Gargrave Show 16th August
This event was the final race in our Junior Fell Championships and with a river crossing for everyone it was certainly different.
We had seven runners in various age groups with the U/9 age group the first away. We had Theo Middleton finishing 11th after a slow start and a minute behind was Grace Pendlebury 6th girl in 18th after a typical gutsy race. There was no U/10 race so our youngsters had to run in the U/12 race and all did very well. Toby Middleton following his win at Trawden the week before was first back for us in a fine 5th place. Matthew Oldfield ran well for 10th just edging Ella Pendlebury to 11th but she was second girl. Isaac Simmonite was close behind in 13th four seconds adrift of Ella. Nine year old Freya Whittle ran well for 4th girl in 18th and the team was completed by Lydia Johnson in 28th place and seemed to enjoy the experience.
The adult race was 3.5miles with four large piles of straw to enable runners to clear barbwire fences along with a river crossing again this made for an interesting race. J Craig of Barlic won after leading from gun to tape. Our first runner home was James Simmonite 22nd despite losing six places on the descent. Next was Tony Hesketh first O/60 in 36th and the Horwich team was completed by Jason Middleton 71st after a steady race.