Storming the park runs

CVFR’s junior racers, this week was more about park runs with Storm Ciara battering the fells.  At the Centre Vale Park Run in Todmorden, Harry Cliff ran a personal best, finishing the 5km in an impressive 22:47 – 12th overall & winning the under 10s race by half a minute. Calder Valley’s Leo Hacket also raced well in his very first parkrun to finish 3rd Under 10 in 23:23. For the red & white seniors, both Elliot Corner & Marc Collet (who also ran a PB) were first in their respective age categories (4th & 36th respectively). Slightly further afield, at the Watergrove Parkrun, U14 Calder Valley runner, Oliver Pickens crossed the line over 3 minutes before any of the other junior runners with a strong time of 24:47.

Harry Cliff & Leo Hackett at Centre Vale Park Run

Covid19 Juniors cancelled


We had hoped to resume training on Tuesday nights, however the new regulations and return to gatherings of groups with a maximum of six, has meant that we are currently unable to. We, as coaches and helpers, are as disappointed by this as you obviously are.
We appreciate that the rules can be confusing, so we can offer some further explanation, as follows:
Unfortunately, we cannot be classified under one of the exempt groups of organised team sports. It seems that this exception was designed to accommodate those football, rugby and cricket teams primarily, so that they could continue with their renewed league programmes. It does not include larger running club training groups.
Whilst our seniors are hoping that they can continue to keep everyone safe by having leaders of groups of a maximum of 6, meeting in dedicated areas of the car park, we believe that this would be very difficult to achieve in the same way for the junior group. We don’t know how many runners we can expect each Tuesday night; we have to have one qualified level 2 coach attached to each group running out; we also have parents and parent helpers to factor into the numbers; we have to manage an often busy and challenging car park with a majority of children under 10; and we ahve to consider the needs of other community centre users.
However, the most important thing is that we need to keep everyone safe and, in the context of increasing Covid-19 infection and  the various different shielding and distancing needs of everyone involved, we have decided as a committee, for the time being, that the risk of returning to training is currently too high.
We are going to continue to explore other options for managing risk and we will also review the decision every week going forward.
Stay safe
Andy Clarke, Junior Co-ordinator, on behalf of the CVFR Junior Committee

Calder’s Juniors shine in Leeds

CVFR’s junior talent was on display at the West Yorkshire schools cross country championships at Leeds grammar school on 1st February. The first 12 home were set to qualify for West Yorkshire at the national school XC champs.

Conditions were a little windy and cold but the rain stayed away to make perfect underfoot conditions, creating fast times and finishing the line with minimal mud. Races length ranged from 2.3km to 6km.

Calder Valley runners did extremely well running in their events with the best from West Yorkshire. In intermediate (year 10-11) girls and boys races both Amelia Wright and Elijah Webb both finished 18th in their races.

Emilia looking strong

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