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  http://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.

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.

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  http://www.helmhill.co.uk/ )
 
 
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 https://settleharriers.org/2020/02/social-run-routes/

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 !

CROSS-COUNTRY
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.
 
KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE
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  http://www.helmhill.co.uk/
 
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

1. KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE AT GIGGLESWICK ON SUNDAY (12th January)
 
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 http://www.helmhill.co.uk/index.php/kwl-registration & 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 !
 
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