A very technical Fell Running course was to face the 25-strong team from Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, who travelled to Giggleswick School for the English Schools Fell Running Championships on Sunday. Conditions at Settle were made worse underfoot by recent rainfall.
The year 7’s race was brought home by Tom Haughan (32nd). The girls’ team – Grace Errington, Amelie Thornburn and Matilda McTear – packed well and scooped 2nd team prize.
Thomas Renwick just missed out on a podium spot claiming 4th place in the year 8/9 race, supported well by Alastair Grant (32nd) and Ed Walker (44th) to take 3rd team.
The best QEGS performance of the day came from Ben O’Dowd, taking 2nd in year 10/11 race. Another team 2nd followed with good runs from year 10 runners Oliver Willets and Jacob Rankin. Gemma O’Dowd (11th), Amelie Marshall (12th) Daisy Gillon (39th) Melissa Ferard (40th) scooped 2nd team for the girls in the same race.
Last to run, the seniors on the longest ascent saw Sol Johl finish 9th with Charlie Harding tracking closely in 11th.
The overall School placing for QEGS was 4th in the competition.
Team coach, Kerry Davies, said: “Congratulations to all our runners, who did themselves proud over a challenging, and very muddy course.”