BOFRA and English Champs

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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)

Potential new members places

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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

Cold, “Weet” and Windy

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.

Sedbergh toughie

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.

Pickens loves a BOFRA

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.

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