Curly Wurly fun for Calder’s hoops


Old and young red and white hoops took to the fells last Sunday, dashing across Bronte country at the Withins Skyline fell race.

Starting from Penistone Hill Country Park and circuiting The Stoop and Top Withens, the 6.2 mile senior race then returns by Bronte Bridge. Paul Haigh, first CV home, completed the course in 48 minutes, 5 minutes faster than last year and finishing an impressive 25th out of 246.

The juniors were out in full force flying the CV flag and bounding with Curly Wurly energy. All 20 juniors ran brilliantly. The girls paved the way, with Maya Brunt first girl home in the U15s and Emilia Wright 3rd. Four boys finished in the top 10 in the U9s with Harry Cliff, clearly inheriting his father’s skills, finishing 2nd, Joseph Stone 7th, Leo Hackett 8th and Ted Parker 9th. The U11s saw Ollie Pickins 10th boy, Wynn Standish 15th and Olivia Falkinbridge 7th girl. Similar results were seen in the U13s with Charlie Pickins 6th and George McFie 7th and Fearne Hanson 8th girl. Will Hall was 4th boy and Elijad Peers Webb 8th in the U15s.

Junior Rota 6 Nov – 18 Dec





 Date Coaches Volunteers
6th Nov Andy, Richard Thirza, Di
13th Nov Andy, Richard Thirza, Di
20th Nov   Al Thirza, Jackie, Di
27 Nov   Andy, Thirza, Di,
4th Dec   Andy, Richard Thirza, Di
11th Dec   Andy, Richard Thirza, Jackie, Di
18th Dec   Andy, Richard Thirza, Di

Prizes for Calder Valley’s Youth

This weekend saw a fantastic display from CVFR’s young talents and experienced, club veterans in Championship races both home and away. (see for senior report)

English School Fell Running Championships

The sun was shining on the CVFR juniors who made the trip to North Yorkshire on Sunday for the English School Fell Running Championship. Hosted by Giggleswick School, in North Yorkshire, the forecast had been for rain and lots of it. Fortunately this did not materialise. Four hundred runners representing schools across the country were scheduled to take part throughout the day in four races organised by year group. This steep and challenging course is designed to be ‘varied and technical’. In stunning conditions, the championships started with the Y7s 2.7k route with 130m ascent, culminating in the final race of the day, Y12/13 running 6.4k with 276m climb.

CVFR Year 7 boys put in fantastic performances to win 2nd prize for Calder High School – Charlie Pickens (7th), George McPhee (9th), Tom Owen (11th), and Seth Howson (37th). Ilkley took first School.

Calder Valley’s Will Hall finished 8th in the Year 8/9 race, contributing to the silver medal for his school, Stoneyhurst. Joe Hobbs (Calder High) and James Duffy (Crossley Heath) also ran well finishing 16th and 23rd respectively.

North Wales Junior Mountain Running Championships

Whilst many of the older members saved themselves for the English Schools Fell Running Championships on Sunday, a hardy troop of juniors tackled this deceivingly tough race on Saturday in the beautiful setting of the Great Orme in Llandudno.

Harry Cliffe looked assured throughout and came home with the silver trophy. Ted Parker not far behind securing a solid top ten finish.

Ollie Pickens ran a storming race in the U11s, leading for a while but kept battling to get 4th boy with Wynn Standish getting a hard fought for 8th.

Fearne Hanson ran a hard and brave race to come home with 6th girl.

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


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. 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!’