Youngest is best as Helen conquers Lantern Pike for Buxton juniors

HELEN THORNHILL, who was first lady home in the adult race.
HELEN THORNHILL, who was first lady home in the adult race.

Helen Thornhill took pride of place when the juniors of Buxton Athletics Club enjoyed a wonderful day out at the Hayfield Sheepdog and Country Fair last weekend.

Eight junior runners competed in various fell races over the top of Lantern Pike, and 16-year-old Helen came home as first lady in the gruelling adult race, even though she was probably the youngest in the event.

Victory was also celebrated by Elias Miller, for whom the hilly course held no fears in the U10s’ race, and also by Lauren Wilshaw, Heather Wilshaw, Sam Soles and Dan Soles.

Lauren stormed to first place in the U12s’ race, beating the boys! Heather triumphed in the U14 girls’ event, Sam won the U14 boys’ race, with clubmates Luke Mamczur and Abel Miller in second and third, while Dan romped home first in the U16s’ race, with fellow Buxton junior Jacob Miller placed second. Attius Miller was the second boy to finish in the U12s’ event.

meanwhile four Buxton boys also took part in the Northern Athletics Road Relays at Stanley Park, Blackpool. In a high-quality field of 42 teams and over a tough course, Alex Ediker and Elliot Meyland were seventh as part of the Chesterfield A team, while Will Tighe and Jacob Buckley were 21st in the Chesterfield B team.