Coniston Gullies Race Report
We had a record turnout for the first race back. It was even commented upon that Settle Harriers had a large contingent! Well done to everyone who turned up, put themselves on the start line and gave their all. After the last 12 months, it was a very brave thing to do…no one knew what it would feel like to race again, never mind take on one of the toughest BOFRA courses!
Dedication to the return to regular training paid off for Teddy and Nala Brearley who finished 5th boy and 10th girl in their first fell races. Sarah had posted some pre-race pics, and they definitely win the award for Race Day excitement! Also making their fell running debut were Calum (3rd) and Finlay (7th), running as unattached runners on Sunday but hopefully in green vests soon! Awesome running everyone.
Four of our athletes in this race. The girls looked so strong on the climb and then flew downhill! Again, it was clear to see the hard work from training paying off. Annabel finished 6th, Francesca 14th, Mia, in her first season as an U12 and her first run for Settle Harriers, finished 17th and Mabel was 19th. Majestic running all round!
A few less harriers than expected in this race, and it was left to Carl and Mack to represent the Harriers. They did a brilliant job, committed themselves so well on the uphill, sure footed on the downhill and then both managed a sprint finish! So impressive to watch with Mack finishing 9th and Carl 16th.
Usually a smaller group of athletes but not this year with many of our Harriers moving up an age group. It’s fantastic to see them all still wanting to race and enjoying it (well, maybe not on the uphill!). We had some remarkable results with Jack finishing 2nd, Charlotte 4th girl, Ned 7th, Lucy 8th girl, Robbie 11th and Finn 14th. Wow! We have so much strength and potential in all our age groups. A wonderful start to the racing year and so much to look forward to!
Result and photos http://bofra.org.uk/coniston-gullies-results-2021/