Sedbergh School welcomed the return of the English Schools National Fell Running Championships to home ground this Sunday, with 550 children coming from 87 different schools to compete.

The competition, established in 2008 by Sedbergh School’s Master in charge of Running, Jon Richardson, has been held at other locations in the country for the last five years but returned to the Howgill Fells this year, with nearly every age group setting new record times.

Jon Richardson said: “We saw some brilliant performances; young people running at a really high standard, especially at the front end.  Many of the runners were full blown internationals and we saw record breaking times for every single race, in what must surely have been the worst conditions. It shows where the event has got to.”

From Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School, Fraser Sproul, from Sedbergh, won the Year 8-9 race in a new record time. Taking nearly a full minute of the time set by James Knox and Joe Bird, from Penrith, came 4th in the Year 12-13 boys’ race. Sedbergh School Years 12 – 13 boys and girls won the team prizes. 

The Sedbergh Year 12 and 13 boys and girls teams included: Joe Bird (E), Ben Van Dijk (H), Fergus MacMillan (SH), Josie Coulthard (R), Sally Bennett (R) and Georgina Boyd-Moss (L).  Overall, Sedbergh ranked third in the top team scorers.

Full results and photographs are available at http://www.esfrc.org/

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