Har­ri­ers trio take fell county ti­tles

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

ATH­LET­ICS STEVE DUXBURY THE Lan­cashire Coun­try Fell Cham­pi­onships took place on Saturday as part of the Pen­dle Fell races, from Bar­ley where sev­eral Har­ri­ers won medals and county ti­tles went to Evie Tay­lor, Cal­lum David­son and vet­eran Ken Tay­lor.

There were races for U9s up­wards and Rossendale’s first medals of the day went to Lily Ed­mond­son and Elsie Hay­garth who won Sil­ver and Bronze in the U11s race af­ter fin­ish­ing 11th and 12th in the 44 strong field.

Each ju­nior age group used the same out and back route from Bar­ley vil­lage start­ing with a sharp grassy climb but as­cend­ing pro­gres­sively higher up Pen­dle for the older ath­letes.

In the U13s race Joe Orm­rod couldn’t get on terms with Bar­lick’s Ja­cob Reed­lay but he should be pleased with his sec­ond place and Sil­ver medal af­ter just over 15 min­utes of rac­ing.

Evie Tay­lor went one bet­ter as she stormed to vic­tory to take Gold with over a minute to spare over her near­est ri­val, a very im­pres­sive per­for­mance es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing she fin­ished in fourth place over­all.

The U15s had an­other 50 me­tres of climb­ing to com­plete in their race as the weather turned wet and windy but there was an­other suc­cess for Rossendale’s Joe Ho­p­ley who was un­lucky to miss out on the Sil­ver medal as he trailed Bar­lick’s Jack Vil­liers by just seven sec­onds at the fin­ish. Jack Smith also ran and matched his brother Billy’s ninth place in the U13 race.

In the U17s race Lan­cashire cross coun­try cham­pion Joel Tay­lor was look­ing to add the Fell ti­tle to his col­lec­tion but he couldn’t catch Lan­caster & More­cambe’s Matthew Knowles af­ter a tus­sle on the up­hill sec­tion.

Kur­tis Mit­ton took a de­served Bronze medal for the Har­ri­ers and Lau­ryn Gregg fin­ished as first fe­male, although she doesn’t qual­ify for the county. Lily Hay­garth also took Bronze.

The se­nior course in­volves a climb to within sight of the sum­mit, de­scend­ing ap­prox­i­mately 100 me­tres to the base of the steep east face of Pen­dle be­fore as­cend­ing to the sum­mit trig point at 577 me­tres.

Cal­lum David­son was one of the pre race favourites but in­juries had cur­tailed his re­cent fell rac­ing and he had to set­tle for third place be­hind Pud­sey & Bram­ley’s Rob Hope and Black­burn’s Steven Snape.

How­ever Cal­lum also walked away with a Gold for first placed U23.

Dave Hay­garth was the next best placed har­rier in 31st po­si­tion over­all, closely fol­lowed by Mark Bar­rett and Ben Kirk­man also had a fine run to take Sil­ver in the U19 cat­e­gory in 41st place.

Min­nie Tar­gett won Sil­ver in the women’s U19 ●● Ben Kirk­man cat­e­gory plac­ing 73rd over­all from the field of 177 runners and Ken Tay­lor took Gold medal in the vet­eran 70 cat­e­gory to add to his cross coun­try ti­tle ear­lier in the year.

Else­where on the fells in the Ken­dal Win­ter League at El­ter­wa­ter on Sunday, 16 year old Ben For­rest se­cured the U21 ti­tle for the se­ries and Ben Kirk­man, in his sec­ond race in two days, won third place over­all. ●● Evie Tay­lor ●● Joe Orm­rod

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