Whernside success for Joe


Some juniors were in action in the Great Whernside fell race near Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales which incorporated the Yorkshire. Fantastic routes out on the beautiful scenic fells. As always, they did the club proud.

Joe looking very chuffed with his run to get a Yorkshire medal

Under 9s – 40 m ascent – Ishbel Symington 1st girl, 4min 20sec 
Under 11s – 1km with 80m ascent – Mani Kaler 3rd boy, 7min 12sec  
Under 13s – 1.8km with 130m ascent – Joe Stone 3rd boy and Yorkshire Bronze Medal Winner in 9min 48sec and Ted Parker 10th boy   in 12min 40secs

Mani looking good on the climb

Yorkshire Medals only awarded for under 13s upwards but our younger juniors enjoyed the thrill of receiving their prizes.  





Bradwell – Yorkshire Junior Championships:

Saturday, 10th July saw many of CVFR’s younger members in action at the Yorkshire Junior Championship’s Tour of Bradwell (TOB) event – with different length races for the various age groups.

As usual, competition was stiff, but the red & white pocket rocket, Clara McKee, left the rest of the field for dust. She won the 2.3km U13 girls’ race, with its tough 173m of climb, in 13.31 – more than 1 minute 20 seconds faster than the second placed girl, & nearly half a minute faster than any of the boys in her age category.

Also running strongly for the girls – & another one to watch the future – Ishbel Symington placed second in the under 9 girls’ 1km (68m ascent) race. Ishbel reports having ‘felt like giving up on the second hill’ but being glad she didn’t. She was ‘so pleased to finish nearly half a minute ahead of the third placed female U9 runner in 6 minutes 33 seconds.

Ishbel improving with each race – photo courtesy of Florence Symington

In the boys’ races, U11’s Mani Kaler ran well against a strong line-up to finish the 1.7km (122m ascent) race in 22nd place after unfortunately twisting his ankle. In the U13’s Ted Parker flew the red & white striped flag, running the 2.3km race in a little over 23 minutes, & placing 27th against some stiff competition. In the U15 races, Thomas McKee ran strongly to cross the line in this 4.7km race (complete with 275m of climb) in 25:05 minutes, placing a very credible 5th overall.

Elijah storming to a top 10

The U17’s race a full route of 7km, complete with a lung-busting 367m of climb. Calder Valley’s Elijah Peers Webb ran exceptionally well to clinch 9th place in the boys’ race, completing this difficult course against some exceptionally talented runners in 36 minutes and 13 seconds. Euan Logue was the second placed CVFR U17, finishing around four minutes after his teammate to place 17th overall.

Skyline and trails

And they’re off

At the local Shepherds Skyline fell race from Lumbutts in Tod  there were some excellent results from our Calder Valley Juniors. The races are great as they go out onto the open fell with some of the older kids climbing what is known as “The Wall” which is a steep grassy banking. All kids are guaranteed to get muddy but that’s part of the fun of the fells.  Ishbel Symington had a fabulous run and took 1st place in the girls U9s with her team mates Holly Cotterill placing 8th and Eliza Anderson in 9th.  Harry Cliffe took 3rd place in a competitive field in the U11s with Rowan Cotterill having a good run placing 6th. Noah De Wit was 2nd boy in the U13s with the ever consistent Ted Parker taking 7th. Third place for Wynne Standish in the U15s with  Euan Logue was 1st in the U17s and James Aitken in 3rd. 

Lakeland Trails Helvellyn 5k

Di with her daughter Emilia

Calder Valley’s, Emilia Wright, was 2nd Lady and 8th overall (96 runners) in the Lakeland Trails Helvellyn 5k race in a time of 26mins 12s. An amazing result for a 16 year old!!! It was an on and off road race in the Helvellyn foothills from Glenridding.  Weather conditions were typical for the Lake District in November – strong winds and heavy rain.


Chocolates Galore

Calder Valley Fell Runners – 11th October 

Closer to home and in far more pleasant conditions, Sunday 8th October, saw a group of red & white hooped runners enjoying the Autumnal sunshine around Brontë Country at the well-organised Within’s Skyline fell race. The 6.2-mile race, with its 820ft of ascent, takes in a steep climb and plenty of bogs, as racers slog up to Top Withins, before enjoying some fast downhill trails back to Penistone Hill, via the famous Brontë Bridge.

Our amazingly talented juniors – photo courtesy of Woodentops

Whilst provisional results had yet to be published on going to press, this year, Phil Wells was the first CVFR over the line in 22nd place overall. He was followed Tristan Watson in 52nd place, with veteran runners Andrew Davies & Anthony Costello respectively 63rd & 74th overall, & Andy Smith the fifth CVFR to complete the course in 120th place overall.