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Hall and Cairess bag bronze in mountains
Emile Cairess (Bingley) and James Hall (Wharfedale) both won bronze as five local juniors represented England in the British & Irish Mountain-Running Junior International at Aberfoyle in the Trossachs.
Local rival Sam Convery was 14th behind Emile in the under-16s. Zara Knappy (Keighley & Craven) was seventh in a strong under-19 girls race.
Hall missed second in the under-19 boys on the nod to Wales’ Nathan Jones.
Lucy Williamson (Ilkley) donned her first England vest, coming 11th in the under-16 girls race.
Lucy’s club-mate and fellow international, Tom Adams, won Sunday’s Kirkstall 7 ahead of 240 runners. His time of 35min 44sec over 6.7 miles of trails was well ahead of Andy May (Valley Striders, 37:58) and the fast-improving Peter Hopson (Bradford-Airedale), who was third in 39:41.
Rachel Pilling (Pudsey & Bramley) was leading lady in 44:42, with Skyrac’s Jenny Beaumont next in 46:20.
Dave Wilby navigated slippery conditions underfoot and low cloud at Little Langdale in the penultimate race of the Lakeland Classics series. He finished 35 seconds shy of Ambleside fell-running star Ben Abdelnoor, who posted a time of 2hr 5min 11sec. For much of the course, Wilby was leading and was first to the Lingmoor summit.
Skipton saw the third of its new Parkrun series, held at 9am each Saturday in Aireville Park, with a healthy 109 taking part. The three-lap course is part-woodland trail, part tarmac. Wharfedale’s Paul Crabtree held off York Acorn’s Michael Raynes for victory in 18min 59sec.
The previous Sunday’s Spen Greenway 10K saw fast times on the out-and-back former railway path from Cleckheaton. Holmfirth’s RIchard Anderson outsprinted Rothwell’s Martin Sanders to record 33min 44sec.
Host club Spenborough had four in the first 15. Kevin Ogden led them home in fourth (34:33), with Thomas Byrne (35:56), Martin Hall (37:54) and John Turpin (38:56) following.
Queensbury’s Darren Midgley (37:06) and Martin Firth (37:22) made the top ten. Ilkley’s Mark Hall (35:15) was first over-50.
Morpeth’s Sarah Graham (39:46) edged out Kimberworth’s Claire Spencer to be first lady. Performance of the day was by the first over-55, Denby Dale’s Lesley Leggett in 40:41.
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