It was the first race in the Kendal winter League at Scout Scar where Will Hall showed no after effects from his christmas celebrations or moving up to a new age category. He placed 3rd in the under 15s in a very competitive field. Will had a proper battle with Henry Hunter where the two super young runners, neither of which was prepared to give an inch, battled it out to the finish line with Henry just taking 2nd spot by 1 second. First home for the local hosting team of Helm Hill was Ollie Sanders. Patrick Casey had a good start to his campaign placing 8th in the under 13s. Will Hall and James Duffy, who was running in his road club colours, had been in action the day before at the Yorkshire cross country at Lightwater Valley. Will placed an excellent 13th with James only a few places back in 22nd. (Will number 12 and James who was going so fast he lost his hoops no 22)
|9th Jan||Andy, Al, Richard, Ally, Colin||Thirza, Jackie, Diane|
|16th Jan||Andy, Richard, Ally||Thirza, Ben, Diane|
|23rd Jan||Al, Ally, Colin||Thirza, Catherine, Ben, Diane|
|30th Jan||Andy, Al, Richard, Ally, Colin, Gill||Thirza, Ben, Diane|
|6th Feb||Andy, Richard, Ally, Gill||Catherine, Jackie, Diane|
|13th Feb||Andy, Al, Richard, Ally, Colin||Catherine, Ben, Diane|
Sunday also saw several CVFR runners compete in the 8km race ‘The Stoop’. Whilst the elite athletes were mostly taking a well-earnt rest & many of the Calder Valley fell runners who might have raced otherwise opting for the winter score event over a race famous for its Santa hats & bogs in equal measure, the weather did not stay away.
For the 180 runners who squared up to the elements, it really was a bleak mid-winter: with swirling fog, pouring rain & the grounds of Stanbury Quary & the surrounding Bronte Moors as hard as iron and peppered with knee-deep ice-filled bogs. Given this context, the race was shortened for the first time since 2010, but despite all this, there was plenty of good cheer amongst the runners – decked out in their obligatory Santa hats, and some even braving full fancy dress, in the hope of winning the coveted chocolate-filled stocking prizes.
It was down to CVFR’s juniors in, their shorter races, to show the seniors how it should be done, and the red & white junior hoops were all over the podiums (plus extremely happy with their chocolate haul of prizes).
It was 1st, 2nd & 3rd for Calder Valley in the boys U13 category, with William Hall storming home again to finish first (and fourth overall) at 6 :44, team mate Alex Duffield coming in second U13 at 6 :59 and James Duffy taking 3rd U13 at 7 :11. In the U9 age category, Sam Annison took first, in his last race before going up an age group, at 2 :46, and absolutely loved the race. There were also strong performances from Lucas Greenwood & Edvinas Adomavioius who finished 2nd & 3rd in the older age category. Other noteworthy performances included Harry Cliff, Edward Chrisanthou, and Ted Parker who finished 4th, 5th & 6th in the boys U9s and Finley Canning who placed in the top 15 in the U11 boys category.
Photos courtesy of Andrea Greenwood. (high resolution version available if you ask Thirza)
The Calder Valley Juniors held their annual end of season do on Saturday. A packed room were there to see the club champions and runners up pick up their trophies but more importantly every member had the honour of walking up to pick up their membership medal from Ben Mounsey. For many of the children in the room he represents a true hero and to receive their awards from him in his GB tracksuit will certainly have given them further inspiration.
There were awards for each individual age group but for the first time the overall championship winner was a tie and is shared between Clara McKee (in her first year of racing) and Will Hall who can add this to his 2017 FRA English champion, BOFRA champion and English Schools Champion titles.
The do also provided an opportunity to thank Alastair Whitelaw as the outgoing junior co-ordinator. Al founded the junior section 11 years ago and there are now up to 60 junior running regularly on a Tuesday night. There are many children and young adults in the valley who have a lot to thank him for.
In the Junior Shepherds Rest fell race from Shepherds Rest Inn near Todmorden, almost 100 runners, 23 mini stripes put in impressive performances with CV juniors all coming in the top 5 for the U9s. It was won by the club’s Sam Annison, followed 4 seconds later by Clara McKee, first girl. Harry Cliff was third, newcomer Eddie Chrisanthou came fourth and Leo Hackett 5th. Further prizes were picked up by CV in the U11 with Charlie Pickins second and Thomas McKee third. In the U13, CV’s Patrick Casey secured 4th place.
Full race results here
CV Junior achievements go far with the club’s William Hall recently crowded U13s Champion at the BOFRA (British Open Fell Runners Association) Annual Awards ceremony in Barnoldswick last Saturday. Will won the under 12 age group and James Duffy came fourth (though would probably got third had the Wasdale race not been cancelled due to flooding). They were presented with their trophies by fell running legend Victoria Wilkinson. Said proud dad, Stephen Hall:
“A great night was had by all, celebrating success for all the adults and youngsters that had committed to an excellent race series.”
At the recent Withins Skyline race our juniors had amazing success in their junior categories. In the U9 race there were 3 red and white hoops in the top 5, including Samuel Annisonas 1st boy, Clara McKee as 1st girl with Harry Cliff 4th boy and; in the main junior race William Hall finished 4th.
|Category Pos||Time||Name||Age category|
|57||05:28||ROWAN IDRIS COTTERILL||U9B|