Denton’s Delight at England selection

JackDTalented sportsman Jack Denton has been selected for the England under 17s team to race in Italy later this month.
Jack, who lives near Midgley, is in the junior men’s team for the WMRA International Mountain Running Youth Cup in Arco di Trento on Sunday, June 29.
The 15-year-old will be wearing an England vest for the second time, having previously taken part in the Junior Home International Mountain Running Championships in Aberfoyle, Scotland, last September when only 14.
Crossley Heath School pupil Jack, whose next ambition is to run for Great Britain, is one of six junior men and five junior women in the England squad for Italy. The junior women will race over 3.9k with 220 metres of climbing, and the junior men will compete over 4.8k with 280 metres of ascent.
England’s junior men won silver in Gap, France, last year when they didn’t field a junior women’s team.
Jack staked his claim for a place in the team with victory in the Inter-Counties race at Witton Park, Blackburn last month. However, he had an anxious wait for confirmation that he would be selected because there is an age guideline of 16 for overseas events.
Jack started his running career on the track at Halifax Harriers as an eight-year-old.
He took part in the local Alice’s Run at that age, running alongside his father, and has been a member at Calder Valley Fell Runners since 2006. His junior coach was Alistair Whitelaw and his coach for the last year has been Graeme Woodward.
His inspiration is Yorkshire’s Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, the Olympic triathlon medal winners who run for Bingley Harriers.
Jack has other sporting interests. He has played at lock for Crossley Heath’s Yorkshire Cup-winning rugby union side and is a midfielder for Todmorden Sports Centre JFC Under 15s, who have had a string of cup and title wins.
He is also trying to earn his Duke of Edinburgh silver award and so is helping coach young runners at Calder Valley FR on Tuesday evenings.

juniors battle it out for points at Saddleworth

the boys do battle for points ....

the boys do battle for points ….

While the seniors in the club were in the Lakes the juniors members were doing their racing for club points over at Saddleworth. In the under 16s junior star Jack Denton continued his “golden time” with a win but was pushed all the way by his friend and ever improving team mate Martin Howard with only 11 seconds dividing them. The under 10s race was the best attended with over half of the field being from Calder Valley. Jude Baldero managed to sneak in by 2 seconds in front of  Eilo Beezley with similar times dividing William Hall and James Duffy. Only another 4 seconds adrift was Billy Blacker with his sister Beth hot on his heels. Edward Hall only a further 3 seconds behind them.  In the under 8s race finishing neck and neck were Matilda Baldero and Connor Glyde. Matilda took maximum points being the fastest girl.

Coiners has record turn out

On a sunny bank holiday Monday the sport of fell running certainly looks healthy as a record turn out of 367 juniors raced at The Junior Coiners Fell Race. The routes are designed to test all ages with good hill climbs, moorland and fast descending. Calder Valley juniors did us proud with some top results and as you’ll see form the gallery of photos (courtesy of wood heads) they had a great day. All the results can be found on on the race page here.