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.
West Nab Fell Race – English Junior Fell Championship 29/5/2021
Thomas, Trudi and Clara Modelling the new club vest
Holmfirth Harriers did a fantastic job of hosting one of the four English Junior Fell Championship races that will go ahead in 2021 with competitions at U9 level increasing in two-yearly increments up to U19s. Race distances go up by age category with U9s running over 800m increasing to 8.1km for the U19s.
Calder Valley has a burgeoning junior section and despite limitations of the current pandemic was represented at U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 age categories
Harry on his way to winning
West Nab was a great start to the year for the CVFR Juniors with some fast times and great finish positions for many of the young runners. The weather was superb – hot but manageable – and the terrain on and around Marsden Moor was dry in general but rocky in places.
The junior races were staggered with boys setting off first and girls three minutes later. All races had a good steady climb on the track up to Nab, across fields and down into Clough. Older age groups with extended race distances crossed the river to end with a steep, tough climb. The online registration process, staggered starts and orderly departure away from the finish line made for a well organised, safe event that went very smoothly.
Friends Ishbel & Lottie running hard
There were some exceptional results amongst the juniors with Ishbel Symington and Lottie Cliff coming in 3rd and 4threspectively in the U9s. Harry Cliff won the U11s boys race against a strong field and led pretty much from the start. Clara McKee had it all to do in the u13s girls race having to pick past the back markers in the boys wave to claim victory in her age category.
At U13 level, Joseph Stone, Leo Hackett and Ted Parker all had good runs and at U15 level, CVFR was represented by Olivia Falkingbridge, Charlie Pickens, Thomas McKee and Ollie Pickens. The club was well represented at U17 level by Tom Owen, Euan Logue and James Aitken.
The Seniors were also in action on the day. James Logue came in overall 6th position with both Trudi Entwhistle and Helen Flage having good runs.
– CALDER VALLEY NEWS REPORTER: MARC COLLETT