CVFR James Duffy finishing a respectable 12th in 11:17.
On a glorious day on Saturday 19 May 18 eager CV youngsters had a go at a Club Champ race, the 5th in this year’s series. Malham Kirby Fell Race is a typically steep and short Dales route on hard dry ground at Malham Kirkby. All routes were out and back and up and down. All CV juniors did brilliantly, and did the club proud. CV’s mini athlete, Clara McKee did her usual outstanding performance and won the U9 race outright, with Harry Cliffe second and first boy.