Buxton mountain runner Helen Thornhill represents England

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Members of Buxton Athletic Club travelled to Keswick at the weekend for the British and Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships and Home Counties International.

This event brings the mountain running season to a close and is the target race of many of the club’s aspiring mountain runners.

The competition is at an outstanding level as the best of the English runners battle it out with their Welsh, Scottish and Irish counterparts.

The British and Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships is hosted in turn by each of the participating countries and this year England provided the competition.

Two Buxton AC runners earnt the right to represent their country - Alex Ediker in the U17 boys A team and Helen Thornhill in the U20 girls B team. Unfortunately Alex was unable to run due to ill health but Helen represented England to come in seventh position out of the England girls.

The English U20 girls A team won the race and combined with success from the other England teams it was England who came out victorious!

Also this week Buxton runners Elliott Meylan came in 8th overall, first U18 at Lantern Pike Fell race with Lucy Bednall and Caleb Winfield winning the female and male U14 titles.

Buxton AC have had an outstanding season in the mountains this year and have a team of 10 runners taking part in next week’s English School Fell Running Championships held at Sedburgh, representing six different local schools.