Soggy Shepherds didn’t dampen junior spirits


On a very wet and muddy Shepherd Skyline race, the final counter in the club championships, there was some excellent running in-between the slip sliding and generally getting muddy. Notably it was Clara McKee who once again showed her amazing running skills and determination to smashed the U11 girls record in 6:22 and beat all the boys to boot. Calder’s Joseph Stone was close behind as 1st boy in a time of 7.18.

Harry Cliff won the boy’s U9 in 3:40 supported by team mates George Brice in 2nd and Joseph Rochester in 3rd. Charlotte Cliff was 2nd U9 girl with Georgie Illstone in 3rd.

Its only mud glorious mud

Charlie Pickens won the U13’s boys race in 6:33 with George McFee 2nd just 8 seconds behind. Olivia Falkinbridge had a great run to take 3rd girls spot in 8.33 with her good friend Fearne Hanson taking 4th girl in a time of 8.57.

In the very competive U15s category it was 6th place for Elijah Peers-Webb in 6.44 closely followed by team mate Tom Owen in6.56.  Emilia Wright continues to improve taking 2nd U15 girl in 7:31 and Maya Brunt was 1st girl in the U17 category in a time of 14.08.

Full results here

Calder Highs Year 8 do themselves proud


Around 500 children attended the English Schools Fell Running Championships held at Giggleswick School, Settle on Sunday. Although the heavy rain experienced overnight lifted, the ground remained hard-going for a collection of CVFR juniors who were running for their various schools. The course involved a river jump and a long, slippy climb before a descent to the main field where the very muddy runners had their final sprint to the finish.

Calder Valley junior trio representing Calder High ran the races of their lives to win the year 8/9 team prize. The talented George McFie, Charlie Pickens and Tom Owen who are still in year 8 thrived in the muddy conditions but surprised themselves to take the team prize. The future is certainly bright for all our junior athletes.

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.

BOFRA success for Charlie

BOFRA 2019 Championship

This weekend also seen the climax of the 2019 seniors and juniors British Open Fell Runners Association (BOFRA) Championship at Wasdale Show. CVFR’s Charlie Ing had a fantastic series to finish second place overall, behind former British and English champ, Simon Bailey. Steve Smithies continued his running form to take the Vet 50 top spot.

Euan Logue, Ollie Pickens and Charlie Pickens plonk pretty pleased with their winnings

Two Calder Valley juniors also made the long journey up to Wasdale BOFRA Championship on Saturday. The weather held to provide perfect conditions for the steep climb up Kirk Fell. Charlie Pickens came first in the U14s and a delighted Euan Logue of Halifax Harriers picked up 3rd boy. Ollie Pickens’ rapid descent earnt him 5th place in the u12s and his first prize money of the year.

Charlie Pickens had an excellent BOFRA season to finish 2nd overall in the U14s and is looking forward to picking up him trophy at the presentation in November.

Junior Rota 5 Nov – 17 Dec


5th NovAndy, RichardThirza, Di, Rob, Tom
12th NovAndy, Richard, JackieThirza, Di, Rob, Ben, Tom
19th NovAndy, JackieDi, Rob, Tom
26th NovAndy, RichardDi, Rob, Ben, Tom
3rd DecAl, RichardThirza, Di, Rob, Ben, Tom
10th DecAndy, Richard, JackieThirza, Di, Rob, Ben, Tom
17th DecAndy, JackieThirza, Di, Rob, Ben, Tom

Juniors restart/New members

CVFR juniors will resume after the summer holidays on Tuesday 10 September. Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 5.45. Existing juniors memberships will be due and are still £7 for the year. We are now able to take new junior members. If your child is interested in coming along can you please be there slightly earlier to fill in the membership form. Your child will be on a 4 week probation. This is to see if they like it and to make sure they are behaving (which I’m sure won’t be a problem in most cases). It will be £1 for each week for the first 4 weeks then if they like it it will be £5 then and thats it for the year. 

BOFRA and English Champs

Calder Valley Juniors continued to impress at Clougha Pike Fell Race in Lancashire, which is an FRA English Junior Championship event.

“On Saturday 22nd , a rare sunny June day hosted the penultimate FRA English Junior Championship race; once again CVFR juniors were out in good numbers. The races started at Quernmore, Lancashire and most of our juniors stayed on after their efforts to enjoy the village show (collecting plenty of winnings between them in the short fete races).

Harry and Charlotte Cliff competed well in the under 9 race. Harry convincingly led the racers home in first place and Charlotte finished 8th girl.

The under 11  English Champs race continues to draw in large numbers and yet again our CVFR runners finished in the top 2/3rds of a 60+ strong field. Clara McKee maintained her fantastic string results and dominated the girl’s field; she finished 1st girl and 2nd overall, a full minute ahead of the next place girl. Another great result for Joseph Stone coming 4th boy and Sam Annison and Leo Hackett battled each other hard to the finish with Sam pipping Leo at the line to claim 16th boy, Leo finishing 17th . Ted Parker came 27th boy.”

Harry Cliffe put in a sterling performance and was first back in the U9s category. Charlie Pickens also ran exceptionally well to finish 2nd in the U13s category.

Clougha Pike-Charlie Pickens, Harry Cliffe and Clara McKee (Credit TBC)

There were other strong performances with George McFie (8th) and Thomas McKee (9th) in the U13s section and Elija Peers-Webb (9th) and Tom Owen (11th) in the U15s.

Leo and Sam racing to the finish – Woodentops

CVFR also seen good results at the BOFRA juniors event this week with Charlie and Ollie Pickens going up to do the Hawkswick Dash. It was a long hard hill for the U12s but the U14s then had to navigate a brutal climb with scree that caused problems for some. Charlie Pickens came 1st in U14s and Ollie Pickens came 11th boy in U12s.

Ollie Pickens at the junior BOFRA (Credit: Cali Pickens)