In the Limestone Dales at Malham, where caves go deep and Malham Cove rises high, the future stars of fell running took part in the 3rd English championship races. First off at Kirby Malham was our youngsters in the under 8s category with recent recruit Thomas McKee placing 12th in 5mins 16sec. Wynn Standish is making steady improvements in his running and was just under 1 min behind Thomas as he took 30th spot.
The under 10s got off to a speedy start with Patrick Casey placing 6th in 8mins 9sec. Charlie Pickens sneaked into the top 20 with a fine 18th place in a time of 8mins 33secs. He had to give it his all as George McFie was hot on his fell shoes coming 5 seconds behind him in 23rd place. Good consistent running saw Tom Owen in 52nd place in 9mins 38secs, Fearne Hanson in 56th place in 9mins 52 secs and Ben Hodgkinson 64th in a time of 10mins 21secs.
It was a blur of red and white as the under 12s set off at a right lick and with only 28 seconds separating the first four Calder back it’s a good job they didn’t hang around. James Duffy took the spoils placing 6th in 10mins 55secs. Only 5 seconds later was William Hall in 8th then a further 5 seconds after him was Billy Blacker in 12th place. Eilo Beesley was only 13 seconds behind Billy in 15th place secuing a time of 11 mins 18secs. If there was team prizes in the junior events we would certainly be scooping them up. Beth Blacker placed a good 52nd and 12th girl in a time of 13mins 1sec. Maya Brunt had one of her best races being only 5 seconds behind Beth and 13th girl on the day. A good run and 74th place and 27th girl for Ruby McFie in 15mins 22 secs.
Lucas Greenwood was again the sole representative in the under 14s and ran well to take 42nd place in this tough age category in a time of 16mins 33secs. Unlucky for some but not for Matt Murray’s 13th place in the under 18s in a time of 31mins 3secs