Sparkling Sam crowned king of Lyme Park after record run

Buxton Athletics Club youngster Sam Soles in fell-running action.
Buxton Athletics Club youngster Sam Soles in fell-running action.

Electric youngster Sam Soles showed why he is one of the most promising fell-runners in his age group in the country by blasting away the opposition in the latest Lyme Park 5K parkrun.

Sam roared to victory in the Disley event in a new personal-best (PB) time of 18.45 minutes, which was less than ten seconds away from the course record for the 11-to-14-year-old boys’ category.

No wonder he is having such an outstanding season and is currently sitting in the bronze medal position in the English Junior Fell Championships, the next round of which takes place in the Yorkshire Dales this weekend.

Buxton teammate Luke Farrant chased Sam all the way at Lyme Park to finish an overall second in his first appearance in the event. He also topped his age group.

Meanwhile the club sent out a strong contingent of runners in the Rainow 5 Fell Race, with Jacob Winfield finishing 12th overall and first U23 in a field of 212.

For the girls, 13-year-old Heather Wilshaw was 27th overall and first lady, while teammate Amy Whelan was 34th overall and second lady. Both girls achieved personal-best times. Coming home 54th in the 120-strong field, ninth lady and third junior female was Katie Irvings, who also clocked a PB, while Lucy Whelan not only ran a best time, she was also the first U10 to cross the line in 64th position overall. Izzy Irvings completed the team, finishing 17th with her dog, Daisy!

Continuing the PB trend, Luke Guise ran his best-ever time to win the Whaley Bridge parkrun, with Amy Whelan second overall and first girl despite taking a fall on the hill section. Rebecca Cudahy ran well to finish 13th overall and fifth girl, while Christiana Clarke marked her debut in the race by finishing 27th overall and 14th girl. Emily Wentworth pipped Hannah Cudahy to the line, which they crossed in 20th and 21st spots.

This weekend, Helen Thornhill is hoping to retain her U19 title at the British Uphill Championships.