22 schools from the region brought 300 runners to compete in U11 and U13 races for both boys and girls in annual cross country championship – The Catteral Shield, hosted by Giggleswick School on Wednesday 19 January.
The races on the school’s Papes and Ghyll Field, provided a tough challenge despite the mild weather. 89 boys ran in the U11 boys race, which was won by Harry Ewbank from Hunter Hall School, Penrith. Giggleswick won the age group with Hamish Griffiths finishing third, supported by team members Ben Kelt, Archie Clark, Luke Robinson, and Will Scholey.
In the U11 girls race, Martha Jackson from Moorfield School won, with Sedbergh School winning the team event.
The U13 girls race was a good tussle with Charlotte Corrigan of Westville School, Ilkley, beating Beth Roberts from Settle College into second, and Sedbergh School coming out on top in the team event.
There was some quality running at the top end of the U13 boys. Sam Smith from South Craven School beat Fraser Sproul Casterton School who had already won the Cumbria Schools' race earlier in the day, and Sedbergh School won the team event.
Fraser Ogilvie, Head of Junior Sports, said
This is a fantastic experience for all of these young runners and a great team effort from everyone. We’re delighted and really proud to be the host of this great event. It has been running for over 30 years and has become a firm favourite with local schools who join us from across the region. Every year the children raise the bar in their performances and it is an absolute pleasure to see their development and enjoyment in running.