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 EvansJunior CoordinatorSettle 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.
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 !
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/
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
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