Juniors' News (2020)

Helm race night, 14 July Juniors - and older juniors took part in the Senior race - all gave it their best during the club's race night on the Helm this year. 

Club Colours Challenge 2021 This year we once again adapted our Clubs Colours Challenge, which has traditionally comprised of 12 races for half colours and 24 races for full colours, to include a range of challenges. As well as challenges such as Trolley Dash (visit at least four supermarkets with trolleys in one run), there are some non-running challenges, one of which was to design the club colours badge for 2021. It was difficult for judges Billy and Paul to decide on the winners as the effort put into the designs had resulted in some great ideas, but in the end they narrowed it down to 1st, 2nd and joint 3rd places. Specially-designed hoodies were awarded, generously donated by Coniston Corporate, to these four juniors. 

Helm Juniors and BOFRA; several juniors have taken up the challenge of the BOFRA races this year. Thank you to BOFRA for getting these underway in the face of Covid restrictions this year. Our juniors have run at Coniston Gullies, Kettlewell, Hawkswick and Kirkby Gala - results are on the BOFRA website This picture was taken by Dave Woodhead at Hawkswick. 

FRA Inter-Counties race. Well done to Dylan, placed third overall in the U17s, and part of the winning Cumbrian team.  

Latest Junior challenges are here!

Stairway to the Mushroom and Club colours challenges 2021 Let the challenge begin.....


Well done Megan Harris who completed the coast to coast cycle route 140 miles in 4 days for Cancer Research UK - an amazing achievement - more here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alison-richards9

Pete Bland poster challenge, July 2020. Thank you Pete Bland's for the Lockdown Artwork challenge, resulting in four Helm Hill juniors having their posters displayed in your window and being presented with a goody bag! The overall winner spent the rest of the evening in the garden with a brand new compass! 


Coming Soon - The Captains' Challenge(s)

Starting on the 15th of July a series of fun competitive challenges more details to follow. Should you have an 'even' number birthdate you're teamSharon and 'odd' birthdate teamMichael....Round 1 details here

Northern Schools Inter-Counties cross country championship, 8 Feb. Just in time before Storm Ciara, many Cumbrian youngsters ran in this event, which was hosted this year by Cumbria and held at Lowther Castle. Youngsters had made it through to this round from their previous District rounds, and now competed against other Northern County runners. The results are available on Cumbria Athletics facebook page … Cumbria won overall. We are proud of all our Helm Hill juniors who reached this level, as well as those who took part in the District rounds and didn't make the Counties round this time. Later this year, some Helm Hill runners will go on to represent Cumbria in the Nationals.


Giggleswick, Whitestones and Birkrigg (Birkrigg had a particularly good helping of mud and rain) races have taken place; see left-hand side of this page (below tweets) for results, and see the Races page of this website for details of the other races coming up in the KWL series.

Kendal Winter League 2020 has begun! A mass of young runners gathered on the start lines at Scout Scar on the first Sunday in January to compete in the first race of the league this year. Well done to them all! Scout Scar 5 Jan results are on the results tab of this website (scroll down on the left-hand side of the Results page).  

Wansfell Pike race, 27 Dec  Great to see our young runners Alex and Henry taking part in the Under18s category, finishing 22nd and 36th overall! Also young seniors in the U21 category Adam Scott, Martin Askew and Robert Askew finishing 66th, 19th and 35th overall! Great performances in a field of 180 runners which included a large number of top runners from Helm and our neighbouring clubs. Thank you Ambleside AC for a great race, and for opening the race to a minimum age of 14 years. Full results are HERE.  

End of Year Awards … combined with a festive fancy dress/Santa hat run and buffet, the awards do on 7 December was a celebration of the effort put into training and racing by so many Helm Hill juniors. Whippet awards, which recognise positive attitude and a determination to try hard at training, regular participation in races, supportiveness towards training peers, friends and acquaintances were awarded to Jasmine Bottomley, Isla Douglas, Eleanor King, Fin Grisedale and Alex Holme. The trophies and medals for the 2019 club junior championship were awarded (see HERE for results of the championship) and Oliver Willoughby, pictured here with Helm's club captains, was presented with the prestigious Ken Shuttleworth Junior Award for Endeavour

Kendal Mountain Festival Following the Seniors' morning 10K trail run, in the afternoon it was the turn of Helm Hill juniors to take off up Scout Scar with Ultra Runner Tom Evans, Adidas Terrex sponsored athlete, who chatted with our youngsters about training and racing. Thank you Tom! 

English Schools Fell Running Championships 2019 … this is the annual event when Helm juniors don school running tops instead of Helm vests and compete against each other, for their school, as well as against other runners from many parts of the country. There is always plenty of competition in this championship. Results are HERE. Well done to all our juniors who took part in this event, this year on Giggleswick school's cross-country course (good practice for the Kendal winter league!). 

Mid-Lancs cross country 2019/20 series began Saturday 28 Sept, with the Ulverston race, and some high placings for our Kendal-Helm Junior composite teams. Results are on the mid-lancs league website. Next one in the series is Hyndburn, 9 Nov. 

Great Westmorland Trail race 14 Sept This was the final race in this year's junior club championship, and was hotly contended! We had some great finishing positions amongst juniors of all ages, with some serious racing in all places in the field. Awards for the junior championship will be presented at our Awards day in December. In the meantime, check out the Races tab on this website for positions in the championship.   

Grasmere sports, Sat 25 Aug A popular annual event with Helm Hill, this year was no exception and our juniors enjoyed both the flat races and the fell race. Results are HERE.

Lakeland Country Fair, Sun 18 Aug This was the penultimate race in the club Junior Championship 2019 series. Success and a good representation of Helm vests in the Senior race was matched by our upcoming juniors. 

Climbing legs

Not too long ago a Helm junior called James Knox was training up and down the slopes of the Helm every week. This week James found out that he will be one of the riders in the 8 strong Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team in this year's Vuelta in Spain, one of the 3 main grand cycling tours which inc the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. With so many keen cyclists in the club we wish him well and will be keenly looking out for him in the race.

A lot has happened during the summer so far … the summer social (runs, food, goody bags), Helm Hill youngsters supported by the club to take part in the Dean Macey athletics camps at Sedbergh school, quite a number of youngsters racing consistently in the BOFRA 2019 series (results to date are HERE ) and, through a generous donation, the club has been able to provide waterpouches for all junior runners.  

On Wed 26 June, Junior training moved en masse to Tebay for the junior fell races. 57 Helm junior vests and a lot of great racing. Well done all our juniors who took part.

Clougha Pike, Sat 22 June - some of our youngest through to some of our oldest juniors were racing! Lewis is seen here representing Cumbria for the inter-counties fell racing competition. As well as the inter-counties competition for U19s (who ran the challenging Senior course) and U17s, it was an FRA Junior Championship race and a Helm Hill Junior Club Championship race - plus Quernmore gala provided flat races, egg and spoon races, face-painting and ice-creams. A good day out.  

Ready for the off...Helm Hill race night 2019 

Austwick (RESULTS), Killington (RESULTS), Grasmere (RESULTS), Coniston (RESULTS) … the half term holiday week has been busy with Helm Juniors competing at all these places. Killington sports saw a huge turn out of Helm Juniors for an event that is always fun, and this year, once again, did not disappoint, even in the rain.  

Well done to Neve and Oliver in the Grasmere Gallop 5.7K race, finishing 2nd and 8th respectively in a field of 115 runners, and to all our Juniors who ran in the wet and notoriously slippy conditions of Sunday's Coniston Gullies BOFRA race. Killington and Coniston were both club championship races for Helm Hill juniors.

It was back to Sedbergh again Sunday 26 May for an FRA Junior Championship race organised by Helm Hill. We set some steep climbs and descents for all age groups, including Winder, Arant Haw and Crook for the U19s, and all the participants got round the courses - well done to all who ran. Results are on the "Races" page of this website.   

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