Junior hoops make it look easy at Cock Howe

Our junior fell running community headed to Chop Gate in the Esk Valley, North York Moors on Saturday 25th March for the Cock Howe Classic, first counter in the FRA English Junior Fell Championships. What started as a seed of an idea for Esk Valley Fell Club in early 2016 was realised with 206 of England’s top fell running talent competing in four races for age categories under 9 to under 21. The weather was booked back in 2016 and did not fail to deliver with warm sunshine from dawn till dusk. The four courses were all suitably tough recognising their championship status, with all well beyond the A-standard in senior terms, though to see the juniors in action they made fell running look very straightforward.

one happy Sam with his medal

First off was the under 9s with another great run from Sam Anniston who placed 3rd boy and won a very nice bronze medal. A great start to his championships. In the under 11s it was another bronze medal for the red and white hoops of Charlie Pickens who ran exceptionally well. With team mates George McFie (13th), Thomas McKee (17th), Ollie Pickens (44th), Finley Canning (52nd) and Wynn Standish (54th) in this age group the hoops were very well represented indeed. In the girls under 11s Fearne Hanson had a stormer to take 5th place and just outside medal contention. Next time Fearne.  

With some of his team mates representing West Yorkshire in the County Cross Country champs Patrick Casey knew he would have to run very well to take advantage in getting some well in earned points in the under 13s race. A silver medal was his for 2nd place and he was only denied the gold by 9 seconds. Outstanding racing by Patrick. Well done young man.

In these highly competitive races in the under 15s Eilo Beesley raced hard to place 23rd with Ruby McFie in 51st place. Stepping up into the under 17s Lucas Greenwood works hard to get a good placing with a top 50 spot this time.