The future of fell running is certainly looking bright in Calderdale after outstanding results by two local athletes in the Junior Home internationals race, held in Llanberis, Snowdonia.
Max Wharton of Calder Valley Fell Runners and Halifax Harriers’ Bradley Traviss were both making their international junior debuts for the England under 16 squad and both athletes were confident of a good result after showing excellent form throughout the season. However, it was their England teammate James Hall who began the race as favourite for the win.
The route was roughly four miles up and down the slope leading to Moel Eilio with a fast start and finish on the high street through Llanberis.
Kristian Edwards of England set the early pace but it was Ireland’s Killian Mooney who made the break on the climb and distanced himself from the rest of the field.
As he reached the summit he had established a clear 42 second advantage over nearest rival Wharton with Traviss only 15 seconds behind in third. Hot on his heels was the rest of the main field which included the favourite Hall in fifth.
Wharton was now in hot pursuit of Mooney and looking to close the gap as he hurled himself down the hillside at full speed.
It was Mooney, however, who took the gold with Wharton only 43 seconds behind and finishing in an excellent second place on his first international outing. Traviss was also delighted with his debut performance as he crossed the line only 14 seconds behind his teammate to finish third to clinch the bronze.
Hall was the third team counter in fourth place which meant the team also finished first overall with Ireland in second and Wales third.