Cold, “Weet” and Windy

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.

Sedbergh toughie

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.

Kettlewell went really well

Harry on his way to another win in the beautiful Dales

The second counter in the Junior English Championship was set the beautiful Yorkshires Dales village of Kettewell. Tough courses were encountered, in terms of terrain, although conditions were good being dry underfoot. It was a cold one for spectators though!

Clara, outright winner, flanked either side by second and third place

Harry Cliff in the under 9s and Clara McKee in the under 11s, who beat all the boys, were again first past the post with controlled running. Harry’s sister Charlotte racing in the same age group as her brother ran well to place 11th girl.  Under 11s Joseph Stone had a brilliant climb but looked to be struggling with his knees on the descent but still managed a credible 13th place. 22nd for David Ritchie with Sam Annison hot on his heels but carry one of his shoes in his hand rather than on his foot. Impressive that he managed to finish the race. 29th Ted Parker and 31st place for Freddie Sharp.

One shoe Sam finishing in style

Looking in control in the under 13s was George McFie who was the first Calder back placing 9th but he was pushed all the way by Thomas McKee in 10th  who ran a very measured race. Fearne’s descent was top drawer getting her 22nd girl in this tough age category. 33rd for an ever improving Ollie Pickens and 42nd place for Wynn Standish who was steady but focussed.

In the under 15s getting stronger with every run is Tom Owen taking 13th with team mate Alex Duffield having a good descent next across the line placing 14th 

Potential new members places


We have now go spaces to take on some new juniors at the club. If you know of anyone who would like to come down please can you ask them to email Thirza Hyde or Andy Clarke first. We would really like to encourage some of the secondary school age groups but all ages welcome. Minimum age is 6 and that will be at the discretion of the coaches as to whether they can become member. We want to make sure that they can cope on the fells and obviously we don’t want them to be put off running off road.

Not “pottering’ around for Harry at Pendle

Clara puts her feet up after a great run

On the lovely slopes of Pendle Hill and with great fell running routes CVFR juniors did battle for points in their next club championship race. There was some spell binding results for our racing snakes.

First up was the under 9s and Harry Cliff yet again impressed with another win in a time of 3 minutes and 14 seconds. In the same age category his younger sister Lottie, who’s only recently started fell running, ran well to place 18th and 5thgirls overall.

Hotly contested was the under 11s with Clara McKee taking 2nd overall and first girl in a time of 4 minutes and 29 seconds with Joseph Stone chasing hard only 5 seconds behind her to take 3rdoverall and 2nd boy. Sam Annison is running well taking 11thin 4 minutes 55 seconds, 17thplace and fine run from Leo Hackett in 5 minutes and 10 seconds with Ted Parker in 25thplace a further 20 seconds behind.

In the under 13s George McFie had an excellent run in 7th place in a time of 14 minutes 46 seconds to take full club championship points. 10thplace for Charlie Pickens in a time of 14 minutes 54 seconds with Thomas McKee putting in a good time of 15 minutes 19 seconds to take 12th. Younger Pickens called Ollie was 23rdin 16 minutes 15 seconds and 40thplace for Wynn Standish in 17 minutes 22 seconds. In 66th place and 24th girl but showing true fell running grit was Olivia Falkingbridge who struggled the end of the race in 24 minutes 26 seconds after twisting her ankle. This was all to get her club championship points.

The under 15s saw Tom Owen having one of his best races to date placing 6thoverall in a time of 19 minutes and 41 seconds. An ever improving Elijah Peer-Webb was 9thin 20 minutes and 6 seconds with Emilia Wright in 27thand 10th girl in 23minutes and 35 seconds.

Junior Rota 4 June – 9 July


4th JuneAl, Andy, RichardThirza, Di, Trudi
11th JuneJackie, Andy, RichardThirza, Rachel C, Rob, Di
18th JuneGill, RichardMartin, Thirza, Ben, Di
25th JuneAl, Jackie, Andy, RichardThirza, Ben, Di
2nd JulyAl, Andy, GillBen, Trudi
9th JulyAl, Jackie, Andy, GillBen, Rob
16th JulyAndyRob, Trudi

Snakes are up there with the best at Clough Head

Nineteen of our CVFR juniors made the journey to the Clough Head Juniors Fell Race this weekend in Keswick. The race being the first of the six FRA English Junior Fell Running Championship races meant that each field contained the highest calibre runners.  Yet again the juniors did us proud in all races. The races had the backdrop of the most stunning Lakeland scenery up above the old Threlkeld quarry and our runners were blessed with a clear and dry day.

There was a pretty brutal climb in the U9 race to enable it to be kept within the maximum1km race distance but our runners coped with it well. Our two youngest runners, Georgie Illstone and Charlotte Cliff (whose 6thbirthday was the day of the race meaning she qualified to run) both crossed the line with beaming smiles. Georgie pipped Charlotte by two seconds, with them finishing 7thand 8thgirl respectively. Potential for some good healthy rivalry between these two going forward. In the same race, Charlotte’s brother Harry stretched out a good lead at the top of the climb and then descended well to take the victory by some 26 seconds.

All four of our runners in the 1.7km U11 race finished in the top half of a 62 strong field. Joseph Stone continued his fabulous recent form since moving up an age category, finishing 10th overall. This effort was even more impressive considering he suffered an army roll fall down the hill injuring his knee. Clara McKee, another runner who has just moved up from the U9s, flew down the hill with her usual purposeful yet graceful style to claim 2nd overall and first girl; a good minute ahead of the secondplace girl. At one point she even looked like she was going to claim overall victory. Sam Annison and Ted Parker also competed well coming 13th and 28threspectively.

In the U13 2.9km race, of the 82 at the start line, 3 CV juniors came in the top 15. Charlie Pickins, who had a look of raw determination as he passed through first gate,finished 7th, George McFie 11thand Thomas McKee 14th. Ollie Pickins came in 30thand Olivia Falkinbridge with her strong sprint finish was 42nd(8thgirl out of 33). Wynn Standish came in 49thand Fearne Hanson 57th(17thgirl)   

The U15 3.6km race saw Alex Duffield finishing 19thout of a field of 64. Tom Owen  was 28th(another one with a strong  sprint finish), Leo Illstone 39th, Emelia Wright 54thand Evelyn Illstone 61st