With regret, we are going to have to cancel Settle Harriers junior training with effect from Tuesday 17th March.
This is a result of the new government guidelines issued on the 16th which advise against “non essential contact with others” and “unnecessary travel”.
The Fell Runners Association and England Athletics have also advised that club training nights, races and other club events  should not be held for the time being.
We will of course contact parents when it is considered “safe” to resume sessions again. 
 
Helm Hill have now announced that the remaining Kendal Winter League fixtures have been cancelled.
The Kettlewell FRA Junior Championships fixture on Sat 28th March has also been cancelled.
 
It’s probably safe to assume that unfortunately there will no more races until the government’s guidelines are eased.
 
Keep safe and best wishes,
 
Andy Evans
Junior Coordinator
Settle Harriers

The finalised Junior Club Championship fixture list can now be seen/downloaded at https://settleharriers.org/juniors-under-21s/junior-championship/ 

For those interested in the BOFRA series, their fixture list can now be viewed here  https://bofra.org.uk/racecalendar/

Details of forthcoming Junior Championships races are below.  Please check race websites regularly though as the list of fixtures cancelled due to coronavirus concerns is getting longer every day…. 

– The next KWL is next Sunday (22nd March) at Elterwater Common (in Langdale).  This one, held in a spectacular location, will be a counter for our Junior Club Championships.

– On the following weekend there are 2 fixtures that will count towards our championship – so juniors have a choice or they some may even opt for both !

Sat 28th March – FRA Junior Championships (Race 1) at Kettlewell.  The FRA Junior Champs races usually have larger fields than KWL races and the standard is higher at the front end of the fields.  So a good test for those of our juniors with high aspirations.  Kettlewell offers a testing course (but not quite as steep as the BOFRA races at Kettlewell later in the year).  Details at https://www.harrogate-harriers.co.uk/races/kettlewell-kaper

Sun 29 March – Helm Hill KWL.  This is the last scoring KWL of the season – so last chance for juniors to get in their 4 races or improve their league positions.  The courses are hilly but runnable – mainly on grassy tracks.

All the KWL information can be found at  http://www.helmhill.co.uk/ including location details & course maps. Please remember the rules about juniors carrying kit at each fixture (waterproof top, hat & gloves)

Please note that, after the 3 cancellations, juniors finishing 4 KWLs or more will receive a special medal and award from the League in April.

Congratulations to Seb and Dougie Segger-Staveley who represented North Yorkshire in the English Schools Cross-Country Championships in Liverpool on Saturday 14th March. Seb finished 67th in the Senior Boys race & Dougie 146th in the Junior Boys. Congratulations to them both for their runs and on their excellent cross-country seasons ! We also had at least 2 juniors (Jack Sanderson and Annabel Hinds) selected to represent their county schools teams in the Primary Schools and Year 7 National Schools Cross Country Championships due to held on the 20th March in Loughborough. Unfortunately this event has now been cancelled – but well done to Jack & Annabel (and any others) on their selections.

Earlier news: Congratulations to Seb Segger-Staveley who represented Yorkshire in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships held at Loughborough on the 7th March. Seb continued his excellent season by finishing 20th in the Under 17 Boys race. Seb was the first Yorkshire runner home.

Congratulations also to all those that run in the Cautley Spout KWL fixture on the 8th March. Looking at the results we had a big turnout of juniors and some excellent performances, including 2nd places for Charlotte & Jack, 4th places for Lucy and Annabel and a 6th for Karl.

KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE & JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
After 3 cancelled fixtures, the KWL resumed on the 1st March at Cunswick and 11 of our juniors took part.  See Jess’s report here Cunswick Kendal Winter League  This fixture was a counter towards our Junior Club Championships (fixture number 4). 
 
The next KWL fixture is on Sunday (8th March)  at Cautley Spout.  This one won’t count towards our junior club championships.  It is one of the steeper ones, probably not ideal for novices.
 
The next one after that is on Sunday 22nd March at Elterwater Common (in Langdale).  This one, held in a spectacular location, will be a counter for our Junior club championships.
 
All the KWL information can be found at  http://www.helmhill.co.uk/ including location details & course maps. Please remember the rules about juniors carrying kit at each fixture (waterproof top, hat & gloves)
 
Remember also that any juniors finishing 5 KWLs or more will receive a special medal and award from the League in April. This number is likely to be reduced due to the 3 recent cancellations.

We had a dry day at last, hurray!! Conditions were chilly and windy but good underfoot for this long course. Well done to the 11 juniors who braved the weather and all put in marvellous performances. The races got off to a very prompt midday start and all the U11s and U13s ran together in the first race. This gives a wonderful, huge field and also means that the age range is from 8-12, making pace judgment tricky. Our runners are really learning to run at a pace that works for them and it’s showing in each race. They were all amazing to watch, running with such determination.

A special mention this week goes to James Skeldon who ran in his first Winter League race and I’m sure had a smile on his face throughout, something we can all aspire to! Also well done to Ned Whittaker, our representative in the longer, tough U15 race and Annabel Hinds who finished 3rd in the U11 girls race.  Some photos are posted at the foot of this page – more are on the Settle Harriers Facebook page.

Settle Harriers results – juniors and seniors

U11 Girls      
3 Annabel Hinds 11:33
7 Mabel Whitaker 13:35
8 Francesca Bagot 13:36
       
U11 Boys      
6 Carl Sanderson 10:44
18 James Skeldon 12:25
25 Harry Gould 15:53
       
U13 Girls      
6 Lucy Bagot 11:11
16 Jessica Oakey 13:15
       
U13 Boys      
4 Jack Sanderson 09:05
15 Mack Bagnall 10:31
       
U15 Boys      
8 Ned Whitaker 18:11
Seniors        
77 Andy Evans MV60 44:36:00
87 Peter Ellwood MV50 46:11:00
88 Mark Charnley MV40 46:27:00
122 Ian Oakey MV40 54:10:00
128 Rachel Brummitt LV40 01:02:27