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). 

“Snakes” do well at Ilkley

Luckily the mist cleared to provide perfect running conditions at the very popular Ilkley Moor Fell Race with these races providing excellent tough courses for all ages groups. Fondly known as the “racing snakes” group this was the first championship race for Calder Valleys junior who enjoy going to races. The race distances for each group are different according to the age category, with it being shorter for the younger ones up to longer distances and more climbing for the older ones. 

Our top performance on the day was from Harry Cliff who stormed the Under 9sto get a very assured first place in 3mins 31 seconds and new course record. His team mate, in the same age category, Rafe Dobson placed a great 8thin 3min 58secs.  

CVFR Racing Snakes @Ilkley

Other excellent runs from the following: 

In the under 11s Joseph Stone was 5th in 7min 14secs; 14th Sam Annison 7min 35secs and only 5secs behind in 15th Leo Hackett, 23rd Ted Parker 8min 13secs; In the under 13s 5th place for Charlie Pickens in 6mins 30secs and 9th George McFie in 6mins 42 secs, 16th Ollie Pickens 7min 24secs, 6th girl and 19th overall Olivia Falkingbridge 7min 31secs, 21st Wynn Standish 7min 45secs, 9th girl and 25thoverall Fearne Hanson 7min 51secs, 20th girl and 43rd overall Eve Dobson 9mins 10secs; Under 15s Alex Duffield placing 7th in 13min 56 secs, 9th Elijah Peers-Webb 14min 12sec and 13th but not unlucky Tom Owen in 14min 46secs, 21st Leo Illstone with his twin sister Evelyn placing 29th overall and 12th girl ; and in the under 17s Maya Brunt, 3rd girl and 11thoverall in 17min 07sec. Particularly impressive runs from Joseph Stone, Leo and Evelyn Illstone, Tom Owen and Maya Brunt as they’d each stepped up into the next age bracket. 

A wonderful start to the season.

Reporter: Thirza Hyde

Harry tackle Parkruns

CVFR’s juniors concentrated more on parkruns this last weekend. Notable results included Joseph Stone, who finished 4th in the Huddersfield Junior Parkrun in Greenhead Park. In Halifax, Harry Cliffe continued his slew of impressive fell running performances with an incredibly strong run in his first time at this race. Harry not only knocked 1.5 minutes of his previous best 5k time at Brighouse parkrun in 22 minutes & 26 seconds, but now holds the 2nd  fastest ever time for under 10s for the Halifax race. Finishing 15th overall out of 246 runners – piping Dad Ben to 16th overall by only 1 second – is all the more impressive bearing mind that Harry only turned 8 in January! 

Calderdale Junior Inter Schools Championship

Wynn working hard

Several Calder Valley Juniors took part in this competition last Thursday.  The top 10 individuals go through automatically to West Yorkshire Games in Leeds. So well done to all the racing snakes.

Year 3 
Harry Cliff 1st boy
Leo Hackett 7th boy
Lennon Wilson 13th boy
Joe Rochester 14th boy
George Brice 15th boy

Year 4  
Clara McKee 2nd girl

Year 5  
Sam Annison 16th boy

Year 6
Olivia Falkinbridge 8th girl
Fearne Hanson 9th girl
Thomas McKee 3rd boy
Wynn Standish 23rd boy

(we now know that quite a few of our snakes have definitely qualified for West Yorks Games)

Stanbury Splash 2019

On Sunday, 13th January, Wharfedale Harriers hosted 93 juniors & 254 senior runners for their annual Stanbury Splash Quarry Runs & Soreen Stanbury Splash. Given the atrocious weather conditions, all who raced should be commended – with runners struggling to stay on their feet in the driving rain & gusting winds.

Even the junior competitors’ quarry races were unusually blustery, so much so that CVFR’s rising star Harry Cliff, described how he opted to let the runner who eventually came second go in front of him, so he could shelter behind him from the wind, until the final climb.. At that point, Harry stormed ahead to take first place in the under 9’s boys’ race.

Harry Cliff’s race plan – credit Dave Woodhead

All of the CVFR juniors who raced ran well, especially Emilia Wright who finished first U15 girl and Ted Parker  who placed an impressive 11th in his first race after moving up to the U11 age category.

Ted Parker – credit Dave Woodhead

Finally, Sam Annison, who was aiming for a top 5 finish, may have come in 7th, but this was despite losing one shoe in the false start & the race starting without him (the other runners having misheard ‘no’ for ‘go’ set off without him). Sam deserves credit for not only getting his shoe back on but battling his way back into the race to finish so well!

Sam Annison’s comeback – credit Dave Woodhead


Last Sunday saw the old and the young gather at the start line in Penistone Hill Country Park for a  5 mile circuit up and around the Stoop standing stone, a fell race organised by Wharfedale Harriers.

CV juniors excelled in their efforts too with young Harry Cliff securing 1st U9. Other CV youngsters included Ted Parker (U9), Thomas McKee, Olivia Falkingbridge and Fearne Hanson (all U 11s)

Harry Cliffe , U9 winner

Harry Cliffe U9 winner