CVFR Juniors celebrate 10th Birthday in style

Anniversary 1Ten years ago on the 27th June back in 2006 Calder Valley Fell runners junior section came into existence. Largely it was the response by one parent to their sons weekly pleas of “when are they starting a junior club dad” that lead to 4 young lads and three willing adults being there at the very first training session. From small seeds grow big things and over the proceeding 10 years since that first session well over 500 children have been passed through of the club. Some have come and gone others have stuck with it but one thing is for sure everyone of them has had fun running on the local hills around Mytholmroyd.

Anniversary 3In those ten years we have seen junior runners win medals in English Championships, be crowned English Champions, earn vests running for England in Home Internationals and also represent Great Britain in the World Mountain Running Championships as well as earning the ultimate accolade of pulling on the Yorkshire vest and running for their county.

So with that kind of history Calder Valley weren’t going to let the 10th anniversary go by without marking it in some way. And what better way than to organise a 10 mile run.

The run was to be a social affair with old and young alike with present day members and runners from over the years taking part.

IMG_1383So at 9.30 on Sun 26th June over 50 runners set off from Mytholmroyd Community Centre car park heading for Stoodley Pike. The weather wasn’t sure what it was going to do but as the runners returned over Erringden Moor it made its mind up and the sun came out to shine on the day. Once off the moor the group headed back to Mytholmroyd to cross the valley bottom at Hawksclough Bridge. However before setting off on the second half of the route the group were treated to home made cakes and biscuits on the bridge made by non running parents. This watering stop made an ideal point for some runners to leave the birthday celebration and for others to join in. After properly refuelling the second climb of 1000 feet of the day began as the route took the club through Red Acre Woods – the scene of the first ever session 10 years previously, up past the golf course above Heights Road around part of the Calderdale Way before running back along the skyline to the Sheepstones Trig point, where the group enjoyed a wonderful laid out picnic again provided by and carried up by more parents.

After this all that was left to do was to run the final downhill mile back into Mytholmroyd and to warm applause from waiting parents back at the start some 3 hours after setting off.

Anniversary 2It was a great way to mark a big birthday. Here’s to many more years of junior fun and success. We might just have to do the whole thing again in another 10 years time.

Parents and juniors alike thought it would be a fitting tribute to Alistair Whitelaw for all his hard work over the last 10 years. He’s helped kids to enjoy the delights of the fells and this in turn has helped many of them grown in confidence. Al was presented with a book which had photos and comments from lots of the juniors on why they love fell running so much. He also received some sports vouchers to go and treat himself to something nice.

Come celebrate our 10th anniversary …..

junior 10 yearsCalder Valley juniors is TEN years old this month.

It’s been good fun all the way and in order to celebrate we can’t think of anything more appropriate than going for a run. The full route is of course 10 miles, one mile for each year.

The route starts at MCC and takes in Stoodley Pike which has been a long term aim of all the juniors across the years “can we run to Stoodley” well finally it’s YES we can. It takes in various Coiners race routes to get there and then returns picking up bits of the annual junior handicap race. We then come back through Mytholmroyd across the old bridge and then climb up to where the Reservoir Bogs race used to start from and then back along the skyline to Sheeptones and back down to MCC. Exactly 10 miles.

We will be treating it as a big group run, its not a race just a nice steady bimble with friends, we will stick together but even so it will be too far for a lot of you.

We want it to feel inclusive and we want everyone who wants to be part of it to be able to be part of it. That’s what the club is about afterall. So Al has run the route and worked out some timings and distances which are listed below along with the map and should help people to know which bits they can do.

We aim to start at 9.30 on Sun 26th June from MCC car park.

CVFR_juniors_10The timings below are approximate but should give a good enough guide so people can meet us and join in or drop out as necessary.

Arrive at Stoodley Pike between 10 – 10.15am. – 2.75 miles to Stoodley.
Arrive at Wood Hey Road between 10.30 – 10.45am – 5.12 miles to here.
Arrive at the bridge in Mytholmroyd between 10.45 – 11.00am – it’s 6 miles done by then. (We will have a water station and biscuits/small buns here just to pep up the ones who are doing 10 miles as they will need to refuel)

So from the above you can do 6 miles or if you wanted to meet us at Stoodley you would run just 3.25 (downhill) miles or you could meet us at Wood Hey road and save yourselves a full 5.12 miles or bail out there and only do that 5.12 miles. Hopefully you can see the various options unfolding.

Arrive at Heights Rd between 11.00 – 11.15am – its 7 miles to here.
Arrive at Sheepstones between 11.15 – 11.30am – 8.6 miles by then (where we hope to have a picnic)

We should be back at MCC by 11.45 – 12.00noon.

So you could do all of the first loop then rest for a while and rejoin at Sheepstones for the last bit if you do the second loop then you will do 4 miles. Most of our juniors will be able to do the second loop but to make it easier still join in at Heights Rd and run just 3 miles. Lots and lots of options for you.

We are hoping that everyone who wants to be part of this will at the very least be able to be at Sheepstones for the last 1.5 miles downhill romp.

It would be great if we can have support along the way from any parent or junior who can cheer folk on and more importantly sort out refreshments. Please let me know what part you can play in making the day a success. (Alistair Whitelaw:

Here’s to the next 10 years but we might have to convert to km for that one.