A bumper bank holiday

Burnsall Classic Fell Race.

With many of the juniors away on summer holidays, it was down to Ted Parker to fly the flag for the younger Red & White hoops in Burnsall, which he did in style, coming 10th in the U10s with a solid time of 5 :14 for the race.

Ted Parker – credit Dave Woodhead


Junior Rota 11 Sept – 23 Oct





 Date Coaches Volunteers
11th Sept Andy, Gill, Colin Thirza, Ben, Jackie
18th Sept Richard, Gill, Colin Thirza, Di
25th Sept   Andy, Richard, Gill, Colin Jackie, Di
2nd Oct   Andy, Richard, Al, Colin Thirza, Ben, Jackie, Di
9th Oct   Andy, Richard, Al, Colin Thirza, Ben, Di
16th Oct   Andy, Richard, Gill, Colin Thirza, Di
23rd Oct   Andy, Richard, Al, Gill, Colin Thirza, Di

Summer handicap fun of tussocks, steps and lots of laughs

Some of our older juniors who have raced at a senior race tacked the clubs Summer Handicap and acquitted themselves really well among the seniors.  The race is notorious for its tussocks and mud and although it didn’t disappoint is was drier than previous years. Joseph Hobbs was the quickest junior placing 12th overall and getting in in just under the hour in 59mins and 8seconds. It’s a fun night out as you can see and was enjoyed immensely by 44 of our club members. 





Due to the amount of juniors we are having every week we are still unable to take any new junior fell runners on.

We hate doing this as we want to give every child the opportunity to come fell running. We have to consider safety first. We are running a waiting list so if you would like your child adding to this please email me and I’ll add them to the list. thirzahyde@icloud.com. Any juniors who were on the waiting list from before the summer will be invited by email to join us on our return on 11 September. 

Thanks Junior CVFR team.

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!’

CVFR’s U9s storm to victory in English Junior’s Champs race

At Clougha Pike on Saturday 16th June, Calder Valley’s Ben Cliff flew the flag for Calder Valley’s seniors, putting in a good personal performance to finish 24th overall & 6th in the men’s V40 category. However, the English Junior championship race event belonged to the red & white U9s, who crowned themselves once again in glory – leaving the rest of the field for dust. Clara McGee once more beat both boys and girls outright, to finish 1st in 3:29 – a whopping 37s ahead of the 2nd girl, with Ben Cliff’s son Harry the first U9 boy home, only 11 seconds after Clara.

Other strong performances from the red & white junior hoops included Ted Parker (7th U9 boys race), Thomas McGee (10th U11 boy), William Hall & Alex Duffield (8th & 15th respectively in the U15 boys race), Olivia Falkingbridge (13th U11 girl), plus Patrick Casey & George McFie (11th & 13th respectively in the U13 boys race).

Short but deadly:

Bofra’s Kettlewell on Sunday 17th June may only be 1.4 miles, but it packs a punch for the distance: with an incredibly steep 600ft slippery of ascent, following by an even more treacherous final descent. In the end, only a few blades of grass separated many of the 98 competitors, with Toby Cottrill fighting all the way to the finish line to be the first red & white hooped runner home (15th place in 14:08). Fellow CVFR, Stephen Smithies was hot on his heels (runners 15-20 finished within five seconds of each other), placing 18th overall & winning the men’s Vet 50 age category. For the juniors, it was equally tight at the finish. In the U14s, 10 seconds made the difference between 8th & 12th place, with CVFR James Duffy finishing a respectable 12th in 11:17.

Another win for pocket rocket McKee

On  a glorious day on Saturday 19 May 18 eager CV youngsters had a go at a Club Champ race, the 5th in this year’s series. Malham Kirby Fell Race is a typically steep and short Dales route on hard dry ground at Malham Kirkby. All routes were out and back and up and down. All CV juniors did brilliantly, and did the club proud. CV’s mini athlete, Clara McKee did her usual outstanding performance and won the U9 race outright, with Harry Cliffe second and first boy.