10 Harriers took part in the first of four fixtures in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League.  This is the 3rd year running now that Settle have taken part in the league.

The race was held in Thorne Park, Wakefield, a difficult place to find but a good cross-country venue with some gentle climbs and descents along with some fast flat grassland sections.

Our 10 representatives ran really well against most of the top cross-country runners in Yorkshire. These races are a great way to develop speed and speed endurance in a period when there are less fell races taking place.

The Settle placings were…..

U11 Boys: 25th Douglas Segger-Staveley 5:59; 50th Oliver Sampson 6:39 (league debut)

U13 Boys: 15th Sebastian Segger-Staveley 11:13 

U15 Girls: 25th Honor Jeffrey 16:32

U15 Boys: 20th Thomas Marshall 16;15; 38th Harvey Stroh 18:45 

Senior Ladies : 31st Rachel Hill 24:22 (4th W40); 50th Grace Jeffrey 26:16 (9th U20)

Senior Men : 104th Josh Westwood 42:09; 162nd Chris Beesley (M60) 51:59


Well done to the 17 Settle Harriers juniors that took part in the Curly Wurly Rat Runs on the moors near Haworth on the 11th October.  These races are always popular with our juniors, not least because of the very generous goody bags provided to finishers and the legendary Curly Wurlies !

This was the last of our junior club championship races this year.  The final results of the championships will be kept secret though until the prize presentation evening to be held in late November.

There were some excellent performances from our juniors and we also had 4 runners in the senior Withins Skyline race.

The Settle Harriers results are shown below

Senior Race        
26 MIKE EGNER Settle 47:02 3rd M50
149 JILL ECCLESTON Settle 57:55 W40
153 CAROL EVANS Settle 58:07 W50
293 RICHARD HANDFORD Settle 76:36 M50


Under 8 Race        
5 RIO EGNER Settle 2:53 3rd Boy
14 LUCA DODGSON Settle 3:20 11th Boy
16 JACK SANDERSON Settle 3:23 12th Boy
17 CONNIE ECCLESTON Settle 3:25 5th Girl
27 TILLY CHENERY Settle 3:55 12th Girl
42 KIRSTEN WULF Settle 5:50 22nd Girl
U10, U12,U14 Race        
20 JOHN EGNER Settle 7:16 7th U12 Boy
41 ERIN CUMMINS Settle 7:50 7th U12 Girl
66 ARCHIE CLARK Settle 8:42 18th U10 Boy
82 OSCAR WULF Settle 9:03 22nd U10 Boy
97 PHOEBE HOLLIDAY-GILL Settle 9:45 14th U10 Girl
105 LAUREN EVANS Settle 10:07 15th U10 Girl
106 LOLA ASHTON-FITCH Settle 10:08 16th U10 Girl
108 MINNIE MILLS Settle 10:11 17th U10 Girl
110 IZZY ASHTON-FITCH Settle 10:20 19th U10 Girl
119 EMILY CROSSLEY Settle 10:43 10th U14 Girl
121 GRACE CHENERY Settle 10:57 24th U12 Girl

Saturday saw the annual FRA Fell Relays take place. Beautiful autumnal weather and a prolonged dry spell meant that Pendle was seen at its very best. After a couple of years off from doing the relays the Harriers managed to field two teams: a mens open and a female open.

We aimed to field our strongest teams possible and selection is always difficult, especially when last minute injuries have to be dealt with, non-the-less we got there. Clayton Harriers where the club behind the running and organisation of the relays and a brilliant job they did too, some 900 runners in total descending on the small village of Barley! Plenty of witches hats around the place as well.

The relay comprised of 4 legs; one and four being shorter and run as solo, here we had Josh and Jill on leg one and Matt and Angie on leg 4. Leg two was longer and done in pairs, so here we had Mike and Mark and Carol and Judy; while leg 3 was a navigation leg of similar length (14km) with Alex and Brian and Julia and Helen.
Position wise the men were 40th and the ladies 129th from 148, not sure of representative positions in class. Winners on the day were the super strong Calderdale, also interesting to see Bingley down in 8th place, no-longer the unstoppable team they used to be and like-wise for Borrowdale – an ageing team it seems, fielding only a male vet team, to their credit they won this! Full details appear on Sportident.
We’ll have to start plans for next year in good time as they’re north of the border…

Big thanks to Roger and Andy for getting us all sorted pre-race and on the day.