The English National Cross-Country Championships were held at Woolaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 22nd February.

Settle Harriers had 2 representatives who did the club proud !

Congratulations to Seb Segger-Staveley who built on his excellent run in the Northerns a couple of weeks earlier and produced his best ever cross-country performance, finishing 19th in the Under 17 boys championships in a field of 286 runners.  In a very competitive field, Seb finished only 40 seconds outside the top 3.

Congratulations also to Dougie Segger-Stavelely who finished in an excellent 117th place out of 364 runners in the Under 15 boys championship.

Conditions were very muddy as you will see from the photos of Seb and Dougie below. 

Both Seb and Dougie have qualified to represent North Yorkshire Schools in the English Schools CCC coming up next month and Seb will also be representing Yorkshire in the Inter-Counties Championships.  Good luck to both of them !


This is just to let you know of junior events going on over half-term (for those that are not going away) and to pass on some other news that you/your child  might be interested in.
As you will see below, there will be junior training on Tuesday 18th Feb for those that can make it.
So coming up next week…….
Sun 16th Feb is the next KWL fixture at Barbondale  – a VERY steep one this – be warned !  Your child needs to comfortable with steep climbs and steep descents !
Tue 18th Feb – Junior training at Eshtons as usual. Registration from 6.30pm (session starts at 6.40pm, finishes at 6.45pm)
Sun 23rd Feb is the Sedbergh School KWL fixture which is a counter for our Junior Club Championships (race 4) – an excellent one for all our juniors (over 8).  The race is held over the school’s tough and varied cross-country course.
(KWL information can be found at )
Other News
Social Run.

At junior training sessions on Tuesday evenings, we offer a social run for juniors of secondary-school age.  This is in addition (or an alternative) to the more intensive session for Years 7 to 13 aimed at the those wishing to prepare for competition.  The social run distance is usually around 5k and is led by Rachel assisted by others from our coaching team. Rachel has now published a schedule of the the social run routes along with a map showing each of the 4 current routes.  These can be viewed on our website here

Recent results

Our juniors continue to do great things in schools cross-country events.  Really well done to all the following………

Jack Sanderson:  representing North Yorkshire Schools, Jack finished 17th in the Northern Schools Inter-Counties CCC (minor boys) at Penrith on the 8th Feb.

Dougie Segger-Staveley : in the same event , representing North Yorkshire, Dougie finished 10th in the junior boys race.

Joseph Greenhalgh : Joseph qualified through 2 rounds to reach the Cumbria Primary Schools CC finals at Penrith on the 12th Feb where he finished 23rd.

Annabel Hinds : Annabel also qualified for the Cumbria Cumbria Primary Schools CC finals where she finished in an excellent 6th place and gained selection for Cumbria Schools

At Settle Harriers junior training sessions on Tuesday evenings, we offer a social run for juniors of secondary-school age (school years 7 to 13).  This is in addition (or an alternative) to the Y7-12 session aimed at the those wishing to prepare for competition.  The distance is usually around 5k and the run is led by Rachel along with another from our coaching team.

A map showing the social running routes can be viewed below.  

Please remember that you must bring a headtorch to these sessions.

The schedule of runs for Feb and March is as follows

4th Feb- Route A
11th Feb- Route B
25th Feb- Route C
3rd March- Route D
10th March- Route A
17th March- Route B
24th March- Route C
31st March- Route D
Runners are coming up with their own imaginative route names so we can add these instead of calling them route A,B C D  once they have decided.
After Easter we will be able to do more off road as the light will be much better by then so will do some new routes for after Easter.
Hope to see lots of social runners out over the next few weeks !

Congratulations to Seb and Dougie Segger –Staveley who took part in the North of England Cross-Country Championships at Bedale on Sat 25th Jan.   Seb continued his run of impressive results
with a fantastic 12th place in the U17 Boys Championship and Dougie finished 91st in the U15s, an excellent effort as he is one of the youngest in this age-group.
Despite some horrible weather on Sunday (26th Jan), we had a fantastic turnout of 22 juniors at the Kendal Winter League fixture at Birkrigg Common & there were some excellent performances all round.  See Jess’s report and the results here Birkrigg Common KWL  This fixture was number 3 in our Junior Club Championships for 2020
KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE – next fixtures
There is no KWL fixture on the 2nd February.  The next one is on Sunday 9th Feb at Longsleddale.  This one is NOT a counter for our Junior Club Championships but hopefully lots of our juniors will still want to take part.  This one is rather steep and slippery – so grippy fell shoes are needed ideally.  Remember that any juniors finishing 5 KWLs or more will receive a special medal and award from the League in April.
The next KWL that counts for our Junior Club Championships is the Sedbergh School fixture on Sun 23rd February.
More KWL information can be found at
Congratulations to the 28 juniors that took part in the KWL at Giggleswick on Sunday 12th January (club junior champs race 2).  I hope they all enjoyed it.   We had 25 running in the junior races plus three 17year olds in the senior race.  Despite the exceptionally muddy and wet conditions, our juniors ran brilliantly & gave their all !  The results, some pictures and Jess’s report can be found here Giggleswick Kendal Winter League  and lots more pictures can be found on the Settle Harriers Facebook page.
Jess’s report of the 1st fixture can be found here Scout Scar Kendal Winter League
The next 2 Kendal Winter league fixtures are………..
Sun 19th Jan – Whitestone, Staveley-in-Cartmel.
This is one of the steeper ones for juniors & involves rather a slippery, rocky descent.  Probably not recommended for novices or those not confident on descents – but fine for those with some fell race experience.  This fixture won’t be a counter for our club championships.
Sun 26th Jan – Birkrigg Common, near Ulverston (Junior Club Championships race 3)
This is a very popular fixture with our juniors.  A stunning venue with impressive sea views and great runnable courses.  It’s well worth the extra travelling time.  This fixture will count towards our Junior Club Championships.
Details for both of these fixtures can be found here on the Helm Hill website.  As with all fixtures, the junior races start at 12 noon.

Settle Harriers Junior training resumed on Tuesday 7th January and it was great to see everyone back in action after the Christmas break.

We had 12 juniors competing in the 1st Kendal Winter League fixture on Sun 5th Jan at Scout Scar which was fantastic.  Great also to see 3 juniors making their racing debuts for Settle Harriers !  This was also the first race in our 2020 Junior Club Championships.  Have a read of Jess’s race report and look at the results here

We hope that as many juniors as possible will take part in Sunday’s KWL fixture at Giggleswick – which also counts towards our Junior Club Championships for 2020.
Junior races start at 12 Noon and registration will be at Catterall Pavilion.  best to arrive by 11.00am or so to ensure parking etc. THOSE JUNIORS THAT RACED YESTERDAY AT SCOUT SCAR SHOULD BRING THEIR RACE NUMBERS – BUT THEY STILL NEED TO REGISTER AT CATTERALL & PAY THEIR £1 ENTRY FEE.
If your child’s details haven’t already been registered online, you can do so at & this will save time when you register on the day.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT JUNIORS MUST CARRY A WATERPROOF TOP, HAT & GLOVES IN THEIR RACE.  THEY SHOULD ALSO WEAR THEIR CLUB VEST (if they don’t have one yet, we will bring some along to registration tomorrow). 
Well done to the 25 juniors that came along to the Christmas Cracker Relays on Tuesday 17th December.  It was great to see our juniors enjoying themselves and showing such ability,  enthusiasm and good sportsmanship .
This was the last junior training session of this term.  Junior training will resume on Tuesday 7th January. 
Training fees for 2020 will be due by 7th January as will annual membership subscriptions.  I will email parents about this after Christmas.
The 2020 Kendal Winter League commences on Sunday the 5th January at Scout Scar and we hope that, once again, lots of our juniors will take part.  More details can be found here
Finally, I’d like to wish all our juniors and their parents and families a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
Best wishes,
Andy Evans
Junior Co-Ordinator
Settle Harriers

Congratulations Settle Harriers Juniors!!  Awards for the 2019 Junior Club Championships were handed out at the Junior’s Presentation Evening on Tuesday 3rd December held after junior training in Eshtons Pavilion.

What a talented and enthusiastic bunch!  39 juniors took part in Championship races this year, and we celebrated their success after training.  All those that took part received sweets and chocolates.  Those that did 3 races or more also received a fantastic Settle Harriers beanie.  The top 6 boys and girls also received a beautiful engraved medal presented by club Chairman, Mark Wildsmith.  Many thanks to Alex and Kerry for providing these excellent prizes.

Many thanks to our coaching team and everyone involved with running our junior section over the last year.  Many thanks also to parents for supporting the club and finally many thanks to all the juniors for their dedication and fantastic attitude.

Well done to our 2019 champions, Lucy and Carl, and to everyone that took part in the championships in 2019.  The final scores can be viewed here Junior Championship Table 2019

Some pictures are below (thanks to Jess) and more can be viewed on the Settle Harriers facebook page.


The next ParkRun meet-up for both junior and senior members is scheduled for Saturday 7th December. The venue is confirmed as Skipton.  It would be great to see lots of juniors and seniors taking part there.  The first meet-up was great fun and tea and cakes in the leisure centre cafe afterwards was excellent !  For more information about our ParkRun initiative, see here


On Tuesday, 3rd December we will be presenting awards for the 2019 Junior Club Championships. Training for ALL GROUPS will be from Eshtons  and will finish a little earlier on this date (6.30pm) and we hope that all juniors and parents will then gather in Eshtons Pavilion for the awards.  Any junior that took part in one race or more will receive something, with special  awards going to those that took part in 3 or more races and trophies/medals to the top 6 boys and girls in the Championships.  We will also be talking about next year’s Junior Club Championships and other racing opportunities in 2020.