Buxton Athletic Club celebrate junior fell success

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Buxton AC juniors attended the English Junior Fell Championship Presentation event hosted by Rossendale Harriers at Marls Pit Sports Stadium, Lancashire. The event was a celebration of the achievement of the young athletes who have taken part in this prestigious series of races and to award trophies to the winners.

The day offered the youngsters an opportunity to socialise with the youngsters they have been competing against, taking part in coaching workshops, fun team building sessions, and an inspirational talk from Shellie Gordon - outright winner of the Hardmoors 160mile race in 2015.

Shellie also chatted to the kids about her training programme and gave some really useful tips on how to fulfil your potential and how to enjoy your running and get outdoors.

Buxton AC completed the Championship in a team position of an outstanding sixth place out of a total of 59 Clubs from all over the country.

Buxton scored a whooping 824 points only 42 behind the winners Keighley and Craven.

Buxton juniors also came home with three individual medals with Helen Thornhill finishing in Silver Medal position in the U18 girls, and bronze medals for Finn Moffatt in the U14 boys and Alex Ediker in the U16 boys.

The Buxton team had an amazing eight juniors in top 10 positions, with Lauren Wilshaw finishing the series in eighth position in the U12 girls.

Sam Soles was also eighth in the U14 boys, David Fryer-Winder was 9th in the U18 boys as was Rebekah Heath in the U16 girls.

Daniel Soles (U16B) came in 16th place, Abbie Fryer-Winder (U14G) 17th place, Jacob Winfield (U16B) and Luke Mamczur (U14B) 27th.

A total of 16 Buxton AC juniors took part in the series where the best finishing position from four of the six races was used to calculate overall position in the Championships.

Buxton AC coach Rachel Dowle said: “This Championships has been amazing. We have had such fun travelling to some of the most beautiful areas of countryside and spending time with some really inspirational people.

“It has been a real challenge for our juniors competing against the best of the best and they have proved themselves well up for the challenge.

“I would like to thank all the juniors who have taken part and especially all the fabulous parents who have supported the kids - loved every minute! Roll on next year.”

More than 400 children took part in the Championships that brings together the best Fell Runners from all over the country to compete for not only the English Fell Championship title, but also the British Uphill Championships and the Inter Counties Fell Championships.

Buxton AC not only earnt three medals in the main Championships, they also had the U18 British Uphill Champion in Helen Thornhill and made up the majority of the Derbyshire Team in the Inter Counties winning Bronze in the U16 boys.

If you or your child would like to try fell running, sessions run between 6-7pm at Buxton Sports Hall on Monday and Thursday or to the club’s after school fell club at BCS sports field between 4.30-5.30pm.