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.
– CALDER VALLEY NEWS REPORTER: TIM BROOKS
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.
Clara on her way to another win
Hawkswick Dash fell race set in the scenic drama of Littondale is one of the shortest, sharpest races in the fell racing calendar. At 2.25 km with 170 metres of climbing, the route starts on a gentle track before a sharp climb up to and along the ridge before a dramatic fast descent to the finish. This years race, as usual, featured both senior and junior races with a good stagger between age groups to allow an unclutter course and good dispersal at the finish. Calder Valley were well represented in the senior race with Shaun Godsman (7th in 12.48) and James Logue (15th in 13.51) coming in first in their age categories (MV45 and MV50) in a race won by Simon Bailey (Staffs Moorland in 11.48). A race of fine margins. Mark O’Connor (14.11), Steve Smithies (14.14) and Dave Hammond (17.48) all had good races making up a strong contingent for the red and white hoops.
Thomas placing a fantastic 4th in a competitive field
In the junior races, the stars of the show for Calder Valley were Clara McKee winning the U12 Girls race and Charlie Pickens coming in second in the U17 race and Thomas McKee just missing out on the podium in the U14 Boys. Calder Valley was also represented by James Aitken (U17) and Ollie Pickens (U14 Boys) who both had good races in their age groups.
Double 3 Peaks
Calder Valley Juniors are really proving their exceptional talent, determination and commitment to the fells. Sixteen year-olds Emilia Wright and JD Anderson-Martin set out to complete a remarkable run at the weekend attempting a Yorkshire Three Peaks (Y3P) double. That’s running the three big peaks in the county not once but twice with just a five 15-minute pit stops at Horton, Ribblehead and Hill Top along the way.
Looking happy Emilia and JD on Ingleborough
Conditions were spot on for the challenge – fine and not too hot – with the long, light days at this time of year being a real advantage. Emilia and JD started the traditional way round ascending the three peaks of Pen y ghent, Whernside, Ingleborough and then simply turned round and did it all again the other way.
Walkers aim to complete the Y3P challenge in under twelve hours. Emilia and JD took just 15.5 hours to run the three peaks route twice. A great achievement by the young runners.