It’s all uphill to glory for Buxton’s young fell-runners

The youngsters who made up the successful Buxton AC fell team.
The youngsters who made up the successful Buxton AC fell team.

Gifted youngsters from Buxton Athletics Club returned home with a superb tally of four medals from the fifth round of the English Junior Fell Championships.

The event, which encompassed the British Uphill Championships, took place at Kettlewell in Yorkshire and comprised a gruelling, uphill-only route over a variety of terrain.

But the Buxton squad scored 41 points to earn a team bronze medal, only four points behind the runners-up, Ilkley Harriers, and only eight behind the gold medallists, Helm Hill.

And they also picked up three wonderful individual medals, including a gold for Helen Thornhill, who was duly crowned the Britush U19 uphill champion. Lauren Wilshaw won a silver in the U13s’ race on her 12th birthday, while Alex Ediker took a bronze in the U17s’ race.

The rest of the bronze-medal-winning team was: Heather Wilshaw, who was 20th in the U15s, Amy Whelan, who was 23rd in the U15s, a quartet of U17s, Will Tighe (sixth), Sam Soles (ninth), Elliott Meylan (tenth) and Luke Mamczur (27th), U11s’ duo Lucy Whelan (17th) and Molly Golden (22nd) and U9s’ boy Jimmy Golden, who was 22nd.

Team manager Rachel Dowle expressed her pride at the achievement of the whole squad, saying: “Buxton juniors are an outstanding team of hard-working athletes. However, they could not get where they are today without the coaches, volunteers and dedicated parents who support them every step of the way.

“It is not easy getting these kids to their races, especially the championship competitions that take place all over the country. So I would like to thank everyone involved in supporting them to succeed.”