Cowling Gala

Young Harry Cliff raced at Cowling Gala on Saturday, achieving 2nd place, just 1 second behind the winner, after getting stuck at a massive bottle neck at a wall. Said proud mum Rachel:

Harry Cliff at Cowling Gala (courtesy of Dave Woodhead).

‘He’s really loving racing and is rarely out of his CVFR hoodie. I’m looking forward to him having to wear school uniform next year to give it some respite!’



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Will goes the distance at KWL

Fewer of the CVFR juniors were out this last week, although between them, they covered a number of races. On Saturday, 7th April, at the Pendle Fell Race, CVFR, Fred Slater was the only under 9 runner and Fearnie Hanson the only U13, coming in a respectable 22nd and 38th (17th girl) in their respective races, with both gaining invaluable race experience for the future. Amongst the older juniors, Alex Duffield put in another strong run, coming in 10th in the U15s, in his second race of the week.

William Hall was the only junior hoop to head to the final KWL race at Elterwater – a 1.6km with 200m of climbing and plenty of grass, rocks and bogs thrown in for good measure. Will raced strongly, placing second in the U15 category – a mere 15 seconds behind the race (and overall U15 league) winner Ollie Sanders of Helm Hill. Whilst official results had yet to be confirmed at time of print, it is looking like Will has tied for second place overall, a result that is all the more amazing, considering he only moved up from U13’s in the past year.

Tuesday 3rd April also saw the second of three Easter Bunny Runs – with this year’s fun organised for the first time by Wharfedale Harriers, following the retirement of fell-race organising legends, Dave & Eileen ‘Woodentops’ Woodhead. With points meaning chocolate prizes galore, these races are a firm favourite amongst junior runners (12+), with all runners getting a free cream egg and the chance to improve on their previous week’s results.

Elijah Peers-Web running long lap race (credit Dave Woodhead)

James Duffy was the first CVFR runner to finish, placing a solid 5th in his first year in the U15 category. Fellow CVFR U15s, Alex Duffield and Elijah Peers-Web also ran good races. Alex was just pipped for 10th U15 place by 7 seconds (finishing 64th overall) and Elijah Peers-Web came in 12th U15 (76 overall).  

James Duffy (credit Mick Fryer)

– Calder Valley News Reporter:Catherine Jones

Schools Cross Country Finals

The West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Finals saw hundreds of the fastest off-road runners from schools across the county competing on a tough course at at Temple Newsam in Leeds.

There were a good number of pupils who are junior members of Calder Valley Fell Runners representing Calderdale at the finals.

George McFie in action

Charlie Pickens, George McFie and Tom Owen competed in the year six race. Fearne Hanson and Thomas Mckee were in the year five race. Sam Annison ran in the year four race.

All the Calder Valley Juniors ran well. Thomas Mckee had a particularly good race and has qualified for the national schools cross-country finals which takes place in Leicester next week.

CVFR XC Juniors

Flower scar or Ilkley Moor? or did you do both!!

Calder Juniors had a busy weekend racing and also had put in some great performances in their first Club Championship race of the year at Ilkley Moor.

The muddy conditions did not deter Clara Mckee who easily won the U9s race, beating all the boys, with Harry Cliff claiming 3rd boy. 

The U11s race saw Thomas Mckee come in at 6th and Olivia Falkingbridge at 7th girl. Unfortunately Ollie Pickens and Finley Canning both fell and had to be patched up by first aid but with no lasting damage they left the field smiling. 

Clara McKee – Flying home to win the U9 open race 2018

U13s had Charlie Pickens at 5th with George McFie right behind him and Tom Owen at 11th boy followed in quick succession by Leo Illstone, Hector Droungos and Alfie Hackett. Strong running from Evelyn Illstone and Fearne Hanson saw them come in at 12th and 17th girl. 

Will Hall, in his infancy in the U15s, still managed to come in 3rd with James Duffy right behind him for 4th. Alex Duffield and Elljah Peers-Webb got 9th and 10th boy. Maya Brunt proving she is one to watch got 6th girl with Ruby McFie at 15th. 

George McFie enjoying the muddy conditions at Ilkley moor 2018

Over 200 juniors and over 300 seniors ran at Ilkley, a busy day on the moor.

Next up on the junior club championships is Ambleside’s Todd Cragg race on 25 March.

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.