Intrepid youngsters scoop top honours

Pictured are the UK Young Adventure Awards 2015 finalists.
Pictured are the UK Young Adventure Awards 2015 finalists.

A small athletics club with a big track record – but no athletics track – has won the team title in the UK Young Adventurers Awards 2015.

High Peak Athletics Club has performed brilliantly against big clubs with field training facilities in the Derbyshire Mini-League and has had an outstanding year in cross country and field and track events.

These included a first for the Under-11 boys and a second for Under-11 girls leading them to be crowned as the Mini-League’s best small club without track facilities.

The University of Derby’s UK Young Adventurers Awards were held to recognise youngsters who excel at adventure sports.

The winners were announced at a special ceremony at the University’s Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre, in the Peak District.

Professor Nick Draper, of the University of Derby, said: “It is great to see so many enthusiastic young adventurers being nominated and recognised.”

Kim Harris, a parent of one of the club members, nominated the High Peak club.

She said: “They have brilliant team spirit and the head coach and other club founders can’t do enough to help the children train and improve.”

Seventeen-year-old Dark Peak Fell Runner Hannah Saville has been crowned the UK Adventurer of the Year.

Hannah, of University Technical College Sheffield, is the youngest female runner at age 17 to complete the 66-mile Bob Graham Round and she did so in a time of 23 hours and 28 minutes.

The title of Derbyshire Adventurer of the Year went to Great Britain fell running squad member Helen Thornhill, of Buxton and District Athletics Club. Sixteen-year-old Helen, who attends St Thomas More School, has added fell running glory to her track and cross country success.

She competed in the English Junior Fell Championships this year and finished third in the under-16s.

Helen represented Derbyshire in the British Inter Counties Fell Running Championships and gained a bronze and selection for the GB squad. She represented England in the WMRA Mountain Running International Youth Cup. As well as a trophy, the winner of each category received a GoPro HERO4 Session Camera.