2 of Calder Valleys racing snakes braved the weather on Sunday to compete in the next round of the Kendal Winter League organise by Lakeland Club Helm Hill. In what were very testing conditions, the race more akin to a cross country than true fell, was based around Gigglsewick School near Settle. Patrick Casey has had a good solid start to his racing year placing 7th in the under 13s race. Will Hall’s 5th place was an exceptional result as this is his first year as an under 15s. With the changes in the age categories last year to be in line with all UKA Will is one of the younger lads in his age category as he doesn’t actually turn 13 until November.
A bitterly cold morning saw a collection of hardy juniors take on the Stanbury Spash at Haworth on Sunday, gathering in the forsaken quarry at Penistone Hill for the off.
A gritty performance from Ted Parker was rewarded with a top 10 finish in the U9s. Sam Annison, in his first U11s race, came in at 11th with Ollie Pickens at a hard fought for 12th. In the U13s Fearne Hanson got a well-deserved 9th in her first year in this age group whilst Patrick Casey stormed to 2nd, despite his run at the Winter Handicap the day before.
It was the first race in the Kendal winter League at Scout Scar where Will Hall showed no after effects from his christmas celebrations or moving up to a new age category. He placed 3rd in the under 15s in a very competitive field. Will had a proper battle with Henry Hunter where the two super young runners, neither of which was prepared to give an inch, battled it out to the finish line with Henry just taking 2nd spot by 1 second. First home for the local hosting team of Helm Hill was Ollie Sanders. Patrick Casey had a good start to his campaign placing 8th in the under 13s. Will Hall and James Duffy, who was running in his road club colours, had been in action the day before at the Yorkshire cross country at Lightwater Valley. Will placed an excellent 13th with James only a few places back in 22nd. (Will number 12 and James who was going so fast he lost his hoops no 22)