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Yorkshire Junior Fell Championships – Hellifield (6th August 2011)


Lewis ByramThe latest round in the Holmfirth Harriers’ junior fell championship was also the Yorkshire Championship, held as ever at the Hellifield Gala near Skipton. Eager to prove themselves against some of the best runners from the county, 20 juniors made the trip and although the weather tried to spoil the fun, the athletes were equal to the conditions and brought more success to the club.


As there was no U8’s race, first off in the rain were the U10’s. Running strongly just behind the leaders, Daniel Howatson was first back for the club, finishing 6th overall in 4.54. Shortly afterwards, Sunnivah Waterman led home the girls, finishing 11th overall in 5.03 – improving on last year by over 20 seconds & setting a new course record. A sprint finish saw George Hobbs home in 13th place, in a time of 5.12, ahead of the remainder of the team, Lewis Hodgson,  Elphina & Soljai Waterman (all U8’s) who ran well at the longer distance.


The U12’s race saw records fall for both boys & girls and against this stiff competition, Jimmy Burke had a great race over the 1.5 mile course to finish 5th overall in 8.41. Erica Byram put the disappointment of Sedbergh behind her and ran superbly to finish 8th overall & 2nd girl in 8.52, a time that also broke the previous record! Her sister Lucy was just behind, finishing 10th overall & 3rd girl in 9.03, ahead of Nicky Farquhar, Daisy Smith, Tiras Waterman & Fiona Hodgson.


Sunni WatermanThe U14’s race saw a 1-2 for Holmfirth - Lewis Byram led the 2 mile race from the start, finishing in 9.59, over 45 seconds ahead of Seth Waterman, 2nd boy in 10.46. Andrew Farquhar just missed out on a Yorkshire medal, finishing 5th overall & 4th boy in 11.39. Eddie Hinchcliffe was 8th overall in 12.08 & Sophie Spencer was 12th overall, 5th girl in 13.10.
Holmfirth had 2 representatives in the U16’s race – a gruelling 3 mile course over walls & fences. In another race where records tumbled, Eddie Hinchcliffe ran strongly to finish 8th overall in 20.13. Ruby Sykes also ran very well & was rewarded with a medal, finishing 3rd girl, 10th overall, in 23.02.


Not wanting to miss out, 5 seniors also turned out to contest the 3.5 mile race to The Haw and back. Fresh from winning last week’s English Championship race at Whittle Pike, current England international Katie Walshaw romped home, finishing 9th overall in 27.23, just ahead of Jonny Sykes, who was 11th overall, 2nd V40 in 28.01. Not to be outdone, Kath Farquhar took the FV40 prize, finishing 23rd overall in 30.55, just ahead of Phil Hobbs, 26th in 31.15 and Maggie Sykes, 33rd overall & 3rd FV40 in 31.57.


The weather didn’t dampen the fun with the usual gala attractions of sideshows, rides & sack races offering plenty for everyone. Spirits were further lifted by the presence of Michelle Keegan (who plays Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street) who signed autographs, posed for photographs & started all the races. The famous Woodentops chocolate throw-out was also in evidence, conducted by Norman & Hilary Berry (Holmfirth Harriers stalwarts & sponsors of the Yorkshire Championships), so everyone went home happy clutching more than enough chocolate for the journey!        


Next up for the juniors is the final English Championship race - the Viking Chase in the Cleveland Hills, where Holmfirth will be hoping to improve on their current 3rd place in the club standings.

 

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Welcome to the fell running section. If you have an aversion to tarmac and the prospect of scrambling up steep-sided hills and careering down the other side on paths mainly populated by nimble-footed sheep, come rain, shine or snow sounds like fun, then fell running is for you. Holmfirth Harriers has a long and glorious history of running on the fells. Recent individual achievements include three consecutive wins in the Old County Tops for Tom Brunt and a silver medal in the Yorkshire championships for Helen Berry. On the team front we have had a series of solid performances in the FRA relays and the Ian Hodgson. In the 2009 Calderdale Way Relay the women were 4th and the men equalled their best ever performance with a magnificent 3rd place.

 

 

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