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.

Junior Rota 7 Sept – 19 Oct


7th SeptAndy, Di, Richard
14th SeptAndy, Di, Richard, Jackie, GarethBen
21st SeptAndy, Di, Richard, Jackie, GarethThirza,
28th SeptAndy, Di, RichardBen
5th OctAndy, DiThirza,
12th OctAndy, Di, Richard, GarethThirza, Ben
19th OctAndy, Di, Richard, GarethThirza,

BOFRA’s Cracoe

On a scorching hot summer’s day 89 seniors and 129 juniors took part in this year’s Cracoe Fell Race last Sunday.  The race has a deceptively gentle start through fields with a trailer and wall to climb over, then the going becomes rough with ditches and tussocks to negotiate followed by a final short steep climb to the pinnacle, before returning to the start.   All in 2.6 miles.

Leap of faith

After racing in the FRA English Championships the day before, Calder’s James Logue won 1st V50 and 10th overall in 24:41.  CVFR club captain, Shaun Godsman was 4th in 23:10 behind winner, Simon Bailey (Mercia), Ted Mason (Wharfdale) and Brian Pennington (Howgills).


Harry, Leo & Lottie enjoying a well earned ice cream

Calder’s Harry Cliff got an excellent win in the highly competitive u12’s race beating Harry Carter of Ilkley by just 2 seconds.  Leo Hackett also did well coming 12th.  Harry’s sister, Lottie came 4th in the u9 girls race.  James’s son, Euan was 8th in the u17 race.