Euan Brennan, 15, who attends Giggleswick School near Settle has finished fourth in the U17 Boys GB & Ireland Mountain Championships. The championship took place on Saturday 17 September and was organised by England Athletics. The race was entirely uphill and is a great boost for the fell runner, who hopes to be selected for the England Team.
Euan began trail running with his dad at the age of six and has since progressed to fell running, making the journey to Leeds Beckett University twice a week to train on the track, then training outside at home twice a week and once a week during Games at his school.
Euan was one of only two club runners competing and decided to participate in the championship despite missing out on team selection when he could not make the England trials. He said of the result
I just felt relief when I got to the top because all those months of training had paid off. I will keep training now and hope to be representing England in the under 17s next year.
Dan Cook, Head of Sport at Giggleswick School said of Euan’s achievement
Euan shown really commitment to his sport, to race against international athletes and come fourth is a tremendous effort. I look forward to seeing him progress in the coming months.
There was further success for Tom Renwick, 17, another Giggleswick School pupil who competed in the Three Peaks Cyclo - Cross event - cross country racing on bicycles. The race attracts over 600 competitors from all over the country and is widely regarded as the toughest Cyclo - Cross event in the world. Riders race over the three Yorkshire peaks on road bikes with drop handlebars, skinny tyres and no suspension for 40 miles with 6000 feet of climbing, carrying bikes on shoulders when the ground is too steep to ride. Tom came in the top half of competitors and completed the course in 4:27. Tom said of his experience
I’m really pleased with my result especially as it was my first Cyclo – Cross. I’ve been training really hard since signing up in June – living in Austwick and going to school in Giggleswick means there are plenty of great locations to train at. I can’t wait to sign up for another one.