Spellbinding fun for juniors @ Pendle Hill

Look Jude and Elio - no shoes on. Ruby and Matilda doing well. www.woodentops.org.uk

Look Jude and Elio – no shoes on. Ruby and Matilda doing well. www.woodentops.org.uk

It was mud glorious mud that awaited the 374 junior racers at the ever popular spellbinding Pendle Hill over in Red Rose country. This year it was the second of the FRA Junior English Championships with 16 Calder Valley Fell Runner travelling to Lancashire to compete.

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Martin flying along. www.woodentops.org.uk

In the under 18s race it was Jack Denton who showed improvement from the first race at Errwood Hall by coming 6th out of 24 runners competing in his age category. Next up was gritty competitor Martin Howard and he had a good result placing 11th out of 52 in the under 16s. The club had no juniors competing in the under 14s but the under 12s are going strong with Maddy Smith 16th girl, Elio Beesley 21st and Jude Baldero 30th out of 89. The mud was very testing for Elio and Jude as they both lost a shoe and had to carry on running without them … Jude never found his! Another great run from the talented trio James Duffy (5th), Billy Blacker (6th) and Alex Duffield (10th) in the under 10s out of a good field of 74 runners and Matilda Baldero who always works hard was 18th under 10 girl. Full junior results here.