Luckily the mist cleared to provide perfect running conditions at the very popular Ilkley Moor Fell Race with these races providing excellent tough courses for all ages groups. Fondly known as the “racing snakes” group this was the first championship race for Calder Valleys junior who enjoy going to races. The race distances for each group are different according to the age category, with it being shorter for the younger ones up to longer distances and more climbing for the older ones.
Our top performance on the day was from Harry Cliff who stormed the Under 9sto get a very assured first place in 3mins 31 seconds and new course record. His team mate, in the same age category, Rafe Dobson placed a great 8thin 3min 58secs.
Other excellent runs from the following:
In the under 11s Joseph Stone was 5th in 7min 14secs; 14th Sam Annison 7min 35secs and only 5secs behind in 15th Leo Hackett, 23rd Ted Parker 8min 13secs; In the under 13s 5th place for Charlie Pickens in 6mins 30secs and 9th George McFie in 6mins 42 secs, 16th Ollie Pickens 7min 24secs, 6th girl and 19th overall Olivia Falkingbridge 7min 31secs, 21st Wynn Standish 7min 45secs, 9th girl and 25thoverall Fearne Hanson 7min 51secs, 20th girl and 43rd overall Eve Dobson 9mins 10secs; Under 15s Alex Duffield placing 7th in 13min 56 secs, 9th Elijah Peers-Webb 14min 12sec and 13th but not unlucky Tom Owen in 14min 46secs, 21st Leo Illstone with his twin sister Evelyn placing 29th overall and 12th girl ; and in the under 17s Maya Brunt, 3rd girl and 11thoverall in 17min 07sec. Particularly impressive runs from Joseph Stone, Leo and Evelyn Illstone, Tom Owen and Maya Brunt as they’d each stepped up into the next age bracket.
A wonderful start to the season.
Reporter: Thirza Hyde