Monday, 27 May 2013

Rochdale's Girls Impress at Saddleworth Fell Race

ROCHDALE'S JUNIOR HARRIERS made the Club proud with fantastic performances at the Saddleworth fell races on Sunday.

The Hirst sisters and Lauryn Gregg scored almost maximum points for the club, moving Rochdale's Juniors up the Pennine junior fell league to 2nd place with just three rounds remaining in the seven-race series.

On a beautiful sunny day, high above Uppermill, Chloe Hirst won the under 16 girls' category and set a new course record for her age (15 min 51 sec). This gained maximum points for Rochdale.

Zara Hirst had a terrific run in the highly competitive under 12's race, finishing 5th in 7 min 50 sec, following her sister's lead by scoring maximum points for Rochdale.

Although the youngest Rochdale Harrier at the race, Lauryn Gregg has run the most fell races of all of our juniors. At the top of the final climb she was a comfortable third overall and used her fearless descending skills to overtake the two leading boys to achieve a remarkable overall win, beating all the boys and girls, in 3 min 54 sec.

Lauryn's win at Saddleworth means that she now has an unassailable lead in her age category in the Pennine Inter Club Junior fell championship. Having taken maximum points for four consecutive races, she has already won the under 10's age category for the season with three races still to go.

The girls' performances at Saddleworth mean that Rochdale are now 2nd place overall in the league, and may maintain or improve on this provided there is a good turn out from the Club for the remaining fixtures. The next fixture, Reservoir of Bogs  fell race, is on 22nd June, near Hebden Bridge.

More information on the Pennine Inter-Clubs Junior Fell Racing Championship  

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