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)
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.
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.
Another good contingent of CVFR juniors braved a rather soggy morning to run in the Weets junior fell race at Barnoldswick.
The final stream crossing in the closing straight to the finish proved somewhat tricky to navigate with a fair number of runners coming a cropper over the course of the morning …..but all our juniors negotiated it well.
In the Under 9’s Harry Cliff finished strongly taking a clear victory ahead of some good local runners. Charlotte Cliff had the option of running in a rare Under 7 race but decided that she wanted to run in the bigger field of the U9’s. A great decision as she notched up her first top three girl’s finish and 14th overall.
Our three runners in the Under 11’s also ran very well, all finishing in the top 10 of 30+ strong field; Joseph Stone (5th), Sam Annison (6th) and Ted Parker (10th) – Ted opting part way through that given the conditions he’d be better off racing whilst holding his glasses. On finishing, Sam commented that despite the conditions he very much enjoyed the race!!
Excellent running from Charlie Pickens in the under 13s taking a 3rd place with George McFie bagging 5th place.
Under 15s saw Elijahs Peers Webb taking his first podium in a fell race with a fine 3rd place.
The bank holiday saw a good number of Calder Valley juniors head up to Sedburgh for the fourth in the series of the English FRA Champ races
It was a pretty soggy and slippy morning and following a walk of the U11 course Clara McKie came back with the words “Pure brutal”.
However not to be phased by this she put in another great performance, finishing 1st girl and 2nd overall. Sam Annison and Ted Parker also in the U11 race both finished strongly and came in consecutively at 12th and 13th places respectively. Asking them how it went the both simply said “It was hard”. It’s fair to say that this was Ted’s strongest performance of the season so clearly a runner that thrives on tough courses.
Harry and Charlotte Cliff represented CVFR in the U9’s. The course was the same as the other age groups but with an earlier switch back, so both had to tackle the initial “Cliff” like climb. Harry ran well and despite catching up with the eventual winner with every stride in the closing stages was pipped into 2nd place; the course just 50m too short for his final surge. Charlotte, probably the youngest in the field, was delighted with her finishers medal, finishing 7th girl. This was well deserved not only for merely tackling the course but for her tenacity in the closing stages to catch and fly past two other runners into closing funnel. She’s one to watch in the future.
In the U13s in a closely fought race it was 7th, 8th and 9th respectively for the flying hoops of Charlie Pickens, GeorgeMcFie and Thomas McKee. Ollie Pickens was 20th with Wynn Standish in 31stplace. Fearne Hanson placing 10th girl just held off her friend and team mate Olivia Falkingbridge with both of them having solid runs and showing improvement.
In the tough age group of the U15s Elijah Peers Webb (16th) and Tom Owen (17th) equipped themselves well getting top 20 places.
Juniors at Sedburgh
The juniors members of CVFR took part in the BOFRA races at Sedburgh gala over the weekend. Starting with a smallish U14 field for a straight out and back run up a steep hillside. Charlie Pickens, 5th place and 3rd boy, said “It was a fantastic race and I’d absolutely love to do another BOFRA”. Ollie Pickens also enjoyed it and snuck in to the top 20 in the U12s. Thoroughly recommending the race to all.