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Sedbergh Gala (18 May) was hotly contested as part of Helm Hill's Junior Championship 2019 - three U17 boys, three U14 girls, four U14 boys, eight U12 boys, three U12 girls, six U9 boys and one U9 girl (pictured here) making 28 Helm juniors racing in total. RESULTS are on the BOFRA website. Well done to them all. 

Coiners was the third instalment of the 2019 FRA championship. Photos HERE and current FRA Junior championship standings HERE. Fourth instalment will be at Sedbergh on Sunday 26 May, hosted by Helm Hill. First race 11am. Full details on the Races tab of this website. However, our juniors have been racing at many places already this year. Brother and sister Jackson and Jasmine collected their half colours (12 races) recently.  The full list of those with club colours is on the lower part of the Honours page of this website.

Yarlside downhill, Easter Sunday - great to have older juniors/young seniors taking part with the adults; challenging the race record, the strava segment record and their Parents in the same race. More photos in the gallery.  

Sat 13 Apr - several Helm Hill juniors made it to Kettlewell for the second FRA 2019 Junior championship race, and many followed that with attending the Kendal Winter League 2019 finale on Sun 14 Apr; runs on Arant Haw and presentations of the prizes. Great pie T-shirts for all those who completed the requisite number of races, the U21 ladies trophy for Maia Doherty and the Ken Shuttleworth Winter League Endeavour trophy for Megan Harris - one of the most significant trophies of the league. 

Spring Newsletter: contributions needed please for the next newsletter - deadline end of April. All contributions welcome especially from juniors, any length - here's some ideas: Favourite Races, club champs races, KWL experiences, My First Fell Race kind of things or just what you love about charging downhill in the rain! Please let Lorna know if you plan to send something. Thanks, Rick.

Todd Cragg and Loughrigg, 10 April - Helm Juniors were truly out in force, and it was really great to see so many of them of all ages competing in the youngest age category right through to the U18s as part of the Senior race. There were wins in the Todd Cragg races (Easter eggs galore) and more Easter eggs awarded for fantastic achievements in the Loughrigg race; Alex Tallon (seen racing in here to the finish with one of Helm's Club Captains) 2nd male U18, Lewis Bowness 3rd male U18, Amy Slattery 1st female U18, Ella Beardwood 3rd female U18. Todd Cragg results are HERE

30/31 March; clocks went forward, Mothers Day, fell racing continued regardless. Juniors started their FRA 2019 Junior Championship journey at Clough Head RESULTS HERE, and the next day finished the Kendal Winter League 2019 series at Elterwater RESULTS HERE with some tremendous running and exciting finishes (U17 Helm boys especially!). A run on Winder and the presentation on 14 April will round off the KWL series.

Helm Hill Sun 24 March was the penultimate race of the Kendal Winter League 2019 series. Yet another good turn out for Helm Juniors on their home territory, racing for points - as seen in this picture of the U13s/U11s race.  The final battles will take place at Elterwater on 31 March! In the meantime, check out the current standings on the "Races" tab of this website - see "Kendal Winter League 2019" file on the left-hand side.

Mid-Lancs xc and KWL - as well as racing in the Kendal Winter League on Sundays, a lot of Helm Hill Juniors have been part of the Kendal-Helm composite team in the Mid-Lancs cross country league this winter. The last of the Mid-Lancs races (Cuerden Valley) was held Sat 2 Mar, with some fine individual results as well as various category team results; take a look HERE. We now await the overall league results!

After Cuerden Park, the KWL continued with great Junior races on Cunswick Scar on Sun 3 Mar (Results HERE). 

Beautiful sunshine greeted runners at Sedbergh Kendal Winter League Sun 24 Feb, on the very scenic and challenging school cross-country course, overlooked by the magnificent Howgills. Once again, high placings in many categories for Helm Hill Juniors, and many valiant runs from the youngest U11s through to the U21s.

Slippery conditions at Longsleddale KWL Sun 17 Feb but a turn out of 29 Helm runners in the Junior races nevertheless. Results are HERE. 

Barbon KWL Sunday 9 Feb - valiant battles fought as Juniors charged uphill and downhill in a contest not only for Kendal Winter League points but also Club Junior Championship points. This was the second race in the Junior Championship this year (KWL Cautley in March is the next one).

Birkrigg KWL Sunday 27 Jan - surprisingly high winds gave support for the uphill but made running downhill difficult! Nevertheless, there were many gallant runs in all age categories. Well done Helm Juniors! 

So, the Kendal Winter League continues, with approx. 40 Helm Hill Juniors competing at Giggleswick and then Whitestones, showing their mettle in the U21s (run at the same time as Seniors) right through the age categories to the U11s. RESULTS are on the Races page of this website (scroll down the left-hand side of the page). 

Scout Scar 2019 - first race of the Winter League series - saw a great turn out of Juniors; 16 U-17 Juniors, 36 U-15 Juniors and 95 in the U-13s race (which contains an U-11 category). Helm Juniors were there in force. 

The Winter League is a great way to experience fell racing. Results are on the Races page of this website (see left-hand side of the Races page).

Cumbria County Cross-Country Championships 5 Jan -  a small number of Helm juniors took part in this, testing their position within the County; here we see Noah racing home for 3rd place in the U11 Boys. Well done to the young runners who put themselves on the line for this event. Results are on the Cumbria Athletics Facebook page. 

Wansfell Pike race - organised every year by Ambleside AC, its minimum age of 14 years is gradually attracting more and more youngsters to take part. This year Helm's Joe Conner and Adam Scott competed in the U18s category, finishing very respectably in 33rd and 68th places.  

End of Year Junior Presentation Do … runs followed by buffet and presentations! Here we see 2018 Whippet award holders; rewarded for their commitment to training, their effort at racing and their ongoing positivity. Also awarded at "the Do" were trophies for the Junior club championship, prize for the best decorated festive runner and awards for our Junior newsletter contributors. 

Arnside Knott Sun 18 Nov - the final Club Junior Championship race this year! 28 Helm runners in the Junior races, final championship places fought for, lots of fast running, strong ascending and impressive descending. Race results HERE and final Junior Club Championship 2018 Results HERE!  BOFRA round up ... very pleased to report that three of our juniors finished in the top 4 of their BOFRA categories this year; Alex Tallon 3rd, Henry Hunter 4th in U14 boys and Elise Tallon (pictured here at Embsay) 3rd in U12 girls.  

 It's cross country season!

The first of the Cumbria Athletics cross country series took place on Sat 29 Sept at Cockermouth. Results are on the Cumbria Athletics facebook page, and the second fixture will be on Sat 27 Oct at Hunter Hall school, Penrith. Meanwhile, the Mid-Lancs cross-country series kicked off at Ulverston on Sat 13 October; for this series, Helm juniors join forces with Kendal AC for a Helm-Kendal Junior composite team. See results on the Mid-Lancs website.    

Great Westmorland Trail Race, Sat 8 Sept - this penultimate 2018 club Junior Championship race in the hamlet of Crosby Garrett featured 25% Helm Hill juniors on the start lines as our youngsters battled towards final championship placings this year. Well done to all of them!  

 

Following Grasmere sports (see further details below), the Helm Hill Junior Championship table has been updated. There is close competition particularly amongst our younger juniors. See the races page for the link to the current junior club championship table, or click HERE. The last two races in the club championship for juniors are Great Westmorland Trail race at Crosby Garrett (September), and Arnside Knott in November.Ambleside sports, Farleton Knott and Arncliffe Gala BOFRA all saw a strong turnout of Helm Hill juniors, with tight competition particularly amongst our U14 boys. Grasmere sports, which was a Helm Hill junior championship race, saw great performances from Helm runners in the U9s boys and girls - 1st place for Cooper and for Isla- and the U12s. See results on www.grasmeresports.cok

BOFRA...the series continues... Quite a number of our Junior runners have been attending the 2018 BOFRA races. Robert Askew is currently in second in the U17s, Henry Hunter and Alex Tallon 2nd and 4th respectively in U14s, Elise Tallon 7th in U12 girls. Well done to them all for the tenacity to keep racing regularly. 

Up the Nab FRA Inter-Counties fell running, Sat 30 Jun 

Two Helm Hill runners were in the Cumbrian U17 girls team and raced extremely well in the scorching heat to help collect the bronze medal.  Meanwhile, other Helm runners were at Kirkby Gala for the latest BOFRA race, and there was a strong turn-out of Helm juniors at Langdale Gala on Sunday. 

Kentmere Pike was the destination for a group of Juniors on Sat 23 Jun, plus some of them continued to Harter Fell and Gatesgarth pass. 

Clougha Pike Sat 16 Jun was an FRA championship race and a Helm Hill club championship race, and we had a great turn out of approx. 30 juniors running there, and representing the club well, despite the rain! (results on the FRA website). This was followed by Kettlewell BOFRA race on Sun 17 June, where juniors continued their pursuit of BOFRA championship success.

Helm Hill club race night, 13 June. A great evening for Juniors and Seniors alike. Results are on the Races tab. 

Helm Junior Club Championship 2018 - It's been a busy period in the championship over the last week with 3 races taking place.  Please find a link to the updated junior championship results. Coniston Gullies BOFRA was the most recent championship race, with Helm Hill achieving positions in the top 3 in 6 out of the 8 junior categories.  The Helm Hill BOFRA race isn't taking place this year so we have swapped it with Grasmere Sports on Sunday 26th August 2018.

Killington Sports 31 May - this annual celebration of all Cumbrian sports was another exciting evening for lots of Helm Juniors of all ages (and Seniors!). As well as the fell race, youngsters entered into the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, the sack race, potato race, egg throwing, sprints, 200yds, 400yds, half mile and mile races with enthusiasm and no small amount of success. For results (of the fell race!), see the BOFRA website. Killington sports fell race was a Helm Hill Championship race, and BOFRA  Coniston Gullies on Sun 3 Jun is the next Championship race. 

A busy weekend ... Junior fell excursion Winder and Arant Haw Fri 26 May, Hutton Roof race Sat 27 May (Results HERE) and FRA West Nab Championship race Sat 27 May.  Our juniors have been out and about at all of these events; a hardy party enjoyed the weather on the Howgills, twelve youngsters raced their socks off at Hutton Roof and several made the journey to West Nab to collect more individual and club points in the FRA 2018 championship. More pictures in the Gallery.
 FRA Championship race Kirkby Malham 18 May received a strong turn-out of 30 Helm Hill juniors ranging from the minimum age up to the U17s. There were personal successes throughout the day, with this event being the first race ever for some Helm Juniors. Results are on the FRA website . This was followed by more Helm successes at Sedbergh BOFRA on 19 May where there was once again a strong turnout and impressive results including a fantastic, close sprint finish by Elise - see the BOFRA website for full details of all the final positions. 

Well done Joseff who achieved third at Malham and first at Sedbergh. Also pictured here is Simon coming in for his win at Malham.  

Navigation ... all junior groups are having a taster this summer.  

FRA Championship race, Blacko, 14 Apr Congratulations to all our hardy juniors who ran the very muddy course at Blacko for the second race in the 2018 FRA championships. More photos on the Gallery page of this website, and full results on the FRA website . Next FRA championship race is closer to home; Malham on 19 May - details HERE

Thanks to Frank Golden photography.

2018 Helm Junior Championship; Following the first three races of the champs, please find a link to the results so far, HERE.  

Elterwater 8 April; second and third places U17 girls Lottie Beardwood and Becky Dyer, first place U15 boys Ollie Sanders, second and third place U15 girls Elodie Malcolm and Ella Beardwood, third place U13 boys Joseph Rigby, first and second place U13 girls Clara Samson and Elise Tallon. These are just mentions of placings in the top 3 positions within the junior races... in total there were approx. 30 Helm juniors running, including three in the U21s category within the senior race; and it's good to see the smiles at the end ... 

Sat 24 & Sun 25 March ... a busy weekend for Juniors with the National ESAA cross country Years 5, 6 and 7 championships on Saturday in which both Y7 boys and Y7 girls Cumbrian teams came third, followed on Sunday by Helm KWL 
AND the first FRA Junior 2018 championship race on Todd Cragg. In both of Sunday's events Helm Juniors of all ages - from U9 to U21 were racing - approx. 45 juniors in total. Helm Hill is currently third in the FRA championship table, and there were some great individual successes too. More photos in the gallery 

Mid-Lancs cross country series 2017/18 concluded with the 3 March race at Ulverston. Individual placings include Henry Hunter 4th place U13B, Sarah Smith 4th place U13G and Imogen Burrow with a silver medal. The Kendal-Helm composite team reaped a lot of success; 2nd U11Boys, 1st U13Girls, 1st U13Boys, 2nd U15Boys. Well done to all who took part in these races. Full results are on the Cross country page of the Mid-Lancs league website.

Cunswick Scar Kendal Winter League race 4 Mar; In the first race of the day, U13 twins Oliver Smith and Sarah Smith achieved 1st place in the boys and girls category respectively. Elise Tallon followed Sarah in for second place. A strong turn out of Helm Hill boys represented the club well in the U15s race, and the U15s girls achieved second, fourth and fifth placings. Another large contingent of boys and girls in the U17 race (Helm made up practically half the field) ran well before the Senior race began, incorporating the U21s category in which Jacob Aubrey finished second, and fifth overall, with Imogen Burrow achieving first U21 lady.

 

Sedbergh Kendal Winter League race 25 Feb ... beautiful sunshine and great to see so many of our young juniors doing the first races of their lives in the Kendal Winter League 2018. 

Longsleddale Kendal Winter League race 18 Feb saw some great racing. Well done Elodie in the U15s race and well done to Sarah and Elise for a first and second in the U13s, with team mate Poppy not far behind. In the U21s, three Helm lads featured in the top 20 of the Senior race and Georgia Stevens was first U21 Lady. In this picture Alex is racing for the U15s finish line, having led the field to the turn point. 

Barbon Kendal Winter League race 11 Feb as every year, provided a full serving of extreme ascending and descending, mixed with mud and snow. Seen here smiling, one of our young runners took it in his stride as his first race for Helm. Well done Jem.

Whitestones and Birkrigg Kendal Winter League races have now passed, and brought much success for young Helm runners. Our older juniors are featuring regularly in the top ten of the Senior race, Sarah Smith has continued as first girl in the U13s and Ollie Sanders has produced convincing wins as first U15s boy, Maia Doherty is maintaining her second place as U17 girl, with a regular group of other Helm racing girls coming in behind her. Well done to those who are racing for the first time in the Kendal Winter League. 

Giggleswick Kendal Winter League race 21 Jan was a delightful challenge as the elements threw blizzard conditions at the juniors. Nevertheless, Helm juniors held their own and battled round the course successfully. Maia Doherty, Elodie Malcolm, Sarah Smith, Elise Tallon, Robert Askew and Ollie Sanders placed within the top 3 positions in their categories and approx 34 Helm juniors ran in total, including our older Juniors competing in the U21 category,running the Senior race. Results are on the Races tab of this website (on the left-hand side). 

Scout Scar Kendal Winter League race 8 Jan; this got off to a cracking start with some storming runs in ALL age categories U13s up to U21s. Well done Maia Doherty, Ollie Sanders, Henry Hunter, Elodie Malcolm, Sarah Smith, Clara Samson and Joseph Rigby who all achieved top 3 places in their age categories. 

Wednesday night Junior training  after the Christmas break will start again on 10 Jan. We will meet at Kendal Town football club, Parkside Road, Kendal.

Wansfell race, Wed 27 Dec  Results are HERE; it was great to see several of our young runners giving it their all at this race (minimum age 14 years old, one mass start). Well done Becky Dyer, Jacob Aubrey, Martin Askew, Joe Conner, Lewis Bowness. 

Junior Fell outing Potter tarn, Brunt Knott, Sat 16 Dec  Another great morning out for Helm Hill Juniors and parents.  

Santa Dash 3 Dec - Helm Hill Juniors supported Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and took first (Ella Martindale), second (Joel Saunders) and third (Finley Grisedale) places into the bargain. 

Juniors' News 2017