Last Saturday was the Junior presentation evening, a time to celebrate and take stock of the fantastic achievements of the young ones. Veteran local running legend, Karl Gray was there to present them with the prizes. All were awarded trophies for their efforts and participation in this year’s club champs. Overall winners were Harry Cliff and Clara McKee.
Overall winners Harry Cliff & Clar McKee with fell legend Karl Gray
A record number of CV juniors will be running for West Yorkshire after competing in Calderdale High School cross country last Wednesday in Savile Park. Is was a good muddy affair which our juniors thrive on. Its the top 12 pleases in each year who qualify to represent West Yorkshire
Year 7 Girls – Fearne Hanson 8th
Year7 Boys – Thomas McKee 4th, Ollie Pickens 12th
Year 8 Boys – Charlie Pickens 1st, George McFee 3rd, Tom Owen 5th
Year 8 Boys – Girl Nona 11th
Year 10 Girl – Emilia Wright 5th
its smiles all round for our runners at BOFRA
Away from the fells, the BOFRA championship awards ceremony (the best 8 results of 16 set races) saw CVFR’s Charlie Ing lifting the trophy for second place overall (462 points) & Stephen Smithies coming 9th (404 points) in the men’s senior competition. In the Vet 50 category, Stephen Smithies took first overall with 477 points. In the ladies competition, despite only running three races, Jo Buckley came 20th in the senior ladies & 5th in the Vet40 category (165 & 180 points respectively). For the juniors, Charlie Pickens’ results saw him win the second-place trophy in the U15 boys’ category (460 points), with red & white stripped teammate Euan Loge coming 4th (422 points) & in the U12, Ollie Pickens placed 12th place (386 points).
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.