Settle Harriers’ first ParkRun meet-up was a great success with 17 club members (or parents of junior members) taking part in the Skipton ParkRun (5k) on Saturday 9th November. Conditions were good if a little cold before the start and the 4 lap course on tarmac paths within Aireville Park was dry.  We had 8 […]

Settle Harriers Juniors at Dalby, The Great Yorkshire Forest! North Yorkshire Primary School XCountry Finals Tuesday 5th November   Wow, what a day! Our junior harriers did themselves proud and were a credit to their schools and their club today. Despite the horizontal rain and mud, glorious mud, the runners showed great determination and resilience to […]

Congratulations to the 11 juniors that took part in these races on Sunday 13th October at Penistone Country Park, near Haworth.  This was a good turnout considering the heavy rain first thing in the morning which made the course slippery & muddy in places. This was the last fixture in our Junior Club Championships for […]

Well done to the 8 juniors that ran at Embsay in the BOFRA fixture on Sun 15th September.  This was race number 20 out of 21 in our 2019 Junior Club Championships. Highest finisher was Carl with a fine 2nd place in the Under 9s – a great comeback from recent injury.  Not far behind […]

Competition for Juniors

We actively encourage juniors to take part in races in order get the best out of their running.

Having a competitive focus helps to keep youngsters in the sport in the longer term – and is fun !

There are plenty of opportunities for junior members to take part in races – both fell and cross-country.

Kendal Winter League

The fixture dates for the 2020 Kendal Winter league are likely to be announced in early December.  The fixtures are likely to follow a similar sequence to 2019 however.  The 2019 information is as below….

KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE 2019

This fell-running league is open to ALL JUNIORS AGED 8 or ABOVE.

For further information please go to the Helm Hill Club website.

League positions for 2019.

League positions for 2018.

League positions for 2017.

British Open Fell Runners Association

The British Open Fell Runners Association, runs fell races from the middle of May to October.  Many of them are held in the Yorkshire Dales with a few excursions into the Lake District and even one as far away as Scotland.

BOFRA is a great way for children to be introduced into fell running with individual races run under age groups:

  • Under 9 Boys and Girls (minimum age 6 years)
  • Under 12 Boys and Girls (minimum age 9 years)
  • Under 14 Boys and Girls
  • Under 17 Boys and Girls

There is a championship that runs all season for all the age groups over the the age of 9.

The under 9’s age category is “non-championship”, but medals and T-shirts are awarded to all the children who are members of BOFRA and have completed the required number of races – as with the older age group championships.

West Yorkshire Cross Country League

As part of the juniors’ continued development, we propose to enter the club once again in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League.   Cross country is an excellent way for our youngsters to develop strength and stamina and particularly improve their speed as the courses tend to be faster and less hilly than the fell races they do most of the year.  Last year we had 10 juniors taking part and it would be brilliant to see us build on this in the forthcoming season.

There are four league races between October and December, all on Sundays, leading us nicely into the Kendal Winter League (which starts early in January).

The locations last year were:

  • Wakefield
  • Nunroyd
  • Spenbrough
  • Keighley

Typically, you can expect to travel approx an hour to each venue.

Races are open to athletes aged 9 (on 2nd October 2016) upwards and fall into the following age groups:

  • U11 – must have had their 9th birthday but not their 11th on 2nd October 2016
  • U13  years of age on 1 September 2016
  • U15 years of age on 1 September 2016
  • U17 years of age on 1 September 2016
  • Juniors – over 17 but under 20 years of age on 1 September 2016

For the team competition, the first three athletes home form the scoring team.  But the greater the number of participants means that, even if you aren’t in the scoring team, your result still matters as it affects everyone else’s position.

Cost of the entry to the league is £6 per athlete for the U11 to U17 age groups and £12 for the junior age group.

England Athletics (EA) Athlete Affiliation fee  In addition to the cost of entering the league, your child must be affiliated to EA. This is an annual cost currently of £13 and covers the year to 31 March next. Our Club Secretary, Chris Beesley, will be dealing with the new EA affiliations with a block payment and will email you separately about payment once I have confirmed those interested in entering the league.

So, if your child is interested in participating in the WYCC league, please could you let me know by  Sunday 8th September.  Please also could you confirm if your child is already EA affiliated, noting their EA registration number and DOB ( I already hold these details if you have participated in the WYCC before). This will enable us to deal with any EA registrations and the WYCC entry forms by the due dates.

More information, previous results and participating clubs can be found on the website West Yorkshire Cross Country League. Or if you have any other queries about this, just get in touch!

Fell Runners Association (FRA) Junior Championship

Junior are also encouraged to take part in the Fell Runners Association (FRA) Junior Championship races.

FRA Junior Championships 2019

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Eligibility Rules Clarification and FAQ

For more information, go to the relevant FRA website page and follow the links.

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KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE 2018

The fixture dates for the 2018 Kendal Winter league are likely to be announced in early December.  The fixtures are likely to follow a similar sequence to 2017 however.  The 2017 information is as below….

KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE 2017

This fell-running league is open to ALL JUNIORS AGED 8 or ABOVE.

The Kendal Winter League fixture dates and venues have now been announced. They can be found at

or here they are in brief (ALL SUNDAYS)

8 JAN – SCOUT SCAR

15 JAN – NO FIXTURE

22 JAN – GIGGLESWICK

29 JAN – WHITESTONE

5 FEB – BIRKRIGG COMMON

12 FEB – BARBONDALE

19 FEB – CUNSWICK

26 FEB – SEDBERGH SCHOOL

5 MAR – CAUTLEY SPOUT

12 MAR – HELM HILL

19 MAR – LONGSLEDDALE (TBC)

26 MAR – NO FIXTURE

2 APR – ELTERWATER COMMON

30 APR – ARANT HAW (NON-SCORING RACES & PRIZE PRESENTATIONS AFTER)

As you will see, the first fixture is on Sunday 8th January at Scout Scar (near Kendal).

There is no fixture on Sunday 15th January but the Giggleswick fixture (where we hope to get at least 50 of our juniors running) is on Sunday 22nd January.

We hope that lots of juniors will be taking part in the league once again and that many who have not taken part before will give it a try this winter.

More information is given below………

 KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE

The league is open to ALL JUNIORS AGED 8 or ABOVE.  No previous race experience is required.

The first race venue is Scout Scar GR 502 918 The Old Racecourse, Brigsteer Rd, Kendal.

Go to  http://www.helmhill.co.uk/index.php/scout-scar for more info on the course.

Go to http://www.helmhill.co.uk/index.php/races for general information, course maps, travel info and registration forms that you can fill out and bring along to the first race (this will save time on the day).

For the benefit of those parents who are not familiar with this League, here is a quick resume of what it is and how it works………..

Please note that the junior age-groups have changed to align with new FRA rules.  They are as follows (but please note that ages are now taken as at 31/12/17)
Under 13 (dist approx 1 mile).  For juniors born in 2005,2006,2007,2008,2009 but must be over 8 on the day.
Under 15 (approx 1.5 – 2 miles) For juniors born in 2003 & 2004
Under 18 (approx 2.5 miles)  For juniors born born in 2000,2001 & 2002
Seniors (3 miles -– 5 miles)  Born in 1999 or earlier

Entries are on the day only and it is £1 for juniors (£4 for seniors).

Junior races always start at noon with the Under 13s going off first.  It’s best to arrive an hour or so before the start to give you time to find parking, get your child registered and so that your child can get familiar with the course and get “warmed-up” properly.  You need to register your child (and pay the £1) at each race. At your first race you attend you will be given a number to retain for the whole series.

Juniors should wear their Settle Harriers vests in the races although they will probably need to wear something under this – either a t-shirt or thermal vest depending on the weather. Please bring warmer clothing for juniors to wear before and after their race.  A hot drink for afterwards is also a good idea !

– VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING KIT !

JUNIORS MUST ALSO BRING ALONG EMERGENCY KIT TO EVERY RACE & BE PREPARED TO CARRY IT.

At each race, it will be up to the organisers to decide whether it should be carried and this may depend on the weather conditions on the day.  “Kit” for juniors means carrying a WATERPROOF TOP, HAT & GLOVES. It is easiest to carry this in a small “bum bag” or some prefer just to tie it around their waist.  If it is very cold or wet, juniors may prefer to wear the extra kit instead – which is fine.

It is best to wear footwear with good grip in these races – fell-running or trail-running shoes are ideal or trainers if they have very good grip.

You can take part in as many or as few of the races as you like.  The “league” results for juniors are based on your best 5 races. Awards (decorated thermos mugs last year) are also made at the end of the series to all juniors who complete 5 or more races.

Some of the KWL races will also count towards our Settle Harriers Junior Championships – Giggleswick on 22nd January will be the first of these.

If you need more information, please contact Andy.  Hope to see lots of you at Scout Scar, Giggleswick and at the other league fixtures.

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As part of the juniors’ continued development, we propose to enter the club once again in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League.   Cross country is an excellent way for our youngsters to develop strength and stamina and particularly improve their speed as the courses tend to be faster and less hilly than the fell races they do most of the year.  Last year we had 10 juniors taking part and it would be brilliant to see us build on this in the forthcoming season.

There are four league races between October and December, all on Sundays, leading us nicely into the Kendal Winter League (which starts early in January):

  • 2 October – Wakefield
  • 30 October– Nunroyd
  • 20 November – Spenbrough
  • 4 December – Keighley

Typically, you can expect to travel approx an hour to each venue.

Races are open to athletes aged 9 (on 2nd October 2016) upwards and fall into the following age groups:

  • U11 – must have had their 9th birthday but not their 11th on 2nd October 2016
  • U13  years of age on 1 September 2016
  • U15 years of age on 1 September 2016
  • U17 years of age on 1 September 2016
  • Juniors – over 17 but under 20 years of age on 1 September 2016

For the team competition, the first three athletes home form the scoring team.  But the greater the number of participants means that, even if you aren’t in the scoring team, your result still matters as it affects everyone else’s position.

Cost of the entry to the league is £6 per athlete for the U11 to U17 age groups and £12 for the junior age group.

England Athletics (EA) Athlete Affiliation fee  In addition to the cost of entering the league, your child must be affiliated to EA. This is an annual cost currently of £13 and covers the year to 31 March next. Our Club Secretary, Chris Beesley, will be dealing with the new EA affiliations with a block payment and will email you separately about payment once I have confirmed those interested in entering the league.

So, if your child is interested in participating in the WYCC league, please could you let me know by  Sunday 11 September.  Please also could you confirm if your child is already EA affiliated, noting their EA registration number and DOB ( I already hold these details if you have participated in the WYCC before). This will enable us to deal with any EA registrations and the WYCC entry forms by the due dates.

More information, previous results and participating clubs can be found on the website www.westyorkshireathletics.org.uk. Or if you have any other queries about this, just get in touch!

  • Date(s)

    2 October – Wakefield
    30 October– Nunroyd
    20 November – Spenbrough
    4 December – Keighley

  • Start

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  • Distance

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  • Price

    £6 per athlete for the U11 to U17 age groups and £12 for the junior age group

  • Facilities

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  • Registration

    Races are open to athletes aged 9 (on 2nd October 2016) upwards and fall into the following age groups:

    • U11 – must have had their 9th birthday but not their 11th on 2nd October 2016
    • U13  years of age on 1 September 2016
    • U15 years of age on 1 September 2016
    • U17 years of age on 1 September 2016
    • Juniors – over 17 but under 20 years of age on 1 September 2016