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

Juniors enjoying “lockdown lifted” fun

It’s no wonder Calder Valley’s juniors continue to go from strength to strength with such local stars to inspire them.  With the help of enterprising CVFR lads and dads have enjoyed running safely once local restrictions eased.

on the rock – l to r – Joe Stone, Alastair Stone, Lance Parker, Ted Parker and Harry Cliff

Ben Cliff, a CVFR stalwart said: ‘Once lockdown lifted to run together, Ted Parker, Joe Stone and Harry Cliff have been running together with their dad’s weekly where possible. Many runs were new routes to the lads as we explored new areas for the juniors such as High Brown Knoll and Lumb falls, Jumble Hole and Norland Moor. The runs were great as the lads got out and chatted about playing fortnite whilst all the dads shared war stories about home schooling. Most runs included a rope swing where possible!

CVFR’s Harry, Ted, Lance and Ben on lads and dads run

Not to be outdone, Calder’s younger junior girls also got in on the action with Georgie Illstone, Ishbel Symington and Lottie Cliffe completing some epic river ‘runs’ including up Colden clough. The future is definitely bright…

CVFR juniors cooling off – l-r – Lottie, Georgie and Ishbel

Publicity Officer: Eileen McDonach 

Keeping fit at the park runs

In the Centre Vale Park Run this Saturday, it was also another great set of results for the CVFR juniors, with Charlie Pickens, Tom Owens, Thomas McKee & Oliver Pickens running strongly again to take 6th, 8th, 13th & 17th overall, plus first, second, third & fourth. respectively in the 11-14-year-old age category. The race organisers had chosen to focus on women for international women’s day  – who make up nearly half of all park run competitors – & correspondingly under 10 runner Clara McKee finished first girl & indeed woman again in 15th place overall

Junior Rota 25 Feb – 31 March


25th FebAndy, Richard, GarethKaren, Sarah
3rd MarchAndy, Richard, Jackie, Di, Thirza, Ben
10th MarchAndy, Richard, Di, Ben, Karen
17th MarchAndy, Richard, Gareth, Jackie, Ben, Karen
24th MarchAndy, Gareth, Di, Al?Thirza, Ben
31st MarchAndy, Al, Richard, Jackie, DiThirza, Ben