Cracking day at Todd Crag race


A sunny afternoon in Ambleside saw 18 of the Calder Valley juniors tackle the Todd Crag fell race.  This was the first of the FRA English Championship races and was well attended with 270 runners taking part. 

The U9s race saw Clara Mckee winning it comfortably outright, beating all the boys again. Young Harry Cliffe got yet another trophy for his 2nd boy position. Ted Parker and Leo Hackett both came in the top 10 boys with Lennon Wilson and George Brice coming in the top 20 boys. 

Thomas Mckee had run the day before in the English national x-country finals and yet still managed an impressive 5th in this U11s race, followed by Sam Annison at 15th and Ollie Pickens at 31st boy. 

The U13 race saw Patrick Casey cruise to a comfortable 4th followed by Charlie Pickens at 11th boy. George McFie and Tom Owen came in at 19th and 24th boy respectively and Alfie Hackett at 50th.  Yet another good run by Fearne Hanson securing 19th girl.

The U15s race saw Will Hall come in at 6th, James Duffy at 12th boy, Elljah Peers-Webb at 27th boy and Maya Brunt at 22nd girl.

The next race in the English champs is the slightly more local Blacko fell race on 14 April.


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. If could be that we cannot take any new juniors until September.

Thanks Junior CVFR team.

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

Calderdale Primary Schools Cross-Country Finals

Monday, 5th March saw a number of CVFR’s juniors competing in the Calderdale Primary Schools Cross-Country Finals. Whilst results had yet to be officially published at time of going to press, there were some great runs for our younger red & white hoops, racing in their various school colours.

Year 6 girls’ race included notable personal performances from Evelyn Illstone (12th) and Hattie Pope (19th). For the year 6 boys, Charlie Pickens, Georg McFie & Tom Owen all placed in the top 6 (2nd, 5th & 6th respectively), with Leo Illstone also finishing 14th overall.

In the Year 5 races, Thomas Mckee ran a great race to finish 4th, with Finley Canning coming in 22nd boy & Fearne Hanson 14th girl. In the year 4 races, Sam Annison was another CVFR junior to finish in 14th place, with Edward Chrisanthou finishing 28th, and in the year 3, Clara Mckee adding to her other recent impressive results, with 2nd girl.

As the top 10 from boys & girls in each of years 4-6 go through to the West Yorkshire finals this Thursday, more storming runs can be expected from Calder Valley’s juniors. Thomas, Charlie, George and Tom will definitely go through to represent their local area and there is a high likelihood that additional members of CVFR junior boys and girls will also get picked to run in our local colours – Watch this space for more results next week 

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.

Steep and short at Barbondale

Calder Valley’s junior runners were out in force at the Barbondale Fell Race. It was the fifth counter in the Kendal Winter League and it is notorious for its steepness. Calder’s William Hall was second and James Duffy a fine fourth place. Both lads moved up to this new age category and doing themselves proud indeed. Patrick Casey is showing some good early season form taking a fantastic 3rd place in the under 13s

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