Busy few days for junior runners

Juniors gather at Lothersdale to compete in the 4th Junior Club Champs race of the season. CV’s Harry Cliff won the U9’s, with younger sister Charlotte finishing 11th. And CV secured the U11s prize too with the unbeatable Clara McKee first home. Leo Hachett was 5th and Ted Parker 10th. Charlie Pickins, Goerge McFie, Thomas McKee and Oliver Pickins were all in the top 10 for the U13s, with Wynn Standish, Olivia Falkinbridge and Fearne Hanson 11th, 12th and 15th respectively. U15s saw Tom Owen, Elijah Peers-Webb and Emilia Wright also finishing in the top 10.

On Bank Holiday Monday, CVFR hosted the popular Coiners race for both juniors and seniors. This year, the race was an English Juniors Championships counter, thus attracting large numbers of youngsters from all over the country, with over 450 juniors racing. The pressure was on for CVFR to pull off a super, successful junior event and they did just that with club members coming out in force to support and marshal the races, superbly organised and coordinated by junior coach, Alastair Whitelaw. The testing junior routes each started with a tough uphill, with the older the age group the wilder the route. The older runners take in large chunks of open moorland before a long fast downhill descent with a bit of everything – moor, tracks, woodland and fast grassy slopes. Smiles and mud were abundant as the juniors zipped their way round their respective course (U9, U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19). Harry Cliff again took the U9 title, with Joe Rochester close behind in 4th place, a super start to his season. Charlotte Cliff and Sol Doherty also ran brilliantly in the U9. CV’s Clara McKee scooped 1st in the U11 with Joseph Stone Sam Annison, Freddie Sharp, David Ritchie, Noah De Wi, Leo Hacket, Ted Parker, Lennon Wilson, Fred Slater, and Daisy Pope all also showing great determination and effort. In the U13, CV’s Charlie Pickins and Thomas McKee both came in the top 10. George McFie also ran superbly, despite getting stitch half way round, as did Seth Howson, Ollie Pickins, Wynn Standish and Fearne Hanson. The U15s saw a sterling effort from CV runners Tom Owen, Elijah Peers-Wood, Leo Illstone and Emilia Wright.

Kettlewell went really well

Harry on his way to another win in the beautiful Dales

The second counter in the Junior English Championship was set the beautiful Yorkshires Dales village of Kettewell. Tough courses were encountered, in terms of terrain, although conditions were good being dry underfoot. It was a cold one for spectators though!

Clara, outright winner, flanked either side by second and third place

Harry Cliff in the under 9s and Clara McKee in the under 11s, who beat all the boys, were again first past the post with controlled running. Harry’s sister Charlotte racing in the same age group as her brother ran well to place 11th girl.  Under 11s Joseph Stone had a brilliant climb but looked to be struggling with his knees on the descent but still managed a credible 13th place. 22nd for David Ritchie with Sam Annison hot on his heels but carry one of his shoes in his hand rather than on his foot. Impressive that he managed to finish the race. 29th Ted Parker and 31st place for Freddie Sharp.

One shoe Sam finishing in style

Looking in control in the under 13s was George McFie who was the first Calder back placing 9th but he was pushed all the way by Thomas McKee in 10th  who ran a very measured race. Fearne’s descent was top drawer getting her 22nd girl in this tough age category. 33rd for an ever improving Ollie Pickens and 42nd place for Wynn Standish who was steady but focussed.

In the under 15s getting stronger with every run is Tom Owen taking 13th with team mate Alex Duffield having a good descent next across the line placing 14th 

Potential new members places


We have now go spaces to take on some new juniors at the club. If you know of anyone who would like to come down please can you ask them to email Thirza Hyde or Andy Clarke first. We would really like to encourage some of the secondary school age groups but all ages welcome. Minimum age is 6 and that will be at the discretion of the coaches as to whether they can become member. We want to make sure that they can cope on the fells and obviously we don’t want them to be put off running off road.

thirzahyde@icloud.com. katieandy@hotmail.co.uk

Not “pottering’ around for Harry at Pendle

Clara puts her feet up after a great run

On the lovely slopes of Pendle Hill and with great fell running routes CVFR juniors did battle for points in their next club championship race. There was some spell binding results for our racing snakes.

First up was the under 9s and Harry Cliff yet again impressed with another win in a time of 3 minutes and 14 seconds. In the same age category his younger sister Lottie, who’s only recently started fell running, ran well to place 18th and 5thgirls overall.

Hotly contested was the under 11s with Clara McKee taking 2nd overall and first girl in a time of 4 minutes and 29 seconds with Joseph Stone chasing hard only 5 seconds behind her to take 3rdoverall and 2nd boy. Sam Annison is running well taking 11thin 4 minutes 55 seconds, 17thplace and fine run from Leo Hackett in 5 minutes and 10 seconds with Ted Parker in 25thplace a further 20 seconds behind.

In the under 13s George McFie had an excellent run in 7th place in a time of 14 minutes 46 seconds to take full club championship points. 10thplace for Charlie Pickens in a time of 14 minutes 54 seconds with Thomas McKee putting in a good time of 15 minutes 19 seconds to take 12th. Younger Pickens called Ollie was 23rdin 16 minutes 15 seconds and 40thplace for Wynn Standish in 17 minutes 22 seconds. In 66th place and 24th girl but showing true fell running grit was Olivia Falkingbridge who struggled the end of the race in 24 minutes 26 seconds after twisting her ankle. This was all to get her club championship points.

The under 15s saw Tom Owen having one of his best races to date placing 6thoverall in a time of 19 minutes and 41 seconds. An ever improving Elijah Peer-Webb was 9thin 20 minutes and 6 seconds with Emilia Wright in 27thand 10th girl in 23minutes and 35 seconds.

Snakes are up there with the best at Clough Head

Nineteen of our CVFR juniors made the journey to the Clough Head Juniors Fell Race this weekend in Keswick. The race being the first of the six FRA English Junior Fell Running Championship races meant that each field contained the highest calibre runners.  Yet again the juniors did us proud in all races. The races had the backdrop of the most stunning Lakeland scenery up above the old Threlkeld quarry and our runners were blessed with a clear and dry day.

There was a pretty brutal climb in the U9 race to enable it to be kept within the maximum1km race distance but our runners coped with it well. Our two youngest runners, Georgie Illstone and Charlotte Cliff (whose 6thbirthday was the day of the race meaning she qualified to run) both crossed the line with beaming smiles. Georgie pipped Charlotte by two seconds, with them finishing 7thand 8thgirl respectively. Potential for some good healthy rivalry between these two going forward. In the same race, Charlotte’s brother Harry stretched out a good lead at the top of the climb and then descended well to take the victory by some 26 seconds.

All four of our runners in the 1.7km U11 race finished in the top half of a 62 strong field. Joseph Stone continued his fabulous recent form since moving up an age category, finishing 10th overall. This effort was even more impressive considering he suffered an army roll fall down the hill injuring his knee. Clara McKee, another runner who has just moved up from the U9s, flew down the hill with her usual purposeful yet graceful style to claim 2nd overall and first girl; a good minute ahead of the secondplace girl. At one point she even looked like she was going to claim overall victory. Sam Annison and Ted Parker also competed well coming 13th and 28threspectively.

In the U13 2.9km race, of the 82 at the start line, 3 CV juniors came in the top 15. Charlie Pickins, who had a look of raw determination as he passed through first gate,finished 7th, George McFie 11thand Thomas McKee 14th. Ollie Pickins came in 30thand Olivia Falkinbridge with her strong sprint finish was 42nd(8thgirl out of 33). Wynn Standish came in 49thand Fearne Hanson 57th(17thgirl)   

The U15 3.6km race saw Alex Duffield finishing 19thout of a field of 64. Tom Owen  was 28th(another one with a strong  sprint finish), Leo Illstone 39th, Emelia Wright 54thand Evelyn Illstone 61st

Nationals experience for 3 snakes

Three of our juniors were selected for the West Yorkshire Year 7 team for Saturday’s National Cross Country Finals at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire. Representing their country for the first time, Charlie Pickens, George McFie and Tom Owen came in at 81st, 111th and 126th respectively in a packed field of just under 200 of the country’s best runners.

It was an amazing experience, although Charlie described it as ”the hardest race I’ve ever run”.

They head back to the fells this Saturday in Keswick with the start of the FRA English Championship races.

Muddy, wet cross country but boy did they loved it

Our CVFR junior have done us proud at the West Yorkshire xc finals. Following a number of local cross-country trials in Mytholmroyd, and a Calderdale cross-country finals in Halifax over the winter, 12 CVFR year 3 to 6 Juniors were selected to run for Calderdale in the West Yorkshire Cross-Country Championship finals in Temple Newsam, Leeds on Wednesday 6th March. They all did a tremendous run in challenging weather conditions in true xc style of rain and mud against more than a 100 -150 fellow cross-country runners in each race, from Leeds, Kirklees, Bradford and Wakefield with some very impressive results. Harry Cliff won 1st boy in his year 3 race and Clara Mckee finished in 2nd place in year 4 girls, both received medals. The others who did an excellent run were year 3 boys Leo Hackett (29th) , Lennon Wilson (37th), Joseph Rochester (54th) and George Brice (61st). Joseph Stone (5th) from year 4 boys, year 6 girls Olivia (18th),  and Fearne Hanson (29th) and year 6 boys Thomas Mckee (13th), Ollie Pickens (59th) and Wynn Standish (66th).