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English Schools Fellrunning Championships 2011-Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Lewis takes Championship title.

A handful of Holmfirth Harriers (running for a number of local schools) made the three hour journey to Cockermouth in Cumbria this weekend joining over 400 runners from years 7 to 13 to take part in this year's school Fell championship races.  The challenging courses were set at the maximum allowable distance and climb for each of the age groups and went up and around The Hay.  Nearby fells were mostly covered in low cloud and the runners in a light mist were unconcerned as they focused on the job in hand.

First off for our travellers were Lewis Byram (year 9) and Daisy Smith (year 8) in the year89 category with 3 miles and 816 feet to go.  Lewis determined as ever from the off kept a good strong pace on the climb to the half way turning point.  As he rounded the moor battling a headwind his hard work was paying off with no one near enough to trouble him greatly, it was no surprise to then see him flying down the finishing straight to take the championship title in a tremendous time of 20.05.  Meanwhile Daisy was making good steady progress to the turn and would also have a great run back to finish 32nd in a time of 30.32.

Year 10 and 11 boys and girls were next to go with Ruby Sykes and Robert Hinchliffe (year11s) and Eddie Hinchliffe (year 10).  Their course was over 4 miles with a rise of 859 feet and took in a particularly steep muddy slope down through the woods before another steep climb back to join the year 89 finishing straight.  Another quality field with a good number of very experienced runners the pace was fast and furious from the claxon.  Doubting his younger brothers’ cautious pacing tactics Robert pulled away on the climb out but was to pay later as Eddie slipped past and proceeded through the field to secure a commendable 25th place in 32.58, his longest race to date.  Robert also ran strongly and made up several places on the run back to finish 28th in 33.41. Hot on their heels was Ruby running very strongly and enjoying the mud she powered home as 12th girl in a time of 37.53.

A great day, lots of wet muddy kit and ample time for analysis and reflection on the journey home.
Ann Smith












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