Covid19 Junior sessions update March 2021


First of all, the coaching team hope that you are all well, glad to be back at school (parents?!) and have been able to keep running and fitness levels up.
Following the recent government’s schedule for easing lockdown number 3, both the junior coaches committee and the club committee, as a whole, met last week.
Regarding the juniors, there was unanimous agreement that the priority needed to continue to be keeping everyone safe, and so we have a provisional plan to resume Tuesday evening training sessions only when full restrictions are lifted on 21st June. If we are able to do so earlier than this, then we will make a further announcement. Some people may feel that we could potentially resume the Tuesday evening training sooner than this, however the club and coaches agreements incorporated all the issues of keeping runners, helpers, coaches, MCC staff and the public safe, as well as allowing time for all adults (hopefully) to obtain the vaccine.
The very good news is that the resumption of races are beginning to be discussed. We hope – once we have a clearer idea of the calendar – to be able to put out an abridged junior champs list (possibly 6 – 8 races). If the easing of lockdown goes to the proposed schedule, then we hope that we can incorporate the champs between late June and late September. We may also have the scope to continue Tuesday night training sessions all through the usual summer break, to get everyone race-fit again!
Take care all and keep running!
The Junior Coaching Team

Juniors enjoying “lockdown lifted” fun

It’s no wonder Calder Valley’s juniors continue to go from strength to strength with such local stars to inspire them.  With the help of enterprising CVFR lads and dads have enjoyed running safely once local restrictions eased.

on the rock – l to r – Joe Stone, Alastair Stone, Lance Parker, Ted Parker and Harry Cliff

Ben Cliff, a CVFR stalwart said: ‘Once lockdown lifted to run together, Ted Parker, Joe Stone and Harry Cliff have been running together with their dad’s weekly where possible. Many runs were new routes to the lads as we explored new areas for the juniors such as High Brown Knoll and Lumb falls, Jumble Hole and Norland Moor. The runs were great as the lads got out and chatted about playing fortnite whilst all the dads shared war stories about home schooling. Most runs included a rope swing where possible!

CVFR’s Harry, Ted, Lance and Ben on lads and dads run

Not to be outdone, Calder’s younger junior girls also got in on the action with Georgie Illstone, Ishbel Symington and Lottie Cliffe completing some epic river ‘runs’ including up Colden clough. The future is definitely bright…

CVFR juniors cooling off – l-r – Lottie, Georgie and Ishbel

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