Buxton still county’s best junior fell runners

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Buxton AC juniors took nine of the 12 possible titles as they underlined why they are the county’s greatest junior fell club at Shuttlingsloe Fell Race, Wildboarclough, on Monday.

First up were Molly Golden, Rachel Cudahy and Rebecca Cudahy in the U9/U11 girls race with Molly winning the U9 girls and Rebecca the U11.

Liam Jones, Billy Aldred and Eddie Aldred ran in the Under 9/11 boys race with Liam winning the U9 title.

In the U13 race Lauren Wilshaw came in first girl and Caleb Winfield first boy.

The Senior race included juniors aged 13 years upwards. The race is a gruelling two mile race up to the top of Shuttlingsloe hill and back down.

Helen Thornhill had an outstanding run to repeat her performance from last year and come in first lady overall. Running in the U15 category were Sam Soles, Heather Wilshaw and Abbie Fryer-Winder. Sam came in first boy and Heather Wilshaw first girl.

Running in the U17 category were Jacob Winfield, Jacob Buckley, Elliot Meylan and Joe Purvis - with Winfield coming in first U17.

On Saturday the juniors travelled to Derby for the Mini League Track and Field.

There were personal bests all-round with Lauren Wilshaw winning the U13 girls 1500m race in a PB of 5.15.39.

She also improved her previous performances in both the 70m hurdles and 100m sprint, finishing fourth in each. Rebecca Cudahy also ran a PB in the U11 600m and competed in the howler javelin, finishing ninth in both. Caleb Winfield had a fantastic performance in the long jump to finish second with a fourth in the 1500m.

Ryan Rawlinson also had a PB in the 100m to come in fourth and finished sixth in the 200m in his first attempt at this distance. Sisters Rachel and Hannah Cudahy both shone in the 50m fun run.

Saturday saw two of the Buxton Junior Fell team trying out at the Hutton Roof Fell Race- the qualifying race for the U18 International Youth Cup.

With the first four juniors gaining automatic qualification to run for England, Alex Ediker came in fifth and Will Tighe eighth in a quality field just outside the qualification places. The boys are still determined to earn those sought after vests and with go to the next trial in August to try out for the Home International Fell Championships.

Also on Saturday Sam Soles and Stuart Diamond took part in the parkrun at Lyme Park and shone once again, coming in second and 24th, but first and second in their age group.

On Sunday Helen Thornhill took part in the James Thorn Fell race and came a fantastic third place overall.

Sunday saw the Buxton Half Marathon take place and Buxton Juniors were well represented by Jacob Whittaker and Louis Forshaw-Perring who finished the race in first and second U20 positions.