Birkrigg Fell Race

Several of the CVFR juniors also had a cracking weekend, representing Calderdale in the Girls & Boys West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championship races on Saturday 3rd February. Whilst official boys’ results had yet to be published at time of press, Calderdale boys won third place team for both Y7 and Y8/9s. There were also some excellent individual results in the year 8/9 boys race: CVFR Joe Hobbs and Alex Duffield battled it out for places in the top 20 at 15:57 and 15:59 respectively for the 4.3k year 8/9 race, and another astounding run by James Duffy allowed him to speed home in 2nd place.

William Hall Birkrigg 2018

Not one to let the grass grow under his feet quite literally, James was racing again on Sunday 4th – this time under CVFR colours, with team mate, William Hall in the Birkrigg fell race at Ulverston. In surprisingly sunny and warm conditions, Will won 2nd place after a storming final descent and James sprinted in shortly after to take 5th place in the U15’s. These results are all the more impressive given these lads have just gone up an age category and as they don’t turn 13 for another 9+ months, they are racing just about all of this FRA season against many boys who are more than 2 years older than them – definitely a duo to watch in the future!

Photos (credit Stephen Hall) James Duffy William Hall 

Making a splash at Stanbury

A bitterly cold morning saw a collection of hardy juniors take on the Stanbury Spash at Haworth on Sunday, gathering in the forsaken quarry at Penistone Hill for the off.

Fearne Hanson at the Stanbury Splash 2018

A gritty performance from Ted Parker was rewarded with a top 10 finish in the U9s. Sam Annison, in his first U11s race, came in at 11th with Ollie Pickens at a hard fought for 12th. In the U13s Fearne Hanson got a well-deserved 9th in her first year in this age group whilst Patrick Casey stormed to 2nd, despite his run at the Winter Handicap the day before.

JD and AD Success at Thieveley Pike

The junior race at Thieveley Pike, Calder Valley had some great results with two of club’s under 12s, James Duffy and Alex Duffield, finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. Both have been strong runners this season, and their success at Thieveley Pike demonstrates they will be ones to watch over the coming years.

James Duffy and Alex Duffield after Thieveley Pike

James Duffy and Alex Duffield after Thieveley Pike


Williams Bank Holiday Trophy

Kilnsey Show & Sports

One of Calder’s junior racing snakes William Hall had a blistering run on Bank Holiday Monday. At The Kilnsey Show & Sports which is held in the field just opposite the imposing Kilnsey Crag, the race takes in some of the finest Dales scenery. William didn’t have time to take in any of this as he ran hard to take the trophy and title for the first boy under 12.

William Hall with his trophy at the Kilnsey Show and Sports. Courtesy of Woodentops.

William Hall with his trophy at the Kilnsey Show and Sports. Courtesy of Woodentops.


Hellifield Gala

The Calder Valley’s fell runners were out again!

James Duffy and Fearne Hanson putting in strong performances at the Hellifield Gala. James took 4th place in the under 12s, while Fearne was 8th in the under 10s race.

Fun was had by all in the sack race.

James Duffy leaping to new hieghts

James Duffy leaping to new heights


Yorkshires Blue and White


Mercia Fell Runners held the latest junior championship races, which were combined with the Junior Inter-Counties Race.

Calder Valley’s Jack Denton was part of the winning under 18 team for Yorkshire taking home a gold medal. Yorkshire took a clean sweep in the competition, winning all the individual and team prizes in all age categories.

Calder’s Patrick Casey came a well deserved third in the under 10 race.

Jack Denton (on the right) with his Yorkshire Gold team mates (Chris Law, Holmfirth and Chris Lund, Keighley and Craven) photo courtesy of Woodentops

Jack Denton